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ocean birthday party ideas

ocean-party1I’m like a proud momma when it comes to our invitation designs and the décor we’ve chosen to coordinate with each. And just like a momma, I don’t have favorites… but I can have an “oh you’re just too cute today.” Right? {giggle}

So if you’re looking for some fishy fun, grab your snorkel and dive in to this bright and fun ocean birthday party theme. The invite is ours, of course. {wink} You can have a closer look at the invite, thank you, wave plates and more by visiting our “deep sea” birthday party theme in our shoppe.

The cupcakes are ours too. We simply tinted our icing an ocean blue and whipped it on with a spatula for a little wave effect. As for the embellishment, we cut out wave shapes from a blue cardstock to made a cupcake wrapper. As for the life preserver, we used a cirlce gum drop and piped on the stripes with the flat side of a #47 icing tip. Too cute huh!

And last but not least, the cake pan is from William-Sonoma. Love how they used Smarties as the suckers on the tentacles.

Happy planning.

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LEGO building birthday party

For my oldest son’s birthday we went to Florida this year. It was fabulous. Five days of white sand and ocean breezes… heaven.

And although we had cake, sang Happy Birthday and played for days, it still wasn’t a party with his friends. So, this past weekend, a month-and-a-half later, we had a small LEGO birthday party at a local Bricks 4 Kids. 

I don’t generally do parties away from our home simply because I like to have complete control of all the details. And we all know that “play place” parties generally rush you in and out of the “cake room” in 15 minutes. But this is really what my little guy wanted so I set all my wishes aside and made it happen! I didn’t design a new collection. I didn’t break out all the bells and whistles, but I did ask my friends at Sweet Tooth Cottage to make some fabulous LEGO shaped cookies and they of course didn’t disappoint. (They’ll be coming to the shoppe in a couple of days!) 


We had a small table for cake, cookies, favors and beverages and tons of space for building LEGOS. And wow were there tons of LEGOS. The walls were lined with them, plus we had a “teacher” to show them how to build dragsters and to lead them in games!

These are just a few shots of all the fun the kids had. They built swords for a balloon relay race, they raced for LEGOS with spoons to build the best airplane and more. It was very loud for a LEGO party. {grin} 

Happy 8th birthday to my sweet boy!

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

Vendors

  • Bricks 4 Kids – national LEGO chain, Westerville Ohio location
  • LEGO candles – Target
  • LEGO cookies – The Celebration Shoppe & Sweet Tooth Cottage

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saving sea turtles at the beach

 

My family is taking a bit of a break this week at the beach. I could show you a million pics of my boys on boogie boards in the ocean, throwing sand on each other or of my husband’s very red feet (they were just peeking out from under the umbrella for too long), but instead I’m going to share this super cute little guy.

There are several sea turtle nests along the beach we’re on and we were really hoping to see them hatch and head out to sea. But instead my son found this little guy washed back on shore. Just think, he made it all the way out (not easy with all the birds scouring the beach) and then he washed back! You could just hear them, like in Nemo, saying “mine. mine.” {eeek!}

My sweet uncle walked him back out as far as he could, past the crashing waves, and let him go, but he washed back again so we called wildlife rescue. They said he was sick so they took him back to the local aquarium to help him get better before releasing him back into the ocean. I sure hope Squirt makes it! {wink}

I’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming next week with some fabulous Halloween ideas! Happy weekend everyone!

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old school dinosaur shadow boxes


Do you remember in grade school when you made shadow boxes for art class or for some school project… or just so your Barbies had a place to hang out?! Yes I did! Well… she couldn’t always be in the dream house, or at her pool, or in her convertible…! {smirk}

So my crew hasn’t slowed down much this summer with swim lessons, tennis lessons, baseball, playdates at the zoo… and on and on, but there have been a few days when we’ve just stayed at home and played. I love to get creative with my boys and there isn’t always a plan.

So on one rainy afternoon… okay it stormed big time… we were looking for something to do when I thought about those old school shadow boxes we used to make. And since we don’t have Barbies (except my old ones that I’ve stashed in a box with my mom’s very first Barbie, yep… that baby should be worth something!) we chose to go with dinosaurs. Those we have more than enough of!

The boys loved stealing my shoe boxes, raiding my craft room and getting to use my “good” paper scissors. My little guy even managed to find a use for my Martha Stewart fringe scissors. See the grass; they worked perfectly!

My favorite elements of what they created was the snake on the rock (top image), you see he’s smiling, the drawing of the volcano and the sun.

So if you’re looking for a fun afternoon project that gets the kids thinking prehistoric, or any theme for that matter (we started to make round two boxes with an ocean theme when Dad came home early and interrupted us… at which time I was abandoned because the storm was over and they could play in the remaining drizzle) consider whipping up some of these old school shadow box crafts.

By the way, stop in the shoppe and see our dinosaur birthday party supplies, perfect for your little paleontologist.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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deep blue sea & beach cookies

Hosting a deep blue sea, ocean or pirate birthday party? These sea creature (crab, fish and starfish) and beach cookies are so perfect for your big day!

These lovely (and amazingly soft and yummy) cookies are just a small peek into our Deep Blue Sea party supplies collection shoot from late June. My sweet and super talented friend Angie Arthur of Angie Arthur Photography captured the day and all the fun that came with it!

I have tons to share, but I thought I would kick the week off with the custom butter cookies from our partners at Sweet Tooth Cottage. You’ll notice our crazy crab, fish and starfish (he was so simple, but so pretty!) from the Deep Blue Sea collection.

You can find my Deep Blue Sea birthday party invitation and Deep Blue Sea party supplies in the shoppe! As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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sip and sea shower

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Isn’t this simply beautiful?! Chris from Celebrations At Home has outdone herself. I love the nautical theme. And not just that, what a fun idea for a second child. This way you get to show off the little one! {wink}

Visit her original post for more pictures and all the wonderful details, but here are a few of my favorites:

The drink station (above). Here’s what Chris had to say ” Served at the drink station was an ‘Ocean Breeze’ cocktail, and Jones blue colored berry lemonade. Also available were ‘lifesavers’ candies. The stemware held drink charms fashioned from nautical themed buttons. To hang above the bar as a focal point, I used a message board and applied several different nautical maps in a mosaic form, then just tucked in a few photos of the new baby and family.”

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Entry way - what a great way to welcome your guests at the door, a message on a lifesaver

Party decor - I love the personal touches, like the “N” for the little one’s name and the plush toys that mom can share with him later

Nautical inspired table – here you see a fun way to serve snacks, but make sure and visit Chris because she set a beautiful table complete with maps at each place setting

Handmade invitation – for those of you who are crafty, Chris even gives details on how to make this fun (likely hand delivered) invitation

Great job Chris!

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mermaid princess crafts

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I showcased a few ocean party ideas from Family Fun magazine in yesterday’s post. Today I’m sharing a few more for the royal princess living in your midst.

This first one, a beautiful shell crown, is a must for any mermaid princess. You’ll need:

  • Heavy cardstock large enough to encircle your child’s head
  • Tiara or crown template available at FamilyFun.com/magazine
  • Small shells (large shells will be too heavy and weight down the craft paper)
  • Tacky glue or hot glue
  • Sand
  • Glitter

And here are the simple steps to make this beautiful crown:

  1. Using the template provided by Family Fun, draw and trimout the design. (A cutting mat and staight edge would be helpful.)
  2. Place your shells and then affix them with glue.
  3. Before the glue drys completely sprinkle on sand and glitter to fill in the open spaces.
  4. Allow the crown to dry and then secure it into a circle that will fit your child’s head.

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This next craft is too adorable and perfect for photo ops. You’ll need:

  • Flat bedsheet
  •  Washable marker
  • Nondimensional fabric paint (e.g., DecoArt SoSoft)
  • Felt
  • Fabric glue

And here are the super simple steps:

  1. Lay the bedsheet down on a hard flat surface and have your child lie down in the center so that his or her neck lines up with the top edge.
  2. Using the washable marker, trace the child’s body and then sketch the design on top of the outline. (See the mermaid in the upper right corner.)
  3. Now use the fabric paint to create your mermaid. 
  4. I’ve added my own twist here. Paint the mermaid tail, but then embellish it with glitter felt (the craft store usually has pink and purle!) scales.
  5. Hang your sheet on a laundry line to dry and let the magic begin.
  6. NOTE: Follow the package instructions for setting the paint and laundering the sheet.

Happy crafting!

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pearls of wisdom

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We just shot our deep blue sea birthday party decor on Saturday and yesterday this month’s issue of Family Fun comes in the mail. (I’ve said this before, but if you’re not a subscriber and you love this kind of stuff you really should be.) To my happy surprise it was chalked full of brilliant under water party ideas.

The clam shell cookie idea is a pearl of wisdom. {wink} All you’ll need are some round wafer cookies, pink tinted icing, yogurt covered peanuts or raisens and then a dab of white icing and black food coloring for the eyes.

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Next check out this very fun craft idea. All the kids will love making these during your bash. You’ll need (for one):

  • 18 ounce beverage container
  • 10 shells per container
  • 1/4 cup sand
  • Green and blue food coloring
  • Silver glitter
  • Water
  • Mineral or baby oil
  • Hot glue gun

 And here are the super simple steps:

  1. Pour sand and shells into clean bottle.
  2. Mix a drop of blue and green food coloring into 6 cups of water, then fill the bottle halfway.
  3. Add a pinch of glitter.
  4. Fill the rest of the bottle with oil, leaving a little air space at the top.
  5. Run a bead of hot glue around the bottle opening and screw the lid on quickly.

Love this idea!! Leave it to Disney to come up with a cool magazine full of ideas all dedicated to making our kids smile.

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