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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Lavish Luau Party!!!!

We have had a pretty busy summer this year! When it was suggested that I do a luau party for a little girl who was going to turn 2, I became excited by the color schemes and all of the fun things I could do. I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome!!!! The little girl liked Phineas and Ferb, so we had to be sure to get them into her party somehow.
We started off by choosing a color palette. We used hot pink, orange, and lime green. This color choice wound up being so bright and colorful and perfect.
We decorated the table with two hawaiin men with leis and they were holding buckets which we filled with fruit. We used shovels from plastic beach pails to scoop the fruit out with.

We put an interactive talking parrot in the middle of the table. We even programmed him to say, "Happy Birthday!" to the birthday girl!

We had plastic coconut cups for the kids to take home. We put little drink umbrellas in each cup.

We ordered sandy candy for each of the kids. These are plastic sticks that the kids fill up with different colored and flavored candy sand. The kids loved this activity.
Not only was it fun and easy for even the little kids, but they got to take a candy favor home that they made themselves.

We then had to limbo! What luau would be complete without that?
Her cupcake tower was our luau themed tower.

And her water bottle labels had Phineas and Ferb on them

This was a great party with vibrant colors, leis, fruit trays, pail party favor buckets.

It was the perfect luau for a perfect little princess!!! Makes you just want to say Aloha!!!!!!

NFL Rookie Training Camp Party

We had a wonderful time at the NFL Rookie Training Camp Party!.

My husband, who has actually coached football, came up with all of the drills and was a tremendous help during this party! We started the party off by giving everyone a shirt with a number on it. I made waterbottles with their numbers on them as well

From the moment we gave them their shirts, we only called them by their number and not their names. We told them that 32 NFL teams were here to look at how each one of them does the different drills that were designed. At the end of the party they would be drafted by an NFL Team. We got the guys ready by stretching, this made it like an official camp and the kids loved it!

After they stretched, we did field goal kicking drills. Our field goal post was made out of pvc pipe. We used nerf footballs to ensure the safety of everyone. We did running back drills, receiving drills, and quarterback drills.
Our quarterback throwing drill was a drill that the kids had to throw the ball at a target. The targets were made out of plywood that we painted and added numbers to. We painted the different areas different colors and then added vinyl numbers that we cut with our cricut.

The object of the drill was for the kids to throw the ball and try to hit it in the middle of the target. However, they were to try to get as many points as they could. We marked the end of the football with cornstarch. When the ball hit the board, it marked where it hit. This made it easy for us and we did not have to depend on our eyes to keep score. It worked out beautifully!

This party turned out to be really fun! The parents could not help but participate in the drills as well
The cake was a replica of the NFL shield logo. We had a local bakery make the cake for us and I must say, the logo looked very official!
After the drills we did an official NFL draft. Each boy was drafted into the league by one of the 32 teams. The favor bags were sports bags that had their last name on it. Each child got to keep a nerf ball that was used during the party, a water bottle that had their number on it, a black shirt (the numbers were removeable), and a bag of candy of course!

We ended the party by pouring a cooler of blue paper shred on top of the birthday boy!!
He had no idea what was happening at first, then he thought we were going to pour real water on him!

It was funny and a cute way to end an NFL Party!


Dinosaur Dig Party!

We Dig Dinosaurs!
We had a wonderful time at Dill's 9th birthday party! This little boy aspires to be a paleontologist, so we made his dream come true!! For one day he and his friends got to be junior paleontologists, and boy was it fun! We started the party off by making fossils that the kids could take home.

This kit actually is a handprint kit for kids to make their handprints for a keepsake. We just gave it another use at this party and made dinosaur fossils that the kids used stamps (included in the kit) to put their names on their fossils. We then got to use our scientific skills and each child got to erupt their very own volcano!

One child told us that this was his favorite part of the entire party!!! We made the volcanoes with empty water bottles, paper mache, and a little spray paint! We put baking soda into each bottle using a funnel. In paper cups we mixed water, vinegar, dishwashing soap, and red food coloring. The kids poured the mixture into the bottles at the top of the volcano and just waited. It didn't take long before each volcano was pouring out lava. If you haven't seen this experiment with the dishwashing soap, it is a lot different from the basic baking soda vinegar look to it

We told the kids that there were some dinosaur eggs hiding around the property and they had to find them. This was fun!

It reminded me of an easter egg hunt, with king sized eggs! Each dinosaur egg was made using a balloon and paper mache. Once all of the eggs were found, we took them inside and told the kids to crack them open. We filled each dinosaur egg with candy and toys! The kids were astonished to see that there was actually something inside each one of these eggs.

We put all of their candy into thier paleontologist bags. They all received paleontologist bags, grass hats, binoculars, and plastic dinosaur cups.
We then went digging in the sand for dinosaur bones.

Once the kids found all of the bones, we put together a dinosaur skeleton. We numbered the pieces prior to the party and we simply had to match the numbers to put the skeleton together. This made this activity super easy. They also found "rocks" in the sand. Each child had tools in their paleontologist bag to dig a miniature dinosaur skeleton with it's own stand.

We had a dinosaur cupcake stand with a six inch cake on the top with a cake topper called Wishosaurus ( it is a plastic dinosaur that has a place for the candles) it holds 10 candles.

We sang and opened gifts and sent our little paleontologists on their way! Everyone had a good time and we loved the end result! This is a great party!!!!!


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Busy, busy, busy!

It has been a long time since I have blogged. The summer is usually a slow time for us, but not this year. We have been getting orders non-stop! We even worked some during our vacation to get everything done. And when we returned, we were booked for 3 parties. Did I mention those three parties are all on the same weekend? Three parties in ONE weekend!!!!!! For three different age groups!!!! We have a NFL Draft party for 13 year olds, a Dinosaur Dig party for 8 year olds, and a Luau Party for 2 year olds. We have combine drills, gatorade bottles, and a draft all lined up with the birthday boy winning the SuperBowl of course! We have fossil making, bone digging, geode smashing, and volcano erupting for the dinosaur dig party. We have a limbo contest, sand castle making, candy sand activity, surf boarding, and fishing for the Luau party! It's going to be a hectic but fun weekend. The NFL draft curtains are made, the themed cupcake towers are done, and the tablescapes have all been put together. These children are going to LOVE their parties. And we may need to take a week off!!!!!! AGAIN!!!!!!!!
Until next time.