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Construction Birthday Party

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If you’re on the hunt for really great Construction birthday party ideas, you’re in the right spot! Today I’m going to share all of the Construction party decorations, Construction party food ideas and the cute Construction party cake! Come back for the adorable invitations, favors, games and activities.

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My cute little guy just turned 3 and he LOVES tractors! Not farming tractors (although, he does like those), the big CONSTRUCTION tractors! My husband uses them in his work and my son LOVES to go see “Daddy’s tractors”! In fact, he thinks any tractors we see as we are out and about are “Daddy’s tractors”. So, we planned a really fun Construction Birthday Party for him and a few of his friends and had loads of fun!

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Trolls Birthday Party Ideas

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We celebrated my daughters 6th birthday last week Lady Glitter style! It celebrated two things my daughter is currently obsessed with – TROLLS and roller skating! We had a Trolls birthday party for her and her friends at our local roller skating rink! It was so perfect since in the movie Lady Glitter Sparkle (aka Bridget) and Prince Gristle go roller skating on their date. I’m going to share all of my Trolls birthday party ideas here and link to everything I used so you will be all set! I was sent several products from Oriental Trading complimentary to use for the party and others I purchased from various stores. 

Trolls Birthday Party Ideas

The Classic Fun Center in Orem, Utah was such a great spot for the party (and the girls had a great time)! In the past I have done all of the decorations, food and games – which is a lot of work, but something I LOVE! But, we were out of town for a month until two days before the party so it was actually really nice to know that the party would be really fun, but I would only have to do a little bit of the work. 

Trolls Party Favors

This was my favorite part of the whole shebang – because I got to be crafty!

The contents of the favor bags are:
Pink Medium Gift Bags – Oriental Trading
Pink Tulle “Hair” on bags and headbands – Oriental Trading
Felt Flowers on bags and headbands – Oriental Trading
Trolls Pencils (24 pkg) – Amazon
Trolls Rings (24 pkg) – Amazon
Trolls Stickers (came in a 4 sheet package) – Walmart
Trolls Fruit Snacks – Walmart
Glow Sticks – Walmart
Plastic Headbands (4 pkg) – Dollar Tree
Blue & Green Glitter Foam (for my daughters bag and headband) – Hobby Lobby

**I used the glitter foam on my daughters bag and headband just to make it stand out a bit from the others since she was the birthday girl. 

To make the favor bag I gathered a length of pink tulle that was 9″ x 48″ and used a hot glue gun to secure it to the inside edge of the bag. Then I took a small piece of tulle and tied the top to create the iconic Troll hair. 

 

To make the headbands I followed this tutorial from my friend The How To Mom and used 18″ x 5″ pieces of tulle. I did 12 on each headband. Then I used a small amount of tulle to wrap around the top to create the Troll hair style. 

Trolls Party Supplies

Since the decor had to be minimal, I wanted to make sure it was totally themed. I got Trolls paper supplies (paper plates, cups and napkins) as well as pink table covers from Oriental Trading. They were perfect and really adorable! We also had pink, yellow and teal balloons. 

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Trolls Birthday Party Cupcakes

I baked the cupcakes in regular cupcake liners and then used pink glitter cupcake wrappers that I got at Hobby Lobby around each one. 

For the frosting I used vanilla frosting that I colored with Wilton food gel. I put each color in a sandwich size ziptop bag and then put all three bags into a gallon size bag with my piping tip already in place. That gave me the unicorn effect when I piped the frosting on top. 

The cupcake picks were a FREE PRINTABLE party pack from DreamWorks that I linked to in my Trolls Birthday Party Invitation post a couple of weeks ago. (Don’t mind my circle cutting inabilities. I usually use a circle cutter but was out of town and only had a clunky pair of kitchen scissors to work with. Not awesome.) 

Here is my beautiful birthday girl. I can’t believe she is 6! It has been the most amazing 6 years of my entire life! Or, to use the words of Poppy – it has been hair-iffic!

Superhero Girl Party Ideas

My niece Sue turned seven last week and I got to help my sister throw her a Superhero Girl party! It was one of my favorite parties to date! The crafts and games around the theme were so fun! She considered a different theme, but once I showed her the SUPER cute Superhero Girl decorations and crafts on the Oriental Trading website, she was sold!

So this post isn’t a mile long, I’ll detail the decor and food here and the crafts and games in another post. Superhero Girl Birthday Party: Decorations and Food

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Coconut Raspberry Cake

Trust me when I tell you that this Coconut Raspberry cake will take away your winter blues. It will transport you to springtime in one bite! It’s January and we are buried in snow. I made this cake for Easter last year and it was so delicious! I need something to give me the hope of Spring, so I made it again for a ladies night in we are having in my neighborhood to bid farewell to a friend/neighbor that is moving. The tangy raspberry paired with the luxurious coconut buttercream frosting topping the spongy french vanilla cake is the perfect combination. 

Coconut Raspberry Cake

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Cake:
Betty Crocker French Vanilla Cake Mix
3 Eggs
1 cup Water
1/2 cup Vegetable oil

Raspberry Sauce:
1 box Raspberry Danish Dessert
1  12oz bag Frozen Raspberries
2 cups Water

Coconut Buttercream:
2 sticks (1 cup) Butter – room temperature
4 cups Powdered Sugar
2 Tbsp Water
1/2 tsp Coconut Extract
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

3/4 cup Shredded Sweetened Coconut

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Step 1: Bake the cake according to box directions

 I used 2 – 9″ round pans and baked them for 25 minutes and then allowed them to cool on my stove before turning them out onto a cookie sheet to cool in the refrigerator. You can do this cake in a 9×13 pan or layer it the way I have done. Either way it is amazing. If you are doing the layer version, I recommend spraying your pan, adding a round of parchment paper and spraying it again with non-stick spray just to make sure they come out clean. 

Step 2: Make the Raspberry Sauce

In a saucepan over Medium High heat whisk together the 2 cups of water and danish dessert powder. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for 1 minute stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add in the frozen raspberries. Use the whisk to mash them up and incorporate them into the sauce. Allow to cool completely and then refrigerate until you are ready to assemble the cake. 

Step 3: Make the Coconut Buttercream

Using a hand mixer mix just the butter in a mixing bowl until fluffy. Add in 2 cups of powdered sugar, the vanilla, coconut and 1 Tbsp of water and mix thoroughly. Add the last 2 cups of powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp of water and mix until fully incorporated. Start slowly so the powdered sugar doesn’t fly everywhere and then you can increase the speed of the mixer to get it light and fluffy.

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Step 4: Assemble the Cake

Use a long serrated knife to cut each round cake in half. Place the bottom layer on a cake board or plate and top with 1/3 – 1/2 cup (approximately) of the raspberry sauce. Use the back of a spoon to spread it over the cake in an even layer. 

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Place the top layer from the first cake on top of the raspberry sauce and then pipe 1/2 of the coconut buttercream frosting onto the cake. Use an offset spatula to spread over the cake evenly. Top evenly with 1/4 cup of the shredded coconut.

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Add the bottom layer from the second cake and top with raspberry sauce, just like the first layer. You will have some leftover, which is a great thing! It is amazing on waffles!

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Add the last layer and top with the remaining buttercream frosting. Finish it with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded coconut, Chill cake in refrigerator for at least 1 hour, 

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When you serve the cake heat your knife by running it under hot water and hen drying it off, This will help it cut through the layers more cleanly.

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Enjoy! I know you will!!

Inside Out Birthday Party Ideas

I think it’s safe to say that Inside Out was a favorite movie for people of all ages last year. It’s lighthearted and kid centered enough to keep my daughter enthralled, but had layers of deeper meaning that for the big kids/adults. It’s the perfect movie to turn into a birthday party if you ask me!

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M&M’s® Crispy Dessert Pizza

With my husbands birthday coming up I was delighted to develop a recipe for Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser to celebrate him and the return of M&M’s® Crispy! This post may contain affiliate links. I receive a small commission if you purchase through these links. M&M's® Crispy Dessert Pizza #CrispyIsBack #ad

My husband is a tough one when it comes to his birthday. If you’ve spent any time around this blog you know how much I love to throw a themed party, but that just isn’t his thing. Instead, all he wants is really good food. He’s not much of a cake person (don’t get me wrong, he’ll eat it, but he prefers other treats) so this year I was so excited to make him this decadent M&M’s® Crispy dessert pizza. It’s out of this world delicious. There may be a couple of steps, but they are WORTH IT! Trust me!M&M's® Crispy Dessert Pizza #CrispyIsBack #ad

The M&M’s® Crispy add something to this dessert that you’ll really appreciate. You see, you’ve got the soft, chewy brownie, the silky frosting and smooth luxurious caramel. It needed a crunchy bite to add dimension – and load on even more chocolate. The crispy rice center really makes it a match made in heaven!

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1- Bake the brownies. I used a 10″ spring form pan but a pizza pan would work great too.

2- Whip up that chocolate buttercream – you want it light and fluffy! Don’t be stingy when putting it on the brownie. Make sure you get lots of peaks and valleys too, that’s where the caramel can pool and it turns into a little caramel Jacuzzi for the bits of candy.

3- Drizzle on the caramel. Remember all those valleys you created in the frosting? Fill ’em up! You may not use it all, and you may find yourself eating it with a spoon at midnight when you are up editing photos of the dessert pizza you put it on. 🙂 Thank me later.

4- Top it with the candy. You can leave them whole, I decided to cut them in half with a serrated knife just to make sure everyone knew the crispy goodness they were about to partake of. 

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A decadent brownie crusted dessert pizza topped with M&M's® Crispy!
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Brownies
  1. ½ c. butter (1 stick) melted
  2. ¼ c. Cocoa powder
  3. 1 c. Granulated Sugar
  4. 2 Eggs – beaten slightly
  5. ½ tsp. Vanilla
  6. ¼ tsp. Salt
  7. ¾ c. Flour – all purpose
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
  1. 1/2 c. Butter - room temperature
  2. 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
  3. 1 c. Powdered Sugar
  4. 2 - 4 Tbsp. Milk
  5. 2 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
Caramel
  1. 4 Tbsp. Butter (I use salted, if not just add a pinch of salt)
  2. 1/2 c. Brown Sugar
  3. 2 Tbsp. Light Corn Syrup
  4. 1/2 Tsp. Vanilla
  5. 1/4 c. Heavy Cream
Topping
  1. 3/4 - 1 cup M&M's® Crispy
Brownies
  1. Melt butter in a microwave safe dish. Add sugar, vanilla, eggs and cocoa powder and mix well with a rubber spatula. Add flour and salt and mix to combine. Don't over mix. Pour into a greased spring form pan that has been lined with parchment paper. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 350. Allow to cool completely before adding frosting.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
  1. In a mixer with the wisk attachment whip butter for a few seconds. Add vanilla, powdered sugar and 2 Tbsp. of milk and mix together well. Add cocoa powder and additional milk and whip for 1-2 minutes until fluffy and smooth.
Caramel
  1. In a microwave safe bowl add the butter, brown sugar and corn syrup. Microwave 30 seconds and stir. Microwave an additional 90 seconds and stir. Microwave a final 90 seconds and remove. Add vanilla and cream and stir well to combine.
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Tinkerbell & Periwinkle Birthday Party

Are your girls as in love with the Tinkerbell movies as mine is? When they introduced Periwinkle as Tinkerbell’s winter fairy sister, we instantly had to start pretend playing like it was snowing all the time and our wings were frozen. 🙂

My friend Ember did this adorable Tinkerbell and Periwinkle birthday party for her daughter and I’m so happy she is sharing her creative ideas with us! Let’s take a look:

Tinkerbell & Periwinkle Birthday Party

Tinkerbell & Periwinkle Birthday Party

 

Tinkerbell & Periwinkle Birthday Party Decorations:

– Using her Cricut machine, she cut out lots of small cardstock snowflakes and sewed them together into a garland. Draping that from the ceiling made it feel like a winter wonderland!

– Pastel blues and purple tissue papers were used to make Tissue Paper Pom Poms to hang from the ceiling

– Glittered snowflake ornaments were scattered on the food table (here’s where you can purchase Glitter Snowflake Christmas Ornaments)
 

Tinkerbell & Periwinkle Cupcakes

Tinkerbell & Periwinkle Birthday Party Treats:

– Don’t these blue frosted cupcakes look delicious?! They are accented with a white chocolate snowflake. (Here’s where you can get the Snowflake Chocolate Mold

Tinkerbell & Periwinkle Birthday Party Favors

Tinkerbell & Periwinkle Birthday Party Details

Tinkerbell & Periwinkle Birthday Party Favors: 

– Each girl took home a goodie bag filled with stickers, a pen and some candies (here are tons of Tinkerbell Party Favors

– They also got a Tinkerbell Water Bottle – watch for these at your Dollar Store or the dollar spot at Target. I’ve seen them at both. Another option to save money is to purchase plain water bottles and just add a Tinkerbell & Periwinkle Sticker. 

Tinkerbell & Periwinkle Birthday Party Actvities

Tinkerbell & Periwinkle Birthday Party Activities:

– Each party guest got a sugar cone to frost and decorate with candy – their own winter wonderland tree! 

– They played Pin the Snowflake on the Snowman

– Each girl was given a paper plate with a bit of frosting and they “Ice Skated” on the frosting. My daughter would really love this!

– They made bead bracelets using lots of pastel/winter color beads – so fun!

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Army Birthday Party

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My friend Amy always does a fantastic job with themed party and I’m so excited to share one of her latest today. This Army Birthday Party for her son Carter is totally awesome, and she only spent $52.00 (minus the cake) which is a party for a BARGAIN! She got inventive and I love all the details. Let’s take a look at them:

Army Birthday Party Favors:

For the favors she purchased some holiday tins at the dollar store and spray painted them, wrapped them in camo duct tape and scuffed them up a bit. Here’s where you can get some Scotch Duct Tape – Camo.

To fill them she headed to the local recruiting station and asked for any free stickers or things they would let her have. They hooked her up! They gave her stickers, pens and a little football for EACH child’s favor box! Then she went to a specialty supply store called Uncle Sams where she found the REAL army patches and used shotgun shells for $1.00 each! 

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Army Birthday Party Cake:

Isn’t that cake fantastic? She had our neighbor make it. I’ve just discovered that this neighbor does cakes, and I’m stoked about it! Now my cakes don’t have to look awful at parties I host! This camouflage cake adds the perfect centerpiece. 

She wrapped more camouflage duct tape around water bottles. 

Army Birthday Party Cake

Army Birthday Party Decorations: 

Using various shades of green fabric, she draped some across the ceiling, and more on the table accenting with lots of rope and twine. 

She purchased a Camo Pennant Banner to hang from the ceiling as well. 

The American Flag was a must to display at the party. 

She printed an Army advertisement off the internet and framed it and flanked it with some “medals” she her boys had from participating in various activities. 

Army Birthday Party Decor

Army Birthday Party Activities:

Now, this is what I love most about the party! These boys are just too cute and I can just picture how much fun they had with the creative activities she planned for them.

They had a Tug-O-War and other relay races. 

Army Birthday Party Activities - Tug-o-war

They played Wounded Soldier and through giggles, dressed each others “wounds” in toilet paper. 

They also had a push up contest – hilarious!!

Army Birthday Party Activities - Dress the wound

 

Army Birthday Party Invitations:

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Here are some FREE PRINTABLE Army Birthday Party Invitations I designed that would work perfectly with this party! Simply open the link and print at home or send to your local print shop (recommended). 
Amy and her darling family of boys are hoping to adopt a little girl. If you want more information about their family search for a sister, go here. 

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