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Army Birthday Party

Army Birthday Party Ideas - Events To Celebrate

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:

Army Invitation Free Printable - Army Birthday Party Invitation Free Printable

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. 

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

Meeska, Mooska, Minnie Mouse!

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One of my best friends from high school recently threw this amazing Minnie Mouse Birthday Party for her two year old daughter. The creativity is outstanding and the details are as darling as they get for this little lady’s special day. I love the mix of store purchased elements with the DIY touches – it makes it feel doable, but custom at the same time! Win-win!

Let’s look at the fun details:

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Invitations:

Minnie Mouse Invitation

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it every time. If you’re having a themed party, that theme has got to begin with the invitations. Let your guests get excited for the fun they’ll have with a cute themed invite! These were made with an electronic paper cutter (a Cricut or Silhouette machine) and she added a grossgrain ribbon for a pop of 3D that makes it all Minnie Mouse!

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Decorations:

Minnie Mouse Wreath

This wreath is the perfect thing to let your guests know they’ve arrived at the right place. It would also make a darling room decoration after the party!

Minnie Mouse Party Decorations

– Paper pinwheels added a punch of color to the party space – you can find Paper Pinwheels
in a variety of colors and sizes on Amazon.

– Little tables for little guests were covered in a simple Red Plastic Table covers accented with a cardstock cutout of Minnie Mouse. 

Minnie Mouse Party Food Display

– Hanging over the food display are red Tissue Paper Pom Poms and black Paper Lanterns that are accented with cardstock ears (one of my favorite details!).

– Three handmade garlands hang below the ceiling treatment including cardstock circles sewn together, “Happy Birthday” cardstock Mickey Mouse silhouettes, and a Minnie Mouse bow garland. So perfect!

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Food Display:

One of my favorite elements of a themed party is naming the food and they did such a fantastic job! 

– Goofy Grapes
– Minnie’s Carrots
– Toodles Noodles
– Chip’s Chips (from Chip and Dale)
– Donald’s Dip
– Hot Diggity Dogs
– Pluto’s Punch
– Clubhouse Cotton Candy
– Pete’s Pops
Minnie Mouse Food Names

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Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Cake: 

Minnie Mouse Birthday Cake

What two year old girl wouldn’t be over the moon for this cake?! It’s simply incredible. The Minnie Mouse border on the bottom with those impossibly small bows are my favorite detail!

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Favors:

Minnie Mouse Party Hats

 I’m in love with these DIY Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse party hats! Can you imagine the excitement of the kids when they walk in and see these?! The sign above them says “We’ve got ears, say cheers!” just like they do on the show! 

I love the decor, food and fun details of this Minnie Mouse themed birthday party, but these next two pictures are my favorite of the entire party. The look on the face of this birthday girl is PRICELESS! 

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 Happiest Birthday Wishes to you Jacqueline! I hope your day ended with the Hot Dog Dance! So long for now!

Baking Birthday Party

Baking Birthday Party Ideas - events to CELEBRATE!

My adorable niece Erica just turned 13. In fact, her birthday is December 26th – which can be a tricky day to celebrate on, so they held her party the Saturday before Christmas. She and her Mom love to bake, cook and do anything in the kitchen (her mom is the famous Amy at Super Healthy Kids) – so it made sense that she wanted a Baking Birthday Party! I had so much fun brainstorming ideas with her and was so happy she used a couple of the ones I suggested, and even more happy that she came up with some of her own (that were way better than mine)!

This party theme isn’t just for girls either, making pizza and decorating cupcakes is a pretty universal thing. Everyone can get in on the fun!

We started by finding a collection of FREE Baking Themed Party Printables and using them as our jumping off point for the colors of the party.

Baking Birthday Party Invitations:

To accompany the invitation to the party, Erica attached a wooden spoon with ribbon. She also made each girl an apron from some cute chevron print material. I love when an invitation lets you know exactly what type of party it is!

*If you aren’t up for making the aprons – here are some really cute and inexpensive Children’s Aprons

Baking Birthday Party Aprons and Invitations - events to CELEBRATE!

Baking Birthday Party Food & Activities:

As the girls arrived they were invited to create their very own pizza. They got creative with their pizza shape and topping combinations. This can be as quick and easy (buy prepackaged items) or as gourmet (make your own sauce, chop your own veggies) as you like. The young girls were super happy with the selection, and the pizzas tasted great!

Pizza Party - Make Your Own Pizza's - events to CELEBRATE!

Need to amp up your supply of Rolling Pins? These 14 Inch Wooden Rolling Pin are CRAZY inexpensive!

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While the pizza’s were baking they had a food guessing contest. Each girl was blind folded and given 6 brown paper bags containing a mystery food item. They had to taste each item and write down on their paper what they thought it was. At the end, the points were tallied and the winner got a prize! They were simple, recognizable foods (or so they thought), but many had a difficult time guessing correctly! 🙂

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After eating pizza, they played a second game. The object is to unwrap candy with baking utencils. They satt on the floor in a circle and had to roll a pair of dice until they got doubles. Once they got doubles they handed the dice off to the person next to them and put on a pair of oven mits and using a wood spoon and spatula, tried to unwrap a Hershey Kiss. If they got the wrapper off they could eat it, but as soon as the person next to them rolled doubles they had to stop where they were and hand over the items for that person to try. They had a really great time playing this! I’ve also seen this done with a king sized wrapped candy bar.

Bking Birthday Party Game - Unwrap the Kisses! - events to CELEBRATE!

The final activity was to decorate cupcakes. Piping bags were pre-filled with frosting and there were several options for sprinkles and toppings. Each girl decorated 4 cupcakes and then took them home in a cute little bakery style gift box (like these Pastry Box with Window)

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I just have to point out – don’t you LOVE that baking cups garland?!! I want to do it at every. single. one. of my parties! Want to make one? You can purchase the baking cups here: Wilton Blue Dots Baking Cups, Wilton Pink Dots Baking Cups

Baking  Birthday Party - Cupcake Decorating - events to CELEBRATE!

Baking Birthday Party - events to CELEBRATE!

Happiest Birthday wishes to you my dear Erica! Thank you for letting us share all of your cute, creative and FUN ideas!!


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Disney Princess Birthday Party

Disney Princess Birthday Party IdeasThis adorable Disney Princess Birthday Party was submitted by the talented duo – Karson and Betsy. They are a family who are hoping to adopt and I would love if you would hop over to their blog and if you know of anyone looking to place for adoption – help them connect with them.

The details of this party are so much fun! Any little prince or princess would have a ball at this party! Let’s look at the fun ideas they utilized:

Disney Princess Birthday Cake:

Disney Princess Birthday Cake

Using Disney Princess figurines, they created a perfect scene on her adorable cake!

To make your own – this Disney Princess 10 Piece Figurine Set will be perfect!

Disney Princess Birthday Party Activities:

Princess Birthday Party Magic Wands Princess Birthday Party Magic Wand Decorating

It’s essential for any princess to have a magic wand! The little guests got to decorate their own foam stars mounted on bamboo skewers with assorted foam shape stickers.

They could also decorate a crown using these Foam Princess Crowns and Adhesive Back Jewels (500 pc).

Princess Birthday Party Pin the Crown on the Princess

Every princess must know how to put on her crown – so a game of Pin the Crown on the Princess was perfect training. You can buy one for a few dollars: Pin the Crown on the Princess

Princess Birthday Party - Fingernail painting

A Princess must always look polished. The guests got the royal treatment with their nails painted the perfect Princess pink.

Princess Birthday Party REAL Princess Princess Birthday Party Story by Belle

It doesn’t get better than a visit from a REAL DISNEY PRINCESS! Belle stopped by to have story time and the girls were beyond excited! (It was a friend of theirs who agreed to dress up)

Disney Princess Birthday Party Food

Princess Birthday Party Food - events to CELEBRATE!

I absolutely love when party food is creatively named and these don’t disappoint! Aurora’s Awesome Carrots, Cinderella’s Cheese Chunks, Snow White’s Apples, Ariel’s Watermelon, Belle’s Bugles and Jasmine’s Jelly Sandwiches were served.

Then they got to get creative with adding different flavored syrups to lemonade for a custom drink.

Create Your Own Flavored Lemonade

Disney Princess Birthday Party Decorations: 

Princess Birthday Party Decorations

I absolutely love the valances of plastic table covers on the ceiling. The tissue paper pom poms and white lantern add the perfect “Chandelier” effect. The colors of pink and purple were used throughout with the table covers, food labels and crafts. For full details on the fun party – see their website.

For lots of themed paper goods, table covers, decorations and favors – check out these Disney Princess Party Supplies.

Want even more ideas? Check out another Princess Party I’ve posted by Marci Coombs.

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Minnie Mouse Party Ideas

Minnie Mouse Party Ideas

November 18, 1928 is Mickey Mouse’s birthday! That means he is turning 95 years old this year, he’s looking really good if you ask me!

Here are some fun facts about Mickey:
– Walt Disney was the voice for the original Mickey Mouse
– Mickey first appeared in “Steamboat Willie” – the first cartoon with sycronized sound!
– Walt Disney originally named him Mortimer, but his good wife convinced him to reconsider and suggested Mickey instead.
– Mickey’s first spoken words were “Hot Dogs!” in The Karnival Kid

In honor of Mickey, I’m sharing some adorable birthday party ideas from my friend Kara from Simplistically Sassy. For full details on the party go here. Where would Mickey be without Minnie, right?

Minnie Mouse Party Favors:

– DIY Minnie Mouse ear headbands 

*she made hers but, here are Minnie Mouse Ears w/ Bows (8 Pack) that are less than $1 each!

– Minnie Mouse cups filled with stickers, jewelry and treats

*These are the cups she used:Minnie Mouse Bow-tique 16 oz. Plastic Cup
* Here are cute Minnie Mouse stickers: Minnie Mouse Bow-tique Sticker Sheets
*And this is the perfect cute jewelry:Pearlized Diamond Bead Necklaces & 24 Bracelets in Pink 

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– Minnie Mouse applique t-shirts

* You can get the plain white t-shirts for about $3.00:Gildan Short Sleeve T-Shirt

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Minnie Mouse Party Treats:

– Minnie & Mickey Mouse cupcakes with Oreos and string licorice

Minnie Mouse Party Ideas

– Ice cream scoops with mini Oreos and pink sprinkles

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Minnie Mouse Party Activities:

– Minnie Mouse coloring pages

* Which you can print FREE here.

– Create your own Candy Necklace

* This is the little kit pictured below:Heart Candy Necklace Kit

Minnie Mouse Party Ideas

Bug Themed Birthday Party

Bug Party - Ant Hill Cake

This creepy, crawly bug themed birthday party was submitted by Rochelle, and it is so fantastic! I know so many little ones that would think this party is perfect! Just look at the Ant Mountain Cake her boys helped her decorate (with crushed grasshopper cookies coating the outside – perfect for the theme and delicious!).

She welcomed guests with a trail of bug stickers (buy a Bug Sticker Book):

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Bug Birthday Party Crafts:

And then they got to work making some really fun bug crafts!

Bug Catcher Necklaces (yarn, beads and the $.25 machine plastic containers for keeping bugs in)

A Special Decorated Bug Jar (found here:Plastic Bug Jar Craft Kit – 12 per pack)

Lightning Bugs (empty plastic water bottle, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, construction paper wings and glow sticks to put inside)

A Cootie for each child to take home! (Cootie 4 Pack)

Bug Party Activities - Bug Catcher Necklaces  Bug Party Activities - Making a Bug Catching Jar

Bug Party Activities- Making Lightning Bugs Bug Party Activities Making Cooties


Bug Birthday Party Activities:

After making fun crafts they did a couple of really fun activities!

Read Very Hungry Caterpillar (You can purchase The Very Hungry Caterpillar here)

Searched through puffed rice cereal for little bug toys to put into their bug jars (here is a great deal on 144 Plastic Mini Insect Toys)

Ate Chocolate Covered Crickets!!! (You can find some to purchase here – they even come with a badge for the eater to wear with pride!)

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It makes my skin shiver just thinking of all the creepy, crawly fun they had! I am so impressed they were all brave enough to try the chocolate crickets! Way to go on planning such a fun party Rochelle!

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Sesame Street Birthday Party

Sesame Street Birthday Party - Elmo, Big Bird & Cookie Monster Cake

My friends Karson & Betsy have adopted two adorable children. They are hoping to adopt again and I am honored to help spread the word about this wonderful family! They always host incredible parties and this Sesame Street Birthday party for their son Beckham’s 2nd birthday is no exception!! I love the fun colors, creative activities, adorable food ideas and little details that they put into every aspect of this party!

Sesame Street Birthday Party Decorations:

Sesame Street Birthday Party - Cookie Monster Pom Pom

{Cookie Monster Pom Poms}

Sesame Street Birthday Party - Centerpieces

{Street Sign & Magnet Letter Centerpieces}

Sesame Street Birthday Party - Garland

{Colorful Birthday Banner}

Sesame Street Birthday Party - Monster Party Hats

{DIY Sesame Street Party Hats} – If you aren’t up for making some, here are really cute Sesame Street Party Hats

Sesame Street Birthday Party Food:

Sesame Street Birthday Party - Cookie Monsters Cookies

{Cookie Monsters Cookies}

Sesame Street Birthday Party - Food Trays  

{Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Elmo & Oscar Fruit & Veggie Trays}

Sesame Street Birthday Party - Ernie's Rubber Duck Punch

{Ernie’s Rubber Ducky Punch}

Sesame Street Birthday Party Activities:

– Bubbles with Big Bird

– Oscar The Grouch Trash Can Toss

– Ernie’s Rubber Duck Pond

– Pin the Nose on Elmo – If you aren’t up for making your own, here is a Pin the Nose on ELMO Party Game

– Count the items in the Jar with Count

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Need help finding supplies to throw your own Sesame Street Themed Birthday Party? Look no further:
Free Printable Cookie Monster Happy Birthday Banner, water bottle labels, cupcake toppers and water bottle labels. 
Free Printable Elmo Banner, invitations, cupcake toppers, candy bar wraps, and more!
Sesame Street Scene Setter Decoration Set
Sesame Street Favors Rings – 1 Dozen
Sesame Street Paper Fan Decoration

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday Party!

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My kids LOVE Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and this party would be perfect for them. My dear friend, Rochelle really wowed me with her creativity and incorporation of the theme from start to finish! I’m so grateful she is letting me share all of the fun with you! This Mickey Mouse Clubhouse birthday party is such a perfect adaptation of the fun parts of the show into a child’s birthday party!

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse cake

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Party Activities:

As guests arrived they were given a pair of Minnie Mouse ears and played Ring Around the Rosie.


True to the show, they had a problem to solve and needed TOODLES each time to help them! The children would call for Toodles and out he came with a tool to help them with each activity.

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For the first activity Toodles brought them each a pair of binoculars (made from pink rolled craft foam sheets tied with a ribbon) and they had to search around the room for shapes that were taped to the walls. They would be show a certain shape and then have to look through their binoculars to match it to one on the wall. So cute. I just love all the littles looking through binoculars!

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For the second activity they did the “Hot Dog, Hot Dog, Hot Diggity Dog” dance and Toodles brought them a music CD with the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse music on it! They danced and danced and danced! It’s a pretty catchy tune. 🙂

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Next they needed Toodles to bring them some bean bags for a fun Mickey Mouse bean bag toss!


Lastly, Toodles brought them some plates and napkins so they could have birthday cake! Now, seriously, aren’t these cakes adorable! She made them herself. Oh, how I wish she lived closer to me so I could hire her when I need a cake, she is so talented!

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday Party


Don’t you just love those cute little lips ready to blow out the candle? What a darling little birthday girl! And, what cute ideas for taking the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and turning it into such a fun party!

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