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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.

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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)

Baking  Birthday Party - Decorating Cupcakes - events to CELEBRATE!

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:

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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.

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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

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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!

Once again, Rochelle has wowed us with her creativity and incorporation of the theme from start to finish! This Mickey Mouse Clubhouse birthday party is such a perfect adaptation of the fun parts of the show into a childs birthday party!

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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Activities:

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

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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 styrofoam 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 some music! 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 bean bag toss!

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Lastly, Toodles brought them some plates 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!

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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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Dora The Explorer Birthday Party

I grew up ballroom dancing and through that met some really fun, incredible people. Karson & Betsy are two of them. They have earned multiple national titles and are now amazing instructors. They have two adorable children, Izzy & Beckham, that joined their family through adoption. They are hoping to adopt another child and that’s just one reason I’m so excited to share their parties. Hopefully, you will spread the word about this amazing family and somehow we will help them make a connection with the right person out there.

They hosted this adorable Dora The Explorer birthday party for their daughter Izzy’s 2nd birthday.

Dora the Explorer Decorations:

I love the vibrant color palette they used, it all turned out so cute! A “Happy Birthday Izzy” banner was hung above a banner featuring characters from the show – super easy to do, but SO cute!

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The party space is enviable. This patio is incredible because it gives you a defined food area and is open to the yard for the activities – but no matter where you are, you feel like you are all together.

Dora the Explorer party space

The centerpieces were so fun – just a simple box wrapped in white wrapping paper with lots of colorful ribbon, feathers and even some accordion folded Dora the Explorer wrapping paper (such a cute idea!). They included some cute “explorer stars” as well. 🙂

Dora the Explorer birthday centerpiece

Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake:

The pair of them have incredible decorating skills  – if I were to attempt this, it would turn out looking more like a brown leather shoe than Dora. 🙂 Props to them.

Dora the Explorer Birthday Cake

Dora the Explorer cupcakes

Dora the Explorer Birthday Party Activities:

My favorite feature of the party was the map. They used the map to help them find Izzy’s birthday gifts that were hidden. They went over the stream, around the fountain, through the flower garden and found the gifts! Such a cute idea and a perfect way to incorporate the theme!!

Dora The Explorer Birthday map

 

The kids also had fun playing Pin the Tail on Swiper!

Dora the Explorer birthday activities

 

If you’re looking for additional ideas, there are LOTS of free printables found on the Nick Jr. website.

Thank you for sharing your creative and fun party ideas with us, Karson & Betsy! Their family blog is so inspirational. They truly live life fully and celebrate each day with their beautiful children.

Angry Birds Birthday Party

This incredibly fun Angry Birds Birthday Party is being shared with you by Marci Coombs. She and her friend threw this joint party for their two sons who have the exact same birthday – how fun!

I think one reason this particular party theme is such a hit, isn’t just about the popularity of the game, but about how many ways you can turn that into a really fun party. From the activities to the food and favors – there is SO much you can do with it!

Angry Birds Birthday Party Activities:

A home made Angry Birds catapult is a must. They used boxes, plywood and lots of bright green bouncy balls (with the faces painted onto them) to create this one.

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The guests then played Egg Toss. You pair off and stand close together tossing a raw egg (she colored them and drew angry bird faces on them) from one person to the other. As you each catch the egg successfully, you take a step away from each other and continue until the egg cracks open or someone drops the egg. The couple to get the furthest apart without losing their egg wins!angry11 (1)

They also threw darts at a giant balloon board. Can you imagine how much fun it would be to inflate all of those balloons?! Party time!

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Angry Birds Birthday Cake:

I love the structure made from wafer cookies, kit kat candy bars and green gumballs with piggy faces drawn on with an edible marker. It took this generic cake from Costco to a perfectly themed confection! angry10

Angry Birds Birthday Party Favors:

The party favors are super fun. They turned pain red paper bags into a themed piece by adding these free printable faces to them. Then they filled them with lots of silly goodies!

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There are so many creative details and it would be a really great party for the kids – not just themed, but fun at the same time!
PS – Check out these adorable wreaths Marci makes – you can order your own custom wreath for any season/holiday!

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