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Butterfly Themed Birthday Party: Food & Desserts

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Did you love the butterfly decorations? I did too. They were so much fun to put together. The food and desserts were equally fun and they were delicious! I looked for items that either fit the butterfly theme or the color theme – that way they would all coordinate.

Butterfly Themed Party Food:

I held two different parties – one for the family to come for dessert and another for little friends. So, let’s start with the dessert party:

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For the beverages I purchased Strawberry and Orange Crush for the pink and orange colors and Jarritos pinneaple for the yellow (it is a Mexican soda and can be found on the ethnic food aisle). Then I just added a 2″ printed butterfly taped over the logo of the bottle.

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Oh, the cake. I had such grand visions of a perfect cake. Unfortunately, the vision in my head didn’t come out of the piping bag all by itself. I guess you need to actually have some cake decorating skill in order to get what’s in your head. 🙂 The frosting didn’t blend from one color to the next and the chocolate butterflies that I piped out onto wax paper didn’t stand out as I had hoped, but it tasted good!

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I made three 9″ round cakes in the three party colors. For the pink layer I used a strawberry cake mix (I made the rest into cupcakes for the friend party). The middle and top layer were a yellow cake mix with a bit of food coloring added for the orange layer. I made homemade cream cheese frosting because I don’t like the flavor of shortening based frostings.

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Lemon Bars:

I included lemon bars for an extra sweet treat. They are one of my favorite desserts and they matched the color theme – double score! I love all of the recipes from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe that I have tried and so although I hadn’t had this recipe before, I knew they would be good. They didn’t disappoint – they were perfectly tart, sweet and buttery. Give them a try!

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For those who wanted a less sugary dessert, I also served fruit kabobs. Keeping with the color theme I served pineapple, cantaloupe and watermelon that I cut using a Butterfly Shaped Cookie Cutter.

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Guests got to take home Salt Water Taffy in the party colors, chocolate mold butterfly suckers that I made using chocolate candy melt and Butterfly Gummy Candy (purchased at Winco).

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At the party the following day for her little friends I served many of the same items, but added a few to turn it into lunch.

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Butterfly Sandwiches:

I used a butterfly shaped cookie cutter to turn ordinary white sandwich bread into cute little butterfly PB&J’s.

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Butterfly Crackers with Cheese:

Pepperidge Farm Golden Butter Crackers come in the shape of a butterfly! They also have a box called “Cracker Favorites” that contain butterfly shaped crackers. I found them at my regular local grocery store. I simply paired them with some string cheese or cheddar cheese for a simple tray.

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To continue with the color theme I offered plain potato chips as well as cheetos (what toddler doesn’t love cheetos?).

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It was fun to brainstorm ways to incorporate the butterfly or color palette into all of the food details! Stay tuned for the details on all of the activities we did at the party!

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Simple Birthday Party Decorations

Birthday Party Decorations

I recently did these cute, but simple birthday party decorations for my incredible in-laws. I really lucked out and got amazing in-laws. This year both of them turn 60, just a few months apart from each other so, as a family we wanted to do something big to celebrate. My brother & sister in-law (my husbands brother and his wife) just finished building a cabin in the mountains of western Colorado and they offered to host the entire family there for the weekend celebration! We assigned each family meal to provide and each family was asked to bring an activity for the kids to do. Since I was an hour from the nearest anything – I had to keep the birthday party decorations simple enough to transport and set-up. So, I decided created a decorative treatment for the balcony that opens over the kitchen and family room.


Simple Birthday Party Decorations

I wanted a gender neutral color palette, but wanted it to be fun and bright, so I selected Red, Orange and Yellow. I used the orange butcher paper fringe that my sister made for this party for the top layer. Then I used a needle and thread to string together 8 of each color balloon and taped the ends of each string to the balcony for the second layer.


For the third layer I created a banner using patterned paper from Hobby Lobby and cream cardstock for the letters. I used my Silhouette to cut them out and then ran glue along all of the edges to add glitter in coordinating colors.


For the fourth layer I wanted to personalize it by featuring photos of my in-laws from various stages of their lives. They were high school sweethearts so I included photos from them in high school all the way to now. I added glitter to clothespins and tied them to the balcony using embroidery floss in Red, Orange and Yellow.

Photo Birthday Party Decorations


Although the entire weekend was technically celebrating their birthdays – I wanted to still have a “birthday party” one of the nights.  We had pulled pork sandwiches (this recipe – and trust me, it got rave reviews!), coleslaw (this recipe, anything from Our Best Bites is yummy!), watermelon, cornbread and cake (from Schmidts in Salt Lake City, UT). Then we all watched a movie in the theater room while we indulged in some of the favorite types of candy of my in-laws that I had brought.


It really was an incredible weekend, we went on rides all around on the Rangers:


Made Birthday cards for Grandma and Grandpa:


Beaded necklaces

Had a water balloon fight and played with bug catching nets & magnifying glasses

Keeping things simple really helped me focus on the time with family and it was a fantastic weekend for everyone!

Ninja Birthday Party

My friend Amy has done it once again. The birthday parties she does for her three boys are always so creative and full of great DIY details! This ninja birthday party is no exception. Her son takes Karate lessons and so coming up with the theme for his party was a cinch.

Ninja Birthday Party Ideas

She hired a friend who has a black belt in karate to come and teach the boys the basic discipline of karate and a few entry level moves. The boys LOVED it and had such a fun time.

Ninja birthday party

Ninja party lesson

A cruise through the clearance section at JoAnn’s scored Amy the perfect fabric for a backdrop. She added a printed sign to finish the look.

Ninja Party backdrop

Her son doesn’t like cake so she went simple and just added some nijago characters to the top of a store bought cake and a fun sign that she created along with the other party printables. 

Ninja party cake

Her son loves root beer and since the dark bottles fit perfectly with the color scheme, she simply wrapped a custom printed bottle wrap around each one to theme it to the party.

Ninja party drink labels

By adding fun little toys and wrapped candy bars to a take-out box – each boy had a fun party favor to take home.

Ninja Party Favors

Amy created the custom head wraps by taking 3″ wide silk ribbon and added Chinese characters to them with white puff paint.

Ninja party headbands

Happy Birthday Dawson! Hi-Ya!

Ninja party


Despicable Me Birthday Party

This incredible Despicable Me birthday party was submitted by Rochelle Wilde. She is a stay at home mother of 5 (with one more on the way) and lives in Ohio. If you looked in the dictionary under Super-Mom, you’d see her photo. She cooks, bakes, sews and crafts all while she raises completely adorable children. Her creativity and cake decorating skills are ridiculous.

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Here are the minion-ized invites:

Despicable Me Invitations

Okay, there are actually two really big reasons why I love these cupcakes. First, they use Twinkies, which I can down an entire box of. Second, they are so darling!!

Despicable Me cupcakes

She referenced a tutorial found here on how to make the minions. But really, I know if I tried to do that they would end up looking like a lump of rainbow play dough that my 2 year old plays with. Well done! Her son specifically requested that the minions be “eating” the cake. 🙂

Despicable Me Cake

I love the simple, but well thought decorations.

Despicable Me Decorations

As guests arrived they each got to decorate their own pair of minion glasses.

Despicable Me Party Craft

Then it was on to playing Gru Says.

Despicable Me Game

That was followed by Finding the Moon and the Fluffy Unicorn dart game

Despicable Me Hide The Moon Game Despicable Me Party Game

Each child was sent home with their own perfect package of Coconutties (Graham crackers – since her son is named Graham).

Despicable Me Party Favor

If you’re planning the party for a younger crowd you could also have them color a Despicable Me coloring page – find some free printable ones here.

Looking for some really cute Despicable Me cups/plates/napkins for cheap? Click here.

Don’t have time to make a lot of decorations – here are some that are perfect! Click here.

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Winnie The Pooh DIY party ideas

My friend Kara did the cutest Winnie The Pooh party for her son turning 4 years old. I LOVED Winnie the Pooh when I was growing up and still do! She came up with some really fun ideas. Here is a brief overview, for full details visit her blog posts about the party here.

She started by making invitations with this darling poem:

winnie the pooh invites

She also made this adorable cake (which she suggests using Reeces Pieces for instead of M&M’s):

Winnie the pooh cake

Then, because she is really great at all things crafty – she MADE these cute felt bees (and includes a detailed tutorial on her site) and box for a bee toss game:Felt bee  winnie the pooh bee toss

The kids also had a tigger bouncing race (I love the cute little guys lined up in their potato sacks!):

potato sack race

She is so crafty and super creative!

I looked around for other DIY ideas around the Winnie the Pooh theme and found some other cute details you could include:

Serve honeycomb cereal snacks:

Honey comb treats

Or Pooh Gummy Bears:

pooh gummy bears

And wash it all down with some Piglet Punch:

piglet punch

Let the kids color a Winnie the Pooh coloring page:


Or have these cute paper bag puppet pieces all printed and cut out so they can make a puppet (includes pdf printable and step by step instructions):


Let your kids explore the Hundred Acre Woods and incorporate these fun and simple ideas into your next party!

Image credits: Invitations, Tigger bounce race, bee toss, felt bee, cake, honeycomb, gummy bears, piglet punch, coloring page, paper bag puppets

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