Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Super G is Officially 3! (Part 1)

We survived another birthday party!  Yay!  Super G officially turned 3 and he loved his little party.  I'm showing photos of the decor in this post and will show shots of the activities in another.  I tried to go as cheap as possible but still have it look nice.  Thankfully A Party Studio (www.etsy.com/shop/APartyStudio) made awesome printables for me which made everything look adorable!

We served appetizers and desserts.  The guest book was purchased on Amazon.com.  

We had lots of finger foods and candy.

And we served cotton candy from the dollar store.  Total cost $3 & I could have gotten away with only two packs.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Awesome Printables!

Check out the printables I ordered from A Party Studio.  The owner Tali is a dream to work with!  These printables make the whole party come together!

This is a sample certificate each child will be presented with after completing the Superhero Training Academy.  They will also receive their capes.  Shortly after this "graduation ceremony" the new superheroes will come face to face with villains they will have to battle...think silly string and balloons with masks.  Should be fun!  I'll post pictures later!

Finishing Touches

I'm just putting the finishing touches on the superhero capes!  Each kiddo is going to complete a Superhero Training Academy then be presented with a cape and certificate.  The weather is supposed to be 73 and sunny so it looks like it's all going to work out!  I'm getting closer to being finished with everything...but there is still much to do.  

Thursday, January 19, 2012

More Almost Free Decor!

I've been a little stumped on decor for this superhero party but my kids are totally excited about their "headlines" for the photo booth backdrop (see previous posts).  They keep asking me what their headline is and they're telling everybody how they "saved the day".  I decided to go ahead and print another copy of the same headline to hang up as decor for the party.  Here are examples of my own kids.  There are a total of 13 kiddos coming to the party so it didn't take too much time to make these.  I just used regular typing paper and a basic word program.  I think you could do some really cool things if you are good on the computer.  

Monday, January 16, 2012

Wear Your Decor!

JoAnn's had t-shirts on sale, 3 for $10.  I had a 40% coupon and purchased a pack of glitter glue (red, gold, silver) for $6.  I drew a crest on paper for each of my kids and traced them on the shirts.  Then I filled in my tracing with the glitter glue.  So for $16 and about an hour of my time, my little superheroes have extra special shirts to wear to the party!  And they become part of the decor too! 
Not bad for about $5 a shirt!

Super Gage

Super Cash

Super Keely

Friday, January 13, 2012

A for Effort???

My husband's friend requested a Storm Trooper cake for his son's party.  His wife found a youtube video showing how one mom made it so I thought I'd give it a try.  Next month my oldest son is having a Star Wars party so this was going to be good practice.  Most of the examples on the internet are made with fondant, which I don't use.  Unfortunately, the cake was WAY harder than it looked and didn't turn out that great.  However, I thought the technique was pretty cool and could be tweaked to make lots of different of cakes.  So, here's how I did it...not my best work, but definitely my best effort.

I made simple syrup for the first time, with equal parts sugar and water that I boiled in a pot.  I added a whole lemon to it as well.  Then I used buttercream frosting and my Kitchen Aid mixing bowl as a mold.

I lined my Kitchen Aid bowl.  Plastic wrap would work but I usually end up annoyed with it so I went with good old wax paper instead.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Photo Booth Backdrop

I'm planning to have a photo booth set up at Super G's party so the kids can pose in their capes and masks.  I wasn't sure what to use for a backdrop so I decided to get creative.  I used a leftover box from Christmas and opened it up.  Then I used Mod Podge and newspaper to cover the entire thing.  I also made "headlines" for each of the kids using their superhero names.  Hopefully it will make for some cute photos!

I'm not super in love with it, but it should do the trick.  It could have been better if I'd used a different color paper for the headlines.  The white really sticks out.  However, on a positive note, the whole project was basically free.  Maybe it can get your wheels turning for some other ways to set up your own photo booth backdrop!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Masked Crusaders

Here's another peek at one of the activities we have planned for the little one's party.  
Decorate your own superhero mask!  Less than a dollar per kid!  Not too bad!  

I found a template on line and used it for the shape.  I cut the masks out of foam and punched holes in the sides.  I tied on thin elastic and bought super cool stickers for the kids to decorate with.  
Can't wait to post photos later!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Did I Mention We're Having a Party?

Here's a peek at my little one's superhero party!

Custom printables made by A Party Studio.  

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A 25 Cent Party Favor? Yes, Please!

We've got a superhero party in the making.  Check out these favors!

Head over to your local dollar store and pick up some Super Gum Pops or Tootsie Pops.  I purchased a pack of 4 for $1.00.  Then I used some card stock that I had leftover from other projects and I made little capes and masks.  
Ta-dah!  A totally cute, super cheap party favor that the kids will love!