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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Party one and Two: Done and Done

I have a confession to make. I ran out of time. Plain and simple. I had a grand plan of amazing birthday decor that would transform our house from ordinary to extraordinary, but alas it was not meant to be. Between the two youngest getting sick and a mid week photo shoot (which I was happy to do) I had to go into necessity mode: meaning kids don't care too much about decor but they do want to eat and they do want to play fun games. Plus I had a handful of my old skirts that I needed to resize to give to my girls as birthday gifts. So while  I had dreams of decor that looked like this and this, it simply didn't happen. Not to worry though! The kids didn't know what was missing and a good time was had by all! 
Here is a small recap! 
 I used the hanging rosette balls that I made for Raia's birthday. You can find the tutorial here. 
Mine are slightly different.

"C" for Cambria's birthday
I tried my hand at some tissue paper pom poms. Find the tutorial here. (Mine don't look like Martha's because frankly, I'm not Martha. It feels good to get that off my chest:)
 "K" for Kiera's birthday.
I put scrapbook letters on skewers and stuck them in a bowl of rice
Here is a close up. You could hot glue them so you can't see the tape, but I didn't know how to do the dot on the "i" I guess I could have done a capital. Of course, you could also cut around the tape better. Ninja vanish!

We played pin the bow on the LalaLoopsy for party number two. I free handed this image onto a poster board after I used my large round laundry basket to trace a circle.

We played pin the bow on the Hello, Kitty for party number two!  I also free handed this.

My hubby provide entertainment while this kids waited in line:)
We had coloring pages . . .(free handed this too)

My dear friend, Ashley, of Bany Canyon, who is incredibly amazing at many things made this little outfit for my Kiera so she could feel like a Lalaloopsy.
We played this AWESOME game. Put a baseball in one leg of a nylon (we used little girl tights) and knock down a row of water bottles. You can do it as a minute to win it game and try and knock them down in one minute, but we did it as a relay. Knock a bottle down, then race back and hand your headwear to the next kid in line. They loved this and wanted to do it again and again.
Then we had another relay. We used two big kitchen serving spoons in which we place an egg. The runners goal was not to drop the egg.
They had to jump over an ice chest . . .
go around the toy car . . .
and drop the egg in the basket before running back to tag their teammates hand. This was also a lot of fun and a big hit with the kids.
We ended the day with ice cream cake a birthday song and lots of presents!

We did the same thing two days in a row with two different sets of birthday girls and two different groups of kids and both groups had so much fun, though the 9 year olds were WAY more competitive. I hope this can give you a few ideas on which to make your own!

Now, I just have one more party to survive throw! The family party that will be in a few weeks. I have saved all the decorations and maybe just maybe I'll get to add a few. We'll see!

Follow my birthday party ideas on Pinterest! There are a million fun ideas out there!

Happy Crafting!


  1. I love the colors of the pompoms. These are the colors I am using in my baby girl's nursery!

    1. I am so glad you like the colors! They are so fun and create a happy mood, in my opinion! What a great combo for a nursery! What a lucky little girl! Thank you so much for your comment!

  2. I love the decorations!! I know you said that you ran out of time, but you are more than welcome to come do my decorations any day :)

    1. Beth, you are so sweet! I am glad you liked what I had:) Thank you for your comment:)

  3. Amy!! It looks great, I love how you make it look so easy to throw a great party. & I agree, it does feel good to get it off my chest too that I am not Martha either.

    Lala Kiera looks adorable!

    1. Haha! Maybe we can start a "not Martha" club! My mom said Lexi's party was really fun and that Sean was in rare entertainment form:)

  4. I luv it from the decorations down to the hand drawn gams and Lalaloopey outfit. How cool a birthday party! They look amazing and the kids had fun what more could you ask for? Great job mom :)
    Gladys P

    1. Thank you so much for the compliments, Gladys! Both of the parties really turned out great! I appreciate you taking time to leave a note!

  5. Some many cute things!! I am so impressed! I wish I was this talented:-)

    1. Thanks you so much for your comment:) Makes me feel good!

  6. You are so crafty! I need to remember these things when I have a little girl! I never had a party that was that well planned out!

    1. Thank you for your comment! Most of the games can be adapted for boys. For my son (who loves spider man) we did "pin the spider on the web and his colors were red and blue! The other games are great for both genders! Have a great day!