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Star Wars birthday party collection

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Welcome to the dark side.... My nephews LOVE Star Wars and have been begging for me to create a Star Wars party for them. My brother and sister-in-law were going on a cruise and I was babysitting for the next week so I thought I would be their favorite Aunt and create a Star Wars party for all of them! We invited the other nephews over and had a blast! It was so much fun... We all dressed up and each had our own part. Which side would you be on? Our Star Wars printable are available in our Shop.

I had everything set up and it just looked like it need something else.... looked a little bland or missing something, so I whipped this Death Star balloon up in a couple minutes. (please excuse the sloppiness. It was done in the wee hours of the night/ morning when I wasn't fully thinking straight) But you get the idea. It was really easy to make and created the dramatic look I was looking for..... Plus it was only .35 cents! I love inexpensive ideas!  I just attached the balloon to the backdrop with tape. Make where you tie the balloon to be the back of the Death Star to hide the tie.

I used some "Christmas Icicles" to create a space feeling, with matter, rocks and particles swirling around in space. Awesome right.... who knew Christmas decorations would be so resourceful!

The banner was interweaved with the dark matter. 

The desserts we had were Star Wars worthy for sure! 

We made mini "Death Star" chocolate pies. We used these really cool slanted dishes from Crate and Barrel. 1. Fill the bottom with crushed Oreos
2. Fill with chocolate filling (I like Pioneer Womans Chocolate pie it's one of my favorites! A must try if you have never tried it!!!)   
3. Top with some additional Oreos and a peanut butter cup or I made these little chocolate cups 
4. Top with one our tags from our Star Wars Birthday Collection

Chocolate Cupcakes with our Star Wars cupcake toppers 

I found these Star War pez dispensers and knew I had to incorporate them! ps the kids LOVED them! I found them at Party City

Wookie cookies.... I searched long and hard for something I thought would be wookieish... I think I found the best solution... Little Debbie's Star Crunch cookies. I haven't eaten one in 15 years.... They were just as good as I remembered when I ate them as a kid. This makes for an easy favor. I placed 2 into each favor.

Stormtropper marshmallow pops. It's really hard to get a dark true black frosting so I bought the black frosting out of a tube and just made simple  markings to resemble Stromtroppers. 

Which side are you on? ... good vs evil... Welcome to the dark side!

You can't have a Star Wars birthday party without lightsabors. I wanted something that actually glowed so I found little glow in the dark "sticks" I had red, green and blue. Also had coordinating red and blue airheads.

Since Star Wars is good vs evil {and we all dressed up and split between the 2 sides} I had good and evil for every treat so they could continue the acting out and battling each other.

We also had silly string in green, blue, red and black. This was one of the activities.... I know I'm probably too old for it, but I still love a good silly string fight!

TIP: It was hard finding all the colors. I found that Hobby Lobby carried them all.

Candy bar wrappers are also included in the Star Wars collection

As I was searching for foods that were in the actual books and movies I stumbled upon the Star Wars Wikipeadia, they had a whole section of foods that were in the book! I loved this and it really helped me. These are actual donut/ pastries which they ate in Star Wars! (they loved their donuts!  there are tons of donut names) I chose to serve Iced donuts with dark matter sprinkles and Smuggler's Delight (antidote to Giggle Dust), which we also had!

Princess Leia cinnamon rolls for the good side

We had mini waters for the drinks. I didn't want something sweet with all the other sweets I was serving.

Jedi training was in full swing with the little kiddos! This one was extremely talented with a lighsabor (he also enjoyed the glow in the dark lightabors.... he liked taking all of them and twirled them round in the dark. We had a battle in the dark with a fort we built!)

I made the little Jedi outfit without a pattern. I just sewed brown fabric together made slits on the side and a hole for the head and they had a twine rope belt. It was simple, but allowed them to be in costume as well.

We had stormtroppers protecting the dessert table until everyone got there....

Darth Vader had some mad skills... He was the honorary guest that I designed the party for


Silly string fight outside- depending who they were they received coordinating colored silly string. The silly string ran out way too fast! Note for next time buy at least 2 cans for each kid and include myself! I told you I love a good silly string battle!

Giggle Dust.... remember those powder filled jelly donuts above "Smuggler's Delight", they are the antidote to Giggle Dust.

Austie didn't eat one and well... when the giggle dust was flying around it, it got the best of him!

I custom made the "giggle dust" with tissue paper squares. I just cut tissue paper into strips and then into squares. We threw and collected the giggle dust over and over again, rolling around in it and taking turns with everyone throwing it at a single person.

As they all sat down, they sat according to "their sides" without being told! Good vs Evil (see the giggle dust still in Princess Leia's hair)

This picture cracks me up.... as "Darth Vader" and a "Stormtropper" enjoy the desserts with their feet up, relaxing from the battles of the day, enjoying a donut with dark matter sprinkles.

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Candy Dinosaur eggs & party hats

Do you remember our Dinosaur Birthday party collection.... we have added a few items to the collection to help make your planning a little easier! Many people have asked where I got the candy Dinosaur eggs. The store I originally bought them at does not ship.... so after much searching I now sell these little candy treasures in my Etsy shop! You can use for an dinosaur party or for rocks or anything you need specked round items for! 

You can use these candies for and dinosaur birthday party as part of the favors like we have shown above (printable favor toppers available in our Etsy shop - Wants and Wishes here.)

Or you can make mini dinosaur nests with some eggs.

These are so easy to make.... maybe put them in white or brown cupcake liners and build a nest in there!

1. Start out to chocolate wafers, Oreos with out the filling (I used chocolate honey grahams- my grocery store was out of chocolate wafers!)
2. Place a couple cups in a ziplock bag (take out all the air and zip up)
3. Crush by rolling over with a rolling pin, until it is nice and crumbly
4. Place some dinosaur eggs on top and serve!

Another addition the is coming soon is our Dinosaur party hats professionally printed.... ready to assemble. They will come in kits of 5 (all 5 different designs will be included!)

Also, I just had to share these photos of one of my fabulous clients.... Amy.... She's a photographer (as you can probably tell.... her photos are amazing! I wish I was half as talented as she is!) You can check out her talent here on her Facebook page, Amy L.B. Photography

I just love how she bedazzled the hats with fun toppers and rick rack around the edges! I especially love that little pom pom string. I recently used it on a project too and just love that stuff! Again, I'm drooling over her photography skills!

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Easy Frosting recipes

Monday, April 16, 2012

I was creating jumbo circus animal cookies for my Circus collection and was searching for a great frosting recipe....  one that was easily spread and drip off the sides & great tasting. I was having no luck then I came across this website. It has 5 or 6 great, easy- kid friendly frosting! I was so happy to come across it that I wanted to share it with all of you!

Frosting recipes  can be found here

This is the one I used and LOVED it!

Quick and Easy Powdered Sugar Icing
This is the easiest homemade icing to make. It's our family's favorite. This is not a firm icing. It will "drip" down the sides of your cake or cookies and give an old fashioned look.
2 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons milk
Mix the powdered sugar with the vanilla and milk. Then add more milk a bit at a time until it is thin enough to drizzle over a cake. Once you've iced your cake, it's best to let it stand for one or two hours.
To make chocolate icing, add two tablespoons cocoa powder when you mix the powdered sugar and follow the rest of the recipe above.

I made the frosting is a shallow bowl and just dipped the cookie in and let it set up on a cooling rack (remember to put wax paper below for easy clean up!) Then, just sprinkle round colorful sprinkles on top. 
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Peanut Butter & Jelly Brownie Delight dessert recipe

Thursday, April 12, 2012

About a year ago, my Mom found this recipe for a Peanut Butter and Jelly Brownie dessert in the Southwest Airlines Sky magazine (of all places!) When she showed me.... I just knew I had to try this. I made it at my sister's when I was in California. It was an instant hit with us! A couple months later when  I was at her house, she begged me to make the peanut butter and jelly brownie dessert again. I had lost the recipe, but found the article on the internet.

While I was making it the second time I thought.... this would make the best little dessert for my Cowboy dessert bar.... a little brownie satchel! I loved how they turned out! Check out our full Cowboy dessert table here filled with lots of fun cowboy desserts for a true Western show down.

This dessert was made by James Boyce because he forgot to bring a dessert for a private function. This was the creation he made with the ingredients he found at the clients house.... 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Brownie Delight Recipe:
2 sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed
melted butter
4 inch square brownies
4 Tablespoons Peanut Butter
4 Tablespoons Strawberry Jelly
4 Tablespoons chocolate chips

1. Lay on sheet of dough on work surface and brush with butter.
2. Top with another sheet of dough and brush with butter.
3. Cut into 8"x8" square
4. Place a 4"x4" brownie on top.
5. Top each brownie with one tablespoon each of peanut butter, jam. 
6. Then sprinkle with chocolate chips
7. Cinch dough around brownies and regenerate for at least 30 minutes.
8. Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes or until dough starts to brown.

These are best served hot, but still good cooled. Enjoy! 
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Disney Inspired Cars Birthday party... Kachow!!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Happy Birthday.... Kachow style! My nephew LOVED the Disney Cars movie and wanted a Cars Birthday. Here is what I designed for him, the printables are available in my Shop

For the backdrop and table cloth I kept it simple with a rusty red backdrop and a black table cloth. I wanted the table to look like a road! It was so easy and make a dramatic difference with little effort and time. Just get a dark rich black table cloth and place bright yellow pieces of paper creating a road. I just attached them with double stick tape.

I got this large galvanized tiered stand from Crate and Barrel and decorated the sides with black & white checkers and yellow & black arrows like "guardrails" that line the highways.

both "guardrail" designs are available in the Cars collection.

We hung the banner up with thin black & white checkered ribbon.

We had lots of fun Cars desserts for the kids.

Cupcakes with our cupcake toppers in tire designs and lightening McQueen style lighting bolt. 

Chocolate candy bar wrappers decorated with our candy wrappers. They include the Welcome sign to Radiator Springs, tire tracks with cars emblem, red and yellow Lightening McQueen car design and Mater towing

The Welcome to Radiator Springs is my favorite one! The "speed limit sign" is customized with your child's name & age in it. 

For the drinks we had water bottles. They had drink wrappers and bottle toppers to decorate them.

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