*This post does contain affiliate links, thanks for your support.Malakai had so much fun at his Harry Potter birthday party. What a better way to celebrate “The Boy Who Lived” than incorporating Harry Potter. We had lots of good ideas thanks to other Harry Potter birthday parties that have been thrown by others but it was fun to put a little spin on it.
I just cut the top off of some greenery I grabbed from Ikea and glues it to the top of the babies heads. I used red velvet cake but you can get any kind you want. I especially love these Butterbeer Cupcakes from Sugar & Soul. I spread it with cream cheese frosting and dipped it in some brown sprinkles. You could also ground up some Oreos and dip them in to have it look like dirt.
I got these Honeydukes chocolate bar labels from Etsy here. They’re printable and a no brainer. They fit perfectly on Hershey bars. We had our local bakery make a replica of Hagrid’s cake and had them personalize it. I also especially love the Gryffindor smash cake. They just used a printable paper and I attached the little snitch on top. I also bought some paper stars that just added a pop to the Harry Potter table. They’re actual pages out of the book folded into tiny stars and they’re adorable. Grab them here. Get Away Today was a huge help in bringing all the decorations together. They had some Harry Potter candy from the original Honeydukes for us. They also lent us their Sorting Hat and scarves for our photo booth. I used some printable snitch wings and attached them onto some Ferrero Rocher candies and yum…
Grab the balloons here and grab the confetti here. I just stuffed the confetti into the clear balloons and then took them to my local party store to fill up.
I used the large cauldron for drinks, the medium for the Harry Potter photo booth props and the small one to hold the extra candy along with the prop Harry Potter glasses. You can see Malakai’s Harry Potter Snitch invitation here.
I grabbed a lot of candies and props for the Diagon Alley area of the party from Oriental Trading. here, here, here The skull statue and the beakers are all from Michaels and I grabbed dowels, hot glue and brown spray paint while I was there and made some fun homemade wands. I got all the table linens from Oriental Trading as well.
So Malakai’s first birthday is coming up on the 30th so I found the perfect Snitch invitations to go along with theme of his birthday which is “The Boy Who Lived”. He was Harry Potter for his first Halloween so I thought it was only fitting to find him a Harry Potter birthday party invitation. I don’t have time to make them so I ordered some for pictures and props and everyone else just gets an e-vite. 😉I found the Harry Potter birthday party invitation on Etsy and you can buy them HERE because they’re awesome!You just slam them down to crack and they reveal the invite of the Harry Potter Birthday Party Invitation for Malakai’s first birthday party. So excited.And if you’re headed to Universal Studios any time soon, book with Get Away Today.
My Siaki looooves Football. ‘Mr. Touchdown’ had an awesome season and he soon discovered O’dell Beckhams sweet catch from the Super Bowl a few years ago. They even have a term that if you catch something that looks like it took a difficult stretch, you O’delled it. For his 8th birthday we threw him a New York Giants football party as a bit of a nod to his new found O’dell obsession. I found these fun football helmet and ball shaped cookie cutters and made some extra buttery Rice Krispie treats and cut them out. I used these trays from Oriental Trading. Next time I’ll line them with parchment so that we can reuse them later. We did ice cream and cake after the kids came home from seeing Zootopia in the theaters. I got them all sugared up and sent them home to their parents. You’re welcome! I used some Hazel and Ruby scalloped washi tape to create the laces on my pitcher. I filled it with root beer so that it gives me the brown look of the ball. All these fun plates, napkins, balloons and garland are all from Oriental Trading. I grabbed these slap bracelets from OT and the kids went crazy for them. I kind of loved them too. It brought me back to my days at Beaverton Elementary and I’d use my $.25 to buy a slap bracelet at the school store. I love these football party ideas and they’re perfect for the Super Bowl too. All these decorations could be used to represent any football team.
Are you looking for some fun unicorn party ideas? Look no further. Leila turned 6 recently and we wanted to have a small party for her and some girlfriends. We went to our favorite bakery and just had them make us a unicorn cake using a lot they had on hand.
I have had sculptured cakes in the past but I learned that kids don’t need that. It’s mainly for pictures that the parents want it. It can be worth it and I have seen awesome cakes made but that money can be spent elsewhere for me.I used my Cricut to cut these adorable Unicorns out of Iron-On vinyl. You can get the Cricut Design Space file here. We used some fabric markers to color in the lines and so the girls each had their own personalized shirt to take home. I got this idea from Lindsay at Artsy Fartsy Mama and I knew I had to recreate it. I created the tags for the gift bags by using a glue pen and some foil from ??? I had Leila write the first letter of each girls names and we placed the foil over the glue once it was dry. We then rubbed with all our might and it transferred just the way we had written. I tied it with some pink tulle and they were set with their gift bags to bring home all their crafts. The gift bags, plates and napkins are all Meri Meri and I found them at Homegoods and TJ MAXX at a great price. I grabbed some bubble wands from Walmart because they came in rainbow colors. I got all the balloons from an Etsy shop here. There were also some fun things I got here that included the mini Unicorns cabochons and I glued them to ring banks so they could be worn later. I also used string and keychain holders and the girls used beads to make their own. If there is one thing I know about my daughter is that she loves to create and craft. She’s got a great eye for detail and I can tell she’s going to be just like me but I know even better. She just loves to have the attention and the kids think I put a lot of work and effort into their parties but for me the hardest part is figuring out which stuff I want to buy online.
Good hell, this party happened in March and I’m finally feeling better enough that I got my act together to post some pics. Siaki turned 7 and he wanted a special day. I guess I knew how to do it but it was A LOT of work.
Toxic Ooze drinks for everyone! I combined kiwi flavored syrup, Fresca and fresh limes. I was a little nervous how it’d taste but everyone loved it, including myself. The drink dispenser is from Oriental Trading and it’ll go with any style.
Lollipics creates custom lollies for kids and we just had to have some for here. I chose a few flavors and two designs. Each flavor can be customized in a bunch of 6 and so I chose the TMNT logo and little booty’s face. Emmy Lowe Photo is who took our pics and I couldn’t be more pleased.
You probably saw Ashlee Marie on Food Network for the Halloween Baking Comp. I think she got robbed because she makes AWESOME cakes. They don’t only look awesome but they taste delicious. We chose a chocolate cake with marshmallow filling. I was expecting to have some fake fluff in the center but when we cut into it and saw freshly made marshmallows, I was giddy!
Party flair is from My Minds Eye and the killer tower is from Oriental Trading.
I also found these cute milk bottles to go along with their mini pizzas that they were going to create for the activity. The milk bottles can easily be washed and used for another party. You may just want to buy extra lids, your choice. The honeycombs and small treat cups are also from Tom Kat Studio. I found lots of goodies on her site.
We also had a dear friend of ours come over and do some awesome face painting for the kids. This was another fun activity for them because it was able to keep them occupied for about an hour while she painted 20 kids and got them to play outside for a bit. If you’re local in Salt Lake, give Amy Boehme a call. She seriously rocked it.
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BDayOnBudget #CollectiveBiasMy Freddie is 10! Double digits and I don’t want to believe it. He was pretty much ecstatic once he saw the final product of his party using the Star Wars Rebels theme. He blushed when we sang Happy Birthday and was just the most coy I’ve seen him in a while. Man, I love this kid.We had a delish white cake with raspberry filling from our local bakery and I bought some letter candles at my local Walmart store. I just love plain cakes and I think they send as large of statement as extravagant ones.To make the foam light-sabers, I just cut some foam pool noodles in thirds and attached some silver duct tape first and then to hide the seams, I took some skinny black duct tape. All 12 cost me around $10 and the kids had the BEST time with them. Next I created some chocolate light-sabers and I think it was my favorite thing at the party. Just head to this Valentines post to see how I tempered the chocolate. Instead of dipping the tip of the pretzel in to create a match, I just dipped it 3/4 of the way.I grabbed all the party gear from Walmart for these awesome Star Wars Rebels; make sure you check out all their other Disney party supplies, too good! We had the best birthday any 10 year old could have asked for. We love to have family and friends involved in our life and a birthday is just another excuse to have them over!
You tell me, what is the most epic birthday party you ever had?
Nothing is better than taking something that you never thought was possible and turning it into something rad. That totally happened with this cake and some Trix cereal. Who doesn’t love funfetti cake? Whoever doesn’t is clearly losing in life! You have to try this cake and don’t forget to get the box that has the Skylanders on it. You get the Skystones game and it’s so fun to play with the kids. I’ll explain that in a bit.
So for the cake, you’ll want to soak 1 1/2 cups of cereal in a small amount of milk for about 2-3 minutes just to soften the cereal so you don’t get chewy/gross pieces in your cake. Not drowned it, just moisten them.
My secret and my best ever advice is to go to your favorite bakery and ask to buy some of their frosting. They’ll usually sell it by the pound. My local bakery sells it for $5/lb. and it’s much more time efficient and tastes much better than store bought frosting. I prefer the cream cheese frosting for this recipe and you could even add some softened Trix cereal into it as well. I wanted a cleaner look to the cake and added the Skylanders character, Spyro, to the top. I was almost tempted to paint him gold but I refrained. I added the Trix cereal all along the edge just for another extra touch.
Now for the best part, Skystones! Hidden inside select boxes of General Mills cereal, you’ll find it specially marked with Skylanders, is a special pack of Skystones. On the back of each box is the game board and you can collect up to 4 boxes of Skystones to unlock special characters in the mobile Skylanders game. If you’ve played the video game before, this is just a physical game of the card game. On the cards you have a character and each side has a number of ‘arrows’ and you want to put that card next to a card with less ‘arrows’. If you have more ‘arrows’, you’ll be able to turn that card around to either blue or red, depending on which team you are. The whole point is that you want to dominate the board. I really hope I explained this so that you parents understand it, lol. I do much better in laymen terms and I’m a visual learner.
With that being said, I had some of our neighbor boys come over with my boys and we opened our box that came in the mail. These boys were so excited. I let them take home an empty box of course, I can’t let them take my GM cereal! My boys were pretty funny afterwards and we’re trying to trade cards. I’m glad I got that civil moment on tape.
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We all know her and love her charming yellow dress and the way she holds that nostalgic umbrella while the salt falls behind, but did you know that she turned 100 this past summer? I was asked by Mom Select to throw a party in conjunction with 99 other bloggers to celebrate. There was 100 of us in 100 cities to celebrate this fun event. We got a giant Salt can with lots of goodies. My kids tend to grab and go and I couldn’t save my umbrella and the M&M’s to save my life!
I really just love her in all her glory! My family and I decided to make a family fun night out of it! We had a Mexican Fiesta with quesadillas and beef, chips and salsa, grapes, milk and to top it off we have some Salted Caramel Popcorn from Costco and some Triple Chocolate Cupcakes that I made up myself on the spot and they were delish!
For the cupcakes I used a box mix and made those by the instructions and then made a white chocolate instant pudding and let it set while those were in the oven. When they were cool enough, I piped the pudding on top as ugly as possible and then I piped the store-bought chocolate frosting on top. If that wasn’t enough I just added a garnish of chocolate syrup. Of course with this being for Morton Salt, I added bits of extra salt to heighten the flavor of chocolate in each step.
There are a lot of fun things that you can do with Salt! Just use your imagination or check out the Morton Salt Pinterest Page! I had so much fun putting this together and filling our pallets with yummy food to only have it taste better with the perfect amount of salt. That’s what it’s supposed to do and this iconic figure just makes it that more memorable!
HAPPY 1OOTH BIRTHDAY, MORTON SALT GIRL! #mortonsaltgirl100