Birthday Party Inspiration {Giveaway}

birthday party themes

Though it’s only March I’m already thinking about the boys birthday parties. Both have birthdays in June so we normally do a joint party. Thankfully both of them like similar things since they are only a year apart in age and a joint party works for us still. I don’t see it happening for many more years as even this year, at ages 3 and 4, they are starting to grow apart. Jacob says he wants an “Avengers” party and Lucas wants a “pink cake” (though I know he would be happy with an Avengers party as well). I don’t see a pink cake fitting in with the Avengers theme.

So of course there are the themes that the boys want and then there are the themes that this mom would choose if she had her choice. I was browsing Minted.com which is a site that has everything from birthday card invites to wedding invitations to birth announcements to Holiday cards and has inspiration boards with themed party ideas. Here are some of my favorites birthday party ones:

 

Robot Party by Gina, see more Minted

Robot Party board by Gina. See more Minted

Rainbow Theme by Gina, see more Minted.com

Rainbow Theme board by Gina. See more Minted.com

And just because I couldn’t resist posting this adorable little theme for girls (though Lucas would LOVE this as well….)

Tea Party by Gina, see more www.minted.com

Tea Party board by Gina. See more www.minted.com

Aren’t these fabulous party ideas!? I love that the inspiration boards cover everything from the invites to decorations to snacks. Any reason you can think to throw a party, Minted is there to provide the cards and inspiration you need!

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‘The Avengers’ Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

avengers super hero party

With the success of ‘The Avengers’ movie I think there will be a lot of children wanting superhero birthday parties. Here are some great ideas from Ms. Ricky Eisen, Founder and President of Events and Celebrations by Between the Bread on how to throw a superhero party worthy of ‘The Avengers’.

Invitations: Start your party off right with the perfect invitation. You can make your own postcard invitations with cardboard cut-outs of bright blue painted stars, and include the details about your party in a thin black marker. Decorate the front of each with classic comic book words like POW!, ZAP! And WAM!

Décor: The Avengers bring together 6 epic superheroes. Create your own easy decorations with cardboard cutouts of spiders and paint them black, neon green head’s of The Hulk and classic American flags for Captain America and, throughout the party, use bold colored streamers, which will add some mystery to the room.

Centerpieces: Choose your favorite Avenger and decorate the table around that character. Use lots of primary colors, since comic strips are usually blue, yellow and red. Print outs of comic book pages covered in contact paper make great placemats. Blanket your tables with these to tie the décor together and include stars, spiders and Hawkeye cut-outs on wooden sticks around the table with silver confetti.

Music: Keep the music simple but fun. “Live to Rise,” the original song written for and appearing in the film is the first single from the Marvel Music/Hollywood Records release Avengers Assemble.  The epic and cinematic video, featuring a searing live performance with film footage, was directed by Robert Hales (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Janet Jackson, Kings of Leon, Justin Timberlake).  View “Live To Rise”:  http://www.vevo.com/watch/soundgarden/live-to-rise-from-marvels-the-avengers/USH5V1221447 or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3ZNtOcY_1A

Menu: Mini snacks such as cut-out tea-sandwiches make great finger food. Look for cookie cutters in shields, stars and spiders to create these treats. For Incredible Hulk themed beverages, create trays of green ice cubes by freezing water with green food color, and WOW! guests as their clear citrusy beverages transform color before their very eyes.

Party Favors: As a parting gift, place a few Avenger designed cookies in a cellophane bag and close with a gold twist-tie – your guests can enjoy the party for days to follow with these treats!”

RECIPE

 1.    Whip up a batch of your favorite sugar cookie recipe and use a cookie cutter to make character cookies.  They make Superhero cookie cutters in the shape of many Avengers heroes.  You can also use any oval shaped cookie cutter and instead fill in the details with your decorating.  Once your cookies are baked and cooled, you are ready to begin decorating.

2.    You can make your own royal icing (See:  How to Make Your Own Royal Icing included below) or use store-bought.  Color with food coloring to achieve the various colors you want for decorating.  We recommend green (for the Hulk), yellow, blue, black, white, and brown.  Place each color in a piping bag.

3.    Begin by outlining the cookie in your base color.  (If you were starting with The Hulk, outline the entire shape in green.  Color in your outline with green icing and cover the entire cookie.  (You can actually use a paintbrush to “paint” your cookie.)  Give the base a few minutes to dry and choose your next color.  For The Hulk’s hair, outline his hairline in black and proceed to fill in with black icing.  You can continue to draw features in and watch your character come to life.

How to Make Your Own Royal Icing

  • 3 egg whites, at room temperature.  We prefer dehydrated egg whites, available at most supermarkets.
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • food coloring (optional)

Mix above ingredients with a little warm water until smooth.  Add food coloring.

(Disclosure: All information courtesy of Disney. I was not compensated for this post.)

Firetruck Themed Birthday Party

firefighter themed birthday party

My boys’ birthdays are in June. It’s February and I am just now sharing pictures of the great firetruck themed birthday party we had to celebrate Luke’s 2nd and Jake’s 3rd birthdays. What can I say? I’ve been busy. lol. Enjoy these pictures that show the fun of the day :)

Jacob before the party. He was really excited to see everything that had been set up while he napped. He is wearing his “big brother” firetruck shirt and Lucas had a matching one that said “little brother”.

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The cake table

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The cake (made by Renee of Caketastic)

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Appetizers- “fire” colored fruits and veggies

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The little firefighters loved playing in the water

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For a craft they decorated firetrucks

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Firetruck vehicles and firefighters were available for the kids to play with

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I got this board (from Oriental Trading) for the kids to get their pictures taken

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This firefighter themed Brio set kept the kids busy (and Grandpa too)

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I got a firetruck bubble blower and some games for outdoor fun

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Time to blow out the candles!

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The boys thought the cake was delicious!

To eat we grilled HOT dogs and enjoyed WATERmelon to keep with the “fire” theme. We also had a firetruck pinata and other firetruck themed decorations. For party favors we gave each child a firefighter hat and a bag of treats and firetruck themed items.

It was a great party and everyone had a lot of fun! :)