Shark Week 2017 – Day 4

Shark Week 2017 – Day 4

We took an easier day and didn’t do much on Thursday of Shark Week 2017.

I worked on and finished up some artwork for some free games/printables to share today (Fri). And the kids went swimming.

But other than that we didn’t do anything other than make and munch on Shark Bark.

We took our inspiration from this bark from Sandy Toes and Popsicles

We gathered up these supplies for our version:

Oreos (crumbled)

Light blue and dark blue candy melts

Vanilla Almond bark

Nerds

Sprinkles

Red Swedish fish

Gummy sharks

 

First we crumbled up about 15 Oreos in the bottom of a foil covered 9 x 13 dish.  And we sprinkled in a handful of Nerd candies for color and crunch.

 

We then melted up our 3 colored of melts and almond bark and dropped it by the spoonful all over the dish.

We then swirled the melts together to look like water.

  

Then we added different sprinkles.

Next we added gummy sharks and Swedish fish to the top.


  

Once we finished adding the toppings, we popped the dish in the freezer for about a half hour.

After freezing the bark for a half hour, we pulled the foiled piece out and busted and broke the bark up into hand held pieces.

Our Finished Bark!

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Shark Roll Bingo

As I was searching Shark games for our Shark Week activities, I came across this fabulous Shark roll game.  I LOVED the idea.  But I wanted to revamp it so that we could make it into a Bingo type game for several players.  So I used my custom Shark bite design and made it the same way only I made 12 different Shark cards with a different mix up of numbers.  The idea is the same in that each player takes a turn rolling, counting, but then ALL the players cover what is rolled on that roll.  But they only cover it up once (meaning if an added two is rolled – you only cover up one #2 and leave the other for another roll).  The dice are then passed to the next player who rolls, all cover and so on!  It is a great way to practice counting but still be able to play with multiple players.  I also provided a single player roll game (1st card in the file).  So page #1 is for a single player and all the following pages are for multiple (up to 12) players.

Just print out all the 12 Bingo Player cards on white cardstock (pages 2-13 in the document).  Then trim out all the teeth cover “chips”.  Pick a player to roll first then go clockwise taking turns rolling.  If you get the number rolled, cover it with a tooth chip.  Play until one player has cover all their teeth and shout out BINGO!

 

  

I hope you enjoy!  And if you are looking for a roll over game with several different counting versions, go check out Playdough to Plato’s Roll and Cover Game!  It is so cute!

 

Shark Teeth Bingo Game

 

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Shark Week 2017 – Day 3

Shark Week 2017 – Day 3

 

Shark word find

We started our day pretty lax.  We didn’t do any shark activities until early afternoon…. at the eye doctor.  Big sister had an eye appointment so the younger two took along their shark word finds from Jinxy Kids to keep them busy.

Later in the day, we made our shark clothespin craft.  We went off the idea here from Kix Cereal.  But I have provided you with art you can print and cut yourself, if you do not have the supplies they recommend.  You will still follow the same directions – just use this artwork.

Shark Clothespin art

 

After we made our shark clothespin craft, we made some shark attach drinks for snack time before church.  There are a few different alcoholic recipes out there.  But we obviously like to keep things kid friendly around here and so we use kid friendly drinks.

Shark Attack Drinks

We start with having some clear round glass bowls (we got ours from the Dollar Tree a long time ago and I use them for many different type parties).  We also use my tall taster dessert cups from one of my mini dessert server sets.  We start by gathering all of our ingredients:  7 up (or some sort of clear soda), punch or red koolaid, Swedish fish (we use tiny mini ones from Dollar General), a package of Nerds or if you have time to order them, use Candyfetti from Sweets Indeed.  You can find her shop on Etsy and her candies are THE BEST!  Also grab a bag of gummy sharks – we found ours at Dollar General.

Start by putting a gummy shark in each of the mini tall tester glasses and pour some of the red koolaid punch into the glasses as well.

 

Then you will wet the rim of the taster glass (use your CLEAN finger or use a clean wet paper towel).  Over turn the round glass “fish bowl” and place the taster glass to the middle of the bowl.  Once you have secured the glass completely against the bottom of the bowl, gently turn the bowl right side up.

After you have righted the bowl, add your sea “rocks” aka Nerds or Candyfetti and also add in any other underwater life you wish – we used our mini Swedish fish.  You will then add in your clear soda.  You can stop here at this step before doing your “shark attack” or you can add blue food coloring to make the drink more “bluish tinted”.  The blue does tend to make seeing a little harder and the red “attack” less of an “attack”.

Once you have your drink ready, you can uplift your taster glass and let your gummy shark and red punch rush out.  The red will float through the drink and give an appearance of a shark attack in the drink.  If you wish to do a less gory version of this drink, simply omit the taster glass and red punch and just add your shark, pebbles, and fish all to the bottom of the glass bowl and pour in your soda or drink of choice – for an “Under the Sea” version of the drink.  Now just add a straw and ENJOY!

The water (drink) will appear murky – just as sea water might.  And you never know where your shark will be lurking!

 
  

  
  

That was the end to Day 3.  We had other activities planned, but due to unforeseen events (doctors appt etc) we just went with the flow of what we could get done.  We may try to carry over some of our activities into next week – just so we can still do them and learn.  Or we may save them for another time.  Either way we are enjoying our time spent together and learning more about and having fun with sharks!

 

Shark Week 2017 Day 2

Shark Week 2017 Day 2

Today we started our Shark Week activities by making these cute Shark Cootie Catchers from over at Easy Peasy and Fun.

 

The girls had a fun time crafting them. But more enjoyable was when they were done, they used them as puppets, singing different versions of “Baby Shark”.

 
  

We ended up not getting to our other craft for the day – which was this cute shark tube figure from Hello Wonderful.

 

Shark tube craft

(Picture is from Hello Wonderful.  This is not my picture.)

 

This site shows the tutorial for this craft.  I have provided (below) some printout in case you might not have these colored supplies on had.  Just print and craft you own.  These won’t be exact to his tutorial.  But will be close enough to figure out.

Shark tube figure 1Trim out the blue tail fin box and fold in half on the tailfin line.  Then trim out the tail fin shape.  Glue together the flaps and you have a two sided colored fin.  Do the same thing for the top fin as well.

Shark tube figure 2

Cut this cone out and shape into a cone that is just slightly wider (at the open cone end) than the width of your tube of your shark body.  Then push this piece through the body tube and pull out the other side just enough for it to act as a tail.  Do not pull the piece all the way through the body.

Next up  – later in the day – we made our afternoon snack to eat while watching our Shark video for the day

Shark Teeth Chow

We used this recipe from Show Me the Yummy except we added in a couple of chunks off a vanilla almond bark bar and added plenty of powdered sugar to cover the extra.  We melted the almond bark and the peanut butter together and our chocolate separate.  Then we added them in one at a time and then mixed it all up.

First we put a whole bag of Bugles in our large bowl.

We melted the chocolate, mixed it until smooth and also poured that over the bugles.

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Then we melted the peanut butter and the almond bark together, mixed it until smooth, and also poured it over the bugles.

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Then with a spatula, we mixed the coatings and the bugles gently until all of the bugles were coated really well.

  

Then we started to add in the powdered sugar.  We added about a half cup at a time and mixed, then added more and then mixed.  We just kept adding and mixing until all of our pieces were very well coated and dry looking and white appearing.  And just like the recipe link said, it will have extra powder at the bottom of the bowl doing it this way.  Just scoop out your snack into a large (or a couple large) ziplock bags and discard the extra powder.  We ended up using about 3/4 of our bag of powdered sugar.  But we did have to toss some of it out after bagging as well.

  

We spooned some up in these cute little blue ice cream bowls (from Dollar Tree).  These are perfect little bowls to keep around for dishing up snacks at snack time.  They help me portion control what the kids are actual having rather than just letting them use bigger bowls to dish up their own snacks.

This snack is a little sugary and way sweet.  The kids didn’t even finish their little bowls in one setting but ate them over the course of the afternoon and even evening as their dessert after dinner.

While enjoying our afternoon snack, we first worked on this fun and informative crossword puzzle from Kids Zone.  We didn’t know offhand what most were.  So we looked up the answers.  This still gave us information to discuss.  Plus we were often able to see a picture of the shark this way – which was a fun and beneficial side to this activity.  After we finished up this activity, we looked up Wild Krats “Stuck on Sharks” on YouTube and watched that episode.  That also was quite informative and was done in such a way that my 7 year old was able to remember several of the details and the information.

Yesterday, we also shared this adorable mini “Shark Week” Banner.  This is a FREE printable for your free use – with abiding by my copyright and usage clause.  Go check it out and download it today!

 

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Batman Inspired Teen Birthday Party

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This party was for a fun fifteen year old girl – who still loves super heroes!  The party was designed and styled by Water Walker Events along with designing many of the paper graphics used in the party.  The party was based off inspired Batman characters – with original art designed.

The party was held at a local pizza joint for a luncheon – right before heading off to a movie.  The sweets table featured a black backdrop draped with a bat cape inspired name banner and yellow tassels. 

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Each side of the table sported a tall cityscape treat tower – which held all our cupcakes wrapped in their custom designed character inspired wraps and toppers. 

These inspired characters toppers were made to reflect the characters of Batman, Robin, Cat Woman, Bat Girl, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, The Joker, Two Faced, Scarecrow, The Riddler, Penguin and Harley Quinn. 

The center of the table held a home made cake that was drizzled with chocolate and topped with heaping handfuls of delicious Sweets Indeed’s Candyfetti!  The front was decorated with chocolate bars – yellow chocolate painted to look like lit up skyscrapers.  The cake was topped with one of our batman head inspired graphics.

To the left side of the cake was a jar full of “poison ivy” skewers – made of green apple sour strips and topped with one of our “poison ivy” graphics. 

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On either side of the cake were displayed Rice Krispie treats that were half dipped in white and dark chocolate – to represent Two Face – and were topped with some of our custom designed Two Face inspired toppers.

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Also on the left side of the cake were our batman inspired plastic treat containers that held layered yellow and black chocolate candies.  These were topped with our inspired Batman mask graphics and Batman cape inspired backers.

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To the front on each side of the cake, were some batman signal inspired cookies made by a local cookie artist – Cookies by Mandy, Mandy Horner

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We also served some of Water Walker Event’s oreo truffles – in front of our cake. 

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And dipped and drizzled pretzels were also made by Water Walker Events.

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In front of our pretzels, were custom designed treat boxes that held matching colored (black and yellow) caramel balls from Oriental Trading Company.  These boxes were designed by Water Walker Events and are available in our online Etsy Shop as a download to craft yourself. The boxes also match our popcorn boxes designed also to look like cityscapes.

To the far left and the far right of the fronts of the table, there were jars of Penguins Minions – yummy peach flavored gummy penguins (these were so good and were found on Amazon!). 

The very front middle of our sweets table displayed mini chocolate bars wrapped in some of our personalized batman signal inspired mini choco wrappers. 

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A beautiful hand crafted paper fan banner with batman signal inspired graphics graced the front of our table. 

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And each  side of the table (on the ground) were placed round paper lanterns in glittered black and bright yellow.  Batman also  stood on guard next to our treat table.

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The eating tables were strung with black and yellow tissue garland from OrientalTrading.com along with handmade yellow and black paper fans and tissue tassels and yellow tissue fans from oriental trading.

   We also tied several bouquets of yellow and black balloons down the middle of the tables.  The bunches were strung with mini handmade tissue tassels of black and yellow. 

Each place setting held a stacked black and yellow plate with the inspired battle signal graphic.  We also took plain black cups and placed the inspired bat signal logo.  Each cup held a yellow striped straw with a bat topper. 

Each setting also had a water bottle wrapped in our custom design batman chest inspired wrappers and topped with a batman head inspired topper and draped in one of our handcut felt batman cape inspired backers.  These capes were great as they doubled as a party favor to take home – to use on future bottles or for our younger guests, to act as a cape for dolls. 

Also at each place was one of our custom designed party treat boxes.  These were also inspired from the characters as well.  These boxes were all taken and designed after the characters of Batman, Robin, Cat Woman, Bat Girl, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, The Joker, Two Faced, Scarecrow, The Riddler, Penguin and Harley Quinn.

 

Paper Graphics and Party Styling:  Water Walker Events (WWEDP)

Photography by Megan’s Many Memories

Batman signal inspired cookies by Cookies by Mandy

Sour Strip skewers:  WWEDP – sour strips from Amazon – toppers by WWEDP

Cupcake wrappers and toppers:  WWEDP

Tower treat holders:  Orientaltrading.com

Plastic Chocoloate treat holders:  Plastic holders from orientaltrading.com, graphics by WWEDP

Truffles, Cake, Cake Topper, Pretzels, RKT & toppers:  WWEDP

Gummy Peach Penguins:  Amazon

Caramel/gumball boxes:  WWEDP

Paper lanterns, tissue garland, tissue fans:  orientaltrading.com

 

Team Go Party!

Pokemon Go – Team Go Party

Photography by the Amazing Megan from Megan’s Many Memories.

Vendor Details:

Party Printables and Décor:  Water Walker Events

Candyfetti:  Sweets Indeed

Pikachu and Pokeball Chocolate Covered Oreos – Sparklesbaby

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This party featured and was centered around each of the three Pokémon Go Teams and their logos and colors.

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This party was a simple and fun approach to a theme my son picked out. I am a firm believer in letting the child pick the theme of their party.  It is their special day and the whole point of the celebration is about theme.  So their party should only be reflective of that.  However, there are just some themes, let’s face it, that are harder than others, oftentimes because we as planners, don’t know much about them.  My children have always enjoyed Pokémon.  In fact, my son had already had a Pokémon party several years ago with the standard old school characters, games, etc.  But they have really enjoyed this new take on the original.  They love the scavenger hunt feel to the game.  It’s like a weird animal treasure hunt.  My sister even loves the game!  So when she suggested that Aidan (or herself, ha-ha) have a Pokémon Go party, my son LOVED the idea.  But figuring out how to keep the game aspect a part of the party was a little tricky.  We wanted to incorporate the actual game into the party and because we live in a rural area, we opted to host the dinner/sweets portion out at a restaurant.  Our local Pizza Hut was AMAZING to work with us!  I almost think (and jokingly said) that every party will now be held there (maybe I’m not joking that much!).  It was so nice not to have to scramble to get the party AND the house ready.  They allowed us to use their whole back area, let us come early to decorate, and let us stay there most of the night – all while taking care of our drink and pizza needs!  And their prices were incredibly reasonable!  Seriously, we will probably go there again.

We sent out invites letting everyone know to meet at the restaurant at a certain time (sharp!). Once everyone was there, we collected their points that they already had on their devices.  Then we gave everyone one hour to go and “collect” as many points as they could.  The 2 person team who had the most points gathered while gone was the winner.  However, again, since I personally don’t know anything about the game, and my kids are just now getting to know it themselves, there were tricky ways of gaining extra points along the way that other players had.  Smart strategizing on player’s parts ahead of time!!  So do your research before playing to try to make it as even a playing field as possible.  But also consider this – those who do their research AHEAD of time for something show wisdom!!  You could ENCOURAGE that in your guests (giving them hints that there are ways of getting an edge if they put themselves to it!).

We made each of the child guests a t-shirt of their current Pokémon Go Team. Since we didn’t have enough players of each of the different team, we just made two man teams.  Each guest was required to have their own parent driver and device with Pokémon Go already downloaded and ready to play.  We did have a few guests who did not have devices – so we did pair those with some of our guests who had one so that everyone had a chance to play (they took turns “catching).

Because I knew we would be limited on setup time (I had the hour they were gone), I kept this party setup a little more simple.  Plus, my boy doesn’t care quite as much about all the details, extras, and “fluff” that some of the bigger setups can have.  He just loves a good sweets table and some fun favors!

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For our sweets table, I decided I would try to make a cake for him this year. I had seen some drip cakes with LOADS of candy and sweets piled on top and thought that would be a really fun addition.  And it was – until I left the cake in too hot a spot and it melted slightly and part of the back of the cake slid off into the bottom of the container!  Fun times!  But with a little “coaxing” and lots of icing glue, I was able to secure most of it back on and just throw gobs more candy over the top of it.  Plus, it helped that the slide was in the back of the cake so it made it a little less obvious (even if the cake still was a little crooked and we also had to put it in the freezer to help it set and stay – giving it a bit of a “wet” look).  In the end it was still adorable and the kids thought it was pretty cool with all of the candy loaded on top! Candyfetti from at Sweets Indeed was one of my favorite topping additions we put on the cake!  We also had purchased some cookies from Sparklesbaby and I used a couple of those to top the cake as well.  I made some large cracked chocolate slabs with Candyfetti sprinkled throughout by smearing black chocolate candy melts on waxed paper and then sprinkling the Candyfetti over it and placing it in the freezer to cool and harden.  I also bought a package of sour jelly beans and picked out our Team Go colors of the party and placed those around and on the cake – pulling in some of the color schemes of the party.  I also placed some of our sour lolly’s atop the cake, along with some of the red and white ring gummy candies we had (that I think look similar to a poke ball).

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There were several other yummy items on our sweets table as well. We ordered some adorable poke ball donuts from our local Krispy Kreme.  These were a special order item that our local Krispy Kreme had made up just themselves.  They were delicious!  (I loved donuts – especially Krispy Kreme!).

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There were also the fabulous chocolate covered Oreos that Sparklesbaby had made for us! We ordered some of the Pikachu Oreos and she was so sweet and threw in a few of her Poke ball Oreos as well!  These were a definite hit with the kids.  I displayed these atop a platter sprinkled with Candyfetti from Sweets Indeed.

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I made some chocolate covered rice krispy treats in our 3 different team colors. I also sprinkled these with some of our Candyfetti.  I LOVE Candyfetti.  And I love how putting Candyfetti on several of our treats ties the sweet table together!  I usually will just buy a box of pre-made krispy treats to dip and sprinkle for my parties.  Even though making krispy treats can be fairly simple, it is one less thing that I have to worry about making (and making a mess with), and I am all about hitting the easy button where I can.  Each krispy treats was topped with one of my Team Go mini party flag toppers.

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I have seen several candy shops featuring sour candy lolly’s. And I have always wanted to try them!  So I picked up a couple bags of the sour strip candy off of Amazon to make my own.  Mine weren’t as cleanly rolled as some I have seen.  I think with practice I could definitely get the hang of it though!  Plus, I could tell that it also depended on the quality of your sour strip.  The blue strips were a lot easier to work with – though they were the same brand.  They tended to be less wrinkled, had mostly full strips to work with, and didn’t fall apart.  The others were yellow and red striped and just didn’t want to hold together quite as well as the blue.  However, they still worked, still looked almost as fun, and they were completely as enjoyed as the others!  Those our lolly’s were probably the hit of the party!  I will certainly be making those again!!

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I placed our sour lolly’s in 3 different candy bouquet displays on the table. I filled small round glass bowls in candies representing our 3 team colors in layers.  And then just placed the lolly’s in for a fun finished look!

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Our sweets table also featured cupcakes in our team colors. I made cupcake wraps with our different team logos placed on the front.  And for the toppers, I made the Poke ball pinpoint symbol from the game and personalized it.  I loved how these turned out!

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For the backdrop, I simply covered one of my small backdrop board with a black plastic table cloth. Then I made and printed out large prints of each of the three team logos and placed those across the backer.  I strung a name banner that I had made from the Poke ball pinner symbol.  This was a simple, easy, yet striking look for our sweets table background.

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The table was covered in a simple black pin tuck tablecloth. And we draped my Team Go Birthday Banner across the front along with some handmade crepe paper tassels.  I loved this look!

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On each side of the table, we placed a bouquet of balloons. We ordered two Pikachu balloons off of Amazon and then had them, and some of each of our team colors blown up at Wal-Mart.  We placed one of each color balloon with each bouquet, and placed the other single colored balloons across our kids eating table.

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The guests eating table was covered in a couple black cloths. We placed a plain black round plate (for pizza) and topped that with some mini dessert plates that we had stickered with each of our team logos.  We scattered the table with different colors of the dessert plates to incorporate the 3 team colors throughout the table.  Each guest also had a black cup stickered with different colored team logos, and also had a water bottle that featured wraps with all three logos.  Each place setting also had a team shirt box with different team logos.  These acted as our fork and napkin holders for each table setting.  The kids were able to take these boxes home afterwards as well.  The table was scattered with plastic poke ball favors that we had filled with individual popcorn bags, a juice box, and a gummy fruity pack.  The favors were incredibly reasonable!  We picked up the poke ball (plastic red and white balls) from Party City.  We taped one edge of one of the sides with black tape (and trimmed so they would still close properly) and then placed one of our poke ball toppers on each one!  So easy and so super cute!  I had seen this party idea before on Pinterest and loved it and had to use it for our party!

 

Also across the table were scattered fun Pokémon character treats boxes. The kids were able to use these to fill extra treats in to take home!  I loved how each one looked on our table!  And I was super please with how cute they turned out!  I also placed 2” square cutouts of the 3 different logos all across the table as “confetti”.  And I also made some 2×3 logo decal stickers for the kids to take home as well.

Overall, this party was a huge success for us! It was so easy – from the setup, to the game, to the restaurant and people who worked with us!  And even though there was not a tremendous amount of costs, time, or details, the party looked and was incredibly fun!

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

Photography by:  Parrish Studios – Amber Parrish

(barring up close photo of cake, potion bottles, Cheshire cat suckers – those

were from our phones)

Overall table

Our Sweets Table!

The gorgeous cake was made by the talented Frosten‘s!  The backdrop was plywood backer board covered in a checkered cloth from Amazon . I was hoping for a larger checkered pattern, but when it came in, it was the little pattern.  But alas, it was cute anyway!  The table was laden with all sorts of sweets:  candyfetti, sugar cookies topped with toppers by My Artisan Bakery, pretzels filled in treats cups that I handmade out of our store’s Alice in Wonderland cupcake wraps and topped with the matching toppers, sour apple taffy from orientaltrading.com, sour fruit wedges, elegant fruit cups, pixie powder in mini shrunken bottles (my shop), Cheshire cat lolly’s (my shop), sixlets from orientaltrading.com, cake pops from Nibblerz, krispy treats, and more!

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This cake from Frosten‘s is one of my favorite cakes of hers she has made for us and otherwise.  It turned out too cute and I love all the details that she put into it.

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I ordered mini glass vial bottles and applied them with mini “Try Me” stickers.  We then filled them with pixie powder from pixie sticks.  These bottles can be purchased from my online store without filling.  They can be filled with juice or pixie powder or whatever you can fit and we can make the labels to read “Eat Me” or “Drink Me” or “Try Me” etc.

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I ordered suckers off of Amazon from Birthday Express and added on some of my Cheshire Hat Graphic Toppers and Smiles.  These are also available for purchase in my shop.  You can purchase just the downloads and supply your own suckers.  Or you can purchase the suckers from me – all dressed up and shipped directly to you.

We had two long stretches of tables (2 tables per length) that we covered in bright, different colored cloths. We ran some more of the plastic checkered cloths down the center as table runners.  I had been gathering teapots and teacups at different vintage and thrift stores.  We put flower pinwheels across the table – from the Dollar Tree!  I placed a tall candle holder on each table length and placed a handmade paper mad hatter hat (larger version of the hats we made for our craft table made hatter hats below).  I also had several large glass vial bottles that I placed along the tables center to represent the “bottles” that Alice drank.

At each place setting I put a pocket watch print (printed on 12 x 18 cardstock and trimmed) as a paper charger and placed flowery plates atop the print.  These plates were purchased from the Dollar Tree!  I also placed a teacup at each place setting from the collection I had acquired from the different thrift and vintage stores.  Every child got to take home their own teacup.  I also made name cards for each of the place settings.  These namecards are available as a digital download in my shop for purchasing and printing at home.

We tied different brightly colored chair wraps on each of the guests’ chairs.  We also placed a large winged back chair at the end for the birthday girl – to mimic the animated classic cartoon’s tea party setup.  My darling husband, who is such a blessing to me when I need things for my parties, built some pvc pipe standees/holders where we strung paper lanterns that we purchased from oriental trading company.com.  To sort of “hide” the poles, I printed and placed Tolgy Wood signs up and down the poles.  These can also be purchased in a digital download format from my shop.

We also placed clocks here and there along the tables in odd ways – lending to the odd setup the March Hare and the Mad Hatter had in their own little unbirthday tea party.

I affixed “Drink Me” tags to the Glass Vial Bottles that were running along the center of our tables.  These can also be purchased from my online store as a digital download for printing at home.

On our sweets table we placed two white rabbits on each of the corners along with “red-painted” roses and a red paint tipped paint brush – as table side pieces.

We used fancy plastic goblets from the Dollar Tree to display cups of fruit for our guests.  These was an inexpensive way to add some fun and elegance to the setting.  And the kids loved eating out of “fancy” glasses.

Sugar cookies

We bought sugar cookies at our local grocer and topped them with these ADORABLE handmade fondant toppers from My Artisan Bakery.  The candyfetti was purchased from Sweets Indeed and is one of my favorite treats to serve at parties.

Playing card treats

These Krispy Queen’s Guards were adorable!  I just dipped store bought krispies, dipped them in melted almond bark, and then placed on card logos made from candy melts and a mold bought on Amazon.  These were placed on a bed of brightly colored candyfetti.  The faces for these cards can be purchased to make your own treats – in my online store as an instant download for printing at home.

You can also purchase the Alice inspired food labels in my store as well!

Cake Pops

These adorable cake pops were one of the highlights to our table!  Nibblerz did a fantastic job on them!  They were all so cute and added such a perfect detailed item to the table!

 We served buttered popcorn in these ice cream cups that matched our dining plates.  These were also purchased from the Dollar Tree.  The toppers were made from mini printable Tolgy wood signs that are available as digital downloads in my store.We placed carrots and a small shot glass of ranch dressing (in the middle) inside clear plastic mini bowls that were purchased from the Dollar Tree.  We also offered a tray of meats and cheeses.

We served Sweet and Unsweet Tea, water bottles wrapped in our Alice inspired bottle wraps (available in my online store), and also purple “Cheshire Cat’s” punch!

Beverages were served in these adorable balloon “dipped” milk bottle glasses.  We finished the glasses off by tying “drink me” tags an a little black bow on the straws.

Off to the side of the room we displayed our “mome raths” we had made from popsicle sticks, paint, googly eyes and feathers.  We also had a playing card Happy Birthday sign, and some fun party props to add some of the odd whimsy details from the cartoon.

We featured a craft table where the children were able to “paint” their own roses red.  I bought packs of gray plastic pots, squares of floral foam, bunches of white flowers, red ribbons, and red shreds – all from the Dollar Tree.  I cut the foam squares into fourths to make smaller square that would fit down into the bottom.  I then hot glued the foam square to the bottom of the pot.  And stuck in 3 different roses cut off of the bunches.  Then I covered the foam with red shreds and tied a red ribbon around the pot and secured it with hot glue in a few different places to hold it at top.  I then also put a personalized pick on the table so that when each child finished painting their roses, they could insert the pick and know just which one was theirs.  Overall this was a very cost effective craft as you would get about 2 pots worth of rose out of every bunch for $1.  And the pots came in packages of 3 for $1.  And the bag of shreds did several pots at once time.  The red ribbon did about 3 pots per $1.  and the foam squares were $1 each.  The red paint came from walmart.  And I also placed cups with water on the table for them to wash their brushes out.  I got a whole pack for only $1 at the Dollar Tree.  And the Dollar Tree also had the pack of bristle brushes that we also used for $1.

 

The kids also played flamingo croquet.  I printed out cardstock cards on 11×17 and taped them in an arch.  We bought a light weight plastic ball from Walmart.  I also found these adorable blow up flamingo toys that the kids used as their mallets from walmart.com.  The children loved running around and trying to whack the little ball under the cards.

We set up another craft area table to make our Mad Hatter Hats.  I had pre-crafted (printed, cut, and hot glued together) several different colored hats.  These were made from cardstock from my designed templates.  I also put little slits in the bottom where the children could insert headband through or they could attach a hair clip.  The boys used the hair clips so they wouldn’t show or have to wear headbands.

I bought a couple different packages of brightly colored headbands from the Dollar Tree.  They came several to a pack.  I also purchased plain colored hair clips so they would blend in for the boys.  I also placed spools of ribbon that I had purchased.  And I put spools of tulle that I already had leftover from some other craft projects.  I purchased fethers, and stick on gems, and washi tape from oriental trading .com.   I also provided glue dots for the items they needed to stick on.  I was also there with my hot glue gun in case there were any items that needed extra securing.  But I handled that so the kids wouldn’t get burned.

I designed mini character boxes for the kids to fill up with candy and treats to take home.  I also made larger character inspired bags for them to put all of their treats and their crafts in – to take home.  All of these items are available in my shop for purchase.

A few of the last details around the room.  I made an apron for the front of the sweets table to give it an “Alice” appearance and feel.  I also made some paper flower for the backdrop and placed some frames and boxes and fun whimsy items around the table to give it that odd feel – like when Alice was tumbling down the rabbit hole.  I made a paper flower Tiger Lily and even made the Old Lady Gladiolus.  And one of my favorite aspects of the table was my paper art Bread and Butterfly that sat atop our backdrop.  We added a few of the Tolgy Wood signs and then hung an Alice dress/apron inspired name banner across the backdrop.  And for my very favorite piece of the whole party – I made the doorknob and his door out of foam core, print outs and a little gold paint for finish.  If I get time, I will do a short tutorial for the doorknob and his door at a later date and link it here.

Here are links to the above items in my shop for Alice in Wonderland inspired products and a few other Alice Items not seen here:

Door Knob Toppers

Clock Graphic – medium size

Water Bottle Wraps

Mini Character Treat Boxes

Tolgy Wood Signs

Mini Tolgy Wood Topper Signs

Krispy Card Head Toppers

Name Place Playing Cards

Food Tents/cards

Alice apron name banner

Mini Clock Toppers

Character Inspired Cupcake wraps and toppers

Mini Bottles

Cheshire cat suckers topper art

Cheshire cat suckers

Character Inspired Take home bags

Thanks for reading!

Shawna

Water Walker

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