dinosaur party ROARRR!

Zurchers Party Store (one of three stores that Small Fry basically runs on) is working with us this Summer on bringing some of their beloved party themes to life! First up, a ROARRR party fit for all your dinosaur lovers! Zurchers has made it super easy to recreate this theme or find products and elements you love from today’s party by housing them all in one place — find them all here!
Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 4.15.35 PMThey have this incredible cardboard line of brightly colored dinosaur party accessories from Meri Meri that instantly adds that festive flair. The Dinosaur Cardboard Centerpiece is so rad and looks great even as nursery room decor post-party. They come with Dino Party Hats seen below:Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 4.28.19 PMAnd then of course we whipped some up with their standard party hat, too. We like the idea of the birthday boy or girl getting a special hat and these razor sharp party toppers are super easy to make!Dino Party!Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 4.15.07 PMThe food is always super important and for this party we decided to go healthy as can be. All in the name of those veggie-sauruses!Dino Party!A party activity that the we and the boys died laughing over was “Eat like a T-Rex!” Slip their arms into the shirt sleeves and watch as they eat their party food with their stubby T-Rex arms.Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 4.13.26 PMOnce they were convinced that dinosaurs eat all manner of leafy greens they didn’t even ask where the donuts were. We also had green smoothies (dino juice), easy sandwiches and more veggies! (Milk Jars + Straws // Plastic Dinos + Plates)Dino Party! Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 4.14.35 PMWe didn’t skip ALL sweets though, we had a cake and cupcakes, too!Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 4.16.24 PMThese toppers from the Cupcake Kit match the hats and we love the origami folded paper look!Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 4.16.05 PM Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 4.15.44 PMWe love that Zurchers carries these mini balloon letters. They have them in several colors and even though they’re crazy inexpensive they’re reusable so you can get quiet a collection going!Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 4.15.16 PMThis line also has a ton of wall decals which are great for more color and interest at the party, we turned them into a Feed the Dino (Pin the Tail on the Donkey) game.Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 4.14.57 PMAnother easy party game is to make your own Dino paleontologist style.Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 4.12.52 PMThey have a million party favors so sending each guest home with something ferocious like these Dino Grabbers was a breeze and so fun to pick out!Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 4.13.44 PMWe’re so happy to be recreating these themes with Zurchers and if you have any parties you want to see brought to life Small Fry style, let us know!

SOURCES

Dinosaur Cardboard Centerpiece // Silver Letter Balloons (find all available colors right here) // Plastic Dinosaurs // Dino Party Hats + Basic Party Hat // Party Favor Bags // Dino Cupcake Kit // Dinosaur Piñata // Glass Milk Bottles + Orange Striped Straws // Dinosaur Tablecloth // Roarrr Invitations // Dino Grabbers // Dino Plates

modern kid party ideas

Such good party ideas from around the web lately! I’ve got parties on the brain with my soon to be 6 year olds birthday tomorrow! You can catch all Small Fry’s original party ideas in our Party tab but here are some of my favorites: Dinosaur Party // Big Hero 6 // Cal’s Favorite Foods.

This Party Animal party is perfection. Layered to perfection and graphic pops galore! Via Project Nursery.Modern Kid Party Ideas From the hand lettered banner, to the animal balloons, the “tails” on the chairs…Modern Kid Party Ideas This random mix of sprinkles is such an easy hack to make it feel extra special. You can buy these sprinkle mixes on Etsy or at local party stores!Modern Kid Party Ideas Dead over this Modern Super Hero slash David Bowie vibes party via 100 Layer Cakelet.Modern Kid Party IdeasMy favorite detail are these acrylic cake and cupcake toppers! Its got my head spinning with ideas. You can buy them at Creative Muster on Etsy Modern Kid Party Ideas Another amazing layering job. If you can get the table scape right you’re basically there for a beautiful party. Via Catch My PartyModern Kid Party Ideas

Modern Lego Party – I love all the details and shapes! Via Style Me Pretty5416a1ed5c3b3$!900x

City Kid Party

Our girl Mari Spiker (@marispiker) is living the NYC dream with her husband and two kids on the Upper West Side – follow her and be prepared to drool! She threw THE most darling party for her 4 year old Will (hi Nora and Will!!) and we begged her to let us post it. It’s our lucky day!! City Kid PartyReady to check it out?

Invitations:City Kid PartyMari is a stylist and made this incredible cardboard city scape with boxes and spray paint, so you’re on your own for that amazingness, but she’s sharing all her purchasable sources with us too, which is so kind!City Kid BirthdayThe backdrop banner and poster design are by @laurenashleyclementswill Turns 4-10This custom Piñata by @tinipinatas:City Kid PartyThey had such a quintessential City Kid Party with pretzels and graphic lettering everywhere you turn. Face Painting which always reminds me of You’ve Got Mail. 😉 She did such a good job creating a theme simply by compounding elements of ABCs throughout! Details like the most mini ABC Sprinkles for the cake found here:City Kid BirthdayThe cutest Letter Sandwiches using these cookie cutters:City Kid BirthdayThis ABC Chalk she bagged up as favors from Etsy Shop LSCreationStation:City Kid PartyABC cookies found at Trader Joe’sScreen Shot 2017-06-15 at 8.31.52 AMThiBe sure and follow her on Instagram @marispiker and check out her site here. If you have any questions for her she can be reached at  hello@marispiker.com She has even more info and images from the party from her blog post here as well.

 

Modern Pokemon Birthday

By Emily.

Hayes is going strong with his love for Pokemon! To put it nicely, it’s not my favorite thing. So this theme was a stretch but thanks to Zurchers Party Store I was able to find so many great options to make it a little bit more minimal and graphically pleasing. Modern Pokemon PartyIt was a beautiful day so we did Pokemon Training outside. It was basically teams and relay races. We did one legged races like Spoink, crab walks like Kraby, Running sumo squats like Jigglypuff and they learned to trap their Pokemon by running with a balloon and then sitting on it to pop. We got creative, and as I said, I don’t know much about Pokemon so I got a lot of looks from these kids. They were onto my ignorance.Modern Pokemon PartySo after the relays we had them come in for pizza and Pika-Juice. This free printable kills me and you can find it here.Modern Pokemon PartyAfter eating we had them make their own favor bags. I have found that I can never fully plan for favor bags. I either have way too much or not enough and it stresses me out! So this year I had enough of these favor kits from Zurchers on hand to ensure every kid got plenty, but then once everyone arrived I did quick math and figured out just how many items they could pick. Then they walked the table and picked their very favorite 5 items!Modern Pokemon PartyI had enough of these paper bags as well but they were in colors and prints that I like every day so I can reuse the extras! Red, red stripe, yellow.Make Your Own Party Favor Bar | Pokemon Party I loved the look of these Pokeball honeycomb decor! We just strung them to the ceiling and alternated lengths and depths. Super easy!Modern Pokemon PartyThey also have great Mylar Pokeballs and Pikachu, which we used to show the guests where to come and now are constant sources of entertainment for baby Raleigh!Modern Pokemon Party

Pokeball Orbz Balloons // Pikachu Pajamas

SHOP:

Pokeball Orbz Balloons // Rubber Pokemon Bracelets // Honeycomb Pokeballs // Mega Party Favor Bag Mix // Pikachu Mylar Balloon // Yellow Forks // Red Tablecloth // Paper Gift Bags

unicorn horn party sweets

If Spooky isn’t up your Halloween alley, this fantastical recipes might be right up your alley! This idea is by Lindsey over at the amazing Live Sweet Photography and here’s how you’ll do it!Unicorn Horn - Party Idea + RecipeSUPPLIES:

Candy sticks (I ordered mine from ohnuts.com)
Candy melts in color if your choice
Sprinkles
Parchment paper
Unicorn Horn - Party Idea + Recipe  Start by unwrapping your candy sticks and gently break them in half
Melt your candy melts
Dip broken end of candy sticks into melted chocolate and lay on parchment paper
Pour sprinkles on right away before chocolate hardens

Unicorn Horn - Party Idea + RecipeThese make the perfect treat on your party table or package them up cute for a party favor!Unicorn Horn - Party Idea + RecipeFind more amazingness on Lindsey’s (HUGE) Instagram account!

Jedi Training Birthday Party

By Nicole.

Dash was turned 7 this year! I cannot believe it. The sweet boy is such a brave and strong soul. He has been the man of the house and everyday I cannot believe what a solid rockstar he is. He deserved something extra special this year for his birthday.

Dash is a Star Wars fan, as most 7 year old boys are. We decided together that his party would have a Star Wars theme. But what he didn’t know, that as each guest arrived I planned to dress them as Jedi, present them a light saber, and that a few short minutes later they would all be in Jedi Training.Jedi Training PartyJedi Training PartyTwo adult Jedi arrived and taught them some key moves, before Darth Vader himself arrived. Dash hadn’t the slightest idea that Darth would be making an appearance. Along with a Storm Trooper Sidekick. We had Star Wars music playing the background and adults were getting super into it.Jedi Training PartyThe party was such a magical night, I wanted to recreate it for photos in the studio. Thanks for the support of our favorite party store Zurchers, we were able to bring all the magic to life!Jedi Training Party

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To recreate this at home you can find all the adult costumes at Zurchers and we made Jedi vests out of felt yardage and twine!

unicorn party!

We have the most magical birthday party – Saylor’s 6th! – to share with you all today from Lottie of Grit + Gold! Lottie is a Wedding Planner and it shows with this gorgeous scene! What we love the most is that the elements are totally doable and she generously shares all her sources at the bottom of the post!

Invitations! Beautiful lettering and a unicorn mask to set some excitement for the theme!Unicorn PartyDecor! How about this drop dead gorgeous balloon swag!? Unicorn PartyUnicorn PartyThe Tablescape! Filled with beautiful flowers, happy party hats, and coordinating place settings.Unicorn PartyThe Sweets! What is a fanciful party theme without some whimsical desserts? Like this cakeUnicorn PartyUnicorn and Rainbow cookies!Unicorn PartyAnd last but not least, an activity that will have every guest a-talkin’ for weeks!

AN ACTUAL UNICORN! 😉 Do you think Saylor was excited or what?Unicorn PartyUnicorn PartySuch a pretty party, right? Here are the sources below!

VENDOR TEAM

Planning + Floral | Grit + Gold || Photography | Matt + Julie Weddings || Unicorn Rides | A One of a Kind  Pony Party || Table and Chair Rentals | Taylors FW || Cake | Loft22 Cakes || Cookies | J Raes ||  Invites | Pear Tree Greetings || Calligraphy | Pretty Post Calligraphy || Party Plates and Accessories | Oh Joy Paperchase |

TMNT Birthday Party


As promised, here is our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party for Target!  Part of the party’s agenda was to first have each kiddo decide what Turtle they wanted to “be” for the party. Then we provided the Turtle Shells and accessories for each guest and based the activities on what each Turtle (and child) is good at. It was a celebration of individuality and what makes each of them special — they loved it! Not to mention there was a life size assault van, so that always helps!

Each guest was instructed to wear the colors of his or her chosen turtle and had party favors that coordinated. It immediately added such a festive flair!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle PartyThen a simple bakery cake with a Michelangelo action figure a top:

turt2Pizza and green snacks, of course, were on the menu:

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party

Our awesome Ninja Turtles in their colors fully accessorized, click on each to find their dress-ups! Michelangelo (Quinn), Leonardo (Dash), Raphael (Rilo), and Donatello (Monroe).

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To get to their assault van and start their mission they first had to wade through the sewer sludge (aka streamers hung in the doorway.) How darling are these little turtle shells?

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Once through, they had a blast assuming their roles and fighting crime. Donatello was especially fearsome.

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For this van we used a big-screen TV box and a whole lot of Duct Tape! But all that work was more than worth it to see their eyes light up and watch them jump up and down with excitement. Even better, since it was taped into submission this van is pretty indestructible  and has had lots of play time outdoors with no problem.

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Star Wars Partay!

By Jenna:

Okay so I am *technically* retired from throwing birthday parties but this year with Quinn & Lolly’s 7th and 1st Birthday falling within days of each other I could not resist throwing them a joint party. It ended up being more of a shindig for Quinn any how since all you need for a 1 year old birthday is cake right?? So I worked on making Quinn’s request of a Star Wars party something that wasn’t obnoxious.Screen Shot 2016-01-17 at 10.45.54 AM(Sorry about the quality I only took iPhone pics that day #toomanykids)717q6REV2LL._SL1500_

Quinn woke up to this set up and it thrilled him! I think we think we have to do all.the.star.wars.things. But simple really is more beautiful in my opinion! I did a Star Wars quote on our Letterfolk Board, gold elements (Happy Birthday banner is Meri Meri, while I bought it at a boutique, you can buy letters individually and make your own online here!) and of course a Darth Vader balloon for drama. He was thrilled. Also most of this stuff I already owned. I love finding new ways to incorporate decor I already have — placing pictures of him on a mantle and the initials from his room made him feel extra special. Not rocket science – just rearranging of items.cake

Probably my favorite thing about his special day was his cake. I had a friend make him a Chocolate Mousse cake with Black/Grey Ombre frosting and then another good friend make his cake topper! She has a 3D print store that does cake toppers and they’re incredible. Look at Lolly’s cake, too! I died.

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A couple other things I LOVE to use when throwing a party that make my life so much easier is Caravan Shoppe and Seedling. Caravan offers printables for so cheap that you can print out at a local print shop. This color your own place mat along with these darling Pirate Peg Dolls had nothing to do with Star Wars but are festive all the same! Also they kept kids busy while I was setting up food and other activities.

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Screen Shot 2016-01-17 at 11.01.00 AMOne of my favorite parts of the night (and I didn’t get many pics, ugh) was when we hit a Darth Vader Piñata with a Light Saber! 71CrkU39GVL._SL1500_The one we got was super sturdy and withstood the piñata smacking and is still working to this day! The kids LOVED this and obviously made a gigantic mess 😉Screen Shot 2016-01-17 at 11.01.13 AMThe point is you can throw a themed party and not have it be super tacky. I mean I know I wrote down some where at some point in my life that I would NEVER throw a themed party or let my kids wear themed clothes, but here I am!!

What’s fun is there are a lot of stores doing super great Star Wars stuff I don’t mind my kids using or wearing. I’ve rounded up some of our favorites below!!!  And of course, may the Force be with you 😉starwars

Star Wars Glow in the Dark Shirt // Darth Vader Backpack // Boys Vader Stance Socks // Patterned Twill Pants // Printed Hood Sweatshirt // Star Wars Cap // Storm Trooper Shirt // Darth Vader Water Bottle // Star Wars Cookies

#trollsareback!

By Nicole.

When Target sent us word that they were re-releasing Trolls and Troll brand apparel and accessories this Fall we flipped.#trollsareback We are total children of the 90’s and we were immediately flooded with memories. Like my Troll themed 7th birthday. See below.
Troll partyWe knew we wanted to recreate this hilarious 90’s birthday party, so we brought Emily’s nieces over to show them all of our favorite 90’s memories. Ready? #trollsareback

[Quincey’s Skater Dress // Avery’s Cozy Troll Sweatshirt and Joggers]

Taught them how to make fortune tellers, and shockingly we didn’t even have to look it up on YouTube, just like riding a bike. #trollsareback Practiced our “S” with our gel-roller pens.#trollsareback Decorated our caboodles with puff paint. Are you dying at that sentence?#trollsareback Got our Troll hair on. These Troll sweatshirts are the softest things we’ve ever felt. Amazing! [Quincey’s Graphic Tee]#trollsareback Crazy hair don’t care! Perfect for our curly haired Quincey!#trollsareback Sunburst art with smelly markers:#trollsareback They were enthralled with every single element of this little party. We loved showing them all these fun nostalgic activities!#trollsareback What’s a party without cake? This guy was such an easy topper, and with some perfectly bold 90’s colored sprinkles he was all ready to go!#trollsareback#trollsarebackAnd they loved getting decked out in Troll gear! You can find their apparel, troll necklaces at Target online and in store and troll dolls in store only, they released just last week!#trollsarebackSo what did we miss? Any 90’s favorites you’d add to your own party?

 

[Avery’s Socks]

This post is sponsored by Target.