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I’ve got two summer birthdays right in a row with Raleigh’s in June and Cal in July! We tend to have at least one of their parties at the pool and this year is no different. SWEDISH FISH and SOUR PATCH KIDS candies created the perfect pool-themed treats just in time!
Heads or Tails, you get a new flavor! SOUR PATCH KIDS HEADS and SWEDISH FISH TAILS combine two flavors into one candy, and they were the perfect addition to our Swim Party-themed favors. I grabbed mine at Dollar General and right now, they’re buy 1 SOUR PATCH KIDS Heads, get 1 SWEDISH FISH Tails FREE (8 oz.; max. value $) – Click here for the deal! All these other favor ideas are easily sourced online with 2-day shipping, too! Of course, Dollar General has so many fun options for summer treats and party
I love giving party favors that actually benefit the party-goers while at the pool and something fun to take home, too.
Sunglasses…cute photo-op alert! // A floatie is a pool must-have, and these small soda can holder ones are inexpensive to buy for a crowd and not too bulky to bring home! // A limited-edition candy that they’ve never tried is sure to get kids excited. SWEDISH FISH are Cal’s favorite (the raspberry mango flavor is bomb!) and SOUR PATCH KIDS are Hayes’ (he loves anything sour!), so we’ve got our bases covered! // Stick these sea creatures in water and kids can watch them grow when they get home. // Goggles are a must (buy them in bulk online!) because someone always forgets theirs and it seems to cause contention. Goggles for all! // No matter what the age, bubbles are a hit. These smaller tubes come in bulk as well and are just enough fun for the afternoon. // Packing a few other snack options for them to eat is sure to keep everyone happy and away from the concession stand.
Cal is getting so big, and this year is a big birthday for him and our family! He has done so amazing this past year, making new friends and being brave, and it will be fun to have them all to the pool to celebrate!
Did I miss any pool favor ideas you love? Be sure and try out these Sour Patch Kids Heads and Swedish Fish Tails and tell me what you and your kids think!
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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. It 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.So after the relays we had them come in for pizza and Pika-Juice. This free printable kills me and you can find it here.After 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!I 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. I loved the look of these Pokeball honeycomb decor! We just strung them to the ceiling and alternated lengths and depths. Super easy!They 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!
Pokeball Orbz Balloons // Pikachu Pajamas
Pokeball Orbz Balloons // Rubber Pokemon Bracelets // Honeycomb Pokeballs // Mega Party Favor Bag Mix // Pikachu Mylar Balloon // Yellow Forks // Red Tablecloth // Paper Gift Bags
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!SUPPLIES:
Candy melts in color if your choice
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
These make the perfect treat on your party table or package them up cute for a party favor!Find more amazingness on Lindsey’s (HUGE) Instagram account!
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.Two 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.The 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!
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!
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!
Then a simple bakery cake with a Michelangelo action figure a top:
Pizza and green snacks, of course, were on the menu:
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).
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?
Once through, they had a blast assuming their roles and fighting crime. Donatello was especially fearsome.
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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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.(Sorry about the quality I only took iPhone pics that day #toomanykids)
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.
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.
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.
One 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! 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 😉The 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 😉
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