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{Real Party} Shark Party!

My toddler Deacon is a SHARK FANATIC, so there was no question what kind of party he would have for his 3rd birthday…

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Guests were greeted with shark ‘warning’ signs that we mounted onto paint sticks. Easy peasy!

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We hung green streamers on the front door, to look like seaweed. And a final shark warning sign…

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In the foyer, a welcome sign…

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The Shark Collection comes in two different patterns… I call the left one ‘ripple’ and the right one ‘swirl’. These are the bubble wrappers, sold here.

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Here is the main table, done with the blue & green Ripple printables.

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And the second table, done with the Swirl pattern.

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The ocean-themed foods were a lot of fun to think up and create. This watermelon shark was definitely the highlight of the table. And it was surprisingly easy to create! My sister Rochelle carved it in around 20 minutes.

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Here are the ‘life preservers’ (made with powdered mini donuts and decorated with a tube of red gel icing).

I typed onto the food labels (included in the collection) in a paint/graphic program, but you could also just write onto them.

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The birthday boy and his cousin loved the life preservers. This is what I got when I asked, “Where did all the donuts go?” 🙂

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These Shark-Infested Jell-O cups were a big hit with the kids. I just filled some clear cups with blue gelatin, and once it had set up, I added Cool Whip and gummy sharks and fishes.

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I also made some of the shark-infested Jell-O in a trifle bowl.

I filled the apothecary jars with blue mint M&Ms, gummy sharks, and Hershey’s Kisses with blue wrappers.

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I was trying include some foods that weren’t sweet. Do you like how I labeled the Chips & Salsa? 🙂

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I took a photo of the birthday boy in his shark Halloween costume, and added it to the table. I liked how the frame resembled ocean waves, or sea foam.

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These ‘Shark Teeth’ were also popular, especially with those who like salty + sweet snacks.

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These are just Bugels snacks, dipped in melted white chocolate / white candy melts. Here is a close-up.

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I thought blue popcorn might be a fun addition. You can make lots of popcorn colors by following these instructions.

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This beverage container was just water with a few squirts of blueberry lemonade Mio, and some fresh blueberries. The medallion on the front is one of the personalized items included in the collection.

I made the “3” with a cardboard number from Hobby Lobby, and I put Mod Podge over the paper included with the collection.

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Here are the included water wraps:

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And the cupcake toppers, which I punched out with a flourish square puncher.

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Because Deacon has a large collection of shark books already, I put them out for guests to read or look at, as an indoor activity.

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We also set up a place for photo op’s, and let guests take pictures of themselves, or shots with the birthday boy. This is my sister Rochelle with the wee Man of Honor…

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But the MOST fun activity was when Dad put a shark fin on, and the kids got to chase him with water balloons!

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We put the pre-filled water balloons into a shark play pool, and once they were gone, we let the kids splash around in it. Since most of the guests were preschoolers, this was the perfect activity for a hot summer day.

This is the birthday boy dancing in his pool. 🙂

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And here are the favors!

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I love adding custom bubble wrappers to dollar store bubble bottles. A fun and inexpensive favor!

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I think the birthday boy had a great time!
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And so did his big bro. 🙂

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Here is the full collection (this is the Swirl version):

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If you want to see just one example of why we chose a shark theme for his party, watch this 45-second video:


And he thought I was taking a still photo, which is why he said ‘cheese’. LOL!
And yes that’s me snorting! Because kids are That. Funny.

 

I hope you enjoyed our Shark Party as much as we did!

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{Party Partners}

Shark Printables ~ Renee’s Soirees
Photography ~ Rule of Faith Photography (Phoenix metro area)
Shark lunch sack / favor bag ~ Walmart $1.99 (in party goods section)
Bubble bottle ~ Dollar Tree, 3 for $1
Bubble Label ~ Renee’s Soirees
Shark Fruit Snacks ~ Kroger grocery store
Watermelon Shark ~ Instructions here
Shark wall hanging ~ Oriental Trading $6.50
Shark party blowers ~ Oriental Trading, $3 /dozen
Shark water gun ~ Oriental Trading  $10/dozen
Shark paper plate craft ~ Dollar Store Crafts
Baroque Frame ~ Hobby Lobby
Shark Fin on Dad ~ SwimFin

 

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{Real Party} Race Cars!

If you know someone – child or adult – who loves cars, racing, Hot Wheels, Formula One, or NASCAR, then I hope you’ll get a kick out of the RACE CAR PARTY that I threw for my son’s 8th birthday!

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We chose this theme because my son is a long-time Hot Wheels fan. In fact, when Colin was in preschool, he wouldn’t put on a pair of pants unless it had LOTS of pockets, so he could carry tiny cars with him everywhere he went.  So we stocked up on cargo pants  — and toddler belts, because the weight of all those cars made his pants sag!

Recently I took him to a friend’s birthday party, and my son spent most of the time in the other room alone, playing with some Hot Wheels and a big track. That’s when I knew that he STILL loved cars and needed to have a Race Car theme for his next birthday!

Here is a sample invitation:

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Here is the party table:

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I decided to use less of the ubiquitous checkered pattern, and more of the flames.  The flame theme also inspired the color scheme of red and orange.

I selected the flame theme because I showed my son the race car graphics that I’d created, and asked him to pick the one he liked the best for the invitation. After he chose, I asked why he liked that particular one, and he said, “Because it has HUGE FLAMES! So it must be FAST!”

I also liked the flames as a theme because when Colin was a toddler, we read a book about rocket ships, and decided that cars had flames coming out the back of them, too.  He would count the exhaust pipes on each of the cars on the road, and say things like, “That car has four FIRE HOLES! It is so fast!”

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Guests were met with a sign on the door that matched the invitations:

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Then we asked guests to put their names on a custom hanging tag. I wanted the kids to feel comfortable approaching the adults present, and I wanted to be sure I knew the names of all of my son’s classmates (invitations were given to the whole class, so I didn’t know some of them very well).  An added bonus: the kids felt very special having a personalized badge on!

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Here are the cupcake toppers. I cut most of them using a 2 1/4″ puncher, and I really like that size (versus the 2″ standard). I think the larger ones make a bigger impact.

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I made the chocolate race car lollipops using this mold, and a few different colors of Candy Melts. They were actually very quick and easy to make! (Tutorial coming soon!) You can use the same mold to make little soaps, if you want to include those in the favor bag.

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Creating car-themed foods was so much fun. These fruit cars were easy to make, especially if you buy a bag of pre-sliced apples that are already treated with lemon juice so they won’t brown quickly.

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I also made some Dipsticks (pretzel rods dipped in black candy melts),  Stoplights (brownies topped with M&Ms), and Spare Tires (chocolate mini donuts).

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I also made another version of Stoplights, out of Rice Krispie bars dipped in black candy melts. I’m glad that my sister volunteered to make some at the last minute, because they were a HUGE hit with kids and adults alike. I was surprised that they were the food that disappeared first.

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The only downside to the Stoplight Rice Krispies? The resulting black tongue!
(Though the chances are good that my 3 year old just licked the top of them, LOL).

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By the way, my mother made the shirts using the race car graphic from my collection, and it matches the invitation. She just printed the graphic onto iron-on fabric. She added the black stitches just to make the image ‘pop’ more… you could also just iron it on and call it a day.

I always fill some apothecary jars with color-coordinated candies. And here’s a tip: instead of buying the expensive single-color M&Ms at party or craft stores, just buy the jumbo bag of standard colors at a warehouse store, and have your kids sort them into zip-top baggies. It’s good for sorting and categorizing practice, and is great fine motor skill work.

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I also threw in some healthy [non-tongue-staining] food, like Cuties, sub sandwiches, etc.

a healthy snack for a race car party by Renees Soirees

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Here are the water wraps:

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This race track was made from black plastic tablecloths and tape. It was put in the foyer as a kind of welcome. 🙂

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We bought a carrying case full of Hot Wheels at Goodwill for my son when he was 3 years old. Five years later [the ones he hasn’t lost] still get a lot of play time.  This jar of Hot Wheels started out full, but little hands kept swiping them for play on the tracks we had set up. 🙂

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This beverage dispenser was filled with lemon-lime Gatorade, and it went FAST. Definitely one of the most popular items with the kids. I bought a gallon, but could have easily gone through two.

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The 4″ medallions, pre-filled with words like “TOOLS” and “ANTI-FREEZE” are included with the Race Car collection.

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I used the Race Car Kiss Stickers on some Hershey’s Kisses and put them on the buffet table as well. My kids loved the job of putting the stickers on the kisses. I’m pretty sure it turned into a game of “one for me, one for the bowl”… 🙂

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I asked a cake pop maker to make me some FLAME cake pops. I loved how they came out!

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The 5×7 printable (personalized and included in the collection):

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The part that gave me the biggest giggle… we used this red car out of Colin’s toybox. One of his classmates told him that she might bring her hamster FooFoo to the party. In his 8-year-old mind, he saw the hamster driving this car around. He made a note to put near the car that made it clear that this was ‘Fufu’s Car’… LOL!!!

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The activities part of the Race Car Party was super easy: a bunch of Hot Wheels out of my son’s room, and a few Hot Wheels tracks (one was Colin’s birthday present from Mom & Dad, the others we borrowed). I was surprised that the girls at the party loved playing with the cars and tracks just as much as the boys did!

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And here is the favor bag! Decorated with the Goody Bag Tags (included in my printable collection).

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Favor items: a Hot Wheel, Wheel Yo-Yo, bubble bottle with racing bubble wrapper, Hot Wheels Tongue Tattoos, Disney Cars puzzle book, checkered flag, decorated Hershey’s Kisses with Race Car stickers from my shop, Disney’s Cars fruit snacks, and a race car party blower.

It looked like a huge bounty to the kids, but actually each goody bag only cost me around $5. And you could easily pare it down to the $1/each range by just attaching a favor tag to a Hot Wheel car.

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We found this shirt in Colin’s closet, and thought it worked perfectly. And like the Hot Wheel toys, it was a thrift shop find!

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This is what is included in the Race Car Collection:
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Some of the printable designs used at this party include:
♥ Invitation
♥ 2″ party circles/cupcake toppers
♥ 2″ favor tags
♥ Water Bottle wraps
♥ 4″ medallions (on drink dispenser, flatware dispenser, wall & table)
♥ Bubble wraps
♥ Food Labels
♥ Happy Birthday banner
♥ 5×7″ welcome sign
♥ Hershey’s Kisses stickers (sold separately)

I hope you enjoyed my RACE CAR PARTY!! I know the birthday boy did!

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And so did his little brother!

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{Party Partners}

Race Car Printables ~Renee’s Soirees
Race Car Invitation ~ Renee’s Soirees
Cake Pops ~ Gourmet Cakes and More  (located in the Phoenix metro area)
Race Car shirts ~ Iron-On fabric, red shirt, + an image from my collection
Yellow Cake Stands ~ handmade by Bee In Our Bonnet
Flame table cloth ~ homemade by my super-talented mum, using flame fabric
Frame for 5×7″ printable sign ~ Hobby Lobby
Hot Wheel car favor ~ $1 from grocery or toy store (or 3 generic die-cast cars for $1 at Dollar Tree)
Wheel Yo-Yo ~ $1 from Dollar Tree
Bubble bottle wrappers ~  from my collection (select ‘Race Car’ from drop-down menu)
Bubble bottles ~ 3 for $1 at Dollar Tree,
Hot Wheels Tongue Tattoos ~ clearance rack at local Kroger store
Favor Tags on Favor Bags ~ Available individually here (select Race Car from drop-down menu), or as part of the full collection

Disney Cars puzzle book ~$1.50 from Safeway clearance aisle
Checkered flag ~ $2 for 8 at Hobby Lobby
Decorated Hershey’s Kisses with Race Car stickers from my shop
Cars fruit snacks ~ Kroger grocery store
Race car party blower ~ $3.99 for 8 at Party City

 

Monster Truck Party {Customer Party}

I LOVE to get party pics from my customers, because there is nothing more exciting than seeing my printables in action. My sweet customer Joanne sent me these photos of her son Maverick’s MONSTER TRUCK party using my printable collection.

Here is the banner:

Monster Truck banner at party

the water wraps:

Monster Trucks water labels

and the cupcake toppers:

Monster Truck cupcake toppers at party

And I like how she incorporated the thank-you card into the display:

Monster Truck thank you card with photo

I especially love what she did with the 4 in medallions! I’ve used them on activity tables, on buffet foods, and on beverage dispensers, but I never thought to use them on the cake!

Monster Truck Medallions on birthday cake

Here is the full collection:

Monster Truck printable collection

And the matching invitation:

Monster Truck invitation

 

Thanks Joanne for the fun photos, and I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!

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After Dark Fun {Earth Hour}

Do you participate in Earth Hour? Where millions of people around the globe turn off the electricity for an hour, as a massive show of concern for the environment? This year it falls on Saturday, March 23rd, from 8:30-9:30 PM in each time zone.

One year we were in Las Vegas, standing on the Strip during Earth Hour… now that was strange!  I tried to take a photo but it was literally too dark!

This year I wanted to spend a little bit of time talking about the environment with my kids (why we recycle, why we turn off the lights when we leave a room and adjust the air conditioning when we leave the house… that kind of thing). But I also wanted to have some fun in the dark!

This is our favorite ‘power outage’ kid activity… and it only requires 2 items: some highlighter pens and a black light. A friend gave us this idea a few years ago and my kids just love it:

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Choose whatever color of highlighter you want (though yellow does tend to show up the brightest) and then shine the black light on it. Easy peasy!

Make it a game by drawing without the black light, then turning the light on and seeing if your artwork came out as you had intended. Of course you can also draw on paper, but the kids just thought it was SO. MUCH. FUN. drawing on themselves and each other. And especially on Mom and Dad. (Seriously, how often do you remember getting to draw on your parents as a kid?)

Afterwards, everyone takes a good bath and has a laugh at any photos you took (take them with the flash OFF).

The kids attacked Dad’s foot with all the colors we had:

highlighter on foot by Renees-Soirees

And even Mom’s leg wasn’t immune:

drawing on skin with a highlighter pen and then shining a black light on it can be fun for kids of all ages

We already had the black light, because they are sold as scorpion finders in the desert (thankfully ours has never found one!). Though I use mine to look at the dust bunnies behind the furniture — when you need to clean, they are more motivating than watching an episode of Hoarders! You may also have one if you have a pet, to check for pet stains. But if you can’t find one in your Halloween supplies, then you can also get them inexpensively (as in, less than $10 or so shipped) on Amazon. This is the one I ordered (click on the photo for details):

I hope you have as much fun doing this as we do!  And you don’t have to wait for Earth Hour, it’s also a hit at slumber parties, and whenever you want to wear the kids out before bed!

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{FREEBIE} St Patrick’s Day printable!

I love decorating for holidays.

As in, ALL of them.

I hope I’m not alone here, and that everyone has a small (okay, medium) box marked “St Patrick’s Day” in their hall closet. Right next to the “Valentines” box, and the “Easter” box. Yes?

Okay, well even if you don’t change out your home accents seasonally like I do, you might enjoy having an Irish blessing in your home, all year round.

Just click on the image below to download / save the JPG of this 8×10 photo.

FREE Printable - Irish blessing by @ReneesSoirees

There are a few ways to print it. If you print it as an 8×10″ photo print, you can either print it at home on photo paper, or have it printed at a photo lab for somewhere between $1.46 (at Sam’s Club, for example) to $3.99 (at Walgreens).

BUT, I will give you a tip on printing it on the cheap… because I’m good like that :). 

Just take it to the nearest UPS Store on a thumb drive, and have it printed in color on regular paper for 29 cents (yup)!  Be sure to tell them that it’s an 8″x10″ image, and not to “shrink” or “adjust to fit” so it won’t change the size. Before you leave, borrow their paper cutter and crop the white border off. Make sure it measures 8×10″ on the paper cutter and if it doesn’t, ask them to reprint it.

Then put it in your purdiest frame and enjoy!

And the luck ‘o the Irish to ya!

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FREE Printable - Irish Blessing by @ReneesSoirees

 

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{FREEBIE} “Boo” Sign & Ideas

We LOVE to “Boo” the neighbors. We usually buy an inexpensive Halloween-themed bag at the grocery store and fill it with small treats and games. If I’m feeling really ambitious then we will make a fun snack that we probably saw on Pinterest. For example:

Bat Bars!

Ghost Pretzels:

these festive and colorful cookies:
or Eyeball cookies:
This year I really wanted to make Pumpkin Snickerdoodles. But I was sick in late October, so we went with prepackaged Halloween games, and some fun spider lollipop treats:

You can get your free Boo Printable here:

Boo’d Sign & Instructions by ReneesSoirees

You can also see the sign I made last Halloween here, which has a different design.

What do you put in your Boo’d Bag?

 

apothecary jars full of brown, orange and egg-shaped candy

{Real Party} Dinosaur Party

 

dinosaur party food table by Renees Soirees

If you have a dinosaur lover in your life, then they will ROAR over this collection!

This was my son’s 7th birthday party, and his *second* dino party. Normally I don’t repeat themes, but he loves dinosaurs That. Much.

Of the 3 styles available, my son chose the plaid background because he liked the faint dinosaur images in the background (there’s no such thing as too many dinos for him)! We started with the invite, available here… (The invitation is available in a photo version as well).

dinosaur party invitation

I used earth tones to create this collection… mostly brown, green, and orange. Because my son’s favorite color is orange and has been for many years, I highlighted that in the decor and printables (though I have versions of the printables where the brown or the green are more prominent as well).

By the way, ‘Tangerine Tango’ is a version of orange that Pantone declared the 2012 Color of the Year. So stay tuned for future trend previews from Colin! LOL!

Here are the other two backgrounds available, in case you don’t fancy plaid:

Dinosaur invitation with earth-toned stripes
Dinosaur invitation with green chevron and stripes

It might be hard to tell from here, but the lower text looks like it’s spelled out in bones. Because I’m a goofball about details like that! 🙂

Because this party took place just after Easter, it was easy to find a ton of egg-shaped treats for the party table. But Raisinets, jelly beans, and lots of other items available year-round could also be used as ‘dino eggs.’

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I also had ‘Dino Scat’ in the apothecary jars. Except I didn’t think first graders would know what scat was, so I went with ‘droppings’ instead. LOL. These are Whoppers… (You may wince at the tag, but let me assure you that 7-year-old boys will laugh hysterically at stuff like this!):

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These ‘Dino Bones’ snacks were such a hit!  They weren’t too difficult to make, and all the kids got such a kick out of them.

Pretzel sticks, marshmallows & white chocolate made to look like bones

And in fact my 2-year-old helped make them. We just stuck mini marshmallows on the end of pretzel sticks, then dipped the whole thing in melted white chocolate (we used white Candy Melts, available at craft stores). If you like salty + sweet snacks, you will love these!

Here’s a closer look at the Bones Snack:

snack that looks like bones

I also made the Fossil Cookies. Well, that’s what I call them, anyway. Basically I made a fantastic recipe called Nut-Edged Lemon Cookies; because they’re my sister’s all-time favorite cookie (recipe link in footer).  Then I stamped one of my son’s dinosaur feet into them before baking (of course I scrubbed the T-Rex very well first, because a dino toy is certainly not a food-grade item). You could use a regular shortbread recipe instead, or any cookie that doesn’t change shape TOO much during cooking.

Cookies with an imprint of a dinosaur foot in them

I also ‘made’ some cookies that matched my color scheme. Actually they are just Oreo Cakesters, dipped in colored sugar. These cookies are great for party tables because you can get them in vanilla or chocolate, and roll them in whatever color of sugar or sprinkles you want, to make them match your theme. Super easy!

Oreo Cakesters with orange sprinkles

By the way, the FOOD LABELS that come with the collection are blank, so you aren’t stuck with my kooky concoctions. 🙂

It wasn’t all sweets, though. I made some PB&J sandwiches on bread that I cut out with a dinosaur-shaped cutter  (I got mine at my regular grocery store).

PB&J sandwiches cut in the shape of a dinosaur

And some sub sandwiches, plus crudites with veggie dip…

Basket full of crudites labeled Herbivores

And for drinks, I did a jug of water with some mint leaves. (Note to self: Don’t use this many mint leaves next time, unless you prefer your water to taste like mouthwash!)

Water jug full of mint leaves and labeled Watering Hole

And I set out some Take & Toss cups, hoping to proactively avoid spills. I added some dino flair to them so the big kids wouldn’t feel like they were using ‘sippy cups’.

Sip & Toss cups with a dinosaur tag on the straw

I didn’t want to pay big bucks for another cake stand, so I made my own for around $3:

 Cake stand with orange top, brown ribbon and brown stand.”

I painted a wooden frame (with craft paint, that sells for less than $1 at craft stores) and added a photo of the birthday boy to the table… plus a toy out of his room. 🙂

Brown frame with photo of boy and Lego dinosaur on party table

And of course, the requisite cupcakes in party colors, with custom toppers!

Orange and brown cupcakes with dinosaur toppers

And finally, the FAVORS! I used bags from Dollar Tree (3 for $1), and bought the bottles of bubbles there, too (same price). The bubble bottle labels are included in my Dinosaur Collection, by the way. Inside the egg was a small dinosaur figurine, a bit of candy, and a dino tattoo. Plus some handmade items from some AMAZING Etsy sellers… a reusable dino napkin, some dinosaur-shaped crayons, and a chocolate dino lollipop! The museum also gave us some dino-themed word find puzzles and coloring pages, so we put photocopies of those into the favor bags.

Photos of the items included in the favor bags

A party at the natural history museum also includes access to their exhibits and tours after the party, so it was double the fun for both the kids and their parents. Especially because my 2 1/2 year old kept arguing with the docent about her dinosaur facts. “Actuwee, it’s like this…” LOL!  Told you I have two little dinosaur fanatics!

child, man and docent under a dinosaur display at a museum

I hope you enjoyed our prehistoric party as much as we did!

dinosaur-themed party table with banner, food and balloons

Happy Birthday, sweet Colin! I had SO much fun creating a dinosaur party for you, and I know you’ll remember it for a looong while (because you talk about it all the time)!

child standing next to a dinosaur made of Legos

——————————– {Party Partners} ——————————–
Edible Bones idea from Epicurious
Dino Crayons from Posh Paper Creations
Chocolate dinosaur lollipops from The Sugared Shop
Reusable napkins from Gnome Clothes
Photographer: Chelsey Vehon, Vehon Photography

Dinosaur Collection by Renee’s Soirees
Nut-Edged Lemon Cookies recipe
Party Venue: Museum of Natural History, Mesa, Arizona

Lego 4 inch medallion as decor

LEGO PARTY: Real Parties by Real Customers

Check out the gorgeous LEGO party styled by the very talented Christie at Flaired Affairs (Jacksonville, North Carolina). She used my Building Brick collection and took it to a whole new level!

Lego party photo collage

Lego table by Flaired Affairs

There are more photos on her Flaired Affairs blog.

Follow her on Facebook so you can see more of her amazing events!

Thanks, Christie for the gorgeous party inspiration!

And here is the collection she used to create this colorful event:

Lego full collection by Renee's Soirees

fathers day party circle

Father’s Day toppers {Freebie}

Here is a tongue-in-cheek FREE printable that can be used for a variety of Father’s Day uses… punch them out with a 2″ punch of any style and mount them on toothpicks and stick them in cupcakes, or in side dishes like potato salad and coleslaw at your Dad’s Day BBQ. You can also leave them square, punch a hole in one corner and use them as gift tags.

 

The man in our house jokingly calls himself ‘The King’ (at least that’s the name of his computer login, LOL). I decided that, at least for Father’s Day, he could be King of the TV Remote, King of the Recliner, and King of the BBQ.

 

Fathers Day red and blue cupcake toppers

He has a great sense of humor, so I know he will get a laugh out of these. Especially because I stuck them in his favorite dessert, Oreo Cake! (Stay tuned for recipe coming soon!)

Fathers Day cupcake toppers stuck in a slice of Oreo Cake

Download your free Father’s Day printables HERE.

It is a PDF file and can be opened in any PDF reader (see Adobe.com if you don’t have one, but you probably do). I recommend printing them in color at home on photo paper, or commercially on 65 lb or heavier white cardstock (which you can do at UPS stores for around 39c, or approx 89c at Kinkos or Office Max).

I hope you enjoy these toppers, and I would love to see what you do with them!

A Beehive shaped jar with a ribbon a tag and lotion tubes inside

{Freebie} Teacher Appreciation

I made this bee-themed gift for my son’s First Grade teacher.

Partly I was inspired to use bees because his teacher has a running BUMBLE BEE theme in her classroom (for example, each child has a bee with their name on it on the wall, and if they misbehave they ‘lose a stinger’ or are ‘out of the hive’).

And partly I wanted to go with bees because I found this cute beehived-shaped tealight holder at Target. It was in the Dollar Spot area, so they may not have it regularly.  If you can’t find one, a yellow or black gift bag with a bee tag on it would do just fine (and hold more, as well).

supplies to make a bee themed gift

In keeping with the bee theme, I filled it with Burt’s Bees products. I purchased the ‘Head to Toe’ kit at Target for $13. I tied a ribbon around the tealight holder and put as many of the items as I could into the jar. You could add a gift card or any other small item to the jar if you prefer.

Bumble Bee themed gift for teacher appreciation

I gave it to her with the bee letter that you can DOWNLOAD FOR FREE HERE.

bee anagram letter

I had my son write his teacher’s name at the top, and sign his name at the bottom. I also added the date in small print.

Click HERE to download the Teacher Tags.
(Then right-click and save the file).

Child and teacher with teacher appreciation gift

I think his teacher liked it, and I hope you do, too!

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