Category Archives: Parties

Polar Party

NEW to the shop! This Polar Party theme can be used for winter birthdays, ice skating parties, snow play days, ice hockey parties, or like I did… for a hot summer birthday, celebrated at an ice-themed play place!

My son has an August birthday, and here in Arizona, we are absoultely *sick* of the heat by then! So I thought it might be fun to go to a new Polar Play place, that acts as an ice bar for adults at night, and a chilly kid play zone during the day. The kids played frozen Tic-Tac-Toe, threw fake snowballs, and felt the frozen ice sculptures.

Here is my son and his friend Keenan, posing with some penguin ice sculptures. Can you see them? (The ice sculptures, not the kids, silly)!

The facility loans all guests parkas and mittens, which is good because that is the kind of thing that we wouldn’t have readily available at home. At least not in August!

Here is the invitation, which is available in my shop here:

There are many other versions available, depending on the type of party you are having:

I chose a watercolor look for this collection. The addition of the wolf was my son’s request. He wanted either a husky or wolf in this year’s theme. I included the narwhal because
a) Narwhals are awesome, and
b) Kids love this super annoying Narwhal song.

The 11-piece Polar collection can be found in my shop here.

And here is the collection in action, on the party table:

These Hershey’s Kiss stickers are available here (select POLAR PARTY from the drop-down menu). They are great on the party table, and in favor bags:

I had the birthday boy and his six-year-old friend apply the stickers. Of course I had to sacrifice a significant number of kisses for that endeavor (it went more like this: one for me, one for the bowl, one for me… LOL). But it was worth it to make them feel involved.

Powdered donut holes as ‘Snowballs’

Water bottle wraps (included in Polar collection, or available individually here):

The cupcake toppers are part of the Polar collection as well:

I made dipped pretzel rods as favors. I dipped them in white Candy Melts chocolate, and sprinkled blue sugar on them while they were still wet. Then I sprayed them with an edible pearl spray (that part wasn’t essential, I just wanted to try it. And it looked pretty).  I put them into cellophane treat bags and tied them with blue raffia. You can get all of these ingredients at craft stores, cake shops, Walmart, or online.

My eight-year-old suggested calling them “North Poles” and I thought that was hilarious! I love it when the kids chime in with something fun and creative like that. 🙂

Here are the pretzel sticks, drying on a baking rack the day before:

I made these polar bear cookies using an idea I found on trusty old Pinterest. We made a lot more than this, but the box got turned over en route, and the toppings fell off. D’oh! By the way, I would say that this craft was not as kid-friendly as I had hoped. Placing the eyes and noses was really tricky! The only thing the kids ended up helping with was eating the creme-free Oreo pieces. LOL

I got this white “8” at Hobby Lobby, and I bought some snowflake decor while I was there, because even in August they have Christmas items out. Yay!

I decided to give out slime as a party favor. Keepin it real here… I have never made it before, so I collected recipes from my slime-making friends, researched my options, bought all the ingredients, and made a test batch. It didn’t come out at all! So I hired a local tween named Jensen who makes and sells slime, and she came through for me on short notice! I put the slime into small mason jars. I included the labels I created for the slime in the polar collection, in case you want to do the same.

I was expecting a few younger kids at the party, and I didn’t want them to have a breakable jar, so I put theirs into plastic containers:

I picked up some small arctic animal figures at a local craft store, and included them in the slime. They sank into the slime, and made for a fun surprise for the kids. (And yes I know there aren’t any penguins in the arctic. But I didn’t name the toys. LOL)

Birthday boy in the party room:


WINTER PARTY GAMES

Here are some snowflakes that you can use as decor, OR for several of the following games: Download for FREE here!

Game 1: SNOW STORM

Print and cut out the snowflakes above.
Mark 2 lines in the room with painter’s tape, about 6 feet (2m) apart. (You can make the lines farther apart if the kids are older or need more of a challenge.)
Give each child a snowflake and a straw.
The goal is to blow their snowflake with the straw, from the starting line, across the finish line, without touching the snowflake.

Game 2: FALLING SNOW 

Collect two or more bowls (depending on how large the crowd is).
Print enough snowflakes above so that each child has 6 or more snowflakes. Have each child stand in front of a bowl and drop their snowflakes one at a time. The winner is the one who lands the most snowflakes into their bowl.

Game 3: SLED RACE

(This works best on a rug or on carpet). Use large cardboard boxes or flat pieces of cardboard. Divide the children into teams of 3 or more. One team member sits in the box (or on the piece of cardboard). The other team members push them across a line on the other side of the room and back to the starting line.  Then the second team member gets into the sled, and repeat. Keep playing until one team has pushed all their teammates across the room and back.

Game 4: CARPET ICE SKATING

Tear off a piece of wax paper, and let 2 or more kids race across a room and back with the wax paper under their shoes. Remind them to keep their feet somewhat close together, so they don’t end up slipping and doing the splits!

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And finally, this is me at the party with the birthday boy, as he makes a wish. Soooo many great memories were made on this day! I am so glad I put the effort in, because it wasn’t that difficult to pull together, and the kids who were there mention it every time I see them, so it seems that it was enjoyed by all. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this Polar Party as much as we did!

 

This party also appeared on Skip to My Lou.

Graduation Parties

When I started a Party Printable business in 2011, I never expected that my busiest season would be GRADUATION! My kids are still young (and let’s face it, it’s been a while since my own graduations, LOL) so I totally underestimated (or maybe forgot) how big of a deal graduations are!

Here are some photos from graduation events I’ve created printables for over the years. I hope they give you ideas for your own grad event. 🙂

Here is the party table, including printables I made for the chocolate bars, framed prints, and Hershey’s Kisses.

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These water bottle wrappers are a quick and inexpensive way to jazz up your party. And they make a fun ‘favor’ that guests can take with them. You can find the printable / digital version here (that you can print on regular copy paper and attach with a bit of tape). And the ones that I print on waterproof paper and ship to you here.

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Here they are in a gold color scheme:

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The graduate’s father is handy with chalk drawings, so he got this chalkboard at Hobby Lobby and drew this for his son…

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These lollipops were made with Candy Melts, long lollipop sticks (both are available at craft stores and Walmart). You can find the molds like these on Amazon.

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These adorable diploma snacks are made with Hostess Ho Hos. Just wrap a ribbon around them, using the school colors. So clever!

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I made cupcake toppers in the school colors, and personalized with the grad’s name and class year. They are part of the collection, or can be ordered individually here (select ‘Graduation’ from the drop-down menu).

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These Hershey’s Kiss stickers (found here) are personalized with name, year, and school colors. They can also be used on Rolos or mini Reece’s Cups.

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Here are the kisses in different colors (I can do pretty much any color combination):

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Here is the banner. The hosts printed 2 copies. They hung one on the pergola in the backyard, and taped the other one to the outdoor bar area.  You can order a banner here in your school colors (select ‘Graduation’ from the drop-down menu).

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I made this frameable print for the hosts, and they got the frame at a dollar store. You can order it individually here (select ‘Graduation’ from the drop-down menu).

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Some examples of how to use the 4-inch medallions included in the Graduation Collection:

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These chocolate bar wrappers are easy to print (on regular copy paper) and wrap around a full-sized Hershey’s bar. They make a great favor as well. Available in collection, or individually hereGraduation chocolate bar wrappers by Renee's Soirees

Other fun pics of some of the creative options host Shana made:

You can make cute diplomas using Pirouette cookies (made by Pepperidge Farm):

Grad party diploma pirouettes on Renee's Soirees

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I also made these candy grad caps for a preschool graduation party. They were a huge hit (photo credit TurnerFamilyx4 and instructions are found on Bakerella here):

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I have also done graduation invitations with an emoji theme:

Emoji / Texting Invitation by Renee's Soirees

AND I have also done invitations for preschool and kindergarten graduation parties:

Preschool graduation invitation

Collection (including invitation found here):

Kindergarten graduation printable collection by Renee's Soirees

I hope you found some helpful ideas here for ways to celebrate your own proud graduate!

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Play-Doh Party {Real Parties}

 

This joint boy/girl play clay party was done at the request by my friend, for two little cousins who were both turning three. Play-Doh is such a universally loved item amongst the preschool crowd, so I knew it was the perfect theme.

Here are a few pics:

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The 8×10″ frameable for the little girl:

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And the frameable for the boy!

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The moms decided to make jumbo marshmallows look like Play-Doh tubs, so I made them a printable that they could take to a baker and have printed on edible paper and with edible ink. Then they cut the strips out, and got the marshmallows slightly damp before applying the wrap. They finished off by dipping the top in sprinkles to look like the colored cap of the Play-Doh tub. They said the project was easier than they’d expected. And you can see how cute the results were!

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Here is the banner. The party was held at a mixed martial arts gym, which is owned by one of the dads, who is also a UFC fighter. The gym (called Fight Ready, located in Scottsdale, Arizona) is not usually a party location, but it worked out great because of all the padded mats on the floors. What more could you ask for when you have a group of 3-year-olds? And…. a cage for the naughty ones! (Kidding, but the cage or fight ring was fun for the kids to play in).

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The hosts decided to go with cupcake wrappers instead of toppers, although you can use both at the same time, and both are included in the collection.

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They also had a Play-Doh tub shaped fondant cake for each of the birthday kiddos. So cute!

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The hosts asked for a sign for the favors, so we came up with one that could be used as a regular sign, or could be wrapped around a bucket to make it look like a Play-Doh tub.

 

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And the mini Play-Doh tubs that are often used as favors…

 

 

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(Note that the collection includes 1 inch tags that can be put on the top of these favor-sized Play-Doh tubs.)

Play-Doh party table as seen on Renees-Soirees.com

 

I thought it was such a great idea to have a Play-Doh table available for play time. Even the adults decided to play for a while. 🙂

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This is the full collection, available in my Etsy shop here:

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And here is the matching Play-Doh inspired invitation:

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Thank you Desiree for allowing me to be a part of such a beautiful event! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to two of the cutest little 3 year olds I know!

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First Communion / Confirmation

If you have a loved one going through a First Communion, Confirmation, Christening or Baptism, then I hope you will love this Religious Collection I created. It is an elegant grey and yellow pattern, and it works for boys and girls, and for kids or adults. It is available for Instant Download, or it can be customized and emailed to you.

Here are the components of the collection:

♥ Banner 
♥ Blank Buffet Labels 
♥ 2 1/4″ Party Circles / Cupcake Toppers
♥ Coordinating Paper 
♥ Thank You Notes 
♥ Water Bottle Wraps
♥ 4″ Party Medallions

Communion printable Collection by Renee's Soirees

Here are a few photos from the simple brunch I held after my son’s First Communion / Confirmation ceremony:

This is the table I set up, using the “Congratulations” banner from the Religious Collection, and the banner he made for his Confirmation.

Communion table by Renees Soirees

I included some homemade scones and cinnamon rolls, as well as some fruits and veggies.

As a table centerpiece, I took a photo of my son holding a rosary, and put it in a black wooden frame from Michael’s Crafts. He was given a bookmark by his confirmation teacher as a gift, so I hung it on the frame at the party.

Communion table with Gray & Yellow printable package by Renee's Soirees. Also works for Baptism, Christening, and Confirmation.

Here are the Buffet Labels from the collection in use. I got the plates at Hobby Lobby, by the way. 🙂

Food label - Grey & Yellow printable package by Renee's Soirees

Here are the cupcake toppers in action:

Communion cupcake toppers by Renee's Soirees

I cut them out with a 2 1/4″ scallop puncher that can be found in craft stores, or here on Amazon.

Then I used the decorative paper included in the collection, and covered a wooden cross I purchased from Hobby Lobby:

Decorated First Communion cross by Renee's Soirees (instructions included in post)!

{This DECORATED WOODEN CROSS is surprisingly easy to make… just print the decorative paper out in color on regular weight copy paper. Cut off the margins. Then turn the cross (or initial, or number, whatever you want to cover) face down onto the paper. Trace it with a pencil and cut out the paper. Then use a thin layer of Mod Podge to adhere it to the wood. I use sponge paint brush to apply the Mod Podge. Let that layer dry for a few hours, and then top with a protective layer of Mod Podge on top of the paper. Easy peasy!}

I also included some matching decorated Hershey’s Kisses on the buffet table. These are not part of the collection above because they have to be physically mailed to you. They can be found here for 200, or here for 300 of them.

Decorated Hershey's Kisses for a First Communion, Confirmation, or Baptism event. By Renee's Soirees.  (Don't worry if the listing photo on Etsy is of a different theme. You can choose the theme you want from the drop-down menu).

(Notice that some of these are personalized. You have the option of personalized stickers, or you can choose standard greeting stickers for a lower price).

Here is the matching invitation, which is available here.

Grey and Yellow invitation... can be used for a Confirmation, First Communion, or Baptism.  By Renee's Soirees.

I hope you enjoyed a peek at my First Communion party!

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Batman Party

Superheroes are a popular theme for many little boys (and girls!). The Caped Crusader is a perennial favorite. My friend’s little boy wanted a Batman theme for his 3rd birthday, and so did his cousin (a girl), so they had a joint party.

This is the type of invitation I made:

Batman invitation by Renees Soirees

The invitation is in my shop found here.

The uber-creative moms and grandmother of the birthday kids made Batman capes and masks as favors for all of the guests. So I designed a favor tag to attach to each set:

 

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If you make something similar, don’t wait until the end of the party to hand them out!  They were VERY popular with the kids, who wore them throughout the party. The photos of the groups of tiny superheroes were just adorable!

Here is my little cutie in his mask and cape:

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I also made extra signs to use as decor, such as this one:

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Here are the items included in the collection, which is available for purchase here:

Batman printable collection by Renees Soirees

I also have extra favor items available, such as these stickers, which fit perfectly on the bottom of Hershey’s Kisses, as well as on Rolos, Mini Recee’s Cups, etc. (These are printed by me and shipped to you, because they are stickers):

Batman Kiss Stickers by Renees Soirees

The stickers are available for purchase here (select ‘Batman’ from the drop-down menu).

And this theme is not just for birthdays! Customers have also used it for bridals showers, baby showers, etc.

Here are the Kiss Stickers that a customer used for a bridal shower:

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There are more Superhero party ideas found on my Pinterest board, including ideas for the cape and mask project.

I hope this fun co-ed party inspires you to create something fun for your little Superhero!

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{Freebie} Father’s Day ‘Beer Pops’

I am endless fascinated by the numerous possibilities of the childhood classic: the Push Pop.

I decided to make one into a humorous ‘beer mug’ for Father’s Day.

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I started with 2 dozen empty push pop containers (available here).

I baked a yellow cake mix in a 9×12″ pan, and when it cooled, I used one of the push pop containers as a type of cookie cutter to cut out circles of cake.

push pop container cutting out circles of yellow cake for 'beer pops'

Note above how I’m overlapping or leaving a bit of space where there’s no cake. That is to keep it from being too tight to get the cake out of the ‘cutter’. If you have an actual 1 1/2 inch round cookie cutter, you will be one happy camper. But I didn’t… so there you go.

Then I took a container of vanilla frosting, and put half of it into a bowl. I died that yellow and used it for the middle layer of frosting between the 2 layers of cake. You will have to make 2 layers of cake, because even if you have a bundt pan or something tall enough to make the leaning tower of cake pisa, it won’t be sturdy enough to go into the push pop container in one piece. Unless you are a much better cake engineer than I am. (Which is highly likely, now that I think about it).

Anyhoo, here is how the insides look after I do 2 layers of cake, a middle layer of yellow frosting, and a dollop of white frosting on top to act as the ‘beer foam’.

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Now, the tricky party is the handle. You may at this point want to go with a pilsner glass so you can skip the handle!  But if you still want to do it, I’ll tell you how.

I took some glue sticks, warmed them with a match at the points where I wanted them to bend. Then I hot glued the ends onto the push pop container. I won’t lie, it was tricky. You may end up enlisting the help of said Father, thereby ruining the beer pop surprise.

Beer Push Pops by Renees Soirees

Then I printed the sheet of Beer Pop Labels above, that I created (click here for this freebie!).  I just did it in color on regular weight copy paper, but you could also use cardstock. Then I cut them out with the various 2″ punches that I have (circular, scalloped, etc). Here are the punches that I use.

Push Pop cupcake made to look like a beer mug by Renee's Soirees

 

I hope you enjoyed my little Father’s Day or mens party craft.

Let me know if you make some, and how they come out!

🙂

 

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{Real Party by Real Customers} Pony Party

This My Little Pony party was thrown by a fellow preschool parent for her daughter’s 3rd birthday. The birthday girl loves Twilight Sparkle pony the most, but her mum incorporated all of her daughter’s Pony toys into the party table, which I thought was a nice personal touch.

 

Emer (pronounced eee-mer… if you’re not Irish like they are, you might not know that) is turning 3 and her mum put a lot of thought into making the event really special.

 

There are 3 different versions of the Ponies Collection: Solid, Chevron, or Polka Dots.
This party used a mixture of all three.

 

Here is the party table, with the banner from the Little Ponies Collection:

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Here are the food tents.  A set of pre-filled buffet labels comes with the collection, as well as some blank ones.

She used rainbow-colored Goldfish and other colorful candies alongside the Rainbow Dash label:

Rainbow Dash snacks at My Little Pony party by Renee's Soirees

Pinkie Pie accompanied some pink lollipops from Party City. I think it would also be funny to use actual PIE for her snack. I’ve even seen pies on a stick on Pinterest, for example, these.

The party mom used a water wrap to decorate the vase, which I thought was rather creative. 🙂

Pinkie Pie Pony snack by Renee's Soirees

The Applejack snack was a no-brainer… APPLES. 🙂

Apple Jack snacks at My Little Pony party by Renee's Soirees

 

Twilight Sparkle appeared with popcorn and a snack that looked like Cheesy Poofs 🙂

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Being a mom of boys, I had to be schooled on all the different Ponies. This one is called Fluttershy…

Fluttershy snacks at My Little Pony party by Renee's Soirees

Here are the cupcake toppers. They can be cut with a 2″ or 2 1/4″ puncher, or you can leave them square like these:

My Little Pony cupcake toppers by Renee's Soirees

 

Here are the water wraps. They are personalized with the child’s age:

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These are the Favor Tags, in the chevron style. Again they can be cut with a 2″ or 2 1/4″ punch (see a list of the ones I use HERE), or left square like these:
Favor Tags at My Little Pony party by Renee's Soirees

By the way, the goody bags contained a My Little Pony or Superhero cup, a swirly straw, tattoo, sunglasses and a lollipop.

I have invitations for whatever your little gal’s favorite pony is. Here are two examples:

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And here are some of the different backgrounds available for your Pony Party Printables:

Solid Ponies Collection by Renee's Soirees

Chevron Ponies Collection by Renee's Soirees
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into a fun Pony Party!
And thanks to my friend Irish Rose for letting me be a party of it!

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LEGO Party {Real Parties by Real Customers}

My son’s good friend Sasha was turning 7, and his uber-creative parents decided to throw him a LEGO party. I made the printables for them, and they pulled together an amazing event! This is the party table: Lego party table by Renee's Soirees And the party room. They punched out cupcake toppers and used them as a type of confetti. The swag from the chandelier is made up of cut plastic tablecloths. Clever, and more dramatic for a large room like this than streamers would have been.   Lego-party-room Here is the patio table, where the kids ate. I love that they made the table kid-height. It really made the kids feel like they were VIPs. Lego patio table by @ReneesSoirees They hung some of the 4-inch medallions (included in the collection) from the ceiling over the patio table. patio table at lego party This collection includes 2 banners, one pendant style like the one on the patio wall: Lego-pennant-banner And here is the square banner: Lego-sq-banner Here are the water wraps (which are customized with age): Lego water wraps by @ReneesSoirees And now for the really cool part… the food! These colored marshmallows were made by the hostess, Victoria. They were a HUGE hit… the kids cleaned out this whole jar in no time! colored marshmallows by @ReneesSoirees These adorable LEGO heads were made from marshmallows as well: Lego marshmallow heads by @ReneesSoirees Just cut mini marshmallows in half, and stick it on top of a large marshmallow. Dip them into yellow candy melts and draw the face on with a tube of black icing (food markers didn’t work as well, IMO). These LEGO cookies were just sugar cookies cut into rectangles, then topped with M&Ms and royal icing: Lego cookies at Lego party by @ReneesSoirees This crazy LEGO cake was made by a friend of the hosts… Lego-cake-2 The kids couldn’t stop looking at all aspects of the cake… Lego cake by @ReneesSoirees Activities at a LEGO party are easy! This birthday boy had an entertainment company lead the LEGO building, but you could just as easily throw a pile of LEGO on the table and let the kids go at it! Colin-building-Legos This LEGO game sign is included with the collection as well. The items in the jar are candy! Lego game printable by @ReneesSoirees I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into this LEGO party! Colin-&-Lego-table Here is the collection, available in my shop: Lego full collection by Renee's Soirees

{Party Partners}

LEGO-themed Printables – Renee’s Soirees

LEGO-themed Invitation – Renee’s Soirees

LEGO Candy – Amazon

LEGO-themed Entertainment – Bricks4Kidz 

Party Favors – LEGO.com

How to dye marshmallows – Instructions here

LEGO head on party table – Target or Amazon

PS You might also enjoy this LEGO party that a very creative event planner styled with this collection. 🙂

Special thanks to Victoria & Dwayne for letting us take part in this fantastic party!

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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

 

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