Monthly Archives: March 2014

Baby Girl Bow Birthday Party

My baby girl just turned one and because her birthday is exactly a week after Dub’s, I’ll admit I ran out of steam on the party planning. However, I wanted to do something special and celebrate as a family, and was able to put together a cute Bow Birthday theme really inexpensively.BOWBIRTHDAYSTORYBOARD

Birthday parties in general are somewhat inexpensive for us, because for each child we buy a few essentials that we reuse year after year.

These include:

  • Bunting and banners
  • Centerpieces
  • My Special Day chair covers that we reuse for birthdays, first days of school, and any day we want to recognize and celebrate each child individually.

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Additionally, we always save leftover party supplies such as napkins, plates and plastic cutlery and every few years we find we don’t have to buy these supplies at all because of that stash. That was the case for baby ‘Belle’s party.

For the cupcakes, I whipped up a batch of vanilla and chocolate cupcakes and frosted them in pink and white buttercream frosting. I wanted them to carry out the bow theme, but because I’m lacking in fondant skills I purchased these toppers. You can find similar fondant bows on etsy.

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5m bow birthday cupcakes

We served homemade vanilla ice cream and a simple punch using 7-Up and raspberry sherbet.

I bought inexpensive plastic tablecloths from the dollar store and used one of them as a decorative sash across the front.

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Next, I made bow napkin rings – I love how these turned out! I bought rectangle shaped napkins at the party supply store, but you could do this by folding traditional napkins in half. Simply pinch them in the middle, place them on top of your cutlery and wrap a small band of paper around the bow, secured with tape.

5m bow birthday napkin ring

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I used leftover napkins to make the bow you see on the front of the table to carry the theme through.

I took a little photo shoot of baby ‘Belle sporting her birthday bow. I’d say the cupcakes were a hit!5m bow birthday cake smash

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Star Wars Birthday Party, Part II Party Favors

Growing up, we didn’t really “do” favor bags. I suppose that’s why I’m really into them when planning parties for my kids. Presents for everyone, just for attending?! I wish grown-up parties would adopt this practice!

I wanted to do something fun, with at least a few items that would get used beyond the ride home from the party. But, of course, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money.

I created these goodie bags for around $3 each, total.

Star Wars Storm Trooper Favor Bags | Five Marigolds Star Wars Storm Trooper Favor Bags | Five Marigolds

To create the actual bag, I used inexpensive white paper bags from the grocery store. I searched for the keywords “storm trooper silhouette” and found an image I like. I downloaded this free Star Jedi font and added the words “You’re a trooper” to the 5.5″x10.5″ template I created in PhotoShop.

I printed the image directly on the bags. To do this, you need to go into your printer settings and create a custom paper size and paper texture. I used a small piece of painter tape to secure the base flap to the bag so it wouldn’t jam in the printer.  It took some trial and error before I felt like they were printing a clean image, without a lot of extra printer ink. I was going for inexpensive though, so despite a few rough printouts, these captured the look I was going for.

Here are the bag contents:

Star Wars Lego Birthday Favors | Five Marigolds

  • Star Wars Lego spaceship kit
  • Glow stick “lightsaber”
  • Star Wars Angry Birds Marker/Stamp
  • Angry Birds fruit snacks
  • Star Wars tattoo
  • “Lightsaber” bubble wand

Knowing all the boys are really into legos at this age, I really wanted to include some. I explored a lot of avenues, but almost everything was going to be a budget buster. I’ve heard of some creative moms creating their own little sets using the Pick a Brick section at the Lego store, but at $14.99/bucket, it was going to be a little more than I wanted to pay, and I wasn’t even sure if I could really build a believable spaceship.

I found my solution on ebay: there are tons of people looking to unload Star Wars Advent Calendar lots of kits. I was able to score a lot of 11 for $1/each including shipping. Even better, each little kit came with building instructions – far better than what I would have been able to do myself using Pick a Brick. For those of you who have messaged me about being unable to find these deals on ebay, you can still find them here and here for less than $2 per favor!

I created my own hangtag using the same Star Wars font with a message from Yoda, “Do or do not, there is no try” along with a thank you message.

Star Wars Lego Birthday Favors | Five Marigolds

In addition to the goodie bags, we had a Jedi Training academy. We gave each little guest a Jedi vest made with an unused bed sheet we didn’t need and clothesline rope from Walmart that I picked up for $2.98.

Star Wars Birthday Party Jedi Costumes | Five Marigolds

We also created the pool noodle lightsabers that are all the rage on Pinterest. We cut pool noodles in two using a serrated bread knife and decorated the ends with black and silver duct tape. Each little guest was given one to defeat some balloon storm troopers and then take home.These were the biggest hit of the party (literally, there was one bloody nose incident!).

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I had a lot of fun creating a fun party all the kids would enjoy. If you would like me to provide printables for the bag or hangtag, please feel free to leave me a comment to let me know!

UPDATE: Due to so many requests, I’m making the Storm Trooper Party Favor Bags available as a free printable here. Are you planning to use them for your upcoming party? Please take a moment to tell me about it, below!

Star Wars Birthday Party, Part I

When Dub predictably requested a Star Wars theme for his 6th birthday, I’ll admit I was a little excited. I’d already been brimming with fun ideas for his party, but when he insisted on his first “friends” party, I was stumped. Our home just isn’t big enough for entertaining larger crowds, and I didn’t really want to do a Chuck E Cheese type of party. So, we decided to hold it at his dad’s industrial garage. I’ll share the details of this party in a series of posts. This post will focus on the Boba Fett Buffet. First, I started with the settings. I bought inexpensive tablecloths from the Dollar Store and I bought a starry sky backdrop that I used behind the buffet and for a photo booth that I’ll share later.

Star Wars Boba Fett Buffet

I downloaded a light saber paper craft from starwars.com (the handle for Yoda’s light saber) and used it to roll up the plastic tableware in red and blue napkins. I got the kids involved here, assembling the proper tableware and rolling it up, and I finished it off with the handle.

Star Wars Boba Fett Buffet Light Saber Napkin Rings | Five Marigolds

Star Wars Boba Fett Buffet Light Saber Napkin Rings | Five Marigolds

 

Next, I designed some creative table tents in PhotoShop to label the food: Yoda Soda, Death Star Salad, Hunger Destroyer, Vader Veggies, DroidDrink, and more. For the Droid Drink, I bought the mini water bottles from Costco. I used this free download to wrap each bottle with an R2D2 label.Star Wars Boba Fett Buffet R2D2 Water Bottles Droid Drink | Five Marigolds

Since my husband’s business is a limousine company, we decided to leave in their limo party bus and play Star Wars on the sound system. On the outside, we set up a little table with popcorn in festive containers to create a movie theater experience, which the kids loved. The bus has a music synchronized laser show that really added a little something to the Star Wars experience.Star Wars Birthday Party Dark Side Movie Theater | Five Marigolds

Star Wars Birthday Party Dark Side Movie Theater Party Bus | Five Marigolds

Star Wars Birthday Party Dark Side Movie Theater Party Bus | Five Marigolds

While I admit, leaving the bus in the garage was mostly practical and was helpful for setting the theme, I didn’t have high hopes that among all the activities that 15 6 year old boys would sit down and watch a movie. I was so wrong! They loved this feature and spent a surprising amount of time watching the movie. Finally, the creme de la creme: the R2D2 cake. A very talented friend (who just opened her own restaurant!) made this for us, and it was as delicious as it was spectacular to look at. The kids waited for me to cut it up, as they all had very specific parts of R2D2 that they wanted to eat.

 

Star Wars Birthday Party Custom R2D2 Fondant Cake | Five MarigoldsThat concludes the food portion of our Star Wars birthday party. Stay tuned for more on our photo booth and Jedi Training activitites! Looking for more Star Wars birthday party ideas? Find my Pinterest inspiration board here.