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Minecraft Steve Lego Birthday Party Favor

This year, Dub wanted his birthday to be all about Minecraft. He’s also really into Legos, so a Lego Steve seemed like an appropriate favor for the goodie bags.

I did a lot of research trying to find an easy way to to this. To be honest, I was hoping there would be a sale of Minecraft Lego lots on ebay that would allow me to phone this one in, but it was not to be.

So, I ended up making Steve myself using the Lego Pick-A-Brick feature.

Minecraft Steve Lego Favor | Five Marigolds

While you can do this in-store if you have a Lego retail location near you, they have a varying selection, so I saved myself the trip and did my shopping online. This is where I insert my Lego PSA – I found out after I placed my order that Pick-A-Brick orders can take up to 18 business days! That’s almost a month! So, this favor only really works if you are planning out by at least a month to ensure your Bricks get to you in time.

Here’s what I ordered to make 15 favors:

Item#, color  – quantity

  • 300423, blue – x30
  • 4113915, yellow – x15
  • 4155708, yellow – x15
  • 4163696, light blue – x15
  • 4179833, light blue – x15
  • 4211210, brown – x15
  • 4243821, green – x15
  • 4271949, brown – x15
  • 4579260, yellow – x15

For the pick axe, I had to go to ebay where I got a great deal paying $1.47 total for 15 axes. That brought the total to $26.21 for 15 favors, or $1.74, each. (I didn’t see any swords or pick axes in the Pick-A-Brick section when I was ordering. They do have a “mini Fireman’s axe” or a “warrior weapon,” though.)

Then, I went to work making  a face for Steve in PhotoShop. I measured it to the size of the 2×2 Lego and then I printed it on Avery label paper. Removing the paper backing first,  I cut down each face sticker to the exact size and then replaced it on a small square of the paper backing to place in the favor bag.

Steve Lego Face Free Printable | Five Marigolds

I took a photo of the complete Steve to include with all the kits.
Minecraft Steve Lego Favor Insert Printable web| Five Marigolds

I placed the Legos in a small jewelry ziplock bag. Then, I made a simple tag that I stapled to the top of the sealed bag as a finishing touch.

Minecraft Lego Steve Favors | Five Marigolds

This was a huge hit among the 6 and 7 year old crowd!

Thinking of making a Lego Steve for your Minecrafter’s party? You can get a head start by downloading Steve’s face here (compatible with Avery 5260* labels), the finished Steve image inserts here, and the favor tags here.  Enjoy!

MORE FREE MINECRAFT PRINTABLES: Like these printables? Be sure to check out my other free Minecraft Printables here and here.

 

 

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Tutorial: Tinsel Tassel Party Banner

I absolutely love the look of these tinsel tassel banners for party decor. Even better? They’re super easy and inexpensive to make.

Dub really wanted a Minecraft-themed birthday party, but I didn’t want a licensed decor explosion, so I began thinking of ways to decorate with color. With lots of Pinterest inspiration, I decided I wanted to give this a try. However, I was surprised to find there aren’t a lot of tutorials out there so I am sharing a quick and dirty tutorial of my own.

I set to work on this particular banner with four colors of tissue paper, green, lime green, chevron and silver metallic (I linked to some examples because I initially had a hard time finding these).

1) First, I took a stack of 8 sheets of tissue in each color and cut them the short length of the pre-cut sheets (approximately 20″) and cut them about 8″ wide.Tinsel Tassel Banner Tutorial | Five Marigolds

2) I then folded the stack of sheets in half and began cutting them in 1/4″ strips, stopping about 1″ from the fold. I used a rotary cutter and mat to make quick and more precise work of this, but regular scissors will do.

Tinsel Tassel Banner Tutorial | Five Marigolds

Tinsel Tassel Banner Tutorial | Five Marigolds

3) I then unfolded the papers and, taking 2 sheets at a time, began rolling them tightly at the center. Once each set of 2 was rolled at the center I began gently twisting the rolled portion. Once it was lightly twisted I folded it in half and began twisting the rolled portions together. When you’re done it will look something like this. Perfectly imperfect.Tinsel Tassel Banner Tutorial | Five Marigolds

4) Thread the tassels through a string or ribbon. I made a single simple knot at each tassel to keep them in place.

Tinsel Tassel Banner Tutorial | Five Marigolds

All in all, this was a pretty quick and easy project that took me maybe 20 minutes total to complete. I also love that if you source your papers from the dollar store, you could complete three of these banners for just $4! (meaning, each banner is just over $1, with plenty of paper to spare for favors or gifts). I have a feeling various themed tinsel banners will be showing up at more parties around here!

Dub’s party is not for a few more weeks, so I’m letting it hang on our mantle for St. Patrick’s Day. How’s that for multi-purpose party decor?

 

 

 

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Easy, Inexpensive Favor Bags

Paper Bag Party Favors | Five MarigoldsDress up a common paper lunch bag to be something extra special!  EClaire needed to take favor bags to school for her half birthday (summer birthday problems!). I had a few awkwardly shaped items so I needed a decent-sized bag, but I didn’t want to spend much.

As usual, I headed to the Dollar Tree fro some paper lunch bags and doilies. Then, I secured them with these tiny craft clothespins that you can get at Hobby Lobby or here on Amazon. I love how these turned out, and you can make 40 for just $6. Next time, I love the idea of trying these for birthday party favors with colorful doilies and clothespins.

These would be great for Valentines, Birthday parties or even for quick and easy gift wrap for small gifts.

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Eve’s Princess Party

It’s official: Eve is 4 years old, and she had a birthday party fit for a princess.

You’ve already seen the custom favors I prepared here and here (for less than $2 total!); now take a look at the rest of the party.

We created an extremely inexpensive table setting by purchasing five plastic tablecloths in two different colors from the dollar store. You can replicate the look by using  one color of tablecloth for your backdrop and base tablecloth. Then, use the three contrasting tablecloths to create the “curtains” and top tablecloth.  I Cut 12″ sections from the bottom of the curtains for the bows. Then, I bustled the uppertablecloth and secured it with safety pins. I used a 12″ strip of the base tablecloth to create the bow on the table. Voila! A super cute tablescape for just $5.

Princess Birthday Party Table Setting | Five Marigolds

Next, I created a custom Princess Silhouette. Remember the silhouettes I made for the girls’ room? I made an easy modification in PhotoShop by making the background and silhouette our party colors. I labeled it “Princess Eve” using my favorite Jellyka Delicious Cake font. This time I had it printed at Costco for just $2.99 and reused the frame we scored at JoAnn’s for $3.99.

Princess Silhouette | Five Marigolds

To make a special napkin ring, I used the leftover napkins from ‘Belle’s Bow Birthday Party and made these little princess dresses.  Cute, right? To make them:

  1. Make two folds on your napkin so the two outer edges meet in the middle.
  2. Then fold it one more time so that those two folds now touch back-to-back (and the side with those original outer edges is face out).
  3. On the folded side, cut a “V” into the napkin.
  4. Secure with a bow or glue a small piece of paper to secure, if desired.

That’s it! A festive napkin ring for no additional cost than the napkins and tableware you would have already supplied.

Princess Party Napkin Ring | Five MarigoldsPrincess Party Napkin Rings | Five Marigolds

The center of attention on our Princess Party table setting was a sweet princess cake I got from our local bakery, Sweet Pea Cakes.  I then topped it with a gold paper tiara I made using scrapbook paper from JoAnn’s on my Silhouette SD.

Princess Birthday Party Table Setting | Five Marigolds

Princess Birthday Party $20 Favors + Table Setting | Five Marigolds

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Star Wars Birthday Party – Invites And Thank You Postcards

My final post in the Star Wars birthday party series is to share the custom invitations and thank you cards I designed.

Each year, I’ve been lucky that my children have chosen Halloween costumes that match their birthday party themes for the following year. Dub chose to be Darth Vader, so I used his Halloween costume for the front of the invitation. I created a simple background in PhotoShop, and used the free Star Jedi font.

Star Wars Darth Vader Invitation | Five MarigoldsI used the same background on the back, added the party details, and created a Darth Vader silhouette.

Star Wars Custom Thank You Postcard | Five MarigoldsDuring the birthday party, I made sure to get one shot of all of the kids in the photo booth, wearing their jedi robes and using photo booth props. I used this image for a custom thank you postcard. On the back, I created a simple template that Dub could fill in himself. I love the idea of the postcard because it helps him learn the proper etiquette of showing thankfulness.  Sincere, personal, and to the point! And, it’s a little less expensive to mail 🙂

Finally, just to prove how much I utilize those Halloween photos, I also used it for Dub’s Valentine’s card. I wonder if he’ll be sick of Darth Vader by this Halloween?

Star Wars Darth Vader Valentine | Five Marigolds

Star Wars Darth Vader Valentine | Five Marigolds

 

 

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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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

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.

Eve’s Ice Cream Birthday Party

One of our favorite birthday traditions? Homemade ice cream. So, what better theme for Eve’s July birthday than ice cream?  Of course, we made our favorite homemade ice cream, with just a few drops of lemon extract added to the recipe. Yum!

We had just a simple gathering at Grandma and Grandmpa’s. We decorated using the decorations we invested in for her first birthday: vintage bunting, photo centerpieces, and a homemade chair cover.

I whipped up a batch of plain ol’ boxed mix cupcakes, and decorated them using my Pampered Chef Decorator Bottle Set, sprinkles, mini chocolate chips and maraschino cherries. The kids absolutely loved these!

What do you think of the ice cream birthday party theme? If you’re a fan, check out my birthday Pinterest board for more ideas and inspiration.

 

 

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Super Hero Comic Book Birthday Party

Wow, I can’t believe how time flies.  As little Dub’s birthday approached, I knew his would have to be a superhero theme, but I wanted it to be less focused on commercial super heroes and a little more of a generic comic book vibe.

To set the tone, I set off to create a comic book – inspired invite. I coerced him into taking a Clark Kent/super man photo.  I just had him wear his Superman pajama shirt under a button down and snap on tie and then put on a pair of glasses frames I got at the dollar store. I went to work in PhotoShop and created this invite (available in my etsy shop). I used PhotoShop action that made him look like a true comic book character.

Super Hero Comic Book Birthday Party Invitation | Five Marigolds

Next, I wanted to make a comic book pendant.  I was very pregnant and on bed rest while planning the party, so I enlisted my mom for help.  I bought a comic book off ebay, cut the comic pages into triangles and placed them inside the fold of some red binding I had on hand.  Then she simply sewed along the binding and voila!  Dub liked this so much he asked to hang it in his room after the party.

Super Hero Comic Book Birthday Party Bunting | Five Marigolds

Again, since I was very pregnant I decided to hire out the cake in the form of some amazing cupcakes from our local bakery.  I made cupcake toppers in PhotoShop and attached them to lollipop sticks I found at Michael’s in the baking section.

Super Hero Comic Book Birthday Party Custom Cupcake Toppers | Five Marigolds

This was Dub’s first party where we invited friends, so I was new to the party favor tradition.  I asked all the parents in advance to send me a photo of their children so I could personalize each goodie bag with their photo.  I added free superhero overlays like masks and emblems from Lil Blue Boo in PhotoShop and they were a huge hit!

Super Hero Comic Book Birthday Party Custom Favors | Five Marigolds

As much as I love having balloons to decorate for parties, I hate watching them pathetically deflate in the days following (my kids refuse to throw them away until the bitter end!)  So, I attached a balloon to each goodie bag for a festive display that our little guests could take home with them.  This was an inexpensive favor with big impact!  The kids were thrilled to take them home and I was just as thrilled to see them go.

Super Hero Comic Book Birthday Party Custom Favors | Five Marigolds

I had to figure out how to entertain all these kids in our teeny home.  So I set up a superhero mask making station.  I pre-cut the masks in craft foam and bought self-stick foam stars and letter so kids could decorate them and add their names.

Super Hero Comic Book Birthday Party Mask Craft Station | Five Marigolds

Next, I really wanted to create a photo booth. I bought some polka-dot wrapping paper that I just taped to the wall.  I made some photo booth signs in PhotoShop that matched the cupcake toppers, and printed them on 8.5×11″ sheets of white card stock.  I cut them out and taped them to the cardboard tube that comes on dry cleaning hangers – it was what I had on hand!

Super Hero Comic Book Photo Booth | Five Marigolds

Dub and a very pregnant me in the photo booth.

Super Hero Comic Book Photo Booth | Five Marigolds

My goal was to get pictures of all the kids at the party to put on the thank-you note.  What I didn’t count on was how shy the kids would be.  I had to beg to get them all to pose together so I could get my thank-you card shot! But I got it, and here’s how it turned out:

Super Hero Comic Book Thank You Postcard | Five Marigolds

I designed the back like a true post card with a fill-in-the-blank thank-you message for Dub to personalize. I heard later that our little guests were thrilled to see themselves in the card.

So, there we have it! Dub’s 5th birthday.  For more superhero birthday ideas check out my Pinterest board.

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