Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Party -activities, pinata, cupcakes

We had a great party for little Miss Chloe on Saturday.  She LOVES Jake and the Neverland Pirates, so we had that for our theme.  I already shared the invitations with you, but here is the party. 

I used Kleenex boxes and other assorted boxes to construct some treasure chests -then I papie mached them and painted them yellow.  When the kids got there, we let them decorate their very own treasure chest.

I had some rhinestones from the Dollarama, white glue and markers.  If your kids are older you could use paints and other decorations, but I didn't want a giant mess with a bunch of 3 year olds.

The kids were allowed to dress up if they wanted, but Chloe (right) didn't want to be just a pirate... so she is a pirate princess. haha.

Here are some of the masterpieces.

I cut up some big triangles from scrap flannel I had and then zig-zagged around the edges to make each child a bandana.  The fabrics aren't all that pirate-y but oh well.  They got tossed in the treasure chests along with the loot from the pinata (more on that later!).

Then we played a pin the sword on Jake game.  I printed it out here

We went to break the pinata but Captain Hook had taken it away!  Oh no!  So we got out Cubby's map (that I drew the night before) and set out looking for the pinata.

We started at Butterfly Bluff.  I got out our Pooh's Blustery Day game and we tried to catch some butterflies.  Ignore the tree in the background -my mother in law is a crazy person who leaves her Christmas decorations for a LONG time.
I didn't get any pictures of the other parts of the hunt.  Next, we had to cross Mermaid Lagoon.  I put a blue sheet on the floor, then we sprinkled "pixie dust" on everyone and Paul and I flew them over the Lagoon.  After that we went through Tiki Tree Forest (aka the hallway, with paper trees on either wall).  And we found the pinata!

I was pretty happy with how the Izzy pinata turned out.  I wish I had made ears that stick out instead of just painted on, but Chloe liked it.

Here is the loot.  Chocolate coins, butterscotch candies and gold wrapped peanut butter cups.  I tried to get candies that could pass for treasure.  And I found those cool fake diamonds at Dollarama.  I also threw in some necklaces.

And some action shots.

I actually made a "Team Treasure Chest" so we could put all the pinata loot into that and I could sort it out later into their little treasure chests to make sure everyone got the same amount.... I guess I missed getting a picture of that.  I will take one later and put it up.

Then we had cupcakes and ice cream.  I made the toppers out of fondant.  The faces are just a circle and then I cut other shapes for hair, bandanas, etc.  I drew the faces on with edible markers.  I put them on a cookie sheet and lightly covered them with plastic wrap until the day of the party.  Then I laid them on top of iced cupcakes. 

Give us cake!

After cake was presents ... and then, because we over estimated how much time a party with 3 year olds takes, they played until all the parents got there. 

Monday, January 30, 2012

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Party - Invitations

Remember the Shaker Valentine's Day Cards I made earlier this month?  Well, I thought it would be fun to do the same idea for Chloe's birthday invitations.

She had a Jake and the Neverland Pirates themed party, So I printed off Izzy, Cubby and Jake, and a treasure chest.  And then filled it with chocolate coins. 

Then I made a little scroll with the words, "Shake your pirate booty on over to Chloe's Jake and the Neverland Pirates birthday party!" on it.  Pun intended.  Paul was mocking me a bit, but I thought it was clever. haha.  Then I just printed out a little sheet with the date, time and address on it... but that's boring so I didn't take a picture.  They were a big hit.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

{Belated} Foodie Friday #23 -Brownies

Remember the Peanut Butter Brownie Buckeye Cupcakes I made awhile back?  Well, I had some leftover frosting and ganache so a few days after I made the cupcakes I made these brownies for our Family Home Evening treat.  The kids loved them.  

She's just so excited to be eating the same treats as her brother and sister. 

She really was enjoying the brownie, I promise....she was just annoyed that she had to stop eating to look at the camera! haha
The brownies themselves are so easy to make.  Just mix together 1 box of chocolate fudge cake mix, 1/2 cup butter or margarine  (melted), and 1 egg.  Then press it into the pan and bake 10-12 minutes at 350F.  Let it cool and spread the frosting on.  Then top with the ganache.  Originally I just frost the brownies and then melt chocolate chips to spread on top.  Or make them in mini muffin pans like 2 bite brownies and leave them plain.  Yum!

Pinterest Picks -Cardboard!

I am having too much fun on Pinterest... here are some fun finds of things to make with cardboard!
 How about these cool cars for a drive in movie night with the kids- complete with a bucket for treats!
Source: Momma's Kind of Crafty
Make It and Love It makes these cardboard guitars -way nicer looking than the ones we used to make when I was a kid (you know, the kind with a kleenex box, elastic bands, and something for the neck).

Here's a fun mailbox the kids can actually open up and play postman with.
Source: iKat Bag

Ok, so a lot of these seem to be from the same source... but what can I say? They are AWESOME!  Here's a market.
 Source: iKat Bag

And a traffic light... that you can change the lights on!
 Source: iKat Bag

And something more for the adults... a mail organizer to hang on the fridge.  This baby is made from a cereal box.

And what little boy wouldn't love this Transformers mask? I know mine would have fun with this one.

And, because I like to toot my own horn sometimes... some of my own creations.  Cardboard drawers for my bathroom.
And the shields we made for Carter's How to Train Your Dragon party last year.

Have a great weekend, everyone.  And I will have some more stuff to share with you this week.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Busy Week

Sorry I haven't been around this week.  Foodie Friday will have to wait for awhile. I will try to get it done tonight, but I make no guarantees.  Not with the week I've had (and it's not quite over yet, either).

We have been house hunting, put an offer on a house and now we have to get the home inspection and everything sorted out to remove the conditions on the sale.  And Chloe's birthday party is tomorrow morning so I have been busy getting everything ready for that as well.  Needless to say I haven't gotten much sleep.  Anyway, hope you all have a great weekend.  Hopefully next week I will have birthday party photos up and be around the blog a little more.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Foodie Friday #22 -Cupcakes

Wow, I can't believe it's almost Friday again!  Where has this week gone?  And what happened to the weather?!  It's weeks like this I wish I lived in a nicer climate.  The wind chill is too much.  Although that's "normal" for Regina this time of year, we have been spoiled this winter.  Brrrr!

Paul is taking me to dinner and a movie tonight, so I figured I'd get Foodie Friday rolling a bit early this week so I can just sit back and relax tonight.  Sound good?  Hopefully that's a yes... but the good thing about blogging is I can't actually hear the response so I can just go ahead and do it if I want to.  So there! ;) haha.

Anyway, we had another girls' night watching Bye Bye Birdie, so I made these Peanut Butter Brownie Buckeye Cupcakes from Six Sisters' Stuff for my contribution to the treats table.  I think they turned out great!  At least I loved them.  Unfortunately there were only 3 of us who came this time around... so I had way to many leftover cupcakes tempting me.  Needless to say, I brought them to the in-laws' place for family dinner so I wouldn't be the only one eating them!

I didn't have a box of brownie mix so I substituted a box of chocolate fudge cake mix.  It turned out fine.

They were so delicious... just a couple more pictures. haha.  Seriously, though, I was so proud of them.  Yum!  And I had extra icing and ganache so I saved that and put it on some brownies I made a few days later.  More on that later.  Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

What I've Been Pinnin - Fashion DIY

 I had so much fun doing the Valentine's Day round up using my Pinterest boards, that I thought I should make it a regular thing.  This week I decided to share some of the fun clothing tutorials I have found.

 Source: Sugar Bee Crafts
I am still floored at how nice this shirt looks after as compared to before!  Mandy at Sugar Bee Crafts always amazes me.  I love the side gathering on her shirt.  

 Source: Sarahndipities
Here's a men's blouse turned into a peasant blouse.  And, while I'm not in love with the print on the fabric, I think the style is cute.  Paul has so many dress shirts that either don't fit anymore or he never wears.... think if I stole one he'd notice? haha.

 Source: Happy Find
I think this t-shirt makeover is really cute.  Although it seems like when I wear things with an empire waist I always worry people will think I'm pregnant since lots of maternity clothes have the high waist.... and I have a little pudge now after the Christmas baking.

Ok, now THIS is my kind of "sewing"... as in, it's NOT sewing at all!  This is actually a long sleeved t-shirt.  Just step into the collar, pull it up, and tie the sleeves!  Who'd have thought?  So cute!

I love this shirred scarf.  And I don't think it would be too hard to make... but leave it to me to complicate an easy sewing project.  And I love Make It and Love It.  Her blog is so inspiring.

Source: Family Ever After
This tie skirt is so fun and unique.  I WANT ONE!  Again, Paul has a plethora of ties.... hmm... hope he is not reading this!
Happy Tuesday, everyone!  Happy Pinning!