So I talked about #4's (half) birthday party on Six on Sunday. But I didn't want to hijack that post with tons of pictures of the party, so I thought I'd do a separate post. So here goes...
As you know, #4 actually turned seven back in April. However, I couldn't get my sh*t together until October. It all worked out great because we were able to leverage Halloween and make the party even "funner"! (What movie is that from?!) Also, it was great because our house is already decorated for Halloween so I just added a few touches here and there to make it "birthday" decorated.
I started with a simple banner that I made from black and orange plates - courtesy of the Dollar Store and Target. I just freehand cut out the letters and glued them on to the plates. I found the cutest clothes pins from Target's Dollar section and used those to hang the plates to bakers twine that I strung across the windows with 3M hooks:
The color scheme looks great with my black and white Roman shades. Bonus!
The Dollar Store had the cutest goblets and I couldn't resist. Isn't the table setting fun?!
The girls made their own pizzas using my favorite pizza crust recipe and then had fruit and pretzel rods dipped in chocolate for dinner. So easy and they loved it. I did make a watermelon that looked like he was puking - I thought that was Halloween-ish:
And the drink was awesome - witches brew. The secret is dry ice which I just picked up at Hy-Vee (in a small cooler in the frozen food section).
- bottle of sparkling grape juice
- bottle of sparkling apple juice
- 2 cups of OJ
- 1/2 cup Lemon Juice (cuts the sweetness of the others)
- Dry Ice
After dinner the girls played a ring toss game. I forgot to take pictures but they just threw glow bracelets (from the Dollar Store) around the stem of small pumpkins. They thought it was super fun and took lots and lots of turns!
Then they each painted a pumpkin. I just set out all my acrylic paints, some stickers, and they went to town!
I actually pulled out the chairs and had them stand at the table which worked great. They were able to get close enough to the table and keep the mess on top - even though I had drop cloths on the floor.
Lastly, we celebrated and sang Happy Birthday with this ghost cake:
That cake is the easiest thing in the world! Betty Crocker and I made the cake. Then I cut off the top to look like a ghost. I took those two pieces and attached them to the body of the cake with toothpicks so they look like arms reaching out. It took me almost two containers of frosting to frost the whole thing. The pièce de résistance were the flaming eyeballs. (Admittedly we lit them at least three times because they were so fun to blow out!)
The eyeballs are just eggshells with a sugar cube nestled inside. Then I put a little lemon extract on top of the sugar cubes and lit them on fire. That's it!
The girls ended the evening "watching" the classic Ghostbusters movie. But honestly, I think they watched it for 5 minutes while they ate popcorn. The rest of the evening they just ran around - inside and outside, jumping on the trampoline, and playing. They had so much fun that I didn't care what they did!
And there you have it - how to throw a Halloween/Birthday party. Let me know if you have any questions!