Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick or Treat

This morning the kids and I hosted a Halloween playdate and invited some of their local pals.  No tricks, just lots and lots of treats!!  Everyone looked great in their costumes!  We had a fire fighter, football player, Superman, Superwoman, bunny, cat, Frankenstein, Peter Pan and Wendy!

For lunch we enjoyed "hot dog mummies", "sandwiTches", "eyeball (deviled) eggs", and Halloween chips & queso dip.  I found most of the ideas online and stuck to the main colors of orange, black, lime and purple.

I tried a new easy peasy punch recipe and called it "swamp slime"!

For dessert we indulged in "dirt & worms cupcakes", pumpkin jello cups and giant pumpkin marshmallows. 

These were two of the most fun snacks to make: "magic wands" and "spooky oreo eye pops". 

My first ever attempt at caramel apples turned out pretty well!  Each party guest got to dip and decorate their very own to take home!

And here's how Emma's turned out! 

Another fun activity was pumpkin decorating!  I found the cutest most inexpensive felt shapes at  the dollar store this weekend.

The kiddos seemed to have fun and loved getting to take them home.  Here's how the pumpkins turned out!

Happy Halloween to all friends, family members and fellow party planners!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Disney Cars Party

My son loves Disney's Cars!  This was a fun theme to celebrate his second birthday  I combined lots of red and black with a white/black checkered flag print.  I also used some yellow and blue.

I love decorating the front porch area.  Not only does it let guests know exactly where the party is, but it gives them a feel for the theme. 

This glitter number is easy peasy, inexpensive and adds some personalization!  Simply grab a wooden letter/number at your local craft store.  Cover with mod podge and sprinkle with matching glitter.  It might require a few coats. 

I made a couple of different favors for our special guests.  'Stoplights' for the adults and goody bags for the kiddos!

I love Etsy!  I find the cutest party tid bits there, including the file to make these fun food/drink labels.  I created the names to go along with the theme.  I also found these place card holders at Hobby Lobby.  It's all in the details :)

On the back patio we had the dessert table including 'Speedway Sweets' which were cupcakes placed around a toy race track as well as 'Chocolate Dipsticks' which were pretzel rods dipped in chocolate!  My cute birthday boy has such a sweet tooth :)

When entertaining kiddos it's best to have at least once structured activity or game planned.  We set up a 'boydshop' and each kiddo got to paint their very own wooden car to take home!

Here is my Cars topiary.  I painted the terra cotta pot red to match.  I even found Cars ribbon on sale at Wal Mart!  These are rather time consuming but turn out cute as can be!

We had a fun party and I am pleased with how everything turned out!