Category Archives: birthday

Valentine treats for American Girl Dolls

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Valentines day is coming soon. There is still time to get beautiful treats for your American Girl or other 18″ dolls.

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Princess Marshmallow Pops (vegetarian)

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I’m gearing up for my daughter’s bday party on Sunday and so have made a sweet treat for the guests.

Princess Marshmallow Pops

Dandies marshmallows (which are vegetarian no gelatin, and vegan)

Melting chocolate of your choice

Sprinkles or toppings

Small lollipop sticks

Small clear bags and ties

Melt the chocolate and dip each marshmallow and then top with sprinkles. Let them harden and push in stick and wrap with bag and tie.

I used a plastic container as the holder, I filled it with dry dal and the cut small x’s in the top.

I think the kids will love them.

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How to make beautiful flowers from tissue paper

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I’m starting to plan for my daughter’s birthday party in a couple months. The theme had been chosen as Barbie Pegasus and colors are light pink, light blue and lavender.

We will be using streamers and I’ve decided to make some beautiful Tissue Paper Flowers too.

They are simple to make and look exquisite.

To make mine I bought 50 pages of light pink tissue paper in 15″x20″ size.

First I took 5 sheets and cut them in half so then I have 10 sheets measuring 10″x15″.

I stack them together neatly and then fold like an accordion fan. Make the folds about 1 inch. Next fold them in half and wrap a pipe cleaner around the middle and wrap it so it stays closed.

Then I cut the ends to rounded shapes.
Then I was able to begin slowly lifting each sheet to the middle and continuing with each sheet making the flower completely full.

You can experiment with cutting different shapes on the ends for other flowers you make as well.

I plan on making light blue and lavender flowers too. I may put some in vases and hang others with streamers.

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Homemade gift boxes for fragile or breakable gifts or jewelry

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I wanted to showcase, protect and wrap the homemade Christmas ornaments to be given as gifts for my daughter’s teachers and so I came up with how to make a simple gift box at home.

I used a small medicine box and cut it in half, taped the sides together and used a small piece of wrapping paper to cover the bottom. I folded it so it covered the sides and taped each side to the inside bottom. Next I used a paper towel as the cushion for the inside and placed my ornament inside. Lastly I cut a small piece of cellophane to cover the top, taped in place on the back and put a to-from label over the tape to hide it.

The boxes turned out lovely and this would be simple to make for any number of gifts.

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Jurassic Park Birthday Party

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A few years back my daughter had a wish for a Jurassic Park birthday. On a shoestring budget I was able to pull off an amazing themed birthday party for her. For decorations I used two great colors which are prominent in JP merchandise, red and yellow. I found some great Jurassic Park 3 and Lost World party supplies on eBay which included plates, napkins, tablecloths, balloons, goodie bags, etc. My daughter says that only dinosaurs in Jurassic park were real dinosaurs and so no cutesy Dinos to be found here. There was a great candy mold online that I purchased and used to make my own candy lollipops for each child as a take home treat along with a balloon. The cake was made at Costco but I had a frosting sheet made with two favorite dinosaurs picture on it and carried the theme of the red and yellow for the frosting. I also wanted to have a great photo prop to take a photo of each of the kids with so I came up with a cardboard jeep. This was easy to make out of a giant sheet of cardboard from Costco. It was one of the sheets that goes between stacks of products in the Costco store and free of course. I used markers to draw the outline of the jeep and collected some great images from online to print out and add to the jeep. All the kids adored this as they stood behind it and pretended to drive when I took photos. The last fun thing I wanted to make was a piñata. I could find anything close to what I wanted so I made my own using some dollar store balloons, tissue paper, newspaper and glue. I was able to make a baby raptor hatching out of the egg. Also this was made to be a pull string piñata so less destruction would happen. They had so much fun with it. Lastly I printed out some iron ons for her tshirt.

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Rapunzel or Disney Tangled Birthday Party

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Last year my daughter wanted to have a Tangled themed party. So of course I sought out to make it colorful and fun. I used lots of different colored streamers to make the room festive, added balloons and even found hanging paper lanterns on a string. There were wall clings added to the walls and later moved to her room after the party. Party favors were simple homemade candy melted into Easter flower molds which look just like the special flower from the sun. Lastly the cake I wanted to be of Rapunzel’s birthday wish to see the lanterns. I’ve seen so many pictures of cakes that are of the tower but she wasn’t happy there, so why make something like that for a celebration? I first bought the small doll set with the boat and made a simple cake and decorated it to look like the water with the lanterns reflecting in it. Next I found a large piece of cardboard and painted the backdrop on it. I purchased the little battery operated tea lights and cut the very tip off the flame, I poked through a pencil to make holes randomly where I wanted to put the lights and cut out tiny pieces of yellow tissue paper. Then I glued the paper folded in on each side around the lights. They all created a beautiful flickering effect of real lanterns. Both my daughter and husband were in awe over my creation. The photos dont do it justice. That backdrop was saved and now stays on my daughter’s shelf.

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