Friday, February 6, 2009

Rescue Heroes Birthday Party

For my son's 4th birthday, he wanted a Rescue Heroes theme. I searched the web and found some ideas on the Fisher Price Rescue Heroes website as well as I went to the local fire department and told them that I was planning a Rescue Heroes party for my son's birthday and asked if they had anything I could use for goody bags. They gave me colouring pages, growth charts, stickers, balloons, suckers and plastic fire hats. They were really wonderful at the fire department. They even let me take the kids to see the fire trucks while we were there! I printed out rescue hero badges from the fisher price website on sticker paper and put them on the plastic fire hats. I also printed out a different badge onto cardstock that I used as nametags for the guests. I made a sign for our front door with the rescue heroes logo welcoming the guests to "Training Camp". I printed out rescue hero coloring pages for the guests to color while everyone arrived.When everyone had arrived, I told them that they were in Rescue Hero training camp today and that they needed to be ready to help in any disaster. I told them that they would get a sticker for their name tag when they completed each mission. When they got all their stickers, they would get to become a Rescue Hero. Their first mission was to rescue a cat from a tree. I had made a poster of a cat stuck in a tree and had printed off some colored pictures of Billy Blazes and Wendy Waters (2 popular Rescue Heroes). The kids were blindfolded and they had to see who could get their Rescue Hero closest to the cat in the tree. They loved seeing the Rescue Heroes floating around in the air, especially the one that the birthday boys dad did that didn't even make it onto the tree poster! They all got a sticker for completing the mission.The second mission was to rescue people and cars from a village at the base of a volcano that was about to explode. I put a black sheet over my loveseat and said that was the volcano. I put a red tablecloth on top of the volcano to look like lava. I set up my "Little People" house and farm and garage at the base of the couch and had people and cars all around them. The kids had to put on their fire hat, hop in a pillowcase across the living room, get a person or car, go down my small slide, and crawl through a tunnel to get their person or car to safety. They thought this was hilarious and everyone was laughing and having a great time! They all got a sticker for completing this mission as well. We were all thirsty and hungry after this mission, so it was time for cake and drinks. I made the Rescue Hero symbol by using plastic wrap over top of the design I wanted and piping icing onto the plastic wrap. I then put a layer of plastic wrap over top and gently pushed out all the lines. I then froze it. When it was frozen, I peeled off the plastic wrap and put it on top of the cake. After we had cake we went outside for the third mission.
The third mission was a meteor shower. The kids had to stop meteors (purple balloons) from hitting the earth. I stood on my deck and threw off the balloons to the kids who had to try to keep them in the air. There was a lot of screaming and laughing going on during this mission. All the kids got a sticker for their badge after this mission was complete (they ended up stomping on all the meteors).
The fourth and final mission was also outside. The kids had to rescue animals from an animal hospital that was close to a forest fire. I set up our little outside playhouse by a large piece of cardboard that I painted to look like a forest fire. One at a time, the kids had to walk across a piece of wood that we laid across our hard plastic kiddie pool, ride on a yellow ride on car (fire truck), get a water balloon and throw it at the fire.Then they had to go into the playhouse and rescue an animal, climb the slide on our swingset and slide down, and bring the animal to Ariel Flyer (rescue hero who is a veterinarian). After everyone had a turn, the kids wanted to go again, so we let them have a free for all with the water balloons. They threw them all at the fire to make sure it was out!!The kids all got a sticker for completing this mission as well. I then handed out diplomas to all the kids that I printed off from the Rescue Heroes website. They said that "This is to certify that "guest" has shown compassion and courage by not giving up and finishing the job. We're glad to have a hero like you on the Rescue Heroes team!" The kids thought it was cool to be real rescue heroes! I now told them that since they were Rescue Heroes, we had to go inside and make Rescue Hero walkie talkies, just like real Rescue Heroes have. I had cut foam into small brick shapes and covered them in aluminum foil. I had stickers, pipecleaners, crayons, felts and scissors for the kids to create their very own walkie talkies. My husband took a real walkie talkie and hid it behind one that my son had made and made it sound like it was real. The kids were so excited, but later a little disappointed when they found out that he had tricked them! They still really loved making this craft.We had gift time next. I had everyone sit in a circle and asked who knew a safety rule. When someone told a safety rule, they got to give their present to my son. After gift time, the parents were all arriving. For their goody bags, they all got their fire hats, walkie talkies, certificates, and all the fun stuff from the fire department along with a few extra candies. This was my first big party that I threw and it went over great! Everyone had a great time and I couldn't wait to plan the next one!!

Dora Birthday Party

For my youngest daughter's 3rd birthday we decided to have a Dora theme. She absolutely loved Dora at the time. We took ideas from lots of the parties on We printed an invitation from Nick Jr. and photocopied it for everyone. We planned to have a Dora Adventure with our goal being to find the cupcakes for my daughter's birthday. I made a sign for the front door welcoming everyone to the party. When the kids first arrived, I had them all come to our basement where they got to make binoculars out of toilet paper rolls. I had all sorts of Dora stickers and felts for them to decorate them with. When everyone had arrived, I told the kids that I wanted to show them my daughter's cupcakes. I had a large bin in our basement that I told them they were in. Inside the bin, I had made a poster size picture of Swiper that we taped to the lid of the bin. I had my husband outside of the basement with a walkie talkie and the other walkie talkie was in the bin. When I went to open the bin to show the kids the cupcakes, Swiper was in the bin and there were no cupcakes!! The kids all screamed when they saw Swiper and I asked them what they were supposed to say when they saw him. They all started to yell "Swiper, No Swiping", but my husband interupted over the walkie talkie saying "You're too late, I've swiped the cupcakes and taken them to my secret hiding place. You'll never find them now!" The kids all thought that it was Swiper talking. I told them we had to find the cupcakes and asked if they knew where Swiper's hiding place was. They said no, so I asked "Who do we ask for help when we don't know which way to go?". They all yelled out "MAP". I then handed them all a map I had drawn and laminated with mactac.
I told them that the map says we need to go through the Fiesta Forest, over Rainbow Bridge and then we'll find Swiper's secret hiding place where he has the cupcakes. I told them we needed to look for stars along the way. I had bought the Dora CD with all the theme songs, so we played the songs as they left on their adventure. I had separated off parts of the house so they couldn't always see what was coming next. When they left our basement, they had to go up the stairs which I had decorated with green balloons, streamers and trees out of butcher paper with construction paper leaves. I had hidden stars so that they could all find one as they went up the stairs.Leaving the basement... FIESTA FOREST - Senior Toucan, tree with balloons as leaves, green balloons as vinesMy Palm treeI had streamers blocking off the living room so that they wouldn't go in there when they got to the top of the stairs. I asked them where does Dora usually put the stars she finds. In her star pocket of course. I drew a Dora with a Star pocket on her backpack on posterboard. We then played "Stick the Star in the StarPocket". I blindfolded the kids and had them do this.After this game, map showed that we had to go find Rainbow Bridge. This was in my living room. I had a blue sheet that I layed on the floor for the lake and I made the bridge out of poster board. I cut different colour strips and taped them together. But hold on, we couldn't just cross Rainbow Bridge - it had pieces missing. We needed to fix the bridge first. I had blacked out different shapes - hearts, stars, squares, rectangles, triangles etc. on the bridge and had the corresponding pieces cut out. I gave each child a shape and they had to find it on the bridge and tape it on. When everyone had put their shape in place we crossed the bridge and saw a tunnel (made out of a large box) with a Swiper sign on it. We had the kids climb through the tunnel and they arrived in my kitchen where they found the cupcakes on the table! They had done it!!!! They were all so excited to have found Swiper's hiding place!
It was time for cupcakes and juice. I made cupcakes and found Dora and Diego ring toppers at Scoop n Save. This was very simple and easy after all the other preparations I had done. After cake time, we had gifts and then it was time for the kids to go home. For their goody bags, they all got to take home their map (they could use it as a place mat), their binoculars, their ring from the cupcakes, Dora fruit snack, a coloring book I made with different Dora coloring pages and some other candy. This was such a fun party to plan and the kids had such a great time!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

"Under the Sea" Party

For J's 7th birthday, she picked "Under the Sea" (Ariel) for her theme. We hung lots of blue balloons everywhere and had blue tulle hanging from the ceiling to make it look like we were under the sea. I bought some fish net and colorful starfish from Oriental Trading to use for decorations as well. Also on the ceiling, I attached some brown butcher paper to look like the bottom of a boat and made a brown paper chain with an anchor attached to it coming down to the ground. I hung blue fringe to divide the rooms up and to give it more of an under the sea feeling. We had a poster of Ariel for the wall as well.

I had also found a blow up whale and shark that we hung on the ceiling. The kids thought these were so fun.
My daughter had coloured some Ariel posters that we had and she wanted to use them for wall decorations as well.
When the girls arrived, we had some coloring pages printed off for them to color. When everyone arrived, we went to the kitchen table and had craft time. I purchased wooden treasure boxes for the girls to decorate. I painted them all white and had chocolate coins and shell bracelets inside as treasure for the girls. They were able to decorate their boxes any way they wanted. We had shells, Ariel stickers, felts to draw with, and glitter glue with blue dolphins in it for them to use. When they were done, we put them aside to dry.
We played pin the flower on Ariel. I had a large poster of Ariel that my daughter had colored. On the poster, Ariel had a flower in her hair. We made extra copies of the flower and had the girls blindfolded and they had to see how close they could get Ariel's flower to the real flower in her hair. This gave the girls fits of the giggles to see how close their friends were NOT getting it!
We also played Limbo. I had an empty roll of wrapping paper that I covered in colorful paper and put streamers on the end. We had downloaded Ariel music of the Limbo and played that over and over while the girls did the Limbo. They loved dancing to this music. We then also played freeze dance.
It was time for cake. I went to Scoop N Save and copied one of their ideas. They had a beautiful Ariel cake. I bought the Ariel topper and palm trees and some under the sea candies and made this creation. Next was gift time. We had the girls sit in a circle and play spin the bottle to see whose gift was going to be first. We had to keep reminding the girls to move the circle out, since they kept wanting to crowd in to see what the gifts were!
After this, it was time for the treasure hunt to find the treasure chest with the goody bags! I used my trusty "Riddle Me" program to create a treasure hunt and the girls followed the clues around the house until they found the treasure chest. I made this from a cardboard box and put black cardstock around the edges to make it look like a chest. I drew a lock on the front to make it look more realistic. Inside they found their goody bags with a mini Ariel coloring book, Ariel stickers, mini Ritz crackers, and a candy necklace. They also got to take home their wooden treasure boxes and their shell necklaces. My daughter loved this party!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

"Cars" Birthday Party

For my son's 5th birthday party, we decided on the theme "Cars". We found lots of neat ideas online and came up with a great party. The weather was perfect for an outdoor party so we decorated our backyard. We had a sign on the gate to our backyard welcoming our guests to "Radiator Springs".

We planned alot of activities to keep all the kids
we invited busy! Our first activity was to have all
of the kids paint a wooden car at Ramone's House of Body Art. I bought the cars from the Oriental Trading Company (online). I made a sign similar to the one on top of Ramone's in the movie. I asked all of the kids to bring a paint shirt and had a table set up with lots of paint and paintbrushes where they could create their own work of art. We made sure to have a big bucket of warm soapy water close by for easy clean up!

Our next activity was the Piston Cup Championship. We have a slide outside and so I put a start line with tape at the top of the slide and a finish line at the bottom of the slide. I made a big sign that said Piston Cup and attached it to the side of the slide. 2 kids at a time took a turn racing Lightning and The King down the slide.

Our next activity was at Casa Della Tires. We told the kids that they needed to help Luigi move some tires around his shop. I went to a tire store and they gave me two black inner tubes for free. We used these as the tires. I had the kids split up into two teams and they had a relay race. They had to roll the innertube down to a cone and come back to their team, where the next player would do the same thing until everyone had a turn. We had parents help out along the way - it was a little tough for some of the kids to roll the tubes.

Next on our list was Guido's Pit Row Race. I asked the kids what Guido does - change tires, of course! It was their turn to see if they could change tires as fast as Guido. I kept them in their two teams. I had made 2 cars out of apple boxes and painted one green and one red. I made tires and headlights out of cardstock and put mactac on them so they wouldn't rip. These were then velcroed onto the car. The kids had to get into their car and run down to a cone where the pit stop sign was and take off one set of tires and headlights and put another set on, then race back to their team and change places with the next person. They had so much fun with this race!

Our next activity was Pin the Headlight on Mater. I drew a big picture of Mater on Poster board and of course, he is missing a headlight. I made yellow round headlights out of paper. The kids were blindfolded and they had to see if they could get Mater's headlight in the right spot.

We had birthday cake next. I went to Scoop n Save in Langley where they have special cakes displayed. I copied one of their designs and made this cool Lighning McQueen cake.

We ate our cake and had snacks at Flo's V-8 Cafe. I made a sign for this snack stop also. We had other decorations around the back yard also. I had found some large plastic signs with the cars from the movie and we hung these up along with black and red balloons and streamers. I also downloaded some pictures of the different cars from the movie, printed them off and hung them up on our shed so that the kids could see all the different characters.
For goody bags, I found Cars puzzles, Cars airhead candy, 2 chocolate racing cars, 2 racing flags, Cars stickers, and I made an activity book of different Cars coloring pages and a maze with a cover on it that said "Thank you for coming to my party". The kids also got to pick one prize from a bucket of assorted Cars pencils, erasers, bouncy balls and notebooks.
This was such a fun party to plan - the kids had such a great time!

Webkinz Party

For my daughter's 8th birthday party she wanted a Webkinz party. Of course, there are no decorations or party games for this theme, so we made our own! We started out by surfing the web. We looked on as well as other blogger's posts and got a few ideas . We made a sign for our front door to welcome our guests.

We made a list of what we wanted to do at the party and
then made a "Today's Activities" list just like they have on
Webkinz World. For the games that we played where there would be a winner, we gave $2 KinzCash to the winner and $1 KinzCash to everyone who played. At the end of the party there was a grand prize for the girl with the most Kinz Cash. I bought a Lil Kinz on sale for this prize! The Kinz Cash was made from a website I found online. I made $1 and $2 amounts and just combined them if I needed to give anyone a larger amount (for the Wheel of Wow)

For Operation Gumball, we had a jar of gumballs
and the girls had to guess the number of gumballs
in the jar. The girl with the closest guess got to have
the gumball jar as a prize.

My daughter stenciled the names of the girls onto goody bags so that the girls could decorate them as they arrived. This was a nice, quiet activity to start off the party.

The next activity on our list was the "Gem Hunt",
just like the kids do in Webkinz World. For our
gem hunt, I sent the kids on a treasure hunt to look for the gems they needed to make their pets a "Bowl of Wonder". Each clue was hidden around the house with one of my daughter's Webkinz. When they found the treasure, each girl received a bag with one each of 5 different coloured gems just like Arte has for the Crown of Wonder - red, blue, white, green and yellow. I bought acryllic jewels from Michael's and had the girls use white glue to stick them onto the bowls I had found. On the inside of the bowl, I had written "Bowl of Wonder" and made some webkinz stickers of the Webkinz logo. These took awhile to dry which is why we did it at the beginning of the party.

The next activity was a spin on the Wheel of Wow. I found a small lazy susan at Value Village and cut out a circle of cardboard that was the same size as the lazy susan. I made my Wheel of Wow with similar colours as the one on Webkinz World. For the prizes I had KinzCash as well as RingPops, pink applesauce for Pink Gak, Webkinz Bookmarks and I made pink tutus out of hair elastics and pink tulle. For the random prizes, I just used craft kits that I had purchased at major discounts at Michael's. You could also use dollar store finds like crazy straws, candy, notebooks, pencils, lip gloss - anything girly.

Next was the Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament. I split the girls into groups of two. They played Rock, Paper, Scissors and the winners from this round played eachother and then the winners from the next round played eachother until there was one winner. They got $2 KinzCash for winning and everyone else got $1 KinzCash.

Our next activity was Wacky Bingoz.
I made up my own Bingo Cards with
cartoon webkinz on them. The winner
received $2 and everyone else got $1. The girls loved this game. They wanted to play again, but it actually took a long time with 10 girls playing!

The next activity was Zingoz Pop. I wrote the names of prizes the girls would receive on a piece of paper and put them into balloons, which I then blew up. The prizes were a Webkinz figure or a pack of Webkinz cards. I told each girl to grab a balloon and try to pop it. When they popped it, they brought the piece of paper to me and I gave them their prize. This was a fun game and was over very quickly. The girls loved their prizes and added them to their goody bags.

After this we played Quizzy's Corner. You probably can't read the questions I used, but I took some from the questions on Series 3 Webkinz cards. Others I just made from different things on Webkinz World. The girl who got the most right answers got $2 KinzCash and everyone else got $1. They actually had a tough time with some of the answers and I would probably make the questions easier next time.

The birthday girl got to open her gifts next. We had everyone sit in a circle and she spun a bottle to see whose gift she got to open first.

After gifts we did Chef's Challenge, which was dinner. We had pizza and then had cake. I am not a cake decorator, but I try my best. I but plastic wrap
over top of an image I printed online of my daughter's favorite webkinz, the whimsy dragon. I ouline it with icing and then filled it in with icing. I put another layer of plastic wrap on top and made sure the icing filled all the air bubbles in. I then froze the image in the freezer. When it was frozen, I peeled the plastic wrap off and put it on top of the iced cake. Voila, a Whimsy Dragon Webkinz cake!

After dinner and cake, I let the girls take another spin on the Wheel of Wow. They then counted up their money to see who won the grand prize of a Lil Kinz. For Candy Bash, I just handed out little candy bags I had made up for their goody bags. It was then time to log out of Webkinz World and the parents arrived to pick up their girls! This party was a blast, and I hope I've given you some ideas if you want to throw a Webkinz party of your own.

Some photos of the other decorations we made. We saved the cartoon photos of the webkinz from Webkinz World and then printed them off for decorations. We colored them in ourselves. This was something my daughter could do to help out with her party.

Strawberry Shortcake Party

For my youngest daughter's 4th Birthday, she wanted a Strawberry Shortcake party. For the invitations, we made our own by using a small coloring image on the front of the invitation with all the party info on the inside. My daughter was then able to help by coloring all of the pictures on the invitations.
I drew a large Strawberry Shortcake that I coloured with pencil crayon and then cut out for a wall decoration. I made a picket fence for the wall and taped strawberries onto it for a picture area. I made sure to take pictures of my daughter with each friend and Strawberry Shortcake!

I made strawberry decorations. I used large hearts (purchased after Valentine's Day on sale)
and Shamrocks that I bought from Michael's. I rounded the bottom of the hearts so they would look more strawberryish and cut out the shamrocks to look like leaves. I drew black seeds on both sides of the strawberries and I hung these all over the ceiling with green ribbon to look like vines. I also used red and pink balloons on the ceiling. Some balloons I attached to dowels with green leaves and drew black seeds on them. I put them in a vase to look like bunches of strawberries.

When the guests arrived, they could colour different coloring pictures that I had printed from the internet, or play with the strawberry shortcake dolls that we had. We played a few games. One of them was like musical chairs, or a cake walk. I downloaded some pictures of the characters from Strawberry Shortcake and printed them off. I cut them out and glued them onto cardstock. I laid these on the floor and played music. When the music stopped, I picked a name of one of the characters out of a hat and that girl was out. They got to help start and stop the music until the next player was out. The grand winner could get a prize, but I didn't want to make anyone sad, so I didn't give prizes.
The next activity was to decorate graham cracker houses.
I had made the houses in advance and had icing in individual
containers for each child. I also gave each girl a container
with candies for decorating the houses. They loved this activity. I think they may have eaten more icing than they used for decorating!

Since the kids were already sitting at the table,
we had cupcakes next. I made them look
like little baskets with a strawberry in it. I used
licorice for the handle.

After this, my daughter opened gifts and then the kids played for awhile. The next activity was a strawberry hunt in the backyard. We put strawberry candies all over the backyard and gave the kids little baskets to collect strawberries, just like Strawberry Shortcake likes to do. They loved looking
all through the grass for the candies. While they were doing this the parents arrived to pick up their kids.
For the goody bags, we gave a Strawberry Shortcake doll (from McDonald's - they had them as their happy meal toy just before our party), Strawberry Shortcake stickers, Strawberry Shortcake pens, their graham cracker house and their basket with strawberry candies.
Everyone had a great time!