We are right in the throes of birthday season around here. Taylah’s was a few weeks ago, and in a few day’s time we will celebrate Miss Bridie’s, with BJ’s a couple of weeks after that. Ava then rounds out the season at the end of next month.
Anyway, I’ve been madly searching online for party game ideas for Bridie’s birthday, since she wanted a Frozen themed party. Like I’ve said before, I like themes for the guidance they can give, but I’m not an all-out-have-labelled- food-or-decorations-everywhere kind of person. In fact apart from Marshmallow snowmen, that I intend to get the kids to make, I’m not having any frozen themed food at all. Just the stuff Bridie likes.
Oh and a cake.
But I’m still yet to decide on that. 🙂
What I do have to admit though, is that I am secretly grateful to all you mums who do throw together elaborate birthday parties, because you have all the cool ideas, and it means far less thinking for this mum, who pretty much just wants to drink coffee, play with her three-year old, and write blogs.
So far, thanks to the internet, I have made these funky Canvas shoes for the birthday girl herself. I first saw these on FB, when Glowless show cased her Minion shoes. She’s got a post on how she did them, so I followed that, and voila!
Olaf shoes! 🙂
The only think I did differently was use fabric markers and no waterproofing spray. Purely because that was easier for me. 🙂
Another idea I have been stealing is this one.
Bridie mentioned last Saturday that she wanted a Piñata, and I got quite excited because I love paper mache and it’s been years since I did it.
In hindsight, it’s turning out to be a lot harder than I thought, and the weather is not helping me get the thing dry. In fact at the moment, it looks less birthday party, and more adult party.
But hopefully we can improve on it.
Invitations, I got from here.
Usually, when I make birthday invites, it’s a dodgy A5 piece of paper with a ‘happy birthday’ clip art image and all the relevant information, printed from a computer rapidly running out of ink.
This year, being super lazy and sure that someone out there must have done Frozen invites better, I googled it, and came across these ones.
How cool are they?
I love the movie ticket look, and even better, I love that the website owner had made them free to download. I literally just uploaded the template to pic monkey and we were done in 10 minutes.
That’s lazy party preparation at it’s best.
Awesomely though, it didn’t look lazy, especially when printed on photo paper (I was all out of the ordinary kind), and all the girls (and their mums) loved them. Talk about failing up 🙂
Anyway, this week I set about finding similar invitations for BJ’s birthday, seeing as I needed to get them out before school finishes. He was being less helpful with a theme, alternating between lego and soccer and ironman.
A truly great mum would somehow combine all three, but I am not that mum, and was thinking I would just can the theme altogether.
Anyway, I went searching for lego invitations, and the frozen lady had a great one, but it was very Lego Movie focused, and also very red. And I was pretty sure that the computer was running out of red ink.
My printer seems to always be running out of ink.
So searching high and low, and finding a whole bunch of websites that promised free invites, only to direct to me paid pages, or no pages at all, I eventually gave up, and decided to make my own based on the movie ticket idea. I went searching for a lego image to use, and instead came up with one from Minecraft, and not thinking anything else, other than ‘oh that would work,’ I made Minecraft Movie Ticket Birthday Invitations.
I have to say, I’m pretty impressed with myself. For someone who excels in borrowing everyone else’s hard work, it’s nice to actually make something myself.
Of course it then backfired on me a little, because upon handing out the invites, I was besieged by some very excited six-year-old boys, chatting excitedly about ‘Bailey’s Minecraft Party!’ One little tacker even asked if he could bring is iPad to play it. 🙂 (The head of the primary school later asked me about the Minecraft birthday. A day after the invites were handed out, my un-themed, not yet happened party, was the talk of the Reception class.)
So like it or not, I have inadvertently set myself a theme, and once again, I’m back on the internet borrowing party ideas, and hoping to ride on the coat tails of all the super mums out there, who actually enjoy thinking of themed food and bunting ideas.
But for those of you out there like me, who just want to borrow ideas, and get by without a lot of fuss, I thought it only fair to give back, and so I’ve included my Minecraft invitation here. It’s all downloadable and stuff so you can use it for your next Minecraft party.
But just so you know, if you hand these out, you will be hosting a Minecraft party. Whether you like it or not. 🙂
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be off on Pinterest for the next week and a half.
And planning a new piñata.
How do you go about planning kids parties?
How cool is my Invitation?
Any Minecraft Party tips for me?