Angry Bird Sightings {IX} ~ featuring YOUR Angry Birds!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween y'all!!!
I am just popping in to share these fabulous Angry Birds Costumes.
All of these costumes have been inspired by my
Angry Birds Family Costume Tutorial
with these photos sent in by readers. 
I absolutely love them!
Check out..
 Kristin in Iowa
Kristin in Iowa
{the golden egg}
Megan at Little Golden Birdie.
xo Heather
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Inspiring Creativity

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Welcome to Inspiring Creativity!! 
Thank you for sharing your creativity with us each week.

There were so many fabulous link ups last week!
Here are just a few of my favs...

 These look so yummy!
Sarah @ Alderberry Hill
 What a great way to revamp a sidetable!
Denise @ Spittin Toad
 I think that I need to make some pretty  'green' napkins!
Q @ JAQS Studio
My guys would LOVE these!

Thanks for sharing ladies!
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xo Heather
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Spiderman and Ironman Cakes ~ a tutorial

 Hey peeps!
We just celebrated Cameron and Isaiah's birthday with a Superhero Party on the weekend {just in case you have not read the dozen or so other birthday posts lol}. 
I created these Spiderman and Ironman cakes for them.
They turned out WAY better than I expected as this was only my second official foray into fondant cake decorating.  I used my limited fondant skillz and the cakes pinned here as my inspiration.

If I can do it, so can YOU!  Here are the visual step-by-step instructions:

Bake the cake{s}.  I used boxed mix that the boys picked out.  And not wanting to get all fancy with having to cut and layer a round cake, i used this oval corningware baking dish.  I had to add 10-15 minutes to the baking time but other than that it was perfect!

Superhero 5th Birthday Party

Monday, October 29, 2012

We celebrated the boys 5th birthday yesterday with a Superhero Party!
Check out those superhero moves people! 

I'm going to give you a little {okay big} chronological run down of the whole event.  It was CRAZY!  Our house is not big enough for that many superheros.  I say next year we just go to Disneyland {are you with me?}  Whoop Whoop!

Okay I may have had a bit too much sugar ;) 
Still waiting for the crash.
But here's the whole shebang...

 The blue sheet is a thrift store find {$4} that I painted a cityscape on, using acrylic paints.  I painted and cut out the "happy birthday" sign and spray painted boxes to create buildings.  **Tip #1 -  Boxes with shiny logos were actually easier to spray paint than plain ones because they didn't soak up the paint like the unfinished boxes did.

My mom found the perfect sized box to create a child sized telephone booth with ~ this one took 2.5 cans of spray paint to cover and left a lovely crop square on the garage floor ;)  The kids LOVED it! 

These giant word explosions are now in my shop and measure over 30"x30".  They added a fun shot of colour and energy to the party! 

As the guests arrived they were invited to decorate lightening bolt sugar cookies.  Totally fun! 
Ever try to find a lightening bolt cookie cutter?  Yeah.  Impossible.  So I made my own :P

After cookies they each created a superhero bracelet using pony beads and superhero beads {also found in my shop}.

 Then the real craziness started.  After changing into their superhero costumes the children were directed to participate in six different activities.  They received a stamp on a playing card for each activity and when their card was full they got an "official superhero" certificate.  Problem?  They must have thought it was a race ~ they ran through the activities so quickly!  **Tip #2 - party activities don't take nearly as long as you think they will.

 I set up each station {activity} with a sign.  We used punching balloons for this one.  **Tip #3 - DON'T hang them on the blinds awaiting the activity.  The kids didn't know to take them down and our blinds took a beating.  ha ha

 I covered silly string with these "spider webbing" labels for the "blast a bad guy" activity.

 I think that it is safe to say that the superheroes won.

 Here are the playing cards and certificates.  I purchased a printable party package from One Charming Party that included these certificates, invitations and food labels.  It was a great jumping off point and had tons of ideas for decor and activities.

 A few of our activity stations.  If you would like the printable version of these signs, the playing cards and spiderman label please let me know.  I can upload them to google docs if you are interested.

 Now on to the food.  I was hoping to have more time to set up and prep lunch while the kids were doing their activities but see Tip# 2.  All of the fruit and veggies were washed, cut and ready to go the morning before the party.  I picked up these white trays at Homesense {I am somewhat addicted to that store and was there three times last week - shhh don't tell Darcy}. ;)

These food labels were pretty cute.

 We also served a kids friendly standby ~ hotdogs.

 The coolest part was that {okay longish story} I thought , last minute of course, it would be cool to have some kind of hotdog wrapper - you know, the kind the vendors give you?  But with one day until the party there was no way I was going to find them.  So I was in the mall {random} and happened to walk by Orange Julius.  I asked if I could buy a couple of their hotdog holders and they said sure.  And gave me 10 for FREE.
Can I get another Whoop! Whoop!?

 I brought them home and redecorated them with yellow cardstock and superhero cardstock {that I cut from the front and back of a sticker book}.

 Fun right?!  The boys requested their favorite superheroes - done!

 The whole gang refueling.

 I made superhero costumes for every guest to take home {instead of goodie bags}.  **Tip #4 - the boys are still at an age where little and big siblings came to the party too.  I forgot this and would plan to have something special for them next time too.

After lunch it was time for cake.  These turned out WAY better than I could have hoped or expected.  YOU can do this too!  I'll be posting the tutorial tomorrow.

 Candle blowing.

 Isaiah superhero flying.

Cameron superhero flying.
Thanks for sharing our special day with us.
My boys are five!
I'm not sure how I feel about that yet...
xo Heather
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