It was hard to find a lot of Green Eggs and Ham specifics in our local stores. They simply didn’t sell Sam-I-Am and his crew by themselves, even during Dr. Seuss’ birthday! Who would have thought but the orange pom poms were not in stock at any party store around here either! Amazon to the rescue: Green Eggs and Ham balloons, Orange Tissue Pom Poms, and Green Tissue Pom Poms!
Can you tell it was a breezy day?
These cute foam hands were an awesome find at the dollar store! I would tell you to be sure to use some serious hardcore tape. Foam does not like to stick to anything!
For the banner we simply cut the book pages into triangles, layering them with bright orange, and using the same sparkling green chipboard letters from the Goody Bags.
Everyone was asked to sign “Happy Birthday to You” By: Dr. Seuss. The pictures were taken from the books and the frames were found at Marshalls.
First things first, lets talk cupcakes.
For the cupcakes, we used a circle cutter (found at your local craft store) to create the toppers. The images are actual pages of the book. The book nerd in me cried out when we had to cut into the books but these were used copies so at least they were being recycled! The icing is colored with natural food coloring, because well you know I don’t like anything artificial!
For the food we wanted everything to be orange or green.
Green: Grapes and Eggs. The eggs are actually avocado deviled eggs. I found the recipe here and modified it to omit the cilantro, hot sauce, and onion. In the end we did add mayonnaise and extra lime juice. They tasted great and there was no need for fake food coloring. I would recommend tasting as you go to get the flavor/texture you want.
Orange: Cuties, cheddar Annie’s bunnies, and sweet potato chips.
Combination: Tri-Colored Italian cold pasta salad, regular salad with cucumbers, carrots, avocados, & tortilla crunchies on top, egg salad topped with parsley, and deli ham and cheese sandwiches.
Toss the Fox into the Box
These pages were taken straight from the used books as well.
Pin the Green Eggs and Ham on Sam-I-Am
It wouldn’t be a party without Goody Bags!
Or in this case pails! We Seussed up the pails with Green Eggs and Ham stickers, ribbon, and sparkling chipboard letters. Then filled them with Green Eggs and Ham pencils, finger eraser, bubbles, lollipops, and eggs filled with Unreal candy!
Coming soon: Green Eggs and Ham Birthday Decorations!
When my darling husband asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day I of course said Tiffanys, a spa getaway, or a new Shelby Mustang. He did not seem thrilled about any of those suggestions so I had to come up with some else. I was struck with the idea to rearrange my Pinterest boards and came across one of my first pins. It was a picture of a shadowbox with a little girl’s ballet shoes and picture. I remember pinning this thinking it would be a great keepsake for my own daughter’s first year of ballet. Perfect gift idea, a shadowbox, so I could finally complete a project I intended to start!
Mother’s Day came and like a good husband he got me exactly what I asked for and then some. I was excited to finally be able to begin this craft and find a home for her pre-ballet memories. So excited in fact that I put the shadowbox back in the bag and set it in a corner! Don’t judge like you’ve never put something off before…
Today was the day, I got the itch to finish what I hadn’t started. This is the pin that inspired me.
I decided to not only do her shoes but also her leotard. After all, what is cuter than a tiny pink ballerina outfit?! Also, I added both bun accessories from her recitals that year. She loved it and can’t wait for me to hang it in her room. Now that I have completed one pin I feel ready to take on another. Most likely though, it will be awhile before that happens!
Handprint frame kit. This one is super easy. You can find these at any craft store and with a 40%/50% off coupon you will pay less then $15 for it. Unfortunately, my dog knocked mine off the table it was sitting on and it cracked. So my advice, keep it out of reach of animals and children, especially if you have a 100lb rottweiler like me.
Tissue Paper Flower. My daughter made this for me when she was 3 and I still have it proudly displayed for all to see. Since I have a black thumb, this flower is my favorite kind! All you need is a styrofoam cup, 1 green pipe cleaner, and tissue paper in whatever colors you choose. To make the flower: Pick up 6 to 8 squares of tissue paper and stack them on top of each other. Create an accordion fold by folding about 1/2 inch over then under until you have folded the entire stack of tissue paper. Get the sides as even as possible when you fold. Wrap one end of a pipe cleaner around the middle of the folded tissue paper, and twist it shut. Start separating the layers of tissue paper and opening up the paper flower. Continue to open up the flower until you have a pretty, ball-shaped flower.
Picture Flower Pot with Fingerprints. I helped my kids make this for my grandmother. She is an avid gardener and she told me these are the prettiest flowers she has ever seen. You will need a clay pot, styrofoam disc, green bendy straws, cupcake wrappers, paint, basket straw,and glue gun/tape. The caterpillars are their fingerprints and the lady bugs and bees are their thumb prints. After the paint dried I used a sharpie to add eyes, stripes, legs, etc. Poke holes in the styrofoam to the desired depth and arrange your straws (I staggered mine). If your straws are loose use the glue to secure them. Flatten the cupcake wrappers and glue the photos into the center. Then tape them to the top of the straws. I used brown paper basket straw to fill the inside of the pot. Using scrapbook paper, the kids made her a card to tape onto the bouquet.
Canvas Picasso. I think my kids favorite art projects are the ones where I don’t hover around telling them what to do. I bought a pack of canvas at my local craft store (again use a 40%/50% off coupon), and let them have at it. The end results are one of a kind, true to the artist paintings. If your child is old enough have them sign their work and when they are famous you will have their very first creations. I use my children’s paintings not only for gifts but to decorate my walls. In our upstairs hallway, we have original artwork hung up, it is almost like a mini gallery.
Remember, getting covered in paint, glitter, and marker is part of the fun!
What would a princess party be without princesses? We asked all the girls to come dressed as their favorite princesses. They loved showing off their dresses and pretending to be royalty. And since princesses attend royal balls, I made a custom playlist of princess approved music to dance to. I had the music jamming throughout the party, and the girls were happy to dance around!
This is “Pascal’s Painting” station where all the girls could embrace their inner artist. The original plan was for it to be on our deck but unfortunately it poured down rain the night before. The packing tape wouldn’t stick to the wet wood so we set up in my kitchen. I would just like to stop here and say, thank you to whoever invented washable paint!I asked a teacher friend for some bulletin board paper. She brought me a long piece, perfect for each of the 10 girls to have their own space. I set up a supply table with a variety of paints, brushes, and sponges.
After the girls finished painting and we helped them get cleaned up, they all sat down to make necklaces. I found these Tangled Shrink Charms on Disney’s Family Fun website. I was unable to find the specific shrink paper (must be ink jet kind) at my local craft store so I ordered it on Amazon. This may have been a user error but I had to leave my charms in the oven a little longer then directed. My advice, just keep an eye on them, after they start to shrink and flatten out it is time for them to come out.
After lunch, we played “Pin the Frying Pan on Flynn Rider.” To make the wanted poster I searched for the image online. My husband thought it would be easier just ask the Fedex store to blow it up poster size but I disagreed. I enjoy drawing, so I was happy to sit down and sketch it out. Added bonus, it’s cheaper since the poster board is only about $0.50. When I was finally satisfied (and I do mean finally, I am a slight perfectionist!) I outlined Flynn with black crayon, then colored him in.
For the frying pans, I used the Frying Pan template from SuperMom Moments. I printed out the template on “canvas texture” white cardstock. I labeled each frying pan using address labels with the girls’ names and added a little Rapunzel flower embellishment leftover from decorating the cups.
The girls really liked the game and it was very simple to put together. I also like that it’s not quite as crazy or dangerous like a pinata! For a prize I found Disney Princess hair accessories in the dollar area of Michael’s.
Tip #4: Use what you have. I bought stickers originally to decorate the cups and was able to use them for the frying pans and the paint sets. Be creative, chances are you might already have something that could work with your party.
After the presents and cupcakes we all settled in to watch Tangled while we waited for the mommies and daddies to come back.
No party is complete without Goodie bags! These bags are super cute and easy enough to put together. I bought the bags at Party City and the sun was traced from the Sun Banner Template. I then traced the sun onto “True Yellow” cardstock. Cutting out the suns takes a little time, but after that just glue them onto the bags and you are done!
When it came to what went inside the goodie bags I decided to go with something practical. I dislike wasting money, and I really don’t like buying random junk just to fill a bag. As a parent, random trinkets get thrown away or donated to a teacher treasure box. So I took an idea from SuperMom Moments to find simple watercolor sets. After all, Rapunzel loves to paint! I found these at Target for $0.97 each. After removing all the advertising, I added my own thank you label. You can print out a template for this on the SuperMom site or make your own. I just used the leftover address labels from the frying pans to make them. Then I used the rest of the leftover stickers to give them a little flair. I also included heart shaped bracelets (found in the dollar spot at Target during February), and playdoh.
Tip #5: Ask for help. With an amazing group of friends you can get a lot accomplished.
This party was a lot of fun and I would say maybe the best one she has had yet. Of course that puts the pressure on for next year but with my awesome friends I know we can do it!
Check out my Pinterest board for all these Tangled Birthday ideas!