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Birthday Celebrations to Remember

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Basic Invite. I only work with brands that I myself would use or think worthy of promoting to others. All opinions are from a personal point of view.

 

Throughout the year, we tend stay away from celebrating our selves during other holidays, choosing to focus on what those days mean for our family or what we can do to serve and love others, but birthdays are another story. Birthdays are a big deal in the B house.

Daddy B and I want to be very intentional when it comes to creating traditions for our family. Some years we vary up the way we celebrate different holidays, but there are always certain details that remain the same.

Another reason we celebrate is because my mom always made sure that birthdays were special, even in the times we had very little money {which was more often than not}. Those parties are something good from my childhood that I can nostalgically look back on. If I try hard enough I can probably remember most of my birthday parties and even those I don’t remember I have pictures to relive those years with.

It’s important for all of us in life to have memories to look back on.

Here are some practical ways that you can help you celebrate birthdays and also ways to keep those memories alive.

 

Take lots of pictures and video – Obviously one way we can reminisce about a birthday celebration is to have photos and video either on hand or these days online, that can remind us about funny moments, {like the time we couldn’t get the pinata to break open}.

Create a unique theme – We allow our girls to choose their own birthday party theme, however from experience I understand it’s hard to buy specific supplies for uniquely themed parties without breaking the bank {think peacock birthday party theme}. You can however use the unique theme and get away with it by choosing 1-3 coordinating colors for the party. Items like table settings, balloons, etc won’t be as expensive and all of your decorations and party supplies will seem like they were meant to go together.

 

You can also use kids birthday invitations to enhance your party theme. Now more than ever companies like Basic Invite are making it simple to help you craft invitations that are customized to fit your child’s theme whether it’s from a party store or a unique creation.

 

 

They offer:

Almost Unlimited Colors – Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what we feel sets us apart from almost any other online stationery company and is what we feel is our biggest draw.

Custom Samples – Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.

Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes – Basic Invite is just as colorful with our envelopes as we are with our invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of our envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.

Free Address Collection Service – Use our free address collection service to request your addresses with just three simple steps. Share a link, collect addresses, and get free envelope printing.

Making it easy and painless to enhance your child’s party theme with the help of an amazing selection of birthday invitations.

 

Have one stand out detail – You don’t have to be the parent that has everything at one party, performers, face painters, costume characters, and the list goes on. If you have so many big amazing things at one party it’ll not only set that as the standard for your child, but will make things seem less special. I recommend choosing one stand out detail, here are some examples:

Child’s Animal party: hiring a petting zoo

Child’s Science Party: creating wacky experiments

Child’s Milestone Teen Party: renting a limo for short rides or a ride to the party venue

Child’s Super Hero Party: hire a superhero to make a party appearance

Other non-specific stand out details could be that you get an amazing cake made, or a special person shows up (this could even be the child’s favorite friend or a surprise family member), or even that the party attendees have a special costume, oftentimes you can buy these in bulk online for a discounted rate.

Create Birthday Traditions – It doesn’t have to be expensive, time intensive or even something wacky and bold, but creating family traditions for birthdays is almost a sure way for your child to remember their special day as they grow up. Some favorite traditions may include:

Getting one dollar for every year you’ve lived {10 years old $10}

Singing the Happy Birthday song to family members on the phone

Special birthday meals {breakfast is usually a big one}

Wearing a fun hat or using a special plate

Depending on your family and your child there could be so many ways to make their special day amazing. Some children would prefer smaller parties with just a handful of friends, while others want huge parties, while some have gift ideas others may want guests to bring donations to a local charity.

When it comes to making your child’s birthday {or really any birthday special} it all comes down to the thoughtfulness that goes behind making that person feel loved. There are so many different ways people like to be shown love, but really taking the time to celebrate them, especially on their birthday, will be something they will remember and hold close for years to come.

 

Now let’s hear from you, comment below: What are your favorite traditions, or ways to make a memorable birthday celebration for your child???

 

 

Princess Party Food Ideas

Lil’ C turned 3 last month and knew a few months before that she wanted a princess party. As you’ve seen in previous years {Miss A’s Rainbow Birthday Bash, Lil C’s Bee Party} I like to get crafty and creative when I throw my little girls birthday parties, whether they are at our home or at a party location. One of the aspects of a party where you can get really creative are with food!! Princess Party Food Ideas from MommyBKnowsBest

Since it was a princess themed birthday party I checked out all things girly on Pinterest, Etsy, and of course googled, “Princess Party” to see what I could come up with. I found some great recommendations all over the web and a lot of recurring ideas from several websites. I can’t attribute them to just one website, but here are a couple that gave me inspiration: disney princess inspired, and cute ruffle hombre cake.

Here are the princess inspired food choices:

Princess Party Food MommyB

1. Trader Joe’s Yogurt Star cookies (nut-free) – these were great because the party colors were white, pink, and purple.

2. Chocolate covered Marshmallows – we used pink dipping chocolate that contained nuts, I also used some pink sprinkles to give them a little sparkle.

3. Princessy Fruit Wands – instead of using lots of different fruits like I had seen online I chose to stick with grapes for the handle of the wand and made cantaloup stars using a play-doh cutter we had around the house.

4. Pretty Meringue cookies (processed with nuts) – someone online mentioned Trader Joe’s had colored versions of meringues including pink, I didn’t find the pink ones but this white version was perfect and pretty.

5. Mini Ruffle Cupcakes – I knew I wanted to make ruffles but wasn’t sure about making an entire cake. (I made my own cake because we had an attendee who has a nut allergy). I found a great tutorial of the mini ruffle cupcakes, and scaled mine down from 2 cupcakes they used to just one, I figured that was plenty for each child. I used a strawberry box mix and made my own buttercream frosting. I topped them off with a princess themed Wilton topper and they were relatively easy to make not having much icing experience. I’ll admit it was a lot of icing to cake ratio, but I don’t think the kids minded *LOL*

6. Blue Bunny Ice Cream Castles – Using an ice cream cone, sprinkles, princess decorations, the same dipping chocolate I used on the covered marshmallows, and any flavor Blue Bunny Ice Cream or Frozen YogurtI made these cute “ice cream castles”. I came up with the idea on my own, but I’m sure other people have probably done something similar in the past. Growing up I always had ice cream with my cake so I tried to figure out how I could incorporate it into our princess theme. It was pretty easy to do.

I dipped the cone into our melting chocolate, covered in sprinkles and sugar pearls, let it dry, filled the cones with Blue Bunny All Natural Frozen Yogurt, and topped with a sparkly metallic flag that I found while shopping at Super Target.

Ice Cream Castle Supplies MommyB Ice Cream Castle MommyB

Are you throwing a Princess themed birthday party??? What was your favorite snack idea? {you don’t need to pick just one}. If you do use any of my ideas, especially the ice cream castle idea, feel free to link back here or share by pinning, on Facebook or Twitter!!

 

Blue Bunny Ice Cream with Cake MommyB

(For the party we cut Blue Bunny Birthday Party Ice Cream Sandwiches in half and each child enjoyed them with their cupcakes, they were easy and one of the best flavors for a birthday party (or anytime)).

 

I received Blue Bunny ice cream products for this party, that in no way reflects the integrity of my post or any opinions I have shared. My family enjoys the products and Lil’ C said, “Best Birthday Ever” so I think that speaks for itself. 

The Little Gym – A Family Experience

The Little Gym of Lake Norman/Huntersville

If you’re familiar with my site you’ve seen my posts on The Little Gym, whether I was talking about their core values, birthday parties, or reasons why both kids and parents alike love The Little Gym, and if you’re new to the site then, “Welcome!!!”

The Little Gym of Lake Norman/Huntersville

I am a HUGE supporter of The Little Gym (TLG), not only because the owners, Mr. Pete, and Mrs. Kim are such an amazing duo, not only because the staff at TLG has been extremely friendly, not only because my daughters get to learn the value of teamwork, being healthy, and listening to an adult, not only because they learn actual dance, sports, and gymnastic skills, but because The Little Gym is, in it’s entirety, a family experience.

The Little Gym Family

Each individual member of our family benefits from classes at TLG. My daughters get to enjoy their class and learn many skills, I get to know that I am providing a safe, fun experience for my children to learn {and meet some fun parents in the lobby}, and my husband is able to watch his girls excitement as they practice and show him moves at home and in their end of season shows. It’s really a sense of accomplishment for the whole family when your children are involved in something like The Little Gym. The Little Gym encourages parents to sit and watch our children, and gives us tips on what to work on at home and how to encourage our children, that’s definitely very unique and valuable when it comes to child-centered activities and classes.

Bullock Girls The Little Gym Collage

As The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman’s Mombassador, I am thrilled to share my family’s love for The Little Gym, and am always talking about how amazed I am with the benefits of their services. I encourage you to check out my other The Little Gym posts by clicking on the links in the first paragraph of this post or searching in my search box to the right of this post. Also visit TLG Huntersville/LKN’s website to find out more about classes for children 4 months to 12 years, birthday parties, and their Fall Festival coming up on Friday, October 19th 2012: thelittlegym.com/huntersvillelakenormannc and “Like” them on Facebook for fun facts and to see some great pictures!!

 

I am The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman Mombassador, and receive services in return for my work showcased here. The above opinions and thoughts expressed are mine and my family’s. 

Bumblebee Birthday – Terra Cotta Pot Cupcake Craft

Bumblebee Dinner

I love going “all out” on birthday’s, at least my version of all out, then again compared to some people I’m probably pretty mild. My mom did a great job making sure we had fun birthday parties growing up and I want to do the same for my girls. Although they may not remember all the little details it means a lot for me to be able to create a fun experience for them and their friends.

While I’m not the craftiest kid on the block I do get into creating some crafts for birthdays. Lil C’s birthday theme this year was bumblebees! Which totally fits our family for several reasons, {see this website for one}. I decided to get some fun bumblebee themed decorations {at a very reasonable price} from Oriental Trading Company and then create a few of my own.

Bumblebee Dinner

One of the crafts I came up with, after looking at inspiration on the web and of course Pinterest was to do a bumblebee terra cotta craft, although I have not seen anything like the craft I made, hopefully it will inspire others.

I bought the following supplies from A.C. Moore:

Bumblebee Pots:

Terra Cotta Pots (we used the 4″ size) – One for each child

Bright Yellow Acrylic Craft Paint

Black Acrylic Craft Paint

1 inch paint brush (really any size brush or sponge brush

*After completing this project I learned a little bit of paint primer would have saved me from so many coats of paint, so you may want to add that to your list as well. {again, I’m only semi-crafty}

Cupcakes:

Preferably chocolate cupcakes in dark wrappers

Frosting (any kind really since it’ll be covered up anyway)

Oreo Cookie Crumbs (can be made in a food processor with the push of a button)

Bumblebee Antennae:

Tacky Glue – **Purchased for the project but not used**

Standard size black pipe cleaners

Small black poms

Misc:

Cardboard to create circles for inside your pots to shelve your cupcakes (depending on cupcake to terra cotta pot ratio)

Directions:

Normally one would start with the paint primer, however since I clearly didn’t use that in my craft I started painting the terra cotta pots with the yellow acrylic craft paint. I let that coat dry and painted another coat, and another and another…{you get the drift}…and looked something like this:

Painting Bumblebee Pots

 

Yellow Painted Pots

While waiting on those to dry I worked on the Bumblebee antennae using standard size black pipe cleaner that I cut in half with regular scissors prior to the photo following. I intended to use the Tacky Glue to adhere the small black poms onto the pipe cleaners, however found that wrapping the pipe cleaner around the pom was much easier, less messy, and looked great. I wound the pipe cleaner around the pom 1 to 1.5 times and then bent them to more closely resemble bumblebee antennae. Of course while making these cute antennae I had to have a few sips of my favorite drink, I call it “my wine”, Diet Coke. {You may choose the beverage of your choice.}

Tacky Glue Antennae

After checking to make sure the first 500 coats of yellow acrylic paint {yes I am exaggerating a little here}, I painted free-hand, yep, that’s right folks I do have a pretty steady hand, the black lines to look like a bumblebee. Using the bottom rim of the pot I started with my first line and tried to eyeball, of course if you want more perfect lines you could use a painters tape {which I found hard considering the shape of the terra cotta pots} or measure and mark. I wasn’t too picky but think they turned out pretty good, all things considered. Don’t you think???

Bumblebee Pots

I made Lil C’s pot a little different from the others because she’s the birthday girl of course!! Added a little glitter and her initial for her first name. After the pots were dried I cleaned up some of the lines, painted the rims and added a small circle of cardboard to fit right inside the pots since our cupcakes ended up being a little smaller than anticipated.

Cupcake time!!!!

This time I made the cupcakes and frosting from scratch, but you can use whatever works best for you. Miss A helped me roll the frosted cupcakes in the oreo crumbs to created the “dirt” look or look like bumblebee heads {which is what we were going for.} Sorry for the blurry picture:

Crumb Topped Cupcakes

Once these awesome cupcakes were done we put them in the fridge overnight (b/c of the fresh cream frosting) and the next day placed them on top of the cardboard and inserted two pipe cleaner antennae. I assembled them in a diamond formation with the special “C” cupcake at the head of the line, and here’s how they turned out:

Bumblebee Cupcake Terra Cotta Pot Craft

I think the guest of honor was quite pleased.

Happy Bee Day Girl

(and yes I did paint mine and the girls nails in black and yellow for the party!!)

What has been your favorite birthday party theme that you’ve a.) thrown for your children or b.) seen someone else {in person or online} throw?????

Birthday Bash – Choosing a Theme

Coming up with a party theme can be trying, especially when you’re looking for the perfect theme for a one-year-old’s party. I don’t know too may one-year-old’s asking their parents for a specific theme for their party, so, it’s left up to good old mom and dad, (and in most cases mom).

More often than not the themes are the number 1 with fun girlie or boyish accents. I love themes for parties, in fact Miss A’s parties have been {in this order}: Bunny party {after her lovey}, Dora/Diego party {she LOVED both of them}, and her last party was a tea-party.

When it came to Baby C I had no clue where to start, so I stumbled upon 1stwishes.com and started browsing through their 1st birthday party supplies.

Things to keep in mind when looking for a party theme in general are:

  • Find something that the child has requested or really likes
  • Pick 1 to 3 colors and create a party from those colors
  • Choose a theme that is attendee friendly (if you’ll have both genders keep this in mind)
  • Consider the location, outdoor, indoor, at a party venue
  • Be proactive and purchase items on sale for the next yearLook Whoo's One Party

Fortunately, after looking for only a little while I found the perfect theme for Baby C’s first birthday. We fell in love with, “Look Whoo’s 1” theme. I loved the adorable girl owls so for the party we bought a few items, dessert plates, mylar balloons, and 2 small stuffed owls.

Along with the “Look Whoo’s 1” theme I decided to compliment the theme with Neapolitan colors, white, pink, and brown. That way I could purchase colored items that were a little more cost efficient and not have overkill with the theme.

 

Take a look at the cute, “Look Whoo’s 1” items we picked up:

Look Whoo's 1 Balloon

Look Whoo's One Owls

What have been your favorite party themes?