Minion Mania Party

Minions, Minions, Minions… My lil Minion wanted a Minion party and that’s exactly what he got 😉

Here’s what we had:

Minion cake, minion cups, minion applesauce, minion shirt DIY station, minion water bottles, minion photo prop, and minion ball toss (all mama made).Minion plates, pinata, napkins, and straws, all pre-made items from Walmart.

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Minion Cake:

I made a regular chocolate cake in rectangular cake pan, cut the corners to make it more rounded, let it cool, frosted on the first layer of frosting with regular white frosting (this is the crumb layer, it helps to make the next layers go on smoothly). Let it dry completely and started decorating.

The next layer was all yellow, then the overalls which I used a frosting tube with nozzle to give it the look I was going for (using the star shaped nozzle). Next I did the eye this was just brownie cut into circular shape (you could use cake just as easily), frosted in white frosting.   Last was all the black elements I used a can of frosting that came with different nozzle sizes (this was so easy to use) with it I made the goggles, buttons, eyeball, and the number 4.

This cake was way easier to make than I had anticipated. The cake was definitely a huge hit! I got the tons of compliments on this cake, way more than any cake I’ve ever bought. Even a 6 year old said it was AMAZING, that’s when you know you did good cause kids always speak the truth:)

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Minion t-shirt DIY station:

This was a ton of fun for all the kiddos!  I bought a couple packs of hanes white t-shirts and dyed them yellow (this was way cheaper than buying yellow t-shirts and super easy). I cut pieces of felt for the shapes so that all the kiddos had to do was glue and place the pieces where they wanted them (we used fabric glue), also I gave them black puff paints for the hair and smile. These were so cute and instead of taking home a goody bag of candy they got to take home their own personalized minion t-shirt!

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Cups and applesauce:

These were pretty easy. For the applesauce I just hot glued one or two googly eyes in the middle and drew goggles around them with a black sharpie. The cups I just bought plain ol’ yellow paper cups and hot glued one or two googly eyes in the middle and drew goggles around them, hair, and a fun little smile with black sharpie!

Minion photo prop cut out:

I took a giant box, cut a yellow poster board in a minion shape,I then cut a giant hole in the middle (I used a knife, a box cutter would have worked great but I didn’t have one), cut blue poster board for the overalls. Black paper cut out for the hair, smile, and goggles.I glued everything on with my trusty hot glue gun. I made the ball toss the same way.  Oh and of course everything had fours on it since it was my son’s fourth birthday!

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DIY LOVE BUGS

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Looking for a fun creative way to make Valentine’s with the kiddos this year? Here’s what we came up with. Love bugs stuffed with candyđŸ«đŸŹ We used toilet paper rolls and some paper towel rolls cut in half, painted them white, punched 2 holes in the top for antenas, 6 holes on the bottom for legs,  stick pipe cleaners through all the holes, twist antenas, fill baggies with candy, pull baggies through roll, hot glue googly eyes on the front, lastly decorate we used heart stickers but you could use glitter or markers… This is where the little ones can get creative and personalize their bugs💕🐞

Here’s the easy steps:

  • Paint toilet paper rolls white
  • Punch 2 holes in the top
  • Punch 6 holes in the bottom
  • Stick pipe cleaners through holes
  • Twist “antenes” I used a small screwdriver
  • Fill baggies with candy
  • Stuff baggy through rolls
  • Glue googly eyes on
  • Decorate we used heart stickers but you could use glitter or markers or all

Festive Gift Basket

I always love a good gift basket. I just feel they are more fun to get than a gift bag. They are fun to give, you can personalize them and give something that’s part handmade and part store bought.

For these I got plastic green bins from the dollar store, made hot cocoa ( I found mason jars with red lids 2 for $3 at Target) also I found these awesome free printables for the cocoa on pinterest http://www.moritzfineblogdesigns.com/easy-inexpensive-holiday-gift/,  made chocolate covered spoons, peppermint sticks, a bag of ghirardelli ( if you buy them in bulk at a ghirardelli store makes them way cheaper), a holiday movie favorite in this basket it was Elf, lastly this basket has a personalized cutting board I ordered off of living social, ohhh and a little Santa pic of the kiddos, since this was for the granparents (frame was from the dollar store).

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Christmas Cards $8

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and adorable Christmas cards

I always thought doing cards would cost so much, I would need to get our pictures taken professionally and printing would be another pretty penny. So I’ve always just opted out of doing cards.

I put the kiddies in their Christmas jams and put on antlers (from Target $1 each). Then popped the picture into Walmart’s holiday card and as easy as that they were ready in an hour, and only cost me $8 for 20 cards, including envelopes! WOW!

Our cards this year cost $8… and I couldn’t be more pleased with how they turned out!

Season of Giving

Here’s how we gave this holiday season…

I was wanting to donate blankets and warm clothes this winter to those in need. It was surprisingly not as easy as I had thought it would be to find the right place. Of course I googled and searched places in our town, but most results were for Goodwill / Salvation Army type places (don’t get me wrong those places do good, I just wanted to give directly to those who were in need).I called a couple homeless shelters to see what types of donations they were in need of. One place said mainly just men’s clothing and weren’t accepting woman’s. Another place just referred me to their resale store location… This was becoming frustrating! But I knew there had to be somewhere that would need them so I kept trying. Finally I found a shelter that said they need all the things I had to donate. They said they were giving out the blankets as soon as they received them with this colder weather. This was exactly what I had been searching for! I texted my friends and neighbors and a few days later we showed up at the shelter with 4 trunks full of donations. We all have kiddos from ages 1-6 they were all so excited to help out each bringing in arms full of blankets, pillows, and bags of clothes. It was a GREAT way to teach them about others who are less fortunate and that they can help. This was such a good experience I intend on making this a new holiday tradition!

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Creepy Mystery Bowls

Creepy Halloween Party Game

I made brains, zombie scabs, witch boogers, monster ears, vampire teeth, and eyeballs. Oh boy the kiddos had a blast, they loved feeling all the gross textures! As always this was a cheap and easy DIY.

  • Brains: cooked fettuccini pasta
  • Zombie scabs: frosted flakes
  • Witch boogers: raisins covered with hair gel
  • Monster ears: dried apricots
  • Vampire teeth: popcorn kernels and pumpkin seeds (in the shell)
  • Eyeballs: peeled grapes
  • Covered each both with construction paper, taped down the sides, cut an x in the middle so they can stick their hands in and feel what’s inside

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Haunted Stairway

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Spooky, Fun, Haunted Stairway

I set up this Haunted stairway for my Halloween party, it was a major hit! We had children ages 2 – 7 there so this was a very PG kind of scary. Here’s how I did it and on the cheap…

  • Bloody handprint sheets
    • old white sheets, “vampire blood” (from the dollar store), smear on handprints easy and fun to make
  • Moving ghost
    • white sheet tossed over tall rotating fan, cut out eyes and mouth with black construction paper
  • Spooky eyes
    • toilette paper rolls with eye holes cut out, bend glow stick insert in center
  • Extras:
    • spider webs, black light, spooky caution tape strung across, hanging glow in the dark bats, white balloons with ghost faces, inserted with small glow stick
  • Play eerie music (played YouTube spooky music, free!)
  • Creepy skeleton hand
    • attach plastic skeleton hand to end of broom stick and give the kiddies a poke

Voila… you have a haunted stairway cheap, fun, and easy!!