Thursday, 30 April 2015

A Super Avenger's Sixth Birthday Party

As April draws to a close I'm reflecting once again on how busy this time of year is for us. Two birthdays - 6 days apart, two birthday parties, Easter and school holidays sure keep me on my toes.

I'm also marvelling at the fact that I have finished blogging about both parties before the end of the month. Hamish's Ninja Party last year got blogged about in July!

This year he chose an Avengers theme because, well, superheroes! We altered it slightly to include all superheroes and incorporate a bit of old school comic book style animation. (Totally ripped off inspired all these amazing ideas from Tamsyn at Pink Milk and Ponies.)
Hamish wanted to have his party at the Leanyer Water Park, which is an awesome place for kids to cool off and - amazingly - free to enter. We all wore our superhero costumes but they didn't last long when there was fun to be had.
Unfortunately, they are running restricted hours on the children's water play area and the water switched off just as the party started! But most of the kids were tall enough for the big water slides and everyone jumped in the pool to chill out too.
Not including riding the water slides with his friends, Hamish's favourite thing without doubt? Hulk Punch!

After the extreme heat of Liam's party we decided to take as much water as we could too!
I kept the food simple but fun and themed, of course!

I love the Pop! tags on these mini popcorn boxes...
Hawkeye arrows for a bit of healthy to balance all the sugar...

Thor Hammers...
and Iron Man Hot Dogs.
The mini hot dogs were a big hit!
I think this guy ate most of them...
I tried to get a nice pic of the birthday boy but in all of them he's filling his face and having fun with his mates!
After slides, swimming, slides, kicking a ball and a few more slides we hit the dessert table.
I'm on a roll with cookies and love how these Spiderman ones turned out.
Hamish and I found this idea for a fruit shield on Pinterest and just had to make it - Captain America is his favourite! The kids demolished this...
Cupcake toppers really are the simplest way to make easy cupcakes part of your theme.
The kids all loved these Hulk Pops - marshmallows coated in green chocolate with choc sprinkles for hair - so easy!
And the cake! Our friend, Julie, did another superb job for us. Love, love, love! I've never seen Hamish smile as big as he did when he saw this...
The glorious cool breeze made lighting the candles impossible, but Hamish was a good sport and pretended to blow them out.
Oh, how I love photos of kids crowding around birthday cakes!
Happy Birthday to my sweet Avenger! Thanks for being my Superhero! (Yep, he's still eating!)
Another Pinterest find, Hamish was keen for each friend to have their own personalised take home bag. He chose a specific superhero for each friend. We made Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Batman, Green Lantern and Spiderman for the boys...
And Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Black Widow and Supergirl for the girls. 
I filled them with a few sweets, a chocolate pop, bubbles and a balloon with a superhero figurine for the boys and some superhero hair bands for the girls...
My very talented friend, Cerrie, is the creative force behind Ruffle Hair Creativity. She made these incredibly cute hair bands for the party and I'm really wishing I'd got some made for me! So cute! Now, tell me, who's your favourite Superhero?

Mine? Wonder Woman. I even have the costume!

Friday, 24 April 2015

A Ninth Birthday Soccer Party

My boys are currently obsessed with soccer. 

They play it everyday - after school and on the weekends. They watch it on TV when we record a game that 'their' team is playing in. For their birthdays they asked for new goals for the backyard and a jersey of their favourite player/s so they look the part!  

And when it came to choosing a theme for this year's birthday party, Liam's choice was easily made.
This was a really fun party to put together and effortless to execute, because... kids + a ball = hours of entertainment

I found lots of great ideas on Pinterest and the inspiration for the whole party were these invitations from Simone Made It which came in an amazing customisable, printable pack with heaps of inclusions at a very reasonable price.

Each guest was given a ticket invite and VIP pass lanyard. I had the tickets printed at Officeworks on a thicker card and they turned out so beautifully. Nearly everything else I printed at home as I customised each item. 

The envelope label printables were included in the pack and I lined the green envelopes I bought with some soccer themed scrapbook paper I found at Spotlight.
I kept the colour scheme for the party really simple to match the invitations- black and white with a hint of green.

We headed to our favourite park and the fun began! Soccer...
More soccer...
Love this bloke...
Can't believe my cheeky little love is 9! Honestly, mamas - don't blink!
We had some half time snacks - fruit, potato chips, and a simple guacamole dip with corn chips (and vegetable sticks - not pictured because I forgot about them until half way through the party!) which we made a little bit special with some sour cream piping and a couple of waffle chip 'goals'.
My boys were very excited to get energy drinks...
...but they sure needed them in the awful, awful heat. And we spent the morning really worried it would pour with rain!
Then there was more soccer...

In spite of the heat, everyone was in high spirits.

Then we fired up the barbeque for a Build your own burger bar. I made simple beef patties and had lettuce, tomato, cheese, onion, pickle and a variety of sauces available. (By the way - this sauce. Best ever!)
Our exhausted players came in for some food and a much needed rest...

The dessert table looked so pretty and was very difficult to resist! The poster, banner, cupcake toppers and thank you tags were all part of the printable pack.
I was excited the cookies turned out so well. In that they actually looked like soccer balls!
And I love these Paper Eskimo stripey baking cups...
We also had some chocolate pearls and Oreos and - can we talk about that cake?!
When Liam picked this one I knew it was beyond my cake decorating abilities and luckily our friend Julie at Sugar Storm Cakes makes the most amazing, delicious cakes! That Barcelona FC logo is completely edible!

Have I mentioned how hard it is to comprehend that he is 9 already?!?

May all your wishes come true, Baby Bear.
Our little tag home bags were trophies (plastic goblets I sprayed gold) filled with sweets that looked like soccer players and balls.
I'm sure no one noticed but each bag had two different coloured jelly babies or chico babies as teams and a single other colour for the referee! 

Hubby thought I was nuts! Though, for me that wasn't the point where I realised I was insane. That was when I was ironing the tablecloths to take them to the park!

Insane or not, I love birthday parties! And I think all the ideas here could be easily transferred to rugby, afl or basketballs too, don't you?

Are your kids obsessed with a sport?