I Dream of Parties Blog

Life's little celebrations.

Bzzzz….C’s 3rd Birthday June 26, 2013

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I made these simple bumble bee cookies for my friend’s youngest son who will be 3 years old this week. I didn’t find a bumble bee cookie cutter that I liked so I improvised and made these little yellow circles and then piped a simple bee on each cookie. In exchange for my friend’s generous donation to support me as I go “Over the Edge for Special Olympics” this summer I agreed to make her 2 dozen special occasion cookies. What a great opportunity to practice a new cookie idea and fundraise at the same time! Happy Birthday, Buddy!

 

Reporting for Duty! The Army Party June 24, 2013

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Last fall we went on vacation to the island of Oahu, Hawaii.  We like to stay at the Hilton Hawaiian Village because of the family friendly resort with kiddie pools and slides, private lagoon, on site penguins, and the fully equipped rooms.  Anyway, I digress…  The Hilton Hawaiian Village is a short walk to the main hub of Waikiki where most of the restaurants and shopping are located.  Every evening after a full day of fun and sun we would walk past the Army Museum where there were tanks and cannons from wars and battles from history.  My 4-year-old son, K, was interested in tanks prior to this vacation but being up close and personal to the tanks and the history around Pearl Harbor and Honolulu made him a complete military fan.  As we were on the cab ride back to the airport K looked at me and said “Mamma, I want an army party for my next birthday!”  And so it began, 6 months of army party planning.  Thank you to the Military Channel, the local Army Recruiting Center, and the Army Surplus Store in downtown Seattle for helping with my research process.

Theme – Army, army tanks, and all things camouflage

Decorations – black linens, camouflage twill fabric table runners and basket liners cut with pinking sheers for a rough jagged edge, wooden foot locker box, green cake plateaus made from Dollar Tree plates and candlestick holders, a few of my son’s army vehicles and army guys, and army recruiting posters and stickers.  The primary colors for this party were black, khaki and green, and a few pops of yellow and red.

Food and Beverage – I used Lady Yum Confections in Kirkland, Washington for most of my desserts including lemon and raspberry cake, chocolate “hand grenade” cake pops, camouflage cookies, salted caramel French macarons, and vanilla cupcakes.  For the rest of the snacks I served “Humvee tires” or mini chocolate donuts, “Rescue Ropes” licorice, “Orange blasters” orange cheese puffs, “MREs” or freeze dried fruit and popcorn.  My mom also got involved and was happy to help prepare some chocolate 5s and stars to coordinate with the theme.

Activity – When I first started the party planning process I had grand plans to create an obstacle course or “boot camp” but as I got closer to the party date I decided it would be less work and less cost to simply hire a professional to keep the kids active.  I worked with Jet’s Gymnastics in the Seattle area to provide on site gymnastics activities for the children.  Jet and team arrived about 1 hour prior to the party start time and set up mats, bars, beams, and all kinds of fun equipment for the children to run through as an obstacle course.  This activity was really a huge success.  The kids were able to get their sillies out in a fun and organized way.  Leave it to the professionals will be my new motto! Thanks Jet!

As an additional activity I set up the cut out tank with a few props like aviator glasses, hats, and a camouflage vest for the kids to get pictures as the entered the party.  The concept was a lot of fun and the kids had fun picking out props and posing for photos. Lesson learned: use a solid sheet or backdrop for the pictures to really work.  This was my first attempt at a photo booth and I’d love to do it again now that I have a better idea of what works.

Party Favors – Huge thanks to the Army Recruiting Center who happily provided my husband with stickers, pencils, lapel pins, flags, and more to really add to our goodie bags!  In addition to what the recruiters provided, I added Pop Rocks (which I learned the hard way are incredibly messy and can damage your carpets if eaten by the family dachshund), bubbles, binoculars, and a few other goodies.

I couldn’t have done this party without the patience and help of my husband, the woodworking handiwork of my dad, and my mom.  Last but not least I certainly couldn’t have put together such a fun party had it not been for my two biggest fans K&T.  I love you both to pieces and my hope is that when you’re all grown up you look back on your childhood and say “We always had the best birthday parties!” XOXO, Mom

 

Over the Rainbow June 19, 2013

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My friend Melissa asked me if I’d be up for making cookies for her daughter G’s 5th birthday.  She told me G is very big on rainbows right now.  I found a simple rainbow cookie cutter online and looked to Pinterest and my own rainbow loving almost 5 year old as well as one of the neighborhood girls to practice and fine tune my rainbow skills.  First attempt – oops I forgot green!  Second attempt – drats!  wrong color order.  Third attempt….we’ll, judge for yourself!  Although my blue color is possibly a bit more teal than blue, I like the way it blended with the green and purple so I went with it.  I wrapped each of the cookies in a cellophane bag and tied with basic curling ribbon and tied a 5 on each bag.  These cookies are ready for G’s big 5th birthday!

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June 5, 2013

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flower pot

Flower Pot Ice Cream Cakes.  Trust me, these will be cute when they’re finished.  A few weeks ago my daughters and I saw this idea on The Pioneer Woman so I decided I had to give it a try.  I must say they turned out pretty cute and they were very easy.  No baking necessary.  I’ll trim the straw and add either paper flowers or real flowers on Saturday right before the party. Below is a link to The Pioneer Woman blog with complete instructions. Enjoy!

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/03/a-blast-from-the-past/

 

Congratulations PCMS 8th Graders June 2, 2013

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Graduation cap cookies to celebrate the 8th grade class at PCMS.  Best of luck as you go on to Issaquah High School next year!

pcms graduation

 

Summer Fresh

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As a fundraising idea I offered up 2 dozen cookies to the first 3 moms in my neighborhood who donated $50 to Special Olympics of Washington.  This is the first of a few cookies in exchange for donations that I will be doing over the next few weeks.  For this request, I was asked to bake “something summery” for an end of baseball season celebration.  I get excited about all of the fresh fruit available in the summer so I immediately thought of Rainier cherries, fresh strawberries, and watermelon – yum!  These cookies have a few more calories than a piece of fruit but a little sugar once in a while won’t hurt.

summer fresh