Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Angry Birds Birthday Party

Lucky you! My sister, Leslie, is back again today with another guest post. This time an Angry Birds birthday party.  Here's Leslie:

When it comes to birthday parties, (or any kind of party, really)... I get a little excited!

My son's birthdays are all within two weeks of each other in April and May, so pretty much as soon as Christmas is over I start planning.  (OK, not really that early, but I do get things going in my head quite early).  Today I want to share with you some ideas we used last May for a joint party for my 8-year-old and 5-year-old.  We chose an Angry Birds theme since they (and their Dad) love this game. 

Five months ago, there wasn't much out there you could buy around this theme.  Now, I see toys, games, and clothing all over the place.  (Have you seen this costume idea?  It's probably a good thing I didn't see this until recently. So fun.)  We had to come up with most of the party decorations, favors, and games, ourselves, but that was all part of the fun.

I had drawn out a pattern for each bird on colored card stock that I was just starting to cut out when I found this free printable, so I used it instead.  It looked better than what I was free handing anyway. 

I also used the pattern for the treat bags. (Thank you creative people for putting patterns online!)

Treat bags and invitation.

I free handed the outline and used the face from the printable again.  The party details were on the back (image above).

You might have seen these cupcakes from the Crafty Chicks website.  They were so fun to make and the kids loved them.  We also had bags of popcorn and lemonade for the kids to enjoy.

This was the funnest part of the party.  We stacked lots of cardboard boxes in different formations with a few pesty pigs (green balloons with faces) hiding in between.  Then the kids took turns hurling balls (with bird faces) at the pigs. 

I was amazed at how long this kept them entertained. Build a tower, knock it down. Repeat. Repeat.

Party Favors:
I filled the treat bags with some Easter grass (is that what it is called?), eggs filled with candy,

and these fun key chains. 

I made them using a similar technique as described here (I use Glossy Accents rather than Diamond Glaze). Also, rather than use scrabble tiles, I wanted something bigger, so my brother cut these wood squares for me, which measured about 1 1/2" x 1 1/2".    I found the graphics online and put a character on both sides.  Then I screwed in the key chain parts that I purchased from JoAnns.  (If you want more details on how to make them, just leave a comment or email).

Where to begin?  First, we made these figurines from polymer clay and used Jenga blocks for their battleground.  In this picture I used sticky-tac to set things up for a picture.

The boys were really excited about these and helped me create each character and make sure they looked like the real thing. 

Next up were these shirts that my sister, Kimberly helped me make.  The boys opened them the morning of the party.

 I used felt for the birds and sewed them on the shirt (thankfully all the shapes are pretty much basic circles, triangles, etc.).  Kimberly cut the words on freezer paper using her Cricut and then I painted them.  (Cheri at I Am Momma Hear Me Roar explains this really well here). 

The last gift I made for the boys were these little guys:

They were made with much love, laughter, and a little frustration (when I sewed a face on the wrong side, or make a head oblong with too much stuffing). My Mom is awesome at this kind of stuff. I had planned on just showing her the characters from the game and seeing what she could come up with, but we actually found this tutorial which helped immensely!  She and I stayed up until midnight every night working on these babies when I took the kids to Idaho to visit during our Spring Break.

Lining them up...Ready, Aim,


It was a fun party and the boys are still talking about it.  If you want better descriptions of anything mentioned above, just let me know.  Thanks!

Boy, do we wish we lived closer to Leslie as she throws one awesome birthday party! Thanks for sharing, Les!

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Unknown said...

LOVE IT! Angry Birds have definitely become the craze! Thanks for sharing!

NanAppetit said...

Ha ha! I couldn't stop smiling as I saw your balloons, cupcakes, and 2 boys that look like my 2 angry birds fans. Good job! (Especially those angry cupcakes!)

Candice said...

Amazing. My kids are so unfortunate not to be born into your family.

The jeans idea is genius by the way. I never thought of it.

Unknown said...

What a cute party idea! I love the cupcakes- awesome.

Kimberly T. said...

It's actually my sister's awesomeness, and yes, my kids get a little jealous that they don't have as cool of parties as their cousins. :) I just really wish we lived closer so we could combine parties - her boys and 4 of my kids all have birthdays at the same time.

Tara @ Tales of a Trophy Wife said...

What a fun party! I'm following-so just 38 more to go.

Leslie said...

Kim, I seem to remember some pretty cool parties you've thrown for your kiddos. You are right though, if we had all the APril/May birthdays together for one big bash...it could be pretty awesome!

Anne Maskell said...

What a fabulous party! The boys look like they enjoyed themselves immensely. I wish you were around to plan our parties!

Heather said...

What an awesome party! My boys would love this! I am pinning some of your ideas!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

What a great party idea! I'm pinning this because I KNOW one of my kids would love this theme when birthdays roll around again. I love the game idea!

Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder said...

My oldest would SO be into this party!

Redfly Classroom said...

Love your Angry Birds birthday Party!!! My kids love angry birds.....what kids doesn't? I am going to have to use this sometime soon.

I am one of your newest followers.

If you get a chance sometime, you'll have to stop by my blog.


Rhiannon said...

What an amazing party! You have two lucky boys! love all of it but especially the tees.

Katie said...

What a fun looking party, for awhile I was looking all over for Angry Bird party ideas but now my daughter thinks she wants a Pokemon party instead. What a change from the princess themes she's always wanted before!

Trisha said...

Looks lie a great party. Thanks for sharing!

Tina said...

I found this on Pinterest! I love it! My 6yr old loves Angry Birds, too. Thanks for sharing you ideas.

Anonymous said...

Can you please send me the directions for the angry bird keychains....so adorable. My soon to be 7 year old wants this theme for his party: trinam3001@yahoo.com


Snakeman said...

Great theme and I loved the cardboard boxes and how you used them. The theme for our kids party last weekend was a reptile party where a snake handler brought animals for the children to meet and greet.
All the best

2boyzmom said...

I would love more instructions on the keychains. I am also wondering if you have the printable?
I can be reached at bdhotovec@aol.com.

I am planning my soon to be 7 yr olds first bday party and want to make it extra special!

Thank you

Unknown said...

Very nice..
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