For every kid who wants to be an engineer, architect, builder, construction manager, etc. when he/she grows up, here are some of the coolest ideas for a construction themed party.
My little girl (uhm…the one I’m sponsoring…) recently turned 12 (not so little anymore, I know), so we celebrated her special day with a pink cowgirl themed party.
I would have loved a few good looking succulents to decorate with, but summers in Victoria are not that good to even the poor succulents (unless you take them indoors perhaps), so we contented ourselves with a few cutouts of cactus pictures in the background, plus loads of pink gingham and paisley prints, of course!
Here was our menu for the party:
The decorations were a combination of rustic and girly, but we made sure there was a good amount of gingham and paisley buntings and pink balloons to make the atmosphere quite festive. Rustic touches included wooden furniture, a few tin buckets, burlap bags with chocolate gold coins, shredded cream/yellowish paper as hay (a good substitute in case you’ve got guests who are allergic to real hay), wicker baskets to hold items such as cutlery, serviettes, or munchies.
The man in the house turned a year older recently, and of course, he just had to have a creative celebration. Hip! Hip! Hooray!
Last year, I designed a Naruto themed dinner party for him. Somehow, I thought it would be challenging to top that, since he’s a huge fan of Naruto and nothing else. I had asked him how he wanted his birthday celebration to be, but he decided to leave everything to me. What to do? What to do?
Oh well, if you don’t want it your way, then let’s have it my way. (Yay!) Thankfully, I do love a bunch of action/adventure stuff, and because the Lord of The Rings books and films are right at the top of the list (or somewhere there), then that’s what it shall be. (It would have been fun to dress up as Arwen…but with busy weeks/days leading to the celebration, I couldn’t do that).
And so, weeks before, the planning started. There was no question about having a banner similar to Bilbo’s in the first LOTR film – we just have to have that! But because of limited space and cold climate, we couldn’t have a big outdoor evening party with all the dancing, eating and fireworks. Besides, Gandalf was probably too busy playing chess at the park with Charles Xavier.
I suppose it’s time to let the pictures do much of the talking, eh? So, let’s bring them in…
This DIY project was probably my favourite – printable signs that look like wooden arrows! After seeing a few wooden arrows on Etsy bearing names of beloved fictional places, I thought, why not design a printable version for those on smaller budgets or those who aren’t confident enough with their carpentry skills to pull it off? These printable ‘wooden’ arrows are so easy to cut and assemble and perfect as temporary/short-term decors… which is just the case with parties. Even hubby, who’s an amazing artist himself, was quite impressed with these arrow signs ‘coz “they looked much like real wood”, he said.
Moving on, we’ve got the buffet table:
I tried to imagine what sort of food containers they would use in the hobbits’ Shire – rustic baskets, wooden boards/bowls/plates, maybe some ceramic containers too. Then, to keep in with the rustic character, neutral and earth colours should be in abundance. I just had to add a leafy/flowery vine at the back, because we’ve seen how lovely the fields and the gardens are at The Shire in the LOTR films.
The menu for the evening composed of:
And finally, to keep the guests out of the nearby kitchen, this has to be:
If you are planning to hold a Middle Earth themed party, here are some other awesome ideas you might want to include:
When Carina turned 1, we just had to celebrate by throwing a small Sound of Music themed party because, who doesn’t love the Sound of Music?
Remember the scene where Fraulein Maria wondered what to do with the fact that the Von Trapp children didn’t have play clothes…until she saw the green damask drapes in her bedroom and recalled that they were going to get new drapes for her bedroom windows. What happened then to the old drapes that were still in good condition? They were magically and overnight turned by Maria into 7 play clothes for the kids!
And what do you think happened to the off cuts of the drapes? Well, I turned them into decors for the Sound of Music themed party, of course!
For the food, I wanted it to have a very Sound of Music feel, so I listed the foods that were mentioned in the film, plus made up some.
Do you remember the “Tea! A drink with jam and bread” line in Do-Re-Mi?
Of course, My Favourite Things told us of
“Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels,
Doorbells and sleigh bells,
And schnitzel with noodles ,”
Then there were the other foods we made up.
And we just had to have berries because of that scene…
“Friedrich told you, Father. We were berry picking.”
“I forgot! You were berry picking.”
“Yes, we love berry picking.”
“We picked thousands.”
Get the Sound of Music themed printable party decors via these links:
Here are other ideas to help you plan your Sound of Music themed party:
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A few days to go and the new SpongeBob Squarepants movie will be out in the cinemas! Hurray!
Speaking of SpongeBob (which is one of my nephews’ most favorite shows), I’d like to share one of my nephews’ birthday celebration last year. Because they were so into SpongeBob at that time, I suggested a SpongeBob themed celebration. Boy, we were so excited to try to create a Krabby Patty!
The white net (it’s really a net for protecting fruit trees from birds) added that under-the-sea/beach effect to the presentation.
In the weeks prior to the birthday, I did some research as to the names of foods that were served at one time or another in Krusty Krabb – the ever famous restaurant where SpongeBob works. Then I had to get my imagination to work and come up as to what can play as what kind of food. Here’s what I had come up with so far….
And finally….Krabby Patties!!! (with fresh greens from the backyard garden)
…and some more!
I had stuck a piece of paper on the door at the last minute. Here’s that piece of paper, as captured by my phone’s camera:
Well, yup, the little kiddos loved the theme and the celebration. Wish I could recreate this in celebration of the new SpongeBob movie. 🙂
Silly, crazy little me…but I still needed a recipe just to make this plate of Tempura. It was super yum when it was a few minutes fresh from the frying pan.
Australian version of Naruto’s frog – Freddo chocolates! Why not?