Thursday, February 27, 2014

Train Boy Birthday Party Ideas: Games, Food, Favors and Shirt Idea.

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My third son turned 5 this year!!  He had a train birthday party last year but he requested another one again this year.  So this year I thought it would be fun to give him a big party, especially since it was the big 5 one!   For the majority of the supplies, I shopped at Oriental Trading Company.  They have soooo much stuff, I was so excited to see that they had some awesome train things.  They also have a bunch of fun colors, so it was so easy to plan the party. 
For the food table, I used some foil bread pans and turned them into a train.  It was super easy to do, all I had to do was put wheels on to them.  For the food I went with things that we my son's favorite foods.  His favorite chips, Jell-O, apples, pickles, pasta salad and more.  These all things that he just LOVES! 
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I fell in love with these awesome cupcake boxes with the train design.  I had the kids have cake and then set them home with a cupcake in the box.  Seriously love these!
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Here is the food train.  I always was trying to go with a food that looked like cargo of a train, like marshmallows that look like smoke.  And brownie bites, that is supposed to look like coal.
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I ordered some fun colored tableware and then wrapped the forks and spoons with a napkin and held it together with a vinyl train.
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I also put a vinyl train onto the cups.  The plates, napkins and cups were from Oriental Trading too.  The blue striped plates just reminded me of trains.
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And here's the cake.  Very simple but the kids sure enjoyed it!
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For the party favors, I used some white pails and filled it with stampers, train suckers and candy bars.
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Here is what was in the inside.
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Now for the games!!  The first game we did was pin the caboose on the train.
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The kids had fun doing it. 
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Then next game was toss the coal in the engine.  I just drew and painted a box, cut out a window and then make coal bean bags out of black felt.  I just glued them together with a glue gun and filled them with beans.
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The kids LOVED this game!  There was one little boy that kept on playing, even after we were done. 
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We also playing "hot coal".  Just like hot potato but with the coal bean bag.  They passed the coal around until the music stopped. When the music stops, the one holding the coal is out.
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And last of all, we painted these awesome ceramic train banks.  The kids really enjoyed this.  I was a little nervous about having them paint, but it turned out really good. 
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I just let them paint how ever they wanted.  I put the paint onto a plate and let them be creative.  They turned out really cute!
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And last of all, here is the birthday train shirt I made my 5 year old!  I just cut out a big 5 with my Silhouette, ironed it on and then sewed it.  I did the same thing with the train.  And then I used some fabric paint and drew on tracks onto the number 5. 
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I had fun creating his birthday invitations too!  I made up a generic one that you can print out and use if you would like to too!  Get the printable here

His party turned out to be a big hit!  Everyone had a great time.  If you have a birthday or a party coming up soon, make sure you check out Oriental Trading Company for supplies.  They have so much that I bet you can find what you are looking for!
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Easy MineCraft Creeper Boys Underwear and Shirt Tutorial

My boys are obsessed with all things MineCraft.  They just love it.  My oldest especially likes it right now and has requested a MineCraft birthday party (so I'm sure this will not be the last MineCraft post you will see from me...).  Well for Christmas this year I made him some a creeper shirt and underwear.  Yes underwear.  Why underwear?
Here's why.  Here is his list for Santa.  What kid wants underwear and socks for Christmas?  Mine :).  Sadly he did not get an iPhone or diamond ring...
I looked online and didn't see any MineCraft underwear, so I made him some.  It was really easy to do too.  Using my Silhouette studio, I bought a grid image and then deleted the squares where the eyes and mouth are.  Then I cut it out.  Instead of peeling off the outside of the vinyl, I took out the squares making a stencil for the paint.
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Using transfer paper, I put the vinyl onto the fabric.
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I then used some fabric paint and painted the squares.
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Here it is all painted.
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I took off the vinyl and then let it dry.  After about 24 hours I ironed the paint to set it in. 
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Since he really can't show off his underwear, I made him a shirt too using the same technique.  I really like how the green paint looks on the black. 
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I was planning on making a Steve using the same technique.  Maybe I'll do it for his birthday.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Today is my 30th birthday!  So to celebrate, I thought it would be fun to have a little giveaway.  I'm helping Steph from Crafting in the Rain kick off her husband's new Etsy shop with a giveaway.  
He makes wood pens out of all kinds of wood--like walnut and olive, with a variety of metals so there's something for everyone!  Steph even added her own contribution to the shop by painting some with fun colors. We're giving away TWO pens, so there will be TWO winners! 
  • Koa wood pen (choice of metal finishes)
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  • Paint dipped maple pen (choice of color)
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I'd sure love for one of my readers to win, so use the Rafflecopter form below to enter (see terms for giveaway conditions and end time.) Huge thanks to all these blogs for hosting, and good luck!

You can get a 10% discount with the code GIVEAWAY.

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