DIY Superhero Smash or Hulk Smash for your Superhero Birthday Party

My son wanted a superhero themed party for his 3rd birthday so I got to work trying to think up some fun superhero activities. One of those activities was the Superhero Smash.  Some people have made them and called them Hulk Smash. Here are the instructions to create this fun activity for yourself!

Materials: 

  • Large flat box
  • Plastic Cups or Bowls
  • Tissue Paper
  • Ribbon or Rubber Bands
  • Wrapping paper
  • Prizes
  • Decorations

Instructions:

  1. Cut wholes in your box where you want your cups or bowls to go.  Draw a circle of your cup bottom in the spot then cut an X slightly larger over the X.  Push in the triangles and see how your cup fits in.  Do this again a few more times so that everyone attending can have a prize cup.
  2. Cover the box with your chosen wrapping paper and then cut the wholes again.
  3. Place the cups in all of the wholes to make sure everything fits properly.
  4. Decorate the box as you see fit.  I chose to cut out superhero’s and a title.
  5. Place the prizes in the cups.
  6. Cover the cups with a thin piece of tissue paper and secure with ribbon or rubber bands.
  7. Have fun at the party!
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5 Great Valentines Day Kids Craft Decorations

If you’re celebrating valentines day with some little ones this year.  Why not do some fun crafts to get them in the holiday spirit!  Here are a list of our favorite kid crafts that you can use to decorate for your celebration!

Valentines Day Sign Card from marthastewart.com

Valentines Day Sign Card from marthastewart.com

Create this card or large sign by making signs out of construction paper, doilies, and adhesive letters from any craft or office supply shop or Amazon. Photograph your child holding the signs, then tape the pictures to construction paper and fold the card accordion-style.

Paper Heart Wreath from thehybridchick.com

Paper Heart Wreath from thehybridchick.com

This adorable craft is made with printing photo paper but you can always use scrapbook paper or card stock to complete this adorable look.  You just need a little weight to the paper and then of course the ribbon to tie it off.  Check out instructions here at thehybridchick.com

Bonbon-Filled Hearts from marthastewart.com

Bonbon-Filled Hearts from marthastewart.com

These candy filled hearts are yummy and an adorable addition to decorate for valentines day.  All you need is some card stock, a pencil, a hole punch, some ribbon, and of course candy! For instructions please check out marthastewart.com.

Paper Mailbox from simplymodernmom.com

Paper Mailbox from simplymodernmom.com

Make and put out your very own Valentines Day mailbox for each family member to put their valentines in! Get the pattern and instructions at simplymodernmom.com.]

Flower Petal Lollypops from marthastewart.com

Flower Petal Lollypops from marthastewart.com

Put out a bowl of lolly pop flowers hand made by your kiddo’s to celebrate the holiday! Learn how to make this cute craft at marthastewart.com.

Why you need a Penny Pit at your next Fall Party for Kids

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What is a penny pit you ask?  Well it’s loads of fun with very little work!  All you need is some hay and some penny’s and hey if you really wanna go all out throw in some quarters for an extra special treat!

To make your pit you designate an area and throw down some hay.  Your area doesn’t need to be surrounded with hay you can really use anything to designate your space.  Stakes and strings, some fencing, just using a kiddy pool.  You can even use sand instead of hay if you need to.  After you’ve thrown downs some hay hide some pennies inside and let the kids make easy work of the pit finding the penny’s and keeping their finds!  It’s so easy and fun for the kids. You can usually find hay at any home goods store at this time of the year or a local farm.   Have fun and enjoy!

Beach Theme Birthday Personalized Pails

Personalized Beach Pails

If you are having a beach themed birthday party a great parting gifts for your smaller guests is a pail and shovel that they can take with them!  These personalized beach pails I made are a great take away! I bought a collection of pails from Target when they went on sale and filled them with fun kid items like: Go Go Squeeze Organic Apple Sauce, Bubbles, and Disposable Bibs that way the little ones stay clean at the party.  For older kids I took out the bib and added a pack of fruit snacks.

To personalize each pail I wrote and decorated each child’s name with beach theme items: Umbrella’s, Suns, Star Fish, Flip Flops, Beach Balls, Palm Trees, etc. To write there name on I used Sharpie Paint Markers and they came out great!!! Each one did take a bit of time considering how detailed I got but you don’t need to do that and you can always use regular Sharpies as well if you don’t want to get the paint markers.  Have fun everyone!

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Beach Theme Party Food Part 2: Beach Ball Cake, Beach Cupcakes, Beach Sand Pudding and Jello Dessert

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Hello again lovely readers.  Part two of my beach theme party food series is focusing on deserts.  For this party I made a beach ball cake, beach cup cakes, and a beach dessert which is blue jello and a pudding dessert.  Here’s how I did it!

Beach Ball Cake

First thing you need to make a ball shaped cake is a ball shaped pan of course! You can get one of Wilton’s Sport’s Ball Pans in most craft stores or on amazon. Use your favorite cake recipe or regular old store mix and follow the directions inside the pan box for baking. It will also instruct you on cutting the cake so you can put the layers together. For the frosting if you want to pipe it like I did I would suggest making your own it stays so much better than store bought frosting and tastes better too! If you want a good frosting recipe look below:

Frosting Ingredients

Beach Ball Cake and Beach Cupcakes

Beach Ball Cake and Beach Cupcakes

Serving Size: 3 Cups- I would probably make at least 3 batches for your cake and cupcakes.

  • 1⁄2cup vegetable shortening
  • 1⁄2cup softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon wilton clear vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk or water

Decorating Instructions

  • With a serrated knife, slice a small piece of cake off rounded side of one half so that, when assembled, cake will sit level.
  • Ice smooth or cover this trimmed area with tip 16 white stars. Place this half with trimmed side down on serving plate. Make a dam on top of this half by squeezing out a band of icing about 3/4 in. high around the edge. With spatula, spread icing, jam, pudding or other filling in center.
  • Mix your frosting with you desired food colors. Around a half a cup of frosting for each color.
  • Position top half to form ball. Lightly ice cake in thinned white icing. Mark Beach Ball pattern with toothpick.
  • Use tip 3, frosting bags, and white icing to outline panels of ball. If you’d like to have lines in between your colors
  • Use tip 16 and a colored frosting to fill in some panels with stars.
  • Continue with each panel until your ball is complete.
  • Frosting under the ball is difficult I’m not going to lie!

Beach Cup Cakes

For your cupcakes use another cake mix or your favorite cake recipe and make a batch of cupcakes.  For decorating your beach scenes you will need creativity and the following:

What ever you have left over you can use to make beach dessert or put out at a snack table in sand pails and let people take them home as a treat!

Beach Sand and Water Dessert

For this fun dessert I combined this sand pudding recipe and regular blue jello into a 9 x 13 in pan.  To do this you first need to make your blue jello packet I used a double batch recipe.  Before I poured it into my pan I placed a 9 x 8 in pan inside of my 9 x 13 in pan at one side so that I could create room for my sand. I also made my jello about 3 hrs before I started to make my sand so that it had enough time to set so I could remove the smaller pan and add my sand into the larger pan in it’s place.  While the jello was setting I added Swedish Fish to the mix so that they appeared to be swimming.  They didn’t hold up incredibly well and I don’t really think they were needed. After the Jello set I removed the smaller pan, cut away any jello around the edges and, I put my sand inside the dish.  And decorated with all of my yummy snacks that I used for the cupcakes above.  To see how to make the sand please read below.

Ingredients

Beach Dessert

Beach Dessert

  • 1(15 ounce) package vanilla wafers
  • 2 Oreo cookies
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1⁄4cup butter
  • 2⁄3cup powdered
  • 2(3 1/2 ounce) packages French vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 3⁄4cups milk
  • 12 ounces  Cool Whip
Directions

  1. Add Vanilla Wafers and 2 Oreos to your food processor and crush until they resemble sand.
  2. In a smaller bowl, cream together softened 8 ounce cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar.
  3. In another larger bowl, mix pudding with milk.
  4. Add pudding mixture to the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Fold in all of the Cool Whip.
  6. Layer into your pan or into a sand pail in this order: sand, pudding, sand, pudding, etc.
  7. Allow to chill in fridge at least 1 hour before serving.