Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Fall Kid's Birthday Party

Note: Sorry for the formatting issues- I wrote this last night when blogger was having issues and it will not fix for some reason. :(

My daughter's birthday always falls right around Thanksgiving so trying to figure out when we are going to do a birthday party is often very tricky. She has never had a friend party- but her big brother did at 5, so we decided she should to and it would be best to do it before Thanksgiving- so I threw together a birthday party in three days!
The party's theme all started because of the cake. We kept seeing fall cake ideas- all of which seemed crazy and very time consuming. But then in a moment of inspiration- I created The Apple Basket Cake.

CakeI used three cake mixes- most of which went into the 12x12 cake pan. After the cake was fully cooled I cut skinny triangles from both bottom sides- they were about 1" at the bottom then came to a point to angle the square to make it more basket like. I used Wilton's brown food dye, making sure to put a crumb coat (or lots of frosting) on where I had cut the cake. I then just added a little extra brown dye making it darker and drew the lines and rims on the basket.
For the apple cupcakes I used NO TASTE red dye. You need a lot of red dye to make something truly red so you need the no taste red other wise it will have a bitter taste. I broke pretzel sticks into thirds approximately and stuck the pretzel into the top for the stems. The leaves are those crescent shaped gummies. I cut each gummy in half as otherwise it was too thick and also trimmed the ends to make them a little more leaf shaped. And of course there was the bonus worm.

Games
  • Q-tip Tree Painting- I drew the outline of a tree and gave the kids a plate with a bit of red, green, yellow, and orange paint and a q-tip. The kids were then supposed to dip their q-tips and just dab circle leaves on the tree. My son (who's tree is shown) did a little extra painting
  • Pin The Apple on the Tree- Like Pin the Tale on the donkey. I bought a large poster board sized board at the dollar store and drew and then painted a tree. I then cut apples out of construction paper.
  • Pine Cone Races- like an egg race just with pine-cones (acorns would have been even better) to go along with the fall theme
  • Pine Cone Relay- divided kids into two teams and gave a pile of pine cones that they had to get into the cup on the other side of the room by carrying it down on their spoon
  • Balloon Races- race with a balloon between the legs
  • Pinata- Not fall related but a party tradition here
Goodie- BagsWe searched the dollar bins at Target and the Dollar store to fill the goodie bags. I bought a piece of gold sparkly paper and printed some leaf shapes onto the paper.I cut roughly around the leaf shape and then glued (just used a glue stick) each leaf to a piece of ribbon. I then taped the ribbon to the back side of the goodie bag (lunch sack)

Decorations and Food<The great thing about having a fall party near the end of fall is all of the fall decor is 50% off. I bought the pompom and leaf garlands that we simply taped to the ceiling at Party City.

I cut the pumpkins out of construction paper and then folded them accordion style. I glued the green stem onto the back and the clipped each pumpkin onto a piece of yarn. I taped the yarn to the counter.

On the counter I had a garland of leaves from some of my fall decor and a bag of fake gourds and vegetables scattered on the counter. The fall plates I later filled with vegetables.We also served pizza and pop.
It was a great birthday party. All of the kids had fun and there were no tears involved...well except when the birthday girl realized her brother helped with the candles.
I am linking this post up at the following crafting blogs this week or next.
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27 comments:

  1. What a cute idea for a party. I love it.

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  2. Emmy that is so awesome!! I am so not crafty. I wish I could hire you to do my kids parties!

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  3. Ummmm, you put this party together in THREE days!??! Thanks for making the rest of us feel bad about ourselves now. ;o)

    Seriously, awesome party. I love the cake and decoration and game ideas! Wanna plan my daughter's 10th birthday for me?

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  4. Super cute!! I love it all.

    I just realized, you still haven't posted pics of your new house yet, have you?

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  5. Great fun and I LOVED seeing all the pics! That apple barrel cake rocked!

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  6. Wow you really did an amazing job! Way to go mom!

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  7. Pop? That's funny! Haven't heard someone call drinks Pop in a long time! Seriously lady! What an awesome party!! Everything was amazing!! 3 days! You are a miracle worker!! Love the cake deco!!

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  8. Love the idea of the cake - seriously I love it! And what an awesome party you put together in only three days!

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  9. Oh goodness, that is a gorgeous party! I love the cake, and you are so stinking creative, it makes me envious, and admire you, and a little bit jealous. All at the same time. Wow!

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  10. You are amazing!!!! That was so creative. She'll never forget it.

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  11. Love the apple basket cake!! So cute!~

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  12. Ok, since my birthday is Fall too, I'm totally tipping Champ off to this post... maybe he'll make me that cool apple basket cake for next year's birthday ;)

    HAppy Happy Birthday Alex!!!

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  13. What a lovely party! I love parties and I love decorating them. Thank you for sharing. Don't worry about the blogger issue. Same happened with my post that I published last night before I went to bed except I didn't notice it was messed up until 12 hours later when I finally had sometime to get on my computer. Now that I finally fixed it, it's like "great:" my followers alredy read it before I fixed it...lame

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  14. You're just way too cool for me! Wowy! I am feeling less than inspired over Ethan's coming-to-soon dinosaur birthday party. If I can pull off even half this cute, I'll be set!

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  15. So much fun...and the really cool thing is it was unique! And you pulled that off in what...three days??? You rock.

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  16. Seriously, can you help me plan Donut's party?

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  17. I love the cake--such a cute idea!!! I didn't even realize there was such a thing a no-taste food coloring! And I think I'll have to try the q-tip painting with my kids.

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  18. You did an awesome job on that cake!! And decorations too!!

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  19. Super cute, I'm sure she loved it!!

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  20. Looks like an amazing party - especially put together on short notice! Love the decorations and theme!

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  21. I'm in awe! We're having our first friend birthday party tomorrow and not only have I not made anything from scratch, we're having it at a museum so I don't have to clean the house. I love those loot bags!

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  22. I'm in awe! We're having our first friend birthday party tomorrow and not only have I not made anything from scratch, we're having it at a museum so I don't have to clean the house. I love those loot bags!

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  23. that cake was adorable. I wish I could bake. My maiden name is Crocker, so it's almost sinful that I can't bake. My foremothers are rolling in their graves.

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  24. Fantastic party - You went all out!
    The cake is Sooo dang cute. Love it love it love it!!

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  25. Such fun ideas here. I love that apple basket cake, way cool!

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  26. tooooooo cute! Love it! So next year when my step-daughter has a birthday again (since we missed this years by a day) will you throw her a birthday party please :)

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