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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Lego Birthday Party!! Pic Overload on: May 22, 2012 11:26:43 PM
For my son's 5th birthday, I used a Lego theme and then went on Pinterest and used a bunch of the ideas I found there.  I made just about everything for this party and was very happy with the results.  There were a few ideas that didn't work out or I didn't have time to do, but I did most of the things I found.  I used four colors for everything, red, yellow, green and blue (the colors that Legos primarily come in).

This was what you saw when you entered the house.  I made the sign, the favor bags and most of the favors, and the cake.  The balloons I bought at Party City.

This was the cake I made.  I have a separate post about it here:

This is a close-up of the Happy Birthday sign.  I found the Lego font for free online.  It's called Legothick.  I forget where I downloaded it.  I printed the letters on white paper, cut them out, and hot-glued them to scrapbook paper I found in the dollar section of Target.  It looks similar to this one: http://showerofroses.blogspot.com/2011/02/lego-themed-birthday-party.html

Red and yellow favor bags.  I took apart one bag and cut circles from it to use as the Lego pegs on the rest of the bags.  I hot-glued them on with a big gob of glue so they would stand up a little.  Idea from here: http://soakitallin.blogspot.com/2011/01/ethans-6th-birthday-lego-party.html

Green and blue bags.

All the stuff that was in the favor bags: Candy Blox candy, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, stickers, Play-Doh, and gummi Legos.

Candy Blox candy I found at the candy store in the mall.  They stack like real Legos.  I put them in a snack size bag and made a label using blue printer paper.  I used the Lego font and printed out the words on regular white paper.  The stickers are from my son's Minifigure Lego sticker book.

Bubbles that I drew Legos on with a black Sharpie.  Idea from here: http://karascreativeplace.blogspot.com/2012/03/lego-brick-bubbles-and-lego-party-bags.html

Sidewalk chalk that I made using plaster of paris, tempera paint, and water.  This was actually one of the most time consuming things I did.  I first tried making the chalk in the silicon Lego molds that you can buy, but the pegs were too small and the chalk liquid wouldn't go in the holes, or they would break off when I tried to take them out.  So after trying a few times with that, I bought another mold, a clear hard plastic mold.  This one worked much better, but it still took a while to make 12 Lego chalks in 4 colors.  Smiley  I've been wanting to make homemade sidewalk chalk since my daughter's birthday last year, which had a fairy/star theme similar to this: http://christyrobbins.blogspot.com/2010/06/homemade-chalkin-time-for-4th.html

Play-Doh Legos I made from the same mold as the chalk.  I got a great deal on big boxes of Play-Doh at Target around Easter, so I wanted to use it in goody bags for my kids' birthdays.  Idea from here: http://rootsandwingsco.blogspot.com/2010/02/kool-aid-playdough-legos.html

Gummi Legos I made using the silicon molds.  These turned out better than I thought they would.  I followed the instructions here: http://www.skiptomylou.org/2010/01/06/homemade-gummi-candy/

Dining room where we ate pizza and cake.  I spray painted bubble wrap green to use as the table runner.  Idea from here: http://taylormadebaking.blogspot.com/2010/09/lachlans-7th-birthday-party-part-2.html
Other sweet snacks were sugar cookies with dots of icing to look like Legos, candy melt Legos and minifigs made from the silicon molds, and extra gummi Legos.  I got square red plates and square blue napkins at Dollar Tree.

Kitchen table with salty snacks, and fruit and veggies.  We put the dips in four little M&M bowls we had in the four party colors. 

Fruit skewers my sister made in the four party colors.  You can also see my fill-a-bowl with candy in the four colors. 

Watermelon Lego bricks that my sister made.  I got the idea from here: http://blogs.babble.com/family-kitchen/2011/07/08/watermelon-legos-on-a-stick/

Juice boxes that I made look like Lego bricks.
I used the free printable from here for the box cover: http://deliacreates.blogspot.com/2011/01/lego-juice-box-bricks.html
I used the free printable from here for the straw Lego faces: http://aussiepumpkinpatch.com/uploads/pdf/LegoParty.pdf

Lego head pinata my sister made.  Idea from here: http://craftypartyideas.blogspot.com/2009/11/lego-birthday-party.html

Lego photo board my mom made.  We're a crafty family.  Smiley
Idea from here: http://www.bigdandme.com/2011/05/lego-mini-figure-party-boards/

I made this shirt for my son using freezer paper stencils.  It was time consuming to cut out the Lego man with an exacto knife, but it turned out exactly like I wanted it too.  This was my first freezer paper stenciling, and I will definitely do it again.
I used the Lego man picture from here: http://www.4shared.com/photo/68fok37J/Lego_man.html

You can see the shirt I made for my daughter to wear at her brother's party in this pic.
Idea from here: http://searchingoutsimple.blogspot.com/2011/07/celebrating-seven-with-legos-and-water.html

The invitation I sent out.  I just edited a picture of my son outside of Legoland using Picasa and stickers on Picnik.  Since I made it, Google kind of got rid of Picnik though, so I wouldn't know how to make this again now.  Smiley

I also made these cookies for his school snack earlier in the week.  Sugar cookies frosted with buttercream with a candy melt Lego man on top.

Finally, a family picture in the bounce house.  I kind of lived and breathed Legos for a few weeks, but it was totally worth it.
2  COOKING / Dessert / Lego 5 Cake on: May 22, 2012 12:31:53 AM
For my son's 5th birthday, I made a cake in the shape of a 5 that looked like it was made of Legos.  I basically copied the cake made here: http://crackersart.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/harveys-5th-birthday-lego-inspired.html

I made the 5 using 2 cake mixes, with cake in two round pans and two square pans.  I cut and shaped the cake to look like a 5. The cakes were iced with buttercream and covered in fondant.  I was planning to make the entire 5 royal blue, but my blue fondant was dry and cracking some so I just used sections of it on the sides.  I used white fondant for the top.   The Lego brick details were made with a mixture of fondant and gumpaste.  The other Legos were all my son's birthday presents.  Smiley

This is a close-up of the forklift with the Lego details.  I made three molds from actual Legos using Amazing Mold Putty, which I found out about from this website: http://www.crafttestdummies.com/craft-projects-2/how-to-lego-molds-and-candies/

Bulldozer rolling out fondant. 

Wheelbarrow guy.

Dump truck.

Top view.

Side view.

Side view 2.

Side view 3.

Side view 4.

Half of the cake was a vanilla cake mix colored red, yellow, green, and blue (the colors I used throughout the party).  I tried to have layers, but didn't realize that you had to bake the colors separately so they would stay layered.  It ended up being kind of a swirl instead.  The other half of the cake was root beer flavored.  I used a vanilla cake mix and added root beer instead of water and added a teaspoon of root beer flavoring.  With frosting and ice cream, it was root beer float goodness. 

My son with his cake!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Disney/Pixar Cars Party on: May 23, 2011 11:03:03 PM
My son had a Disney/Pixar Cars theme for his 4th birthday.  I spent about a week making things for this party.  One day I used my glue gun, my sewing machine, and my mixer!  Yay craftiness!

My son with his cake.  He is wearing the shirt I appliqued with a number 4 on it using Cars fabric.  Separate cake post here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=381158.0

Cake and favor display.  I got all the Cars partyware on clearance at Target.

Close-ups of the favors.  I made cars out of candy. (Dots, Rolos, and Hershey bars to be specific.)  I glued them together with a glue gun.  The traffic cones are made out of scrapbook paper.  I used this template: http://family.go.com/disney/pkg-disney-crafts/craft-952433-sallys-thanksgiving-coneucopias-t/  I glued them together with a glue gun and blew mine up to 150% to fit some more stuff in them.  I put a ball, some stickers, markers, and a little frisbee inside.  The sand mold wouldn't fit.  I got all the favors at the dollar store.  They have tons of Cars themed toys. 

One of the tables with a highway table cover.  I just bought a black plastic table cover at the dollar store and put some lines on it using yellow crepe paper.  I got the traffic cones at Target for $2.50 for 5 of them.


Some of the party food.  We also had hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, awesome spinach dip and pita bread chips, potato salad, and drinks.

Close-up of the fruit cars.  Apple slices with grapes on toothpicks for wheels. 

Traffic light cookies.  I used this recipe: http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/lovin-from-the-oven-685398/  I used green apple Jolly Ranchers, butterscotch, and cinnamon hard candies to make the lights.

The pinata I bought at Party City.  This was our first experience using a string pinata.  We all thought it worked better than the regular kind, plus no dangerous bat swinging.  Smiley

His grandparents rented a bounce house for his party.  All the kids loved it.

I had so much fun making things for this party!

4  COOKING / Dessert / Radiator Springs Birthday Cake!!! (Pics Galore) on: May 23, 2011 08:43:45 PM
I made a Disney/Pixar Cars cake of Radiator Springs for my son's 4th birthday.  I used four cake mixes and several different cake techniques.  My husband told me it's the best cake I've ever done.  I am still so in love with it.

The entire cake.  It is 3 9x13 cakes put side to side.  I used strawberry, butter pecan, and cinnamon flavors.  I frosted the entire thing with brown buttercream to look like dirt.  The shell border is red buttercream.

Tow Mater's Towing and Salvage yard.  I made the fence and sign with gumpaste.  The lettering is royal icing.  

Top view of Tow Mater's to see the other elements better.  The tires are made out of black fondant.  The barrel is gray fondant.  The rocks are chocolate rock candy.  The dirt is sugar sprinkles.  Tow Mater is obviously one of my son's many Cars toys.

The Cozy Cone Motel.  The cones are made out of rice krispie treats covered with orange fondant.  The grass is green buttercream piped with a grass tip.  The sign is made from gumpaste.

This sign is one of my favorite parts.  I am particularly proud because I cut it out freehand (with no template) and did all the lettering and drawing freehand too.  The white letters are done with royal icing.  The red letters and black car drawing are done with edible food markers.

The middle of the cake.  The highway is made of black fondant with yellow fondant stripes.  The Route 66 sign is made from gumpaste decorated with an edible food marker.  The stop sign is a royal icing decoration I bought in a package on clearance attached to the lollipop stick with gumpaste.

Luigi's Casa Della Tires.  The building was made out of two layers of lemon cake.  It was covered in beige fondant and the roof was done with a terra cotta colored buttercream.  The windows are light blue fondant with royal frosting lines.  The sign is made out of gumpaste decorated with food markers.  I think I was able to capture the style of the Luigi's sign pretty well too.  The leaning tower of tires was made out of fondant.  

Close-up of the leaning tower of tires.  The tires are attached together using royal frosting.  I put a skewer down the middle of the tower for added stability.  

Flo's V8 Cafe.  Flo's was made with rice krispie treats covered in fondant.  I used folded ribbons of fondant for the air filter effect.  The sign was made of gumpaste and the letters done with royal frosting.

The Ethan sign made in the style of the Cars logo.  It was gumpaste decorated with royal frosting.

This cake took me many, many hours, but I think it was worth it.  Smiley

ETA a link to the rest of the party: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=381168.0
5  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Teddy Bear Picnic in Cake! on: July 20, 2010 02:10:13 PM
The bear pans were not that hard to use actually.  I mixed one regular cake mix and one pound cake mix for the big bears.  I coated the pan with Wilton Cake Release.  The hardest part was getting the clips on to the pans to hold the two halves together.  I filled them pretty full; the batter will leak out of the top and edges some so you have to put the pan on top of a cookie sheet.  I also followed someone's suggestion online and did not use the heating core.  The person online said it was more trouble than it was worth.  I lowered the temperature to 350 degrees and baked a little longer.  I forget how long it ended up taking.  I kept checking them with a skewer to see when it was done in the middle.  Then I followed the directions about cooling the cakes.  For the mini bears and the tree stump, I used one cake mix, but lowered the amount of oil down to 2 tablespoons to make it a denser cake.  I am very happy with the results from the bear pans!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Birthday Shirts on: July 19, 2010 11:49:40 PM
I made birthday shirts for my kids' birthdays.  I just cut out their ages from a piece of fabric that fit their birthday party theme and attached them to the shirts with Heat 'N Bond.  Then I satin stitched around the edges.

Number 1 for my baby girl.  The fabric has pink teddy bears on it for her teddy bear picnic theme.

Here is my post about her cake.

Number 3 for my son.  The fabric is Mickey Mouse for the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme.

Here's his cake.
7  COOKING / Dessert / Teddy Bear Picnic in Cake! on: July 19, 2010 11:12:36 PM
For my daughter's first birthday party, I went with a teddy bear picnic theme.  I made four bears, two big and two little.  I used the Wilton Stand-up Cuddly Bear Pan for the big bears and the Wilton Mini Stand-up Bear Pan for the little bears.  I also made a tree stump table from a round cake pan.  Luckily, my mom helped me pipe some of the bear fur or I would have been up all night long.

The entire cake.  Everything is cake or icing.

The polar bear was made out of lemon cake and frosted with buttercream using the hair tip.

The tree stump table was also lemon cake.  I frosted the top smooth, piped the lines on top, and piped around the sides with a star tip and made it messy to kind of look like bark.  The bears' mini cupcakes on top were strawberry cake and frosted with pink buttercream with purple sugar sprinkles.

The Josie bear cake was lemon cake frosted with buttercream using the hair tip.  This was her smash cake.

The panda bear was strawberry cake with black and white buttercream frosted with the hair tip.

The brown bear was chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosted with the hair tip. 

The dessert spread.  My sister made the little teddy bear chocolates.

The birthday girl enjoying her cake!
8  COOKING / Dessert / Cupcakes on the Grill on: June 01, 2010 11:21:14 PM

I got the idea for most of these cupcakes from the June/July issue of Family Fun magazine.  We went to a friend's house on Memorial Day, so I brought these.

The pork chop on the grill.  The icing for all the cupcakes was buttercream colored black.  I added some cocoa powder to get it to look black instead of a deep purple.  After I iced the cupcake with buttercream, I added orange sugar sprinkles for embers.  Then I piped the grill on with a gray buttercream.  The pork chop was made from a Goetze's caramel cream shaped by hand.  The grill lines were added using black food coloring and a toothpick.

Kebabs on the grill.  The kebabs are made from lemon, lime, and cherry Dots cut diagonally and pieces of caramel creams pushed onto a toothpick.  The ones in the magazine were made using fruit slice candy.

Hot dogs on the grill.  The hot dogs were made from strawberry Mike & Ikes with grill lines drawn with black food coloring.  The magazine said to use Hot Tamales, but the store we went to didn't have any and we decided hot dogs were more pink than red anyway.

Hamburgers on the grill.  This one is not actually in the magazine.  I came up with the hamburgers myself.  The hamburgers are made from chopped Snickers formed by hand.  (This gets pretty messy, btw.)  Grill lines drawn with black food coloring. 

All 24 grill cupcakes.

Here's a link to the original directions: 

They used brownies instead of cupcakes and did not ice them. 
9  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Hot Dog! It's a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cake! PIC Juicy! on: May 17, 2010 08:13:41 AM
You can buy small boxes of the Wilton fondant in primary colors and black, but I colored the white because I knew I would use a lot.  It took a long time to make that much black.  Smiley
10  COOKING / Dessert / Hot Dog! It's a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cake! PIC Juicy! on: May 16, 2010 09:13:13 PM
For my son's third birthday, I decided to make him a 3D Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cake.  After researching on the internet (where else?) I thought I would try to make the pieces out of rice krispy treats and cover them with fondant.  This cake took me about a week, more, if you figure in the practice pieces I made the week before.  I made the rice krispy pieces on Tuesday, covered them in fondant on Wednesday, baked the cakes on Thursday, iced and decorated the cake and all finishing touches on Friday for the party on Saturday.  Also, I made my own rice krispy treats and frosting.  I used the Wilton fondant and cake mixes.  I didn't feel brave enough to try making my own fondant.

Front of the cake.  The cake was two 11"x13" cakes put together.  One was butter pecan, the other was cinnamon swirl.  It was frosted with buttercream.  The bunches of grass were made using the grass tip.  The stars are sprinkles.

Close-up of the head.  It is made out of rice krispy treats covered in black fondant.  Not as perfectly smooth as I would have liked, but pretty good.  The ears are stuck to the head with wooden dowels.  The head stays on top of the pants using a wooden dowel pushed through to the cake board.

The shoe door to the clubhouse, also made out of rice krispy treats covered in yellow fondant.  The details are also fondant except for the black windows and door knob which are made from black icing.

The pants of the clubhouse, made from chocolate cake using the Wilton sports ball pan.  It was iced with buttercream, then covered in red fondant.  The windows are fondant with black icing piped on.  The slide is made from rice krispy treats and covered in blue fondant.

The glove balloon was made from rice krispy treats, then covered in black and white fondant.  The red door is also fondant.  It is held onto the board with a wooden dowel.

Back side of the cake.

The shoe garage made from rice krispy treats and covered in yellow fondant with fondant details.

So-so dog house carved from a cupcake, then covered in blue fondant with a black fondant door.

Picnic table made from the top of a cupcake and covered in yellow fondant.  The blue cushions are also fondant.

View from the top.

The cake after putting the plastic characters on.  They are arranged where they stand in the intro theme to the show.  Minnie is behind the glove balloon.

Top view with characters.

My son with his cake!  He is wearing the shirt I appliqued with a "3" on it using Mickey Mouse fabric.
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