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« on: June 05, 2012 07:20:21 PM »

Lana had lots of fun ideas for her Bday parties this year.  She wanted a climbing party with a summer theme and a Harry Potter mini celebration at school the following day.  I love parties, but I do have one major complaint...Lana's Bday is very close to the end of the school year and that is the time of year when her school has lots of field trips making it extra hectic.  This year we had 3 days in a row of Bday parties (Sat, Sun, Mon).  All of which would have been ok, but I had a baby shower that I was in charge of the Thurs before and a pool party for her class the day after (Tues) so I'm pooped.  Anyhow this is part of what we did:

Her hula party was a small celebration with homemade cupcakes and Japanese water yo-yos for all the keiki!

For her summer theme party at the climbing center Lana decided that the kids should climb for a tee.  So 3 weeks ahead of time we made 25 tees for all friends and family.  The kids had fun climbing and while they had a pizza break the staff put the tees up high for them to find on their last climb.  (I wish I could show some pics of the kids enjoying themselves, but I don't want to put any kid's pictures out there without their parent's permission.)

Afterwards we munched on beach cupcakes to keep with the summer theme: beach mats-fruit roll ups, sand-graham cracker, water-blue frosting, inner tubes-lifesaver gummies, teddy-teddy grahams with piped on bathing suits, and umbrella-drink umbrellas.
These were loads of fun to make and eat! 

The next day we brought in treats for a mini HP party.  We had cauldron cakes (BC cupcakes with a chocolate Hershey's kiss and a homemade chocolate buttercream frosting), butterbeer (vanilla ice cream, butterscotch topping, and cream soda), and a few HP treats from Honeydukes: chocolate frogs, Bertie Bott's beans, and salt water taffy.  Smiley  I used some clipart from the web to make the labels. I only have pics of the butterbeer and treats...the cupcakes disappeared before I could snap a pic.  Sad

Anyhow it was a grueling 3 days of parties and I am soooo glad that they are over!  Phew.  Tonight I made 13 pairs of earrings, 2 sets of Lego cufflinks, and a stamped pendant for Lana's teachers.  I also crocheted a cute summer bag for her main teacher.  I can't wait to go to sleep tonight.  Tomorrow is her last day of school!!  Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2012 08:49:43 PM »

Those are the best party ideas! Climbing for a prize rocks and the cupcakes are absolutely fabulous. I am pinning them right now. Oh, and the Honeydukes candy? Amazing. So are the water yo-yos!
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2012 12:35:37 AM »

There is so much awesome in this post I hardly know where to begin!

1. It's awesome you made something for them to take home and use. I'm sure all the (keiki)kids really loved reaching the goal and getting their T-shirt.

2. Beach cakes and cupcakes are always a hit. I love the little fruit roll up/fruit by the foot beach towels the teddy grahams are sunbathing on.

3. Three celebrations! The amount of work put into your daughter's birthday is crazy! The HP stuff is super cute and am sure the kids loved eating everything.

I'm curious which island you're on? I'm from the mainland but live on Oahu right now and am always surprised at the amount of work that goes into the birthday parties here. My brother and my birthdays were always pretty low key (but still super special and fun). We got to invite some friends over and got to choose where we wanted to eat.

We both had a couple proper parties but nothing like this!

Běifāng yǒu jiārn, jush r dl. Y g qīng rn chng, zi g qīng rn gu. Nng b zhī qīng chng yǔ qīng gu. Jiārn nn zi d.
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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2012 06:21:54 AM »

omg Lana is gorgeous! how old is she now? (i just read the title!) one of these days i'll be looking on craftster and you'll be posting her prom dress pics, lol  Shocked oh and i have a handsome 10yr old nephew in Ca to keep in mind for her when they are older teehee!

i can't believe how much you get done, you're like a one-woman factory!  Kiss
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2012 03:05:18 PM »

Thanks Calabaza!!  None of these are my ideas...just put them together into a party.  Smiley  The kids loved climbing for their tees.  I think that was the highlight of the party.  Smiley  I am now inspired to learn more about making fun cupcakes.  Homemade is heartmade.  Smiley

Aloha Gr33nT3a!  I'm from Oahu too...but now living in MD.  Luckily I found a wonderful halau so that Lana has lots of local style aunties and uncles.  Smiley  This is the first time that I tried to make a super big celebration for Lana.  It was fun, but I am sooo thankful that it is over.

Hi CC!!  Aw, thanks!  Mmm, I'll definitely keep your nephew in mind.  It would be great being family with you!  Think of all the crafty mischief we'd get into.  Smiley

« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2012 10:50:37 PM »

i am planning to do this next for my son birthday as i had a penguin birthday for my daughter and there was a lot of work
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