Wednesday, July 22, 2009

To Oz Part 3...

This segment is all about games and decor...

I came up with 3 games for this little shindig!

The kid's favorite and by far the funniest was the scarecrow races. I had purchased 2 pair of jeans, 2 plaid shirts and 2 straw hats (all at garage sales for 10 cents and the hats came from the dollar tree). I used 2 Aldi bags turned inside out for the heads.

I had tied the pants ends and sleeves ends together and the neck hole and head together. The kids divided up into two teams (it worked out well for boys and girls, plus they always love that). After deciding teams the kids had to stuff, stuff, stuff the pants and shirt full! I was worried they'd be a bit timid about the straw but man they jumped right in.

It was a close race and the hilarious part was when they tried to run their completed scarecrows down the yard and scarecrow guts popped out everywhere. I wish I could have gotten the video camera to cooperate, it was hilarious!! They tied and I had to rustle up more prizes!

The little boy running in the last scarecrow race pic is my friend Sara's little boy Jack, I am going to have to crop this pic for her, because the look on his face is priceless, he loved the race!

With my handy dandy Cricut, I made Dorothy but the big problem was that she was missing a ruby slipper, I am convinced that the Wicked Witch stole it, crazy old Mrs. Gulch. thankfully we had a lot of helpers ready to "Pin the shoe on Dorothy"

I had to laugh at little Glydia (that's Lydia dressed as Glinda) wouldn't step away, she was fascinated and almost got a shoe stuck to her a time or two.

The third game was easy peasy, I found some clear high-heels at the Dollar Tree. I bought one pack and tried to paint them and since it worked I headed back for more. Wouldn't you know that they didnt have anymore. I went to ten Dollar trees around here as well as all over Indy with my mom. Finally I found 5 more packs. I painted them red and then they weren't ruby slipper enough, so I went back over them with red glitter glue. Each kid guessed how many were in the jar and the answer was 34, my mom actually won with 32, but I didnt give her the giant lollipop, I let Mr. second place Nicholas win, with a guess of 40. My fav guesses were 3 and 600.

Onto Decor...

Here is our door sign, inspired by the one on the door when the gang arrives at Oz.

We had to have the Field of Poppies represented, so I bought a bunch of fake poppy flowers at Dollar tree and snipped them apart and poked them in my flower bed. I had planted real flowers here but stupid bunnies and birds ate them. I was going to plant real poppies in May, but clearly I am not that good of a planner, they would have had to have been planted way back in October. Darn. These will do though!
I told my friends I feel like one of those old ladies that can't garden any longer so they toss fake plants outside. There is a lady here that does that, her hydrangeas look fab covered in snow and oh so believeable.

Each kid was invited to make their own munchkin flower pot hat, they picked their pot and flower and myself or my neice glued it on for them.

the day before the party my neice and Linds/Lyds blew up and tied these rainbow colored balloons to our fence. I thought we'd do a little Roy G Bv, but amazingly the balloon pack had indigo and we could whip out a full on Roy G Biv! Wahooo!

This really isnt decor, but it's cute and I forgot to put it on the food post. I took regular old bottled water and made them new rainbow colored labels.

They say "Land of Oz water" Guaranteed to melt the Wicked Witch in your Life and Quenches a Yellow Brick Road size thirst. Bottled in the fresh springs of Oz.

I had 5 tables, one was munchkin sized!

This one just has Glinda tuelle, a wicked witch hat and broom and tons of McD's munchkins, witches and flying monkeys.

Here is the scarecrow table, he had the most stuff becasue scarecrow stuff is easier to find. It is covered in a burlapy type fabric. I made the little laminated one on my cricut.

Here is tin man, with 2 spray painted funnels and speakers that played the entire movie soundtrack. Covered in silver fabric.

Dorothy had Bitty Baby, cricut Dorothy, extra ruby slippers, a toto in a basket. Covered in blue gingham!

Clearly I took this pic on an angle of sorts, oh well, you get the idea. Lots of lion stuff and furry fabric!

A repeat of decor... the yellow brick road and the house squishing the Wicked Witch of the East. Her legs are tissue paper wrapped hangers (bent) and white tights with electrical tape around them!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

To Oz and Back... part 2.

Goody bags... well regular old Goody bags wouldn't do for this party, so we had a Lollipop guild Shoppe. We had to "represent the Lollipop Guild" in style!

I had a lot of fun being creative for things for this shoppe and originally it all started with just thinking of having a bunch of different kinds of lollipops.

here is the sign I made using, my cricut and my new sesame st font.

Here are some darling little Dorothy inspired hair barrettes and a coloring book. It took a long time to figure out the pages and I was lucky becasue I found the pages online and saved them to photoshop for adjusting and wouldn't you know the site is no longer vaild. So I lucked out.

Here are some "There's No place like Home" chocolates, in the same of Kansas. And a pair of Dorothy shoes.

Good witches rock, so we had Glinda wands and patented traveling bubbles!

Everyone thought the Green witch fingers (white chocolate) were funny! They cracked me up! Rainbow Chocolates were Lindsay's favorite!

I found these WOO pins on Ebay, I ordered two sets so Lindsay could have a complete set, I let the kids pick one from the shoppe.

Lots of lollipops! Dum Dums, ring pops, swirly pops, tiny lollipops, tootsie pops.

The kids enjoying selecting their goodies.

A few overall shots of fun fun stuff!

In the big pink tub are giant sugar cookies made to look like "Ruby Slippers" they were awesome!

I was impressed by the fact that the kids (sans my pal Bella) were very selective! They really chose the things they thought they'd like the best! Next is decor and games...

To Oz and back....part 1

Part 1 is all about the costumes and food. One should always start with the food, that's the most important part of any party.
Funny thing is that I had so much stuff planned that I forgot I left these 2 platters in the freezer until towards the end and then I pawned a bunch of them off on my friend Sara :D

We have rainbow colored/munchkin size cake balls and chocolate Kansas (how do you make that plural, is it like deer/moose or fungus... maybe Kansai or Kansases or maybe it stays the same). We have have little yellow brick road cups (stuffed with a cake ball) and a ruby red slipper on top, also tiny chocolate ruby slippers becasue we all love shoes.

Here are some shots of the snack table. In the purple bin we have "Lions, Tigers, Bears Oh My" Trail mix (reese pieces, M&M, teddy grahams, dried cranberries, raisins, swirl chips, peanut butter chips and mixed nuts) We have also a container of "Taste the Rainbow" skittles and a cute set of bookends (now a napkin holder). Plus the rainbow plates from Big Lots.

Here we have chocolate covered pretzels made to look like "Diplomas of Thinkology", rainbow twizzlers, chocolate witch fingers, chocolate rainbows and "Somewhere over the Rainbow" Goldfish, plus grapes (something healthy to please the moms)

Melted Witch punch, her hat and broom survived the water Dorothy threw at her.

These were a labor of love, well the whole party was but these especially, they are tons and tons of ruby red slipper cookies. I have a friend who makes the best cookies ever and she shared her recipe and tips wth me and I came up with these.

Now to the most important food item. My mom made us this cake, isn't it darling. The characters are all represented and we used our collection of McD's characters.

It was hard to get a perfect shot, but you can definately get the idea. See the Wicked Witch of the East's legs, I love that part!

Now, if you haven't gotten sucked into the vortex of OZ by the pretty colors above, we'll move onto my darling (and I know you'll agree) daugthers in their super cute costumes.
Here is the guest of honor Lindsay "aka Dorothy". Her house just squished the Wicked Witch of the East and Lindsay stole her shoes! I'd like to send a special shout out to my Mother-in-law, the best costume making grandma around!
Here is Dorothy skipping down the yellow brick road.
Now here is my little munchkin, who was way too grown-up to be a munchkin, so we settled on Glinda. The skirt came for a garage sale for a dollar, we hacked it apart and sewed it to a leotard that we got for 49cents and viola` we have Glinda. Plus the fabulous hat I created for her and blogged about a while ago!

See I told you they were darling! More to come soon!