Archive for February, 2012

Knight Party – Part 3

Party day was lots of fun. The kids were running around barefoot bonking each other with balloons and genuinely had a good time just being kids playing together. I asked my son what party of his party he liked the best and he said, “I can’t answer that question because I loved everything.”

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Royal banners for the front door made with felt & computer print outs.

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Balloon Swords made by our guest wizard & his lovely lady.

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Archery: sticks, rubber bands & a hoola hoop - good times!

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catapult game, decorate your own shield & crown, jousting tournament!

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Mini barbarian foods (all vegetarian), stuff for the grownups & headless cake!

Find invite, decor & activities here>>>
Cake Information here>>

February 17, 2012 at 10:49 pm 1 comment

Dragon Cake, Knight Party – Part2

This is the Dragon cake I made for my son’s Knight Themed Birthday Party. This cake is all over the internet and you can find the original instructions here. My son had a special request; however, he wanted the dragon’s insides to be a “rainbow”…

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After the candles were blown out...

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First, you will need to separate the cake batter into 6 bowls & tint them with food coloring..

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Drop the batter into an 8-9" pan, layering each color. Do not mix. I tried to create a marble effect by dragging a toothpick through the different colors, but it didn't really make a difference.

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Rainbow Dragon Guts!

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I needed 6 candles for my 6 year old. I used these long, slim candles to create fire coming out of the dragon's mouth. To bend them, I dunked them into hot water for 1-2 seconds at a time & gently shaped them the way I wanted.

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Didn't get a great picture of the cake all lit-up, but it looked really cool (trust me)! My son loved it 🙂

Next, Knight Party Part 3 – Party Day! >>

February 17, 2012 at 10:48 pm Leave a comment

Knight Party – Part1

My son just turned 6!
This year he requested (out-of-the-blue) a Knight themed party. The challenge was on! Below are pictures of the invite, color scheme, and activities….

I made a tunic for each child to wear & take home. The tunic was no-sew except for the side ties. It was simple to assemble, but I had to make 8 so it did take a couple hours to complete them all.

If you’d like specific info on anything you see, feel free to leave a comment.
Next, I’ll be posting about the cake >>

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February 17, 2012 at 10:47 pm 15 comments

Valentine’s Day Party

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Another fun event! Be sure to signup for our new Family Fun Night starting Fri, Feb 24th!

See the previous post “Jim Dine Hearts” for information on the art lesson we had during the party.

Family Fun Night Info >>>

February 15, 2012 at 8:41 pm Leave a comment

Jim Dine Hearts – Valentine’s Day

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Student work from Jim Dine lesson

This year for Valentine’s Day, we made art in the style of artist Jim Dine who has made lots & lots of paintings of hearts. I really wanted the kids to focus on their brush strokes and keeping the colors separated. The age range for this project was 4-8years old. Typically the younger kids tend to want to use their brushes in a scrubbing motion & will finish quickly. I came up with a fun way to get them all to slow down and keep the colors from mixing (too much)…

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First, we folded a piece of tagboard in half. Students traced a heart-half stencil then cut the shape out. This is a challenge for the younger but they all did a great job!

 

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Next came the painting... I used a timer & the rule was that each child had to take turns and use ONE color for ONE minute. This really helped them make small dabs with their brush & distribute the paint all over their heart.

 

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The final step was to decorate their black background paper with oil pastels. I asked the kids to cover the paper (especially the edges) with "Scribble Scrabble". They were all very excited to hear the term & show me how well they could scribble.

 

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The project still left room for personal expression.

 

The final step was to mount the heart onto the background using double stick foam tape. You can use glue, but the foam adds a 3D effect. I think the kids did a great job! Below is an actual painting by Jim Dine…

Jim Dine, "The Circus"

Jim Dine, "The Circus"

February 15, 2012 at 8:34 pm 1 comment


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