Lego Batman Birthday Party

This year’s birthday theme was Lego Batman,and  it was the funnest parties I’ve planned yet! Although it was a challenge to find Lego Batman-specific decorations and the like, it forced me to be more creative, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. And, everything got rave reviews from the kids…which is the most important part, isn’t it?

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One of the funnest aspects of planning this party was coming up with creative food labels. I knew I wanted to do a candy bar this year, so candy-themed Batman names were the challenge. We started with Two-Face pretzels. Here, I used Flipz chocolate covered pretzels, melted down some white chocolate candy melts and dipped half the pretzel in. Tada! Two-Face Pretzels!

Lego Batman Birthday from Hunny I'm HomeNext was Joker’s dynamite, because everyone knows Joker likes to blow things up, right? I designed the labels, which are available in my Etsy store. Keep an eye out for a tutorial on these in the next couple days!

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Next, we had Poison Ivy vines, which consisted of Sour Punch straws. Easy, peasy!

Lego Batman Birthday from Hunny I'm HomeAnd what Lego party would be complete without some Lego gummies. These were the most time consuming part of the planning process. I purchased the gummy molds from Amazon, and took a cue from SFHandyMan over at Instructables on how to make these fun candies. Lego Batman Birthday from Hunny I'm HomeLego Batman Birthday from Hunny I'm HomeI also found some fun hard Lego candies that are actually buildable bricks as well. These were purchased on Amazon as well, and were a HUGE hit. Everyone loved eating and playing with these (even the adults)! The candy bar also featured black, yellow and blew sixlets and some candy coins, all purchased at Party City. The building-shaped candy holders were from Oriental Trading Company.IMG_5708

I also purchased some fun Lego masks, superhero masks and bracelets from Oriental Trading as well. I love that place!Lego Batman Birthday from Hunny I'm Home

The treat bags featured a Lego Bat Symbol, which I made. I plan on including a tutorial on that in the coming days as well, so check back!Lego Batman Birthday from Hunny I'm Home

And finally, the cupcakes. Just simple white and chocolate with yellow powdered sugar icing. The wrappers were purchased at Hobby Lobby and the toppers were designed by me. You can purchase the printable version at my Etsy store!Lego Batman Birthday from Hunny I'm Home

 

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Summer Travel with the Family: Nashville

We didn’t have a lot of time to spend in Nashville because we had to work our trip around gymnastics class and t-ball games, but we find some fun things to do for everyone in the family.

Opry Mills Outlet Mall

We’re not much of a mall family, but this outlet mall was right down the road from our hotel and looked like an interesting place to spend our first evening after a long car ride. We were not disappointed! This place had something for everyone…Coach and Kate Spade outlets for mom, Bass Pro Shop for dad, and a huge Lego store for the little one. And the restaurant offerings do not disappoint either.  We opted for Rainforest Café, but other fun places available were Aquarium, Johnny Rockets and Dave & Busters.  Check out everything the mall has to offer here.

Nashville Flea Market and Antique Archeology

This part of the trip was definitely for me. The flea market is amazing, and I fully intend to go back without the little one so I can spend more time perusing the endless buildings and pavilions full of unique “junk.” The flea market is held the third weekend of every month at the Nashville Fair Grounds.  Find out more here. We also visited American Pickers’ second home, Antique Archeology Nashville, during our trip.  While the site seems more like a museum than a store, it was still fun to look at all the antiques and search for items you watched Mike and Frank purchase on the History Channel show.  Check out more about the store and its hours here. Be prepared to get to the store early or wait in linewpid-imag1832.jpg…this is a popular attraction!

Adventure Science Center

This place really makes learning fun.  It has several exhibits, including BodyQuest and Space Chase, as well as several interactive play/learning stations. The best part of this center is the giant jungle gym that climbs the height of the building, with plenty of slides, stairs and ladders along the way. Learn more about the center’s exhibits here.

Puckett’s Grocery

This historic restaurant and grocery is family-friendly during lunch and dinner hours, and offers live music later in the evening.  It’s a must-eat when in downtown Nashville. The menu features down-home cooking and the atmosphere is relaxed. In addition to great food, the kids will have fun checking out the unique décor covering the walls.  Check it out here.

Since we were only in town two days, there were several activities we didn’t get to check out.  Here are some other places I researched but didn’t have time for during this visit:

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage 

Belle Meade Plantation

Country Music Hall of Fame

Summer Travel with the Family: St. Louis

We love to travel in the summer, and since we live in the Midwest, we have several great options to checkout over the weekends.  Our first (and most frequented) city excursion was to St. Louis.  We love traveling to the Lou mainly because it’s so close, but also because there are so many great family-oriented options there!  This trip was totally kid-focused.

St. Louis Zoo

Summer travel with the family: St. LouisRated as one of the top zoos in the country by several family and travel publications, the zoo is a staple of our visits to St. Louis.  It’s clean, beautiful, and FREE!  Some of our favorite activities here are the penguin and puffin cove, elephant safari trail, and the train ride around the entire complex.  The zoo recently welcomed a baby polar bear, which will surely be a major attraction as well!

Science Center

Summer travel with the family: St. Louis

Boasting an Omnimax theater, planetarium, and exciting rotating exhibits, the St. Louis Science Center never disappoints.  The center offers something for kids (and adults) of every age, making this a great option or any family…and did I mention, it’s FREE?  My little guy especially loves the fossil digging section, featuring a huge T-Rex replica.

City Museum

Summer travel with the family: St. Louis

The City Museum is another staple of our trips to the city.  There is so much to explore in this giant, educational jungle gym, that you could spend more than one day exploring this attraction.  Each floor features new and exciting adventures, including an elaborate cave and tunnel system, rooftop bridges that lead to a suspended bus and airplane, an aquarium, and interesting museum exhibits (like the world’s largest pair of underwear!).  The City Museum never disappoints, and while it isn’t free, the cost of admission is a very reasonable $12 per person.

Toy Story Birthday Pinspiration

My little one LOVES everything Toy Story right now, so as his 4th birthday approaches, his request for a Toy Story-themed party was a no brainer.  Of course, once the theme was decided upon, I headed straight to Pinterest for some party-planning inspiration.  Here are a few of my favorite ideas.

Alien Cake Pops

Alien Cake Pops from Catch My Party

Army Guy Wreath

Army Guy Wreath from HGTV

Snake Boot

There’s a Snake in my Boot Pudding Cups from Michelle’s Party Plan-it

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Cowgirl Cookies from Oh Sugar Events

And don’t forget to follow my Toy Story Birthday Party Pinterest board to find more inspiration for your party too!

Superhero Toddler Room

Superhero Toddler Room from Hunny I'm HomeAfter reconfiguring my little one’s baby crib into a toddler bed, I knew I needed to update his room’s décor as well.  While vintage trains were cute for his nursery, his room needed to match his “big boy” personality.  Superheroes were the obsession at the time, and I knew that theme would be something he could grow into for years to come, so I immediately started search for unique items I could incorporate into the décor.

Luckily superhero decorating was hot at the time and Hobby Lobby was filled with tons of great vintage-style Marvel and DC Comics wall décor, so I snatched up as much as I could!

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I also knew I needed a better way to store his ever-growing book collection.  In addition to a vintage magazine rack I found at a yard sale, I found some industrial-style baskets at Wal-Mart that worked perfectly, along with some hanging book racks from Hobby Lobby.  These were especially great because they have hooks on the bottom…perfect for displaying his superhero costumes and masks!  I also scored a great metal stool from a flea market that was the perfect size for a toddler-bed side table.

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Everything came together well, but my favorite part of the room is definitely the part I designed myself.  I found an old hymnal rack from a local church that I planned to use as book storage in his train room.  The rack made a perfect base for this Captain America-inspired bookshelf.  I painted it red, and used circle-shaped wood of varying sizes to construct the shield.

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Superhero Third Birthday

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My little one’s fourth birthday is right around the corner, and I’m so excited to start planning his party!  I love party planning, and the theme birthday parties I’ve put together each year are always fun for me, but I think his 3rd birthday was the first that was actually fun for him.

So, in preparation for this year’s party planning and construction, I thought I’d share the details of last year’s birthday.

At the time (and still today), he was obsessed with all things superhero…which later led to a bedroom redecoration (keep an eye out for a future post abut this).  So I immediately looked to Pinterest for inspiration.  I sewed a cape for each of the attendees and found some make-your-own-mask kids from Oriental Trading Company, which served as both an activity and a party favor.

In addition to cupcakes, at three request of the birthday boy, I also made blue velvet cake pops with red candy coating (which were specially equipped with handmade capes), popcorn and pretzels (the LO’s favorite snacks), and individual Jell-O trifles to match the party’s color theme.

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Oriental Trading Company was a lifesaver for this particular party.  The cupcake toppers, balloons, comic-book-inspired Duck Tape, wall decorations and snack holders all came from there.  I also designed my own labels for the soda bottles and snack holders.  For the backdrop, I cut squares from black poster board, then added yellow tissue paper to create the effect of lit buildings.

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Before the party, we had a superhero photo shoot to use for both decorations and the invitations.

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