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Truck Birthday Party Invitation Envelopes

Truck Party Envelope Embellishment

Truck Party Envelope Embellishment

Embellishing anything these days shows that you’ve taken the time to care. In my opinion there are so many cute things that can be purchased at the store that you don’t have to have a creative gene to pull off a great party. It’s the extra time taken to make something cute even more special that really stands out these days.

For my son’s truck birthday party, I found a truck shaped hole punch. I put one on the invitation envelope flap and one on the body of it. With a tiny hole punch and a brad, I connected the two and instead of gluing the flap down, I wound some colored floss around the two trucks.

You could also punch a bunch and have them lose inside the envelope. I’m a fan of doing that but my husband isn’t so much. Whatever you put inside an envelope like that generally ends up on the floor. It’s kind of funny that he is the one who doesn’t like that since he isn’t the one who cleans it up. But his biggest nemesis is glitter. It’s great to add glitter to an invitation or thank you note but don’t put it loose in the envelope. That is totally a disaster waiting to happen. And you can’t get rid of all the glitter in your house for a year and that is with regular cleaning!!! Figures yes. Glitter NO. Have fun.

Creating an Inviting Atmosphere

Marking the Birthday House

Balloons fit for the Mailbox

Whenever you have a birthday party it’s always nice to mark the location in multiple ways to make it easier for your guests. Even if you are inviting folks who have been to the party location….it’s a nice greeting. And for anyone who hasn’t been there, it is oh so helpful when they are screeching in on two wheels.

Here the balloons are not your ordinary balloons but the bigger sized ones and the ribbon is a nice 1″ thick satin ribbon. It’s that little added touch which sets this apart. If you don’t have the time to procure special items like this, certainly a group or regular size balloons tied to the mailbox will work! But this is just an idea to give your welcome a personal touch.

If you are having the party at your home, like this is, there are other ways of letting guests know they are at the right place. Place balloons at the front door or around a planter at the front door. Prop your front door open. Making it clear folks are invited in. (I recently started taking notice of my neighbors who leave the main door open during a normal day. It’s really an inviting feel and when I think about it, I open mine as well.) Another biggie is to turn every outside light on possible….even during the day time.

The other benefit to having balloons on your mailbox is that it alerts neighbors that you are having a party. They will be more likely to help lost guests or will slow down if it’s obvious that it’s a kids party that is happening.

Simple things really. But since these are things that are to be done right before guests arrive, it’s helpful to make yourself a note. Because if you are like me, I can get frantic at the last minute and leaving the door open might be overlooked!

Halloween Party Glitter Invitation and Wording

Halloween Party Glitter Invitation

Halloween Party Glitter Invitation

In coming up with an idea for my daughter’s Halloween party invitation, I had a hard time choosing. I make up a bunch to see if I could do them and how long it would take. In the end, this is the invitation that I ended up with. It’s simple orange card stock that you can purchase at any stationary shop or online store. Adding the glitter image was my crafty side coming out. I’m the kind of crafter that gets bored with one thing. I can do the same type project a few times but then I want something new…..this makes my craft room a nightmare as I have all these tools that I don’t use that often. :( I had never glittered invitations before.

I’m sure that there is a correct way of doing this…..this is just the way I decided to do it. I printed the invitation on the card stock (I used a 5×8 Size) first….making sure that once I started adding the glitter than it wouldn’t cover up the words too much. I took the template which I’ve provided for you below and laminated it. If you don’t have access to a fancy laminating machine, don’e worry. I used shelf paper and I’m thinking that that may have worked better than if I had actually laminated it. You cut out the parts that you want to glitter…..so the border, the tree and the fence or tomb stones were all cut out.

Halloween Invitation Envelopes

Halloween Invitation Envelopes

Be sure and work over a baking tray or some sort of tray so that you don’t loose any of your glitter on the floor! And it makes for much easier cleanup. Take a paint brush with liquid glue on it and dab straight down onto the voids of the template onto the card stock invitation. Lift your template and sprinkle the glitter onto the glue insuring that it’s all covered up. I used the March Stewart fine glitter as I wanted it sparkly but didn’t want big flakes of glitter.

Let the invitation completely dry before trying to stack or insert into the envelope. I recommend 24 hours at least.

For the envelope, I purchased the opposite color than the invitation card stock and then purchased round labels that I could print the addresses on to. The kids will love the sparkly invitations. The parents will too…..until the glitter gets all over the house and then they may be cursing your name…:)

Template:
Halloween Scene Template

Supplies:
Medium Size Paint Brush
Liquid Glue
Card Stock and Envelopes
Heavy card stock for template
Shelf Paper
Scissors

Resources:
Card Stock, Envelopes & Labels – www.papersource.com
Martha Stewart Glitter – shop.marthastewart.com

Spider Pop Up Card Birthday Party Invitation

Halloween Spider Pop Up Card Party Invitation

Halloween Spider Pop Up Card Party Invitation

Even if your child is fearful of arachne, there is a place for these ghoulish spider party invitations at his party. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love these pop up cards. They are so fun and different. They do take some time to make so you have to plan ahead. For the spiders, I found some great spider web paper that I used for the main part of the card making it look like the spiker was actually in it’s web. And instead of the trouble of printing the invite on the card, I printed it off on a contrasting orange and cut out and glued to the card. Loved how this one turned out.

Halloween Party Invitation Wording

Halloween Party Invitation Wording

Robert Sabuda has several great designs for you to select from and he provides the templates for free! The wording for this invitation could go like this:

Join Joe for his Birthday Party if you DARE,
Ghost, Spiders and Goblins will be there.

The Underground home of the Williams’
Address
Date
RSVP Info.

Make one for yourself. You’ll get addicted!

Resources: www.RobertSabuda.com – Template

Supplies: Craft Paper
Glue Stick

Pop Up Witch Party Invitation

Witch Pop Up Invitation
This is one invitation I tried in my quest for the perfect Halloween Party invitation.  This is a pop up witch.  When the invitation is closed she goes down into her cauldron.  So cute.  I just love all the pop up cards that are free from Robert Sabuda.  He constructs books out of pop up materials and on his website, he has shared some pop up card templates for free that range from easy to hard.  This one is a little tricky but I can’r remember what level of hardness it is.  That will, of course, vary on your skills as well!  You must follow his directions closely step by step.  Once I made a sample out of scrap paper and saw how much space I had for the invitation wording and where it should be printed, I created the wording in a word doc and adjusted the size of my paper to the size of the card.  Then, I printed off the invitation onto the background part of the card.  And finally cut out and glued on the witch.

Witch Halloween Party Wording

The wording I would have used on this invitation is such:
With a hoot and a giggle
And a trick or treat
Expect a good time
And something to eat.

RSVP, yada yada yada. Don’t forget your RSVP info, date, time and location of the party. We just received something from the kids’ school promoting a “fun run” and it doesn’t have the date on it anywhere!!! Rule #1. Include the boring specifics prominently. Soooooo important.  Have fun with your pop up card if you decide to try it.  Would be fun just to try it even if you don’t decide to use it…..kind of like I did with this one.

Resources:  www.RobertSabuda.com (for the Witch and other Halloween card templates)

Supplies:  Craft Paper
Glue Stick
Envelopes (I simply went online to find the color and size plain envelope and bought them in a pack.)

Halloween Birthday Party Photo Invitation

Halloween Photo Birthday Party Invitation

Halloween Photo Birthday Party Invitation

With the ability to take great photos and all the editing software out there, you can whip up your own creative invitation like this one. Is he not cute as a button? It’s still DIY….just not a crafty if you don’t lean in that direction.

Don’t want to do it yourself? NO PROBLEM! There are tons of companies out there who will do it for you. And the money you pay, in my opinion, is well worth the time it would take me to figure out how to edit and print them off. Make them photo quality and they are a little less expensive or spend just a little more for paper quality.

Really the sky is the limit on the creativity that you can use when putting together photo invitations. This little guy’s birthday was actually in October making Halloween a perfect theme for him. Although I would image as he gets older, that will get old. But maybe not. Anyway, you could even just take a snap shot and put a sticker on the back with the party details. We’ve shown doing this for thank you notes but why not invitations. The point is to think outside the box!

The wording on this one is the following: Join us for some birthday fun. Our little pumpkin is turning One! How cut is that!

Do not Enter Areas

Do Not Enter Areas

Do Not Enter Areas

There are always areas in your home that you don’t want people when the come over for a party. I’ve seen everything from draped greenery to dog gates to one time at a home tour, someone had put a chair in the way. Maybe you didn’t have time to clean. Maybe there are collectibles or valuables in a certain room. Or maybe you just don’t want little ones getting into the pantry…..

Whatever your motivation, you can be creative in the way you keep prying eyes away. For this Halloween Party, I knew that people would be passing pantry closets on the way to the rest room. To lead the way to the rest room and to keep folks out of the pantry, I used criss-cross table that said, “Do Not Enter.” I felt it was fitting to the Halloween them.

Say your theme is a Luau, you could use strings of flowers across the door. Or if you are hosting a karate themed party, you could strap karate belts or fighting sticks across the doors. There are lots of creative ways to close off areas or even to lead your guests to a destination.

Halloween Witch Silhouette

Halloween Witch Decoration

Halloween Witch Decoration

Witches and spiders and bats, Oh My! I love to have decorations for a holiday for for a birthday party that are home made. It’s important to me that they don’t necessarily look home made but are unique and something that our guests won’t just see everywhere. These silhouettes fit that bill exactly.

Bats Silhouette

Bats Silhouette

For this Halloween party, I went all out……mainly because I knew that we were going to have this big, stark white tent and wanted to soften up that look of the white tent walls….just a bit.

I am NOT an artist. I copy other’s line drawings really well, though. Sure, I can draw some simple things but there are much more talented artists out there. Heck even the computer drawing programs are better than what I can do.

Spider Silhouette

Spider Silhouette

Really the silhouettes I used here were very simple line drawings except for the witch. The witch was on the cover of a Martha Magazine many years ago. I can’t remember which year but it was an October Issue. And I knew that the company made an iron stand up witch that you can purchase. But I didn’t have the money for that nor the storage space….and when I did these, that wasn’t even available. The cats were also part of that cover. Then the spiders, bats and owls I just found online doing a search for XXX Line Drawings. You will find a treasure trove of images that you can use for free this way.

Owls on a Branch Silhouette

Owls on a Branch Silhouette

How did I do this? It helps to have a friend with a projector. I took the image, traced it on clear overhead projector sheets and flashed it up on the wall to trace. Now, with the smart boards that the teachers are using you could probably talk your kids teacher into using hers after school one day and then you can skip the step of printing the image off and tracing it on clear overhead projector sheets.

On the wall, I had lengths of black craft paper. The kind that comes in long rolls. Be sure and trace it with light chalk. It will rub off later and you’ll be able to see it on the black! Because I wanted to keep mine and use for Halloween decorations for years to come, I laminated mine by rolling the silhouette out on top of clear shelf paper. I just take them down each year after Halloween and roll them up and they are ready to go for next year.

Owl on Tree Template

Owl on Tree Template

One last tip I’ll give. If you move the projector forward and backward you can get multiple sizes made of the same image. I did this with the bats as I wanted it to look like they were flying towards the tent from far away.

This project did take some time but was super fun to do if you like to create lasting decorations that are super cool. All the neighborhood kids love it when we put up our Silhouettes for Halloween.

Supplies Needed:
Black Craft Paper in Long sheets
Clear Self Adhesive Shelf Paper
Scissors
Projector
Clear Projector Paper

Making Halloween Witch Hat Chandelier Shades

Witch Hat Chandelier Shades

Witch Hat Chandelier Shades

To give the kitchen area just that touch of Halloween theme, you might consider fabricating your own chandelier or even lampshades into witches hats. I will not lie to you, it’s hard to get these perfect and there is no way to provide a template but I’ll do my best below to outline what I did to make them.

A couple of tips I’ll pass along will keep your home safe. I would not use tissue paper. Light bulbs can get hot and I would be worried about a fire. Never take your lamp shade off! It will also protect the hat from getting too hot. Take them off after the party. I’m just a safety girl. I made ours out of black paper and yes, most witches hats are black, but I think you could use all kinds of scrapbooking paper or orange craft or scrapbook paper to make these.

Making Witch Hat Chandelier Shades

Making Witch Hat Chandelier Shades

First you’ll want to make a template. Take any kind of paper for this. On the outside wrap and tape the template paper around your chandelier shade making it a bit loose. Draw a line around the bottom and the top of the shade and cut out. You’ll want to cut extra off down the center making sure to leave about 1/2″ to 1″ of paper to lap over. Next you’ll make the rim. Set your chandelier shade on the template paper and draw a circle around it on the outside of the shade. Pick the shade up. You’ll now draw two additional circles. One should be 3/4″ on the inside of the original circle and one 2″ on the outside of the original circle. Cut it out using your second two circles as your lines to cut. The next step is to cut slits from the inner circle towards the center circle allowing you to push up the paper at a 90 degree angle. Or another way to say it is to make cuts on the inside of the template perpendicular to the circle.

It’s time to try one……ONE. Get it down and then make more. Cut out your paper. Glue the sides of top part of the hat. Fold up the flaps on the hat rim and glue to the main part of the hat on the inside. Slip it over your chandelier shade and test it! If all is good….go to town and have fun with this idea from CreativePartyBlog.com.

Halloween Party Place Settings

Halloween Party Place Settings

Halloween Party Place Settings

Creating a table atmosphere that is inviting is something I try to do no matter if I’m hosting a kids birthday party or holiday family dinner or a dinner with friends. Like setting the mood with the proper type of invitation, the table setting can also set the mood to a lively one or an elegant one.

Here we used burlap that I had used for another function and created a spider overlay that you can see in another post. They were made out of a fuzzy yarn from the hobby shop. Actually now that the party is over, I use the spider webs by hanging them on windows and around when decorating for Halloween. My kids love them and I love them because they are home made and are unique.

After you’ve covered up the plastic kids tables, you can go ahead and set up plates and cups and such. You don’t have to get it all the same color. Mixing the colors and throwing in a themed napkin give it just the right amount of whimsy. I personally don’t like many of the kid themed plates but if you find one of those you like, that could be your bit of whimsy and then go solid with everything else. This setting would not look half as good if everything had a spider/spider web on them…..the plate, the cup and the napkin. Don’t go all mono on me…..mix it up. Then, when appropriate, add the party hat to the table setting. It gives the kids something to play with while they are waiting on their food!

Halloween Birthday Party Crown

Halloween Birthday Party Crown

Halloween Birthday Party Crown

There are so many ideas that come with having a Halloween party. Whether you are planning just a children’s Halloween Party or Birthday Party with a Halloween theme, it will be hard to narrow what you want to do! I had that problem at least with this party for my daughter’s birthday which happened to be in December! Instead of fighting it, I incorporated as many ideas as I could muster.

Halloween Party Crown Favors

Halloween Party Crown Favors

Kids love to wear crowns. At least at the younger ages. It’s a simple form of dress up and all kids love to dress up. Many gown ups still like to dress up. I decided to offer two types of crowns for the kids to wear. Or actually a hat and a crown. I found this cool spooky scrapbook paper on sale and decided to make several simple style hats out of that paper. Then my son wanted a crown, so I took bulletin board border and cut it in half along a jagged line to make crowns. Here is how I made them.

Crown How To:
1. Cut from bulletin board border. (See below a template I created for my crowns.)
2. Spray inside with glow in the dark paint.
3. Wind up and paperclip them ready for the party.
4. At party have mom help with measuring kids heads and stapling them the proper size. (This is one of those hats that if you don’t get the right size, they won’t stay on very well.)
5. Have scissors ready to cut excess.

Halloween Birthday Party Hats

Halloween Birthday Party Hats

Hat How to:
1. Use my template provided below and cut out hats.
2. Tape, glue or staple them closed.
3. Notice there is a slight curve cut on the bottom edge on either side of the hat (template).
4. Slip light weight elastic through the slit and tie off. Repeat for the other end of the elastic.

What you’ll need:
Scissors
Stapler
Light Weight Elastic
Bulletin Board Border in festive motif
Heavy craft paper with theme colors or design
Krylon Glowz – Glow in the dark paint
Templates Below

Birthday Party Hat Template

Halloween Crown Template

Ghost Bag Tags

Ghost Bag Tags

Ghost Bag Tags

One of the activities during my daughter’s birthday party was allowing the kids to create their own trick or treating bag to be used later in the party. The blank bags were left on the tables to decorate as they arrived and once they were finished with their artistic creation, I had tags ready for them to slap on their bags so that they could dry in the corner safely and not get torn apart during other events during the party.

Sure you could use regular tags and write everyone’s name on it to have ready but what is the fun in that? I would recommend for sure filling out the tags in advance if you don’t decide to create them. More often that not multiple kids are finished at the same time and you don’t want to have to stress over filling out their names at the last minute.

Halloween Trick or Treat Bags in Wait

Halloween Trick or Treat Bags in Wait

I had seen Martha Stewart do something similar to this and then used them as necklaces. But I made up my own template and went with the tag idea instead. Having them all on the counter in my kitchen allowed kids and/or parents to easily find their kids tag and I didn’t even need to be involved. I would recommend having a few extras made that are blank for those show up guests that you weren’t expecting!!!

How to: Take a piece of wax paper and place it over either our template or your own ghost template. I used two different ones just to spice it up a bit. Really you don’t need a template. I just found it faster as I was making a large number of them. Next, apply a liberal amount of glue to the wax paper. Using a tooth pick guide the glue into the design you’d like. Mine created bubbles that I tried popping with the toothpick and was not always successful. I don’t think that matters too much. Set it aside to dry and after it’s completely dry, peal it off the wax paper. Write the kids names in sharpie. Cut 2 slits at the top and insert ribbon to tie one your favor.

I will give you one word of caution. I don’t know if it was the inexpensive nature of the glue I used or if I tried to dry them too fast, but some of mine got brittle. So, you might not want to do this too far in advance and you might want to put away from curious onlookers so that they don’t all fall apart before you need them. If you try this and use a great glue, share with us what you did so we can all benefit! Enjoy the project.

Resources: Ghost Template, School Glue, Ribbon, Wax Paper, straight edged blade.

Halloween Ghost Template

Ghost Favor Tag

 

Click on the Template link below if you’d like to use our template for the glue ghosts we created.  Or, see how we made these at the following link.

Resources:  School Glue, Any kind of ribbon  you wish to use.  We used left over balloon tying ribbon left over from the balloons.

Directions for Project:  Making Glue Ghosts as Favor Tags

To See Template:  Halloween Glue Ghost Template

 

 

Make Your Own Halloween Trick or Treat Bags

Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

Because I knew that we were going trick or treating during my daughter’s birthday party, I wanted to have some special treat bags for them to carry. I didn’t want just plastic or paper bags…..although now that I’m thinking about it…..it would be just as fun for the kids to decorate paper sacks to use as their treat bags. And less work for you. But who wants less work? Ha! I seem to make things more complicated that they can be…..says my husband. It’s simply that I like things to be just so.

So! We wanted treat bags for the party. After looking online, I couldn’t find at the time a plain treat bag that I liked or that was the right size. Thus, I made them. A bunch of them.

Halloween Trick or Treat Bag Supplies

Halloween Trick or Treat Bag Supplies

Supplies you’ll need are shown here. The bag…..if you can find it, certainly purchase them. Or make them and I explain how I made mine below. Having a smattering of randomly size and shape pieces pre-cut was helpful as all the kids had to do was to apply the faces to the bags with a fabric glue that I had poured out in a plate for all to share.

I turned this into a project to give the kids something to do as all the kids were arriving. This party was in our home and our living room turned into party central. And we had a tent. First stop was the living room where the kids made their own party bags. I had 3 tables set out with chairs and disposable table cloths that could be whipped up and thrown away for phase two of the party.

Halloween Treat Bag Step 2

Halloween Treat Bag Step 1

I’m sure there are 20 ways you could make this treat bag. This is only 1 way. I didn’t do a very good job of photographing each step. You’ll need to read the steps here and just use the images as overall reference. Felt was the easiest fabric to use as it holds it’s shape pretty well and you don’t have to sew under raw edges!!! For the handles I cut 2 strips 10″ long x 1″ wide for each bag. To give it a bit of a finished look, you can sew the two edges together longways leaving an 1″ or so on either end to connect to the bag. To me it make it look more like a “bag handle.”

Halloween Treat Bag Step 1

Halloween Treat Bag Step 2

For the bag itself you’ll need (2) pieces of felt 10″ x 8″ wide and (2) pieces 10″ x 4″ wide. May I repeat that there are many ways of skinning this cat and this is just my own twisted way of making these. My biggest goal is that I wanted to be boxy and I wanted to top stitch the edges. OK. First step is to make a box of sorts. The two wider pieces of felt are the front and back. The two smaller pieces are the sides. Start seaming or top-stitching a front to the side and then that side to the back. Seam that back to the second side and then complete the box by seaming the other side to the front panel. Now you have made a “box that could stand up but has no bottom yet. I started using a fancy stitch but it was taking too long and ended up just doing a top stitching seam.

Making Halloween Trick or Treat Bags

Making Halloween Trick or Treat Bags

Turn this “box” inside out and then fold the “box” flat matching the side seams. At this point the side panels will be folded in half and the front and back should be against each other. Seam across the bottom about 1/2″.

Now you’ll want to make your corners. With the “box” still inside out, pull the bottom corners out to seam. Look at the “step 1″ photo above to see how the corner should be pulled out and seam a triangle and cut off extra. If this is confusing to anyone, let me know and I’ll try and explain better.

Turn right side out, attach the handles either by hand or seaming on your sewing machine. And you are done! Well, until the party. At the party, let the kids use the cut black felt pieces to use their imagination in creating their own pumpkin face!

Eye Ball Template

Eye Ball Template

Use this template for anything.  We used it to make eye ball shirt favors for my daughters Halloween birthday party.  You don’t need to paint it perfectly.  But I would leave more of a seam allowance around the edge than shown here!

Directions for Project:  Halloween Spooky Eye Ball Shirt

To See Template:  Eye Ball Template

Displaying Halloween Party Favors

Halloween Favor Presentation

Halloween Favor Presentation

Part of decorating for your party is the reveal or displaying of the party favors. If the favors are colorful and eye catching make them front and center. This will also help you remember to give them out at the end of the party. I don’t know about you but I get so busy with the party that it seems like a kid always slips out the door without me having said “good-bye” or given them their favor. Horror.

These shirts that I made were a great addition to the decorations for our prep table. I had a table dedicated to holding everything for the party. This party was at my house and my kitchen being a galley kitchen didn’t have a lot of room on the counters for the extras. So, on the prep table, I had all the cups, plates, favors, cake, cake cutter and anything that I needed easy access to for the party but didn’t want it front and center under my foot.

Displaying Halloween Favors

Displaying Halloween Favors

I carefully folded and rolled up the shirts for the kids and tied them off with some balloon ribbon. Then I had some left over pieces from making crowns and decided to give the eye balls crowns! It looked like little monsters. I have this old tray that I use to use in the garden that I displayed the shirts and moved them around on. You need something to contain your favors. I hardly ever just line them up unless I KNOW that I won’t want to move them later.

If you have a favor that doesn’t need a treat bag, don’t put them in one!  Continue to use your creativity and display them proudly.  And don’t forget to put the kids names on them somehow so that it will be easier to hand out quickly when the mass exodus is happening.

Halloween Birthday Party Trick or Treating

Trick or Treating at Neighbors

Trick or Treating at Neighbors

I don’t know about your kids but mine LOVE, LOVE to go trick or treating. They look forward to it all year long. I even think that neighbors love the evening almost as much as the kids. With all the decorations and the candy and treat bags that are prepared ahead of time, who wouldn’t get into the spirit?

Since this party was in December, I thought it would be such a fun treat to be able to go trick or treating again! I have to say that I didn’t come up with this idea on my own! A friend from church was telling me about a party that she had for her child years ago and they went trick or treating……and thought, what a fabulous idea.

Halloween Party Trick or Treat Favor Bags

Halloween Party Trick or Treat Favor Bags

Very important tip. Give your neighbors a heads up, ha! We went to two house and went all as a great….yes, about 20/30 kids at your door wanting treats all at once. This is not a job for the shy or reclusive neighbor. It’s for those kid friendly neighbors who love to party as well. Luckily, we had two right next door.

I offered to provide the treats for them to give out. One took me up on it as they had just had a baby. The other wouldn’t hear of it. She put together little bags with a treat and some pencils and goodies for the kids to have.

Halloween Trick or Treat Bags

Halloween Trick or Treat Bags

The treat bags I provided for my new mother neighbor, were simple. So the kids wouldn’t be too sugared up for their parents, I bought a jumbo bag of yogurt covered pretzels. I found some clear cellophane bags at JoAnn’s or the like and put 5 or 6 pretzels in each. With a letter punch, I punched out words like “boo”, “ghost” and “spooky” and glued them to the bags. This was tricky to find a glue that would stick to the plastic and not allow the letters to pop off easily. Be aware of that! I think it was Michaels, but there are so many great scrap-booking stores now who have great Halloween papers, where I got this black paper that had spiderwebs all throughout. It worked perfect for the letters. If you do select a paper with a pattern, make sure that the pattern is small. Closed them off with a Halloween sticker of any kind and placed on a tray ready for them to be given away.

It really doesn’t matter what the kids get when they are like 9 and under. It’s the thrill of the hunt! It’s an activity that took up about 15/30 minutes of the party time and the kids were talking about how fun it was a year later at the next party!

Halloween & Magic Party Entertainment – A Magician

Halloween Party Entertainment

Halloween Party Entertainment

 Having a magician at ANY birthday party is great.  They generally come to you house, set up their own equipment, take it all down and are out of there before the kids have even finished their cake!  Magic right?  These guys have it down.

Every town has great magicians and ones that specialize on coming to schools and performing at birthday parties.  See if other friends have used one before or seen one at a party and go for it.  Some are certainly better than others.  And it totally depends on how they deal with cranky kids.  All the kids at my daughter’s party were all in.  They were all 5 and 6 years old.  Didn’t question how he did the tricks……just went with it.

BUT, I went to another kids birthday party where the kids were making rude comments to the magician and saying they knew how he did certain tricks.  I have to say that that guy may have been great under other circumstances, but he didn’t deal with the, I call them cranky, kids very well.  But even though the parents noticed it.  The kids still had a blast.  There is nothing more endearing that listing to children laughing!

This guy was a good one and we were thrilled that we spent the money for him to come.  He involved the birthday girl and had all the kids play a part.  I thought this would be a fun thing to do for a Halloween birthday party, but I have seen magicians at Princess parties, magician parties and others.  And they can easily take up 30 to 45 min of the time you need to entertain the kids.  It is totally worth it.  Consider a magician for your next birthday party……hey even an adult party could be spruced up by one of these guys!

Pin a Face on the Pumpkin Activity

Pin a Face on the Pumpkin

Pin a Face on the Pumpkin


By cutting out various shape and size eyes, noses and mouths, kids can make their own scary pumpkin that is fun for any age since there is no cutting involved.

We played this game for a Halloween party at our home. This could easily be done during a birthday party or just a regular Halloween party. And it can be adapted for anything. You could do a ghost, scary face, pin the wart on the witch….lots of things come to mind. We liked the pumpkin as we bought small pumpkins for each of the kids to take home.

Simply have an assortment of the eyes, noses and mouths cut out and ready to go. We use small stick pins that would easily go into the pumpkin but would hurt too much if the kids got stuck elsewhere..:( With an orange blind fold and a little dizzy turn for the older kids or just walking the younger ones close to the pumpkin, they are ready to go.

It’s always amazing to me how kids love to be blindfolded to play an activity. Even if it’s not pin the face on the pumpkin finding an activity that includes a blindfold will insure the game is successful!

Halloween Party Shirt Favors

Halloween Birthday Party Shirt Favor

Halloween Birthday Party Shirt Favor

I have to admit that this is NOT an original idea. I saw it on someone else’s blog and I can’t find it again. Please let me know if this is your idea and I will give you credit! OK. Now that that is out of the way. This was such a fun favor to give the kids for my daughter’s Halloween Birthday Party. I made girl shirts and then boy shirts. The girls were orange and the boys were black.

It was a very easy shirt to make. I used an old T-Shirt of my husband’s the paint the eyes. At first, I was going to put two eye balls for folks to think they had eyes on their backs. But then thought it would be funnier to just use one. The original idea that I saw, they had put eye balls all over the shirt but that would have been just way too much work since I was making quite a large number of these.

Eye Ball Shirt Supplies

Eye Ball Shirt Supplies

Make sure you use an inexpensive acrylic paint to insure that it doesn’t wash out when you wash the shirt. Another mistake I made was to not leave enough room around the eye ball to have a “seam allowance”. So, make sure when you cut the eyes out, you allow 1/2″ to 1″ to sew around. Steps: Paint they eyes, let them dry and cut out. Sew them face down on the inside of the shirts. Then go and cut out the front to make the eye ball show. You can play with it and make it look like the eye has a lazy eye or be wide open.

These T-Shirts were such great favors. The kids loved them and it was fun to see them being worn to school for months after the party.

Resources:
I bought girl specific and boy specific t-shirts from target. But, you can get them anywhere.
One of dad’s old undershirts
Fabric Paint – Blue, Green and/or brown for color in eyes; black for pupil; white for shine in eye – Found at any craft store
Red Permanent Marker with fine tip for bloodshot eyes – Found at any craft store
Wide bristle paint brush

Template:
Below is a template I used to make the eyes uniform.

Eye Ball Template