Thursday, May 31, 2012

Gluten-free birthday party and some ideas


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1. The cakes were all by 1-2-3 Gluten-free Pan Bars and Yummy Yellow Cake Mix. My daughter loves so do I, But I was worry about our guest loving...I didn't told anyone about, nobody complaining and I actually had compliments!!!

2. The icing was done with organic butter and  organic powder sugar, super easy and super unhealthy, but you only turn 8 once right.

  • 2 C. of confectioner's sugar

  • 1/2 C. butter

  • 1 t. vanilla extract

  • 1 1/2 T. milk

  • Food coloring

Cream sugar,butter and vanilla. Add small amount of milk (1 to 2 T.).

3. Let the kids decorate their own cupcakes. Because we have some allergies issues, I had to be pickie about getting allergy-safe to all the goodies, like Annie's Fruit Snacks, Let's do Sprinkelz, Coconut,...

3. Buy some cheap cupcake stand (less then 4 dollars with coupon at any craft store). Decorate. Find some super cute cupcake baking cups (about 7.00 for 48, on my Central Market).

4. Make something colorful to decorate the party. Like my tutorial for banderinhas.

5.Go to a dollar store get your supplies (plates,cups, balloons, paper bags,...)

6. Have your kid decorating the paper bags with some of her drawings,and make sure to write thanks...and fill with goodies.

7. We serve popcorn (Divvies and Central Market brand),fruits, izze's sodas.

8. Have Fun !

Simple birthday decoration - Tutorial

My daughter turned 8 and a birthday party was in her agenda, but wasn't really on mine,so with just one week to go, for some reason memories of summer in my country kept popping up in my mind ,we always have quadrilhas in the summer,we would make banderinhas(small flags) and decorate the street. It's always so colorful ! So why not make banderinhas for a super easy and super fast decorations for her party-and cheap too. I used tissue paper,the more colors the better,and my sewing machine. Anyone can make those, is a easy project for anyone that can use scissors and glue.

1.Make the 1st banderinha (as a pattern) you can even pin all together for easy cutting. My are about 8x6in.

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2. The second kind of banderinhas are the  triangle shape ones. If you pay close attention, I use the left over paper from the other flag (#1) to make those. My are about 8x6in. too.

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3.So here is what you should have, at this point you  can organized how you want to have it. I just eye pick the colors  as I was  putting together...


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4. Now to put your banderinhas together you have to options, you can use glue and yarn,or some kind of strong thread or you can do as I did, sew then together. keep in mind to have 12 in  space of thread in the begining  and in the end. Also make sure to space about 11/2 in to 2 in. between each of the flags.

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5. Here are the finished project. I used about 2 rows with 30 flags in each for my room. I am sure you could calculate how many flags you need ...,but all I did was to walk in the room with a row of banderinhas and measure (and add more as I needed). I tape the rows to my wall the night before her big day ,the tape did I good job keeping the banderinhas in place.IMG_6257 006


Other ideas:

Make banderinhas for baby shower,with different shades of pink for a little girl would be so cute.

Make for a super bowl party with your team colors.

Make for a 4th of July party.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Playing with mud

       My daughter loves playing with mud, I am always quite surprise with the most clever ideas she comes with it...she believes that all kids love playing with mud. " It is so fun, soft, cool, and messy, how couldn't they not love it!" she tells me.
       So she ask me to take pictures of her creations, she even made a step-by-step direction in how to make a mud snail. Who know...Maybe another mud love kid out there will appreciate.

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