Sunday, July 26, 2015

Seth's Legendary Minecraft Party

Seth turns 6!


This year Seth wanted a Minecraft themed birthday party.  It was a lot of work, especially for how many people we had attending.  It was worth it though, and he loved it as well as all his friends!



I made this banner with my cricut.  The font is Minecraft Alt which you can download for free.  
(Link at bottom of page.)


We had a candy buffet with Hershey's Nuggets for Gold, Swedish Fish for Fish, Blue Rock Candy for Diamonds, Green Rock Candy for Emeralds, and Red Rock Candy for Red Stone.  The Food Tent Cards I found online and we altered them for some of the items we were having.  
(Link at bottom of Page.)


Red Twizzlers for TNT in clear boxes from Oriental Trading Co.  The Creeper Bottled Water Labels were available for download for free as well.  
(Link at bottom of page.)


I also served juice boxes, Creeper Juice, and Sweet Tea.  The Creeper Juice was Green Apple Koolaid.  It was a hit!


The table I made to look like a grass block.  It had a green plastic tablecloth on top, and a brown plastic pleated skirt. 

Food:

Chicken - Chicken Nuggets (from Sam's)
Cheese Dip (Seth's favorite!)
Tortilla Chips
Carrots - Cheese Puffs
Sticks - Pretzels
Melon - Watermelon
Pizza Dip (a crowd pleaser!  Recipe link posted below)
Lava - Colby Cheese Cubes
Mushrooms - Marshmallows dipped in Red Chocolate with White Chocolate dots on top
Cookies (Not Pictured)


Here's the cake I made.  It's got Graham Cracker Crumbs for the sides and Red Chocolate that I melted and and cut into squares.


Happy Birthday Seth!





I made the pinata using tissue paper and a huggies wipes box.  It was super easy.  You don't even unfold the tissue paper.  Just cut about 3 or 4 inch strips of the paper, then cut 1 or 2 inch strips about 1/2 an inch apart.  Unfold and glue to the box!  I did cover the box with red construction paper first, because you could see the huggies labels through the tissue.

We also had perler beads to make necklaces in the shape of Minecraft characters.  I forgot to take a picture though.  

It was a fantastic party.  We are worn out!  Seth had a great time and it was all worth it!  Hope this helps you plan your perfect Minecraft party!

Links:


Minecraft Food Signs - Just click on the link that says Minecraft Food Signs in PDF at the bottom of the page.



Saturday, July 25, 2015

Wildtree Baked Pizza Dip - Perfect Party Food!

Every time I make this, I get a ton of complements on it.  It's easy to make and there's never any leftovers!  Where do you get the Wildtree Perfect Pizza Seasoning?  From me, of course!  Here's a direct link to purchase it!  Wildtree Pizza Perfect Seasoning  Please also check out my Mandy's Wildtree - Facebook page or www.mywildtree.com/MandyHaynes to see the other great products we offer!



Wildtree Baked Pizza Dip

Ingredients

1 cup Ricotta Cheese
8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups of Mozzarella Cheese
2 tablespoons Wildtree Perfect Pizza Seasoning, divided
1 (14.5 ounces) can Diced Tomatoes, drained
Pepperoni Slices

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Mix together ricotta, cream cheese, 1 cup of mozzarella, and 1 tablespoon of Wildtree Perfect Pizza Seasoning.

Spread the cheese mixture into the bottom of a 5x7 baking dish.  Combine the drained diced tomatoes with remaining 1 tablespoon of Wildtree Perfect Pizza Seasoning.

Spread the diced tomatoes evenly over the cheese mixture.  Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella on top of the tomatoes.  Top with desired amount of pepperoni slices.  Bake for 25 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Wyatt's Thomas The Train Birthday Party!

Choo Choo!  Wyatt turned 2!


Wyatt is a huge fan of "Choo Choo" otherwise known as Thomas the Tank Engine.  He loved everything about his party and it was a huge success!  I searched high and low for ideas across the interwebs.  Here's a few pictures of the party and maybe will give you a few ideas for your Thomas party!

I made the banner with my cricut and used mini clothes pins to attach them to a string.



We had tons of food. Here's the list:

Produce Car - Celery & Carrots
Grain Car - Crackers
Dairy Car - Spinach Dip
Lumber Car - Pretzels
Grain Car - Chips
Salsa Car - Salsa
Coal Car - Grapes
 Aquarium Car - Goldfish Crackers
Fruit Kabobs
Sir Topham Hatt's Wraps
and Station House Sandwiches (PB&J sandwiches cut out in the shapes of trains)

I got the graphic for the food tents from PBS Kids Parent's website.  (Link at bottom of page.)


And the filling station had Lemonade, Sweet Tea, Juice Boxes, and Bottled Water.  I got the bottle wrappers from online for free.  (Link at bottom of page.)


And of course we had cake.  Made by me.  I did a test run of this about 2 weeks before the party.  It took me about 7 hours the first time I made it, the second time only took about 5 (baking time included).


And cupcakes!


Here were the party favors.  Each included a conductor hat, handkerchief, train whistle, and a pasta train. I picked up the hats, handkerchief, and whistle from Amazon fairly cheap.  The pasta trains were an idea I got from the PBS website and they took me about 3 hours to make.


This was the first time we had a lot of kids over to play on the castle fort we've been building.


Happy Birthday Wyatt!





I picked up a pull string pinata also from Amazon.  It was a big hit with the kids.  Fair warning though, don't stuff too much candy in it. The candy only fills up at the back, so if you put too much in it it hangs crooked.


All in all, it was a great party and everyone had fun.  I was so glad that I had prepared the food beforehand and wasn't cooking when the guests arrived.  It was nice to actually enjoy the party.  
Hope you have a success with your party as well!

Links:

http://www.pbs.org/parents/birthday-parties/thomas-birthday-party/  (tons of printables)

http://halegrafx.com/printables/free-printable-thomas-the-tank-engine-water-bottle-labels/

http://halegrafx.com/printables/free-printable-thomas-the-tank-engine-cupcake-toppers/

Monday, July 21, 2014

Seth's Lego Birthday Party

Today is my son Seth's 5th birthday.  He decided he wanted to have a Lego Movie birthday party at the skating rink.  Of course they don't make Lego Movie party supplies yet, so that left me with the task of making everything.  I searched on Pinterest for a few of the ideas, but thought I would share them with you all so that you can have your own Lego birthday party as well.

I went with primary colors for everything.  I bought the plates, napkins, tablecloth and plasticwear at Target.  They had a great deal, 60 plates or napkins for $3 each.  The tablecloths and plasticwear were also $3 each.  The cups I bought at Sams were around $8 for 140.


There were a lot of posts about utensil holders made out of Legos.  My husband decided to take it one step further and make it into a little house.  Complete windows, flowers, and a front door.  
It turned out super cute!


Since the party started at 3, we provided snacks.  I served Black Bean and Corn Salsa with chips (not pictured), Colored Goldfish, Sour Patch Kids, Pretzels, and Juice Boxes.


I bought the cupcakes from Sams as well.  It was just under $15 for a quantity of 30.  I ordered half chocolate and half white cake with white icing and sprinkles.
My husband also made the Lego 5 as a party decoration.


I topped them with these little Lego candies I found on Amazon.  The candles I picked up at Party City.


For party favors, I made Rice Krispie Treats and topped them with a little white icing and stuck Mini M&M's to them.


I bought the favor bags at Target and printed the Lego Tags for free on cardstock.  I cut them out and stapled them to the bags.


The banner I bought at a local party supply store, they actually had it on clearance for $4.  It's from Lego City instead of the movie, but I couldn't pass it up.


Seth with his friends.


I also picked up a Lego Movie Shirt from Target for $9.


He had a blast!  I can't believe he's already 5!  Hope these ideas help out with your Lego Party!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Burying Saint Joseph

About a month ago, my Mom suggested we bury St. Joseph in our yard.  I have heard this many times over the years when trying to sell a home.  It's an old Catholic tale.  You bury him upside down facing towards your home.  He works to get your house sold so that he can be placed upright again.  Once your home sells you remove the statue and give him a place of honor in your new home.  We bought the kit, and a few weeks went by with no activity.  Last Sunday out of no where, we had 3 viewing requests, one of which later included an offer.  Thank you Saint Joseph!

This meant we now had to find a place to live.  We went and looked at a few homes that were new to the market.  We placed an offer on the home we were going to buy before as we felt bad how the deal fell through and were already invested in the home.  The sellers had lowered their price by 1k however since we had our contract to purchase it, so we offered their new price and everything else the same.  They countered for the original price we had agreed upon, which just made us angry and we walked away.  Here's a pro tip:  If your home is a 5 years old and they are building new homes in your neighborhood for 5k more, don't mess around with offers.  Accept them if you really want to move.  Especially if they are good offers, i.e. your full listing price.  

Now we're buying the NEW house across the street and we're going to be neighbors.  AND we get to customize the new house since it's not finished being built yet.  AND the builder is going to pay our closing costs.  It's funny how things work out.  

  

Sunday, June 29, 2014

My All Time Favorite Childhood Meal - Tunafish Casserole


My Mom used to make this recipe for me ALL the time when I was little.  It was my absolute favorite.  I believe she got the recipe from a church cookbook, but I'm not sure what church or even how long ago. Normally I cook this in a glass casserole dish about 8x8, but in this case I only had a metal pan available and it worked just as well.  Not only is this quick and easy to make, but it's also budget friendly!  Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Ingredients:

  • Can of Tuna, drained
  • Can of Cream of Chicken Soup (or Cream of Mushroom)
  • 1 Cup Cheddar, shredded (I prefer Sharp)
  • 1 Small Onion, finely chopped
  • 8 ounces Elbow Noodles, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 Sleeve Saltine Crackers, crushed 
  • 3 Tbsp Butter

1.  Preheat oven to 350.
2.  While your noodles are cooking, in a casserole dish combine Tuna, Cream of Chicken Soup, Cheddar Cheese, and Onion.

3.  Melt Butter in Frying Pan and add Crushed Crackers, stirring continuously on Medium Heat until browned.

4.  Once noodles are cooked, stir into soup mixture.  Smooth evenly.
5.  Top casserole with crushed crackers
6.  Bake for 30 mins.  

Monday, June 16, 2014

Dying to go on Vacation

Usually by now I've got some sort of vacation booked and ready to go.  However, our house selling issue  has made vacation nearly impossible.  I'm afraid to leave our dogs at home and get a text saying that someone wants to look at our house; I always take them with us when we have a showing request.  Also since we lost money on the house we aren't buying, our funds are tight.  I was really hoping that we were going to have a trip to Dallas soon and would be buying new furniture from IKEA for our new house.  I so love IKEA, I could seriously spend a week there.  I'm so depressed about it.

We also LOVE cruises!  We've been on 5 Carnival Cruises and I was planning a cruise in the back of my mind for this summer too, even though it was impossible.  I just had some hope that some way, some how it would happen and now that too is out of the question.  I guess we could go camping but ugh...the heat would just kill us.  Tent camping is NO fun in the middle of Summer here in Arkansas.

Some of the ladies in our play group have these awesome Disney vacations planned.  I'm jealous but I would never attempt Disney; the thought of it gives me panic attacks.  To fly or not, where to stay, shuttles or rental cars, the lines, kids whining wanting everything in sight, the prices marked up 100% just because they can.  No thank you.

I've got to figure out something though, before I lose my mind!  Maybe I should just start scoping out the Groupon Deals.  Surely something will come along soon that I can snatch up at a good price.  What are your favorite family getaways?