Paw Patrol Party!

Z turned 6 recently and she was excited to have a Paw Patrol party; as it turns out it is very easy and fun to throw a Paw Patrol themed party!

Lets start with decorations…my favorite! I got these super cute masks for T’s birthday earlier this year and then we used them at the party. The plan was to let the kids each take one home but I forgot to fill the older kids and and hubby in on that and they ended taking them back from the kids. oops! 🙂 We definitely have gotten amazing use out of them over the last 3 months and they are still used regularly. I love the paw print table cloth too, always a favorite of mine when we can stick with the theme without being overboard PAW PATROL everything, does that make sense?

Dollar Tree dog bowls were the perfect way to serve up all of the goodies. I made dog bone tags/labels and printed on them on this brown paper I had although any color would work great! I checked with the parents ahead of time to make sure there was no peanut allergies so that our “puppy chow” could be Muddy Buddies. However, if there is an allergy to account for, you could go with another Chex Mix combo instead. Download the free bone tag printable below.

Next up, cupcakes! I wanted to keep it simple this time so we stuck with the paw print theme using large and mini marshmallows. I usually always make homemade frosting on a from the box cake but this time I did box cake AND canned frosting and per the usual, the kids didn’t care 😁

Of course what is a party without games?! We started off the party outside waiting for everyone to arrive and practicing our aim just like Chase. We used this bow and arrow set and didn’t have to worry about injuries.

While we were outside playing mean Mayor Humdinger came and stole all of Z’s presents her friends had brought! We went and alerted the kids so they could come in and help us solve the problem. They found some kitten prints left leading outside. Once outside the prints stopped but lucky for us, Farmer Yumi was in the garden (played by Z’s big sister, C) and let us know she saw cats running into our garage. They ran into the garage to find some prints on our car and then leading back into the house….you can see where we went with this. Around they ran following the prints until it lead them to the closet under the stairs where Mayor Humdinger and his cats stashed them before escaping!

Following that adventure we played freeze dance using the Paw Patrol album found on Spotify and we played Bingo which I found HERE. I’m not posting pictures from all of our games for privacy reasons but they did take up majority of our time and the kids had a blast!

After we were done with games we ate “pupperoni pizza” bites and all the goodies and snacks that were out on display. I had some larger solid color plates they could put their food and snacks on and then these cute dessert plates for their treats.

We {almost} always end parties with a goodie bag and this party was no exception. I got fruit snacks and Paw Patrol party packs at Walmart (the party pack was a mini coloring/activity book that I figured would be great for parents to throw into their church activity bags 🤞🏼) we also made “pupcorn” by taking plain popcorn and pouring melted white chocolate over it, adding some fun balloon shaped sprinkles and mixing it all up. This was served during dinner too so they were all very excited to see that they got to take some home too! The “pupcorn” tags are part of the download found previously in this post.

All in all the party was a success! I’m loving these last few years of having these fun themed parties before I know they will inevitably come to an end. It’s always so magical to watch their faces light up as they see it all come together and watch them make such great memories with their friends as they enjoy the magical parts of being a KID!

Have fun!

xo,
Jenny

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Star Wars Party

Since we are in the middle of a house renovation I decided to make as little as possible for this party and support other small business owners instead. So here is how the party went and what we used!

We’ll start with the simple decor and goodie bags. Red and blue streamers from Walmart and I’ll attach the simple sign below. It may not be fancy but it does the job!

As for the goodie bags, I bought these favor bag printables and attached them to small white gift bags. Then I took black paper and used a gold metallic sharpie to write their names…and by names I mean their Star Wars name. So we purchased this printable to have them figure out their name and then find their tag/goodie bag.

As for what we put in the party favor bag: they each got this Lego set, a couple stickers from THIS set we bought, a water bottle with a tag from HERE on it (they also had one at dinner), and a bag of Jabba grubs (which is a snack bag of gummy worms that I used black paper and the metallic marker again to say “Jabba grubs” on it).

Above is the pic of the water bottle tags I posted about above. They’re perfect, are’t they?! I used THIS table cloth because it’s awesome and went well. Good quality too so if you are careful and wipe it down after you can reuse. We also used THESE awesome printables for our 2-liter sodas.

I’ve had these chalkboard signs for at least a year now and use them ALL the time. They are great because they can be wiped clean and reused countless times.

We had these Star Wars balloons on either side of the island as well as some in the room they ate in, some where he opened presents and some outside being held down with golf tees in the grass for them during their battle (which we’ll cover later).

The cake was a simple box cake with THIS frosting. I looked at a picture of the death star and went to it. It’s not my best work but it was clear what I was TRYING to achieve so I count it as a win 🙂

I had to buy these forks when I found them. They’re the coolest forks ever. We had plenty leftover after the party to use them on May 4th as well so win/win. (and even more after that so they’ll last for next year too. Score!)

As for sign in the background I’ll give that to you for FREE. It’s not fancy but it works and it’s free so win/win.

I put a plain black table cloth on the wall, added the letters (cutting those out probably took the most time out of all of the party prep. It is a little time consuming but again, free) and called it good. This sign is reminding me that we also had our letter board that is on our entry table say, “10 years ago in a galaxy far away…”. I never did get a picture of it but it was a fun little touch.

It’s kind of cracking me up that I didn’t get a single picture of the birthday boy in any pictures but I did get this one of his little sister 🙂 I bought tan material and some rope, measured the width of the shoulders of my son and of our daughter and started cutting. I honestly didn’t use a pattern or anything so I’m not going to be much help here but if you can wing it like I did, AWESOME! If not, Pinterest it, I’m sure someone has a pattern they have shared or measurements they can give to help you get an idea as to what to do. They don’t take long. I didn’t sew at all and yes, there is some fraying now (just over a month later) but I’m just fine with that. I was finishing these up just as the kids started to arrive for the party so they put them on right away and they went outside to start their Jedi training which started with making their own light sabers.

So I put my husband in charge of this part and I was reminded why I’ve never done that before 🙂 He made them out of PVC pipe, pool noodles and black electric tape but we did have 3 injuries so if I could do it all again I would make sure to NOT have the PVC pipe go the whole length of the noodle. Major hand to palm here 🙂 Oh well, boys had fun and live and learn.

After they finished making their light sabers they went to battle. When hit, you had to kneel and wait for someone on your team to bring you back to life. There was no real “winners” with how we played. We just played until it was time to move on to the next thing.

The next activity was all Parker’s idea. They had 20 minutes to build a Star Wars themed item and then they simply went around and showed what they had come up with. It was so simple but they had a blast and it was fun to see their creativity at work. After that we did pizza/eating, presents, cake and then they wanted to go back out to battle again until parents came home.

Clearly by my lack of photos of the party itself and the complete absence of the birthday boy all together we were busy having fun. Also, my brain was so on house projects still I was just glad he was having fun and then it was going to be behind us. Is that bad to admit? Either way, it’s the truth. Happy Birthday, buddy dude!

Yeehaw! It’s a cowgirl party!

Someone had a birthday and she was so excited to have the cowgirl party we had started to plan last year but then Covid had hit bringing the party planning to a halt. So this year we made it happen.

Up first: food. Pizza was our main course but we also had:

pretzels dipped in white chocolate melting wafers with green dye and green sprinkles
I just bought the store bought Rice Krispies and unwrapped and stacked. I had ambitions for homemade but then…who has time for that 🙂
I used strips of handkerchiefs all throughout the decor
Pringle dipped in chocolate with a Rolo and Pull Twizzler rope on top. Only used a couple throughout cupcake stand because they were more work than I had anticipated and I had waited too long to start. So cute though and worth it
Cupcake toppers from HERE

Next up: decor. Links for items found underneath each picture.

Balloons were mostly from Walmart but I did get a pack of cow ones HERE I also got the handkerchiefs from Walmart except for the cow print which I bought two of from HERE
We already had THESE trays and I felt like they went great with theme but I think THESE would be perfect as well and you would have enough for a party and then some probably

Next up: games!

Balloons (from Walmart) held down with golf tees and shoot Nerf bullets at them
Ring toss. Some Coke bottles and Cream Soda bottles glued down on a piece of plywood and pool rings did the trick
Catching the bandit (aka dad). We got the lasso HERE
We also collected our hens’ eggs (aka plastic eggs) which they then got to add to their goodie bags

Last but not least: goodie bags!

Pretzels (we used GF due to a friend with allergies), m&ms, chex, PB chips and cake batter popcorn. Printable tags available at the bottom of the page
Funny face farm animals from HERE
Farm animal puffer balls from HERE
Bandana scrunchies from HERE
I put their goodies in a brown sack which I had wrote their names on and tied it with a strip of a bandana.

Below is a free printable for the “cowgirl trailmix”.

All in all the party was a huge success. We got Rylee a new jean jacket from Target and a cowgirl hat so she felt like a true cowgirl from dress to activities to her surroundings and it was so fun to see her light up all evening. As always, the most important part of any activity or party with your kids is to HAVE FUN and live in the moment. Great memories will be made no matter what, it doesn’t have to be perfect.

xoxo,
Jenny