Thursday, January 11, 2018

Viking Party!

For six years I have begged my boys to have a Viking theme birthday party, and my youngest finally agreed this year. I was so very excited! I wanted this party to be big and fun! I wanted the kids to feel like they were in another place when they came to the party, so I started with my decorations. I got viking clipart, and blew it up. I stood it up using dowels and 4x4's, and straws taped to the back. I cut a longship out of cardboard, and drew in the details with a pencil, before finishing them off with a sharpie.

Here is pic of all the decor all together. I shared the Viking Party on Studio 5, a few days before the party.

Before the Viking party, and Studio 5, I set it up in my home, so I could send photos to the show. The actual Viking party set up was a little different, and day of the party was crazy. I'm glad I got pics in advance, so I can share some of the more pretty pics. That's why a few of the things I am sharing will look like they are in different places.  Also, we had a friend party on Saturday, and a cousin party on Sunday, because we have so many cousins around his age that live close, and we would have had over 20 kids at one party if we did it all at the same time. So, like I say, the pics and lighting might all be a little different, but the party activities were the same.

My husband lead the party, dressed as a Viking, and he did such a great job!  The kids had to do a series of activities to earn their Viking gear, and become Dragon trainers. 

The first thing they did was warm ups. They earned their Viking helmets after doing the warm-ups, which included choosing a Viking name, jumping jacks, grunts, etc.

Hunky then presented them with their helmets.

The next thing they had to do was to earn their sword. The swords were made using 5 gallon paint stirrers from Home Depot, and tongue depressor size sticks (1 package was $.99). I sanded and painted the paint stirrers, and then glued the tongue depressors to each side, making it into a sword! Easy peasy, and so fun! They held up great!

They earned their swords by jumping through a ring of fire! I made this using a giant hoop, and by gluing tissue paper, cellophane, and glittery packaging strands to the hoop. It's a pvc hoop I got at the DI. You could use a regular hula hoop.

To say they loved this, was an understatement. We learned quickly that we needed to remind them to take their socks off before jumping. We had the soundtrack to, "How to Train Your Dragon," playing in the background.

Then they earned their shields. I made these shields using 18' pizza rounds I got from Gygi, for $.59 each. I painted them, and put a duct tape handle on the back. They held up very well, and the kids LOVED them!

I hooked a few to the Vining longship for display during the party.

The kids had to throw a shield into the ring of fire before they got to pick out their own shields. They loved it!

After earning their gear, they had a little war chant.

And battled for a few minutes.

After the battle, they became master longship builders! They each got a boat kit. 

I got these from 
These darling boats are only $.69 each!!! They are a fantastic deal!

They are the most darling little foam boats that really float! The kids sat on the floor and put their kits together.

These boats come as boats, not as Viking longships. I got a craft store foam sheet for around $1.50, and cut out mini heads and tails for each ship. After the kids finished building their boat, they came to me, and I hot glued the head and tail on each one.

I mean look at that detail, and the cute swirls on the back of the longship!

They then got to race their longships, rain gutter regatta style, in flower box liners, from Home Depot. They were around $3 each, and I covered the drains with duct tape, because one of them leaked a bit. They worked so well, and the kids LOVED this too! We put the liner boxes on our coffee table. It was the perfect height. I was sure to put a towel under the table.

The next thing they got to do was play dragon egg golf! I had my print shop print these clipart caves big, on 12x18 sheets of paper. I cut them out, and backed them with clear cups, and they got to hit the, "dragon eggs," with dollar store golf club, into the caves, before earning their dragon. Okay, that was the idea, but we ran out of time, and the birthday boy passed out the dragons instead of golfing for them, but here is the idea, from the previous set up.

Can we just talk about these cute baby dragons for a minute? They are from 
and are only  $24.84/dozen, which was $2 and a couple pennies each! They are a great deal, and the perfect size baby dragon, for any young dragon trainer.

Like I say, the birthday boy passed them out to each of his friends, and he liked being involved in this way. The young Vikings were so excited to have their baby dragons, and each got the color they chose.

After they received their baby dragon, they each received a Dragon Owners Guide, because of course, you must know how to care for your dragon! I tell you, this was so fun to read with the kids. It was created by Anj Snow, whom I have never met in person, but we are Instagram friends, and I absolutely adore her!

You can find the link for her darling booklet in her 
It's a 6 page booklet that is funny and darling. She is so talented. 

After we finished reading all about how to take care of the dragons, we opened gifts. This little Viking LOVED it! We were still opening gifts when a few moms arrived. We were cutting it close. They just loved everything so much that they spent more time on each activity than I had expected.

I don't serve food at kids parties, for various reasons, including food allergies, picky kids and messes. We did have cake and ice cream at the family party. The ice-cream was, "dragon eggs." 

I scooped balls of ice-cream, and rolled them in sprinkles, then put them in the freezer until the day of the party. The cousins and adults LOVED them! I think I will for sure do that again some time!

There parties were super successful, and my husband was the best Viking Master I have ever met!

I can't wait to start thinking about next year's party!

If you didn't get to see me on Studio 5, sharing this party, here's the link!

This post contains links to vendors who generously contributed items for the party, as well as Studio 5, who promoted the party. This post does not  contain affiliate links.

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, December 15, 2017

PilloPlush review

I received a Pillo from the kind folks at PilloPlush last month, and I am a little late getting to post my review, but I've had so much going on! Better late than never. One thing I've had going in my son had a surgery last week, and was in Primary Children's Hospital for four days.  We are home now, and the number one blanket he has asked for as he recovers, is the PilloPlush! He's spent hours with it in his recliner.

The thing that's awesome about PilloPlush, is that it's a Pillo, that opens into an amazing soft and plush blanket that has a pocket for your feet, and a pocket for each hand! It's genius! These are a few clips of my kids opening it up for the first time.

They loved it! It has been a hot commodity in our home, as each kid wants to use it. I like that it matches the other pillows my couch.

These are literally the softest blanket I have ever used.

We have loved them, and they are the perfect Christmas gift for anyone your list!

Thanks for stopping by. 

Have a Happy and Creative Day!


Monday, June 26, 2017

DIY Customize Color Letterboard

I have been drooling, DROOLING over colored felt letterboards. I just haven't drooled over the price. They are expensive! I kept thinking there had to be a solution, and I've found it!

I recently found THE BEST DEAL! An 11"x16" letter board for $9.95, that comes with a set of black letters! This letterboard can be found at Walmart. I've not found it online, only in stores, and not all stores carry it, so you may want to call and check, unless you are making a trip anyway. I've found it in fabric and craft, and in stationary. The construction is okay, and the white felt looks a bit dingy, not like the Letter Folk letter boards. You can even get 2 sets of additional letters and words for $9.95.

As I mentioned, it was a little dingy, and I didn't love the color of the white. It looked more grey. I thought this would be the perfect board to turn a color!

So... an inexpensive, easy DIY solution was born! Textile medium mixed with the craft paint color of your choice, and brushed on your letter board, was the answer! You can find textile medium at any craft store, and I think most brands work just fine.

 I used Anita's on one, and Delta on the other board, and they both gave the same results.

Squirt as much paint as you need into a cup, and add the textile medium. What this does, is it thins the paint, and makes it so it doesn't dry hard. It stays soft and playable. Mix more than you need. You will need more than you think, and the felt will suck up any excess.

I found that adding a little more textile medium than paint gave me the consistency I wanted. It will be pretty thin! Kind of like pudding that's not set up.

Mix it up, and start brushing it on your letterboard. The felt will soak the color up. It feels more like a stain than a paint. I loved using the medium flat brush for this project, because it was able to get under the frame and not get paint on the frame. It went super fast! By the way... I tried to take the frame off, and couldn't bend the metal prongs back into place after, that's why I opted to just paint with the frame on. If you get paint on the frame, you can just wipe it off. You may need to add extra to the crack lines, just to make sure the color has saturated everything.

Let it dry in the sun or over night. This is very important, because the letters can leave dents in the painted felt, if you insert them before it's all the way dry.

I also made a pink one for my bedroom. I kinda want one in every room of my house!

At $9.97, there is NO EXCUSE not to buy and customize your own letterboard today!

The board says what I felt when I finished.

Now I have two more boards, one for my bedroom, and one for the powder room. Just think... you could have two more boards by the end of the day too!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Have a Happy and Creative Day. And seriously... make a painted letterboard!


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