Percy Jackson Birthday Soiree

percy A good friend’s daughter is having a Birthday and she LOVES the Percy Jackson book series and especially is in LOVE with Greek Mythology. I am so excited to share ideas for this party! Fun and Different!!

Invite: Parchment Scroll written in purple, tied with a gold ribbon. (the Birthday Girl is making them!)

Decor: White, gold & BLUE

Games: Make a sign “Camp Half Blood” for some “Olympic” games

1. Capture the Flag

2. Scavenger Hunt

2. Trivia Game (also printed on parchment looking paper with medals for the winner)


1. Nature Walk at dusk, search for leaves to make Laurel Wreaths for each girl to wear a “crown”. This is the PERFECT time of year!!

Greek Menu: I get really excited about Greek Food!!


Greek Layer Dip w/ pita chips & carrot sticks

Strawberries  (the fav food of Camp Half Blood)

percy j cake

BLUE cake, cupcakes BLUE punch, BLUE cookies (blue is the color of food that Percy’s Mom makes him for special occasions!!) I used symbols from the book, the trident, a maze and a lightening bolt to make cupcake toppers and cake decoration.

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xoxo, Mama Bird

Lego Cake

Happy Birthday Joey!!


Joey is obsessed with Legos and so for his special day he and a few friends went down to the Lego Store (I didn’t even know they had one!) and had a blast taking a LEGO class. They even do Birthday Parties! How awesome!! I can not wait to do this for Jack when he gets a little older!!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Photo Booth {Carnival Car}


What Carnival would be complete without a Photo Booth? I had one at my wedding reception and it was so much fun! I have 2 or 3 Polaroid  cameras and think it will be so cute to snap pics of all the kids. I wanted to have a backdrop and since the party is outside I thought I could make one of those cut-out stands where they can put their heads in. So, I busted out the paint and brushes and went to work! I did a carnival car with 3 places to cut-out (Hubs will do that part!). This is my FAVORITE thing that I have made thus far! It is just so dang cute!! What do you think??

xoxo, Mama Bird

Lollipop Tree

How stinking cute is this Lollipop Tree?! I LOVE how it turned out. Found this great bucket at the dollar store along with the aqua paper shreds for the bottom. Bought a foam tringle shaped tree from Hobby Lobby, painted it RED and added some cute ribbons and a #3 at the top. Decorated with some cute red & blue gumballs.

Tip Junkie handmade projects xoxo, Mama Bird

It’s almost here….

Jack’s 3rd Birthday!!

Everyday this week is dedicated to an element of Jack’s upcoming CARNIVAL PARTY! Today I am going to share the party hat! I covered an old Dora hat with the red and white stripped fabric and then put fuzzy balls all around the bottom and took ribbon and made the #3 and the backdrop for the number! Isn’t it cute?!


xoxo, Mama Bird

Ben’s Batman Birthday!


Happy, Happy  BELATED Birthday to Ben!           Ben’s Mommy is a great friend of mine and due to the amazing amounts of SNOW we have had we are FINALLY getting to CELEBRATE Ben’s 4th Birthday!! He is really into Batman right now so I had a great time making these. We made Ben his own cake and all his friends get cupcakes!  I used fondant to make all the bats, his name & the 4!  I am still a novice with the fondant but, I am getting better!



What’s Baking?

mixer love

ALIEN Cupcakes!


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Valentine’s Lollipops

P2021860I was looking through Valentine’s Ideas when I saw that Trendy Treehouse  did a great post and I was super excited to find Roots & Wings Co who posted this great recipe for Nana’s Suckers. I had never made suckers before but these were so cute that I had to give it a try. I had a little trouble finding sucker  molds. I didn’t have time to order the snazzy stainless steel ones they had so mine are a lot thinner. I think they turned out quit well. Especially since I had never even used a candy thermometer!! Thanks to the Sisters over at Roots & Wings Co I am in love and think I will be making suckers for every holiday!!
I halved the recipe. I only had 1 mold (5 lollipops) and this recipe made about 15 pops.
1 c sugar
1/4 c light karo syrup
1/4 c water
Bring to 260 degrees on a candy thermometer and then add coloring (I like the paste) and when it hits 290 take off heat and add flavoring. I used cherry.
This is what it looks like just as you need to remove it from the heat!! P2021864This is how I am going to give them to Jack’s Class. 

7 day Countdown~Turkey Day Menu

I am a planner. I am. I like a plan. Sometimes I deviate from my plan, but regardless I like having one. Therefore, I am “planning” my menu now so that I can prepare ahead, shop some sales and enjoy the process of cooking the big meal. This year we, I should say I cause all Hubs does is drop the turkey in blazing hot oil, watches it cook and drinks beer, are hosting his parents, his sister and her family and my mother. Possibly my sis & her family as they never know exactly what they are doing until they are in the middle of doing whatever it is they decided to do! So, we are having 6 to 12 for Thanksgiving Lunch! Now, for the big reveal!

Rolls (i cheat, Sister Schuberts can’t be beat!)
and whatever the rest of the family cares to contribue!!
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Monkey Birthday Party

This is my favorite pic of j at his 1st Birthday Party!

These are the cupcakes I made for j’s friends! I just LOVE cupcakes!!
I used mini vanilla wafers for the muzzle, cherrios for the ears and m&m’s for the eyes. I made my favorite Banana Pound Cake & Chocolate icing. They were a huge hit!

Here is the cake I made for him! This time I used icing for all the features.