|It was all about heart shaped things at our heart-themed birthday party|
These little buckets are filled with some garden foam blocks that had been cut into smaller pieces and stuffed with one piece of shiny tissue, a long dowel that had been cut to make many smaller dowels, and a foam heart shape taped on. I made a few of these and used them as centerpieces around the house.
I used the same tablecloths and matching paper favor bags to add a cohesiveness to the rooms. The favor bags were filled with clearance Valentine's toys.
|I line the favor bags up on the fireplace mantle to help add to the room decorations|
We knew we wanted a heart-shaped cake. I bought two heart pans in the holiday clearance for mere pennies (score!) But with friends from school, and then our big family coming later in the day, I would need more than one kind of cake.
I had read in Family Fun magazine that year about an easy way to make heart shaped cupcakes as well, using a regular muffin tin and glass marbles. Click here for a full tutorial on how to make them.
|These were a BIG hit with the party goers.|
For food I went pretty simple. Sometimes our food themes go over the top, but this year it was simple sandwiches, chips, fruits and veggies. I try to put them on heart-shaped plates, and cut the sandwiches into hearts as well.
For crafts, we had two. If you have a larger number of kids coming to the party, I have found it is sometimes easier if you have two crafts happening at the same time. Half the party peeps can do one craft in one room... and the other half can finish a different craft in another room. If you only have enough money for one craft, I usually make the other craft a stack of free printable coloring pages in the party theme. Having two crafts at once works well if you are tight on space. For example, in one room, we had a simple heart sticker craft, with foam letters and shapes. The kids had a great time designing their pictures.
In the kitchen, we had them make bracelets with heart-shaped beads.
Games! Of course what's a party without games? We always try to make our theme match the games we play. We had three great ideas. The first idea was to play the "Achy Breaky Heart Game". This was like "hot potato" only we had a heart that was filled with strawberry candy. We played Achy Breaky Heart as they passed the heart around. If they passed too hard, the heart would break open and they were out. If the music stopped when they had the heart, they were out (and of course were heart broken).
|They look pretty chipper here...|
The next game we played was the "Wandering Hearts Game". This was like musical chairs, only we had foam heart shapes on the floor and they had to walk around and land on a heart when the music stopped.
|Having a fun time in the wandering hearts game|
|Sometimes NONE go in the bowl|
The people that are watching are laughing so hard at the people scooping up mostly air. A good time was had by all during this game. I highly recommend it. Matter of fact there was a few adults who took a very competitive liking to this game!
|The birthday girl's aunt Jenny really going to town on the Love is Blind game.|
|Love this girl!!|