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Birthday Buzzin | Birthday party ideas for kids parties PRIVACY POLICY DISCLOSURE CONTACT Birthday Buzzin Birthday party ideas for kids parties PARTY THEMES SUPPLIES PRINTABLES CRAFTS PARTY TIPS GIFT IDEAS SUBMISSIONS ABOUT The Nightmare Before Christmas Birthday Party Ideas and Themed Supplies May 2, 2016 by admin Leave a Comment Nightmare before Christmas is one of those little gems, like Coraline, that not only appeals to both children and parents, but also somehow manages to survive the passage of time with grace. More than a decade has passed and “this is Halloween” and “all hail the pumpkin king” is still resounding in my head. If you’ve introduced your children to this wonderful classic, then they’re probably hooked and praise the master of fright, Jack Skellington alongside you. If you haven’t done this yet, what are you waiting for? A Nightmare before Christmas party is always supremely entertaining. Not only do you get to play with great costumes, but you can dust off Halloween and Christmas decorations together (especially if you don’t get enough of those holidays) and make a nice horrifying mish mash of them, in the spirit of the movie (skeleton reindeer anyone? Toy ducks with teeth and bullet holes anyone?). Since there are a lot of tips and tricks and hacks for this one movie, below you’ll find a nice selection of the best Nightmare before Christmas birthday party ideas that we could find in all the corners of the internet (even the quest for the Holy Grail pales in comparison to the internet sweep that just occurred). Nightmare Before Christmas Party Invitations Personalized Nightmare Before Christmas party invitations available from graciegirldesigns77 Etsy store A Nightmare before Christmas party invite needs to be in equal parts creepy and charming. Tough mix, says the crowd – but we can pull it off. For those without time to spare, there’s always the good’ol friendly Etsy (like that neighbor with all the tools and all the baking ingredients that always opens the door). There are plenty of Nightmare before Christmas cards in the sea of Etsy – from tiny fish to giant customizable whales (can you tell I took that analogy too far?). But, where’s the fun in that? Why not make your own cards? For a nice start, try this Nightmare before Christmas font. You can add it to this printable, or this one, or that one and let’s not forget the iconic graveyard dome under moonlight. For max points on the most decorated card in history, you can even add some ghost pop-ups inside. If you’re feeling playful, you can make a pumpkin card – with an ‘all hail the pumpkin king’ message. Another fun message would be : “What’s this? What’s that?/ A party’s to be had”. Now, if the theme song is stuck in your head why not share the joy with others and make a musical card with This is Halloween. Another great Nightmare before Chirstmas party invite idea would be to make a double slider card with Sally on one slide and Jack on the other, or Halloween Jack and Christmas Jack. Or why not shine some light on other mischievious characters? You can make a Waterfall card with Lock, Shock and Barrel – you get extra House points if you add a final image with them and Santa in a bag. We should also not forget the loveable ‘vilain’ of the show. You can make an Oogie boogie card with a pull tab. On the pull tab, you can put a worm or a centipede. For the Oogie Boogie effect, glue on some burlap and paint on this pattern Nightmare Before Christmas Party Decorations Here’s where you can let your inner decorating monster roam free and put up a production to rival Skellington’s own Halloween shows – To start off simple, use a display board and add this printable text of the theme song in proper creepy font. Then you can copy Jack, and make some ‘cheerful’ paper spider snowflakes. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves – the entrance needs to be touched up first, and what better way than with Jack’s eyeball doorbell ? It’s squishy, it’s gross – and if you can add your own ring, make it a scream (it even almost rhymes, it’s so perfect). Your yard needs to get in on the action with some pumpkin scarecrows. Like the ones bearing a “Welcome to Halloween Town” sign in the movie. In fact, that sign would be perfect to spruce up the design in the tutorial, alongside some scary face pumpkin carving. In fact, you can add a pumpkin here and a pumpkin there – a pumpkin everywhere (musicals are contagious, be warned). For designs, check out this place especially the witch pumpkin, the vampire one and the zombie one. Another Nightmare before Christmas party decoration idea is to add floating witch hat luminaries and Jack milk jug lights. You can round off the look with floating ghosts or hanging ghosts and even try your hand at some skeleton reindeer (although there are no tutorials, you can try to make a cardboard cutout of the outline and then a separate cutout of the bones and glue the two together). For the ones that are not afraid of sawing their thumbs off, or shooting a nail into their own foot (which, while in the Halloween spirit, will definitely put you off the party mood), there are some more crafty tutorials, steadily increasing in difficulty til Zen or Super Saiyan carpentry is reached. To start off, this easy Nightmare before Christmas countdown to Halloween/Christmas clock. Mind you, it does not have to be a functional clock. Moving up, you can also add some DIY Jack and Sally plywood yard decorations. If you have sufficient time on your hands you can try your hand at this Zero dog house grave stone made with foam pads. Or make some Halloween/Christmas toys like the Jack in the box toy or nightmare duck toy. Last but not least, is the pumpkin king himself – PVC pipes, screws, stuffing, cloth and skill and you get a life-sized Jack Skellington puppet. Nightmare Before Christmas Party table setup On to the party table set-up, you can start with a spiderweb tablecloth. Then, to get the guests in the mood, you can add some tombstones in the background or at foot of the table. Alternatively, you can make a backdrop of the Nightmare before Christmas graveyard hill and moon out of felt and a bedsheet, something like this. For the crafty, you can make a Nightmare before Christmas cupcake stand. You can also fill it with other treats. To make the hill shape, you need to trace it and then cut it out of plywood. Then it’s a simple matter of adding shelves – for convenience, you can make it one sided. Another Nightmare before Christmas party table idea is to add bat napkins and make your own Skellington spoons. As with the decorating, we mustn’t forget the villain. You can add some Oogie Boogie dice (the pattern is at page four, after a long License ramble) or an Oggie Boogie candy dish. To do that you will need to cover a bowl in burlap, paint in the face models from here and fill it with gummy worms. Nightmare Before Christmas Costumes and Birthday Outfits Once the house is suitably creepy/charming it’s time to dress yourself, er, the kids (though nobody says you can’t join in on the fun). For starters, there are a lot, and I mean a lot, of Skellington face paint tutorials. Here are a few to set you on the right path, ranging from scary to adorable: scary, another tutorial and cutesy Christmas Jack. You’ll need a lot of white, black and grey face paint. Ideally, you can cover your kid’s hair with a black hair mesh and paint till the edges (but it will be hard to get them to stay still that long – and not smudge anything). There are also Sally makeup tutorials with a white base and a blueish base (and completely different styles, overall). With a bit of luck, we even managed to find a Zero inspired makeup tutorial and a Oogie inspired one. For the Oogie tutorial, it would work better to cover the face in black paint to the hairline edge. Since we’re done with faces, it’s time to move on to the full body experience. You can make Skellington costumes with suits or dark long-sleeved shirts and white paint, like this suit based one or this long-sleeved shirt one. There are also Sally costumes inviting you to cover dresses and skirts with fabric patches (and add funky detail with markers) like this one or this one.We also tracked down a Mayor costume and even Lock, Shock and Barrel. Nightmare Before Christmas Party Food and Drinks jack skellington cake pops by Crumbs & Corkscrews via Flickr Ghouls have ferocious appetites – so you need to be prepared. Fortunately, there are a lot, and I mean a lot as in McScrooge vault size, Skellington food ideas. For instance, there are these scrumptious Jack Skellington caramel apples (you’ll need to scroll a bit to the recipe – till you see the caramel apple). Then there is this easy to make Skellington pizza. Or how about some Skellington brownie bites? If you’re in the breakfast mood, then there are Skellington pancakes. For bite sized treats, try making some Skellington cake pops. And for something more substantial, give this Skellington sandwich a shot. Now that that’s out of the way, you can cool off your guests with Nightshade and Frog’s Breath drinks (frog’s breath should be green) or Ghoulish punch. For more substantial food, you can make some snake and spider stew , you know “Perhaps he’ll make his special brew/of snake and spider stew – Mmm!” (while in my book, the only good spider is a dead one, I wouldn’t advertise it as a snack). For extra creep factor, make some creepy eyeball cheese balls (nice and squishy, mm). Then there is the Snake bread – to make it match the snake on the show add some orange food coloring to the dough. Alternatively, you can make a slithering snakewitch. And if you fear the children will be starved of sugar, then replenish their supplies with graveyard pudding and doll cookies (patched up like Sally). Nightmare Before Christmas Birthday Cakes and Cupcakes Jack Skellington cake by Loren Javier via Flickr For the main event, the birthday cake, you can make use of your local cake decorating shop and ask them to print a Nightmare before Christmas cake topper with edible ink. If you’re not afraid to get down and dirty (inevitable when it comes to baking, especially if the children decide to ‘help’), then you can make this simple Skellington cake. Here’s another similarly simple model. For some super easy 3D fun, you can make a Jack and Sally inside surprise cake and fill it with all sorts of yummy goodness (candy, gummy worms). Another easy and fun to make cake is a spiderweb shape Skellington cake (what makes it more special is the fact that the cake is carved to match the shape of the web). Going with the theme, you can try your hand at a Graveyard cake and add figurines from the show. Alternatively,if you want more than just one tombstone, you can pipe grass onto the cake, make tombstones out of rice crispies and cover them with fondant (much like in the tutorial, except in miniature and multiplied). Since I mentioned figurines and toppers, you can also try to make a Skellington and pumpkin topper – keep in mind though, as pretty as it looks, it’s quite time consuming and bound to frustrate those that have little experience working with fondant. Here’s a slightly easier Skellington topper with a decorated cake base. Another Nightmare before Christmas birthday cake idea is to make an Oogie Boogie cake. You’ll need to print out an Oogie shape, trace and cut the shape on the cake and cover the result in icing. Then you’ll have to cover the cake with fondant. For the finishing touches, you can add gummy worms and cut fondant strips and make the stitches. Lastly, if you child prefers cupcakes, then you make some Skellington cupcakes or cauldron cupcakes (they look like this). Nightmare Before Christmas Party Games and activities Nightmare Before Christmas coloring pages available from A bored Skellington is a menace, as we’ve seen from the Christmas/Halloween combo (bloodsucking vampire toy?). Imagine a whole troop of restless ghouls – more like Lock, Shock and Barrel (brr). For the younger Nightmare before Christmas fans, there are quite a few coloring pages. Then there is the Pin the tail on the donkey with a twist: pint the worm on Oogie, pin the arm on Sally (she keeps losing them, poor girl), pin the nose on Zero etc. If you want something more active, you can have the children play some Oogie Boogie bean bag toss. Check the Oogie costume for ideas on how to make an Oogie mask – or, simply print an Oogie image, glue it to some sturdy cardboard and cut out the mouth. Another fun idea is to play the Skellington Christmas lights popping game – a version of the balloon popping game. Each guest has a balloon tied to their leg. There are two teams, each team with one color balloon. They have to pop the other team’s balloons without using their hands. The last balloon to be popped decides the winning team. Then there is the Spider web race game. You’ll need to make a spider web on the floor using green tape. You’ll also need some cardboard circles and toy spiders. Place the circles between the web strands and make it a timed race. The children will have to deliver the present (spiders) in the chimneys (circles) before the Christmas Eve night is over. Another fun Nightmare before Christmas party game idea is to play a Jack Skellington skeleton relay race – you can buy or draw a skeleton on sturdy cardboard and cut out each individual bone. You’ll have to divide the kids into teams. Each team gets a complete skeleton cut into bones. They have to bring the skeleton bones one by one from one end of the room/yard to the other. The first team to fully assemble their skeleton on the other side wins. For extra Night before Christmas fun, make the skull resemble Jack’s head. Or you could play the ‘What’s this? What’s that?’ game. It’s the age old guessing game with a Night before Christmas twist. You’ll have to cover several boxes and place bowl with various things inside (check out this place for ideas). Children have to guess what’s inside each bowl. You should number the boxes and then give each child a piece of paper and a pencil. Whoever gets the most right wins. Last but not least is the Oggie Boogie’s monster dice game where one of the die has numbers the other has actions (like spider crawl). The children then have to obey the Oogie dice. Nightmare Before Christmas Birthday Party Favors Nightmare Before Christmas tattoo favors. Once the party is wrapping up, it’s time to dole out the favor bags. And what better way to do that than to make Oggie boogie bags. You can even include an Oogie boogie DIY monster . though a bit time consuming to make – since you’ll have to do it a few dozen times, it will be great fun for the kids (they can even use it as a candy bag). You can also add some Jack and Sally coffin pendants or Jack soft touch key rings. There are also Night beforeChristmas stickers, dollar bills, bottlecap necklaces and magnets. And since you don’t want the children to grow hungry, far away from Halloween Town, you can give them some treats like skeleton candy- you can find skeleton bones candy mold on Amazon. Another option is to include some Skellington Chocolates – using Night before Christmas silicone pan candy chocolate mold (that’s the product name – I know, right?) Nightmare Before Christmas Birthday Gift ideas Jack Skellington Slippers For birthday gift ideas you can delight not just your child but yourself. You should take a look at some of the Night before Christmas cuckoo clocks. Won’t that look stunning on your wall/mantelpiece? Joking aside, there are many great ideas for your children, including a lot of Night before Christmas special edition games like Monopoly, Jenga, Scrabble, Operation (this one is particularly funny since you remove bugs from Oogie). Ow, an there is also an Oogie based Yahtzee version (perfect). Then there is a Night before Christmas game itself (you should definitely give it a go). Aside from games, you can also find plenty of figurines and action figures. There are even Jack and Zero light up figurines and Jack and Sally doll sets. You can combine these with some playsets like Finklestein lab or Halloween village town hall. Another Night before Christmas birthday gift idea is to get clothes based on the movie –there are shoes, shirts, hoodies, hats and even accessories like backpacks and lunch bags. You can also get a Zero wonky wobbler, or a Night before Christmas moonlight lamp. There are even comforters and blankets with sleeves. And to top it all off, you can make some movie themed wrapping paper. Filed Under: Party Themes The Lion Guard Birthday Party Ideas and Themed Supplies April 29, 2016 by admin Leave a Comment Simba, like all beloved childhood figures of the past, eventually has to grow up and get a wife, kids, white picket boulder ring and a nine to five job guarding the Pride Lands – or rather have his son in charge of the Lion Guard (good security strategy that). That means that there is a whole new generation of lions (and other African wildlife) to delight the new human generations (though let’s be honest here, we sneak in a peek as well). In a bold celebration of diversity, we have a team comprised of lions (Kion), cheetahs (Fuli), honey badgers (Bunga), hippos (Beshte) and egrets (Ono). Oh, and there is also Jasiri, the one that teaches us to “Never judge a hyena by its spots” and Sisi ni Sawa (‘we’re all the same’ for those that are not fluent in Swahili). With sing-along’s, fun characters and lessons on friendship, equality and diversity mixed in it’s no wonder the Disney show is a hit (for both parents and children). On the downside, the show is relatively new when compared to other cartoons which makes it harder to put together a Lion Guard birthday party (most tutorials and tips out there are heavily focused on the Lion King and especially Pumba and Timon). But, Hakuna Matata friends (have no worries) – below you’ll find a whole host of Lion Guard birthday party ideas from favors to costumes to cakes and invites. The Lion Guard Birthday Party Invitations Personalized Lion Guard invitations via Etsy store SGInvitations At the start of each great story, there is the forming of the band of heroes – the Lion Guard in our case. Just like Kion, you’ll have to face trials and tribulations before you get the ok to constitute the band (though yours will mostly consist of patience, otherwise known as dodge the frustration of crafting). If you want to dodge it altogether, then online shops like Etsy are your best friend – there are dozens of Lion Guard party invites available (even with customizable options). If you’re feeling brave enough to tackle it on your own, then you can start with a Circle of Life sunrise backdrop. Then you can add these lovely clipart images of the Lion Guard characters (separate and together). To give the card just that extra bit of magic, you can add catchphrases (and thankfully the show is rife with them, both Swahili and English translations): Kion (Hevi Kabisa”, or “totally intense), Bunga (“Zuka Zama”, or “pop up, dive in”), Fuli (“Huwezi”, or “you can’t (catch me)”), Beshte (“Twende Kiboko!”, or “let’s go, hippo!”), Ono (“hapana”, or “oh,no!”). Alternatively, you can ask the Lion Guard to join Kion (birthday boy/gal) in protecting the Lion Guard Lair at Pride Rock (your humble abode) from the hyenas. For added entertainment, you can place an origami lion inside as well. Or, since we’re on that topic, why not make a pop-up lion card. Or for that matter, a lion pop-up box card. If you’re not quite sure what that is, here’s a tutorial on making a box card and this is what the final result should look like. Feel free to replace the lion in the tutorial with cutouts of Kion and his band. Another option is to make a pull Kion’s tail waterfall card. It’s easy to make. All you have to do is fill in the squares with cutouts of Kion, Bunga, Fuli, Beshte and Ono. To make it more fun, Put Kion on the last tab and place a cutout of his tail on the pull-tab. You can even make a felt Lion Guard card – your guests will love touching it. Just cut out the characters from different colored felts and layer them like you would with paper. Here’s a model of various felt card animals – don’t they look so soft? To achieve the look, you’ll have to sow on the animal’s outline (or trace the contour with a fine tip marker). The Lion Guard Birthday Party Decorations Lion Guard Wall Decals available from Once the roar to assemble the Guard has been sent, it’s time to panic (since the Lair is far from being ready, especially for the small stampede that will occur). Armed with courage and a pair of scissors (a decorator’s little helper) we can start sprucing Pride Rock a bit. First things’ first – color scheme. Lion Guard follows the tradition of its predecessor, so you’ll do fine with gold-red-black. Then, it’s time to rock the jungle look. And what better place to start than by making some vines. You can cut out giant leaf shapes out of green paper and make the vines by twisting butcher paper. Don’t be scared to go a little crazy when covering things with vines. Once you’re done with that, you need to prep your jungle hallway with the aid of different shades of green streamers and looping garlands hanging from the ceiling (if you couldn’t add more vines). Then you can up the ante by adding some floating coconut trees with the aid of paper leaves, balloons and streamers. While we’re on that theme, why not make your own DIY palm tree decor – they are sturdy, easy to make and guaranteed to impress your guests. Another Lion Guard party decoration idea is to recreate the Lion Guard Lair. While there are no available mini mountains inside your backyard for you to dig out, you can make your own paper craft cave. Alternatively, go for a pillow fort to end all pillow forts (just make the pillow casings brown, to resemble rocks). You can spruce it up with some paper leaves and vines. You can also place a Lion Guard (lion king African sunset) backdrop – you can print, buy or even make it (it’s super easy to paint). And if all the vines weren’t enough, you can add some other floating decorations like lion balloons (made by twisting balloons), animal print balloons or paper lanterns. Here’s how the paper lantern lion looks. As for the cheetah, you can use the same idea, strip the mane and add black spots. The Lion Guard Birthday Party Table Setup No Lair is complete without some feasting grounds, unless you want your small Lion Guard horde to drag their spoils of war everywhere – they might do that anyway (who here hasn’t found food in the oddest of places after a party?) but at least it’s a bit more concentrated place. You can start off with this gorgeous pineapple palm tree serving tray – as nice as it looks, it’s not really that difficult to make. You can dress the table with some animal print runners (leopard print is very easy to find). Another Lion Guard Party table idea is to turn your fruit punch bowl into a watering hole (make a sign with the indication) and then add cat prints, bird prints and hippo footprints next to it (you can place a light brown bit of cloth under it and add the prints to it). If you don’t mind the sacrifice, you can even add some bird footprints on the bowl itself with the aid of a marker. To better get into the jungle theme, you can add some grass cupcake or cup wrappers. If you have some time and don’t mind a bit of crafting, you can make your own Lion Pride Cake stand – based on this wild cat cupcake stand (use instead a hippo, a cheetah and a lion). The jungle undercurrent of Lion Guard lets you play with many, many table setting options, like having coconuts for bowls, or palm leaves instead of plates. You can even wrap the cutlery in leaves or use plastic palm leaf serving trays. But the most fun to be had is with plates. Here are just a few suggestions of animal paper plates: paper plate Beshte (hippo), leopard print plates, Kion and Fuli plates, Ono paper plate birds (use white or yellow/orange feathers). The Lion Guard Costumes and Birthday outfits Lion Guard Kion hoodie available from Every lion king (or prince/princess in this case) has to look his or her best. The good news is that there are plenty of lion and cheetah makeup tutorials and costume ideas. The bad news is that honey badgers, hippos and egrets are not as popular – who would have thought?. Let’s start with the head of the pack, the young Kion. You can either do a Kion face paint (based on Simba, just add a red tuft of hair at the top of the head) or make a Kion Mask (here’s even an alternate mask). Now comes the fun part – the costume. Here are some 20+ ideas for lion costumes – lions are a popular choice and given the abundance of tutorials (this is just scratching the surface) you can just pick a look that you like (or looks easiest to make). Out of all the ideas, here’s my personal favorite lion costume tutorial. On to Fuli. You can start with a Fuli face paint tutorial and then round off the look with this National Geographic costume tutorial – all you’ll need are scissors, furry cheetah material, black felt, wires, a glue gun and a stapler (add to that a light yellow shirt +pants combo and you’re set). If your child loves Beshte, then here’s a printable mask. For the costume, you can use grey clothes/PJs and attach a tail (you can make the tail with grey rope, or spray paint the rope and add a black tuft at the end). You can also use some pink felt for the soft hippo underbelly. Just cut a big circle and attach it to the front of the costume/one piece PJ. For more realism, add a pillow under the costume and secure it in place with a belt. Another Lion Guard birthday costume idea is to try and make a Bunga costume. For that you can use a honey badger mask . For the rest you can use a skunk costume as a base. Follow the tutorial but replace the hoodie with a light grey-purple hoodie. Unfortunately, if your child loves Ono, then you’re out of luck. Or are you? You can use this bird costume model though you’ll have to play with the colors a bit. For the feathers you’ll have to use orange, white and yellow and the pants should be black with orange stripes, like so. The Lion Guard Party Food and drinks Once the preparations are complete, it’s time to brace yourself for the stampede – and the first place to go is always the food table. A chocolate fountain mud bath is set to keep the entire tiny horde happy, not just the hippos in the crowd. Then comes the main feast, the holy grail of Lion Guard food items – the grubs. Since the animals on the show are obsessed with bugs, bugs, bugs (Timon and Pumba have taught them well). For grubs you can use gummy worms or strips of hot dog. You can make beetle wings with chips and present raisins as dried ant. In fact, you can make some ants on a log with celery, cream cheese and raisins. Then there’s a corndog centipede for those that feel that gummy worms are not long enough (or those that like a bit more of a struggle from their meal). You can also try your hand at some snail sandwiches or make some cookie crumble cheesecake caterpillars. There should be enough bugs to satisfy event the hungriest Lion Guard members. If you’re feeling punny, you can even serve them some cheetah Cheetos . Another Lion Guard party food idea is to go slightly crazy with the lion theme. For instance, you can make some lion pizza or some chocolate cream lion brioches. And if you’re looking for a healthier option you can even make a lion veggie dip platter. While on that note, why not make a Beshte watermelon hippo. And to make sure Ono doesn’t feel neglected, you can top things off with some cheese bird sandwiches. The Lion Guard Birthday Cake and Cupcakes Simba cake by Don Buciak II via Flickr La crème de la crème, the tasty grub on top of the worm plate is the birthday cake. A good way to go about it is to go to a cake decorating shop. For a cheaper option, you can ask them to print a cake topper using edible ink. If you’re thinking of giving it a go yourself, you can try to make this Kion 3D face cake – based on Simba. It’s moderately difficult, it just requires some good cake cutting skills – and the video is detailed enough to help you put the look together. Another option is to make fondant toppers and add them to safari, savana or jungle themed cakes. Here’s how to make a lion topper, a hippo topper, and a bird. For Fuli, the cheetah, you can use the lion model, just strip the mane and add black spots (either with edible markers or with fondant cutouts). Sadly, badger topper tutorials are shy, elusive creatures, mythical in nature since I was not able to locate a single one. To the animal toppers you can add some coconut trees or more complicated fondant palm trees. As for the cake background, you can try your hand at this waterhole safari cake. Another idea is to make a rainbow cheetah cake – that looks and tastes amazing. Or, you can try your hand at a hippo cake (here’s another easy hippo cake tutorial). If your child loves cupcakes, you can make some Lion Guard cupcakes with fondant toppers or make a pull-apart cupcake lion cake . The Lion Guard Party Games and activities Lion Guard coloring pages courtesy of When all that isn’t nailed down has been eaten, it’s time to entertain the tiny Pride Rock guardians. The easiest way to do that is with a put the tail on the Lion Guard member game (you can even include Jasiri as an honorary member). For something a little more complicated, you can have the kids play Kion’s roar (a version of stand up and roar). For that you need to count the number of people – let’s say there are 16. Once you say start, people have to stand up and shout numbers sequentially from 1 upwards – till 16. Anyone can start. You can’t sand up twice or shout a number at the same time as someone else. The last person up loses. Another Lion Guard party game idea is to play ‘Monkey see, monkey do’, but with a Lion Guard twist: roar like Kion, run like Fuli, fly like Ono etc. You can also play ‘Laughing Hyenas’ – the children sit in a circle. The game needs a judge, namely a parent (your lucky day). The judge designates a hyena. The hyena has to sit in the middle of the circle and act silly to get the others to laugh. Whoever laughs joins the hyena in the middle. The last person left in the circle is the winner. Another game variation is sleeping lions. The Lion Guard is asleep (the children are lying motionless on the floor) while a hyena is on the prowl (a single child). The hyena has to make the Lion Guard laugh without touching them. Who laughs is either eliminated or joins the hyena. Last lion standing wins. For another twist on childhood classics, play some ‘duck, duck, goose’ but with lions and hyenas. Have the children sit in a circle. One child is the lion and has to walk on the outside and tap each player while saying lion, lion etc. The child that gets tapped with hyena has to catch the lion before he or she occupies the empty space left in the circle. If the lion manages to sit down, the hyena becomes the new ‘it’ and has to tap children. If the lion is caught, he or she has to be ‘it’ for another round. You can also make a Fuli obstacle race game, if you have sufficient space in your backyard. And if you haven’t had enough, here is a list of Lion Guard inspired activities (from crafting Ono binoculars, to making foam cheetah shoes). The Lion Guard Party Favors Lion Guard stickers available from Playingwithcolor2 Etsy store Once the party draws to a close, the pack members head home with little gifts to remind them of their time at Pride Rock. You can fill their party favor bags with Lion Guard necklaces – based on these DIY necklaces, tattoos, bottlecap necklaces, wind up Lion Guard toys, Lion Guard rubber bands and mini collectible figurines . Let’s not forget the grubs – here’s where you can let your imagination flow (or include some of the bug snack from the food and drinks section). After all, the trip home is long and perilous, and the Lion Guard members need to keep up their strength if they want to be in top fighting shape when they spot a hyena. The Lion Guard Birthday Gift Ideas Lion Guard Kion Plush toy. When it comes to Lion Guard birthday gift ideas, the Disney store is a good place to start. You can find a pretty wide range of merchandise, from Lion Guard cupa and t-shirts to character plushies. The nice thing about it is that each character gets to shine in the spotlight – want a plushy of Jasiri? No problem. The same can be said for action figures – you can find them in mini figure set or individual characters. There are also plenty of Lion Guard playsets that you can explore with the figurines (like the ‘Defend the Pride Lands’ set). For the game inclined children (is there really a child who isn’t?) you can purchase a Lion Guard matching game. There are even puzzles ranging in complexity (from 12 to many, many more pieces). Another gift idea is to go traditional with some Lion Guard backpacks or lunchbag – there are even bedheets available. And if your child loves activity, you can get a huffy lion guard bike (that’s how it was listed, believe it or not). Filed Under: Party Themes Dinotrux Birthday Party Ideas and Themed Supplies April 15, 2016 by admin Leave a Comment Dinotrux is the love child of ‘The Land Before Time’ and ‘Transformers’ with a dash of ‘Paw Patrol’ (since we’re talking about utility vehicles). All in all, that should make your head spin and wonder what was in the water the Netflix crew drank before agreeing to air this show. Apparently, it was the good stuff – because the show works, maintaining a nice balance of quirky, funny and educational. If you can stomach the occasional cheesy dialogue, then you might even find yourself enjoying the show alongside your children – who doesn’t love puzzles and problem solving? Unfortunately, since the show is rather new (with only 10 episodes aired in 2015 and the new season started in March this year) tutorials and party ideas for Dinotrux are like rare gems on the internet, precious and hard to find. On the bright side, that’s what this article is here to fix – below you’ll find a whole array of Dinotrux birthday party ideas, from costumes, to favors to tableware. Dinotrux Birthday Party Invitations Personalized Dinotrux birthday party invitations available from CreatioNZStudio Etsy store Dinotrux are hard to gather in one spot, preferring to stick to their own herd instead of mixing with other species. That’s why you need to follow in Ty’s footsteps and make some compelling arguments via party invites. I suggest sending some Ore, after all, the way to a Dinotrux’s heart is through the stomach – unless they happen to be a Garbosaurus, and then you can just send rocks. The easier option is to go to Etsy – there are plenty of customizable Dinotrux party invites to choose from. If you want to add a personal touch, you can make the card yourself. A simple model uses some Dinotrux printables as a background like this one. To rev it up, you can add some quotes from the show like “Break it down, build it up” or “Let’s trux it up”. You can make your address ‘the garage’ where Reptools and Dinotrux hang together. Alternatively, you can invite your tiny Dinotrux and Reptools to help the birthday boy or girl retrieve the ore stolen by D-structs. Dinotrux Birthday Party Decorations As we’ve seen in the show, it’s not enough to just gather your Dinotrux in one place, you also need to make a garage for them, and make sure everyone, even the long neck Skya, feels at home. Though I wouldn’t advise making holes in your walls so everyone can fit (or using a giant boulder as a rooftop). A good place to start would be with a color scheme – except, the show doesn’t really have one (Dinotrux come in all shapes, sizes and colors ). The next point would be to take the dinosaur theme and run with it – faster than Ton-ton’s wheels. You can make some pretty simple dinosaur paper lanterns – just cut and glue grey circles and spike shapes to colored paper lanterns. If you’re looking for something more show specific, you can replicate this idea with Reptools. You can use a Revvit print-out. The paper lantern will be the body and you will have to cut and glue the head, the spikes, the legs and the tail. To jazz up the entrance to your ‘garage’ (you can even hold the party in the garage if it’s big enough, wink wink, nudge nudge) you can make this ‘enter the t-trux mouth’ decoration. Or, if you’re in the market for something simpler, just make the teeth, like so. To go the extra mile, you can even make some Dinotrux tracks going into the mout. In order to do that, you can paint the tracks on some bit of cloth with the aid of a cut up paint roller – like so. Another Dinotrux birthday decorations idea is to make your own miniature Dinotrux garage/cave using cardboard boxes, paper and glue. It can even be done as a group activity together with the children. For a wow effect, you can recreate Ty’s tail by making this cardboard wrecking crane. You’ll have to change the coloring to red and grey and add some black paper cones to the ball, since Ty’s tail is spiked. On that note, why not make a Dozeratops DIY cardboard bulldozer. In order to achieve Dozer’s look, you’ll have to make three grey cones and attach two of them on the top of the scoop and one near the bottom. For the finishing touches, glue a cut-out of Dozer’s face inside the scoop. This can even be used as a costume, if done right. If you’re feeling crafty and have some time to spare, you can make some hanging Jurassic jungle vines – like this (you can cut out giant leaf shapes out of green paper and make the vines by twisting butcher paper). For extra fun, you can attach some cloth dinosaur tails to chairs (check out the birthday costume section for tips on how to make them yourself) and place Reptool cutouts in nooks and crannies (since they are shy and like to hide). Dinotrux Birthday Party table setup Construction truck as container for food pic courtesy of Janet via Flickr Once the garage is done, you need to manage the feeding instalation, just like our intrepid protagonists did after D-struct poisoned their ore supply with tar. You can start off with a tire tracks table cloth, to match the tracks at the entrance (and maybe signal all that will be left once the hungry horde of Dinotrux pass by). If you feel that it is too repetitive, you can always mix it up with some dinosaur paw prints (cut them out of felt or spray paint them on). You can place some rocks amongst the serving trays and bowls, afterall, Dinotrux have to dig/crush rocks to get to the ore. You can even add a bit of leaves and vines (check out the section above on how to make them). You can serve some of the snacks in a tool box, and call it the Reptool box (which puts you well on the way to king or queen of the bad puns). You can make a Scrapadactyl nest (think bird nest but bigger – like this decorative nest basket) and use it to serve chocolate eggs (or any egg shaped treats). You can make your own Dinotrux plates with the aid of transparent plastic plates and cardboard cutouts of the Dinotrux characters (just make sure to glue them on the bottom on the outside, otherwise you’ll have a soggy dinosaur mess in no time). For the Crafty, you can make some paper machette dinosaur feet using a soup can, some tubes and lots of paper and glue. You can paint them red with grey accents and use them as cutlery holders – kids and adults alike will love them. Another Dinotrux party table set up idea is to play on the construction theme of the show and have snacks offloaded from a truck onto a plate, like so. Dinotrux Costumes and Birthday Outfits Once food and shelter are off the table (see what I did there?) then you need to take care of repairs – since Dinotrux get scratched, dented and lose parts at a rate that is bound to drive any Reptool crazy. In plain terms – you need to get a costume ready. Remember that part at the start when I mentioned how new the show was? That translates into virtually no tutorials for Dinotrux costumes – no matter how long and hard I scoured the internet in search of this precious bit of ore. Luckily, you can make do with combining dinosaur costume tips with construction vehicle costume tips. For instance, you can start with the basis – all Dinotrux have one, namely, a dinosaur tail. You can make your own, like in the tutorial, or buy them online. To that, you can add some dinosaur feet (very easy to make, and fun to walk with – though your pets might see them as the spawn of the devil crossed with a mailman/water fountain – depending on whether you have a dog or a cat). Here’s where it gets tricky, since now you have to customize based on each character. For Ty, the T-trux, you need to make the tail red with grey spikes, same goes for the feet. For a more authentic look, you can recreate the the wrecking ball tail (just attach the cloth ball to the tail via a grey strip of fabric). To round off the look, pair off a grey hoodie with a red vest on top and red pants. For a finishing touch, you can place some grey squares at the top of the hoodie – interspaced, like Ty’s teeth. For a Dozer costume, you need to pair a bulldozer costume with a triceratops costume. Don’t forget to add the tail from above (in yellow). Alternatively, you can glue some grey paper horns on the bulldozer costume, and glue a printout of Dozer’s face on the scoop (just like in the decoration section). You can also make a Skya costume based on this tutorial for a long neck dinosaur costume. Alternatively, you could have the child wear orange clothing on which you can sow cutouts of felt gears and sprockets and at the back you can attach a long tube covered in orange paper (at the end it will have a wire and a tinfoil hook – something like this for the tube. For a Garby costume, start with this – garbage truck costume, but make it shorter at the back since you want to be able to see the tail from the tutorial above. Then you can add the dinosaur feet and make paper spikes – place them on the back of the truck. Dinotrux Party Food and drinks A Dinotrux is almost always hungry (much like small children tend to be). To appease the small herd gathered in your home, you need to have plenty of ore at hand (and maybe some bits of metal for the stray Scraptor). Since we’re on the topic, why not make a Scraptor stash? You can fill it with nuts and bolts. Or you can make scrap metal pizza strips using nuts and bolts shaped toppings like olives, anchovies (or cut salami into strips). You can also serve something for the respectable Dinotrux, like boulders, wrecking balls and ore for which you can use chocolate covered peanuts, truffles, cake pops or meatballs in sauce (any round-ish brown food item will do). For some more authentic ore look, you can serve some black/grey rock candy. Another Dinotrux party food idea is to make some Stegarbasaurus guacamole dip – and place tortilla chips like spikes in it. Alternatively, you could make a ‘build a burger’ bar – since the show is all about problem solving ?? . Your Dinotrux get to have fun while making their own food (hopefully without wrecking anything in the process). You can also serve dino bolts – you make them by sticking pretzels into marshmallows and dipping them into grey candy melts. Then there are Skya’s neck orange skewers and Dozer in the tar pit platters (yellow fruit and chocolate fondue). For something a bit more fun, you can make these search for ore pudding cups with chocolate rocks or try your hand at a Watermellon T-trux. For those with skill and patience, there are these cute (but laborious) toolbox cookies. Or, you could try making Scrapadactil nests –with shredded wheat and chocolate. Dinotrux Birthday cake and cupcakes The finest ore on the table is the birthday cake – Dinotrux and even Reptools from far and wide have come to marvel at its beauty and sample its flavors. The quick and easy way to satisfy your tiny horde robo-dinosaurs is to order out – you can get cake decoration shops to make everything from the fanciest 3D models to printing a cake topper with edible ink (it’s all a matter of how much you feel like torturing your wallet). Alternatively, you could make some pretty dinosaur cupcakes yourself. Or, another easy to make cake is a Ty and Revvit fondant cut-out cake. For that you will need to make a cake and cover it with fondant (or icing) and on top of it you can place a cut-out of the characters. Make sure to cut each part out of the corresponding fondant color then glue all the parts together for an effect like this. For something a little more complicated and a lot more fun, you can make a smoking volcano cake, just like in the tutorial, and add Dinotrux toys at the bottom. The effect will be stunnig – science, food and entertainment all in one. Another easy to make but visually stunning Dinotrux birthday cake idea is to make a construction site cake. The only thing you’ll need to do to recreate the show is replace the toys in the video with Dinotrux. For something a bit more complicated, you can make a Revvit cake. To do that, you start with this lizard cake tutorial. You’ll need to use green fondant for the head and yellow fondant for the rest of the body. To round off the look, we need to add the tool in the Reptool. You can do that by making a screwdriver tip, half a wrench and other tool tips out of fondant and adding them to the ‘spine’ of the lizard (down the middle of the cake). For a nice finishing touch, you can recreate some measuring tape out of a thin strip of fondant on which you paint lines and numbers. Since Revvit has a quick measuring tape (as a chameleon tongue), you can place a tip of your decoration under all the cake layers, next to the mouth. Last, but definitely not least is this Garby stegosaurus cake. Despite its looks, the process of making it is not really that intimidating. To make it easier for those without professional fondant decorating tools, instead of spray painting the fondant, you can use forest green fondant and add a small light green stripe next to the belly. For color accent you can either paint them in using food colorant or cut strips of grey fondant to use next to the spikes. On that important note, make the spykes grey. For an extra touch, you can place some small squares of cube wrapped in grey fondant next to the tail (since Garby likes to eat and shoot out compacted rocks). Dinotrux Party Games and activities dinotrux coloring pages courtesy of dreamworks Dinotrux and Reptools are a rowdy bunch, especially Ton-ton who can’t sit still unless tied to a rock (and a rather big one at that). Here are a few activities to keep them entertained. For the hatchlings, you can start off with some coloring pages. Dreamworks to the rescue. However, if you plan something more active, you can start with a cardboard tunnel maze (you can make one using giant moving boxes) and dub it the garage maze. A fun activity for all involved is the Reptool plan: making bridges out of toothpicks and marshmallows. Another quick and easy way to keep your Dinotrux entertained is to make a feed the T-trucks bean bag toss (with grey bags, like ore), or to stage a hot lava tug of war between Dinotrux and Scraptors. For something more active, you can stage a chase game with Dinotrux and Scraptors. For that you will need to divide the children into two teams. The Dinotrux have to collect ore – grey bean bags spread out in a few places. It’s the Scraptors’s job to stop them. Dinotrux are safe from Scraptors in their garage – in two locations in the yard. If a Dinotrux gets caught by a Scraptor, they get sent to the junkyard. A special designated place in the yard. If a fellow Dinotrux doesn’t touch the dino in the junkyard in the next 2 minutes, then they are scrapped for parts (eliminated from the game). Dinotrux win if they collect all the ore, Scraptors win if they eliminate all the Dinotrux. Alternatively, children can play Skya’s tail. One child is the head and has to catch the rest of the body. Once a child is touched, he holds hands with the other(s) and they have to run like this and catch the rest of the children. The last child to get tagged becomes the new head. Another fun Dinotrux party game is Click-Clack’s hiding spot. For this game, all the children are Reptools. One of them gets designated as Click-Clack. Click-Clack then needs to hide while the rest of the children count to 20. Once the counting is done, the children can search for him. Whichever Reptool finds him gets scared by his paranoia and has to join Click-Clack in hiding, as quietly as possible. One by one the Reptools hide together till there is no one left – the last Reptool to find the hiding spot becomes Click-Clack. Last but not least, you can play Ty’s wrecking tail. Each child gets to wear the tail and knock down as many rocks as possible. You can make the tail using some pantyhose and an orange as a weight at the end (tie it around the children’s middle) – or make some of the tails in the birthday costume section. Then you need to set up the ‘rocks’ by placing empty 2 littler bottles around the area. Each child gets 1 minute to knock down as many rocks as possible. They aren’t allowed to touch their tail; they have to swing it using only their hips. Dinotrux Birthday Party Favors Once everything that needed to be built is done, the Dinotrux retire to their own sleeping places. To see them through the long and perilous journey home, you can give them some ore, for one the way (in the form of gumballs). For some other Dinotrux party favor ideas you can consider add in some Dinotrux stickers or even badges (to be found on Etsy). You can also include some tool keychains (and make the obvious pun about Reptools). For diehard dinosaur fans, you can add some T-rex erasers, or some DIY Dino hats (that the kids can wear incessantly at home, much to the delight of their parents)Ow, and let’s not forget dinosaur finger pupets – those never get old. If you don’t mind spending a bit, you can purchase Dinotrux die-cast character toys and make sure to give each child his or her own favorite character (a bit of conspiring with the toher parents beforehand is much encouraged). Dinotrux Birthday Gift ideas You shouldn’t forget about your own little Dinotrux or Reptool. There are a lot of Dinotrux clothing items available, from p-jays to t-shirts and even backpacks – for the stylish Stegarbasaurus, Dozeratops or Craneosaur. Then, there are the toys – you can find Ty, Dozer, Skya, Ton-ton, Revvit, Garby toys in all shapes and sizes. There is even an electronically talking Garby. Not to mention Dinotrux die-cast vehicle sets. For some more active playtimes, you can get your child playsets like: Dinotrux Smash & Slide Construction Site Playset, Dinotrux Rock & Load Skate Park, Scrap and Smash or Revvit’s Ravine Revenge (someone was in love with alliteration there). If you want to encourage their thirst for knowledge (and up their reading comprehension) there are a lot of Dinotrux adventure books to be found on Amazon. You can also find Dinotrux puzzles and toss across games. Another Dinotrux birthday gift idea is to look for an electronic robot T-rex (there are various models on the market, in all the price ranges imaginable) – hopefully toymakers will catch on and launch a remote controlled Tyrannosaurus Trux soon (though a robot snake is just as effective for bragging/scaring neighbors). Filed Under: Party Themes Clash of Clans Birthday Party Ideas and Themed Supplies March 25, 2016 by admin Leave a Comment If you have any contact with the modern world, then you haven’t escaped the mobile strategy game craze – whether you’re spending countless hours upgrading this and that building/weapon/character, or being bombarded with second hand information from those friends who are getting their game on and would very much like to drag in another hapless victim (you). Even the Terminator is getting in on the action (Mobile Strike, my eye is on you). Despite all that competition, Clash of Clans is keeping a steady grip on the top (and on your phone, time, children, soul – the usual). That may or may not have something to do with their funny commercials (seriously, watch this – or this – who doesn’t love a game with a sense of humor?). Well, that, and the fact that it’s seriously addicting – just ask your kids (though I wouldn’t expect an answer –especially if they are in the middle of a clan war – please leave a message with the wizard in the tower and they’ll get back to you). That said, the only thing to reach them through the haze (besides a three-star attack that leaves them Flatsville) just might be the Clash of Clans birthday bash you’ve set your sights on. Down below there’s heaps of loot – from cupcakes, to invites to party games and snacks (the last one’s useful for your sanity ;)) Clash of Clans Birthday Party Invitations Personalized Clash of Clans birthday party invitations available at WonderandWishes etsy store. Step one in-game consists of making your clan (well, there’s a bit more to it, but we’ll leave the messy details for later). So you can either spend some thinking time and come up with a badge, name and description – or live by the goblin motto and pilfer it from your child (he’ll be happy to see his own clan on the invites.) When it comes to invites, there is a simple cheat code: Etsy (they have all you can wish for, and probably more – what with it being customizable and all). If you want to put some effort into it, you can start off with this printable template, or this one. If you want to get A for effort, and make all the upgrades the slow way, you can start by shaping your invite like a clan badge (here is where those pilfering skills come in handy). To spruce it up, here’s a Clash of Clans font. Now you just have to strain the think pan for some quotes – fortunately, the game is full of easily paraphrasable content, like so: “Build up your defenses and join our clan” or “join us in the upcoming clan war”, or “happy birthday (child name), level (number of years) achieved” or “epic birthday celebration clan – invite only” (you get my drift). Clash of Clans Birthday Party Decorations Skeleton balloon available from can be used to represent a wallbreaker. Before your clansmen arrive you need to set your Clan Castle to rights. Here’s a Goblin garland to get you started (as a bonus, you can make it into a game – make your own goblin party). The game also has some of its own decorations that you can replicate – and just like their game brethren, your party props can be used to funnel the tiny army of invading barbarians (er, guests). For that, you can make use of country flags, pirate flags and torches – which you can either buy or make with this easy DIY torch tutorial. The next step in securing your base is getting your air defenses ready. You can start with these Skeleton Trap balloons (normally, these are ground forces, as in, they spring from ground in coffins, but that’s just technicalities). Then come the seeking air mines. You can make a mine by using a back paper lantern on which you glue black cones (also made out of paper- go figure). With the aid of some string you can attach black balloons on which you use a white marker to paint skulls. Scatter some purple dragon plushies for extra terror points. And don’t forget to place streamers in your Clans’ color. If you’re feeling crafty, you can have a go at this Pekka cardboard decoration – it looks great, can move its arms around (and probably take over your house, while it’s at it). Another Clash of Clans birthday decoration idea is to make your own Wizard Tower. You can recreate it by using three boxes – start by stacking them based on decreasing size. Then you need to cover them with pink/light purple paper. The last step is to cut jagged outlines out of blue cardstock/ cardboard and glue them on – like so. In the same crafty spirit, you can make this simple Barbarian box. And if you want to strike fear right from the door, set some Wall Breakers or Skeleton Traps (use an anatomy skeleton with a helmet and a pirate bomb, or place the skeleton in a partly open coffin). Clash of Clans Birthday Party Table Setup Shield dinner plates ( would be the perfect way to serve your clan a hearty feast. With your castle ready it’s time to set up your Army Camp. For an easy start, use the general Clash of Clans color scheme (white, gold, red) – or use the colors of your own clan – you can even print and glue the badge on the table cloth. Next up, you spruce things up with some printables like this popcorn box or table decor . To show your brave troops the results of their efforts, why not set up a trophy hall in the background. You can find plenty of gold plastic trophies on Amazon – you just need to print and glue a golden skull, like this (and if you want to mess with your kids, add glitter – Glam Skull FTW). While we’re on the ‘oooh, shiny!’ page, you can make their dreams come true with sack of gems. Use a burlap sack, tie some rope loosely around it and fill it with green acrylic crystals or fake gems. Alternatively, why not sweeten the deal and make a game box using this treasure box tutorial. You can either fill it with the aforementioned gems, or, for some added fun, put in green jell-o shots or chocolate gold coins (just make sure your own tiny goblins don’t steal them before the party begins). For another Clash of Clans party decoration idea, you can go with an Elixir Storage punch bowl (they look so similar, there is hardly any work left for you to do). You’ll need to use a punch bowl, fill it with bright pink punch (thank you, food colorant) and add some studded bracelets round the base. In fact, if you have a square bowl, you can make it into a Dark Elixir Storage bowl – it’s that easy. Onwards to tableware, you can get some pretty awesome shield dinner plates on Amazon, or you can make your own clan badge plates (use transparent plastic plates and glue your badge on the bottom, on the outside). For added atmosphere, if you have clash of clans figures, you can make them mount an assault on a mountain of cookies, pile of fries etc. Don’t forget the dragon napkin holders or hog snout cups – like these , they are guaranteed to be a party riot). Clash of Clans Costumes and Birthday Outfit Ideas All that is left now is to prepare your hero – just like in the game, you need to build a shrine (of patience) and sacrifice some gold (or time). One of the best easy costumes for the party is this Goblin costume, it requires, in essence, green face paint, a witch nose, a latex cap, Shrek ears and a tooth necklace (and a child that can sit still and not touch his/her face – the last two are small miracles). You can also print out and make these character masks – Wall Breaker , Archer, Hog Rider, Goblin, Barbarian. And if you feel more paper craft inclined, you can also accessorize them with a Barbarian sword, paper halberd or shield. In fact, the items are easy enough to make, that you could distribute them among your guests. The same goes for this skull balloon bracelet which comes in two models – the easy one and the incredibly easy one – take your pick. Back on the character costume bandwagon, you can make a simple Archer Queen costume with the aid of a green dress, a green cape, a light pink scarf tied around the middle, a purple wig and a gold crown. For a Wall Breaker costume, you can use a skeleton print shirt and the mask above (or some face paint and a brown helmet). Wizards are also not that hard to replicate – you will need a plain brown undershirt, a blue tunic with a hood, a wide plain belt with a gold belt replica, dark blue pants and brown shoes. Paint a round red object with orange flames and you have an instant fireball. Another Clash of Clans costume idea is to go dressed as a dragon – you can find dragon costumes everywhere available for purchase, or you can try your hand at making one yourself following this tutorial (just use a purple hoodie instead). For the extremely talented (mad skillz, Super Saiyan times infinity), you can try your hand at this Golem costume – it’s fantastic (and will only take a small eternity to make) Clash of Clans Party Food and Drinks Unfortunately, unlike in the games, your own barbarian, archer, goblin etc. hoard actually gets hungry – and then starts making demands (loudly). Since you’re not exactly swimming in wild boars (or necessarily have the inclination to cook one), your guests will have to settle for another type of authenticity (you only hope that will not translate to their eating manners). That being said, you can still serve hogs in a blanket. And based on all those lovely spells you’re pretty much set with drinks as well – Lightning Spell – blue soda, Healing Spell – yellow, Rage Spell – purple, Jump Spell – bright Green, Freeze Spell – bright blue. Alternatively, you can make colored custard and serve it in “potion bottles” following the color code above. For something more substantial, you can serve meatball cannonballs and dragon wings (spicy chicken wings). If you want to have a bit of fun you can make a graveyard taco dip (sort of like a Skeleton Trap protected base – like in that epic Halloween showdown – anyone?). Then there is this very cute idea for Dragon sub sandwiches (you can use tortilla chips for the scales) or this Wall Breakers veggie dip. Since your guests will probably combust if they don’t inhale some sweets, you can happily contribute to their dentists’ nervous breakdown with these Goblin doughnuts (made with green icing instead). Then there are the Golem Rocks (chocolate truffles) and the Wall Breaker bones – pretzel sticks with marshmallows dipped in white chocolate. Ow, and let’s not forget the candied cherries fireballs. Lastly, to come down from that epic sugar high, why not have some Witch fingers? (before assaulting the cake). Clash of Clans Birthday cake and Cupcakes Clash of Clans birthday cake by Eldriva via Flickr The birthday cake is like the Town Hall, no party (or game) can start without it. There is always the easy option of having the cake custom made – there are cake decorating shops or pastry shops that can print using edible ink (this way you also don’t have to spend an arm and a leg). Then, there are some simple cupcake printables – holders and toppers. You can also make your own skeleton cupcakes using marshmallows, edible ink, pretzels and white candy melts. Another version of it are the Wall Breaker Cupcakes – you decorate them using green icing, a round candy for the bomb (black or bright pink) and a bit of fondant for the skull (you press the eyes in, color them with an edible ink market and put a small strip of brown fondant at the top to serve as a helmet). Another Clash of Clans birthday cupcake idea is to make some Dragon cupcakes – they look great and are relatively easy to make. If you’re looking for a cake instead, you can make a simple Clash of Clans aerial view cake with the aid of piping, like in the tutorial. If you don’t mind trying your hand at something a bit more complicated, you can make a Gold Storage with Golem cake. In fact, if you skip the golem part, the rest of the cake is not really that complicated to make, and the tutorial takes you through all the steps. The same goes for making a Clash of Clans shield cake – following the Zelda shield tutorial. You will have to use red and light brown fondant instead of the blue one, and yellow instead of gold. For added effect, you can make an arrow out of fondant. Moving up in difficulty, there is a Town Hall castle cake you can try your hand at. To make it resemble the Clash of Clans Town Hall you will need to add yellow and red accents, for instance, instead of the black fondant for the inside of the windows, you can use yellow, and the stones around the castle gate can be red (like the top of the turrets). The pinnacle of achievement is this great Barbarian head cake – it requires skill and time but the results are stunning (if you meet those two requirements, why not watch the tutorial, it’s comprehensive). Clash of Clans Party Games and activities courtesy of Your troops need to be entertained, otherwise they will start causing havoc in your home base. Luckily, Clash of Clans happily lends itself to game adaptation – for all age groups. For the younger ones, you can start with these great coloring pages. You can also have them make their own goblin (like in the goblin garland tutorial from the decorations section) or have them color their own clan badge. For a more active game, they can pin the tail on the right creature – green tails go on Goblins, purple tails on Dragons, light blue/white tails on Minions, pig tails on Hogs etc. For the older guests, you can arrange a Goblin loot race where you divide them in two teams and whichever one is the first to bring back 10 gold bags wins. The gold bags can be used for any hard to hold item – eggs on a spoon, water bowl held on the head and so on. Damaged items don’t count (broken eggs, empty bowls). Another Clash of Clans party game idea is to play a Clan War with water or paintball guns. You divide them into two teams, each with a base. Whoever captures the other’s base wins. Players are free to both defend and attack. If someone gets hit 3 times, then they’re out, unless they happen to be a healer, in which case it only takes one hit to eliminate them. A Healer can bring back a person, but only once every 3 minutes. There is a maximum number of Healers per team, and if you want, you can limit their range of effect. For added fun, you can provide teams with items to fortify their base – wooden planks, tires (to be used as obstacles) etc. You can also play React and Act, Clash of Clans style. You need to brainstorm together different ideas to react to (related to Clash of Clans attacks, spells, situations etc.). These ideas get written on paper and put into a hat. One person at a time gets the chance to react – based on what they draw from the hat (they can faint, scream, facepalm etc.). The rest need to figure out what the other person was reacting to. Probably one of the most fun games you could play is a GoWiPe – Golems, Wizards, Pekka. It’s like a chasing game version of Rock, Paper, Scissors. Golems stand on their toes and go rawrr, Wizards make wand motions with their arms and Pekkas make broad sword swinging motions. Once everybody knows the signs, you can divide children into two teams. Each team debates what they are (Golem, Wizard or Pekka). When they are done, each team can choose a home base – they need to be at opposite sides of the field. Then the teams approach, leaving a bit of space between. At the count of three each team reenacts what they are. As soon as they do this, the winner tries to capture as many people from the losing side as they can. Once captured a person joins the team of the winner. The loser can retreat to safety in their home base. And then the process gets repeated until one team is out of members. This determines who beats who: Pekkas beat Golems, Golems beat Wizards, Wizards beat Pekkas. Clash of Clans Birthday Party Favors Once your mighty warriors have exhausted themselves – and conquered everything in sight, it’s time to send them home with a bag of loot. You can start with the favor boxes themselves – here is a lovely printable, and another one. Then it’s time to fill the baggie with Clash of Clans stickers, keychains and bottle cap necklaces (Etsy or Amazon). And let’s not forget the sugary treats like chocolate gold coins, for the goblin that lives in all of us, green gems (candy), Elixir drops (pink gumballs) and Wall Breaker bombs (black gumballs). Then there are the Wall Breaker bones (from the party food section above) and Pekka crystal spikes made out of purple or pink rock candy sticks. Last but not least you can add some Minion claws (with blue glow in the dark sticks – so the lil’ ones can make their way home). Clash of Clans Birthday Party Gift Ideas Ride to live, Live to ride Clash of Clans t-shirt available from We shouldn’t forget about our own hero in the process. This is your second chance to spoil your child rotten (besides the giant themed party). You can start with Clash of Clans Mugs and drink glasses with funny quotes (to be found on our good old friend Etsy). There are also quite a few snarky t-shirts out there – or you can have your kid decide on the design/joke himself and do a custom textile print job (the taste in gamer jokes is like the taste in art – very personal, and hard to imitate if you don’t have a clue what you’re doing). Then there are the figurine sets and the action figure sets (and the plushies, though older kids will never own up to one, even if it’s tied to their forehead). And we mustn’t forget about the mini weapons collection sets – after all, what good does it do to have an Archer without a bow? There are also Clash of Clans mousepads, tote bags and backpacks – and if your child is technology driven, then there are a whole host of phone cases, laptop skins and even PS4 console covers and Clash of Clans controllers. For the true gamer, however, you can fetch a good strategy guide or, if you want to make them happy, give them a gift card (for those lovely boxes of gems) and they will forever love you. You can even get maxed account with various Town Hall levels. And to make sure your kid doesn’t miss a game session (or school, since that seems to be important too), you can get a Clash of Clans alarm clock, with seven changing colors. Filed Under: Uncategorized Back to the Future Birthday Party Ideas and Themed Supplies March 18, 2016 by admin Leave a Comment Back To The Future…is already in the past. October 21 2015 has come and went – and while our skies are still not darkened by flying cars there are several prototypes in the works (go team science!). Given the ‘Back To The Future’ frenzy of 2015 it’s no surprise that your child also got embroiled in the wonderful magic of time traveling Deloreans, hoverboards, flux capacitors and mad scientists with crazy hair. Great Scott! What better time than now to throw a ‘Back To The Future’ birthday party for your children?!. To get your creative juice flowing, below you will find a plethora of ideas for a ‘Back To The Future’ themed party, from invites to party table set up to favors and goodie bags. Back to the Future Birthday Party Invitations Personalized Back to the Future party invitations available from BluePerfection Etsy store The first flipping point of your party’s timeline is easy to spot – invites (no invites, no children, no party). When gathering up your team of time travelers, you need to make sure not to inadvertently set up a temporal paradox (no traveling back in time to warn your past self that the party is much more work than you thought, and the cleanup doubly so). The easiest way to get great ‘Back To The Future’ party invites is to buy them – you don’t even need to dust off your Google-Fu – there are a lot of customizable invites directly available on Etsy and Amazon. However, if you’re going for a personal touch and don’t mind allocating some time to it, you can design your own cards. A simple option is to use this Delorean time gauge birthday invite template – and just fill in the blanks. Alternatively, you can start with a movie poster background like this or this and add your own text. There is even a Back To The Future font to help you style your message. As for what goes on the card itself, there are plenty of fun catchphrases in the movies. You can start it with “Great Scott! We need to help (birthday boy/girl) get back to the future” and then add “help us catch the next bolt of lightning that strikes the clock tower – to charge the flux capacitor”. For the address, there is no better quote than: “Roads? Where you’re going, you don’t need roads”. As for the end, the classic “or are you chicken?” fits like a glove. Or how about making a hoverboard card – for the ‘cool kids’ – by shaping the card like a skateboard and then decorating it like McFly’s board. You mustn’t forget the road safety message from the Hill Valley of 2015 – “Please fly safe”. Alternatively, you can include mini skateboards in the card itself. Back to the Future Birthday Party Decorations enchanted under the sea dance poster available from The tiny hoard of would be scientists and adventurers need to feel as if they stepped on the set of a magical world (or at least that’s how us parents envision it). While it might sound more difficult to create a magic atmosphere for a movie that is set in the not so distant past and even closer future past (you’re welcome to join in on the headache inducing search for tenses) there are a few things that quickly come to mind. An easy way to find decoration is to make your own spin off based on the ‘Enchantment under the sea’ ball/dance from Hill Valley. Start by strategically placing some Enchantment under the sea posters then feel free to go completely crazy with the sea theme – glittering blue, green and white streamers that form a ‘curtain of water’? Sure. Dolphin or fish shaped balloons and giant clam shells…why not? And since giant shells don’t really grow on trees (and are even hard to find in their proper place in the ocean) you can even try and make the clam shell yourself – with lots of paper and glue. While on that sub theme, you can make a pretty nifty under water entrance by using a canopy and filling it with streamers. Finish it by and placing fish shapes – like so. Another idea is to add jellyfish paper lanterns – they are easy to make and look great. Another Back To The Future party decorations idea is to make a flaming tarmac welcome carpet – use a long strip of black cloth with white stripes painted or sown down the middle and yellow flames to the sides – like this. Alternatively, for the flames, you can glue red and yellow tissues to the cloth. You can then spread around customizable party signs and Outatime license plates – you can buy them or make them out of thick cardboard and glue printed images of the old style license plate and futuristic style bar code license plate. Since we’re on that topic, why not add some speed limit 88 signs ? For something really special you can add a giant tower clock and aim to replicate the clock tower itself with the aid of some brick sheets and wood strips/prints – like so. There is a tutorial on how to make your own giant tower clock (in fact, there are multiple tutorials on making prop or functional giant clocks, though the level of crafting skill and amount of time spent increase proportionally). Back to the Future Birthday Party table setup The party table is an essential prop for your time rescuing operation – since that’s where your tiny, hungry time travelers will be spending a good portion of their time at. If you decided to go with the Enchantment under the sea theme then select a blue table cloth (it can also have fish prints, bubbles, waves – even Poseidon since he was featured in the movie – though I wouldn’t stray into The Little Mermaid territory). You can even make seaweed hang down the sides of the table with the help of some green tissues or streamers. Alternatively, you can even add a fish net over part of the table. As for table wear, you can use clam shell plates, octopus cups (can make your own by printing an octopus image and wrapping it around cups, like this), blue or green cutlery and the occasional shell or starfish decoration. Another Back To The Future party table setup idea is to make your entrance match your table and have a flaming road table cloth by using the flaming tarmac welcome carpet idea in the section above. To round off the look, you can place a Delorean poster at the end of the flames. Or, you can even add a paper Delorean. If you went with the tarmac option above, you make your tableware match the movie color scheme by adding red plates and yellow cutlery. You can also use hoverboard plates (skateboard plates, available for sale). To round off the look, you can place a stack of Hill Valley Telegraph papers in a corner (using prints of this, or this or this) and place some time chrono-governor coasters (print this image and add to coasters). Last but not least, no party (or Delorean) is complete without plutonium rods – they look like this and can be made using glow in the dark sticks and printed radiation signs. Back to Future Costumes and outfits Back to the future cosplay costumes by Howie Muzika via Flickr All time travelers need to be cautioned not to look out of place when they engage in travel – blending in with the locals makes them less suspicious of your origin. Luckily, Back To The Future offers a wide range of costume choices for any one character (what with varied trips over the time continuum – 1885, 1955, 1985, 2015 – take your pick). That also means that you not only get the option of dressing up your offspring in 80s clothes, but also in the 80s idea of 2015 (which is pretty far from current fashion standards, although not when it comes to half/partially shaved head trends for women – go figure). Let’s start off with the main character and a simple Marty McFly costume. For that you need: jeans, a jeans jacket, a red jacket vest, white and blue plaid button-down shirt, high-tops and some accessories like a walkman with headphones and a wristwatch. If you’re thinking of the 2015 version of the character, then here’s how you can make your own Marty McFly jacket from the future. Which you can pair up with a hoverboard – the simple version and the more crafty one. When it comes to a simple Doc Brown costume, you can start with a mad scientist theme and build your way up – lab coat, khaki pants, white crazy scientist wig/Einstein wig, rubber gloves, Hawaiian shirt – and let’s not forget the accessories: goggles, tool belt, plutonium silver case (glue a radiation symbol to it). Another Doc costume consists of a white onesie with a radiation symbol painted on top, yellow rubber gloves with a radiation symbol, a tool belt, a radio transmitter (the remote from a remote controlled car) – something like this. For a more intricate Back To The Future birthday outfit, you can try and recreate Doc Brown’s mind reading hat – depending on how well you can stand getting zapped, you can chose to add (or not) electricity. If you’re looking instead for something simpler, why not try making these Doc Brown’s shades or Marty McFly’s hat (tie-dye a white cap). They are super easy to make and you can give them out to your guests at the start of the party. We should also not forget about Jenifer Parker (Marty’s long standing crush) – her costume is simple to recreate with the aid of white pants stamped with flower patterns, a white shirt and a jeans vest and grey vintage Reebok shoes. Back to the Future Party Food and drinks Pepperoni Pizza! courtesy of rob_rob2001 via Flickr Back To The Future is great when it comes to preparing themed party food, mostly since the 80s were pretty shameless when it came to product placement. While today’s movie directors have to be subtle about sneaking ads in, Back To The Future blatantly displays brands. That means you get to serve Pepsi Free or Pepsi Perfect at your table. You can make your own soda label or, if you’re going for maximum impact, you can purchase the newly released Pepsi Perfect bottles (that match the bottle shapes in Back To The Future 2). Alternatively, you can serve some Tab cola. In the same movie future style, you can serve dehydrated pizza cookies. Or even serve pizza, like in the movie – half pepperoni, half green pepper with this label. If you don’t mind bad puns (or enjoy making your children squirm) you can add Doc Brownies and Marty McFries. Ow, and let’s not forget the “nobody calls me chicken” chicken thighs. If you’re going with the 50s theme of Back To The Future, why not serve “get me a milk, chocolate!” shakes using these 50 recipes, coupled with some standard diner food, like fries and burgers served on red checkered napkins. Let’s not forget about George McFly’s favorite snack – peanut brittle. For something a bit more special, you can make some clock tower confetti cookies – and change the time to 10.04; or some plutonium jell-o syringes. Back to Future Birthday cake and cupcakes The birthday cake is the crown achievement of the party – since it also reminds our time travelers what year they are in. For a fantastic cake, you can always look to a professional cake decorator. Alternatively, for a much more affordable option, you can ask pastry shops if they have printers with edible ink . You can also give it a go yourself, without being the Next Great Baker. Here is a simple Delorean time gauge cake – you start by covering the cake in fondant, then you can cut out strips of black and red fondant and use food gels, edible markers or try to pipe the text. Another simple treat are Marty’s colored cap cupcakes – like here, which you can make by splitting the cupcake mixture in four, adding food colorant and then pouring from all four bowls into the baking tray. You can also try to make this easy pull apart cupcakes clock cake or these clock cupcakes. Let’s not forget that there are also Back To The Future edible cupcake toppers available on Amazon. Also in the easy range is this flux capacitor cake or the hoverboard cookie cake. For something more intricate, you can try your hand at this hoverboard cake… The power lacing shoe part can follow this converse shoe cake tutorial instead– just cover it in grey/silver fondant instead.For a very special Back To The Future birthday cake, try making this futuristic color changing cake – it requires more skills and tools than the options above but the result is stunning (your kids won’t know whether to eat it or keep turning it around to watch the colors change). Back to the Future Games and activities Time travelers need to be entertained otherwise they get bored, start messing around with the timeline, and you might find yourself in a Man In The High Castle scenario. The 2015 of Back To The Future had a game called Slamball – since you don’t exactly have flying sneakers lying around the house, you can adapt it to a game of volleyball, basketball, football – or event have the guests try to hit a target with a small ball (which would make it more true to its name – Slamball, bad puns and all). Another idea is to have them make their own hoverboards. You just need to get some mini skateboards, glue paper on top and arm the kids with crayons (just remember later, when you’re trying to clean colored smudges from the ceiling and other impossible to reach places, that you did this to yourself). For older children you can try a back to the future card game, where they try to change the history to their liking and then have to prevent the flux capacitor from being invented by Doc Brown. Going with the running theme, you can have them play “Are you chicken, McFly?” . For this game, one child stands in the center of the room and must interact with a rubber chicken to make the others laugh. Whoever laughs first gets to go interact with the chicken. If no one laughs in the timespan of 1-2 min, the child gets eliminated – last one standing wins. Another Back To The Future party game idea is to have the children play the ‘untangle time game’ – a version of the Chinese puzzle, where all children but one stand in the circle and hold hands. The remaining child has to turn around/ be blindfolded. The children will try to tie themselves in a complicated knot without letting go of their hands – stepping over/under arms etc.. When they are ready, the remaining child must untangle them without having them let go of their hands (or it will break the space-time continuum) You can also host a hoverboard obstacle race – use skateboards and some small obstacles they have to avoid. Or try a what’s in the image guessing game – fill a sheet with back to the future items and characters, show the sheet to the children for 30 sec then see who can remember and write down the most. Back to the Future Birthday Party Favors As your party is winding down, your time travelers take souvenirs from their trips, before heading back to their own time. There are some very nice Back To The Future gift bags on Etsy which you can then proceed to fill with an AirMag snickers keychain, themed stickers and tattoos, electric guitar necklaces or small inflatable guitars. You can also add some 88 speed limit, clock tower or Outatime badges. Alternatively, you can even make an Outatime necklace using this dog tags totorial, where you print and glue the Outatime license plate. And since time travel is difficult, you can add some Delorean cookies (made with a car cookie cutter) to make sure they don’t get hungry on the way back. Back to the Future Birthday gift ideas Back to the future t-shirt available from When it comes to gift ideas, Back To The Future is rife with possibilities – you don’t have to dig through antiques/thrift shops to find good gifts, you just need to take a stroll down Amazon, Ebay or Etsy. You can start off with clothing items like Back To The Future costume converse shoes or Delorean and Flux capacitor t-shirts. There are also plenty of action toys available (unsurprisingly, Doc Brown and Marty come in the biggest variety). There are also Delorean toy cars and build-it kit sets. While on that note, Lego has also given the Delorean and some sets a go. There are also Back To The Future electric slot car race sets. For the collector, there are Outatime license plate replicas and flux capacitor replicas. If however, you’re looking for something more functional, you can find flux capacitor USB car chargers or watches. For the gamers, there is a Back To The Future console game – and if you want to win the parent of the year award, you can get them a scooter hoverboard (in fact, you can even get one for yourself, who says that toys have to be restricted to children?). Filed Under: Party Themes Next Page ? Copyright ? 2016 · Lifestyle Pro Theme on Genesis Framework · WordPress · Log in Whois

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