When possible, I like to just make my own decorations and save the cost of licensed character stuff. I still do buy some things, but sometimes it's almost as easy to make your own....
|I taped construction paper to our beverage tubs to make a pig and a yellow bird.|
I got some little individually packaged pouches of Angry Birds cheese nips. We had them out with the food and also put one in each of the kids' goodie bags. But the box they came in had lots of pictures of the birds and pigs. So, I cut them out and used them around the food tables as decorations...
|Who needs to buy licensed character confetti when you can just cut the pictures out of your box of Angry Birds Cheese Nips?!|
|Green pig on a nest of eggs with birds swooping overhead!|
|A couple other balloons I made and hung from the ceiling.|
|Some of the birds made at the party! Note little brother Toby's "nest" on the right...we had to cut him off as he was using up all the eggs! Ha!!|
|Sam holding up one of his birds, with his nest of eggs in the foreground|
The cake...I baked a simple cake mix in a 9x13" pan. We luckily already had an Angry Bird game which had some cute plastic birds, a slingshot, and pigs. So, I utilized those. I built up a "hill" for the sling shot to sit on using some brownie bites from the grocery store, and then frosted it all with green. Next, I built a little nest (pretzel sticks with jellybean eggs), and the stack of "logs" that the pigs are on.
|I used frosting to glue the "logs" together. That's a whopper on top, as a boulder.|
|These cookie stick thingies worked great for the green pig's "logs!"|
We are just a few weeks away from little brother Toby's party, and he will be having a Jake and the Neverland Pirates themed party. So, you can probably imagine my excitement yesterday as I stumbled upon Target's birthday section, where they had only their pirate themed stuff on major clearance! Score! I'll be sure to post pics of his party once it happens!!
I also hope to post pics of some of my homemade Christmas gifts that I gave this year pretty soon. We still have one family Christmas gift exchange coming up on January 1st, so I can't spoil any gift surprises just yet! But stay tuned for more posts in 2014! :-)