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Micah’s Modern IRON MAN Party

Suddenly I realized Micah was turning two in a week!
I texted some friends to come over monday night for cake!
Life was too crazy that week to plan anything..but when it hit the weekend I knew
I wanted to try and throw together something fun! Micah loves IRON MAN. It’s probably the second thing he says after “baba” in the morning… and one of the last things he says before he goes to bed. When I tuck him in he’ll randomly look up at me and say iron man?
to which I reply.. yes iron man is sleeping too….zzzzzz.
So I knew that was the perfect party theme for our micah man!
Sunday came and I finally had a chance to work up
some fun details for the party monday night. This is my love language..and how I relax.
So it was fun working on some DIY’s after a busy week.
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All of these things are super easy and quick DIY’s or party details you can make as well
if you are in a time crunch! I didn’t want to spend a lot either.. I would have loved to have an iron man costume and iron man favors.. but nope. we didn’t have time and we wanted to keep it simple. I used a lot of what we had to make it come together and did party shopping in my craft box. :) The key to a modern licensed character party is to come up with a few basic elements that represent the character and then go in the direction you want! I don’t like red. but.. I love black and white and gold and HAD some things that could make that color scheme work. I incorporated the red into the table with the candy and iron man mask wrapped around the popcorn jar! I HAD wanted maroon balloons..but accidentally ordered magenta balloons..haha.
We tied the pink balloons outside our door. ;)
iron man party-thebusybudgetingmama2I knew I wanted to do a dessert table only. (We had some chips/hummus and
carrots out as well.) I made up an Iron Man sign to put on the table.
I wanted to keep it simple and bake with my girls to add to the fun.
I let them stay up late the night before baking with me and they were giddy as can be.
It took about 50 times longer but it was worth it. They loved it.
I bought store bought popcorn and cupcakes.
And then twizzlers and swedish fish for the candy jars. (they are from target)
Micah’s present from us was a pack of marvel comic heroes…
And we used them around the party table decor :)
I bought one iron man mask from party city. (It was a couple bucks!)
Ben had the great idea to put it around the popcorn jar!
Micah kept pointing and saying, “Iron Mannnnnn!”iron man party-thebusybudgetingmama20

If there is one thing I know about super heroes, they like to fly through city skylines!
I had a big piece of thick poster board from our HAPPY MOMMY BOX one year party.
(it was $15 at Office Max) I used a pencil to doodle a city skyline…
not trying to have it be perfectly straight because that just wasn’t gonna happen.
Then I used an angled thick sharpie to fill in the lines! SO easy. and it comes
together pretty fast. I had a hunk of black and white strip
fabric from IKEA that I used as the table cloth.iron man party-thebusybudgetingmama18

I had some lollipop sticks in my craft bin… so I made up some cupcake toppers
(made in photoshop… printed on card stock… taped to back of sticks.)
The Micah cake topper was made with our magnet letters spray painted gold!
I love how they turned out so similar to the Iron Man font!
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It was hilarious how Micah passed out a cookie to
EVERY SINGLE person who walked into our house.
He started doing it and then just kept on being the hostess with
the mostess the whole party! I’m so glad I made cookies because it ended up
being so him. mister social passing them out. all the superheroes were thrilled.
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told you… I wasn’t exaggerating about the cookies….
serious peanut blossom deliveries going on.
Micah to the rescue.
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Micah was pretty proud of himself
and showing off the cookies.
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We only had one super hero costume in the house for the girls. and it’s kinda too small. haha.
But Sienna wanted to rock it and Sophia threw her cat ears on and was bat girl! ;)
total goofballs.
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Cake time!! I picked up a chocolate cake from the Harris Teeter grocery store
and randomly found the #2 candle in my pantry from an old party pack! score!
I got the Avengers Balloon from Party City. it was $8 including helium.
Worth it because it’s still going strong here! That was considered a present
from us too.. Micah loves balloons!iron man party-thebusybudgetingmama6

Micah was pretty pumped about the blowing out the candle part.
He ate two bites and was done with the cake itself.
The rest of us devoured the cake. It was so good!!
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noo let’s not stab mommy.iron man party-thebusybudgetingmama11this sweet boy…can’t believe he is two!iron man party-thebusybudgetingmama14

Sienna is a snuggler at parties. we cash in on it.iron man party-thebusybudgetingmam5

The iron mask randomly made the rounds.
Loved looking over and seeing micah put it on. He was in iron man heaven.iron man party-thebusybudgetingmama4iron man party-thebusybudgetingmama13

Micah was pretty excited about the communal plate of cookies.
(All the ones he had gifted and people couldn’t eat fast enough.)
Micah and Ben had their bromances at the party.
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Gift time! Micah had lots of “help” from his cousins and sisters.
Thankful for everyone who came and for the gifts!
He loved everything and it’s been awesome having BOY TOYS in the house.
slowly he is making his mark on this girl house. ;)
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Thanks for checking out our Micah man’s IRON MAN Party!
It was a quick DIY throw together but so fun celebrating our guy
and making some special memories!

Giant Tissue Paper Flower Tutorial – Part 1

These lovely Giant Tissue Paper Flowers
are at the top of my favorite party DIY’s!
I made them for the girls’ Fairy Birthday Party and I loved how they turned out!
I’m so excited to share this video tutorial in all of it’s bad hair day glory
because this DIY is SO fun and is a great bang for your buck!
Finally made ‘part one’ happen during a nap time this weekend! :)
I’m going to try and do another video tutorial sharing the
other variety of flowers used as well!
next nap time? ;)
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Giant Tissue Paper Flowers could be just the right
detail for a birthday party, shower or nursery decor!
We have them all up in the kids’ room because I can’t part with them just yet. ;)

The video tutorial gives a general idea of how to make these.
I didn’t take photos..blogger fail.. but It really is simple once you get going!

WHAT YOU NEED:
Scissors
Tissue Paper (20 in x 30 in – I get my tissue paper from papermart)
Scotch Heavy Duty Packing Tape. (what I had. worked great.)
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STEP 1- CUT PETALS
+You are going to have 3 levels of “petals”
Making each level of petals smaller/shorter as you go!
—–First round I use 4 sheets of tissue paper and cut
out a petal shape.
—–Second round of tissue I use 3 (4 works too!) and make it a little shorter/smaller
—-Third Round of tissue 3(4 works too!) and make it a little shorter/smaller again.


STEP 2- LAYER  AND TAPE PETALS
+Take the smallest level of tissue petals and layer together like a bouquet
+Secure by taping handle (see video for that part.)
+Take the next level of tissue paper (the medium length) and add to the “bouquet” putting them in the open spots as you layer. (again, video might help clarify that part.)
+hold together by taping handle again.
+Then add the final largest tissue paper level.
+Tape handle again and then snip off excess part.


STEP 3- CENTER OF FLOWER
+Cut two circles out: one big one medium.
+crinkle the edges of the circles
+tape them to each other and then tape to middle of flower!

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 Thanks for watching and tag/email me if you try these out!
Would love to see how you use them.

Cute Hot Dog Sugar Cookies

This past fourth of July I was in charge of bringing some desserts for our family’s cook out! I had seen this idea on pinterest months ago and knew I wanted to try it!
These Hot Dog Sugar Cookies would be perfect for a summer backyard cook out
or a baseball party or shower theme! They are just really fun and festive.hotdogsugarcookies-thebusybudgetingmama

Ben was counting down till the #pinterestfail moment to happen with this one…
Which..yes… it happened. haha.
These look nothing like the photo I saw on pinterest. I think it’s because I used store bought sugar cookie dough instead of making from scratch.
Mine ended up much flatter and longer than the image I saw.
But I was happy with how they ended up! And they were EASY and
FAST to make. Which was perfect because
I had no time and little fireworks crazed kids at my ankles.

HOT DOG SUGAR COOKIES
STEP ONE – make the dough and form little “bun” looking
cookies with an indent for the hot dog
STEP TWO – add some red food coloring to a portion of the
sugar cookie dough to make the hot dogs.
STEP THREE – Form red dough into hot dogs and place on the buns!
STEP FOUR – use a knife to draw lines at the end of the hot dogs
for the casing. It just looks more real.
STEP FOUR – Bake as directed, but keep an eye on them
so they don’t go too brown, also if they flatten out, like they did for me…. just pull them out and use a knife to smoosh the sides back into each other to form the bun again.
I did that a couple times and it ended up being fine!
NOT like the pictures I saw on pinterest..but this is how it worked for me and a bag of store bought cookie dough. It works but you have to smoosh them back together occasionally so they harden in that shape. (even after you pull them out of the oven)
STEP FIVE – Once the cookies cool down, use yellow frosting to add some mustard to your cookies. You could also use coconut for onions and red icing for ketchup!
I used the cake mate icing tube from the grocery store instead of making my own (saved time and dirty dishes) and put on one of my decorating tips to get the size I wanted.

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would love to see :)
The little cousins loved them but so did the adults!
HAVE FUN AND ENJOY!

DIY Faux Birch Cement Tube Dessert Stands (My Dessert Table DIY)

This has to be one of my favorite DIY Projects I’ve done!
From start to finish it was so fun creating these Faux Birch Stands!
I made them out of Cement Tubes… and used them as stands for my dessert table!
I had seen similar items to purchase…but I wanted a grouping and my budget was slim to none..so it was the perfect opportunity to do it myself!
Here’s how I MADE them..and at the end of the post see how I USED them!
FAUX BIRCH STANDS SUPPLIES:
Cement Tube (Home Improvement Store)
Wood Glue (Home Improvement Store)
Liquitex Acrylic Gesso Paint (Craft Store)
Brown Acrylic Paint (Craft Store)
Toilet Paper
3 Paper Plates
Cardboard box (I always have some somewhere…
but you can get free ones from your dollar tree!
ask and you shall receive.. most of the time. ;)
Tools:
Little Paint Brush
2 Little Foam Brushs
Box Cutter
Pencil. OR crayon if you have kids and hide all sharp things like me.


STEPS:
–First things first…gather supplies. set up a work space.
–Take your cement tube roll that you awkwardly carried through the home improvement store while pushing a stroller and directing children.
and Figure out the heights of stands you want..I knew I wanted 5 different stands…
so I marked the tube accordingly.
–Get your handy man husband to use his muscled and cut the cement tube (it’s a sturdy cardboard?) using the box cutter. make sure no fingers are lost. because a trip to the ER will only delay the fun painting part that is coming up…
and the losing a finger thing. that would be painful too.
–Next you need to create the tops of your stands.
Place your cut cement tube piece onto a piece of cardboard (I used part of a cardboard box I had) and trace with a crayon/pencil whatever
(wow just noticed how nasty that crayon looks below…
nice smoosh of play dough on it. lovely. only the best props for my blog photos. ;)
ANYWAYS…. trace it… then I’m pretty sure I just used the wood glue to attach the lid to the tube. I can’t remember! But if that doesn’t stick enough use regular glue…hot glue…
just GLUE it.
REPEAT. create all your little stands and if arrange how you think you might use them.. you can always trim them down a bit with the box cutters to get the right heights!
This is one of my favorite parts…
Now you need to get a paper plate..and squirt a little bit of the Acrylic Gesso Paint…
tear up a few shreds of toilet paper.. mix together with your foam brush.
keep adding and mixing till you get the right consistency.
Pretty gross looking and feeling… smoosh it against the sides of the tubing…
You are trying to create knots and texture for your faux birch!
The sloppier the better usually. don’t do each knot the same.
Your kids watching you might think you are crazy AND awesome.
Next take another paper plate and squirt some of the Acrylic Gesso.
Paint your stands..and know your brush strokes add to the texture of your faux birch…
so play with that a little when you brush! have fun and cover completely.
**If you want, you could use caulk to fill in the edges around the lid…
or push in more of the paint. I didn’t mind the texture!**
Let the white dry.
Next squirt a little of the brown acrylic paint onto a paper plate.
Use the tip of your foam brush to swipe on little brown lines…
At first I was nervous I was going to wreck it completely….but then I started getting the hang of it and it came together! Just take a step back, occasionally, and see what you think! add more or stop and let dry.
I wasn’t patient enough to wait for it to dry…
I just was very careful didn’t touch the sides while I painted the top.
I used my paper plate with the brown paint on it..and squirted a little of the white acrylic gesso paint and mixed to get the right color.
Then painted the tops of my faux birch stands. Done!
I first created these to add levels to my Dessert Table at my Girls’ Storybook Princess Party.
On the map of Once Upon A Time Land, which we sent out in the POP-UP INVITE, I showed a Cookie Forest..so of course We HAD to have the stands be trees!! My girls loved it.
and we all devoured the cookies. (which they loved seeing mounded up at easy access ;)
Then I pulled them out again to add some levels to
my dessert table at our Monster Bash!
It was the perfect touch to our spooky kid friendly Halloween Party.
Would love to see how you use your DIY Faux Birch Stands!
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