DIY Baby's First Birthday Cake Toppers | And We Play
DIY Baby's First Birthday Cake Toppers | And We Play

If you have a baby birthday coming up, this might be the easiest and most fun way to decorate the cake for your little guest of honor. I mean, what little one doesn't love looking at themselves! All you need to make these toppers is right here and I promise, it takes just minutes to make. You should put your focus into more pressing things like the balloons instead! Because what baby doesn't adore balloons? 

DIY Baby's First Birthday Cake Toppers | And We Play
DIY Baby's First Birthday Cake Toppers | And We Play

Happy partying!

DIY Baby's First Birthday Cake Toppers | And We Play


Adventure Time Piñata
Finn piñata

I have never seen the show Adventure Time, but my nephew loves it and when he requested a Finn piñata for his birthday, you know I couldn't say no. Challenge accepted! I think it turned out pretty great and it was so rewarding to see his face light up when I showed it to him. Does a heart good. It's kind of strange making a piñata you know you are going to smash to bits. It gets me excited! You spend so much time on the construction making it perfect, and a few minutes later it's a pile of rubble on the floor. It's totally worth it. To make the piñata, I used the same method as the Jupiter piñata from his party last year. Just with a little more crepe paper. I made the face on my computer, printed it out and drew the shape of his head around that. Then cut it out with a blade or scissors and trace that shape again to make the back. After a ton of hot glue, some cardboard trim to connect the two sides and a whole lot of toys and candy for the insides, we had our piñata! Oh and I poked two holes in the top and pulled some string through for hanging the piñata up. Pretty basic piñata stuff. The kids had a grand time beating the treats out of it. I am finding that the older the kids are, the stronger I need to make it! My nephew loved the piñata. He said it was perfect, except Finn isn't hairy. Ha! Happy birthday to my favorite nephew!

Adventure Time Piñata


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I neglected to take very many pictures throughout the evening - oops. I guess that's a sign of having a blast! It was a total success, even if my favorite didn't win the gold man. We had our guests bring an appetizer themed off of one of the films nominated for best picture. I loved seeing their creative appetizers! I was in charge of the desserts. We had some double layer cakes for each guest - they were supposed to be a lot smaller than they turned out, but hey, no one is complaining about having too much cake. I also made some chocolate covered strawberries. We had metallic fringe, balloons and the posters as the decor. The kids loved their walk of fame stars too! They quickly saw that there was a star for each of them with their name on it and as predicted, they were thrilled. As for the Oscars themselves, Ellen rocked it. It felt like the most put together and seamless ceremony to date. I don't think I even saw the actors or actresses mess up by walking off stage the wrong way. There was also no music to tell the winner(s) to stop talking and get off the stage. At least not that we noticed, and it was kind of nice. Let the winners bask in their 58 seconds of glory on stage! Throughout the show we grownups played a game of Oscars bingo which was a lot of fun. I found the bingo cards over here for download. It was a really great night. I wish the Oscars happened more often! I mean, how could we not have a blast with friends who show up as super stars with their own paparazzi? It was a very good time. 




There has been a whole lot of black and gold this week. Next up, rainbows and green for St. Patrick's day! But before we move on, we have one more craft for your Oscars party. To match our little party cups, I decided to make these balloons too! The same basic idea as the cups, but a little more fun because, well, they're balloons. If I could have found gold contact paper, you better believe I would have been adding gold statues to the black balloons too! I think these will be fun to have at our party this Sunday. The great part about contact paper is it's so easy to work with. If you place it crooked, you can easily reposition it. Whether you will be watching the Oscars this Sunday or not, I hope you have a great weekend!




For our upcoming Oscars party I thought it would be fun to give the kids their own "walk of fame" of sorts. Originally I was going to make the stars out of cardboard and gold duct tape, but then I saw these stars at the party store on sale and thought I would save myself a few minutes. They even come with holes at the top, waiting to be attached to a balloon! To make the names, I just used black duct tape and cut the letters out by hand. You could draw them on with marker, or have kids write their own names! I have said it before and I will say it again. Kids love seeing their own name. They love it. I'm pretty confident these balloons will be a hit with the kiddos at our Oscars party this weekend.