Friday, July 25, 2014

Roller Skating 7th Birthday

My baby turned 7. I have no clue when that happened. We don't do big birthday parties every year, but this year Seven decided she really wanted a skating party. Thankfully we have a semi-local place that is great.  I had fun doing a couple of crafts for her party. This is probably the least amount of crafting/making things for a birthday in a few years. I usually go crazy, but I'm slowly learning how to edit myself. I also attribute that to my other two being around to make any and all crafting impossible. For this party I just made her water bottle wrappers, favors, and cupcakes.

Everyone had a great time. All the kids loved their favors and not a whole lot made it past the door. 

Baby Reenie and Harpo trying to skate. 

The cupcake and favor set up.

And blowing out the candles!

Happy Birthday Seven!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

DIY - Duct Tape Water Bottle Wrappers

One of the crafts I did for Seven's birthday was duct tape water bottle wrappers. After speaking to the rink her party was being held at, I found out I could bring water/drinks and the desserts.

I wanted to do the smaller waters since they are smaller and would have a better chance of not having 3 sips taken and then left. I didn't want to leave them plain. I have seen the specialty wrappers but I am not a fan. Mostly because of the cost of printing and when they get wet or the water "sweats" the wrapper was not what I wanted to do. 

Instead I got some of the fun duct tape from Michael's(used a 40% coupon too!) and wrapped them. Much easier AND when wet/cold the tape stays on and doesn't run. Here is what they ended up looking like. One roll of the special tape normally cost $4.99 with 40% off it was $3 and covered about 45 mini bottles.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Groovin & Grubbin at Garden State Discovery Museum - Wed 7/23

Attention Foodies and Fun Lovers! 
The 2nd Annual Groovin’ & Grubbin’, a FREE outdoor concert series,
continues today, Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
They also have gourmet food trucks!
Grub from 5-8pm, and enjoy the Discovery Theatre production of raPUNzel at 7pm!
Don’t forget general admission into the museum is only $5 after 5pm!
Food trucks include: Mary’s Mobile Diner, Undrgrnd Donuts, Surf and Turf Truck, Cupcakes2gogo, Pbon’s Fresh Phood, and Springdale Farms
raPUN web

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chocolate Skates

I've always been a fan of edible favors. If a favor can't be useful or eaten I try not to do it. After we decided this was officially going to be a skating party I knew I wanted to find a skate chocolate mold to make the favor. Luckily I found one on Amazon and since I have prime it was here in 2 days!

I made these over a few days while the kids were at camp. It was really easy, the hardest part was making sure not to overheat the chocolate. There are two ways to melt chocolate. Double boiler or microwave. I do both inchangably, but for this I used the microwave.

Items needed:
Small glass bowls(depends on how many colors)
Chocolate mold
Melting chocolate(I used Wilton's)
4in lollipop sticks
Small spoon & fork
Paper towel

I wanted to make them two toned. Originally I wanted to do the wheels and laces one color, but the lace area wasn't cooperating/too much effort so it got cut. I did the color for the wheels first. I did both blue and pink. I melted about 20 chocolate disks in the glass bowl. I did it for 20 seconds, opened the door, and then 20 more seconds. The chocolate wasn't totally melted but after I stirred, it was smooth. I used the fork and toothpick to drop small amounts of the chocolate in the wheels, after it was in I tiled to see the bottom and use the toothpick to get rid of all the air bubbles. I tried tapping, but since I was doing a small, specific area when I tapped it on the table it would get out of the area I wanted. Once all 5 skates were filled I put the mold in the fridge for about 5-10 min. 

Two minutes before I was ready to take out the chocolate wheels I got my white chocolate ready the same as before. Then I took out the mold and spooned the white chocolate in, much easier with doing the large area. I also added the stick in and spun it once to get the chocolate to adhere to the stick. Also if you wipe the edges of where the mold ends, it will keep you from having to trim after the fact.
After all the skates were filled I tapped the mold a few times to get the bubbles out. Then put in the fridge for 10 min. After that they should pop out quite easily. I did wipe the mold out after each time because the oils from the chocolate.
The final product. I took a rectangle bag and cut a little slit in the middle for the stick to pop through. Since it was only the 4in stick when I tried it the other way there wasn't much to hold onto. I loved the way this looked. 

Be careful with storage. The chocolate can melt at 90-100 degrees so if you hold it in your hand long enough it will melt. I was a little nervous because it is July and our house doesn't have cental a/c, but I kept them in a plastic container separated by parchment paper and they stayed perfect until I was ready to wrap them.