Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Roman's Minion Birthday Party

We celebrated Roman's 3rd birthday last weekend with a minion party!  This was something that has been discussed many, MANY times over the last 6 months or so.  Basically ever since Loyal's birthday party in May.  I guess that comes with the territory of younger siblings who watch their big brother experience everything first.

I have to start with saying that I am so sad that I didn't get more pictures than I did.  This happens every time!  It's like you put so much effort into the decorations and setting up and getting everything just perfect only to finish moments before everyone arrives.  Once the party starts, you're so done and pictures are the absolute LAST thing on your mind.  Regardless, I want to share the few pictures I have because despite everything I have going on at the moment, I did work really hard on making this party special for Roman.

Brace yourselves for the poor quality of this next picture because it is terrible you guys.  And I mean TERRIBLE!
Before I get into the specifics, this is the only picture I got of the table in front of the wall display.  I really don't know how this happened but CLEARLY, I dropped the ball here.
  
This room is right when you walk into our house and I love using it for parties.  I wanted to make this particular wall in that room the focal point when everyone arrived.
The stripes are made with yellow streamers.  I taped them to the wall with blue painters tape right below the crown and above the baseboards, which you can see on one of the bottom pieces.  (Sorry to all my fellow OCD'ers! It bugs me too!!)  I eyeballed the width in between and definitely listened to my fair share of ridicule and sarcastic suggestions of getting me the tape measure. :)  


The banner I made by hand and is the detail that I am most proud of.  This will likely go in a keepsake box and you know, never get looked at for 30 years or something.  I bought 8.5 x 11 sheets of felt from Hobby Lobby.   I'm sure there are much easier ways of doing the letters but I drew them out on graph paper, cut them out and used that as a template to trace onto the felt.  I attached everything together using iron-on adhesive that I had left over from a Christmas project last year.  I drew the minions freehand and put them together using the same adhesive.  The top piece is a simple black seam that I got from Hobby Lobby.  I attached that with a straight stitch using my sewing machine.  If you don't have a sewing machine, I know that there are a lot of other products out there that are used in place of sewing. :)   


To the left of the main wall, I hung a few Minions from the ceiling.  Unfortunately these didn't make in any of the pictures from the actual party so I took some the next day.  I ordered yellow paper lanterns from Party City, glued black ribbon around the middle, and used card stock for the eyes.  (The pupil is marker.)  The mouth I made out of card stock and glued it on with hot glue.  The pipe cleaners I just wrapped around the wire at the top.  I made 3 hanging Minions and tried to make each one a little different.
Also, basically impossible to get all 3 faces looking at me while running back and forth from chair to chair.

For party favors, I made little Minion hats for all of the kids to take home!  I don't know about everyone else but my kids were super excited about them and a favor that isn't candy and doesn't make noise was hopefully a win for the parents! ;)  These were pretty simple to make once I got a system down.  The hats were a little on the flimsy side and started melting when I tried to use hot glue.  I found that Elmer's Glue worked best for applying the ribbon.  The eyes were made out of card stock and plastic googly eyes that I found at Hobby Lobby.  I put a grey circle behind the plastic eye to make them look more like the Minion's goggles.  I applied those with hot glue because the ribbon worked as a barrier between the eyes and the hat.  I wanted to somehow attach black pipe cleaners to the tops for hair but couldn't figure out how to do that without using hot glue.  (And also because I finished these the night before the party so, you know.)

Lastly, and probably one of the best details of the entire party, I made Minion cupcakes!  They turned out so cute and guess what, NOT ONE SINGLE PICTURE.  The shame!  You can kinda see them in this picture below but at this rate, I should look into hiring a photographer for my next party.
Roman requested cupcakes for his party.  Chocolate, specifically.  I died the icing yellow and after I iced each cupcake, I dipped the icing in yellow sugar sprinkles to give it some texture.  I used black gel icing (the kind that comes in a little white tube at the grocery store) and drew the strap for the goggles, hair and mouth.  Then I put little candy eyes over the goggles.  I tried to switch up the designs of these to give them some variety.  These ended up being super simple to make and turned out so adorable.  Really bummed that I didn't get a picture of all of them!

This was such a great party!  I tried my best to keep the guest list simple this year and not invite his entire class like I did for Loyal's party in April.  October is such a busy month for us and with family in town, this ended up being perfect.  Despite having fewer guests, I really wanted him to feel special and have a great party that he had been anticipating for months.  I will say that this 3 year old of mine knows what he wants!  He has talked about his "Minion Party" since April and the smile on his face that day was so worth all of it.

Sources & Supplies
Yellow Streamers
"3" Balloon
Yellow Paper Lanterns
Black Ribbon, Card Stock, Googly Eyes, Pipe Cleaners, & all Felt - Hobby Lobby
Construction Hats
Table Cloth 
Table Skirt
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