This year's "Big Birthday Bash" is Angry Birds! Everyone is doing parties like this these days, so i have found no shortage of ideas and resources (Pinterest is LOADED). The trick is picking and choosing what will fit my budget and our young group of 4-7 year olds.
I'll be posting my preparations as i have time and finish things - there are far too many tasks on my to-do list for the next two months, so while I really want to blog things here as they happen, we'll just have to play it by ear.
Anyway, I finished one piece of the party yesterday. Masks!
I saw THIS picture on Pinterest, from a birthday party where they made their own masks. The little poem, ("Take a mask, take a crown, take a pic and do not frown") really sparked my interest, and I LOVED the idea of having a photo booth at the party! I've been trying to find games and activities that didn't involve throwing things (though there will be one of those two - i just want a bit of variety).
I couldn't find a mask pattern i liked, so I sat down and made my own out of colored cardstock i had laying around from my scrapbooking days. Since it's a younger crowd, i cut out all the pieces for them, but if you're hosting older kids, you can just trace them and have the kids cut them out themselves. It'll save you a TON of time and scissor-blisters!
All masks are basically the same shape except for the yellow bird, who is triangular instead of round. I made up samples for reference:
At the party I'll have a background, which i plan to make out of a light blue bedsheet with paper cutouts to make it look Angry Bird-ish, where the kids can pose with their masks. I'll either send the parents digital copies of the photos, or print them out and send them with thank you cards.
Here's the fun part: I have a new printer! It's a fancy all-in-one with scanner/copier/fax that i got for half price over boxing day. Why do i mention this? Because with this new machine, i can now scan my templates into PDFs for your use! (and i found out how to post them here on the blog)
Just scroll to the end of this post for the free download. **Remember they are for personal, non-commercial use** The pieces are all labeled so you know which piece goes with which layout. If Scribd doesn't work for you, you can e-mail me as always and I'll be happy to send the templates to your inbox.
bugbooandbean (at) gmail (dot) com!
(and leave some love - comments and praise make me more likely to do stuff like this - hahaha!)