Whoo Whoo is Having an Owl Party?

Sometimes what’s old is new again. Or what one child has another one wants.

These two sentiments rang true for our latest birthday party. My seven year old wanted an owl party – the same theme I had for her brother when he turned one!

If you remember our Halloween, when I made owl costumes, we are kind of on an owl-kick here!

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Whoo whoo are these cuties?! 

Owl Party Ideas

Of course, I turned to Pinterest for some ideas. Simply search owl and you’ll have so many fun pictures to ogle. There were a few that I tackled:

We had Big Sister’s friends over for a party on Friday night and then family came over on Saturday for a lunchtime party, so the owl theme was enjoyed for two celebrations. Here are some pictures of what we did:

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Pin the bow on the owl, Easy Owl Pinata, Owl treat bags

I found adorable owl print table cloths and masks in the party department of Wal-mart. It was a great way to cover the table for the “make your own owl” by glue-ing together the pieces craft.

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Craft table – make your own owl. Kitchen table runner & Digi Owl centerpiece.

I folded up another tablecloth for a table runner (the inside was just white and looked too plain), and added the kids’ Digi Owls as a centerpiece. As I’ve written about before, I love using what we already have for birthday party decorations. I did the same for my son’s jungle themed party.

Just like at my son’s party, we had cupcakes, but this time, I let the kids decorate their own owl cupcakes. For our family party, I bought a cake from our local bakery, whoo did such a great job decorating it!

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Seriously cute owl cupcake creations, and the professional’s work on the cake.

This was a really cute and fun theme, and I couldn’t believe all the owl stuff that’s out there.  Some friends even brought owl-themed gifts (drawing pictures of owls on cards, owl crafts, owl p.j.’s).

Have you re-used or re-purposed party themes in your own house? Let me know what you think of my owl parties, and share your own favorite party themes in the comments.

By the way, if you’re planning a party, I DO currently have a giveaway going on, and you could use the credits to create beautiful invitations. Comment on this post and enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway!

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Cardboard Choo Choo Train’s Debut

As I mentioned in my cardboard kitchen post, I had A LOT of boxes at my disposal to get creative and make another toy for my kiddos.  It’s crazy how many diaper boxes we have gone through – so crazy that I don’t like to think about it!  When my daughter said she wanted an engine birthday party, I knew I had the perfect idea to use up some of our boxes: a cardboard choo choo train!

Cardboard choo choo

cardboard choo choo side view

I didn’t really use a pattern, though I had these tips in mind while getting started.  Basically, I had one long box that spanned the entire length of the train engine, and cut up boxes to build up the engine compartment, using A LOT of duct tape to secure everything in place.  I scored and cut another box to make the round portion and made the funnel out of a cereal box. I found some old ribbon spools to make the circle buffers in front.  Everything was painted in a light pink latex paint (left in our basement by the previous owner).  The stripes and any other colored area are simply construction paper affixed with a spray adhesive.  I also made “passenger cars” – one brown and one purple – by putting together two diaper boxes.  All in all the cardboard choo choo was a BIG HIT at the party!

Birthday girl driving her train

We also had an “engine” birthday cake, just as I ordered via phone from our local bakery. To our surprise, they put a red fire engine on it instead of a train engine.  Our birthday girl didn’t seem to mind, plus the cake was delicious!

Mama O and Family with "Engine" cake

For thank you notes, I came up with a train outline card:

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The text inside said, “That’s train for Thank you!”  I certainly enjoy taking time to create something fun and special in honor of my children’s birthdays.  We really had a wonderful time celebrating with our family.

I came across this cool article yesterday about a preschool classroom that ditched its toys for boxes:

Classroom Toys Replaced with Cardboard Boxes