Minion party madness

Hours of Fun headed to Formby recently for a 7th birthday party for Olivia, with a full on Minion theme.

After decorating the venue with lots of yellow and blue balloons and bunting, and some super cute Minion helium balloons, we then started the birthday party off with some badge making, then straight onto cupcake box decorating, where the children made some fantastic Minion boxes all ready for when they decorated their cupcakes.

This was the first time I had the pleasure of working alongside Jumping Jacks and they were fantastic.  They kept the kids entertained, lots of games and dancing and Minion Dave made a special appearence to dance with the birthday group.

Hours of Fun ran a Minion cupcake decorating session, where each of the children decorated 4 cupcakes, creating their own Minions with ready roll icing and buttercream.  Learning some different techniques and how to use a piping bag.

It was a fun packed Minion day and Olivia seemed to enjoy every minute of it.

We stuck around to help clear up, making sure Olivia got her handmade, personalised bunting to take home, then headed home ready to unpack and put our feet up after a Minion jam packed party.

The party was held at the Harington Centre in Formby which was the perfect venue for a party.  The hall is a good size, with kitchen facilities and lots of tables and chairs available.

 

Frozen Birthday cake – The Frozen craze continues!

My niece was turning 7 and like many other girls this age she absolutely loves Frozen.  Hours of Fun had been booked to do her birthday party with a Frozen theme therefore we had to have a frozen cake.

I was originally going to make a doll cake and buy her the Elsa doll as her present which would first be used for the cake, however a quick check in with her mum confirmed she already had Elsa.  Sadly for Anna she just doesn’t have a good a dress for a doll cake!  I then decided to go for a 2D effect Elsa cake as I had seen a few when searching the internet for ideas and they looked really effective.

The cake was a vanilla sponge with chocolate buttercream filling.  Made from a 10″ square cake cut to create a rectangle.  I then cut individual pieces out and placed them on the cake to form Elsa/  The last part I did was her hair as I platted three pieces of icing to give a raised plait effect on the cake.  Then with a few snowflakes and some glitter the cake was ready for the birthday girl.

 

Elsa cake
Elsa cake

Summer holidays Frozen party – snowballs, trolls and party bag fun

Hours of Fun headed over to Kirby to run a Frozen party, a Saturday morning activity for the children to keep them entertained during the summer holidays.  Also the perfect excuse for the adults to get together for a catch up and a BBQ!

This was the first time we had run a party in someone’s home and it went really well.  Instead of decorating the house we provided all the children with a helium balloon to take home with their party bag, along with their amazing creations they made at the craft table.

We set up around the dinning room table and the children got busy making badges and designing frozen cups for our snowball game.   After a competitive snowball competition we headed back to the craft table to make a troll.  The children and adults loved the troll idea.  They got to create their own trolls using shredded paper, googly eyes, tissue paper, gems and pompoms.  An amazing range of trolls were made all different and unique in their own way just look there are in Frozen the movie.

It was then time for a quick bounce on the bouncy castle, sit down for party food, following by another go on the bouncy castle.  W e then gathered them all back around the craft table to make their own party bags.  Here they made Olaf and Sven bags and we were so impressed with how they turned out.  The party bags were then loaded up with goodies including their own Frozen cupcake to take home.

If you want to book your own Frozen themed party contact Hours of Fun for details.

Dinosaur party fun

I was asked if I could do a dinosaur craft activity for our friend’s little boy who was turning three and having a dinosaur themed party.  We have some fantastically talented friends and Lou Lou was making the cake and Jo was doing face painting, along with a bouncy castle we knew this was going to be a super fun party.

For the craft activity Hours of Fun set up camp in the birthday boy’s toy room.  We had dinosaur pictures for colouring in, along with badge making where children could colour in a picture of a dinosaur then we made it in to a badge for them to wear at the party and then take it home.

We also had fossil making which was lots of fun and something a little different.

I had made lots of salt dough using salt, water and flour – equal amounts of salt and water to twice as much flour e.g. 1 cup of water, 1 cup of salt, 2 cups of flour.

The fossils were made by rolling out the salt dough then pressing in some of the mini dinosaurs and plants I had brought leaving an indent in the dough.  They were then popped in the microwave for approx. 7 minutes – we had to keep checking them to make sure they didn’t burn.   As the oven had been on whilst cooking the party food we then popped the fossils into the, still warm oven for 30 minutes to set further.  The children went off to get their face painted and play on the bouncy castle then headed back to paint their fossil using paints and sponges.

We had some fantastic fossils made and the badges were a big hit – everyone loves the badge making machine!!

 

 

I had also attempted to make some dinosaur eggs which were meant to be hidden about the garden.  Once found the children can crack them open using a stick or their hands to reveal a baby dinosaur (which was a chocolate biscuit dinosaur wrapped up in foil.  Sadly the eggs didnt harden as they were meant to and we ended up having to throw them away – I am now on a mission to master the art of dinosaur egg making!