Woodland Theme Party {Part 3}

by Chris on August 31, 2012

Wow. Three posts for one party? Yeah, I hear ya. We’re almost done. You saw how the woodsy table was decorated, and I showed you how I put together a play tent for the girls to hang out in. Now—how to entertain them?

I knew the girls would be watching a movie when it came time to settle, so I thought a popcorn bar would be the perfect companion! And it. was. loved. My brother-in-law arrived early for the party, so I asked him if he would write the words “popcorn bar” on a piece of scrap wood I had. Seriously? I hate that I can’t draw.

popcorn bar sign

I purchased some brown paper bags and used a craft cutter to make a pattern on the top. They fit perfectly into a wooden tray I had

popcorn bags

Michaels had the buckets half off, so they were only a few dollars each. I had the little galvanized buckets from Ikea already, so it was a really cheap way to add some pizzazz to a movie night. In a fantastic tent. :)

Popcorn Bar

I forgot to take a picture once I had all the tags made, but I labeled some little shakers that had popcorn flavoring in them. The buckets had Reese’s Pieces and M&M’s for some sweet contrast. I’m not a huge popcorn fan, but the kettle corn seasoning was out. of. this. world.

popcorn bar-001

As luck would have it, the girls decided to go on a walk in the neighborhood. That gave me a few minutes to get the craft table in order for when they returned. Craft #1 was to decorate frames. I took a picture of each girl with my little one, printed them out, and put them in the frame when finished. This way, they had a personalized gift to take home with them.

art table

The frames were only $1.00, and I picked up some half/off craft paper and foam brushes at Hobby Lobby. Again—inexpensive but really fun for them!

birthday craft

Craft #2 (needing a nap at this point) was decorating tank tops! They were 3 for $6.00 at JoAnn’s, and I already had all the puffy paint for it. Woo Hoo!

party craft

birthday craft-001

Once I got them all settled in, I slept like a rock. It was some work—no doubt—but the birthday girl had a memorable day, and the girls kept saying how much fun they were having. Totally worth it. Have a great weekend!

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{ 13 comments }

Rita August 31, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Love love love the popcorn bar! Such a cute party, I am sure your daughter and her friends had a great time!

Chris August 31, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Thank you Rita! I sure hope they did!

Kim @ Plumberry Pie August 31, 2012 at 2:34 pm

super cute and fun! love it!

Chris August 31, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Thank you, Kim! Just glad it’s all over. :)

Vanessa @ See Vanessa Craft August 31, 2012 at 2:43 pm

So cute! I love the idea of a popcorn bar!

Chris August 31, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Thank you, Vanessa! It was pretty yummy!

Kelley August 31, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Would you kindly start scheduling your daughter’s parties a month earlier so that I may shamelessly steal your incredible ideas for MY daughter’s parties? Just had hers a couple of weeks ago, and OH MY GOSH the crafts and popcorn and tent would’ve been a huge hit!

You’ve got a lucky little munchkin. ;)

Chris August 31, 2012 at 4:57 pm

I’m so sorry, Kelley! How selfish of me, indeed. :) Perhaps you can do them next year? Thank you! She had a great time!

Jocelyn Pascall August 31, 2012 at 3:12 pm

How fun!!! Love craft cutters on those bags.

Brittny Hemphill August 31, 2012 at 6:48 pm

SO FUN!!!! I would have loved to have gone to a party with crafts when I was that age. You’re an awesome mom for going to all that work. They will remember that forever. And know that by doing all that it left a great impression on how to love others too. : )

Chris September 1, 2012 at 12:27 am

What a great thing to say, Brittny. Thank you!!

Dream Mom September 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm

What a cute party! Great job. Loved the popcorn bar…and the tent was, um, over the top! Beautiful.

Brenna September 21, 2012 at 11:41 am

So cute! I need those frames for an upcoming b-day party. Were those at Hobby Lobby also??

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