Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A tie dye birthday - highlights!

Before Pinterest, all we had was our own imagination to craft memorable birthdays for our kids.  Life may have been simpler then, but I'm not complaining.  I'll take all the help I can get!

Fast forward to 2015, and between Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube, there is no shortage of inspired ideas out there to compare your own handiwork against.

For Mina's 9th birthday, she asked for a tie dye party. No other explanation. After sitting down and talking about it, we came up with some ideas and I set off to execute the grand vision. 

The plan:
Cake
Food station
T shirt tie dye
Swimming. 

I shamelessly borrowed from all the above mentioned online sources and came up with this. 

Cake:  Birdonacake has a great tutorial for the whole thing. 

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Practice round. 

Stage 2.

I tried the blue frosting in the middle for this round, but it was easier to just stick to white.



I added some Trix bits along the edge to tidy it up (and get rid of the cereal.)


Once sliced, you get the full effect.



Decor:

I like chalkboard art.  Plus, I needed a sign by the front door so people would just come inside.  We disconnected the doorbell to preserve the baby's naps.  hahaha

Party prep work.
 
Theme inspired food ideas:

Trix krispy bars from Cravings of a Lunatic

Colorful balls of madness #tiedyeparty7

Décor:

Tie dye and rainbow colors, courtesy of Amazon.com and Oriental trading company.  We did tie dye backpacks as favors too.

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The girls decided to have an impromptu freeze dance competition at the end, and we used the peace sign fans as prizes.

T shirts:

Fantastic tutorial on YouTube on how to do this with acrylic paint and fabric medium, by Shemi Dixon



I bought some fabric markers, so the girls could flair out their shirts.


Drying on the tarp, once the rubber bands are removed. Yes, that is a pair of boxer shorts there as well.  Jeff thought he needed one.

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Swimming:

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We put together a fun playlist with songs from the 60's through today, and the girls had a blast dancing and diving into the pool.  It was a great way to cool off after doing the shirts in the sun.

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Success!

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