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If you ask anyone who knows me what my favorite movie is, they will be able to respond without hesitation; The Princess Bride

This movie has been my favorite since I was a kid and it always will be. No matter how many times I watch it, it never gets old. And, I do watch it a LOT. In fact, I’ve watched it so many times I can put the movie on mute and pretty much quote the entire thing word for word. No joke. Yeah…it’s my favorite. Maybe an obsession, but whatever.

As any good parent would do, I have passed along my love for The Princess Bride to my children. My boys love the movie (almost) as much as I do. So when my oldest asked me to have a Princess Bride themed birthday party this year, I couldn’t resist. I said to him, “Gimme the 65, I’m on the job!”

So here is our Princess Bride themed birthday party…

 

 

I made Princess Buttercup crowns for the girls to wear and Dread Pirate Roberts masks for the boys. Everyone also received a fill in the blank name tag in the format of “Hello, my name is Indigo Montoya…” Below are some of the fun ways my friends and their children filled out their name tags.

 

Food

I had so much fun with the food for this party! We had Iocane powder (pixie sticks), rocks (rock candy), Six-fingered man (chicken ) fingers, Lightning Sand, The Chips of Insanity, Shrieking Eels, Miracle Max pills, R.O.U.S. meatballs, and MLT’s.

Activity

I didn’t really do many games this time around. But I did create a Fire Swamp in the backyard for the kids to walk through. I acted as Princess Buttercup and my birthday boy was Westley. He lead us all through the Fire Swamp to safety. We battled fire spurts, lightning sand, and even R.O.U.S.’s.

Favors

I wanted to do something special for the favors. I didn’t just want to throw everything in a bag. Nope. This was a Princess Bride party, so that meant the favors had to live up to the quality of the book/movie. So, I asked a friend (with a die-cut machine) to make paper book favor boxes with the cover of the Princess Bride book on them. They turned out amazing! On the inside, the kids received Iocane powder (pixie sticks), a Princess Bride button, a Princess Bride coloring page, Princess Bride stickers, and circus peanuts.

This party was such a blast! My son loved it and everyone had a great time. If you love The Princess Bride, I encourage you to try this yourself!

The printables I used for the party were from HERE and HERE.

I leave you with a picture of all the Princess Buttercup’s and Westleys, along with the cutest Dread Pirate Roberts ever. Enjoy!

 

ninja-warrior

My oldest son turned six at the beginning of November and wanted nothing less than an epic birthday party.

When I had asked him what kind of party he wanted, he told me American Ninja Warrior. I don’t know about you, but in our house we spend our summer nights watching American Ninja Warrior. Even my three year old gets into it. We just LOVE it! So, I wasn’t surprised when he said that was the theme he wanted for his party. And it was actually a pretty easy party to put together.

DECORATIONS

For the decorations I hug up red, white, and blue streamers throughout the house. I also made a sign that read, “This party is sponsored by Pom Wonderful” since Pom Wonderful is the sponsor for ANW. Around the sign I put a variety of ANW pictures.  I also printed and cut out a few ANW logos, glued them on a craft stick and placed them in a blue glass with decorative stones inside and used them as decoration on the food table.

FOOD

I just did pretty basic food. I didn’t really do much of a theme with the food like I did for my younger son’s Wild Kratts birthday party. I had chicken salad with Hawaiian rolls, a cold veggie pizza, fruit with a caramel dip, Pom Poms, chips and dip, and Sunbutter and Jelly sandwiches in the shape of a star (the ANW logo has a star in it).

THE CAKE

The one thing my son said to me about the party was that he wanted a “really cool cake with the warped wall on it.” Mind you, I’ve never done much more with a cake than bake it and frost it with store bought frosting, so I wasn’t sure how I was going to pull this one off. But, then I remembered all those countless hours I’d spent watching Duff Goldman on Ace of Cakes and I came up with a plan. So, thank you Duff Goldman, for teaching me how to use Rice Krispy treats as a base for my figures, which I could then cover in fondant. I was pretty pleased with the result, considering it was my first time working with fondant. And my son approved.

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Cake features the Floating Steps, Warped Wall and Mt. Midori Yama, complete with Star Wars Lego figure climbing the rope of Mt. Midori Yama

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ACTIVITIES

We had two activities for the party.

The first was having each of the kids create their own Ninja Warrior bandanna with plain white bandannas and fabric markers I had purchased at a craft store. They loved it and each proudly wore them the rest of the party.

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What’s an American Ninja Warrior party without an obstacle course? My fabulous husband created a super fun obstacle course for the kids, complete with a buzzer at the end. It’s a wonderful thing being married to a Physical Education teacher!

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FAVORS

For the favors, I bought red gift bags and filled them with Gatorade, a Hershey Chocolate bar, and Crayola Twistable Crayons. I used THESE Gatorade labels and THESE chocolate bar labels from Etsy.

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The party was a big success and my son and his friends had a blast! I even heard stories from a couple of the moms who said their kids played American Ninja Warrior at home the whole rest of the day. Score one for mommy!

 

 


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