Lowly Worm Birthday Party (part 2)

Part one here.

I had high hopes of making party hats for all the kids, but that fell through when I couldn’t find cheap enough material to do so. So I decided to make one only for the birthday boy-it is based on Lowly’s hat. It lasted just long enough to get a couple pictures and that was it. I also used some scrap material to make a bow tie to match Lowly’s. I used a snap, so you can’t adjust the size, but it worked out just fine.

I wanted to have at least one little game planned for the kids to do, since we were going to have a house full both days (14 kids the first day, 13 the second day). I printed off the high-quality Lowly picture full size (about 34 inches) and then taped it to a green background. I cut off his bow-tie, made a knock-off version of the birthday boy’s, and put tape over all the pages. The kids had great fun playing a spinoff of a classic party game–Pin the Bow-tie on Lowly. I hadn’t planned it, but it was handy that I had taped it because we just used a dry erase marker to put an initial where each kid had pinned the bow-tie.

I think someone was peeking when this picture was taken 😉


I had originally planned to do cupcake toppers, so I had made these little flags. I still wanted to use them, so I displayed them in little jars with our other decorations, and then popped one into each child’s goody ‘bag’ on their way out the door.


Each flag said “Noah is 1!” on one side, and had a little picture of Lowly doing something on the other.

With help from family, I collected 21 toilet paper tubes. I was originally looking for flip top tube containers, but couldn’t find any, and my wise sister-in-law suggested the toilet paper tubes. So I collected them, painted them, glued felt to the bottom, and used pipe cleaners for handles. Ta-da! I also printed little stickers that said, “Thank you for coming to Noah’s birthday party!”

I printed off some colouring pages I found online, along with activities I found at randomhousekids.com. I tried to colour coordinate for age, so the blue tubes had harder pictures and an activity, like a maze, or connect the dot puzzle, and the yellow tubes just had one simple picture to colour. Along with the pictures, I put 3 or 4 crayons, a couple Rocket rolls, and a sucker. I wanted it to be simple, but with a bit of candy too, of course!


I found this basket at a liquidation store for $3 and thought it was super cute.

This is a picture of the little decoration display on the piano.


All in all, it was a ton of fun, but I must say I’m glad the next birthday is 6 months away! Just enough time to recover from this one and start planning for the next 😉


Lowly Worm birthday party (part 1)

It was a long, cold winter, so I spent a lot of time looking forward to Noah’s first birthday party. It would have been a lot of work if I tried to do it all in the week before, but since I spread it over about 3 months, it was just fun 🙂 Many of my ideas stemmed from this blog post. I also got my lovely large high quality Lowly image to print from the same blog 🙂 I had made the invitations already, so Lowly was a bit pixelly, but after I used a Sharpie to do some outlining, it improved quite nicely 🙂IMG_20150409_133636

There are not many Lowly worm cake ideas to go on, so I was pretty much on my own for that. (In hindsight this wasn’t so much a Busytown Birthday, as a Lowly Worm party, but oh well!


With some assistance from my talented mother, we managed to create a cake that at least resembled Lowly. (My two year old could see it, but one of my nephews informed me that it didn’t really look like Lowly, but the icing was very delicious! 🙂 ) We did the party in two rounds, so the first day I served cupcakes, and the second day we had cake.


I decided on apple cupcakes since they were nice and simple, and fit in with the theme (Lowly’s apple car).

I was pleased to find these cheap paper plates that matched nicely with the colour scheme!


I also whipped up this decorative garland (and yes, I mean whipped up, it was so easy!)


I will post part 2 tomorrow, hopefully, with the rest of the decorations 🙂 It’s so much fun planning a themed birthday party, but if you have to spend a pile of money, it’s not quite so enjoyable. I can confidently say that I spent less than $20 on everything, much of which is reusable for future parties!

Stay tuned for the rest of the pictures tomorrow 🙂

Woodland Cupcakes

Ok, this was a lot of fun! Frog, fox, owl, and mushroom cupcakes:


I wish I’d had something neat to display them on, but we ended up at the park anyway, so my tupperware container was the most practical!


So the foxes were the most difficult. Apparently fox cupcakes are not super popular. This was my attempt at them. Next time, I think they will turn out better, and neater 🙂 The important thing is that the birthday boy was excited about the foxes… so I said, “Mission Accomplished!”


The owls were easy, but a little time consuming.


I think I would count the frogs as the most successful of the whole lot. However, I did learn my lesson about freezing m&m’s. When I thawed them, all the colour ran over the icing. They still looked like frogs, but not as neat. DSC_0616