Round Up of Star Wars Inspired Recipes for Your Event

Round Up of Star Wars Inspired Recipes for Your Event

star wars inspired recipesHear we go again!  Another Star Wars movies was recently released.  Yes Disney’s Han Solo movie is a Star Wars story, meaning it’s not part of any of the Star Wars trilogies.  Instead it’s a stand alone movie designed to enhance or explain the major characters or story lines.  In this case Han Solo’s beginings.  We all wondered about his early years before he joined up with the Rebel Alliance, didn’t we? Regardless if you had the burning desire to learn more about Han or not one thing is certain the new movie has renewed interest on all that is Star Wars.  This means more Star Wars themed parties and events which need of course Star Wars inspired recipes!

So I’ve rounded up some Star Wars inspired recipes for you to try at your next Star Wars movie night or Marathon.  (At our house we have Star Wars Marathons on rainy weekends. )

These Star Wars inspired recipes are super cute and mostly fairly easy to make.  It might just make you the super cool parent of the year when you roll them out at your kid’s Star Wars themed birthday party!

star wars inspired recipesCarbonite Jello

Ok I couldn’t resist so I posted this jello picture I found on Pinterest twice.  After  it is the Han Solo movie and the most memorable thing that ever happened to Mr. Solo, at least in my book, was when he was entombed in carbonite by none other than Darth Vader at the end of episode V The Empire Strikes Back.

I’m sure exactly which site has the recipe for this jello, but do you really need one?  All you need is a box or two of jello and a Han Solo action figure.  Place him at the bottom of the pan and follow the directions on the jello package.  Pour the jello over the man and let it gel!

Personally I’d use green jello simply because I like lime jello.  But we all know carbonite is gray and I don’t think there’s gray jello, maybe you can use blue.  Or if you’re really inspired use Knox unflavored jello, add fruit juice and a few drops of black food coloring, you could possibly end up with gray colored gelatin.  It might work.  But me I’d stick with green lime jello.

star wars inspired recipes

Star Wars Pizza

Another Star Wars inspired recipe that doesn’t really need a recipe.  The picture says it all.  Arrange toppings on a homemade or frozen pizza to make BB8, use a half a pizza crust topped with tomato slices and olives for his head.

Use your imagination and turn pizzas into the Death Star or planets!

If you want to get creative shape the dough into your favorite Star Wars character, Yoda, R2D2, C3pO, Darth Vader, Chewbaca, or whoever.  Remember shape the dough, spread with sauce, sprinkle with cheese, add toppings, and bake.

You can even use refrigerated or frozen pizza dough!

 

 

star wars inspired recipesBB8 Quesadilla

Prefer quesadillas to pizza?  Never fear here’s a recipe from Totally the Bomb for this BB8 Quesadilla using cheese and colored cream cheese.

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star wars inspired recipesStar Wars Rice Krispy Treats

I think everyone loves rice krispy treats.  They’re a great snack and they’re pretty easy to make.

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star wars inspired recipesstar wars inspired recipesStormtrooper Cupcakes

Here’s the recipe and directions from Yummy Mummy Club! They use food writer pens to make the faces on marshmallows.

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star wars inspired recipesPrincess Leia Oreo Truffles

Seriously yummy!

Make these Leia Truffles by The Cookie RookieClick here for the recipe![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

Princess Leia Cupcakes

Paintbrushes and Popsicles has an awesome recipe for Leia Cupcakes!

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star wars inspired recipesStar Wars Macaroons

This one’s probably the hardest to make if you’re going to make macaroons at home.  I’m not that patient!  But you can use store bought macaroons.  (I get a box of frozen ones from Sam’s Club or Costco, they’re pretty inexpensive).

If you use store bought macaroons then all you need is a steady hand.  Just pipe the colored icings on the macaroons to make R2Dc, the Death Star, or Chewbacca.

 

star wars inspired recipesDeath Star Watermelon

Ok this one takes skill, carving skills that is!

Find yourself a round watermelon and get out the carving knives!

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star wars inspired recipesStar Wars Popcorn

Two Sisters Crafting makes this yummy popcorn.  Awesome snack for that Star Wars Movie Marathon!

Click here for the recipe!

 

 

star wars inspired recipesLighsaber Pretzel Rods

No Star Wars themed party or movie night would be complete without lightsabers.

How about these Lightsaber Pretzel rods from Two Sisters Crafting?

Hey they’d make awesome party favors if wrapped in clear treat bags!

Click here for recipe!

Need some Star Wars inspired party stationary and decor?  Contact Savvy Nana Crafts, they’ll design the perfect invitations, favor tags, banners, and signs for your Star Wars themed event!

 

Fun Ideas For An All-Adult Party!

Fun Ideas For An All-Adult Party!

If you’re going to be having a party, then you may want to make sure that you’re getting the most out of it. The most important thing is that everyone is going to be able to enjoy themselves, and that’s why you’ve got to think long and hard about some ideas to make your party great. In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at what some of these ideas are, so keep reading if you would like to find out more.

Go Do Something Childish

The first thing that we are going to suggest is that you go and do something childish. It’s hard being an adult, and it’s exhausting. It’s for this reason that sometimes we just want to take a step back and do something fun, maybe even a little bit childish. For example, you could all dress up as characters from a film or TV show and have a fancy dress party. Or, you could head out and go bowling, go to a laser quest center, or whatever else you think you might enjoy. The point is for it to be as fun as possible, so something that you used to enjoy when you were a child might be a good idea. Think about the things that you used to love to do, and then choose one for your party.

Hire A Bar

Another thing that we are going to suggest is that you hire a bar. Not everyone drinks alcohol, it’s true, but for those who do, this is going to make the party that little bit better. A company like Party Pony Trailers LLC may be able to help you out here as they have mobile bars! This means that if you want the party to be at your home, but you also want a bar, then something like this is the perfect solution! 

Or, you could simply just have alcohol on the table and allow everyone to mix their own drinks. At least you can be sure they’re going to like what they make for themselves!

Game Night

Finally, have you thought about having a game night? Everyone can get involved, and it can be a super fun idea. Choose a bunch of different games that everyone can play together, and then let the fun begin. Ensure that all the games you’ve got are suitable for the amount of players that you are going to have so that nobody ends up left out. Get some snacks, a few drinks, and this could be the perfect night in for you and your friends. It might not be the same as having an actual party, but it’s just as fun for a small gathering!

We hope that you have found this article helpful and now know some of the fun ideas that we’ve got for an all-adult party. These ideas don’t make up an extensive list, so there are plenty more things that you can do if you would like to. Hopefully, you have a great time, and so does everyone else involved. 

Should You Get Your Kids a Dog for Their Birthday This Year? 5 Considerations to Make

Should You Get Your Kids a Dog for Their Birthday This Year? 5 Considerations to Make

Undoubtedly, receiving a puppy on their birthday is any kids’ idea of the perfect present. However, should you get them a puppy as a surprise? Will they be able to care for your pet for the years to come? 

It is undeniable that welcoming a pet into a household has wonderful benefits, from making your family more social to helping you adopt a more active lifestyle. 

However, before rushing to the nearest breeder, there are some considerations that any parent should do. Don’t underestimate these, as they can genuinely make a difference in the experience you will live with your dog for the years to come.

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Getting your kids ready to care for a dog

A dog can change the life and habits of a family, which is something to keep in mind before introducing a dog into a household. Even if you are fully conscious of these changes and ready to adapt, you should avoid surprising your little ones with a puppy for your birthday.

Instead, getting them to participate in the process can help them adapt to the idea of having to care for someone else. Something that you should communicate with your children before adopting a pet include:

  • The necessary change in habits – dogs, especially when they are still puppies, might need a precise routine to follow, which might not be the ideal for you. Indeed, a puppy might need to walk very early in the morning or late in the evening. Your kids should be aware that this is something they might have to attend to, even if it does not fit their schedules.
  • Training – a young puppy will not be house trained at the moment of adoption. You might be fully prepared for it, but your kids should learn to do their part towards it. 
  • Compassion and care  – a dog is a lifelong present that can drastically change everybody’s lives in your household. Your kids need to understand to treat him or her as part of the family and with respect. Indeed, dogs, especially when they are still puppies, are highly responsive to their surrounding environment. Their owner’s behavior can shape their personality and have a significant impact on their attitude.

Ultimately, as ASPCA suggests, pets should be gifted only to individuals that have expressed the desires of owning one, and they are familiar with the responsibilities that come with it. If you are giving a dog to children younger than 12, you should be ready to take full responsibility for training, development, and care.

Educating your kids

Undoubtedly, a dog can fill any children and adults with joy from the moment of bringing him or her into the household. However, your children need to understand that a dog is not a toy to play with until it becomes cumbersome to care for him. 

  • Statistics and choices

While it might not be the easiest of subjects for a conversation with your kids, they should be aware that 6.5 million pets end up in shelters every year just in the US. Speaking about these types of statistics might help them make a conscious choice regarding adopting a pet and sensibilize them to such topics. 

  • Spraying and neutering.

Preventing pets from reproducing is another way to control and limit the number of animals abandoned and currently in shelters. It is essential, especially if your family cannot care for more than one pet at a time.

  • Microchips and collars 

Caring for a dog might also mean that you have to take precautions in place if an excited puppy gets lost on your daily walks. If found by someone else, they need to have the pet owner’s contact details to return it.

  • Pet safety and emotional care 

Lastly, it is vital to instill in your child the importance of treating your dog with care and compassion. Indeed, these loving creatures might be their best friends for the years to come and bring considerable benefits to their development – such as reducing anxiety and providing protection. However, the relationship should be mutual and based on emotional care.

A pet comes with responsibilities.

If you have already decided that your family is ready to welcome a dog, you should not underestimate the responsibilities that come with it. As we have seen, in the case of children younger than 12, you might have to take full responsibility for the dog’s development.

However, as your children get older, you could consider splitting the pet care duties. You might decide to ask your children to feed or walk the dog once a day if this is possible. Alternatively, your little ones might be in charge of picking up the dog’s toys and reorganizing them. 

These might seem little tasks at first, but they can help any family deal with necessary daily tasks. Moreover, you can use this time to teach your children to be accountable and assume their responsibilities. All this might represent a steep learning curve for the whole family, but it will be worth it!

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A shelter dog vs. a breeder dog

After clarifying all the points above, it is time to decide on the adoption process. Purchasing a dog from a breeder and adopting it from a shelter has pros and cons. 

Adopting a dog from a shelter

A shelter dog is usually older and sometimes hybrids of mixed-breeds. These characteristics might prevent you from enjoying the puppy stage and have you deal with pre-existing issues. 

If you are not sure about the dog’s behavior and character, it can be dangerous to expose your kids to it. Indeed, if you don’t know how the dog can react in certain situations and what are triggers that can spike episodes of aggressiveness, you should speak to an expert first.

However, sometimes, in shelters, you can find well-behaved and trained dogs that belong to a specific breed. While they might still be older than a puppy, this choice can reduce the number of dogs euthanized each year.

Finding a breeder

On the other hand, deciding to purchase a dog from a respectable breeder allows you to have the first choice on its pedigree and breed. In turn, these characteristics help you choose the right dog for a family with kids. 

Wisely picking a breeder is essential in this case. Indeed, many breeders mainly focus on breeding puppies to increase their incomes. Such unethical practices can be highly detrimental to the health of the parents as well as for the puppies.

However, others are sustainable and knowledgeable and aim at breeding only healthy and high-quality puppies. If you have opted to purchase a dog from a breeder, head to this page to find a highly respectable breeder.

Picking the breed and the puppy

The choice of what dog to get has to take into consideration many factors. Aside from your budget and financial status, you should evaluate the size of your flat or house, as well as the time availability. Some breeds might be more kid-friendly, and some dogs might require a much higher level of exercise than others. 

Ultimately, while contemplating your kid’s opinion, you should speak to the rest of your family and experts before making a choice. When picking a puppy from a litter, remember that the puppy might become excited if the people around him are, and also, kids tend to make their choices based on emotions. Instead, it is vital to make this choice logically to find a puppy that matches your needs perfectly. 

 

6 October Kid’s Party Themes

6 October Kid’s Party Themes

October is a fun month to have a birthday party. There are so many themes to choose from it will be hard to decide which one you want to use.

Bright fall colors make eye popping decorations.  Take advantage of the bounty of fresh fruits and veggies fall offers and serve healthy party food like zucchini pizza!

 

 

Here are 6 party themes for your October born child.

October

Halloween Party!

For late October birthdays there’s nothing wrong with combining the birthday party with a Halloween party.  You’ll only have to decorate once!

There are so many fun treats, games, and activities for kids with this theme including Frankenstein Marshmallows, bobbing for apples, and watching scary or not so scary movies.

Click here for fun Halloween Party ideas!

October

Flintstone Party!

In honor of Bam-Bam’s, of Flintstone fame, how about a Pebbles & Bam Bam or Dinosaur Party?

Greet guests with a giant inflatable dinosaur to set the tone and serve Stone Age goodies like Dino Bones (chicken lollipops).

Sources:

Savvy Nana
Not Just a Mommy
Glorious Treats
Not Your Normal Steam

October

Mad Hatter Tea Party!

October 6 is Mad Hatter Day!  Throw a Mad Tea Party complete with flamingo croquet field.

This is essentially an Alice in Wonderland themed party, just emphasize the Hatter by using more tea cups and top hats in your decor.

Click here for Wonderland party ideas and FREE Printable!

Click here to learn how to make flamingo croquet set!

Click here to learn how to make tea cup floral centerpieces!

 

October

Grover Party!

October is Grover’s birthday too.  Throw a Sesame Street themed party starring Grover of course!

It might be fun to set up a cookie buffet for this party, instead of treat bags let guests choose their favorite cookies to take home.

Learn how to DIY your own cookie buffet click here!

Sources:

Savvy Nana      Ms. Fox’s Sweets
Melly Moments              HWTM
The Purple Pug

October

Firetruck Party!

October 9th. is Fire Prevention Day, a Fireman or Firetruck Themed Party is definitely in order!

Grab some plastic fireman hats from the party store and let the kids have a blast!

Sources:

Loving My Nest
Smart Party Planning
Spaceships and Laserbeams
Director Jewels

October

Wonder Woman Party!

Last but not least October 24 is Wonder Woman’s birthday.  Throw a Super Hero Themed party starring everyone’s favorite female hero, Wonder Woman!

Sources:

Pizzazzerie
Life’s Sweet Moments
Anders Ruff
Kara’s Party Ideas
Parties and Patterns (free printables)

For more Super Hero ideas and free printables
check out Devon’s Super Hero Party!

Planning your Themed Party?  Let us design custom party stationary for you!  We design everything from invitations to menu cards specially for you!

Order your personalized invitations from my Esty Shop!  We can design it and send you the files so you can print it yourself or if you prefer we can send you finished cards that are ready to send!  Savvy Nana Crafts check it out!

6 Baby Showers Themes

6 Baby Showers Themes

Should your baby shower have a theme? Here we’ll help you find the perfect theme to kick off your new life with your baby as you explore dozens of creative baby shower theme ideas.

Picking a baby shower theme should reflect the personality and interests of the parents, but narrowing down all of the options can be a hassle. Depending on if your shower is a neighborhood potluck, a gender reveal or a simple Sunday brunch, we’ve gathered hundreds of baby shower theme ideas that will delight any parent-to-be.

 

 

 

Boy Baby Shower Theme Idea by 5 - Shutterfly.com

This gender neutral baby shower theme features vintage toys, sweet baby’s breath flowers, and white decorations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Baby Shower Theme Idea by Petite Party Studio - Shutterfly.comElephants make great baby shower themes for girls that your guests will never forget!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your favorite iconic children’s toy is great inspiration for a baby boy shower theme, like the classic sock monkey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Baby Shower Theme Idea by Brooke Images - Shutterfly.comSkulls and cactii from the desert are the ultimate decor for a modern chic themed baby shower right now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This yellow vintage boy baby shower will make you feel nostalgic for times gone by.

An amazing boy baby shower always includes adorable decorations, sweet printable details, a delicious assortment of desserts (cake, cookies, and candy) and charming details. This yellow vintage baby shower features the cutest duck printables, old children’s books, gingham checks and vintage glassware. You will be smiling over all of the bright, cheerful details.

 

 

 

This confetti-themed boy baby shower is a great reason to bring out the polka dots and lanterns.

A new baby definitely calls for tossing some confetti in celebration! This confetti baby shower is a unique theme and fun way to honor an expectant mother. Recreate the look by incorporating plenty of confetti inspired dots throughout the decorations and treats. You can DIY paper circle garlands by punching circles of varying sizes in party colors and sewing them into strings for hanging. Wrap boxes in polka dot paper to display a variety of delicious treats like cookies, cupcakes and cake pops.

 

 

 

Fun Science Birthday Party Ideas

Fun Science Birthday Party Ideas

Don’t you find it harder and harder each year to come up with a fun party theme for your little one?  Sure when they were babies and toddlers you could pretty much do whatever cute thing you liked.  Um…that lasted til about their third birthday if you’re lucky.  Now that they’re older they want to have their say, and of course they should with a teeny bit of help from mom, dad, and in our case Nana!  One of my favorite party themes is a Science Birthday Party!

Why do I like it so much?  Well, it’s age appropriate until they’re almost in high school, just change the science!  A Science Birthday Party is such a broad theme you could literally use it every year until the kids are in high school just by changing the focus.  I mean science is such a broad term, it could mean chemistry, geology, botany, anatomy, medicine, space, and even computers!

Having said that here are a few ideas to get you started!

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Ice Cream or Soda Lab

I love this Ice Cream Lab by Left Brain Craft Brain!  I mean a Science Birthday Party would not be complete without a lab right?

If you prefer make it a Soda Lab and the guests can add different syrups to their sodas which of course will be served in beakers!  And the toppings can be placed in test tubes!

Or how about we combine the two and make an Ice Cream Soda Lab!

 

 

Here’s a cute idea – serve ice cream, soda, or whatever in DIY “Beakers”

Just make lines on clear plastic cups with a sharper and you’ve got “Beakers”!

 

 

 

 

Science Themed Labels

Add science themed labels, tags, and decor.  Love the water bottle labels by Clever Pink Pirate!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for a photo booth backdrop?  How about covering the wall with the Periodic table using a piece of construction paper for each element?

 

 

 

 

Use Science supplies for food like these Petri Jello!  Love this idea from One Project Closer!

 

 

 

 

Fun Badges make great party favors

I just love the badges pictured above.  Just print out a name tag on card stock for each guest then place them in transparent holders with lanyards to wear around their necks.  Make it even more fun and give each kid a “Top Secret” clearance!

Science Themed Games and Activities

There are many science “projects” the kids can do to keep them busy, like building molecules with toothpicks and gumdrops – mini marshmallows work too!

You can make your own experiments or buy kits the kids can use.  There are many to choose from!  They can dig for fossils; create crystals; or build a volcano! 

You don’t have to buy pre-made kits, think back to your school days.  Remember building and electromagnet?  All you need is a large battery, wire, and nails!  Or play a game of Operation!

Whatever game or activity you decide on just be sure it’s age appropriate and doesn’t contain sharp objects or harmful chemicals.  I wouldn’t suggest dissecting a frog just yet!