Night Owl Party!

My daughter turned 13 this past weekend!  I am now a proud mother of a teenager!
She chose a night Owl theme for her huge annual Birthday sleepover party!

We had to be very thrifty with party decorations...but I think it turned out beautifully!  And Kaitie also did all of the work...Which she was very excited about!  She sewed the owl in the middle out of felt, and made the paper owls at each place setting.
Check out these Owl paper lanterns!  I bought the paper lanterns from the $1 store!  Don't they look so cute!

The cake turned out great.  My daughter hates cake and icing with a passion!  (ever since she turned 1, I know crazy huh?)
This years cake was made out of ice cream!  Check this post out for what was my inspiration!

I had so much "fun" figuring out how to mold the shape of the owl.  
  1. I used my roasting pan.  I lined it with card from cereal boxes and a ton of wax paper.  
  2. I remembered to put a long strip of card underneath it all for easy removal from the pan.
  3. I then put a layer of butterscotch ice cream on the bottom.  And put the whole thing in the freezer to "harden" up a little.  
  4. Then using a piece of card wrapped in wax paper I made a wall to separate colors when I added chocolate ice cream for wings and ears, and vanilla for the rest!
  5. After returning to the freezer to "set" I carefully took it out of its "mold" to decorate.

Decorating was the fun part!
I used soft cookies for the eyes...but I really wanted to use dried pineapple slices!  Which I couldn't find anywhere!  
And the slivered almonds would of stood out more if I found some with the skins still on.  
I did try to make chocolate shavings to look like feathers for the wings...but It turned out to be more of chocolate saw dust.  
For the "nest" I used multigrain honey pretzel twists.  
The beak turned out so cute!  I wasn't sure on what I was going to use???  But I ended up using 2 pieces of a walnut!  I love how it turned out!

MMMM  Yummy This is a pic of what the layers looked like!

The Loot bags were very thrifty.

The little red bags themselves I had already...we printed off the thank yous.
Inside I put one full size candy bar...Smarties was the fave!
a .04cent pencil, a .49cent sticky notebook, and a .20cent bouncy ball.

The invitation we made were simple...if we had more time we were going to use scrapbook paper owls fro each invite and write the details on the owl belly.  We printed the invite on yellow paper and rolled it up and tied it up with piece of red string.
We played some traditional party games, and made some owl crafts.  Mostly the girls wanted to just "chill".  A group would be playing the Wii, another group would be making jewelery, and the rest were listening to music and having a great time!  

Update to this post.
 OWL PIZZA - Perfect for party food!


Humble Homemaker said...

Way to go at making such a thrifty but fun party! :) I think it looked great and I bet your daughter had a great time. I love the look of the ice cream cake too!

a.M. said...

What an adorable party! My oldest will be 12 soon. I know she'll be inspired. Thanks for sharing!

Mandy said...

omg! love it! i love owls and my 3.5 year old has a love for them too....might do her next birthday with an owl theme. your cake turned out fab! love those lanterns too. i had seen a similar idea in family fun magazine or somewhere. great job!!!

Naturally Me Creations said...

Looks like you guys had fun decorating for the party! Cute ice cream cake. :)

Tnx so much for linking up for the first time at my party this weekend! :)

Susan said...

I love the owl!

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Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I love the theme, and that cake is just plain amazing. I am so impressed you made it out of ice cream. The almonds are perfect.

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Lindsay said...

Thanks for commenting on the little owl I painted! (on my Daily Chrysalis blog)

I enjoyed seeing your night owl party details. My daughter's nursery is done in owls & woodland animals and I am planning to make her 1st birthday the same theme, so I enjoy all the owl inspiration I can get!

stevenjared0853 said...

Happy to know about this night owl and birthday party and hope you had good time there. Recently, I arranged my cousin’s graduation party at a graceful Chicago event space around. Invited all his friends for the party and had an amazing time there.