Thursday, June 27, 2013

Pirate Birthday

As Mr. Non-Stop has gotten older, I've ramped up my birthday party ideas!   I gave Mr. Non-Stop numerous options for party themes and he picked Pirates.  I even gave him the option to back out of the theme before I started massive planning and purchasing.

I had so much fun with this theme and the fact that pirates are popular made this easy!

Invites: Message in a Bottle.  The invites were printed on white paper front to back with a picture of "scroll looking" paper in the back-ground.  Once they were printed I burned the edges to each sheet to give it a true scroll appearance.  This was a messy time consuming process because of the paper ash and I had to continually blow out the flame so it didn't burn too much of the paper!  However, the overall final affect was perfect!

Pirate Invite
The printed invite that was rolled up and inside the bottle

I added tiny shells to the bottom of each bottle along with shredded brown paper to give the appearance of sand.  I tied raffia around each bottle and added a little paper tag to the top of each that was red striped along with the pirate logo I was using for the party

Partially assembled invite bottles

Each invite was tightly rolled and tied off with raffia, leaving a very long end that would stick out the top
I used sticky cork to go around the outside of each bottle top.  Regular wine corks wouldn't fit (of course) and trying to buy almost 20 cork that would fit seemed a bit excessive.  The two sheets of 12 x 12 sticky cork cost $1.99!
Mostly assembled, with cork around the top and invite "strings" hanging out the top.  I still had to add the name tags

Invites ready to go!

 Water Bottles

Telescope for each gift bag (directions can be found here)

Gift bags - each bag had a telescope, pirate stickers, pirate themed coloring sheets and glow sticks.  I purchased the bags at Party City and made the decals and tags.

Cupcake Toppers - I was just about done punching out the circles for the cupcake toppers and decided to add pirate flags and gold doubloons.  It made for a great variety.


Table Decorations, Food, Set-up - Our location gave us one food table and two tables for the adults.  The kids had their own table (no decorations on it, they were crazy enough from all the running around the play land!)

These cute little message in bottles were up-cycled from one of my hair care products (hair powder).  They were the perfect shape and size.  I used a bamboo skewer to attach the message. 


Here's the entire crew along with their pirate hats and patches.  We even had a few in the back saying "Arrgghh"

If you have looked at the other birthday party ideas, here is the official picture and shirt!

I bought the shirt off of Etsy.  I've been very happy with the quality of the shirt and the embroidery.  It's been washed numerous times already and still looks good!

Arrgh Matey!  Hope ye enjoyed this party idea!

The Chop Haus

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Chalk Drawings

I think if Mr. Non-Stop could get me to draw with him every day, he would be ecstatic.  Some days I feel more creative than others, last night was one of those nights.

I drew big puffy clown hair, clown shoes and balloons.  My brain is already coming up with other characters and how I can draw those for him.  Stay tuned!

Happy Summer!  Enjoying the hot days and great out door evenings.

Update:  We were at it again!  The neighbors were driving by and wondering what we were doing. 

No crazy looks from the neighbors this time, our cars were parked at the end of the driveway.

Surfs Up!!

The Chop Haus

Roasted Green Peppers

Roasted Green Peppers
Roasted Green Pepper
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1/8 cup Olive Oil
1/2 tsp. Fresh Pepper
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1 tsp. Onion Powder
3 Green Peppers

 Clean the green peppers, slice into medium strips and then cut in half to make bite size pieces.

Place peppers and all ingredients in a bowl with a lid.  Make sure there is space for the peppers to move around.  (No need to use an expensive zip lock baggie, you are just coating the peppers with the olive oil mixture).  Shake the container to make sure all of the ingredients are spread around. 

Place peppers in a baking dish uncovered.  Bake at 400° for about 20- 25 minutes.   We like our peppers still slightly crunchy so 20 - 25 minutes usually works depending on how big I cut the peppers!  I also stir them at least once so I can check on them and decide if they are cooking "fast enough".  If you like a "more done" pepper, leave them in longer (but keep an eye on them!)

 The finished product, slightly browned, but not mushy!
In the summer we do these on the grill.  The cooking time varies depending on what else I'm grilling at the same time.

The Chop Haus

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Wine Charms

I made these wine bottle charms as a Christmas gift for my sister.  They were super easy and made from salt dough.  They are a little bit bigger than a half dollar coin.  I used plastic lids off my spice jars to cut the circles and a bamboo skewer to poke the hole through before I baked the charms.

I hand painted the words onto each charm, then used a combination of glue and water to seal each one.  Once the first layer was dry, I used some glitter paint and lightly painted each one and let that dry.  I then sealed each one again.  

While the charms were drying I made 5 different wire strings of beads.  I had a wine bottle at home so I was able to measure the right size.  I also had an old necklace laying around, so I used that to thread through the charm and attach to the wire loop.  This way the charm would swing and not be super stiff. 

My sister loved them and immediately placed one on the bottle she had on the counter!

The Chop Haus

Monday, June 17, 2013

Toy Story Jessie Birthday

My niece's love Toy Story, specifically Jessie.  But it is really hard to find Jessie items for a birthday party.  My sister-in-law asked me to help design the items she wanted.


There were cupcake toppers, water bottle labels, food tents, gift bags and thanks yous!

 She added cow print plates and napkins, along with red bandana printed plates and napkins.  Each of the kids received a cowboy hat and bandana, they looked so cute!

The right accessories go a long way to adding to the theme!

The Chop Haus