kids parties

Mid Century Straw Decor

by Kathleen Ballos

I love looking at mid century design for craft ideas – these hanging stars were inspired by the popular starburst and atomic patterns. Made of straws, these decorations are super quick (and affordable!) to make. And check out more retro party projects!

Mid Century Straw Decor | Oh Happy Day!Mid Century Straw Decor | Oh Happy Day!

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DIY Candy Garland

by Kathleen Ballos

I have a huge sweet tooth, so it is near impossible for me to resist a good candy garland. There have been some really fun ones here on Oh Happy Day in the past  too: candy lights garland, cotton candy garland, and jelly bean garland. Use any color tissue paper to whip up this sweet little garland for your next party.

DIY Candy Garland | Oh Happy Day!DIY Candy Garland | Oh Happy Day!DIY Candy Garland | Oh Happy Day!DIY Candy Garland | Oh Happy Day!

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Back To School Wrapping Paper

by Kathleen Ballos

Remember the classic Pink Pearl eraser? That’s what inspired this DIY back to school wrapping paper. I loved shopping for school supplies when I was a kid (I still do actually!) so I thought it would be fun to make these little packages of goodies for your kids to open the morning before they go back to school. Maybe the surprise will make the end of summer a little easier?

Back To School Wrapping Paper | Oh Happy Day!Back To School Wrapping Paper | Oh Happy Day!Back To School Wrapping Paper | Oh Happy Day!Back To School Wrapping Paper | Oh Happy Day!

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Pool Party Movie Night

Epson approached me about creating a party with their PowerLite Home Cinema. My first thought was a party I went to a few summers ago where I went to a movie party in a swimming pool. It was so fun. All you need is a friend with a pool (people with pools tend to make friends easily in the summertime!) and set up a projector. We added a ton of fun floaties and food of course. We also put together a list of the best family movies to watch (download it here!) (PS. Right now, Epson is hosting a giveaway where you could win a projector to host your own movie night this summer! Find out more here.)

How to Host a Pool Party Movie Night | Oh Happy Day! How to Host a Pool Party Movie Night | Oh Happy Day! How to Host a Pool Party Movie Night | Oh Happy Day!

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Modern Ninja Turtles Party


When my kids ask for character birthday parties, I like to blend a few special store bought items with a couple homemade touches. (Like this Spiderman party.) Today I’m sharing a Modern Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party we created. I ordered this party pack from Target. It included all the basics – plates, cups, napkins, balloons, candles, etc. I also got a few  turtle shells for the kids to dress up in and some other ninja accessories (like these) for them to play with. Then, I did a few simple DIYs to tie the party together. I picked up red, orange, purple and blue felt to make ninja masks for everyone to wear during the party. I made some easy homemade favor bags that we filled with lots of green prizes and treats. For games I made some silver ninja stars for a game where the kids had to throw them into a bucket and a homemade Pin the Turtle on the Pizza. Altogether, this party took less than an afternoon to pull together.

Modern Ninja Turtles Party | Oh Happy Day!Modern Ninja Turtles Party | Oh Happy Day!

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