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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Angry Birds Blue and Gold

I didn't mean to take the entire week off of blogging, but I was more than absorbed by all the Blue and Gold prep that had to happen for our big night.  This year we had Angry Birds as our theme.  I wasn't quite sure about using a theme like that.  Technically, it would be in the category of Spider Man or The Green Lantern, but for the scouts, I think it was a stellar idea.  The boys actually pass off requirements by doing bean bag tosses, group games, and using catapults.  Angry Birds is perfect for a Blue and Gold when you think of it that way :0)


I was in charge of the decorations.  I cut these giant slingshots on my band saw, as well as the chunky birds that sat on the base.  I like the idea of placemats, so to save a little money I bought a roll of hefty wrapping paper {Hobby Lobby's paper is very thick and nice}  and cut it into pieces for the placemats.  

Here is a closer look at the slingshot.  I cut them out of 2x10" wood, then used some exercise bands {found at Target in their dollar section} as the sling.  What a lucky find!  Only one dollar and perfect for my slingshots.  


We made the photo cubes, of course, and then wrapped the plasticware in the napkins and glued a paper cutout of different birds and pigs to the knot of the curling ribbon...just in case we didn't have enough of an "Angry Bird" presence around the room :0)

A couple years ago, I went to the one Walmart by me that still sells fabric and bought a couple bolts @ $1.50/yd to use for the tablecloths.  It killed me to think about how much money would be wasted year after year buying plastic, so I bought fabric, ripped it to size, and have been using them every year since.  


My friend Julie was in charge of the food.  She decorated the table with these cute pig bowls and made the cake and bird balloons below.
We made good use of the site that has free face printables for several of the birds and the pigs.  You can find that HERE.


So for the cake, Julie just ordered a cake from Costco, plain with no writing on it, then decorated it with chocolate sugar wafers and the angry bird toys I bought for Scott's Cake back in Sept.

Apparently the cake was very yummy!

It wouldn't be a room decorated by me without a banner of some sort.  I made the dot-dot banner out of felt circles cut on my sizzix machine, sewn to strings of ribbon.  We hung paper lanterns on them that had the bird faces on them as well.  

I made some piggie cake pops too.  I will be back in a couple days and show you just how they were created.

So, I also made a couple games.  I made this bean bag toss.  Isn't it cute!?!


There were moments were it stressed me out, but mostly it was fun to make.  I bought a piece of flooring underlayment at Home Depot for about $10.  I had the guy cut it in half for me so I could fit it in my car.  I will spare you the details now, but will be back to show you that game in a little more detail in a few days as well.


Julie made the angry bird tower of boxes and bought the stuffed characters from Walmart.

She managed to get her hands on these water balloon launchers and used them for the slingshot.  Fabulous idea!  The worked great, other than a couple guys with sore arms. 

Now, the only problem with this idea, is that when the boys actually hit something, someone has to be willing to set things back up.

Yep, that's my Eli.  Apparently it gets a little scary back there, but he did a great job keeping the arena in order. 

I also made this plinko board.  I LOVE plinko boards.  I used it for a trivia game in Relief Society once, also as the Children's Primary Chorister.  Such a fun game and not too hard to put together.  Thank you Price Is Right for the idea.


My prize for playing plinko was a bag of fried eggs.  No, it's not real fried eggs!  I melted almond bark, dropped a spoon full on wax paper and added a yellow M&M for the yolk.  So cute...and yummy!


Our other activity was put together by Brother Merril and it was FABULOUS!  I didn't understand exactly what he was talking about, but the kids really loved this.  He set up tables and put these little catapults, and these darling little birdies at one end.  At the other end he had an assortment of boards and pigs made from wooden beads.

The kids could stack their own arena however they wanted, then a friend could shoot at it.  Then they would switch.  Great turn taking, teamwork kinda activity.

Here is a back shot of the catapult.

Fun...

Fun...

Cute, cute, cute fun!!!  

Emmers was especially proud of what we built together.

At the end, each boy took home a slingshot centerpiece, a bird cut out, I had tennis balls from the dollar store {they come 3 in a pack for $1!!!}, and a catapult/blocks set.  These boys made a haul!

What a super fun night!

It must have been a hit because we earned double thumbs up all around :0)

After I get caught up on all the things I ignored while preparing for B&G I will get detailed instructions posted and hopefully finally get to those Valentine crafts I have been dying to make!
Have a great day!!!

13 comments:

  1. I know I always say you're amazing, but you seriously you are, I don't know another word to describe. I know those boys loved it. I don't know how you come up with all those ideas and put it all together! AMAZING! :)

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  2. Wow, what a great Blue & Gold! Your hard work really paid off. I was wondering how you made the pig cake pops. Were you ever able to post those instructions? Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

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    1. Ohhh! Totally forgot in all the madness we have been having around here! I will put that on my to-do list for this week and get back to you :0) Thanks for the reminder!!!

      Vanessa

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    2. Thanks so much! The party is the 27th. How many days ahead do you think you can make these?

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    3. Jenny,
      I finally got that posted! I am so sorry for the huge delay. Here is a link to the post:

      http://sewcakemake.blogspot.com/2012/05/angry-bird-pig-pops.html

      Let me know if you have any questions!!!
      Vanessa

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  3. I tried that link but it says that the blog does not exist?

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    1. Here is a direct link:

      http://www.thepartyanimal-blog.org/angry-birds-balloons-free-templates/

      I clicked on it just now and it worked for me. Let me know if you are talking about a different link.

      Thanks,
      Vanessa

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  4. I love your bean bag toss game! My oldest who is going to be 8 LOVES Angry Birds! Any chance you can send me details of how you made it? Thanks! Hope you get this! Great idea, party looked like fun!

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    1. I know that I am totally late in getting this posted, but if by any chance you still need it, here are the instructions :0}

      http://sewcakemake.blogspot.com/2013/02/angry-birds-bean-bag-toss-and-plinko.html

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  5. This is an outstanding Blue and Gold! Hats off to you. It is my wish that every boy can have a leader like you!

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    1. :0} It was a group effort, but thanks so much for taking the time to comment!!!

      Vanessa

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  6. Hello! I found how you make your cake pops but i was wondering if you would share how you exactly made the catapults?

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    1. I did not make those, but I can tell you they used very light wood, I think balsa wood. The awesome scout leader that made those passed away 2 years ago of a sudden cancer. It was very sad. He was an AMAZING woodworker and an even more fabulous Scout Master <3

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