Hiya! Emma's 3rd bday is in november and i am planing ahead of time to see if certain themes will work. The one theme that seems to be stuck is Coraline. We love that movie and I think it is perfect for Emma. So I need ideas what colors, party favors, decorations, food, gift bags ect ect. Thanks so much everyone. I know for a cake I can take an image to the bakery here and they can print it out on that yummy paper stuff to put on the cake.
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What about 'pin the button eyes on the other mother'?
Or hanging streamers in a spiderweb pattern?
I know you have the cake planned out, but this is really cute as-well and seems fairly easy!
Good luck! (:
I have another idea for you, lol. (My nieces are 3 and 4 so we watch this movie A LOT.)
For party favors, you could buy some colorful bobby-pins or snap clips and glue/sew colorful buttons to them.
I ALWAYS LOVED THE CAT IN THAT MOVIE SO MAYBE SOME WUSS PUSS FAVORS AS WELL and do you remember the sweater with the stars on it that would make a cool gift maybe seeds for your own garden as party favors.did you know a woman hand knitted all the tiny clothes for the clay figures in that movie talk about crafty
Hmm, button projects for the kids to do, button glasses, maybe you could give out the little eyepiece thing, the triangle one with the hole, as a favor, and if you're good at knitting, you can make the striped gloves as favors? to think up some more:
Button cookies, by baking normal round cookies and poking four holes in them with a thick straw.
Or, if you can make the cookie cutters, you could make eyepiece cookies
Marbles as party favors
A "private screening" of the movie always works well with movie-themed parties =)
You could use a photo-editing software to make print-out invites
Toy A Day has a Coraline paper craft. It's pretty cute.
if you are good with photoshop and you have a digital camera you could get a picture of the Coraline movie house like this:
and then have each kid stand infront of a plain white wall or backdrop. You can make 2 painted carboard buttons before-hand and place the buttons over their eyes and take a picture. Then all you have to do is pop those pics into photoshop and delete the white background (which will be easy because it's all white) and place the photo of each kid over the image in the link I posted above and print or email to their parents. It will look like they're in the movie and the kids will be able to look at the picture later. OR if you can paint you can always get a bristol board and paint or draw a coraline inspired background and take a picture of each kid with the buttons in front of it. That way you don't have to photoshop.
You can have all these carboard circles cut out with four holes in it like buttons and have the kids all colour their own set.
I really like the idea of making that triangle thing from the movie as party favours too.
The seeing stone would be great, i agree, and if you make the inside form out of tin foil land cover that with clay it would be very cost effective.
For more decorations, you could make huge cardboard buttons to hang from the ceiling or something akin.
Lots of colorful paper flowers modeled after the ones from the movie would be great as decorations or as a craft for the children :)
Lo's idea is awesome, as are all the others!
Here's mine: Depending on how many children you invite, let them make ragdolls of themselves! When I make ragdolls, I almost always use scrap fabrics, or old clothes, but if you need to you can get some muslin or something, as the base fabric. To save on money and time, they could glue fabric on to the dolls for clothes, or paint it on. I wouldn't try this if you're inviting 10 or so kids, but if it's just a handful, have a mom-friend help you make the plain doll-bases. Of course, provide lots of buttons so they can sew(or glue) on the eyes! You could get a bunch of those cheap little plastic tapestry needles,
Lo's idea is awesome, as are all the others!
Here's mine: Depending on how many children you invite, let them make ragdolls of themselves! When I make ragdolls, I almost always use scrap fabrics, or old clothes, but if you need to you can get some muslin or something, as the base fabric. To save on money and time, they could glue fabric on to the dolls for clothes, or paint it on. I wouldn't try this if you're inviting 10 or so kids, but if it's just a handful, have a mom-friend help you make the plain doll-bases. Of course, provide lots of buttons so they can sew(or glue) on the eyes! You could get a bunch of those cheap little plastic tapestry needles, provide one for each child(as a favor). For functional decorations, fill mason jars(or s'ketti sauce jars, whatever) with buttons(in one), yarn(in another). Or put them in pretty bowls.
Big weird fake flowers(like Birds of Paradise or something) would make cool decorations, too.
Gummy bugs would rock! OOH, and those gummy rats!!!!(Dollar Tree)
You are so lucky that her birthday is after Halloween, you can ransack the clearance sales!!!
SparrowFae has a good point! Since it is after Halloween there will be a boat load of stuff just waiting for you. OH!! You should get one of those 5$ black cats that has it's back arched like this ^. They're hard but hollow and covered in shiny black "hair" kind of like this one but without the light-up eyes:
And if you want you should get some black streamers (from the dollar store) and make a huge spider web design on your ceiling - you know, because of that last scene with the evil mom-spider creature lady.
How about making button bracelets? They ought to be pretty simple. If not learn how to make them yourself and give them as party favors or prizes to the games.
How about making the cake like this?
Immediately when you mentioned cake I thought about the cake in the movie. You should look at the dinner scenes and see if you can recreate the dinner table.
You could get a length of ribbon and have the kids glue buttons on for Abbyka's idea.
What about round sugar cookies decorated like buttons and sugar cookie men+girls to decorate for a favor you can make+eat! The kids would be able to make themselves. Below is a recipe + examples! Good luck!
Give EVERYTHING buttons- the gift bags, especially. It would be cute if they had button eyes.
I absolutely love the circus scene in that movie, so I wouldn't leave out the possibility of distressed colors- even a multicolored tent if you can manage it.
I would really tie the sewing into everything. I would have spools as chairs, even. (You could make them from a paper bag wrapped around a regular stool with cardboard circles on the top and bottom).
I would also have the Cat's tail in different places like he's running away or hiding (because he's awesome like that!)
For the invitations, I would cut them out so they're shaped like the house. I would have the Cat on the inside. I love making cards, so if you want any help making the template, message me and ask!
There's a project right here on CO+K about how to make button skeleton keys. It uses a real key but I think it'd be easy to use key charms or something.
I was gonna suggest pinning button eyes on a person of some description, but someone beat me to it. How 'bout hiding the mice/rat things and getting people to find them for prizes. Or play 'Hunt The Eyes'.
And possibly hand your daughter a fake present SAYING it's her real birthday present, but it has two buttons and a needle and thread inside. Or is that too mean?
You could also try and make the candyfloss launcher machines too.
Omg this is such a good idea!! It would be fun to have a little hunt or a backyard game, to find all of the little button keys tied to a ribbon. As for the button key, A large black button and an old key spray painted black. Like one child gets one key each, and when the hunt is over, let them go into a special room that hasn't been visited in yet, that has candy, (but not all that much, for they would go crazy) popcorn, cheez- its, etc. I hope you enjoyed my idea. Hope it helped.
-Ginny :D >_<