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Friday, August 8, 2014

M&M Birthday Party

M&M Birthday Party Ideas by The Sweet Chick
I put together my son's 4th birthday party last week.  He's into a lot of things, but nothing in particular stood out as a theme.  That is until someone posted a photo of an M&M wedding cake on Facebook.  I had my inspiration.  My son loves M&M's in all different varieties.  He devours whatever flavored M&M's I buy to make recipes with.  He's not picky when it comes to his favorite candy.  So I researched Pinterest for DIY party decor and kept my eyes open when I was out shopping.  I tried to keep it simple because it wasn't going to be a terribly big party, but I wanted it to be special for him.

M&M Party Decorations by The Sweet Chick
The first thing I had found was 10 inch red plastic M&M dispenser at CVS pharmacy.  I used that as my centerpiece.  It was too cute to pass up.  Then I found a small 5 inch plastic bubble gum machine at Toys R Us that I used as a cake topper.
M&M Party DIY by The Sweet Chick

I wanted the party goers to have a selection of M&M's to choose from, so I decorated a Archer Farms carton with some card stock I had on hand.  I cut out some circles with my Fiskars ShapeCutter Template, then embellished it with little "m's" I cut out with my Sizzix Sizzlets dies in the Bounce font (which apparently they don't make anymore, my scrapbook tools are now antiques).  I added some circle tags to label the M&M flavors.
M&M Party Hats by The Sweet Chick

I found most of my other supplies at Walmart.  I bought plates, napkins, and party hats in all the M&M colors (except brown).  I jazzed up the plain party hats with some more cut outs.  For these "m's", I used my Cricut machine with the Tear Drop cartridge.  I was trying to use what I had on hand.  If you want the official "M", you can find it on the Cricut Plantin SchoolBook cartridge.

M&M Party Plates by The Sweet Chick
I used my Cricut machine to cut out these big "m's" also.  This was one of the ideas I found on Pinterest for wall decorations.  I used double stick tape to keep them up.
M&M Birthday Party by The Sweet Chick

He's the whole thing all together.  Simple, but colorful and fun.  It was raining outside, so we played some movies for the kids, but they didn't care, they ended up going in the pool anyway.

M&M Party Treats by The Sweet Chick

I made all sorts of treats to go with the theme, Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies, M&M Rice Krispie Treats, M&M Pretzel Sticks, and more.

M&M Party Tablescape by The Sweet Chick

I use the extra "M's" I cut out to decorate the table.  I placed the M&M dispenser on a candlestick holder I had to make him more prominent.

M&M Party Favors by The Sweet Chick

Here are the Candy Coated Oreo M&M's I blogged about earlier this week.  I placed each in matching cupcake liners from Wilton that I had found at Walmart.

M&M Birthday Cake by The Sweet Chick

This is the cake I made, inspired by this one below.  The kids thought it was amazing.  Mission accomplished.

Here's the birthday boy all smiles when he saw his cake.  He was excited by all the mini M&M's pouring down the front.  All the kids wanted a slice with the M&M's on it.   M&M Kids Birthday Party by The Sweet Chick

The cake was just two Pillsbury Funfetti cake mixes and two cans of Betty Crocker Fluffy White frosting.  I knew I would be spending all my time perfecting the decorating, so I didn't make the cake and frosting from scratch this time.  Plus, I really love Funfetti cake.  And if you are wondering if I place each M&M individually on the cake , the answer would be YES!  My husband thought I was nuts.  He said I should just throw them on there, but I am a type A personality and everything has to be perfect.
M&M Kids Birthday Party Cake by The Sweet Chick

For the favor bags, I bought individual packs of Birthday Cake M&M's and added some bubbles and other candies.  The clear bags are from Walmart and the tags I made myself.  I put all the kids names on the back.  I attached the tags with matching bakers twine I had on hand. M&M Party Treat Bags by The Sweet Chick

It was a lot of work, but I like being creative.  The looks on the kids faces said it all, it was worth it.

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