Chronicles of Narnia Birthday Party

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At some point over the past year, my son fell in love with Chronicles of Narnia. One day he’ll claim to be Peter Pevensie, the next he begs to officially change his name to Caspian.  I am forever cast as the White Witch and his two sisters willingly play along as Susan & Lucy. When deciding on a theme for his 5th birthday, Narnia was the … [Read more...]

Hosting a Detective Birthday Party Picnic

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One of my favorite things about having an 8 year old is how her interests and tastes have begun to influence mine.  She’s reading cool classic Nancy Drew books (which I never read as a kid), introducing me to music that I totally love, and her favorite colors inspired a room re-do in our house. She has also developed a pretty clear vision for … [Read more...]

Ice Cream Birthday Party and Being 6…

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Do you remember being 6 years old? Do you remember having a vivid imagination and talking to your stuffed animals and just hearing them "talk" back to you? Do you remember rotating out who got to sleep next to you each night because you didn't want anyone to feel left out? Do you remember being 6 in the summertime? Running through the sprinklers … [Read more...]

A Tea Party Birthday

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I've been feeling very sentimental lately. Maybe it's because my son turned 10 (sniff...sniff) on Tuesday. Or maybe it's because this is the last week of the school year. Or maybe it's because my youngest has her Kindergarten graduation Thursday night and these next months will pass all to quickly and soon I won't have my little afternoon buddy … [Read more...]

How to Make an 8 Layer Surprise Cake

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Thank you so much for all of your kind words yesterday about my daughter's Super Science Party! I promised I'd be back today to show you just how I managed to make her 8 Layer Surprise Cake and I never go back on a promise. When dreaming up a birthday cake for my daughter’s science party, I stumbled upon a photo of a wedding cake that looked … [Read more...]

Super Science Party

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When my daughter was 4 ½ her greatly anticipated Christmas gift was a pair of plastic safety goggles and a Mind Blowing Science kit.  Fast-forward a year and a half and a few dozen Steve Spangler episodes on youtube and she’s pretty confident that any opportunity is a good one to test the laws of science. Why limit yourself to a beaker and a … [Read more...]

Painting Themed Birthday Party

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There is so much about raising a boy that completely mystifies me, but a few basics that I’ve learned so far are that they have a very unique way of channeling creativity, they love to make messes and they love to destroy. In fact our furniture, floors & baseboards have achieved an authentic distressed look thanks to my son's expertise in … [Read more...]

A Pioneer Birthday Party

We are so thrilled to have our Regular Contributor, Julie, back with us today here at the Fence!She is so talented and, once again, is sharing fantastic ideas for a special Birthday celebration.You are in for a real treat!Thanks so much for your warm welcome last month!  I have to admit that when I heard that the post was live, I came down with a … [Read more...]

Back to School Party Ideas

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We are so excited to announce that we have a new member to the Picket Fence Team! Julie is Vanessa's "in real life" friend and will now be a regular Contributor here. She is a wife and a mom of 3 darling kiddos. She loves photography and making everyday moments into memorable occasions. She is incredibly talented, creative and throws some … [Read more...]

At The Movies Birthday Party!

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It can be so difficult to plan a birthday party for a “tweener”.  Not a kid anymore, but not quite a teen either.Especially when said birthday party is one’s first “boy/girl” birthday party.    Parties involving manicures, facials and tea parties just aren’t that appealing to the male gender. But candy, hotdogs, nachos, popcorn and … [Read more...]