How We Do Birthdays: An Owl Theme

How we do birthdays: An Owl Theme | mamasbrush 

Every little details makes a birthday special, no matter how simple or intricate!

Chalkboards, owl cake, owl donuts, cricut decorations, owl fruit salad, and more made this birthday special!

In our home we do parties in a big way… and simple at the same time. What do I mean by that? Basically, we have some big impact things that go a long way toward making the day special, but we don’t go overboard, or expensive, or worry about perfection.

How we do birthdays: An Owl Theme | mamasbrush 

Every little details makes a birthday special, no matter how simple or intricate!

Chalkboards, owl cake, owl donuts, cricut decorations, owl fruit salad, and more made this birthday special!

I always start with my chalkboard. Sometimes it’s elaborate, other times it’s not. It depends on my inspiration and abilities. I wasn’t feeling super inspired this time, but don’t tell my 7 year old… he thought it was great. You can build or buy one like this (husband made mine) or get a similar effect with Dollar Tree foam board (not an affiliate link) and some chalkboard paint.

How we do birthdays: An Owl Theme | mamasbrush 

Every little details makes a birthday special, no matter how simple or intricate!

Chalkboards, owl cake, owl donuts, cricut decorations, owl fruit salad, and more made this birthday special!

Lately the kids have been asking for donuts for birthday breakfasts. We have a donut shop right down the road, so it works out. Husband takes the birthday kid with him to pick out donuts the morning of. I never know what will come home. 🙂 When they got home I had the kids pick their donuts out and I added Oreo eyes and candy corn beaks (this birthday was the day after Thanksgiving, so there is also a turkey donut in there.) Incorporating the theme in this way made something simple into something extra special!

Even simpler and more budget friendly: You could grab donuts from Walmart or the grocery store instead of getting them from a donut shop.?

How we do birthdays: An Owl Theme | mamasbrush 

Every little details makes a birthday special, no matter how simple or intricate!

Chalkboards, owl cake, owl donuts, cricut decorations, owl fruit salad, and more made this birthday special!

Decorations were super simple. Crepe paper and ribbon with balloons around the room and some paper cut with my Cricut. An owl and “Whoooo’s turning 7?” on the wall.

Simple tip: Hand cut these if you don’t have a cutting machine.

How we do birthdays: An Owl Theme | mamasbrush 

Every little details makes a birthday special, no matter how simple or intricate!

Chalkboards, owl cake, owl donuts, cricut decorations, owl fruit salad, and more made this birthday special!

I found this idea on Pinterest. Kids are always asking for fruit salad, and this looked like a way to make that “fruit salad” extra special! You’ll notice that the Pinterest version looks way better than mine, but perfection isn’t my goal. The birthday boy loved it and that’s enough for me! (Sometimes I have to tell the kids what something is… but I still get credit!)

How we do birthdays: An Owl Theme | mamasbrush 

Every little details makes a birthday special, no matter how simple or intricate!

Chalkboards, owl cake, owl donuts, cricut decorations, owl fruit salad, and more made this birthday special!

The cake was the hardest part of the day, but it wasn’t that bad either. You can pick something else from my pinterest board that might be simplier… or more difficult.

For the cake, I started with a 2 layer cake with brown frosting all over. For the feathers I made dots of brown frosting from a pastry bag (the cut off corner of a ziplock bag would work too) in a line. After the bottom line of dots is there, I used the flat of a butter knife to squish and drag the dot up into a “feather”. Then make another row and do the same. I looked for a video to show this, but I can’t find the one I learned from forever ago. (Update: this pin shows what I’m talking about… and then you can try it on a Christmas tree cookie like they do! 🙂

A dinner he loves, gifts (including some that match the theme like an owl clock and a couple owl coloring books) and time together top off the day. Simple, but special! You can pull that off in so many ways… even with store bought cake and a purchased birthday banner. What matters most is that you take some extra steps to make the day special for your kid… it will be something remembered forever!

How we do birthdays: An Owl Theme | mamasbrush 

Every little details makes a birthday special, no matter how simple or intricate!

Chalkboards, owl cake, owl donuts, cricut decorations, owl fruit salad, and more made this birthday special!

You can find me gathering here.

Simple Budget Friendly Party – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Simple Budget Friendly Party - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs | mamasbrush

Chalkboard for today's weather, balloon clouds with food falling from the sky, giant pizza, giant food cake, and more in this Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs birthday party theme!

Children’s parties don’t have to be expensive – or elaborate – to be special. I find that my children are delighted by any attempt I make to create a special birthday for them. I don’t even have to do a “Pinterest worthy” job to impress them.

This Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs party was no different. Here are some simple ideas to make the day special, without going over budget!

Simple Budget Friendly Party - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs | mamasbrush

Chalkboard for today's weather, balloon clouds with food falling from the sky, giant pizza, giant food cake, and more in this Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs birthday party theme!

In our family, every birthday starts with my chalkboard. I position it just inside the kitchen for the kids to see on their way downstairs. Most of the time, this is how they find our their theme for the day.

I have a how to post about it coming in a few days.

Simple Budget Friendly Party - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs | mamasbrush

Chalkboard for today's weather, balloon clouds with food falling from the sky, giant pizza, giant food cake, and more in this Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs birthday party theme!

Our decorations were pretty minimal for this party. We blew up a bunch of white balloons and tied them together into a big bunch and hung them from the ceiling above the kitchen table (clouds). Then I used white thread to hang all the felt food I could find in the house from the balloons and in the windows. It gave a fun effect of food falling from the sky.

Simple Budget Friendly Party - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs | mamasbrush

Chalkboard for today's weather, balloon clouds with food falling from the sky, giant pizza, giant food cake, and more in this Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs birthday party theme!

Dinner was homemade giant pizza. I made pizzas just like normal, but instead of shaping the dough into rounds, I stretched them into ovals and then cut the edges off after they were cooked to make giant slices. That’s my nine year old holding the biggest pan we can fit in our oven.

Simple Budget Friendly Party - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs | mamasbrush

Chalkboard for today's weather, balloon clouds with food falling from the sky, giant pizza, giant food cake, and more in this Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs birthday party theme!

The cake was super fun to make. I started with a normal 2 layer cake and frosted it green. Then I added chocolate frosting to outline doors and windows around the edge to make it look like a building.

The “spaghetti” on top of the cake was made using white frosting with a small round tip. I just squirted it all over and let it fall all over. The pancake was more cake batter cooked in a pan, but it was a little dry. I made it in a 10 inch cast iron skillet to get the size and shape right. Pancake batter might have worked better. Let me know if you try it. 🙂

The giant ice cream cones were made with large cake balls covered in thin frosting so that it would pool a bit. Before the frosting dried I stuck the cones on to finish the effect.

It took time, but you could totally do this!

Some other details to take the day over the top:
– breakfast was donuts (easy!)
– I read the book to the kids during breakfast
– some of her gifts were based on the theme (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs coloring book for one)
-after cake and presents that evening, we watched the movie as a family to finish the day.

That night as we were going to bed, Husband and I climbed in bed saying, “Well… another successful birthday!” And it was!

Simple Budget Friendly Party - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs | mamasbrush

Chalkboard for today's weather, balloon clouds with food falling from the sky, giant pizza, giant food cake, and more in this Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs birthday party theme!

You can find me gathering here.