Avengers Birthday Party Invitation – with Tutorial for Miniature File Folders

Avengers Birthday Party Invitation Tutorial

We now interrupt our scheduled holiday programming…
That’s kind of how it feels to have a son with a birthday in December.  My brain is set to be all gung-ho with Christmas but I have to back off and plan a party instead.  Not that I want my little guy to feel like his birthday gets rushed or glossed over in any way – I try hard for that not to happen.  So of course he got exactly what he wanted for his birthday – an Avengers Superhero Training party.  It was actually a lot of fun to plan and fairly easy to execute.  I will share all the details soon, but thought I’d start out with the invitation.

As with all parties lately, I started with a Pinterest Board for inspiration and went from there.  Tyler really liked the one with the Top Secret file folder and though I tried to convince him a manila envelope would work just as well, I ended up figuring out how to make mini-sized file folders for his invites.
How to Make your Own Mini  Top Secret File Folder for Avengers Birthday Party Invitation
Easy enough – I simply cut down some file folders I already had on hand, making sure to leave a tab on one side then completing the look by rounding off the corners.  The overall size is 9″ high by 6 1/2″ wide (cut down to 6″ except for where I wanted the tab) because I wanted them to fit a half-sheet of paper but these would look absolutely adorable in a smaller size as well.

Iron Man Dress Up Photo for Avengers Birthday Party Invitation
I knew I wanted to use a photo of Tyler in his Iron Man costume from Halloween for the inserts.  Cute right?  He’s quite a ham when he wants to be.
The rest of the inserts came together pretty easily with all the party details and a bit of clever wording.  I wanted it to look like a “report” you might find inside a Top Secret folder, right?  Then I simply printed them off two to a page.

Super Hero Training Birthday Party Invitation Iron Man

The fonts used are Bernard MT Condensed and Baskerville Old Face.  The Avenger logo is simply clip art I found online.  And the fun Avengers clip art along the bottom was part of a printable pack I found HERE and turned to black and white in Photoshop.  The printables are great – I used them again for a lot of the party supplies as well.

My 12 year old helped me assemble the invitations by stamping Top Secret on top of the folders and attaching the inserts inside the folders with paper clips (I didn’t want them to fall out!)
Avengers Birthday Party Invitation with Top Secret Mini File Folder TutorialMini File Folders for Avengers Birthday Party Top Secret Invitation
Tyler was happy and the whole thing probably took me an hour, tops, to pull together.  Total win!
Now you’re excited to see the rest of the party details, right?!  I’ll share them soon – promise!  The kids had a blast and, like most of my parties, it was simple and inexpensive to put together. Stay tuned…

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Horse Slumber Party

Horse Slumber Party Table Decor and Birthday Banner Party Decorations

Happy Thursday!  My daughter’s birthday is coming up (October, which feels like just around the corner right now) and I have started to think about party plans.  Birthdays and parties are a big deal around here – something we all enjoy and something I have a lot of fun putting together.  I was trying to remember what her party theme was last year which prompted me to look it up on the old blog and once I started looking at photos and revisiting memories I couldn’t help want to share it here.  My daughter turned 11 last year (hang on a second while I mourn the early childhood years.  I will soon have a preteen on my hands!)  and she had been helping me plan the party for months.  She is definitely my child – she knows what she wants and is full of ideas, she wants it to look good, and she wants to Do It Herself.  😉

After all the horseback riding she did while we were in Utah last summer, it was almost a forgone conclusion that she would pick Horses for her theme for her birthday party.  And her very first request (after specifying that she wanted a slumber party, of course) was that she have chocolate horses topping her cupcakes, and that she be able to do them herself.  She saw a YouTube video about piping chocolate onto wax paper to make shapes and that was what she had in mind, but that sounded a little intense for her first attempt at real cake decorating so I found a chocolate mold online.  With our lives as crazy as they are right now and the amount of time it takes each batch of chocolate to cool I did end up making most of the chocolate horses myself, though I did make sure she got to do a few on her own.

Horse Themed Birthday Party Invitations Wanted

 Once we started looking at ideas online (you can see my Pinterest inspiration board here) we decided to go with a Cowgirl theme in pink and brown with a few blue accents thrown in.  The invitations, of course, came first.

Cowgirl Horse Birthday Party Invitation Wanted Poster Pink Brown

 Howdy cowgirl cowboy rustic wood and rope Welcome sign for front door or parties

 Kaitlyn fell in love with the idea of a big wooden pallet sign with the outline of a horse on it, but I didn’t want to work on a project that big right now.  Instead, I grabbed some scrap wood from the garage, distressed it and stained it, then used hot glue to attach some jute “rope” to spell out the word Howdy.  We used this sign on the front door to greet everyone and set the mood for the party.

 Detail photo of Howdy Rope sign for cowgirl birthday party

Howdy wood and rope sign for Western themed party
When the guests arrived they each received a cowboy hat.

Horse Cowgirl Party Favors Pink and Brown Cowboy Hats It's a Cowgirl Thing

 From previous experience with birthday slumber parties I know that the girls are always super-hyped, loud, and anxious to direct their own fun.  They spent most of the party playing Just Dance or playing with Kaitlyn’s fast-growing collection of Ever After High dolls, but I did set up a couple of stations to go along with the party theme.
Photo Props for Birthday Party Cowgirl Horse Theme includes Wanted Poster and fake mustaches
The Photo Booth props were a lot of fun

Horse Party Photo Booth Props for Slumber Party Photo Props for Cowgirl Slumber Party Wanted Poster

Wanted Poster Photo prop for cowboy or cowgirl horse birthday party Cowgirl Horse Birthday Party Photo Prop Wanted Poster

I threw together a bucket of stuff for mani/pedis, though it didn’t get used.  We also had the idea to YouTube some line dances (perfect for a cowgirl party, right?!) and would have done so if the party was lagging.  As I said, the girls had no problem having fun on their own so I just let them do their thing.
Horse Party Grooming Station Manicure Pedicure activity for cowgirl slumber party

Happy Birthday Banner Beadboard Pennant Banner for Parties

 Knowing that the girls would happily occupy themselves, I spent more time on the food and the decorations than I did on the activities.  The bead board pennant birthday banner got some theme-appropriate fabric and ribbon and provided the backdrop for the dining table.
Horse Birthday Party Dinner Table Setting and Decor pink brown
The longer I do this party planning thing, the easier it gets.  I have a handful of Go To tricks that I can use for any theme – like dressing up the drink containers.  For this party I picked up a 6-pack of cream soda bottles and added a vinyl horse silhouette (made it using a horse dingbat font and my Silhouette machine.  I love that there are so many great fonts out there for free!).  The plates are part of a stack of inexpensive plastic party plates we picked up at Sam’s club a couple years back – they work great for parties.  The napkins, bandana, and tiny pink cowboy hats (aren’t they cute?!) were all fun finds at the party store.
Horse Cowgirl Birthday Party Tablescape for dinner in pink and brown
Horse Vinyl Decal on Soda Bottle for birthday party Silhouette machine

Horse Cupcakes with chocolate molded horses and pink frosting for cowgirl birthday party

 On to the food!  The cupcakes turned out great – though I suggest putting the horses on only at the last minute.  It was a warm day and some of them wanted to tip over when their legs got a little soft.

Chocolate Horse Cupcakes for Horse Themed Slumber Party
Horse Cowgirl Birthday Party Food Table Display includes cowboy hats and other western items

 For dinner, Kaitlyn had requested ribs and mashed potatoes.  And you know what that means?  That means the husband did most of the food prep because he is the rib smoker expert 😉

Side note – the rolls down there on the end of the island are in a pink plastic cowboy hat.  I forgot to get a detail photo of that, but I wanted to point it out because the girls thought it was a fun detail.
Slumber Party Treats for Watching movies for Cowgirl Horse birthday party
Once the girls had a couple of hours to play and were ready to settle down a bit, I prepared a tray of goodies so they could snack and watch TV.  Included:  popcorn in brown paper bags (I had folded down the tops and fringed the edges), water bottles with the horse decals (I try to avoid having any colored drinks on the playroom carpet – it is horrible when it comes to stains), Cow Tales caramels, licorice “ropes” and rice krispie treat “hay bales.”

Hay Bale Rice Krispie Treats for Horse Cowgirl Cowboy birthday party

Horse Cowgirl Slumber Party Breakfast Tablescape

I went to bed around 11:00 that night and I’m told some of the girls stayed up only ’til midnight while the other half made it to around 2AM.  But they were all awake and hungry by 7:30 in the morning.  We did a full cowboy breakfast spread with pancakes, sausage, bacon, hash browns, and chocolate milk.

Horse Birthday Party Chocolate Milk with Giddy Up Straws

 Cowgirl Horse Party Favor Bags Pink and Brown
Party favors were their cowboy hats, more of Kate’s chocolate horses, some cute fingernail decals (in the closest colors/designs we could find to the party colors), a pen, and some more Cow Tale caramels.
Horse Party Favors

Party Favors for Horse Themed Birthday Party for girls in pink and brown
If noise levels and chaos are any indication (naw they weren’t that bad – I didn’t even have to wake up in the middle of the night to tell them to tone it down), the party was a rip-roaring success.  Yay!

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