Monday, July 21, 2014

Harry Potter Birthday Party

Hi! It's Jilly. A few weeks ago the kiddos turned NINE! They've been loving Harry Potter lately, so I planned a Harry Potter party to celebrate their birthday! Before the party I showed you the invitations, and now it's time to show you how the party turned out!

Harry Potter Hogwarts Party. SO fun! Lots of great ideas! #harrypotter #party #hogwarts

When the guests first arrived they went to "Diagon Alley" to gather their supplies. I hung the sign with fishing line to make it look like it was floating in mid-air. 

Harry Potter Hogwarts Party. SO fun! Lots of great ideas! #harrypotter #party #hogwarts

I made wands for them to pick up at Ollivanders. (Tutorial coming soon!)

Harry Potter Hogwarts Party. SO fun! Lots of great ideas! #harrypotter #party #hogwarts

I put together spell books for Flourish & Blotts that I saw on my friend Polly's blog. But, I just used cardstock for the covers. I stamped the word "spells" on the front and stapled the covers on.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Party. SO fun! Lots of great ideas! #harrypotter #party #hogwarts

The kids made a little owl craft at Eeylops Owl Emporium. I made owl bodies out of cardstock and had the kids glue on feathers, googly eyes, and little beaks.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Party. SO fun! Lots of great ideas. #harrypotter #party #hogwarts

We also had a "photo booth" where the kids could have their own Wizard Most Wanted mug shot taken. My friend took the pics for me so I could worry about other party stuff. (She's an amazing photographer, btw. She will be moving to Virginia Beach soon, so if you're in the area you should check her out!)

Harry Potter Hogwarts Party. SO fun! Lots of great ideas. #harrypotter #party #hogwarts


After everyone finished in Diagon Alley, I gave them Hogwarts Express tickets and they ran around outside holding onto each others' shoulders like a 'train'.

While they were on the 'train' I transformed the room into "Hogwarts". Basically I just took the Diagon Alley stuff off the tables, replaced the tablecloths, and moved the tables. I wanted to do four House tables, but didn't have enough tables. Oh, well.

When the kids came back inside I lined them all up and told the story of the Sorting Hat, then sorted them into their Houses.
Harry Potter Hogwarts Party. SO fun! Lots of great ideas. #harrypotter #party #hogwarts

The Sorting Hat listened to the kids' desires, so we ended up with a lot of Gryffindors, of course. I gave them bookmarks in their House colors.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Party. SO fun! Lots of great ideas. #harrypotter #party #hogwarts

Then, we sang Happy Birthday and the kids feasted on Golden Snitch cupcakes and Butterbeer.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Party. SO fun! Lots of great ideas. #harrypotter #party #hogwarts

I got the cupcake idea from my friend Polly, also. I think her wings turned out a lot better, but the kids still thought they were awesome. For the Butterbeer I mixed cream soda with vanilla ice cream and some caramel Torani syrup.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Party. SO fun! Lots of great ideas. #harrypotter #party #hogwarts

After the cupcakes and butterbeer, the kids put together their favor bags full of magical treats. We had Acid Pops, Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans (really just regular Jelly Bellies), licorice wands (Twizzlers), lemon drops (Dumbledore's favorite) and chocolate frogs. I made the chocolate frogs using a candy mold from the craft store. They are super easy to make! My kids actually made most of them.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Party. SO fun! Lots of great ideas. #harrypotter #party #hogwarts

We were quickly running out of time, so the kids opened their presents, then we did a couple at-home science experiments for our Potions class and a couple games riding on kitchen brooms for our Flying Lessons.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Party. SO fun! Lots of great ideas. #harrypotter #party #hogwarts

All the kids had a great time at the party. They all said it was one of the best parties ever! I must admit, I had a lot of fun getting ready for the party. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it to see all the kids having such a great time and my vision coming to life!

In celebration of Harry's upcoming birthday on July 31st, Rae Gun Ramblings is hosting a Happy Harry Potter Series. The next two weeks will be filled with fun Harry-rific posts on her blog and a bunch of other participating blogs, plus an Instagram photo challenge.

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AND, there is also a *huge* Harry Potter prize pack up for grabs!

DETAILS: One lucky winner will get a fantastic Harry Potter prize pack including a Make Love Not Horcruxes shirt and Hogwarts House Tie Necklace from Rae Gun, A Geeky Pillow from Heart Felt DesignsDeath Eater Stamp from Viky, A pair of Harry Potter Shoes from Hogswarts Unlimited, An Accio Book Bag and Potter Necklace from Pieces by Polly, a Mischief Managed Thought Bubble from Green Girl Art, and a 50$ Amazon.com gift card! Also 4 others will get a Death Eater stamp.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

An Airshow on the Fourth

Hi! It's Jilly. I know I'm late in posting this, but over Fourth of July weekend we went to an airshow and I reeeaaally wanted to show you the pictures 'cause it was so fun!

We had a great time visiting an airshow over Fourth of July weekend! #airshow

 It was such a great place to be for the Fourth of July! 

We had a great time visiting an airshow over Fourth of July weekend! #airshow

We met a bunch of friends at the airport and had a little tailgating BBQ before the airshow started. The kids blew bubbles, played catch, rolled around on the picnic blankets, and pigged out on yummy food.

We had a great time visiting an airshow over Fourth of July weekend! #airshow

We had a great time visiting an airshow over Fourth of July weekend! #airshow

On both days of the airshow they had planes on display, and some of them you could go inside! It was fun talking to the owners of some of the planes. My hubby especially enjoyed it because he is a pilot himself.

We had a great time visiting an airshow over Fourth of July weekend! #airshow


We had a great time visiting an airshow over Fourth of July weekend! #airshow

"But Jilly...I thought your hubby was a doctor!?" He is, but when we first met he was in flight school. It wasn't until I was pregnant with the triplets that he started his pre-reqs for med school. A tale for another day, perhaps. ANYways...

We had a great time visiting an airshow over Fourth of July weekend! #airshow

We had a great time visiting an airshow over Fourth of July weekend! #airshow


It was so cool to see all the neat planes. Being at an airshow feels really patriotic for some reason. I don't know. Maybe it's the military planes, the freedom of flight... who knows? But, it does.

We had a great time visiting an airshow over Fourth of July weekend! #airshow

The kids really liked the Golden Knights Army parachuting team. Every time the jumpers came down the kids would run over to get a high-five from them. Ha!

We had a great time visiting an airshow over Fourth of July weekend! #airshow


The airshow was pretty sweet. Those planes did some amazing things!

We had a great time visiting an airshow over Fourth of July weekend! #airshow

We had a great time visiting an airshow over Fourth of July weekend! #airshow

I can't believe how close they would fly to each other! Not me, buddy!

We had a great time visiting an airshow over Fourth of July weekend! #airshow

We had a great time visiting an airshow over Fourth of July weekend! #airshow

While waiting between awesome plane tricks we played Uno and the kids ran around with their friends. They also had a lot of fun with the little foam airplanes someone was passing out to all the kids. We all had a great time!
We had a great time visiting an airshow over Fourth of July weekend! #airshow

We had a great time visiting an airshow over Fourth of July weekend! #airshow


What did you do for the Fourth? Have you ever been to an airshow? 

We had a great time visiting an airshow over Fourth of July weekend! #airshow

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Feature Friday: Cool Moms Cool Tips

Hi! It's Jilly. I am starting a new feature on this here blog...Feature Friday! Every week I will feature another awesome blogger. There are so many great bloggers out there, and I'm excited to introduce you to a new one each week!

Our first Feature Friday is Taty from Cool Moms Cool Tips.

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Hi there, I am Taty, a mom in the know! Wanting to share so much with fellow moms, I plaster my thoughts at Cool Moms Cool Tips, a bilingual blog that aims at telling parents all about fabulous products and services out there to make our lives easier, better, more efficient and zen. I do this because I truly believe in education at all levels. An informed mom makes the best decisions for the entire family, and in turn as moms, we raise amazing future citizens of the world that will make remarkable contributions to our human race!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

"Sisters Because Of Our Misters" Free Printable

Hi! It's Jilly. I have the coolest sisters-in-law. They are awesome, amazing, strong women, and I am happy to have them as a part of my family. Sometimes living on the opposite Coast is really lame. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law just adopted a baby and I want to snuggle him SO bad. I hate not being there for all the BIG things in their lives.

We reaaaallly wanted to make a trip out to Oregon this summer, but it doesn't look like it's in the cards, and it kills me. Gah! Residency! Why you gotta be like that?! One more year...one more year...

I've had this phrase bouncing around in my head for quite some time, and I finally decided to make a printable graphic of it! It would be fun to throw in a frame as a gift for your fave sister-in-law, as a decoration at a family bridal shower, or printed on the front of a greeting card.



I hope this graphic makes you smile as much as it makes me smile! 
Do you have awesome in-laws, too? Tell me about them!

Want more printables?! Here ya go! 

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