Warning: Zombie Infestation Zone

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It was a Zombie Apocalypse…. and it was gory, creepy aaaannnddd spectacular…

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Halloween group costumes are sooooo much fun. As more family/friends/people you have, as better the effect…. We had family and several friends joining in the costume fun.

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We love to dress up in family costumes that involve everybody from grandparents to kids. It started about 10 years ago with a baby and mommy pirate and every year got bigger and better. We started to involve more family and even friends in our theme and Halloween night always becomes a great spectacle with our group. From witches and pirates to skeletons and zombies, when we chose a theme, we try to make it as spectacular as possible and usually make our own costumes.

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All of the Zombie pieces are distressed, ripped, slit, hand painted with several layers of green for grass, brown for mud/ earth and of course lots of red for blood. For a final touch, we also embellished the clothes with moss. We zombified all the costumes for a unique and spectacular look. We wanted it to feel like actual Zombies and not somebody wearing a Zombie costume. To make it look as realistic and creepy as possible, we spent quite some time on each costume. Of course the costumes are nothing without make up, fake blood and lots of creepy wounds and scars. Eva did an excellent job with all the make up.

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We are selling all the items individually on etsy:

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Aivailable costumes are

Zombie boy – pants, dress shirt, jacket (t shirt underneath)

https://www.etsy.com/listing/628382106/gory-zombie-halloween-costume-zombie-boy

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Zombie toddler girl – tutu dress with cape

https://www.etsy.com/listing/628383614/gory-zombie-halloween-costume-toddler

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Zombie Hunter boy – pants, shirt and leather jacket

https://www.etsy.com/listing/628390462/zombie-hunter-halloween-costume-zombie

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Zombie adult princess or bride

https://www.etsy.com/listing/642219579/gory-zombie-halloween-costume-zombie

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Zombie woman 1

https://www.etsy.com/listing/628392340/gory-zombie-halloween-costume-zombie

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Zombie woman 2

https://www.etsy.com/listing/628399368/gory-zombie-halloween-costume-zombie

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Zombie Man 1

https://www.etsy.com/listing/628390470/gory-zombie-halloween-costume-zombie-man

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Zombie Man 2

https://www.etsy.com/listing/628397992/gory-zombie-halloween-costume-zombie-man

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Zombie Man 3

https://www.etsy.com/listing/642227133/gory-zombie-halloween-costume-zombie-man

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Zombie T Shirt

https://www.etsy.com/listing/642232725/gory-zombie-halloween-costume-zombie

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Harry Potter Favor Boxes and Party Favors

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When we were planning our Harry Potter Birthday party for my son, we wanted to have the most epic favors and favor boxes. I like to have favors that can be already used during a party rather than given afterwards. I want the kids to play with their favors, because too many times favor bags get tossed after a party and never really used.
We wanted the kids to feel like wizards and decided pretty fast that each child needed a wand. If you have seen any previous posts, we have a DIY post on how to make the wands here:

https://harrypotterworldofthepartyevent.wordpress.com/2017/01/22/diy-magic-wands-tha-with-tutorial/

We also sell different kinds of wands in our etsy shop here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/thepartyevent

specifically here in the magic shop:
https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/thepartyevent/tools/listings/section:21382731,stats:true

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My sister is a pretty spectacular wand maker and she made sooooo many different unique wands. To make it even more crazy wonderful, we had a wand ceremony where each child got assigned a wand from the sorting hat based on questions they had to answer. It was the best game ever. You can read more about the games of the party here:

https://harrypotterworldofthepartyevent.wordpress.com/2017/03/28/harry-potter-birthday-party-9-14-edition-the-games-and-favors/

I think the wands by itself are already a cute favor that would totally be enough, but we wanted more. A student in Hogwarts also needs school books for the different subjects like spells and charms, herbology, defense against the dark arts and potion making. SO we found our perfect favor boxes idea….

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This was a lot more tricky than making the wands. I had designed favor boxes before like a treasure chest for our pirate party or the dice favor boxes from the casino party, but I wanted the books to look and open like real books and it took many tries to get there. But I love the final result and the favor table was so much more than favors only. It was part of the decoration and became a focus point of the party.

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Just like the wands, we are also selling the template for the different book favors boxes as well as ready made book favor boxes. I am in the process of putting them into our magical etsy store and they should be available starting next week. I will post a link once they are ready. Here a link in the meantime to the magic store itself:

https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/thepartyevent/tools/listings/section:21382731,stats:true

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We filled the boxes with Harry Potter glasses, a Harry Potter lightening strike tattoo, a Gryffindor tie and some “Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans”. I am not usually one to give the kids at our parties extra candy to take home, because the party itself already has soooo much sugar and candy, but the every flavor beans are a must. What can I say. Who doesn’t enjoy a bogie flavored bean?

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A couple days before the party, our house looked like a store on Diagon Alley before the beginning of the new term at Hogwarts with my magical creature cat assisting us too.

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Welcome to a New Year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

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“First years should note that the forest in the grounds is forbidden to all pupils. And a few of our older students would do well to remember that as well. I have also been asked by Mr. Filch, the caretaker, to remind you all that no magic should be used between classes in the corridors. Quidditch trials will be held in the second week of term. Anyone interested in playing for their house teams should contact Madame Hooch. And finally, I must tell you that this year, the 3rd floor corridor on the right -hand side is out of bounds to everyone who does not wish to die a very painful death.”

Excerpt from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone/ Welcome Speech

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The school year has officially started today and after Dumbledore’s speech, we hope everybody is ready for a successful new term . We know there were some problems at Diagon Alley this year and Ollivanders, maker of fine wands since 832 BC. was not able to supply wands for every student. Fear not, we have got a great variety of wands and other magical school supplies delivered by owl straight to Hogwarts. (we can also use muggle mail and send it directly to your home address).
Here are some of our finest wands available:
https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/thepartyevent/tools/listings/section:21382731,stats:true

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But of course there is more… We do have all your other supplies needed for a successful new year here at Hogwarts like magic spell books that can magically transform into favor boxes, wizard outfits and accessories, potion bottles, owls and so much more….
But back to our wands:
The single most important magical tool, our wands can be made from a variety of woods and cores. Let me introduce you to some of our bestselling wands:

 

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This wand is made out of Black Ash Wood, which often favor those who are energetic and have a sharp mind. Werewolf fur was added to enhance the owner’s senses during duels and battles. It also has a core of tarantula venom which will amplify the power of dark spells. Finally a Jet lignite coat to strengthen the wand and enhances the owner’s courage.

 

 

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This wand is made out of Bonewood, which tends to favor those with the darkest hearts and mind. A core of ghost essence was added, which enhances the owner’s intelligence. It was sprinkled with bone powder which slightly increases magic transmission. Finally a drop of dark magic elixir to enhance its power.

 

 

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This wand is made out of Sycamore Wood, which often favor those with a loving heart and a talent for healing spells. A werewolf claw was added to aid the learning process of magical spells. It also has a core of spider moss which has the ability to calm its owner in dire situations. Finally a Bezoar Stone to strengthen the wand and protects against magical damage.

 

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  Happy Chinese New Year! Gong hei fat choy!

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We love to learn about different cultures and celebrations. Whenever we design a new set of props, the first step is researching the theme. It was so interesting to learn about this beautiful country and century old festival. We wish everybody happiness, lots of luck and prosperity for the upcoming year of the dog.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/223451156/chinese-new-year-china-photo-booth-props

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Happy San Valentine’s Day – We have you covered…

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A day of romance, hearts, roses and lots of love….. and kind of our specialty…

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If you are still looking for some Valentine’s Love, we have plenty of goodies in our online store….

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I personally feel that there should be more than one day to show and share your love and every day could be your personal Valentine’s Day.  In the past, we worked with several restaurants, helped decorating and spreading a little photo props love and made some custom decoration like mini individual favors which can be also used for school favors. We made garlands, flower arrangements, cupcake wrappers and toppers, labels, signs, party hatcut outs, a Valentines Bingo game and more Valentines goodies and even hosted a Valentine Party one year.

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We have two Valentines Photo Booth Prop sets as well as a mini set.

Valentines Candy Photo Booth Props

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Valentine Candy and Sweets

https://www.etsy.com/listing/121552093/valentines-day-candy-and-sweets-for-your

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romantic love and hearts

https://www.etsy.com/listing/119909501/valentines-day-heart-photo-booth-props

and our latest printable mini set for only $5

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/593656095/valentines-day-mini-heart-photo-booth

All the sets are also available as ready made set with or without our personalized vase

One of my favorite things was the Valentines frame we made this year that can easily be made DIY to use for Valentine’s Pictures for any Valentine’s school or company event.

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If you are interested in any of our goodies, just send us an email at thepartyevent@gmail.com

We wish you the most romantic and wonderful Valentine’s Day…

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Winter Olympics Photo Booth Props

 

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With the Winter Olympics around the corner, we are getting ready to cheer with our winter Olympic photo booth prop set.

The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games and also known as PyeongChang 2018, is a major international multi-sport event scheduled to take place from 9 to 25 February 2018 in Pyeongchang County, South Korea.

The props are available in our etsy or Amazon store either as printable version or ready made props. You are still in time, be part of the games with our props

https://www.etsy.com/listing/177115777/olympic-inspired-winter-games-photo?ref=shop_home_feat_1

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We are still here…

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Ok, I think I need to explain why we haven’t posted anything in a while and why this blog is still stuck in summer 2015…

We have been really busy and if you visited our social media pages you can see all kind of new props, parties and awesome stuff we have been doing the last couple of months:

https://www.facebook.com/thepartyevent

or

www.instagram/thepartyevent

(we are always looking for new likes 🙂  )

Hopefully this is about to change, because we are still going strong. Our company has grown quite a bit since the beginning and we are now selling on amazon too, just to mention one of those things we have been doing. We have lots of other new adventures and so much to tell… There had been some personal changes, like a new baby that isn’t a baby anymore, a couple moves and also unfortunately a divorce, so the blog was a little on the backburner. We are still focusing on Photo Booth Props, party decoration and so much more… If you follow any of our social media sites like instagram, you already know that we have flooded some of our social media with our latest projects. We will still keep this blog active and I have lots of new photo booth props sets to write about, we want to share DIY crafts we did and there is so much more. We have been planning and working on our new website with a STORE for soo long now. It takes a little longer than expected and I really wanted to write the blog directly from the website… but somehow we are still not there and rather than waiting any longer, I want to share our props, crafts and everything else again. I missed my blog, this is my baby. 2018  Here we come….

 

 

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Summer Bucket List 2015 – let the summer begin

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The time has come…… Summer is here…. School is almost over and yes – we are having a baby too….

Summer could not sound any better right now!

trips

– road trip / small vacation

– have a picnic in the park

– day trip – feed the fish in Islamorada

– go to a new park

– go camping in our backyard

– camping in Oleta with kayaking, marshmallow roasting and s’mores

– go to the Seaquarium and touch a sea creature

– 4th of July – go to a parade

– swimming pool – beach lots of times

– go to the library/ read stories

– attend a planetarium night sky watch

– visit a turtle or bird rescue

– visit/ climb a lighthouse

– go hiking

– have a science day – go the science museum

projects

– create an obstacle course

– water balloon competition

– color nature hunt

– fossil hunting – find interesting stones

– scavenger hunt

– nature walk – make funny faces

– collect 100 sea shells

– have a paint fight

– have a watermelon spit seed contest – carve a watermelon – eat watermelon

– plant sunflowers

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– paint shells

– make a sun print

– food stamping like a couple years back when we did the potato painting

– make a driftwood art like fish out of sticks

– make a shell – shark beach necklace

– make fizzing sidewalk chalk

– build a boat or raft and let it float – milk carton

– 4th of July craft

– sand craft at home – color sand

– make a giant outdoor art on bed sheet – splash painting

– Italian Day/German Day learn a fun country fact and make a craft

– make a summer memory book of our activities

– make bubble snakes

– make glow in the dark bubbles

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– make ice cream

– make root beer float – and other floats

– grill little saussages in dough (Wuerstchen im Mantel) – roast Marshmallows – make smores

– Italian day – German Day cook some traditional food –

– make popsicles

– bake a gluten free treat for Feffel

– make lemonade

– bake bread

– watermelon shark

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– have a baby

– try a new fruit

–  have an ice party – freeze toys in ice – color ice – eat ice cream

And that’s the annual problem. Too ambitious 🙂

But I have so many great ideas and want to do so much, so sometimes the summer bucket list gets a little out of control somehow. But that’s ok, we never have a boring summer and can still do some of the stuff in fall…. Now let’s get into action.

I am really excited, just a few days more and we are ready….Do you have any special summer projects or a bucket list? We would love to hear from you…

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It is crafty Friday and we are making Apple Rose Cakes perfect for Mother’s Day, a special birthday present or just because they look so pretty and are delicious too…

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It has been a while since our last crafty Friday and I don’t like it, because it is one of my favorite things to blog about. I love crafting, cooking, baking and just doing things together. Since the boys are very involved in crafty Fridays, I would love to post it each and every week. But let’s be realistic, even though a mom can still dream…This year is also a lot busier than planned. We moved into a bigger office and there is a new future “crafty Fridayer” on the way. She will make her grand entrance in the beginning of June and we are more than ready for her. .

But back to our crafty Friday project. We love holidays and celebrations, each and every type. From Mother’s Day to Halloween, Christmas and Easter – we like to celebrate in a special way and try come up with unique details.

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I came across a beautiful baking idea from Cooking with Manuela.(I will add the direct link at the end of the post)!

These Apple Rose Cakes are flowers and cake in one and we had to recreate them for Mother’s Day. They are really beautiful, special, delicious and best of all so easy to make. The perfect gift for Mother’s Day or another special celebration.

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To make it extra cute, you need special helpers preferably in cowboy costumes….

You need:

2-3 apples – 1/2 lemon – marmalade/preserve of your choice (we tried apricot, peach and raspberry) – frozen (thawed) puff pastry sheet – corn starch or flour for rolling out dough – powder sugar for dusting

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I like my kids to try things and be independent, but sometimes they need a little help like cutting an apple in half. After I cored the apples, my cowboy helped slicing the apples as finely as possible. Just like rose pedals, all the slices looked different and were different sizes. To get them evenly sliced, you could slice them yourself or use a Mandoline slicer.

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We just used the perfect slices and put them in a bowl and ate the rest 😉

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We covered the apples with water and added the juice of half a lemon. We microwaved the apples for about 1-2 minutes to make them softer and pliable to roll later….

In a separate bowl, Giorgio and Luca mixed the marmalade with 2-3 teaspoons of water and stirred the mixture to make it smooth.

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We unfolded and rolled out the dough on a starchy surface, which was the favorite part of Luca.

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Giorgio also rolled out the dough and I cut it into 6 equal dough stripes. It is optional, but a lot of fun to poke extra holes in the dough or make some other design.

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We covered the dough stripes with the marmalade and the apple slices making sure they overlapped to make the roses look real.

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We folded the dough to make an apple pocket and rolled them carefully to make the shape of a rose. We were really careful to make sure the apples didn’t fall out and sealed the edges in the end. The roses were placed in muffin cups and were baked in the oven until the puff pasty turned golden brown. (we baked them at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour)

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The cooled roses were dusted with powdered sugar and were all gone the day after Mother’s Day.

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Here is our inspiration recipe and a great “how to” video:

http://cookingwithmanuela.blogspot.com/2015/03/apple-roses.html

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Happy New Year 2015 – yes, we are back

We are back and aren’t going anywhere. Get ready for an exciting new year from The Party Event. Happy New Year and a wonderful 2015.

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