Moana birthday parties are becoming hugely popular on our site, so I'm excited to be sharing this easy Moana canoe craft. This would be a great party activity, party favor (just fill with candies or stickers), or rainy day activity for your kids.
Popsicle sticks are one of my all-time favorite craft items!
Moana Canoe Craft
What you need:
Wooden craft sticks (popsicle sticks)
Hot glue (Elmer’s glue for kids)
Red Sharpie or marker
Grab 14 crafts sticks. Lay 7 of the craft sticks flat and glue the remaining 7, one each on top of the first 7. This will be the base of your canoe. Position the 7 craft sticks at an angle.
Put hot glue on another craft stick and press it down on one edge of the 7 you diagonally lined up. This will hold your base together. Before repeating this on the opposite side of the base, insert a craft stick in the center of the base with hot glue.
Glue another craft stick on the opposite side of the canoe at the ends.
If you flip the canoe over you will see a gap on both ends where you connected the base. Glue an additional craft stick on both ends, making your base 9 crafts sticks wide.
Turn the canoe right side up. Start stacking the craft sticks, gluing into place. Alternate sides until you reach the desired height of your canoe.
Cut a triangle from cardstock and use a red sharpie or marker to draw the Moana symbol. Glue your flag to the mast of your canoe. Glue on decorative tropical flowers to brighten up your canoe.
If you want to make some paddles you can cut the ends off of one craft stick and glue one each to the end of another craft stick.
Just how adorable is this nautical highchair banner? What a great photo op of your one-year-old digging into his smash cake! It's such a great decorative piece. You can hang it on a wall behind a dessert table or even as a photo booth backdrop!
This week, many beautiful parties were added to Catch My Party, including this fabulous Galentines Valentine's day party! What a fun way to get your "gal" friends together to celebrate love and friendship!
Just in time for Valentine's Day, how about using this linzer cookies recipe to make pretty jelly-filled cookies to share with the people you love!
The best thing about these cookies is they're a combination of crispy shortbread with sweet fruitiness. Yum!
Preheat oven to 375 ℉.
In a medium bowl, combine butter and clear vanilla.
Cream butter and vanilla together.
Mix in powdered sugar and cornstarch. Mix until combined. Add in the flour.
Using your hands, mix the ingredients and form the dough. It gets pretty sticky.
Once the ingredients are combined and you have your sticky dough, dust your hands and a clean surface with powdered sugar. Grab the dough and form it into a ball. Continue to add powdered sugar until dough is less sticky and ready to roll out.
Roll out the dough on a powdered sugared covered surface.
Use a large heart cookie cutter to cut out the “base” and “tops” of the cookies. Cut an even number of tops and bottoms.
Line the hearts on a greased cookie sheet. Using a small heart cookie cutter, center it on the tops of the heart cutouts and cut a small heart in the center.
Repeat for each top. Bake all cookies for 12 minutes. Allow cookies to cool.
Spread your favorite jelly on the bottoms of your linzer cookies (the ones without the small heart cutout).
Optional: Sprinkle powdered sugar over the tops of your linzer cookies. Gently place tops on top of the bottoms.
Aren’t they pretty! They will melt in your mouth...
Did you know Fifty Shades Darker, the next installment in Fifty Shades series, is opening in theaters just in time for Valentine's Day?
In honor of the movie, I was asked to host a Fifty Shades Darker cocktail party for my 3 best girlfriends! I know, tough job, right? :)
Universal even sent me a box of goodies to help!
If you're excited about the movie, and thinking of hosting your own opening night party for your girlfriends, check out this blog post!
I've included easy party hacks, a "Black Mask" mocktail recipe, and free printable signs to help you decorate.
Since there's a big masquerade party scene in the movie, it felt right to give my party a masquerade theme. I wanted my party to feel decadent, fabulous, fun, and mysterious.
Here, my friend, Wendy, and I are being very mysterious!
Because I didn't have a lot of time to pull this party together, I headed to my local Safeway to stock up on desserts. It's almost Valentine's Day, so they had a huge assortment of yummy treats.
I chose these pink and red cupcakes because I wanted to add some pops of color to my grey table.
I also put out red velvet cookies with red Reese's Peanut Butter hearts, plus gigantic chocolate chip cookies dipped in chocolate.
And if there was such a thing as a sexy cake, I'd say this was it!
To set the tone for my party, I bought this silver masquerade mask (affil) and placed it front and center on my table.
I also printed out two photos from the movie and the Fifty Shade Darker logo, put them in three silver frames, and used them to add drama to my table. I've included them here for you to download for your own party.
I always like to add gumballs to my dessert tables. Gumballs add a touch of whimsy, so I loved how these red ones looked displayed in a vase. (Note on gumballs: people will actually put them in their mouths and chew them! I think it's a childhood thing. :))
To finish off my table, I added red and white roses (which play a role in the movie), two grey candles, and silver stars.
The grey and black balloons and silver streamers came care of Universal.
I had a helium tank lying around (it's what happens when you're a party blogger), so I blew up the balloons and displayed them in front of the streamers to create my dessert table backdrop.
In the movie, Anastasia wears a grey ostrich feather jacket over her metallic evening gown, so I thought this grey ostrich feather trim would be a perfect touch around my table.
I'm loving this new trend of pom poms or honeycomb balls at the bottom of a dessert table -- adds such a pretty visual detail.
Universal also sent me some Fifty Shades of Grey wine.
In addition to wine, I also served a signature cocktail.
Signature cocktails are a great way to add a personal touch to your party, because you can make them unique and tie them into your theme.
For this party, I made a cocktail that I called "The Black Mask." It's a vodka tonic with two special ingredients - activated charcoal (to turn the drink black) and white pearl dust (to give it shimmer).
Check out this fantastic red and blue nautical 1st birthday dessert table. The pale blue striped backdrop with the red and blue garland is so cute!! Love the blue anchor garland hanging on the table, along with all the desserts and awesome birthday cake!
If you are planning a Quinceanera and need fabulous inspiration, then look no further! We have the 10 most popular Quinceanera themes for you to look through. If you want your daughter to have the perfect party, you've got to see this!