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Autor: toni

~ 10/02/10

 

Well, the party took place last Saturday. I haven’t posted since then because it has taken me that long to recuperate from the weekend. But in my defense, we had out-of-town guests and the partying went on through Sunday as it was my birthday that day.

We’ll start with the decorations. Our garage was turned into the Grand Hall of Hogwarts. I don’t know how “grand” it was given its low ceiling. But it did look cool. Thanks to hours of help from fellow MAMMAKAZESZadrina and Angelica. Thank you both so much. I couldn’t have done it without you. Plus you made me help Randy the Perfekt husband realize that I’m not the only mom who gets into these things.

We set up 4 tables, one for each house and hung house flags over them. We used fishing line so that the flags looked like they were magically hanging. We did the same for the candles (thanks Z for figuring that out). We hung white Christmas lights for ambiance.

 

 

Upon entering through red curtains we used to separate the house area from the garage, the kids were met with the Ollivanders table. This is where they selected their wands… or rather, their wands selected them.

Notice the dry ice in the cauldron. Nice touch Uncle John. Also, I downloaded a photo of The Fat Lady and framed her in one of my frames.

 

I bought the cake from Costco (an excellent cake for the price) and had the edible art made at a local cake shop from a picture I had of Julia as Hermione at Halloween. I added the words on my computer.

 

In addition to keeping their wands and the prizes they won from the Cauldron of prizes, the kids also got goodie bags filled with Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans, the Hogwarts School of Magic Pens and Harry Potter stickers.

 

Also, though it’s not visible in these pictures, we had a sound system set up in one corner for music and microphones. You need a mike when trying to talk above 25 kids and countless adults! And the front of the hall had a white screen upon which was projected Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Julia’s favorite of the films). And we also used it for the game of Harry Potter Scene It, which was one of the competitions between the houses.

CONTINUE TO NEXT POST FOR THE COSTUME PICS!

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Autor: toni

 

Well, I have to say I was totally touched by how all-out the adults got into character and the spirit of the Harry Potter Books.  Thank you guys. You are wonderful, wonderful friends. You made the day extra magical and I love you all.

Following are some pictures. Other than Julia, I am not posting pictures of the other children (although there were 25 in attendance). This is for privacy reasons. Cuz believe it or not, not everyone is driven to plaster photos of their private lives across the internet.  Go figure.

 

What is Hogwarts without the professors?

My bro John as Severus Snape. Me as Prof. Sybil Trelawney. Randy the perfekt husband as Sirius Black (post Azkaban). Jennie as Professor Delores Umbridge. Jennie’s mom Sue as Mrs. Molly Weasley.  Mark H. as Hagrid. Zadrina E. as Prof. Minerva McGonagall. Notice the screen in the b.g. for the movie and Scene-It.

Cheri W. as Luna Lovegood. Cathy H. as Prof. Quirrell. Umbridge. Wayne W. as Albus Dumbeldore. McGonagall. Hagrid.

Randy the perfekt Husband as Sirius Black. Me as Prof. Trelawney. And B-Day girl Julia as Hermione Granger.

Hermione and Severus Snape

 

Blowing out the candles on age 7. Bringing in age 8. Where did the time go?

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Autor: toni

~ 03/02/10

 

Despite a suggestion from a MAMMAKAZE reader that I may be over-indulging my child and therefore creating a spoiled brat of a monster who will come to expect everything handed to her and may one day have a public breakdown, shave her hair in front of paparazzi and blame me for all her shortcomings… we continue our party prep.

In for a penny, in for a pound I say.

Today we showcase some of the crafts (handmade and otherwise) that we hope will add to the ambiance of Hogwarts (aka my garage).

As anyone can tell you, one cannot be a witch or a wizard worth their salt without, you guessed it, a wand. And therefore, we have handmade wands for everyone, courtesy of our friend Al E. (Al you rock!) who hand carved all 30 of them. Julia and I stained them and individualized them.

 

Handmade wands for all witches and wizards. No unforgivable curses please.

Julia staining wands. She was really good at it! And very determined and specific about having a variety of shades.

 

And since I refused to cough up the $25 bucks it costs to purchase the sign on Amazon, we made our own Platform 9 3/4 Hogwarts sign which was meant to hang in the courtyard, but probably will hang in the house since rain is in the forecast.

 

And while we couldn’t get life-sized Quidditch brooms for all attendees, we did get them little broom pens with the words “Hogwarts School of Magic” embossed on the side.  A fun keepsake AND amazingly cheap!

 

 

As Julia used to say when she was around 18 months, “How you think?” Cool, huh? Tomorrow, house flags, the Hogwarts banner and also the Ollivander sign (if it turns out okay). Have gold spray paint, will…uh, create signage.

Again, feel free to comment on my madness. It makes for controversy and controversy is good for traffic! Until tomorrow!

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Autor: toni

~ 02/02/10

 

THE HARRY POTTER BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA PART ONE 

I like to think of myself as a regular mom. Not one of those over-achieving, everything has to be perfect, look at my kid who is the center of my universe kind of moms. But I’ll admit… mostly under duress… and mostly under duress by Randy the perfekt husband that, yes, on occasion, I have been known to go a little over-the-top when it comes to my kid.

Case in point. Her birthday parties. In my defense, she’s not one of those kids who likes location parties. She prefers them at home. At heart, she’s a hostess like her mother. Also, she never wants to leave anyone out. Yes. Even boys. She has a handful who are close friends and they MUST be invited as well. Which means an 8 girl slumber party is out. Also Randy (despite his ire at being lumped in with Barbara or any of the Bush’s) is a vocal opponent of leaving any child behind. So given these strict parameters, you can imagine that trimming the guest list can be very difficult… which is why it never happens.

AND which is why we have 27 CHILDREN coming to Julia’s Harry Potter themed party this weekend!

Now personally, I wouldn’t have a problem trimming the guest list. But I am overruled in this matter. No, where I fail to say no is in the area of theme… and decoration… and party hijinks!

Is it the need to prove myself as a good mom? Is it guilt for making Julia an only child? Is it because I’m lacking a creative outlet and need to do something, anything to vent my artistic frustrations? Is it just fun? You be the judge.

The following photos are some of the Harry Potter prep for this upcoming SPECTACULAR SPECTACULAR. Those of you in the Potter know will appreciate the handiwork, I think.

 

First we did invitations in the form of Hogwarts School Acceptance Letters. We did them on parchment and sealed them with wax and a stamp with a “J” for, you guessed it, the birthday girl herself.

  

Unable to bring myself to pay the $5.00 a bag they charge at Whimsic Alley for these, we made our own bags of Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans.

 

Then we made labels for Hershey’s chocolate bars for EMERGENCY CHOCOLATES in case of Dementor Attacks.

 

Whet your appetite did I? Or maybe I just made you want to throw up with how annoying and over-the-top I am. Don’t fret. You wouldn’t be the first.

Anyway, tomorrow, I’ll post some of the decorations. And they’re pretty crazy! We should be totally done with them by then. And when the party is totally done, I will post a blow by blow “HOW TO” in case you want to throw a Harry Potter party for the little witch or wizard in YOUR life!

Happy Parenting!

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Autor: toni

~ 01/02/10

 

Okay. It’s T minus 6 days until the SPECTACULAR SPECTACULAR known as Julia’s annual birthday party. Yes. I go all out. However, this year I may have outdone myself. Because we’re throwing a Harry Potter themed B-Day party for which I have made all manner of fantabulous things: bags of Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans, House Flags, Emergency Dementor chocolates. I mean, I’m turning my garage into Hogwarts and I have several adults dressing up as professors! It’s totally cool. And I’ll post some of the pics this week.

But for now, I wanted all my readers to know that if I come across a little “Judy Garland on pills and booze after finding Vincente Minelli with another dude-ish” this week, you know why.  No… it doesn’t have anything to do with Randy the perfekt husband and another dude! It’s all the party prep. We’re having 27 kids! Aaaaggggghhhhh!

Also my birthday is coming up too. And every birthday since my 35th has been a little unnerving. You know, the whole time marches on thing. It freaks me out and I find it more than a little unfair and I wish there was some place I could write to complain, because if I could I know I could get whoever is responsible to do away with it. Seriously. I’m talented that way.  I wrote Disneyland once about a Cast Member who cursed in line at The Haunted Mansion and got a free meal at the Blue Bayou Restaurant.

Anyway, come back daily and share the party prep hijinks and the disintegration of my nerves. It’ll provide MUCH amusement. I assure you!

 

Also, spread the word about MAMMAKAZE…if you dare!

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Autor: toni

~ 18/02/11

Those of you who follow MAMMAKAZE read all about the over-the-top Harry Potter party I threw for my kid’s 8th birthday last year.

Well, not to be outdone by myself, we followed that extravaganza with a Pirates of the Caribbean party for her 9th Birthday this year. And while Pirates don’t hold the same charm for me as kid wizards, I still (with the help of MAMMAKAZES Jennie, Angelica, Zadrina and Gloria) put my heart and soul into turning our garage into a pirates’ lair worthy of any Disney imagineer (on a mommy budget that is).

Though some of the pictures are brightly lit, imagine the whole party in low light, which is how it actually was!

ARRGH! JULIA, TONI & RANDY THE PERFEKT HUSBAND

 

SETTING THE MOOD WITH A PIRATE TABLE FULL OF JEWELS, COINS, GOBLETS & OTHER ILL-GOTTEN ITEMS

 

SKULLS, RATS, GOBLETS, COINS & JEWELS, OH MY!

 

DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES

 

OL’ UNLUCKY LUKE IN THE PIRATE QUEEN’S CHAIR. HE’S HOLDING THE BASKET OF PIRATE SKULL NECKLACES (EACH MATEY GOT ON INITIATION) & A BASKET OF PIRATE INSULTS FOR THE PIRATE INSULT GAME!

 

ALAS, POOR YORICK! OH WAIT. WRONG TALE… 

 

EACH TABLE REPRESENTED A DIFFERENT SHIP:

DAUNTLESS, INTERCEPTOR, FLYING DUTCHMAN &  BLACK PEARL

 

TABLE SETTINGS: OLD NETTING, BATTERY-OPERATED CANDLES, COMPASSES, COINS, JEWELS, RATS & MAPS

 

PLACEMATS. I DOWNLOADED A PIRATE MAP, PERSONALIZED IT WITH THINGS LIKE “TESORO DE JULIA” & BURNED THE EDGES TO MAKE IT LOOK AUTHENTIC. YEP, MY HOUSE SMELLED LIKE  A FIREPLACE FOR DAYS!

 

THE PIRATE QUEEN & HER BOOTY. PROPS COURTESY OF AL & ZADRINA!

 

THE CAKE. I DOWNLOADED THE PICTURE FROM ONLINE. ADDED THE WORDS IN PIRATE FONT. EMAILED IT TO A CAKE PLACE FOR THE CAKE ART. AND HAD COSTCO PUT IT ON TOP OF ONE OF THEIR CAKES! A BARGAIN!

 

 

MATEYS! Thanks for getting into the spirit of the party Wayne, Cheri, Cathy, Claire & John! (Jennie too but I have no pic of her!)

 

COMING SOON. A STEP-BY-STEP ON HOW TO THROW YOUR OWN PIRATE PARTY!

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