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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Brave themed birthday party

Ever since my little girl saw the movie BRAVE, she has been in love with Merida! So it was no surprise what kind of birthday she wanted this year... It was such a fun movie and I was super excited to make it into a party. There are alot of ideas on pinterest that helped spark some thoughts as well!
For the party there were little Will-o-the-wisps leading to a castle entrance into our backyard.
To create the Wisps I used blue cellophane, twist ties, and a wood skewer to hold them in place.
For the activities I based them off of Disney's Highland Games at Epcot for the launch of the Brave movie.
When guests arrived they spun a wheel to see what family they would represent for the games.
I recreated a wheel by covering a cardboard game spinner with pennants I made using good old photoshop.
Once the kids spun the wheel they got a sash and a button with that clan's symbol.
I printed this poster of all the characters to hang by the wheel.
Clan Dingwall
Clan DunBroch - Avery just turned the wheel to Merida :)
Here where each of the buttons and sashes I made for each clan.
The first activity was archery...
I created a target with a fabric back drop, the arrows could shoot through the center so the kids knew when they hit the bullseye. 
For the next activity I combined Disney's Haggis Flip and Cake Toss games. 
The haggis was made by filling nylons with beans.

For this game we got a board from the hardware store and my sweet hubby cut out the holes. I sketched and painted the triplets on the board and added vinyl names and scores.
Last was the Caber Toss
We used some old cardboard pillars left over from my son's pirate birthday party last year that worked great. They were light enough for the kids to toss but tall enough to make it a challenge.
After the games we all headed inside for some treats...
My sister inlaw works at a movie theater and just happened across these adorable triplet props from the movie just a few days before the party! SWEET! Just LOVE them, they were absolutely perfect for the dessert table!  
 
We stacked the treats on various heights of tree rounds and added greenery to keep with the whole Scottish forest feel from the movie.
 Arrow cupcakes
  Bear Claw Brownies
Celtic Knot Cookies
Cotton Candy Wisps
Scottish Sweet Buns
 
...the triplets absolute favorite!
For drinks we served Witches Magical Mystery Brew
After the refreshments the kids headed over to The Crafty Carver to make bear claw necklaces.
 
The triplet bear cubs were just too cute :)

   Well that is all of it! Thank you for checking out our Brave themed birthday party and sticking through all the pictures! The movie is so cute and we had so much fun playing and recreating some the elements from it! I hope this helps inspire any of you for your own BRAVE celebration.

Vendors:
Party Design and Photographs: Sweeten Your Day Events
Merida Costume and Stuffed Bear Cub Triplets: Disney Store
Bear Claw Necklace Kits: Corps of Re-Discovery
PVC Pipe Bows and Arrows: Backwoods Toys
Castle Corrugated Paper and Cardboard Pillars: Shindigz
Brave Poster Download: Disney

Recipes:
Celtic Knot Cookies: Sprinkle Bakes - 
I couldn't find all the ingredients for that particular recipe, so I just used a sugar cookie one and it worked out great!
Bear Claw Brownies: Spoonful
Scottish Sweet Buns: C'est Maman Qui L'a Fait 
English download for the recipe is at the bottom of the post
Witches Magical Mystery Brew: My Recipes


61 comments:

  1. Super cute as always Jen! We went to see Brave at the drive in. With a 10 month old at the time I missed A LOT of the movie. I really need to see it again. And by the way, congrats on the new baby!

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  2. Jen, this is so dang cute! I LOVE all the themed activities & goodies!

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  3. Oh my gosh, that is sooo cool. Like best mom ever cool. You could write a party book you know.

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  4. I visited your blog for the first time and I ve spent about half an hour watching it. I'm so impressed, everything what You ve prepared is made with such a perfection, all designs, shapes, themes, they are so perfect. And all of that cakes, cupcakes etc..

    I was wondering if you could suggest me maybe some good receipe for raspberry muffin or cupcake?

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    1. Thank you so much for checking out my blog! I have actually been looking for a good raspberry muffin recipe for an upcoming party as well :) This was the one I was going to give a test run but have not yet:
      http://southernfood.about.com/od/berries/r/Raspberry-Nut-Muffins.htm
      If you do before me than let me know what you think!

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  5. Where did you find the buttons? My daughter wants a Merida birthday and I think the clan buttons are such a nice little detail!

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    1. Thank you for your inquiry. I found images of the clan symbols online and got some 'make your own button' kits from the craft store. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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  6. Wow, what a great party in each detail! we've just seen Merida for the first time, and my daughter quite liked it, so I suppose, I'll be stopping by here a few more times :)

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  7. You make me want to have another Brave party for my daughter;LOVE all of your awesome ideas!

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  8. I'm having trouble finding the download for the Scottish Sweet Buns in English. Can you help?

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    1. If you go to the link, then towards the bottom of the post there is a download for english/american measurements and recipe. Hope that helps :)

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  10. I looove this party and would love to make the Swedish sweet buns they look delicious may I have your recipe?

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    1. Haha sorry I ment Scottish.

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    2. Oops mommy brain found the link. thank you!

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  11. Where did you find the bear claw and beads for the necklaces?

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    1. Here you go:
      http://www.corpsrediscovery.com/products/Necklace-Kits.html
      You can buy them in bulk or individual amounts.

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  12. Oh my ! That is one awsome birthday do ! Love it all, it takes a lot of hard work and love to create such a magical day ! Thank you also for the link to my recipe. Its the greatest of compliments. And once again well done for throwing such a wondeefull party.

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  13. OMG!!!! love all you did, where did you get the backdrop of the three boys for the goodie table?

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  14. This is awesome...what did you do with the triplets movie backdrop? Are you willing to sell it? And how did you make the tree stands for the treats? Thanks so much Lisa

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    1. The triplets were given to me by my sister inlaw who works at a movie theater. I had to give them back, so I wouldn't be able to sell them, sorry! The treats were stacked on just tree rounds, cut from an actual tree. I just called a local tree removal place and they sold them to me for a very good price. I would recommend looking online or in the phone book for a local place and see what they can do. I hope that helps and thanks so much for checking out my party!!!

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  15. Having trouble find the clan images for the buttons. Can you help me out? We are planning a Merida party for March

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    1. Send me your email address and I can send them to you.

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  16. Hi Jen!
    What recipe did you use for the sweet buns? Other sweet buns recipes don't end up looking so exactly like the movie. Love your blog - such cute stuff!

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    1. The link to for all the recipes are at the bottom of the post :)

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  17. I love your idea, I am wondering if you made the bows? and if you could give a bit more detail on the target thanks.

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    1. I did not make the bows but have seen tutorials online. Here is the link to where I ordered them from though:https://www.etsy.com/shop/BackwoodsToys?ref=seller_info

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  18. Thanks for the darling ideas! I incorporated some of them into my daughter's birthday that I just did. I especially loved the table setup with the logs.

    -Juli "Something Quite Domestic"

    Brave birthday: http://somethingquitedomestic.blogspot.com/2013/03/brave-birthday-party.html

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your darling party! So glad I could give you some inspiration :)

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  19. Love looking at your inspiration. We're having a Brave themed party in April and this is all good stuff!

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  20. Were did you find the tartan material for the sashes?

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  21. Tip for willow the wisps to make them glow insert glow sticks from a craft store or dollar store

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  22. So awesome and THANK YOU for posting links to all of the places you got the things!

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  23. Hi there. i love all the great ideas. Can you tell me where you got bow and arrows? And how did you make the target??

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    1. There is a link to were I bought the pvc bows in the vendor list at the bottom of the post.

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  24. This has spurred my creativity. I'm one week away from my daughters 4th birthday and of course she picked Brave as her theme. Love lots of your ideas! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  25. I love your ideas. I am planning a Merida party for my daughter's birthday in June. I'm having trouble making the pennant with pictures for the spinning wheel. How did you create it? Thanks!

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    1. Please feel free to send me your email address and I can send you the files if you like :)

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  26. my daughter will be delighted if she gets a perfect Brave Party! Thanks for sharing.

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  27. Never comment in these boxes, but I am planning a Brave party for my little one. You honestly made everything so beautifully! Very inspired! Now off to find some wood slices... ;)

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  28. Hi Jen, Thank you for the offer. My email address is berylcpotter@gmail.com. Thanks! Beryl

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    1. Just sent you an email, be sure to check your junk folder as well :)

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  29. Can I please get a copy of your clan files too? rita.mangum8@gmail.com
    Thank you!

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    1. Just sent you an email, be sure to check your junk folder as well :)

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  30. Hi there! I'm planning my daughters Brave party and boy, did you inspire me! Do you sell the spinner wheel pendants you made? I would love to add this element in if you don't mind. Please feel free to email me at Emily.liles@gmail.com.
    Thanks!!!
    Emily

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  31. Great Ideas! SAFE Archery would make a great addition. safearchery.com has foam tipped arrows... safe for kids and yet, still fun for adults.

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  32. These ideas are fantastic! I am using lots of them for our party this weekend. I have purchased fabric and buttons but can't located the clan symbols online. Would it be too much trouble to ask if you could email them to me as well? Thanks so much. alicemwalker@gmail.com

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  33. Your party was amazing!!!! My daughter really wants a Brave birthday party for her 8th birthday. Could I ask you to please forward the spinning wheel designs to my email, its jessibencomo@hotmail.com

    Thank you!

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  34. Awesome party! If you don't mind can you send me your files of the spinner and the clan symbols! Email address is ecardy25@yahoo.com

    I'll greatly appreciate! My daughter talks about her upcoming party even in her sleep! She's so excited.

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  35. I am also throwing a Merida party! Thank you for the inspiration! This looks like the best party ever! What did you use for the cabers? Where did you get the fabric for the tartans?

    Also, i would LOVE it if you would share those files with me, as well. Can you tell me/send the file for the tapestry too? I am willing to pay! My email is aimee.mcdaniel@gmail.com

    Thank you a million!!

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  36. Do you sell your Brave files on your Etsy shop? My little girls wants a Brave Party and I just love the spinning wheel and clan button idea. I am more then willing to pay for them. My email is Tashiebaby5@hotmail.com

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  37. I love your photos, we have used a ton of your ideas. My daughters party is next weekend and I bought the bow and rows but am perplexed by what material you used for the targets since the arrows have eraser ip on them? Can you let me know what you did? Caseyquinn00@gmail.com. Thanks.

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    1. For the target I cut a large cardboard circle and then a smaller hole in the middle. I then glued some quilting batting on the donut shape. I got some tan canvas material and covered the whole thing, cutting and gluing around the inside edged and outside. Next I painted a green ring in the middle of the donut and then took some red fabric and hot glued one edge on the backside so it would freely hang and the kids could shoot through it. Those are some pretty vague instructions but I hope that gives you an idea...

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  38. Where can I get the triplets poster to print it? I visit the Disneysite and I didn't find it. Thank you!

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    1. The large triplets cutouts were from a movie theater promo, sorry!

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  39. Hi!

    Do you think just any sugar cookie would work for the knot cookies? Maybe even refrigerated dough?

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    1. I used a sugar cookie recipe, refrigerated the dough, then rolled and shaped, and then popped them in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes.

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  40. I love this party theme you did! My daughter wants a Brave party for her birthday in March. I can't find the poster that you printed on the Disney site or the spinner characters. Can you direct me or share the files? Thank you! barryzgirl75 at yahoo dot com

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  41. I, as well as everyone else here..LOVE your details. I would also LOVE it if I could get a copy of your brooch file and spinner file if it's not too annoying! Also I didn't see any response to where you got the fabric for your sashes..I not coming up with much on my own. If you have any ideas that would be great. THANKS so much! aymeeray48@gmail.com

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  42. I love your ideas. I am planning a Brave party for my daughter's birthday in March. Can you share the pennant with pictures for the spinning wheel and the buttons files. Excellents tips for all the party... Thanks!
    arosvi@yahoo.com

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