Planning a Kid's Birthday Party, Pinterest vs. Reality

Planning a Kid's Birthday Party, Pinterest vs. Reality

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Pinterest Free "Star Wars" printable birthday party invites. You just open the file and print. Simple right? Reality Ok, so open file and print. But wait, the printer turns on and stops. Looks like you’re out of blue ink. So you rummage through the office for new cartridge and replace the ink. Now your printer starts and stops again, this time, out of yellow ink. You find different printable that only requires black ink. You open the file and print. Now the paper jams in printer, so you clear the jam and try to print again. It works, but the printout cuts off half of Darth Vader's head. You ponder whether his full head is necessary for the invite and reluctantly conclude that it is. So you open file and resize to fit print screen. And finally, you print.

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Pinterest Sew your own "Star Wars" Tunics in minutes! Reality You spend an hour shopping for the perfect fabric at the store and when the sales clerk suggests you shimmering fabrics, you explain, "Youneed something more plain; think futuristic potato sack!" You find the right fabric and bring it home and you spend another hour cutting out tunics. After digging the sewing machine out of the basement and watching a YouTube video on "How to Thread a Bobbin," you replay video 10 more times to get it right. Then you realize you have used the wrong color thread and start again. You accidentally sew three tunics and your own finger together. You apply a Spiderman bandage, tear out stitching, and start again. After two hours, the first tunic is complete. You realize you have nine more to go. You visit your child's room and ask him to rank birthday party guests in order of importance, in case the guest list needs to be trimmed. You return to sewing machine and decide imperfectly straight lines are good to show the costumes are not store bought. You complete the remaining tunics.

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Pinterest DIY BB-8 Piñata. Your kids will love to help you make this! Reality Blow up balloons and have kids tear newspaper into strips. Mix glue and water in a plastic bowl at the kitchen table. Leave the room for a minute and return to find glue handprints all over the cabinets. Clean cabinets while kids apply a layer of papier-mâché to the balloon. Set it outside in the sun to dry. An hour later, find the balloon has blown into the neighbor's yard and has become a dog's chew toy. Throw away the balloon and start again. Successfully create papier-mâché base and then paint it white. Have kids glue on white tissue paper and paint on orange and gray details. When someone sees it at the party and says, "I didn't know there was a snow man in 'Star Wars,'" just grit my teeth and smile.

Oh So Savvy Mom

Pinterest Watermelon table decoration carved into the Death Star. Only requires a few materials to complete. Reality Print out detailed schematics of the Death Star from one of the many sites that seem to have extremely accurate ones. Experiment with different tools to get trenches carved at exactly the right depth and width. Go through five watermelons until youget a semi-decent rendering. Show it to your unimpressed child who says, "But the Death Star isn't green." Go to the store to buy spray paint.

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Pinterest Millennium Falcon birthday cake. Your child will remember this cake forever! Reality Bring a Pinterest picture of the elaborate cake to a bakery. Hand it over with your credit card. Go home and take a nap. (Or you could have tried this simpler Star Wars-Inspired Birthday Cake Design.)

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