{Designer's Challenge} Piggy Bank Parties - Jack and the Beanstalk

Monday, October 10, 2011

Challenger - Piggy Bank Parties 
Jack and the Beanstalk




Designer: Do Driver of Piggy Bank Parties

Theme: Jack and the Beanstalk

Objective: To create an enchanted adventure from the earth up to the sky for the birthday boy, Jack, and three of his friends.
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (The afternoon "sweet" spot when you don't need to provide a meal.)
Guests: 4
Ages: 4-8

ACTIVITIES:
The activities table is covered with kraft paper from a dollar store and secured with double-stick tape. Since we have a small house and the lil' guests will be diggin' in dirt, we chose to place the table in the kitchen which has an easy-to-clean tile floor. A quick backdrop was created by attaching ruffled streamers and beanstalk leaves from the Jack and the Beanstalk Collection with double-stick tape.

The Story:
After the party guests have arrived, the story of "Jack and the Beanstalk" will be read. The guests will be encouraged to remember the people, animals and treasures that Jack encounters throughout the story. The storybook also serves as a guest book. The lil' guests are asked to sign the inside of the front cover and after the party it will be added to the Birthday Library as a memento.

Planting Magic Beans:
After the story, our lil' guests will head to the activity table where they'll plant their magic beans. Each guest receives a packet of bean seeds, a pot filled with dirt and a spoon to dig a hole for the seeds. After the seeds are planted, the guests then place the pot in a sandwich bag and add a little bit of water to help their beanstalk grow. Pots are placed in lunch sacks ready to take home and be planted.

String a Harp:
Once the magic beanstalks are ready to go home, each guest receives a pre-cut and pre-punched cardstock harp from the Jack and the Beanstalk Collection. Our lil' guests are given string to create their own singing harp.

Magic Bean Toss:
Our bean bag toss was recycled from my Fifties Drive-in Birthday Party. We created hamburger bean bags for my party by sewing together two pieces of felt and filling them with beans. The game board was made out of thick foam core. Instead of making new bean bags, I chose the bottom bun, hamburger and lettuce to represent dirt and the leaves of a beanstalk. The lil' guests will have fun playing this until their parents arrive to pick them up.

TABLE SETTING:
I wanted to created an enchanted setting for the lil' guests. A green tablecloth served as the foundation for the dining table and green chairs from our patio set were the perfect choice for seating. The centerpiece and focal point of the party—the beanstalk—was created using a cardboard box, crumpled newsprint, a brown piece of material, four green pool noodles, raffia and leaves from our Jack and the Beanstalk Collection. I placed the box in the center of the table, covered it with the tablecloth and then added the newspaper to give it an organic feel. The pool noodles were tied together at one end with raffia then weaved together like a braid. They were tied again just below the middle. Next I weaved the noodles through the chandelier and tied each noodle to one of the chandelier arms. The beanstalk leaves were curled by rolling the paper in different directions and attached with double-stick tape. To give the illusion that the beanstalk was growing under the table, each table leg with wrapped with ruffled streamers.

Giant beanstalk leaves were used as placemats. A clear plate topped each leaf and held Jack's cottage and magic beans. The cottages are favor boxes filled with Green Apple and Watermelon jelly beans. A reclosable sandwich bag was used to hold the beans and tied with a leaf ribbon. Dimension was added to the roof by printing 1.25 extra roofs per cottage on text weight paper. Cut the extra roofs into strips, make little cuts along one edge of each strip and attach them to the roof with double-sided tape. Then ruffle the fringe to make it look like a straw roof.

The leaf ribbon was used again to tie the brown cloth napkins which mimic the beanstalk growing near Jack's cottage. Green silverware from our picnic set was tucked into the napkin ring. The final touch to the table setting were the drinking glass jars wrapped with leaf ribbon and filled with cow's milk and green straws.

TREATS-n-TOYS:
The magic and mischief of “Jack and the Beanstalk” takes place high in the clouds at the top of the beanstalk. A magical Treats-n-Toys table was created using our infamous paper plate backdrop. This can be easily recreated directly on a wall for approximately $5.00. Ruffled cloud-colored streamers topped the backdrop while white cardstock clouds floated in front. The clouds were cut out free-hand from white cardstock, scrap pieces of  foam core added dimension and then they were suspended with fishing line to the ceiling.

The puffy cloud table was created with reclosable bags filled with packing peanuts and topped with a white tablecloth. The giant's castle was a bargain find at $2.99. The picture on the front of the package stated it was made for ages 6+. Let's just say, it contained 152 tiny pieces of balsa wood, no written directions and took two college grads--one with a masters in civil engineering--over 8 hours to put together. {Be warned!} The castle floated on top of three upside down popcorn buckets. To make them sit a little higher, I added crumpled newsprint and plastic bags in between the buckets until they reached the perfect height. "Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum" flags were attached to toothpicks then added to the castle with poster putty. The serving pieces were all white except for the golden coin purse to keep the table light and airy. The coin purse was made with a lunch sack and a piece of braided suede ribbon and the Silly Putty eggs were wrapped in florist's foil. The beanstalk would definitely poke through the clouds so leaf ribbon was added to the serving pieces with double-stick tape.

The menu of Treats-n-Toys includes licorice beanstalks, cow's milk, golden chocolate coins,  golden Silly Putty eggs, magic jelly beans, bean poles, meringue clouds, glowing bean bracelets and a cloud cake. Before the lil' guests eat, they are asked a few questions about the story as a "verbal" Scavenger Hunt. "What did Jack's mom ask him to sell?" They answer, "A cow!" and then they are asked to find the milk and it's served to them. "What did Jack get instead of money for the cow?" Answer, "Magic Beans!"  and once they find the magic beans the lil' guests add them to their plate. The questions continue until they have filled their plates with each of the Treats-n-Toys. After the Scavenger Hunt, it's time to sing, "Happy Birthday!" to Jack followed by the cutting of the cloud cake.

FAVORS:
Each lil' guest will take their own soon-to-be-a-beanstalk, golden Silly Putty egg, glowing bean bracelet and a cottage full of magic beans.

BUDGET:

Treats-n-Toys:
Cake                                    $6.82
Bean Poles                  $1.06
Licorice Beanstalks                  $2.26
Gold Coins                  $2.17
Silly Putty Eggs                  $4.00
Egg Foil                                    $4.79
Magic Beans                  $4.76
Bean Bracelets                  $.98
Milk                                    $1.14

                                    $27.98

Servingware:                  $0

Invitations & Printing:
Cardstock                                    $4.16
Envelopes                                    $.42
Printing                                    $3.45

                                    $8.03

Décor:
Printables                                    $30.00
Ribbon                                    $4.56
Streamers                                    $3.90
Castle                                    $2.99
Pool Noodles                  $8.12

                                    $49.57

Activities:
Book/Guest Book                  $7.61
Kraft Paper                  $1.10
Bean Seeds                  $1.08
Pots                                    $.91
Potting Soil                  $1.28

                                    $11.98

Favors:                                    $0 (see Treats-n-Toys)

GRAND TOTAL: $97.56 (Under budget: $2.44)

Vendor Credits:
Party Design, Styling, Printables & Photography: Piggy Bank Parties
Castle and Florist’s Foil: Michaels
Ribbon: May Arts
Paper Plates: Party City

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9 comments:

Alicia Carter said...

The paper plate backdrop is genius! Can't wait to use that idea. Great job!

Best,

Alicia

Party Wagon said...

Super cute, Do!

Jill {peasandthankyous} said...

I could not love you guys any more than I do at this moment. Soooo freaking awesome! The balloon beanstalk, OMG!! The illustrations are insanely adorable, I hope you'll be putting this one "on the market"!!

Natalie {the knock-knock factory} said...

You knocked it out of the park! CONGRATS!!!!

Pink Peppermint Paper said...

DO!!! That noodle beanstalk is KILLING ME! SO freakin' fabulous! I love the pops of green against the sky blue. Fantastic!

Eleanor

Piggy Bank Parties said...

Thank you so much for all of the sweet comments! It was a design I had been wanting to create for a long time and it's so amazing to see it come to life! Yes, Jill...it will be hitting The Market shelves this week!

Ginger Vessey said...

Love this! So many creative ideas!!!!

Tara said...

I LOVE the magic beanstalk!. So simple, yet genius. You go girl!

biancagiftsandevents said...

so, so, so creative!!!

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