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An UNO Theme Birthday Party

Well, I can’t take credit for this ADORABLE party theme, but I can take credit for helping with a few of our DIY Projects. Throughout my time in Hawaii, we did a lot of party-planning! What is cuter than an UNO themed birthday party. In case you don’t speak Spanish, UNO means ONE. (No, this wasn’t a Mexican theme — even though there was a pinata!) Here are a few of the projects we put together for Jake’s Uno Birthday Party!

We put together treat bags that were filled with M&Ms in red, green, blue and yellow colors. Evelyn found these adorable mini Uno cards that we added to each bag, as well.

Even Jake helped fill the goody bags!

We created an UNO pinata. This was by far the most tedious task. We covered a rectangle shaped box with tissue paper puffs. Think back to elementary school – you probably did some kind of project with tissue paper puffs. Basically, you cut the tissue into small 1×1 squares, then take the eraser side of a pencil, cover with the tissue square, dip in Elmers glue and stick it on the box. Simple, but long tedious process. To make sure the pinata looked like an UNO card, we traced the outline on the box. This was a pull-string pinata, so the bottom of the box was preferated with scissors and strings were tied to the inside of the box. Pretty simple!

Next up – We created an UNO cake as a decoration for the party. Each layer of the cake is a styrofoam cylinder. We then hot glue gunned the Uno cards around the outside of each layer. We finished off the top of the cake with birthday party blowers. The metallic ribbon added a little pizazz to the cake. Oh, and we used our favorite little mini uno cards to create a nice little border on the bottom layer. Perfecto!

Pom-Pom Tissue balls were also a fun, easy project! I had never made these before and they were pretty simple. The instructions are pretty simple. You take maybe 5 or so sheets of tissue paper about 15×15 in size (the bigger the tissue square, the bigger your pom pom), then you create a fan with the tissue. On each side of the tissue fan, round the edge so it has a nice decorative look. Fold the fan in half and use a pipe cleaner to secure the tissue in place at the crease. Then, peel back each piece of tissue and a circular pom pom will start taking shape. Feel free to fluff it up to best position the tissue paper.

We also made a card box for Jake. This is pretty much a covered and embellished box! Easy peasy.

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1 Christina { 03.08.12 at 6:09 am }

What a great idea for party theme! I love the “1” Uno card too. The Uno cake is bright and looks fun! Not to mention, that li’l tyke is ADORABLE!

I see you mention your time in Hawaii. What part? I grew up in Kailua. I do miss it. :)

2 Becky { 03.12.12 at 3:21 pm }

Thanks, Christina! It was such a fun theme – we had endless ideas! My friend lives in Waianae. I’m super excited because I’ll be back in Oahu in August. My brother-in-law is getting married on the North Shore – can’t wait to go back!!

3 Arwen { 04.19.12 at 3:27 pm }

wow, not to sound extremely geeky, but the UNO card tower looks like Minas Tirith from “The Lord of the Rings.” :)

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