a paper bag puppet party is my fave

September 17, 2013

Today’s post is from my real life best friend and all around creative gal, Kelly of Cloudy Day Gray.

There’s an incredible playground at the school across the street from our house. It looks like an enormous wooden castle. In the center of everything there is a small theater with a puppet stage. We could not let the summer pass without taking advantage of such a fun gem.

Using Airheads as quirky tongues became the inspiration that lead to a full on candy inspired playdate.

I painted white lunch bags the night before to add a little color and simplify the party – short projects seem to go a lot smoother, especially when candy is involved. I also precut shapes to be used as embellishments ahead of time with a pair of sharp kitchen scissors. We used brads to hold everything together, so that the candy could be removed (and eaten) at the end of the puppet show.

I was delighted with the excitement the kids showed over their personalized water bottles. To make your own you will need 15 minutes, a handful of airheads, wax paper, a rolling pin, and some scissors.

Step 1: Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.

Step 2: Place unwrapped airheads onto the cookie sheet and bake until soft (just a few minutes).

Step 3: Use a rolling pin to thin the candy and smooth the seams, then let the candy sheet cool down.
Step 4: Cut strips long enough to fit around a water bottle (leave the wax paper backing on).
Step 5: Cut out the first letter of each guest’s name using a different color airhead and press firmly onto the cut strip. You could also use a cookie cutter or let your guests create their own design.
Step 6: Pull the candy around the bottle and use the wax paper to hold the candy in place.

After hearing one of the kids shout, “This is the best day ever… and the tastiest day ever, too”, I knew the party was a success.

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