Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Superhero & Princess Party

Cheeks Celebrations had a blast putting together a joint Superhero and Princess party for two very special 3 and 4 year olds! Here are some highlights from this October event.

Check out our Superhero design set here.

  The superheros had their cake and capes, too! 

Check out our Princess design set here.

The princesses had tutu's to match!

These Superhero and Princess signs were the perfect touch!

Any comments on this theme or if you have party ideas contact one of our Cheeks Celebrations Coordinators here.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Jungle Baby Shower

Cheeks Celebrations will host your baby shower including themed invitations, cake, favor tins, diaper cakes and more! Check out our themes here. Or simply make your order of choice and we'll deliver in San Antonio and surrounding areas by contacting a Cheeks Celebrations coordinator at service@cheekscelebrations.com to discuss our custom packages!

Are you or someone you know about to welcome a new member of the family? Check out our custom invitations, address labels, favor stickers, and more at www.cheekscelebrations.com.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Halloween Games for Adults

Dressed as a Sloth

The Sloth Sin Station can be the first award of the evening and will set the precedent for the festivities.

The sinner won't know he's the winner when he walks in the door; he'll probably just think he was "too cool" to dress up for your party. The joke is on him! The person(s) who comes without a costume is the Sloth.

As a punishment for the Sloth's laziness, he/she must refill the drinks of all the party-goers who followed the rules and dressed in costume. Seems like the winner of this sin station is actually the loser. It's all in good fun!

Test of Greed

Some say money is the root of all evil; find out which one of your guests is willing to "sell his soul" for a few bucks.

This activity requires one thing: a five dollar bill.

Place a crumbled five dollar bill in a highly trafficked area at your Halloween party but make it inconspicuous (ie- under the kitchen table). The first guest to pocket the money is the winner of this game.

If a guest finds the money and attempts to return it, let them in on the "game." The more people that can be on the look out for the winner, the better. The prize? Well five dollars, of course!

Pride: Have a Brag-Off

In this game, have a brag-off. The object of the game is to see who has the most pride!


Have a costume brag-off - whoever convinces the most guests that his/her costume is the best, wins!

The parent who carries the most photos of his child in his wallet is the winner. Bonus if he carries around kid's report card or crayon drawing!

Halloween Cocktails

Both Halloween and cocktails are all about creativity, so they're the perfect match.

Plus, nothing is scarier than being all dressed up on Halloween with no cocktail in hand, so read on for some tips on creating delicious Halloween drinks. Spells and curses not included!

Nothing says sweet treat - not trick - like a Pumpkin Martini.


1.5 oz. vanilla vodka
1 oz. pumpkin liqueur
1 oz. butterscotch Schnapps
sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice
dried pumpkin seeds to garnish

Halloween wouldn't be the same without a (non-alcoholic) drink for the kids!

If this one is appealing to the adults as well, simply add 2 oz. cranberry or orange-flavored vodka to the brew when it's added to the glass, and stir.


5 cups apple-cranberry juice
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup orange juice
2 cinnamon sticks 
2 teaspoons whole cloves
liberal dash of allspice

Bring to a boil in a saucepan, and then lower heat and simmer for 10 - 15 minutes. Pour into mugs, ensuring the brew has cooled to be drink-able.

Grown-ups Halloween!

Halloween isn't just for the kids! Decorate your home with crafts and treats for your closest friends!

                                           The Crafting Chicks

Thursday, October 7, 2010

More Halloween Games from Family Fun!


The Mergener-Gingerichs live in rural Paw Paw, Michigan, where homes are far apart and trick-or-treating can be an exhausting, if not impossible task. So for the past seven years, the family has hosted a Halloween party that starts with games and crafts and culminates with a much-anticipated combo hide-and-seek, treat-or-treat game. While Josie, Amelia, Robin, and Madeline (ages 14, 12, 10, and 9) and their friends are indoors making their loot bags, the parents, armed with treats to dole out, sneak into the large yard and hide. Dawn Mergener has the kids count to 50 and then go in search of the parents. The kids stick together during the hunt, yelling "trick or treat!" and collecting goodies each time they find a parent. "The party is a lot of fun and a great way to see friends," says Dawn.


Amy Kallelis and her daughters, Paige and Olivia, ages 6 and 3, regularly enjoy going for walks together in their Doylestown, Pennsylvania, neighborhood. The appeal is even greater come October, when they turn the outing into a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt. In preparation, Amy creates a list of several items that they might see -- a pumpkin, witch, skeleton, and scarecrow, for instance -- and then illustrates them with sketches so little Olivia can identify them too.


Ask any trick-or-treater how he measures a successful night of candy collecting, and he's bound to say the more, the better. Not a sentiment shared by parents, who view the loot as a mountain of sugar.
  • The Barr family of Dayton, Ohio, traditionally offers up excess treats to the Great Pumpkin. After trick-or-treating, Clay, Gracie, and Caden (ages 10, 8, and 6) come home with about 10 pounds of candy, says their mother, Mary. That night they eat their fill and then pack a small sandwich bag with their favorite sweets. The rest of the candy goes into a container in front of the fireplace. While the kids sleep, the Great Pumpkin takes the loot to a local food bank and leaves a small toy for each child. One year, appropriately, the Great Pumpkin left electric toothbrushes.
  • To keep her 4-year-old son, Asa, from eating too much candy, Heidi Kuharich of West Chicago, Illinois, decided to call in the Sugar Witch. Think of a Tooth Fairy who collects candy instead of teeth. Sometime after Halloween, the witch calls the Kuharich house when she knows no one is home and leaves a message for Asa asking him to leave a bag of candy on the front step. In exchange, she leaves him a little token, usually a toy car, and a thank-you note.

Halloween Activities

Game Ideas from Family Fun.

  1. Before the party, make ghosts by draping a piece of paper towel around a small ball, such as a Superball (or in a pinch, a wadded-up paper towel). Cinch the towel around the ball and secure with one end of a 2-foot length of yarn.
  2. Have guests draw a face on their ghosts with markers.
  3. At the start of the game, each player is given ten pennies. Choose one person to be the goblin. The other players lay their ghosts on the large paper circle and hold on to the yarn leash. The goblin holds the funnel, upside down, at least 2 feet above the circle.
  4. The goblin chooses two numbers on a die, announces them to the group, then rolls. If either of the chosen numbers appears, the players try to pull their ghosts out of the circle before the goblin can slam the funnel down over them. If a player is caught, he must give the goblin a penny. If the chosen numbers do not appear, but the players panic and yank their ghosts out of the circle anyway, it's another penny to the goblin. The goblin, for his part, is allowed to fake a funnel slam, but if he touches any ghost, he must shell out a penny to each player. After three rolls of the die, the next player takes over as goblin. Play is over when one player runs out of pennies. The player with the most coins wins.
    Pucker up....this game requires skill, speed and raw straw-sucking power.
                    What You Need
  • Straws
  • Construction paper
  • Bowl
  1. Before the party, ask your kids to help you cut ten Halloween shapes, such as ghosts, bats and pumpkins from construction paper. Each shape should be about the size of a silver dollar. Place the shapes in a pile beside a small bowl.
  2. Using the straw as a vacuum, each contestant tries to pick up a shape and place it in the bowl to create the Witch's Stew. Time the players to see who can get all ten in the bowl the fastest.
    Think pumpkins are just for carving into jack-o'-lanterns and baking into pies? Guess again. After the second helping of Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, get up and get moving with these great-for-all-ages games. They make the most of these roly-poly icons of autumn, whose uneven shapes can result in some erratic itineraries! Be sure to use small to medium-size pumpkins; large ones are too heavy.

    Pumpkin Bowling

    Arrange a triangle of 10 empty plastic 1- or 2-liter bottles. Players take turns gently rolling a pumpkin into the pins, with three chances to knock them all down.

    Pumpkin Roll

    Determine a starting line and a finish line. Set 2 pumpkins on their sides at the start and have the racers line up behind them. At "Go," each pair of challengers uses sturdy brooms to propel the pumpkins over the finish line.
    Not every Halloween surprise has to go bump in the night. This simple unwrapping game pleases with quieter thrills.
                    What You Need
  • Roll of toilet tissue
  • 10 small prizes, such as plastic critters, small erasers or tiny candies (1 per guest)
  1. Before the party, tape a small, lightweight prize to the end of a roll of toilet tissue. Wrap up the prize in the toilet tissue and continue taping prizes and wrapping them until the roll is completely wrapped.
  2. Ask players to sit in a circle. Each person gets to wrap the end of the toilet tissue around a body part (an arm, forehead, waist, ankle and so on) until she finds a prize. She then tears the paper and passes the roll to the next player. Play continues until all the prizes have been unrolled.

Halloween Crafts

Craft Ideas from Kaboose.

Witch's Hat

This bewitching witch’s hat makes a great table decoration for your Halloween party.
Basic Materials: Construction paper, felt, glue
Difficulty: Very Easy

Balloon Ghosts

This friendly ghost flag looks great hanging in a tree or near your front door.
Basic Materials: Balloons, old T-shirt strips, craft glue, wiggle eyes
Difficulty: Average

Swarm of Bats Pumpkin

Everyone will go batty for this pumpkin that’s perfect for adding a festive flare to the porch for Halloween. This is also a great way to make use of a pumpkin before you are ready to carve it into a jack-o’-lantern.
Basic Materials: Pumpkin, black card stock, glue
Difficulty: Easy

Eeeek Pumpkin

“Eeeek!” is the special exclamation for this fun pumpkin craft. Get the kids to line up this collection of mini pumpkins along your family’s walkway to act as a spooky welcome to anyone visiting your doorstep during the Halloween season.
Basic Materials: Mini pumpkins, metal brads, black spray paint, green floral foam
Difficulty: Easy

Vampire Lollipops

These cute little vampires lollipops will make great party favors for your Halloween party—be sure to make plenty, they’ll fly off before you know it.
Basic Materials: Cellophane, lollipops, twist ties
Difficulty: Easy

Frankenstein Luminaries

These adorable Frankenstein luminary jars will shine a glowing green path to your front door on Halloween night.
Basic Materials: Canning jars, paint, marker, metal nuts, glue, sealer spray
Difficulty: Easy