Who you gonna call?!? Ghostbusters Party Ideas

Tomorrow (June 8) is Ghostbusters Day!

I have gathered some fun ideas and activities to celebrate Ghostbusters Day with the kids (and a few tips for adults as well)

You don’t have to use them for tomorrow. If you have a Ghostbuster fan in the family, these would be great for an upcoming birthday party or other celebration.

“What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath-of-God type stuff.
Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies. Rivers and seas boiling.
Forty years of darkness. Earthquakes, volcanoes…
The dead rising from the grave.
Human sacrifice, dogs, and cats living together – mass hysteria”.

Party Ideas

1- Mini stay puft marshmallow men…

All you need is large and mini marshmallows and some vanilla frosting to keep them together. Have the kids build their own mini versions of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

Have the kids build their own version of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

2- Hire a Ghostbuster for your child’s party. (They are also fun for adult parties as well) 10/10 do recommend. There is most likely a group in your area. They also help each other out when needed.
Eastern Seaboard Ghostbusters (Bill McNeill)

Bill is a close friend of mine and is an all around awesome guy. Very outgoing and has a great sense of humor. Would be a perfect addition to a Ghostbusters themed party.

“Eastern Seaboard Ghostbusters are a cosplay group with a love of the Ghostbusters and the 1980’s in general”.

With Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore)

“Best Group”  at Chicago ComicCon

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Any of the Ghostbuster cosplay groups would be great for your child’s next party.

3- Watch Ghostheads on Netflix:

Ghostheads is a documentary that explores the extreme side of the Ghostbusters fandom and looks back at the impact the franchise has had on the world over the past three decades. Through interviews with key cast and crew, including Dan Aykroyd, Ivan Reitman, Ernie Hudson and much more, as well as with Ghostbusters fans all over the world, Ghostheads presents countless humanizing stories that will connect with audiences about comradery, overcoming obstacles, and that no one should ever feel alone or isolated. Ghostheads will show what really separates a fandom from the rest. Every Ghosthead is unique. Every Franchise is its own.”

4- Make slimer goo:

  • Add a few drops of green food coloring into 1 cup of warm water.
  • Pour the water into a bowl filled with 2 cups of cornstarch.
  • Mix everything together with your fingers.
  • Add more water/cornstarch, if needed.
  • Make as many batches as you need
  • Place each batch into small mason jars to give to each child.

5- Make edible “slime”: Just mix up some Lime Jell-O and allow to set in small 1 serving cups.

6- Watch the original movie and make it a game.

Example:

Assign each child a word or phrase (Ghostbusters, I ain’t afraid of no ghost, slimer or who you gonna call? etc.) and they get a point every time that word/phrase is said in the movie.

Have cute little Ghostbuster themed prizes for the winners.

 

 

7- Coloring pages:

Ghostbusters Day for Parents

Have a nice cocktail and relax while the kids run around “bustin'” ghosts.

ECTOPLASM VODKA COCKTAIL

Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 Smirnoff Red, White & Berry 50 ml Shot
  • 1 Lemon Lime Jell-O Cup 5.5 oz
  • 2 Hi-C Ecto Cooler Drink Boxes
  • Lemon Slices
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Crushed Ice
Instructions
  1. In a medium size saucepan over med-high heat, add one (1) lemon-lime Jell-O cup and two (2) Hi-C Ecto Cooler drink boxes.
  2. Using a whisk, stir until the jello completely dissolves.
  3. Pour the mixture into a large measuring cup and chill in the freezer for thirty minutes (30 min).
  4. Prepare glasses by placing a thin slice of lemon into the bottom of each glass and adding crushed ice.
  5. Remove the jell-o/juice mixture from the freezer; the mixture should be slimy but drinkable and add one (1) Smirnoff Red, White & Berry 50 ml shot and stir slightly. Place back into the freezer for ten (10) minutes.
  6. Remove the green slime from the freezer and pour over crushed ice.
  7. Garnish each glass with a slice of lemon and a sprig of fresh thyme.
  8. Serve.

Ecto-Slimer Drink

Ingredients:

  • Lemon Lime Gatorade
  • ice
  • melon liqueur
  • vodka
  1. Mix a large amount Sky vodka with Midori liqueur
  2. Add lemon/lime Gatorade powder and stir
  3. Rookies add ice
  4. Be CAREFUL the electrolytes will rush the vodka into your bloodstream faster than you think.

 

Drinking Game Rules

One shot of your choice when:

  • The protection grid is turned off
  • They cross the streams
  • Venkman gets slimed

Drink during the duration of:

  • Anytime a trap is open
  • The Ghostbusters commercial (good luck)

One drink every time you see:

  • A knit vest
  • A Ghostbuster smoke
  • Ghostbusters being “discreet”
  • Louis get locked out
  • A pole
  • Ted & Annette Fleming
  • Bogus Science
  • A PKE meter
  • A hellhound
  • Stay Puft
  • Religious people praying for salvation
  • Ghostbuster swag

One drink every time you hear:

  • Pseudoscience jargon
  • “Gatekeeper”
  • Winston speak (per scene)
  • “Mass sponge migration”
  • “Scientist”
  • “Storage facility”
  • “keymaster”
  • Egon deadpan a joke
  • “Gozer”
  • Ghostbuster theme music
  • “Zhuul”
  • The Ghostbusters refer to each other by name

For those hardcore drinkers:

  • Drink every time Venkman is sarcastic
  • Drink every time you hear “Ghostbusters”

I hope you got some fun ideas from this post. Whether it be for a fun kids party or an adult gathering.

 

Happy Ghostbusters Day!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

5 Easter Dessert Recipes the kids will Love!

Easter may be my number one favorite holiday, second only to Thanksgiving. I love the pretty pastel colors and I absolutely love the candy! But, my most favorite part would have to be the Easter DESSERT Recipes!!

So many different things you can do with the bunny theme for desserts on Easter.

I have chosen five of my top favorite Easter dessert recipes to share.

Easter Dessert Recipes

This first dessert is very kid oriented. Getting them involved in making these cute little cupcakes is, even more, fun.

 

PEEPS Chick Surprise-Inside Cupcakes

Ingredients

1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist yellow cake mix
Water, vegetable oil, and eggs called for on cake mix box
1 cup assorted mini candy-coated chocolate candies, jimmies or confetti candy sprinkles
1 container Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy frosting (any flavor)
Green food color
Green colored decorating sugar
24 yellow PEEPS brand marshmallow chicks

(they use the peeps chicks in this recipe, but if you like the bunnies better, you can change it up a bit to use those.)

Steps

  • Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
  • Make cake batter as directed on box. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups (about two-thirds full). Bake as directed on box for cupcakes. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • Using a melon baller, scoop out the center of each cupcake, about 1 inch deep. Fill each with 1 heaping teaspoonful candies.
  • Spoon frosting into medium bowl; stir in enough food color until desired green color. Frost cupcakes with frosting; sprinkle with colored sugar. Top with yellow PEEPS® chick. Store loosely covered.

Next up is this Rainbow Ring Easter Cake.

Rainbow Ring Easter Basket Cake

Ingredients

1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist white cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix box
Yellow, red, blue and green food color
1 container (12 oz) Betty Crocker Whipped fluffy white frosting
2 cups shredded coconut
Betty Crocker Decorating Decors multicolored candy sprinkles

Steps

  • Heat oven to 325°F. Generously grease 12-cup fluted tube cake pan with shortening or cooking spray. Make cake mix as directed on box, using water, oil and egg whites.
  • Divide batter among 3 small bowls. Add few drops yellow food color to 1 bowl; mix well. Add red food color to second bowl to make pink. Add red and blue food color to third bowl to make purple. Pour half of the yellow batter into cake pan. Carefully pour half of the pink batter over yellow batter. Carefully pour half of the purple batter over pink batter. Repeat layers (do not mix colors).
  • Bake as directed on box until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Place cake on serving plate.
  • Divide frosting among 3 small microwavable bowls. Microwave 1 bowl on High about 5 to 10 seconds; add few drops yellow food color and stir until frosting is smooth enough to drizzle. With spoon, drizzle yellow frosting back and forth over cake in striping pattern until all frosting is used (allow some frosting to drip down onto plate in middle of cake, if desired). Microwave second bowl of frosting; add red and blue food color to make purple. Drizzle frosting over cake in same striping pattern. Repeat with last bowl, adding red food color to make pink frosting. Decorate cake with sprinkles.
  • Place coconut in resealable food-storage plastic bag; add few drops green food color. Seal bag and toss until coconut is evenly tinted. Sprinkle coconut on serving plate around the cake and in the center for “Easter grass.”

Now, this is the cutest cake that I may have ever seen!

Bunny Butt Cake

Ingredients

1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist yellow or white cake mix
Water, vegetable oil, and eggs called for on cake mix box
Tray or cardboard covered with wrapping paper and plastic food wrap or foil
1 container Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
Red food color
1 large marshmallow, cut in half
3 cups shredded coconut
Green food color
2 strawberry or cherry stretchy and tangy taffy candies (from 6-oz bag)
1 roll Betty Crocker Fruit Roll-Ups® punch berry chewy fruit snack (from 5-oz box)
3 green-colored sour candies, separated into strips
Construction paper

Easter dessert recipes

Steps

  • Heat oven to 325°F. Grease 1 1/2-quart ovenproof bowl (8 inches across top) with shortening; coat with flour (do not use cooking spray). Lightly grease 3 muffin cups in regular-size muffin pan.
  • Make cake batter as directed on box. Pour cake batter into 3 muffin cups, filling two-thirds full. Pour remaining batter into 1 1/2-quart bowl.
  • Bake cupcakes 17 to 21 minutes, bowl 47 to 53 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove cakes from muffin cups and bowl; place rounded sides up on cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour. If necessary, cut off rounded tops of cakes.
  • Spoon frosting into large bowl. Add red food color to make desired pink color. Place bowl cake on tray cut side down; spread 1/3 cup frosting over cake. Use frosting to adhere cupcakes to bowl cake for feet and bunny tail. Use toothpicks if necessary. Place marshmallow halves, cut sides down, on tops of 2 cupcakes to make heels of feet. Spread a thin layer of frosting over side and top of the cake to seal in crumbs. Freeze cake 30 to 45 minutes to set frosting.
  • Spread remaining frosting over cake. Sprinkle with 2 cups of the coconut; press gently to adhere. Shake 1 cup coconut and 3 drops green food color in tightly covered jar until evenly tinted. Surround bunny with tinted coconut. Use a rolling pin to press strawberry candies into 2 large rectangles. Cut 2 large ovals and 6 small circles out of candy. Press onto bottoms of bunny feet, using frosting if needed.
  • Roll up fruit snack to make carrot shapes. Cut green sour candies in half crosswise; press into the large end of each carrot to make greens on carrot. Cut ears from construction paper; wrap ends that will be inserted into the cake with plastic food wrap. Insert into the cake. Remove ears, plastic wrap, and toothpicks before serving. Store loosely covered.

Ingredients

1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist devil’s food cake mix
Water, oil, and eggs called for on cake mix box
1 container Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy chocolate frosting
1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
1 can (6.4 oz) Betty Crocker green decorating cake icing
8 to 12 PEEPS marshmallow bunnies
1 can (6.4 oz) Betty Crocker orange decorating cake icing

Steps

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13×9-inch pan with cooking spray. Make cake as directed on box for 13×9-inch pan. Cool in pan on cooling rack until completely cooled, about 30 minutes.
  • Spread chocolate frosting on top of cake; sprinkle with chocolate cookie crumbs. Use green icing to make garden rows. Insert toothpick halfway into base of each PEEPS marshmallow bunny. Insert bunnies, toothpick side down, into cake.
  • Use orange and green icings to make carrots on cake. Cut into 4 rows by 3 rows to serve.

Easter Basket Cupcakes

Ingredients

1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist yellow cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
1 container Betty Crocker Whipped fluffy white frosting
Green-colored sour candy separated into strips
Jelly beans or other desired candies

Steps

  • Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
  • Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for 24 cupcakes. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • Frost with frosting. Use candy strips for the handle on each. Decorate with candy as desired. Store loosely covered.

Those are my picks for my favorite Easter dessert recipes. I really hope you try out at least one of them.

If you do, please share this post with friends and family. And let me know how you liked the recipe in the comments.

I hope you and your family have a happy and wonderful Easter!

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Gourd! Oh my gourd! 15+ crafts & recipes using gourds

Oh my gourd…

There are so many things you can do with gourds

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Gourd have been used in homes for a very long time. From recipes to really cool crafts. They have so many useful applications.

I’ve always been interested in doing crafts with gourds. I figured a few other moms wanted to do the same. So, I thought it would be nice to gather some information on how to do some great stuff with gourds so you don’t have to. I have found some really fun things you can do that are fairly easy to accomplish.

Here are some great ideas I found all over the blogosphere to help you become inspired to decorate your home with these beauties. I hope you enjoy some of these crafts.

The beginner’s Guide to Gourd Crafting (Click this image if you would like to buy the book)

Check out my pinterest board “Thanks and Giving where I pinned the ideas I researched for this post Thanks and Giving Board

 

Basics of Crafting with gourds

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How to clean a gourd and basic decoration

How to craft with gourds
The pulp inside your gourd will have dried either as a solid mass or as a dusty mixture of seeds and pulp pieces. It is fairly easy to determine the kind of dried pulp inside the gourd by shaking it. If you hear a thunk inside, the pulp is a solid mass. If you hear a rattle, you have loose seeds and pulp

If you plan to make a birdhouse from your gourd, then you may want to drill a hole to install a skewer as a perch. You can easily punch holes in your gourd with an awl-just apply gentle pressure and twist the awl a little until it passes through the wall of the gourd.

Colored pencils provide a softer look and are also good for children. However, since the surface of the gourd is uneven, it can be harder to get good coverage. To work the pencil pigment into the little pits of the gourd surface, try cutting a cotton swab stick in two, and rubbing the cut end of the stick into the pencil marks.

 

Glue-Decorated Gourds Centerpiece

Glue decorated Gourd Centerpiece

Feel daring? Create your own abstract design by lightly drawing it on with a pencil! In either case, you’ll want to practice the design with your hot glue gun.

Let dry by standing the gourds upright in recycled cottage cheese or yogurt containers.

Apply two coats of paint in a color of your choice, allow to dry, and you’ve got a seasonal centerpiece you can be proud of.

 

Preserving Ornamental Gourds

Preserving Ornamental Gourds

Ornamental gourds add color and interest to fall arrangements and decorations. Children as well as adults take great interest in these odd plants. Gourds, members of the Cucurbitaceae family, come in bell, orange, egg, pear and apple shapes. They may be smooth, warty, colored, plain striped or ridged in pattern.

 

Fall Crafts with Gourds

Fall crafts with Gourds

These gourds have tough skin so make sure you use a good sharp cutting tool to get through them and be careful.

Stacked Gourd Topiaries. How fun are these! Use larger gourds in all shapes and colors for a front door topiary by simply placing a stake in the center of the pot and pushing it through your gourds.

 

 

Decorating with Pumpkins and Gourds

Use thrift store candles and a can of spray paint to make your mini pumpkins the star

organic take of a fall cloche could be used on any style table, or would be really fresh as a coffee table decoration for the season

 

 

 

Some inspiration:

This is a great book for gourd crafts 20 great projects dye, paint, cut, carve, bead and wood burn in a weekend

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This is a more traditional way to use pumpkins… I like the idea of the layered leaves, and the use of the different pumpkins.

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These gourds are the perfect example of how you can make a minimalist look really warm and inviting, and budget friendly, yet still have a clean look

 

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Very beautiful centerpiece

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Fun with kids crafts

Exploring Fall colors with Gourds

 

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Fall painting with Gourds

 

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Gourd Fall kids craft

Gourd Fall kids Craft

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These are a couple great resource for  Crafting with Gourds  Gourd Craft

 

Gourd Craft Tutorials

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Doing crafts with family and/or friends can be a lot of fun. I find it very relaxing to use something natural like gourds or pumpkins to make something so beautiful.

It takes very little time to prepare and I’m sure you will be very happy with the results.

 

Here are some gourd recipes just for fun

Ridge gourd Coriander Chutney

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Bitter Gourd Fry

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How to cook a gourd:

Cooking gourds

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Gourds aren’t used so much in American cooking. They are very much used in Indian cooking though. There are a lot of curry recipes using gourds.

Bottle Gourd Curry

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Now a bit of information and history:

“A gourd is a plant of the family Cucurbitaceae, particularly Cucurbita and Lagenaria or the fruit of the two genera of Bignoniaceae”calabash tree”, Crescentia and Amphitecna.

The term refers to a number of species and subspecies, many with hard shells, and some without. Likely one of the earliest domesticated types of plants, have been discovered in archaeological sites dating from as early as 13,000 BC. They have had numerous uses throughout history, including as tools, musical instruments, objects of art, film, and food.

Gourd is occasionally used to describe crop plants in the family Cucurbitaceae, like pumpkins, cucumbers, squash, luffa, and melons. More specifically, gourd refers to the fruits of plants in the two Cucurbitaceae genera Lagenaria and Cucurbita, or also to their hollow, dried-out shell. A gourd can also have a hard shell when dehydrated.

There are many different gourds worldwide. The main plants referred to as gourds include several species from the Cucurbita genus (mostly native to North America, including the Malabar gourd and turban squash), Crescentia cujete (the tree gourd or calabash tree, native to the American tropics) and Lagenaria siceraria,

Cultures from arid regions often associated gourds with water, and they appear in many creation myths. Since the beginning of their history, they have had a multitude of uses, including food, kitchen tools, toys, musical instruments and decoration. Today, gourds are commonly used for a wide variety of crafts, including jewelry, furniture, dishes, utensils and a wide variety of decorations using carving, burning and other techniques. 

The Chinese developed a technique of tying a two-part mould around young gourds, or a part of them, so that the gourd grew into the mould and took its shape. Shaped gourds had various decorative uses, especially as boxes, bottles and other containers.

The Luffa, Luffa aegyptiaca and Luffa acutangula, have been used throughout recent history as scrubbing sponge and strainer. This is prepared by removing the skin and pulp from the gourd, and bleaching the fibers.”

 

The name gourd is applied to those whose fruits have hard, durable shells used for ornament and as utensils, e.g., drinking cups, dippers, and bowls. The Old World genus Lagenaria includes the calabash, dipper, and bottle gourds. Luffa cylindrica is the loofah, dishcloth gourd, or vegetable sponge; when the edible fruit—called California okra in the S United States—is bleached dry, the inner fibrous network is used as a filter or a scrubbing sponge. Among the many other gourds are the serpent, or snake, gourd (Trichosanthes anguina) of Indomalaysia, whose slender fruit reaches 6 ft (1.8 m) in length. Many of the edible members of the family have been cultivated for so long—often since prehistoric times—that a single species may include several quite different varieties. Cucurbitaincludes the pumpkin, the vegetable marrow, and the summer squashes.

 

Gourd Wiki

List of Gourds and Squashes

Information on Gourds

 

 

With all of these ideas for crafts and recipes, I’m sure I will be pretty busy in the next few months. I love doing crafts and seeing the finished product of my efforts and hard work.

 

 

Will you try any of these ideas? What is your favorite?

 

Do you have any of your own crafts for the fall season that you like to do?

 

 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful week!

 

Allie’s Mommy

 

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.