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I am really having a hard time getting motivated to get back into blogging.  Not sure why.  I guess I just have so much on my plate and I am not sure what I am really getting out of blogging.  But I don’t want to just quit.  So, I figured maybe if I start doing it I will feel more like doing it!

My second son turned 9 at the beginning of August.  I decided to try to talk him out of a big party by offering to take him and 3 or 4 of his friends to a movie and dinner.  He liked the idea.  We ended up just having pizza at home and then going to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2, which was AMAZING!  I LOVE Harry Potter.

To make everything a little more special, I made some Harry Potter themed treats and Butterbeer Cupcakes for dessert.


These were super yummy.  The cake part was not too sweet, so it was a great balance for the super sweet frosting.  I found the recipe and directions on Amy Bites.  The only change I made was making my frosting with half butter, half cream cheese.  They were very tasty and the cupcakes baked up perfectly.  Thank you Amy!

Here are the other treats I put together for the movie.  Note to self: Never take loudly wrapped candy and plastic water bottles into a movie and give them to 8 and 9 year olds!  I could NOT believe how loud these kids were with these! 

I just bought some jelly beans and put them in bags with these labels I found and printed onto cardstock.  Super easy.  Not the cutest ever but they kids had no idea!


So the colors didn’t work all that well on these.  It says “Eat Slugs”.  I came across these gummies that were on clearance so I made this little label really quick and bagged these up.


These are licorice wands.  I dipped licorice in white chocolate and silver sprinkles and put them in cello bags with a few M&M’s.  The kids loved them!


So, that was an easy way to celebrate a birthday! The kids really had a fun time and felt very matureSmile


  1. yummy..those cupcakes look delish!

  2. So much fun! We're all about HP birthdays at our house, too!

  3. How fun!!! I still need to see that movie...

  4. What great ideas!! I love not having the stress of planning a huge party.

  5. I love Harry Potter!! Wow, those candy creations are awesome!


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