Tamara here. I have a treat for you today because my friend/blogger, Leslie, is here to share about moose parties. You know I love moose. You know I love parties. Leslie blogs about many wonderful things, and I’m so excited to be swapping posts with her today. Look for me at From Playdates to Parties, talking about party photography. Just consider it a party day!
Hello, friends! I’m so excited to be posting here on Tamara’s blog today. I’m Leslie, and I write over at the blog From Playdates to Parties where I share stories about my family, lots of food, and whatever craftiness I’m attempting next. Being here today is kind of like going over to a pen pal’s house for the first time. I’ve been reading Tamara’s blog for a couple years now and am so grateful that she would invite me over to share some inspiration with you.
I know Tamara’s blog isn’t about parties or crafts, but I have to say that she and Cassidy are definitely artists at heart. I simply can’t forget Scarlet’s fourth and fifth birthday parties with all those amazing cardboard cut-outs. Secretly, I’m looking forward to seeing what the Bowmans pull together this year. But we all know that Tamara absolutely loves moose and that she and Scarlet have already had their first moose hunting adventure. So I just knew that I had to pull together some inspiration for a Woodland-Moose Themed Party that would be perfect for such a fun family.
My family loves a silly pun, so I couldn’t resist including this Mousse Moose cake from My Name is Yeh). That cardboard moose head from Hostess with the Mostess is definitely a showstopper while the triangle tree garland from Pastels and Macarons is the kind of backdrop that anybody can make. I also love the idea of making animal footprints like these found at Babycentre UK. Wouldn’t that be fun spray painted onto the grass as animal footprints throughout the yard?
I know Scarlet has her awesome fox hoodie, but now her friends could join in on the fun with felt animal masks like these at Sooti & Sweet. Pin the Antlers on the Moose (from Scraps to Remember) is a fun take on a classic party game, and what kid wouldn’t enjoy decorating their own Moose cookies? (Fete Celebrations via Hostess with the Mostess) Even though fairies aren’t necessarily moose or woodland, a fairy house painting station via Catch My Party) seems to be a natural fit for the event.
But everyone knows the best part of a party is the food, right? Isn’t that hedgehog cheese ball (from A Journal for Clay) just the cutest thing ever? And you know you can’t help but giggle at the chocolate covered raisins re-named “Bear Poop” (via Catch My Party). Craftiness is Not Optional used candy berries as “Woodland Berries”, but fresh berries or gummies could easily be substituted.
Party mixes are a classic treat that pretty much everyone loves. One of my favorites was Moose Munch from Harry & David. I’m a sucker for a sweet-salty combination. So I thought it would be fun to pull together a new type of Moose Munch just for you and Tamara. Tamara’s Moose Munch is a salty, cookies-and-cream party mix filled with buttery popcorn, crushed cookies, mixed nuts, and lots of chocolate. The best part is that it’s so easy to make. Even my 3-year-old helped. Both of my girls taste tested the mix and gave it two thumbs up!
Tamara’s Moose Munch
(makes approximately 8 servings)
- One bag of light butter popcorn (approximately 5.5 cups popped)
- 20 Oreo Thins, crushed
- 1/2 cup mixed nuts (we used peanuts, almonds, & cashews)
- 3/4 cup white candy melts
- 1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Spread popped popcorn on lined baking sheet, removing all remaining corn kernels.
- Sprinkle popcorn with crushed Oreo thins and mixed nuts.
- Melt the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl by microwaving for 10-second intervals and mixing well in between. Candy melts are prepared when they mix smoothly, without any lumps.
- Sprinkle melted candy on top of popcorn mix. Start by using a fork to drizzle the melted candy. When the candy stops flowing easily, quickly flick the fork back-and-forth over the mixture.
- Using a large spoon, gently mix the popcorn and candy melt mixture until there is a light coating of candy melts on the popcorn and nuts.
- Melt and sprinkle the chocolate chips using the same methods as in steps 4 and 5. Do not mix the chocolate into the popcorn mixture.
- Place the mixture into the refrigerator just until the chocolate is set, and enjoy!
I want to thank Tamara so much for having me over here today. It was a fun adventure to come up with ideas to celebrate her love for moose.