Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Build A Dream Playhouse GIVEAWAY and also TIPS on how to throw your own Ice Cream TRUCK party!

(Update, this giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to our WINNER, Kelly Sellers! The winner was randomly selected using Random.org.  Results below)


THIS IS PART TWO OF A 2 PART SERIES.  PLEASE SEE PART ONE FOR ALL THE ICE CREAM TRUCK PARTY PHOTOS AND DETAILS.  

Read the bottom of this post for your chance to win a free playhouse!

classic ice cream truck 
(image source unknown)


I threw an impromptu surprise party for my middle son last week.  I like to create little surprises for the boys on their birthdays (like the clown and animal balloon surprise I did last year for Titus)However, this birthDAY surprise unintentionally turned into a mini party.


  
AND....I wanted to share some ideas on how you can throw an easy ice cream truck party too!  

For those of you who don't fall asleep dreaming about cupcake decorating, hanging streamers, and all things party, this idea is for you.  It's just SO EASY and SIMPLE.   It won't crimp your schedule.  Promise.

THE TIPS:

- Search your area for a charming ice cream truck to visit your neighborhood and schedule a time to meet beforehand to put a "Happy Birthday" banner on the truck and to decorate the truck with streamers.  You can also give the driver a bundle of balloons to surprise the birthday child with when he arrives.  


-Who says you need to have a cake?...who says?  Ice cream is sufficient at this party, no cake needed.  You can stick a candle in an ice cream sandwich. 

- You can also serve snacks in these super cute cups that come in a decorative ice cream truck box! 


- Check your local hobby store for ice cream truck scrapbook stickers.  Stickers are adorable and easy ways to decorate.  You can use them to dress up invites or any festive signs you have on display.

-  Use these fun ice cream truck boxes as decorations and also to hold party favors!


- Matchbox Ice Cream trucks are awesome party favor gifts!  You can find these at Target or Wal Mart.  
- This website has free ice cream cone printables that are darling in every sense of the word.  I used them for the "yum" banner I made.  You can use them for any part of your party decor! 


- This party theme is best if kept a surprise!  It makes it extra exciting for your child to see the ice cream truck make a special stop at their house and drive up the street with a big personalized sign.
-  Finally, for a winning activity/game purchase a Build a Dream Playhouse for the kids to color.  They actually sell an ice cream truck which is PERFECT for this party theme!  I was amazed at how quiet it kept the kids and how much the kids enjoyed coloring it.  I also used it as one of Dakotah's birthday gifts.  




GIVEAWAY!
Okay, now I have some extra fun news!  Build a Dream Playhouses is giving away one of their playhouses to one {extra lucky} reader of MooreMinutes!  


 
They have a collection of designs to choose from.

They offer:

- a kitchen for the future chef of homemaker in your family

- a snack shack with endless possibilities (and my favorite!) 

- a speedy rocket for the child who has an adventurous imagination

- the ice cream truck for classic childhood moments

- an enchanting castle for the little knights and princesses
- and a cool car for the kid that wants to be 16. 




These playhouses give your child the opportunity to dream big, play long, and fully use their imagination and creativity!  They are able to customize and color the playhouse to make it THEIR OWN. 

 

Mandatory to enter the giveaway you must "like" Build a Dream Playhouse on Facebook.   Leave a comment on this post letting me know you've done that and you're in for the win!

It's easy to get extra entries:
(leave a separate comment for EACH entry!) 

1) Follow MooreMinutes blog
2) Visit Build a Dream Playhouse and tell me your favorite playhouse.
3) Share this giveaway on twitter, facebook, or your blog

I was given a playhouse to review and all opinions are my own.  This giveaway is open to US residents only. One win per person.  You are not eligible to enter or win if you have previously won a Build a Dream Playhouse before.   This giveaway will end August 5th and the winner will be chosen using random.org. 

Someone has to win,
and it just may be YOU!

I am extra excited to offer you this SUPER FUN giveaway!  And I hope you enjoyed the quick tips on creating your own Ice Cream Truck party.

Loves,



 
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131 comments:

christy said...

i follow on gfc
yanuzo at hotmail dot com

christy said...

i like the snack shack
yanuzo at hotmail dot com

Nicole Moore said...

I love the snack shack!

Nicole Moore said...

I posted about your giveaway on facebook

Kitty said...

HOW COOL! Love this!!! My favorite is Imagine wagon- that is amazing!

Kitty said...

I liked and left a comment on facebook saying you sent me!

Liz said...

What a generous giveaway...great idea! XO ~Liz

Jenny said...

Lisa! I'm a new follower...ummm....okay, I lied.

I'm an old, old, old followers and a big fan!

Surprise!

I love the castle. My little Grand would go nuts over this.

Thanks for the fun chance!

PS I'm sending a caterer guy over to see your blog! I told him you are the most amazing party planner in blogland!

Abby Killam said...

I looove this giveaway! My preschool kidlets would just have so much fun! I think the castle is my fav but the snack shack might be most fun for creative play.... Yay!

Abby Killam said...

Oh and now im following u! :)

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

I think the snack shack would be popular around here!

Doubly Blessed said...

Already a follower and my kids would flip for the castle!

Doubly Blessed said...

left a comment on their fb wall

Stacey said...

Fantastic party! I always love each and every little detail you put in to your events. I love it! You continually inspire me with your creativity!

Judy@cutest-little-things.blogspot.com said...

What a perfect and unique summer party theme, Lisa. Great tips and suggestions, as well!

1. I'm a follower
2. I visited the site and I'd choose the castle - or the ice cream truck! Hard to choose!

Thanks,
Judy@cutest-little-things.blogspot.com

Judy@cutest-little-things.blogspot.com said...

Visited Build a Dream Playhouse Facebook Wall and left a comment there :)

Judy@cutest-little-things.blogspot.com

Judy@cutest-little-things.blogspot.com said...

1) Visited Build a Dream Playhouse and seriously liked all of the designs, but it's a dead tie between the castle or the ice cream truck!

Judy@cutest-little-things.blogspot.com

Miller Racing Family said...

What a fun party. I love the matchbox ice cream truck.
Of course I am a proud follower of your blog and would love a chance at this fabulous giveaway!
Blessings!

Kelly said...

I'm a follower. Love the party idea and how you're reusing supplies from previous parties. Great way to build on and repurpose what you have!

Nama Halacy's Comfy Cottage said...

I am a follower!

Nama Halacy's Comfy Cottage said...

I love the castle!

Nama Halacy's Comfy Cottage said...

Commented on thier fb page!

cmkoepp said...

OMHeck Lisa I love this idea!!! So I just need to post here that I love you love this idea and follow this blog? Sweet!

Britney Jean said...

i'm so excited! i'm a follower!

Britney Jean said...

i like the snack shack!

Mrs. Huse Clifton said...

I am a new follower!

Mrs. Huse Clifton said...

My boys favorite is the cosmic cruiser.

Bri'sMommy said...

I just discovered your blog and I love it! I'm a new follower!

Bri'sMommy said...

They are all amazing but I think my little girl would like the castle the most.

Jenny from Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line said...

What a fun giveaway. I am a follower

Jenny from Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line said...

I Shared this giveaway on facebook

Jenny from Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line said...

I shared on twitter

Jenny from Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line said...

I visited the Build a Dream Playhouse Facebook Wall and left a comment

Jenny from Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line said...

I love the pop n play castle

CupcakeDD said...

LOVE the ice cream truck playhouse!! We'd turn it into a cupcake truck!! :)

CupcakeDD said...

I follow ya!! :)

CupcakeDD said...

Mentioned ya on Facebook!

CupcakeDD said...

Stopped by Build a Dream Playhouse Facebook Wall too!!

Bellenza Wedding Bistro said...

What a fabulous party idea! And you so generously shared so many great tips. Thanks!

btanders said...

Cute! I've seen lots of ice cream parties, but never thought of an ice cream truck!!

mrst-thats-me said...

love this idea for a party! I already have the ice cream truck set to come and suprise the kids. Can't wait!!

Michelle@ourwonderfilledlife.com said...

My favorite playhouse is the dream machine, so very cool and fun!!

llghoney said...

Love these so fun!

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

Newest follower! Visiting from Tatertors & Jello

Amanda K @ Every Creative Endeavor said...

What a fun party idea! I would never have thought to do a ice cream truck party!

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

My kids would love the Snack Shack!

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

Tweeted @lifethriftylane

Desiree @ The 36th Avenue said...

Way cool!

I'd love for you to share this idea at my link party!

Brittany said...

Oh cute, I hope I win this! I am also a follower now!

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

So adorable! I am already a follower! :)

Jenn Erickson said...

Lisa, it's serendipity that I visited your lovely blog today and read this post. My daughter is turning 10 in September and we've been trying to figure out something special to do for her birthday. There's an ice cream truck in our area that does parties, and I had totally forgotten about it. Thank you for the inspiration and for all the great ideas!! Jenn

Kristin said...

I'm a follower!

Kristin said...

I left a comment on their facebook page!

Kristin said...

My favorite is the imagination wagon.

Melanie said...

I am a follower on GFC.

Melanie said...

I love the Snack Shack!

sweetloves said...

Love your blog!! So full of AMAZING ideas!!

sweetloves said...

I love the castle and the ice cream truck!! They look like so much fun!

sweetloves said...

Left a comment on Build a Dream Playhouse Facebook Wall! :)

AmieAnn said...

I am your newest follower!
Love your party ideas.. and hope you will share with my Pink Hippo Party @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/07/pink-hippo-party-39.html

Lorianne said...

I'm following...this was my first time here, but I love what I've seen so far!

Lorianne said...

I think my daughter would definitely choose the castle; they're all cute!

Becca said...

Wow, what a great idea. I'm seriously considering a birthday party like this for Theo.

Kathy M said...

I'm a follower and LOVE the ice cream truck! Thanks for this chance to win.

Betsy said...

I'm a new follower. My boys would love this!

mommy2luke2008 said...

I'm a new follower!
maryw1981 at yahoo dot com

mommy2luke2008 said...

I love the cosmic cruiser!
maryw1981 at yahoo dot com

mommy2luke2008 said...

I shared this giveaway on twitter
http://twitter.com/getinonthewins/status/95849993348448256
maryw1981 at yahoo dot com

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

This is a fantastic project! Thank you for sharing.

Happy Tuesday!

The Tablescaper said...

Such wonderful ideas! Thanks so much for bringing them to Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablespacer

3XMom said...

Snack Shack!! My son has been DYING to have a lemonade stand. This would be perfect!

Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State said...

The lemonade stand is my fave!

Jane said...
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Jane said...

This is such a cool company! I love creative play...I like the imagination station. There is so much you can do with this.

I am entering...and if I win, I will save it for my future grandchildren. (And one is on the way!) This would be such a fun thing to use at Grammy's and Gramps's house.

Jane

jetangels said...

With three daughters it is all about being a princess and living in the castle. So the castle we would choose. ;-)

My name is Josephine. said...

Hi there!

I found your blog and about this exciting content from Pinterest! I've been searching for different ideas to dress up my first grade classroom! It will be my first year, all by myself, as a first grade teacher and I finally decided to "sweeten" up my room with bright colors and decorate my room to resemble a "sweet life" with candies, ice cream, and cupcakes!

So obviously- I love the IMAGINE WAGON! When I saw it for your son's birthday, I thought- "I have to have this for my classroom! eee!" And sure enough, here's the contest and the site to even get them- exciting!

Thanks for posting! YOU are extremely creative!

My name is Josephine. said...

Here's my entry number 2!

I did all of the requirements and am hoping and praying I get the ice cream truck for my first grade sweeties!

Thanks!

My name is Josephine. said...

Just posted about the content via twitter and facebook!

:)

My name is Josephine. said...

I forgot my email address!

JosieViajar@gmail.com

Jessica said...

I like build a dream playhouse

Jessica said...

The snack shack is super cute!

Emilee said...

I like them on fb.

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Emilee said...

I follow moore minutes.
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Emilee said...

I like the dream machine.

emileenreynolds@yahoo.com

Emilee said...

I follow them on twitter.

emileenreynolds@yahoo.com

Alexis said...

definitely have to go with the snack shack. I have a boy and a girl, and this is something that is play friendly to both of them. <3 it!

Alexis @ persia lou said...

This is such a great giveaway!! I would LOVE one of these, but I think it would be hard to choose. I liked Build a Dream on FB.

Alexis @ persia lou said...

I am a new follower!

Alexis @ persia lou said...

I posted about the giveaway on Facebook!

persialou(at)gmail(dot)com

David and Emily Wilcock said...

I liked Build a dream playhouse on facebook!

David and Emily Wilcock said...

I visited their site and LOVE the snack shack. My 6 year old has been dying to have a lemonade stand this summer and it would be perfect!

David and Emily Wilcock said...

I am a new follower!

Kelly, Carrie, Kylie and Zachary said...

I follow Build A Dream on Facebook!
caovard@yahoo.com

Kelly, Carrie, Kylie and Zachary said...

I would like either the Imagine Wagon or the The Dream Machine for my kiddo's.
caovard@yahoo.com

Kelly, Carrie, Kylie and Zachary said...

I am a new follower of Moore Minutes!
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prov3130grl said...

I follow your blog. ~ Andi

andreatrautman812@gmail.com

prov3130grl said...

My favorite playhouse is the pop-n-play castle. ~ Andi

andreatrautman812@gmail.com

Trulieunique said...

I love your blog and I am now a follower of Moore Minutes!
I liked on facebook My Favorite Play House. I went to their site and my favorite playhouse was the castle but I know that my son's favorite would be the car.I am also placing the contest link on my FB page! Crossing my fingers!

Steph said...

I follow Build A Dream on FB.
Slynh999@gmail.com

Steph said...

I follow MooreMinutes blog.

Steph said...

I follow Build a Dream on twitter @slynh999

Steph said...

The lemonade stand is cute, but I really do like the ice cream truck.

Erica said...

Love the lemonade stand!

1 Year Old Birthday Party Ideas

Carrie said...

I WANT ONE!!! {For my child, of course!} It looks like so much fun! And, you did such an amazing job carrying the theme out through the rest of the party!

Jennifer said...

I "liked" Dream Houses on Facebook!

Jennifer said...

My favorite playhouse has to be either the kitchen or the ice cream truck!

Jennifer said...

I shared a link on FB for the giveaway!

Sarah said...

I'm your newest follower! Love the give-away!
From a new blogger at http://gluegunsanddryerlint.blogspot.com/

Sarah said...

Oh, and I also Liked 'Build a Dream Playhouse' on facebook and left a comment that you sent me!

Sarah said...

I just love the Pop n' Play Castle!

Kelly Sellers said...

i NEEEEED that ice cream truck for my lil lady's birthday party. she would LOVE it! so cute!

Kelly Sellers said...

i 'liked' build a dream playhouse on FB! :)

Kelly Sellers said...

i am your newest follower...LOVE this party idea. so cute! :)

Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

WOW!! Love this! I liked them on FB :)

Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

I'm your newest follower :)

Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

I followed them on Twitter! Thanks for the chance :)

Sonishka said...

lots of ice cream fun! looks great.nice to meet you through making world cuter. I did a post about homemade party streamers last week and looked like fun. now your post looks like fun as well :-) sonishka

Pamela said...

Following Build a Dream Playhouse on FB!
Seriously my son would DIE for the ice cream truck! I would be the coolest mom if I win this :D

Pamela @ pbjstories.blogspot.com

Pamela said...

I'd definitely pick either the Ice cream truck "Imagine Wagon" or the "dream machine"

Fingers crossed!

Pamela @ pbjstories.blogspot.com

Teresa said...

Fabulous ideas! I love the idea of getting the local icecream shop truck involved to create an extra special and sweet surprise! (p.s. Am an Australian so this is not an entry for the giveaway - just saying hi and thanks for sharing such a great idea)

Stevie @ MooreBabies said...

I added them to my blog's favorite "Moore Babies Blog"
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Stevie @ MooreBabies said...

I am a follower of your blog :)
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Stevie @ MooreBabies said...

I like the pop n play castle!
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Simply Niki said...

I "like" them on FB! Great ice cream truck party ideas! I see so many awesome ideas on blogs and I'm so grateful people freely share their creativity! ;)

Danielle said...

I like them on facebook (Danielle Meek)
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Danielle said...

I like the castle.
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Danielle said...

I follow them on twitter @DanielleLW2B
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Lauren said...

The castle is amazing!
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Barbara said...

These are so clever. I now "like" them on Facebook.

Barbara said...

On their website, my favorite was the Pop N' Play Castle. Very clever!

Barbara said...

I am now a follower of your blog. Great ideas!