10 Unique Dreamworks Trolls Gift Ideas

Is your little one as obsessed with Dreamworks Trolls as much as mine are? I’m not sure if it’s the retro music, the colorful characters or the crazy hair but the Trolls have taken over our house!  Here are 10 super unique and fun gift ideas for the Trolls-obsessed child that are sure to make a statement!

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1. Rock N’Troll Boombox

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For the kids that know the entire Dreamworks Trolls Soundtrack by heart, this boombox plays songs and phrases from the movie so kids can sing along with a real working microphone.  You can also connect any MP3 player to it to play additional songs turning it into an instant Karaoke machine! 

2. It’s Hug Time!: Storybook With Bracelet

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Admit it – “Hug Time” was one of the cutest parts in the movie! This book comes with it’s very own felt hug time bracelet so that your kids can have hug time whenever they want to! 

3. Reversible Twin Sized Comforter

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This comforter is awesome because there’s a different Trolls design on each side so it’s like having two comforters in one.  Because we all know how often kids change their minds… [Click here to see the other side on Amazon.ca]

4. Hair-ific Headphones

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These super funky headphones will give your kids the Troll hair they’ve always dreamed of having.

5. Set of 6 Dreamworks Trolls Posters

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The vibrant colors of these posters are sure to brighten any room.  With different size and design options this Etsy listing is completely customizable for your child’s favorite Dreamworks Trolls characters!

6. Short Range Walkie Talkies

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What kid doesn’t love Walkie Talkies?  This would make a great shareable sibling gift!

7. Guy Diamond Colour Changing LED Light

 

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Guy Diamond was a Troll with a shining personality and this color-changing nightlight suits him very well.  If only it would fart glitter…

8. Adventure Kit

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This awesome little set is perfect for slumber parties or camping.  It comes with a sleeping bag and a matching backpack! 

9. Charm Bracelets

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These handmade charm bracelets would make an awesome gift add-on or party favor for a Dreamworks Trolls inspired birthday party.

10. Jewelry Box

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Not only is this a super useful gift but it comes with stickers and gems so that kids can decorate it themselves! 


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The Pros and Cons of a Combined Sibling Birthday Party

If you’re like me then you’re lucky (?) enough to have three kids whose birthdays are less than a month apart.

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When baby #2 was born only three weeks after my first child’s 2nd birthday, I had mixed feelings about them sharing a birthday party.  And then my third child turned up only two days after my first child’s 5th birthday so there was almost no avoiding celebrating their birthdays together… at least for a little while.

For the past 4 years we’ve had one big combined sibling birthday party and this year was no exception!
Dreamworks Trolls Birthday Party
Read this post for all the details on this year’s combined sibling birthday party!

Our first combined sibling birthday party was shortly after we moved almost 900 kilometers away from home and all of our family.  We decided to host the party back in our hometown so it made sense to combine the celebration and save us having to make two trips in.

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Mickey & Minnie Mouse themed 1st & 3rd Birthdays – 2013

While this is still one of the main reasons we choose to do a combined sibling birthday party (despite now only living 200 kilometers away), there are several pros and cons that we take into consideration each year. 


PROS

There is a lot of flexibility in choosing a date for the party because it’s not a celebration of one specific day.  It becomes more of a “birthday season” and we’ve had our parties anywhere from a few days before or after, to a month away from their actual birth dates!

When it comes to parties – bigger is better!  One big party can be easier than trying to throw several small ones.  I tend to go overboard on the party planning and wouldn’t even know how to throw a “small” party.


MY FAVORITE PARTY PLANNING SITES:

Party City  www.partycity.ca is my go-to website for party related decor items and game props.  They have a huge selection of themes and color schemes and I’ve always been able to count on them to have something specific that I need for a great price! 

Etsy www.etsy.com is my favorite place to shop for custom invitations and downloadable printables!  I’ve purchased everything from party decor to costumes on Etsy and absolutely LOVE the personalized service!

Amazon.ca  www.amazon.ca is a lifesaver for situations when I need something that I can’t find in a store! (like pink and blue light bulbs for a gender reveal!)  And even if I can find it, I always price check on amazon first! 

Beau-coup www.beau-coup.com not only has adorable little party favors for every occasion but they also sell a ton of things in little miniatures that are perfect for dressing up a cake table or candy bar or to use as cake toppers.  [Click here to receive 25% off]

Fun party favors and supplies @ Beau-coup.com


It’s easier to consolidate all the effort into one party, instead of starting off big and then running out of steam/ideas/money by the time the last one comes around.

Finding themes for a combined sibling birthday party is fun and challenging!  Our most recent theme was based on the Dreamworks Trolls movie but we’ve also done one inspired by The Minions Movie (for our three little minions) and Mickey & Minnie (our first one for our son and daughter).

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Minions themed 1st, 4th & 6th Birthdays – 2016

Each child gets to open a gift.

You don’t have to deal with one child feeling jealous of their sibling for getting all the attention.

Having a separate party means being able to do something special on each child’s actual birthday.  There are so many creative ways to start a new birthday tradition in your family!


these awesome mom blogs have some great ideas for birthday traditions!

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While your children are young, all their guest lists will likely be the same – family and close friends.  Having one party means those guests won’t feel obligated to attend several different parties throughout the year.

A combined sibling birthday party provides an opportunity for guests to go in on larger group gifts together that your children wouldn’t normally receive.


CONS

Each child won’t get individual attention at their birthday party and may harbor resentment towards their siblings for always having to share the spotlight.

The kids may have a hard time agreeing on one theme, especially when they’re into different things.

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Dreamworks Trolls 2nd, 5th & 7th Birthdays – 2017

Once the sibling birthday party is over, there isn’t anything new to look forward to for the rest of the year.  It can be depressing when “birthday season” is over, similar to post-Christmas depression.

It can be financially straining to pull off one really BIG party once a year instead of several smaller ones scattered throughout the year.

Trying to settle on a date for a big event that is equally close to everyone’s birthdays and doesn’t coincide with other holidays and events can be as stressful as setting a wedding date.

No matter what options you choose for a cake (individual cakes, group cake, cupcakes) you will always have to sing “Happy Birthday” more than once.

Trolls Cake
6 Layer Rainbow Cake Recipe

Sometimes, especially in larger families, birthday parties become one of the few events that gets everyone together and having only one party means fewer opportunities to connect with family and friends.

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It can be a burden on your guests to have to bring gifts for several children as opposed to just one.

The children may come to expect that they will ALWAYS get presents when their siblings do (or other children) and it will take away an opportunity to help them work through their jealousy.

Kids may receive “one gift for all of you to share.”


I know the day will come when my children will beg me for their own birthday party and I will graciously oblige…

… but until that day…

we will party like it’s Christmas in April!

 

Dreamworks Trolls Inspired Birthday Party

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This year, for my three children’s annual birthday bash, we decided to do a Dreamworks Trolls inspired theme which meant a lot of rainbows and bright, bold colours.

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I will admit that this year was quite tame in comparison to past parties we’ve done.  And by “we” I don’t mean my husband and I, although he always graciously goes along with whatever crazy overboard plans I get in my head and knows better than to tell me to “take it easy.”  No, I’m talking about my two sister-in-laws who share my passion and extravagance when it comes to party planning.  But in an effort to keep things small this year, I took on the party planning by myself.

And while I didn’t have the luxury of their help this time, I can’t exactly say that I flew solo because my 4 year old had a lot of input and devoted her afternoons to helping me make decorations out of tissue paper.

I must apologize in advance for the poor quality of the photos.  I definitely underestimated how busy I would be on the day of the party.  In the past we’ve always rented venues and therefore food was taken care of by someone else but this time I decided to cook everything myself and it proved to be quite the task!  What can I say – I’m an overachiever!


My quest for the perfect theme party started as it always does – Pinterest.  There I found inspiration and tutorials for decorations, food, cakes and games and filled my board with anything that fit the theme.  And what actually came together was this…

{Click here to follow my Trolls Birthday Party Pinterest Board}

D E C O R A T I O N S

This rainbow tissue paper tassel garland was tedious and time consuming to make but it had a huge impact and added tons of color throughout the house! 

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I made the tassels little by little over the span of a few days and was surprised at how many they added up to when they were all hung.  In total I did two dozen of each color and was able to create a garland that was roughly 16 feet long and wrapped around my entire dining room!

For a great tutorial on how to make these tissue paper tassels check out The Creative Bag Blog

The Creative Bag Blog

Of if you’d rather purchase them ready made, check out this Etsy listing by PaperFlowersStore

Tissue Paper Tassel Garland - Rainbow Party theme - Party set - Birthday decorations - Pool Party - Fairys Party - 1st Birthday
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Of course what’s a rainbow without a few white puffy clouds to dot the ends?  I made white tissue paper poms in three different sizes and grouped them in the corners where I hung the garland.  Command hooks worked the best to hang both the poms and the garland on the wall and thumbtacks for the ones that were attached to the ceiling.


The other large scale decoration I worked on was this rainbow ceiling canopy made from plastic dollar store tablecloths.

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I attached one end of the tablecloths to the ceiling light fixture using a rubber band and some string.  Then I spread out and ruffled the other end and stuck it to the wall using double sided tape.  There was quite a bit of overhang which I debated leaving in place but ultimately trimmed for a nice, even look.  I loved the way it looked so much that it hung in my living room for months after the party.


I stumbled upon these happy birthday letter balloons at the dollar store for $4 for the entire set (which was pricey for the dollar store but a steal regardless)!  I was skeptical about the quality because, well, it’s the dollar store but they were as good as any other foil Mylar balloons I’ve used in the past.  Turns out they were the perfect size to fit in this little gap at the top of the wall between my living room and kitchen.  They were easy to inflate and deflate with a straw and I will definitely use them again!
Trolls Inspired Birthday Party

I found something similar on Amazon

trolls inspired birthday party
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There is a section of our living room (i.e. playroom) wall where I’ve hung two rows of twine and normally hang my children’s artwork up with clothespins.  I had initially wanted my children to draw pictures of the trolls and rainbows and other things theme-appropriate to hang up there but they were not thrilled about that idea.

So instead I bought this downloadable clipart package from CariStudio on Etsy.

Trolls Clipart - Digital 300 DPI PNG Images, Photos, Scrapbook, Digital, Cliparts - Instant Download
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I inserted different pictures of each Trolls character into a Word document and printed them on card stock at our local Staples Copy & Print Center. They turned out amazing!

Trolls Printables


G A M E S

The one thing my children asked for this year was a pinata.
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And the only one I could find was this small Poppy one.  It was a pull string pinata so it was safer to use indoors but we weren’t too familiar with the process.  At first we tried to let each child have a turn and pull one string but that didn’t pan out so great so eventually we just made everyone grab one string and pull at once.  It worked great and the kids excitedly rushed all over collecting candy just as I imagined, but it was over much too soon and seemed like a lot of effort for a few minutes of fun.  Next year, we’ll have to try this again and I’ll attempt to DIY one!

Side note – do not put pixie sticks in your pinata!  Because if they burst open during the process you will have white dust come flying out everywhere and guests will wonder where you imported that pinata from…


I downloaded this free printable Trolls bingo game from Best Toys for Kids and it was a huge hit!
Trolls Free Printable Bingo Cards And Calling Cards
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We used M&M’s as bingo markers and anyone who got a Bingo got to eat their line! I again trusted my friends at Staples Copy & Print Center to print and laminate it and they did not disappoint!  I forgot to specify that it needed to be cut into pieces but they took care of all of that for me and the end result was a very professional looking bingo game that I’m sure we will play over and over again.


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Another fun game the kids enjoyed was something we called “pass the present.” It consisted of a gigantic ball of several layers of wrapping paper with a treat under each layer.  It was a spin off from the popular shrink wrap ball except with rainbow colored wrapping paper to make it easier on the little kids.  The ball was passed around in a circle to music and if the music stopped while you were holding the ball you got to unwrap one layer and claim your prize.

The prizes consisted mostly of boxed candy or chocolate, temporary tattoos, stickers, and other little dollar store prizes.  I had written down what I wrapped in each layer in an effort to “rig” the game because there was such a mix of older and younger kids but unsurprisingly lost the list prior to playing the game so it was a complete surprise for everyone and in the end, the kids traded with each other and everyone got what they wanted.


C A K E

You can read all the details and get the recipe for this six layer Rainbow Cake in this post!
Trolls Cake
6 Layer Rainbow Cake Recipe

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Ultimately, the party was a huge success and the kids and guests all had a great time!  We played the Dreamworks Trolls Soundtrack in the background and turned it up for a dance party afterwards!

After the party, we donated the decorations to my daughter’s preschool.

 


Check out this post to see past parties we’ve done and for more party planning tips!

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6 Layer Rainbow Cake Recipe

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We recently celebrated my children’s birthdays in one combined sibling birthday party and decided on a Dreamworks Trolls inspired theme which included a bright, bold, rainbow color scheme and an even bolder rainbow cake!

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One of the highlights at all of the parties in our family is the cake, and believe it or not, cake decorating is my husband’s hidden talent.  This time, due to his hectic work schedule, it was a joint effort and I baked the cakes while he did the decorating.

We searched Pinterest for ideas and inspiration for our rainbow cake and decided that we just HAD to attempt a six layer cake – one for each color of the rainbow!

Rainbow Cake Recipe

I used Wilton concentrated gel food coloring to get the bright, vibrant colors in both the cake and the buttercream frosting.
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After preparing the cake batter, I separated it into six bowls of roughly 1 1/2 cups of batter each and then added the food coloring gel and mixed by hand.  I baked two layers at a time and then wrapped them in waxed paper and plastic wrap and froze them until my husband was ready to decorate.
Rainbow Cake Recipe

I would love to be able to share the buttercream recipe with you as well, but it’s my husband’s secret recipe.  And it’s really only a secret because he doesn’t use one – he just throws a bunch of stuff into the mixer and it turns out incredible every time!

Thankfully you can find awesome recipes with tutorials at www.mycakeschool.com!

Here is one for the vanilla buttercream which we colored with the same gel food coloring.

Here is one for the chocolate ganache that we drizzled around the top of the cake.

 

I was lucky enough to find the Poppy & Branch marshmallow pops at the dollar store to use as cake toppers but unfortunately haven’t been able to find them for sale online anywhere to share with you.


As for the decorating itself, I’m going to make it sound much more simple than it actually is because my husband made it look a lot easier than it was.  After stacking the individual cakes in the right order, he filled them and did a crumb coat with plain white buttercream.  Then he mixed the buttercream into the six different colors.  Next, he piped a stripe of each color around the cake in the same order that the cakes were stacked.  Using a dough scraper along the side, he rotated the cake on the turntable to blend the colors together.  The top was covered in a layer of rainbow sprinkles with chocolate ganache drizzled around the top edge.

The result was a bright, colorful, rainbow cake that was beautiful inside and out!

Trolls Cake

 

6 Layer Rainbow Cake Recipe
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Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1 - 9" Round 6 Layer Cake
 
This vanilla flavored cake recipe makes enough for 6 single layers - one for each color of the rainbow! For best results, use gel food coloring for vibrant colors!
Ingredients
  • 6 Eggs
  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 4 cups Flour
  • 2 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Gel Food Coloring (Optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Line two 9" round cake pans with parchment paper (If doing 6 different colored layers you will need to repeat 3 times)
  3. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  4. Add the vanilla and then the eggs one at a time until blended
  5. Mix the baking powder and flour together and then fold into the mixture in three parts, alternating with the milk.
  6. Mix only until combined
  7. *If doing 6 different colored layers then separate the batter into 6 equal parts (approx. 1½ cups of batter per layer) and add food coloring to each one.
  8. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched.


For the full party details check out this post!

The Perfect Mom Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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I have never been much of a baker.  In our family, my husband comes from a family of bakers and I don’t just mean Christmas cookies.  I mean, my husband’s father is an Italian pastry chef who has owned multiple bakeries in his lifetime and even baked for the Queen of England.  Who can compete with that?

I always wanted to be one of those “perfect” moms who could whip up the most delicious chocolate chip cookies as an after school snack.

I tried and failed many times since becoming a mom.  They either turned out too flat or too hard or too chewy.  I gave up for a little while and resorted to buying store bought Pillsbury ready-made cookie dough.  And while I didn’t hide the fact, or try to disguise them as my own, I couldn’t help but feel like a complete failure as a mother.  My kids, on the other hand, didn’t seem to mind one bit – as long as they got cookies they didn’t care how they came to be.

But I was determined!  I just wanted to be able to grab some ingredients from around my kitchen and make some cookies whenever I wanted – I didn’t want to have to go out and buy cookie dough!

Pinterest is my go-to source for all things recipe related and no matter how many different cookie recipes I tried, I could never get them to turn out right.  The list of ingredients were fairly similar – butter, flour, eggs, sugar, etc., so I knew the secret had to be in the method.

It’s been 7 years in the making but I’ve finally perfected it – a classic, soft, gooey-centered chocolate chip cookie that you can bake for your kids as an after school school or on a weekend and feel like a hero.

Here are my TOP THREE TIPS to make sure these chocolate chip cookies come out perfectly!

1. use room temperature butter

Don’t rush this process!  I load up on butter when it’s on sale, throw it in the deep freeze and move one brick to the fridge when I need to, so if you’re like me – this is going to take some planning and forethought.  In the past, I’ve tried every method from defrosting butter in the microwave to grating it into little pieces and it’s never turned out well for me.  Take it out of the fridge in the morning and by the afternoon it should be ready to go!

2. chill the dough

It seems redundant that you would have to soften your butter and then chill it again but you want your butter to melt in the oven once it’s holding together all the other ingredients. So give it at least 2 hours in the fridge (if your butter was super warm and soft when you mixed the batter, leave it in longer.)  You don’t want the dough to dry out in the fridge, though, so make sure to keep it in an airtight container OR cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap.  Warm batter will result in thin, flat cookies which will over bake and won’t be soft.

*Bonus Tip:  You can make a double batch and freeze it for instant cookies any day!

3. don’t over bake 

The recipe calls for 12 – 15 minutes at 350°F but ovens vary.  Set your timer for 10 minutes and then keep a close eye on them after that.  I take mine out at 11 minutes.  The size and shape that you make them will affect the baking time also.  I tend to keep mine on the smaller side for the kids (about 1 tablespoon of batter).  You want to look for a VERY slight golden color around the edges but they should be puffed up all the way across (not sunken in the middle).

 

The Perfect Mom Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
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Serves: 24
 
A classic chocolate chip recipe for thick, soft cookies the kids will love!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup softened butter (room temperature)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1¾ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a stand mixer (you can do this by hand but a mixer is preferred) cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Use the highest setting on your mixer and mix for 1 - 2 minutes.
  2. Add in the egg, vanilla, salt, baking soda and baking powder and mix on medium speed for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Add in the flour and mix on low speed until just combined.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips by hand.
  5. Transfer the cookie dough into an airtight container and CHILL for at least 2 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 F
  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat
  8. Scoop 1 tablespoon of dough onto sheet or roll into small balls spacing 2 -3 inches apart
  9. Bake for 10 -12 minutes. Look for the cookies to puff up all the way across, not sunken in the middle and a slight golden color on the edges.

 


Of course, I couldn’t bake without my favorite tools!