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Pool Party

3 Tips and Tricks on Planning the Most Awesome Pool Party on a Shoestring Budget

One of the best ways to show appreciation for the summer seasons is to throw a pool party. Inviting a few friends and family members to enjoy a swim and some snacks, refreshments, and fun is a pleasant way to spend a hot summer day. Of course, depending on your idea of a budget, pool parties can become expensive with things like décor, store-bought foods, and luxury pool toys. If you want to have a party without breaking the bank, here are a few tips and tricks to get you started. Make Your Own Snacks It can be very tempting to run to the store just before your party and throw half the chip aisle into your cart. However, feeding guests in this way can add up more easily than you might expect. Instead, you should make your own snacks, cutting costs and allowing for more creativity. Rather than serving boring bowls of chips, you can customize the snacks to form a cohesive theme for your party. Some popular pool party themes might be islands, …

Mac and Cheese Bar Tips & Ideas

Even as a non-cheezer, I love the concept of a Mac and Cheese Bar for a party or shower. Cook up your favorite macaroni and cheese recipe, then create a bar of fun toppings to let you guests customize their own creation— ham, bacon, different kinds of cheese (blue cheese for a something blue!), mushrooms, asparagus. Let your imagination run wild– and encourage your guests to do the same! Mac and Cheese Bar Inspo Brace yourself. You’re about to get very hungry. This idea is one I haven’t seen before. Surprise your guests with something unique and amazingly yummy. The party pictured is elegant and feminine, but a mac and cheese bar would work well for virtually any event. Superbowl party, kids birthday, bridal shower, Father’s Day, Fourth of July, Christmas, you name it! These are just a few topping ideas. The possibilities are endless! Fresh veggies, pepperoni, sausage, a multitude of cheeses, sauteed onions, sauteed mushrooms, maybe even some fresh pineapple chunks. What DOESN’T taste good with mac and cheese?! Have you attended an …

Clever Printable Candy Gift Tags for Birthdays

These printable candy gift tags are the perfect way to add a special touch to your sweet gift. The quotes put a funny spin on different types of treats. You can download the printable tags at Parties and Patterns. Tie them around candy like Snickers, Look, Twix, Red Hots, Good & Plenty, animal crackers, Hog Wash fruit drink and even ice cream toppings. “Here’s the Scoop” Printable Ice Cream Gift Tag Place yummy ice cream toppings and a scoop inside a cellophane bag and tie the printable tag on with a cute ribbon.   “Laughter and Snickers” Printable Candy Gift Tag Add a little humor to your sweet birthday gift! More Sweet Printable Candy Gift Tags This packet includes cute Birthday phrases using a number of different treats and candy brands. These quick gifts are perfect for teachers, friends, teenagers, kids or just about anyone.  You can download this free packet that includes instructions and the printable tags HERE at Parties and Patterns.  Check out our BLOG for more fun ideas, recipes and patterns.  

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Candy Land Party Ideas

I am loving this adorable Candy Land Party on Parents.com. Lots of great decorating ideas on a budget! It’s so colorful, vibrant and, most importantly, FUN! Candy Land Party Trail Use 12×12 construction paper to re-create the classic Sugar Trail from Candy Land! What you use to hold it in place depends on your floor type. For carpet, try packing tape. For delicate flooring, consider something gentle like Scotch tape. Candy Land Lollipop Balloons These giant “lollipops” are made from empty wrapping paper tubes, balloons and cellophane! Use white acrylic paint on the wrapping paper tube. For something a bit more sturdy, you could use spray painted PVC pipe. Candy Land Wall Decor Colored plates and cellophane to make candy for the walls. Choose vibrant colored plates, wrap, and seal up the ends with a twist tie or rubber band! Attach them to the walls with a little Scotch tape. You can make a number of these using inexpensive colored plates from the dollar store. Candy Land Party Favors Party-goers can take home these Candy Land …

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Dr Seuss Party

Thank you Angela from Baby Farm Parties & Ideas for submitting your Dr Seuss Party. Dr Seuss is a childhood favorite – and you brought it to life! What lucky daughters you have! Angela made my Dr Seuss Party goodie bags out of red lunch bags and added turquoise blue tissue paper to give some flair. She cut out white circles that said ‘Thing 2’ and some said ‘Thing 3’ and glued them in the front, she got a lot of her goodies to add to the bags from ebay including brand new in the package Burger King cat in the hat movie action figures. She also bought some great goodies from Birthday Express from their “Cat in the Hat” party line. She decided to have a candy bar which was a hit with kids and adults. Each guest took home a little white box with a tag thanking them for joining full of candy and yummy homemade pastries. Her custom invitations she got from Sendo Invitations. All of the food was Seuss inspired and made by …

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A Chanel Party

We recently threw a CHANEL N°27 themed party for the classy and fabulous Jacqueline on her 27th birthday. We had seen Chanel party ideas floating around and it looked like the perfect theme for her. “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” – CoCo Chanel Our Chanel Party Invitation & Decor! Jacqueline’s initials are J.J., so we created a custom JJ logo that we used throughout the party. The Drink Menu ROUGE COCO {named after Jacqueline’s favorite lipstick} – Bubbly Champagne with Raspberry Liqueur COCO CHANEL – A Decadent Chocolate Martini CHANEL BALLERINA {named after Jacqueline’s favorite nail polish} – X-Rated Fusion Liqueur with Lemon Lime Soda Gimme Some Sugar made the pumpkin flavored Chanel cake that was the center of the COCO DESSERT BAR. The COCO DESSERT BAR was draped in black and white striped linen from La Tavola and filled rich chocolate treats including: mini truffle and white chocolate cheesecake squares, chocolate covered strawberries, macaroons, doughnuts, brownie bites, and cake balls. “A women who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” – …

Gumball Bouquet Flower Tutorial, creative, fun, colorful gift idea

Gumball Flower Bouquet Tutorial

My son is celebrating his summer birthday at school this week and I had to make 24 of these… Uh-huh…cute right? I’ve been waiting for a reason to make these. I’m trying to keep my projects down to ones I’m going to actually use. I’m getting too sidetracked and poorly managing my party time a.k.a. staying up way too late. I can’t take any credit for coming up with them, this fabulousness is all from Ruffled. I didn’t have the clear rubber bands, but scads of ribbon, so that’s what I tied mine with, and matched everything. ‘Cuz I’m insane like that. Not Just A Mommy! Supplies for Gumball Flower Bouquet 1 plastic balloon stick (I ordered mine from Oriental Trading) 1 clear elastic band or ribbon to match 7 small gumballs 1 large gumball 1 cellophane cut into circle shape (check the gift wrap section of your dollar store for cellophane gift wrap) For the life of me, I couldn’t keep the smaller gumballs from rolling around when I tried to balance them around the …

Amazing Race Adventure Party Ideas

We love the Amazing Race show in our house and this Sunday nights show is the season finale. I have been collecting a few great party ideas that can be used to create an incredible and fun Amazing Race Party. A fun party for the teen or tweens! Amazing Race Party Set-up As guest arrive snap a Polaroid picture and get them started on their journey with a passport. This is fun for each kid to have stamped as they journey threw each leg of the race. I love the idea of each guest having their own tote bag filled with tools and items for different challenges they must complete during the race. This inspiration comes from A. Party Style and her fantastic Around The World Party. There are many more photos and details to see – here. 1. & 2. I featured this Around the world party from Happy Hour Mom here. I loved the post card centerpiece and the globe beach ball. The beach ball could be used in a “pool leg of …

Dr. Seuss Birthday Party Ideas, Planning, Decorations

Dr Seuss Birthday Party

I absolutely loved planning and hosting this Dr Seuss Birthday Party!  There were so many fun themes and characters that the choices were endless.  After being inspired by Dr Seuss Baby Showers’ at Kara’s Party Ideas and Stem Parties I came up with this fabulous party! Fun Dr. Seuss Birthday Party Ideas I painted and cut out over 20 truffula trees taller than me!  I also painted Thing 1 and Thing 2 charicatures to go over photographs of the Birthday Boys. Green Eggs and Ham were, of course, a must have on the buffet table! We had the children play ‘Pin the heart on the Grinch’ as we all know – his heart is two sizes too small! The party favour table – it wouldn’t be a Dr Seuss party if the Cat in the Hat weren’t in attendance! Thing 1 ready to have his cake and eat it too!  His twin brother, Thing 2, never remained very presentable as he was wont to pull off his hair! This party was a BLAST and I hope the photos and ideas have …

Wet n wild summer fun birthday party theme ideas

Wet’n’Wild Children’s Birthday Party

A WET’N’WILD birthday party is all about summer! Create a beach atmosphere with brightly colored beach towels, serve fish’n’chips, make a sandcastle birthday cake, play water based games and most importantly serve ICE-CREAM!! Now listen to the squeals of delight! Hello, I am the creator of www.imprintables.com.au a range of children’s themed stylish party invitations. All my designs are based on concepts for children’s parties and would like to share with you my son’s third birthday party. The party was held in our Aussie summer with a range of children aged between 1yr – 4yrs so the games and food had to cater for all. Below are a few sinppets of the party. I hope you’ll enjoy them! Summer Children’s Party Ideas TOP: Ice-cream party invitation available from The Infant Boutique. BELOW: Handcrafted ice-cream invitation Sunglasses were given to each child by the birthday boy as a way to welcome each guest and to get them into the summer spirit. Mini ice-cream cones are perfect for small hands to hold. Paper napkins teamed with paper …