Frogs, Snails, and Puppydog Tails Baby Shower

A couple months ago, I hosted a small baby shower with a super fun and cute theme: Frogs, Snails, and Puppy dog tails.  Here are a couple pictures:

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Covered the table with burlap and covered the vases with darker brown burlap

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Froggy watermelon carving. I found the instructions HERE. So cute!  Napkins are from Amazon.

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I made “snails” from ham and a cream cheese pesto mixture rolled up in tortilla shells. My plan was to do THIS with pickles for the body, but my time ran out… still looked snail-like without that though!  Frog candies and frog bath toys are from Amazon.

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Puppy dog tails are crockpot little smokies. Here is the super easy recipe I used.

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The yummy desserts are from Whole Foods bakery… yummo!

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And the straws are also from Amazon.com

We just played one game and it was the baby shower Memory Game that I mentioned way back HERE.

For more ideas, check out my pinterest board and also check out these SUPER cute framed pictures from ETSY… LOVE this shop!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sofia the First Party

We had a Sofia the First Party for my 5 year old.  It was so cute and we just love Sofia around here.  I got carried away with all the little detailed crafts on this one … I had lots of fun with that part.  I should have planned a couple more games or activities, but it all worked out in the end.

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This was a fun (yet time consuming) little craft for the front door. below is a picture of how I did it.

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I got to reuse these flowers from a couple years ago… made from my cricut flower shoppe cartridge

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IMG_4207IMG_4206When the girls arrived, I had them start by decorating crowns while we waited for all the guest to arrive.

 

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Below is a tip on decorating a cake stand in a temporary way that won’t damage your platter.

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found this super cute butterfly dish from HomeGoods

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Birdies and flower from Michaels Craft Store

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I hot glued giant jewels onto wooden skewers and then added the grapes

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Lace glued onto mini water bottles

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guess I didn’t get a picture after I made the punch, but it had raspberry sherbet in it … yum…

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Saw this adorable sofia the first cupcake cake idea on Pinterest. The white pearls are sixlets candy and the amulet is a homemade purple hard candy (in a jewel mold)

We watched an episode of Sofia the First during snack.

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FYI… spray adhesive works better to hid the seams on a printed image, but I didn’t do that this time… whoops

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cake time

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cake face

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parachute games to fill some time (see my lack of planning games this time above)…

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crawling under the parachute

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party favors … found these super cute crocheted flowers in the dollar bins at Michaels and I hot glued a barrette to the back. Inside the bags are stickers, cheap tiaras (that I added some jewels to, to make them sparkle) and these (earring/ring set)

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I made amulets from beads from Michaels onto a thing ribbon. made the mistake of not making the ribbon long enough for some kids to get over their heads… 😦

That’s the party!  Now here are those last 2 how to projects mentioned above:

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I just took 2-3 strands of heavy gauge wire and made it into a large “5” … then cut little squares of purple tulle (you can barely see them on the table) and bunched them in the middle and hot glued the center onto the wire. Lastly I added some butterfly clips as shown in the top picture.

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Under my cake stand I attached some scotch packing tape around my platter (and stuck another one under it with sticky sides together, so it was only stuck to the platter at the very top and wouldn’t stick to it below.) Then you can hot glue whatever tulle, ribbon, fabric or lace onto the tape. When the party is over, just cut it all off… so this is pretty much a one time decoration.

How to make a jeweled placeholder

IMG_4167I wanted some cute placeholders to display the food titles for my daughter’s Sofia the First party.  So, here is a tutorial for you all who are interested.

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Here are the supplies needed: 12 gauge floral wire, bottle caps, jewels, hot glue gun, wire cutter, needle nose pliers, round tip pliers (optional) and something with a sharp metal point (I used a compass)

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poke a hold in the middle of the bottle cap with a sharp metal point.

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Measure about 8″ of wire and cut

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insert wire through bottlecap

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bend the end and press it in

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hot glue to secure the end

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bend wire in half about half way through and using the rounded tip pliers, swirl the end all the way to the bended part.

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keep that swirl going

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after completed, hot glue a jewel sparkle over the swirled part at the top and some jewels on top of the bottle cap.

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Frozen Party

Here are pictures from my 7-year-old’s Frozen Birthday Party with descriptions and links below!

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The wreath is Styrofoam wrapped with white tulle and I cut out some snowflakes on my Cricut with the Winter Lace cartridge. The printable Olaf is found here.

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I used the idea from Oh Happy Day to make these fun party hats.

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Frozen party supplies where hard to find back in March/April, but I managed to find a few things! I am sure supplies are more available by now.

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Blue LED Lights and some crochet and embroidered snowflakes and white tinsel as a table decoration.

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making beaded bracelets with pearl beads and clear tribeads

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The Disney Frozen figurines are from the Disney Store… Sven fell into the cake and I loved how it looked with cake on his nose, so I just left it… He is a little mischievous sometimes, so it worked. I just bought the plainest white cake I could find and decorated it myself. The idea found here. I made the blue ice with a simple hard candy recipe like this. and the snowflake sprinkles are from Wilton.

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We played a Frozen scavenger hunt based on the lyrics of Let It Go… brilliant game and thanks so much to the Bombshell Bling for this free printable

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finding clues and at the end of the hunt, I had a bowl full of snowflake barrettes for each girl to pick one.

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We played a very fun game called Don’t Eat Olaf! It was a crowd favorite for sure (despite a couple tears when things got too loud). I saw it on Etsy.IMG_4096IMG_4097

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Another game we played was to divide into 2 teams and each team decorate one person into a snowman using toilet paper and hats, scarves and carrot nose. The birthday girl got to pick the winning team with the snowman she liked best.IMG_4093

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in addition to the bracelet and hair piece from the party, the kids also got a book and stickers for party favors

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Here is a link to my Pinterest board for more ideas!

40th birthday party for my husband

I threw a party for my husband’s 40th birthday and it was super fun to plan a party for adults (not that I don’t like doing the kid’s parties, but it was a nice change!)  You only turn 40 once, so I went all out and rented some bistro tables, plates, and glasses and rearranged the house and even hired a bartender (which, by the way, was a huge help and allowed me to enjoy the party also!)  The party was on Saturday, so the bistro tables were delivered on Friday and picked up on Monday (also night… allowing me plenty of time to set up and tear down).

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some assembly required. 🙂 We rented from Grand Event Rentals and they were great and responded quickly to my questions.

The color theme was black and blue, so I moved all our black furniture (couch and a couple benches) into the living room and used black linens on the tables.

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The curtains were made with black streamers. I cut a strip for the top and attached the long streamers to it and then it was a little easier to just tape it all to the ceiling at once. Masking tape worked well. Then I draped it by tacking a strip to the wall to hold them back. I loved how this turned out and made a fun entrance and WAYYY cheaper than fabric curtains!

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40 decorations from amazon

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for the Christmas lights around the ceiling I used 3M Command hooks and they worked great and came off the wall really well afterwards.

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I bought these really fun submersible blue LED lights and some blue water pearls to fill some random vases I had. Also with a glass tea light holder and black tea candle. They turned out so awesome! Set a fun mood.

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Another fun project: I bought these plain coasters and sprayed them with black chalkboard spray paint (takes around 3 coats) and then people could write on them with chalk to keep track of which drink was theirs.

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saw this idea on pinterest and loved it! Pictures from all the stages of life. 🙂

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The Food!: The desserts were from Whole Foods (petits), strawberries, potato boats, stuffed mushrooms, pita bread with jalopeno artichoke dip, shrimp taco bites and cream cheese cucumber bites. The silver platters I found on Amazon and they are very fun. Also the napkins.

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I played some awesome hits from the hubby’s younger years;  some where awesome classics and some were glad to be in the past!  🙂

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It was truly a fun party and I definitely need to do this again sometime!!

My Little Pony Party

It looks like we have turned a corner with my oldest and she has really wanted to help in the planning of her birthday parties.  I always let the kids pick the theme they want, but she wanted to be really hands-on with the decorations and what activities we would do and the order of the party.  Looks like I am training up another little planner!  🙂  She wanted a My Little Pony party this year.  I had seen that Hasbro has blank white My Little Pony that you can order, so I ordered some of those.  I had no idea how we would decorate those, but we decided on Permanent Markers… you can color the hair and everything.  I wanted the girls to be able to take them home and not get wet paint all over.  If you have more time, I would recommend the markers for the hair and then probably acrylic paint would be better for the body and produce a more even look and glitter glue for some sparkle.

Without further ado, here are the pics! 

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Lalaloopsy birthday party

Lalaloopsies are so adorable, I was excited when my daughter chose that theme for her birthday party.  (the party was last fall and I am again behind on my posts!)  First, I bought a book (for the kids) that had most of the lalaloopsies in it, so I could get an idea of decorations and activities for the party (and Pinterest of course).  And we watched a Lalaloopsy show on Netflix (the show isn’t good, IMO … the plot is horrible), but I did get some ideas.  Here are the pictures from her party with links and comments!

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The buttons were cut out on the Cricut using my Wild Card cartridge. And then I just used a yarn needle and threaded yarn through the buttons to make garland.

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Found these wall decals on clearance at Toys R Us… good deal, but they did NOT stick well at all… they were in the trash right after the party unfortunately. They also have them on Amazon and Birthday Express and hopefully better quality.

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More Garland made from dessert size paper plates and a black paper button cutout glued to the plate.

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More button garland! (I guess I got crazy with the paper button cutting, because I had a lot!)

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Used the book mentioned at the top of the page to help lookup a bunch of lalaloopsies on Bing image search (make sure you set the image size to wallpaper (or large) find the better quality images! Then I added the names and printed them out… (they moved to her bedroom wall after the party!)

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For one activity, we stuffed, sewed and decorated little lalaloopsy pets. I prepared them, but printing out the pets on paper and tracing them and their pieces onto felt. Then glued some of the pieces on using felt glue (so they would have time to dry) and sewing the button eyes on. With the front and back felt pieces together, I used a very small 1/16 hole punch to punch around the edges. (warning: hand fatigue is possible!!)

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We used embroidery floss to stitch them together and I had a bunch of plastic yarn needles for sewing them and stuffing.

 

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Also felt markers (found at a fabric/craft store) for decorating.

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For the second craft, I purchased a bunch of small prepared canvas boards from Michaels and precut with my cricut the first letter of the girls who were attending the party. I traced their letter onto the canvas with pencil and we used thick glue dots to glue on buttons to fill in their letter.

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buttons from Oriental Trading

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The last activity was a Lalaloopsy board game and it was so cute. It comes with a little lalaloopsy doll and it involves someone hiding the doll and they others picking cards to figure out which room she is in and then they have a minute to try to find her. (I had all the kids go look instead of one at a time as the directions say). Also I took out the cards of the rooms that I didn’t want the kids looking in (bedrooms, etc)

 

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lalaloopsy party supplies found here. I also crocheted a few flowers to stick around.

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Button candy molds found here. I just melted Wiltons candy melts and poured them into the melts. Make sure you wait until they are good and cooled before you pop them out of the molds (some of mine turned out better than the others)

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super cute cupcake topper from Amazon.

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I found these tin lalaloopsy boxes from Hobby Lobby and they worked great to put their little animals in and some stickers.

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