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Unicorn Party

This unicorn party has been one of my all-time favorites to design. Mostly because my little girl is obsessed with unicorns. She would get the biggest smile on her face and squeal every time she saw me working on it. Part of me just wanted to keep it going forever just so I could see the joy on her face coming in my craft room filled with iridescent streamers, unicorn piñata’s, spiraled suckers, giant balloons, confetti and more.

Reese is also a big lover of rainbows and pink with everything in her wardrobe, toys, life, you name it. In her world it all has to either have rainbows or pink. That is why I had to make two unicorns. One with rainbow hair and one with fluffy, pink hair. She noticed the features of both and couldn’t stop giggling about it. I knew it would be worth the extra work, and I was right.

Temporary Tattoos

Reese is also a huge lover of stickers, so I thought I would introduce her to temporary tattoos. It’s like a sticker but stays on longer. I think that may have been a mistake. She goes to my craft room looking for them, and somehow finds leftovers despite my best effort to hide them from her. I think we may have a problem on her hands. Ha ha! But seriously, have you guys ever used the temporary tattoo paper from Silhouette? It is the coolest stuff! And you don’t even have to just use it on your skin, you can use it on other surfaces like wood and plastic. I used them on some wood discs to make a memory game for my boys’ birthday last year. Applied the temporary tattoo and sprayed it with some clear sealer. They turned out great!

rainbow tattoo

unicorn temporary tattoos

Unicorn Paper Sacks

The paper sacks are one of my all-time favorite party hacks. This is how I serve meals at most of the parties that I host. I love to do sack lunches that have everything already packaged and ready for each guest to just grab and eat. Inside the sack lunches I put in a 2 inch wrapped section of Walmart 6 foot sandwich, bag of chips, and snack size bag of fruits and veggies. I didn’t include a treat this time, because dessert was this beautiful cake made by my mother-in-law. Reese was so excited for the cake that her grandma was going to make her and it did not disappoint. She sat and discussed all of this beautiful features with her grandma when she brought it. She really cannot get enough of how amazing it turned out.

unicorn lunch sacks

Unicorn Party Hats

I think these little party hats are my favorite thing from the unicorn line. The rainbow mane out the back is so darn cute! I love the 3-D ears poking out and the beautiful hair with the horn sticking out the top. The great part about this is everything is print and cut, so the time it takes to assemble one of these is fairly quick. I will be posting a full tutorial on how to make these hats next week.

unicorn party hat

unicorn party hat

Unicorn Award Ribbons

The award ribbons were so fun to give out to the kids after the games. I found these little adhesive safety pins online that you just peel and stick to the back of the paper ribbons. It made it so easy to put on the kids and they looked so cute. This would also be adorable without any numbers on them, or you could also just put the age of the person whose birthday it is. For example, I would’ve done the number three on all of them because it was Reese’s third birthday.

unicorn award ribbons

Unicorn Sucker Party Favors

The unicorn sucker party favors were the perfect party favor. I had already done so much prep during the party for the sack lunches, hats, ribbons and tattoos, so I kept the party favor pretty simple. Even though it is so simple, it still looks like you put a lot of effort and work into it. The suckers come in a variety of colors and I believe they even have rainbow ones.

unicorn suckers

Unicorn Piñata

Next week I will post about all the fun games we had at the party including this fun unicorn I made from a donkey piñata. It was so easy, but does take a bit of time. I just stripped off all the fringe tissue paper from the donkey, spray painted it white, and trimmed the ears a bit. Then I covered it in strips of crepe paper I had cut to look like fringe. I made a few tassels out of tissue paper for the main and hot glued them on. Don’t forget to add some iridescent highlights. Haha! The horn is actually paper cotton candy cone I trimmed down and covered in tissue paper. I’m excited to share the rest of the fun games and activities with you next week.

unicorn pinata

Leprechaun Houses

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We had the funnest party yesterday with some of my friends I worked with years ago and all their cute kiddos. I do an annual St. Patrick’s Day party with them and thought it would be fun to change things up a bit. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I love to decorate gingerbread houses. We did haunted houses at Halloween, the classic gingerbread houses at Christmas, and then love shacks at Valentine’s. I wanted to do leprechaun houses, but was a little sugared out. I’m so glad I decided to do wood houses for these. They turned out absolutely adorable! Now we have a place to keep our leprechauns if we get lucky enough to catch one.

small leprechaun wooded houseThe whole project started with these adorable house boxes I found while looking for stuff for a completely different party. The size and shape is perfect, and I love that the roof comes off so you can take a peek inside and even decorate it for the little guy.

leprechaun house suppliesHere is a list of where I purchased everything to help you find things a little easier. Everything I bought at craft stores was 40% off when I purchased it. Watch for sales, craft stores always have great ones.

Michaels – black rocks, white rocks, moss rocks, moss rocks with succulents,
Oriental Trading – paper mache house boxes, gold coins, large wood slice, wood spools
Walmart – moss ribbon, bag of moss
Hobby Lobby – small wood slices, moss ribbon, small popsicle sticks

leprechaun house wood stairsMy boys have been so anxious to make a bug garden (like a fairy garden, but for bugs) that I thought we could use these houses in the bug gardens after St. Patrick’s Day. I’m sure the paper mache houses won’t hold up very well outside, but that will just give us an excuse to do this fun activity again. If you are going to make fairy gardens, I think little wood bird house kits would make such cute houses that you could decorate. That’s what we’ll replace these with after they have endured the weather a bit. Luckily, all the cute steps, wagons, tables and chairs, etc. are all wood and will be just fine.

leprechaun housesMy oldest boys are 5 years old and couldn’t get enough of this. They’re still making houses and other accessories out of all the wood slices and moss as we speak. They woke up first thing this morning, and got to work. 12 hours and about 5 pounds of glue later, they’re still creating. I think the excitement of working on their bug gardens mixed with getting to use the hot glue guns by themselves, is what has kept them busy all day. They have done so well with them and can’t put them down.

side of wood leprechaun houseAt the party I had three cordless hot glue guns to split between the 12 kids. First of all, that wasn’t nearly enough. Second, the cordless hot glue guns didn’t heat the glue fast enough for how much they were being used. They took forever. I grabbed my cheap, mini glue guns that plug into the wall and we were able to crank out the houses much faster. If you decide to do wireless glue guns for this project, I recommend having one per person.

natural leprechaun houseAnd you can’t have a leprechaun house without a few gold coins. We places them around the houses to help lure the leprechauns to us. I hope it works.

leprechaun fairy garden housesSend your kids outside to gather some sticks and other treasures from nature and get to work making some leprechaun houses. Or, you can just go buy everything at the store like I did. Haha! Works either way.

I hope you have felt inspired to make leprechaun houses or maybe it gave you motivation for a fairy/bug garden this summer. Whatever you choose, enjoy the process of making them. That’s the best part.

Candy Shop Party Decorations and Favor Boxes

candy party shop tabletopI had this idea I just couldn’t get out of my head, and I couldn’t focus on anything else until I created it. Can any of you relate? This candy shop originally started for a Valentine party, but as I continued to create and the colors started coming, I knew it would be a fun party any time of year. Wouldn’t this be a fun birthday party or maybe just a day with the girls talking and making fun candy treats?

candy shop party favor boxesEverything in this party is so easy to create because all the hard work is done for you. Those darling candy shop boxes are print and cut files. Just print them out and cut with your Silhouette. Glue the boxes together and fill for guests, or have them fill their own for a great party favor. Fill your own party favors… can’t get much easier than that.

candy shop favor boxes side

candy shop boxes candy shop party tableWe always see candy bars set up using the big, glass apothecary jars. For this party, I wanted to show how you can use any container you have on hand, big or small. I bought those little doll house shelves for an entirely different project, but they fit so perfectly with the candy shop decorations and favor boxes that I had to use them. I cut out a few of the candy pieces, strung them together for a little garland and hung it across the top. A small project, but it adds some great detail and variety to all the jars of candy. candy shop candy garlandcandy shop partyThe heart fan backdrop turned out to be my favorite part. It adds so much color and texture. A huge perk of this backdrop… it is so so easy to make and comes together very quickly. I actually spent about 15 hours on a different backdrop for this party. It was so cool, but didn’t look good with this set up. I plan on using it for another party though, so don’t panic. :) After spending all that time on a backdrop that just wasn’t working I threw this together in an hour and I love it! Wouldn’t those hearts turned upside-down be so cute as fins for a mermaid party? Always a good thing when you can get more than one use out of a project. heart fan backdrop
heart fan backdrop

 

candy shop candy lights

For the final detail, I wrapped some ball lights in cellophane and had them pouring over a container like candy overflowing from a jar. The colors are so fun and the shape of these lights is so playful. They are my new favorite party accessory. And by new, I mean I have been using them in parties for a little over a year, and I’m not even close to being sick of them. :)

candy party table

I hope you enjoy it as much as my kids and I already have. You can find all files to print and cut each piece of this candy shop party below.

Witches’ Brew Party Drink

witches' brew party drink kit

We had the funnest Halloween party with our friends. It was a progressive party where we traveled to a new house for each activity. Luckily we are all neighbors, so we didn’t have to travel far.

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witches brew party table

At my house we had lunch and made some witches’ brew party drinks. I found these awesome skull mugs at Oriental Trading in their clearance section over the summer. I’m glad I snagged them up, because they are no longer available. Total bummer, because these mugs are so cool! This was the inspiration for the whole drink.

fresh blood syringe

I bought these syringes early in October from Walmart not knowing what I was going to do with them. I knew I had to use them some how this season and this was the perfect place for it.

witches' brew kit table setting

photo by Jill Witt Photography

Each child had their own witches’ brew party drink kit set up as their place setting at the table. The kit included all the ingredients they would need. The products were all name brand too, and came from the best witch shop in town, Witchy Works. ;)

witches' brew ingredients

Witches’ Brew Drink Kit 

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Blood – Koolaid
  • Broken Bones – Candyfetti (Pop Rocks would also be cool for this)
  • Eye of Newt – Candy Eyes
  • Bits of Brains – Sweet Tart Ropes
  • Ghostly Goo – Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Skull Juice – Sprite
  • Witches’ Brew Labels

Directions:

  1. Print and cut out your labels. The labels include more spooky ingredients than I used at the party, so they will fit a variety of candies and other ingredients you want to use.
  2. Fill your glass half way full of Sprite. I used a ladle to scoop it out of a cauldron in the middle of the table with dry ice. Why is that stuff so cool even when you’re an adult? I loved it as much as the kids.
  3. Add ingredients one at a time and watch as they fizz and bubble up. Use the straw to stir your magic potion.
  4. Drink up and enjoy!

fresh blood in witches' brew

The kids loved mixing and adding all their spooky ingredients to make… well, a mess actually, but that’s what parties are all about. Haha! If you want to watch it in action, my little boy made some witches’ brew in this video.

witches' brew with syringeHave a safe and happy Halloween!

Haunted Gingerbread House Party

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Our cousins slept over last week and we decided to make haunted gingerbread houses with them. I bought a kit of five houses a few weeks ago at Walmart for $7. I planned on doing them with my kids some time during October, but when our cousins were over, we knew it would be the best activity to do together. So the night before, I gathered all my supplies and quickly made up some spider web bases, treat bags and glued all the houses together. Glueing all the houses together before the party is the best way to do it. You can see more about it on my Gingerbread House Party post.  My original idea for the icing, was to fill some piping bags with white frosting and tie them shut. But at the very last minute I had the idea to make them look like candy corn. I’m so glad I did, because they looked so cute!

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Candy Corn Frosting Bags

Supplies Needed:

  • Frosting (I used pre-made frosting from the grocery store.)
  • Piping Bags
  • Food Coloring
  • Cups
  • Twine

Directions:

  1. Color your frosting with food coloring.
  2. Place the piping bags in cups and fold down the top two or three inches around the outside of the cup. This keeps the bag upright and also keeps you from getting frosting all over the top edge of the bag as you fill them.
  3. Scoop white frosting into a piping bag. Do the same for the yellow and orange frosting.
  4. Cut the tip off of the white frosting, and pipe it into the bottom of each bag sitting in a cup.
  5. Next pipe in the orange frosting, followed by the yellow frosting.
  6. Pull the bags out of the cups, twist the tops and tie shut with the twine.
  7. When the party starts, just snip the tip of the bag off and let the kids start frosting.

haunted-gingerbread-house-details

For the haunted gingerbread house bases, I cut out a spider web using my Silhouette Cameo and used it as a stencil on some white cake boards. Place the spider web on the cake board, tape down in one or two spots, then spray with black spray paint. I wasn’t too worried about the lines being perfect, because they were going to get covered in candy and frosting. I like to do a larger base for the houses, because the kids love creating fun things in the yards. I think they spend more time decorating the base than on the actual house.

*While I was cutting out the spider webs for the bases, I cut out a few smaller ones using white sticker paper and placed them on the bags of candy to seal them shut. Easiest stickers ever!

I took pictures of everyone’s houses during the party and thought this little evolution of a haunted gingerbread house was fun to see.

evolution-of-haunted-gingerbread-house

Do you see that large, square marshmallow in the backyard of the house above? That is a trampoline. My little boy used a toothpick to make the gummy bear look like he was jumping high on the trampoline. And that big Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in the front yard is a fire pit. He sure is a clever little 4-year-old!haunted-gingerbread-house-candy-and-frosting

Just look at all that delicious candy to use. And aren’t those candy corn frosting bags so cute sitting there on the table?

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Sometimes it’s hard to know when to quit. Haha! Can you believe all the piles of frosting and candy on this house? This was the house of my other 4-year-old, Jax. His house was voted the spookiest. I can see why. eating-the-frosting

This scene was all too familiar. I don’t think there was a second during the whole party when there wasn’t at least one kid eating frosting from their bag. Just another reason I like to give each kid their own frosting supply. haunted-gingerbread-houses-finished

A little look at all the gingerbread houses made at the party. I love the creativity kids have when you don’t show them a finished project of what it is supposed to look like. It’s so fun to see what they come up with, and let their creativity run wild.

Also, when there are six kids and only 5 houses in the kit, (and the store is sold out) you make do with what you have. My 2-year-old didn’t mind decorating a house out of marshmallows one bit.  She was just happy having her own stash of candy and giant bag of frosting. haunted-gingerbread-house-table-3My favorite pictures of every party is the messy table during the middle and at the end. Nothing shows it was a fun party more than that.

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Dinner Party

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A few weeks ago I stopped at Michaels to check out their Halloween decorations. My daughter and I were finding much more than we had gone in for. I feel like that always happens to me no matter what store I’m in. Anyway, as we were wondering through the isles we spotted all the glow-in-the-dark party stuff. They had banners, plates, platters, pitchers, utensils, and more. I was just going to get some plates, but saw that everything was on sale, so I grabbed a bunch of stuff and decided to have a glow-in-the-dark Halloween dinner party with my kids.

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Now before I go on about how much fun this party is, I feel like I should mention this is not a sponsored post. It just sounds like it because I found so much great stuff there on sale and we have been going crazy with Halloween activities this month. I love when I come across a good find and wanted to share it with all of you.

So, back to this glow-in-the-dark Halloween dinner. We decided to have it on a night that our cousins were sleeping over so they could join in on the fun. I wasn’t really sure how this was going to turn out, and if it would even work that well. Would the plates and cups even glow that bright? Would it be too dark to see our food? And most importantly, would I be able to capture it all in photos? haha!
glow-in-the-dark-pizza-partyI had this idea in my head of eating some warm soup or a beautiful homemade dinner to make it feel fancy, but at the last second decided to go with pizza. I figured pizza would be a lot easier to eat in the dark than trying to spoon soup to your your mouth, or cut meat in the dark. haha! I’m pretty sure things would have been a mess.

glow-in-the-dark-cupThe pizza was the perfect thing and the kids loved it. We were going to have juice, but the cups were a little unstable, so we figured water would be much safer in the dark. The kids loved taking turns to go turn on the lights and “charge” all the glow-in-the-dark table settings every once in a while.

glow-in-the-dark-spider-cupI made some spooky eyes using glow-in-the-dark vinyl and Silhouette Cameo 3, and put them on the walls as well as napkins I folded like bats. It was a fun little detail all the kids loved. The spooky eyes are still on the walls and are the favorite decoration in the house.glow-in-the-dark-bat-plateglow-in-the-dark-place-setting

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If you haven’t tried a glow-in-the-dark party, you need to. It was so much fun! We will definitely be doing this again next year!

The Perfect Puppy Party

puppy party hats

This little cutie turned two and we celebrated with a Puppy Party! She loves, loves, loves dogs and giggles when she sees or gets to pet one. Plus, we celebrated with just our family and grandparents because her birthday was a few weeks after I had the baby, so we went with a theme all the kids would enjoy.

puppy party table setting

Puppy Party Decorations

I love that the colors of this party work well for both boys and girls. The table set up was so easy. The only thing I used purely for decoration was the dog bone confetti sprinkled on top. Every other piece on the table was functional and used by the guests.

puppy party place setting

Each place setting had: a plate for their lunch, dog dish (used later for a game,) party hat, glass bottle with straw, and a dog house party favor. I picked up the dog food bowls at a dollar store and the glass drinking bottles were from the Target Dollar Spot. I love when I find what I need for great prices. Isn’t that the best?

puppy party cupcakes

The centerpiece was a plate full of cupcakes made to look like dog food in a bowl. I’m sure General Mills and Reese’s didn’t intend for their delicious cereal to be used as fake dog food, but it looks too much like it to pass up. Haha! (It really is the yummiest cereal!)

The cupcakes were so easy to make and require zero cake decorating skills. I made chocolate cupcakes from a box, frosted them with store-bought chocolate frosting, then immediately rolled them in a bowl full of Reese’s Puffs cereal until the tops of the cupcakes were completely covered. Super simple, and they looked so cute in their dog bowl cupcake wrappers.
Reese's Puffs cereal dog food

Puppy Party Games

Puppy Chow:
I used the Reese’s Puffs cereal again for a dog food eating contest. I filled everyone’s bowls with the cereal, then placed them on the floor. The kids had to get down on their hands and knees and eat the bow of “dog food” as fast as they could using only their mouths. They thought it was so silly and loved being able to eat like dogs do.
pin the tail on the puppy

Pin the Tail on the Puppy:
We also had a little game of “Pin the Tail on the Puppy”. I love this picture of Jax helping his brother out. They would laugh so hard when they would put the tail on the face or somewhere else silly. The classic party games really are the best.

I had a relay coarse of jumping through hula hoops, rolling over, and more planned for the kids outside for some “dog training”, but it was too windy. We decided to stay inside and they performed some “dog tricks” instead. It all worked out great.puppy party

If you host a party using these puppy designs, I would love to see it. Post a picture on Instagram and tag me (@amyrobisondesign) so I can take a peek. As always, you can find the .svg cut files for each design by clicking on the picture below.

Ice Cream Party

ice cream party

There is a pretty big reason to celebrate around our house. We welcomed a new baby boy into the family last month and he is perfect. I decided to throw a surprise ice cream party for the kids to celebrate them, as well as eliminate any jealousy they may feel towards the new baby brother. (Which turns out, there isn’t any. They absolutely adore their baby brother.)baby ice cream party hat

Everyone wore party hats that looked like melting ice cream cones. The kids thought these were so funny and giggled that there was ice cream dripping off their heads. We even had a tiny one for the baby. They all loved his hat most of all, and it was hard to keep their little hands away from him. giant ice cream cone

Jax thought it was so funny to use all the ice cream cones that were stacked on the table. Of course I had to snap a picture of that happy face. Ice Cream Bar

The decorations for the party were simple and pretty minimal. After all, I did just have a baby. Give me a break. :) I didn’t make any banners or garlands for this one, and just stuck with a few table decorations.ice cream cone centerpiece

For the centerpiece I made a giant ice cream cone using the party hat cut file and a balloon. I attached them to the center pole of this IKEA planter. I filled the pot with gifts for each of the kids. Each gift bag was embellished with a dripping ice cream cone border to tie them into the ice cream theme. ice cream bar toppings sprinkles

Running down the center of the table were all the toppings for the ice cream bar. Each place setting had a hat, ice cream container and a utensil holder. We dished up the ice cream and then the kids could put on any toppings they wanted. I let them get pretty carried away, because this was a party after all.

ice cream party table

I love that this party can be used to celebrate any occasion. It would be perfect for an upcoming graduation party, birthday or just to celebrate summer. Enjoy!

You can find all the cut files by clicking on the images below.

 

 

How to Watercolor Sugar Cookies

Sometimes I get these crazy ideas and wonder how in the world I’m going to pull it off and if it will even work. Having a party to watercolor sugar cookies is one of those. My kids love to decorate cookies, but I wanted to come up with a new way they haven’t tried before to keep their attention. New activities always keep them busy longer.

decorating easter egg sugar cookies

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How to Watercolor Sugar Cookies

I baked a batch of sugar cookies and frosted them with white royal icing. I made them the day before so that the icing would have plenty of time to dry and would have a smooth, firm surface for painting. This was only the second time I have tried frosting cookies with royal icing. I am not an expert by any means, but doing plain white cookies is much easier than making designs with frosting. Plus, these cookies were for a kids party and they were just going to paint and color on them, so I wasn’t too worried about flawlessly frosted cookies.
easter egg sugar cookies table

Supplies + Tips

I ordered paint brushes and tiny palettes so that each person could have their own set of edible paints, and lost the palettes. Ugh! If you plan on doing this activity with several people and are responsible enough not to lose the palettes ahead of time, (haha!) I highly recommend them. They are the perfect size.  I ended up using these little egg dishes, which I love, so all wasn’t lost. The kids were good about sharing them. I ended up adding a small spoonful of water to each color at the party. It helped the watercolors go on so much smoother and brighter. There are recipes for liquid watercolors for cookies, but I was worried about the kids spilling those so I made the solid ones. Little did I know I would be pouring water in the solid ones and creating the same risk anyway. You learn as you go.

painting easter eggs party

I also had a pack of food-safe markers for the kids to use on the cookies. They worked so well. I thought they might dig into the frosting when the kids pressed on them while coloring, but they didn’t. I was pleasantly surprised.

coloring sugar cookies

Decorating the Table

I used white butcher paper to cover the table and drew a bunch of eggs with a black marker. My kids were the art directors for this part and told me which patterns or shapes to draw on each egg. They love being involved with the setup of parties. After the kids decorated their cookies, they could use the watercolors to paint the eggs on the table cloth. Because they might get a little carried away with the watercolors, I placed a cheap, plastic tablecloth underneath the butcher to protect my table incase the water soaked through.
watercolor easter egg sugar cookies party

The centerpiece of the table was a tin tray filled with plastic eggs they could decorate. The kids were too busy watercoloring the sugar cookies and tablecloth, they never made it to the eggs. It still made for a fun and very easy centerpiece.

colored eggs sugar cookies

edible watercolor sugar cookies

Everyone was so proud of their cookie masterpieces and loved exploring a new way to decorate them. This party was a success and involved kids ages 1-4. I would love to see what older children could create while watercoloring sugar cookies. I think they could whip up some really pretty and fun designs. If you’re looking for a fun activity this Easter, give this one a try. You’ll love it!

St. Patrick’s Day Party for Kids

I hosted the easiest St. Patrick’s Day party last week for my kids and their friends. I’m excited to share it with you today. It was very little prep work and looked great. You can’t go wrong with that. I love designing and making the decorations for my parties, but with my fourth baby arriving in a month, I just didn’t have the energy for it this time. I kept the party very simple and the kids had a great time.

St. Patrick's Day party favor

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For the party favors, I filled little black pots with gold chocolates, yellow water beads, green sucker sticks, crayons and rainbow candy. I topped them with a little personalized shamrock, and these adorable party favors doubled as place setting cards. (I shared all the info about them in this previous post.) The tables were covered with white butcher paper. I have mentioned before how much I love using it for parties. It’s cheap, makes clean up a breeze,  looks nicer than those plastic table clothes with all the creases, and you can use it as one of the party activities.

St. Patrick's Day table rainbow bubbles

While the kids waited for everyone to arrive and to eat a lunch of delicious green and rainbow colored foods, they colored on the table with their new rainbow crayons. It’s always good to have an activity for kids to do while they are waiting for the others to arrive, so you don’t lose complete control before the party even starts.
St. Patrick's Day party table cotton ball lights

I am obsessed with cotton ball lights. My brother brought some home for my kids a few years ago when he visited Thailand and I am so mad at myself for not using them sooner. I have theirs hanging in the playroom and they are adorable. I bought some green cotton ball lights for this party with the intent on hanging them, but I love the way they look on the table. The pot is raised on little blocks which was perfect for hiding the plug from the lights underneath.
St. Patrick's Day party table rainbow bubbles

I found these rainbow colored bubbles at Walmart and stuck them in my new favorite pot from Ikea. I used rice and beans in the bottom of the pot to help the bubbles stand up. Then I topped it with green crinkled paper. I love the simplicity of this centerpiece and it also functions as an activity for later in the party.

You can’t forget to add some gold chocolate coins to the mix. They’re a must for every St. Patrick’s Day party, even if they really aren’t all that yummy. You know I’m right. Haha! These ideas can also be used as little surprises and treats from a leprechaun visiting your house. Get creative and have fun!

Pot of Gold Party Favors

I have been preparing for a St. Patrick’s Day party for my kids and their friends. So many ideas have been going through my head for party favors. It’s my favorite part of throwing parties, so I always start with those first. Today I have a few pot of gold party favor ideas to share with you that are so simple and take just minutes to prepare. 

I found these little black pots that are the perfect size for small treats and gifts. The first set of pots I filled with chocolate gold coins and a variety of other rainbow prizes including:

The pot of gold party favors are topped with a clover name tag to personalize each one. These can also double as place setting cards for each guest.

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For those guests that have food allergies, this one is perfect for them. This pot of gold is filled with yellow water pearl beads. If you haven’t played around with these before, you have got to try them. They are intended for decorative uses in vases of flowers and things along those lines, but they are too cool not to play with. You place these teeny, tiny, plastic balls in a cup of water where they absorb all the water and grow. They are slippery, bouncy and feel so cool. This is an activity my kids love to do. We watch a bunch grow, then pour them in bowls or small tubs and play in them. They are so fun for a sensory activity.

pot of gold lucky charms

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This last one can be used at a party or as a surprise breakfast left from a little leprechaun. It’s the tiny sample spoons in this one that make it so adorable. Combine that with the small black pot filled with Lucky Charms and this treat is magically delicious. :)

You can find the clover and other St. Patrick’s Day sayings to put on your tags in the Silhouette Design Store. Simply click on the image below.

Favorite Things Valentine Party

Homemade Valentine Stamps and Crafts

I hosted a Favorite Things Valentine party for my high school friends and their kids last week. We have a party every year and I must admit, it’s taking more and more thought to come up with a new theme every time.

You can see the past two parties here: Valentine Party | Valentine Detective Party

Favorite Things Invitation

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There were plenty of brown paper packages tied up with string at this party, but we also had our share of pink and red hearts, glitter and more. It was a great combination. I mailed the invitations in brown paper bag envelopes and sewed some hearts along the bottom to pretty them up. :) The invitation asked each kid to bring a small gift under $5 of their favorite thing for a little gift exchange at the party. That part was a lot of fun.

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Party Prep

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Before the party I prepped a banner kit for every kid. Each bag was filled with their own supplies including washy tape, stickers, glitter, banner and glue stick. Even though I filled the table with more supplies, I think it’s always fun to give each guest something of their very own. It makes it a little more special.

I used my Silhouette Mint to make some stamps for the kids to use on their banners. This little machine is amazing and you can create stamps so fast! I scanned in some images I drew and printed them out at stamps. Then I added some ink and they were ready to go. Once you fill the stamps with a little ink, you can easily get 50+ stamped images from it. When it starts to run out, just add more ink. These are great for small children too, because they were a lot cleaner than having them mess with a stamp pad that would get ink all over their hands.
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I wanted to share some of my favorite things with the kids at the party. When I was little my mom had her stash of craft supplies, and us kids had our own separate stuff. I remember feeling like I won the lottery any time my mom would let me use her ribbons, paints, stamps or anything that was normally off limits. I let loose for this party and put out glitter, paper, stamps, ribbon, and more. I expected my house to be a mess with all this crafty goodness open to little hands, but that’s what made it more fun.DSC_3220

I covered each table with white butcher paper. I bought a roll of this a year ago and LOVE it. It’s the best tablecloth for craft projects and kids parties. (I also pull it out sometimes for the kids to color huge pictures on. They think it’s awesome.) I glued hearts along the center of the paper to make a table runner. The best part of it all, when the party was over, I just gathered it all up and threw it in the trash. Heaven sent with all that glitter, confetti and glue the kids were using. DSC_3228 DSC_3259

They loved having free rein on spoonfuls of confetti and glitter, using all the sparkly ribbon and pretty tape they wanted. They glued on hearts all over and let their creative juices flow freely. I love giving kids an open ended project without them having to make a craft that looks just like a sample shown. It is so fun to see how their minds work and the things they come up with.DSC_3274

With 18 kids at the party, I planned on glitter spilling. I think my kids were the only ones that did spill it. Figures. Haha! I love this shot of my little girl’s feet covered in glitter. I’m telling you, that sparkly stuff was everywhere. Good thing I gave each kid a tiny container of it and didn’t put out bowls full of it like originally planned. I think that would be really pretty on the tables with older kids, but with some one and two-year-olds, I tried to play it safe.

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I love this shot of the table during the party with those little hands creating. This is just what I pictured when I planned the party, and I’m so happy with how it turned out. I hope you feel inspired to get a little messy with some Valentine crafts this year.

You can find all the cut and stamp files used at the party in the links below.

Black and White Tribal Party

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These two wild boys are really into a show they discovered on Netflix called “Yakari.” It’s about a Sioux Native American boy named Yakari, that has a gift that allows him to communicate with animals. My kids think he is the coolest. They are obsessed with animals and the fact that Yakari not only rides a horse, but also talks to animals, makes him the greatest person in the world. A tribal party seemed like a good pick for their fourth birthday. Don’t you think?tribal party invitation

As I was drawing all the animals they checked several times to make sure I included “Great Eagle” and some other animals from the show. All designs were approved by them. I’m pretty sure they run the show around here. :)
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Decorations

My mother-in-law makes these amazing cakes for all the grandkids every year. This was the first year we had a friend party instead of a family one. She lives a few hours away, so she didn’t make their cake this year. I completely forgot to order one until the day before the party. Oops! That night I whipped up a few plastic cake toppers using my Silhouette Cameo and shrink film. It’s becoming my new favorite stuff to cut. You can check out my tutorial for cutting shrink film to see how you can make your own cake toppers.
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I created this simple banner using my Silhouette and the print and cut feature. If you don’t already print and cut party decorations or other projects, you must start. It saves so much time!!! DSC_2830Their birthday is a few days before Christmas. We threw the party two weeks after when things weren’t quite so busy. I took the Christmas decorations off our trees and strung some banners on them as party decorations.

Party Favors

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All of the party favors were given out as prizes for the different games we played at the party. I love the simplicity of these two games.

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The memory/matching game has 12 pieces total. Six different animals to match. I used Silhouette’s Temporary Tattoo Paper to transfer the icons to the wood discs. I applied them the same way would to your skin. When they were dry, I sprayed them with a matte sealer. I don’t know how well it will actually protect them, but so far, so good. We have played this game probably 100 times or more, and they still look like new. I’m calling that a win.DSC_2641DSC_2984

This tic-tac-toe game was so EASY to make. Seriously. Fastest party favor I have ever made. I used a sharpie to draw the tic-tac-toe board on a cotton drawstring bag (similar bag found here). Then I filled each bag with 5 arrowheads and 5 rocks. That’s it! Piece of cake, right?DSC_3051

I made feathered headbands ahead of time for each guest to wear. I painted white feathers with some black acrylic craft paint and let them dry. Then I just taped them to the inside of the headband. I love how they turned out.
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Another simple prize that was given out were these candy arrows. I filled some plastic tubes with Sixlets, then used glue dots to adhere the paper arrowhead and feather to each end.
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For one of the activities we made pinch pots. This party was for a bunch of 3 and 4-year-olds. They did surprisingly well at this. We went through each step of creating the pot together, then they used toothpicks to make designs on their pots. I used this homemade clay recipe and it worked out great. DSC_3013

You can find all the cut files for this party in my Silhouette portfolio or by clicking on the images below.

Gingerbread House Decorating Party for Kids

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I hosted a gingerbread house decorating party for my twin boys and their friends. It was so fun and went so smooth I had to share my tips so you can host your own. Here are the details of the party and why it was the easiest and best party I’ve done with little kids. Once I showed the kids how to spread the frosting on the houses and put on candy, they didn’t need any help for the remainder of the party, and the majority of the kids sat there for 1.5 hours. Yep! Three-year-olds sitting there for 1.5 hours. It was a Christmas miracle! ;) The only time I was needed was to look and admire the wonderful job they were doing. It was awesome! Okay, so here’s the info on the party prep.

Gingerbread houses:

I bought these in a gingerbread village kit at target for $9. It includes 4 mini houses, candy and frosting. These kits are always stingy on the frosting and candy so I bought extra. The houses come with a base that’s about 3 inches. The perfect size for kids. Also the perfect size when you have to find a space in your house to display 3 houses your kids made. I would recommend putting them on a larger base so they can decorate a yard. My husband sliced up a log to use for our bases. My biggest tip for the whole party… ASSEMBLE HOUSES BEFORE THE PARTY! This made the party so much smoother than if I had to try to help each kid assemble their own. I used HOT GLUE to put them together. That saved so much time and made the houses very sturdy. After hot gluing, I piped along the edges with icing to make them look cuter and to fake the look of assembling with icing. These houses were strong and had no problem holding the 5 pounds of frosting the kids put on them.
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Candy and frosting:

I bought a variety of candy in addition to what was included in the kit and divided them into bags for each kid. I didn’t worry about using royal icing because the houses were already built and we didn’t need super strong frosting to hold any structures. The store bought frosting works great. I looked for smaller candy because our houses were so small. The kit also included sprinkles. I put these in a separate container from the rest of the candy to make it easier for the kids to use.

Hot cocoa bar and snacks:

We had a mini hot cocoa bar with just marshmallows and candy canes for toppings. A few years ago I did a larger hot cocoa bar with several toppings and the whole nine yards. It was a waste. The only items people added were marshmallows, candy canes and whipped cream. Lesson learned. The smaller hot cocoa bar for this party was the perfect size. I also had a little platter of crackers, cheese and deli meat to help balance out all the candy they were consuming. They gobbled it up. All of the kids left with a little chocolate snowflake my boys helped me make with chocolate molds. They love to help and it was the perfect little party favor.
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This party took less prep work than any of my others and was by far the funnest! I can’t even tell you how nice it was to be able to actually talk to the moms and chat while the kids decorated their houses. I’m sure most of it was the novelty that this is something we only do once a year, so it was extra special to the kids.
All of the cut files for placemats, food labels, and party favors will be available in the Silhouette design store soon. I’ll be sure to post here and let you know when they’re ready. I hope you found these tips helpful in planning a gingerbread decorating party of your own.

Carnival Party

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I hosted a little carnival party a few weeks ago and am finally posting about it. I had all these intensions of making cute carnival decorations and booths and the whole nine yards. But, it’s summer, and ours has been so jam packed with fun that there was no way all that was going to get done.

I stopped by Zurchers and picked up a few rolls of tickets for around $3 per roll. Can you say cheapest party decorations ever?! I didn’t plan on using them in so many fun ways, but the more I played around, the more the ideas just started flowing.

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This invitation was pretty colorful and I wanted it to show, so I slipped it in a glassine bag and stapled a few tickets to the outside to embellish it a little. I loved the look but wanted to try to make something more dimensional, and that is when I came up with these cute bows. ticket bows

I went crazy and made a bunch in every color. I ended up putting the ticket bows on the invitations for the girls, and the strips of tickets on the invites for the boys.

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I carried the bows through to the party favor bags for the girls. I wrapped a long strip of tickets around the bags and stapled them on for the boys. I love the simplicity of these and they looked even cuter when filled with all their colorful prizes from all the games.

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One of the games at the carnival was potato sack races. I hadn’t done those in the longest time and the kids LOVED them. That game was a hit. We did several rounds of races to determine our first, second and third place winners. The kids loved the ribbons too! Sometimes I get carried away making things and think they really don’t matter for the party, but I love to create so I make them anyway. It’s always fun when the little kids notice and appreciate the small things like these ribbons. They thought it was really cool they were made out of tickets and everyone had to check them out.carnival ticket ribbons 2 carnival ticket ribbon back

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I made a photo backdrop out of tickets like the one I saw from Brittany Jepsen. It was so easy, but did take a bit of time. I also made a chain out of tickets to act as bunting around the game tables. I forgot to get a picture of it, and this was the best I could find. Oops! I used a ton of tickets on the backdrop and decorations, yet still had almost half a roll of each color left. Best. Purchase. Ever.
carnival duck gameI had to throw this picture of my little baby sneaking a duck. She has learned to walk and climb and has become quite the little trouble-maker. She is lucky she’s so cute. Anyway, back to the party decorations…
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I stapled strips of tickets to these white lunch sacks and filled them with Dum Dum suckers in the bottom to give them some weight so they wouldn’t tip over. Then I filled the rest with popcorn. It was such a yummy treat the kids were delighted to enjoy.

These rolls of tickets were so colorful, cheap and adorable that I now want to use them on everything! I hope you have been inspired to take a step back sometimes and make hosting parties a little simpler with easy ideas like the ones I’ve shared today.