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Ice Cream Party

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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.

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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.

 

 

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.

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.

Valentine Detective Party | Invitations

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Every year I throw a Valentine party for my high school friends and their kids. It is so much fun, and a tradition I love. With a few of the kiddos being new readers, I thought it would be fun to do a Valentine detective party where they can solve different clues to find out who their secret admirer is. (It’s their mom by the way.)

I had so much fun planning this party. There are so many possibilities of games and party favors, that it was hard narrowing it down. This week I’ll take you through the whole party so that you can host your own. Today we’ll start with the invitations.

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It was all about the details and getting all the little guests excited to join the party. I wanted the fun to start the moment they received it in the mail. I stamped the mailing envelope and file folder enclosed with a “top secret” stamp I made using the Silhouette Stamping Material. So easy, and gives it more of an authentic touch than my printer would.

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This is where it gets fun. All the little extra pieces and details inside the folder make it so much more exciting when you can move and interact with the invitation.

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Paper clipped to the inside of the folder are suspect profiles of their secret admirer(s). I saved the file as a .jpg image and printed it from my phone using my handy Instax printer. I love that thing!

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The information to the party had to be read with the special heart decoder enclosed. This was a bit tricky to make on the design end of things, but I figured it all out and made it so easy for you. Yay! You can still see the bolded blue areas without the decoder, but the regular text can’t be read without it.

How to make decoder invitations:

Supplies Needed:

Directions:

Printed Invitation

  1. Download the Top Secret Invitation.
  2. Add your own party details and information to the blue layer using the same color of blue as the other text.
  3. Print the blue layer of invitation.
  4. Print the red squiggle layer directly on top of the blue invitation you have already printed.
  5. Cut out the invitation.

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Decoder Lens

  1. Download the magnifying glass die cut
  2. Cut out two magnifying glasses
  3. Cut out a small piece of red cellophane to go in between to the magnifying glass pieces.
  4. Glue the cellophane to cover the center opening of the magnifying glass.
  5. Glue the second magnifying glass on top of the other, with the red cellophane in between the two layers. This creates the decoder lens to read the invitation.

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Sometimes when I spend this much time on an invitation I wonder if it was really worth it. I enjoy making them, but do people really care what the invitation looks like? At the party, several of the kids told me how cool the invitation was and that they had been reading it all week. One even brought it with her in the car because she was so excited for the party and wanted to decode the invitation again. So, was it worth it? Absolutely! I sure love those cute kiddos and their amazing moms.

Check out more details of the Valentine Detective Party
Valentine Detective Party | Games + Free Downloads
Valentine Detective Party | Party Favors

Reese!

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photo by Kara Simmons

I have not blogged for a while and those of you following me on Instagram have seen why. I just had a baby a month ago and am still getting used to life with three. My little Reese is the sweetest baby and it’s hard to imagine our life before her. My boys are so in love with her and love to give her kisses and hugs all day. How could you not want to kiss those chubby cheeks! They sing to her when she cries and love to take care of her. She gets these big eyes with a terrified look on her face when she hears them near. Haha! I don’t blame her. At 2 years old, their kisses are wet and their hugs aren’t always soft. They do adore her though, and I am so happy.

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photo by Kara Simmons

I originally made all of these flowers I’ve been featuring on my blog for a piece of art to hang in Reese’s room. I love the versatility of them and hope you have enjoyed using them as well.

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My sister had her first baby a few days after me. How fun is that! This is the invitation for her shower (address is fake) along with little party favors. I used the spring bouquets and blossoms with the pink dot pattern paper. You can use these designs for more party decor such as cupcake toppers, banners and more. It turned out great and we had a wonderful time celebrating.

These two little cousins are going to be the best of friends and I am so excited to see them grow up together. They are such sweet little babies and we love having them in our family.

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Reese and Peyton

Pirate Party + Silhouette Promotion

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Pirates are taking over the blog this week. I love designing themed parties and this one comes complete with invitations, decorations and kids crafts. 

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For the invitation I printed all the party details on the back of a treasure map and delivered them as a message in a bottle. The treasure map comes with two color options for boy and girl pirates, red and pink. You can find all the pirate designs in my Silhouette portfolio.

Click on the links below to see coordinating Pirate Party posts.
Pirate Cupcake Wrappers
Pirate Paper Sack Puppets
Pirate Party Treasures

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Barbecue Party

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With all the summer barbecues going on, I wanted to create a party kit that was simple, fast and could be done by anyone. A great party can still be made on limited time and expense.

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I was inspired by Heather Bailey’s Nicey Jane – Porch Swing collection and went from there. The pinwheels were made by adhering fabric to coordinating cardstock with Silhouette’s Fabric Interfacing. I wanted to use the fabric anywhere I could and thought they were perfect for pinwheels.  I used sticker paper to print and cut labels for the drinks and it was done.

The dessert was delicious and was so simple. I layered a cookie, hot fudge and ice cream in cupcake wrappers. Every body loved them and they were so easy to make.

Enjoy hosting your own party for any occasion and celebration with these fun decorations.

Barbecue Drink Labels | Barbecue Fruit Labels | Barbecue Invitation and Pinwheel

Let’s Celebrate! Graduation Party

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Here is a simple little party you can throw together last minute. This party was for my husband’s graduation, but really you could use it for any occasion. I used these Let’s Celebrate letterpress invitations and created small circle tags to go with them. Using your Silhouette, simply draw a circle in the color of your choice, type “Let’s Celebrate” in the center, then print and cut. I printed some on sticker paper and used them to seal up glassine bags stuffed with a cookie. I used the school colors for my decor and matched the food to the color scheme as well.

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Woodland Party

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I’m so excited to share my new woodland party today! It coordinates perfectly with the woodland animals from this post. This theme would be perfect for birthday parties, baby showers or a summer campout.

*Updated to add woodland cupcake wrappers and water bottle labels*

Woodland Animal Banner

This banner comes as a print and cut for fast and easy assemble. Simply string it through some twine and hang with the woodland garland. It’s a fast and easy way to add a big impact to your party.

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Woodland Die Cuts

These die cuts can be used alone to embellish and decorate, or strung together to create a garland. As with all my designs, they are simple and easy to create. Each shape is made up of very few pieces and colors so they can be assembled quickly. Tape them to some twine and you have a lovely garland. Continue reading