Camping Party

IMG_0372The weather is beautiful here and a camping party was on the schedule for a special boy and his friends.

Planning a camping party is simple and quick. Go with the basics; a tent, hot dogs, trail mix and outdoor games. The boys played so much they hardly ate, well… until cake time anyway.

Make your own trail mix bar was a hit for kids and parents a like. I used some of Printabelle’s camping prints. They tied in with the décor nicely.

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I made a pool noodle javelin for the boys as well as giant pick up sticks. Both are simple projects that will add fun to any party, camp out or camping trip.

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36 – 1/2″ dowel rods, 48″ long

Spray paint.

1. Divide dowel rods into 5 groups of 6 sticks.

2. Spray each group a different paint color. I used green, blue, red, yellow, purple.

3. With the extra dowel rod paint it black, this is your helper stick.

Pool Noodle Javelin:

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Duct Tape

1. Connect ends of a pool noodle to itself and wrap with duct tape at least 3 times. Do this for 6 of the noodles.

2. Connect rings together, 3 on top, 3 on bottom securing with duct tape.

3. Attach end rings to another noodle, these will be the legs.

4. Use a metal rod and insert into the legs of the javelin and hammer into the ground. The metal rods keep the noodles straight and secure resulting on hours of play time.

5. Use the remaining 4 noodles as the javelins.

 

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Library Baby Shower

9In late December I traveled to Mississippi for a baby shower. It was a shower for a first-born and the parents are avid readers so we did a library themed shower. We asked the guests to bring books so there would be plenty books to read to their new little bundle.

I created a guest book of sorts by taking the mother and fathers favorite childhood book to create 2 new books that each guest help write. There was also library cards for the guests to place in the book with a note to the new baby.

I used old book pages as a table runner and books from the parents childhood as decorations.

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Holiday Cocktails.

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Need a festive drink for your Holiday Party. Red Envelope has compiled several delish cocktails to choose from. You can check out the full pictorial list of them here on their blog. They have also included links to the recipes.

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Photo: Persimmon and Peach

cherry thyme champagne

Photo: Baked Bree

coco snowball

Photo: Wedding Blog by The Breakers

I am in love with all the colors and flavors. There is sure to be something to please all of your guests.

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Photo: Betty Crocker

Enjoy!

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Christmas Advent

Last weekend I threw a girls craft night. We made advent calendars. This is my advent calendar I made and hung in the kitchen window.
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I had been thinking a different and special ways to love on and bless my husband during the Christmas season that is not centered around buying something so I decided to combine the advent calendar idea and the 12 Days of Christmas into one gift.

I call it The 12 Days of Christmas Loving You

It is a simple project you can squeeze into the next 8 days so it is ready for him on December 1. Or you can choose to start it 12 days before or 12 days over Christmas. I am choosing December 1-12. He travels and this will be something I can throw in his suitcase and he can feel loved on the road. Plus, I think it will be great for our relationship at this time since life is busy with parties, traveling, activities, shopping etc… it is purposefully taking a moment each day to love him.

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All you need are 13 envelopes, some stickers, cardstock, ribbon or yarn and notecards. Use any other embellishments you may have on hand.

Decorate the front of 12 envelopes with numbers; use 1 envelope to make a book cover, hole punch and then secure with yarn.

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Make a list of 12 reasons why you love your spouse and write or type them on the notecards.

Slide note cards in envelopes and it is ready to go.

I chose to hand write each card and the cover. I prefer that when I give my husband a note or letter that I handwrite it. I feel it is more intimate than typing. But that is just me. Have fun with it and make it simple. It is the reasons why you love your spouse that is the show stealer!

 

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Sock Hop

place settingAnother successful birthday party.

The 1950’s Sock Hop was a hit. All the girls received a poodle skirt and cat eye glasses upon arrival and took them home as their party favors.

ETC Creative Designs did a fantastic job with the skirts.

Of course bottled Coca-Cola, burgers, fries and root beer floats was the menu of choice. We had fun with serving the food in baskets.

 

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A Hoot of a Party

centerpiececupcakesThis girl only party was a hit. Each young lady made a lantern owl to take home. The favor bags were filled with owl jewelry and some sweet treats.

Cupcakes were simple and the girls loved the eyes (Oreo’s) and extra icing. window

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Make it cheerful!

IMG_0057Often times it is easy to get stuck in a rut and making sure each invitation looks exactly the same when the only thing that needs to be the same is the information you want your guests to have. Your guests are unlikely to compare invitation and critique that their’s may not be just like someone else’s. The sky is the limit for ideas, possibilities in coordinating patterns and colors. Have fun with it and make a statement about your party. Your card and envelopes do not have to be the same color either, step outside the box and have fun!

Last week I finished up a large order for a family reunion and not one invite looked like another. I used bright colors to draw attention to the information and to make it cheerful to look at. The best part is the client was thrilled with the end product. She is happy, I am happy!

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It’s a Pirate Party Matey’s!

A sweet 7-year-old had a fabulous Pirate Party this past weekend. Here are some of the fun ways I decorated. My favorite was turning the table into a ship.

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I found some fabulous Pirate Printables over at Printabelle that I used for this party. You should go check her out!

The party food was simple snacks: Pirate Booty, Goldfish, fruits and veggies and Jello cups with an orange “ship” on top. Since all the guests received a pirate hat, eye patch and pirate sword I did not plan activities. Most of the guests were boys so I left them to their imagination as pirates with a sword and a pirate ship. There was a pinata for them near the end of the party and of course, boys love to try to destroy things. Along with the pirate attire each guest went home with a bag of gold treasure.

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Thanks for stopping by, have a blessed day!

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Harry Potter Dinner Party

This past weekend we celebrated a special birthday in our house. One of my girls turned 10 and she wanted a Harry Potter Party. I love throwing any kind parties for clients and friends but I absolutely love it when I do a party for one of my own kids.

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For the invitations we wrote a letter to each girl like the one Harry Potter received from Hogwarts and we included Marauder’s Map as well. I sealed each like a scroll and tied them to a white balloon and my daughter drew an owl on the balloon and we hand delivered each invitation.

IMG_9883Each child received a wand a spell book when they arrived. My wonderful husband spent a Saturday to hand make all the wands. They were a big hit. We have gotten requests from others who want a wand as well. Looks like we will be making some more and my husbands got ideas on how to improve them.

The dinning room was decorated appropriately with some potions, spider china, crystals and of course floating candles just like in the Great Hall. After dinner the girls settled in to watch Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire.

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One thing I did not snap a picture of was our entry way. We covered the front door with brick paper and posted a Hogwarts Express 9 3/4 Train sign above the door.

The Sorting Hat was perched on the foyer table just before the girls walked down the hallway where the school banners were on display.

Each girl went home with a bottle of Butter Beer (Butterscotch Cream Soda) 2 chocolate frogs and a broom pencil.

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Christmas Dinner Party 2012

Saturday was the annual Christmas Dinner Party. It was a smashing success! One of the great things about this years event was I hired chefs to take care of the food. It was nice not doing the meal planning and all the cooking. I could not have made a better choice. It was so fun to have the chefs and the food was amazing. I am excited about a continued friendship and working relationship with Chef Jayson and Chef Janelle Reynolds.

Our menu for the evening:

Appetizers

Selected Cheeses, Ciabatta Toast, Tupelo Honey, Marcona Almond, Fresh Fruit

Salad

Roasted Chiogga Beet, Avocado, Baby Arugula, Ruby Grapefruit and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Main Course

Braised Harper Farms Lamb, Potato Gnocchi, Rapini, Pinot Noir Reduction 

Choice of Wine

Cake Bread Chardonnay or Chateau St. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 

Dessert

Olive Oil Cake with Ginger Soy Ice Cream And Candied Orange Zest 

Coffee, Wassil

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