My family and I are entering what is my insanely busy season at work. I have to say: I truly, deeply dread this season every year. I know that one day, not too far in the future, I’ll be in tears, convinced that I won’t be able to pull it all off.
Where will you start when it’s time to host your next birthday party? You probably start with a hint of idea, and then turn to Google or a favorite party blog. Pretty soon, you’re pinning ideas to your birthday party board on Pinterest. About 100 pins later, overwhelm sets in. Now what? Which ideas do […]
Just like your body has a skeleton, a stunning dessert table backdrop needs some support. So today in Part 4 of The Party Teacher’s 101 series: How to Style a Dessert Table, we’re talking about adding a backdrop — and the support system and tools you need to do it right. (Backdrop crashing down on […]
Half the fun of the dessert table is dressing it up. Once you choose your menu, serving pieces and arrangement, you can have fun with tablecloths, runners, banners and buntings. We talked about adding non-food items to your dessert table in Step 2: Arrange Your Treats, because extras like a framed party invitation can help […]
Our back to school will be here in about a week. We’ve done the clothes shopping, but still have backpacks and school supplies to go. And, I am hoping to squeeze in a first day of school mini party. I’m thinking my chalkboard wall in the basement playroom will be the perfect backdrop. We have […]
There are TWO dessert tables: the one in your mind, and the one in reality. They don’t always match. And there’s a really good reason for that: the way you arranged your treats just isn’t working. Maybe everything is too spaced out. Or maybe the arrangement lacks balance. Or, maybe you’ve over-styled and now it’s […]
Full disclosure: I freaking LOVE the Sharknado series. It is so exquisitely dumb. You don’t have to be interested in sharks or tornadoes, because the movie revels in its dumbness. One of my girls loves sharks and one loves tornados, and I loved Beverly Hills 90210 back in the day, so we’ve watched from the […]
A birthday party used to mean cake and ice cream. Now, the dessert table is the norm among party-loving moms. Feeling stumped about how to plan a dessert table? Or maybe you’ve tried to style one and it didn’t look quite right? Styling a dessert table does take some practice… so I’m going to show […]
When I was planning the mini art party that I shared with you yesterday, I wanted to add a few party printables. But, I didn’t want to spend my mini budget on printables. So, I bought two dollar store sets of watercolors and the girls and I painted our own party decorations.
I get asked fairly often to do product reviews, and I usually say no. I have to feel confident the item is something you’d really like in order to introduce it to you. But the other week, I was approached by The Coloring Table, and I quickly said yes. This product was new to me, […]
Last summer, my girls wanted to have a lemonade stand. They’ve never had one before, and pretty soon, it turned into a summer project — and morphed into a neon snow cone stand to benefit The Confetti Foundation. We’ve turned this into an annual event, and I’ll share my best tips for planning a successful […]
This week is all about getting ready for our bake sale to benefit The Confetti Foundation. (Here’s why I support them.) And since this is a one-woman-and-twins effort, we have spent a fair amount of time on Pinterest, looking for recipes that are (1) bake sale favorites and (2) really easy. (Want to follow along? […]
If you’re like me, you’re getting a late start on Father’s Day planning. (In fact, one of my hub’s missions this Saturday will be to pick up his self-chosen gift.) But at least we can pretty up the party with some free Father’s Day printables! I’ve collected everything from cards to tags to coupons to […]
Summer makes me want to lay around with a cool drink and read. Or, let’s be honest: nap. But it seems to have the opposite effect on my kids. They get get a little wilder. Our schedule, despite my best efforts, goes out the door. I forget to make them shower. Or brush their teeth. […]
Some time last year, my husband was outside washing the van, and my girls went out to watch him, play, and get all wet. They were entertained for hours, and it was all so simple. It reminded me that it really doesn’t take a lot to make kids happy. And, putting them outside is one […]