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Sometimes, I feel like making my house presentable is half the battle in hosting a party at home. And I guess, if I think about it even more, there are a few phases of "presentability": Clutter-free. Clean. Magazine-worthy. Most of the time, I'm stuck on #1:...read more
We roast pumpkin seeds every year, and every year I try a different roasting method and seasoning. But this year, I think I've stumbled on the easiest way to roast pumpkin seeds. It just doesn't have to be as hard as Pinterest might lead you to believe (wink). And,...read more
For the kids, Halloween is about dressing up, running around with friends, and candy. My Halloween needs are simpler: it’s pretty much all about the candy. Halloween Candy Serving Trays Shopping for Halloween candy gave me one last Halloween party idea to share with...read more
Parties are one of the few times I let my kids have soda because I'm a mean mom. Sort of. Mainly, Baby B is still awful about brushing her teeth, so why coat them more with soda? Anyway, I love using colored sodas or milk in my parties just because of the color they...read more
One of my favorite cakes to make for my family is Martha Stewart’s Icebox Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake. Sometimes I follow the recipe exactly, and other times, I change out the cookies, or turn the cake into trifles. For this year's Halloween Party, I used Halloween...read more
When I was little, all the kids carried the orange plastic pumpkin pails at Halloween. (This is the point where Baby B would wave her forearms like a T-Rex, and ask, “Mommy, did the dinosaurs look like this?” She's a charmer.) I thought it would be fun to turn a...read more
The backdrop I made for my Pumpkin Decorating Halloween Party is super easy to make and really takes no crafting skill at all -- so it's right up my alley! I actually looked for a jack-o-lantern printable that I could have printed extra large, couldn't find one, and...read more
Whenever I start planning a party, it helps to have a piece of inspiration. That becomes my jumping off point. It's also one reason I like you to brainstorm ideas early in your planning process. And why I like you to search with broad terms on Etsy and Pinterest. Yes,...read more
Welcome to part six of our Halloween Party Planning Challenge! Today,we're talking about the final push to get ready for your Halloween party. And later this week, I'll share my party with you plus all the tutorials! Here are are the first parts of our series, in case...read more
Welcome to part five of our Halloween Party Planning Challenge! Today, we're focused on party activities. I've got 51 awesome Halloween party activity ideas for you! Here are are the first parts of our series, in case you've missed anything: Party Planning Challenge -...read more
Welcome to part four of our Halloween Party Planning Challenge! We've had a little bit of a delay as I was down with the flu - ugh. It hit our whole house, one after the other. Get those flu shots early, friends! If you're just joining, here are the first parts of our...read more
Welcome to part three of my Party Planning Challenge! We're all planning our Halloween parties together, a little bit every day. If you've missed the first two parts, find them here: Halloween Party Planning Challenge - part one Halloween Party Planning Challenge -...read more
Welcome to part two of our Halloween Party Planning Challenge! If you missed part one, find it here. In part one, we established: The date and time of your party That you're hosting at home What your party budget will be Who is on your guest list, including how many...read more
We've entered the time of year when life just seems to accelerate. School starts, then it's only days til Halloween (or so it seems), then Thanksgiving and Christmas. In the meantime, we're trying to pack in softball games, trips to apple country, pumpkin picking, and...read more
Back to school for us is August 1, so I'm staring to think now about simple back to school party ideas. We're having the girls' much-delayed 12th birthday party at the end of July, so anything we do for back to school will be family only and very simple this year....read more
As the final part of our 4th of July Party Planning Challenge, I've collected 25 of my favorite 4th of July free party printables. Printables are such an easy way to tie together the look of your party -- from your invitations to your art to your dining and dessert...read more
Welcome to part six of my Party Planning Challenge! We're all planning our 4th of July parties together, a little bit every day, just in time for the 4th. Here are the first parts of our series in case you've missed them: Party Planning Challenge - part one (budget,...read more
Welcome to part five of my Party Planning Challenge! We're all planning our 4th of July parties together, a little bit every day, just in time for the 4th. Here are the first parts of our series in case you've missed them: Party Planning Challenge - part one (budget,...read more
Like every mom, I find summer a particular challenge. I work from home, so trying to actually work while keeping the kids entertained, and – to be honest – out of my hair, is just plain hard. My office is right by the front door, so my girls are constantly in and out,...read more
Welcome to part four of my Party Planning Challenge! We're all planning our 4th of July parties together, a little bit every day, just in time for the 4th. Here are the first parts of our series: Party Planning Challenge - part one Party Planning Challenge - part two...read more
Welcome to part three of my Party Planning Challenge! We're all planning our 4th of July parties together, a little bit every day, just in time for the 4th. If you've missed the first two parts, find them here: Party Planning Challenge - part one Party Planning...read more
Welcome to part two of our 4th of July Party Planning Challenge! If you missed part one, find it here. In part one, we established: The date (natch) and time of your party What type of party you're hosting That you're hosting at home Whether your party will be inside,...read more
I thought it might be helpful to try a new "party planning challenge" series where I walk you through the steps in planning a party. What do you think? Please let me know in the comments below. In the next week or so, let's plan a 4th of July party together - sound...read more
It's become our summer tradition for the girls and I to host a charity lemonade stand to benefit The Confetti Foundation, which supplies birthday party kits to children who are spending their birthday in the hospital. We've got a process pretty well down, so today I'm...read more
I wanted to show you how I put together the place settings at my Kentucky Derby inspired graduation party. This is the same technique I use for almost every party, so once you've got this easy layering system down, you can tweak the style and use it for all your party...read more
So even though my graduation party is not a Kentucky Derby party, it is definitely Kentucky Derby-inspired. I thought I'd bring you the tutorials just in time for this weekend's derby. Today, I'm walking you through how to make the mini rose loving cups. They look...read more
The more I worked on my graduation party, I realized how well elements of would work as a Kentucky Derby party. Today, I'm showing you how to make a Kentucky Derby party centerpiece. A toy horse and faux flowers say "run for the roses" to me! Horse Centerpiece...read more
Here in Georgia, we're just four weeks away from graduation. Last year, my babies -- babies, I tell you! -- graduated from elementary school. I need them to stop growing immediately. But of course, instead we celebrated with a mini elementary school graduation party....read more
I don’t know about your kids, but my girls are officially obsessed with the Simply Southern brand. Maybe it is a local thing. If you haven’t seen it, think preppy illustrated t-shirts. The logo is a hair bow, or maybe it’s a bow tie. Anyway, it made me think: why...read more
If you're planning a graduation party, I'm willing to bet the party planning snuck up on you. I know for me the idea that there's only two weeks left of school has left me spinning a bit. Our cozy little routine is about to be completely upended. My summer goal? Keep...
When Will and Kate got married, I remember that royal wedding viewing party free printables came out at the veeeery last minute before the wedding. I suspect that may be the case again this time around. The good news is that we can pick our way through Will and Kate...
Today I'm rounding up some of my favorite British-themed parties to share some Royal Wedding Viewing Party inspiration with you. Some of these are London Is Calling Parties, or Jubilee Street Parties, or just British-flavored birthday parties. No matter the exact...
I know we're all waaay too young to know the song, "I'm just wild about Harry" but, I am wild about Prince Harry. He just looks fun! And, I'm wild about royal weddings. Since getting up early with my mom and watching Lady Di marry that schmuck, I've been hooked. So...
A few weeks ago, my daughters were invited to a birthday party via an email invitation. That was certainly not the first email invitation they’ve received, but it was the cutest. Cute enough, in fact, that it made me rethink my preference for printed invitations. My...
So, it's -- um, February 6. And Valentine's Day is just days away. So close in fact, that when I shopped this weekend, I saw more Easter than Valentine's decor! But I still want to pull off a little Valentine's celebration for my family. So that means I need a to...
One of the things I enjoy most about party planning is creating little details that support my theme. An easy way to do just that is do decorate party forks. For our Horseback Riding Party, I simply decorated our forks with buttons. This is one of those little touches...
Hands up if you love fresh flowers. (Me, me, my hand is raised.) Hands up if you need your child's birthday party to be pretty, but way easier. (Me again! Two hands up!) When it comes to children's parties, I completely believe in pre-making centerpieces with faux...
We throw joint birthday parties for our twin girls, so since they have to share a party, I always try to find a way to make the party personal for each of them. For their 12th birthday Horseback Riding Party, I decorated rustic birthday party letters for each of them....
My girls' 12th birthday was in February, but this past year, we swiped an idea from a friend whose daughter also has a February birthday. We just moved their birthday to summer. That gave us the chance to pick from outdoor activities. That might only work for tweens...
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I am an Atlanta-based wife, mom and children’s party planner. Between my twin girls, and a full-time job, I am always busy, but party planning is one thing I always seem to be able to find time for. At The Party Teacher, I teach other busy moms how to fit party planning into their lives, so they never miss an opportunity to celebrate special moments with their kids. My blog is your go-to source for party planning tips, party tutorials, recipes and birthday party plans.