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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 ideas for you! Here are are the first parts of our series, in case you've missed anything: Party Planning Challenge - part one...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 ere are the first parts of...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 follow me on Instagram, then you know I escaped my house for a little antiquing a few weeks back and stumbled upon a pink bar cart that I didn't know I needed. I stayed strong and left the bar cart at the store, but not before posting about my love for it on...read more
For years, I've had the idea of a brown paper packages party in the back of my mind. I think it's a combination of how much my girls loved the UPS truck when they were little -- or, the "PS truck" as they called it -- and knowing that nothing makes a kid happier than...read more
Today, I'm thrilled to welcome Bethany of Sweet Georgia Sweet and her Floral Christmas Wonderland Party to the blog. Here in Georgia, we're looking at 68 degrees on Christmas Day, so an outdoor dinner party isn't at all out of the question. Wouldn't it be relaxing to...read more
A multi-layer fondant cake that wows has it's place on dessert tables, but other times, you want quick, easy and inexpensive. But of course, you also want cute. These 3-D Christmas tree cake toppers provide the wow -- quickly, easily and cheaply. Here's how to make...read more
When I was little, my church sponsored a store where kids could shop on their own for Christmas gifts for their moms and dads. I thought it was the coolest thing ever, to get to pick out, with my "own" money, mommy and daddy's presents. So it occurred to me last year...read more
My kids love Halloween almost as much as Christmas, so Halloween is always a good excuse for having a party. Here are my favorite Halloween party ideas for kids from the past few years here at The Party Teacher. Witch's Tea Party I could throw a tea party at least...read more
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...
I hope our New Year's Week has been helpful and maybe inspirational for you. I'd love to know if you try any of the ideas you've found here for your family's New Year's Eve party. Today, I'm capping everything off with a round-up of my favorite New Year's Eve free...
Sometimes I'm not sure where my ideas come from, and this New Year's Eve party horn garland is one of those ideas. But, I'm happy to say it couldn't be easier, and so I made it my one craft for my New Year's Eve movie night party. The best part is that if you already...
We are definitely a quiet New Year's Eve at home kind of family. But at the same time, we want New Year's Eve to be more special than just a night where we stay up late. So this year, I started planning ahead so we could have a New Year's Eve party that's fun for us...
In our New Year's Eve Party Planning Challenge, we touched on serving appetizers and desserts at your party. But I really wanted to return to the topic of party appetizers, and go into that in a little more depth. How much do you need to serve? How do you choose what...
I hope you've been having fun with the party planning challenges we've been working on this year. I know I've enjoyed putting them together for you! So if you're in the mood to celebrate New Year's Eve, but you have NO time ... can't imagine why... I've created a...
I shared this post over at Design Dazzle a couple weeks back, but I also wanted to make sure you didn't miss it. Balloon garlands are so much fun to make and add such impact to you party. I've used them a few times now, and I'm always shocked how quick and easy they...
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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.