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I love tissue tassel garlands, but I'd never made one before. It is really so much easier and faster than I thought it would be! But I also thought it would be fun to dress up the garlands a bit. So here's how to make my Christmas Tree Tissue Tassel Garland! (This is...read more
Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? I'm not. We're headed to my MIL's and a fabulous restaurant. It's completely non-traditional for us, but comfortable for her, and she's earned it. So I am totally off the hook, although I'm seriously considering making a pumpkin...read more
Most of my parties feature at least one sweet treat from Sparkling Sweets Boutique. Autumn creates stunning cake pops and lots of other party goodies. (Check out my two most recent Halloween parties here and here that feature her cake pops.) So as her boys were...read more
The hubs says I have not purchased enough candy. $35 and 350 pieces of candy later, I guess I'm headed back to WalMart. Otherwise, we'll need one of these "we're out of candy" signs for Halloween. From Kiki and Company via Bombshell Bling Over the Big Moon via Tips...read more
Did you have a favorite Halloween costume as a child? Mine was a witch costume, sewn by my mom. One of my twin girls feels the same way, and has dressed up as a witch for Halloween three times. (I have no sewing skills, but I can shop with the best of them.) Those are...read more
One of the big jumping off points for my Witch's Tea Party was this black and white striped ribbon. I just loved how clean and crisp the pattern is, and wanted to be sure to incorporate lots of bows made from the ribbon. But there is a trick to getting your bows just...read more
Of the desserts at our Witch's Tea Party, I think the girls were most excited about the Witch's Stockings. I make variations on this dessert all the time because it's so quick and easy and goooood. (It honestly deserves the extra o's.) If you've ever made Martha...read more
When I styled my Vintage Tea Party, one of my absolute favorite elements was the floral teapot centerpiece. I decided to recreate the look for my Witch's Tea Party (featured on Love the Day!) -- but to figure out the DIY version. Enter: the styrofoam ball and a whole...read more
I think it's fair to say that my love of Charlie Brown has continued unabated since childhood. I got to thinking about poor Charlie Brown on Halloween, his pitiful ghost costume with way too many holes, and how "All I got was a rock." Without a doubt, the round-headed...read more
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. This also is the...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Buy the Gardening Party Plan 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...read more
My father loved creme brulee. Any type of custard dessert, really. Nilla Wafer banana pudding? Bring it on. Daddy was near impossible to shop for. One year for Christmas, I bought him a cookbook focused on custards and made one of the recipes as my gift. I remember...read more
Today, I'm thrilled to welcome Tracy Allen of Sweet Peach Paperie back to the blog, sharing her twin daughters' darling mermaids 5th birthday party! (You can see Tracy's Sea Turtle Twins Birthday Party here.) What did I love about this twins birthday party? It was a...read more
For my daughters' 10th birthday party -- we called it the Twins' Top 10 -- I went old school with the party favor bags. We decided to have a party favor bar. We stocked it with five of the girls favorite things, and invited our guests to pick and pack their own party...read more
I tend to think a party is not complete without a rocking front door wreath. Sweet Georgia Sweet makes some of my favorite ribbon wreaths, but this year I didn't have time to order a wreath from Bethany. So I pulled out one of my wreaths from her and studied it until...read more
The Kentucky Derby is this weekend, so if you're hosting a viewing party, it's time to pick out your free Kentucky Derby printables. Of course, I've already done that for you. All you have to do is choose your favorites, straighten your hat, and mix up some mint...read more
Cinco de Mayo is coming right up, so I've rounded up some free fiesta printables for you! And if you're on the hunt for more Cinco de Mayo party ideas, don't miss my taco wreath (yea, you read that right) and the free Cinco de Mayo printables in my freebies section....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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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 -...
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...
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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.