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Tutorial: How to decorate rustic birthday party letters

Tutorial: How to decorate rustic birthday party letters

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....

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My Parties: Horseback Riding Party

My Parties: Horseback Riding Party

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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Freebie Friday: 47 New Year’s Eve Free Printables

Freebie Friday: 47 New Year’s Eve Free Printables

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...

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Tutorial: New Year’s Eve Party Horn Garland

Tutorial: New Year’s Eve Party Horn Garland

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...

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My Parties: New Year’s Eve Party Movie Night

My Parties: New Year’s Eve Party Movie Night

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...

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New Year’s Eve Party Appetizers

New Year’s Eve Party Appetizers

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...

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Mini Party Plan: New Year’s Eve Party

Mini Party Plan: New Year’s Eve Party

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...

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Tutorial: How to Make a Balloon Garland

Tutorial: How to Make a Balloon Garland

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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Tutorial: How to Make a Felt Ball Garland

Tutorial: How to Make a Felt Ball Garland

Do you love felt ball garlands as much as I do? (Please say yes!) I think they are perfect for party layering -- which I am declaring a thing. I usually just buy my felt ball garlands, because they are pretty darn inexpensive on Etsy. But, I also wanted to try making...

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My Parties: Visit to Santa After-Party + Coupon

My Parties: Visit to Santa After-Party + Coupon

The annual visit to Santa is so anticipated, yet so quick. You get the kids dressed up, they are all excited, THEY MEET SANTA, and then it's over. I say: take your kids to meet Santa with their little buddies, and then have them back to your house for a pint-sized...

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Guest Party: Let It Snow Party – NOV by Christina

Guest Party: Let It Snow Party – NOV by Christina

Today I'm busy prepping a Christmas party that I can't wait to share with you. In the meantime, I'm thrilled to feature this Let It Snow Party by Christina Christian, creative director of NOV by Christina design firm in Cincinnati, Ohio. Details to look out for...

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Ultimate Christmas Planning Guide

Ultimate Christmas Planning Guide

If you're like me, and LOVE the Christmas season, but find it hard to manage it all, I have a Christmas present for you: my Christmas Planning Guide -- or, as I think of it, my December survival guide. Merry Christmas! At Christmas time, there’s so much we want to do,...

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Get your house party ready: 12 steps to clutter busting

Get your house party ready: 12 steps to clutter busting

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:...

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Easy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Easy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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,...

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Halloween Party Candy Bar Serving Pieces + Easy Cupcake Toppers

Halloween Party Candy Bar Serving Pieces + Easy Cupcake Toppers

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...

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Tutorial: Halloween Party Soda Bottles

Tutorial: Halloween Party Soda Bottles

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...

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Easy Halloween Icebox Oreo Cake

Easy Halloween Icebox Oreo Cake

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...

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Halloween Candy Centerpiece Tutorial

Halloween Candy Centerpiece Tutorial

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...

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Halloween Party Backdrop Tutorial

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...

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My Parties: Pumpkin Decorating Halloween Party

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,...

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Party Planning Challenge: Halloween Party – Part 6

Party Planning Challenge: Halloween Party – Part 6

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...

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Party Planning Challenge: Halloween Party Activities – Part 5

Party Planning Challenge: Halloween Party Activities – Part 5

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 -...

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Party Planning Challenge: Halloween Party Place Settings – Part 4

Party Planning Challenge: Halloween Party Place Settings – Part 4

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...

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Party Planning Challenge: Halloween Party – Part 2

Party Planning Challenge: Halloween Party – Part 2

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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Party Planning Challenge: Halloween Party

Party Planning Challenge: Halloween Party

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...

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Freebie Friday: 15 Back to School Party Printables

Freebie Friday: 15 Back to School Party Printables

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....

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Freebie Friday: 25 4th of July Free Party Printables

Freebie Friday: 25 4th of July Free Party Printables

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...

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Party Planning Challenge – Part Six: 4th of July Party

Party Planning Challenge – Part Six: 4th of July Party

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,...

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Party Planning Challenge – Part 5: 4th of July Party

Party Planning Challenge – Part 5: 4th of July Party

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,...

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My Parties: Football Party

When we had girls, it did not occur to me that they would turn out to be HUGE college football fans. Time to update my thinking! After the University of Georgia lost the national collage championship to Alabama last year, Baby A just cried and cried. So this year, I...

Mini Party Plan: Superhero Party

One of the most popular posts on this blog is a girl's superhero party. So I thought it might be fun to create a Superhero Mini Party Plan for you. I styled this mini party plan in the traditional red, yellow, and blue, but you could change the color palette for a...

My Parties: Baby Carriage-Inspired Baby Shower

If you are like me, you're hosting several parties a year. I do so many parties, that sometimes I forget to post some here. And then I completely forget about them. For four years. Sigh. So, here ... directly from 2014 ... is a baby carriage-inspired baby shower that...

My Parties: Back to School Dessert Table

Each year, on the first day of school, I style a little back to school dessert table to welcome the girls home. I make this as easy as possible, because I'm throwing it together in the middle of the day. (It helps to work from home!) The backdrop is a reproduction...

Mini party plan: How to plan a shark birthday party

Our family is a mixed bag when it comes to shark fandom. My husband has never quite gotten over the movie Jaws, and maintains a healthy respect for sharks. Baby B is fascinated by them, and wanted to become a marine biologist for a while. Baby A and I are big fans of...

My Parties: How to Plan a Beachy Bake Sale for Charity

It's become a summer tradition that my girls and I plan a lemonade stand / snow cone stand / bake sale to benefit The Confetti Foundation. It gives us a fun activity to work on together and helps fill their summer free time. Last summer, we chose a beach theme for our...

My Parties: Firefly Catching Party

Our kids always have the best ideas, and at the start of every summer, I have them brainstorm ideas about what they want to do during their school break. (I pulled together 602 summer ideas here.) My favorite of their ideas was a Firefly Catching Party. This could not...

My Parties: How to Style a 4th of July Party Kids’ Table

Last year, we learned an important lesson on the 4th of July: our puppy is completely terrified of fireworks. The girls and I had been away the year before, and Don told us she was scared, but we didn't appreciate just how scared she was until we saw it for ourselves....

My Parties: Selfie Scavenger Hunt Birthday Party

When my twin girls were about to turn 11, they couldn't agree on a joint party theme ... like, at. all. But, I discovered there was one activity they could agree on. Apparently, it was very fun to swipe my phone and take selfies. I'd be looking for a photo, and all of...








Jennifer Needham

Founder of The Party Teacher

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.

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