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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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8 Weeks of Summer Fun Ideas for Kids

8 Weeks of Summer Fun Ideas for Kids

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,...

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

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

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 oneParty Planning Challenge - part...

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

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

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 oneParty Planning...

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

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

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 partyWhat type of party you're hostingThat you're hosting at homeWhether your party will be inside,...

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Party Planning Challenge: 4th of July Party

Party Planning Challenge: 4th of July Party

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...

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My Parties: How to Plan a Lemonade Stand

My Parties: How to Plan a Lemonade Stand

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...

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101: How to Style a Party Place Setting

101: How to Style a Party Place Setting

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...

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Tutorial: How to Make Mini Rose Loving Cups

Tutorial: How to Make Mini Rose Loving Cups

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...

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Tutorials: How to Make a Kentucky Derby Party Centerpiece

Tutorials: How to Make a Kentucky Derby Party Centerpiece

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...

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My Parties: Elementary School Graduation Party

My Parties: Elementary School Graduation Party

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....

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Guest Party: Floral Christmas Wonderland Party

Guest Party: Floral Christmas Wonderland Party

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...

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DIY Christmas Tree Cake Toppers

DIY Christmas Tree Cake Toppers

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...

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My Parties: Christmas Crafting Party

My Parties: Christmas Crafting Party

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...

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7 Halloween Party Ideas for Kids

7 Halloween Party Ideas for Kids

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...

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DIY Halloween Treat Cones – 3 Fast and Easy Ways!

DIY Halloween Treat Cones – 3 Fast and Easy Ways!

Call them party cones, treat cones or tussie mussies, these cone-shaped treat holders are just plain cute! I love them for: Giving my family Halloween treats Presenting party favors Leaving the neighbors a "you've been boo'ed" surprise Hang them from a kitchen chair,...

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What I Learned When I Didn’t Have a Heart Attack

What I Learned When I Didn’t Have a Heart Attack

Every once in a while, we go through something that we just have to call a "learning experience." It's not fun. We wouldn't want to repeat it. But, we can decide to learn from it. So, disclaimer right up front: this post is not party related. Well, a little bit. I'll...

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Guest Party: Bunny Tail-Filled Easter Party for Kids

Guest Party: Bunny Tail-Filled Easter Party for Kids

Today, I'm excited to welcome Kara of Lillian Hope Designs to the blog with her bunny tail inspired Easter party for kids. I love the bright pastels (is that a thing?) and all the little fluffy bunny tails! Best of all: all the treats are store-bought and the party...

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My Parties: Puppy Party to Welcome Penny

My Parties: Puppy Party to Welcome Penny

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that our big Christmas gift to the girls was a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy. Penny joined our family right before Christmas, so of course, I threw a little puppy party to welcome her and make this little, wiggly present...

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Freebie Friday: 28 Free Valentine’s Printable Banners

Freebie Friday: 28 Free Valentine’s Printable Banners

Valentine's Day is such a fun time to decorate a little for the holiday. I try to do a little Valentine's Day breakfast with a few small gifts, and I've got to get busy with those plans soon. So I've started searching out free Valentine's printables, and today I'm...

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Tutorial: Christmas Tree Tissue Tassel Garland

Tutorial: Christmas Tree Tissue Tassel Garland

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...

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Freebie Friday: 35 Free Thanksgiving Printables

Freebie Friday: 35 Free Thanksgiving Printables

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...

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Guest Party: Cops and Robbers Boys’ Birthday Party

Guest Party: Cops and Robbers Boys’ Birthday Party

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...

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My Parties: Selfie Scavenger Hunt Birthday Party

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...

My Parties: Royal Wedding Viewing Party

My Parties: Royal Wedding Viewing Party

Well, if it's even possible, I loved Harry and Meghan's royal wedding even more than I thought I would. I woke up at 4 a.m. ET because I was not as ready as I wanted to be at the end of Friday. Let me tell you, I needed every one of those four hours before the party...

Freebie Friday: Free Graduation Party & Gift Printables

Freebie Friday: Free Graduation Party & Gift Printables

Let's make one thing about graduation season a little easier. How about some free graduation party printables? You don't have to wait for these to be customized. Instead, you just follow the teal link to the designer's site, download the printables, print and trim....

Easy Black & Gold Graduation Party Decoration Ideas

Easy Black & Gold Graduation Party Decoration Ideas

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...

Freebie Friday: Royal Wedding Viewing Party Free Printables

Freebie Friday: Royal Wedding Viewing Party Free Printables

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...

Royal Wedding Viewing Party Inspiration

Royal Wedding Viewing Party Inspiration

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...

How to plan a royal wedding viewing party

How to plan a royal wedding viewing party

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...

How to Use Paperless Post for Email Party Invitations

How to Use Paperless Post for Email Party Invitations

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...

How to style a last-minute Valentine’s Day party

How to style a last-minute Valentine’s Day party

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...

Tutorial: How to decorate party forks

Tutorial: How to decorate party forks

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...








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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