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Valentine’s Day

Individual Valentine’s Candy Boards

Individual Valentine’s Candy Boards

Valentine's and Mardi Gras fall right before my twins' birthday, so because I'm busy planning their birthday party, I tend to skip those holidays, or throw something together for our family at the last minute. But this year, we were scouting Sprouts for the grazing...

Freebie Friday: 21 Non-Candy Valentine’s Card Free Printables

Freebie Friday: 21 Non-Candy Valentine’s Card Free Printables

My girls might be aghast at the idea of a non-candy Valentine, but since they are still eating their Christmas candy, it seems like a great idea to me! Here are my favorite non-candy Valentine's free printables. Whoopie Cushion Valentine From Smashed Peas &...

Mini Party Plan: Last-minute Valentine’s Day party

Mini Party Plan: 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...

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...

St. Patrick’s Day

My Parties: Simple St. Patrick’s Day Table

My Parties: Simple St. Patrick’s Day Table

One of the reasons I like investing in reusable party supplies is just that -- I get to build a party stash and reuse my favorite items. So at times like this, when I'm not going out shopping for St. Patrick's Day party supplies, it's great to be able to pull from my...

Tutorial: Easy Rainbow Flowers for St. Patrick’s Day

Tutorial: Easy Rainbow Flowers for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day is one of those holidays that I want to celebrate, but don't want to work too hard at, you know? So I had a brainstorm for these easy rainbow flowers for St. Patrick's Day. All you need are bud vases and a bouquet of grocery store flowers. Total...

My Parties: $0 St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast {I Spent Nada!}

My Parties: $0 St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast {I Spent Nada!}

Before we get to the party: If you haven't yet taken my quick 10-question survey, please do that right now, then come back and read this post. I really want to know what you think of this new idea I'm so excited about! (No party planners, please.) OK - you're back -...

Freebie Friday: St. Patrick’s Day Free Printables

Freebie Friday: St. Patrick’s Day Free Printables

I've got a St. Patrick's Day breakfast in my head, and I'm wondering if I can make it a reality this weekend so I can share it early with you? Cross your fingers! Here are some free St. Patrick's Day printables to help you celebrate. For even more St. Patrick’s Day...

Recipe: Lucky Charms Treats from Bloom Online

Recipe: Lucky Charms Treats from Bloom Online

These Lucky Charms Treats from Jenny of Bloom Designs are looking magically delicious to me! A variation on Rice Crispy Treats, these would be fun to make with your kids or as St. Patrick's Day classroom snacks. Lucky Charms Treats A variation on Rice Krispies Treats...

Easter

How to Make an Easy Easter Cake

How to Make an Easy Easter Cake

This easy Easter Cake is decorated with cookies and could not be any simpler. Step 1: buy cake, cookies and frosting. Step 2: affix cookies to cake. I've got a few more details for you below. While you could certainly make the cake and cookies for this "recipe" ......

My Parties: Pretty Pastel Easter Children’s Table

My Parties: Pretty Pastel Easter Children’s Table

When I think about Easter this year, I keep thinking about How the Grinch Stole Christmas: "He hadn't stopped Christmas from coming! It came!Somehow or other, it came just the same!" And that's how I feel about Easter. We may not shop for new dresses or be able to go...

Tutorial: Easter egg garland and backdrop

Tutorial: Easter egg garland and backdrop

For my Easter bunny buffet, Baby B and I made two craft projects -- both easy and inexpensive: an Easter egg garland and backdrop. If you suffer as I do from WAAAAAY too many plastic Easter eggs, these are the projects for you! Plastic Easter egg garland I originally...

My Parties: How to Style an Easter Egg Hunt Bunny Buffet

My Parties: How to Style an Easter Egg Hunt Bunny Buffet

I don't know how Spring Break works out for you, but Easter always comes right on the heels of our Spring Break. And that makes styling an Easter party a challenge to pull off. So this year, I kept things simple with an Easter egg hunt bunny buffet. If you're not...

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...

Tutorial: Easter Bunny Tails

Tutorial: Easter Bunny Tails

Remember my 15-minute Easter dinner table from last week? The Easter bunny tails on each plate were my favorite part! I made two versions and promised to show you how to make the more time consuming version. But I promise: this is really easy. Pop on some silly TV and...

Shark Week

Tutorial: How to make shark cupcakes

Tutorial: How to make shark cupcakes

After I made my Shark Candy Kababs to celebrate Shark Week, I still had a ton of gummy sharks and sour belts left over. Apparently, I can’t throw anything away, and have no fondant or cupcake frosting skills, but fortunately, inspiration hit and I decided to turn my...

Mini party plan: How to plan a shark birthday party

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: Shark Party! Celebrate Sharknado In Style

My Parties: Shark Party! Celebrate Sharknado In Style

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...

Freebie Friday: 16 Free Shark Printables

Freebie Friday: 16 Free Shark Printables

I've been celebrating Shark Week all week on the blog, so it's only fitting to close things out with free shark party printables. (And don't miss these posts: Shark Fin Soda, Shark Tooth Rice Krispies Treats, Shark Favor Balls and Shark Chum Jell-O.) From Sea of...

Shark Week: How to Make Shark Chum Jell-O

Shark Week: How to Make Shark Chum Jell-O

Bear with me now: this one is theoretically gross but actually yummy. And it makes me giggle. I do girl parties all the time, and sometimes, it's just fun to dive into something boy-ish and grody. And so I give you ... shark chum Jell-O! What is chum? (Those are words...

Shark Week: Shark Party Favor Balls

Shark Week: Shark Party Favor Balls

Have you ever seen party favor balls? They are crepe paper balls formed around itty bitty party favors. Your party guests unroll and unroll and unroll to reveal as many little surprises as you want to wrap. I just made my first favor ball -- Shark Week-style, of...

Independence Day

Rhubarb Strawberry Tarts

Rhubarb Strawberry Tarts

Growing up in Minnesota, we grew rhubarb in our backyard garden, and rhubarb pie was a summer staple. I had in my mind to create a version of my Grandma's rhubarb pie for the 4th of July, but we can't find her recipe. I swear we made it just last year, so it has to be...

Freebie Friday: 16 Free 4th of July Sparkler Holder Printables

Freebie Friday: 16 Free 4th of July Sparkler Holder Printables

What are you doing for the 4th of July? Are you styling a dessert table? Setting a cute dining table? Or just taking it easy? As it turns out, we'll be going to the mountains so I think we'll be able to avoid the fireworks that terrify our poor dog so much. But, the...

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

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....

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...

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,...

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,...

Halloween

Halloween Candy Table – take two

Halloween Candy Table – take two

Back in September, I published an early Halloween candy table and now that Halloween is almost here, I wanted to try the same idea in a second style. Mainly, I wanted to play with my posable skeleton. This was purely about pulling Halloween decor that I already owned....

Recipe: Easy Brie, Pecan and Fig Halloween Appetizer

Recipe: Easy Brie, Pecan and Fig Halloween Appetizer

Last weekend, I was invited to a neighbor's Halloween-themed girls' night out, which was so fun. We were all asked to bring appetizers. You know the advice to never try a new recipe for a dinner party? I threw caution to the wind and dreamed up a new recipe for the...

Char-boo-terie Board by Party Pinching

Char-boo-terie Board by Party Pinching

Today, I'm thrilled to welcome my friend Norene from Party Pinching to the blog. Party Pinching is just what it sounds like: easy-to-execute, budget-friendly ideas to make your parties pop. Her blog and Instagram are amazing for cute party food ideas. Anyway, I spied...

Tutorial: How to add sprinkles to your drink bottles

Tutorial: How to add sprinkles to your drink bottles

Adding sprinkles to your drink bottles is fun way to elevate your party table. It's inexpensive and takes zero skill -- which also makes it one of my favorite party moves. This trick works for any glass or plastic bottle. All you need are sprinkles and light Karo...

My Parties: Halloween Candy Table

My Parties: Halloween Candy Table

This Halloween, I think my girls are finally too old to trick-or-treat. (Cue the mom tears.) But I thought it might be fun for the girls to celebrate Halloween with their friends. And we know that kids love candy at every age! So I set up a little Halloween candy...

Halloween Surprise Sprinkle Cupcakes

Halloween Surprise Sprinkle Cupcakes

I've been thinking about how we'll do Halloween differently this year. Masks are pretty easy for a holiday that already involves costumes, and I think we'll handle treats by passing out individually bagged candy. But I also wanted a way for the girls to connect with...

Thanksgiving

My Parties: Friendsgiving Pie Party

My Parties: Friendsgiving Pie Party

I've wanted to host a pie baking party for my daughters and their friends for a few years now. This party was delayed when Baby A got sick and then again when Covid hit last year. So we were awfully excited to finally get to host our Friendsgiving Pie Party. The idea...

How to Style a Thanksgiving Table

How to Style a Thanksgiving Table

Last year, when we couldn't have Thanksgiving dinner with family, my sister-in-law invited us to use her mountain home for the weekend. It was so good to get out of our house at that point in the pandemic. There is something so relaxing about being even an hour away...

How to Make an Easy Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board

How to Make an Easy Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board

If there were ever a Thanksgiving that called for 1) easy and 2) extra dessert, this is it. So here's how to make an easy Thanksgiving charcuterie board. I honestly can't believe it's taken me this long to make my first charcuterie board, but here we are. I bought...

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,...

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...

Recipes: Easiest Thanksgiving Dessert Table Ever

Recipes: Easiest Thanksgiving Dessert Table Ever

Need a dessert for Thanksgiving? Here's what I made for my children's table Thanksgiving shoot. I did all the baking, so you know it was easy! Apple CakePumpkin Pie TartletsChocolate Chip Salted Caramel BarsPecan Pie Here's an overhead view of the dessert table so you...

Christmas

How to host a christmas cookie decorating party

How to host a christmas cookie decorating party

Each year since the girls were elementary-school age, we've decorated Christmas cookies with their godmother. We've tried this a variety of ways -- including baking and decorating in the same day (whew! don't do it!) -- and I think we've finally got Christmas cookies...

How to Make Grinch Soda Floats

How to Make Grinch Soda Floats

Tis the season of special treats, and this past week, I couldn't stop singing "You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch..." I don't know why the Grinch has captured my attention, but it seemed only right to combine treats + the Grinch, which led me to making Grinch Soda Floats....

How to Have a Stress-Free Christmas

How to Have a Stress-Free Christmas

I know you’re thinking “stress-free” and “Christmas season” in the same sentence?! That can’t be! If you’re anything like me, there is always so much I want to do and make for Christmas, plus traditions to share with family around the holidays. My to-do list is so...

Tutorial: How to Make a Christmas Charcuterie Board for Kids

Tutorial: How to Make a Christmas Charcuterie Board for Kids

I had so much fun making my Thanksgiving charcuterie board, that I decided to repeat the process for Christmas. You can put together this board in minutes with just a little shopping (no baking required)! It also doubles as the centerpiece of your Christmas children’s...

My Parties: Santa’s Plaid Christmas Kids Table

My Parties: Santa’s Plaid Christmas Kids Table

The children's table is probably one of my favorite things to decorate for Christmas. I may pull out some of my favorite place settings, but I change it up a little each year. This year's theme combined plaid flannel and Santa to create Santa's Plaid Christmas Kids...

Four Ways to Style Your Chairs for Christmas

Four Ways to Style Your Chairs for Christmas

Today I’m sharing four ways to style your chairs for Christmas. Each one is easy and inexpensive. If Christmas is the holiday of "let no surface go undecorated," then I am here for the Christmas chair decorations! This year, I have a sick kiddo at home, so I had just...

New Year’s Eve

My Parties: “Ring Out Wild Bells” New Year’s Eve Party

My Parties: “Ring Out Wild Bells” New Year’s Eve Party

Like everyone else, I cannot wait for this year to end. I wish that at the stroke of midnight, everything would be magically better. Even though I know that can't happen, I still want to celebrate. This seems like the perfect year to re-create a New Year's Eve...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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