Valentine’s Day

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...

Tutorial: Tissue Box Into Classroom Valentine’s Day Cards Box

Tutorial: Tissue Box Into Classroom Valentine’s Day Cards Box

For my Valentine's Classroom Party, I wanted to think of a low-cost way for the kids to decorate Valentine's Cay card boxes. While there are cute options in the craft stores, and you could certainly go the brown paper bag route, I really wanted a Valentine's box that...

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

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...

Shark Week: Shark Tooth Rice Krispies Treats

Shark Week: Shark Tooth Rice Krispies Treats

Did you miss my first Shark Week party tip? Click here to get the easy how-tos for making Shark Fin Soda Bottles. Today is part two of my own little Shark Week: Shark Tooth Rice Krispies Treats! Of course, these are a snap to mix up, but my version was even easier to...

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

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Halloween Party Backdrop Tutorial

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...

Thanksgiving

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...

My Parties: Bright & Colorful Thankgiving Kids’ Table

My Parties: Bright & Colorful Thankgiving Kids’ Table

Thanksgiving is traditionally brown and orange and all sorts of wonderful fall colors, but this year, I became completely taken with the colors in Love the Day’s Thanksgiving printables collection. As soon as I saw the wonderful bright colors, I was designing a...

Tutorial: How to Make a Kids’ Table Turkey Centerpiece

Tutorial: How to Make a Kids’ Table Turkey Centerpiece

The star of my Thanksgiving Children's Table -- is Mr. Turkey, as we took to calling him. Our turkey centerpiece was simple and inexpensive to make, and today I'll show you how! Supplies Brown paper lantern (12") from Luna Bazaar Love the Day Thanksgiving Collection...

Freebie Friday: 9 Free Thanksgiving Printables

Freebie Friday: 9 Free Thanksgiving Printables

Hosting Thanksgiving? Add a free Thanksgiving printable sign to your decor, or go all out with a full set of Thanksgiving party printables. From Alma Loveland for Nicole's Classes From Spoonful/Family Fun From My Fabuless Life From Tried & True From Kiki...

Christmas

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...

My 2019 Christmas Dining Room

My 2019 Christmas Dining Room

My Christmas dining room decor this year is a bit of a high-low approach. My goal was to use mainly what I had in a new way. All I added was the wrapping paper and Merry Christmas wood centerpiece. This look is really all about layering. Use the wrapping paper as a...

Tutorial: How to Make a Nutcracker Wreath

Tutorial: How to Make a Nutcracker Wreath

I love an easy wreath. They are a great way to start your party at the front door. This nutcracker wreath definitely qualifies as easy -- here's how to make it. If you want to try this idea for a birthday party, any narrow Christmas ornament would work. Just change up...

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...

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...

My Parties: Visit to Santa After-Party

My Parties: Visit to Santa After-Party

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...

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...

New Year’s Eve With Kids {Fun, Easy and Early to Bed}

New Year’s Eve With Kids {Fun, Easy and Early to Bed}

Way back last February I got the most fun, out-of-the-blue request: my first magazine interview! (I say "first" as though other interviews had followed; they have not -- ha!) Anyway, I was still very excited to hear from Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine....

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