Nautical inspired Little Captain Baby Shower

Little Captain Baby Shower inspired by BabyLit's Moby Dick baby book. via confetti sunshine

Like I said before, my little sister recently had a baby, which meant I got to plan and host a baby shower (hooray for parties!). Hosting parties and get togethers really is one of my favorite things to do, and then put that together with celebrating an adorable little baby! Really, how could life be better?

When I ran across BabyLit’s Moby Dick: An Ocean Primer, I knew it was the perfect theme for a baby shower. (And, I love the illustrations in the book! So, if you haven’t ever seen it… you need to.)

Little Captain Baby Shower inspired by BabyLit's Moby Dick baby book. via confetti sunshine

To start, I ran into a dilemma about what type of garland to make. I’m a huge party garland fan, and I knew it had to be something fabulous since it was going to be the main decoration. You can read all about that story right here.

I am a firm believer that parties don’t need a lot going on, just a few very well picked out details. And, for this party, my details included:

Welcome table with ship wheel, baby pictures (cause, who doesn’t like seeing pictures of the baby?), little nautical flags, and Moby Dick: An Ocean Primer books as party favors.

Little Captain Baby Shower inspired by BabyLit's Moby Dick baby book. via confetti sunshine

Next, I had the adorable nautical flags hung up from the ceiling in our main gathering room, but (saddly) no pictures.

For the food table, I had my nautical flags as well as a Little Captain banner cut up and hung on the wall. Then, we served a variety of small bites – salmon dill cucumbers, mini chocolate cupcakes, meatballs, cheese and prosciutto logs, vegetable sticks, etc.

And, to finish the party, I gave out Moby Dick: An Ocean Primer books with a little bag of swedish fish.

Overall, it was a fabulous party, and the perfect way to celebrate my new little nephew joining our family!

Little Captain Baby Shower inspired by BabyLit's Moby Dick baby book. via confetti sunshine

1 Easy Step to make your DIY Invitations Look Professional

1 Easy Step to make your DIY Invitations Look Professional! via confetti sunshine

In this day and age, it seems like everyone is trying to DIY everything. Which, personally, I think is great. (Probably because I am one of those people). It gives way to so much more creativity and individualism. Instead of needing to pick out an invitation template that hundreds of other people have chosen, I get to quickly create my own, print it out on my computer, and mail it. All in the same day.

But, that being said, it is hard to sometimes match the same quality that certain shops have when it comes to printing. I like my printer and feel it does a decent job. But, the hardest part I have, is finding good paper. It’s hard to find it heavy enough for me to be happy with. And, I feel like the weight of an invitation has a lot to do with how luxurious if feels.

1 Easy Step to make your DIY Invitations Look Professional! via confetti sunshine

So, back to the main point of this story…

I created these adorable invitations for my sister’s baby shower. And, I didn’t have any time to get them professionally printed, so I had to do with my thick cardstock at home. Once they were all printed and cut out, I felt like they were pretty and looked great, but they were missing a little something, and looked a little homemade – enter in – Elmer’s gold metallic painters marker. I love this marker because it really shines and reflects the light (the photos really don’t do it justice).

1 Easy Step to make your DIY Invitations Look Professional! via confetti sunshine

I used a flat piece of paper as an edge and lined my baby shower invitations with the painters pen. It instantly gave it a classic, upscale look and feel – even though my paper was a little thin. I don’t think any of the guests would have even thought these diy invitations were printed at home once they had a little gold trim around the edges. Gold makes everything better, right?

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5 minute Nautical Flags DIY

So easy! 5 minute nautical flags. via confetti sunshine

A few weeks ago, I hosted a cute little nautical themed baby shower for my little sister. I based the whole party off of one of my favorite baby books and had a lot of fun creating a nautical atmosphere. One of my favorite ways to add a little “celebration” to a room is to create a banner to hang overhead. I’ve seen a lot of banners hung up on walls (like in my last picture), but I hardly ever seen them hung overhead. And, it might be that it is extremely hard to get a good picture of an overhanging banner. I’ve tried many times. So, just believe me when I say it adds a whole new feeling to a room when there are decorations strewn across the ceiling.

So I decided to create some nautical flags for the ceiling. My first grand idea was to purchase fabric to cut down, hem, and sew together. While, it all sounds beautiful, it also takes a lot more time, work, and money. Instead, I ran across my ever growing collection of flat party bags in an arrangement of different colors and patterns and knew that I could make up something just as fun and nautical. And, afterwards, I didn’t feel nearly as bad throwing it all away (I seriously have a problem with this! But, what crafter doesn’t?)So easy! 5 minute nautical flags. via confetti sunshine [Read more...]

4th of July Activity Box

4th of July Activity Box! Perfect way to keep the kids busy while waiting for fireworks. via confetti sunshine

So, apparently, life just keeps getting in the way with all my awesome blog plans. I prep, plan, and execute, but then can never find enough hours in the day to post anymore. Hopefully I’ll be able to start sharing more regularly again, but I am making no promises now that summer is here.

But, I did want to hurry and get this fun activity box posted just in case anyone else was needing such an idea. Every year we head out to go watch a local firework show. But, by the time we get to the park, unload everyone, and are waiting, I realize I probably should’ve thought of some sort of activities to keep the kids entertained for the next 30-60 minutes until it gets dark. Obviously, I am not the only one who has thought of that, since our firework shows are always littered with vendors trying to sell overpriced cheap glow sticks to my kids.

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how to make and pack a fruit and vegi filled kid’s lunch

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how to make and pack a fruit and vegi filled kid's lunch! Perfect for a summer picnic or school lunch. via Confetti Sunshine

It is time to pull out all those fun packed lunches and head to the park, amirite? It seems that over the past week or two we have been to the park more than any other place, aside from home. But, along with all of those park dates and playing with friends, I am finding myself packing more and more summer time lunches. While I usually go for an easy out of crackers and fruit dumped into baggies, last week I wanted to try something new.

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5 easy steps to add a pop of color to your porch this summer

How to add a pop of color to your porch this summer | confetti sunshine

Now that summer is really here – the heat, kids out of school, etc – I always get the itch to spruce up our outdoor living areas. I know we are going to be spending a lot more time outside, so it’s a great time to add a little more color and fun to our outside living areas. So, I teamed up with World Market, Rachael Ray Magazine, and Porch.com to show you 5 easy ways to quickly spruce up your porch and add that pop of summer time color to your outdoor décor.

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Easy to make Marbleized Paper Banner

Easy to make Marbleized Banner | confetti sunshine

So, when I was setting up a craft party for my sweet little niece, I didn’t have a lot of time to do much. I had figured out our craft party activities, but I needed a little decoration that screamed “hi, I’m crafty”. I wasn’t in charge of the party food, which made it somewhat tricky when it came to planning. I guess I am somewhat of a control freak and what to have my hands in every cookie jar, or something. But, I was having a tough time deciding how I could decorate the room without knowing what the food table would end up looking like.

Naturally, I ended up leaning towards creating a fun banner. DIY banners are quickly becoming my go-to when it comes to decorating for a party. They add a big impact with usually being fairly simple and quick to make. And.. you can practically put them anywhere. I hang them on the walls, I hang them across the ceiling, I hang them around the door… seriously, put them everywhere.

 

I absolutely love how beautiful this garland turned out, and how easy it was to make marbleized paper and simply cut it out into a garland. It made such an impact on the wall and was perfect for a craft party. It is simple enough to make, that I even had my kids help me marbleize the paper, which they thought was very fun.Easy to make Marbleized Banner | confetti sunshine

To make marbleized paper banners you will need:
Heavy weight or cardstock paper
Paper cutter
Nail polish in your party colors
9in by 9in disposable cake pan
Water

First, cut your paper into a 8 1/2 by 8 1/2 inch square. Add about 1 inch of water to the disposable cake pan. Pour a variety of nail polish colors into the water quickly. If you wait too long, the nail polish will start to dry at the edges of the cake pan and won’t stick to the paper. Once you’ve got your nail polish in the water, take your square paper and place it into the water. (Tip: wear disposable gloves so you don’t get nail polish all over your hands, especially if kids are helping.) Pull the paper out immediately and don’t completely submerge it. You will only get nail polish on one side of the paper. (Repeat on the other side of the paper if you want a marbleized effect on both sides.)

Let your paper dry overnight. Once the paper is dry, cut it into triangles to create a garland. I simply cut my squares in fourths to create longer triangles and not waste any of my awesome marbleized paper. And, I am sorry I didn’t get any pictures of our marbleizing process, but you can hop over here to look at the pictures when I marbleized some Christmas ornaments to get a better idea of what the nail polish looks like in the water.

Easy to make Marbleized Banner | confetti sunshine

3 delicious make at home ice cream flavors with free printable ice cream cone wrap

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Summer is official out, and we have started needing to find ways to stay cool. In our little neck of the woods it went from very rainy and cold to sunny and hot almost overnight. There was no time for acclimation. So, we have already starting blasting the AC and browsing the frozen section of the grocery store with every visit.

And, it seems, that with each frozen isle visit, at our local Walmart, my 3 year old keeps on asking for ice cream. But, the problem is finding at ice cream that everyone would be happy with. So, instead, we decided to pick up some Blue Bunny vanilla and chocolate ice cream and have some fun at home mixing our own ice cream flavors together as a little celebration for summer finally being here. And, if you are going to be at your local Walmart soon, be sure to check out the upcoming Blue Bunny demos between June 4th and 7th.

With the help of my three daughters, we were able to come up with 3 fabulous and delicious make at home ice cream flavors you are sure to love. And, don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom to download our free printable and adorable ice cream cone wraps.
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5 of the best craft party activities

5 of the best Craft Party Activities | confetti sunshine

My cute little niece celebrated a birthday the other week, and I was so excited when my sister let me have free reigns to plan and host the party. While I have hundreds of fabulous party themes floating around in my head that I want to create, I always try to include the birthday child in picking out a theme that is near and dear to their heart. So, a month or so before my niece’s birthday, I had a little chat with her about what she liked to do, and what party she might like to have. My niece is an adorable little budding artist, so originally I was thinking a classic rainbow artist party would be good. But, as we talked more, I realized that this little girl was more of a crafter and loved the color palette of turquoise, purple, and pink. So, with a little addition of a light lime green, we ran with that!

We had such a fun time letting all the kids craft to their heart’s content. Even my 2 year old little nephew got in on the crafting! He always has to do what the older kids do, so he wasn’t about to let everyone else make a necklace without him. But, since I was creating more of a craft themed vs. artist themed party, I figured I would take some of the artist classics and change them into craft party activities. But, not all craft party activities have to be crafts. I always try to change up the type of activity so that the kids don’t get bored.

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Tips for taking kids to Zions National Park

Tips for taking kids to Zions National Park | confetti sunshine

 

A few weeks ago we braved the unknown and packed our three girls into the car to head off on an adventure into southern Utah. Visiting Zions National Park had always been on my bucket list of places to visit, and now that we lived in Utah it seemed a shame that we hadn’t been there already.

But, I will admit, the thought of taking our three girls on a trip that would involve mostly hiking was a little daunting. We do like to take walks as a family, but we don’t ever get very far before the kids are piling onto the stroller or complaining of one thing or the other. So, while I was nervous that we would be packing three kids crying out of Zions, I also really wanted to do it. To see if once there, the kids would be a little more entertained and excited. And, maybe, push their limits a little to show them what they can accomplish with a little effort.
So, we headed off into the complete unknown.  I wish I could say we were super prepared for our trip, but we weren’t. When you live with kids (at least when I live with kids) it’s hard to be super prepared for anything. But, that’s the beauty in life. You sure do learn how to wing it.
But, in the end we figured out some great tips for taking kids to Zions National Park and having everyone come home happyl.
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