We don’t drink pop much in our house. It is definitely a treat for my little family. We are pretty much a hard core water family. Milk only for the little ones, and we don’t usually have juice. So, when we do end up getting some pop, we usually try to get the good stuff. Real flavors and nice sweet cane sugar. And, my family absolutely loves Virgins Rootbeer. It’s the best. Once you try it, you won’t want to back to the A&W stuff, promise.
So, naturally, Father’s Day is a perfect opportunity for us the splurge a little and treat. And, I just couldn’t get “pop” on Father’s Day without creating a cute little label about how much my daughter’s love their “Pop.” [Read more...]
(way back in 2011)
You may be wondering why I am posting another guest list free printable. I did just post this one a few weeks ago. But, after I had created and posted that free printable guest list, I had a fabulous reader comment that my guest list was a little too extreme for her. She simple needed a place to jot down names and RSVP’d answers to take with her to the store, etc.
And, I am so happy she said something! Party planning isn’t the same for everyone. And, it’s usually actually kind of hard. It is hard to know exactly how to put together a party, without having ever put together many parties. But, it’s hard to invest in the time and money to put together a lot of parties when you aren’t confident it what you are doing! So, it is my plan with The Party Plan Collection, to help guide you through all the different tips and techniques that party planners use when putting together a party.
But, that also means, that not everything is perfect for everyone. While someone might love how detailed this guest list is, others might need a simple version. The same is true for me. When I plan a child’s birthday party, it is a lot different than when I plan a girl’s night out – but I still need some of the same tools, such as a guest list.
Do you have a question that you’ve been waiting answered? Let me know and I’ll be sure to schedule them into my weekly Party Plan Collection!
I find that one of the most important parts of having any sort of “themed” party, is to incorporate all those little details into anything you can. And, one of those good places to incorporate some fun little details in in the food. Now, I am not someone who makes cute little fondant characters, or needs to have everything with the party icon on it. I usually take more of a rustic approach when it comes to food, and add more of the details in the decorations with these diy cake toppers. [Read more...]
When it comes to planning my parties, I like to think of decorations more like different “stations”. And, then I arrange these “stations” around the room to make it look like more of a cohesive party. I usually only create 2 or 3 different decorated areas, but having them circling the room makes it feel a lot more planned out and special than just having a dessert table spread. This is one great tip for saving on money and not having to decorate your entire house.
So, for a long while I have been wanting to figure out how to create a party backdrop diy. I imagined that this backdrop would be the perfect party focal point in the room, a great photo backdrop (since I knew we weren’t going to have a dedicated photobooth), and the perfect place for the party kid to open all those exciting presents. All of those wishes came true and I am now hooked on the idea of creating a party backdrop diy for all of my future parties.
Luckily, this diy idea actually was very simple to put together. The hardest part I had was figuring out how to actually create a “wall” without using an existing wall in my house. But, if you have a pretty empty wall near a large window - use that! But, a wall like that just does not exist in my house. For this party, my backdrop actually sits right in front of the TV, and extends at an angle from the window to the mantel. It was the perfect framing for a party since it sat on the opposite corner of the room from the dessert table. (I learned that it is very important to think about the flow of a room when planning out the decorations. Now that I’ve figured out a great arrangement, I will probably be using the same ideas for all of my parties!)
Now you all are probably wondering how I made my faux wall and how I actually created the party backdrop diy. I will stop jumping on tangents and spell it out for you -
To create the faux wall you will need: 2 boards of 40 x 60 inch foam core, white duct tape, a PVC pipe frame in the shape of a rectangle (if you don’t have a wall to support you foam core.) I taped the two boards of foam core together along the 60 inch side. It created a “wall” that is 80 x 60 inches. I taped the foam core to the PVC pipe frame to give it a little more strength. Then, I slightly leaned the foam core against my tv stand to get it to stand up. If you were to prop it up against a flat wall (which would be so much easier), I would either tape it to the wall, or use the command’s Velcro strips to secure it.
Then, to decorate my party backdrop diy, I used: Paper Fans, Gold Glitter Mini Banner, Dollar Store flowers, and Small Letter Balloons from my local party store. Once I got the wall all arranged, the decorating party was really easy. I simply taped or glued everything on. The flowers were the hardest thing to get to stay, so I ended up just gluing them on.
It really was such a fabulous party! If you were wondering what other decorations I created, check out this coordinating $5 flower garland.
Happy Monday! I have been waiting to share some of these fun projects for a very long time. And, quite honestly, I don’t know why I haven’t shared them before now. I created some quick, easy, cheap, and fun party projects for my daughter’s 3rd birthday party back in March. And… now that it’s almost May, it’s about time to share them, right?
But, this flower garland was probably my favorite craft. I loved it so much that I tried to string it everywhere – but quickly ran out of flowers. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you might have picked up that my daughter had a princess and fairytale party. Full of pink, gold, flowers, and little fairytale birds. [Read more...]
Does this wrapping paper look familiar? It should, since it matches the free printable Thank You cards from yesterday. I figured that if you had to pass out a thank you card, you might need a gift to go with it. And, if you were going to give a gift, you might need a fancy wrapping paper to wrap it in. (And… now I am reciting If You Give A Pig A Pancake in my head…). But, seriously, who doesn’t love a little Thank You gift? I know I have my fair share to pass out.
And, your friends will think you are extra clever if you wrap your thank you gift with some thank you gift wrap! [Read more...]