Balloon Flags, Succulent Centerpiece, & More!

the-party-hop_summer-fiesta-wednesday-1DIY Balloon Flags by One Charming Party

It’s our third day of #ThePartyHop, and believe me, it is only getting better! Aren’t all the projects amazing? I am in awe with every single one. I can’t believe that 11 bloggers, only starting out with a single color palette, can create such an amazing cohesive party. There were some real fiesta party energy waves floating in the air. It just all looks perfect together. Be sure to head over to each blog to see how you can create your own summer fiesta party!

the-party-hop_summer-fiesta-wednesday-2DIY Succulent Centerpiece by The Elephant of Surprise
the-party-hop_summer-fiesta-wednesday-3DIY Fringe Drink Stirs by Kojo Designs

DIY Balloon Bar and other Fiesta Party ideas

the-party-hop_summer-fiesta-tuesday-2I am so excited to share with you my project for #ThePartyHop Summer Fiesta. Find out how to put together a Balloon Bar and other awesome fiesta party ideas. Instead of doing a decoration (like I always do), I thought I would put together a fun little activity that would keep every party guest entertained. Introducing – A Balloon Party Bar!

the-party-hop_summer-fiesta-balloon-bar-1The idea behind a Balloon Bar is just the same as when putting together a dessert bar for a party. I pulled out my trusty bar cart, decorated it with a variety of balloon essentials (such as string, a helium tank, variety of balloons, etc) and a few fun balloon accessories (such as markers, fringe, and confetti).

the-party-hop_summer-fiesta-balloon-bar-2 Each guest is then invited to go and customize a balloon to their own liking. I love confetti filled balloons plus a little fringed crepe paper, so that was an easy choice for me.

the-party-hop_summer-fiesta-balloon-bar-3But, the fun doesn’t stop here! Be sure to see the adorable DIY Taco Invitation and gorgeous DIY Papel Picado banner below.

the-party-hop_summer-fiesta-tuesday-1DIY Taco Invitation by Not Just a Mommy

the-party-hop_summer-fiesta-tuesday-3DIY Papel Picado banner by Frog Prince Paperie


Summer Fiesta : The Party Hop

the-party-hop_summer-fiesta-monday-1Are you ready for The Party Hop? This time around we are sharing our Summer Fiesta party. I am so so very excited to be sharing it this week! For those who haven’t seen our previous ones – The Party Hop is a collaborative party put together by 11 AMAZING bloggers. This is our 3rd one (you can find our Star Gazing Party Hop here, and our Handmade Holiday Party Hop here.) All of the bloggers put together a special DIY party project. Then they mail the projects to me, and I get the awesome chance to style and photograph our party!

And now, all week, we will be sharing our party ideas so that you can put together a party just as spectacular.

This time around, we are so grateful for our sponsor – Balloon Time! Putting together a party like this takes a lot of prep, planning, timing, and effort. It was so much easier with Balloon Time helping out. And, don’t balloons and fiestas just go hand in hand? We are so glad Balloon Time joined our party!
And, don’t forget all the amazing bloggers who helped put this together! Be sure to be following along all week to get the DIY scoop on all of these fabulous projects. The lovely ladies who helped put this together are:

Vanessa of
Lindi of
Chelsey of
Holly of
Paula of
Aimee of
Dawn of
Kirstin of
Bettijo & Aimee of
Brittany of
Sara of (me!)

have a great week!

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Make some Flavored Ice Cubes for your drinks and beverages!

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flavored-ice-cubes-1 Is it finally starting to feel like “not-winter” where you live? March was a bear in our neck of the woods. Cloudy and rainy almost the entire month. So, we were sure happy to see April! It has been so warm and sunny. Perfectly delightful. It has also made me a little too anxious for summer and all the delicious fruity beverages. I love crisp warm nights enjoyed outside. Drinks and dinner on a picnic, even if they are just in the backyard, is one of our favorite past times.

flavored-ice-cubes-2As part of my excitement for all things summer and picnics, I put together this fun and easy recipe to help flavor your drinks this summer – Flavored Ice Cubes. They are so easy to make, delicious way to flavor a plain soda, and perfect to keep on hand for those hot summer days. I was able to pick up everything I needed at my local Walmart during a quick grocery shopping trip.

flavored-ice-cubes-3FLAVORED ICE CUBES

Ready-to-Drink Kool-Aid
Variety of Kool-Aid packets
Lemon-lime soda (such as 7-up and Sprite)

flavored-ice-cubes-4In a separate cup, mix a half cup of ready-to-drink Kool-Aid with 1 Kool-Aid packet. Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray. Repeat these steps with all the Kool-Aid flavors you want. Let the Kool-Aid freeze. Place the flavored ice cubes into a cup and top it off with the lemon-lime soda. Enjoy! (hint: these ice cubes are not sweet by themselves. They are very concentrated flavor. They are best served over a sweet lemon-lime soda, not as a popsicle.)


Jim Dillard, pro fisherman, could be coming to your local Walmart! There will be product giveaways, t-shirts, games, and more fun activities!
Friday May 30th 5-7pm:
13675 Highway 43 Russellville, AL WM Supercenter
Saturday May 31st 3-5pm:
3100 Hough Rd Florence, AL WM Supercenter
Saturday May 31st 6-8pm:
517 Avalon Ave Muscle Shoals, AL WM Supercenter
Friday June 20th 5-7pm:
1210 Mineral Wells Ave Paris, TN WM Supercenter
Saturday June 21st 3-5pm:
1225 Paris Rd Murray, KY WM Supercenter
Saturday June 21st 6-8pm:
809 N 12th St Murray, KY WM Supercenter
Friday August 8th 5-7pm:
360 Harbison Blvd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter
Saturday August 9th  3-5pm:
1326 Bush River Rd Columbia, SC WM Supercenter
Saturday August 9th 6-8pm:
2401 Augusta Rd West Columbia, SC WM Supercenter

DIY Crossword Easter Eggs

crossword-easter-egg-diy-1Wow! What a week it’s been. And.. it’s only Wednesday! Yikes. I think my baby has decided that a routine sleep schedule is for everyone else. We’ve been up late most the week, and today we’re up insanely early for a play session. I’ve got to get a little more sleep (and a slightly better schedule) before I go to SNAP next week. Anyone else going? I’d love to meet up!!

crossword-easter-egg-diy-2But, if you really were visiting for some Easter Eggs inspiration… Need to leave a little message to someone this Easter? Try making up these diy crossword Easter Eggs instead. If my kids were older, and needed more of a challenge Easter Egg hunting, I would totally make these up as clues for an Easter treasure hunt. How fun would that be?

crossword-easter-egg-diy-3To make DIY Crossword Easter Eggs you will need:
white eggs
fine point sharpie

1: decide what you are going to say on your Easter eggs. It helps a lot to write down your ideas and crossword puzzle on paper first. 2: draw your crossword puzzle on your egg with pencil first. This helps if your prone to mistakes like I am! 3: sketch over your pencil drawing with the sharpie.

crossword-easter-egg-diy-5Still need some last minute Easter ideas? Check these awesome ideas out.

Mr. Humpty Dumpty : Easy Easter Eggs

humpty-dumpty-easter-egg-1Mr. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Mr. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men were grateful Mr. Humpty Dumpty was actually made of plastic this year.

Looking for a fun and new way to decorate Easter eggs this weekend? Making Mr. Humpty Dumpty not only goes great with the holiday weekend, but also makes for a fun story telling and playtime.

humpty-dumpty-easter-egg-2I had already decided to make little egg men this year after seeing this guy. And, I’ve always loved old retro cartoon faces. So I just put the two together while the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme repeated over and over in my head.

humpty-dumpty-easter-egg-3 I am glad I made these little Mr. Dumptys out of plastic eggs. My daughters love “character” toys and play with anything that even remotely could resemble a character. I saved myself a lot of rotten eggs by just going with plastic. And, we can all rest assured that Mr. Humpty Dumpty won’t be needing to be put back together after any great fall.

To make your own Mr. Humpty Dumpty Easy Easter Eggs, you will need:
egg dye
fine point permanent marker

humpty-dumpty-easter-egg-41: Dress your Mr. Humpty by dyeing the bottom half of the egg with the color of your choice. 2: Draw a face. Start with the basics – give him a nose and eyes. Then add a mustache (optional), mouth, chin, eyebrows, eye glass, etc. 3: Finish his clothes by adding a bow tie, skinny tie, buttons, pocket, etc.

humpty-dumpty-easter-egg-5Still looking for ideas? Check out the 50 best ways to decorate an Easter Egg, a lot of other Easter ideas, or one of my best DIY crafts of the year, which happens to be an easy way to DIY Easter Eggs.

the 10 must-haves at an Ice Cream Bar

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Today we are talking about the top “10 Must Haves” when styling an Ice Cream bar this summer! Obviously, I love hosting a crowd, but even when it is just me, my husband, and three little girls, I still like to try and make things exciting and memorable. It doesn’t take much effort at all.
10-must-have-icecream-bar-2But, these top 10 must haves, don’t only have to be for an ice cream bar. Most of them are good to gather up for any sort of dessert bar this summer. Anyone getting excited for s’more season this year? I can’t wait!

10-must-have-icecream-bar-3The 10 Must Haves for an Ice Cream Bar

1. Cute bar cart – help keep the mess contained in a certain area. Bar carts are a great choice because you can move them where ever you want, and also allows the guests to get up and the ice cream without having to pass everything around the table.

2. Delicious ice cream – kind of goes without saying, but, be sure to get a good brand.

3. Good quality ice cream scoop or two – a good ice cream scoop goes a long way!
10-must-have-icecream-bar-44. Cute paper bowls, wooden spoons, etc – Everyone enjoys the cute little details.

5. Fun napkins – I hoard cute napkins. They are perfect for events like this. Pull them out for a little splash of color.

6. Bananas – It’s not a good ice cream bar without bananas!

10-must-have-icecream-bar-57. Chocolate and caramel syrups

8. Variety of toppings –  I went with cookies, chocolates, marshmellows, skittles, and nuts!

9. Wet-Nap hand wipes – great for easily cleaning up sticking fingers, unintentional spills, and wiping down the bar cart afterwards. I picked mine up at my local Walmart.

10. Friends and family – a delicious ice cream bar just isn’t complete without someone to share it with.

10-must-have-icecream-bar-6And, to keep your bar cart stocked this year, be sure to run to Walmart to pick up some Wet-Nap hand wipes and use this $0.55 off any Wet-Nap Product coupon while supplies last! I picked up both the canisters (stocked on my bar cart) as well as the individual packettes (perfect for passing out at a party).

Easter Eggs DIY bunnies and friends

easter-egg-bunny-diy-project-1An Easter party, of any shape or size, just isn’t complete without decorating Easter eggs! But, as I planned a little girl’s night for a group of 5 year olds, I did not want to have to deal with cups of dyes. So, I came up with a simpler, just as fun, and creative way for young kids to be able to still have fun decorating Easter eggs.easter-egg-bunny-diy-project-2I pre dipped the eggs in pink and yellow dye (our party colors) and am going to let the kids draw animal faces on the eggs – the dipped part of the egg being the “animal”. I had a lot of fun coming up with different animals, even if I did have my 2 year old pulling on my arm the entire time. She was having a blast telling me which animals to do. The bunny ended up being her favorite.

easter-egg-bunny-diy-project-3To make some little Easter egg bunnies and friends you will need:
White easter eggs – I actually got some dye-able plastic easter eggs at Walmart that work great! I love the idea of not having to refrigerate them or empty them. Perfect for a party.
Egg dye
Fine point black pens

easter-egg-bunny-diy-project-4How to make Easter egg bunnies and friends – 1: In advance, dip one side of the Easter eggs into egg dye. Let them dry. 2: Hand out an egg and fine point pen to each guest. Let them draw a face on their egg. It doesn’t get easier than that!


And, if you are looking for more Easter fun, be sure to head over here to see all my Easter ideas.

Bunny party favor bags – you won’t believe what they’re made from!

bunny-favor-bag-diy-project-1 Yes, more bunnies today! But, have you seen anything cuter? And, you’ll just die when you find out how easy and cheap they are to make. I put them together with everything I had in my house, and I am sure you can too.bunny-favor-bag-diy-project-2These little party favor bags have too many good uses to count, but, let’s try. Think of these little favor bags as the perfect little gift for your Easter brunch crowd. Or, to send a special gift to a loved one. How about as a clever way to send your child’s school lunch with them? Or they could be a fun little gift left in an Easter basket on Easter morning.

I could go on, but you get the idea. These little critters are perfect for many occasions. And, the little face matches the face on my bunny envelopes that I shared yesterday! Do you see the theme going on? I am using these little bunnies as favor bags for my daughter’s party this weekend. And, I cannot wait – they are just too cute.bunny-favor-bag-diy-project-4

To make bunny favor bags you will need:
White paper bags
Pink tissue (optional)
Black marker

bunny-favor-bag-diy-project-5 How to make bunny favor bags – 1: draw two eyes and a nose/mouth near the bottom of the bag. I kept my face below the fold line near the bottom. 2: Open up your paper bag. Fold out the folds of the paper bag. 3: Cut out a triangle from the paper bag. 4: Stand your paper bag up. 5: Put a small strip of pink tissue into the bag. 6: Tie the ears together, and gently twist and fold the ears so they are facing outwards with a little pink tissue poking up.

And, if you are looking for more Easter fun, be sure to head over here to see all my Easter ideas.

Bunny Envelope Invitation ideas

bunny-envelope-diy-project-1This week I am having a lot of fun playing around with bunnies! First up, is this adorable bunny envelope. Mail in our house just got cuter, folks. We are now pleasantly obsessed with drawing faces on every envelope we find. (It does makes paying bills a little sweeter.)

But, the real reason I put together these little bunny envelopes was for my daughter’s girl’s night she is planning. It is going to be all things bunnies, so why not have a little bunny as part of the invitation ideas?

To make these bunny envelopes you will need:
Standard 6 1/2″ by 3 5/8″ white envelopes
“Bunny Ears” free printable

How to make the bunny envelopes – 1: Draw two eyes and a nose onto the back of your envelope. 2: Gently fold your envelope in half. Try to not make any creases. Use the scissors and cut a slit in the envelope right at the fold for the back flap. 3: Print and cut out the bunny ears. 4: Slip the bunny ears down the slit you cut. Glue/tape them in place inside the envelope.

*special note* I haven’t tried mailing a bunny envelope. I don’t think it would be a problem, but it might need extra postage. I will be trying it soon, though, and will let you know how it turns out.

bunny-envelope-diy-project-4And, if you are looking for more Easter fun, be sure to head over here to see all my Easter ideas.