Tuesday, December 6, 2016

If you have looked at Pinterest lately you are sure to have seen 100's of elaborate Elf on the Shelf ideas and poses for your Elf, but if you just want some quick and simple ideas I have compiled a few for you.

Easy - a toothpick and two mini marshmallows!

Some shaving cream and a razor.

Colored paper made into rings, so cute!

Some tape and army guys, too funny!
Minions need I say more?

Marshmallow bath.

Toothbrush and toothpaste.

Naughty, naughty! Erasable pens and photos.

Quite appropriate this year, Elf for President!
Snow angels with flour.

Someone has been messing with the dog/cat food.

Glue and candy.

Elf zip line.

Elf Facebooking!
Oops there goes the band aids!

The wrapping the toilet one.

Elf piggy bank robber!

Someone got caught!

Dong the laundry!

Paper bag races.

Friday, November 18, 2016

10 Best Girl Theme Parties of 2016

Looking for inspiration for your daughter's special day? We've made it a little easier by scouring Pinterest for the most popular themes of 2016. Have fun choosing!

1. Princess Party

Whether it's Cinderella or Belle, a Princess Party is a sure hit with little girls. Have dress-up dresses handy, some crowns and wands and any little girl would be happy! Go the extra length and use cardboard boxes to create a dream castle fit for a princess. Anything glittery and shiny for the table will make it pop. As for the cake, doll cakes decorated like princesses or castle cakes if you are adventurous are always a hit! 

2. Fairy Party

Fairy houses and toadstools make for a perfectly whimsical girly parties. Decorate with nature for an enchanted fairy paradise. Moss and glitter complete a cute table setting, bringing the outside inside! Have wings and wands handy for your guests to bring out their inner fairies. Add some whimsical music to play in the background and the fairies will come alive. Pinterest has tons of cute fairy food and cake ideas to complete your party.

3. Rock Star Party

Have a Wanna-Be-Rock-Star in the family? Rock Star parties are a blast. Add Barbie into the mix and it is a two for one! Cheap microphones and colored hair will create an awesome Rock Star Party. Create cute guitars out of cardboard, paint and glitter for some pretend play. Create cute microphone cupcakes using ice-cream cones topped with cupcakes. Endless ideas for food ideas fit for a Rock Star on Pinterest.

4. Spa Party

Ahhhhhh Everyone loves to be pampered, little girls are no exception. Turn on the Spa music, add some towels and face masks, with cucumber slices, for a cute Spa experience. Adding manicures and pedicures will be a sure-fire hit as well. Have fruit infused water handy and healthy snacks to nibble on. Cupcakes decorated like cucumbers are a cute idea to end the Spa Day.

5. Art Party

Bring out the canvas and paintbrush and create a masterpiece. Change it up with cupcake decorating instead of painting for some sweet fun. Make sure to plan for messy, washable paints and wipes are a must! Have a pretend Art Show to show off their masterpieces, hors d'oeuvres and all!

6. Mermaid Party

"Under the Sea...Under the Sea..." So many options for a cute mermaid party. The decorations for a mermaid and or undersea party are endless! Blue and green streamers can simply and cheaply create an awesome undersea environment. Cardboard cutouts of shells and kelp can add that something extra. Putting baking pearls on the cupcakes and food will transport anyone into an under the sea paradise!

7. Frozen Party

Do I need to say more! Whether its Elsa or Anna your little girl will love a Frozen Party, who doesn't! Create a winter wonderland using shades of blue and white topped with some silver. Create fake snow with pillow stuffing and clear Christmas lights. "Do You Want to Build a Snowman" station using white Playdoh is a sure hit. Tell your guests to dress-up as their favorite "Frozen" character to add something extra. Create an Elsa/Anna cake or even an Olaf cake will be a hit.

8. Tea Party

High Tea is always a perfect little girl party. From the gloves to the hats a Tea Party is so much fun! Little menus and tea sandwiches are a must. Create an adorable table with cute linens and place settings, real fabric is best. Decorate hats with artificial flowers, ribbons and beads for a fun craft. Have someone do nails and make-up for some extra fun! Cupcakes decorated like cute tea cups would add that extra something.

9. Minnie Mouse Party

Who doesn't love Minnie? Those ears and polka dots make for some really cute decorating. Create cute Minnie skirts using pink tutus, adding white card stock circles, so cute! Decorate using black, white and pink to create a real "Minnie" atmosphere. Crafts could include decorating Minnie ears (cut-out cardboard ears, templates online) and coloring pages. Decorate Oreos with pink and white icing for cute treats.

10. Girl Superhero Party

Hey little girls can be superheroes too! Just add some glitter and pink and your little girl will have a blast. Decorate capes made from squares of fabric with velcro to attach and masks cut out from card stock. Add buildings around the room using cardboard boxes painted black with yellow card stock squares for windows to add to the superhero feel to save the day!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Girls Parties: Frozen Party

Frozen Party

This party was so fun and not expensive at all!

My daughter’s birthday is in February so I shopped around in all the winter clearance sections and got some really great deals on things I used for decorations. Things like snow blankets and white Christmas lights set the scene for a perfect winter (not in winter) party! I also found some large appliance size boxes and painted them blue and sprinkled glitter on them, cut them into long triangles and stapled them together to create an ice castle for the doorway - the girls loved it!

Cardboard ice castle over the doorway
The Table Setting
For the table setting I used a snow blanket I got on clearance and covered it with blue sparkly tulle, it gave it a beautiful sparkle. For the centerpiece, I used artificial blue winter plants in a glass vase with blue and clear glass beads at the bottom. I sprinkled little blue diamonds (from the wedding section) along the length of the table to add some extra “bling”. For the place   settings I used the round silver platters and a coordinating paper plate. The tea   cups were from goodwill and matched the theme perfectly! Once again, I found some cute water bottle labels online and added blue glitter snowflakes around the table  for the final touch.

My husband served tea dressed in a snowman suit that I made from white felt stuffed with cushion stuffing. The girls loved this!
Having "Frozen" tea

Olaf serving "Frozen" jello
The Activities

I had such a fun time with the activities for this party. Each girl received a cute blue tutu (that I found online for $3 each) as well as a blue crown and a cape. I made the capes from tulle  (took a yard each) and ribbon to tie, they turned out really cute! We also had face painting (I bought a template off Amazon and some white face paint and sponged a crown on their foreheads, it looked awesome) and nail painting. My older daughter  used blue and white nail polish to paint the girls’ nails. Finally, we had a “build a snowman” station. I provided white, black and orange dough, a couple black pipe cleaners for arms and some “make your own snow” which you just add water to and voila, you have snow!

Having a crown face painted on our forehead

Getting "frozen" nails

"Do you want to build a snowman?"

The Favors
For the favors, we had a scavenger hunt and they got to keep all the things they found. We also had an “Adopt A Snowman” station where they got to pick a snowman and take him home!
Scavenger hunt

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Girls Parties: Teen Beach Movie

Teen Beach Movie Party

A friend of mine asked me to do a Teen Beach Movie themed party for her 10 year old - it was so much fun! I set up the whole party outside as we planned to do a screening of the movie once it got dark. I used a large white sheet that I attached to the fence and using a projector this worked nicely at dusk. I bought a bunch of multicolored towels from walmart and placed them on the grass for them to sit on. I decorated using inflatable beach balls and large cardboard surfboards, tiki party stuff and twinkle lights strung around the back yard. My friend had a karaoke  box so i created an area for karaoke and purchased the sing along CD, the girls loved this! 


I also created a backdrop for photos, using brown wrapping paper and a bag of play sand with some blue cellophane to replicate the ocean, it looked great. we had a bunch of props from big hair to lays and some funny sayings.

Photo Booth
For the food table I used some moving boxes to create a mini version of Big Momma's Snack Shack, with a sign hanging out front. We used the printables that Disney provided on their site for the food cards. We had "Ocean Water" for drinks, "Surfboard" cookies, Goldfish and Chips as "Fish & Chips" and a bunch of other fun foods!

Table Settings
Big Momma's
Food Labels provided by Disney
For the activity, I had my husband cut out a bunch of mini surfboards using plywood. I supplied paint and brushes and each girl got to decorate a surfboard to take home.

For the favors, we used beach buckets filled with some flip flops, a towel and some candy with a cute thank you label attached.

The party was so fun!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Adult Parties: 40th

40th Birthday Party

Although I love doing kid's parties, I had just as much fun with this 40th birthday party. My friend wanted to do a gold and black themed 40th for her husband in their backyard (which was gorgeous) so I got to decorate inside and out. We started with a sign on the front door to greet the guests as they arrived.
Front Door Sign
Inside we hung a custom banner I made for the party in gold, black and cream with her husband's name and then with the extra pieces of card stock I created another banner.


I rented tall round cocktail tables and covered them with cream tablecloths and tied them at the bottom with a black and gold sash. They looked stunning next to the pool. On each table I placed a custom centerpiece made from square glass vases filled with gold beads and artificial cream roses. I placed a glow stick inside each vase for when it got dark.

Round Cocktail Tables

Centerpieces and cushions

They also had a couch on the patio so I made a couple gold/black cushions to add a little something. 

I also made a photo booth background out on a piece of plywood covered in back fabric. I added a string of clear lights and a banner to hang across and placed some props on a nearby table. This was a hit!

Photo Booth
For the favors, I got some gold Hershey kisses and placed a small sticker on the bottom of each "kiss". Some stickers had an "S" for Scott and some said 40. I then places a handful of "kisses" in a clear favor box and added a cute thank you tag. The guests loved these!


The party went great and my friend was very happy!