Craft That Party


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sponsored: Tiki Party Inspiration from Wayfair

I have been compensated for this post as a member of the Wayfair Homemaker Program, 
all ideas and opinions are completely my own #sponsored 

Summer is the perfect time to get outside a throw a backyard Tiki Party. I've gathered all my very favorite essentials from Wayfair to show you how I would throw a big Hawaiian bash! Decor is a must, think lush palms, beautiful vivid flowers, and lots of Tiki inspiration. Pillows, small palm tress, tiki torches and string lights are a great place to start. Food: These cute pineapple name card holders would work great for holding food labels. I love the idea of serving food from bamboo trays and using bamboo styled utensils.

Try baking this delicious Gratineed Pineapple from Wives With Knives that is baked with coconuts, macadamia nuts, and gingersnaps. It is as beautiful in presentation as it is in taste.

Drinks: Create a signature drink for the party such as a Blue Hawaiian or Mai Tai and serve them from your very own Luau Tiki bar like this.

Activities: Drinks, food, and games are the perfect combination for fun. Guests will love playing on this Tiki inspired corn hole board as well as a photo op with the Hawaiian Luau girls!

Friday, June 24, 2016

POPSUGAR June Must Have Box

I have been compensated with a Must Have Box as a member of POPSUGAR Select Team, 
all ideas and opinions are completely my own #sponsored 

I was so excited to receive the June 2016 Must Have Box from POPSUGAR! So many fabulous new products to try.  Here's how the Must Have Boxes work, each month subscribers receive a box of curated fashion, home, and beauty goodies from POPSUGAR.  Happiness delivered. The box will be delivered directly to your doorstep, open and enjoy trying out all these great products! 

Here's a few of my favorites...

How fun is this NCLA Born on the 4th of July Nail Lacquer?!! Perfect for the holidays- a little white nail polish first and this on top = 4th of July nail perfection. 

Here's a look at all the products that arrived this month. I'm anxious to try out The Ridley's games Rooms "Who Am I" Quiz. This will be fun to bust out for a summer evening get together with friends. Just grab a partner and try to guess a celebrity from the clues on the cards.  

Pair that with the "Cheers" Bottle opener and I think we are in for a special evening of fun!

Thanks POPSUGAR for sending me the June Must Have Box! I think I am officially addicted and must have it again next month!! 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Hockey Father's Day DIY Personalized Hockey Pucks with Free Gift Tag

In case you missed it, I am hanging out on Tori Spelling's website ediTORIal this week sharing a special Father's Day craft tutorial inspired by Tori's husband Dean who is originally from Canada and loves hockey. In honor of Dean, I thought it would be fun to create a hockey inspired Father's Day DIY gift idea- personalized hockey pucks! Not only are they personalized with a photo, but also include a special message to dad on the back. This is a keepsake that every dad will love!

Materials Needed:
Hockey puck
2" circle punch (optional) or Scissors
Glue stick
Clear acrylic sealer or modge podge
Silver or white Sharpie marker

Gift Tag Materials:
Free printable "Hockey Father's Day" tag
Paper hole punch
Baker's twine or ribbon

I snapped some pictures of my kiddos at one of their hockey games and printed the photos in black and white. I then used a 2" circle punch to cut out my photo. If you do not own a circle punch, just trace the hockey puck around your photo and use scissors to cut out your photo. 

Use a glue stick to adhere the photo to the center of the hockey puck. Press and hold until the photo is securely attached.

In a well ventilated area, very lightly spray clear acrylic sealer over hockey puck and photo. Let dry and repeat. This will seal and protect your photo. Do not over spray as it will cause the photo to bleed.

Use a white or silver Sharpie marker to write special messages on the back of the hockey puck.

Print the free printable "Hockey Father's Day" tag created by Piggy Bank Parties. Attach the gift tag to your gift box or bag and your Father's Day gift is ready to go!

Hockey Father's Day
to all those special dads out there!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Star Wars Birthday Party

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

There was an epic 8th birthday party celebrated for a young Jedi. The Jedi requested that all his Jedi friends gather together for an evening of Star Wars games, scavenger hunts, and birthday treats.

The dessert table was inspired by this large and fabulous Galaxy Rebellion Personalized Table Background. I had the backdrop personalized with the beginning of the Star Wars crawl, "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." instead of attaching the personalized sign to the top of the backdrop as shown, I chose to place it in the center of the table. This really made a dramatic focal point for the cake to be displayed behind. I also placed light up light sabers on each end of the table and hung these red and black dot garlands on the front of the table. 

Desserts were very simple. I made most of the desserts myself (except the birthday cake). The sweets menu included Darth Vader cupcakes, Millennium Falcon chocolate covered Oreos, light saber chocolate covered pretzels, and birthday cake. I used silicone molds I found online to create Millennium Falcon and Darth Vader chocolates. To make the light sabers, I dipped pretzel rods in red and blue melted chocolate. So easy to make and are very tasty!

I often use wood boxes and toy bins I already own to display desserts on the dessert table. For this party, I placed the light saber pretzels on top of a Lucite tray that I normally keep in my bathroom. I placed a light saber toy inside the tray to look as if it was on display underneath.

I filled my metal utensil holder with Star Wars napkins, black and white paper straws, and red plastic utensils and added a personalized Galaxy Rebellion sticker to the front. 

The kids loved drinking Rebel Water! This was very easy to create by attaching personalized waterproof water bottle labels to small water bottles. 

This Yoda Soda punch was a huge hit with kids and adults. To make Yoda soda, mix equal parts of Sprite with Green Hawaiian Punch. Add lime sherbet on top right before serving.

Our parties always include lots of fun activities. First, the kids went on an asteroid hunt. I wrapped small prizes and candy in aluminum foil and hid the asteroids around the house. 

The next game was the light saber balloon challenge. Our Young Jedi had to use a light saber to keep their balloon in the air. When the balloon hits the ground, the Jedi is out and must sit down. The last Jedi standing wins. 

The light sabers were a fun DIY project. I have done this before using pool noodles, but for this party we used LED color change foam sticks! The birthday boy loves to craft and had fun designing the light sabers by wrapping silver duck tape around the sticks, then embellishing with black electrical tape and red duck tape (for buttons). 

The red and blue Star Wars Episode VII balloons were perfect for this challenge.

Our Jedi guests took home personalized Galaxy Rebellion favor boxes filled with Star Wars blow outs, punch balloons, red gumballs in personalized favor bags, a Star Wars mask, and light saber. 

My Star Wars obsessed son loved his birthday party. I really enjoyed mixing traditional Star Wars party items with the Galaxy Rebellion personalized items. We even found ways to DIY the party with desserts and party favors. Our Jedi once again saved the galaxy and had fun while doing so!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Sponsored Wayfair Craft Redux: DIY Memory Box

I have been compensated for this post as a member of the Wayfair Homemaker Program, 
all ideas and opinions are completely my own #sponsored 

My husband turned 40 this year and we celebrated in epic style. For the 40 days leading up to his birthday, I left him daily notes filled with pictures, poems, lyrics, and clues about his party theme and secret ocean front getaway that would follow. We have many great memories from his milestone birthday, but it's been a few months now and they are all still laying in a big pile on my husband's dresser. What my husband needs is a special place to store his cherished memories. 

Being this is National Craft Month, Wayfair challenged me to re-create my first online craft project (a memory box gift box pictured below) and revamp it. I love a great challenge and immediately knew that a 40th birthday memory box was the perfect craft re-do!  

The original craft project, over 5 years ago. Such terrible photography. I cringe posting this, sigh... 

Here are all the cards and mementos that were piled up on my husband's dresser

Materials Needed:
Kraft Box
Mementos (photos, souvenirs, etc...)

Craft Directions:
The first thing I did was glue a 40 sign from his party to the outside of my kraft box. I then tied all the birthday cards together with chevron kraft ribbon. I did the same with the 40 days of notes. 

Start placing mementos inside the box... I placed larger items like cards and notes on the bottom and smaller objects such as custom matches, rocks from the beach, sea shells, and wine tasting menu on top. 

Voila! The finished project. I love how it turned out. It's organized and all our memories are stored in one place. I hope this inspires you to get organized and get crafting on your own special memory box. 

Thanks again to Wayfair for celebrating National Craft Month with us!
Be sure to check out their site for all your crafting and organizational needs!
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