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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Craft It: FALL Letters

In case you missed my guest post on ediTORIal, here is the tutorial for my Fall Letters


I live on the East Coast, so our falls are filled with apple picking, pumpkin carving, and gorgeous fall foliage. It's still a little too early for our trees to be changing colors, so instead of leaves my boys gathered acorns from our big oak trees for this project. The beauty of this craft is that you can fill the letters with anything that is significant to you in the fall (colorful leaves, candy corn, pine cones, gourds, etc...).

Materials Needed:
  • 12" paper mache letters (My letters are from a unique vintage and industrial home decor Etsy shop called Third Shift. You must check it out, it's full of wonderful items!)
  • 4 blocks of Floral Foam
  • 2 bottles of Tacky Glue 
  • Acorns - It is recommended to dry out acorns before using them in crafts. Rinse acorns in water, lay on towel and let dry 1 hour. Throw out any acorns that are molding, decaying, or with holes. Bake acorns on a lined cookie sheet at 175 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 hours. Turn acorns every half hour. Remove from oven and let acorns cool for an hour on wire racks. For extra protection you can spray a clear coat of acrylic sealer on acorns if desired.
  • Scissors 

The process will look like the picture below. First we will cut open the letters, fill with floral foam, and then glue the acorns. 


Directions:

1. Use scissors to cut along the edges of the paper mache letter. This is the most difficult part. Cut slowly and carefully. It's okay if you have some jagged edges, you can smooth them down later. 

2. Remove the cardboard front of the letter as well as the cardboard inside. Your letter should now be hollow. 


3. Cut your floral foam into 1" sections. Measure and carve the foam as needed to fit into your letter form. Glue foam inserts to the bottom of the letter. They don't have to be perfectly symmetrical or even, as you will be covering them in the next step. 

4. Using a generous amount of glue, attach acorns to the foam. Look for any gaps and fill in with extra acorns.

5. After glue dries 1-2 hours, check for any loose acorns. Re-glue any pieces that are not secure. 

6. Display anywhere that you need some fall inspiration!


We would love to know, what would you put inside your "FALL" letters?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Lovable Labels 3-Day Spooktacular Weekend Sale and Promo Code!

Thank goodness it's Friday, right? I'm excited to share with you that Lovable Labels is hosting their annual 3-Day Spooktacular Weekend sale right now! Hurry over for huge savings this weekend on all labels as well as special limited edition Halloween products. 


Save $10 on any purchase of $25 or more with promo code: SPOOKY2014 
Sale run from Friday, September 19th - Sunday, September 21st @ 11:59 PM PST

These limited edition Halloween stickers would be perfect for my kiddos this year!




Thursday, July 31, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Movie Party

Things are turning very green around here in honor of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Movie. My friends at Birthday Express asked me to create a fun TMNT party for their site. Of course I immediately said yes. I grew up with TMNT and love seeing my boys getting excited about "turtle power". 


The sweets on the table were cookies, green rock candy, and CandyBobs from Sweets From Heaven. Not only were the CandyBobs adorable, but totally delicious. The kind of delicious that makes you want to hide the leftovers from the kids and eat them yourself. 

I added TMNT paper masks to these trendy green chevron paper lanterns and hung them above my cardboard skyline cutout. 


The Turtles love pizza so the kiddos each got their own set of pizza erasers to take home as well as Turtle water bottles, pull back skate boards, and barrels of slime. 





Quick little styling tip... height is super important on any dessert table. I create risers out of anything in my kitchen that matches my party colors. For this party, I flipped over my Rachel Ray Square Singles and placed a basic white tray on top of the ramekins and another white tray in front. Voila, instant 2-tiered cookie trays!




Vendor Credits:

TMNT party supplies and Hooded Sweatshirts: Birthday Express
TMNT CandyBobs: Sweets From Heaven
Styling and Photography: Craft That Party

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Pokémon Party: I Choose 7 years Old!






It's fun to see a new generation of kids getting into Pokémon. It's a complex world of evolving characters, trainers, TV shows, and trading cards that have my kids enthralled. My son's best friend Luke turned 7 this summer and requested a Pokémon party. Finding party supplies for this theme was not as easy as current popular kid's themes (as this show is 20 years old!), but luckily my friends at Birthday Express, Wants and Wishes, and Creativities Galore were able to help me pull this party together.

I fell in love with the printable Pokémon party collection by Wishes and Wants and knew I needed it for this party-- my favorite printable was the Poké Ball with the birthday boy's name and  "I CHOOSE 7 YEARS OLD" it represents Pokémon perfectly!

I kept the desserts pretty simple for this party by adding Poké Ball cupcake toppers by Creativites Galore to store bought cupcakes and filling white buckets with brightly colored candies to represent the different types of "powers".  Lastly I created a backdrop made yellow paper plates stacked and glued together (paper plate backdrop inspired by my favorite party friends over at Piggy Bank Parties).

A HUGE thank you to my awesome vendors who helped me create this party!

Birthday Express: Pokemon party supplies, candy, plates, favors, costume
Wants and Wishes: Pokémon Printables
Creativities Galore: Pokémon Cupcake Toppers
Craft That Party: Styling & Photography

Thursday, June 19, 2014

{TREND ALERT} Disney Frozen Costumes


Meet Princess Mia... she is turning 8 this summer, entering second grade in the fall, plays violin, Dek hockey, softball, and loves to dress up like Princess Anna. Mia had the opportunity to try on the new Disney Frozen Deluxe Anna costume from BuyCostume.com. We love how this costume includes a separate petticoat that goes underneath the dress, perfect for jumping, twirling, and acting out scenes from the movie!





Meet Princess Julianna... she is entering Kindergarten this fall, plays soccer, dances, and loves to dress up as all her favorite princesses. Julianna's favorite princess right now happens to be Elsa. Julianna had the opportunity to try on the Deluxe Elsa Costume from BuyCostumes.com. She loves the tiara (fitted like a headband for comfort) and the extra sparkles on the dress and sleeves.

BuyCostumes.com is proud to be one of the only online retailers to have any stock in Frozen costumes right now and are taking pre-orders.



Throwing a Frozen themed birthday party this year?  Don't forget to check out coordinating Frozen party supplies from  Birthday Express!



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Monster Truck Party and Giveaway!

Welcome to Monster Jam 8, a monster truck birthday party full of fun activities, sweets, & lots of dirt! 

The dessert table featured a mud splattered cake by Samantha's Sweets. Sam created a 2 tier cake with tire treads running up over sides and top to look like a monster truck ran over the cake! 


It's going to be
BIG & BAD
and the most fun 
you've ever had!

 I absolutely fell in love with this invitation by Kori Clark. Kori's printable collection perfectly coordinated with my vision for a preppy, modern monster truck party. I handed out the invitations and pit passes in red and white striped favor bags. 

Mini trophies were filled with spare tires (a.k.a mini oreos) and gorgeous cookies by Frog Prince Cake and Cookie Design



The kids loved these tire cups from Birthday Express. I added 2" circles from Kori Clark to the tires to complete the look. The ribbon garlands and ruffle topiaries made by Sweet Georgia Sweet added a preppy, modern feel to the party.





The monster truck pinata doubled as a centerpiece for the table as well as an activity for later!


The kids had a blast decorating monster trucks with puffy paints, acrylic paints, and stickers. I am totally impressed with the quality of these kits. The trucks are push backs and really can run over stuff!


I enlarged this print from Kori Clark and made it into a "pin the circle on the wheel" game. 
Anyone who was able to pin the circle into the wheel won a prize. 


This 3D wall blast made for a dramatic entrance to the party. The monster truck looked as if it was bursting out of the wall!

The kids took home their customized monster trucks as well as favor boxes filled with monster truck oil (slime), oversize bouncy balls, stickers, and party horns.



Love this look? Here's where you can find all the party goodies:

Monster Jam favors and decorations: Birthday Express
Monster Truck Party invitation and printables: Kori Clark
Ribbon Garland, mini garland, and ruffle topiaries: Sweet Georgia Sweet
Cookies: Frog Prince Cake and Cookie Design
Cake: Samantha's Sweets
Photography: Allison Duda of A Joy Photography

NOW IT'S YOUR TURN TO WIN THIS PARTY!!!!!
Prize Include:
AWESOME Monster Jam Wall Burst
  • 8 Dinner & Dessert Plates
  • 8 Cups, Forks & Spoons
  • 20 Lunch Napkins
  • 1 Tablecover, Foil Balloon & Centerpiece
  • 18 Balloons (3 colors)
  • 3 Curling Ribbon & Crepe Paper Rolls (3 colors each)
  • 16 Cake Candles
  • 8 Thank You Notes
  • 8 Cone Hats
  • 1 Standard Size Personalized Banner (18" x 61")

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