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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Star Wars Rebels Ice Cream Party

Star Wars Rebels makes a terrific birthday party theme for all fans of Star Wars. Set between the events of Episode III and Episode IV, this Disney XD spin off television show brings back some of the most evil villains from the Empire as well as introducing us to new heroic characters from the Rebellion. My son is a huge fan of this show. He decided at least 6 months before his birthday that this would be his theme and it must include a real lightsaber battle! 

I created a simple custom backdrop for my dessert table. To recreate this look, attach a space blast tablecloth to a large piece of foam board. Next, cut apart the letters of the Star Wars Rebels Jumbo banner kit and attach each letter individually on the board using double sided tape or glue dots. I placed a life size cardboard cutout of a Stormtrooper and Ezra at each end of the table for dramatic effect. 

I enjoy implementing my children's favorite toys into their parties. My son is obsessed with his Inquisitor Double lightsaber, so I used that as the focal point of the dessert table. I simply attached it with tape to the front of a white cake plate. 

My son has a summer birthday and requested ice cream rather than a cake this year. We took ice cream to a new level by creating an ice cream toppings bar! I printed free Star Wars Rebel stickers from the Rebel Resistance Kit on the site and used the stickers as labels for our ice cream toppings.  We created a different topping for each character. For example, we used red cherries for the Inquisitor, green sixlets for Hera, and chopped up Oreos for Chopper. 

I include my children in as much of the birthday party prep work as possible. My boys loved making Tie Fighters as a special topping for the ice cream bar. 

To make your own Tie Fighter treats, you will only need 3 ingredients, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and Oreo 100 Crisps. Dip one end of your marshmallow in melted chocolate and attach to one Oreo crisp. Repeat this step with the other end of the marshmallow. Allow 10-15 minutes for the chocolate to harden. They are not only delicious, but look just like Tie Fighters!

To create my own ice cream cups, I printed and attached Stormtrooper heads to black treat cups. A great party tip and time saver (that I thought of too late to actually do myself) is to scoop the ice cream into the cups ahead of time and place in the freezer. Pull out the pre-scooped cups when you are ready and serve!

Linda of Frog Prince Cake and Cookie Design created these fabulous Rebel and Stormtrooper cookies for me. They were a huge hit with the kids. 

I placed Star Wars Rebels stickers on store bought cupcakes and added a black and white striped cupcake wrapper to customize the cupcakes to fit our theme. 

We wrapped spoons in green napkins and attached black paper around the bottom to look like lightsabers. My boys added details to the lightsaber handles using chalkboard markers. 

A Large R2D2 air walker balloon and jumbo Darth Vader balloon were a fun way to make a big entrance to any party!

As I mentioned in the beginning, my son wanted to do a real lightsaber battle. I had to think of a safer alternative to this request and found a tutorial online for DIY lightsabers using pool noodles. These were easy and inexpensive to make.

For outdoor activities, we created an Intergalatic Obstacle course with challenges such as "ring around the lightsaber", lightsaber javelin toss, "defeat the Stormtroopers" relay race, and of course a lightsaber battle. The kids were excited to take home their lightsaber as well as a treat bag full of of Star Wars Rebels goodies. 

Party Vendor Credits:
Disney Rebels Printable Stickers: Disney XD

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Patio Dream Ideas

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Wayfair, but my opinions and commentary are entirely my own. 

It's finally warm enough to start dreaming about ways to spruce up the patio. My patio is begging for some new patio furniture and nautical accessories. Wayfair is the perfect place to start your search. Here are a few ideas on my patio dream wish list this summer...

I love the chic and coastal vibe of this patio sectional set. The navy cushions with white piping are totally classic and timeless.

Lawson Sectional with Cushions

Regular Price: $1,619.00
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My dream patio also includes a huge pergola, perfect for entertaining and hosting late night dinners underneath the stars and twinkling lights.Sonoma 12 Ft. W x 16 Ft. D Pergola

Sonoma 12 Ft. W x 16 Ft. D Pergola

Regular Price: $4,084.10
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A classic stone fire pit would be the perfect addition to my patio for nights when we want to sit around the fire roasting s'mores, listening to music, and enjoying time with out friends and family.
Cast Stone Fire Pit

Cast Stone Fire Pit

Regular Price: $184.95
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Every great entertainer needs an outdoor patio serving cart like this one! It has a removable front tray, mobility with wheels, and is designed for outdoor use. I can see it now... we need more wine, roll it on out!
Eucalyptus Patio Serving Cart

Eucalyptus Patio Serving Cart

Regular Price: $134.00
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Check out my Wayfair Patio Dream Inspiration Board for more patio inspiration and ideas! 

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Ultimate Science 7.0 Party

My 7 year old son loves everything science related and requested a science theme birthday party this year. I knew his idea of fun would be experiments that were hands-on, bubbly, and explosive. I researched far and wide to find the perfect science experiments, lab accessories, and party favors and am happy to share all my resources with you to help create your own at-home science party.

Party Colors: Orange, green and blue with chalkboard accents
Dessert Table Highlights: Homemade Science sugar cookies, cupcakes with fondant hexagon toppers, Candybobs, and jello served in Petri dishes. 
Science Activities: Build a fizz inflator, UV Beads, Bubbling lava lamp test tubes, elephant toothpaste, and a coke and mentos geyser finale. 
Party Favors: Safety goggles, nerdy glasses, crazy straws, candy bobs, and test tube bubbles. 

The dessert table included raspberry jello in Petri dishes with sprinkles on top to look like we were creating an agar plate. The dish was inoculated with a "sprinkle sample" for taste testing.

After scouring the internet, I found inexpensive disposable lab coats and safety goggles. They lab coats only came in adult sizes, so we just rolled up the sleeves and it actually gave the kids' clothing more protection during the experiments. The lab coats even had a pocket on the front for their "Level 7 Clearance" badges and a pen for keeping notes.

If you follow my parties, you will notice that I always use flower pots to hold my party silverware. I just add a party circle on the front to match the particular theme. 

Our lab area was set up before the kids arrived. I had an aluminum tray and the first experiment ready at each seat.

For experiment #1 we did a vinegar and baking soda test. The soda bottles were filled with vinegar and the balloons were filled with baking soda. When the kids tipped the balloons, the baking soda fell into the soda bottle causing a chemical reaction and the balloons filled with air.

Our next experiment was creating lava lamp test tubes. We added a cap of water to our test tubes that were already 3/4 full of oil. We then added a color tablet and fizzy tablet. The kids were mesmerized by the bubbling lava lamp effect. 

Next, we created elephant toothpaste. The kids each had a soda bottle filled with 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide (3% or 6% is even better). We added a few drops of food coloring, a squirt of Dawn dish soap, and a yeast mixture. The chemical reaction created elephant toothpaste foam that oozed out of the bottles on to their pans. 

I kept all the experiments neatly organized and separated in these aluminum pans. It was easier to bring only one experiment out at a time. 

Our grand finale was the famous Coke and Mentos geyser. The birthday boy was in charge of pulling the pin that dropped the Mentos into the soda bottle. 

 Ready, set.......RUN!!!

The chemical reaction is a 30 foot coke geyser! Here's a few tips, use Coke Zero (less sugar = less stickiness) at room temperature for this experiment and only attempt this experiment outside!

The kids took home their lava lamp test tubes, lab books, and goggles as well as a goody bag filled with touchable test tube bubbles, crazy straws, nerdy glasses, and science candy bobs.

A huge thank you to Kara Woolery at Lillian Hope Designs for creating this amazingly awesome science collection available in her Etsy Shop- it includes so many fun printable pieces from games, photo props, lab book covers, water bottle labels, banners, placemats, flags, and more!

Party Resources:
Science Printable Collection: Lillian Hope Designs
Printables Printed by Print My
Hexagon Cupcake Toppers: DCC Cakes
Science Sugar Cookies: Recipe and cookie inspiration from Eat More Dessert by Jenny Keller
Science Candybobs: Sweets From Heaven, Outlets at Orange
Science cookie cutters: Science Bob Store
Crazy straws, plates, nerdy glasses, test tube bubbles: Birthday Express
Photography: A. Joy Photography & Craft That Party

Science Items:
Petri Dishes: Science Bob Store
Erlenmeyer Flask: Amazon
Lab Coats, safety goggles, and aluminum pans: Webstaurant Supply
Test tubes, color tablets, test tube racks, geyser tube: Steve Spangler Science

Science Experiment Resources:
Elephant Toothpaste Experiment
Mentos and Coke Geyser
Bubbling Lava Lamp
Build a Fizz Inflator

Check out more science parties and ideas on my Science Party Pinterest Board!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Gift Ideas from Minted

I have been compensated by Minted for this post, all opinions remain my own. 

Minted is one of those sites that I can swoon over for hours and hours.  They offer products ranging from beautiful stationary and invitations, art prints, home decor, and more. I often find lots of gift ideas on Minted and thought I would share some of my favorites. We still have a lot of bare walls in our new house. Any of these art prints would look gorgeous on our walls.

{this one really speaks to me, patience is a virtue I am still working on..}

I absolutely LOVE the gold foil stamped wall art. It is even more gorgeous in person! All of these prints come in a variety of sizes and frame options. There is sure to be something will speak to you and your personal style. 

I'd love to know, what are your favorite products from Minted?  Leave a link below so I can check them out. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Easy Bracket Basketball Party with Recipe for Carrot Hummus Dip

I have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. As always, all opinions are mine alone. #EasyBracketParty #CollectiveBias

If you visit us in the month of March, chances are you will find a basketball game on somewhere in the house. We often invite our friends over to watch the big tournament with us. Luckily it is easy to pull a full spread together with a one-stop shop like Giant Eagle right down the street.

Since we are going with a basketball theme here, I wanted lots of orange on my table. I used bright orange napkins, paper straws, an orange and white tassel garland, and orange polka dot snack cups. I also made for the first time an orange carrot hummus. You will find the recipe for the carrot hummus at the end of the post, I hope you try it, it's healthy and delicious! I continued my orange food theme by also putting out Colby Jack cheese and cups of carrots to dip in the hummus. Hummus, cheese, crackers, and vegetables are always my go-to snacks for parties.

Of course you need some sweets. The Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups are the perfect size for snacking. Trust me, these will be the first to disappear when company arrives. OREO Cookies are pure perfection by themselves.  I always just stack them like this on a milk glass cake plate. Now you have a beautiful (and ridiculously easy) dessert display in seconds. Seriously, these will be gone in seconds. Make sure you have extra to replenish your plate.

Don't forget to grab enough drinks. I typically buy mini cans of Coke for the kids (a Friday night special treat) and Coke Zero and Diet Coke for the adults.  When I have combined kid and adult parties,  I create a separate place for adults to mix drinks and grab ice.

Here is my recipe for Carrot Hummus...


1 can Garbanzos chick peas
1/4 tahini (mix well)
1 cup carrots
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 garlic glove
salt and pepper
Serve with either Ritz Crackers or Wheat Thins

I found all these ingredients and the rest of my party food at Giant Eagle in these aisles. Love how easy it is to find what I need so I can get in and out quickly.


1. Cook carrots in boiling water for 5-8 minutes in boiling water until soft. Drain and set aside until cool.

2. Drain and rinse chick peas. 

3. Blend carrots, chick peas, tahini, cumin, garlic, and lemon juice in food processor until completely smooth.

4. Season with salt and pepper as desired. Serve with Ritz Crackers or Wheat Thins.

 I've shared my family's game day traditions with you. I'd love to hear about yours! Leave a comment sharing your family traditions and what you will pick up from Giant Eagle. 
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