Showing posts with label party. Show all posts
Showing posts with label party. Show all posts

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Declutter for the new year by finding a fresh use for old jeans and decorate for Valentine's Day at the same time with this clever heart garland!

This denim upcycling project took me about 1.5 hours to make (photographing in the middle slows things down a little). If you are already good at sewing, it might take you an hour.

This is an easy to moderate craft and could certainly be done all by hand if you do not have a sewing machine.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

How to make an envelope for a card from a cereal box

Hi friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft! If you want to learn how to make an envelope from materials you already have at home, I'm your girl!

This fun tutorial will teach you how to fold an envelope from an empty food box. Your kids and tweens will love learning the secret of envelope making from trash!

This DIY envelope is perfect for brightening someone's day by sending snail mail...or a fabulous custom Valentine card!

Or Mother's Day!

Or Christmas!

OR what about Earth Day? How fitting! I think we should all start sending Earth Day cards made from recycled materials. Who's with me?

You can learn how to make an envelope that's just the right size for a card with any paper board (or lightweight cardboard) food box.

Cereal boxes, cracker boxes, you name it - the inside of a paper board food box is perfect for decorating and doodling on.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

how to make a DIY unicorn headband with free pattern

If you love unicorns, you will love this pattern for a DIY unicorn horn headband. Unicorn headbands are the perfect unicorn party accessory, or for playing make believe. This unicorn headband is built on a plastic headband with a felt unicorn horn and two-colored unicorn ears. 

For Valentine's Day last year I made a whole collection of unicorn headbands for all the first graders at my son's school and they loved them! If you can cut out felt and use a glue gun, you can make these headbands! I've got a free download for a printable unicorn horn and ears pattern as well - just read through the tutorial and you can click over to grab it!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

How to make stemless DIY glitter wine glasses with dishwasher safe Mod Podge

These DIY glitter wine glasses are perfect for adding a bit of sparkle to your holiday gatherings. 

My DIY glitter mugs are one of my most popular projects ever and people have been asking me if the same technique works for wine glasses and it does! 

It is important to keep in mind the 30 day cure time for these glasses so if you want them for Christmas, be sure to get started now so that they have time to cure and become totally waterproof and top rack dishwasher safe.


Monday, September 5, 2016

Do you ever feel like your kids could use more outdoor time? It's easy to get stuck in a routine where indoor play becomes your norm. I had already been thinking I wanted to arrange a playground playdate with some of our friends and their kids to help get everyone outdoors when CLIF Kid emailed me. They want to encourage boys and girls to get more outside time. I love their products and I love this message so of course I said I would partner with them to bring you this post!


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Do  your kids love Dragonvale? 

One of my son's favorite games of all time to play on the iPad is Dragonvale. Dragonvale is a kid-friendly game (that adults love, too!) where you get an island full of dragons and you send different dragon combinations to a breeding cave to make new types of dragons. Then you feed and take care of your dragons to help them grow. Your dragons also compete in races, quests and other fun games. Overall it's a blast and I might even love playing it as much as he does.
(want to play? Download Dragonvale for Android here or iPhone here)

All that to say: When it was time to pick a theme for his sixth birthday party, K wanted a Dragonvale themed party (check out our previous party themes here). As much as I love meticulously crafted, "Pinterest perfect" parties I must be getting old because I just don't have the time and patience to spend 40 hours making crafts for parties any more. 

Luckily I found some dragon party supplies at Party City that were perfect and together with some other simple supplies put together this super fun party. In fact, I think it was my least time intensive but ALSO most fun party to date! #winning


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

christmas and holiday cocktail recipes
I love creative cocktails. Frou frous drinks that others might classify as "girly" are absolutely my favorite. Christmas and New Years are the perfect time to experiment with cocktail recipes. Whether you are trying a different approach to the classic mojito recipe or something totally new like champagne punch, when you use these Christmas cocktail recipes all your friends will be impressed!

It's easy to keep your bar stocked with some basics like vodka, rum, juice, soda and limes so that you are always ready to whip up one of these popular cocktail recipes.

If you have a favorite holiday cocktail recipe that I missed in this post, be sure to drop a link to it in the comments!

Enjoy the cocktails on this list but please drink responsibly!

best cocktail recipes for parties at Christmas and New Year's Eve

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grapefruit champagne punch
New Year's Eve Champagne Punch
from A Spicy Perspective

blood orange and thyme paloma cocktail recipe
Blood Orange and Thyme Paloma
from The Life Styled

spicy hibiscus christmas mojito cocktail recipe

Spiced Hibiscus & Cranberry Mojitos
from Pineapple & Coconut

campagne punch bellini cocktail recipe
from Crazy for Crust

from The Daily Meal

raspberry and orange white wine sangria punch recipe
Raspberry & Orange White Wine Punch
from Keep it Simple Sweetie

cranberry margarita cocktail recipe for thanksgiving and christmas
Cranberry Margarita Recipe
from The Domestic Superhero

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Carissa is a green lifestyle expert and mom to two boys. The owner and lead writer for Creative Green Living, she is also the author of two e-books including the best-selling beverage cookbook, Infused: Recipes for Herb & Fruit Infused Water, Tea and More. Her goal is to empower families to make healthier choices that are easy, taste great and are fun!

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

We've all seen them - the Pinterest Parties. I may have even thrown a few myself. I love Pinterest because there are really so many great ideas - fun, crafty, awesome ideas - but not everyone has time to pull off a fancy, over the top, immaculately crafted party (am I right?). Just because you don't have 40 spare hours to spend crafting for a birthday party doesn't mean it has to be lame, does it? Of course not!

This year, my oldest son turned five and he wanted a Frozen birthday party. This year, I am also crazy busy and did not have time to make everything for his party from scratch - and that's okay! I was able to combine a lot of the great Frozen branded party items from Party City with some super simple DIYs to give it more of a personalized feel and everyone had a great time. Here's what I did!

Easy Invitations

For invitations, I created a private Facebook event page and then also printed out the above invitations as postcards. I use Office Depot for all my color printing needs - they are super affordable and my local store gives me great service. I can email them my files, tell them how many I need and when I want to pick it up and they always do a great job (call your local store and ask them for the print department's e-mail address to do something similar!).


Monday, March 30, 2015

easy to make frozen centerpieces for a Disney Frozen party

When my best friend's daughter turned five, she decided to have a Disney Frozen themed party. I made these easy DIY centerpieces featuring snowflakes and sparkles - everything Elsa loves! This pretty Frozen center piece idea also doubles as a party favor since guests can take them home to use as magic wands! Just let each guest choose a snowflake wand to bring home and practice their freezing powers.

If the birthday kid has a Frozen inspired bedroom, use hot glue instead of wood glue to attach the snowflakes to the wands so you can pop them off after the party and turn them into Disney Frozen bedroom decor! Attach them to the wall or hang them with clear fishing line (high enough not to be a hazard, of course!).

While I made these for a Disney Frozen birthday party, if you need decorations for a winter themed banquet or a snowflake party, these would make great decorations for that as well!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Lots of ideas for a budget friendly bee theme party - including food, decorations, outfit suggestions,party favors, invitatons and more. #birthday #birthdayparty #party #partyideas #bumblebee #kids #thirdbirthday

Planning a bee birthday party or baby shower? I've got you!

When my oldest son turned three, he was insistent that he was going to have a bee birthday party!

And you know me, I'm a huge fan of pollinators in general and even bees so I was game.

This is a full comprehensive look at my son's third birthday party - including some brand new things like a free downloadable invitation template and activity ideas!

To keep out party under budget, we made a lot of things ourselves and used items that were available from the dollar store. In fact, very few of the items we used to pull the party together didn't come from the dollar store!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Friends will help you get ready for your son's third birthday party. Best friends will sit with you all day when you have a crazy craft idea and help you implement it!

HUGE props to my friend, Niina (she blogs here) for helping me make these. After begging leftover yellow Easter eggs off my friends for weeks, Niina and I sat down to churn out a small army of Easter egg bees for an epic bee hunt for K's party!

The kids had a lot of fun finding their bee eggs which were filled mostly with stickers and temporary tattoos (because I don't know about you but the last thing I want to see at a kids birthday party is more sugar!).
Here is how we made the bees for the hunt:



Thursday, January 16, 2014

When my son was getting ready to turn three, he told me about three months in advance that he wanted a bee party. In researching bee parties, I saw several version of bee cake pops that looked adorable. Things like these cute bee pops from Bakerella:

They didn't look too hard so I gathered my supplies and invited my friend Niina over to help.


How to Fail at Making Cake Pops

Step 1: Don't grease the cake pop pan properly
Our first mis-step happened early on. We prepared our mix and greased the pan with coconut oil but forgot to dust it with flour. This caused most of our first batch cake pops to stick to the pan and therefore rip in half when we separated the pieces to remove them. We got batch 2 just about perfect.

Step 2: Overheat the candy wafers
Once we successfully created round cake balls, we melted our yellow candy wafers. We let them get super thin and runny (can't have clumpy cake pops!). They were so runny, though, that the candy didn't stick to the cake pop and ran off into the pan instead. Of course because the candy was runny, it also didn't provide great "glue" for the white candy melts we'd cut in half to serve as wings:
(did I mention the creepy white eye balls?)

Step 3: Don't dip the sticks in melted candy first
Instead of dipping the end of the lollipop sticks in the candy before putting them in the cake balls, we just popped them in. This, of course, didn't give the cake balls an effective way to stick to the sticks and they were not stable (note the stick starting to protrude from the cake pop pictured above). We tried to compensate for this by inverting the cake pops onto a candy wafer to serve as a stable base. Hey! I'd seen it on Pinterest. Surely it would work:

Step 4: Insist on doing it yourself (after all, you saw it on Pinterest!)
Luckily, this is the one thing I did NOT do. I had given up hope of having bee pops and had walked out of the kitchen with a tray of zom-bees to take photos for my friend, Heather, who runs Craft Fail. While I was gone, Niina figured out some magical way to get the candy to stick to the cake balls and for the bees to not look like they were dying so we DID have some half decent looking bee pops for the party afterall.

But like I said....I have no idea how she pulled it off. Something about letting the candy cool a bit first before dipping and sticking the wings. We also skipped the creepy white eyes and added details with a black frosting bag.

If you really want to make your own cake pops, check out this tutorial over on Master Cake Baker, Ashlee's site: I'm Topsy Turvy. (technically the tute is for angry birds cake pops but you'll at least get the basics)

Because this is really the best I have to offer:

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

I have a special place in my heart for things made out of glass - it's durable, functional and non-toxic. Niki from HomeMadeville recently made a great cake plate using a mason jar. Which is pretty creative on its own, but what I love about this project is how versatile it is! She shows six different ways to style this cake plate by using different jar filler over at HomeMadeville. Be sure to check her out to get your creative juices flowing.


  • Glass plate
  • Mason jar
  • Votive holder
  • E-6000 or other glass adhesive
  • Themed filler


Find the directions online at HomeMadevilleMason Jar Cake Plate with Endless Possibilities

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I'm slowly but surely putting up tutorials for all the crafty things my crafty friend, Niina and I made for my son's third birthday party with a bee theme. My goal was to send the kids home with something they could actually use instead of little plasticy trinkets.

I personalized cloth bags with their names hoping that makes it more interesting to keep around. We also used the bags during the party for a fun "bee hunt" activity. They got to take home the bees they found on their hunt as well as pet "bubble bees" in their new bags.


  • Yellow Cloth Bags - I got mine at the Dollar Store
  • Black craft paint
  • White "puffy paint" style fabric paint
  • Foam paint brush
  • Newspaper to protect your surface
  • Scrap cardboard cut into strips
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