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4.16.2015

Eco-Friendly Party Ideas For Earth Day

Earth Day is next Wednesday, April 22. This year marks 45 years of bringing awareness to protecting our planet and resources. Reducing, reusing and recycling should always be a part our lives, especially when it comes to parties and events.  They can generate a lot of waste and lost resources.  Here are a few eco-friendly party ideas that can cut down on waste and stretch your party dollar.

Eco-Friendly Party Ideas For Earth Day

Biodegradable confetti

Many venues have strict confetti policies and this biodegradable confetti DIY on Ruffled is a fabulous alternative. If you want to purchase instead, there are many eco-friendly options available like Throw & Grow confetti.

4.14.2015

Tuesday Tip - A Party On Wheels! Bar Cart Essentials

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Whether you're entertaining for a special occasion or devoting a corner to your favorite cocktails, a bar cart is an essential piece that should be in every hostess' arsenal when called into drink duty.

Inspired by Chairish, a vintage marketplace with plenty of home bar accessories, today I'm sharing a few essentials you need to start the perfect home bar.
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It's all about quality not quantity, you can always add to it over time as you build up your collection. By no means is this a comprehensive list, but just my thoughts and what I do myself.


First, a few of my personal tips for stocking your bar cart...
  • I only buy stuff I like to drink. I know, experts say you should have a well-rounded stock of alcohols, liqueurs, etc. However, it's the style and size of your party that will determine what you serve. I only know a few drink recipes and tend to find new recipes with alcohols I am familiar with, like vodka. Serving a signature cocktail or two is my favorite party trick.
  • Certain essentials (flat and sparkling water, sodas and lemons and limes) are a must in every home bar.  With my bad tooth, I need my fruity cocktails that need simple syrups or liqueurs. When entertaining, I love creating an area for guests to create their own cocktails so keeping my bar stocked with familiar items makes it easier for them.
  • If you do have a DIY cocktail area, be sure and have recipe cards or a drink menu they can follow, like I did at my  RIPE cocktail party.
  • It's not a party without garnishes! From fruit slices, fresh herbs and rimmers to swizzle sticks,  paper straws and drink markers, they take a fabulous drink to a whole new level.  Your fridge should always have staples like maraschino cherries, olives, and cocktail onions.  

Bar Cart Essentials

Here's the breakdown of my party on wheels...

4.13.2015

Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day With Minted

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Shop kids' stationery and folded thank you cards...


Create custom stationery for teachers.  This is our favorite gift; we packaged stationery together with pretty pens.


Give a sweet treat of candy or baked goods packaged in favor boxes and bags and finished off with stickers.

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4.09.2015

Mother's Day Gift Guide

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I know...we just jumped the hurdle of Easter and now we are rolling into spring's next big celebration, Mother's Day! As a mother, I love Mother's Day.  I love to see what the boys and dad come up with every year. But I'm not going to lie...everything on here on my gift guide, I want for myself, so I think I'll make sure they see this...cough...cough.

Now you have plenty of time to get the mothers in your life something fabulous, especially if it's personalized...those are my favorite gifts.

Mother's Day gift guide


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4.08.2015

Travel Inspired Home Decor

Travel inspired home decor

If you are wanting Calgon to take you away but don't have the time or resources, let your home decor do the traveling! Head over to the Rosanna blog, Table Talk, and check out my post for fabulous pieces and ideas to travel the world from the comfort of your home.




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4.07.2015

Tuesday Tutorial - How To Make A Big Hero 6 Marshmallow Baymax


Friday, we shared our Big Hero 6 movie watching party and today over on Moms & Munchkins, I'm sharing how we made a marshmallow Baymax. He's so easy and fun, and completely edible so be sure and hop over. 

4.03.2015

Paint Chip Easter Egg Place Cards

Paint Chip Easter Egg Place Cards

I couldn't resist squeezing in one more easy-peasy Easter project. I got to thinking about my paint chip Easter cards from a few years ago, and thought 'Self, wouldn't they look cool if you turned them into paint chip egg place cards for Easter place setting?'

That self of mine is very clever, so that's what I did.

Paint Chip Easter Egg Place Cards

Sadly, I can no longer find the card's instructions link on on Family.com from my original post, it was FamilyFun.com back then and who knows now. So, I'm recreating it to the best of my ability...


You'll need:
8 1/2 x 11 sheet of green cardstock
egg cookie cutter or your own template
paint chips of your choice, big enough to fit your cutter/template

  1. Everyone's cookie cutter may measure differently so you can adjust accordingly.  Mine is 3" long and 2 1/2" wide at it's widest point.
  2. Trace your cutter/template onto the back of the paint chip and cut out.
  3. Trim your cardstock lengthwise about a 1/2" wider than the width of your cookie cutter; my strip measures at 3" x 11".
  4. Fold the top of your strip to create a fold the length of your egg; I folded mine over at 3".  This creates the body of your place card. 
  5. Fold the second section the same length, then trim the excess off to create the 'grass' at the bottom of the card.
  6. Write your guest's name on the paint chip then adhere to the place card, letting a little of the paint chip peek over the top.  
  7. You can adhere the grass down, like I did on the David place card, or leave it, like the Lesley place card, if you choose.

Paint Chip Easter Egg Place CardsThese will look so darling on your Easter table or buffet...or have the kids make their own for their table! Create templates for everyone and keep them busy while you enjoy a mimosa...or two.

Wishing you and yours a wonder Easter weekend!




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Fiesta Friday/Real Party - Big Hero 6 Movie Watching Party

Big Hero 6 Movie Watching Party

We loved Big Hero 6 and couldn't wait to see it again when it came out on DVD.  Which of course, meant a movie watching party for the little one was in order.  I love our just-because get-togethers; the boys are getting older and letting me throw little parties for them is getting harder and harder.

Today was nothing crazy or complicated, just a few fun snacks, a couple of pre-movie crafts and bonding-friends-time.

Big Hero 6 Movie Watching Party; coloring masks
  • First, we colored these awesome super hero masks from Oriental Trading...after all, to quote The Incredibles, 'Your identity is your most valuable possession. Protect it.'  Plus, they make awesome photo ops.
Big Hero 6 Movie Watching Party; group masks

3.31.2015

Tuesday Tip - How to Throw the Perfect Avengers Birthday Party

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How to Throw the Perfect Avengers Birthday Party

When researching for our Marvel Easter Egg Hunt, I came across a few really cool ideas. Then, that got me really excited to share how to throw the perfect Avengers birthday party, since The Avengers: Age Of Ultron opens on May 1.  You know it will be a hot theme this summer.

Putting together a cool party before or after watching the movie will make you the coolest parent on the block.  Or girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse...I know a few grown-ups who would be down for an Avengers party.  Check out some of Birthday Express'  great selection of themed party supplies and mix and match with a few of these ideas...

Start With An Awesome Invitation

Heroic Party

Invite friends to assemble with one my favorite invites, Heroic Party, from Tiny Prints.

Set The Party Scene

How to Throw the Perfect Avengers Birthday Party

Add some red, white, and blue balloons, ceiling streamers with the Avengers Assemble Wall Decorating Kit and your superheros will feel right at home.

For my Super Dad! tablescape, I created a simple cityscape on black butcher paper with colored chalk.

3.30.2015

Win Mom Me-Time With Best Western

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Being a mom is seriously hard work.  Seriously. It was hard enough being a stay at home mom and now I've added to the fun by being a more-working mom (because I was already working hard as a stay at home mom.)  Most days I feel like one of the Headleys from the In Living Color skit, Hey Mon.

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