Creative Capri Suns For Parties

 

We signed up to bring drinks to my daughter’s preschool class and it would pain me to just bring in…well…just regular drinks.  To flair it up a bit, I turned our drinks into a craft and made little Capri Sun people.  You could do a million different themes and variations on these for parties.

Ours were simple.  I took some awesome coordinating card stock strength scrapbook paper and two packs of huge googly eyes I found at Kroger.  I made little bows for the “girl” Capri Suns and the not so shocking, mustaches for boys.   I cut out my own template, stacked the paper and cut four or five bows/mustaches at a time. I dabbed on the hot glue and my girls stuck them on and in about 15 minutes, we were all done!

Cheap, easy and fun for the kiddos.  Without further adieu, I present Capri Sun ladies and gents or for Valentine’s Day, Capri Sun couples?

 

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12 Creative Parties For Kids

 

 

 

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“Uno” For A 1st Birthday

Cutest play on words I’ve ever seen… The source of this Etsy image is no longer available but you can find tons of Uno Parties on Pinterest and there are loads of good examples to look at there.  Shock, shock…

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Source  items photographed are from Etsy and no longer offered  Photo: www.rcphotography.com

Wipe Out Party

Based off the show Wipe Out, this is a fun outdoor, active obstacle course water party!

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Source  www.popsugar.com

 

Arcade Party

Sometimes parties are a arcades but throwing one somewhere else with the arcade theme….yes!!

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Source www.weheartparties.com

 

One Year In A Flash

This might be my favorite and most creative party theme:  a year in a flash.  Cameras to play on the flash and the idea of time flies in a flash, all in one.  Killed it, girl.  See the rest of this party here.

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Source  http://blog.hwtm.com/

 

Easter Theme Party/Holiday Themes

This party was for my girls.  They have birthdays in April right smack dab around Easter.  It’s fun to take a neighboring holiday and turn it into a birthday theme.  They loved their double Easter themed party and you can see it all here.  Their party favors were the large eggs below and they were hidden in the yard.  Since the party was for my 4 and 2 year old, no one could read so these picture tags were made of each child so they knew which egg was theirs when they came upon it.

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Source  www.the1shundred.com

 

Curious George DRIVE-IN Theme Party

I have never seen a party like this!  Personalized drive-in “car” boxes for each child with food trays for snack on the side.  They all “parked” outside and watched a movie on the big screen.  I die….

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Source www.blog.hwtm.com

 

Picnic Birthday Party

Baskets, balloons, and blankets all over the lawn.  Teddy bears and chalkboard signs.  Precious!

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Source http://redtri.com/summer-picnic-party-ideas/

 

Tie Dye Party Theme

This is so fun for kids and pre-teens alike. This is also a theme that boys can have fun with too if you get them at the right age.  Colorful and there are so many party decor items that can play off of this.  And, you have to love a party theme that also provides a fun activity, too.

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Source http://chaoticallycreative.com/2014/07/tie-dye-party/

 

Cake Boss Party

The details of this party are great and you should check out the full photo gallery on the link below.  Personalized aprons, everyone decorating their own cakes, cupcake liners used in several ways for decor/accents….  Good job whoever’s mom threw this party.

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Source http://blog.hwtm.com/2011/09/sweet-cake-boss-baking-birthday-party/

 

Cheerios Party

Why not a party themed with a one year old’s favorite snack? This party paid enough attention to detail by making things with Cheerios that my hands hurt just looking at it!

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Source http://www.karaspartyideas.com/2012/04/cheerios-first-birthday-party.html

 

Lumberjack Party

There are a lot of little guys who would look really cute at their lumberjack party!  It makes me smile really….

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Source http://catchmyparty.com/parties/little-lumberjack-2nd-birthday-2

 

Princess and the Pea Party

I love book themed parties and this old classic fairy tale makes one stinkin’ cute and unique party!

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Source http://www.karaspartyideas.com/2011/11/princess-and-pea-party.html

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DIY Valentine’s For Kids

 

 

 

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Love “Bugs” with gummi worms, Have a “Jolly” Valentine’s Day…seriously cute!  From www.shanty-2-chic.com
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Colorful, fun, non-candy and cute.  I love the card with it.  From www.thenerdswife.com

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 So for a kid’s class, don’t do a scratch off offering foot rubs but you could condense the idea into a single scratch off heart that says a fun message.  Tutorial on making a scratch off card from www.pintriedit.com

 

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 Dollar store multi-packs of gum plus this printable=BAM!  From www.passionforsaving.com

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If you are bringing a healthy snack or want to give one as a Valentine, you can totally write on bananas and be an amazing person.  From

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This is an easy and fun Valentine for you kids to make and give.  Cheap too!  From www.parents.com

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 Piper cleaners and kisses make bling rings!  From www.momontimeout.com

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Dollar store shades in bags with cute tags….lots of rhyming. From www.growingajeweledrose.com

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I love everything about these!  It appeals to both my practical nature and need to be What About Bob in public with kids.  Flu season loves you Vanlentine’s Day. There is a printable! From www.somewhatsimple.com

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Cheap and easy:  I am stuck on you bag of stickers.  Next?  From www.love-the-day.com

Easy DIY Silhouette

 

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If you have a steady hand, I promise on your favorite granny that you can do this easy DIY silhouette.  I did one of each member of my family and this year, I decided to do one as a gift for my sister-in-law.  Here is my simple tutorial!

 

Supplies:

acrylic paint for silhouette in color of your choice

paint for wood canvas

 quality fine to medium-fine tipped paint brush

photograph of person you wish to paint

quality scissors

pen

sealer if desired

Steps:

1.  Take a picture of your subject’s profile, neck up against a solid background to make outlines distinct.  Take picture close enough so that there is only a slight margin around the profile.  Why?  This way when you choose the size you wish to print your picture, whatever size you enlarge it to be will also be the same size of the actual profile.  So if you need your silhouette to be a 5 by 7, if the image takes up the whole picture, you can be sure that your silhouette will be a 5 by 7 when you print if you leave only a small margin around the profile

2. Paint canvas/surface you wish to put your silhouette on if needed. I painted and distressed mine first.

3.  Take printed picture of subject’s profile and cut out slowly with a good pair of scissors to get accurately all of the lines of the profile, neck, head, etc.

3.  Lay cut out silhouette on to surface and trace.

4.  Using the acrylic paint of your choice, take your time to paint the outline steadily.  A good paint brush will make this much easier and precise.

5. Finish painting in the remaining space of the silhouette.  I typically do two coats.

6. Seal portrait if desired.

7. Say “I’m a boss!” You’re done.

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I didn’t like the above orientation so I flipped it for the final product.

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You can use this technique in a million ways including cutting out animals and people on patterned paper,  making paper silhouettes if painting them scares you.  You can silhouette just about anything and cut them out of any medium that creates clean edges.

My sis-in-law loved this gift and I loved giving it. I wrote my nephew’s full name and age on the backside for keepsake.  Pin, follow and enjoy!

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The Cutest Way To Give A Gift Card

 

Some people don’t like giving gift cards because they think they are impersonal.  I’m definitely not in that category because nothing gets me going like guilt free money to burn in a store I love!

If you want to add a creative touch or personalize a gift card, why not package it in a really cute way?  Enter mason jars for gift card packaging!  I used the same materials to make my DIY Mason Jar Snow Globes but instead, ditched the glitter and water and affixed a gift card inside.  Using a little hot glue, I lined the bottom edge of a gift card and snuggled it in between craft pine trees.  I put both of the teacher gift-gift card jars side-by-side in a wire basket and personalized each card with a chip board letter that I painted red to match.  My little girl dictated the message inside to her teachers with awesome things like, “Merry Christmas.  I love you.  You look like a candy cane.”

The gift cards were small, but cute and practical and who wouldn’t love to get a gift in something like this? The crafter in me would re-use all of the components if I were to get this gift.  Actually, I think I’ll keep it because I love it.  Just kidding… Or….Okay, I’ll give it to them.

If you are really fun, you can actually make the jars into the snow globe with the gift card inside.  Snow globe gift card packaging?  I might choke on a candy cane I’m so excited about that idea.

Put anything you want in a mason jar to make this packaging party, season, or person specific.  The possibilities are endless!  Here’s to hoping that two pre-school teachers like this gift as much as I do!

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In my dreams, I have that pillow-y fake snow in the bottom of this basket.  In my dreams I also don’t take blog images with my cell phone so I guess, we can’t all be winners.

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Alone, it’s simple and may need a little pizazz but when packaged with the wire basket and cards, it’s ballin’ out of control.  If only the fake snow…..

DIY Mason Jar Snow Globes

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Make a craft that makes you look like Martha!  Really, these take no skill!  Anyone can do these beauties. I had a craft party at my house and we all made snow globes and other cute crafts soon to grace this blog!  Thanks to Shelly Griffin Photography for the pretty pictures of these creations.

You will need:

Glitter

Small craft trees {These seen here are from Hobby Lobby, Walmart, & Michael’s.  Yep, I had to go three places to find three sizes. Awesome.}

Mason Jar

Super Glue

Decoupage

Washi Tape if you want to embellish the lid like you see below.

Little deer/bunny/squirrel figurines {I didn’t get them for these jars ,but I die for them!  Check out the dollhouse section of Hobby Lobby for these.)

Steps:

Super glue, not hot glue, the trees to the lid

Decoupage/seal in some way the metal tips of the trees and let dry so they don’t show rust when you look at your tree tops

Put a spoon full of glitter into the bottom of the empty jar

Fill the jar with water

Screw on your lid with attached trees

Shake it like a Polaroid picture

 

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The jar above has tinted water due to the trees bleeding color.  It was a neat accident.  I guess you could always use food coloring if you dig this and your trees won’t share their color. The one below has a lid trimmed with Washi tape.  So cute!

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Gifts in Jars: DIY Mixes and Seasonings

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Do you know someone who is a mom, loves to cook, likes to eat more naturally, loves creativity, likes practical gifts, and loves to save money?  Me too, sister.  Enter this gift idea that I can’t wait to give and would love to receive.

Make knock off baking mixes/seasonings and put them packaged in cute jars.  Above I made onion soup mix in the large jar which is great for roasts.  In the smaller jar, I made Rachel Ray’s homemade taco seasoning.  It’s all of the yummy with none of the junk and preservatives that come in the pre-made packs.

I embellished the jars with washi tape a.k.a my new addiction, twine, craft paper, a chip board letter colored with a metallic pen, dye cut doilies and gift tags tucked in mini craft bags.  The recipes were written on the tags inside the bags with a gold pen.

The full recipe for the onion soup mix is shown. 5 tablespoons = 1 packet. I tripled it for this jar.  The full taco seasoning mix is not shown on the card because it’s two sided so don’t make it how you see it here.  You’ll be bummed.  See that recipe here.

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Pizza Costume Tutorial

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This is the most VERSATILE and easiest costume to make. If you can think of anything that’s a triangle:  candy corn, pie, ice cream cone, cheese, slice of watermelon, etc., you can use this tutorial and customize it to your heart’s content!

It’s no sew and cost me $7.50 to make!

 

Materials:

1 yard of tan fabric folded in half {for my 4 1/2 year old of average height-use your 40% off Hobby Lobby coupon to do this costume for the price above}

4 sheets of red felt

5 sheets of cream felt

2 sheets of black felt

2 sheets gray felt

Good fabric scissors

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Bowls in two different sizes

A cup

A shirt from your child’s closet for measuring purposes

 

Instructions:

1.  Fold your yard of tan fabric in half.  Hold it up to your child and mark approximately the length you want the end product to be.  Mark lightly.

2.  Find the center point to be the tip of your pizza slice and cut out a triangle.  Make sure to keep the folded part the top of the pizza so a neck hole can be cut out to be worn and draped over your child.

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3.  Next you need to cut the neck hole.  Using a shirt from your child’s closet, place the neck hole of the shirt in the center of the crust to measure the width your cut should be. Mark with a pen.  Then measure from the center of your child’s shirt from the back of the neck, to lowest center part of the curve of the neck so you will know how low to go when cutting the neckline.  Remove the shirt,  mark the center of the neck line based on your measurements and cut out.

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4.  Get your cream fabric and cut large abstract pieces to look like melted cheese.  You can also do strips and make the cheese look shredded.  Cover your pizza with the cheese and find the lay out that looks best.

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5.  Get two different size bowls and trace and cut out pepperonis from your red felt.  Lay them over the cheese.

6.  Use your gray fabric to create round scallop shapes to be your sausage.  Arrange the sausage over the other “ingredients”.

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7.  Lastly, using a cup from your kitchen, trace and cut out olives from your black felt and arrange them over your pizza.

8.  Once you are pleased with your lay out, begin hot gluing the ingredients to the pizza.  Once they are all attached, flip your slice over and trim off the overhanging felt.

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9.  Cut four strips of tan felt of the same length and width to make ties to go under the arms of the costume.  Put the costume on your child to see where the strips should be attached.  I marked where I should glue my ties with safety pins before taking it off of her.  Once you have found the placement you need, attach them to the inside of the crust. You can see the finished ties in the first image of this post.

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The pizza was blowing in crazy winds but still looked cute!  I’m going to save their costumes for her kids one day.  See the Play-Doh tutorial here.

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