Tag: printables

How to throw a camp-themed party. (Cheaper than buying all those uniforms)

Sometimes kids with summer birthdays (ahem–mine) feel a little ripped off because their friends are out of town. I love the idea of a summer camp themed party right in your own local park or backyard. It’s a great way to make the party special, even with a smaller group. Here are lots of fun ideas to help.   Camp Party Themed Invitations and Printables This birthday camp invitation printable (above) at Etsy’s Cyan and Sepia is just so fun. They’ll customize all the information for you on the gorgeous vintage design, then you just print and send. ($18 including customization)...

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Kids’ superhero party ideas: the ultimate roundup of invitations, decor, printables and favors

Boy or girl, a superhero party remains one of those party themes that never goes out of style. Don’t feel you have to stick with the licensed character stuff in the big party stores–there are so many cool superhero printables and decor out there that let your kid be their own superhero. Here I rounded up some of my very favorite options from Etsy artists and smaller designers, all of them pretty amazing looking and best of all, easy. In other words, don’t expect to see any of those insane, ready-for-television 16-layer cakes here. I’m a mom, not a...

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How to throw the best Star Wars party. Or: Plan a Star Wars party, you will

It’s May the Fourth, Star Wars fans. Get it? May the Fourth…be with you. So party hard, we must with these recommendations for the coolest items and tips for throwing a great Star Wars themed party for the kids. Or…not the kids? One of the great things about Star Wars is that all ages can enjoy it, especially as relates to parties. For example, even the tiniest padawans can enjoy these Star Wars party kawaii cupcake toppers from Party Paper Parade on Etsy without any of the scary rancors or the Emperor’s creepy, veiny face.   Before descending on a...

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Delightful decor for your Easter Sunday party

Let’s talk party decor! Though I don’t plan to decorate every inch of my house, I do like to have a few festive things on hand for Easter Sunday. With that, here are some of my latest favorite ideas for that big Easter party–plenty of them free downloads. –Christina   Paper Coterie’s free printable Easter Banner can be printed on plain white cardstock, cut out, and hung wherever you want an Easter message. With so many colors, it’ll go with just about any color scheme…or will add a pop of color if you’re one of those brave minimalist homes...

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Hunger Games Valentines: May the odds be ever in our favor

If you like your Valentine cards less frilly pink and more, uh, dark, then would you perhaps consider these Hunger Games Valentines? French graphic designer Yenniper has created these Hunger Games Valentines as free printables, which means even District 12 could afford them. I’d say the Effie Trinket card is my favorite, though several of them are quite clever. Even if the President Snow card gives me the creeps: Will you accept this rose? Still, there are so many more to be done! How about for the next round: Remember, we’re madly in love, so it’s all right to...

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Free Valentines printables that beg the question: How much for a triple word score on VALENTINE?

You’ve officially got one month til Valentine’s Day. And the word nerd in your life is going to adore this free DIY Valentine’s Day message that takes a little bit of scrabbling to puzzle out. The clever folks at Oh Happy Day have a delightful little present for you: a free printable PDF to create Valentine’s Day Scrabble Grams. Simply download, cut along the lines, and slip the right squares into an envelope for a just-challenging-enough-to-be-cute message for your honey. You can go with their pre-made selections, which are refreshingly kid-safe, or combine the available letters for your own...

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How do you put together a great kids’ birthday party without a design degree and 600 hours of free time?

I confess: I have a love-hate relationship with planning birthday parties for my kids. While picking a theme can be fun, I also find it a little exhausting to sift through website after website looking for cool activities for a superhero party or the perfect decorations for a tween girl’s sleepover bash. So I’m celebrating my latest find: an online shop with soup-to-nuts party plans that will help anyone create a snazzy (but wallet-friendly) kid party sure to impress. One Charming Party offers nine different party themes, ranging from a baking party for older kids to a superhero party or...

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Fourth of July party printables and decor to make your cookout a standout

I love Fourth of July parties, but not all Fourth of July party decor. Beer, hot dogs, fireworks and vintage Americana are good. Red white and blue painted garden gnomes, not so much. I’ve tracked down these cool, classy options for festive decorating including some easy printables. Couple that with a hot grill and add some sparklers, and now there’s no excuse not to celebrate America’s birthday in style. –Roxanna Beer is the official drink of summer, but gets far more fun with these patriotic beer bottle labels which add an unexpected touch of retro charm to your brews....

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Gorgeous Mothers Day printables – just hit print and end the angst

Thank goodness for Mother’s Day printables! With the big day right around the corner, if you haven’t ordered a thing yet, stop and take a deep breath because we’ve got you covered. First calculate expedited shipping rates on your favorite picks from our Mother’s Day Gift Guide. Next, check out these awesome free (or close to it) printables that can be ready in a flash. So perfect for that frequent-flyer mama, these printable Mothers Day gift tags from Hello Clementine look like cool luggage tags. They just need to be printed on white or kraft cardstock, cut out, and...

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5 free Easter printables you can have ready for Sunday. Each one gorgeous.

My box of Easter decorations may sit unopened in the basement this year, but I can still make my home festive beyond the colored Easter eggs, with printables. Here I’ve gathered up a bunch of free Easter printables to get me in the mood for the bunny’s arrival.   Little Miffy fans will bounce all over the house when they see you’ve made Minieco’s printable rabbit garland. And if you aren’t sure you’re handy enough with a craft knife to get those eyes and little mouth just so, no worries. I think a string of rabbit heads would look...

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Arrrrrrr that’s a cute Valentine’s Day carrrrrd!

On Valentine’s Day, not every kid wants to hand out cards with Barbies and Care Bears. For the rest of them, we love these too-cute pirate themed Valentines cards that you can make yourself (for almost free!) Mer Mag’s free printable Pirate Valentines are a little more involved than the list of super easy Valentines printables I just rounded up, but not so involved as to eat up your entire weekend. In fact, after you print either the boy or girl pirate cards from the free PDF, the only thing left to do is affix a wee felt heart...

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Thanksgiving printables and craft ideas that are a lot easier than cooking a turkey

I consider myself fortunate that I do not have to cook Thanksgiving dinner—as does most of my extended family, as they will tell you. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t help all you hosts out with some great (and inexpensive) Thanksgiving craft ideas, to can help you dress up that Thanksgiving table with more than another side dish. –Christina Happy Thought’s colorful 3D turkeys would look so cheerful on each place setting. They come as a PDF, but you don’t have to tell anyone how easy they are to print and assemble.  From the cute coloring placemats for the...

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The coolest Halloween printables – go forth and be crafty!

With the money I’m spending on Halloween costumes and bags of candy, I’m not about to drop a fortune on decor too. So, I’m so pleased to have found so many affordable (and free!) printables that don’t require me to do much of anything or spend much of anything. This is way easier than finding a costume that my precocious ten-year-old and I will agree on together. Throwing a bash? Anders Ruff’s Haunted Halloween Printable Party (above) includes such pretty hues and special touches, it’ll look like you spent a fortune. You don’t have to tell a soul that it...

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Yippee kai yo kai cupcake

Whether you’ve got a tiny horse fanatic, a country themed shindig, or just some really unruly cake pops that need to be rounded up like little dogeys, we’ve found the perfect cupcake wrappers for you. Bonus: Hello, ponies! I’ve got a case of the blahs regarding the store-bought party decor available right now. And I love horses. No wonder I totally dig these printable horse cupcake wrappers from Spaceships and Laser Beams on Etsy– you know, the folks who brought us those adorable bacteria cupcake wrappers on Valentine’s Day? When you buy the wrappers. you’ll receive an Adobe PDF...

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Printable Mother’s Day wall art that is totally frame-worthy

If you notice your beloved sneaking out of the house to run an “errand” today, or if you are still fretting over a gift for a special mama in your life, avoid a trip to the crowded card store or florist and check out two sweet prints that are frame-worthy (and free!) for Mother’s Day. Created by two of my favorite design bloggers, Inessa of Diaper Style Memoirs and executive editor of Babiekins, and Maddie of li’l magoolie, this pair of Mother’s Day Printable Wall Art would make a heartfelt gift that feels anything but last minute, especially if it makes...

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Web coolness – inspiring working moms, last minute Mother’s Day gifts, and breakfast in bed.

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web the week. We hope you will too. Nabbing some last-minute beauty gifts for Mother’s Day? Kristen highlights her favorites on Birchbox. And of course, there’s always our own Mother’s Day Gift Guide. 25 inspiring stories from 25 inspiring working moms on iVillage including Jennifer Garner, Kathleen Sebelius, and our own Liz Gumbinner! Sunday’s breakfast in bed looks even better with these sweet personalized love notes (shown.) Keep an eye on Ohdeedoh’s Month of Small Space Living for beautiful inspiration and ideas. A quick printable Mother’s Day card. And don’t miss...

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Keep your bunnies busy with this great Easter craft

My kids love Easter, but the hours leading up to festivities can get a little hairy with me trying to get ready for the holiday and them trying to “help”. There just isn’t enough of me to keep three kids happily occupied while I make sure the colored eggs/baskets/food/cleaning routine gets done. So when I saw this amazingly cool Easter project that my craft-loving kids would adore, I threw my figurative Easter bonnet in the air. Hello Clementine’s rabbit garland printables would make the coolest Easter decor in our home with a quartet of hip bunnies that prefer you...

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The paper crown princess

If I had a dollar for every princess themed birthday party I’ve been to, including my daughter’s birthday party…well, I’d be able to pay for our next goodie bags. If you get suckered into hosting one with the ever-so-popular theme, I love these paper crowns which are so charming and special. They help me envision a new take on the princess party with a more classic than Disney vibe. The paper crowns (update: now available at Present and Correct) actually happen to be cards that fold up nicely and come with a matching envelope, all with a cool retro style. With the...

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A Super Bowl requires super cupcakes

It’s Super Bowl Sunday(tm), that day of pigs-in-a-blanket, three-million dollar commercials featuring talking animals, and of course, Puppy Bowl. Also there’s a football game. Or so we hear. Without any Green Bay or Pittsburgh mamas among us, we’re going to remain impartial today, and instead turn our attention to the snacks. Like, say, cupcakes?If you’re scrambling to pull together some themey treats for guests, or to haul over to a wide-screen owning friend’s house today, we love these printable football-themed cupcake wrappers. A recent fun Etsy find for us, Spaceships and Laser Beams, makes it easy to get these...

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Web Coolness – Valentines printables, Chinese New Year crafts, and cold weather fun

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Are you a Cool Mom Picks newsletter subscriber yet? This is a pretty awesome month to sign up. On Momformation, Liz is sharing printable Valentine’s cards to help you save money like the one shown here from Piggybank Parties. Have you checked out our fancypants Valentine’s Gift Guide on AHAlife? A year of the rabbit printable craft project at AlphaMom. Kelcey Kintner shares activities to keep kids busy inside on cold days. Which is all of them, lately. You crafty types will...

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