Tag: parties

Winning Super Bowl recipes that you can make ahead in your slow cooker

There’s something about made-to-order food that doesn’t feel right for the Super Bowl, especially with amazing Super Bowl recipes so easy to whip up. I’m not dissing you pizza delivery fans, but if you think that make-ahead Super Bowl recipes are the winning way to go, you can do it more easily by making them in your slow cooker. These quintessential football snacks, from dips to meatballs, cheesy potatoes to nachos, are low-maintenance and sure to satisfy even the heartiest eater in your family. And I say that as both the cook and the heartiest eater in my house....

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5 crock pot party dips you can make–and carry–easily

It’s no secret that I think the crock pot is a miracle machine for busy family cooks, and not just for weeknight meals. Crock pots are also great for keeping big quantities of food at just the right temperature when you’re entertaining, or especially when you’re transporting goodies elsewhere. On behalf of our sponsor Crock-it Lock-it, I’ve put together 5 of my favorite, deliciously warm party dip recipes that are ready to take on the go. Crock-it Lock-it is very clever if you’re a crock pot fan; it helps you seal up and carry your 4-8 quart crock pot easily,...

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7 holiday party appetizers that kids will completely love, too.

We grownups know that the best part of holiday parties are holiday party appetizers. This year, I’m letting the kids in on our fun with seven appetizers that they’ll love, too. These kid-friendly apps are grown-up enough for the adults, but with high kid appeal. Putting these babies out is a surefire way to spoil the kids’ appetite for dinner but, hey, it beats having them fill up on tortilla chips all night. My favorite appetizers of all time are crostini because of how highly adaptable they are. You just toast thin slices of bread that have been brushed...

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8 delicious holiday cocktails to toast the holiday season

We’ve been talking a lot about holiday food, from make-ahead Thanksgiving dishes to once in a lifetime Thanksgivukkah recipes. Now it’s time to raise our glasses — filled with holiday cocktails, of course! Simple to make and elegant to hold, these eight holiday drinks make any  gathering more festive, whether a cocktail party with friends or small family gathering around the fire (or, you know, the coffee table). And did I mention that they are delicious? Each is brimming with holiday flavor and cheer, even the one without booze. -Stacie  I love the festive combination of flavors in the Cranberry...

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The ultimate last-minute Halloween idea guide for parents: costumes, treats, pumpkins, printables and more.

We have featured so many helpful posts lately on Halloween treats, tricks, costumes and beyond, we wanted to put them all in one place. After all, we can’t be the only ones who still have plenty to do–or uh, haven’t gotten started?–when it comes to Halloween. Good luck out there! Last-Minute Halloween Costume Help 5 zero-effort Halloween costumes for babies Easy geeky Halloween costumes Halloween costume ideas for moms and new babies Handmade Halloween costumes for kids who don’t really want to wear costumes Easy DIY baby Halloween costumes that just require onesies DIY cardboard Halloween costumes The perfect...

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You’ll have the coolest Halloween bash on the block with these new tunes

I’m not going to knock Thriller, but if you want to grab some fresh new tunes to liven up your Halloween gathering, we’ve got a collection that will have your ghosts and goblins dancing (or lurching) all over the place.  Not too scary and not too sweet, Mondo Zombie Boogaloo is a CD for almost all- age monsters. Featuring three indie greats, Southern Culture on the Skids, The Fleshtones, and Los Straitjackets, this may not be specifically a “kids’ CD” but rest assured that you won’t need to turn down the volume for any questionable lyrics or anything too...

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Haunt your house with 10 of the coolest, easy Halloween printables. No glue guns required.

I don’t worry about running to the store to buy Halloween decor anymore, because I know that some of the best ideas can be printed right at home, for no more than the cost of some fresh ink in my printer. So keep reading for some of the coolest, spookiest, and, in many cases, free-est Halloween printables out there. –Christina     Tired of answering How much longer ’til Halloween? Print out this handy free chalkboard-style Halloween Countdown Calendar and let the kids do the counting themselves.   Scatter a bunch of printable little black cats, bats, and owls from happythought...

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Six of the very coolest Halloween party snacks, no hard work required

The ever-growing lead time on holiday marketing can be overwhelming. I’m really not ready to think about Hanukkah or Christmas. But Halloween? That’s a different story. Especially Halloween party snacks. Bring it on! We’ve already had a Halloween party (no joke) and I’m happy to report back with six simple, festive snacks that will get you excited to dress up and party down. These snacks are easy to make whether you’re hosting a big gathering or just a few friends. Yup, there’s no way I’m going to give you an excuse to let the Halloween season pass without a...

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3 cool Halloween treat ideas for classrooms or Halloween parties.

I know I know, kids get so much candy on Halloween that sometimes it’s fun to find treats and goodie bag ideas that don’t involve candy at all. Sometimes, yes, and sometimes now. Instead of handing out plain ol’ bags of candy, here are a few treat ideas for your classroom Halloween party that I really love, complete with the printables to pull them off.  At the Anders Ruff shop, you’ll find a Halloween printable for pretty much any need at all, including this very awesome DIY S’mores Bag topper. Just insert a mini chocolate bar, graham crackers and a marshmallow...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow Cool Mom Picks and find fun pins like these every day. 1. Does this remind you of any families you know?  2. Coolest photo booth props ever. 3. So in love with this iPhone case, and not surprised so many of you agree. 4. The website that helps you explain almost anything to your kids.  5. Awesome, easy vegetable recipe that your kids will eat–or at least our picky kids do. Hooray!...

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Fantastic felt party props for great photo booth opps.

There you are, planning a nice simple kid’s birthday party, and bam! Suddenly your best laid plans to keep everything simple go haywire and you’ve reached wedding planning levels of crazy. Gearing up for my 4-year-old’s birthday party this year, I was determined to keep things as handmade and low(ish) budget as possible. After a bit of Internet hunting I found a fun party helper that will definitely add to the festivities–and the photos–with a minimum of fuss.  We settled on a Scooby Doo theme–my kid’s major obsession. While searching Etsy for Scooby artifacts, I discovered these cool handmade felt...

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Watercolor cookies, the coolest (and easiest) party favor ever

I love to throw parties for my kids, especially with inspiration from all the great party ideas here on Cool Mom Picks. In particular, I’m always on the lookout for activities where our guests can make cool stuff that they’ll actually want to take home (and their parents won’t hate me for it). I’m dying to try these watercolor cookies from One Charming Party. Bake sugar cookies, top with a layer of fondant (recipe and how-to video included), and then get creative with the food coloring. Use a paper towel, small sponges, or even a paintbrush to decorate. So...

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One baby shower game we love. And it’s printable. And free.

I am not shy about my dislike for baby shower games. When people ask, “So then what do you do at a baby shower party?” I wonder, well, what do you do at any party? Cool people, good food and drinks usually do the trick. But then I saw this adorable baby shower game as a part of a new set of baby shower printables and I thought…okay. That could be fun. At Love vs Design, there’s a brand new set of free baby shower printables including these awesome baby Mad Libs, with a Western-themed design. Starting with “My...

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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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Can’t stand the heat? Get out of the kitchen with 8 of the best summer BBQ recipes, beyond burgers

My first reaction to the wicked hot summer heat was to turn off the oven in favor of these no-bake desserts. Now, midway through the season, I’m turning away from my stove all together and opting instead for some of the very best, simply grilled, summer BBQ recipes. These eight dishes are great for grilling in the park or on the beach, at a BBQ with friends, or when you just need to whip up a quick summer dinner (and dessert!) away from the heat of the kitchen. Whew. This Honey Chipotle BBQ Chicken (above) from Feasting at Home? I want...

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7 Independence Day treats the kids can (almost!) whip up without you

No need to get fussy this Fourth of July. We’ve found seven patriotic snacks that are super cute, festive and easy to make. So easy, your kids can do most of the work, leaving you to celebrate your sweet independence! –Stacie These Star-Spangled Marshmallow Pops (above) from My Sister’s Suitcase are adorable and perfect for the younger set. Dip in chocolate, then roll in sprinkles: almost as exciting as fireworks! If you can’t get your hands on star-shaped marshmallows, try these 4th of July Marshmallow Pops from Wenderly. You should be able to pick up red and blue candy melts at your supermarket...

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The best (and easiest) Fourth of July party ideas and printables

I love me some red, white, and blue around Independence Day, but I’d rather not break too much of a sweat prepping for our Fourth of July festivities. It’s hot enough as it is! So here’s a few perfectly easy, perfectly patriotic ideas for your July 4th celebration. Then all you have to do is kick back with a cool drink…and leave the fireworks to the pros. –Christina This free printable Patriotic Subway Art (above) would look great leaning on the picnic table, or even just in the entryway of my house. Or follow The 36th Avenue’s links to find out...

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DIY printable invitations you’ll love to send and they’ll love to get

As much as I love the ease of dropping an email to friends to invite them over for a summer BBQ or pool day, there’s something special about sending invitations the old-fashioned way.   These DIY printable party invitations from Girl in Gear Studio make sending real paper invitations super easy, and not to mention, stylish. Just purchase the PDF and then instantly download and print it. Here are a few of my favorites:      Of course, you’ll need to grab the brown paperstock and typewriter to make them look this cool , but honestly, the simple, bold...

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Play with your food: 11 awesome ways to serve a watermelon

We love, love, love watermelon season, and why not? Sweeter than candy and just  a wee bit healthier, here are some of the coolest ways to serve a watermelon at your next picnic or kid’s party, that you can actually do. I mean, I’m a mom too. I’m not going to invest in a suite of professional tools and three hours each day to make a lifesize replica of the Hindenburg. But some of these do get you close. Related: Turning delicious fresh fruit into smoothies? There’s an app for that.   Watermelon Punch Bowl: Any drink at all made...

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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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