Tag: party ideas

Keep Halloween fun-spooky for little ones with mad scientist party treats. No scary-creepy allowed.

When celebrating Halloween with little ones, there’s a fine line between fun creepy and scary creepy. Lucky for me—a firm believer that the creepier the better—my kids are finally old enough to handle scary Halloween. I’ve spent a lot of time perfecting the safe creepy Halloween thing, though, and my favorite theme is mad scientist. If you’re looking for a rated-G entree into Halloween spookiness, these mad scientist party recipes will set the perfect hair-raising mood. You know, in a ha-ha way.   These monster guts (above and top) from Sugar and Cloth are a perfect safe-creepy specimen. They are also...

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5 candy corn recipes — because you can never get enough of a good thing.

Of all the throwback candies, candy corn reigns supreme. More than just nostalgic, it is among the most popular Halloween candies year after year. (Because it’s awesome, that’s why.) It’s also the inspiration for these fun, delicious candy corn recipes. When it comes to Halloween, I believe you can never have too much of a good thing.   There are tons of Halloween cookie recipes that call for candy corn, but I love this simple, wholesome approach. With a little bit of food coloring (we love these all-natural food dyes), Jenna at PBS Food turns simple sugar cookies into Candy...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins: Halloween edition

Looking for last minute Halloween awesome? Follow our Pinterest boards for these 5 fun Halloween pins, plus lots more of our daily picks and more coolness from around the web.   1. Helpful tips for taking great Halloween photos of kids. 2. A huge round-up of free Halloween coloring pages that have been keeping our own kids busy. 3. DIY Halloween mummy juice boxes. So fun (and easy) for class parties! 4. Easy Halloween party recipes that are super simple and tasty. 5. Such a fun printable Halloween garland that the kids can decorate themselves....

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Amazingly easy Halloween party recipes that make you look like a super chef.

Last year I threw an awesome Halloween party for my kids. (Really! There’s video, complete with Halloween dinner recipes, to prove it.) It was a blast, but now my kids want to do it again. I’m game—anything to show off my rockin’ Cleopatra costume—but it has to be easy. So I’ve found these super fun, easy Halloween party recipes that are just right to keep your Halloween festive without too much hard work. Because Queen Cleopatra doesn’t do hard work, thank you very much. Three cheers for Halloween Candy Bark (above) from Just a Taste. Candy on candy: It’s the only way to go on...

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A Halloween gingerbread house? Oh yeah.

I typically think of gingerbread houses as a Christmas tradition, but my family is usually so slammed with other activities then that we don’t get around to it. So this year I’m thinking, why not build a candy house for the holiday that’s all about candy? As in Halloween. And now making said Halloween gingerbread house  is super easy with the Haunted House Decorating Kit from our creative friends at Sweet Thrills Bakeshop.   We were so happy with their edible menorah kits last year that we’re sure this Haunted House kit will be delicious too. It includes everything you need, from black gingerbread pieces to make...

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8 of the most outrageously creative Halloween invitations: Vampires, ravens, and voodoo, oh my.

Halloween is coming soon, and it’s time to plan our parties. First up: invitations. And not just any Halloween invitations, but seriously impressive, over-the-top, creative Halloween party invitations this year. If you’re not up for the print-and-ship status quo, as cool as those can be, find inspiration from thee invitations that tell your guests this is one party not to be missed. Then make sure the party lives up to the promise. Note: we recommend sending these by owl post instead of regular old Muggle mail.   There’s something that makes me feel a little uncertain about vintage medical supplies, and this amber apothecary...

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The coolest, not-so-scary monster party ideas for Halloween

Halloween parties may be the most fun for me, because there are just so many cool Halloween party ideas, especially for kids. Instead of just going with a standard “Halloween” theme, you can get more specific and find a theme that lends itself to creative decor, invitations, activities, and of course, lots and lots of snacks. So we’ve taken the time to track down tons of ideas we love, starting with a monster Halloween party. Of course monster means something really different when you’re seven than when you’re 17, so with these ideas, we’re erring on the side of your younger kids actually...

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Temporary tattoo jewelry make an excellent alternative for kids not ready for the real stuff

My older daughter took the plunge into the world of pierced ear this year and, well, that’s a whole story in itself. But in the meanwhile her sister is very happy sticking with the cool temporary tattoo jewelry just out from Poppy Drops. When we first discovered their cute little tattoo “stud earrings” our kids were instantly smitten. So how perfect that they’ve has just expanded into other designs, including rings, friendship bracelets, and other ear art.  And they’re used with the same safe, gentle vegetable dyes as the originals.   They’re so fun for rainy days, dress up marathons, goodie...

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9 creative summer Sangria recipes to make you crave a trip to Barcelona

As much as we love margaritas, mojitos and skinny cocktail recipes, sometimes summer calls for a glass of wine. Not just any glass of wine, but a refreshing, chilled, fruit-filled glass of wine, better known as sangria. Check out these 9 unexpected, creative sangria recipes to find a version for every taste, mood and summer occasion, from laid back BBQs to elegant alfresco dinner parties, or even just a treat for a night in after a long, hot day. I can’t say that you’d actually find any of them on the menus of Madrid or Barcelona, but hey, you purists...

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How to throw a rainbow art party: A rainbow party for kids with a creative twist

We’ve seen rainbow themed parties for kids before, but if you have an art and color-loving child, a rainbow art party can be a really fun and original theme for the birthday boy or girl. While there are plenty of ideas out there that involve seven-layer rainbow birthday cakes that may or may not come out like the photos on Pinterest, I wanted to track down stuff that makes it easier for parents. So here, find  plenty of easy rainbow party invitations, decorations, recipes, activities, and party favors — and no, you won’t need a pot of gold to afford them all. [top image: one charming...

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6 Delicious fruity cocktail recipes for summer: Make enough for seconds.

At the end of these long summer days at the pool and kids being bored and me trying to cram work in whenever I can, I’d love to kick back in front of the TV or with friends and sip a cold, delicious drink–umbrella optional. My favorite fruity cocktail recipes feature fresh, in-season fruit, have a bit of a kick, and are best served on a sweltering porch on a mid-July evening.   Melon Cocktail The taste of melon is so light and sweet, it’s the perfect little bite, or sip, of summer. And this Triple-Melon Rumballa cocktail recipe (at top) by Brooke...

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5 spectacular summer Mojito recipes to celebrate National Mojito Day

Friday July 11th is National Mojito Day, which, if you ask me, is as good an excuse as any to whip up a batch and raise a glass to the classic Cuban cocktail. Traditional mojitos are excellent – you really can’t go wrong with white rum, sugar, lime, mint and club soda – but a celebration in July calls for summer flavors like those found in these five absolutely irresistible summer mojito recipes. Grab your favorite summer fruit and get drinking. I’ll be right behind you.   The Peach Mojito recipe  from Katie’s Cucina is perfect for right now thanks to peak season peaches. (And you...

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July 4th party ideas: Easy red, white and blue recipes

I’m okay with the fact that most holidays involve a lot of cooking, but a party on the 4th of July should be easy and laid-back, summer style. Put out some sparklers, throw food on the grill, make lemonade—and maybe a pitcher of one of these skinny summer cocktails—and throw together one of these festive red, white and blue recipes. Then sit back and watch the fireworks–and I don’t mean the explosions coming from your kids.   Since I’ve already mentioned cocktails, why not start by serving up just one more. These Red, White, and Blue(berry) Margaritas  from Gimme Some Oven look gorgeous and sound delicious....

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9 awesomely impressive appetizer ideas for summer parties that can make a whole meal

With summer here it’s definitely party season: Dinner parties in the backyard, Fourth of July celebrations, graduation gatherings – we love all of them. But when it’s too hot to put out a whole roast, we’ve curated  some fantastic appetizer ideas and hors d’oeuvres for summer parties from around the web. No plain chips and dips here, no ma’am. These recipes are all creative, impressive, and substantial enough that when you offer plenty, they can become the entire meal. (Think protein!) But then, having plenty of food on hand isn’t just about being  good host or hostess. Related: 7 party appetizers for adults that should please...

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Yellow Tail Sangria: The taste of spain without all that fruit chopping

I am definitely a sangria gal in the summer–or whenever tapas is around–and while I am dying to make all of Stacie’s recos for great skinny sangria recipes, I’ve gotta admit, I’m lazy. Unless I’m entertaining a group of friends, I’m probably not going to take the time to cut up all that fruit and look for the right brandy blah blah. That said, I’m fairly skeptical about anything pre-made in a bottle. And yet Yellow Tail Sangria? I have to say, surprisingly tasty! I was worried that it would either have that sickly, oversweet taste like a bad wine cooler from...

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These 3D cookie cutters are anything but cookie cutter.

Cookie cutters have come a long way since I was a kid and we could choose between Jelly Jar and Lopsided Heart. Thanks to 3D printers, we can now have our cookies cut like charcuterie diagrams, our favorite literary characters, three-dimensional gems, or, well, basically anything your lopsided heart can hope for. Printmeneer is shop printing out 3D cookie cutters in the Netherlands. It  grew from the shop owner’s frustration at not being able to find a miter cookie cutter for Dutch cookies to celebrate Sinterklaas at Christmas. Now thanks to the wonders of 3D printing technology and a little creativity, you can...

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7 delicious skinny cocktails for your summer drinking pleasure

I’m not one for dieting, but sweet summer cocktails can be surprisingly high in sugar and calories. It’s hard to resist the idea of skinny cocktails that are just as delicious as the original versions, only with a fraction of the calories–especially since it means I can have two for the price (so to speak) of one. Here are just a few that look like they might make my personal cocktail list for the summer when we’re entertaining, or just enjoying a little grownup time after the kids are in bed.   The Skinny Honey Bee Martini (above) from Family Fresh Cooking...

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Time for an ice cream shower! Wait, no. Just customized ice cream cups for a baby shower.

“Dear baby: on the day you were born, we ate ice cream with your name on it. It kind of stopped the shower when my water broke, but I finished the whole cup of mint chocolate chip, darn it. And it was delicious. Because it was named after you. And because mint chocolate chip.” File that under Things That Would Be Hilarious In a Baby Book. It’s no secret that we love eCreamery, so we’re especially excited that you can now order your delicious, custom-churned spoonfuls of heaven in a pack of 24 customized ice cream cups, just for baby showers....

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Awesome ideas for Frozen movie party recipes—because kids just can’t let it go.

If your kids are anything like mine—or every other kid I know—they are way into Frozen. Still. Until they let it go (cheap shot?), I say we embrace it. For me, this means whipping up Frozen-inspired recipes that are perfect for a movie-viewing party, a Frozen themed birthday, or a surprise movie night dessert. Because if you’re going to watch it for the 67th time–this week–here might as well be something delicious in it for you all. The entire snow theme is a great help as far as Frozen  movie party recipe ideas, and I love the tasteful Vanilla Snowflake Cupcakes...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Here are some our faves from this week. Follow us for more like this every day.    1.  Can’t stop laughing at this Mother’s Day card. 2.  A Mother’s Day brunch recipe to die for. 3.  Very cute party decoration idea. 4.  Best ever family portrait. We want one! 5. Super hot handbag for spring and summer on our...

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