Tag: party ideas

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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Easy DIY Cinco de Mayo party ideas and recipes. Including guacamole. Of course.

I don’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the same vim that I used to, but it remains one of my favorite holidays. It might have something to do with the fact that I’ll drink a margarita any day, any time, because it really is always 5 o’clock somewhere. I’ve even found a bunch of super fun, family-friendly, easy DIY Cinco de Mayo party ideas from crafts to decorations to very yummy recipes, all of which make me love it even more. Check them out, so you can do the same. With a margarita on the side. Even a virgin...

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Cool iron-ons that turn everyone into a crafter. (Kind of.)

If you’ve been thinking iron-on transfers went out of style along with your crimping iron and jelly shoes, you probably haven’t seen the adorably modern varieties out there today. We love that now, there are whole books of cool iron-ons from some of our favorite artists that provide hours of rainy day craft fun or party activities. (Provided you wield the iron.) Pages of clever, unexpected illustrations in the GamaGo Instant Iron-ons, Super Cool Iron-ons by Sukie, and Instant Iron-ons by Julia Rothman (all available at our Amazon affiliate) can be transferred easily and directly onto any fabric surface. Your kids can cut them out...

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The best Minecraft birthday party ideas (besides just sitting around playing Minecraft)

I have three just-a-wee-bit-obsessed Minecraft fans who would love nothing more than a Minecraft birthday party, to celebrate their big days surrounded by their favorite virtual world. Oh, you too? Then keep reading for some of my favorite Minecraft birthday party ideas that will have big impact–all without a week of prep, or a celebrity’s budget. We’re busy, you know? But we do have time for these.   Minecraft Birthday Party Invitations I love the bold yet not-too-busy Printable Minecraft Birthday Invitation from From Me With Love Design. Just send in your party details and receive a digital download to...

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En-fold your skin in cool origami temporary tattoos

Origami is always in, so we’re not surprised that our talented designer pals at Wee Gallery have devised a way to wear it–in Origami Tattoo form. Whether you’re still into foxes (because I’m always into foxes) or love the classic peace crane or the challenging goldfish I didn’t master until seventh grade, these critters are certain to be a hit with kids and adults alike. I love these as party favors or something fun and different in those plastic eggs the school room mom always demands around this time of year. Plus Wee Gallery tattoos are easy to apply and...

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Cool baby shower invitations for parents not so into the traditional ones.

Cool baby shower invitations aren’t always easy so come by, what with showers tending to overflow with oohing and aahing and sweetness pink and blue everything. Nothing wrong with that at all. But if your parenting style is a bit more wry, I’ve put together some of my favorite cool baby shower invitations that make me smile for reasons more than “a baby’s coming!” Trust me, you’ll need to keep that sense of humor once that little guy or gal is here . If you’re still in shock over the news of your impending arrival–or you’re known for spending way too much...

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Some of the best superhero party ideas on a budget

Whether you’ve got boys or girls, there are so many great superhero party ideas out there, especially considering it’s one of those party themes that remains popular every year. The great news is, you don’t need to spend a fortune to throw an awesome party for your kids. And that’s where our newest sponsor Sew Plain Jane comes in. Several years ago, we first discovered their amazingly affordable handmade superhero capes for kids a birthday party  ourselves, and couldn’t believe how adorable–and reasonably priced–they were. The capes, masks and accessories are even handmade in the USA by work-at-home-moms, which we love.   So if...

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