Tag: party ideas

Oscar party food ideas: Clever recipes inspired by this year’s Best Picture nominees.

Whether you’re having a full-blown awards bash or just plan on curling up with one other person, we’ve got the Oscar party food ideas for you. Nothing’s better than watching the Oscars with good food, some Champagne cocktails, and folks who’ll talk—or at least listen— about fashion. I’ll leave the gown breakdown for Monday morning, but today I’ve got recipes inspired by this year’s Best Picture nominees. And don’t forget to check my post on 6 bubbly cocktails. Just to keep things fancy. Gravity:  Moon Pies Did you already guess what movie matches the homemade Moon Pies (above) from Tidy Mom? These are...

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Bring some glam to your Oscars party with these fun DIY ideas and printables

I just love a good awards show. The Grammys, Golden Globes, and the Tonys are great, but for me, the Oscars is the ultimate–Hollywood at its finest. If you enjoy celebrating the Academy Awards at home as much as I do, these easy DIY ideas will amp up your Oscar-watching party, and maybe even inspire us to switch up from the jeans and yoga pants on a Sunday night. (No need for professional makeup.) For updated 2015 Oscars printables and ideas, visit this post.    First impressions are crucial for any award-winning event. This gorgeous Oscars invitation from Paperless Post...

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7 sophisticated margarita recipes for National Margarita Day. Which could be any day. Just saying.

Today is National Margarita Day which, in our minds, gives us an excuse to whip up a delicious margarita recipe and binge watch Netflix. Or uh, have a big party. Yeah, that’s what we mean. In addition to the 10 margarita recipes we featured last , here are 7 more lip-smacking tequila-based options to add to your cocktail repertoire for those with more sophisticated palates. In other words–nothing neon blue, and no glow-in-the-dark swizzle sticks.   I tend to be a classic On-the-Rocks-With-Salt girl, but when I’m feeling like something fruitier, I can never resist a Mango Margarita (at top).  This recipe by...

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17 wonderful last-minute Valentine gifts and crafts to make with the kids.

While a full school week left until Valentine’s Day may not feel “last minute,”  those of us with kids who are busy with after-school activities and homework need to get our crafty selves in gear stat. And these last-minute Valentine gifts to make with the kids should help. Last year we featured 17 DIY Valentine’s Day gifts to make and now we have 17 all new favorites that are all easy enough for kids to do themselves, or with some help from you (which they’ll love anyway). Whether you need to decorate the front door, fun up a Valentine’s Day...

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Sole Hope: Throw a shoe party, save lives

There are a lot of things we can take for granted living in the US, like the fact that our children are probably not going to lose their limbs to bug bites. But now that I’ve found this incredible organization called Sole Hope that helps prevent that very thing in Africa, I’m not only enlightened, I’m inspired to help. Essentially there are these bugs in Africa called jiggers. Ever heard of them? I hadn’t. They are little sand fleas that burrow into bare skin, lay eggs, and can lead to huge problems like tetanus, gangrene, and even paralysis and amputation which...

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Easy, last-minute Golden Globes party ideas. It’s not too late!

I’ve been so busy getting my kids back into the school routine that I’d totally forgotten I need some Golden Globes party ideas! Like the whole world, I’m really excited to watch Amy and Tina. And I’m determined that it’s really not too late to make things more fun and festive—even if the only guests are me and my family. If you’ve got the award-show bug too, here’s how keep it fun and simple so you can enjoy seeing who wins. And what they’re wearing, of course. Online Invitations It’s not too late to invite a few close friends...

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Getting the party started thanks to Soleil Moon Frye

If you’re looking to amp your your kids’ birthday parties this year with a little more DIY, I feel you. While I’m not a huge crafter by any means, there’s something really gratifying about putting together goodie bags yourself around some crazy theme your daughter insists on, or planning an activity that the kids still talk about at the next year’s party. Or maybe my bar is just low? If that sounds familiar, then you’ll want to check out Let’s Get This Party Started! : DIY Celebrations for You and Your Kids to Create Together from TV mainstay turned parenting app...

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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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Two super new superhero books for your little caped crusaders

Look! It’s not a bird or a plane, but two super new books for our young superheroes-in-training. Because not even the most energetic superheroes can spend all their time leaping tall (LEGO) buildings or running faster than a speeding (Nerf) bullet. For those quieter moments when your little caped crusaders want to exercise their creative muscles, or just need a little snack before returning to Gotham, here are two activity books to add to their crime-fighting collection. The Super Book for Super Heroes is jam-packed with drawing and coloring pages for kids with active imaginations and possibly a future in...

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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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Non-candy Halloween treat ideas that are still pretty sweet

Though candy and Halloween go hand-in-hand, there are plenty of non-sweet treats my kids would still love to find in their bags at the end of the night. And for kids with severe food allergies, I think it’s always a good idea to have a few food-free treats set aside to hand out too. Check out the ideas we’ve scared up for you that we can fairly promise won’t be seen as a “trick” to those who ring your doorbell. With their friendly, cartoony candy corn and ghost, Tattly’s temporary Halloween Boo Crew tattoos are perfect for all ages...

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10 birthday party craft ideas that can double as party favors

I’ve noticed a cool trend that has many parents eliminating the traditional end-of-birthday party goodie bag filled with cheap trinkets, and instead opting to have the kids craft something themselves that they can take home later. Smart, right? So if you also hate running to the dollar store for quick-to-break tchotchkes and cheap candy, here are 10 fun birthday party craft activities (beyond color-your-own placemats) that kids will enjoy long after the cake is gone. –Christina Partygoers of any age have fun decorating anything at all, like this cute wooden birdhouse craft for kids seen in Make it Do’s Woodland Party. Love how a...

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Halloween clip art and templates from Martha Stewart: Too early? Not for her.

I will admit that we have been completely holding back on posting Halloween decor and craft ideas just yet. Can’t we get through September yet? Well, we guess not. Because Martha Stewart’s Halloween Issue just hit the stands, and we’ve got some exclusive template and clip art to share. Just, you know, to bookmark for later.   Now admittedly a lot of the designs are very classic–nothing too cheeky or outrageous. However I happen to love these printable Halloween beverage labels which turn any beverage a little more scary. Maybe the cyanide soda label goes on some rice wine? (Sorry.) Halloween...

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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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Web Coolness: The best classroom rules, overscheduling kids, and a hilarious chart for new parents

Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you do too!   Cute DIY chalkboard project–and love the fun Washi tape detail.  10 classroom rules for kids of any age. Any new ones for you? Hooray for the first female scientist LEGO minifig! Some fun (if over-the-top) party ideas found on Instagram at Lil Sugar.  Why work-at-home moms should not feel guilty about childcare help.  Do you overschedule your kids after school? Nice perspective. Congrats to our friend Erin Loechner on her beautiful new site Clementine Daily. Definitely worth a click.  A must-read post about her kids first day...

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Web Coolness: an amazing photo series, blog comments that save lives, and a hilarious line of pretend to toys for kids

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. This photo series of four sisters taken over 36 years is a fascinating look at the passing of time. A lovely and thoughtful post, Unexpected Milestones, on why we should give kids time to develop at their own rate. And if you leave a comment on the post, you’ll give one vaccination to a child in need via Shot@Life. Can You Be Happy Without Children? Good discussion inspired by this week’s controversial TIME Magazine cover story. The Muppets Most Wanted Movie trailer!...

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A Muppets birthday party with vintage cool

Back when my daughter was a toddler, the only show she’d watch was the Muppets Show. Let’s just say Kermit and Miss Piggy got me many a quiet shower, and to them, I’m mighty grateful. These days, there’s no shortage of awesome Muppets paraphenalia, like Muppets artwork, cool t-shirts, even iPhone cases. If only I had this fun birthday party decor back when she was little and begging me for a Muppets party. We’ve been long time fans of the Mary Had a Little Party shop on Etsy, and now, our love has grown even stronger thanks to the...

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Custom baby shower invites that make us giggle.

Your baby shower might be your last chance to party without a teddy bear under your arm and a spit-up cloth over your shoulder. If you’re not down with the pastels and fuzzy-wuzzies, here’s a cool and clever baby shower invite from one of our faves, Minted, that’s could be the alcohol-free toast of the town.  We love the personalized baby shower invites with this clever “toast” theme. Prices change depending on quantity, and you can add on extras like premium recycled or pearlescent paper or matching thank-you cards. I really like how clear the pricing structure is, as they show...

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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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