Tag: party invitations

The ultimate last-minute Halloween idea guide: Costumes, treats, recipes, printables, crafts, decor, pumpkins and more.

We have featured so many fun Halloween posts this year–and years past, too–featuring our favorite Halloween ideas of all kinds. Including the last minute ones. We’re talking dozens of recipes for treats both healthy and uh….well, you know. Plus costume ideas, printables, decor, pumpkin carving ideas, crafts, music and apps for kids, even cocktails just for you. Can you tell we like Halloween? Since we tend to be among those parents out there who always need last minute Halloween help–let’s call us busy, not procrastinators–we’ve put together the kind of list we’d like to find ourselves, featuring more than 50 helpful Halloween posts (whoa!) to...

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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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The coolest printable Halloween party invitations and decorations, from the cute to the creepy

We are in full-on planning mode for Halloween here at Cool Mom Picks, with adorably unique costume ideas for babies, yummy Halloween treats, gorgeous handmade masks and invitations, and even the best not-too-scary party ideas for the littlest goblins and ghouls. And now, we’ve got loads of the coolest printable Halloween party invitations and decorations to get your house ready for a monster bash or just a big night of greeting trick-or-treaters.   Printable Halloween Party Invitations and Decorations: The Cute   Printable Halloween Party Pack (Mer Mag) Find more than 10 pages of not-too-ghoulish party printables, from invitations to bottle covers. Just add...

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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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DIY with the Makr app: Getting crafty in an app-happy world

We love finding gorgeous designs from indie artists, but sometimes what you really need is a way to make your very own custom design–preferably without hiring an artist or earning a degree in graphic design. The new Makr app for iOS helps you do exactly that, and it’s fast, easy, and a lot of fun, even if you’re not artistically inclined. Interestingly, the same free Makr app is different whether you’re using iPad or iPhone, including how it looks and what you can do with it. I’ll cover both here, but keep that quirk in mind when you download it. (Because...

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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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What one remarkable family is doing to support adoption

We are lucky to have Kate Etue, one of the most incredible writers and all-around loving, wonderful people on our staff. And when she showed me what she was doing to help support the 147 million orphans around the world, and her own pending adoption, let’s say I grabbed the tissues. Then rushed here to tell you all about it. In that order. It started out with the design of their own lovely adoption t-shirts to raise money from friends for their own adoption. But I think they’d be awesome shirts for anyone supporting adoption in any way. Isn’t the message...

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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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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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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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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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New! The perfect party decor kits from Minted.com. Now your parties can look like Those Parties without much effort at all.

We’ve loved the beautiful cards and invitations from Minted.com ever since we discovered them on day one, so it makes perfect, brilliant sense that they’d evolve from cards and invitations, and launch a gorgeous new Party Decor line. Hooray! Plus, like all their items, these are also sourced from talented indie designers, many of them moms themselves. Back as one of our favorite sponsors (yay!) we love that we have the opportunity to pick some of our very favorite party themes and designs from the new Minted Party Decor line. They’re perfect for busy parents like us who are...

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Party perfection: raise the roof AND raise money for your fave nonprofits

Planning a kids’ party isn’t for the faint of heart, even though the end results (adorable cake-face photos! happy wee ones!) are always worth it.  Let’s face it: life is crazybusy. So I can totally see why more and more parents are turning to online party-planning services to lighten the load. But we’ve found one with a little extra do-gooding awesomeness to sweeten the deal. A few years back we discovered ECHOage, a site which helps you can organize a fete for your kiddo that directly benefits more than 120 nonprofits. They’ve evolved since then, with adorable invitations, and even...

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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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4 of the coolest superhero invitations for your little dreamer

I’m a big fan of superheroes, and therefore, cool superhero invitations. I’m pretty sure your kids are too. I love seeing my kids practice being good people while pretending to be courageous, powerful and strong. I mean, sure, sometimes they also pretend that they can fly from the couch to the side chairs (“nooooooo!”) but as long as the kids don’t try to defy gravity, superhero play is A-OK at our house.  Know what else I’m a fan of? The pop graphics that superheroes like to wrap themselves in. The bright colors, bold words and multiple exclamation marks are...

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Birthday party ideas for a 4 year old with a garden theme? Reader Q&A

I am planning a garden-themed 4th birthday party for my daughter in a few weeks. I need some creative inspiration! So far, we’re going to have the kids each plant something in a pot to take home .. And that’s all. I need ideas for other things – decor, food, goody bags – that will play up the theme, but not in a cheesy/over the top/super expensive way. Help? -Cheers & thanks, Jen H. Wow what a fun theme for a kid’s birthday, especially in the summer. Here are some ideas for your daughter’s party. Hope they help!  ...

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Free holiday invites and cards from Paperless post — last minute gets more stylish

I always feel more social during the holidays. Maybe it’s the cooler weather and festive music that inspires me to finally bring out the welcome mat and throw a party. (Fine, the fact that the house is finally decorated doesn’t hurt.) But custom paper invitations take time, rush shipping and printing can be expensive, and sometimes an ecard from Paperless Post can be just the thing. Thankfully, Paperless Post is offering free (yes!) fully customizable invitations that you can create and mail within minutes. You can add photos (a great way to use those Instagram shots), customize the wording and...

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Special custom invites for very special days

I am fairly confident in my taste, and know when I see an invitation that’s special and different. But making it myself? No way. So I am happy to know there are some wonderful artists and designers out there who are willing to work with picky people like me to make us feel part of their custom creative process. Catherine Polacek of St Paul design and letterpress studio Printerette Press, has a style is just so darn cute, I could eat it all up with a spoon. I can honestly admit that I am straight up jealous of her...

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