Basketball Party

“They’re playin basketball, we love that basketball!”


Another year, another sport related party! Keepin things simple and on a budget. Hanging basketball lanterns can be found at Party City or Amazon.


(Thank you Dollar Tree for having such perfect items. Couldn’t have done it without you.) Found these Easter basket basketball hoops (unfortunately these are seasonal), foam basketballs, and water bottles all at the dollar store! Happy dance. I searched online clipart for the backboard template, printed it, and laminated them. Filled them with the kinds of snacks we parents provide at the end of a game for the team. You know what I’m talking about, the after game snack that becomes a competition for which parent brings the best snack; and the parent that wins, is the one that brings the not healthy stuff. Duh!


Wire baskets for snacks also a Dollar Tree find.

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Party game… Dunking challenge! Found this Pool Basketball Hoop on Amazon (comes with a basketball.)


Cake from Costco. I know, I know, so original… but they’re huge, delicious, and inexpensive.


Thanks for stopping by. For more ideas, visit my Pinterest page which is where I gather all my party inspiration.

Drops of Awesome

I was put in charge of an activity for women during the month of May, Mother’s Day month. I wanted to do something that celebrated women on an individual level, not just a mom level, because this month can be difficult for many women for many reasons. I found this lesson based on a book called Drops of Awesome by Kathryn Thompson.

Click the lesson link above to read the whole thing. I then edited it to fit my needs (time mostly) and used a bee theme to decorate the room. Beecause bees make their own drops of awesome! Plus, if you read the provided lesson you’ll see how the bees fit in.I began the evening with an Escape room activity. What?! How did I do it? Easier than it sounds, and obviously I didn’t have all the resources to actually lock a room and all that. I stumbled upon a teacher who does these Escape room activities to teach children the power of mindful thinking. I chose which one I liked best, and for the sake of time, I separated everyone into 4 groups to solve a puzzle. I gave them 10 minutes to locate the room and complete their mission. When everyone returned, I had each group share what hardship their historical figure overcame and what they learned. Then I began reading the story. When I got to the object lesson portion of, Drops of Awesome, I passed out large quantities of Hershey’s Kisses. When they shared their drops of awesome they put a Kiss in their jars.I closed with the story of the bees and how in an individual bees life, they only contribute 1/12 of 1 tsp of honey, but how each drop counts. Afterwards, there was a cereal bar with Cheerios and Honeycomb as optionsūüėČprints used can be found here and here

I purchased jars at Walmart.

Honey Dippers on Amazon

Yellow Pom Pom flowers at Dollar Tree

Baseball Party

Hello, baseball fans! This is going to be one of the shortest party posts I’ve done. This party was planned around a very busy schedule and things just didn’t come together completely as planned. You can visit my Pinterest page to see all the ideas I found, but didn’t quite execute.¬† However, the kids had fun, so, SUCCESS!

I guess I’ll start with the cake. One word… Costco. Sooooo much cake.¬† This was by the seat of my pants moment.¬† I thought I would do cupcakes and then next thing you know… no time.¬† I did find the coolest DIY printable Wrigley Field stadium to put together. I’ve never glued something so fast in my life.¬† I didn’t want to put it directly on the caked because it would ruin the ink and paper so I strategically poked toothpicks through the bottom and secured with glue gun.


This party was in the summer so we had to do water balloons! Mix that with some baseball rules and a slip n slide and you’ve got one great game.¬† Water Balloon = Baseball Slip n’ Slide = Slide into home

I had all sorts of baseball goodies for these kids. Big League Chew (dollar tree), Baby Ruth candy bars, Cracker Jacks, Baseball suckers (Oriental Trading), those baseball helmets you used to be able to get at Baskin Robbins, I found on Ebay, and the cutest DIY leather baseball stitching bracelet (Oriental Trading). These are challenging to make but so perfect when they are done.


There you have it. PLAY BALL!!!!

Shopkins Party

Shopkins! Everywhere Shopkins!¬†A couple years ago¬†I said to¬†my girls, ¬†“I¬† will never buy those for you.” “Why?” they would ask. “Because they will just end up in my vacuum. What the heck do you do with them any way?”

Well, I’m eating my words. Shopkins are actually pretty cute and make an inexpensive incentive for whatever I’m trying to bribe my kids to do.img_1747

So, here are the details of the Shopkins party. The good news is Shopkins stuff is everywhere so there is no shortage of ideas out there. Check out my Pinterest page. Pinterest is always where a lot of my inspiration comes from. Also, go to the Shopkins World website. They have coloring pages, party stuff you can print up, and not to mention all the names and pictures of all the Shopkins.

Shopkins Bingo y’all was a hit! I found mine on Etsy for a couple of¬† bucks. I think if you just Google¬†“Shopkins Bingo”¬†there may be some free options instead of paying for the pdf¬†files. Once the girls got a bingo they were able to go to the punch board and get their prize, which was a 2 pack of Shopkins. I bought the packs at Walmart for $2.88 each (not my least expensive prize as a whole but the girls went bananas)¬† I found that if your local store doesn’t have them (because they sell out quickly) you can go to they are usually available there and sometimes at a discounted price even.

Punch Board Supplies:  Presentation board or large/tall box, plastic cups, tissue paper, hot glue, box cutter.

There are numerous instructions out there with different materials and methods. Do what works for you.


I had so much fun with the favors! Once again tons of ideas out there.

The gumball machines I found at Dollar Tree. YES! I got them for a dollar! The gumballs I found on $7.63 for a 3.3lb. bag of Dubble Bubble.

Shopkins bags were made from paper bags I also found at Dollar Tree. Printed up the tag below and pasted to the bags. I found some Shopkins stickers and let the girls decorate their bags.


Poppycorn! I had to do it. I just loved the idea. I found the popcorn boxes at Party City $.99 for five boxes. I printed up the Shopkins faces below, traced the popcorn boxes on white cardstock so I could get the size of the face, cut and paste. ADORABLE! Then of course add a bag of popcorn.


It’s true what they say, “Once you shop you can’t stop!” Have fun creating your perfect Shopkins party.

Paw Patrol Party

IMG_0529All paws on deck!!! It’s time to paw-ty.

I found a lot of puppy goodies at the Dollar Tree, Oriental Trading, and Party City. You can visit my Pinterest page for a few more party ideas.

One of my favorite party treats is candied popcorn.  It comes in almost every color/flavor that you would want and even adds to the décor.  If you are lucky enough to have a popcorn shop in your neighborhood go check it out but if not I ordered the popcorn from this Etsy shop;  Kettle and Craft.

No task is too big, no pup is too small!


Mermaid Party


“Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat?”

Fun ideas for your Little Mermaid party. Check out my Pinterest page for even more ideas

First off I have to say it is really nice to have a Grandma that sews. She and a friend made all of the mermaid tail blankets from their own guesstimations and they turned out wonderfully. The girls were thrilled.

Oriental Trading had great items like the treasure boxes of all the thingamabobs and the  adhesive jewels to decorate the treasure boxes. I also found the fish netting and shell garland on their website.

The plastic shell case I found on Etsy.




Seahawk Football Party

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL! If you are a Seahawk fan like my five year old, or just need some ideas for your football party regardless of the team you root for, I hope I can provide some inspiration. As usual, a lot of my inspiration came from Pinterest.

IMG_5567If you are going to throw a football themed party you obviously need to incorporate your team’s colors.


I found blue, green, and silver Sixlets at and the football helmets at Party City. If you live in a different city/state than your team you will have to order the helmets online at


For an inexpensive back drop I purchased some black bulletin board paper, and with a white crayon, drew a football¬†play.¬† It kind of gave it a chalkboard look. Super simple and looks official.¬† Oh, The Party Zone, came from the” Life’s a Party” cricut cartridge.

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If you are looking at the right time you can find some great football party stuff out there like the bags I found at Michael’s of all places.¬† For the favors I ordered some items from and

whistles, mini vinyl footballs, pompoms, and popcorn boxes

Another great item I found was at The Dollar Tree… finger football. The kids loved it.


Speaking of Etsy… that is where I found these adorable¬†(if you can say that about stuff relating to football) cupcake wrappers. AND on Etsy I found blue and green popcorn¬†and I am willing to bet if you asked they might have popcorn in your team colors too.

Good luck out there, and may the best team win ūüėČ