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.

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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.

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There you have it. PLAY BALL!!!!

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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 Walmart.com 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 Walmart.com $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.

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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.

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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. https://www.pinterest.com/adrianna2301/party-paw-patrol/

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. https://www.etsy.com/shop/KettleAndKraft?ref=l2-shopheader-name

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

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Mermaid Party

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“Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat?”

Fun ideas for your Little Mermaid party. Check out my Pinterest page for even more ideas https://www.pinterest.com/adrianna2301/party-the-little-mermaid/

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.

 

 

 

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50 and HOT!!!

One of my favorite Aunts was turning the big 50 so I wanted to do something special, funny, and cute for her.  After searching Pinterest and getting some inspiration this is what I did.

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I went shopping for thing that say hot. Hot Cocoa, Hot Fudge, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Red Hot sauce, Hot Pink polish, Hot Wheels, Icy Hot, and Hot Tamales. So, have fun collecting hot stuff for your favorite 50.

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Christmas Crafts

I can’t believe how long it’s been since posting.  Just busy.  I am very behind posting this, since Christmas has past, but here it is now.  Had another Pinterest party and here’s what was made.

1. JOY ($15 – $20)

I found the wood letters and bell stand at JoAnns.  You can find similar wood letters at Michaels or Hobby Lobby but I liked the quality, size, and font of these.

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Materials needed:

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Large Sleigh Bell (I’ve had luck finding these at Kohl’s)
  • Craft Ribbon
  • Glue Gun
  • Cutting Board
  • X-Acto Knife
  • sand paper

– Sand wood letters and stand (didn’t need much sanding the wood was pretty smooth)

– Paint wood or leave natural

– Cut paper and Mod Podge to wood (here is a great tutorial http://www.pinterest.com/pin/250723904229016746/ )

– Embellish your bell as much or as little as you desire (tutorial for making bows http://www.pinterest.com/pin/250723904229009205/ ) and hot glue to stand

2. Christmas Count Down Blocks (about $8)

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Materials needed:

  • Wood Blocks ( 4×4, 2×6, 2×10)
  • Craft Paint
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Chalk
  • Vinyl Letters
  • Ribbon
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You’re Cutting the Cheese Wrong!

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When my uncle told me this, I thought he was teasing.  I mean, how could I be cutting the cheese wrong? I have cut my fair share of cheese over the years, and I always got the job done just fine.   However, he was not teasing, and this information changed my life. I hope it changes yours too (unless this was just news to me).

For those of you reading this post in hopes for a tip or two on proper flatulation, sorry to disappoint.  Still, this is valuable information.

How? How can you cut cheese wrong?  Ready?  If you are touching your cheese with your bare hands, you are doing it all wrong, even if you just washed them. Have you ever thought “Man, a block of cheese is kinda spendy especially when it is moldy in like a week.” If you wear plastic gloves or gently peel back the cheese packaging and only hold on to that packaging while cutting or grating, your cheese will last for weeks.

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Don’t believe me… test it. Make an experiment of it. Chop off a chunk of cheese and touch it, then store it as you normally would. I promise you, that piece of cheese will mold. This also goes for sticking your bare hands in the bag of pre-shredded cheese. Wear a glove or just shake it out.  You are welcome.

Hope you enjoy your next cheesy experience.

Remember: Don’t touch yo cheese, when you cut yo cheese, and it will save you some cheddar. 😉