Friday, May 25, 2012

Red White and Blue Cupcakes

I am absolutely in love with these adorable cupcakes from Bakerella.
They look like snow cones - GREAT right?

I am thinking these would be good for a Memorial Day Picnic or a 4th of July Party!
Check out detailed instructions on how to make here: Bakerella  She layered the colored batter in a very cool way!

Hope you enjoy your Memorial Day Long Weekend!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

End of the Year Teacher Gifts

As you may have read yesterday my son just finished his first year of nursery school - I wanted to create something great for his teachers and for his classmates.

One of the moms in the class suggested a gift card flower bouquet.  She took the link garland I made (post here) and made flowers out of them.  Each parent brought in a picture of their kid to go in the center.  We taped the gift cards to a 'petal' and placed all 7 into a vase, overcrowded but adorable.  I found a cute printable here - that said "Thanks for Helping US Bloom."  
The Teachers loved this and everyone kept walking down the hall admiring it.

I also wanted to give the teacher something a little special so I put together a little flower pot of succulents.  They come back every year and very easy to care for.  I found a printable here - that said "Thank you for helping me Grow".  Perfect for this.  I attached to a #2 pencil and voila.

Now for the kids in the class - I am working on favors for my daughters birthday and thought of giving sidewalk chalk.  I didn't want to do a lot for my sons classmates/friends and who doesn't love sidewalk chalk???  A big box was on sale at ACMoore.  I put 2 together and added a napkin or water bottle wrap Printable found here-.  So cute huh?

I also found these cute ideas on pinterest and thought I would share:

What creative things are you giving to your teachers or classmates?  would love to hear!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Rainbow End of the Year Party

End of the Year Rainbow Party
Well my son has finished his first year of nursery school - I am feeling a little sad but also excited for him.  I was able to help decorate for the end of the year Rainbow party.  I created the paper link banners and we hung them near the art station, under the umbrella and on the half wall near the favors.  The favors were colorful sand buckets, swirly straws and bubble wands.  The kids created fruit loop necklaces and had a lot of fun playing.  It was great to see them in a different environment then school.  
For dessert I made rainbow cupcakes.  I used a marshmallow to hold on the bottom of the skewer then layered the rainbow colored cupcakes with icing in between.  This was a hit with even the moms and dads!  (it was humid that day and the icing started to melt a little so keep cool as long as you can)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Princess Party Punch

I really think that when you are planning your child's party that you should incorporate the theme into the food.  So for your next Princess Party serve up some of this delicious (non alcoholic) punch - the girls will feel so grown up.  Pour it into fun plastic stemware and sprinkle a mint spring and edible glitter on top (found at local craft store).

Pretty Pink Princess Punch
Fill ice cube trays with water and add raspberries and blueberries, freeze.
Mix 1 1/2 cups lemon lime soda or sparking water and 3 1/2 cups of cranberry juice.  
Stir, then pour into glasses, add ice cubes before serving.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Kids Birthday Party TIPS

Do your kids birthday parties stress you out?  I was talking to a mom from my sons class today and she said the location, logistics and food just about put her over the edge.
So lets talk logistics of a party.

Here are 6 things you should consider:

Location - Will the party be home or at an off site location?  Think about what your child is in to, what he would enjoy and what you can handle.  Some people like to create elaborate themed centered parties at their home while others are happy going to a bounce house or arcade.

Number of Guests - This depends on location and age of child.  The original rule of thumb for a drop off party(which usually starts around age 6) is the number of kids +1 of the childs age; 6 year old invites 7 friends.  For a one year and up party many people tend to invite extended family and entire families of friends.  There are play group friends, day care friends and even neighbors, so there could be many ages and lots of people.   If you have to whittle it down, try all one gender, just a school party and have the relatives over one afternoon for cake and ice cream.

A question I get a lot is should you include siblings - well this is nice gesture so you don't break up the family weekend time but sometimes the siblings being present isn't acceptable based on the activity, putt putt or a swim party.  Address the invitation to the child or to the whole family - this should help get the message across.

Activity - Keep the kids busy.  The party for very little ones is more for the parents anyway and the kids can just play with toys you already have or if you are outside they can enjoy a play set and run around.  As the children get older you can introduce games or entertainment.  A clown can make balloon animals, a music teacher can come sing songs or bring in a mini petting zoo.  Games can include: pinata, pin the tail on something, scavenger hunts, water balloon toss, sack races etc.

Food - Depending on the time of day you should provide munchies for all guests, something to drink and of course cake.  Dessert tables are very very popular right now.  Check out my post here.  Most off site places will include pizza or other food with their package.  You might only have to bring in drinks and a cake.  If you are at home, set up a table in a central location and make the food part of the theme.  Are you on pinterest?  There is so much inspiration on there.

Decor and Favors - This goes back to theme and location. Popular themes include cartoon or book characters but also firetrucks and lady bugs.  You can go to the big party stores for your supplies or check your dollar store, oriental trading and etsy for lots of party supplies.  My favorite favors are sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and of course cookies!!

Traditions - This is your childs special day so don't forget to involve them.  Ask them to help with theme, pick their favors and tell you where to hang the balloons - after all it is their party!   Include special traditions or rituals like serving special breakfast on a special plate, measure them on the growth chart, look at pictures from past birthdays, fill their room with balloons and of course tell them about the day they were born or joined your family.

I would love to hear any tips you have to share about keeping parties FUN but simple.