Tuesday, August 7, 2012

An Oogieloves Inspired Party

In anticipation of the upcoming interactive kids movie coming out on August 29, The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure, celebrations.com and contributor Chris Nease of Celebrations at Home recently put together an Oogieloves inspired party and asked me to share their ideas with YOU. This colorful and creative themed party is full of set-up inspiration, snacks and treats inspired by the characters in the moive, and lots of great DIY ideas.

Inspired by the beautiful and vibrantly-colored LovelyLoveville, the table was set with bright placemats, plates, utensils, and printables.

Image: Celebrations.com

I love the die-cut placemats and contrasting plates that are used at each place setting as well as the playful name cards letting each child know where to sit. How cute are the monogrammed milk bottle jars filled with blue-tinted juice! Wooden utensils were dressed up by adding brightly colored tape to the handles. Genius! And, to keep guests occupied, a maze activity card and pencil were attached to each place setting with a clip.

Images: Celebrations.com
Guest were also treated to a fun and colorful array of snacks inspired by some of their favorite Oogielove characters.

Image: Celebrations.com
Ruffy was the inspiration behind the Goldfish crackers, Lero and Lola's maracas inspired these adorable Colorful Crunchy Cereal Pops, and homemade Dotty Rounder Cupcakes were served for dessert.

Images: Celebrations.com
Image: Celebrations.com
Whether you are celebrating the release of The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure or creating a Oogieloves themed birthday party for your child, this party is full of great inspiration and ideas to get you started. Thank you, celebrations.com and Chris Nease for sharing your party with us. For more party ideas and tips, stop by Celebrations.com, here.

Friday, August 3, 2012

{Real Parties} A Firetruck Themed Party

Sound the alarm.....this Firetruck Themed Party is smokin' hot! This past June I shared a little sneak peek of a birthday party that my AMAZINGLY talented friend Nicole, of Salsa Sweets, created for her daughter's birthday. I am so excited to be able to share all of the party's details and photos with you today.

Nicole decided on a firetruck theme for her daughter's birthday party for two main reasons: Anna, her daughter, is obsessed with firetrucks and Nicole's husband, Jon, has been a firefighter for over 20 years and recently joined the local department. Knowing Nicole, I am willing to bet that the challenge of turning the traditional "boy-centered" firetruck theme into a fun and feminine party for her daughter was also appealing. And as you will see, she rocked it!

With the help of her brother-in-law, Jason Markel, Nicole began by designing the invitations and other paper goods for the party. I love the color scheme and design elements that Nicole chose, which included lots of red, white, aqua, and chevron. I also love all of the creative ways that Nicole incorporated the firetruck theme into the party's decor. I mean, seriously, who knew that there was such thing as a fire hydrant beverage dispenser out there!?!

Nicole cleverly set up this gorgeous Chili Bar for her guests to enjoy while they celebrated the birthday girl. What a great addition to a firetruck themed party. And how cool are those chevron-inspired pom-poms!

After enjoying a hot bowl of chili, guests were treated to a sampling of Nicole's true talent: DESSERT! The sweets menu (completley created by Nicole) included an adorable birthday cake, fire helment topped cupcakes, stunning cookies, and some "Smokin' Hot" cake pops.

Did I mention that the local fire department also stopped by to help Anna celebrate? Of course they did. What fun!

Nicole, you knocked this one out of the park. Thank you for all of the wonderful inspiration and for sharing Anna's special day with us!

If you would like to see more of Nicole's work, visit the Salsa Sweets facebook page, here.

Vendor Credits:
Photograhy: Sarah Kaupp Photography
Cupcake Liners: Cupcake Social
Poppy Peasant Dress (anna): http://www.etsy.com/shop/adellaperez
Aqua and Red Chevron favor bags: http://www.etsy.com/shop/alifehandmade
Paper Goods: Designed together with Jason Markel
Cake, cupcakes with fire helmet candy, and cookies: Nicole and Salsa Sweets
Cake Pops: Nicole and Alexandra Cake Pop Company
Ribbon Garland: Me with Inspiration from Polka Dot Market
Front Door Sign: Nicole and Salsa Sweets
Firetruck: The Fox from Doylestown Fire Company.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Healthy, Kid-Friendly Summertime Snacks

One of my favorite things about summer has always been the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetable options that are available for us to enjoy. Whether you are hosting a summer shindig or just want to spice up snack time with your kids, take advantage of your favorite in-season produce with some of these healthy and easy to prepare Summertime Snacks.

Fruit Fish: How cute are these little fruit fish from Canadian Family. They would be perfect for a beach/water themed party. Or, just because!

Photography by Jill Dubien
Flower Power: Veggies are so much more fun to eat when they are in disguise, don't you think. Grab a "petal" and chow down, courtesy of Parents.com.

Grape Kabobs: These caterpillar/snake grape kabobs from Six in the Suburbs are just so darn cute and they are super simple to put together.

Image from Six in the Suburbs

Craby Crabwich: This little guy is sure to be a hit with everyone involved. Stop by Family Fun for all of the how-to's.

Sunflower Sandwich Snack: Want to sneak in some vegetables, dairy, whole grains, and fruit into one fun summertime snack? Gourmet Mom on-the-go did just that with this Sunflower Sandwich Snack.

Have fun and happy summertime snacking!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sneak Peek: A Firetruck Themed Party

No, I have not completely disappeared from the blog world. Life and mommyhood is just keeping me super busy these days. So sorry for my absence. I will make it up to you with a little sneak peek of a FABULOUS Firetruck Themed Party that my talented friend Nicole, of Salsa Sweets, recently hosted for her daughter, Anna.

Photos taken by Sarah Kaupp Photography, http://sarahkauppphotography.com/
Amazing, right! Can't wait to see more photos and details? Me either, and that's saying a lot these days! I promise to share more soon but until then, check out Nicole and her amazing cookies on the Salsa Sweets Facebook page and Sarah Kaupp Photography, here.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Patriotic Fruit Pops

Who wouldn't love eating their fruit when it looks this cute! You don't have to wait until the 4th of July to debut these Patriotic Fruit Pops by Bakers Royale. Break out your cookie cutters and striped straws to dress up your fruit for this weekend's Memorial Day celebrations.

Here are a few notes from Naomi of Bakers Royale on how to make the fruit pops:
  • To make these, I used watermelon, apples and blueberries.
  • To keep the apples from browning, lightly brush them with lime or lemon juice. I prefer limes for the flavor and that they seem less tart.
  • Cut watermelon and apple pieces to thickness of the cookie cutter, then place cookie cutter on top of slices and push straight down. Place one fruit inside of another and finish with a blueberry in the middle.
  • Push the straw through all three pieces of fruit to keep it everything in place. If you have trouble pushing a paper straw through the apple portion, use a plastic straw first to create a pathway and then replace with the paper straw. Popsicle sticks will work as well.
Have fun, happy celebrating, and thank you to all of the men and women who have served/do serve our country!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Easter Craft and Decorating Ideas

Sorry for the recent lack of posts. Sometimes mommy duties and life just don't leave enough hours in the day! Now that Spring is officially here, Easter is right around the corner. Here are some Easter Crafts and Decorating Ideas to get you inspired.

Here is a fun way to reuse some of your old party supplies: transform a generic crepe paper ball or lantern into Bunny Decor for you Easter party with a little help from some craft paper (ears, whiskers, eyes) and pom poms (eyes and nose). Stop by Country Living for more details.

Bring style to your egg hunt this year with these Upcycled Paper Bag Baskets. Recycle your used gift bags by cutting off the tops (or not) using scissors or punches to make various designs and decorating them with ribbons, tissue paper flowers, and whatever else you have laying around your house. Be creative and have fun!

I am a sucker for any type of craft that my children create that I can turn into artwork so I naturally feel in love with this Thumbprint Easter Art idea from Lovely Living. Love it and can't wait to do it with my kids! Visit Lovely Living, here, for step by step instructions.

Here is a fun idea for party or classroom favors that your little one can actually help out with: Paper-Envelope Bunnies! Aren't they cute. Fill them with stickers, treats, or even just a little note. Visit Martha Stewart, here, for directions.

Stop by the Modern Parents Messy Kids site for directions on how to make this DIY Paint Chip Easter Garland. So creative!

If sewing is on your list of talents, these Spring Napkins from The Purl Bee should be on your list of "to-do's". They scream SPRING and are so happy and cheerful that you could keep using them well into the summer. Click here for DIY instructions.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

{DIY} A Lucky St. Patrick's Day Garland

In the past, St. Patrick's Day hasn't received much decorating attention in our house. I am usually recovering from Valentine's Day and gearing up for Easter, which leaves little time and energy for much in between. Well, I decided to step it up this year. With the help of a few St. Patrick's Day printables and this Lucky St. Patrick's Day Garland that I recently made, our house is looking a little more green and a little less "in between" this year.

This Lucky St. Patrick's Day Garland is simple to make, very inexpensive (you probably already have everything that you need), and will add a fun touch to your St. Patrick's Day decor. Here's what you need to get started:


- Green card stock or construction paper (I used two different shades of green)
- Scissors or a paper cutter
- A glue gun (or a stapler)
- A hole punch
- Ribbon/string


- Step 1: Begin by cutting your green card stock into 1" x 6" strips. You will need four strips for each clover that you wish to make. I made 8 clovers for my garland.
- Step 2: Fold each strip in half.
- Step 3: Bring each end of the strip in to make a heart shape. Glue (or staple) the ends together.

Repeat the above steps with each strip of paper. Group four hearts together to form a clover and glue (or staple) together.

Once all of your clovers are completed, use a hole punch to make holes for stringing your garland. String clovers, hang your LUCKY garland, and enjoy!