Friday, May 17, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Here is my take on an idea I got from Heather at The Lovely Cupboard:

They turned out so cute, I had to share!

I got everything except the towels at Dollar Tree.

Included items:

Flip flops
Beach ball
Beach towel
Drink bottle w/individual drink packets inside
Sunblock or lotion
Pedicure or manicure kit
Summer reading

Total cost was about $30 for both!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Giveaway at Kara's Party Ideas!

Hurry over to Kara's to enter! Contest ends tonight - 4/20/13!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Minecraft Party

My son is totally obsessed with the Minecraft game!
So, a few months ago I started combing Pinterest and the Internet for any and all ideas. Here is what I came up with for his 11th birthday party.
Hope you enjoy!

The Invite:
I made 40+ of these little buggers! They got mixed up while getting passed out...if I had to do it over again, I'd mail them pre-cut and have the kids put them together themselves!

On-Time Activity: Minecraft Masks
I had some large tagboard squares and a billion cut up pieces of construction paper. The kids all made a Minecraft Skin-a Pixelation of themselves so they could enter the Minecraft Party World!
They did an amazing job, too!

 I ordered the stone wall backdrop from Oriental Trading and made the Birthday banner myself.

Minecraft Tutorial: (For those that weren't familiar with it)


Get Wood!
I totally ran out of time and energy! So my games were very basic. We had the party at a large pavillion and the party tables and food were on one side, games and things on the other. We strewed wooden craft sticks on the floor. The kids had to go collect 3 little sticks and 2 big ones (we skipped a few crafting steps, I know!)

After the "wood" was collected, the kids had to CRAFT a pick axe and their chest (inventory bag/goodie bag).

Chests/Goodie Bags

Pick Axe

Next we had to mine for ORE... (crumpled up foil)
and craft an IRON pick axe!

Then we had a great game of Musical Minecraft!

We played Minecraft Parody Songs. The kids had to make sure they were standing on a block when the music stopped and the ones that got "out" got to pick the next song!

Time to Mine!
For this I used several small blocks scattered around the floor of the pavillion. After the kids collected the blocks, they came over to the crafting table and looked at the prizes. They had to see what was needed to craft the prize and use those blocks. It got very complicated and I ended up letting them just grab the prizes they wanted (one of each only!*)

Prizes included: Minecraft Stickers, Printable Foldables, Trading Cards, "Diamonds", Gold Coins, and Twizzlers TNT.

Time for the Food...My Favorite Part!

Here's what we had:

And the cake...


 A very happy birthday boy!

After food...presents and then...CREEPER attack!

(you can see the Creeper better in the blog title picture at the top)

Candy packets were inside: Starbursts and Caramels. (Also pictured are the TNT candy prize bags)

Closing Activity: Minecraft Song Videos and Dancing

I hope you liked our party!
 I used a lot of ideas from Megan over at Choose Awesome.
Check out her Minecraft Party here!

*Leave some comments if you enjoyed! ;)
Please credit this site if you share or use ideas from it!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Date Night Kit

Here is the Date Night Kit post I promised. 
This was the Hostess Gift and cost around $150 to put together.
It was a huge hit...and my niece doesn't even know what's inside yet!
Below you will find a description and picture of each month's date.
I had a TON of fun putting it together!
Hope you get some ideas!
The contents are pretty self-explanatory,
but if you have any questions--leave me a note!

I got a cute bag at the Dollar Store, 12 Manila envelopes, an assortment of ribbon scraps (thanks to my good friend, Debbie!) and printed out the monthly stickers and the title.

My niece is getting married this month (September) so the dates nights are from Oct.-Sept.

Here goes:












I had a ton of additional ideas, but we were only doing 12!
Leave a comment and follow me...more party ideas to come~

Monday, September 17, 2012

Bridal Shower Fun

I helped with a shower for my niece this weekend. 
We had a lot of fun, and enjoyed some treats via Pinterest!

I did the "Bride To Be" banner in green and aqua to go along with the party colors.
My sister-in-law made the yummy punch with Ginger Ale, Pineapple Juice and Lime Sherbert.

Here you see the Bean Dip cups -a big hit, from Pinterest! I also had all the separate items in case some people didn't like it all put together.

We had mini cupcakes. I was a little lazy and used canned frosting. I found the Funfetti Vanilla Blue by Pillsbury, minus the sprinkles! So simple.

We also had a yogurt bar! So yummy.

Here is a sneak peak at my next post, the Hostess Gift: