Make it: Snowflake wands

Hallmark.com has a fun way to transform pretzel sticks into a holiday treat–add a chocolate snowflake. These could also be used for a “Frozen” birthday party as well.

For a great chocolate snowflake tutorial, visit NamaBakery.

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Photo: Hallmark.com

Make It: Strawberry Santas

These strawberry Santas are super easy to make and would look amazing at any holiday party! Go to Hallmark.com for the recipe.

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Photo: Hallmark.com

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Make This: Chocolate Coated Peeps Pops

Love from the Oven has a quick and easy Halloween treat idea. Dip Halloween Peeps in melted chocolate and roll in sprinkles or colored sugar. Add the faces and you’re done!

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Photo:Love from the Oven

Easy DIY: Amigurumi Pokeballs

After Hello Kitty Crochet got me started on amigurumi, I started looking for easy patterns to make. I found this pattern for Pokeballs and decided to surprise my kids.

Of course, it then became requests for specific types of Pokeballs.

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Can I Have This?: Crayola Light-up Tracing Pad

 

 

While this is technically a “kid’s toy,” it has really come in super handy for crafting. I’ve used it to transfer patterns and designs onto totes and t’s for embroidering as well as for cards and cut-outs. 

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Party Time: The Princess Bride Party

The Princess Bride is a favorite in our home. So what could be more fun than a Princess Bride themed party at Manhattan Fencing Center?20140609-142636-51996725.jpgI used tabletop sign holders to hold medieval birthday banners I made to decorate the entry way.
20140609-143903-52743669.jpgFor the table, I went with blue and gold. Each place setting had a goblet and a “turkey leg,” which was just a paper lunch bag filled with popcorn and closed with a paper frill.
20140609-144627-53187227.jpgThe activity was, of course, fencing. Coach Misha was fantastic and made it so much fun for everyone. After all the bouting, it was time for some homemade R.O.U.S. cake. It was red velvet with gray buttercream.
20140609-145401-53641246.jpgFor the goodie bags, they took home Iocane Powder (pixie stix in a glass vial), Miracle Max’s Miracle Pills (homemade chocolate-covered brownies) and circus peanuts (No More Rhymes…) in stamped cotton bags. It was a fantastic party and everyone left ready to fight the six-fingered man.

Disclaimer: We paid for the party ourselves and weren’t compensated in any way. The kids just had so much fun with Coach Misha that we’d recommend Manhattan Fencing Center for a unique birthday party that the kids will really enjoy.  

Make This: Mini No-bake Blueberry Pies

Blueberries were on sale this weekend and it was hot, so it was perfect for making no-bake blueberry pies. The whole one I made was eaten pretty quickly, but I still had blueberries, so used the leftover graham cracker crumbs to make these mini ones.
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The heart-shaped tins are by Reynolds. The also have star-shaped ones, which would be fun for a July 4th BBQ.