Easy DIY: Suprise Ball Game

For a fun party game (and because we wanted something other than a pinata), we used a bunch of surprise ball hearts, attached them to a board with glue dots and added numbered stickers.

We attached the same numbered stickers to the bottom of Hershey’s Kisses. (Avery’s 3/4″ round labels fit perfectly.) Each child picked a Kiss out of the bin and had to find the heart with the corresponding number.

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You could make this game with regular round surprise balls or make egg-shaped ones for Easter. Just make sure to have extras on your board so that even the last child gets to make a choice.

 

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Try It: Momofuku Bo Ssam

We saw David Chang’s recipe for Bo Ssam in The New York Times and had to try it.

While it’s relatively easy, it is quite time consuming as you need to let it sit at least six hours to overnight in a sugar and salt rub. Then it’s in the oven for six hours and you baste it every hour. It is quite tasty, though, and would be great for a dinner party. And the leftovers are very versatile. We turned them into tacos and pulled pork sandwiches.

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Easy DIY: Heart Fruit Salad

A quick and easy snack or serve with yogurt or chocolate sauce as a light dessert. We used different size heart-shaped cutters to mix things up a bit.

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Party Time: A Princess Tea Party inspired by Dora

We were delighted and fortunate to help Selina celebrate her 3rd birthday with a Princess Dora-inspired tea party. The party was to be held at Gymboree, so we decided to coordinate with their “Princess Playhouse Party” theme. The party itself was led by Gymboree’s own wonderful Nicole, who led the royal guests through songs and fun activities.

We had our work cut out for us in trying to transform the space into a royal venue for Princess Selina, but we managed to turn this:

Into this:

We took streamers and made a curtain to cover the sink area.

Paper flowers hung from the ceiling and we used a garland, more paper flowers, and lanterns to create a little sitting area for parents.

Real Green Toys tea sets were used along with safe LED tea lights to set the mood for a “royal garden tea party among the columns of the castle.”

Bloquets stood in for real flowers on the table for double duty as party horns and decoration. Dora made a small appearance on the table in the form of a ring used as a napkin ring.

We made a simple banner with satin ribbon and beautiful handmade paper to decorate the dessert table, which was filled with both treats to eat and celebrate. A large 3 balloon left no question as to how old the princess would be for her birthday!

The petit fours were from Dragonfly Cakes and just delightful dusted with a pearl luster. We also found chocolate and yogurt star cookies that would have made Dora happy and fit perfectly with the theme.

You may be wondering where Dora is in all of this. Selina’s mom wanted the essence of a Dora party, so we decided to use “Dora colors” to represent Dora, Boots and royalty. Dora did make an appearance on the invitations and in the goodie bags in the form of a doll.

The envelope also held a crown for the princess sealed with royal sealing wax.

We also based activities around making flower “Dora” bead bracelets and royal jeweled maracas as children arrived and before the actual party started.

All About the Packaging: Circle Garland

We whipped up these garlands for a holiday party. Super easy and super simple.  We made them with 5-inch circles, but you could make them in any shape or size. We used leftover paper to make rectangular ones. Smaller ones could be use for gift wrapping.

All you need for this project are:

-cardstock
-ribbon
-glue

 We used our Silhouette machine to cut out our 5-inch circles, but a circle cutter works just as well.  Apply glue to one circle and place the ribbon on top.

Place a second circle on top to sandwich the ribbon.  Continue along the ribbon about three inches apart for as long as you need the garland to be.

Cut the ribbon and hang. You could make the circles as large or as small.  The small garlands could also be used for gift wrapping.

All About the Packaging: Puppy Centerpiece Tutorial

We helped throw a surprise party for a dog lover and decided to make these centerpieces to use in the restaurant. All it took was floral foam, flowers, greenery and a water dish.

We used spider mums and carnations. Regular mums work well, too. All of them last for 3-5 days. Longer if kept cool and watered. And while hydrangea look fantastic, they last maybe a day. You’ll need three spider mums and one bunch of carnations. You’ll also need three small black silk roses for the nose and pupils. We actually used a Sharpie to color in blue ones. You can also use the center of black-eyed Susans.

First, take your flowers and cut off all but three inches of the stem. Place in water while you get set up. Then take your floral foam and carve a rough head and snout. After soaking in water, place in the dog dish. Using a skewer, poke some holes to allow easier insertion of the flowers.

Now you can start inserting the flowers. Start with the spider mums. Place two of them towards the side of the head in the position of the ears and one in the center for the snout. Then place two carnations for the eyes, and two columns of three down the front for the legs. Place the black silk roses in the center of the two carnations you inserted for the eyes and in the spider mum on the snout. You may have to play around with placement to make your dog look just right.

Now you can fill in the rest of the dog with flowers. Just leave the space between the legs open. This will be filled in with the greenery.

Once you’re finished, add the greenery around the base of the dog and between its front legs and you’re finished!

Party Time: An Unbirthday Tea Party (UPDATED)

UPDATED: We’ve added pictures from Bellamy Blue and more details.

Our next celebration was an “unbirthday” tea party for Parker’s 5th birthday.  

We decided to send invitations via Paperless Post. We love that you can upload your own logo and personalize your stationery. We asked all the guests to come dressed as their versions of Alice for girls and the Mad Hatter for boys.

We started with the elevator so guests would be transported immediately to Wonderland. We made crepe paper flowers a la Martha Stewart and strung them up in the elevator.  


The room was decorated with “Alice” blue, white and black lanterns, playing cards and luminaria. 

We made “playing card” tea sandwiches using wheat and white bread using mini cookie cutters and had apple juice “tea.” 

We served the “tea” with lovely striped paper straws from Fish’s Eddy. Emily and Stephanie were wonderful enough to cut and attach the “Drink Me” flags.

And there was a lovely table full of treats to snack from. We found gummy butterflies from Economy Candy and lollipops from Vintage Confections.

We tried to stick with a blue and white theme to compliment Alice’s dress, so white gumballs, blue M&Ms, vanilla taffy and yogurt pretzels helped fill the table.  We also had little chocolate and strawberry candy mushrooms as Alice ate them in the story.

To add another layer to the table, we used beautiful glass bottles filled with tinted water with “Drink Me” tags attached and a variety of teapots. 

For an activity, the children made their own fruit tarts. We used phyllo shells filled with vanilla pudding and the children topped them with all sorts of berries. As the children ate, the Mad Hatter read them the story of Alice in Wonderland.

The Mad Hatter also brought a very large teapot piñata. Small pails
with “Fill Me” flags were handed out to hold the treats of sweets and
tea cup and cake erasers that fell from out of the pinata.

At the end, goodie bags containing a skeleton heart key charm on a ribbon from Simpson Studios, a pocket watch, an “Alice” headband for girls and a “Tweedle Dee” propeller beanie for the boys as well as a ribbon wand and a wishing “drink me” bottle from Steampunk Asunder were handed out to make sure that each child had a bit of Wonderland to take home with them.