Easy DIY: Custom-colored Nail Polish

Delighted Momma has a super easy tutorial to make your own custom-colored nail polish using clear polish and eyeshadow.

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Party Time: A Super Mario Birthday

Elliott LOVES Super Mario Bros., so there was no better way to celebrate his 6th birthday than with a Super Mario party. The invitations were double slider cards based on this tutorial by thenorsugirl. A little pull on the card and the 1UP slides out.

For decorations, yellow plastic plates, hot glue and fishing line became a coin garland. Yellow and maroon wrapping paper helped turn boxes into coin and bricks blocks , which were also used for a party game. Balloons and white labels turned into chomps and piranha plants. The fabric backdrop was inspired by the one made by Chica and Jo and we used the amazing goomba template from their site.

For the snacks and treats, we used containers that looked like Super Mario items. Round boxes were painted green to look like the pipes in the game. Juice boxes were wrapped in the same maroon paper as the boxes and stacked to look like brick blocks. And mini coin blocks were created with card stock.

Treats included piranha plant pops, chips, a Mario cake from Cupcake Cafe and

amazing cake pops from Pop-N-Stuff NYC. (Full disclosure: Rita is a friend, but the fact that these are the first Mario-themed pops she’s ever made show how amazing her work is.)

For activities, the kids played “Chomp Bop,” which was just the kids running around keeping the Chomps off the ground and also bopping each other with balloons.

Next, the kids played “Pass the Power-ups” by breaking up into two teams and using spoons to pass each other little wooden mushrooms.

To calm them down a bit, the next activity was “Design a Mario Kart.” The kids quietly decorated wooden cars with markers.

The next activity was Musical Mario Blocks. We used the brick and coin blocks for the kids to sit on and the music was the Super Mario theme song.

Finally, they played “Pick A Coin” where they picked a “coin” that contained a Super Mario character figure.

Then it was time for cake!

All About The Packaging: CD Envelope Cookie Wrapping

Danielle at Gift Packaging Ideas used CD envelopes for cookies along with a personalized sticker. Such a great idea!

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All About The Packaging: Wrapping Paper Tape

Now we know what to do with all the random scraps and strips of wrapping paper we’ve been saving! Country Living has a tutorial on turning them into tape with some double-stick adhesive.

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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.

 

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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Easy DIY: Filled Heart Garland

A super easy garland using:

*clear heart boxes
*beads/buttons/feathers
*tape
*ornament hooks
*ribbon

We found our boxes online at PaperMart.com, but we’ve seen them at Party City, Michael’s and at baking supply stores.

Using random craft items we had on hand, we filled up our boxes, taped them shut and poked a hole on top of each for an ornament hook and hung them on a ribbon.