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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Little Aviator Party Kit Ready to Fly!

I am soooo excited!  I've been busy assembling some new party collections for my Etsy shop.  I'm just about ready to add the Little Aviator party kit to the store!  Here's an early look at what I'll soon be offering:

I can't remember exactly where I first saw address wraps - other than on a confirmation delivery from the post office - but how cute are these?!!!  The ones shown in the picture read you're invited - and work for invitations that are hand delivered, but the ones that will go on sale will have fill-in areas for the sender and addressee.


All my party mess!!!!


A party hat 'work in progress'!


Who doesn't love circle tags????  You can do so much with them!


I'm all about pennant banners lately.


I'm also all about luggage style party bag tags....I first created some for a client stationed in Japan and have been hooked ever since! 


I love this collection and can't wait to post it to my shop!  YEAH!

The party kit will include:

10 Invitations w/ envelopes (5x7)
10 Envelope Address Wraps (addressee fill-in)
1 Party Planning Guide
1 Door Sign
1 Pennant Banner
24 Circle Tags
1 Birthday Child Party Hat
10 Party Hats
12 Cupcake Toppers
12 Food Toppers
10 Napkin Wraps
10 Straw Flags
10 Flying Ace Certificates
10 Favor Bags
10 Bag Tags

Ooooh...I feel a giveaway coming!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Etsy Shop: Little Fire Man Photo Invitations



Here is a photo invitation that I designed to coordinate with the Fire Truck Collection that is in my Etsy shop.

There are three designs to choose from :

 Landscape


 Portrait

Star Border

They also come with a coordinating lined envelope:


The invitations can be purchased in my Etsy shop now.  Receive 10-50% off when you order 25 or more invitations.



Friday, February 18, 2011

Receive 10% Off Overstock.com for Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams Readers

I heart Overstock.com.  I was looking for items for a Princess Party and found so many items to select from like, kids furniture; this Princess Plush Kids' Crown Chair is a great place to seat the birthday princess as her guests sing Happy Birthday to her.  All princesses love to dress up!  You can also find adorable girl's clothes like this AnnLoren Girls' Princess Crown Tank and Tutu Set. Overstock even has complete Princess Party Pack gift baskets filled with plates, napkins and decorations.  I especially love the home & garden items on Overstock.  I prefer to use reusable melamine plates for my parties.  This Princess and the Frog Play With Your Food Children's Princess Dinnerware Set is perfect for a young princess and her party guests. 




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Use the following information when placing your order:

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All the ideas and opinions expressed are my own. No monetary compensation was received for doing this post, however, I was provided with a discount code.

Monday, February 14, 2011

{Bugs & Kisses} Valentine's Day Party Recap

Another great time to be had by all at the Mini Diva's Valentine's Day party!  This year, we decided to let boys come and hang with us.  I chose a Bugs & Kisses theme to suit both genders, even though it was super girly, I don't think the 2 & 3 year old boys even cared!  LOL

I used printables from the Love Bugs Collection I designed for my Etsy shop to style the party and created a different banner for the backdrop. For the color scheme I stuck to purple, pink, hot pink and red and found a striped fabric at JoAnn's that matched perfectly.  The chairs were decorated with paper rosettes that were used at last year's No Boys Allowed Sweets & Treats party.  I also decorated our fireplace mantle with decorative boxes, roses sent to me by my husband (bless his heart) and the heart tree and  upcycled Valentine's mailbox I made.




There were a lot of crafts and activities to pack into two hours of fun.  For the crafts portion of the party, I had the kids decorate their own card mailboxes, bead necklaces, decorate bookmarks and heart wands.  The mailboxes were filled with items to get them started and a box of Conversation Hearts to keep them out of the candy on the dessert buffet.  I put out all of the ribbon I had on hand, glitter glue, stickers, and paper cut outs from the printable kit. I wanted to make sure to keep the Bugs & Kisses theme going and found really cute lady bug bookmarks and necklace craft kits from JoAnn's.  Heart Picks used for floral arrangements made perfect heart wands when they were embellished with ribbon and stick-on gems. They also got to decorate their own heart shaped cookies.

 

Once all the crafting and decorating was done, the kids were more than ready to get filled up on lots of junk!  They were treated to Red Velvet Cupcakes, lollies, chocolates, marshmallows, gumballs, tea sandwiches, fresh fruit and raspberry lemonade.  It was really hard to keep them away from the sweets!

I had a blast setting up this dessert table.  To save money I  used a lot of items that I already had on hand. Most of the serving trays were Target dollar bin finds that I've been collecting over the past few months.  I used a footed frame from Ikea and vinyl chalkboard paper to make a standing chalkboard sign.  A simple swag for the table was made with pink tulle (same as the one used for this party) and a mini paper pom (from this party).

The chocolate flower pops and bugs were made by me using a molding kit I got at Michael's.  I served raspberry lemonade in empty Frappuccino glass bottles. The heart printed paper straws were purchased from The Sugar Diva.  The other lollipops and candy were from the dollar store.  The cupcakes are from Starbucks and I topped them with Cherry Sours.  (Sidebar: my oven caught on fire and doesn't work, so, I couldn't make the cupcakes myself.   This tragedy happened while I was bedridden with the flu two weeks ago and my husband was in the kitchen cooking, not pointing fingers....just sayin'....and I digress).  I made the tea sandwiches with raspberry preserves, cut them with a heart shaped cookie cutter and topped each one with a sliced strawberry....they were a big hit!  We also had fresh pineapples and strawberries that were served in little cups for the kids to eat as well.




At the end of the party we packed all their handmade goods, a cupcake and other treats and favors in a take away box. Each box was decorated with a cut out from the Love Bugs printable pack




All the kids had a great time crafting and playing - and un-apologetically eating lots of candy and who can blame them?

HAVE A VERY HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday Freebie: Love Bugs Printable Party Collection Coloring Page

Here is a coloring page that I created from the Love Bugs Printable Party Collection.  Perfect for a kid's Valentine's Day party - also makes great classroom Valentines or fun favor bag stuffers. 





Print it out and color!!!
Don't forget - you can still get the complete Love Bugs printable collection on my Etsy shop for 50% off.

I was excited to see today that the Upcycle Valentine's Mailbox I created for my daughter's Bugs & Kisses party  was included in the Valentine's Day Roundup on One Pretty Thing.  HOW COOL IS THAT?



I love One Pretty Thing!  Rachel always does a fab job of finding and sharing lots of crafty diy how-to's from all over the web.  If you haven't checked out the site please do so!



Thursday, February 10, 2011

Love Bugs Printable Party 50% off

The Love Bugs Printable Party Collection is now on sale for $6 - that is 50% off the regular price!

50% OFF 

 This printable party pack makes it easy and convenient to throw a fun filled Valentine's Day party.  Just print, cut and decorate and you're all set!  Go to My Etsy Shop to get yours today!

 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Upcycled Valentine's Mail Box Tutorial

When I saw this Valentine's Chairbacker at Pottery Barn Kids I was instantly inspired to create a smaller paper version of one for the Bugs & Kisses Party that I'm having for my daughter.


I created one using a red, letter size file folder.  Actually I made a mock up of one last night but it was hideous.  So, I whipped up an entirely new one during my lunch break today - so, forgive me if the backgrounds look a little whacky!



Here's a Tutorial on how you can make your own.

Supplies you will need:

Letter size file folder (I used red)
Ruler
Pencil
Scoring Tools
Bone Folder
Scissors or Cutting Blade
Double-sided tape or Glue
Ribbon
Velcro dots
Chip Board, Die Cut or Sticker Letters
(You can also print out the letters I used found at the end of this post)
Love Bugs Printable Circle Tags





Trim tabs from the folder.



You should end up with a 17" sheet of paper to work with.



 Using the measurement guide (next photo) with a ruler & pencil measure your box then, score, cut and fold where indicated.  If you have a scoring board use it - I have one and I LOVES IT - didn't have it with me at work though......



Your disassemble box should look at bit like this:



Next - assemble your box!


About 3/4" from the edge, cut a 31/4" x 1/4" rectangle in the top center of  the lid. Next, attach a 31/4" strip of paper or ribbon from the front inside of the lid.  Add a Velcro Dot to the bottom of the strip.This creates a tab for you to attach a closure for your box. (btw-those lil' pink hearts are covering up a multitude of non-manicured hands sins)


Next decorate your mail box as desired.  Feel free to use the print and cut letters I used for my project.  If you right click on the words you can print the image directly.

Check this out: I didn't have a glue stick with me so, I stuck the letters to a roll of double stick tape and cut them out with a sharp blade.



 Voila!  Your box is ready for Valentine's and other sweet treats!






Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Bugs & Kisses Sneak Peek

Man, I am tired - beat - exhausted!  I was up working on a few fancy favors and a little decor for my daughter's Bugs & Kisses Valentine's Day Party.

I found this at Dollar Tree....



They have a lot of Easter stuff out right now and it was meant to be used for Easter eggs.  I thought that it would make a cute accent piece for one of my tablescapes so, I hearted it up.  These are foam stickers, stuck back to back, hole punched, strung with ribbon and hung from the branches! 


 I also created some fancy milk carton favors that I'll give to the girls as take-aways.


I showed them to my daughter this morning and she told me they were really nice and she can't wait for her play date (which is what we're calling it right now because the word party makes her talk non-stop about it for days on end, and I just can't take it).

Even though I am going to be up all kinds of hours this week, I gotta admit - I'm with the kid - I can't wait either!!!






Sweet Treats Ideas!

I love these Valentine's Day Treats from Parents Magazine.

 

I am especially crushing on those heart shaped fruit kabobs - how cute are those?  Serve them with plain yogurt or my favorite fruit dip recipe:

Marshmallow Creme Fruit Dip

Ingredients
  • 8 ounces cream cheese - softened
  • 8 ounces marshmallow cream
  • ½ teaspoon raspberry flavoring
  • Red food coloring (optional)
To Make

1. Combine the cream cheese and marshmallow cream in a bowl until combined.
2. Fold raspberry flavoring.
3. Add food coloring until you reach the desired color. 

Tip:  For a healthier option skip the raspberry flavoring and red food color and mix in 1/2 cup of fresh pureed raspberries or strawberries. 


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