Honest to Nod | A Baby Sprinkle

Wow, two posts in a week.  It's like some kind of record for me these days.  I wish I could say I'm back on the grid officially, but I'm starting a new job next week so it's pretty likely that I'll be turning back into a specter any minute now.  While I have the time however, I wanted to share that my latest party on inspiration for Land of Nod is up on their blog and it's a good one... a bright and modern baby sprinkle.  If you're looking for some fresh inspiration, I hope you'll stop over and take a peek.  Below is the invitation to coordinate.

There are a bunch of new themes in my shop too, just in time for your spring and summer celebrations. Think Cinco De Mayo... Derby... showers... and of course, birthdays.

Mystical Unicorns | a 5th Birthday Party


Time sure flies when you're raising kids. My daughter is now almost 6.  But here at long last I'm back to share her 5th birthday party, because unicorns are always a good idea.  This was a small and simple backyard party, with bright cheerful color and some easy handmade touches.  You can find the invitation and most of the graphics in my shop, and the rest is detailed below.

The world's cutest plush unicorns came from the Land of Nod and were the party favors, along with bags for the unicorn pinata treats.  The other unicorns were all sprayed gold... and you may notice that I got a little liberal with the spray paint and sprayed the tops of the balloons gold too.  You can't see much of the effect in the photos but I highly recommend trying this- they looked awesome.

For party activities, the girls first beaded their own rainbow necklaces and had their faces painted.  Then after a (mystic) pizza lunch we had them design their own unicorn horns.  The 'horns' were chocolate cupcakes baked inside ice cream cones and they got to frost them and decorate with chocolate stars, sprinkles and twizzlers.  It was a super fun ridiculous mess!

We also had a game of pin the horn on the unicorn - on a poster I printed using the invitation design. And last but not least of course... the pinata, filled with sparkles, tiny rubber unicorns and an abundance of pink and purple candy.

As you can see, the girls had a blast. Though clearly having the streamers as a photo backdrop backfired on me... they doubled as a hiding place for those pretty faces.  Also, one final tip for you. I used a roll of recycled art paper to make the brush painted table covers, and not only did they add fun color, but they made for the easiest clean up ever.  See? Small and simple, as most of my favorite parties are these days.

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Unicorn Piñata | 5 Minute Makeover


I've had this post drafted since Caitlin's birthday in June.  Along with the rest of her unicorn party that I have yet to share because I'm such a tease.  But this week I've seen some pretty amazing new unicorn piñatas and I figured it's time to get in on the action.

You've seen them right? I've always been a fan of Kelly's and now there's Jordan's and Brie's in the mix!  Credit where it's due, these piñatas are epic.  But if you're anything like me and tend to think...that's amazing, but I'll never have time to make it, take heart. 

I took this store bought unicorn piñata and gave it the world's easiest makeover.  All you need is a sharpie, a gluestick and glitter. True story. Here's how: 

1. Gently peel off the creepy sticker eyes 
2. Draw a simple half circle with a sharpie to make bashful eyes 
3. Brush glue all over the horn and shake on gold glitter 

 Finally, name your pinata. Preferably after someone you're annoyed with, because then you get free therapy each time your child takes a whack at it.

So much better, and SO simple. Stay tuned for party pics from this super fun unicorn 5th birthday! 

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Free Printable | Teacher Appreciation Gift Tags


It's teacher appreciation week!  Here's a sweet and simple last minute project to show your favorite teachers some love...

1. Purchase clear containers
2. Fill them with gobs of gummy bears
3. Tie on a pretty ribbon
4. Download, trim and attach this free printable tag (don't forget to have your child sign it first)

And you're done! Now go out and make a teacher's day.

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New Invitation Themes | Unicorns + Donuts!

I mentioned in my last post that I'm working on updating my shop and expanding my offering, so I thought I'd stop in with an update and show off a bit. Below are my latest party invitation designs. Do you love them?  I mean, Unicorns + Donuts... they're not exactly related, but they are both totally magical!

If you're as excited by unicorns as my almost 5 year old and I (and, apparently much of the party community), you should stop by Honest to Nod today and check out my latest Party On board too. Just trust.

As you can see in the images here, I'm now offering a printable background pattern design that can be used to coordinate with each invitation and theme. I haven't completed patterns for all of the existing listings yet, but will be designing them by request for customers who want them. And better still, I've put together a printable party package at a discounted rate so it's now simple to buy items to coordinate with your theme. About time, I know!  Anything else you'd like to see added to the shop?

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