Free Printable | Teacher Appreciation Gift Tags

5.04.2015


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!

4.28.2015
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?

unicorn invitation // donut shop invitation // printable party package // background pattern // Images for personal use only. If sharing them on your site, please link directly to this post.

On Getting a Facelift

4.06.2015

Hey friends! It's been a while since I've done a personal check in here.  Did you notice I got a little facelift over the weekend?  No, not literally - I thought it would be fun to tease you with the header. I've updated my site design + branding. 

I've been feeling overdue for a site refresh for months, especially because things weren't loading the way they were supposed to and seemed clunky.  So I did what I generally do... which was to play around with new ideas and then start second guessing myself before actually accomplishing anything.

I wanted to revamp my etsy shop at the same time and refresh a number of my invite designs, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet.

Fast forward to last week on my birthday, which tends to be a reflective day for me.  I decided that instead of continuing to stress myself out for not doing things the proper way, I'd push ahead and put out the new look before I make any more excuses not to.  Anyway, it's not a major overhaul. Just a bit of a refresh with a more clean and modern feel.  I'll also be updating my social media buttons this week. And yes, there's plenty left to be done, but we'll just call the rest Phase 2.

I find it's so hard to evaluate my own work, so I hope you're all pleased with the result and enjoy easier use of the site.  Can you spot the changes? 

Fun fact... I've been blogging off and on for 6 years last week.  I'm happy with the decision I made a few years ago to keep this a part time gig instead of a growing business, but wow it's fun to look back at all the projects I've worked on. 6 years tends to add up. If you haven't been around here that long, I'm inviting you to check out my updated about and portfolio pages to learn more about me and my style. And if you have a moment, please drop a note to say hello and tell me what you think of the new look.

PS... That picture! I snapped it this weekend during some pre-easter silliness in our yard. Looks like Caitlin got herself a little facelift too.

Fluttery Fun + Games | 4th Birthday Fairy Party

3.25.2015
Activities are not my favorite part of party planning, but once kids hit a certain age it's kind of a necessity. So we put together a few simple fairy inspired activities that were great for a group of creative 4 year olds...


 Find the Moonstones Remember the other day I mentioned that the girls needed to earn their wings, wands and pixie dust at the beginning of the party? For our first activity we had a scavenger hunt for moonstones.  (if you don't know how this relates to fairies, I'm afraid you'll have to watch Tinkerbell and the Lost Treasure to find out). Our moonstones were just glass decorative rocks from the craft store that came in a bag of about 100.  We hid them everywhere in the yard... I mean, everywhere... and let the girls loose with little cups to collect them. We didn't want to have a single winner, so as soon as each girl brought back her filled cup they were able to collect their fairy gear. Less stress and more fun.



Watercolor Butterflies After the running around, we brought the energy down with an art project. I made these at camp when I was a kid and it's fun for any age, but smaller hands will need a bit of extra help.  See below for the tutorial on how to make them yourself!



I also had Tinkerbell coloring pages and extra markers on hand so that the girls who finished their projects quickly could stay at the table and have something to do. We hung their projects to display from a length of twine in the backyard, which also helped everything dry before it was time to go home.


Dress Up Not exactly groundbreaking, right? After everyone finished their art project it was time for cake. Then, for the last half hour of the party, we sent the girls up to Caitlin's room to play dress up. A sweet friend gave us a load of hand me down fairy + princess costumes, so we simply laid it all out on the bed and let them go wild changing out dresses, necklaces, shoes and gloves. It turned into a bit of a parade and catwalk as each girl came downstairs to show off her beautiful outfit, take pictures with the parental paparazzi and then run back upstairs to change again. So very cute to watch.

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Now I suppose it's time for me to start planning Caitlin's 5th birthday... it's going to be here before we know it!

But wait, there's more... have you seen the rest of this party yet?  Cakes \\  Invites + DiYs



Watercolor Butterflies

Supplies
coffee filters (round, not cone shaped)
wood clothespins
pipe cleaners
watercolor paints + brushes
water
markers
glitter pens
google eye stickers

Directions
1. Open the coffee filter so it lies flat on the table and fold in half. Dip your brush in watercolors and then water. Use the same color patterns on the left and right sides of your filter. These will be come the butterfly wings.
2. When you're done painting, pinch the center of the filter and bring the top and bottom sections down to meet in the middle. Clasp with a clothespin. This will be your butterfly body.
 3. Fluff out the wings and decorate the body with markers, glitter pens etc. Add google eyes if desired.
4. Cut a pipe cleaner in 2 and fold half in the middle. Stick in the top of your clothespin for your butterfly antennae.

Images are for personal use only. If sharing them on your site, please link directly to this post.  // Invitations available via Etsy

Enchanting Layer Cakes | 4th Birthday Fairy Party

3.24.2015

Well, I promised you cake didn't I? Instead of a dessert spread, I thought it would be fun to do four different layer cakes for this 4th birthday fairy party.  Naturally I wasn't going to be able to tackle it alone, so I begged the help of my friend and master baker Michele of Cakewalk Baking (aka owner of these pretty vintage cakestands). She and I split the work and created the following flavors: red velvet with classic cream cheese frosting // lemon bundt cake with sugar glaze // chocolate with vanilla buttercream // white cake with fresh strawberry buttercream.  Oh, my mouth is watering just remembering how good they all were.


I wanted the cake table to be the focal point of the party, so I hung mesh netting from the trees above and adorned it with a few ribbons leftover from the wands.  I added a few fresh berries + garden flowers and the effect really was charming.  The girls... and the grownups... were beyond excited to pick out their favorite flavor of cake.





In case you're quietly judging, you should know that I made an attempt at more nutritious kid snacks as well... fruit salad, veggies + hummus, yogurt stars, etc.  But honestly, who can get excited about hummus with four types of cake sitting around?




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But wait, there's more... have you seen the rest of this party yet?  Invites + DiYs \\  Activities 



Images are for personal use only. If sharing them on your site, please link directly to this post.  // Invitations available via Etsy. //  Special thanks to Cakewalk Baking.