Patriotic Parties – Part 3: Fun & Games

June 29, 2010 - Filed under 4th of July, Canada Day

There are lots of ways to make your party fun and entertaining whether there will be children there or not. A few handmade games and other decorative elements like sparklers and crackers are easy to make, and can be fun for all ages.

Patriotic Parties Fun and Games

Confetti Popper Rockets | Pinwheels: Make your own here and here or Purchase on Etsy | Party Hats | CrackersTalk Crafty To Me Tutorial Here | Balloon Darts | Bean Bag Toss – For Canada Day make maple leaf bean bags instead of stars | Potato Sack Races | Bicycle Stars | Sparkler Holders I’ve posted about this before, but in case you missed it last year here it is again. (Free Printables)

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Patriotic Parties – Part 2: Table Settings

June 28, 2010 - Filed under 4th of July, Canada Day

When it comes to setting a patriotic table there are endless options. Think about buying plastic plates in white that you can reuse for other parties and use napkins and place markers to add in the color. If you must use disposable plates check out the great options from Bambu. Not only are they biodegradable, and 100% organic, but they also look great!

Patriotic Parties Table Settings

Patriotic Picnic | Red & White Affair | Woodland Table | Maple Leaf Coasters | Who says you need a table at all – Park Picnic | Patriotic Napkin Rings | Red & White Napkin | Mason Jar Silverware Holder | Patriotic Plates | Star Studded Table

Maybe you’re looking for something a little more casual, or perhaps you have too many guests to fit around table. Pre-wrapped sandwiches and snacks make it easy for guests to grab-and-go-and-mingle.

Patriotic Parties Table Alternatives

BBQ Cutlery Packets | Picnic Pack | Wrapped Cutlery | Six-Pack Caddy | Candy Bags | Chip Bag (Free Printables) | Popcorn Bags (Free Printables) | Cutlery Basket | Decorative Flags (Printables) | Packed Lunch

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Patriotic Parties – Part 1: Decorations

June 28, 2010 - Filed under 4th of July, Canada Day

It’s that time of year, when thoughts turn to back yard barbecues, picnics, and outdoor parties. With both Canada Day and Independence Day just around the corner, rather than do separate posts for each holiday, I decided to do a couple of posts full of great ideas to help you throw a fabulous patriotic party, no matter where you’re celebrating.

First up lets talk decorations… Use your country colors to tie everything together and create festive mood. From streamers and balloons, to bunting and paper lanterns, whatever you decide to create, be consistent with your color scheme, and you’ll be sure to pull off a great looking party.

Patriotic Party Decorations

Click on the links to learn more about each project:

Organza Flowers | Polka-dot Bunting | Paper Flowers | Star Medallions | Maple Leaf Bird | Rubber Band Candles | Holiday Lanterns | Fabric Bunting | Citronella Candles | Red & White Garland

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Crafty Father’s Day Ideas

June 15, 2010 - Filed under Father's Day

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and if you haven’t found the perfect gift yet here are a few DIY ideas to get you inspired.

father's day craft ideas

1. Superhero Gift-box for Dad – Download the labels and make your own gift-box for the superhero dad in your life.

2. Mustache Mug – A silly gift for dad. Use porcelaine gel to paint a fun mustache on a mug.

3. Folded Shirt Cards – use origami to make your father’s day card a little more unique.

4. Dad’s Notepad – Decorate a basic note pad for dad’s office, and he’ll be reminded of you everyday.

5. King of the Grill Apron – Make Dad his own apron just in time for BBQ season.

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Flet Egg Book Tutorial

March 29, 2010 - Filed under Easter, Felt, How-to, Sewing

Felt Book - Decorate Eggs for Easter

A cute spring idea for your little ones. Holly from Chez Beeper Bebe, has an adorable tutorial for this felt egg book, that lets your kids decorate eggs over and over. Cut out all sorts of shapes and let their imaginations run wild, and when you’re not decorating you can store all the little pieces in the handy pocket at the back. Such a great idea, and beautifully crafted.

Download the tutorial
Purchase one of Holly’s from her Etsy Shop

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St. Patrick’s Day Printables

March 17, 2010 - Filed under Paper goods, St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone. Hope you’re all wearing some green so you don’t get pinched! In honor of the day, I’ve got some St. Patrick’s Day printables for you. Perfect for last minute crafting, they’re all printable from your own computer, and the perfect way to bring a little festivity to your day!

St Patrick's Day Printables

1. Lucky Pillow Box – stuff with your favorite St. Paddy’s day Treats. Think lucky coins, green m&m’s, or irish cream truffles. {Free!}

2. Lucky You Cupcake Toppers – 4 styles for you to print. {Free!}

3. Favor Box and Candy wrapper kit – Wrap your fav candy bars with a little irish flare. {$5.00}

4. Modern Sham-rock Stationary Set – Why not write all your notes today on these fun note cards. {$6.00}

5. More Cupcake Toppers – cause I love cupcakes, but you can also use em as napkin rings, wine charms or pins. {Free!}

6. Leprechaun Treasure Hunt – follow clues from a leprechaun to his hidden treasure. {$3.99}

7. So Lucky Stickers – Print them out on sticker paper and have fun sticking them to your friends and family all day. {$5.00}

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Happy Hearts Day & Happy Chinese New Year!

February 14, 2010 - Filed under Valentine's Day


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Valentine’s Flip Book

February 11, 2010 - Filed under Valentine's Day


Check out this super cute Valentine’s Day Flip book from Color Me Katie. This simple project is a great way to make a big statement… and it’s pretty easy to pull off. All you need is a camera, a printer, and some markers, and you can make your own “kiss in your pocket” flip book.

Flip Book from katie sokoler on Vimeo.

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Heart Cake Tutorial

February 10, 2010 - Filed under How-to, Valentine's Day


I’m in love with this cake… not only does it look absolutely delicious, but I love the surprise when you cut into this cake. This is one of those cakes that would actually make it acceptable to steal a piece before it makes it to the table.

I am baker, has been busy perfecting this cake and has posted a detailed step-by-step tutorial… if you’re daring enough to attempt this!

Check out the tutorial here


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