Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Dinner Party


A few weeks ago I stopped at Michaels to check out their Halloween decorations. My daughter and I were finding much more than we had gone in for. I feel like that always happens to me no matter what store I’m in. Anyway, as we were wondering through the isles we spotted all the glow-in-the-dark party stuff. They had banners, plates, platters, pitchers, utensils, and more. I was just going to get some plates, but saw that everything was on sale, so I grabbed a bunch of stuff and decided to have a glow-in-the-dark Halloween dinner party with my kids.


Now before I go on about how much fun this party is, I feel like I should mention this is not a sponsored post. It just sounds like it because I found so much great stuff there on sale and we have been going crazy with Halloween activities this month. I love when I come across a good find and wanted to share it with all of you.

So, back to this glow-in-the-dark Halloween dinner. We decided to have it on a night that our cousins were sleeping over so they could join in on the fun. I wasn’t really sure how this was going to turn out, and if it would even work that well. Would the plates and cups even glow that bright? Would it be too dark to see our food? And most importantly, would I be able to capture it all in photos? haha!
glow-in-the-dark-pizza-partyI had this idea in my head of eating some warm soup or a beautiful homemade dinner to make it feel fancy, but at the last second decided to go with pizza. I figured pizza would be a lot easier to eat in the dark than trying to spoon soup to your your mouth, or cut meat in the dark. haha! I’m pretty sure things would have been a mess.

glow-in-the-dark-cupThe pizza was the perfect thing and the kids loved it. We were going to have juice, but the cups were a little unstable, so we figured water would be much safer in the dark. The kids loved taking turns to go turn on the lights and “charge” all the glow-in-the-dark table settings every once in a while.

glow-in-the-dark-spider-cupI made some spooky eyes using glow-in-the-dark vinyl and Silhouette Cameo 3, and put them on the walls as well as napkins I folded like bats. It was a fun little detail all the kids loved. The spooky eyes are still on the walls and are the favorite decoration in the house.glow-in-the-dark-bat-plateglow-in-the-dark-place-setting


If you haven’t tried a glow-in-the-dark party, you need to. It was so much fun! We will definitely be doing this again next year!

The Ultimate Summer Bucket List

We have been so busy checking all the fun things off our ultimate summer bucket list that I haven’t had time to post about it until now. I created 35 icons of activities for us to check off our bucket list this summer. summer bucket list pins

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Summer Bucket List Pins

I used the print and cut feature with my Silhouette Cameo to cut them all out. Then I used a button maker to create buttons for each of my kids to earn, kind of like earning merit badges. As we completed an activity, my kids got to put the pin on their adventure backpacks. They each loved having their own. Some times during the week I’ll see them sitting with their backpacks looking at all of their pins and talking about the fun things they did. They always end up laughing and giggling… and begging to go on another adventure to earn a pin.
summer bucket list pins backpack

Summer Bucket List Stickers

If you don’t have a button maker, you can print them on sticker paper to use in a notebook. As you complete an activity, place a sticker on a page of your notebook. Older kids can write about it and keep it as a summer journal. Younger kids can draw pictures of their experience with each adventure. I just posted a video for making a cheap and simple notebook. Go check it out! This is such a fun way to bring the family together and create something that will keep those memories alive forever.

summer bucket list journal stickersI realize that summer is almost over, but there is still time during these warm days to check a few more things off your list. Why not send summer out with a bang and make it extra fun with these ultimate summer bucket list stickers? If you don’t use them all this year, there’s always next year, right? You can purchase the whole set of 35 icons for a deep discount in Silhouette’s Ready, Set, Make section of their design store. You can also grab each icon one at a time to customize your bucket list. Now get outside and start checking things off your list. That cool, fall weather will be here before you know it.

New Silhouette Cameo 3

Did you guys see all of the exciting new products Silhouette released yesterday? The biggest announcement was their new Silhouette Cameo 3.

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Silhouette CAMEO 3

The machine is beautiful! I guess more importantly than its looks is that it has some really cool new features including bluetooth capability, so you don’t have to plug it into your USB port in your computer, and you can also use it with your wireless devices. Hallelujah! I have been waiting for this for a long time. I hate having to switch out my Cameo, phone cord, camera, external hard drives and everything else that plugs into my USB ports.

The second biggest feature of the Cameo 3 is the dual carriage. Now you can sketch and cut at the same time. It also come with a new self-adjusting blade. You just lock the blade into the machine and it automatically detects the blade depth needed to cut the material. So cool!

I did my first YouTube video today showing the unboxing of the new machine. Go check it out to see all the new features including all the added storage!

Specialty Media

Silhouette also released several new specialty media items. I get so excited over things like this. They now have printable shrink plastic. I have used material similar to it before for cake toppers and pins in previous posts. I’m super excited for this stuff! I like to think that maybe I gave them the idea. Haha! I’m sure they had it in the works long before I started playing around with shrink plastic. Either way, it’s going to be so awesome to be able to print designs on it too!

They also have printable vinyl and window clings. The printable vinyl will be so fun for a ton of different projects. My mind is going crazy with ideas. If you saw my Instagram post about the amazing Kitchen Aid mixer Kayla Brasher embellished using printable vinyl and my floral designs, you’ll be excited too. I think the window clings will work great on our family calendar. And how cute would it be to make your own custom holiday window clings for your kids to use?

There are several more products that are new, so head over and check them all out. I can’t wait to create new projects and test out the materials and Silhouette Cameo 3. I’ll be posting tutorials for using your Silhouette software, specialty media, and creating projects on my brand new YouTube channel. Take a look at the new Cameo 3 video and subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss a thing!

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The Perfect Puppy Party

puppy party hats

This little cutie turned two and we celebrated with a Puppy Party! She loves, loves, loves dogs and giggles when she sees or gets to pet one. Plus, we celebrated with just our family and grandparents because her birthday was a few weeks after I had the baby, so we went with a theme all the kids would enjoy.

puppy party table setting

Puppy Party Decorations

I love that the colors of this party work well for both boys and girls. The table set up was so easy. The only thing I used purely for decoration was the dog bone confetti sprinkled on top. Every other piece on the table was functional and used by the guests.

puppy party place setting

Each place setting had: a plate for their lunch, dog dish (used later for a game,) party hat, glass bottle with straw, and a dog house party favor. I picked up the dog food bowls at a dollar store and the glass drinking bottles were from the Target Dollar Spot. I love when I find what I need for great prices. Isn’t that the best?

puppy party cupcakes

The centerpiece was a plate full of cupcakes made to look like dog food in a bowl. I’m sure General Mills and Reese’s didn’t intend for their delicious cereal to be used as fake dog food, but it looks too much like it to pass up. Haha! (It really is the yummiest cereal!)

The cupcakes were so easy to make and require zero cake decorating skills. I made chocolate cupcakes from a box, frosted them with store-bought chocolate frosting, then immediately rolled them in a bowl full of Reese’s Puffs cereal until the tops of the cupcakes were completely covered. Super simple, and they looked so cute in their dog bowl cupcake wrappers.
Reese's Puffs cereal dog food

Puppy Party Games

Puppy Chow:
I used the Reese’s Puffs cereal again for a dog food eating contest. I filled everyone’s bowls with the cereal, then placed them on the floor. The kids had to get down on their hands and knees and eat the bow of “dog food” as fast as they could using only their mouths. They thought it was so silly and loved being able to eat like dogs do.
pin the tail on the puppy

Pin the Tail on the Puppy:
We also had a little game of “Pin the Tail on the Puppy”. I love this picture of Jax helping his brother out. They would laugh so hard when they would put the tail on the face or somewhere else silly. The classic party games really are the best.

I had a relay coarse of jumping through hula hoops, rolling over, and more planned for the kids outside for some “dog training”, but it was too windy. We decided to stay inside and they performed some “dog tricks” instead. It all worked out great.puppy party

If you host a party using these puppy designs, I would love to see it. Post a picture on Instagram and tag me (@amyrobisondesign) so I can take a peek. As always, you can find the .svg cut files for each design by clicking on the picture below.

Ice Cream Party

ice cream party

There is a pretty big reason to celebrate around our house. We welcomed a new baby boy into the family last month and he is perfect. I decided to throw a surprise ice cream party for the kids to celebrate them, as well as eliminate any jealousy they may feel towards the new baby brother. (Which turns out, there isn’t any. They absolutely adore their baby brother.)baby ice cream party hat

Everyone wore party hats that looked like melting ice cream cones. The kids thought these were so funny and giggled that there was ice cream dripping off their heads. We even had a tiny one for the baby. They all loved his hat most of all, and it was hard to keep their little hands away from him. giant ice cream cone

Jax thought it was so funny to use all the ice cream cones that were stacked on the table. Of course I had to snap a picture of that happy face. Ice Cream Bar

The decorations for the party were simple and pretty minimal. After all, I did just have a baby. Give me a break. :) I didn’t make any banners or garlands for this one, and just stuck with a few table cream cone centerpiece

For the centerpiece I made a giant ice cream cone using the party hat cut file and a balloon. I attached them to the center pole of this IKEA planter. I filled the pot with gifts for each of the kids. Each gift bag was embellished with a dripping ice cream cone border to tie them into the ice cream theme. ice cream bar toppings sprinkles

Running down the center of the table were all the toppings for the ice cream bar. Each place setting had a hat, ice cream container and a utensil holder. We dished up the ice cream and then the kids could put on any toppings they wanted. I let them get pretty carried away, because this was a party after all.

ice cream party table

I love that this party can be used to celebrate any occasion. It would be perfect for an upcoming graduation party, birthday or just to celebrate summer. Enjoy!

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Easter Egg Cupcake Bar

Have you used the plastic Easter eggs that look and feel like real ones yet? They are my favorite Easter product since I discovered them a few years ago. This time, I decided to use them for something other than an activity with my kids to decorate eggs. This little Easter egg cupcake bar is so fun and festive.

easter egg sprinkles and cupcakes
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I cut off the top using an old steak knife. I’m sure a craft knife would work too. Then I cut a little notch so I could tear along the edge and give it more of a natural broken shell look.

I placed all the eggs in a ceramic egg container (or an egg carton would work well too,) and filled with different sprinkles. Each egg held a little spoon to scoop out the sprinkles and decorate your cupcakes with.

easter egg carton with sprinkles

Just remember, if you frost your cupcakes ahead of time, the sprinkles will have a hard time sticking to the frosting. Have a little bag of icing for each guest to frost their own and then add the sprinkles right after. This was such a simple activity to get ready and would look great at any Easter party.


How to Watercolor Sugar Cookies

Sometimes I get these crazy ideas and wonder how in the world I’m going to pull it off and if it will even work. Having a party to watercolor sugar cookies is one of those. My kids love to decorate cookies, but I wanted to come up with a new way they haven’t tried before to keep their attention. New activities always keep them busy longer.

decorating easter egg sugar cookies

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How to Watercolor Sugar Cookies

I baked a batch of sugar cookies and frosted them with white royal icing. I made them the day before so that the icing would have plenty of time to dry and would have a smooth, firm surface for painting. This was only the second time I have tried frosting cookies with royal icing. I am not an expert by any means, but doing plain white cookies is much easier than making designs with frosting. Plus, these cookies were for a kids party and they were just going to paint and color on them, so I wasn’t too worried about flawlessly frosted cookies.
easter egg sugar cookies table

Supplies + Tips

I ordered paint brushes and tiny palettes so that each person could have their own set of edible paints, and lost the palettes. Ugh! If you plan on doing this activity with several people and are responsible enough not to lose the palettes ahead of time, (haha!) I highly recommend them. They are the perfect size.  I ended up using these little egg dishes, which I love, so all wasn’t lost. The kids were good about sharing them. I ended up adding a small spoonful of water to each color at the party. It helped the watercolors go on so much smoother and brighter. There are recipes for liquid watercolors for cookies, but I was worried about the kids spilling those so I made the solid ones. Little did I know I would be pouring water in the solid ones and creating the same risk anyway. You learn as you go.

painting easter eggs party

I also had a pack of food-safe markers for the kids to use on the cookies. They worked so well. I thought they might dig into the frosting when the kids pressed on them while coloring, but they didn’t. I was pleasantly surprised.

coloring sugar cookies

Decorating the Table

I used white butcher paper to cover the table and drew a bunch of eggs with a black marker. My kids were the art directors for this part and told me which patterns or shapes to draw on each egg. They love being involved with the setup of parties. After the kids decorated their cookies, they could use the watercolors to paint the eggs on the table cloth. Because they might get a little carried away with the watercolors, I placed a cheap, plastic tablecloth underneath the butcher to protect my table incase the water soaked through.
watercolor easter egg sugar cookies party

The centerpiece of the table was a tin tray filled with plastic eggs they could decorate. The kids were too busy watercoloring the sugar cookies and tablecloth, they never made it to the eggs. It still made for a fun and very easy centerpiece.

colored eggs sugar cookies

edible watercolor sugar cookies

Everyone was so proud of their cookie masterpieces and loved exploring a new way to decorate them. This party was a success and involved kids ages 1-4. I would love to see what older children could create while watercoloring sugar cookies. I think they could whip up some really pretty and fun designs. If you’re looking for a fun activity this Easter, give this one a try. You’ll love it!

St. Patrick’s Day Party for Kids

I hosted the easiest St. Patrick’s Day party last week for my kids and their friends. I’m excited to share it with you today. It was very little prep work and looked great. You can’t go wrong with that. I love designing and making the decorations for my parties, but with my fourth baby arriving in a month, I just didn’t have the energy for it this time. I kept the party very simple and the kids had a great time.

St. Patrick's Day party favor

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For the party favors, I filled little black pots with gold chocolates, yellow water beads, green sucker sticks, crayons and rainbow candy. I topped them with a little personalized shamrock, and these adorable party favors doubled as place setting cards. (I shared all the info about them in this previous post.) The tables were covered with white butcher paper. I have mentioned before how much I love using it for parties. It’s cheap, makes clean up a breeze,  looks nicer than those plastic table clothes with all the creases, and you can use it as one of the party activities.

St. Patrick's Day table rainbow bubbles

While the kids waited for everyone to arrive and to eat a lunch of delicious green and rainbow colored foods, they colored on the table with their new rainbow crayons. It’s always good to have an activity for kids to do while they are waiting for the others to arrive, so you don’t lose complete control before the party even starts.
St. Patrick's Day party table cotton ball lights

I am obsessed with cotton ball lights. My brother brought some home for my kids a few years ago when he visited Thailand and I am so mad at myself for not using them sooner. I have theirs hanging in the playroom and they are adorable. I bought some green cotton ball lights for this party with the intent on hanging them, but I love the way they look on the table. The pot is raised on little blocks which was perfect for hiding the plug from the lights underneath.
St. Patrick's Day party table rainbow bubbles

I found these rainbow colored bubbles at Walmart and stuck them in my new favorite pot from Ikea. I used rice and beans in the bottom of the pot to help the bubbles stand up. Then I topped it with green crinkled paper. I love the simplicity of this centerpiece and it also functions as an activity for later in the party.

You can’t forget to add some gold chocolate coins to the mix. They’re a must for every St. Patrick’s Day party, even if they really aren’t all that yummy. You know I’m right. Haha! These ideas can also be used as little surprises and treats from a leprechaun visiting your house. Get creative and have fun!

Pot of Gold Party Favors

I have been preparing for a St. Patrick’s Day party for my kids and their friends. So many ideas have been going through my head for party favors. It’s my favorite part of throwing parties, so I always start with those first. Today I have a few pot of gold party favor ideas to share with you that are so simple and take just minutes to prepare. 

I found these little black pots that are the perfect size for small treats and gifts. The first set of pots I filled with chocolate gold coins and a variety of other rainbow prizes including:

The pot of gold party favors are topped with a clover name tag to personalize each one. These can also double as place setting cards for each guest.

pot of gold water beads

For those guests that have food allergies, this one is perfect for them. This pot of gold is filled with yellow water pearl beads. If you haven’t played around with these before, you have got to try them. They are intended for decorative uses in vases of flowers and things along those lines, but they are too cool not to play with. You place these teeny, tiny, plastic balls in a cup of water where they absorb all the water and grow. They are slippery, bouncy and feel so cool. This is an activity my kids love to do. We watch a bunch grow, then pour them in bowls or small tubs and play in them. They are so fun for a sensory activity.

pot of gold lucky charms

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This last one can be used at a party or as a surprise breakfast left from a little leprechaun. It’s the tiny sample spoons in this one that make it so adorable. Combine that with the small black pot filled with Lucky Charms and this treat is magically delicious. :)

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Green Ice Cream Float Topped with Edible Gold

shamrock float drinks

We have started celebrating St. Patrick’s Day around our house. Rather than cram all the fun into one day, I like to do a little activity every day with the kids for a few weeks leading up to each holiday. It is so fun to teach them about all the traditions that come with each one, and see how excited they get learning about new things. Yesterday I had a special treat waiting for them when they got home from preschool. I made them each a green ice cream float topped with edible gold. I even sprayed the Golden Oreos with edible gold mist to make them sparkle and shine. The boys were so delighted and thought everything was delicious. shamrock float gold oreos

Recipe: Green Ice Cream Float with Edible Gold


  • Ginger Ale
  • Lime Sherbet
  • Whipped Cream
  • Light Karo Syrup
  • Gold Sprinkles
  • Gold Confetti
  • Golden Oreos
  • Edible Gold Mist


  1. Dip the rim of the glass into Karo Syrup, then dip into gold sprinkles
  2. Add two-three scoops of Lime sherbet into the glass, then fill with Ginger Ale.
  3. Top it all off with whipped cream, edible gold confetti and a fun straw.
  4. Spray the Golden Oreos with edible gold mist to make them sparkle and shine.

shamrock float whipped topping

I loved trying out a few of the edible gold sprinkles and more that I found. My kids couldn’t believe that they could really eat it. They kept looking at me as if I were tricking them and waiting for me to tell them it was a joke. Mason licked the rim of his glass clean while telling me how delicious the gold was the whole time. Haha! I love that boy!

This drink really is so simple and will make a big impact on a party. You can never go wrong with that. Enjoy!

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Favorite Things Valentine Party

Homemade Valentine Stamps and Crafts

I hosted a Favorite Things Valentine party for my high school friends and their kids last week. We have a party every year and I must admit, it’s taking more and more thought to come up with a new theme every time.

You can see the past two parties here: Valentine Party | Valentine Detective Party

Favorite Things Invitation


There were plenty of brown paper packages tied up with string at this party, but we also had our share of pink and red hearts, glitter and more. It was a great combination. I mailed the invitations in brown paper bag envelopes and sewed some hearts along the bottom to pretty them up. :) The invitation asked each kid to bring a small gift under $5 of their favorite thing for a little gift exchange at the party. That part was a lot of fun.


Party Prep

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Before the party I prepped a banner kit for every kid. Each bag was filled with their own supplies including washy tape, stickers, glitter, banner and glue stick. Even though I filled the table with more supplies, I think it’s always fun to give each guest something of their very own. It makes it a little more special.

I used my Silhouette Mint to make some stamps for the kids to use on their banners. This little machine is amazing and you can create stamps so fast! I scanned in some images I drew and printed them out at stamps. Then I added some ink and they were ready to go. Once you fill the stamps with a little ink, you can easily get 50+ stamped images from it. When it starts to run out, just add more ink. These are great for small children too, because they were a lot cleaner than having them mess with a stamp pad that would get ink all over their hands.


I wanted to share some of my favorite things with the kids at the party. When I was little my mom had her stash of craft supplies, and us kids had our own separate stuff. I remember feeling like I won the lottery any time my mom would let me use her ribbons, paints, stamps or anything that was normally off limits. I let loose for this party and put out glitter, paper, stamps, ribbon, and more. I expected my house to be a mess with all this crafty goodness open to little hands, but that’s what made it more fun.DSC_3220

I covered each table with white butcher paper. I bought a roll of this a year ago and LOVE it. It’s the best tablecloth for craft projects and kids parties. (I also pull it out sometimes for the kids to color huge pictures on. They think it’s awesome.) I glued hearts along the center of the paper to make a table runner. The best part of it all, when the party was over, I just gathered it all up and threw it in the trash. Heaven sent with all that glitter, confetti and glue the kids were using. DSC_3228 DSC_3259

They loved having free rein on spoonfuls of confetti and glitter, using all the sparkly ribbon and pretty tape they wanted. They glued on hearts all over and let their creative juices flow freely. I love giving kids an open ended project without them having to make a craft that looks just like a sample shown. It is so fun to see how their minds work and the things they come up with.DSC_3274

With 18 kids at the party, I planned on glitter spilling. I think my kids were the only ones that did spill it. Figures. Haha! I love this shot of my little girl’s feet covered in glitter. I’m telling you, that sparkly stuff was everywhere. Good thing I gave each kid a tiny container of it and didn’t put out bowls full of it like originally planned. I think that would be really pretty on the tables with older kids, but with some one and two-year-olds, I tried to play it safe.

Valentine Party craft table

I love this shot of the table during the party with those little hands creating. This is just what I pictured when I planned the party, and I’m so happy with how it turned out. I hope you feel inspired to get a little messy with some Valentine crafts this year.

You can find all the cut and stamp files used at the party in the links below.

Black and White Tribal Party


These two wild boys are really into a show they discovered on Netflix called “Yakari.” It’s about a Sioux Native American boy named Yakari, that has a gift that allows him to communicate with animals. My kids think he is the coolest. They are obsessed with animals and the fact that Yakari not only rides a horse, but also talks to animals, makes him the greatest person in the world. A tribal party seemed like a good pick for their fourth birthday. Don’t you think?tribal party invitation

As I was drawing all the animals they checked several times to make sure I included “Great Eagle” and some other animals from the show. All designs were approved by them. I’m pretty sure they run the show around here. :)

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My mother-in-law makes these amazing cakes for all the grandkids every year. This was the first year we had a friend party instead of a family one. She lives a few hours away, so she didn’t make their cake this year. I completely forgot to order one until the day before the party. Oops! That night I whipped up a few plastic cake toppers using my Silhouette Cameo and shrink film. It’s becoming my new favorite stuff to cut. You can check out my tutorial for cutting shrink film to see how you can make your own cake toppers.

I created this simple banner using my Silhouette and the print and cut feature. If you don’t already print and cut party decorations or other projects, you must start. It saves so much time!!! DSC_2830Their birthday is a few days before Christmas. We threw the party two weeks after when things weren’t quite so busy. I took the Christmas decorations off our trees and strung some banners on them as party decorations.

Party Favors


All of the party favors were given out as prizes for the different games we played at the party. I love the simplicity of these two games.


The memory/matching game has 12 pieces total. Six different animals to match. I used Silhouette’s Temporary Tattoo Paper to transfer the icons to the wood discs. I applied them the same way would to your skin. When they were dry, I sprayed them with a matte sealer. I don’t know how well it will actually protect them, but so far, so good. We have played this game probably 100 times or more, and they still look like new. I’m calling that a win.DSC_2641DSC_2984

This tic-tac-toe game was so EASY to make. Seriously. Fastest party favor I have ever made. I used a sharpie to draw the tic-tac-toe board on a cotton drawstring bag (similar bag found here). Then I filled each bag with 5 arrowheads and 5 rocks. That’s it! Piece of cake, right?DSC_3051

I made feathered headbands ahead of time for each guest to wear. I painted white feathers with some black acrylic craft paint and let them dry. Then I just taped them to the inside of the headband. I love how they turned out.

Another simple prize that was given out were these candy arrows. I filled some plastic tubes with Sixlets, then used glue dots to adhere the paper arrowhead and feather to each end.

For one of the activities we made pinch pots. This party was for a bunch of 3 and 4-year-olds. They did surprisingly well at this. We went through each step of creating the pot together, then they used toothpicks to make designs on their pots. I used this homemade clay recipe and it worked out great. DSC_3013

You can find all the cut files for this party in my Silhouette portfolio or by clicking on the images below.

Gingerbread House Decorating Party for Kids

gingerbread table

I hosted a gingerbread house decorating party for my twin boys and their friends. It was so fun and went so smooth I had to share my tips so you can host your own. Here are the details of the party and why it was the easiest and best party I’ve done with little kids. Once I showed the kids how to spread the frosting on the houses and put on candy, they didn’t need any help for the remainder of the party, and the majority of the kids sat there for 1.5 hours. Yep! Three-year-olds sitting there for 1.5 hours. It was a Christmas miracle! ;) The only time I was needed was to look and admire the wonderful job they were doing. It was awesome! Okay, so here’s the info on the party prep.

Gingerbread houses:

I bought these in a gingerbread village kit at target for $9. It includes 4 mini houses, candy and frosting. These kits are always stingy on the frosting and candy so I bought extra. The houses come with a base that’s about 3 inches. The perfect size for kids. Also the perfect size when you have to find a space in your house to display 3 houses your kids made. I would recommend putting them on a larger base so they can decorate a yard. My husband sliced up a log to use for our bases. My biggest tip for the whole party… ASSEMBLE HOUSES BEFORE THE PARTY! This made the party so much smoother than if I had to try to help each kid assemble their own. I used HOT GLUE to put them together. That saved so much time and made the houses very sturdy. After hot gluing, I piped along the edges with icing to make them look cuter and to fake the look of assembling with icing. These houses were strong and had no problem holding the 5 pounds of frosting the kids put on them.
gingerbread setting

Candy and frosting:

I bought a variety of candy in addition to what was included in the kit and divided them into bags for each kid. I didn’t worry about using royal icing because the houses were already built and we didn’t need super strong frosting to hold any structures. The store bought frosting works great. I looked for smaller candy because our houses were so small. The kit also included sprinkles. I put these in a separate container from the rest of the candy to make it easier for the kids to use.

Hot cocoa bar and snacks:

We had a mini hot cocoa bar with just marshmallows and candy canes for toppings. A few years ago I did a larger hot cocoa bar with several toppings and the whole nine yards. It was a waste. The only items people added were marshmallows, candy canes and whipped cream. Lesson learned. The smaller hot cocoa bar for this party was the perfect size. I also had a little platter of crackers, cheese and deli meat to help balance out all the candy they were consuming. They gobbled it up. All of the kids left with a little chocolate snowflake my boys helped me make with chocolate molds. They love to help and it was the perfect little party favor.
party favors
This party took less prep work than any of my others and was by far the funnest! I can’t even tell you how nice it was to be able to actually talk to the moms and chat while the kids decorated their houses. I’m sure most of it was the novelty that this is something we only do once a year, so it was extra special to the kids.
All of the cut files for placemats, food labels, and party favors will be available in the Silhouette design store soon. I’ll be sure to post here and let you know when they’re ready. I hope you found these tips helpful in planning a gingerbread decorating party of your own.

DIY: Make Gift Bags from Envelopes

3 bags square

I have a friend who always packages up every gift beautifully. It’s her thing and she does it well. She has a scrapbook kit club and every kit she packages and ships out is beautifully wrapped. Presentation is everything! Through the years of knowing Jeana, she has inspired me to take a little more time with packaging. Putting that extra time into the outside of the gift, can make what is inside even sweeter. And, I mean, who doesn’t love opening pretty packages?

envelope assortment

I have a really easy tutorial for your today showing you how to make gift bags from envelopes. Can you believe each bag took less than 10 minutes? You can use any size envelope and embellishments you already have. Head over to the Craftsy blog for a full tutorial and some close-up photos of each back with written instruction.5 envelopes to gift bags

Apple Library Card

I am so excited to be teaching at the All Things Silhouette Conference in Georgia this November. It is already sold out, but I have a feeling they’ll be doing another one. Terri Johnson is the mastermind behind it all and I have loved getting to know her over the past few months as we have discussed my class and other fun happenings for the conference. She is an expert in using fabric with your Silhouette to create amazing sewn pieces. She even has an embroidering class available on Craftsy. She’s big time! apple gift bag diy

Today I am on her blog sharing a quick tutorial for making these apple library cards that are great for giving to a teacher, or as a special note for your littles ones on their first day of school, or when they may need a little pick-me-up. Head over to Terri’s blog and get all the details.
apple lined card