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10 Easy Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

10 ways to decorate easter eggs titleToday I am sharing my first contributor post over on Love the Day blog. I am talking all about my annual Amy’s Eggstravaganza party I host, and giving the details on how you can host your own. It is such a fun party and great for a girls’ night out. To go along with the Easter party I posted over there, I wanted to share 10 easy ways to decorate Easter eggs.

I love finding new ways to decorate Easter eggs. Those little eggs make the perfect blank canvas to try out various techniques and styles. I made a list of 10 easy ways to decorate Easter eggs that have very minimal prep and clean up. Except for the glitter one. Glitter gets everywhere no matter what you do to prevent it, but I don’t care. I love to use glitter anyway.

The plastic eggs that look and feel real are my favorite. They make it so much easier to decorate, especially with young kids. They don’t take any prep and have become more popular over the last few years, so they are much easier to find in stores. I used the plastic eggs in all the samples below.

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The piñata egg is such a fun way to decorate eggs and give them a new spin. Cut a small hole in the egg and stuff with candy. Cut tissue paper into small strips, snipping at the end to create fringe. Glue each strip around the egg placing each layer slightly above the last. Cover the hole on the egg as you wrap it with rows of tissue paper fringe. Hand them out to friends or hide in an Easter egg hunt and let the recipient poke around to find the hole and get their prize.

Glitter

Use Mod Podge to cover the area of the egg you would like to cover in glitter. Try painting on designs with the Mod Podge then dipping in glitter. Your designs will have everyone loving the way they sparkle.

unicorn easter eggTattoo

Wether you buy temporary tattoos at the store, or print your own on tattoo paper, everyone will love how easy it is to decorate their eggs. Tattoos are a great way of adding words or pictures that are too difficult to paint or draw by hand. You could even print someone’s face onto tattoo paper and put that on an egg. Wouldn’t that be a fun place card for a kids Easter dinner?

Paint

I am obsessed with Martha Stewarts gold paint that is shown in these photos. But I have to say, I love her gold liquid gilding even more. It is the most beautiful gold paint you will ever see. I bring it every year to my Easter egg decorating party and it’s always a hit. I talk more about it over here.

butterfly sticker easter eggStickers and/or Vinyl

You can use stickers to decorate eggs by simply placing them on the egg and calling it good, or you can get a little more creative with them like I did here. I used them like I would vinyl to make a stencil. Don’t get too caught up in just the positive images, use the negative shape left behind to create shapes on your egg that way too.

Yarn

Yarn, a hot glue gun and scissors is the only thing you need to make these adorable eggs. Use the hot glue to adhere the yarn to the egg as you wrap it row by row in one continuous spiral until the entire egg is covered. Get crazy and change colors as you go.

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Grab markers in different color and tip sizes and get to work. You can write names, illustrate pictures and create patterns. It’s such a basic tool that can create so many beautiful results.

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I know the look and feel of these don’t flow as nicely with the style of the other eggs, but how stinkin’ cute are these eggs with a little bunny and chick sticking out? I had to include them. Kids would especially love to create these ones. The plastic eggs work the best for these, and I made the hole by poking the egg with my scissors then cutting an opening. The bunny and chick were found in the Easter sections at craft stores. Such an easy craft that will have your little ones busy playing with after it’s made.

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These eggs are probably my favorite. I made them by dripping nail polish in hot water, then dipping my eggs in the water. There are so many tutorials for how to do this on Pinterest. I found one for you to use so you can get more details. It is such a cool process to watch and it dries pretty quick. After I marbled my eggs, I brushed them lightly with that Martha Stewart gold liquid gilding I was telling you about earlier.

Glow in the Dark

Last year I made glow-in-dark eggs and had a glow in the dark egg hunt. My kids had a blast. I used glow-in-the-dark paint as the base for each egg, then added polka dots in various colors on top. We charged them up with flashlights, then I would quickly hide them in the other room. When I was finished we would turn off the lights and the kids would gather the eggs as quick as they could while the eggs were still glowing. We played the game several times before I could convince them to stop because I was sick of hiding eggs. Haha

Don’t forget to head over to Love the Day and get all the details for hosting your own Easter egg decorating party. You’ll be glad you did.

Leprechaun Houses

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We had the funnest party yesterday with some of my friends I worked with years ago and all their cute kiddos. I do an annual St. Patrick’s Day party with them and thought it would be fun to change things up a bit. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I love to decorate gingerbread houses. We did haunted houses at Halloween, the classic gingerbread houses at Christmas, and then love shacks at Valentine’s. I wanted to do leprechaun houses, but was a little sugared out. I’m so glad I decided to do wood houses for these. They turned out absolutely adorable! Now we have a place to keep our leprechauns if we get lucky enough to catch one.

small leprechaun wooded houseThe whole project started with these adorable house boxes I found while looking for stuff for a completely different party. The size and shape is perfect, and I love that the roof comes off so you can take a peek inside and even decorate it for the little guy.

leprechaun house suppliesHere is a list of where I purchased everything to help you find things a little easier. Everything I bought at craft stores was 40% off when I purchased it. Watch for sales, craft stores always have great ones.

Michaels – black rocks, white rocks, moss rocks, moss rocks with succulents,
Oriental Trading – paper mache house boxes, gold coins, large wood slice, wood spools
Walmart – moss ribbon, bag of moss
Hobby Lobby – small wood slices, moss ribbon, small popsicle sticks

leprechaun house wood stairsMy boys have been so anxious to make a bug garden (like a fairy garden, but for bugs) that I thought we could use these houses in the bug gardens after St. Patrick’s Day. I’m sure the paper mache houses won’t hold up very well outside, but that will just give us an excuse to do this fun activity again. If you are going to make fairy gardens, I think little wood bird house kits would make such cute houses that you could decorate. That’s what we’ll replace these with after they have endured the weather a bit. Luckily, all the cute steps, wagons, tables and chairs, etc. are all wood and will be just fine.

leprechaun housesMy oldest boys are 5 years old and couldn’t get enough of this. They’re still making houses and other accessories out of all the wood slices and moss as we speak. They woke up first thing this morning, and got to work. 12 hours and about 5 pounds of glue later, they’re still creating. I think the excitement of working on their bug gardens mixed with getting to use the hot glue guns by themselves, is what has kept them busy all day. They have done so well with them and can’t put them down.

side of wood leprechaun houseAt the party I had three cordless hot glue guns to split between the 12 kids. First of all, that wasn’t nearly enough. Second, the cordless hot glue guns didn’t heat the glue fast enough for how much they were being used. They took forever. I grabbed my cheap, mini glue guns that plug into the wall and we were able to crank out the houses much faster. If you decide to do wireless glue guns for this project, I recommend having one per person.

natural leprechaun houseAnd you can’t have a leprechaun house without a few gold coins. We places them around the houses to help lure the leprechauns to us. I hope it works.

leprechaun fairy garden housesSend your kids outside to gather some sticks and other treasures from nature and get to work making some leprechaun houses. Or, you can just go buy everything at the store like I did. Haha! Works either way.

I hope you have felt inspired to make leprechaun houses or maybe it gave you motivation for a fairy/bug garden this summer. Whatever you choose, enjoy the process of making them. That’s the best part.

Elf on the Shelf Yoga Poster – Free Download

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I’m at it again with another yoga poster. This time it’s an Elf on the Shelf version! Whether an elf visits your home or not, this is a fun activity for the entire family.

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Make your Elf Bend:

Does your Elf on the Shelf bend and hold its poses? If it doesn’t, there are a bunch of tutorials online to show you how to make it bend. I used bailing wire my husband had, and poked it through the bottom of each leg all the way up through the torso. I did the same with the arms. It was a little tricky to get the wire past the shoulders into the torso, but with a little maneuvering it can be done. Some of the tutorials have you cut a stitch to get the wire in, but I just threaded it through in-between stitches. I also found that it was helpful to have the hips and shoulders have wire run through them, that’s why I didn’t end it there like most tutorials, and had it run through the torso. It takes just a few minutes and opens up so many more poses and options for your little elf.
elf-on-the-shelf-yoga-headstand-pose elf-on-the-shelf-yoga-plank-poseFree Download and Printing Tips:

The Elf on the Shelf Yoga poster is available for free download here. Just send it to your local copy store and have it printed. The poster measures 20×30, but can be printed smaller too if you would like.

Costco does 20×30 photo prints for around $10. You can also have it printed at Office Depot and other large office supply stores. My local Office Depot offers colored engineer prints (lower quality than photo) for around $7. I also found a few local copy stores that print posters this size for around $7 also.

If you’re printing this last minute, you can always just print it at home on an 8.5×11″ paper. That seems about the dimensions for an elf-sized poster anyway. :)
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elf-yoga-corpse-pose I have to share this funny story about our elf. Last year was the first year with the elf and it lasted all of 30 seconds before the elf was held by one of my boys, and had to go back to the North Pole. When it miraculously disappeared, my kids said they didn’t want an elf in their house anyway. Little stinkers.

This year I thought I would give it another try. I hid the elf in my room while we decorated for Christmas so the kids wouldn’t see it in the box of Christmas stuff. My little boy Jax comes out of my room holding the elf, looking at me like I’m so pathetic and says, “Remember when you tried to tell us this was a real elf last year and it’s just a toy?” WHAT??? Who is this kid? He is only 4-years-old!!! I was trying so hard not to laugh. Needless to say, we don’t have an elf visiting us this year either. Haha!

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Thanks for stopping by to grab this free download during your busy holidays. I have loved sharing these yoga posters with you this year. You can find my other skeleton one here. Don’t forget to share this link with your friends so they can enjoy a little elf yoga too.

Christmas Advent Calendar

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Yesterday was a busy and exciting day for us. The kids put on their new Christmas pajamas and we went and did our annual Santa pictures. Each of the boys asked for a BB gun, which they have been asking for all month long so there was no surprise there. When Santa asked Reese what she wanted, she confidently exclaimed “A SHOTGUN!”. A what??? I didn’t even know she knew the word “shotgun”. Like any good mother would, I quickly shot the idea down and told her she wasn’t getting one and to try again. She then asked for a shelf. A shelf? Haha! This girl kills me. All of them were so good the entire time and I just wanted to cover them in kisses. I really lucked out with these kiddos.

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When we got home everyone got to color their own Santa advent calendar. I even let them use glitter, so they were definitely loving life. While they were coloring,  Jax said with a smile, “I love this day!” The rest of the kids agreed and started talking about how much fun they had had doing Christmas activities all day. It’s those kind of moments that just make my heart so happy!santa-beard-countdown-2

Don’t forget to blow off the extra glitter!

santa-beard-countdown-kidsWe set up a card making station in their playroom to leave up during the holidays. I’ll share more about that later, but it made the perfect spot for today’s fun. There are two versions of this calendar. One that is colored and ready to be hung, and a black and white coloring page.

santa-beard-countdown-hatAlthough the file says “print and cut”, you don’t need to cut anything out. You can simply print the page and you’re done. The Silhouette designing software is FREE. So even if you don’t have a Silhouette Cameo, you can still use it to design cards and other projects, then print. Or in this case, you can just download the Santa advent calendar and print it out. Add a cotton ball each day of the month, and when Christmas arrives, Santa will have a nice fluffy beard to keep him warm while he delivers presents.

santa-beard-countdown-tableIt’s never too late to make an advent calendar. In fact, the further into the month you make it, the more days you get to fill in right away. It’s like making a to-do list and checking off half of it instantly. So satisfying.

You can find both versions of this advent calendar, by clicking on the images below.

Christmas Village

christmas-village-advent-calThis Christmas advent calendar started out with just the idea of making a Christmas house gift box. When I finished this first box, I thought a little village would be fun. From there it grew into an advent calendar. You can put treats or notes with activities in the boxes, under the trees and in the tiny gifts on the sleigh. Make more boxes and trees and you can do the advent for the whole month of December. Use less boxes and do it for the 12 days of Christmas. This design is flexible in how many days you will be counting down, so you can start it any time of the month.

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This little village would be so cute on a shelf or the centerpiece for a holiday party. You could even send the guests home with the little houses filled with party favors. christmas-village-from-abovechristmas-village-trees-and-snowflakes

There are so many fun details that make this little village magic. The lights on the houses, pine bough wreaths on windows and doors, and a peek inside each tiny home on every side of the box. The view of all the wrapped presents ready to be delivered to all the children on Christmas Eve is my favorite view into the Toy Shop. christmas-village-toy-shop-back-windows

When I think of elves, I think of them always having fun and enjoying everything around them. So I put a little snowman outside their house on one side, and a sled propped against the house and homemade snowflakes hanging in the window on the opposite side. And aren’t those itty bitty bows on the boxes just the cutest? christmas-village-toy-shop

The warmth of a fireplace with fresh cut logs on a sled outside, and the view of Santa’s coat, mittens and gloves hanging up in the back window are my favorite on Santa’s house. And that little mistletoe hanging above the door for when he greets Mrs. Claus looks so pretty. christmas-village-santa

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Everything about this Christmas village advent calendar is so fun, but I think my very favorite part is the special mailbox for letters to Santa. There is even a tiny envelope addressed to the jolly man with a teeny stamp. The mail box opens and closes too!

Does the Elf on the Shelf visit your house? Wouldn’t it be fun to cut a larger mailbox and some envelopes out for your kids to write mini letters to Santa that your elf can deliver? There are so many different uses for this Christmas Village this holiday season.christmas-village-2

I hope you enjoy it as much as my kids and I already have. You can find all files to print and cut each piece of this Christmas village advent calendar below. Happy Holidays!

 

Witches’ Brew Party Drink

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We had the funnest Halloween party with our friends. It was a progressive party where we traveled to a new house for each activity. Luckily we are all neighbors, so we didn’t have to travel far.

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At my house we had lunch and made some witches’ brew party drinks. I found these awesome skull mugs at Oriental Trading in their clearance section over the summer. I’m glad I snagged them up, because they are no longer available. Total bummer, because these mugs are so cool! This was the inspiration for the whole drink.

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I bought these syringes early in October from Walmart not knowing what I was going to do with them. I knew I had to use them some how this season and this was the perfect place for it.

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photo by Jill Witt Photography

Each child had their own witches’ brew party drink kit set up as their place setting at the table. The kit included all the ingredients they would need. The products were all name brand too, and came from the best witch shop in town, Witchy Works. ;)

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Witches’ Brew Drink Kit 

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Blood – Koolaid
  • Broken Bones – Candyfetti (Pop Rocks would also be cool for this)
  • Eye of Newt – Candy Eyes
  • Bits of Brains – Sweet Tart Ropes
  • Ghostly Goo – Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Skull Juice – Sprite
  • Witches’ Brew Labels

Directions:

  1. Print and cut out your labels. The labels include more spooky ingredients than I used at the party, so they will fit a variety of candies and other ingredients you want to use.
  2. Fill your glass half way full of Sprite. I used a ladle to scoop it out of a cauldron in the middle of the table with dry ice. Why is that stuff so cool even when you’re an adult? I loved it as much as the kids.
  3. Add ingredients one at a time and watch as they fizz and bubble up. Use the straw to stir your magic potion.
  4. Drink up and enjoy!

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The kids loved mixing and adding all their spooky ingredients to make… well, a mess actually, but that’s what parties are all about. Haha! If you want to watch it in action, my little boy made some witches’ brew in this video.

witches' brew with syringeHave a safe and happy Halloween!

Skull Air Plant

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I am excited to share with you the easiest Halloween craft that requires zero skill, and looks amazing on your mantle or shelf. This skull planter is the perfect mix of creepy and pretty. Should those even be a mix? At halloween, I definitely think so. The best part about it is you don’t have to worry about trying to keep a plant alive, so it will look great all season.

How to Make a Skull Air Plant

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Supplies Needed:

  • skull treat bucket (I found a bag of 6 for $1 at Target)
  • air plant pattern
  • glossy, white spray paint
  • tape

Instructions:

  1. Remove the handle, and spray paint the bucket white. I used glossy paint to make it look like a glazed ceramic skull.
  2. Cut out the air plant pattern on black paper. The pattern comes as a .pdf and also an .svg for those who have digital cutting machines like a Cricut or Silhouette. Once the pattern is cut out, roll the leaves up starting from the largest end. Tape or glue the end to hold its form. Using your finger or pencil, slightly roll the ends of the leaves outward.
  3. Place the plant in the skull bucket.

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These skull air plants would also look great on each place setting at a dinner party, and then could double as a party favor. With each completed planter totally under $1, you can’t go wrong.

Haunted Gingerbread House Party

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Our cousins slept over last week and we decided to make haunted gingerbread houses with them. I bought a kit of five houses a few weeks ago at Walmart for $7. I planned on doing them with my kids some time during October, but when our cousins were over, we knew it would be the best activity to do together. So the night before, I gathered all my supplies and quickly made up some spider web bases, treat bags and glued all the houses together. Glueing all the houses together before the party is the best way to do it. You can see more about it on my Gingerbread House Party post.  My original idea for the icing, was to fill some piping bags with white frosting and tie them shut. But at the very last minute I had the idea to make them look like candy corn. I’m so glad I did, because they looked so cute!

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Candy Corn Frosting Bags

Supplies Needed:

  • Frosting (I used pre-made frosting from the grocery store.)
  • Piping Bags
  • Food Coloring
  • Cups
  • Twine

Directions:

  1. Color your frosting with food coloring.
  2. Place the piping bags in cups and fold down the top two or three inches around the outside of the cup. This keeps the bag upright and also keeps you from getting frosting all over the top edge of the bag as you fill them.
  3. Scoop white frosting into a piping bag. Do the same for the yellow and orange frosting.
  4. Cut the tip off of the white frosting, and pipe it into the bottom of each bag sitting in a cup.
  5. Next pipe in the orange frosting, followed by the yellow frosting.
  6. Pull the bags out of the cups, twist the tops and tie shut with the twine.
  7. When the party starts, just snip the tip of the bag off and let the kids start frosting.

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For the haunted gingerbread house bases, I cut out a spider web using my Silhouette Cameo and used it as a stencil on some white cake boards. Place the spider web on the cake board, tape down in one or two spots, then spray with black spray paint. I wasn’t too worried about the lines being perfect, because they were going to get covered in candy and frosting. I like to do a larger base for the houses, because the kids love creating fun things in the yards. I think they spend more time decorating the base than on the actual house.

*While I was cutting out the spider webs for the bases, I cut out a few smaller ones using white sticker paper and placed them on the bags of candy to seal them shut. Easiest stickers ever!

I took pictures of everyone’s houses during the party and thought this little evolution of a haunted gingerbread house was fun to see.

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Do you see that large, square marshmallow in the backyard of the house above? That is a trampoline. My little boy used a toothpick to make the gummy bear look like he was jumping high on the trampoline. And that big Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in the front yard is a fire pit. He sure is a clever little 4-year-old!haunted-gingerbread-house-candy-and-frosting

Just look at all that delicious candy to use. And aren’t those candy corn frosting bags so cute sitting there on the table?

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Sometimes it’s hard to know when to quit. Haha! Can you believe all the piles of frosting and candy on this house? This was the house of my other 4-year-old, Jax. His house was voted the spookiest. I can see why. eating-the-frosting

This scene was all too familiar. I don’t think there was a second during the whole party when there wasn’t at least one kid eating frosting from their bag. Just another reason I like to give each kid their own frosting supply. haunted-gingerbread-houses-finished

A little look at all the gingerbread houses made at the party. I love the creativity kids have when you don’t show them a finished project of what it is supposed to look like. It’s so fun to see what they come up with, and let their creativity run wild.

Also, when there are six kids and only 5 houses in the kit, (and the store is sold out) you make do with what you have. My 2-year-old didn’t mind decorating a house out of marshmallows one bit.  She was just happy having her own stash of candy and giant bag of frosting. haunted-gingerbread-house-table-3My favorite pictures of every party is the messy table during the middle and at the end. Nothing shows it was a fun party more than that.

Skeleton Bone-Shaking Yoga Poster

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I bought a skeleton from Target one day while my kids were at school. They thought it was the funnest surprise. I would find it set up next to them playing legos, watching tv, eating dinner, etc. My little boy, Mason, was exercising with the skeleton making him do push-ups and sit-up one day, and it gave me the idea of making a skeleton yoga poster to teach my kids different yoga poses. I thought this would be a fun activity for us to do together and my kids love it. They call all the yoga poses “tricks” and love showing me how good they are at them. skeleton-yoga-chairI stayed up late one night photographing this skeleton in different poses. It was much harder than I thought it would be. Getting it to balance in all the poses wasn’t very easy. Since I just  used a cheap skeleton, only some of the joints moved, making it hard to get a few of the poses to look really accurate. I’m sure I looked crazy doing a whole photoshoot of a skeleton, but it was worth it. I love how the poster turned out!
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Let’s just pause for a moment and look how cute my happy baby is doing the “happy baby” pose. I couldn’t resist having him in on the fun too. His cheeks are too delicious!

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I printed the 20×30″ poster at Office Depot on their printer for blue prints. I think Staples and other office supply stores offer that service as well. It only cost me about $3.00. The skeleton Bone-Shaking Yoga file is a high resolution .jpg, so if you wanted a better quality, you can print it as a photo. It will cost a bit more, but your print will be clearer. The blue print option worked well for what we used it for.

skeleton-yoga-upward-dogskeleton-yoga-mountain I decided to offer this poster as a free download for a limited time. So tell your friends to grab one too while they are still free. Wouldn’t these be perfect for a class party, halloween party, or just some fun family time? You can find the free download at the end of the post.  skeleton-yoga-warrior skeleton-yoga-wheel

Click HERE for your free skeleton Bone-Shaking Yoga poster.

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Dinner Party

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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.

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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

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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!

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.

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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.
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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.

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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. :)

You can find the clover and other St. Patrick’s Day sayings to put on your tags in the Silhouette Design Store. Simply click on the image below.

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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

  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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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.