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Candy Shop Party Decorations and Favor Boxes

candy party shop tabletopI had this idea I just couldn’t get out of my head, and I couldn’t focus on anything else until I created it. Can any of you relate? This candy shop originally started for a Valentine party, but as I continued to create and the colors started coming, I knew it would be a fun party any time of year. Wouldn’t this be a fun birthday party or maybe just a day with the girls talking and making fun candy treats?

candy shop party favor boxesEverything in this party is so easy to create because all the hard work is done for you. Those darling candy shop boxes are print and cut files. Just print them out and cut with your Silhouette. Glue the boxes together and fill for guests, or have them fill their own for a great party favor. Fill your own party favors… can’t get much easier than that.

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candy shop boxes candy shop party tableWe always see candy bars set up using the big, glass apothecary jars. For this party, I wanted to show how you can use any container you have on hand, big or small. I bought those little doll house shelves for an entirely different project, but they fit so perfectly with the candy shop decorations and favor boxes that I had to use them. I cut out a few of the candy pieces, strung them together for a little garland and hung it across the top. A small project, but it adds some great detail and variety to all the jars of candy. candy shop candy garlandcandy shop partyThe heart fan backdrop turned out to be my favorite part. It adds so much color and texture. A huge perk of this backdrop… it is so so easy to make and comes together very quickly. I actually spent about 15 hours on a different backdrop for this party. It was so cool, but didn’t look good with this set up. I plan on using it for another party though, so don’t panic. :) After spending all that time on a backdrop that just wasn’t working I threw this together in an hour and I love it! Wouldn’t those hearts turned upside-down be so cute as fins for a mermaid party? Always a good thing when you can get more than one use out of a project. heart fan backdrop
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candy shop candy lights

For the final detail, I wrapped some ball lights in cellophane and had them pouring over a container like candy overflowing from a jar. The colors are so fun and the shape of these lights is so playful. They are my new favorite party accessory. And by new, I mean I have been using them in parties for a little over a year, and I’m not even close to being sick of them. :)

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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 candy shop party below.

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

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.

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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.
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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.

Valentine Detective Party | Party Favors

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This is the final post of the Valentine Detective Party. Today I’m sharing all the party favors and little details that helped really bring the theme of the party to life. The spy kit pictured above was issued to every agent/guest when they arrived at the party. I found the mustaches at the dollar store. The glasses are from Amazon. They are a little big for kids though. The mini magnifying glasses are also from Amazon. Hallelujah for Amazon Prime! Am I right?!

detective credentials

I made credentials for each guest to wear. You can have their parents email you a picture, or pull one from social media. Download the credentials print and cut file, then open it in Silhouette Studio. Now you can replace the filler info with each child’s info. I also included the font names in the file so you can download the same ones to match if you want. Import each child’s photo on the tag. Print then cut.

The clear cases are from Walmart. I have seen them at the dollar store before too. You can purchase the lanyards from Amazon.

detective badge

I love how the Silhouette Printable Gold Foil brings this secret agent badge to life. Download the badge, then print and cut it using your Silhouette. Cut another badge out of chipboard to make the badge more sturdy. Peel the backing off of the gold foil and adhere it to the chipboard. Peel the backing off the pin and stick it at the top of the heart on the back. Your badges are now ready to wear.

spy notebook and pen

These tiny notebooks are from Walmart. I think there were three in a pack for like $0.89. I love those kinds of prices. :) The spy pens are so cool. The ink is completely invisible until you use the light at the top of the pen to shine over your message. It’s like magic!

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Side note: I’ve been using these to keep my kids busy when I need to get work done. I draw a bunch of shapes on a paper and they try to find them all with the light. It’s a great activity for a busy/quiet bag.

evidence bag

Last but not least is this adorable party favor bag for the kids to take home with “evidence” of a good time. We had a Valentine exchange and used these as our Valentine boxes/bags. They were also used to haul all the spy/detective kit goodies home.

Download the evidence print and cut file. I put my paper bags through my laminator to “iron” them extra flat. Feed through your printer folded end first. My local copy shop also printed them on their machines for me too.

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I have really enjoyed sharing all the details from my Valentine Detective Party. I hope you have found all these ideas helpful in hosting one of your own. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Check out more details of the Valentine Detective Party
Valentine Detective Party | Invitations
Valentine Detective Party | Games

 

Valentine Detective Party | Games + Free Downloads

Finally! I’m sharing all the games and activities from the Valentine detective party. This post is long, but most of it is pictures. That’s just the way I like it! Let’s jump in and see all the fun activities we did to find clues leading to our secret admirers.

Heart Fingerprints

I like to have an activity guests can do when they arrive so they don’t wander around like lost little puppies. ;) It also helps them feel welcome and comfortable. It’s doubles as something to keep them entertained while waiting for all the other guests to there. For this activity, I had everyone “fingerprinted” for the agency they were part of as secret agents/detectives. Because it was a valentine party too, the kids stamped their fingerprints in the shape of a heart. The cards were then slipped into plastic sleeve, magnetic frames. This also doubled as a party favor. I love when you can double up on activities and party favors.

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Practicing their heart fingerprints before making their card. It helps take the pressure off. Haha!

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Valentine Detective Party | Invitations

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Every year I throw a Valentine party for my high school friends and their kids. It is so much fun, and a tradition I love. With a few of the kiddos being new readers, I thought it would be fun to do a Valentine detective party where they can solve different clues to find out who their secret admirer is. (It’s their mom by the way.)

I had so much fun planning this party. There are so many possibilities of games and party favors, that it was hard narrowing it down. This week I’ll take you through the whole party so that you can host your own. Today we’ll start with the invitations.

detective invitation envelopes

It was all about the details and getting all the little guests excited to join the party. I wanted the fun to start the moment they received it in the mail. I stamped the mailing envelope and file folder enclosed with a “top secret” stamp I made using the Silhouette Stamping Material. So easy, and gives it more of an authentic touch than my printer would.

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This is where it gets fun. All the little extra pieces and details inside the folder make it so much more exciting when you can move and interact with the invitation.

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Paper clipped to the inside of the folder are suspect profiles of their secret admirer(s). I saved the file as a .jpg image and printed it from my phone using my handy Instax printer. I love that thing!

detective invitation steps

The information to the party had to be read with the special heart decoder enclosed. This was a bit tricky to make on the design end of things, but I figured it all out and made it so easy for you. Yay! You can still see the bolded blue areas without the decoder, but the regular text can’t be read without it.

How to make decoder invitations:

Supplies Needed:

Directions:

Printed Invitation

  1. Download the Top Secret Invitation.
  2. Add your own party details and information to the blue layer using the same color of blue as the other text.
  3. Print the blue layer of invitation.
  4. Print the red squiggle layer directly on top of the blue invitation you have already printed.
  5. Cut out the invitation.

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Decoder Lens

  1. Download the magnifying glass die cut
  2. Cut out two magnifying glasses
  3. Cut out a small piece of red cellophane to go in between to the magnifying glass pieces.
  4. Glue the cellophane to cover the center opening of the magnifying glass.
  5. Glue the second magnifying glass on top of the other, with the red cellophane in between the two layers. This creates the decoder lens to read the invitation.

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Sometimes when I spend this much time on an invitation I wonder if it was really worth it. I enjoy making them, but do people really care what the invitation looks like? At the party, several of the kids told me how cool the invitation was and that they had been reading it all week. One even brought it with her in the car because she was so excited for the party and wanted to decode the invitation again. So, was it worth it? Absolutely! I sure love those cute kiddos and their amazing moms.

Check out more details of the Valentine Detective Party
Valentine Detective Party | Games + Free Downloads
Valentine Detective Party | Party Favors

Magnet Valentine | FREE Printable

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The last of the heart magnet posts is today. I have a FREE download for you of a Valentine card to go along with the hearts. You can use staples or paper clips to attach the magnet to the card. Don’t forget to use the strong magnets I recommend. It will make a world of difference, and you’ll thank me for it one day. These would make great Valentines for grandparents, parents, and friends.

Check out my other two posts on making the magnets and using tattoo paper to transfer images onto your hearts. Enjoy!

Temporary Tattoo Paper Tutorial | FREE Printable

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My Valentine party is today, and I wanted to quickly pop in and give you a tutorial on using the Tattoo Paper from Silhouette. This stuff is seriously awesome! You can use it on just about any surface! I’m going to show you how I used it on the plaster heart magnets I made.

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The tattoo paper comes with great instructions on the box, but I thought I’d just give you a visual step-by-step of the process.

  1. Print out your designs on the shiny side of the paper. I have provided some designs for you as a FREE download. Make sure to mirror the image before printing so your words aren’t backwards on your project after you transfer the image. Peel the top strip off of the blue sticky sheet.
  2. Line up the sticky side of the paper with the top edge of your designs. Press and seal out all the bubbles.
  3. Carefully transfer the rest of the clear sticky sheet from its blue backing onto your printed designs.
  4. Rub over the design making sure the adhesive transfers and also smooth out any air bubbles.
  5. Cut out your design to transfer.
  6. Peel the clear plastic off leaving the adhesive over your design. Put your design face down on the surface you’re transferring it to.
  7. Using a damp cloth, I used a wet wipe, press down on the design for about 15 seconds until the images transfers.
  8. You can spray with a clear sealant to protect your design if you would like. I didn’t on the magnets and they seem to be holding up fine.

Isn’t that amazing?!  will see you tomorrow with a free download of a Valentine card to go with the magnets. You can see a sneak peak on my Instagram.

DIY Heart Magnets

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I played around with some Plaster of Paris this past week and made some hearts using chocolate molds. I remember my mom making these with different chocolate molds when we were little. She would put hooks made out of wire in them so we could string them on necklaces after we spent the day painting them different colors.

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DIY BINGO Cards | FREE Download

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I have another fun Valentine party activity today.  I did this with my family several years ago when all my nieces and nephews were little and they loved it. I thought it would work great for my party I’ll be throwing with my friends and their kids. I had each mom send me a picture of their kids, which I also used for the photo banner. I inserted their photos into this Bingo card and printed out 3×3 photos of each kid to use as the drawing cards. Little heart confetti makes perfect markers for the squares.

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I made the Valentine cards a FREE Download. The file contains two different card styles depending on the number of photos you’ll be using. There is a 4×4 and a 5×5 card. Each card comes in .jpg and .png format.

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DIY Photo Banner | Using your iPhone

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I have a Valentine party coming up that I’m hosting for some friends and their darling kiddos. It is so fun to get together and see the things kids create and talk about while crafting. It’s one of my very favorite things. I’ll be posting some of the fun activities we’ll be doing at the party so you can use them at your parties too.

I want to personalize as much of this party as possible to show the kids how loved they are. I thought a photo banner would be a great way to do that. I asked each mom to send me pictures of their kids with one reason they love them. I printed all the photos and reasons they are loved onto 3×4 cards using the tutorial below. I then added gold glitter to mini clothes pins and finished them with a paper heart. Clip all the pictures to the banner and it’s finished. Each kid will leave with their picture as a little Valentine card from their mom. The cards can then be slipped into Project Life photo sleeves.

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Handmade Tags | Color Changing Tutorial

Today I have a quick little tutorial for you on how to change the color on my print and cut Handmade Tags. It is so easy, and will allow you to match the tags to your handmade gifts.

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Open your Handmade Tag file in Silhouette Studio.

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1. Select your print and cut shapes.
2. With the shape selected, go to ‘Object’, then select ‘Ungroup’.

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Classmate Valentines

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I wanted to give you all a closer look at some of the Valentines for kids with some tips and tricks. Like I said before, I picked up just about everything at the dollar store.

Have a Ball this Valentine’s Day!

These ping pong balls had 12 in the package for $1. I pulled the hearts from the tag and using Temporary Tattoo Paper decorated the ping pong balls to coordinate with the tags. It was so fast and easy, I think I’ll try it out on more surfaces with future projects. Just follow the instructions on the back of the package.

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Love is in the Air + Don’t Burst my Bubble

My little boys think balloons and bubbles are the coolest thing ever right now. I made these next two Valentines specifically with them in mind. You can tie a balloon to the tag for kids taking them to school, or inflate them and give them to family and friends at home.

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Valentines for Kids

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New Valentines for kids are up in the Silhouette store today. All the cards are print and cut files and the toys are from the dollar store. That means cheap and easy Valentines for your kids to give to their friends and classmates. I’ll be featuring all these valentines on my blog this week with some tips and tricks to help you out.

1. Whoopee Cushion | 2. Ball | 3. Balloon
4. Treasure Box | 5. Flute | 6. Bubbles
7. Rock Candy | 8. Ruler | 9. Sucker
10. Pencil | 11. Glasses | 12. Bracelet/Crayons