Valentine Printable from Paisley Petal Events!

Post by Holly Moeller of Paisley Petal Events

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I’m the room mom in both my 5th & 1st graders classes this year so I’m always looking for fun things to do for the classroom holiday parties. Don’t Eat Pete is a favorite with kids of all ages so I thought it would be fun to make my own version of this school Valentine’s Day party game – Don’t Eat Val. Foxes are so trendy right now, so our game has a darling little fox theme, which is perfect for both boys & girls!

Dont-Eat-Pete-for-Valentines-Day-board-topIn case you haven’t played before, I’ll give you a quick run-down of how to play. First you place candy or other little treats on each square of the board game. Then you choose someone to go out of the room or just far away that they can’t see or hear what’s going on around the game board. Everyone else chooses which square is going to be “Val” and keeps it secret. Tell the person to come back and then that person starts taking the candy off of the game board one square at a time (and eating it if they want). When they choose the candy covering the square that’s “Val” everyone yells “Don’t Eat Val!” Then it is the next player’s turn and you just continue in the same way until everyone’s had a turn and time runs out. Dont-Eat-Pete-for-Valentines-Day-board-vertical I made the game in a couple different sizes and formats to suit your needs. I made an 8×10 and an 11×14 in JPEG format if you want to print at Costco or another photo place. You could even mount your 11×14 onto some foam core poster board to make it last longer.Dont-Eat-Pete-for-Valentines-Day-board I also made an 8.5×11 PDF to print on cardstock at home or at your favorite print shop (I love Office Depot).Dont-Eat-Pete-for-Valentines-Day-Closeup-collage

CLICK HERE FOR THE 8X10 JPEG

CLICK HERE FOR THE 11X14 JPEG

CLICK HERE FOR THE 8.5X11 PDF

Tip: For the JPEG’s, once the image downloads and opens in a new window, simply right click and save to your computer. Then you can upload it to a photo lab.

And check out this post for more classroom Valentine’s Day party ideas!

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With a passion for party and event planning, Holly Moeller started her blog Paisley Petal Events to share ideas and projects, and to inspire others when planning their next event.

Valentine's Day Printables!

Post by Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff

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Last year, we were pretty giddy about this idea we came up with for teacher valentines, which can sometimes be cheesy. My friend, Shana, told me to design a label for hand sanitizer for teachers and so we racked our brains thinking of cute phrases. I thought of “love bug” and my husband helped with the wording and together we came up with “I’ve heard there is a love bug going around!” So cute, right!?

So, for $1 each at Dollar Tree, we bought big bottles of hand sanitizer (which all teachers love and need, especially this time of year!). We also got the mini bottles for $1 for a pack of 2. It was the perfect pair!

andersruff-Valentines-LoveBug-02The backside for the printable labels have a space to write a “to” and “from,” so the teachers will remember your little one!andersruff-Valentines-LoveBug-06 andersruff-Valentines-LoveBugWhat do you think of this Valentine’s Day gift for teachers? Fun, right!? And super practical! You can find these printable Love Bug labels in the Anders Ruff shop here.

Anders Ruff: Fourth of July Party

Believe it or not, 4th of July is right around the corner! We love this festive holiday not just because it celebrates all things red, white and blue, but also the season of summer! If you are throwing you own backyard barbeque or shindig you may be looking for decorating tips! Look no further than Anders Ruff and their super patriotic All American 4th of July Party Printable Collection! Take a sneak peek here!

4th-of-july-party-ideas-640x873Full of American spirit, this party is full of all of your favorite treats! What’s more American made than S’mores, ice cream cone cupcakes and a rice crispy cake?! Top each party treat off with a different, yet equally adorable printable!
4thofJul_SideBySideice-cream-cone-cupcakes-640x501One of our favorite parts of this party is the kid friendly DIY S’mores kit!
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Anders Ruff: Sweet Shoppe Valentine's Day Party

By this time of the new year red and pink pop up everywhere in our daily routines. That can only mean one thing: Valentine’s Day must be near! It’s official, love is in the air and parties are being planned!
anders-ruff-sweet-shoppe-valentines-day1Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and that means love is in the air and parties are being planned! If you need some ideas and tips on how to perfect your love day festivities look no further than the ‘Sweet Shoppe Valentine’s Day Collection’ from Anders Ruff. They describe their party as “confection perfection so get your sweet tooth ready!anders-ruff-sweet-shoppe-valentines-day2To give the table a parlor / boutique feel, they displayed all of their desserts on upside down hat boxes on top of red cake stands.  To make it even more appealing to the eyes, the ladies lined the trim of each of the hat boxes with light pink rik rak to give the illusion of cupcake wrappers.

anders-ruff-sweet-shoppe-valentines-day-71The children’s table was a vintage bistro table with heart backed parlor chairs that we refurbished (spray painted).  The parlor table was embellished with many printable graphics which included: printable coloring page placemats, cootie-catchers, soda pops with label and paper straw, cupcake sundaes with label and wooden spoon, and bowls of various chocolate (M&M’S, Hershey’s KISSES and mini candy bars).  The parlor table had a centerpiece of cupcakes and favors.  Mini cupcakes (Cupcrazed Cakery) were displayed along with the printable heart favor box in the center.anders-ruff-sweet-shoppe-valentines-day-12The children wrote out their valentines using the printables from the collection and colored their placemats.  They had a blast playing with the cootie catcher (a hit from last year’s “I Heart Valentine’s Day” collection).  An ice cream container favor box (Polka Dot Market) was dressed up with a tissue pom (Nashville Wraps), printable label and rik rak scallopy trim.  Again, they kept the major elements consistent throughout the entire party.anders-ruff-sweet-shoppe-valentines-day-41The ladies wanted the desserts to still look like parlor treats while being seasonally appropriate.  What better way than to mock them up using other confections?! The children had a blast and were interested in every little detail of the party. You can find all the printables for this lovely little party here! The collection includes Valentine’s specific graphics as well as more general designs so that they could be used year round.

We want to give a big thanks to Anders Ruff for allowing us to share their Sweet Shoppe Valentine’s Day party! It was almost too sweet for words!
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Credits and Sources:
– Production & Event Styling: Anders Ruff
– Printable Graphic Decor Collection: Anders Ruff
– Photography: Becca Bond Photography
– Handmade Dress, Pants & Tie: Made by Morgan
– Bracelet: Maggie Kate
– Ice Cream Containers: Polka Dot Market
– Glass Beverage Bottles: Shop Sweet Lulu
– Red & White Paper Straws: My Little Love
– Label Material for Printables: OnlineLabels.com
– Tissue Paper and Trims: Nashville Wraps
– Cake, Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops, Cruffles: Got What It Cakes
– Cupcake Sundaes & Mini Cupcakes: Cupcrazed Cakery
– Cupcake Cake Pops: Pop-a-razzi
– Sugar Cookies & Chocolate Heart Lollis: Firefly Confections
– Lollipops: Candy Warehouse

Quick and Easy Halloween DIY Projects

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Halloween is the perfect season to get a little silly and a little spooky. If you’re a mom on the go, we understand that you may not have a lot of free time (who are we kidding, we know you have zero free time), but you still want to get into the Halloween spirit. No worries! We’ve picked 3 super simple and insanely quick DIY crafts that are easy to do with the kids and will also give your home that hint of Halloween you’ve been searching for!

These Mummy Jars are easy as 1,2,3!

IMG_8807Take the lid off of the jars and being by wrapping the gauze around the base of the jar. We put a few drops of craft glue at the beginning of our roll, just to make sure it would stay in place. Roll the gauze all the way up to the top and back down again, depending on how long your roll is. Placement is not a huge factor because some uneven edges make the jar look more mummy-ish!

Mummy-SideBySideAdd another drop of glue at the end of the roll to make sure it stays together and finish by gluing two eyes to the exterior. You can easily fill the jars with candy or use a battery-operated tealight candle to transform the jar into a luminary. Seriously… it’s that easy and absolutely adorable!

Mummy-SideBySide2Our next project is just as simple! This Googly Eyed Frame is sure to attract some eyes!

IMG_8819This project is great for a toddler because it is as simple as glue… and glue… and glue some more! One tip we suggest is putting the picture inside the frame before you begin, just so you won’t have to worry about taking the back off while the glue is drying.

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IMG_88052Begin by cutting white fabric into 8 inch squares. Place the fabric over the top of the sucker and tie a ribbon where the sucker meets the stick. All that’s left is giving your ghoul a cute face and just like magic, you are finished!

Ghost-SideBySideIMG_8837Your home will be decorated for Halloween in no time with DIY crafts this easy! Just remember to have fun and enjoy the season’s tricks and treats!

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July 4th Pinwheel Party by Anders Ruff!

We recently had a big going away party for a friend who was moving to Italy. We themed the party “Americana” to celebrate their time in the states. We decided to work our 4th of July collection into the shoot because the theme, colors and details worked so perfectly for any summer or 4th of July BBQ or party.

The party was held at the Village Hall in our community – a building that has classic white southern architecture. The white woodwork on the terrace was a beautiful backdrop to make our colors “pop”!

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For the printable graphic accessories that embellish items throughout the party, we mixed in the traditional red, navy and white with some accents of aqua and kraft. Some of the graphics have a “distressed” feeling, making it feel like a classic American Fair. Pinwheels and firecrackers give off the vibe of summer and celebration.

We mixed in modern patterns to give it a fresh feel.

This collection was designed to be versatile for any summer BBQ or 4th of July celebration.

All the eye candy and then LOADS of details below . . .

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A navy with white modern dot backdrop was paired with a classic white table cloth and a kraft paper (from Nashville Wraps) overlay to make it less “formal” and give off the vibe of a true American fair celebration.

Galvanized metal has a role throughout the entire party, but in small doses. We hung galvanized metal lanterns from the ceiling above the dessert table. We used thick ribbon to hang these and pull in some color from the table below.

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The printable pennants from our collection were printed and strung with twine on the front of the dessert table.

The cake (by Mandie of Got What It cakes) was an amazing classic white butter cream cake that was tiered and loaded with bright pinwheel decor. A fat red and white gingham ribbon was wrapped around the base of each tier. Fondant pinwheels were also stacked on the top of the cake as well. From a distance, the pinwheels have the feel of “fireworks” because of how they were staggered, but up close they were pinwheels to tie in with the theme.

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Anders Ruff July 4th Cake

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On either side of the cake was a glass container filled with aqua sprinkles and a bouquet of unicorn pops in the aqua and white colors. We bunched the lollis together and used twine to tie them into a bunch. These were beautiful and they were packaged great because even after guests would one to enjoy, the twine kept the remaining bunched and still looking spectacular.

In between the cake and the cupcakes, were staggered double stacked SOUP cans that we wrapped with printable patterned paper and embellished with ribbon. (Great DIY project!) We made chocolate covered marshmallows in the red and aqua and white colors and dipped them partly in sanding sugar of the opposite color. (DIY) They were stuck into the cans and natural kraft shred was filled into the can.

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We found cherry red hat boxes at Ikea and tiered them on the sides of the dessert table to act as the cupcake stands.

Cupcakes were adorned with pinwheels that we made using our patterned papers in our collection. The cupcakes also had a solid white wrapper (from Bella Cupcake Couture) that was embellished with a printed party logo.

The “All American” caramel apples were sitting on top of the cupcake tiers with a printed party flag. The apples were beautifully drizzled with red and light aqua chocolate (made by Pretzels Pleaze).

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Cookie pops (by Oh! So Yummy) were made to look like pinwheels in our bright aqua, red and navy colorway. She used homemade fondant on the cookies and they were DELICIOUS! The cookies were stuck into long glass containers that we filled with red M&Ms and had a thick navy/white ribbon wrapped around.

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We lined white flat trays with red chocolate sunflower seeds and made white chocolate covered strawberries dipped in aqua sanding sugar (DIY)- perfect to tie into the theme of “red/white/blue” and “summertime”. We stuck a natural toothpick with a printed party flag into the tops of the strawberries for a festive look.

Red/white/blue chocolate pretzels were also displayed in the center of the table on a bed of aqua non perils.

Side tables

We had two tables with red/white modern dot fabric tablecloths on each side of the dessert table.

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One side table held all of our beverages including aqua lemonade in a glass dispenser. We also found perfect glass bottles with sparkling water and aqua metal lids. We tied twine around the necks of the glass drink bottles and wrapped with our printable drink wrap. Pinwheel cookies in M&M filled vessels were displayed along with bagged cookies for the guests to take home.

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Anders Ruff July 4th PrintablesDrink wraps were added to our water bottles and displayed on the kraft paper overlay.

(DIY) Smores kits were made for all of the guests to take and enjoy in the fire pit. we wrapped up hershey bars, marshmallows and graham crackers in a cellophane bag (Nashville Wraps) and topped it off with a printable bag topper from our collection. The kids LOVED this!

Popcorn was displayed in a red galvanized container as well as wrapped napkins with our printable pattern paper wrap to tie in the patterns from the collection.

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The second side table held another display of treats and favors.

Here we displayed more cupcakes in a red galvanized tiered stand.

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We displayed kraft paper coffee bags (Nashville Wraps) with a clear window for the guests to fill up with treats to take home.

White chocolate stars were displayed with some fondant pinwheel embellishments.

Favor tins with clear tops (Nashville wraps) were filled with red, white and aqua candies and wrapped with twine. A printed party logo was displayed on the top of the container. The kids were so excited to take treats home from the party.

Anders Ruff July 4th Party Favors(DIY) We had sparklers and matches that were embellished to coordinate. Our collection includes a Sparkler insert that the sparklers were inserted into for easy display. We wrapped the match boxes with printed pattern paper and ribbon. These were also displayed in the patterned paper wrapped soup cans.

Guest Tables

We displayed our tables to coordinate with the dessert and accent tables. White tablecloths with the kraft paper runner were shown on all tables.

The centerpieces consisted of patterned paper wrapped soup cans (DIY) that were filled with the chocolate dipped pretzel rods inside natural kraft shred and tied with a twine band. Chocolate apples with printed flags were also shown..

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The guests had a blast and enjoyed food (Outback Steakhouse brought a grill to make ribs, chicken and hot dogs!) and music that was DJ’d by Caryn’s husband, Andy.

The guest of honor enjoyed dressing up in an adorable red/white blue outfit (tutu and tank from Sweet Things, hair accessory from Tadpole and Lily) and loved modeling for the camera with her friends that were also in red/white/blue.

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Vendor Credits 

A set by Anders Ruff Custom Designs

Photography by Becca Bond Photography
www.beccabondphotography.com

Party Styling and Printable Graphics by Anders Ruff Custom Designs
www.andersruff.com

Cake by Got What It Cakes
www.gotwhatitcakes.com

Pretzels by Pretzels Pleaze
www.pretzelspleaze.com

Packaging Products and Kraft Paper (runners) by Nashville Wraps
www.nashvillewraps.com

Cupcake Wrappers by Bella Cupcake Couture
www.bellacupcakecouture.com

Candy by Candy Warehouse
www.candywarehouse.com

Lollipop Sticks from The Cupcake Social
www.thecupcakesocial.com

Sugar Cookies by Oh! So Yummy
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Tutu and Red Tank by Sweet Things Kids
www.etsy.com/shop/Sweetthingskids

Hair Rosette Headband by
Tadpole and Lilly
www.tadpoleandlilly.com

 Label Material from Onlinelabels.com

Bright and Colorful Easter Party!

Easter is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with a bright and cheery Easter party filled with glittery eggs, chick cake pops and bunny s’mores! The ladies of Anders Ruff along with one of their newest contributors, Ellen of Ellen Bessette Events, put together a fabulous Easter event full of creative details you are sure to love!

We are so excited about our New Classic Pastel Easter Collection! We designed the collection in classic pastel colors with hues of gold incorporated, since we are loving the metallics mixed with pastel trend. The collection boasts gorgeous classic Easter silhouettes mixed with a basket weave pattern, wavy line pattern, polka dots and stripes.

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This year we are excited to bring on a fabulous new contributor, Ellen of Ellen Bessette Events. Ellen has a yearly Easter party (remember we featured her gorgeous Easter party using our Easter has Sprung collection 2 years ago?)  Ellen mentioned that she was hosting an Easter Party and we were excited to see what she styled using our printables.  With my trip to Dubai and us being busy with other projects, Adria and I knew we didn’t have time to style an Easter party so we were thrilled to have Ellen run with it. Boy did she do a wonderful job!

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Ellen has the most gorgeous backyard setting and it looked like the perfect day for an Easter Party.  Don’t you just adore the ruffle fringe streamer backdrop?  Read on for more fabulous photos and details from her event!

Read on for the Party Details, told by Ellen

“With metallics being a hot trend this Spring,  I  was thrilled that Anders Ruff designed their Printable Easter collection with hues of gold! I loved mixing the gold in with the traditional Easter colors of pinks, blues and greens.

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For the table tops, I painted mini paper mache Easter baskets a rich gold and personalized with a 2″ logo circle. To bring out the metallics, I filled with golden Easter bunnies and golden eggs. I made placemats out of their coordinating printable patterned paper to help tie in their collection along with straw flags and 2″circles on the glasses.

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I added some touches of gold with some simple gold sequins on the plates and down the middle of the table. Some of my favorite elements on the tables were the fresh tulips to match their collection, the DIY Easter Egg chandelier and DIY polka dot napkins.  I found the sparkly eggs at Michaels and knew I had to find a way to use them in the party.

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The dessert table is always so much fun to put together and easily done with Anders Ruff’s Printable Easter Collection. My favorites were the bunny s’mores along with the cupcake wrappers and place cards. I had my baker add touches of gold to the cake and I added a large golden bunny and lots of golden eggs to the table to tie in the metallics. For the backdrop, I used crepe paper and  gold ribbon to tie in the colors and dressed it up with the Happy Easter banner. The designs are so cute you can’t go wrong with them!

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The beverage table had the Happy Easter sign framed along with some simple flowers. I had a friend personalize a beverage tub and napkin holder to go with the theme and left some straws with straw flags out for everyone’s pink lemonade.

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For food, we had bunny shaped turkey sandwiches, mini hummus containers with carrots, cheeto filled bags to look like carrots and lots of fruit and sweet goodies.

The kids stayed busy decorating and painting plaster egg magnets. We had a petting zoo with sweet bunnies, chicks, ducks and baby goats and we ended the party with a successful egg hunt ending in a lucky person finding the Golden Egg!

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Even though there only several DIY ideas in this party, there were lots of bargains that I was happy about! For example, getting fabric on sale at Joanns and buying enough to coordinate table runners and napkins. White porcelain plates clearanced at Bed Bath Beyond. 12 plates for $9.00.  I found the blue scalloped plates at Party City. 20 for $9.99. Paper mache baskets found in the $1 bins at Joanns and $1 for a bag of gold sequins in all different sizes. And the polka dot jumbo straws from Target for $3.00. Gotta love it!”
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Find our NEW Printable Classic Pastel Easter Collection in the shop here.

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VENDOR CREDITS:
Photography: Rebecca Dollar Photography  
Party Stylist: Ellen Bessette Events
Easter Printables: Anders Ruff
Cake: Everything Cake
Cupcake toppers: TastEcakes
Bunny Cake Pops: Maskipops by Adri 
Custom cookies: Bake Me Pretty 
Balloons and Tassles: The Flair Exchange 
Chocolate Tulips: Suckers by Steph  
Personalized beverage tub and napkin holder: The Favored Party

A Magical Elf Christmas Party by Anders Ruff!

The fabulous ladies of Anders Ruff are sharing a darling “Magical Elf” party today that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit! All of the adorable printables you see in the pictures below are available in their shop so you can recreate this Christmas party for your little ones and join in on the fun with this sneaky little Elf!

We are so stinkin excited to share our NEW 2012 Christmas Printable Collection! Have you been naughty or nice this year? Bring the tradition of the magic elf to your Christmas party and the kids will surely be on their best behavior for this holiday season (or at least until the party is over!).

Some of our favorite details from our photo shoot were:

– DIY Yarn Wrapped Frames with Printable Holiday Posters (available in our shop here!)

– Naughty and Nice treat displays using repurposed card catalog drawers

– Printable Advent Calendar Hangtag Ornaments (Or could be used as gift tags!) (available here)

Of course Becca Bond was on board to shoot the fun setup. We always are amazed by her fabulous photography. We also have some amazing vendors to show off, so be sure to pay attention to the credits! See more below….

The magic of the “magical” Christmas Elf is a tradition that my family has enjoyed for years. After all, how can Santa possibly watch over all little boys and girls? Our sweet little Japanese knee hugger elves are so precious and this year our holiday party was themed around their magic.

Adria and I always listen to Christmas music when we are designing – no matter what time of year. Can you tell that Christmas is our favorite holiday to design and style for? Our fabulous friend and client, Audrey, of Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats brought us the idea of focusing on the Magical Elf tradition and we loved it. This year we wanted to design and style a Magic Elf Christmas Party and incorporate lots of printables that people can enjoy and add to their traditions with their own Magic elves every year.

THE STYLING & DECOR

The party boasts the traditional red and green colors with added pops of aqua and light blue. The printables include classic patterns such as candy cane stripe with mixes of trendy chevron, ditzy dot and snow flake patterns.

We setup the party at the corner base of Adria’s stairwell which gave us a lot of flexibility with hanging decorations as well as the wall space. Also, stairwells always remind me of Christmas morning as we waited to be called down to see what Santa had brought us! Especially once we hung the garland and custom elf feet shaped stockings (from Aimee Broussard) to the railing.

When thinking of what elements and textures to tie into the styling, we immediately knew we had to use yarn to keep with the “feel” of those cute little elves and keep the decor playful and whimsical. We utilized the yarn thoughout the decor on the tree (yarn pom ornaments) as well as the Christmas gift packaging and Sugarbelle cookie displays (using the popular and so functional Blumeboxes!).

The Christmas tree was decorated with various sized yarn pom ornaments. We had the kids help us make these in the colors from the printables.  We also strung the white yarn pom string around the tree as garland.

We thought of a craft that would help make our printable Christmas Posters (the set of 3 printable posters are available in the shop) really pop off the walls. We cut custom frames out of foam core board and wrapped them with yarn. This was a super simple (just a little time consuming) craft and one that was economical and made a big impact. We cut felt holly leaves and placed those as an embellishment on one of the frames with yarn pom “berries.”

Because elves are sometimes mischievous, we got a little crazy with the fun yarn pom string and dangled it around the tree and hung from the frames and doors. Little knee hugger elves were found all over the party to tie the theme back into the decor. They can be seen stuck in the gorgeous custom stockings (from Aimee Broussard Events), in the tree, on the frames, hanging from the yarn garland and tucked in the drawers.

When thinking of little elf treats, we decided to reuse an old pop bottle crate as a display for little treats. We spray painted it a bright blue to add a pop of color on the display. We filled it with green rock candy, red licorice, little containers of naughty and nice treats, lollipops, meringue elf hats (which we made!) and little printable notes to Santa. We placed some plastic (kid-friendly!) drink bottles from Smash Cake Studio filled with milk on top of the display with a printable wrapper and straw.

Keeping with the elf tradition, we wanted to show “naughty” and “nice” treats. We packaged red and white Sixlets in clear containers (from Nashville Wraps) and put our printable “Nice” label. We packaged black gumballs in the other clear containers and added the printable “Naughty” labels on those. These were placed around the table and on the cola bottle crate.

We also reused old card catalog drawers as displays for “naughty” and “nice” treats and labeled them with the appropriate printable party logos. The “naughty” treats included black rock candy, black licorice wheels, black gumballs and homemade “coal” (flatted marshmallows dipped in black chocolate and sprinkles). The “nice” treats included red and green ribbon candy, lollipops, gumballs and candy canes.

On top of those drawers, we put a drawer on its side and lined it with patterned paper. We then made green Meringue Christmas Tree treats and placed them on baking cups (from Smash Cake Studio) that we trimmed and put upside down to add height. We also wrapped an old $1 store mailbox with red yarn and used it as “Santa’s Magic Mailbox” display where the kids could put notes to Santa which were printables from the collection.

Last year we featured our printable North Pole mitten advent calendar idea and this year we introduced a new idea for an Advent Calendar – printable Advent Calendar Hangtags that fold closed and can be used for ornaments (write activities for your family to do each day of advent! Arden enjoyed opening the one that said “eat pancakes for dinner”!) Get creative and come up with 25 fun activites to do with family. Another use for the Advent Calendar Hangtags could be to wrap small gifts and place them hidden around the house or tree – each day of advent they can open the appropriate gift. This year I am doing 25 new books to help add to our library!

We also wrapped several gifts for under the tree with yarn. We added our printable tags from the magical elf collection. The collection includes “insepcted by elf #” tags as well as cute santa tags and elf tags. We think the elf tags would be so much fun to use every year.

Another craft was the yarn and patterned paper Christmas Trees. Those were so fun to make and we layered yarn and scraps of our patterned paper to make adorable tree decorations.

Cookies for Santa were left on a plate and a diy cake stand (wood plaque + candle stick base) with a little printable note.  How amazing are the Elf cookies by Sugarbelle!?

Adria’s holiday card was hung on the tree, too. We designed our signature holiday photo hangtag Christmas card to match the elf theme. We trimmed and punched a hole and added The Twinery twine to the tag and hung as part of the decor on the tree.

FASHION

The kids came to the party wearing a dress and a tie from B. Belle Couture. Arden was wearing a precious snowflake hair accessory from Drop of Honey Bowtique. Later, the kids got cozy in custom pajamas by Great Stitch that featured embroidery based on designs from our Magical Elf printables. They loved them! I especially love finding unique and special pajamas for my kids to wear on Christmas eve and these were perfect!

THE DESSERTS

We enlisted help from a few fabulous bakers. Got What It Cakes made festive snow cone mini cupcakes (that we displayed in printable party cones out of the dresser drawer). Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats made whimsical cake pops that were stuck on paper straws, which were perfectly displayed next to a magical elf in the other dresser drawer.

The amazingly talented Sugarbellemade gorgeous elf and christmas gift sugar cookies.  We displayed those gift sugar cookie pops out of fun Blumeboxes that we wrapped with pom yarn garland. We also displayed reindeer chocolate pops from Nicoles Treats out of the Blumeboxes. They looked so precious and festive and were an unexpected way to show the treats.

Favor boxes were shown with green candies and a white chocolate reindeer pop from Nicoles Treats and tagged up with a cute printable.

The desserts we made included the Elf Hat Meringues and the Christmas Tree Meringues.  Those were so simple to make and the kids loved them! They added to the fun decor as well.

THE PRINTABLES

The printable Magic Elf Christmas party invitation, banner, posters, tags and Coordinating Printable Collection are available in the shop here. We also offer our signature Hangtag Style Christmas Photo Card to match!

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VENDOR CREDITS & RESOURCES:

– Production and Styling: Anders Ruff
– Magic Elf Printables: Anders Ruff
– Professional Photography: Becca Bond Photography

SWEETS:

– Snow Cone Cupcakes: Got What It Cakes
– Cake Pops: Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats
– Custom Elf & Gift Sugar Cookies: Sugarbelle’s
– Chocolate Reindeer Pops & Santas: Nicole’s Treats

FASHION & DECOR:

– Custom Embroidered Christmas Pajamas & Bottoms: Great Stitch
– Custom Dress & Tie: B. Belle Couture
– Custom Stockings: Aimee Broussard Events
– Snowflake Headband: Drop of Honey Bowtique

PARTY SUPPLIES:

– Baking Cups, Chevron Bags, Drink Bottles, Paper Straws: Smash Cake Studio
– Floral Boxes to display Gift Shaped Cookies: Blumebox
– Twine: The Twinery
– Clear Favor Boxes: Nashville Wraps
– Label Material: Online Labels

How to Spruce Up the Kids Table this Thanksgiving!

This week’s event post comes to us from our Creative Contributor, Paula Biggs of Frog Prince Paperie! With Thanksgiving coming up, it’s the perfect time to share this “We Are So Thankful” party complete with Thanksgiving-themed printables (available here) and a beautiful display for the kids’ table that will hopefully inspire you this Thanksgiving! Who knows, it may even become the most popular table at the party.  😉

Enjoy!

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and be grateful for the many things that we have and spend some quality time with those we love. For adults, these sentiments come fairly easy. For those a bit younger, it’s another day they have to sit still and mind their manners at the table. Of course, the kids in many families get sent to the “kid’s table” for the meal while the grown-ups chat. Some children might be lucky enough to sit with mom and dad.

This year’s Thanksgiving tablescape was designed around the idea of making a table that was festive for adult, but also kid-friendly. Ribbon wrapped roses, small boxes with things to do after dinner is done, and fun floral arrangements all in bright and bold colors are the perfect combination for turkey day.

I hope this provides a bit of inspiration to enliven your dinner on this year’s thankful day!

You can find the printables seen in this party in Paula’s Etsy shop – Frog Prince Paperie.

Celebrate Father's Day with a Hiking Party!

With Father’s Day right around the corner, we wanted to share this adorable Hiking Party for Dad from Lynlee’s Petite Cakes! After all, Dad’s deserve parties too, right? Complete with Rock Candy Sticks, Trail Mix and Compass Cookies, this “dude-ly” party is full of clever details perfect for celebrating dear ol Dad! Take a look!

For Dads who love the great outdoors, a hiking party would be a perfect theme for a Father’s Day celebration! So why not enjoy the arrival of Summer, while spending time with the family out a nature walk? To make sure Dad is well-fed and hydrated, I styled this hiking-themed picnic to provide ample sustenance in preparation for any adventure.

For the invitation design, I utilized clip art from Jessica Weible‘s Boy Camp Trip collection, paired with digital scrapbook paper from dxpi Design‘s Fall Plaids set to invite the family to “Take a Hike” at Red Rock Canyon in Nevada. At the location, I found the most amazing lookout spot, which provided the perfect backdrop for the table. When setting up parties on location, I love to utilize the environment as much as possible and this particular view needed no enhancements! I set the table with a rustic, outdoorsy feel to display the “GRUB”, inclusive of both lunch and dessert items. The neutral colors with pops of green and red, along with the wood, pine cones and horn decor captured a more masculine, natural feel and worked perfectly with the setting. I personalized the table with wooden letters enhanced with rope and a banner with the word “DAD” across the front of the table.

One side of the table displayed chocolate cupcakes, embellished with hiking-themed fondant toppers. I printed out faux wood cupcake wrappers so generously offered by Bird’s Party that worked perfectly! Cupcake wrappers are such an easy way to dress up cupcakes according to your theme. Other items included jumbo s’mores on a stick, rocky granola bars, hiking trail rice treats and rock candy sticks. Several of these items were snacks that needed very little preparation, but matched the motif, but were also enhanced with cute and creative names.

In the center, I created a Trail Mix Bar and provided little woodland cello bags for guests to create their own blend of ingredients to take on their hike! There are so many possibilities for the ingredients for the mix and allows for an added activity for guests.

The other side of the table included a few more dessert items, with chocolate wafer hiking sticks and compass oatmeal cookies. Also offered were roast beef sandwiches, complemented with potato chip leaves and pebble salad.

Make sure to stay hydrated with drinks poured into adorable small metal drink canisters and offerings, such as water, iced tea and root beer.

The party favors included large metal drink bottles filled with old-fashion root beer hard candies, along with other supplies useful for hiking and a tag wishing guests “Happy Trails”!

The day and the view could not have been more beautiful and was perfect hiking weather! Celebrate Dad, incorporate this theme for birthday celebrations for both adults and kids or just plan a special outing while taking advantage of your surroundings and adventures the warm weather has to offer!

 

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