Valentine’s Day is only a couple weeks away and it is coming up quickly. I want to be prepared for it so I’m starting to plan now. It’s time to show the people in our lives how much we love them.
It’s a Candy Shoppe Birthday! For each of my kids’ birthdays I picked something they liked and themed a party around it. For my little “Claire Bear”… she loves CANDY! And so was born the Candy Shoppe Theme. Continue reading “Candy Shoppe Birthday Party!”
Put some creep in your cupcakes this Halloween with these spider treats! To create this critters you’ll need cupcakes, frostings, chocolate sandwich cookies with chocolate filling, malted milk ball candies, and black licorice. Continue reading “Spooky Spider Cupcakes”
Last Minute Homemade Christmas Gifts
With Christmas right around the corner, it is officially time to stop procrastinating. Let’s face it, those gifts aren’t going to buy themselves! There always seems to be a last minute party to attend or an extra person coming to spend the day with the family that you weren’t planning on. Not to worry though! I’ve got a few last minute ideas that will make those last minute plans feel like they had been planned all along. The best thing is that you can get most, if not all of the things you need at your local Coborn’s!
Snowman Chocolate Bars
This is my personal favorite and a good craft to make with the kids. I picked up some extra large candy bars and a couple pairs of gloves from Coborn’s. I used plain computer paper to wrap them in, pulled the open glove over one end of the wrapped chocolate bar and tie some ribbon around it to tighten the top together. Then use crayons to draw the snowman features on. Add one more ribbon to make the scarf and that’s all there is to it. It’s quick, easy and fun to make. Plus they make great stocking stuffers or would even be cute as place settings for the kids’ table!
Snowman Hot Chocolate
Who doesn’t love hot chocolate on those cold winter nights? Make hot chocolate even more fun by building a snowman to give it in. This is a great project to make with the kids and I love being able to reuse baby food jars to make it. You can mix and match jar sizes too! Don’t have any baby food jars laying around? A quick visit to Coborn’s can solve that. That’s what I had to do. Don’t worry, I didn’t waste the food, my sweet niece ate it up for me!
Make sure to peel the labels off, wash and sanitize the jars. Paint the lids black and use paint to make the face and buttons of the snowman on the outside of the jars. Use hot glue to hold the jars together in a stack. Fill each of the jars, one with mini marshmallows, one with hot chocolate (or cappuccino mix works too) put peppermint candies in the last one. I had scrap fabric laying around that I used to make the scarfs but you could use ribbon for that too. Simply adorable!
Making a candy filled whisk is very fast and easy. Plus it can be made for less than $10! Buy the candy and whisk, fill the whisk with candy. It’s really that simple. Click here for a free printable tag to add to it as well.
Pot Holder Bouquet
This is also a super easy gift to put together. All it takes is one trip to your local Coborn’s store and you can get everything you need. Spend some time going through the kitchen aisle and mix and match to your liking. Grab a pot holder and make sure all the utensils you picked out will fit inside. When you get home you can add some tissue paper, bows or ribbons to top it off. This works great to give as a hostess gift for those last minute Holiday parties.
Giving homemade gifts can be fun, personalized and meaningful. These were just a few of my favorite gift ideas. If you want to see some more crafty creations check out Lynell’s blog for more fun ideas you can make yourself.
Well my baby girl has turned one. Her name is Claire and she is the sweetest, cutest little thing, as most mothers would say about their children. When deciding what theme to do her birthday, I was considering “Cute as a Button” or “Bear” as we always call her Claire Bear. We obviously landed on “Cute as a Button” and decided to dress her up as a bear for Halloween.
In this blog I will share with you some things that we did to create this theme and give you all of the free printables you will need to make this happen at your home.
I have to admit, I am a bit of a procrastinator and I let the invites slip this time. I wanted to send out these cute invitations I made, but I ended up just making a Facebook event and inviting people that way. It was faster than mailing it and the RSVP feature on Facebook is convenient. However, I would have preferred to send it out in the “Real” mail because I’m a bit old fashioned that way. Whichever way you do it, I have a printable for the “O’Fashioned” Invites here or Jpeg for you to use on your Facebook Event here.
This birthday sign is pretty self-explanatory. You simply print the pieces, cut them out and glue them together. After that, all there is to do is punch two holes in each piece and string them together with some curling ribbon. Feel free to use whatever pieces you want. You could use only the “Happy 1st Birthday” without the buttons, or you could use only the “Happy Birthday” words if it is for a different age. Whatever you do, it is sure to be adorable. I hung mine on the wall with some pushpins and over matching crepe paper that I had also hung from pushpins, floor to ceiling.
Upcycled cans for décor
The name of my blog is “Practical Party Planning”, so here is a practical idea for you. Save your aluminum cans from your Food Club corn, beans or peaches, etc. and these will be come part of your décor. All you have to do is click here, print out the papers, cut to fit your different sized cans and wrap and attach. You have now matched your décor, have a recyclable decoration and have upcycled all in one shot.
I filled mine with matching artificial flowers from the dollar store and used one of them to hold the forks in my buffet line. They were super cute, and the hoarder in me would have wanted to keep them, but thankfully my husband recycled them when I was not looking, or else they would have been added to my stash!
To add to my décor I also made wraps to cover the cute little 7.5 ounce cans of Diet Pepsi and Sierra Mist. Just as simple as wrapping the aluminum cans, and just as cute. To decipher which can is what you could use the green covers on the Sierra Mist, the polka dot on a Diet Pepsi and maybe the pink on a Mountain Dew.
I also made little wraps to cover the Food Club Drinking Water bottles I bought from Coborn’s, click here for those. Fun and festive!
I enjoy giving little favors to the kids who come to the party, just a little something for them to take home. While shopping at Coborn’s I found a sale on the movie theatre candy, 10 for $10. I decided on Nerds and grabbed as many as I would need so each kid would get one box. Of course, I would then need to make these match as well! So click here to get the free printable to wrap around your boxes of candy. There is also a nametag included that you can attach on each box. You could even write a sweet little note on each one too, whatever you prefer.
Now this one I do not have a free printable for you because… well…. it can’t be printed. But I wanted to mention it to you anyway. To make Claire’s outfit for the day, because it obviously has to match, I sewed matching buttons on a white shirt in the shape of the number one. If you have basic sewing skills you should be able to pull this off. I paired it with a matching tutu and there we go, as cute as a button I would say!
Next to the wedding cake the first “Dig-In” cake is the most important, right? Typically I like to make my own cake for my kids’ birthdays but I needed a break. With planning the party, getting the food ready, decorating and cleaning the house, I decided to leave this task to the professionals.
I stopped at my local Coborn’s in Sartell on Pine Cone Road and ordered my cakes from my favorite cake decorator, Amanda. You may know her, she writes a cake blog for Coborn’s, check it out! I simply told Amanda my theme and gave her a copy of the invitations so she could match the look. I then told her that I wanted a cute “dig-in” cake to be in the shape of a bear, just to get in the “Claire Bear” theme at least once.
Needless to say, I was VERY happy with the results. Chocolate cake, whipped frosting and a beautiful design, it can’t get much better than that! As you can see from the photos, Claire loved the cake as well. I served it with Food Club Chocolate/Vanilla ice cream and it was perfect!
I knew that I would have last minute cleaning to do in the morning so I didn’t want to spend too much time fussing with food, so here is what I served: egg bake, Sweet P’s mini muffins and grape clusters. Click here for the egg bake recipe. I mixed up the egg bake the night before and simply put in the oven the morning of the party. I served that with the mini muffins and grapes that were simple enough to get onto my buffet and for beverages we had the water and soda pop and I made a pitcher of Food Club Sugar-Free Lemonade and had some Champagne and OJ to make Mimosas for the adults. I bought matching plates, cups and napkins from the local party store to complete the look.
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*Please note that the printables may not appear as they do shown in the images. However, once you download them they would be correct. So I would suggest downloading the images and not just print from the link.
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