Superhero / Wonder Woman Birthday Party

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Holly - Practical Party Planning - cobornsblog.comMy oldest is now 5 years old. Almost done with preschool and on to Kindergarten. I was noticing that she was getting more and more interested in Superheros. So I asked her if she wanted a Superhero birthday party. Well… not only did she want a superhero party, she specifically wanted a Wonder Woman Party. I am not opposed to going to the store and buying themed plates, napkins, décor etc. However, I could not find anything that was specifically for Wonder Woman. So I decided to design something by myself. Continue reading “Superhero / Wonder Woman Birthday Party”

DIY Coke Lights

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DIY Coke Lights - www.cobornsblog.comIf you know me, then you know I love to go camping. Well, not camping in tents, we have a RV that we do our camping in! We park our camper and decorate it and make it festive and fun! So this year since everyone is having so much fun finding their names on a Coke Bottles I thought it would be fun to make some lights to decorate the camper with! Have fun!

What you will need

  • Plastic Coke Bottles
  • Indoor/Outdoor White Lights 100 Count
  • Wire Cutter
  • Flat Head Screwdriver

This is so easy!

DIY Coke Lights - www.cobornsblog.comI took the empty Coke bottles and rinsed them out with soap & water; rinsing them again with plain water and letting them air dry. I then cut a V in the side of the bottle cap and also the opposite side of the cap with another V. I did the same on the bottles, avoiding where there is extra plastic. After poking 10 lights into a bottle using a flat head screwdriver to push the lights down into the bottle, the cap is then snapped on making sure the stringed part of the lights go thru the V area. Two lights are used for spacing between each bottle.

I used a set of 100 lights and 8 bottles. I made a second set of lights and plugged into the first set. Two sets of lights fit on one side (10’) of my  pop up canopy tent. What an exciting & bright way to light up your summer fun! We are sure to be the hit of the RV Park this 4th!

Pink Polka Dot Cake

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Well, my oldest daughter is now a three year old. Of course, as a Mom, I want to give her whatever she wants and this year, for her birthday, she wanted to have a pink bowling party. So we went bowling and ordered pizzas, pretty simple. But, I couldn’t just let it end with that. So we went back to our house and had cake, ice cream and presents!

Pink Party

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Practical Party Planning with Holly - www.cobornsblog.comWhen I asked Grace what kind of party she wanted, because if you know me you know there must be a theme, she said “pink”. Well we did PINK! For decoration we had pink tissue paper balls, pink balloons, pink crepe paper streamers, pink plates, pink polka dot treat bags, pink polka dot napkins, pink cups and pink polka dot straws. I served pink lemonade, pink ice cream and pink cake with pink icing. It was pretty cute and Grace loved it all. Planning any kind of get together can get really stressful, but as I was icing the cake and Grace looked and me and said “I really like my pink cake Mom!” it made all the fuss worth it.

With all of my pink decorations and white polka dots on the napkins, straws and crepe paper, I decided to make a polka dot cake to match. It turned out super cute and was really easy. So I want to share with you how I made it so you can do it too!

Pink Polka Dot Cake #DIY - www.cobornsblog.comIcing the Cake and Cupcakes

First off, I made two 9” round cakes and 24 cupcakes with two strawberry box cake mixes. After they cooled I began to ice the cakes. We love the buttercream icing from the Coborn’s Bakery, so I went over to the bakery and got the “Good Stuff”. They sell it in the cases by the cupcakes and they typically have white and a couple other random colors to choose from. I bought two and a half pounds, but I should have just bought three because I ran out before all 24 cupcakes were iced.  I put A LOT of icing on the cake. So you may be able to get away with only two pounds. I colored the icing myself at home to make the best color match, however if you wanted a certain color, I would think the nice people in the bakery would dye some for you. Long story short, I iced my two round cakes together to make a higher cake with an icing layer in the middle. I did that with just a butter knife. I then did a simple icing of the cupcakes with a pastry bag and round tip. Click here for more ways to ice a cupcake.

Decorating the cakes

Pink Polka Dot Cupcakes #DIY - www.cobornsblog.comThe next steps are really easy. I bought Over The Top Party Pink Sanding Sugar from the cake aisle along with Over The Top White Sugar Beads.  I simply sprinkled the top of the cake with the Sanding Sugar. Then I took the White Sugar Beads and created a polka dot pattern on the top of the cake to match the décor. I used the rest of the beads to make a border against the plate and the bottom of the cake and voila, the cake is now decorated. For the cupcakes, I sprinkled the Party Pink Sanding Sugar on half of the cupcakes and did one White Sugar Bead on the top of the other half of cupcakes, this way they all coordinated with the cake, but were a little different.

Making the Cake Topper

Now on to the cake topper. I had purchased polka dot pink straws from the party store when I purchased my tableware, but who really uses a straw? So I knew I would have leftovers to use for my cake. I took three straws to use for my cake topper. Next I took three pink paper plates to cut out circles for my saying. My Mom has a Cricut™ cutting machine that we used to cut out white vinyl letters to write out “Grace is three”.   I then placed the vinyl on the round circles. Next I simply hot glued the straws to the back of the circles. The last thing I had to do was to arrange the straws and stick them into the cake. I also placed a pink number three candle and my cake was complete.

Free Happy Birthday Printables #DIY - www.cobornsblog.comMaking the Cake Topper at home

I realize that you may not all have a Cricut™ cutting machine at home, so I made Free Printables for you so you can make these at home. Obviously I do not know the name of the person for whom you are making the cake, so the printables read “Happy 3rd Birthday”. Each printable has four sheets. Sheet one has the Happy, Birthday and 1st – 5th circles. Sheet two has 6th – 14th circles, sheet 3 has 15th – 21st circles and the fourth sheet has 30th – 100th, by decade. Click the links below for different colors. I made a pink version, green version, blue version and one white version with just black text so you can print on whatever color you wish. I would just suggest using a heavy/thick card stock so that the circle stand up nicely against the straws, if you do not have a heavy/thick card stock, you can just glue the circle a little farther down the straw to add a little stability.

 

This cake and these cupcakes are cute and fun for any birthday party. I hope you can use some of the ideas I gave you here to make your own!

 

Party On,
Holly
Coborn’s, Inc. Consumer Content Manager

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Thanksgiving Table Decor with Free Printable Name Tags

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I absolutely love this time of year. It seems that everyone is in a humble and grateful mood. Facebook and Twitter are full of people sharing what they are thankful for, my home is decorated in gorgeous burnt orange, golden yellow and earthy brown colors and the Vikings are on the TV. It is time to start planning for a festive family get together, Thanksgiving.

I will obviously have my table decorated with the colors of the season and have a delicious turkey roasting in the oven. I thought it would be fun to add a personal touch this year to my table setting with personalized name tags. Not only are these name tags crafty, rustic and oh-so-autumn, but they will make your guests feel special, too. It’s such a simple touch to tell someone that you’re thankful for them. Simply add them to the napkin decorations that adorn your table. The nice thing about these decorations is that you can make them weeks in advance in preparation for your Thanksgiving feast.

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It’s easy, click here and print the tags on kraft paper. If you don’t have kraft paper, white paper will work just fine, I would suggest you use a thicker paper. Print and cut out as many tags as you will have guests and write their names on each tag. You can take it a step further and write a simple note to each tag as well to tell them why you are thankful to have them in your life. Attach the name tags to your napkins and add festive décor. You can add these to your place settings around the table or place them all in a basket at the end of your buffet line.

You could also leave these tags blank and when each person sits down at their place setting, they would fill out what they are thankful for. After everyone has written what they are thankful for, simply place all the tags in a hat and pick them out one by one during your meal and share them with all.

I hope that you have an amazing Thanksgiving with your family and don’t forget to tell them why you are thankful for them.

Holly
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Simply Spooky – DIY Halloween Floral Arrangements

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Fall is here! The leaves are turning colors and the nights are getting cooler. I love the warm colors of autumn and as I drive through the back country roads, I see fields of pumpkins and make a mental note as to where they are. Each year my family picks a new pumpkin patch to visit and after we find that perfect pumpkin, we begin the carving. Everyone loves creating their unique jack-o-lantern for Halloween; some are cute and some are scary and they are all very cool.

With that creepy, scary holiday right around the corner, we have a fall crazy daisy bouquet available for the month of October for only $4.99 and you’re saving $3.00 from the original cost of $7.99. They are long lasting flowers that have a great pop of color. You can arrange them in so many different ways like: in a pumpkin, a painted tin can, a seasonal tumbler or a vase. You can give them as gifts to your friends, relatives, daycare providers or even a co-worker. It’s an inexpensive way to make someone’s day or you can just treat yourself to a bouquet and create your own masterpiece. Here are 4 simple steps to make the arrangements shown in this blog.

  • Four simple steps to make a Halloween Floral Arrangement with a Cash 'N Carry Bouquet. www.cobornsblog.comPurchase plastic tumbler cups from the Coborn’s General Merchandise Department.
  • Place water soiled piece of green floral foam into tumbler cups.
  • Cut crazy daisy stems to desired length. (Note: These do not need to be cut underwater or at an angle, just simply cut with a scissor.)
  • Place stems in green floral foam to create desired arrangement.

Did you know that Halloween is the second-largest commercial holiday, with Christmas being the first? With that being said, I invite you to check out our Halloween giftware, fall mums and bouquets. We have a lot of fun Halloween goodies here at Coborn’s!

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I hope you take time to enjoy this season with friends and family. If nothing else, take a drive with your windows down and enjoy the colorful trees and the beauty that surrounds us. Maybe stop at Coborn’s and pick up a pumpkin to carve or set out on your step. Have a Spooktackular Halloween!

Dar
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