basketball birthday bash

When Paula from Party Like Paula sent us her son, Jake’s, Basketball Birthday Bash, I knew it was a slam dunk! {wink} She did a fabulous job transforming this classic basketball theme (Jake’s favorite sport, of course!) into a party with some punch.

From the strikingly simple color palette of black and white referee stripes with basketball orange, to the scoreboard backdrop over the dessert table, Paula scores big with the little touches that make a big impact. My absolute favorite item, though, is the DIY basketball dessert stands she crafted using mini basketballs and frisbees!

Other note-worthy party details include a fun DIY door wreath, balloon pillars, basketball centerpiece… all items you’ll want to bounce on over to Party Like Paula to see!

Happy Birthday, Jake!

 As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE!

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camp Cole birthday party part II

So yesterday I shared part I of my little boy’s camp birthday party, including all the games and festivities, and today I’m sharing more party decorations including a few treats from the CAMP COLE Snack Shack. {All camp printable party supplies are available in the shoppe: invitation, thank you notes, printable party supplies, camp t-shirts}

I just loved my little tent and campfire napkin wrappers!

Our tree house was adorned with a Welcome To Camp Cole sign,

and all guests received a monogrammed ”I survived CAMP COLE” t-shirt upon arrival. {Personalized t-shirts are available from Sew Jewell on Etsy!}

We had so much fun that day… even though it was close to 98 degrees! Ugh! Make sure you hop over and see all the games and activities in the part I post and you can find all the printable camp party supplies in the shoppe, all of which can be personalized for your little camper! {camp party invitation, thank you notes, printable party supplies, camp t-shirts}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE! Happy Friday!

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camp Cole birthday party part I

My little boy just turned six. SIX! Oh my, it gives me heart palpitations just thinking about how much he’s grown. And this year for his birthday he wanted a camp party {All camp printable party supplies are available in the shoppe: invitation, thank you notes, printable party supplies, camp t-shirts}. My fabulous hubby built the boys a tree house last summer and we thought it was high time it got lots of use!

So you may remember that last year my oldest son’s Robot birthday party was in the middle of a monsoon… yes, it was that bad! Well, this year we had the worst storm of the season with 80 mile-an-hour straight line winds the night of our camp party. I know what you’re thinking… it doesn’t look bad in this picture?! Well, that is because this year I took my own advice and had a “rain date” on the invite. So we celebrated a day later than we planned… no biggie… at least we were dry. It was 98 degrees so we were a bit sweaty and couldn’t bring ourselves to light the fire for the s’ mores, but we were dry.

Moral of this story… be flexible moms and just have fun! {grin}

So there were games, lots of games. One legged races, Twister,

archery (NERF of course… and with his brother teasing him behind the balloon targets…), shooting gallery (NERF again), bean bag toss, and more.

And if you have party games, you must have awards. We had awards for every field game event, plus for being a good team player, best smile, awesome camper and on and on. No one was left out and the moms tell me they were a big hit!

Here’s my tutorial for making the crepe paper award medals and you can find the rounds, along with the game signs and all camp printable party supplies are available in the shoppe: invitation, thank you notes, printable party supplies, camp t-shirts}.

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing the camp party decorations and more camp party ideas including the CAMP COLE Snack Shack! As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE!

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slumber party ideas

I’m talking slumber party ideas over on Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com this week. As a little girl I didn’t think there was anything better! A bunch of my friends coming over to have an all night gab fest while munching on yummy treats and watching movies… perfection!

A few years ago I used a Kellogg’s cookie, Murray’s Sugar Free Shortbread Cookie, to garnish cups in an Easter table I did for Parents magazine and I thought it time to do it again! I love how this looks and you can bet it will get the girls giggling!

Skip on over to Snackpicks.com for indoor s’ more recipes, slumber party pillowcase crafts, an easy breakfast bar idea and more!

And make sure you visit the shoppe for my printable slumber party collection for beverage wrappers, dessert table labels, banners, favor tags and more!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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switch & go dinosaur toys

This post brought to you by VTechKids. All opinions are 100% mine.

We’re a house of dinosaur lovers. We read books about dinosaurs, we’ve had a dinosaur birthday party (seen in Parents magazine… still tickled about that), we have tons of dinosaur toys and most recently picked out dinosaur decor for the little guys bedroom.

So when Vtech asked if I’d like to try out their new Switch & Go Dinos, I was all in and the boys were super excited telling me that I have the best job in the world. {grin}

The boys ripped open the packages immediately and quickly transformed the dinos back and forth between dinos and their alter ego car versions. They loved how super easy the toys are to transform (we have some that take forever and never quite look the same after the first transition…).

Then they took to the tall Jurassic ferns of my flower beds and the grasslands. And of course boys will be boys so they also had to ram them against each other a few times. I can say that both dinosaurs survived very well!

And I found them in some odd places… atop the tree house banister for one. {love this one}

Then they moved to racing them as cars on our chalk drawn super highway.

I can honestly say I wasn’t sure how my 7 year old, soon to be 8, would take to this toy. The proud momma in me isn’t a bit ashamed to say he’s advanced for his age (science, particularly physics, is his thing) but at the end of the day he’s still a kid and he played right along side his little brother, age 5, for almost two hours. Even through his dad gutting our downstairs bathroom and all the interesting things that come along with that. I can say I was a bit amazed.

Then, the next day, they played with them again all morning! Here’s why I think these toys kept their attention so long and continue to:

  • combines two boy favorites – dinosaurs and vehicles 
  • each toy has a LCD screen that allows the child to customize the animation, changing drivers when in vehicle mode and eyes when in dinosaur mode
  • dramatic dino and vehicle sounds that bring the toys to life with over 30 expressions when in dinosaur mode

My boys played with Sliver the T-Rex and Horns the Triceratops. These guys plus T-Don the Pteranodon and Tonn the Stegosaurus you can buy today on Amazon and Vtechkids.com for a suggested retail price of $15.99.

And this fall, three more Switch & Go Dinos will be available: Attila the Ankylosaurus (SRP: $24.99), Span the Spinosaurus (SRP: $29.99) and Brok the Brachiosaurus (SRP: $49.99). My youngest has already added T-Don the Pteranodon to his birthday list and both boys are eyeing Attila for their Christmas list!

Visit Amazon.com and VTechKids.com to start shopping Switch & Go Dinos now! As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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rainbow ice cream sandwiches

Summer is almost here and honestly I’m giddy for the last day of school. Having my boys home with me all summer is such a blessing. We have tons of day camps, classes and other activities planned and I’m not sure who’s more excited, them or me!

So in honor of the upcoming summer vacation, I made mini ice cream sandwiches the no-bake way. Pick up some Keebler Chips Deluxe Rainbow Chocolate Chip minis, pack them full of French Vanilla ice cream and refreeze on wax paper until you’re ready to serve. They’re just the right size and delish!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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introducing girls rock!

I’ve had a black and red Rock Star printable birthday party collection for some time and I LOVE it! But recently I was asked if I could “girl it up” a bit. And of course my answer was, yes! So allow me to introduce our new “GIRLS ROCK!” birthday party printables collection!

The party collection includes 16 printable supply items, most of them available for personalization:

  • invitations,
  • thank you notes,
  • guitar cake topper,
  • “jammin’ juice” and “pop star pop” beverage wrappers,
  • “thanks! you rock!” favor tags,
  • “rock on!” birthday banner,

  • chevron placemats,
  • straw slips,
  • napkin rings,
  • placecards,
  • dessert tags,
  • cupcake picks,
  • cupcake wrappers,
  • cello toppers, and
  • conversation bubble photo props!

Visit the entire Girls Rock! printable party collection in shoppe and as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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DIY robot birthday cake

When I posted my son’s 7th robot birthday party I shared my tale of woe… my cake fell off the table as the guests were arriving. I was too upset back then to remake the cake so I could share the idea with all of you. Well I’ve finally gotten over it… sort of. {wink}

At any rate, tah-dah! Here it is. The second cake I ever decorated with party printables (my youngest son’s pirate cake was the first and yes, I still need to post it!).

With printables everywhere, I’ve never seen anyone else do this, so it makes me pretty giddy to share how super easy it is. Did you see my DIY nautical party cake? Love that one. And my DIY Easter bunny cake? The Easter printables are FREE!

So here’s how you make this one! Start with a flat iced two-layer cake. This one came from Kroger and only ran me $15 with buttercream icing. Yep. No baking required unless you just want to. {grin}

I cut off the edge of the cardboard bottom with a straight edge and then filled in my cake plate with bright red sixlets.

You’ll need my printable robot cake kit (available in the shoppe Wednesday), which includes the rounds (robot faces and personalized gears with your child’s name or initial) and a set of three large gears, plus lollipop sticks and hot glue.

Punch out the rounds with a 2.5″ punch (found at any craft store or online at Amazon.com).

Cut a lollipop stick in half and hot glue the round to flat end of your stick. Repeat.

Insert the rounds in the side of the cake, at equal distances.

Next, make the gear topper.

Cut out the gears.

For a 3-D effect, use foam adhesive dots to separate the gears before attaching them to the lollipop stick.

Insert the topper in the cake and you have a very easy and creative robot birthday cake for under $25! Stop in the shoppe to see the entire Robot Birthday Party Collection.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! 

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monogrammed pirate t-shirts

For my latest collection, a pirate birthday party (pirate ship invitation and pirate skull invitation with printable pirate party supplies photographed by Angie Arthur Photography), Sew Jewell on Etsy created these fun pirate crew applique and monogrammed t-shirts. They made for fabulous pictures and what great pirate party favors! She even made the cute little pirate dress and skull cap on the left.

And since my youngest son had a pirate party only a few short weeks after this shoot, we had his pirate t-shirt monogrammed across the back with “Capt’n.” So fun! But you can get anything you like monogrammed on the shirt. Sew Jewell can customize all of her designs.

Visit the entire collection, including these fun pirate skull t-shirts, custom cookies, invitations, thank yous, printable pirate party decorations and more in the shoppe.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! 

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Photography credits: Angie Arthur Photography; Pirate t-shirts via Sew Jewell

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pirate ship and skull cookies

Our cookie partners at Sweet Tooth Cottage created the most AARGH-tastic {grin} yummy and cute pirate cookies to go with our new printable pirate party collections: pirate ship and pirate skull.

Visit the entire collection, including these yummy melt-in-your-mouth pirate ship and pirate skull butter cookies, invitations, thank yous, printable pirate party decorations and custom t-shirts, in the shoppe: pirate ship and pirate skull. And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! 

Photography credits: Angie Arthur Photogaphy.

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