DIY Circus and Carnival Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Circus and Carnival Party Ideas

I love a great theme party! Last year my for my daughter’s birthday, instead of having a big party, we invited two of her best friends to the circus and ha a little sleepover.  I thought I’d recap some things I made as well as some of the DIY Circus and Carnival Party Ideas my best friend, Jenny did for her daughter a few years ago. Just click the links for even more ideas and tutorials.

Make this easy DIY Cake Topper out of paper straws.

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If you are having cupcakes, these DIY carousel cupcake toppers make ordinary cupcakes much cuter!

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These are the ultimate carnival prize or party favors for a colorful circus themed party.

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Is a whole box of goodies too much? Make these simple animal cracker favors.

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These fun DIY Popcorn Centerpieces are inexpensive and easy to make and will sure be a great conversation starter for your guests.

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No carnival is fun without carnival games! Make your own balloon dart board and bottle ring toss for the party.

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This headband made out of a repurposed paper cup is the perfect party hat for a carnival.

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In case you missed them, here are some other fun DIY theme parties we have done in the past! Just a heads up, these may seem elaborate, but they were all pulled off with a small budget and a ton of creativity! It’s all about repurposing and reuse!

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DIY Superhero Birthday Card

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Superhero Birthday Card

I recently celebrated a birthday of one of my most favorite little boys on the planet. He is an absolute gem and deserves the best. I wanted to make him a special DIY superhero birthday card this year to give to him at his party. We had already celebrated his birthday at Disneyland earlier in the week, so I wanted to give him a little cash to let him buy something else that he wanted. So, I made this superhero money envelope complete with a superhero cape.

Materials:

  • Card design printed on cardstock
  • Blue Cardstock
  • Yellow Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Felt
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks (Affiliate Link)

I designed this little card on a free program, iPiccy.com. I printed and cut it out, and taped it onto blue cardstock. 

Superhero Money Envelope or Invitation with Cape

I turned it over and taped a little yellow pocket on the back to insert some money.

DIY Superhero Money Envelope with Cape

Next, I cut out a little black cape out of felt.

Superhero Money Envelope with Felt Cape

I hot glued it onto the back of the card.

Superhero Invitation with Felt Cape

Now, he can flip it up to see the money.

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Superhero Money Envelope with Cape Tutorial

That’s it! It’s so simple and literally took me minutes. I think I waited longer for the hot glue gun to warm up!

Easy DIY Superhero Birthday Card

As you can see I love making cards and invitations. Here are a few I have done.

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Superhero Money Envelope with Cape for a Birthday

Easy St. Patrick’s Day Cookie Pops

by Dinah Wulf

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As you may have figured out, I’m not much of a cook. That’s why there are very little recipes on this site! Last year, St. Patrick’s Day fell on a Monday, so many people including myself, celebrated it on the Saturday before.  We had left over cookies from the party, and I had a playdate on Monday, St. Patrick’s Day, so I whipped up these easy St. Patrick’s Day Cookie Pops for our playdate.

Here’s what I used:

  • Cookies from the market bakery
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Cookie icing
  • Treat Bags
  • Ribbon

I had three different kinds of cookies left over.

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I turned each one over and put on some cookie icing. You can also use cake icing, but I thought I’d but the bottle because it was less messy and there was no need to spread it out.

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Next, I simply added a lollipop stick and sandwiched two cookies together. If you use cookie icing like I did, you have to let the icing set and harden which takes about an hour. I recommend using small cookies that aren’t too heavy for the lollipop stick.

Lastly, I put them in little treat bags and tied a cute little green argyle ribbon.

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They were a hit at the play date! It only took a few minutes to put them together. These are great for semi-homemade party favors for baby showers, wedding showers, or birthday and holiday parties. The local bakery always has fun themed holiday cookies that you can use.

Check out more of my St. Patrick’s Day ideas!

Candy and Non Candy Sayings for Party Favors

by Dinah Wulf

Over 50 Candy and Non Candy Sayings for Party Favors

After talking to some friends and realizing that they may not enjoy making party favors and Valentine’s like I do, I thought I’d put together a reference list of Candy and Non Candy Sayings for Party Favors. You can use these for Valentine’s Day or for birthday party favors as well. So far, I have come up with just a little over fifty! Let’s start with Non Candy gifts. Enjoy!

Non Candy Sayings:

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

TOYS

  • Bouncy Balls – “Have a ball!” or “I hope you have a BALL!” or “You make my heart BOUNCE”
  • Bubbles – “You BLOW me away!” or “You BLOW my mind!”
  • Airplane – “You make my heart SOAR!”
  • Bookmark – “You’re #1 in my BOOK!”
  • Shovel – “I DIG that we are friends.”
  • Glow Sticks – “You make my heart GLOW.” Or “I hope your (holiday) is merry and BRIGHT” or “You LIGHT up my life!” or “Have a BRIGHT holiday!”
  • Crazy Straws – “Sip sip hooray!” or “You are ex-STRAW special to me!”
  • Stickers – “I’m STUCK on you!”
  • Maze – “You ah-MAZE me!” or “I’m ah-MAZED by you!” or “You are an ah-MAZING friend!”
  • Cars – “I like how you ROLL”

FRUIT

  • Banana – “You’re the best of the BUNCH!” or “You’re my favorite of the BUNCH!”
  • Cutie Orange – “I think you’re a “CUTIE!” or “You’re a real CUTIE!”
  • Pear – “I think you’re PEAR-fect!” or “You’re a PEAR-fectly great friend!”
  • Apple – “You’re the APPLE of my eye!”
  • Orange – “ORANGE you glad we are friends?”

SNACKS

  • Raisins- “You’re the RAISIN I’m smiling!”
  • Teddy Grahams – “I can’t BEAR to be without you!”
  • Gold Fish – “You’re a great CATCH!”
  • Fortune Cookie – “I’m FORTUNATE-ate to have you as my friend!” or We are so FORTUNE ate to have you in our lives!
  • Minion – “You’re one in a MINION.”
  • Mini Chips Ahoy Cookies – For our own special ‘COOKIE’ monster!
  • Anything with cookies – We love you so much it makes us COOKIE!
  • Rice Krispies Treat – I think it’s a “TREAT” that you’re my Daddy/Friend/Teacher!
  • Slim Jim Twin Pack – Daddy, we hope no one gives you any “BEEF” today at work!
  • Mini Nutter Butters – We love cookies “BUTTER” hearts are with you.
  • Fruit Roll Up or Tootsie Roll– “I like how you ROLL.”
  • Nuts – There’s “nuttin” I wouldn’t do for you!

OTHER

  • Burt’s Bee’s chapstick – “Will you BEE my Valentine?”
  • Lip Balm – “You’re the BALM”

Candy Bars and Candy Sayings:

  • Butterfinger – We love you so much “BUTTERFINGERS” won’t count that high!
  • Kit Kat – We don’t ever want a break from you!
  • Snickers – We love how you make us laugh and “SNICKER”!
  • Junior Mints – You are worth a “MINT”!
  • Peanut M&M’s – We’re “NUTS” about you!
  • Almond Joy – You bring me so much JOY it’s NUTS!
  • M&M’s – You make us melt!
  • Peanut Butter M&M’s – We think you’re Magnificent and Marvelous!
  • Hazelnut Chocolate Bar – We love you so much it’s “NUTS”!
  • Milky Way – We think you are out of this world!
  • Zero Bar – You’re not a “ZERO”. You’re our hero!!
  • Whoppers – You’re a WHOPPER of a Valentine!
  • Heath – Sugar and Spice you’re everything nice!
  • York Peppermint Pattie – Daddy, we get the sensation from you!
  • Twix – Just be “TWIX” you and me, we love you!
  • Rolos – Daddy/Teacher, you’re my “ROLO” model!
  • Anything with Nuts – There’s “nuttin” I wouldn’t do for you!
  • Anything chewy – I CHEWS you!
  • Bit O’ Honey – You’re as sweet as honey.
  • Here are some sweets for my sweet.
  • Pop Rocks – You ROCK!
  • Bubble Gum – You BLOW my mind!

Valentine’s Day Crafty Play Date

by Dinah Wulf

Last year, Valentine’s Day fell on a Friday.  At that time, every Friday, my daughter had dance class with her two best friends. After class, sometimes we would continue the fun at my house and the girls would play. Since it was Valentine’s Day, and the girls LOVE making crafts, I decided to make our play date extra special and make it a Valentine’s Day Crafty Play Date. It didn’t take too much time to set up and I used what I already had in the craft room. It turned out so cute!

I set up a special table for three. I honestly didn’t really go out of my way because I already had everything in the craft room. It didn’t take me long to set up. I added a few extra touches like Plastic glasses with lace for their juice.

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Pink candies in little baskets that I also added lace to (thanks to my trusty glue gun)!

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I even made them name place settings because I always keep these dollar bin frames handy for dinner parties. It only took a second to print their names.

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The centerpiece was simple too. I just took an existing arrangement and put it on top of a piece of scrapbook paper and then laid a little pink craft butterfly on top for some added girly-ness!

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I set out some foam crafts that I got on sale and the girls made Valentine’s for their families to take home.

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For dessert I simply went to the local grocery store bakery and added a little pompom toothpick on top.

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It was such a special day for the girls and it really took little effort. They had such a great time! I hope you enjoyed my super easy Valentine’s Day Crafty Play Date!

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Beanie Baby Party Ideas with Printables

by Dinah Wulf

Beanie Baby Birthday Party

One of my childhood friends messaged me on Facebook not long ago looking for Beanie Baby party ideas for her son’s birthday coming up. She had mentioned that she had searched the internet and couldn’t find anything. I was delighted by the challenge of creating something she could use. My first thought was to do printables; that way she could just download them and make as many as she needed for the party. So, with the help of my brother, this is what we came up with.

Beanie Baby Party Hat

These cute little hats come in four different color combinations.  You can print and cut them out and use them as decorations for the party.  Another option is to just print a few out and (depending on the age of the kids) let the kids cut them out, tape them together, and use them for their own Beanie babies.

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Printable Party Hats

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Hat Printables

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Hats

Beanie Baby Cupcake Toppers

These were designed to look like the iconic Ty tag that comes with each Beanie Baby. The front says, “Beanie Cakies” and the back says “Cupcake sweet, yummy, beanie-cakey, goodness!” The back represents the inside of the Ty tags that come with an original Beanie baby’s name and description.

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Printables

Simply print and cut them out, tape them to a toothpick, and insert them into the cupcakes.  I added some colorful baker’s twine to each tag.

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Ideas

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Cupcake Topper Printables

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Cupcake Toppers

Beanie Baby Party Favors

Lastly, my brother designed a “thank you” tag that says “Beanie Beans” on them. You can make the tag any size you wish. I filled small party bags with colorful chocolate candies.

Beanie Baby Birthday Party Favors

You can download your Beanie baby party printables here:

FREE Beanie Baby Party Printables

My brother has helped me with some pretty cool printables in the past. In case you missed them, here they are:

 

Rapunzel Birthday Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Rapunzel Monogram with Flowers

I have been a busy girl helping one of my best friends with her daughter’s 4th birthday party. I had the honor of attending the party last weekend and we had so much fun! I wanted to share some photos and put together an ultimate guide of Rapunzel birthday party ideas.

Invitations

Of course we have to start with the invitations!  I made these per the request of the birthday girl. Here is my step by step tutorial for handmade Rapunzel invitations along with helpful measurements.

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Tangled Party Decorations

I made a “T” for Taylor or Tangled out of yarn to look like a Rapunzel Hair Monogram.

Rapunzel Birthday Party Braided Hair

My best friend, Jenny from Simply Creative Ways made this amazing repurposed Rapunzel Tower out of two bird houses and an orange juice container! Isn’t it beautiful???

Rapunzel Birthday Party Repurposed Tower

Rapunzel Birthday Party Tower Centerpiece

I also made some Flynn Rider Wanted Posters that you can download and print for free.  We hung them on several trees.

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Rapunzel Birthday Party Poster

Flynn Rider Wanted Poster Printable

For the food table, I cut up a plastic table cloth from the 99 cent store in three pieces, and zigged-zagged it to look like Rapunzel’s hair.  I also put purple ribbon and flowers in it.

Rapunzel Birthday Party Hair Decoration

I made these purples felt sun banners as well. You can download a free sun printable as well.

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Rapunzel Party Food

I made a little menu from the Snuggly Duckling Pub. On the menu we had:

  • Paint Pallet Pizza
  • Mother Gothel Guacamole
  • Tangled Tortilla Chips
  • Pascal Pretzels
  • Frying Pan Fruit

Rapunzel Birthday Party Food Menu

We even put the Frying Pan Fruit in iron clad frying pans!

Rapunzel Birthday Party Frying Pan Food

This was the food table that was filled with goodies!

Rapunzel Birthday Party Food Table

Rapunzel Party Favors

I made each girl a Rapunzel Braid party favor.  They ended up putting them on right away and wearing them throughout the party, It was adorable. At the beginning of the party we used them as part of the decorations.

Rapunzel Birthday Party Favors

Rapunzel Birthday Party Decorating Ideas

Rapunzel Birthday Party Decor

What Tangled party would be complete without Rapunzel herself!! If I didn’t know any better I would have thought it was really her.  She was amazing and in character the entire time.  She played “Hide Pascal” with the girls, put makeup on all of them, opened presents with the birthday girl, and stayed to sing Happy Birthday.

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It was a fabulous party!

DIY Rapunzel Braid Party Favors

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Rapunzel Braid with Flowers

My best friend asked me to make Rapunzel braid party favors for her daughter’s birthday party.  I gladly accepted and was excited to get started. Here is how you make them.

Materials

  • Yellow Yarn
  • Craft Flowers
  • Small Rubber Bands
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks (Affiliate Link)
  • Hair Clips
  • Purple Ribbon
  • Scissors

I had to make 14 braids, and wasn’t sure how much yarn I needed.  I ended up using one and a half one pound yarn skeins. I started off by putting two dining room chairs together and began wrapping the yarn around.

DIY Rapunzel Braid Party Favors How To

Once I was happy with the thickness, I pulled off the yarn, cut the loops on one end, and tied the top with a rubber band.  We ended up using loom rubber bands which worked really well.

DIY Rapunzel Braid Party Favors Tutorial

I braided each one and then tied the ends with another small rubber band.

DIY Rapunzel Braid Party Favors

Using a hot glue gun, I glued on the flowers, five on each braid. For the clip, I simply used metal ones and attached it to the yarn through the clip (no glue).  This worked well, putting them on and taking them off the girl’s hair.

DIY Rapunzel Braid Hair Clip

The braids were a hit t the party! We even used them as part of the decorations.

How to Make DIY Rapunzel Braid Party Favors

Easy DIY Rapunzel Braid

DIY Rapunzel Braid Party Favors and Decor

Easy DIY Yarn Rapunzel Braid

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Rapunzel Braided Hair Monogram

by Dinah Wulf

Rapunzel Monogram Sign How To

I first saw this Rapunzel Braided Hair Monogram on Honeybee Vintage and thought it was an absolutely adorable idea to do for my best friend’s daughter’s fourth birthday party coming up.  I had already made her Rapunzel invitations, Flynn Rider Wanted posters, and sun bunting, but thought this would be a great addition. Here is how I made it.

Materials:

  • Canvas
  • Purple Craft Paint
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Yellow Yarn
  • Ribbon
  • Artificial Flowers
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun

I started out by painting my canvas lavender.

Rapunzel Monogram Sign

While it was drying, I made two large braids with yarn. The braid for the top of the “T” is longer than the bottom of the “T”. Your length will depend on the size canvas you choose. I tied each end with ribbon. I played around with the positioning of the braid and each flower before I broke out my glue gun. I changed my mind SO many times.

Rapunzel Monogram Braided Hair

By the way, I purchased the flowers from the dollar store. They were hair accessories that I took the clip off of and the best deal I could find. The small flowers came in sets of two with extra bobby pins. Once I finally decided on where the braid and each flower and leaf went, I hot glued it all together.

Rapunzel Monogram with Flowers

Here are some photos. I hope Taylor likes it! She can even hang it in her room after the party.

Rapunzel Braided Hair Monogram

Rapunzel DIY Party Decorations

Thank you to Honeybee Vintage for the original inspiration! Be sure to stop by and see all of her other amazing creations!

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Iron-On Rapunzel Sun Bunting with Printables

by Dinah Wulf

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There is probably an easier way to do this, but when I decided to make these 1) I had a particular style of sun in mind and 2) I wanted to be inexpensive to make. I was originally going to try my Silhouette Cameo however I read that it may or may not cut felt, SO this is what I ended up doing instead. Here is how to make a Rapunzel sun bunting for a birthday party decoration.

Materials:

I decided to make two different flags; a flag bunting and hanging flags. First, print out the desired printables on iron-on transfer paper. For the 2.5” suns, I just trimmed the sheet and iron on the whole thing and for the 5” suns I trimmed close to the edges.

Lay a freshly ironed pillow case on a hard service, not an ironing board.  I used my granite counter tops in the kitchen. Next, lay the white felt on top and then the printables faced down. Set the iron to the cotton setting and be sure to turn off the steam.

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Apply pressure with the iron and iron for approximately 20 seconds pressing firmly.

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Allow the suns to cool and then peel off the paper. Cut out each sun close to the edges. I left a white boarder.

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Rapunzel Iron-On Sun Printable

I cut one 12”X18” piece of purple felt into 8 equal pieces and then trimmed them as shown to make the bunting.

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Glue the suns on with fabric glue.

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For the larger flags, I scored and found these pre-made purple flags on sale for $1.99 each from $7.99. I glued the 5” suns on them.

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For the bunting, I hot glued twine on the back top. Here are some after photos.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s DIY Invitations

by Dinah Wulf

Easy Breakfast at Tiffanys DIY Invitations

I have been on a roll with invitations lately! I have to say, I really enjoy paper crafts like this. Recently, I made a clam shell for a Little Mermaid Party and a Rapunzel Tower invite with yarn hair for a Tangled themed party. This time, I am helping my best friend with her oldest daughters Breakfast at Tiffany’s birthday party (her name is Tiffany too!). Here is how I made Breakfast at Tiffany’s DIY Invitations.

Materials:

  • Blue Card Stock
  • Black and White Patterned Card Stock
  • White Card Stock
  • Glue Stick
  • White Ribbon
  • Paper Cutter
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive Gems
  • Envelopes

To prepare my little assembly line, I cut 5” X 7” pieces for the main backing and 3” X 5” pieces of black and white paper and 6” white ribbon. I designed the invitation, printed them on white card stock and cut them out at 4.25” X 6.25” (approximate).

Breakfast at Tiffany's DIY Invitations

I used a glue stick to assemble them.

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I also tied the ribbons in knots and put a little gem on each side.

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My friend looked online for Breakfast at Tiffany’s DIY Invitations for inspiration and she loved the wording on this one.

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So, on her invitation I wrote:

Darling…

You are cordially invited to a birthday party honoring the fabulous…

Tiffany Hostetler

Date

Time

Place

In the true spirit of Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Will you please wear your best

Little Black dress?

Don’t forget your Fabulous pearls,

Divine sparkles, and

Gorgeous costume jewelry!

RSVP

I loved the end result.

Breakfast at Tiffanys DIY Invitations

I was so inspired that I also made…

… a drink menu including, Wonderful Water, Magnificent Milk, and Sparkling Apple Cider…

Breakfast at Tiffany's Drink Menu

 … some food labels including Picture Perfect Pancakes, Wonderful Waffles, Divine Donuts, Delish Bacon, Marvelous Mini Muffins, Fabulous Mini Bagels, and Yummy Yogurt and…

Breakfast at Tiffany's Food Labels

… some special gift wrapping for the birthday girl too!

Breakfast at Tiffanys gift wrapping

Flynn Rider Wanted Poster Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Flynn Rider Wanted Poster Printable

Recently, I made the Rapunzel birthday party invitations for my best friend’s daughter’s birthday coming up this month. I’m also, slowly working on some decorations for the party as well.  I’ve been trying to brainstorm some budget-friendly ideas and thought that printing wanted posters would be an easy way to spruce up the overall party décor. I ended up making a Flynn Rider Wanted Poster Printable to share with all of you.

I first did a search for what the poster in the movie looked like.  There were even some printables out there. BUT I ended up making my own because, a) I wanted to make one that uses less printer ink, and b) I changed up the fonts a little.

I designed the printable so that the background was white.  This way, you can print on textured decorative paper instead of using so much ink. I chose some scrapbook paper I already had and used a paper cutter to cut it to the 8.5”X11” size.

Flynn Rider Wanted Poster

I printed out the Flynn Rider Wanted Poster Printable.

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There you have it! I’m no graphic designer by any means. It’s a little different than the ones out there. It just has a little DIY Inspired twist.

Flynn Rider Wanted Poster Free Printable

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Wine Tasting Party Score Card Printable

by Dinah Wulf

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Thank you to UncommonGoods for sponsoring this post, Wine Tasting Party Score Card Printable. All opinions are 100% my own.

I am honored to be working with UncommonGoods, a New York based company that features unique designs and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people. Most of the products they carry are created right here in the USA, and about one-third of their entire collection incorporates recycled and/or upcycled materials… right up my alley!

I received these beautiful set of six floral Italian-style wine glasses and thought they would be perfect for hosting my next wine tasting party. I mean really, how cute it the packaging?

Wine Score Card Printable

Here are a few close ups of the glasses. They are absolutely gorgeous, small, and perfect for wine tasting or even juice or mimosas.

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I had thrown a wine tasting party before and I have actually gotten a few emails asking for a copy of the wine tasting score card I used, so I decided to make a free printable available today! The score card has instructions and a rating system for five different wines.  There were five categories including, appearance, aroma, body, taste, and finish. You can list the wines you are tasting if you wish, and there is a section for notes. You can add a boarder like I did to fit any party décor as well.

Wine Score Card Free Printable

Download your free Wine Tasting Party Score Card Printable here.

Wine Tasting Score Card Printable

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These glasses, wine tasting score cards, and a bottle of wine would make a lovely gift basket as a hostess gift, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or Mother’s Day gift too! If you’d like more gift ideas, be sure to check out UncommonGoods for several beautifully crafted and handmade gifts!

The Little Mermaid Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

The Little Mermaid Party Ideas

I had the honor of working with my best friend Jenny from Simply Creative Ways on this Little Mermaid themed party for her daughter’s fourth birthday this year.  You may remember Jenny from her ultimate parties in the past like her Alice in Wonderland Party, Circus Party, and Candyland Party. This party was smaller in size, however she did not leave out any detail! It was a gorgeous, and not to mention fun party. This post is filled with a ton of The Little Mermaid party ideas from decorations to cake. Here we go!

Under The Sea Decorations

Jenny made these adorable jellyfish lanterns and fish lanterns out of some old party lanterns she had saved. We hung them on finishing line under some blue and green plastic table cloths we draped under the patio. When the wind blew, the table clothes moved like the waves of the ocean.

Lantern Fish DIY

Jellyfish Lantern DIY

Jellyfish Lanterns

Ariel’s Treasure Trove

This was my favorite part! I brought over some glittery under the sea decorations that I had bought a long time ago for a Little Mermaid party I wanted to throw my daughter that never happened. Doh! I lent them to Jenny and we transformed the food table into Ariel’s Treasure Trove.

Ariel Treasure Trove Decorations

Jenny brought out her good silverware (AKA Dinglehoppers) and we placed them inside containers and candlesticks. We also used seashells, netting, and other treasures Jenny found around the house.

Ariel Treasure Trove Party Decorations

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The Little Mermaid Food & Drink Ideas

For the food and drink, I designed labels on my computer and Jenny and her older daughter made food signs for the table. Jenny served goldfish (crackers), whales (crackers), Sebastian sandwiches (meat sandwiches and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches), clam cookies (lemon cookies with icing and a chocolate pearl), shellfish pasta (macaroni pasta), and fish food (fruit skewers).

Little Mermaid Party Food Goldfish

Little Mermaid Party Food Sandwiches

Little Mermaid Party Food Sebastian Crab Sandwiches

Little Mermaid Party Food

For drinks she served Mermaid Punch (blue juice) and Seawater (water).

Little Mermaid Juice

The Little Mermaid Kid’s Table

Jenny decorated the kids table with blue linens, artificial flowers, and sea glass. She made little place settings with scrapbook paper and also made seashell and burlap bottles for their drinks.

Little Mermaid Table

Little Mermaid Table Centerpiece Ideas

Little Mermaid Bottles

The Little Mermaid Party Favors

The party favors for the guests were so cute! Jenny made each girl a personalized Under the Sea Mermaid headband with real shells. Here are some of my favorites.

Little Mermaid Headbands DIY

Little Mermaid DIY Headbands Idea

Little Mermaid DIY Headbands (1) Little Mermaid DIY Headbands Party Favors

Little Mermaid DIY Headbands Party Favor

The Little Mermaid Cake

Grandma Hoss, a former baker, made a beautiful Ariel chocolate layer cake for Becca.  It was not only gorgeous, but moist and so yummy! The details were amazing!

Little Mermaid Cake Idea

Little Mermaid Cake Homemade

Little Mermaid Cake With Ariel

Little Mermaid Layered Cake

Little Mermaid Cake

Little Mermaid Cake Details

Little Mermaid Cake Chocolate Shells

The party was fabulous! The adults had fun too. I brought over some homemade sangria and some recycled wine cork charms I made. Stay tuned for a Rapunzel party that Jenny and I are doing together!

Recycled Cork Wine Charms

Rapunzel Invitation DIY with Yarn Hair

by Dinah Wulf

Rapunzel Invitation DIY Handmade

One of my best friend’s daughters is turning four! So many soon-to-be four year olds love Disney Princesses. Recently I made a Little Mermaid clam shell birthday card for our other bestie and this time, I volunteered to make a Rapunzel invitation for a Tangled themed party. I perused Pinterest for some ideas and inspiration and I found some great ones, but ended up making a version of my own. Here is how I made them.

Materials:

  • Purple cardstock
  • Yellow cardstock
  • Black cardstock
  • Stone printed scrapbook paper
  • Purple ribbon
  • Craft roses
  • Paper cutter
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Tape
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Instructions:

Rapunzel Invitation DIY

Prepare your pieces as shown. These are the measurements amounts per one Rapunzel invitation. Keep in mind that my friends did not need envelopes because she was hand delivering each invite, so measurements will differ in order to fit inside envelopes.

  • 2 – 8” Long Purple Ribbon
  • 9 – 8” Long Yellow Yarn
  • 1 – 2.5” X 6” Stone Tower
  • 1 – 3” X 4.25” Yellow Background
  • 1 – 3” X 2.5” Purple Rectangle
  • 1 – 3” X 4.25” Purple Rectangle
  • 1 – 2” X 1.75” Black Rectangle

Next, cut the purple rectangles into triangles, and the black rectangles into windows, using a pencil and ruler to measure.

Rapunzel Invitation DIY (1)

I designed printed out my message on 2.5” X 4.25” paper. It says, “Come let your hair down. We are celebrating Taylor’s birthday!”

I assembled the invitation as shown with a glue stick, using the small purple triangle.

Rapunzel Invitation DIY Castle

Next, I bunched 9 pieces of yarn and 1 purple ribbon and taped it to the larger triangle.

Rapunzel Invitation DIY Tower

I braided the hair and then hot glued the black window on top.

Rapunzel Braided Hair Invitation DIY

I hot glued three ribbon craft flowers onto the hair.

Rapunzel Yarn Hair Invitation DIY

Lastly, I hot glued the hair falling out of the window onto the invitation. Here it is!

Rapunzel Invitation DIY Tutorial

I also made a little castle out of left overs to make some unique gift wrapping for her gift. We can’t wait to give it to her!

Rapunzel Invitation DIY Gift Wrapping

Need some more Disney Themed Ideas? Check out these posts!

DIY Little Mermaid Card or Invitation

by Dinah Wulf

Handmade Little Mermaid Clam Shell Birthday Card

My daughter’s best friend is having a Little Mermaid themed birthday party and I wanted to make her a card. I don’t typically buy cards because I actually like to make my own.  I’m always spontaneous about it.  I stare at the things I have in my craft room, and just start creating. Here is how I ended up making a handmade DIY Little Mermaid card or invitation.

Materials:

  • Cardstock
  • Flower craft punches, 2 sizes
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue stick
  • Hot glue
  • Plastic pearl beads

I was really winging this one. I thought a clam shell would be the easiest to make. I grabbed a pale blue piece of cardstock, folded it in half, and started drawing.  I messed up a few times, erased and started over. Once I was happy, I cut it out.

How to make an easy Little Mermaid Clam Shell Card

I had a couple small flower punches that reminded me of the colorful flowers in the “Under the Sea” part of the movie, so I punched several out in two sizes from paper scraps. I arranged them how I liked and used a glue stick to glue them on.

Handmade Little Mermaid Clam Shell Card

I also cut out a smaller clam (one side only) in blue, and glued it inside the card to add a little dimension.  This is where we wrote our birthday message.

DIY Little Mermaid Card or Invitation

I stared at it for a while and thought it needed a pearl inside.  It didn’t quite look right so I ended up gluing plastic pearl beads in the centers of the larger flowers on the outside of the card.

Handmade Little Mermaid Clam Shell Card for a birthday

Here is the card. I thought it turned out pretty cute! It could also be used as a birthday party invitation.

DIY Little Mermaid Clam Shell Card

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