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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.

Rapunzel Invitation DIY Handmade

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.

Rapunzel Birthday Party Wanted Poster

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.

Rapunzel Birthday Party

It was a fabulous party!

No Sew Halloween Treat Bags

by Dinah Wulf

No Sew Felt Halloween Bags

After I made my no sew travel bags and my daughter’s Halloween headbands, I came up with this idea for a 15 minute craft in participation of the Halloween edition of Craft Lightening! You only need a few items to make these cute little no sew Halloween treat bags.

Materials:

The instructions are self-explanatory but you know me and my step by step photos!

I used my rotary cutter and cutting mat to cut one piece of felt into four 3” wide pieces.  One piece of felt will make four bags.

No Sew Halloween Treat Bags

Simply fold your pieces in half and hot glue the sides together to form a little pocket.

No Sew Halloween Treat Favor Bags

I had some embellishments left over from other crafts, so I cut a few extra pieces of felt and glued a little Halloween embellishment on them.

No Sew Halloween Treat Bag Embellishments

No Sew Halloween Treat Bags with Felt

Then stuff them with little toys, candy, or other Halloween treats! I thought these would be cute to pass out at a classroom Halloween party or even as party favors at a Halloween party.

No Sew Felt Halloween Treat Bags

No Sew Halloween Treat Bags DIY

No Sew Halloween Treat Bags Tutorial

Be sure to visit the other blogs participating in Craft Lightening this week and head on over to our hosts, Country Chic Cottage and 30 Minute Crafts for more 15 minute Halloween ideas!

 If you want to see some of my other 15 minute Craft Lightening crafts you might like:

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

Ariel Treasure Trove Decorations Ideas

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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

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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

Frozen Birthday Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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It was around 1984. I was in the third grade at recess wearing a shirt that said “Dinah” in pastel patchwork letters with a little brown haired girl with a ponytail on the front. Looking down probably shuffling my feet I hear a voice say hello.  I look up and meet Rhiannon for the first time. Three thousand miles away and thirty years later, we are still friends. Last weekend she shared some photos of her daughter’s sixth birthday party and I asked her if I could share it.  Here are some unique and clever Frozen birthday party ideas that Rhiannon Morgret, my friend, came up with.

Frozen DIY Party Favors

I LOVE these! Rhiannon made little Anna and Elsa themed make your own necklace kits.  For Anna she put pink cord, and pink, navy blue, and gold beads in a clear treat bag tied with pink and gold ribbon.  For Elsa, she put a blue necklace cord with blue, white, silver, and purple beads inside. She tied a navy blue and light blue ribbon on the bag.

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She also made homemade white play dough and labeled the treat bags “Snowball Playdough” with a snowflake sticker and blue twine.

Frozen Birthday Party Favors

Frozen Birthday Party Food

Rhiannon was very clever coming up with themed food for the party.  She had food labels and signs for each item.  Here are some of her ideas:

  • Snowflakes – Snowflake sugar cookies with blue and white icing
  • Frozen Fractals – Blue Jello
  • Frozen Hearts – White chocolate covered strawberries
  • “We Finish Each Others” Sandwiches – Sandwich bar with all the condiments and fixings
  • White chocolate dipped pretzel rods with blue sprinkles

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Pin the Nose on Olaf

Rhiannon made a large pin the nose on Olaf board for the kids to play.

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Frozen DIY Party Decorations

Rhiannon and her family printed enlarged characters and mounted them on plywood to make almost life sized characters for the guests to pose with. Here is Elsa and Olaf.

Frozen Birthday Party Elsa

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She also made signs with quotes from the movie and some other decorations.

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Frozen Birthday Cake and Cupcakes

Rhiannon is a master of baking! She made these adorable Olaf Cupcakes and embellished them with cocktail umbrellas representing Olaf’s love for summer. She made Olaf out of icing and used mini pretzel rods as arms.

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Frozen Birthday Party Cupcakes

I hope you enjoyed Rhiannon’s party! I wish I could have been there to see it in person! Thank you, Rhiannon for allowing me to share your amazing ideas!

Carnival Carousel or Circus Cake Topper Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

Circus Cupcake Topper DIY

I made a DIY Circus Theme Cake Topper the other day for my daughter’s birthday cake.  The little pompoms on top of the straws I used reminded me of a carousel. Plus, I was not only serving cake for her birthday, but cupcakes as well.  It gave me the idea of making a Carnival Carousel with those little plastic animals you get at party supply stores. I went on a hunt, and came up with this Carnival Carousel or Circus Cake Topper tutorial.

Materials:

  • Plastic circus animals
  • Craft paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Paper party straws
  • Pompoms
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper

I found a bag of plastic animals at a local party supply store for $2.99 for a dozen.

Circus Cupcake and Cake Topper Tutorial

I laid down some paper on my craft table and Mia and I painted each one a solid color.

Circus Cupcake Topper How To

We chose colors that reminded us of a carnival or circus. Some of the lighter colors needed two coats of paint, but they dried very quickly.

Circus Cake Topper

While the animals were drying I cut the party straws. Once in half, and then the half I cut in two, with one side slightly longer than the other.

Circus Cake Topper DIY

I hot glued the animals onto the straws and also glued a fuzzy yellow pompom on top.

Circus Cupcake Topper Decoration

I used some as cupcake toppers.

Carnival Cupcake Topper

Circus or carnival Carousel Cupcake Topper

I also used three of them as circus cake toppers and placed them in a circle to look like a carousel.

Circus Carousel Cupcake Topper

It turned out so cute!

Circus or Carnival Cupcake Topper

Be sure to check out some of my other circus themed posts!

Circus Carnival Theme Party Favors

by Dinah Wulf

Circus Carnival Theme Party Favors

My daughter is turning four next week and instead of having an elaborate birthday party we are taking her and her two best friends to the circus. Since we are saving money on food, decorations, a bounce house, shaved ice booth (we have this every year), and everything else that goes along with a party, I thought I’d spend a few extra dollars to make three special Circus Carnival Theme Party Favors for my three favorite little ladies.

I found these adorable plastic bottles at a craft supply store. I wrapped some red and white paper around it and filled them with blue candies.

Circus Themed Party Favors

I also found these candy shaped plastic containers and filled them with red and gold candies.

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Cute, right?

Circus or CircusThemed Party Favors

I filled some candy pretzel bags with animal crackers and iced animal crackers and tied them with red and blue ribbon.

Circus Themed Party Favors DIY

I also bought a bag of candy peanuts and divided into three. I put them in small plastic sandwich bags, stuffed the bottom of these cute popcorn treat boxes, and placed the peanuts on top.

Circus or Carnival Themed Party Favors

I designed a little Happy Birthday sign on my computer for the front of the treat box.

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I stuffed the box with all the goodies I made including a blue felt flower hair clip and a little stuffed elephant. I also decorated it with some carnival tickets I bought at the craft store.

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Carnival Themed Party Favors DIY

They turned out so cute and I only spent about $15 per girl. I thought it was well worth it for my daughter and her best friends.  I can’t wait to see the looks on their faces when we take them to the actual circus!

Carnival Themed Party Favors

If you need more carnival or circus inspiration, check out these posts!

Sun Shaped Key Lime Garnish How to

by Dinah Wulf

Sun Shaped Key Lime Garnish How to

Ah! There is nothing more relaxing to me than spending summer vacation on the beach. OK, well, maybe there is ONE thing more relaxing. That would be spending summer vacation on the beach with a margarita in hand. Lucky me; I had the privilege of spending four days and three nights at the gorgeous Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto resort and spa. I can’t wait to tell you about it all including hiking, paddle boarding, the amazing food and staff, my incredible private suite, and my clam diving excursion. But first, I just wanted to share a little Sun Shaped Key Lime Garnish How to. My friend Sharon and I had a special tutorial by our bartender, Jorge, on the beach when he made us some tasty and refreshing cucumber margaritas with a chili lime rim.

You only need three things:

  • Sharp Knife
  • Key Lime
  • Cutting Board

OK, well you also need a margarita of course! First, slice the end off of the key lime and discard.

Sun Lime Garnish How to

Cut a thin slice saving the rest of the lime for later and follow the lines of the flesh and cut, stopping at the inside of the rind.

Sun Key Lime Garnish How to

Invert the ring as shown.

Margarita Sun Lime Garnish

Margarita Sun Lime Garnish How to

Use the remaining part of the key lime, and maneuver the ring onto the edge of the lime forming a sun.

Sun Key Lime Garnish Tutorial

Lay the sun flat onto the cutting board and cut a slit into the rounded end.

Sun Lime Garnish Tutorial

If desired, groom the sun with your knife to shape the perfect sun.

How to Make a Sun Shaped Lime Garnish

Place it on the edge of a salted margarita glass using the slit on the body of the lime.

Sun Shaped Key Lime Garnish How to

Isn’t it adorable? It was such a beautiful and thoughtful touch to help make our sun bathing THAT much more special. Jorge went over and above for us, especially taking the extra time to show us how to make this unique margarita garnish.

Here are more of my adventures in Loreto!

 

Summertime Ice Cream Party DIY Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Summertime Ice Cream Theme Party

My best friend from Simply Creative Ways and I threw a fun end of school year ice cream party for the kids and parents in their preschool class. It was simple, no stress, and casual… a great way for both the parents to connect and the kids to play together outside of school.  I made these ice cream invitations for the party and passed them out a week before school let out.

DIY Summer Ice Cream Themed Invitations

I made some fun ice cream cone banners out of real sugar cones and ice cream cones and water balloons (check out the tutorial).

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We even used two of them as table centerpieces, using tape on the bottoms to keep them upright.

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Jenny had a great idea of using lanterns as ice cream, and made paper cones which we hot glued on.

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What’s an ice cream party without an ice cream bar? I made a simple ice cream parlor sign the night before.

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Ice Cream Party

Jenny had the ingenious idea of repurposing a candle holder into a waffle cone holder. She punched holes in cardstock, and hot glued it to the candle holder. The cones fit right in and we filled them with ice cream toppings.

Ice Cream Party Ideas

Ice Cream Party DIY Ideas

We also had chocolate, strawberry, and caramel syrups available, and I made little “happy summer” party favors for the kids to take home.

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Ice Cream Party Favors

It was such a fun time for both the parents and adults.  Since our kids will probably remain in school together for several years, we exchanged emails and phone numbers as well.

Lychee Martini Recipe

by Dinah Wulf

Lychee Martini Recipe

A few years ago, I was at a fancy bar in Newport Beach and I saw a Lychee Martini on the drink menu and ordered it immediately. It was fantastic! Since then, I always order one if there is one available. With my Mom visiting, I thought she would enjoy trying one so I attempted to make one at home and came up with a SUPER simple Lychee Martini Recipe.

I have grown up eating lychee fruit ever since I can remember.  If you are unfamiliar with it, it’s an exotic tropical fruit cultivated in Asia, Australia, and Africa. They are about the size of a large walnut and have a red spiky exterior.  When you peel the fruit, the inside is a white fleshy pulp and it’s sweet and delicious!  You only need four ingredients to make the martini.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Vodka
  • Splash Simple Syrup
  • 1.5 c. Lychee juice
  • Lychee fruit

Materials:

  • Martini Shaker
  • Ice
  • Martini Glass
  • Toothpick

Instructions:

Place the Vodka, Simple Syrup and Lychee juice in a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake it vigorously and pour into a martini glass. Garnish it with the Lychee fruit.

You can buy the fruit and juice at an ethnic or natural foods store. Many Asian markets sell them fresh. If you cannot find the fruit, you can also buy it in a can.  This martini is perfect for the warm weather season and a fun and interesting drink to serve at parties. They are a great source of Vitamin C as well! That’s my kind of martini!

Give Bakery Because Cookie Lollipops

by Dinah Wulf

 

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Give Bakery Because Cookie Lollipops is a part of the Give Bakery Because. It’s Gifting Made Delicious. campaign sponsored by Rich Products.

The Grocer’s Bakery is a convenient and ideal destination for purchasing baked goods that can be customized for any gifting occasion. My daughter just started dance this year and she always talks about her teachers, Miss Michelle and Ms. Kathy.  I wanted to give something to them just because. I thought it’d be a nice gesture to show our appreciation for them.

These easy cookie lollipops save time because there is no baking involved and very affordable because you only need a few products:

  • Your favorite cookies from you Grocer’s bakery
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Cookie icing
  • Treat bags
  • Baker’s twine or ribbon
  • Gift tag

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To make the lollipops, simply apply a generous amount of cookie icing to the back of each cookie. Insert a lollipop stick in the center of two cookies. Place them in a treat bag. I chose pink sugar cookies with colorful sprinkles for Mia’s dance teachers.

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Add a little tag for that special someone and tie it with ribbon of baker’s twine.

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Tah-dah! In minutes you have quick, adorable, and affordable gifts for anytime gifting.  What’s great about the bakery at the grocery store is that they have a variety of cookies to fit the season or holiday. One package of a dozen cookies will make six just because gifts!

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Good luck!

Thank you to Rich Products for sponsoring this post! Be sure to check out their Pinterest Page for more Bakery Because Inspiration

Jelly Bean Martini Recipe

by Dinah Wulf

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Today, my friend and cocktail expert, David Edessa is sharing a sweet and tasty Jelly Bean Martini Recipe.

Written by: David Edessa

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz. Jelly Bean Infused Vodka (recipe below)
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • ½ oz. Sparkling Wine Brut
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • Cocktail Shaker

Glass Preparation:

Add sugar along the rim of the martini glass. To do this, place blue curacao (blue), grenadine (red), or lime juice (white) on a flat plate (depending on the color of the rim you wish to create) then dip the glass into the liquid to wet the rim. Place powdered sugar on a flat plate or surface then rim the wet rim glass into sugar and coat the rim. Place rimmed prepared martini glasses in the freezer to chill.

Instructions:

Put all liquid ingredients and squeeze a lemon wedge into a cocktail shaker half filled with ice and shake vigorously and strain into chilled prepped martini glasses. Float on top of glass the sparkling wine.

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Jelly Bean Infusion Instructions:

Ingredients:

  • 750ml bottle of vodka or rhum
  • 16 oz. of jelly beans
  • Glass jar
  • Fine mesh sieve

To create jelly bean-infused vodka, place 750mL bottle of vodka and 16 oz. of jelly beans in a glass jar for about 48 hours and shake throughout the day. Strain using a fine mesh sieve. Use one color of jelly beans for best results. Also, a great alternative to vodka is rhum. For a different flavor you can try vanilla flavored vodka or rhum.

{See more Easter Themed Cocktail Recipes by David}

Easy DIY Hello Kitty Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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Making your own decorations for a theme party doesn’t have to be hard.  One of my friends did a Hello Kitty Themed Party that has been a hit! She spent a lot of time and thought into making it absolutely fabulous! I thought I’d put together some easy DIY Hello Kitty Party ideas that you can do if you have little time and money. You can use these tips for any themed party as well!

Tip #1: Make your own garland.

You can make this adorable and sweet pompom garland by simply using a needle and thread! Just thread a needle and push it through the thickest part of the pompom and they won’t slide.

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Tip #2: Use what you already have.

Typically when you throw a Hello Kitty themed party for your little one, they already have some Hello Kitty toys.  Use them creatively as props to punch up your themed décor.

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Tip #3: Dollar bin bargains go a long way.

One pack of stickers will embellish cake toppers, favors, pinwheels. You can use ribbon and hair bows to place in existing flower arrangements and other things.

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Tip #4: Make your own favor boxes.

I made these using the Fuse Creativity System by Fiskars. Believe it or not was much cheaper than buying gift bags and it’s more fun! Here’s a tutorial on how to use the Fiskars Fuse Creativity System.

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Tip #5: Simple food is less stressful.

Serving simple and healthy finger foods makes it less stressful. Arrange a fruit platter in a colorful way.

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Place candies or other foods in small paper cups. This way, they are portioned and easy to grab.

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Simple recipes like potato salad are filling and tasty.  For this one I made it with red potatoes, salt, pepper, finely chopped sweet yellow onions and light mayonnaise. I garnished it with shredded cheese, green onions, and bacon.

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Vodka or Rum Gummy Bears Recipe

by Dinah Wulf

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Today I am excited to share a party cocktail recipe, Vodka or Rum Gummy Bears Recipe, developed by David Edessa.  These are great additions for adult parties for graduation, spring break, or summer barbecues to add a fun and fruity twist to the bar selection.

Written By David Edessa:

Ingredients:

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle Banana Vodka
  • 48 oz. Bag Gummy Bears
  • 8 oz. White Cranberry Juice

Instructions:

Fill a glass or ceramic container (container with a lid is ideal) about halfway with gummy bears. Then fill the container with vodka and white cranberry juice till the top of the gummy bears. The ratio of vodka to juice is 3:1. Allow the gummies to swim in the vodka for 24 hours in the refrigerator.  If you leave them in the vodka for more than 24 hours, they will get slimy and bloated, so don’t make them too ahead of time. Serve with tooth picks. If you have liquid left behind from the soaking, you have great tasting infused vodka….Drunken Gummy Martinis!!! Or Drunken Gummy Bear Snow Cones (my favorite).

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Tips:

  • The soaking time may vary due to the type of candy.
  • If you have stale gummy bears, they actually work great!
  • You can use rhum if you prefer.
  • You can use other gummy candies.

Be careful when eating these adult vodka soaked candies. It’s very difficult to estimate how much alcohol one consumes per gummy bear.

The first batch I made a mistake by not storing the batch in the refrigerator. Also, I had them soaking for three days where it started to dissolve.

For more of David’s original cocktail recipe, visit our very own, Cocktail Corner.

A Guide to the ULTIMATE DIY Angry Birds Party

by Dinah Wulf

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I have to say, my best friend Jenny and I can throw a mean party! Ha! We collaborated recently on an Angry Birds Themed Party for one of our favorite five year olds. I wanted to put together an ULTIMATE guide of tutorials that the two of us created to help you throw a great DIY Angry Birds Party. Here are seven ideas for you to consider.

#1 Themed Gift Wrapping

Just say no to gift bags! You can’t attend a birthday party for your favorite five year old without a gift! I wrapped this gift and made a little tag on my computer that said, “Happy Angry Birthday, Adrian”. It took me less than ten minutes and added a personal touch.

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#2 Angry Birds Pinata

Trina, Adrian’s Mom and one of my Besties, bought a King Pig Pinata but it was missing a crown! So I made a King Pig Crown for her out of an old cottage cheese container. You can use this idea for making any type of crown you’d like.

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#3 Bird Cage Centerpieces

This is a quick and easy centerpiece idea, Simply place a stuffed Angry Bird character in a bird cage.  You can buy these at any craft store and it seems like they are always on sale!

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#4 The Golden Egg

To be honest, I’m not too familiar with the Angry Bird game but apparently the golden egg is a VERY important element. Trina spray painted plastic Easter eggs and placed them in little nests. It turned out so cute!

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#5 Sweets and Treats

What’s a birthday party without plenty of treats??? Trina displayed colorful cupcakes on a DIY wooden structure that Jenny made.

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She also had a candy table with favor bags for the kids to fill and take home.

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I also made some super easy Angry Bird Dropping favors that we placed on the party tables.

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Trina also bought this fun Angry Bird cupcake birthday cake.

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#6 Upcycled Cardboard Box Decorations

Both Jenny and I saved our cardboard boxes to create a fun decoration.  Jenny painted hers to look like wooden boxes.

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I hand drew mine to look like wooden crates. I also made some points and TNT signs in a FREE printable download for you to use.

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#7 Life Sized Angry Bird Launcher and Party Game

Lastly, and DEFINITEY not least, Jenny and her husband made a life sized Angry Bird Launcher to launch the painted Angry Bird Balls she made into the boxes.  This was the BEST GAME EVER and was fun for both the kids and adults.

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There you have it… A Guide to the ULTIMATE DIY Angry Birds Party! I hope you enjoyed and are inspired to use these ideas too!

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DIY Candy Box Treat Boxes

by Dinah Wulf

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I was lucky enough to take a tour of the We R Memory Keepers booth at CHA last month. I received the Candy Box Punch Board and couldn’t wait to try it out. The product was pretty self-explanatory, but the directions were a good reference tool. Here is how I made these DIY Candy Box Treat Boxes.

Materials:

Instructions:

The width of the box will always be 7”, but you can choose any length up to 12”. The 7” side goes horizontally on your punch board. The left side of your paper will align with the guide on the punch board as well.

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Simply push firmly down on the punch and then mover the paper to the left.

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Once your paper covers the mark, use your bone folder to score it. By the way, the bone folder comes with your Candy Punch Board!

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Repeat the punch on the other side.

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You can also add scalloped edges if desired by using the other side of the punch.

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Here is a close up of the scalloped edge.

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Next, you glue or tape the box together.

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Tie one side of the box with ribbon. Fill it with treats, and then tie the other end.

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Aren’t they adorable?  There are so many possibilities for colors, patterns, and themes.  They are perfect for weddings, parties, and even teacher gifts. You can decorate your boxes with messages, stickers, ribbon, or whatever you want!!!!

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Thank you to We R Memory Keepers for sending me this board!

Easy DIY Angry Birds Party Favors

by Dinah Wulf

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Today is my birthday! Nah nah nah nah! And I’m gonna have a good time! Nah nah nah nah! Noooo! I’m not having an Angry Birds party for my birthday, BUT my best friend’s son is turning the big 5 and I wanted to make these easy DIY Angry Birds Party Favors for his party coming up this weekend. I know nothing about Angry Birds but I thought, hey, all birds have droppings, so why not make them edible (ew). I’m such a Dork…moving on…

Here’s what you need:

  • Computer and printer
  • Colorful card stock
  • White paper
  • Circle punch
  • Glue or tape
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Stapler
  • Small treat bags
  • Tasty treats for inside

At first I was going to buy Angry Birds stickers to put on the favors but then I didn’t want to get ready, get my daughter ready, get in my car, and go to the store… oh AND spend money. So instead, I opened my computer and searched Google images for “Angry Birds characters” and made my own “stickers”. I printed them out and cut them with a circle punch.  I also cut out colorful larger circles to use as a border.

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I also printed out tags that said, “Angry Bird Droppings” (yes, I think I’m funny), cut some card stock to size, and assembled each favor to look like this.

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I filled the plastic treat bags with SweetWorks candies and stapled them together.

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Tah dah!! Aren’t they cute? I thought they’d be a fun and tasty addition to the party that the kids could take home.

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