I always go to my best friend’s house on Halloween to take the kids Trick or Treating. This is what I brought over for Halloween last year (it was too late to post after Halloween). I made these because, 1) All of these treats are SUPER easy to make, 2) I can’t cook, 3) They are quick and painless to make because it requires no cooking or baking. Here are Four Easy Halloween Party Treats:
This version of the traditional rice Krispie treat uses Cocoa Krispies with an almond sliver “finger nail” painted with red food coloring.
Spider Devil Eggs
Traditional deviled egg recipe with a black olive spider. Cut the olive in half using one half for the body and the other half for the legs. For my deviled egg recipe, I mixed hardboiled egg yolks, mayonnaise, and mustard. Tip: When peeling hard boiled eggs, run them under cold water to make it easier to peel.
These are my favorite. I have a full tutorial for this candy dipped finger food. While the candy is still wet, insert an almond sliver as a finger nail.
Candy and chocolate dipped Apples
Simply cut apples into bite sized pieces and dip them with melted candy or chocolate with a toothpick. Decorate them with festive sprinkles or nuts. Allow them to dry on wax paper.
I made all four treats in no time at all. I think the hardest part was peeling the hardboiled eggs! How much easier can you get? Hope you try these out!
I have another fabulous party done by my best friend Jennifer Hostetler. This time, she did a Mickey Mouse theme party for her daughter’s second birthday party. She did an amazing job!
Here are some of the details of this Mickey Mouse Theme Party.
Much of the decoration was in the food table and dessert table. After all, that’s where the guests spend most of the time right? The primary color pallet was red, yellow, and black. Jen bought inexpensive red and white polka dotted fabric from the craft store. She draped it to create a back drop for goodies table. Jen made accordion decorations and a flag banner the said “Hot Diggity Dog”. To save money, everything from the caramel apples to the rice krispie treat Mickey heads was homemade. She cleverly used marshmallows and Oreo cookies for mouse ears. Jennifer also made a sweet flag banner with Becca’s name on it to adorn the red and yellow Mickey cake. She had some photos on canvas made of Becca dressed in red and black.
Outside, Jennifer had a hot dog bar complete with all the toppings. She had a large birthday banner and yellow and red lanterns to frame the table. Using a circle cutter, Jennifer made several Mickey Mouse heads, scattered throughout on the tables and walls.
The party was a success and we all had a great time. Thank you, Jen for sharing another amazing party with us!
Check out more of Jennifer’s Parties:
One of my most popular posts is the carnival circus theme party my best friend Jenny did. I get emails all the time about how she made the centerpieces, games, and decorations. With so much imagination and creativeness out there, I thought I’d share some more circus theme party ideas I have come across. These are such great and simple decorating, favor, and entertainment party ideas that anyone can do for little cost. Here we go!
This is so cute! There are so many ideas in this site but this one caught my eye. I believe it is marshmallows to look like popcorn!
What a spread on this vintage inspired circus party! It’s fabulous!
These goldfish favors are a very cute, simple, and inexpensive favor idea by Thoughtfully Simple.
Other ideas from Thoughtfully Simple are these cute hot dog stand with easy to grab chips and a photo booth… just like the real circus!
This is also a great colorful and tasty circus party favor idea. I’ve seen these plastic popcorn buckets in the $1 bins and several retail stores.
You can’t have a circus themed party if you don’t have red clown noses! This is a clever and fun idea.
If you’re stuck indoors, this is a smart solution for a big top feel. Use plastic party table cloths or streamers to get the full effect.
I hope you try these out! I’d love it if you came back to share it if you do!
Since I had so much to share for my daughter’s birthday party I broke the posts into: Summer Birthday Party Sneak Peek, Summer Birthday Party Decorations, and today’s post Summer Birthday Party Food and Drink. Let’s get to it!
We had a hot dog bar complete with all the toppings, sauces, and recipe suggestions. Here are the Hot Dog Recipes I used:
- LA Mexican- Jalapenos and bacon
- Texas- BBQ, cheddar, onions
- New York- mustard and sauerkraut
- Coney Island- chili, mustard, onion
- Southern- ketchup, mustard, onions, pickles, chili
- Chicago- mustard, relish, tomatoes, onions, pickles, peppers, celery salt
- Hawaiian- ham, pineapple, onion, mayo
- Southwest- Corn, olives, cheese, onions, ranch
- Mia- EVERYTHING!
For sides I served potato salad, fruit skewers, party mix, chips, pretzels, jello with whipped cream, and cookies.
I used a dresser to display the drinks. I also kept the extra hot dog buns and chips in the drawers for easy access. I simply made lemonade with sliced lemons, and strawberry lemonade with sliced strawberries. I also have a jug of ice water on hand and a bottle of citrus vodka if the adults wanted to add a little kick to their drinks!
Decorate Your Own Cupcake
This station was a hit because it doubled as an activity for the kids. It also made it cheap and easy to get plain non decorated cupcakes. The topping I put out were chocolate chips, mini M&M’s, marshmallows, mini Oreos, gum drops, and chocolate balls. I also had caramel, chocolate, raspberry sauces and whipped cream.
The party was a blast! I couldn’t thank my friends and family enough for all the help!!
Every year we go to my best friend’s house for the Fourth of July. It’s a casual potluck style get together and I always have a ton of fun. This year I was assigned appetizers. Although I didn’t know this until yesterday I was able to put together some fun festive last minute party appetizers.
Finger foods work best, in my opinion, at casual outdoor parties like this one. You don’t have to worry about supplying/holding/throwing away utensils. My favorite “party utensil” is the toothpick or skewer. It’s so easy to put together and they look great too.
This year, I went with the red, white, and blue theme and made raspberries, star shaped marshmallows, and blackberries on toothpicks.
I also make skewers with cold tortellini with Italian dressing, salami, and cheese. I made little festive flags on my computer and printed them on address labels.
Some other toothpick/skewer last minute party appetizers to consider are:
- Any combination of fruit
- Any combination of veggies
- Cucumber, olives, blue cheese, and tomato
- Mozzarella, basil, and cherry tomato
- Gorgonzola, apple, bacon
- Deli meat, cucumber, tomato
- Any combination of gummy candies
- Any combination of deli meat, cheese, and tomato
- The more colorful the better
- Consider using a small cookie cutter for fruit and such
- Marshmallows are inexpensive and can be dipped in chocolate, sprinkles, or melted candy to fit any party theme.
- Gummy skewers are fun for candy bars. They can also be wrapped in a clear plastic treat bag, tied with ribbon, and given as a party favor.
Earlier I shared a sneak peek into this Cherry Themed Twin Baby Shower, showing you the invitations that I made and the game prizes that doubled as centerpieces. We had such a great time and I wanted to show you a little more of some things my girlfriends and I did.
I found these cute little baskets and filled them with a liner and round red chocolate candies. I simply made a label on my computer that said, “Double the Sweetness”, printed them, and used ribbon and cardstock in pink, red, and green to embellish each basket. We had a favor at each place setting and scattered a few on the buffet table.
Food and Drink
We wanted the shower to be casual and fun so we decided to serve a buffet and had each guest help themselves. I made signs for the drink table outside. One for the guest of honor’s sweet tea craving and one for the Champagne punch.
I also made simple signs to “Please Help Yourself” so that guests would know they did not have to wait to dig in.
Instead of having a messy fruit bowl, I made individual fruit cups with cupcake liners and used a circular craft punch to line them with foil.
For dessert we had red velvet and chocolate cupcakes with two cherries on top.
Outside we hung a clothing line with pairs of matching clothes for the twin babies.
The game prizes doubled as centerpieces and graced each table with two “twin” balloons to represent two cherries.
Small pink and red lanterns were hung in pairs with green ribbon to look like giant cherries.
We also had a cherry themed shirt made for the guest of honor to wear at the shower. Congratulations, Jen!
I LOVE MY GIRLS!! BTW, Watch out because I’m rallying for the favorite Auntie position!
I had so much fun looking for St. Patrick’s Day inspiration and posted a St. Patrick’s Day inspiration board last week. I had such a great response to it, so why not do it again! This time, I wanted to the focus to be a White Party. I threw one several years ago (long before my blogging days) and it was so much fun. It was a Bridal Shower white party where all the guests wore white with wide brimmed hats.
When I think of all white, I think of crisp, clean, and elegant. Putting together this inspiration board for an all-white party or for an all-white wedding reminded me of my own personal version of Pintrest. I pulled together some great ideas for decorations, favors and gifts, and sweet treats for desserts. Many are from Etsy.com, one of my favorite websites. If there is no link (scroll all the way down to the list) to the picture you are looking for, I apologize ahead of time (I couldn’t find it)! Hopefully it will inspire you anyway.
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My husband LOVES St. Patrick’s Day (even though he’s not Irish). We thought we’d start an annual St. Patrick’s Day party at our house… starting NEXT year. Since we just moved in, we thought it’d best to just start with getting some ideas first.
There were so many inspiring St. Patrick’s Day ideas that I decided to do a photo gallery. It was impossible to narrow it down to a few pictures. I explored my usual websites like BHG and Martha Stewart and also some of my favorite blogs as well as Pintrest.
So, at the end of this photo gallery is a list of links for the sources, some with tutorials, and some with free printables, to all this amazing St. Patrick’s Day DIY Inspiration.
St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas:
St. Patrick’s Day Decorations & Crafts:
St. Patrick’s Day Sweet Treats:
Shamrock Paper Centerpiece
So, because I had so many great pictures to choose from, here is part two of yesterday’s Candy Land Party post. You can’t have a Candy Land party without candy and sweets, of course! Jenny left no sweet tooth unturned as she had…
Colorful gumdrop cupcakes…
A homemade birthday cake… this cake was decked out with lollipops, candy canes, ice cream cones, starbursts for the track, gumdrops, kisses, and marshmallows.
A chocolate fountain table… this table was filled with a ton of yummy chocolate dipped goodness including pretzels, strawberries, Rice Krispie Treats, graham crackers, marshmallows, and licorice.
And a candy table that doubled as a favor table…she made treat bags handy for each guest to fill with their favorite candies.
Here are some shots of the patio, covered in colorful tulle, giant balloon candies, and a cardboard castle top.
The yard itself was transformed into a game board with the track they spent hours hand painting. The kids had a blast pretending to play the life sized board game.
What’s crazy is that I left out pictures of the bounce house and the Peppermint table filled with fresh fruit and snacks. Jenny got creative and used peppermint Christmas ornaments to decorate Peppermint Forest. Amazing job, Jenny! When’s the next one? Tee hee…
To see more of Jenny’s work, check the posts DIY Nursery Letters or Carnival or Circus Theme Party.
The famous Hasbro board game was first designed over 60 years ago, and yet it still seems to be a popular party theme. Today there are several different versions and spin offs of the game, with of course, an online version as well. The theme is perfect for a party due to the famous locations including Gum Drop Mountains, Lollipop Woods, and Peppermint Forest.
I wanted to share a real party thrown by one of my best friends, Jennifer Hostetler. Jenny is an extraordinary party planner and is one of the most detailed and creative people I know (Some of Jenny’s other projects include DIY Nursery Letters and a Carnival Theme Party). She transformed her back yard into a real life board game. I have to edit so many pictures, that finally I decided to break it up into two different posts.
This first post will show the making of Candy Land, and tomorrow, I will post the fabulous results!
The game has several characters including the Gingerbread People and Mr. Mint. Here are a few of the characters Jenny created with cardboard and paint. Her nephew surprised everyone and played the role of Mr. Mint!
One by one, her and her husband painted many signs for each of the lands…
Hand painted Styrofoam circles and attached sticks…
Blew up balloons and wrapped each one in cellophane and ties with ribbon to create oversized candies…
… And painted each winding space for the Candy Land game board track.
Wow! I’m tired just writing it! Come back tomorrow and see Jenny’s back yard Candy Land party transformation!