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Football Party

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Hey friends! Did anyone watch football over the weekend? I have to say that last game was pretty intense to watch. We had a split household cheering for opposite teams, which always guarantees a fun time. I get to sit back and watch the boys get all rile up over missed passes and interceptions. What I enjoy the most is putting together a spread and a little football decor. We hosted a small football party on Sunday and since I was headed out to Utah for the week I wanted to keep things simple. I chose easy appetizers and a few DIY football decorations for our gathering.

Football Party Ideas 1

One of the drawbacks of having a party is constantly running around making sure everything is where it should be and there’s plenty of food available. Since I didn’t want to slave over the stove all day before a long day of traveling I went with easy party food that the kids and adults would enjoy. I headed to Walmart and picked up a few easy meals and put together a last minute party table. We served Stouffers lasagna, DiGornio pizza, and individually wrapped Hot Pockets. This made things SO easy for me! The clean up was minimal and I didn’t have to stand in the kitchen the entire time. I was able to sit down and enjoy the game with everyone..umm that doesn’t happen often! My mother in law prepared a bunch of food as well which meant there was plenty of food available for everyone to choose from. After the game everyone enjoyed either Nestle Crunch Bar dipped ice cream cones or Dryer’s Touchdown Sundae ice cream. Mmmm the touchdown ice cream was the best! It was vanilla ice cream with fudge and mini caramel filled footballs.

Ice Cream Display

The kids really enjoyed the individually wrapped food and of course the idea of the ice cream cones displayed at the end.

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Football Party Food

For the decor I made a tissue paper tassel garland and a tabletop football goal. The table runner is made from an outdoor turf area rug. All of which were easy to put together and the kids loved the football goal. Next week I’ll share a tutorial on how to make your own.

Tassel Garland

I have a console table near the living room that I like to use to set up party food on. It didn’t fit everything we made but was convenient for the grab and go foods. I’m keeping the banner for our big football party in two weeks and of course the kids can’t get enough of the football goal!

Football Party Ideas

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The Little Mermaid Party

The Little Mermaid Party Ideas

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Creating a memorable party doesn’t have to cost a fortune or a lot of preparation. Today I’m sharing easy parties ideas for The Little Mermaid party we had this week. It’s filled with easy crafts, recipes, and party decor!

The Little Mermaid Party Ideas

If we’re friends on instagram you know that we LOVE all things Disney and that I enjoy creating Disney themed parties for the kids. When it was only my son and daughter we used to have special themed nights that my son would decide on. I would create a fun tablescape and dinner to match the theme. After the little guy was born we became so busy that we stopped our themed family nights. It’s something that I miss and want to start up again. Creating The Little Mermaid party for my daughter made me realize how much fun it was and that we should make it a regular occurrence. My plan is to have the kids take turns picking a theme once a month and I’ll create a simple tablescape with food that fits the theme. I’ll definitely share our themed family night details with you!

Turquoise Table Little Mermaid Decorations

This party I’m sharing today is filled with easy Little Mermaid crafts and food ideas. The tablescape was my favorite! I used $1 jars from Michaels filled with aqua rocks and added Little Mermaid toys inside. The turquoise flowers are beautiful! I love the glitter and different shades of turquoise. To keep things simple I used colorful paper plates and silverware. This is an easy way to keep things cost effective and makes for a quick clean up.

Beach Cupcakes with chocolate seashells

We often make “beach cupcakes” during the summer and during our ocean theme week a few years. To make them I added crushed graham cracks on one side and chocolate seashells on the other. The kids love them and they’re perfect for an “Under the Sea” party!

The Little Mermaid Party Food Ideas

We also made oyster cookies with pearls inside. Also known as the most common little mermaid party food. :) They’re just too fun! To make them I used two Pepperidge Farms lemon cookies, frosting, and pearl sixlets. I’m definitely making these again on Tuesday night to celebrate the release of The Little Mermaid!

I decorated our entry way/living room with this easy streamer backdrop, balloons, and netting from the craft store. Balloons and streamers are classic party items, they’re also as inexpensive as it gets. You can’t beat dollar decor!   Little Mermaid Party At the end of the party we surprised them with exciting news…we’re going to Disneyland in a few weeks! The best part about the surprise is that we have tickets to Mickey’s Halloween party, which we’ve never been to. Let the Disneyland countdown begin!

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Fall Party {Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe}

Decorating with pumpkins - fall tablescape

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Fall is in the air! Chilly nights, comfy scarves, pumpkins, colorful leaves, and pumpkin spice lattes have arrived and what better way to celebrate this beautiful season than with a Fall party.

Decorating with pumpkins - fall tablescapeLast Friday we hosted a Fall party to celebrate, in my opinion, the most beautiful season. I truly love everything about Fall. Pumpkin decor, pumpkin patch visits, caramel apples, pumpkin recipes, and of course chilly nights with beautiful sunsets. On Friday our neighbors, my best friend and her daughter joined us for an evening of harvest fun. We ordered pizza then had a variety of treats displayed on our Fall tablescape.

We made our favorite peanut butter cookie recipe filled with chocolate chips and peanut butter M&M’s…mmm have you tried these? Even though they’re sold year round I mainly eat them in the Fall-Winter in their holiday colors. They’re my weakness every single time I go to the store. This peanut butter cookierecipe is soft and chewy, the peanut butter M&M’s are the perfect addition to the cookie.

Chocolate chip peanut butter cookies

M&M's Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: 30 cookies

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1/2 cup peanut butter (we use extra crunchy)
  3. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  4. 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  5. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  6. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  9. 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  10. 1 cup Peanut Butter M&M's
  11. 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl or stand mixer beat together butter and peanut butter.
  2. In a small bowl combine granulated and brown sugar, baking soda, and baking powder. Add to peanut butter mixture, beat until well combined.
  3. Beat in egg and vanilla extract.
  4. Slowly incorporated flour until well combined.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips and M&M's.
  6. Chill dough for 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper or use an ungreased baking sheet.
  8. Use a cookie scoop to make 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart.
  9. Slightly press down on cookies; bake for 10-12 minutes.
  10. Allow cookies to cool for 3 minutes then transfer to wire cookie rack to cool completely.

Notes

Peanut butter cookie dough recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook.

http://apumpkinandaprincess.com/2013/09/fall-party-tablescape-recipes-games.html

We enjoyed cold apple cider floats in apple cups. These were a kid-favorite! To make them I used an apple cider recipe from Mott’s apple juice, hallowed out for the inside of an apple, and topped it with vanilla ice cream.

Apple Cider Floats

Fall Party – Tablescape, Recipes, & Games

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 gallon Mott's Apple Juice
  2. 2 cinnamon sticks
  3. 2 whole cloves
  4. 2 allspice berries or whole nutmeg
  5. 1/2 orange peel, cut into strips
  6. 1/2 lemon peel, cut into strips
  7. vanilla ice cream
  8. cinnamon for garnishing

Instructions

  1. Pour apple juice into a large pot or slow cooker.
  2. Place spices and peels into a cheesecloth; drop cheesecloth into apple juice.
  3. If using a regular pot heat just short of a boil, if using a slow cooker heat for 2 hours.
  4. Allow cider to cool.
  5. Cut the top of an apple and hallow out the center.
  6. Fill apple with cider and top with a tablespoon of ice cream.
  7. Garnish with cinnamon.

Notes

Cider recipe from Mott's.

http://apumpkinandaprincess.com/2013/09/fall-party-tablescape-recipes-games.html

I also made the Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Spiced Maple Frosting that I shared yesterday.

Maple Pecan Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

I may have gone all over town looking for real pumpkins before our party. Our stores haven’t placed their pumpkin displays yet and I couldn’t host a fall party without real pumpkins. Luckily one store in town had a small selection available. I displayed them around the table and in wire baskets. I loved them so much that I kept them in the baskets to decorate my house over the weekend.

At night we took the kids outside for a game of Pumpkin Bowling. My kids LOVE this game! Every year I make this game and somehow it disappears from our garage..I think the hubs might have something to do with that. HA! To make the game I used plastic root beer bottles that I spray painted then added black vinyl for the eyes and mouth. Even though I’ve made these several times I always forget to apply a sealant like polyurethane to keep the paint from chipping so quickly. I plan to apply another coat so the kids can continue playing this game over the next month.Pumpkin bowling

Our fall tablescape was filled with natural elements like wood plaques as serving plates, orange mums, wheat, pumpkins, and twig pumpkins. It was a great way to welcome fall!

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Fall Tablescape

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Disney Cars Party

Disney Cars Party Ideas

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Happy Monday my friends! Today I’m excited to share our Disney Cars party filled with easy Cars party ideas!

Disney Cars Party Ideas

We recently had the opportunity to host a Cars party for our friends and we had the greatest time. On Saturday we had my daughters Sofia the First birthday party, which I’ll share with you next week, and yesterday we hosted our Cars party. It was a fun-filled Disney weekend for our family.

Disney Cars Party Cups

I had a lot of fun decorating for the Cars party and the best part is that it was all pretty easy DIY decor. The backdrop is from Hobby Lobby, I may have squealed in excitement when I came across it..the black and white checkers were perfect!

We didn’t have any games planned so we picked up a few Planes and Cars toys for them to play with. I even bought a pack of medals to hand out to the winners.

Disney Cars medals

The kids did end up playing several games of duck duck goose, which is always funny to watch!

On the checkered backdrop I added Disney Cars die cuts that came in a pack from Walmart. I believe it had 20 pieces in the pack but I only used a few to keep with the color scheme. I wanted to add a banner or two in but between planning the Sofia the First party and Cars, I ran out of time.

Disney Cars Party Backdrop

The table was filled with snacks and desserts that were fun for the kids. The chocolate donuts are for Luigi’s tires. By the way if you’re ever in California Adventure I highly recommend Luigi’s Flying Tires and the Mater ride..they’re some of the kids favorites!

Disney Cars Party Food Ideas

Another fun party food were the rice krispies stop lights, these were a BIG hit with the kids! To make them I cut rice krispies treats in half then pressed the M&M’s on top.

Rice Krispies Treats Stop Lights
My favorite were the cups filled with party favors. I used one of the Hallmark party packs for the majority of the items then purchased a few things separately. The cups were filled with checkered flags, mini frisbees, blow horns, stickers, a pencil, and activity page. They were so easy and quick to put together.

Disney Cars Party Favors

I also made mini pennant flags and a paper rosette for the wood crates.

Disney Cars GamesWe were able to find a great selection of Disney Cars and Planes toys at Walmart. You can see everything we found on Google +. The kids had a blast playing with the Planes toys. They raced each other over and over again.

Disney Planes

 The party was a lot of fun, especially for the little guy. He is currently in love with all things Cars and Planes!

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Ice Cream Party Invitations & Giveaway

DIY Popsicle Invites

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Hosting an ice cream party this Summer? Here’s a quick tutorial on how to create ice cream party invitations in under 10 minutes! DIY Popsicle Invites We recently had the opportunity to sample six unilver ice cream brands and we couldn’t be more excited about the flavors we chose! I was able to sneak off to the grocery store by myself when I picked up the ice cream so they had no clue what was going on. I wanted to make it a fun surprise so I made ice cream party invitations and left them outside of their room doors. My son was the first to find his invite so he kind of spilled the beans for my daughter but she was equally as excited when she found hers.

 photo 5d20da5d-48e8-47b6-aa37-0b59ecd8a0c2_zps2303edc5.jpgice cream We chose Breyers Oreo cookies and cream, Magnum Ice Cream  bars with almonds, Popsicle hello kitty pops, Klondike sandwiches, Fruttare coconut bars, and Good Humor Reese’s ice cream bars. My kids were thrilled when I told them we were having an ice cream taste testing family night. “We can try all of them?” my daughter asked. Her eyes lit up when I said yes. So sweet! We cut small pieces of each ice cream into cupcake liners and had everyone in the family sample one of each. Ice Cream taste testing party Each kid had a different favorite ice cream. I loved the magnum almond bars! Have you tried them? This was my first time and I thought they were super yummy! The fruttare coconut bars were my second favorite. We all like Klondike bars so we had to try the sandwiches and they definitely did not disappoint! My daughter picked the hello kitty Popsicles as her favorite..naturally! My husband is a lover of all things Reese’s so the new Reese’s bars were his favorite. The little guy just picked what his sister had. HA! Ice Cream 1 The ice cream party invites were very easy to make and only required a few supplies. -Cardstock -Popsicle sticks -Washi tape -Glue -Corner rounder Step one: trim cardstock to 2 1/2 x 4 inches; round corners. Step two: add two strips of washi tape to the front of the cardstock to make them look like original Popsicle lines. Step three: glue two Popsicle sticks to the back of the cardstock Step four: glue the invitation to the back of the cardstock. I made a very basic printable in word but you could personalize this with a date, time, address, and phone number. Ice Cream Party Invitations Ice Cream Party

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10+ Monsters University Party Ideas

Monsters University Party Ideas

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Planning a Monsters University party soon? Here are some of my favorite Monster University Party ideas and details on the the Blu-Ray DVD preorder!

Monsters University Party Ideas

 10+ Monsters University Party Ideas

1) Mike Wazowski Cupcakes

2) Sulley cake with door pennant

3) Hard Hat and Mike Plates

4) Sulley Cake

5) Mike Green Smoothies

6) Scream Canisters

7) Mike Wazowski Decor

8) Felt Pennant with template

9) Frozen Jello pops

10) Monsters inc shirt

11) Mike Wazowski Juice Boxes

Next week my little guy is turning two..ahhh where did the time go? As I’ve mentioned before he is a BIG fan of Monster’s Inc. It’s the only movie he’ll watch at home so we were excited when Monsters University came out in theaters. However, I was a little worried how he would do at the movies. As soon as the lights were dimmed and the previews began he became terrified! He nestled in my chest too afraid to look up until I said the movie was starting. He ended up doing really well and loved Monsters University! The other day we pulled up to Michaels, which is right next to the movie theater, and he was excited thinking we were going to see Monsters University again. “Uhh sorry son, we’re just here for craft supplies” Awesome mom moment right? HA!

Monsters University Preorder

But did you know Walmart has the Blu-Ray DVD preorder available? We are SO excited to add it to our movie collection this fall. We picked the movie up at Walmart yesterday and there was only two left in our store!

Monsters University Party

The collectors edition comes with the Blu-Ray + DVD, early movie access on Vudu, $1.50 Juicy Juice coupon, AND one free movie ticket to see ANY Disney movie! Amazing deal, right?
We will be using the free movie ticket to see Planes next month. Cars is another family favorite and we’re excited to see what Planes is like.

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Monsters University Party Ideas: Mike Wazowski Juice Boxes

Mike Wazowski Crafts - Juice Boxes

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Monsters University is out today! Are you excited? We are BIG Monsters Inc fans and have been looking forward to the new movie since last year. To celebrate the release of Monsters University the kids and I have been making Mike and Sulley crafts all week long.

Mike Wazowski Crafts - Juice Boxes

Monsters Inc was my oldest son’s favorite movie when he was little and it’s now my 2 year old’s favorite.In fact, that and Cars are the only movies he will sit down and watch. We decided last Fall that he would have a Monsters Inc birthday party and I can’t wait to see it come together next month!

Monsters University Party Ideas

I bought the giant sully at Disneyland for my oldest when he was two and it’s now my two years old’s toy. He loves his Sulley doll and I was thrilled to find him a Mike Wazowski doll too. We picked up all of these fun Monsters University items at Walmart just in time for the movie release. The Juicy Juice fruitifuls and other select packages have a game code you can use on the Juicy Juice website to enter to win a family trip to Pixar Studios and a $5,000 scholarship!

Monsters University Party

To make the Mike Wazowski juice boxes you will need:

juice box

Green Duck Tape

hole punch

vinyl or paper

circle punch

Step one: Remove the straw from the back of the juice. Start by hole punching a hole where the straw should go on the top. Place a strip of green duck tape over the top of the juice box.

Step two: Cover the sides of the juice box starting from one end, under the bottom and to the other side of the juice box. The front and back should be the only exposed sides at this point.

Step three: Repeat the same method by wrapping the duck tape from the front to the back of the juice box.

Step four: Place vinyl circle cutouts for the eye.

Monsters Inc Crafts - Mike Juice Boxes

In honor of the release we had a monstrous picnic outside for Madi and Zach.

Monsters University Party Ideas

Monsters Inc Party Ideas

 You’ll definitely see a few more Monsters Inc party ideas in the next few weeks!

Mike Wazowski Crafts - Juice Boxes

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Ice Cream Float Party

Ice Cream Float Party

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Last year we started a new tradition of inviting friends over for an ice cream party to celebrate the beginning of summer. It’s now one of our favorite traditions! Nothing says Summer like ice cream, friends, and playing in the backyard late into the night. So we invited our friends over for an ice cream float party to help us kick off a fun filled Summer.

Ice Cream Float Party

We recently had the opportunity to try the new A&W TEN and Sunkist TEN soda, which would be a great choice for a better for you ice cream float. Unfortunately it wasn’t available near me so we went shopping for some Dryer’s Grand ice cream, A&W, Sunkist, and other ice cream float party goodies.

Ice Cream Floats

I don’t think toppings are traditionally used in ice cream floats but I thought it would be fun to let the kids sprinkle some on for our party. We picked up Nestle buncha crunch, butterfingers bites, mini ores, and chocolate sprinkles. The kids loved the mini toppings!

Ice Cream Float Party Candy Display

I seem to have a thing for unfinished wood crates lately. I picked up these crates at Michaels and planned on staining them but I liked the contrast it gave against the brown and orange decor. I also filled them with brown paper shreds you would normally use for gift wrap. I wanted to stick with a brown and orange theme to match the ice cream and soda packaging and think it fit perfectly.

Ice Cream Display

How fun are these mason jars with handles? I found these at Walmart for less than a buck each…score! Of course I had to throw in striped brown and white paper straws for added cuteness.

mason jars with handles and brown paper straws

I quickly whipped up paper medallions and a mini pendant garland to hang from the bottom of the mirror. It was simple and super easy to make in less than 30 minutes.

This was one of the best play dates we’ve had in a long time. The kids had a blast and of course I always enjoy the company of my two best fiends! :)

Ice Cream Float Party

p.s. if you haven’t tried an orange ice cream float do me a favor and make one asap! They are the bomb! Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream Float

    Here’s to a fun filled summer with plenty of ice cream floats to look forward to!

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