- Written by Michelle
I had My Favorite Things birthday party this past Saturday. Yes, I turned 39! (AGAIN) LOL I didn't do the themed party the way that I have seen done on other blogs. I didn't have people bring 3 or more of their favorite products. I invited my friends (who are all married) to come with their whole families. I asked my friends to bring their favorite food. It could be anything. I will share more of that on another post. However, I wanted to share with you this "SMASH"ing idea. Have you heard of Smash by K & Company? Well, I had quite a while back but I'm so behind on the whole scrapbook side of my life. I am really trying to get better! I always have a photobooth area set up for all of my parties. I provide the backdrop and tons of props so that people can take pictures with their phones or cameras. However, I always end up not having pictures of all my guests during my parties.
While at the SNAP conference this year, the amazing Tauni (the genius and sweet lady behind the most successful and fun conference) had a FujiFilm Instax mini camera. It's like the old school Polaroid camera but in mini Instagram size. Tauni was taking pictures during the Pajama party one night. So I must give her the credit for planting this seed in my head!
So one of my FAVORITE things are the 80's!! I just love the 80's! I printed off some iconic 80's props (found on Google images) to go along with my bin of props.
I created Actually, Madison and my nephew created a backdrop with a black twin sheet with splattered neon paint on it. I gave them 3 bottles of neon acrylic paint and told them to splatter on the sheet. They did an awesome job!! Of course I laid down plastic and was done outside....I ain't cray cray! (You can see backdrop if you look at the Instax photos in my Smash book)
I laid out the Smash book with the Instax camera and lots of film. I also had a container full of washi tape, stickers and embellishments so that everyone could personalize their page. The Smash book comes with a pen on one side and glue stick on the other. This makes it so easy to use! I used my chalkboard and wrote out what I wanted everyone to do. Now, I have tons of pages full of pictures of my family, friends and random shots during the party! I LOVE it! I love that I have personal notes from everyone! I will cherish this forever and will do this for every party from here on out!!
My fellow party blogger buddy Nancy from A to Zebra Celebrations in the act of SMASHing.
I gave all of my female friends a bag full of a few of My favorite things....they each got a SMASH book! I Love the Instax camera and although they aren't too expensive ...it costs more than my budget can allow to give out to everyone.....this ain't the Oprah show!
I will share more highlights of this party and other going ons....soon.
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- Written by Michelle
A few weeks ago I shared with you Madison's Camp Out party crafts but never posted the food table. If you didn't see the camp out crafts post click HERE! Of course you know us party girls love to display our food! Since this play date was only for a few of Madison's friends it makes no sense to have too much food. Everything I served was store bought. I used the camping printables from Dimpleprints. I love working with Carli from Dimpleprints. Carli and I have been blogging buddies for over 4 years. I've used her designs on so many things including my Christmas cards! I finally got to meet her at SNAP this year! It felt like meeting a long lost friend! Dimpleprints is having a summer series showcasing parties using her printables so of course I had to jump on board!
Like I said on previous post, I am not camping in the backyard this year due to not only the extreme heat but since moving we have seen way too many creatures I'm deathly afraid of lurking around these parts! However, even though camping indoors you still need some critters. Madison and I made these critters using Dimpleprints printables and my tracer machine. I traced onto large styrofoam sheets (found at home improvement stores). Cut them out then painted with acrylic paints.
Of course we had to have s'mores ...however Miss Madison informed me she no longer likes s'mores. WHAT? Whose child is this? She blamed it on me saying I've made it for her too many times and now she is sick of them. Really? Too late....I had already planned this WHOLE "S'more"gasboard theme...get it?? All "s'mores" food.
We had s'mores cookies in my camouflage tent that I had made for my business camping parties. I wish I can sew!
Although, this Dimpleprints printable set had tons of rainbow type printables, I stuck with the more "woodsy" ones. I didn't want to go out and buy a bunch of stuff for this playdate. I already own tons of camouflage from being in the Marines so went with it. Plus, I happen to like camouflage...I wore it for 21 years!!
I really like the smore's goldfish ... yum! I also like Reese's cups instead of chocolate for my s'mores.
I made this banner to break up some of the camo...so easy to do just with strips of lace and burlap tied on a rope.
I gathered a bunch of my house plants and surrounded our campsite area. Pulled out things I would normally have when going camping for an authentic feel. We like to go fishing while camping so put out our fishing gear as well.
I just love this printable set...makes everything so easy to decorate!
I can't believe I didn't get a photo of the rest of the campsite! I put down artificial grass and built a campfire with real rocks and wood. I posted a sneak peek on Instagram of it but never got a real shot. I'm slipping but that's what happen with REAL events....it's not about the photo but the enjoyment of the people who attend your shindig!
Thanks for coming by to see our "indoor" camp out! Thanks Dimpleprints for your continued friendship and amazing printables!!
- Written by Michelle
As you know back to school was last week for us. I currently have family visiting from Denver and Madison doesn't want to go to school today because she feels like she will be missing all the fun. Being a kid can be tough sometimes, huh? Today I wanted to share with you our teacher's gift Madison's gave her teacher. I really wanted to go with the apple theme and keep it simple. I got this apple basket from Michael's. I thought about spray painting it but decided to keep it natural. I added red checkered fabric then added "apple" goodies. I included apple butter from a local farm, apple potpourri, apple scented candle, apple scented mini hand sanitizers, an apple reed diffuser and a hand sanitizer holder. You could add anything but I thought having everything apple related was cute. Another thing I wanted to put in but ran out of time was a caramel apple.
I found this perfect FREE printable tag over at Positively Splendid. I just love it! Going back to school can be so hectic but I really like to take the time to make this time extra special in various small ways.
- Written by Michelle
It's our last week before school starts here! I can't believe my little Madison starts 1st grade next week. Seriously, this summer was way too fast! I don't like that schools start so early here! I'm trying to squeeze as many things and cross them off our Summer bucket list! One thing on my summer list was camping and sleepover~with a camping sleepover I could cross off 2 things from my bucket list. Phoenix weather is not the best place for summer camping with it's over 100 degree temperatures every day. However, in the past summers I have endured the hot weather and camped in our backyard with Madison. We have moved and our new home is right below the mountains. What I have learned is .... what lives in the mountains comes down daily! I see coyotes just walking our streets daily. I found a rattle snake in my garage and my husband saw a bobcat at the mailbox. Needless to say, I'm not camping out in my backyard here! I moved our camping indoors this year! We invited a couple of Madison's friends over....however a stomach flu was going around and 2 little girls couldn't make it. However, we still had a blast with her little friend and mommy of course!
I have tons of these canvas backpacks from my party business. However, they put the wrong website on them so can't use for business! UGH! We colored them with fabric markers so we could use them on our nature walk. You can buy plain canvas backpacks at any craft store and use fabric markers to decorate them as well. All my printables were by my talented friend Carli from Dimpleprints. The camping party printables have so many various patterns but I mainly stuck with the brown printables even though the party package had tons of rainbow colors as well. I have a lot of camouflage from my military background so wanted to use it vice buy stuff. Plus who said camouflage was for boys only! I think it's super chic!
I got these canteens from Oriental Trading Company. I seriously love Oriental Trading....just saying. I've been using them for over 15 years! It used to be my little secret but everybody in the party world knows about them now! LOL The canteens were originally army canteens, I simply glued Dimpleprints banner spacers over the army labels. It fit perfectly! I love it when that happens! We went on a little nature walk.
Don't you just love Madison's shirt? Yep, just ironed on a Dimpleprints printable using light fabric transfer to a white t-shirt.
Made some beautiful jewelry! I got the colorful pony beads, glass owls and string from Oriental Trading. It's way cheaper and in larger quantities than going to the local craft stores. So you will have enough for many more jewelry crafting times not just at one party.
I helped Madison with her name necklace.
But she made this mommy one all by herself. Never mind that the Mommy is backwards....I totally cherish it.
We also made monkey puppets out of brown paper bags, pipe cleaners and felt. Just precut the felt prior to for easier crafting. Also double sided tape is your friend much neater than glue!
My little girl loves crafts so it was extremely fun to have a camping play date full of crafting! We did one more craft that I really loved....will show that next time! Plus....you know I'll show you the grub display!!
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