Monthly Archives: August 2012

Autumn/Fall Photo Booth Props as a perfect way to celebrate the beginning of the season

Part of me still tries to catch up with the summer bucket list and wants to stay at the beach every day and celebrate the summer, but the other part is cheering and can’t wait for fall. I love all seasons and I can find happiness and joy in each one… I love the colors, the foliage, the smells, the pumpkins, the beginning of the holidays, the scarecrows and hay and so many other things about fall. Writing about it gets me already sooooooooooooo excited. Even though, we don’t have this in Florida, growing up in Germany I experienced many autumns and would love to make a little trip into an autumn forest full of beautiful colors right now like the one that is really close to the house of my grandmother.

We had many ideas for the set and could have made lots more props. I think the final props really reflect some of our vision of autumn. It might be a week or two too early for most people, but I remember when I was pregnant with Luca I started to decorate the house in the last week of August (Luca was born in December and I really wanted to get the fall season started to get the pregnancy over as fast as possible)

Here are the picture collages with a little side advertisement for us 🙂

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making homemade ziplock ice cream or frozen yoghurt

A week ago, we made ice cream in a ziplock bag. It was a lot of fun and is very easy.

You need:

1 large ziplock bag (gallon)    

1 small ziplock bag (pint)

2 tablespoons sugar 

1/2 cup half and half plus 1/2 cup heavy cream or 1 cup yoghurt  

1/2 teaspoon almond extract   

1/2 cup rock salt   

ice cubes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

lots of different toppings 

(we used m&ms, mini marshmallows,crumbled brownies, chocolate morsels, almonds and different kind of sprinkles) 

 After the ice cream, Luca suggest to make cupcakes (seriously!!!!???) We had a lot of leftover toppings, so I let him make his own cupcakes. I gave him a couple more ingredients like cherios, other themed sprinkles and toppings I had in the house, as well as a cupcake pan and cupcake liners and he started to mix and bake…. It was a nice way to entertain him a little longer…. Giorgio did not care for any more sugar and had left the table after his ice cream…

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Photo Scavenger Hunt and Color Palette Nature Bike Ride from the bucket list….

The Photo Scavenger Hunt with the kids was awesome. I prepared a template with 10 different things that Luca had to find. Once we found something, we took a picture with him and crossed it off the list. Most of the things very pretty easy to find, but it took us a little to find the feather and the berries. It was a lot of fun… Instead of walking, Luca took his bicycle and Giorgio was driving in his green car. We tried to convince him to do the pics without the helmet, but he was too busy and didn’t have time….

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A week later shortly before our family bike ride, I decided it was the perfect day for the color palette nature walk/ bike ride. Because I hadn’t really prepared anything, I quickly cut out some color samples (from home depot – somehow we always take some extra) and glued them on a cardboard piece. With a marker, I drew some squares and that’s all I had time for…. I wasn’t really pleased how it looked, but Luca loved it. He doesn’t care as long as we play as many games as possible. In the end, it worked out fine and was nice and sturdy for the bike ride.

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hippie photo booth props – perfect for a sixties or flower power theme party

The hippie photo booth props for a sixties party or flower power theme are here. Available in our etsy store here:

The props were made initially for a customer as a special request order, but now are available for everybody. If you need to get your groove on, you need to get these psychedelic flower power/ love & peace photo props…

Peace and Love from The Party Event

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water balloon activities and planting a garden – more bucket list fun stuff

I am working on posting the updates for the bucket list, while still having fun in the sun and getting the work done too. Because the water balloon fun just happened this morning, my goal was to post it right away today. It wasn’t really a water balloon fight, which was actually good. We came up with some fun ideas and went through tons of water balloons. The first tub with balloons was empty before we could count to ten. We had to think about some good ideas to make them last longer….

The first activity was to try to destroy the balloon with a plastic knife, which is not as easy as they thought:

They decided pretty quick to just throw them in the grass and the balloons broke right away. This is a very fast way for the balloons to disappear.

Next we tried to throw and catch them to each other without breaking the balloon. The next activity was to throw the balloon in the air and catch it again. We also tried to throw them through a basket ball net… The most fun for them was the game to follow our commands without dropping the balloon and plain old smashing…
(hold the balloon with one hand – stand on one leg – hold it over the head – manoeuver it through the legs – run to the tree and back …. ).

Even with the games, the balloon fun was over way too fast… and left was an empty tub…

And this was already a while back. Luca helped me plant some tomato plants as well as rosemary for our herb garden:

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two different shell crafts – decorated frames and pots – pet shells

1. Ocean picture frames and ceramic pots

Last summer we went to Germany to the wedding of my uncle and saw a lot of family members. It was a wonderful trip and we wanted to have a little gift from Luca (and baby Giorgio) that came from the heart. I also wanted to make something that would be pretty enough to actually use ( i guess not everybody is into kids drawings). Because the beach is not far from our house, I came up with the idea to use sand, shells and the ocean as the theme. We made decorated frames and painted ceramic pots. I think the gifts were awesome coming from a 3-year-old and would be a great craft to make after a vacation.

 You need:

wooden frames (we got ours at Michaels for $1) or ceramic pots, blue paint, paint brush, shells, sand and glue


Luca did almost the entire project by himself. We went to the beach and he collected the shells and sand (we used a ziplock bag). When we came home, he painted the frames and ceramic pots and we let them dry. The next day, we finished the project. Instead of giving him the glue bottle, I let him paint the glue with the paintbrush on the frame and pots. He dipped the pots in a container filled with sand and poured it over the frames. This was the most fun for him and I helped to shake it off to control the “sand damage”.  I let him place the shells on the frame and glued them exactly where he put them with hot glue from the glue gun. The frames looked amazing. And of course, we used a picture of both brothers to make the present complete. Luca told me where to glue the shells for the pots and ready were some really cool presents.

2. “Bucket list” pet shells and some pet rocks too…

Another craft from the bucket list… The pet shells or in our case shell monsters are adorable. This is an easy craft which entertained my kids an entire afternoon. We first painted the shells  (we had already painted the rocks before), embellished them with eyes, diamonds, paillettes and pearls, let them dry and the kids played with the monsters for hours. Since it was raining all day, it was the perfect entertainment.

You need:

Paint, paint brush, shells, embellishments (plastic eyes, stickers, beads and whatever you can find in the house)

I mean for these, there are really no instructions necessary 🙂 I let them paint first and made  a pink shell monster/pet myself. We washed the hands, ate a snack and started embellishing. Last week, we had also painted some rocks, which made the second part even better, because we could make more monsters. But Luca preferred the shells, because the surface was much smoother! Shortly after we got our first pet shells… After some drying time, Luca and Giorgio both played with the monsters and had a “pretend party” – which is the favorite game at the moment.

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Beach, beach, beach……. update to the summer bucket list 2012

I love the beach…..

Even though it still rained a lot in the last couple of months, we spent as many times as possible on the beach. Luca also loves every bit of it.  For Giorgio, it depends on the day…

We built sand castles, collected tons of shells, rolled in the sand, ran free, were too tired to carry home all the toys, watched sunsets, observed sea life, got sun cream and salt water in our eyes, ate sand crusted sandwiches and peaches, got the perfect tan, grilled in the park next to the beach, chased birds and spent hours in the water. Yup, this is our beach summer… and I really enjoy it…. We even spent part of my birthday on the beach… it was perfect

We collected shells:

We built the best sandcastle in the whole world at least three times according to Luca:

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It’s my birthday and I can eat cake, if I want to… :)

Since I wrote a birthday post about my sister, I decided to share something about me too. It’s a little strange to write it myself, but I love to share about one my favorite hobbies and I am excited to dig for pictures about some of my creations. Did you guess what it is?

For anybody that followed the blog from the beginning, it wasn’t too difficult. I wouldn’t say it is an obesession, but something I love to do… Yes, it is… Baking…. I would say this blog post should be renamed to: Desert Extravaganza…

Cookies, cakes, cupcakes, tarts, puddings, mousse, flan… I really like to bake and make everything that has to do with deserts… and eat it of course. I could live on sweets (and chocolate)

I also have plenty of baking cookbooks that focus only on the sweet things and I love to try new recipes. I even wanted to start a “cookie business” several years ago, but it turned out too difficult with the laws and regulations of Florida, like using a kitchen that is not for personal use… Also I am not as good as I think I am and I am often disappointed with the result, because  it looked better in my head. Nevertheless I continue to bake, challenge myself and try new ingredients, recipes and tools. My number one thing would be sugar cookies and after making them many times, I mastered them and have become a self-proclaimed cookie chef.  But check out yourself , here are some of my creations…

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