Monthly Archives: March 2019

Crafty Friday – DIY Confetti Cupcake Toppers – soooooooooooooo cute

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One of our favorite party decorations are cupcake toppers. They make cupcakes or other food “instant-party ready”. Most of the parties we do, have a theme and the cupcake toppers are like the extra cherry on top…. Most of the time, we design the cupcake toppers and wrappers to go along with the theme. They just need to be cut out, glued together and they are ready to party….

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Not all of our toppers are round, we like to use shapes, glitter and embellishments too. There are so many options. Some of my most favorite toppers we made are the ones for the French Chic Elegant wedding set. The way they sparkle, I love it….
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We like creating and crafting things that go along with the current theme we are working on  or an upcoming holiday….
You can make cute cupcake toppers yourself. Here is the tutorial for our

Confetti Cupcake Toppers

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You need:
– dyed and colored paper or dyed coffee filters
– scissors
– construction paper
– glue
– toothpicks
– glitter
– stencils or circle punch
– embellishments like tulle, diamonds, crepe paper, lace, feathers etc.
Because we had some dyed coffee filters leftovers in all hues of pink and some orange that we didn’t want to throw away, we came up with the confetti cupcake toppers. essentially it could be also done with tissue paper or any other kind of paper, but we wanted to use our leftovers.
How-to:
This is a pretty fast craft, which is perfect for making with kids. It would be lovely to make some toppers for a birthday of someone special and to involve the kids this way.
We folded several layers (three) of coffee filters 3 times (as many times as you want to still be able to cut through) and fringed one end. The next step was to cut the fringes off to make small confetti pieces. The more shades of color, the prettier the confetti….
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We started by adding glitter to the confetti to give it extra sparkle. Punch out circles with the circle punch or use a stencil and cut them out. Spread a thin layer of glue and dip the circle into the confetti. After the circles have dried, you might need to cut some extra confetti off. Glue the sticks on the back and let dry completely.
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Voila, you just made a cupcake topper. They are pretty awesome like this, but we do like to embellish them even more and used crepe paper, diamonds, glitter, tulle and feathers to make them even more spectacular.  We also wrapped the cupcakes in crepe paper for a quick and cute wrapper.
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And what is better than a cupcake with a cupcake topper? A cupcake with THREE cupcake toppers. It was a joke, but it actually looks AWESOME. So now, let me have a cupcake….
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The perfect Housewarming Gift – featuring our beach inspired basket – traditional, unique and beautiful and we have your gift tags….

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Giving a gift to welcome the new neighbors or friends who have just moved, is a beautiful gesture and has been a custom in many countries for hundred of years.  While it should be meaningful and welcoming, it also needs to be practical and not too expensive. It can be a difficult decision on what to give, especially if the person is a great friend or in my case my sister.

In 2012 I decided to make her a symbolic gift basket with gifts to bless her and the new house. Growing up in Germany, it was a custom to give bread and salt as a housewarming gift, which my Mum did when I moved out for the first time.. I researched other symbolic blessings around the world and made tags to explain the meaning. For a special twist, I also made a house out of a cardboard box because it was a housewarming gift (which I thought was so clever). It turned out beautiful, very special, unique and just perfect. I actually found the old pictures with a really small Luca….

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We started to sell the gift tags in our etsy store shortly after and got tons of requests for different colors. And that’s what we did. We now have the tags in 10 different colors available and are working on a new design. Here is our etsy store with all of the tags as printable and ready made versions:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/thepartyevent?ref=seller-platformmcnav&section_id=25814599

We have black/white, gray, blue, green, yellow, red/pink, purple, brown, orange and teal.

Here is the complete list for each tag, which has the traditional gift along with the meaning behind it.
Bread – May those in your home never go hungry
Salt – May there always be flavor and spice in your life
Rice – May the love in your home multiply
Wine – May you always have joy and never go thirsty
Candles – May you always have light through the darkest times
Honey – May you always enjoy the sweetness of life
Olive Oil – May you be blessed with health and well-being
Plants – May your home always have life
Coins – May you receive luck and good fortune
Broom – May your house always be clean and free of evil spirits

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/685683071/housewarming-gift-tags-for-a-traditional?ref=shop_home_active_2

We are planning to make different basket themes/ideas for each color and just made a beach themed basket with the teal housewarming gift tags. We bought a blue basket and added giant shells that we had found in Bimini, Bahamas, more blue ribbon and shells and had a beautiful beach inspired basket.

 

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Photo Props Monday: 80s photo booth props

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It’s #photoboothmonday and today we are travelling back even further in time. Last week we visited the 90s (click here)

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But today we are back in 1984. The ’80s was a decade of bold style, colors, great music and crazy trends like perms and mullets. Getting into costume was half the fun and I like the crazy neon vibe and looking at the pics just makes me happy. You can get the photo booth props here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/122675377/eighties-photo-booth-props-perfect-for-a

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Yes, we love the 80s. But we do have so much other photo booth prop sets and here are some other decade photo booth props available:

70s:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/165558850/seventies-photo-booth-props-perfect-for

60s:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/114142834/sixties-photo-booth-props-perfect-for-a

20s:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/162961092/the-roaring-twenties-gatsby-inspired

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Make a DIY housewarming basket – house piñata tutorial with free printable

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In 2012 I decided to make my sister a symbolic housewarming gift basket with gifts to bless her and the new house. Growing up in Germany, it was a custom to give bread and salt as a housewarming gift, which my Mum did when I moved out for the first time.. I researched other symbolic blessings around the world and made tags to explain the meaning. For a special twist, I also made a house out of a cardboard box because it was a housewarming gift (which I thought was so clever). It turned out beautiful, very special, unique and just perfect. I actually found the old pictures with a really small Luca….

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We started to sell the gift tags in our etsy store shortly after and got tons of requests for different colors. And that’s what we did. We now have the tags in 10 different colors available and are working on a new design. Here is our etsy store with all of the tags as printable and ready made versions:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/thepartyevent?ref=seller-platformmcnav&section_id=25814599

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We are planning to make different basket themes/ideas for each color and just made a beach themed basket with the teal housewarming gift tags. If you are interested in pictures and more information, stay tuned until next Wednesday when we will feature the basket.

 

DIY House Piñata with free printable template

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We also recreated the original house piñata for a unique housewarming gift. This is one of my favorite ways to actually present the gifts. It is cute and clever, because it is a house.

We used a packaging box that we found in the Dollar Store and received for free. I wanted to have low sides to see the actual gifts but you could make the side walls as high as you like. This particular piñata is 12 inch high.

You need:

box, ruler, marker, cutter, streamers in different colors, scissors, glue, free door and window template (see below), housewarming gifts as well as our housewarming tags

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After I measured and marked my box, I used a cutter to cut off the sides I didn’t need and make the shape of a house. We used yellow and grey crepe paper streamers for the fringes. To fringe the streamers, fold them several times over to get layers and cut evenly, parallel lines halfway into the streamer. Carefully unfold the streamers to get the fringe.

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Start at the bottom of the piñata and work your way up. Draw a thin line of glue along the side from one end to the other and glue the fringe line by line.

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Cut out our door and window template and glue them on the piñata. After all the sides are fringed in the wall color, finish it off with a second color to simulate the roof.

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After the piñata is dry, paint or fringe inside. I used yellow paint to match the outside.

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And now for the filling of the Piñata:

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We bought little glass containers in the Dollar Store and a list of the items we needed for the presents. We used our tags as guidance, but you could fill it with all kinds if things.

Here is the complete list for each tag, which has the traditional gift along with the meaning behind it.

Bread – May those in your home never go hungry
Salt – May there always be flavor and spice in your life
Rice – May the love in your home multiply
Wine – May you always have joy and never go thirsty
Candles – May you always have light through the darkest times
Honey – May you always enjoy the sweetness of life
Olive Oil – May you be blessed with health and well-being
Plants – May your home always have life
Coins – May you receive luck and good fortune
Broom – May your house always be clean and free of evil spirits

Fill your piñata, attach the gift tags and voila, a beautiful and unique housewarming gift.

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Lucky cupcakes with a rainbow surprise – free printable green clovers

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I wanted to post these awesome cupcakes on Sunday because what goes better with green, clovers and rainbows than St. Patrick’s day…. but because we like good luck every day, today is the lucky day to post about the lucky cupcakes.

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light. May good luck pursue you each morning and night. – Irish blessing

 

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They came out just as I imagined them.  A yummy green, lucky cupcake with clovers and a rainbow. And what can you find at the end of the rainbow or inside our lucky cupcake? Yes, a pot of gold or in our case sweet treasure.

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Depending on how much time you have, you could make the rainbow cookies, cupcakes, and frosting yourself or buy them already made and just assemble.

You Need:

cupcakes, green frosting, rainbow cookies, sprinkles or decoration, candy for inside the cupcakes, lucky clovers (see free lucky clover template at the bottom of the post)

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We baked vanilla cupcakes with rainbow sprinkles inside (which was the idea of Olivia, my three year old), but green cupcakes would also work great.

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I made two shapes of cookies because I wasn’t sure which one would fit better or look nicer. A round shape for a bigger cupcake or an egg shape (using the bigger end) for a little more narrow version. In the end both rainbows are cute and work for the cupcakes.

Making the rainbows was a lot of fun. Once the were frosted, we let them dry completely before using them for the cupcakes.

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While the cookies were drying and the cupcakes were cooling from the oven, we printed our lucky clover template, cut out the clovers and glued toothpicks on the backs to make cupcake toppers. We wanted to share them with you and they are available as a free download at the end of the post. It is a cute and super easy way to give your cupcakes the extra little touch.

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I thought it would be nice to give my kids the choice on which treasure to fill their cupcake with. I had some candy and sprinkles from another project and they got a little crazy when they saw all the toppings. It was so hard to decide for them which treasure  to use. Personally I think some golden candy would work perfect as well.

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We used a spoon to make a small hole inside the cupcakes and filled them up with the topping of choice.

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After filling the cupcakes to the top, we covered them with the extra cucapke dough that we had removed before and frosted the cupcakes.

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We decorated the frosted cupcakes with a rainbow cookie, sprinkles and our lucky clover.s.

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And for the grand reveal, we cut open one of the cupcakes for the rainbow surprise.

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and last but not least… here is the printable

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The 90s are back

It is photopropsmonday and we are going back in time…….

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HELLOOOOOOOOOO from 1992….

Our nineties photo booth props shoot was making us feel nostalgic. This was a special throwback photo shoot for us (because we were 90s kids) and we had so much fun wearing jeans overalls, brown lipstick, a tattoo choker and some 90s hairstyles… (some of the looks were actually inspired by our own 90s looks,  lol)

What was your favorite 90s style or accessory?

https://www.etsy.com/listing/178278260/nineties-photo-booth-props-perfect-for-a

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Photo Props Monday: St. Patrick’s Day/Ireland photo booth props

It’s Photo Props Monday and we decided to feature our Irish/St Patrick’s Day Props just in time for St Patrick’s Day

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We love to dress up for any occasion and St Patrick’s Day is no difference. The one green T-Shirt I have, was found deep inside the closet and the make up and glitter did the rest…

It was such a blast: green outfits, green necklaces and scarves, green nail polish, green eye shadow, green glitter and green accessories completed the outfits.  Photo Booth Props are such a fun element for any occasion and St Patrick’s Day props are the perfect example. Take them to the parade, into the bar, to a party with your friends….

They are available on etsy or directly from us:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/94856547/st-patricks-day-printable-photo-booth

 

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Fine Motor Activity for preschoolers: We are making a cactus

 

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I am always looking to entertain my kids or include them into our crafting. While the bigger boys are really involved in our projects, it is sometimes difficult to make a 3 year old happy. Even though Olli loves to paint and I can get her interested in almost anything we do (because she also likes to help), I like to have activities just for her.

This cactus project is easy, fast to prepare and she really liked it. Perfect combination….

I had all the items we needed already at home. I used Styrofoam plates, a sharpie, a green crayon and toothpicks.

I used the back of the plate and drew the outline of a cactus as well as black dots for the spikes. I used a crayon to color it green and ready was the activity.

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Olivia really liked to stick the toothpicks into the cactus and was busy for about 15 -20 minutes.

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After making the first cactus, we discovered that using another Styrofoam plate underneath works even better and keeps the spikes in place (no spikes peaking out from the back.

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Photo Props Monday: Superhero Photo Booth Props – POW, BOOM, ZAP!

As promised last week, here is the first official post for #photopropsmonday

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With the release of the new movie “Captain Marvel”, we had to highlight our superhero photo booth props set. Who doesn’t want to have super powers? With these props, we got really playful and had to reenact funny comic book scenes. POW, BOOM, ZAP! It was so easy and sooo much fun to get into character and save the day.

Available as instant download or ready made props:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/161863123/superhero-and-villains-photo-booth-props

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The backdrop was a big wooden panel. We painted at night sky and skyline, found comic book shirts and drew glittery masks on our faces. POW BOOM ZAP and the transformation was complete. Wonder Woman and Super Girl are here to save the day…..

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