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Crafty Friday: Lollipop Easter Bunny Treats/Favors

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It’s crafty Friday and we made vintage looking Easter Bunny favors.

We wanted to make Easter lollipop favors to give the kids in school and since we had some clay left, we played around and came up with the cutest, vintage looking Easter bunnies. They came out perfect and could be used as favors, inside Easter baskets, at the egg hunt or even on top of the Easter table as name card holders. I think, I will keep some as Easter decoration on the mantle.

You need:

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Lollipops, clay, wooden skewer, paint and brushes, hot glue and gun, colored cardstock paper, cardboard, heart cutter, scissors, rubber bands, ribbon and embellishments

Directions:

We used our beginner’s clay to make the head, tail, arms and ears. Here is the recipe:

https://thepartyevent.wordpress.com/2019/02/01/beginner-simple-paper-clay-recipe/

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After forming the balls for the head, we used a wooden skewer to poke a hole through them and let them dry on the skewer. (make sure to use a skewer that is wider than the lollipop stick). The balls need 2-3 days to air dry or a couple hours in the oven on the lowest temperature. (careful to not burn the paper clay)

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You could leave the head round, but we wanted to give our bunnies a more defined shape with a nossel and jar. We used a little more clay and added it on one side of the ball.

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Once everything was dried completely, we hot-glued the ears to the heads and painted them white.

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We first painted the nose and inside the ears light pink and drew on the faces. Each bunny looks a little different.

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We cut the fabric in squares covering the lollipops and tied them together with a small rubber band. You could so different fabrics for different outfits but this print worked perfectly for us. We trimmed the excess fabric to make a cute collar.

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We glued the heads, bunny tails and arm on with small dots of hot glue and embellished the outfits with ribbon and tiny foam balls from the Dollar Store.

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You could make the feet out of clay as well, but we used heart stencils and colored paper to make the bunnies even more colorful. We glued them on small squares of cardboard to make the bunnies stand independently . Depending on the shape of the lollipop, this might not be necessary.

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The Bunnies are ready and they are almost too cute to be eaten.

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Carrot Invitations for your Easter party and Egg Hunt….

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Easter is coming and you are invited. We created these carrot invitations for our carrot party several years ago and I still love them so much.

An invitation is the first glimpse of a party and teases the guests. When designing an invitation, we like to make it unique and interesting and these carrot invitations are exactly that. If you are intrigued, check out the recap of our Carrot Easter party.  (My favorite was the carrot patch….)

https://thepartyevent.wordpress.com/2019/04/18/carrots-carrots-carrots-an-easter-carrot-party/

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We are also selling the invitations on etsy:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/95299646/carrot-invitation-or-favor-perfect-for

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We can customize the inside of the invitation or the labels. They are also perfect carrot favor boxes and could be filled with jelly beans and other little surprises. And I think my kids will find a carrot with a surprise in their Easter Basket this year…..

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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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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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Beginner Simple Paper Clay Recipe

 

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After a rather long break, crafty Friday is back and better than ever. We have lots of crafts and projects that are ready to be shared. A couple days ago, we posted about our candy theme this year and got lots of questions about how to make the paper clay/ paper mache from the candy tutorial. This is the beginner recipe which is pretty simple and only uses 2 main ingredients, paper and water. We have used this clay recipe in the past for example to make the mushrooms for our forest Christmas theme.

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We also made various props for our Halloween Circus theme like the giant snake of the snake lady, the knifes of the knife thrower and the weights and medal of the strongman.

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Lets get started:

Ingredients:

Paper, Glue, Paint

You also need a paper shredder (optional), bucket, hand blender, kitchen towel/cheese cloth and a bowl

How to:

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With our photo props, we accumulate a lot of waste paper which we love to recycle into paper clay projects. You can also use regular paper, envelopes (without the plastic windows), newspaper, brochures or any old scrap paper. All plastic and staples need to be removed before it can be either shredded or ripped into very small pieces. (the smaller, the better)

 

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We usually fill a medium bucket about three quarters full.

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For each  3 to 4 cups paper pieces, we use about 1 cup of glue. Paste should feel like a play dough consistency that shouldn’t be too dry or too wet.

We used the clay in molds as well as shaped it by hand. Depending on the size, it can take several weeks to dry. We have let the clay air dry as well as  let it dry in the oven at the lowest temperature. But be aware that the paper could brown or even burn if it gets too hot.

The texture of the clay is rough and grainy, which worked out perfect for these projects. To get a smoother surface, the dried clay object can be sandpapered. Afterwards it is ready to be painted.

We will share a couple of other clay projects in the upcoming month…..

 

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Candy Candy Candy

 

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It’s the year of candy for us…. Let me explain. Every year we have a different Christmas theme. Wait what, why are we already talking about Christmas you might ask yourself. In the past we had different colors and themes like beach, forest, Harry Potter, damask black and white etc…. Last year’s Christmas was a magical forest and for the first time we had a little reveal for the family for this years theme. It was a little box filled with candy and a message announcing “Candy Christmas”.

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Because candy is such a fun theme that could be used all year around, we will also have a candy themed birthday party for Olivia in June…. and how about a candy Valentines?We have already been dreaming up some amazing candy creations and parties and can’t wait to share more throughout the year. My sister finished drawing some delicious candy which will be incorporated into the candy designs for the parties. Here are the different steps of one of her unedited drawings:

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We will share lots of sweetness throughout the year. Like our paper clay candy which might be transformed into a Christmas tree garland or table decoration. If you want to sweeten your own party, we included the different steps on how to make the candy.

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We used our beginner paper clay recipe which is basically only paper and glue. You can find the recipe on how to make the paper clay for all kinds of fun projects here:

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To make the balls, you also need a measuring spoon (we used 1 TBSP), different paints, clear foil and hot glue.

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It will be a sweet year 🙂

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Happy Halloween from The Party Event

 

Yesterday we had the best time getting ready for trick or treating and Halloween fun. I love to dress the boys in the same theme (I still can without getting complaints), but this year we went out all the way with a castle theme. We not only included my husband and me, my sister and another friend were part of the group as well. We had a blast!!!!!

We had Luca the knight and Giorgio the dragon, I was the princess, my sister was the evil queen and my husband and our friend were two more knights. We looked really funny…. Of course getting ready was already a lot of fun, since this time it was the real thing. (We also got dressed up for Halloween photo shoots in August and I was sad to remove it right away) Lots of armour, a green dragon costume, glitter, rhinestones and some tulle later, we were ready for Trick or Treating. It was the first active Halloween for Giorgio and he got it right away. He was so happy holding his little bucket and getting candy. What a trooper, not one complaint! The knight got a little moody after a while, but nothing a sugar rush couldn’t fix. 🙂

After the kids part, we also went to Lincoln Road to be part of the Freak Show Halloween that South beach offers and met more friends…. It was a great evening, but today I am tired…

There was another important reason why this Halloween was really special, because we got a big order of  ready-made sets of Halloween photo booth props from a major restaurant on Ocean Drive in South Beach.

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bloody or slime Halloween candles – an easy, fast and very spooky craft

I usually post crafts I do with my kids, but I love to do projects just for me too… I recently posted about the spectacular Halloween Table we did a couple of years back. If you haven’t read about it, check it out here:

https://thepartyevent.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/the-best-and-creepiest-halloween-dessert-table-ever/

The bloody candles were a last-minute extra creepy idea we had. You need white candles, red candle wax (for blood) or green candle wax (for slime), a lighter, some newspaper to cover the working area and a candle holder or something to hold the candle in place. Easy peasy…

We accidentally bought a red candle which had white wax inside. I double checked before, but somehow grabbed the wrong candle in the end. Thankfully I still had some candles at home. We used a dark fuchsia red in the end and it still looks nice and authentic.  As candle holders, we used styrofoam bowls, which we turned around and made holes inside to hold the candles. We put the white candles in the candle holders, used an extra candle to make first the red and later the green wax hot and poured the liquid carefully over the white candles. Because the wax hardens pretty fast, we had to work fast, but still be careful to not get burned.

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scary pumpkin monsters

Yesterday night my sister and I carved pumpkins. This was only part 1, because tonight Luca, my husband and I will carve some more. Let me present to you: the pumpkin eater and the evil grinner: 

They came out really cute or should I rather say scary 🙂 For a more dramatic results, we carved out some parts and only scraped others. The evil grinner was also marked with a black sharpie and the pumpkin eater got to eat a little pumpkin. Maybe I will still carve a face for the little guy.

We first draw a design on the pumpkins which looked like this:

We then cut off the top off, cleaned out the insides and started to carve. It is a lot of fun, but really messy and I expect tonight to get even messier. I will keep you updated.

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decorating the house for the holidays with children

Since we live in Florida, we don’t get the typical seasons outside of our house. But not inside! I love to decorate for each season and holiday. Right now our house smells like a big pumpkin pie and we have leafs, nuts, pumpkins, straw, berries and other fall decoration all over. This makes me feel so good and I love to share or pass on this love of the different seasons to my kids. Of course we go to the pumpkin patch and do fall crafts, but I also like to include them in the decorating. We have a fireplace where they can go wild. They are allowed to decorate it for each holiday.  I have to check to see, if I have pictures throughout the year, but now it is covered completely for autumn. We use different things (from streamers, stickers, drawings, crafts to leafs, nuts, flowers, buttons or whatever I can find in the house that matches the theme). I bought foam leaf and pumpkin stickers for a craft project and Luca decided the fireplace was the perfect place to display theme. We also used hazelnuts to make a border on top of the mantel. I mean the boys did it all by themselves and I only took pictures. The fireplace looks beautiful and perfect and I could have not done it better. Plus Luca was really proud of him and feels very important. I think every house should dedicate a corner, a door, a fireplace, a corkboard or big frame to let the kids decorate for a holiday, birthday or just because…. and I don’t mean to just hang art from school… I think you will be amazed what your kids come up with – at least I am with mine and I think the hazelnuts idea was genius…

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