A paper clay doll – a wedding cake topper

We got the wedding fever over here, because Eva is getting married in less than a year. Ohhhhh, so exciting, but so much to do and because we are usually doing it all by ourselves, why not try making a wedding cake topper.

After researching wedding toppers, Eva realized that any custom toppers are over a hundred dollars and that is just too much, so she started to play around with our favorite paper clay recipe (her current obsession) that was featured on the blog in the beginning of the year.

This doll won’t be the actual wedding topper because it is still too rough around the arms and chest and need to be worked on just a little more. Also the actual wedding topper will be even more personalized possibly with an alligator or maybe a compound bow or some other passion. This doll became a princess and was adopted by Olivia, my 3 year old daughter.


This was only the second try and I can’t wait to see the future dolls. The first one was just clay and the facial features were too rough and she was a little lopsided. This time, Eva bought a small doll, which happened to be a mermaid from the dollar store, to use as the base. Since we only needed the actual skull and upper torso, Eva removed the hair, make up, arms and mermaid tail.




To shape the dress, Eva used aluminum foil and covered it in clay. She also made the hair out of clay and shaped new arms and flowers. The doll had to dry 7-10 days.


She tried to smooth the skin and shape the collar bones with a file but it didn’t work as expected and is still too rough. To mimic her own skin color, Eva mixed several colors. It turned out a little more orange. She colored the hair, the flowers, made a little necklace and of course most importantly drew her face back on. She used acrylic paint and nail polish to get some shine and glitter.



In the end, the doll came out very cute and Olli loves to play with her. Can’t wait to see what Eva comes up with next.

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Blue Baby Photo Booth Props…. Yes, one more Baby post – It’s a BOY



In the last couple of weeks, we showcased our pink and purple baby photo booth props.  Today for photo props Monday, we wanted to talk about one of the most popular colors BLUE…. It’s a BOY. But our photo props are also the perfect decoration for a baby shower or maybe a present like a diaper cake…. Come back on Wednesday for a beautiful present idea…..

We are selling our blue Baby photo booth props in etsy as printable or ready made props:


scroll down for our other sets in different colors….



Here are the purple props:




Here are the pink props:


Here is the yellow set:


This set is an updated version of our old baby photo booth props set in either pink, blue, yellow or green:

Green Props



We also offer a cute multicolor set with different props:


We do have pastel photo booth props here:


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Purple Baby Photo Booth Props…. We are still thinking all about Babies



Last week we showcased our pink baby photo booth props and next week we will feature the blue baby photo booth props. Today for photo props Monday, we wanted to talk about one of our favorite colors PURPLE…. After we had designed all the basic colors, we received a custom order for purple props and they came out perfect. It would look awesome to mix up purple with pink props or match the colors of the party.

We are selling our purple Baby photo booth props in etsy as printable or ready made props:


scroll down for our other sets in different colors….



Here are the blue props:


Here are the pink props:


Here is the yellow set:


This set is an updated version of our old baby photo booth props set in either pink, blue, yellow or green:

Green Baby props



We also offer a cute multicolor set with different props:


We do have pastel photo booth props here:


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Apple Rose Cakes perfect for Mother’s Day, a special birthday present or just because they look so pretty and are delicious too…


It’s crafty Friday and I thought today would be perfect to post this Throwback post from 2015 about the beautiful and delicious apple roses for Mother’s Day.  Here is the original post:



To make it extra cute, you need special helpers preferably in cowboy costumes….

You need:
2-3 apples – 1/2 lemon – marmalade/preserve of your choice (we tried apricot, peach and raspberry) – frozen (thawed) puff pastry sheet – corn starch or flour for rolling out dough – powder sugar for dusting

I like my kids to try things and be independent, but sometimes they need a little help like cutting an apple in half. After I cored the apples, my cowboy helped slicing the apples as finely as possible. Just like rose pedals, all the slices looked different and were different sizes. To get them evenly sliced, you could slice them yourself or use a Mandoline slicer.


We just used the perfect slices and put them in a bowl and ate the rest


We covered the apples with water and added the juice of half a lemon. We microwaved the apples for about 1-2 minutes to make them softer and pliable to roll later….
In a separate bowl, Giorgio and Luca mixed the marmalade with 2-3 teaspoons of water and stirred the mixture to make it smooth.


We unfolded and rolled out the dough on a starchy surface, which was the favorite part of Luca.

Giorgio also rolled out the dough and I cut it into 6 equal dough stripes. It is optional, but a lot of fun to poke extra holes in the dough or make some other design.


We covered the dough stripes with the marmalade and the apple slices making sure they overlapped to make the roses look real.


We folded the dough to make an apple pocket and rolled them carefully to make the shape of a rose. We were really careful to make sure the apples didn’t fall out and sealed the edges in the end. The roses were placed in muffin cups and were baked in the oven until the puff pasty turned golden brown. (we baked them at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour)

appleroses6The cooled roses were dusted with powdered sugar and were all gone the day after Mother’s Day.



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Mother’s Day DIY gift, a cute Popsicle Puzzle from the heart…


Mother’s Day is almost here and we have the perfect DIY gift idea. A Popsicle Puzzle…. Personally I don’t want my kids spending money for a present or need a big gift. The perfect present would be a long nap by myself followed by something small and meaningful from the heart that is cheap or free.

My kids love to color and paint. A couple weeks ago I had asked my 8 year old and 11 year old to draw something nice for our art wall. Both of my kids were not sure what to draw, so I gave them some inspiration. Paint something special for me, Mami. Something that I would like or has something to do with me. The result was two beautiful drawings that mean so much to me.

We decided to use these paintings as inspiration for our puzzle and Eva drew a third picture as a free template to use. But it could be anything, a coupon for a nap for example, a photograph, a card or a copy of a ticket (don’t use the original).


We copied the original pictures because they were part of the art wall, but you could also use the original masterpieces. Other than that you only need popsicle sticks or craft sticks, pencil, ruler, scissor, glue and an envelope.


We used 17 popsicle sticks which measured:

6 3/4 inches x 4 1/2 inches or 17.5 centimeter x 11.5 centimeter

We measured in centimeter and cut the masterpieces in 1 cm stripes (make sure that your craft sticks also measure 1 cm or change accordingly)

We glued the paper stripes on the sticks and let them dry overnight.


Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing Moms everywhere. Not just one day a year, let’s celebrate every day.

Here is our free template for you:



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Photo Props Monday: Happy Cinco de Mayo


No time to siesta, it’s a fiesta. Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held on May 5. It has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage and we are happy to celebrate it. Our photo booth props are fun party decoration as well as a great party game/activities/photo opportunity.

They are available on etsy as printable and ready made photo booth props:



If you are a soccer fan, you might like our Mexico soccer photo booth props:


mexico soccer

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England/London Photo Booth Props are here….


It’s #photopropsmonday and today we are featuring our latest set: England/London Photo Booth Props. We wanted to make England props for such a long time and finally had the chance, when we received a custom order a few months ago. Country/City props are so much fun and we like to get creative and come up with fun, typical/symbolical props that represent the country or city. Of course there are so many options and props, we could have made (and we had plenty more ideas), but as per usual, we narrowed down the list to 16-20 props and made this lovely and brilliant set. (I would love to make a royal set in the future….. ). What are typical “British” props for you?

You can find the props in our etsy store as printable and ready made props:


We also have England soccer props: (see the end of the blog post for picture)


or Harry Potter Props (see the end of the blog post for picture)



The backdrop had to be the English flag and we also made a park like setting that can be seen on some of the pictures.



Here are the pictures of the other sets:

England Soccer Photo Booth Props:

England soccer

and Harry Potter:



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10 Fun ways to color easter eggs


Happy Easter!

We love coloring and dying Easter Eggs and over the years have tried out different techniques to make cute and different eggs. We thought, we share some of our favorite Easter eggs and how to make them. Most of them are very easy to make and they all look beautiful. We used cooked eggs, hollow eggs, plastic eggs and clay eggs for different effects….

1. Emoji Eggs


I think the emoji eggs are soo cute and the kids and I would definitely like to make more next year…



Cartoon eggs like emoji eggs are so fun, bright and cute and they are one of my favorite eggs ever…..



You need:
Plastic or real eggs, yellow, black and white color
We used hollow eggs for this project, because we want them to last and make more next Easter. We colored the eggs yellow and let them dry completely. (we used wooden sticks and straws inside a flower pot) We needed 2-3 layers to get a really bright yellow. We tried to use sharpies to draw on the faces, but the sharpie stopped working shortly after. In the end, we used very fine brushes and painted the faces with acrylic paint.


2. Ombre Eggs


These eggs are so easy to make and look stunning at the same time.








You need:
eggs, egg coloring tablets, vinegar, small plastic cups (in which egg can stand up), extra water or whisk (optional)
We used cooked eggs for this project. This project is very easy, but time consuming. Our cups were the perfect size for the eggs to stand up straight without rolling over. We dissolved the color tablets in a separate container with only a little bit of water and added 3 tablespoons of vinegar. We carefully poured a little of the liquid into the cup with the egg covering only the bottom of the egg. We let it sit for 15 minutes and poured just a small amount of water to create the next lighter shade. We added more water about every 10 minutes until the egg was completely covered. The kids wanted to be involved and make their own ombre eggs as well, so we used a bigger glass and a whip to hold the eggs up straight for easier pouring.


3. Vintage Book Letter Eggs


The vintage book letter eggs are so easy to make and look so chic at the same time.



You need:

Plastic or real eggs, old book, modge podge, gold color and optional ribbon or string


We used plastic eggs for this project, because we want them to last and display them every Easter. We tore the book pages in little pieces and glued them with modge podge. Once the egg was covered completely with paper, we brushed a thin layer of modge pogde on top. We let the egg dry completely and painted the edges of the torn paper with a gold color. Just a little touch of gold. We wanted to wrap some string around the egg to make it look even more vintage looking, but liked the final result and kept them without it.


4. Unicorn Sparkle Glitter Eggs


Glitter eggs are magical and the favorite eggs of my daughter…



You need:
Dyed eggs, fluorescent glitter, white glitter, glue
We dyed our eggs first with regular egg dyes. Afterwards we brushed a thin layer of glue and rolled the eggs in a mixture of white and fluorescent glitter. Voila, glitter sparkle unicorn mermaid eggs…..


5. Napkin Flower Eggs


We brought spring inside the house with the beautiful napkin flower eggs.


You need:
Plastic or real eggs, napkins, modge podge, scissors

We used plastic eggs for this project, because we want them to last and display them every Easter. We applied modge podge on the eggs and covered them with a layer of a napkin trying to brush off any wrinkles to get a flat surface. You could tear the napkin in strips or pieces or cut off a design like a flower and glue them on the egg as well.  Once the egg was covered completely with the napkin, we brushed a thin layer of modge pogde on top and let the egg dry completely.


6. Clay Watercolor Eggs


They are even more beautiful in real life and have different shades of color….


You need:
Clay eggs (see our clay recipe) or real eggs, water, watercolors
We used the colorful plastic eggs from egg hunts and covered them in clay for this project, You can also buy ready made papermache eggs to get the same effect. It would look really nice on real eggs as well.  You only need very wet watercolors and drip them down the eggs. While the first color was still wet, we added drops of a second and third color. The colors blended beautiful together. My three year old thinks they look like Dinosaur eggs. Dinosaur eggs would be a great idea for next year….

7. Confetti Eggs


Just looking at these eggs make me feel happy. Depending how the confetti is placed, you can get various looks and effects and I think, we need experiment more with different colors next year. I already have so many ideas….



You need:
Dyed eggs, hole puncher, tooth pick, glue, tissue paper or ready confetti
We used dyed eggs for this project. You could also use white eggs as your base, but I like to have a soft color underneath. To get the confetti, the kids used the hole puncher. We used tissue paper, because it sticks perfectly to the eggs without looking to bulky. We covered a small area of the egg with glue, dipped the tooth pick inside the glue first and used it to apply the confetti to the eggs. If you use your finger, it will get messy and sticky very fast. This was a nice project for my oldest son. Alternatively you could roll the eggs in the confetti, which we had done a couple years back. Its also pretty sticky and confetti will be everywhere, but also looks very nice.


8. Touch of Gold Eggs


Eggs fit for a king, they came out so beautiful and made the dyed eggs look so much nicer.




You need:
dyed eggs, small sponge, cloth, gold color mixed with water

We used dyed eggs for this project. Luca made these eggs by himself. He dipped the sponge into a glaze made out of gold paint and water and dipped it carefully on the eggs, wiping the excess off with a cloth. So easy and so pretty….


9. Shaving Cream Eggs


This was hand off the most fun project for the kids. But keep in mind it is pretty messy too. We first colored the eggs and had an entire sensory session after followed by a bath.



You need:
eggs, shaving cream, food coloring, tooth picks and lots of paper towel or wipes

We used cooked eggs for this project, My kids sprayed a layer of shaving cream on a plate and added drops of different colors of food coloring. Because of Olli, we overused pink, but that is her favorite color…. We carefully mixed the colors with a tooth pick trying to not overmix them which was difficult because it was sooooo much fun. We rolled the eggs inside, transferring them on a different plate and let them marinate for 15 minutes, while Olli played a little more with the shaving cream. The result was messy, but haaaaapy and thats what I am all about. Since we did this in the garden, it was perfect and I didnt mind the mess. We wiped the excess of the shaving cream off the eggs and most of them were pink and purple, so we made a new batch in different colors.


10. Marbled Eggs


Easy breezy, oily squeezy. You get cute eggs and a small science lesson at the same time.





You need:
eggs, vegetable oil, vinegar, easter egg dyes

We dissolved the colors in water and added 2 tablesppons of vinegar in half of the colors and 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil in the other colors. We mixed the oil and dipped the eggs first into vinegar solution and after into the oil solution and vice versa.

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Carrots, Carrots, Carrots…. An Easter Carrot Party

One of my favorite Easter Parties was our Carrot Party. We had a carrot patch for the egg hunt, carrot cake and cookies, huge carrot decoration pieces, carrot invitations, carrot favors, carrot party hats… actually EVERYTHING CARROT….. and we loved it….


Carrots, orange and green everywhere, more carrots, happy kids…. It was fantastic.


The Savory and Sweet Tables

We had a savory and sweet table with carrot or Easter inspired food like bunny sandwiches, a carrot cake and cookies, little carrot patch desserts etc….


We also served some other dishes that we “carrotized” with our personalized carrot decoration,  cupcake toppers, name tags, little orange flags etc. If you are interested, just send us an email to thepartyevent@gmail.com for more information.



More Carrot Decoration and Activities


The giant carrots served initially as huge decoration pieces in the trees and later as pinatas filled with more goodies for the kids. We also had other activities like a photo booth station to take pictures and a crafting table with some carrot inspired activities for the kids.

The Carrot Patch


One of my favorite parts of the party was our egg hunt inside the carrot patch. This looked so cute and we hid the eggs behind the carrots, which made it more challenging and fun for the kids. We made the carrots out of foam, glued them on wooden sticks and had them all over the carrot patch. We also had carrot shaped eggs instead of golden eggs with special prices inside them.






We created an edge with foam Easter eggs on the sides that the kids didn’t enter beforehand. The entrance was closed with streamers and Easter baskets.


In the end it began to rain, but looking back even this looked beatuiful….


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Crafty Friday: Lollipop Easter Bunny Treats/Favors



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:


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


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



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)


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.


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


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



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.


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.



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.


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


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