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We are still here…

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Ok, I think I need to explain why we haven’t posted anything in a while and why this blog is still stuck in summer 2015…

We have been really busy and if you visited our social media pages you can see all kind of new props, parties and awesome stuff we have been doing the last couple of months:

https://www.facebook.com/thepartyevent

or

www.instagram/thepartyevent

(we are always looking for new likes 🙂  )

Hopefully this is about to change, because we are still going strong. Our company has grown quite a bit since the beginning and we are now selling on amazon too, just to mention one of those things we have been doing. We have lots of other new adventures and so much to tell… There had been some personal changes, like a new baby that isn’t a baby anymore, a couple moves and also unfortunately a divorce, so the blog was a little on the backburner. We are still focusing on Photo Booth Props but also dipped into the amazing world of Harry Potter. If you follow any of our social media sites like instagram, you already know that we have flooded some of our social media with our latest obsession. We actually created a separate blog that we will link here too. If you are a Harry Potter fan just like us, you will love the new blog. We will still keep this blog active and I have lots of new photo booth props sets to write about, we want to share DIY crafts we did and there is so much more. We have been planning and working on our new website with a STORE for soo long now. It takes a little longer than expected and I really wanted to write the blog directly from the website… but somehow we are still not there and rather than waiting any longer, I want to share our props, crafts and everything else again. I missed my blog, this is my baby. 2017 Here we come….

 

 

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Summer Bucket List 2015 – let the summer begin

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The time has come…… Summer is here…. School is almost over and yes – we are having a baby too….

Summer could not sound any better right now!

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– road trip / small vacation

– have a picnic in the park

– day trip – feed the fish in Islamorada

– go to a new park

– go camping in our backyard

– camping in Oleta with kayaking, marshmallow roasting and s’mores

– go to the Seaquarium and touch a sea creature

– 4th of July – go to a parade

– swimming pool – beach lots of times

– go to the library/ read stories

– attend a planetarium night sky watch

– visit a turtle or bird rescue

– visit/ climb a lighthouse

– go hiking

– have a science day – go the science museum

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– create an obstacle course

– water balloon competition

– color nature hunt

– fossil hunting – find interesting stones

– scavenger hunt

– nature walk – make funny faces

– collect 100 sea shells

– have a paint fight

– have a watermelon spit seed contest – carve a watermelon – eat watermelon

– plant sunflowers

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– paint shells

– make a sun print

– food stamping like a couple years back when we did the potato painting

– make a driftwood art like fish out of sticks

– make a shell – shark beach necklace

– make fizzing sidewalk chalk

– build a boat or raft and let it float – milk carton

– 4th of July craft

– sand craft at home – color sand

– make a giant outdoor art on bed sheet – splash painting

– Italian Day/German Day learn a fun country fact and make a craft

– make a summer memory book of our activities

– make bubble snakes

– make glow in the dark bubbles

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– make ice cream

– make root beer float – and other floats

– grill little saussages in dough (Wuerstchen im Mantel) – roast Marshmallows – make smores

– Italian day – German Day cook some traditional food –

– make popsicles

– bake a gluten free treat for Feffel

– make lemonade

– bake bread

– watermelon shark

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– have a baby

– try a new fruit

–  have an ice party – freeze toys in ice – color ice – eat ice cream

And that’s the annual problem. Too ambitious 🙂

But I have so many great ideas and want to do so much, so sometimes the summer bucket list gets a little out of control somehow. But that’s ok, we never have a boring summer and can still do some of the stuff in fall…. Now let’s get into action.

I am really excited, just a few days more and we are ready….Do you have any special summer projects or a bucket list? We would love to hear from you…

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

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It has been a while since our last crafty Friday and I don’t like it, because it is one of my favorite things to blog about. I love crafting, cooking, baking and just doing things together. Since the boys are very involved in crafty Fridays, I would love to post it each and every week. But let’s be realistic, even though a mom can still dream…This year is also a lot busier than planned. We moved into a bigger office and there is a new future “crafty Fridayer” on the way. She will make her grand entrance in the beginning of June and we are more than ready for her. .

But back to our crafty Friday project. We love holidays and celebrations, each and every type. From Mother’s Day to Halloween, Christmas and Easter – we like to celebrate in a special way and try come up with unique details.

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I came across a beautiful baking idea from Cooking with Manuela.(I will add the direct link at the end of the post)!

These Apple Rose Cakes are flowers and cake in one and we had to recreate them for Mother’s Day. They are really beautiful, special, delicious and best of all so easy to make. The perfect gift for Mother’s Day or another special celebration.

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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)

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

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Here is our inspiration recipe and a great “how to” video:

http://cookingwithmanuela.blogspot.com/2015/03/apple-roses.html

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Happy New Year 2015 – yes, we are back

We are back and aren’t going anywhere. Get ready for an exciting new year from The Party Event. Happy New Year and a wonderful 2015.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

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I just checked the post from last year and I could actually copy and paste the first sentence to start this post:

I am a little late this year, especially because we had our main Christmas celebration already Christmas Eve…

AND Somehow I am even later this year… BUT here I am 🙂 Each year we have a different Christmas theme with certain colors, patterns and designs, which usually starts with an inspiration or idea and evolves into a theme… Last year we used pink, green and golden hues. Here is the post:

https://thepartyevent.wordpress.com/2012/12/27/merry-christmas-from-our-family-to-yours/

Even though my favorite color is pink and I would love to use it every year, it is so much fun to use different themes and colors and to create a different Christmas magic year after year… I love Christmas! The theme this year was ice and snow in blue, white and silver. Very fitting for Miami, 😉

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It started with the Adventskalender (I made an icy winter village at night and Eva a blue Christmas tree tower, as you can see in one of the pictures below) and the entire house was decorated and got a wintery makeover. We bought blue lights and blue ornaments for the Christmas tree and together with the icicles and jewels I already had, the tree sparkled. We used fake snow and all kind of wintery decoration for the table. My favorite decoration would be the small vintage ornaments in blue and silver hanging on the lamp and are scattered over the table. They are so pretty. AND the backdrop we used on the wall. It is a little shiny on the pictures, but (still) looks awesome next to the table. It is a huge window with a winter scene, lots of snow and ice as well as a deer. This really transformed the table…

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It was exactly like I imagined it and I have lots of sweet memories about this holiday season. This is what makes me happy! Spending quality time with the family and friends we love, baking, crafting, ice skating, decorating, making presents for each other (like a cookie checkers board for grandpa or a miniature Christmas tree for auntie), drinking hot chocolate, wrapping and decorating the presents and the crazy unwrapping frenzy, laughing, the elf, surprising each other, Adventskalender, Christmas music, singing and cooking are just a few of these memories we made….

It is my favorite holiday and I want to make each year extra special for the ones I love… I hope I could share some of our Christmas magic with you and give you a warm (or icy) holiday feeling or a smile. We wish you a never-ending season of Love, Peace and Happiness! Happy Holidays 🙂

And like last year we already know the theme for next year, which will be a more traditional, cozy and woodsy Christmas sweater theme in red and green. I can’t wait 🙂 Too soon?

 

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Casino Photo Booth Props – perfect for your Las Vegas style party or gambling/game night

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For my husband’s birthday, we threw a “Casino Royal” party and created this set of photo booth props. The party was awesome and we are selling all kind of coordinating party supplies like favors, dice photo holders, garlands and banners etc. Here is a picture of the dessert table: Pic coming soon 🙂

You can buy the props here in our etsy store:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/153861217/casino-poker-photo-booth-props-perfect?ref=sr_gallery_5&ga_search_query=casino+photo+booth&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_ref=auto1&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=casino+photo+booth

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Preview of our royal casino dice favor boxes

favor boxes collageI am sooooooooooooo excited to share these dice boxes, we have created for the royal casino party of my husband. They will be soon for sale at our etsy store as printable or ready made box with favor tag. I will post the link soon. Until then contact us at thepartyevent@gmail.com for prices, more information and other casino inspired decoration.

UPDATE: We had our party and everything looked spectacular. I finally had the time now to put the boxes in our etsy store. Here is the link:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/154287669/dice-favor-box-or-invitation-box-perfect

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Printable Autism Awareness Photo Booth Props – perfect for your fundraiser or show your support

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Check out our latest set of photo booth props. We created an Autism Awareness Photo Booth Prop Set, perfect for using at a fundraiser and to create awareness in general. When we started, we offered the set for free if you liked us on facebook. Because of privacy settings and other issues, we ended this promotion and have them and other awareness props now for sale in our etsy store:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/178338282/autism-awareness-photo-booth-props?ref=sr_gallery_5&ga_search_query=autism+awareness+photo+booth+props&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all

You can still like us on facebook here: www.facebook.com/thepartyevent

We also love to see your event pictures. It makes us really happy to see the props in action. Let’s Educate, Support, Love and Accept together 🙂

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Reunion Photo Booth Props – perfect for bringing back school spirit and to impress former classmates

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Recently we received a custom order for reunion photo booth props and here is the result. This was a fun set to work on especially for my sister, since she went to high school in the USA (I finished school in Germany). Together with the customer, we came up with some great ideas and got this amazing set. It can be customized with school colors, high school name and graduation year and will be the talk of any reunion. My favorite prop is the yearbook and the food tray…. Do you need custom photo booth props, just contact us at thepartyevent@gmail.com for prices and more information. You can order the reunion photo booth props here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/152571535/high-school-reunion-photo-booth-props

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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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Available in our etsy store:
Our next wedding set will be a pink rose set, which is already in the works. We have been busy creating and crafting things that go along with the theme…. One of the crafts, are coffee filter roses, which will also be featured in one of the next crafty Fridays. Because we had some dyed coffee filters leftovers in all hues of pink and some orang 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.
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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.
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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Do you like them, but don’t want to have the time or patience,  we do sell these cupcake toppers here:
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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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