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3 Simple Ways to Wrap Pretty Gifts

Cheers friends, it’s Friday!!  I hope you have awesome plans for the weekend!  If you have any events this weekend that require you to take a gift, be sure to check this post out.  I’m giving you three easy ways to wrap gifts and make them pretty.

Fringed Bow

First up, is this fringed tissue paper bow.  It’s super easy to make and I’m sure you already have all the supplies you need.  It’s great for any last minute gifts or if you run out of bows and ribbon.

Three easy ways to wrap pretty gifts. wrap presents, make presents pretty, pretty gifts, fun gift decorThree easy ways to wrap pretty gifts. wrap presents, make presents pretty, pretty gifts, fun gift decorTo make this fringed bow, all you need are tissue paper, scissors, and tape.  First, cut your tissue paper into long strips.  Then, cut fringe into the long strip about 2/3 of the way across the strip.  Next, lay the fringed strip out flat and start rolling it from one end to the other.  It will make a rolled up “wand” type of shape.

The shape isn’t too important, so just play around with rolling it to get the desired shape you want.  I taped about four fringed “wands” to the corner of the gift and called it good.

You could also put them on the gift in a different pattern to cover up your taped areas, or hot glue them to the gift in a fun pattern.  Think pinwheels, stars, or a leaf pattern.

Pom Pom Package

The next super easy gift wrapping idea is to use pom poms for a fun addition to your gifts.

Three easy ways to wrap pretty gifts. wrap presents, make presents pretty, pretty gifts, fun gift decorThree easy ways to wrap pretty gifts. wrap presents, make presents pretty, pretty gifts, fun gift decorUsing simple brown kraft paper, I wrapped my gift then simply hot glued some colorful pom poms to the top of the gift.  I love the fun and unexpected addition of the pom poms, and how they stand out against the brown paper.

Add them to your gifts in a pattern or pile them up to make a big bow.  This method is great if you have to pack or travel with a gift because you don’t have to worry about bows or ribbon getting smashed.  The pom poms are really forgiving so they’ll bounce back after traveling.

Satin Ribbon

You can literally never go wrong wrapping gifts with some pretty paper and adding a big satin ribbon bow.

Three easy ways to wrap pretty gifts. wrap presents, make presents pretty, pretty gifts, fun gift decorThree easy ways to wrap pretty gifts. wrap presents, make presents pretty, pretty gifts, fun gift decorI love this hot pink satin ribbon.  The color is so vibrant.  I loved it so much I didn’t want to trim the ends of the ribbon because I didn’t want to lose any of the ribbon.

It would look amazing to wrap a bunch of packages in coordinating colors of your party and stack them up as party decor or use them to denote where the gift table is located.

Here are some great resources for satin ribbon.  Paper Mart has an amazing selection of colors and different satin fabrics.  Plus 25 yards per roll is a great quantity. Joann’s is another great craft store to purchase satin ribbon and there are probably one or two near you.  You can never fail with a quick search on Amazon either.  Get this highly reviewed ribbon collection in two days with Amazon Prime for a really reasonable price.

Which is your favorite wrapping technique?  Shout it out in the comments by clicking on that talking bubble at the bottom of this post.  I hope you have a great weekend and get to celebrate something fun!

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Party Color Scheme Inspiration: Flamingo Party

“Let’s Flamingle!” It’s Friday!  I’m starting a new series today where I’ll be planning a hypothetical party around a color scheme.  Hopefully you’ll get some great ideas of how to incorporate food, decor, and activities, using a color scheme to tie them all together.

Here’s the fun and flirty color scheme that I think screams flamingos.

Flamingo Birthday Party Inspiration with a pink, purple, and blue color scheme.I love the mix of pink and purple with teal blues.  My daughter is obsessed with flamingos right now, so that’s the first thing I thought of when I first saw this color scheme.  Why not use it to plan a fun flamingo birthday party?  These are the perfect colors for a little girl or even a grown lady who has a love for those pink birds!

Flamingo Birthday Party Inspiration

Here are a few inspiration pictures to get your creative juices flowing.

I love this fun birthday dessert table and how the balloon arch perfectly incorporates the colors from the color scheme.  The balloon arch has so much more dimension because they aren’t all the same size.  The use of the palm leaves also gives quite the tropical flair.

This fun little girls party has a base of the blue from our color scheme with touches of pink throughout.  I love the quirky names of all the food at this party, so click through to read them.  They’re pretty funny!

Menu Ideas

To carry the flamingo theme throughout, I’d recommend offering at least one shrimp dish.  I mean that’s what gives flamingos their pink color, right?!  How about a grilled shrimp kabob, or a shrimp po’boy sandwich?  Both would be delicious.

I think this kind of party is perfect for the summertime so keeping the menu on the lighter side is a great idea.  Things like pasta salad, fruit salad, grilled corn, or grilled summer vegetables.

For dessert, a cute pink cake with a plastic flamingo cake topper would be perfect.  To round out a dessert table, I’d add pink and purple or blue cotton candy, or “flamingo fluff”.  You could also include candies in the coordinating colors, or custom flamingo cookies.  If you want to diy your dessert, make a quick batch of cupcakes from a box and top with pink frosting.  Or use some of these ideas to top store bought cupcakes.

I don’t think there is a more perfect drink to go with this flamingo birthday than pink lemonade.  I’m planning on making this recipe this weekend and will let you know how it turns out.  Any sort of pineapple based cocktail is also a great idea.  And flamingo drink stirrers are a must.

Flamingo Party Decor Ideas

Obviously, decor for this flamingo birthday party is going to be done using the colors from our color scheme inspiration.  Things like balloons and streamers are easy to find in these colors.

Other areas to include our color scheme would be on the dessert table, like in our first inspiration photo.  Make sure whatever vessel you use to hold cupcakes, candies, or cookies are pink, purple, or teal.

Don’t overlook making a great tablescape either.  How fun would a teal colored tablecloth or table runner be with some plastic pink yard flamingos as the centerpiece be?  Super fun, easy, and probably pretty cheap to do.  You also can’t go wrong with a great floral centerpiece.  I’d recommend using pink flowers in a teal blue ball mason jar and then for fun add in some purple or teal colored feathers.

Kara’s Party Ideas

Flamingo Birthday Activities

Coming up with ideas of how to entertain kids and adults at parties can be quite daunting.  I generally follow the rule that people will spend most of their time conversing with each other, so games or activities aren’t necessary.

However, there are some great themed activities that would go perfectly with this flamingo birthday party.  I love the idea of using a pink yard flamingo as a game of ring toss.  Just try to get the ring around the flamingo’s neck.  Or another option would be to hold a “minute to win it” challenge of balancing on one leg, like a flamingo.

What do you think of this new series?  It’s really fun for me to plan a hypothetical party, and I love the color inspiration because it leaves so many options!  Do you want to have a flamingo birthday party now?  I’m pretty sure I do!

Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to come back next week to see all about the fun party I’m hosting this weekend!

 

 

 

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Real Life Party: Daniel Tiger Themed Birthday

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  We were busy celebrating the birthday girl!  The best part is I’ve got all the party details for you today.

Pinterest Graphic-Daniel Tiger BirthdayI never thought I’d be the mom throwing a cartoon themed birthday party, but our girl loves Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood pretty much more than anything.  Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is a show on PBS that’s has a modern take on Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, but in cartoon form.   She won the battle, and I actually had fun coming up with ways to make the party decor not so cartoonish.  Take a look and let me know what you think.

Daniel Tiger Kids BirthdayThis is what guests saw on their way into the party.  Love doing this fake chalkboard method.

Daniel Tiger Kids Birthday

Daniel Tiger Kids BirthdayOnce inside, we had some red, blue, and yellow themed decor.  The trolley photo booth was a big hit.  It was pretty easy to make using a red tri-fold cardboard poster.  I just added some yellow construction paper “seats” and black wheels, after cutting out the “windows.”  I made the paper chain decor from a few pieces of scrapbook paper, then stapled them together to form the chain.

Daniel Tiger Kids Birthday

Daniel Tiger Kids Birthday

Daniel Tiger Kids BirthdayThe kiddos attending the party got some yummy goodies and fun things in personalized bags.

Daniel Tiger Kids BirthdayMy favorite part of the party was our dessert station.  The dessert station was a major focal point, the color scheme turned out great.  I may never hang anything on this wall in the dining room so I can keep using it as a backdrop at parties.  I used wrapping paper as a runner.  Blue pinwheels and red polka dot cups were purchased at Hobby Lobby.

Daniel Tiger Kids BirthdaySo. many. desserts!  We had to give so much away because I didn’t want that much in my house for me to eat the leftovers.  I made the cake and chocolate covered “Tiger Tail” pretzels, and purchased the cupcakes from our local grocery store.  Another cute idea was drawing tiger faces on little oranges.   Surprisingly, finding little oranges was rather difficult because apparently they aren’t in season right now.

Daniel Tiger Kids BirthdayThe cake banner is a straw with red and white twine tied to it and washi tape banners.  Just fold the washi tape over the string then cut out the little notches.

Daniel Tiger Kids Birthday

Daniel Tiger Kids BirthdayI had a couple Daniel Tiger faces left over from invitations so I put them to use as cupcake toppers.

Daniel Tiger Kids Birthday I was pleasantly surprised at how good the cake turned out since I’m not a huge baker.  I just used a boxed cake mix, but I tried to make the inside look like tiger stripes.  It didn’t work out that well because the chocolate part of the cake ran into the orange part of the cake.  Either way it still tasted good.

Daniel Tiger Kids BirthdayThat’s a wrap on our Daniel Tiger themed birthday.  Thanks for stopping by neighbor (I just had to throw in some Daniel Tiger language!).  I wish you all could have been here to celebrate with us and eat some of that dessert!

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Thoughts on Motherhood After Two Years

Thoughts on MotherhoodI know Father’s Day was only a few days ago, but today is pretty special.  Today, my baby who is not such a baby anymore is turning two.  I wanted to talk about motherhood and how this 8 lb. 2 oz. human changed my life two years ago today.

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I’ve come to terms, from the beginning actually, that even with all the books, methods, and mommy group conversations you just have to do the “mom thing” your way.  The key to doing it your way is to not judge others if they do something differently than you.  Basically, I’ve been following the “winging it” parenting method and it’s working out pretty well. Its so easy to be bombarded with motherhood advice, kid talk, and warnings.  I’m sure it’s just this season of life, but it’s kind of overwhelming. A few things I’ve heard or seen lately have resonated with me when it comes to raising kids and being a mom.

First, The Nester’s frequent posts on how you only have 18 summers with your kids. She emphasizes that the days are long. Especially days when two year old tantrums combine with potty training.  But the years are short.  I don’t know where the last year went.  I feel like we were just celebrating her first birthday.  What were the milestones in that time frame?  What were the memories?  18 is such a small number it scares me.

Jamie Ivey’s Happy Hour podcast recently struck a cord with me. In this episode, Jamie talked about how becoming a parent changed her more than getting married. It totally makes sense because you chose your spouse, but God blessed you with that child. The enormity of the trust he put in you to care for and raise that child is mind boggling.  We can only pray that we are doing an ok job.

Lastly, there have been a lot of things going on in the news that made me realize the world is a crazy place. Alligators are attacking kids, kids get sick, people that want babies can’t have them, parents have to bury their babies.  It’s all just crazy.  I recently watched the documentary He Named Me Malala outlining the story of 2014 Nobel Peace Price Winner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban because she was speaking out for girls education.  I have a daughter and I’m so grateful that we live in a place that she can get an education.  I just wish it was that way around world.  I hope to teach my child that the best way to approach this crazy world is through God’s love. His love can conquer all.  The craziest part is that most of us are willing to be a parent more than once, and bring more children into this crazy world.

To my fiercely independent, silly, smart, always running, clumsy, curly haired blondie. Leila, I hope you know that I love you more than anything, even when you drive me so crazy I have to hide in the closet. I pray that you grow up to be the amazing person God created you to be.  Just don’t do it too fast!

Flower GirlHappy Birthday Leila!  I love you!

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A Kids Valentine’s Day Craft

Good morning!  Can you believe it’s already half way through January?  I swear it was New Year’s yesterday!  Since time is flying by, we’re already talking about celebrating Valentine’s Day, and you can see how I plan to celebrate here.  Today I’m going to show you step by step directions to making a cute kids Valentine’s craft.  I found the idea for this craft on Facebook but I can’t seem to find who posted it.

A funny story about this craft was that it was made during an impromptu play date.  I had discussed doing this with some of my daughter’s play mates but never confirmed a day or time and then both of her playmates just showed up one morning to do it.  I was confused at first but was so glad to have something fun to do with my daughter and her friends.  Plus, impromptu play dates are so fun!

Here’s the completed valentine!  It’s perfect to give to friends, grandparents, or siblings.

Kids Vday CraftNow, here are all the steps to making one yourself.

All of the tools you’ll need:

  • painted handprints
  • red cardstock
  • a picture of your child
  • scissors
  • tape
  • glue
  • markers

Kids Vday Craft

Step 1: Make your child’s hand print by brushing washable paint onto their hand and pressing them onto white card stock, then once dry cut them out.

Kids Vday Craft

Kids Vday Craft

Step 2: Cut out pictures of your child and glue them onto the red card stock.

Kids Vday Craft

Step 3: Tape the cut out hand print over the picture, ensuring to tape the hand print only at the bottom.

Kids Vday Craft

*Note: Taping the hand print at the bottom allows the hand print to be folded down revealing the child’s picture.

Kids Vday Craft

Step 4: Write whatever message you’d like on your Valentine.  Have fun with this part, by personalizing the message, writing a Valentine’s poem (roses are red, violets are blue, etc.), or coming up with a corny message like those themed Valentine’s you can get at the store.

Kids Vday Craft

When your recipient gets the card they’ll have a cute message and a hand print marking how big your child is at that time, then a surprise photo when they fold down the hand print!  It’s a pretty easy craft and gets your child involved in making Valentine’s for the one’s you love.  It only took me about 10 minutes to put together six Valentine’s after the painted hand prints had dried.

If you don’t have any pictures printed of your child, because it’s 2016 and every picture is on your phone, then try the option below.

Kids Vday craft

Just glue the hand print to the red card stock and add a little paper heart to the palm of the hand print.  I had to do this for two Valentine’s because I only had 4 recent photos of my daughter printed out.  Then add your message as discussed previously.

Kids Vday Craft

I hope you give this hand made Valentine craft a try and I’d love to see how creative you get with it.  There are a ton of variations you could use; patterned paper, fun messages, different sizes and shapes of the Valentine, you’re only limited by your creativity.  A hand made valentine is a great way to surprise someone you care about.

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Celebrating everyday!