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Festive End of School Summer Party

Well, my first born has officially completed her first year of Preschool!  Now it’s time to celebrate summer!  I’m equally excited for the freedom, and nervous to have her home all the time, haha!

I wanted to do a little end of year celebration and thought you might want to incorporate it into your end of year chaos too.  Why is it that there is always so much going on in the month of May?  School events, graduations, beginning of summer, vacations start, it’s never ending!

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End of School Summer Themed Party

It’s always a good idea to throw a party!  Why not one for the end of the school year?

It doesn’t take much to make kids happy.  I mean they’re already not having to go to school anymore.

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For my little party, I set up a station that I think all kiddos would love.  I included some summer essentials.  You know, water to hydrate, sunscreen to keep the burns at bay, and sunglasses mostly for the cool factor.

Doing a little station like this doesn’t have to cost you much at all.  Use things from around your home that are summer related.  Or do what I did and hit up the dollar store.  I probably spent $4 for all of this.

Making a fun, decorated station will make the simplicity of the get together more exciting.  Kids will think everything looks so fun, they’ll be playing for a long time.  Read, out of your hair for awhile 😉

I found this cute palm print melamine tray at the dollar store and it’s perfect for corralling a bunch of summer stuff.  Or you can use it to serve some festive refreshing drinks or snacks from. Plus it matches the fun palm print wrapping paper backdrop.

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The best sunscreen!

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Summer Party Snacks and Activities

As evident from our recent road trip, my daughter is a snack queen.  Literally every time she was in the car she was asking for a snack.  She could have just eaten the largest meal of her life, but required a snack once we were on the road.  She just kept saying, “but I’m supposed to have a snack!”  I guess we should have told her it wasn’t a requirement just because we were in the car.

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I think most kids love snacks more than meals, especially at a toddler age.  So you can’t go wrong including some snacks in your summer party.  I used some popsicles we had in the freezer since last summer.  Other great options would be fresh fruit, ice cream, cracker jacks, or popcorn.

I also spent a couple dollars at the dollar store to replenish our water guns that have broken.  My daughter calls them “shooting things” but loves using them in the summer.

Invite classmates or neighbors over and have them squirt each other.  Or give the kids instructions to squirt the plants and you’ll get your watering done by someone else.

For only a couple dollars the kids will be entertained and cooled off for hours.

I hope this summer party has inspired you to put a few things together for your kids to help kick off summer.  When are you done with school?  Or are you already enjoying the freedom of summer?

 

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How to Keep Bugs Away from Your Summer BBQ

I recently asked my Facebook followers what they needed help with when it came to hosting a summer bbq.  An overwhelming number of people wanted help with how to keep bugs away while enjoying your bbq outdoors.

This response kind of surprised me. Since living in Colorado I don’t feel like we have too many bugs, so it’s not usually a concern for me.  However, I thought I’d help to tackle this problem and give you all some great outdoor summer bbq tips for keeping the bugs away.

I did a little research and came up with six ideas on how to keep the bugs away from you, your food, and the area of your bbq.

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1. Make a DIY Bug Spray

I tend to stray away from the typical aerosol bug spray and sunscreen because of a lot of toxic ingredients.  The good news is it’s easy to make your own versions that are just as effective.  We use Young Living essential oils and they make some great ingredients to make your own bug spray.

Here’s a simple recipe to try:

  • 50 ml witch hazel
  • 50 ml water
  • 10 drops peppermint
  • 15 drops citronella
  • 10 drops lemongrass
  • 10 drops tea tree

Just mix them all up in a spray bottle and you’re set.

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This is all of the oils I had on hand, so it looks like I may need some more before summer starts!

This is a great blend to spray on yourself.  But I love the idea of spraying it on your outdoor furniture as well.  The strong scent of the oils will help to keep the bugs away.

2. Herbs will Deter the Bugs

Another way to keep the bugs away from the area of your bar-b-que is by planting or using herbs.  The smell of the herbs detracts the bugs.

outdoor party ideas, bug free bbq, how to keep bugs away from food, outdoor dining ideas, summer bbqIf you already have an herb garden, try incorporating it into the decor of  your summer bbq.  Or if you have a mobile herb garden in pots or jars, move them to the area where people and food will be to deter the bugs.

Some great herbs to help deter the bugs are: lavender, basil, lemongrass, and lemon thyme.  These would all make great decor around your food platters or on your food buffet.

3. Keep Bugs Out of Your Food with Containers

I love the idea of re-purposing a large drink dispenser as a food container.  The best part about using them is that they have a lid.  The lid will keep bugs from flying right into and landing on your food.

Try putting salads, slaw, fruit, or any other cold side dish in a large drink dispenser and pop the lid on top.

4. Food Covers are Great at Keeping Bugs Away

For the items that can’t go into a large jar, use a food cover to place over the entire platter or dish.  This method may not be foolproof, but it will help keep some bugs away.

I really like using these large food covers because they fold up and are easy to store when you’re not using them.

5. Cover Your Drink Too

Food isn’t the only thing that attracts bugs, but sweet drinks do as well.

I vividly remember dealing with this when I was younger.  I was drinking a soda outdoors at an event when I was about 12 and took a drink of my soda. Before I swallowed I felt something odd in my mouth.  I spit my drink out and low and behold but a bee had flown into my soda and was just swimming around in my mouth.  Thank goodness it didn’t sting me and I’m not allergic, but can you imagine if I were?

So, all that to say to cover your drink!

Adding a colorful muffin liner to your straw is a great way to cover any glass, can, or bottle.  Plus it will help you distinguish whose glass is whose.

Or you can buy these mason jars that have lids that allow a straw to go through the lid.

6. Cover the Trash Can

Another place that draws bugs is the trash can.  Half eaten food, sweet drink containers, and lots of smells makes this area a bugs dream.

The two biggest pieces of advice I can give you on this topic is to keep the trash can in a location further away from where people are congregating.  Not only to help keep the bugs away, but also because your guests probably don’t want to smell that either.

Also, use a trash can with a lid.  Doing so will help to keep the smells in and the bugs away.  Plus, when the lid no longer closes you know it’s time to empty the trash!

I hope some of these tips were useful in getting you prepared to have a bug free summer bbq this summer.  If all else fails, there is always the option to have your bar-b-que indoors too, haha!

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Party Color Scheme: Copper and Green Themed Desert Party

Congrats!  It’s Friday and you made it to the weekend!  Today is another Party Color Scheme post.  I have been so hot being pregnant in the middle of summer, so thinking about the desert was natural for me.  This copper and green themed desert party color scheme is so great for this time of year.

Party color scheme with copper and green, cactus party, desert party, party colorsI’ve included an inspiration party and some ideas of how to incorporate the colors into whatever kind of party you’re planning to throw.  This color scheme would work for so many things.  A dinner party, a birthday party, a baby shower, an end of summer party, or a business luncheon are all great ideas to incorporate these colors.

Copper and Green Party Inspiration

This desert cactus bridal shower is the image of perfection when incorporating the copper and green color scheme.  Be sure to click the link above and check out the entire party.  It’s pretty amazing.  Those copper chairs are seriously swoonworthy.  I also love the floral arrangements and how even with using cacti they seem soft and pretty.
The key when using metal as the primary color in a color scheme is to mix various shades of the color.  The chairs, glassware, vases, and napkins are all in the copper family, but not exactly the same.

Here’s another great way to incorporate this color scheme.  Do it in cake form!  This cake is so pretty dripping in copper frosting.

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via Brides

Just be sure to remove the cactus before biting into this beauty.

Copper and Green Party Decor and DIYs

If you’re looking to incorporate these colors in a super simple decor DIY, try using this copper vase.  The tutorial is super easy, but it’s so chic.  I’d venture to say you’d want to leave the vase out long after your party.

Make several of these in different sizes and group them together in the center of your table or run them the length of your table.   It will look awesome.  To bring in the green all you really need is some leafy branches, a great way to forgo getting flowers for your party.
This is the perfect idea to incorporate copper and green into your party favors.  Terra cotta pots work so well as the copper, add in some green ribbon or even a small cactus, and you’re set.

You could even use terra cotta pots as your centerpiece and decor.
Now here are some resources to round out your party color scheme.  Simple ways to bring in the copper and green without being too over the top.  Try using these utensils, these straws, or these napkins.

If you want to recreate the look of copper chairs, but don’t want to splurge on renting actual copper chairs, try a diy.  Use this ribbon and tie it to the back of your chairs.  Use the below picture for some inspiration.

Is this a color scheme you can see planning your next party around?  If so be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook with #thedailyhostess

I hope you have a great weekend and do something to beat the heat.  I’ll be pulling together my husband’s birthday party with a fun guy’s only theme that you’ll get to see next week so stay tuned for that.

 

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Real Life Party: Picnic Themed Birthday Party

Happy Friday friends!  I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July and have since recovered.  Today I’m giving you all the details on my daughter’s third birthday.  We hosted a picnic themed birthday party and it was so fun!  You’ll get to see lots of picnic ideas, picnic food, and fun!

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We hosted the party at the park in our neighborhood.  It had been super hot all week and then randomly we had a really cool, windy day.  It was kind of a blessing because I didn’t have to worry about keeping cupcakes and food cold on a hot summer day.

The kids all played at the playground for awhile and worked up an appetite.  It helped to bring some outdoor toys to the park.  Things like buckets, shovels, and balls kept them entertained.

Picnic Food

To keep all the food together and individually packaged for the moms and kids, I picked up some great cardboard lunch boxes from Hobby Lobby.  I also got some chalkboard labels from my local party supply store to label all the boxes.  This is a great way to keep special dietary restrictions separate, and no fighting over who gets what.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyPicnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyPicnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyFor the kiddos lunch, I tried to keep the menu pretty kid friendly with Chick-fil-A nuggets, baby carrots, chips, and a picnic staple watermelon.  I was able to prepare all of the food the night before and kept in the refrigerator. The morning of the party was pretty relaxed since all I  had to do was load up the lunch boxes and get everything to the park.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyPicnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyThe little plastic cups pictured above were great to keep all the food separated.  I also just about fell down when I spotted that red gingham washi tape at the dollar spot at Target.  All the other red gingham decor and party gear was from Hobby Lobby.  It was on clearance, so that was even better!

For the moms, I tried to keep the menu similar, but felt like we needed something a little more grown up than chicken nuggets.  Although, Chick-fil-A nuggets are pretty delicious.  I made a large baguette sandwich and was able to slice it up into equal portions for all the adults.  It’s a great way to make one big meal to feed everyone.  All you have to do is make one big sandwich on any loaf of bread you enjoy, then cut up into however many portions you need.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyPicnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyI wrapped up the sandwich portions in parchment paper to hold all the sandwich fixings inside, then tied it with red and white twine.

It seemed like everyone enjoyed their picnic lunch and were full enough to carry them through until dinner.

For dessert and to celebrate the birthday girl, I ordered cupcakes from my local Safeway store.  If you live near a Safeway, I highly recommend getting cupcakes from their bakery.  The icing is delicious, the cake is always moist, and a dozen cupcakes are only $6.99.  You can’t beat the price for what you get.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyTo dress up the cupcakes, I found these small rubber ants at a local farm store for about .50 cents a piece.  It was the perfect little decoration to add to the picnic themed birthday party.  It was also nice that it didn’t take a whole lot to just plop these onto the tops of the cupcakes.

Note to self though, never order red icing on a cupcake again!  The kids were a mess after eating these, haha!

Picnic Birthday Party Set Up

As far as setting up the picnic, it was a pretty easy way to throw a party.  All you really need to do is throw down a bunch of blankets.  Thankfully, everyone that came also brought a blanket so we had plenty.  I also had a small pop up tent because I was expecting blazing sun.  It ended up serving as a semi-private potty station for all of our potty training toddlers.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyI used some more red gingham pinwheels and banner party supplies from Hobby Lobby to denote our picnic area.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyHosting a picnic themed birthday was pretty easy.  I highly recommend it if you are in need of an easy party on a small budget, or for a last minute party.  Other picnic ideas could be to have a theme, like a sandwich themed picnic party where everyone brings their favorite sandwich to share.  A wine themed picnic party with wine and cheeses sounds amazing! A picnic themed party is a great way to make the normal pot luck a little more interesting too.

I was pleased with how our picnic themed birthday party turned out. Most importantly, I think my three year old enjoyed it.  She likes to throw blankets down on the floor at home all the time to have a picnic.  This seemed was the perfect way to do a quick and easy party for her.  I had planned on not doing much for her birthday this year, but am glad I put in a little effort and did something special!

I hope you all have a great weekend and maybe get outside to enjoy a picnic!

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4th of July Front Porch Decor Inspiration

It’s almost time for the biggest celebration of summer, the Fourth of July!  Do you love celebrating our country with some red, white, and blue, bar-b-que, and fireworks? We live in a great little cul-de-sac where most of our neighbors spend summer evenings outside in the front yard hanging out.   So, I decided to focus my Fourth of July celebration on my front porch this year.

Here’s a bunch of inspiration and a little DIY on a super simple 4th of July wreath.

July Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasFirst up is my Fourth of July front door.  I diyed this simple flag wreath and added a huge Boston fern.  It’s so big it’s blocking our doorbell.  Eventually we’ll be building a custom plant stand that’s a little shorter to allow guests to see the doorbell.

July Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasHere’s how I made this simple wreath.

  • I took a wreath form
  • Wrapped an extra flag around it, so that the stars were around the wreath, and the stripes are hanging down.
  • For the remainder of the wreath, I used some leftover burlap and hot glued one end around the wreath, then wrapped the rest around the wreath form and secured it with more hot glue
  • I hung the wreath using some burlap ribbon

Like I said, it’s super simple, you’ll just have to play around with the flag to get the positioning that you want.  I specifically used this style because our front door is so tall.  I wanted something that would take up a good portion of the door.  This does just that!

July Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasJuly Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasNow for the rest of the porch, I added some flower boxes to the porch railings then tucked some flags into them.  I wanted to make sure that the flags stayed put, so I zip tied them to the flower boxes.  Can we give a collective high five to the inventor of zip ties?  They work for so many things.

July Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasJuly Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasIt’s been so hot here, my flowers are a little droopy.  Thankfully, it’s cooling off this weekend so I’m hoping they perk back up a bit.

July Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasI just love the ferns that I’ve added to my front porch.  I got them at my local grocery store for guess how much…..$12!!!  Isn’t that crazy cheap?!

July Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasI put them in galvanized dairy buckets I picked up at a farm store.  This is a great way to let the plants drain but not have water running all over the place.

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July Fourth front porch decor and inspiration, July 4th front porch flags and ideasI hope some of these ideas give you a little inspiration to start incorporating some red, white, and blue onto your front porch.  The front porch is such an important space to show some attention.  It’s the first thing that people see when they come to your house, or even when someone just drives by.  A lot of times the front porch is an underutilized entertainment area.

Use your front porch to invite a neighbor over and have a cool, refreshing beverage while enjoying the decor and work you put into your front porch!  I hope you have a great weekend!  We’ve got several parties to celebrate this weekend, so you’ll get to see all of that fun in the upcoming weeks.


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Celebrating everyday!