St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Printables

Morning, well it’s still kind of the morning.  Coming in late today, but better late than never. I wanted to give you all some more free, quick, and easy St. Patrick’s day decor.  Yesterday I showed you how to make a quick garland.  Combine that with these St. Patrick’s Day shamrock printables and you basically have a party!

st. patricks day printables, st. patrick's day party decor, st. patrick's day kids craft, st. patrick's day shamrock printablesI whipped up some printables to share with you, but then decided to throw together a little party too to show you one way to use them.

st. patricks day printables, st. patrick's day party decor, st. patrick's day kids craft, st. patrick's day shamrock printablesI made some shamrock cupcake toppers and straw labels.  They are super easy to just print, cut out, and use them for your party.  I used some fun gold polka dot washi tape to add them to straws on some juice boxes and on top of the cupcakes.

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st. patricks day printables, st. patrick's day party decor, st. patrick's day kids craft, st. patrick's day shamrock printablesThe labels would work great taped around a swizzle stick too if you are having more grown up drinks for St. Patrick’s Day.  Or you could wrap them around the stem of a wine glass to label drinks.

st. patricks day printables, st. patrick's day party decor, st. patrick's day kids craft, st. patrick's day shamrock printablesI’ve also had these green tins for a really long time and have never used them for anything.  So, out they came for St. Patrick’s day and this little “pot of gold” popcorn.  Using popcorn at the end of a rainbow is such an easy way to include the idea of a pot of gold on St. Patrick’s day.

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Click Below for St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Printables

 

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An Easy DIY St. Patrick’s Day Garland

Is it starting to feel like spring where you live yet?  It’s definitely starting to where I live in Colorado.  It’s getting me so excited for warmer weather and all the celebrating and entertaining that comes along with it.

Today I have such an easy DIY, that I kind of feel silly even posting about it.  But, I just want to show you that party decor, or seasonal decor for that matter, don’t have to be difficult or time consuming.

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I wanted to do  a little something for St. Patrick’s day, but green decor is not something I have on hand.  So I decided to make my own.  Thanks to some after Christmas sales, I found this great solid green wrapping paper.  Knowing I had that, I figured I could make my own St. Patrick’s Day Garland.

I took a tip from the wrapping paper itself and decided to do something with circles, since the paper has polka dots.  Once I had my idea, I knew I only needed a few items to make the garland.

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Garland Supplies

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  • Green Wrapping Paper
  • Glue (I used a glue stick, and so far is holding up great)
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Not pictured: pencil and something circular to trace around

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Garland Tutorial

Like I said at the beginning of this post, this is a really easy DIY.  I knew I wanted to make a bunch of circles and fold them in half over string to make my garland.  It’s really simple.

Step 1: Make Circles

I used the bottom of a vase to trace circles on the wrapping paper.  There are so many things around your house that could be used to trace.  Plates, pot lids, vases, a kid’s toy, bowls, really anything that’s circular and the size you’re looking for.

Next, you’ll want to cut the circles out.  I just freehanded cutting them.  And I didn’t take any pictures of this part, but you get the idea right.

Step 2: String up the Circles

After I had cut out my circles, I started adding them onto the string.  I did this by folding them in half, then gluing them onto the string.

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That’s pretty much it.  I did these same couple of steps for all of the circles and just eye-balled the distance between the circles on the garland.

Once all the circles were on the string I hung them up on my mantle.

DIY St. Patrick's Day garland, easy diy wrapping paper garland, green garland, St. Patrick's day decorI would recommend that once they are hung up to do a little trimming.  Because I just cut the circles out myself, they weren’t perfect.  Some of the white inside of the wrapping paper was showing through, you can see it below.  I just trimmed it off after I had hung it up.

DIY St. Patrick's Day garland, easy diy wrapping paper garland, green garland, St. Patrick's day decorOnce that was done, I feel like it’s a pretty cute little garland!  The best part was that it took me practically no time at all to make.  Which is why I think it’s so easy to make parties a little extra fancy and pretty.

It doesn’t take much time to make your own party decor.  Your party will look so much more cohesive it you make themed decor and try to make everything looked tied in together through the decor.

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10 Easy Party Backdrop Ideas

Howdy folks!  Happy Friday and cheers to the weekend.  I wanted to pop in today and give you some really great, easy ideas on how to make a party backdrop.

I feel like there’s nothing that ties a party together than a centralized focal area that has a great backdrop.  I’m sure you can feel intimidated when you search for something like that on Pinterest.  But I’m here to tell you there are a ton of ways to make a really amazing party backdrop that’s really easy.  Let’s get started!

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10 Easy DIY Party Backdrop Ideas

1. Wall of Balloons

If you were around during my series on balloons, then you know how versatile they can be.  I love the idea of using balloons as a backdrop and making them into a wall.  You can do that by tying their strings at different lengths or just taping them to the wall.  These glue dots work best if you plan on taping them to the wall or each other.

2. Shower Curtains

After the most recent baby shower I planned, I fell in love with using shower curtains as a quick and easy backdrop.  I used some command hooks to hold mine up.  Here are a few shower curtains that would be so cute as party backdrops.


Three of them are from the same company, they have the cutest designs. *Affiliate Links used above

3. Flowers

I love a good large paper flower and use them for a lot of different parties.  They add so much dimension and interest to a party.  The tutorial above uses foam as a backing which I think it pretty clever.  The best way to make a statement with a flower backdrop is by using a large number of them.

4. Crepe Paper Garlands

I’ve made these large fringed garlands several times for different parties.  You can see them here and here.  They are pretty quick to make and cover a large area.  I love the color combination of the ones in the picture above.

5. Tassel Garland

Tassel garlands have been all the rage for awhile now and you can find a bazillion tutorials on how to make them on Pinterest.  For a backdrop though, I love the idea of layering each garland over another to make a bigger statement.

6. Pinwheels

Paper pinwheels are another easy, inexpensive, way to make a large party backdrop.  Layering them over one another in a range of colors that match your party theme looks awesome.  You can typically buy packs of pinwheels at party stores for not very much, so just a few different packs and you’ll be in business.

7. Wrapping Paper

This one is so easy, just find a wrapping paper that ties into your party theme and tape it to the wall behind a dessert table, gift table, or food buffet.  One thing to use and your done!  You could always add other things to it, but it’s great by itself too.

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Black and white wrapping paper as a dessert table backdrop

8. Paper Plates

Probably one of the easiest backdrops you could ever do is to use paper plates.  I’m over here, like why didn’t i think of that?  So easy to just tape them up, and so cheap to make a big statement with them.  Love all of these bright colors!

9. Cups on a String

Another way to make your party backdrop tie into your party is to make a wall hanging out of paper cups.  The picture below is just for inspiration.  It’s a similar concept but using a string of lights.

To make a cup backdrop without the lights, just poke a hole in the bottom of your themed cups, run a string through the hole and then tie a knot in the string on the inside of the cup.  Tie the cups at different lengths to add dimension and interest.

10. Letters

I’m loving the new trend of letter balloons, but they are kind of expensive.  So if you want a cheaper alternative, try inexpensive block letters from a craft store to spell out a fun phrase that ties into your party.  Or you could even just make your own out of cardboard or fun scrapbook paper.  The key with a letter backdrop is the bigger the better!

I hope you feel inspired to add a large focal point to your next party with one of these easy DIY party backdrops.  Using a little creativity and supplies you already have on hand for your party is all you need to amp up your party backdrop.

Have a great weekend friends, come back next week as we start to gear up for St. Patrick’s day, Easter, and all things Spring!

 

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Real Life Party: Up, Up, and Away Gender Neutral Baby Shower

Welcome back everyone!  I hope your week is off to a great start!  I’m so excited to share this gold and white gender neutral baby shower with you today.  It means that we’re getting closer to a new niece or nephew!  Recently, my sister-in-law asked if I would help host her baby shower.  I, of course said yes!

It was a bit of a challenge because it was located about 12 hours away from me and it was a gender neutral.  I’m so impressed that they have made it thus far without finding out the gender of the baby.  I am such a planner (shocker!) that I would have to know beforehand.

Because I’m a little particular about parties and how they look (again, shocker!), I ended up taking a lot of party decor with me across three states, haha!  For the other things that I didn’t take or couldn’t fit in my car I ordered through Amazon prime and had them sent to the party location.  What did we ever do before Amazon prime?  And I apologize to my sister-in-law who had to deal with a ridiculous amount of boxes coming to her house before the shower.

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So I really wanted to focus on a fun gender neutral theme for the party.  My sister-in-law and her husband love adventure and exploring.  You can see their wedding here.  I decided to go with an Up, Up, and Away theme hoping that it kind of tied into their love of adventures.  The main colors were a very neutral white and gold.  Plus, gold let me add a bit of sparkle 😉

gold gender neutral baby shower, baby shower ideas, gender neutral baby shower cake, gold and white baby shower decor, baby shower brunchDecorating for a party at someone else’s house also proved a little challenging.  Thankfully having been to my sister-in-laws house plenty of times, I kind of knew where I wanted to set things up beforehand.  I did a large backdrop in front of the dessert table.  Using Command Hooks to hang a shower curtain made taking the decor down a breeze without damaging any walls or putting anything permanent up.

I then made these large fringed garlands to hand in front of the shower curtain.  You can see where I made blue ones in this post.  I found a great three pack of large crepe paper at a decent price so I had to share it with you.  You can find it here.  The colors are a true gold, silver, and copper.  I’m excited to use it for other projects too.

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Thankfully a friend let me make this “Oh, Baby” cake topper on her cricut machine.  It turned out so cute.  I just hot glued it to some skewer sticks and popped it into the cake along with a hot air balloon cut out.

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gold gender neutral baby shower, baby shower ideas, gender neutral baby shower cake, gold and white baby shower decor, baby shower brunchYou can’t go wrong with a donut tower at any kind of party.  But especially for a brunch, they work perfectly.

Up, Up, and Away Themed Baby Shower Brunch Menu

Speaking of brunch, we had a great spread of food.  Lots of great breakfast options and lunch options.

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Plus I added in some store bought chicken salad, croissants, and my other sister-in-law is the charcuterie master.  She knows how to set out meat and cheese like no one else!

No brunch is complete without mimosas.  I set up this little drink station and it just goes to show you that you may have to think outside of the box when party planning.  Without an ice bucket we got creative and used a pretty silver bowl to keep the champagne on ice.

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Gender Neutral Baby Shower Decor and Favors

I added some hot air balloons throughout the party to tie into the theme.

gold gender neutral baby shower, baby shower ideas, gender neutral baby shower cake, gold and white baby shower decor, baby shower brunchgold gender neutral baby shower, baby shower ideas, gender neutral baby shower cake, gold and white baby shower decor, baby shower brunchThis centerpiece was super easy to make with some gold tins I already had and taping some gold straw to white lanterns.  I meant to get flowers to put in the tins, but totally forgot when I was at the store.

I highly recommend setting up a gift station/favor takeaway area/guest book situation for any kind of party that people bring gifts to.  It keeps everything in one spot.  Having it at the entrance of the party tells people what they are supposed to do with gifts.

The table near the front door was perfect for everyone to leave gifts, sign the guest book, and take a fun caramel popcorn favor for the road.

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That wraps up this gender neutral baby shower. Now we just have to wait about another month to get to meet the little guy/girl.  I was so excited to do this party for my sister-in-law and know that this baby is going to be so loved (because it already is!).

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How to Host an Easy Clean Up Play Date

I’m back again today with another parenting focused party post.  Play dates are pretty much the regular party around here.  If you’re in the same boat but feel that hosting a play date can be intimidating I can help.  Play dates may seem difficult to host because you have people in your house, there are lots of kids, and the clean up can be daunting sometimes.

I wanted to give a little advice on ways to make cleaning up from them a lot easier.  As for the other reasons, those have fairly easy solutions too.  Don’t invite too many kids, and don’t worry about having people over.  The adults will just be thankful to be around other adults and the kids don’t care what your house looks like at all.

So back to cleaning up from your play date.

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Easy Clean Up Play Date Ideas

1. Use a Baby Gate to Section of a Play Area

Containing the play date is key to a quick clean up.  Block off certain areas of your house with a baby gate, closing doors, or just telling the kids to stay in one area.  This is also great if there are actual babies at your house to keep them safe.

Only having a mess in one area makes clean up a lot faster.

2. Use Paper Table Runners

Plan to do a craft or activity at your play date?  Be sure to get a roll of kraft paper beforehand to cover your table or work space.  Once the craft is done all you have to do is roll up the paper and toss the mess in the trash.  This is also a great way to protect your table for any major spills or messes.

3. Only Use One Play Space

Over the holidays we had several parties where kids played with toys in the living room, the play room, my daughter’s room, and the basement.  So, there were toys everywhere, mismatched with where they were supposed to go.  Keeping the play date in one area or room really cuts down on how many places need to be picked up.  Just see number 1 for how to keep kids in one space.

4. Only Use Big Toys

You know what’s not fun?  Cleaning up a million tiny little toy pieces.  So that’s why I suggest when you host a play date to break out some of the bigger toys.  Things like big blocks, play tables, climbers, and all in one toys are great for play dates.  They may seem cumbersome, but at the end of the play date you won’t have to find a bunch of little things everywhere and clean up will be super quick.

5. Corral the  Snack Zone

Providing a snack for the friends at your play date is a very hospitable.  But cleaning up that snack may not be very fun.  The best way to cut down on the mess is to choose a less messy snack.  Things like fresh fruit and veggies are great.  You can also make everyone eat their snack in one spot.  Doing so will keep crumbs and the mess in one area to clean up.

I hope some of these tips encourage you to ask your friends to come over and play.  Well at least your kids’ friends.  With a little preparation it will be really easy to clean up after the play date.

If you’re still not convinced then just plan to host a play date at a local park.  Super easy clean up and the best part is that it’s not in your house 😉

Happy Friday, I hope you have a great weekend!!

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