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Back to School Party Ideas

back to school partayIt’s time for the little ones to go back to school and I assume some parents are jumping for joy. (Editor’s note: that is very much correct.) Getting back into a routine can be a daunting task, especially for kids, so let’s start it off with a party! There are so many great ideas out there to make it extra special and extra handmade. Here are my favorite party ideas!

B A L L O O N S !
These are like a necessity! No kid will be sad with balloons and they add so much color when thrown around. I love this apple balloon diy! There are also some cute photos you can take to capture moments like this.

P A R T Y  F A V O R S
Yes, please! Send the kids home with some treats and an adorable gift jar full of school supplies! This DIY offers free printables too!

B A C K D R O P S
Every party needs a backdrop or a banner to spruce up the walls. I love this one because it’s simple and totally a congrats moment when you head back to school. It means you graduated Summer, right?

P I N A T A S
I love how pinatas are such a thing now. They are fun to make and you can stuff it with candy,  school supplies, and CONFETTI! These pencil pinatas will do quite nicely.

E D I B L E  P L A C E  C A R D S
They make your guests feel welcomed with a personal touch. Now, edible place cards are on a whole new level of cool.

M I N I  D E S S E R T S
Anything mini is my jam! You can create a dessert for each guest and let them have at it. I saw this mini bundt cake shaped like an apple and i just about squealed.

I wish all those parents (and kids) out there the best of luck!

For more creations, head on over to my blog and check out my instagram!

Alyson

 

DIY Cupcake Toppers for Labor Day Weekend

DIY Cupcake Toppers for Labor Day Weekend

I’m sure you’ve already been invited to several parties for Labor Day Weekend, the last hurrah of Summer. So here’s the deal…I don’t cook for parties because I take it personal if no one eats my food. (I know, I’m sensitive.) I usually bring chips and dip and add it to the table with all the other people that forgot to bring something and rushed to the store last minute. These cupcake toppers bring that “barbecue vibe” without the actual barbecue. And hello! Store bought cupcakes work great, no baking required! :)

DIY Cupcake Toppers for Labor Day Weekend

What you’ll need –

Fondant
Fondant tools, but using your hands is totally cool.
Fondant roller
Toothpicks
Gel Food Coloring (red, yellow, green, beige, brown, and you can mix to make the right color)
Cupcakes!

Tips: When coloring the fondant, you can wear gloves so the dye doesn’t get all over your hands.  Knead it over and over until the color is no longer marble-y. Nothing has to be perfect, so I totally make the pieces by hand, even with all the tools next to me. Also, keep the fondant wrapped in saran wrap until you are ready to use, otherwise it will dry out.

DIY Cupcake Toppers for Labor Day Weekend

DIY Cupcake Toppers for Labor Day Weekend

DIY Cupcake Toppers for Labor Day Weekend

DIY Cupcake Toppers for Labor Day Weekend

These were super fun to make and not as messy as you’d think! I would have to say these 4 foods are perfect staples for your barbecue and I’m sure your friends would appreciate them, even if you skipped on bringing the potato salad.

DIY Cupcake Toppers for Labor Day Weekend

Also, can I take a minute to rave about these cupcakes I bought?! They were from Haggen and made by Kimberly’s Bakeshoppe. I’m not even kidding about how good these were. They’re Vanilla Bean, but also had a vanilla cream center. droooool.

DIY Cupcake Toppers for Labor Day Weekend

I hope everyone has a wonderful 3 day weekend and a great Labor Day!

xo Alyson

A Picnic With Creatives in NYC

Creative NYC Details

Anytime I encounter a setting with oversized balloons, tassel garlands, and copious amounts of amazing food, I pretty much assume I’m in the right place. Such was the case last summer when I attended Creative NYC, a meetup/picnic in Riverside Park hosted by none other than Gilit Cooper. You know Gilit, right? Of course you do. She’s the whimsy-loving woman behind The Bannerie and this very blog, Shoes Off Please. And as I’m sure you can imagine, girl can throw a party.

Creative NYC Food

Creative NYC Details

Creative NYC Food

I had met Gilit back at Alt Summit about a month before, and when I heard that she was putting together this event for creatives in New York City, I jumped at the chance. Leapt, actually. After spending a week at Alt, one of the premiere blogging conferences in the country, I was itching for more interaction with some rad entrepreneurial-type women in my city.

Creative NYC Details

And that’s exactly what I got. Looking around there was no mistaking that this was an event for bloggers and creatives. I mean, the signs were everywhere. Phenomenal décor: check. Impossibly good food: check. The goodiest of goody bags: check. A heapin’ helpin’ of inspiring boss ladies: check check check check CHECK.

Creative NYC

Creative NYC Food

Gathering with the women at Creative NYC was like taking a breath of fresh air. As we sampled lime sugar cookies, wore flower crowns, and gushed over our personalized glitter banners, there was just an immediate sense of connection between all of us. And it wasn’t just that we looked amazing in our flower crowns (but by the way, we super did). Instead, we were unified by traits far more profound: our love of creating and our desire for growth.

Creative NYC Guests

Creative NYC Guests

The more I do this whole blogging/writing/pursuing my dreams thing, the more I realize how important gatherings like these are. There’s just something so impactful about meeting with other creatives – in. real. life. Not just in Twitter chats or in comments sections, but face-to-face, eyeballs-to-eyeballs – actual human connection.

Because here’s the thing we so often forget about creative careers: sometimes it can get kind of lonely. I mean, don’t get me wrong: it can also be incredibly rewarding. Whether you do it full-time, part-time, or during your lunch break – any level of investment you can make into something you truly care about is totally worth it. But despite its perks, there is often an inherent isolation to the creative process. If you run a business from home, you likely know what it’s like to spend a good portion of your day alone. Or even if you don’t work remotely, perhaps you’ve had those confusing conversations with friends and family members who don’t exactly get what it is that you “do” (You blog? For a living? Whattttttt?)

Creative NYC Denise Photographs

And that’s why it’s pretty thrilling when a bunch of likeminded creative-type folks are able to gather in one place. It’s a reminder that we are not alone in this effort to make beautiful things. We aren’t crazy for doing the things we love. There are others like us who are making their way, building their own businesses, blogging, photographing, writing, designing, etc.IMG_0026

Creative NYC Details

Not only do meetups and creative gatherings provide a sense of community and understanding, but they also are a hotbed for inspiration. After spending time with the legit women at Creative NYC — which included such gems as Cyndie Spiegel from The Collective {Of Us}, Denise Ginley from Little Market Kitchen, Bethany Everett from Twenty Something Plus, and Jessica Bishop from The Budget Savvy Bride, to name a few – I left with roughly a gagillion new ideas for how to grow my blog. That kind of motivation is just inevitable when creative people get in the same place.

Creative NYC

All of that being said, if you’re thinking of organizing a meetup or an event for your local creative community, go ahead and get after it! It’s honestly one of the most worthwhile ways you could spend your time. And while you’re at it, wear flower crowns because, let’s be honest, they are festive and everyone looks amazing in them.

How do you connect with your local creative community? I can’t wait to hear all about it!

Much love,

Christy

Food: Denise Ginley | Photography: Denise Ginley and Gilit Cooper | Styling: Alicia Brandon and Gilit Cooper | Flower crowns: A Golden Garden

Watermelon Favor Bags

DIY watermelon party favor bags

I am bound to run out of ways to incorporate watermelons into DIY projects, but today is not that day! When I was browsing the dollar store a few weeks ago I spotted these vibrant paper bags in pink, orange and lime green. I knew they had to be mine because they would be perfect to hand out party favors in, but the plain bags were a bit boring. So when I started on my watermelon crafting kick I just knew I had to turn those pink bags into fabulous Watermelon Favor Bags!

150 SUPPLY LISTPink Paper Bag
Lime Green Tape, 0.75 inches wide
Dark Green Tape, 1.5 inches wide
Black Vinyl
Scissors
Treats, Candy and Prizes

Make a Watermelon Favor Bag!

150 TO CREATE

  1. Cut a long piece of dark green tape and adhere it to the paper bag, lining up the edge of the tape with the bottom of the bag, wrap the tape around the entire base of the bag. Repeat this process with the lime green tape just above the dark green tape.
  2. Using scissors cut your black vinyl into small squares, these will be the seeds of the watermelon. Adhere the black vinyl squares randomly to the pink area of the paper bag.
  3. Fill your bag full of treats, candy and prizes!

Make a Watermelon Favor Bag!

Make a Watermelon Favor Bag!

Make a Watermelon Favor Bag!

Make a Watermelon Favor Bag!

Make a Watermelon Favor Bag!

This project is also a perfect party/craft activity for little ones and might I suggest making a super-sized version of my Mini Watermelon Piñata, then the kids could use the Watermelon Favor Bags they crafted to collect the piñata loot in!

-Sarah

*See more of Sarah’s glitter and talent on her blog Weekend Pursuits and Instagram @sadiutori

Mini Watermelon Piñata

Make a mini watermelon piñata!

While I can assure you that if I threw a Fruity Fiesta, I would l-o-v-e to deck out the party with a super-sized piñata in every fruit imaginable, I am sure my party guests would not enjoy the lack of mingling room it would provide. Luckily, I can satisfy my fruit piñata craving, provide substantial room for mingling and give each guest a little something to take home with them, all thanks to these Mini Watermelon Piñata!

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1170X425 SUPPLY LISTPink, Light Green and Dark Green Crepe Paper, Streamers or Tissue Paper
Lightweight Cardboard (I used a Krispy Kreme box leftover from National Donut Day)
Mini Watermelon Piñata Template (link at bottom of post)
Black Card Stock
Double-Sided Tape
Clear Packing Tape
Hot Glue and Glue Gun
Fringe Scissors
Scissors
Hole Punch
Candy, Treats and/or Small Toys (to fill the piñata with, I used these sour watermelon candies)

Make a mini watermelon piñata! #fruityfiesta

1170X425 TO CREATE

  1. Print out the template, cut out the triangle shape, trace it on to the lightweight cardboard twice and cut out two triangles. Out of the lightweight cardboard also cut out several strips, approximately 1 inch wide.
  2. Assemble the piñata base. Using packing tape, attach the strips to one of the triangles to create a triangle shaped box, if you are planning to add anything to the inside of your piñata, now is the time to do so. Place the other triangle on top of the box you created and attache with packing tape.
  3. Using double-sided tape attach pieces of tissue paper/streamers/crepe paper to the piñata base to cover all of the cardboard. Cover the top two-thirds of the piñata base with pink, and the bottom third with dark green.
  4. Create the decorative fringe. Using fringe scissors, cut and fringe the streamers leaving approximately ½ inch of uncut steamer at the top, this space is where you will attach your fringe to the mini piñata. Note: If you are using crepe paper or tissue paper, you will need to cut the paper into 1½ inch strips and then fringe.
  5. Using a hot glue gun attach the fringed tissue paper/streamers/crepe paper to the piñata base, starting at the bottom with the dark green and working your way up to the top. I did one row of dark green, one of light green and the rest in pink. You want to place your first row of fringed tissue paper/streamers/crepe paper, so that it lines up with the bottom of the piñata, the rest of the fringed tissue paper/streamers/crepe paper you add, make sure the bottom of the piece you are adding is approximately ½ inch above the bottom of the last placed fringed tissue paper/streamers/crepe paper.
  6. Using a hole punch, punch out several dots out of black card stock, these will be the seeds for the watermelon. Attach the dots randomly on the pink area of the piñata.

Make a mini watermelon piñata! #fruityfiesta

Make a mini watermelon piñata! #fruityfiesta

Make a mini watermelon piñata! #fruityfiesta

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Make a mini watermelon piñata! #fruityfiesta

Make a mini watermelon piñata! #fruityfiesta

Make a mini watermelon piñata! #fruityfiesta

Make a mini watermelon piñata! #fruityfiesta

Make a mini watermelon piñata! #fruityfiesta

Make a mini watermelon piñata! #fruityfiesta

Make a mini watermelon piñata! #fruityfiesta

Here is the Mini Watermelon Piñata Template! I hope these inspire you to plan a fruity fiesta!

Sarah

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