Halloween CarnEVIL Rotten Candy Stand

Step right up, and get ready to celebrate Halloween with thrills, horrors and lots of freaky fun!  Come one, come all, the CarnEVIL is in town..get ready for ghoulish games and spooky snacks at the deadliest show in town!  We all know the best part of going to the carnival is the treats, so today I'm sharing this spooktacular Halloween CarnEVIL Rotten Candy Stand.   Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to plan parties for, and when it comes to ideas I have lots of them! … [Read more...]

College Football Kick-off Party

Football season is finally here and we are celebrating with a College Football Kick-off Party.  My husband grew up in Atlanta, and is a die hard Georgia Bulldogs fan.  In fact, in our home, there are only two sports, SEC College Football, and hockey.  Each year we talk about hosting a season opener watch party, and there always seems to be a reason why we can't, but not this year!   I ordered all of my party supplies from Oriental Trading Company.  (They have loads of products for … [Read more...]

Back to School Jitter Juice

Are your kids excited or nervous about starting a new school year?  My kids are excited about heading back to school, meeting their new teachers and seeing their friends.  While my kids are excited, starting a new school year can be scary and overwhelming for some.  If your little ones are nervous about the first day of school whip up a batch of this bubbly Jitter Juice to help ease those first day of school nerves. I've been making Jitter Juice for my kids every years since my … [Read more...]

Summer Seafood Boil Party

Summer may be almost over, but I just had to share one of my favorite summer party ideas that I recently hosted and shared on the Oriental Trading blog.  Here in the south our summer isn't complete until we've hosted or attended a Summer Seafood Boil.  This is one of my all-time favorite ways to entertain because it is simple and fun. If you aren’t familiar with a southern seafood boil let me give you a quick run down. It involves eating pounds and pounds of crawfish, shrimp, … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Grilling Caddy Gift

Father's Day is just around the corner and that means the official arrival of summer isn't far behind.  Today I'm sharing a Father's Day gift idea that dad can put to good use all summer long.  I teamed up with my friends at Oriental Trading to create a Father's Day Grilling Caddy Gift stuffed with lots of BBQ tools, handmade gifts and free Printable Father's Day Grillin' Tags. When it comes to celebrating Father's Day, I love to get the kids involved with making special handmade … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Tool Kit Gift

Father’s Day is June 18th and will be here before you know it.  It's time to start thinking about what to get dad for his special day, and I've teamed up with Oriental Trading to share a DIY Father's Day Tool Kit Gift you and the kids can put together to show dad how extra special he is! Around here our dad is known as "Mr. Fix It." If something is broken you take it to dad.  If it won't turn on or work, take it to dad. And if you need to make something for a school project, dad is … [Read more...]

DIY Patriotic Serving Tray

I am so excited about this weekend I can hardly stand it.  We have lots of plans for Memorial Day weekend, and I'm looking forward to spending lots of quality time with our friends and family.  But, what I'm most excited about is the unofficial start of summer and my favorite season for entertaining! There will be backyard BBQs, pool parties, lots of porch sitting, and of course plenty of refreshing beverages.  So I  whipped up this sweet and simple DIY Patriotic Serving Tray … [Read more...]

DIY Butterfly Yarn Magnets

The blossoms are blooming, the sun is shining and spring is in the air. What better way to get in the spring spirit than to create artwork inspired by the season with a fun butterfly craft. I teamed up with Oriental Trading to create colorful, fun and easy butterfly yarn magnets that are not only a work of art themselves, but a craft that can also be used to hang up and display all of the colorful artwork your kids create this spring. My kids love drawing, painting and creating artwork, but … [Read more...]

Chippin’, Dippin’ and Margarita Sippin’ Cinco de Mayo Party

Any holiday that revolves around Mexican food is a holiday worth celebrating, wouldn't you agree?  Growing up in South Texas I have always been a fan of Cinco de Mayo and love planning parties to celebrate with family and friends.  This year I teamed up with Oriental Trading to show you how you can host your own extraordinary Chippin', Dippin' and Margarita Sippin' Cinco de Mayo Party! With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about which festive foods … [Read more...]

I Love You Because Jar

Does your family have any special Valentine's Day traditions?  Do you make special heart shaped cinnamon rolls for breakfast?  Or do you enjoy a special treat, like our Cupid Floats or Conversation Heart Parfaits, after school? To me, Valentine's Day seems like the perfect holiday to create special family traditions and focus on showing love and gratitude to one another.  Handmade gifts from the heart, like this “I Love You Because …” jar, are sure to be cherished treasure for many years to … [Read more...]