Winter Wonderland Dinner Party
Game Day Tailgate Party
In Texas we LOVE our football! We attend high school games, college games and even a few NFL games throughout the season. And for me this means an excuse to celebrate with food, fun and friends!
We have an AMAZING brand new High School stadium and Friday night football is a huge tradition and something we look forward to. To celebrate our home town team I threw together a simple tailgate party using the new football package from Piggy Bank Parties.
Our game day menu included wings, potato wedges, buffalo chicken dip, celery, carrots, popcorn, and cupcakes. On game day I like to keep things simple. The only thing I made was the buffalo chicken dip, everything else I picked up at the store.
Grab a few game day props, a table cloth and display the food on your tailgate.
I made a goal post from striped paper straws to display the menu.
I found this wooden carrier in our garage and covered it with some of the patterned paper to make a stand for my popcorn cones.
Remember parties or game day celebrations don’t need to be complicated. I made everything for this tailgate party and threw it together in less than 2 hours. This football season enjoy the game with your friends, some tasty food and of course some “winning” party decorations from Piggy Bank Parties!
Personalized Memo Board
This project originally appeared on Poppy Seed Projects.
I love the Eleanor Frame and wanted to find a way to use it in my daughter’s new ‘big girl’ room. I finally decided my daughter need a pretty place to keep her special treasures, pictures and mementos and I knew I wanted to turn the frame into a memo board, but I also wanted to jazz it up a bit. To personalize it I asked family members to send me 5 adjectives that they thought best described my daughter. I LOVE how it turned out!
Here is what you’ll need to make your own:
- Poppy Seed Project frame
- spray paint
- cork roll
- spray adhesive
- xacto knife
- embellishments (push pins, flowers, ect.)
1. Start by spray painting the frame whatever color you want the text to be. I used white for my base coat.
2. Cut out the words in vinyl using a Cricut or other personal cutting machine. Arrange them on the frame and adhere to the front of the frame. (Hint: for projects like this I like to use contact paper, it’s cheaper than using my good stuff.)
3. Next, paint the entire frame with your desired color, I used a bright pink to match my daughter’s room. You’ll be spray painting over the words so make sure they are stuck down and there aren’t any gaps.
4. Carefully remove the vinyl to reveal the white words. Use an xacto knife to gently peel up the edges and remove the vinyl.
5. Cut a piece of cardboard and cork to fit in the opening of the frame. Attach the cork to the cardboard using spray adhesive.
6. Secure the memo board in place using heavy duty staples.
7. Distress or embellish frame with flowers and rhinestones if desired.
8. Add cute push pins, special mementos and enjoy.
Banana Caramel Push-up Pops
I’m bananas for banana desserts! I was inspired to make this dessert from Glorious Treats scrumptious looking Banana Caramel Cream Dessert.
I wanted to serve these at Monkey’s birthday party…yes I said Monkey. You can see more of our fun play date and birthday celebration here. But, I knew I wanted an easier version I could whip up quickly and decided on my versions…Banana Caramel Push-up Pops.
You’ll need the following ingredients to make this tasty treat:
- Graham cracker crumbs
- Banana Pudding
- Cool Whip
- Caramel Sauce
- Push-up Pop Containers (or individual serving dishes)
If you plan to decorate your containers you will want to do this first. I wrapped mine with pink and white Washi tape.
Next, scoop 1/2 teaspoon of the Graham cracker crumbs to the bottom of the container. Press it down.
Next, pipe in the banana pudding mix. I used my Pampered Chef Easy Accent Decorator but you can also use a Ziploc bag or pastry bag.
Now, add a drizzle of the caramel sauce.
Place a few thin slices of banana and then repeat the layers.
Finally, add a dollop of Cool Whip to the top and a small banana slice. Put them in the fridge until ready to serve.
To display our yummy treats I took a piece of styroform from a package I received and covered it with coordinating scrapbook paper. I marked where I wanted the holes to be and poked a knife through to help make it easier to push the pops in.
This was such an easy treat to make and the kids went “bananas” for them. Enjoy!
This picnic inspired party was styled for our family reunion, which was also doubling as my grandmother’s 80th birthday celebration. Since we were having a potluck BBQ the day of her birthday I decided to go with a fun picnic theme and set up the display table to incorporate lots of summer picnic decor. I started with red and white checked fabric as my inspiration and went from there adding pops of bright green, watermelon, ants and a few rustic touches,. I made fabric banners for the backdrop and created the “Celebrate” banner and the table signs with my Cricut. The custom cupcake toppers and favor tags were made using these printables found on Etsy. I filled small cellophane bags with red and green fruit candies, and salt water taffy for favors.
I hope I’ve inspired you to celebrate summer with a picnic style party either for a birthday celebration or just-for-fun. No matter what you are celebrating you can’t go wrong with this simple, yet stylish theme!
Red, White and Pie 4th of July Party
I originally shared this post on Pizzazzerie as a part of their 4th of July celebration.
Today I’m sharing a little red, white and blue inspiration for your next 4th of July celebration. When I think about July 4th I’m drawn to the idea of old fashioned celebrations, parades, sparklers and of course pie! So I decided to create a Red, White and Pie 4th of July celebration.
The inspiration for this party was of course the 4th of July red, white and blue, but I also wanted to capture the essence of an old fashioned celebration in the park complete with homemade ice cream, boxed lunches, carnival games and of course lots and lots of pie!
I used my mom’s old wooden ironing board and my childhood kitchen cupboard to display the desserts. I served a variety of homemade and store bought pies. There were full size cherry, apple, peach and triple berry pies for guest to enjoy. As well as mini cherry, apple and blueberry pies.
I used an old family recipe and made blueberry tassies with a dollop of whipped cream. And for another vareity of pie my mom helped me make sweet cherry turnovers.
You can’t have pie without ice cream and nothing beats homemade ice cream. I remember rolling the tin can at family reunions to make sweet, creamy vanilla ice cream and thought it would not only be a fun activity for the kids, but the perfect compliment to our sweet desserts. I used small ice cream cups and wooden spoons to serve the ice cream.
We packed a picnic lunch and placed each one in small boxes I embellished with scrapbook paper, 4th of July tags and each person’s name.
To top of the celebration I planned fun games and activities for the kids, including a pie eating contest, tug-o-war, ring toss and “Knock Em’ Down” ball toss.
Do from Piggy Bank Partiescreated the sweetest little pie favor box for our guest to pack up a slice of pie before heading home.
My family had lots of fun at this little Red, White and Pie celebration and I hope you enjoyed it too!
Want to plan your own 4th of July celebration? Invite guest to a local park and encourage everyone to bring a picnic and pie to share. Make homemade ice cream and keep kids entertained with lots of simple and fun carnival games. Thanks for letting me share my party inspiration with you today. Come visit me at Giggles Galore and join me on Facebook for more party inspiration and fun.
Cow Print Milk Bottles
If you have been following Giggles Galore for a while you know how much I love my Starbucks frappuccino bottles. I don’t actually drink Starbucks, but I have persuaded my friends and family members that do to save them so I can use them for parties, I adore those cute little bottles! That’s exactly why I decided to transform them for our Barnyard Buddies Brunch!
Several years ago I had a Barnyard Bash for my twin’s 2nd birthday and I made these cow print milk bottles for party favors. When Do announced our Piggy Bank Parties challenge and I saw that we would be working with the Barnyard Buddies package I knew I would definitely be making my cow print bottles! These are super easy to make and can be used as party favors, drink containers or decorations.
First, remove the sticker labels from your bottles and wash thoroughly. Turn them upside down on a tarp to dry.
I used my Cricut for the next step and cut out random cow print shapes in black vinyl. You can also paint the black spots directly onto the bottle, if you don’t have a cutting machine.
Finally, tie some raffia to the neck of the bottle for a little extra touch. At this point you can also add party tags for favors or to identify the contents (since they aren’t see through.)
Make sure that if you are using them as drink vessels that you use straws to avoid direct contact with the spray painted rim.
These cow print milk bottles are sure to be a hit at your next Barnyard Bash!
Lots-o-Dots Thank You Cards
Thank you, Gracias, Danke, Merci Beaucoup. We all know how important it is to say thank you, but do you take the time to send thank you notes? In today’s world of instant communication it is more common to get a “thank you” via email or Facebook, but the simple act of writing a thank you note is like delivering a huge ray of sunshine.
I recently attended the SNAP Creativity at Your Fingertips conference and once I got home I had lots of “thank you’s” I needed to send to some of the amazing women I met. I wanted to send a cheery note to my new friends, but cute cards can be expensive so I decided to create my own. I purchased a package of 10 blank note cards and using the free Lots-o-Dots printables, and my scallop punch I added a little extra special touch to my plain cards.
These cards are easy to create and you will only need a few supplies and a few minutes.
- Blank Note Cards (purchased at Target)
- Lots-o-Dots Tags
- Scallop Punch
- Paper for rosettes
- Glue/Pop Dots
Sugar Cookie Gifts
When I first saw the sugar cookie printables for this month’s challenge I knew I wanted to incorporate them into gifts we could give our neighbors and friends. My kids are at a super fun age where everything about Christmas is truly magical and even the simplest activities are a cause for joyful celebration.
In an effort to soak in their excitement and anticipation of Christmas I am making an effort to create holiday traditions that will be cherished memories. Making cookies is a classic tradition and this month’s challenge inspired me to come up with a fun way we could not only incorporate it into our holiday season, but we could share it with our friends!
I bought some essential supplies for making and decorating sugar cookies and dressed them up with wrapping paper, ribbon and the printables from Piggy Bank Parties.
First, I wrapped the sugar cookie dough in red and white polka dot paper and tied each end with a ribbon. Then I cut a slightly smaller piece of brown package paper and added the “cookies” label I cut out on brown vinyl using my Cricut.
Now that the sugar cookie dough was all fancy I couldn’t leave everything else plain Jane so I wrapped them up and added labels and ribbon. I thought the sparkly tubes of icing could use something so I cut out the sugar cookie images and tied them to the top.
I took a plain brown craft bag I had stashed away and added a wide strip of red and white polka dot wrapping paper to the middle. I cut out the snowman and shrunk down the images so I could have the trees and stars on each side of Frosty. I “decorated” my sugar cookies with a little glue and shimmery glitter and attached them with glue dots to the bag.
Now, we can share a fun and tasty Christmas tradition with our friends! I can’t wait to bake some sugar cookies with my little ones and fill the kitchen with lots of sweet giggles and cherished Christmas memories!
I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of traditional Thanksgiving desserts. I don’t care for pumpkin pie, pecan pie is ok, but I do LOVE this tasty family favorite – pumpkin roll.
This recipe is my grandma’s recipe which my dad inherited and has become the resident “pumpkin roll maker” in our family. You know it’s a keeper when you ask for the recipe and it is scribbled on the back of a check book!
We request this yummy dessert around this time every year and lucky for us he is happy to deliver! So, I did what any gal would do, I batted my eyes and asked Dad to help me make one so I could share it with the Piggy Bank Party fans!
To make this yummy dessert you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 3/4 cup flour
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 2/3 cup pumpkin
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 8 oz package of cream cheese
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup walnuts or pecans
Drawstring Party Bags
This project was inspired by a vintage bag of jacks that my grandma sent me to use at my twin’s birthday party. I had been looking for the perfect favor bag to match our vintage “Dick and Jane” party and these little bags were it. Not only did these little drawstring bags serve as party favors, they played a major part in my party design!
Here are the details for how I created the custom drawstring party bags I made for my twin’s birthday party.
Cut your fabric 6 1/2″ wide by 18 1/2″ long.
Turn fabric right sides together and stitch along the sides with a 1/4″ to 1/2″ seam. You will stop about 1 1/2 to 2 ” from the top.
Fold down the top of the fabric to the where the side seam ends, turning under a 1/4″ for a smooth edge. Pin in place
Snip the fabric right above side seam just enough so that you can turn in the raw edges on the side.
Now, it’s time to sew the top. First, sew along the very bottom and then measure from that stitch to see how wide you need to make the opening for your string. Now, sew above that stitch and continue around the sides and top until you have a nice finished look. You will have three rows of stitches, like this.
Cut two pieces of string two and a half times the width of your bag.
Attach a safety pin to one end of the string and thread it through both sides of the bag, repeat with the other string so you have a loop and two lose end on each side. Tie a knot in each side.
Pull gently to make sure it slides closed easily.
Fill with candy or other goodies for the perfect party favor at your next event.