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Camping Party Inspiration Board

Friday, August 22, 2014

Camping Party Inspiration Board


This time of year, when the kids go back to school, always makes me think of fall. How much fun would it be to have a camping party when the leaves are changing and the weather is cool enough for sweaters and roasting marshmallows over a crackling fire? And if it's too cold to sleep outside, then bring the party indoors and have a camp-in party instead!  Here's some inspiration if you would like to have camping party yourself.  Enjoy!

Birthday Cake Alternatives

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Birthday Cake Alternatives

I hope everyone had a great summer! I took a little time off from the blog to enjoy some time with family over the summer and it was great! From now on, I am planning on posting to this blog 2-3 times per week. Get notified via email of new posts by subscribing to this blog in the box labeled "Subscribe via email" that is in the right side column of this page. Then you won't miss a thing! And now, back to your regularly scheduled programming:

Sometimes the birthday boy or girl doesn't want a cake, or you would like something different, so you have to think of an alternative.  Here are a few ideas for you:

Clockwise starting from the top left:

1. Create a "cake" using a cupcake stand and cupcakes.  Here we made a sandcastle cupcake stand and filled it with beach-themed cupcakes.

2. Stack donuts and insert a festive cake topper to celebrate a fun birthday or a special day.

3. We showed you this back in July, but you can create an ice cream scoop "cake" just by stacking scoops of different flavored ice cream on top of each other to make a tower.  Add a candle and celebrate (but make sure you work fast or your cake will melt!)

Here are more great ideas that I found while searching around:


Make a watermelon cake for a refreshing alternative to cake

Ice Cream Party

Friday, July 25, 2014

Ice cream party

And finally, the big reveal! You saw the cake and the balloons, now here are the pictures of the small ice cream party we had at home to celebrate the end of the school year.  

ice cream party stand

Naturally we had to have an ice cream stand.  This is a cardboard market stand that we bought at IKEA a while ago.  We covered up the red and green stripes that are on the bottom and the top of the stand with paper and added some cut out ice cream cones to decorate our stand. My younger daughter loved this and enjoyed giving out the ice cream from her "store".

ice cream van street stall

This ice cream van is available in our real store and it is so cute! I used it along with some baking/treat cups to hold the toppings and the ice cream cones.

ice cream toppings

ice cream toppings
yummy ice cream

And that's the end of our ice cream week.  Have a good weekend everyone!

DIY Ice Cream Balloons

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DIY Ice Cream Balloons
As I said on Monday, it's ice cream week here on the blog. Here is a fun DIY that you can use to decorate for any themed party.

For our ice cream party, we decorated balloons with ice cream stickers to match the theme. I made these stickers by drawing the cones in Illustrator and then printing them on adhesive paper. Then I used my Silhouette to cut them out. I made a couple of them bigger and also used them to decorate our ice cream stand (more pictures of that on Friday!). 
DIY Ice Cream Balloons
I love how these turned out! You can do this for all of your themed parties. Find (or make) some stickers in your theme and simply stick them on plain balloons. It's fun for the kids to do too and they can feel like they helped to set up for the party. Plain balloons are still great, but decorated ones are so much more fun!

Sweet Mondays: Ice Cream Scoop Cake

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ice Cream Scoop Cake
This week is going to be all about ice cream.  School is finally out for summer and my daughters and I decided to have an ice cream party.  They helped to decorate and got out all of the toppings for the ice cream. It was a fun way to celebrate the end of the school year. More pictures from the party will come this week.

In the meantime, here is the "cake" we made for our little party.  All we did was scoop ice cream into a tower and put some toothpick flags on them to make it more festive.  And if you wanted to use that idea for a birthday, you can just put a candle on top. But make sure you work quickly...it melts fast!
Ice Cream Scoop Cake
To serve this, you can just pass out spoons and share the ice cream.  You can also take the scoops off the "cake" and serve it in bowls or cute ice cream cups. Don't forget the toppings!
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