Santa at Seasons!

img_7130-2The big guy in red came a little earlier this year than normal but that means our guests have no excuses for not getting their holiday cards out on time! It was a fun filled day with lots of crafts and treats. img_7158A couple tips if you’re going to be hosting a Christmas party, a very simple craft for the kids is to make a card/write a letter to dear ol’ St.Nick. Another easy decorating tip that will take your cupcakes to the next level, use a doily as the wrapper. We used wrapping paper for the backdrop for our sweet table – which would work for any dessert or appetizer station. img_7180img_7155img_7176img_7157img_7172

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How to Host a TMNT birthday party!

IMG_7099So my little man turned 4 (well actually not till the 19th but that’s just a small technicality). He’s currently quite confused about how old he really is, either way he wanted a Teenage Mutant Ninja Party this year and thus I had to get a little bit more acquainted with the four green guys. I was pretty aware of the basics but didn’t know about some of the details, which Oliver informed me about it as we went along. sweet tableThe most ironic thing is that he hasn’t even watched the show, he just knows them from observations.  The first craft we did to get the ball rolling was his turtle shell.IMG_7026.JPG

Check out our instagram post for details on how to make it. Ollie wore the shell the entire day that we made it, went “ninja-ing” around all day, and then on the actual day of his party, he had zero interested in wearing his shell, go figure.

IMG_7089 (1)Next we planned an obstacle course and a scavenger hunt (both TMNT related). For the obstacle course we hung skipping ropes from the ceiling and then tied streamers between them, the kids had to go over and under the streamers without touching them. Then they crawled through two tunnels, walked a tight rope and then jumped over some pylons. Some of the kids were really into it, others not so much. The scavenger hunt only seemed to interest a couple of kids, which reminded me that keeping things simple is sometimes the best way to go. Visit our IG page for the details about the scavenger hunt.

IMG_7111As for the decorations, well my good friend the dollar store came in super handy. I purchased everything there, including the contents of the loot bags. For the loot bags, I cut construction paper for the headbands and then glued on googly eyes and drew mouths. IMG_7082The cups were super easy, bought green ones, then tied on streamers and glued eyes onto them. I thought for sure the kids would fight over who got which colour but they didn’t even seem to care. The balloons were also another quick and easy craft, all you need is green balloons, streamers and permanent marker. IMG_7101IMG_7032 (1)Lesson learned from this party – stick to the basics, don’t go over-planning, sometimes just opening the presents and playing with your new toys with your buddies is the best way to celebrate your 4th birthday!

Mermaid Birthday Party!

IMG_6368IMG_6434IMG_6380This past weekend we hosted a mermaid themed birthday party for a little girl and thought we would share some of our ideas with you, in case you want to host your very own mermaid party! We did a craft and some baking. The baking part was really easy, first the kids made cupcakes. IMG_6388

They coloured icing blue and then made mermaid tails out of fondant (they also coloured the fondant either purple or green for their tails). The craft was easy but had just a few more steps, see below for detailed instructions. The craft materials were all purchased from the good ol’ dollar store, except the acetate for the window (which was purchased from a craft store).

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2 blue paper plates

Markers

Star sequins

yarn

Under the Sea Foam Shapes

Wooden Clothespin

Sand

Fake green plant

Aluminum Foil

Clear Acetate (or cellophane)

Hot Glue

Directions:

  1. Cut out a hole in one plate and then paint the outside of the plate silver. Do this step first as the paint will dry while you’re finishing the other steps.
  2. Scrunch up little pieces of aluminum foil to make the balls for the porthole. Glue them to the plate using hot glue (once your silver paint has dried).
  3. To make the mermaid, use markers to draw her face and dress. Then cut out a tail from the sparkly foam and stick it between the clothespin. Glue some yarn on for her hair.
  4. Decorate the other blue plate with sand and foam stickers, glue in your seaweed using the hot glue.
  5. Glue the mermaid to the blue plate using the hot glue.
  6. Once the silver plate is dried, flip it over and glue in the piece of acetate.IMG_6373

DIY Easter Craft!

IMG_6240We hosted a bunny hop this past Sunday and it was so much fun! The kids loved the Easter Egg Hunt the best, surprise, surprise! The craft and cookie decorating were definitely enjoyed too. The kids made these adorable little dioramas.

IMG_6241For time purposes we painted the boxes blue beforehand and then the kids got to decorate it however they wanted. This is a great little craft to do with various ages and a perfect little hostessing gift if you’re going somewhere for Easter dinner this weekend. Almost all of the materials were purchased from the dollar store. All you need is:

Brown Box

Blue paint

Glue

Cotton Balls

Small little yellow ducks/sparkly eggs

Pipe Cleaners

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Wine and Crafts!

Is there really a better combo than wine and crafts? It may be one of my favorite pastimes and it appears I’m not the only one. Last week we hosted a wine and craft night – which featured learning how to make your own wreath. Below are some pics from the workshop, if you want step by step instructions on how to make your own wreath, please check out one of our earlier posts on DIY holiday crafts.

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How to Host the Perfect Fairy Party!

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Is your little one obsessed with fairies? We recently hosted a birthday party for a little girl who picked fairies as her theme. We had so much fun creating her birthday and think it would be an easy party for anyone to recreate in your home. For the decorations we bought strands of fake flowers from the dollar store. We also printed out a little saying we came across, which matched our theme perfectly. All you need is Faith, Trust and a little Fairy Dust!

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Loot Bags: For the loot bags we made little jars of fairy dust. We bought mini glass jars from the dollar store and covered them in clear tape just to be extra cautious. We filled each jar with water a few drops of glycerin and lots of sparkles. We then hot glued the cork back into the jar to prevent spilling. We tied a purple ribbon around the jar so that it could be worn as a necklace.

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We also made fairy cookies, the sky is the limit on how you make them. You could simply use a fairy cookie cutter and then ice the cookies or you could get as detailed as your baking skills allow you.

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Craft: Our guests each got to make their own fairy puppet. Almost all the supplies can be purchased from the dollar store or found around your house. We used toilet paper rolls for the body and Styrofoam balls for the head (available at the dollar store). We covered the Styrofoam balls in paper mâché so that the paint would adhere better to the ball. 

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Cupcake Bouquet

 

Ever wondered how to make a cupcake bouquet? Wonder no more! Go check out HerMagazine for complete details on how to! It’s actually much easier than you think. It’s the perfect centerpiece at your next brunch, not only is it beautiful but it’s also delicious! 

 

Valentines Day Crafts

IMG_2989We’re prepping for a few events where we’ll be sharing some valentines day crafts, so thought we would share them here too! They’re not only easy but also very budget friendly! All supplies we’re purchased at the dollar store (minus the cardboard, which was rescued from our recycling bin).

Valentines Day Wreath

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Materials

Mason Jar Lid

Various Heart Decorations

Twine

Red Ribbon

Hot Glue

Directions

Wrap the twine around the Mason Jar lid, very tightly and hot glue both the starting point and the end point. Use whatever heart decorations you like and tie a ribbon at the top. Although this is so perfect for Valentines Day you could definitely use it as a Holiday Ornament too!

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Valentines Day Love Sign

Materials

Needle and red yarn

Square of burlap

red ribbon or rope

Felt

Scissors

Hot Glue

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Directions

You can get as creative as you like with your little burlap square. We kept it simple but would encourage those creativity juices to flow! We simply cut a heart out of felt and hot glued it to the burlap square. Then we used red yarn and a larger needle to write the word LOVE. We used a heart shaped sticker for the “O” and voila! A cute little sign to hang anywhere your heart desires.

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Heart Wreath

Materials

Heart Shaped Stickers

Red Ribbon

Heart Decorations

Cardboard Circle (with circle cut out from middle)

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Directions

Draw a large circle on a sheet of cardboard (I traced a plate to get that perfectly round circle) and then used a roll of masking tape for the circle on the inside. I cut the circles out using a box cutter, you could use scissors, depending on how hard your cardboard is. The fun part is next, even your toddler could get into this craft! Simply stick the stickers all over the wreath. I added some other type of hearts just to give the wreath a little texture but you could just stick with the stickers! Once it was finished I hot glued a piece of the ribbon to the back so that I could hang the wreath.

 

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DIY Handles!

IMG_2904So I saw this very pretty closet door handle on one of my favorite sites and was about to purchase it when I realized that it’s probably very easy to make on my own. Off I went to Canadian Tire, bought 6 handles for the price of one of the pretty ones and completed my entire project in under 30 minutes. I simply used hot glue on one end of the handle, then wrapped twine around the entire handle and used the hot glue on the other end. It literally took me less than 5 minutes per handle and I saved lots of money, can’t go wrong with a craft like that one.

DIY Advent Calendar

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Advent Calendar

Growing up in a Jewish home I was always fascinated with the commercialized side of Christmas. I slowly started to buy decorations but could never quite bring myself to buy a tree. Till I met my husband, who happens to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. Well in all honesty mostly just Christmas as his mother is Catholic and his father is Jewish. So, now I had real reason to buy a tree and my son will now celebrate both holidays! Which is very exciting for his Jewish mother who loooooooves Christmas! I made him his first Advent Calendar and enjoyed every minute of it. It was relatively easy and not that time consuming.

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Holiday Decorations

Materials:

Canvas Board (16×20)

Hot Glue

Sharpie

Brown Paper Bags (small size)

Construction Paper and Patterned Paper (with gingham print)

Glue Stick

Twine

25 Clothespins

Christmas Decorations

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Advent Calendar Supplies

 

Directions

Decorate your little bags, I used the gingham paper for the numbers and cut out green hearts. Then glue one strip of twine to your canvas board (use the glue on the back of the board so you can’t see it). Hang the first row of bags, this will help determine where the next row goes. Do one row at a time and this helps to make sure all the rows are in the right places. When you’re finished hanging your bags you can hang other little Christmas decorations off the twine. I used small ornaments, candy canes and mini Santas. I also glued little tiny Christmas trees and gingerbread men to each clothespins, along with some foam hearts (leftover from Valentines Day).

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Advent Calendar