Tuesday, May 29

Father's Day Freebie Printables

Have you thought about FATHER'S DAY yet? If you're anything like me you're just getting used to summer and all the kids being home from school. Father's Day already? Wow! Times flies! To help you all out in creating a memorable and fun display to surprise DAD this year, I've got a FREEBIE to share with all of you today. With this little Tie-riffic free set of printables you can pull together something special for dad inexpensively and quickly, too.

The set includes a cute tie-shaped "Happy Father's Day" banner, some great tie-shaped centerpiece signs, and cupcake topper sized ties, too. And best of all.... I made a page for DADs, for GRANDDADs and another page for STEPDADs just to cover all scenarios. I hope you all love them!


CENTERPIECES: Hot glue the tie printables to a wooden skewer (found in the grocery store or dollar store) and stick them in a piece of styrofoam inside of a bucket or jar. Add a few brown shreds, a twine bow you've got a quick and simple centerpiece!

CUPCAKE TOPPERS: Hot glue the cupcake toppers or sandwich toppers to toothpicks for a cute display. You can even make these MAPLE BACON CUPCAKES here -- how fun is that for dad!

BOTTLE GIFTS: Coke, beer, root beer.... whatever your guy prefers, just wrap the bottles in the printable decorative paper that comes in the freebie set. Then you can wrap the box in the decorative paper and add a twine bow with one of my Father's Day tags. These ties could also be used to top wrapped gifts.


So if you've got a TIE-riffic Dad, step dad or even granddad…..

Enjoy Everyone!

Monday, May 14

Rainbow Fish Inspired Party

I've been looking forward to sharing this adorable party from Cris over at Crissy's Crafts using Amanda's Parties To Go's newest collection, Little Fishy. This sweet party was not only featured on Amy Atlas but also Kara's Party Ideas. It's full of adorable ideas and swimmingly cute inspiration for your own summer pool and ocean themed parties.

Cris tells us all about the party:

“We had my son’s 3rd birthday party couple of days ago, and I’d like to share with you some of the highlights of the party. My son loves water and the rainbow fish book so we decided to do a Little Fish Party!

The party was a breeze to style using the Little Fishy printables from Amanda’s Party to Go. The colors were so bright and fun!

For the dessert table, the children enjoyed fishy cupcakes, fish food (m&m’s), fish pops, cake pops, marshmallow pops, jelly fish (Jello), bait (gummy worms in a bucket), school of fish (gummy fish), and deep blue sea juice. And can you believe those adorable fondant fish cupcake toppers from Edible Details!

Before the kids hit the sweet table, the little guests ate Whale crackers, fish sandwiches, fish skewers (fruits), fin-tastic veggies and submarines.

The kids also enjoyed an afternoon full of games and crafts. The activities included Go Fish, Pin the Scale on the fish, Fish Hand Print Art, Face Painting, and Freeze little fish dance. At the end of the party, the guests took home the ‘catch of the day’ (fish string bag on a fish pole) full of goodies!”

PRINTABLES: Amanda's Parties To Go
STYLING and CRAFTING: Crissy's Crafts
LABELS: Online Labels


Monday, May 7

Mother's Day Brunch

My talented friend Cris McGrath from Crissy's Crafts set up a gorgeous display for Mother's Day that I've been so excited to share with you all. Cris used Amanda's Parties To Go's FREE Mother's Day Printable Set found here and created a lovely poolside soiree that I hope will provide wonderful inspiration for your own Mother's Day celebrations this weekend. Enjoy the photos.... details to follow at the end of the post.

Cris says, "Inspired by Amanda's Parties To Go free Mother's Day printable, I created a rich and vibrant Pre Mother's day Lunch. Amanda's gorgeous contemporary patterns but yet sweet design was the perfect combination to add style and color to our lunch. 

I wanted to have a summery feeling so I set the dinning table by the pool. To match with the printable, I made two no-sew table runners using coordinating fabric and ribbon. The runners were used as place mats. Lots and lots of colorful lanterns were a huge element to bring the summery feeling to our outdoor setting. 

Using the Mother's Day printable coordinating paper patterns, I embellished the vases to display big silk gerberas daisies and gorgeous flower balls that I borrowed from a friend. 

Before lunch, the guests enjoyed tomato basil bruschetta, antipasto kabobs and fresh fruit along with mint lemonade. For lunch, we served salad in parmesan bowl, grilled salmon and vegetable rice medley. 

The sweet table was simple and didn't have tons of sweets. Using a flower trellis as backdrop, I hang the gorgeous Mother's Day banner. The sweets include brigadeiro(brazilian fudge), mini cheesecakes, flower pops and marshmallow flower cupcakes. 

I found the perfect wrapping paper at Target and used to bring color to the sweet table. I also found the SIP napkins at Target and used as coasters for the mint lemonade glasses. I embellished the brigadeiros cups, lemonade glasses and treat bags using the coordinating paper patterns.

We set up a Planting Station for the children and parents to enjoy some spring planting. The children also had fun making a hand flower keepsake for their mommies.

Each mommy received a Bath & Body Works hand soap and a cute box full of kisses. 
It was a fun and relaxing afternoon surround by a beautiful setting.

Styling, food & photography: Crissy's Crafts  
Printables: Amanda's Parties To Go