Tuesday, July 31

Crayon Cupcake Holder Tutorial

I hope you're all enjoying the FREE BACK TO SCHOOL PRINTABLES SET!

Today, I'm happy to have Cris McGrath from Crissy's Crafts here to show us all how to make her adorable CRAYON CUPCAKE HOLDERS.

I am really excited to share with all Amanda Parties to Go readers this cute DIY project!
One of my favorite parts about getting ready for a party, is brainstorming ways to come up with simple DIY projects like this crayon cupcake holder. It was an easy, fast and affordable way to make our cute book worm cupcakes toppers from Lynlee's Petite Cakes stand out!
 They look so adorable and it was the perfect addition to our  BACK TO SCHOOL party!  
The best part is that you probably  have all the materials around your home needed for this project! Yeah!

paper towel roll 
glue gun

Cut the toilet paper roll the same high as the crayons. I added a red ribbon to the top of the roll before adding the crayons to cover the top of the roll. I was going to hot glue the crayons but I opted to have all the crayons secured by a rubber band and added a self stick scrapbook ribbon on top of the rubber band.

You can also glue all the crayons to the roll and simply glue a ribbon of your choice. The self stick ribbon really kept the crayons together and the best part was that after the party, I simply took the ribbon and the rubber band off and now we have extra crayons for another Back to school project!

Happy Back to School!

Thursday, July 26

Back to School Free Printable!

It's that time again.... Summer is winding down and it's time to pack up those backpacks and head back to school. I'm thrilled to share a new FREEBIE PRINTABLE for BACK TO SCHOOL parties, decorating and other fun ideas. And even more excited to share these wonderful photos from a styled photo shoot showcasing the printables set from the talented Cris McGrath of Crissy's Crafts. Cris did a spectacular job styling the party and has some fabulous ideas and details to share at the end of this post.

Cris tells us more about her party styling.....

"Back to School is always an exciting time for my children. We have a "Mom and Me Day" to purchase the school supplies, special first day outfit, new shoes, new lunch bag and backpack. 

This year is extra special since my son, Joey, will start Pre-K!! Yep, all my children will be in school!! I want to celebrate Joey's milestone by having a Welcome/Back to School Party. 

As always, Amanda from Amanda's Parties To Go designed the cutest FREE Back to School printable ever!!  My kids looked very cute wearing back to school personalized tees from *Golden*

For this party, I tried to keep the snacks simple but creative. For the sweet table, we enjoyed some erasers (Stacker Mallows), pencils (twisters), chalk  (marshmallow confetti), ABC chocolate letters, 123 chocolate numbers, bookworm cupcakes with the cutest cupcake toppers ever from Lynlee's Petite Cakes, gum ball apples, apple cake pops and adorable apple sugar cookies from Sugar on Top

Before they hit the sweet table, the children munched on apple shaped whole wheat ham and cheese sandwiches, bookworm grapes and apple juice.  I set up the goodies on my daughter's desk and used my son's vintage school desk to display some of their treats that they took home.

For the backdrop, I used a black bulletin board paper, embellished with a polka dot trimmer and the Back to School banner from the FREE Back to School printable.  As favors, the youngest took home a metal school box from Lunchboxes.com full of goodies. The older children received a lunch sack from Jill Celebrations full of school supplies. 

Thanks to Jill Celebration's chalk place mats, the kids played tic-tac-toe while munching on their snacks. What a fun and creative idea! 

I also used the FREE Back to School printable to embellish their lunch boxes, snack bags, mason jars, goodie bags, and popcorn container.

One of my favorite DIY projects for this party is the crayon cupcake stand using crayons and toilet paper roll! So easy to make and definitely made the cupcakes stand out!

The kids had a ball playing memory game and back to school bingo, too. A fun way to kick of the 2012/2013 School Year! "

FREEBIE PRINTABLE Back To School Set Includes:

- Back to School sign
- 2" Welcome Back circles
- 2" Party circles for cupcake toppers
- 2.5" Polka dot background circles
- 4 Pennants for centerpiece picks
- Chalkboard "Back to School" tags
- Chalkboard "Snack time" tags
- Food/School Supply labels - fold over
- "Welcome Back" tags
- "Welcome Back" fold over treat bag toppers
- Polka dot water bottle wraps
- Apple and bookworm cut-outs
- "Welcome Back" banner
- Signs for first day of school photos: Pre-K through 6th grade


Cris McGrath of Crissy's Crafts: Party Styling, Photography, Food & Crafting
Amanda's Parties To Go: Back To School Printable Set Freebie
Lynlee's Petite Cakes: Fondant Bookworm Cupcake Toppers
*Golden*: Personalized Tees
Sugar on Top: Apple cookie
Celebrations by Jill: Fabric Bunting, Chalk Placemat, Lunch Sack
 Whimsical Printables: Mason Jar Toppers and Glittery Utensils
 Lunchboxes.com: Metal boxes
Dollar TreeHobby Lobby and Michaels: Party supplies
 Target: School bus container and pencil holder