Wednesday, October 19, 2016

5 Perfect Snacks for Your Fall Party!

We may already be halfway through October, but if you're anything like us, that means you still have a handful of get-togethers to host or attend before winter! Maybe you need a snack to take to a potluck, maybe you're helping host a tailgate, or maybe you need a few more ideas for that baby shower you're hosting this weekend. We've saved you a step and found FIVE easy recipes that we know you'll love!


How cute are these? They would make the perfect miniature appetizer! There's an added bonus to these being cute...they're no-bake, so anyone down to preschool age could help put these together!

If you've never tried pumpkin pie cheesecake dip, but love all things involving pumpkin or cream cheese, then stop what you're doing and make some to sample. Vanilla wafers are delicious paired with this dip, as as graham crackers or ginger snaps!

These are precious, miniature, and basically just all around adorable (and simple! This is another recipe that younger children can help make).  In addition to tasting great, a platter of mixed green, red, and purple grapes would look so nice as a centerpiece on the snack table.

What party doesn't need a tasty cheeseball? We love the simple method The Country Cook uses to make this look like a miniature pumpkin!

This is SO good paired with tortilla chips, celery, crackers, or even spread on fresh bread from the bakery. Prep is super simple, and you could make it even simpler by tossing everything into a slow cooker and letting it keep warm during the party.

What are your favorite fall party snacks? Add them to the comments below!


Monday, October 10, 2016

Trending Themes for Kids' Birthdays: Super Hero!



>>POW!<<      >>BAM!<<      >>ZAP!<<


For the third party in our series of Kids' Birthdays, we bring you some SUPER ideas for a fun celebration! (We've also shared ideas for a Backyard Camping Party and for an Art Party).

When your heroes arrive to the scene, what better way to get the party started than to have a photo booth at the door? We love the idea of a city scene for the backdrop. Add an assortment of capes, masks, and speech bubbles based on your child's favorite hero for props.

This backdrop at Tips from a Typical Mom Blog was made with a black plastic table cloth, some paper clouds and stars, and various boxes wrapped in black paper.  They added some rectangles cut from yellow paper for windows. A dark blue table cloth for an evening sky would look great too.
So simple and SUPER at the same time!
Tips from a Typical Mom Blog

These assorted masks available on Etsy would be cute in pictures!
(Store them with the kids' dress-ups clothes to use for getting into character on non-party days.
LetsGetDecorative on Etsy
If your guests are old enough for a craft, you could provide felt or craft foam and string or elastic for them to make their own masks using one of the patterns at First Palette or JustBunch. Everyone could then model them in front of the city scene for a fun keepsake. (speaking of the mask and the photo! Wouldn't a picture of the guest and birthday boy or girl be a sweet addition to a thank you note?)

JustBunch
This cape was made from a t-shirt and requires NO sewing...just a pair of scissors.  They even give instructions for how to create an iron on using your favorite hero's logo.
Tutus & Tea Parties

There are some really creative ways to display the food for a SUPER party at Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss. We love how these drinks are stored in a bucket with a comic book style "POP" across the front. (They even decorated the ketchup and mustard bottles!)

Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss
Although these lollipops were designed as Valentines, they would be SUPER as a favor.
Little Bit Funky

We love love love this colorful Justice League moonwalk, perfect for every hero celebration.
Deborah's Party Rentals

We also came across some FREE printables that would make your party >>POP!<<
Pure Costumes
Use these colorful printouts to decorate your food table, goody bags, or the photo booth area.  Tape some clear string or fishing wire to the back of them and hang them from the ceiling. Print onto iron on paper to use to make a custom birthday shirt for the birthday boy or girl!

Photokapi


These would also be great on a T-Shirt (Mom, Dad, and Kid are included!) or print several of each letter for guests to color the letters of their name. Then they would be able to take their own SUPER name banner home after the party to hang in their room.

Hope we sparked some SUPER ideas to help you start planning your little Hero's next birthday. Give us a call if you need to rent some tables, chairs, tents, concessions, or inflatables and we'll help make sure it's a memorable day for everyone!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Trending Themes for Kids' Birthdays: Art Party




Welcome to the second party in our series of Kids' Birthdays!

Do you have a little artist on your hands? (We know a few!)
An art party would be a fun event for boys and girls, ages 0 and up!
Plus, you'll be able to use as many colors as you want in the decorations. :)


Speaking of colors, take a look at these invitations: one printed on a paint sample, and one made to look like a paint palette. How creative are they??
The Modest Homestead
Invite and Delight

We imagine that decorations for any Art Party would be full of color and whimsy...
The Party Teacher Shop
The Partiologist
Play.Party.Plan

As for snacks, really, anything goes as long as it's brightly colored! However, some of these ideas went above and beyond and really added to the art theme. While looking for inspiration, we found so many beautiful cakes (inside and out!) as well as these adorable cake pops that used a paintbrush as the stick!
And Everything Sweet
Cravings of a Lunatic - Trix Krispies
Momma Told Me - Rainbow Grapes
These Rainbow Grapes are gorgeous...and only three ingredients! Water, Grapes, and Jello. We may have to try these soon...just to make sure they taste as good as they look!

McCormick Tie Dye Cake

Hi Sugarplum!

Depending on the age of the guests, you could have a table full of coloring pages and crayons, set up small canvases for everyone to paint and take home, let them decorate their own cupcakes, or set up a t-shirt tie dye station!

Tulip Tie Dye Your Summer


Here are some Tie-Dye Tips in case you need a refresher on how to come up with different designs!


When it comes to choosing an inflatable for the guests, we have oh-so-many beautiful, brightly colored, fun, affordable rentals that would match an Art Party, but this Crayola one would be one of our first picks!

Crayola Combo at Deborah's Party Rentals

An apron to wear during the party and then take home would be a nice way for the guests to remember how much fun they had, (and would keep their clothes clean...which is something all the parents will likely appreciate. :) )

BlankClothing
Doesn't an Art Party sound like fun? If you plan one soon, send us an invitation and we'll help you pick out whatever rentals you need to have plenty of space for all your artists to sit & eat!

We hope you're enjoying our mini-series on Kids' Birthdays and that you're getting some good ideas for future parties.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Trending Themes for Kids' Birthdays: Backyard Camping

Classic characters or latest new character on TV?
Underwater, or on land…or sky…or rail?
Pizza or hot dogs?
Ice Cream or Cake?
(Or both!)

So many questions to think about when you’re helping your children plan their favorite event of the year: THEIR BIRTHDAY! We don't know if your guests are going to prefer pepperoni or cheese pizza, but we can help you choose a fun theme for the party!


In addition to all the characters you’d expect to be popular party themes like Mickey and Nemo (we have those inflatables!), we’ve also noticed a few other themes as being popular this year, and we're going to take a look at a few over the next few weeks on the blog!


First up...




With the weather transitioning from summer to fall, a camping party set up outdoors couldn't be planned at a better time. Obviously, S'mores would make the perfect snack for a campout, but being a birthday party, a cake is needed as well! Check out the TWO camping birthday cakes made for a double birthday party over at 3 Little Greenwoods:

 


The TomKat Studio showcased a really well-planned camping party with lots of delicious (and appropriately named) snacks...

Bean Talk has more delicious snacks to share (and free printable labels for you party!)
Bean Talk Free Camping Snack Printable


After your nature walk, the guests will want to see how high they can jump in a woodsy moonwalk...so check out our Camouflage Moonwalk to set up for the weekend!



Of course, you'll need invitations so everyone will know where to set up their tents for the night.
MomDot has a free one you can download and print at home!

Speaking of tents, we love this idea to help keep sleeping quarters cool in the afternoon and to block the morning sun before the campers start to wake up.
Tent under a tent!
We have the perfect tents that you could use as a shelter for your campers' sleeping tents.

Next in our series of Kids' Birthdays.... Art Party!
Keep an eye out for our ideas on how to plan a colorful party. :D