Parties


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Don’t you just love baby showers? I’m a huge fan of the new Gender Reveal party trend. It didn’t happen when I was having my babies. We just told people we were having a girl. Where’s the fun in that?

I have a cute friend that is pregnant and I asked if I could do a gender reveal party for her. I was so in love with the little details but especially this gender reveal table.

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I added simple decor like glitter jars, flowers, a fringe banner, and of course pink and blue balloons! I love how the balloons just made it all come together.

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This party may look fancy smancy, but honestly is was super easy. I snagged one of the Balloon Time helium tanks to make decorating super easy and fast.

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I grab balloons in the colors that I wanted and was able to inflate what I needed when I needed them. I love having a tank on hand for random balloon needs.

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That cute chalkboard box played an important part. Inside I placed a balloon revealing what my friend was going to have.

First I filled a blue balloon, just enough so it would float and fit inside the box. Then shoved it down quickly and put the lid on.
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Balloon Baby Gender Reveal Party

Balloon Baby Gender Reveal Party

Then when she opened the box the blue balloon floated on out. Ta-dah!

It was so cute and tons of fun.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Balloon Time. The opinions and text are all mine.


Pirate Party Table

I recently put together a quick and easy Nautical Party Tablescape using the Recollections™ Craft It™ party décor items from Michaels. All the decorations came together in less than a half an hour, thanks to the convenience of the line. Now that’s a really big deal, cause you know the “party moms” out there? The ones who start planning birthday parties 6 months in advance and spend hours and hours creating and decorating for that party? Whelp, I’m not that mom. So the fact that this went together so quickly with so little effort is a really big deal! I’m all about the shortcuts!

Nautical Party

The cake topper was made with 2 skewers, a piece of bakers twine with flags from the line attached with glue dots.

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The same flags were attached to skewers to create these donut kabobs. I think the crumb donut holes look like they’re covered in sand

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The blue banner was create from a pack of patterned triangles that I attached to baker’s twine with mini clothespins

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Play Like a Pirate bottle wrappers add another fun and quick touch to this simple party.

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White Chocolate Blossoms – these darling sweet treats are made with white chocolate candy melts and an M&M center.  Perfect for Easter, spring, birthdays, showers, and more.

Easy White Chocolate Blossoms - perfect for Spring and Easter!

Hello there!  It’s Katie from The Casual Craftlete blog.  Spring is in the air and today I am so excited to share these White Chocolate Blossoms with you.  They are made with just two ingredients and a super cute flower ice cube tray that I bought at IKEA for $0.99.  These blossoms are so easy to make and are just the most adorable sweet treat ever.  They are perfect for Easter and Spring!

Easy White Chocolate Blossoms - perfect for Spring and Easter!

For these White Chocolate Blossoms, you will need:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bag of White Chocolate Candy Melts
  • M&M Candy

Tools:

  • 1 Flower Ice Cube Tray
  • Lollipop Stick *optional

Easy White Chocolate Blossoms - perfect for Spring and Easter!

Start by melting the white chocolate candy melts by following the instructions on the package.  I used the microwave method.  I placed the entire bag of melts into a 2 cup glass Prex measuring cup.  Microwave at 50% for 1 minute.  Stir the candy melts and place back in the microwave.  Heat at 50% for an additional 30 seconds or until the candy melts are completely melted and runny.

Easy White Chocolate Blossoms - perfect for Spring and Easter!

Once the white chocolate candy melts are completely melted, pour into the flower ice cube tray filling each mold to the top.  If you make a mess like I did, just wipe off any excess with a towel.  No big deal.  Place the ice cube tray in the freezer for 15 minutes.  You will have left over chocolate which is what you need for the next step.

Easy White Chocolate Blossoms - perfect for Spring and Easter!

After the white chocolate blossoms have been in the freezer for 15 minutes, remove from the freezer and pop them out of the ice cube tray.  Use the extra melted white chocolate to “glue” one M&M to the center of each blossom.  I had lollipop sticks on hand that I used but you can just use a butter knife.  Just place a little of the melted white chocolate on the M&M side with the M on it and place in on the center of blossom.  Pop the blossoms into the refrigerated until firm.

Easy White Chocolate Blossoms - perfect for Spring and Easter!

I seriously can not get over how cute these white chocolate blossoms are.  They would be perfect for a garden party, birthday party, wedding shower, baby shower or just a cute treat to make on the weekends.  I love how easy this recipe is.  You just need two ingredients and they take no time to make.  Plus, you can never go wrong with two kinds of chocolate!

Easy White Chocolate Blossoms - perfect for Spring and Easter!

Thank you for letting me share my White Chocolate Blossoms with you today!  I love when a recipe and craft come together like this one.  I hope you enjoy these sweet treats as much as my family and I did.  Happy Spring!


Springtime Printable Pack

Who doesn’t love Springtime?!? We love it around here. New blooming flowers, colorful eggs, and adorable baby animals. So much fun to be had. We wanted to get in on the celebration of all things spring so we designed this Springtime Printable Pack.

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This pack includes 11 printable games and activities that are sure to provide you with everything you need to enjoy springtime as a  family!

You could use this pack for a Springtime themed party at your home, a joy school or home school group, or just for fun around the house. Or turn it into an Easter party and the kids will loving using it after all the eggs have been dyed.  Kids at all three of ours homes have been busy using this kit to its fullest.

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Each Springtime Printable Pack contains:

  • Don’t Catch the Bunny–This is our spin on “Don’t Eat Pete,” using a Bunny.
  • Bunny Headbands– Kids will love to make these cute Bunny headbands.
  • Springtime Memory Game–Kids will want to play this game over and over. It’s a crowd favorite at our house.
  • Roll A Bunny Tail– This game is a hoot to watch and see who can fill up their bunny tail the quickest.
  • Color by Number Eggs–Kids will love to color their eggs and using the coloring guide on each page.
  • Do A Dot Springtime activities–Do A Dot Markers are used to add color to these sheets. Kids will have so much fun using these.
  • Easter Egg Coupons–Instead of candy use these coupons to give your children the best treat they could ask for–time together as a family.
  • Springtime I-Spy–This game is a fun for everyone. Race to see who can count the correct number of images in the quickest amount of time.
  • Bunny Hop: Get out some fun music about love and watch the kids jump from Bunny to Bunny and do the action of the Bunny they land on.
  • Springtime Coloring Pages–Let the kids color up some eggs and springtime themes on paper while you are hiding eggs, or just as a fun activity after school. They’ll love these fun coloring pages.
  • Egg-cellent Activity Eggs–These coupons can also be used in Easter eggs instead of candy. Or a fun springtime way to reward kids for a job well done.

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You can purchase this pack for only $5.99 right now.

Springtime and Easter Printable Pack

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We are so excited to announce our Valentine Party Pack! This pack is full of fun and games that will help you become the star of Valentine’s Day just by hitting PRINT!

We know how much you love our Valentine Printables so we wanted to put together something super special for all of you.

Valentine-Printable-pack from the Crafting Chicks

This pack includes 6 games that are sure to provide fun for hours. You could use this pack for a Valentine’s Class Party, a Valentine Party at your home, or just for fun around the house. Our kids have loved to play each of the games and we know yours will too.

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Each Valentine Party Pack contains:

  • A special Valentine’s edition of the Memory Game–Kids will want to play this game over and over even after Valentine’s Day is over.
  • Roll A Heart Man: This game is a hoot to watch and see who can build a Heart Man the quickest.
  • Valentine’s Headbands game: See who can guess the quickest, who/what they are. This game is a hoot.
  • Musical Hearts: Get out some fun music about love and watch the kids jump from heart to heart to land on the number that is called out.
  • Valentine “I Spy”: This game is a fun for everyone. Race to see who can count the correct number of images in the quickest amount of time.
  • Don’t Eat My Valentine: This is our spin on “Don’t Eat Pete,” with fun Valentine images.
  • And the BONUS: Heart Attack: Have fun showing someone how much you love them by decorating their space with hearts that tell how much you love them.

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You can purchase this pack for only $2.99.

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New Year's Eve Printables - party favors, gift tags, goals, banner, and so much more!

We’ve got a great roundup of our favorite New Year’s Eve Printables for you.  Another year is almost over.  Time to celebrate!  Banners, gift tags, party favors, scavenger hunts for the kids, midnight kisses for the adults… and so much more!

New Year’s Eve Printables

 

Scavenger Hunt for Kids from Reasons to Skip the Housework

New Year's Eve Printables - party favors, gift tags, goals, banner, and so much more!

Out with the old and in with the new from Moritz Fine Designs

New Year's Eve Printables - party favors, gift tags, goals, banner, and so much more!

Good Fortune treat bags from No Biggie

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New Year’s Eve Gift Basket from The Crafting Chicks

New Year's Gift Basket

Have a Sparkling New Year labels from Salt and Pepper Moms

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Confetti party favors with printable tag from A Pumpkin and a Princess

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Sparkling New Year Tag from The Crafting Chicks

Sparkling New Year Tag

Ring in the New Year from Chickabug

Ring in the New Year gift tag

New Year’s Game from Alice & Lois

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New Year’s Eve Countdown Number Banner from The Crafting Chicks

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Midnight Kisses from Glitter N Spice

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Kiss Me Kit from The Dating Divas

New Year's Eve Kiss Me Kit

Sparkler Favour Tag from TOMFO

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Photo Booth Props from The Crafted Sparrow

New Year's Eve Photo booth props

Quick New Year’s Banner from The Crafting Chicks

New Year's Eve Banner

Happy New Year!  May 2016 bring you and your family lots of happiness and joy!


We are so excited to team up with Minted this year for our Christmas cards 2015.  Christmas cards are so fun to give and receive.  We have been swooning over their designs all week.  It was hard to choose…because we love them all.

Right now Minted has some great specials on their Christmas cards and THREE lucky readers will win a $100 Minted gift card for Christmas Cards this year. Christmas Cards 2015 & a Minted Giveaway! Loving this happy card.  I love the font & design. card 5 Minted offers the prettiest shapes, like this bracket shaped card above.
card 4 Another favorite is this mulit-photo card that highlight photos throughout the year.  I love the simplicity of it. Screenshot 2015-11-16 09.19.38 Our Nikkala chose the Behavior Chart card for her card this year.  If you know Nikkala, you know that this fits her personality.  She loves to share what her kids are up to in a clever way.  I think this is the cutest idea! card 2 Minted’s gold foil cards are so pretty!  And they make your card really pop! (Look at those twins)
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Becky & Jamie chose a pretty gold foil layout for their cards this year.  Minted has several options for gold foil cards.  So you can find the perfect one to fit your picture.  You can even choose the foil finish…silver, gold or a rose gold.

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Another favorite option were the addressed envelopes.

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You can choose from many different options, upload your address list, and Minted will print the addresses so all you have to do is stuff, apply the stamp and mail.
card letter press I love this pretty letterpress card too!

Just look at all the pretty designs.  We wanted to share them all with you…but it’s so easy to browse through them all on Minted.

 

We also are sharing an exclusive Coupon Code for Crafting Chicks Readers: Enjoy 15% off your holiday card purchase is: TCC15 : good through 11/24/15. Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 8.41.33 AM Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 8.41.12 AM Now for our fun giveaway!

3 readers will win a $100 Minted credit. SO…get thinking about which card you will LOVE!

Click on “Enter Giveaway” Below to enter the Crafting Chicks/Minted Giveaway.  We are excited for our Lucky Readers!  giveaway button


Photobooth Setup

Photobooths are a really big deal right now, maybe they are a trend but I don’t see them leaving anytime soon!

Last week I was in charge of Red Ribbon Week at the school. We decided instead of spending money on little prizes for all the kids (think Smarties and glow sticks) like they had in the past, we would blow our budget on a photobooth. Turns out renting a photobooth for 2 hours cost more than we had in our budget! So I started researching how we could do it on our own, turns out it was really simple! I didn’t plan on doing a post, so I don’t have many photos of our set up, but I couldn’t believe how many time I’ve been asked how we did. So I’m thinking there are others out there interested in a DIY photobooth!

Because I already had some of the big ticket items we spent about $120 – including the printing of photos for 600 kids. Ready to see how it all works?

This is not a sponsored post, but I have included affiliate links for your convenience.

You’ll need:

I know some of you are going to ask about other tablets, and I would assume there are similar apps available but I haven’t looked.

Photobooth

Here is the only photo I snapped of our setup at the school. We used red and white plastic tablecloths from the dollar store for our backdrop, but you can get fairly inexpensive photobackdrops off Amazon. You can see the tripod and iPad mini. The quick release feature of the tripod was great, because we had the photobooth going before school, during lunch and after school so I could quickly release it and take the iPad with me.

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Pocketbooth Party App

The Pocketbooth Party App is the main key that makes this whole setup work. It let’s the photo takers see themselves and automatically sends the photos to the printer. Making the whole photobooth experience very user friendly and automatic. It costs $39.99. There is also a $0.99 version called Pocketbooth, but after researching both it seemed that Pocketbooth Party would be better for the large group we were working with.

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Pocketbooth Party gives you a lot of options, so you can find something that works perfect for your group. You can choose the number of poses, the arrangement on the sheet, if you want a caption and even different photo effects. It also let’s you choose if you want to save the photos, send them straight to the printer, or save and print them.

Wireless Printer

The app requires a wireless printer connected to the same network as the iPad to be able to print wirelessly. Which sounds more complicated than it really is.

I already had the wireless HP Envy printer so as soon as the kids were done with their poses the printer would automatically start printing. It prints on 4×6 photo paper. At the school we had it take 6 different poses so we cut them apart so everyone kid was able to have a photo. Some of the kids complained that it took so long to print, and I would laugh because obviously they don’t remember the photobooths that had to develop the film before you could get your pictures!

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It doesn’t matter which model of iPad you use or if you use a full size or iPad mini, but be aware that the app uses the front camera which is much better in newer iPads than older.

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The setup worked so well I moved it to the church for our congregations Halloween Carnival later in the week.

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We love a good challenge. So when Michaels asked us to come up with a DIY Costume you bet we were game!

Now my 7-year-old told me she wanted to be a fairy, so I went in looking for anything that could make her look magical on Halloween. But I also wanted something that wouldn’t just get set aside once October was over. Here’s what I came up with. I’m so in love with how it turned out.

DIY Fairy Costume

 

I walked in Micheals and began my search. I found these beautiful fairy wings and knew I hit the jackpot. A quick stop by the fabric and sewing section, (did you know they have fabric?), and I was all set.  I made 2 different color fairy costumes for 2 of my girls. I can’t decide which one I love more.

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I decided that I wanted to make a quick skirt for the girls. I love this Simple Skirt Tutorial on MADE. So easy and fast, but super cute! And the best part is that they can wear them over and over. They aren’t just for dress up!

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I decided to double layer the glitter tulle over top of the cotton. WARNING: You will have glitter everywhere. I think I look like a fairy after sewing these, but they are so stinking cute!

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Once your skirt is done you’ll just need to add the wings, and of course the magic wand. I found these adorable wands for $1 by the foam crafts at Michaels. SCORE!

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I had a hard time getting her to hold still to take pictures. She was ready to fly away.

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Still haven’t decided what you’re going to be? Check out the other 49 DIY costumes from the Michaels Makers and you might just find the perfect one for you, your kiddos or your beloved pet this Halloween– they’re to die for!



Favorite Apple Desserts - I love so many of these recipes! These are perfect for fall!

Favorite Apple Desserts

Fall is just around the corner!  Fall brings cool nights, crisp mornings, colorful leaves, and don’t forget… Apples!!  Oh we love all of the yummy desserts that can be made with apples.  Here are a few of our favorite apple desserts for you to try this season.  We’ve got cobblers, cupcakes, pies, crisp, crumbles, cakes, bars, dips, breads and so much more… we’ve got something for everyone!  These really are the best recipes.  We know you’re going to love them!

Ready?  Set?  Go pick some apples!

Apple and Pear Skillet Crumble from The Casual Craftlete

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Caramel Apple Mini Cheesecakes from Cooking Classy

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Apple Hand Pies from Cooking on the Front Burners

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Clean Eating Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies from Amy’s Healthy Baking

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Apple Fritters from Fake Ginger

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Apple Crisp a la Mode from The Crafting Chicks

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Baked Apple Pie Egg Rolls from Recipe Runner

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Apple Pie Pizza from Dessert for Two

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Apple Pie Bars from Love Grows Wild

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls from Delia Creates

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Apple Pie Cupcakes from Cincy Shopper

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake from Half Baked Harvest

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Snickers Caramel Apple Salad from Chef in Training

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Creamy Caramel Apple Dip from The Crafting Chicks

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Apple Pie Bread from Pip and Ebby

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Crumble Bars from Averie Cooks

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Caramel Apple Nachos from Lil’ Luna

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

Apple Crisp Stuffed Baked Apples from Le Crème de la Crumb

Favorite Fall Desserts - I love so many of these recipes!

For more amazing dessert recipes visit our Yummy Desserts Pinterest Board.

What is your favorite fall dessert?  Cobbler, pie, cakes, crisps, dips, cupcakes, or bread?

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