Neverland Party


Welcome to Neverland. For my daughters 8th birthday party she wanted a Neverland tea party inspired by Peter Pan. We had her party at a cupcake Shoppe, where the kids could decorate their own cupcakes and have their own tea party.  I didn’t go all crazy for this party but I did make a few things that added a special touch to her party and didn’t spend to much money. My daughters birthday is in the spring so lucky for me I found a bunch of items to match my theme. neverland-party-1

I made little fairy jar party favors for just a few dollars.  I found a pack of Fairies in the Target dollar section that I spray painted white and hot glued onto these little jars. You can find these jars at grocery stores or at Wal-Mart in the canning section. I spray painted the rims white also.  I filled the jars with Robin eggs candy. I created this little printable and tied with twine.  I made all the little girls flower crowns with florist wire wrapped with florist tape. neverland-party-2I found these green cute little jars again at Target. I found these clock stickers in the scrapbooking section at Hobby Lobby.  I bought a pack of feathers also at Hobby lobby and painted the tips gold and added some cheap flowers.neverland-party-3I found this little trunk at Hobby Lobby along with the coins and little jars. I gave all the kids pixie dust made with cosmetic safe glitter that you can find online.neverland-partyI loved our little candy setup. You can find this candy straw grass during Easter time. We made little bird nest and added Jelly beans, pixie sticks, pretzels, chocolate gold coins, robin eggs and Rolos. neverland-party-7neverland-party-5I have seen these flower cupcake holders at all the craft stores, I bought mine at AC Moore. neverland-party-6You usually can find Pirate’s Booty popcorn at the store.

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Minion Easter Egg Hunt

Despicable ME

My church is hosting an Easter Egg hunt this year and was asking that each child bring 20 eggs prefilled for the hunt. The children in our Awana group love “Bubble Gum” night, (this is where they receive bubble gum for completing so many verses.) I knew I had to get wrapped gum, but with having the 2 kids, I didn’t want to fill 40 eggs with just candy. So we were off to the store to find affordable, yet fun things to fill some of the eggs with.

I decided on filling the eggs with stickers, marbles and small party favors. I do run a special event company and always have party favors laying around anyway. Easter is the “second most” candy buying holiday in America, next to Halloween. So as much as I love Chocolate bunny rabbits, I do not want to give my kids a sugar overload. Plus they have two more Easter Egg hunts to go to this year.

Minion eggs

I also want to jazz up a couple of the eggs. I saw on my beloved Pinterest some Minion eggs. All it takes is yellow and blue plastic eggs. Put blue on the bottom and yellow on top. Need a black sharpie or black paint and googly eyes. Hot glue their eyes on and then use sharpie or paint to draw on their hair, glasses and mouths.

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I must say it was not a Pinterest fail.

Minion fruit snacksI found some Despicable Me – Minion fruit snacks to fill them with. The kids loved the Minion eggs and one child asked if I would make him one since he did not find one in the Easter Egg hunt.

Baked with Love: Valentine’s Date

V COVERLove and sugar was in the air at my house for a fun Valentine’s play date. Give your kids frosting and they are entertained for hours. While my oldest daughter had a blast frosting and making cupcakes my other daughter had a blast eating all the sprinkles. Valentine's diy waffers Easy and pretty- Melt some white chocolate and drizzle over your wafers. Add your sprinkles right away so they stick to your chocolate.baked with love baked with love 1baked with love Wrapped up to give awayTarget Dollar Section I found these cute cupcake crafts in the Target Dollar section Free valentines printable Starbucks glasses with a free printable click picture belowlove cupcake

Have fun throwing your Valentine’s bash!

Fun with Elf on the Shelf and DIY clothing for your Elf

ELF DIY Clothes and fun

We have an Elf on the Shelf named Bob. He has come to visit us for 4-5 years now. I decided to post some of his fun adventures he has had at our house and some fun clothes that you can make for him.

A lot of the stuff Bob does is similar to the elves you see on Pinterest. Sometimes he stands out on his own.

  • He has left me a message in the fridge to throw out Thanksgiving left overs.
  • He put a lot of my daughter’s stuffed animals in the dog kennel and put a sign on it saying “Zoo”.
  • He was caught eating the filling out of oreos and trying to put the empty cookies in my daugher’s lunch.

Chalkboard Christmas tree

He was tired of waiting on us to put up the Christmas tree, that he drew his own on our chalkboard.

Snowmen marshmallows

He printed off some basic elf cards one year.

Dog biscuits

He got into our dog’s treats.

Super hero elf

Our star was leaning one year and he decided to save it.

Elf super hero cape

Closer view of his super hero cape.

Elf super hero cape

It is made with 3 different colors of felt and some hot glue. The felt sheets are from a pack that was purchased at Dollar Tree. I did not cut the width of the yellow. It is the size that it came. I cut a “V” in the top. The royalish blue felt I cut into a shield pattern small enough to fit on the yellow. The lighter blue, I traced a “B” initial on it before cutting. The “B” stands for his name, Bob.

Super hero Elf

Once I hot glued all the felt pieces on top of each other, I tried it on Bob. I then made it loose enough to go over his head and hot glued the top of the “V” cutout together at his neck, but not to him.

Horse riding elf

Bob loves Rapunzel and the next day he took her for a stroll on their horse. Still wearing his cape.

Elf riding surf boardWe have a surfboard ornament that I got years ago when I worked at Hollister. Bob decided to ride it on the tree.

Elf clothes from a sock

This year my youngest daughter wanted Bob to have clothes. I decided to make him some elf clothes myself. This sweater is made from a Toddler size TMNT sock. It had lost it’s mate, so I recycled it. The sleeves are made from white felt that I had on hand. I cut the sock and fitted it over his chest and stomach. Then I cut out the white felt and covered his arms. I hot glued the white felt seams while on the two arms, but left them loose enough to come off. I sewed the white arms to the top of sock. It is very easy to get off and on.

Sock into Elf clothes

Another toddler sock that I turned into a sweater for Bob. I completed it the same ways as above. This would be great with any holiday socks you may have or buy in the Dollar bins.

Elf apron

I came across this last year and loved it, but not the price. My kids do not need another apron either.

Elf on the shelf apron

So I made an apron for him this year. He is wearing this with a note saying it is time to make cookies.

Elf apron

I saved a Barbie size apron template on one of my Pinterest boards. It is the perfect size to fit an Elf. I got the template from Brassy Apple here. I just placed the template on the felt and cut it out. You can use fabric, but I wanted to sew as little as possible during this project. No sewing is needed on felt.

Elf apron

I did use the stretchy elastic thread that Brassy Apple does, but I hot glued it down to the felt. I then cut very small rectangles and hot glued them over the elastic to make it more sturdy.

elf apron

Closer view of what the elastic and felt look like.

Barbie felt apron

I also made one in pink for his “Barbie” friend. Her’s has white felt pockets and pink tulle at the bottom instead of fabric like Brassy Apple made, but it is cute and easy to do. The tulle, I gathered and ran a running stitch through by hand. Then I hot glued the pockets on and the tulle.

Elf and barbie aprons

They are ready to make some cookies.

Michael's sweater ornaments

I came across these sweater ornaments at Michael’s while they were 50% off, making it $2.98. You can usually find a coupon if they are not on sale. They do fit the elves, but mine needed cut at the top to fit his head. You may find wine bottle sweaters or clothes that will fit elves too.

Elf wardrobe

Here he is wearing one of the sweater ornaments. It comes with a hanger, so I decided to hang up some of Bob’s new duds in Barbie’s wardrober. My daughters bought Bob some presents from Target this year too. They were more expensive at $9 a piece.

Inside Out Halloween Printables

My girls just love anything Inside Out, so I was disappointed I haven’t found anything Inside Out for Halloween. I whipped up this spooktacular Halloween free printable. Cut, use a hole puncher and attach to any treat bags.

Inside out halloween


These would go great with Inside Out fruit snacks by Kellog’s. They can be found at grocery stores and Target.

Inside Out fruit snacks

Minion Party ideas and craft

minion party

Minions are super popular right now. What’s not to love about these little guys. I recently came across a cute craft while creating Halloween pom pom pencils.

pom poms

I bought these pom poms at Hobby Lobby for $2.99 but with a 40% off coupon.

One of my daughter’s friends was over while I was making the Halloween pom pom pencil and was playing with these pom poms. He asked if I could make him a Minion pom pom. The light bulb went off and BAM …

Minion pom poms

You will need yellow and blue pom poms, googly eyes, glue, and a sharpie.

Kids can put these together during a Minion party. I made medium and large minions. I used hot glue for mine, but for the kids, just school glue would work.

Minion candy

These are at Target in the Halloween section right now. If you are planning a party soon, make sure to snatch them up.

Minion fruit snacks

Betty Crocker has Minion fruit snacks that would make a great treat bag filler.

minion cheese nips

Can give out Minion Cheese Nips or put in treat bags.

Minion tic tacs

Minion Tic Tacs would be great in treat bags! These are too cute.

We make custom cupcake toppers at our Etsy site.

Minion cupcake toppers

Halloween Monster pencil toppers DIY

monster pencil

While Sierra and I were out shopping one night, we came across cute googly eye pencil monsters at Target. They were in the Dollar Spot section. Not a bad deal, but when you have several kids you would like to give them to for Halloween – it adds up.

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These cuties were my inspiration.

pom poms

I got these pom poms at Hobby Lobby for $2.99, but with a 40% off coupon.

pom poms

It came with different sizes. The large and medium worked great for this project. I will keep the really small ones for a class project this winter.

Halloween pencils

$1 pencil packs from Dollar Tree.

pom pom alien

I hot glued the googly eyes on first. Then hot glued the pom pom onto the pencil. My youngest daughter asked about using the eraser. I hot glued one pom pom monster onto an eraser cap for her pencil. That way she can take the cap off and use the eraser underneath.

pom pom pencil monster

On a few of them, I twisted a pipe cleaner around the pencil. I already had pipe cleaners on hand and googly eyes. Both can be bought at craft stores and Dollar Tree.

monster pom pom pencil topperThey are cute!

I made 24 pencils for $4-5. Even if I did not have the supplies on hand, it would only have been $6-8. If you only need 1-6, buy them at Target, need more = make them.

Free Minion Halloween Printables

Minion Free Halloween Printable #minion #halloween #schooltreats
If you’re looking to make any Minion things for Halloween or for Halloween treats- I created this fun free printable. You can use a hole puncher and tie to a treat bag or to these cute candies I found at Target.

Minion Halloween Free printables #halloween #minions #printables Download Here

If you know you are having a minion birthday party within the next year, pick up these candies. Minion Halloween

 They also have minion fruit snacks. Minion fruit snacks

minion cheese nipsMinion Cheese Nips for Halloween school bags

Minion tic tacs

Minion Tic Tacs for Teacher gifts.

Hello Kitty Birthday Party

Hello Kitty Party Ideas #birthdayparty #hellokittyMy daughter decided to have a “Hello Kitty” birthday party this year. We took our kids to Disney World for the first time this year so her birthday party was very “budget friendly”.  For her, party we had cupcakes, Hello Kitty wafers, and chocolate candy for the kids.hello kitty partyYou can find these Hello Kitty faces at any craft store in the baking section. I drizzled melted chocolate over and two minutes later done!

hello kitty party #hellokittyI found this candy mold at Hobby Lobby for less than $2.00

hello kitty birthday girl partyI used Hello Kitty wrapping paper I found at Party City. I printed Hello Kitty coloring pages I found off Pinterest for my backdrop, that the kids later took down to color. hello kitty party birthday party favorsFor our party favors, we made Hello Kitty faces. We used white mold clay, pipe cleaners for her ears and whiskers, and colored molding clay for her nose and eyes.  Of course we used a piece of red ribbon for her bow.  My Hello Kitty looks more like a bunny, but the kids loved it! hello kitty party favors

Adopt a puppy birthday Paw-Tay

Adopt a puppy party free puppy party printables #puppyparty #party #freeprintableCheck out our adorable Adopt-A-Puppy Paw-Tay. My daughter just turned 5 and loves puppies, so we decided to have a puppy party. This party I really didn’t spend a lot of money on because I had a lot of party décor already that I could use. I created all my own printables that I am sharing with you all today. Click the below picture for your free printables.8x10 adopt a puppy signFor all the kids, we had an adopt a puppy table. I found these cute puppies on Amazon, they were definitely worth the cost and all the kids loved them. You can also find puppies at Dollar Tree, but it’s hit and miss when they have them. puppy party #adoptapuppy
I found these adorable free adoption certificates by Chickabug Apopt a puppy party #puppypartyWe had a create your own puppy collar. I found puppy bowls at Dollar Tree that I spray painted white to match my colors. I  also found the beads and alphabet beads and pipe cleaners at Dollar Tree. I bought these little bones at Dollar Tree that I painted pink and added glitter. If you’re lucky enough to have an Ikea by you, you can find these frames there for also a $1. I had 12 kids and one pack of alphabet beads was enough letters to make all their puppy names.  puppysEach puppy had a puppy blanket. I bought one yard of fabric from Hobby Lobby, that matched perfectly.

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Doggie bags #puppypartyMy bestie, with her perfect bow making skills, made these bows. I found the buttons at Hobby Lobby and the ribbon at AC Moore. I forgot to take a picture of their treats inside, but I found Scooby Doo sour straws at Dollar Tree and put in puppy tattoos and puppy stickers.puppy party #puppyparty

puppy chow #puppypartyFor our sweets; we had Puppy Chow (Chex mix cookie flavor), Poodle fluff (Cotton candy), Chew sticks (licorice), Puppy bones were Scooby Doo graham crackers. They also have Scooby Doo fruit snacks at the store. I tied around my jars these bags I found at Dollar Tree.puppy treats #puppyparty

Puppy party food candy #puppyparty
I made these chocolate favors from a mold I found at Ac Moore. The mold cost less than $2.00 and the chocolate cost less than $3.00 a bag.wipe your paws #puppyparty

Ava1For the food; we had hot dogs and different sides. We had popsicles for the kids because it was also a pool party.  We put the popsicles in a cooler with ice and they melted so we had to move them to the freezer, so I suggest to eat them quick.pupsices #puppyparty
adopt a puppy party cake
We bought our cake at Wal-Mart. I was so happy they had some dog images. We just had to ask the baker and she had some images in another book she showed us. My daughter picked out the dog for her cake.  ava suprise

My daughter was delighted with her big surprise present of a puppy for her birthday!