Showing posts with label party ideas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label party ideas. Show all posts


Balloon Tip!

We recently had a birthday in the family - and wanted to share a super easy tip!  Are you ready for it?  (It seems like a no-brainer, but many people don't think of it!)  
**If you are getting balloons to decorate for a party or to surprise the special someone (especially if they are little!) it is a great idea to tie the balloons at varying heights and spread them throughout the room, instead of just tying them in 2 or 3 bunches.**

It makes the room look fuller, and especially for kids, it makes them feel like the whole house is just full of balloons! You can get small candy to tie them to, tie to doorknobs, or even just grab some toys or items already laying around. 

We also got 2 dozen plain balloons (no helium) and blew them up to just lay around the floor.

We tied one birthday present to a few balloons so he could have it all day, and the rest of the gifts were reserved for the birthday party that night. 

Also, this was for a 4 year old - who definitely doesn't care about color schemes! We picked some fun prints (paw prints, pirates, farm animals, dinosaurs, polka-dots, etc) instead of all plain colors or all Happy Birthday prints - and he LOVED them!

Check out our website or store for our huge assortment of balloons and party stuff (isn't that banner cute??)

Happy Decorating!


Sweet Valentines Straws!

Is it too early to be thinking about Valentines!? (Never!)  It is our favorite holiday around here, and here is an absolutely darling idea!

~ Embellished Sweet Straws ~

This is an easy peasy craft! All you need are these paper straws -{and you are in luck because we carry them at our store & in many colors}, cute cardstock, and non-toxic glue! You can also add stickers, cut-outs, ribbon, or other vintage embellishments if you want {we also carry bakers twine that would be perfect for this project!}

Simply use a heart punch or cut out hearts by hand, embellish them up, and glue to the straw!

Wouldn't these be darling served with strawberry milk on Valentines morning? Or at a school Valentines party? Or at your annual Valentines get-together? The possibilities are endless!

Be sure to check out our website or come into the store and see all our cute Valentines stuff! Decor, goodies, candy, gifts, treat bags, BALLOONS & much more! Yay for Valentines!

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Splish Splash Summer Bash

It just keeps getting hotter out there... so we wanted to help you all out by giving some fun ideas for a "Splish Splash Summer Bash" party.  First off, start it out with a splash by sending a wet invitation to your guests.

1.  Send us your party information, and we'll type it on the invitation.
2.  We laminate the invitation and send it to you.
3.  You roll up the invitation and put it inside a balloon and fill the balloons with water.
4.  Add the "splash" tag on the outside of the balloon
5.  Add your ribbon and then deliver!

This is a fun way to get your guests excited to attend the party.  Here is what it looks like:


To go along with the invitation, we also have a favor tag that you can attach to a treat, balloon, an otter-pop, whatever you choose!  Here is what the favor tag looks like (we put ours on suckers):

(If you would like to order customized invites and favors, please feel free to visit us in-store or call us!)

Now, on to the games!

1.  SPONGE TAG:  Get a big bucket of water, 2-3 sponges (the bigger the better), and lots of kids...hand over a sponge or two to a couple of the older kids to start out - and watch the kids run around!  Works better with multiple sponges so everyone gets wet and has a chance to be "it."

2. MARBLE GRAB:  Fill a kiddy pool with water and dump marbles in the bottom.  Each player stands in the pool and has to pick up marbles with his or her toes.  The person who picks up the most is the winner!

3.  BOTTOM-END-BLOW-OUT:  Tape a thumb tack to each players nose.  Then tape a balloon to each players bottom end.  The object of the game is to see who can pop the most balloons without letting their own balloon be popped!  This one is sure to be full of laughs!

4.  WET 'N WILD LIMBO:  Play limbo replacing a regular limbo stick with a water hose.

5.  BODY PAINT:  Make a variety of instant pudding the night before so that it can set.  Give each child (or adult) a paintbrush (fingers work as well) and let them paint designs on each other.  Give a prize to the most creative, messiest, best design, etc....

6.  MUSICAL TOWELS:  Exact same as musical chairs, but with towels outside. You don't even have to have the towels in a circle; just randomly place them in the yard!  That way guests are jumping and dashing around trying to land on a towel!

Last summer, we were featured on Studio 5 with some fun summer games and activities.  We'd thought we'd post it just to add some extra help.  Enjoy!


Pioneer Day Ideas...

The 24th of July marks the day that the Mormon Pioneers arrived in if you live here, you will have another day to celebrate this month!  Here are some ideas to incorporate with your kids, neighborhood, or family:


Three Legged Race
Button, button, where's the button?
Stick Pulling
Sack Race
Wheelbarrow Racing
Tug of War
Horse Shoes

And a few more that need some explanation...

Shadow Tag This game needs to be played on a sunny day. The person who is it tries to step on another player's shadow. If their shadow is stepped on they have to stand still. The game continues until every person has been tagged. Then the first person tagged becomes it. If a player gets tired of running they can lay down. Then the player who is it can't tag them.

Ducks Fly This game is similar to Simon Says. One child is chosen to be the leader. The other players face the leader. The leader tells the other children what to do. Then they copy the actions and sounds that the leader makes. The leader will say "ducks fly" and flap his arms. The players also flap their arms. The leader continues with other actions like "cats meow", "dogs bark," etc. But the leader also tries to trick others by mixing up the animal and sounds. If he says "sheep oink" the players must remain quiet until the leader says it correctly. If a player oinks then they are out.
Poor Doggie (or Poor Kitty) The point of this game is to make a player smile. The player who is "it" is the doggie. They must try to make someone smile or laugh. The players sit in a circle and the "Doggie" goes to each player and barks, whines, and imitates a dog. The players have to pet "Doggie" and say "Poor Doggie, Poor Doggie, Poor Doggie!" The player must not smile while saying this or he/she will become the next Doggie. Players are allowed to laugh and smile when the "Doggie" is not visiting them.

Here are a few helpful links if you are wanting craft ideas:

If you ARE going to have a party, make sure everything is simple - use brown kraft postal paper to cover tables, use jute or string to tie silverware together at each place setting, and keep favors or decorations to a minimum!  A fun favor and treat is a good old fashioned candy stick.  We have several to choose from in store or online.  Just remember to keep it simple and focus on the activities - the way it would have been!  Good Luck and Happy Pioneer Day!


6 Things to do with Frootie Tootsies

You know the little mini tootsie rolls that come in a variety of flavors?  Yeah, those ones. On our website, we sell them in big bags, or by the piece for .02 at our store (great for kids to use their own piggy bank money).  
So here are 6 good uses for these little guys:

6.  Food storage treats.  Now you can have something in your food storage that will be a treat!  Not only do Frooties have a long shelf life, but they are nut free and gluten free!  So stock up...

5.  Potty training treats.  Perfect.  Inexpensive.  Individually wrapped.  Lots of flavor choices.

4.  Party game - each participant gets a plastic cup and 25 tootsies.  Standing up straight, hold one at a time with mouth, and try and drop it in the cup that is sitting on the ground.  After ____ minutes, the player with the most in their cup wins!

3. Make fudge!  Here is a recipe that looks delicious!

Tootsie Roll Fudge
Makes 49 pieces

1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 stick unsalted butter
48 Tootsie Roll Midgees (about 2 cups)
1 cup crushed sugar snaps (or similar crisp ginger cookie)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup coarsely ground pecans

Coat a 9-inch square cake pan with cooking spray.

In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, add sweetened condensed milk, butter, and Tootsie Rolls. Stir continuously until butter and candy are completely melted and mixture is thick and smooth. Remove from heat.

Add crushed ginger snaps, vanilla extract, and pecans. Using a rubber spatula, mix until well blended.

Pour fudge into the prepared pan. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate until firm, at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight.

Slice into 7 equal rows to create 49 square pieces. It's a good idea to use a ruler to ensure equal size pieces. Fudge can be made up to a week in advance and refrigerated.

2.  Make buttons with wrappers!  (Or something else crafty like that) A scrapbook page with your kid's favorite flavor... little hair bows with a frootie button center...

1Play the CANDY GAME

(You will need at least one candybar for each guest – but more is better; as well as a variety of candy – some big, some small – hard to find candy is great, too. All the candy is set on a table or the floor in the middle of the circle. Also a pair of dice and a brown paper sack for each guest). Have guests sit in a circle. First player rolls the dice onto a small plate or tray. If the guest rolls a 1 OR a 6 on either die, he/she gets to choose a candy out of the middle and put it in your brown bag. (Choose 2 candies if you roll a 1 AND a 6) . Do this until all the candy from the middle is gone. Then set the timer – 5, 7, 10 minutes depending upon how long you want the game to last. Again, you roll the dice and if you get a 1 or a 6, you get to “steal” a candy away from another player. This is where you have to REMEMBER who took WHAT and ask for the candy by name. If you guess right – they have to give you the candy. If you guess WRONG, you have to give them something from your bag. It’s fun to see who “fights” over what candy!


Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizzas

I found this idea the other day
and wanted to share it with you.

I have seen the big sugar cookie pizza recipes that you cook on a pizza pan, but I like how these are miniature.

Anything mini is just cute!

So here are the instructions for the easiest version:

Bake or buy your sugar cookies.
Spread strawberry cream cheese on top.
Slice strawberries, kiwi, grapes, etc., and decorate each cookie. Keep it simple.
Arrange your mini fruit pizzas on a pretty platter and there you have it.

Here is a recipe I found on another site that has a variation of the cream cheese topping. It sounds good, too.


1 (18-oz.) pkg. (20 cookies) Pillsbury® Ready to Bake!™ Refrigerated Sugar Cookies
1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
1/2 cup powdered sugar
10 fresh strawberries, quartered
1 kiwi fruit, peeled, cut in half lengthwise and cut into 10 slices
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup fresh raspberries


1. Bake cookies as directed on package. Cool 10 minutes or until completely cooled.
2. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, combine cream cheese, limeade concentrate and powdered sugar; beat until smooth.
3. Spread each cooled cookie with 1 tablespoon cream cheese mixture. Arrange fruit on top of each. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate up to 2 hou

I think these would be so cute for a bridal or baby shower, your next girls night out, a little girl tea party, or just for a fun dessert for your family.

Happy End of Summer Party-ing!


Patriotic Party Ideas...!

I love the 4th of July! Not only does it remind me that I truly am proud to be an American, it is a great time to be with family, have a picnic or barbeque, watch beautiful fireworks light up the sky, the list could go on and on! I came upon a great list of ideas that might help your party the party to be at this weekend! Thanks to Studio 5 for letting me use this... and if you have ideas or traditions that you love, let us know! Leave a comment and let us know what fun things you have done...

Studio 5 Party, Holiday and Idea Contributor Alisa Bangerter shows how to make it a fun, festive atmosphere.
Invitation Ideas:
• Simple invitations could be printed and attached to small flags. If these need to be mailed, simply roll the flag and mail in mailing tubes.
• A creative invitation would be to fill a balloon with red, white and blue confetti or paper shred and a rolled up invite. Fill the balloon with helium and tie on a ribbon. Attach a small tag that states the recipient must pop the balloon to find the invite. Balloons filled with confetti would also make fun centerpieces the kids could pop at the end of the party or take home as favors.
• Attach a printed invitation to a box of sparklers. Ask the recipient to bring them to the party and at dusk everyone can do fireworks.
• Create a "formal" invitation written in the same language was the Declaration of Independence as an invitation to your barbecue. Print on parchment paper, roll it up and tie it with a ribbon. You could even fold it and use a wax seal on the envelope.
• Attach an invitation to a patriotic photo.
• Be really creative and have someone dress like Uncle Sam, Betsy Ross or the Statue of Liberty and deliver the invitations personally.
• Ask guests to come dressed in red, white and blue.
Table Setting and D├ęcor Ideas:
• Cover tables with white paper and sprinkle red and blue crayons on the table for guests to use. • Tables covered with newspaper and stamped with red and blue stars using acrylic paint can look nice and save on the budget. Newspaper can also be used as sandwich wraps.
• Print the Declaration of Independence on paper and use as placemats or napkin wraps.
• A quick centerpiece would be to fill red or blue sand pails with sand and insert small flags or stars on wire.
• Sprinkle red, white and blue wrapped candy down the center of tables. Another option would be to fill different sized jars and containers with candy and place on tables for easy snacking.
• Hang flags around everywhere or line walkways with them. Place some string or strong fishing line across the area of the barbecue and hang small flags and/or stars from the line. (You could also hang festive paper napkins, fabric triangles, curled ribbons, etc.) This will create a low ceiling effect and add to the atmosphere. Tiny lights and paper lanterns also would add if at dusk.
• Play patriotic music in the background.
• Print coloring pages (patriotic images) for children to color. Place them on the tables. It might be fun to create and print 11x17 (or similar size paper) placemats with patriotic puzzles, trivia, images to color, facts, etc. This is similar to what kids would get in a restaurant.
• Wrap silverware with napkins and a band with a patriotic trivia question or fact on it.
• Have patriotic stickers for kids (and adults!) to decorate their drinking cups with.
• Use inexpensive kitchen towels as napkins. These wash up great and are nice when having messy food such as ribs, sloppy joes, etc.
Creative Food Ideas:
• Place large bowls of popcorn in the center of tables for everyone to snack on while the food is grilling.
• Use flag picks in food such as burgers and sandwiches.
• Serve bottled drinks in an ice filled red wagon. Stick some flags in the ice for a festive touch. An ice filled child size swimming pool is also a great way to serve drinks for a large crowd.
• Wrap bottled drinks and water with customized bottle wraps. If they will be in ice, cover the wrap with clear packing tape.
• Use red apples with blue or white ribbons tied to stems as centerpieces. Place them in baskets, bowls or tiered display pieces to create a fun and tasty edible display.
• Be creative when grilling food. Use circle skewers for kabobs, cut stars out of cheese to melt on burgers, etc.
• Set up an ice cream bar with a variety of red, white and blue toppings and ice creams.
• Serve red, white and blue chips. Terra Chips makes some exotic vegetable chips called: Stripes & Blues. They are made from red sweet potatoes, blue potatoes and candy striped beets. They are found in local grocery stores and are very fun!
• Float a few raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and/or blueberries in a drink jar.
• Set up a cupcake decorating station where everyone can decorate a cupcake or two for desert. Have several icings to choose from and lots of red, white and blue candies and sprinkles for toppings.
• Serve homemade ice cream. You could have a homemade ice cream making contest.
• Ask guests to bring a homemade pie and have a contest. Give a prize to all and then serve the pies for dessert.
• Make star watermelon pops. Simply cut slices of melon and then cut into star shapes using a cookie cutter. Insert a wooden Popsicle stick in the side and freeze.
• Make s'mores over a fire pit using red, white and blue star marshmallows available at grocery stores.
• Serve patriotic floats by scooping vanilla ice cream in red or blue soda. Use three straws in each…red, white and blue!
• Serve red white and blue fruit on skewers. These would also be fun used as drink stirrers.
• A creative way to make a flag using fruit is to alternate strawberries and banana slices on skewers and lay them on a platter side by side to make flag stripes. Thread blueberries on the top of several of the skewers to create the blue portion of the flag when the skewers are set on the platter.
• Take the time to place chips in bowls and buns on platters. Something simple like this can add to the presentation of the food.
• Press the sides of purchased ice cream sandwiches in red, white and blue sprinkles for an easy and quick treat.
• Serve foods in single serving cups such as cut up fruit, salads, etc. This can add a fun dimension to serving the food and even can help control portions.
• Use ice cream cones as serving containers for fruit, salad or candy.
• Use name cards or food picks to identify foods served. Use creative names such as star spangled sloppy joes, patriotic potato salad, liberty lemonade, firecracker chicken, etc.
• Remember to use food coloring in cakes, salads, breads, etc. to create fun red, white and blue looks.
Simple Activity Ideas:
• A fun activity would to give each family (or group of 5-6) a sack with some random items in it. Give the groups 15 minutes to come up with a skit using the items. Have the skits be patriotic in theme and maybe give a specific word or line each must say somewhere in their skits. Have some items in the bags that are red, white and blue or patriotic in nature. These skits are often hilarious and a ton of fun!
• Make cards for someone in the military. It might be nice to have a veteran come and give a little presentation about his/her service for our country.
• Have a karaoke time and make sure to include some patriotic songs.
• Make up a patriotic trivia quiz and give a prize who can answer the most.
• Have readers take turn reading the Declaration of Independence. Have the readers dress the part.
• Hide paper stars or tiny flags all throughout the yard. Have the kids find them and give prizes. • Hold a sidewalk chalk mural contest for the kids. Tell them to draw something patriotic and give prizes.
• Play a game patterned after "Who Wants to be a Millionaire". Create patriotic or American history type questions. This is a lot of fun and can be educational.
• Have a photo station for families or individuals with lots of fun patriotic props.
• A favor packet, bag or basket could be sent home with each family or individual. Place simple items inside such as wrapped patriotic cookies or star shaped rice krispie treats, simple fireworks, handmade patriotic games or puzzles, a copy of the Declaration of Independence, red, white and blue popcorn or other items, etc. Make these simple and inexpensive but a fun surprise for your guests to have. . You could also make grab bags for each child filled with simple activity items, candy etc. and give these at the first of the barbecue.