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DIY: Crepe Paper Banner

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Need a simple & inexpensive and fast party decoration? Make yourself a good old fashioned crepe paper banner! I'll be honest, when I think of crepe paper twisted from the ceiling, sometimes I cringe.  I have bad memories of faded light pink crepe paper lifelessly hanging... (not sure who's party or when...but it is in my brain!) Well girls, THIS idea, is not that!   Check this out:
This is on someone's mantle.  Huge letters, wrapped in yarn... and yep!  The beautiful crepe paper banner hung above it.  Darling, yeah?
Grab the crepe paper that you want. (we have over 20 colors in stock, FYI)
Get some ribbon.
Cut crepe paper into strips - all different lengths, or all the same!  You choose.
Fold the crepe paper over the ribbon, staple and you're done!  
So easy, huh?



DIY: Paper Plate Balls

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Paper Plate Balls All you'll need is 20 paper plates for each ball...the mini dessert plates work best.
1.  Fold the plates into triangles as shown.
2.  Staple two plates together with 3 staples.
3.  Attach 3 more plates to make a pentagon, then repeat to make a second pentagon.  (each pentagon will have 5 plates).  Set both aside.
4.  Staple the remaining 10 plates together into a long chain.
5.  Staple the ends of the chain together to form a ring.  Then staple the two pentagons to the top and the bottom of the ring.


You're done!!  Spray paint (glitter really makes your balls stand out!), add ribbon, and hang!  We have seen these used at wedding receptions, bridal and baby showers, and all sorts of parties!  

DIY: Zig Zag Accordion Streamers

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This is such an old school idea:  use paper and scissors to create your own decorations.
But really - it IS REALLY CUTE!
All you need is colored paper (you choose), scissors, and tape or pushpins!
Here we go...





THERE!  You did it!  You have an accordion zig zag streamer to hang for your next party!  I love the impact a group of these can make, as well as the simplicity - and the next-to-nothing cost of it all!
It would be a good project for a classroom to do:  have each child make one or two, depending on their age, and then the teacher can hang them after school.  When the students come the next day, they will see the decorations hanging and making the classroom festive!  
(you can use tape, thumbtacks, etc. depending on the surface of your ceiling)

For some GREAT photos of zig zag accordion streamers used in an everyday party setting, check out  OH HAPPY DAY.  

Halloween Decoration Ideas...

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General Conference Ideas...

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This is a re-post from March, with updated packet information.
We've had a lot of you ask if we have any ideas to keep your kids interested {busy} during General Conference this weekend... so we've compiled a few ideas from around the blog world for you.  
#1 - CONFERENCE TREAT BUCKETS - by Brown Paper Packages


Basically the idea is to get some buckets, label them with words you want your kids to listen for, and let them pick a treat when they hear that word spoken in one of the talks!  Awesome, huh?
Don't have time or want to spend money on buckets and vinyl?   Use mason jars and print out words from your computer. (be cute & colorful to see the candies) Have your kids help you color your labels and tape them on! Also, my little ones can't read yet - so I will probably find pictures of the temple, the scriptures, etc. for our treat buckets!  (If time permits, I will post the pictures I find so you can use them too!)
#2 - SET UP YOUR TENTS!  

Just as the people gathered to …

Kid Friendly Jack-O-Lantern Cookies

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This is the CUTEST idea EVER!  I found it over at "Bee in our Bonnet" and couldn't resist sharing with you.  I am definitely going to add this to my "to-do-this-October" list.

Check out the full instructions here.

So the basic steps are:
1.  Make sugar cookie dough
2.  Cut out dough into shapes of eyes, nose, mouth, etc - the way you would a real pumpkin!
3.  Bake and and let cool.
4.  Decorate with frosting and let dry.
5.  Grab some orange dessert plates (which will be your "pumpkin") and let the kids arrange and re-arrange their jack-o-lantern faces!




GENIUS!  I also LOVE the idea of putting all the decorated pieces into a jar to "gift" to friends or neighbors. Check out their full post for details on giving this darling idea away!

Halloween Girls Night Out - THIS THURSDAY!

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Just wanted to make sure YOU know that YOU ARE INVITED to come down to our store in Lehi tomorrow night (Thursday the 15th) for a night full of fun!  Starts at 6 pm and goes to 9 pm -  FREE make & take, FREE cupcakes by Sugar Mamas, FREE hand paraffin waxes by Salon Chateau, plus SALES throughout the store and lots of Halloween IDEAS & GIFTS!