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    If I Were to Plan a Dinosaur Party…

    A friend asked for some ideas planning a dinosaur themed party for her son, so naturally I hop over to Pinterest and WOW am I overwhelmed at all the ideas, products, decorations, desserts, etc! Party planning can be overwhelming but I’ve found my happy place in Excel to keep me organized and on task without letting the stress add up too much. Getting back to friend’s request…. I started making a list in Excel of items that would work for her space (room in her house), budget and most important of all her son’s interests. DECORATIONS There are many ideas that can be made at home with items laying around…

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    Shimmer & Shine Party!

    Glitter, glitter and more glitter! This was a girl’s dream party, complete with wall to wall decorations to give the look of being inside Shimmer & Shine’s genie bottle! My daughter loves Shimmer & Shine cartoon, and for some reason I got the crazy idea to turn our garage into the inside of their genie bottle! Little did I know it would take many, MANY hours and over 40 tablecloths to finish the draping….but in the end it was worth the surprise and smiles on all the kids’ faces! Activities were all geared around the Shimmer & Shine theme: Genie bracelets – made from toilet paper tubes, gold paper and…

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    Construction / Bulldozer Party!

    My son is REALLY into trucks, bulldozers (and all the other ones that I don’t know the names of) and of course getting dirty, so when it came time for him to choose his birthday party theme, he quickly decided on a construction party. I was hesitant at first, wondering how I would pull this off with a dozen kids aged 4 – 9 but this was one of the most fun parties I’ve had the opportunity to plan! It all started with a shirt….I borrowed the idea from Pinterest and here is a picture of our family shirts we made at home with inexpensive cotton shirts and heat transfer…

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    Dog Adoption Celebration!

    My two kids love to host parties almost as much as I do, so when they kept asking about our family dog’s birthday I just knew what they wanted 🙂  Because we adopted our dog, Brownie, we didn’t have any idea of his birthday date or even the month, so instead of making a wild guess, we decided to have a party to celebrate the day we adopted him! I gave the kids a $20 budget and a little guidance in selecting the decorations, favors, and “menu”. We found quite a few items at a local dollar store: Tablecloth Party hats – even though the dogs probably won’t wear them…

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    Poppy (Trolls) Birthday Party

    It’s all just cupcakes and rainbows….until you plan a birthday party for over 50 guests! Immediately after seeing the movie Trolls, my daughter fell in love with the characters, colors and of course the music! So she just had to have a Trolls themed birthday party, and of course this crafty mom had way too much fun making the decorations.   The invitation went through a few revisions, from including lots of candy graphics to none at all, here’s the final version: Decorations were by far the most fun to make of all the parties I’ve done. Centerpieces were created from jumbo Easter eggs turned mushrooms with Troll character cutouts…

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    How to Create a Birthday Banner Using PowerPoint!

    Another time (and money) saving tip when creating and planning a birthday party: create your birthday banner using PowerPoint! We use PowerPoint for work projects and school presentations, so why not take advantage of the easy tools and design capabilities for party printables?!?! Here are 10 steps to create a birthday banner in PowerPoint.    

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    Paw Patrol Party (Girl)

    Paw Patrol is such a fun and easy party to put together! From dog bowls to Scooby Snacks, there are plenty of ideas online and products available to put this party together on a reasonable budget. Here’s how I did mine for under $150! Invitations I started researching ideas online and my daughter helped me pick out a few invitations that she liked, which were used to inspire the creation of her invitation. She’s now just old enough to give me ideas and help me create things for her parties, which has been a very fun bonding experience. Here’s how this turned out, I think the use of bright pink,…

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    Under the Sea Birthday Party

    For my son’s second birthday, we opted for an “Under the Sea” party theme, as he loves all things ocean and well, honestly, so do we. I must say, this has probably been my favorite party to plan and create for since the colors were bright and cheerful, the decorations were super easy DIY, and the food options were plentiful online. The overall color scheme and design elements started with the invitation. Colors, characters and even the flag pennant were carried throughout the party decorations. Luckily we have a dining room that isn’t being used for dining…instead I turned it into the “party room”! A few crepe paper streamers to…

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    Southern Sweetheart 1st Birthday Party

    As I was looking for ideas to celebrate my daughter’s first birthday, I was inundated with many “Texas” or “western” themes using bright colors and mostly pink. Although very young, I knew an overly pink themed party wasn’t right for my daughter’s personality, as she was already showing a spunky, independent and unique personality all her own. Since my husband and I love our Texas roots, I wanted to bring in some of these southern influences that were used in her nursery we created with colors of red, white and tan with sunflower and accents (this was also the theme of my baby shower as seen in the diaper cake…

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    Minnie Mouse (Red and White) Birthday Party

    One of my favorite cartoons as kid was Mickey Mouse, and with the new generation of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, my daughter also shares a new love of Minnie Mouse (as do most toddlers)!  So for her 2nd birthday party, we decided on Minnie Mouse….but red and white Minnie Mouse. Great idea until I started looking for party supplies and all I could find was pink. So I created my own….. Pinata was made from a stroller box:  just cut my pattern, painted black, glued together and used black crepe paper for coverage! There are tons of posts for Minnie Mouse centerpieces, but I took a “southern” angle by adding white…