• GiggleFish_How to make dinosaur pinata
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    How to Make a Dinosaur Pinata

    My son LOVES dinosaurs and will have a dinosaur themed birthday party soon! He really wants a huge dinosaur pinata – in his words “big, big, big!” – but I can only find small pinatas for a decent price. The large ones I’ve found online and in stores cost way more than I’m comfortably spending on something the kids will just destroy…. on purpose. So I decided to make a dinosaur pinata using materials lying around our house. By the way, this cost me under $10! Box, hot glue, white glue, and crepe streamers. Here’s how I did it: Making the Pinata Form: Step 1: Find a design that he…

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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…

  • GiggleFish Quick & Easy Vday gifts
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    Quick & Easy Valentine’s Gift Ideas

    Every year I try to put together small yet thoughtful Valentine’s gifts for teachers and coworkers, and although most ideas can be (and are) geared towards romantic relationships, this year I was able to find inspiration from a few ideas on Pinterest. Thankfully, all recipients have a pretty good sense of humor! I created labels for: Small bags of chips: “You are all that & a bag of chips” 100 calorie nut packs: “We are nuts about you” Reeses cups: “Have I told you “Reese”-ently you are so wonderful to work with?” Tic Tacs: compilation of Star Wars clipart and sayings Using a red tray and clear acrylic candy jars,…

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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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    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…

  • Cowboy/Western 1st Birthday Party
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    Cowboy 1st Birthday Party

    We kept a similar theme for my son’s first birthday party as my (now) 3 year old daughter’s “southern sweetheart“, and went with Cowboy for his first birthday party! My favorite project of his cowboy first birthday party was the invitation….I looked online for inspiration and finally settled on creating this one in Microsoft Word. Coordinating thank you cards were created after the party using a photo of him eating his smash cake! Decorations and centerpieces were kept simple, as the restaurant was full of character! Desserts included cake pops and twizzler “ropes” displayed in mason jars. Another favorite was the boot pinata found at Hobby Lobby. If you use…