Friday, June 24, 2016

Finding Dory Party Ideas

Finding Dory is now out in theaters! Have you seen it yet?! My family and I couldn't wait for it to come out! We enjoyed watching it at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, CA. Before the release, we celebrated with a fun 'Just Keep Swimming' party! I'm excited to share all my Finding Dory party ideas with you.


I often celebrate new movie releases - especially Disney movies! So when I learned of the Finding Dory movie coming out, I was ready to get the party started!

The first thing I did was put together a backdrop for my main party table. I wanted to create an ocean setting to represent where Dory and her friends lived. To do this, I started with a roll of under the sea patterend paper. I added a couple blue wavy foil curtains over the top of the paper. Along the sides of the backdrop, I added a large seaweed cardboard standee and a coral standee.

I used styrofoam letters to spell out Dory, and clear balloons were used to represent bubbles! Blue and orange paper lanters and a blue tablecloth helped tie it all together.

On our dessert table, super cute Finding Dory treat cups held popcorn for our guests to munch on, and we all enjoyed drinking from our Plastic Fish Bowls that I used for cups. Yellow striped straws added a pop of color to the mix as well.


Cupcakes, another must-have party food, were wrapped with personalized Ocean Friends cupcake wrappers with a quote from Dory herself on it. Super cute!


I also created some fun personalized Ocean Friends stickers to go on the Beach Pail party favors. Our guests absolutley LOVED the fish crackers we gave out in DIY Ocean Friends Favor Bags.



I personalized an Ocean Friends Banner to welcome all the guests to our 'Just Keep Swimming' Party! Out in the yard, I set up a Finding Dory water table for all the guests to play with.


My most favorite part of any children's party is creating the "party table"! This is where I love to get crazy with table decor and party food! Hanging above the kid's party table I strung Yellow Tissue poms, orange and blue paper lanterns, and super cute Finding Dory Tissue Decorations.

I covered that table with a Finding Dory Table Cover and added a Petal Fabric Table Runner over the top, making it look like a beautiful blue ocean.

Our guests loved using all Finding Dory Party Supplies! They ate from Finding Dory luncheon plates, and sipped from Finding Dory cups, and even wiped their hands on fun Finding Dory Luncheon Napkins. 

I stuck some adroable Blue Wooden Cutlery inside of more plastic fish bowls for the kiddos. They loved the idea of taking home their very own fish bowl!

I was able to find lots of matching party favors, from my local Target! They fit perfectly inside of     Finding Dory Buckets. I had them sitting out on the table and used them as party of the party decor. I tool mini Finding Dory bubbles and placed them on top of mini white cake stands!






With all of these amazing products from Shindigz, you too can create your own Finding Dory party! Are you going to be seeing the movie this summer?

Just keep swimming, and pin this for later!








Wednesday, June 22, 2016

We donut want Summer to end| Party Fun with Cheerios™

This post has been sponsored by Acorn Influence, and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ad #summerofcheerios  #walmart

My children and I are pretty excited for those dog days of Summer! We look forward to all the fun activities that come along with the warm afternoons. My two younger boys are always up for an adventure, so I recently put together a 'We donut want Summer to end' party! My boys love donuts, and Cheerios™ are a main staple in our house, so it worked out perfectly that I found ways to incorporate their two favorite snacks into our day of crafting and Summer fun!   




To beat Summer boredom, I had a full afternoon planned out for them! I thought of ways to keep them busy and even created an easy "donut" toss game. I also thought of a fun craft project, using Cheerios™.

I brought my boys' teepee outside and started getting everything ready for our party. I kept the decor simple, and the colors bright & cheery. For starters, I created a Cheerios™ banner and hung it on their teepee. Then, I set out a wooden crate and filled it with boxes of our favorite cereal! I also found fun ways to incorporate donuts into our party decor.




For the party table, I used a white paper roll as a table cover. (It's one of my favorite things to use right now). To add a little fun to the paper table cover, I doodled swirls, arrows, and confetti too!



Fun photo props are also a must! I created a simple sign for the kids to pose with. We donut want Summer to end - no we don't!


I set out coordinating paper plates, cake stands topped with goodies, and donut "seeds", made from  Cheerios™!



My boys are at the perfect age for playing games. They love a little friendly competition. If it involves tossing, throwing, or jumping... they're up for the challenge! To go along with our Summer donuts + Cheerios™ theme, I created an easy donut toss. 

The object of the game is to loop all your donut Cheerios™ onto the spoon! So easy, and lots of fun! My boys enjoyed playing the game longer than I thought they would. 

With all the supplies, the game cost less than $10 to make. While shopping at Walmart for our weekly box of Cheerios™ I picked up a few supplies: a wooden spoon, paint, and 3 green styrofoam hoops. I spray painted the hoops, added some yellow "sprinkles" and waited for everything to completely dry.

Cheerios™ aren't just for eating! You can create neat craft projects with them as well. The fun part: extra ceral "supplies" can be eaten up! This simple craft was perfect for my boys, especially because they are really great at playing with their food. I picked up some wooden letters from Walmart and had the boys make Cheerios™ letter art! 

It was a super simple project and the boys loved it! Cute, right?!

Our Summer has been packed with lots of fun so far, and we can't wait to continue crafting & snacking with Cheerios™




Have you seen ALL the tasty flavor options that Cheerios™ offers? Check them out here. Walmart has you covered! And don't forget this COUPON CODE. Use this to make your shopping easier!
How will you be spending your Summer days? I'd love to hear about it!

Here's a pin to save for your Summer party inspiration board!





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