Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Outdoor movie night - Teen Beach 2 party

Summer is here, and the weather has been beautiful! It was a perfect evening to host an outdoor movie night. With the release of Disney Channel's Teen Beach 2, we couldn't think of a better time to host a movie party!

Being the big Disney fans we are, we've been anxiously anticipating the release of Teen Beach 2! And we were so excited to learn that it would be released on DVD, the same day it was airing on TV.  My daughter gathered a couple friends, and I worked quickly on putting together an outdoor movie party.  

Our friends over at Sweet Talk Bake Shoppe made some darling beach themed cookies! I used the outer cardboard cover, from the Teen Beach 2 DVD, and put it in a frame.



No movie party is complete, without popcorn! I dusted off the popcorn machine, and made a fresh batch for our movie goers to enjoy.
I found some smaller sized beach pails, and decided they'd be perfect to serve popcorn in! 
Mini beach totes offered a fun candy assortment. 




I wanted to bring a little of the beach to our party, so I purchased some sand at my local Home Depot. I placed a few scoops of sand inside of a serving tray, and used it as a display for our drinks, pineapple cups, and a beach pail ice bucket.


I also served a couple other crunchy snacks for our outdoor movie party. A yummy snack mix, and goldfish crackers hit the spot. They were served in small party cups, and set out on cake stands & sand. 



Once the movie ended, we would be roasting marshmallows, and creating yummy S'mores in our firepit. As a fun display, I set out Reese's peanut butter cups, and mini Hershey bars inside of a 3-tiered tray, from Pick Your Plum. I also set out graham crackers, and mallows. 


I put together a movie screen by attaching some thin canvas fabric to PVC pipe. I cut strips in the fabric on the top, middle, and bottom. It was super easy to do, and very inexpensive. Not bad for a last minute gathering! 
To hold the PVC pipes in place, I hammered rebar  into the ground, and slid the pipes over the top.  

I thought it would be fun for our movie guests to lounge on pool rafts, while watching the movie, and munching on all the tasty movie treats. 

It was such a fun evening, under the stars! The movie was entertaining, and the guests had a really great time. This was our first outdoor movie night, this Summer. I know it won't be our last!



Laura

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

FATHER'S DAY BBQ PARTY IDEAS + Free printables

Father's Day is a great time to kick off grilling season! We usually have our first BBQ on Father's Day, and continue outdoor dining, through September. We like to call it Chillin' & Grillin' season!

As I was shopping online, looking for a Father's Day gift, I happened on this darling kitchen towel, from Kohl's. I fell in love with the cute aqua bbq grill, and immediately added the towel to my cart! The grill master totally reminded me of my hubby, {yes, he would totally wear a plaid shirt while grilling} and the cute girl sporting a pony tail could be me, if I didn't enjoy hubby's grilling so much!

Any-who, I quickly dreamed up a printable set, and planned out how I would share my Father's Day bbq party ideas with all of you! Funny how we find unexpected, every day things, that inspire us... 

Now, let's get down to the fun party details! 
This aqua bbq has stolen my heart - seriously. The darling Chefmate portable grill, from Target originally came in black, but I did my little twist on it, and sprayed it, using Krylon Sea glass. {I painted it before assembly} If you're planning to paint your own grill, you should know that it scratches very easily, and you may have to touch it up, as you're trying to carefully twist & screw your pieces together. {*cough be sure to read the instructions *cough} Moving on... 

I went ahead and used all the colors that I found in cute kitchen towel: Red, blue, aqua, and yellow. I thought they all worked well together, and made a really fun color combo!

Speaking of aqua bbq grills, look at the darling toppers, from Creativities Galore

Her steak toppers are equally as cute. 

 And let's not forget about the fun, striped baking cups, from Hoopla Events! Their shop selection is not only great, but I'm always super happy with their product quality, and customer service!

I created some centerpiece printables, for you to add to your table. I attached them to wooden dowels and displayed them inside a galvanized bucket.

Our simply stated 'Happy Father's Day' sign is also included in our printable set. I added the sign to an aqua colored frame, for a little extra pop of color.



And in case you haven't had enough of those aqua colored grills, here's another one! She wears the crown whipped up some darling cookies, to coordinate with my Father's Day bbq party.



Foodadz utensils are a great addition to your picnics, bbq's, and parties! The utensils packs are individualy wrapped, and come with a wooden fork, spoon, knife, salt & pepper packet, moist towelette, and a fun conversation starter! How cool is that?!



I was so excited to put my aqua drink dispenser to use again! I dressed it up with a tiny banner I created, and set it on a red cake stand.

You can take our large Father's Day circle toppers, and attach them to clear cups. You'll also find this "chillin' & grillin'" sign in our Free printable set!

Ready for the Free printables?! Download, print, cut, and assemble. Here's the link to our complete 'Chillin & Grillin' printable set. Below is a quick example of what is available. If you want to use this set after Father's Day, just remove any of the "happy father's day" items, and you're ready to party!




Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you like our printables!!

Laura

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

End of year teacher gift + FREE printable tags

In our area, the end of another school year is just around the corner. I'm sure your students are getting excited! Are you thinking about what to give the teacher for an end of school year gift? I'm sharing an idea that is easy to create, and may even inspire you to create something similar.

Not only are students looking forward to the Summer off, I suspect teachers are as well!

With that in mind, I wanted to put together a gift that would help get our teacher off to a relaxing start to Summer vacay! I put together a gift that says: sit back, relax, and enjoy a refreshing drink.

I found a cute drink dispenser from Target's Dollar Spot that screamed "Summer"! With a few more related items, I knew this gift would be fitting for a teacher getting ready for vacation.

I purchased small items that would fit easily inside of the drink dispenser. I included everything to make a refreshing drink: A fun drinking cup, a straw, ice tongs, drink coasters, and Crystal Light powder mix. 

The drink dispenser didn't fit both Crystal Light containers, so I placed one inside. You can even buy a couple different flavors, and add a fun assortment.

First I added some yellow krinkle paper to the bottom of the dispenser, for a little pop of color. I carefully inserted the cup, Crystal light, and the remaining items. Everything fit perfectly.

 I then added one of my printable tags, and attached it with twine. This end of year teacher gift was so easy to put together, and it would be perfect for them to enjoy during the Summer months. Add a book, or a magazine, maybe some flip-flops, and sunglasses, and your teacher will be made in the shade!

You can download the free printable tags I created, here. They have a fun Summer message, and are perfect to add to any end of year gift.

I hope my drink dispenser gift gave you some fun ideas of what to get your teachers, teacher aides, office staff, etc. I'm sure they'd appreciate the gesture of relaxing days ahead!




Wednesday, May 20, 2015

END OF SCHOOL GIFT IDEA + {Free} PRINTABLE

It's hard to believe that another school year has come & gone! There are a million + 1 things happening, as the year comes to a close: looking for that lost library book, fun school activities, and thinking of end of school year gifts!

I have a stong love for donuts. I love to eat them, {at any time of the day} collect them, and even throw parties with them. If they're sprinkled, that's even better! But enough about me...

I thought it would be a cute idea to create a printable tag, to go along with a gift idea that would incorporate sweetly sprinkled donuts. I mean... cookies! 

A few weeks back, my friend Maddi over at the Sweet Talk Bake Shoppe, posted a picture of her donut cookies on Instagram, and I fell in InstaLove! 
Donut cookies are like two desserts in one... am I right?! 

I partnered with the sweet cookier, to give you a fun option to end of school gift giving! 

I added the donut cookies to cupcake boxes, from PaperMart, then I attached my printable tag, and finished it off with tulle. A sweet treat, for that special teacher, office helper, or even a classmate.

You can print out my {Free} Donut gift tags, by clicking here! Just print, cut, and enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by! I'm off to enjoy one of these delicious donuts! I mean... cookies!


Laura