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


DISNEYLAND 24-HOUR EVENT - What you need to know about the Diamond Celebration!

Just shortly after returning from our trip to Walt Disney World, for the Disney Social Media Moms conference, {post coming soon} I definitely look forward to a visit to Disneyland, for their Diamond Celebration - 24 hour event!! Are any of you attending on May 22nd?! Are you as excited as we are?! 

I attended last year, and had a blast!! The atmosphere, the happy people, and just being surrounded by so many others that were there to have a great night/day!

I came across some helpful information that you should read, before heading out to celebrate. 
They'll cover all the info you need to know for: parking, arrival times, opening ceremonies, events, and all the fun + new food, drinks, and merchandise!!

I was updated on twitter, via the AP holder twitter account

I was then redirected to The Disney Parks blog! They had all sorts of information, regarding all the cool, sparkly happenings for their Diamond Celebration! Be sure to read through the comments. Any questions you have, might be answered, just by following along. And from what I saw, they did a great job of answering most of the questions. 

Want to check out all the events they have lined up? You can click here for the calendar!

I'll be heading over to Disneyland & California Adventure, for the Diamond Celebration! Will we see you there?!



Laura

Monday, May 18, 2015

40th BIRTHDAY DONUT PARTY!

Birthday parties are always a fun excuse to gather friends to celebrate! And when it’s your own party, that’s when it really gets fun! 7 months ago, I turned the BIG 40!! I wanted to celebrate with things that made me giddy!  Those things included: sprinkled donuts, colors of pink & aqua, wine, fun friends, and comfy pajama pants! 



I found the cutest Donut party printables from Lauren Haddox Designs, and got started with the party planning! Not only did the printable set have cute sprinkled donuts as part of the design, the colors couldn’t have been more perfect for my 40th party vision!  
Because I was incorporating donuts with pajama bottoms, I wanted my party theme to focus on a sleepover-type celebration, but for big girls! After all, Girls just want to have fun!  


I gathered fun props to use, and quickly purchased spray paint to get started on all my DIY party projects! First up was a faux cake. I love adding a bit of whimsy to my parties. I created my “cake” by covering a few 2” styrofoam rounds. I stacked three of them to reach my desired height, and wrapped them with pink polka dotted wrapping paper. Because the top was exposed, I cut a circle to cover the top of the cake, and added fun ball fringe all around the top. The fringe also hid any visible wrapping paper seams. My cake looked super cute on top of a cake stand that I spray painted in a coordinating color! 

I found a brass headboard, and painted it pink. I knew it would work perfectly as a backdrop for one of my dessert tables! I also painted an old-fashioned dresser, and refurbished an old wet bar. Nothing like adding aqua colored fabric, pink spray paint, and a pink boa, to a bar that my hubby owned from way back in his bachelor days! 


As part of the decor, I used pink sponge rollers, aqua colored brushes, and shower loofas that had colored sponge bits - they almost resembled sprinkles! The party colors were so fun to work with! I used paper fans, boas, and tissue poms. I also found some round donut shaped balloons and painted them pink, and then painted on a few aqua sprinkles. They were a fun touch, and a conversation starter! 





I also purchased a few small pink donut boxes and tied them with aqua tulle, and added a printable tag on the top that read: Laura’s Donut shop.

I’m a girl that loves her sweet treats! So a variety of sprinkled donuts, along with fabulously designed cookies, cupcakes, macarons, and popcorn, were set out for my guests to enjoy.  


My favorite part of the cupcakes were the darling pajama pants toppers, and the the number 40 that resembled a sprinkled donut! 



My party cookies were just as fabulous with all the super fun donuts, a pillow, slippers, a night mask, and even a bed! 

We sipped on pink lemonade with fun colored straws, and cute flags on top.




Later we nibbled on fresh strawberries that were served in pink striped cups, chicken salad sandwiches, and “cucumber mask” salad. We paired our lunch with sweet, sparkling wine from Stella Rosa - definitely a crowd favorite! 




After we filled our tummies with yummy food, we did what girls do best when they get together... Girl talk! We laughed, shared stories of our kiddos, laughed, talked about our upcoming parties, and laughed some more! And no donuts & pajamas party would be complete without a little photo booth action! We each took our fun props of hair brushes, night masks, donuts & glasses, and giggled as we all posed for the cameras! 


I made sure to leave take-out boxes for my guests to fill with treats, to enjoy later as a “midnight snack”. They also went home with a few fun party favors: a candy necklace, bubble gum, and a small bottle of Stella Rosa wine!


My 40th birthday party was so much fun! I felt so lucky to spend it with such a great group of fun-loving girls. Cheers to another great year!


Vendor info:

Party styling/Photography: LAURA’S little PARTY

Donut party printable set: Lauren Haddox Designs

Cookies: She wears the crown

Cupcake toppers: Creativities Galore

Photo booth props: Jenae Creates




Laura

Friday, May 15, 2015

Tiffany Summer Splash {pool party}

With Summer quickly approaching, I like to take this time to start thinking about an end of school celebration! Every year, I like to throw my daughter & her friends a Summer kick-off party! A couple years back, we decided on making it a fun, Tiffany inspired theme! I came across some fabulous party printables from Hostess With The Mostess, and the Summer party planning was underway!
One of my favorite DIY projects for this party, was the chandelier! I found an old, dingy fixture that needed some TLC. I spray painted it a fun Tiffany color, added some pearls, striped ribbon, and black feathers. I fell in love with it after it was completed, and it's hanging up in my house right now! 
Yummy treats are always a must!
We served cupcakes, cookies, macarons, ice cream, and bubble gum bracelets.

I decorated sorbet cups with printables from HWTM.
The strawberry ice cream was served in fun sundae glasses that were tied with tulle, and rock candy.
I hand painted wooden spoons, and sprinkled a little silver glitter on each one.




The little black dress cupcake toppers were from J. At your Service. Totally cute!

These cookies were my favorite! She Wears The Crown created the cutest set.
And the wooden peg Audrey from Craft That Party, helped add a little whimsical touch.

I found some great bargains at my local Dollar Tree store, that happened to come in our party theme’s colors. So perfect! Each of the guests got a beach tote filled with a towel, and flip flops. They also went home with a hula hoop, a pool noodle, beach ball, fedora  gum ball bracelets, and some black glam sunglasses!

I created a small towel cabana that was stocked with towels to help “soak up the fun”


The girls nibbled on cucumber sandwiches, macarons, cupcakes, fabulous cookies, and kept cool with some yummy ice cream. When they were thirsty, they filled up their glam-ified pineapple cups at the small drink station that I set up on an ice chest.
I took labels, from the HWTM printable set, and added them to colored bottles of water.

The cucumber sandwiches were the perfect touch for an outdoor soiree. In the background, you can see the brown pineapple cups I fixed up. I found them at Dollar Tree, and gave them a makeover! I spray painted them black, embellished them with pearls + black feathers. A perfect touch of glam, don't you think?


 My daughter’s Tiffany Summer Splash was a hit, and the girls were even more excited to start their Summer vacay! Do you plan something fun to celebrate the end of school?


VENDOR CREDITS & RESOURCES:

– Party Styling, Photography, Diamond Shaped Banners: Laura’s Little Party
– Cookies: She Wears The Crown
– “Fun in the Sun” Banner: Creativities Galore
– Audrey Hepburn Peg Doll: Craft that Party
– Party Printables: Hostess with the Mostess


Laura