Monday, March 24, 2014

Birthday Party at the Park

Last year for our youngest's birthday party we decided on a picnic themed party at the park.  I cannot say enough good things about this party.  Very easy to plan and all the activities come with the location...little kids love the playground.  The party invitations read...

Meet us at the park
We'll swing, slide, and play
Please join us to celebrate
Child's Birthday

I found this adorable phrase on an invitation phrase site, not at all mine, but too cute not to share.  Our little one loves bugs, so the ants at a picnic was the perfect theme.  I made sack lunches for each of the kids using red paper sacks and used a circle punch to cut out the circles to make the ants.  I drew the antennae and legs with a Sharpie.  Finished them off with eyes punched from a hole punch.

Each lunch included a PB&J Uncrustable, goldfish crackers and an applesauce cup with the spoon and napkin.  I did ask if anyone had an allergies on the invitations.  Just in case I had a couple of Lunchables packed in the cooler.

I had a cooler packed with plenty of juice boxes and bottles of water for all of the littles after playing hard on the playground, thankfully as the weather was warm that day.  Also, I had a few snacks for the parents as well.  There were cupcakes and I just topped them with whip cream that I had packed in the cooler as well.  Super easy and they traveled well.

For the party favors I made little Lemonade stand baskets complete with plastic cups, water, and of course lemonade mix.  Included were bubbles, just because we love bubbles.

Here is a close up of the Lemonade mix in the party favor.

This was an incredibly easy party that was a lot of fun.  And the best part....all of the mess was left in the trash can at the park.  Love the preschool set as they are so very easy to entertain.

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Teen Graduation Gift Basket

When our niece graduated from middle school I was looking for a cute and creative gift idea online.  I searched Pinterest, but most gift baskets for graduation were for High School Graduation.  So I used some of those ideas and used a few of my own.  I thought this idea was absolutely adorable, what college student would love to receive one of these?  I decided to go with the colors and mascot for the High School she would be attending the following fall.  So, this is what I came up with...

I found a bunch of essentials for High School and a few fun items as well.  The blue bucket was purchased at the dollar store and the rest were found at either Target or Meijer.  The basket includes the following:

  • Watermelon cup with lemonade singles packets
  • Hand sanitizer with a tag that read "Just in case"
  • Ibuprofen with a tag that read "For life's little headaches"
  • Hershey's nuggets with the tag "Nuggets of Wisdom" which I saw here
  • Paperclip bookmarks that we made
  • Sticky notepad holder which I found here 
  • Eraser with "oops" tag
  • Pens
  • Desk Planner
  • Notebook
  • Hairbands
  • Gum
  • Nail polish
  • CapriSun
Here are the notebook, which we just tied on some coordinating ribbon, and the desk planner.

Then I just arranged all of it in the blue bucket and wrapped it in cellophane and tied it with ribbon.  I didn't take a picture with the cellophane as it is hard to see what is actually in the gift basket.  

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Art Gift Basket - Easter Basket

The weather is cold, but the sun is shining which makes me think of Spring.  It sure is taking it's sweet time coming to the Midwest this year.  All of this talk of Spring weather makes me think of Easter and all of the spring birthday's in our family.  This was a birthday gift for our nephew's 4th birthday, however it could very easily be given as an Easter basket to any little one who loves to be creative.  I purchased the plastic bucket at the dollar store and filled it up with all sorts of art supplies.

Items in the basket were:
  • Construction paper
  • Doodle paper
  • Coloring book
  • Crayola Paint Brush Pens
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Watercolor paints
  • Play-doh
  • Stickers
  • Glue
  • Glue sticks
  • Tape
  • Eraser
And a CapriSun for refreshments after all of that creating
Then I just arranged it all in the bucket/basket and wrapped it all up in clear cellophane (sorry I do not have a picture of it all wrapped up, but I think you get the idea).  Very easy and fun child's gift basket.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day Gift Basket

Hello again...with St. Patrick's Day less than 2 weeks away I thought I would share a little "Luck 'O the Irish" basket I put together for my family.  I found this little basket at the dollar store to hold that it has a green band through it.  I filled it with little green (mostly green ;)) treats for everyone.  A green can of sour cream and onion Pringles, green mint gum, green Tic Tacs, Apple Cinnamon Nutri Grain Bars and some other goodies.  Little notebooks and pens for the boys and holiday socks and earrings for our daughter.  I set it out on the dining room table with a box of Lucky Charms for breakfast as a morning surprise.   Super sweet and easy little treat for St. Patrick's Day.

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