Mint to Be Galentine's Day Party

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When one of my party BFFs, Annaliese of Made of Sugar and Spice Partiesasked me to team up with her on a Galentine's Day Party, I was all in!

You may remember Annaliese from this Back to School Party or this Bootiful Ball Halloween Party that have been featured on the blog...they're just a couple of many collabs that my gal pal and I have teamed up on.

Anyhoo, if you've seen the parties then you know that she and I are two peas in a pod with very similar tastes, so any chance that we get to play together, it's gonna be fun! 

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Keeping with the "Mint to Be" theme, mint was the color of choice for this Galentine's Day Party...with just the perfect amount of pink to complement it.  

The mint sequin table covering was a scene stealer for sure, and showcased the place settings perfectly!

Beautiful chevron plates from Oriental Trading adorned each place setting, along with scalloped ombre napkins, embellished flatware, raspberry lemonade in fancied up milk bottles, gold straws with our "xoxo" straw flags, and adorable little heart boxes with golden arrows and our "Mint to Be" favor tags.

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One thing you can always count on in Annaliese's parties, other than the fact it will be adorable, is that the chairs will be decked out!  

It's a fun little detail that is often overlooked when decorating, but this girl nails it every time!

I designed two fun banners for the backs of the chairs and I just love the way she used them!  Aren't they the cutest?!!  Find the banners in the shop here.

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The centerpieces consisted of mini heart balloons clustered in vases, along with boxes filled with peonies, hearts, and arrows.

The enormous BFF balloons were definitely the stars of the show as far as decor goes.  I mean just look at those babies!

Annaliese spray painted them to match the theme colors, then jazzed them up with gold hearts and festive tassels.  Aren't they amazing?!!

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A celebration of gals just wouldn't be complete without something to satisfy the sweet tooth, and Annaliese did not disappoint!

The sweets table was anchored by an antique door that was decorated with festive paper pinwheels and garlands.

White chocolate cupcakes with strawberry frosting, strawberry cookies, strawberry shortcake custard, donut holes, and bags of strawberry and vanilla popcorn were all available for the girls to indulge in.  

Aren't those cookies just gorgeous?!! They were hand painted by the oh-so talented Mel of Say Anything Bakery.

Our "xoxo" straw flags and "Mint to Be" favor tags made another appearance here, as well.  

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Of course, the littles couldn't go home empty handed, so fun little party favors were on hand.

Little jars of conversation hearts, sassy confetti poppers, and our printable heart tic-tac-toe games with M&M playing pieces were a few of the goodies that the girls got to take home, but not before a quick stop at the super cute photo booth.

There's just no way that this adorable Galentine's Day Party could end without some fun selfies, right?!!

Big thanks to Annaliese for inviting me to be a part of this girly gala.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!  

Resources:

Party Styling: Annaliese Johnson, Made of Sugar and Spice Parties

Photography: Moments by Maredith

Graphic Design & Printables: Jen T. by Design

Cookies: Say Anything Bakery

Heart Boxes, Wooden Heart Ornaments, Plastic Heart Ornaments, Hershey’s Hugs, Plates: Oriental Trading

Balloons: Northstar Balloons via Oriental Trading

If you like these ideas, please "Like," "Pin," "Share" or "Tweet!"  Or, you can just shout it from the rooftops, if that's your thing.  Thanks bunches!!!  :) 

Succulent Baby Shower Invitation

Succulent Baby Shower Invitation

Today is a happy day, y'all!  I've been keeping a secret for weeks, and today I finally get to spill the beans.

This adorable Succulent Baby Shower Invitation is for a very special friend...and she has no idea.  :)

This morning, my sweet friend Laura, the amazing gal behind Make Life Lovely, is going to wake up to a Surprise Virtual Baby Shower...all in her honor!

Laura is expecting baby number five, a sweet baby girl, and I've teamed up with some of my blogging pals to celebrate the mama-to-be!  

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If you're not familiar with how a virtual baby shower works, it's basically a collection of what we all would have created for a real-life shower, but since we live all over the country and can't celebrate together in real life, we're sharing our contributions on our blogs.  Fun, right?!!

You simply "hop" from blog to blog following the links below to see what special surprises everyone has created for Laura, and you get some fab baby shower ideas in the process!

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We're kicking off the fun with this Succulent Baby Shower invitation that I designed, but the party doesn't stop there! 

Hop on over to my buddies' blogs by clicking on the links below and see how they're celebrating Laura today!


See all of the fun with our hashtag #BabyLovelyIsComing

And a little note to the mama-to-be...Laura, SURPRISE!!! We gotcha!!!  Enjoy your special day!

If you like these ideas, please "Like," "Pin," "Share" or "Tweet!"  Or, you can just shout it from the rooftops, if that's your thing.  Thanks bunches!!!  :) 

FREE Valentine's Day Printables using Oriental Trading Goodies

Thanks to Oriental Trading Company for providing me with fabulous products for this post. All ideas and opinions found in this post are my own. Affiliate links are included in this post, which means if you make a purchase using one of the links, I will earn a small commission, which helps keep my website running. Thank you!
FREE Valentine's Day Printables
Valentine's Day is for lovers, you say?  It's for PUN lovers, if you ask me!

I mean, there is no other holiday that caters to pun-lovin' hearts quite like Valentine's Day.  You can get as corny as you want, and it's widely accepted...that's my kinda holiday!  

So, in honor of all my fellow punny peeps out there, I've created some FREE Valentine's Day Printables just for you.  

Oriental Trading was kind enough to send me some fun goodies to go along with the designs and I'm pretty smitten with how they turned out.  I hope you love them as much as I do!

Free Valentine's Day Printables for Fidget Spinners

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"You spin me right round baby, right round, like a record baby..."  Anybody else get that song in their head when they see fidget spinners? 

Anyhoo, these little gadgets have gained quite the popularity status recently, so your little one's classroom buddies are sure to love them!

Fidget spinners available here.

Download the free printables at the bottom of this post.

Free Valentine's Day Printables for Slime

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Slime is the craft craze of the year, for sure! Kiddos all across the country are making batches of this gooey gunk and loving it!

Save yourself the time of making enough to share with the class and get these little continers by the dozen for a great price from Oriental Trading!

Get this glow-in-the-dark slime here.

Download the free printables at the bottom of this post.

Free Valentine's Day Printables for S'mores

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Let your friends know you couldn't love them s'more with these adorable S'more Valentine Kits!

Two dozen clear boxes come in each pack from Oriental Trading and fit the s'mores makings perfectly!

Get the clear boxes here.

Download the free printables at the bottom of this post.

Free Unicorn Horn Valentine's Day Printables

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I came up with the idea for using these lollipops as unicorn horns a couple of months ago and I was so excited about it!

I hadn't seen anything like it around and I got a little buzz from the excitement of such a unique idea.

Well, turns out it wasn't so original because I've seen several versions of this beauty posted on social media while I've been working my way up to this post. Great minds think alike, I guess!

I almost decided not to post my version, but she was just too cute not to, so here she is in all her glory!

Get the rainbow twisty pops here.

Download the free printables at the bottom of this post.

Free Valentine's Day Printables for Barnyard Bubbles

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Ok, seriously, "Don't go 'bacon' my heart?" You've gotta admit that's funny! ;)

These little barnyard bubbles are just the cutest...and so fun for Valentine's Day treats!

Scoop them up by the dozen here.

Download the free printables at the bottom of this post.

Free Valentine's Day Printables for Owl Lollipops

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Whooooooo wouldn't love these sweet owl lollipops for Valentine's Day?

They're super cute, and our little flags just dress them up perfectly!

Get them by the dozen here.

Download ALL of these FREE Valentine's Day Printables here!

If you like these ideas, please "Like," "Pin," "Share" or "Tweet!"  Or, you can just shout it from the rooftops, if that's your thing.  Thanks bunches!!!  :) 

Winter ONEderland Polar Bear Party

Winter ONEderland Polar Bear Party

Oh. My. Goodness!  If my babies were littles again, this is the birthday party I would throw them for their first birthday.  Y'all, I can't even begin to tell you how in love I am with this Winter ONEderland Polar Bear Party.  It just may be my new favorite!

Brace yourselves, you're about to witness one of the cutest first birthday parties ever!!!

It all started with this adorable little polar bear invitation that I designed.  I fell kinda in love with that cuddly little dude right from the beginning.  

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Hot Cocoa Bar - Have a Cup of Cheer!

Hot Cocoa Bar - Have a Cup of Cheer!

I am not a cold weather girl.  As soon as the temps even come close to dipping below 50 degrees, gimme cozy blankets, fires in the fireplace, and hot cocoa...lots of it!  

When I saw these sweater mugs and buffalo plaid to-go cups from Oriental Trading, I thought they'd be great for setting up a Hot Cocoa Bar that could last all through the cold weather season.   

I love the idea, cuz no matter what you've got going on, hot cocoa is always at the ready! 

If you're staying in, grab a sweater mug and cozy up.  If you're heading out, grab a cute disposable cup for the road.  Perfect, right?

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DIY Christmas Milk and Cookies Tray

DIY Christmas Milk and Cookies Tray

Santa isn't the only one who loves milk and cookies, ya know.  If ya ask me, milk and cookies should be served nightly throughout the Christmas season, and this fun DIY Christmas Milk and Cookies Tray helps you do just that!  

I scored this adorable, rustic tray at JoAnn a few months back, and have been holding onto it until I had the perfect use for it.  Well, when I was searching for something on Etsy last week, I came across this SVG file from Honeybee SVG and knew right away that it would be perfectfor the tray!

I pulled out my Cricut Maker, dug through my adhesive foil stash, and within 20 minutes, I had this tray whipped up!  

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Llama Deck the Halls: Kids Ornament Decorating Party

Llama Deck the Halls:  Kids Ornament Decorating Party

Deck the halls with super cute ornaments, fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, LLAMA!

You guys, this may just be my new fave theme:  Llama Deck the Halls, A Kids Ornament Decorating Party!  

It takes the classic kids' ornament party to a whole new level with fun little llamas that are so on trend right now.

This entire party is just so cute I could spit!  ;)

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Christmas Ornament Making Party with Cricut

Christmas Ornament Making Party with Cricut

It's time to deck the halls, y'all, and what better way to do it than with some of your best pals?

A Christmas Ornament Making Party is a great way to get together with some of your girls, get some quality time in before the holidays get crazy, and create some really cute ornaments for Christmas! 

So gather your friends, whip out your Cricut cutting machine and EasyPress, and follow along as I show you how to create some adorable DIY Christmas ornaments that you can create for your tree, or give as gifts!  

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One of My Favorite Neighbor Christmas Gift Ideas and a Chance to Win a Cricut Maker!

One of My Favorite Neighbor Christmas Gift Ideas and a Chance to Win a Cricut Maker!

Hey y'all!  Tis the season to start thinking Christmas {can you even believe it?!!}, and I'm about to make you the best neighbor on the block with one of my very favorite Neighbor Christmas Gift Ideas!

It's fast, it's easy, and it's something they'll actually use...happily.  :)

I mean, let's face it.  Is there anyone out there that doesn't need a little sip or two of an adult beverage to get through the holiday craziness?  If you happen to have a neighbor that might answer yes to that question, then fill this wine bottle gift wrap with sparkling cider instead (and send me that adult beverage)!  

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Pretty Thanksgiving Table Decor

Pretty Thanksgiving Table Decor

Have you ever found a gorgeous table setting online or in a magazine and thought, "That's what I want my Thanksgiving table to look like!"

So, you start following the links to find out what you need to recreate the look, then holy sticker shock! $200 just for flatware for four?!! Too rich for my blood,  especially when our Thanksgiving table will be seating 18 people!

I'm a "make things pretty for not a lot of cash" kinda gal, and I'm happy to tell ya that you can absolutely have pretty Thanksgiving table decor without breaking the bank!

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DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting with Cricut EasyPress

DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting with Cricut EasyPress

When you're hosting a meal, there's nothing more welcoming than a pretty table.

During one of my {far too many} visits to Target, I found these gorgeous flannel place mats and knew they needed to make their way into my cart!

I already had some pretty linen napkins that matched perfectly, and quickly decided that a DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting was gonna have to go down!

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A DIY Throw Blanket Using the Cricut Maker

A DIY Throw Blanket Using the Cricut Maker

When I was browsing through JoAnn the other day, I came across this plaid throw that was too pretty to pass up.  It's so soft!  

As I continued to mosey through the store, I found a gray polka-dotted flannel that looked so good with the blanket, so of course my wheels started spinning.

I am NOT a seamstress, so sewing anything together was completely out of the question.  BUT, I do know how to use Heat 'n Bond.  And I do happen to have a Cricut Maker that can precisely cut the fabric and bonding for me... 

...so that, my friends, is how this DIY Throw Blanket using the Cricut Maker was born...without having to sew a stitch!

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A Bat Halloween Party and a BIG Giveaway!!!

A Bat Halloween Party and a BIG Giveaway!!!

Hey guys!  How did you like all of that amazing Halloween inspiration in the blog hop yesterday?  Weren't those Trunk or Treat ideas so much fun?!!  If you missed it, you can catch up here.

Now, buckle up, because we're at it again today with yet another Halloween Blog Hop...

...and an incredible giveaway! 

I promise ya, you do not wanna miss this, so scroll down and let's get this party started!

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Trunk or Treat Decorating Idea: A No Tricks, Just Treats Halloween

Trunk or Treat Decorating Idea:  A No Tricks, Just Treats Halloween

Hey y'all!!!  The most spooktacular time of year is upon us, and I'm crazy excited!  It's so much fun to come up with cool costume ideas and creative ways to celebrate!  

This year we're trying something new for Halloween...Trunk or Treating! 

The Trunk or Treat trend has taken Halloween by storm, and folks are goin' all out decorating their cars for the kiddos to come trick-or-treating.  

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County Fair Birthday Party: Party Food and Favors

County Fair Birthday Party: Party Food and Favors

Hey there, and welcome to part two of our County Fair Birthday Party!  If you missed part one, you missed some pretty good stuff, so you're gonna wanna check that out here.

In our last post we talked about vintage decor and old-fashioned party games, so today we're roundin' out the fun with party food and favor ideas...the good stuff, if ya ask me.  :)

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County Fair Birthday Party: Part One

County Fair Birthday Party:  Part One

Hey, y'all!  This is a special post I'm sharing with ya today.  :)

I've been holding onto it for 3 years...three years...and it's coming out of hiding for two pretty cool reasons.  

First off, I'm super excited to announce that this party has been featured in Mingle Magazine!!!  Whaaat?  Seriously, pinch me.  I'm still in shock as the words come out of my mouth!  It's my first solo feature in a National magazine, and I couldn't be more honored!

And secondly, when my gal pal Deanna of Mirabelle Creations invited me to play a part in a Fall inspiration blog hop, it just felt right that this would be the post that I shared.  

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The Cricut Maker: Why you need one in your life!

The Cricut Maker: Why you need one in your life!

You guys!!!  The crafting world as we know it has just had a major breakthrough, and it's all because of the brand new Cricut Maker!

This revolutionary new machine has capabilities that are so cutting edge that they'll send your brain into a creative tailspin!

I'm kind of a Cricut newbie...I mean, I just got my first Cricut machine (the Explore Air 2) earlier this year, so why in the world would I want a new machine?

Well, I was lucky enough to be invited to Salt Lake City to attend the unveiling of the Maker, and after getting some hands-on time with the machine and learning all about it from it's creators, there was no doubt in my mind that this machine deserves a home in every craft room!

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"Adventure Awaits" Back to School Party

"Adventure Awaits" Back to School Party

Well, I guess if summer's gotta come to and end, it might as well go out with a bang, right?

My gal pal Annaliese, the glitter queen behind Made of Sugar and Spice, came up with the cutest spin on a Back to School Party...an Adventure Awaits theme!  

When she contacted me to create the printables to go along with it, I was alllll in!  You know I love me some unique twists on party ideas!

Take a peek below for all of the details for the sweetest little Back to School Party you ever did see!  :)

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Tutti Frutti Party Favors

Tutti Frutti Party Favors

Everyone knows that a Tutti Frutti Party is just wayyyyy too sweet to not have some juicy party favors to go along with it, so as promised, here are some super adorable Tutti Frutti Party Favors that will be the cherry on top of your celebration!  (If you missed our Tutti Frutti Party Ideas, be sure to check them out here)!

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A Fun Tutti Frutti Party for your Cutie!

A Fun Tutti Frutti Party for your Cutie!

I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am to be sharing this post!

I have been wanting to style a Tutti Frutti Party for-evvvv-er, and finally got the chance!

If the cheerful, bright colors aren't enough to sell ya on this theme, just wait until you see the fruity freakshakes we incorporated into this party!  Holy awesomeness, y'all!

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