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Shindigz personalized party supplies is a company that wants to make your life easier.  They know how busy moms are and want to give you truly, a one-stop-shop for affordable (and also adorable) party supplies – everything you need for your next celebration.  Read on mamas, because I also have an exclusive Shindigz coupon code for free shipping to share with my readers!

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For three weeks every June our household is one big non-stop celebration.  To kick off the party season, we have my oldest daughter’s birthday, then my husband’s, then Father’s Day, then my youngest daughter’s birthday all within 21 days.  Some years we will also have graduations mixed in. Oh my.

This year we had a particularly busy party season due to a home renovation project I am up to my ears in, so when Shindigz personalized party supplies contacted us about partnering on a blog post, the timing couldn’t have been better. My little one’s birthday was right around the corner and I had not done a thing for it!

I planned her birthday party at a venue where the food and beverages were included, so all I needed were my birthday party supplies.  Shindigz was the perfect site to get all of our party supplies. In fact, I was able to get everything I needed for our party without leaving my house! 

Rainbow Birthday Party Theme

I went on Shindigz and started looking at their adorable birthday party themes for kids and even though it was hard to pick one, these personalized rainbow birthday plates had me at first click.

As I started navigating through the options for a Rainbow birthday party theme, I was able to pick and choose from different patterns to put together a VERY cute table!

rainbow birthday party plate

I am always a fan of the personalized water bottle stickers, and loved being able to personalize these with a festive, “Morgan is 6!”  Even better, when they arrived, I gave my oldest daughter the task of putting them all on (that easy!)

personalized water bottle stickers

Because the plates were so colorful and festive, I went with solid colors for the table cover, napkins and plastic ware forks. And then I spotted the best thing ever…

They even carry party favors!

I love giving a non-candy favor and my girls love crafts so I was elated to find these rainbow with clouds sun catchers. Score! To make it even that much cuter, I got personalized rainbow party favor stickers to match.

And again, I gave little one the job of sticking them on the favors to save time.

rainbow sun catcher party favors

In the end I was able to order the table covers, napkins, forks, plates, water bottle stickers, table top decor, party favors and party favor stickers ALL WITHOUT LEAVING MY HOUSE!

No joke, this was my easiest party EVER!

Easy Funfetti Cake Recipe

Now that the venue was set, and party supplies were ordered, there was just one thing that needed to be taken care of –  the cake.

Sticking with the rainbow theme, I felt inspired to bring a  funfetti cake. Then I had a momentary lapse of sanity and thought, maybe I will ditch the box and attempt to make one on my own? For me, that is big. I am not a baker.

I found this easy funfetti cake recipe on Pinterest of course, and gave it a go.

And dare I say it actually turned out and was delicious?! Baking victory!

easy funfetti cake

Shindigz made party planning so easy I was able to focus on other things, like having fun, versus running around trying to get everything ready.

family My daughter had a rainbow-tacular 6th birthday!

Thank you, Shindigz for making it so special!

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Random Thoughts

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Well, we made it. We made it to summer that is. Friday was the last day of school. But every single year, it never ceases to amaze me just how exhausting the last few weeks of school can be. SO much stuff. Too much stuff. My bestie sent me this text in the middle of it. Yep. Summed it all up.

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Last weekend was my husband’s birthday, and of course, also Father’s Day, so when friends invited us to share their campsite down at El Moro for the night, it was pretty much his idea of heaven. And I couldn’t say no given the birthday/Father’s Day thing.

So we packed up for one night of camping.

The entire back of our minivan was full. We packed for 1 night but could have stayed for a month. Here we are in front of my Dollar Tree birthday tent decoration with my husband forced to do an awkward kneel to get the decoration in the photo.

birthdaytent

We had the most gorgeous 24 hours spent on the beach and camping with a group of friends, so the packing of stuff was worth it for the memories.

And my kids had the time of their lives.

Lesson, if something involves potentially good family memories, just go.

firstdayofsummer

The very next day we headed home so we could unpack and get over to my parent’s house for a Father’s Day BBQ. I snapped this selfie with my dad and sis and I truly didn’t realize until this very photo just how MUCH we all look alike.

I’m on the left, my sis Suzanne‘s on the right.

I love my dad.

dad

Emma’s birthday. Check. Hubby’s birthday. Check. Father’s Day. Check. Next up, Morgan’s birthday. Yes, my three family members all have birthdays within three weeks. Um, it’s a lot of celebrating.

One to go.

I recently learned about this company Shindigz and was given a credit to shop for supplies for my little one’s birthday party. We are talking full party themes of stuff. Including lots of personalization options.  I had so much fun. You really could outfit your entire party without having to step in a store. Look out for post to come on all the adorable rainbow birthday party goodies I found.

Squeal.

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Speaking of Morgan, yesterday was her first day on a swim team.  I was on a swim team growing up for many years and I have a lot of good memories of swimming.

I love the culture and the sport.

My heart went pitter patter a bit when I saw her in the cap and goggles. Is there such thing as “Swim Moms”?

swim

Happy beginning of summer to you! How has yours treated you thus far? 

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Healthy Classroom Birthday Treat

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healthy classroom birthday treat

My daughter’s kindergarten teacher is celebrating the July birthday kids’ half birthdays in the month of January so we celebrated her big 5 1/2 birthday last week in the classroom.

Her teacher is super healthy, which I love, so birthday treats are not allowed, but I still wanted to bring in something special for her to celebrate.

Last year a little girl in my oldest daughter’s class brought in these cute butterflies with healthy snacks inside to celebrate, so I decided to do the same and share this healthy classroom birthday treat idea.

It turned out to be a fun project for us, and was fairly simple.  Even better, the kids all seemed to enjoy them so that to me is a success!

Healthy Classroom Birthday Treat – Butterfly Baggies

Supplies needed:

1. Ziploc Snack Bags

2. Two different healthy snacks

3. Bright colored Pipe Cleaners

4. Googly Eyes

5. Plain Clothespins

6. Markers to decorate (optional)

7.Glue Gun

Instructions:

1. Take a clothespin and pinch to open. Center one pipe cleaner at base of opening (I put a little glue gun glue on it to keep it in place), and then twist pipe cleaner in a spiral at top to make the antennas.

2. Glue gun on the googly eyes.

3. Decorate! My daughter and I both had fun decorating them together with different designs. She drew a smile for the face, then decorated the body with different patterns, then wrote a {heart} Morgan on the back.
Morgan decorating

4. Once they were all decorated, we filled both sides of the snack sized baggies with healthy snacks. In our baggies, we did 1/2 grapes, and 1/2 Organic Honey Graham Teddy Bears, and then closed baggie, and clipped it in between the clothespin.

And that is the how-to on this healthy classroom birthday treat!  Hope this gives you an idea if you are in the same situation of needing a healthy classroom treat. It would also be great for a class party.

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Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

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Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

Last year we had the opportunity to host Thanksgiving dinner at our home and the former wedding planner in me had just a tad bit of fun with the Thanksgiving decor – so I wanted to share some Thanksgiving decor ideas with you.

All the things I did were easy, and inexpensive, so if you are in the position to host Thanksgiving at your home this year, maybe some of these decor ideas might come in handy.

Free Printable Thanksgiving Banner 

If you search “Printable Thanksgiving Banner” on Pinterest, you will find a ton of cute ideas.  I found this free DIY printable Thanksgiving banner on Digimamas.com.

All you have to do is print the banner on white card stock, cut out the letters, and then I punched two holes in the top of each letter and strung them together with cooking twine.

My buffet in our dining room was a perfect place to hang.  On top of our buffet I used very cheap glass cylinders and alternated white pillar candles and stacked mini pumpkins.

Free Printable Thanksgiving Banner

Thanksgiving Tabletop Decor Ideas 

And then there comes the tabletop, which is my absolute favorite.  I opted not to use a tablecloth since my dining table is a very dark wood, and instead used a burlap runner I found at Michaels, along with fall-themed placemats I have had for a long time.

When cruising around Michaels, I got inspired when I saw these Wooden Plaques that looked like the real inside of a tree trunk! I am a fan of using multi-dimensional decor on tabletops, so I thought these would be the perfect way to add a bit of height and dimension.  In the store, there were a few different sizes, so I got a mix.

I also snatched up a pack of cute letter tiles that reminded me of Scrabble pieces to glue gun to the side of the wooden plaques with phrases like “Be Thankful” “Grateful” “Family”.

The rest of the Thanksgiving tabletop decor was a mix of gourds and mini pumpkins from our local grocery store, fall colored flowers and a collection of fall colored leaves my little ones helped me collect which I put in the bottom of the large votives.

I also picked up cheap mason jars from Michaels to use for vases because mason jars always remind me of fall.

tabletop

Gourd Succulents 

And thanks to my handy hubby who loves to grow succulents, he hollowed out a selection of gourds and then planted mini succulents in them to all to the Thanksgiving tabletop.  It was also a great conversation piece!

Gourd Succulents

Pinecone Thanksgiving Place Cards 

And last but not least were the place cards.  When creating a tabletop design, I think it is really a thoughtful idea to make each person at the table feel special.  Each year I try to think of new ideas for Thanksgiving place cards and last year I decided to go with pinecones, because again, I was in love with the natural fall tabletop theme!

Have you heard of free photo editing site PicMonkey? [Affiliate links]

Well I am in LOVE and use it for most all of my graphics now. I use it all the time, so I have the Royale Membership, which is only $33 for the year, and gives you access to a ton of cool fonts, graphics and is ad-free.

But the main interface is FREE for anyone to use.

You can use it to edit photos or to create fun place cards like these for Thanksgiving….

pinecone place card Basically all you do is select “Create” and then 8 x 10, and it will give you a blank 8 x 10 canvas to work with.

The “T” to the left is for text -and you can chose from fun fonts.

I think it is cute to put “We are Thankful for…guest’s name” for the place card.

Then click on the Butterfly icon on the left, and scroll down to Nature to see all the fun graphics you can insert like leaves, twigs, trees, etc.

PicMonkey is really user friendly. I absolutely love it! And if you are a graphics lover or love playing around with photo editing, the Royale Membership is completely, totally worth every penny.

I printed my pinecone place cards out on card stock, cut out, and then glued to a natural color gift tag from Michaels, that I then tied to the pinecone with raffia ribbon.

I hope you found some fun Thanksgiving Decor Ideas here! Do you have any ideas to share? Please comment below!

 

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