Girl Scout Bridging Ceremony – Brownies here we come!

Girl Scout Bridging Ceremony

Attention Girl Scout Troop Leaders! This one is for you. We hosted a Mother-Daughter luncheon as our girl scout daisies bridged to brownies. The style of the party was a little bit glam with pink, green and gold, a little bit wilderness girl and a whole lot of fun. This is a fun group of girls. We try to instill that girls can do anything and these free spirits most certainly can!

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FUTURE LEADERS!

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We used gold foiled empowering quotes as part of the table centerpieces.  This was one of my favorites….

“What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you FLY?”

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Do-Si-Does were covered in chocolate with the girl scout logo (mold from amazon). My talented baker sister made truffles out of our leftover trefoil cookies. YUM!

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A sweet little luncheon just for moms and girls.

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Stacks of vintage girl scout handbooks and a circa 1957 official girl scout camera added a bit of fun nostalgia to our party.

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Brownies here we come! Watch out world, Troop 10125 is turning dreams into plans!

Photos by Maggie Russo Photo

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You can order the invite and bridging certificate from my shop!

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Retro Soda Pop Party Ideas

Host an Ice Cream Soda Party!  You can host an adorable mid-day Ice cream soda party and not break the bank. If you would rather not have the party at home, check out your local burger and ice cream joints. Call ahead and reserve tables during the shops slow time. Add assorted sodas in fun retro looking bottles or tall glasses with soda poured over ice cream. Don’t forget the cherry on top!

You can find my soda pop cupcake recipe, a free menu printable and even more cute party pictures in the current issue of Yum {food and fun for kids} Magazine!  All Photos by Maggie Russo Photo.

You’re Invited! This invite and the other printables that you see are all available in my shop.

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When you host a party mid-day you can save money by not serving a full meal. This party consisted of retro bottles of soda, ice cream and soda pop cupcakes and fun! I used inexpensive engineer prints to make oversized black and white signs and chalkboard menus. Big impact, small dollars! The soda bottles double as party décor. You don’t need much with this theme. If you were hosting the party at home you could add some thrift shop records and chrome accessories to pull the them in.

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You can find fun glass bottles sodas at most super markets, world market and even amazon.   Personalize the party with toppings and signs.

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Vintage Tea Party Ideas as seen in Yum for Kids magazine

Tea Party Ideas! Every little girl loves a tea party, so when Yum for Kids magazine asked me to create a Garden Tea Party, my daughter Annabelle and I were up for it! It just happened to be her friend Shaylan’s birthday on this day so the tea party was a fun little celebration for her.

Victorian is not my favorite. I tend to gravitate more towards vintage, even a little modern  in style. I started by creating a sweet garden style invite inspired by vintage linens. I then took my invite and hit the local antique stores in town. Keeping budget in mind, I just grabbed just a few things that I knew would make my party stand out. I started with inexpensive kitschy vintage linens in florals to keep with the garden theme. I found an aged scale with the perfect lemon yellow on it. I found a few mismatched tea cups and saucers and a solid color tea pot to keep it more on the modern side. I used a vintage soda crate (taken from my home décor) and cement plant stands that I already owned  to bring the garden inside. To really bring in the garden element, my friend Jen from Monarch Florist made the most gorgeous floral arrangements. In my opinon, that is where you want to splurge! It was just the pop of spring that we needed!

The food was kept traditional and simple for the little girls. They enjoyed tea and crumpets with an assortment of jams, tea sandwiches and cookies. We had both iced sweet tea and a fruit flavored hot tea for the girls to sip. My sister made the adorable TEA cookies dipped in pink chocolate . Aren’t they great!?

Be sure to grab your spring 2015 copy of Yum for Kids magazine for recipes, tips and free printables from this party!

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The favors were simple “Sweet Tea” kits…..A mason jar filled with a small lemon and fancy tea bags. The jar is finished off with a printed floral circle that matches the invitations, a SWEET TEA tag and a honey stick.

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Tea Tins make great floral containers for your garden tea party!

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How cute are these girls?!

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Happy Birthday Shaylan! It was a lovely day for Tea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Deck the Halls! A Cozy Tree Trimming Party

1This tree trimming party was a cozy get together for Annabelle and her buddies (and a bonus for the moms because we love to get together too…more on that later). The girls had a fun time learning how to make garland the old fashioned way by stringing popcorn, berries and cinnamon cookies. I will be sharing the DIY on the cookie garland later this week. It is so easy and fun! Any reason to get together and spread holiday cheer!

These are some of my favorite photos captured by Maggie Russo. The adorable hot cocoa and plaid heart cookies were made by my sister, Little Miss Sweet Tooth.

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We kept it simple and festive by having the party on a Sunday morning and serving just Hot Cocoa, Egg Nog and Christmas Cookies.

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The favors were handmade snowglobes for the little girls with a Deer on one side and “let is snow” on the otherside all wrapped up in a kraft box with twine. The moms all went home with a Winter Balsam Shea butter bar from Madison Avenue Soaps.

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Thanksgiving Leftover Packaging Freebie

I always make WAY too much food on Thanksgiving because I can not narrow down my menu. Nobody minds taking home boxes of leftovers though! I love to make them fun and different every year and this year I am sharing my design with you as a free download.

First, I bought these 3 packs of foil tins at the dollar store. I used the lid as a template to cut out the rounded corners of my two wood designs. I will glue my design onto the lid because the one it comes with is food proof. Excuse the quickie photos….you can imagine how fun these would be to hand out to your guests.

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Next I printed these stickers on 4×3 labels for the pie….because this year we will have ALOT of pie! I will put them on my kraft brown boxes that will fit about 2 slices per box. I also included (not pictured) midnight snack stickers to print on these labels as well. I figured midnight snack works for all of it!

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Download your free set here!

 

 

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Tyler’s 12th Birthday – Military Style

Well this party is not exactly worthy of a blog post…..but my son only turns 12 once and I thought I should at least document it! This party was very low key, my two boys plus 6 friends for a small party of 8. They are into Call of Duty and anything military right now so that was the theme. The photos are my own, because it was so small I did not call on Maggie for this one…you’ll see a huge difference!

We started out with outdoor laser tag at a local place. The kids weathered the looming storm and got to play for about an hour and a half. From there we came back home where the kids ate boxed MRE lunches (subs and chips) and played Call of Duty until late that night. I was lucky to have stumbled upon a closing army navy surplus days before the party where I scored authentic ammo boxes, engraved dog tags, army patches all for more than 50% off.

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A few desserts…. really bad photos! (ugh….note to self, next time, no matter how small the party- CALL MAGGIE!)

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Tyler’s cousin Dan just got back home from a tour in Afghanistan. One of his friends took amazing photos while he was there so I printed up my favorites and displayed them at the party. Ty thought it was pretty cool to show his friends.

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and last….all of the boys went home with a personalized dog tag and a camo t-shirt that I added real US ARMY patches on to.

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Annabelle’s Pajama Party- PART TWO- Breakfast in PJ’s

 

Good Morning Sunshine! This breakfast portion of Annabelle’s pajama party was quite cheerful with this group of giggly girls! The breakfast was simple, muffins, donuts, fruit loops and oranges. You can check out part 1 of the pajama party here!  

Photos by Maggie Russo Photo.

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If you are having an actual sleepover and not just a pajama party breakfast….a breakfast-to-go favor is perfect to send them off with in the morning!

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Annabelle’s Pajama Party – PART ONE – Movie, Popcorn & PJs

We are just about to wrap up summer vacation here (sadly). Annabelle wanted to have a small get together with her close buddies. She chose to have a fun pajama party. I love this idea because it really can be done three ways…..you can do the traditional slumber party and have a fun night followed by a special breakfast, you can just make it a breakfast time pajama party where guests arrive in PJ’s or you can do a movie and popcorn night pajama party and skip the sleepover part. Take away the ideas that work for you! All Photos by Maggie Russo Photo.

This is PART ONE- Movie, Popcorn and PJ’s. My Next Post will be the pajama party breakfast….stay tuned!

These girls are in girl scouts together so the movie that we chose, “Troop Beverly Hills” seemed just right! All of the girls got a fluffy pair of bunny slippers tucked into pink and white striped boxes to take home. We made movie time simple with pink chocolate drizzled popcorn and orange ice cream floats.

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Andrew’s Pool Party 10th Birthday

Dive in! Andrew celebrated his 10th birthday this summer with a pool party. He chose red and blue and we used lots of cabana stripes with a few shark accents.

Maggie Russo Photo was there to capture the details and fun!

The favors were simple red squirt guns and the biggest hit of the party was the Snow Cone Table. It was a really simply, un-fussy table…..an inexpensive snow cone machine, a bucket of ice, a couple of syrup flavors, cups and straws. The kids got the hang of it really quick!

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We had a “Snack Shack” Table set up that included your usual pool concession…..popcorn, hot dogs, burgers, chips, ice cream and drinks.

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popcornThe dessert table was simple. Beach ball cookies. Simple cake with paper banner. Cupcakes and candy.

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Happy Big TEN Andrew! xoxoxo

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You can find the printable invite and party set in my shop.

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16×20 Swim at your own risk sign. {PARTY TIP} MOST Walgreens photo labs will print 16×20 Board Prints in one hour. They are sturdy boards that are great to attach to a fence or prop up on a table without a frame.

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A Puppy Party for Annabelle’s 6th Birthday

This year Annabelle chose to have a puppy party for her 6th Birthday. The party was held at a nearby park where we set up under the pavilion. Although the crazy winds that day were a challenge, it ended up being a beautiful day and all of the kids enjoyed themselves.

Annabelle chose navy, pink and “tennis ball” green for her puppy party color scheme. We started with her favorite stuffed dogs (and I added a couple new ones as a birthday treat) and started the planning. We set up the dessert table as a “barkery” and the food table was a hot dog bar.

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The food table had a hot dog bar, {Annabelle’s favorite} Corndogs, “Pawtato” chips and single serve pasta and fruit salads. It was a puppy picnic.

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To carry the theme through we had puppy face painting by a very talented face painter, puppy adoption and a puppy craft.

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Make a wish sweet girl!

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When I asked Annabelle to make a birthday wish list, she thought about it for a while and decided she really did not need anything. She asked if we could collect presents for the homeless dogs. We asked all guests to bring something for the Humane Society instead of gifts. The turnout was fantastic and Annabelle was so proud to deliver the donations.

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