Friday Favorites–New Year’s Eve

I’m floored by the fact that we’re about to flip our calendars over to 2015.  I mean, didn’t the 90’s JUST happen?  I remember crossing our fingers on December 31, 1999 and hoping that our giant, dial-up computer would still work when we got up the next morning.  Just so I don’t leave you in suspense, it did - it just reset to 1980.  No one around here is looking to turn back the clock this year though.  We had a lot of big adventures in 2014 and we’re anxious to see what 2015 has to offer.  Our first goal is to stay awake long enough to greet the new year.

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I don’t remember ever attending a New Year’s Eve party that required a dress.  We tend to celebrate a little more casually around here.  However, you never know what the future may hold, so I’m keeping this Party Dress DIY from Mark Montano in my file.

Party Dress DIY from Mark Montano

I tried to do a time capsule with my kids on the above mentioned New Year’s Eve of 1999.  I made up the sheets to fill out and put everything in a box – but never filled anything out.  At least, I don’t remember doing it.  I might get a big surprise one of these years.  Anyway, don’t be me – make this make this New Year’s Time Capsule from The Imagination Tree with your kids.  And remember where you put it.

New Year's Time Capsule for Kids from The Imagination Tree

Monsieur and Madame Champagne from Squirrel Picnic would be adorable on your New Year’s Eve buffet.  And no headache the next day!

Monsieur and Madame Champagne Crochet Pattern from Squirrel Picnic

I love little snacky food for New Year’s Eve, especially desserts.  These Hot Cocoa Mug Mini Desserts from Bird’s Party would be fun and leave you with room to sample other goodies.

Hot Cocoa Mug Mini Desserts from Birds Party

Whether we like it or not, the new year is when many of us start thinking about making some healthy changes to our eating habits.  These Salted Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Slices from Etc might be a good bridge to get there.

Salted Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Slices from Etc

And how beautiful would a plate be filled with those oranges and these Cherries Dipped in White Chocolate from Simple Provisions?

Cherries Dipped in White Chocolate from Simple Provisions

What’s a party without chips and dip?  Check out the festive way that Caramel Potatoes came up with to serve them.

If you have little ones, sometimes it’s tough keeping them entertained when they’re sugared up and they have that second wind because it’s WAY past their bedtime.  Consider helping them make these New Year Wishing Wands from Baby Centre – maybe before the party starts.

New Year Wishing Wand from Baby Centre

Another fun kid-idea is this Memory Scavenger Hunt from No Time for Flash Cards.  I kinda want to do this myself.  Maybe I can get my husband to hide them for me.

Photo Memory Scavenger Hunt from No Time for Flash Cards

If you’d like to send your guests home with a little something after the party, make some of these New Year Boxes from Mein Lila Park

New Year Box from Mein Lila Park

I don’t ordinarily link from my round-up here to another round-up, but B Lovely Events has so many great ideas for a Neon Glow in the Dark Party that I couldn’t resist.  This was compiled for a Sweet 16, but wouldn’t this be an amazing New Year’s Eve party?

Neon Glow in the Dark Party from B Lovely Events

Friday Favorites–Here Comes the Bride

Well, here we are.  The wedding is tomorrow, and believe it or not, I think we’re actually ready for it.  I’m sure there’s something we’re forgetting and I’m counting on a day-of disaster, but at the end of it all they’ll be married and we will have spent time celebrating that with friends and family.  I’m just hoping that whatever happens makes for a good story we can laugh about later.

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We spent a lot of time deciding on a fun guest book.  I can’t say which idea won yet, but a close second is this Jenga Guestbook from Crafty Morning.  You could reminisce about your wedding and guests every time you play it.

Jenga Wedding Guestbook from Crafty Morning

There are so many beautiful, unique wedding invitations out there.  One that particularly caught my attention was this round version from Voyages of the Creative Variety.  How fun would this be to receive?

Round Wedding Invitations from Voyages of the Creative Variety

Tables generally need centerpieces, and if you have a lot of tables that becomes quite a project.  These little Candle Lampshades from Good Housekeeping would be fairly inexpensive, cute and provide a little mood lighting.

Candle Lampshade from Good Housekeeping

If you’re assigning seats, you also need numbers.  We used some galvanized metal in my daughter’s wedding, so these Numbered Tags from The Country Chic Cottage caught my attention.  It’s hard to believe these aren’t actually metal.

Faux Metal Number Tags from The Country Chic Cottage

It takes a brave soul to DIY a wedding cake, but it can definitely be done.  I love the clever use of a common candy on this Candy Wafer Cake from Intimate Weddings.

Candy Wafer Wedding Cake fom Intimate Weddings

Cake toppers have come a long way since I got married.  No longer stuck with some variation of a bride and groom, people have gotten very creative.  I love the use of vintage fabric on this Star Cake Topper from Project Wedding.

Vintage Star Cake Toppers from Project Wedding

This entire wedding on OneWed is gorgeous, with bright color everywhere, but my very favorite thing is the colorful underskirt on the bride.

Colorful Wedding Dress Underskirt from One Wed

We’ve found decorating an outdoor venue is a bit challenging.  Trying to find the balance between too much and not enough is tough.  These Pom Pom Vines from Once Wed would be a great way to add some color without going overboard.

Pom Pom Vines from Once Wed

This Felt Wedding Bouquet from Something Turquoise is to die for, and they explain how to make every bit of it.  In fact, if you’re in the market for wedding ideas, they have SO many good ones.

DIY Felt Wedding Bouquet from Something Turquoise

As long as we’re talking about a felt bouquet, why not also go with fabric corsages as well?  Check out the tutorial from Little Treasures.

Fabric Rose Brooch from Little Treasures

Wish me luck tomorrow…I’ll see you on the other side!

Friday Favorites–Tea Party

I attended my daughter’s bridal shower last weekend, and it was an afternoon of girly fun.  This mother-of-the-bride job is pretty great! Codi's Bridal Shower


Events like these always remind me that I have an ongoing wish to throw a mostly-grown-up tea party.  Not for any event…just because.  I’ve been collecting ideas for years now, and every time I mention it my daughter says “Do it!”  One of these days…

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If you’re going to throw a tea party, the first thing you need to do is invite some guests.  This Tea Party Invite from Seven Thirty Three would definitely convey the theme.

Tea Party Invitation by Seven Thirty Three

What’s a tea party without cute decorations?  This simple, printable paper chain from Allsorts seems perfect to me.

Paper Chains by Allsorts

I think these Paper Mache Tea Cups from Ann Wood would make beautiful centerpieces.

Paper Mache Tea Cups by Ann Wood

Sure, there’s tea at a tea party, but there’s also tasty snacks.  I couldn’t pass up these No Bake Teacup Treats from She Knows.

No Bake Teacup Treats from She Knows

Maybe you’d prefer something a little more traditional?  How about these Meyer Lemon Tea Cakes with Pomegranate Glaze from Weelicious?

Meyer Lemon Tea Cakes by Weelicious

If you want to go all-in, try some of the 50 options for tea sandwiches offered by the Food Network.

50 Tea Sandwiches on Food Network

These Handsewn Tea Bags Tied to Yummy Cookies from Merriment Design could serve as both tea bag and dessert.

Handsewn Teabags Tied to Yummy Cookies by Merriment Design

Someday, when I throw my tea party, all girls will be invited, no matter how small.  However, those little ones are going to want something to do, so I’m keeping my eye on this Mad Hatter Tea Set pattern by Super Pop on Craftsy.

Mad Hatter Tea Set by Super Pop on Craftsy

To go with that tea set, I’m going to need this Tea Box from Lil Blue Boo.  You might find I’ve wandered off during my party to join the little bits who are playing with these.

Tea Box by Lil Blue Boo

I want to send my guests off at the end of the party with a little something to take home.  I think this Tea Wallet from Sew It Girl would be a perfect tea party favor.

Tea Wallet by Sew It Girl

Friday Favorites–Hot Cocoa Bars

Last year I made hot cocoa bars for my husband’s work party and a family gathering at Christmas time.  They were really fun to put together, and were a hit at both events.  However, I managed to not get a single decent photo to show you.  No worries though, we’ll be doing it again this year.  In the meantime, other cocoa cooks have some great ideas, inspiration…and photos.

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We’ll start our tour with this beautiful blue Winter Warmer Party from Catch my Party.  If this doesn’t make you want a hot cup of cocoa, I don’t know what will.

Catch My Party

The use of wrapping paper as a backdrop makes this hot chocolate bar from Parties for Pennies very affordable, and those peppermint cookie pops are the perfect accent.

Parties for Pennies

I love the milk jars and chicken wire in this version from Clean and Scentsible.

Clean and Scentsible

Hymns and Verses’ cocoa station has a lovely antique feel to it.

Hymns and Verses

This hot cocoa bar on Hostess with the Mostess has lots of fun details, including kid-friendly cups with caps.

Hostess with the Mostess

Also from Hostess with the Mostess, this party is whimsical enough to bring out the kid in anyone.

Hostess with the Mostess 2

With the chaos of the holidays, sometimes it’s a good idea to let someone else take on some of the work.  Check out this Hot Cocoa Party Collection, personalized just for you, from passforparties on Etsy.


Sometimes you don’t need an entire bar, just a little cocoa centerpiece will do.  Gluesticks has you covered.


Hanging strings of mini marshmallows to decorate your hot cocoa bar?  Love!  Thanks to Style Me Pretty.

Style Me Pretty

You just can’t go wrong with red and snowflakes, proven by this party from Amanda’s Parties to Go.

Amandas Parties To Go

Hot cocoa bars are great, not only for ordinary parties, but things like teacher appreciation events or cookie exchanges.  The potential mix-ins and combinations are endless.  When I made mine last year, I used this cinnamon syrup recipe from Food Network, made orange syrup from Foodie Knowledge, made vanilla syrup from Annie Eats and tried this chocolate sauce from AllRecipes.  Now that I’ve started talking about it, I can’t wait to do it again!  Who wants a cup?

Engagement Party

We had a very exciting weekend around here.

The Engagement

Yep, the Codi in our story is my daughter.  Her boyfriend, John, proposed on Saturday!  Because he gave us a heads-up beforehand, our two families planned a surprise engagement party for when they returned from their hike.

Engagement Party 2

They’ve been talking about this for a little while, so a few things, like wedding colors, have been discussed.  They’re considering yellow and grey, so we went with those for the party decorations.

Engagement Party 3

John has Celiac disease, so we’ve spent some time over the last year they’ve been dating and the couple of years they were friends before that learning how to cook gluten-free.  For the party we had a taco bar and his sister made delicious John-safe cupcakes.

Engagement Party 4

Because our bride and groom-to-be both have a strong sense of fun, we felt these t-shirts would be well received.  And they were.  I made these using the freezer paper and paint technique.

Engagement Party 5

Codi and John are planning a summer wedding in 2014.  By that time, John will be finished with the Fire Science program and be working full-time as a fire fighter.  As a law enforcement family, we decided we loved him anyway.

I’m going to do my best to not overwhelm all of you with wedding stuff over the next 15 or 16 months, but I can guarantee it will come up.  The ceremony and reception are going to be held at our home, and we’re both DIY families, so there’s a lot to do.  But we couldn’t be happier about it!

Friday Favorites–New Year’s Eve

2013 already?!?  It feels like just yesterday we were counting down to the year 2000 and hoping all of our computers didn’t crash.  We’ve been through much since then that we’d gladly trade for a few technology blips. As we approach the beginning of another new year, let’s remember the lost, forget our failures, celebrate our accomplishments and thank whomever your belief system leads you to for the opportunity to start fresh.

In my opinion, you need some noise to welcome the new year.  In fact, the smaller your kids are, the louder it should be.  Make your own Party Blowers from Martha Stewart for your little noise makers.


This New Year’s Eve Party from Ruffled is full of great ideas, but I particularly like these streamers with each guest’s wish for the new year clipped on.


Speaking of noise, how about popping a balloon every hour to count down?  Check out this fun idea from How Does She.


If you’re still looking for invitations for your party, Canadian Family has a cute idea for some made from confetti poppers.


Maybe a party isn’t in the cards because you and everyone you know have little people in the house that need to hit the sack early.  You can still share the holiday with this New Year’s Eve Kit from Inchmark.


Technically, this Sprinkled with Love party from Kojo Designs is meant for a birthday, but I think this theme would be really fun for a New Year’s Eve party, especially the confetti-filled balloons.


Nothing says “Party” like a hat, and these First-Night Hats from Spoonful say “PARTY!!!”.


There’s a Spanish tradition involving eating grapes at midnight, shared here by Noble Pig.  My daughter is a Spanish major, so when she hears about this I have a feeling I better have some grapes on the shopping list.


There aren’t many times in life you could get away with painting everything gold, but if New Year’s Eve isn’t one of them I don’t know what is.  This party from Hostess with the Mostess is not only gold, but Snow White themed.


Last but not least, when you wake up the next morning after all the festivities, you’re going to need a new calendar.  There are lots of printable options out there, but I really like the swirly design on this one from Creative Mamma.


Celebrate safely!

Friday Favorites–Playing Outside

It was raining like crazy here about a week ago.  Living somewhere it rains as much as it does here, that’s saying a lot.  We’re hoping for a long streak of sunshine, especially with Father’s Day coming this weekend.  If we get it, there’s all kinds of fun to be had here.

My husband built something similar to this Corn Hole Game from DIY Network a few years ago.  What we didn’t know is that the American Cornhole Association establishes the regulations.  I am not making that up.  I hope the Cornhole police don’t come confiscate it.

Maybe you only need a game temporarily, for a party or until the kids get tired of it.  Try this Outdoor Twister Game from Sassy Style.  Gone as soon as you mow.


If you’re looking for an outdoor Twister game that’s a little more permanent, try this one from Design Sponge.


This Sunken Trampoline from Little Green Fingers is really smart, and it seems safer than the typical version.  I might even be able to jump on it without breaking a body part.


This Ladder Ball Game from Just Build Stuff looks like a good project for my son.


This Passing Practice Game from Family Fun doesn’t take a lot of materials, looks fun and folds up to store nicely. 


I love the idea behind this Game Time Picnic Quilt from Sew, Mama, Sew.  It kinda makes me want to learn how to play chess.


After some thought, I’ve decided that no, I am not too old for this Beach in the Backyard from Better Together.


I came across two different outdoor games from This Old House, and they both look fun.  The first is this Pipe Ball Lawn Game.


They also share how to build this Shishkaball Ball-Drop Game that I think I must have.


Here’s hoping we all need sunscreen this weekend!

Friday Favorites–St Patrick’s Day

I like green.  It’s not my favorite color, but it’s very high on the list.  My birthstone is emerald.  I live in Oregon, the greenest state there is.  So, why is it every year I find myself searching for something green for St. Patrick’s Day?

It only takes a little bit of green to make yourself pinch-proof and this Green Box Elder Wood Inlay Ring from Etsy seller jewelrybyjohan is the perfect amount.


This Shamrock Quilt Block from Quilting Works could be using in a festive table runner and would be a fun way to use up some green scraps.


Remember Push Pops?  My kids loved those things when they were little.  They probably wouldn’t mind graduating to these Irish Cream Push Pops from Hoosier Homemade.


This Shamrock Wreath from Spare Time Sanity looks fun and easy to make.


Maybe you’re just looking for a small, simple acknowledgement of the holiday.  Check out these Shamrock Straw Toppers from Martha Stewart.


Or maybe, since it’s on a Saturday this year, you’re going all out with a party.  Sheek Shindigs has lots of inexpensive ideas for a DIY St. Patrick’s Day Party Table.


I had never heard of a Leprechaun trap until my daughter made one in kindergarten.  Apparently, they’re sneaky little guys and must be caught.  Family Fun has some clever ways To Catch a Leprechaun.


This St. Patty’s Day Cake from I Am Baker is gorgeous, and I can imagine it in all kinds of colors for other occasions.


If you’re looking for just a little bit ‘o green you can take with you, here’s a Luck of the Irish Key Fob from Buttons Galore and More.


I can’t decide if it would be more fun to serve these Potato Petit Fours from Sprinkle Bakes on St. Patrick’s Day or April Fools.

Sprinklebakes sprinkle bakes potato petit fours

Happy St. Patrick’s Day…don’t get pinched and be safe!

Friday Favorites–Halloween

Instead of always falling on October 31st, I think Halloween should always be on a Friday.  How much fun can you have on a Monday?  Even with candy!  In the spirit of the holiday, we’ll give it a try anyway.

I don’t know that this Cutout Skully Tee from Cut Out + Keep was intended for Halloween, but it’s perfect anyway.


If you’re in need of some great Halloween party food ideas, look no further than Our Best Bites.


I love this little Ghostie Garland from Ginger and George.  It reminds me a little of Pac-Man, but cuter.


I have a couple of plug-in plastic light-up pumpkins, but this Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Lamp Light from Ragdoll722 on Etsy is definitely a step up.


My son was REALLY into bats for a while when he was younger.  He would have loved these Bat Party Invitations from One Charming Party.


This Pumpkin Art from Eighteen25 manages to be modern and a little vintage at the same time.


I have so many giant spiders living on the outside of my house right now I don’t need to add any decorative ones, but if yours is spider-free try these Balloon Spiders from Martha Stewart.


This Halloween Spook Banner from Organize & Decorate Everything is so simple and clever!


Candy Corn Halloween Monster from Wonderstrange.  Just ‘cuz.


It’s usually getting cold around here by Halloween.  These Fleece Halloween Hats from Fleece Fun would be perfect right about now.  The pattern is available for download in Baby, Child and Adult sizes.


I’m off to try and find some early Halloween fun!

Friday Favorites–Superheroes

My favorite superhero just got promoted at work and we’re having a party tomorrow to celebrate, so it seemed fitting that the theme for my favorites this week should be superheroes. 

We’re a family full of fans.  My daughter drives a little black car with a giant Batman symbol on the hood.  I have Wonder Woman stuff floating around everywhere.  My husband had an Ironman themed birthday party a couple of years ago.  We’re dedicated.

As soon as I find out where to get cookie cutters shaped like a bikini top and a onesie, I’ve got to try these Wonder Woman cookies from Bake at 350.


Batman is a pretty ingenious guy, so I’m betting he built his Bat-signal from a Papasan chair, just like Instructables user Orvis.


Speaking of Batman, check out this amazing Batman Birthday from Fryman Four.  Lots of great ideas, but my favorite is the simple way she made these tables remind you of Batman and Robin.

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I have mixed feelings about this Comic Book Banner from One Charming Party.  I love old comic books, and would hate to see them torn apart, but this banner is so fun I just have to believe the books were beyond saving.


This Superhero Snack Box from Alphamom would be a great gift for the guy who’s always saving the day.


My son would never have taken off this Rocket Man Jet Pack from Sewing in No Mans Land.  He probably would have tried to sleep in it.


I love how this Superhero Cap and Power Cuff from the Southern Institute is all made from a big t-shirt.


Maybe you have a superhero fan who feels they’re a little too old for the cape?  These Superhero Shoes from Minimoz are a little more subtle.


My daughter would LOVE this Kapow Headband from Etsy seller janinebasil.


If you’re a diehard fan and aren’t afraid to show the world, or at least your neighborhood, you need some Superhero Garden Gnomes from Instructables user The Papier Boy.


To the Bat Cave!

Friday Favorites–Owls

This owl fad has been rolling for quite a while now, which leads me to believe we might be close to moving on to something else.  That’s not to say I’m happy about that, because I’ve come across some really cute owlish projects.  But I’m afraid if I don’t share them now, I’ll lose the chance.

When I was a kid, my mom made some angels using hazelnuts, or filberts they were called back then, before they got all fancy.  These Acorn Owls from Bloesem Kids remind me of them a little bit.

acorn owls

Again, loving the felt so I had to include Bugs and Fishes’ Felt Owl Brooches


…and Margo is Crafty’s Owl Hairclip.  Seriously, what is it about felt and owls that seems to go together?


This Owl Mug Cozy from Jessica Wilson on Craftzine is also felt.  I need one of these.  I must microwave the same cup of coffee about 10 times every day.  I probably glow in the dark.

owl cup cozy

Ok, just to show you all my favorite owls aren’t made of felt, here’s one made from graham crackers.  These Owl Smores from Living Locurto are too cute to eat.


If you’re like me and you still need a calendar for the newish year, you can choose from some gorgeous owl art and print your own Owl Lover 2011 Calendar at My Owl Barn.


I love this Owl Key Chain Holder from Craft Passion.  You can pull the keys right up inside.

key chain

This clever re-do of a basic little camera pouch resulted in Edna the Owl Bag from LollyChops.  I like that her face is on the flap.


This is my favorite owl pillow ever.  I even love the name.  The Give a Hoot pillow from Just Another Hang Up needs to come live at my house.


Like every worthwhile Friday, we’re ending it with a party.  I know this Night Owl PJ Club Party from Jamie on Hostess with the Mostess is meant for little girls, but can’t I have one?  I mean, look at that table…it’s a bed!


Somewhere today I saw the headline “Foxes – the New Owls.”  Any guesses what the next animal of the moment will be? 

Friday Favorites–New Year’s Eve

One more holiday-displaced Friday Favorites, then we’re back to actual Fridays!  I can’t believe we’re already staring into the face of 2011.  Here’s a few of my favorite ideas for saying goodbye to the old and ringing in the new.

On New Year’s Eve 1999, I tried to create time capsules to be opened at some later date.  Sadly, not only can I not remember whether I actually finished them, but if I did I don’t know where they are.  I think it’s time to try again with these Cookie Tin Time Capsules from Kaboose.

time capsule

When the clock strikes midnight, you gotta make some noise.  It’s a rule.  Thanks to this Popcorn Tin Noisemaker from Sassy Sites, you can do it in style.

popcorn tin noisemaker

While we’re on the subject of noise, here are some cute Noisemakers from Make and Takes, and you probably have everything you need to make them on hand.


My kids have always been champions at staying up late, and not just on New Year’s Eve.  There’s always a couple of hours between eating and the midnight chaos where they need to be kept busy.  I think this Big-As-Life Board Game from Craft would be the perfect thing.


It’s always about now that I start to look forward to putting away the Christmas stuff.  We leave it up until New Year’s Day, but sometimes I try to throw in something new, like this New Year’s Centerpiece from from Make it From Scratch.


These Quilted Numbers from The Iowa Farmer’s Wife are intended to be a child’s learning tool, but how fun would they be as New Year’s Eve decorations?


What’s a party without a hat?  These New Year’s Eve Party Hats from Felt So Cute would fill both the cute party gear and something to keep the kids busy requirements.


I don’t know why I like this New Year’s Marshmallow Ball from Simply Designing so much, but I do.  Don’t judge.


This Mini 2011 Calendar from Very Merry Vintage Style is adorable, and she offers a free printable for the tiny pages.


I love making New Year’s resolutions.  I love the sound they make when they deflate mid-January.  This New Year’s Resolution Cube from Chica and Jo might be just the thing to keep me on track.  At least I can fold it to a different one as they crash and burn.


Happy New Year…see you in 2011!