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Sunday Scoops: DIY Photo Booth & Baseball Party Theme

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If you are looking for a great DIY Photo Booth or some easy, budget friendly Baseball Party Theme ideas…you’ve hit the jackpot!  A few months ago I hosted a baby shower for a dear friend and to celebrate the pending arrival of her little boy, she chose an adorable baseball theme.  I went to town brainstorming ideas and scouring Pinterest.  The photo galleries below feature the food, drinks, décor, activities and games that we had at the shower! Many of these ideas can be modified to fit other themes as well.  Have fun and as always thanks for reading friends!  ~Lisa

DECOR: The food displays actually made up a great majority of the décor.  I add a couple of DIY banners that I picked up at Target and added a few small twirly baseball hanging decorations that I found on Amazon.  To add to the personalization of the décor, I added two activity decorations with a baseball to be autographed for baby by the party guests and a “Guess the # of bubble gum pieces in the jar”.  The shallow red basket filled with baseball cap ice cream cups, mini steno pads, team spirit bracelets and a movie were some of the fun yet inexpensive prizes for the games. The tissue paper Pom-Poms were made by me.  Here is a great step-by-step tutorial on how to make the Pom-Poms by Hey Let’s Make StuffNote: tutorial shows to staple in center which I opted to tie instead with the end of a piece of fishing line so that I could hang them up.  The clear fishing line makes them look like they are floating!  🙂

FOOD & DRINKS: Recipes for Napa Cabbage Salad & Best Party Punch

PHOTO BOOTH: Red paper background is basic gift wrapping paper attached to the wall with 3M adhesive strips.  Twisted streamers for border are attached with thumb tacks in corners.  Cardstock paper was used to print and make the fun props which were quickly attached to sticks with a hot glue gun.  SO MUCH FUN!

GAMES

Tinkle In The Pot:  This is a hilarious Baby Shower Game. Each player puts a balloon under their shirt while holding a ping pong ball between their knees. Player must waddle down the line and drop the ball into a jar or bucket.

TP DIAPERS: Split your group into teams.  Each team needs one volunteer to get a “diaper” made by their team.  The team uses toilet paper to create a diaper on their “Big Baby”.  Lots of laughs guaranteed!

Weekly Whims: Lucky Leprechauns! St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt! DIY!

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My little ones have always loved Easter Egg Hunting so I was inspired to do something fun for St. Patrick’s Day.  I almost can’t believe it is right around the corner!  This year is off to such a speedy start I feel like if I blink it will be summer!  So, in my frequent browsing around on Pinterest, I found many great ideas and pulled what I liked most from many and put them together into this Scavenger Hunt for Luck, Sweet Treasures & A Special Wish for my Little Leprechauns.  I can’t wait to unveil it as a surprise activity for them next week!  Wishing you all a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day full of green galore and very few pinches! 😉 ~Lisa

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 4 medium stones (LUCK)
  • 1 large stone (WISH)
  • Gold Outdoor/Patio Acrylic Paint (Weather resistant for outdoor play)
  • Gold Glitter (Optional)
  • Small alphabet stickers
  • Small-medium paint/craft brush
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Newspaper, paper towels or paper plates (to protect surface of work area)
  • Gold wrapped candy such as Chocolate Coins or Miniature Peanut Butter Cups

**Note: I found all of these supplies at my local dollar and craft store with the exception of the stones which were in my backyard. 🙂

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HOW TO DO IT:

  • On a paper towel, paper plate or sheet of newspaper…paint one side of the stones with gold paint. Let them dry for 30-60 minutes before flipping them over and painting the other side.  This will keep them from sticking to surface when flipped over.  Once stones are completely painted, let them dry thoroughly for at least a 2-3 hours minimum.
  • Adhere letters to stones. LUCK to the 4 medium stones and WISH to the single large stone.
  • Lightly spray all stones with Adhesive Spray to help seal the letters to the stones.
  • Optional Glitter:  While the large stone is still sticky with Spray Adhesive, sprinkle with gold glitter.  I lightly scraped with my fingernail any glitter that stuck to WISH letters so that the word would show through better.  Lightly spray one final coat of Spray Adhesive to set the glitter and to help reduce glitter flaking off.  This is a messy addition as glitter is known to be, but it looks really great and makes the WISH stone stand out as the “extra special” one to find.  Once completely dry, I tapped the glitter stone gently several times to get most of the excess glitter off.  There is still a few flakes that will transfer to hands and hiding spots so definitely keep this in mind when deciding on adding glitter.
  • Finally, hide the stones with the gold wrapped candies and let the Scavenger Hunt begin!

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Images: Sourced and owned by Cuppa Sunshine & Sugar

 

 

Sunday Scoops: Best Party Punch EVER!–No. Joke.

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I was searching high and low for a delicious, fruity, fresh and easy party punch recipe for a baby shower that I was hosting and this is the one I found at Savor Home.  Boy, did I hit the jackpot!  It is yumm-o!  All of the shower guests loved it and kept commenting how good it was and asking for the recipe.  The recipe below makes about a gallon and is perfect for parties and showers, but honestly I will likely make it for family gatherings in general and even last minute bbq’s with friends!  WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!  🙂

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 cup frozen concentrated lemonade (thawed)
  • 6 oz  frozen concentrated orange juice (thawed)
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup super fine sugar
  • 2 liters lemon-lime soda, chilled
  • Freshly sliced lemons and oranges
  • Ice

HOW TO MAKE IT:

  • Add the lemonade, orange juice, cranberry juice, water and sugar to a container that has a lid.
  • Stir until all of the sugar is dissolved.
  • Cover and chill the mixture for 1-2 hours.
  • When you are ready to serve the punch, add the mixture to a drink server along with the soda, ice, lemons and oranges. Stir and enjoy!

** If you are hosting a party where alcohol is appropriate, then a few splashes of vodka would be really good!!

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Sunday Scoops: DIY Infant or Toddler Birthday Party

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I found myself stuck when trying to come up with a theme for my youngest son’s first birthday party this past year.  With my older children, as infants and toddlers, they had a favorite cartoon character that made it easy to pull off a theme that had supplies available at the party store.  However, with my littlest guy…he was a bit different.  He was not really partial or even interested in any particular character.  So I had to stop and think generally about what he liked.  The park, dogs and trucks!  So I did this mish mash DIY party at the park with dog and firetruck décor theme.  As far as activities for the party…we had a wide age range of guests so I wanted to be sure to have something to entertain everyone, but my #1 priority was to have stuff for my birthday boy to do that were more for his age as well.  After all it was his party!   Here is what I came up with…

 

Treat bags:  All items came from home or craft store.  White paper lunch sacks, Paw print and Friends Always stamp & Black Ink Pad, Firetruck Ribbon, Dog Stickers, Die-cut brown tags from craft store.

Homemade Cupcakes:  Made cupcakes at home.  Sprinkled frosting with colored sugar sprinkles to match theme.  Toppers are blank white toothpick flags that I found at the craft store and stamped myself to match treat bags.

Decorated high chair: Wrapped legs of chair with streamers in theme colors.  Made tissue pom-pom and stuck it to the back of the chair for an even more festive look that was out of baby’s reach to rip apart.

Sensory table:  HUGE HIT!  My lil guy loves water tables but this particular fall day I wanted him to stay dry and comfortable and still have a ton of fun.  Check out the post DIY Sensory Table for more on this awesome and easy option for your little one.

Sensory ball/shape basket and Big Truck Toys:  All from home and great for the littlest party guests

Puppet Theater:  I had a large piece of leftover fleece fabric and made a puppet theater out of it.  I strung it up between two trees and the older kids enjoyed playing with puppets in our outdoor “living room” that we had set up.  I would not recommend this for an outdoor party if it is really windy unless you bring something to weigh down the bottom of the fabric.  Which is what I had to do as the winds picked up out of nowhere that day.  The outdoor blanket in our outdoor “living room” space was a nice addition to have a comfy spot to open gifts later in the party.

Older kids activities (not pictured):  I took along a Basketball, Soccer Ball and set of cones for them to fire up a game, Frisbees and Hula Hoops.

These activities in addition to the park amenities made for a fun day for all ages!

Sunday Scoops: TP Snowmen Activity! Keep ’em busy over the holiday break!

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This was an idea that I came up with on a whim.  With a short notice Winter Break Holiday Party planned, I had to come up with something that would be winter-themed and fun for a broad age range (from toddlers to teens).  It had to be quick and easy to put together.  TP Snowmen was a hit!

What you need:

  • From your closet: Hats, Scarves, Earmuffs
  • Silly accessories: Anything from silly hats, headbands (like antlers) and sunglasses to dress-up stuff like tiaras, feather boas, etc.  Whatever you can find around the house!
  • Toilet Paper (Have enough for 2-3 rolls per guest)
  • Foam craft sheets (multi colored from the dollar store is fine)
  • Stretchy string
  • Hot glue gun + glue sticks for it  (Captain Obvious here…you’re welcome!)
  • Scissors

How to do it:

  • Turn on, pre-heat glue gun.  (Captain Obvious again…I do what I can.)
  • Make the noses!  Roll foam sheets into a “cone” shape.  Use glue gun to make a bead of glue to fasten the outter corner/flap of foam sheet to itself so that it keeps a cone shape.  Trim wide, open end of noses with scissors so that they are straight to fit against face.  I also cut a small triangle shape underneath at the edge (where nostrils will be) to make it more breathable.  Punch a hole on each wide-end (face) side of “nose”.   I just used a sharp pencil so that the holes wouldn’t be too big.  Use the two holes to attach (tie) the stretchy string.  See close-up photo above.
  • Use baskets/bins to set up an easy-access area to display TP, HATS, SCARVES, NOSES, SILLY ACCESORIES.
  • I divide the group into teams of 3.  One to be the “Snowman”, the others to be the very savvy Frosty Engineers.
  • TAKE PICTURES!  Then rotate positions with a new “Snowman” and Frosty Engineers so that everyone has a turn at each “job”.  TAKE MORE PICTURES!

**Fun additions:

FROZEN DIY TREAT BAGS: http://wp.me/p5queU-1f

SLOW COOKER HOT COCOA BAR: http: http://wp.me/p5queU-1q

Our moms at the party really got into this activity too.  It was a blast for all…lots of laughs!

We followed the TP Snowmen Activity with a yumm-o COOKIE SWAP.  Everyone brought their favorites to share.  We set the cookies up buffet-style and everyone got to pick their mix in a festive bag.  Wrapped up the party with a showing of the very funny movie Fred Claus.  Good times even with little time to plan.  Will do again!

Have fun!

~Lisa

P.S. Don’t fret the mess!  I put the small army to work and they had that TP cleaned up in two minutes flat!

Old School DIY Ringtoss Party BBQ game

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What & How:

  • Shallow box
  • Glass beverage bottles-enough to fill your size of box
  • Twine/string to tie base of bottles. I tied mine in groups of 6 to help keep them upright during play
  • Set of children’s bracelets (party favor section usually has sets)
  • Electrical tape (I used black) to cover bracelets if you don’t prefer color or design. I also used the tape to reinforce the bracelets since they were a cheap dollar store set and to make them uniform in color. (Optional)
  • Letter decals/stickers for game name on front of box (optional)

Voila! Now get a ringer! Good luck!