Okay so, this isn’t a party…but I do have a before and after category and it’s for home stuff, mainly decor. You MUST accept this because I HAD to share it. With just a pressure washer, I took this outdoor rug that stayed out exposed from last summer, through winter and spring, until this summer back to new! I have a deep love for pressure washing and it’s instant, no scrub needed results. I couldn’t help but to run it over my precious white detail on my last season Target rug and it. was. CRAZY! Check out the 15 second video and be amazed and feel the waves of instant gratification! You are welcome, patios everywhere.
Look at this 15 second video! This is the easiest and simplest way to restore your outdoor rug and I did this WITHOUT any cleaners applied first! Just water and a pressure washer doing it’s magnificent job! Whoa.
Food parties are the best because you can get as quirky as you want! I dream of the day that my child wants a sushi party or peanut butter and jelly party…. Anything your child just LOVES, can turn into a party and food is no exception. Here are some cute food theme parties to get your wheels turning and don’t be afraid to diverge into weird or random foods! That’s where creativity starts! If you need help, ask me!!
If you are having a beach/pool/water party and more, try on this super easy, cheap and colorful party favor!
I got these cute buckets/shovel combos at the Dollar Store for..well…one dollar! Then I got an 80 count box of Pop-Ice Popsicles for 3 dollars! I filled the pails as a cute take-home and freeze summery pool treat! It was perfect for my 2 year old’s pool party and could easily be done a hundred fun ways for tons of themes!
You know ALL those toys your kids have that they have played with once? They get gobs of exciting toys at their party and play with them for a short time and then they’re yours to store. Good luck. You have two options: have a big house or know how to get rid of clutter. When I go to birthday parties, my kids brings non-toy gifts about 95 percent of the time. It’s something much more practical to do, fun for the child, and something a parent can really appreciate. Here are some ideas and some of the gifts that we like to give.
1. Gift card to self-serve yogurt shop. A small gift card gives several visits which can all be used for the child, their siblings, and maybe the whole family. It’s a special treat, a fun trip, and they will love getting to build their ice cream/yogurt and pick all their toppings. This can be packaged in really cute ways.
2. A balloon filled with a dollar for each year of their life that they have to pop. Even young children know that cash money means you get what you want!
3. For a toddler, buy a bunch of carousel tokens from the mall and package them by wrapping the coins in a tiny box and using them as a balloon weight to a bundle of birthday balloons.
4. For a little girl, get a gift card to a spa that offers children’s chairs and pedi/manis. She can take a friend along or do it as something special with a mom or sister. She will remember this forever, unlike a toy.
5. Passes to a zoo or children’s museum. If you know the parent’s well and live within an hour of one of these locations, this is a gift that many won’t mind driving for if there aren’t zoos or museums in their hometown. It’s active, stirs the imagination, and gets the whole family going.
6. Gift card to a painting place. Again, they can do this with friends or family and use their imagination picking and painting their own pottery.
7. Gift certificate for bowling, putt-putt, ice skating, go karting, or roller skating. Get them out of the house and active, doing something they only do maybe once or twice a year at best.
8. Do your research on your hometown and see what’s offered locally. Where I live you can go on cave tours, boat cave tours, butterfly gardens, zip lining (offers a course for children), and horseback riding which is offered in most towns. Buy them a gift certificate to do some of what makes your city special. Let a little one get to know what’s neat about their town and get them experiencing new things!
9. If you are going to a summer party, buy a pass to a local or near by water park or amusement park if it’s offered near your town. Have your child give the gift and package it with flip flops or sunglasses in a confetti filled cellophane bag with a tag that says “A day at the water park with me!”
10. If you can’t attend a party for a toddler or young child but want to do something special for them, go to Baskin Robbins and get one of their classic clown ice cream cones made up with their favorite ice cream. Grad a balloon or two and stop by their house with their clown cone. They will be excited for the unexpected surprise and yummy, personalized treat!
11. Give a gift card to a play place where they can run, jump, and slide no matter the time of year or weather!
12. I bought two one dollar stinkin’ cute pails from the one spot aisle at Target and filled it with tokens to Chuckie Cheese. The party was for two kids so I bought 150 coins and split 75 in each pail which is 75 games and or rides/kids! Whoa. This means they will get more than one trip from the gift. The coins were tucked inside in a Chuckie Cheese coin cup that I put down in a clear bag tied with decorative ribbon.
Fun to receive, fun to get gifts that require activity, encourage family fun, and ones you will NEVER have to store….except in your memory box in your head. All the moms will think you are one smart cookie and the kids will have something as unique as them and something tailored to what they already like or a chance to try something new!
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Any diagnosis is hard so I am happy to add to this category of “You Had A Party For What” a celebration of surviving, being brave, and working the heck out of the hand you’ve been dealt! This has endless applications and possibilities for any diagnosis and any milestone within that. This party has all of my heartstrings!
My little girl was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Type 1 diabetes (not to be confused with the much more prevalent and different Type 2 diabetes) a few weeks after she turned 4 and she takes it all in stride! Here’s a party to show her our support and to commend her tough girl bravery! I hope this party blesses someone and encourages like parties for those in your life who have been given an unexpected hand to play.
I had my good friend at Red Haven Letters on Etsy create a custom tag for me for “Giving it our best shot”, don’t you love the play on words?! I pretty much got so excited I peed when I thought of it. I knew I wanted to do something with syringes because unless you pump, that is the type 1 life! Megan is super talented and did these for me wayyy last minute. Like, 48 hours before the party last minute! You can order these cute tags and signs from her there if you like this party. They aren’t listed in her shop, but you can tell her you saw this party and she will have the file!
What’s more positive than good vibes napkins at a diagnosis anniversary? Oh, I know…these awesome printed plates to go with the cute good vibes napkins! I got them both from Target and they are the Cheeky design brand. They donate meals for every purchase of their paper goods!
Listen, in my past life aka before kids, I decorated cakes for people. I thought, “Oh, I’ll try sugar cookies decorating for this party for my daughter.” It’s safe to say, I prefer cakes. I super-tron hated the experience so these were my first and last lazy attempt at making and decorating sugar cookies. My little girl was pleased and the favors looked how I had hoped as a package deal so we all win…
Okay, so the shot tags are even cuter when paired with the shot cookies and band aids!
These pens were 6 for 3 dollars from the Target Halloween favor aisle. Yes, I’ve been hoarding them since Halloween…. You can still find them on line in many places, including Amazon.
I made this shirt for my girl on Zazzle, where you can literally customize anything you want! The back wasn’t supposed to print out in black or with the word butt so she could wear it to school…or really…it wasn’t supposed to say anything at all but it was funny and she looked cute. If there ever were a shirt I wanted my 6 year old to wear that said butt, it’d be this one!
My sweet sister-in-law gave my child this sweet necklace that says as you turn it, “Be Brave & Keep Going”. The perfect thoughtful gift for a night like this! She has a matching one she wears so it was even sweeter!
The 2 on this cute little cake comes in to play because it’s her 2nd anniversary of her Type 1 diagnosis. She’s not the world’s biggest 2 year old. Didn’t want any of you confused.
If this isn’t the most funny and relate-able Type 1 thing to write on a cake, I don’t know what is!!!
Whether you are fancy pants or not, whether you know it or not…the dollar store has been and will forever be your best friend when you are party planning. Even swanky parties can slip in dollar store items all the time.
For my girls double birthday party this weekend, I went with gumball machines and bagged baker’s twine tied baggies of multi-colored gumballs.
The machines came from the Dollar Tree for 1 dollar a piece. The gumballs I got in the candy aisle at Walmart and I got just over 6 pounds for 15 dollars after tax.
28 machines= 28 dollars
6 pounds of gumballs= 15 dollars
Total: 44 dollars
Price per favor: $1.57
It’s substantial, unique and the kids LOVE them! It’s hard to do favors for that good of a price that isn’t a random bag of nick-knack throw away toys. I think it’s a win!!!
Plus, if your child brings one home, don’t throw them away! Fill them up with jelly beans, M & Ms, or any small candy and use them as reward jars for good behavior, good school work, or whatever the going rate is for a jelly bean in your house!
Love the idea and want to do it? You can pre-order and do site-to-store and assure the number of items you want for your party. Nice little tip there…. That way you can avoid being there the day of the party praying they unloaded the truck with gumball machines on them. That sounds very familiar.
I love unique. I love fun. I love practical. Meet these guys below: Face Mugs for your favorite drink and mouth holes for your favorite drink topping or drink compliment. These are from uncommon goods and I have owned these for a few years. My kids LOVE them for milk and cookies and they are loads of fun to pull out for guests because most people haven’t seen them.
If you want just one, you can buy a single white face mug for under 20. If you prefer the color, they come in a mixed pack of 2 for 35. They are big, heavy, quality and did I say fun?
Don’t you love them?!!? I think they are a fun teacher gift, too. You win, face mugs! You always do….
Source: Uncommon Goods and you can buy at the direct link embeded there!
The House That Lars Built has an awesomely cute party hat garland tutorial! You could make this one yourself following their post or even use pre-made party hats to save yourself some crafting! So cute and great for a billion themes!
In your cabinets, keep one bottle, one sippy, one pacifier. You may outgrow the baby phase, but someone else will always be smack dab in the middle of it. Have a few basic and necessary baby items on hand to surprise a desperate mother with delight when you whip out the very thing she forgot!
2. Make Everyone Feel Like Your Favorite
As a pastor’s wife, we have a lot of visitors to our home. If you entertain a lot or welcome people in your home for any reason, pay attention to your company and who may not be talking, who may be sitting alone or simply be aware if someone is coming who doesn’t know the group as well. Sit by them, make them feel welcome, and bring them into the fold! A person who is hospitable and nails it, makes someone comfortable in their home by whatever means that may be!
Even though I have only daughters, I always keep a few good boy toys around. I have a few tried and true toys that please both sexes and a variety of ages and a few baby toys in there as well. A good way to make feel people at home is to make it feel like home!
When having a party or large dinner etc., write your wi-fi password on the kitchen chalkboard or set it out in a cute frame or plaque on the island amidst the food display. It’s convenient for you AND them and it makes anything a guest might need, easily accessible at their fingertips.
5. Have Commonly Used Things On Hand
In your bathroom, keep toilet paper easy to find if someone runs out so guests aren’t embarrassed to ask. Also, keep a small basket or bin of small toiletries of anything someone may need or may have forgotten: spare toothbrush, travel deodorant and shampoo, toothpaste…you know the drill.
6. Coffee Anyone?
I hate coffee, it’s true. My husband? He doesn’t drink it either. We decided about a year ago that we are on a coffee-less island alone and having a coffee option at your house is great for guests and visitors. We didn’t even have to buy our own coffee maker. We were given one from someone’s wedding gift surplus! Score! Coffee is a nice thing to offer for your company when you are chatting or just winding down from a meal.
7. Serve Dessert
Make being in your home something out of the ordinary for a guest. Dessert isn’t something that most families do regularly at dinner and for the price of a box of brownies, you can treat your company to a simple yet, not everyday little treat.
8. Actually Let Them Inside…It Helps
If you wait until your house is clean and perfect, you may never have anyone over ever. Get comfortable with good enough and know that the more your life and home reflects real life, the more comfortable they will feel because it will look a lot like their lives!
9. To Guests With Kids…Tell Them It’s Okay!
Tell them they can be kids at your house! Pull the toys out, shut the doors of rooms you don’t want them in and let parents feel like they don’t have to constantly police where their kids are and what they are touching. When a kid runs through my house or jumps off of our couch and the mom embarrassingly says, “I’m so sorry!” You know what I say? “They are fine! My kids do that all of the time!” You say whatever fits there, but you know what happens? Parents still will tell them not to do it again almost every time because they respect you and your things, but they just may breathe easier and feel a little more at HOME! If you can’t have kids in your house without a load of “Don’t touch that” or “Don’t be so loud” etc., you will never be able to make families with young children comfortable in your house. Everyone has rules for their home and that’s fine, but there is a line of trumping things more than the people who come to use your things. Let not just people, but families know that they can relax in your home! You aren’t running the Ritz Carlton. You are a real mom, friend, person, etc. with a real home with real people coming to it! As a frequent guest of homes myself, there is nothing more stressful or un-enjoyable than worrying about your kids every 5 seconds because of how someone makes you feel in their home. Have people to a HOME, not a museum and know the difference.
10. Forget the size of your home and bank account
Hospitality does not come with financial or home requirements. Hospitality is being welcoming with what you have and it’s making someone feel at home. Feelings don’t take dollars or square feet to achieve. If you can’t afford dinner, have people over for cookies or coffee or both if you’re feeling all sorts of wild and crazy. You may not have a big space, but you have enough to have some people over. Set up folding chairs or take it outside. Small is cozy and charming and bonding and making memories doesn’t have to be over steak! If you let what you can do or provide hold you back, you may be cheating yourself out of some great experiences and some great relationships.
11. Mind your Fur Babies
I know Johnny Jumper Butts is your favorite dog on the planet, but not everyone likes dogs jumping on them, sitting on them, or around their kids. I have a cat, but I know people may be allergic and I even have a few friends afraid of cats. Put them in a room, shut them in the garage, but don’t make someone feel uneasy, sneezy or obligated to stroke your teacup Yorkie dog all night. They aren’t for everyone and putting them up for guests is an easy thing to do for your company. Unless you know for sure it’s not a problem, hug a tree, love your pets, but put the pooches and the pussy cats up for your persons.