Last week I posted about the Lemonade Stand Party that a group of us got together and organized and I wanted to follow up this week with the lemonade popsicles I made. These popsicles are super simple to make and you can either make them with homemade lemonade or use a mix like I did (I used a Lemon Lavender cordial from The Handpicked Home). For a pretty finishing touch I added a fresh sprig of lavender from my garden and used sparkling water instead of regular to make them bubbly. We’ve still got a few weeks left of Summer and these are a perfect sweet treat to cool down with, or serve them up as a refreshing addition to a dessert bar at your next party.
Homemade lemonade or a lemonade mix made with sparkling water instead of regular water or
Fresh sprigs of lavender
Optional: slices of fresh lemon
Mix up your lemonade to your desired sweetness, using sparkling water instead of regular
Pour into popsicle molds, leaving a little extra room at the top so you can add lavender sprigs and/ or lemon slices, plus the popsicle sticks
Freeze overnight, pop out, serve, and enjoy!
That’s it, told you these were easy to make! 😉
Tip: serve in a container with ice to keep them from melting as fast
Driving around in the Summer, you can’t go too far without seeing a lemonade stand with kids offering up cups to quench the thirst of passersby. It’s a staple for many a childhood and most of us probably set one up as a kid. It’s what inspired this Summer collab, and together a group of us had a great time sipping, eating, and spending some quality grown up time together as we shot the photos. Just because we’re not kids anymore doesn’t mean we can’t still have some fun and put a grown- up twist on this Summer classic, right?
We took things a step further than the classic lemonade stand and added some lemony treats and a grown- up lemonade mimosa to accompany the classic drink, plus added some pretty details to finish this lemonade stand themed party. The stand was made from upcycled pallets and is as simple as it gets to make (note: also a fun excuse to use a hammer and tools 😉 ), and the rest of the furniture we used was from my thrifting adventures.
For decorations we went with pops of pinks and yellows to build on the lemonade theme- think the classic + pink lemonade- included fresh flowers to add a grown- up feel, and fun decor like the pink ‘party’ balloon and flamingo ring toss (I had been eyeing up the flamingos at the dollar store all Summer and thought this was the perfect excuse to finally buy them). This theme would be perfect for any number of celebrations, and easy to adapt to set up indoors (ahem, pallet bar anyone?). Just grab some lemons, a splash of vodka, and a party straw and sink in for some citrusy party fun with friends. Hope you like this idea for your next party!
See below for bloggers & brands involved in this party:
Want to add some patriotic decor to that Canada Day BBQ or party you’re having this weekend? I’ve got you covered with these printables! Hang inside on a wall or outside above a patio to add that pop of red and white. Just print, cut, add some string, and hang! Oh Canada? Oh yes! 😉
I’ve got a few options to choose from, so you can pick your favourite: red with white lettering, white with red lettering, a combo version, and a bunting template with stick- on letters (use the shape as a template to cut out your own bunting from paper and then glue on the letters or just print the letters and tape onto twine/ string for a smaller garland). There has definitely been a patriotic theme here around OHP this week and I couldn’t resist sharing something to help celebrate day- of! Big or small, I hope your Canada Day celebrations are full of fun! See below for instructions. T- minus 2 days until Canada Day!
Printing tip: make sure to select ‘fit to page’ to ensure the bunting templates print as they appear. You can also scale the size down if you’d prefer smaller bunting pieces (I scaled down to 35% for letter garland).
TRIANGLE ‘HAPPY CANADA DAY’ BUNTING
Here’s a sample of what the different styles look like:
If you saw the Cinco De Mayo party post that went up earlier this week then you probably noticed the backdrop that was behind the table. The idea was to create something that was reminiscent of a piñata, with layers of tissue paper to add a pop of colour. This backdrop is perfect for so many things and you can create one in any combination of colours/ patterns you like using just a few basic materials and a little bit of patience (and Netflix! 😉 ).
I love how the ombre version turned out, but how pretty would an all- white one be for a wedding? Or maybe a floor- to- ceiling ombre? Or stripes? Or…? Ok I’ll stop now… The options are endless, and about as easy to make as they come, you just need to give yourself plenty of time. The one I made was 7′ * 7′ and I made it over two nights with Netflix on in the background. It’s not hard to make, just very repetitive and if you can wrangle some help to make the process a little faster I’d definitely recommend it. If you want to add a wow factor behind a party or wedding table- or want a fun photo backdrop idea- but don’t have a big budget, this is the perfect project (this cost me less than$20 in materials!). See below for the instructions.
– tissue paper
(To help you estimate how many sheets you’ll need: 1 standard size piece of tissue paper will get you 4 strips approx 25″ * 4″ or 6 strips approx 25″ * 2″ if you prefer a smaller fringe)
– tape- regular and clear packaging tape
Decide on the size of backdrop you want to create. If you have a certain space in mind, measure how much area you want to cover and add half a foot on each side (for a total of one foot for extra coverage).
Roll out the craft paper and measure the length you need, again adding half a foot in length. Cut the pieces and tape together using the clear parcel tape.
To add durability to hang the backdrop, add a layer of the clear parcel tape along the top of the craft paper so the it doesn’t tear under the weight while hanging.
Fold your tissue in half lengthwise twice, so that the fringe strips will be approx 4- 5″ in height (if you’d prefer smaller, fold in half a third time so the strips will be approx 2- 3″ in height).
5. Cut along all of the folds to separate the tissue strips.
6. To create the fringe, make cuts that are roughly 1/2″ wide, leaving about half an inch along the top. To make this go faster, fold the strip in half. Cut as much tissue as you think you’ll need in the colours you like, separating them once cut.
7. Starting at the bottom of the kraft paper, attach the fringe strips using a glue stick or regular tape (I used tape every 10- 12″ or so). Trim the fringe to length once you get to the opposite edge. Tip: try and keep the strips as straight as possible, but if they go a little wonky, it’s really hard to notice when the backdrop is finished. Add an extra strip to an area to even it out if necessary.
8. Add the next layer of fringe approx 1- 2″ above the top of the strip below. Tip: for fuller coverage and better colour saturation only leave about 1″ space or less between layers (see what I mean in the photos above and below). Repeat (and repeat and repeat!) until you’ve covered the entire surface area of the craft paper. (This is the step you’ll probably want some company or Netflix on in the background). 😉
9. When it’s finished, use push pins or heavy- duty tape to attach to a wall. Just add some friends and a camera and enjoy!
See more photos from this Cinco De Mayo party here.
I’m just going to say #sorrynotsorry right now for all of the Valentine’s Day posts that will be coming your way in the next week or so. I’m not necessarily that girl who goes all- out for Vday, but I love any excuse to try a new recipe or DIY and with all the hearts and cute things that come with February 14th I can’t resist the chance to try out some things I’ve had on my to- do list. Whether you’re looking for ideas for date night or a Valentine’s Day party, I’ve got some good stuff coming your way!
And before you think ‘girl I don’t have time for that’ I’ve got you covered: this project only takes 15 minutes to make and can double as either a tablecloth or photo backdrop. With 2 kids running around a lot of my projects usually end up with that ‘nailed it‘ moment at the end (you know that feeling when you try an idea on Pinterest thinking it’ll be easy and it fails miserably with you laughing the whole way ;)). But I promise this DIY is super quick and easy (the drying time is the longest part of the process), so even if you leave it to the last minute, you can whip this up the night before and still have it ready in time (just make sure you pick a design that’s simple enough to paint on fabric). If you’re looking for the perfect finishing touch for a party table or a cute photo backdrop, it doesn’t get much easier than this.
White fabric (cotton or another natural fibre is best)
Black fabric dye
Large plastic garbage bag
1. Lay down the plastic garbage bag underneath the fabric. Mix up the fabric dye according to the instructions (we only used half a box) making sure you mix it well. It’s better to add a little water at a time so it doesn’t get too diluted.
2. Using the sponge brush, paint on the fabric the design you like- I went for Xs and Os for Valentine’s Day but the options are limitless. Repeat the pattern as desired.
3. Allow to air dry before using. If you need to wash the table cloth, follow the instructions on the fabric dye box. Add all of your party treats & have fun!
This DIY totally brought back memories for me- who else remembers using potato stamps when they were kids??? This craft might have a Valentine’s Day theme, but it’s great for any occasion or party when you want to send guests home with a little favour. Just pick a design that matches the theme/ occasion and that’s simple enough to carve into a potato. I love how these turned out and how simple they are to make- it’s the perfect project for little hands to help with (once the potato is cut of course!). The hardest part is deciding what to stash inside them. 😉
For the bags
1 large potato
cotton bags (find these at the dollar store or craft store)
sharp pairing knife
For the treat bag inserts
clear plastic bags
candy/ treats of your choice
Slice the potato in half and cut out the shape you like (Bonus: ‘X’ and ‘O’ are nice & easy). If you prefer, use a toothpick or the tip of the knife to etch the design into the potato as a guide to cut along.
2. Blot the potato on a piece of paper towel to help remove some of the moisture.
3. Pick the colour(s) of paint you want to use and blot off a little bit of the paint on the paper towel.
4. Press the potato stamp down on the cotton bag and repeat until you’ve completed the design you want.
5. Add other colours if using to finish your design & allow to air dry.
6. Pop the treats into a clear plastic bag and tie- off with some twine. Insert into the cotton bags and pull closed. Optional: tuck in a little Valentine’s Day card or add a name tag to personalize.
If you saw Monday’s NYE party post, you would have seen these pretty gold glitter champagne flutes. This is a quick and easy way to dress up your glassware and is the perfect finishing touch for that signature cocktail you always serve. If you’re hosting a NYE party this year, this is a simple DIY that can be done the day/ night before, with the supplies easy to find. And if you don’t want to add glitter to your favourite glasses, just pick up some inexpensive ones from the grocery (or dollar) store. Now all you have to do is decide what to serve in them. 😉 Cheers to the new year!
– dishwasher- proof Mod Podge
– rubbing alcohol & cotton swab
– sponge brush
1. Start by cleaning the glasses in hot soapy water. Once dry, flip them over and wipe the bottom with rubbing alcohol.
2. Use a sponge brush to coat the bottom of the glass with dishwasher- proof Mod Podge. Try to get it as even as possible.
3. Tap your glitter over the surface until evenly coated. Tap to remove any excess.
4. Optional: If you want a little bit of extra coverage, press the base of the glass into a pile of glitter. Tap to remove any extra loose glitter.
5. Remove excess glitter from the rim of the base by spinning the glass in one hand and using your other index finger to clean the edge all the way around.
6. Allow the Mod Podge to dry based on the instructions on the bottle.
7. When dry, follow up with a second coat of Mod Podge to seal the glitter & allow to dry.
8. When dry, whip up your favourite batch of cocktails or pop open a bottle of bubbly and enjoy! To clean, you can simply put the glasses in the dishwasher, or wash by hand with warm soapy water. Don’t leave submerged in water as this may damage the seal.
HOW are we at the end of another year??? 2016 seemed to fly by and now that Christmas is behind us, it’s time to start thinking about NYE & welcoming in the new year. I’m not sure if you’ll agree, but I feel like we get so caught up with Christmas (and rightfully so, it’s a special time of year), we don’t think about new years until after the turkey has been packed up in Tupperware and we recover from our eggnog hangovers. In the space of a week you have to pull something together, and whether you like to go all- out or keep it simple, there isn’t much time to get things organized.
I got together with some party partners in crime to share ideas to help you pull off the perfect NYE celebration, complete with some simple food & cocktail ideas that will have your guests excited to ring in the new year without leaving you stressed out with the prep. Just pick up some fun decor like balloons, a banner, maybe some photo props and you’ve got it made. Full details below along with links to the food & cocktail recipes we included.
While planning this, my friend Janette from Ave to Zoe mentioned she had a great appie idea: ravioli pops topped with cherry tomatoes. Done! I think with parties like this finger food is a great idea, and there are plenty of quick/ simple recipes plus pre- made options if you don’t want to spend the whole day in the kitchen before the party. I also picked up some spring rolls from the grocery store for another easy savoury option, plating them with cocktail skewars for easy party noshing. You just have to pop in the oven for a few minutes and they’re party- ready (if only our outfits were that easy to organize! 😉 ).
For drinks we whipped up a tasty white wine sangria and poured pretty pink bubbly from Evolve Cellars into DIY gold glitter flutes (sangria recipe & how- to to come later this week!). As a fun finishing touch we popped in gold star swizzle sticks and topped the bubbly with some cotton candy from Cloud Nine (tip: if you do this, try to place the cotton candy on the rim of the glasses instead of touching the champagne, as it’ll dissolve really quick once it touches liquid). As another pretty detail we tied some little black tassels to the wine glasses- if you get different colours this would be a great idea so guests know which glass is theirs.
For sweet treats- because you can’t ring in the new year without treating yourself!- we had jars of cotton candy in a variety of flavours and mini doughnuts from Cloud Nine, whiskey flavoured gourmet marshmallows from Marsh&Mallow, and champagne cupcakes baked & decorated by Janette (link for that recipe coming soon!). We topped them with pretty gold ‘2017’ & ‘cheers’ toppers from Paper + Parties and arranged them on a tray for a pretty display.
And what party would be complete without decorations? Michelle from Paper + Parties had all the details covered, from the ‘It’s About To Go Down’ banner, new years party balloons, and finishing touches like the swizzle sticks and cupcake toppers. She also makes a variety of photo props, which are perfect to have fun with as you count down to midnight. I had these left over from my ugly sweater Christmas party and they’re perfect for pretty much any occasion when you want to goof around.
Ringing in the new year is supposed to be fun, and I hope these ideas help you plan the perfect NYE party without the stress/ panic that often goes with the territory. Everything we included is quick and simple to track down, whether for NYE or any other special occasion/ party throughout the year. I hope everyone enjoys the last few days of 2016 and that 2017 is an AMAZING year for you!
See the recipe for the ravioli bites & champagne cupcakes over on Ava to Zoe:
Last week I shared some of the photos from Ari’s Frozen Luau party, (see that post here), and today I wanted to share how I mixed the Frozen theme in with a luau. Originally I planned on blending all the pinks and blues together but thought it was too busy when it came time to decorate. Instead, I created a Frozen corner that had all the blue and snowflakes, etc that come to mind when you think of a typical Frozen theme. This worked out perfect for when Elsa paid the birthday girl and friends a visit! This is where she sat down to spend time with the kids and where I set up activities such as colouring and tattoos that tied in with the Frozen theme. Our little guests also got to choose a crown just like Elsa’s from Paper & Parties Co to take home in their goodie bags. See below for some Frozen party inspo!
To tie the Frozen side of the room in with the luau, I made a mini balloon garland and hung it with a ‘Let It Go’ banner from Paper & Parties Co and a giant tissue snowflake and honeycombs from Turkey’s Party Makers. I also set up my dining room table with a pretty snowflake table runner (also from Paper and Parties Co) and a variety of Frozen- inspired items such as colouring and tattoos, along with the crowns the little partygoers got to take home (I’d hoped to get a photo of them all wearing them, but wrangling that many toddlers for a photo is pretty much impossible!).
Probably the highlight of the party was when Elsa paid the kids a visit and seeing Ari’s face light up. I pretty much melted me on the spot. Instead of shelling out money on gifts for Ari, we decided to put the money towards a visit from Elsa and had a great experience working with My Little Birthday Princess to arrange for the surprise. Since we knew Ari would be receiving gifts from friends and family, Will and I thought gifting her and her friends this experience would be a fun way to spend our birthday gift budget, and we weren’t disappointed. Not only was Elsa great with the kids, organizing games (again, wrangling a group of toddlers takes patience and talent, even for a Frozen Queen!) and makeup, she also sang her famous song- ‘Let It Go’- and gave each of the guests a little gift before she left. As a special gift for the birthday girl, Elsa gave Ari a snowflake ornament, which will always remind us of Ari turning 3 and this special experience. We chose the ‘My Little Princess Party’ package and I’d absolutely say this was money well spent.
I think every birthday for parents tugs at your heartstrings; your child is one year older and you always find yourself saying ‘where is the time going?!”. I’ll admit, the party was a bit of work to organize, but I enjoyed planning it and, most importantly, the birthday girl and her friends seemed to enjoy it. Whether you like to go all- out, or just like to include a few fun ideas when it comes to party planning, I hope you like how I pulled together this mashed- up Frozen luau theme. Parties don’t have to be stressful or cost a tonne of money to be fun and I tried to keep that in mind as I planned this one (I hit up the dollar store many times for things like the goodie bag items and miscellaneous decor and items such as paper cups/ plates, which have become party necessitates of mine to keep clean up to a minimum).
Don’t forget to check out Part 1 of this post to check out all the fun I had with the tropical/ luau part of the theme and see how I brought in the Frozen theme with a luau party. See below for sources info for the party from both posts.
Last weekend we had a blast throwing Ari her 3rd birthday party and it was a full day spent with friends and family (and a visit from Elsa herself!). It’s safe to say I had a lot of fun decorating and adding a tropical twist to this popular theme (are there any kids who haven’t asked for a Frozen party?!) and as always I loved the challenge of bringing it all together without blowing the budget. Because Olaf loves Summer in the movie, I figured this wasn’t stretching the theme too far and looking up ideas was a lot of fun- we even tracked down an Olaf balloon that we decked out in luau attire! As I was going through the photos I decided to share about Ari’s party in two posts (see Part 2 here) so I could show the tropical/ luau part of it in one post and focus on the Frozen part of in another. I was really happy with how it all came together and can’t wait to share more about Ari’s party below and in Part 2. If you see something you like, scroll to the end of the post for my list of sources.
While scouring Pinterest for ideas I fell in love with the idea of a balloon arch but wanted to make a version using household items we had on hand. To make it I twisted a long piece of craft paper and anchored it by taping it to bamboo sticks. I then used fishing twine to hang the craft paper from the ceiling in the shape I wanted and layered balloons using double sided foam tape until I was happy with the effect. I finished it off with fake tropical leaves for a pop of green. Not bad for only about $20, thank you Turkey’s and the dollar store!
Since I went with a lot of pink, I wanted to use the food and serving ware to tie in Frozen with the tropical decor. There was gourmet popcorn with snowflake sprinkles in pretty blue cups from The Popcorn Bar and a beautiful ombre cake by The Delighted Baker (half gluten/ dairy free, half regular, so everyone could enjoy some!), plus an ice cream station for sweet Frozen- inspired treats. I also picked up things like blue striped paper straws and plastic cutlery along with other small details to bring in some pops of blue (PS more on those cute paper tiaras from Paper + Parties Co in Part 2!).
Another fun little project I did was the confetti ice bucket. I thought this would be perfect to keep drinks cold and it was super simple to make, plus what says ‘party’ more than confetti??? I stocked up on some fun mixes from Dixie + Twine (she even included some mini pineapples and flamingos to match the glitter garlands she made for me) and froze water between two buckets to create one out of ice. All you have to do is fill one bucket 1/3 full with water, toss in some confetti and glitter and allow to freeze. Then place a smaller bucket inside and weigh it down before filling the rest with water and more confetti/ glitter. I did this part in 2 steps so I could layer the confetti and glitter since it floats to the top. Once it’s frozen and you’re ready, just set in a shallow dish to catch any drips and pop in your favourite drink to chill!
Instead of buying a big gift for Ari this year, we opted to ask Elsa to visit her and her little guests. The kids enjoyed singing, games, and makeup with Elsa thanks to My Little Birthday Princess (more about that in Part 2!) and the kids were sent home with some pineapple goodie bags and paper crowns from Paper + Parties Co. I can’t wait to share more about Ari’s birthday in Part 2 and how we brought the Frozen theme together. I’ll include my full sources list in both posts to make it easy to see where everything is from. I really had a blast with this theme and I hope it gives you some ideas for your own kid’s parties that don’t blow the budget.
Part 2 of Ari’s Frozen Luau birthday party coming soon!