Away We Go Transportation Party Printables + Coloring Pages from Chieu Urban

by Jillian Leslie on

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How wonderful are these "Away we Go" transportation party printables designed by Chieu Anh Urban, based on her baby-preschool book, Away We Go! A Shape and Seek Book. These printables would be perfect at styling your boy 1st birthday or boy baby shower.

The collection includes: cupcake flags, banner (with pennants for birthday or baby shower), thank you cards, tented display cards, welcome signs, shape signs, and 17 coloring pages (to keep your little guests busy)!

Download the free Transportation printables here!

Here are the individual files...

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These party printables coordinate perfectly with the Away We Go! A Shape and Seek Book by Chiêu Anh Urban, published with Scholastic, Cartwheel.  It's a fun board book about shapes and things-that-go for baby-preschool age (and a perfect favor gift for your party).
To see more Away We Go! treats and craft activities please visit Chiêu's blog.

We're Featured on the Summer Sweets Foodie App!

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If you love looking at gorgeous food, especially desserts, you must check out the new free Summer Sweets Foodie App available for the iPad and iPhone. And if that's not compelling enough, our Red, White, and Blue Strawberry Shortcake is featured as the second recipe!! Woo hoooo!

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Here's our recipe! Thank you, Foodie, for including us. I promise this strawberry shortcake recipe is delicious and perfect for summer!!

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Some of my favorite recipes from the app include: a s'mores bundt cake, a nectarine blackberry open-faced pie, a roasted peach cobbler, mango haberno popsicles, and a bacon and dulce de leche ice cream pie! My mouth waters every time I look at it.

Foodie puts out new editions of their app every month, so be on the lookout at the App Store!

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week - July 7th

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There were so many amazing parties added to our site this week, it was seriously hard just to show off four. Here's are my picks for the week... a gold and sparkly party perfect for a little princess, a fiesta birthday with lots of cool Mexican details, a  "gone fishing" birthday with a dessert table bait shop, and a glamorous vintage Barbie birthday where everyone gets a tutu!

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Wow, seriously blown away this week. Thanks for adding all your incredible parties!

Katz's Deli in NYC and The Chew on ABC

by Jillian Leslie on

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We just got back from our summer vacation where we got to spend four fun days in NYC. One of the highlights was eating at Katz's Deli. Katz's Deli is famous for two things... The "I'll have what she's having!" scene from When Harry Met Sally and their insane pastrami sandwiches!

Their other deli food is terrific, too!

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So when I was asked by the ABC food show, The Chew, to share a few clips from their show, the first one I had to share was of Mario Batali eating a pastrami sandwich at Katz's Deli. He too is a believer. If you love pastrami, you must watch this clip!

The Chew is a new daily food show on ABC. I just started watching, and now I Tivo every episode. It's light and breezy and all about food -- the perfect show for me to turn on when I have a spare moment to myself and want to relax (like a guilty pleasure)!

One of the best things about the show is the cast. Overall, it's a fun combination of personalities.

CLINTON KELLY, CARLA HALL, MICHAEL SYMON, DAPHNE OZ, MARIO BATALI

My favorites are Mario Batali (whom I've loved since he did that PBS show on Spanish food), Carla Hall (whom I've loved since her first season on Top Chef), and I Michael Symon (an actual Iron Chef).

It's worth checking out, especially if you love food!

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The Chew celebrates and explores life through food - from cooking to food trends, restaurants, holidays and more all aimed at making life better, fuller and more fun. Featuring celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Michael Symon, and Carla Hall, lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly and fresh face of healthy living Daphne Oz, “The Chew” is a leap forward into a delicious new kind of talk show.

Watch The Chew Weekdays at 1e|12p|c on ABC!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by ABC via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of ABC.

Amazing July 4th Parties from our Site!

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Happy almost 4th! I just had to show off these amazing July 4th parties from our site to give you some last minute ideas.

To see the whole party, click on the link or photo.

Monique G's Fourth of July

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Amy C's Fireworks Tailgate

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Made by a Princess' Patriotic Picnic

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Michelle S's Let Freedom Ring!

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Sitha V's 4th of July Party

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Ms. B's Jonathan's Red, White & Blue Birthday

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For more inspiration, check out all the July 4th parties on our site and all our free July 4th printables!

 

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week - June 30th

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Here are some terrific parties added to our site this week! I'm loving this wild safari dessert table, this vintage circus first birthday, this gorgeous tie dye 4th of July party, and the sweetest sleepover you've ever seen!

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Happy 4th and I'll show off more of my favorites next week!

Backyard Beach Party on a Budget

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Melissa Newell from My Party Passion, is back with her first post of the summer on how to throw a budget backyard beach party!

Hello everyone – It’s summertime here in NY and we are gearing up for some nice warm weather. Today I am sharing some tips and tricks, on a budget of course, to throwing your own backyard beach party!

When our son turned seven, he wanted a Beach Party. My first thought was how am I going to turn our backyard into a beach theme? Well, if you know me, you know my first thought is BUDGET!

Now this party was more (money) that I original wanted to spend, however, there are a ton of “budget” friendly ideas that you can easily duplicate at home.

 

DECOR: 

Centerpiece – I used a recycled large plastic pretzel container, filled it with water, and added blue food coloring. I slapped on a pair of dollar store goggles (you might already have some) and I added a hat from the dollar store. This made a big impact and all were talking about it!

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Cake Stands -- Again, off to the dollar store. I bought 6 of the beach themed sand sifters and hot glued them to a tin can that I had put colored duct tape on (but any craft paper would do). These were so cute in displaying our beach themed cookies.

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Beach Balls -- One of the biggest bangs for the buck, hanging beach balls over the goodie bag table caught everyone’s eye. It was so easy and affordable.

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FOOD:

Sandwiches – Using the Pepperidge Farm goldfish bread you can put tuna or chicken salad on them. I did some with PB&J too.

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Corn Dogs – When I think of the boardwalk or the beach, I go to corndogs in my head. I bought mine in the frozen section, heated them up, and stuck them dog side up in a cute display that I made with wrapping paper and a cardboard box. They were snatched up in 10 mins flat!

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Snack Shack -- If you ask any of the children at the party what they loved the most, most would say “shoveling” their own snacks. Again, using new dollar store buckets with shovels,I put snacks in them, tipped them and the kids were able to help themselves at their leisure! The Snack Shack was just for them. I found sea creature cups in the store for them to fill up.

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ACTIVITIES:

Keeping the kids entertained is so important at a party. It let’s the parents relax a little, too! Besides the obvious of a using sprinklers and kiddie pools, I had a few games planned for the kids that cost next to nothing.

Fill the Bucket -- Using recycled milk jugs (I saved from a few weeks prior), and a dollar store sponge, each team had to soak the sponge in the bucket with water and squeeze out the water into the milk jug. Once the jug was filled, that team was our winner!

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Water Balloon Toss – You can get the parents into this one too!

Sandcastle Building –- if you already have a sandbox – this one is a no brainer!

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Photo Booth -- Now this one I got real creative with, but it did not cost me a lot of money! I wanted to create a “beach’ for the pictures of everyone (and I mean everyone got into the photos).

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Using a backdrop I found at a craft website, and a few play yard bags of sand , the beach was born!

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I had a basket of props for everyone to pick from. They had a great time with this!

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It’s not that hard to pull this party together and celebrate with friends! I hope you found some beachy ideas and until next time friends... hang ten!

Thank you, Melissa, loving the beach photo booth you made with real sand! To learn more about Melissa, visit her at My Party Passion.