FREE St. Patrick's Day Party Printables from Simply Create Designs

by Jillian Leslie on

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Looking to host a St. Patrick's Day party this year? Then take a look at these adorable "Luck of the Irish" free printables Denise at Simply Create Designs made exclusively for us!

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The collection includes: a "Lucky" banner, bottle cap party circles, cupcake toppers, cupcake wrappers, tented cards/food labels, water bottle labels, a 4 leaf clover decoration, two 4x6 table signs, and straw flags.

Download the free St. Patrick's Day printables here!

 

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Thanks, Denise! I'm hoping this collection brings our readers lots of "luck" with their parties!

To learn more about Denise and see all of her designs visit her Simply Create Designs Etsy shop and her Facebook page. Plus check out the amazing parties she's added to our site.

For more party inspiration, check out these St. Patrick's Day parties from our site.

{RECIPE} Lemon Sugar Cookies

by Jillian Leslie on

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We have a crazy big lemon tree in our backyard that is just bursting with lemons. So when I needed to make a quick dessert to bring to my friend Rachelle Doorley's house for dinner (she's the creative force behind Tinkerlab and a very good friend), I couldn't wait to use our lemons.

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Even with adding the lemon icing stripes, these cookies took about 30 minutes from start to finish. They turned out so pretty with the stripes, and were delicious at dinner, sweet, but not too sweet, and with just the right level of lemon punch.

LEMON SUGAR COOKIES

Ingredients:

Makes 2-3 dozen

For the cookies

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks - softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs (or 1 egg + two yolks)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
For the glaze
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon water
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Directions:

Add the flour, salt, and baking powder into a bowl, give a quick mix with a whisk, just enough to evenly distribute the salt and baking powder.

In another bowl, add the softened (room temperature) butter, eggs. sugar, and vanilla. We used 1 whole agg, plus two yolks to try and bring a little extra color to the cookies, but I don't think it is necessary. I would just use two eggs next time. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth -- about a minute. Mix in the zest and lemon juice.

In three or four batches, add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing until incorporated.

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Roll them into one inch balls, pat them down a bit, and placed them on a lightly greased cookie sheet, or use a Silpat.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. I take them out when there just starts to be the slightest hint of browning along the bottom.

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While the cookies are cooling, you can put together the lemon glaze. Put the powdered sugar in a sauce pan over low heat and add the lemon juice. Stir until it is smooth. If it is feeling too thick, you can add a little water. I added a teaspoon of water to mine.

If you don't have piping bags, you can just pour the glaze into a ziplock bag. Pour it into one corner of the ziplock bag and cut a small whole in the opposite corner.

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Squeeze out a few stripes over the cookies. You could also just use a spoon to drizzle the glaze. The glaze will start to harden as it cools, so you should either to do all the cookies at once, or plan to reheat the glaze to soften it again after each batch.

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We have company coming over (read: playdate) so we'll be finishing them up today. Yum!

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{TRENDS} Oscar Parties + Free Printables

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If you're thinking of throwing an Oscar party this year, take a look at these Oscar parties for some great ideas, then print out our free Oscar printables and you're ready to go!

Click on the link or the photo to see the whole party below...

Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams' Oscar Viewing Party

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Crissy's Crafts' Oscars 2012

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Laura's Little Party Oscar viewing party 2012

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Tammy M's Oscar Party

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 For more inspiration, check out these Hollywood themed parties on our site!

FREE Vintage Barbie Party Printables from Printabelle

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One of the most popular themes on our site for girl birthdays is Vintage Barbie parties. Now if you are throwing one, you can use these free Vintage Barbie party printables Michelle at Printabelle designed.

The collection includes: invitations, gift tags, large party circles, "Celebrate" banner (large and small), mini candy bar wrappers, party circles, treat toppers, thank you & menu/place cards, water bottle labels.

Download the free Barbie printables here!

 

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Thank you, Michelle, I think you're going to make a lot of girls happy!

And remember, if you’d like any of these printables personalized, Michelle will do it for $3 per file! To learn more about Michelle and see all the printable collections, head to Printabelle and the Printabelle Facebook page.

For more party inspiration and ideas, check out all these fantastic Barbie parties on our site!

{TRENDS} Gorgeous Ladybug Parties + Free Printables

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Here's an assortment of gorgeous ladybug parties from our site.

This theme work great for girl birthdays, 1st birthdays, and even baby showers. Ladybugs are considered good luck in many cultures, which makes these parties extra special. Plus, you can add lots of cute garden elements to your party, like grass, flowers, watering cans, flower pots, etc.

Also, scroll down to see our set of free ladybug printables to help you decorate your own party!

Click on the photo or link below to see the whole party...

Uche N's Ladybug 1st birthday

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Love the Day's A Little Lady, Ladybug Party

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Helen T's Anya's 1st Birthday

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Mek R's Anya's 1st Birthday

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Suzi W's Ella's Ladybird Party (ladybugs!)

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Jenn R's Adaline's Ladybug Picnic

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Sweet Memories Party Designs' Little Miss Lady Bug

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Jackie S's Sophia's 1st Birthday

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Sweet Soirees' Delilah's 1st Birthday

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And here are our ladybug party printables designed by Printabelle.

The set includes: A  “Ladybug Love” welcome sign, party circles, gift bag circles, gift tags, gift boxes, water bottle labels, mini candy bar labels, “Ladybug Love” banner (big and small), invitations, treat bag toppers, tented cards, thank you cards, bookmarks, and free coloring sheet.

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 For more inspiration, check out all the ladybug parties on our site!

{GIVEAWAY} Win a $50 Gift Certificate from Via Blossom

by Jillian Leslie on

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If you haven't checked out Via Blossom yet, you are in for a treat! Via Blossom sell all the best party decor (glass milk bottles, flowered paper lanterns, pretty cake stands, petite blossom cups... just to name a few of my favorite things)!

I'm excited to announce that one of our lucky readers will receive a $50 gift certificate to their shop. I could seriously go crazy with that!

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Via blossom is the result of two sisters, Cristina and Maggie, joining forces to bring you the most innovative and adorable mini-dessert presentations and party décor.  "We believe that love is in the details and delicious treats should always be accompanied by an exquisite presentation. Our handpicked product selection can be coordinated and mixed and matched to perfection, making party organizing a pleasurable experience."

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To enter the giveaway, just "like" Via Blossom on Facebook below, then leave a comment at the end of this post saying you did it. Easy peasy!

We’ll pick the winner at random on Thursday, February 21st at 10:00 PM (PST).  Any entries after that won’t be considered, sorry. We will use random.org to generate our winner and will notify the winner by email. Open to US residents only. Good luck!

This is a sponsored post.

FREE Bumble Bee Party Printables from Printabelle

by Jillian Leslie on

If you're looking for a cute 1st birthday theme or baby shower theme, how about bumble bees? And now that we're giving away this set of adorable free "Little Honey" bumble bee printables from Michelle at Printabelle, you'll have everything you'll need to make your party sparkle (or at least buzz). :)

The collection includes: invitations, cupcake toppers, gift tags, large party tags, "Little Honey" banner (large and small), mini candy bar wrappers, welcome sign, treat toppers, thank you and menu/place cards and water bottle labels.

Download the free Bumble Bee printables here!

Take a look at the whole collection...

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And here are the individual files...

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And remember, if you’d like any of these printables personalized, Michelle will do it for $3 per file! To learn more about Michelle and see all the printable collections, head to Printabelle and the Printabelle Facebook page.

For more party inspiration and ideas, check out all these sweet bumble bee parties on our site!

 

{DIY} How to Make a Cute Animal Garland

by Jillian Leslie on

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Laurel Stavros from A Bubbly Life, was inspired by this post on Curbly to use little plastic animals to make a garland for a jungle baby shower she threw.  How clever an idea!!
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Here's how she did it...

MATERIALS

  • Plastic animals
  • Small screw eyelets
  • Drill
  • Spray Paint
  • Thin 26 gauge wire for hanging

DIRECTIONS

First, Laurel used a power drill (an exciting moment in her life!) to drill a hole in the middle of the animal, then screwed in an eyelet.

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Next she spray painted her animals, two coats or more were needed.

To hang the garland, she used thin wire so that the animals would stay in place.

And look how great it turned out!

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And here's the garland in action at the baby shower she threw!

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Thank you, Laurel for letting me share your ingenious idea and adorable garland!

To learn more about Laurel and read about all her crafty mommy adventures, head to her blog, A Bubbly Life.

 

 

 

 

{DIY} How to Make a Felt Rose Wreath

by Jillian Leslie on

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I'm always looking for new ways I can decorate my daughter's room, so I thought a simple wreath with felt flowers to hang on her wall would be easy and look sweet. This wreath could also work for a "girly" birthday, baby shower, or even as a Valentine's Day decoration.

MATERIALS

  • Styrofoam ring
  • 1.5" silk ribbon in white
  • 1" silk ribbon in light pink
  • Pins
  • Felt
  • Glue
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INSTRUCTIONS

Use a pin to secure your 1.5 inch white silk ribbon on the side of the wreath that will be the back. Then wrap the ribbon around the ring until it is completely covered. Next use the 1 inch pink silk ribbon to wrap on top.

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To make the flowers, I cut felt into round spirals, then starting at the center of the spiral, I wound the felt until it looked like a rose.

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I secured it with glue. Then used a pin to pin the rose into the wreath. I was able to stick the pin in deep to hide it.

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I made the spirals in different sizes so my flowers would be varied sizes.

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Finally I attached a pink lace ribbon for hanging and glued three hearts I cut out freehand on top.

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I love how it turned out, and so does my daughter, Lainey!

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Mardi Gras Inspirations + FREE Printables

by Jillian Leslie on

Mardi Gras is almost here! To give you some inspiration, take a look at these gorgeous parties (to see the whole party, click the link or the photo), plus scroll down to see free Mardi Gras printables you can download to add some festivity to your celebrations.

Magnolia Creative Company's Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler! 

Great use of paper lanterns and dyed tablecloth to bring the Mardi Gras colors to life!

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Frog Prince Paperie's Mardi Gras Dinner Party

Love this festive Mardi Gras centerpiece and wait until you see the Mardi Gras cupcakes!

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Magnolia Creative Company's Kiddie Krewe Royal Parade Birthday Party

A Mardi Gras birthday party with with it's own parade and a Hollywood twist!

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Free Mardi Gras printables from Love Party Printables, perfect for a party with kids!

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Free Mardi Gras printables from WCC Designs, an entire collection to decorate your party!

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For more inspiration, check out all the Mardi Gras parties on our site!