“Crack Me” Egg Invitations

These egg invitations are great for any kind of party!

I have made them for a cute baby shower, shared the idea for a friend’s wedding, and now created a handful to invite our closest friends and family to Jaxson’s Dino-Mite celebration!

STOMP! CHOMP! ROAR! Jaxson is turning 4! Hooray!

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Materials Needed:

Step 1: Blow out the eggs. This is something that I personally did and can take some time to do. I will have to talk about the full details of that process another time, but basically you punch a small hole on both ends of the egg and blow all the yolk out through one side. You can buy pre-blown eggs from several sellers online. To fit the invitation into the egg, I had to make the hole a little larger, and the invites were roughly 2in x 4 in and were rolled to fit in the hole.

Step 2: Fold the boxes. Quick and easy to fold! They were the perfect size for my project.

Step 3: Stamp your message on the inside of the lid. Or outside! The great thing about these Kraft Boxes is you can decorate them in millions of ways! For this specific project I stamped “Crack Me” that way our party guests would have to crack the egg to find the invitation.

Step 4: Add a small bit of Deco Moss to the box to be the cushion for your egg.

Step 5: Close the box with moss and egg inside, tie the twine or string around your box to hold it all in place!

 

Be sure to leave a comment or share your own “Crack Me” egg invitations!

30 fall fun activities!

fall is here! so get out there and enjoy that crisp, cool air and all the beautiful colors!

i love fall and i love to make lists, so i thought i would share my to-do list for others to use! i make a new one for every season. it helps me keep track of all the fun things i want to do with Jax. we hang it on our refrigerator or somewhere we will always see it, that way it motivates us to do them! we have completed a few things from our list already, but we still have many more to check off. we hope you enjoy! be sure to check out my Pinterest for even more great fall DIY ideas!

leave a comment and tell us what some of your favorite fall activities are!

 

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  1. visit the state fair  
  2. make caramel apples
  3. pumpkin patch 
  4. make homemade chili
  5. go apple picking
  6. friendsgiving
  7. take family photos
  8. go to a corn maze
  9. drive alpine loop
  10. go on a hayride
  11. eat pumpkin pie
  12. watch football 
  13. go trick or treating!
  14. make s’mores
  15. oktoberfest
  16. bake chocolate chip pumpkin cookies
  17. carve pumpkins!
  18. have a bonfire
  19. drink pumpkin spiced lattes
  20. throw a halloween party
  21. drink apple cider
  22. make pumpkin spice krispie treats
  23. apple art with Jax!
  24. go to wheeler farm
  25. Boo at the Zoo
  26. gingerbread haunted houses
  27. witchfest at gardner village
  28. go to the farmer’s market
  29. park silly 
  30. make a thankful list

DIY Candy Kabobs

SPOILER ALERT!

since the theme for Jaxxy’s party is “Young, Wild, and Three” i decided to throw a lot of “wild” things in to the mix. not jungle wild, but crazy-thinking, wild. wild as in nothing-really-fits-a-theme, wild.

one of my additions to the upcoming party was DIY candy kabobs. they are fun, colorful, and SO easy for anyone to make! + no grilling experience necessary!  i couldn’t wait to share it, so i had to post before his party this upcoming Saturday!

Items Needed:

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Directions:

  1. take one of your skewers and get it wet with your water. i found this to be an effective step, because the candies would get stuck or not drag down as easily if i didn’t add water first.
  2. with pointy side up, slide candy pieces down your skewer. leave a little room at the bottom to hold the skewer.
  3. continue sliding candies down, and applying water as needed to the skewer, until your skewer is full. i placed a star at the top of each of ours so the party goers wouldn’t get poked!
  4. place each skewer in one of your treat bags and tie the end tightly so your candies don’t get dried out.

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you can add all kinds of candy to fit your theme which makes it fun for any party!

i am getting so excited for jaxson’s party, i cannot even stand it! #3moredays!! Xo

 

Pig Roasts and Piñatas

if you have been following along through my previous posts, you will notice that my Pinata making has come hand in hand with trial and error. they are not perfect. they are messy. they are bumpy. they are perfectly imperfect.

nowadays, people like to use cardboard to create fantastic shapes, and i am still over here using good old flour and water mixtures.

both are great.

so now i would like to introduce you to the luau pinata pig.

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Winston was created for Jaxson’s second birthday party, the backyard Luau. the theme of this birthday was Hawaiian luau style.

luau= pig roast.

no, no. i didn’t have a giant pig roasting in the backyard for his party (though i considered it), but i did create things that fit the “pig roast” theme.

i knew i wanted a pig pinata. i was even going to throw the apple in it’s mouth to make it more fun, but decided not to go that far, for the kids.

how to make a Pig pinata:

materials:

1 balloon
6 toilet paper rolls (or you can use paper towel rolls)
pink paint/sponge paint brush
paper
black sharpie or other marker
scissors
glue or tape

 

  1. i started by blowing up the balloon, tying off the end, and taping the tied end of the balloon down into a coffee mug.
  2. next, i ripped up pieces of newspaper into thin strips that i would use to create the mold of my piñata.
  3. i then mixed flour and water to create my paste. i used 1 cups flour to 3 cups water. (add more water or flour to create your desired consistency). i made sure it wasn’t too watery, however. you want to make sure the paste is a little thicker.
  4. i took a strip of newspaper and dipped it into the paste, ran the paper through my index and middle finger to squeeze off an excess paste, and placed it on my balloon, overlapping each strip slightly so there were no spaces between each paper piece. i continued this process until the balloon was entirely covered.
  5. i let this dry and harden for several hours and then did another layer, and another. i continued to move the balloon around so i was covering all sides of the balloon except for where it was tied.
  6. once i added all of my layers evenly, i decided which side would be the “belly” of my pig and laid that side up. i grabbed 4 of my toilet paper cardboard rolls and placed them where i wanted the legs of the pig to sit. i attached them with tape and some of my paper mache mixture and let it dry. I did that a few times until they were hard enough to stand alone sturdy without falling. i covered the bottom of each roll so the holes were closed. i used paper mache mixture for that as well.
  7. once our pig could stand on his own 4 legs, i flipped him over and added the ears and snout using the last 2 toilet paper rolls. for the snout, with my toilet paper roll sitting vertically, i cut it in half horizontally then took each half and cut a slit in it so it was a “C” shape. I connected both of my “C” shapes together using tape and attached it to the front of the pig’s face using more tape and paper mache. I covered the front of the nose with a piece of paper, by cutting a circle out to my paper and attaching it with more tape and paper mache. for the ears, i took our other toilet paper roll and cut that in half horizontally just as i did for the snout. i took each piece and cut out ear shapes. i connected those to the pig using more tape and paper mache mix. i took another piece of my paper and made a little tail. i twisted up paper and made a little curvy tail.
  8. once all the pieces of the pig had hardened, using a few layers of paper mache, i painted the pig with pink paint. i painted over it a few times so you could no longer see the newspaper coming through.
  9. once the paint was dry, i added the eyes, nostrils on the snout, and a little smile.
  10. i added a homemade paper lei. directions on how to make those flowers can be found here on Lia Griffith.

Jaxson named him Winston. i completed making him a few weeks before his 2nd birthday party and jaxson was in love with him. he would talk to him and pretend to feed him. i almost backed out on using him for the party because i was worried jax would be heartbroken when he was broken apart by all the mini party goers but he wasn’t. he was first up and ready to swing!

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along with Winston the pig, we also had some pig roasts. and they were DELICIOUS!

how to make pig roasts:

materials:

pig mold ( similar found here on Amazon.com)
pink Wilton chocolate candy melts (found here)
pretzel rods

  1. melt the chocolate in a bowl until it is melted. use a spoon to mix and melt a little more if necessary. CAUTION: it can get very hot, so be careful. i just melted mine in the microwave.
  2. pour the melted candy into your molds and lightly tap so that you get air bubbles out.
  3. once you feel like most of the bubbles have surfaced, lay a pretzel rod horizontally across the mold and pour a little more over the pretzel. twist the rod until the candy is attached to the rod and the candy in the mold and place in the fridge for about an hour.
  4. once they have hardened, bend the edges and carefully pop your pig mold out.

i had to cut my molds so that i could lay the rods across each one without bumping into each other. i placed each pretzel rod and candy mold in a cellophane bag, tied off the end, and added a little printed note that says “pig roast”. these were a huge hit and everyone was asking for more!

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this time last year was very hectic for us. we had jaxson’s birthday, an august Bahamas trip, and selling our home all back to back. we were just go, go, go. i don’t know where i found the time to pull off his 2nd birthday backyard luau, but i did it!

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1st Water Birthday Bash

because he was only turning 1, i had several people ask my why i was making such a big deal about his birthday party.

well… hi, my name is rachael.

  1. everything always has to be MY way and a huge production. go big or go home! i have always loved to plan and celebrate things. i am currently in process of becoming a certified party and event planner. i even helped plan my own baby shower.. yup! that happened.
  2. my little human has an extremely large family, ranging from infants to seniors. cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends. the list is long! sometimes it is hard for me to  keep up, and i just wanted everyone to enjoy it! it was important that they all had fun and helped participate in celebrating the life of jax. my creative mind could not imagine his first birthday party being in a living room with everyone sitting in a circle starting at him… no way!

so to start this birthday bash, i had to come up with an awesome invitation idea! that is the first thing my party goers would see, so i had to make sure they got excited right away!

i found a place online that made custom order printed balloons. i knew that was exactly what i wanted. you can find similar ones here. i decided what i wanted the balloons to say and ordered! i was so excited when i received that package on my doorstep!

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i took each of the balloons and attached them to a little 4×6 piece of thicker craft paper by poking two holes on either side of the balloons end and looping the string through, tying a bow at the end to hold it in place!

i then used some letter stamps that i found in the dollar section of Target to provide directions. i stamped out the words “Blow Me Up” and sent them off in cute little envelopes to all of Jaxson’s party guests!

weather in july is HOT here in utah, so i knew immediately that i wanted to have a water party. i love the outdoors and want to be outside any chance i get! because it is so hot, i ordered a blow up slide, dunk tank and a shaved ice machine from Plan-it rentals. i love that they are local and offer tons of items for rent that make any party more exciting!

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i purchased green paper bags from Zurchers party store, and printed a little label that said “thank you for making a splash at Jaxson’s 1st birthday bash!” and attached each one with a string.

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Costco is one of my favorite places to go for cakes.. not so much for the decorations, but i love the big sheet cakes that they make + they taste amazing!!

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next, i had to get a piñata.

i must have you know, i have a thing for pineapples. actually, more than a “thing”. i love them. love is an understatement. i am straight OBSESSED. i have a whole board dedicated to them on Pinterest called “Pineapple Love“. i just love the look of them and try to incorporate them in every party! so, i searched high and low, all over the internet land, trying to find a pineapple piñata but none of them were quite what i was looking for. so finally, i searched on Pinterest and found a few cute ideas for DIY piñatas and i decided i was crafty enough to make my own. again, you might ask”why make your own when you can buy one?” please refer to explanations #1 and #2 and the top of the page. ha! i couldn’t find one that matched that picture in my head so i wasn’t going to stop until i had exactly what i wanted.

check in tomorrow to find my DIY Pineapple piñata instructions! Xo

 

Simply Party Planning

i love to party.

events and celebrations are my favorite. bright decorations, delicious food, good company, and lots of fun! people always ask me how i do it? what steps do i take to planning a party? here are a few:

  1. come up with a theme– first determine what kind of event you are hosting. baby shower, wedding, birthday party, bbq. the list goes on and on.  and then determine if there is a “theme”? themes help you set the map for food, decor, and everything else to make your event perfect!
  2. make the guest list- figure out how many guests you have coming. this will help determine what kind of venue you need, how much food to prepare, and other details leading up to the big day.
  3. choose a venue– now that you have your theme and a list of how many guests are invited (i usually plan on at least 50% showing up, but make sure to be prepared if everyone decides to show up!) it’s time to decide where are you going to hold your event. my favorite place is always a backyard. it is so relaxed and creates a friendly, fun environment. luckily, i have an amazing grandfather that has an amazing back yard! it has came through for every one of jaxson’s birthday parties thus far. make sure to determine if your venue can hold all of your guests. you want your guests to have plenty of room to move freely, sit, eat, and be comfortable.
  4. start brainstorming– this is my favorite part. decorations, food, music, games, prizes, etc. this is where the magic happens. when planning an event, Pinterest is my best friend. i can literally search for a “flying pig party” (really! i’ve done it before) and it will bring up a bunch of related items. some work, some don’t. but it ignites a fire in my creative brain and allows me to come up with my own ideas. i like create a board on Pinterest and start pinning anything i love or can use for that specific event. TIP: make sure you are only pinning things you are seriously considering doing, otherwise your board will be filled with things that you have to sort through again and determine what to use. TRUST ME! I GET IT. IT’S HARD. I PIN A MILLION THINGS ON PINTEREST EVERY DAY, I SWEAR! i write down exactly what i want on paper as well, that way i know exactly what is going on that day.
  5. send out invites– once you have your theme and venue picked, get your invites! my favorite place to go for invites is Etsy.com. there are so many invitation options on there, and some sellers can even make a custom one for you if you request a specific them. sometimes i get really creative with jaxson’s invites, and sometimes i just stick to the basics. some words on a card. both work fantastic and it really just depends on how creative you are feeling that day!
  6. day before– depending on the venue, i like to go start decorating and getting things ready the day before the party. this helps me plan all the last minute details out and determine what i want, where. everything else is normally the day of. decor, food, set up. it’s finally time. my nerves are high and i am running around like a crazy lady, making sure i have everything i need.
  7. PARTY!– when all is said and done, just enjoy the party. sit back, relax, and enjoy the work of art you put together. it’s not a party if you aren’t having fun!

planning is definitely a process. i put a lot of time and effort in to each party i am planning. but, at the end of the day, everyone telling me what an amazing time they had makes it all worth it.

have fun party planning, party animals! Xo

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Cacti Sunday

sometimes i get a wild hair and need to do something creative immediately.

today was that day.

i have been seeing so many cacti and succulent gardens on Pinterest. a friend posted some pictures of beautiful wild cacti on her Instagram and that was it. I HAD TO MAKE ONE.

i visited Walmart and found a wide selection of cacti, soil, and a white potting bowl to put my cacti in.

the scary part was planting these babies. i got pricked a bunch of times. even with gloves on! please note, i am not a professional cacti planter so there may be an easier way to do this!

i started in the middle and worked my way to the outside.

i love how it turned out and I think it adds the best pops of color that are perfect for summer!

i hope you enjoy making your own pops-of-color cacti gardens!! Xo

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