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EDITABLE Sayings Bubbles and Birthday Ages printable PDF for a Toy Story birthday party – Use as Photo Props or Party Decorations

Baby & Kids, Birthdays, Decorations & Favors, Paper Crafts, Parties & Birthdays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

These editable personalized sayings bubbles & birthday ages printable PDF will help personalize your Toy Story Birthday Party. Yee Haw! I've just added these to my etsy store. Use these personalized sayings bubbles as...EDITABLE Sayings Bubbles and Birthday Ages printable PDF for a Toy Story birthday party – Use as Photo Props or Party Decorations... »
 
 

DIY 1st Birthday Party Theme Idea: Hugs and Kisses XOXO

Baby & Kids, Birthdays, Decorations & Favors, Parties & Birthdays

This DIY 1st birthday party theme shows how a little swatch of fabric can inspire a super cute and unique birthday theme. Liam's "Hugs and Kisses XOXO" 1st birthday theme all started with this...DIY 1st Birthday Party Theme Idea: Hugs and Kisses XOXO... »
 

 

Winnie The Pooh Printable Mini Popcorn Box Template

Baby & Kids, Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Paper Crafts, Parties & Birthdays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

This Winnie The Pooh printable mini popcorn box template will put you "in the mood ...for food." Remember that song? It's from the classic movie “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” available on...Winnie The Pooh Printable Mini Popcorn Box Template... »
 
 

DIY birthday party door decorations from contact paper

Birthdays, Decorations & Favors, Parties & Birthdays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

I decorated our glass front door using white contact paper for Liam's 1st birthday party and loved it so much that I left it up for a week (OK so it was two weeks)....DIY birthday party door decorations from contact paper... »
 

 

Homemade DIY Goodie Bags

Birthdays, Decorations & Favors, Under 1 Hour

I like making homemade DIY goodie bags for birthday parties. Like, maybe too much. My homemade DIY goodie bags tend to be pretty quick and simple, and these DIY goodie bags for Liam's 1st...Homemade DIY Goodie Bags... »
 
 

Fourth of July Kids Crafts: Perler Bead DIY Coasters

Decorations & Favors, Fourth of July, Holidays, Under 1 Hour

This project is sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores This Fourth of July kids crafts idea is so fun that the adults will want to join in too. While flipping through summer craft...Fourth of July Kids Crafts: Perler Bead DIY Coasters... »
 

 

Free printable happy birthday banner

Birthdays, Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Paper Crafts, Parties & Birthdays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

This free printable DIY happy birthday banner sports circles polka dots in blue, orange, red and green. Just print the free printable template, cut out the circles, string and hang. The birthday banner sports...Free printable happy birthday banner... »
 
 

Toy Story Birthday Party Door Decoration

Baby & Kids, Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Parties & Birthdays, Under 1 Hour

This Toy Story personalized sign front door decoration was the perfect yee-haw welcome for Elise's 3rd birthday party. My Buzz Lightyear obsessed daughter, Elise, wanted a Toy Story birthday party. Convenient for me, she...Toy Story Birthday Party Door Decoration... »
 
 

Personalized Sheriff Badges Free Printable {for Toy Story Birthday Party or Cowboy Birthday Party}

Baby & Kids, Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Paper Crafts, Parties & Birthdays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

I made these personalized sheriff badges for my daughter Elise's Toy Story Birthday Party. And that means now they are yours to personalize for your own little sheriff. I'm really excited about these free...Personalized Sheriff Badges Free Printable {for Toy Story Birthday Party or Cowboy Birthday Party}... »
 
 

Favor Idea for Toy Story or Cowboy Birthday Party

Baby & Kids, Decorations & Favors, Parties & Birthdays

Elise's Toy Story Birthday Party favors had a little bit of cowboy yee haw! flair. Aren't these teeny brown cowboy hats impossibly cute? I paired them with red and white gingham oilcloth and white...Favor Idea for Toy Story or Cowboy Birthday Party... »
 
 

Easy DIY Cookie Packaging in 5 Minutes

Christmas, Cookie Recipes, Decorations & Favors, Holidays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Winter

This post is sponsored by Elmer's and X-ACTO. Tis the season for making and gifting cookies. Elise and I are decorating sugar cookies for our friends and neighbors and we're going to package them...Easy DIY Cookie Packaging in 5 Minutes... »
 
 

Thanksgiving napkin rings using recycled brown paper grocery bags

Decorations & Favors, Fall, Holidays, Recycled Crafts, Thanksgiving, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Here are some super easy fall napkin rings using recycled brown paper grocery bags that you can easily make the night before your Thanksgiving feast. And these Thanksgiving napkin rings double as place cards....Thanksgiving napkin rings using recycled brown paper grocery bags... »
 
 

“Stickers” Birthday Party Theme Idea for kids {with free custom sticker templates}

Baby & Kids, Decorations & Favors, Invitations & Cards, Paper Crafts, Parties & Birthdays

Looking around our house it's clear that "stickers" was the perfect theme for Elise's second birthday party. Last year it was monkeys and bananas but like many kids her age Elise is a sticker...“Stickers” Birthday Party Theme Idea for kids {with free custom sticker templates}... »
 
 

Free Thanksgiving craft project tutorials: The DIY Round Up

Decorations & Favors, Free Patterns, Holidays, Home, Paper Crafts

Thanksgiving is around the corner so I thought I'd round up some of my favorite Thanksgiving free craft project tutorials. First: Some easy ways to dress up your turkey table this Thanksgiving with napkin...Free Thanksgiving craft project tutorials: The DIY Round Up... »
 
 

Printable free bubble labels for party favors

Baby & Kids, Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Parties & Birthdays

I made these yellow and pink bubble labels to coordinate with Elise's 1st birthday party theme - Pink Monkey and Bananas. Elise just loves bubbles - she has a little menagerie of "bubba" blowers...Printable free bubble labels for party favors... »
 
 

Pink monkey printable birthday party hat for kids

Baby & Kids, Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Paper Crafts, Parties & Birthdays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

I made this pink monkey birthday hat for Elise to wear on her 1st birthday. She was a good sport about it and I think she looked adorable especially when she dug into her...Pink monkey printable birthday party hat for kids... »
 
 

Happy 1st Birthday Banner Free Printable Hanging Sign – customizable

Baby & Kids, Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Paper Crafts, Parties & Birthdays, Under 1 Hour

I made this "Happy 1st Birthday Elise" pink and yellow hanging birthday banner for Elise's pink monkey and bananas birthday party. I hung it over our living room curtains using three kinds of ribbon...Happy 1st Birthday Banner Free Printable Hanging Sign – customizable... »
 
 

Pink Monkey and Bananas Kid’s 1st Birthday Party Idea and Free Printable Templates

Baby & Kids, Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Paper Crafts, Parties & Birthdays

I was totally stumped trying to think of birthday party theme ideas for Elise's 1st birthday. And then Shane suggested having a Pink Monkey and Bananas 1st birthday party theme and it just felt...Pink Monkey and Bananas Kid’s 1st Birthday Party Idea and Free Printable Templates... »
 
 

Halloween luminaries from recycled baby formula cans

Decorations & Favors, Halloween, Holidays, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

It's well-documented that I'm a pack rat when it comes to items I think could have another life. When Elise transitioned from breast milk to formula, I was amazed at how we flew through...Halloween luminaries from recycled baby formula cans... »
 
 

Sparkless sparklers for kids for the Fourth of July using chopsticks, ribbon and party garland

Baby & Kids, Decorations & Favors, Fourth of July, Holidays, Recycled Crafts, Summer, Under 1 Hour

This original Fourth of July craft was created for Daily Candy Kids. Welcome, Daily Candy readers! I mourn sparklers. The City of Chicago banned sparklers in 2007 joining most other ousted fireworks. Yes,...Sparkless sparklers for kids for the Fourth of July using chopsticks, ribbon and party garland... »
 
 

Thanksgiving Retro Embossed Label Maker Placecards

Decorations & Favors, Fall, Holidays, Invitations & Cards, Thanksgiving, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Vintage Inspired

When Shane told me that he wanted to host our sixth annual Thanksgiving dinner I didn't quite know what to say. Baby Elise was born on October 20th and I was crazy sore and...Thanksgiving Retro Embossed Label Maker Placecards... »
 
 

Paper and Fabric Leaf Fall Wreath

Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Home, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Happy Fall! I love this time of year ...changing leaves, football, pumpkins, cider, late-afternoon sunshine, scarves. And fun fall crafting, of course. This paper wreath took me all of about 15 minutes to make...Paper and Fabric Leaf Fall Wreath... »
 
 

Fourth of July Felt and Button Star Napkin Rings

Decorations & Favors, Free Patterns, Holidays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

These no-sew felt 4th of July napkin rings really brightened up Shane's Fourth of July Birthday BBQ - no sewing machine required! And yep, I realize I'm a bit on napkin rings kick ...first...Fourth of July Felt and Button Star Napkin Rings... »
 
 

Beeswax cookie cutter personalized birthday candles

Decorations & Favors, Parties & Birthdays

Last year I made a personalized birthday rhubarb berry pie for Shane's annual 4th of July birthday barbecue. So this year I wanted to make something equally festive ...but keep the baking to a...Beeswax cookie cutter personalized birthday candles... »
 
 

Recycled Fabric Napkin Rings from Saran Wrap Tubes

Decorations & Favors, Earth Day, Free Patterns, Home, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

I made this fabric napkin rings recycled craft from an empty Saran Wrap tube. A few months ago I was getting ready to throw away an empty Saran Wrap box and happened to notice...Recycled Fabric Napkin Rings from Saran Wrap Tubes... »
 
 

Vodka Infusion Party and Hangover Cure Favor

Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Inspiration, Parties & Birthdays, Recipes

Za Vas! Heather Crosby and I continued the Upper Crust Social Club event series by co-hosting a Russian-inspired vodka infusion party. Guests brought their own homemade vodka infusions ...such a range of tasty concoctions...Vodka Infusion Party and Hangover Cure Favor... »
 
 

Handsewn fabric tea bags for loose tea favors

Decorations & Favors, DIY Gift Ideas, Free Patterns, Parties & Birthdays, Recipes, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

I'm posting the free tutorial for how to make sewn fabric teabags for loose tea by request. Jessica Mullen wrote: "I saw your beautiful photos from the tea party and I have a quick...Handsewn fabric tea bags for loose tea favors... »
 
 

Shrinky Dink Rabbit’s Foot Napkin Ring Keychain Favor

Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Parties & Birthdays, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

This is one of those craft projects that I just love. A little throwback, a little whimsical ...and totally original. The idea for Shrinky Dink rabbit's foot napkin rings that double as keychain favors...Shrinky Dink Rabbit’s Foot Napkin Ring Keychain Favor... »
 
 

Upper Crust Social Club Ladies’ Late-Night Tea Party

Decorations & Favors, Inspiration, Parties & Birthdays, Recipes, Showers

My ever-so-creative friend and frequent partner-in-crime Heather Crosby came up with a festive idea that encapsulates the two things we like best -- making things and spending time with friends -- by creating the...Upper Crust Social Club Ladies’ Late-Night Tea Party... »
 
 

Felt leaf napkin rings and placecards for Thanksgiving

Decorations & Favors, Fall, Free Patterns, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Thanksgiving, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

This is our fifth year hosting Thanksgiving in Chicago for the twelve members of our joint families. Each year we try to do something slightly different for food and table decor. I constrained myself...Felt leaf napkin rings and placecards for Thanksgiving... »
 
 

Urban wreath for fall using Polaroids

Decorations & Favors, Holidays, Home, Recycled Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Vintage Inspired

My friend Heather Crosby and I have creative chemistry. Whenever we get together we build on each other's ideas until it becomes something totally original. Heather came over for dinner last week toting stacks...Urban wreath for fall using Polaroids... »
 
 

Fourth of July Waterproof Coasters

Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

More decor for our upcoming Fourth of July - slash - Shane's birthday BBQ. I took Martha's Fourth of July parasols and turned them into a neat matching Fourth of July waterproof coasters. Supplies:...Fourth of July Waterproof Coasters... »
 
 

Fourth of July Paper Napkin Rings

Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Holidays, Paper Crafts, Under $10, Under 1 Hour

Shane's birthday is the Fourth of July so today I started to make some fun decorations for him. Martha Stewart has a super cute Fourth of July paper napkin ring template on her website....Fourth of July Paper Napkin Rings... »
 
 

High School Themed Engagement Party

Decorations & Favors, Inspiration, Parties & Birthdays, Weddings

Hostess Heather Crosby had a blast from the past throwing a high school themed engagement party for her brother Chad and bride-to-be Shayda who met back in their teens. Starting with a handwritten ‘Secret...High School Themed Engagement Party... »
 
 

Friday Inspiration: Turquoise and orange

Decorations & Favors, Inspiration, Weddings

I love the combination of turquoise and orange that Anne-Marie Rosser and Adam Whipple used for their intimate outdoor wedding reception on a Chicago terrace. Anne-Marie started with turquoise tablecloths and crisp white linen...Friday Inspiration: Turquoise and orange... »
 
 

Entertaining ideas from PenCarlson

Decorations & Favors, Parties & Birthdays

Our wedding photographers, Kiri and Brett of PenCarlson Photography, hosted a bright and cheery open house on Sunday for their new Chicago photography studio. Height is always good with buffets but I've never seen...Entertaining ideas from PenCarlson... »
 
 

Whimisical wedding “altar” from strung flowers

Decorations & Favors, Inspiration, Recycled Crafts, Weddings

One of the biggest challenges of getting married in a "non-traditional" space is that the backdrop might look a too plain or stark during your ceremony. We got married in a Chicago loft space...Whimisical wedding “altar” from strung flowers... »
 
 

Gourmet Popcorn Bar

Decorations & Favors, Edible Gift Recipes, Kid-friendly Recipes, Parties & Birthdays, Recipes, Snack Recipes

As part of my Rooftop Outdoor Movie Night Birthday Party I created a gourmet popcorn bar. It was a big hit! Supplies: 8.5"x11" red and yellow paper Admit One tickets (at Party City) Paper...Gourmet Popcorn Bar... »
 
 

Placecards / escort cards / seating cards

Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Paper Crafts, Parties & Birthdays, Weddings

Here's a simple placecard design that's equally at home at weddings and showers or the Thanksgiving dinner table. Fabric edges are intentionally left raw to enhance the Holly Hobbie, handmade vibe. Supplies: Kathy's free...Placecards / escort cards / seating cards... »
 
 

Table numbers sewn with poppy flowers and leaves

Decorations & Favors, Free Printable, Paper Crafts, Sewing Projects, Weddings

If you're like me table numbers are probably one of the last details that you're thinking about. But they can be a key way to dress up and personalize your tables. I sewed the...Table numbers sewn with poppy flowers and leaves... »
 
 

Guest towels for bathrooms

Decorations & Favors, DIY Gift Ideas, Home, Sewing Projects, Under $10, Under 1 Hour, Weddings

This is the detail that got the most comments from my wedding guests. My friends said it was 'typical Kathy' to personalize even the bathroom towels. But this crafty activity is something you can...Guest towels for bathrooms... »
 
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