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DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Dress using your Cricut

September 15, 2017

This DIY American Girl Doll birthday dress is perfect for any 18″ doll celebrating her big day. DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut Maker

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I teamed up with Rudy from the blog and YouTube channel, American Girl Ideas, to bring you some awesome party ideas for American Girl dolls using our Cricut Maker. She makes the most amazing things for your American Girl doll. When I met her at the Cricut Make-a-Thon in August, she had a mini Cricut for these dolls and I was blown away.

But, if you read my blog, you know that I’m not much of a seamstress. This DIY American Girl birthday dress was more for my daughter than it was for me. I tried to get the best shots as I could while I made this but it was rough. Of course you can use whatever you have on hand and whatever colors you want.

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DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut MakerDIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut MakerI grabbed a roll of tulle from Michaels and measured about 4 yards. I folded the tulle in half so that it was still 6″ wide. I used some binding clips to hold the pink trim on while I sewed it on. Once you’re done, you’ll have a long pocket about 2 yards long that you can put your mini pom poms inside. I also had little “Happy Birthday” quotes on the inside cut out of glitter paper. If you choose this, scatter them first rather than clumping them in the corner. I clumped them in the corner.DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut MakerPour the pom poms into the tulle pocket and then set your sewing machine so that your tulle will ruffle. To do this, place your bobbin thread to the tightest setting. For me this is 9. Then you’ll place your top thread to the largest setting, for me this is 5. So you’ll have the bottom thread tight and the top thread loose. Place your tulle into the machine and ruffle the edge. This will make it long enough to fit onto the dress pattern from Design Space.DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut MakerNext, put together the dress pattern according to the directions. It’s pretty straightforward except the top of the straps. I could not figure that out so I just hand stitched them together so it didn’t look like the mess it really was.DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut MakerFor the bottom, I attached the blue fabric so that it would be facing outwards under the tulle. I then attached the tulle to the other tab of the fabric. It’s not the way it’s supposed to be done but hopefully you can tell by the photo how to do it. For the back of the tulle, I sewed it together before I stitched up the back.DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut MakerA lot of my sewing is me trying to figure it out while I go along. It’s not something I’m proud of but I’m working on it. I definitely learn better by watching so sometimes I assume you guys do too.DIY American Girl Doll Birthday Outfit created with the Cricut MakerI also just sewed the back seam together which made it a little tricky getting it onto our Maryellen doll but it’s for one day a year that she gets to wear it so I’ll just shove her in it. Hell or high-water, she’s going to wear that dang dress for her birthday!

Birthday Parties - Kids

Have a Splashin’ Summer plus a free printable

July 10, 2017

Create this fun summer gift with some water balloons and a free printable.Water balloon gift and free summer printable I got to share these over at Design Dazzle a few weeks ago and I wanted to share them here too! My kids love summer and what better way to delight them then to have them throw stuff at each other? These water balloon free printables are the perfect little something kids need to boost them in the summer months. To make these are simple and you only need a few items.
Create a fun waterballoon gift with this free printable-1
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Click on the free printable and print them off. I added two holes to the top of the printable and looped my ribbon inside. I then attached the water balloons and tied a bow. You can choose how you want to tie it but I just did what was easiest for me. Create a fun waterballoon gift with this free printable-1-2 Create a fun waterballoon gift with this free printable-1-3 You can use twine or thick ribbon like I did but the fun in free printables is making them your own. This denim ribbon is from The Container Store when they had their Christmas ribbon up. That’s when I love to load up on the different ribbons that I use all year round. Paper Source is also a great place for ribbons.Create a fun waterballoon gift with this free printable-1-4Water balloon gift and free summer printable There it is. Have so much fun and be sure to have a Splashin’ Summer!

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Throw a Moana Birthday Party

June 7, 2017

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Leila just turned 7 and she requested a Moana birthday party to bring out her Polynesian pride. I was happy to do that for her and I’m happy to see her embrace her Tongan roots.Moana Party Ideas-1-12Oriental Trading provided us with all the Moana gear. I didn’t want to go full on Disney, so I held back on a few of the licensed images and created some of my own.  I found some images of Maui online and printed them on Tattoo Paper from Expressions Vinyl. My Cricut could not read the registration marks on the paper because of the sheen so I just had my husband cut them out. Moana Party Ideas-1-10Moana Party Ideas-1-11These fun flamingo drink holders held a bucket of flower candy, sunglasses, a pineapple sucker and a crepe paper hibiscus flower for their right ear. I  made chocolate lava candy using candy melts and a pyramid silicone tray. Just place the brown candy melts in the tray and microwave until they’re melted. Let them set and then pop them out. In a squeeze bottle add red candy melts and squeeze over the top to simulate lava.Moana Party Ideas-1-9Moana Party Ideas-1-4 Moana Party Ideas-1-6These pineapple cups were all the rage. The girls were obsessed with them. I used a mini grass skirt for the wrapping around the table. Each of the girls got a mean slice of cake and devoured it with their wooden forks. I placed the forks on their own faux palm leaves which add the perfect island touch. Moana Party Ideas-1-8The cake was a MESS! I let it stay out of the fridge too long and it got too soft before I put the faux moss on it. It was a store-bought cake and I used this recipe to make the cake look like Te Fiti. I found these Pop figurines from Michaels and the topper is from My Minds Eye and I got it at Zurchers.Moana Party Ideas-1 Moana Party Ideas-1-2I decided to pre-make some slime so I didn’t have to deal with 10 girls getting dirty. I used some foam slime ballz from Flora-Craft that I got from them and I used their easy recipe. I grabbed these dollar jars from Michaels where they had the rest of the slime materials. I added some stickers from some Moana clipartMoana Party Ideas-1-14 Moana Party Ideas-1-13We had a water balloon fight and the boys had to retire early cause they forget girls can’t take that force. The kids had so much fun at this Moana birthday party. They left with lots of goodies and they left with one of my favorites, this pineapple filled with jelly beans.Moana Party Ideas-1-3

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Baby Malakai - Birthday Parties - Party Time

The Boy Who Lived – A Harry Potter First Birthday Party

October 11, 2016

*This post does contain affiliate links, thanks for your support.Celebrate 'The Boy Who Lived' with these Harry Potter birthday party ideas.Malakai had so much fun at his Harry Potter birthday party. What a better way to celebrate “The Boy Who Lived” than incorporating Harry Potter. We had lots of good ideas thanks to other Harry Potter birthday parties that have been thrown by others but it was fun to put a little spin on it.
Celebrate 'The Boy Who Lived' with these Harry Potter birthday party ideas.

I just cut the top off of some greenery I grabbed from Ikea and glues it to the top of the babies heads. I used red velvet cake but you can get any kind you want. I especially love these Butterbeer Cupcakes from Sugar & Soul. I spread it with cream cheese frosting and dipped it in some brown sprinkles. You could also ground up some Oreos and dip them in to have it look like dirt.
Celebrate 'The Boy Who Lived' with these Harry Potter birthday party ideas. I got these Honeydukes chocolate bar labels from Etsy here. They’re printable and a no brainer. They fit perfectly on Hershey bars.Celebrate 'The Boy Who Lived' with these Harry Potter birthday party ideas. Celebrate 'The Boy Who Lived' with these Harry Potter birthday party ideas. We had our local bakery make a replica of Hagrid’s cake and had them personalize it. I also especially love the Gryffindor smash cake. They just used a printable paper and I attached the little snitch on top. I also bought some paper stars that just added a pop to the Harry Potter table. They’re actual pages out of the book folded into tiny stars and they’re adorable. Grab them hereCelebrate 'The Boy Who Lived' with these Harry Potter birthday party ideas. Get Away Today was a huge help in bringing all the decorations together. They had some Harry Potter candy from the original Honeydukes for us. They also lent us their Sorting Hat and scarves for our photo booth. I used some printable snitch wings and attached them onto some Ferrero Rocher candies and yum…
Celebrate 'The Boy Who Lived' with these Harry Potter birthday party ideas.Celebrate 'The Boy Who Lived' with these Harry Potter birthday party ideas.

Celebrate 'The Boy Who Lived' with these Harry Potter birthday party ideas.Celebrate 'The Boy Who Lived' with these Harry Potter birthday party ideas.Celebrate 'The Boy Who Lived' with these Harry Potter birthday party ideas.Grab the balloons here and grab the confetti here. I just stuffed the confetti into the clear balloons and then took them to my local party store to fill up.


Celebrate 'The Boy Who Lived' with these Harry Potter birthday party ideas. Celebrate 'The Boy Who Lived' with these Harry Potter birthday party ideas.I used the large cauldron for drinks, the medium for the Harry Potter photo booth props and the small one to hold the extra candy along with the prop Harry Potter glasses. You can see Malakai’s Harry Potter Snitch invitation here.


I grabbed a lot of candies and props for the Diagon Alley area of the party from Oriental Trading.  Celebrate 'The Boy Who Lived' with these Harry Potter birthday party ideas.here, here, here
The skull statue and the beakers are all from Michaels and I grabbed dowels, hot glue and brown spray paint while I was there and made some fun homemade wands. I got all the table linens from Oriental Trading as well.Celebrate 'The Boy Who Lived' with these Harry Potter birthday party ideas. Celebrate 'The Boy Who Lived' with these Harry Potter birthday party ideas. Celebrate 'The Boy Who Lived' with these Harry Potter birthday party ideas.

Baby Malakai - Birthday Parties - Party Time

Harry Potter Birthday Party Invitation

September 21, 2016

Harry Potter birthday invitations made fancySo Malakai’s first birthday is coming up on the 30th so I found the perfect Snitch invitations to go along with theme of his birthday which is “The Boy Who Lived”. Harry Potter birthday invitations made fancyHe was Harry Potter for his first Halloween so I thought it was only fitting to find him a Harry Potter birthday party invitation. I don’t have time to make them so I ordered some for pictures and props and everyone else just gets an e-vite. 😉Harry Potter birthday invitations made fancyI found the Harry Potter birthday party invitation on Etsy and you can buy them HERE because they’re awesome!Harry Potter birthday invitations made fancyYou just slam them down to crack and they reveal the invite of the Harry Potter Birthday Party Invitation for Malakai’s first birthday party. So excited.Harry Potter birthday invitation made fancyAnd if you’re headed to Universal Studios any time soon, book with Get Away Today.

Birthday Parties

Easy Football Party Ideas for Kids

July 8, 2016

Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party My Siaki looooves Football. ‘Mr. Touchdown’ had an awesome season and he soon discovered O’dell Beckhams sweet catch from the Super Bowl a few years ago. They even have a term that if you catch something that looks like it took a difficult stretch, you O’delled it. For his 8th birthday we threw him a New York Giants football party as a bit of a nod to his new found O’dell obsession.  Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party I found these fun football helmet and ball shaped cookie cutters and made some extra buttery Rice Krispie treats and cut them out. I used these trays from Oriental Trading. Next time I’ll line them with parchment so that we can reuse them later. Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party We did ice cream and cake after the kids came home from seeing Zootopia in the theaters. I got them all sugared up and sent them home to their parents. You’re welcome!Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party I used some Hazel and Ruby scalloped washi tape to create the laces on my pitcher. I filled it with root beer so that it gives me the brown look of the ball. Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party All these fun plates, napkins, balloons and garland are all from Oriental Trading. Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl Party I grabbed these slap bracelets from OT and the kids went crazy for them. I kind of loved them too. It brought me back to my days at Beaverton Elementary and I’d use my $.25 to buy a slap bracelet at the school store. Create a simple football party for kids and adults alike. Perfect for a Superbowl PartyI love these football party ideas and they’re perfect for the Super Bowl too. All these decorations could be used to represent any football team. 

Birthday Parties

A Fun Unicorn Party

June 23, 2016

unicorn party ideas grahicAre you looking for some fun unicorn party ideas? Look no further. Leila turned 6 recently and we wanted to have a small party for her and some girlfriends. We went to our favorite bakery and just had them make us a unicorn cake using a lot they had on hand.

I have had sculptured cakes in the past but I learned that kids don’t need that. It’s mainly for pictures that the parents want it. It can be worth it and I have seen awesome cakes made but that money can be spent elsewhere for me.unicorn party ideas for kidsI used my Cricut to cut these adorable Unicorns out of Iron-On vinyl. You can get the Cricut Design Space file here. We used some fabric markers to color in the lines and so the girls each had their own personalized shirt to take home. I got this idea from Lindsay at Artsy Fartsy Mama and I knew I had to recreate it. Unicorn party favors using CricutI created the tags for the gift bags by using a glue pen and some foil from ??? I had Leila write the first letter of each girls names and we placed the foil over the glue once it was dry. We then rubbed with all our might and it transferred just the way we had written. I tied it with some pink tulle and they were set with their gift bags to bring home all their crafts. Unicorn party favor ideasThe gift bags, plates and napkins are all Meri Meri and I found them at Homegoods and TJ MAXX at a great price. I grabbed some bubble wands from Walmart because they came in rainbow colors. I got all the balloons from an Etsy shop here. There were also some fun things I got here that included the mini Unicorns cabochons and I glued them to ring banks so they could be worn later. I also used string and keychain holders and the girls used beads to make their own. Unicorn party decorationsUnicorn birthday cake ideasIf there is one thing I know about my daughter is that she loves to create and craft. She’s got a great eye for detail and I can tell she’s going to be just like me but I know even better. She just loves to have the attention and the kids think I put a lot of work and effort into their parties but for me the hardest part is figuring out which stuff I want to buy online. Unicorn party ideas

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party

November 4, 2015

Good hell, this party happened in March and I’m finally feeling better enough that I got my act together to post some pics. Siaki turned 7 and he wanted a special day. I guess I knew how to do it but it was A LOT of work. toxic ooze drink

Toxic Ooze drinks for everyone! I combined kiwi flavored syrup, Fresca and fresh limes. I was a little nervous how it’d taste but everyone loved it, including myself. The drink dispenser is from Oriental Trading and it’ll go with any style. lollipics kid birthday

Lollipics creates custom lollies for kids and we just had to have some for here. I chose a few flavors and two designs. Each flavor can be customized in a bunch of 6 and so I chose the TMNT logo and little booty’s face. Emmy Lowe Photo is who took our pics and I couldn’t be more pleased. tmnt cake

You probably saw Ashlee Marie on Food Network for the Halloween Baking Comp. I think she got robbed because she makes AWESOME cakes. They don’t only look awesome but they taste delicious. We chose a chocolate cake with marshmallow filling. I was expecting to have some fake fluff in the center but when we cut into it and saw freshly made marshmallows, I was giddy!tmnt caketmnt party tablescape

Party flair is from My Minds Eye and the killer tower is from Oriental Trading. tmnt drink

I also found these cute milk bottles to go along with their mini pizzas that they were going to create for the activity. The milk bottles can easily be washed and used for another party. You may just want to buy extra lids, your choice. The honeycombs and small treat cups are also from Tom Kat Studio. I found lots of goodies on her site. ninja turtle games

We also had a dear friend of ours come over and do some awesome face painting for the kids. This was another fun activity for them because it was able to keep them occupied for about an hour while she painted 20 kids and got them to play outside for a bit. If you’re local in Salt Lake, give Amy Boehme a call. She seriously rocked it. party face paintingutah face painter