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Frida Themed Art Party

My Mia turned 12 and it was her turn to have a birthday party this year. With 3 kids, we’ve always taken turns having parties, but family celebrations are special, too.

There’s a wonderful local artists’ gallery and learning center in town that makes a great venue for an art party.

I bought the invites and other fun party goods from this etsy seller. I had most of it printed at Staples.

The girls made bold flowery headbands while waiting for guests to arrive.

  I transferred a design onto each canvas and it was so much fun seeing how unique each one turned out!
   As a finishing touch, I added some glitz using  Deco Foil. It added that extra something to make each piece POP! 

What a fiesta we had celebrating my sweet Mia!


potthead party :: a night of Harry Potter

The newest cinematic installation of the Harry Potter saga is coming out soon. I recently attended a kids’ party celebrating the stories penned by J.K. Rowling.

We arrived at Hogwart’s full of wizards who resembled Hermoine Grainger and Harry Potter, himself.

My favorite costumes? The golden snitch, of course!

Harry’s owl, Hedwig, also made an appearance.

Professor Mcgonagall quizzed the students on trivia and led them on a tour around the castle. It was a perfect night for a friendly game of “quidditch” freeze tag.

It’s not a party without treats… or is it? We were welcomed into the delightfully sweet world of Honeydukes.

…but be careful what Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans you try.

( I didn’t get a photo of one of the biggest treats of the party. Butter Beer!! It was a hit! A mug of creme soda mixed with a buttery caramel sauce until frothy. mmmm. Might be making that again post Potter.)

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japanese dinner party.

…as I was saying, I had a really great night with friends surrounded by a barrage of Japanese culinary delights.

 Blah, blah, blah. Yadda, yadda, yadda.

I could go on and on… but I won’t. I know it was more fun for me than it is for you to hear about it. Here are just a couple of highlights.

::The Menu::

  • edamame + lychee martinis
  • seared scallop + toasted sesame microgreen salad
  • cold shrimp + soba noodle salad
  • an assortment of sushi rolls
  • japanese ice cream sundae



And this was the centerpiece. I love my new battery powered candles!! I placed them in a bamboo steamer with brown rice surrounding them. So simple, so pretty.

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beach themed birthday party.


With summer heat beating down on us, it is time to pull out all the stops for a beach themed party. I thought I would share this party so that you can get alot of BANG! for not alot of bucks!!

One of the 1st things to establish is your color scheme. This a great time to mix up vibrant colors to make a couple of focal points. This banner is so simple to make but makes a huge impact. Wouldn’t it look great in her room for the afterparty?

 These little centerpieces are so cute! You could easily print these out and glue them onto candy/lollipop sticks.

And what is a beach party without a little sand? These little touches really tie everything together.

 And let’s not forget about the food…


 This multi-tiered cake stand was purchased at Michael’s. The hostess adhered coordinating scrapbook paper under the glass cake stands. Cute!

 The kids flipped over these! It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “shoveling food”.

Sometimes little touches can add so much.