Children’s Birthday Invitations Update

Hey everyone we’ve just added some fun new invitations to our Etsy Shop that we wanted to share with you.  Make sure you check out our printables for all of your party needs at our Etsy Store HERE.



10 Winter Party Must Haves


1.) When planning that winter themed event you want your place to look the part! Which is why we recommend making the lighting just right.  No matter where you are these great curtain string lights can give any party that mood lighting feel.



2.) These adorable winter place card holders can be used in multiple ways for your winter celebration!  If you’re having a proper sit down dinner then they can be of course used as place card holders.  If however you’re just having people meander around then they can also hold up all of your adorable holiday cards you’ve received or some cute printable holiday decorations! They are rustic yet chic!



3.) On my honeymoon I found these delicious hot chocolate on a stick in Belgium, which I promptly purchased and gave to family and friends. You add steamed milk and plop in these sticks of chocolate for a delicious winter treat.  You can create a delicious hot coco station at your party and display these adorable sticks for your guests to create their own hot coco creation with their own toppings.  Add some crushed candy cane, marsh mellows, and whipped cream for a delicious hot coco bar.

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If you don’t want to purchase your hot chocolate on a stick you can make it! You can even add in the candy canes or marshmallows to your chocolate sticks.


4 packages Chocolate use Dark, Milk, or White (16 oz total)

1 Cup Confectioners Sugar

1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder

1/8 teaspoon Salt

Flavored Extract if Desired

Popsicle Sticks or Wooden Spoons

Small Marshmallows, Crushed Candy Cane pieces, Salted Caramel (any other toppings)


  1. Place in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave at 70% power for 1 minute. Stir. Return at 100% power for 15 seconds. Stir and repeat until completely melted.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer fitted with the paddle attachment put confectioners sugar, cocoa, salt and extract if desired.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate on top of the dry ingredients. Mix until incorporated fully.
  4. Spoon into ice cube tray , silicone mold, baby food tray or a chocolate mold.
  5. Top with . Press popsicle stick or wooden spoon  into the center.
  6. Let cool until hardened 1-3 hrs depending on size of mold.


  • Lift your mold a few inches and drop once or twice to get the chocolate to level out.
  • Check on the hot coco sticks while they are chilling to be sure that the sticks are staying centered and upright.


4.) You will also need some cute holiday banners like this one or this one! Or if you’re feeling adventurous you can make your own! Here’s how:


Desired Width Burlap or Pre Cut Burlap

Acrylic Paint in your desired colors

Paint Sponges 

Paper Bowls or Plates for the paint

Stencil Sheets or Stencils there are a million stencils out there for different shapes and different type of letter print so spend some time deciding what you want or create your own with stencil sheets and an X-acto Knife

If you’re not using pre cut burlap it’s good to seal your edges with some Liquid Seam

Jute Twine 

If you are sowing you will also need a sewing machine

Paper Towel


  1. Gather your pre cut burlap or cut out the burlap squares. Go around the edge (about a 1/2″ in) with liquid seam prior to sewing the top if you so choose. This is to create your holes for your twine to go through. Alternatively you can glue your burlap to your twine.
  2. If you are sewing: Fold over the tops of the “flags” an inch and then sew across the top with a sewing machine or by hand.
  3. If you are using stencil sheets print or draw on them and then cut out your desired letters or shapes.
  4. Lay your cut flag piece on top of some news paper, plastic covering, or old cardboard to protect your surface.  As paint will leak through your burlap.
  5. Have paper towel around to wipe excess paint off your under covering and stencil after each use.
  6. Center desired letter or shape in the middle of burlap flag. Use a paint sponge and paint to stencil the letter onto the burlap. Lay the paint down very thick and remove from surface to dry so that it doesn’t stick to the under covering.
  7. When all flags are completely dried you can begin to assemble the banner. Using an old wire hanger as a needle works well to get your jute twine through the wholes you have sewn.


5.) Set the mood with a fireplace… Oh you don’t have one?  Well then throw that crackling fireplace up on the tv to watch during the party!


6.) Cooking for your holiday party? Then you need the new hit kitchen appliance! The Insta Pot combines 7 kitchen appliances in 1, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer, prepares dishes up to 70% faster  which is amazing when you are cooking for a party. It features seven smart programs for: Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, Manual, and Pressure Cook. 


7.) You have to have napkins at your party so why not have golden metallic napkins to add a little holiday cheer!


8.) You also need some winter entertainment.  Why not try out some holiday games that will be fun for everyone.


9.) Have a cookie decorating activity center! Bake a large collection of sugar cookies and leave out an abundance of frosting and sprinkles galore for your guests to decorate and then consume of course! Cookies aren’t your thing? Well then just go with cupcake decorating!


10.) Drinks Drinks and more Drinks… Got to keep your guests warm!  Check out these great winter flavored drinks from Martha Stewart!

Ten Summer Party Essentials

Summer parties are in full force and we wanted to share some of our favorite summer party buys!

1. A string of globe lights to transform your backyard into a trendy bistro

These amazing lights come in a mix of lengths 25ft, 50ft, 100ft.  All perfect to transform your back yard into a beautiful bistro or garden paradise.

2. Pool floats that transform your pool into the fun zone

Pool floats shaped like food and animals are all the rage!  Do you want to lounge in a doughnut, on some pizza, or would you rather ride an animal like a swan, unicorn or flamingo?

3.  Fujifilm Mini 9 Instant Camera to take some amazing instant photo’s of all your guests

Use these amazing Instant Camera’s to take quick snaps of your guests or to set up a fun DIY Photo Booth! Plus it comes in lots of cute colors to go with any party theme!

5. Fun Party Tassels to hang over your buffet table.

Having a lemonade, ice tea, flavored water table?  Great!  Add some of these cute party tassels above the table or hanging around it for some cute summer flair!

6. Hanging Tea Light Mason Jars that really bring your garden up a level

Add these amazing star lids to your mason jars to create an instant hanging flickering light garden.

7. Lawn Games are still all the rage

You can’t go wrong with a game like bocce!  Throw in some ladder golf or corn hole and you have hours of fun for everyone!

8. Every good party needs some good furniture to accommodate guests!

This beautiful seven piece set can accommodate your al fresco dinner party, bbq, or serve as a great buffet table! It’s cute, durable, and functional.

9. A cute vintage cooler to give your party that throwback feel

This cute cooler just like the one you remember with its classic design first developed in 1954. Large enough to hold 85 cans and tall enough to hold 2-liter bottles upright, you’ll have plenty of space for refreshments for a whole group of people.  Plus it has a great built in bottle opener!

10. You will need this fire pit to roast your marshmallows this summer

This fire pit is great for any occasion. Suitable for backyard, outdoor entertaining, bonfire pit, RV trips, camping, tailgating, beach, parties, BBQ’s, relaxing, chilly evenings parties this is a great addition to your back yard party. 


Wedding Dress Bustles What are They and How Do We Bustle?

The bustle is used to lift the trains of wedding gowns off the floor. Instead of a framework worn under the wedding gown, the long train is lifted with buttons or ties to create a lovely bouffant style that is also very practical.  Does your wedding dress have a train? It doesn’t matter how long your train is, if you have one you will need a bustle to make dancing easier and so that the bottom of your dress doesn’t get dirty.

The Bustle is Added

Although almost all brides use a bustle for their wedding gowns, dresses do not come with bustles in place.  They are added during alterations. This is because all brides are not the same height and your bustle should lift the back of your gown to your hem length. So your bustle must be custom made.

Different Bustle Styles

Pick a style that will flatter your dress best.  Your seamstress will have a good idea so make sure you listen to their suggestions.

American Bustle (Over Bustle)- The American Bustle consists of hooks and eyes lifting your dress train off the floor. The “eyes” are placed along the waistline. The “hooks” are sewn in about 14″ to 20″ down the back skirt. Lace appliques, rosettes or bows may be needed to cover the hooks and eyes. Covered buttons also work well, and may look nicer, especially if you have buttons down the back of your gown.  The longer your train is, the more hooks or buttons you will need.

French Bustle (Under Bustle)– This method works especially well for gowns without a waistline and gowns that are especially decorative in the back area, as it doesn’t cover up any lace or details in the gown right below the waist. The gown is lifted from the bottom area. The Under Bustle is also more secure than the Over Bustle.

bridal wedding gown bustle

For the Under Bustle, ribbons are sewn under the gown securing the outer fabric to the lining. Use different colors of ribbon to make the task of tying the wedding gown bustle easier. Another way to make a French Bustle is sew loops into the inside back side of the gown in a diamond shape. A ribbon is run through the loops, gathered and tied to give the gown a bouffant look.  It’s a good idea to ask your seamstress to label your ribbons A to A or B to B so it’s easy to match the ribbons.





Printable Party Planning Checklist

If you have a party coming up then please take a moment and download and print this awesome checklist!


Date: ______________

Time: ______________

Place: _____________




















  • Determine Date/Time/Place
  • If needed ask for helpers
  • Create a Guest List
  • Pick a RSVP Date
  • Chose a theme
  • Determine your Budget
  • Send Invitations
  • determine decor
  • pick centerpieces
  • chose table settings
  • Plan your menu
  • plan activites/entertainment
  • Make a Shopping List
  • Confirm your guest list
  • Book Photographer (if needed)
  • Go Shopping
  • Determine your Schedule
  • Plan for Parking
  • Chose a Space for Coats/Bags
  • Pick a Gift Spot (if needed)
  • Plan your Food Display
  • Make Place Cards or Signage
  • Clean the Party Location
  • Make or Purchase food
  • Set out Decorations
  • Set Table
  • Prepare Drinks
  • Do any Last Minute Touches
  • Get Ready for the Party
  • Enjoy!