Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Back To School is Cool!

I think of it as a celebration!  Let's have a party! Here are some great ideas for hosting a back-to-school party!
These ideas could also be used for teachers to use to welcome their kids this year!
These cupcakes deserve a A+ for creativity! Courtesy of

For decorations use:
  • a world map for a party table backdrop.
  • chalk board, or black roll paper with white chalk writing "back to school" or "school is cool"
  • big bowl of shiny red apples
  • pencils with cute pencil top erasers in a vase for a cute centerpiece
  • a world globe
  • use alphabet cards or flash cards for a cute border
  • make your own flash cards "Cc" and underneath "is for cookies" to identify items on the food table.
Cute personalized back to school labels, invitations, and more at Tiny
  • Serve triangle cut peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
  • juice boxes
  • Activities could include: multiplication games, flash cards, water balloon fight, scavenger hunt or a read a thon.
  • Party favors and prizes could include: back to school supplies and fun erasers, stickers, snacks, etc.
Back to School party favors from Sheek Shindigs!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Halloween planning: Mantel Decor

Love to be inspired to decorate my mantel for Halloween in a new way each year... Also love to save money by reusing what I have, picking up things throughout the year on sale or at garage sales and decorating using nature.  Here are some cute ideas:

Find old shutters at an Estate Sale, cut branches and spray paint, tear up cheesecloth...

Use garland from Michaels or even Walmart, and pumpkins..simple and elegant.

Odds and Ends to your desired look...

Antiquey/Eclectic Halloween Mantel

Super-easy and neat Halloween Mantel- spray paint a branch black, add lights and crows from Michaels.
These Halloween mantel photos courtesy of

 For more Halloween decorating tips, recipes, party ideas and more, go to It's A Party-ful Life!