Oct 19, 2008

and the winner is

lisalyn who said...
OH I would LOVE to win this book as I am working on becoming a Party Planner! :) I need lots of ideas. Lisa

Thank you to all who participated and of course to Lisa Kothari for allowing me to host a book giveaway. Please check out her site Peppers and Pollywog's it is a great resource for children's parties. While you are there, please stop by my guest post: Party for Peanuts.

I want to move to Glitterville

Oh how I love Glitterville!!! I want to live there... just the name itself is FABULOUS. If you are not familiar with them or the site, let me tell you that it's filled with the most amazing stuff. Every time I visit the site I totally feel like a 5 year old in a candy store. Just look at these darling little crowns. Halloween is possibly the best time of the year there...and Christmas...and...well you just really should check it out for yourself!

source: Glitterville

Oct 15, 2008

Bring Your Own Pumpkin

What a fabulous little Pumpkin Painting party Amy from Living Locurto put together for her neighborhood kindergarten kids.

I especially loved her fun invitations (BYOP). A free down loadable version is offered at her site .

She also provided little aprons for all the little artists and used cupcake tins for paint receptors...brilliant!

To learn more about this party and the hostess extraordinaire aka Amy, please visit Living Locurto. Thanks for sharing Amy...Fabulous Little Shindig!

images: Living Locurto

Oct 14, 2008

Play with your food...

Check out Rach at Fun Snacks for Kids. Her blog is full of great ideas and resources. You can even learn how to make slime! I know right, sounds messy...but I bet your kids would love it. So yes...you should check it out.

image: Fun Snacks for kids

Oct 13, 2008


Excited to announce that I am one of the new Team Members over at Mom Spark. My debut is today, so please check it out and take a peak at today's spooky yet fabulous party ideas.

Oct 10, 2008

Sweet indeed

I am absolutely smitten with these tags from Sweet Madys. It captures the most darling little image of Halloween. Check out what other Halloween treats are in store at the Sweet Madys Studio.

Can't wait to see what you have in store for Christmas Michelle!

Oct 9, 2008

Spooky suds

These spooky soaps caught my attention. Cute, right? See more here. They also have one with an image of the Psycho scene in the shower. Yeah, that one is actually kinda too spooky for me...I will stick to boney guy with a dash of glitter.

Oct 8, 2008

Mummy luv

I must admit, I have a soft spot for kids crafts. Especially holiday crafts. I guess I never grew out of it but how does anyone? ? Just look at this. Get yours here.

Oct 6, 2008

use caution..

I am a very cautious person. I don't run with scissors, I don't go swimming right after I eat and..well you get the hint. Seriously, I am a cautious person I always have been, even as a child. Now as a parent you can only imagine. Found this {Halloween Safety Guide}today and though it would be good to share.

It's a good site with lots of great tips on costume safety, trick or treating safety, even precautions on Halloween decorating. Unfortunately they had this long disclaimer on re posting of their info and some other legal mumbo jumbo, so "cautious me" does not want to get in trouble and therefor will follow the rules. But please check it out...better safe than sorry, right? Right.

in case you missed it here it is again.

Scooby Doo Mystery Halloween Party

As of late, I’ve kind of had a little Scooby Doo obsession! Our Natalie asked me to transform the Scooby Birthday Party that I posted a couple of weeks ago on my blog (Piece of Cake Parties) into a kid friendly, non-scary Halloween party. What could be more fun than working with ghosts, mummies and the Mystery Machine?


You can absolutely purchase Scooby invites at your local party supply store, or you can make your own – very quickly at home. Here is my own version using a simple illustration of a spooky tree, and an image I downloaded of Scooby and friends. I’m including a blank card so you can print them at home, or better yet, add your text and email it as a pdf or jpg to your guests (save time and postage).

Scooby and the gang usually use a pretty specific color palette of greens, yellows and oranges. To adapt their retro look for Halloween, buy balloons and streamers in dark purples, dark blues and black. An inexpensive way to really set the stage of any themed party, is to cut shapes out of construction or butcher paper and tape them to windows and walls. Here are a few for you to start with: a bat, the spooky tree, a ghost and the signature flower (I would cut it from black paper with a purple center).


Since Scooby is all about mysteries, how about a “treasure hunt”. Start by giving the children some kind of simple spy kit that could include; magnifying glass, small notepad with pen, sunglasses, binoculars or camera (obviously pretend). I’ve come up with a few generic rhyming clues that you could probably adapt to your own home, or make up your own and handwrite them on this blank clue card.

The “clues” are:

On this dark and haunted night, look for an orange candle shining bright.

(could this be on the dining room or kitchen table?)

Now that you've uncovered this spooky clue, hunt for a photograph framed in blue.
(print out a portrait and tape it onto a larger piece of blue paper, hang it on the wall)

Let's continue this eerie quest, you are looking to find a mirror on a chest.
(chest of drawers, or a toy chest)

Don't be surprised by mysteries in the dark, listen closely until you hear a "bark".
(do you have a family dog? You could also use a stuffed one)

Last but not least your mission is almost done, solve this icy riddle and you've won!
(you could hide ice cream treats in the freezer with a card saying "you did it!" on top – or use "sweet" instead of "icy" to lead them to some cupcakes!)

To make the "mystery" more spy-like, and to guide the children in the right direction, add hand made footprints to the floor. Don't have an orange candle? Substitute with items you already have in your house.

How can you not make Scooby Snacks! Dog bone and dog paw shaped cookie cutters are abundant out there, how about using them to make shaped sandwiches, Jello Jigglers or Rice Krispie treats?


I recommend cupcakes (store bought or homemade with box of cake mix) for the ease of serving and clean up, and can of frosting tastes just as good to these kids as a fancy buttercream. I have also made a sheet of Scooby and friends images for you to print, cut out and tape/glue to toothpicks and arrange on the cupcakes. Super quick.

My motto has always been to use creative thinking to make any party your own, spend as little as possible and make it look homemade - even if it isn't!

Oct 3, 2008


Found these capes at superflykidz's on Etsy and thought I would share. Oh how things have changed. Who wore a towel for a cape as a kid (raising my hand)?

My kids don't need Halloween to dress up in costume, it is actually a regular day occurrence. So in an effort to save some towels we might just have to get a couple. Don't you think they would make awesome party favors for a superhero shindig or maybe a great x-mas gift. I have my eye on the pink one with the crown....I might even let my daughter borrow it ;)

Oct 1, 2008

balloon sculpture

Wowza..check these out. The pumpkin looks like it is made of cherry tomatoes (not likely). That is a whole lot of balloons. How many can you count?

Hope this ghost is friendly. He is humongous!

Awesome work from brilliant balloon people. Hats off to them... I could barely make a balloon animal.

Image: ghost and pumpkin balloons( a special event decor)

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