Thursday, April 14, 2011

As promised I have one more totally FREE (adorable!!) Easter printable!

When I asked for any Easter ideas/printables Brandy at Simply Creative Insanity not only

donate a link or printable she totally made a a matter of a quick few days. She wanted to

do something special for the military momma's. Here it is!

My daughter saw this an right away said mommy I want that tea I am thinking we

have just the thing for this little set! To get a copy just email her at

and don't forget to visit her blog! Even if your not thowing a party these would be great for easter brunch, a play date, or saved for next year! Of course once you have them you know your going to want to have a little something :)

I guess I know what I am doing with that Easter candy corn I just bought!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Easter Freebies and Military Specials

Easter Freebies and Military Specials!

I have ton's of easter freebies and low cost ideas to share! Even a few special perks for military!I've been getting lot's of idea requests for Easter. I had been working on free or low cost easter ideas right when the government was on the verge of a a shut down. Being a military family with military friends all around us this had a huge impact on us, our friends, and Peter Cottontails budget! I sent out a message looking for some ideas and boy was I suprised at all that came in! These are so great for Easter on a budget! Fun party ideas, craft projects, decorations., baseket stuffers and more. Thanks to many sweet ladies that even sent special extras for military. Here they are!

***Click on the highlighted name above picture to download/view the item***

Very first, check out this FREE cute peeps topper by Eighteen 25.

Great for class treats or basket stuffer.

This FREE printable party is simply adorable! Autumn Leah Designs

Just incase you missed it here's my how to make these cones and easy egg play dough. I am totally in love with this FREE banner by Sandy Toes and Popsicles. I will be hanging this up in our house for sure!

This next set is one of my FAVS! This is a special for military. The amazing designer at Paper Glitter is offering this ENTIRE SET to military families! If your a military family and would like to use it please email me at . For those of you that aren't this ADORABLE set is on sale in her etsy shop. Please take a moment and check out her party stuff/like her on facebook, she is so kind and her work is just adorable. You won't be dissapointed! Blog

Facebook Really could this get any cuter???How about these adorable cups to sit at the table! The how to is here.Another designerthat totally blows me away! This sweet lady at Bird's craft has more talent then I knew existed. You just have to check out her freebie printables and tutorials. She even runs a party magazine! Her Easter party package is currently half off, now 10 dollars. She has offered our readers and additional 20% off with the code Ezine! She has so many party items and crafts how to's, check out her work but be warned you may be adddicted :) Blog sEtsy Shop

Here's another simply adorable FULL party by Parties by Hardie.
Looking for an adorable table top set? Check out this FREE one from Print Your Party, she is such a great designer and a total sweet heart. Each month she features free printables! In her etsy shop she has the cutest basket stuffer printables ever (picture below)! The perfect way to add that special touch to the kids' baskets, I love it!..and to make it even better it will be on sale in her shop very soon! Check out her facebook so you can know when more freebies are posted!
The cutest basket idea ever! You can purchase it here.And yet another ADORABLE full party!! This party pack by the talented Leslie Marire can be found in her Etsy ever if your military guess's free! Leslie was SO sweet to offer this printable party to military. Email me at if you would like this one.

Check out her new facebook page and pass her along, she's going to have some great stuff coming up!

And yet some more FREE easter cuteness by Skip to My Lou.

Check out the printable easter sack by Green lily Designs.

Here are some adorbale little tags to finish up the project! Or hang for some decor?

HolidaysvillePrintable Favor BasketWhat about making the kids their very own easter coloring book!

Check out these adorable masks!!! Perfect for parties. They can be printed black and white to color..or pre-colored for ease. Now that your head is spinning with Easter ideas.....there's more! I will be back later this week with edible Easter ideas!!! AND The sweet designer over at Simply Creative Insanity has created something special just for us Military families!!! She is excited to share it so check back soon!

And don't worry about deciding what the cutest to use...just throw a few more easter parties!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

DIY Party Banners!

Once I made one banner, I knew I had to make more! These are probably my favorite party decoration! They are SOO easy to make and can be made custom to any party or theme.

With a little photoshop and some cutting you can easily make all the pieces..then there are dozens of ways to attach them! Just string them up however you would like. No photoshop? What about cutting out images found on google (Fav cartoon characters?) or even your child's photos! And of course you could always just draw up your own letters...or even let the kids decorate!

All that work for one party? Nope! Store it away from later birthdays, hang it in your child's room...OR staple them all together and make a photobook out of them! Just paste pictures from the party on each back!

When it comes to parties I am usually making just about everything so I try to keep them sweet and simple. But here are a few I've done recently.

If you don't want to mess with making the about purchasing a printable banner?? Here's a great circus party banner available in this shop by GwynnWassonDesigns. She has some great party printables available!

Or how about a free printable banner! I found this awesome site that allows you to print birhtday banners for free! You can even print letter by letter to add your child's name!

I hope this has inspired you to make a fun party banner!

Monday, April 4, 2011

How to make {Carrot Treat Cones}
Aren't these adorable?! The perfect treat for Easter parties or easter baskets!

I was trying to think of something a little different to make to hand out this easter...I originally started with just an orange treat cone but wasn't happy with the finished product. A few trys later and I came up with little little guys! I really like them....and you can make them too! Here's how:

Here are the supplies you will need. Orange paper, green paper, scissors, a glue gun (or double sided tape), ribbon, and a cone template. I always use HWTM's template for my cones. 1. Print and cut template.

2. Trace onto orange paper, and cut. (To save you some time you can also print directly onto the orange paper if you have 8.5x11 paper )

3. Cut a strip of green paper 9inx4in.

4. Cut strips 1/4in apart along green paper leaving about a half inch at the bottom This will give you the "grass" effect.

5. Roll the orange cutouts into cones, either use double sided tap or hot glue the seam.

6. Either line the cone with double sided tape OR hot glue. If your working with hot glue...glue in in 3 sections so you can adhere the green nicely without the glue getting hard.

7. Glue/tape on the green paper adhering the uncut half inch to the edge of the inside of the cone.

8. Fill with treats (I'm using goldfish crackers!)

9. Tie a bow and enjoy!

So cute!..The kids will love these :)
You can hand these out alone of make them part of a treat bag. I had planned on making little felt bunny bags this year when what do you know I found at Target in the dollar section!? They are so cute and for that price making them would be just silly ;=

Saturday, April 2, 2011

What is better then an easter egg hunt? Having something cute to wear to it of course! Just wanted to share an adorable easter project I did a few years ago.I made these bibs for my oldest when she was 15 months old. I started with a used pair of Old Navy bibs ($2.00!) and a small stack of fabric, and ironed on a doublesided iron on adhesive. I cut out most of the pieces using my cricut however you do not need a cricut they can be done by hand. After the pieces were arranged and ironed on I sewed around them. Most of it had to be hand sewn. Then I added the ruffles, bunny tail, bows ect. Luckily Cadence's aunt was in town, so I had some extra craft hands on this one! It's a time consuming project but SO worth it in the end! Miley and Bailey are not yet walking, but I will for sure be making them a pair when they are! How cute would a little fall pair with pumpkins be!! If you try this out be sure to send me pics! Happy crafting :)
awww...these pics take me back! Love her!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Play Dough Fun!

How cute are these little guys! Ever made play dough with the kids? Most of us have but if you haven' need to! I love to make play dough with the kids. We normally have the items around the house, it's great for a rainy day. When you add a cute little container you've got a great little gift or party favor! I made the monkeys for the twin's first birthday and I just knew I had to make some easter ones for the girls baskets! So glad I did :)

I like to use this kool-aid reciepe:

1cup flour

1/2 cup salt

1 kool-aid package

1 cup boiling water

2 tsp cream of tarter (optional)

Mix everything but the water in a bowl. Stir in one cup of boiling water and knead. Let cool. Store in either ziplocks or small containers. The little baby food containers work great!!

I found the little chicks and carrots at my local Dollar Tree 3/$1.00. If you don't have one around Target has the same ones 2/$2.50. More basket fillers to come!