Our Favorite Summer Crafts: Part 1

Hey there Make A Birthday Wish readers 🙂 We hope you had a great week and are as excited as we are for summer! Today we wanted to share some of our favorite summertime crafts. These are perfect for beating boredom once school is out and make great decorations for summer parties & BBQ’s and even great gifts! Here is our first installment of summer craft ideas… be sure to check back next week for even more!

Paper Umbrella Wreath – How perfect would this wreath by Camilla Fabbri from Family Chic be for a luau themed birthday party or BBQ? It’s super easy to make and the results are gorgeous!

Paper Umbrella Wreath – Image & Tutorial by Camilla Fabbri of Family Chic

DIY Bohemian Dream Catcher – How romantic and adorable is this dream catcher? The Little Sage has a great tutorial for creating your own bohemian inspiration. These would be a great party craft or a beautiful gift. 

Image from Ruby Wing, Tutorial from The Little Sage.

DIY Kite – We aren’t sure if anything says summertime fun the way a kite does. And don’t bother buying one when you can make your own! This tutorial from Sweet Jack will have you catching the wind in no time flat.

Image & tutorial from Sweet Jack

What kind of crafts do you usually during the warmer months?

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3 Fresh Takes On Cake Batter Treats!

Who doesn’t ADORE cake batter flavored anything? It is such a happy, festive, colorful, and DELICIOUS combination! Perfect for any birthday celebration of course! This week we rounded up three new takes on cake batter flavored treats: homemade truffles, Oreos, and cinnamon rolls! Even if it’s not your birthday this weekend, we highly recommend you make up a batch of these sprinkle laden cinnamon rolls! They are awesome 🙂

Cake Batter Truffles – Truffles are so simple, but look amazing and really wow people. This recipe comes from The Novice Chef and takes little effort but some patience while these treats chill!

Cake Batter Truffles – Image & recipe from The Novice Chef

Homemade Cake Batter Oreos – Oreos meet cake batter, and love ensues! The cookies on these Oreos are definitely softer than the store-bought kind… so kind of like a cake batter whoopie pie. This recipe comes from The Teenage Taste!

Homemade Cake Batter Oreos – Image & recipe from The Teenage Taste.

Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls – We have died and gone to cake batter heaven! How perfect would this be for a birthday breakfast (or even breakfast this weekend)? This amazing recipe comes from Sally’s Baking Addiction. And it wouldn’t be hard to become addicted to these cinnamon rolls!

Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls – Image & recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction

So which take on the cake batter treat was your favorite? We think you know ours (psst…. it’s the cinnamon buns)!

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2 Creative & Sweet Ways To Say Happy Birthday!

Are you looking for a special way to say happy birthday, or celebrate an anniversary or Mother’s Day? We’ve found 2 really creative and sweet ideas to show someone how much you care!

Celebrate With A Balloon & Photo/Note For Each Year – This is such a creative and whimsical idea from Bebe a la Mode Designs! She used it to celebrate her anniversary, (be sure to check out her blog for the adorable photos she included) but this would work just as well for a birthday! For each year (age or anniversary) fill up a balloon and tie a personalized note or photo to it. If you are celebrating a birthday, use photos from birthday’s past! Put them in a bedroom or at the breakfast table to surprise your loved ones!

Image & Idea from Bebe a la Mode Designs!

Create A Birthday Banner & Message – How sweet is this sign by Room for Dessert? She made this for her boyfriend James and decorated their bedroom with it. This would be perfect for a kid, sibling, or roommate as well, decorate their room while they are at school and surprise them when they get home!

Happy Birthday Banner Image by Room for Dessert

How do you usually tell someone special happy birthday?

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2 Sweet Twists on Birthday Treats!

Hello there! We hope your Friday is off to a good start. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, why not test out one of these 2 fun and unusual recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth. They are colorful and cheery takes on different snack foods, perfect for a party or celebration. Sure these treats are great for birthday parties, but don’t worry if your birthday isn’t this weekend… we won’t tell anyone!

Birthday Cake S’moreos – Who doesn’t love s’mores? And who can pass up an oreo? With this recipe from The Domestic Rebel you don’t have to choose! We think these s’moreos look fantastic dipped in white chocolate, but any colored chocolate would work well!

Birthday Cake S’moreos – Image & Recipe from The Domestic Diva

Birthday Cake Egg Rolls – Yup we said egg rolls! This creative recipe hails from the blog I Wash You Dry and is such a fun sweet take on a savory snack! These adorable little Cake Egg Rolls are covered in cinnamon-sugar for a sweet decadent treat.

Birthday Cake Egg Rolls – Image & recipe by I Wash You Dry

 

Enhanced by ZemantaWhich is your favorite Birthday Cake spinoff? We are kind of partial to the egg rolls!

DIY Decor! 3 Garland Ideas For Decoration Domination!

It’s been a while since we shared some tutorials and ideas for DIY party decor. We had been on kind of sweet treat kick, but this week we’ve got 3 fresh ideas for simple and awesome DIY party decorations.

DIY Miniature Paper Garland – This adorable garland from Tip Junkie would be perfect for guys and gals! Changing the shapes and color scheme means easy customization for any occasion.

Miniature Paper Garland – Image & Tutorial from Tip Junkie

Instant Photo Garland – This idea is perfect for outdoor events! Print out your favorite photos and wrap them around a tree for personalized decoration. The folks that came up with this idea had guests take instant pictures throughout the day and clip them on the tree.

Instant Photo Garland – Image from Martha Stewart Weddings

DIY Tassel Garland – How pretty and whimsical is this garland? With a simple supply list and easy step-by-step photo instructions from Linen, Lace, & Love you will be on your merry way to affordable and studying party decor!

DIY Tassel Garland – Image & Tutorial from Linen, Lace, & Love

Which is your favorite garland?

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Be Square On Your Birthday: 3 Sweet Bar Recipes!

Being square isn’t always a bad thing. We think these three square treats are perfect for your next birthday bash. They are pretty simple to make, pretty tasty, and well very pretty to look at!

Birthday Cake Fudge – Can you say decadence? The richness of fudge might make it not ideal most of the year… but come on it’s your birthday, live a little! This recipe comes from Make Bake Celebrate, a wonderful baking blog worth checking out.

Birthday Cake Fudge – Image & Recipe from Make Bake Celebrate

Birthday Cake Marshmallows – How adorable are these fluffy squares of sweetness? This recipe comes from Spicy Icecream, and is not too tricky! Definitely worth a try.

Birthday Cake Marshmallows – Image & Recipe from Spicy Icecream

Birthday Cake 7 Layer Bars – can’t decide on just one sweet indulgence? No problem go with a seven layer bar! This awesome recipe by The Domestic Rebel combines Funfetti cake, chocolate chips, marshmallow, cupcake bites, and two kinds of oreos!

Birthday Cake 7 Layer Bars

What is your favorite bar shaped sweet treat?

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Super Simple & Festive Confetti Snack Ideas

Are you looking for some quick recipes and ideas for your next party that will impress kids and parents alike? Today we’ve got three perfectly festive and perfectly simple ideas for your next event!

Marshmallow Pops – This recipe comes from Kids Kubby and is so simple. All you need are marshmallows, white and dark chocolate or peanut butter, and your favorite toppings (think sprinkles, coconut flakes, nuts, crushed candy bars, mini M&M’s). You could make a few example pops and then set up a station to let your guests create their own!

Marhsmallow Fun Pops – Image/Recipe from Kids Kubby.

Confetti Pretzels – These adorable pretzel sticks come from the blog Freckleberry Finds! They are so simple to make, all you need is chocolate, pretzel sticks, and sprinkles! We love this recipe too because it could be easily adapted to fit different dietary needs (sub normal pretzels for Glutino gluten free pretzel sticks if you need to make them gluten free).

Confetti Pretzels – Image & recipe from Freckleberry Finds!

White Chocolate Confetti Popcorn – how gorgeous is this popcorn? This simple recipe comes from the The Glitter Guide, and only requires chocolate, canola oil, popcorn, and sprinkles! Are you noticing our sprinkle and chocolate trend here? Who doesn’t love chocolate and sprinkles?
Looking to jazz up popcorn even more? You could experiment with different colored chocolates!

White Chocolate Confetti Popcorn – Image from Tumblr, recipe from The Glitter Guide.

What foods have you funfettied (covered in sprinkles and chocolate)?

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2 Places to Shop Sustainable Party Supplies – Great for Weddings Too!

Upcycled Birthday Banner – $64.95 from Green Planet Parties!

Hello there! At Make A Birthday Wish we try to do our part by sharing  DIY, healthy, and sustainable ideas for

everything from planning daily lunches to your families birthday parties and celebrations. Today we’ve got two great places to shop for sustainable, fair trade, and eco-friendly party supplies that are perfect for your next birthday, anniversary, or even wedding! Each site features handmade goods and supplies made from eco-friendly materials. And in case you are wondering, does going green mean you have to sacrifice style? Not at all. Check out some of our favorite goods from each site!

Green Planet Parties – The goods on this site are more suited to birthdays, but ther eare still lots of ideas for other celebrations as well. We especially love this recycled burlap birthday banner loaded with crafty rustic charm!

 

 

The other place to shop sustainable party supplies both online and in some Whole Foods Stores is:

Susty Party – They have so many options for cups, plates, straws, napkins, and party kits available in some well-designed prints and colors. Their cups are now being carried in select Whole Foods Stores! Check out these whimsical compostable paper straws?

Susty Party Paper Straws – $6.99 per Pack of 50.

And how about these cups you can find in Whole Foods? Love the prints, and these are completely non-toxic, compostable, and manufactured with 75% blind labor in partnership with Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Clovernook is a non-profit that aims to empower people who are visually impaired. How awesome is that?

10 oz Compostable Cups by Susty Party- $4.99 per pack of 12.

Do you try to make smart choices that are good for people and planet when planning your events?

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Birthday Breakfast Ideas: Waffles Just About Anybody Will Love!

Looking for ideas for a special breakfast? Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or just the kind of morning that calls for a big breakfast, we’ve found some recipes for amazing waffles that are sure to please!

Gluten Free Toasted Coconut Waffles With Maple Cream – Always sharing beautiful recipes, Joy The Baker has done it again. These waffles are so tasty there is no way you’ll miss the wheat! How about spicing it up with warm pineapple syrup?

Gluten-Free Toasted Coconut Waffles with Maple Cream – Image & Recipe by Joy The Baker!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Waffles – Strawberries & cream… a match made in culinary heaven. This recipe comes comes from Real Mom Kitchen. You could lighten it up or veganize it with soy cream cheese and swapping eggs with flax meal!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Waffles – Image & recipe by Real Mom Kitchen.

Super Simple Cinnamon Roll Waffles With Cream Cheese – We promise we aren’t purposefully seeking recipes with cream cheese, these just happen to look amazing. This is so simple and you can easily buy organic pre-made cinnamon roll dough to up it up a notch. We still think a drizzle of maple syrup would be a nice addition to these waffles! Recipe and Image from Unsophisticook!

Cinnamon Roll Waffles – Recipe & Image from Unsophistocook.

What’s your favorite birthday breakfast?

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Valentines Day Ideas for Single Gals & Guys

As you may have noticed we didn’t post on Tuesday and Thursday like we normally do. We’ve decided to shake things up a little and just post once a week. So look for new posts full of great tutorials, recipes, and party planning essentials on Fridays!

Last week we posted recipes and gift ideas for Valentine’s Day. But not everyone thinks Valentines Day is that great… especially if they are not seeing somebody. But remember it’s a day to show the people you love how much you love them. So forget having a boyfriend or girlfriend and celebrate with friends or family instead. Here are some great ideas from around the web for celebrating and gifting on Valentines Day, even if you don’t have a boo!

Single Ladies Valentine’s Day Brunch – this tutorial from Design Love Fest is amazing. Heart-shaped waffles with prosciutto? Yum! She even gives tips on how to set the table and a “single ladies” playlist to play while you and your friends nosh away on a delicious brunch. This recipe and idea would honestly be great for a girls birthday party! Check out the tutorial and the blog.

Image & tutorial from Design Love Fest.

Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for the Single & Unattached – This collection of ideas from Lovely Undergrad is great! We love the ideas of manis/pedis on Valentine’s Day! Check out her list if you are in a new relationship too!

Image from paulie-nka.

More Ideas for Single Ladies – Jenesequa has even more ideas for girls that want to celebrate without a guy. Some require you to be 21, but the ideas could easily be adapted for younger girls too. Maybe your daughter and her friends could get together and host a sparkling drink tasting party instead of a wine party, or have a little co-ed get together? Either way, younger or older, these ideas are perfect for Valentine’s Day or any special girls night out (like birthdays! 🙂 ).

 

Image from Jenesequa.

Are you doing anything special for Valentine’s Day?

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