4th of July Party Resources: Part I

Happy Friday to all you readers and bloggers out there! The 4th of July is drawing closer, so over the next few weeks we will be sharing resources, recipes, and crafts to help you get ready for the big celebration. Today we wanted to start with great resources: free printables and inspiration for planning and taking your Independence Day bash to the next level.

Independence Day Printables by Midwestern Girl – these are seriously adorable cupcake toppers, banners, and invites created by Maggie of Midwestern Girl!

Independence Day Printables – Image & Printables by Midwestern Girl.

Collection of 25 Printables from Dollar Store Craft – A great little resource for even more printables! How cute is this Independence Day art?

25 4th of July Printables – Art by eighteen 25; List by Dollar Store Craft.

4th of July Party Inspiration – This collection of photos from Hostess With The Mostess will get your creative juices flowing! We love the idea of red, white, and blue punch in a mason jar!

4th of July Party Photos – by Hostess With The Mostess.

Sweet Liberty Printables by Caramel Potatoes – Another set of fantastic printables, if you want to go with a “sweet liberty” theme!

Sweet Liberty Printables – Image & printables by Caramel Potatoes.

4th of July Party Inspiration by Tweedle Dee Designs – a super cute inspiration board that will help you think about everything from your outfit to the menu!

4th of July Inspiration Board – Board by Tweedle Dee Designs.

Have you started planning your 4th of July bash yet?

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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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3 Creative Birthday Cake Ideas

Oh sweet, sweet birthday cake! Are you looking for some fresh ideas to try at the next party? Maybe one of these three cake ideas will get your creative baking juices flowing. They are all gorgeous and tasty! Enjoy 🙂

Banana Split Birthday Cake – this decadent cake comes from alanabread, and don’t worry the “ice cream” won’t melt… they are actually butter cream balls! This is definitely a cake worthy of a special birthday. Her recipe even comes with a helpful step by step illustration of how to construct the cake!

Banana Split Birthday Cake – Recipe & Photo from alana bread.

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Doughnut Birthday Cake – How whimsical and simple? You can save time by using pre-made donuts, or if you are feeling adventurous why not make your own (here is a recipe we like). This birthday confection is perfect for the doughnut-lover in your life.

Doughnut Birthday Cake – Image & Recipe by Best Friends for Frosting.

Homemade Cake Batter Truffle Mini Cakes – Cake batter anything is amazing… and in truffle form cake batter may be even better. This arrangement of truffles is great for events where you don’t feel like cutting a traditional cake, and let’s guests control their portions. These sweet truffles would be great for a wedding or bridal shower too!

Cake Batter Truffle Mini Birthday Cakes – image & recipe by Club Chica Circle.

Which is your favorite take on the traditional birthday cake?

Valentines Day DIY: Free Printables For The Perfect Valentines Day

February 14th is a little over 2 weeks away, so the time to plan and craft is now! Whether you are celebrating with kids, or someone special we’ve collected some great resources from around the web to help you with decorations & cards. The best thing about these crafts is that they could totally work for other celebrations, like a girl’s birthday party. So grab your printer, scissors, glue, and craft up some love!

Printable Valentines Banner – This banner comes from the blog Feece Fun. How adorable is this banner? It would be great to use at home, or to decorate a classroom. This printable would make a great template for a birthday banner too!

Image & Printable from FleeceFun.com.

Valentines Day Printable Breakfast In Bed Kit – This printable kit comes from Design Is Yay, a great blog full of awesome tutorials and freebies. Such a beautiful little collection here! Breakfast in bed would be the perfect way to show that someone special just how much you care. Again this printable could easily be reused as a template for a birthday, Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, etc. breakfast in bed!

Breakfast In Bed DIY Printable (and image) from Design Is Yay!

Printable Kid’s Valentines – These adorable valentines come from Ellinee. These animals are too sweet.

Kids Valentine Printables (and image) from Ellinee.

How do you usually celebrate Valentine’s day? Do you have a sweetheart this year?

3 Cheery Birthday Treats

Today we wanted to share some pretty amazing and colorful birthday treats we’ve stumbled upon the last week. They are so creative and happy—they’d be perfect for a special birthday celebration.

Polka Dot Cake – This whimsical cake comes from Once Upon A Pedestal. She uses cake pop pans to create the polka dots that are baked into this three-layered cake! Check out here fantastic tutorial, and maybe give this cake a whirl. If you wanted to do a gluten-free version you could use gluten-free cake mix to keep it simple.

Image & Tutorial from Once Upon A Pedestal

Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treat Cupcakes – Holy smokes Batman! Did someone quite possibly combine our love of cupcakes with our adoration for rice krispie treats? It appears so. Samantha of Baked From A Box has a super easy tutorial for making the ultimate birthday treat with a sweet pink buttercream frosting!

Image & Tutorial from Baked From A Box.

Oreo Pops – These party treats by Hip Hip Hooray are super simple to make. Simply place oreos on a stick. Then dip into melted chocolate of your choice and top with sprinkles! How awesome looking are these.

Image from Hip Hip Hooray

Which cheery treat is your favorite?

4 Colorful Birthday Party Inspirations

At Make A Birthday Wish we love color! And we love bringing color and joy into the birthday parties we throw for children in need in San Jose. This week we wanted to share 4 of our favorite colorful inspirations from around the web that you can use when you are planning your next party! So let the color begin!

Rainbow Cake Pop Display  – You could easily recreate this colorful and whimsical cake pop display at home. It is so cheery right?!!

Rainbow Cake Pop Display, Image from Pizzazzerie.

Tissue Paper Chandeliers – These are so gorgeous and would be pretty simple to recreate!

Tissue Paper Chandelier, Image from Style Me Pretty

Rainbow Layered Birthday Cake – This cake is gorgeous and we’ve linked the image to a how-to so you can make your own!

Rainbow Layered Birthday Cake

The Birthday Balloon Wreath – This awesome tutorial comes from Six Sister’s Stuff. It is so colorful and simple to make!

Birthday Balloon Wreath from Six Sister’s Stuff

Which is your favorite colorful birthday how-to?

Skip the Chips &Soda Part II: Serve These Refreshing Beverages Instea!

Earlier this week we shared some healthier and happier alternatives to chips that you can serve at parties.Today we’ve rounded up a collection of alternatives and recipes that won’t have you or your guests missing the soda!

Swap Out Soda With These Alternatives:

Flavored Water – A pretty, healthy, and affordable alternative to soda. Just buy your favorite fruits and veggies (we love strawberries, blueberries, lemons, limes, and cucumbers), slice them up, and add them to a glass pitcher to steep with ice water, or add them directly to your guests glass! You can pick fruits that coordinate with your party’s color scheme or that celebrate the flavors of the season!

Juice Spritzers – super yummy and super affordable. Pick up your favorite juice and add tonic or seltzer water for a refreshing, fruity, and fizzy soda alternative! You can also add fresh fruit, mint, or basil to liven up your spritzer.

Iced Tea – this is a staple in my opinion, and if you aren’t serving up the super sweet southern version it is a healthier alternative. You can go with a traditional black, or serve green, or fruit flavored iced tea. Try swapping the sugar out for a natural sweetener like agave or stevia to keep calories low. We are in love with this recipe for Blueberry Mint Iced Tea by Brooklyn Gallery!

Blueberry Mint Iced Tea – Recipe & Photo from Brooklyn Gallery

Ginger Ale – So technically this is soda, but ginger ale is wonderful for your stomach, and if you are going to consume any form of soda you should give this spicy and refreshing flavor a try. We love Reeds natural ginger ale, and now they even offer a “light” option that is only 55 calories a bottle!

Reeds Ginger Brews

what is your favorite beverage to serve at a party?

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3 Party Favor Packaging Ideas We Love!

The standard plastic party favor bag is so overdone. For your next party or event why not give one of these ideas a try! We love the simplicity and unexpectedness of each of them!

Party Thank You’s Filled With Candy

This adorable idea came from Ashley, creator of the great blog Make It and Love It. To see how to make these sweet little favors click here!

Party Favor Pails

We love the idea of having an assortment of candy for people to choose from and make their own goodie bag! The idea and photo come from the blog Celebrate the Big and the Small.

Party Favor Cones

 

A free template for these adorable party favor cones are available at Martha Stewart’s website. Click here to see the tutorial.

Which is your favorite party favor packaging?

 

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Easy Party Recipes: Apple Sandwiches with Granola & Peanut Butter

Today we wanted to share an adorable and easy recipe that is sure to please party-goers of all ages. The recipe comes from Whole Foods and manages to pack in a good bit of protein, fruit while leaving your sweet tooth satisfied. We’ve been obsessed with fresh peanut and almond butter lately and have got some ideas for how to customize the ingredients to suit your unique taste buds.

Apple Sandwiches with Granola & Peanut Butter Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 Small apples, cored and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick rounds
  • 1 Tsp. lemon juice (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp. peanut or almond butter
  • 2 Tbsp. semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp. granola

Directions:

  1. Brush the apples slices with lemon juice to keep them from turning brown (if you aren’t eating them right away).
  2. Spread one side of half of the apple slices with peanut or almond butter then sprinkle with chocolate chips and granola.
  3. Top with remaining apple slices, pressing down gently to make the sandwiches.

Variations:

  • Consider using dried fruit in place of chocolate chips
  • Use an interesting granola like Nature’s Path Pumpkin Granola
  • Substitute granola for crumbled graham crackers
  • Swap Nutella for the almond or peanut butter

What ideas do you have for changing up the ingredients?

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