Frozen Desserts for Summer

Hey there! We hope you had a fun week and if you are looking for a sweet way to cool off this summer or planning your next summer bash we’ve got three great frozen recipes for you! Making frozen desserts seems intimidating at first, but in reality it’s pretty simple and the results are stunning (and an unexpected surprise for guests). We love these recipes because not only will they help you cool off, they are all summer themed!

Frozen Grasshoppers with Mint Fudge Sauce – the sweet and refreshing combination of mint and chocolate come together perfectly in these perfect little frozen treats from Random Sweetness. And the best part of this recipe: you only need 7 ingredients!

Frozen Grasshoppers with Mint Fudge Sauce – Image & recipe by Random Sweetness

Frozen S’mores – Nothing says summer camping like s’mores! But we’d suggest enjoying this frozen version by Reading Confetti at home!

Frozen S’mores – Image & recipe by Reading Confetti

Frozen Strawberries & Cream Dessert  – Strawberries and summer go hand in hand. If you love the perfect pairing of strawberries and cream give this delicious frozen dessert by The Recipe Critic a try!

Frozen Strawberries & Cream Dessert – Image & recipe from The Recipe Critic

What are your favorite frozen summer treats?

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Our Favorite Summer Crafts Part III

Hey there! We hope you had an amazing Independence Day last week and that some of the tutorials and recipes we shared made planning the day easier. Today we wanted to shift back to our summer craft series, showcasing some of our favorite crafts from around the web. With school out and long summer days to fill, sharing crafts just seems appropriate. Some of these would make great gifts or be fun ideas for party crafts, so enjoy and keep crafting.

Sumo Wrestler Bowling Pins – what an adorable way to recycle and create a game for hours of fun. This tutorial by Sugar and Dots is perfect for kids and adults alike.

Sumo Wrestler Plastic Bottle Bowling Pins – Image and tutorial by Sugar and Dots!

The Twenty Minute Tote – This simple tutorial by the Purl Bee only needs a few materials and is perfect even if you are a beginning sewer (or want to learn).

The Twenty Minute Tote – Image and tutorial from The Purl Bee.

DIY Workout Top – Such a cute and simple workout top—no sewing required, thank you Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth! You can use one of your favorite T’s that might be a little too big, or hit up a cool thrift store and get one just for the occasion.

DIY Workout Shirt – Image and tutorial by Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth.

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4th of July Party Resources: Part II

Hey there fellow party and craft enthusiasts! Last week we shared some great resources to get your Fourth of July plans off the ground, so this week we wanted to start talking menus… and more importantly simple and fun desserts! So check out these red, white, and blue recipes that will impress guests without much effort.

Simple Cheesecake Tart – This five ingredient recipe comes from It’s Overflowing! How pretty and how simple. Who doesn’t love fresh berries and mini tarts? Prefer organic or vegan cheesecake? That’s a simple swap at the grocery store for organic or vegan substitutes!

5 Ingredient Cheesecake Tart – Image & Recipe from It’s Overflowing.

Fourth of July Fruit Kabobs – This recipe from The Frugal Girls is so simple, and the star marshmallows are just adorable! Spice it up (or should we say sweeten it up) by dipping your fruit in red, white and blue chocolate!

Image & recipe by The Frugal Girls.

Easy Fourth of July Fireworks Cookie Pops – How cute are these cookie pops? Cake pops are yesterday’s news, this year make some of these cookie pops using this recipe from The Decorated Cookie!

Easy Fourth of July Fireworks Cookie Pops – Image & recipe from the Decorated Cookie.

What is your favorite and simple recipe for the 4th?

Our Favorite Summer Crafts: Part II

Hey there Make A Birthday Wish Readers! Last week we shared a few of our favorite summertime crafts. This week we have a few more, including some that would make great Father’s Day gifts! So read on, then get your craft on!

DIY Wool Felt iPhone Sleeves – These little sleeves are super adorable, and the tutorial from Poppytalk will have you crafting a carrier for your phone in no time. And these would make a great gift for dad!

Wool Felt iPhone Sleeves – Image & Tutorial from Poppytalk.

Perler Bead Bracelets – These adorable little bracelets come from the Swedish Blogger Helena, of Craft & Creativity. Check out this tutorial and her blog, and don’t worry there are English translations throughout!

DIY Perler Bead Bracelets – Image & tutorial from Craft & Creativity.

DIY Hula-Hoop Rug – How fun is this rug made from spare t-shirts from Spoonful? This step-by-step tutorial complete with pictures will have you weaving and re-purposing in no time! This could also make a great gift!

Hula Hoop Rug – Image & Tutorial from Spoonful.

Which is your favorite craft?

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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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DIY Cake Batter Ice Cream

Hi there everybody! Are you ready for Memorial Day Weekend? We are! And if you are looking for something to make for your BBQ this weekend why not try homemade cake batter ice cream? We’ve got 3 different recipes to choose from, including one for Vegans! Who doesn’t love ice cream on a hot day? And who doesn’t love cake batter 🙂

Funfetti Cake Batter Ice Cream – This recipe from Sweet 2 Eat Baking is both beautiful and delicious! We love the pink and cheery color of this ice cream, and we don’t think the nopariels sprinkles are optional… go big or go home!

Funfetti Cake Batter Ice Cream – Image & recipe from Sweet 2 Eat Baking

Vegan Funfetti Cake Batter Ice Cream – Just because you are going without dairy or animal products, doesn’t mean you can’t have ice cream, and birthday cake ice cream at that. This delicious and simple recipe comes from One Year of Hippiness.

Vegan Funfetti Cake Batter Ice Cream – Image & recipe from One Year of Hippiness.

Birthday Cake Remix Ice Cream  – If you love this ice cream from Cold Stone, you will love this copycat recipe from Life, Love, and Sugar! It’s bursting with birthday cake flavor (it has a box of funfetti cake mix in it for goodness sakes) and doesn’t require an ice cream maker! 

Birthday Cake Remix Ice Cream – Image & recipe from Life, Love, and Sugar.

So which is your favorite take on cake batter ice cream? Have you ever made ice cream at home?

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Summer Strawberries Three Ways!


Today we’ve got three unique recipes to share with you that we think are a delicious way to enjoy strawberries this summer! To get the strawberry extravaganza started we have a healthy recipe from Dashing Dish for Sugar Free Strawberry Lemonade! (Just click on the titles to see each of the recipes; images are from original posts)

Sugar Free Strawberry Lemonade – Serves 6

We are loving this low-calorie lemonade! It’s a great way to cool off and would make a pretty party drink.

What better food pairing for your strawberry lemonade than an Avocado, Strawberry, and Goat Cheese Sandwich? This amazing recipe comes from the blog Edible Perspective, and Ashley even includes directions for a hot or cold version!

Avocado, Strawberry, and Goat Cheese Sandwich – Serves 1

The flavors in this recipe are amazing and a refreshing way to enjoy summer fruits!

After you’ve gobbled up your sandwich, pour another glass of lemonade and dig into some Fresh Strawberry Upside Down Cake! This recipe was shared by Cora on Trick’s Chefs and is pretty simple to make.

Fresh Strawberry Upside Down Cake – Serves 12

What are your favorite strawberry recipes?


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Birthday Party Ideas That Keep You Active This Summer: Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing (Photo credit: Greatist)

Over the next few weeks we wanted to share some party ideas that will get kids and adults alike experiencing the outdoors and embracing their playful sides! These adventure party themes are great for creating memories while teaching kids the importance of staying healthy and active. To get this adventure themed series started, let’s talk about rock climbing! A rock climbing party is a great idea for both younger kids and older climbing enthusiasts. Climbing options range from bouldering (climbing short distances without a rope and with plenty of padding) to top-rope climbing (climbing higher with a rope and partner). Many climbing gyms even have birthday party specials and rooms that can be used to serve cake and ice cream! Typically climbing gyms will have trained instructors available to show the kids the ropes (pun intended) and make sure they climb safely! If you are in the Bay Area some great climbing gyms to consider are:

  • Planet Granite– this gym has locations in Sunnyvale, Belmont, and San Francisco and offers both bouldering and top-rope climbing.
  • Berkeley Ironworks – this East Bay climbing gym has party rates at $100 for 5 kids (and $20/each additional child) and offers both top-rope and bouldering facilities.
  • Rockzilla– this smaller Napa facility offers party specials of $175/2-hour party or $275/3-hour party and offers both bouldering and top-rope climbing routes.
  • Vertex -this gym is located in Santa Rosa and parties start at $130 for 6 children, and $20/each additional guest. There is even an option to book the entire gym for large parties on Saturday nights!

Later this week we will share some other great party ideas that will keep you active this summer! Have you or your children ever tried rock climbing? What did you think?

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Rainbow Jello Squares


This adorable recipe comes from my boyfriend’s mother, and I made it for his college graduation party this past weekend. It was one of the few requests he had for the party menu, (as the colorful squares brought back fond memories of family gatherings as a child :)).  These pretty and yummy little squares would be great for a summer birthday bash or a BBQ! It’s pretty simple, just takes a little patience to let the jello set!


  • 2 envelopes of Knox gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1- 12oz. can evaporated milk
  • 4 flavors Jello – small boxes (such as: lemon,orange,lime and strawberry)
  • 1 cup of boiling water for each of the boxes of Jello – 4 cup total


  1. Dissolve together Knox gelatin and 1 cup of boiling water. Mix together the cold water,sugar and milk. Add dissolved gelatin. Set the mixture aside.
  2. To each box of Jello add 1 c. hot water. Set aside.
  3. Construct the layers! Use a large rectangular pan for thinner layers, or a smaller pan for thicker layers.
  4. Pour 1 flavored Jello into pan for first layer. Gel in your fridge then add 1 c. of milk mixture for second layer. Allow the milk mixture to gel, then another flavored layer.
  5. Continue alternating, ending with flavored Jello. Each layer is about 1 c. of liquid.
  6. When completely gelled, cut into cubes.

Note: Since the jello is concentrated it will tend to set at room temperature if you let them sit out for a long time.

What recipes remind you of family gatherings from childhood?





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