August 29, 2014

How to Host an Autumn Market Party: Part 4

Today is the last day of our beautiful Autumn Market Party. I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have. Another special thanks to our sponsors, One Sweet Slice and Silhouette for helping to make this party both lovely and delicious. And here are the final details of the party you will definitely want to check out.

These printable food labels are so stinkin' cute. I love how they're displayed on these little popcorn boxes. Get yours over at Not Just a Mommy!

These DIY Utensil Holders fit the market theme so well--I just love them. Find out how to make your own at Over the Big Moon.

And last, but not least, the ladies of Made from Pinterest are at it again with this adorable wreath. Find the tutorial over on their blog.

Thanks for reading this week and checking out all our hard work. A HUGE shout out to the talented Sara of Confetti Sunshine for all her hard work staging and photographing this party. And coming up with the fabulous idea. I always mourn the end of summer, but this party has me looking forward to fall now. Cheers!

August 28, 2014

Autumn Market Projects: Take 3

Welcome back to The Party Hop's Autumn Market! Today's beautiful projects are pictured below. The full tutorials can be found by clicking on the blogger's links. Enjoy!

A cute tote makes perfect sense at a market-inspired party. Guests will need a place to carry home all their goodies. Be sure to head over to See Vanessa Craft to see how she made these, and how you can make your own!

I LOVE all these pie projects! Head over to Confetti Sunshine to see how she made these cute pie boxes.

And finally, the ladies at Paging Supermom have a darling free printable "Welcome" Sign to hang at your gathering. I just love how it looks displayed on this old window!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

August 27, 2014

How to Host an Autumn Market Party: Part 2

Hey everybody! I hope you're loving the Autumn Market Party so far. Have you scheduled yours yet? Today we have three more fabulous ideas for you to use. Be sure to head over to each ones blog for their full tutorials.

The fabulous Brittany from One Charming Party is showing us how to make this simple, but cute "Market" banner. Don't banners just make parties seem official?

I can't wait to learn how to make these cute Paper Pumpkins. The ladies over at Made From Pinterest are teaching us how. Check them out!

And last but not least, Lulu the Baker has some cute Pie Printable Signs for us over on her blog. But, wait--there's more! She has a recipe for a Crumb-Topped Peach Pie, too! YUM!


August 26, 2014

How To Host an Autumn Market Party: Part 1

Welcome to the first day of tutorials for The Party Hop: Autumn Market! I just love the idea of gathering with your family and friends on a late summer evening to taste the bounty of the garden, delicious home-baked goods, and to play fun games. Today, I'm going to share with you a little DIY Bean Bag Toss. Be sure to read to the end of the post for today's other great projects! 

Three pie tins and three homemade bean bags are all you need for a game the whole family can enjoy together. You can even pack them up cute and send a set home with each of your guests as a party favor.


To make the bean bags you will need fabric in assorted colors, scissors, rice or beans, and a sewing machine.

Step 1: Cut two squares of fabric for each bean bag. I cut mine 5 in x 5 in. Step 2: Match up your squares right sides out and sew a zigzag stitch around all four sides leaving a small space to fill with rice. Step 3: Fill about half way with rice and then sew up the opening. I cut around the edges of mine with pinking shears. 

If you have a Silhouette or other cutting machine, you can add decorative paper and numbers to your pie tins, simply adhering them with glue dots or double sided tape.

A bean bag toss is a festive and classic game--add the pie tins and I think it goes with the market theme perfectly! Hope you give em' a try!

Continuing on with our lovely theme, Kimberly from A Night Owl is showing us how to make these darling Cork Cupcake Flags. Head over to her blog for all the details!

And these fun Market Stamps are up on Confetti Sunshine by Sara! Can you just imagine all the awesome possibilities?  

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to come back tomorrow for more fun projects!

August 25, 2014

An Autumn Market Party

I've been looking forward to this week for a while. I LOVE participating in these fabulous party hops, and I know you all will love what I have in store for you this week with this beautiful Autumn Market party. 

For those of you who are new around here, and aren't sure what a party hop is, read to the end of the post for the details! The AMAZING Silhouette and One Sweet Slice were generous enough to sponsor this week's party, so a HUGE shout out and thanks to them. Now check out these beautiful photos of what's to come!

For the Autumn Market Party Hop, 10 different bloggers have teamed up, each creating a beautiful project to contribute to this fun and festive party theme. For the rest of the week, I will be posting sneak peeks of their work along with links to their blogs. When you click on their links, you'll find the full tutorial on their individual project, so by the end of the week you'll have everything you need to throw your very own Autumn Market Party for your family and friends. It is such a beautiful time of year, and what better way to celebrate it than with a beautiful party. So be sure to check back tomorrow and everyday this week for more beautiful details and links to all the great info!

August 12, 2014

Lunch Art for Back-to-School

My boys love to eat. I guess they get it from me. Most days, I'm just working as quickly as possible to keep their hunger at bay, and keep them from attacking me. But sometimes, I like to give them a little surprise on their plates. If you're working with less-than-ravenous appetites, this might be a strategy to get your littles to eat a little more, and try a few new foods.

Here are my simple ideas. Your kids may need different portion sizes, but it's some inspiration to start!

Using cookie cutters and a cup, cut a sandwich into a circle, and cheese into stars. Add some sun rays in the form of sliced bell peppers, and top it all off with a banana moon.

Bug Life
Cut your sandwich in half diagonally and line up the two corners for butterfly wings. Wedge a little piece of celery in between for the body. For the antennae, we used more bell pepper. And lastly, with little toothpicks holding together grapes, we added some cute little caterpillars.

Taste the Rainbow
Think outside of the plate, and serve lunch in cupcake liners. Using rainbow colored liners, I found healthy foods from all the colors of the rainbow to match. Yum!

Think about how you can engage your kids--their minds, and their other senses. What are they learning? Practicing? Incorporate it into their food. Cut up deli meat into triangles, make cucumber and cheese stacks, and add a stack of crackers. Then ask your little one to identify the shapes before they dig in. Can they see other examples of the shapes around the kitchen?

(I meant to have five lunches, but at the last minute I showed my husband my final example and he said it looked a little inappropriate. hahaha! It only took me a second to realize how right he was. Always proof and edit, people! And an extra set of eyes is always helpful.) 

Anyway, hope this gave you a little inspiration for your child's lunchbox, or your little ones' plates at home! Loving this time of year!

August 7, 2014

Teacher Gift

If you know how to fold a paper airplane, then you are all set to make this fun teacher gift. If you aren't sure, look it up online. They're easy!

You'll need paper, pencils, scissors, wire, and glue dots. Step 1: fold your paper in half eight times (these have to be tiny). Step 2: Cut all those little rectangles along the folded lines and fold your little airplanes. Step 3: Using a couple glue dots, secure a piece of wire in the fold of the paper airplane. Then wrap it around your pencil.

I think a jar of these would look super cute on a teacher's desk. AND . .  . if you want to see another teacher's gift I came up with, head over to See Vanessa Craft where I'm a contributor. My DIY Apple Jars are up today!

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