Monday, August 22, 2016

Emoji Photo Booth Props

More on the Emoji themed party for my son. I LOVE to take photos so I'm always looking for ways to have people to have fun and let me photograph them. When this new theme of photo booths started to be come popular for weddings etc I can't tell you how excited I was! I've done different props at parties for the kids but this was the first time I made actual props on a stick for people to use! In my mind this would be HUGE, well kids don't always follow what I want to do but hey ... lol.
 
I found a Cricut Photo Booth Prop Cartridge on Amazon and made these fun props. 
 
 
 
What You Need:
Cricut Photo Booth Prop Cartridge
Yellow Card Stock
Red Card Stock
White Card Stock
Black Card Stock
Purple Card Stock
Craft Glue
Hot Glue Gun
Bamboo Sticks

Use the cartridge to make the faces. I attached them with craft glue and let them sit and dry. I used my hot glue gun to attach the faces to the bamboo sticks. Let them dry and they are ready for the party!



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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Emoji themed Birthday Party ... Party Bags

I'm back! Well I've been here just this summer has ate up all my free time and sadly my blog is really suffering! 

I had an Emoji themed party for my youngest right after school ended! As you all know I'm crazy about a theme! At first Caden picked Zelda and I almost died when I saw themed items for that. BUT then he changed to Emoji's and I was super excited! This was the coolest party and I LOVE LOVE all the fun things I got to make. I wish I took more pictures of the kids with all the emoji stuff!


As I have said over and over I hate passing out dollar tree crap to people that come in. I hate when that stuff comes home with my kids. I have gotten in the habit of making fun things for kids to take home, and you need something for the kids to take those things home in. So here comes the treat bags!

What you Need:
Black Card Stock
Yellow Card Stock
Red Card Stock
White Card Stock
Black Treat Bags
Simply Charmed Cricut Cartridge
Cricut Cartridge
Tacky Glue

I used my Cricut to cut circles, hearts and sunglasses. I also used the George cartridge that came with my Cricut to make the mouth's using the moon option, Small circles and rectangles.

I made 4 different versions of the bags you can make more but I find to keep it simple and I don't go nuts! I made the sunglasses guy, surprise guy, heart eyes and the stern face! There are so many emoji's to choose from I just made the easy one's that I had shapes for on my machine.

Close up of the Heart Eyed Bag


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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ham & Cheese Tater Tot Casserole

My oldest asked for Tater Tot Casserole last week and I went on a little crazy themed week and found several different versions to try. The tried and true version was the winner but I liked this one. I tried to make this as healthy as I could. I found this recipe on This Mama Loves.

Ingredients:

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I used Red Fat Cheese)
8 oz. package diced ham
32 oz. bag of tater tots (I use crowns they are half the size and bake nicer)
1 cup sour cream (I used Red Fat)
1-10.75 oz. can of cream of chicken soup (I used red fat)
3 tsp. yellow mustard
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt 
(I added in Corn)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease a 9×13 pan with butter.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until well mixed and everything is evenly distributed.
  4. Place mixture in prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes until heated through and top is golden brown.
  5. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes before serving. 
  
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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Red, White and Blue Fruit Skewers

My amazing friend came over the night before the fourth to help me decorate the cookies. She brought along the dish she wanted to bring out to the party so we could prep them. She wanted to make Red, White and Blue Fruit Skewers. I've sen them on several different sites but I'll link to my favorite Skinnytaste.
For the skewers:
  • 14 oz angel foods cake, cut about 1-inch cubes
  • 72-84 medium strawberries (about 3.5 lbs) stems removed
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 24 to 28 skewers
Thread 3 strawberries and 2 cubes of cake onto each skewer, alternating between strawberries and cake. Finish each skewers with 3 blueberries. Place finished skewers on a platter and refrigerate until ready to eat.
 Alexis Notes: We did a pattern of all 3 fruit together.



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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Cake Batter Dip

Next on the Fourth of July party menu was a Cake Batter Dip. Ok people this is a warning this stuff is so sweet but so good you may sit there with a spoon and it may not make it to the party. Just saying, not that this happened at my house .. lol!! You can use different sprinkle colors depending on theme or holiday. I found this super simple recipe on Sugar and Soul.

 Ingredients
  • 8 oz whipped cream cheese
  • 4 oz cool whip, thawed
  • 1 cup white cake mix, dry
  • ½ cup sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Beat or stir together the cream cheese, cool whip, and cake mix until fully combined. Stir in the majority of the sprinkles. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with remaining sprinkles. Serve with fruit, crackers, or cookies.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Another easy treat

I love rice krispy treats they can be made into any theme. For the Fourth of July I made red, white and blue. WELL I totally messed up the colors but it's still the right colors just not in the right order ... lol. You can make these with the kids which is fun and easy!


Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package 10 oz. Marshmallows or 4 cups Miniature Marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispy Cereal

Directions

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.

Note

-For best results, use fresh marshmallows.
-1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows.
-Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.
-Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container.
-To freeze, place in layers separated by wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.
 
For this theme I used Red and blue food coloring (my favorite to use is AmeriColor Gel Food Coloring). I did a double batch and split it into 3 pots, one I dyed red and one I dyed blue and one I left normal for the white layer. You can do this with many different colors to fit any theme or holiday. ALEXIS NOTE: I spray pam (or butter spray) on wax paper and push them down, this I found to be the easiest and less messy way to do this.

Let sit and then cut into squares and let the fun begin!!


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