Candy Land – Inspired Tea Party

  For my mom's last birthday, I decided to throw her a little party combining two things she loves:  tea and her favorite childhood game, Candy Land.  It was a lovely party.  Take a look!         For the table, I used traditional china, adding the playful nature of...

How to Host a Fun & Easy Ladies’ Morning

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #DunkinatGiantEagle #CollectiveBias Have you been beyond busy the last couple of months?  With a new writing project, our big yard improvements and the...

How To Build An Awesome Baked Potato Bar

You all know it is hard for me to resist a do-it-yourself or build-you-own style food bar.  I love them!  I love how they appeal to a variety of tastes and can be customized to each person's own opinion of greatness.  Maybe it just comes from having (or being) a picky...

Fun Ideas for an Emoji Party

Are your kids into emojis and emoticons?  At the beginning of August, we celebrated my daughter's eighth birthday.  She is crazy about emojis and sends her daddy lots of text messages filled with hearts, funny faces and smiling piles of poo.  So it was not a surprise...

Quick Tips for Planning a July 4th Brunch

I love the 4th of July!  Our town puts on the cutest, family-centered Old Glory Day celebrations.  But because this takes up much of the afternoon and I still like to have friends over at some point during the day, brunch seems like the most logical option. Here are...

How to Make a Delicious Waffle Bar Your Guests Will Love

  If you are looking for a fun and easy breakfast idea, look no further.  This waffle bar is it!  It requires only basic prep work before your guests arrive and the build-your-own style menu is fun for all. A couple weeks ago, I hosted a Norwex Party with friends and...

Easy Ideas for a Spring Picnic Party

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. #PureLife40pk #CollectiveBias With spring's arrival, I am beyond eager to get outside and enjoy the new season.  Blooming flowers, warmer temperatures . . . and...

A Playful Dog and Cat Birthday Party

  If you have a child who loves dogs and cats, you'll want to check out this dog and cat party for fun ideas and inexpensive decor inspiration! My daughter turned 7 last year (yes, I know I am so late on sharing this party!).  More than dolls, more than legos, more...

A Skate in the Woods ~ This Year’s Gingerbread Party

I love our annual Gingerbread Party!  It ties so many fun things together:  tradition, creativity, family and candy.  Today, I'm sharing the photos from our little party.  I really wanted the tablescape to feel like a skate in the woods.  You know, that picturesque...

Galactic Star Wars Party Games & Activities

We are back for more of my son's 9th birthday party.  It was a small party with just a few boys, but they had a blast.  I had created fun decor and themed food, but what I think the boys liked most were the Star Wars party games and activities we had planned. (This...

Galactic Star Wars Party Ideas: Decor & Food

Do you have a young Jedi?  For the last year, my own Jedi has been looking forward to a Star Wars themed party.  Now, I know that I am often telling you that I have found [another] new favorite party theme but how can I not feel that way when we're talking Han Solo,...

How to Throw a Fun & Creative FINDING DORY Party

(This post contains affiliate links.) Every time I throw another party, I find a new theme with which to fall in love.  Looking at the details, getting creative and planning some memory-making fun . . . this Finding Dory party was no different! An aquatic-themed party...

How to Throw an AMAZING Coloring Party

This post was sponsored by Colorwear as part of an In-Home Party Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.   Are you a bit stressed?  Do you need a little time to slow down and unwind with friends? You all know I love...

Setting up for a Snowy Gingerbread House Party

Every year, we host a gingerbread house party for our children and our youngest niece and nephew.  In years past, it used to be quite a few more kids building houses, spilling icing and eating way too many sweets. But as they have grown up, the older kids have...

AWESOME Lego Movie Party Ideas Your Kid Will Love

  Well, my little boy turned 8.  And if you've had the pleasure of meeting him, you probably know that he is very into legos and the Lego Movie.  In fact, there have been times I have had to put the kibosh on the singing of "Everything is Awesome."  It is a catchy...

Alice in Wonderland Party Games, Activities & More

Hello there!  We are wrapping up our Alice in Wonderland party today with a look at games, activities and favors.  I also will be sharing the order of events I used in case you want to structure your own Mad Hatter Tea.  If you missed the earlier two posts, you can...

Alice in Wonderland Party Sweets & Treats

We're all mad here. And I am very excited you are joining us for this Mad Hatter Tea.  Today, we're talking about Alice in Wonderland party sweets and treats.  You'll see the Mad Hatter cake and other sweets my daughter and her friends enjoyed during the celebration....

Alice in Wonderland Party

Get ready to hop down that rabbit hole because I have so much to share from my daughter's Alice in Wonderland Party.  It was a fun theme with so many opportunities for creativity and classic Disney characters.  Today, we will take a look at the decor, but be sure to...

Awesome Superhero Party Games

Last week, I shared the first part of my son's superhero birthday party . . . simple but super decor and food.  Today, we're talking superhero party games and activities {you'll soon see why the final game was my favorite thing about this particular party!}. This post...

Our Superhero Party

Move out of your house in two weeks and throw a birthday party.  A little crazy, right?  It was last summer and we were under contract for the house.  We had two and half weeks to pack and move thanks to a cash buyer and I had to decide if I would throw one last party...

Safari Themed Baby Shower

Hello friends!  A couple weeks ago, I attended a safari themed baby shower and wanted to share the pictures with you.  Everything was super safari cute and . . . it was another Open House Shower, which of course I love! Open house showers allow for a large number of...

Awesome College Send Off Party Ideas

Are you sending a kid (yours or a niece or nephew) off to college this fall?  I am dreading the day.  But least I have 10 years to go and I am hoping those years go slow.  And when the time comes, I'll be referring back to this awesome College Send Off Party Idea.  It...

Our Lemonade Party

Disclosure: This post contain affiliate links.  Please see my Disclosure Policy for more information.     Are you looking for a fun summer party theme?  Start thinking of assorted flavored lemonades, lemon-inspired food and a great outdoor evening with family and...

The Perfect Fall Party Theme

Every October, Dan and I look forward to a party hosted by our friends, Sharon & Clayton.  It is the perfect Fall party theme. . . The Cider Party This year marked their 7th Annual Cider Party and we have been honored to attend the last 4 or 5 years.  The uniqueness...

Little Mermaid Party Food, Favors and the Rest of the Sea

Hi Friends!  We're back with the final post about our Little Mermaid Party!  If you missed the grotto decor or fun games, you will find links at the bottom of this post. Today, we'll be looking at Little Mermaid party food, favors and well . . . the rest of the sea....

Gather ’em up for this Neighborhood S’mores Party

Welcome to Entertaining Fridays!!  Depending on where you live, there may be time to squeeze in one more outdoor party. In our last neighborhood, the turn of cold weather meant seeing less of others as we each retreated inside for the winter.  But in Ohio, we've had a...

Little Mermaid Party Games & Activities

  We're back Under the Sea!  Today, we're talking about Little Mermaid party games and activities.  My daughter recently turned 5 and these were the three activities we did at her party.  I'm saving the best for last! 1.  Pin the Shell on Ariel Simple, classic and...

Little Mermaid Party Decor: Creating Ariel’s Grotto

  Last month was my daughter's 5th birthday.  Yes, my baby is 5.  Where did the time go?  For this birthday, my Sweet Girl wanted a Little Mermaid theme.  Last year, we celebrated with a Disney Princess theme, but this year, it had to be Ariel alone. So where to start...

Country Bridal Shower Ideas

  Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a bridal shower for a sweet bride-to-be.  She was a girl in our youth group years ago and I have many fond memories of her like the time we went on a mission trip and all this teen seemed to eat the entire week was peanut...

Wizard of Oz Party & Family Movie Night

Last Saturday, we hosted a little Wizard of Oz Party and Family Movie Night!  It was a fun theme for decorating and creating.  And it was the first time all the kids saw the movie.  Now, I will tell you that we fast forwarded through some of the parts.  There will be...

Pi Day Party

Back in January, Dan asked me if I wanted to host a Pi Party.  Well, all the boy had to do was mention the word "party," and I was in! If you're trying to figure out what I am talking about, remember back to the mathematical symbol for 3.141592....You know the ratio...

Classroom Baby Shower for Teacher

Just before we left for Florida, we threw a little classroom baby shower for my son's kindergarten teacher.  It was surprise . . . and the kids did an amazing job of keeping the secret and being patient when school was cancelled for three days due to weather. Baby...

Pink and Gray Elephant Party

First birthday parties are so much fun . . . Ok, all birthday parties are fun.  And this Pink and Gray Elephant Party is no different.  Today's party feature is from Lynnette and the celebration is for her daughter's first birthday. Enjoy! The cake is from a local...

How to Host the Perfect Soup Party

Well friends, I have found another kind of party that I LOVE.  A couple Sunday's ago, I hosted a Soup Party for Dan's family of 20.  It was the perfect theme for a cold, winter day. Have you been experiencing freezing or colder than usual temperatures?  We have had...

Octonauts Party Games the Kids Will Love!

It wasn't too long ago that we were on the beach celebrating my son's birthday.  And I think I can now say that the beach is my favorite location for a party, probably because it is very conducive to a variety of activities.  Not the least of which were our Octonauts...

A Disney Octonauts Party

As I mentioned last Friday, my Sweet Boy has turned 6 years old.  I love seeing what my kids are into at the time of celebrations and creating fun parties for their birthdays.  And over the last year, my son has been loving Disney's Octonauts show.  It is a fun...

Disney Princess Party {Part One}

Aside from the family "picnic party" I shared last month, I am quite behind on sharing about all our recent parties.  So over the next month, you'll be seeing a lot of celebrating here on the blog!  Ready for the fun? My daughter turned four for this summer and just...

A Picnic Party

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook (and if not, come & join me!), you know that I think I have found my favorite party theme ever!!  ... PICNIC. I love the simplicity, the oh-so-easy menu and the great red and white colors and pattern.  And for a party that was...

A Camping Party

Welcome to Camp Jacob!  You are about to explore the goodness that Lynnette put together for her son's 6th birthday party and you're sure to love it.  Grab some grub, enjoy s'more cupcakes, finish your scavenger hunt and get a seat near the fire because we're going...

A Peter Rabbit Party {part 2}

Yesterday, I was over at Redeemed Reader talking about How To Throw a Book-Themed Party.  Are you looking for a creative idea for a party theme?  Why not pull from a classic and loved story.  Oh, there are so many ideas whether you are planning a children's party or a...

How to Throw a Book-Themed Party

Ah, the magic of books.  They encourage the imagination.  They whisk the reader to new worlds, thrilling adventures and great mysteries, all the while teaching valuable lessons and sharing new discoveries.  But even more than that, they can be used to plan the most...

Gabriella’s Mexican Fiesta

I have always dreamed of having a Mexican Fiesta party.  Bright colors, festive Spanish music (probably my awesome Gipsy Kings) . . . well, someday.  But since yesterday was Cinco de Mayo, I thought we'd feature Marcy's fun Mexican Fiesta for her daughter's 9th...

Valentine Gingerbread House Party

Each January, we gather the younger half of our nieces and nephews and host a Gingerbread House Party.  However this year, the Puzzle Party along with our trip to Disney World occupied much of the month.   But because traditions are important in this house, there...

Baby Blizzard: A Winter Baby Shower

    One may think that winter isn't a great time for a baby shower, but with a fun theme like this, any mom-to-be and her guests will be comfy and cozy.  Today, Sarah from Taylor Design Studio is sharing a baby shower she threw in December.   The theme is Baby...

Our Luau Birthday Celebration (Part Two)

Aloha!  We're back talking about the Luau Celebration we hosted for my kids' family birthday party.  On the first post, we talked about greeting the guests with pineapple-coconut smoothies, leis and more. Today, we're going to wrap up with the menu and buffet display....

Our Luau Birthday Celebration – Part One

As you can safely assume, birthdays are a big deal in our house.  We celebrate the actual birthday with a fun activity and a more intimate dinner.  We plan a friends party for each child and then we also host a joint family party for both kids (about 25 people and...

A Book-Themed Shower

  Do you remember back to the adorable library card invitation I received for a bridal shower?  You can get a quick glimpse here.   Well, the shower has come and gone.  But I wanted to share with you some of their fun "booky" decorations.  The ladies throwing the...

“This Little Light of Mine” Birthday Party

You are in for a treat because this birthday party from Marcy T. shines bright!  Marcy chose the theme "This Little Light of Mine" for her son, Asher's 2nd birthday.  While she says the theme was trickier than others, once the creative juices began to flow . . . well,...

Host an Afternoon Tea (Part One)

    Do you ever long for a slower pace to your day?  A special moment to share and connect with the special ladies in your life?  If so, then maybe it is high time for you to host an Afternoon Tea.   Afternoon Tea is a delightful way to celebrate a special occasion or...

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My name is Kristen. I'm a former Wedding & Event Planner blogging about fun ways to celebrate each and every day and the special occasions of life. Here you'll find inspiration for family fun, children's activities, party planning and a faith-filled life.