5/29/15

Tie Dye "Girls Night Out" Craft Party

This post is brought to you by Tulip One-Step Tie Dye Kit and Blueprint Social. 
The opinions are my own.

I am SO ready for summer. I am ready for long days, sitting by the pool, and lots of free time spent having fun. To kick-off summer, I recently hosted a "Tie Dye Craft Party" at my home.  I invited over some friends for one of my favorite crafts--- Tie Dye Your Summer!

Nothing says summer like a cute tie dye dress, tank top, or swim suit cover-up. I have seen so many trendy summer looks that include tie dye. And luckily, tie dye is so easy to do with the Tulip One-Step Tie Dye Kit.   Whether it is one person or a group, it really is mess free.



My Girls Night Out Craft party prep was simple. First, I covered a large table in a vinyl table cloth. Then I set out all the contents of the Tulip One-Step Tie-Die Kit.  It includes everything you need to tie dye plus gloves, rubber bands, directions and lots of project ideas.  Basically it is a party in a box :) I really liked all the colors included. And best of all, the dye is already in the bottles. So there is no mess.
For decor, I printed off these cute little 'paper shirts' that say "Tie Dye". They are available for free at at "Tie Dye Your Summer". You can find everything for party decor from invitations and cupcake wrappers to photo booth props and party circles for free on this site. It makes putting together a cute party very, very easy.



In the kitchen, I had munchies, drinks and a homemade tie dye cake. Those final weeks before summer can be a little crazy. So a night spent having fun while working on a project together was just what we all needed.


I provided large white t-shirts for my friends to dye. I knew we could do a little 't-shirt transformation' with a good pair of scissors. My friends were pro t-shirt hackers, and they turned these  boxy tees into cute swimsuit cover-ups. Some of the girls also brought tank tops, scarves, and sundresses.


To dye the garments, we really only had to follow three steps.

1. Choose the dye technique (lots of ideas/directions for techniques included in the kit.) Twist your shirt and use rubber bands to secure.




2. Add tap water to the dye containers and shake it up. 


3. Squirt the dye on the shirt. I purchased small bins for each guest, that way the dye would not get on the table. This step made cleaning up after the party super simple.


After the dye was applied, we put the shirts in Ziploc bags to keep them moist. The moisture makes for a more vibrant color in the final product. I taped directions for "Washing/Wearing" to each bag. And that's it! It was so easy, everyone made more than one tie dye project.


Getting ready to tie dye? Here are a few helpful tips:
-Before applying the dye, wet your shirt (or garment) completely and wring out excess water. The moisture helps the fabric absorb the dye.
-Use a vinyl table cloth, bins and gloves to keep the dye contained. When we finished dyeing, all I did was roll up the table cloth and throw away the used supplies. It was mess free!
-Visit "Tie Dye Your Summer" for party ideas and free party printable supplies.
-Watch this video to see how to set-up your own Tie Dye Party!



One of the things that my friends like best about this project is that there are no special skills required. No matter your age or 'craft abilities' you can tie dye. There is no way to do it wrong.


In case you are wondering how the projects turned out... here is a peek! 

Tie Dye Swimsuit Cover Up

Tie Dye Swimsuit Cover Up

Tie Dye Jacket 

 Tie Dye Tank 

Multi-Colored Tie Dye Swimsuit Cover Up

 Tie Dye T-shirt 

Tie Dye Tanks (From a tshirt hack) 
   

To see more Tie Dye Your Summer projects, check out the links below.


Happy Tie Dying!
 
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5/25/15

Truck Birthday Party for Boys

My little nephew Wyatt came to visit from California. Luckily his visit coincided with his 3rd birthday, so we got to help him celebrate. Wyatt's favorite thing right now is 'trash trucks'. How cute is that?!


I loved getting to help with his party. My sister Amanda (Wyatt's momma!) chose a local park for the party. It was the perfect place for a group of busy little people. We have had a lot of rain around here lately. But on the day of the party-the sun came out just for Wyatt!


Tonka truck plates, napkins, and table cloths.



Goodie bags filled with Tonka truck cups, toy trucks, bouncy balls, ring pops, truck stickers, punching balloons, bubbles, truck party blowers, and truck tattoos.



The little guests loved playing on the park together. 


We set out chalk and mini cars. The kiddos knew just what to do. Roads, houses, and a little town popped up along the sidewalk.  


Next, we cleared the way for this big Tonka Dump Truck Pinata. (Pinatas and toddlers--- watch out!)




Wyatt's birthday cake was made by Market Street. Amanda requested a cake that looked like a construction site. Then she added some new toy cars to the top. Those Oreo 'rocks' were so yummy!



Happy Birthday little guy. Thank you for letting us join in on all the fun that comes with being 3 years old!




Sources for the Truck Birthday Party 
-Paper Goods: Party City
-Cake: Market Street
-Goodie Bag Items: Party City
-Toy Cars: Party City
-Truck Pinata & Candy: Party City

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5/19/15

End of Season or School "Party Favors"

It's the end of everything right now. Soccer, dance, school etc. It's all wrapping up for summer. We have made so many sweet friends in these activities, I thought it would be fun to give out a little party favor as we say 'goodbye' for the summer.



 For soccer, I made these tags and attached them to ziploc bags. The girls were delighted with their "Your soccer skills blew me away this season!" bubbles.



I used a similar template for our school friends. "I hope you have a ball this summer!.



 I got the goodies for the favor bags from Party City. They have lots of fun items that are perfect for summer celebrations.


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Feel free to download and print these tags for your own use. Click to download, print and then cut.
Fold each tag in half, like a tent and staple to the top of your baggie.

-Click to Download: I hope you have a ball this summer.
-Click to Download: I hope your summer bubbles with fun. 
-Click to Download: Your soccer skills blew me away this season. 

Who is ready for summer?!

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5/15/15

DIY Crawfish Cakes

We lived in South Louisiana for a little over 4 years. And in all that time, I never developed a taste for crawfish or even seafood. Things that swim under the water just don't appeal to my tummy. My husband has tried everything to convince me otherwise. He has raved about the taste, the health benefits etc. But nothing will change my my mind about eating seafood.


Now that we live in Texas, my husband still manages to get his 'seafood fix'. My friend Kim hosts an a Crawfish Boil each spring. And I am happy to attend, knowing that there will be plenty of 'non-fishy' sides for me to enjoy. All the guests bring a dish to share and there is always a big spread of dips, appetizers, chips, and other munchies. So I decided to make a dessert. I have had this "Crawfish Cakes" photo made by Living Locurto pinned on my Pinterest board for over year. And this party was the perfect excuse to finally make them!!!

Found Here
You can see a video tutorial of how Living Locurto makes her cakes using store-bought lady fingers. I searched for lady fingers and little pre-made cakes at Target, but couldn't find anything. So I had to modify her tutorial a bit. Below is how I made my own version of "Crawfish Cakes".


Crawfish Cakes 
-Red Velvet Cake Mix (use 3 eggs so your cake will be dense and easy to cut.)
-Icing (I added red food coloring to my icing, or you can buy it already colored.)
-Twizzlers
-Wilton Candy Eyes
-Icing bag with tip
-Sprinkles or large granulated sugar


1. Using a box mix, I baked a big red velvet sheet cake. Then after letting it cool (it has to cool completely!) I flipped the cake onto a cutting board.

2. Using a serrated bread knife, I sliced the cake into small rectangles, approximately 2 inches wide and 3.5 inches long. Then I rounded the corners of each little rectangle.

3. With kitchen scissors, cut each twizzler in half and snip the ends to make a 'claw'.

4.  Cut open each little cake like a sandwich. I piped icing on the inside of each cake, laid two twizzler claws on top of the icing, added more icing on top of the twizzlers and then closed the cake sandwich.

5. Finally I piped icing on the top, added large granulated sugar and two eyes.

I did have extra cake left, so I cut those into cubes and added a little icing and sugar. These made cute bite sized cakes.


The party was a blast and the Crawfish Cakes were a hit. I can say for sure these Crawfish Cakes are the ONLY kind of crawfish I will ever eat!


  
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