Awesome Inexpensive Patriotic Party Decor

Today I just had to share with y’all my patriotic party decor!!  First let me just say…. I LOVE YOU DOLLAR TREE!!  Seriously, I do.  You can always find the cutest stuff for holiday or seasonal decor.  And yes, it’s cheap and maybe just maybe those plates there are a bit flimsy but… it’s just for a holiday, maybe up for a few weeks and it wont break the bank!!

So let me show y’all what I got…

Cute right?  Here let me give you a little summary.

Dollar Tree purchases:

Streamers 3 for $3

4th Banner $1

Flag plates and napkins $2

Patriotic lantern $1

Wood painted USA sign $1

Ribbon $1

Cupcake wrappers with flags $1

Red, white and blue sprinkles $1

Star streamers 2 for $2

Paper wheels 2 in a pkg $1

Red and Blue plastic ware $1

Blue flowers $1

From Walmart:

Wood plaque $1

I got the three patriotic pails at Walmart on clearance for $.20 each!! I had the patriotic paper already for the pinwheels.

The red and white picture frames I got after Valentine’s day at Target on clearance for $2.50 each.  The red platter and red bowl I found at Walmart after Christmas on clearance for $.50 each.  The blue bowl is a part of a set from Bed Bath and Beyond. I think it was about $10??  The white painted candle stand is old, the cute chubby red bird David bought me.  I made the star garland from paint chip samples, you can click here for that tutorial.  I already had the paper shred.  OH and that white milk jug turned vase is exactly that.  Well, it was actually Half & Half.  I just tied a ribbon around it and turned it into a simple repurposed decor!

So, the tally for this awesome and cute decor…..

Under $20!  Not bad huh??

 What do y’all think?  Pretty cute and cheap eh?  :)

I followed a great tutorial I found on Truly Lovely for this wood sign.

Now, did you guess that this minus the 4th banner was all my set up for Memorial Day??  If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram then you probably already knew!

I made some Jello Poke Cupcakes and Parfaits.  Click here for that recipe!!

I would LOVE to see your 4th of July decor ideas!

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Madagascar 3 Circus Circle’s Most Wanted Party #Madagascar3

Do you Crowdtap??  You should!!  They sent me this super fun party kit in celebration of the new Madagascar 3 Europe’s Most Wanted movie that is in theaters now!  Click that link back there to see how cute this new movie looks!!

Well, Crowdtap sent me this awesome party pack to have fun with at home.  This is what I received in my pack

- A crack-a-lackin recipe for Marty’s zebra cake

- A classic game with a “mad” twist featuring Gloria

- Decorations, masks and face paint ideas to get everyone into the Madagascar mood

- Fun activities and games to keep the party movin’

The girls, my precious Alice and her precious cousin April, had a lot of fun playing Pin The Tail on Gloria!

 

The girls loved working on the different activities they included in the party kit.

I think I spy Marty back on the sofa!!  They sent us some Connect The Dot pages, Tic Tac Toe games, and a few fun mazes too.  There were a couple of Find the Difference scenes that we didn’t print but the girls had fun finding the differences on the laptop.  The party kit also included instructions on face painting and printable masks.  We printed out a couple of the masks and the girls had fun playing in them.

This one is Gloria relaxing!

These would be the party crashers!!

There were also some fun cut out decorations that we put up.

MY personal favorite part of the kit was the recipe for Marty’s Zebra Cake.

 

Doesn’t it look great!?  I’m posting the recipe for y’all.  You have to try it!  It’s delicious and looks awesome too!!

If you can’t see that above this is the recipe.

 4 Eggs

1 cup Sugar

1 cup Oil

1 cup Milk

1/3 teaspoon Vanilla Powder ( I think this may be a typo I used Vanilla Extract and it came out fine!)

2 cups All Purpose Flour

1 tablespoon Baking Powder

2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder

Instructions:

 In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs and sugar until creamy and light in color.  Add milk and oil, and continue beating until well blended.  Add vanilla extract to the mixture.  Gradually add flour and then beat until the batter is smooth.  Divide the mixture into 2 equal portions.  Keep one portion plain.  Add cocoa powder into another and mix well.  Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Lightly grease the baking pan with oil.

 The most important part is assembling the cake batter in a baking pan.  Scoop 3 heaped tablespoons ( I used an ice cream scooper and it worked perfectly!!) of plain batter into the middle of the baking pan. Then scoop 3 tablespoons of cocoa batter and pour it in the center on top of the plain batter.  If you’re careful you should find concentric circles of alternating colors forming in the tray. Repeat until all the mixture is used.  I did this slowly giving each scoop time to settle a little bit.

Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes.

I think it came out great!

 We ended our night eating our Marty’s Zebra Cake and watching the first Madagascar movie.  The girls LOVED our Madagascar party!!  We’ve decided we are taking them to see Madagascar 3 next weekend.

Thank you Crowdtap and Dreamworks Animation Madagascar for sponsoring our fun party!!

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Frigidaire “Do Over Moment” What’s Yours? #CleverDoOver #spon

Thanks to Frigidaire ™ for sponsoring my writing. Frigidaire ™ invites you to visit Facebook.com/Frigidaire and submit a moment you’d like to do over. Whether it’s a bad first date or a vacation gone wrong, Frigidaire ™ will help cover the costs for one lucky visitor to win the ultimate do-over. And, for each do-over submitted, Frigidaire ™ will donate $1 to Save the Children.

How many times a day do you say a silent prayer for a do over moment?  With kids it’s pretty much a consistent hourly thing isn’t it?  And then there are the “but it looked so awesome on pinterest” do overs.  There are the serious only God knows about do overs, the embarrassing do overs “I swear that pole wasn’t there before”.

If there was anything I would really like a “do over moment” for, it would be my wedding.  David and I got married at a courthouse with the promise that we would have a “Big” wedding later.  Our wedding was great.  Our family and friends were there.  The judge was sweet and funny.  I wouldn’t change any of that, but….if I had the chance to do it over I would take everyone that was there, add my sister Kari who was in Arizona at the time and place it all in an actual church.  The wedding was great, the people were great, the vows, the kiss, my precious ring bearer was all great.  My dad even “walked” me into the judges office were the wedding took place.  But to scoop it all up and place it in a nice church with flowers, tulle and candles would have made it perfect!

See, the one thing that drives me bananas are the pictures.

From top left is my momma, my sister Nori, my Uncle Iqbal, My dad, Nicole, our friend Stephen, David’s older daughter Marlayna. Then of course is David, myself and next to me is our precious ring bearer, my beloved nephew Khaleeq.

See, not to bad but we’re in an office.  I’m so thankful the judge had nice wood paneled walls and not something in beige!!

Here we are in the lovely court house hallway under the ever so flattering fluorescent lighting.

From the left is David’s mom Alice (yep! Alice was named after her), my momma Barbie, David’s dad Eddie, my dad Jamil and us!

So yes, I would “do over” our wedding and maybe even hire a photographer.

Frigidaire has me thinking about “do over moments”.  One do over I really despise is the dreaded re-washing of dishes.  Frigidaire has gotten rid of the dreaded washing do over.  Here is what Frigidaire has to say:
The Frigidaire Gallery™Dishwasher gets dishes fully cleaned the first time, so there are no dish do-overs. Nearly half of adults admit to re-washing and/or re-drying dishes after the dishwasher cycle has been completed. To prevent dishwasher do-overs, Frigidaire® is stepping in with its new Gallery® Dishwasher featuring the OrbitCleanTM Wash Arm, ensuring dishes are cleaned right the first time.

So, if you had a “do over moment” what would yours be?

I was compensated for this post as a member of Clever Girls Collective.  All the opinions expressed here are my own.

50 Patriotic Desserts You Gotta Try!!

Here is an awesome round up of patriotic desserts for y’all!  Let the yumminess begin!!

Cheesecake Flag Cake from Pretty Delicious

4th of July Rice Krispies Treats from Lil’ Luna

Star-Spangled Pie from Snackpicks

Red White & Blue Candy Apples from TidyMom

American Flag Cupcakes from The NY Melrose Family

Star-Spangled Shortcakes from Martha Stewart

Red and Blue Velvet Cake Pops from Taste and Tell

Patriotic Poke Cake from Lil’ Luna

Patriotic Gelatin Salad from Taste of Home

Red White and Blue Cake in a Jar from Babble Blogs Family Kitchen

Snow Cone Cupcakes from Bakerella

 Stained Glass Jello from Julie’s Eats & Treats

Patriotic Apple Pie Pockets from Sugarkissed

Bomb Pop Cupcakes from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Spangled Sandwich Pops from FamilyFun

Brownie Cheesecake from Sun Scholars

 Patriotic Jello Cookies from Munchkin Munchies

American Pie Cupcakes from Mommy Topics

Vanilla-Raspberry Sundaes from Martha Stewart

4th of July Firecracker Kabobs from Bowdabra Blog

America’s Star Cupcake from Yankee Magazine

4th of July Pinwheel Pancakes from Jenni Price

Patriotic Oreo Pops from Makoodle

4th of July Flag Cake from I Am Baker

Bomb Cupcake Pops from Parties for Pennies

Chocolate Dipped Rice Crispy “Popsicles” from Twig & Thistle

July 4th Cupcakes from Bake at 350

Red White and Blue Berry Trifle from Martha Stewart

4th of July Fireworks Cake from Bird On A Cake

Flag Cupcakes from The Girl Who Ate Everything

4th of July Cake Pops from My Juice Cup

Red White and Blue Whoppie Pies from The Garden of Yum

Red White and Blue Cupcakes from Skip To My Lou

Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Cones from All You

Patriotic Trifle from Taste of Home

Red White and Blue Ice Pops from My Recipes

Red White and Blue Cupcakes from Betty Crocker

Flag Cake from Crafty Mama

4th of July Marshmallow Pops from Living Locurto

 and

Jello Poke Cupcakes and Layered Jello Parfaits from ME!!!

So….which one will you be making??

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