Category Archives: Party Decor

A TON of Halloween Costumes, Party Tips, Games, Recipes and More

My daughter made a comment yesterday about the Halloween decorations and costumes she saw at our local grocery store. She said, “It’s not even September and there is Halloween stuff out”! It made me remember that us bloggers run on the same “super early” schedule the stores do. So, I sat down and started to think of what I could do for a Halloween post. I realized I have SO MUCH Halloween awesomeness on here already I decided to create a single post highlighting it all. Ya know, easy to find, easy access!

Halloween Round Up

Some are my own, some are amazing Halloween coolness I’ve found on the web!

DIY Halloween Costume for the Kids

50 Easy DIY Halloween Costume Ideas


Halloween Treats

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65 Free Halloween Party Printables

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40+ Kid Friendly Halloween Ideas

halloween lunch ideas

Halloween Lunch Ideas


25+ Halloween Mantels

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From Tutu to Wreath (yes, that’s my Alie!)

Spooky Branch Collage

Spooky Halloween Paint Chip Branch


Halloween Popper Mummies


Girlfriend Group Costume Ideas

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Pizza Mummies

Inexpensive kid halloween party ideas

Inexpensive Halloween Party Ideas

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Halloween Glass Jar Decor

DIY My Little Pony Applejack Halloween Costume Collage

Alice insisted that I add the My Little Pony Applejack Costume I made her!!!!


Couple Costume Ideas

I sure hope y’all find something awesome in this list! I would love for you to share your Halloween posts, costumes, ideas, recipes in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by!!

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Colorful Fun Summer Party Decor That Wont Empty Your Wallet

I am so excited to be partnering with Dollar Tree to share their new Summer Fun products with you!!

The NEW Dollar Tree Summer Fun is a super fun collection of colorful flip-flops, summer tableware, party supplies, toys, and more created perfectly for your fun-filled summer. Of course all the Summer Fun products cost $1 each, and select items may vary by store.

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Dollar Tree’s NEW Summer Fun collection includes: colorful and bright decorative plastic glasses and cups, color coordinating food tents, hula skirts, decorative flower leis, tiki torches, super cute colorful battery-operated LED paper lanterns, decorative lawn signs, color coordinating paper napkins, plastic bowls, and more. Party supplies and decorations are available in a variety of fun colors perfect for summer, including: blue, green, orange, pink, purple, red, and yellow. Printed tableware and decorations are available in these patterns: hula girls, flamingos, tiki torches, and parrots. Be sure to get there soon, supplies are limited!

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I think my Alice and her cousins are in need of a super fun summer HULA GIRLS PARTY!! Dollar Tree has everything I need to throw them an awesome party!

Dollar Tree’s Summer Fun Flip-Flop Frenzy Craft Contest is going on now. Submit a photo of an original flip-flopcraft at and be entered to win a $500 Dollar Tree gift card.

Join Dollar Tree’s free loyalty program, the Value Seekers Club, for exclusive crafts, recipes, and tip ideas every month. Visit

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Messy Summer Fun with Wet-Nap!

Kid Made BBQ Sauce

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Wet-Nap but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #showusyourmess

Is it just me or has this winter seemed like the longest one yet?  I live in the south where it’s normally unbearably warm. As crazy as it sounds for a born and raised Texan, I cannot wait for the heat!!! Summer means picnics at the park, outdoor BBQ’s, beach days, hiking and then some.  Alice loves to play outside. She loves to create and build and always has dirt under her nails. I’m a proud mommy of a messy girl that loves to get dirty. To me, it means she’s using her imagination, expanding her brain, getting some sun and exercising her body.

At the park, beach or the backyard, getting her clean before she eats is easy with Wet-Nap wipes! Alice and I thought of a cute and fun gift idea for those family picnics at the park or backyard BBQ parties we are sure to be invited to this summer.

bbq picnic clothespin wreath

We made a fun Clothespin Wreath that will hold the individually wrapped Wet-Nap Antibacterial Hand Wipes. You can give this as a gift or put up at your own party or picnic. It’s a perfect and convenient way to ensure your guests can keep there hands clean!

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Creating the Clothespin Wreath is really easy. First you’ll need either a wire circle or cut out a circle from a sturdy piece of cardboard.  To create the pretty clothespins, I cut strips of paper and glued them onto the clothespins.  Then I positioned them and hot glued them into place. You can position them in any fashion.Once finished, I attached a strip of burlap and a box to use as a hanger. Added my new Wet-Nap Hand Wipes and hung up our new messy summer fun decor piece!

Backyard BBQ Clothespin Wreath

After Alice and I made our Clothespin Wreath we decided we need to get messy! Ya know, so we could try out our new wreath.

Alice LOVES to cook and so I came up with an easy homemade BBQ sauce recipe that kids can make and enjoy!

Easy Kid Made BBQ Sauce

BBQ Sauce for Kids
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Easy delicious barbecue sauce that kids can make and enjoy!
Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: BBQ
Serves: 8
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Pickapeppa Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Mix ingredients in a bowl and stir until well blended. (If you don't have Pickapeppa Sauce you can use any steak sauce or Worcestershire sauce.)Then transfer sauce to a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium to low heat. Once it simmers remove from heat and let it cool a bit before using.

We decided to test Alice’s new homemade BBQ sauce!! Alice wanted BBQ’d Hot Dogs and so that is what we had.

Messy BBQ Summer Fun

I must say, her new sauce was DELICIOUS!! We loved our BBQ’d Hot Dogs!! Cleaning up before and after eating during our backyard BBQ was easy with our new Wet-Nap Antibacterial Hand Wipes and if felt good knowing my families hands were nearly germ free!

I found the Wet-Nap Hand Wipes at Walmart for under $2, for either the canister or box of individual packets. They are a MUST for any outdoor summer fun. Throw some in your beach bag or take them along in your hiking backpack. They are a great way to keep your kids hands clean and your own, too. Click this LINK for fifty five cents ($.55) off of any Wet-Nap product!!

Now, go get ready for some MESSY SUMMER FUN!!

Kid Friendly BBQ SauceMessy Summer Fun Clothespin Wreath

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Back To School Pencil Wreath Tutorial

This cute Back to School Pencil Wreath can be used for a Back to School Party or a Back to School Photo Backdrop. It was really easy to make and I’m going to show you how!

Back To School Pencil Wreath Tutorial

Here is what I used.

pencil wreath supplies

LOTS of pencils, 2 pieces of cardboard, hot glue, white, yellow and black paint.

First, I cut out a large circle from one piece of my cardboard.  BTW, I cut out my cardboard using a bowl at a stencil. I then started to place the pencils.

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Its a tricky thing placing the pencils! I wanted to glue them right away and then would noticed that either they were even or I just didn’t like it.

DIY Pencil Wreath Ideas

Then this would happen. It happened quite a few times!! :/

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So, eventually when I was happy with the design I actually marked each pencil so that I could put them all back on with the hot glue in the same design that I had finally decided on.

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DIY Pencil Wreath for School Tutorial

Now, I put TONS of hot glue over the pencils to glue on the top piece of cardboard.

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Once the glue had dried I painted the top circle cardboard cut out. I FORGOT to take pictures of that!!! I painted the circle black, used the yellow to paint a faux ruler on the edge and used white for the letters. If you by flat or matte paint the white on black looks just like chalk. Only one layer needed!

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That cute little apple my hubby made. He cut it out of card stock because I “it just needs something more”! HAHA! But seriously, that little apple was the icing!

SO cute right!?? You could make this as a gift too! Just had the teachers name, maybe something like Ms. Janet is an A+ Teacher!!

I used this wreath for a photo backdrop.

Back to School Photo Backdrop Tutorial

You can read about how I created that backdrop in my Back To School Photo or Party Backdrop Tutorial post!

BTW I have a post of 101 FREE Back To School printables. The cute signs and banners you see above can be found in this post.

Have you made a pencil wreath before? Or have you ever thrown a Back To School party or had a Back To School or First Day of School photo shoot?? I would love to hear about it.

Thanks for stopping by!

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