Feathers and Dreamcatchers Baby Brunch

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This past weekend I had the honor of planning and hosting one of my childhood friend’s baby shower with another one of my dear friends. We had so much fun planning this shower… we literally could not wait to shower our sweet friend, Michelle, and her new baby princess. I’m really excited to show y’all the details… because it’s all about the details right? And we really wanted to get it just right. After lots of Pinterest inspiration, Amazon searching, and creative collaboration, we decided on a Feathers and Dreamcatchers Baby Brunch.

The decor for the shower had gold, pink, teal, yellow and white colors throughout. I made lots of cute paper feathers with my Spellbinders Platinum 6 and the feather die and added them throughout the decor. We used them on banners, chalkboard signs, toothpick toppers, etc. 

Hand painted globe by Aimee Nicole Designs. Sign made by Mine for the Making.

I made a sign with a special quote on it for the baby’s room and had all of the guests sign a special message on the back.

We even had a dreamcatcher kit that each of the guests help make. 

These dreamcatcher cards were found at Target and went just perfectly with the theme… I couldn’t resit them! Everyone wrote dreams and wishes for the baby on them and then added it to the twine to make a cute garland.

We also made mini Dream Chaser signs with dreamcatchers on them… one for each guest to take home. 

The menu was full of all the things you would want for a yummy brunch. We had Michelle’s favorite donuts, a yogurt parfait bar, mini quiches, bacon, roasted asparagus and spinach salad, avocado shrimp ceviche, cheese danishes, and a mom-osa (mimosa) bar. We drank out of mason jars with cute paper straws and garnished our mom-osas with fruit. Everything was delicious! 

After we ate and chatted, Michelle opened gifts and let me just say, this was my favorite part of the morning. She is just the cutest and has the best reactions opening gifts! It really makes the gift giving so much more fun! 

We are so excited to welcome this new little girlfriend to our tribe. To be surrounded by women who build you up, encourage you, love you even on your ugly days… that’s a real treasure. And we sure are lucky so celebrate life’s beautiful moments together. 

 

 

Creating the Perfect Thanksgiving Table

Hi! Allison from A Glimpse Inside here once again. It is the last Friday of the month which means we are wrapping up this month’s Fall Must Have Craft Tips.

If you’ve missed the last 3 weeks, you can find the tips here: Tip 1, Tip 2, Tip 3.

This week I’ll be sharing some great tips on Creating the Perfect Thanksgiving Table.

Whether you are having a small family gathering or a much larger affair, creating a beautiful table can make your Thanksgiving more memorable and inviting to your guests.

You don’t have to go crazy but even doing one or two of these things can bring your table over the top.

1. Decide on a Place Setting

1.) Southern Living ;  2.) A Thoughtful Place

 You will need to begin by deciding if you would like a more formal table setting or have it be on the more casual side.
Think of your menu and who your guests will be to make your decision.

Here is a graphic to help you decide what would best suit your gathering.

(The Salt Lake Tribune)
These would work well for just a small family gathering or I believe an all adult gathering. 

Here is another one as well. 

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If you are having adults and children at your Thanksgiving this one will help you set up a kid’s table setting.2.) Build your Centerpiece

Once you select what type of table setting you plan on having on your table, it is time to decide what type of centerpiece you would want to create.
 They can be as elaborate or as simple as you would like. 

 1.) Apartment 34  ;  2.) Rooms for Rent  ;  3.) PoppyTalk  ;  4.) Julie Blanner

Use pumpkins, flowers, leaves, candles, berries, whatever you’d like to create your centerpiece.
Add texture with a fabric table runner, kraft paper, burlap, or even wood.

Add layers as well but my number one tip for creating a centerpiece is to keep it low!
You want your guests to be able to converse across the table with one another and if your centerpiece is too high it will block their view from each other and they will have difficulty speaking.

Also, don’t make your centerpiece too full that it crowds the table settings for your guests. Make sure there is still plenty of room for the plates, glasses and silverware so your guests are comfortable.

Kara shared some great tips last week for creating a perfect table scape so be sure to check that out if you missed it.

3.) Have fun with Napkins

Don’t forget about the small details when creating your table.
Napkins can add a little extra fun and flair to your table.

1.)  Bow Tie Napkin from A Place for Us ;  2.) Floral Napkin Ring from Paper & Lace
;  3.)  Menu Fold from A Practical Wedding  ;  4.)  Triple Pocket Napkin Fold from Smarty had a Party  ;  5.) Leaf Fold from Cuded  ;  6.) Wheat, Berry and Lace Wrap from Cuded

 
Create beautiful designs by folding your napkins to add a little flair.
Fold them in such a way that they are useful and hold a menu or your silverware.
Or just create a beautiful napkin ring with the flowers you use on your table or with some lace, ribbon or burlap along with some added details like berries.
 
There are some really cool ideas for napkins out there!
 
 
4.) Let Your Guest Know Where To SitAnother great detail to add to your table are name cards for your guests.
Even if you are just eating Thanksgiving dinner with your family, it is still fun to create a little name card to let everyone know they were thought about and are special.

1.)  Turkey Place Cards from (Cool) Progeny  ; 2.)  Turkey Feather Place Cards from Almost Makes Perfect  ;  3.)  Rosemary Sprig Place Cards from Spoon Fork Bacon  ;  4.) Pumpkin Name Card from Vicky Barone  ;  5.)  Kraft Paper Table Runner Place Card from By Dawn Nicole ;  6.)  Clothes Pin Name Card Holder from Centsational Girl

 
 
Get crafty and make some fun, unique name tags.
They don’t have to be extravagant!
Use mini pumpkins and attach a tag or even draw directly on kraft paper on the table above the place setting.Anything goes! Have fun with it!
Do you create beautiful Thanksgiving tables to celebrate and give thanks with your family and friends?What is your favorite thing to include on your table?

Be sure to stop by next week when we start a whole new topic of tips and ideas!

Have a fantastic weekend!
 


Your hostesses,

 


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Tips for Creating Fall Tablescapes

Hello and Happy Friday! Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips. Kara from Mine for the Making here to share tips for creating fall tablescapes!

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I thought it would be fun to chat about how to create the perfect tablescape without spending too much money or too much time. If you know me, then you know I’m a busy lady and all about saving a buck, but not sacrificing on the pretty stuff of course. 

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1. Shop your house.

Check out the decor in other rooms of your house and see if you can find some things that go nicely on your tablescape. Examples of this are candles, sconces, a throw used as a runner or tablecloth, etc. Most times you will find exactly what you need around your own home.

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2. Bring nature inside.

Using branches, twigs, pinecones, apples, acorns, wood, and pumpkins in your tablescape really brings fall into your home. Most times it will cost you nothing at all if you go out into your backyard or collect things while walking your neighborhood or going on a hike. 

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3. Use free printables.

There are so many awesome bloggers who have created free prints for your personal use. Anything from place cards, tags, banners, napkin rings, food labels, and menus. Be sure to leave a comment on their blog to let them know you loved using their prints!

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Printable banner from Just Destiny

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Printable placemats from Ella Claire Inspired

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Printable pumpkin tags from Ella Claire Inspired

4. Make your own decor.

Get crafty! Make napkin rings, paint pumpkins, build a planter box for the center of the table, make sconces out of dollar store glass vases and candle holders… let your creativity go wild! Often times you can buy supplies at your local dollar store and make something for your table in an hour or less. It doesn’t have to be expensive or take a ton of time if you don’t want it to. 

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Image from Lemon Thistle 

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Tutorial for dollar store napkin rings at Mine for the Making

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Tutorial for Pumpkin Succulents at Simply Happenstance

 

Do you decorate your table for fall or Thanksgiving? What tips do you have to create a beautiful fall tablescape? We’d love to hear!

 

Your hostesses,
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Simple Desert Party

We wanted to celebrate a start to another homeschool year, and what better way to celebrate than with a party! Parties don’t have to cost a lot of money and they don’t have to take a bunch of time to organize. One of my favorite things to do is get the kids involved in the planning and party making. Enter in our Simple Desert Party!

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We decided on a small budget and that we wanted the party to be bright and happy and desert themed since we live in the Arizona. 

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We shopped around the house in supplies we already had and went to our local dollar store for a couple of plastic table cloths and a package of balloons. My daughter insisted that every good party has food… and she opted to bake cupcakes. 

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Using paper I had on hand, twine, toothpicks, hot glue, and my awesome Prizm Die Cutting & Embossing Machine to make the adorable decorations. 

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They were all so easy and fun to make! I used my Prizm to cut out and emboss the potted cacti and then used two sided tape to attach them to the banner pieces. 

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Aren’t they so pretty?! I just love them.

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Next, we glued some of the paper potted cacti (say that 10 times fast) to toothpicks to make toppers for our yummy cupcakes. And they couldn’t have turned out any cuter!

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We loved planning and decorating for our Simple Desert Party! It was easy thanks to my Prizm machine and stock of leftover party supplies!

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Not only is it super easy to use, there’s a ton of dies to pick from and it’s small for easy storage. You can check out the DIY Adventure Frame we made using the Prizm HERE

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There you have it! Aren’t those cactus balloons fun?! Thanks for stopping by today, makers! Remember that you can create a fun celebration using what you have and adding a few cute details… doesn’t have to be hard or overdone or cost a lot!

How do you celebrate the start of a new school year?

 

*Spellbinders supplied me with the Prizm machine, but all ideas and opinions are 100% my own. I only share products and companies I know my readers will love just as much as I do!

Three Cheap Ways to Make Birthdays Special

Hi there makers! I cannot believe we are already into April! This year has been flying by so far. We’ve been busy with holidays, church events, traveling, work, and a very important birthday. My daughter turned 8 years old at the end of March and it was such a fun time. I love birthdays and I love making them special, so I thought I would share Three Cheap Ways to Make Birthdays Special for your kids. Don’t get me wrong… I love to go all out for birthday celebrations too. But there are a few things you can do that won’t break your bank and will still make the day super special for your kiddo.

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So… what can you do to make the day a little more special than normal, but not spend a ton of money? It’s actually pretty easy!

  1. Surprise bedroom decorating!

This is so fun and I usually do it right after the birthday kiddo falls asleep. I decorate the bedroom door with a handmade sign and blow up a bunch of balloons to put all over the bedroom floor. Sometimes I even hang streamers from the bedroom door. It’s the first thing your birthday babe will wake up to and they will LOVE it! It’s a tradition to do this every year now and it’s something my daughter always looks forward to.

eightisgreat-6             2. Donut Cake!

We are more of a donut family than we are a cake family, so this works perfectly for us! Plus, turning it into a cake and singing ‘Happy Birthday’ in the morning before you start your day is just plain COOL! It’s so easy… just stack up the donuts and stick in some candles!

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The candle is from Walmart and the cake bunting was on clearance at Target. Donuts are from a local donut shop!

           3. Birthday meal at a restaurant.

Going out to eat together as a family is always a special occasion for us because it’s not something we do super often. Going out to a restaurant for a birthday celebration is always extra special when you go to restaurants or dining places that offer special deals and meals for the birthday person. Some offer free meals, free drinks, and even free dessert! Here’s a LIST of restaurants that offer freebies for birthdays.

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We had so much fun with our birthday girl and making her day extra special. After the above festivities, we ventured to the dollar theater to find a good movie  (Star Wars!) and then to the American Girl store so my girl could get her very first AG doll. Later on, her daddy gave her a special birthday photo shoot… perks to being a photographer’s kid! Here are a few pictures from her shoot that I just adore! I’m such a lucky momma.

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What special things do you do for your kids on their birthdays? I’d love to hear about your traditions in the comments!

A Christmas Carol Tablescape

Every year growing up my Aunt and Uncle would host a Christmas Caroling Party. I remember looking forward to this party every year. We would gather at their house along with other family and friends, sip hot coco and cider, and then embark on a mile long walk in which we would stop at every house and sing a Christmas carol. So.Much.Fun.

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Included on our caroling walk was a book of Christmas carol sheet music for our reference, which is the inspiration and theme of A Christmas Carol Tablescape. The focal point of the table is the sheet music table runner. I found printable sheet music on Pinterest and simply printed several copies on my home computer. To give them a more vintage look, I tea stained and distressed them. You could easily use real sheet music if you had it, or found it at a second hand store as well.

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I used a simple vintage green linen tablecloth and layered the DIY music table runner. Gold chargers with crisp white dishes are always a holiday classic, and I topped the dishes with trendy plaid holiday napkins wrapped in a DIY sheet music napkin ring.

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Any holiday I can, I try to use my grandmother’s vintage cut crystal glassware, and also the gorgeous mother of pearl flatware from my mother in law, which just gives the whole table that vintage feel.

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I hung some festive ornaments from my chandelier for some dimension. And lastly, I added a few floral arrangements. A larger arrangement in the center of the table placed on a stack of vintage books, and two smaller arrangements with cranberries in the water for some extra color.

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So there you have it, a Christmas carol music themed table for your celebrations this holiday season.

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Sheet Music Table Runner

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Materials
Sheet Music (as many as needed to fit the length of your table)
Tea Bags (4 – 6)
Mod Podge

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Step 1
Boil 6 cups of water and seep tea bags for at least 15 minutes. While you are waiting for the tea to finish, gently crumple the music sheets into a loose ball. This will give the pages a more distressed/vintage look.

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Step 2
Once your tea is done, pour into a large pan. Un-crumple your music sheets and submerge 2 or 3 in your pan of tea at a time. Leave the sheets in the tea for about 2 – 3 minutes. Then remove and lay flat to dry.

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Step 3
When your sheet music is dry, lay them out on your table to give yourself an idea of the length and width you want your table runner to be. Once you decide what you want it to look like, flip the sheets on to their backs and use a dab of Mod Podge to adhere the sheets together. The reason I do this from the back is I wanted a really loose look for the runner. . . I wanted ends of the paper to kind of roll up and look natural. You could also Mod Podge over the entire top of the runner if you wanted a more shellacked look. Let the adhesive dry, and you are ready to set your table!

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Party On,

Mindy

Mindy Alyse Celebrations

10 Handmade Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

Oh fall, how I love you. Now that it’s finally starting to cool off here in Arizona, I feel like I can actually start talking about my favorite time of the year. Time to bust out the crock pot and apple cider. . . it’s FALL! Yippee! 

So it goes without saying that Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite holiday! From the food, football, parade, and overall feeling of thankfulness, it’s just a really special time of year. And I like to decorate my home accordingly. I am always in awe of how creative bloggers are! I mean, it’s easy to put a few fall leaves and pumpkins on your table and fireplace mantle, but these bloggers have really taken Thanksgiving décor to the next level!

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Here are 10 Handmade Thanksgiving Decor Ideas that you will love!

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From Amanda Jane Brown

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From Country Living

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From Simply Vintage Girl

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From I Heart Naptime

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From Choose to Thrive

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From At Home With Kim Vallee

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From Soda Pop Ave

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From Mod Podge Rocks

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From Party City

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From Spoon Fork Bacon

 

I don’t know about you, but I am ready to get my craft on! Do you like to decorate for Thanksgiving?

For more celebration inspiration, you can follow me over on Mindy Alyse Celebrations.

Mindy

Halloween BOO ‘Mores Bar

The weather is FINALLY starting to cool down around these parts, which means I can finally start thinking about fall! Hooray! I know most people associate pumpkin spiced everything with fall, but for me. . . I think about my unhealthy relationship with s’mores. I’ll eat them anyway I can get them. . . and now that the Peeps people have made adorable Peep marshmallows available for every holiday, you know I am all over this. So, I created this super simple Halloween BOO ‘Mores Bar, perfect for a Halloween Party, play date, or even trick-or-treaters!

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I used a black plastic table cloth, and a tassel banner I already had from Mod Party to dress up a small table. Tassel banners are such a great way to decorate and they are super simple to make yourself.

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Chalkboards are also great for party decorating. You can use them over and over again and write fun messages or sayings on them for different holidays and occasions. 

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I put ghost and tombstone Peeps on candy sticks and stuck them in black plastic planting pots from the Dollar Tree store to add some dimension to the table. I also use wire baskets to add to the table depth and just flipped them upside down on the table.

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Finally, I displayed graham crackers and chocolate in cute cupcake liners on white platters, ready for kiddos and adults to make a delicious marshmallow sandwich. My intention is for these to be eaten “as-is,” but you could certainly toast the marshmallow Peeps first like a traditional S’more.

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This inexpensive Boo ‘Mores Bar would be the perfect addition to your Halloween celebrations.

What kinds of Halloween traditions do you have with your kids?

For more celebration inspiration, check me out HERE.

Party On!

Mindy {Mindy Alyse Celebrations}

DIY Party Fringe

I have been OBSESSED with fringe lately. . . I just think it looks so fun and festive! I also love that it is easy and inexpensive to make. I typically use tissue paper to make fringe, but I had some left over crepe paper streamers from a previous project, and thought I’d try using it this time. How fun is this DIY Party Fringe?
 
 
This is probably one of the easiest party décor DIY projects you can do. . . easy enough you can involve the little people in your life too! This project is also super diverse! You can make numbers, letters, shapes. . . whatever you want to complement your party theme and color.
 
In this case, I made a number to stand on a welcome table for a two year old birthday party, however, I think it would look adorable on a cake table, food table, hanging on a wall, or even on the front door to welcome guests.
 
So, let’s get to it. Here’s how to make your own fringe number.
 
Materials
  • Cardboard (I used a piece of a diaper box I had on hand)
  • Crepe Paper Streamers in Various Colors (you could also use tissue paper)
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors
*You may also want a x-acto knife to make cutting easier.
 
Step 1
Draw the shape you would like to create on your cardboard. In this case, I chose to free-hand draw the number two.
 
Step 2
Cut out your shape. You could certainly use scissors, but since my cardboard was a little thicker, I used a x-acto knife.
 
Step 3
To help myself create straight lines of fringe, I drew faint lines as markers.
 
Step 4
  • Cut strips of streamers to longest length needed to cover your shape.
  • Fold streamers in half.
  • Fringe cut the folded streamer.
  • Open and cut streamer down the center so you have 2 fringed pieces (approx. 3/4 inch wide).
Step5
Using your adhesive, begin layering fringe strips. Be sure to start at the bottom of your shape.
 
Step 6
After fringing your entire shape, give your shape a trim and cut off any excess streamer hanging over the edges.
 
And there you have it! A simple craft to jazz up any party!
 
For more party inspiration and DIY tutorials, check me out over Mindy Alyse Celebrations.
 
Party On,
 
Mindy

Back to School Party Ideas

Many many moons ago I was an elementary school teacher, and loved it! I actually never imagined myself NOT being a teacher. But my husband’s job transferred us to Arizona from California during the height of the recession, and trying to get a teaching job was nearly impossible. It seems it was all Gods plan, because now I get to be home with my little man, and I am counting the days down until I can be room mom when he starts school. In any case, school and kiddos hold a special place in my heart.

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I can still remember how excited, nervous, and happy I would get as a kid before the first day of school. As I am sure many kids feel this same way, why not ease those back to school jitters with a party?! Whether you throw a party for just your kids, your kids and their friends, or their whole class, here’s some party inspiration for you! Even if it’s only a special first day breakfast, a back to school party is sure to be a hit! Check out these Back to School Party Ideas…

I love this pencil and rubber band cake from One Charming Party!

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This Back to School Shoppe Party featured on We Heart Parties is precious! Look at the giant ruler, crayon, and pencil!

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Look at the creative hanging centerpieces and rainbow ruffled tablecloth featured on Kara’s Party Ideas.

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This simple S’mores Party would be perfect for an after school celebration for the older kids.

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How much fun is this chalkboard table on I Heart Naptime? The pops of red from the apples are fun too!

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Love the combination of the sweets and the school supply “cake” on this adorable yellow desk from Kara’s Party Ideas.

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If you were going to do a party for your child’s class, this set up from Snap Creativity would be so cute out in front of the classroom door!

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This is such a darling place setting if you want to do a special breakfast for your crew. I love the use of school supplies!

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These “smarties” would be a great treat on your special Back to School table or maybe even as a backpack stuffer!

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I am obsessed with this DIY Ruler Runner! I actually think I would use this as my table runner year round!

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Here are some FREE party printables for whatever type of bash you decide to have! I love these school themed prints!

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Lastly, here is a Back to School Splatter Party done at a local craft studio. Your Back to School Party doesn’t have to be at home or in the classroom!

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Hope this inspires you to make that first day or eve week of school more memorable for your little ones! They will surely remember it for years to come!

Mindy {Mindy Alyse Celebrations}