Sunday, August 4, 2013
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Thursday, August 1, 2013
This recipe has been around my family since I was a teenager. I have no idea where it came from, I just know that when summer rolls around it is on my table! It's the perfect combination of sweet and tangy, and did I mention is ridiculously easy to make? You MUST try this recipe, you'll be hooked.
Posted by All Things Fabulous at 7:43 AM
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
I LOVE this project. It is so fast, easy, and has a big pay off. I made my dart board to use in conjunction with my punch board but this is a game that can stand on its own. You don't even need prizes! What kid doesn't want to through sharp objects at something to try and make a balloon pop? I mean, I wanna make one just for me!
What You Need:
-Board to staple on. Below is a pic of the sticker on the board I used. My hubby got it at Home Depot for pretty cheap. It's a 2 foot by 4 foot composite board that was 1/8 inch thick. Cheap and light weight.
-Balloons. I blew up 30 balloons, but I could have really pushed it and gotten 10 more on the board if I wanted.
-Staple gun and short staples. All people must have a hand operated staple gun. This is what mine looks like...
Let's Get Started:
I played a game where the kids had to throw darts until they popped a balloon to get the number inside. So, I started by writing 1-30 on small pieces of paper.
Then I folded them small and stuck them in the balloon. My original plan was to fill the balloons with small toys, but my husband pointed out how completely difficult that would be, and after putting numbers on papers into balloons and then blowing the balloon up, I see what he means. Numbers on paper...easy, anything bigger...not easy.
Then blow up and tie. My 11-year-old daughter loved helping with this part.
Looks like we're ready to staple.
Lay your board flat and start at one corner. Use a short staple in your gun and staple the knot of the balloon to the board. I did not try to make the balloons perfectly lined up, it seemed like a lot of effort for a look that wouldn't be noticed. I just eyeballed it.
And, there you have it! In the game I did, the kids took the number they got out of the balloon and had to punch that number on a punch board to get their prize (click here to see punch board tutorial or click the Crafting button at the top of the page). It would also be fun to put clues in the balloons for a treasure hunt, or clues about what a big prize is. Numbers can also designate order for hitting a piñata or first choice in picking a prize. Be creative, but most importantly, HAVE FUN!
Posted by All Things Fabulous at 8:41 AM
Monday, July 29, 2013
Check out the cute signage Amy made...everything was labeled. Drinks (to include specifying who can drink what...very important for under 21-ers), cupcakes, deserts...everything! She just googled "4th of July printables" and then photo shopped them.
Not to mention the sugar rimmed, chevron striped straws and mason jars for the drinks. See them on the left?
The blue jug is full of home made root beer and how about the added detail of home popped popcorn in pre-made bags for watching the fireworks. Adorable and delicious!
But I ask you, what's a party without games? Every year Amy and her very cool husband, Kelly, set up an enormous slip-n-slide on the enormous hill beside their house. All it is is a long sheet of plastic you buy at Home Depot, a sprinkler at the top, a few well placed tent stakes and dish soap. You heard me, dish soap. The kids played on this for hours. The plastic sheeting is about $20 but they rinse it off every year, fold it up and its good to go for the next year to come. Classic.
Bounce house? Um, yes.
This game was a blast, and the kids "ate it up". All you need are some paper plates, bubble gum, and a whole lot of whipped cream. Every kid gets a plate. Put an unwrapped piece of bubble gum on it and then cover that puppy as high as it will go with whipped cream. Now they have to find the gum, with no hands! Yes, we did prizes, the winner got a 4 pack of bubble gum, of course!
Here's an idea to keep kids busy...buy a pack of water balloons with the nozzle that you hook up to the facet in the backyard and let the kids go crazy. The kids all took turns working to fill up balloons for an epic battle for later in the night. I bought special grenade water balloons for a classic balloon toss. Everyone gets a partner and stands across from their partner and take turns tossing the balloon back and forth taking a step back every time they pass. You play until only one team has a balloon left. Easy, fun, classic.
The last game we played was my favorite to make and the play. It was balloon darts and punch board. Wanna learn to make your very own balloon dart board, click here. How about the punch board, click here.
I loved these two games because it took a little longer, and everyone got a prize.
Each balloon had a number in it....
Finally, at the end of the night everyone got glow sticks and they took their water balloon arsenal and had their epic water balloon battle in the dark.
A big thanks to Amy M and her husband Kelly for yet another fantastic 24th!
Want to make he punch board and/or balloon dark board?
Click PUNCH BOARD or BALLOON DARTS to visit the tutorial.
Posted by All Things Fabulous at 7:25 AM
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Posted by All Things Fabulous at 8:33 AM