parties and events

Hummingbird Cake

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I have a confession.  I'm not really a cake person, at least not usually.  I much prefer brownies.  Or fresh blueberry pie.  Mmmmmmm…..pie…. The problem I have with most cakes is that they are either too dry or the frosting is too sweet, or both. That was, of course, until I discovered this particular cake, which [...]

How to Make a Paper Plate Banner

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I love making party banners out of scrapbook paper, and I have made lots of them over the years.  (Like the ones here and here and here and here!)  For Princess' explorer party I really wanted to make a cute bunting using an old map, but the paper just didn't seem sturdy enough, particularly for [...]

Simple Explorer Party

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Life is funny sometimes. Our great explorer party didn't go exactly as planned, but it somehow ended up being our favorite party ever.  Although there were more than a few moments where it felt like it might have been doomed from the get-go, in the end it was low-key, low-stress, lots of fun, and pretty [...]

Triple Crock Pot Dip {3 Great Party Recipes}

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For Christmas last year, my husband gave me a triple slow cooker, thinking it would be great to use at parties.  I was so excited because I've wanted one forever, and yet, as soon as I got it I was completely overwhelmed.  What would I serve in it?  The only really great party recipe I [...]

The Heart of Hospitality {Entertaining on a Budget}

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Today and tomorrow I am speaking with my dear friend Edie at the Becoming Conference on the topic of hospitality and party planning (on a budget.)  Ironically, my family and I just spent the last week experiencing Edie's amazing southern hospitality at her beautiful home in Bean Station, Tennessee. People, the girl can cook like [...]

Explorer Party Inspiration

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In 2010, my soon-to-be-7-year-old daughter received an American Girl doll for Christmas from my dad, her grandpa.  The doll he selected was named Lanie--the 2010 Doll of the Year.  Like all American Girl Dolls, Lanie also came with a book by the same name.  In the almost three years since, Princess has read that book [...]

Goldfish Marshmallow Pops {Tutorial}

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I knew when I spotted this picture on Pinterest (from Vanessa of SeeVanessaCraft.com's absolutely adorable goldfish-themed birthday party--seriously, check it out!  I die.) that I would somehow have to include Goldfish Marshmallow Pops on our mermaid party menu.  Goldfish....mermaids....things that swim....it fits, right? As luck would have it, I already had everything I needed on hand, [...]

Message in a Bottle Party Favors {DiY}

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Today's quick & easy DiY project from our recent mermaid party is also the perfect little trinket to give away at beach or pirate-themed party.  You could even use these as wedding favors!  They were a breeze to put together, and in my opinion, a nice change of pace from the normal plastic-toy-and-candy-filled goodie bags [...]

Oyster “Pearl” Cookies

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Sometimes the best party projects are the simplest, and these little Oyster "Pearl" Cookies are the perfect example!  They were so easy to put together, using just a few ingredients and taking less than 30 minutes from start to finish.  And yet, despite their simple assembly, they added so much--including a perfect pop of color--to [...]

How to Make a Sandcastle Cake {Tutorial}

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Oh, the cake! I knew as soon as we decided on a mermaid theme for Trouble's 4th birthday that a sand castle cake would be perfect.  I had seen a few really photos on Pinterest, I just couldn't find any detailed instructions.  Since paying hundreds of dollars for a professionally decorated cake was out of [...]

Beachy Mermaid Party

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Every time I throw a party I declare it my favorite party of all time, and this Beachy Mermaid Party for Trouble's fourth birthday was no exception!  Sand, starfish, & mermaids....what's not to love?  Best. Party. Ever. (Until the next one, of course!) There were so many fun elements that came together for this party, [...]

Event Planning Basics {8 Great Tips for Co-Hosting a Party}

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Let's face it.  Sometimes it is just easier to do things ourselves!  That said, there are often times where we find ourselves collaborating with others, whether it be friends or family, for big event or party.  How do you mesh two (or more) sometimes conflicting styles in order to come together long enough to pull [...]

Under the Sea {Mermaid Party Inspiration}

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If you've been following this blog for any amount of time, you probably realize that we take parties seriously here in the Soukup household!  Princess has been planning her owl party since last November even though her birthday isn't until August.  Trouble isn't quite the obsessive-compulsive planner that her big sister is turning out to [...]

Earth Day Party Ideas

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Earth Day is coming soon!  I am a firm believer in being a good steward of the planet, taking care of the resources we've been given, and trying to teach my kids to do the same.   If you're looking for some fun ways to celebrate the planet, be sure to check out these fun [...]

Simple Easter Birthday Brunch

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I have always loved having my birthday in the Spring.  It is such a green and fresh and cheery time of year!  And if my birthday so happens to fall on Easter--which it does every now and then--well, then, even better!  Now I don't normally throw myself a party, but since this year was the [...]