parties & events

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

25 Splendid Outdoor Entertaining Ideas

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Warmer temperatures and longer days are the perfect excuse for moving your next party outdoors—a shift that means less prep work and easier cleanup, too. Check out these 25 splendid outdoor entertaining ideas, my latest article over at Home Made Simple, to make your next outdoor celebration even better!  Read the full article here.

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 [...]

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 [...]

Vintage Fish Fry Party Ideas

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Got a kid or husband who loves to fish?  Be sure to check out these fun ideas for a vintage fish themed party I recently came up with over at Home Made Simple! *   *   * What's the best party theme you've ever hosted?

Easter Brunch Inspiration

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I am having a little trouble believing that Easter is already right around the corner.....wasn't it just Christmas?  But all denial aside, this year my 35th birthday just happens to fall on Easter AND my one and only sister will be visiting with her family, which to me seems like the perfect two excuses to [...]

Simple Kid-Friendly Olympics Party

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I don't know about you but here in the Soukup household we have been SO excited for the Olympics to start!  We hadn't made any big plans, but on Friday the girls & I decided it would be fun to throw together a very impromptu party to celebrate watching the opening ceremonies.  We invited one [...]

Let Them Eat CAKE {Trouble’s 3rd Birthday}

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Finally....the long-awaited CAKE party post!  I know I've been a little MIA over the past few weeks; this party is definitely a big reason why (the other reasons will just have to wait for another post), and I can't wait to share it with you!  So, without further ado, I give you Trouble's 3rd birthday [...]

Cute as a Button Baby Shower

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This past weekend I had the great privilege of hosting a baby shower for my precious new goddaughter Lydia, who was born on April 30th.  It was such a fun party to throw!     Party details: The adorable invitations were designed by the lovely Heather Moritz of Moritz Fine Designs, (who has also designed all [...]