Nothing made my son happier than when he walked into his room and saw his Mindcraft tree. The tree included the base that was a cardboard box sold as a mask. The mask had also been used for his birthday party this year. After the photo I placed black paper behind the eye holes. The ornaments included a few toys but like the torch on the top and a few plastic toys but most items were in a kit that you fold and make paper characters. I also had a few green ornaments from past years that I used. I enjoy making there tiny trees special and completely different each year but hate will not buy items we didn’t already have or won’t use or play with later. My favorite thing is when we can just use toys we already have. No one ever said it has to be made for charismas to put on a tree.
I first made this snack mix a few years ago with Santa hats ( https://danielleyarian.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/santa-hat-chex-mix/) and instantly imagined making it with carrots the following year for Easter. I finally made it happen and here it is. This is a simple mix that you could put any snack items in you would like.
What I used:
- Rice Chex
- Pretzel Sticks
- White chocolate melts (orange, green, white)
- Reese Pieces or M&M’s
- Bugles Chips
I made the carrots by using a broken pretzel and Bugle.
- Dip tip of chip into orange chocolate not getting any in the opening.
- Then let cool in freezer for a few min.
- Next dip tips of the pretzels in the green chocolate and place in the opening.
- Then let cool in freezer again for a few min to sit up.
- After cool dip the pretzel end into the green chocolate.
- Let cool while finishing the Chex mix.
- In a large bowl place Chex and pretzels.
- Warm white chocolate melt and poor over top
- Place on a lid and shake or mix with a spoon.
- I place mine in freezer until chocolate is set.
- When done brake it apart and place it in a bag or clean bowl.
- When ready to serve or putting in goodie bags is when I mix in the M&M’s and carrots. This limits the amount of white chocolate that comes off and looks like powdered sugar as it is moved around.
When I found out that I would be hosting a baby shower in December I was so excited. I put up all my Christmas trees and decorations so decorating for the party was simple and easy.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the many choices and commented on how fun and unique the bar, and who doesn’t like at least one of these choices. You could easily add coffee to the bar as well. We had water bottles of course as well.
The best part of the party was the simple set up. Well if you ask my kids it was all the topping leftovers that they have been experimenting with over the last few weeks. I will defiantly have another hot chocolate bar it something a little different and everyone seemed to enjoy it.
Instantly upon asking my soon to be 11 year old daughter what kind of birthday party she wanted this year she knew. She had her heart set on a art party complete with canvases, easels and lots of color. I love this idea not only was it great for her age but with a few modifications it would be great for younger and older kids.
These crazy young ladies had a great time!
Decorations were very simple. I bought cheap paint brushes at my local hardware store and painted the handles. Then I attached a ribbon and had a instant banner.
I found a fabric on clearance at Hobby Lobby and let it be the inspiration. I hung some of the fabric on the curtain rod and made 2 table runners. I then used paper lanterns and tissue paper pom poms all over.
No art party would be complete without easels. My husband made ours and I think they turned our perfectly.
Each girl had a packet of how to draw and ideas and inspirations. But the girls were encouraged to paint whatever they wanted.
Everyone had a 11×14 and 8×10 canvas as well as a wooden letter
A colorful surprise awaited the girls when the cake was cut. They all commented on how they loved all the colors.
Here were just a few of the works of art from the day.
With just a few little details he felt like a king for the day.
My sons only request for his party is that his cupcakes had to have eyes. He loved them!
Cupcakes were just hat and diploma picks, candy eyes, and black cupcake wrappers.
Next was Swiss Cake diplomas
These cups and straws were my favorite element.
Now we just have a few more years until we can have another graduation party at our house.