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Favorite Dessert Themes: Part 1 – Cookies

Hi everyone! We have been following a lot of bakers and confectioners on Instagram lately.  So, we decided to start a series of our favorite party themes in 4 parts: Cookies, Cakes,  Macaroons, and Cupcakes.  Today we bring you Part 1: COOKIES!

Adventure Theme:

Here we have Adventure theme cookies created by: Just Bee, Biscotto CookiesLove Hope CookiesYou can call me sweetie! 

For Adventure Party Theme ideas….check these out: Camping Decorations, Adventure Awaits Baby Shower, Camping Party

Sports Theme:

Here we have Sports theme treats created by: The Cookie SocialBiscotto Cookies, Love Hope Cookies

For Sports Party Theme ideas….check these out: Sport Easy Peasy Party PackSport Themed Party for an Adult

Magical Unicorns (personal favorite):

Magical Unicorn cookies created by: Little Cookie CoLove Hope CookiesSweet Posh Cookie Co

Check out our Party Packs and A la carte for Unicorn decorations and invitations: Magical Unicorn

Graduation:

Graduation cookies created by: Sweet Posh Cookie CoLove Hope CookiesHello.MeCupcake

For Graduation Party ideas….check these out: Graduation Easy Peasy Party PackRustic Graduation Party

Favorite Cartoons:

These amazing cartoon cookies are created by: Sweet Posh Cookie Co and The Little Cookie Co

For kid’s party ideas….check out: Under the Sea Easy Peasy Party PackMonster Easy Peasy Party Pack, Trolls PartyMy Little Pony PartyThe Little Mermaid PartyDuck Tales

Please tune in next time for Part II: CUPCAKES!

Go Big or Go Home

We got the kids a slip-n-slide for the summer and they are obsessed.  Since I have ZERO interest in breaking a limb or getting whiplash, I started searching the internet for something new to do with the kiddos in the backyard.  And what did I come across? GIANT BACKYARD GAMES!

It’s not common to call “giant” things adorable, but these are!  And they look like even more fun than their regular-sized versions.

The first game I found was on Build-Basic.  This amazing site provides step-by-step instructions as well as lists for supplies, tools and cuts!

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A Little Craft In Your Day provides a YouTube video on how to create this insanely large version of Kerplunk!

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These classy lawn dominoes look super easy to make and full instructions can be found at Iron & Twine.

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Dallas Moms Blog provides detailed instructions on how to make this colorful Jenga set.  Their blog post will also give you instructions on how to make giant yard dice (Yahtzee, anyone?!)

Lawn Jenga

My kid loves match games!  Studio DIY provides instructions on how to make these and a link where you can download free stencils.  However, with a game like this, you can be creative and customize the “cards”!

Lawn Match Game

This last one is more for me, daddy, and very committed Scrabble players.  An ingenous couple from Ohio created this Scrabble “board” with 225 pavers and craft-store wood plaques. Click here for more pictures.

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Two questions remain….which one do I start with, and where am I going to store it?!

How did we get here?

Well, we launched our business on May 5th 2018.  As we were preparing to do our launch (which we did in less than 40 days), Amy and I asked each other….”wow, how did we get here?”  So here is a post to reflect back on all of the event that led us up to making the decision to start our own small business.

The obsession to create began before our mom’s 50th birthday.  We wanted to do something special for her and decided to throw a surprise party at a local fire hall.  It was a large space and looked pretty bare, so we wanted to decorate it as much as possible.  But before that, we needed a theme.

After going back and forth for a while, we decided on a Willy Wonka theme, and got right to work.  Along with our other two sisters, we created backdrops with scenes from the movie, created cardboard cutouts of Willy Wonka and the Oompa Loompas, and put finishing touches throughout the party.

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Hand painted decorations

Check out more Willie Wonka pics here!

Everyone had the best time and we received a lot of compliments on our set up.  People even fought over who would take home the Oompa Loompas. Haha.

The next big event…..Amy getting married.  The first one of the four sisters to get married, so we kind of made a big deal….a really big deal.  I worked with my sisters and mom to set up an engagement party along with a bridal shower (luau party).  Those were more party planning instead of crafting but they both ended up being amazing parties.

For Amy’s wedding we did a lot of DIY projects: battery operated votives as table place cards, card box in the shape of a 3 tiered wedding cake, ceremony agenda that were fans to help keep cool on a steamy August evening, framed engagement photo as the guest sign in, amusing guest bags for family and friends staying at the local hotel, and a few more items that escape me right now.  The wedding theme was nature so it was very fun to help create something that was so beautiful.

After marriage came the next big event….baby Emma was on her way <3  Amy decided that the theme for Emma’s nursery would be owls.  At the time, there were zero owl-themed nursery bedding collections or decorations, so Amy ended up creating the nursery idea on her own.  With the owl theme locked, we did decided to throw her an owl-themed baby shower.

We were all so busy enjoying little Emma’s company, time flew by and she was already turning 1!  For her first birthday we stuck with the owl theme.  Lots of DIY for her 1st first birthday party.  This is when we realized that we really loved to craft…and that we really loved Pinterest.

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Dessert table

Check out more Owl Themed Birthday pics here!

Well, once we started the DIY…we really couldn’t stop.  We continued to make every one of Emma’s birthday parties: 2- Super hero, 3- Little Mermaid, 4- My Little Pony, 5-Trolls

Check out more party pics in our gallery!

In between the 4th and 5th birthday parties, Amy and her husband decided to have another awesome kiddo….and just like that, Henry was on his way.  Of course, we were all excited again and we needed to have another baby shower….Adventure Awaits.

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Check out more pics for the Adventure themed baby shower here!

The baby shower was such a hit that we were asked to assist with two other events: Graduation Party and 60th Surprise Birthday.  But not before we helped out with our best friend’s bridal shower.  It was Mary Poppins themed and we made the center pieces and some penguins!  We picked the flowers as they matched Mary Poppins hat and we had to include the funny penguins.

Back to the other events.  The graduation party was held at a really cute rustic cafe that specialized in grilled cheese sandwiches!  The rustic surroundings made for a great setting for the rest of the decorations.

Check out more pics for the Rustic Graduation Party here!

The 60th birthday party was after Henry was born so Amy was up for more crafting for the party….my PIC was back!  This party was for a very close family friend.  He was an extremely talented athlete in high school (just recently inducted into his alma mater Hall of Fame), so we decided to go with a sports theme.

Check out more pics for the Sports Themed Birthday party here!

After we started crafting for parties…we just couldn’t stop.  Next was gift making and crafting for our family holidays.

Easter:

Christmas:

Check out more pics for a Hogwarts Christmas here!

Check out more pics for a Grinch Christmas here!

After some requests to create other people’s party, Amy and I thought “why not?”  We love what we do and love seeing other people enjoy our work.  That is when we decided to go forward with the business and Two Peas in a Party Pod was born, but we had to figure out what would people really want.  We did some research and noticed that a lot of decorations out there all looked the same and were pretty expensive.  That’s when we came up with the custom-made party packs.  Original designs, custom per order, and affordable.  Once we started on this path, we hit the ground running.  We opened our shop in 40 days with over 10 themes to choose from, and at least 10 more in the works.

Less than a month after launch, we still can’t believe we started this business.  It feels like a dream, something we have been wanting to do for quite some time…and we did it!   It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it.  After all of these events and crafts we have completed, there is one thing that always stays with us….how much we love the work. We put a lot of love in everything we create, and we hope you enjoy the items as much as we enjoy making them.

DuckTales…woo hoo!

So, my “baby” girl turns six tomorrow :*(  Every year since she’s been born, we throw a big bash for her with all our family and friends.  I just didn’t have it in me this year. Henry will be two in July and thinking about doing two parties at the scale in which I typically do them would monopolize my time and hurt my purse.  But luck would have it that Emma wanted to have some of her friends play with her at BounceU instead of having a party at home.  I was incredibly relieved!  No pre-party cleaning, no post-party clearing, no putting extra food in tupperware, no piling up of the trash and recyclables waiting for trash pick-up in six days.

So, to make it up to her (actually, to make it up to myself because I felt guilty about not having a big party), I told her that I’d make her a DuckTales shirt along with some cupcakes to match.  Imagine my surprise when my kid tells me that she loves DuckTales. I was shocked. It was the same show that I watched when I wasn’t much older than her!  Granted, this is the reboot, but the theme song still gets stuck in my head (woo hoo!).

I found vector images online of the adorable ducks and uploaded them to Cricut Design Basics and got to work.  As you can see, the ducks turned out pretty awesome.  They were so cute to begin with that they make the shirt look good 🙂

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To go with the shirt, I made 12 fondant duck faces to put on top of the cupcakes (using edible markers), and then created cupcake wrappers (with gold coins!) and cupcake toppers for the other 12 cupcakes.

Finally, I created some quick labels for the goody bags using the same images I found online.img_4990-1

Emma was super happy, which of course made my heart swell 🙂 The time and effort put into these things that I enjoy doing, just make it much more enjoyable!

School was cool, but……

I’ve been spending a lot of time with my Cricut machine…so much so that I’m worried about wearing it out (….which makes me wonder if I have a warranty…..). Anyway,  I was asked to create some end-of-year t-shirts for a great group of teachers in Florida.  After texting back and forth, we came up with an idea that they liked.

I bought some great quality t-shirts (in hot pink, no less) from www.clothingshoponline.com.  I’ve never seen quality shirts with prices this low (if you have, please share that info!).  I also got an AMAZING price on heat transfer vinyl from www.happycrafters.com.  Again, if you’ve seen a better price from somewhere else, let me know! But I doubt that you will…I’ve been doing research for quite some time and am really pleased with these two sites that I found.

After getting the supplies, it was time to cut!  In order to make 8 shirts, I spent a few hours with my trusty Cricut.

After Cricut was done her job, it was my turn to weed….which took FOREVER! lol.  Just kidding, but it did take some time. I had eight pieces for each of the eight shirts.  8 x 8 = A LOT OF WEEDING!

Once the weeding was done, it was time to break out the Cricut Easy Press!  Can I just say how much I love this thing? You select your temperature and time and get a great result 99% of the time (I say 99% because using the Easy Press on a onesie has been a little challenging since the press’s surface area is larger than the onesie’s).

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Having the Easy Press has seriously cut down the time it takes for me to iron on vinyl to fabric.  It took less time for me to press these shirts than it did to line them up properly!  All in all, I was happy with the result.

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Baby Shower Gifts

So, I’ve been meaning to write some blog entries on all the crafts I’ve been doing, but I never got the chance.  Also, since I’m new to this, I keep forgetting to take pictures!  I did, however, remember to take a few pictures of some gifts I made for a friend’s baby shower.

Some good friends of ours are having their first baby due in July.  They decided to not find out the gender so everything related to the baby has been gender-neutral so far.  I decided to make a “diaper tub” and a onesie that is geared for each parent.

For the “diaper tub” I bought a plastic tub from Target (located in the seasonal summer section) and filled it with the brand of diaper listed on their baby registry.

Next, I cut thin slivers of baby blue cardstock and rolled them around a mechanical pencil, resulting in curly strands that represented the “water” in the tub.  I taped down the “water” to a paper plate and then added cotton balls and a rubber duck.  To complete the look, I used my Cricut machine to cut out vinyl to decorate the tub and to create a card.

To go with this gift, I bought a Johnson & Johnson baby bath gift set, along with a duck wash cloth.

I also used my Cricut machine to create two cute onesies that represents each parents’ occupation.

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I love hand-making gifts. I think it provides a personal aspect and shows that you really care about the recipient. Not only do these items serve as a gift, but also the time I spent into planning and making each one.

Looking forward to finding some more ideas on Pinterest for the next shower in July!

Remember…the Force will be with you, always

May 4th is coming up and you know what that means…..Star Wars Day!

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According to StarWars.com:

“May the 4th be with you.” What started as pun warmly shared by fans has become a full-fledged Star Wars holiday: Star Wars Day, a special once-a-year celebration of the galaxy far, far away.

One of the earliest known records of “May the 4th” used in popular culture is in 1979, as described here by author Alan Arnold while he was chronicling the making of The Empire Strikes Back for Lucasfilm: “Margaret Thatcher has won the election and become Britain’s first woman prime minister. To celebrate their victory her party took a half page of advertising space in the London Evening News. This message, referring to the day of victory, was ‘May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations,’ further proof of the extent to which Star Wars has influenced us all.”

So for all of you Star Wars loving fans out there…we found some crafts online that you can do with the kiddos.  Without further ado, here are the crafts…..Ok…just one more ado:

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  • Death Stars art. Get the instructions: Fun A Day

  • Chewbacca birdhouse: Get the instructions: Make Great

Quite a few fun crafts that we will be trying out….let us know how yours turn out.  We hope the force will be with you and we hope you have a rocking good time…just like rocking Yoda here:

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Camp Out

One of my favorite themes we prepped for a birthday was for my nephew’s first birthday…Camping!  It was so much fun to bring nature and outdoor living to the home.

First thing first…we start with creating the decorations:

Then we put everything together:

Then….it was time to make the desserts and dessert table (which is the most fun part!):

And the overall look of the dessert table:

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Great event to craft for…fun and very versatile.

The chocolate covered pretzels, Oreos and marshmallow treats were

created by  Ronda’s Sweet Treats !

Spring Time Wreath

It’s that wonderful time of year….time when nature sprouts colors all across the US…SPRING TIME!

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It’s spring! Let’s Dance!

This past weekend my sister wanted a spring wreath for her home but, as most of you know, pre-made wreaths can be really expensive.  So she decided to make one herself.  It was an easy craft that came out beautifully.

It started with the basics: branch wreath as the base.

Branch Wreath

Yellow flowers are her favorite so she went with artificial Yellow Forsythia, yellow ribbon, and some accent stems.  While at the craft store, she also bought the cutest hot glue gun! (huge fan of polka dots)

Next was creating the layout before gluing everything in place.

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After creating the layout and a few snips here and there, she started to glue her craft together.  Let me tell you, it might have been a quick craft but it came out very nice…giving those pre-made wreath a run for their money.

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Are you all set for spring?  What craft did you create in preparation for this amazing season?

The History of Easter

Easter. A holy day of miracles for those of the Catholic faith, and a day of candy for pretty much everyone else.

How did the origins of the Easter bunny come about? A rabbit delivering eggs and treats? Whaaaat?

Well, we did a little digging for you. According to History.com, the Easter bunny originated in Germany and first arrived in America in Pennsylvania:

According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S. and the fabled rabbit’s Easter morning deliveries expanded to include chocolate and other types of candy and gifts, while decorated baskets replaced nests.”

Well…there you have it folks. The history of the Easter bunny. Check out our home page for a link to fun Easter crafts on Pinterest…