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!
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!
These classy lawn dominoes look super easy to make and full instructions can be found at Iron & Twine.
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?!)
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”!
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.
Two questions remain….which one do I start with, and where am I going to store it?!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 4th is coming up and you know what that means…..Star Wars Day!
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:
It’s that wonderful time of year….time when nature sprouts colors all across the US…SPRING TIME!
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.
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)
Handy dandy lil glue gun
Next was creating the layout before gluing everything in place.
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.
Are you all set for spring? What craft did you create in preparation for this amazing season?
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…
Crafting can be fun and relaxing, but it’s even more fun to craft with the kiddos. We found a simple, fun, and inexpensive craft for Easter…Yarn Eggs! All you need is small water balloons (minus the water), different colors of pastel yarn, school glue, water, a bowl, a ruler, and scissors.
First step is to cut 8 foot lengths of yarn, in which 3 lengths will be used per ballon.
Next, you mix 1 cup of school glue with 1 cup of water and blow up the balloons.
Once you have the prep step complete then you are ready to create some eggs! Dip a length of yarn in the glue mixture. Ensure to saturate well, and to squeeze out the access (using the thumb and forefinger). Start wrapping the yarn around the balloon and make sure to tuck in the ends. Continue with 2 more yarn lengths.
See? Easy peasy!
After you have finished a balloon, put off to the side to dry. Note, drying does take a while and they needed to be turned. Ensure to give at least 2 days of drying.
After the eggs dry, then you pop the balloons… viola! Eggs are done!
Cute…right? Give it a try…tell us how they turned out!
I knew I wanted a new wreath for Easter but didn’t want to spend $40 for a pre-made one. So I decided to do it myself! Having never made a wreath before, I wanted to find something fairly simple but cute. The Mom & Wife blog had a cute picture come up on a Google search, so I checked out their page and read through their instructions. I tweaked a few things but was pretty happy with the outcome and it only cost me $15!