DIY- High School Reunion

With the graduation season coming up, it reminded us of our high school graduation in 1998.  No need to do the math folks…we know our age 🙂  This past November, we celebrated our 20 year high school reunion, which we created quite a few items:

 

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!

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.

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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Easter Craft for Kiddos

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!

Adventure Awaits…

When we found out that my sister, Amy, was pregnant with a boy…we couldn’t be more excited. A family full of girls and now we will finally welcome a boy! Immediately Amy knew she wanted an adventure themed nursery, so I naturally began to plan an adventure themed baby shower.

I decided to start with a list of items what we wanted to create for the party: dessert table set up, wishing well, centerpieces, party favors, prizes for games, etc.

One of the best ways to begin planning for a party is research and more research on a little thing I like to call…the internet. I found a few good ideas on what I actually wanted to create and was able to design and craft original works.

Since it was an adventure theme, I decided to go with hot air balloons as the main source of travel. It had an old time whimsical feel, and fun idea to create. For the centerpieces, I decided to create hot air balloons with stuffed animals in the baskets. I ordered the nets on Etsy. A great find!  For the wishing well, I decided on a travel trunk would be really cute. I found a great trunk on sale at The Hobby Lobby. Bonus…it counted as a gift since it could be used to hold the lil guy’s toys in his nursery.

The party favors were a jar of candy and a mini bottle of champagne to celebrate when the lil guy is born.

Creating the dessert table is by far the most fun part for me. I created a small travel case with old-fashioned items I had at home. The case was my grand mother’s, I had the camera for years, and the travel guides and globe were taken right from my book shelves at home.

I found an amazing wooden sign from Etsy with a mountain and “Adventure Awaits”, and I found small wooden planes at The Hobby Lobby. These would also end up as a gifts for the nursery.

Since Amy cannot eat gluten, I decided to get two cakes.  One cake was gluten-free that was ordered from Sweet T’s Bakeshop in Haddonfield, NJ.  The other cake was ordered from Sweet Eats Bakery in Voorhees, NJ.  Both cakes turned out great and were super tasty!

Adventure Awaits was such a fun theme to craft for and a great party to throw.

What about you? Tell us what adventure theme crafts you have created.

My First Attempt at a Full Sheet Cake

So, this morning I completed my very first full sheet cake.  A friend of the family wanted a one-layer beach-themed cake for her wife’s 60th birthday party today.  Needless to say, I was very nervous about getting it done, being that I’ve never done anything this large before.

I baked the cakes last night and put them in the refrigerator until this morning.  I had to use 4 boxes of cake mix for each flavor to fill the pan (thanks for the sale, ShopRite!).

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I used a bread knife to even out the two halves, and then created a crumb coat with a butter cream recipe from Betty Crocker (Link to Recipe).

I added more frosting and used my spatula to create texture between the two halves. The left side was wavy (for the water) and the right side was smooth (for the sand).  I then added blue food coloring to clear piping gel and applied it to the left side and used a mixture of ground up Nilla Wafers and Keebler’s Graham Cracker Crumbs for the right side.

I then decorated the cake with items I bought on Amazon.com:

Wooden Adirondack Chairs and Fence

Minature Fairy Garden Beach Flip Flops

Timeless Minatures-Books

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I used my Cricut machine to cut out the 60 and attached it to toothpicks. The couple also likes to collect sea glass, so I purchased rock candy and laid some on the “sea foam” and in a thimble by the chairs.

All-in-all, it wasn’t a crazy project.  There weren’t as many hiccups as I usually have when doing something for the first time.  But now I must go and clean my kitchen!

Trolls Birthday Party

My girl Emma celebrated her fifth birthday last May and was hugely obsessed with the movie Trolls.  As soon as she told us what she wanted her party theme to be, my sister Betty and I started right away.

Her birthday falls right around Memorial Day weekend, so we typically have a small family party on the actual day, followed by a party with family and friends after the holiday weekend.

For the day of her birthday, I always make a homemade cake.  And as you can see below, Emma was very happy with what I had decided to do.  I baked a regular 9″ round cake and cupcakes, and created a fondant Poppy to place on top.

For the big party, my sister and I hit up Pinterest to see what was out there.  In the end, we ended up coming up with our own ideas and make everything by hand.  It was a ton of work, but a major success….see that kid’s smile?! 🙂

 

The chocolate covered pretzels, Oreos and marshmallow treats were created by  Ronda’s Sweet Treats !