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I received free products in order to host the National Mom's Nite Out party. The opinions expressed here are my own.
Confession: I have never had a Mom's Night Out. Ever. My best friend is not a mom and I must admit, I like going out with her because, I can talk about my kids as much as I want, and I don't have to hear about hers. Is that bad? Anyway, I don't have many Mom friends in real life, but when I was selected to host a National Mom's Nite Out I was really excited. And to my surprise, when I texted a few of my Mom friends, they were excited too!
All the goodies you see above were sent in this big box of fun for everything you need for a fun Mom's Nite Out, including:
- MyPrintly Wine Glass painting craft pack (12 wine glasses and Tulip paints)
- Mom's Night Out DVD
- Mom's Nite Out cocktail shaker and drink mix
- Goody Bags stuffed with HP Photo Card Packs, MyPrintly candy favors, Bicycle® Cocktail Party playing cards
- Popcorn, Cheez-Its, Chex Mix, and Pepperidge Farm Cookies
Check out the trailer to Mom's Night Out
, it's hilarious! I love Sarah Drew from Grey's Anatomy and I loved her in this movie. It's just a good time. Trust me, find it and watch it.
So, thanks to MyPrintly I was able to print these cute photo booth props to have fun with. I didn't want to cut the centers out of those glasses, which made for a hilariously difficult blind selfie session... with my Mom.
I loved the popcorn boxes that I found on MyPrintly and immediately "Popcorn Bar" came to mind. So I popped a big bowl full of popcorn and brought in some extra goodies to add in. I mean M&M's, pretzels and Boston Baked Beans can't hurt right?
Our big party box was pretty heavy with these 12 wine glasses inside and once I found the tulip paint I knew it was going to be a fun activity. We were all able to chit chat about life while sipping on some wine and let some of our creativity flow.
I thought it was fun to see what everyone came up with and after a few minutes of over-thinking, we all just went for it. Our very own personalized wine glass along with a goody bag was such a cool treat for everyone to take home.
I love this little group of Mom's right here. It's hard to pull ourselves out of our everyday routine and take time for ourselves, but I really hope I can do this more often. Honestly, it's just good for our mental status, because I know all of these Mom's can go a little crazy sometimes. I am a mom to two girls only 18 months apart, my sister-in-law has a 5 year old son and a 2 year old daughter, my friend Roxanne has 3 year old TWINS (check out her blog
) and my oldest friend Afra has a 13 year old son, 5 year old daughter and 1 year old baby boy. So, yeah our hands are pretty full.
Thank you so much to all of you who came to my #NMNO15 party and thank you
for all of the fun goodies.
- Something new and different, not the same ol' cake, ice cream and pinata.
- No set up or clean up! Yes!
- 1 hour of non-stop fun means exhausted kids and 2 hours sounds even better!
|Photo Courtesy of Laura Chavez|
*UPDATE* Unfortunately, I am no longer taking orders for the invitations or party supplies.
I know I am not the only Momma with kids that LOVE the movie Wreck it Ralph. I was contacted recently about doing invitations and party supplies for a Vanellope Von Shweetz birthday, and I was so excited because we have literally been watching the movie every single day! Here are some invitations and complimentary party supplies that I created.
Here are three different invitation styles.
And here is the party package that I created for the Vanellope Von Shweetz party, including "Thank You" tags, cupcake toppers with the characters from the Sugar Rush game within the Wreck it Ralph movie, water bottle labels, and centerpieces featuring characters from Wreck it Ralph.
Vanellope Von Shweetz centerpieces
"Thank you for making my party so Sweet!" Thank you tag.
Cupcake toppers featuring the characters from Sugar Rush.
Thanks for checking out one of my latest custom creations for a Vanellope Von Shweetz party!
|This was the main table, which held all of the food, sweets, cake and cupcakes. The buzz poster was actually our gift to Dylan after Lexie's Jessie the Cowgirl Party and a few weeks before Dylan's party, Tricia asked if I could make some fans to help tie in some of the party colors.|
|These little alien treat bags was another one of my tasks for Dylan's party. They were fun to make, and they are so fun to look at all lined up like this. It's like I can hear them saying, "Oooooooooh!"|
|The popcorn bar consisted of Popcorn from Trader Joe's, M&M's, Honey roasted peanuts, and Reese's pieces.|
|Another task of mine was chocolate dipping Oreo's and Rice Krispy Treats, which are always yummy!|
|Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!|
|Dylan and his pinata! Look at that smile!|
|And, the after of the pinata... The kids collecting their candies and snacks.|
|The cake was amazing and delicious and made by my sister Melinda.|
|The cake and cupcakes were vanilla cake with raspberry filling, so so yummy!|
|This was before his party, Dylan wanted to get into those treat bags so badly!|
|And of course, my girls managed to have a tea party in the middle of a Buzz Lightyear party.|
|The birthday boy blowing out his candles.|
|The Russell family. |
Tricia, Dylan and Bill (and baby Emma any day now)
|Here is Lacey, standing in her garden looking for lost things during the treasure hunt.|
|Fairies Welcome! Grab your wands! (DIY of course!)|
|These are the large flowers I made out of tissue paper and the stems out of leftover Christmas wrapping paper rolls. I had been dying to make these flowers ever since I stumbled upon this tutorial on DIY Giant paper flowers.|
|I always try to decorate the arch for photos, and this time I had some large leaves cut from one of our trees, added my flowers and my homemade toadstools. The toadstools were made out of spray painted bowls, with the stems also being from our yard.|
|The tables had a burlap runner with some large flowers I made out of more paper.|
|A close up of the flowers I made out of tissue paper.|
|One of the activities for the party was "Make your own Pixie Dust." I set up a table with some colored sand, paper for funnels, and little corked bottles for the kids to make their own sand "pixie dust."|
|My girls had no idea about this activity so they were so surprised that they got to make their own pixie dust. It's been two weeks and they still walk around with their bottle shaking it at me every day|
|Thankfully there is always someone around to help the little ones.|
|"Tink" sitting on a rose was the topper and she was surrounded by flowers, butterflies, caterpillars and ladybugs.|
|So So pretty right?!|
|A little snack mix for the kids. (M&M's, Cookie Crisp, Marshmallows, Chocolate Teddy Grahams, and Lucky Charms)|
|This is a close up of the crowns and tutu's that I made for all of the girls, along with their fairy wings of course.|
|The dress up station with tutu's, crowns, wings and wands.|
|My girls in their fairy attire.|
|After all of the work and hot glue burns, this is exactly what I envisioned. The little girls feeling special wearing crowns, tutu's and fairy wings!|
|My nephew Dylan won the prize for the treasure hunt, he must have found this hidden place filled with lost things.|
|The girls hunting for lost things.|
|I loved the large over-sized flowers. They were fun to make and so pretty to look at, they actually found a new home in my daughters' room as a garland.|
|The snack table with a garland of butterflies and flowers, and a canopy out of a plastic tablecloth.|
|Tinkerbell and friends pinata|
|On our anniversary date to Buca di Beppo.|
On this day 6 years ago, Mark and I were married in front of 175 of our family and close friends. Our ceremony was beautiful and the location of our wedding was almost perfect. I always wanted to be married at night, under the stars, with lights and candles and that was what I found. Like all things, it was not without it's faults. Our wedding took place less than two miles from one of the busiest airports in the country. So, we had to deal with the occasional LOUD plane overhead. Other than that, and the crazy parking situation, the night was fun and as close to perfect as it could get. Here are some pictures of some of the details of our wedding.
|This is a close up of my wedding invitation that I designed. This was in a pocket-fold, along with other cards that included the RSVP, Directions, Amenities and Additional information. This was the first invitation that I designed.|
|Before the ceremony, his first time seeing me in my dress. A few moments later, we walked down the aisle to "I will be here" by Steven Curtis Chapman.|
|Right after the ceremony|
|My bridal party included my sister Melinda, my best friend Debra as my Maid of Honor and my sister-in-law Tricia.|
|After we were pronounced husband and wife, we walked up the aisle to Beautiful day by U2. (This is one of my favorite pictures.)|
|Our chocolate fountain was amazing and delicious!|
|This is the coloring book that I created for the kids at the wedding. Along with the candy bar and chocolate fountain, these coloring books definitely kept the kids occupied.|
|The grooms cake was an exact replica of Mark's guitar "Jennifer." It looked so good, some guests didn't realize it was a cake.|
|Another picture of our chocolate fountain buffet.|
|Our wedding cake. I designed it and was so happy with the outcome. It was a super delicious carrot cake with cream cheese filling. I tried to be as non-traditional through out all aspects of planning my wedding.|
This sign was made from a pallet that I painted red and then sketched what I wanted written with chalk and then painted with white. This actually only took about an two hours, including time for the paint to dry.
|The Barn doors|
I loved them! This was my idea that my dad helped me construct. It was fairly simple, we put two pieces of cardboard together, taped them and painted!
|Duarte Family Ranch|
All of the signs I made were cardboard that I painted. The bunting was burlap and red paper strung on twine.
The cake was made by my sister Melinda Martinez. It was delicious! The top layer was red velvet and the bottom layer was chocolate with Bavarian cream! YUMMY!
I love tissue poms, these were actually recycled from the Berry Sweet baby shower I threw last month. It saved me tons of time this time around!
I painted Happy Birthday Lexie onto burlap and strung them over the archway. Every table had a red table cloth with a burlap runner, I tried to stick with this throughout the entire party.
For the centerpieces I wanted to keep it simple. Simple flowers in vases, and I bought frames from the dollar store and used the amazing pictures from Lexie's Cowgirl photo shoot. My family likes to take my centerpieces home, so this time I thought they could take a framed picture of Lexie to put in their house.
Thanks to Facebook, I was able to "steal" pictures of the guests and input them onto a "Wanted" poster, this was a favor for them to take home.
More cardboard and paint! The kids absolutely loved running through them all day!
This was one of my favorite decorations! I saw the rope name idea originally from this party, and I loved it! This was made from some rope laying around and Elmer's glue.
The corn chowder and the roast beef sliders were the favorites, but everything
was so yummy!
|Misty the Pony|
You can't have a Cowgirl party without a pony. We had a beautiful pony named Misty visit the party for all of the kids to take a ride on. The pony was from PonyPalsFarms, if you are in need of Ponies or Petting zoo's in Southern California I highly recommend them.
|Lacey looked like such a natural around the pony. She loved riding her, and when she wasn't riding her she was walking along as the other kids took a turn.|
|My very handsome nephew Dylan|
|The girls' cousins Nicky and Jeremy each had a turn on the pony as well.|
|One of the highlights for the kids was getting to help brush the pony.|
|Of course these guys had to make an appearance! Bullseye, Jessie, Buzz and Woody!|
|This was supposed to be a photo op area. I had a sign nearby that read "Get yer mug taken" But it was so hot that day, I don't think anyone wanted to sit and pose.. LOL|
|Another close up of the cake. This site is where I got the idea for the cake, however, I didn't realize that the frosting was black! For future reference I now know that black frosting is not the best idea.. But the cake was so good, and looked exactly the way I wanted.|
|The gifts are always fun, and Lexie is very blessed to have such an amazing family that will show up and help her celebrate her birthday. Thank you everyone.|
|Lacey had her eye on the candy apples all day! She waited patiently and shared with her Nana.|
A banner I created using my Cricut machine (and the mini monograms cartridge) of the baby's name. I also made a mini diaper cake that you can see on top of the mantle, and on the sides are mini towel cupcakes that Grandma Katy made.
One of my favorite new decorations to make are the tissue poms. They add so much color and texture to wherever you are hanging them, and although making 45 of them can be time consuming, they are well worth it.
|One area I really made an effort to decorate was these two very long fences, so I cut, punched holes, and strung probably 150 ft. of various shades and patterns of paper.|
|Tissue Poms again... Over the dessert table.|
The dessert table included pink lemonade cookies, pink lemonade cupcakes, strawberry cupcakes, chocolate covered strawberries, caramel popcorn, chocolate dipped rice krispy treats, red velvet cake pops, and mixed berry shortcakes. YUM!
|Yummy Red Velvet cake pops were made by the mommy-to-be, Kristy.(Here is her site if you would like to contact her) She makes really delicious and beautiful cake pops.|
|The Dessert table|
| Pink Lemonade cookies|
(My fave! Also, made by Kristy)
|Mixed Berry shortcakes|
|Pink Lemonade cupcakes |
(made with love by Grandma Katy)
| Strawberry cupcakes|
(made with love by Grandma Katy)
|Strawberry topiary |
(took about an hour to make two)
|Chocolate covered Rice Krispy treats|
There were so many sweets!
It was such a beautiful, sunny, warm day in Pasadena, CA. More tissue poms.. over the gift table and over the "decorate a onesie" station.
|The drink station had lemonade, Sangria, pink lemonade, and bottles of water.|
|I also designed water bottle labels using strawberries and the color scheme of the party just to personalize a bit more.|
|We used the "Design a onesie" game as part of the decor.|
|A way to get Big Sister Felicity involved.|
Some of the onesies for baby Serenity.
|The finished decorated onesies. |
This is such a cool way to get the guests involved, give them something to do, and every mother knows you can never have too many onesies. It's also a really neat way to add personalized decor.
|Brothers and Sisters|
Michel, Debra, Reyes, Kristy and Gilbert.
|One of the guests brought this amazing diaper cake, and if you can't tell by the details, they are Minnesota Vikings fans.|
Joe, Kristy and Felicity
Serenity Skye's Baby Shower
June 2, 2012
|This is the birthday banner that I designed for her birthday! My older daughter had a banner made for her 1st birthday, so naturally Lexie needed one as well.|
|This is one of the two dozen little monsters that I made for the party. These were used at the centerpieces for the tables. I sewed each one using fabric quarters that I bought on sale at JoAnn's, this probably took me two weeks to do, a few hours a night, a few nights a week.|
I didn't want to use Monster's Inc. for the party, So I found this coloring page of "Boo" colored it, printed it and had it mounted to cardboard.. It was the welcome sign. Not to mention, my daughter resembles Boo!
This was my first time making tissue poms! And, I didn't just make a few, I made 40!
The one in the background is one of 5 Monsters that I made out of foam board and material. I saw this tutorial where a very crafty woman cut the monsters out of wood using power tools and then covered them in material. I am not exactly the power tool using type of woman (even though I considered it). I am however, an exacto blade wielding, foam board cutting, adhesive using, monster making, type of woman!
|The Tissue Poms!|
|My nephew jumping in the Jumper!|
|Lexie, My little monster!|
|My Monsters! |
I cut these out of foam board, then sprayed adhesive on them, laid the fabric over it and then tucked the excess material on to the backs.
Recently, my Sister in Law Tricia put together a really adorable/intimate pirate party for my handsome nephew Dylan's 2nd Birthday. I wish I had a picture of the invitation she created, because it was really cute. As soon as she said, "Pirate Party" I asked if I could make hats! She did an amazing job, and I was able to help a bit here and there too!
My incredibly handsome nephew Dylan!
I made about 10 pirate hats for the kids to wear.
Black felt, cut, sewn, and painted using a stencil.
When I found this pirate ship at Michael's for less than $5, I
to make it for my nephews party. And then, I opened it and it included the most vague "non-instructions" I have ever seen. It came out nice, but it was a lot of work putting it together.
The main table
I loved the "fleet" of cupcakes with sails, under the big ship.
For the bithday banner I used my Cricut to cut the black letters on red and white striped paper.
A close up of the ship that I built.
I also used my cricut to cut out the shapes for the paper part of the centerpieces.
Tricia's yummy snack mix was a hit!
It included Honey Chex & Goldfish, pretzels, M&M's and raisins.
The birthday boy in his pirate hat.