Monday, December 16, 2013

Snowman Soup Party Favors

 
Throwing a winter or snowman-themed birthday party or need a fun Christmas gift for teachers and neighbors?  Give bags of Snowman Soup this year that the kids can make!
 
There are oodles of great Snowman Soup free printables on Pinterest, but this poem and free tag from Simply Kierste is my favorite.  Her kit includes a store-bought hot cocoa mix package, mini marshmallows, chocolate kisses and candy canes.  View the full post and print your Snowman Soup poem tags.
 
Another way to personalize this favor is to mix-your-own hot chocolate with an easy recipe from Christy Jordan at Southern Plate.  If you need to make a lot of Snowman Soup packets to give or deliver to friends, neighbors and teachers, this may be the best route for you!  Christy's Snowman Soup recipe requires instant powdered milk, powdered coffee creamer, chocolate milk powder and powdered sugar.  Now that is a fun recipe for the kids to help with!
 
Other supplies you'll need for your Snowman Soup gifts are:
  • Clear cello bags, Ziploc baggies, brown paper lunch sacks or mason jars,
  • Chocolate "kisses", mini marshmallows and candy cane "stir sticks",
  • Printable poem tag, ribbon, twist ties, hole punch or tape,
  • And your choice of homemade hot cocoa or packages from the store!
Enjoy and keep warm with a mug of delicious Snowman Soup!
-Sally

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

4 Cute Fall Themes for Kids

Hosting a party this fall with your kids?  Here are four of my favorite FALL themes for birthday parties, neighborhood cookouts, school festivals and wedding or baby showers for you to enjoy!
 
#1 - Fall Apple Orchard Party Theme
Fall is definitely a time for apples, lots and lots of apples!  So this Apple Orchard Party with Printables by Lia Griffith is the perfect party theme for boys or girls.  It includes ideas and printables that would fit in with a farm-theme too.  What about bobbing for apples, caramel apples, painting with apple stamps and decorating with bushels of apples?  See more of this precious apple-inspired farm party on Lia's blog (don't miss the "YEE HAW!" burlap banner:
 
 
#2 - On the Farm Party Theme
"Welcome to the Farm" party by BabyBites with some of the cutest party food containers and signs I've seen!  Pair red gingham with white tables, straw, burlap, leather or wood for an "instant" farm party look.  Don't miss the cow pinata:
 
 
Let's continue the Farm Theme ideas with blue gingham, real tractors, BBQ, popcorn and lots of hay at this adorable Tractor and Barn Party by Blessings & Raindrops:
 
 
#3 - Pumpkin Harvest Party Theme
Visit 5M Creations for Carsyn's Fall Festival Pumpkin Birthday and a peek into her cute party details like this chalkboard entrance sign, haystack, painted pumpkins, corn maze and the hayride tractor:
 
 
Continuing the Pumpkins Theme, I couldn't resist sharing these beautiful photos and tutorials for Mini Pumpkin Favors and Mini White Pumpkin Invitations from Dandee-Designs:
 

 
#4 - Sunflower Fields Party Theme
Renee's Soirees threw a fantastic Sunflowers & Burlap birthday party for her friend's daughter, with "fields" of ideas for us!  You'll love the sunflower cake pops, vibrant party printables from her Etsy shop, sunflower lollipops and jars of yellow and brown M&M's.  Her sunflower seed packet favors by Martha Stewart are available at the Home Depot too:
 
 
Fall is a great time to host an outdoor party for your kids.  I hope these four theme ideas will help you start your own "inspiration board" too.  Visit us at www.polkadotmarket.com for the cutest polka dot party decorations on the web!
-Sally


Monday, October 21, 2013

5 Ways to Make Polka Dot Pumpkins

I love fall.  It is my very favorite season!  As soon as my first neighbor puts a pumpkin on their porch, I am ready to decorate my home for fall too.  I've gathered five of my favorite DIY Polka Dot Pumpkin tutorials here for you.  They are all on the EASY scale, not to worry.  Grab the kids, spray paint, glue dots, glitter, tape and drills (for the power tool fans!) to make-your-own polka dot pumpkins this year.  P.S. - I keep my pumpkins around the house 'til Thanksgiving!
 
 
#1 - Make your own "Glitter Pumpkin" with Craftaholics Anonymous
  • Paint your pumpkin (or Fun-Kin) with two coats of white paint
  • Stick thin Glue-Dots stickers all-over your pumpkin
  • Sprinkle on glitter (any color) over a box or tray to catch excess glitter
  • See more of her Halloween Mantle tutorials (they are all fantastic!)

 
#2 - Momtastic's Polka Dot Painted Pumpkin
Here's a craft that the kids can help you make.  It would be great as an activity that doubles as their take-home favor too!
  • Wipe down your pumpkin (or Fun-Kin)
  • Find a small circle shape to use as a stencil (like a plastic Easter egg)
  • Trace circles all over your pumpkin with a pen or sharpie
  • Freehand paint inside your circles with any color paint
  • Click to see more Pumpkin Crafts from Momtastic that your kids will love!



#3 - Black Stripe "Trick or Treat" Pumpkins by Midwest Living:
  • Before using your black spray paint, place masking tape over the areas that you want to stay pumpkin-orange.
  • Spray paint your pumpkins black.
  • Remove the tape to reveal your design.
  • Now paint your favorite Halloween saying between the stripes.
  • Want dots?  With a large bit, drill holes in the black painted stripes.
  •  View all 40 Pumpkin Projects by Midwest Living.
 

 
#4 - Drill-Bit Polka Dot Pumpkins by Eddie Ross
  • For smaller pumpkins, cut a hole in the bottom to fit a small votive candle, then clean out the insides.
  • Use a 3/8" drill bit to drill "polka dots" all over.
  • For larger pumpkins, cut off the top and clean out the insides.
  • Use a larger bit to drill larger "polka dots".
  • Place a votive candle inside (or battery-operated LED candle) for that GLOW we all love!
 
 
#5 - Wood Block Painted Pumpkins by Simply Kierste
  • Start with a 4x4 wood post from your home improvement store, ask them to cut into 3 lengths for you:  10", 7" and 4".
  • Paint each block with your base coat (white if you want orange stripes or orange dots).  Let dry.
  • Cover with circle stickers or tape off your stripes and then paint your top color (orange).  Let dry.
  • Remove the stickers or tape and drill a hole in the top to fit your stick "stem".
  • Very lightly sand all over for her cute, distressed look.  Read her full tutorial.
 
I hope you make one of these adorable polka dot pumpkins to decorate your home for fall.  They are perfect for fall birthday parties too.  You can't go wrong with polka dots and the color orange.  I love it!
 
Happy Fall!  -Sally