How to Throw a Watermelon Party

How to Throw a Watermelon Party from StampinFool.com

Hello, Sweet melon lovers! I am so excited to share this watermelon party with you. I was brainstorming summer themed birthday parties for Helen’s first birthday and Watermelon hit the sweet spot. Today I will show you how to throw a DIY Watermelon party. 

You can throw a Beverly Hills style party on a SAHM budget by picking elements to best show off your theme. Are you ready to plan? Grab a pen and take notes!

 

STEP 1. PAPER PRODUCTS

Starting with the Invitations and a welcome Watermelon sign, let your guests know what the party is all about. Keep with the watermelon theme by making thank you cards and guest party favors to coordinate.

STEP 2. DIY PARTY BACKDROP

A great way to brighten the walls is with a photo banner, pink and green tassel garland, watermelon painted number or letter.

To best display the watermelon party theme, your feature wall should be above the buffet table. You can create additional zones like a photo booth area or photo wall on the path guests will use to flow to the food.

How to Throw a Watermelon Party from StampinFool.com

How to Throw a Watermelon Party from StampinFool.com

 

STEP 3. TABLESCAPE

Set the table with watermelon paper plates, cups, pink and green utensils, and napkins. Add confetti or paper watermelon cutouts to the a solid color tablecloth to pump up the color. Pre-pour watermelon punch; add a straw and watermelon garnish to set the scene.

How to Throw a Watermelon Party from StampinFool.com

How to Throw a Watermelon Party from StampinFool.com

 

STEP 4. THE SWEETS

Sweeten the theme by coordinating the cake or cupcakes with pink and green buttercream. 

I love this recipe for making two 6 inch cakes and cutting them to make four layers. {Lemon Cake Recipe from MyCakeSchool.com} Only fill the 6″ cake pans half way; you’ll have left over batter as the recipe makes more than two six inch cakes. 

Speed it up by using store bought cream cheese frosting and tinting it with Americolor Food Gel.

*Tinting Tip* A little goes a long way. Split icing into two bowls. Mix the color gel in two separate prep bowls before adding color to the icing. Squeeze one drop of each color and mix with a mini spatula. Swipe a small amount of the mixed color onto the mini spatula and stir into one bowl until well mixed.  Add more color to your preference.

*Americolor Mixing Guide* Watermelon-: 1 Deep Pink, 1 Red; Rind: 2 Leaf Green, 1 Sky Blue

How to Throw a Watermelon Party from StampinFool.com

STEP 5. COORDINATED OUTFITS

DIY plain white T-shirt’s with RIT DYE in Kelly Green and Fuchsia to coordinate with your party theme. For this Watermelon Birthday Party, we dyed tee’s from H&M (@hm #handm) to match Helen’s outfit.  {Bubble romper from @melissasmithdesigns and rose gold bow moccasins @freshlypicked}

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Simple, Handmade Coffee Notecard

Happy Friday!  What a week. Things are getting busier by the day- school is out (partially), it’s Vacation Bible School for the boy and the girl is having 10 month old separation anxiety. I love my kids, but I am one tired mama.

BUT, COFFEE. Saves the day every time!

I have a super quick and simple note card for you today. You can easily make a stack of these handmade cards to give to a friend as a pick me up. AND You only need four supplies to make it happen!

Grab your supplies and join the fun!

 

 

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Explosion Box: Handmade Father’s Day Gift

Father’s Day was Sunday. Last Sunday! And I just finished up an explosion box as part of this years handmade gift. How bout you? Any other late crafters.

Each year I do a couple of things: 1) make a handmade card 2) get the dog and kid(s) hand or footprints into the card or on a piece of artwork 3) get it framed to hang in Husband’s office. He has graciously hung every card, framed drawing, and canvas painting that the babe or me have made. You can see a selection of past artwork in these posts about a DIY Father’s Day #1 DAD Canvas, DIY Wood Photo Transfers and Monster Father’s Day Footprint fun.

The Explosion Box How-To

Explosion boxes have become my go-to handmade gift. They are thoughtful, relatively easy to make, can hold any photos or memorabilia, and are downright cool. The look on the recipients face is priceless- especially when it is filled with their favorite memories and kind words.

You can make an explosion box super simple or with many layers and pieces. For this explosion box, I chose to make a simple base and add one insert of favorite photos from our year (2018).

*Photo Tip*

To make the perfect size printable photos for an explosion box I use the Project Life iPhone App and collage two or four pictures into one, then print, cut and glue them where I need. It is a great way to get them down to a 2″x 2″ or 3″x 4″ size which fits into the boxes quite well.

Explosion Box DIY Father's Day Gift How To from StampinFool.com

Starting Out

The base size for this explosion box is a 4″ cube so you will start with 12×12″ card stock and score at the 4″ mark on all four sides. Cut out and remove the outer sections.

Lid: 6 1/4″ x 6 1/4″, scored at 1″ on all sides. Cut tabs.

Decorate before you glue.

 

Explosion Box DIY Father's Day Gift How To from StampinFool.com

Explosion Box DIY Father's Day Gift How To from StampinFool.com

Explosion Box DIY Father's Day Gift How To from StampinFool.com

 

 

How to: Easy Coffee Themed Thank You Cards

How to: Easy Coffee Themed Thank You Cards from StampinFool.com

Do You Love Coffee?

Coffee is where it’s at. You know I love coffee! (Have you seen all of my coffee posts on Instagram? ha!) Between sipping a cup in the morning to the occasional afternoon Starbucks run for a pick me up, there is no caffeine shortage in my household.

So, as a small tribute to my coffee loving friends, and I am sure you have a few too, I made up some quick and easy coffee themed greeting cards.

These quick and easy cards have Stampin’ Up!’s Coffee Break patterned paper as the main component. I topped them off with a lace paper doily and a cut out coffee cup tied with string. Because the coffee cup shape is super simple, you can either cut them out by hand pretty easily or use the coordinating framelits to die cut them with your Big Shot machine.

Here are the super simple cards that are easy to recreate and send off to that special coffee lover!  Want directions and measurements to make your own? Keep reading!

How to: Easy Coffee Themed Thank You Cards from StampinFool.com

How to: Easy Coffee Themed Thank You Cards from StampinFool.com

Measurements:

  • Card base: 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 5.5″
  • Patterned Paper layer 1: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Lace Paper Doily
  • Largest Stitched Circle Thinlit or 2 1/2″ circle punch
  • Largest and Medium coffee cups from stamp set
  • Crumb Cake die cut coffee coozie (thinlit that has textured ribbing)
  • “Thanks a Latte” stamped and cut out or die cut with coordinating framelits
  • White Baker’s twine tied in a bow

 

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