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Support Our Troops!

Saturday, May 17th is 2014’s Armed Forces Day.  Take a few moments to salute our soldiers and veterans for their hard work and sacrifice.  Keep reading to check out ideas for care packages, celebration decorations and other unique ways to Support Our Troops!

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Care Packages are a wonderful way to let your soldier or veteran know they are in your thoughts.  I love the idea of personalizing it to let them know how special they are.  If you don’t know someone, click here for a list of organizations that can help you get a Care Package to active and retired Armed Forces personnel.

A quick hint list for packing your care box:

  • Travel sized toiletries are a must.  Small containers are easier for them to carry around.
  • Baby wipes, acetaminophen packets, eye drops, foot powder, beef jerky, gum/mints, condiment packets, soap, tissues, toilet paper, lip balm, sunscreen, lotion, crossword puzzles/word searches/Soduku, travel packs of laundry soap, toothbrushes/toothpaste/floss, ear plugs, q-tips,  socks, t-shirts, underwear, shampoo/conditioner, paper, pens, manicure kit, magazines, books, coffee/tea/cocoa, protein powder/bars, snacks (chips/candy bars/pretzels/salsa/pop tarts/nuts/cereal/peanut butter), dry soup, hard candy, envelopes, frisbee/ball/hacky sack, shoe laces, vitamins, sewing kit, can opener,  travel sized games, deck of cards/dice/dominoes, memory cards, phone cards, sunscreen, sports drink/kool-aid/flavored water powder/drops, gloves/mittens/hats, AA batteries, and calling cards are always a sight for sore eyes. Don’t forget your makeup/hair/menstrual supplies for women (hair bands and tampons can be a commodity in some locations).  Keep all food items to anything that does not require refrigeration and will not expire within the next  (reminder that many forms of chocolate melt so pay attention to the weather ).
  • Put everything in zipper baggies.  This protects the items while being shipped (and from water or sand) plus they can be reused.
  • If you plan on sending something with an odor (example: dryer sheets, scented lotion/shampoo/conditioner/soap, perfume/cologne-even on a letter or t-shirt) you might want to consider sending it in a separate package so that their favorite snack doesn’t smell and taste like their favorite body spray.
  • Shipping to military personnel overseas is reduced or free, depending on your circumstances.  Make sure you check into it!
  • Pack using a sturdy box, lots of protective padding, and extra tape.  You’ll thank me!

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Sew some bandanas together for a table cloth, paint a couple bricks and build a simple center piece (which would look awesome filled with pinwheels), decorate some fruit, throw no-flame candles in some tissue paper decorated jars (more pinwheels), and follow Sarah Lipoff‘s instructions on creating decorative Bug Away Candleholders and you’ve got yourself a Red, White and Blue themed party that you can use again for 4th of July or any patriotic holiday.

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Don’t forget the flag wreath!  Take a wreath form (foam is usually easier) and stick miniature flags in until you can’t see the mold.

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If you’d rather stick with a green theme, you can use army men, plastic helmets and camouflage to decorate.

Don’t forget to save these ideas for other events!  Speaking of other events, get your orders in for supplies at the PartyFetti shop before it’s too late!

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For a wide variety of pinwheels, check out PinwheelPretties!

Crafting Memories

Happy early Memorial Day!

This weekend signifies the beginning of summer.  Pools are opening, families are gathering, kids are out of school (or almost are), barbecues are firing up and flowers are planted.  Once the memorials are visited and decorated, it’s time to get together and make some memories in honor of those who have fallen to provide us the privilege to do so.  Let’s thank our military members and their families who gave the ultimate sacrifice, celebrate life and remember what they fought so hard for.

PartyFetti and PinwheelPretties have several red, white and blue decorations that I have already highlighted, and added a few more.  It’s too late to get your orders in for Memorial Day, so let’s look at some last minute craft ideas to decorate for the festivities!

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Bleach pens are a great way to jazz up your cloth pieces.  Try it out on napkins, tablecloths, t-shirts and more!

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Butcher or Parchment paper cones are a simple and cheap way to display anything from fruit to snack mix.

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For larger containers, cut and decorate simple paper plates and tie together with twine or ribbon.  These would be great for toppings and smaller snacks.

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Decorative lunch sacks!  Why didn’t I think of that?!  This is a good idea for popcorn, favor bags, snack mix, all sorts of dry goods and fun stuff.

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Bandanas, napkins or cloth in a mason jar (or cup) with silverware – what a simple way to supply necessary items in a decorative way.  Perfect for all events.  A must remember!

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Mark this on as another “why didn’t I think of that”!  How simple is this cupcake topper?  Ribbons and toothpicks – easy!

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This Rocket Garland is dual purpose.  Not only is it an awesome decoration, but it’s also a fun activity!  The diagram shows you how to turn a simple toilet paper or paper towel roll into an excellent party supply.  For those of you who want to make these for another event, PartyFetti has Rocket Bunting that you can rig as poppers, check them out here.

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Paint, markers or watercolors are another simple way to dress up basic party supplies or make decorations.  Use your imagination!

Enjoy your holiday weekend and don’t forget to pre-order your supplies at PartyFetti, PinwheelPretties, ReadySetCraftKits, OnceUponAHomeDesigns and WeddingBridalDesigns.  Custom orders are available, so get shopping now!

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Great Gatsby 30th Birthday

We’re back!!  Hope everyone had a great 4th!

While we were gone, Kara’s Party Ideas posted a party idea that I just HAVE to share.  I typically lean towards shabby chic and rustic themes, but this Great Gatsby theme is so fun, I can’t resist.

Great Gatsby 30th Birthday Party

Posted on July 14th, 2014 by Kara

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Great Gatsby themed birthday party via Kara's Party Ideas KarasPartyIdeas.com Cakes, printables, favors, desserts, and MORE! #thegreatgatsby #adultbirthdayparty #karasoartyideas (1)This gorgeous GREAT GATSBY THIRTIETH BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Rachelle Pereira of Style Dolls.

What a fun party! I love the black, gold, and white color scheme; it’s so ritzy and glamorous! I also love all of the beautiful crystal! This party is so lovely and has so many fabulous ideas that would work perfectly for a birthday or dinner party!

The Great Gatsby party ideas and elements to look for from this astounding event are:

  • The fabulous feather and gold sequin cake topper
  • The ritzy gold table runner
  • The beautiful crystal
  • The cute apothecary jar labels
  • The fabulous printables
  • and MORE!

Vendors:
Cake: Cakes By Kyla
Printables: Blossom Tree Designs

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Great Gatsby Party Details:

This is what Rachelle said about planning the party- “Creating this beautiful lolly table and table styling for Chloe’s 30th was so much fun. I love this theme! The aim to capture the opulence, elegance and grandeur of the time, Chloe had a great night and her and all the party looked amazing. I was so happy to be able to contribute to such a special milestone event.
The cake was created by the talented Kyla from Cakes By Kyla it was delicious and right on point with the design.
All paperie and custom printable done by the amazing talents of Elissa from Blossom Tree Designs and this time she truly excelled, creating the stunning invites and matching all the designs through the party”.

 

 

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