July 4th Party Ideas

July 4th is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the United States. On July 4th 1776, the United States adopted the Declaration of Independence, which declared the United States free from Great Britain. July 4th is a wonderful holiday filled with backyard cookouts, town wide festivals, and glamorous firework displays. Maybe July 4th is a day where you like to invite your family and friends over to your house and spend the day celebrating with people you know! Well here are a few party ideas that can spice up your party and keep everyone at your party excited.

A good rule to follow for a 4th of July party is that everything you do should have something to do with America… This may sound very difficult, but it very easy to do! Make sure everything you use is either red, white, or blue (or all three), or some how relates to the American flag. All of your guests will appreciate your effort and it will also make the party much more patriotic!

When people arrive at your party they are going to want something to snack on. Why not start off with some delicious strawberries. Not just any ordinary strawberries though, try decorating your creating some “patriotic strawberries.” july4thstrawberries copyInstead of drizzling your strawberries in just chocolate you can use some red, white, and blue frosting to give them a nice America feel. Add some little star sprinkles for the finishing touch. Recipe from foodjoy.us

When the adults start to arrive you can bust out a little surprise that will be sure to get even the boring ones excited. Try making red, white, and blue jello shots! The process is a little longer than regular jello shots because you have to use 3 different colors of jello, but the end results is phenomenal! Don’t drink too many though, just because you cant taste the alcohol doesn’t mean it isn’t there!

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There is no such thing as 4th of July without fireworks! Unfortunately real fireworks are extremely dangerous and illegal in the most states and you can’t be lighting them off in your backyard. Professionals put on firework displays all over town and you can usually see them from several miles away! If you want to give your kids a chance to play with fireworks I recommend going to your local Coscto, or Target and buying the sprinkler/fountain fireworks. These don’t blow up, or shoot up into the sky. Instead they spew out tons of colorful sparks, or make loud whistling noises! Enough fun keep the kids entertained without the danger of losing a finger.

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One more idea that is popular on July 4th is a 3 layered cake, but instead of different flavors, you layer the cake with the colors of the American flag, red, white and blue. Thanks to recipegirl.com for the picture, visit her site for the exact recipe and directions to make this cake. This is a great way to send your guests home with a lasting impression of your July 4th party.

 

We hope these tips were helpful and gave you a few ideas of how to make your July 4th party a little better. Be safe for this holiday, don’t drink and drive and God Bless America!

Comment with any July 4th party ideas you guys may have!

 
Christie Stocker

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What are henna tattoos?

Real tattoos are for lack of a better word, too…. REAL. Tattoos are permanent on your skin for as long as you live, or you get them removed by laser tattoo removal. If you and your friends like the idea of tattoos and want to see what one would like on you without having to get something permanent on your body, a henna tattoo party is the perfect thing for you guys!

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Image from Mehndi360

Henna tattoos originated in the Middle East, but are quickly gaining popularity throughout the United States. If you have been on vacation to a beach destination such as Mission Beach, Coronado Island, Rocky Point, or Cancun you may have come across some local artists trying to sell you henna tattoos and offering to give you a henna. Most of the vendors offering henna tattoos along the beach are not professional tattoo artists, so the quality may not be as high as when you higher a certified company to do come tattoo for you. Also I’m not implying that the ink these vendors are using for their tattoos is bad for you, but some professional henna companies are offering henna ink/supplies made from the best henna plants in India, with no added chemicals or dye. Henna tattoos are completely safe for children, which also makes a henna tattoo party something that people of all ages can enjoy.

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Image from about-henna-tattoos.blogspot.com

If you didn’t want to do only henna at your next party, you could offer henna tattoos as something that kids, or parents can get on the side. Imagine if at the next birthday party you went to there was a henna tattoo artist offering to give you any tattoo you wanted, you might give it try huh? These tattoos last anywhere from 7-21 days, so don’t worry it will eventually come off.

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Henna tattoo parties are also a great way to test out that new tattoo you have been thinking about getting. If you and a few friends have been thinking about getting real tattoos, but aren’t 100% sure you want to make that commitment yet, hire a henna tattoo artist to come over and draw your tattoo design where the real one would be. You can wear it around for a couple weeks and see if it is really something you want on your body forever.
Christie Stocker

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Lego Party for your Boys

As a mother of boys, I know that they have their preference in what they play with. Lego’s are in definitely in their toybox. So I decided to go out into the world wide web to see what was out there for kids that love legos. I love the DIY crowd because they come up with such good stuff! Most of it is very simple ideas that you at home can take advantage of for your next kids party.

We start with what we find from the very popular Hostess with the Mostest and her great Lego Party Set up that she featured last year. Everything is so vibrant and fun, that i’m sure anyone that goes to the party is going to appreciate the great attention to detail. If you want to see more of this party set up, definitely click on the image to head over to the HWTM page!

As we continue our trek through the interwebs, we find another great idea from our friends over at Catch My Party! With kids being big fans of playing as their favorite super heros or tv show characters. So why not bring that idea over to your kids favorite lego characters! CMP has found that creating fun cut outs of lego faces make fun masks that everyone can enjoy.

Finally I decided to see what a great blogger over at Hotcakes had when it came to Lego parties and hit a gold mine of ideas! A few really stood out like the cake pops that are the shape of lego people heads or the gift boxes that are very simple but oh so fun to give out. This is a page that if you are really seriously looking to have a lego party, you have to visit!

Overall, I was amazing and delighted to see all the great and unique ways of celebrating with Legos, and when my kids are wanting to have a party filled with their favorite building blocks, I have a lot to consider.
Christie Stocker

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Strawberry Shortcake Birthday

It’s one of the most popular girl’s brands out there. It’s no wonder that my daughter asked for a Strawberry Shortcake party when she turned 3.

I always start with the color palette. After briefly looking on the web we settled on red, pink, and green. It’s fairly easy to find the basics for this one. Pink, green and red balloons, Red or pink table cloth, and I picked up some Strawberry Shortcake party favors from the local PartyCity.

It’s the extras where I like to add the special touches. This party I decided to take on the cake pops! They are fun to make but take a bit of time. I found this great book, Cake Pops by Bakerella, that is filled with ideas and directions. I displayed the cake pops on a piece of styrofoam wrapped in birthday wrapping paper and covered with green paper Easter grass.

For goody bags, I decided to go with these bright, fun buckets that you can personalize with your party theme. I also picked these up at the local PartyCity. The plan was to fill them with an assortment of Strawberry Shortcake items; stickers, bubbles, candy. I even threw in a little Flarp Noisy Putty and some Pop Rocks for fun. I found some images of Strawberry Shortcake online and my husband whipped up a personalized label that we used on the buckets. I also glued strawberries images to giant lollipops to add to the theme.

For the games it went pretty simple. I found a Strawberry Shortcake pin the tail on the donkey game. No donkey here! It was place the strawberry sticker as close to Strawberry’s strawberry basket. The kids had a blast!

Keep it simple.  Spend your money on the small items that build on the theme look that you are trying to achieve. Colors are probably the most important. Go for the balloon and table covers. They are cheap and add the most look to your party. If you want to go the extra mile and be creative, that is up to you! Enjoy.

Christie Stocker

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My Little Pony Birthday Party

I loved My Little Pony when I was a little girl so I was so excited to throw my daughter a My Little Pony themed party for her 4th birthday!  My daughters two favorite ponies are Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy so we decided to go with pink and yellow for the main party colors.

I started by decorating the entryway with pink and yellow balloons, I made a banner by cutting out circles and stringing them all together with ribbon.  The stickers used on the banner were purchased from etsy from a designer that I love to use.  You pick the design and she customizes it with your name and birth date. She then sends you the file and you can print as many as you like. All for only $3.50 at Printsparkle.  I also purchased party bags in multicolor pack from PartyCity which I  decorated with the stickers. I used a funny picture of my daughter when she was a baby and a pony train to decorate also.

I found some fun cups with crazy straws in the dollar section at Target and decorated each one with custom stickers.  Each kid took one of them home too!

Anyone who knows anything about My Little Pony knows that each pony has a cutie mark on there hind leg.  A pony earns there cutie mark once they figure out what their special talent is.  With this in mind I found a glitter tattoo kit at my local Michaels craft store and each girl was given a cutie mark when they arrived at the party.  They are pricey at $20 a kit but I never go into Michaels without my 50% off coupon that they run every week in the newspaper.

I really enjoy doing crafts with the kids!  Most kids love craft time and it also gives them something special to take home from the party.  For this party my daughter chose princess crowns.  We did this craft at the beginning of the party to allow for proper drying time. The kids painted, glued jewels and puff painted their names on each crown.

One of the games we played was done so using a My Little Pony tent and ribbons all cut at different lengths.  Each kid got to pick a ribbon and pull.  One ribbon had a My Little Pony toy attached to it.  This game is simple for all ages and any type of party theme. We also played pass the pony which is done by sitting in a circle and passing a pony around.  Each time the music stops if you have the pony in your hands you are out.  The last girl to not have the pony in her hand when the music stops wins.

I didn’t do anything extravagant with the food at this party.  I had a few snacks out for the kids and my daughter really wanted an ice cream cake so I let her pick one out from Baskin Robbins.  This was a easy party to throw because the ponies are so colorful and the stores carry a ton of pony decorations.

Christie Stocker

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Monster High Birthday Campout

Monster High Birthday Party

It all starts with an idea!

When my daughter told me she wanted a camping party in the backyard with 8 of her closest friends, I thought, that sounds easy enough.  The next night while I laid in bed trying to sleep, I thought, “Now why in the world would I agree to such a thing?”  Having a play-date with three eight-year-olds is hard enough. Why would I agree to having 8 sleepover?

So like any good mom, I decided to suck it up and start planning.

Kendall, my daughter is really into Monster High Dolls at the moment.  So I had to find a way to incorporate them into her camp out.  For those of you who don’t know what a Monster High doll is, they are made by Mattel and are each designed to be a daughter of a famous monster.  I started planning by scouring the internet for ideas.  The best party is always planned with doing a little research first.  I also like my parties to have at least a couple custom elements.

The most important element I would say are the invitations. I don’t care what kind of party you are throwing, the invitation sets the bar for the entire party.  I am lucky enough to have an extremely talented graphic designer as a husband.  So I went out and purchased the paper, envelopes and ribbon from Hobby Lobby pulled together some text for the invite and my husband went to work.

The entrance to your party is probably the second most important element.  The first thing the guests see when entering your home or venue.  I thought what a cute idea it would be to have a camp sign out front.  We had an old 2 x 4  that was already the perfect size so I just needed stencils and paint. I purchased the stencils and paint at Michaels, for a few bucks.  This really was simple to make.

I also had this adorable wreath idea pinned on Pinterest.com and this was the perfect time to make it.  I purchased a styrofoam wreath at Michaels with a 40% off coupon and the tulle spools from Walmart in hot pink and turquoise blue.  Here is a link to the tutorial from pinterest.  http://www.ourbestbites.com/2011/10/how-to-make-a-tulle-wreath-halloween-edition/

I like to have more theme elements spread through out the party without going over the top. The other ways I did that were by purchasing a Monster High poster from Toys R Us, hanging balloons throughout the house in coordinating party colors, and then placing actual Monster High dolls on the tables as decoration.  Etsy.com is a great site for buying party decor.  For this party I purchased cupcake topper stickers from printsparkle.  Here is the link to the ones I used http://www.etsy.com/listing/101601629/monster-high-cupcake-toppers?ga_search_query=monster%2Bhigh
The vendor will send you the file and you can print the stickers yourself.  I used them on the goody bags and I stuck them on balloons.

Lets get this party started…

When the girls were arriving we welcomed them all and had them put their clothes in Kendall’s room and set there sleeping bags and pillows in the tent.  We purchased a 10 person tent on clearance from Target and it was the perfect size to host all 10 girls and two adults! While we waited for everyone to arrive we had chips, veggies, and a Monster High movie on the TV.

Lets eat!

No camp-out would be complete with out these foods, Hotdogs and Hamburgers, roasted marshmallows on the campfire, and hot chocolate!  I would have to say the food was the easiest element to this party! My daughter loves Nothing Bundt Cakes and requested a chocolate chocolate one for her birthday so I just topped it with Monster High candles.  We also served mini bundtlets in other flavors for those kids who didn’t like chocolate.

Let the games begin…

Though originally I wanted to play outdoor games being November it was dark by 6:00 PM and there would not have been enough light to play.  So my husband had a great idea for a game using Monsters throughout history.  He created 3 picture boards, one with pictures of monsters, one with logos that kids would recognize, and another with characters and actors from the kids favorite shows.  We set the posters up in three different rooms and had the kids team up in pairs.  Each team had a turn in each of the three rooms.  They had 5 min to write down their guesses for who was on the boards.  The team that got the most correct won!  This game took a good 30 minutes and the girls loved playing it.

After playing the game I had the girls change into their pajamas for present opening and campfire time.

We roasted marshmallows, and I gave them each a cup of hot chocolate.  After they were all sugared up the girls just ran around the yard and the tent and played for the next hour or so.  Around 9:30pm I made them all brush their teeth and we all went out to the tent for ghost stories.  Each girl had a turn, or two and the stories I must say were pretty creative and funny.  Around 11:00 pm the girls all started to fall asleep. I’m sure the neighbors were happy about that!

Rise and Shine…

The girls all had a blast sleeping in the tent. One girl stated, “ That was the best nights sleep Ive ever had!” Which I know was an exaggeration because it was one of my worst nights. Breakfast was also easy as I sent my husband out to pick up some Dunkin Donuts for the girls. The girls then played, packed up and then it was pick up time 10:00 am.
We sent each girl home with a goody bag and thanked them for coming.

Clean up…

Now the parties over and it time to clean up! Don’t forget to give yourself a pat on the back.

I love throwing parties for my children and I know it is something they will always remember about their childhood.

Christie Stocker

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Welcome to My New Blog!!!

Hey Everyone,

I want to welcome each and every one of you that has come to my blog.  I am new at this and am very excited about what i’m going to put here.  To get new updates about my whereabouts, follow me through Google Plus!

Christie Stocker

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