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Party Planning

There is also a lot to plan for when you are holding a party. There are so many things to take care of, whenever you want to host a picnic, birthday party, or ant kind of event. So if you are wondering what you should be doing for that party preparation, you have come to the right place. This website can give you all sorts o information and tips to fully prepare for your party. You will get guides on how to do party crafts and other kinds of relevant information and arts and crafts related to parties. And in addition to all of that, this website also has got tips for decorating and baking your pastries and cakes as well. So you can find all sorts of useful information about baking and party preparation on this website.

Arts and Crafts

If you are good enough at arts and crafts for party preparation you can even make a living off of your hobby when you preparing crafts for parties. Some people pay some really good money for well-made invitations and other kinds of party goods. So if for example, you find that you are really good at typography, maybe you could put your skills to good use. If you want to expand your craft hobby into a business it is totally possible. You just have to practice on making invitations and such items. And if you get good enough, you may even be able to sell your hand-made invitations.

These are just some of things to remember whenever you are going to hold a party. All of the skills that you will need are basically related to arts and crafts. However, you do not need to be that creative to plan a picture perfect birthday party or picnic. You can just follow the ideas and guides on this website.

Benefits of being prepared for a party:

  1. Better looking party – If you want your party to look picture perfect, you should prepare ahead of time. You should plan ahead with the details of your party. For example, you could make the streamers of the party and even the cake decorations match as well.
  1. People will enjoy it more – The guests that you invite are going to love the party more if it looks awesome. Decorations, sweets and the overall look of your party can have a huge impact on the enjoyment of the guests that you invite.
  1. The look of your party can make a huge difference – The actual appearance of your party venue can make a huge difference in how successful it will be. If you want your party to become a hit, you should always prepare ahead with the crafts needed for that party.

What should you prepare for in a party?


Hottest Gifts of the Summer

With the temperature heating up, it’s time that you make purchases that’ll help cool you down. After all, while the heat of the summer is amazing, it can be a bit unbearable at times. With these cool products of summer 2017, you’ll easily be able to keep yourself and your family happy – even during the hottest of days.

  • Portable Air Conditioning

This one is obvious. If it’s hot, you’re going to need to cool down. The only way to do that is with a portable air conditioning. Not all of us have the benefit of central air conditioning. Luckily for you – there are portable air conditioners.

These units allow you to cool down one individual room – the one where you are at. This is going to save you on electricity costs, as well as tons of sweat and discomfort!

  • Sous Vide Machine

This is probably the coolest, most popular gift of summer 2017. The best sous vide machine allows you to cook the perfect meal each and every time. The way sous vide works is by submerging vacuum sealed food into a heated water bath. The water circulates around the bag and evenly cooks the food.

The result is perfectly cooked food each and every time. Sous vide cooking is making its way to the mainstream. Some of the world’s most popular restaurants are beginning to use this cooking technique. Hell, even taco bell is starting to use sous vide machines.

Get ahead of the curve and buy yours today

  • Linen Shorts

This one is more along the lines of ShopSweetLuluBlog! Linen tshirts breathe during the summer time. They’re a tightly woven, yet lightweight fabric that allows air to pass-through, keeping you cool.

Comparative to cotton and other fabrics, there is nothing that comes close to the air-flow efficiency of linen. A good piece of linen clothing makes you feel like you’re wearing almost nothing. It’s beautiful!

However, for this comfort, you’re going to be paying a higher premium than cotton, polyester, etc.

In our mind, it’s well worth the purchase

  • Sports Chairs with Attachable Cover

Sports chairs that have an attachable roof cover are beginning to popup at little league fields all across the country. Not only are these chairs comfortable, but they give you the option of providing shade during the hottest of days. This is going to greatly reduce the amount of sun exposure you’re going to have.

In addition – you’re still getting not one, but two cupholders! You’ll be able to cool down with an ice cold beverage!

These chairs can be found at Dicks and other retailers.

  • Heat Press Machine

Family reunions are being planned and happening all over the globe this summer. What better way to kickoff your family reunion than to have matching family t-shirts created for each and every member of the family!

You could outsource these t-shirts, but that’s no fun. One great way to start a family reunion is to have a heat press machine handy and have every member of the family make their own t-shirt upon arrival! When you use a new best heat press machine, it’s super easy! All the family has to do is trace out their name or design on vinyl, place it onto a shirt, and then press down for 30 seconds with the heat press!

Voila! Now you have the perfect way to start off a family reunion. Crafting t-shirts has never been so easy!

With our recommended items, you’re going to have no problem staying cool!

Father’s Day Gifts Kids Can Make from Digital Photos: King of the Castle T- Shirt

This King of the Castle T-shirt is a cute homemade gift that kids can make for Dad to wear on Father’s Day. Every Dad I know loves homemade gifts and this digital photo inspired craft is rather cute!
My favorite feature of this King of the Castle Father’s Day t-shirt is that you can incorporate the entire family in the finished product.

To Make a King of the Castle Father’s Day T Shirt You Will Need:

T shirt
Puff paint
Fabric paint (colors to be recommended)
Photo transfer papers
Digital photos
Scissors or pinking sheers
Brown fabric felt (optional)
Interfacing (optional)
Twine or string (optional)

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The first step is to wash your t-shirt.

Now, find small wallet sized photos of the entire family. The photo of Dad can be a little larger to help him stand out; it is Father’s Day after all.

Now, pint your photos out on your digital photo transfer paper.

Cut each photo out individually with scissors or pinking sheers.

Now, you will need a large piece of sketch paper.

You wan tot trace Dad’s King of the Castle Father’s Day T Shirt on the paper.

Now, draw a simply castle shape in the middle that really fills up as much space as possible. Be sure to not draw too close to the collar or sides.

Now, randomly lay out the photos you cut out to get and idea of where to draw windows. Each family member will have his or her photo in a window.

You can have a tower on the castle and put Dad’s photo in a window there. You could also use Dad’s photo in the main door of the castle, but we will discuss this option later.

Now, draw out your windows.

Cut out the castle and the windows. Use this pattern to trace the castle onto the Father’s Day t-shirt.

Now, iron on and transfer the photos to the window areas on the King of the Castle Father’s Day T Shirt.

Now, you are ready for the paint!

You can use gray fabric paint to paint in the entire castle. Let this dry.

Once dry you can us puff paint and fabric paint pens to outline the castle and add details.

Be sure to add a flag on top of the castle that says “Happy Father’s Day.”

Let these paints dry completely.

For the emote option you can cut out a piece of brown felt that fits over the door to the castle.

Iron it onto a piece of fusible interfacing and trim the whole door to eliminate any rough edges.

Now, have Mom sew the bottom of the door or the side of the door to the t-shirt, so that it is attached but can still open.

You can sew on some snaps to hold it shut!

Kids will love making this digital photo craft project for Father’s Day and Dad will love wearing it!


Diaper Cakes: How to Make the Ultimate Treat for a Baby Boy

A few years ago, several of my friends started their families. It seemed as if each month I was attending another baby shower. With showers for little girls, there does not seem to be any shortage of cute things to buy. But what can you do for a little boy? Try a diaper cake. It is a perfect way to give a custom, personalized gift that stands out from the sea of little T-shirts. It is also a great way to be eco-friendly, in that everything you use can either be reused or is a part of the actual gift.
Set the Budget

The first thing you need to do is set your budget. It is very easy to wind up spending much more than you anticipated so write down your ideas. Shop at inexpensive locations such as Wal-mart or Target. Often they will have great deals on toys and clothing for babies and it is good quality. Here as an example for a medium sized, 3 layer “cake.”

24-48 diapers (size newborn and/or size one), $8-10

Curling ribbon, $2

Receiving blanket (or tulle), $1-4

Baby powder (large bottle), $1

Baby travel kit (shampoo, lotion, etc.), $2-3

Link-a-doos (plastic links for play, etc.), $2

Wet Ones (individually wrapped), $1

Scratch mitts, $2-3

Socks (package of 3 or 6), $4

Spoons, $3

Rattle, varies

Teething ring, $1

Pacifiers, $2-3

Baby toothbrush, $1-2

Comb/Brush set, varies

Baby medical kit, $8

One (or more) things off their registry, varies

Adjust the list as needed based on how much you want to spend and what you want to buy. The beauty of the cake is that it is truly customized. But before you shop, design the cake first so you know about how it is going to look.

Design your Cake

Note: Directions given are for a medium sized, three layer diaper cake.

Designing your cake needs to incorporate your budget and theme. If the parents-to-be have already let everyone know the name of the baby or the theme of the baby’s room, you can design around that. Keep in mind that a big cake will get expensive because of all the diapers. One or two layer cakes are just as cute and appropriate. You can also google diaper cakes online and glean ideas from websites devoted to diaper cakes.

Begin with a base for your cake. What are you going to put in on or will you be able to wrap it tightly enough that nothing will fall through? Personally, I like to slip a book under the cake as a “tray.” It is a useful way of transporting the gift and then when opened it is part of the gift. Some friends who have made cakes like to use the decorative cardboard similar to what is used with actual wedding cakes.

Next work with the core of the cake. Take a large, cylindrical item, such as a bottle of baby powder or a bottle (for small cakes) or an outfit or towel (for larger cakes.) Using a core also helps you save a little money on diapers since that part can get expensive. Anything that can be made cylindrical will work. If you can find the giant plastic baby bottle shaped jars, these will work best for large cakes. You can use it as the core and fill up the jar with all the essentials.

Now you are ready to begin making the cake. Take your diapers and start wrapping them around the base. Put the white side (usually the back of the diaper) to the outside. You may need more than one pair of hands to hold them in place. Once you have a good sized bottom layer (about as wide as your hand), tie it off tightly with ribbon. Then proceed to the second layer making it slightly smaller than the first. The top layer will be small, only about three or four diapers are needed. If the core does not reach the top, take one diaper and tie it tightly into a tube shape and curl the rest of the diapers around that. If you are concerned the top layer will fall, take one of the gifts, such as a few baby spoons, and use it to anchor the top layer to the middle. Variation: You can take each individual diaper and curl it into a tight cylinder shape and tie with ribbon. Using the tied diapers you can then shape into the layers of the cake. You may use fewer diapers but spend more time on the cake. It can also be frustrating to the mother-to-be to have to unroll each diaper to use.

Decorate the Cake

Once you have your cake made, decorating will be the fun part. This is where you can be as creative as you like. If you want to keep the cake simple and sophisticated, use a jar as the core of the cake and fill it with essentials such as nail clippers, thermometers, socks, et cetera.

But if you really want a fun, boy themed cake, try these suggestions:

-If you used the bottle of powder as a base, you may have a little extra room to tuck a stuffed animal or a rattle at the top- makes a fun cake “topper.”

-Keep the cake small and fit a little teddy bear cap over the top layer of the cake and use the socks and scratch mitts for hands and feet. Link-a-doos are great for hooking gifts to the ribbon or even using as “ribbon” decoration.

-Make an Eric Carle Caterpillar cake. Use The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle as a tray and have a stuffed caterpillar coming out of the top layer. If you can find the Hungry Caterpillar line of clothing, use the onesie as a core.

-If the daddy-to-be (or mommy) is a sports fan, use a ball cap on the top layer and a baby bat for the core. Or use a football as the base and top with a tiny helmet.

-A lollypop cake is a fun hide-and-seek gift. Take the gifts and tuck into the layers on the cake. Over each gift, fit a sock or scratch mitt.

-A train themed cake is easily accomplished by using a train book as the tray and tucking trains in the cake layers. Top it with a small train bank or toy.

-Teddy bear themes are easy to find and can be adorable. Take a stuffed bear and use it for the core (this can be tricky) and only make one or two layers of cake. Leave the bear’s arms and head free to “pop” out of the top of the cake. Tuck a bear story, such as Corduroy by Don Freeman, underneath as the base tray.

-Bath time ducky is a great themed cake for a little boy (or even a gender neutral) cake. Use a hooded duck towel as the core and tuck bath time essentials like nail clippers, soap, shampoo, washcloths, etc. in the layers of the cake. Top with a rubber duck and serve on a baby bathtub tray.

Finishing Touches

Once you have completed your creation, finish the cake with flair. You can use a baby blanket to wrap the cake in for a completely user-friendly cake or use tulle. Wal-mart sells tulle by the yard and it is very inexpensive wrapping. Wrapping paper does not work well because of the dimensions of a cake which is why I recommend fabric. Tie it off with ribbon and for a nice additional touch, tie a small toy in with the ribbon. For example, for your rubber duck cake, tie it off with a tiny, plastic duck or use ducky ribbon.

Another idea is to tie it off with an ornament. A baby’s first Christmas ornament is a special way to welcome the new addition and creative gift tag.

Be sure to include a personal note explaining that everything in the cake is “fresh.” You will have removed most of the original packaging and tags for aesthetic purposes. Here is an example of what you can say: “This Diaper Cake is baked with love amp; fresh ingredients especially for your new little one. Be sure to take it apart and find all the hidden treasures. Congratulations on the newest family member!” Or include this note: All items used in the cake are brand new but unwashed. They were removed from original packaging for aesthetic purposes.

The receiver of your amazing creation will not only enjoy the unique gift but be honored that you expended so much effort to be creative.

DIY for Kids: Make a Custom Handprint T-Shirt for Father’s Day

For father’s day this year, forget purchasing a mass-produced gift at the store and instead help your kids to make a fun and personalized gift. This project is suitable for children of all ages including babies, toddlers, and older children.

Materials Needed:

1. Blank t-shirt in color of your choice. Be sure to get a size that will fit dad. Check Old Navy or Target for good basic t-shirts in a variety of colors.
2. Fabric paints. Select your favorite colors, but be sure to purchase paints that will NOT wash off. Available at local craft stores.
3. Fine tip fabric paint. Select a fine tip fabric paint pen for writing. Available at local craft stores.
4. Paper plates.
5. Newspaper.

How to Make a Father’s Day Custom Handprint T-Shirt

1. Spread the newspaper over your entire working surface and the floor below. This step is important because fabric paints are very difficult to remove from carpeting if spilled. You may also want to change the kids into play clothes for this project.

2. Decide on a design for the handprint t-shirt. You can do random patterns or choose to create a special design. You may also want each child to create his or her own special custom handprint shirt for dad. Or, you can combine all the handprints onto one shirt.

3. Pour a small amount of fabric paint onto a paper plate. Add one fabric paint color per paper paint.

4. Flatten the t-shirt onto the working surface. I suggest adding protective paper in between the layers of the t-shirt to prevent the fabric paint from leeching into the backside of the shirt.

5. Have your child spread enough fabric paint onto his or hand to ensure a good impression on the t-shirt. Be careful that your child does not have too much paint or the handprint will not be crisp.

6. Press your child’s hand onto the t-shirt in a random pattern or a special design. Older children can handle this step without assistance, but babies and toddlers will need your help to make a clean hand impression. Be sure to press each finger down onto the t-shirt.

7. Use the fine tip fabric paint to write a special message. Remember to include the child’s name, date, and age.

8. Let the shirt dry per the recommended instructions on the fabric paints. You’ll most likely need to keep the shirt drying flat for at least 24 hours so find a good hiding place!

9. Wrap the t-shirt in festive father’s day wrapping paper and surprise him this father’s day with a fun and unique custom handprint t-shirt.

Custom Handprint T-Shirt Design Ideas for Father’s Day

Make a pirate skull shape. Purchase a solid black t-shirt and use white fabric paint. Draw out a pirate skull ahead of time for reference. Have your child overlap handprints to create the skull outline on the shirt. This design idea is a great one for older children.

Make a patriotic t-shirt. Purchase a solid white t-shirt and use red and blue fabric paints. Your children can create a pattern with their hands to simulate exploding fireworks.

Make a moose t-shirt. Purchase your favorite color of t-shirt. Use one color of fabric paint and have your child press their left hand and right hand a few inches apart and slightly angled outwards. Use the fine tip fabric paint to draw the moose head under the handprint antlers.

Bleach Stamped Vintage T-Shirt

Easily express yourself with a vintage looking, bleach stamped t-shirt! Not only are these fun to make, they are fully customizable. The kids can help on this one, but be sure to wear rubber gloves and not touch your skin or eyes when working with bleach.
For this project, you will need:

– Bleach

– Rubber gloves

– A dark colored, plain t-shirt (such as a burgundy, black, navy, olive, etc.)

– Paper towels

– A paper plate

– Cardboard

– Newspaper

– Rubber stamps in images, letters, or both

– An artist’s brush (optional)

– Stencils (optional)

– An old toothbrush (optional)

– A small dish (optional)

Begin by first covering your entire workspace with newspaper to protect it. Fold a paper towel into fourths and place it directly on the paper plate. Slowly pour a generous amount of bleach onto the paper towel, and let it soak in.

Lay the t-shirt out onto your workspace. It is advised that you have a general idea of the design of your shirt before you begin. Place the cardboard in the inside of the shirt so that any excess bleach does not soak through to the back of the shirt.

Press a rubber stamp into the bleach soaked paper towel, as though you would an ink pad. Press the bleach coated stamp directly onto the shirt, and hold firmly for about fifteen seconds. The color effect will lighten the shirt within a few minutes. Continue with as many rubber stamps as you’d like, or even add lettering with stamps as well.

Do not feel limited to just rubber stamps, either. Dip an artist’s brush into a small container of bleach and paint a design directly on the shirt, either freehand or with stencils. For a splatter appearance, dip the head of an old toothbrush into a small container of bleach, coating it well. Rub the pad of your rubber gloved thumb across the bristles, pointing downward so that the splattered bleach coats the shirt. Be creative with your design!

Allow the shirt to sit overnight before washing by itself in the washing machine (to prevent any bleach from washing off into any other articles of clothing).

TIP: For an added look, add paint once the bleach has dried overnight. Simply mix a bit of textile medium with any color acrylic paint, and get decorating! Try using stamps, stencils, or even just going freehand with an artist’s brush.

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