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February 1, 2016

Hockey Party

Each year my son requests a sports themed birthday party! This year was no different,  he chose Hockey! Out of all the sports out there,  is one is my personal favorite! I decided it would be great to have the party in an actual locker room. I know it smells, but it's a Hockey Party afterall! I contacted our local Dr. Pepper StarCenter Ice Arena to start the planning process. This is my first time not having my son's parties at our home, so it took a lot more planning and communication with the staff. As soon as I saw the locker room, I started styling it in my mind. I knew immediately how it was going to look. I got to work!

First off, I needed to gather all the props. I borrowed jerseys and sticks from my brother-in-law and one of our friends.  Hockey skates and a helmet were also provided. I purchased this fabulous Stanley Cup, which by the way, is actually a popcorn maker  ~ how awesome is that?! I used one of my son's mini Hockey nets on top of the table and a few used pucks, as well as his Dallas Stars foam finger. 

Since we had the party at the ice arena, I wanted to provide some warm beverages for our guests. I created a Hot Cocoa Bar complete with some must have add-ins, like soft caramel candies, candy canes, regular and peppermint marshmallows. Hot Apple Cider and water bottles customized with the birthday boy's age, first initial and "Shoots and Scores" labels, were also an option! Of course, you can't have a Hot Beverage Bar without some seriously awesome stir sticks! The mini hockey player stir sticks were a hit!

The aroma of the popcorn and our welcome sign, led our guests into the locker room to change into their ice skates for a little fun on the ice before settling down to eat pizza and enjoy cake!

The main table hosted many mini bites of goodness, such as, Hockey sticks {pretzel rods}, Pucks {mini Oreos}, Ice {ice blue rock candy}, Hockey sticks made out of candy canes, Snowballs {cotton candy}, and few fruit options that are the birthday boy's favorites. Can not forget the main attraction, the Puck birthday cake and Hockey Skate cookies! Both were delicious and gone in a matter of minutes.

The table set up for the kids to eat at was covered with a tablecloth that looked like a Hockey sheet of ice and decorated with the party favors. At each setting, a goalie mask was set upon the dinner plate and napkin. I randomly scattered current Hockey Trading cards on the table along with mini Hockey sticks, which the kids took home as their party favors along with a few trading cards. Because Greyson loves the Dallas Stars,  I incorporated a few of his personal items into the party, to make it even more special, such as his Seguin's jersey and foam finger. The room was decorated with grey, black and green balloons along with a few banners that read, Happy Birthday Greyson and Concessions. I placed the jerseys on hockey sticks and set them atop of the pegs around the room. 


This party was a huge success and the kids had a great time, as did a few of the adults! Once I wrapped my head around not having the party at my house, everything flowed very nicely. 

I hope I inspired you to have your own Hockey Party! 

Printable Paper Designs | BellaGrey Designs
Photography | Jennifer Kirlin
Hockey Skate Cookies |  Creating Awsomenessity
Hockey Sticks | Target
Paper Masks, Plates, Napkins and table covering | Party City
Rock Candy | Oriental Trading

January 22, 2016

6 Fun Valentine's Day Non-Candy Ideas for You and Your Kiddos

Hello my sweet friends! We are sharing 6 Fun Valentine's Day Non-Candy Ideas with you today! 

I love to send Valentine's Day goodies with my kiddos to school that isn't candy. They typically get so much candy, it is almost like Halloween. I have compiled several ideas for you and your kiddos as an alternative to handing out candy.

 These mini bags of popcorn were a huge hit with my son's preschool class a few years back! 

Another great idea is to give out decorative pencils with an adorable tag such as this one. 

Kids love bouncy balls. Simply punch a hole in these "Moons" and you are ready for Valentine's Day! 

Attach these super cute tags to glow sticks, necklaces or bracelets and you are all set! 

The play on words tags are always so much fun for Valentine's Day. Love these rainbow mustaches we found at Party City! 

We of course, can not leave out the teachers or your friends ~ they love Valentine's Day too! Add a coffee gift card inside the cup! How fun! I'd love to receive one of these! 

Each of the tags or labels, in this post, can be found in my shop. HERE

January 21, 2016

Girls Outdoor Movie Night

Even though it is January and Spring is a few months away, we are dreaming of the beautiful sunshine and warmer nights, and indulging in one of our favorite pastimes, Outdoor Movie Night

Remember the drive-in movie theatres? The fact we don't have one near us, here in Dallas, got our creative juices flowing and we recreated one in our backyard. 

This is a fun and inexpensive way to gather your girlfriends and enjoy a flick and the cooler evenings together. 
We are going to show you just how easy and fun it is to host your own Outdoor Movie Night
For your movie screen {if you don't have an actual one} you will need a plain white flat sheet. We used a queen size and attached it to our fence with clothes pins and heavy twine. 

Keeping it simple, but true to your theme, before guests arrive, grab some blankets and pillows, baskets and crates and lay them out around the "movie viewing" area. So as the evening gets chilly, your guests can grab a blanket and cuddle up along with some fun oversized pillows to lie on. 

Gather fun props, like movie reels and old cameras to bring the theme together. You can rent these items or ask your friends if they have some you can borrow. 

Having snacks for your guests is a must to have a successful Girl's Outdoor Movie Night. Keeping the food simple and the presentation fancy, a simple popcorn bar with homemade flavored salty options and sugar toppings is perfect. Your guests will appreciate the sweet along with the salty. 

Popcorn in a bowl is boring. These mini brown bags are super cute and the best part is you can make your own with our free printable download. 

Dressing up store bought cupcakes with blackberries and fresh mint leaves is an easy to way to make them look couture and almost too delectable to eat. ALMOST! Don't forget to place them on a fancy cake plate or serving tray. 

As an additional treat for our guests, Katherine of Creating Awesomenessity, created the fun and super delicious cookies to match our theme and invitation! 
We broke out our wooden trays to hold sandwiches and beverages on so our guests had their own place for their food and drink. 
To help with preparation, we purchased simple sub sandwiches and dressed them up using wax paper and twine. 

A girl's night is the perfect time to make a signature cocktail! How about Lavender Lemonade? A little too chilly outside for a cold beverage, why not warm up with a Spiced Mocha Hot Cocoa?  Or make both so your guests have a choice.
The Lavender Lemonade is cold and refreshing, while the Spiced Mocha Hot Cocoa is toasty and smooth. 

The theatre is now open! Found these large chipboard letters and painted them gold to match our theme. Perfect how they sit behind our popcorn bar. 

We love how these popcorn bags turned out! Don't forget to download your free printable later on in the post. 

Always have extra plates or bowls on hand in case your guests prefer to use them in lieu of a tray. 

It's a rule; you mustn't have a party without favors {at least that is my rule}. This is my favorite part of any party. Girls night favors can be a combination of lip gloss, nail polishes, and sweet treats or in this case a mini tin of specialty popcorn salts and sweets to keep with the movie theme.  

Hope you enjoyed this inspiration and you decide to host your own Outdoor Movie Night

You can find the popcorn mini bag image download here

Design + Styling :: Jennifer Kirlin, BellaGrey Designs
Monogrammed Blankets, Large Rectangle Pillows, Canvas Signs + Invitation :: Tiny Prints
Friends + Celebrate Dessert Plates :: Create UR Plate
Party Favor Tins :: Hoopla Events
Tassel Garland :: Fancy That
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