{4th of July} Simple Party and Picnic Ideas

Sometimes it’s easy for holidays to sneak up on us, and 4th of July this year is no exception. If you’re having a cookout or party this weekend to celebrate with your friends and family, it can be overwhelming to plan everything (and make it look good!). Today, we are sharing some simple ideas from our past 4th of July celebrations to help you make your party look great without a ton of effort!

For a contribution to a magazine years ago, we made a simple but delicious Cherry Pie (and no one says you can’t just buy one!) and used our vintage blue and white china to serve and display our desserts. Blue and white vintage dishes and serve ware are SO easy to find at thrift stores, so over the next couple of days you could easily find some pieces for next to nothing. Add a red tablecloth or napkins (or a pie) and some of your basic white serve ware, and you have an instant red, white and blue party that is classic and beautiful!

If you aren’t the type to make an elaborately decorated cake, the “naked” cake trend is just for you. It goes well with rustic decor, and if you top it with some fruit, it’s still just as gorgeous as cakes that will take hours to create. We created this red velvet cake with cream cheese icing and topped it with blackberries and blueberries (again, instant red, white and blue!).

Layered jello is a dessert that will make your grandma proud, and the kids will love it! We layered it in vintage sundae cups, and they turned out gorgeous!

Make your own or buy ice cream sandwiches, and roll the edges in 4th of July-themed sprinkles. Pull them out at the end of the party and everyone will think you went to some serious trouble to make a themed dessert. This technique can also be applied to plain iced cupcakes, a white cake, oreos, and other desserts.

For more ideas for 4th of July and all of your summer parties, follow us on Pinterest! Good luck party planning!

{4th of July} Party and Picnic Ideas from Pinterest

As most people know, Pinterest is a HUGE source of inspiration for recipes, parties, and especially holidays. With the 4th of July just around the corner, everyone is gearing up for parties, BBQs, and reunions.

We have a Pinterest board going with a lot of great ideas we’ve seen around the web. Here are a few of our favorites:

A popcorn bar from Eighteen25:

Those popcorn bags look like an AWESOME DIY project! And on their post, they also provide a tutorial on how to make those adorable red and white baskets.

A Mad Men inspired party from Lauren Bailey and Sweet and Saucy shop, found on 100 Layer Cakelet:

That plaid cake gives me SO many ideas!

A build-your-own Hot Dog Bar from Party City:

This idea looks super simple, and the addition of some quick printables and red, white, and blue decorations make it an instant party (hmm, maybe I should make some 4th of July printables?).

And last week, we shared our really easy picnic table set up with help from Oriental Trading:

For the full blog post on our picnic and the links to all of the great Oriental Trading products we used, click HERE.

For more great ideas for 4th of July and other Summer Parties, follow Pineapple Paper Co. on Pinterest!

{Entertaining} 4th of July Picnic with Oriental Trading

The amazing people over at Oriental Trading sponsored this party and post, but all of the opinions and feelings about their products are our mine.

It’s hard to believe that 4th of July weekend is almost here! I feel like we are just settling into our summer routine now that the kids are out of school. Luckily, our friends at Oriental Trading helped us plan for our annual 4th of July picnic! Oriental Trading is a one-stop shop for your holiday supplies, so if you are planning a picnic or party just like us, head over to their 4th of July section to find everything you need!

We set up our picnic table using a variety of Oriental Trading Products, which made it really easy! We’ll have links to all of the products used below. Here’s the whole table. We kept it super simple and a slightly rustic this year:

These galvanized pots from Oriental Trading were perfect with some simple red carnations from a local store, and mini American flags also from Oriental Trading. We found some “1776” ribbon in our stash and added it just for fun:

Some store bought cupcakes with Oriental Trading Fireworks picks and frosted American Flag lollipops as toppers made a cupcake display super easy!

Aren’t these Patriotic candy cups adorable?!

Red, white, and blue paper paper fans are easy to hang and make an instant statement on a large wall:

We kept our menu really simple: Watermelon, Hot Dogs, Chips, and Cupcakes! Add in some S’mores at the fire before the fireworks display, and you’re set!

Here’s all of the great products we used from Oriental Trading, so you know exactly where to get them:

  1. Small Cloth American Flags
  2. Patriotic Bunting Garland
  3. Galvanized Tall Pots
  4. Ivory Scalloped Dinner Plates
  5. Star Shaped Dessert Plates
  6. Patriotic Hanging Tissue Fans
  7. Patriotic Snack Bowls
  8. Firework Picks
  9. Frosted Flag Lollipops

Enjoy your holiday, everyone! Check back this coming week for more ideas to celebrate Independence Day!

{DIY} Make a Personalized Cocktail Tray and Glasses with Cricut

The amazing people over at Cricut sponsored this birthday party and post, but all of the opinions and feelings about (how awesome) their products are our mine.
This post also contains affiliate links. If you decide to make a purchase through these links, I will receive a small commission, at no additional cost to you. These links help us to keep our blog content free, so thank you!

Earlier this week, we shared the Strawberry Cocktail Party that we threw for our friends with the help of our Cricut Explore Air 2 machine. Today we are sharing a DIY Tutorial on how to make the Cocktail tray as well as the Mojito glasses using Cricut Adhesive Foil and Vinyl. And bonus–Cricut vinyl is 30% off until 6/20/17!

To make the tray as shown, you need:

-Cricut Explore Air 2 (You enter to WIN one by clicking HERE!)

Cricut 12×12″ Cutting Mat

-Cocktail Tray of your choice

Cricut Gold Adhesive Foil

Red, Green, White, and Yellow Cricut Vinyl (if adding the strawberry design as shown on the tray)

Cricut Transfer Tape (that’s what gets your foil from the backing to the tray)

After gathering your materials, open up Cricut Design Space (it even comes as an App!). We created the “Strawberry Champagne Cocktail” text using a font from our computer and strawberry from a Cricut design that you access (and get many more!) HERE.

Using the 12×12″ mat and the adhesive foil, cut out your text using the “custom” setting and selecting “Adhesive Foil” in the dropdown box when prompted. Here’s a picture of our Cricut Explore Air 2 in action:

Next you want to carefully take off all of the excess foil, leaving the text only, as shown below. Cut a piece of transfer tape to match your design area, and peel off the backing and place it over your design. Press on the transfer tape to make sure everything adheres using the scraper from your Cricut tools.

Peel the transfer tape off gently, making sure all of your foil comes with it, and place it where you want on the tray. Again, use the scraper to press the foil text onto your tray, so when you carefully pull off the transfer tape, the foil design is left behind on your tray!

Cut out the strawberry design using your machine (I place all of the design elements on one canvas and use small pieces of vinyl in the coordinating areas on the mat; one cut session, but different colors of vinyl!). Using the same transfer tape method as above, layer your strawberry pieces on the tray. After you’ve applied the strawberry design, your tray looks like this:

A personalized cocktail looks good at any party, and is so easy to make! And if you use the name of the drink, you won’t have to answer “What is this drink?” all night. Well, maybe not.

We also made custom glasses for our Strawberry Mojitos using the Gold Adhesive foil and exact same method as above. Whatever font or drink suits your party, you have instant party glasses!

 

Want to win a Cricut Explore Air 2 of your OWN!?! (Yes you do!!!)

CLICK HERE to ENTER!

 

To see the whole party and all of the Cricut ideas I used, check out the full party post HERE.

For more party inspiration, follow Cricut on Instagram, and Pineapple Paper Co. on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

 

 

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{Entertaining} Strawberry Cocktail Party with Cricut

The amazing people over at Cricut sponsored this cocktail party and post, but all of the opinions and feelings about (how awesome) their products are mine.

Strawberries are currently in season here in PA, and when Cricut asked me to throw a cocktail party, I couldn’t resist throwing a party with a strawberry theme. I absolutely love fresh strawberries, and putting them in desserts and drinks every June is one of my favorite things to do. Every year for my birthday (at the beginning of June), my dad always brings me a ton of freshly picked berries from the first harvest! I look forward to it every year. Scroll through to check out all of the pictures from our cocktail party, and you can also ENTER TO WIN a CRICUT EXPLORE AIR 2!!!

We invited a few friends over to celebrate, and put together a few quick projects with our Cricut machine to dress up the table!

These beautiful flowers are from The Bloomery, and we also picked some mock orange from the garden. How gorgeous are those peonies?

One of my favorite shots from the party–rosé anyone?

We served a strawberry cake with white buttercream in a simple but elegant lattice pattern and garnished the whole cake with fresh strawberries:

One of the projects we completed with the help of our Cricut was this adorable ribbon slide tag for the small baskets of berries on the table:

We made a batch of Strawberry Mojitos in a pitcher (wait until you see the gold foil glasses!):

Aren’t those awesome! With the Cricut Explore Air 2 and Cricut brand Gold Adhesive Foil, these were an easy project!

Another Cricut project were the drink tags for the champagne cocktails. A simple monogram made it easy for everyone to find their glasses:

In addition to the drink tags, the champagne glasses sat on a customized tray with Cricut adhesive gold foil and traditional vinyl.

One of the small desserts served were individual pavlovas with lemon curd, strawberries, and mint:

We also had Mini Strawberry Shortcakes, macarons, and strawberry caprese salad skewers.

Later this week, we are going to share how to make one of the projects from the party, so stay tuned! Here’s a sneak peek of the Cricut in action on those berry basket tags:

Want to win a Cricut Explore Air 2 of your OWN!?! (Yes you do!!!)

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I was invited to participate in the Cricut Party Blogger Program Kickoff.

This experiecne is based strictly on my opinion.  Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above.  I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I have given my honest opinion.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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{DIY} Make a 3D Bow and Minnie Banner with CRICUT

The amazing people over at Cricut sponsored this birthday party and post, but all of the opinions and feelings about (how awesome) their products are our mine.
This post also contains affiliate links. If you decide to make a purchase through these links, I will receive a small commission, at no additional cost to you. These links help us to keep our blog content free, so thank you!

 

Yesterday we shared the adorable Minnie birthday party that we designed using the Cricut Explore Air 2. Well today I’m going to share how to make the 3D Bow and Minnie Pom Pom Banner that I used for the dessert table. Here’s a shot of the whole dessert table display that we shared:

Minnie Mouse Party with Cricut

Materials you need:

First, you need to cut all of the 3D bow pieces out. I used a Cricut Design Space Cartridge file called “Leather Bows” which had a 3D bow that fit the look I wanted. In order to make the bows oversized, you need to squeeze as much space out of the 12×12″ Cricut mat that you can. This is what my Design Space cut file looked like:

You can always gain a little more real estate on your mat by placing your cut file at a diagonal 🙂

For the banner, I cut out 3 red bows, and 2 yellow bows. Now break out the glue gun and start assembling your bows:

Start with the largest section of the bow and glue the ends into the middle, forming the bow loops:

Next, attach the bow “band” by looping it around the middle, and gluing in the overlap (you can see the seam toward the top of the placed band):

Then flip it over so the seams are down and glue the bow to the ribbon “end” piece, right in the center:

Repeat until all 5 bows are complete!

Next, glue the small black pom pom balls onto the larger one to resemble a Mickey silhouette:

Measure out how much twine or ribbon you need for your dessert table, and lay out the 3D bows and pom pom Mickeys to get them even before you glue them on. Then, using hot glue, attach all of the pieces to make a banner:

Attach to your dessert table backdrop, and you’re set!

I would have never attempted to make a banner like this on my own before getting my Cricut machine! It truly did not take more than 30 minutes or so to assemble the banner, and I loved how it turned out!

Want to win a Cricut Explore Air 2 of your OWN!?! (Yes you do!!!)

CLICK HERE to ENTER!

 

To see the whole party and all of the Cricut ideas I used, check out the full party post HERE.

For more party inspiration, follow Cricut on Instagram, and Pineapple Paper Co. on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

Check back later this week for more DIYs from the Minnie Birthday Party with Cricut!

{Birthday Party} Minnie Birthday Party with CRICUT

The amazing people over at Cricut sponsored this birthday party and post, but all of the opinions and feelings about (how awesome) their products are our mine.

 

Birthday parties are one of my favorite events to design, especially little kid parties. When the folks over at Cricut asked me to design a birthday party using their new Cricut Explore Air 2 machine and designs, I immediately fell in love with their licensed Minnie Mouse collection! Most people that know me, know I love Disney, but most of my parties are a touch more modern than a traditional Disney theme. I gave the party a clean and updated feel by using a red, yellow, black, and white color scheme and by using patterns like black & white stripes and red & white polka dots. I also used a lot of Minnie silhouettes in the party, but no full-on character designs.

Minnie Mouse Party with Cricut

I have to say, I can’t believe how easy it is to pull off an awesome and detailed dessert table like this using my new Cricut Explore Air 2! This is my first time owning a Cricut, and I’m quickly becoming obsessed. I mean, there isn’t much else left in my house to apply Vinyl to (only sort of kidding). I used the Cricut machine and their products to make nearly every detail of this party! Check out all of my ideas in the following pictures, and this week, I’ll be breaking down some of the projects for you to try for yourself!

I decorated a simple polka dot cake with a large bow and “Emme” cut out of cardstock:

Minnie Cake

I used the Cricut print-and-cut feature to make easy gift bags for the guests, as well as cupcake toppers to dress up store bought cupcakes:

I also used a scallop cupcake topper design in the Cricut Design Space to make the yellow wrappers to put those store-bought (*cough*–easy) cupcakes in.

Let’s talk for a second about the print-and-cut feature in the new Cricut Design Space–talk about life changing. I mean it! I stick my uploaded cupcake topper design in Design Space, print from my own printer, and the Explore Air 2 machine cuts RIGHT AROUND the edge of the printed topper. I can’t even. No more massive hand punches for me! Print-and-cut with Cricut is SO easy!!

I also made this Minnie bow and pom pom banner using a 3D bow design:

And used Minnie silhouettes cut out of black vinyl and red adhesive foil to decorate mini milk glasses and paper plates:

One of my favorite Cricut projects I used was this Minnie “signature” cookie stencil I made! It made decorating sugar cookies easier than ever:

Using the same 3D bow file on Design Space, and cutting simple circles, I crafted this super simple honeycomb topiary (one for each end of the table):

And because I can’t do a birthday party without some macarons (I swear, it’s a problem), I used some chocolate melts and macarons I picked up at a local store and made quick Mickey “2” macarons. Also pictured are Oreos with chocolate Minnie silhouettes I made to stick on them:

Seriously, my Cricut machine changed how I throw a party, and even I can’t believe how much I used it for this Minnie bash! This is my machine hard at work:

Want to win a Cricut Explore Air 2 of your OWN!?! (Yes you do!!!)

CLICK HERE to ENTER!

Check back this week for DIY posts on how to create the ideas seen in this Minnie party!

I was invited to participate in the Cricut Party Blogger Program Kickoff.  

This experiecne is based strictly on my opinion.  Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above.  I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I have given my honest opinion.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

{Free Downloads} Teacher Appreciation Gift Tag

This year for Teacher Appreciation Day, we teamed up with a local flower farmer, The Bloomery, to make gift tags for the teachers at our kids’ school. They turned out so cute!

She wrapped the small pots of flowers with lemon-themed wrapping paper and finished with a light blue bow. The Bloomery has a really great local CSA program, and also sells bulbs and other flowers. Check them out!

The tags read: “thanks for being a great teacher and helping our children “bloom.”

We are happy to share these tags with you as a FREE Download!

To download a full page (with 6 tags), click HERE.

And because we love these tags (and our readers!), as a bonus we are sharing the same tag in a different pattern! I’m such a sucker for a good lattice pattern:

To download a full sheet of the blue lattice tag, click HERE.

These would even be great to use as a simple end of the year gift! Enjoy!

 

{Cinco de Mayo} Pineapple Orange Frozen Margarita

Cinco de Mayo is a favorite “holiday” of ours–I mean, who doesn’t love an excuse to drink margaritas, eat tacos, and bash a piñata?

This year, we set up a small (and simple!) bar cart for our party, including drink ingredients, a Cinco de Mayo banner from Target, flowers, a gold pineapple, and of course, a piñata!

As an added bonus, our photo was selected as the cover of the Everyday Party Magazine Summer 2017 Issue! You can check out the whole magazine HERE.

Here’s a close-up of our little Llama piñata–I love it!

Because it’s our favorite part of Cinco de Mayo, we also created a Pineapple Orange Frozen Margarita recipe for the magazine. It contains Jose Cuervo Golden Margarita Mix. No, Cuervo didn’t sponsor the recipe, I just LOVE to make margaritas with it!

Head over to the Everyday Party Magazine blog to get the recipe and make your own batch! Fiesta!

{Birthday Party} BB-8th Star Wars Birthday

May the 4th be with you on this Star Wars Day!

Today we are sharing a BB-8 Star Wars Birthday Party in honor of one of our favorite “holidays!” Although we can’t share the stationery from this party because of all of the awesome (and trademarked) Star Wars components, we are sure that you’ll find some inspiration for the next Star Wars party at your house!

The birthday boy is absolutely obsessed with Star Wars, and BB-8 is one of his favorite characters. How perfect that it was his 8th birthday?

This party was by far one of our favorite parties we’ve ever done. The details for inspiration that the Star Wars movies provide is compared to none other.

Plain chocolate and vanilla macarons were transformed into Wookie Cookies and Stormtroopers with melted chocolate, sprinkles, and royal icing:

The symbol for the Resistance was cut out of fondant for these chocolate chip cupcakes in party cups:

Galaxy Bark made with different colors of Wilton Candy Melts and a topped with amazing sprinkles from Sweetapolita were one of the kids’ favorites:

The Dark Side was represented by First Order logos cut out of fondant (and colored with a food ink marker) and placed on Dark Fudge Cupcakes:

Each party-goer left with a Star Wars metal lunch box filled with candy, temporary tattoos, and other Star Wars goodies:

Mini Donuts were topped with orange sprinkles and a BB-8 head cut out of card stock for a fun treat:

A Star Wars party cannot be complete without chocolate-covered pretzel Lightsabers!

Chocolate covered Oreos were transformed into R2-D2 with a simple design of melted candy melts, and a custom tag for the stick:

The birthday boy’s special request for a cake design (of course!) was a BB-8, made simple with a regular round cake pan and a half-dome pan:

One of our favorite treats were the BB-8 sugar cookies, made simple with a custom cookie cutter some painted fondant:

Each kid also got to choose his own Lightsaber (aka Bubble Wand) to take home:

Party Photos, Styling, and Stationery by Pineapple Paper Co.
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