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Party ideas for any occasion or celebration.

Cute Birthday Hat Garland

I recently went through my craft stash and did a MASSIVE clean…I got rid of yarn I don’t use, supplies I never use, paper I’ve never used…and sitting at the bottom of one of my craft containers was a stash of scrap paper.

Saved from various paper projects, this collection of scrap paper had a whole mess of paper in it. In an effort to really make a dent in my craft stuff, I set it aside to be recycled…

But…then I got an idea!

Also in my collection of stuff to bring to work and put on the free table was a bag of small pom poms. I have no idea why I had these or where they came from, but I grabbed them and my paper stash and got to work making some little party hats.

Needless to say, this was a great way to use up my paper scraps and now I have a fun little garland to hang up during birthday celebrations!


I found a template for a mini hat at the This Heart of Mine blog (link below) that made super cute hats about 1 in. high. She also includes a pattern for human-sized hats if you want to get crafty for a party!

A fun garland to hang on the wall or use to wrap a gift, this birthday hat garland is fast, easy, and oh so adorable!

Cute Birthday Hat Garland


  • Pattern (I used the pattern found here)
  • Scissors
  • Scrap Paper
  • Glue Stick
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Mini Pom Poms
  • String


  1. Cut out your pattern and assemble your little hats. You can follow the instructions at the link above for the mini party hats.
  2. Using a glue gun, top your hats with mini pom poms.
  3. Attach back of hats to string using glue gun.

String up and enjoy!

Celebrate creativity every Wednesday with a “Creativi-bee” post, where I share easy craft tutorials, project ideas, and craft collections.


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Sweet Notebook Paper Goodie Bags

My dad was a sucker for Valentine’s Day. He always showered my mom with cards and gifts and would get us kids little Valentine’s for our lunches.

I loved getting little Valentine’s from my dad, and with the holiday of love on the horizon, these Sweet Notebook Paper Goodie Bags make wonderful Valentine’s Day treat holders!


Great for filling with candy, cookies, or just a sweet love letter, these adorable paper bags are super easy to make and only require a handful of supplies.

One sheet of notebook paper will make two bags, so don’t be surprised if you create a whole bunch of bags in less than a few hours!


Also fun for birthday party favors or just for wrapping a simple gift for someone, these cute paper goodie bags are just as fun for kids as they are for adults!

Sweet Notebook Paper Goodie Bags


  • Notebook paper (1 sheet will make 2 goodie bags)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Stickers



  1. Cut your notebook paper in half hamburger style.  Fold short side of the notebook paper up to the red margin line.
  2. Bring other side of paper up to folded line, tucking it underneath the flap.  Fold.
  3. Place glue on underside of flap.
  4. Seal down to close.
  5. Fold bottom of bag up to middle of bag, creating a fold about 1.5 in. to 2 in. high.
  6. Open bottom fold and fold in both corners, forming two triangles.
  7. Add glue to long ends of triangles and bottom of bag, as shown in photo above.
  8. Fold top flap down to center line.
  9. Press to secure.
  10. Fold bottom flap up to close bag.
  11. Press to secure.
  12. If desired, cut pattern on top of bag.

Fill bag with whatever you’d like!  Fold to close and secure with a sticker or tape.

Celebrate creativity every Wednesday with a “Creativi-bee” post, where I share easy craft tutorials, project ideas, and craft collections.

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9 Fun Wizard of Oz Party Ideas

It was on this day in 1939 that the little town of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin changed forever. At the little Strand Theatre, a movie musical was shown on this night, starring Hollywood favorites like Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Margaret Hamilton, and a new-comer to the Hollywood scene…a little 16 year-old girl by the name of Frances Ethel Gumm (later to be known as Judy Garland).

Three days before its huge Hollywood premiere, and 2 weeks before its national premiere), The Wizard of Oz was shown in three small test market theaters, two in Wisconsin and one in Massachusetts. During its initial run in theaters, this beloved movie musical grossed approximately $3 million (about $50 million today) in revenue.

The Wizard of Oz was nominated for several Academy Awards that year, including Best Picture and Best Visual Effects. While it lost in both of these categories, it was awarded an Oscar for Best Song (“Over the Rainbow”) and Best Original Music Score. Judy Garland even won a special Academy Juvenile Award that year, an honor she also shares with Shirley Temple, Margaret O’Brien, Hayley Mills, and Mickey Rooney. Although she was nominated for several of her other roles throughout her career, this would be the only award given to Garland from the Academy.

In celebration of the worldwide premiere of this magical movie classic, I’ve gathered up some tasty treats that are perfect for a Wizard of Oz themed party.  From Yellow Brick Road bars to an out-of-this-world Rainbow Cake, this collection of Wizard of Oz party recipes will have you doing the Jitterbug in no time!


  1. Over the Rainbow Cake from Oven Love
  2. Cowardly Lions, and Tigers, and Bears from Kim’z Kitchen
  3. Scarecrow Cookies from Skip to My Lou
  4. Glinda’s Wand Pops from Sugar and the Spice
  5. Melting Witch Cookies from Eating &…
  6. Ruby Slippers Lollipop Guild Party Favor from Yvonne Byatt’s Family Fun
  7. Strawberry Hearts from 1 Fine Cookie
  8. Melon Poppies from One Lucky Pickle
  9. Yellow Brick Road Bricks from Sew Vintage Emporium

Every Monday is a “Reci-bee” post, where I share my favorite recipes, recipe collections, and cooking and baking hints and tips. 


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Spring Time Blooming Straws

Create festive straws for your next summer gathering!  Not only do these straws make your drinks all the more beautiful, but different colored flowers help guests remember which drink is theirs.


Assorted baking cups, both regular sized and mini sized


Hole puncher

Bendable straws

Green tissue paper

Double sided tape

1.  Fold 1 regular sized baking cup in half, then again, and then a third time.  Cut the curved part off of the baking cup (use a circle template to create an arc along the curved end…this will give you the petals on your flower).  Unfold and punch a hole in the center.  Punch a hole in the center of one mini baking cup.

2.  Use a small piece of double stick tape to attach the small cup to the larger one.  Thread flower over 1 straw.

3.  If desired, cut leaf shapes out of green tissue paper and secure to your straw with tape.

*If you don’t have baking cups, you can also use tissue paper or regular paper to create these flowers.  Layer tissue paper to create new colors and more artistic flowers.

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How to Make Party Lights Using Cupcake Liners

Wanna add some color and decoration to your end-of-the-summer outdoor BBQ?  Check out this idea:

Cupcake Wrapper Lights

Simply poke white lights through the bottoms of colorful cupcake wrappers for an instant chic light display.  Hang them from the roof of your gazebo, patio, or wrap them around tree trunks to instantly change the mood and look of any outdoor gathering.

Look for adorable and colorful cupcake wrappers at these Web sites:

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Dollar Store Floral Centerpiece Idea

If you’re having a dinner party, end of the summer celebratory dinner, a bridal or baby shower, or an elegant birthday party, I have just the centerpiece for you.  All you need is stemware, a flower head, and a tealight or votive candle.

So pretty!

The best thing about this centerpiece is that you can do whatever you’d like with it.  If you’re having a Christmas party, use little snowmen instead of flowers to make it look like snowglobes.  Fill cups with candy for a fall/Halloween party or grass and decorated eggs for a party in the spring.

If you’re looking for a neat effect, go to a thrift store and purchase different kinds of stemware…different sizes and shapes, and arrange down the center of the table.  Using all the same stemware makes for a neat look also, but mixing it up, like shown above, gives your centerpiece character and style.

**Just a little note to my daily readers–I’m heading out on a camping trip tomorrow, so I’ll miss you on Thursday and Friday…but I’ll see you all next week!

Celebrate creativity every Wednesday with a “Creativi-bee” post, where I share easy craft tutorials, project ideas, and craft collections.


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