parties + party ideas

Sandcastle Place Cards

by Kathleen Ballos

Remember the mini Putz houses that you see in the winter time? Well that’s what inspired these glittering sandcastle place cards! Eating picnic snacks was one of my favorite things about going to the beach when I was younger – if you’re not close to the water, wouldn’t it be fun to host a beach picnic party indoors? And if you’re looking for more miniature beach party supplies, try these beach cake toppers!

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World Cup Swizzel Sticks

by Ashley Page Norton 

Is everyone watching the World Cup? For me, this summer will be remembered as very World Cup focused – I’ve loved watching as many games as I can get to. It’s sad that the U.S. is out but there are still some amazing games left to watch – the remaining four teams play this week to determine who’s in the final on July 13th! Here is a quick way to make some soccer ball drink stirrers to use at a viewing party. They come together easily, despite having a tricky shape (the pentagon) on the ball!

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Handmade Confetti and DIY Confetti Throwers

Sometimes store bought confetti doesn’t come in the right colors for the party we are having, in that case we make our own handmade confetti. It is really easy to make, I just throw on a movie while I cut. For this project I used a trick I learned in Paris where you just fill a plastic tube with confetti and hand them out to all your guests. With just a flick of the wrist the confetti propels out of the tube and goes everywhere. Perfect for surprise parties or weddings! The tissue paper at Paper Mart has always been my favorite. It comes in the best colors and is so affordable.

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Taking Pictures on the Fourth with Your Phone

Add more pop to your fireworks with Popchips! They are perfect for your 4th of July barbecue! Popchips contain all the flavor of fried chips and half the fat and is introducing new share bags with 15% more to love and share with friends and family.

Besides the barbeques and parades and spending time with family my favorite thing about 4th of July is taking pictures with smokebombs and sparklers! I think I have some version of them every year going back 7 years.  It’s seriously my favorite thing! We are doing a campaign with Popchips for 4th of July and thought we’d give some tips on how to do this for all your Instagram photos. The smoke bomb photos are pretty straight forward but the sparkler photos get a little technical (but still totally doable!) Find all the details below.

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Favorite Party Ideas This Week

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1. These are soooo perfect for summer movie nights.
2. You still have time to make these last-minute 4th of July treats!
3. The prettiest summer cake. Ever.
4. I wouldn’t mind coming home to this!
5. I love free printable wrapping paper, especially when it’s awesome.