Graduation party: don’t buy- DIY!

You don’t need to buy the expensive, themed stuff to have a great grad party. These five ideas are the coolest DIY tips ever. Not only that, they are crazy easy, inexpensive and low stress ways to make a memorable event.

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1. Confetti balloon bunting

1.Don’t buy a grad banner, DIY confetti balloon bunting
Hit up the dollar store for clear balloons and packages of lightweight confetti or glitter. Use a small funnel to pour the confetti into the balloons. Blow them up with a balloon pump or with lung power. Tie them in a row to colorful ribbon and hang them like a banner. You can even write on them. Finally, rub your hands over the balloon to create static and to get the confetti stick to the sides.

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2. Diploma cookies

2.Don’t buy fancy grad cookies, DIY diploma cookies
So simple and inventive, you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it first. You don’t need to buy expensive, fancy graduation sugar cookies, just a tin of those awesome cookie straws (Pirouettes) and some red ribbon.

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3. Chalkboard sign

3. Don’t buy a class of #### sign, DIY a chalkboard sign
Go to the thrift store and pick up a large picture frame. Slap some chalkboard paint on the glass and you have a versatile canvas to use for more than one event. Bonus points if you paint the frame.

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4. Wrapping paper table runner

4. Don’t buy a grad table covering, DIY a wrapping paper table runner
This one couldn’t be simpler. Buy a roll of gift wrap in any color or pattern you like and unroll it on your table. Martha Stewart says it should hang 18 inches off the sides so it doesn’t look weird.

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5. Mortar board decoration

5. Don’t buy grad-themed decorations, DIY paper mortar boards
For the cost of 12×12 scrapbook paper, colorful tissue paper and glue, your party can have unique decorations that don’t cost and arm and a leg. All you need is passable cutting and pasting skills. Easy.

Like what you see? Have other awesome ideas? Hit up the comments.

Offbeat first birthday on a budget

When did first birthday parties evolve into such massive, expensive, complicated, Pinterest affairs? If you’re searching for a first birthday theme that’s a little offbeat, won’t break the bank, or become a craft nightmare, you’ve come to the right blog.

Try sea monsters. They make the cutest horrors for adventurous little boys and girls.  It’s nice variation on the usual pirate and mermaid ocean themes. Run with it as far as you like, although I tend to think less is more with a themed party.  All it takes is a tiny bit of craftiness (or help from someone a tiny bit crafty) and determination.  Here’s nine ideas to get you on your way: Continue reading

5 ways to survive a kid birthday party

I have zero kids and I think that’s great. I have friends and family who suddenly have a lot more than zero kids and that’s great, too; until little Zaiden and Delilah’s birthdays roll around and I receive the dreaded obligation kid party invitation in the mail. The envelope is enough to send me into a cold sweat. I can’t bail on going (because friends and family) but the thought of a Saturday confined to a backyard -or worse, confined in an actual enclosed child amusement venue- full of wild hoards of poorly behaved, sugared-up kids, banal small talk with their parents, AND be expected to bring a gift, is a personal hell.

I’d like to share five ways for any adult (both parents and the children-free alike) to cope at the obligatory child birthday party. Stay tuned. This is a game changer. Continue reading