Simple Picnic Party Ideas

Amp up the wow-factor at your next summer gathering with a picnic theme that even the most uncreative party planners can pull off. We’ve found the most amazing picnic parties ideas from around the web and highlighted their most fun features. The best part? These ideas are super simple to execute. Scroll down to get inspired.

photo: Bill Dickinson via Flickr

Decor

While nothing screams picnic more than red and white gingham, there are plenty of other creative and artistic ways to add flair to your toddler’s gathering. See how to stun your guests from the get-go.

photo: Party Loves

Smile before entering this vintage summer party! Party Loves greeted their guests with a colorful chalkboard, a cost-effective and unique idea that lets you get your art on.

photo: courtesy Studio DIY

How adorable are these fruit-inspired party hats from Studio DIY? Easy to make, they can double as a party favor! We’ve got even more fun paper hats here.

photo: courtesy Party Delights

Bee Hive Lanterns
Your guests will be buzzing with excitement over this creative and easy picnic party idea. Head over to Party Delights to find out what you’ll need.

Family Birthdayphoto: courtesy Tiffany Arment Photography

Who says picnics have to stay red and white? Go for checked blue, green, yellow and orange like photographer Tiffany Arment did for Adam’s first birthday picnic. Choose your tot’s favorite colors to add extra vibrancy.

picnic-lunchablephoto: Lifeflix

Food

Eating outdoors with toddlers can be a messy business. Here are a few ways to create stress-free lunches and eco-friendly snacks for those hungry tummies.

Single Salads
You can thank Hello Wonderful for the brilliant idea of having kids pre-pack their picnic foods in little jars. It keeps the mess to a minimum and gets your kids helping, too. See more fabulous picnic foods by clicking here.

Make sure each kiddo has their own picnic basket by sort all their food into one picnic box. We love the rice krispie popsicle that won’t melt under the sun. Fill your box with sammies, chips, celery, and dip, wrap it up with twine and include a picnic napkin! Check out the beautiful napkin toppers here.

photo: courtesy The Girl Who Ate Everything

Watermelon Sticks
Cut your watermelon into easy to hold sticks instead of cubes. This way you save on utensils. Freeze the sticks to make uber healthy popsicles. Need tips on cutting that watermelon? The Girl Who Ate Everything makes life easier with picture tutorials.

honey-lemonade-beephoto: Picnic for Pixies

Sweeten your lemonade with honey rather than sugar for bonus health points. We love how Picnic for Pixies, a South African party planner, had their party buzzing with extra excitement. Just look at how awesome that hive shaped dispenser is! Check out our favorite lemonade recipes here.

strawberry-angel-food-cake-skewersphoto: Wishful Crafting

Nosh on these sweet and light dessert skewers (topped off with whipped cream and Nutella before serving). This super easy recipe can be found at Wishful Crafting. The no-utensil factor is a terrific eco-friendly way to minimize the mess.

water-balloon-spoon-racephoto: courtesy Two Shades of Pink

Got high-energy tots that love to run and scream? Here’s an egg race spin-off game that’ll have them zonked out by the end of the day. Use water balloons to make less of a mess (your local park will thank you), and if you have balloons left over… have water balloon fight! Get the tutorial on decorating plain wooden spoons over at Two Shades of Pink.

cloth-picnic-games-tic-tac-toephoto: Liz Stanley via Say Yes

For a calmer playdate picnic in the park, play a cloth game that utilizes trinkets from nature. Kids will love searching for flowers to use as tic-tac-toe pieces. For a more complicated square game that works as a brain challenge for older kids, head over to Say Yes.

stretchy-fabric-kidsphoto: The Mary Frances Project 

Fabric Tube Run
Embrace the elasticity of swimsuit fabric (nylon and lycra) and make a bouncy tunnel for kids to bop about in. Moms and sister of The Mary Frances Project showed us this fantastic game for smaller kids, where parents stretch out the fabric and kids can run about, bouncing off the “walls.” Order a few yards of swimsuit fabric from eBay or The Fabric Fairy, and then follow the game tutorial here.

party-favor-blanketsphoto: Hiba Kim via We Heart Parties

Favors

Let your guests leave with a lasting impression. These party favors go beyond perishable food and small toys.

You can hand out blankets for your playdate picnic and let your guests keep them afterward. It’s a great gift that works for the entire family. They’ll remember your stellar party as they sit on the blanket to make new memories out in the park. For more sweet delights of this playdate picnic, head over to We Heart Parties.

watermelon-playdoughphoto: No Time For Flash Cards

Pack some green and pink dough and a handful of black beans in a little container so kids can bring the picnic home. Get the playful instructions (print them out and include them in your gift bag) from No Time for Flash Cards. It’s a great sensory craft for little hands.

diy-paper-fansphoto: Ao At Home

When it gets too hot at your summer picnic party, your guests will be thankful these cute fans are going around. And they’ll be ecstatic to know that they can keep them too! Find out how to make these beautiful summer coolers over at Ao At Home.

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— Christal Yuen

22 DIY Bridal Shower Party Ideas

1. Chalkboard Sign | Tutorial Chalkboard Sign | DIY Bridal Shower Party Ideas on a Budget

2. Diamond DIY Garland | Tutorial Diamond DIY Garland | DIY Bridal Shower Party Ideas on a Budget

3. Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes | Tutorial Raspberry Rose Ice Cubes | DIY Bridal Shower Party Ideas on a Budget

4. Gem Cake Toppers | Tutorial Gem Cake Toppers | DIY Bridal Shower Party Ideas on a Budget

5. Blingy Bagels | Tutorial Blingy Bagels | DIY Bridal Shower Party Ideas on a Budget

6. Infused Sugar Jars | Tutorial Infused Sugar Jars | DIY Bridal Shower Party Ideas on a Budget

7. Sweet Balloon Wishes | Tutorial Sweet Balloon Wishes | DIY Bridal Shower Party Ideas on a Budget

8. Leather Heart Coasters | Tutorial Leather Heart Coasters | DIY Bridal Shower Party Ideas on a Budget

9. Glitter Champagne Bottles | Tutorial Glitter Champagne Bottles | DIY Bridal Shower Party Ideas on a Budget

10. Stenciled Soap Favors | Tutorial Stenciled Soap Favors | DIY Bridal Shower Party Ideas on a Budget

11. Heart Drink Stirrers | Tutorial Heart Drink Stirrers | DIY Bridal Shower Party Ideas on a Budget

12. Paper Cupcake Boxes | Tutorial Paper Cupcake Boxes | DIY Bridal Shower Party Ideas on a Budget

13. Paper Plate Flowers | Tutorial Paper Plate Flowers | DIY Engagement Party Decorations Ideas Decor

14. Upcycled Can Flower Vase | Tutorial Upcycled Can Flower Vase | DIY Engagement Party Decorations Ideas Decor

15. Tissue Paper Rosettes | Tutorial Tissue Paper Rosettes | DIY Engagement Party Decorations Ideas Decor

16. Doily Backdrop | Tutorial Doily Backdrop | DIY Engagement Party Decorations Ideas Decor

17. Feathered Place Holders | Tutorial Feathered Place Holders | DIY Engagement Party Decorations Ideas Decor

18. Wedding Countdown Blocks | Tutorial Wedding Countdown Blocks | DIY Engagement Party Decorations Ideas Decor

19. Glittered Utensils | Tutorial Glittered Utensils | DIY Engagement Party Decorations Ideas Decor

20. Lemon Centerpiece | Tutorial Lemon Centerpiece | DIY Engagement Party Decorations Ideas Decor

21. Giant Polaroid Frame | Tutorial Giant Polaroid Frame | DIY Engagement Party Decorations Ideas Decor

22. Message Tea Pot | Tutorial Message Tea Pot | DIY Engagement Party Decorations Ideas Decor

Check out these awesome video tutorials for the Bridal Shower Crafts ever – we’ve also added some links so you can get the supplies online. (Use slider arrows)

Our Favourite Hen Party tshirts, alternative hen do ideas, hen party ideas

Here at The Hen Planner we used to be totally anti any hen party tshirts or sweatshirts. Our hen party tastes however do change along with fashion (sorry, we’re a little bit fickle!) and let’s face it, hen party style has seriously upped it’s game! You can now get cool and actually nice (non tacky) hen party t-shirts, bride tribe tops and team bride pyjamas. All the hen squad goals! Here are some of our favourite hen party tshirts on Etsy and other online stores that you can pick up for you and your hen party crew. Take a look at our favourite hen party t-shirts and jumpers here.

First up are definitely our favourite hen party t-shirts we have spotted to date. These t-shirts and jumpers are minimalist and very cool. Any bride would love one and totally wear the jumper again for sure.

This Bride Vibes t-shirt is also a winner with us. We like the cool slogan and relaxed fitting t-shirt.

Next up are these Bride and Bridesmaid Sweatshirts from Love and Bambi. These are a little pricy and are based in the US. They are super cute however and you’ll totally wear around the house. We love the off shoulder style. The grey bride tribe jumpers are also a favourite.

This Feyonce t-shirt is an alternative t-shirt for the bride. The same company also make other statement t-shirts so you’ll find something for all the squad here.

These slash neck / choker style Squad tops are super trendy and you’ll make a real fashion statement with one of these.

This cute hoodie from Boohoo is perfect for late night hen party chats and the morning of the wedding.

How cute is this boho styled hen party tshirt from Brautig on Etsy? We love the alternative look to this one and the use of colour. The perfect hen party t-shirt for a festival or bohemian themed hen do celebration.

Ruby on rocks are also an Etsy based store and a few cute different tops like this Bridezilla Club and Bride Boss hen party tshirts to choose from.

Our next selection for hen party tshirts are a cute way of doing a statement t-shirt with less of a statement. They are available with the following wording:

Best Friends.
Bridesmaids.
Babes.
Bubbly

They also have the cute “I do crew” ones. Check them out on Etsy here. 

These baseball style t-shirts are just like Spencer from Pretty Little Liars and are perfect for an active or sporty bride to be.  Available on Etsy via Tie the knot shop here.

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School And Classroom Valentine’s Day Party Ideas

Are you a room mom or a teacher needing ideas for the classroom Valentine’s Day party? Here are my favorite activity and treat ideas that will keep the kids entertained for a fun party. A list of 100+ Classroom Valentine’s Day party ideas…

If you’re a room mom, you may be feeling some pressure at this point in the year. I know for me, with two class parties under my belt, I’ve learned some things and I’m ready to make our classroom Valentine’s Day party a success. The other two parties were a hit with the kids but we had some hiccups that caused stress for the parents that were volunteering, the teacher, and myself. For example, I added another item to my list for successful room moms: have each activity put together and organized with a printed list of instruction for the volunteer. And I’m going to have as much of the supplies to the classroom the day before as possible.

If you’re still looking for treats, games, activities, or printables for your party, you are in the right place! I’ve rounded up 100 ideas that are easy, fun, and kid approved. My kids actually looked at many of these ideas and gave the thumbs up.

Also, if you have classroom food allergies to work around, here are some ideas on finding Allergy Free Candy from What’s Up Fagans!

Games:

You have to have games for any party, right? Here are some fun game ideas that will keep the kids laughing and entertained.

First up, here is a game that is a take on the popular White Elephant Christmas game but with Valentine candy instead of presents. It can be done in smaller groups and younger kids will understand it too!

Another great game idea is this Heart Hopscotch Sight Word or Alphabet Game. You can use either option depending on the age of your kiddos. I also added a math version so you can customize it how  you like!

I remember playing musical chairs as a kid and it was always a favorite. Here’s a version of “Musical Hearts”.

Kids always love to hit things and if they can get candy too, well, that’s a bonus! Here’s a fun game idea called “My Heart Is Bursting For You”.

These Minute To Win It games will get the kids excited (she shares 14 of them!).

This Cupid’s Arrow Game is sure to be a hit!

I love Mad Libs and this Valentine’s Mad Libs game will have the kids giggling (perfect for second grade and higher). They also have a fun candy relay idea.

Get the competition really going with this fun Heart Race game (all you need are spoons and hearts!).

Converstation Hearts are a cheap candy to use for this Heart Bingo game.

Treats:

Conversation Heart Cakes from Your Everyday Family

XO Valentine Cookies from Your Everyday Family

Marshmallow Pops from Tales of Mommyhood

Conversation Heart Donuts from Jinxy Kids

Heart Shaped Cookies from Dancing Through The Rain

Dipped Marshmallows from Surf and Sunshine

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cupcakes from Low Carb Yum

Pecan Shortbread Cookies from Surf and Sunshine

Strawberry Kiss Cookies from Saving You Dinero

Berry Chocolate Brownie Bears from The Monday Box

Sugar Free White Chocolate Bars from Low Carb Yum

Valentine Cake Push Pops from Thrifty Jinxy

Homemade Heart Oreos form The Petite Cook

Popcorn Hearts from Surf and Sunshine

DIY Heart Lollipops from Thrifty Jinxy

Healthy Heart Brownies from Two Healthy Kitchens

Cuties Valentine’s Printable from Surf and Sunshine

Homemade Coconut Raffaelos from Happy Foods Tube (easy and could be made with pink!)

Fortune Cookies from Dancing Through the Rain

Honey Graham Bears from The Monday Box

Classroom Activities:

5  Handprint Valentine’s Ideas from The Pinning Mama

Preschool Activity Packet from Real Life At Home 

Word Search from Sunshine and Rainy Days

Valentines Scramble and Printable Activities from Organized Island

Jiji Math Printable from Mind Research Blog (he’s the ST Math Mascot!)

Silly Fun Printable Activity from My Homebased Life

Educational Activities from She Saved 

Monster Treat Bags from The Inspiration Edit

Maze Printable from Jinxy Kids

Valentine’s Day Slime from My Homebased Life

Gift Bag Ideas and Printable Tag from Organized Island

Love Monster Boxes from Daily Mom

Valentine’s Day Fun Printable Packet from Real Life At Home 

Math Activity Venn Diagram from Jinxy Kids

Love Bug Craft from My Homebased Life

Conversation Heart Question Cards from Arts Crackers

Candy Heart Sort and Graph from Rockabye Parents

Word Search Puzzle from Jinxy Kids

Crossword Puzzle from Sunshine and Rainy Days

Star Wars Coloring Pages from Real Life At Home

Word Search from Real Life At Home

Valentine’s Card Printables:

Cookie Valentine Printables from Your Everyday Family

Dino Card Printables from Your Everyday Family

Friendship Bracelet Classroom Cards from See Mom Click

Disney Inspired Valentines from The Farmgirl Gabs

Gift Bag Printable from Messy Little Monster

I’ve Got My Eyes On You from Surf and Sunshine

Printable You’re A Gem Card from The Suburban Mom

Orange You Glad We’re Friends from Mommy Snippets

Wheelie Boys Card from A Moms Take

You’re the Raisin I’m Smiling from Cutefetti

Play-Doh Card from The Nerds Wife

Glow Stick Printable Card from Happy Deal Happy Day

Sports Valentines from Glue Sticks Gum Drops

Pillow Box Valentines Printable from Southern Mom Loves

You Brighten My Day Valentine from Making Of A Mom

You’re the Highlight of My Life from Thrifty Northwest Mom

You’re A Great Catch from Mission to Save

Pizza Valentines from Life Is Sweet By Design

Mini Cards from Six Dollar Family

Printable Goldfish Valentines from Mommy Snippets

Disney Princess Printable Cards from Crafty Staci

Dinosaur Valentines from Hunny I’m Home DIY

Printable Superhero Cards from Generations of Savings

DIY Crayon Valentine from Frugal Navy Wife

“It’s a Cheesy Kind of Love” Printables from Homemaking Hacks

Printable Heart Glasses from Messy Little Monster

Yoda Valentine Printable from Merlot Mommy

Dinosaur Cards from Mommy Musings

Star Wars Treat Bag Tags from Thrifty Jinxy

You Make My Heart Skip a Beat Printable from Homemade Hacks

Sweet Wishes Cards from Surf and Sunshine

Cereal-sly Like You Printable from Mission to Save

Printable Valentines with Bubbles from Passion For Savings

Emoji Printable Cards from Paper Heart Family

Pokemon Printable Cards from Simple Everyday Mom

Minecraft Valentines Printables

Funny Printable Cards for Tweens and Teens from Real Life At Home

Minecraft Printable Valentine Cards from Simple Everyday Mom

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A Vintage Splendor Shares her Tips & Ideas for Mardi Gras Party Ideas

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Bed Bath & Beyond; all opinions are my own.

My friends know that I love to throw a themed party, especially when it’s for girls’ night out! Since Mardi Gras is just around the corner (the season starts on February 13th), I decided a cocktail and DIY mask making party was in order. Spending time with my favorite girls, doing a little bit of crafting, and getting to be the hostess is a pretty perfect date in my book.

Tips for hosting the perfect Mardi Gras party:

Ambience

Think ahead about the tone for the party.  This includes the invitations, music and decor. My “one stop shop” for finding fun and stylish entertaining essentials is Bed Bath & Beyond. I can zip online or in-store to find unique products like furniture and home décor. I let my guests know that we were going to be making Venetian style masks at the party which made everyone even more excited for our little girls get together.

Tip: For this party, I kept my entertaining pieces very classic and neutral so the masks, cocktail, and dessert would be the standouts. This Kate Spade New York Tablecloth adds a playful yet stylish touch without being the center of attention.

Cocktails

Every single one of my parties has a signature cocktail.  To celebrate the start of Mardi Gras season I selected the Hurricane cocktail to serve my guests.  It’s a crowd pleaser plus it’s 100% festive.

Tip: To keep the party flowing, make your cocktail in a punch bowl.  I love this modern punch bowl because it’s super chic but it also delivers on what may seem like endless cocktails! Also, never skimp on serving your cocktail in beautiful glassware. My go-to is always the coupe!

Food

Serving tasty food doesn’t mean spending all day and afternoon in the kitchen prepping.  I stick to simple appetizers that can be warmed up and plated about 30 minutes before guests arrive.  I also keep all of the food to one- or two-bite sizes. This makes it easy for guests to chat and eat, without spilling or getting caught in an awkward moment!

Tip: Every party needs a standout dessert. For this party, I made a King’s Cake using this bundt pan. the homemade icing is another festive touch that adds color to the decor, plus it’s a delish way to end the party.

Dress Code

I’m a pro at dress up whether I’m hosting or attending a themed party.  A themed party sets the tone for the party – cocktail versus casual – but makes it more fab and fun.  It gives guests another thing to look forward to as the party gets closer.   I asked my girls to come dressed up for a cocktail party. I provided the crafts and Mardi Gras beads to help top off their looks.

Most importantly, have fun! As the hostess, it’s always a fine balance between making sure everything is perfect, entertaining guests, and having fun. I always have a friend who is my helper for the evening. She’ll make sure I get something to eat or everyone has a cocktail. This makes a world of difference and ensures everyone has a great time.

My entertaining essentials: Kate Spade Tablecloth | Kate Spade Rose Bowl | Olivia & Oliver Cocktail Glasses | Olivia & Oliver Punch Bowl | Thirstystone Marble Cheeseboard | Nordic Bundt Pan | Kate Spade Tidbit Tray

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