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It’s a Fire House Party! | The Perfect Playlist

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Ali's party play list with Tiny Prints

I’ve planned a lot of kids’ birthday parties. A LOT. And while they’re totally fun, I’m excited to throw a birthday party that involves dance music, drinks and appetizers for the grown up set! So that’s what we’re going to do. All week long, we’re throwing my friend, and Endless Summer Projects sister, Ali Hedin a big ol’ birthday party. I’m kicking off the party with the perfect playlist.

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Crafty Kids | Kids’ Thanksgiving Table

Monday, November 25th, 2013

set the table

Oh the dreaded kids’ table. I remember feeling much too grown up for the kid table. Now I think I might rather grab a seat there, especially if there’s something fun to do while waiting for someone to pass the stuffing. This simple craft is sure to make the kid’s table a hit with young and old alike. As an added bonus, these doodling place mats work just as well tucked in between the grown up table settings.

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Thanksgiving Au Naturel: Turkey Day Table Settings Inspired by Nature

Monday, November 18th, 2013

1 - Green gourds Thanksgiving table by The Daily Basics

I must confess that I’m not particularly good at setting a fancy or creative table, but there’s no shortage of inspiration out there. So today, I’m sharing some of my favorite ideas for a lovely Thanksgiving table, which are inspired by nature. Seek out unusual gourds, paint some pumpkins, and use greenery and flowers to make your table look extra special this Thanksgiving.

2 - Rainbow mum garland tutorial at Poppytalk

3 - Farmhouse style Thanksgiving table from Juelp

4 - Neon pinecone tutorial by Camille Styles

5 - Rosemary napkin rings by Spoon Fork Bacon

6 - Natural Thanksgiving table setting by A Vintage Splendor

1. Light colored gourds & pumpkins paired with the greens + small candles makes for a very elegant table. The black striped linen tablecloth makes it that much prettier. Get the tutorial here.

2. This tutorial is for the garland, but I actually like the rainbow of mums as a centerpiece idea.

3. Rustic, pretty and easy to imitate. More styling tips here.

4. You may want to choose gold or silver, but I kinda love the neon pink too.

5. An extraordinarily simple idea for a very spare, yet elegant table (includes free printable for your guests’ names).

6. Pair your farmers’ market finds with some gorgeous green succulents for a natural Thanksgiving table.

And one more thing: download these lovely, free “Thankful cards” to share with your guests.

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Harry Potter Birthday Party

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

harry potter party

images ©Dave Cooper

Most nights, I read to the kids before bed. We’ve read many books over the years, classics, mysteries, and the like. But one of their favorites is Harry Potter. We’re up to book six.

For Jonah’s birthday, I wanted to recreate some of the magic from the stories they’ve loved so much. My grand plan was to make the kids to feel like they were students at Hogwarts. So we created classrooms in different sections of the house. One of the kids’ bedrooms was transformed into Trelawney’s Divination Classroom. The basement became the dungeon where we had potions. The dining room became Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes where kids made Pygmy Puffs. (more…)

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Pimp My Ride: Fourth Of July Bike Decorations

Monday, July 1st, 2013

pimp my ride 4th of july style

I love the idea of decorating your bike for Independence Day. Many neighborhoods around the US host bike parades or are simply swarming with kids waiting out the light, full of anticipation and excitement. This is the perfect craft to make those long hours before it’s time for fireworks pass more quickly. Plus, once you are done with your ride, you can use what you’ve made to add festive flair to your home or backyard.

deck out your trike for the 4th

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Indiana Jones Birthday Party

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Indiana Jones party

This weekend, my guy turns eight. EIGHT! I can’t believe it. While I’m prepping this week for his party (Harry Potter by his request) I thought it’d be a good time to look back on last year’s. Mostly, because I forgot to post pictures.

Every year, we try to pick a theme for Jonah’s party based on something he’s really into. We’ve previously covered Ewoks and Man vs. Wild. He’s got a thing for action. Last year, it was Indiana Jones. (more…)

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Endless Summer Projects | Weeknight Barbecue

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013


On the short list of things I’d like to one day own is an outdoor grill. Right underneath: outdoor pizza oven. Seriously, how great would it be to have an outdoor pizza oven? If I had either one of those things, I’d cook outside all summer long. Forget saving barbecues for the weekends.

Today, in the Endless Summer Projects series, Alexandra shows us how to throw together a stress-free, laid-back weeknight barbecue. It’s a great way to break up the monotony of the week and celebrate the summer season. And it’s something my type-B (read: wait til the last minute) personality can handle.

So click over for clever, easy ideas including: a 10-minute marinade*, a cocktail for grown ups and a horseshoe game that’s great for kids and won’t end in bruises. Score.

*I love that she adds tequila to the marinade. Ali’s my kind of woman.

Previous posts in this series:
Mosaic Stepping Stones DIY

About Endless Summer Projects
Now through August, I’m teaming up with my friends Melissa aka Lulu the Baker, Alexandra Hedin and MJ from Pars Caeli to bring you crafts, games and party ideas all summer long. Visit any of our blogs on Wednesdays for a new project.

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How to Host a Children’s Book Swap

Monday, April 15th, 2013

how to host a book swap

We’re all about encouraging reading, right? And you know that one of the best strategies is to have lots of books around the house. Our children love to pick up the same books again and again – first having us read to them and then later reading them on their own.

But here’s a problem – the cost of building a home library adds up quickly. And we only have so much space. What to do?

I have the best solution for you – host a children’s book swap. It’s easy, it’s social, and it’s fun.

The ingredients are few – you need book lovers and you need books. Here’s how… (more…)

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