Monday, February 8, 2016

Mariners Baseball Valentine

Couldn't do a Seahawks valentine (click here if you missed them.)
without making a Mariners valentine. 
In case you haven't read my blog before, AH is a HUGE Mariners fan. He's actually counting down the days until Spring Training.

Cracker Jacks and baseball always go together.  Buy boxes or order these single serving sized Cracker Jack - 24/1.25 oz. bags

These Baseball Glove & Ball Erasers (12 Sets) are perfect to hand out for Valentine's Day. No candy needed, just attach a pencil.

Check out more of my baseball posts:

A 40th Birthday Baseball Celebration

End of the Season Baseball Treats


Baseball Father's Day Party

Organize That Dugout!

*This post contains affiliate posts. All opinions are mine.
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Friday, February 5, 2016

More Seahawks Valentines

So incredibly sad to not see your team in the Superbowl!  Yes, we've been spoiled for 2 years in a row around here.  This year the Superbowl is just another big excitement, no big party, no big celebrations, no big 'Welcome Home' parades.
Guess we'll just have to wait for next season?

I thought I'd update my Seahawks Valentines from our Superbowl win of 2014.  Remember this one?

Yes, that was a good year!
Click here to print.

This year, the sentiment has lost a bit of pride, but gained much more love.

Copy these out on card stock and attach some Skittles.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Click here to print your own Seahawks Love Valentines.

Need some Superbowl party ideas?  Click here!
Throw a Punny Football Party

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Snickers Valentines for a Teenager

If you saw the 'Beary' Valentines I crafted up for my teenage daughter, you may have read about the challenge my almost 14 year old son presented me?

His exact words were, 

"My friends just want the candy. They don't care about any clever fact, they probably won't even read it." 

Well, I've always been one to take on a challenge.
Here's the valentine I came up with.

And my son's response..."Nice, mom."

Click here to print your own Snickers Valentines.

You'll have to wait until after Valentine's Day to see what his friends think... personally, I think they'll love them!
Wouldn't you?

Click here to see our past Boy Valentine ideas.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Make Your Own Beary Sweet Valentines

So... I'm the crazy lady that scours the holiday clearance section of the grocery store...even in the middle of January...and I'm the one that takes a picture of my purchases so that everyone will believe me when I blog about it.

Lindt chocolate bears on clearance from Christmas.  Perfect for Valentine's Day.   Not to mention...these are really good, solid chocolates (although they're milk chocolate, not dark.).  Guess I won't be sampling one of these, but I'm sure those teenager girls will appreciate them, right?  

Click here to print your own Valentine cards.

Print out the cards on card stock or photo paper. Trim cards and then attach a chocolate bear using valentine Red Hot Hearts Washi Masking Tape.

Yes, even teenage girls like to get valentines...or so I've been told. 
The teenage son however, is not into it. "My friends just want the candy," he says.
"They don't care about any clever fact, they probably won't even read it." 
Hmmm...that sounds like a challenge!

Click here to see how I met that challenge.

Have a 'beary' sweet Valentine's Day!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A Plaid Party

Plaid wrapping paper, plaid fabric, plaid scrapbook paper and a little creativity was about all it took to pull off this PLAID PARTY!  You know I love a good theme and this one proved to be a lot of fun.  Check it out!

It's my dad's birthday.  Dad always wears plaid shirts, so I thought...why not go with plaid as a party theme?  I asked all the guests to wear plaid to the party. I scoured my fabric stash and found lots of different plaid fabrics, most of them looked a little Christmasy, but that didn't bother me. I purchased some plaid wrapping paper on Christmas clearance and some plaid craft paper and got to work.
(This theme would be perfect for Father's Day as well.)

It was a dinner party, so I needed a festive plaid table.  I didn't own a plaid tablecloth big enough to fit my table (seats 14), so I used wrapping paper.  One large strip down the center and 2 strips down the sides.  My plaid fabric worked perfectly to use as chair covers.

In the center of the table, I placed some pails of hydrangeas.  I used fabric scraps and jute to tie around the pails.  The pails were placed on top of silver candle holders.  Leftover plaid Christmas ribbon was looped in the center.

Using a few different styles of plaid scrapbook paper, I made a Happy Birthday pennant banner with my Cricut.

I also cut pennants to place under each glass dinner and glass salad plates.  I absolutely love using glass plates.  They're so easy and fun to make them fit your theme.  Place anything flat underneath them and it's instant color.

Leftover scraps of paper made perfect mini pennants for the place markers.  Glass votive holders held licorice bites, my dad's favorite candy.
Black coffee stirrers were threaded through the pennants to make flags.  I secured each flag with a glue dot in the bottom of the votive.


Using wood skewers and baking twine, I made a little pennant banner for Dad's cake.  
DAD was spelled out with letter stickers.  Notice dad's gifts were in plaid packaging, of course!

I made a simple 2 layer dark chocolate cake with chocolate cream frosting and chopped Hershey's Chocolate stuck on the top.  I placed a wide plaid ribbon around the cake.  I'm thinking I need to place ribbon around every cake I totally hides all imperfections!

I tried my hand at making plaid shirt cookies.  I used a t-shirt shaped cookie cutter and royal icing, but AH said they looked a bit like slices of bread.  Really?

One big roll of plaid wrapping paper was taped on the wall for a fun backdrop.  A few leftover pennants were made into another banner and hung over the paper.  Of course I made all the guests (who are really family members that have to put up with me--) get their pictures taken.  How could you not take pictures when everyone looked so festive in their plaid shirts?  (How did dad get away with wearing argyle instead of plaid?)

My nieces LOVE to play games, so I had to have a party game for us to play!  This wasn't plaid related, but a really fun game that you MUST try the next time you have a large group get together. Click here to check it out!  Plastic Wrap Ball Party Game

And that about sums it up.  What do you think?  Think you could pull off a plaid party?
Let me know if you do.  I have some plaid pennants to pass on...and a bunch of fabric and wrapping paper (if you're local).


Want to see another birthday party we had for my dad?
Click here for our Basketball Party! 
It's full of puns and fun and I think you'll love it!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Plastic Wrap Party Game

I saw this game on Facebook awhile back and knew that we had to try it out!  It's the perfect game for a lively crowd.  No skill needed, except the ability to roll doubles...and apparently that can be a bit tricky?!

Object of the Game:  To roll doubles for a chance to unwrap the plastic wrap ball to get to the prizes. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Chocolate Chow Mix with Printable Valentine Tags

If you've read my blog before, you know that dark chocolate is my absolute favorite!  Actually, any chocolate seems to call my name, but especially dark.  My addiction is a bit of a problem, so I have to have a good reason to make chocolatey treats.

Reason #1:  I was sent this amazing dark chocolate in the mail from Chocoley.
Reason #2:  My New Year's Goal of limiting sweets lasted maybe 3 days?  I can't start up again until I make 'something' with this incredible chocolate! ( I guess I could just eat it straight from the package...hold on...yep, that's good, too.)
Reason #3:  It's the perfect treat to give away for Valentine's Day. (Yes, I know it's January, but one can celebrate Valentine's Day early, right?)

Actually, this Chocolate Chow Mix can be made for any occasion--President's Day, Groundhog Day, Tuesday, Friday...  Just be sure to package immediately-- otherwise, you'll end up eating the entire thing by yourself. (Not that I've experienced that...)

Chocolate Chow Mix
Recipe adapted from here.

-1 lb. Dark chocolate    I used :Bada Bing Bada Boom Dipping & Coating Gourmet Compound Chocolate

  •  -4 cups Chex cereal
  •  -2 cups mini marshmallows
  •  -2 cups crushed powdered donuts

  • Directions:
    In a large bowl, combine cereal, marshmallows and donuts. Mix gently.

    Melt chocolate.
    I used a double boiler, but you could use the microwave.
    If using the stove top, do not let the water touch the bottom of the double boiler. Only let the water simmer.  Stir chocolate until melted and smooth.

        If you must use microwave, melt on medium heat for short periods being very careful not to overheat the chocolate.

  • -Remove from heat, then stir melted chocolate into the cereal, marshmallow and donut mixture. 

  • -Spread mixture on a wax paper lined baking sheet.
  • Let the chocolate harden on the counter for 30-60 minutes. (if you can wait that long.)

  • Once cooled, break into small pieces.
  • Seal in an airtight container in refrigerator until ready to serve or bag up to give away.

  • I made some little printable tags to attach to these treats.  Perfect for Valentine's Day.

    I used red striped cellophane bags and red baker's twine. (found at Target.)

    Click here for your printable tags.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Did you see our Pun Filled Donut Party?


    *I was sent product from Chocoley to write this post. All reviews and opinions are my own.

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