Candied Popcorn Recipe

Let me tell you...that Cinnabun Popcorn yesterday was WONDERFUL!  I ended up eating the WHOLE batch.  So now I have to make a more for Drama Queen's party next weekend.  (oh darn!)

I'm hoping that this Candied Popcorn recipe by A Mom, Not a just as good!  I can't wait to try.  Want to try some too?  Here's the printable recipe...

Cinnabon Popcorn

I have always wanted to try and have a Popcorn bar at one of my parties...after all, who (other than 2 of my crazy children) doesn't like popcorn?  Since the Drama Queen LOVES popcorn, I thought this was the perfect chance to try one.

If you don't know what a popcorn bar is, it's pretty much like any other kind of party dessert bar...there are LOTS of different kinds of popcorn and guests can just pick and choose between the different types of treats to sample and enjoy.

So, for the next few days (while I work on my Garage Sale and a few BIG projects to show you next week) I'm going to share a few of the popcorn recipes that we are making for Drama Queen's Sweet 16.

Today's popcorn recipe is from Get Off Your Butt and Bake.  I was going to show you step by step how to make this

but she has already done a WONDERFUL, in depth job.  So I won't waste your time.  Instead, print off the recipe below and hop over to her blog to see great directions (with LOTS of pics!)

Blue and Green Chevron Birthday Invitation

Since my daughter wants to invite some 50 people to her 16th birthday party, we made our invitations as easy as possible.  She told me she didn't share my love of anything polka dotted, but instead liked stripes.  So I used stripes to make a chevron background in blue and green with pink accents.

Then I used my graphics program to design up 4 to a page in postcard size.

Quick and easy.

Probably the only thing that will be for this party.  Hopefully I have a few really fun projects to show you in the next week IF they all come together as I hope.  Cross your fingers for me.  I'm braving new territory here.

In the meantime, here's a blue and green chevron background free printable for you to use as you need.

Neon Glow in the Dark 16th Birthday Shopping

"Drama Queen" is turning 16.  Heaven help us.
I can't believe where the years have gone.  It seems like yesterday we found out that we were going to have her...and here she is ready to drive...and date...and break a few hearts.  I'm so not ready.

But she is.
And so now we are planning a big birthday party to celebrate her Sweet 16.  She doesn't want a "theme" party, but instead wants neon colors and lots of lights at a nearby park.

To get us started, here are a few shopping ideas from the small businesses of Etsy to get us brainstorming in our party planning.


'Neon Glow Party' by ChocolateBoxTreats

All the favors, treats, and decorations you'll need to throw a Neon BRIGHT Glow in the Dark Party

Blank Cake Shooter Pops, set...
Mason Sun Jar Solar Night Li...
Alphabet letters for scrapbo...
Rustic Silver Vintage Inspi...
Blue and Green Paper Straws ...
Word Banner - NEON and BLACK...
Girls Neon Sanding Sugar Spr...
Organza Bags 3x4 inch 60 mul...
Neon Colors Skinny Candles -...
Bright Stripes Cupcake Liner...
31 feet Fabric Garland Banne...
80s party Water bottle label...
Mason Jar Chandelier Mason J...
Custom Printed Mini Paper Pe...

Shout Out Sunday

A few of my favorite party ideas from around the web...

Giverslog shared this Bubble Wrap Hopscotch.  What kid doesn't like bubble wrap?  What kid doesn't like hopscotch?  Who would have thought to combine the two?  So clever! I can see this as a MAJOR hit at any birthday party.

Maddycakes Muse shared these Baby Rattle cupcakes on her facebook page this week.  I LOVE fun, easy, cute cupcakes and these are just the best.  I could totally see these being the star of the show at a baby shower.  I can't wait to throw one now just so I can make them.

Mommy Minded shared her Spooky Family Fun Night.  What a great idea!  We have a family home evening every week, but its such a fun idea to kick up the evening a notch and turn it into a mini party just for your family.  I think I will definitely try and do this once a month to really thrill the kids.

The Sweetest Occasion shared these Washi Tape flatware.   What a cute and fun way to dress up your silverware.  I'm not sure how it's done since I've never played with Washi Tape myself, but I am certainly going to find some now.  This would be great way to your tableware.
Craft Addiction shared these Cupcake Stands.  I know we've seen these before several times, but I just LOVE how she has found a way to be able to change and reuse the stands and plates.  So very clever!  And don't you just love this green and black stand?  It would be perfect for a Halloween party!

Shindig Saturday Weekly Linky Party #29

I have always been a collector of quotes.  When I was a teenager, I had books and books of quotes that I found that had inspired me and encouraged me.  I guess I thought everyone else had so much wisdom and I felt like I was floundering around.  Or maybe I just loved everyone else's eloquent speech.  I don't know.
I don't know what happened to all those quote books.  I would LOVE to have them now.  Since I don't, I have Pinterest.  I really enjoy looking through other's quote boards.  There is so much AWESOMENESS out there. 

I have decided that I want to take one quote a week and make a printable to frame.  I will try and get myself and my family to focus on the saying and strive to be better in that area.   We'll see how it works.  Maybe I'm just dreaming...we'll see.

This week's printable is one that is inspired by "Mini Me".  He struggles being the youngest.  He has a hard time seeing his older brothers do so many cool things and not being able to do them too.  Often times he likes to give up telling me things are "Too Hard."  So this week, we're going to focus on being able to do Hard Things!

I printed mine on card stock and used a floating document frame to place it on the wall in my entry sitting room.  This way everyone will see it when they walk ANYWHERE in my house and it will be our 'mantra' of the week.

So what hard things have you done this week? 
Show us your newest party or fun creations by sharing your favorite party themed craft, table scape, photo, favor, or whatever! I'm pretty flexible since just about everything can be used at a party...that's the great thing about us moms! We can see the potential in ANYTHING!
Linky Party Guidelines:
* Link up to your OWN project post, not just your blog, but your actual post. (We want to see it!)
*Grab a Shindig Saturday button for your post or blog page. (Hey, it benefits us all!)
*Stay and enjoy the party by visiting and commenting on other's projects. (It's fun to mix and mingle!)

How to make a Football Gum Head Party Favor

I am SO VERY excited to share with you today's party idea.  These gum heads are one of my most popular and favorite ideas and I've debated a LONG time on how to share them with you.  I've been making these fun favors for almost 10 years now and the original graphics had a Terms of Use on them that made them unable to share or sell the projects as a DIY.

But I have finally figured out how to share them with you!

I found the perfect graphics and can now offer them as a printable.  So I'm going to share how to make our Football Team Gum Head party favors with you today.

To make these you will need:

Printed Gum Head Graphic File HERE., or your choice of graphics
Fun Foam
5 pack Gum

I use the regular thickness foam sheets from Hobby Lobby to make mine.  If you use too thick of foam, it will make the gum hard to wrap.  It's your choice as to the color.  I try and make mine coordinate with the team, party, or graphic color, but it's your choice.

Cut the foam into 3.5 inch squares.

Here's the tricky part.  Actually, it's not really tricky, it's just getting the dimensions right to cut each arm and head spot.

I start by cutting the foam one inch from the top.  I cut a slit on both sides from the edge into the center for 1.25 inches.

Then I move up a 1/2 an inch and cut another slit 1.5 inches on both sides.  Then I cut from the edge of the top slit up on both sides creating a head tab.

On the bottom edge, I go up a half inch and cut 1.25 inch arm into the bottom to make the feet "arms".  Then I use my x-acto knife to cut a joining slit between the two arms and pull out the extra.

These should leave you with an "I" shape with a little tab on the top.

Find a 5 pack of Gum.  And to be honest, this may be hard because not a lot of places carry this size anymore.  I get mine at Sams Club.

Place the gum in the center of the "I".

Now use your glue gun to place a bit of glue on side of both the upper and lower arms.

Fold the opposite arm over the gum and then the side with the glue over.  You may need to hold it down a few seconds, but it should take long.

Print out your graphics onto card stock.  If you are using our Gum Head files, you will get 4 gum heads to a page with feet and some of the files will have extra graphics for your guys to "hold".

Now make sure your graphics are cut out and ready.  This part may be a bit tedious and not fun.  I've done my best to get rid of the hard cuts, but due to the graphics there may be some tight angles on the heads and props.  I like to cut these out while I'm watching TV so I don't get too bored.

To finish putting the gum head together, place another dab of glue on the tab at the top and center your head onto the tab.  Our graphics should make it so the hands of your figurine are off to each side of the gum.

Now add a dab of glue to both gum "arms" and place your feet lined up on the bottom and your prop on the top arm.

Now you end up with a yummy Football player that your team or guests will be thrilled to have!

You can purchase our Gum Head graphics for instant download HERE.
I've been so busy creating that I haven't had time to photograph great yet, so be patient please on those!

I'm excited to tell you I'm also working on some Christmas, Baseball, and Super Hero Gum Heads with more to come!

Football Personalized Name Plate Favors

If you are having a football party soon, you may be looking for fun, unique, cheap party favors.  I know as a mom I'm looking for party favors that are going to be useful and not be taken home and thrown out or sold in the next garage sale.

You know that everyone LOVES to have their name on something.  Sometimes it's hard to do that when you have a unique name or a name that's spelled differently.  That's why our custom Name Plaques are the perfect answer to your party favor needs or gift giving wants for this holiday or birthday season!

Our name plaques are made from a 3x6 inch ceramic tile so they will last a LONG time.  Plaques have a permanent sticker on the front that can have any graphic or name you desire.  We make each name plate individually so that it will have the correct spelling no matter what your name!

We also carry LOTS of different styles of name plaques.  Our plaques can be found in many of your favorite characters, sports themes, or fun graphics.  Plus many, many more!

Since I know you are all thinking about Christmas gifts now, and I will be moving during the midst of the holiday season, I wanted to share with you a special coupon code for 25% off any Football Themed Name Plate in our online store.  Coupon is good through the end of the month so come get your shopping done early!

Don't see the style or team your looking for?  Just drop me an email and I can design one at NO EXTRA charge!