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Soccer Bleacher Cupcake Stand

When I started planning our Soccer party, I had the vision of my cupcakes sitting on bleachers watching all the action.

I'm not entirely sure I succeeded, but I wanted to share the simple how to.

I started with 4 of these simple baskets from Walmart (but you can get them at the Dollar stores too) and a sheet of black foam core board.

I cut the foam board into three pieces along the width of the board.
The pieces were 2 1/2 inches wide, 5 inches wide, and 7 1/2 inches wide.

I used 2 of the baskets on the bottom and placed the largest (7 1/2 inch) board on top.

To finish the stadium, I used another basket and put the 5 inch board on top so it was sitting towards the back, but stable on the basket.

I did the same for the top tier with the 2 1/2 inch board.
Now the cupcakes can sit in the front part of each stadium seat and "watch" the game.

Shindig Saturday Weekly Linky Party #45

I've been a little slow in creating posts this week.  Hubby came home from 2 weeks away last Friday and that night I came down with the crud my kids have been fighting forever.  Great welcome home, huh?

So I've spent much of the past week in bed.  I've had no energy to do much of anything...

But my brain has been working overtime.  I've come up with LOTS of fun ideas (I hope it's true and not just my delirium talking) for my soccer party though, just haven't had any energy to work on them.

Hopefully, my energy is coming back.  So I'll be extra fruitful this next week and be able to share all the fun with you.

What have you been doing 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!

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* Link up to your OWN project post, not just your blog, but your actual post. (We want to see it!)
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5 Soccer Party Favor Ideas

I've been under the weather this week, so I've been a little slow in posting as you may have noticed.  Hopefully I'm finally on the rebound and can spend the weekend making some of the fun projects I have in my head and idea book.

Since I'm not quite there yet, I wanted to take a quick moment and show you some of the fun soccer products that we have NEW in our shop today!

These fun candy wrappers can be personalized in ANY team color with any number or team logo.  Add a fun saying on the back with our Soccer Ball font to wish your team or player a good game.  Or use these as a unique graduation announcement by adding your graduate's school information.  These would also make a fun birthday party favor or invitation that your guests will remember for a LONG time.  These bars are available in girl or boy design with skin tones to match your favorite athlete.

This cardstock party cake would make a fun treat for your party guests.  Boxes can be filled with candy or party treats to give 12 unique favors that when placed together form a fun soccer ball.  This ball cake would be a perfect centerpiece to your dessert table or Thank You area.

Personalize your guests' names on these fun personalized name plates for a truly unique party favor.  Everyone loves to see their name on treats and this door or wall plaque is a fun way your guests can remember your party forever.

Put your whole team or just your favorite player's or birthday boy or girl's photo on a yummy 3 inch whirlypop lollipop.  Lollipops have a yummy fruit flavor and the sweet sticker on the front can have a team or birthday wish added at no extra cost.

Add a sweet treat to your dessert table with this yummy double stuffed white chocolate covered oreo.  These would also be a fun take home favor by adding these to take home bags with a fun thank you tag.

10 Soccer Craft Ideas

If you are looking to do something other than just play soccer (and eat) at your party (not that it sounds like a bad idea to me)...I've been brainstorming (and checking out Google and Pinterest...which are surprisingly short on soccer party ideas) for craft ideas to make.

1. Soccer Clipboards with Pictures
I love this idea.  Hand decorated clip boards were all the rage for a while (are they still?)  I think girls would love to be able to use scrapbook paper and pictures to decorate a clipboard for their rooms.  What a great way to keep a team picture and get the guests organized at the same time.

2. Picture Frames
Have the guests make a picture frame decorated with fun stickers out of a dollar store frame or craft frame.  Then set up a fun photo booth with lots of props for some great pictures.

3. Soccer Name Letters
Let each guest decorate his or her name with fun soccer paper.  You can just decorate the first letter to hand on their bedroom door if you only have a few moments, or do the whole name for a more in depth projects.  I shared directions on how to do these letters HERE.

4. Soccer Ball Pillows
Make soccer pillows out of black and white fabric.  Let the guests sew them together or pre-make and let each guest finish the pillows.  Or make fun pillow cases using fabric markers.  Guests can draw them scoring a goal or a fun event from the party or season.

5. Safety Pin Jewelry
Use safety pins and beads to make fun jewelry.  Family Fun has a simple pattern HERE to add the beads to make a soccer ball.  Or get creative and design any pattern or initial.

6. Bottle Cap Necklaces
Craft stores have everything you need to make fun and cheap bottle cap necklaces for each guest. Pick up bottle caps, necklaces, and rings to score some a fun craft. Each guest can decorate a small circle to place in the center of the bottle cap or add a picture for a personalized treat.

7. Soccer Team Cookies or Treats
Decorate sugar cookies or Rice Krispie treats cut with gingerbread cutters as each member of the soccer team.  Use different colors, sprinkles, and candies to add jerseys, hair, and other details. You can see how we made our swimmers HERE.

8. Barrettes
Pick up some blank barrettes from the craft store and let each guest decorate with wooden soccer balls and fun ribbon for a fun hair decoration for the next team picture.

9. Soccer Finger Puppets
Vegie Smugglers shared a fun printable file to make finger puppets to play soccer with HERE.  Let the guests color and cut out these fun pictures and play a round of soccer.  Or better yet, let them draw their own and let the guests make themselves playing the game.

.10. Fabric Bracelets
Use fun soccer fabric to decorate bracelets for each team member to wear.  Frame Worthy Shot shared directions on how to make these easy but stylish fashion statements HERE.

Hopefully that gives you a few fun Soccer Craft Ideas to try at your next soccer party!
If you make any of these fun crafts,

Soccer Jersey Silverware Printable

Most of the End of the season Team parties that I've been to have been pretty boring overall.  The format is usually to get together, have a potluck dinner, and then give out awards.  It works.  But it's usually pretty boring.

Plus, one of the things I hate at potluck parties is trying to juggle your plate, your silverware (why do they always put that at the beginning of the buffet line?), and your food.

In an effort to help with the juggle and to spice up the party just a little, I created these fun Soccer jersey silverware holders.

These allow you to place all the silverware and the napkin in an easy "pouch" that will keep them together while gathering your food.  Or better yet, place them at the END of the food table and allow your guests to grab as they are leaving.

They are simple to print out on card stock.
Each jersey has a front and a back.
The jerseys are 4 inches by 4 inches with a 2 inch wide shirt base.

Cut out the jerseys around the outline.
The front jersey shirt hole is designed that you can use a 2 inch hole punch if you line it up.

Line up the front and the back jerseys (make sure the back is facing out) and glue or tape the sides together.  (I tried using a glue gun, but it didn't hold well once the silverware was in.  So I glued the shirt sleeves together and then used tape on the sides.)

Now it's easy to add your silverware and napkin through the top and bottom holes.

You can get the jersey with the white and black lines in our shop HERE.  We'll be adding more designs soon.  If you want us to try and make your jersey, just drop me a line!

Shindig Saturday Weekly Linky Party #44

It's been a LONG week here in Candyland.

We've all been fighting some kind of cough and "mini me" has been having asthma flair ups almost daily.  Not been much fun, especially with dear hubby gone.

I've decided I really don't like being a single parent and I am totally in "awe" of all of you who are.  I don't know how you do it.

But I have learned one thing in the past year, and it has been re-affirmed to me this week.

If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

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!)

Candy Chandeliers

I had this desire to make a candy chandelier for my Valentine's candy party tomorrow.

It hasn't worked out so well so far, just because I live in a little town and haven't been able to get the tools that I need to get it done.  (I think this project has actually pushed me closer to opening up my own candy store here in town...but we'll see how that goes.)

But I wanted to share some chandeliers that I have found around the web for inspiration in case you want to try your own.

Once Wed shared this DIY Rock Candy Chandelier.  I love how simple and elegant this looks with the white candy and the pretty bows!

I'll never be afford this Gummy Bear Chandelier, but maybe it can be recreated for a lot cheaper than the $9500.00 price tag!

This Candy Chandelier by The Hollywood Candy Girls is my favorite! I have been scouring the thrift stores looking for a chandelier that I can add some yummy candy to.  Don't be surprised if you see a copy of this inspiration piece over my workroom table VERY soon.

Candy Cupcakes & Printable

Happy Valentine's Day!

Dear hubby is still gone for work, so it's going to be a quiet day here in Candyland, but I've enjoyed doing a little baking and planning for a sweet Valentine's party when he returns this weekend.

I am planning to make some sweet cupcakes to surprise him with since we didn't really get to celebrate his birthday. (He left that day.)  And since my Valentine's party is all about chocolate and candy, I plan to make some candy themed cupcakes.

I just can't decide which ones...

I LOVE Andes Mints, so I would love to try these Andes Mint Cupcakes by Mel's Kitchen Cafe.  I would love to pair them with our Conversation Heart Table Card and the saying "I Mint To Tell You How Much I Love You."

Becky Bakes shared these Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes that are calling out to me too.  They would be so fun with a card saying "There are many Reeses Why I Love You Valentine."

Of course these Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes by Chocolate Carrots would be something different but fun.  How about "You Make My Heart Roll Valentine!"?

Hubby might like the variety in these Snickers Cupcakes by My Baking Addiction since I NEVER let caramel in to the house.  (YUCK!)  But it would be fun to have a change and a card saying "You Make Me Snicker With Joy."

But I'm almost sure I'm going to end up with these Cookies and Cream cupcakes by Annies Eats since that's his favorite ice cream and Oreos are his favorite cookies.  I think he'll love it with a saying "It's All There In Black And White I Love You Valentine!"

If you want to try this too, here are each of the table cards from our Conversation Heart collection.

If you want the corresponding cupcake wrapper or any of the other pieces in this printable party set, you can find it in our store HERE.