Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A "ONCE UPON A TIME" THEMED PARTY, POST 3: DECOR & FAVORS

Prepare yourself for another post in our Crafty Chaos series....

Hey, everyone! Today we are excited to share with you our decor and party favors for our fifteen-year-old sister's surprise birthday party! We hope you like some of these ideas and give them a try if you throw your one fairytale inspired party! 

SIGNS!!
Since the theme of the party is the TV show Once Upon a Time, we decided to make some signs that point the guests to places in the show, like Storybrooke. Take a look at all the signs we made (which we simply printed off the computer in fun fonts and colors, and then used stamped with "swirly stamps" to add that little something extra special!). 





BOOK BASKET!!
In the living room, we decided to put a basket (inspired by Little Red Riding Hood) full of fairytale books. Well, actually, we ended up throwing in a few DVD's because we didn't have enough fairytale books, but you get the idea. It made very cute decor, and it only took a few minutes to throw together!



TABLETOP CUTENESS!!
Having our purple "mess-containing tablecloth" from The Dollar Tree helped add a splash of color! And of course, having the prize basket in the center of the table added a nice touch, too. (We talked about the prize basket in Post 1, if you are interested). 
PARTY FAVORS!!
Let's chat about the favors... We sent each girl home with a cute bag containing a nail polish, a bundle of Pixi Stix, Rolos, Hershey's Kisses, and gum--in addition to the prizes, of course! As you can see, each item has a cute tag to tie it into the theme of the party.


 
Well, that wraps up this post! Thanks for reading, and check back next week for our fourth and final party post! Have a great day! :)

Love, the Sisters of Hot Glue & Sparkle,
Kaitlyn, Breann, & Cami 

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**Links!!
Signs: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=forums&srcid=MDk4MDEyNzc0OTk0NzE4OTExNTABMTM3MzcwNTU1OTU0Mjg5ODE1MjIBZnhWRFhRM0hjUmtKATUBAXYy
Favor Bag Tags: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=forums&srcid=MDk4MDEyNzc0OTk0NzE4OTExNTABMDA3NDI3MzY0MDUwODE5NjAwNjMBZzhRNXlSdy1TZVFKATQBAXYy

Friday, February 22, 2013

GRASSHOPPER PUDDING

Prepare yourself for another post in our Mission in the Kitchen series....

Today, we will be sharing with you a little project we made in the kitchen--and ate up pretty fast because it is pretty yummy! What are we talking about? Well, GRASSHOPPER PUDDING, of course!

We were really craving some mint ice cream...but we didn't have any... So we got creative! We made a box of vanilla pudding, added a little bit of blue food coloring (because the yellowness of the pudding + the blue = green), and then added a few drops of mint extract. What you're looking at here (isn't it a pretty picture?!) is lower-calorie, fat-free, super easy and yummy alternative to mint ice cream! Seriously, the deliciousness nearly blew us away!

  
Well, we decided we wanted to be blown away even further, so we added an extra chocolate kick--which I admit might take away a bit from the whole "healthier alternative" thing, depending on how much you add with this--and threw in some Oreo cookies! We just crushed them up, and tossed them in! That made the deliciousness even more delicious!


Well, thanks for reading! If you give this a try, let us know how it turns out and if you love it! :)

Love, the Sisters of Hot glue & Sparkle,
Kaitlyn, Breann, & Cami

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A "ONCE UPON A TIME" THEMED PARTY, POST 2: ACTIVITIES

Prepare yourself for another post in our Crafty Chaos series....

Hey, everyone! We are continuing our "Once Upon a Time" party series, and today we will cover the crafts and activities that the girls did at the party! So, if you want some fun activity ideas for a fairytale inspired party (not just for little girls--this GREAT for teens and adults), then just keep on reading! 

We had three main activities planned for the party: decorating plates, making sugar scrubs, and making "glass slippers." The girls seemed to enjoy all three, but my personal favorite was the plate decorating. So, let's start with that one! :)

**Links to printables at bottom of post!

PLATES!!
For this plate decor, you will just need a plate (duh!) and Sharpie markers, and possibly a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser for touch-ups and fix-ups; if you choose to trace on a design, you will also need a pencil and tracing paper, as well as your template. You might also want to add some rhinestones, pearls, or ribbons. I tried tracing on my design at first, and quickly learned that the tracing process can take away from the vibrancy of the Sharpie (because it sorta blends with the tracing paper residue). I ended up erasing the cursive letters and "Marilyn Monroe" (with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser) and just free-handing it to get the brightest pink and purple possible. I left the rest "traced on" because I was happy with it, but if I were to do it again, I would free-hand the whole thing to make it quicker and simpler. So hopefully you can see the difference between what's free-handed and what was traced; the free-handed stuff is a lot brighter and went on with more ease. 










If you choose to trace, then it is a little more complicated, but nothing you can't handle. Take a look at Kaitlyn's plate. She just put the template on top of the tracing paper, and starting tracing the letters with a pencil (press HARD so you can see the outline on the plate when you remove the papers). Then she just filled in the letters with a Sharpie marker. This way takes more time because of the tracing, and the color does not go on as smooth and bright this way, for some reason, as I said before. But if you want something super precise, then this is probably the way to go. 



 Kaitlyn's montage/word art thing looked really neat when it was finished! So you can do something like that, or the quote more like mine... You can do anything, really. You could even draw a picture or something if you want. I think most of the girls did a fairytale quote at the party, and they looked at the templates we printed for them, but did not actually trace them. That seemed to work really well!


SUGAR SCRUBS!!

Okay, so we got this awesome sugar scrub recipe from the blog, The Idea Room. It is a lemon scrub, and it smells delicious and exfoliates like a dream! You'll just need some olive oil, sugar, and lemon oil. Oh, and a container to keep it in. (Check out the recipe in the links below.) We found super cute Mason jars at WalMart in sets of four for $3.94 (the little one cup size). This was by far the best deal we found. 

Of course, we put the recipe on cute index cards (on stamped them up to add some cute swirly-ness!) so the girls could take home the recipe and do it again if they wanted to. The link to the printable recipe cards is below. Thanks again for the recipe, The Idea Room--check it out for more creative ideas.



GLASS SLIPPERS!! 

We made some cupcakes to be the bottom part of the "glass slipper" (like the ball of the foot--yeah, that part), broke the Pepridge Farm Pirouette cookies in half to create a heel, and then used a carefully cut graham cracker as the middle portion. Hint: Cut the graham crackers on a really flat surface and "saw" gently with a sharp knife to make the crackers more triangle-ish (somewhere between a rectangle and triangle). Does that make sense? No? Well, then just look at the picture.





The girls had lots of fun decorating the cupcakes and adding sprinkles and frosting and all that good stuff. They turned out cute, right? Thanks to our aunt for the great idea! :)

Also, you might like to know that we made our own sprinkles! Just take some white sugar, add food coloring, and pop it in the oven at 350 degrees F for three minutes. Any longer than that will make the sugar smell and taste more like brown sugar, which could be good or bad, depending on your preference. 



Well, that's it for the activities! We hope you found this post helpful! If you decide to try any of these things out, then please let us know how it went! Stay tuned for our next post, which should be up next week! Thanks for reading, and have a great day! :)

Love, the Sisters of Hot Glue & Sparkle,
Kaitlyn, Breann, & Cami

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**Links!
Plate templates:  https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BxDN7WvoUClud1lPU2Q5cmQ5LWs/edit?usp=sharing
Sugar scrub recipe:  http://www.theidearoom.net/2012/04/lemon-sugar-scrub.html
Sugar scrub cards:  https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=forums&srcid=MDk4MDEyNzc0OTk0NzE4OTExNTABMDQ4NjU2NTAxNjczNTc5NzkxODYBc0thTFZwUGpjRjRKATQBAXYy 


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A "ONCE UPON A TIME" THEMED PARTY, POST 1: GAMES & PRIZES

Prepare yourself for another post in our Crafty Chaos series....


Don’t you just love Once Upon a Time? Well, so do we—it is perhaps our very favorite TV show at the moment! We love it so much, in fact, that we decided to make it the theme of our recently-turned-fifteen-years-old sister’s surprise birthday party! It was lots of fun, but it definitely was not easy because most of the fairytale party ideas we found online were fit for five-year-old girls, not teenagers. After a lot of time spent on IMDB and Pinterest, brainstorming with some family members, and browsing the Dollar Tree, we finally came up with some great ideas for the party, and our sister and her guests really seemed to LOVE it! We decided to start off our new blog with a series of posts on this party, and finally get some not-so-kiddish ideas out there for non-five-year-old-girls who want a fairytale inspired party! So, let’s kick off this four-post-long series by taking a look at the games we played and the prizes we gave away at our Once Upon a Time themed party! :)


**Links to printables are at the end of this post.

The first game we played was Trivia Bingo! Basically, we made a bunch of trivia cards that asked questions about the Once Upon a Time show, traditional Grimm fairytales, and the Disney versions. The answers to the questions were on the guests’ bingo cards that we made, so they just put one of their magic beans (jelly beans) on the answer and whoever got a Bingo got a prize from the prize basket! 


We also played Poisoned Apples to Apples. We used your basic Apples to Apples game and wrote in fairytale characters and objects (like Snow White, glass slipper, etc.) on the “Write your own” cards. Whenever someone either won a round or laid down any fairytale card, they got a prize from the prize basket.


We weren’t sure how long everything at the party would take, so we had a back-up game of charades planned. We did not end up needing the back-up game, but maybe you will want to play this one at your own Once Upon a Time party! Just write down a bunch of fairytale characters and items on little pieces of paper, throw them in a basket, and have a guest pick a paper out of a basket and act it out! The other players can guess who/what the person is pretending to be, and you can use a timer if you want. (I just thought I would describe exactly how to play charades, because I’m sure none of you have ever played this INCREDIBLY original game before….)


Now, let’s get to the fun part: the prizes! We gave away a total of 45 prizes, without spending much. Trust me; we got BIG BANG for our buck! Most of the prizes were from the Dollar Tree, and a lot of them came in packs, so we broke up the packs into individual prizes so we could give more. So it was an inexpensive, fun way to give the girls a lot to take home with them! Some of the prizes were a bit dorky, I must admit, but some were awesome! We gave away candy, homemade cookies, body sprays, candles, headbands, and more! Each prize came with a “fairytale tag” attached—just a little something to connect the prize to the theme of the party. We wrapped everything up in brightly colored wrapping paper (also from the Dollar Tree). Take a look at the prizes and tags below!








Well, that wraps up our first post! We hope this gives you some fun ideas that you can incorporate into your very own Once Upon a Time themed or fairytale inspired party—or maybe just something for a fun and simple family night! If you would like to suggest any fun game or prize ideas for a fairytale party, then please leave us a comment. Thank you so much for reading, and remember we still have three more posts to come all about this party! Check in next week for our next post, which will cover the fun and easy DIY crafts/activities we did at the party! :)

Love, the Sisters of Hot Glue & Sparkle,
Kaitlyn, Breann, & Cami

P.S. If you like this post, then don't forget to check out our other posts, and leave us a comment! We love hearing readers' feedback! You can also follow Hot Glue & Sparkle on bloglovin' (click the blue + button on the top right), so you will be notified every time we post something new! Thanks for showing your support! xoxo

**Links!
 For the bingo cards:
https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=forums&srcid=MDk4MDEyNzc0OTk0NzE4OTExNTABMDg3NjgxOTc1MjI0NDM4NjQ0NzcBNEFOX1EwaEEzalFKATUBAXYy
For the trivia questions: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BxDN7WvoUClubllCOUxSZHlGMXc/edit?usp=sharing