Friday, April 20, 2018

Grillin' Basket

This Grillin' Basket turned out so well for our school silent auction!

Here are the items included:
Char-Broil Deluxe Portable Propane Grill
Char-Broil 3 Piece Tool Set: Spatula, Tongs, & Basting Brush
Grill Brush


12 inch Bamboo Skewers
16 ounce Propane Canister
Burger Press with Storage
Meat Thermometer
Bean & Sauce Pot
Sauces: A1,
   Rib Rack Sweet Honey,
   Sweet Baby Rays Golden Mustard, &
   Sweet Baby Rays Honey BBQ
Seasonings:  Rib Rack Dry Rub,
   McCormick Memphis Pit BBQ Rub, 
   McCormick Montreal Steak Marinade,
   McCormick Garlic Pepper IPA Marinade, 
   McCormick Southwest Chipotle Sauce Mix-in, &
   McCormick Brown Sugar Boubon Mix-in
Large Wooden Black Tray

I purchased the grill on Amazon, the black tray at Hobby Lobby, and most of the other items at Walmart.  Such a great idea for camping or tailgating!


Banana Bread Thank You

Our local Farmer's Market generously allowed our church Food Pantry to collect produce donations all summer!  I wanted to say "Thank You!" to the farmers who donated to us and to the proprietors of the market who enabled us to be there!

I made some mini banana bread loaves and let them cool completely.  Then I wrapped them in plastic wrap and aluminum foil to keep them fresh.  I wrapped all of that in a cute napkin (Pioneer Woman at Walmart) and tied the ends with jute twine.  Next, I added burlap ribbon, tulle, and a gift tag.  The gift tags can be downloaded HERE.  I also made matching clothespins as an extra "happy"!  (instructions for those can be found HERE.)  I gave these to all the farmers and vendors who had been so kind to us!

For the proprietors, I made a small gift basket with the wrapped banana bread, candle, coasters, and other local or homemade items!

Being at the farmer's market was a great experience and we are so thankful for the fresh produce we were able to provide to the needy in our community!

Taco Birthday Party

My 10 year old son is OBSESSED with tacos!  So, of course, we had a taco themed birthday party!

Here are the invitations I made.  If you would like to purchase the clip art I used to make these, you can find it HERE.  The fun font in green is "JI Chimichanga".

For food, we had a taco bar obviously!  I was surprised how much the kids liked this but I guess they are used to pizza only at parties!  They LOVED the taco bar and the queso!
Here is all the food we had:
Crunchy taco shells & tortillas
Ground beef & grilled fajita chicken
Shredded cheese
Lettuce, tomato, black beans, corn, & jalapenos
Mexican rice
Sour cream, salsa, & guacamole
Queso & chips

For dessert, we had taco cupcakes!  To make the taco, I cut sugar cookies in half and "glued" them together with chocolate frosting.  I sprinkled crumbled brownies over the chocolate frosting.  I piped green "lettuce" frosting over the brownies with a star tip and added lines of white "sour cream" frosting with a small round tip.  For the yellow "cheese", I melted white chocolate and colored it yellow with candy color (you can NOT use normal food coloring).  I piped it in long thin lines on wax paper and froze it.  Once it was frozen, I cut it into the shredded cheese shapes and added it to the tacos.  The red "tomatoes" are mini M&M's.  These were SO cute and yummy too!

For the favors, we did paper tacos with lollipops and fidget spinners with taco stickers on them.  I got the fidget spinners & taco stickers on Amazon.  I made the paper tacos by cutting yellow card stock using THIS pattern on my Silhouette.  I folded the tacos up and taped them on the sides.  I added brown shredded paper in the bottom and brown, green, red, and yellow lollipops around the top.  I used double sided tape to secure the lollipops if needed.  The gift tags said "Muchas Gracias" and can be downloaded HERE.

I hope you have as much fun at your taco party as we did at ours!

Donut Thank You

This is such a cute printable to pair with donuts as a gift for anyone!

You can print page 1 on the front & page 2 upside down on the back and fold it in half to make a card.  Add a personal note and sign below the "Thank You" banner.  Download printable HERE.  If you would like to purchase the clip art I used to make these, you can find it HERE.

Now go give someone a donut and let them know how much you appreciate them!



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Teacher Buckets for Back to School

I made these cute, practical buckets for my 4th grader's teachers!  I filled the Dollar Tree bucket with paper towels, tissues, hand sanitizer, and clorox wipes.  Then I added a tag with the teacher's name to the bucket and a tag that said "Happy new school year!" to the paper towels.  You can download "Happy new school year!" tags HERE.  I hope everyone has a great school year!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Water Bottle Teacher Gifts

I made personalized water bottles for our End of the Year teacher gifts this year!  I bought the water bottles at the Dollar Tree and simply added a white vinyl initial and a gift tag.  For the middle school teachers, I added white crinkle cut shredded paper and a variety of powdered drink mixes too!  I used a couple of different tags depending on who the water bottle was for.  The "Thanks for going the extra mile!" bus driver tag can be found HERE.  The "It's so refreshing to have a great teacher like you!" tag can be found HERE.  The "My cup runneth over" tag can be found HERE.  I love a cute and practical gift!

Willy Wonka End of the Year Party

I LOVED this Willy Wonka End of the Year Party!  It was SO much fun!  The teacher read the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl to the class in the month leading up to the party.  Plus, they watched the original movie in the morning before the party, so the kids knew all about it and were so excited about each station!  Here is what we did!

Decorations:
I made a banner that said "Factory" with my Silhouette and hung it between the classroom doors.  The font I used is called "WillyWonka".  Then, we hung purple streamers from the doorway to make it feel like the kids were entering the chocolate factory when they went in the classroom!  I also made "candy" from colored plastic plates wrapped in cellophane.  So cute!

Set-up:
We had 10 stations to do!  Instead of doing all 10 at once, we decided to set up 5 stations at a time so that there would be 4-5 kids at each station.  So, we set up and did the first 5 stations and then set up again to do the second 5 stations.

To divide the kids into groups, I made golden tickets!  Each golden ticket was coded with an "A", "B", "C", "D", or "E".  I randomly handed out the tickets and then the 5 kids holding a ticket with an "A" on it were in one group and so on...  This was a fair way to divide into groups and helped break up some of the kids that can be a handful when they are all together, especially at a party!  Plus the kids loved having a Golden Ticket to keep!  You can download the Golden Tickets HERE.  To make changes to the time and date paragraph, you can add a text box over mine and insert your own text.  I used "HelloBigSky" font in size 10 for this paragraph.  I added the letters for the groups and printed the tickets on gold vellum.

Games:
The games were the best part! Here is all 10!  You can download the place cards with instructions to put at each station: Page 1 HEREPage 2 HERE, & Page 3 HERE.  Print on cardstock, trim inside black lines, & fold in half.  This is what they look like:
  1. Violet's Bubble Blow: Chew a piece of gum.  Can you blow a bubble?  Who can blow the biggest bubble?  Who can make the loudest pop? 
  2. The Chocolate Room: Put Hershey's syrup on a plastic plate that has been taped to the table.  See who can lick the chocolate river off the plate first without using their hands. 
  3. The Inventing Room: Who can get their Gobstopper the smallest without biting it? 
  4. Golden Ticket Challenge: How many cheese balls can you put in your mouth and still say "I've got the Golden Ticket!"? 
  5. Charlie's Fizzy Lifting Drink: Give each child a gulp of Coca-Cola.  Can you burp?  Who can burp the loudest?  Who can burp the longest? 
  6. Veruca's Egg Find: Fill a large bucket with plastic Easter eggs.  Inside one egg place a piece of paper that says "Good Egg".  Who can find the egg with the paper inside? 
  7. The Augustus Gobble: Hang a mini doughnut from a string attached to a pole.  Who can finish their doughnut first without using their hands? (this was my favorite game!)  
  8. Mike's Taffy Pull: Give each child a piece of Laffy Taffy.  Who can stretch their taffy the longest distance? (This game took patience.  The kids had to warm up the taffy in their hands and then slowly stretch or roll it.  I wondered if Air Heads would work better?)
  9. Oompa Loompa Waddle: Waddle with a purple balloon between your legs to the finish line.  Then pop "Violet" without using your hands. 
  10. Willy Wonka Hat Toss:  Who can get the most pieces of candy into Willy Wonka's purple hat? (I got this hat from Amazon.)  
Food:
We didn't have any additional food since there is so much food involved in the party already!   However, I found these cute ideas online and will pass them on just in case: a chocolate fountain with lots of dippers, ice cream sundaes with lots of candy toppings, and a fizzy lifting drink made from soda, pop rocks, and sour candy straws!  We did have waters with Twizzler straws that the kids loved!  (Also, parents sent in popcorn and juice boxes for the kids to have while they watched the movie in the morning.)

Favors:
Favors are completely unnecessary at an end of the year party but I just couldn't resist!  This counted as our end of the year classmate gift and included, of course, a bunch of Willy Wonka candy!  I put Gobstoppers, Fun Dip, Pixie Sticks, Laffy Taffy, purple sucker, Bottle Caps, SweeTarts, and Nerds in a purple bag and sealed them with gold washi tape.  I attached a tag that said "Hope your summer is SWEET!"  You can download the tags HERE.