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How to make a drawstring bag

How to make a drawstring bag

I love parties and I like to go the extra mile when it comes to all the little details of the party. I also like to be environmentally-conscious wherever I can. So I thought I’d share with you how to make a drawstring bag for your party guests to take home. Of course,...

How to play the game of Fly

How to play the game of Fly

Last week I casually mentioned that my kids were outside playing the game of Fly and was totally surprised to learn that many people had never heard of this old-school game. I spent a good part of my childhood playing the classic game of Fly with my sisters. Before we...

Musical nails: A super-girly, super-fun party game for tween girls

Musical nails: A super-girly, super-fun party game for tween girls

We've always loved parties at our place and for years we put on THE BEST SHOW for the kids. Over many years we hosted over 25 BIG parties and each was wonderful for its own reason. Lottie's 8th birthday was a 'Fashion Palooza' and we invented what I think is the...

7 awesome Minute to Win It games you HAVE to try

7 awesome Minute to Win It games you HAVE to try

We've played these wonderful Minute to Win It games at parties for years. They are a riotous, screeching good time. In fact, these Minute to Win It games are loved by quiet kids and rowdy kids, both boys and girls, and in ages ranging at least from 7 to 13. Wait, make...

Step-by-step budget Harry Potter party for muggles of any age

Step-by-step budget Harry Potter party for muggles of any age

There will hopefully always be a kid who wants a budget Harry Potter party. The Harry Potter books are too wonderful to keep for one generation. Every year a new muggle discovers this magical series and the request goes out: "I want a Harry Potter party for my...

Pokemon Party free printables

Pokemon Party free printables

It turned out to be easy and fun to host a great Pokemon party. To make it even easier for you, here are Pokemon party free printables of everything we used at Max's Pokemon party. It was a a super-fun-tastic party and the kids adored the activities. Many of these...

Free Harry Potter invitations – download, edit and print

Free Harry Potter invitations – download, edit and print

If you're planning a fun Harry Potter party, you will need a fun invitation. This free Harry Potter invitation is completely editable - you can download it as a Powerpoint slide and change it to your heart's content. Instructions to download the free Harry Potter...

DIY glow party invites to download and print for free

DIY glow party invites to download and print for free

Set the scene for a tween birthday party with these glow party invites. They are all kinds of colourful fun. Cool glow party invites like these will get everyone excited about attending your upcoming glow party. To download these free downloadable glow party invites,...

Free Minecraft party invitations to download, edit and print

Free Minecraft party invitations to download, edit and print

We hosted an epic Minecraft party and these invitations set the scene. We thought we'd share the love, so you can download, edit and print these free Minecraft party invitations. You can print out these free Minecraft party invitations, or simply email them as a jpeg...

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