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12.19.2014

Despicable Me Minion 5th Birthday Party

 
I can't believe this is the FIFTH birthday party I have planned for G!  Where in the heck have these last five years gone?  My baby boy is not so much of a baby any more.
 
As you may recall from our Halloween costumes this year, the kiddos are quite into Despicable Me and minions right now.  G decided on a minion-themed party this year.  Here are the photos and details from the party.  You can also see my minion party inspiration board on Pinterest here
 
 
I saw a sign like this on Pinterest that was a play on a quote from the first Despicable Me movie, so recreated it using clip-art.  This was on our front window at the party entrance.
 
 
I made this banner from an awesome free printable at One Craft Short of Crazy (click here for the printable).  I used LasVegas Jackpot font for the lettering (it's the closest free font to the one used in the Despicable Me movie title treatment).
 
 
Yellow balloons with royal blue and yellow streamers made for some colorful party décor.
 
 
 
The minion theme was pretty easy to work with - you can put eyes on pretty much anything yellow!
 
 
Eyes on yellow cups from Party City and a pitcher of lemonade.
 
 
 
I loved this idea from Kara's Party Ideas, so I recreated it.
 
 
 
When planning a minion party, you will discover all sorts of things that are shaped like minions to incorporate.  Twinkies were perfect... but note that these are not Twinkie brand (they are generic). Hostess Twinkies have red logos all over the wrapper, and wouldn't have looked as good as these Safeway brand snack cakes with plain plastic packaging.  For the eyes and overalls, I printed these clip-art components onto clear printing labels and cut them.  Pretty easy, and everyone loved them!
 
 
For the cupcakes I kept it simple this year and did not make my own toppers.  I did cupcakes with yellow frosting and topped some of them with these cute minion fondant cupcake toppers from Etsy.
 
 
Minions love bananas.  Everyone knows this. So I made some banana pudding shooters using plastic shooter cups from Party City and more minion printable clip-art found online.
 
 
After seeing a cute idea similar to this online, I designed some "Thanks a Minion!" candy wrappers for giveaways to coordinate with the other party stationery.
 
 
 
 
 
Another simple dessert idea: put some eyeballs on top of single-serving applesauce cups.
 
 
 
To match the minions' blue overalls, I chose to use royal blue for most of the serving bowls, picking up different pieces from Party City, the dollar store, and my local HEB grocery store.
 
 
For snacks, I tried to find foods that were minion-shaped.  I found a lot of great options at Costco.  We settled on fried cheese sticks, egg rolls, and pretzel dogs (plus all of the desserts).
 
 
 
 
I am so fortunate that a good friend offered to make us a minion piñata.  This was not only a fun activity for the kids, but it also made for great party centerpiece décor.
 
 
Another activity was the "Build a Minion" station where kids could make their own minions using empty toilet paper rolls.  Click here for my blog post with step-by-step instructions on prepping and doing this craft.
 
 
The kids created some really cute minions!
 
 
Yellow party favor bags from Party City with printable clip-art minion eyes attached.
 
 
Favor bags were filled with these minion goodies, all from Party City: goggles, yellow candy with minion eyes (jelly beans and lollipops), yellow bubbles with minion eyes, minion puzzle eraser, stickers and temporary tattoos.
 
To add to the ambiance, the whole fam found minion shirts at Wal-Mart (each was around or under $10!):
 
 
Instead of making a party music playlist this time, we had the two Despicable Me movies playing in the background. 

Edited to add: All printables for the party are available in this post here.  These printables are free, but I would appreciate a follow for @fabeverydayblog on social media (you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or Snapchat with that username) in return.  If you post pictures of your parties, tag @fabeverydayblog in them so we can see what you do!  Finally, if you blog about your party, please link back to www.fabeveryday.com in your blog posts to credit the printables and inspiration.
 
 There you have it!  Next up will be my dad's 70th birthday party in a few weeks, then S's 3rd birthday in April.
 
Don't forget to pin and share if you are inspired!

12.16.2014

Frugal Christmas Shopping: Stocking Stuffer Ideas from the Dollar Store

 
I want to share a family tradition with you.  For several years, my husband and I have completely filled our family's Christmas stockings with items from the dollar store.  It drives me nuts when I see commercials for "stocking stuffers" such as mp3 players and other high-end electronics.  To me, those are major gifts.  Who can afford to fill stockings with items like that?  For our family, stocking stuffers tend to be fun, smaller items that don't carry that kind of price tag.
 
Even before having kids, my husband and I would go to the dollar store for Christmas gift bags, wrapping paper, and other misc. things for the holidays.  One year we came up with the idea of filling each other's stockings entirely with items from the dollar store.  This became a really fun tradition. We would go to the store together, each start at one end of the store, and shop for each other.  For $10-$20 each, our stocking would be overflowing. 
 
The cool thing about the dollar store is that while you can find some cool little items that you do need, you can also find a lot of hilarious items or knock-offs that make great gag gifts.  We tend to always include one or two for each other that are a complete gag.
 
After having children we were able to keep this tradition alive in a big way.  The dollar store is chock full of great little toys for kids, including a lot of their favorite characters (Spiderman, Avengers, Disney/Pixar Cars, Ninja Turtles, etc.).  There are also great little Christmas items (stuffed animals, candy, etc.).
 
This year, when my husband and I split up in the store, we each took one of the boys with us.  We were able to have the kids choose items for each other while my husband and I were looking for stocking stuffers for each other.  Here is the loot S and I picked for G this year at our local Dollar Tree:
 
 
Not bad, right?
 
This is an example of what I get for the hubs (hopefully he won't read this blog post before opening his stocking on Christmas):
 
 
Some of it is silly (Spa Haus Aqua Bold), but the rest are actually things he could use. I love the recycle bin pen cup!
 

There you go.  Now you know one of Fab Everyday's tricks to keeping the holiday a little more affordable, and definitely lower-stress!

12.12.2014

15 Children's Holiday Crafts


Following up my posts of my 20 favorite Christmas décor ideas and my 15 favorite fun holiday party treats, today I am sharing a round-up of 15 holiday kid's crafts.  I am focusing on crafts that are easy enough for toddlers or pre-schoolers.  Click here to follow Fab Everyday on Pinterest to see more like this!
 
1. Toilet Paper Roll Snowman
 



 
For the purposes of this post, the kids and I gave this one a try, since we had all of the components on hand.  They had a lot of fun making them, and they turned out to be pretty cute:
 
 
2. Toilet Paper Roll Reindeer Ornaments
 



 
3. Jolly Round Belly Ornament
 



 
4. Borax Snowflakes
 


 
5. Handprint Reindeer Hat
 


 
6. Handprint Christmas Tree Painting
 


 
7. Popsicle Stick Snowflakes
 


 
8. Thumbprint Reindeer Ornaments
 


 
9. Fingerprint Christmas Lights Painting
 


 
10. Handprint Ornament
 


 
11. Snowman Ornament
 


 
12. Paper Plate Snowman
 


 
My son wanted to try this one. It was really easy, and we modified it slightly using supplies we had on hand:
 
 
13. Handprint Wreath
 


 
14. Bead and Pipe Cleaner Candy Canes
 


 
15. Easy Popsicle Stick Ornaments
 


 
 
Happy crafting this holiday season, and don't forget to follow Fab Everyday on Pinterest!

12.09.2014

White, Silver, and Gold Christmas Mantel

 
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
 
For my holiday home décor this year, I was inspired by Centsational Girl's white and mixed metallic mantel.  Here is how I pulled together a white, silver, and gold Christmas mantel this year.
 
 
I re-used my DIY dollar store ornament wreath from last year, along with some new pieces.  The white reindeer and tree I picked up from JC Penney.  I found these lovely plush white stockings from Macy's.

 
 
The glitter candles and small votive holders were found at my local Michael's.

 
Our stocking holders are these simple silver ones from Pottery Barn.  They are engravable, but I opted to use some glittered letter scrapbook stickers instead.


 
I think it all came together pretty nicely!  It looks great with my simple black, white, and gray living room décor.

Don't forget to pin and share if you are inspired, and follow @fabeverydayblog on Pinterest to see my holiday décor inspiration board.

12.05.2014

15 Fun and Adorable Holiday Party Treats


Following up last week's post of my 20 favorite Christmas décor ideas, today I am sharing my 15 favorite fun holiday party food pins. Click here to follow Fab Everyday on Pinterest to see more "pinspiration."
 
1. Rice Krispie Treat Christmas Ornaments
 



 
This one seemed easy enough to try even without instructions.  The kids loved the experiment and gobbled them up!  Here's my attempt:
 
 
2. Christmas Cookie Cutter Rice Krispie Treats
 



 
3. Oreo Snowman Pops
 



 
4. Candy Cane Heart Pops
 


 
5. Grinch Kabobs
 


 
6. Christmas Crunch Popcorn Snack
 


 
7. Festive Dipped Strawberries
 


 
8. Christmas Nilla "Cake" Bites
 


 
9. Chocolate Pretzel Christmas Trees
 


 
10. Festive Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sticks
 


 
11. Snowman Cheese Ball
 


 
12. Christmas Tree Pull Apart
 


 
13. Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments
 


 
14. Beautiful Christmas Tree Cake
 


 
15. Santa Hat Cheesecake Bites
 


 
 
There you go!  Stay tuned next week for my round-up of my favorite holiday children's craft pins, and don't forget to follow Fab Everyday on Pinterest!

12.02.2014

2014 Holiday Fashion Round-Up: What to Wear, Where this Holiday Season

 
There are many occasions to get dressed up during the holidays. There are many lovely holiday party dresses and winter looks this season.  Put the two together, and it calls for a compilation! Here are my picks for what to wear, where this holiday season.

Family Dinner


Image Source: Express

MARLED OPEN STITCH TUNIC SWEATER
Express.com, $69.90

RIBBON STRAP GODET TRAPEZE DRESS
Express.com, $59.90


Image Source: JustFab

NATALEE
JustFab.com, $39.95 (member price)

Work Party

Image Source: Express

BLACK SURPLICE WRAP RUCHED JERSEY MIDI DRESS
Express.com, $98.00


Image Source: JustFab

FRANCES
JustFab.com, $39.95 (member price)


Image Source: Forever 21

CAGED CUTOUT CUFF
Forever21.com, $5.90

At the Ballet for Nutcracker


Image Source: Express

BLACK CUT-OUT MAXI DRESS
Express.com, $98.00


Image Source: JustFab

KEELY
JustFab.com, $39.95 (member price)


Image Source: Forever 21

FLOWER STATEMENT NECKLACE
Forever21.com, $18.90

Tree Lighting


Image Source: Express

WOOL BLEND ZIP FRONT CAPE
Express.com, $228.00

WINDOWPANE PLAID COLUMNIST ANKLE PANT
Express.com, $88.00

WOOL MATADOR HAT - BLACK
Express.com, $49.90


Image Source: JustFab

LUMA
JustFab.com, $39.95 (member price)

Evening Party with Friends


Image Source: Express

SEQUIN CUT-OUT BACK MINI DRESS
Express.com, $128.00


Image Source: JustFab

FAWNE
JustFab.com, $39.95 (member price)

Family Gift Exchange


Image Source: Express

RHINESTONE EMBELLISHED CREW NECK SWEATER
Express.com, $69.90

MID RISE DESTROYED JEAN LEGGING
Express.com, $88.00


Image Source: JustFab

THADEN
JustFab.com, $39.95 (member price)

Tacky Sweater


Image Source: Wal-Mart

SANTA AND A TREE CHRISTMAS SWEATER VEST
Walmart.com, $19.44

Kid's Christmas Pageant


Image Source: Express

FROSTED LACE SHEATH DRESS
Express.com, $98.00


Image Source: JustFab

JF NORA
JustFab.com, $39.95 (member price)