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5.31.2016

Fab Everyday Party Printables

I get a lot of requests for printables from my parties, so I have decided to collect links to all of them in this post.  I hope that these inspire some fabulousness for parties of your own! 

I am offering these printables for free, but 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!  I'd love to retweet or share the fabulousness on my social media sites!  Finally, if you blog about your party, please link back to www.fabeveryday.com in your blog posts to credit the printables and inspiration.

Enjoy, and bookmark or pin this post, since I will be adding more printables after future parties.

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Construction Birthday Party Printables
Despicable Me Minion Birthday Party Printables
Dinosaur Birthday Party Printables
Halloween Birthday Party Printables
LEGO Movie Birthday Party Printables
Minecraft Birthday Party Printables
Pokémon Birthday Party Printables
Rock n' Roll Birthday Party Printables
Thomas and Friends Birthday Party Printables



Construction-Themed 3rd Birthday Party (click here for party details)
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Despicable Me Minion 5th Birthday Party (click here for party details)
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Dinosaur-Themed Birthday Party (click here for party details)
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Halloween-Themed Birthday Party (in April) (click here for party details)
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Lego Movie-Themed Birthday Party (click here for party details)
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Minecraft-Themed Birthday Party (click here for party details)
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Pokémon-Themed Birthday Party (click here for party details)
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Rock n Roll Themed First Birthday Party (click here for party details)
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Thomas and Friends Themed Birthday Party (click here for party details)
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5.20.2016

Product Review: The Gussy Waterproof Purse Cover

 
Disclosure: I received a sample of this product for review purposes.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  I was not financially compensated for this post.

I love it when I find a product that meets an actual need.  That's what happened when I had the opportunity to review The Gussy, a waterproof handbag cover, meant to protect your purse in the rain or snow. 

The weather has been nuts in Austin this spring.  Since I take the train to work, I do a lot of walking outdoors each day.  I always keep an umbrella and scarf in my purse to protect my hair, clothes, and makeup as dry as I can in case of unexpected rain.  The problem that I find is that my umbrella doesn't always protect my handbag (or its contents since I carry a big, open-topped tote) or laptop bag very well.  It's almost impossible to keep both myself and my handbag dry, which has been a real problem for me this year.  If I have to make a choice to protect my hair or my bag, sorry bag.

Enter The Gussy!  I no longer have to make that devil's bargain.  My umbrella has my hair, and The Gussy has my purse.

 
Large enough to cover even my giant tote bag (plus my laptop bag at the same time), The Gussy folds up pretty compactly to store easily inside my bag when not in use.  It came in a reusable plastic bag, but I would have preferred that they included a cute bag made of the same fabric for stylish, waterproof storage.  Maybe a future product improvement!

 
There are three top Velcro straps that allow for quick and easy on and off, but with sufficient coverage for the top of the purse.  They also allow for coverage of purses of multiple shapes and sizes, and different handle spacing. 
 
The best part?  They are only $20!  Plus, they come in several colors and patterns (from chevron, to skulls, and more) to match several different style aesthetics.  I have the navy blue with polka-dot "Meredith" style.  You can shop all the styles here

The simple design allows for easy on and off, and versatility to cover bags of different shapes and sizes.

The Gussy folds up flat and compact for easy storage.

The Gussy easily covered my giant tote bag completely, and has protected my purse and its contents from the pouring rain in Austin for several days this week.

The Gussy adds some extra style to a rainy day.
 
You can get your own Gussy cover here.  The low price point makes them a great gift for friends, travelers, grads, or even yourself (get yourself a few styles to match different outfits!).

5.17.2016

Travel Tuesday: 10 Safari Outfits

 
In less than three weeks we will be in Kenya on our safari!  After all the months of planning, I can't believe it is so close.  And you know me... a big piece of planning a big trip is planning the trip wardrobe.  I have spent months styling my outfits, as well as the outfits for the boys. 
 
I look forward to sharing photos of all these outfits against the backdrop of the East African savannas, but for now, here is a preview of my looks. 
 
A comfortable travel outfit of a white crocheted top, white wide-legged culottes, beige cable-knit socks, and short boots.  For details on the boots I bought for my safari wardrobe, see this post.

Another travel outfit that includes dark gray leggings, a gray t-shirt tank top, a beige cardigan, short boots, and layers of these DIY jute bracelets that I made.

A layered safari look of a white convertible button-up blouse, dark distressed jeans, camel-colored boots, a tan scarf, and an olive-green jacket, accessorized with wooden bangle bracelets and aviator sunglasses.

Light khaki-colored leggings, a faded green convertible-sleeve top, dark leather bracelets and dark brown boots.

An olive green convertible-sleeve button-up top paired with light distressed jeans, and accessorized with camel boots and wooden jewelry.

Another layered look with wide-leg khaki pants, a white linen button-up shirt, and a double-breasted khaki coat. 

Olive green leggings with a white t-shirt, scarf, dark brown boots, and beaded bracelets.

A comfortable evening outfit of a light taupe slouchy, one-shoulder maxi dress with beige Tom's shoes, a gold and black necklace, and gold-detailed bracelet.

Another evening look with a black convertible-sleeve blouse, olive green skirt, wrap belt, and lace-up sandals.

Wide-leg linen khaki pants, a beige crop top, beige Tom's shoes, layered jute bangle bracelets, and a gold statement necklace.
 
In addition to sharing photos of my safari outfits, I will also share photos of the boys in their safari wardrobe looks.  Stay tuned!
 
Thanks for continuing to follow the Fab Fam's #journeytothejourney.  If you'd like to know more about planning your family's own safari experience (or a number of other personally curated travel experiences), visit the Explorateur Journeys website.
 


5.10.2016

Halloween-Themed Birthday Party (in April)


I've really got to hand it to S.  He came up with an awesome theme for his 4th birthday party this year. 

It all started around Halloween of last year.  We were planning G's birthday party at the time, and S kept referring to his "Halloween birthday."  I kept reminding him that his birthday was in April, therefore nowhere near Halloween.  Well, he kept referring to his Halloween birthday for months until I realized that he was not confused... rather, he wanted to celebrate Halloween for his birthday!

It's actually a pretty awesome idea when you think about it.  First of all, everyone loves Halloween, and the excuse to dress up for a costume party randomly in April is bound to be fun.  Second of all, things like favors don't require that much creativity (think spider rings, vampire teeth, and of course, candy).  Third, there is no shortage of inspiration for Halloween party food ideas.  Fourth, you get to make extra use of your Halloween decorations!  I got lucky because my sister does Halloween big, so I got the benefit of borrowing a ton of decorations from her to make the party even more festive.

Since the party was for four-year-olds, we decided to keep the blood and gore to a minimum.  Sawyer wanted "spooky" but not "scary" or "gross" decorations.  He decided on very traditional Halloween themes like skeletons, ghosts, bats, and jack-o-lanterns (and no severed limbs or anything like that).  But enough with the descriptions, I'll let you see the details for yourself.  You can also find more inspiration on my Halloween pinboard on Pinterest.

Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, I may receive a commission.  This does not cost you anything additional, and helps me to keep the rest of my content free, so thank you!

Costumes
What's a Halloween party without costumes?  The frightening (but still fab, of course) fam.

Sawyer chose costumes for each of us.  I was a "mummy mommy" (I found my surprisingly chic mummy costume on Amazon), Grayson was a skeleton, the hubs was a vampire, and Sawyer was a ghost.

My little ghost had such a fun time!

Food
Pinterest is full of Halloween food inspiration.  Per Sawyer's request, we kept the theme "spooky" but not too scary.

 
We sliced cheese into Halloween shapes with mini Halloween cookie cutters, and made an easy "bone" dip by molding cream cheese into shape and drizzling it with pre-made sweet and spicy chili sauce.  Get the two-step tutorial for the bone dip at Creative Juice.

An easy kid favorite were these mummy dogs (pigs in a blanket with the crescent rolls cut into strips before wrapping them around the hot dogs).

A simple five-layer dip becomes a jack-o-lantern when topped with black olives and served with blue corn tortilla chips.  Inspired by Bored Fast Food.


Mini cheese and black olive pizzas (with the olives shaped like bugs) were another easy kid favorite.  Inspired by Recipe Runner, I made mine with canned biscuit dough.

Rice Krispie treats shaped like candy corns (tutorial at Pint-Sized Treasures) and strawberries dipped in white candy coating were spooky sweets.

Whoppers, candy eyeballs, and cake decorating frosting made little spiders to sit on top of peanut butter cookies (I used pre-made cookie dough to make it easier).  Inspired by Life is Poppin'.

Halloween puppy chow (recipe from Lil' Luna) made with dark chocolate and peanut butter.
 
Cupcakes with simple, yet festive toppers added to the décor without the stress of complicated cake decoration.
 
The most involved cupcake topper was still relatively easy to accomplish.  I piped melted white candy melts onto wax paper in the shape of spider webs.  I did them by hand, but if you'd like to make them more uniform and precise, here's an easy tutorial on Mom.me.

Candy corns made for a simple, but cute topper for chocolate cupcakes.

Inspired by the cupcakes on Olivia's Cuisine, candy eyeballs can turn plain white frosting into simple ghosts.

Pretzel rods dipped in color candy melts and decorated like ghosts and Frankenstein's monsters were a salty and sweet treat.  Inspiration from CatchMyParty.
 

Green fruit punch as "swamp juice," and grape juice as "witch's brew."


An easy party décor trick that I have gotten lots of mileage out of over the years is to remove water bottle labels and wrap them with decorative duct tape.  I found this glow-in-the-dark ghost pattern tape on Amazon
 
Of course, a candy buffet with classic Halloween treats was a necessity.  Thank goodness for Amazon, so I could buy Halloween-sized candy in bulk in the spring.  Trick or treat!

Décor
Décor was a snap for this birthday party.  Not much to DIY, and we saved money by using our old Halloween decorations and borrowing from friends and family.  They didn't need their decorations until October, so borrowing worked perfectly!

The neighbors were quite curious as we were setting up gravestones in our front yard.


A simple door sign using the free Nightmare 5 font, and a lipstick-smeared handprint set a spooky tone for the party.  G did a good job as my hand model.

Speaking of G, here's my little skeleton anxiously awaiting his brother's party guests.

We strung ghosts and garlands from every surface.
 
My sister's Halloween village was expertly set by my neighbor (who has quite the impressive Christmas village herself).
 


Skulls and spider webs added to the ambiance on the sunny, spring day. 




 
 
This easy mummy mason jar luminary DIY provided candlelight for the bathroom.

Activities
Being in costumes was enough fun for the kiddos, but we wanted to make sure they had a few other fun things to do.

Extra costumes for some dress-up fun.

The hit activity of the day was the little, kid-friendly haunted house we set up in a blacked-out bedroom.  It was too dark to take photos, but the kids loved the black lights, spooky mirrors, specimen jars, and fog machine.  It was just spooky enough to give them a thrill without giving them nightmares.

Since pumpkins aren't plentiful in April, we got creative by decorating Cuties with markers to make springtime jack-o-lanterns. Inspired by this blog post.

 
I had to make G stop and save some of the mandarin "pumpkins" for the other kids... he could have drawn faces and designs on all of them, and had them acting out a four act play if we let him!  Give this kid a palette and could go all day long.

The last activity was a make-your-own lollipop ghost inspired by this craft on OneLittleProject, though I used squares of tissue paper for mine.

 
As usual, this party couldn't have come together without the help and support of a squad of folks.  Thanks to my sister for sending down a trailer-full of decorations, thanks to my friends for spending their time (in exchange for pizza and beer) to decorate, and thanks, as always, to my amazing husband for being my party execution assistant.  The fabulousness can't happen alone... it takes a village... and I am grateful for mine!

Don't forget to pin these ideas for later (for Halloween, or for your own off-season Halloween party), and follow Fab Everyday on Pinterest for more inspiration.

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.