Back to School is Cool Party

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School is back in session and my kids are in a new school. I didn't want to throw them a party before school started since they didn't know anyone yet. Now that they've gotten into the groove and made friends with some of their classmates, I thought I'd throw a School is Cool party for them to celebrate the new year!

This may be the easiest party I've thrown yet. For real. The reason? Making my version of awesome desserts kid-friendly by using Go-Paks!, Snack Pack Pudding, and Reddi-wip!

I knew I didn't want to spend a lot of time (or money) on the food since my kids are willing to eat almost anything. So I decided to create recipes that were delicious and FUN! I took some of my favorite desserts and simplified them using Go-Packs! and Snack Pack Pudding with some Reddi-wip thrown in for good measure.

I put my recipes on my IKEA chalkboard that served my "back to school" theme but also reminded me of a food truck. Perfect for food you can eat on the go! 

In case you can't read my fantastic handwriting (lol), these are the recipes I came up with.

BANANA CREAM PIE
NABISCO Go-Packs! TEDDY GRAHAMS Honey Graham Snacks
Vanilla Snack Pack Pudding
banana slices
Reddi-wip

S'MORES
NABISCO Go-Packs! TEDDY GRAHAMS Honey Graham Snacks
Chocoate Snack Pack Pudding
mini marshmallows

MISSISSIPPI MUD
NABISCO Go-Packs! Mini OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Chocoate Snack Pack Pudding
mini marshmallows
chocolate syrup

CHOCOLATE CHIP SUNDAE
NABISCO Go-Packs! CHIPS AHOY! Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocoate/Vanilla Mix Snack Pack Pudding
Reddi-wip
chocolate syrup

BLONDIES
NABISCO Go-Packs! Mini OREO Golden Sandwich Cookies
Butterscotch Snack Pack Pudding
caramel syrup

PEANUT BUTTER BARS
NABISCO Go-Packs! NUTTER BUTTER Bites Sandwich Cookies
Chocoate Snack Pack Pudding
Reddi-wip

The best part for me was I didn't need any additional bowls or plates. Everything fits into the Go-Pak! After choosing their recipe, the kids could squeeze in the pudding and top with the remaining ingredients. Just grab a spoon and go! Because what kid wants to sit still at a party to eat?

Just make sure you have black cups at the ready for water. Just write the kids' names with a white marker and they'll always know which cup is theirs.

I found these amazing marquis letters from Scrapbook Steals and knew they'd be perfect for the party. I didn't want everything to be black and white so I inserted some paper from My Mind's Eye that coordinates with the photo backdrop I made (pictures to come!). The party fans on the wall are My Mind's Eye too. They have the best party supplies!

I love how everything turned out. The food fit so well on this desk I made for my daughter. The plans are from Ana White and I couldn't wait to showcase my first big build at this school-themed party!

Want to try your hand at your own simple dessert recipes using Go-Paks! from Walmart? You can typically find them in a large container by the registers. And they're only $1, so stock up!

Mother's Day Garden Party

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Is it weird that Mother's Day is one of my favorite holidays? It could be because I have the best mom ever. For real. I'm sure you think your mom is the best, but you're mistaken. My mother chose to have me at the age of 41…16 years after my closest sibling. She gave up her time, her energy, even her figure for me. When she got the feeling that her family wasn't complete, she could have easily ignored it. But she didn't. She, like all mothers, gave up everything for her child. I can never repay her, but I can throw a rocking party in honor of all mothers!

Since I wanted the focus to be on our mothers, the decor was super simple and made primarily with…tissue paper! It's inexpensive and comes in so many colors.

I couldn't find the color of green I wanted for a tablecloth, so tissue paper it was.

I also used it in pinks and yellow for a quick handmade tassel garland.  

It makes gorgeous multicolored flowers like the one I made to top my mini powdered donut "cake."

And my chalkboard art? That's American Greetings chalkboard wrapping paper! 

I wanted to keep this party simple with a focus on all women — mothers, grandmothers, daughters, aunts, and friends. American Greetings has cards for all demographics to celebrate, no matter the title.

I purchased a selection of cards from the One-Stop Shop at Walmart. Each guest could choose a card to send to a special woman in their life that couldn't be at our Mother's Day celebration.  

There were humorous cards, cards from pets, even an "amazing wife" card for my lesbian friend. You name it, I had it!

I wanted guests to have a little something to take home with them too, so we took pictures in front of a floral backdrop. (Made from a drop cloth and house paint samples!) 

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Everyone had a floral crown (made from tissue paper flowers) to match the backdrop. 

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We printed the photos and they could take them home in a One-Stop Shop frame, ready to be decorated and given to a loved one.  

Look for the American Greetings One-Stop Shop at your local Walmart for all your Mother's Day gifts, cards, and party supplies!

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