Outdoor Entertaining – Free Corn on the Cob Recipe!

Outdoor Entertaining – Free Corn on the Cob Recipe!

Summer is almost here!  And in our family that means outdoor entertaining!  It’s always a good idea to take advantage of good weather and dine alfresco every chance you get!

I know that outdoor entertaining means backyard barbecues complete with grilled meats, corn on the cob, and other mouth watering goodies we can make outside.  Don’t forget the S’mores!  But really outdoor entertaining isn’t limited to cooking stuff on your grill, there are so many ways you can enjoy dining on your patio or backyard.  It could be an intimate breakfast for two, a rambunctious kids’ birthday party, or a more serene adult dinner party for friends and family.

To get your creative juices flowing I’ve got 7 ideas you can build on to take your summer time entertaining outdoors!  By the way outdoor entertaining doesn’t mean you have to invite the whole neighborhood; you can enjoy a nice quite meal outdoors with just your immediate household!

How about an intimate breakfast for 2?

They’ve always said breakfast is the most important meal of the day; how better to start your day than with breakfast outdoors with your spouse or partner?

You don’t have to go all out.  A nice cup of coffee and a croissant will do; or if you’re feeling inclined a plate of bacon and egg and some warm biscuits will hit the spot.  Whatever the menu all you’ll really need is a simple table and chairs on the patio or in the backyard.  (And maybe keep the kids indoors so you can have some quiet time!)

If you’re not a morning person then make it lunch or dinner for two.  Remember the idea is to relax and enjoy some couples time!

Vintage Garden Tea Party

Tea is my favorite method of entertaining  and a Vintage Garden Party is a great to entertain outdoors.  I love tea parties, they’re simple and easy to prepare, they make you and your guests feel pampered, and they are so pretty!

Have everyone dress up in pretty summer frocks to make it an extra special event.  You don’t have to limit tea parties to adult parties, children, particularly little girls will adore a princess tea party for her birthday!  Our you can have a Teddy Bear Tea Party for boys and girls; each child is invited to bring along their favorite plush animal for the garden party.  Kids love it!

Kids’ Birthday Party

In my opinion kids’ parties should always be held outdoors, weather permitting of course.

There are so many options and themes for outdoor birthday parties.  The kids love it because they have room to run around and parents love it because it keeps the mess out of the house and makes clean up easier.

If your patio or yard isn’t big enough to let the kids run around then take your party to your neighborhood park!  Just be sure to clean up and place your trash in the trash containers.

Boho Adult Dinner Party

Adult Outdoor parties don’t always have to include grilled meats or barbecued anything for that matter!

A Boho themed or any themed outdoor party works for any occasion and it’s great if you don’t have enough outdoor tables and chairs.  Just stock up on large floor pillows or even picnic blankets.  Use low tables or a piece of plywood resting on cement tiles for your “dining table”.  Just be sure you cover it with a pretty tablecloth!

As for food serve anything your heart desires!

Baby or Bridal Showers

Who says indoor sofas and shelves can’t go outside?  Bring the indoors out and host your bridal or baby shower in the backyard.

It’s amazing what a bit of “redecorating” can do!

This works great if you have a small indoor living area and have lots of friends and family to invite!

 

Outdoor Weddings

I just love outdoor weddings!  They can be as low key or as fancy as the bride wants.

Lots of brides have learned to think outside of the box and hired some wonderful wedding venues.  You can check out vineyards, parks, beaches, and even zoos!

Depending on the venue outdoor weddings might take a bit more planning so it’s important to have a great wedding planner on your team!

Outdoor Barbecue

I can’t talk about outdoor entertaining without including the outdoor barbecue.  Take advantage of summer and take dinner (or lunch) outside.

You’ll definitely have lots of opportunities to host an outdoor barbecue between Memorial and Labor Days you’ve got Father’s Day, the Fourth of July, possibly a birthday or two.  Not to mention you don’t need a special occasion to barbecue, you can have one for the family just because!

Now one of my favorite things at an outdoor barbecue is the corn on the cob!  A barbecue isn’t complete without it.  I’m sure you’ve heard of Elotes, Mexican Street Corn, it’s super yummy!  Well it has mayo on it and my son will not touch anything with mayo.  So I had to find a way to make something similar to Elotes without the mayo and I came up with my Chipotle Lime Corn on the Cob.  Here’s my recipe!

Chipotle Lime Corn on the Cob

Ingredients:

Corn

(For the corn – I used frozen mini cobs or niblets and boiled on the stove – you can use frozen or fresh and boil it, bake it, or grill it.  This recipe is to boil frozen corn.)

16 Niblets – Frozen

1 Pot water

1 Cup Milk

Topping:

1/2 Cup butter softened

1 Tbs. Chipotle Pepper Powder

1 Tsp. Cumin

1 Tsp. Garlic Powder

1 Tsp. Honey

Queso Fresco – crumbled

Cilantro – chopped

1 Lime – cut into wedges

Directions:

Make the topping by mixing butter, honey, and powdered seasonings together.  Place in an airtight container and refrigerate until you’re ready to use.

Boil corn in water/milk mixture for about 20 minutes or until done.  Drain corn and transfer to a baking pan.

Place spoonfuls of butter topping on each cob.  Butter topping will melt.  Roll cobs in melted butter until all sides are covered.

Sprinkle with queso fresco and cilantro.

Serve with lime wedges for each person to squeeze over cob if they want to.

You can keep this warm in the oven until ready to serve.

You can store any extra butter topping in the fridge and use for other things.  I like to use it to saute chicken or even veggies.  Pretty much anything you want to add a bit of spice to!

 

Fun Science Birthday Party Ideas

Fun Science Birthday Party Ideas

Don’t you find it harder and harder each year to come up with a fun party theme for your little one?  Sure when they were babies and toddlers you could pretty much do whatever cute thing you liked.  Um…that lasted til about their third birthday if you’re lucky.  Now that they’re older they want to have their say, and of course they should with a teeny bit of help from mom, dad, and in our case Nana!  One of my favorite party themes is a Science Birthday Party!

Why do I like it so much?  Well, it’s age appropriate until they’re almost in high school, just change the science!  A Science Birthday Party is such a broad theme you could literally use it every year until the kids are in high school just by changing the focus.  I mean science is such a broad term, it could mean chemistry, geology, botany, anatomy, medicine, space, and even computers!

Having said that here are a few ideas to get you started!

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Ice Cream or Soda Lab

I love this Ice Cream Lab by Left Brain Craft Brain!  I mean a Science Birthday Party would not be complete without a lab right?

If you prefer make it a Soda Lab and the guests can add different syrups to their sodas which of course will be served in beakers!  And the toppings can be placed in test tubes!

Or how about we combine the two and make an Ice Cream Soda Lab!

 

 

Here’s a cute idea – serve ice cream, soda, or whatever in DIY “Beakers”

Just make lines on clear plastic cups with a sharper and you’ve got “Beakers”!

 

 

 

 

Science Themed Labels

Add science themed labels, tags, and decor.  Love the water bottle labels by Clever Pink Pirate!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for a photo booth backdrop?  How about covering the wall with the Periodic table using a piece of construction paper for each element?

 

 

 

 

Use Science supplies for food like these Petri Jello!  Love this idea from One Project Closer!

 

 

 

 

Fun Badges make great party favors

I just love the badges pictured above.  Just print out a name tag on card stock for each guest then place them in transparent holders with lanyards to wear around their necks.  Make it even more fun and give each kid a “Top Secret” clearance!

Science Themed Games and Activities

There are many science “projects” the kids can do to keep them busy, like building molecules with toothpicks and gumdrops – mini marshmallows work too!

You can make your own experiments or buy kits the kids can use.  There are many to choose from!  They can dig for fossils; create crystals; or build a volcano! 

You don’t have to buy pre-made kits, think back to your school days.  Remember building and electromagnet?  All you need is a large battery, wire, and nails!  Or play a game of Operation!

Whatever game or activity you decide on just be sure it’s age appropriate and doesn’t contain sharp objects or harmful chemicals.  I wouldn’t suggest dissecting a frog just yet!

 

 

 

 

 

Unicorn Theme Party Ideas

Unicorn Theme Party Ideas

UnicornUnicorns, rainbows, and princesses these three seem to go hand in hand.  What little girl doesn’t dream of being a princess riding her magical unicorn down a rainbow? Any or all three would make an ideal theme for your little princess’s next birthday party.

Of course you can use any or all ideas for your next party, but to keep it simple, sort of, I’ll stick with just one theme today, a Unicorn Party.  A unicorn theme party works great for children and adult birthday parties, bridal and baby showers, an just about any type of event you want. And don’t think it’s limited to girls only, just change the color scheme and nix the girly glitter and it’ll work for a boy’s or co-ed parties!

Here are some super cute ideas for a unicorn party! Hope they inspire you!

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Invitations

Every party begins with an invitation.  So set the stage by choosing a coordinated invitation like this pretty one by Jessie K. Designs.

In fact she’s sharing this printable unicorn invitation for free!

Click here to download! 

 

Unicorn Decorations

One of my favorite party planning activities is decorating.  Coordinating decorations make any theme party more memorable.  In this case all things unicorn of course!  So go ahead let your imagination run wild!

Banners, balloons, streamers, lanterns, centerpieces, photo booths, backdrops, and even dessert tables (think cake, cake toppers, plates, cups, table cloths, and napkins) can all be party of the decor! In my opinion you can never have enough decorations!

I love these unicorn lanterns! It’s  amazing how these paper lanterns can be transformed into shy unicorns with a bit of paper, tulle, and flowers! Go ahead, mix and match colors and sizes!

 

How about this dessert table? Love how tulle makes an awesome table skirt and a simple white board or canvas becomes a chic backdrop!

 

 

Don’t you love these adorable centerpieces?

All it takes is some tissue paper, balloons, glitter and plain paper, and cupcake toppers.  Secure them to a base and you’ve got a centerpiece! Use them at guest tables, buffet and dessert tables, and anywhere else.

Hey they double as party favors!

Make a frame and let guests take their own photos! They’ll love it!

Cut out a frame shape from a poster or foam board.  Glue on paper horn, ears, and flowers, and voila a unicorn frame!

If you’re crafty with wood you can make a wooden frame and decorate with colored paper flowers etc.  Just remember to keep it light weight, the kids gotta be able to lift them!

 

Treats

Food, specially treats, definitely is a must.  I’m sure there’ll be cake, there are many awesome unicorn cakes out there!

But how about these unicorn cupcakes by My Heavenly Recipes?  They can be in addition to or instead of a unicorn cake.  Click here for the recipe!

You can serve Unicorn Dip, chocolate covered strawberries, cookies, rainbow rice crispy treats, macaroons, and more.  The secret is make it colorful! Better yet coordinate your treat colors to you theme colors!

 

 

Activities

Keep guests entertained with a craft or some games.

I love this Unicorn Slime by momdot.com. 

Click here for directions!

 

Or pin the horn on the Unicorn! Get this free printable from Jessie K Designs.

Make these unicorn masks! Get the free template from rufflesandrainboots.com!

 

 

 

Unicorn rides would be a hit! Sign me up! But where do I get the unicorn?

Check your local stables to see if they rent pony rides, many do! Now ask if you can dress the pony in a unicorn costume, they might just agree.

Or if you’re lucky there will be companies who do rides for events in your area.  I’ll bet they already offer unicorn rides.

Your next best option would be to rent or buy a unicorn themed bounce house.

 

 

Favors

If you made masks or slime they can double as party favors.  Or you can package cookies, cotton candy, lollipops, and other favors to send home with guests

But I just love theses cute and cuddly plush unicorns guests can adopt!

Whatever you decide you can send favors home in unicorn bags!

I used plain white gift bags to make these his and her unicorn bags

Just cut horn, ears, eyes, shades, and other pieces out of cardstock and glitter paper and glue them on.

Easy peasy!

 

 


 

6 April Kids’ Birthday Party Ideas – FREE Printable

6 April Kids’ Birthday Party Ideas – FREE Printable

April is a great month to have a party, the weather is nice and spring is definitely in the air.  Here are some themes for your child’s April birthday party.

April

For an April born child an April Showers Themed Party would be very apropos!

Decorate with clouds, raindrops, and of course umbrellas and rain boots!  Ask guests to come in their raincoats and rain boots!  Oh fun!

Sources:

Sweet Designs
Steph Modo
Project Nursery
Make It Cozee
Catch My Party

April

Daffy Duck’s birthday is April 17 and Bugs Bunny’s is April 30.  A Looney Toons Themed party would be lots of fun.

Free Party invitation click here!
(Download the template to your desktop then open it on a photo editing app like Photoshop and add child’s name and other party info.)

Sources:

Tips Kids Party
All Together Scattered
Etsy

April April 2 is Children’s Books Day.  An April birthday party theme could be centered around your child’s favorite book.  Here’s a few ideas to get you started.

A Dr. Seuss Party.  Choose one book or if you can’t decide on just one us several!

The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, The Lorax, and more!

April

The Very Hungry Caterpillar  is a great theme for a toddler’s birthday party.

Sources:

Pottery Barn Kids
Daisy Celebrates
Hostess With The Mostess
Pop Sugar
Paige’s Party Ideas

April

The Little Engine That Could is a great theme for a little boy’s birthday party.

Sources:

Catch My Party
Hostess With The Mostess
On My Side of the Room

April

April 2 is also Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, one of his most popular books is The Little Mermaid, the inspiration behind Disney’s popular movie of the same name.

Every little girl would love a mermaid themed party!

Sources:

Catch My Party
Catch My Party – Under the Sea
A Pumpkin & A Princess
Swanky Press
Hostess With The Mostess

Teddy Bear Picnic Party Ideas

Teddy Bear Picnic Party Ideas

It’s the end of February and many of you I’m sure are just waiting for winter to end so you can do some fun outdoor activities.  Well you don’t have to wait for the spring thaw to have some fun parties with the kiddies.  One of my favorite things are Teddy Bear Picnics and teas, and you can do them inside or out depending on the weather.  Take your teddy out for a picnic at the park, lake, beach, or even your own backyard weather permitting; or bring the outdoors in with plants and decorations.  Your picnic can be a simple affair with just you and your bear, a family get together, play date,  or even a birthday celebration.  So grab your favorite stuffed bear (ask friends to bring their’s too!), pack a picnic, and head outdoors for some fun games, yummy food, and have a great time with your best friends!

Whether your Teddy Bear picnic is tea for two, a family picnic, play date,  or a birthday celebration here are some ideas to help you out.  It really is a cute party or play date theme for toddler girls and boys!

Teddy Bear PicnicThe most important thing to bring on a Teddy Bear Picnic is your favorite bear, or two, or three.  If you’re inviting friends and family have each guest bring their favorite bears too![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

Teddy Bear PicnicFor a toddler play date keep the food simple and easy to pack and eat.  Bear shaped finger sandwiches filled with jam or honey are perfect bear food.  Individual pouches of Teddy Grahams are a must for such picnics and homemade lemonade will be welcome after some fun and games.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

Teddy Bear PicnicLoad the Teddy Bear Picnic song onto your mobile device, the kids can sing along and do the Teddy Bear Picnic dance.  Bring along a copy of the book “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” by Jimmy Kennedy to read to the children, it’s a great way to tone activities down and end the day.  (affiliate link)[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]


 

Teddy Bear PicnicI love the miniature woven picnic baskets  (affiliate link)  used in this Teddy Bear Picnic Party found on Kara’s Party Ideas.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

Teddy Bear PicnicFor a different color scheme check out this party styled by Smart Party Planning![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

Teddy Bear PicnicHere are some budget friendly ideas from Moms and Munchkins for a cute Teddy Bear Picnic party.  Like they said planning a Teddy Bear Picnic themed party (or any party for that matter) doesn’t mean you have to break the bank![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

 

Teddy Bear PicnicHere’s a cute and inexpensive way to have a Teddy Bear Picnic themed party in your backyard, or park, or anywhere else.  I found this on Red Tricycle![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

Teddy Bear PicnicGreat way to serve drinks!  Keeps the spills away!  This idea from Berries of Wisdom uses empty honey bear bottles from Amazon.com.  (affiliate link)[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]










Teddy Bear PicnicPut together these adorable teddy cars from Kid Spot Kitchen for your sweets table![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]





Teddy Bear PicnicMake party bags like the ones I found on Boksomdaais.  You can pack individual picnic lunches in them or send each guest home with one filled with party favors and goodies![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

Planning your Themed Party?  Let us design custom party stationary for you!  We design everything from invitations to menu cards specially for you!

Order your personalized invitations from my Esty Shop!  We can design it and send you the files so you can print it yourself or if you prefer we can send you finished cards that are ready to send!  Savvy Nana Crafts check it out!

6 March Kids’ Birthday Party Ideas

6 March Kids’ Birthday Party Ideas

Planning a kid’s birthday is lots of fun, the hardest part is usually choosing a party theme. Once you’ve chosen a theme everything else falls into place.  March parties are exciting because the weather is getting better opening up the possibility of outdoor venues.  Here are 6 party themes that would be great for a March party.

 

MarchMarch is National Crafts Month, what a great time to host an Artsy Craftsy Party!

The colors for the party will be a burst of sunshine to herald in Spring.  You can keep kids busy and entertained with various arts and crafts projects that can double as party favors!

 Sources: 
Bottle Your Brand
The Hostess With TheMostess
Kara’s Party Ideas
Paige’s Party Ideas

 

 

MarchMarch 12 is Plant a Flower Day.

In honor of this day a Flower Garden party would be a fun theme for a girl’s birthday party.

 Sources: 
 Catch My Party
The Imagination Tree
Paper Glitter
Party City
Kara’s Party Ideas

 

 

MarchSt. Paddy’s Day is in March, how about a Leprechaun themed party?

Rainbows, Pots of Gold, Shamrocks, and Leprechauns equals a fun St. Paddy’s Day themed birthday party.

Sources: 
Platinum Touch Events
Sweeten Your Day Events
Rook No. 17
Housing A Forest
Pinterest.com

 

 

MarchBig Bird’s birthday is March 20!

Your toddler will love a Sesame Street Party!  You can center the party around your child’s favorite Sesame Street character or have them all at the party, the more the merrier!

Sources:
Savvy Nana’s Parties
Catch My Party
 Britt Party Rental
The Chickabug Blog

 

 

MarchIn honor of Star Trek’s Captain Kirk’s March 22 birthday host an Outer Space Party!

Kid’s will love it!  A rocket ship photo booth would be lots of fun!

Hey this theme works for Star Trek fans of all ages!

 Sources:
Kara’s Party Ideas
Artsy Craftsy Mom
Hostess With The Mostess

 

 

 

MarchIn honor of Wonder Woman’s March 22nd. birthday host a Wonder Woman party for your little Wonder Girl!

Have guests come dressed as their favorite super hero, kids and adults love to dress up!

Sources:
Anders Ruff
Kara’s Party Ideas
Hostess With The Mostess
We Heart Parties

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