Freebie Friday: Mardi Gras Printables

Mardi Gras is fast approaching. Are you celebrating? We usually sit it out, so please have some extra fun for me!

Subway Art

And a fill-in invitation.

Crafty Kayla: Two Free Mardi Gras Printables

And one more from The TomKat Studio. (Be sure to visit Kim’s blog post for pretty, pretty pictures; the link follows.)

Real Party: Dog Adoption Party + Free Printable from Chickabug

About two weeks ago, my parents had to put down their sweet basset hound, Leta. She suddenly went blind and they discovered she had cancer of the spleen that had spread. (I promise I’m getting to the party!) They were so sad to lose her so suddenly, and realized that the right choice for them was to quickly find a new companion. So this Saturday, they adopted a rescue dog — a 3-month-old beagle, Mia. (Here she is!)

Mia is remarkably calm for a puppy. Except that she loves to lick your ears. Which tickles. The girls and I went to meet Mia on Sunday and we decided to surprise mom and dad (and Mia!) with a mini party. Lucky for us, Heather of Chickabug is a rescue dog lover and has designed party printables just for a doggie adoption bash! She kindly agreed to let me feature them here. (You’ll have to excuse my photos. It was a gloomy day and they all look gray. 😦 I wish they did Heather’s designs justice.)

The best thing about this little party may be that I spent just $24.54 on cupcakes, dog biscuits and the two dog toys. In and out of Target in 15 minutes, baby! Everything else came from my stash at home.

Any excuse for polka dots!

My mom was thrilled with the surprise party! She especially loved the Certificate of Adoption.

I’m sure there are any number of ways to use these party circles, but I have a Pavlovian response to them. I see party circles and immediately want to eat cupcakes.

The treat tags on the pink bags were designed for the adopted dog to share treats with his/her new friends, but the girls and I used them to each give Mia a little gift of dog treats.

These puppy toys are from Target — and how perfect is it that hot pink toys are available?

It’s official!

So as you can see, Mia liked her gifts!

Here are the printables collections from Chickabug in pink and blue. You can download them from her blog. How cute are they?

Vendor Credits:

Printables: Chickabug

Freebie Friday: Valentine’s Day Printables

You may have seen my Facebook post from last night about Sassy Sites’s round up of Valentine’s printables — 73 by my quick count. So I almost took the night off. But, I’ve managed to find three cute Valentine’s printables that (I think!) didn’t make that list. Here they are!

Valentine’s Day Printables {Free Templates} from FLIPAWOO Designs

Downloadable Valentine’s Day Coupons from BHG

Hello, Good Gravy!: DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Tags


Our Valentine’s Sweetheart Party + Free Printable

I had so much fun planning this Valentine’s Day photo shoot for you! I had this idea that the terrific and sweet Kathy from Tickled Peach Studio made come to life. I just wanted Valentine’s cards for school that read, “A SweeTart for My Sweetheart” to which we could attach a little packet of SweeTarts. (Now, if I had realized how hard it would be to find little SweeTart packages in early January, I might have given up on this concept! Whew.)

Kathy turned my little card idea into a full blown Valentine’s collection. We’ve got the card for you for FREE! Click here to download a four-page PDF with two card designs on each page.

Visit Kathy’s Etsy shop to purchase the rest of the Be My Sweetheart collection. You’ll receive all of this for only $12!

  • Mini Candy Circle Labels (12 designs)
  • Mini Candy Bar Wraps (4 designs)
  • Large Candy Bar Wrap (1 design)
  • Party Sign 5″x7″ (1 design)
  • 2″ Party Circles (4 designs)
  • 2″ Favor Tags (1 design)
  • Favor Bag Toppers (1 design)
  • Banner “Be My Sweetheart” AND “Happy Valentine’s Day”
  • Flat Party Labels 4″x3.5″ (blank)
  • Folded Party Labels 3.5″x2″ (blank)
  • Straw Flags (10 designs)
  • Cupcake Wraps (1 design)
  • Bottle Wraps (1 design)
  • Scrapbook Papers (4 designs)

We’ll get back to the cards later in the party, but let’s start at the beginning. My concept was a pre-Valentine’s party to get ready for the card exchange at school. You could invite as many of your child’s friends as you like and have them bring their cards for their classmates. Make your cards, eat some goodies, and prep some candy to giveaway to your friends. And just for fun, how about frosting some cookies?

Our sweets table featured vanilla Jones soda, wrapped in Kathy’s bottle labels, to which I added a red straw with one of her party flags. And on the caps, I added a Hershey Kiss label. On the giant Hershey Kisses, I used the party circles on the bottoms.

On the tiered tray, we had chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, some finished with Kathy’s toppers and others with giant SweeTarts – yum! We also had brownie bites and homemade blondies. (I posted the blondies recipe here.) There also would have been heart-shaped red velvet whoopie pies but there was a little kitchen disaster. These things happen.

Kathy’s collection includes two banners, which worked perfectly for my setting, although I shortened the smaller size banner so it would fit on our table. I love the little felt heart stickers that I used to cover the hooks I hung the banner from.

I usually try not to buy items for a party if I don’t know how to use them. But I couldn’t resist these heart Peeps. It was a while later before I had the inspiration to paint some lollipop sticks and add grosgrain ribbon leaves. Instant “roses.”

I was able to use my chair cover pockets for this party. I love the hot pink combined with red. The pockets are great for holding special party favors. And for the first time, I added a coordinating table runner, finished in a ball fringe to match the chair pockets. You can find the chair pockets and table runner in my Etsy shop.

After enjoying our sweets, the girls set to work on their Valentine’s Day cards. Just attach your SweeTarts in the space provided with a Glue Dot.

After making cards, we wrapped large candy bars, mini candy bars and applied labels to the bottom of the Hershey Kisses. Then we packaged the treats in Zip Lock sandwich bags and finished them with Kathy’s bag topper.

With our Valentine’s preparations complete, it was time to decorate cookies. We decorated cookies in Meg’s classroom before Christmas, and the boys and girls enjoyed making their creations equally. The fun part for me was watching those six-year-olds totally not know when to stop. There were some pretty over-the-top cookies. (In fact, Grace enjoyed decorating so much that Meg says she wants to make Grace a bowl of icing for her birthday!)

Finally, we passed out little favors: candy hearts in little red tins, topped with Kathy’s party circles, a polka dot ribbon, and the felt hearts.

Vendor Credits:

Photography: Viridian Images Photography

Printables: Tickled Peach Studio

Red Tiered Stand and Cake Stand: http://www.etsy.com/shop/OliviaDru

Chair Cover Pockets and Table Runner: Double the Fun Parties on Etsy

Freebie Friday: New Year’s Resolutions Print

It’s not too late to start the new year off right with some inspirational goals. This subway art from Eye Candy Event Details should get you started down the right path.

Eye Candy Event Details: {FREE Subway Art} New Years print.

Freebie Friday: Valentine’s Day Printables

Let the Valentine’s freebies begin!

Valentine’s Gift Tags from The Rubber Punkin

{Valentine’s Day} Parenting Magazine Mention & Free Printable Designs! | The TomKat Studio.

Printable Valentine cards | How About Orange.

Freebie Friday: 2012 New Year’s Eve Party Printables

Just in time for New Year’s Eve, here are our favorite FREE printables of the year from your favorite party designers!

From The TomKat Studio

2012 New Year’s Eve Party Printable Collection | The TomKat Studio.

From Pamela Smerker Designs

http://www.pamelasmerkerdesigns.com/2011/12/welcome-2012.html

Included in this NYE 2012 collection is an 8″ x 10″ sign, mini bunting pieces and party shapes.  Hop on over to Scribd to download, print, cut and decorate!!

From Paper & Pigtails

Can it be….almost 2012? – Paper and PigtailsPaper and Pigtails.

Kori’s printables include Party Circles, 2 Mini Banners, and editable Tent Cards!

From Love the Day

FREE new year printable party for operation shower | Love The Day.

http://www.love-the-day.com/lovetheday/wordpress/?p=920

Lindi created this set last year to benefit Operation Shower. So, yes, some of these items say 2011, but many don’t include the year, and it’s just so beautiful and for such a good cause, I had to include this set. In her own words:

“ ‘Operation Shower is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides joyful baby showers for military families to ease the burden of deployment.’ “To help achieve their mission, Operation Shower started Operation Give Thanks, a nation-wide fundraising campaign to support these wonderful parties.

SO, in an effort to get the word out about Operation Give Thanks and support those who give so much to our country, Love The Day is providing a FREE 2011 New Year Printable Party. The whole SHEBANG!! Big circles, small circles, tags, labels, tent cards, thank you tags, candy bar wrappers, welcome sign, flags, a banner and more!

But in doing so, I really hope that you will support and spread the word about Operation Shower in the following ways:

1. Check out Operation Shower’s website to find ways to donate or volunteer

2. Tell your friends, family, and neighbors about Operation Shower and the Give Thanks project.

3. Facebook/Tweet/Blog about this FREE DOWNLOAD so more people will come and read about Operation Shower.

4. Donate to Operation Shower here.”

From Bugaboo Announcements

2012 Clock Banner from Bugaboo Announcements

And of course, here’s the banner that Michelle of Bugaboo Announcements created for our Teal & Silver New Year’s Eve Block Party. Don’t forget to check out her entire New Year’s Eve collection here.

Freebie Friday Extra: Hanukkah Printables!

Hello friends who are celebrating the eight nights of light! First off, an apology: I’m Episcopalian and let Hanukkah sneak up on me! But today I have three very sweet printable sets that maybe you can add to your party decor here at the last minute.

2″ Circle Cupcake Toppers or Stickers from Printable Party Kits

Maccabeats-Inspired Hanukkah Party! from Blowout Party

The Maccabeats printables include:

  • Dreidel Boxes
  • Donut Plate
  • Donut Flags
  • Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers
  • Gelt Wrappers

FREE Hanukkah Printable Party Set — Celebrations at Home

Enjoy! Jennifer

Freebie Friday: Reindeer Food Tags

Last year, we sprinkled reindeer food on the front lawn for the first time, and the girls loved it! Our Christmas Eve tradition is an early service at church, Crock-Pot dinner (I have a great recipe I’ll share with you), then jammies, riding around to see the lights, setting out the cookies for Santa and finally bed. Whew! So you would think we couldn’t add more to the night, but you’d be wrong!

Reindeer food is basically dry oatmeal, glitter, sugar crystals … really, whatever you want to throw in there. Your kids can help make it; proportions don’t really matter. Just mix it up and you’re good. Package it in baggies, top with one of these cute printables, and then let your children sprinkle it on the lawn.

The light from Rudolph’s nose will make glitter shine and guide Santa’s way to your house!

Shindig Parties TO GO: FREE Reindeer Food Tags

{Free Printables} Reindeer Food Tags! | The TomKat Studio

Freebies –  Whimsie Doodles

Freebie Friday: Christmas Subway Art, Bell Countdown and Tags!

Today, Freebie Friday is bringing you three Christmas printables from three terrific designers. Just remember, all these printable are for personal use only.

Subway Art

This Christmas subway art is from Laura Londergan of Eye Candy Event Details. I love the pop of aqua with the red and bright green. This print is sized for an 8 x 10 frame but could easily be enlarged to fit an 11 x 14 or whatever size you needed. Print it out at home or take it to a printer for a larger size. Laura creates new subway art monthly, so be sure to visit her site to see what’s up for January.

Eye Candy Event Details: {FREE Christmas Subway Art} print for download.

Eye Candy Event Details specializes in the little details that give your event that special touch. They provide decor, invitations, card boxes, graphics and logos for weddings, birthdays, and showers.

Read her blog: http://eyecandyeventdetails.blogspot.com/

Follow her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/eyecandyeventdetails?ref=ts

Shop her store: Etsy > Eye Candy Event Details

Christmas Countdown Bell 

Remember yesterday’s great Christmas Countdown Bell from Green Beansie Cards? Well another friend from Martha Stewart’s Dreamers Into Doers also created ANOTHER bell printable just for Double the Fun Parties readers! This bell from Lisa of HR Creative takes a more modern approach and uses a jingle bell. Very cute!

You can download it here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/75125906

HR Creative designs personalized printable party products and stationery designs. Lisa’s services also include graphic design, logo design and web graphics. (And be sure to click the Free Printables tag on her blog!)

Read her blog: http://hendersonrubincreative.blogspot.com/

Follow her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hendersonrubincreative

Shop her store: Etsy > HR Creative Design

Tags and Subway Art

Our last freebies come from Kathy of Tickled Peach Studio (who, by the way, is practically my neighbor). She has a full Holly Jolly printables collection available on her Etsy shop. But first you’ll want to drop by her blog to see the cute party photos and pick up these free parts of the collection.

Click here for Kathy’s printables: http://tickledpeachstudio.com/2011/12/holly-jolly-christmas-collection-free-printables/

Tickled Peach Studio offers personalized printable invitations, announcements, party decor, and much more. Kathy also loves custom orders and metro Atlanta area party styling.

Read her blog: http://tickledpeachstudio.com/

Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tickledpeachstudio

Shop her store: Etsy > Tickled Peach Studio