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Welcome to The Party Wagon! My name is Lydia , and I will be your hostess on this adventure through adorable children's parties. Get ready for all sorts of goodies, tips, tricks and hints on all things pertaining to entertaining your little ones and their friends!

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Sunday
May102015

GRADUATION GIFTS OR PARTY FAVORS- Chalkboard GRADUATION HATS

We are getting ready for two graduations in our family this year!  My nieces are both graduating (one from college and one from high school), and so I thought the kids would love to make something for them to give them on their big day!  This idea is so very easy!  Basically, you can adapt it to make it work for you!  YOU CAN WATCH OUR VIDEO ON HOW TO MAKE THESE! They are easy enough for the kids to do! 

You will need...

1. Clear Containers (we used Starbucks Frappucino Bottles and large Gerber baby food jars)

2. Cupcake Liners (black)

3. Black Paper cut in squares to fit over cupcake liners (we used Elmer's Chalkboard Foam Board so that we could write on the hats easily)

4. Glue or Glue Dots

5. Chalk

6. Yarn for tassels

7. Scissors

8. Hershey Kisses (or candy of your choice)

Fill the container with the candy of your choice. We used Sixlets and Jelly Beans to match the school colors. M&M's work well, too!

To make the graduation cap, place a black cupcake liner over the top of the bottle top. Add the black square to the top with glue. Remember to write your message on the black square before you attach it to the cupcake liner.

For the tassel, use 2 strings of yarn. Put them together and then fold in half. Glue or tape the tassel to the center of the black square. Use these for party favors or as sweet and simple gifts for a graduate. They are great for Kindergarten graduations all the up to college graduations!

Enjoy! 


Friday
May012015

Flower Cookies for Mother's Day or Any Day!

Hello Friends,

 I hope you are all doing well!  My blog has been on "pause" for  awhile mainly due to time contraints.  I am hoping to be back here a little more often and to bring you a few new things along the way.  My kids and I have been playing around with the idea of doing a video for you all.  I must admit, we can only improve from here!! We laugh at our first attempt, but you have to start somewhere...

 We make these marshmallow flowers every year in different versions.  I used to have my classes make these for their moms on Mother's Day (we would invite the moms to a Mother's Day Tea) when I taught school.  They have been a big hit for so many years, and so we thought we would start with something "tried and true" to bring you our first ever video.  Remember, we can only get better from here!! :)  It has been fun and funny to make the video- the kids love the bloopers at the end.  We hope you learn a little something that you can use- and we hope that your kids can learn from it, too!  We would love for it to be a video that they can follow along with and make something fun with minimal help from their parents.  Here goes...please watch our video below (and you can be our very first subscriber- we have 0!)...

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Flower Cookies- Quick and Easy
You will need…
Sugar Cookies
Marshmallows
Skittles (or other round candy)
Sprinkles
White Icing
Food Coloring
1.  Combine the white icing with one or two drops of food coloring to make the colors that you want.  Make in small batches.
2.  Spread the icing on a sugar cookie.
3.  Use kitchen scissors (adults only) and cut a marshmallow into five "petals".
4.  Put marshmallow petals on the icing on the cookie.
5.  Add a candy center.
6.  Sprinkle sprinkles on marshmallow petals
7.  Serve and enjoy!

 

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Monday
Dec152014

RUDOLPH'S RED NOSE PARTY FAVORS FOR BIRTHDAY PARTIES AND HOLIDAY PARTIES

This couldn't be easier!  Make these adorable party favors or gifts for friends this holiday season and watch them light-up with joy!  

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Monday
Dec012014

SWEET TREAT AND AMAZON GIFT CARD GIVE AWAY

I have been waiting for this day, and it is finally here!  My SWEET friend, Norene, of the fabulous site called Party Pinching, has finally written a book full of her fantastic ideas for Sweet Treats for the Holidays!  I have enjoyed sharing Norene's amazing creativity with you throughout the years, and each time I would tell her that she really ought to write a book!  I am so thrilled that she did AND that she is offering one for free to one of you!  I am also adding in an AMAZON GIFT CARD!  You can have a step-by-step guide on making adorable treats for your holiday guests this year and get some of your holiday shopping, too!  What a great gift to kick-off this holiday season!

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Tuesday
Nov182014

FOOTBALL BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS- GAME DAY

Set, Down, Hut!  Jennifer Kirlin, of Bella Grey Designs, put together this fantastic FOOTBALL PARTY and is sharing her ideas with us!  I love the backdrop of the serving table and all of the cute details!  The popcorn cones are one of my favorites at this party!  Be sure to check those out- I know kids and adults alike would love them!

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