If you are like me, then you are in a bit of denial that summer is nearing an end and before we know it fall will be here. My daughter heads back to school (hello 5th grade!) in less than two weeks, which is way to soon if you ask me. It’s still summer! So, in an effort to squeeze in a little more fun before the early bedtimes and packing of lunches resumes — I decided to put a little canister of summertime together for her today.
Think of it as a can of happy, ok … well if you’re 10.
Let’s see what’s inside, shall we?
Spilling over with happy (and fun), just like summertime.
I think she’ll smile when she open this.
yo-yo and jump rope — ahhh summertime fun.
I couldn’t resist picking up this cute watermelon note pad. Perfect for writing down those last minute summertime to-do’s. Thinking lying in a hammock and making smores would be on the top of mine!
What about you? What would you put in your “canister of happy” or write on your summertime to-do list?
This past weekend, I helped host a very special gathering — it was for my brother and was more of a trifecta of celebrations. He turned 18, graduated high school and is heading off to boot camp to become a Marine (how’s THAT for milestones?). We kept the decor simple (he’s a guy after all) and created some DIY party decorations using his high school colors. I used several signs throughout the party to tie in the color scheme — here they are.
These sign holders are my new absolute favorite! They hold TWO 4×6 photos each (yep, they are double sided!). They are from Ikea and only $.99 each! Thank you to Jen of HTWM for sharing these with us, great resource.
Thirsty? One sign on the drink table …
And one for the snack table. Simple, just how I like it!
Here are both signs. You should be able to right click + save if you’d like to print them for your next party. Enjoy!
Thanks to HWTM for both the tip on the sign holders and the inspiration for the sign design!
Whether you are having a BBQ, picnic, or pool party — entertaining outdoors should be kept simple! Here is an easy DIY idea that can double as a place setting and a favor (depending on what you place inside!). This place setting would be great for any occasion but very festive for those Fourth of July party ideas.
DIY Place Setting Boxes
-Small white box, gingham print tape (around box), cotton candy bubble gum, bandanna print plate, bandanna print napkin, plastic cutlery and party poppers (all from Michael’s Craft Store).
-Your favorite individual bag of chips
This post was sponsored by Frito-Lay and created by Thoughtfully Simple as part of the Frito-Lay Summer Entertaining Twitter Party.
While looking for homemade gift ideas to make and send with my daughter to give her teacher today on the last day of school (already?! how did this happen so soon?), I stumbled upon this idea on simple seleta and loved it! I incorporated a few things in this “carry all” that I thought the teacher would enjoy while kicking off her summer — but the possibilities are endless.
I started with a green soda bottle carry from IZZE. I covered the box with cheery yellow scrapbook paper, but you could leave as is (especially the IZZE boxes because they have a nice colorful, modern look).
Here is what I used to create the gift:
- IZZE soda box plus I left in one of the lime sodas
- vanilla frappuccino bottle
- bundle of striped paper straws
- small glass bud vase ($1.99 at Target) filled with yellow mini button flowers
- Starbucks biscotti and package of fruit and nuts trail mix (not pictured above)
- $10 Starbucks card
After covering the box, I printed out a paper that read “enjoy summer” and glued it to the front.
Thanks simple seleta for the inspiration! I can see so many variation of this idea. What about you? What could you make one of these carry all treat boxes for? I’d love to hear your homemade gift ideas!
Did you catch our recent Spring Brunch feature? If not, be sure to check out Part I & Part II. If you want to host your own crisp, fresh and cheery Spring brunch — we have great news! Kori from Paper & Pigtails is generously sharing the menu, food cards, and place cards she created for us — with all of you!
For your own Spring brunch, download these free printables from Paper & Pigtails! All files can be edited with your own menu and names! Thanks Kori!