4th of July Party Ideas

Happy early 4th of July everyone! I know there are a few of you who planned parties this year but didn’t really plan them. That’s okay, I do it too.

I’ve found a bunch of 4th-of-July-inspired decorations and patriotic food ideas and wanted to share them with. I know I would want this if I were planning a party!

If you have more ideas, leave them in the comments!


4th of July printable

A printable that you can download at Today’s Creative Blog

This is a really cute decoration for any last minute party. It is relevant, adorable and, best of all, printable. Quick and easy. Just the way we like it. This blog actually has a lot of this kind of stuff on it. You should dig around if you have some time.

4th of July inspired tablescape

Place setting Via Uncommon Designs Online

This is a unique place setting idea. Using blue and red handkerchiefs for napkins and some burlap for the napkin ring. Adorable!

You all know how I LOVE mason jars. They’re pretty much the only object that you can use for anything. Seriously, I think us crafters have found a way to work them into anything and everything, and the 4th of July is no exception. This one will take a little bit of time but is SOOOO cute!



flag fruit pizza

find this one via Red Tricycle

I don’t know how much easier it gets than sugar cookie dough/ready-made pie crust, cream cheese, powdered sugar, frozen whipped topping, and patriotic colored fruits. I bet this one will go quickly!

Who can argue with cupcakes? I don’t think there are too many people who don’t like them. I don’t even like cake but I’ll eat cupcakes. Add a little flare and you’ve provided patriotic decorations and snacks.

This is honestly one of the easiest recipes on the planet. I make this stuff and take it to parties every time I go and it get’s devoured. It’s light, not to sweet, and feeds a lot of people. Oh, and it’s festive! What more can you ask for?

Pinterest Cookbook

pinterest recipes

What a great idea right? A Pinterest cookbook, oh my. Well, it exists and it is on etsy. A few months ago, specifically in May, I wrote a post called Mother’s Day Gift Ideas that contained this cookbook I am referring to. I happen to have this cookbook and I enjoy it very much. I typically do not enjoy cooking, but I do enjoy Pinterest, and those of you who enjoy it as much as I do know how much time it can waste. I know, I know… time you enjoy wasting isn’t time wasted. But seriously, when you get on Pinterest, you can’t be on it for a few minutes. We are talking like 30 mins. At least.

cookbook images

I digress. This cookbook is awesome! It has many favorite Pinterest dessert recipes like Oatmeal Scotchies.

oatmeal scotchies recipe

and best-ever hot cocoa. This stuff is really good, you should try it if you haven’t yet.

hot chocolate recipe

This cookbook features several different kinds of pizza. I haven’t tried this one yet, but it is on my list.

chicken caesar salad pizza-recipe

And may other awesome recipes…

best pork chop recipe baked potato soup artichoke bread


Which came first

via Ben Pentreath Ltd.

I LOOOOVE this concept!

This idea is by artist Kyle Bean who graduated from Brighton Uni in 2009. All of the work is pretty amazing but I wanted to feature this one. Please check out Kyle’s site.

Which came first? The chicken or the egg?

Creative Birthdays

Yesterday was my birthday. It really made me think about things.

I’ve never really done anything extravagant for my birthday. It is just another day to me. I’m just one year older. When I was little my parents threw parties and bought cakes and all that good stuff, but as I got older I cared less about it. (Don’t get me wrong here, I appreciate all of the “Happy Birthdays”, gifts, drinks, dinners, etc. very much.) “What do you want to do for your birthday”? I replied with “a movie and ice cream”, or something of that sort. People tell me that this is a pessimistic outlook but I disagree. Hear me out…

Think about the things we celebrate. We have parties for (this is strictly United States based) Independence Day, Christmas, New Years and Thanksgiving. We go out to to eat or make a romantic dinner for Valentine’s Day and we dress up for Halloween. Makes sense, right? Why birthdays? There are roughly six billion people in the world and everyone has a birthday. Think about that.

Enough with my “pessimism”, let’s be positive. Something good always comes out of birthdays. You, or the people around you, get to be creative. Decorations and cake!!!!

*Click images for links.

AND to add the icing on the cake (pun intended)… Your pets get to celebrate too.

No, the puppy is not mine. It is pretty cute though!

Banana Bites

I hate cooking… and baking. I am probably the least domesticated female you will ever meet. BUT I am creative.

Today, someone was talking about peanut butter and banana sandwiches and it made me want bananas. Sooo when I got home I made banana bites. I’m sure there is something else like this out there somewhere but this one is my version. These are SO yummy and actually pretty good for you (if you don’t eat a million of them). Moderation is key guys!



What You Will Need:
Peanut Butter
Special K Protein Plus cereal



Step 1:
Pour some cereal in a small bowl and crush it until the flakes are more like crumbs.

Step 2:
Chop up your banana in to bite sized pieces.


Step 3:
Using a knife, smear the sides of the banana with peanut butter.


Step 4:
Dip your smeared banana into the crumbs. Make sure its covered :-)


Step 5:
Refrigerate (optional)








DIY Gift


I have run out of options for Father’s Day. I’ve tried to be creative and I’ve been rational and bought things that my dad needs, I’ve ordered tons of books because he reads more than I do and I was just running out of options. So, my dad loves almonds, peanuts, cashews, etc. so I thought this would be perfect for him. It took less than an hour (excluding drying time for the Mod Podge). Simple stuff.

If you’re wondering why I am posting this so late it is because I wasn’t going to see my dad until this weekend and I couldn’t risk him seeing it before he received it. Yes, dad, I know you read this occasionally and with my luck it would’ve been on a day right before Father’s Day.



Things You Will Need:
Paint brush
Mod Podge
Scrapbook paper




Step 1:

Make sure your bottles are clean and dry. You don’t want your snacks smelling funky.



Step 2:

Measure and cut the scrapbook paper to cover the sides of your carrier. Add a light layer of Mod Podge to the carrier and adhere the scrapbook paper. Work your way around until the entire carrier is covered. Set that aside to dry.



Step 3:

Measure and cut the scrapbook paper the fit the size of your lid. Add a light layer of Mod Podge to the top of the lid and adhere yours scrapbook paper. You can also add scrapbook paper to the sides of the lid if you would like to. Set that aside to dry.




Step 4:

Measure and cut your paper to fit around your bottle like a label. Glue this in place.

*Once everything has dried (give it about 5 mins each) put a layer of Mod Podge over the top of the scrapbook paper. Make sure you get the edges of the carrier and where the label overlaps.



Step 5:

When everything is dry go ahead and add in your snack of choice.


Yay! Snack gifts are wonderful!

Happy snacking!

Clever Ideas

25 Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier

Here are 25 clever ideas to make life easier.

Clever ideas: hull strawberries with a strawVia: amy-newnostalgia.blogspot.com

Why didn’t I think of that?! We guarantee you’ll be uttering those words more than once at these ingenious little tips, tricks and ideas that solve everyday problems … some you never knew you had! (Above: hull strawberries easily using a straw).



Clever ideas: use a walnut to heal furniture scratches Via: apartmenttherapy.com

Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes.



Clever ideas: WD40 for cleaning crayon off TV screensVia: unplggd.com

Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40 (also works on walls).


Clever ideas: keep a cut apple from going brownVia: athomewithrealfood.blogspot.com

Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band.



Clever ideas: store bedlinen sets inside their pillowcasesVia: marthastewart.com

Overhaul your linen cupboard – store bed linen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match.



Clever ideas: bowl as iPhone sound amplifierVia: realsimple.com

Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone / iPod in a bowl – the concave shape amplifies the music.



Cleaver ideas: wet wipe dispenser as plastic bag storageVia: savvyhousekeeping.com

Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags.



Clever ideas: baby powder to remove sand from feetVia: iheartnaptime.net

Add this item to your beach bag. Baby powder gets sand off your skin easily – who knew?!



Clever ideas: velcro strip on wall to hold soft toysVia: realsimple.com

Attach a velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys.



Clever ideas: gift wrap storage on cupboard ceilingVia: flickr.com

Look up! Use wire to make a space to store gift wrap rolls against the ceiling, rather than cluttering up the floor.



Clever idea: stocking over vacuum to pick up lost itemsVia: instructables.com

Gotcha! Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a stocking over the vacuum hose.



Clever idea: box lid cupcake holderVia: realsimple.com

Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting crosses into a box lid.



Clever idea: how to fold a fitted sheetVia: stephmodo.com

For those who can’t stand the scrunching and bunching: how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet.



Clever idea: magnetic bobbypin storageVia: sprwmn.blogspot.com

Forever losing your bathroom essentials? Use magnetic strips to store bobby pins (and tweezers and clippers) behind a vanity door



Clever idea: use shower caps to hold shoes when packingVia: realsimple.com

A tip for holiday packing. Store shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty soles rubbing on your clothes. And you can find them in just about every hotel!



Clever idea: muffin pan craft storageVia: familyfun.go.com

A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy. Magnets hold the plastic cups down to make them tip-resistant.



Clever idea: bread tags as cable labelsVia: unplggd.com

Bread tags make the perfect-sized cord labels.



Clever idea: cook cupcakes in ice cream conesVia: kiboomu.com

Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones – so much more fun and easier for kids to eat. Definitely doing this!



Clever idea: microwave your own popcorn in a plain paper bagVia: squawkfox.com

Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper bag. Much healthier and cheaper than the packet stuff.



Clever idea: use a tension rod to hang spray bottlesVia: jengrantmorris.blogspot.com

Brilliant space-saver: install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles. Genius!



Clever idea: how to make heart-shaped eggsVia: 9gag.com

Win friends at breakfast with this heart-shaped egg tutorial. Aww shucks!



Clever idea: use upside-down muffic pan to make cookie bowlsVia: wilton.com

Turn your muffin pan upside down, bake cookie-dough over the top and voila – you have cookie bowls for fruit or ice-cream. Click here for recipe.



Clever idea: freeze aloe vera lotion for soothing burnsVia: realsimple.com

Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing sunburn relief.



Clever idea: gutter veggie gardenVia: lifehacker.com.au

Gutter garden: Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering.



Clever idea: egg cartons for Christmas ornament storageVia: re-nest.com

Use egg cartons to separate and store your Christmas decorations.

There Are Some Creative Minds Out There…

Have you ever heard of the website Dude I Want That? If you haven’t please click that link and check it out. Anything you can possibly imagine is on this website. I would be surprised if it wasn’t. Click to the image to go to the link.


Watermelon Tent


Zombie Bowling Balls


Programmable Tattoo System


Fish Aquarium Sink


chocolate covered jalapenos


The Rocking Bed


Bedtime Story Duvet Cover


Dancing Robot Speaker


Steampunk iphone dock


Knife holder


Idea Paint


Remote Control Super Hero

Go to: http://www.dudeiwantthat.com/entertainment/rc-toys/remote-control-superhero.asp for the video link

DIY Frosted Glasses

There are a few ways to make these. I chose etching because I am going to use them on drinking glasses. The alternative would be to use frosted pearl spray paint. The spray paint is much faster but it also has lead in it so, if you plan on using your glassware to drink or eat from then I suggest you take my route as well.




Things You Will Need:
Etching acid
Rubber gloves
Rubber Bands
Disposable paint brushes



Step 1:

Stretch a few rubber bands around your glass.  I stretched mine unevenly for a neat effect.



Step 2:

PUT YOUR GLOVES ON and dip your paintbrush in the acid and apply several layers to your glassware. Let it sit for a while. Somewhere between 20 minutes and half an hour seemed to work for me.



Step 3:

Rise your glass thoroughly and dry. The etching will slowly start to appear as the glass dries.



There you have it. Frosted glasses. A great addition to your kitchen!

Happy etching!