Friday, February 28, 2014

Rainbow Party Printables (Free!)

Have you seen the adorable rainbow birthday party that Jaime threw for her little girl turning 4? Lets just say that adorable is an understatement. So bright and fun and perfect for a lively little girl! 

When Jaime told me she was throwing a rainbow birthday party 
I couldn't help but create some fun printables to go along.
 I decided to go with the rainbow colors as my inspiration rather than an actual rainbow. That way I think the design could be used for any bright colorful party, not just rainbows. 
Anyway, here is what a came up with. I love how it turned out and had so much fun making these! Hopefully you like it too. And just because I love you, they're free!!! Just click HERE or on the image below and download the whole package. 
I do have one favor to ask however. If you do decide to use these printables, I would love for you to leave me a comment letting me know. It helps me know what you like, what I should make more of, if its worth my time etc. Thanks!

Here is a closer look at what's inside...

Invitations 5x7
 (customize with your own info)

Toppers (2 inch circles)
Add your own message, birthday number, or just leave as is. 
These are great to top cupcakes, use as gift tags, or add to a banner. 

Cards (2.25 x 3.5)
Great for labels, name tags, gift tags, you name it.

Tent Cards (3.5 x 4.5)
Fold these in half and they'll stand on their own. Use for labels or place setting.

Banner (3.5 inch circles)
Use the 'Happy Birthday" banner or add your own letters to these to spell out your name, party theme, celebrate, whatever!

Hope you have fun using these printables! 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Rainbow Birthday Party

 Some lucky mom has a brand-new 4-year-old and that lucky mom is me! Yea! I think reaching 4-years-old is great. I mean, all ages are great and have their charms, but something about turning 4 is like a big smile--little more mature, more emotional control, all sorts of ideas, fun to talk to, likes to do a little more "big-kid" stuff, potty training is (usually) a done deal, what's not to love?

Well, I sure love my 4-year-old. :) She is a crack up. 
One of my favorite little quirks about her is that while most kids have imaginary friends, she has imaginary monsters--and not the scary kinds. These monsters (there are 3 of them--The Bacson (from the most recent Winnie the Pooh), the Tiny Weeny Monster, and Rainbow Swirl) are her friends and scape-goats. She blames all bad on one, all good on another, and the 3rd is just left open for wonder and imagination--it has recently evolved into a flying unicorn actually. 
Anyway, she's great. We've always said if we can just get her to channel all her determination, energy and spunk into goodness, then the world will forever be a brighter place because of her.

She wanted a rainbow party and has had her heart set on it for months and months.

Literally for months now whenever anyone would ask what she would like for her birthday she would say, "A RAINBOW CAKE!" 
At Christmas time, she talked about her rainbow cake. She talked about who she would invite to her rainbow party and wonder if they had ever had rainbow cake before. 
In January she recited the countdown until her rainbow party, "First Dad's birthday, then February, then Valentine's day and then just a few more days until my birthday!"
Let me tell ya, lots a pressure on dear ol' mom to make sure and get a good rainbow cake. 

Yea! She loved it. In the morning she stomped her foot and squealed, "ah! awesome!" phew. 
I must say, I thought it turned out pretty darn cute too--lots of spunk and fun, lots of brightness. I got the idea here, but didn't want to deal with fondant (everyone tells me that it's not so hard, but still....). 

Then with a rainbow party, you can't help but make rainbow jello. More on that later too....

I used Sky's taffy kabob idea and made rainbow taffy kabobs as party favors. 

As any mother of a 4-year-old knows, the treats are the most important part, but I threw in some decorations too. :) 

My total favorite was the sewn paper circle garlands! I've seen these around before, but dear Emily had the idea to dangle them from the ceiling, and I love the effect. I noticed a few days before the party that JoAnn's had 40% of their hole punches, plus a 15% off coupon, so what was I to do? I already had the 1-inch circle punch from the paper mache bowl project, so now I added a 3-inch hole punch to my stash of tools. And as much as I love these dangley garlands, I'm thinking it'll get lots of use.

And did I mention that they are a snap to make? I whipped all them out in an evening while listening to an audio book with hubby. :)

Emily also made some great rainbow birthday printables to go with it (more on that later too!). :)
Here you can see the birthday banner.

Earlier in the week my girls wanted to paint, so we decided to go rainbow crazy and paint lots and lots of rainbow pictures. These are only a small sampling of the rainbow art we had taped up around the house as decor. :)
They got a kick out of being involved in the decorating. 

So, treats--check.

Now a few party games:
Pin the cloud on the rainbow!

Good grief, I thought the kids would enjoy this game, but I had no idea they would LOVE it. Seriously--they went bonkers. Giggled and squealed and it was just great. 

Then we also made pinwheels with all that extra copy paper we bought. In truth, they didn't spin super great, but the kids didn't seem to mind.

I had a few other games "on the back burner" in case we needed them (Candyland, reading a rainbow book, chalk drawings outside) but the kids just wanted to play, so that's what we let them do. 

It was quite the successful rainbow birthday party. The birthday girl was well pleased. 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Join the Fun!

This Spring Everyday Art is 
Celebrating Babies
with our series
 Little One 2014

We're gathering tutorials, posts, giveaways, or anything else you can think of to celebrate our precious little ones.... and we would love your help!
We still have several dates available (April -May) for features.
If you're interested in playing along send us an email 
everydayartmail (at) gmail (dot) com
and we'll send you the link to choose a date and sign up.
Of course we'll be more than happy to link back to your blog and send the love back to you :)
Here are some post/tutorial ideas just to get you thinking...
baby food
shower ideas
gifts for mom
organizing tips
photo tips
big brother/sister
anything else you can think of!

Hope to hear from you soon 
& looking forward to sharing your ideas!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Apple-Pomegranate Breakfast Betty

Hey Everyone!

We recently shared this recipe over at A Girl and A Glue Gun, and now we are sharing it here with you! :)
Just in time for the last of the pomegranate season.

Apple-Pomegranate Breakfast Betty

So crazy good!
My kids giggled and laughed and thought I was the best mom ever because they thought they were getting dessert for breakfast. Little did they know that it has hardly any sugar in it at all--certainly less than a usual stack of flapjacks and syrup. And did I mention that it is oh so good?

It's a great way to enjoy the pomegranates before they are gone for the season! 
I originally got this recipe from Natalie over at Perry's Plate (love her blog btw--totally go check her out), and like her, I was surprised how well the pomegranates held up when cooked. I wondered if they would burst all over the place, but they didn't--they stayed beautiful, whole and full of juice.
The original recipe was great for a paleo-diet, but I modified some spices and went ahead and added sugar and grains to it.

Go ahead, give it a whirl! It's healthy, delicious, and beautiful. What more could you want? 
Oh, wait, I know exactly what more you could want!
 A magic way to open that darn pomegranate without making the world's largest mess out of your kitchen (and yourself)!

Well, I'll give that to you as well. 
Alls you gotta do, is do as this guy does, only do it under water. Seriously, watch the little video and then fill your sink or a big bowl up with water, submerge the pomegranate and voila--no mess. It's amazing.

Happy baking!

Apple-Pomegranate Breakfast Betty

3 large apples, peeled, cored, and sliced (I used pink lady)
Arils from 1 pomegranate
Big drizzle of real maple syrup, depending on how tart your apples are (use honey if you don’t have maple syrup)
½ of a lemon, juiced
2 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground cardamom
1 Tbsp. melted coconut oil

1 ½ c. almonds, ground in a high-speed blender (it's OK if it is still kind of chunky.)
½ c. shredded coconut
¼ tsp. ground ginger or 1/8 tsp. cardamom
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg

¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
Chopped walnuts, chia seeds, or flax seeds (opt.)

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. 
  2. In a 9x9-inch or 7x11-inch baking dish, combine all the ingredients for the filling.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the ingredients for the topping. Mix well and sprinkle on top of the apple-pomegranate mixture.
  4. Bake for about 25 minutes. If you prefer your apples softer, cover and make for 15 minutes more.
  5. Great as-is or serve with yogurt or honey ricotta cheese.