4th of July Treats!

4th of july ideasAdd extra sparkle to your 4th of July by giving out some goodies to enjoy while watching the fireworks!

Every year we get together with family friends to celebrate the 4th of July. It’s such a great,
all-American day, with picnics, barbecues, rodeos, and of course, fireworks!  To make the evening even more special and keep the younger crowd busy while waiting for the fireworks to start, we like to send everyone off with a bag of goodies. Here are some ideas for making and filling your own bags 4th of July treats:


Start with plain craft paper bags and decorate them with patriotic ribbons, stickers, markers or free 4th of July printables. (We found these at My Sister’s Suitcase.)

Add any combination of the following 4th of July party treats:

  • 4th of July favorsGlow in the dark necklaces (these are also great for keeping track of the people you came with once it gets dark!)
  • Cracker Jacks
  • Peanuts
  • Water or pop (Click here for some cute printable water bottle labels like the ones in the picture made by Tea Party Designs)
  • Candy (we chose big lollipops so they would last a while)
  • Bubble gum (you can often find red, white, and blue gumballs which look pretty if you put them into small cellophane bags tied with ribbon)
  • 4th of July ideasSparklers
  • Pinwheels
  • Bubbles

If you want to get more elaborate, you might consider making up tee shirts or ball caps to commemorate the day.

4th of July Party If you want even more great 4th of July party ideas and inspiration for 4th of July treats, take a look at the 4th of July party page on Creative Party Themes.

5 Must Have Graduation Party Favors

graduation party favor ideas

It’s almost graduation time! Time to celebrate the completion of the time spent at school and get ready for the adventures ahead! If you are planning on hosting a party to honor a special graduate, or if you have lots of wonderful grads to remember, here are 5 must have graduation party favors that are sure to do the trick!

Graduation Favor Boxes

Graduation Hat Favor Boxes

I love these little hats! You can fill them with a note, candy, confetti, or other small gift. They would look great on a party table or they could be a perfect “special something” to give to all your grad’s friends to let them know you were thinking of them.
Personalized Scalloped Party Labels

Personalized Party Labels

These fun labels come in an assortment of colors and styles to match any party theme. Then you can customize them even more with a name, a date, and a message. These would make great accents on your invitations, thank you notes, or party favors. (The picture shows labels for a baptism, but you can design them for your graduation party).
Class of 2017 Black Stadium Cups

Class of 2015 Stadium Cups

If you are hosting a graduation celebration, you are going to need cups. These Class of 2017 stadium cups are perfect because they go with classic graduation party décor, they are unique to your party theme, and best of all, they can be saved as a party souvenir (they make great pencil holders for college dorms)!

Class of 2017 Black Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies JarA Jar of Cookies

I think this personalized Class of 2017 jar full of chocolate chip cookies is an amazing idea for a graduation gift! I have so many kids that I would like to do something for, and not only are these cookies delicious, they are also reasonably priced, which makes them perfect for party favors or small gifts for groups of grads.

Great Books

I saved my favorites for last! Books are always a great gift for a graduate, and there are so many fun titles out there to choose from! Here are a few of my favorites:

1001 Things Every College Student Needs to Know Believe Book Oh The Things You'll Need Book


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Graduation Party Ideas

Graduation Photo Booth Props - Black and Gold Decorations from BigDotOfHappiness.com

Graduation Party Photo Booth Props Kit 

It’s springtime, and that means it’s almost time for graduation! Do you know someone special who is graduating this year? Will you be planning a graduation party? Here are some graduation party ideas and fun new graduation party supplies that we love for 2015.


Photo Booth Props — Photo booths are a great idea to capture memories at a graduation party, prom, Senior lock-in or other school event. We found this fun 20 piece photo booth prop set at Big Dot of Happiness. It comes in silver or gold and has everything you need to set up an amazing photo booth.

Keys to Success Open House Pack For 60Personalized Graduation Party Ware — If you are hosting a grad party, you will definitely need lots of tableware for drop in guests. We found a variety of great options at Shindigz.com, including these fun personalized party supplies.

If you would rather hang some photos of your grad instead of putting his picture onto your party plates, here are a few other great decorating ideas.

Tassel Worth The Hassle - Gold - Graduation Photo Garland Banners
Graduation Photo Garland
Graduation Photo Yard Sign - Grad Party Decorations
Graduate Photo Yard Sign
Graduation Party Photo Table Confetti - 27 ct
Graduation Photo Table Confetti


Signature Graduation Cap
Another idea at graduation time is to keep a memory of all the special friends, teachers, and relatives that have been an important part of your grad’s school days. I love the idea of creating a keepsake at your graduation event. One easy idea is using a graduation signature mat frame and have all your guests write their well wishes on it. Another fun twist on this idea is putting out a signature graduation cap for friends to sign.

Finally, adding some special touches to your party can go a long way towards making it truly memorable. One new idea we found this year is graduation cap bottle toppers. These can make any beverages look extra special.  Giving your guests graduation bubbles or other graduation party favors can also be fun.

Graduation Cap Party Bottle Toppers
graduation party ideas

For many more great graduation party ideas, be sure to visit our graduation party page at creative-party-themes.com.



Gossip Girl Sweet 16 Birthday Party

Gossip Girl sweet 16

Gossip Girl Sweet 16 Birthday Party

My daughter and her girl friends loved watching the show Gossip Girl on Netflix this summer.  So, when it came time to celebrate her 16th birthday we decided to make it a Gossip Girl Sweet 16 Party.

I had never seen an episode of Gossip Girl so I got on our Netflix account and watched a few episodes of the show in order to get ideas for the party.  Admittedly, it is rather an addictive show, think Beverly Hills 90210 (the original) for those of you my age.

Gossip Girl Sweet 16 Invitation

On the show no one knows who is behind the Gossip Girl Blog, so in keeping with the social media theme I sent this photo invitations via text message to her friends.

Gossip Girl invitation for sweet 16 party


Gossip Girl Sweet 16 Birthday Party Decorations


Her friends signed the white matting with birthday wishes and a group photo will be placed inside the opening for a memento for the birthday girl.


I purchased the letters and the frame at the craft store. I then spray painted them with gold glitter. I created the message in the frame at picmonkey.com


I created this on picmonkey.com I hung it on our front door for guest to see when they arrived.


I used white flowers and lots of white candles.

I purchased this cute printable ” you can call me queen b” from HistoryinHighHeels on Etsy and put it in a gold frame.


This printable of Chuck and Blair I found on Etsy from Sealhouette

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Gossip Girl Food & Drink Ideas

The swanky characters from the upper Eastside of NY love the high class cocktail party.  I pulled out my crystal stemware and china and served the girls sparkling cider in champagne flutes and passed trays of appetizers on silver platters. Some of my daughter’s favorite finger foods were served, stuffed mushrooms, large shrimp and cocktail sauce, and cheese on crackers with honey drizzle.

gossip girl food


Activities for a Gossip Girl Sweet 16  Birthday Party

  • Signed birthday photo frame
  • Cocktail hour with food and drinks
  • photo session
  • Dinner downtown
  • Back to our house for dessert, mini cupcakes
  • Sparklers outside for more photo fun



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Gossip Girl Sweet 16 Party Favors

The female characters on Gossip Girl love their fancy macaroons.  I ordered these from a local gourmet deli.  I had a tray of them for girls to enjoy at the party and then I packaged up two macaroons for the party guests to take home.  I spray painted the clothes pins with gold glitter.




Gossip Girl Sweet 16 Party Favors: Macaroons

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