Halloween Classroom “Treats”

Halloween Treats for Kids

Every Halloween my kids always ask to bring “treats” for their class, but the complication is that they often can’t bring in food.  (Or at least need to bring in peanut-free candy).  So a few years back, I came up with these personalized printable tags that you can DIY print and insert a few glow sticks in them.  They work perfectly, and make kids (and adults + teachers) happy.

Every October in our house, I sit down with my kiddos and we make them together for all their classmates.  It’s such a great craft for kids to do with a parent.  You can find the printable glow stick tags here which includes super simple instructions.  Easy peasy. And have I mentioned, that they also make GREAT favors for Halloween birthday parties?!

Looking for some more Halloween decoration ideas?  Check out our post on Halloween Party ideas. 

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All the BIG birthdays

Last week, we showcased one of our bestselling designs year after year and failed to mention that it is available in TONS of colors!  So here’s just a few for your Thursday morning viewing pleasure!  (And you know they’re also available in girly color combinations, gender neutrals (great for girl / boy twins), sparkles… and of course for ANY age because all birthdays are a BIG deal)!

Happy Party Planning!

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Primary Colors

The BIG ONE

It was our little one’s first birthday that started it all… my love for great design, perfectly curated parties, and fun and bold birthday celebrations!  And after over six years of being in business, our “Big ONE” first birthday party collection has remained the bestseller.  Bold polka dots, fun stripes, and chic argyle all in charcoal, bright blue, baby blue and lime green… what more can any little boy need for his big day?  Those have remained my most favorite color combinations for boys.  And even better?  They are super easy colors and patterns to match.

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Looking for lots of green + blue inspiration?  Well look no further!  You can find tons of party inspiration on our Pinterest page and even more matching items for our ONE collection available.

 

Did you know that we offer both printed and printable invitations, stationery + birthday milestone posters? What invitations shipped over-night directly to your home, not a problem.  Prefer to do it yourself, we have you covered with full DIY printing instructions.

First Year Milestones Birthday Poster

Sparkle & Shine… It’s BIRTHDAY Time!

There are a bunch of new designs up in the shop this week.  As the kids have gotten back to school and life has settled down a bit, I’ve gotten a few extra minutes to sit down and list some previously custom-designed invitations from this past summer back into the shop.  And this is one of my favorite.  I mean, how cute is this?! You don’t get a brighter, bolder and cheerier party theme that this gold and rainbow invitation.  And so easy + fun to coordinate for your little girl’s big day!

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In search of more rainbow themes?  Check out a ton more here.

How to: Personalized Water Bottle Labels

A quick + easy decoration that I love to dress up any occasion are personalized water bottle labels.  They’re super easy and lend a really great, stylish touch to your event. So here we go:

  1. Purchase your printable water bottle label file.  We have a TON to choose from in our shop for all occasions, and you can find them included in every party  package kit.  (Because we never have a party without them)!
  2. Print either on white card stock or on sticky label paper.  (I find sticky label paper much easier to work with and recommend Avery full sheet labels).  For full sheet labels, the entire page is a giant sticker so you will have to trim out your labels, BUT you won’t have to worry about lining up any margins AND you can use the labels for lots of other items.
  3. Trim out the labels.  In our shop, the files are formatted with four labels per page.
  4. Rip the original label off your water bottles (you don’t have to be very thorough).
  5. Stick the new labels right where the originals were.
  6. While you can certainly refrigerate the water bottles, I recommend against putting them directly on ice as the ink may run depending on your ink and paper choice.

Easy Peasy!

 

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The BEST fall First Birthday theme

Have a fall baby celebrating his or her first birthday?  Whether a little boy or girl, we have you covered with the two cutest little pumpkin designs around.

For all those sweet little pumpkin girls, there is an adorable birthday party package accented in gold glitter, blush, and orange for the perfect chic fall combination.  Everything you ever needed to throw the perfect party is included… from invitations (with or without a photo) to personalized thank you notes, banners, favor tags, birthday signs and everything in-between!

 

And for all those little boy pumpkins, there’s a full party package designed in the most beautiful blue, orange, and brown color scheme.   Full of everything you would ever need to plan the perfect party, including a little pumpkin chalkboard poster with all the important first year milestones!

 

Happy (almost) Fall y’all!

A Sweet Lil’ Pumpkin on the Way!

Little Pumpkin Baby Shower

Fall is quickly approaching, and what a sweet way to celebrate a lil’ pumpkin on the way with cozy fall pumpkin theme! We’re so excited to introduce our new fall collection full of sweet pumpkin baby shower invitations, fill-in-the-blank dear baby wish cards, coordinating gift lists (for the ubber-organized), and adorable matching “books for the baby” insert cards.  And for even more party inspiration, check out our Pinterest page that has a whole board on the cutest pumpkin shower ideas.

 

HOW to: make cupcake toppers (+ a free printable)

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Printable cupcake toppers are a super easy + fast decoration that work great for any occassion!  Did I mention they are super easy?  Like super easy!  Yep.  And with just a few quick tips and a couple extra minutes to spare, you can have the most adorable cupcakes decorating any dessert table.  So let’s break it down step-by-step for the not-so-crafty bunch:

  1. Get your printable cupcake topper file.  You can purchase already personalized ones, or you can use our FREE download to make some super chic flamingo toppers as shown above.
  2. Print the file from any color printer on heavy duty white card stock.
  3. Once printed, trim off the excess white borders and use a 2 inch round punch to cut the circles.  (I especially like this punch).  Don’t have a punch?  Don’t worry, you can always trim out the circles with scissors, or even easier, trim them out as squares.  (That’s why all our printable cupcake toppers are formatted as a circle inside of a square, so you can take the easy way out!).
  4. Once you have the circles (or squares) punched out, you’ll want to adhere them to lollipop sticks.  Make sure to purchase the short lollipop sticks (and not the super long ones).  You can usually find these in the baking aisle of any craft store. I like to glue gun the sticks on to the back, but you can also use a small round white label if you don’t want to see the glue.
  5. And viola!  Stick those suckers in the cupcakes.  And that’s it.. you’re done!

(And for just a couple more extra adorable tips, check out this previous cupcake post).

 

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Grab your Gear… the Adventure Starts Here!

Camping Party Birthday Sign, Oodles and Doodles

Looking for a fun late summer/early fall birthday theme? Well look no further!  Nothing can be S’More fun than a camping birthday party!  Just the s’mores alone should have you hooked.  Throw in some sleeping bags, tents, arrows, lanterns, a great log cake and lots of adorable party decorations and you have the most perfect backyard party!  You can find a full camping birthday party package which includes everything you could ever need. And if that’s not enough inspiration, head on over to our Pinterest board and check out a whole slew of adorable camping party ideas.  Let the adventure begin!

 

How to Print “Printable” Invitations

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So you purchased a “printable” invitation, and don’t know exactly what to do with it?  Or maybe you’ve seen a ton of adorable “printable” holiday photo card designs, but always wondered where and how you’re supposed to print them? Well, read on, my friends… I’m about to help!

What are “printables?”

In short, printable just means that you print it yourself.  When you purchase a printable design, it may either come as an instant download so you can add your own text in or it may be personalized for you.  (I very much prefer designs that are personalized for you.  As a designer, nothing is worse than receiving an invitation where the spacing is all off and line breaks don’t make any sense because of the template).  I see that ALL the time. So I would suggest sticking with having the actual designer add in all your information to ensure the font sizing and spacing are all perfect and all your details fit in appropriately.

 

I’ve purchased a printable design, so now what???

You have two choices:

1) Digitally send out the invitation or photo card.

TIPS: I prefer using a jpeg file which will embed in the body of an email (as opposed to a pdf that will attach to an email.  People are sometimes weary of opening attachments). I find this method of delivery really helpful for kids’ parties where you invite a whole classroom of kids and may not actually have physical addresses.

2).  You print them!

But how you may ask?  Well, it’s pretty simple.  BUT there are a TON of options out there, so here are my guidelines:

GOOD: 

Print from home or an office supply store on heavy white card stock.

You can literally print from any color printer.  I always suggest printing on heavy white card stock (100 lb) or more.

TIPS: Depending on your printer, you may use a lot of ink and you will have to cut out the invitations/cards yourself and purchase envelopes separately.  This is certainly the cheapest option, but doesn’t always lend to the best quality.  If you would like to go this route, I suggest a copy shop.  (I like Staples.  They will often also cut out the cards for an additional fee, and you can pick up envelopes there).

BETTER:

For higher quality, you can go with an online printer.  There are lots of options available, but I typically recommend mpix.com.  You’ll simply want to find a template that allows you to upload your custom design, and they’ll do the rest.  As with any online vendor, do account for shipping time which can vary at least 1-2 weeks.

TIPS: Do keep in mind that different vendors require different specs.  That can get tricky and confusing as you may not be able to print the same file in multiple locations.  Many places require bleed, so you’ll want to check the printer’s specifications PRIOR to purchase.

BEST:

Purchase printable designs that are also available printed.   You won’t have to deal with various printer specs, quality issues, and ensuring important party details don’t get cut off.  At Oodles and Doodles, we only use professional labs to ensure the best printing quality available.  We offer lots of premium card stock options along with speciality envelope and return address options, so you can choose exactly what you want (which is huge)! We also offer completely custom designs made just for you.  Everything is shipped directly to your home with overnight shipping (YES! Overnight for all you procrastinators), so you don’t have to lift a finger or wait for a package.

 

Want even MORE tips on printing including printing “printable” decorations like cupcake toppers, signs, banners and more?  Check out these helpful instructions.  And check back soon for guidelines on choosing the perfect card stock.

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