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Cameron County Fair Birthday Party

It's Throwback Thursday, and I'm dishing some fun birthday party ideas! Yesterday marked the 1 month countdown to my son's 5th birthday...where has the time gone?! Cameron truly lights up my world, so when it comes to his birthday, I always try to make it unforgettable for him. His 4th birthday party last year was no exception!

Cameron is a summer baby, and summertime is synonymous with county fair season. Since Cameron had never been to a county fair, I wanted him to have his very own for his 4th birthday party. Thus, the Cameron County Fair was born! To add more fun to theme, our immediate family held honorary positions in "Cameron County", with t-shirts to match: the birthday boy was naturally the Commissioner, my husband was the Sheriff (which fit him so perfectly lol), I was the County Administrator, and baby girl was the County Clerk :-) Cute, right! With the help of hay bales, bandanas and some county fair staples, we set the scene for this super fun soiree.

In order to pull off a true county fair party, I knew I needed plenty of outdoor fun and yummy food. Thankfully, the sun was shining, and our backyard served as the perfect space for all the party games and activities, which included: pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, clown appearance, balloon twisting, sack races, ring toss, and moonbounces. In addition to all the fun fair activities, guests were able to enjoy soda pop and ice cold lemonade in county fair jars, along with other county fair favorites, such as corn dogs, grilled food, fries, cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones and so much more! Because every party must have a sweet ending, in tribute to a traditional county fair, we had a pie eating contest! We had 4 adult volunteers participate, and let's just say it was pretty hilarious! I couldn't leave the kids out, so they were able to have fun with a junior cupcake eating contest. For those who wanted even more dessert, we had the cutest themed cake that was so delicious!

Of course after any trip to the fair, you have to receive your winner ribbon and prizes, which everyone did and served as perfect party favors. The kids had a blast, and Cam's first fair experience was awesome! Check out some of the photos below:

The Cameron County Fair was brought to life with the help of these amazing vendors!

Planning and Styling - Sensational Soirees

Pony Rides and Petting Zoo - Mary's Go Round

Clown and Face Painting - Bubbles Productions

Cake - Michelle's Cakes

Cupcakes - Kakewalk Cupcakes

Tell me what you think about Cam's 4th birthday party in the comments section. For the big 5, we will be celebrating at the greatest place on Earth...Disney! We can't wait!

Sensationally yours, 

Shalyce

 

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Pajama PAW-ty Feature

Happy "Woof Woof" Wednesday! Although today isn't National Dog Day, if you have a furry, tail-wagging, and energetic canine friend show him or her some extra love today. I happen to have a 7 year old Cavapoo (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle mix), Sebastian, who brings so much joy to my family. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to have a little fun with the kids while celebrating our pup by having a Paw Patrol Pajama Paw-ty before bed. Needless to say, my pup and little patrollers loved it! Visit the Forever Your Prints blog today to see the feature and details on how to create this fun and easy night-in for your family and dog.

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In addition to a pajama paw-ty, the Paw Patrol theme would be perfect for a child or dog's birthday party! Tell us what you think about having birthday parties for dogs in the discussion section of this post.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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5 Great Valentine's Day Ideas

Valentine's Day is almost here, so today we're sharing 5 great ideas to get you all prepared to celebrate love...and sweets, too! If you are still working on treats for your child's class, planning a Valentine's Day soiree, or simply want to add some love themed decor to your home, then check out our round-up below: 1) Cupcake Favors - Dessert and candy are always a great go to when it comes to party favors! Guests simply can't say no to a sweet treat, which means your favors won't go to waste. I love this idea of adding a packet of sprinkles to this boxed cupcake favor found on Pep N' Paper Flowers.

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2) Opting to Ditch Candy - Although most children love candy, many parents try to limit the amount of sweets they give their kids to avoid unnecessary trips to the dentist. A great alternative instead of passing out candy treats to classmates are these cool bubbles Valentines from Five Heart Home.

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3) Family Friendly Soiree - Often times when you think of Valentine's Day parties, you think of a party catered strictly to children or an adults only party. Well this year, consider hosting a family friendly soiree that both parents and children can enjoy, such as this cute and clever Mommy and Toddler Valentine party found on Style Me Pretty.

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4) Tree of Love - This twist on a family tree by Echos of Laughter is the perfect addition to your home this month, and it's so easy to create.

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5) Love Coupon Book - A coupon book for your mate is not a new idea, but definitely a great gift to give every year. Consider creating new coupons each year that you know your significant other would be thrilled to cash in on, from romance, to things around the house, or even a vacation for the two of you! Check out this template from Kristen Duke Photography.

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We hope you're enjoying this Valentine's Day week so far! Share with us some other great Valentine's ideas in the discussion section of this post.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

 

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Holiday Rice Krispies Pops!

It's "Tips Tuesday"! So today we're sharing an easy tutorial for you and the little ones to enjoy this holiday season. My children recently had a fun and festive Christmas party with a few of their friends, and we'll be sharing the full recap with you soon. One of the desserts we served, that the kids and their parents absolutely loved, was rice krispies pops. Since I was busy getting the activities and other details for the party together, I knew I needed the dessert process to be quick and easy, and it was just that! ricekrispiespops

Here are the easy instructions for these delicious holiday treats...

What you will need:

  • Rice Krispies Treats (purchased from the grocery store or you can make your own)
  • Red Candy Melts
  • Sprinkles
  • Red and Green Paper Straws
  • Knife
  • Cup or collander

7 Easy Steps:

  • Unwrap your rice krispies treats or if you plan to make them yourself, set out the finished squares on parchment paper.
  • Stick a paper straw in the center of each treat, and push  2/3 of the way towards the top of the treat.
  • Place sprinkles in a bowl and set aside.
  • Take 10 or 12 candy melts (depending on how many pops you to intend to make) and place them in a bowl. Heat in the microwave on 30-60 seconds.
  • Use a knife to spread a 1 - 1 1/2 inch layer of candy melts to cover the top, front, back and sides of the treat. The treat should look like it has a rectangular shape on the top, as shown in the photo above.
  • Sprinkle the sprinkles on top of the candy melt layer.
  • Place in a cup or collander to dry for 5 minutes. Repeat steps 5 and 7 until all your pops are done.

It doesn't get easier than that, and I can assure you this is one tasty treat! We hope you enjoy!

Share with us your favorite holiday treats in the discussion section of this post.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

 

 

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