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Make Your Own T-Shirt

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. September 25, 2013 No comments

Looking for a fun weekend craft project do with the kids? For many kids, nothing is more fun than sitting down with mom and doing a fun craft project, especially if it is something they can wear when they are finished. Probably one of the most fun projects for a mother-daughter team is making their own girly t-shirts. This inexpensive craft project can be as simple or complicated as parents want, allowing children to try create a piece of wearable artwork on their very own t-shirt. Before starting, you just need to get your supplies together ahead of time to make sure that once you start your fun t-shirt project, you won't be interrupted!

 

Make Your Own T-Shirt: Supplies

While making a girly t-shirt with the kids can be a very fun projects, they do take a bit of planning. It is more than just going to your local craft store or party site. Before starting, you should have a plan and make a list of the supplies you need. Having a list together also allows you to shop for the best prices on supplies. You will find that while you may have to wait, many party sites online are cheaper than the craft stores, allowing you to get more supplies for the money. Of course, the cost of supplies will completely depend on the type of t-shirt you are planning on making and how much attention you want to put on each t-shirt. A t-shirt personalized by coloring a decal usually won't take as much time as something uniquely detailed, like a tie-dyed shirt with gemstones and shaped rhinestones.

 

Make Your Own T-Shirt: Fabric Paint & Markers

When many of us think of making our own t-shirts, our thoughts immediately go to tie-dying dyes,  iron-on decals and rhinestones. Even though these are a must for many projects, many people forget that fabric paints and markers are also just as important for designing your own t-shirts. These paints allow girls to add their own unique touches to t-shirts. With these tools, girls can color in decals, as well as draw their own pictures on shirts. Some girls even love writing their own inspiring messages on t-shirts, one more way to make their t-shirts truly unique. Best of all, fabric paint and markers are fairly inexpensive, allowing parents to buy a variety of colors for a relatively low price!

 

Make Your Own T-Shirt & Other Projects

What is better than making your own t-shirt? Making a matching tote bag, of course! Many of the same craft supplies you use to make your own t-shirts can be used on bags as well, allowing girls to carry their books and other toys in personalized style. When looking at these bags, make sure to go with something that is washable, since these bags are likely going to need washing if they go to schools and other places. Either way, girls will love being able to show off their fun t-shirt and bags they made with Mommy.

Homemade Candy

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. September 25, 2013 1 comments

Have you been trying to think of ways to add more homemade items to your goody bags? With many people trying to cut costs, they are deciding to try making their own treats rather than purchasing premade candies. This allows them to give more tasty treats, and focus on fun, themed novelty toys for each bag, allowing kids to go home with lots of goodies they can enjoy at home. Since every parent knows that candy is an important part of any kid's event, they decide rather than forgoing candy to make their own.  While making candy at home may sound challenging, it is actually quite easy, especially with all the different candy molds and recipes that can be found for free online!

 

Homemade Candy vs Buying Candy

Let's face it, there are lots of adorable themed candies on the market. You can find anything from adorable animal shaped gummies to dinosaur shaped suckers. The problem with many of the candies, however, is that they can be pricy, especially if you are having lots of children at your event. This usually means that parents have to decide what to cut from their goody bags, which usually includes candy. While this may sound sad to begin with, it is actually not as bad as it seems. Along with many of the homemade recipes being easy to make, parents can pour the candy as its cooling into molds shaping it into different animals or shapes to suit the party theme. Best of all, by making their own candies, parents can ensure even children with allergies are able to enjoy all the treats in their goodie bags!

 

Homemade Candy: Recipes

With so many different candies out there, parents can make just about anything for kids. Knowing that some parents need some extra help though when it comes to making candy for the first time, we included some of our favorite candy recipes that can be fund online for free. Best of all, these homemade candy recipes are very easy to make!

Homemade Candy: Wrappers, Boxes, & Containers

One of the other fun things about making your own candy is being able to decorate and wrap the candy any way you like. Some family's use fancy themed wrappers for candies, while others use themed boxes that are designed especially for candy or cupcakes. Best of all, most party sites have a large selection of different types of candy containers, allowing adults to be creative when it comes to displaying or handing out the candy items. With the right containers, kids will be even more excited to try the fun, homemade candy at your next party!

Candy Centerpieces

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. September 25, 2013 No comments

Are you having a hard time trying to find the perfect centerpieces for your party? When it comes to themed parties, it's sometimes hard finding that centerpiece that not only stands out, but is actually useful. One way that people are saving money on centerpieces and adding more color to their party tables is with candy centerpieces. By using candy centerpieces, you can inexpensively make your own centerpieces without a lot of time or effort, and are likely to 'wow' your guests with these fun, edible centerpieces. The trick is just finding the right combination of candies and containers to make sure that your centerpiece truly stands out!

 

Candy Centerpieces: Lollipops

While many people don't really consider it, lollipops are a great way to color to any table without a great deal of effort.  Many decorators love using old fashioned, large swirl lollipops as part of table centerpieces since they are both eye catching, and come in just about every color. This is important since it means that these lollipops can go with just about any color scheme, allowing you to make your party table fun, or even elegant with the right sucker combinations. Usually, these lollipops are placed in vase like containers, with some form of accent candy in the container to keep them in place.

 

Candy Centerpieces: Accent Candy

Rather than spend money on expensive marbles or beads for centerpieces, many designers are instead going with colored candies. Unlike beads, these candies can be eaten during the event if guests desire, allowing them to have a sweet treat after a meal, or even a nice piece of chocolate in a fun colored wrapper. The main purpose of these accent colors is to put more emphasis on the lollipops and help keep the actual lollipops in place. To help add extra attention to the candies, some decorators and crafters also tie ribbons around the tops of the containers, allowing the colors to stand out and also add an extra touch of elegance to each of the centerpieces.

 

Candy Centerpieces: Ideas

One of the best parts of making candy centerpieces is that you can really do just about anything and fit them with just about any event. While lollipops are quite possibly the most popular choice, the design of the centerpiece itself mostly depends on your own creativity. On Pinterest, you can find centerpieces that include flowers and a variety of candies depending on the actual theme of your party. You can even design them to fit perfectly as holiday decorations by using Christmas candies, or even Halloween candies to give a fun, seasonal and festive look to your event. Just make certain you plan ahead to make sure you have the right variety of candies. As well, before buying the candies at your nearest local store, do some price and comparison shopping! Often, you can buy the candies online, and most party retailers have more candies available to fit many different color schemes.

Some Simple Ideas For Throwing A Princess Party

Every little girl wants to be a princess. So when her birthday comes around, smart Moms and Dads know the best way to make it really special, is to have a princess birthday party. Here are a few ideas to make it a fun and unique event:

1. Every princess needs a palace, so first we must decorate the house! You can get pink sparkle tulle rolls and garland the tulle along the walls and tables. Tie big bows on the back of the chairs. Remember, the more girly and frilly the better. Next, place some inflatable unicorns, frogs and butterflies around to give the house the feel of an enchanted palace. You can give these away as prizes during the party. Groups of pink and purple balloons add a lot of visual punch and create a party atmosphere. I love placing plastic "glass slippers" filled with candy or other treats at each girl's place setting!

2. Now we need food and treats! No matter what you choose to serve, little girls especially love the special touches that reflect the princess theme. Sandwiches or other foods can be cut out with princess themed cookie cutters. A really fun idea is to place pink rock candy in little treasure chest shaped favor boxes. Now each princess has her jewels! Lollipops in the shape of roses, flowers, frogs, stars or tiaras will complement your theme as well. Bubble gum shaped coins can be used as treasure in a centerpiece or on a side table. Of course, the cake should be shaped like a palace. Make sure to ask the baker to tint the cake pink on the inside. Another unique touch is to serve pink hot chocolate as a special princess beverage.

3. Another important element for a good princess party is the costumes. Give each girl an inexpensive tiara and wand as a party favor. If you want to go all out, give them each a ribbon tutu, as well. The little girls will have great fun dressing themselves, each other and showing off their princess style. Don't forget to take pictures!

4. Next we need favor bags for the princesses to take home and enjoy. Rather than the usual gift bags, how about cute little purses that say "Princess" on them? Inside you can add sparkle body glitter, cute beaded jewelry, over sized jeweled rings and sparkling body stickers.

5. Plan some great age-appropriate activities to entertain your little guests. Children love a simple treasure hunt; hide plastic jewelry around the party room or in the yard. Pin the crown on the princess games are available and are sure to make everyone laugh. Guests could make their own princess wands or crowns using craft store supplies or princess craft kits. Hang a pinata shaped as a castle, dragon or tiara! How cute and fun!

6. Don't forget there may be a prince or two at this party, so you might want to have a few prince crowns, swords and shields to delight them. You might even want an inflatable dragon for a prince to conquer!

Now you know how to throw a GREAT princess party. Be creative and enjoy!!!

How To Throw The Perfect Pop Star / Rock Star Theme Party

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. August 16, 2013 No comments

As the hit songs says, "We all just want to be big rock stars."

For your budding performers, why not throw a themed party that includes all of the trappings of a celebrated diva or guitar hero? From stylish costumes and jewelry to toy microphones, we have all of the accessories needed to turn your child's Pop Star Theme party into an instant success. He or she may not be a rock star yet, but there is no reason why you can't let them feel like one.

When you throw a pop star party, don't forget all of the things that make it seem real. We have a wide assortment of diva and pop star hats, glamorous rock star sunglasses, and even toy microphone that let the young stars perform for their gathered fans. To make the rock star party a complete success, there are even guitar decorations and rock star party favors. Toss in some music to get the party started, and the stage is set for a world tour pop star party right in your own living room.

There is an assortment of rock star tableware which brings out the diva in your family. Her pop star costume will look great with either pink or white princess gloves, and everyone in attendance will love the fun and fashionable rock star party favors, including flashing guitar pins that are sure to catch everyone's eye.

So hand that child a microphone, dress her up in a costume that brings out the diva inside, and let her imagination run wild as she dances and entertains her friends and fans with a stylish inflatable microphone. There is nothing quite like the fun and excitement that comes from having your very own pop star party, so be sure to have a camera ready to capture memories of this happy occasion.

To make the scene complete, there are echo microphones available, and the rock star party will really get underway when the glow sticks come out, the costume goes on, and the temporary rock star or diva tattoos are in place. There are colorful hair scrunchies, amazing costume jewelry and more than enough glitz and glamor to entertain even the fussiest group of kids.

There's an inflatable guitar and a wide assortment of guitar shaped decorations which complement a fabulous set of rock star tableware. We even have glittery rock star and diva iron-ons, which allow you to turn a favorite garment into a symbol of rock super stardom. When the pop star balloons have been inflated, and the heart shaped sunglasses go on, it is time to leave the real world behind for just a little while, and find out what its like to live the life of famous pop star.

We have over 100 different items that can be mixed or matched to create the perfect atmosphere for your child. From a frilly pink tutu, to an assortment of friendship bracelets, Your rock star theme party is sure to be the hit of year, and one that will have to be repeated again and again.

How to Throw a Fantastic Kids Birthday Party

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. August 11, 2013 No comments

Children take their birthdays very seriously, and are very disappointed if their birthday parties are not wonderful. Throwing a spectacular kids birthday party can sometimes seem like a task that requires an event planner. But with the proper party supplies, a little hard work and a lot of creativity, you can throw a birthday party that the kids will love!

 

Before you let your inner party planner take over, make sure that you consult with the birthday boy or girl, unless of course the party is going to be a surprise. Kids have their own ideas of what makes a party fun, and if the kids don'™t have a good time the party is a bust. Discuss possible ideas for a theme, party games, food, candy and favors with them to ensure everything is to their liking. If you are planning a surprise party you can ask siblings or friends for ideas and opinions. Be careful no one spills the beans though.


Theme Party Ideas A successful kids birthday party starts off with a great theme. There are many great party themes you can choose from, everything from your child'™s favorite toy to their favorite movie genre. The possibilities are endless and a good theme can really help pull your entire party together.

 

Some possible party theme ideas:

  • Western (complete with cowboy hats)
  • Princess Party (tiaras & wands for all the girls)
  • Their Favorite Cartoon characters
  • Circus (clowns and plenty of games)
  • Toys (Bratz, Barbie, Hot Wheels, etc)
  • Jungle or Explorer
  • Tea Party
  • Pop Star(diva or rock star)

Once you have chosen your perfect theme, planning out a kids birthday party becomes much easier. Do your best to make sure that everything from the decorations to the food tie into the theme. For instance, if you are throwing a Western theme party get cowboy theme lollipops, and serve up barbecued burgers, chili, and hot dogs. As party favors you can give each little guests their own cowboy or cowgirl hat to wear. Make sure the birthday boy or girl'™s hat is slightly more spectacular than the other children's.

 

Fun Games and Activities Games are a very important part of any child's birthday party. Games should be fun and should get everyone involved. Offering some small prizes to the winner of each game is also a great idea for the kids. Have a fun variety of games, some that require the kids to get active and some that requires them to use their heads or hands like crafts.

 

Some fun kid's games include:

  • Musical chairs
  • Pin the tail on the donkey (this can be tied into your party theme, for example if your theme is Princess you could have pin the tiara on the Princess)
  • Relay races (you can have lots of fun with this and get the kids to do everything from run a course with an apple stuck between their legs to three legged races)
  • Craft Kits(you can easily find craft kits that can tie into your theme many come with enough to make 12 items all in one craft kit)
  • Pinata (filled with candy of course)

Favors are one of the best parts for children at a birthday party. They love getting little gifts of their own to take home with them and play with. You don'™t need to get carried away when it comes to party favors. Try and get some favors to go along with your theme if possible. If you are having a tea party theme give the girls tea party hats as they arrive and a bag full of fun costume jewelry and make-up. Oversized rings, nail polish, and lip gloss are all fun and inexpensive ideas. More general favor ideas include pencil and eraser sets, notepads, and lollipops.


Party Food and Treats Party food is an important part of any great kids birthday party. Depending on how long the party is, you'™ll probably want to offer a lunch or dinner as well as snack and treats throughout the day. Most kids don't have pretty simple tastes so you don'™t need to go overboard with a gourmet meal. Simple is usually better when it comes to kids.

 

Keep your snacks standard. Candy, chips, and pop will be fine, there is no need to add any fancy appetizers to the mix since they will probably not be eaten. However, adding a veggie and fruit plate is always a good idea since even kids can get sick of the sweet stuff. Be sure to have plenty of beverages on hand, and to save your sanity try and avoid caffeinated pops. Juice boxes work great and don't spill.

 

As for food, stick with simple dishes such as pizza, burgers, and hotdogs. These items are easy to prepare (or order) and no doubt be a hit with the kids. Before planning your menu check to see if any of the children have food allergies or special dietary needs. Most parents whose kids have serious allergies such as peanuts will probably let you know as soon as the invitation is accepted. However, if you've got a little vegetarian in the group the last thing you want to do is serve them a hamburger or hotdog.

 

The birthday cake is one of the absolute most important parts of the party. Everyone loves to see what type of creative cake will be presented and how many candles the birthday boy or girl can blow out. If your baking skills consists of adding eggs and water to a package mix, fear not. While a package cake will still be a hit with the kids, there are plenty of bakeries that can create any cake you desire. For instance, if you'™re going with a soccer sports theme, you can get a delicious cake of any type shaped like a soccer ball. The kids will love it, and it saves you time as well. Make sure you know the birthday boy or girl'™s favorite flavor before you order.

 

While planning a birthday party can be a difficult and time consuming task, all the hard work will be worth it when you see how much fun all the kids have. Birthday parties are huge occasion for kids, and the more special you can make it the better.

How to Make a Balloon Arch

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. August 11, 2013 No comments

Balloon decoration is an inexpensive but effective way to change your party room into a festive space within minutes. Tie balloon bouquets to the back of a chair, mailbox and your facade door. It can be fun to use balloon bouquets as centerpieces at your special events. Tie bunches of balloons all over your party location. Balloon arches & decorations are perfect for photo backdrops, gateways, and to emphasize different areas around your party room. It is equally effective to scatter balloons on the floor or to swag balloons across a ceiling.

The first step in making a balloon arch is choosing what type you want to make. There are two essential types: air filled and helium filled balloons as follows:


Helium Balloon Arches Helium filled balloons arches are great for filling large spaces and need less support. Helium arches are created by attaching clusters of balloons to a nylon line, which is tied down to ground supports (railings, tables, etc.) or deep weights (cinder blocks, bricks, rocks, bags of smooth, etc.) The helium holds the balloons up, so all you require is the balloons, helium, heavy nylon yarn, and something fun and creative to tie the ends to. However, helium is more expensive than air and would only float the balloon arch for about 10 to 12 hours. If you prefer to fill your balloons with helium, the gas would hold the balloons up without extra support; all you would require is heavy nylon thread (fishing line) or twine to tie the colorful balloons together, and two ground supports to join down each end of the line.


Air Filled Balloon Arches Air filled arches are shaped by joining clusters of balloons to a border made out of an aluminum or plastic rod, conduit, PVC pipe or from the combination of these. They can last for days or even for months together (depending on conditions) but require either a strong base or a useful wall or ceiling to wire the arch to for support. Air pumps are reasonably priced to rent for one time uses and rather reasonable to buy if you are planning to make balloon decorating a career. For air-filled arches, prepare the frame in its enduring location, if possible. If not, lay the frame flat so that balloons could be simply attached.

How to Throw the Perfect Pink Party for Little Girls

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. August 11, 2013 No comments

If you want to throw the perfect party for little girls, start with a set of all pink party decorations. Cups, plates, streamers, and even balloons are available featuring pink and sweet designs meant to entertain little princesses as they play. Add some toy jewelry of glitter glam, and you have the recipe for a perfect afternoon party for a group of small girls.

 

Begin with pink invitations, and a pink tablecloth to set with pink cups and plates. Add some color white rose lollipops or some brightly colored mouth whistles. Decorate the walls with pink balloons and flower hanging decorations. Place an assorted of purse shaped gift bags around the table, and the stage is set for a girls only party that will win the hearts of the whole group.

 

Small gem shaped toy rings or butterfly hair clips are a great trinket gift for all, along with some personal decorations so all the girls can play dress up. You could turn the event into a pink diva theme by adding heart shaped pink sunglasses and temporary tattoos. There are even toy microphone available to let them perform just like the big names.

 

When the girls are playing dress-up, don't forget the frilly pink boa or the vinyl glitter jelly rings. There are even feather fringed heart change purses, or key clips with colorful shapes meant to captures a little girl's smile. It is fun to dress up like a diva, and parade around the stage, so give your group of girls plenty of costume accessories to let each one dress up like a star.

 

Another great idea for little girls is to set a princess theme, complete with tiaras and all of the finery found in the court of a princess. Another great idea would be a fairy theme, including fairy wings and magic wands. You could even keep the basic pink design and use the other themes to enhance the enjoyment of everyone. Even if the costumes are themed around wild animal prints, you can make the party special when you mix it with plush pink change purses, or even mix up many of these ideas together if you want to pull out all the stops.

 

For an outdoor party, pick up some pink beach balls to give the girls some outdoor fun. You don't really have to have the whole beach to play on, either. Just a patch in the grass can be transformed into a small girl's dream trip when all the girls are playing and their imaginations run wild.

 

For parties with both boys and girls, a whole new range of ideas is available. Holiday parties for Easter or Valentines are always fun, and small children love a farm or jungle theme. Remember to pick streamers that will accent the table ware, and be sure to provide a gift bag for each child so that they can keep their fun new playthings together.

Making Gifts Look Special

By Designed 2B Sweet Inc. December 1, 2012 No comments

Do you like wrapping Christmas gifts? While many of us love Christmas shipping, we dont really think too much about how we are going to wrap our gifts. Usually we find the cheapest wrapping paper we can and hurriedly wrap our gifts the day before Christmas. While this may work for some families, quite a few are jealous when they see beautifully wrapped gifts at their favorite retailer or at Christmas parties. What many people do not realize, however, is that making your Christmas gifts look special is not only easy, but very inexpensive!


Making Gifts Look Special: Ribbons
While many people put most of their attention on wrapping paper, the trick is actually finding the right ribbons for your packages. With a scissor, you can curl even the most boring ribbons, making them looking amazing when tied right on a package. While it may take some adjusting, it can easily make the most boring package stand out, making people think you spent hours making your gift bag or wrapped box look extra special. When it comes to making your gifts look special for the Christmas season, try going with thinner ribbon in typical Christmas colors, such as silver, gold, red, and green.

 

Making Gifts Look Special: Boxes
Sometimes the trick to making your gifts look special is simplicity. Rather than going with fancy wrapping paper, consider going with a colored box that is the perfect size for the gift. Most colored boxes can easily be spruced up with ribbon and are cheaper than buying wrapping paper. Even better, you can buy craft supplies to let your kids spruce up the boxes themselves, adding glitter, rhinestones, and fun stickers to the box to add a little bit of extra sparkle to your Christmas gifts. If you want to make your gift look very unique, consider going with a unique box, such as an oriental takeout box in Christmas colors.

 

Making Gifts Look Special: Bags
Another way of making your gifts look special is using decorative gift bags. Like most colored boxes, they are very easy to decorate and many people love reusing these bags when giving gifts to others. If you are wanting to be more eco-friendly, however, you can always give your gift in a reusable bag, such as a tote. Tote bags can be decorated to look beautiful and customized to fit the personality of those you are giving the gift too. Reusable bags can also be part of the gift, allowing you to give someone special two gifts in one!


Over the past few years, more companies have also been making special bags that can be colored and decorated by kids. While these color your own gift makes may not look elegant, they are perfect at making gifts look special in your own family. Grandparents especially love getting these cute gift bags since they can easily be saved as a unique craft project, or used as part of a Christmas decoration. With the right supplies, it is easy to make just about any look special for the Christmas season!