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Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Fan puns for mom.

You know I love a party with a theme...and even more so when puns are included.  Well, wait until you see the puns on this one! They're FAN-tastic!  It's my mom's birthday and Mother's Day combined into one week-end of celebrations.

Fantastic Party for mom- full of fan puns!

Why fans, you ask?  My mom (a retired school teacher, current foster care provider and organizer of her church's nursery) loves to carry those folded up Chinese fans in her purse.  Most of her time is spent holding a child on her lap.  Whether it's at church, at an event, a restaurant or just waiting in a line...the child gets squirmy and out comes a fan from my mom's purse. Every single child is fascinated to watch my mom unfold the fan and have a breeze flow on their face.  Within minutes the child has completely relaxed and is dozing off to sleep.  It's true...and don't fans make some great puns for mom?  Take a look.


Printable fan puns

I started off by printing out my fan pun cards on white cardstock. Click here to print your own.  I had originally thought I wanted them black and white, but after printing them, I decided to add some watercolors to them.  Quick, easy and colorful.


 Printable fan puns
Trim the cards and glue onto black cardstock for a frame.  I used these cards all throughout the decorations.

These big decorative fans were found at Ikea.  They made a perfect backdrop for the desert table...
Fan party for Mother's Day.

and a fun backdrop for a party photo shoot. (This little cutie joined our party--my parent's newest foster child.)

The fan cards were placed everywhere, on paper fans, real fans, in the flowers and on my mom's gifts.  Bright colored, shiny foil wrap can be found at the Dollar Store.

Fantastic birthday ideas with fan puns.

'From a fan' is one of my favorite puns!
Doesn't that make you smile?  I didn't get a picture of the FANmail...you know, mom's birthday cards.


Fan puns and gifts.



The dessert table was filled with more fan puns.



A FAN party!  FAN puns, gifts and treats.

I found this pink fan at Home Goods and knew it had to be a part of my decor. 


We're your #1 FAN!  FAN puns and printables.


Homemade sugar cookies are my mom's favorite!  This year they were fan-shaped color-coordinated with the party, of course.


Fan shaped cookies for a FAN party.
Fan shaped cookies for a FAN party.

And the cake had to be FANcy, right?
Quick and easy fancy cake!  For a FAN party.

Actually, the cake only looked fancy.  It was a triple layer dark chocolate and yellow cake with buttercream frosting.  The frosting pattern was super easy and only took a few minutes to accomplish.
Quick and easy fancy cake!  For a FAN party.

It involves piping a row of thick dots and then using the back of a spoon to smush each dot.  Repeat over and over.  It was super fun to do!
Quick and easy fancy cake!  For a FAN party.

Of course, mom thought it was FANcy!



The table was FAN-filled as well.

A FAN party for mom.  FAN puns.

 Each place setting had a fold up fan and name card.
A FAN party for mom.  FAN puns.


A white tablecloth covered the table with chalkboard chargers and glass plates. Sheer Pink fabric (curtain panels) were used as table runners.
 Table decor for a FAN party.
 Table decor for a FAN party.

Pink vases held flowers and more pun cards.  I taped black stirring straws on the back of the tags to stick them in with the flowers.

A FANfare for mom.  Party ideas for mom using fans.

Also on the table for the kids were some hand held foam fans and light up fans.
Everyone loved staying 'cool'.

Have a fantastic day!  Free printables, attach to a fan.
You are FANtabulous!  Fan printables to attach to a fan.


We kept celebrating mom all week-end long--she loved it!
A party for my mom.  Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Birthday, Mom!  Happy Mother's Day!
I'll always be your #1 FAN!


***You could always take this fan party idea and adapt it for a child. Play games using fans and objects. Make and decorate accordion paper fans.  Be sure the drink of the party is Fanta!







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Friday, April 28, 2017


There are some years on Mother's Day where I personally consider myself to be the luckiest girl alive.  Those are the times where all the family joins us for our Mother's Day celebration.  Last year was one of those years.  We had 'almost' our entire family (mine and my husband's) over to celebrate.  (Not everyone can say they get to spend Mother's Day with both their mom and their mother-in-law and their sisters-in-law and their families..and adore them all!)  And the big bonus is when the sun comes out!  How could you ask for anything better?

Photo booth at a gold themed party.

Let's celebrate mom with some gold...it's her favorite, right? 

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Gold themed party ideas.


The gold theme started with this Debi Lilly paper table runner found on clearance at Safeway's floral department.  It's no longer available, but this one is a fun alternative and I like it even better. Nothing is simpler than running table runners down the center of your enormous table...so much better than ironing table cloths!


Mother's Day gold themed table setting

To make such an enormous table, (seating for 18 people) I put my 2 tables (with leaves in them), end to end.  I own (2) of this exact table from Crate & Barrel.  Having 2 tables allows me tons of flexibility when hosting lots of people.  When I'm not hosting a party, the tables are shortened and pushed together to make a large rectangle that seats 8-12.

Simple and easy gold themed party using gold paper accents.

Lined up on the table are these David Tutera Gold Die Cut Paper Accents.  They're super showy and are perfect to have with kids aorund, since they're just paper.


Gold themed party ideas.

Gold chargers, gold straws, gold ribbon and even gold confetti added to the table.

Gold themed party set for a kid.  Crayons and coloring placemat.

Name cards were made from gold notecards cut down to size. These mini gold boxes were perfect for holding crayons and these placemats were at each kid's place setting.  I also had gold bead necklaces for the kids to get into the theme.  

Mother's Day Brunch

If possible, I always try to include the kids around the table with the adults...sometimes that requires a few distractions (toys, coloring) to keep them there.  I want them to feel included and I always love to have them in our conversations.

Gold themed brunch ideas.

Our Mother's Day Brunch included:
Sausage and Egg Casserole
Cinnamon Rolls
Hash Browns
Fresh Fruit

Mother's Day dessert prep.

Dessert was assembled on gold paper plates.
Baklava and fresh strawberries.
Heart shaped sugar cookies, too!

Simple Mother's Day dessert plates.


 After our dessert we played this Mother's Day LEFT RIGHT Game.  It's perfect for a lot of people at a table and it works for all ages.
We also had Mother's Day gifts and of course a photo booth!
I used a gold tablecloth for the backdrop, along with these gold paper fans.  The conversation bubble chalkboards are always a big hit!


Gold themed Mother's Day Photobooth

I'm kind of feeling sorry for myself this year, when only my parents will be joining us for Mother's Day...but then it was suggested we go out for brunch.  Really?  No party prep? No making food?  No dishes? Hmm?  Maybe this Mother's Day will be pretty wonderful after all?


To see more of our Mother's Day Celebrations, click here!
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Happy Mother's Day!

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Saturday, April 22, 2017


It's time for another college finals care package.  You know I love to do these!  This semester's theme is a fun one, check it out.

College Care Package printables @michellepaigeblogs.com

Those college students just never know what to expect from me, but they do know it will be a theme.  Some themes are better than others.  This one was pushing it, a bit.


Snap to it-  you can do this!  College care package ideas.

I crafted up some fun 'SNAP' printables to go with all the 'SNAP' food items I could find.  It was a little bit harder than I initially thought, but I always like a challenge.
Care package with SNAP food items.


SNAP Items included:
SNAPple
Ginger SNAPs
Pretzel SNAPs
Brown Rice SNAPs
Sesame SNAPs
SNAPea Crisps
And of course I had to add a box of Rice Krispies...because you know...SNAP, Crackle, Pop!




All the SNAP printables were trimmed up and taped to the items.
SNAP food items for a college care package.


 This theme actually turned out to be a bit healthier than past themes...not sure if that's a good thing or not?
To use my SNAP printables and make your own care package,
click here.


A few more SNAP items for you...lemon snaps, cooca snaps...
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College care package for finals with SNAP related foods.  Find printables @michellepaigeblogs.com




Here's some more college treat theme ideas I've done in the past.:

College Blues                                      Survival Study Sack
College Blues-- Care package of all blue treats and printable tag.       Finals Survival Study Sack-  all orange treats and printable tag.


Brighten' Up Your Semester                    Stay Smart for Finals
Brighten up Your Semester- College Care Package- all yellow treats       Stay Smart- College Finals Care Package-  Smart foods



 
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