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Whimsical Summer Tea Parties

We’ve been a fan of tea parties since we were young. This may have a little something to do with watching Alice in Wonderland on repeat, but who knows! Spring and summer are the perfect seasons to host a tea party in the outdoors with all the flowers in bloom.

Since we still have a month left of summer, we’re going to share some of our favorite tea party ideas to inspire you to have your own before fall begins. Get ready for whimsy and pretty overload!


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If these pictures don’t make you want to host a tea party in the near future, we really don’t know what will! We sneaked in a cute Mad Hatter tea party idea for a fun surprise. If you are hosting a tea party this summer, let us know how it turned out!

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Chalk It Up – Chalkboard Themed Back to School Ideas

We’re reaching the end of our back to school themed posts! Though we’re sad that we’re going to have to wait a whole year to blog more about back to school, we’re still excited to share a few more ideas with everyone before we pack away our school supplies.

Back in elementary school, I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up because I loved drawing on the chalkboard. Fast forward (many, many) years later, and the obsession is still ever so present. There’s just something about the chalkboard that brings back so many memories! So in today’s post, we’re dedicating it to chalkboard themed ideas that are perfect for back to school!


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If you have a love for chalkboards like I do, I hope this post brought back some good school memories from your childhood. Let us know what you want to see in our last few back to school posts of the year!

 

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DIY Teddy Beach Party Treat in a Cup

We came across a lot of cute ideas this summer while we were blogging and Pinterest-ing (check out our Pinterest for holiday ideas year round!), and one idea that caught our eye time and time again is a fun treat that we personally like to call a teddy beach party in a cup!

We know what you all are wondering: “Beach teddy?!” Isn’t it beach bunny??” Well, these treats are made with yummy teddy crackers and gummies, made to look like they’re lounging on a beach! Keep reading to get inspired to make your own before the end of summer!


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Ingredients & Supplies (inspired by images above!)

  • blue jello mix + water
  • whipped cream
  • graham crackers crumbs
  • plastic clear cup

Decorative

  • teddy bear crackers or gummy bears
  • peppermint swirl candies
  • candy roll up
  • gummy rings
  • paper umbrella

Prepare the blue jello mix as instructed on the box. Let mixture cool slightly before filling into 2/3 of the clear cup. Refrigerate until solid. Put a dollop of whipped cream on top, and sprinkle on a thick layer of graham cracker crumbs to one side for the beach scene.

Here comes the fun part–decorating the beach scene! Here are some ideas to try:

  • Put a teddy in a gummy ring for a floating teddy in the water
  • Use an inch of candy roll up for a teddy lounging on the beach under an umbrella
  • Peppermint swirl candies make perfect beach balls for playful beach teddies

The teddy beach party in a cup is perfect for end of summer parties by the beach and pool, or just a beach themed party anytime of the year! Prepare the cup ahead of time and let your guests decorate their own beach teddy scene. If you make some, share with us your creations below!

 

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Apple Themed Back to School Snack Ideas

We love our themed posts, especially for back to school because they’re reminiscent of our younger days (check out our previous post on Pencil Themed Back to School Snack Ideas)! One theme we couldn’t wait to blog about for BTS is apples.  It used to be tradition to bring an apple on the first day of school for the teacher. That soon evolved to other back to school gifts, but apples always made an appearance in the classroom.

In today’s post, we’re going to bring back the BTS apple idea, but with a twist! Instead of real apples, we’re going to share some fun apple themed food ideas for back to school, perfect for students and teachers!


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Now you all see why we were excited for this apple themed back to school blog post! They’re all so fun and creative! If you want to put a spin on apples this back to school season, try out some of these yummy looking treats! Let us know if you give any of these a try. Don’t forget the pictures!

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Pencil Themed Back to School Snack Ideas

Pencils are a definite necessity for back to school supplies. Without pencils, how can we write and do homework? So to show our appreciation for this essential writing instrument, we’re sharing some fun pencil themed food and snack ideas for back to school!


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Aren’t these fun? Now when we get nervous, we don’t have to chew on pencils anymore! We can actually eat these pencil themed snacks! If you, or someone you know, is going back to school this month, let us know what you want to see on our blog next!

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Pastel Dream – Party Decor Ideas

We know this  summer we’ve been all about the bright colors (flashback to: Lemon Themed Summer Party & Home Decor, Summer Neon Trend – Home, Fashion, and Party Ideas, and Rainbow Party Decor Ideas for Summer just to name a few)! But if bright colors aren’t your cup of tea, don’t fret! Today’s post is just for you!

We also love our pastels for summer. Honestly, we love pastel all year long, but there’s just something about pastel in the summer that makes you feel like you’re floating through a cotton candy cloud. So with no further ado, we’re sharing our favorite pastel party decor ideas for inspiration today!


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Though pastels are all about muted shades, it can still be colorful. We’re especially loving all the different shades of blue and orange from the picture inspirations above. Pastels are perfect for tea, birthday, and summer parties! Let us know which one you like more, pastels or brights, in the comments below!

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Clever Back To School Gift Ideas

Is it me, or did this summer really fly by this year in the blink of an eye? Can’t believe kids are already going back to school this month! To get everyone back into the swing of things for Fall, we’re going to dedicate a few posts this month to back to school ideas!

Today, is all about back to school gift ideas for kids and teachers. But not just any back to school gifts, clever ones! By clever gifts, we mean ones with quirky play on words! Here are a few of our favorite ideas that we thought you’ll enjoy too!


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“According to my calculations, this is going to be a good year!” with a calculator!


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“Good luck, smartie pants. (Not like you need it.)” with Smarties!


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“I’m so excited to learn s’more!” with marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers!


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“A little something to get you back to the grind” with coffee (for teachers!)


Via Sandy Toes and Popsicles

“This is going to “bee” a great year!” with honey!


Via I Heart Naptime

“You’re so sharp” with pencils!

It’s a great idea to send the kids off on the first day of school with a fun little gift. It brings encouragement and comfort to an otherwise nerve wrecking day! Which one of these quotes do you think is the cleverest? Let us know in the comments below (or make up your own)!

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