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Lights, Camera, Action – Let’s Dance!

I don’t know about you, but I get a little giddy when I figure out a use for something other than its intended use.  When my poor husband walks through the door I rush to tell him the exciting news!  You’d have thought I made some amazing scientific discovery, but no, I just figured out that an upside down bowl makes a great trophy stand.  :)

Either way, using objects in new ways can be a lot of fun and that’s exactly what I had when working on my latest project, a Hollywood-themed centerpiece for our school fundraiser.




Each year, the elementary schools hosts a Father/Daughter Winter Ball as a way to raise money.  {Don’t worry, the school hasn’t forgotten about the boys; there is a separate Mother/Son event in the Spring!}  Centerpieces are needed for all of the tables, not only to use as decoration, but also to be raffled off at the end of the night.  As such, the centerpieces need to have a perceived value to them so that the girls will want to win one.


The theme chosen by the girls was Lights, Camera, Action!

{I created this collage on Olioboard using images from Pinterest. This image was then blown up onto a poster board so the girls could better understand the theme.}


Since it was a Hollywood theme, we decided to go with trophies that resembled Oscar statues and had each one engraved with the school name, event name and date.  Obviously, trophies can be a little pricey.  If you’re on a tight budget, in place of the trophy, you could also purchase a generic action figure (like a Ken doll) and spray paint it gold.



While beautiful, at only 8″ tall, the trophies didn’t look like much when sitting on large tables.  Unfortunately, the trophies took up the majority of the budget so it was time to get creative!  I took a trophy with me to Hobby Lobby and roamed the isles looking for something that was inexpensive but would also add height and presence to the centerpiece displays.  That’s when I saw it!  This fantastic trifle bowl for only $2.99!Yoshi-Trifle_Bowl


I realized that if I just turned the bowl upside down, the base was a perfect fit for the trophy.  All that was needed was a little bit of spray paint…



…a length or ribbon secured with glue dots….



…and some silk roses glued under the base.  This plastic bowl has now been completely transformed!




Now this is the part of the post where I was going to show you a cute photo of my little one all dressed up and ready to go to the dance with her dad.  Sadly, at the 11th hour, she decided that she didn’t want to go to the dance and instead wanted to stay home and watch a movie by the fire in her PJs!  Oh well!  Maybe next year!
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Backyard Campout Birthday Party

Whew!  What a week I’ve had!  Yesterday was my son’s 9th birthday and he asked to have a backyard campout with a few of his friends.  Originally, I planned to keep it very simple, but three days before, decided that I should put a little effort into making it feel like an actual campout.  And so, let the craziness begin!  It took me three full days of frantic shopping, crafting and cleaning, but I pulled it off!

Tidbits & Twine Backyard Birthday Campout


It all started about four weeks ago when I ordered some invitations off of Etsy (this is the one and only thing I planned in advance!).  I chose this particular design because it included a trail map that could be customized for the party so that the guests could see exactly what we were going to do.

Tidbits & Twine Campout Invitation


Instead of mailing them, we decided to hand-deliver them along with a snack bag of s’mores, which consisted of Golden Grahams, mini chocolate chips and mini marshmallows.

Tidbits & Twine Campout Invitation with Smore Bag


For other party printables, I found this fantastic {free} download for Camping Party Printables from Printabelle via Catch My Party.  It’s awesome and includes signage, food cards, cupcake toppers, bottle wrappers and more!  Click here to download.

Tidbits & Twine Free Camping Printable


I also created several trail marker signs using a wooden fence board cut into thirds hammered to a wooden stake.  The sign at the front door led guests into the house for Camper Registration.

Tidbits & Twine Camper Registration

And I was so lucky that this owl landed on the sign just in time for me to snap a photo!

Tidbits & Twine Camper Registration 2

Just kidding – it’s fake!


Once the kids arrived, we took them to a local miniature golf place and let them golf and play arcade games for a few hours.  We had a BBQ when we returned home, followed by a neighborhood trail map scavenger hunt.  For the scavenger hunt, I hid colored shapes and prizes at different locations around our court (with the homeowners’ permissions, of course!).  I’ll post more about the scavenger hunt at another time.   After the scavenger hunt, we had a pinata and a silly string fight, and then it was time for the dessert table.

Tidbits & Twine Backyard Campout 3


For the table decorations, I used just a simple white tablecloth with a piece of burlap over it (I already had the burlap since I plan to use it in my guest room).  I then used extra burlap to make the banner that hung above the table.  I also added the menu cards using pinecones glued to cardboard (for stability), with moss and sticks.  Lastly, I added a length of burlap around a mason jar and created a handle to make a lantern out of it.

For food, the dessert table included a s’more station…

Tidbits & Twine S'more Station


…strawberries on a log and popcorn…

Tidbits & Twine Strawberries on a Log


…worms in dirt (pudding with Oreo crumbles on top and gummy worms) and Red Vine lassos…

Tidbits & Twine Worms in Dirt


…and a trail mix station.  I used my two-tier basket to hold the trail mix items on the bottom and miscellaneous party toys on the top (in this case, silly string, glow bracelets and punch balloons).

Tidbits & Twine Trail Mix and Party Station

Tidbits & Twine Trail Mix and Party Station 1


We set up tents on the lawn and my wonderful husband, who is such a good sport, slept outside in a small tent next to the kids.

Tidbits & Twine Backyard Campout


Instead of a birthday cake (which we did on his actual birthday), we lit giant marshmallows on fire and sang Happy Birthday while they burned.  And then began the process of trying to get all of the boys to go to bed.  I’m sure you can imagine how well that went…. :)  The next morning, we made pancakes and my son got a special “9” pancake for his birthday.


When the kids left in the morning, they each got a knapsack that was a red bandana full of goodies that was wrapped up and tied to a stick.  I used the Printabelle cupcake toppers as thank you tags tied to the bandana and wrote “Thank You for Coming” on the back.

Tidbits & Twine Goodie Sack

Tidbits & Twine Goodie Sacks


I think everyone had a great time, but I am exhausted!  Now it’s time to gear up for the first day of school tomorrow!

Tidbits & Twine Backyard Campout Birthday Party




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