End of Summer Outdoor Movie Night Ideas

While heading out of the house this morning, we noticed that a nearby school is back to its lively self. That only means one thing: the kids are back to school! Though the official last day of summer is September 21, 2013, we like to celebrate the kids going back to school with a fun end of summer activity.

One thing we had a lot of fun doing in the summer is having a movie night, so to celebrate the end of summer, how about one last late night movie session for the year! Keep reading for ideas to turn a regular movie night into an event to remember for the rest of the school year!


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These ideas would be perfect for one last movie night of the summer! Grab a fuzzy blanket and pillow, and head outside to enjoy your favorite movies in the summer breeze. Let us know what movies you’d be playing at your movie night, and recommend your favorites below!

 

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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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Paper Pom Pom Party Inspirations

If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you would know that we like our fair share of DIY projects for party and home decor. Not only does it help save money in your piggy banks, but you can also customize it to fit any decor theme.

One DIY item that looks impressive but is super easy to make is the paper pom pom ball. All you need to make them are tissue paper, string, and a pair of scissors (and there are countless tutorials online to teach you how to make them)!

Since there are so many great tutorials out there teaching how to make paper pom poms, we’ll leave that to the crafting professionals! Instead, we’re going to share with you some impressive decorating ideas using these affordable, DIY paper pom poms.


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It’s impressive that simple pieces of tissue paper can make such fun and colorful decor items, perfect for home and party decor! Have you made paper pom poms before? We have, and they were so easy! Let us know in comments below how yours turned out!

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Coral & Mint Color Combo for Summer

Recently, we’ve posted a few decor trends for the summer that we love (pastels, rainbow, and neon just to name a few)! But we felt we needed to include a few of our favorite color combos that we’re also loving for summer 2013.

To be honest, we were inspired to write this post from a watermelon. What better fruit for the summer than watermelon! However, the colors of a watermelon (red and green) can look a little Christmas-y, which is we we chose the toned down versions of the colors, coral and mint, to be our favorite summer color combo for this year! Keep reading for some fun ways to incorporate these two colors into your summer!


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Are you a fan of coral and mint? We think it’s a great combination for the summer, or year round to bring a little color into your home. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Back to School: Creative Lunches & Bento Boxes (Part 2)

Can you believe it? Almost exactly to this day a year ago (just one day off, but who’s really counting!), we posted some fun lunch and bento box ideas for back to school (check out the post here). We’re back with a part 2 because that post was just so fun to write, and so many more lunch ideas have surfaced that we just had to share them!

For those of you that are not familiar with bento box lunches, let’s do a little bit of a recap from last year:

This creative way of lunching comes straight to us from Japan, and is now seen in many countries (and cafeterias around the globe). Many Japanese children bring elaborately decorated lunches (known as bento boxes) to school.

Without further ado, here are some fun lunch and bento box ideas for 2013 back to school!


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Don’t you wish you had these back in school, cause we do! If you know a kid starting school soon, surprise them on the first day of school with a cute bento box. We adults may not be going back to school exactly, but it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy these cute lunches, as well!

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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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Make a Splash With Cute Beach Themed Food Ideas

We have to admit, we are pretty lucky living on the west coast. We’re driving distance from the beach! Though we don’t go to the beach as much as we’d like (we only went once this summer!), we love everything about being by the water.

This is what inspired us to blog about beach themed food ideas today! If we can’t be by the beach all the time, we can at least pretend, right? If you’re like us and love being on the beach too, keep reading for ideas and inspiration to recreate your own little beach at home with cute food!


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If this doesn’t make you feel like you’re by the beach, then we don’t know what will! These are perfect for a beach themed party for the end of summer, or for an aquatic children’s party!

We just might head off to the beach after this post! Let us know if you enjoyed any of these cute beach food ideas!

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