Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Summer Party Ideas - Watermelon

Later this month both my daughter, and my boyfriend's daughter are having a birthday. Last weekend I asked my boyfriend's daughter if she would like to have a small birthday party.  She was excited about the idea.  Originally I thought we would go with the ice cream theme, but when I took her to the Dollar Tree, she fell in the love with the idea of a Watermelon Party.  The Dollar Tree still has a lot of their summer party supplies available, but not for too much longer.  In this post I am going to share what supplies that we found, and in a later post I will share more about the party. 
 
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Here are the supplies she picked out.. 






They had two different plate designs with the watermelon theme.   I love the look of the sliced watermelon (upper right) but the plates are on the small side. So also like the bigger square plates, so we got those too.  We can use the square plates for the food, and the slice plates for side dishes or dessert.  The triangle slices are the napkins.  



We also picked out two different types of table coverings.  The bigger one has the watermelon slices and other fruit, and a smaller, round pink one.  I am not sure if we will use the pink one, but we planning to have the party outside so we can probably find some sort of use for it. 



She loved the round watermelon bowl. Most likely we are going to use it to serve, you guessed it, watermelon. I could only find two of the glasses (that are actually plastic)   I think I might use those as a centerpiece or in some decorative way. 



She really wanted to the paper lanterns.  We went ahead and got all three colors available because they match the colors of our plates and table covering. 




They had cute themed decor as well. I am not sure what we are going to do with these items yet, but I am sure we will decide on something. 


We found a few other random items that matched our theme.  I am going to put the watermelon candy in a themed gift basket for her. She loves the flowers on the extra package of napkins. They also matched out color scheme.  When I saw the inside of the Tropical Party coloring book I HAD TO HAVE IT.  It is seriously one of the cutest coloring books I have ever seen. 


They have pictures of fruit, and adorable animals doing all kind of summer activities. Have you ever seen a slice of watermelon hanging out on the beach eating a piece of watermelon?  I know I haven't.  


Or how about a sloth mermaid?  I know that does not match our theme, but I had to share the cuteness. 


Now that we have most of our supplies, it is time to plan our menu, and how we plan to decorate.  Stay tuned for more on our watermelon party.  

Remember if you are planning a party, and not able to find the supplies you want in store, they have an entire party supply section where you can buy online and ship free to the store!  Check online often, because seasonal themes are only available for a limited time.    They also have videos with party ideas and inspiration on the Dollar Tree website. Be sure to check it out. 




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Monday, June 21, 2021

Even More Amazing Must Have Prime Day Deals

While we are coming to the first part of Prime Day, there are more exciting deals that are still available.  Here are some of my favorites.. 


One of my favorite and most used appliances in my house is our air fryer.  This Insta Pot Vortex Plus 7 in 1 Air Fryer  is an air fryer and so much more and a great price! 




Speaking of Instant Pot, this Instant Pot Cheat Sheet Magnet Set in black is 60% off. On these magnets you will find cooking times and liquid ration for over 100 common foods.  



These EZ Prepa (20pk) 32 oz Meal Prep Containers have so many uses.  A good friend of mine likes to use hers when her family goes camping.  


Get 32% of select Cricut Machines, including this Cricut Explore Air 2 in mint


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Amazing Amazon Deals on must have party items

Its Prime Day!  Here are some great deals on fantastic items you can use at your next party.. 

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This Majestic Popcorn Machine would be great for movies nights, parties and more! 


Or if something smaller is more your speed, how about this Original Microwave Popcorn Popper. It comes in 18 colors. 



Make your own ice cream at home with this Nostalgia Electric Ice Cream Maker, currently 23% off and under $40! 


How about these STYLIO desk organizers for 30% off.  I really like the look of these for my crafting supplies 



 Light up your next party with the Mibote 67 pcs LED Light Up Toy Party Favors


Use this 16 ct pack of mini wooden chalkboard signs to label your party buffet 



 I love the look of  a  LED Marquess Lights Letter Sign




It's also a good day to find great deals on electronics. This all new Fire 7 Kids Pro Tablet is 40% off today.  

 You can get deals  up to 25% off Chromebooks


Now is the perfect time to get great deals on TVs.  This Insignia 24" HD Smart Fire HD TV  is only $100 today! 


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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Amazon Prime Day Deals Have Already Started (check this post for deals you can buy now!)


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Are you a member of  Amazon Prime yet? It's not too late.  You can sign up for a FREE 30 Day TRIAL.   You can access all of the Prime Day Deals, and other special Prime Membership benefits.  

Some benefits that you may not know about are: 
Early access to lightning deals on Prime Day
Free 2 day shipping 
Access to many free and instant downloads of many movies and TV shows 
On Amazon channels you can watch HBO, Showtime and Starz with no cable needed at a low rate
Access to more than 2 million songs on Amazon Music (and discounted monthly rates) 
Access to free games, in game content and a free Twitch.tv subscription on Amazon Gaming
Access to Prime Reading for books to read on your Fire table, Kindle E-reader, Android and iOS
UNLIMITED photo storage on Amazon Photos 

If you sign up for a Student Prime Account, you get a free 6 month trial, 99 cent a month unlimited music, Showtime for  99 cents a month for a year, Kindle unlimited for a free month, and UNLIMITED photo storage for free on the Amazon Photos App (perfect is you take a lot of pictures) 

If you qualify for the Discounted Monthly Offering ,  you will get Prime for only $5.99 for six months after your FREE 30 days.  You may qualify if you receive government assistance programs such as the EBT.  Amazon also accepts the SNAP cards and you will received 15% discount on select foods.

Here are some of the early deals you can buy right now.. 

.99 deals on Prime Video Channels  ends June 22nd at 3 am.


$170 off 70" Insignia 4K Smart Fire TV ends June 23 at 2:55 am 

$80 off Insignia 32" HD Smart Fire TV ends June 23 at 2:55 am  (plus many other amazing TV deals) 
 

A good friend of mine has this Margaritaville Tahiti Frozen Concoction Maker and LOVES it.  It is also currently $100 off and perfect for your summer parties 

 

This XXL KOIOS 7.8 QT Air Fryer is currently 36% off.  Deal ends June 21 and 2:45 am. 


You can get this HASAKEE Q7 mini drone for kids for 46% off. This deal ends June 21 at 2:45 am 





61% off 4th generation Echo Dot   Deals ends June 23 at 2:59 am 
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Dare to Share #473



It is Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share! 

Whew!! What a day! Today is one of those days where there was a lot of chaos, but you are grateful that everything turned out okay in the end.   This morning I woke up to pouring rain.  I had to be to my babysitting job pretty early, and I had to pack my car to go to Ohio right after I finished sitting.  I did get a little wet loading up the car, but thankfully it was not that bad.  Then I drove to work.  The day went pretty well, but just was getting ready to head out on my trip, my boyfriend called to tell me there were tornados near where I would be driving, so I needed to be careful  It was nice where I was, and the radar showed that the storm would pass before I got to that area, so we decided it was okay for me to start driving.  Everything was fine for the first hour.  Just a few miles from the Ohio border, my car started making a very loud noise. It sounded like my tire was flat, even though I knew it was wasn't.  I thought it might be the roads causing the noise, but then it continued to get worse as I crossed into Ohio where they have better roads.   I went a few more miles but my car was starting to shake, and I did not feel safe on the highway anymore.   I got off at the nearest exit, and found a safe parking lot to park and call my boyfriend.  He was two hours away from where I was.  Since I did not feel safe driving anymore, he drove the two hours to come check my car.  There was a nearby Target and Dollar Tree, so I did have somewhere to go while I waited.   It was just started to get dark when he arrived.  He checked out my car, and found it was a really good thing that I had pulled over.  My front tire was loose, and would have fallen off at some point on the highway.  I am very lucky that didn't happen.  Once he tightened the bolts the noise had stopped, and my car was running fine again. I normally do not drive the entire way, but park at a midway point where he normally meets me. We parked my car there, and took only one car the rest of the way.   We continued to head toward his house when we saw more really big storms overhead.   Thankfully he was driving at this point, because it was raining so hard we could barely see.  After awhile the skies cleared, and we made it safely to his house around 1 am.  Had my drive been uneventful I would have been here four hours early.  So here I am at 1:37 writing this post.  



Did you see my other post from this week? The Dollar Tree is started to put their new fall items on their website.  Many of the new items will be must haves for the fall.  You can see what will be available or order early online here, before they begin to arrive in the stores.  

Well it is super late and we have a busy day planned tomorrow, so I am going to get this party started.. 

Link up and HAVE FUN! 



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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Brand New Fall/Autumn Dollar Tree Finds (see before they arrive in stores)

As you know the Dollar Tree is my favorite place to shop for so many reasons.  One of those reasons is the great deals you can get on party items and decor  for only $1.   One of my favorite times of the year to shop the Dollar Tree is in the fall and holiday seasons.   The Dollar Tree tends to start putting items out a few months in advance, and does three waves.  Currently we are in the last wave of summer and 4th of July season, but in early to mid July you will start to see the early wave of the fall and autumn items.  Fall floral has already arrived in many store.  

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 Some of the early fall and autumn items are already available online. If you are a crafter or want to guarantee to find one of the must have items, ordering  online may be the way to go.  I have ordered a few times online, and both times I was very happy with how easy it was.  Another bonus, many items can be shipped free to you local store.

Here are some of my favorite new finds..


How adorable are these Crafters Square mini truck ornaments.  They are perfect for fall crafting or an year round Christmas Tree.  They come in a 4 ct pack. If you would like to order them now, instead of waiting until they arrive in the store, you must order a  case. Since they are small in size, they come in a case of 48.  You can check more information about  them out here.


I LOVE these horizontal harvest signs. I plan on getting all of them, but I especially love the Thankful & Blessed red truck sign.  If you buy these online they come in a case of 24.  You can find more about them here.  


These metal hanging harvest pumpkin signs come in a case of 36. I love the new colors and plaid pattern they have added this year. You can find more info about them here.


Oh wow! I will definitely be picking up some vertical hanging harvest signs.  They are just shy of 2 feet long.  These are available in a case of 24.  You can see more information about these gorgeous signs here.



How cute is this little guy?!  I think he is adorable! He is available online now in a case of 24.  You can see him up close here.


I am also definitely going to pick up some of these long harvest handing signs.  Which is your favorite?  I can't decide between the Welcome sign and the one with all the fall activities.  They come in a case of 24. The info on these signs can be found here.



 I am also loving these plaid pumpkin shaped wall decor.  It looks like plaid will be a fad for a bit longer.  They come in a case of 24.  If you want to see more info on these, you can find it here.

The fall craft supplies are starting to appear online as well.  While I did not see anything brand new this year, they did have a lot of great supplies available. If you missed on out on the 3D pumpkin wreath form, it is available now.  You can see all of the fall craft supplies currently listed here.

 

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

Dare to Share #472




It is Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share!  



Well we made it!  School is now officially out for the summer.  My last day was yesterday, and then this morning I met with the other building subs for breakfast at a local restaurant.  I just got one of their basic breakfast deals, which  is supposed to have 4 pieces of bacon.  I think I had about 8.  LOL!!  For the next few weeks, I will be watching my friends sons, and have we have a lot of fun planned.  



I don't know about where you live, but where we live we are having a heat wave. Its been around 90 every day for a week.  Since it has been so warm, I shared a post about ways to have Backyard Water Fun.  A few years ago, my daughter and one of her friends tried out several homemade water toys.  They had a blast, and they were all inexpensive and easy to make.  What are temps like where you live?  

Well it looks like it is time to get this party started.   Link up and HAVE FUN!! 


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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Backyard Water Fun



Tomorrow is my last day of school for the 2020-2021 school year, and we are going through a heat wave.  Since it is the start of summer break, I  am also thinking of making a printable summer fun checklist for my Etsy shop.  I started going through my old summer challenge posts, and began reminiscing about the all the fun things my kids did when they were younger.  After going through the rabbit hole for awhile, I realized that a lot of our summer projects  we so much fun they should be shared again. 


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In this post I am going share the inexpensive ways you can have fun with water.  All of the items used in these projects can be found at the Dollar Tree.


I buy all of my sponges at the Dollar Tree. They have many different types and colors to choose from.  We made these water bombs cutting several sponges into strips and then fastenings a few of the strips together. I am trying to see in the picture what we used it was either a rubber band or a small piece of pipe cleaner that was tucked in.  They kids enjoyed throwing them at each other, and they were much easier  than water balloons.  




We made our own sprinkler from a pool noodle. It is very easy to make.  To make one you need to duct tape one end of the noodle as securely as possible.  Then use a skewer to make the holes in the noodle for the water to come out.  The last thing you do is insert your garden hose in the open end of the noodle. 




The water project my daughter and her friends enjoyed the most was the water blob. To make a water blob you need plastic sheeting, strong duct tape, and the garden house.  We made two of them that summer.  You can see the first version at this post here.. The water blob experiment  
and the second version here.. the water blob.. Redo!


What ways do you like to have fun with water in the summer? 



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Saturday, June 5, 2021

Dare to Share #471



It is Friday night, and you know what that means.. 
It is time to Dare to Share! 

It's the FINAL COUNT DOWN! I have only 4 more days of school this year. You can tell it is the end of the year, everyone is tired and the kids are bouncing off the walls.  Also after our freezing weekend last week, it is back in the 90s again.  It is so hard to know how to dress at school with it that warm. It is usually freezing cold inside with the AC, and when you go out for recess or to go home you melt. What is your ideal temp in the summer? 


This week I had a couple of posts. I added a new post in the my summer party idea series, which this week  is Patriotic Party Finds  Now is the time to stock up on 4th of July items.  The Dollar Tree has a lot of new stock in right now.  My favorite find is the Uncle Sam wreath in the middle of this picture. 


This picture is not part of the post, but my pile of goodies I had out while starting to decorate my house yesterday. 

Another post I have up and will continue to  update over the next few weeks is my post Amazon Prime Day is almost here! I am an Amazon affiliate, and I receive notifications about their promotions and deals. Prime day will be over two days later in June this year.  To take advantage of the deals you need to be a Prime member.  If you are not a member yet, you can sign up for a free 30 day trial in time for the sale. Be sure to read that post if you are interested in participating this year.  

Last week I mentioned that I would like to feature some Dare to Share posts on my Instagram.  If you would like me to follow you, leave your Instagram name in the comments.  You can find me at PamsPartyPlanning.  I have a list going, and I think I found everyone is commented last week.  Hope to see you over there. :) 

Well it is time to get this party started..  Link up and HAVE FUN! 



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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Amazon Prime Day is almost here!

Have you heard the news?  Amazon Prime Day for 2021 is almost here! It was just announced that it is going to be a two day event again this year on June 21 and 22.  

Did you know there are a few things you can do in advance to prepare for Prime Day?   One is sign up for Prime membership for free 2 day shipping.  There are many other benefits that you might not know about like free streaming of many movies and shows, free grocery delivery if available in your area, access to Amazon Prime Music, Prime Reading, Prime Gaming, Amazon Photos, and Amazon Kids+.  There are many deals that are available only to Prime members.  You also get a 30 minute early access to lightning deals to name a few.   

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 Sign up here for the 30 Day Free Trial.

Another program that many people do not know about is you can save 50% on your prime membership if you are  a student or qualifying EBT government assistance recipient.

Other promotions you might not yet have heard about.. Beginning June 7th and ending June 20, Prime members will receive a $10 credit to spend on Prime Day when  you spend $10 on select, domestic small businesses on Amazon Storefront.

There will be more deals and promotions  going on as we get closer to the big day so be sure to check back here! 


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