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POPCORN Recipes & Gift Giving Ideas

I have been hunting down yummy homemade
popcorn recipes for the girls’ Vintage Circus Party!
I have 5 or so large glass jars with lids (I put my flour..sugar..etc.. in them)
I’m going to fill them up with a variety of popcorn to choose from..
and use mini yellow popcorn boxes I bought from Oriental
Here’s a round-up of some yummy Popcorn Recipes for DIY gift giving!
1. Classic Homemade Popcorn via Simply Recipes
2. Pretty Pink Popcorn via erin cooks
3. White Chocolate Popcorn via scissors and spatulas
4. S’mores Popcorn via Nest of Posies
5. Snickers Popcorn via Six Sisters’ Stuff
6. Herbed Garlic Parmesan Popcorn via Our Best Bites
7. Chocolate & Peanut Butter Popcorn via Brown Eyed Baker
8. Chocolate Caramel Popcorn via Not Your Mommas Cookie

Not throwing a circus party?? That’s ok!
There are plenty of occasions to gift popcorn..
I worked up a few designs for inspiration!
I’m adding a new listing to my printables shop…POPCORN gift tags!
Choose your occasion..your colors..
add a personalized tag (love, _____) if you want..
and you have your own printable for your gift giving!

Asher’s 2nd Birthday Party – A Ball Theme!

It was such a fun day celebrating Asher’s 2nd Birthday!
He LOVES BALLS. Doesn’t matter what kind of ball it is…if he can throw it.. he’s a fan.
So we went with a sports ball theme and kept the dessert table fairly simple.
We reused the grass backdrop from Sienna’s Unicorn Party and added
some white duct tape to make it look like a field!
Keep on reading to check out all the dessert table details and party fun!
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Here’s the video of the party! I posted it earlier this week on our YouTube channel!
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First things first…the dessert table!
Always such a fun part of a themed party.
I grabbed a few things from Oriental Trading to help bring home the theme.
A giant Baseball Piñata (not filled with candy but just for decor.) Sport Ice cream shooter guns,
baseball lollipops, sport ball ring lollipops and sport stress balls (you know stressed out.)
I made the banner from supplies I got at Michaels. Just some pre cut canvas banner pieces,
black lettered stickers, washi tape and clothespins. I had the twine and just strung it up!
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I filled two of my glass jars with ball themed treats.
I had cheese balls for basketballs….and then the donut holes at the
grocery store were both cinnamon and powdered sugar so I did football and baseballs!
The labels I made with card stock paper, washi tape(Michaels)
and foam sport stickers(from Hobby Lobby.)
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I had the Baseball suckers in a metal container… a long with a metal tray filled with candy!
The kids LOVED being able to dig around and pick out a treat.
Sometimes you don’t need to overthink it..just throw some candy on that table! ;)
The going going gone sign is from Hobby Lobby and is now in the boys’ room!
I put some ball chocolates (from Party City) on top of some cupcakes.
They were halloween cupcakes but we just picked off the purple sprinkles and made it work.
I couldn’t swing baking anything… too pregnant. haha.
Micah LOVED these chocolate balls. not so much the cupcakes…
I think he picked off about half of the chocolate balls
and ate them throughout the party haha.
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The popcorn bags are from Hobby Lobby and we just popped some popcorn in
the microwave and stuffed them right before the party.
The stand they are in is an old find from Hobby Lobby.
The stress balls are in glass containers I have had for years but got at Target.
I just went around my house and gathered up the dishes and crates to put on the table.
I found some fun cupcake toppers at Party City… soccer balls and basketballs!
They have a pretty big sports section. I ALMOST got whistles for
party favors but then remembered….that’s a horrible idea haha.
I had giant sport ball balloons from Zurchers that we filled up at Party City that morning.
I just taped them to the back of the crates. Asher thought they were so fun!
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I used a store bought cake (Sophia was with me and voted carrot cake!)
It kind of looked like the dirt on a field…and I added some green sprinkles I already had.
Put some Dollar Tree Cracker Jack boxes around and it! Asher LOVES cracker jacks.asher ball party-athomewithnatalie 13

I had another table set up for more snacky food and for the drinks.
I used some sport ball paper lanterns from Party city to hang above.
I had some white curling ribbon that I strung them up with and curled the ends.
I drew a fun chalkboard sign (the sign itself is from Michaels.)
The other baseball sign is from Hobby Lobby and we are going to hang in the boys’ room.
I put out some gatorade (a special treat for our kids…so extra fun!)
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We did a “nacho” set up like you could get from the concession stand.
Then just some peanuts, grapes and some bags of chips!
I’m pretty sure the football plates are from Party City.
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The kids shirts are all from Old Navy and I ironed on some numbers!
Each one shows how old they are (or will be…Micah is so close to turning 5!)
I love how they turned out and Ben and I even got in on the theme.
(Ben’s shirt is from Old Navy and mine was from Hobby Lobby)
We didn’t put our ages on the backs though. haha.
I added some baseball stripes to my belly and Micah REALLY got a kick out of it.
He appreciated that DIY haha.
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Asher’s birthday present from us was this slide!
We got it at Target and it’s the Little Tikes brand.
I got a $9 slide off Amazon and the balls are from Walmart!
It has been used daily in our house ever since the party…I have yet to pack up all the balls.
I think we will “reduce” how many balls are in there… but it’s been a fun activity for the kids.
Asher LOVES slides and says “weeee” every time he goes down it.
THIS would be an awesome Christmas present if you have a little one with tons of energy. ;)
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It was a fun day and we are thankful for our friends
who came over to play and celebrate Asher with us!
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We are still finding these balls behind and under furniture haha.
But so worth it!
If you are looking for a fun party activity for little ones…
they all got a kick out of going down the slide in into the balls!
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Thank you for checking out our Asher’s Birthday party!
I really do enjoy creating these memories and sharing them with you all.
I hope you got some ideas for your own sport or ball loving kids!

Groovy Joe Dance Party!

We love books in our house! The newest title on our shelves is, Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown!
This post is sponsored by Scholastic and we can’t wait to share this book with you!
It’s by the creators of two favorite books of ours…Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes (Eric Litwin) and
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site (Tom Lichtenheld)
#1 New York Times best sellers are back at it again in another groovy story that had my kids singing,
dancing, and learning math to a whole new beat.

I like to make reading fun for the kids so I set up a
little Dance party table before the kids got home from school.
All it took was a couple snacks, disco ball cut outs and party musical instruments
from Party City and it felt special and fun!

For our snack we had popcorn and m&m’s with scooby snacks (little dog bone treats!)
These disco ball plates were a hit with the kids and matched perfectly with our book!
My kids love to read…and to snack. ;)

The girls came home excited for snack to and dive into their newest book.
My kids are all about picking out who they are in books! Do yours do that??
There’s a lot of cute dogs and instruments to choose from in this book!
I love that we (especially the girls!) can read this book to their little brothers and really get into it with the
rhyme and repetition. It’s recommended for ages 3-5!

In the second book of the Groovy Joe Series, Groovy Joe has a dance party.
But Oh no! More and more doggies are knocking on his door, asking to come in.
Will there be enough room for everyone? Joe knows just what to do and soon enough he everyone
moving and grooving — the party has only just begun! Signature rhyme, repetition, and musical writing
style, combined with wild and witty illustrations infused and gentle math concepts come together to create
an unforgettable new Groovy Joe story all about positivity, creativity, math, and kindness.
Groovy Joe is back, ready to get groovy!

We loved this book and think you will too! You can find out more about Groovy Joe
on their 
website and get tips for throwing your own Groovy Joe party!
Thanks again to Scholastic for sponsoring today’s post and fun!