Category Archives: Fun Party Ideas

15 Ways to Celebrate Dr. Seuss

February 20, 2015

It’s almost time to Celebrate Dr. Seuss and all the wonderful stories he’s brought into our lives!  I’ve collected a few of my favorite wonderful ways you can celebrate Dr. Seuss and his birthday on March 2nd with your family!  Here you are!  

Fifteen ideas to CELEBRATE DR. SEUSS!!

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If you haven’t been to Ashley Marie‘s page, go!  She’s an amazing cake decorator, and blogger.  She’s got these adorable Cat in the Hat Cake Pops that are totally easy!

Celebrate Dr. Seuss by Simplistically Sassy

Utah Sweet Savings has your Dr. Seuss Party Ideas!  They’re SO fun! Celebrate Dr. Seuss by Simplistically Sassy

My kids LOVE playing Bingo.  It’s just a fun classic that even little ones can play.  Head over to A Sparkle of Genius to get your Free Dr. Seuss Printable!Celebrate Dr. Seuss by Simplistically Sassy

Ashlee Marie has these Cat in the Hat Party Invitations!  So amazing!Celebrate Dr. Seuss by Simplistically Sassy

40 Eighteen created Green Eggs and Ham, in real life!!  These totally look amazing!  Head over to get your Dr. Seuss dinner recipe!Celebrate Dr. Seuss by Simplistically Sassy

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Baked S’Mores & Other Game Day Ideas

January 26, 2015

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Around Christmas time I was shopping for a little treat for my husband.  He loves ButterFingers, and I found these awesome new ButterFinger Peanut Butter Cups.  Have you seen these things?  They’re pretty incredible.  I grabbed one for him, and figured that combo couldn’t be bad.  He ended up really liking them.  So, when I went into Walmart and saw they had minis, I knew I could do somer super fun things with them.  My girls were being silly while we were there, and I snapped this picture.  This display had all the different varieties they sell.  Seriously you guys, so many options.  This combo takes this treat to a whole new level!  Butterfinger PB Cups

I knew I wanted to take this cup that just got crunchy, and make it something fun and new.  I bought some cookies, marshmallows and decided it’d be so yummy to make a baked s’more pie.  It turned out perfect.  I wasn’t sure what my kids would think of it, but them, and all of our friends kids (who were partying with us) LOVED them.  I included the recipe below so you can try it out.  So yummy.

Baked Smores for Game day By Simplistically Sassy

While we were at Walmart we also found some DiGiorno cheese stuffed crust pizza (hello yum!).  These pizzas have coupons right on the box, so the price is great (about $5.95).  We do a pizza party every Friday night at our house, and I love the option of having a great pizza just in the freezer so I’m not having to run out to buy one with all the kids in tow at the last minute (or having to pay the extra for delivery).  

We cut the pizza into stripes and then just made a goal post out of it with some veggies along the bottom.  We had more footballs cut out as well, and then added some carrots to go with those.  It was so good, and everyone loved the pizza goal post.  It’s the perfect, easy game day solution for your football spread.

 DiGiorno Game Day Pizza by Simplistically Sassy 

We also decided to add in an ice cream bar using Dryers Grand Ice Cream.  It has awesome little football shaped chocolates filled with caramel and the ice cream is swirled with chocolate and caramel.  Oh so good.  We added the ButterFinger Peanut Butter Cup Minis chopped, mini marshmallows, and some animal crackers to our ice cream bar to just spruce it up.  You could even add the ButterFinger S’mores onto the ice cream! 

Dryers Game Day Ice Cream Bar by Simplistically SassyThis shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameTimeMVP #CollectiveBias

I’m so excited to share some great game day ideas today.  We had some friends over the other day and decided to try out some ideas for game day, to see how the kids liked them, and everything passed with flying colors, and it’s making us excited to watch the big game soon.

I’m super excited to share our baked s’mores and other game day ideas.  They’re simple, inexpensive, but still will be great for any crowd, big or small.

Baked ButterFinger Cup S'Mores
Serves 12
Simple, yummy baked s'mores than can be put together quickly, baked and then enjoyed by a crowd.
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
11 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
11 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 box vanilla wafer type cookie
  2. 1/2 bag mini marshmallows
  3. 1 bag ButterFinger Peanut Butter Cup Minis
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Dump box of cookies in pie plate.
  3. Dump marshmallows and ButterFinger Peanut Butter Cup Minis on top of the cookies.
  4. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes (watch closely).
  5. Once marshmallows are browned take out.
  6. Let cool for a few minutes.
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OREO Cookie Ball Game Day

January 12, 2015

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Oreo Cookie Balls for Game Day

Being a stay at home mom is awesome.  Sometimes, being able to throw a party gets me out of the rut that I get in though.  I love having other kids over, or friends, or other families over.  It just breaks up the every day to day stuff, and gives me the opportunity to let my love of being social come out.  

I think game day is one of the best excuses to throw a party.  I love it.  The other day we had so much fun with our friends.  We all got got together, chatted, ate some tacos, watched the game, and enjoyed a fabulous recipe from OREO that I’m going to share with you.  Of course, as you’d expect, I did all of this on a budget without breaking the bank.  

I decided I wanted to do something quick and easy for dinner, so we set up a taco bar.  It was perfect.  Our friends have older kids, and they were able to pick their toppings and such.  Our kids are crazy picky, and I think they ate chips, and strawberries, lol.Taco Bar by Simplistically Sassy

I wanted to make a variety of flavors for the OREO Cookie Balls, and so I found this fun OREO display at Walmart that had so many kinds of OREOs.  I had my 3 youngest kids with me, and they helped pick out what we got.  We picked regular OREOs, Golden OREOs, Birthday Cake OREOs, and Mint OREOs.  Walmart Oreo Cookie Balls

It was fun to put these OREO Cookie Balls together.  I decided it’d be fun to do a time laps video on my phone while I made them.  You can see how life really is with kids … they were distracted, then found me, needed to help.  Then distracted, then crackers appear, then they’re helping, then they’re gone, then we’re done, lol.  It’s funny.

Making the OREO cookie balls is super simple.  You just crush the cookies, then mix with cream cheese, shape and then let them freeze for about 10 minutes, and then dip in chocolate. Oreo Cookie Balls Chocolate by Simplistically Sassy

How to make Oreo Cookie Balls by Simplistically Sassy

I wanted to have some fun with the OREO Cookie Balls for the game day party we were throwing.  So, I shaped some into footballs, and some into flatter balls and put X and O on them to make the Game Play Book.  In the footballs, I also added a fun little surprise INSIDE in the middle.  I cut up small candy bars and wrapped the cookie ball around it.  It was super yummy, and no one was expecting to have something in the middle.Oreo Cookie Balls Footballs by Simplistically Sassy

I also tried to make football helmets … but they didn’t turn out too well, lol.  So they’re just balls and I stuck some football toothpicks that I found at Walmart in them.  Sometimes things aren’t perfect, but they can still be used and no one will really care.  😉Oreo Cookie Balls by Simplistically Sassy

I grabbed some white and black plastic table clothes while I was at Walmart as well and cut them into stripes and then used a large yarn needle and some twine and just threaded together the stripes.  It reminded me of a referee uniform.  It was a quick and easy (and inexpensive) backdrop.  Oreo Cookie Balls table by Simplistically Sassy The kids loved the OREO cookie balls!Oreo Cookie Balls by Simplistically Sassy

I found these props for a Photo Booth and thought everyone (of all ages) could enjoy this.  The backdrop is actually just a paper table cloth.  I just hung it up and had a bowl with all the props.  It was quick and easy , and again, perfect for a tight budget.  🙂Football Photo Booth by Simplistically Sassy

What kind of OREOs would you use to make #OREOCookieBalls ?

OREO Cookie Balls
Easy and delicious Oreo Cookie Balls.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pkg (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  2. 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
  3. 4 pkg. (4 oz. each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
Optional
  1. White chocolate, melted
  2. Small candies to go in the middle
Instructions
  1. MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
  2. SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.
  3. CUSTOMIZE it with your own ingredient additions or decorative skills.
  4. REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.
  5. 1 hour or until firm.
  6. Share and enjoy!
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Birthday Cards for Kids

September 15, 2014

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Birthday Cards for Kids by Simplistically Sassy

With birthday’s and Holiday’s around these parts require a lot of planning – ahead of time.  All six of my kids have a birthday in a different month, and my husband and I have our birthdays in the same month, but it’s a different month than any of our kids.  So, 7 out of 12 months we have a birthday in our family.  Those 7 months are almost consecutive.  Which makes for lots of parties, cake, and planning in what seems like endless amounts.  I was so excited when I saw these adorable birthday cards for kids at Walmart that were more than a card!  The awesome thing is if you buy 5 cards from Walmart, you’ll be able to earn Hallmark Card Rewards.  You can sign up here to start earning those rewards.

Birthday Cards for Kids by Simplistically Sassy

I’m rarely prepared for birthday’s with cards.  I love giving cards, but after all the other planning it often ends up being over looked.  I decided this year to get our birthday season off to a good started, and I stalked up on these amazing poster birthday cards for my kids.  They have an awesome variety of cards that I was able to find one for all my kids.  I also love that the cards have good messages for the kids!  They can be reminded and inspired as they remember the love that was given to them.

 

I also love that these are a great price, and would be awesome for the kids to give to friends as well.  That’d be another option to stalk up on these great cards, and grab some candy bars, and give an easy gift of a fun poster, and a little treat.  Easy to grab and go, and store for those last minute gifts you may forget about.Birthday Cards for Kids by Simplistically Sassy

Our birthday season starts the very beginning of November and goes through July – our months off are February and April.  So, it’s time to bring it on.  Birthdays, celebrations, holiday’s, and lots and lots of fun.  I’m so excited to see my kids reactions with these full size posters and they celebrate their special days, and also get to have an awesome message hanging in their room.Birthday Cards for Kids by Simplistically Sassy

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What months are you busiest with birthday’s in your house?  

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Superheroes Back to School

September 14, 2014

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Superheroes back to school by Simplistically Sassy

My kids started school incredibly early this year, and with the various things that we were doing as summer ended and trying to catch up with life, and get everyone off to school, etc time flew by me.  I decided that we needed to have a Superheroes back to school party.  I wanted to focus on how the kids could be like their favorite superheroes (Captain America is a favorite around these parts, so we decided to go with him as our main theme) and be helpful, kind, help others in need, etc.  I made these super easy capes using plastic table clothes for each of the kids with their initial on the back.Super capes for Superheroes by Simplistically Sassy

We started off by inviting some friends over.  What’s a party without friends?  You all know by now that I’m all about a party on a budget.  🙂  After my (too early) morning workout, I headed to Walmart, sans kids (a miracle right?!), and grabbed everything I was going to need.  Plastic table clothes for the back drops, and the tables, poster board for the decor, M&M’s for the ice cream bar, and for decorating the cake.  I love the variety M&M’s have these days.  But really, I’m a classic lover of Peanut Butter M&M’s.  We decided that #HerosEatMMs after all.  😉  I love how many options there are … endless snacking!
M&M's

I printed and cut out these bubbles with things that said various thing superheroes were known for and used them as fun little sayings that could inspire the kids to remember what a superheroes are all about.  Then I just took some yarn, and a large needle, and threaded it through the top of the plastic table cloth.  I left the table clothe folded in half so it wasn’t crazy long, and then just hung it up using some thumb tacks and nails.Captain America Superhero Party by Simplistically Sassy

Since we decided to have a Superheroes back to school dinner party with our friends, we made a Captain America shield using the pepperoni from the pizza, and cut out a cheese star to go in the middle, and then cooked it.  We had some breadsticks, some water, some veggies.Superhero Food by Simplistically Sassy

The kids loved it and dug right in.
Superheroes Eating by Simplistically Sassy

Once dinner was done, we had some games for the kids to play.  They did a little obstacle course.  Superhero Games by Simplistically Sassy

After the games were done, and the silly string gone, it was time to dig into the cake and ice cream.  The kids loved the Captain America cake.  It was so so easy to make.  I just used 2 8 inch cakes stacked, with chocolate frosting in the middle, and then frosted with white frosting.  I used plain M&M’s (my little kids sorted them out for me.  Great math and color sorting lesson) to create a Captain America shield on the cake.  I loved how it turned out, and it was crazy simple.  The ice cream bar we just had a variety of M&M’s and some classic syrups to go on some vanilla ice cream.  Shield Cake by Simplistically Sassy

My favorite M&M display we had.  The kids loved it too.M&M's and ice cream

The kids had a blast, which was what the hope was all along.  My husband and I had fun, and throwing the party, made us want to watch the newest Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  We went and rented it and both enjoyed it, and thought it was a great movie.  It’s one we’ll be buying to watch again.

So, head on over to Walmart, and use some this great coupon and grab your own bag of M&M’s and the movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier.#HeroesEatMMs

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