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Michaels Makers June Challenge: Summer Parties

Summer is in full swing and that means it’s time to prep for all of those summer parties coming up! There’s so much to celebrate during this time of year… End of school parties, graduation, Father’s Day, Independence Day, birthdays, backyard BBQs and more.

This month we challenged our Michaels Makers to show us how they DIY their celebrations, and boy do they know how to party! Check out all of their creative summer party ideas below.

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Are you planning on hosting any summer parties this year? Share your party DIYs with us on Instagram using #MadeWithMichaels for a chance to be featured in our inspiration gallery!

Recollections™ Craft It™ Paper Party Decor

Throwing a party on a moment’s notice is definitely doable thanks to the Recollections™ Craft It™ paper party décor. Have you seen this aisle in your local Michaels? It’s a crafter’s dream! Color coordinated and perfectly displayed to make shopping for quick party decorations a snap. There’s everything from paper doilies to cupcake picks, matching washi tape, mini clothespins and fun printed paper straws. I pick up random items from this aisle all of the time to add to my party box at home. This way, even the simplest Friday game night can easily have a fun, themed set up.

A few of our Michaels Makers used the Craft It party décor in the cutest ways!

I just love how Mariah from Giggles Galore used the paper cartons and plastic milk bottles to make this teacher appreciation gift. That’s one lucky teacher!

Giggles Galore Smart Cookie Teacher Appreciation Milk Carton

Jennifer Rizzo put together one sweet soireé using the trending color combo of coral and gold. Stringing together layered doilies and pinwheels is a quick and easy way to make a party banner backdrop!

Jennifer Rizzo Party Banner
Stephanie from By Stephanie Lynn went all out and created this beautiful, nautical tablescape for a dinner party.  Just look at all of the details!
Nautical Tablescape - By Stephanie LynnEasy DIY Nautical Cake Bunting TopperNautical Themed Tablescape - By Stephanie Lynn
Here are some other ways in which our Michaels Makers are using these paper goods:
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Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts used the paper banner and doilies to make an interchangeable party banner that can be used time and again.
Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous made easy wall décor above her daughter’s bed with fun printed paper rosettes.
Need a quick cake topper? The Crafting Chicks have you covered. See how simple a mini bunting topper can be?DIY Showoff Party Decor
Lastly, I love this sweet spring set up from DIY Showoff. Transform an outdoor space with color coordinated decorations!
Have you used any of the Recollections Craft It party decor? We’d love to see how you’re using it! Share with us on Instagram using the hashtag #MadeWithMichaels!

8 Halloween Party Ideas

All Hallow’s Eve is just a couple of weeks away! Hopefully you’ve already got a jump start on crafting your costume so it will be just perfect for the big night. If you’re hosting friends and family for a spooky soirée, then you’ve come to the right place. I’ve rounded up 8 haunting Halloween party ideas to help you prepare.

Let’s get started!

1. The Invitation

Monster Mash Invite

The first step in hosting any party is the invitation. Set the theme for your party with handmade invites crafted with scrapbook paper, embellishments & twine.

2. Door Décor

Monster Door Spider Door

Decorating your front door is a great way to set the mood for your party before guests even step foot inside your home! Go silly with monster faces or spooky with spiders and skulls.

3. Spooky Decorations entrywayframed-skullmarquee

Incorporate your theme throughout your home with more Halloween decorations. The entryway table and mantle are good focal points to decorate. I’m really loving marquee letters right now, so this BOO is on point. And don’t forget the cobwebs!

4. Party Pumpkins

Embellished PumpkinsTreat Monster

A Halloween without pumpkins just isn’t right. So be sure to stock up! From decorations to candy containers, these pumpkins are a must.

5. Setting the Table


Whether you’re throwing a sit down dinner for adults or a casual costume party… there are so many ways to decorate your table. Halloween Party Supplies

Ever notice how guests tend to swarm around the snack table? These fun goblets, paper napkins and silly straws add a little hocus-pocus to your party.

6. Witches Brew

Halloween Glass Serving Set

Keep beverages bubbling with this Halloween Glass Serving Set. Recollections™ Bottle Labels make it easy!

7. Terrifying Treats

Brownie Skulls Monster Eyeball Cookies

Treats are my favorite part of any party. These Brownie Skulls are eerily elegant, while the Monster Eyeball Cookies are gruesome enough for any occasion.

8. Frightening Favors

It’s always nice to send your guests off with a nice little gift or favor. Use apothecary jars to set up a creepy candy bar and let guests fill treat bags or boxes!candy-bar

If you’re party is a bit more elegant, then I think these Coffin Favor Boxes will fit right in. The plain wood coffin boxes would also make a fun painting craft for a kids party too!coffin-boxes

How are you DIY’ing for Halloween this year? We’d love to see what you’re making. Share your crafts on Instagram and tag them with #MadeWithMichaels for a chance to be featured on Michaels’ social media channels.

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Paper Party Decorations by Recollections™ Craft It™

Parties! I love going to them, I love hosting them and most of all, I love crafting for them! Pinterest has made me really step my party-throwing game up. Whether you’re throwing an extravagant 1st birthday party or just putting together a little brunch shower, I’ve found that you can really pull off a beautiful event by just adding some quick decorations in coordinating colors. Enter the Recollections™ Craft It™ line of paper goods.

Perhaps you have seen it in stores already? Looking down the aisle, the rainbow of colors and products just beg me to start creating anything and everything. There are so many great products to craft with. From fabric banners to paper pinwheels and some darling hanging décor kits, you will find something here to inspire you to create. And, it’s great for beginners that want to add a personalized touch to their party but don’t know where to start.

Host a classroom party with bright primary colors. Hanging lanterns and globes create height and draw attention to your party backdrop. classroom-partyBanner kits make big messages bold and come together in just a few easy steps. classroom-bannerCreate a chore chart with glassine bags, labels, paper straws and flags.classroom-chartDress up snack time!class-drinksclass-snacksDon’t miss out on these fun photo booth accessories that double as imaginary playtime props.play-propsThese kits come with everything you need to create a color-themed party. Embellish them with dinosaurs, ice princesses or monograms, or use them plain to add bold color to your party. Make simple favors in a snap with glassine bags, clothespins and adhesive bows.

Recollections Craft It BagsGold polka dot bags are the perfect favors for your guests. Just add treats!

Recollections Craft It Gold Dot BagsHow cute are these paper pinwheels glued on toothpicks for customized cupcake toppers? What an easy way to dress up store-bought cupcakes.

pinwheel cupcakes

There are so many great products to choose from, and each one is offered in a variety of colors. I love seeing them organized by color group so I can find everything that matches in one place or I can pull products from different color lines to match my exact party theme.

If you are planning a party or special event, your guests will be impressed with your attention to detail and handmade touches. Stop by your local Michaels to see this beautiful, colorful aisle in person.

Have you ever used any of the Craft It products for a celebration? Share photos with us on Instagram & Twitter using #MadeWithMichaels!


Valentine Heart Sugar Cookies

7 Last Minute Sweet Treats for Valentine’s Day

I adore Valentine’s Day! Red and pink hearts, chocolate temptations and Valentine’s Day cards make me smile. It’s also the perfect time to show a sweetheart, family and friends how much you love them. And what better way to show your love than with a delicious treat you make yourself? Whether you are a novice or have some baking experience, here are seven sweet Valentine’s Day confections to inspire you.

1. Valentine’s Day Ombre Cake

Bake a Special Valentine's Day Ombre Cake Stylish and sophisticated, this cake is as fancy as anything you’ll find at a bakery. Cut into the cake to reveal the real drama – multicolor tiers and a tiny heart design baked inside the bottom layer.

 2. Valentine’s Day Candy-Dipped Pretzels

Hand Dip Pretzels in Melted Chocolate No baking required! If you are in a pinch timewise, this sweet and salty treat is for you.

3. The Wilton Method Sugar Cookies (Video)

Watch how easy it is to make these oh-so-charming heart cookies! This free online class takes you through all the steps, including making the dough, cutting out shapes and using a pastry bag to create these colorful icing designs. To see how to decorate the three Valentine’s Day cookies above, skip to minute 39:30 of the 43-minute video.

4. Chocolate Lover’s Deep Dish Cookie

Bake This Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookie Elevate a humble chocolate chip cookie into a decadent dessert by topping it with buttercream icing, chocolate chunks and hot fudge sauce. Yum!

5. Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

Decorate Heart-Shaped Cookies Love, hugs and kisses – say it with cookie cutters shaped like a heart, an “X” or an “O”. Use a pastry bag to create designs using icing or to spell out “Love” or “Amour.”

6. Red Velvet Whoopie Pies valentine_whoopie_pie

Super cute and easy to make – nothing says I love you like a Red Velvet Whoopie Pie!

7. Tattoo Your Love Mini Cupcakes

Easy to Make Valentine Cupcake With Edible Decorations How cute is this? Imagine serving your sweetie this tiny cupcake decorated with sprinkles and an edible tattoo heart decoration. What is your favorite “go-to” dessert for Valentine’s Day?

Classroom Valentine Party Craft

Classroom Valentine Party Ideas

As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, I know many of you are helping your little Cupids craft handmade Valentines for their classmates and friends. Whether you’re a teacher or crafty room mom, we have gathered up a few classroom Valentine party ideas for you.

Valentine’s Day Teacher’s Door Décor

Valentine Door DecorDecorate the classroom entryway with this lovely door décor. Each student can decorate their own heart to hang.

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Decorate a cute mailbox for your Valentines! These boxes come with a pre-cut slot so all you need to do is add tape, stickers, doodles & a little love!

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Of course we need a fun craft for the kids! This foam heart project is the perfect way to say “I Love You Beary Much”.

Whimsy Kraft Treat BagsWhimsy Kraft Treat Bags

Dress up simple kraft bags with doilies, felt hearts & a doodle. Fill them up with treats or even fun finds like erasers, stickers & little toys.

Valentine’s Day Teacher GiftValentine's Day Teacher Gift

Don’t forget about the teacher! Show her how much you care with this sweet mason jar gift. I am sure we all agree that she could use a relaxing soak in the tub!

Valentine’s Day CupcakesValentine's Day Cupcakes

No party is complete with out some sweet treats! Valentine paper liners & picks make these cupcakes just a bit more sweet. If you’re in a pinch, you can add these glittery heart  picks to store-bought cupcakes for that extra touch of love.

Are you crafting for the classroom this Valentine’s Day? Share your projects with us on Instagram & Pinterest using #MadeWithMichaels!