Halloween Balloon Pumpkin Faces

Last year for my son's Halloween party, we made these little gems!  The kids loved them and they were incredibly simple!

Supplies needed:
Orange Balloon
Black Sharpie
Green Sharpie
Green felt cut in the shape of leaves

1. Have children blow up the balloons to preferable size.
2. Decorate balloon to look like a Jack-o-Lantern with balloon tie on the top of the pumpkin.  
3. Cut a slit in the end of the leaf with scissors to allow balloon tie to snugly fit through.
4.  Enjoy!

See our other very fun Halloween Ideas, Crafts, Treats,and Games PLUS creative Costume Ideas!


Sticky Rice and Mangoes Recipe

Thailand is special to our family because my husband spent time as a missionary over there. While there, he picked up a few good recipes. On our very first date, he made me this simple and delicious dessert. It is a favorite of ours! He has graciously helped put together this tutorial.

Sticky Rice and Mangoes


  • 3-4 cups sticky (glutinous) rice
  • 1 15 oz. can of coconut milk
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 t. cornstarch
  • 4 mangoes


    • Rinse sticky rice with a bowl of water and drain water. Repeat three times.
    • Fill bowl with enough water to generously cover the rice and soak for four hours.
    • Drain water and place rice in traditional Thai rice steaming basket.

    • Boil water in pot and then place basket of rice with a lid over it on top of the pot and steam for for 15 minutes*
    • Flip rice over and steam an additional 15 minutes. Remove from heat.

    • Meanwhile, heat coconut milk and sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly until it comes it to a boil; then remove it from the heat.
    • Mix half of coconut milk/sugar mixture with the steamed rice in a serving bowl.
    • Add 1 t. cornstarch to the remaining coconut milk mixture and return it to the stove,  cooking on low heat for 5 more minutes, stirring constantly. Remove sauce from heat.
    • Peel and dice mangoes.
    • Serve dessert with sticky rice on the bottom, diced mangoes in the middle, and coconut milk sauce drizzled on top.


    Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Party

    This year my little girl requested a "Strawberry Shortcake" birthday party. It was a lot of fun coming up with cute ways to decorate and celebrate at her party. The decorations were simple ~ lots of pink and green and strawberries! We served cupcakes and strawberry lemonade.

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    I found this shirt at Old Navy with vintage Strawberry Shortcake, which I thought was so perfect:

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    For activities we played Bingo, colored pictures, pinned berries in a basket, had a beanbag toss, played a little freeze dance, read a Strawberry Shortcake book, and had a strawberry-shaped piñata.

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    I loved the cupcakes, which I put inside little terra cotta pots. I sprinkled them with oreo cookie crumbs to resemble dirt and topped them with a chocolate-covered strawberry:

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    The party favors were made by my sweet mom. I kept it super simple. Besides the candy from the piñata, everyone took home a strawberry-shaped beanbag:

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    I think it's safe to say this little girl had a blast. She had a big smile all day long!

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    Andrea also did a Strawberry Shortcake Party and here is her fun cake she made for her daughter:

    {The polkadots and strawberries are from fruit roll-ups, the stripes are Sour Straws, the balls are Mint Chocolate Balls and the rest is frosting!}