It’s Party Hop time and the Autumn Market Party starts today! I hope you’re ready to see all of the unique party ideas we have planned.

To start this party off, hop on over to A Night Owl for a cork cupcake flag tutorial. I love these cute toppers and can’t wait to create them for my next party. They’re perfect for autumn.

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Then stop by The Elephant of Surprise (Aimee is one of my favorite bloggers) for a fun party game, a diy bean bag toss. This is a great game for kids of all ages.

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And finally you won’t want to miss how to make these clever market stamps at Confetti Sunshine. Sara is so talented and is the brains and photographer behind this whole Party Hop. These take home boxes will make cute favors for any party.

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It’s time for another Party Hop! This time the theme is Autumn Market and it’s a whole week of cute cute autumn party ideas. I can’t wait to show you all of the detailed posts, starting tomorrow. But for now, here are a few sneak peek pics:

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Thanks to Silhouette for sponsoring this party and to One Sweet Slice for supplying the treats.






This Huckleberry Finn Party activity was inspired by an adorable board book. The raft page in this cute cute book was what I fell in love with when I saw it. I used this fun raft as inspiration for the party activity. Since we were celebrating a first birthday, a lot of adults (grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends) were invited.  I wanted an activity that was fun for adults and the few kids that would be there and I also wanted to incorporate a service project. I did some research and found that a local children’s hospital was in need of “craft kits” for the kids staying at the hospital to put together during their stay. I decided to have guests put together kits to make popsicle stick rafts just like the book!

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There are two parts to this craft, the “raft station how-to” and also the “raft building how-to” (in case you need a fun activity for a group of kids as well!). It would be simple to have kids do both at a party too – make a kit as a favor and one to donate.

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You Will Need:
• Long table (to use for assembly)
• Kit-making instructions (see printable download)
• Raft-making instructions (see printable download)
• Raft Kit Labels (see printable download)
• Popsicle sticks
• Pre-cut strips of paper (5 ½ inches x 3 inches)
• Pre-cut paper flags (1 inch x 4 inches)
• Clay (like sculpey)
• Small dowels
• Containers for sticks, paper, dowels, and clay
• Scissors
• Twine
• Saran Wrap
• Paper bags

1. Set up all supplies: Set up all the supplies in a row so it follows the steps of the kit-making instructions.

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2. Hang Kit-making Instructions: Using a piece of twine and some clothespins, hang the kit-making instructions above the table with all the supplies so it is easy to see by party guests.

3. Helpful Hints: Optional: Include a finished raft kit so guests can see what it is supposed to look like at the end. You could also build one of the rafts (see “how to” below) so guests can see what the kids at the hospital will get to make too. This isn’t necessary, but may be helpful!

Raft Building How To

Now if you would like party guests to be able to make a raft, I’ve included instructions and pictures here too. The rafts really are so fun and simple because you only need a few supplies. You could have the kids build a raft and then have a race down a park stream too. Note, the rafts aren’t waterproof, but if you are careful, the paper dries up after or you can also spray with a waterproof lacquer if you are feeling ambitious. Either way, the rafts are guaranteed for at least one fun sail down a stream or in a sink.

You’ll need the same supplies as the list above plus some glue.

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1. Raft Base
• Glue 3 popsicle sticks on top of each other
• Repeat
• This creates two bases for your raft

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2. Raft Platform
• Align raft bases parallel to each other
• Glue 9 popsicle sticks perpendicular to the raft bases
• This will create your raft platform

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3. Tent
• Fold your long strip of paper in half (hamburger style–5 ½ inches x 3 inches)
• Make a fold on each end of your paper approximately ¼ inch (right sides together)
• Glue paper tent to the top of the platform (the folds you just made should align with the raft bases)

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4. Finishing Touches
• Glue a popsicle stick to the inside of the tent
• Glue two popsicle sticks on top of the paper tent folds (that align with the raft base)

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5. Flag

• Fold small paper (4 inches x 1 inch) in half
• Cut round half circle in the open end
• Curl flag in an “S” patter (to make it wave)
• Blue small tie ends to the small dowel
• Roll clay into ball with a flat bottom
• Insert dowel with flag into clay
• Glue clay (with the flag) onto the raft platform

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6. Float away!

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We hope you enjoyed this fun party! Remember to find the inspiration in new and different places and get those creative juices flowing.

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For this Hucklebarry Finn Birthday party you might have to feed a lot of people quickly and affordably. But you’ll want to have something yummy too. Since the theme of the book is camping, my first thought was hotdogs and s’mores. To make it just a little classier, add a bunch of delicious toppings to the mix. Yay for classy camping party food! Here’s how.

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Gourmet Hotdog Bar: For the hotdog bar, simply print the recipes (see printable downloads below), hang up with a clothespin, put out the toppings complete with labels and let your guests pile on the goodness.

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Bahn Mi Dog: This hotdog is inspired by the Vietnamese sandwich with cilantro, shredded carrot, sliced cucumbers, and spicy mayo. The spicy mayo is a simple mix of mayo, sriracha sauce to taste, and a dash of sugar.

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Reuben Dog: This hotdog was inspired by a Reuben sandwich with thousand island dressing, shredded swiss cheese, and sauerkraut.

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Simple Dog: This is just a plain-jane, no-nonsense dog with ketchup and mustard.

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For side dishes serve up chips, carrot slices, and mini pickles. I actually lucked out and found chip bags that coordinated with the party colors. Win!

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Gourmet S’mores Bar: For the s’mores bar, set out a delightful array of common and varied s’mores toppings and your guests will have a hay-day creating all sorts of exciting s’mores combinations! The winner at this party was a mallow between two Ritz crackers and peanut butter, chocolate sauce, and a banana slice. The possibilities are endless!

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Tomorrow is a party activity that doubles as a service project. It is pretty darn adorable and inspired by the book! Click for more Huckleberry Finn Party ideas.






If you’re planning your own Huckleberry Finn birthday decorations, consider holding the party outdoors. This way you won’t need a lot of extra decor. The biggest focus is on the food (the best part of a party, right? — see tomorrow’s post dedicated to that) but include a few things to tie in the theme of the book: hang some simple garlands, decorate a store bought smash cake, and make very simple favors.

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Garlands: These garlands are so easy to make. Cut out a bunch of triangles in coordinating colors and stitch together on your sewing machine. You can make all of these in about an hour. Hang them by the food, above the birthday boy, and by the activity station. They’re fun, colorful and bring attention to all the important stops at the party. Hang one on the highchair for the birthday boy too–a simple way to dress it up without going overboard. If you’re like me, you’ll also have to have this adorable letter-pressed map from the book.

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Cake: Go easy-peasy on the cake. After all it’s just going to be smashed by a one-year-old. To dress it up, I asked the baker to do a mini smash cake but had them add one extra level. Most grocery stores or other professional bakers will make a tiny cake special for smashing and add the extra level to make the cake a bit more impressive looking. Make some darling paper flags similar to the flag in the book on the raft and added a bunch to the top. It’s simple, affordable, and makes a fun impact for pictures!

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Favors: I always like to think of favors to give away that someone may actually use again, so I decided on magnets. To make them, glue a white magnet (spray paint them if you can’t find white) to a clothespin. Let it dry. Print a big “THANKS SO MUCH” (see printable download below) on white cardstock, cut them out, and cut pieces of cute scrapbook paper just bigger than the “THANKS SO MUCH” and clip together with the clothespin. Hang all the magnets on a metal doorframe for guests to take on their way out. They double as decoration too.

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Come back tomorrow for details on the food. It’s going to be delicious. Click for more Huckleberry Finn Party ideas.






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