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Finish off your summer picnic with a party favor of cute little cookies in a jar. Picnic parties don’t have to have party favors, but why not when these little favors come together so effortlessly?

cookie favor

For the DIY cookie favors, you’ll need: cookies, a half pint mason jar with lid, a cute cupcake liner, “Thanks for Coming” printable (download below), 2 inch circle punch, twine, and sticker paper

Directions: First, fill the mason jar with cookies and close the lid. Next, place a cupcake liner over the top of the jar. You can glue it into place if the liner keeps falling off. Tie some twine around the cupcake liner. Print the “Thanks for Coming” printable onto sticker paper. Cut out the labels with a 2 inch circle punch. Stick a label onto the top of the jar over the cupcake liner.


cookie favor


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TIPS FOR A PERFECT SUMMER PICNIC: I shared our fun free picnic invitations printable yesterday, so today I’m sharing some great tips for having a perfect summer evening out on a picnic.

tips for a perfect summer picnic

1 – Pick out a favorite picnic basket. I picked up this vintage inspired metal picnic basket from World Market.
2 – Bring a big blanket, but one that you won’t be worried about getting dirty.
3 – Be sure to bring your favorite foods. This isn’t the day to get your kids to eat their vegetables. I packed a delicious dinner of BLTs, watermelon, and barbecue potato chips.
4 – Surprise your kids with a fun bottled soda. I picked up a great variety of different types and flavors at World Market.
5 – Don’t forget the napkins! There is always going to be a mess or spill at a picnic – that’s why they are held outside! But, just to make it easier, keep some darling napkins on hand to help clean up.

summer picnic

cute soda bottles

picnic basket world market

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We surfed through the One Charming Party archives to find our tastiest ideas for mouth-watering summertime treats that will be a sweet addition to all of your warm weather celebrations!

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Summer Food Ideas for Kids: 1. Watercolor Cookies | 2. Fruity Pops | 3. S’mores Cake | 4. Mini Ice Cream Cones | 5. Ice Cream Party Cake | 6. Strawberry Smoothies

Cookouts, pool parties, campouts – there always seems to be something fun going on in the summer, and these summery invites will help you spread the word about whatever awesome summertime shindig you have planned.

Summer Party Invitations on onecharmingparty.com #summerinvites

Summer Party Invitations: 1. Sip Something Cool by Pear Tree Greetings | 2. Beach Ball Bonanza by Sarah Hawkins Designs for Tiny Prints | 3. Splish Bash by Sweet Street Gals for Minted | 4. S’mores Under the Stars by Sweet Street Gals for Invitation Consultants | 5. All Things BBQ by Pear Tree Greetings | 6. Big Burger by Tallu-lah for Tiny Prints | 7. Grill Out by Invitation Consultants | 8. Campsite Carving by Wiley Valentine for Tiny Prints

Ideas by Kristen Magee.

Summer vacation is here. If you have young children you know that entertaining them while traveling can be almost as exhausting as getting ready for the vacation. Whether it’s a long road trip with kids, the first airplane ride for your kids, or even a weekend vacation, this busy bag will help organize and entertain everyone for those endless miles of road.

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You will need: “don’t open until” printable, Avery labels 1-1/3″ x 4″, tote bag (this one is from Target),  various glassine and favor bags, small activities, such as: puzzle, book, coloring book, markers, stickers, small figurines, small treat, sunglasses, coupon for a treat, etc.

Directions: Print the “Don’t open until” labels on to the Avery paper. Take each activity and stuff it into a bag. Fold over the top and seal it with a “Don’t open until” label. Once you have all the activities stuffed into bags, go through and write a different time for each activity to be opened. For example, if you are traveling by airplane, have one activity to be opened once you get to the gate. One activity for once the airplane has taken off. One activity for once you’ve gotten to the rental car, etc. If you’re traveling by car, have actual times listed, based on estimated travel time.

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Having some fun activities spread out this way keeps kids entertained longer, and keeps their mind off of the travel time. So maybe you won’t hear, “Are we there yet?”

Photography, design + styling by Sara Schmutz.

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