DIY Party Cup Garland

Hello there I’m Topsy Turvy readers!  It’s Mel again from So Festive!  The thing I love about Summer is all of the outdoor entertaining. And today I’m going to show you how you can spruce up your outdoor entertaining space with a DIY Party Cup Garland.


What You Need:

-a string of mini outdoor lights

-mini red plastic party cups

-exacto knife or other sharp knife

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How to make your Party Cup Garland: 

Using an exacto knife, cut a small x on the bottom of the plastic cup. Then carefully push the lightbulb through the hole until it snaps into place.

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Repeat until you have covered all of the lights.

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Hang outside for your next party! What’s great about this lighting is it’s cute during the hours it is light, but doubles as lights when it’s dark.


Are you hosting a 4th of July BBQ? This DIY Party Cup Garland would be the perfect decor for your BBQ. Speaking of BBQ, if you want an alternative to traditional hot dogs and hamburgers, you’ve got to try this amazing Rosemary Ranch Chicken. It’s our very favorite grill recipe! Let me know what you think. I promise you’ll love it!

Get even more 4th of July ideas here. See you again next month!


Fourth of July Dessert Party Favors


Hey everyone! It’s Mel again from So Festive! Can you believe that the Fourth of July is just one month away? I’m sure happy that June is here, but since the Fourth of July is probably  my all-time favorite holiday, I just had to share something patriotic today.

Will you be hosting a BBQ? Or would you like a fun Fourth of July gift idea? I’m combining my favorite holiday with one of the most popular summer treats. Let me introduce you to the Patriotic Smores!

Fourth of July dessert smores are really quite easy to put together.


What you need:

1. Homemade Graham Crackers (recipe is over on SoFestive! today) shaped into stars

2. Starmallows aka star-shaped marshmallows (can be purchased at your local grocery store)

3. Your favorite chocolate

4. Skewers, striped bags, and the Smore Fun printables

The How-to:

Let’s twist up the good ole’ Smores and have them Fourth of July style! Simply put them all into a striped bag, fold the top over, and staple the Smore Fun printable on top.


Let your party guests take them home or have a bonfire right in your own backyard.


If you love the 4th of July, check out these other festive ideas from So Festive!

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Easy Patriotic Cupcakes | 15-Minute Patriotic Banner | Festive Flag Waffles

Free Printable Fourth of July Party Flags


Hi, it’s Natalie from Katarina’s Paperie stopping by today.  Can you believe we just celebrated Memorial Day?  It seemed so early this year - I feel like I’m just recovering from Easter.

One of my favorite parts about summer is the patriotic celebrations.  I love all of the red, white and blue that seems to surface between the months of June and August.  From beautiful patriotic desserts to festive Fourth of July decorations, it’s such a happy time to celebrate how proud I am to be an American.


So, when thinking about the perfect printable to share with you this month, I created one that was especially patriotic and perfect for all of your upcoming celebrations, picnics and fireworks displays – Free Printable Fourth of July Party Flags.  What I love about party flags is that they are a great way to add some color to even the smallest get together.


Although my favorite use is to add them to paper straws, there are many fun ways to use these patriotic party flags at your celebration.   You could attach these Free Printable Fourth of July Party Flags to toothpicks for picnic appetizers, cupcake toppers for your holiday desserts or even pencil flags for the kids’ favors.

Assembling your party flags to paper straws is so simple too.  Simply print out the free printable patriotic party flags on medium cardstock.  Cut out the straw flags with scissors or a paper cutter.  Add a small piece of double sided tape or glue dot onto the back.  Attach onto your paper straw.  Seal the end with another small piece of tape or glue dot.  Check out our shop’s blog for even more detailed assembly directions.

Download your free printable patriotic party flags here:

Free Printable Fourth of July Party Flags

Need more free patriotic printables?  We have an entire free printable Fourth of July collection on our blog as well as some amazing patriotic party ideas.  Here is a sneak peak from our party last year:


You can download your own free printable Fourth of July party here:

Free Printable Fourth of July Party


Happy Mothers Day from Alex Boye

Two weeks ago I was at SNAP conference here in SLC. The opening night “speaker” was Alex Boye. Now all I knew about his was his cover of Let It Go from YouTube, so I thought, this will be fun!

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It opened with his cover of “Royals” on the video screen (which I loved) and then HE came in and started singing! His energy was amazing, and in between songs while he played to the audience and ran around the whole room (hamming it up for peoples phones and everything) he shared a little bit of his story and why he was singing/speaking at a conference for women bloggers.

(thanks Aimee for this video)

He spoke of a time when his singing career wasn’t able to support his growing family so he took a 9-5 soul killing job. What a wonderful father, so many selfish people of our generation think they deserve to continue to focus on themselves at the expense of their family… ANYWAY, he had put a video on YouTube before the soul sucking job but it hadn’t done very well at all.


One day his wife called him at work and told him to check out his video on YouTube, it had gone from a handful of views to 50,000+ almost overnight? What was going on? He checked out his analytics to find that 5 “mom” bloggers had shared his video and started the snowball effect he was seeing.


From that point on he’s been able to support his family with his music career (a hard business for sure). So he was at SNAP telling us to not give up, that if we thought about quitting to know that we were effecting people more than we could know and to keep it up even when we got negative comments and felt like quitting (and he complimented my hair, awesome).

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After his performance was over he kindly stayed after to shake hands and take pictures. Some of the outgoing girls I’m friends with (Jordan and Pam) suggested that he should do a video including us bloggers sometime. Well he took that idea and RAN with it!

(thanks Jill for the picture)

Last week we got the email to join him for recording and filming the video (all in one crazy day with awesome choreography from Kaylynn) and this week the video came out. So in honor of moms, who are all amazing and dedicated to kidnapped Girls from Nigeria West Africa, Here is Katy Perry’s “Roar” with Alex Boye and a ton of us Mom Bloggers!

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Spicy Deviled Egg Recipe

This is a sponsored post, Kraft Foods sent me jars of MIRACLE WHIP and this recipe to try as part of the #proudofit campaign

I am a MIRACLE WHIP lover!  We never even had mayo in the fridge growing up.  when I got married my husband came from a mayo family, but I quickly converted him and he is now a MIRACLE WHIP lover as well.  And of course we’re raising our kids right as well!


BUT there are a few classic recipes, like Deviled Eggs, I never thought to make the swap to MIRACLE WHIP… But that is changing!  Adding MIRACLE WHIP brings a sweet and tangy flavor!  Perfect for transforming your Easter eggs from something ordinary to extraordinary.  I wasn’t sure what my family would think but my husband LOOOOOOVED it!


I love getting together with family and friends potluck style and bringing food.  To dress up my eggs for Easter I used food dye to dye my eggs all pretty like.  To see a full tutorial for how to dye Easter eggs with food dye head on over at Cupcake Diaries.  I want to stress that this was Food dye, not store bought pellets so it’s safe for everyone to ingest!


This recipe is just 5 ingredients and takes less than 15 mins to prepare!  It’s so easy my kids could make this!  I love fast and easy food, since I’m usually wrangling 5 kids and a husband out the door to these gatherings as well!  AND so pretty, Deviled eggs are a dish people are totally impressed with and i had no idea how easy they were to make!


Gather your ingredients.  Make sure to dice your jalapeno super tiny and WASH YOUR hands after, don’t touch your itchy eye with your hand right after cutting… Ouch (yes I totally did that).  Make sure you use a sharp knife to cut your eggs in half, you don’t want to break or crush your eggs  (I always cook a few extra just in case)


spicy deviled egg recipe

15 minutes

24 deviled egg halfs

1 deviled egg half

spicy deviled egg recipe


  • 12 hard-cooked eggs
  • 2/3 C MIRACLE WHIP Dressing
  • 2 tsp GREY POUPON dijon Mustard
  • 1 jalapeño peppers, seeded & finely diced


  1. Cut eggs lengthwise in half.
  2. Remove yolks (they should pop right out) and place in medium bowl.
  3. Mash with fork.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  5. Pipe or spoon into egg white halves.
  6. Sprinkle with paprika.
  7. Garnish with additional jalapeno slices, if desired.
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I used an open star tip to pipe the yolk mixture into the egg whites.  Don’t use a CLOSED star tip because the chopped jalapeno’s will get stuck…  Divide it evenly between all your eggs and Voila! Your ready to take your platter or plates to your Easter party!


I also have a post on perfect hard boiled eggs, but I know everyone has their own way of doing it.  What is your favorite way to boil/cook eggs?

AND where you do fall on MIRACLE WHIP spectrum?  I can’t wait to share a few more twists on classics over the next few months!

For more great MIRACLE WHIP recipes and news check out their site or Follow them on Facebook and Twitter

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Easy Easter Lunch for Kids

Hello! It’s Mel again from So Festive! Celebrating is all about simple. Sure, there is still some effort required, but doing small and simple things will life meaningful and memorable.

We threw a Bunny Inspired party and today I’m going to show you what we served for lunch. You don’t have to have a full-blown Easter party to make this for your kids. Whip it up sometime this month before the Easter bunny arrives. It will be a hit!


Presentation is key for kids! The cuter it is, the more likely they are to eat it. This Easter lunch was not only cute, but healthy. Because everything was presented well, they didn’t even realize that it was good for them.


I always like to keep a stash of cupcake papers on hand. Not because I make cupcakes that often, but because they are perfect for compartmentalizing things for kids. You’ll see in our Easter Lunch we included carrots, Annie’s Bunny Crackers, and a PB &J cut into a bunny. The kale is optional, but you can’t tell me that extra bit of green doesn’t make it so much more festive?


That’s all there is to it! Let them eat away, just like little bunnies would. Bunny ears are optional. :)


To see the rest of our Bunny Themed Party, head over to So Festive!

And while we are talking about Easter and Spring, you might be interested in these posts:

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Easter Traditions | Storing Holiday & Party Decorations