Cookie Monster Birthday Gift Tag

I know we focus a lot on Birthday’s for kids as mom’s.  But what about birthday’s for your adult friends?  Something to say “thinking of you” without going crazy overboard? I have a lot of amazing friends in my life, and I LOVE birthday’s. For me coming up with something to give is always easy, something from the kitchen; a baked treat, vanilla sugar or maybe an ice cream cake, anything I know they love that I make.

a sweet Cookie monster quote and tag to go along with a sweet birthday gift for your friends

When Kristen Duke invited me and 101+ other bloggers to share in her Birthday Celebration Week I was super excited to join in! And these ideas are SOOO super cute! Most gifts are under $5, and have coordinating printables to make it super simple!

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Cookies are always a favorite and I love dressing them up in cute sweet mason jars (yes I love food in mason jars). And adult friends don’t always want a ton of treats so I love to make MINI cookies to go in pint sized jars!. Any cookie recipe works, but I went with my Snickerdoodles, a cookie flavor almost everyone loves!


To make my cookies all the same size and to easily get out the dough, I ‘m a huge fan of using scoops! To get the right size for these smaller mason jars I use a #100 (aka 1 1/8 inch, or 2 teaspoon) scoop! There were a few that still baked up too big, but my kids gladly ate those! I also made one SLIGHTLY smaller than the rest to fit in the VERY bottom of the jar.


For the tags I went with one of my favorite Cookie Monster quotes:

“Sometimes Me Think, ‘What is Friend?’ & then me say, ‘Friend is someone to share the last cookie with’ – Cookie Monster”

I mean, who doesn’t love Cookie Monster??? I’m a big Grover fan too!


Print off the front and back of the printable and cut out cookie monster. Then cut along the TOP HALF of the eye’s only, using the indent between each circle as your guide. Be careful not to cut more than half way around. Because then we want to FOLD right at the eye line and the eye’s will then pop up!


From there you can either tape it to the top of the jar, or attach it with cute bakers twine, both work, both look cute. And deliver to your friends on their birthdays!

Click here to get the free cookie monster birthday gift tag printables


Are you ready for more inspiration? Check out this amazing BLOG HOP! Click on the links below each collage to see the gift idea and printable, along with instructions on how to make them, like mine above. I like to open a bunch of new tabs, and Pin and Stumble my favorites for later.

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1. Birthday Balloon Gift + matching free Print by Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke
2. Stamped Cocktail Napkin + Printable by Delineate Your Dwelling
3. Buckets of Fun gift idea+Free Printable by Craftiness is Not Optional
4. 7 Candy Bar Love Notes to say “Happy Birthday” by The Dating Divas
5. Have a Flippin’ Awesome Birthday by Dessert Now Dinner Later
6. Fishtail Loom Bracelet by I Should Be Mopping the Floor
7. Lemonade Lip Balm by Pretty Handy Girl
8. Hair Tie Birthday Gift & Printable Tag by Wait Til Your Father Gets Home
9. Gift of Sunshine Idea + Free Printable by Sweet Charli
10. I hope your birthday is a whole “lotto” fun by C.R.A.F.T.
11. Chicken Spice Rub w/ Printable Tags by Over the Big Moon
12. Birthday in a Bag Gift Idea by Seven Thirty Three
13. Quick Note for your Birthday Printable by Liz on Call
14. Otter Pop Gift with Printable Gift Tag by Somewhat Simple
15. {you} Series Magnets Printable by Ruffles and Rain Boots
16. Tea Cup Succulent by Your Homebased Mom
17. Pretty Pincushion + Printable by Let’s Eat Grandpa
18. Lemon Bath Salts & Free Printable by See Vanessa Craft
19. Diet Coke Birthday Kit by Pink Peppermint Prints
20. Chocolate Filled Insulated Tumbler Gift by The Girl Who Ate Everything

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21. Easy Funfetti Cake Balls with Printable by Salt and Pepper Moms
22. Hands Down Best Friend Around by Eighteen25
23. Berry Happy Birthday Printable by Stuffed Suitcase
24. Whisk Birthday Gift with Free Printable by Cupcake Diaries
25. Paper Plate Gift Idea by Crafting in the Rain
26. Popcorn Gift Printable by Breezy Bakes
27. Life Saver: Birthday Gift in a Jar by Here Comes the Sun
28. Decoupage Wooden Pendant by Twin Dragonfly Designs
29. Have a coffee on me: Funky Coasters by Funky Junk Interiors
30. Swanky Black & Gold Cosmetic Bag by A Prudent Life
31. DIY cocktail napkins by kojodesigns
32. Nail Polish Gift by Southern Hospitality
33. Banana Cake by Whats Cooking with Ruthie
34. Paparazzi – the PERFECT friend gift by Sugar Bee Crafts
35. “latte” fun birthday gift by Our Thrifty Ideas
36. Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes + Printable by Tastes Better from Scratch
37. Pearls are Always Appropriate by Mommy Envy
38. Girls Just Want to Have Fun Birthday Gift by A Little Tipsy
39. Manicure Kit Birthday Gift with Printable by Blooming Homestead
40. Orange you Glad Cup by Artsy Fartsy Mama

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41. Donut Gift Tag by Pretty Providence
42. Rainbow Inspired Birthday Gift + Printable by Thirty Handmade Days
43. Drink Topper and Tag by LandeeLu
44. DIY Bath Salts using Essential Oils by Unskinny Boppy
45. Friends are Like Chocolate Chips by Delightful Deets
46. Paint Can Succulent Planters by East Coast Creative
47. A Bundt Cake Gift & Printable by Dukes and Duchesses
48. Jam Birthday Gift & Printable by Happiness is Homemade
49. Jazzed up Frames by House for Five
50. Favorite Things Gift Ideas by inkhappi
51. Toe-tally Cool Nail Polish Gift Idea + Free Printable by Simply Designing with Ashley
52. Quote Book by Reasons to Skip the Housework
53. Iron On T-Shirt Gift by Becoming Martha
54. DIY Humorous Girlfriend Gift by Brassy Apple
55. Tea-riffic Birthday Gift Idea & Printable by Mom Endeavors
56. Turn Today Into A Celebration by Dolen Diaries
57. <You’re A Lifesaver Printable by Live Laugh Rowe
58. Happy Birthday Jar {free printable} by Kiki and Company
59. Mason Jar Flower Vase + Printable by R & R Workshop
60. Easy $5 Wooden Charm Bracelet by Craftily Ever After

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61. Polka Dot Mason Jar Vase by The Cards We Drew
62. Free Printable Mini Notes by Confetti Sunshine
63. Bath Bomb Easy Birthday Gifts by Tried and True
64. Ball Jar Printable Tags by The Country Chic Cottage
65. Eat More Cake Birthday Gift Idea and Printable by Play. Party. Pin.
66. Have a “berry” happy birthday by The Contractor Chronicles
67. Merci Chocolates + Hey Birthday Girl french girl printable by Handmade in the Heartland
68. Five Minute Leather Necklace Tutorial + Birthday printables by Delia Creates
69. Ah-Mason Birthday Gift Idea by Lolly Jane
70. Simple Dangle Earring Tutorial by Bombshell Bling
71. Symphony Bar Brownies by Among the Young
72. Wishing you an E “straw” diary Birthday by Ginger Snap Crafts
73. DIY Washi Tape Cacti by Fry Sauce and Grits
74. State Pride Cheese Board by Addicted to DIY
75. Reusable Monogrammed Solo Cup by Mom 4 Real
76. go-to gift…EARRINGS! by A Girl and A Glue Gun
77. Embroidered Mixed Media Bookmarkers by The Creative Goddess
78. Beyond Measure Birthday Printable by Like Mother Like Daughter
79. Birthday Facial Kit Gift by The Benson Street
80. DIY Jewelry Bookmark by Design Dazzle

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81. Birthday in a Jar – Birthday Printable Tags by A Pumpkin and a Princess
82. Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Party Cookies by Crazy Little Projects
83. You are the Bee’s Knees by Love the Day
84. Birthday Candy Jar by Inside BruCrew Life
85. Hip Hip Hooray, today is your birthday!” printables by The Crafted Sparrow
86. Treat Yo Self Printable by Girl Loves Glam
87. Chocolate Facial with printable by TidyMom
88. Happy Birthday Sweets by A Night Owl
89. Quick & Easy Hydrangea Cake by Sweet C’s Designs
90. Sweets for the Sweet by Simply Kierste
91. Citrus Whipped Honey Butter Jars by Sand and Sisal
92. Diet Coke Gift for a Friend with Printable by Sweet Treats and More
93. A Latte for Two + printables by One Krieger Chick
94. Cookie Monster Birthday Gift Tag by I’m Topsy Turvy
95. Root Beer Float Cake in a Jar by Giggles Galore
96. Treat Yo’Self Printable Watercoloring Box by Persia Lou
97. Fruity Body Scrub with Printable by Mad in Crafts
98. Magnetic Necklace Charm by Sowdering About
99. Happy Bee Day with Printable by Just Another Day in Paradise
100. Manicure in a Jar by That’s What {Che} Said…
101. UBER lucky to have you in my Life by Maybe I Will
102. Free Happy Birthday Printable by NoBiggie
103. DIY Wine Bag & Charms Gift by Sypsie Designs
104. Crispy Crunch-y Pie with Printable by Just Rhonda
105. “You’re the Silver Lining” Friendship Nail Polish Gift by The Happy Housie
106. Tie One On for Your Birthday (Hair Tie Gift Free Printable) by illistyle

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Free Printable Summer Vacation Countdown Calendar


Hi, it’s Natalie from Katarina’s Paperie.  I’m so excited that summer is officially here.  We’ve been busy sipping ice cold lemonade, making homemade popsicles and playing outside from morning till night.  I love summer!


One of my favorite parts of the season is our annual summer vacation.  We always try to get away with the kids – at least for a little bit.  It always seems that the vacation is over in a blink of an eye, but waiting for it to get here takes FOREVER.  If my family is anything like yours, we are not very patient either.

countdown-calendar-paper-chain-loopsSo to help make that wait time seem a little shorter, I created a free printable summer vacation countdown calendar.  I’ve added a summer touch to the traditional paper chain countdown calendar – summer patterns and bright colors.  To countdown, just have your kids pull off one paper loop a day.  They can even count the remaining pieces to reinforce math skills and help them answer the age old question – Do We Go Yet?

You Will Need:

Free Printable Vacation Paper Chains

Free Printable Vacation Countdown Calendar Signs - Choose between hot pink or lime green

Paper Cutter or Scissors

Glue Stick or Stapler

1.  Print out your free printable summer vacation countdown calendar.  Cut out the number of paper chains you will need.  I recommend creating a calendar to count down 2 weeks prior to your trip, but you could use more or less.


2.  Download your free printable vacation countdown calendar sign.  Cut out the Do We Go Yet? sign.  Use scissors (or a razor blade) to create a slit for the first paper chain.


3.  Slide the first paper chain into the slit.  Attach in a loop with a glue stick or stapler.  Attach additional paper strips to create your calendar.


Place your calendar in the kitchen, playroom or another location where everyone can see it and join in on the fun.

Happy Travels!

Download your free printable summer vacation countdown calendar and sign here.


Gender reveal party printable pack and 15 more baby showers in one

I am SOOOOO excited for today! I love parties and baby showers are especially exciting! So when I got the chance to be a part of this AMAZING baby shower printable pack I couldn’t wait. We all got to pick our own theme and I grabbed the Staches or Lashes Gender Reveal theme!


How totally cute and fun is that? I will say it was harder than I expected to create lashes that were cute and not creepy, or too eyebrow looking.  I had the MOST fun creating this printable pack and I hope you guys all LOVE it as much as I do.  Finding the perfect mustache just took narrowing it down, there are a ton of amazing mustaches out there!


I stick with classic pink and blue and added a simple chevron background.  In the packet you’ll get invitations and thank you notes, party bunting, cupcake wrappers, mini candy bar wrappers and mini bunting flags that can be used as cupcake toppers or sweet bunting on top of a cake!


There is also sweet staches and lashes for your guests to “wear” or simply use as a photo booth.  Two fun, and not too silly, baby shower games as well as push pop wrappers that can be used for the big reveal or as mini cupcake or candy holders.


Blue and Pink soda wrappers finish the whole thing off!  It was so much fun coming up with ideas that can easily be used.  I also include a few more suggestions for the big reveal, everything is super simple and can easily be played down or played up as much as you want!


And that’s JUST my packet, there are so many more!  The whole bundle is AMAZING and just so pretty, makes me wish I was having more babies! I do have some cousins just starting out, pretty sure I need to throw a baby shower ASAP!.

The pack includes…

  • 14 Different Baby Shower Theme Printable Packs
  • AND a Pregnancy Announcement printable pack
  • AND my Gender Reveal – Staches or Lashes – Party printable pack!

That’s 16 Baby Shower Printable Packs in ONE!!!

16 gorgeous baby shower printable packs, includes decor, food printables, games, invitations, banners and more
16 popular bloggers & designers created 16 of the most DARLING themed baby shower printable packs to help you pull off the most ADORABLE baby showers you’ve ever seen!

This baby seriously has EVERYTHING you could EVER want or need to throw the perfect BABY SHOWER that every new mother deserves!

  • 14 Different and COMPLETE printable baby shower themes? ALL INCLUDED!
  • 1 Pregnancy Announcement Pack? Got you covered!
  • 1 Gender Reveal Announcement Pack AKA Boy or Girl? You are set!
  • Matching Invitations AND Thank You Cards? You know it!
  • Banners and decor? Check!
  • Cupcake toppers and table tents? Just Print!
  • A non-cheesy baby shower game? Completely planned!
  • Matching party favors? Just a click away from DONE!
  • AND SO MUCH MORE!!!!! {See EVERYTHING below!}

All together – it’s a collection of over 440 PAGES that aren’t offered ANYWHERE else… only in this exclusive Baby Shower Printable Bundle!

**These are digital printables that will be emailed to the Paypal email address you use to pay.
**All purchases of this amazing digital bundle are final. Please read the below list to see exactly what is in it.

Ready to see everything in the bundle?


1. The Dating Divas- “Pretty in Pink” Tickle me happy! Based on the Audrey Hepburn quote, “I believe in PINK” – the pinkest of them all, this darling pink baby shower has everything you need to ensure your future pink diva is celebrated in classy pink style! From the giant banners to the cupcake toppers to the frameable quotes to use as decor, t hese adorable party printables are sure to tickle your fancy.

2. The Project Girl- “Mint to Be” If mint onesies aren’t the most adorable things in the whole world, we don’t know what is! We know your little one was minted in heaven and they deserve to enter this world celebrated by the most darling mint and gold speckled theme you ever did see! Try not to be too jealous of all the expecting mothers once you see this DARLING baby shower! You can a lways print and save it for your own one day, too *wink!*


3. Yellow Bliss Road-“Baby of Mine” What is it about adorable elephants that just makes you feel cuddled and loved!? This “Baby of Mine” theme (based on the Dumbo song, Baby of Mine) gets our vote for most tender Mommy-baby sweetness! Just wait till you see these adorable graphics close up! Gender neutral, this baby shower theme is also perfect for families who don’t know the gender of the baby or adoptive baby showers!

4. Kiki & Company- “Foxes & Flowers” What does the fox say? You need this baby shower printable pack in your life! Friendly foxes and gorgeous flower graphics adorn every last bit of the baby shower printables included in this set! You’ll have people ooh-ing and ahh-ing from invite to thank you card!


5. Thirty Handmade Days- “Build a Library” A baby’s library and their parent’s arms make up their whole world! This Library theme baby shower has pages filled with everything from library card shower invitations to a banner of books! We know this baby shower is perfect for the reading mama in your life!

6. Seven Thirty Three- “Mommy-to-BEE” Mommies make for the busiest of bees and we want everyone to know that this mama is the best one ever! This printable baby shower is buzzing with cute little bees and honeycombs that make for a shower sweet as honey. This Mommy-to-BEE will have everything she’s ever dreamed of!


7. Over the Big Moon- “Over the Moon for You” Every baby deserves to hear how much they are loved over and over again. “I Love You to the Moon and Back” is a baby shower theme filled to the moon with dreamy graphics and moonlit printables that are sure to leave your guests snapping pictures in awe.

8. Falala Designs- “Up, Up, and Away!” Blow this Mommy away and leave her little one dreaming of hot air balloons and cloud animals even before they get here! This Mommy’s going to be on Cloud Nine with all of the hot air balloon baby shower decor! Perfect for a boy or girl, this baby shower set is taking off as the biggest hit of everyone’s summer!


9. Somewhat Simple-<“About to POP!” Is there a mama in your life that is ready to POP!? Or maybe it’s you! (or future you?!) This colorful baby shower theme is ready for balloons and bubble gum and Voila! It’s ready to blow your mind AND the camera!

10. Whimsicle Design Studio- “Pregnancy Announcement Set” Bump up your Instagram-cuteness with these totally amazing baby-bump pic printables! Use these printables to not only announce your pregnancy with your man to your friends and family, but also to capture the monthly progress of your pregnancy to prese rve the memory and record the weeks and size of your baby!


11. From Me, With Love- “Special Delivery” One darling stork has a special delivery for a mama near you! Treat your sister or friend to this perfectly pastel stork “Special Delivery” themed baby shower! The invitations are divine and the decorations will leave every expecting-mother’s expectations 100% met! Delivery: on its way; operation happy mama: success.

12. Paging Supermom- “ROCK-a-bye Baby” Celebrate the debut of your future rockstar in style with this flashy high-energy baby shower printables pack! This set is FULL of the perfect invites, decor, and details needed for you to rock out in anticipation for the new little one and their super hot mama – center stage.


13. Ella Claire- “Sugar & Spice” Cupcake and sugar themed goodness has left this theme baked full of everything needed for the perfect “Sugar & Spice baby shower! The decorations included are perfectly sweet and ready to use! Just add the beautiful Mother and… DING! You’re done!

14. I’m Topsy Turvy (ME)- “Staches or Lashes, Gender Reveal Party” You’ll be set to throw a Gender Reveal Party to announce what you’re having to your friends and family! This pack includes everything you’ll need to invite, decorate, have your guests place their guesses, and prep for the big reveal!


15. My Sister’s Suitcase- “Baby on Board” Vroom! Life takes off once a baby enters the scene! This adorable baby shower printable set is decked out with enough little cars and trucks to fill the whole lot! The primary colors will go with everything and all you’ll need to do is frost the cupcakes!

16. Love the Day- “Ship Ahoy, It’s a Boy!” Ahoy Baby! This nautical baby shower has everything included to make this baby celebration absolutely unforgettable! from dessert toppers and sails to invitations, banners, and thank you’s, you’re going to think we shipped you right out to sea!

EVERYTHING you could EVER want or need to pull off the perfect Baby Shower in adorable themes any mom to be will LOVE! Oh, and feel free to tag your favorite designer when you throw the baby shower of a lifetime so she can see what you created with the printables! The actual SHOWER is the BEST part!!

So HURRY & grab your 16 Gorgeous Done-For-You 440+ Page Baby Shower Printable Packs today!

**These are digital printables that will be emailed to the Paypal email address you use to pay.
**All purchases of this amazing digital pack are final. Please read the above detailed list to see exactly what is in it.

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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


Frozen birthday party printables

I hope you guys enjoy these printables as much as I do!  Head over to my Facebook page to get the downloads of them!


They were so fun to create and they add a fun detail to the party!  I’m sharing both my food titles as well as blank labels (just the character images) so you can use your photo editing software to add your own text and food titles!


I wasn’t sure if I should come up with super cutesy names or not, I ended up going with straight, the Character name and what the food was.  Elsa Cake, Trolls Cake pops, etc…  I did take some creative licence with Kristoff Ice Blocks, seemed better than Kristoff Jello…


And of course the invitations…  You can either write your own back or I’m also sharing my PSD for anyone who has photoshop and wants to use my file!


Please remember if you use them I’d love you to tag or email me a picture!

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