Artsy-Fartsy Link Party #149

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party!! I hope your week has been fantastic and that you're ready to share what you've been working on! Here are just a few of the fantastic recipes and projects shared at last week's party:

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com
R2-D2 Nerd Shelf by Jennifer Maker
Fail-Proof Homemade Carrot Cake by Live Like You Are Rich
Lined Zipper Pouch by I Should Be Mopping the Floor
Apple Pretzel Bites by Burlap and Blue
Italian Pasta Salad by Simply Stacie
Fun Summer Tote Bag by Love Create Celebrate
3-Ingredient Blackberry Jam by Kleinworth & Co.
First & Last Day of School Interview Printables by Somewhat Simple

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Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party

Thanks to As You Wish Pottery for hosting our Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party! As always, all opinions are my own.

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

When it comes to birthday parties, it's easy to get stressed out with all the planning, cleaning your house, and shopping for all the necessities. Even though it seems like it, not every birthday party needs to be "Pinterest Perfect". Kids just love to have a good time, and parents love getting the most for their money. After looking at some different party options for my daughter's birthday, we decided to have a pottery painting party at As You Wish Pottery!

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

When booking a birthday party with As You Wish, all you need to worry about is showing up. Our table was already decorated, supplies were set up, and everything ready to go. Your party host will assist you in all aspects of the party: helping the children with painting (probably the most stressful part of all), helping to serve any food and beverages you may have to offer, and cleaning everything up!

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

Of course, you are more than welcome to bring some of your own decorations, food, and of course, gifts! Along with painting pottery with her friends, my daughter also wanted a "colorful unicorn-themed party". Easy enough! The party area has a space for you to set up any party accessories you'd like. We put up balloons, brought along an adorable (empty) unicorn piƱata, wrapped gifts in a cute unicorn paper, and put together a colorful "Happy Birthday" banner.

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

I was also able to make some custom birthday hats for cheap. You can do it, too! Using my Cricut Explore machine and some silver and gold glitter vinyl, I cut out some unicorn heads and stuck them on some colorful $2 party hats!

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

Guess what? As You Wish even put together some birthday goodie bags for us! Filled with treats, and other awesome favors, it was such a nice thing for them to do and one less thing I needed to worry about.

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

Now that everything is set up, let's get this party started! Give guests a party hat and have them choose a seat. Our host introduced himself and gave the birthday girl a special birthday button with her name on it to wear during the party!

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

The next step is for everyone to choose a piece of pottery to paint. Depending on your party package, your guests can choose a piece between $15-25! There is a ton of options to choose from. My daughter chose this super cute unicorn.

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

Like I mentioned before, your party host does all the work, and guides the party guests through their pottery painting experience. Ours did a fantastic job of explaining how the paints work and offered helpful tips along the way. He was also great about helping everyone choose paint colors, or getting ones off the shelf that they couldn't reach.

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

Time to get messy! Everything you need to complete your project, like a rainbow of paints, paint trays, brushes are at your disposal and just in reach at the table. The creative atmosphere and being surrounded by your favorite people make for such a memorable day!

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

It's so rare to find my daughter holding still for more than a few minutes, so I had to capture this moment of her concentrating on painting the perfect unicorn.

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

During our painting session, we took a break so that our host could give the party guests a tour of the kiln room. He also told them more about how the process works once you've finished painting, so it turns out this party was both entertaining and educational!

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

As a surprise, the guest of honor gets to choose from a selection of birthday plates to take home. All of the party guests get to sign the plate with a marker that will become permanent after baking. Of course, As You Wish gives you detailed instructions on how to do just that once you get home. Now the birthday girl has her own birthday plate with her best friends names to remind her of this special day!

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

Once everyone was done with their project, I snapped a picture of them showing it off. Everyone was so proud of their project, and it was so fun to see that my daughter has such creative friends! Plus, it goes to show that even if you and your friend choose the same pottery piece, each one will end up looking unique.

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

As You Wish is a busy place, so it can be hard to tell each project apart. To keep track of our group's pieces, they mark the bottom of each one with a heart in the birthday girl's favorite color. Smart, right?! After 2-3 days, our projects were ready to be picked up.

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

You are welcome to bring any food and drink to enjoy after (or during) the pottery painting! We brought along some colorful plates, dotted metallic napkins, and silver paper cups with some more unicorns cut out of blue, pink, purple, and green glitter vinyl to bring it into our theme!

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

Unicorn cupcakes covered in sprinkles are always on the menu for birthday parties! I arranged the vanilla and chocolate cupcakes on a cupcake stand for everyone to enjoy.

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

To transform otherwise delectable cupcakes into unicorn cupcakes, I cut out ears and a horn out of blue, teal, pink and purple poster board paper and silver glitter cardstock with my Cricut Explore machine and glued the two pieces together. Stick the pieces into the frosting, and voila! A unicorn cupcake is born.

Plan a Unicorn-Themed Pottery Birthday Party at As You Wish Pottery!

We had such a great time celebrating while painting pottery with our best friends! Visit As You Wish for more information on parties, classes, and more.

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Back to School Superhero Goodie Bags

Thanks to Oriental Trading for this post possible. As always, all opinions are my own.

My husband is a third grade teacher and absolutely loves it. He really enjoys helping kids learn, and works hard to make sure that they all have fun at the same time. The classroom is decorated in a superhero theme, so naturally he would incorporate that into the Meet the Teacher Night to introduce himself to the new students before school starts!

Back to School Superhero Goodie Bags with Free Printable Tags

Along with all the paperwork and getting to choose their desks, the students are also going to receive these SUPER fun Back to School Superhero Goodie Bags! They are filled with lots of fun items that are sure to make a great start to the school year.

Back to School Superhero Goodie Bags with Free Printable Tags

No matter what "theme" you're going for, you can find a ton of fun items to add to goodie bags at Oriental Trading. We chose a few school supplies like Superhero Erasers and Superhero Pencils with Capes, as well as some Superhero Saying Rubber Bracelets and Superhero Stickers that they can wear and use to decorate their school supplies.

Back to School Superhero Goodie Bags with Free Printable Tags

I also designed some "Super" gift tags to add to the bags. All you need to do to use them is print them out on white cardstock, cut them out (or use a 3" paper punch), and then use a smaller hole punch to attach them to the bag!


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Back to School Superhero Goodie Bags with Free Printable Tags

Each goodie bag gets a pencil, two stickers, a bracelet and an eraser. We also added a bookmark and a small treat to each one as a few more surprises.

Back to School Superhero Goodie Bags

You could also put these together for birthday party favors, school spirit week, and more! My husband is so excited to give these out to the new students, and I think they are going to be a hit at back to school night!

What would you include in Back to School Goodie Bags?

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