Link Party Palooza #104

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Bev from Flamingo Toes has outdone herself with these Kate Spade Inspired Key Fobs! I want all of them! They would make such amazing gifts for friends.

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This Easy Watermelon Gazpacho from Pancake Warriors would make a delicious light summer meal, especially if you have a garden full of fresh vegetables.

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 Here are some favorites from I Heart Naptime this week:

Chocolate Strawberry Dessert Kabobs

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Fig and Brie Appetizers

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S’mores Mason Jar Gift

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Kids’ Surprise Birthday Breakfast

Hello, I Heart Naptime readers! We are Alicia and Betsey with Happy Wish Company, an online party supply shop. We’re so excited to share with you today some fun ways to surprise your child on their birthday morning.
We are all about creating traditions for our children, and birthdays are the perfect opportunity to start! We love the idea of throwing a kids’ surprise birthday breakfast as a way to kick-off your birthday boy or girl’s special day! Kids of all ages will be excited to wake up to a bright, colorful celebration.
Kids' Surprise Birthday Breakfast by Happy Wish Company for iheartnaptime.com
It’s smart to invest in some quality birthday decorations that can be used and reused, year after year, with every child in your family. Here you’ll see we found an adorable, fabric “Happy Birthday” pennant banner, a fabric birthday hat (required breakfast attire!), a set of “Happy Birthday” dishes, and a sweet little chair backer that can be personalized. All of the celebration items coordinate and can be used for both boys and girls.
Kids' Surprise Birthday Breakfast by Happy Wish Company for iheartnaptime.com
Kids' Surprise Birthday Breakfast by Happy Wish Company for iheartnaptime.com
Kids' Surprise Birthday Breakfast by Happy Wish Company for iheartnaptime.com
The chair backer is extra special because has a pocket that you can fill with the birthday child’s favorite treats. Our celebration is for an eight year old, so we filled it with his favorite candy, a gift card and silly string. The neat thing about the chair backer is that even when the kids are older and into their teenage years, they’ll still wake up on their birthday morning and get excited about the fun treats waiting for them!
Kids' Surprise Birthday Breakfast by Happy Wish Company for iheartnaptime.com
Kids' Surprise Birthday Breakfast by Happy Wish Company for iheartnaptime.com
Another must-have element to any surprise birthday breakfast is balloons. They’re so inexpensive and just scream “PARTY!” We used brightly-colored polka dot balloons that coordinate with the colors and dots in the banner. We filled some with helium and tied them to the chairs and others we blew up and floated in the kitchen. We also included a mega, foil number balloon with the birthday boy’s age. This adds so much to the personalization and certainly increases the “special” factor.
Kids' Surprise Birthday Breakfast by Happy Wish Company for iheartnaptime.com
Kids' Surprise Birthday Breakfast by Happy Wish Company for iheartnaptime.com
Last but not least is the birthday breakfast menu. How fun is this donut cake?! Simply stack donuts on a cake plate and stick some candles on the top. We went with sprinkled donuts (of course!) and a number eight sparkler candle for extra pizzazz. If donuts aren’t their favorite, you can also do the same thing with pancakes, waffles or cinnamon rolls. Just don’t forget to add the sprinkles!
Kids' Surprise Birthday Breakfast by Happy Wish Company for iheartnaptime.com
Kids' Surprise Birthday Breakfast by Happy Wish Company for iheartnaptime.com
A few other sweet ideas to celebrate the birthday child include a visit from the balloon fairy where you fill their room up with balloons (helium or regular) while they are sleeping so they wake up in the morning to a fun surprise!
Another neat tradition is to keep track of the funny things your child says and all of their “favorites” at each age with a birthday questionnaire. Read it to them on their birthday morning and then store it away as a memento.
Thanks so much for reading along. We hope we’ve provided some inspiration for your own surprise birthday breakfast! We’d love to have you stop by and visit us at Happy Wish Company!
Happy Wish GalsHappy Wish Company is an online shop that offers fun and fabulously-styled children’s parties and coordinating products for your most treasured celebrations! The goal of creators Alicia and Betsey is to make party planning and styling easy for busy parents by providing inspiration, hand-selected products and one-stop shopping to create a beautiful themed party. Check out all their fun goodies at www.happywishcompany.com, and follow them on Facebook and Instagram!

 

 

 

Huge THANKS to Alicia and Betsey for sharing this adorable birthday idea during our Hello Summer Event! Click HERE to see more ideas from the event.

Hello Summer Event I Heart Naptime

If you like this, try these:

Happy Birthday (free printable)

Free Printable Birthday Cards

15 Free Birthday Printables

BBQ Secret

 

My name is Kara, from Life With Fingerprints, where I blog about my love for building projects, throwing parties and spending time in the kitchen. I’m happy to be here sharing my favorite BBQ secret: Spiral cut hot dogs.
Barbecue Secrets: Spiral Cut Hot Dogs on iheartnaptime.com
And before you think – the way you cut your hot dog can’t possibly make a difference in the taste – let me tell you it totally does.

With very little effort – your hot dogs will taste better than ever before.

The supply list is pretty short: Hot dogs, skewers (metal or wooden) and a knife.

Start with your favorite brand of hot dog (mine happens to be the Kirkland All Beef hot dogs from Costco) and a skewer.
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Skewer your hot dog down the middle.
Barbecue Secrets: Spiral Cut Hot Dogs on iheartnaptime.com
Starting on one end, take a knife and cut at an angle all the way to the skewer. Rotate your hot dog until you reach the end.
Barbecue Secrets: Spiral Cut Hot Dogs on iheartnaptime.com

Remove the hot dog from the skewer and barbecue.
Barbecue Secrets: Spiral Cut Hot Dogs on iheartnaptime.com
Barbecue Secrets: Spiral Cut Hot Dogs on iheartnaptime.com
The hot dogs plump up real nice and the edges of the spiral get nice and crisp. Not to mention the spiral edges give more room for your favorite condiments. Nothing beats a condiment bar with your spiral dog – we’ve even thrown a party with a hot dog bar and everyone walks away happy. Happy summer grilling!
Barbecue Secrets: Spiral Cut Hot Dogs on iheartnaptime.com

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Huge THANKS to Kara for sharing this awesome BBQ secret during our Hello Summer Event! Click HERE to see more ideas from the event.
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Check these out too:
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Fig & Brie Appetizers

One of the defining features of our front yard is a giant fig tree. Each summer we harvest over 100 figs and many of these get turned into delicious jam. We’ve learned that strawberry-fig jam is the best combination as it creates a bit more complex and sweet flavor. Today I am sharing a delicious recipe with all of you that features this amazing jam.

Fig & Brie Appetizers

Fig and Brie Appetizers by Simply {Darr}ling for iheartnaptime.comThis Fig & Brie appetizer is perfect year round; when enjoyed during the middle of winter it can be a glimpse into summer and the memories of glorious sunshine and warmth.

Ingredients:

On each slice of baguette, cover in jam and some soft cheese. I used brie for my appetizers as it is one of my favorite soft cheeses. If you have a different favorite soft cheese, it would work just as well. Baking them for a few minutes at 350 degrees is also an option to make the bread a bit crispier and melt the cheese.

Fig and Brie Appetizers by Simply {Darr}ling for iheartnaptime.comThese appetizers are very simple to make and great†for a party. The jam and cheese are the perfect mix of sweet and savory. Plus everything tastes better on a baguette!

Fig and Brie Appetizers by Simply {Darr}ling for iheartnaptime.com

Fig & Brie Appetizers

Ingredients:

Directions:

On each slice of baguette, cover in jam and some soft cheese.

Baking them for a few minutes at 350 degrees is also an option to make the bread a bit crispier and melt the cheese.

I can’t wait to host another party later this summer so that I can make these delicious appetizers for my friends. Brad and I made some fresh jam last week so we are stocked up to make a large batch!

Do you have a favorite recipe to enjoy summer year round?

 

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Kendra is the blogger behind Simply {Darr}ling where she shares her adventures in crafts, DIY, recipes, travel and life in general. Kendra†and her husband, Brad, are also currently working through the adventure of adoption. A couple of her favorite posts include the monogram ring dish and tinted mason jars. Follow along with her adventures on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

 

 

Huge THANKS to Kendra for sharing this yummy appetizer recipe during our Hello Summer Event! Click HERE to see more ideas from the event.

Hello Summer Event I Heart Naptime

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Easy Garlic Parmesan Knots

Caprese Kabobs

4 Ingredient Cheese Ball

S’mores Mason Jar Gift

There are a few things that just scream summer to me, one of them is s’mores (although I admit to eating them all year long, not just in the summer). I’m always on the look out for a cute hostess or neighbor gift idea, and I’ve got a great love of mason jars. I thought that I’d combine the two and create this simple S’Mores Mason Jar Gift Idea.

S'mores Mason Jar Gift by Polkadot Chair for iheartnaptime.com

 

You could easily whip up a bunch of these babies and give them out as prizes at camp or even use the smaller mason jars to make individual portions of the s’mores. They would make great hostess gifts for a summer bbq or a sweet treat for someone that deserves a little something extra.

To make the jar’s you’ll need:

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Just assemble the jars, cut out the tags and tie to the jars with twine. Easy peasy!!

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You could even mix it up a bit throwing in reeses peanut butter cups or other sweets to make the s’mores with.

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Here are a few other projects that I’ve posted on my blog that you may enjoy!

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Splash Proof Phone Case Sewing Pattern

 

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Summer Journal Ideas for Kids (with free printables)

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DIY Felt Ball Necklace

Huge THANKS to Melissa for sharing this fun DIY gift during our Hello Summer Event! Click HERE to see more ideas from the event.

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If you liked this gift idea, you’ll love these:

 Chocolate Chip Muffin Mason Jar

Easy Teacher Gift Idea

Soap Gift Idea with Free Printable