Friday, August 4, 2017

Gender Reveal Ice Cream Social


We had a little gender reveal ice cream social to celebrate our little babe!  And oh baby it had some adorable little details.  And a little secret-they were all SUPER inexpensive too! So anyone could throw an ice cream social really.


I got a foam poster board from Dollar Tree and made this little "What's the scoop?" sign to tally guesses from the guests.


I found a simple ice cream clipart and traced scoops on a variety of pink and blue papers.


I found these cute little ice cream pens in the dollar bins at Michael's.  I also found the dot garlands, dot wrapping paper and little pom-poms there too-talk about a score!


I loved watching everyone make their guesses, especially these two cuties!  Can you even handle little Adam and his little shorts and Batman shoes!?!



We had lots of toppings so everyone could create their own special mix.  The toppings included:  mini marshmallows, coconut, mini Reese's, Snicker bites, Butterfinger bits, Twix pieces, baby gummy bears (these were a HIT!), banana slices, rainbow sprinkles, milk chocolate sprinkles, whipped cream, chopped walnuts and cherries.  We also had an assortment of cookies and cones.  We had classic flavors of ice cream and different sauces.


The sauce flavors we had:  hot fudge, caramel, strawberry, marshmallow and butterscotch. I'm totally in love with the sauce container, thanks to About a Mom, I'll link it and all the items I can find online below.  I loved the ceramic colored cones I found at Michael's for a steal and the smaller tan ceramic cones I found in the dollar bins at Target.






I love the look of overlapping garlands!  I added a couple cute felt ones to an ice cream cone garland I whipped together real quick!



I think it's safe to say everyone enjoyed the variety of toppings!








I loved having all of my family there and Dallin's parents, we are so grateful for their support!  And these cute little faces made the party even better!


Can you believe there were only 4 people that thought little babe would be a girl?  I was so convinced it would be a boy!


Then for the big reveal!


We found these poppers at Zurchers that were so fun to surprise all of my siblings and our parents with.  They were just hard to twist!



Watch my moms reaction!  Isn't she the cutest!  She also thought it would be a boy and was totally surprised when we found out it was a...


GIRL!









Little babe is a little MISS!! We couldn't be happier!


Well everyone except Adam that is.  He really wanted a boy cousin.  After he started bawling he immediately wanted to start cleaning up all the pink confetti!


As if we didn't have enough ice cream we had an ice cream cake to finish off the night!



Dallin and I live super close to my grandma so we dropped by to tell her the big news!  She also voted boy, but switched to girl right before we told her!



Emma had to get a picture alone with grandma too! haha


As a favor we packed these ice cream cones with our favorite Sweet's taffy!



Adam was pretty excited once he was able to have his own BLUE ice cream cone!

We had so much fun with Dallin's parents and my family.  We are so excited to have our little baby GIRL join us in December.  And throw all the fun parties for her! :)


I just had to mention these baby gummy bears!  They were SO delicious and such a fun find on Amazon!


Look how mini!! I'll give the direct link where you can purchase them below!


Here's where I found all the fun things, with direct links if online:

ice cream garland-made by me

felt dot garlands-Michael's

chalkboard signs-Target Dollar Bins

ice cream pens-Michael's

all toppings, cookies and cones (EXCEPT gummy bears)-Walmart

mini gummy bears-Amazon

colored ceramic cones-Michael's

small tan ceramic cones-Target Dollar Bins

Pom-poms, polka dot wrapping paper, matching ice cream containers, ice cream straws-Michael's

Galvanized Picnic Caddy, perfect fit for the sauces-Amazon

silver trays-Dollar Tree

cupcake stand, used for cones-Target Dollar Bins

gender reveal poppers-Zurchers

ice cream cake-Baskin Robbins

plastic ice cream cones for favors-Dollar Tree

taffy-Sweet's factory

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August Visting Teaching Handout Ideas

Living a Consecrated Life

I am so excited about the handout for this months visiting teaching message!  I personally think it's the cutest one to date if I do say so myself.  I love that this message is all about consecrating your time, choices and lives to God's purposes.


To consecrate is to set apart or dedicate something as sacred, devoted to holy purposes.  
Elder Christofferson

When I found this quote from President Uchtdorf on Pinterest I knew I had to use it some how- "Even the smallest act of discipleship or the tiniest ember of belief can become a blazing bonfire of a consecrated life."  I love it!  And when I think of bonfires my mind automatically goes to s'mores-the best way to close out summer.  So I knew I had to tie that in some how.  

This handout has SO many options and little gift ideas.  Start with classic s'more makings and if you want to branch out with twists on the classics-even better!


I started with the classics, good old Jet-Puffed Marshmallows and Hershey's chocolate bars.  I also found these Honey Maid graham cracker squares that are perfectly portioned for s'mores!


From there I got a little more creative!  I also picked up a Cadbury Dairy Milk bar and Jet-Puffed Toasted Coconut Mallow Bites.  I even found these super tasty and cute Smash Mallows in the flavors Cinnamon Churro and Toasted Coconut Pineapple, but there are loads more of other dreamy flavors.  But really the sky is the limit.  
Any fancy or delicious marshmallows and chocolate would work perfectly!  


Print off one of these tags or calendars, found below, and you are almost set to go visiting teaching! 


I love that this could be paired with any summer or camping magnet if you are not doing the IKEA frames from earlier this year.  Just one more month to soak in all things summer!


Now here is the really fun part where you can come up with your own combination of s'more makings!  Give them all 3 ingredients or just a few-or even just one!


I love the idea of pairing a unique flavored marshmallow with fancy chocolate and of course they don't actually have to make s'more they can always snack on these marshmallows and chocolate bars!


I found these super cute fleece throws for only $2.50 at Walmart!  


How cute and useful would it be to pair one of these with some s'more makings!


Or bag just a few of the ingredients to cut the cost! 


I found THESE adorable clear favor boxes that are perfect for individualized s'more makings.  I love that you can see through the box too!  


Some other ideas I thought of that would be super adorable to pair with this tag:  campfire sticks, lighter, homemade s'more bars, s'more cookies, s'more mix, s'more Pop-tarts!  The list could go on and on!  


No matter what you choose to give just remind your sisters that by applying S'MORE gospel principles in their lives, they can live a more consecrated life! 

Things I used and where to find them:

Smash Mallows-Harmon's (local grocery store in Utah)

clear bags-Amazon find them HERE

clear boxes-Amazon find them HERE

All other s'more makings-Walmart

Blankets-Walmart

Free printables for this months message can be found right below!



Find previous visiting teaching handout ideas below!





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This post may contain affiliate links, but all opinions are-as always my own! :)