Gingerbread House Party

Photography by:
Amber Partish of Parrish Studios
http://www.parrish-studios.com

Gingerbread sweets table

 

A couple years ago, we hosted a gingerbread house party for my children, their cousins, and their friends. And I am just now getting around to blogging it!!

We setup our decorating table with mini Gingerbread houses filled with candy of all sorts and kinds. Each place setting had a printout of our shop’s gingerbread house – that acted as a placemat/charger for the adorable gingerbread plates from Oriental Trading Company. Beside each setting we placed cute gable boxes – also from Oriental Trading Company. We scattered some bottle brush trees that we had found at our local Dollar General Store. We placed a cute centerpiece of a girl and boy gingerbread plush figures along with gingerbread rolling pins and measuring cups. I had these in my inventory from several years ago from Oriental Trading Company.

 

We placed a sweets table on one side of the decorating table for the kids to have goodies while they decorated their houses.

 

Gingerbread party overall

 

For the backer for our sweets table, I re-purposed an old cardboard box by applying “frosted” (glittered) shingles made from tan paper and trimmed to fit as shingles on the roof. I then added a trimmed piece of poster board that was made to look like sugar snow covering on the roof, and I added some of our shop’s larger gumdrop graphics to complete the roof look. I printed out a window graphic for the top portion of the house and a door graphic for the bottom. I then re-purposed some old ball pit balls and cut them in half and hot glue them on all over the backer to look like candy pieces for the house. At the bottom, I hot glued on different peppermint, candy, lollipop, and candy cane graphics I had made. I also attached some candy cane ornaments from the Dollar Tree, and I made some other peppermint pieces by wrapping some of my handmade peppermint paper fans in cellophane to look like wrapped candies. And I stuck a lollipop stick onto a few of my lollipop graphics and put a little bow on the bottom of the graphic to look like lollipop candies.

 

Gingerbread sweets table2

 

The table itself held decorations of wooden peppermint candlestick decorations and some glittered tree mini standee decorations, both from Oriental Trading. There was also a Gingerbread wire tiered platter that I put into my serving inventory several years ago – from Oriental Trading.

 

Gingerbread table close up2

 

On our sweets table, we served Little Debbie snack trees that we placed on decorative Christmas straws to make “pops” out of them.

 

 

We also dipped mint Oreos and sprinkled them with crushed soft peppermints and placed those on lollipop sticks.

 

Gingerbread Peppermint Oreos

 

We had dipped rice Krispy treats that we embellished with some gingerbread icing decorations from Michaels and placed straws in those as well, to make pops out of them.

 

 

Atop the Krispy straws, we placed some of our gingerbread house graphic toppers from our shop.

 

Gingerbread house toppers

 

Our table also served spice cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, wrapped and topped with our shop’s gingerbread man wraps and face toppers. We also decorated a few with some handmade paper fans from our shops Christmas pattern papers and embellished them with some of our gingerbread man graphics. We also topped a few with another set of gingerbread matching themed graphic toppers from our shop.

 

 

Our ruffled white background was decorated with a few of our larger handmade paper fans and gingerbread men graphics as well. And the front of the sweets table was draped with some of our Christmas paper circles and Gingerbread Man face circles as a mini banner.

 

 

Many of our food items were tagged with our gingerbread themed food labels.
Off to the side of our decorating table, we had another ruffled background that acted as a separator for our party room. On that separator, we placed a Peppermint “Merry Christmas” banner that is also from our shop’s Gingerbread collection.

 

Gingerbread Dipped Krispies

And gracing the other side of the decorating table was our Hot Cocoa Bar.

 

Hot cocoa Bar front view

 

We set up our toppings portion of the bar area atop an old chest. We placed a chalk board as the backer and strung our shop’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside” mini pennant banner across it.

 

Baby Its cold outside banner

 

 

We then placed all our Hot Cocoa fixings across the chest: Nestle’s and International Delight’s holiday flavored creamers, and then several toppings in mini containers from the Dollar Tree – peppermints, peppermint sticks, chocolate chips, marshmallows, sea salt, marshmallow bits. We also placed bottles of caramel syrup, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, larger marshmallows, and gingerbread marshmallows. And there were shakers of cinnamon and nutmeg. We placed a few of our handmade peppermint paper fans around the setting.

 

Hot Cocoa toppings bar

Off to the right of the toppings bar, we had our coffee and cocoa center.

 

Hot Cocoa mix table

 

Here we placed our Keurig atop a sled for ease of hot water dispensing. We also had a container of dark hot cocoa and milk hot cocoa.

 

 

We also filled a glass bowl with coffees and cider pods for those who wanted something hot but a little different than cocoa. We placed a cup full of decorative Christmas straws for “stir sticks”.

 

Hot cocoa stir sticks

 

And we also placed a glittered tree decoration from Oriental Trading. And the front of the table was draped with our shop’s gingerbread themed pennants.

 

 

We tied some of our shop’s “Cup of Good Cheer” tags to our small foam cups. We received this idea from Lisa Frank Parties – an idea she had shared a few years ago on Pinterest.

 

Cup of good cheer tags

 

Many of our items on the hot cocoa and coffee center, plus the hot cocoa toppings bar, had our shop’s peppermint food labels displayed as well.

 

Hot Cocoa mix2

 

And finally, off to the left side of the Hot Cocoa toppings bar, we had a milk beverage cart. Here we served cold beverages of plain and chocolate milk.

 

Gingerbread milk dispensers

 

 

We had our plastic beverage bottles wrapped with our shop’s gingerbread bottle wraps and the straws gracing the bottles were topped with our gingerbread mean bow tie toppers.

 

 

We placed some peppermint tall glasses on the bottom of the cart for display purposes. These glasses were from Oriental Trading from last season.

 

Gingerbead milk cart

 

Because of the time constraints of the party, we went with using graham crackers to build our faux gingerbread houses. The kids had a wonderful time and we look forward to hosting another decorating party again – it was so much fun!

 

 

Many of the paper good items are from our shop and are available as digital downloads for you to purchase and print and craft at home. We do offer physical tangible products as well, for additional pricing.

Most of the additional décor was found either a few years ago (and placed in inventory) or recently from Oriental Trading Company. A few of the containers were purchased from Dollar Tree. And the bottle brush trees were from Dollar General.

The sweets were either all store-bought treats, such as Little Debbies, or they were homemade by Water Walker Event (we do not offer treat making services). The backdrop was handmade by Water Walker Events, along with the paper fans and all the printables – barring the gable boxes and plates – which were from Oriental Trading. The hot cocoa mixes were homemade mixes we made in larger batches.

Thanks for reading!
Shawna
Water Walker Events

 

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Free Easter Banner Printables!

Good Friday Everyone on this GOOD FRIDAY!

Easter means so many things to so many people.  To me, it means when I was given the greatest gift that I have ever been given….life.

On that day so long ago Jesus Christ gave up his life so that I may live.  And not just live, but live eternally with God, my father and my friend.  It was a few Easters ago when something my Pastor said really resonated with me.  The worst suffering Jesus took on wasn’t the physical pain he was bearing (though that was enough in itself), but the agonizing affect that separation from God took on him.  Most of us have never had to feel complete and separation from God. For some reason, that hit home to me.  That was the true death and suffering… Jesus not having God.  God turning his back on him.  Even in the worst of my times and when I think God is not there, He really is.  I have never truly felt complete separation.  Honestly, I am really glad I haven’t.  It was enough to finish Jesus off – it was the completion of His ultimate suffering.  So today, I give utmost thanks to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for saving me from an eternity of separation from not only my Creator, but for also being the one who buffers my soul – my healer, my deliverer, my friend.

I know that this is not a usual post for me.  But it is reflective of all that I do and create.  Jesus Christ is the real reason for celebration.  This holiday – ABOVE ALL HOLIDAYS AND CELEBRATIONS – is the real and true reason for celebration.  We are saved.

Ephesians 2:1-10

“Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world.[a] He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.

But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

 

Today I have a gift for you as well – this lovely printable below.  It is nothing compared to the true gift we have been given on Easter.  But I hope that it brings a little sunshine and just the tiniest glimpse of happiness to you today!!

 

Happy Easter Everyone!!

Shawna

WWEDP

 

To download these files, simply click on the image to pull it up to full screen.  Then right click the full screen image and click save file image to your hard drive.

Also, please note the following:

Please note that this particular arrangement of artwork is :

Copyrighted by Shawna Fisher 2016.

You are allowed to use this art for your own personal projects and pieces.   You are not allowed to re-use this art for business purposes or to sell this art in any fashion – physical or digital.  The rights to this art remain with me – Shawna Fisher.  Please do not share this file, but direct others back to this link.  If you do use this file and post pictures or use it in a public fashion – I simply request that you give credit back to me.  If posted online, please use a link back to my blog/page.  If you are a stylist or planner, you may use this file – FREE OF CHARGE TO YOUR CUSTOMER – as long as you credit me and my blog/page for the files.  Please do not take credit and/or charge for my artwork or my files.

Again, thank you for taking the time to visit and read my blog!  For more of my party items and artwork that is for sale, please visit My Etsy Store.

You can also follow me on my Facebook at Water Walker Events.  Or on Instagram – Water Walker Events. Twitter – FisherShawna

 

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Batman Inspired Teen Birthday Party

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This party was for a fun fifteen year old girl – who still loves super heroes!  The party was designed and styled by Water Walker Events along with designing many of the paper graphics used in the party.  The party was based off inspired Batman characters – with original art designed.

The party was held at a local pizza joint for a luncheon – right before heading off to a movie.  The sweets table featured a black backdrop draped with a bat cape inspired name banner and yellow tassels. 

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Each side of the table sported a tall cityscape treat tower – which held all our cupcakes wrapped in their custom designed character inspired wraps and toppers. 

These inspired characters toppers were made to reflect the characters of Batman, Robin, Cat Woman, Bat Girl, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, The Joker, Two Faced, Scarecrow, The Riddler, Penguin and Harley Quinn. 

The center of the table held a home made cake that was drizzled with chocolate and topped with heaping handfuls of delicious Sweets Indeed’s Candyfetti!  The front was decorated with chocolate bars – yellow chocolate painted to look like lit up skyscrapers.  The cake was topped with one of our batman head inspired graphics.

To the left side of the cake was a jar full of “poison ivy” skewers – made of green apple sour strips and topped with one of our “poison ivy” graphics. 

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On either side of the cake were displayed Rice Krispie treats that were half dipped in white and dark chocolate – to represent Two Face – and were topped with some of our custom designed Two Face inspired toppers.

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Also on the left side of the cake were our batman inspired plastic treat containers that held layered yellow and black chocolate candies.  These were topped with our inspired Batman mask graphics and Batman cape inspired backers.

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To the front on each side of the cake, were some batman signal inspired cookies made by a local cookie artist – Cookies by Mandy, Mandy Horner

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We also served some of Water Walker Event’s oreo truffles – in front of our cake. 

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And dipped and drizzled pretzels were also made by Water Walker Events.

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In front of our pretzels, were custom designed treat boxes that held matching colored (black and yellow) caramel balls from Oriental Trading Company.  These boxes were designed by Water Walker Events and are available in our online Etsy Shop as a download to craft yourself. The boxes also match our popcorn boxes designed also to look like cityscapes.

To the far left and the far right of the fronts of the table, there were jars of Penguins Minions – yummy peach flavored gummy penguins (these were so good and were found on Amazon!). 

The very front middle of our sweets table displayed mini chocolate bars wrapped in some of our personalized batman signal inspired mini choco wrappers. 

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A beautiful hand crafted paper fan banner with batman signal inspired graphics graced the front of our table. 

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And each  side of the table (on the ground) were placed round paper lanterns in glittered black and bright yellow.  Batman also  stood on guard next to our treat table.

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The eating tables were strung with black and yellow tissue garland from OrientalTrading.com along with handmade yellow and black paper fans and tissue tassels and yellow tissue fans from oriental trading.

   We also tied several bouquets of yellow and black balloons down the middle of the tables.  The bunches were strung with mini handmade tissue tassels of black and yellow. 

Each place setting held a stacked black and yellow plate with the inspired battle signal graphic.  We also took plain black cups and placed the inspired bat signal logo.  Each cup held a yellow striped straw with a bat topper. 

Each setting also had a water bottle wrapped in our custom design batman chest inspired wrappers and topped with a batman head inspired topper and draped in one of our handcut felt batman cape inspired backers.  These capes were great as they doubled as a party favor to take home – to use on future bottles or for our younger guests, to act as a cape for dolls. 

Also at each place was one of our custom designed party treat boxes.  These were also inspired from the characters as well.  These boxes were all taken and designed after the characters of Batman, Robin, Cat Woman, Bat Girl, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, The Joker, Two Faced, Scarecrow, The Riddler, Penguin and Harley Quinn.

 

Paper Graphics and Party Styling:  Water Walker Events (WWEDP)

Photography by Megan’s Many Memories

Batman signal inspired cookies by Cookies by Mandy

Sour Strip skewers:  WWEDP – sour strips from Amazon – toppers by WWEDP

Cupcake wrappers and toppers:  WWEDP

Tower treat holders:  Orientaltrading.com

Plastic Chocoloate treat holders:  Plastic holders from orientaltrading.com, graphics by WWEDP

Truffles, Cake, Cake Topper, Pretzels, RKT & toppers:  WWEDP

Gummy Peach Penguins:  Amazon

Caramel/gumball boxes:  WWEDP

Paper lanterns, tissue garland, tissue fans:  orientaltrading.com

 

Back to School FREE printables

 Well, today I sent my kids back to school.  Usually I am pretty ready for them to go back.  But for some reason this year, I am feeling a little sad.  Every year the summer just seems to speed by faster and faster.  This year it felt as if I blinked and it was time to go back.  I know once we get into our schedule and routine, I will be doing much better.  But I still will miss seeing their faces during the day.

Since I had made them some back to school banners for pictures today, I thought that I would share them here with you, in honor of back to school.

I have included a pdf file that includes all of the grades.  Just print the grade sheet that has your grade and trim off and discard the rest!

I have also included a little “Back to School 2016-17” banner in there as well – just for fun!

Below are some previews of what is in the pdf file!

I hope you enjoy!

Shawna

Water Walker

Events – Design – Planning

Back to school PREVIEW 1Back to school PREVIEW 2Back to school PREVIEW 3Back to school PREVIEW 4

Back to school

 

Please note the following:

Please note that this particular arrangement of artwork is :

Copyrighted by Shawna Fisher 2016.

You are allowed to use this art for your own personal projects and pieces.   You are not allowed to re-use this art for business purposes or to sell this art in any fashion – physical or digital.  The rights to this art remain with me – Shawna Fisher.  Please do not share this file, but direct others back to this link.  If you do use this file and post pictures or use it in a public fashion – I simply request that you give credit back to me.  If posted online, please use a link back to my blog/page.  If you are a stylist or planner, you may use this file – FREE OF CHARGE TO YOUR CUSTOMER – as long as you credit me and my blog/page for the files.  Please do not take credit and/or charge for my artwork or my files.

Again, thank you for taking the time to visit and read my blog!  For more of my party items and artwork that is for sale, please visit My Etsy Store.

You can also follow me on my Facebook at Water Walker Events.  Or on Instagram – Water Walker Events. Twitter – FisherShawna

 

I am free to live….In honor of Veterans Day

I am free to live….In honor of Veterans Day

I don’t know about you, but I KNOW that I tend to take my freedom for granted most of the time.  I get up, go through my day, enjoy myself & my family & the blessings that I have.  Or perhaps instead I get up and complain about them or my “world”.  Some days are mundane, most are FULL though.  With a husband who works two jobs and goes to school, three busy kids, two dogs, three cats, and being self-employed of two businesses – life is hectic.  And most days I just do life.  I don’t even stop to think about that I get to DO life.  I get to do life without the struggles and fears that some others in the world have to face.  I get to have my family near me.  I get to have my husband home at night.  I live.  I am free to live.  Not often do I think about what price that freedom comes at.  Not often am I thinking about those who give up that type of freedom so that I AM FREE TO LIVE.  I take it for granted most days.  I am truly glad for Veterans Day.  A day to stop and REMEMBER.  A day to remember those who give up THEIR LIVES – whether literally or just tangibly in the way that they are not getting up in “their world”, getting to enjoy their family, or even having the luxury to complain about their (quite honestly in comparison to others in the world)… very blessed day.  To be thankful for those that we should… that we MUST focus on – so that we can see and be thankful for what we have been given.  That’s what makes Veteran’s day so great.  To not only remember what all we have been given, but to remember those who have given it to us.  So today, I would like to say thank you.  Thank you to all who have served.  Thank you to all those who are serving.  Thank you for giving up your time, your families, your freedoms, your blessings, your days of taking for granted – so that others may instead.  Thank you for giving up your life.  Thank you for give up your time of living… so that I am free to live.  May God bless those who have and are serving and their families!  Thank you  – you are God’s tangible guardian angels here on earth!

Today my daughter was chosen to either read another poem that was written in honor of Veteran’s Day or to write her own, and then to read it today at her entire school Veteran’s assembly.  She decided that she wanted to write her own.  So I decided that I would share her poem on here today so that others may see her honor of them!

Veterans day poem for online

In honor of Veteran’s Day, I have uploaded a free Veteran’s Day mini banner “Thank you Veterans”.

 

Veterans Banner 2 Veterans Banner

Halloween character pennants FREE DOWNLOAD & pic tutorial

Halloween Character Pennants FREE DOWNLOAD & picture tutorial

A Week of Halloween

Today I thought I would share with you a pennant banner that I made to match my Halloween Character Popcorn Boxes that I sell in my shop.  These are too cute not to share!

Step 1:  Print each of the image pieces at the end of this tutorial.

Step 2: Cut out each of your pennants and the accessory pieces.

  Here are all of the character pieces matched up to their accessories (if applicable).
  Step 3:  Line up the matching accessories to the pieces and turn over and secure with tape on the back (or you can glue or hot glue).
  
  
    On the witch hat and pumpkin top, you will need to add a tiny rolled up piece of tape or double sided tape to the front underneath their top to secure it down in the front.
  
  
  

Step 4:  After all the accessories have been taped on, you can either punch holes in the top upper corners of the pennants and string.  Or you can staple the pieces to a ribbon or twin.  Or you can even hot glue them to some ribbon or tie them together with ribbon.  However, one of my favorite ways to hang banners is to use mini clothespins.  This makes hanging SO MUCH EASIER!  I can string my string and then clip, clip, clip into place and walah!  Banner done!  Hanging it this way also makes for easy repositioning if needed.  And you can find the tiny clips many places and even Walmart!

Hang and Enjoy!!

  

Hope you enjoyed Day 3 of “A Week of Halloween” !!

To download the art, simple click on the images below to pull them to full screen preview.  Then right click and save to your computer!

Copyright and usage disclosure:

Please note that while these printables are here for you to enjoy for your own FREE USE, these pieces are not to be resold or used in any fashion for resale or trade or for any use in any type of business or business art.  The intellectual rights stay with Water Walker Events – Shawna Fisher.  You are not given the rights to own these pieces of art.  You are only given the right to use them for your own personal use.  If you are interested in using these printables for a party you are styling for someone else or for yourself for a business, please just contact me first for permission.  I am open and welcome to you using the design in your parties with permission and as long as my shop and name are given credit for the design work, and as long as you are not actually reselling the pieces yourself in the party setup or pricing.  These are to remain free of charge to any and all customers – mine or yours.

Thank you,

Shawna

Water Walker

Events – Design – Planning

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