DIY Patriotic Lunch Bag

Hey party people!

Fourth of July is a time to be out at the pool, watch the fireworks on a picnic blanket, celebrate being free. If you’re going to be toting your 4th of July fare, carry them in this DIY Patriotic Lunch Bag.

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I’m a little obsessed with fun, graphic linen bags and this DIY Patriotic Lunch Bag can be used for the 4th and beyond.

I got the idea from the lyrics of our national anthem. Inspired by “…land of the free and home of the brave…,” I used text that could transcend the patriotic holiday.

Here’s what you need to create your own: 

1 | White Linen Bag (Find these at your local craft store)

2 | Iron-On Transfer Sheet (Also at your local craft store…in the t-shirt area)

3 | Printer

4 | Iron

5 | Patriotic Printable (see below)

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1| Plain Text “Be Free Be Brave”   2| “Be Free Be Brave” with Star  3| “Free & Brave” with Flag 4| “Be Free Be Brave” with Flag

Click on the link for the design you want and print onto an iron-on transfer sheet.

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Cut around the graphic. Lay it on top of a clean and ironed bag. Set the iron to cotton. Place a pillow case or towel underneath the surface. Press very firmly on the iron over the transfer sheet. Lay it on there for at least 20 seconds. Continue until you have covered the entire sheet. Let it cool and test an edge by pulling it slightly. If it comes off easily, you should be able to pull the entire thing off. If it doesn’t, use the iron again to cover the sheet.

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Now you have the perfect patriotic lunch bag. Here’s what I packed in mine…

DIY Patriotic Lunch Bag | Heidi Rew by PartiesforPennies.com  | Peach Salad and Sandwich

An easy salad  - Arugula, Peaches, Red Onions, Walnuts, and Goat Cheese. I’d add a balsamic and olive oil dressing on top.

DIY Patriotic Lunch Bag | Heidi Rew by PartiesforPennies.com  | Peach Arugula Salad

And there is something about enjoying delicious, juicy cherries on a hot summer day.

DIY Patriotic Lunch Bag | Heidi Rew by PartiesforPennies.com  | Cherries

Finally…Blueberry Pomegranate Green Tea.

One of my favorite teas is Bigelow’s Pomegranate Green Tea. For this tea, I added frozen and fresh blueberries and honey…topped with a sprig of mint.

DIY Patriotic Lunch Bag | Heidi Rew by PartiesforPennies.com  | Blueberry Pomegranate Green Tea

Enjoy your 4th of July in style with the DIY Patriotic Lunch Bag or use the graphics for a patriotic tank or tee.

Happy 4th! Party On!

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4th of July Entertaining Ideas

Hey party people!

Are you prepping for some BBQing, watermelon seed spitting, parade-watching, and ice cream eating? If you’re hosting a patriotic celebration, check out these easy 4th of July Entertaining Ideas…

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1. Tin Can/Pie Pan Server – create an easy display for your food, and when you’re done…throw it in the recycling!

2. RocketShip Utensil Holder – Kids will go crazy for this utensil & napkin holder that looks like a rocketship.

3. Patriotic Table – Using items from around the house, create a beautiful 4th of July table.

4. Paper Bag Utensil Holder – Got a stock pile of paper bags at your house? Turn them into useful decoration!

5. Best Burger Recipe Ever! – Not sure what to make for the 4th? Check out this mouth-watering burger recipe.

6. Washi Tape Cups – Don’t buy brand new cups you’ll only use once. Make these!

Here are some dessert ideas, too -

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American Flag Rice Krispy 

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Ice Cream Sandwiches

I’ve got some more fun stuff for you this Wednesday! Thanks for checking out Parties for Pennies.

Now…Party On!

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Copper Wire Easter Eggs

Hey party people!

Is anyone asking, “How is it Easter already?” Whew…time is flying.

Hope you have wonderful plans for this special weekend. I’m hosting Easter dinner at our house and we’re attending a midnight mass on Saturday. Looking forward to a meaningful and fun time.

You know if I’m hosting, then I start thinking about the tablescape and settings immediately. Well, I wanted to use what I had but add something unique to it. That’s when I crafted these copper wire Easter eggs.

Copper Wire Easter Egg Craft by Heidi Rew of PartiesforPennies.com

I’m all aboard with the copper craze right now. I’m kinda getting tired of gold and I’m still over silver, so copper it is!

You can use these abstract copper wire eggs as flower cages or you could put a name card inside for seating.

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This is all you’ll need – plastic easter egg, copper wiring, and pliers or wire cutters.

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Start by wrapping your wire around the egg once. If you’re having trouble keeping it in place, just thread one end through the holes in the egg. You’re just creating a template.

Copper Wire Easter Egg Craft by PartiesforPennies.com

Cut the end and wrap around the other wire end. This should form an egg shape.

Copper Wire Easter Egg Craft by PartiesforPennies.com

Next, take your copper wire and wrap it around your plastic egg. Again, you’re using the plastic egg to create a form.

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Slide your wire off the plastic egg and cut the end. Now slip your form over the 1st egg shape you created. Wrap one end at the top and the other end at the bottom. This creates an egg-shaped copper wire cage.

Copper Wire Easter Egg Craft by Heidi Rew of PartiesforPennies.com

Now you can fill it with a beautiful bloom, an Easter message, or a name card.

What are you doing for Easter? Do you have an Easter egg hunt? My brother is going to an adult Easter egg hunt party. How fun is that? I want to be friends with whoever is throwing that.

Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend. Keep watching out for Parties for Pennies on social media, bloglovin & in your inbox! Next week is going to be jammed packed with fun posts.


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Lucky Duck Cafe St Patricks Day Party {featured}

Hey party people!

There’s been so many wonderful people I’ve met because of blogging…like YOU! During my recent trip to Tybee, I met precious Cindy Barganier. She is such a talented designer and one of the sweetest people. She talked to me a lot about her daughter and her love for throwing parties! I knew we’d get along right away. It’s true. It has been a joy to get to know Megan & her blog Project Housewife. Today, we’re featuring her Lucky Duck St Patricks Day Party! 

Lucky Duck St Patricks Day Party | Project Housewife

It’s always fun to plan a party! If you read Heidi’s blog, then you probably agree! A party for kids is especially fun! It can be extremely stressful also if you have no help. Trust me, I know! As a mom of three kids (4, 2, and 4 months), I have plenty of help, just not the kind of help that’s…helpful! I am creative. I am also a control-FREAK. So it’s hard for me to be that mom who let’s the kids ‘have at it’ when it comes to projects. I want them to do their thing, but then I feel the need to take over if they aren’t splattering paint the way I would splatter paint. (Can I get an amen? Please tell me I’m not the only one…)

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(Megan splattered paint on material to create a unique tablecloth)

There are a few other things that get in my way- the weather, changes in car-pool schedules, blown electrical circuits, the unexpected stomach-bug, a lack of lucite tables and/or Hermes trays, and of course forgetting how many iced lattes and accessories I bought last week resulting in ‘insufficient funds’. WHATever…!

Lately I’ve attempted to change my ways. I’m a mom who’s on a mission to laugh a little more at my life and stress a little less when things aren’t perfect. I am better some days than others.

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A month or so ago, I got the urge to throw a St. Patty’s day-themed kid party. But when “super-cute-Heidi-Rew” invited me to spend a day on her blog, it was on. I would throw an all green party that everyone would remember. I got busy planning some details that would blow.your.mind. Then my kiddos came home from pre-school and reality kicked it into high-gear. Rather than inviting the whole town to an authentic Irish pub experience, I gathered the girls in my bible study/bunco group and their little ones for a small celebration. Turns out between a dozen or so of us, we have THIRTY KIDS UNDER FIVE. Just thinking about it makes my left eye twitch.

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My budget was $50. FIFTY DOLLARS!  (I intentionally did not search the web for ideas). Here’s proof you don’t need a huge budget or a team of professionals or six months to plan an awesome party. You do need a little creativity, the ability to take deep breaths when panic attacks ensue, a few giant sweet-teas to keep you moving the morning of, and of course…little-party-people!

I found inspiration from a set of plates I’ve always liked (and recently saw in the new Domino Magazine) and a rubber ducky in my kids’ bathtub. I zipped through my local craft store and grabbed a few cheap and festive decorations.

Most of the projects involved were totally kid-friendly- my two and four year olds helped a lot. Well, they helped for several minutes until I couldn’t take it anymore and gave them an equally important job of counting birds flying in the sky.

St Patricks Day Party - Lucky Duck Party Feature by Project Housewife

Before I knew it, it was time to party. Wednesday showed up and brought a wind so strong that one little leprechaun was concerned “the party might fly away and end up in the land of diz!” (I didn’t tell her it was the land of OZ…or that the wind and not a real tornado.) 

My table scape blew away 20 times in an hour. My ROY G. BIV balloons were supposed to be staked in the grass in the shape of an arch. Unfortunately, they didn’t stand a chance against the wind or my Ford-man, who ‘sent them to heaven’ before I could stop him. And the pot of gold was all but empty because most of the chocolate coins were devoured by my sneaky helpers before the guests arrived.

Lucky Duck St Patricks Day Party by Project Housewife

(Source for Bunting & Stickers: Cam Addison Designs)

Regardless of the countless events that morning that resulted in my anxiety and need for several chill-pills, the party itself was just-right. As soon as our first little guests walked up, nothing else mattered! We had a packed house at Lucky Duck Cafe that afternoon and it worth every last shiny chocolate penny.

 St Patricks Day Party Lucky Duck Party feature by Project Housewife

St Patricks Day Party - Lucky Duck Cafe Feature by Project Housewife

St Patricks Day Party - Lucky Duck Cafe feature by Project Housewife

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You can re-create these ideas with things you probably already have, plus a pinch of luck, in a single day. Come on over to my place and I’ll show you step-by-step how I threw this perfectly (imperfect) party. http://project-housewife.com

Thanks so much for letting me spend a few minutes with you! Now go have yourself a party, people!

Thanks so much Megan for sharing your adorable party with us! Isn’t she so talented? Check out her blog & leave her a comment sharing your favorite thing about this party! 

Have a Happy St Patricks Day & party on! 

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5 Chic Outfits to Wear with your Sweetheart (or just for yourself)

Hey party people!

Friday, I shared a chic Valentine’s Day party idea for two or twenty. Today, Dress Your Guests will share some lovely fashion inspiration to celebrate the day of love!

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Are you getting ready to cozy up with your Valentine or have a fantastic night with friends this Valentine’s Day?

We definitely love the chance Valentine’s Day gives us to show off a bit more of our chic winter style during the coldest months here in New York City. Be sure to check out Kate’s 5 fantastic lux and less (all under $150!) outfit picks below to wear with your sweetheart (or just for yourself!!).

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#1 Heart Patterned Dress

   Shop the Dress: Juicy CoutureNecklace: Kate Spade, and the Open Toed Pumps: Jimmy Choo.

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 #1 Heart Patterned Dress

  Shop this complete look for under $150: Jacket ($28),Dress ($44), Necklace ($25), Flats ($30).

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#2 Striped Dress & Heart Scarf

Shop the Scarf: Net-A-PorterDress: Bloomingdale’s,Pumps: Valentino, and Earrings: Secret Garden

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#2: Striped Dress & Heart Scarf

Shop this complete look for under $150: Earrings ($2),Scarf ($28), Dress ($33), and Flats ($23).

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#3 Pink Skirt & Red Top

Shop the Necklace: Banana RepublicBlouse: Otte,Skirt: Banana Republic, and Pumps: Christian Louboutin.

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Pink Skirt & Red Top

Shop this complete look for under $150: Necklace ($15),Skirt ($41), Top ($33), and Shoes ($20).

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#4 Pink Skirt & Leopard Top

Shop the Necklace: BaubleBarBlouse: Nordstrom,Necklace: Banana Republic, and Pumps: Nordstrom.

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Pink Skirt & Leopard Top

Shop this complete less look for under $150: Necklace($46), Top ($36), Skirt ($16), and Shoes ($20).

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#5 Black and White Dress Outfit

Shop the DressPumps: Jimmy ChooClutch: Valentino, and Lip Color: Bobbi Brown.

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#5 Black and White Dress Outfit

Shop the DressPumps: Jimmy ChooClutch: Valentino, and Lip Color: Bobbi Brown.

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Thanks so much to Kate & Elyse from Dress Your Guests for this great Valentine’s Day fashion inspiration! Which pieces were your favorite? I love the pink skirts & the black & white dress.

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