A Tropical Vacation via Your Printer

We would like to take you on a tropical holiday, or at least make it FEEL like you are on one.  Our shop is filled with fun Tropical inspired invitations and printables. Have fun browsing through our selection of delightful items. Have something in mind but don't see it in the shop? Let us know, chances are we can create just what you are looking for.

Our gift to you today is the playful and fun Hula Monkey paper doll, all ready for an island get-away. Click here for your paper doll.

View all the tropical invitations in our Etsy shop here.

Etsy Tropical Invitations

Here are a few of our favorites!

Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog, we truly appreciate it.  Take a moment and let us know what you think of the paper doll and what kind of tropical designs you would like to see.

Kindly-Tricia and Barbara -the Shy Socialites

Rainbows and Tugboats

Not your usual combination, but one of many themes we could combine to create a unique party theme for you!  Have two special people you want to celebrate at once?  We can come up with a creative way to combine themes and make the party fun and memorable.  Sure we can do the usual princesses and pirate, or mermaids and pirates, but what about hokey playing dogs wearing camo? We have done it!  Superheros and sharks?  Maybe you would be interested in a detective farmyard party?  If you have something you need for a combo party, we can create it!  In the meantime, take a look at these fun invitations already in our shop!

Pick up your Nautical Coloring Page Here

Pick up your Rainbow Coloring Page Here

Plan a Safari Day!

Hippo to Color

Adventure awaits when you plan a safari-themed party or gathering for your favorite people!

Whether celebrating someone's special day or just having fun with friends, a safari-theme is a great way to play!  You can set up a safari scavenger hunt, have the explorers search from one clue to the next and end it with a special treat!  If you have a wagon, you can turn it into a "boat" and take your guests on a jungle-themed cruise, setting up different scenes along the way, like a snapping alligator pond, rhinos on the savanna, elephants in a wading pool and giraffes munching from the trees (toy animals only, please).  A craft station is perfect for your safari adventure, create friendships bracelets or decorate hats.  Keep the foods healthy, fresh and light for the warm jungle, but give the food cute names like "Crocodile Cucumber", "Macaw Mac and Cheese", "Watering Hole Watermelon", and "Safari-So-Salad.

A fun themed event any day is a great way to create a memory.  No need limit you gatherings to just birthdays and holidays.

We want to help you get started with this coloring page, our gift to you, a fun (and funny) Hippo and his bird friend all dressed and ready for their adventure. Click here for your coloring page PDF.

Looking for more?  We have some wonderful safari themed invitations and printables (some links will take you to our Etsy shop)

The adventure begins here, take a look at these and other great invitations in our shop!  We are always available for custom illustration and design. 

DIY Fall Wreath for just $10 or less

Make this high impact wreath for just $10 or less.

This is a fun and super quick project that requires absolutely no skills, no gluing, and best of all uses easy to find materials and accessories that you probably already have on hand which would make this craft completely free!!! I purchased all of the supplies I needed at my local Dollar Store. The only items I already had were the pool noodle and duct tape that I used to make the form. Here is a list of supplies I used and how I made mine but keep in mind you can get as creative as you'd like accessorizing your wreath using various ribbons, foliage, candies, faux fruit, bark, branches, corn, etc etc etc. The possibilities are endless and now that I have made this one so easily I may have to make one for every occasion! Okay so here goes:

Supplies

  • Pool Noodle
  • Duct Tape
  • 3 rolls Burlap Ribbon (9 yards each)
  • 1 Roll orange burlap ribbon for bunch/bow
  • Faux flowers (I used approx 6 bunches)
  • Glitter Pumpkin (optional)
  • String or Wire (or hot glue) to attach everything to your wreath

STEP 1.) Take your pool noodle and duct tape the ends together. I found this made the perfect large scale wreath for my front door. Feel free to trim the noodle if you want something a bit smaller.

Use a pool noodle & Duct Tape to make a large wreath form

STEP 2.) Wrap the burlap ribbon around the noodle. Secure the end with a pin, tape, glue, or whatever you have handy. I used a straight pin from my sewing kit and that worked quite well. Floral pins or a safety pin would be great for this if you have them or just a dab of glue if your worried about poking yourself.

STEP 3.) Attach your floral elements and accesories using string/raffia/wire. You can use hot glue if you want but I liked using string as to not burn myself ( I am very accident prone) and it felt a lot more secure to me. I even was able to attach the glitter pumpkin at the end using string through a hole at the bottom of the pumpkin. If it did not have a hole I guess I would have had to pull out the hot glue gun to attach it. I chose to only add flowers to about 2/3rds of the round alternating the direction the foliage was placed towards the end. I then used a bow made of orange burlap to cover the gap and hide my strings. 

STEP 4.) Use ribbon or burlap at the top of wreath to attach to your door! Voila. I think this whole thing took me about 15 minutes or less to make (shopping not included)

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it inspired you to create something beautiful. If you make one as well or have suggestions or comments let us know we love to hear from you! It may be a bit early still but....Happy Fall :)

Happy Mermaid Monday!

Summer is here, the perfect time for a mermaid themed party!  Whether celebrating your special occasion at the pool, the beach, indoors or out, we have some of the splashiest mermaid invitations available.  From beautiful faux glitter mermaid tail invitations, to cartoon mermaid drawings, we have something that will be a perfect fit for your mermaid princess!  See something you like but need modifications? We can do that!  And like all of the designs in our store, our Mermaid invitation designs can be turned into party kits, we can make banners, candy-bar wrappers, gift tags, coloring pages and so much more!
 

Speaking of coloring pages here is a printable ready for paints, crayon, pencils and glitter! A mermaid color-cut-and-play jewelry set.  Your little merfolk will have fun making this crown, necklace and bracelet in their own one-of-a-kind style. A free gift for you :)

Click here for your Mermaid Jewelry Set

We are ready to help you put your mermaid party together, and make your celebration go swimmingly!

Have another theme in mind for your party?  Contact us, we can create something just for you!

Kindly,

Tricia and Barbara, the Shy Socialites

A few of our favorite Mermaid Invitations

 

 

A Little Happiness

Here we have a sweet little art-print, our gift to you.  Print it out on card-stock or paper, cut to fit an 8 by 10 frame, or tack it up on your pin-board.  A little reminder to hold on to the things that make you happy.

Get your copy here: Hold On Print

Looking for some cheerful invitations and stationery items?  May we recommend these sweet cute invitations.  You can delete the wording in the free program Adobe Reader and use them as stationery for hand-written notes as well:

A charming butterfly invitation, our own illustration done in wax and watercolors.  

Lovely aqua and coral florals accented with faux glitter, it is both elegant and sweet.

Lovely watercolor roses, in sweet shades of pink and color.  One of our current favorites

This playful pup hols tight to his balloon in an invitation that is both preppy and silly!

We will end today's stationery tour with the cute invitation that matches this print.  Our own originally artwork depicting a kitten holding tight to his balloon.  We see him from behind as his front paws gently float into the air with his precious treasure.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our blog.

Kindly- Tricia and Barbara, the Shy Socialites

Get Your Hive in Order

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Ready to "Bee" scheduled?  You can keep your hive in order with the fun printable bee-hive themed weekly planner.  Each color bee can be a family member, or a category (like work, school, so forth).  The hive comes with a Key so you can keep track.

Download your hive here.

Party in your plans?  We have just the invitation or party printable you need in our shop!  Don't see it?  We do custom work based on your themes and ideas.

Here are some of our current favorite invitations

The adorable Sweetheart invitation is inspired by our favorite candy!  Sweet for a baby shower but can be modified for a birthday party, valentine's day party, bridal shower or tea party!

This key invitation would be perfect for a hosuewarming, valentine party or to celebrate finding the key to your heart!

This key invitation would be perfect for a hosuewarming, valentine party or to celebrate finding the key to your heart!

Elf Coloring Cards

Here we have for you a set of cute little elf color cards, each one is a quarter of a page (about 4.25 by 5.5) and all 4 print on one page.  Use them a notes, to/from tags, party favors.  Print out a bunch to entertain the little ones (and bigger ones) as they wait for Santa's arrival.

A small gift from us to you, just to let you know how much we appreciate you.  We recommend printing them on card-stock if you are using them as cards, paper works just fine for coloring pages.  

Get your  elf cards here.

Kindly,

Tricia and Barbara, the Shy Socialites

Printable Play Sets (post to be deleated 1/17/2016)

We have been getting a lot of requests lately for our older food play-sets (from 2008/2009). Those were part of an older blog the closed in 2013, however we decided to post them here to give those looking a chance to download them for the holidays.  

Please be sure to download and save these, as they are slated to be taken down January 2016.

All we ask in return is that you take a look through our blog and shop.

Kindly,

Tricia and Barbara, the Shy Socialites

Pizza Dinner Set Here

Breakfast Set Here

BBQ Set Here

Pirate Fun

Planning a Pirate Party or Play-Date?  Looking for a fun Pirate activity?  Enjoy this free coloring page from the Shy Socialites.  A jaunty pirate-ship with your host "Pirate Parrot"!

Get Your Coloring Page Here : Cute Pirate-Ship Coloring Page

Looking for fun invitations for your Pirate Gathering?  Here are some of our favorites, and remember we can make party kits to coordinate with any invitation in our shop!