Cookie Play-Set Printable

This popular set has (up until today) been one you had to write to us to get, well, now it is available here to download :)  Includes cookies to decorate, decorations, a spatula, and a cookie sheet.  A great way to keep little ones entertained while waiting for Christmas!

Get your st here: cookieset

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Party Kits- Not Just for Parties

Have you been looking at our adorable printable party kits and thinking, "those are great, but I do not have a party coming up"?  Well, all of that cuteness is not reserved for just parties!  The kits have many elements that could be fun any day!  Coloring pages and paper-toys and dolls are perfect for play-time.  Little boxes and bags make great carries for "just because"" gifts.  Candy wrappers make any day a great day for something sweet, carry a few with you and practice random acts of sweetness!  Banners can add cheerfulness as room decor and draped over a window they can make a gray day more colorful.  Appetizer flags make cute oencil decorations, and thank you notes are good to have on hand because there are always things-to be grateful for.

All of this and since you own a digital copy, you have the whole kit ready when you do have a party!

You can find our party kits on Etsy here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ShySocialites?section_id=11575650

Party Themes

Looking for some party inspiration? There are literally thousands of party themes out there and countless reasons to celebrate! Here are some ideas to get you started. Have ideas for more party themes? Let us know what you'd like to see added to the list! 

Kids party theme ideas:

Girls:

Alphabet

Ballerina

Ballet

Beach 

Bee

Betty Boop

Birds

Bubbles

Bunnies

Butterflies

butterfly

candyland or candy shop

Carnival

chocolate

cowgirl

Crafts

cupcake

Dance

Decade party (50s,60’s70’s etc)

dolls (Barbie, cabbage patch, american girl)

dress-up

fairies

fairy tale

Farm animals

Fashion show

Favorite band or popstar

Favorite character (Hello Kitty, Elmo)

Favorite Color (pink, purple, etc)

Favorite movie or show (Alice in Wonderland, Lalaloopsy, Care Bears, Cat in the hat)

firefly

garden

glamour

Glamour Girl

Ice cream

ladybug

Lemonade

makeup

mermaid

Movie

Owls

Pancakes

Preppy

princess

Rainbows

Red carpet

Safari/Animal Print

tea party

unicorn 

 

Boys:

Aliens

adventurer

Animals

army/Navy etc

Bowling

bugs

camping

cars

construction

cowboy

Crayons/colors/rainbow

Dinosaurs

Dr. Suess

fishing

Harry Potter

John Deer/Tractor

Legos

Lorax

martial arts

motorcycles

Motorcycles

Movies

Mustaches / Little man

Nautical

Pajama party

pirates

planes

Robots

Science

sports

Sports

superhero

Tie Dye

Tractor

trains

treasure hunter 

trucks

woodland

Zombies

Any Child:

Aliens

Alligator/crocodile

around the world/travel

bbq

beach

bowling

Candyland (or other game)

carnival

cartoon characters

casino night

charades

Chinese new year

Christmas ornament making

circus/carnival

cookie decorating

craft

cupcake decorating

Dalmation

decade parties (60’s,70’s,80’s)

dog/cat

dragons

Egyptian

fall fiesta

farm

favorite animals (Owls, zebra, bear, monkey)

favorite characters

favorite colors

favorite food (s’mores, chocolate, tacos,etc.)

favorite patterns (argyle, stripes, checkers)

fiesta

game show

garden, planting party

glow party

ice cream bar

ice skating

jungle animals

Lego

lemon/lime

luau

magic

miniature golf

monster

monsters

movie night

music

Olympics

origami

paint

penguin

pizza

pizza

play doh, clay, pottery

pony

pool

red carpet-hollywood

robots

rock star

roller skating

royalty

safari

scavenger hunt

schools out

seasame st

sock monkey

space/science

spring fling

spy

summer soiree

teddybear - build a bear etc

theme park- Six flags, DL etc

tie-dye

tshirt decorating

under the sea-ocean

water park

watermelon

winter ball

wizard of oz

zoo

 

Combined Children’s Parties:

cowboy & cowgirl

pirates & mermaids

princess & knights

princess & pirates

Witches and Warlocks

 

Adult Parties:

brunch

beach/luau

black tie

board game

casino

costume-themed

Charity & Fundraiser

church

charades

dance

dinner party

divorce 

decade theme: 30's,40's,70's,80's etc.

engagement

egyptian

famous couples

favorite color

favorite pattern

favorite TV Show (Mad Men, Lost, famous couples, etc)

game night

get to know your neighbors

haunted house

masquerade

movie night

ornament making

photo booth

picnic

poker

retirement

Rat Pack

red carpet

tatoo

tie-dye

tshirt decorating

video game

 

Cocktail Parties:

Beer Tasting

chocolate and cocktails

cupcakes and martinis

Margarita Bar

Martini Bar

Retro Cocktails

Vodka Bar

wine and cheese

wine and chocolate

Wine Tasting

 

Dinner parties:

BBQ

Build your own pizza

Chili cook-off

dessert bar

ice cream social

midsummer night

pasta bar

Rib cook-off

s’mores

soup party

sushi bar

taco bar

tea party

 

Womens Parties:

baking

bedazzle

Champagne brunch

Chanel

Cherries

chocolate

Cinderella or Princess

cocktails

Country Western

craft Parties

Cupcakes

Damask

Diamonds

Fashion

Glamour

jewelry making

Las Vegas

Lemonade stand

Lingerie

lingerie 

Love & Romance

Luau

makeup

Manicures

Masquerade

Modern

Nautical or Beach

Parisan

quilting

Retro

Rustic

Safari

scrapbooking

Shabby Chic

spa party

Strawberries

Tea party

Tiffany’s

Travel or Destination 

Vintage

Vision board

Wine Tasting

Woodland

Zebra

 

Bridal Shower Theme:

Champagne brunch

Chanel

Cherries

chocolate

Cinderella or Princess

cocktails

Country Western

Cupcakes

Damask

Diamonds

Fashion

Glamour

Las Vegas

Lemonade stand

Lingerie

lingerie 

Love & Romance

Luau

Luau or Hawaiian

Manicures

Masquerade

Modern

Nautical or Beach

Parisan

Partisan

Retro

Rustic

Safari

scrapbooking

Shabby Chic

spa party

Strawberries

Tea party

Tiffany’s

Travel or Destination 

Vintage

Wine Tasting

Woodland

Zebra


Baby Shower Theme:

baby boy (see boys theme ideas)

baby bumble bee

baby girl (see girl theme ideas)

Birds Nest

Butterflies

Couples

Cupcakes

Dessert or sweet treats

Flowers

Garden

gender reveal

Luau

Mustache bash / little man

Nautical

Owls

Partisan

Pink,Blue,Green, or Yellow color

Retro

Rubber ducky

Rustic

safari zoo

Tea party

Wedding Theme

photo booth

country rustic

 

Holiday Parties:

Christmas

Cinco De Mayo

Fourth of July

Halloween

Hanukah

Labor Day

Memorial Day

New Years

Presidents Day

Rosh Hashanah

St. Patrick’s Day

Thanks Giving

Valentines Day

Christmas Time Printables

Just a quick note wishing you a splendid Christmas time, and a small gift to show you how much we appreciate your support!  The circles are designed to work perfectly with World Label's WL-350 round labels found here : http://www.worldlabel.com/Pages/wl-ol350.htm#templates Pick up your set here- shychristmas

Pine Cone Snow Owls

This weekend our family decided to go on a little nature hike in the mountains and collect some pine cones to use for crafting. It was a beautiful fall day and the end result was an abundance of big beautiful pine cones that beckoned to be turned into something wonderful. I think these adorable little owls fit the bill. I didn't have a chance to stop by the craft store so we used supplies that we had on hand already. I am sure with feathers, glitter, ribbons or felt you could add your own spin to these delightful creatures. Regardless, this is a fun and easy craft that the kids and myself enjoyed making very much.

Supplies:

Pine Cones Cotton Balls Glue (we used good old Elmers) Brown construction paper Google Eyes

Instructions:

Separate cotton balls into small pieces. I found the smaller the pieces the better the look, and they were easier to work with.

Next add drops of glue into the pine cone and onto the tips of each piece, then add cotton into all the little crevices.

This will take a little bit of time to get it all stuffed with snowy cotton.

Pine Cone Owl
Pine Cone Owl

After stuffing the pine cone to your desired fluffiness, add googley eyes, beak and wings with more glue. Yes, you will use lots of glue in this project! I broke a few bottom pieces from the pine cones to use for the beaks. I used a little sharpie on one of the beaks to make it stand out a little bit more too. You could also use small triangles of felt or construction paper. I used brown construction paper in the shape of teardrops for the wings. I think feathers for this would be so cute. You could even add some color!

I think we may have to make a few more of these cuties for our Woodland Christmas Tree this year.

Happy Crafting!

Owl You Need!

Looking for a cute owl pattern to make some cute little owls?  Of course you are, I mean really who isn't.  This pattern is simple, using basic materials like felt, floss, and ribbon, of course you can embellish it anyway you wish!  In addition to the pattern you will need scissors and a needle.

Get your free pattern here : owlpattern2013update

We would love to see your finished products, so please send photos to info(a)shysocialites.com and we will send you another free pattern :)

Fondly,

Tricia & Barbara, the Shy Socialites

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Looking for the perfect little note for Halloween?  Maybe something more cute than scary?  These little Spiders will help you get your point across! From Lunchbox notes, to Bookplates to Party Favors a convenient little size (both the spider and the note) makes them useful all through fall.  They are a free gift to you, use them however you like and share them however you wish! 

Get your PDF file here : Itsy Bitsy Spider Notes 

Comments appreciated and encouraged, who knows what wonderful things we might come up with when given bunches of positive reinforcement ;)

Fondly,

Tricia and Barbara (the Shy Socialites)

May Your New School Year Go Swimmingly!

We hope you enjoy this "School of Fish"!  Created in vibrant rainbow hues to brighten your day, and your classroom, this set includes note cards, small square notes and desk nameplates, and it is our FREE gift to you.

At home you can use the nameplates to designate outfits for the days of the week, the small square notes as lunchbox love notes and note cards as thank you notes to teacher!

Get your free set here:

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Fondly,

Tricia & Barbara, the Shy Socialites

Is Your Classroom a Hoot?

Shy Socialites  <3 Teachers!

One of our readers who happens to be a teacher requested a little something with out rainbow owls, and we hope we have surprised her here by making a little more that she thought.

This set includes small notes and desk name cards.  Oh, and there is an extra little bonus, editable notes so you can add your own text, "A note from Ms Conner" or perhaps "Happy 100th Day of School".

This is a free set, our gift to you!  You can get your set here owlteacherset ET

Here are instructions on how to edit text and save your file Editable Text Instructions

Fondly,

Tricia and Barbara, the Shy Socialites ;)

Princess Castle Decorating Playset FREE

Looking for a fun activity for your little princess?  This print & play PDF is just the thing.  In pretty pinks and perky purples it is a great way to spend an afternoon and a playful party-favor.  Use your imagination and decorating skills to add festooning, flowers, topiary and so much more.  We also recommend adding your own glitter, ribbons and buttons.

Get your Castle Decoration Set Here!

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Shark Bite Reading and Journal Set

Just in time for Shark Week & a new School Year, this playfully fun Shark reading and writing set is our gift to you.  It includes stationery to write home and let them know about your adventures with sharks.  Journal pages keep track of your ideas and thoughts about sharks.  Bookmarks and bookplates help you keep track of your shark books.  Add the some note cards so you can send notes to your best friends- sharks.  Okay, you do not have to read and write about sharks exclusively to use this set, but we do hope it makes you smile that perfect shark grin ;). Download your free PDF here

sharkset

Lemonade Stand Set- A Free Gift

Looking for a sweet way to celebrate the warm Summer days with the whole neighborhood?  How about a Lemonade Stand!  We created this decor set just for you.  It includes a decor page, a pattern page, an awning-style bunting and pricing signs.  It coordinates perfectly with the free label set we created for World Label (you can get that here). Also, stop by and take a look at our Lemon board on Pinterest!

Click here for your decor set:

lemonadestanddecor

Cilantro Pesto Pizza

Still perfecting the art of food photography and I could do without the paper plates, but I think it still looks pretty delicious and my was it tasty!

Pizza Dough (recipe below)About 2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheeseCilantro Pesto (recipe below)Marinated Shrimp or Chicken (recipe below)

Marinated Shrimp or chicken:

1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined or chopped/sliced chicken breast ¼ cup Olive oil ¼ cup Soy sauce ½ cup Dark Beer 2 tbsp Rice wine vinegar ¼ cup chopped Green onion 2 cloves minced Garlic 1 tsp Sesame oil 1 tsp minced Ginger 1-3 tsp Sriracha to taste

In a large bowl combine ingredients, toss with chicken or shrimp and marinate for 30 minutes up to 24 hours for more flavor. Grill until cooked over medium heat, set aside until ready for topping the pizza.

Cilantro Pesto:

3/4 cup chopped cilantro 1/4 cup chopped parsley 2 cloves chopped garlic 2 tbsp pine nuts 1/4 cup grated Parmesan 1/2 cup olive oil

Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor until well blended.

Pizza Dough:

1 (1/4 oz) pkg active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp) 3/4 cup warm water 1 3/4 to 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided

In a small bowl, combine yeast and 1/4 cup of warm water. Place 1 3/4 cups of the flour in large bowl with salt. Stir in the yeast mixture, the rest of the water and 2 teaspoons olive oil. Knead dough until no longer sticky, adding more flour as needed. Grease a large bowl with the remaining oil, add dough and toss to coat. Cover with a cloth or plastic wrap and leave at room temperature until dough has doubled in size, approximately an hour.

Preheat your grill to medium-high. Once the dough has risen, divide and roll into thin circles. You will have enough dough to make about 6-8 {thin crust} individual sized pies or 2 large pies. Brush your dough with oil and grill on one side until golden brown. Flip dough, immediately add grated cheese to each pizza and grill the other side until the cheese is just melted. Remove from the grill and spread with cilantro pesto, top with marinated chicken or shrimp. Serve immediately.

Alternatives:

Feeling Lazy or short on time? Use store bought frozen pizza dough or Boboli style crusts. Omit the shrimp or chicken for a vegetarian version Try topping with chopped green onions , roasted garlic cloves, sundried tomatoes, artichokes, olives, or whatever veggies your heart desires.

Complimentary Cocktails:

Try a white wine such as: Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Grüner Veltliner,Chardonnay, Prosecco or Champagne Other cocktails: Try something fresh and subtle like a basil martini or a mojito.

I should also mention this recipe was inspired by Bobby Flay, with just a few tweaks in the grilling time and our favorite homemade recipe for the for the shrimp/chicken marinade. The original recipe can be found here, and as you can see by its 5 star rating it really is quite phenomenal. Thanks Bobby!

Carival Party Give-Away

We want to thank everyone who entered our Summer Carnival Give-Away (all 41 of you ) :)!

Our Winner, Sara, chose the snow-cone machine, and we think it is the perfect choice.

Here is our free gift to everyone, a fanciful carnival-themed party and decor kit, it contains invitations, a coloring page, 8 by 10 art work and so much more.  Click here to get the FREE download

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We our planning our next fun give-away, so be sure to check the blog often and follow us on Facebook!