HOW TO THROW A GAME OF THRONES PARTY IN ONE DAY + FREE PRINTABLES

The easiest, laziest, and CUTEST Game of Thrones finale party ever! You can throw this together in an afternoon and still impress your guests.

Scroll down for free printables of all of the food signs pictured!

Set up a candy and snack bar with these clever treats! Add these tootsie roll eggs for DRAGON EGGS! Soooomeone in my family ate them all before I had a chance to take a photo.

For the main dishes, make some LITTLE CHICKEN FINGERS (chicken fingers and vegetarian chikn’ fingers), THEON’S FAVORITE TOY (hot dogs or pigs in a blanket and veggie dogs), and HIGHGARDEN SALAD (just a salad with chopped veggies).

For dessert, you’ll have the candy bar and you could also make SANSAA’S FAVORITE LEMON CAKES (a box mix of lemon bars).

Finally, add some DORNISH WINE (any kind of wine)! Maybe even some spiked limeade with a little green food coloring for WILDFIRE.

No detail is left out here. Tie this VALYRIAN STEEL tag on a mason jar full of utensils.

Download FREE PRINTABLES here: 1 | 2 | 3

If you have time, this is our favorite CARD STOCK to print on and the best PAPER CUTTER.

You can stick the food tags on place card holders or simply place by the food. THESE are cool for every day use but also Game of Thrones appropriate. $10 for 20 and Amazon prime!

 

If you want to see my Game of Thrones party in action, check out the GOT story highlight on our instagram account!

xo

– L

RECIPE: HAMENTASHEN

 

DELICIOUS, SOFT, SUGAR-COATED HAMENTASHEN

 

Hamentashen are a traditional three-cornered cookie we (Jews) make on Purim! I grew up in St. Louis, MO. There was this great Jewish bakery called Pratzels, and I would look forward to their hamentashen every year. Most other recipes I’ve tried are crunchy, crumbly, dry, or tasteless. But this bakery K I L L E D it. They were soft, filled with a delicious pie filling situation, and covered in sugar. Sadly it closed, and I’ve been trying to re-create the recipe ever since. UPDATE: our amazing instagram family found it HERE! Still try mine too… they are seriously amazing if I do say so myself!

 

Today I had a lightbulb moment! My favorite sugar cookie recipe is soft and delicious.. what if I used that for the dough? All the recipes online are really really different. Is this weird? Well I just went for it. I thought, if this doesn’t work out with the first tray, I’ll just make sugar cookies for the boys and enjoy the raw dough because OHMYGOSH it is absolutely delicious! Spoiler alert…. this dough makes incredible hamentashen and has the soft consistency like Pratzels! Mazel tov, me!

 

IMPORTATANT NOTES:

  1. You really really need to chill the dough. Try and make the dough the night before or at least chill for a couple hours. Divide the dough in quarters and wrap each in saran wrap. No need to make them into disks. The dough is super soft but keeps it’s shape.
  2. Keep the dough chilled for the whole process. So that means roll the dough out and cut the circles. Chill in the freezer. Add the filling and shape. Put the tray back in the freezer. THEN you can bake. They will keep their shape so much better.
  3. Don’t overfill the cookies or have the topping be runny. I used about 7 chocolate chips / 3 cherries from the pie filling WITHOUT the juice. Actually this picture above was before I blotted the filling a little with a napkin.

 

RECIPE:

1 c. margarine (I know, right? Just trust me), room temp

1 c. granulated sugar

1 egg, room temp

2 tbsp whole milk, room temp

2 tsp real vanilla extract

3 c. flour (I always bake with bread flour)

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

Optional: handful of sprinkles if using

Filling: I used bittersweet chocolate chips and THIS filling- so good!

A little extra granulated sugar for the outside of the fruit ones

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Sift all dry ingredients and set aside.

Mix butter and sugar til fluffy 2-3 min.

Add egg and mix well.

Add vanilla.

Slowly mix in dry ingredients alternating with milk.

Mix until just combined.

If you’re adding sprinkles to the dough, mix it in at this time. I took half of the dough out and kept it plain, then added the sprinkles to the second batch.

Divide dough into quarters, wrap tightly in saran wrap, and chill overnight or at least for a couple hours.

Take one ball out of the fridge and roll out on a lightly floured board, 1/4″ thick.

Cut 3″ circles and place on a parchment paper-lined tray.

Chill in the freezer while you work on the next tray.

Once chilled, fill each circle with a SMALL amount of filling. I used about 7 chocolate chips OR 3-4 cherries (try to keep the runny parts to a minimum).

Form triangles and pinch the corners together slightly to make sure they don’t fall apart and spill all the filling!

If you’re making fruit ones, I like to gently dip the triangles in granulated sugar.

Chill again in the freezer again for 20 minutes or so. The longer they’re chilled, the more they will keep their shape. If you’re making way in advance, just keep covered in the fridge.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes or until very very very slightly golden. The whole point is to keep these SOFT so please don’t over-bake them. Cool on the tray for a couple minutes only, then slip the cookies still on the parchment paper off the tray to cool completely.

 

Mazel tov, you’ve made delicious hamentashen!!

 

xo

Leah

MELTS VALENTINE

Melts are basically toddler crack. They’re just dehydrated yogurt and fruit, but for some reason, all of our kids go crazy for them… even our big kids! This year, Joshie AKA Lil Intern is giving these Melts packs to his friends. We’ve linked all the materials you’ll need below. You could easily staple the tag to the Melts bag that they come in, but this is just one step cuter!

1. Purchase:

BAGS (unless stapling directly on the Melts bag they come in)

 PINK MELTS

and recommended but not necessary…

CARD STOCK

PAPER CUTTER

 

2. Download your cards HERE

 

3. Print on white card stock. THIS is our favorite ever!! Super bright white and prints vibrant colors. It really makes a difference, especially with this printable since there’s so much color.

 

4. Cut right on the lines using a paper cutter. THIS one is the only kind we’ve found for seeing right where you’re cutting.

 

5. Fold the card in half, add melts in the clear bag, fold the top of the bag a little, and staple the card on top. Or staple the card to the top of the melts bag that they come in.

 

For ALL of our previous Valentines Day Printables, click HERE!

xo

Leah & Jenni

WARM FUZZIES VALENTINE

I don’t know why kids go crazy for pompoms, but they do! We use these as currency in our house. It’s so weird, but they’re colorful and fun and hey- it’s better than giving your kids candy all day long! These would be fun to give to teachers as well since they could totally use them for their students! Throw a few in each bag and call it a day.

1. Purchase:

CLEAR BAGS

POM POMS

and recommended but not necessary…

CARD STOCK

PAPER CUTTER

WASHI TAPE

 

2. Download your cards HERE

 

3. Print on white card stock. THIS is our favorite ever!! Super bright white and prints vibrant colors. It really makes a difference, especially with this printable since there’s so much color.

* When printing, make sure to set the scale to 100%! That will make it so the size of the card is exactly half of the paper, and you can just make one simple cut down the middle of the paper. It also fits inside the bag much better at this scale.

 

4. Cut right on the lines using a paper cutter. THIS one is the only kind we’ve found for seeing right where you’re cutting.

 

5. Pop the card and pom poms in the bag, seal with cute washi tape, and you’re done!

For ALL of our previous Valentines Day Printables, click HERE!

xo

Leah & Jenni

SLIME VALENTINES

Will slime EVER go out of style? Not likely when it comes to our kiddos. No matter how many times it gets stuck in their hair, on our rugs, or left behind on the kitchen table…. we STILL give in to their love for slime. You can easily order these MINI SLIME PACKS and simply attach them to the downloaded valentine below (on top of the glob of slime) with GLUE DOTS.

1. Download your color choice(s) below.

BLUE/GREEN

PINK/TEAL

2. Print on matte photo paper or card stock. This photo paper  is our favorite! The colors print out so vibrant!!

and recommended but not necessary…

PAPER CUTTER

3. Time to cut & assemble! Each card measures 4.25″x5.5″, so you will get 4 valentines per page by making a few simple cuts. Place a glue dot on the back of each slime container and stick it to the printable!

We cut the valentines while the kids are at school, then leave a nice little kit out so they can put them together themselves. It makes for a nice and quiet after school or rainy day project for them to do independently!

One of our kiddos took these last year, and they were a big hit! We did not use any bags to cover them as the glue dots really hold the slime on well. We just threw them all in a cute vday gift bag, and let them hand them out to the class!

xo

Jenni

MESSY VALENTINE

Kids are gross. Kids like gross things. The end.

You could use this printable for anything messy! We’ve linked some cute options below…

1. Purchase:

CLEAR BAGS

SLIME

or FRUITY GLITTER SLIME

or FOAM SLIME

and recommended but not necessary…

CARD STOCK

PAPER CUTTER

WASHI TAPE

 

2. Download your cards HERE

 

3. Print on white card stock. THIS is our favorite ever!! Super bright white and prints vibrant colors. It really makes a difference, especially with this printable since there’s so much color.

* When printing, make sure to set the scale to 100%! That will make it so the size of the card is exactly 5.5″ and you can just make one simple cut down the middle of the paper. It also fits inside the bag much better at this scale.

 

4. Cut right on the lines using a paper cutter. THIS one is the only kind we’ve found for seeing right where you’re cutting.

 

5. Pop the card and slime in the bag, seal with cute washi tape, and you’re done!

For ALL of our previous Valentines Day Printables, click HERE!

xo

Leah & Jenni

CHAPSTICK VALENTINE

Remember Lipsmackers? Team Dr. Pepper or no? LOL! Kids still love them, and they’re super fun and colorful for Valentines. Plus at less than $1 per tube, it’s pretty perfect!

1. Purchase:

CHAPSTICK PACK

and recommended but not necessary…

WASHI TAPE

CARD STOCK

PAPER CUTTER

 

2. Download your cards (we’ve split up the flavors- 2 per page):

TROPICAL PUNCH & WATERMELON

STRAWBERRY & KIWI

MANGO & COTTON CANDY

VANILLA & OATMEAL COOKIE

 

3. Print on white card stock. THIS is our favorite ever!! Super bright white and prints vibrant colors. It really makes a difference, especially with this printable since there’s so much color.

* When printing, make sure to set the scale to 100%! This way, you’ll only need to make two cuts.

 

4. Cut right on the lines using a paper cutter. THIS one is the only kind we’ve found for seeing right where you’re cutting.

 

5. Match the chapstick with the correct colored card, tape the chapstick with cute washi tape, and you’re done!

For ALL of our previous Valentines Day Printables, click HERE!

xo

Leah & Jenni

“YOU” NETFLIX VALENTINE

Here’s a delightfully creepy Valentine’s Day card for your stalkee. If you haven’t watched “You” on Netflix… you’re probably sleeping better than we are.

1. Download your card HERE

2. Print on white card stock. THIS is our favorite ever!! Super bright white and prints vibrant colors. It really makes a difference, especially with this printable since there’s so much color.

3. Cut right on the lines using a paper cutter. THIS one is the only kind we’ve found for seeing right where you’re cutting.

4. Be creepy and give it to your Valentine. That’s a lot of love, okay?

xo

Leah & Jenni

SQUISHIES VALENTINES

Are your kids OBSESSED with Squishies? Each of our oldest kids, Ari (8) and Amara (7) both collect them, so we thought it would be fun to give them out as Valentine’s this year. You can buy a grab bag of them super cheap on Amazon (linked below) and keep the rest for your kiddo. We like to save them for “happies” and rewards!

We’ve given you two different wordings… because at some point it’s “EMBARRASSING, MOM” to tell your friends they’re cute! LOL!

 

1. Purchase:

CLEAR BAGS

SQUISHIES

*NOTE: if you purchase a pack with the tiny jelly-like Mochi squishies, those will leave a residue on the paper like they’ve sweat lol. We recommend only the regular squishies pictured and linked above.

 

and recommended but not necessary…

CARD STOCK

PAPER CUTTER

WASHI TAPE

 

2. Download your cards:

“COOL” DOWNLOAD

“CUTE” DOWNLOAD

 

3. Print on white card stock. THIS is our favorite ever!! Super bright white and prints vibrant colors. It really makes a difference, especially with this printable since there’s so much color.

* When printing, make sure to set the scale to 100%! That will make it so the size of the card is exactly 5.5″ and you can just make one simple cut down the middle of the paper. It also fits inside the bag much better at this scale.

 

4. Cut right on the lines using a paper cutter. THIS one is the only kind we’ve found for seeing right where you’re cutting.

 

5. Pop the card and Squishie in the bag, seal with cute washi tape, and you’re done!

 

For ALL of our previous Valentines Day Printables, click HERE!

xo

Leah & Jenni

MOM JEANS

Actually, this post is not necessarily for MOM’s only. My body has been like this since first grade. If you have a tummy and skinny legs that are completely disproportionate, you and I have what’s called a “marshmallow on toothpicks” body shape. I’m making it official. Sure, we could give up carbs and sugar forever, but that would just make for a sad, sad life. Instead, let’s find some jeans that actually fit and make us feel good, shall we?!

 

After I put the word out on instagram stories, y’all came back with tons of suggestions! All different price ranges too. I’ll put them below but wanted to tell you what I ended up going with.


  1. EVERYDAY JEANS: Mother, Looker Ankle Fray, Girl Crush. Fits true to size. A little on the pricier side, but they’re all you need for every day! These are a medium wash with cute frayed ankles to give it that styled look. I’ve worn them with cute tennies and booties- looks cute either way. The waist band is wide!!! It doesn’t roll down every time you sit down! The waistband is higher up in the back, so no plumber butt issues. The jeans have a little stretch and fits my marshmallow on toothpick body perfectly. My one tiny complaint is that I wish the denim was a little thicker or had a button fly to really keep in allllll that tummy. They’re SO good. Four stars.

 

  1. GOING OUT JEANS: Reformation, High & Skinny, Black Wash. I got one size down from Mother. These are stretchy without being tooooo tight. They are high rise but not in an insane way. They’re half the price of a lot of jeans I was looking at (score!) and just fit like a glove! So far, they haven’t stretched out where I have to constantly pull them up. Can dress up or down.

 

I also got Paige jeans that day and wore them out of the store, but after about 10 minutes they were sliding down, and I was walking like a penguin! Thankfully they’re from Nordstrom and the return policy is the best! They certainly looked really cute and fit well, but I think not having much of a butt to hold them up, they just slid right down. Bummer!

 

Here are the other suggestions y’all sent in! Click on the photo or scroll down. Thank you, internet family!!

 


* Madewell, high rise. These just don’t fit me, but the majority of you said you loved them! I’m sure if your body is more proportional, they would look great! They have a recycling program where you can turn in your old jeans and get $20 off your new pair! These actually look great.. might try these next: Madewell, Roadtripper.

 

* Old Navy, Rockstar. I own these! They’re definitely jeggings but they don’t look like it. They have a nice wide band although I’m not sure if they slim as well as the jeans I bought. They tend to push out the top part of my tummy, but if I’m wearing a looser top, it doesn’t matter. Super inexpensive and cute.

 

* AG Jeans Legging – these were super cute on! Might get these as a third pair.

 

* Wit and Wisdom. I didn’t try these yet, but they look like the have potential… not sure if the legs are skinny enough for me, BUT a lot of you said that they have tummy sucking in thingies built in to the fabric!

 

* Kut from the Kloth, Diana. I tried these, and they didn’t fit me at all. BUT what I love about the company is that you can pick 5 jeans to try on, they send them to you without charging you, and you only pay for what you keep. If you have more on your try on list, they’ll send you your next 5 when you return the first round. That’s pretty cool!

 

* Good American. I own two pairs of these. I loved them for postpartum, but now that I’m slightly less fluffy, they’re not fitting and really stretch out in the legs. I think these are great for girls with more of a butt and hips. Lucky. Ugh.

 

* J brand high rise skinny

* Jessica Simpson

* Not Your Daughters Jeans

* Athleta – I tried these… comfy but the legs weren’t skinny enough

* Democracy

* Artisan crafted

GAP high rise true skinny

* Eddie Bauer

* American Eagle – high waisted jeggings

* Levi’s

* Kiki Larue

* Dr. Denim

 

Let me know if you have anything else to add to the list!

 

The moral of the story is: You should feel good in your jeans, no matter the size. By good I mean COMFORTABLE and CONFIDENT. Get what fits you now. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t fit in what you wore last year, especially if you’ve had a baby or three. Talking to myself here as much as I’m talking to you. Thanks for all of your help! I hope this helps YOU!

 

xo,

Leah

TEDDY BEAR’S BIRTHDAY CAKE

We threw a birthday party for my 5-year-old Max’s teddy bear (as one does). We made mini layer cakes and a mini party hat for Teddy for the occasion! These pretty little cakes are more interesting than cupcakes but just as easy and delicious.

There are a couple different levels of easy to make the cake, and it only depends on the recipe.

  1. Use a boxed cake and frosting. This is the easiest way to go (duh) and turns out yummy every single time. Pillsbury white cake mix is my fav, and I used the egg yolks to give it the yellow color.
  2. This recipe is super simple and seriously delicious! You probably have all the ingredients in your pantry.
  3. The mega-boss recipe of them all from Milk Bar. The hardest, but the tastiest. I just got their new “All About Cake” cookbook, and I’ve been dreaming up all the truffle recipes I want to make!

Whichever one you choose…

* Mix in 1/4 cup of sprinkles to the batter.

* Spread it evenly in a rimmed sheet pan/jelly roll pan that’s been lined with parchment paper then top with more sprinkles

* Make sure to under bake it a little…start off with 10-12 minutes and keep checking!

* Once baked, let it cool for a few minutes, then lift the cake out of the pan by holding the ends of parchment paper and let it cool completely. I like to do this so that the cake doesn’t continue to bake in the hot pan.

* Using a 2″ round cookie cutter/biscuit cutter, cut out circles from the cake in rows. You should get 3 rows of 8, making 8 triple layer cakes or 12 double layer cakes.

* Frost in between the layers and on top. You could pipe it but I just used a knife, and it turned out just fine. Top with sprinkles!

PS. need that giant jug of sprinkles? Here’s the link!

I made these cakes for Max’s 1st birthday too! I used all egg whites so the cake turned out nice and white and tinted each layer of frosting different colors for a more festive look!

To make Teddy’s party hat, you can use THIS template but shrink it down majorly. I actually just eye balled it and hand cut- the widest part around 4.5″. Fringe a little tissue paper and tape inside the middle of the cone. Roll up and tape string inside.

 

I realize this is super unnecessary, but with all that’s going on in the news and the world right now, I wanted to do something to make someone happy. Max was VERY happy with the results, and informed me that Teddy was too. 🙂

xo

L

DIY HALLOWEEN COSTUME – SCHITT’S CREEK

If you don’t watch Schitt’s Creek…seriously get on it. It’s on Netflix, you have no excuse. I’ve loved everything Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara have been in, so when their new show premiered, I immediately became obsessed. Eugene’s son, Dan Levy is a freaking GEM, as is the entire cast (Annie Murphy!!). This is my ode to Dan’s character, David Rose. He’s lovably snarky and strictly wears black and white. I bought face paint to do a little stubble beard, but Joshie was too wiggly. So this is like… David AS a baby lol! I found through making this costume that fake eyebrows are hard to find or don’t exist?? These are more Eugene Levy’s thickness, but you do what you gotta do. Now go watch!! Ew, David.

Sweater

Jeans

Shoes

Eyebrows – simply cut one of the mustaches in half!

xo

Leah