Ruff Draft: FREE PRINTABLE Party Planning Checklist

Free printable party checklist

Maureen and I are busy planning out our year right now – which entails parties galore!  We thought it would be helpful to create a party planning checklist for those of you new to the party world.  We put together a list of tasks so you can easily organize any themed event.  We get questions all the time as to how we create our parties from start to finish, so we hope this will be useful to some of you!

Download this link for your Free Printable:  andersruff – FREE PRINTABLE PARTY CHECKLIST

Free printable party planning checklist

 

Here are the basics!

1 TO 2 MONTHS BEFORE:

SELECT PARTY THEME & COLORS  {it is important to carry out the colors & theme throughout the entire event, starting with the invitation – and ending with party favors, all coordinating perfectly}
CHOOSE LOCATION, DATE & TIME
ORGANIZE GUEST LIST
ORDER INVITATIONS AND MATCHING PRINTABLE DECOR {Can’t find a theme in our shop?  Contact us for custom requests – we take as many new themes as we can, based on our availability}
START PINTEREST BOARD {Follow us on pinterest for party ideas!}
ORDER CAKE
FIGURE OUT ANY ADDITIONAL PARTY DECORATIONS & PARTY FAVORS  {This may include items like:  paper straws, tissue paper, favor boxes, hanging decor, drink bottles, napkins, wooden utensils, backdrop, fabric, linens, etc.}
PLAN MENU {don’t forget all your yummy sweets & treats, if you are planning a dessert table}
START DIY PROJECTS  {We try to start prepping our DIY projects as soon as we can so we aren’t waiting until the last minute for time-consuming details}
SEND INVITATIONS

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1 TO 2 WEEKS BEFORE:

CONTINUE WORKING ON DIY PROJECTS
MAKE GROCERY LIST {We like to purchase packaged goods along the way, when something is on sale… we continually keep our eyes out for good deals!}
IRON LINENS OR PURCHASE THEM
CALL BAKERY, FLORIST, OR ANY VENDORS TO CONFIRM ORDERS
PLAN GAMES & ACTIVITIES
FINISH SHOPPING FOR EXTRA SUPPLIES
ARRANGE FOR EXTRA HELP IF NEEDED {When someone offers to help you – find something for them to do, don’t be afraid to say yes to this}
CONFIRM GUEST LIST
START SETTING ANY PARTY DECOR THAT NEEDS DONE IN ADVANCE {We start setting our parties 1 -2 weeks in advance as we complete tasks, but this is only possible if you are hosting in your home}
CLEAN HOUSE  {again – only if you are hosting in your home}

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DAY OF PARTY:

PICK UP FOOD/ICE {Good task for spouses}
FINISH LAST MINUTE COOKING
DO ANY LAST MINUTE STRAIGHTENING {Good task for kids}
FINISH LAST MINUTE TABLE SETTINGS
ENJOY PARTY!

planning your party from start to finish

Make sure you check our shop for new themes – we add them as new designs are completed.  If you don’t see it in the shop, feel free to contact us – we may have it in our inventory or can create something new for you!  If you have any party theme requests for us, leave us a comment.. we are always looking for new party ideas!

Ruff Draft: FREE PRINTABLE Christmas Express Ticket

December 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Christmas, DIY, Free Printables, Freebies, Ruff Draft

FREE PRINTABLE Christmas Express Ticket

We have been in the spirit of giving lately and today we are sharing a FREE PRINTABLE CHRISTMAS EXPRESS TICKET .  We love Christmas traditions – remembering old ones and creating new ones… and we came across the cutest Christmas tradition from Confessions of a Home Schooler.  The concept is that she gives her kids “Golden Tickets” each year, on a night during the month of December so they can use the ticket to go see Christmas Lights in the car.  She hides it under their bed blankets, and after they have pjs on they get in bed and discover the ticket.  Once they find the ticket, she has the car ready with blankets, hot cocoa and they go off to see Christmas Lights.  We loved this so much, we knew we had to create a design and share this fabulous tradition!!!  We designed the ticket to coordinate with our  North Pole Collection, which has an adorable hot cocoa bar set as well.  (You can set up a hot cocoa bar before you head out for lights, if you don’t want messes in the car)!

Free Printable from Anders Ruff

Supplies Needed:
FREE PRINTABLE CHRISTMAS EXPRESS TICKET
Photo paper, card stock or paper of your choice
Scissors
Hole Punch

Creating a Christmas Express Ticket for seeing Christmas Lights

Directions:
1. Download and print the free printable Christmas Express Ticket
2. Trim with scissors
3. On the special night,  cut a few holes on the ticket with a hole punch as your child enters the vehicle.  (I just punched each of my girls first initial)
4. Enjoy local lights in the car along with Christmas music, blankets & hot cocoa

Christmas Express Ticket to see lights

I told my girls that we would leave the tickets next to our Elf, and let him surprise us one night with them.  Whatever night he leaves the ticket will be the night we go on a car ride adventure.  I will make sure I have hot cocoa, blankets, snacks and a new set of Christmas pajamas ready for when the ticket arrives.

I will probably set up a hot cocoa bar before we leave, because I don’t like messes while traveling! LOL
Look how easy this is to set up at home… (these pictures are from our North Pole Collection)

Setting up a hot cocoa bar

 

Hot cocoa bar for Christmas

We are lucky to have a Christmas town near us, so we will be traveling to McAdenville, NC (Christmas Town USA) in the next couple of weeks.  I am sooo excited to start this new tradition in our family.

If you want to read more about our team’s favorite traditions, click here.

Leave us comments on how you will surprise your kids with this Christmas Express Ticket…. We would love to hear!

Ruff Draft: Free Printable Sparkler Holder for the 4th of July

We are so excited for next week’s 4th of July Celebration!  We created a fun nautical collection last year (if you didn’t see our party tips and ideas, click here)  We wanted to match today’s free printable to it because we just adore it!  Everyone loves sparklers so we decided to create a FREE SPARKLER HOLDER for you to use at your parties next week.  You can sit these out for guests to light, or take them as favor gifts if you are going somewhere.  Either way, they will be the hit at your party!

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Instructions:
Print the Free Printable: andersruff-Nautical4thofJuly-Free Printable Sparkler Holder  (on photo paper, card stock or paper of your choice)
Trim to size
Slice along the top and bottom “4th of July” section in white portion only (I left 3/8″ – 1/2″ un-cut on each side)
Insert sparklers


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Free Printable Sparkler Holder for 4th of July

Love this post??? Leave us comments and share with others!  Happy 4th of July!!!

 

Ruff Draft: Father’s Day Craft Idea plus Silhouette Cameo Promotion

June 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Boy Parties, DIY, Ruff Draft

Do you know what Father’s Day gift you are giving this year?  If not, today we have some ideas for you!  We have recently been using a Silhouette CAMEO machine to cut out our designs.. what a time saver this is!  (and precise)!  This machine is simple to use, and eliminates hand cutting – how great is that???  We wanted to show you how to use this machine with one of our FREE Printable Designs for Father’s Day!  (you can use our design for an iron-on as well)  You can use this design on a canvas or cotton tote and fill with a Father’s Day gift… or iron onto a tshirt!

Here is the FREE Father’s day design!

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**Note – for Silhouette Machine, export the file as a JPG to your computer.  Silhouette Machine needs a jpg to trace!

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The Sihouette Cameo comes complete with step by step direction for the heat transfer process!

Directions:
1. Set up design on your computer via the Silhouette program
2. Insert Sihouette Heat Transfer Paper with grid.
3. Process design according to Sihouette directions. (we ran the cutting process twice)

 

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4. Gently peel apart the die cut tie… you can use the peeling tool the kit provides.

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5. Place heat transfer onto canvas or cotton tote (we used totes from Nashille Wraps)
6. Iron on high heat with cloth underneath iron

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7. Peel clear backing off
8. Iron again, with cloth on top of heat transfer
9. Fill bag with your favorite Father’s Day gifts such as:  a new tie, special shaving tools, socks, Dad’s favorite adult beverage, tickets to a baseball game or golf outing!

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JUST FOR OUR READERS!!!

Through June 15th Silhouette is running a great promotion for Anders Ruff fans on their new heat transfer materials. You can get a Silhouette CAMEO® or Silhouette PORTRAIT® heat transfer starter bundle loaded with all kinds of goodies for your own crafty little heat transfer project.  Or, if you already own a Silhouette, all their heat transfer materials are buy one get one free so now would be a great time to try them out yourself.  To get in on these deals just enter the promo code: ANDERSRUFF at checkout!

Ruff Draft: FREE PRINTABLE Graduation Giant Chocolate Bar Wrap

It is graduation season and we know many of you will be going to upcoming graduation parties!  My 5th grader, has graduation next week actually… being promoted to middle school.  Wow how time flies – I can’t believe I will be a parent of a jr. high school kid!!!  We recently designed a free printable graduation card and if you are in need of a money card, you can find it here!  A friend of ours, Jen, was in need of an oversized chocolate bar wrap that she thought would be fun to pass out at graduation, so we designed a freebie for everyone to have!  This printable wrap fits extra large and giant size chocolate bars.  We added a to/from tab on the back of the wrap, for personalization.  As soon as my girls saw these giant chocolate bars with the cute wraps, they both said this is what they wanted to graduation…. too funny!

Supplies needed:
Extra large or Giant Choloate Bar (we used Hershey’s)
Free Printable – downloaded and printed:  andersruff-graduation-chocolate-bar-free-printable
Tape

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Directions:
1. Print free printable on 8.5″ x 11″ photo paper or cardstock.
2. Trim to size (some extra trimming may need to be done for Extra Large bars)
3. Fold and wrap around chocolate bar
4. Tape closed shut

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5. Fill out to/from and chocolate bar wrap is complete

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How fun would it be to slip in a check or cash, (taped to candy bar), so when the graduate opens the bar, it’s like they won the golden ticket from Charlie in the Chocolate Factory?  In fact, I might give my girls these chocolate bars, and hide money inside for graduation – they would LOVE it!!!

I hope you have fun celebrating all the graduates of 2013!

Ruff Draft: FREE PRINTABLE 2013 Calendar!

January 2, 2013 by  
Filed under DIY, Free Printables, Freebies, Ruff Draft

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
What a better way to kick off the New Year, then by sharing with you a Free Printable 2013 Calendar!

Put it in a binder, or hang on your bulletin board.  Give it to friends as a Happy New Year’s gift!

2013 free printable calendar

 

Download below….
Anders Ruff 2013 Free Printable Monthly Calendar

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Directions:

1. Download printable pdf file
2. Print on 8.5″x11″ cardstock, photopaper or copy paper.
3. Hang & enjoy!
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Hope you have a fabulous 2013 year!  Looking forward to all of our fun projects awaiting us this year!

 

Ruff Draft: FREE BOO SIGN 2012 – Spooky Forest Sign

September 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Crafts, Decorations, DIY, Freebies, Halloween, Ruff Draft

Boo Printables

Who is ready for Halloween?  I know we are…. we have been so excited about our Spooky Forest Printable Collection being featured in Better Homes and Gardens, that we had to create a FREE PRINTABLE BOO SIGN to match the collection!!!

Have you downloaded your FREE SPOOKY FOREST PRINTABLES yet????  Click here to download!

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Directions:

1. Print the FREE PRINTABLE BOO SIGN  (I printed an extra sign on photo paper, so you can give one already made in your basket)
2. Cut out frame shape (if you want to make a hanging sign)
3. Add ribbon to back (tape it)

Make certain you print both sheets (including  instructions, found on page 2 of the pdf file) so your neighbors will know how to pass it on!

 

boo frame

 

boo sign with goodies

 

You can create a BOO BASKET as well…. we put ours in a cute open cardboard container from Nashville Wraps, along with perfectly matching shred!

We added a few of our favorite printables from the FREE SPOOKY FOREST PRINTABLES - including:  the Bat Box, Crayon Box and Treats Labels.

Make some candy dots or your own specialty treat item… add some plastic spiders, a fun halloween lollipop, and the kids will love it!

Boo Basket Items

finished boo sign

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Don’t forget to check out our Glam-O-Ween Printable Collection, new this year!!!  If you have girls that love SPARKLE, this is the perfect collection for you!

Check out our Pinterest Boards… we have several Halloween boards with lots of great ideas!

Be sure to pick up a copy of the Better Homes & Gardens Halloween Tricks and Treats issue on stands now.  Did you know that it is the best selling Halloween magazine!?

Ruff Draft: Our Gift to You! Free Printable Chevron Gift Tags

June 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Free Printables, Freebies, Ruff Draft

To celebrate our new shop launch this week, we wanted to pass along FREE PRINTABLE GIFT TAGS to you!

If you didn’t see our NEW LOOK from yesterday’s post, check it out!!!  (Maureen posted some fun fresh pics of us that match the new look of our new shop!!)

We LOVE your feedback!!!  Please go to our new shop browse around, and leave us comments on the blog!  We want our shop to be just perfect for you!

Our Gift to You!

tags

Supplies needed:

Free Printable Chevron Tags

Scissors or paper trimmer

Hole punch (1/8″ or 1/4″0

Twine or Raffia

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Directions:

1.  Print on 8.5×11 cardstock or photopaper.

2.  Trim along edges with scissors or paper trimmer.

3.  Punch a hole at the top and attach using ribbon, raffia or twine.

4. Tie to your package.

 

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combo gift tags

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Download the free tags here.

Don’t forget to  leave us a comment about the new shop… we can’t wait to hear what you have to say!!!

Ruff Draft: Green Eggs and Ham anyone? Free Printable Logos!

February 29, 2012 by  
Filed under DIY, Free Printables, Freebies, Ruff Draft

A little birdie reminded us that Dr. Seuss’ birthday is just around the corner…. March 2nd is his official birthday.  With St. Patty’s Day coming up as well, we thought it would be fun to put together some Dr. Seuss snacks that would be great for:  Dr. Seuss’ Birthday (March 2nd), St. Patty’s Day (March 17th), After-school snacks or even a Breakfast Birthday Celebration!

We also wanted to offer a FREE PRINTABLE  andersruff-try them try them in honor of Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!!!  It’s one of my favorite quotes from Green Eggs & Ham:

“You do not like them, so you say?  Try them! Try them! And you may.”   (I used to refer to that book, when I needed to convince my kids to eat something they thought they didn’t like)

Stick these party logos on any new food, and I bet your kids will try it!!! :)

snack table

Supplies needed:

Paper plates, napkins & cups

FREE PRINTABLE  try them try them

Striped Pattern Paper from our Birthday Collection

Craft Punch/Scissors/Tape

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Ingredients for Snacks:

hard boiled eggs – shells removed

ham – cut into circles

small tomatoes – I used campari size tomatoes

fresh mozzarella cheese log – one large circle, several small circles to match size of small tomato

orange slices

apple slices

star fruit (it has an odd taste – you could always use a star cookie cutter and cut out some other fruit for the “starfish”)

swedish fish

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snack table setting

So basically, I made three edible stacks from 3 of my favorite Dr. Seuss books!

First, I  lined my paper plate with the patterned paper from our Dr. Seuss Inspired Birthday Collection – such a simple touch that makes a bold statement!

Then, onto the Stacks!!!

Green Eggs & Ham Stack

green eggs & ham

Directions:

Using a large bowl, mix green food coloring and water – I used the green gel in the baking section… I put about a 1/4 teaspoon of it in the water

Add the hard boiled eggs and mix them around in the colored water until you desired coloring

Cut your ham into various circles – I used  cookie cutters

Add your pieces of ham to green colored water and  remove once you have desired coloring

Place hard boiled egg on ham stacks, and use a wooden skewer to hold together

Add pre-cut & printed party logo

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Cat in the Hat Tomato & Cheese Stack

cat in the hat stack

Directions:

Cut one large piece of mozzarella cheese (width of cheese log)

Cut capari sized tomatoes

Cut (with circular cookie cutter) mozzarella cheese to match tomato size

Layer cheese and tomato to create the “hat”

Use wooden skewer to hold together

Add pre-cut & printed party logo

***For a caprese salad version, add balsamic vinegar with olive oil, fresh basil, salt & pepper and garlic salt to the tomatoes before assembling stack

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One Fish Two Fish, RED FISH, Blue Fish Stack

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Directions:

Slice orange, apple, and star fruit

Layer and add a Swedish fish to the top of “starfish”

Use wooden skewer to hold together

Add pre-cut & printed party logo

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For the final embellishments, use the patterned paper as a napkin wrap and use the party logo for a cup detail!

napkin wrap and cup

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!

Ruff Draft: Free Printable for Reindeer Food

December 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Christmas, Crafts, DIY, Free Printables, Freebies, Ruff Draft

It’s almost time for Santa to arrive, so we wanted to share with you a FREE PRINTABLE label design for Reindeer Food.

My daughter Brynne, wanted to me to show her how to make Reindeer food this week, so of course, I wanted to share it with you.

I designed the label to go along with our Christmas collection,  North Pole Christmas Holiday Printable Collection - which is still available – check it out if you haven’t already!

I looked up recipes and saw several ways to make it… I decided to create my own combo of Reindeer Treats!

Supplies needed:

1. REINDEER FOOD LABEL(Free Reindeer Topper Label – printed on either photopaper, cardstock or label paper - cut to size of bag)

2. Clear bags – can be found in baking section of local craft stores

3. Oats – I used regular and steel oats

4. Coconut

5. Glitter

 

To get started:  prep the labels, and set out your ingredients.

Food setup

labels prepped

Fill the bags with your Reindeer Food and tape the label to the top of each bag.

filling bags

Pass out to family and friends on Christmas Eve – the kids will love it!

Hope you are having a festive filled week!

Merry Christmas!

Free “From the kitchen of” party labels – The North Pole Collection

If you are planning on baking at all this Christmas, you definitely need this free printable!  Last year we came out with some free “from the kitchen of” designs to match our Classic and Vintage holiday printable collection.  This year we kept the “look” but freshened it up to coordinate with our new North Pole Christmas printables collection.

Label your goodies with these festive “from the kitchen of” labels that coordinate perfectly with our North Pole collection.  After all, our North Pole collection is perfect for any cookie exchange or holiday party – so it only makes sense to have a free downloadable label to claim a stake on your talent ;-)

Download your FREE “from the kitchen of” labels here and get baking!