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24 Party Food Stations – Inspiration!

I love Party Food Stations!
They can save you lots of time and money!
There are so many different fun bar and station ideas. Here’s a round up of 25 fantastic ones!
These would be great for any type of party. Everyone loves to be able to feed themselves
and they can be a fun conversation starter for guests!
Party Food Stations can help simplify your party planning by
having you focus in on one category of food.
They can also help give you a beautiful design element by having it themed in one direction.
It’s pleasing to the eye to see a bunch of yummy donuts all stacked up! ;)
give me all the donuts.
Have fun and hope you feel inspired in your party(big or small) planning!
Party Food Stations+Bars-TheBusyBudgetingMama

Love this Burrito Bowl Bar by The Handmade Home.
That yarn and felt tassel is too perfect!
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Mac & Cheese Bar sounds like heaven to me!
This cute one is by Krystal Kitsch.
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I absolutely love this Caramel Apple Bar by Craftberry Bush and
the tips to keeping the apples from turning brown!
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A burger/hotdog station by Savvy Mom.ca! Looks yummy! 4ee1499c36054a8e2c6fbca90954e4b2

I think these strawberry shortcake jars would be so cute at a brunch baby shower!
Such a cute rehearsal party shared on Style Me Pretty.
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Love this display by How Does She for the donuts at her party!
So smart and the kids freaked I’m sure!
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I think a party food station of cute tea sandwiches would be so pretty for a shower.
Love the variety! Shared on Eat Show and Tell.
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A classic party food station…a cookie table!
yes please. Love the stands used in this display shared on Style Me Pretty
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Fun Taco Bar by Paper and Party Love.
I think the bags of chips are so cute! and the clay post and
planters to hold the food dishes are perfect!
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I kind of love popcorn with chocolate mixed in.
So loving this Popcorn bar with all the sweets by Family Fresh Meals.
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A bagel bar sounds so yummy and cute!
Love how Camille Styles shares tips for making it effortless and special!
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Super cute Taco Bar with free printables on Wedding Chicks.
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Self-Serve Icecream sundaes shared on Collin Cowie Weddings.
Scoop the icecream in mason jars and put on ice!
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Hot dog bar by Smashed Peas and Carrots.
Wrap the hot dogs in foil and they’ll be hot and ready all party long! Love this idea!
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How cute is this! A banana pops bar by Bakers Royale.
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Can you tell I have a sweet tooth right now.. ;)
Loving this Ice Cream Sandwich Bar by Yellow Bliss Road.
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Love this burger station by Cobblestone Rue!
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For my girls’ vintage circus birthday party we had a popcorn station!
I made a bunch of different flavors and they were a hit!
Everyone loaded up their cups throughout the party trying different ones.
They were displayed on the dessert table.
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A Walking Taco station is such a fun idea..my kids would love this!
More details on The Girl Who ate Everything.
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An Ice cream bar shared on Southern Weddings!
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A classic candy station, shared on Hello Studios, where wedding
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Cute Donut Bar display by on Love Ramsey!
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I love the set up for this Waffle Bar by Life by Lindsay, shared on Fizzy Party.
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A Parfait Potting Station is such a cute idea! This garden themed bridal shower was shared on Hostess with the Mostess, the guests placed a cupcake in the bottom of the lined clay pot, adding candy fillings as the fertilizer, topping with chocolate pudding and crushed oreo cookies as the potting soil, and topped off with a sprig of mint as the seedling. So cute! To top it off wooden spoons painted to look like garden markers were their utensils!
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Hope you found some inspiration! I love how all of these can add such
a fun party element to a shower, backyard bbq, birthday party or grad party!

Valentine’s Day Printables + Free Printable Banner

I recently was asked to re-list in my Etsy Shop these valentine’s day printables I created!
So I thought I would share them again on my blog in case you are looking for
some valentine’s day printables! They are a cute idea for classroom or teacher gifts!
The most popular ones are the fish, keep calm + eat candy and wheelie like you printables!

They are all immediate downloads so you can get cracking
on your DIY’s and mark that baby off the to do list.
Have a plan for valentine’s day this year!
Easy cute DIY with a printable you can use year after year!

I can’t believe Sienna was ever this little ;)
She wuved her fishies.

A popular one for the boys is the car printable!
I gave the stoplight a heart ;)
My fav for teachers is the Keep Calm and Eat Candy printable!


My littles don’t really need a lot of candy..but we love trail mix in our house!
The Squirrel “I’m totally NUTS about you” was a hit with them!
They helped me pick out what we were gonna fill them with!

Here’s a little free goodie for you!
Use across your mantle or party table!
FREE “Be Mine!” Mini-Garland & “Be Mine!” Banner Printables.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD!

These are just a selection of the many I have listed. check them all out!
If you end up using the printables be sure to tag me on INSTAGRAM!!
I also shared some other fun valentine’s day printables and DIY details in this post!

Dollhouse Makeover- VIDEO

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I was so excited when Santa… found this dollhouse on craigslist for $25(including the furniture) MAKEOVER TIME! Because of the incredible amount of interest via social media,
I made a video showing details on the dollhouse! I had a blast fixing up this cute house for our girls’ christmas present. They LOVE it.. and so does micah. In his defense, it does makes sense to be IN the kitchen when pouring tea…Luckily the house is pretty sturdy. haha.
Love how they all play with it and I can’t wait to add more details to it with the girls.
Sophia and I are already planning! ;) Enjoy the video below!
Took a few nights of “carry it up the steps while the kids sleep, work on it, carry it back down.” We are loving it’s modern + fresh makeover!Dollhouse Makeover2-TheBusyBudgetingMamaPROJECT SUPPLIES:


-Dollhouse (We had this model- KidKraft Annabelle Dollhouse)
-Furniture came with dollhouse (The Christmas Tree was from target on clearance!)
-Two Pieces of Sandpaper
-We R Memory Keepers – Albums Made East – Journaling Cards – Chalkboard
(same one different store. I found mine at Walmart for $5)
-Felt/Ribbon to cover furniture with Hot glue gun
-Paint Brushes
-Craft Paint! (JoAnns has great sales. I stock up my craft box
when they have buy one get one free sales! Listing the colors I used on this project. I also mixed colors to make some of the shades.)
Ceramcoat: Green Tea(family room), White, Peony, Think Pink,
(and another pink I already threw out…sorry!(for bedroom)
Americana: Sea Breeze (kitchen mixed with white)
Apple Barrel: Black, Gloss White
Folk Art: Parchment

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Tag me on instagram if you share your dollhouse makeover!
If you have been wanting to get a dollhouse, be sure to check out craigslist in your area and see if you can find a used one with good bones that you can make over. It was so fun!

Our 2014 Cookie + Whiskey Exchange Party!

I’ve thrown a couple cookie exchange parties over the years.. (2010. 2011.)
and my husband and I said that the next one I do should be a couples one!
He said we should do a whiskey exchange for the guys. BRILLIANT.
Everyone we talked too loved the idea and we decided to try and fit it in
before Christmas came this year! It was so fun!thebusybudgetingmama-whiskeycookieexchange1

HOW IT WORKS:
All the girls were told to bring 6 dozen cookies and the guys bring a bottle of whiskey.
They had to text ben a photo of what they got so they didn’t have duplicates. We weren’t so serious about the cookie exchange part. I let everyone bring whatever they felt like making and we ended up with no duplicates! Some couldn’t bring 6 dozen and some made more..so we just winged it and it ended up being great! this was a no stress cookie exchange…
only rule was to bring some cookies and a bottle of whiskey.
I love baking and cookie dough probably more than I like the cookies themselves ;)
I couldn’t live without my scooper though! Makes making cookes so much easier.
Everyone needs this tool in their kitchen!
I didn’t have much time to decorate or plan a big party so I focused on the food…
and printed out my printables that I made for a party a few years ago… just a different color.
Instantly made the party feel festive and put together!
I made Oatmeal Scotchies. :)thebusybudgetingmama-whiskeycookieexchange2
For the table I put out the prizes on a cake stand and our little plates for the girls to put their “sample” cookies on. Each of them put 6 cookies down and marked on the card a number. On the inside they put the name of their cookie and how many they brought.
We cut the cookies up on the plate so everyone could sample a bit of each!
I loved seeing the table fill up with all the cookies!thebusybudgetingmama-whiskeycookieexchange3

For the Whiskey Exchange, ben had gotten a bunch of
mason jars and lined them up on the table. The guys lined up their whiskey
and each jar got 100ml . 7 jars per bottle, with 50ml left in bottle for sampling .
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They did the exchange via fantasy football draft style and
picked in order of beard length with longest beard first haha!
We were surrounded by a lot of beards, plaid and whiskey.
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Everyone started sampling the cookies and casting their votes using my ballot cards!
It’s fun seeing everyone get into it. focus.. serious decision making going on.
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Lots of chatting, snacking and cookie eating going on!
I made some dips: buffallo chick dip..spinach dip. We had french onion dip ranch dip and all sorts of things to dip with! bread pretzels carrots peppers pita chips and wavy chips and tostitos chips. and pigs in a blanket. a classic holiday food in our house ;)
I’m a fan of snacking and talking!thebusybudgetingmama-whiskeycookieexchange10Here are the four winners! They won for Most Creative,
Best Looking, Most Unique and Best Tasting.
Everyone won in the end because we all got trays of cookies though!
The prize was a cute mug filled with treats and a whiskey flavored chocolate bar.
Saw it at target and had to have it. haha.thebusybudgetingmama-whiskeycookieexchange9I usually get trays but couldn’t find any cute ones this year that were big enough!
So instead we used these big paper platters from Walmart to load up cookies on!
Used the CLING saran wrap to send them home!  it’s amazing.
why did I ever buy the other kind???
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I loved the variety of cookies we ended up with!
Thankful for a night of friendship and fun.
Thanks for stopping by! :)

Throw your own party!!
Doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money to pull together something fun
for your friends and family to enjoy!
my instant download cookie exchange printable package

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