Woodland Themed Birthday Party

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When it comes to decorating, we love discovering new trends and ideas. And what better way to try some new decorating ideas at than a birthday party! You can have more fun with themes and there is a more room for new ideas.

That is why we LOVED this blog post from Clean Eats & Treats about a Woodland themed birthday party for her fiver-year-old daughter who wanted a party suited for both her boy and girl friends.

From the decorations to the food, she did a great job, and we are happy we could help her bring her woodland theme to life!

Here are few pictures from the party. You can see the full post on her blog here.

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The topiaries, moss, decorative balls, and mushroom tree were all from Tai Pan. You can also get a wide variety of white platters/dishware from any of our locations.

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This wreath is from Tai Pan and she added a cute cardboard cutout of her daughter’s first initial.

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If you’re planning a birthday party, don’t forget to check out our TPT deals website for some great product, ideas, and deals!

Sunday Dinner: Thai Lettuce Wraps By Maren Anderson

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It’s a fact: Summer has ended, kids are back in school, and Fall is just around the corner.  I thought before everything went “pumpkin” shaped, colored, and flavored, I’d have a crisp clean white-dish Sunday dinner with seasonal lettuce and Thai spices.

My collection of Buy 1 Get 1 Free white dishware is diverse and a perfect background for the lush colors of lettuce, carrots, and all the other delicious ingredients in this easy meal.  As always, there are racks upon racks of every dish you could imagine in the Tai Pan Trading store.
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Thai Lettuce Wraps

Chop small:

2 C. cabbage

1 C. broccoli

1 C. course grated carrot

(or use 4 cups of slaw mix)

Add:

3-4 T. minced cilantro

1 T. Thai basil or regular basil chopped (optional)

2 chopped green onions (I used some chives from my garden)

Dressing:

Put 2 T. coconut oil in a small frying pan and grate in 1 large clove of garlic and fry just until it starts to brown.  (I don’t like raw garlic so I usually do this as it infuses your oil with a toasty garlic flavor)

Ginger Dressing

Add:

2 T. rice vinegar

1 T. soy sauce

½ tsp. sesame oil

2 tsp. grated ginger (peel and freeze your ginger for future use.  It grates easier)

½ tsp. honey

Juice of 1 lime

2 tsp. of lemon grass paste (optional)  If you use reduce the lime to ½

½ tsp. Sriracha (optional) not enough to make it hot but adds a nice color.

Thai Slaw
Thai Slaw
Thai Slaw with Crispy Noodles
Add Rice Noodles & Eat as a Salad!
Lettuce Wraps
Spoon slaw into the center of wide pieces of lettuce for a utensil free dinner!

When ready to serve add 1/2 C. dry roasted peanuts or you could use cashews and a can of drained tuna or chicken.  Toss with the dressing and enjoy!

How to Throw a Stress-Free Birthday Party for a Large Group

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My nine-year-old daughter’s favorite treat is the dole whips from Disneyland. So we decided to re-create it for her birthday party! It went perfect for the theme of the party, which was a float bar. We used vanilla ice cream, rainbow and pineapple sherbet and then gave guests a choice of root beer, pineapple juice or sprite to top it off. It was so easy and a lot fun!

The tin for the water bottles and the picnic supplies were all from Tai Pan and really helped bring the party theme together.

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We also got this cute tray and chalk board from Tai Pan to help label the float bar!

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My favorite party hack was using wrapping paper I found at Tai Pan for the table cloth! Using wrapping paper gives you so many more options in patterns and looks for your party.

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You can also use it for placemats. It’s under $3.00 and you can buy in stores or online!

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Whatever your birthday party theme, you can find a lot of creative ways to decorate with items from Tai Pan. And to save even more, check out our TPT Deals, where we post a new deal every day!

From: Jenni