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I’m excited to share with you my:
• party organizing tips and free templates
• party games and free printables
• party crafts and
• tried and true recipes for a variety of occasions

For party themed templates you can visit my e-shop: www.DIYpartycreations.com

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I have tried many recipes for homemade play dough. Most of them didn’t work out for me very well. Some were hard to knead, others were lumpy, others were a bit of fuss to make. I ended up with this recipe is that makes a nice elastic and easy to play dough, that lasts a long time.


This play dough is also a successful party favor for young children. Simply store in plastic bags or jars, with plastic cookie cutters if you wish, and you’ll have a fantastic gift.

To personalize the gift, print a themed gift tag or thank you tag. DIYpartycreations.com offers a wide range of printable party decorations you may use. 

Glitter could also be added to your play dough, I’m not a big fan of its mess! If you want to do so, add glitter gradually to a colored piece of play dough. Knead in the glitter until it is completely incorporated. 

Scented play dough is not recommended for small children because they may become confused and eat the dough.

1. 20 gr cream of tartar
2. 250 gr table salt
3. 500 gr all-purpose flour
4. 35 gr vegetable oil (3 tablespoons)
5. 500 gr boiling water
6. food coloring (prefer gel food colorings for vibrant colors)

cooking gloves, plastic food bags


Tip before you start
If you don’t want to stain your hands with food coloring,
use cooking gloves
or knead the dough with the food coloring
inside a plastic food bag. 


1. In a mixing bowl, combine the cream of tartar, the salt, and the flour.
2. Stir in the vegetable oil and boiling water with a large spoon until the mixture is not too hot to touch with your hands.
3. Knead with your fingers until it forms a smooth dough once it has cooled and thickened slightly.
4. Divide the dough into smaller pieces to make as many different colors as you want.
5. Gradually add food coloring to each piece and knead until the desired brightness and tone is achieved.










Make sure your play dough has completely cooled before storing. If not, it will become moist and mold will develop very quickly.
To make your play dough last longer, store it in airtight containers or ziplock plastic bags. 

This play dough is strictly for entertainment purposes. It should not be consumed by children or pets!




The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, Easter is almost here. There is nothing more exciting than organizing an egg hunt or a treasure hunt for parents, children or even for both! 

It could take place anywhere. It can be in a single room, a house, a garden, a park, a school or even an entire village! 

Plan ahead and set a date. Make it appear to be a big event or better yet, make it one. Make your Easter baskets, stock up on chocolate eggs and candy. Locate the hunting area and the hiding spots you intend to use. Write the treasure hunt clues. Decorate! Make it appear as if there is a party going on!

Evaluating the group of people involved is very helpful in deciding how many hiding places you may need, how well the eggs should be hidden and the size of the hunting area.

To make things easier for you, I’ve created printable basket and egg templates that you can print for free. Print the pages as many times necessary. Simply fill out the form below and you will receive an e-mail with a link to download the printable file containing both pages. Here’s a link to a video showing how to make the basket.

If you want to take the event to the next level, click on the following links to find more printable easter themed templates to decorate your hunting area:
Easter Bunnies
Floral Easter Eggs


How to Organize an Easter Egg Hunt

1. Print a basket for each player. 

2. Cut the paper eggs out. You will need 10-20 per person. If you want the hunt to last longer, use more. Along with the paper eggs you could use real boiled eggs, chocolate eggs, plastic eggs filled with candy, jelly beans or any other candy. You could also include a well-hidden golden egg with a special prize. 

3. Choose a hunting location and a large number of safe hiding places. 

4. Set the date and invite your players.

5. Hide the eggs the day of the event and keep track of where you put them.

6. If the players are not of the same age, divide them into teams to ensure fairness. 

7. Set rules such as, the winner being the person who finds the most eggs or the golden egg or the first person to get 10 eggs or the person who finds the most eggs within a certain time limit, or who finds eggs of a specific color.

8. Assist children who are having trouble finding eggs. They’re all supposed to have a good time.


How to Organize an Easter Egg Treasure Hunt

1. Make clues. The clues could be pictures, puzzles, riddles, rymes with missing words and anything else you can think could be used as clues. If you search the term “treasure hunt clues” on the internet, you will find lots of clues and riddles for an indoor or outdoor treasure hunt.

2. Cut out the paper eggs. 

3. Decide where the hunting area will be and the route with its hiding places.

4. Write the clues on the white side of the printed eggs and number them so that the hunters don’t miss any.

5. With each hidden clue, you could include a small prize, one for each hunter, or something they could share. The final clue always has the larger prize; after all, it’s the treasure!

6. Set the date and invite the hunters.

7. On the day of the event, keep the first clue and hide the rest without missing a step, as well as the treasure!

8. The hunters need to stay in a group and move all together. Set rules if necessary.

9. Give the first clue to the youngest player… and let the hunt begin!

Have a great time!!!

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    These extremely energetic canines are friendly, intelligent, playful, and sensitive. They originally came from the Dalmatia region at the south of Croatia in Europe. Originally, this breed was used as a hunting or carriage dog.

    Disney’s animated film “101 Dalmatians” was based on Dodie Smith’s novel “The Hundred and One Dalmatians”. Dodie Smith was inspired after a friend said to her: “Those dogs would make a lovely fur coat” after observing her dogs. Smith once owned nine Dalmatians, and Pongo (the protagonist dog in the film) was named after one of them.

    Dalmatians are also known as “firehouse dogs” and can be seen riding on fire trucks. They have strong guarding instincts and are capable of defending fire stations and their equipment! Dalmatians have taken on the unofficial role of firehouse mascots. On PAW Patrol, Marshall is a Dalmatian firefighter pup!

    Dalmatians become very popular whenever a film is released but because they are so highly energetic, few people can keep up with them and their popularity as a pet fades quickly. On the other hand, children have enjoyed drawings of them in their bedrooms, as party themes, on clothing, stuffed animals and other items for more than 60 years.

    DIY party creations has come up with a cute Dalmatian Dog party theme for you. Many templates to print, create and decorate your event can be found here. May your party be inspired by these active and lovable dogs, and have a wonderful time!

    Finally, before promising your child a Dalmatian, consider its size (they are big), hyperactivity and strength. They shouldn’t really be left alone with small children!  Despite their intelligence, they require extensive training in order to be controlled. While these spotted dogs might not be the best choice for a family dog, they are absolutely adorable! 

    How about a riddle: What do cheetahs, dalmatians, jaguars, leopards, deer and appaloosas have in common?
    Answer: stops (read backwards)


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    I’ve always assumed that the paisley pattern was desiged for clothing by popular fashion companies. That is only partially correct.  

    It’s originally Persian and it’s called Boteh. This teardrop shape motif used on textiles goes back to the 11th century, perhaps earlier. It is also very common in India, Azerbaijan, Turkey and other countries in the area. It made its way to Scotland from the Kashmir area and it is said to have been a motif which was used by the elite and was woven in silk to be used for clothing. 

    In the 18th century it became quite popular in Europe. Paisley, a Scottish town near Glasgow, inspired the English name for this design. At the time, Paisley was a major center for the weaving industry. In the 1960s sheep’s wool was used to mass-produce imitations of these original patterns. 

    In the summer of 1967 this design became associated with the psychedelic aesthetic/Bohemian style and was produced for the fashion industry, as well as wallpapers and fabrics.

    In English-speaking countries, this pattern is still used for men’s ties, scarves and vests. This pattern is still popular in Iran and many Asian countries for a range of clothing and textiles.

    Finding information and then designing my own paisley pattern for my e-shop products was so exciting and inspiring! Take a look at the templates here. Paisley patterns will always be fashionable and their colors will be adjusted to match the fashion of the season. Decorating a party with a paisley design motif definitely adds class and excitement!

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    My name is Artemis, I was born in Paisley, Scotland and I live in Greece with my family in a friendly neighborhood south of Athens.

    I have been working as a freelance graphic designer for more than 20 years for various companies and on many different types of creative projects, such as logos, stationary, books, brochures, posters, and many more.

    About 10 years ago I had an idea to create a do-it-yourself website for those who wish to decorate a party from the comfort of their own home. Party decorations for all ages and for all occasions!

    I had put it aside for a while until… my daughter asked for a party theme I could not find, so here I am, creating templates and themes, making videos, photo shooting and bringing them together to create DIYpartycreations.com!

    I’d also like to introduce you to the people that helped me with my first steps. My husband, Christos, with his valuable guidance and research, Mirto’s excellent programming skills who made this project come together and last but not least, my daughter Alexandra, who is my strictest judge, greatest critic and most fanatic supporter! All contributed to the success of this project.

    I’m excited to share my organizing tips, templates, games, recipes, crafts and more that I’ve used successfully at events and parties for many years.

    If you like organizing or doing things from scratch, you are at the right place! I’ll try to make it as simple as possible for everyone and share things I’ve tried firsthand.

    I hope to help you plan beautiful events with as little stress as possible, on a budget you can afford, and so that your guests can enjoy and appreciate everything you’ve planned for them with your own personal touch!

    Please let me know what you think, and send me pictures of your accomplishments!

    Create memorable events and have fun doing it…

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    Preparation: 30 minutes
    Total Baking Time: 30 minutes
    Amount: about 40 cookies

    A crunchy cookie recipe, with a wonderful butter-cinnamon taste, easy to make. Good choice to to accompany your coffee, tea or a children’s party. I originally cooked them for a small gathering and they were a big hit. On an other occasion I also made them for school gifts. They didn’t make it to the second break! For each occasion, I created a completely different, simple gift packaging with the help of the Crown Thank you Tag and the Paisley Pattern Gift Tags as well as a small transparent plastic food bags 8,3X19,8 cm. More name tags and thank you tags can be found at DIYpartycreations.com in a variety of themes.

    Make these cookies with your kids; they’re quite easy to make. They can use a hand whisker instead of the electric mixer if they don’t like the noise. Try the colored sugar as well, kids enjoy shaking the jar and watching the sugar change color. It is great fun!


    200 gr all-purpose flour
    120 gr unsalted butter, room temperature
    70 gr sugar
    90 gr brown sugar
    1 large egg
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
    1 pinch of salt
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Brown or colored sugar can be used to decorate, if desired.

    Putting it all together

    1. Combine the butter, both sugars, and egg in a large mixing bowl and lightly whisk to combine. 

    2. Stir in the baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla extract. 

    3. Add all of the flour at once or gradually, as desired, and mix until completely absorbed. 

    4. Cover your baking tray with parchment paper, shape the dough into balls, and set them on the baking sheet at a distance since they spread. If the dough sticks to our hands, wet them slightly and form balls.

    5. Press a little and, if you like, sprinkle with brown or colored sugar. If you put too much sugar, the cookies may become very sweet!

    6. Bake at 180°C, for 10-15 minutes, depending on the size, or until slightly browned.

    Keep them in an air tight container for about 4-5 days (they could stay longer, but that’s how long we had them) or freeze them for a few months, although they may loose their crunchiness, but not their flavor!

    Make a lovely decoration to go with your cookies when they’re served. More options can be found at DIYpartycreations.com with a variety of templates and themes.


    Make Your Own Colored Sugar

    You will need:
    Granulated sugar, white or brown (white sugar will give vibrant color)
    Any food coloring
    An empty and well cleaned small jar, one for each color you want to make

    Make Colored Sugar

    1. Fill, not more than 2/3 of your jar, with granulated sugar, white or brown.

    2. Add a small amount of any food coloring and shake the jar to mix the color evenly. If necessary, add another color and repeat. 

    3. If you used any liquid food coloring, spread the colored sugar on a tray to dry. Put it back in your jar when it’s dry, and you’re done!


    I hope you liked and enjoyed this recipe as much as I did.

    Please email me photos of the cookies you’ve served!

    I can’t wait to see them!

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    It’s easy, it’s fun, it’s new, it’s creative, it’s … I’d really like to tell you a little bit about the DIY Party Creations e-shop which sells digital templates for decorating every kind of party.

    DIY party creations create paisley pattern templates design steps

    Designing steps for creating a Paisley pattern for the templates

    I’ve been sketching and creating everything from scratch in order to bring you something fresh, original and new for your party decorations. It has also been so much fun selecting the best images from image banks for a several themes in order to bring in a new style of artwork.

    After researching the requirements of various party decorations, I came up with a large list of decorating objects. I needed to condense my list, so I decided to create this collection of 28 templates for 25 different decorating objects. This big variety of templates may meet all needs for any event.

    DIY party creations create paisley pattern templates design steps

    DIY party creations | Paisley pattern templates

    The majority of the templates are simple enough for beginners or young children to create with minimal assistance. A color printer, white copy paper, scissors and paper glue are all you’ll need to get started. Additional materials, most of which you usually have in your home or office, may be required depending on the project. Most materials and equipment may be substituted (see FAQ for alternative list).

    I hope you enjoy putting these templates together as much as I did creating them!


    So How Does it Work?

    • First visit https://DIYpartycreations.com and choose a party theme.

    • Then, add the templates you want to use to decorate your party with to the basket and complete your purchase

    • You will be able to download the purchased file/s from your account as soon as the payment is completed

    • Print the file/s as many times you wish!

    • Gather any extra materials you may need to create your templates

    • Follow the instructions that are on the same page of each template


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