Entertaining at a Teen Party

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When I first started planning the End of Year party for my kids I thought “we will do dinner and start the movie, everyone will enjoy the food and then movie snacks.” I then remembered that it won’t really be dark enough for an outdoor movie for a little bit. In fact sunset was at 8:49pm. The party started at 6:30pm.

I searched my favorite search engine. Pinterest. I looked for teen party activities and found a bunch. But one that caught my eye was a Selfie Scavenger Hunt. I LOVED the idea. So I created my own that the kids could do around our neighborhood.

First we ate and as everyone settled down I introduced the Selfie Scavenger Hunt. I divided everyone in to 4 teams and gave them their scavenger hunt requirements. I decided to have a #hashtag go with the scavenger hunt. Off they went. I think everyone had a great time. I had treats for each team when they got back!

**While the kids were on their Selfie Scavenger Hunt we quickly cleaned up from dinner and then got the movie snacks and popcorn machine set up.**

We also have some fun NERF toys that have always been a big hit with the kids friends. The bow and arrows are the favorite. We have three of this set and two of this set. The boys all enjoyed this and the girls all sat and visited and watched them. This killed the rest of the time until the rain came and we moved the party inside. (Please excuse the tall grass around the fence, our edger died and the one that we replaced it with was the wrong kind and we have had like 18 days of rain in a row. It just wasn’t going to happen before we hosted the party!)

I wanted to share my Selfie Scavenger Hunt game with you all! You can download it and print to use at your own parties. All you have to do is click “download” below!

Summer Hot Dog Bar

I am sure you know that I had a party last week for my kids and we did a hot dog bar. The kids all loved it.

I didn’t want it to be a boring hot dog bar with just the norms. I decided to have a few messy things to go on the hot dogs that I know a lot of people love. I mean, the kids were all teens so they are capable of making their own hot dog and loving more than just ketchup. (Although some kids ate hot dogs with just ketchup)

Hot Dog Bar

  • Hot Dogs
  • Buns
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Relish
  • Chili
  • Cheese
  • Onions (not pictured, but they were diced onions)

I feel like this was the perfect meal to feed a lot of HUNGRY teenagers and that everyone would enjoy.

End of the Year PARTY

While I like to think that all of my parties are a hit, the real test is how the guests feel the party was. I asked several of the kids at the party if they had fun and they all said yes! There was threat of weather (where is summer Utah?!) that would not be ideal for watching the movie outdoors which came true for our house. In the end it all worked out.

I kept the food easy in case we had to hurry and clean up to inside, I also was working in an office all week and didn’t have as much time as I would have liked to get the party perfect. It is a good thing that it was a party for my kids and they didn’t see it as imperfect.

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Because of the threat of wind and rain I kept the decor simple. We received the cutest popcorn machine from my sister-in-law for Christmas and I was so excited to use it. It was the perfect prop for the backyard movie!

When I bought the Heidi Swap Lightbox 3 years ago I didn’t know how much I would love decorating with it. I have used it for ALL of the parties I throw. I also have the Mini-Lightbox and it is perfect too.

Straws are always super fun to me. And I love that paper straws with the fun designs are so popular! I have a little stash that I pulled these from. I find them at the party supply store that is close to my house.

End of Year: Behind the Party Scene

Throwing a party is one of my favorite things. I love having people over. I love making food to feed a crowd. I love the sound of chatter and people having fun around me. (as I am typing this, the party is happening and they are laughing at the movie, my heart is soaring) School ending this year is kind of a milestone. My oldest is on her way to the High School and my next one is on his way to the Junior High next year. I wanted to throw a party to kick off summer break!

I knew for the teen scene that it needed to be fun, it needed to have interesting things for them. I wanted the food to be teen approved. The movie needed to be teen and parent approved.

When I decided on hot dogs (easy, lots can be made, teen approved) for the meal I wanted to have a lot of toppings. We had chili, onions, cheese, mustard, bbq sauce, ketchup and relish. Everyone was pleased with all there was! I even found the cutest little hot dog trays. They were perfect, we didn’t waste a whole bunch of plates and they were super affordable.

My amazing neighbor lent us their projector and screen for the movie, a huge plus! (The weather in Utah however, leaves a lot to be desired.) The movie picked out is: Rocketman. Not the new one. But the older one from the 90s.

I wanted to create a seating for the movie that was more than just sitting on the ground. I saw the COOLEST pin on Pinterest and wanted to have it for the party. It was made with pallets and I had a further idea for the pallets that I will share in a post soon. I immediately got on the Facebook Marketplace to find pallets. And luck was on my side, I found pallets for FREE.

We made sure that there were more slats on one side of the pallets. Some of them we took from one side to put on the other. It was perfect. For the seating, we put 6 on the ground, then took another three and put those on top of three already on the ground to have to heights of seating.

To add a little more comfort to them we used those interlocking floor mats on top. I also brought up pillows and blankets for everyone to lean against and enjoy watching the movie. I would have photos of everything laid out, but as luck would have it the weather was not cooperating. It started raining so I was busy getting everything inside!

The Red, White and Blue

I have always loved the Patriotic holidays. My very own first home I decorated my dining room and kitchen in Red, White and Blue. I loved it. I wish I had photos of it. It did get to be a little bit much. At the time I was an Army wife and loved anything that showed my patriotism. Memorial Day to Labor Day it is all things Red. All things White. And ALL things blue. I am so grateful to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America. Those who serve our country also have my upmost respect.

I love having elements with the color scheme I am using, rather than specific “holiday” decor. Does that even make sense? Take the wreath, I bought it at Christmas a few years ago, but it totally works with the color scheme. Or the throw in the basket, it is just blue and cream, but it works. I know that every one of us has stuff that works with the colors that aren’t specific to that holiday.

On my table I was able to use my red placemats (not all of them match either! I only have 4 of each style) with white dishes. I used the CUTEST gingham napkins along with white chargers and plates. I had two blue and white dishes that were my great-grandmother’s. Those were put at the “head of the table” spots while the 4 star dishes were used at the other seats.

For my the centerpiece I used a whitewashed tray I got at Joann’s years ago. I had painted mason jars that I added to the tray and filled with flowers and small flags. And I really like the little lantern to go with them. The little salt and pepper shakers are from Longaberger as is the basket they sit in.

My mantel is still a work in progress. I love this Rae Dunn piece that says “serve” for this decor. All of our men and women who SERVE our country are heroes. What do you think I could put on the three tiered stand to help it out?

Hair Goals Update #2

Back in January I posted about my hair goals. I had been working on washing less and air drying more. In March I had an update and I felt like I was getting somewhere. I was washing every third day. I went back to using my blow dryer on wash days because I just didn’t have time to let it air dry. I had been using salon quality products (I have been for years) and even some new things that I had heard about from other beauty bloggers.

April came and I saw a photo that my friend Carli posted. I was astounded. She had the hair I have been longing for. Long, healthy, full. I knew she sold Monat and decided I really needed to consider giving it a go. I took her hair quiz and got my results. I looked at all the options. And I jumped in on products that the quiz recommended.

I am happy to report that my hair is healthier! I can see a difference in the strength of the strands as I am not having as much breakage. Washings have been prolonged to every 4 days!

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Here is what I am using:

  • Revive Shampoo: this is from the volume line. It smells amazing.
  • Revitalize Conditioner: This is also from the volume line.
  • Black Shampoo + Conditioner: I use this once a week when I do an oil treatment and then I use the above shampoo and conditioner.
  • Rejuvabeads: The split end mender. Ladies, this is golden. It bonds those split ends back to the hair shaft to help it last longer to grow longer. I use this on my wet hair after I shower and wash.
  • Blow Out Cream: This goes on after the Rejuvabeads before I use the hair dryer. It has heat protectant in it, it reduces blow dry time, it does NOT weigh my hair down at all.
  • Rejuveniqe Oil: Liquid holy grail in a bottle. This is a hair oil that has 13+ natural plant and essential oils and it is rich in omega fatty acids. I use this once a week to do a scalp oil treatment. I will also use it on the ends occasionally when they feel dry between washes. You don’t need a lot, just one drop will do the trick for that.
  • Hairspray: I haven’t had to use hairspray very much to get my hair to hold its style (unlike before). I just have been having to use it to control those baby hairs that are growing back from my post-pregnancy last year.
  • Conditioning Dry Shampoo: I LOVE LOVE LOVE this dry shampoo. It conditions your hair as well as absorbing the oil as you need it. I only have to use it on day 3 around my face since that is closest to my makeup and gets greasy the fastest.

While it looks like a lot of products, they aren’t all used every day. In fact Some are used once a week, most twice a week depending on my washing cycles.

Hawaiian Haystacks

We love Hawaiian Haystacks at our home. They are a comfort food for sure. We use them to feed a crowd for parties as well. Both Oliver and Claire’s first birthday parties had Hawaiian Haystacks as the main dish!

I love that they can be customized with the toppings for whatever the individual likes. I enjoy putting chow mien noodles, shredded cheese, pineapple, tomatoes, green onion, coconut flakes and salt & pepper.

My kids love to separate all the toppings in to piles on their plates and eat them all individually. It is so customizable and everyone loves it! Scott loves to pile his as high as possible and has finally come around to using chow mien noodles in his.

The best thing about this meal is you can make as much or as little as you need for your family or to serve a party!

Hawaiian Haystacks

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Comfort food to feed a crowd or just one


  • 1 rotisserie chicken (shredded)
    – 2 10.5oz cans of Cream of Chicken soup – 10.5oz chicken broth – cooked rice – chow mien noodles – shredded cheese – coconut flakes – celery – green onion – tomatoes – olives – pineapple – salt & pepper


  1. Shred the rotisserie chicken. 2. Mix the Cream of Chicken soup and chicken broth together in a saucepan. 3. Add shredded chicken to the sauce. 4. Make rice. While that is all cooking cut up toppings. 5. Add rice to your plate, top with sauce and then toppings. Enjoy!