Party Planning Ideas that Will Leave Your Guests Amazed

Party Planning Ideas that Will Leave Your Guests Amazed

Who wants to plan a party?

Are you looking for party planning ideas because you long to make gatherings and parties feel special and look like they were effortless?

Do you love to get creative and DIY your decorations and details to truly personalize any event?

Do you love celebrating milestones and the people you love but stress about exactly how much food you need, or even what to serve?

DIY the Party - ebook by Tara Reed cover

Then this book is for you!

This 111 page PDF book is full of party planning ideas, party plan worksheets, diagrams and more so you can create a blueprint for your next event.

This is the book you need to get organized for your next party or event. Learn to DIY your party so they think you hired a pro!

I’ve been planning parties since I was 8 when I wanted to discuss my birthday party much sooner than my mom did.

My birthday is January 31st, which seemed very, very far from Christmas when I was little. I can now understand my mom’s rule of “no talking about your birthday before the New Year” and her ultimate decision to just put me in charge since I was unable to follow this rule.

This isn’t a party theme book but a way for you to think through and plan the details of your event, no matter the size or theme.

You will create a blueprint for your ultimate event and go from brainstorming party planning ideas to detailed plans and shopping lists.

I love planning (or styling as I like to say) a party, sometimes even more than attending. The joy for me is in the creative process from idea to end result. At my husband’s 60th birthday party a few guests asked if I was a party planner and could they hire me – the ultimate compliment to that DIY bash!

I’m not a professional party planner but a creative person like you.

I love to make all the things! As an artist and craft designer I have an eye for color, design and scale and I’m here to help you DIY the Party. With a little imagination and some basic supplies, you can transform any space into a festive celebration that will leave your guests impressed and delighted.

artist Tara Reed

Let’s talk about all the pieces of a party from invitations, food and drink, sweets and treats, activities and budgets. I want you to learn how to DIY the PARTY so they think you hired a pro!

How to make a Fish Bowl Candy Dome with Cricut

How to make a Fish Bowl Candy Dome with Cricut

How to make a Fish Bowl Candy Dome with Cricut 

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how to make Fish Bowl Candy Dome with Cricut

If you have or know a fish cracker enthusiast than you are going to love this Fish Bowl Candy Dome. These would be so cute to bring to a play group for snacks, preschool party, make them for grandkids or little kid in your life – there are so many possibilities.

But don’t think these are just for little kids. Swedish fish and other candies will love to swim in this fish bowl too.

This paper cut Fish Bowl Candy Holder is so easy to make!  Compatible with Cricut or Silhouette this 4 layered design is approximately 5” round – a txt file with assembly directions is included in the zip folder.

How to make a the cutest fish cracker holder anyone has ever seen

In this video you will learn how to make a fish Bowl Candy Dome – great for fish crackers, candy fish, small toys and more. These would be so cute to bring to a play group for snacks, preschool party, make them for grandkids or little kid in your life – so many possibilities.


00:00 introduction
01:30 Supplies
02:27 Protect paper from food grease
03:15 Assemble the Candy Dome
05:49 Glue decoration layers together
07:47 Adhere to Candy Dome base
09:07 Make a dome with Swedish Fish


  • Special treat for a child
  • Fish themed Birthday Party
  • Mermaid themed Party
  • Trip to the Aquarium
  • Daycare Snack
  • Preschool Snack
  • and more


  • Fill it with fish crackers, candy, coins or small toys 
  • Punch a hole in it and use it as an oversized gift tag
  • Use for birthday party favors
  • Make them for play groups, school parties, trips to the aquarium…
  • Use it as a gift tag
  • ane more

avoid the biggest mistake people make with unwrapped food in candy domes

    You have to be careful when you use unwrapped food or candy in a candy dome project. If you don’t put a protective layer between the food and the back cardstock, you could end up with oil stains as shown in the photo. That was after only 10 hours and it continued to get worse.

    Never fear – there is an easy solution. When you fill the dome and turn it over, simply cover all the food with plastic wrap, creating a barrier so any oils or moisture doesn’t reach the paper. (This is shown in the video at 2 mins 27 secs)



    I am so in love with designing and making these! See all the Candy Dome designs I have available on DesignBundles or Etsy

    🍬 Tara Reed


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