I don’t know about you but for me the countdown to summer is ON. There are 17 days left until the bliss of summer vacation is upon us, which means lazy, lazy and more lazy. (I know, who am I joking, right? It’ll be as busy as ever!) Anyhow, today’s steal, the American Crafts Heat Wave collection has got to be one of the most fun summer collections I have ever seen.

I thought it would be fun to create a BBQ or pool party kit for my girls to celebrate the last day of school with their friends. It has become a tradition for us to grill up some hot dogs and have friends over and this year we will be doing it Heat Wave style.  :)
First, every party needs an invite. I love the amazing array of papers to choose from to create the perfect invitation. Today’s kit comes with four sheets of each paper, so you can knock out multiple invites without running out.

Now what kind of party would be without something to cool you off when that heat hits. I hit the dollar store and found a few treasures to blast with some Heat Wave, including this cute little ice bucket and some good old-fashioned root beer.

I simply added some of the fun chipboard pieces and stickers from today’s steal to the outside of the bucket. I also dug in my stash and found some cute blingy letters to add. Anticipating condensation, I made sure to attach the letters with dimensional foam squares and add some glue dots to the stickers.

Next I made a fun wrapper for the bottle of root beer. While this won’t be able to chill in the bucket of ice, it will sure look cute on the table next to the cups which the guests can fill with ice.

Speaking of cups, it seems like a never ending battle to remember whose cup is whose. While an easy answer is simply adding names with a sharpie to the outside of the cup, I decided to take it one step further and create dangly name tags for the guests.

To attach the name tags to the side of the cup, I simply took my Crop A Dile and punched out two holes, about 1/2″ apart, in a vertical line on the side of the cup at the top. Next, I added an eyelet to a piece of the Heat Wave chipboard. I threaded a piece of ribbon through the two holes of the cup, starting from the outside of the cup on the top hole. Next I threaded the chipboard piece through the bottom piece of ribbon and then finished things up by tying a quick knot. I used my label maker to create personalized names, and now our guests will have their own unique cups.

For centerpieces of the tables, I found some metal buckets. I added stickers, chipboard pieces and ribbon to the handle to decorate.  You can use the buckets to hold utensils wrapped in napkins.

Then you can even add an extra Heat Wave touch by creating napkin rings to hold the untensil kits together.

When the sun sets and the party is still raging on, you can add some citronella candles inside the buckets to help keep the mosquitos at bay. Just be sure to flip the handle down so that your ribbon doesn’t catch fire!

I couldn’t resist dressing up some plain ketchup and mustard bottles. I simply wrapped the bottles with paper, added a ribbon around the middle and added some yum.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t resist a cupcake and this party isn’t complete without them! To make the cupcake toppers I cut out some circles using my Silhouette, then added chipboard pieces to the centers of the circles.

And of course, I didn’t want the guests to leave without a little thank you. I filled some clear bags with watermelon candies and created a little tag to finish it off.

Simple. Cute. Fun.

And now…the countdown to summer  is on!