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Tropical Dinosaur Party

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My guy turned SEVEN this month and he has officially spent half of his life obsessing over dinosaurs. Scroll through to see pictures from his latest dinosaur party. We’ve got party food ideas, decor ideas (and links to shop!) and a few freebies :).

Dinosaur food cards - Check out the printables and get inspired for your own dinosaur party at

By now, you know I love a good punny food name. Here’s our menu list from the party. You can get the printable food cards in the shop.

  • Stegosaurus Scales (Potato Chips)

  • Brontosaurus Bites (Carrots)

  • Dinosaur Droppings (M&M’s, or use any chocolate candy)

  • Triceratops Treats (Gummies, or use any sweet food)

  • Dinosaur Eggs (Grapes)

  • T-rex Teeth (Bugles)

  • Raptor Rolls (Pizza Rolls)

  • Dinosaur Bones (Yogurt or chocolate pretzels)

Dinosaur Party Decor from

These favor bag tops were a hit with my son’s first grade class. More importantly, they were super easy for me to make and I was able to put them in his backpack. You can grab the editable PDF at the bottom of the post!

Stomp and roar at a bright tropical dinosaur party. Check out all of the party photos and get free printable goodie bag toppers. // mkkmdesigns

One of my favorite things about this party, is that all of the plants are fake! Easy to care for, and they can all be used again. I got all of the plants at Ikea and the leaves from amazon. They came in a huge bundle with 3 different sizes and will be perfect for more summer parties next year. I have them linked under the “Get the look” below.

Get The Look- Tropical Dinosaur Party from MKKM Designs
  1. Dinosaur Balloon | 2. Wood Platter | 3. Frames | 4. Target Party Supplies

    5. Tablecloth | 6. Monstera Leaves | 7. Printables | 8. Ikea Plants

    Some of these party supplies are Amazon Affiliate Links, you can read about our participation in their program here.

These Target party supplies matched perfectly with our Tropical dinosaur party. Get some inspiration for planning your own dinosaur party from our blog.

I was so excited to find dinosaur party supplies that matched with our theme this year. This target collection was perfect! Also I hadn’t been to Target in 4 years, so at that point everything was perfect LOL!

Watering Hole Station party setup at a dinosaur birthday party. Grab the free printable sign and bottle wrappers at
Grab a free printable.

Bottle Wrappers | 4x6” Watering Hole Sign | Editable Bag Toppers

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Reflecting on Seven Years of Being in Business!

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Cheers to Seven Years // Reflecting on 7 years of being a small business owner. Grab the signs freebie on the blog // mkkmdesigns

It’s our birthday and we’ll blog if we want to. If you follow us on social media, then you know we just celebrated our SEVENTH year in business this week. In those past 7 years, I’ve moved to 3 continents, birthed 2 babies, and tried to keep my sanity intact, while navigating this crazy military lifestyle (spoiler alert, I didn’t).

What I have learned over the years, is that being a small business owner is tough, but amazing. The people I’ve connected with, the reviews from happy party planners, the friends who get excited finding out what I do, make all of the bad parts worth it.

This week I threw myself a party to celebrate, because in the words of one of my favorite milspouse biz owners, Kelly from Third Space Yoga, sometimes you just have to be your own hype person. Read on for my 4 biggest lessons learned from running a small biz, and grab the printables from the #bizbirthday party.

Cheers - Free printable sign from MKKM Designs. Grab the freebie for your birthday party or anniversary. Edit the number to match your year!
Melissa from MKKM Designs, reflects on 7 years of being a small business owner while also being a military spouse
Building my empire one cuss word at a time // Quote from MKKM Designs
Building My Empire, One Cuss Word At A Time
— Melissa from MKKM Designs

If you know me in real life, you probably realized I have a bad sailor’s mouth. I keep it low key around my kids, and then as soon as I’m around adults it just rolls out. This sign and quote sums me up to a T!

You can grab the free printable for it here!

#justhereforthecake // MKKM Designs on 7 years of business on the blog.
Cheers to Seven Years // Reflecting on 7 years of being a small business owner. Grab the signs freebie on the blog // mkkmdesigns
DIY washi tape straw flags, an easy way to dress up a drink. // mkkmdesigns #partytips

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4 Small Business Lessons from Seven Years in Business

4 Small Business Lessons for Mompreneurs // Head over to the blog to read all about them! // mkkmdesigns

Lesson 1: Say No to Stress

The whole just say no is ridiculously cliche, but true. I feel it takes most biz owners awhile to finally take it to heart. In the beginning of our business, I said yes to EVERYTHING. Things I didn’t like, didn’t have an interest in, custom orders I thought were downright ugly. After a few years and especially this last year, I learned that you don’t have to take on everything. If you say no, they’ll find someone else. You’ll be happy and a client won’t have someone working on a project they don’t have their heart in

Lesson 2: Stand Up For Yourself

A.K.A Don't let those copycats get away with that shiz. This has been one of the roughest parts of being a designer. Walking that very thin line between honored that your designs are good enough for copycats, and shaking in rage that someone would have the balls to do that. I still get mad, but now I don’t hesitate for a second when I send that knock it off letter. Seriously, don’t let people walk all over you. You don’t have to be hateful, but you do need to protect your business. Why let other people profit off our your hard work, right?!?

Lesson 3: Know Your Worth, Then Add Tax

What usually happens in the beginning of every small business, is you figure you would rather be inexpensive and raise prices later, than not sell anything at all. DON’T DO IT. Read this blog from The Merriweather Council. Or just read all of her posts. I bought her Etsy course a long time ago and it was a life changer. You’re worth more than less than minimum wage.

Lesson 4: Understand That There Is A Season For Everything

This one has been the hardest one to accept. This past year when we moved from Japan to Germany, I thought a month off from my business wouldn’t be a big deal. It was. Once I finally got my computer back, I was so unmotivated to do anything and so excited to explore our new home. Then we couldn’t get my 4 year old into a preschool. He’s been going to school since he was 10 months old, so this was a massive shock to him, and me! For a while, I had to let my business suffer, because I couldn’t just sit him in front of a tv all day. (Full disclosure, I totally did some days, still do actually. Netflix is the greatest thing ever invented). The first 6 months of the year was my mothering season. Now with fall pre-school quickly approaching, I get the next 6 months for my business.

What are your best small business lessons? Leave a comment here or message us on Instagram! I’d love to share them!

Melissa from MKKM Designs, reflects on 7 years of being a small business owner while also being a military spouse

Bow Wow Luau, a Tropical Puppy Birthday Party

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Bow Wow Luau, A Puppy party designed by MKKM Designs. Grab the free printable Adopt A Puppy signs and adoption certificate.

Warmer weather is on it’s way and so are our spring and summer party blogs! First up, this tropical Bow Wow Luau. This puppy party is perfect for a summer pool party. Read through and grab some free printables and party ideas.

We made all of the food outdoor entertaining friendly. Everything was finger foods and most of it was punny, because I love a good food pun LOL. We had pupcakes, frisbees, pupcorn, pawtato chips, and more. You can get these cards or have us customize them to your wording here.

The green popcorn boxes were the perfect “dog house” to house our puppies. Grab the free printables for the Adopt a Pup station at the end of the post.

Puppy party decor. This Bow Wow Luau party is perfect for summer! Designed by MKKM Designs
Tropical Puppy Party Signs from

Free Printables from Melissa & Kara

  • Let’s Pawty Banner PDF

  • Bottle Wrappers* JPEG zip | PDF

  • Adoption Certificate JPEG | PDF

  • Favor Sign 4x6” JPEG | PDF

  • Favor Tags JPEG | PDF

  • “Let’s Pawty” Cupcake Topper PDF (Get the customized version here)

*Please see zip folder notice at bottom of post

Get the Look from our Tropical Puppy Party. Shop our affiliate links.

Some of these party supplies are Amazon Affiliate Links, you can read about our participation in their program here.

Check out our other party themes here! Grab the custom printables shown in the party here!

*We included the JPEG files in zip folder format for you to use. Zip folders can only be opened from a computer. You must download, copy/paste the files into a new folder on your computer to print*

As these are free files, to be used for personal use only, we do not individually email the JPEG's out as it is time consuming and takes away from our business work. If you're having trouble downloading the zip folders, a quick google tutorial will usually help you out. Thanks for your understanding!

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A Baby Is Brewing: A Coffee & Tea Baby Shower

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Cooler temperatures are finally on the way and we’re sharing a cozy Coffee themed baby shower with you today. This rustic event was a fun and simple way to shower a mama who loves her coffee. We have some pretty party inspiration and a free printable sticker that you can personalize for your own shower.

A Baby is Brewing, Coffee Baby Shower. Find shower ideas and free printable coffee wrapper stickers on the blog.

This shower was on an extremely rainy and cold day, which is rare for Okinawa in the spring. The coffee and tea bar was a big hit with guests and is super easy to set up. We had a tea kettle and a Keurig available and gathered a bunch of different options. Everyone had fun mixing and matching their drink choices.

The food for the shower was brunch themed. I linked to a couple recipes, because some of these are great for any party. My personal favorite are the Spinach Dip Bowls from The Picky Palate. They are crazy easy and taste DELICIOUS. They are my go to for most events. We also had overnight french toast, breakfast burritos and the easiest donut tower ever. A guest brought along a dozen donuts from Dunkin and it made for an easy and delicious decoration.

Free printable coffee baby shower sticker. Personalize with the mom to be's name and shower date. These stickers are perfect for a coffee themed baby shower. Grab the freebie from

Grab The Free Printable Below

The pdf’s are editable versions so you can open in Adobe reader and personalize with your mom-to-be’s name and date of shower. The multiple PDF includes 12 stickers per page. Please be aware that the name/date will be the same for all stickers. If you need various names, etc, you would need to use the single version instead.

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While this event was a “Coffee and Tea” theme, we also have the invite available in a “Coffee and Cake” and a “Coffee and Cocoa” theme perfect for winter time.

Grab all of the matching printables in our Etsy Shop.

We had a special request from my lovely friend over at Golden Coast Crafts, for a pink version of this theme. She created a make your own mug station at a Baby Shower she hosted. It turned out so cute! Thanks for sharing Alex!

A Baby Is Brewing Welcome Sign
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Party ideas for a coffee baby shower. Grab some decor ideas and a free editable coffee sticker on the blog. //

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