A multi-layer fondant cake that wows has it’s place on dessert tables, but other times, you want quick, easy and inexpensive. But of course, you also want cute. These 3-D Christmas tree cake toppers provide the wow — quickly, easily and cheaply. Here’s how to make them. (Did you miss my Christmas Crafting Party? What […]
I love tissue tassel garlands, but I’d never made one before. It is really so much easier and faster than I thought it would be! But I also thought it would be fun to dress up the garlands a bit. So here’s how to make my Christmas Tree Tissue Tassel Garland!
One of the big jumping off points for my Witch’s Tea Party was this black and white striped ribbon. I just loved how clean and crisp the pattern is, and wanted to be sure to incorporate lots of bows made from the ribbon. But there is a trick to getting your bows just right. I’ll […]
When I styled my Vintage Tea Party, one of my absolute favorite elements was the floral teapot centerpiece. I decided to recreate the look for my Witch’s Tea Party (featured on Love the Day!) — but to figure out the DIY version. Enter: the styrofoam ball and a whole bunch of black silk roses. (I […]
When I was planning the mini art party that I shared with you yesterday, I wanted to add a few party printables. But, I didn’t want to spend my mini budget on printables. So, I bought two dollar store sets of watercolors and the girls and I painted our own party decorations.
This week is all about getting ready for our bake sale to benefit The Confetti Foundation. (Here’s why I support them.) And since this is a one-woman-and-twins effort, we have spent a fair amount of time on Pinterest, looking for recipes that are (1) bake sale favorites and (2) really easy. (Want to follow along? […]
For my daughters’ 10th birthday party — we called it the Twins’ Top 10 — I went old school with the party favor bags. We decided to have a party favor bar. We stocked it with five of the girls favorite things, and invited our guests to pick and pack their own party favors. Our […]
I tend to think a party is not complete without a rocking front door wreath. Sweet Georgia Sweet makes some of my favorite ribbon wreaths, but this year I didn’t have time to order a wreath from Bethany. So I pulled out one of my wreaths from her and studied it until I hacked this […]
One of my favorite decorative touches from my girls’ Favorite Things Party were our custom dessert plates. If you haven’t seen these before, they are totally cool and pretty low-cost. Create UR Plate sends you either glass or plastic plates (your choice) and you pick a custom cling to dress them up. They have an […]
One of my favorite party tricks is to transform an everyday item into something party special. It’s a sure way to get a low-cost, high-impact result. Which led to me the candy aisle of CVS. (That and the need to pick up a Frappuccino and the latest Vanity Fair.) This is how you make a […]
Did you miss yesterday’s tips for planning a Classroom Valentine’s Party? I used a tissue fan backdrop, which is a great choice for any party: inexpensive, quick to set up. Tissue fans are especially easy to transport if you have an away from home party. They come in a rainbow variety of colors and patterns, […]
Welcome to the third tutorial for my Zombie Princess Party! Don’t miss the super-easy how-tos for the zombie soda bottles and Princess Creepy Teeth, our dining table centerpiece. Today, I’m showing you how to make “bloody” napkins. Do zombies technically bleed? I’ll admit: I didn’t do a lot — well, any — research into zombie […]
I didn’t have party printables for the Zombie Princess Party. (This sometimes happens when you dream up a wacky theme.) So that meant it was up to me to get creative with the decorative details. This week, I’ll share with you tutorials for my Zombie Princess Soda Bottles, the “bloody” hand print napkins, and Princess […]
I honestly never thought I’d be inspired by black rats, but I suppose stranger things have happened at the dollar store. As I was checking out with a basket of 18 toy rats, the cashier looked up at me and said, “Lord, honey, what’re you gonna do with all those rats?” She looked very skeptical […]
Today, I’m over at Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams with the tutorial for my 3-D black rat Halloween art. I’m thrilled to participate in Keisha’s annual 13 Days of Handmade Halloween! (It started Monday, October 6, so don’t miss out on any of the great posts from your favorite party bloggers!) Missed the rest of […]
So if you saw my Black and White (and Rats!) Halloween Party on Monday, I teased that I also styled this party with an alternate bunting. I loved the black rats hanging by their tails in the original bunting — it appeals to my slightly twisted sense of humor, and I think every party should […]
Have you ever seen party favor balls? They are crepe paper balls formed around itty bitty party favors. Your party guests unroll and unroll and unroll to reveal as many little surprises as you want to wrap. I just made my first favor ball — Shark Week-style, of course — and my girls gave the […]
This is one of those “so easy I hate to call it a “tutorial’ tutorials.” Baby B loves sharks and wants a shark theme for her next birthday. While that’s months away, I figured Shark Week would be a great time to brainstorm and test out some ideas, you know … six months in advance. […]
A few years ago, the Vice President of Special Projects built my first free-standing party backdrop from PVC pipe. You can see it in use in my Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Party. This system — sometimes called a pipe and drape system — is terrific because it allows you to put a backdrop anywhere you need […]
For our snow cone stand, I made one of these faux snow cones just for a fun decoration. I ran out of time to make more, but they are so cute and easy, I had to show you the how-to. I think these would be adorable as a garland, hanging across your snow cone stand!