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4.27.2015

Farm To Table Inspired Tablescape

Farm To Table Inspired Tablescape

When the Alt Summit powers that be created a contest to win tickets to their summer conference, I was all over it.  They are throwing an outdoor Picnic Party and are looking for teams to design one element to add to the party. Our idea, a farm to table inspired tablescape as a backdrop to their picnic fare.

Farm To Table Inspired Tablescape side of table

We wanted to reflect the importance of using locally sourced ingredients to create eco-chic centerpieces that cut down on waste. We want to create a green tablescape that welcomes guests to dine with fresh produce from local farmers' markets! The best part? This idea is perfect for any summer outdoor event and the veggies can be used later or donated to local food banks and shelters.

Farm To Table Inspired Tablescape cauliflower arrangement

4.24.2015

Fiesta Friday/Real Party - MARVEL Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Marathon Party

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It is a hat trick today, with my third ode to all things Avengers with our MARVEL Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Marathon Sleepover Party.  If I haven't mentioned before, we cannot wait for the movie's May 1 release, remember our Easter Egg Hunt and birthday party ideas?

MARVEL Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Marathon Party

To catch up on all things Avengers, my goal was to watch as many movies as they could stand.  Which was hard, since very few (meaning 1 person) had not seen Iron Man 3, Thor,  Avengers and Captain America 2, our catch up movies of choice.

Plus, keeping elementary and middle school boys entertained and off their devices is a job in and of itself, especially since this is a sleepover.  But we'll get to that later.

MARVEL Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Marathon Party where to buy products

First, we have to get the party started with food and decorations. Thankfully, Walmart has everything you need to throw an awesome party together in one trip. Not only do they have great themed toy and party sections, you can't throw a stone without hitting movie branded food like Doritos, Dr. Pepper, Cheez-It crackers, and Kellogg's Fruit Snacks.  I love that their party section includes my favorite SweetWorks candy and Wilton candy melts...staples in my party repertoire.

Sidebar, Thor is on the Kellogg's Corn Flakes box? I know...I thought they would have made a box of hammer-shaped cereal. I would totally buy that.

MARVEL Avengers: Age of Ultron Movie Marathon Party themed goods

4.21.2015

Tuesday Tutorial - Constellation Lacing Cards

Constellation Lacing Cards

For this month's Whisker Graphics Design Team submission, I went a little old school. As a kid, I was obsessed with Greek mythology and origin fables. My faves were stories about people and animals who became constellations.

Vintage Revivals created sweet constellation string art lacing card downloads for the Cricut Explore.  Except I don't have a Cricut Explore.  And I'm sure some of you don't either.

Constellation Lacing Cards garland

But I really loved the idea, since they would make an adorable banner for a star-themed party.

So that's what I did...

Constellation Lacing Cards garland closeup

...I created my own version and made it a free download for you to have some constellation fun of your own!  I threaded mine with Solid navy and Solid yellow Divine Twine and hung it on Solid bright white.


Here's a larger version that you can open in another tab and use as a threading guide.


Click here or on this photo to download the pdf for all 6 constellation designs.

Of course, if I made a banner, there must be a party to go with it! Stay tuned...


If you need a little more star party inspiration, check out my table for Moms & Munchkins.




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4.16.2015

Eco-Friendly Party Ideas For Earth Day

Earth Day is next Wednesday, April 22. This year marks 45 years of bringing awareness to protecting our planet and resources. Reducing, reusing and recycling should always be a part our lives, especially when it comes to parties and events.  They can generate a lot of waste and lost resources.  Here are a few eco-friendly party ideas that can cut down on waste and stretch your party dollar.

Eco-Friendly Party Ideas For Earth Day

Biodegradable confetti

Many venues have strict confetti policies and this biodegradable confetti DIY on Ruffled is a fabulous alternative. If you want to purchase instead, there are many eco-friendly options available like Throw & Grow confetti.

4.14.2015

Tuesday Tip - A Party On Wheels! Bar Cart Essentials

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Whether you're entertaining for a special occasion or devoting a corner to your favorite cocktails, a bar cart is an essential piece that should be in every hostess' arsenal when called into drink duty.

Inspired by Chairish, a vintage marketplace with plenty of home bar accessories, today I'm sharing a few essentials you need to start the perfect home bar.
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It's all about quality not quantity, you can always add to it over time as you build up your collection. By no means is this a comprehensive list, but just my thoughts and what I do myself.


First, a few of my personal tips for stocking your bar cart...
  • I only buy stuff I like to drink. I know, experts say you should have a well-rounded stock of alcohols, liqueurs, etc. However, it's the style and size of your party that will determine what you serve. I only know a few drink recipes and tend to find new recipes with alcohols I am familiar with, like vodka. Serving a signature cocktail or two is my favorite party trick.
  • Certain essentials (flat and sparkling water, sodas and lemons and limes) are a must in every home bar.  With my bad tooth, I need my fruity cocktails that need simple syrups or liqueurs. When entertaining, I love creating an area for guests to create their own cocktails so keeping my bar stocked with familiar items makes it easier for them.
  • If you do have a DIY cocktail area, be sure and have recipe cards or a drink menu they can follow, like I did at my  RIPE cocktail party.
  • It's not a party without garnishes! From fruit slices, fresh herbs and rimmers to swizzle sticks,  paper straws and drink markers, they take a fabulous drink to a whole new level.  Your fridge should always have staples like maraschino cherries, olives, and cocktail onions.  

Bar Cart Essentials

Here's the breakdown of my party on wheels...

4.13.2015

Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day With Minted

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Shop kids' stationery and folded thank you cards...


Create custom stationery for teachers.  This is our favorite gift; we packaged stationery together with pretty pens.


Give a sweet treat of candy or baked goods packaged in favor boxes and bags and finished off with stickers.

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4.09.2015

Mother's Day Gift Guide

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I know...we just jumped the hurdle of Easter and now we are rolling into spring's next big celebration, Mother's Day! As a mother, I love Mother's Day.  I love to see what the boys and dad come up with every year. But I'm not going to lie...everything on here on my gift guide, I want for myself, so I think I'll make sure they see this...cough...cough.

Now you have plenty of time to get the mothers in your life something fabulous, especially if it's personalized...those are my favorite gifts.

Mother's Day gift guide


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4.08.2015

Travel Inspired Home Decor

Travel inspired home decor

If you are wanting Calgon to take you away but don't have the time or resources, let your home decor do the traveling! Head over to the Rosanna blog, Table Talk, and check out my post for fabulous pieces and ideas to travel the world from the comfort of your home.




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4.07.2015

Tuesday Tutorial - How To Make A Big Hero 6 Marshmallow Baymax


Friday, we shared our Big Hero 6 movie watching party and today over on Moms & Munchkins, I'm sharing how we made a marshmallow Baymax. He's so easy and fun, and completely edible so be sure and hop over. 

4.03.2015

Paint Chip Easter Egg Place Cards

Paint Chip Easter Egg Place Cards

I couldn't resist squeezing in one more easy-peasy Easter project. I got to thinking about my paint chip Easter cards from a few years ago, and thought 'Self, wouldn't they look cool if you turned them into paint chip egg place cards for Easter place setting?'

That self of mine is very clever, so that's what I did.

Paint Chip Easter Egg Place Cards

Sadly, I can no longer find the card's instructions link on on Family.com from my original post, it was FamilyFun.com back then and who knows now. So, I'm recreating it to the best of my ability...


You'll need:
8 1/2 x 11 sheet of green cardstock
egg cookie cutter or your own template
paint chips of your choice, big enough to fit your cutter/template

  1. Everyone's cookie cutter may measure differently so you can adjust accordingly.  Mine is 3" long and 2 1/2" wide at it's widest point.
  2. Trace your cutter/template onto the back of the paint chip and cut out.
  3. Trim your cardstock lengthwise about a 1/2" wider than the width of your cookie cutter; my strip measures at 3" x 11".
  4. Fold the top of your strip to create a fold the length of your egg; I folded mine over at 3".  This creates the body of your place card. 
  5. Fold the second section the same length, then trim the excess off to create the 'grass' at the bottom of the card.
  6. Write your guest's name on the paint chip then adhere to the place card, letting a little of the paint chip peek over the top.  
  7. You can adhere the grass down, like I did on the David place card, or leave it, like the Lesley place card, if you choose.

Paint Chip Easter Egg Place CardsThese will look so darling on your Easter table or buffet...or have the kids make their own for their table! Create templates for everyone and keep them busy while you enjoy a mimosa...or two.

Wishing you and yours a wonder Easter weekend!




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