Ice Cream Party Tablescape

 

Silly Silly Me!!  I planned on having a party recap for today’s post – and I stewed and fretted about sticking so much information into one eternally long post.  { Thus, the late hour of my post }  I still wanted to show you the games we played, the food we ate, the cute table that we ate them on – so I’ll have to continue the posts into next week as well.  This really was a GREAT party!  {I guess this is what happen when you have a mother that goes overboard X 2!!}  So today – I’ll post about the DARLING tablescape!

Here’s a view from the top:Ice Cream Party Table Setting - purdueavenue.com

 

And here are some closer views at the cuteness:

The Place Settings

Ice Cream Party place setting - purdueavenue.com

 

 

The Tablecloth

Randi made using THIS darling blue chevron fabric.

At each place setting:

Plate, 4 inch doily, Ice Cream Sundae Cup, Spoon

Napkin (Randi made them, and they were DARLING!) held with a candy necklace wrapped around twice and twin cherry lollipops.

You can find a similar fabric for the napkins HERE, and she trimmed them with tiny pom pom ribbon.

Glass with Pink Swizzle Stick, Blue Striped Paper Straws, and Cherry Limeade Yummy Straw Tag, and a candy bracelet around the bottom of the glass.

Cherry Limeade Straw Tags - purdueavenue.com

 

Ice Cream Scoop Place Card (You can see the tutorial HERE)

Ice Cream Party place card - purdueavenue.com

 

 

We gave each girl a glass “jewelry jar” to take home the candy jewelry they made. (more on the jewelry later!)

Ballerina jewelry jar with chalkboard label

What you’ll need:

Crystal Glass Jelly Jars

Pink Spray Paint (or preferred color)

Ballerina Cake Topper

Chalkboard Stickers

Hot Glue Gun

Chalk Marker

How To Make It:

1. Remove the lid & spray paint them the desired color

2. Once the lid has dried, use a hot glue gun to put a ballerina cake topper in the center of the lid.

3. Write the names on the chalkboard labels using the chalk marker

4. Attach the label to the front of the jelly jar

DONE!

Chalkboard Place Mat

Chalkboard Place Mats

 

Love those adorable chalkboard placemats?  Wanna know how easy they are to make??  It’s just black card stock, a chalk pen and a circle punch!

Here’s what you’ll need to make them:

Black Textured Card Stock

Chalk Marker

1.5″ Circle Paper Punch (or some scissors)

How to Make:

Step 1: Punch the corners using the circle punch (or find something round, trace onto the paper, then cut out with scissors)

Step 2: Using the chalk pen, draw a border about 1/2″ inside the paper.  If you’re not comfortable freehanding it – just use a ruler for the edges and something round for the ticket stub part.

DONE!  See?  I told you it was easy!

Next week  I’ll show off the decorations, activities & food.  You’re gonna love it!!

**Erin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chalkboard Pennant and Ribbon Banner Tutorials

 

As promised in the Ice Cream Party Invitation Tutorial post, here is the tutorial on making these darling banners.  I made 2 – one is a ribbon banner that hung over the Ice Cream Sundae Creation Station:

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And the second was a pennant banner with a ribbon cut bottom.  {You could also make it the standard triangle shape pennant banner following the tutorial HERE}

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The trick here is the fabric.  I really wanted a chalkboard pennant banner, and had planned to spray regular canvas with chalkboard paint.  Until 1 sleepless night at about 2am – I had a AHA! moment.  I decided to get out of bed and see if there was such a thing as black canvas already!!  There was!  Happy Me.  {I have since learned that there is an actual chalkboard fabric…it is smooth and looks leathery…so if you like the textured look, go with the canvas.}

I’ll start with the pennant banner…I had 5 pennants on my banner, each pennant was 10″ W x 14″ L.  You can make yours with more or less – just adjust your fabric and ribbon accordingly.  If you are doing more – I would adjust the pennant size to 7″ W x 10″ L unless you have a REALLY big room to hang it in and LOTS of ribbon!

What you will need:

1 yard of Black Canvas – you want the heavy weight – I got the 14 oz.  I bought mine on fabric.com – HERE IS THE LINK

4 yards of Ribbon – I used this DARLING Black & Cream 1/5″ wide May Art Ribbon

Sewing Machine OR Hot Glue Gun for a No Sew option.

What to do:

Cutting out this banner was even easier than the pennants!!

1. I like to fold the fabric in half lengthwise, and then in half again.  That will give me more pennants per cut! This fabric is heavy – so make sure that you have a sharp blade on your cutter – otherwise – you can only fold it over once (or use scissors)

2. Take a minute to smooth out the fabric – make sure everything is lining up well and that you don’t have any folds hiding in there.

3. Line up the length of your fabric along a guide on your cutting mat to ensure that your fabric is straight and cut the end 1″ off – to make sure everything is square.

Trim-ends

**make sure to have firm pressure on the ruler while using a rotary cutter – like I said – it’s thick and takes some muscle to cut through!!

4. Pull the fabric to the edge of your cutting mat – and move your ruler to 10″

Cut-to-10-inches-wide

5. Repeat this process until you have the number of pennants needed.  (Mine cut 4 pennants per cut because of the way I folded it)

6. Smooth each cut and Trim 1/4″ off of the top and bottom to cut off the folds making the separate pennants.

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7. Fold each pennant in half lengthwise and cut at an angle {personal preference which angle} starting from the folded edge and ending on the outer edges. {The folded edges should be where the arrows are in the photo.}

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**Here is a picture of what each angle looks like on the finished pennant – to help you choose…}

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8. Iron the pennants and spray the 3 edges with a clear acrylic sealer in matte finish.  You can also use no fray spray 0r paint on matte mod podge to the edges (it’s just more time consuming)

{if you don’t want to mess with the sealer you can always hem the edges!!}

9. Once you have all of the pennants cut and ironed – it’s time to sew/hot glue them to the ribbon.  This ribbon makes it especially easy because the horizontal lines make it so easy to sew the pennants on straight!

***NOTE***I think that attaching the pennants to the ribbon with velcro dots would be even better – because then you can add/remove the number of pennants you need to ‘say what you need to say’!  Just a thought…

 

I hope that you’ve enjoyed the tutorial.  I have a few tips for writing on them as well:

1. MAKE SURE TO PRIME THE FABRIC FIRST!! I can’t stress how important this is. Just take a piece of chalk lay it sideways and rub it all over the pennants.  Then wipe it off.  It will give it a smoky look that looks great, too!

2. Using small chalk like THIS ONE makes it easier to control the chalk.  I LOVE THIS CHALK PENCIL!!

 

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If you don’t feel like you have the greatest ability to free hand…there is a really easy way to transfer printed text to the pennants:

1. print out what you want to write on the pennants.  If it’s individual letters, it helps to cut around them so you can center them better.

2. Rub chalk on the back side of the printed image/text

3. Center it on the pennant.  Then, using a ball point pen (I like to use red so I can see where I’ve been) trace around the outer edges of the image/text.

4. This will transfer the chalk onto the pennant and you can just fill it in (as seen above)

 

To make the ribbon pennant – it’s basically the same steps – except:

1. instead of cutting the width to 10″ – cut it to the length you want.

2. Still cut the v-notches as shown above – but make sure to notch both ends!!

3. Sew/Glue the ribbon onto the edges of the “writable” area.  Leave about 8 inches on each side of the ribbon for the v-notched ends to “flow” (see the picture at the top of the post to see where I put the ribbon)

4. If your fabric isn’t stiff enough – you can slide some wire in to help give it the “folded back” ribbon look.

 

Okay – the novel is over!  I hope that you make one – they’re SO much fun!!  Friday I will post more pics from the party with the party games!

**Erin

His & Hers Soiree: Party Recap

I hope that you’ve been inspired by this neutral colored/neutral gendered theme party…I just want to do a recap of all of the fun ideas in one post.  If you want to pin images to quickly get to one page of this party – this will be the place to do it.  I also encourage sharing…on facebook, pintrest, twitter.  Share the love.  ;0)

 

Here is a picture of the entire table.  So fabulous…

The-Table

 

And some close ups so you can see just how wonderful it all really was…visit our Food, Glorious Food post for more details on the free printables and resources.

Let-them-eat-cake

Mustache-toppers

Happy-Birthday-cupcakes

Drink-Me

Lots-of-chocolates-for-me-to-eat

chocolate-mustache's

chocolate-crowns

chocolate-balls

We also had our post about the Hanging Decorations.  Visit it for tutorials on making the italian crepe paper fringe garland, the bunting banners,  and other resources…

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Bunting

And of course, everyone’s favorite…at least it was {#MINE!#}…The Ruffled Table Skirt.  Visit the post for a tutorial and resources…

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That was it for the party recap…and also the final clue for our treasure to hunt to win this Party in a Box!!

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All of the sources for the items seen in this Party in a Box can be found HERE.

Visit THIS post for more details on how to win…don’t forget – the key words and phrases can be found in ALL of last weeks posts.  {big hint – even Monday’s}

Good Luck!!  The first person to post the correct phrase will win!!

*************UPDATE***************

Congratulations to McKenzie Kennedy on being the first to piece together our Mystery Phrase: “This Amazing Party in a Box is MINE!”

Congratulations McKenzie!

If you’re feeling like it should have been you…it still could be!!  I am giving away a SECOND Party in a Box!!  See our Facebook Page for more details on how to win!

**Erin

 

 

His & Hers Soiree: The Ruffled Table Skirt Tutorial

 

The-Table

I know what it is that you’re all just praying I put up a tutorial for… the VERY most fabulous thing about the table.

The Table Skirt

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Talk about WOW FACTOR!  It’s absolutely stunning!  And the best part is – you can use it under any table cloth for a totally different look.

The second best part?  You can make this with pretty basic sewing skills…or no sewing skills at all!!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ruffled Bed Skirt

{Mine was ivory colored – it’s also available in white}

MultiRuffle-Ivory-15inch-Drop-Bedskirt-P14066287A good pair of fabric scissors.  I love MINE!

LOTS of pins

Sewing Machine {or a hot glue gun for a no-sew option}

Here’s How You Make It:

Step 1: Lay the first skirt over the table you are fitting it to.  {Ha Ha – you are making your table a skirt after all – it has to be tried on and fitted!!}

Step 2: Arrange it so that the ruffles fall evenly on the 3 ruffled sides

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Step 3: Secure the “non ruffled” edge to the table with some tape.  This fabric is slick – and you don’t want it sliding around!!

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Step 4: Take the second bed skirt into a large room and spread it out on the floor.

Step 5: Cut the ruffled part of the skirt OFF of the center all the way around like this:

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Step 6: Take the ruffled edges to the table and start pinning this ruffle above the existing ruffled skirt just below the edge of the table.

*After taking this picture – I realized it was better to pin one corner first and the pin my way to the next corner, and then move up the long sides.

You should have excess ruffle that you can wrap around the front part the has no ruffle.

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**Note: to do this – I folded over the extra fabric from the cut ruffled section, then folded it again to give it a nice finished edge. **

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Step 7: Go back and add A LOT MORE PINS!!  This is slick fabric – and it’s hard to sew without it REALLY pinned well!!

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Step 8: Go around and make sure everything looks good – tuck and pin where needed – the corners might need some creative pinning!

Step 9: Once it looks good hanging on the table and you have LOTS of pins…you can take it to the sewing machine.

If you aren’t a seamstress – a hot glue gun would do great!

Just unpin a short section at a time and run a bead of glue between the fabrics, press closed and then move on.

Step 10: Throw it onto your table, throw a cute table cloth on top and step back and admire your work!

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I wanted to add this ruffled table skirt to the giveaway – but since it’s so specific to what shape and size your table {#is#} – I can’t :0(

But I hope that you’ll make one!  Pin it now so you don’t forget ;0)

I hope that you’ve been looking through our other posts and searching for the key words to win this Party in A Box on Monday!!

You can learn more about it in THIS post.

And here are links to the rest…

The Hanging Decorations

Food, Glorious Food

Put the mystery phrase together and win!!

Until tomorrow…

**Erin

His & Hers Soiree: Food, Glorious Food

 

Food presentation is a HUGE part of the “enjoying eating it” experience!

Randi has an amazing ability to present food…so everything looks and tastes amazing!

Here are a few tricks to follow – and you’ll soon have a few tricks up your sleeve!

Let’s start with the Cupcakes:

Mustache-toppers

The first trick is to use a great big tip when piping your frosting like THESE

You’ll get a professional look, even if your piping bag is a ziploc baggie. {Don’t knock it til’ you try it!}

Don’t forget to top it with a sprinkle of Gold Edible Glitter
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The cupcake liners were purchased at home goods – but you can find similar ones HERE
– or make your own with this template:

Scalloped-cupcake-liner-template

{Click on the image to download the template}

If you have an electronic cutter like the Silhouette, then you can zip them out on your striped paper looking FABULOUS!

You can also cut them with scissors and then use a scalloped edged scissor at the top.

For the Mustache Toppers: Just cut them out from our TEMPLATE and glue them to a flat topped toothpick.

I’ve also made a TEMPLATE for the Happy Birthday Pennants…just cause I like ya so much!

Happy-Birthday-cupcakes

 

The pennants were attached to wooden skewers {cut in half} and topped with a glittered wooden ball on top. (the balls can be found in the craft stores by the wooden dowels)

 Click HERE for a tutorial on making the glitter ball sticks. (just scroll all the way down)

The Drinks

The decision for how to make this drink was made because she had a color that she wanted it to be!  Genius!

So she found a juice that was the right color and built the drink from there.

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Step-2

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What’s great about this drink is that it can be a formula for any party drink

1. choose a color them – pink for example

2. add coordinating frozen fruit – raspberry

3. fill 1/2 with juice that matches the color palette

4. fill remainder of the glass with gingerale.

Done!

We also made darling

Buffet Signs

to go in front of the different goodies on the table.

Here is the one we made for the drink:

Drink-Me

It says “Drink Me, I’m just peachy”

You can download the buffet sign template HERE.

I’ve left the template blank so that you can add in whatever you’re serving…

Like the sign for the cupcakes:

Let-them-eat-cake

It says: “Let Them Eat Cake, Lots of It”  Hee Hee.

 {Let’s just say it was midnight and we were getting silly with our sign making.}

and for the

Chocolates

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The sign says “Lots of Chocolates for Me to Eat”

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You can get the mustache chocolate mold HERE

It really is as simple as:

1. Place the sticks in the mold

2. Pour in your melted chocolate

3. Wait for the chocolate to set (refrigerator works great to speed this along}

4. Pop the chocolate pops out of the mold

To keep the pops standing upright she filled a trophy cup with rice…GENIUS!

 

chocolate-crowns

Follow the same steps for the Crown Molds
except:

Before you pour in the white chocolate – sprinkle some Edible Gold Glitter
into the mold.  Then you’ll have sparkly crowns ;0)

The truffles are just lindt truffles, unwrapped with a sprinkling of Edible Gold Glitter
…so easy!  So smart!

chocolate-ballsSound like a lot of work?  You could save yourself the trouble by winning our {#PARTY IN A BOX#}!

You can read more about how to win this box in THIS POST!

Good Luck!

**Erin

His & Hers Soiree: The Hanging Decorations

We’re going to start at the top of this party and work our way down this week…

First up are the decorations that we hung:

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The great thing about the decor for this party, is that it was very centralized over the table.

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No need to stress about decorating the whole house – just pick your spot and make it {#amazing#}.

Here is a list of what was used with links to where you can find it…

The Honeycomb Balls

Ivory Tissue Paper Fans

{When you see the image on Amazon – their color is NOT the color that comes.  It has an almost pink tint to it like it the photos above.}

Black & White Bunting

{all of the fabrics were purchased from Fabric.com – here is a snapshot of my purchase list}

Just plug the item numbers at the top of each image into their search bar and it will pull up the right fabrics.

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The bottom image is the satin ribbon that we used to hang the bunting.  Make sure you buy enough to fit your space + 18″ on each end to tie it up.

To quickly make a template for your bunting:

Fold a piece of cardstock in half down the length

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Then use a straight edge of something to draw a guide from the outer {unfolded} corner to the inner {folded} corner

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Then trace it onto your fabric in this pattern:

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Flip the direction of the triangle to fit the maximum number of flags on your fabric.

Then just cut using a Rotary Cutter, Mat & Ruler
{or really good, sharp scissors} along your guide lines.

Repeat for all of the fabrics that you are using.

I use the natural canvas for the backing and the patterned prints for the front…so for every patterned flag – I made sure I had a canvas backing.

You’ll want to figure out the number of flags you need to stretch across the area you’ve selected.  One flag covers about 9″.

Here was my cut list (the number is the flags I needed to have of each fabric)

4 large stripe

4 small stripe

3 polka dots

15 canvas

To Put it Together:

Place wrong sides of patterned fabric and backing (I used canvas)

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Sew along the outer edges leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance

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To turn the corner neatly – just sew almost to the point and then – with the needle down in the fabric, lift your foot up

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Then turn the fabric so that you are lined up on the opposite edge and continue sewing.

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for a “No-Sew” option – just run a bead of fabric glue along the inner edges of the canvas – then place the “wrong side of the patterned fabric on top.

Once you have each flag sewn or glued – lay out you pattern so it looks the way that you want it to…

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Then sew or glue the satin ribbon to the front side of the bunting flags.

You can pin them into place before you sew – or just feed them in holding them straight.

I put the banner underneath the ribbon about 1/2″ .

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When you’re almost to the end of the first flag – add the second flag in and continue sewing.

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We also have another tutorial HERE for our Happy Birthday Bunting Banner.

Italian Crepe Paper Fringed Garland

I’m kind of in love with Italian Crepe Paper now…it’s thicker and tougher than regular crepe paper – so you can be rough with it, and it’s so wide!!

All we did to make the fringe banner was unroll the crepe paper in a large area

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Then we folded it in half down the length

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Then used scissors to cut  the fringe – about 1/4″ apart

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If you fold it over on itself – it makes it a little harder to cut – but you get done MUCH quicker because you’re cutting several layers.

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Once you have it all cut…

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Unfold the garland {it looks like a centipede!!}

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Then using hot glue or tape secure twine or ribbon to about 4 places along the crease.  Outside edges and 2 or 3 more in between

I used this gold flecked twine from May Arts.  Don’t forget to leave about 1.5 feet on each end for tying up the garland.

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fold it back over and roll it up until you’re ready to hang it!

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The bunting and the fringe garland will BOTH be in the “Party in a Box” that you could  win!!  See THIS post for more details on our Treasure Hunt!!

**Erin

Bring the Outdoors Inside This Spring by Forcing Bulbs Indoors

I live in Arizona – so spring began about a month ago…and I LOVE IT!!  I love Spring.  Easter for me rivals Christmas as one of my favorite holidays.  Everything about spring screams new life and the resurrection.  The bulbs that you planted last year and then they died away, come back to life just in time to remind us of the resurrection of our Savior.  So, as I see all of the bulbs and tubers that I’ve planted in the yard start to bloom at this time of year, I find myself wishing I could see more of it indoors.  This is why, when I decorate for Easter, I’m really just trying to bring my garden indoors.  It makes sense.  It reminds me of the reason we are celebrating Easter, much more than the Easter Bunny does.

So, I thought with this post that I would show you some of the ways that I bring the outdoors in as I decorate my home for this very important holiday….

Obviously, you’ll want to bring in pictures of Christ – I especially love this one – it shows his tender side.  The white tulips and ranunculus remind me of His perfection and eggs are definitely Easter friendly decor.  I just stuck the arrangements and nest formed out of dried grass into some milk glass vases that I found at goodwill.

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My local grocery store sells these pots of adorable mini daffodils.

Daffodils

I can’t help but put them in my basket.  Last year I bought several pots of them.  Because they’re not cheap, I knew that I couldn’t do that EVERY YEAR…so after they died away last year, I saved the bulbs by wrapping them in newspaper, and storing them in the fridge.  (Much to my hubby’s dismay)  About a month ago – I pulled them out to force them to bloom indoors…

Enter my project for today:

Finished-Planter

You can use any bulbs – I just happened to use the ones that I’ve had in my fridge from last year…

So to make this fun project you will need:

Container of your choice.  I had this one hanging around…make sure that it’s cleaned and washed.

Choose-your-planter

Fill it with potting soil to about 5 inches below the rim of the pot and water the soil well.  I poke holes in the soil before I water so that it absorbs below the top layer well.

Then layer in your bulbs or tubers – I pack mine in pretty tight. If you use different varieties they will bloom at different times, making the show last a little longer ;0)

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Cover with another few inches of potting soil

Then top with grass seeds or moss

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Add another thin layer of potting soil and water well.  Don’t flood it, just a nice slow watering (placing a bunch of ice cubes on top and letting them melt slowly is my method of choice)

Once you have it nice and wet, cover it with plastic wrap and put it in a warm, sunny spot in your house. (or take it outside until it blooms)

**Normally I use a plastic grocery bag, but this pot was a little too big for that…

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Then wait about a week or 2 and your little indoor garden will start to grow.

If you feel like you don’t have much of a green thumb, and would like something like this for a centerpiece at your Easter dinner – you can do the same thing without the wait!  Just go to your local nursery (Lowe’s is my favorite because they guarantee their plants) and get some Moss {I used Irish Moss in this arrangement} and some bulbs that have already bloomed.  **Choose a plant that still has some buds ready to open to enjoy the arrangement longer.

Take the bulbs – roots and all (don’t worry about breaking them – they’ll recover) – out of the soil that they are packed in and place them randomly around the planter area.  Then fill in with the moss and soil from the pots.

Fill-in-with-Moss

Use a spray bottle to water this arrangement.  You’ll still want to keep them in a warm sunny place, or the flowers will wilt sooner.

Your kids will just love it if you hide some easter eggs in the scene as well…

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or maybe a baby chick…

Hide-a-Chick

Then you can cut some of the flowers for smaller arrangements to use around the house.

I love these that I put into the antique bud vases I found last year:

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Or use an egg cup…

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If fresh flowers aren’t your thing…you can always get the same effect by creating a little outdoor garden scene in a basket using silk flowers like this:

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I placed a piece of foam into the the pot to stick the stems into, and then covered it with moss.  Then add moss into the basket to fill around and a few tipped pots with a small nest and egg inside.

Then, of course, I had to give the whole scene a sprinkle of glitter…because everything should sparkle a little bit ;0)

View-from-the-top

However you choose to do it – bringing springtime indoors is a great way to decorate for Easter and giving some meaning to your decor with reminders of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

For a great Easter Egg Hunt with some meaning – check out Mandi’s post from last year where she makes some Resurrection Eggs.

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They have a free printable of the scriptures that you need to put inside the eggs!!

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Enjoy!

Erin

The Hunt for a Fabulous Easter 2013

Easter is sneaking up on me pretty quickly…I’ve got some projects that you’re gonna love in the works!  But to kick things off – here are some of my favorite Easter ideas I’ve seen floating around the world wide web! {Click HERE to see my Hunt for a fabulous Easter Dinner Table from last year}

Oragami Bunny

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This whole image is beautiful – but my kids would love the Peeps Banner!!

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I’m really loving this to display my kids easter eggs…I’d better start growing the grass NOW!!!

Or – you could use store bought moss…but I kind of love the length of the grass…
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And I am ABSOLUTELY in love with Cadbury Eggs – so when I came across THESE cupcakes…I nearly died of happiness!

Just use our Doctored Cake Mix Recipe, and make sure to freeze the cadbury mini eggs before you put them in the batter.

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And I think this darling (and super easy) cake stand will be just the place to put them!!

And – I thought – instead of buying the styrofoam discs – you could just use a round cake pan or casserole dish.

And I’m thinking yellow or green for the ruffle…

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However – THESE cupcakes are absolutely ADORABLE and look fairly easy…

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I think my kids would love making these – and I think that I would love not dealing with dye!!

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Not to be biased – but I still love our Paper Mache Easter Baskets

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But if you don’t have the time or patience for that…Pottery Barn has an amazing selection of darling baskets this year…

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This one’s my FAVORITE!!  And…it’s on sale for $15.50!!

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Okay – now we’re inspired…let’s get to projecting!!

**Erin

Pink & Gold Party

Pink-&-Gold-Party

While Valentines may be over – you don’t have to be over Pink & Gold.  It would be fabulous ANYTIME!!  As proven by this party that my brilliant friend Randi threw for our darling friends…she has allowed me to photograph it for the blog to help share the inspiration.  (Trust me – you’ll find it)

Here are some of my favorite pics from the party…

The-Decorations

Ruffled-Crepe-Paper-Streamers

Streaming Crepe Paper mixed in with Ruffled Crepe Paper {Click HERE for a tutorial} is a low cost way to make a big impact…

Hang a Birthday Banner over some pennants and add balloons to frame the area

The-window

This Banner was made by cutting the letters out on the Silhouette,

Then glittering the letters

{we used Florentine Gold Glitter (Martha Stewart)}

Then backed them with another piece of white card stock

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The same method was used to make numbers for her for the age of the Birthday Girl

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Gold and Pink Balloons are fabulous – but adding in a Giant Balloon makes it seem above and beyond…

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Then add in the tissue paper tassels and you have an amazing look.  Click HERE for a tutorial.

You can also use the same method to make this tassel garland behind the birthday banner

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To let people know they’ve got the right place,

She hung this “Celebrate” glittered chipboard banner on the front gate tied up with satin ribbon and curling ribbon

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She also hung a mini version from the wreath on her front door…

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Glittering the chipboard is simple.  If you have the Silhouette Cameo, you can cut the chipboard yourself. {I dream}

But if you’re like me and not so lucky to have one yet, you can buy them at the craft store, or HERE – your options are just more limited and you end up paying for a lot of letters that you don’t need…

Once your letters are ready:

1. Paint on some mod podge

2. While the glue is wet, sprinkle on the glitter of choice. {I love german glass glitterlike she used above}.

3. Set the glitter by spraying on some aerosol hairspray. {the cheaper and stickier the better}

4. Hang them on some twine using hot glue.

Setting-the-Table

Table-is-Set

While there are a lot of wonderful things on this table – the stand out item is this hot pink chevron table cloth.  It just makes the whole room pop!

Then the other items are like frosting on the cake :0)

Place-Setting

A fabulous place setting…I love that she brought the gold in using the chargers under the white plates.  The great thing about bringing in the white, is that in neutralizes the bright pinks and golds.  All of my serving dishes are white for this reason…you can bring in color in other ways..

Straw-Pennant

Adding a simple flag {that you can easily print and cut yourself } to these paper straws is a simple touch that makes a big impact.

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Fabulous napkin rings…do I need to explain??

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She even made a fabulous tiara for the birthday girl to wear…just glitter a Plastic Princess Tiara
with mod podge as explained above in the chipboard letters section…

Place-Cards

Set a place setting card on a fabulous holder to finish off each place setting…

Roses-Centerpiece

She finished off the table setting with a beautiful arrangement of roses…

and because you can always add a little unexpected touch…she glittered them and hung gold icicle strands in them…

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Beautiful!!

The-Luncheon

The-Table-Spread

In the other room, she had set the table with a buffet style luncheon

Drink-Station

Complete with a drink bar to make your own flavored soda.  Try the cherry chocolate Dr. Pepper…you’ll be hooked.

She added rock candy swizzle sticks to stir and cherries to garnish.  You can get these flavored syrups HERE , don’t forget the pumps!

Set on silver serving trays they look a little more ready for a party.  And don’t forget the ice!

Ice-Scoop

That cute ice scoop is from Pottery Barn

Tinsel-Cupcake-Toppers

Instead of a large cake, she made these adorable lemon and raspberry filled cupcakes with these SUPER CUTE tinsel firework toppers!

Tinsel-Cupcake-Topper

Click HERE for the tutorial. (You’ll have to scroll down the page to the You’re the Bomb Valentine)

She set out more place cards to say which flavor of cupcake you’ll be enjoying.

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To serve the quiche she just stacked cake plates lined with lace doilies…

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And the guests all brought dishes potluck style…

These quiche’s are from Trader Joe’s and were DELICIOUS as well as ADORABLE!

Quiche

Of course I had to bring my favorite: Poppyseed Pasta Salad

Poppyseed-Pasta-Salad

These delicious crescent rolls…

Crescent-Rolls

and to get our greens…this yummy green salad…

Green-Salad

All of these special touches made for a beautiful party…

And for one Happy Birthday Girl!!

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I’m in Love…

Cupid’s Arrow has struck my heart, and I’ve fallen in love with these super cute ideas for Valentines Day…

Cupid’s Arrow Truffles on a Skewer

Such a fun idea for a party or in a cute box as a gift for your friends

I will be putting fruit on my arrows for Valentines Dinner with the kiddos!!

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This quote from William Shakespeare

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This just makes me giggle…

I can’t find the original source though…

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Paper Bag Heart Garland…this would be super easy to make!!

Again – I couldn’t find the original source…

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Chalkboard art ideas from Babble

Just paint chalkboard paint directly onto canvas, put it in a fabulous frame and hang it.

As shown HERE

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These FREE PRINTABLES from Jones Design Co.

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This would be so easy and would add a simple Valentines Day touch to a bookshelf…

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And here are some ideas, tutorials and free printables from me :0)

Loving this toothpick arrow idea.

It would be cute with a raspberry or small strawberry, too!

Arrow

to make the arrow:

toothpick-arrow-supplies

1. Glitter a small square of cardstock (or buy glitter paper)

2. Spray with aerosol hairspray to set the glitter

3. Punch out, or cut out the arrow tips (you will need 2 per arrow)

4. Place a small dab of hot glue on the end of a toothpick

5. Wrap a strand of glitter eyelash yarn around the end of the toothpick

6. Place the sharp end of the toothpick through the fruit of choice

7. glue the un-glittered sides of the arrow point together over the toothpick

UP NEXT:

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I love this for giving to a friend…

To make the pennant:

Download and print the image

{I like to use Newsprint paper for this – but any paper will do}

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Cut into strips

Then V-Cut the ends of the pennant:

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Make the Flag Pole:

Use Wooden Skewers (in the kitchen section – get the thick ones, not the thin)

Wooden Beads (found in the wood section of craft stores by the dowels)

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****Place some double sided tape on the top of the dowel

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Stick it in your flower pot or vase and make someone smile…

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I’ve seen this cute Valentine going around – but had to “cute it up” with the tinsel spark and tag…

You can get the instant download tags in my etsy shop.

{Click on the image to download the tags}

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And I saw this cute image floating around that is no longer available ;0(

So I made it into a tag…

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And I don’t have a cute something to attach this to…but I thought it was cute…

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And I PROMISE that finishes out my Valentines posts for the year ;0)

I hope that you have a happy one!!

**Erin