DIY Party Prep

How to Make a Paper Plate Banner

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I love making party banners out of scrapbook paper, and I have made lots of them over the years.  (Like the ones here and here and here and here!)  For Princess' explorer party I really wanted to make a cute bunting using an old map, but the paper just didn't seem sturdy enough, particularly for [...]

DiY Beach Glass Bottles

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When it came to our beachy mermaid party, I really wanted to include some decorative beach as part of our table centerpiece, but I just couldn't bring myself to pay the prices I was seeing on Etsy or even our local TJ Maxx store. When I stumbled upon 4 beautiful decorative corked bottles for only [...]

Goldfish Marshmallow Pops {Tutorial}

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I knew when I spotted this picture on Pinterest (from Vanessa of SeeVanessaCraft.com's absolutely adorable goldfish-themed birthday party--seriously, check it out!  I die.) that I would somehow have to include Goldfish Marshmallow Pops on our mermaid party menu.  Goldfish....mermaids....things that swim....it fits, right? As luck would have it, I already had everything I needed on hand, [...]

Message in a Bottle Party Favors {DiY}

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Today's quick & easy DiY project from our recent mermaid party is also the perfect little trinket to give away at beach or pirate-themed party.  You could even use these as wedding favors!  They were a breeze to put together, and in my opinion, a nice change of pace from the normal plastic-toy-and-candy-filled goodie bags [...]

Oyster “Pearl” Cookies

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Sometimes the best party projects are the simplest, and these little Oyster "Pearl" Cookies are the perfect example!  They were so easy to put together, using just a few ingredients and taking less than 30 minutes from start to finish.  And yet, despite their simple assembly, they added so much--including a perfect pop of color--to [...]

Beachy Upcycled Pallet Art {DiY}

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I have been drooling over all sorts of awesome repurposed pallet projects on Pinterest for a while now.  In fact, I even started my own Pinterest board dedicated solely to my love of pallets.  There is just something so appealing about rough, weathered wood that is completely FREE! For Trouble's beachy mermaid party I decided to [...]

How to Make a Sandcastle Cake {Tutorial}

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Oh, the cake! I knew as soon as we decided on a mermaid theme for Trouble's 4th birthday that a sand castle cake would be perfect.  I had seen a few really photos on Pinterest, I just couldn't find any detailed instructions.  Since paying hundreds of dollars for a professionally decorated cake was out of [...]

Burlap Wreath {DiY}

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I can't wait to start sharing all my projects from Trouble's Beachy Mermaid Party!  It was such a fun party to throw, and now that it is over I am thrilled to have some great home decor left over to give my house a casual summer beach house vibe. These burlap wreaths were ridiculously easy [...]

DIY Simple Chair Slipcover

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I saw this chair cover  awhile back & absolutely loved the concept but didn't really have a specific occasion in mind. Then, as I was wandering around Walmart one Sunday evening I came across some cute fabric on sale for $2 a yard & immediately thought of the chair cover.  At that point, I was [...]

Giant Glitter Lollipops

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For my daughter Annie's Sweet Shop Party, I wanted something to line the sidewalk leading up to the house.  I found some foam discs and cellophane at the dollar store a few weeks ago, which gave me the idea of oversized lollipops. The process was pretty simple: Step 1: Spray 1 side of foam disc [...]

How to Make Ruffled Crepe Paper

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Last week my daughter Maggie wanted to create an under-the-sea-world, which in her 4-year-old mind involved making a bunch of jellyfish out of disposable bowls and crepe paper streamers. She is one of those kids that once an idea gets planted in her head, there is no letting it go.  I finally, after listening to days [...]

How to Make Hand Stamped Invitations

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I'm going to start this post with fair warning: stamping is strangely addictive. I first discovered the joy of stamping from my friend Crystal, and I have been eager for an excuse to order something adorable.  There were lots of cute ideas to choose from, but I settled on a set called Crazy for Cupcakes because [...]

How to Make a Paper Party Hat

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I think I might be addicted to scrapbook paper. I've never made a single scrapbook but that pretty paper is just so darn useful.  I want to use it for everything.  I don't think I could throw a party without it. Last August I made these paper party hats for Maggie's Crafty Pool Party, (along with about [...]

How to Make a Fabric Table Runner

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Maybe it's because my birthday is in March that I've got parties on the brain.  Last week I shared how to make paper garlands, a DiY project I did for my dear friend's daisy-themed 40th birthday party.  This week I am going to show you how to make the fabric table runners we used to [...]

How to Make a Paper Garland

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Last week I shared this daisy-themed 40th birthday party. In order to keep the party budget in check, I did a lot of DiY projects.  The great thing about DiY party decor is that it often turns out looking so much better than something you just pick up at the party store.  To be fair, [...]