Posts tagged ‘event planning’

July 26, 2012

Garland Inspiration

I rounded up some cute garland ideas I had pinned. I love how customizable they are — great starting points for lots of possibilities!


Mini Seed Favors Paper Party Garland
This is really cute. Seeds or other tiny trinkets would be cute for the envelopes. Or you could attach mini boxes instead for a bigger favor. Or even make larger ones for a mix CD.


{via etsy}



Simple Valentine’s Banner
This is a Valentine’s banner, but it’s not hard to re-imagine a version for a kid’s party or a shower. I love the vintage-feel the book pages give, but you could easily mix this up with different colors and textures.

{via simpleasthatblog}



Dixie Cup Garland
So simple and budget friendly, all you need are twinkle lights and Dixie cups. Customizable for different occasions. But this could also be a really cute project for kids. They could decorate plain white cups to make the garland their own!


{via apartment therapy}


January 17, 2012

Design Seeds

I just discovered the most wonderful site! If you haven’t checked out Design Seeds yet, you must go asap. It’s an amazing place filled with lovely photos and the color palettes they inspire. A great place to find inspiration of your own for decorating, events, crafts, outfits… endless possibilities. Love it, love it, love it!


wound brights


blackened tones


summer refresh


November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

One day, maybe I can manage a Thanksgiving table as lovely as this. As it is, I will just be concentrating on my part of our family dinner — green bean casserole, cornbread mini muffins + honey butter, and cranberry sauce. I’m thankful for cousins I can split dinner responsibilities with. 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving, all!!



via dust jacket


July 25, 2011

Rehearsal Bridal Bouquet DIY

My sister is getting married this weekend and I am a bridesmaid! Have you seen the movie 27 Dresses? I haven’t, but I’ve been told it’s like my life. This summer I’m honored to be in 2 weddings and they will be my 7th and 8th. Not quite 27, but how funny if I had kept all my dresses, too!

For my sister’s wedding, I’ve been tasked with making the rehearsal bouquet. I’ve only done this twice before and both times I totally winged it. I was lucky to have lots of ribbon to work with this time, whereas the ones I did before I ended up buying faux flowers for to help puff them up — the only downside to receiving gift cards. 🙂 Here’s how this time went:

For the rehearsal bouquet, you traditionally take a paper plate and make it at the bridal shower. I’ve never done this because I usually need time to mess around with it and figure out how to best put it together. I used a scissor that cuts a scallop edge to cut a paper plate circle and then cut an X into the center. I surveyed the ribbons I had to work with. Lots of pink! (There was lots of Victoria’s Secret gifts). I pulled out a couple sets of ribbon bows that looked like they would look cute together and I used glue dots to stick them together. Since the bows were large, I used a generous number of glue dots. Or you could hot glue them together, too.
















I gathered the tails of each bow pair and pulled them through the X. Then I pulled through and arranged other bows that seemed like the would nicely make the bouquet fuller.




I didn’t use all the ribbon bits I had because I didn’t want to end up with too crazy looking a bouquet trying to incorporate them all — I wanted to shoot for simple and elegant. I used white floral tape to pull together the bow tails once I was done arranging. At first I taped down to a handle length. I couldn’t decide what to do with the rest of the tails plus the handle seemed too skinny. After some messing around, I decided to gather the tails and wind them back up the handle so that I would end up with nub that showcased the ribbons while making the handle more substantial.



There was a long, wide piece of ivory satin ribbon that I used to wrap the handle. I started near the base of the plate, crisscrossed wound them down and then back up, then finished it off with a bow. It was a little tricky wrapping the ribbon while trying to keep the two ends as even as possible so I’d end up with equal lengths to make the bow. If you’re using floral tape, you definitely want to wrap it with something because 1) it can feel tacky and 1) it can unravel with a lot of handling unless you either pin it or otherwise keep it in place. I also knotted the ribbon a couple of times to make sure it was secure. There was a nice piece of gray satin ribbon, too, and since grey is one of my sis’ colors, I tied it to the handle base, too. Not sure if I like it, though — it looks like it’s just randomly hanging there —  so I may end up taking it off or try tying it in a more pretty way.













And there you have it. I think it came out pretty cute. I hope my sis likes it!


July 6, 2011

Birthday Party DIY: Jake and the Neverland Pirates

Every year J enlists me in helping her with her son’s birthday party.  This year the party was to take place at his pre-school and Caleb was very specific about the theme.  He wanted not just any old pirate birthday party, but Jake and the Never Land Pirates birthday party.  For those of you unfamiliar, it is a new show on Disney channel that just started so it’s still too early to find anything in the party stores with Jake on it.  Sooo… we had to get creative.

J sent me examples of the types of things she wanted me to make.  Gift tags, banner, CD labels, and we thought it would be cute to also create matching iron-ons for the gift bags.  I used images I found online and good old Powerpoint.  Here’s what I did for each:

Gift Tags:  I created 2 circles in powerpoint — one red and one slightly smaller in white.  I chose a dotted border on the white and centered in on the red so it created a red border.  I found an image of Jake, cropped it and placed in within the white circle.  Then I created a text box for the thank you message.  I “grouped” the pieces together then just copied and pasted until I had enough tags.  These were then printed out on weighted paper, cut, and pasted on a slightly larger black construction paper circles to create the black border to give it extra weight.  J tied the tags to the gift bags with cute straw ties.

Iron-Ons:  Basically the same method as the gift tags but in rectangle shapes.  I edited the Jake image so that it read “Caleb” instead of “Jake”.  These were personalized with the names of the kids in his class.  Also note, with iron-ons, you need to flip the image so that you print the mirror image.  And if ironing onto gift bags, makes sure the material is cotton or something similar that will not melt with the heat of the iron.  We hadn’t considered this and learned the hard way… ick.

CDs:  I burned CDs of various Pixar/Disney songs (e.g. stuff from Monsters Inc., Cars, etc.).  I used the edited Jake image from the iron-ons for the CD labels.  The labels should come with a template and you basically work it the way you would work powerpoint (e.g. text boxes).

Banner:  I figured we could cut regular letter sized paper in half (landscape).  We alternated between black construction paper and red/white striped paper as the base.  In powerpoint, I used the landscape view so I could be sure to fit 2 circles on each page.  I chose the dotted border with light yellow for each circle.  I also found skull & sword and compass images I liked.  I printed on weighted paper, cut, and pasted on the background paper.  Then J cut 2 slits on top to weave black ribbon through.

It just goes to show, you can create any cute theme decorations with a little research, time, and DIY-ness.  Hope this helps give you some ideas for your next party!

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