Sunday, July 13, 2014

Egyptian Invitations

I typically only do invitations for parties that I am the planner. I get request to do invitations all the time and occasionally I bite. This recent invitation, I could not resist. I finally got a chance to do an egyptian theme invitation! I love the way they turned out. Even better, I got to utilize some of my new Etsy favorites. 

The gold background digital paper came from Valeriane Digital. She has great digital background papers that are really easy to use. 
The rods came from InkCurves. I worked with Reubena who was fantastic and a pleasure to work with. 
Check out both of their Etsy Stores.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

DIY Custom Monogram

A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of developing a Monograms and Mimosas Bridal Shower. I wanted the Bride-to-be new Monogram to hang over the dessert table, but I had to stay within the Hostesses Budget. So ordering one was not an option. On to the DIY. 

So here is what you need:

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Paint Brush
  • Glitter(how many colors depends on the look you want). I used 5 (very colorful shower) colors for a ombre look
  • White paint(any craft paint for wood)
  • Wooden/Cardboard letters (Small Purchased at Hobby Lobby Large Purchased at Michael's)
  • Fishing wire for hanging
  • 3M Hanging Solution 

1. I started first with the letters that I got from Hobby Lobby. I wanted to make sure that the glitter showed very well, so I painted them white. As you can see, one coat was not enough so two coats did the job.
 I did all three letters separately.  If I had to do it again, I would have hot glued the letters together first in order to make sure the ombre look was cohesive between all three. It worked out in the end, but would have been so much easier (trail and error)!

2. Spread Mod Podge on with your foam paint brush approximately 3-4 inches Stripe (because I had more colors).
3.  Began Glittering. I went from the bottom up Starting with the Darkest color first.  It was easier for me that way. Some began from the top down beginning with the lightest color first. Whichever way works for you.
4. Repeat Step 2 and 3( Paint another 3-4 inches stripe above your darkest color and sprinkle on a mixture of your next color and the one prior).

 After you have finish Glittering. Let dry for 24 hours. 
My letters came with hooks so the hanging was pretty simple. Just attach the fishing wire and hang with  the Command 3m hanging system. This is a very heavy structure, so be sure it is secure. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Gender Neutral Bow ties or Bows Invitations

I love creating new invitations to go along with any theme that I am planning. I will be doing a Bow ties or Bows baby shower in July. I chose the colors Red, Light Blue and Grey. Here is the invitation.

 I got my inspiration from these items found at one of my favorite stores, Homegoods. These items set the tone for the party and I can't wait to incorporate them!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Up Up Away Mint Green, Yellow and Grey Baby Shower

I had the pleasure of developing an Up Up & Away Baby Shower for a friend from High School. 
She specifically requested Elephants and the colors; Mint Green, Yellow and Grey. So that's what I gave her. 
I love to be transparent with the parties that I create and show you that you can always DIY! So check out the details and all of the tutorials below. 

I wish I could take credit for the genius idea of the Hot Air balloons. I got the tutorial from Laura @ Live Craft Love. Check out the tutorial here. It was super easy but made a big impact.
Additionally, the clouds were made via a tutorial found from Andersruff.

 The mother to be is Vegan. Her sister got this cake especially for her from Sticky Fingers in Washington DC. And might I say, it was delicious! I just added a cute mini banner and Viola!
 Cotton Candy from the Dollar Tree. It was so good. I just bagged them up with these tie bags found at Michael's and added a label. 

 My Fabulous friend Heather of Sugar Fairy Celebrations always comes through. She made the delicious elephant cookies and the infamous Oreo Cookie Cake Pops!

 All the candy came from Oh Nuts. Love them!
 Staples did a great job of blowing up the backdrop sign. I just got on there website, uploaded a PDF version of the sign, chose the desired size and sent it directly to the closet store near me. It was ready within 4 hours.  
 Dessert Labels that I created. 

 The Father-to-be's mother and aunt made all of the delicious good. Look how vibrant this fruit is!
 The little grey and white bags, 36" balloon with a Hot Air Balloon netting and mint green polka dot straws(seen in the rice crispy treats) came from BonFortune.
I was so upset that I left the Hot Air Balloon netting :-(  that I got from BonFortune. But I did create this tassel to hang on the balloon.  

I displayed the invitation that I designed and made beside this fringe letter. This was fun and easy. I got this festive tutorial from Tara of One Stylish Party

 Loved how the punch matched the party decor

I also had table Hot Air Balloons. I'll give you a tutorial on how to create these in a later post. 

 Two of the three Hostesses and Friends of the Mother and Father to be.
 Erica was so surprised and had no clue that this was the day of her event. She was in awe of everything. 

 The event was a lovely time and as you can see that Mother-to-be could not be anymore happier. 

The soon to be Big Sister
The Happy Family

Hope you enjoyed!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Monogram & Mimosas Bridal Shower

This weekend, I had the pleasure of creating and decorating a Monogram and Mimosas Brunch Bridal Shower. We used the most vibrant and fun colors. When you have Mimosas involved, it can lead to nothing but fun all the way around. 

The colors were Pink, Purple, Orange and Yellow. I love the look of Ombre, so I used it wherever I could throughout the shower. 

This was the champagne bottle that I decorated in Pink and Gold Ombre. Then of course I added the love sign in an Ombre Purple. You can find this wooden love sign in Michael's. 
Check out the tutorial that that I used here.

Here is the Mimosa Bar. I used Polka dots and Lines for the signage. This brought a vibrant fun vibe to the table. 
This cute little frame came from Michaels for just 2 dollars.  
Also love the silhouette of the woman holding the champagne glass. Perfect depiction of the bride to be. 
 We added a dessert buffet at the last min, but it was perfect for the Ombre letters that I made. The large C came from Michael's and the two smaller letters are from Hobby Lobby. I just used glitter to Ombre the letters and hot glued them together. This was a time consuming task, so I suggest that if you don't have the time, you can always order from Ten23 Designs. They have such beautiful items!

You can't go wrong with a 36 inch Pink Balloon. I ordered this one from Fancy That Loved. Ashley got the item to me very quick. I made the tassel garland to add to the balloon. Look out for the tutorial in a later post.
One of the lovely bridesmaids made the cupcakes and unfortunatly they melted during transport. But the cute little cake toppers I made help them look like this was all part of the plan…lol. This is a proven fact that nothing is every perfect at your party. 
We wrote advice to the bride to be.
The centerpieces were created by using a white box from Michaels, faux floral flowers so the bride can enjoy for a long time and I topped it off with glittered wooden letters. Plain letters found at Michaels. I added a wooden dowel to hold the letter up. 

You can't have a brunch without brunch food. The guest enjoyed, Quiche, french toast sticks, Parfaits, mini pancakes and bacon and sausage on skewers. 

What would a Party be if you didn't top it off with a mini photo shoot with the bride and groom! They were such a fun couple. Congrats to you both!

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