Fall Tulle Wreath

Fall Tulle Wreath

This lovely wreath was made quickly using tulle and a metal wreath frame.  Simply curl the tulle and tie small sections around the metal frame.  Repeat until you get the thickness you’d like.  This wreath was completed by tying a cheap “Welcome” sign to the front of the wreath.  Voila!  This inexpensive wreath is adorable and can be made while watching TV one evening.

If you like this wreath please pin it so you can find it later and check out our Pumpkin Tulle Wreath too.

Leaf Craft for Kids

Leaves Craft

Now that fall is upon us our trees are starting to turn into the beautiful colors of autumn.  Instead of just raking up your leaves take a few minutes to enjoy them with this simple leaf craft for kids.  My daughter and I loved it!  It was fun to go outdoors, explore a little bit, and then come back inside to craft.  We tried crafting on the porch but it was too windy for that.

In case you can’t tell what my marvelous drawings are, one is a butterfly, one is a turtle, and one is a caterpillar who just took a bite out of that leaf.

Materials:

  • – Paper
  • – Pen/Marker
  • – Leaves
  • – Glue
  • – Small twigs (optional)

Directions:

Take a little stroll together around your yard and gather leaves of all sizes, shapes, and colors. Come back inside and lay out your treasures.

Come up with an animal or insect you would like to draw and play around with your leaves to see which ones resemble your animal.  Glue the leaves to the paper and then draw the remaining part of your picture.  Add small twigs or other crafty supplies to further embellish your creations.

You could draw a little caterpillar who ate his way through the leaf like I did on one of mine or you could draw a bunch of people and make them have crazy hair with leaves.  The options are endless.

Be silly, have fun, and enjoy nature!

Pumpkin Tulle Wreath

Pumpkin Tulle Wreath

This beautiful and inexpensive wreath was made using leftover tulle from a local girl scout parade float.  It’s never too early to teach kids about recycling and repurposing.  Look what beautiful decor was made from what would have otherwise been trash.  My daughter knows that any left over plastic container will be reused in our house.  They’re mainly used to store loose craft odds and ends but that’s another story.

Take a styrofoam wreath and wrap the tulle around, securing it with straight pins.  Add a little brown and green tulle for leaves and a stem.  Tie a burlap ribbon, add a little raffia, and voila!  You’re finished before you know it.

I hope you enjoy this pumpkin wreath craft as much as I did!

Easy Party Planning With Sam’s Club

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Sam’s Club. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #TrySamsClub

I love talking, eating, and the occasional silly game.  What do you get when you put those all together?  A party!  It seems that we’re always throwing parties around here.  There are birthday parties, baby showers, weddings, holiday-get-togethers, and many other reasons to gather with friends and celebrate.  The best part about parties is the fun socializing and munching on goodies, right?  The worst part about parties is used to be the party planning.

Parties don’t throw themselves and it takes a little forethought to have a sensational party.  I have a simple tip to help eliminate any party planning woes you may have – Sam’s Club.  Yep, that’s my simple tip to party planning success.  My Sam’s Club Membership has helped me pull off large and small parties for years now.  They have everything, or mostly everything, I need in one location.

Here are the steps I walk through when planning a party:

  • – Plates, Cups, Napkins, & Silverware

I like to start off with the basics by choosing a theme or the colors I want to work with and build from there.  Sam’s Club is a great place to grab tablecloths and dessert plates if you need them too.

Sam's Club Flowers

  • – Centerpieces

My go-to centerpieces are always flowers.  Sam’s Club has the best, brightest, selection of flowers you will find and their prices are unbelievable.  Plus, they’re something you can enjoy for a while after your party is over.  {They have a 7 day guarantee!}

  • – Food

Okay, maybe I should have listed this as the first step because it is pretty important.  Sam’s Club has a great variety of veggie trays, meat and cheese trays, fresh fruit, and my favorite desserts.  I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been asked for a recipe for one of their desserts!  I highly recommend their danishes, brownie bites, and pies.  {I’m so excited about their upcoming pumpkin pies – they are so good I’ll never bother making my own!}

Starbucks Coffee

  • – Beverages

Sam’s Club has a number of sodas, juices, and drink mixes to choose from but my favorite drink from there is their Starbucks coffee.  It’s great on it’s own but I love to include it in my Mocha Punch recipe.  This is a delicious mix of coffee, ice cream, and chocolate goodness.

Mocha Punch Recipe

Mocha Punch Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes + chilling overnight
Serves: 25 people

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup instant chocolate drink mix
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cups of coffee
  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 gallon chocolate ice cream
  • 2 cup heavy whipping cream – optional
  • Chocolate sprinkles or curls – optional

Directions:

  • – Add water to a large stock pot and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat.
  • – Add coffee, chocolate mix, and sugar; stir until it’s dissolved.
  • – Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • – About 20 minutes before serving, pour into a large bowl. Add ice cream by scoopfuls and stir slightly.
  • – Have a bowl of whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles or curls ready for individual garnishment or you could add scoops and chocolate to the punch.
  • -Print recipe cards because you will be asked numerous times for the recipe. :)

Mocha-Punch-Recipe

Now back to party planning…

Sam's Club Makes Entertaining Easy

  • – Home Decor

Home decor and storage options aren’t an every day buy but sometimes it’s nice to buy new sofa cushions, baskets, or hand towels to have before the party-goers arrive.

  • – A Personalized Touch

My last step in party planning is to add a personal touch.  Sometimes that may be a homemade party favor, other times a banner.  In my opinion a party isn’t complete without a little bit of personalization.  That gives me an idea!  Sam’s Club has the cutest Christmas gift tags and I bet they would be easy to turn into festive place cards for a formal Christmas dinner.  {Check back later for that post!}

If you’re planning a party in the near future, or would like to, swing by your local Sam’s Club for all the supplies.  They make it so simple!

If you don’t have a Sam’s Club Membership yet, go to Sam’s Club Membership page for more details and info on how to sign up.  Be sure and like Sam’s Club on Facebook and follow Sam’s Club on Twitter.

Tea Party Birthday

Some of the items featured below were given to me in exchange for featuring them in this post.  All pictures were taken by the talented Carrie Helms of Carrie Helms Photography.

Welcome to my little girl’s third birthday party!!!  In pictures only I’m afraid, I’m sorry that I couldn’t invite ya’ll all.  Are ya’ll ready for this?  Be prepared to see the cutest, most darling-est, little birthday tea party you’ve ever seen!

Tea Party

It started sprinkling about thirty minutes before the party started just as I was starting to set the table.  I panicked.  Walked in circles for three minutes. Prayed. Then I ran to set the table as quickly as I could.

Birthday Party

I’m so thankful the rain held off!!  It was a perfect day for a party!

Birthday Tea Party

Here’s the birthday girl waiting for her friends to come.  I cannot believe she is three!!

Princess Tea Party

Here is a full view of the lovely tablescape my friend Laura helped me put together.  She was supposed to babysit my kids while I prepped for the party but they ended up napping the entire time so she was free to help out – and what a blessing that was!

Tea pot of flowers

I undecided up to the last minute on whether or not to use real tea cups or not.  It was my husband, of all people, who suggested using plastic coffee cups.  Great idea, Sweetie!  I wrapped each cup with a strip of glittery washi tape to help them a little more feminine.  We served iced tea, pink lemonade, and raspberry zinger tea {which is supposed to taste like punch but I disagree}.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

These are lovely chocolate covered pretzels in an old milk glass dish my grandmother gave me.

Party Marshmallows

I thought these marshmallows would add a little extra pink to the table while providing a sweet treat after dinner.  The apothecary jar was rented from Dahlia’s Flowers.

Tea Party Tablescape

Here are my homemade sugar cubes.  You can get my sugar cube recipe here.

Tea Party Snacks

I was going to make cake balls and at the last minute I decided to forego those and opt for donut holes instead.  I just sprinkled them with powdered sugar and I was finished.  Much easier than cake balls!

Party Table

Gum balls were an easy party favor that added a pop of color to the table.

Chocolate Party Favors

My other party favors were these beautiful and tasty chocolate daisies.  Cute, right?  I got these from Rosebud Chocolates and they arrived pre-packaged, pre-tied with coordinating ribbon, and chilled.  Easy peasy!

Pinwheel Decorations

These gorgeous pinwheels are from Decor by Toria.  She makes lovely pinwheels in all colors and sizes but I just fell in love with these softly colored small pinwheels for our tea party.

Happy Birthday Girl

My beautiful birthday girl had an equally beautiful cake.  Can you tell she liked it?

Flower Cake

This gorgeous creation of a cake came from our local bakery, Dewey’s.  If you live near here, check them out.  They are incredible!

Beautiful Cake

She loved it.  LOVED it!!

Cutting the Cake

Look at that face!  The pink lemonade cake was as delicious as it was pretty!

Baby Boy Hair

Everyone seemed to have a good time, even little brother.

Birthday Princess

That’s all, folks!  Thanks for letting me share about my little princess’ birthday tea party.

For those who’ve found this page while searching for tea party ideas I hope that I’ve inspired you a little.  Feel free to Pin any idea you see so you can remember them later!  If you want to blog about any part of this party feel free to do so, all I ask is that you link back to this post.

{Also see her Minnie Mouse Birthday Party and her Pink Lemonade Birthday Party}

Watermelon Krispie Treats

Watermelon Krispie Treats

A friend of mine made these adorable Watermelon Krispie Treats for her family and was kind enough to share with us how she did it!  {She took the simple and quick method but if you want a longer method using Kool-Aid check out the watermelon treats from Dine and Dish.  They also have a cute hamburger made out of homemade Rice Krispie Treats!}

Instructions:

  • – Follow Kelloggs’ Rice Krispie Treat recipe except you’ll divide the marshmellow-y goodness in half and add green food coloring to one half and red to the other.
  • – Use a springform pan for easy release and a perfect shape.
  • – Once your watermelon is cooled you can add raisins or chocolate chips.

That’s it!  Just slice and serve.  One 9 inch pan should feed quite a few people.  Enjoy!!

Homemade Sugar Cubes

Homemade Sugar Cubes

No proper princess tea party is complete without sugar cubes but why spend money on expensive sugar cubes when all they are is sugar and water?  Plus, when you make homemade sugar cubes you can add color, flavoring, and you’re not restricted to just cubes – you can make them any shape!

Here’s the recipe I used for the sugar cubes (& rectangles) seen above.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 tbsp water
Food coloring (teensy amount!)
1/8 tsp vanilla flavoring (optional)
Plastic candy molds or small fondant cookie cutters (optional)

Instructions:

1. Combine sugar and water until it’s moistened.  Add a little more sugar or water to get the desired wet sand consistency.

2. Add just a tiny bit of food coloring if you wish.  I used Wilton’s gel food coloring and one tiny bit on the end of a toothpick was plenty.  You can always add more so start slow.  Add the 1/8 teaspoon of flavoring here if you would like.

3. If you’re using a mold firmly press the sugar into the mold.  It needs to be compact to hold it’s shape.  If you’re using fondant cookie cutters place the cookie cutter on parchment paper, pack with sugar, gently lift the cookie cutter, and repeat.

4. Allow to dry completely!  I skipped this step on my first batch and I had to be super careful when handling them – it was not pretty!  I would prepare these a day in advance to give plenty of time to dry.  Sugar cubes can be kept as long as regular sugar can as long as it’s in an airtight container at room temperature.

My first attempt at sugar cubes didn’t go so well because I didn’t allow for them to properly dry but every attempt after that has been perfection.  Give it a try once and I don’t think you’ll ever buy sugar cubes again!

Vendors:
Photographer for my daughter’s birthday party was:  Carrie Helms Photography, Decorations provided by Dahlia’s Flowers.

Patriotic Wreath DIY

Patriotic Wreath

The combination of textures, patterns and patriotic color palette is perfection!  It i’s sure to give your guests a warm welcome.  The best thing about this patriotic wreath is that you can easily remove the additional decorations and keep your burlap base the same.

One wreath + endless seasonal decorations = less clutter and more cute!

The supplies needed to make this exact wreath above include strips of burlap (from any craft store, Walmart, or Amazon), a Styrofoam wreath form (available at same locations), red and blue piping (from Michael’s), paper stars (from Party City), floral pins, and a handy pair of scissors.

You can check out the basic burlap pinning technique here at Create Inspire.  Once the wreath is decorated in beautiful burlap the piping is woven in and out and pinned using floral pins.  The stars are also secured using pins.

Voila!!  That’s it!  This wreath can easily be done in twenty minutes and it will take even less time to change out the seasonal embellishments.

Thanks to my cousin, Nicole, for this simple tutorial!  

DIY Monogram Wall Art

DIY Monogram Wall Art!

This simple DIY is all about making something individualized and colorful for your home. Using glass pebbles a wooden letter, and a few things you probably having lying around your house, we’re going to create a stylish initial to liven up any bare wall.

Okay, so here we go. All you need is the letter of your choice, glue (a hot glue gun worked great, available at any craft store), a wooden frame (it’s optional but this one came from Dahlia’s Flowers) and glass pebbles (or gems, marbles, fish tank decorations. You know what I’m talking about, right?).  Keep in mind the color of your letter when choosing the color of your pebbles.  Since they are slightly see through your background color will make a difference.

Instructions:

  1. Buy supplies.
  2. Arrange pebbles on your letter to suit your taste. Remove row of pebbles from your letter and glue them back into place one or two at a time. Continue to fill in the entire letter, section by section, until complete.
  3. Allow a few minutes for the last pebbles to dry before hanging.
  4. If you want to hang a bare frame around your letter you would do that now otherwise you’re finished.  Yay!
  5. Stand back and admire your creative and inexpensive piece of art!

This DIY Monogram wall art would make a great baby gift for new parents.

DIY Letter Art

Just look how cute it is above the crib in my friend’s nursery!

Simple DIY Wall Art

If you found this helpful, pin it so you can share it with others and access it later!

Thank you, Stephanie for sharing your simple DIY monogram art!  If YOU have a project you would like featured you can submit it here.

Showered with Love Giveaway Ends April 15, 2014

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