One of the most rewarding aspects of this blog is receiving emails from readers who have taken an idea they saw here and ran with it. I received a great email last week from Jill saying the following:
Hi there. I found your website on google a few months ago while searching for centerpiece ideas for my sister's engagement party, themed black damask and green apples. I used your ideas and love following your blog for other creative ideas from birthday parties to baby showers. I wanted to share some pictures with you from the event and say thank you for the wonderful ideas that helped inspire the most beautiful and memorable event. I have shared you blog with other friends and we all just love it up in Virginia! Can't wait to keep following your ideas!
Thanks again. Jill
Jill took her inspiration from my black/white damask shower and I'm thrilled to share some of the fabulous details from Jill's damask and apple green shower!
Beautiful table featuring a photo montage of the couple attached to a wonderful damask type piece of ironwork
Jill cored apples to hold tea lights and used the flourish scrapbook stickers from Target. She also used decorative initials to the cake plate and as background.
Her table before the food was added. I love the greenery around the white platters. She also used sliced green apples in the vase and damask wrapping paper.
I love this. A simple continuation of the theme and color
A great chocolate fountain! Love the use of height and she made the candy initials! More use of greenery and wrapping paper to add more damask.
Thanks to Jill for sharing an Everyday Celebrating inspired gathering! Need invitations, favors, cones, etc in the damask theme? Hop over to my etsy shop to make things easy! Need damask paper products? Visit my blog sponsor, Plates and Napkins!
and many many more you can see on Facebook. I'm thrilled to have met Lenneke. She will be making a rather LARGE cake for a university gala I'm working on for next year. I can't wait!
Anyway, something I love just as much as cake art are cake JEWELS. Edible cake jewels.
See these? EDIBLE! Edible jewels to glam up your treats! Fancy Flours has them in all different colors and sizes. Perfect for a fancy sweet sixteen or princess party. Sex and the City cupcakes, etc. Diamond jewels for New Year's Eve! Endless possibilities! Check out all the beauties at Fancy Flours.
Looking for a party location that's not the same ole same ole? What about on a BOAT? My friend Kelly from Eventology Weddings in Houston, recently threw this unique "Under the Sea" party for her daughter. Enjoy the photos as Kelly tells us about the party details. And for those that live in the Houston area, you're in for a treat as Kelly shares all of her vendor details. All photos by Erin Woltz.
Kendall's 4th birthday was held on a Sunday afternoon on a party boat provided by Houston Party Boats. The invitations were delivered as messages in a bottle.
As seen below, little chinese lanterns in bright turquoise blue and teal green were strung along the perimeter of the boat. Kid sized tables & chairs were rented and a royal table was set up in the middle of the boat for the kids. Bright green iridescent linens were provided by Over the Top Linens.
I used color coordinating decorative rocks to add a little color to the table
I also made cookie bouquets for centerpieces using darling custom cookies I purchased off of etsy. These doubled as party favors for the adults at the conclusion of the event.
The kids feasted on pizza & Juicy Juice (in color coordinating cans) and the parents on a huge 6 ft. long "submarine" sandwich, in going along with the nautical theme!
The paper goods were dressed up with special custom stickers I had made by my graphic designer (http://www.scarlettdesigns.biz/) and printed at zazzle.com. These gave them that personalized touch without breaking the bank.
My daughter had her heart set on a mermaid cake...and Cakes by Gina did not disappoint with this adorable masterpiece!
As an added treat, I ordered delicious french macarons to color coordinate with the party colors.
Events at the party included a make-your-own sand art picture frame, a caricature artist drawing the kids' likenesses with an under the sea theme, "Pin-the-fin-on-the-shark" (purchased at Michael's craft store), and limbo. I made a special nautical iTunes playlist which included the following songs: All Aboard, Under the Sea, Jamaican Farewell, Jammin', At the Bottom of the Sea, Day O, Sea Cruise, and Catch a Wave, which was played through the boat's speaker system throughout the party.
At the end of the party, guests departed with a special bait bucket full of "ocean" themed party favors including a package of swedish fish, a "fish-kabob", mermaid stickers, and a bag of glazed popcorn made by the birthday girl's daughter. Hand-crafted tags purchased off of etsy adored the bucket & bags of popcorn.
For thank you notes, I took the caricature drawn of the birthday girl, scanned it in, and had custom postcards printed at zazzle.
Kelly really does amazing work, right? If you're in the Houston area and are looking for a wedding planner, she's your gal. I've known her for years and she leaves no detail undone.
I've talked many times about backdrops. They are an easy way to tie in your colors and tie in your theme as well as cover up space that may not fit in. I mean, not everyone has a blank slate to transform for every event they throw, right?
Diane of the blog In My Own Style shows a super easy way to create wall art... or.... backdrops.
Made with canvas, mod podge and tissue paper! Yep, tissue paper.
A great idea for parties or making great artwork for any room of your home!
Sidenote: This is a wonderful inexpensive way to create holiday art. Make a few large pieces in holiday themes to change out throughout the year?
This post is dedicated to my Orlando friend, Jessica, who self admittedly, has been stalking my blog waiting to see what I did with these... remember these? The mystery is over! This one's for you, Jess!
I talked about these shoes in this post. and at the time I had plans to use them in a gift I was making for someone. Well, that gift ended up going in a different direction BUT here's another use for those shoes!
First, I'll say that those shoes were not my size. Not even close, so don't feel badly that I cut off the buckles. Second, as you'll notice, I found them at Goodwill and actually got the pair for $2.50. If you know anything about actual rhinestone buckles, you know that you can't get a pair of those for $2.50.
So here's what I ended up doing with one of them...
The urn was actually a Goodwill find as well. When I bought it, it was white and cracked and definitely worse for wear. Add a little black spray paint and it was brand new!
The beauty of buckles? You can run ribbon through them and add them as a decorative touch to anything.. presents, wedding bouquets, headbands, etc.
For this one, I ran a wide white satin ribbon through and secured it with hot glue. Now, for the purpose of this photo, I added a red paper pom on the top, but imagine this with a ball of red carnations or roses. Very striking!
Here is the buckle up close:
I love it! I wish I would've had them for my wedding several years ago which featured red, white and black as the colors. Or wouldn't this be nice at Christmas or Valentine's Day?
I think I may use the other buckle on a photo frame. Wouldn't that be nice?
Next time you're in Goodwill, don't pass up the shoes! You never know what you'll find that you can reuse into something fabulous!
Another cute idea from Better Homes and Gardens that's perfect for this weekend! Use an ice bucket to display popsicles! Fill it up with ice, turn the popsicles upside down and done! They even sprinkled blueberries in the ice for more color.
I'm not sure how quickly the pops would melt (especially outdoors), but this sure is a cute serving presentation. Especially if they would be eaten right away.
One of my good friends recently got a divorce. And while the divorce was amicable and the process moved fairly quickly, and while my friend was relieved to close that chapter, she was still, understandably, going through the stages of grief.
She moved into her own place and tried to keep her mind off things by decorating and filling up her social life, etc.
One day, several of her friends (me included) received an email from her requesting we send inspirational cards and messages for a bulletin board that would go in her bedroom. This would serve as a visual pick me up that she could read in the times when the divorce seemed to be crushing down on her.
So we did. Below is what I sent. Just putting it here as an idea for someone that may be looking for an easy and fun idea to cheer up someone you care for.
I pulled out a spool of white satin ribbon, a set of Martha Stewart stamp pads and a set of mini alphabet stamps.
With each letter in a different color, I stamped this quote, letter by letter, onto the ribbon: "Love is the time and space where I give myself the right to be extraordinary."
After the ink dried, I rolled it back up onto the spool so that she could read the message as it unrolled.
I glued on a little note so she'd know this was my contribution for her board.