Feeling the holiday stress? Wish you had more time? How about carving out a little girl time and getting some of that to-do list accomplished? My simple tip to sneaking in time with your best friend, mom, sis and neighbors? How about hosting a simple, Pretty Packaging Party?
The plan: set up a gift wrapping station, toss out some supplies and simple snacks, and invite the girls over for chatting and wrapping!
Confine your packaging party supplies to one room in your house — a dining room table or an otherwise, “out of the way” spot where you gals can get busy wrapping and catching up.
You’ll want to have plenty of supplies on hand (you can even ask each guest to bring something like tags, tissue, or ribbons to make it easier).
Boxes (I prefer these craft brown ones from thinkgarnish.com), plenty of ribbons of different widths, and festive tags are all a must. Don’t forget the tissue paper, tape, scissors and pens too!
Add those thoughtful touches to your gifts with these little homemade paper flowers. I made all sizes using cupcake liners and coffee filters! Layer, scrunch, and secure the flower together using a brad. Hostess Tip: if you’ll have kids in tow this is a fun craft that will keep their little hands busy!
You won’t want to forget some drinks and snacks — but keep it super simple. You’re getting together to get gifts wrapped and sneak in some quality girl time — no working away in the kitchen! Serve water or lemonade in glass jars with cute straws. Serve “packaging peanuts” and candy in these clever clear plastic tubes (so handy).
This entire Pretty Packaging Party idea can be pulled together in a whim — it’s super simple. So, go ahead — call up your girlfriends and invite them over for some wrapping and chatting. After all — good things do come in pretty packages.
Want to roll your sleeves up and get elbow-deep in icing? Okay, maybe you’re not that intense, but if you are looking for some simple cake decorating ideas, I think you’ll enjoy these photos.
On a side note, I know first hand what it’s like to be elbow-deep in icing. Many moons ago I spent 4 years as a cake decorator and we used to mix up our butter cream in a giant industry grade mixer and then fill up trash can-sized containers of this sweet stuff. Man, that was some messy (yet sweet) work. I think I sort of miss it.
Oh well, here are some cake decorating ideas that will require A LOT less icing!
Spruce up the inside of your cake by making colorful layers that will be revealed once the cake is cut.
Learn how to decorate a stunning ruffled cake with this great video tutorial.
Do a basic white icing and then top the cake with a simple DIY bunting (you can use paper, ribbon or mini poms).
Better yet? Top the cake with cake balls or mini donut holes rolled in sprinkles (I love this look)!
I hope these ideas inspire you to whip up some icing! Speaking of icing, I’m on the hunt for a go-to recipe. Do you have a favorite? Share in the comments or on our Facebook page — I’d love to try it!
This past weekend, I helped host a very special gathering — it was for my brother and was more of a trifecta of celebrations. He turned 18, graduated high school and is heading off to boot camp to become a Marine (how’s THAT for milestones?). We kept the decor simple (he’s a guy after all) and created some DIY party decorations using his high school colors. I used several signs throughout the party to tie in the color scheme — here they are.
These sign holders are my new absolute favorite! They hold TWO 4×6 photos each (yep, they are double sided!). They are from Ikea and only $.99 each! Thank you to Jen of HTWM for sharing these with us, great resource.
Thirsty? One sign on the drink table …
And one for the snack table. Simple, just how I like it!
Here are both signs. You should be able to right click + save if you’d like to print them for your next party. Enjoy!
Thanks to HWTM for both the tip on the sign holders and the inspiration for the sign design!
Are you ready to get your “DIY” on? We’ve got a great Silhouette GIVEAWAY for you!
I am always looking for new way to make my own paper crafts, party decor, favors, and anything else I can create to pull together a party theme. So when Silhouette reached out asking if I wanted to test their cutting machine, I got just a tad bit excited. Within five minutes I had it set up and had created my first project!
I can’t wait to share more creations (coming soon!). Here are some cool things you can make with your Silhouette:
All the above projects can be found on the Silhouette blog. Check it our for loads of cool inspiration and tutorials! Cupcake wrappers, toppers, favor bags, cards, even home decor — the possibilities are endless! You can even make temporary tattoos — YES tattoos! I am thinking some cute party themed tattoos would go over great with kids at the next party I plan.
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Whether you are having a BBQ, picnic, or pool party — entertaining outdoors should be kept simple! Here is an easy DIY idea that can double as a place setting and a favor (depending on what you place inside!). This place setting would be great for any occasion but very festive for those Fourth of July party ideas.
DIY Place Setting Boxes
-Small white box, gingham print tape (around box), cotton candy bubble gum, bandanna print plate, bandanna print napkin, plastic cutlery and party poppers (all from Michael’s Craft Store).
-Your favorite individual bag of chips
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