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DIY Confetti Straws

DIY Confetti Straws

I always seem to have a bunch of left-over striped, paper straws lying around after parties. I was looking for a way to repurpose them when the idea of a confetti straw came to mind. They are really easy to make and super fun for celebrating events of all sizes.

DIY Confetti

1. Gather a few paper straws you might have lying around.

2. Pinch one end so that it is creased and folds over. This will ensure your confetti remains in the straw once you begin to fill it.

3. Fill the non-creased end of the straw with small confetti. You can make your own DIY confetti with a small hole-puncher and some scrap paper.

4. Once filled, pinch and roll up the end of the straw so that the confetti stays inside and you have a look of a party blower. When you’re ready to celebrate, simple unroll the curled end, un-pinch the opposite end and blow into the straw to release all of the confetti!

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DIY :: Add a Pop of Color

Group-Collage-Nail-Polish

There are many outlets you can go to for inspiration when you are throwing a party; however, planning one can get overwhelming – and expensive. The good news is, with a little creativity, you can easily add some flair to your next get-together while avoiding spending a fortune at party and craft stores. For example, you can add color to party supplies and décor by using simple and inexpensive solutions, like nail polish! Here are a few DIY ideas on how you can add creative of color to your next event.

Who knew nail polish could be used for party decor?

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Dress-up your cutlery

Adding a few stripes of color to the handles of your cutlery will add unexpected style and fun. You can purchase stainless steel forks, knives and spoons at most dollar stores. The set I used (in the above image) came in a four-pack for $1.00, so I didn’t hesitate adding nail polish to dress them up. Be sure to hand wash them once your party is over.

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Summer Entertaining :: Yard Games

I was recently asked by the folks at CustomMade to share some tips on “How to entertain outdoors this summer” and have been thinking a lot about one of my tips — play fun outdoor games! There is just something about an outdoor gathering that gets me in the mood to have a little fun and whip out the yard games. You?

Fun outdoor games :: yard games

One of my favorite games is Murbles (which is similar to Boccie but doesn’t require a court). Plus, the balls come in cute colors like pink, coral, and mint. Yard games are fun, but cute yard games? More fun.

Here are three other fun outdoor games that are perfect for your next picnic or backyard gathering:

Fun outdoor Games

Top: Buoy Bat — Ask my kids, this is my FAVORITE! We play at the park, in the street, but the best place? The beach! It is sooooo much fun.

Middle: Yard Dice — They look so nostalgic, and everyone can play. Perfect for all ages.

Bottom: Croquet — I almost forgot about this game! I used to love to play but haven’t in years. I think it’s time to invest in a nice set. Any tips on where to get one? Please share!

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How to make tissue paper pom poms

I’m a big fan of using tissue paper pom poms in my party decor. What I love about them is that they are inexpensive and can be used in a wide variety of events. I’ve used them for birthday parties (like this candy party) and baby shower (like this spring shower) + many other events. I often get asked how I make them — so today, I thought I would share my tips for making and also for buying tissue pom poms.

how to make tissue paper pom poms

How to make tissue paper pom poms. They aren’t difficult to make, but I’ll be honest and say they are time consuming. If you have a couple nights to dedicate to making them while watching your favorite TV show, I say go for it. Here are the simple steps I follow:

how to make tissue paper pom poms

Aren’t those finished pom poms gorgeous?! They were used in a first birthday party I spotted over on The Sweetest Occasion.      The DIY method looks like this, not too much to it. It’s a pretty simple method and you can check out the full details and how-to here. Remember though to give yourself some time (and extra tissue for mistakes)! Also, I recommended finding a little higher quality (aka thicker) tissue than what you might typically use for gift wrapping. It’s easier to tear and the thicker paper tends to hold up nicer.

If I’ve scared you or the DIY method just isn’t your thing, I suggest just ordering your tissue pom poms.  They are inexpensive and this will save you from having to trek to 8 different stores in 3 cities to find the perfect shade of teal tissue paper (not like I’ve done that or anything).

Whether you make them, or buy them … these tissue poms are a great way to add some flair without breaking the budget. My daughter even re-purposed her poms from her recent birthday party into decor for her bedroom — love that!

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Pool Party Inspiration + Carter’s GIVEAWAY

The sun is shining and the weather is warming up and all I can think about it throwing a pool party! There is nothing that screams “summer” more than a pile of flip flops, the scent of sunscreen and cute little kiddos running around in their darling swim suits — am I right?

Today, I’m teaming up with Carter’s to bring you some pool party inspiration and a fun swimwear SALE + GIVEAWAY!

Whether poolside, beachside or just backyard bound, it’s time to get swimming with Carter’s big selection of swimwear. Don’t forget all of our matching accessories including sunglasses, hats and shoes – to complete your little one’s sunny look.

Carter's Giveaway

Protect your little ones from sun and sand with a made-for-summer rash guard shirt, swimsuits and swim trunks with UPF 40 sun protection. These are a must have for my girls who love soaking up the sunshine.

Pool party ideas

Plan a fun pool party: Beach ball invitation // ice cream cupcakes // sand pail favors. Plus darling swimwear of course (these are my three favorites, but check out the complete collection here).

Want to dress your little one in cute new swimwear this summer? Our friends at Carter’s are giving one of you a $50 gift card to do just that!

What is your favorite girl’s swimsuit in the Carter’s Swim Shop?

Tell us and WIN a $50 Carter’s gift card!

WINNER: Jennifer Marie

To enter: Contest Closed, thank you for entering!

Visit the Carter’s Swim Shop and come back here to leave a comment telling us what your favorite swimsuit is.

For additional entries:

Share this post on Facebook, Tweet about this giveaway and/or share on Pinterest. Be sure to come back and leave a link to any extra entry you completed in a separate comment. Up to 4 entries per person, good luck!

Contest ends April 8, 2012 at midnight, PST.

Carter’s partnered with bloggers such as me to help promote their swim shop. As part of the program, I received product or gift cards. Carter’s believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words, and therefore did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products I used. Carter’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

 

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How to host a pint size party & GIVEAWAY!

I recently partnered with Apartment Guide to bring you 3 party planning tips for hosting a entertaining in small spaces (check out my tips here). Today, I’m sharing more tips for entertaining & living in small spaces plus launching a $50 Target GIVEAWAY that you can use for your next gathering.

If you are planning a get together, party, or dinner for guests — make an effort to keep things simple, this will allow you to stay within a smaller budget. Here are a few easy ways to plan a great gathering without overspending:

pint size party

{tip #3 :: image from this 30th birthday party}

1. Reuse items from your home. Move around candles, decor items, and use older pieces from your kitchen in new ways. This prevents you from buying new pieces that you can’t afford (or store!).

2. Keep the menu simple. Serve just a few items rather than offering a ton of choices. A salad, burger, and dessert is plenty. Don’t get distracted by  thinking of all the sides and extras you can do. Keep the menu small. It will save you money at the store and time in the kitchen!

3. Choose a signature drink or stick to beer & wine. No need to stock a full bar. That will put a big dent in your budget (think of all the liquor and mix-ins you’d need) and take up valuable counter space in your home. Instead, create one signature drink or stick to the basics and serve beer & wine only.

I also love these simple ideas from Apartment Guide that will help you get ready for your next pint size party: get creative with frugal decor ideas & decorating a small space.

You can check out more tips at Moving Today and on the Apartment Guide blog

Target Giveaway

What are your tips for entertaining in a small space and/or on a small budget?

Comment below to enter to win a $50 Target gift card!

Contest is now closed – Congrats to Crystal!

{contest ends Sunday March 31, 2012 at 11pm PST}

Editor’s Note: Apartment Guide and owner Consumer Source, Inc. partnered with bloggers such as me to participate in their monthly blogger programs. As part of that program, I received compensation. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products used, and believe that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Consumer Source’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

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