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Peacock Themed Parties

13 Feb

My friend Gabby is getting married next summer and is having a peacock themed wedding and I have taken it upon myself to round-up some inspiration for her!  Here is a really cute peacock themed engagement party from Hostess With the Mostess:

HWTM: Pretty Peacock Themed Engagement Party

Next is a “Something Blue” Bridal Shower:

HWTM:  “Something Blue”

Over at DIY Bride, this couple made a lot of the details for their big day, and I thought the little favor boxes at each place setting are cute and look easy to make.  The decor could be easily customized to the party theme as well.

DIY Bride: Melissa + Paul

The boxes could easily be filled with candy such as Jordan almonds in your wedding colors, or some customized M & M’s with the couples names.

I love the idea of edible favors, and the following from Sweetopia knock out two things with one stone:

Sweetopia: Place Setting Cookies

These gorgeous cookies are place setting cookies!  They could probably do double duty and be used as favors as well.

One of my favorites from my quick search today, was this idea from Offbeat Bride:

Offbeat Bride:  Portugese “Happy Pill” Wedding Favors

Who couldn’t use some happy pills?!


















DIY Portable Photobooth

30 Jan

My friend and I teamed up to make a photobooth for our friends’ wedding reception.  We used the instructions found here.  The tutorial also has a link to the website we bought the three and four-way joints.  I looked at many home improvement stores and even plumbing stores, and could not find the four-way joints.

Here is a picture of the cut pieces of PVC pipe:

We assembled it to make sure it was going to work before we moved on to spray paint the pieces and sew the curtain that would go outside the entire frame.

Next my friend spray painted all the pieces.  He took everything apart, but he suggested leaving it assembled and just spray painting it as it is because he had some trouble getting some of the pipes to fit back into the joints because of the spray paint.

It took about 10 yards of fabric to make the curtain that hung around most of the frame.

Here is Joe pinning the panels together before he sewed them.

He then clamped the panels up on the frame to make sure they would go around the frame and that they were long enough.

I bought some satin ribbon, cut it into four-inch pieces and sewed the top and bottom of the ribbon to the top of the big curtain.

This is me fake smiling.  I was so fed up with the machine bunching up the bottom thread every time I back-stitched.

I used a hot pink piece of fabric to let people know where to enter.  I also sewed loops on the fabric to hang it.

I would suggest using spray paint made for plastic if you want to spray paint the pipes like we did.  We had a lot of scratches on the pipes by the time we finished setting up.  😦

I bought a pair of clamp lights from Lowe’s to light the booth.  We only ended up using one light.

You can see the tabs that hold up the curtain in the picture too.

Overall, it was a pretty easy project.  The only time-consuming part was the sewing, but that is probably because we are both novices.  The software I used, Sparkbooth, can also be set up to take pictures with a DSLR (only Canon).  I have a Nikon, so we had to use a webcam.


Rosette Banner Sneak Peek

27 Jan

I’m working on a banner for a friend, and I’m getting excited about how it’s turning out.   Here is a sneak peek of what I’m working on:

DIY Printables on Picnik

13 Jan

I discovered this tutorial about how to make your own printable using Picnik.  It will be something I will add to my arsenal of activities to help me procrastinate.  Not that I needed any more, but variety is the spice of life as they say.

I am helping my friend decorate her last wedding reception.  Yes, I said last.  The girl has gotten more married to one person than anyone I know.  Two ceremonies, two dresses and two receptions.   I guess if you have to spend the rest of your life with one person, you might as well go out with a bang, or two.  🙂

She is understandably on a budget, so there are a ton of projects that we I want to make.  I will have more posts on all those projects in the future.  I used Picnik to create several versions of the couple’s monogram that I plan on using (if the bride likes it).  Is it still called a monogram if it is just the initial of your last name?  That doesn’t sound right, but let’s go with monogram for the sake of simplicity.

This is option 1:

Option 2:

Option 3:

Option 4:Option 5:

I have no idea if she will like any of them, but if she doesn’t they can be edited very easily.  I hope you try this awesome free program and would love to see what you come up with!

Beach Themed Bridal Shower Cont-Cupcake Stand and Toppers

7 Dec

I saw this tutorial and wanted to make a stand just like hers, (it’s so damn cute!) but I could not find any candlesticks like the ones in her tutorial.  It forced me to figure something else out, and that’s when inspiration hit.

I used a long piece of threaded rod to separate the tiers on the cupcake stand!  I found the three-foot long rod at Home Depot, and had my bf cut it down to size.  I estimated that I would need about 5 inches between each layer, but I woefully miscalculated.  I didn’t realize how off my estimate was until the day of the shower, when it was too late to fix it.   I failed to take into account the height that the cupcake toppers would add to the cupcakes.  There’s a reason I’m in law school, and it’s mostly because I am very challenged when it comes to math…and common sense…and people skills, but I digress.

I picked out a knob from the cabinet section and made sure that the diameter of my rod would fit the knob.  I screwed the knob on at the very top of the threaded rod so that no one would poke their eye out on it.  I knew there would  be several other future lawyers at this shindig, so I couldn’t afford to have such a big liability on my hands.  Which is also why I didn’t cook anything.

I also picked up a can of berry spray paint, which was the perfect shade of hot pink.  I shopped around for four round melamine plates because I figured melamine would be easier to drill through.  I painted the plates with several layers of my cute berry spray paint.

After your paint dries completely (and don’t let your impatient boyfriend convince you it’s dry enough, you will regret it), you will need to find the center of the plate and drill a hole the size of the diameter of your rod.  You will also need some bolts and washers to keep the plates in place on your threaded rod.  If you don’t know what the heck I’m talking about, just ask one of the friendly men-folk at the Home Depot.  They’ll find it for you.

The bottom plate would not lay flat on the table because of the bolt under the plate.  My solution to this problem was to set the whole stand on a glass bowl.  I thought about other solutions to this problem, it didn’t come to me until after the shower.  Don’t you hate when that happens?? I will post my solution to this in a later post.

Anyway,  I filled the glass bowl underneath the stand with turquoise rock beads to add some color to it.  I bought some one inch pvc pipe for a different project, and used some of the leftovers to cover the threaded metal rod between the plates.  I found some wood paper at Micheal’s and glued that around the pvc pipe so it would look more finished.

For the cupcake toppers I designed a round topper that had the couple’s name on it.  I punched out the design with a circle punch and used another punch to make some scalloped circles to mat my design.  I glued the circle to the scalloped circle, and then hot glued it all to a bamboo skewer.  I used bamboo skewers because I didn’t have toothpicks the day I made these.  Don’t you love improvisation?!

I was not 100% happy with the end product, but it was my first attempt at making a cupcake stand, and I definitely learned a lot in the process.  I think the cupcake table ended up looking acceptable, even if things did not go according to plan, but such is life.

Low Cost Damask & Hot Pink Centerpieces

3 Dec

A friend is having a wedding reception in January, and her colors are hot pink, black, and damask.  I know damask isn’t a color but you understand what I mean right?  She put together three different versions of centerpieces.  These centerpieces are a low-cost option since the vases and the black river rock are from the Dollar Tree, the flowers are from Michaels, and the candle used in one of the centerpieces is from Scentsy.  The Scentsy candles part isn’t cheap, but you could substitute  it for any pillar candle.

This is the Dollar Tree vase that she used:

I love this vase because it is sleek, simple and can be used in many different ways.  See my post on how I used these vases.

She originally wanted to use hot pink gerbera daisies:

(I apologize for the quality of these pictures but they were taken on a cell phone.  Ick.)  This version was too bare for her taste, so she added some white filler flowers:

She didn’t like this version either, so she chucked the flowers all together and stuck a pillar candle in the vase.

This was the version she liked best:

She deliberated whether to have white, black or silver candles in the vases, but in the end she settled on hot pink.  Yay for hot pink!

I suggested using scrapbook paper around the vases to jazz them up (and keep costs low).  She picked out this paper, and the grosgrain ribbon from Michael’s.  On a side note, we spent a good three hours on one of the expeditions to buy the supplies for these centerpieces, just to find out our coupons were not valid until the next day.  D’oh!  Note to self, check date on coupon before going.

The flowers on the ribbon are from the scrapbooking section at Michael’s.  The jar they came in had a pretty flower all put together, but in reality you have to put these suckers together.  It was a pain in the ass to assemble 12 of these, especially the stamens.

This centerpiece, without the candle, probably cost about $4.  The total cost would depend on what candle you go with.  Michael’s always has 40% coupons, so if you  don’t mind pillar candles from Michael’s, this might be a lower cost option for these centerpieces.  I know they have pillar candles at the Dollar Tree as well, but I have never been a fan of them.  They just look cheap.  Which they are, but unlike other things from the dollar store, these really do look like they came from there.  But that’s my humble opinion.

So what would you have picked??

Beach Themed Bridal Shower

2 Dec

I had typed up a long detailed post of my friend Jen’s bridal shower, but something happened and none of the content of the post showed up.  So, now I am going to take a short cut and do a picture heavy post.  Picture heavy = Not a lot of writing.

My friend Jen is having a destination wedding in the Bahamas at the end of this month.  Her wedding colors are “malibu” and “watermelon”, the names that David’s Bridal gives to good old hot pink and cerulean blue.  With that in mind, we decided on a beach themed bridal shower, using her wedding colors.  I also used starfish throughout because her invitations and a lot of her wedding stuff has starfish on it.

I made the banner out of paper and ribbon-this was the easiest project ever! The pink fabric in the back is actually the curtains from my living room.  They are held up by a pvc pipe contraption, and I think it did a fabulous job of hiding the hid-e-ous fireplace behind it.  The table is covered with linen curtains from Target.  I had some blue “dupioni” silk fabric that we cut into a square to brighten up the table.  It is actually made of polyester (I think) but it has the look of dupioni silk at like, a quarter of the cost.  Jen, I love ya, but dupioni silk was not in the budget.

I also spray painted a frame in pink, and made a little sign for the card bucket.  Yup, card bucket.  I taped a strip of burlap around a pink ice bucket, matted a blue square, and stuck a white starfish on it. 

The tables were decorated with some hurricane vases with sand, shells and a candle.  We wrapped some raffia around the rim and called it a day.  Jen had some leftover disposable cameras, so we put those on the table as well.  The cups hold pens for guests to fill out the “How Well Do You Know the Bride” game that was on the table.  The table cloths were, you guessed it, curtains.

I spray painted some bigger picture frames so that we could decorate the walls with some of the couple’s engagement pictures.

I also created a Wordle for the couple.  I had the bride-to-be send me a list of words that had meaning to both of them as a couple.  Somehow “rage” is one of the words in the list, right along with “loving”. 

I will save the food and favors for another post.  I realized it would make for a post the length of a thesis if I did it all in one.  And no one wants to read a thesis. 

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