Archive | February, 2017

How to Use Home Decor to Throw a Beautiful Party

Welcome back after the weekend, I hope you had a good one!  We’re still on a high after our gender reveal party!  As I was decorating for that party I got the idea to do a post on using what you have around your home to decorate for a party.  Why not use your current home decor for a party instead of buying a bunch of plastic, themed, one time use decorations from a party store?

Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely a place and time for those kinds of decorations.  However, using more classic and timeless pieces that you already have saves so much time, effort, and money.  Here are a few ways I use items from around my house to decorate for a variety of parties.

Using Furniture for Party Decor

We recently acquired this dresser for free and after a quick paint job on the dresser and hardware, it becomes the perfect spot for a drink station, food buffet, dessert table, or a gift table.

Click here to see how to use home decor as party decor. Decorate a party with what you have.Click here to see how to use home decor as party decor. Decorate a party with what you have.Click here to see how to use home decor as party decor. Decorate a party with what you have.Try walking through your house to see what pieces of furniture can be moved around to help decorate your party.  Sometimes the right side table, chair, or shelf can make the flow of your party so much better.  Moving furniture outside for an outdoor party is a really great way to create more surfaces for you and is a little unexpected.

Use Furniture for an Outdoor Party | Ruffled

Use Home Accessories as Party Decor

If moving large, or even small pieces of furniture isn’t possible, try using your home accessories as party decor.  Obviously, these things are much easier to move around so that’s a plus.  Try using clocks, artwork, baskets, vases, or books as party decor.  To do this make sure you are using accessories that go with your party theme.

For example, use artwork that is in the same color family as your party’s color scheme.  Or if you’re hosting a book themed baby shower, add lots of books from around your house to your party space.  If you don’t like the look of the books, either remove the book jacket, or turn them around so all you see is the color of the pages.

Create the perfect bar set up. Click here for step by step instructions.

Military themed artwork at a Navy Organization party.

Click here to see how to use home decor as party decor. Decorate a party with what you have.

Turn books around to get a cohesive color palate.

Click here to see how to use home decor as party decor. Decorate a party with what you have.

Clocks and books are great accessories to incorporate into party decor.

Use Seasonal Decor for Party Decor

It may seem weird to bust out Christmas decor in the middle of summer. But if you’re hosting a 4th of July party, I’m sure you’ve got some plain red Christmas decor that could totally work for your summer party.  Christmas decor also works double duty for Valentine’s day.  Think red ornaments, red throws and pillows, or red vases.

Click here for a festive Valentine's Day Bar Cart.That red pom pom wreath can been seen around our home during the Christmas season. It also added some great texture and color to my Valentine’s Day bar cart.

Pine cones that are typically used around Christmas time, could be used to create decor for a woodland themed party.  Or spring decor could work beautifully for a girly themed birthday party.

Using these three ways to incorporate what you already have into your party decor will make your party so much more special.  Try giving it a spin by walking through your house. See what you already have that could be used to decorate a party.  I’d love to see what ideas you come up with, so post them in the comments below!

Have a great Monday friends!

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Real Life Party: Baseball or Bows Themed Gender Reveal

This past weekend, we hosted a very special celebration.  We got to find out if our next baby is going to be a boy or a girl!  Yep, that’s right, I’M PREGNANT!  I decided on a baseballs or bows themed gender reveal, and you’ll see at the end of this post what we’re going to be having.

I’ll let most of the pictures do the talking.  We hosted the party on Saturday morning at 11 am, so I offered a light lunch and dessert.  Obviously, everyone, including us were mostly excited about the big reveal.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!

Food Buffet

I made a table runner out of white craft paper and just drew navy blue baseball stitching on the paper.  Then added a few extra pink bows around the table.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!Some simple pink flowers in blue Ball mason jars added a floral element to the table without having a large centerpiece.  I know most are over the mason jar trend, but I use them all the time at parties.  They are so versatile.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!It is so easy to incorporate a pink and navy blue color scheme into a gender reveal party.  Our drink station was adorned with cups and straws in coordinating colors.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!I set up a “fake” chalkboard using a piece of black construction paper for our guests to take their guess at what the baby was going to be.  At the end of the party, I glanced and the baseball column had an overwhelming number of votes.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!For decor I made some baseball and bow garlands that were added to our mantle and on the dessert table backdrop.  I did learn after cutting all of the bows and baseballs out by hand that it’s about time to get a Cricut machine.  I could have saved so much time using it instead of scissors.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!I was absolutely in love with our gender reveal dessert table and backdrop.  The fringed crepe paper turned out awesome, and my first attempt at a naked cake turned out almost perfectly.  Use this tutorial if you want to make a fringed crepe paper background.  I have a couple pointers for you below to check out before you make some for yourself.

First, measure how long you need the streamer to be before cutting your fringe.  I made four reeeeeaaalllly long streamers and only ended up using two of them because I could just cut them in half.  Now I’ve got some leftover streamers that haven’t been used, but are fringed.  Also, the fringe comes off the wall quite a bit.  This protrusion made us have to bring the desserts to the front of the table and have a little less space for dessert.  Just be aware that they won’t lay flat against the wall.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!This is a better angle of my naked cake.  I used a boxed white cake mix, this buttercream recipe, and also added a berry compote between the layers.  It turned out so pretty, just a little lopsided.  I torted the top layer and ended up taking a little too much off of one side.  I’m not afraid to say that I am so proud of myself and how this cake turned out.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!We also had cupcakes and baseball and bow iced sugar cookies to round out the dessert options.  I quickly made the cupcake toppers and thought the wording was just too funny!  Especially, if you know my husband.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!A friend of ours was the only person who knew the gender of the baby and prepared the cutest confetti poppers that worked perfectly with our theme.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!It’s so nice having talented friends that are willing to keep a big secret from you!  Are you ready to see what we’re having?

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!It’s blue confetti!  You know what that means?!  It’s a boy!

What was your favorite part of this gender reveal party?  Do you have any baby boy advice for me?  Check out the list below for more party details.

Gender Reveal Party Menu

Chipotle Chicken Salad Sandwiches on Croissants

Guacamole, Cowboy Caviar, and Chips

Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad

Mixed Berry Fruit Salad

Free Party Decor Printables

Click here for a set of printable bows, just download, print on whatever color cardstock you want, and cut out!

Click here for a set of printable baseballs, just download, print on whatever color cardstock you want, and cut out!

 

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Party Color Scheme Inspiration: Flamingo Party

“Let’s Flamingle!” It’s Friday!  I’m starting a new series today where I’ll be planning a hypothetical party around a color scheme.  Hopefully you’ll get some great ideas of how to incorporate food, decor, and activities, using a color scheme to tie them all together.

Here’s the fun and flirty color scheme that I think screams flamingos.

Flamingo Birthday Party Inspiration with a pink, purple, and blue color scheme.I love the mix of pink and purple with teal blues.  My daughter is obsessed with flamingos right now, so that’s the first thing I thought of when I first saw this color scheme.  Why not use it to plan a fun flamingo birthday party?  These are the perfect colors for a little girl or even a grown lady who has a love for those pink birds!

Flamingo Birthday Party Inspiration

Here are a few inspiration pictures to get your creative juices flowing.

I love this fun birthday dessert table and how the balloon arch perfectly incorporates the colors from the color scheme.  The balloon arch has so much more dimension because they aren’t all the same size.  The use of the palm leaves also gives quite the tropical flair.

This fun little girls party has a base of the blue from our color scheme with touches of pink throughout.  I love the quirky names of all the food at this party, so click through to read them.  They’re pretty funny!

Menu Ideas

To carry the flamingo theme throughout, I’d recommend offering at least one shrimp dish.  I mean that’s what gives flamingos their pink color, right?!  How about a grilled shrimp kabob, or a shrimp po’boy sandwich?  Both would be delicious.

I think this kind of party is perfect for the summertime so keeping the menu on the lighter side is a great idea.  Things like pasta salad, fruit salad, grilled corn, or grilled summer vegetables.

For dessert, a cute pink cake with a plastic flamingo cake topper would be perfect.  To round out a dessert table, I’d add pink and purple or blue cotton candy, or “flamingo fluff”.  You could also include candies in the coordinating colors, or custom flamingo cookies.  If you want to diy your dessert, make a quick batch of cupcakes from a box and top with pink frosting.  Or use some of these ideas to top store bought cupcakes.

I don’t think there is a more perfect drink to go with this flamingo birthday than pink lemonade.  I’m planning on making this recipe this weekend and will let you know how it turns out.  Any sort of pineapple based cocktail is also a great idea.  And flamingo drink stirrers are a must.

Flamingo Party Decor Ideas

Obviously, decor for this flamingo birthday party is going to be done using the colors from our color scheme inspiration.  Things like balloons and streamers are easy to find in these colors.

Other areas to include our color scheme would be on the dessert table, like in our first inspiration photo.  Make sure whatever vessel you use to hold cupcakes, candies, or cookies are pink, purple, or teal.

Don’t overlook making a great tablescape either.  How fun would a teal colored tablecloth or table runner be with some plastic pink yard flamingos as the centerpiece be?  Super fun, easy, and probably pretty cheap to do.  You also can’t go wrong with a great floral centerpiece.  I’d recommend using pink flowers in a teal blue ball mason jar and then for fun add in some purple or teal colored feathers.

Kara’s Party Ideas

Flamingo Birthday Activities

Coming up with ideas of how to entertain kids and adults at parties can be quite daunting.  I generally follow the rule that people will spend most of their time conversing with each other, so games or activities aren’t necessary.

However, there are some great themed activities that would go perfectly with this flamingo birthday party.  I love the idea of using a pink yard flamingo as a game of ring toss.  Just try to get the ring around the flamingo’s neck.  Or another option would be to hold a “minute to win it” challenge of balancing on one leg, like a flamingo.

What do you think of this new series?  It’s really fun for me to plan a hypothetical party, and I love the color inspiration because it leaves so many options!  Do you want to have a flamingo birthday party now?  I’m pretty sure I do!

Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to come back next week to see all about the fun party I’m hosting this weekend!

 

 

 

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How to DIY Coat Closet Shelves and Decrease Clutter

Happy Thursday friends!  We’re over halfway done with this week!  I’m super excited for a fun party I’m hosting this weekend.  You’ll get to see all about it in a few weeks!  Today, though we’re talking about the coat closet.  It may not sound that exciting, but it is, at least for my husband.

Recently he’s been getting super frustrated with all of the shoes that were piling up in our mudroom.  I’m grateful that we have a little place right off of the garage to take our coats and shoes off. However, with winter weather and the myriad of footwear, it was getting a little out of control.  Here’s the before of our coat closet.  Nothing special, just a rod of hanging coats and one shelf.  This left the bottom of the closet as fair game to throw anything and everything in there.

Click here for an easy DIY to create coat closet shelves and get rid of the mountain of shoes.Click here for an easy DIY to create coat closet shelves and get rid of the mountain of shoes.I mean there were shoes, bags, vacuum cleaner parts at one point, hats, Christmas gifts received and to be given.  Crazy!

So with Pinterest to the rescue, and my annoyance of hearing my husband say repeatedly that he hated all the shoes in the mudroom, we came up with a pretty easy solution.  Here’s how we DIYed some easy shelves that solved all of our problems.  We had this super organized coat closet as our inspiration.

First, we cleared everything out and did some measuring.  Using our most used shoes we got measurements of how far apart the shelves needed to be and figured out how many shelves we could squeeze into the bottom of the closet.

We decided to add two shelves in the bottom of the closet and an extra shelf above the existing shelf at the top of the closet.  Our house has pretty high ceilings so I wanted to make use of the vertical space at the top of the closet.

Click here for an easy DIY to create coat closet shelves and get rid of the mountain of shoes.Click here for an easy DIY to create coat closet shelves and get rid of the mountain of shoes.List of Materials for One Shelf

  • 2- 1″x8″ boards to create the horizontal shelf
  • 3- 1″x4″ boards to create the bracket under the shelf.  One longer bracket in the back of the closet and two shorter brackets on either side of the shelf.
  • A handful of screws to attach brackets to the walls
  • Leftover paint
  • Possibly caulking if there are any gaps that need to be filled

Instructions to Create Coat Closet Shelves

  • Clear everything out of your closet
  • Measure where you want your shelves to go
  • Create a board list using the materials above and what the measurement of each board will be
  • Begin by screwing in the long bracket of your first shelf on the back wall of your closet
  • Then add the side brackets by screwing into the side wall of the closet
  • Paint/caulk the brackets
  • While paint is drying, cut your shelves using the 1″x8″ boards listed above in the materials.  You’ll need two boards per shelf depending on how deep you want your shelves to be.  We needed two boards to accommodate the depth of our closet and shoes.
  • Paint shelves
  • When all paint is dry, lay your shelves on top of the brackets
  • If there are any gaps add a bit of caulking, or screw shelves into the brackets from the top of the shelf.  We didn’t do this, but you can for extra stability
  • Repeat the process for all the shelves you’re adding
Click here for an easy DIY to create coat closet shelves and get rid of the mountain of shoes.

Bottom Shelf Brackets

Click here for an easy DIY to create coat closet shelves and get rid of the mountain of shoes.

Progress shot of brackets

Click here for an easy DIY to create coat closet shelves and get rid of the mountain of shoes.

Brackets for the shelf at the top of the closet

Overall, I think we achieved a similar look to the inspiration photo.  The process was pretty easy too.  It can totally be completed in a weekend and we were able to add these shelves (plus three more to my daughter’s closet) for under $100.  Totally worth it to get more organized.

Click here for an easy DIY to create coat closet shelves and get rid of the mountain of shoes.Click here for an easy DIY to create coat closet shelves and get rid of the mountain of shoes.Click here for an easy DIY to create coat closet shelves and get rid of the mountain of shoes.Now that there is so much more room in this coat closet, it’s going to be working triple duty for us.  Holding coats, bags, shoes, and even storing hats, gloves, scarves, we’ve eliminated the mountain of shoes in our mudroom.  I do plan to add hooks to the inside of the door for purses and bags to free up shelf space.

Having these shelves has also helped to teach my daughter where to go to get ready to leave, and to put her shoes back when we get home.  An unexpected bonus of a little more organization and having a spot for everything.

If you have a coat closet that is being under utilized or not serving you well, I highly encourage you to add a few shelves.  It will give you so many options to organize all of your things and probably end up creating more space.  Let me know if you were inspired or plan to give this method a try.

 

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Instagram Follow Friday

Happy Friday!  It’s almost the weekend!  Too bad I have to work this weekend 🙁 If you need a little entertainment and inspiration for your weekend I’ve got a bunch of great Instagram accounts for you to check out.

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Instagram.  I love the pictures, but I kind of hate how impersonal it can be.  Either way, there is a ton of inspiration, good ideas, and pretty pictures.

See some of my current favorites, and be sure to follow my Instagram account, The Daily Hostess here.

I recently discovered The Party Porch and love all of the party inspiration.  Her color schemes are awesome and the attention to detail at the parties she hosts.  I also love that she posts how her front porch is decorated for various seasons and ocassions.

Click here to see some great Instagram accounts perfect for celebrating life!

The Shirley Life

I am absolutely blown away by the snacks Shirley makes for her three adorable little girls.  And her girls couldn’t be any cuter helping her with various cooking projects.  If you want to celebrate life with your kids a little more, take some inspiration and ideas from this account.  It’s amazing!

If you want to look at amazingly over the top weddings and events, this is the account for you.  I can not get over the floral arrangements, wedding dresses, and opulent wedding venues.  These events probably can’t be recreated at home, but it sure is fun to look at and dream!

Definitely not a small account, Oh Happy Day has the best ideas of how to use party supplies. You can even buy their party supplies on their website.  I love their quirky quotes and large wall installations.  Most of their wall installations are totally do-able in your own home.  How amazing did they make crepe paper streamers look by streaming them across the ceiling?  So cool!

This last account is the home decor mash up of my dreams, coastal and farmhouse.  The account is all about documenting building the home of their dreams, and dreamy it is.  If you need some coastal farmhouse inspiration, look no further.  I love all of the progress shots of the building process.  This account is not just all pretty pictures with completely done rooms.  Unfortunately, they haven’t posted in awhile, but what’s there is really good!

Have a great weekend friends, and if you get bored at any point take a peek at any of these accounts for some entertainment.  While you’re on Instagram, don’t forget to follow me too!  See you next week where we’ll be celebrating decluttered closets, yippee!

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Celebrating everyday!