Archive | March, 2017

Baby Shower Favors Gift Guide Spring 2017

It’s officially spring, and the rebirth of flowers, the sounds of birds chirping, and warm days.  I don’t think there’s a better time to also be talking about babies!

It’s probably because I’m pregnant, but it seems like everyone I know is pregnant too.  And with pregnancies come baby showers.  With baby showers come the cute ohhhh and ahhhh’s at all the adorable teeny tiny clothes.

It’s an exciting time for the mom-to-be, but for those attending it’s also fun to get a little gift to take home.  Today’s post is a round-up of great ideas that would make amazing favors.  The best part is there is something for every kind of theme out there.

Food/Drink Themed Favors

Food and drink themed favors are always a hit.  Who doesn’t like having a little something to snack on or sip after the party?  Plus, you can pair a food or drink favor with almost any shower theme.

 

Beauty Themed Favors

Let’s be honest, most baby showers are for girls only.  I’m not sure of many men that want to attend one.  Therefore, beauty themed favors are always great, because most women like a little pampering.  Think about spa-like things like hair, nails, and skin.

Or how about diying a body scrub and adding a tag similar to: “Use this to scrub away all the dirt that comes with little boys.”  Or a pretty bar of soap with a tag that says: “From My Shower to Yours!”

Unconventional Baby Shower Favors

If you’re looking for more of an unconventional baby shower favor, these few ideas are a great place to start.

Using those cute “watch me grow” tags on any sort of plant or packet of seeds is a great baby shower favor.  I also really like the idea of gifting the mom-to-be’s favorite baby book.  Let’s also not forget about the Dad’s.  What about a favor just for him?  This is a great way to celebrate!

If you’ve got a baby shower coming up, I hope you get one of these clever gifts to take home.  And if you’re planning a baby shower in the near future, try to incorporate one of these fun ideas into your theme.

Aren’t get togethers and parties like this just so fun to celebrate? Happy Monday friends, I hope you have a great week!

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Spring Home Tour

Welcome back to more spring inspiration this week.  Today, I’ll be taking you through the front door and on a spring tour of my home.  I’ll let most of the pictures do the talking, but I do want to show you how I created my spring home for not very much money at all.

I tried to incorporate some lighter colors, light blues, neutral tones, and fresh flowers.  Now that I’m ready for spring, it’s supposed to snow in a few days, geez!  Let’s get started anyway!

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Living Room

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.I love having a fireplace and mantle as a focal point in the living room.  It’s such an easy place to decorate for the seasons, holidays, and parties to make a statement.

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.I’m totally in love with these flowering branches.  I’m not sure what they are exactly, but they are so pretty.  I got them at Costco for only $9.99, and pretty sure that they are going to last all season long with regular changes of the water.

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.I’m also LOVING these tulips.  Also bought at Costco for $9.99 and was able to get two displays out of them.  Talk about economical.  New couch pillows were long overdue.  With a 50% off sale at Hobby Lobby, I was able to reuse pillow inserts and just change out the covers.  I was able to get five new pillow covers for under $20.  I will take that deal any day!

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.The Kitchen

Decorating the kitchen isn’t usually on my list of things to do.  It’s a space that usually stays the same for functionalities sake, but this year I added a few details that speak to spring.  Plus, I plan to turn those lemons into lemonade!  This recipe is so simple and it’s delicious!  Such a simple idea to celebrate a sunny afternoon!

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.The Dining Room

Isn’t a dining table one of the easiest places to decorate for a season?  There are so many options.  Centerpieces, tablecloths, place settings, flatware, glasses, and the list goes on.

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Here’s the other display of tulips for only $9.99.  And the tray, napkins, and table runner all came from Target.  You’ve got to love the dollar spot.  Plus the clearance section is the source of the less than $5 table runner.  Score!

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.

Spring home tour inspiration, spring colors, flowers, living room, kitchen and dining room spring inspiration.Simple botanical prints taped up to the wall fill a really empty space temporarily, which is great for the season.  Eventually I want to get a vintage arched window or mirror, but I love that I can take these down whenever I get tired of them.  The best part is that they are free!  Just download from here and pick your favorites.

So here’s the breakdown of how much sprucing up my house for this spring tour cost me.  It’s surprisingly low!

  • Flowers: $9.99
  • Flowering branches: $9.99
  • Pillow Covers: about $20
  • Table Runner: $5
  • Tray: $3
  • Napkins: $9
  • Lemons: $5
  • Ceramic Birds: $4
  • Whicker Placemats: $16

Total cost: Only $81.98  Not very much at all, and the cost was spread out over the last couple of weeks which helps to keep your budget in check also.

That wraps up my spring home tour.  I hope you were able to get some inspiration from it.  If you want to or do incorporate any of these ideas into your home, let me know in the comments or on my facebook page.  I’d love to see your Spring home!

 

 

 

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DIY Spring Wreath with a Tutorial

I know part of the country is still digging out from a blizzard, so sorry to brag.  It’s been 65-80 degrees in Denver for the past few days!  This weather is getting me sooooo ready for spring and summer.  With yesterday being the first day of Spring this week is all about spring. Hopefully these posts get you in the mood too!  First up is a DIY spring wreath.

I’ve realized that I didn’t have much spring decor, so I decided to use things I already had to try and make it springy around here.  I started with our front door.  Which thinking about it, is there a better place to start?  It’s the entry to your home and the first thing guests see when they arrive.

DIY Spring Burlap Wreath tutorial, decorate for spring, front door burlap wreath for spring. springLooking through my stash of goodies, I knew I had some wire wreath forms and burlap.  The perfect start to making a wreath.  I used this tutorial to help me make the base of my burlap wreath.

DIY Spring Burlap Wreath tutorial, decorate for spring, front door burlap wreath for spring. springA few pointers/opinions of this tutorial:

  • It definitely took way longer than 10 minutes
  • The twist method is great, but it didn’t hold much in place for me.  I had to twist and then wrap the burlap around the wire wreath form to get it to be secure.
  • I’m not sure how she was able to “cover” the wire wreath form so much.  Could be the burlap material she used.  It looked much more “bunchy” than the fabric I had.
  • This was a messy project!  I had burlap fibers everywhere!

Because I was using a large piece of burlap, I had to cut it into strips first.  Using a bunch of different strips meant I had to use a lot more wire to secure each strip to the wire wreath frame.  I also only had green floral wire, so it was a little tricky hiding all of that on the back side.

DIY Spring Burlap Wreath tutorial, decorate for spring, front door burlap wreath for spring.Here’s the final version of my wreath.  Not as pretty as the one in the tutorial, but I was happy with how it turned out.  Especially since I used some things that had just been sitting around, and it only cost me about an hour one morning this weekend. I made sure to trim off the excess burlap strings before putting it on my front door.

DIY Spring Burlap Wreath tutorial, decorate for spring, front door burlap wreath for spring.Now onto the spring portion of this wreath.  I wanted to decorate the wreath in light, bright colors and add a few things that would work with the season.  Blue satin ribbon was the perfect way to hang my wreath.  I also had a bunch of moss left over from making these moss balls, so I thought I could use that to make a little nest to add to the wreath.

A quick trip to Hobby Lobby, armed with my 40% off coupon, and I had exactly what I wanted to put in the nest.  How cute is this little gold bird?  It was originally an ornament, but I just clipped off the hanger part and hot glued it into my nest.

DIY Spring Burlap Wreath tutorial, decorate for spring, front door burlap wreath for spring.To make the nest, I used a small circular piece of cardboard and hot glued the heck out of the moss to get it to pile up and stay put.  Just arrange it to make it look like a nest.  In the words of The Nester, “it doesn’t have to be perfect, to be beautiful.”

DIY Spring Burlap Wreath tutorial, decorate for spring, front door burlap wreath for spring.After the nest was done, I hot glued it to the wreath in a spot that I felt needed to be covered up.  Find a spot where the burlap isn’t laying the way you’d like or you need to cover up some of the exposed wire.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with how the finished product looks.  And I love that it screams spring right when you walk in the front door!

DIY Spring Burlap Wreath tutorial, decorate for spring, front door burlap wreath for spring.DIY Spring Burlap Wreath tutorial, decorate for spring, front door burlap wreath for spring.Happy Spring everyone!  Be sure to come back this week to see the rest of the front porch for spring. Plus you won’t want to miss my spring home tour where I almost redecorated for about $100!

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Party Prep Tips and a FREE Party Set-Up Timeline

Happy Monday friends! How are you adjusting to the time change? I was so tired yesterday! I hope you’ve recharged a bit.   How about a free printable to help you get ready for your party faster and I promise it won’t tire you out?

Click here for a free Party Set-Up Timeline printable, set up your party starting a week before the event.I find that anytime you search for a timeline or guide to help plan a party, everything you find doesn’t give enough detail for what to do right before the party. I always find timelines that are months and weeks ahead of a party. But what about those of us that tend to wait until the last minute to get ready to celebrate?  Or just need to know what to do once the guests have been invited?

I like to have a to do list for each day and hour leading up to the event. Today, I’m going to help you do the same. I’m also going to give you some awesome tips that will help you get your party ready and be done before your guests arrive. No more rushing around when your doorbell rings.

One Week

By the time your event is a week away, you’ve probably already decided on a theme, invited guests, and have a plan for food, drinks, and decor. So now you need to start executing your plan.

One week before the event, purchase or start making your party décor. This will give you enough time to make homemade decor and not feel rushed to get it done.

If you plan on purchasing helium balloons, place the order now. Schedule to pick the balloons up a few hours before your event.

Four Days

Four days before your event is all about the food. By this point you’ve nailed down your menu and made grocery lists. So, purchase groceries and all the things you’ll need for drinks.

Once you’re home, be sure to prepare your food for the party. If things need to be washed, cut, or stored specifically for your party do it now to save you time closer to your event.

Two Days

A couple days before your event you’ll want to start preparing your event space. To do this cut and arrange flowers if you’re using them. Start decorating your tablescape or food/drink buffet area. This step is crucial because you’ll need it set up now to prepare for other steps in the days leading up to your event.

This is also a great time to set out anything on your table or food station that isn’t going to go bad in two days. Things like plates, cups, napkins, serving ware, flatware, and platters.

One Day

The day before your event is exciting! But there is a lot of work to do. First you’ll want to start making any of the food you’re preparing yourself. If it doesn’t have to be freshly cooked prepare it today.

Storage containers, aluminum foil, and plastic wrap are your friend. Wrap up your prepared food and store it in your refrigerator until the big day. You’ll have time to assemble and finalize recipes later, so use this time to do as much prep cooking as possible.

Once you’ve gotten your food prepared, it’s time to clean your event space. I highly recommend using this method to clean for guests. You don’t have to get carried away cleaning, focus on the areas that your guests will spend the most time. Typically, around the food and drinks, any sort of activity areas, and be sure to clean your most used bathroom.

Night Before

Are you ready for one of my biggest tips to party planning? The night before your event, label your platters and serving ware. It will save you so much time and energy. It also helps you plan out your table and spacing of food and everything else that needs to be on your table.

Click here for a free Party Set-Up Timeline printable, set up your party starting a week before the event.Click here for a free Party Set-Up Timeline printable, set up your party starting a week before the event.This is also a great way to help anyone that’s helping you. If you hand your husband a bag of chips and ask him to put it on the table, he’ll clearly see the bowl labeled chips and guess what? Those chips will be in the exact spot you want them to be. Amazingly reducing the amount of rework you’ll have to do.

Also the night before is a great time to put up all of your party décor. Doing so now will free up so much time the day of your event. It’s also a great way to see how well your décor is going to hold up. If you put everything up the night before and it has all fallen down by the morning you’ll know that you’re going to have to try some new ways to keep it up throughout your party.  Use this method to have everything you need handy and avoid running around after tape and scissors.

Four Hours

Whohoo, it’s the day of your event! Let’s get ready to party! At this point you are ready to go. Décor’s done, most of the set up is done, guests are on their way, now to put the finishing touches on your party.

It’s time to get all of that pre-prepared food together. This is the time to start putting salads together, mixing all your ingredients for dips, assembling sandwiches, or decorating a cake. It’s so much easier because you’ve prepped everything the day before.

If you have food that needs to be baked or cooked do it now, so all you have to do is warm it up later.

This is also a great time to set up your dessert bar or buffet. It’s plenty of time for your cake, cupcakes, or cookies to not get dry or melt. If you have desserts that need to stay cold, be sure to wait to put them out.

Two Hours

A couple hours before your party you should have almost all of your food taken care of, décor done, and desserts ready. It’s the perfect time to touch up any cleaning that you did the day before. Whether that be giving your bathroom a once over, fluffing your couch pillows, or cleaning up any messes in the kitchen.

It’s also a great idea to make sure all of your trashcans are empty and ready to be used at the party. Another great tip is to label your trashcans, especially if you plan on recycling. Cleaning recyclables out of a trashcan is not fun to do after a party.

One Hour

One of the last things to get ready is the drinks. Do this about an hour before the party so drinks are cold and ice hasn’t melted yet.

Also be sure you have plenty of cups, straws, glasses, and a way to label individual glasses. Great options are a sharpie on plastic cups, wine charms or these drink labels.

30 Minutes

Now, right before your party you’re going to want to just put the finishing touches on everything. This is when you’ll want to pull out any food that has had to be cold or warm up any food that needs to be warm.

It’s a great idea to use your oven on a low temperature setting, a warming drawer, or use a chafing dish with a warming flame under it.

Finally, my favorite part of party set up, is enjoying how your party and house looks before all of your guests arrive. It’s a great time to take a few pictures of all of your hard work. Let’s be honest, your house probably doesn’t usually look this good, right?!

Congrats!  You’re ready to party!

Here’s a handy dandy printable to help you remember all of the things you need to do leading up to your party. Putting these steps in place will definitely help you be ready for your party more quickly and be set to go before your guests arrive.  Just click the picture below to download a copy for yourself.

Click here for a free Party Set-Up Timeline printable, set up your party starting a week before the event.

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Party Rewind: Daniel Tiger Birthday Party with FREE Printables

Today, I’m trying something a little different.  I’m going to take you back to a party I did about nine months ago because I’ve added some things I think you’ll like!

Let’s travel back in time together and look at this Daniel Tiger themed birthday party I hosted for my daughter’s 2nd birthday.  Click here to see the full party.

In case you’ve forgotten how it was decorated take a peek at some of these highlights.

I loved how the teal blue and red color scheme really screamed Daniel Tiger without being overly cartoon-like.  I’ve since been able to pass along the trolley photo booth and color coordinating paper garlands for another little one to celebrate with.  It felt great knowing that something I spent time crafting was going to get more than one use.  And I’m sure be the hit of another party.

To share the love even more, I designed a few things for your Daniel Tiger themed birthday party.  Try using these cupcake toppers and food label tents at your party to help streamline your decor.  Just click on the picture to download the printable you like.  Print it out on cardstock, cut it out, and top a cupcake with it or label Prince Wednesday’s Pasta Salad.

With these two printables, you’ll be on your way to hosting a super cute Daniel Tiger birthday yourself!  I’d love to see how you use these printables. Be sure to take a picture and hashtag it with #thedailyhostess on Instagram so I can see how creative you are with using these!

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Celebrating everyday!