Archive | August, 2017

My Favorite Resource for DIY Invitations

Have you ever known exactly what you wanted your party invitation to look like, but just couldn’t find the one?  I’m not a fan of those pre-made invitations at the store either.  You know the ones where you just enter the who, what, when, and where.

I’ve always felt that invitations were one of the most important parts of the party.  It’s the first thing people see.  It tells the story of what the party is going to be like.  Not only through the words used, but the design of the invitation, colors used, and how it feels.

I’ve found a great resource within the past year or so that is excellent for making your own invitations.  I’ve been using it for a while, so I feel like I know how to use it really well and I want to share some tips and tricks with you.  The program is called Canva.  There is a free version which can accommodate pretty much everything you would need to do.  There is a paid version, but I haven’t felt the need to use it (or pay for it) yet.  It’s an online program with pre-made and do it yourself graphic designs.

Here are a few of the invitations I’ve made for my own parties and others using Canva.  I’ve blurred out some of the personal parts of the invitations.

Custom DIY Invitations

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I love the variety of templates that Canva has to use.  Plus, it’s really easy to customize the colors, fonts, and most other parts of the invitation.  Below is a quick tutorial on how to make your own custom invitations using Canva.  Just go to to get started.

Step 1-Find your invitation template

DIY Invitation, how to make customizeable invitation, DIY Graphic Design, how to use CanvaAfter going to, you can click on “create a design” to create a one of a kind design for anything you may need.  Canva specifically has invitation templates you can use by clicking on the invitation option under the “Events” section.

Step 2- Choose an invitation template

DIY Invitation, how to make customizeable invitation, DIY Graphic Design, how to use CanvaScroll through the pre-made invitation templates to the left of your screen.  There are a ton of options for all kinds of parties and celebrations.  Just be sure to select an invitation that has the little “free” sign in the bottom right corner, otherwise you’ll have to pay a small fee to download your invitation once you’ve completed it.

Step 3- Customize your invitation

DIY Invitation, how to make customizeable invitation, DIY Graphic Design, how to use CanvaYou can customize the invitation you chose by clicking on any of the elements within the invitation.  Feel free to change the font, font color, size, alignment, background colors, design colors, and position of most elements.

You can also delete anything by clicking the little trash can in the upper right hand corner.  Other options like grouping elements together, changing the transparency or moving elements in front or behind each other are available.

DIY Invitation, how to make customizeable invitation, DIY Graphic Design, how to use CanvaYou can even create custom colors with hex codes by clicking on the “+” sign in the color section.

Step 4- Download your invitation

This program is super easy to use.  A little clicking around and you’ll be making your own invitations in no time. Once you’ve created the exact invitation you want click on the download button.  Once it’s downloaded you can print the invitations our at home or send them to a printer.  One trick I like to use is downloading the invitation as a JPG then having them printed at Costco.  Printing the invitations as pictures that are 5×7 is only a few cents per invitation.

Need Another Shortcut?

If you don’t want to hassle with creating invitations yourself you can always ask me. I’ll need a few details to start, then I’ll give you an option of three different invitations to choose from.  Once you decide which invitation you like, I’ll send it to you to download. All you have to do then is print them off at home or send them to a printer, stuff some envelopes, and send to your guests!

I’m excited to offer this new service and hope that it can help take some of the stress away from your party planning. I love playing around with invitations and am excited to make something beautiful for you!  Email for pricing and invitation details.


4 Ways to Reuse Party Decor and Supplies

I’ve recently seen several posts on Instagram about party planners and stylists that are party decor hoarders.  I would slightly consider myself a part of this group as there are currently four totes of party supplies in my basement waiting to be organized.  So today I thought I’d give any other party supply hoarders out there a few ways to reuse their party decor.   It’s good for the planet and for your party decor stash!

Gift it to Another Party

One of the best feelings is getting multiple uses out of something that you worked so hard to make.  Last year I hosted a Daniel Tiger themed birthday party for my daughter’s 2nd birthday.  I crafted a toddler sized photo booth, garlands and a dessert table backdrop.  It was quite a lot of work.

A few months after the party I posted the party decor on a free community page on Facebook and low and behold there was someone else throwing the same themed party.  I loved that the decor I made was going to be used again and it saved that mom the headache of having to make everything herself.

Turn Streamers into Confetti

Crepe paper streamers are some of the most cost effective ways to decorate a party.  However, what does everyone do with them once the party is over?  Wad them up in a ball and throw them away.  There is a much better use for those leftover streamers, and it involves your home office shredder.  All you have to do is run the streamers through your shredder and you’ll instantly have homemade confetti!

Just be sure to empty your shredder before hand so when you’re done shredding all you’re left with is your confetti and not old bills.  This is also a great way to customize confetti to whatever color scheme you need.

Sell it on Buy/Sell/Trade Sites

Similar to gifting your party decor, you can use community buy/sell/trade sites to offload your stash of party decor while making a few dollars in return.  You’ll get the most return on your reusable party decor if it’s in good condition.  It also helps to have good, clear pictures of what you’re selling along with pictures of how the decor was used at your party.

This is a great option if you don’t think there will ever be a use for the party decor again.  If you host a very specific party and you don’t foresee reusing the decor in your home or for another party in the future, don’t bother storing it, just sell it, or trade it for something you’ll actually use.

Reuse Party Decor as Home Decor

how to reuse party supplies, reuseable party decor, party decor as home decorOne of my favorite ways to reuse party decor is as home decor.  I wrote a whole blog post about it here!  One way to reuse party decor as home decor is through a color scheme.  Find places in your home to work the party color scheme into your home decor.  For example, the above picture is from my daughter’s playroom where there is a pink, teal, purple, and gold color scheme and the tissue tassel garland uses the same colors.  It was from her first birthday and is now reused in the playroom.

If your party decor color scheme doesn’t fit into your home’s color scheme, try reusing it seasonally.  Maybe birthday party decor can be used during the fall or around the holidays.

how to reuse party supplies, reuseable party decor, party decor as home decorDo you think you can use one of the above four ways to reuse your party decor and supplies?  It’s great to reuse it again, not have to throw it away or store a bunch of party decor.  Now onto those bins of party decor that need to be organized……..

I hope you all have a great weekend and get to celebrate something exciting!



Back to School Checklist

Well, I’m back after having a baby and taking a few weeks off.  It was nice, but I missed blogging more than I thought I would.  I especially missed the routine I had gotten into before having the baby.  He’s adorable and cuddly, so I’m enjoying that too!  Check out my Instagram Stories to see a sneak peak of the little guy.

I know most kids have started going back to school, at least they have where I live.  However, my daughter doesn’t start pre-school until August 21st, so I still have time to put this back to school checklist to use and I hope you do too.

I’ve compiled a few items that I think everyone probably needs to think about right before school starts.  I’m sure there are many more that aren’t included on this list that are specific to your school or grade of your child.  If you know of a really good one that we could all be reminded of be sure to leave a note in the comments for us to benefit from.

Click on the picture below to download and print out the checklist to use before school starts!

Some things like school supplies are a no brainer when getting ready for school, but others may need reminding.  Have you gotten all the forms filled out and turned in that are required before school starts? Why are there so many forms?  What about figuring out the routine of before and after school?  I’d recommend doing a dry run before school starts just so everyone in the family knows what they need to do.

Did your homework station survive over the summer?  Does it need a little effort into setting it up again?  Doing so will mean once the kiddos bring home homework they aren’t stumbling looking for a pen or a quiet place to read.

Take some chaos out of the morning shuffle by setting up a lunch packing station in your refrigerator and pantry.  Encouraging your kids to pack their own lunches will also cut down the time to get out the door in the morning.  Having easy snacks, lunches, and drinks on hand and available to throw into a lunchbox will make it much more likely that the kids will do it on their own.

My personal favorite on the checklist is the last item.  I love the idea of hosting a back to school party or an end of summer soiree.  A simple neighborhood ice cream social or a back to school breakfast with a few friends is a great way to celebrate the anticipation of a new school year.  Here are a few parties that do a great job celebrating back to school.

Don’t forget to click on the checklist above and have a handy reminder of all that needs to be done before school starts.  And be sure to leave a comment with your best back to school reminder for us all.   Or let me know what you’re looking forward to the most this school year.


Celebrating everyday!