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5 Must Have Party Decor Items

There are a few things that are always in stock in my craft cabinet and party supply bin.  I’m going over my top five must have party decor items today.  The best part is you probably already have these at home.  If you don’t already have them they are very inexpensive to purchase.

1. Tissue Paper

The easiest supply to make a variety of party decor from is tissue paper.  It is very inexpensive, but can be made into so many things you really get your money’s worth.  Or if you’re like me, you save tissue paper from every gift you get and then you have a free supply of tissue paper.

My favorite way to use tissue paper for party decor is to make tissue paper tassel garlands.  There are about a million tutorials on Pinterest, but this one is really easy to follow.  I’ve used these kinds of garlands for everything from birthdays to baby showers.  I even reused them as home decor in our playroom.

how to reuse party supplies, reuseable party decor, party decor as home decorIt’s nice that the garlands pack up and store well too.  Just bundle them up with all of the tassels in the same direction and you can use them again and again.

Another easy way to use tissue paper as party decor is to make tissue paper poms.  Or you can use tissue paper to make large paper flowers as decor.  Again, with either of these decor items scrunching them up to store away is simple and it doesn’t matter if it gets wrinkled.

2. Crepe Paper

Another really inexpensive party decor item that can be used in so many different ways is crepe paper.  Until recently I strayed away from using it, but there are so many ways to dress it up.

If you’re using standard sized crepe paper try using this tutorial from Made Everyday with Dana to make ruffled streamers.  I recently took a little sewing class from my neighbor and think I’m minimally skilled enough to try these myself.  How hard could it be to sew a straight line?  The colors and ruffles are so cute.  I love the idea of packaging it up and sending it for a birthday gift!

If you don’t want to bust out a sewing machine to dress up crepe paper, using it as a large installation or backdrop is much easier and makes a big impact.

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I also like using this wider and thicker crepe paper to make fringed garland as a back drop like I did for our gender reveal party.

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Another multi-purpose party decor item is wrapping paper.  Obviously it’s used to wrap party gifts.  But I love to use it in so many other ways.  It’s the perfect table runner or backdrop. See how I use wrapping paper in all of these past parties.  I also think it’s a great idea to wrap boxes in coordinating paper to use throughout your party as height variations on a buffet table or sitting out as decor.

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4.  Vases and Vessels

This category is so broad because so many different kinds of vessels can be used as party decor.  I love using little buckets to hold flatware and napkins on a buffet table.  Obviously vases are great for floral arrangements.  But thinking outside the box is great too.

Try using a crate as a centerpiece or to hold party favors.  This old whiskey crate was a big part of the Bourbon and BBQ themed birthday party I hosted for my husband.

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Now, you need something to hold up all of these simple party decor items.  Twine of all sizes is my go to when I need to string a garland or tie a bow around a package.  I use a variety of twine.  Rustic burlap twine for heavier projects, red and white baker’s twine for things in the kitchen, and a thinner white twine for all kinds of decor.

There you have it five must have party decor items that you probably already have at home.  Do you have any of these lying around you could whip into a fun garland or banner to celebrate it being the weekend? I hope you have a great weekend, see you back here next week!

 

 

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How to Create an Organized Garage Mudroom

The simplest answer to the title question of this post is to have a baby.  Specifically have a baby with a husband who can’t sit still for too long. Within the two weeks after having our new baby three major house projects got completed.  Whohoo!  I’m going to show you how we created more space and storage in our garage by making a garage mudroom.

The first thing that was done, thanks to my husband and Father-in-law, was putting up hanging storage shelves above the garage door.  These allowed us to get a lot of things off the floor and make room for a new mud room area.

Once things were a little more cleared out, work got started on the garage mudroom area.  I used a variety of inspiration pictures from Pinterest to create a seating area, shoe storage, and a place to quickly put coats. Another main reason for our garage mudroom, especially since we have one inside also, is to keep the winter nastiness outside.  I don’t want wet snow, dirty snow, or frozen snow in my house.

Garage mudroom ideas, garage organization ideas, garage mudroom diy, garage storage, garage storage ideas, garage mudroomWe used some adjustable shelves for shoe storage.  The best part is that we can move the shelves to fit whatever types of shoes we’re wearing for the season.Garage mudroom ideas, garage organization ideas, garage mudroom diy, garage storage, garage storage ideas, garage mudroomThe bench is completely custom with my husband and Father-in-law practically making a puzzle to fill in the awkward space next to the stairs.  It’s great to have a place to sit down to be able to put shoes and boots on and off.  The cubbies underneath give us a space to put those random things that collect in places like this.  I also plan to put a boot tray in the larger cubby to contain that winter nastiness I talked about before.  A cozy rug dresses up the space as well.

Garage mudroom ideas, garage organization ideas, garage mudroom diy, garage storage, garage storage ideas, garage mudroomI think my favorite part of the garage mudroom are the hooks.  I love how the black, chunky hooks pop off the white wall.  Surprisingly we found the hooks at Home Depot.  We were able to use some leftover wood and added the hooks onto them.  They are at the perfect height to throw your coat over as you’re going up the stairs into the house.

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Garage mudroom ideas, garage organization ideas, garage mudroom diy, garage storage, garage storage ideas, garage mudroomThere are still a few things I may add to the garage mudroom to dress it up and make it cozier.  I’m thinking a pillow or two might make the bench even better.  Is it weird to have throw pillows in your garage?  I need to get that boot tray and figure out exactly what is going in the bins under the bench.  Labeling those bins will make it much more likely that they’ll be used appropriately.

This project also spurred the repainting of all the concrete skirting in the garage and the stairs into the house.  It looks so much cleaner and crisper now.  Plus, I won’t have to worry about the dark colored stairs looking dirty.  Now to figure out what color to paint the door.  I want something dark that will help to camouflage dirt, but black isn’t going to work with the stair color.  Maybe a fun color like a dark teal?

Garage mudroom ideas, garage organization ideas, garage mudroom diy, garage storage, garage storage ideas, garage mudroomI’m so grateful that the project got done and I’m anxious to see how we put it to use this winter.  Three cheers for my husband and Father-in-law working so hard to get it done while I was in baby-ville.  Stay tuned because the other project they completed will be in an updated room tour of our Master bedroom.  It’s a good one, so you don’t want to miss that.

 

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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 canva.com 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 canva.com, 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 thedailyhostess@gmail.com for pricing and invitation details.

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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!

 

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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.

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