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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.

Enjoy this Baseballs or Bows Gender Reveal Party complete with a confetti popper gender reveal!3. Wrapping Paper

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.

Bourbon and BBQ themed guy's birthday, plaid and rustic birthday for guy's, bourbon bar5. Twine

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!




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.



Pinterest Trial: Glitter Ice Cubes

Welcome back from the weekend!  I hope you were able to celebrate something!  My husband had a big birthday and it was a lot of fun setting up his party!  You’ll get to see it soon.  Today though I’m trying out something I saw on Pinterest.  You can tell me if you think it was a success or fail.

I recently saw some super cute glitter ice cubes on Pinterest and wanted to give them a try myself.  See the inspiration photo here. I’ll be showing you how I made mine, tips, tricks, and ways to make it better.

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Supplies Needed for Glitter Ice Cubes

  • Distilled water
  • Chunky glitter
  • Ice Cube Trays
  • Small cup with a spout (not pictured)

How to make glitter ice cubes, ice cube bucket, pink and blue glitter ice cubesYou only need a few things to make these glitter ice cubes which is nice.  The distilled water is supposed to give you clearer ice cubes.  That helps the glitter stand out, but I didn’t notice much of a difference in my ice cubes versus regular water.

How to make glitter ice cubes, ice cube bucket, pink and blue glitter ice cubesI would recommend getting the chunkiest glitter you can find.  Fine, small glitter won’t show up as well in the ice cubes.  My glitter was on the smaller size, but all I could find in a pinch.

Glitter Ice Cube Instructions

This DIY can’t really get any easier.  Just fill your ice cube trays with glitter.  I enlisted my three year old assistant and surprisingly didn’t have a huge mess to clean up afterwards.

Another tip I have is to make sure you put quite a bit of glitter in each ice cube.  The more you use, the more it will show up, especially if you are using smaller glitter.  Also, use glitter that is fairly pigmented.  Lighter colors won’t show up as well.

How to make glitter ice cubes, ice cube bucket, pink and blue glitter ice cubesOnce you’ve filled your cubes with glitter, carefully fill with distilled water.  This is where a measuring cup or something similar with a spout comes in very handy.

I’d also recommend stirring your glitter around in the ice cube trays.  Otherwise the glitter just kind of sits in the bottom of the tray.  Or you could try filling with water first, then adding the glitter.

Next, pop them in the freezer until they’re frozen.

How to make glitter ice cubes, ice cube bucket, pink and blue glitter ice cubesDisregard my messy freezer!  Once they’re frozen pop the cubes out of the trays and using them to decorate an ice bucket.  Be sure not to use them in drinks because it’s not safe to drink distilled water or glitter.

How to make glitter ice cubes, ice cube bucket, pink and blue glitter ice cubesI used my glitter ice cubes in a clear vase to dress up a bottle of champagne.  There are so many ways to use these though.  I love the pink and blue glitter we used because it would be perfect for a gender reveal party.  Surprise a new mom with a bucket of glitter ice cubes and a celebratory bottle of champagne after the birth of a baby.  I know I’d love some champagne after 9+ months of no drinking, haha!

Mix up the colors of glitter to coordinate with whatever kind of party you’re hosting.  It would be so cool to make a ton of them to fill a cooler or trough where beverages are located.  Your party guests will think it’s so fun!

Glitter Ice Cube Tips

  • The more glitter the better!
  • The bigger glitter the better!
  • Make more ice cubes than you think you’ll need
  • Stir glitter into the water
  • Don’t use them in drinks!

So do you think this was a fail or a success?  Overall I was happy with how they turned out given it was so easy to make them.  Do you see yourself making glitter ice cubes for one of your parties?  Be sure to follow me on Pinterest to see a ton of party related pins and inspiration.



Balloon Week: DIY Balloon Arch Without Helium

Whew, we made it to the end of the week and through all of the balloon related posts this week.  In the final post, I’m showing you how to make a balloon arch without using helium.  It’s all thanks to one little party decor gadget that has made all of these balloon posts possible.

I recently hosted a #girlpower themed baby shower and wanted to make a fun statement piece, so I thought an arch would be perfect.  But have you priced a helium balloon arch?  They are expensive!  So this is a great alternative to shelling out so much money.

DIY Balloon Arch without Helium, Pink, Black, and White Balloon arch, Balloon installation, entrance statement with balloonsFirst I blew up balloons in various sizes, in various colors matching the party theme.

DIY Balloon Arch without Helium, Pink, Black, and White Balloon arch, Balloon installation, entrance statement with balloonsHere are all the supplies you need.

DIY Balloon Centerpiece and table runner, pink and purple balloon centerpieceNext I used the balloon decorating strip and popped the tied end of the balloon through the holes. I promise, this balloon decorating strip is a game changer when it comes to doing anything with balloons.  This next picture isn’t great, but you can see how the tied end of the balloon goes through the holes in the strip.

Just start popping them into the strip and fill in as necessary.  Then find a doorway to hang the balloons up.  I just taped the strip to the wall and ceiling.  You may have to adjust a few balloons once it’s hanging to get the fullness you desire.  If spots look a little bare, just blow up another balloon and pop it through the hole.

DIY Balloon Arch without Helium, Pink, Black, and White Balloon arch, Balloon installation, entrance statement with balloonsIt makes a great entrance or backdrop to any party.  And all you have to spend out of pocket is about $8 between balloons and the decorating strip.  Although if you don’t have strong lungs you may want to purchase a pump to blow up the balloons.  It only took me about an hour to make this whole arch.  So for not a lot of money and not a lot of time you can have a great statement piece at your party.

DIY Balloon Arch without Helium, Pink, Black, and White Balloon arch, Balloon installation, entrance statement with balloonsI was pretty surprised at how well the balloon arch held up too.  I finished the arch and hung it up about a week before the party and it was still holding up great the day of the party.

There are so many ways to use this method when decorating for a party.  Make an arch like I did, attach the balloon garland to stair handrails, hang a bunch from the ceiling to make a balloon filled background, or attach them to the front of a buffet table.  It would also look great if you tucked other things in between the balloons.  Flowers, streamers, leaves, or garland would look great and fill in any bare spots.

You can bet that I’ll be having a lot more balloon arches and garlands at my upcoming parties, that’s for sure.  Happy 4th of July weekend, be safe and eat a lot of bar-b-que.  If you need some last minute decor inspiration, don’t forget to check out my patriotic front porch.


Balloon Week: Making an Entrance Statement

Day three of Balloon Week is here!  Are you liking these shorter, quick tip, balloon themed posts?  It was fun creating them because I already needed the balloons for different events and now I get to show you all of them.  Today is all about your party entrance.  I’m showing you how to dress it up using balloons.

A couple months ago I had a business anniversary party.  I wanted to do something fun as my guests came in and thought what better way than to dress up the party entrance?

I used my super easy, free balloon weight idea to hold these helium balloons in place along the walkway through my house.

As guests walked in they got to walk through a runway of balloons!  So fun!  It’s a good thing I planned to have them inside because we got a late spring snow storm and were dumped with about 12 inches of snow the night of the party!

This balloon idea is just as versatile as the others I’ve posted this week.  You can change out the colors of balloons to match your party.  But I also love that you can use this idea to make an entrance statement in so many different areas.  Try lining the walkway to your front door, the driveway, or a path to your backyard party.

How about lining the stairs of an event that’s taking place on a second floor?  If you wanted to avoid using helium, you can use this balloon decorating strip to make a balloon garland and attach it to the handrail of the stairs leading to your event.

Grouping the balloons together at your party entrance would be a great statement too.  Grouping balloons together and placing with any signage you have at your event draws attention to what the signs are instructing your guests to do, where to go, or what’s available.

I also love the idea of covering the ceiling with balloons at the entrance to your party.  This would work great especially if there is a foyer area that would contain all of the balloons.  Then your guests could walk through the balloon strings that are dangling down.

What is your favorite way to make a statement at your party entrance?  A sign, balloons, or something else really fun?



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