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How to Make a Quick Photo Backdrop

I recently celebrated one year in business and I threw a girls night party with a fun photo backdrop.  There were also lots of cupcakes, mini cheesecakes and cookies. Plus, I mixed up a delicious, spring time, strawberry rose sangria.  There was also a non-alcoholic drink that was equally delicious.  A cucumber orange sparkling lemonade, yum!

Here are a few pictures from the party, then we’ll get into all the details for a simple diy photo backdrop.

Cupcakes and cocktails party, with a simple DIY photo backdrop, photo booth how toCupcakes and cocktails party, with a simple DIY photo backdrop, photo booth how toCupcakes and cocktails party, with a simple DIY photo backdrop, photo booth how toCupcakes and cocktails party, with a simple DIY photo backdrop, photo booth how toSo, this may be the simplest photo backdrop ever, but I thought I’d share it with all of you.  It’s basically four easy steps.

First, find a doorway you want to use as your backdrop area.  The area should be well lit so the pictures turn out great.

Second, find the fabric you’d like to use for your backdrop.  I highly recommend getting fabric that is thick and not sheer.  It will work best for your backdrop.  Be sure to measure your doorway so you know how large of a piece of fabric to get.

Here are the supplies that you’ll need for the next step in this simple process.

  • Hole Punch
  • Grommets
  • Grommet Tool
  • Hammer (not pictured)

Then, add grommets to the corners of the fabric at the top.  This is the hardest part of the process, but it’s not actually that bad.  Use a hole punch or even just scissors to cut a small hole in your fabric where you want the grommets.  Then following the instructions on the grommet package add the front and back pieces of the grommets. When you’re done you should have a nice sturdy hole to hang the fabric on.

Lastly, pop a small nail above the doorway you’re using for your backdrop, then just hang your fabric photo backdrop on the nails.  Ta-da!  Super easy!  And the best part is that it’s not going to fall down throughout your event, like if you used tape.

Now, don’t be worried about putting a hole in your wall.  Use a small nail, and you’ll never even notice a hole when you take the backdrop down.  Plus, if you do notice the hole, a tiny amount of nail filler is all that’s needed.

I love having a dedicated space for guests to take fun pictures while they’re at your party.  Be sure to supply fun props like silly masks, necklaces, hats, or sunglasses.  If you don’t have a dedicated photographer to take everyone’s picture all night, use a selfie stick at your photo booth for everyone to take their own.

Now, who is going to use this simple DIY and create a photo booth at your next event?  I’m sure it will be a fun place to get guests involved in the party and definitely some fun photos!  I hope you have a great Friday and weekend!

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Cinco de Mayo Inspired Bar Cart

Well tomorrow is a fun day.  The combination of Cinco de Mayo and Friday in the same day just calls for a celebration doesn’t it?  So let’s celebrate at home with a little bar cart drink.  Let’s face it, going to any Mexican restaurant on Cinco de Mayo will be crazy.

To celebrate I threw together a colorful bar cart ready for a drink.

Colorful Cinco de Mayo bar cart inspiration, citrus lemonadeColorful Cinco de Mayo bar cart inspiration, citrus lemonadeI found this tutorial on how to make DIY crepe paper picado streamers.  How simple, yet how cute!  I probably should have paid a little more attention to the directions before making mine, but I think they  still turned out pretty fun.

I also love that this kind of party decor is a great way to use all of that extra crepe paper that you probably have lying around after a party.  Plus, the more variety of colors the better!

Colorful Cinco de Mayo bar cart inspiration, citrus lemonadeFor a Cinco de Mayo drink I made a quick citrus lemonade.  It’s pretty simple by just muddling some cucumbers and oranges in a pitcher, then I added some lemonade.  Afterwards I dumped in a bunch of club soda for a little fizz and to cut down on the sweetness of the lemonade.

Colorful Cinco de Mayo bar cart inspiration, citrus lemonadeYou could always add in something alcoholic if you’d like, but thanks to this baby, I’ll be avoiding it.

Colorful Cinco de Mayo bar cart inspiration, citrus lemonadeHaving the option for your guests is great.  I also highly recommend this Sangria.  We buy it at Costco and it’s the perfect combination of wine, sweetness, and fruit.  Adding a little extra fruit like apples, oranges, or berries makes it even more delicious.

Colorful Cinco de Mayo bar cart inspiration, citrus lemonadeI hope this little celebration inspires you to whip up one of your own and have quite the party on Cinco de Mayo.  Or even just a little party at home.  It’s just another way to celebrate life’s moments!  Have a great weekend friends!

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April Party Round Up

Welcome to April!  It’s the beginning of the month again, and I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you to set some goals!  Also, I love reminding you about all of the upcoming holidays or special events this month that are a great reason to celebrate.  Here’s April’s Party Round Up.

April 16th: Easter

The big holiday this month is obviously Easter.  There are so many great ways to celebrate.  I’ll be showing you lots of Easter inspiration over the next couple of weeks.  Including tablescapes, recipes, and crafts.  So stay tuned for that!

April 17th: Patriot’s Day

If you’re from the Northeast or live in New England, you know all about this day.  However, if you don’t, Patriot’s Day is celebrated in New England to commemorate the Battles of Lexington and Concord.  Both were fought near Boston.  To celebrate, and maybe educate your family, why not have a New England Clam chowder night and read all about the battles?  I think this recipe looks delicious.  Putting together a lantern centerpiece is a great way to remember Paul Revere’s ride to warn that the Redcoats were coming.  You know, “one if by land, two if by sea.”

April 22nd: Earth Day

I remember Earth Day being kind of a big deal growing up in school.  But as I’ve gotten older, it doesn’t seem like it’s celebrated as much.  I love these two Earth Day parties and how they really tried to incorporate the ideals of reduce, reuse, and recycle into the party.  It’s a great day to do some volunteering and then celebrate with a party!

I love the use of washi tape covered bamboo utensils at this party.  And those potted herbs make the perfect centerpiece or party favor.

After looking at this party, I want to go there and play around on the tree house that is the backdrop for this party.  So much fun!  The use of furniture outside is great, and I love the globes that were used.

April 27th: Take Your Daughter to Work Day

Unfortunately, I never really got to do this when I was growing up because school seemed to be more important.  However, I love the idea of celebrating this day with your daughter or son!  A few ways I’d recommend celebrating the day:

  • A special picture to commemorate the occasion
  • Creating a personalized work space for your daughter/son to “work” at while in your office
  • Matching outfits, or a more professional outfit for your child
  • A special work lunch with coworkers and their children

April 28th: Arbor Day

This day is probably not on many people’s radar, but it’s a great day to help educate your family or teach your children something.  There are typically a lot of volunteer opportunities throughout different communities to help plant trees.  If that’s not an option for your area another great idea is to go on a nature walk to collect tree branches or sticks and then complete a craft using them.  I love the idea of making a hanging picture display like the one below.  Pictures could be switched out for your child’s art or inspirational quotes in your work space.

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via Etsy

That’s April in a nutshell, I hope you decide to celebrate some of these occasions.  If you do be sure to tell me in the comments, or on my Facebook page.  I’d love to see how you interpret each holiday.  Like I said before, stay tuned the next couple of weeks for a lot of Easter inspiration!

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3 Simple Ways to Wrap Pretty Gifts

Cheers friends, it’s Friday!!  I hope you have awesome plans for the weekend!  If you have any events this weekend that require you to take a gift, be sure to check this post out.  I’m giving you three easy ways to wrap gifts and make them pretty.

Fringed Bow

First up, is this fringed tissue paper bow.  It’s super easy to make and I’m sure you already have all the supplies you need.  It’s great for any last minute gifts or if you run out of bows and ribbon.

Three easy ways to wrap pretty gifts. wrap presents, make presents pretty, pretty gifts, fun gift decorThree easy ways to wrap pretty gifts. wrap presents, make presents pretty, pretty gifts, fun gift decorTo make this fringed bow, all you need are tissue paper, scissors, and tape.  First, cut your tissue paper into long strips.  Then, cut fringe into the long strip about 2/3 of the way across the strip.  Next, lay the fringed strip out flat and start rolling it from one end to the other.  It will make a rolled up “wand” type of shape.

The shape isn’t too important, so just play around with rolling it to get the desired shape you want.  I taped about four fringed “wands” to the corner of the gift and called it good.

You could also put them on the gift in a different pattern to cover up your taped areas, or hot glue them to the gift in a fun pattern.  Think pinwheels, stars, or a leaf pattern.

Pom Pom Package

The next super easy gift wrapping idea is to use pom poms for a fun addition to your gifts.

Three easy ways to wrap pretty gifts. wrap presents, make presents pretty, pretty gifts, fun gift decorThree easy ways to wrap pretty gifts. wrap presents, make presents pretty, pretty gifts, fun gift decorUsing simple brown kraft paper, I wrapped my gift then simply hot glued some colorful pom poms to the top of the gift.  I love the fun and unexpected addition of the pom poms, and how they stand out against the brown paper.

Add them to your gifts in a pattern or pile them up to make a big bow.  This method is great if you have to pack or travel with a gift because you don’t have to worry about bows or ribbon getting smashed.  The pom poms are really forgiving so they’ll bounce back after traveling.

Satin Ribbon

You can literally never go wrong wrapping gifts with some pretty paper and adding a big satin ribbon bow.

Three easy ways to wrap pretty gifts. wrap presents, make presents pretty, pretty gifts, fun gift decorThree easy ways to wrap pretty gifts. wrap presents, make presents pretty, pretty gifts, fun gift decorI love this hot pink satin ribbon.  The color is so vibrant.  I loved it so much I didn’t want to trim the ends of the ribbon because I didn’t want to lose any of the ribbon.

It would look amazing to wrap a bunch of packages in coordinating colors of your party and stack them up as party decor or use them to denote where the gift table is located.

Here are some great resources for satin ribbon.  Paper Mart has an amazing selection of colors and different satin fabrics.  Plus 25 yards per roll is a great quantity. Joann’s is another great craft store to purchase satin ribbon and there are probably one or two near you.  You can never fail with a quick search on Amazon either.  Get this highly reviewed ribbon collection in two days with Amazon Prime for a really reasonable price.

Which is your favorite wrapping technique?  Shout it out in the comments by clicking on that talking bubble at the bottom of this post.  I hope you have a great weekend and get to celebrate something fun!

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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.

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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.

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Military themed artwork at a Navy Organization party.

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Turn books around to get a cohesive color palate.

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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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