An Easy Tutorial for DIY Confetti Poppers

Need a quick burst of fun and celebration this morning after a long weekend?  You’re in the right place today! Bonus, this diy is so easy! I am realizing more and more that confetti just makes me so happy.  So, these DIY confetti poppers are the perfect dose of happy when you’re having a down day!

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In the past year I’ve seen a confetti cannon at a concert and now absolutely must have one.  I’ve also done a confetti throwing photo booth at my other company’s convention and it was so fun.  I’m tempted to build my own and put it in my basement.  Or make it a traveling confetti booth for parties, like a photo booth, but with confetti.

For all of you out there that are like, “no way, I don’t want to clean up confetti, that sounds horrible.” Well, let me introduce you to the best confetti cleaner upper, right here.  Especially when you use the wand adapter!

Materials Needed for Confetti Poppers

So to make your own confetti poppers you’ll only need a few things, some of which you probably already have at home.

  • Tissue Paper
  • Confetti
  • Washi Tape (or any small tape)
  • Optional Items:
    • Scissors
    • Twine for a garland
    • Place Cards

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DIY Confetti Popper Tutorial

  1. Cut tissue paper into squares about 6″ x 6″ and add confetti to the middle of the squarediy confetti poppers, easy diy confetti poppers, how to make your own confetti poppers

2. Roll tissue paper up like a tootsie roll, pinching the ends together so the confetti doesn’t come out.

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3. Use washi tape to secure the twisted ends.

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That’s it!  Three steps to fun!

Now that you’ve made confetti poppers, what should you do with them?  Well, I literally just went outside and popped them open and had my daughter do it too.  So this would make a fun and easy craft to do with kids when they’re bored.

To pop the poppers you just have to twist and rip, then all the confetti will come flying out!  Check my Instagram to see me in slow mo popping these!

You can also use them to make fun, interactive party decor.  I made a quick confetti popper garland that can then be taken down and used to pop.

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Just wrap twine around each popper and they’ll be able to slide out of the twine and handed out to guests for popping.

diy confetti poppers, easy diy confetti poppers, how to make your own confetti poppersJust wrap the twine around the end of the confetti popper.  If you wrap it around the middle you run the risk of inadvertently popping them when you’re trying to take them off the garland.

You can also use them for a fun place setting to any dinner party.  Just stick a name card into the popper or tie it to the end of the popper.

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Wouldn’t that make for a fun start or end to your dinner?  I’d actually recommend doing it at the end of the meal so you aren’t getting confetti into any food!

Wasn’t that super easy?  Did I get you as excited about confetti as I am?  If not, come into my confetti photo booth and see if tossing some confetti makes you a little happier.

 

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Fall Front Porch Tour 2018

I’m back spreading more fall cheer today!  I think since I started this blog, I’ve always shared my fall front porch, so I couldn’t let this year go by without doing it again.  So let’s take a quick tour today!

You can see past fall front porch tours here and  here.

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Even though I went more neutral and black and white in my house for fall this year, I couldn’t help but add some fall colors to the front porch.

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It’s funny looking back on the last two years’ front porches and seeing how things are similar, but colors have changed a bit.  I always seem to incorporate these lanterns into the fall front porch decor.

I love how neutral they are.  They add that rustic, brown element during the fall.  But they also work great in the summer time as a light addition to summer hues too.  I got them at Crate & Barrel years ago and can’t seem to find anything similar to link to for you.  I’ll keep checking though.

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Mums are always a must for my fall front porch.  In years past they’ve been orange and purple, but we went with yellow and that burnt orange color this year.  Thankfully, I had a couple metal pails to use as pots to hide the plastic container the mums come in.

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I also changed out the flowers in the railing pots.  Everything I planted there this summer basically died instantly.  So I’m hoping these orange marigolds last a little longer.

Side note, I would love to be an accomplished gardener when I get a little older (read more time when my kids aren’t tiny).  I’m talking I want to be on the same level as Joanna Gaines and her garden house.  I want garden beds, potting tables, sinks, all the gardening tools, a chicken coop, flowers, flowering trellis’. I want it all.

But, I have a long way to go before achieving that considering I kill succulents (very hard to kill plants) like it’s my job.  Maybe after doing some research, getting a gardening education, and some trial and error I’ll be able to do it?  Do you have any gardening book suggestions?

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This fall wreath always makes an appearance on my fall front porch too.  I like that it has a lot of different fall colors in it so it can go any direction I decide to lean each fall.

And let’s just talk about those corn stalks.  I’ve been wanting to incorporate corn stalks on my porch for years.  But every time I go to the store they are sold out.  Last year, I went to three different stores to try and find them.  So when I saw them this year I snapped them up! Well, my husband did.  I didn’t want to try and fit them in my car, but he was able to.

I also used some straw, but don’t even want to tell my husband how much that little bale cost.  See, he comes from farming country where you can literally just go out to the field or barn and get a straw bale three times the size for free.  But living here in the suburbs, you have to pay for these things.

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I’m so proud of my little pumpkin topiary!  All real pumpkins, and I used power tools to put them together!  I’m going to show you how on my Instagram stories.  So go there later today to check it out.  It turned out so cute!

My daughter also insisted that she get a pumpkin to paint when we were buying everything else for the front porch.  I think she did a great job mixing the colors.

Having kids has really taught me that it’s ok not to have a perfect looking house, porch, car, etc.  And it’s ok to incorporate their (usually primary colored things) into our decor.  It’s great for them to see that we care and appreciate the things they make enough to display them.  Do you display your kids’ creations or hide them away because they don’t go with your decor?

That wraps up our front porch tour.  What was your favorite part?  Mine is the topiary!

I’ll add a few spookier things right before Halloween to scare the trick or treaters!

 

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Launch Day! Virtual Party Plans Now Available

I’m so excited for today!  October 1st is full of launches!  I’m launching my line of virtual party plans on the blog today!  My other business is also launching a new product, and #last90days with Rachel Hollis starts today.  Such a great way to end the year!

So, what is a virtual party plan?  Well it’s basically me planning your party for you and delivering it right to your email.  What could relieve stress better than that?

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I’ve recently asked a few questions about what stresses you out about parties over on Instagram and was surprised at some of the answers. Some common party stresses were:

  • not being creative enough to come up with party decor
  • not wanting to spend a bunch of money on one time use party decor
  • party decor takes too long
  • not being able to envision the finished product

The great news is that with a virtual party plan I can solve all of those problems for you!!

What’s included in a Virtual Party Plan

Here is what you’ll get in a virtual party plan from me.

  1. First, you won’t be spending hours and hours feeling overwhelmed on Pinterest, because I’ll do all the research and get all the inspiration for you. No need to feel uncreative.  I’ll find the most creative, yet realistic ideas for your party.
  2. Printable invitations that are designed with your theme in mind.  Just print and send to your guests!Custom party plan for all your party planning needs, invitations, party plan with tons of resources for your party and directions with how to set it up
  3. A party checklist with all of the things needed to create a beautiful and memorable party.  It will be broken down to manageable tasks so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
  4. A detailed timeline telling you exactly when to do everything so you’re not leaving a million things to do on party day.  Preparing early is key to a stress free party.  Preparing for your party over time will make you realize it doesn’t take too long to throw a great party.
  5. Don’t know where to get the things you need for a party?  You’ll receive a resource list with suggested places to purchase all of the decor you’ll need for the party!  Included will be tutorials on how to make things and recipes for the party menu.  Having this list will help you save money because it will keep you focused on the things you need instead of randomly buying things that you don’t end up using.
  6. My favorite part…..you’ll also receive a diagram of how to set up all of the decor that you’ve bought or made.  So there’s no stress in not knowing how to put it all together.  You’ll have a blueprint for a beautiful party!

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Don’t you feel less stressed already knowing that you’ll have me as your personal party planner?  I’m so excited to offer this to my readers and can’t wait to plan your next party!

Here are just a few ideas on the kinds of parties you can have too. A virtual party plan is a great way to plan any kind of party.  Birthday parties, retirement parties, dinner parties, housewarming parties, bridal showers, brunches, holiday parties, baby showers, the list goes on and on!

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How to Get a Virtual Party Plan

To discuss your next party, just email thedailyhostess@gmail.com and we’ll get started planning!

Virtual party plans will start at $49.99 and it’s best to get your party plan at least a month in advance of your party.  So I recommend we start planning at least 5-6 weeks before your party.

 

 

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Tablescape Tuesday: 3 Fall Coffee Table Ideas

It’s Tablescape Tuesday!  One of my very favorite series around here.  It’s a chance to show party centerpieces, dessert tables, styled coffee tables or gift tables.  Today I’m giving you three different fall coffee table ideas.  They range from simple to elaborate, and I hope you can get some inspiration from at least one of them.

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Simple Fall Coffee Table Ideas

I don’t think you can get more basic and simple than by putting a few pumpkins on your coffee table.  I used these black and white buffalo check pumpkins in a group of three.  Simple, but their bold pattern makes a big statement.  I also think putting them in an odd numbered group like three or five makes a bigger impact.

 

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Easy Fall Coffee Table Idea

Next up is a coffee table tablescape that’s a little more involved.  It uses things you probably already have on your coffee table though, so that’s easy.

Just mix your typical books and coasters in with some more natural fall elements like pine cones.

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I used a black and white Ugandan made basket to tie into my fall color pallet of black and white.  I also removed the covers of the books to keep them more in line with my color scheme.

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Another way to use natural elements is to collect twigs, branches, or even weeds to put into a vase on your coffee table.  It will bring the outside in and bonus points if they are fall colors!

Advanced Fall Coffee Table Idea

This last fall coffee table look is more advanced and involves using several different accessories.  Plus, it’s a mix and match of the previous two looks.

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I took the same book stack with a pumpkin from the second look and added in some greenery.  With everything corralled on a whicker tray this fall coffee table look is all contained in one area.

I love the texture that the whicker tray provides and the life that the greenery gives. I do plan on switching out the greenery for some eucalyptus leaves a little further into the season.

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Which is your favorite look?  Do you think any of them are too difficult for you to replicate?  Did you gain any inspiration from them?

It feels like because we have little kids people are always surprised we have a coffee table, let alone stuff on it.  But I think because I’ve never changed my decorating style since having kids, they are just used to it.  Neither of them bothers the things I have out.

That is until I change things up.  When I switch stuff out for the season the first couple days they tend to explore things a little more.  But then, like usual, they get used to it and lose interest.

What’s typically on your coffee table?

 

 

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10 First Anniversary Gift Ideas

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend. We finally spent a weekend at home and it was so nice.  I feel like I got quite a bit accomplished which is always a good feeling.  Plus, this week marks my ninth wedding anniversary, so it’s a happy week!

My husband and I decided before our first anniversary that we would try to stick with giving each other gifts that follow the list of the traditional wedding gifts.  The traditional first anniversary gift is paper.

I know paper doesn’t sound too exciting, but the list starts out with smaller, less expensive gifts and gradually gets larger and more expensive.

There are a ton of fun gift ideas for paper that follow the traditional list, but are more exciting than just a pad of paper.  Check out 10 gift ideas I’ve rounded up below.

And as far as our first anniversary, we spent it in Maui (we lived on Oahu at the time), and I got my husband a leather bound journal, and my husband got me a few books to help start my business.  It’s so easy to remember the gifts when you know what the theme was.  I can probably remember every year so far.

10 First Anniversary Gift Ideas

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1 // Paper Airplane Cufflinks
These cufflinks are so cute because they fit into the paper them without actually being paper!

2 // Paper Lyrics
Displaying your wedding song lyrics in a pretty way is a great way to remember your first dance.

3 // Paper Lanterns
I just love that you can buy these paper lanterns to have your own sky lantern celebration.  Try writing a wish or hope for your marriage on the lantern before sending them off in the night sky.  They look so pretty floating through the sky.

4 // Cocktail Recipe Cards:
If your spouse loves to mix up fun drinks, grab these cocktail recipe cards.  Made from paper, but cute and ready to help you remember how to make that Manhattan or Old Fashioned.

5 // Paper Map
Getting a map of a particular place is such a great way to remember how special that place was.  Maybe it’s where you met, or honeymooned, or where your first kiss was?

6 // Coffee Table Book
A book is a pretty classic way to give a paper gift.  But I love the idea of giving a coffee table book about a subject that your spouse loves.  It’s something that can be set out and displayed.  Every time you see it on display it will remind both of you of your first anniversary.

7 // Journal
Another classic gift, a journal.  But this one is different!  This is a journal of bucket list items.  It has space to write in everything you ever want to accomplish on your bucket list and space to document when and how it was accomplished.  So fun!

8 // Personalized Stationary
Although stationary is more of a classic paper gift, it is so fun as a woman to see your new married name.  Personalizing the stationary to reflect that is a great gift!

9 // Lunchbox Notes
Does your spouse take their lunch to work?  Try slipping a few of these notes in their lunchbox for a fun mid-day surprise!

10 // Fancy Playing Cards

Oh man, when I look back at our first year of marriage I think about how much we were still getting to know each other and the time we had to do it before kids came along.  Gifting some playing cards and learning how to play a game together is such a great bonding experience.

I hope some of these paper anniversary gifts gave you some inspiration for your own first anniversary.  Or if you’re already well past that point, maybe it made you reflect on your first year of marriage or your favorite anniversary gift.

We’ll be celebrating nine years this week and going to paint our own pottery since pottery is the traditional ninth wedding anniversary gift.  I love that it’s going to be an experience too!

How many years have you been married?  Do you celebrate with the traditional wedding anniversary gifts, or another fun way?

 

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Celebrating everyday!