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17th Sep2012

Golf Themed Baby Shower Sneak Peek

by Dinah Wulf

One of my best friends is having a baby boy (yay!) and she asked me to help with the decorations for a Golf Themed Co-ed Baby Shower.  The shower is not for several weeks but I wanted to show you this Golf Themed Baby Shower Sneak Peek.  If you know me you’d know that I am far from being a procrastinator.  I’ve always been that way. My term papers in high school and college were drafted, revised, and completed days before the deadline.  In my career I was obsessed with hitting goals early in the month.  I guess you could say that I’m a bit anal retentive, always needing to be in control, and getting this started and finished early gives me that control. As a result, I started the decorations for this party very early.

I decided to use the grass mats I used for my Butterfly Garden Party I had for my daughter’s birthday party.  I thought they’d make a cute putting green. I bought some fun green and navy blue pinstriped and argyle decorative paper and made a few signs that say, “Daddy’s Little Caddy”, “Titleist in the Making”, “It’s a boy”, and “Let’s Par Tee.”

I gathered some small apothecary jars and filled them with golf balls and golf tees.  By the way, if you decide to do a golf theme party like this, purchase the plastic practice balls versus actual golf balls.  It’ll save you so much money!  I found them at Walmart.  They were less than $2 for a dozen golf balls.

We are playing a few games.  One of them is the baby food game (pictured above) where each person has to guess what food is in the jar by smelling it.  The person who has the most correct wins a prize.

I can’t wait to show you the rest of it!  Stay tuned!

 

10th Sep2012

Elegant Black and Red Anniversary Party

by Dinah Wulf

There something chic and exotic about black and red.  This color combination is the formula to throwing a memorable and sophisticated party.  I wanted to share an elegant Black and Red Anniversary Party, styled and decorated by Maily Cano.

 Maily’s floral hobby is truly an art.  She has a natural knack for party planning and decorating.  For this anniversary party, she created gorgeous red and black floral centerpieces in tall vases for each table.  It fashioned both height and depth to the party decor.

 She draped each rose filled centerpiece with black feathers and black beads.  This is an inexpensive way to add class and style.  Consider using crystals as well.

A single rose bud in a small glass cup was placed at each place setting.  It’s a simple touch that adds a lot of elegance.  Each table was covered with red table cloths and red linen napkins.

Maily printed the evening’s menu featuring each course in simple black script on white cardstock and made a matching place card for each guest. She tucked each menu into each napkin creating a nice presentation.

Another, gorgeous party, Maily!  If you haven’t had a chance to view Maily’s parties, check out some of her other floral masterpieces or the sassy and pink Hello Kitty party she hosted for her niece. 

All Black and Red Anniversary Party photos were taken by Brendan Cao Photography.

 

04th Sep2012

Owl Themed First Birthday

by Dinah Wulf

I know I’ve showed you my YouTube video for how to make these Owl Decorations (It’s below if you missed it), but I also wanted to share some of the party with you.  I wasn’t able to go early and help set up, but I did get the decorations to my cousin in time so she could.  She did a great job on this Owl Themed First Birthday party for her daughter.

We framed a few pictures from free images we found on Google images to fit the retro owl inspired theme and wrote saying like, “Hooty hoot! Tricia is one!”, “Whooo’s turning one?”, and “Hope you’re having a hoot!”  She also had the banner up, but for some reason no one took a picture of it, so here it is sitting on my floor!

She put fresh flowers and succulents (I love the mixture) in recycled glass jars that I provided for her.  We dressed them up a little with ribbon trim.  The mini flower arrangements were spread throughout the party on the guest tables and food tables.  She placed the owl lawn decorations in the vases which created height and whimsy.

Complete with an original recording of a Happy Birthday song written especially for the birthday girl and owl cupcakes made with Oreo cookie eyes and candy corn beaks, this party was so much fun!

Oh!  Here is the video tutorial for the owls in case you missed it!  I also have the text and photo tutorial if you prefer as well.

Thanks for reading!

P.S.  Here are the Thank You cards I made for my cousin using my AMAZING photo printer.

 

Check out more Birthday Theme Party Ideas:

 

29th Aug2012

Mickey Mouse Theme Party

by Dinah Wulf

I have another fabulous party done by my best friend Jennifer Hostetler.  This time, she did a Mickey Mouse theme party for her daughter’s second birthday party.  She did an amazing job!

Here are some of the details of this Mickey Mouse Theme Party.

Much of the decoration was in the food table and dessert table.  After all, that’s where the guests spend most of the time right?  The primary color pallet was red, yellow, and black.  Jen bought inexpensive red and white polka dotted fabric from the craft store.  She draped it to create a back drop for goodies table.  Jen made accordion decorations and a flag banner the said “Hot Diggity Dog”.  To save money, everything from the caramel apples to the rice krispie treat Mickey heads was homemade.  She cleverly used marshmallows and Oreo cookies for mouse ears.  Jennifer also made a sweet flag banner with Becca’s name on it to adorn the red and yellow Mickey cake.  She had some photos on canvas made of Becca dressed in red and black.

Outside, Jennifer had a hot dog bar complete with all the toppings.  She had a large birthday banner and yellow and red lanterns to frame the table.  Using a circle cutter, Jennifer made several Mickey Mouse heads, scattered throughout on the tables and walls.

The party was a success and we all had a great time.  Thank you, Jen for sharing another amazing party with us!

Check out more of Jennifer’s Parties:

 

 

23rd Aug2012

Circus Theme Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

One of my most popular posts is the carnival circus theme party my best friend Jenny did.  I get emails all the time about how she made the centerpieces, games, and decorations.  With so much imagination and creativeness out there, I thought I’d share some more circus theme party ideas I have come across.  These are such great and simple decorating, favor, and entertainment party ideas that anyone can do for little cost.  Here we go!

This is so cute! There are so many ideas in this site but this one caught my eye.  I believe it is marshmallows to look like popcorn!

What a spread on this vintage inspired circus party! It’s fabulous!

These goldfish favors are a very cute, simple, and inexpensive favor idea by Thoughtfully Simple.

Other ideas from Thoughtfully Simple are these cute hot dog stand with easy to grab chips and a photo booth… just like the real circus!

This is also a great colorful and tasty circus party favor idea.  I’ve seen these plastic popcorn buckets in the $1 bins and several retail stores.

You can’t have a circus themed party if you don’t have red clown noses!  This is a clever and fun idea.

If you’re stuck indoors, this is a smart solution for a big top feel.  Use plastic party table cloths or streamers to get the full effect.

I hope you try these out!  I’d love it if you came back to share it if you do!

 

16th Aug2012

Butterfly and Garden Theme Party Video

by Dinah Wulf

Just a quick post today!  I wanted to share the Butterfly and Garden Theme Party Video I made that’s up on YouTube now.  It’s just a short 2 minutes of my daughter’s second birthday party.   It’s full of decoration, food and drink, and DIY party ideas.  Here it is! Thank you so much for watching; I had a blast making it!

Since I had so much to share for my daughter’s birthday party I broke the written blog posts into: Summer Birthday Party Sneak PeekSummer Birthday Party Decorations, and Summer Birthday Party Food and Drink. Check them out for the full party details shown in this video.

 

Also, for those of you interested in blogging here’s a YouTube interview I did with Loren from Pandora’s Craft Box! It’s a short interview about her blogging journey.  I’m hoping to do more interviews with other fellow bloggers soon!  If you are a blogger and would like to be interviewed, please feel free to email me at dwulf@diyinspired.com. I would love to interview you!

Thanks, Loren for a great interview and for being my guinea pig!  For all of my YouTube videos, check out my channel! Oh and P.S. Don’t laugh I am new at this! :)

 

 

14th Aug2012

Owl Party Decorations Video Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

OK, here we go.  I decided it might be fun to try doing YouTube video tutorials.  THIS IS MY FIRST ONE…AHHHHH! Don’t ask me why this is so nerve racking to share.  Shyness? Insecurity? Fear? All of the above…

Seeing yourself in a video is weird.  I do recall that when I was 12 years old, I somehow got sucked into doing a local commercial for WIC.  They made me the token pregnant teenager and my line was, “I’m a pregnant teen and I love the peanut butter.”  Uh, what?  Anyway, it was weird then and it’s weird now but here is goes!

I wanted to start with something simple. This is a tutorial for the Owl Party Decorations I posted earlier.  I just wanted to get your honest feedback on it!  By the way, this will suck up 6 minutes of your time so BEWARE!

Thanks in advance for sticking it out and watching!

P.S. If you don’t know me (I mean know me know me), I sound like I’m still 12 years old…

P.P.S. Here is what they look like:

 

Owl Party Decorations Video Tutorial

 

08th Aug2012

Owl Themed Invitations

by Dinah Wulf

I was asked to help with an Owl Themed first birthday party for the end of this month.  Naturally I’m SUPER excited about it!  My cousin (Hostess) was inspired by retro style cartoon owls.  She sent me a few pictures and I was able to come up with these DIY invitations.  I created a mock up for her (pictured below) and she was super happy.  Here is how I made these Owl Themed Invitations.

The size of the invitation was very strategic for me because it is the most budget friendly.  Therefore, using my measurements for this tutorial will be most cost effective for you.  One 12X12 sheet of scrapbook paper will make 6 base invitations (as shown).  This tutorial is for 24 invitations.

Here are the materials you need:

  • Paper Cutter
  • 1.5” circle craft punch (eyeball)
  • 1” flower punch (iris)
  • Small flower or circle punch (pupil)
  • Small whole punch to connect the wings to the body with a brad
  • Glue and double sided tape.
  • Brads
  • Circular Plate
  • Computer Paper to print information
  • Scrapbook Paper
    • 4 sheets patterned paper for the body cut in 6 – 4”x6” invites
    • 7 – 2”X12” solid color strips for the eyeball
    • 5 – 1.5”X12” solid color strips for flower iris
    • 3 – 1”X12” black or brown strips for pupils
    • 6 – 3”X12” strips for the wings in the same color paper as the eyeball

The photos are self-explanatory but here are some helpful tips:

  1. I found it easiest to use a small paint brush to apply the glue for the eyes since the pieces are so small.
  2. Create a pattern, trace, and cut, for the wings.  One wing strip will make four wings for two invitations.
  3. Use a circular plate and a pencil to trace out the owls ears and rounded bottom as shown.
  4. The envelop size is a standard invitation size of 4.75”X6.5”.  You can purchase a pack of 20 for about $5.00 and any craft supply store.

Here are some the AFTER photos.

 

Here is the YouTube tutorial I made:

 

06th Aug2012

Summer Birthday Party Food and Drink

by Dinah Wulf

Since I had so much to share for my daughter’s birthday party I broke the posts into: Summer Birthday Party Sneak Peek, Summer Birthday Party Decorations, and today’s post Summer Birthday Party Food and Drink. Let’s get to it!

Food

We had a hot dog bar complete with all the toppings, sauces, and recipe suggestions.  Here are the Hot Dog Recipes I used:

  • LA Mexican- Jalapenos and bacon
  • Texas- BBQ, cheddar, onions
  • New York- mustard and sauerkraut
  • Coney Island- chili, mustard, onion
  • Southern- ketchup, mustard, onions, pickles, chili
  • Chicago- mustard, relish, tomatoes, onions, pickles, peppers, celery salt
  • Hawaiian- ham, pineapple, onion, mayo
  • Southwest- Corn, olives, cheese, onions, ranch
  • Mia- EVERYTHING!

For sides I served potato salad, fruit skewers, party mix, chips, pretzels, jello with whipped cream, and cookies.

Drinks

I used a dresser to display the drinks.  I also kept the extra hot dog buns and chips in the drawers for easy access.  I simply made lemonade with sliced lemons, and strawberry lemonade with sliced strawberries.  I also have a jug of ice water on hand and a bottle of citrus vodka if the adults wanted to add a little kick to their drinks!

Decorate Your Own Cupcake

This station was a hit because it doubled as an activity for the kids.  It also made it cheap and easy to get plain non decorated cupcakes.  The topping I put out were chocolate chips, mini M&M’s, marshmallows, mini Oreos, gum drops, and chocolate balls.  I also had caramel, chocolate, raspberry sauces and whipped cream.

The party was a blast! I couldn’t thank my friends and family enough for all the help!!

 

 

02nd Aug2012

Summer Birthday Party Decorations

by Dinah Wulf

OK, so I decided that since I feel like I have so much to share about this party, I needed to break up my posts.  Yesterday, I did a post on a Summer Birthday Party Sneak Peek; today I want to share Summer Birthday Party Decorations including favors and games.  Next week, I’ll share Summer Birthday Party Food and Drink.

Flowers

First, the flowers!!  My amazing friend Maily (who loves this stuff as much as I do… maybe more), brought over some fresh cut flowers from her Mother’s and Sister’s gardens the day before the party.  Between the two of us, we gathered several glass jars, vases, and even old pickle, jelly, and sauce jars to arrange the flowers in.  We kept the flowers inside in the cool over night to keep them as fresh as possible.  We scattered the arrangements on the guest and food tables.

Decorations

I made Burlap Butterfly Wall Art and a Repurposed Plant Hanger Chandelier for the party.  I also hung several butterflies, garden umbrellas, and lanterns on fishing line.  I designed a party banner online and I also made framed signs like, “decorate your own cupcake” and “happy birthday Mia” for the tables.

Game

Because we had a bounce house, shaved ice station, and a cupcake decorating station, I decided to only do one game.  It was essentially hot potato played with a large gift.  I wrapped three prizes, the best prize in the smallest package, the 2nd place prize in the next package, and the third place prize in the largest package all inside one another.  For example, the third place winner got the smallest prize in the largest package.

Favors

Towards the end of spring, I started shopping for favors for this party because I knew all the spring items would be marked down drastically.  I was able to find these great $8 butterfly nets for $2!!  I made small packages with candy, and bugs for the boys and butterflies for the girls.

Come back next week to see Summer Birthday Party Food and Drink!

 

01st Aug2012

Summer Birthday Party Sneak Peek

by Dinah Wulf

Being me, I should know better when I tell myself I’ll just have a small get together for my daughter’s birthday this year. It wasn’t large by any means, but it is just impossible for me to relax order some pizza the day of the party, bake cupcakes, throw up a balloon and streamers, and let the kids play. Oh no! I actually lose sleep over this kind of stuff. Oye!  Anyway, I thought I’d take the time and show you the part of the process for this Summer Birthday Party Sneak Peek.

It’s easiest to start with the small stuff.  Paper crafts are a simple way to spruce up any party.  I made little straw flags out of address labels that said “Mia’s 2!” on them.  I also used address labels to print a “Thank you for coming” sign on that butterfly net and bug catcher party favors.  I found colorful little frames in the dollar bin at a craft store and printed my daughter’s letters and age, used a craft punch, and layered it with burlap.  We also had a hot dog bar so I had a large framed board of topping suggestions.  For example, a Texas Dog is BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, and onions while a New York dog is mustard and sauerkraut.  I also framed the hot dog recipe suggestions to place at each table.  I made labels for all the hot dog topping sauces like ketchup, mustard, ranch, and BBQ sauce, and I also made labels for the sauces on the cupcake decorating table.

For the decorations, my friends and family helped.  We hung paper lanterns, butterflies in all sizes, and umbrellas from fishing line on the patio.  I designed a banner from Banners on the Cheap and hung it up on the patio as well.  We also used glass vases and recycled mason jars and arranged flowers cut from our gardens.

Lastly, we arrange the patio furniture and tables for seating for both the adults and kids.  I hung my repurposed plant hanger in the center of an easy up and strung lanterns across the lawn on fishing wire.

I can’t wait to show you the actual party.  Stay tuned tomorrow :)

 

25th Jul2012

DIY Birthday Invitations

by Dinah Wulf

One thing I never buy anymore is invitations.  This is for two reasons: 1) I feel like I have an endless supply of scrapbook paper in my craft closet, and 2) I’m cheap.  I’ve made several invites before with spending little to no money including.  Some of them include, Bachelorette Party Boarding Pass Invites, Rocker Themed VIP Invites, and Cherry themed Invites.  This time, I made girlie invites for my daughter’s second birthday party.  I personalized them with a recent photo of her.  The only money I spent was for the envelopes.  These DIY Birthday Invitations work great for any type of party or event and are very easy to make.

Here is what you need to make DIY Birthday Invitations:

  • Decorative or scrapbook paper
  • Paper Cutter
  • Double sided tape or glue
  • One inch craft punch
  • Small hole punch
  • Brads
  • Photo Paper
  • Computer

First, I gathered several pieces of scrapbook paper that (kinda sorta) matched. And cut them in the desired size for each invite.

Budget Saving Tip: I find it most cost efficient to make six 4X6 invites out of one piece of scrapbook paper.

I printed my daughter’s picture on photo paper and cut them into 1.5 inch squares.  I used a one inch circular craft punch to cut out each circle for the front of the invitation to insert the photo. I printed the information for the party on regular paper, cut them out with a paper cutter and attached it to the inside of the invitation.  I attached the two sides of the invitation by using a hole punch and flower shaped brad.

That’s it! Super easy and cost effective :)

 

24th Jul2012

DIY Floral Arrangement

by Dinah Wulf

My friend Maily is the ULTIMATE (non-professional) floral arranger.   I got a phone call from her a few weeks ago and we quickly got together to collaborate for the flowers for my daughter’s birthday party.  She has such an amazing eye, and I wanted to share some tips if one day you consider taking on DIY Floral Arrangement for your next bridal shower , baby shower, or and special event.  You can save so much money by taking this on yourself.  By the way, all the flowers shown in this post were done by Maily (I told you she was fabulous!).

Tip #1: Shop Wholesale

Lucky for us we live nearby the Los Angeles floral district.  There you will find fresh cut wholesale flowers and greenery.  If you don’t live near something like this, check discount super stores like Sam’s Club or Costco for inexpensive flowers.

Tip #2:  Use Coupons

When purchasing your floral supplies, always check your weekly ads for craft supply stores such as Michael’s.  Nine out of ten times you will find a 40% (sometimes 50%) off coupon.  If you are shopping online, don’t forget to search for coupon codes.

Tip #3: Don’t forget about embellishments

When arranging your flowers, you can easily implement beads, feathers, beautifully crafted butterflies, and even lighting.

Tip #4: Think vertically and horizontally

Depending on where you are placing your flowers, keep in mind whether you need to build your bouquet vertically or horizontally.  For horizontal arrangements use a shallow vase or container. Also think about the shape of your arrangement (oval, triangle, etc.).

Tip #5: Use creative recycled containers

A floral arrangement doesn’t always have to go in a glass vase or a pot. Consider using, a small vintage suitcase, a hollowed out book, a vintage tin, mason jars, you get the picture!

Of course, if taking on your own floral arrangement is too much, there are great sites like PickupFlowers to help.  Don’t forget to use your PickupFlowers Coupons upon your visit with them!

 

A special thank you goes out to CouponSnapshot.com for sponsoring this post.

Photo Source: BrendanCaoPhotography.com

 

 

 

16th Jul2012

DIY Cupcake Stand

by Dinah Wulf

The BEST part of this DIY Cupcake Stand project is that I bought these blue trays years ago for $2.00 a piece on sale.  I have used them MULTIPLE times for baby showers, birthday parties, Super Bowl parties, and everyday entertaining.

I wanted to use them again for my daughter’s birthday party.  This time, however I wanted to create more height and dimension to the table to make the presentation better. I purchased two candlestick holders from a local thrift store for $1.25 each. I added a small wooden circle cut out so that the platters would be more stable and glued it to the top of the candlestick.  I decided to paint them white with paint I already had.  I simply attached the candlesticks with E6000 adhesive.

You can purchase E6000 here: E-6000 Med Visc 1-Ounce Adhesive

Here are some tips when completing this DIY Cupcake Stand Project:

  • Make sure that the platters you choose are food safe.
  • Wash all platters and candlestick holders and remove all stickers before you begin.
  • When aligning your platters, place them against a corner for more accurate alignment (see photo).
  • Place something heavy on top of the top platter until it dries completely.
  • Follow the directions on your glue as directed for drying times.
  • Do not wash your Cupcake Stand in the washer, rather hand wash them.

Here are some more after photos.