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11th Apr2014

DIY Bachelorette Party Favor Ideas FREE Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Recently I shared some fun stenciled DIY bachelorette party favor bags that I made for a girls weekend I have coming up. Today I wanted to share what’s inside!! AND I decided to make a Bachelorette Party Favor FREE Printable that is perfect for survival kit for a weekend getaway. I also wanted to put together some fun ideas for DIY bachelorette party favor ideas for you.

Girls Weekend Survival Kit

Bachelorette Party Favor Ideas:

  • Gum or mints
  • Candy
  • Bra Strap Clips
  • Invisible Tape
  • Hair Ties and Hairbands
  • Mirrors
  • Aspirin
  • Cups and Straws
  • Healthy Snacks
  • Eye Masks
  • Mini toiletries
  • Tissues
  • Nail polish
  • Lip gloss

I raided the dollar bins at various retail stores.  I found these jeweled compact mirrors and eye masks for $1.50 each at Michael’s!

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You can also buy things that come with several pieces and then break them up in packages to save money.  I did that with the hairbands, gum, aspirin, bra clips, and invisible tape.

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The FREE printables come with Girls Weekend labels, including an “in case of an emergency”, “sweet treats”, “extra hairbands”, and “hangover relief”.  By the way, after I already made the favors for my friends I realized that “hairbands” and “hangover” is one word! They are wrong in the photo but correct on the printables! My friends are free to make fun of me later! Ha! Print the Girls Weekend Printables here:

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The small labels will fit a two inch plastic bag, the medium will fit a three inch plastic bag, and the large labels will fit a four inch plastic bag. You can buy these favor bags at any supply craft store and some party supply stores. Here are my favor bags all filled up! Feel free to stop by my post on how to stencil these fun jute tote bags!

 

08th Apr2014

DIY Bachelorette Party Favor Bags

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Bachelorette Party Gift Bags

I am honored to be sponsored by BurlapFabric.com today for this tutorial. OK, so I’m not technically going to a Bachelorette party, rather a fun annual girls weekend that my four best friends and I try to do once a year (it doesn’t always work out with over a dozen kids among us!).  This year, is special because it’s the first year in the last five years that all five of us will be going on a weekend getaway.  I wanted to do something special so I decided to make personalized stenciled swag bags, which would also make a great DIY Bachelorette party favor bags.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Jute tote bags from BurlapFabric.com
  • Paper plate
  • Craft paint
  • Spouncer
  • Letter stencils
  • Clean towels

If there was a Queen of natural fiber stenciling, I think I’d be in the running! Ha! I have done so many stenciling projects because it’s both fun and simple to do.  I was able to stencil these five bags in no time. Here is one of the bags I got from BurlapFabric.com. They are great because they are sturdy and lined inside. The 9X11X4 size was perfect for these party favor bags.

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First I chose a paint color for each of my best girlfriends. Naturally, I chose their favorites. Several different colors look vibrant and pretty against a natural fiber like these jute tote bags.

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I stenciled our names on each bag in each of my friend’s favorite colors. Since I wanted our names to go up and down from the top right of each bag, it helped to start stenciling with the last letter first.

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Stenciling Tips:

  • Use a spouncer to help prevent bleeding.
  • Apply in a straight up and down motion.
  • Remove the excess paint before stenciling.
  • Wash your stencils in between each application so that your stencils will stay clean and last a long time.
  • Less in more. In the picture below you will see that I used very little paint for each name.

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Here’s how they turned out! The girls are going to love them.

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I can’t wait to show you what’s inside! Stay tuned for a fun Girls Weekend FREE Printable!

I want to give a big THANK YOU to BurlapFabric.com for sponsoring this post. Be sure to stop by and see all the fabulous products from bags to ribbon and much more! You can also follow them on FacebookPinterest ,  Twitter, and  YouTube!

07th Apr2014

Easy DIY Personalized Pens Gift Idea

by Dinah Wulf

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My crafty older brother gave me this idea. He was actually moving and gave me these pens. His intentions when he bought them were to make these easy DIY personalized pens as gifts. So I thought I’d do them for him! With Teacher’s Appreciation, Mother’s Day, and Father’s day all just right around the corner these would make a fun craft idea and accessory for a set of note cards or stationary, and would even make a cute party favor.

You only need three items:

  • Clear Pens
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

There are several types of clear pens available. These are very easy to open, fill, and close.

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I chose a few patterns and colors of ribbon.  There are so many fun ones available these days. I also chose a 5/8” thick ribbon.  It does not reach completely around on this particular pen; however I adjusted it so that the gap was aligned with the writing on the pen for a clean look.

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Simply disassemble the pen and insert the ribbon. Cut it at the desired length and put it back together.

I even use rhinestone ribbon for one. This ribbon has two small rows of rhinestones and it fit perfectly into the pen. It’s a trial and error process. You have to test out various thicknesses to make sure both the rhinestones and pen will fit.

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The more colorful the pattern the better so that your pen stands out!  I hope you give it a try. It’s such an easy way to dress up an ordinary clear pen and give it away as a small gift. For Teacher Appreciation coming up, give these pens away along with this homemade bookmark and this homemade bookmark!

24th Mar2014

Easy DIY Hello Kitty Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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Making your own decorations for a theme party doesn’t have to be hard.  One of my friends did a Hello Kitty Themed Party that has been a hit! She spent a lot of time and thought into making it absolutely fabulous! I thought I’d put together some easy DIY Hello Kitty Party ideas that you can do if you have little time and money. You can use these tips for any themed party as well!

Tip #1: Make your own garland.

You can make this adorable and sweet pompom garland by simply using a needle and thread! Just thread a needle and push it through the thickest part of the pompom and they won’t slide.

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Tip #2: Use what you already have.

Typically when you throw a Hello Kitty themed party for your little one, they already have some Hello Kitty toys.  Use them creatively as props to punch up your themed décor.

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Tip #3: Dollar bin bargains go a long way.

One pack of stickers will embellish cake toppers, favors, pinwheels. You can use ribbon and hair bows to place in existing flower arrangements and other things.

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Tip #4: Make your own favor boxes.

I made these using the Fuse Creativity System by Fiskars. Believe it or not was much cheaper than buying gift bags and it’s more fun! Here’s a tutorial on how to use the Fiskars Fuse Creativity System.

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Tip #5: Simple food is less stressful.

Serving simple and healthy finger foods makes it less stressful. Arrange a fruit platter in a colorful way.

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Place candies or other foods in small paper cups. This way, they are portioned and easy to grab.

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Simple recipes like potato salad are filling and tasty.  For this one I made it with red potatoes, salt, pepper, finely chopped sweet yellow onions and light mayonnaise. I garnished it with shredded cheese, green onions, and bacon.

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20th Feb2014

St. Patrick’s Day Treat Boxes

by Dinah Wulf

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I am on a treat box roll! I know I just posted how to make Candy Box Treat Boxes the other day, but I couldn’t help myself and just HAD to make some St. Patrick’s Day Treat Boxes since Valentine’s Day is officially over. I made these with my Fuse Creativity System from Fiskars. Here’s how I made them.

Materials:

Instructions:

Place your treat box design set on the machine. I put the plates on top so that the design on the box would be plain.

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Place your desired 12X12 scrapbook paper on top of the design set.

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Note: I used regular scrapbook paper which worked nicely; however card stock scrapbook paper is a little sturdier. It depends on what you are putting inside. For example, temporary tattoos, stickers, plastic toys, some candy will work great in these.

Place your cutting plate on top of the scrapbook paper. You are basically creating a craft sandwich. Next, push the plate through the machine while cranking the handle.

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The box cut out will look like this.

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Fold the paper in the indicated areas.

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Tape or glue your treat box together.

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I embellished these boxes with shamrock stickers and I made a leprechaun buckle out of paper scraps for one of them. You can fill them with whatever your heart desires, like chocolate coins, play gold coins, small toys, or candy.

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These treat boxes are addicting to make! I want to make them for every party and holiday. I will more then likely make an Easter themed treat box soon!

If  this post is your style, you may also like my post on Boarder Punch Gift Wrapping!

17th Feb2014

A Guide to the ULTIMATE DIY Angry Birds Party

by Dinah Wulf

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I have to say, my best friend Jenny and I can throw a mean party! Ha! We collaborated recently on an Angry Birds Themed Party for one of our favorite five year olds. I wanted to put together an ULTIMATE guide of tutorials that the two of us created to help you throw a great DIY Angry Birds Party. Here are seven ideas for you to consider.

#1 Themed Gift Wrapping

Just say no to gift bags! You can’t attend a birthday party for your favorite five year old without a gift! I wrapped this gift and made a little tag on my computer that said, “Happy Angry Birthday, Adrian”. It took me less than ten minutes and added a personal touch.

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#2 Angry Birds Pinata

Trina, Adrian’s Mom and one of my Besties, bought a King Pig Pinata but it was missing a crown! So I made a King Pig Crown for her out of an old cottage cheese container. You can use this idea for making any type of crown you’d like.

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#3 Bird Cage Centerpieces

This is a quick and easy centerpiece idea, Simply place a stuffed Angry Bird character in a bird cage.  You can buy these at any craft store and it seems like they are always on sale!

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#4 The Golden Egg

To be honest, I’m not too familiar with the Angry Bird game but apparently the golden egg is a VERY important element. Trina spray painted plastic Easter eggs and placed them in little nests. It turned out so cute!

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#5 Sweets and Treats

What’s a birthday party without plenty of treats??? Trina displayed colorful cupcakes on a DIY wooden structure that Jenny made.

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She also had a candy table with favor bags for the kids to fill and take home.

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I also made some super easy Angry Bird Dropping favors that we placed on the party tables.

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Trina also bought this fun Angry Bird cupcake birthday cake.

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#6 Upcycled Cardboard Box Decorations

Both Jenny and I saved our cardboard boxes to create a fun decoration.  Jenny painted hers to look like wooden boxes.

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I hand drew mine to look like wooden crates. I also made some points and TNT signs in a FREE printable download for you to use.

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#7 Life Sized Angry Bird Launcher and Party Game

Lastly, and DEFINITEY not least, Jenny and her husband made a life sized Angry Bird Launcher to launch the painted Angry Bird Balls she made into the boxes.  This was the BEST GAME EVER and was fun for both the kids and adults.

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There you have it… A Guide to the ULTIMATE DIY Angry Birds Party! I hope you enjoyed and are inspired to use these ideas too!

Quick Links for Step by Step Tutorials:

14th Feb2014

DIY Candy Box Treat Boxes

by Dinah Wulf

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I was lucky enough to take a tour of the We R Memory Keepers booth at CHA last month. I received the Candy Box Punch Board and couldn’t wait to try it out. The product was pretty self-explanatory, but the directions were a good reference tool. Here is how I made these DIY Candy Box Treat Boxes.

Materials:

Instructions:

The width of the box will always be 7”, but you can choose any length up to 12”. The 7” side goes horizontally on your punch board. The left side of your paper will align with the guide on the punch board as well.

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Simply push firmly down on the punch and then mover the paper to the left.

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Once your paper covers the mark, use your bone folder to score it. By the way, the bone folder comes with your Candy Punch Board!

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Repeat the punch on the other side.

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You can also add scalloped edges if desired by using the other side of the punch.

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Here is a close up of the scalloped edge.

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Next, you glue or tape the box together.

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Tie one side of the box with ribbon. Fill it with treats, and then tie the other end.

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Aren’t they adorable?  There are so many possibilities for colors, patterns, and themes.  They are perfect for weddings, parties, and even teacher gifts. You can decorate your boxes with messages, stickers, ribbon, or whatever you want!!!!

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Thank you to We R Memory Keepers for sending me this board!

04th Feb2014

Easy DIY Angry Birds Party Favors

by Dinah Wulf

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Today is my birthday! Nah nah nah nah! And I’m gonna have a good time! Nah nah nah nah! Noooo! I’m not having an Angry Birds party for my birthday, BUT my best friend’s son is turning the big 5 and I wanted to make these easy DIY Angry Birds Party Favors for his party coming up this weekend. I know nothing about Angry Birds but I thought, hey, all birds have droppings, so why not make them edible (ew). I’m such a Dork…moving on…

Here’s what you need:

  • Computer and printer
  • Colorful card stock
  • White paper
  • Circle punch
  • Glue or tape
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Stapler
  • Small treat bags
  • Tasty treats for inside

At first I was going to buy Angry Birds stickers to put on the favors but then I didn’t want to get ready, get my daughter ready, get in my car, and go to the store… oh AND spend money. So instead, I opened my computer and searched Google images for “Angry Birds characters” and made my own “stickers”. I printed them out and cut them with a circle punch.  I also cut out colorful larger circles to use as a border.

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I also printed out tags that said, “Angry Bird Droppings” (yes, I think I’m funny), cut some card stock to size, and assembled each favor to look like this.

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I filled the plastic treat bags with SweetWorks candies and stapled them together.

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Tah dah!! Aren’t they cute? I thought they’d be a fun and tasty addition to the party that the kids could take home.

28th Jan2014

Easy Duck Tape and Washi Tape Treat Bags

by Dinah Wulf

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You’re going to think I’m crazy, but I couldn’t help it. The other day, a few moms at my daughter’s school arranged a big playdate for about a dozen kids at a local park.  I had about 15 minutes before I had to leave my house to meet.  I decided to bring some treats for the kids and in a few minutes I ended up making these easy Duck Tape and Washi tape treat bags.

Being the DIY’er, Crafter, and Party Planner that I am I already had these supplies handy.  I took out a dozen plastic treat bags, some Duck Tape and some Washi tape.

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Since I only had a short time, I decorated the bags by adding the tape and folding over each side.  They weren’t perfect by any means!

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I put pink Washi tape on the bottom, heart patterned Duck Tape that I won at CHA in the middle, and blue Washi tape on the top.

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I filled them with some SweetWorks Valentine’s treats that I had, closed the top with more Washi tape and we were out the door.

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When I arrived at the play date, of course I had to get permission from the other moms to give their kids a bag of candy just a couple hours before dinner. Luckily, these small gifts were well received.  These were SO quick and easy to make, I thought about making them for future parties.  It’d be easy to change up the colors and patterns to fit any party theme or holiday.

 

25th Sep2013

Vintage Themed Baby Shower

by Dinah Wulf

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FINALLY! I get to share the vintage themed baby shower that I have had the honor of working on for my best friend’s brother and sister-in-law.  It was a beautiful day and my friend had the perfect back yard for it.

I know I already shared:

I had such a great time decorating for this party.  I bought some flowers and arranged them all before I left.  I loaded the car and brought all my decorations including the thrift store shelf I made over.  I wasn’t sure exactly how I was going to decorate because I had no idea how the venue would be set up.  There were five tables, so I needed five centerpieces.  I brought some toys, vintage books, small decorative suitcases, several handkerchiefs I bought while antique shopping, and of course the flowers.

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I also had the food table to decorate.  I layered the table with boxes to create some height.  I also brought some cupcake stands I made. The table was quite the hodge-podge, but I think I made too many decorations!

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I ended up using my thrift store shelf to place the favors on.  I brought my DIY pedestal trays, some antique books, and more handkerchiefs. I c small flower boxes from the craft store and put chocolates inside.

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I wish I took more pictures of the backyard in total but I forgot!  There was too much going on and I was trying to enjoy myself.  Oh well!

05th Aug2013

DIY Recycled Wine Cork Wine Charms

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so honored to have Robert Mondavi Private Selection sponsor this DIY summer craft tutorial! Today I want to share with you how to make DIY Recycled Wine Cork Wine Charms.  These would make great homemade party favors for your next summer party.

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Materials:

  • Robert Mondavi Private Selection wine corks (One cork will make six charms)
  • Serrated knife
  • Cutting board
  • Small sea shells
  • E6000
  • Small picture frame eye hook (one for each charm)
  • Hoop earring notion
  • Beads or charms (optional)
  • Small pliers

Favor Packaging (optional):

  • Plastic favor bags
  • Decorative paper
  • Small hole punch
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

Instructions:

Using a serrated knife cut the wine cork into six even pieces. This is very easy to do by applying a little pressure.  Make sure you use a cutting board.

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Choose one shells for each of your charms.  Make sure they are all different.

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Use a strong glue to glue the shells onto the center of the cork.  I used E6000 but hot glue will adhere well also.

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Screw in a small picture frame eye hook to the top of each charm. 

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If you desire, add an extra charm or bead with the help of small pliers.

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Add the hoop earring notion.  Here is an AFTER photo.

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If you’d like to make them as a homemade gift or party favor, you can get creative with your packaging.  I decided to use clear plastic favor bags.  I used a small craft punch to punch holes into decorative cardstock so that the charm will easily slide through.  Six charms fit nicely onto a 3X4 piece of cardstock. Here are a couple photos.

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I wanted to give a big THANK YOU to Robert Mondavi Private Selection for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.  Monetary compensation and products were provided by the company.

13th Jun2013

Wine Tasting Party Ideas with Black Box Wines

by Dinah Wulf

With summertime quickly approaching, I tend to entertain more and more.  I LOVE playing hostess.  It’s always been a way for me to get creative.  Today I wanted to show you some wine tasting party ideas with Black Box Wines.  Here are four creative party ideas for hosting the perfect Black Box Wines tasting party.

One: Make inexpensive decorations.

Embellish recycled bottles with scrapbook paper and ribbon.  Place different colors, sizes, and heights in small groupings all around your party venue.  You can even use recycled wine crates and wooden frames as part of your décor.

Two: Make simple personalized wine charms.

Using craft punches, punch out each party attendee’s initials on colorful paper.  Use Mod Podge to make them sturdier.  Punch out a small hole at the top and use an earring hoop notion to complete your charm.  Your guests can take them home as a souvenir.

Three: Make wine tasting score cards.

Print wine scoring cards for each guest and let them rate each wine with a score from 1-5 in categories like appearance, aroma, body, taste, and finish.  Highest average for all the guests wins!

Four: Frame a little write-up of each Black Box Wine they will taste for their reference.  Print them on your computer and frame them as a decorative display.

1.       Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Valle Central Chile – This is a refreshing and zesty wine featuring stone fruit aromas and has the sweetness of peaches with slight floral notes.

2.       2011 California Merlot – This wine displays aromas of leathery plums and cinnamon-spiced oak.  The palate is smooth with sweet red currant flavors.

3.       2012 Coquimbo Region Chile Moscato – This medium bodied wine has sweet and luscious white floral notes and has a smooth palate of juicy peach and nectarine.

With these four simple party entertaining tips you’ll create a relaxing, thoughtful, and fun party that your guests will remember. 

What other creative ideas do you have for hosting the perfect wine tasting party?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Black Box Wines. The opinions and text are all mine.

13th Mar2013

Lego Birthday Party

by Dinah Wulf

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I have another fabulous theme party to share with you by one of my best friends, Maily Cano.  You may have seen here Hello Kitty Party, her Purple and Pink Masquerade Party, or her Red and Black Anniversary Party on DIY Inspired before.  This time she converted her office into a colorful Lego Birthday Party wonderland for her nephew.  She always pays great attention to detail, transforming the party space completely.  Thanks AGAIN, Maily for sharing this! <3

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I hosted a Lego themed birthday party for my nephew at my business. I bought plastic table covers from the $0.99 store and stapled them onto the walls, using a different color for each wall. I then printed the Lego logos on colored construction paper that matched the walls.

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Using a circle cutter, which you can get at any crafts store, I cut the logos into circles. Trust me, the circle cutter will be an invaluable investment for this project.

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I also created take away gift bags and affixed the same Lego logos to the front, making them look like Lego pieces. And since this was party was hosted at my office, I had office supplies (fax machines, files, cabinets) that didn’t go with the theme. To remedy that, I boxed up all of the items and wrapped them in various colors, again attaching Lego logos to also turn them into Lego pieces.

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The final result was a fantastic and colorful Lego themed party that any kid, young or old, would love.

All Lego Party photos were taken by Brendan Cao Photography.

For more Lego party inspiration, check out how to make Lego marshmallow pops, DIY Ninjago invitations,  and some other Lego party ideas.

 

 

27th Feb2013

Conan O’Brien Glasses

by Dinah Wulf

I often take for granted the many fun activities there are to do here in sunny California.  I am always reminded when I have friends from my hometown come to visit.  Last week, my friends and I attended a taping of Conan O’Brien (it was the one with Snooki and Jwoww).  Of course, we HAD to set ourselves apart from the rest of the audience. So we decided to make Conan O’Brien Glasses.

My friend purchased orange sunglasses (Conan’s signature color) from a discount department store for $2.00 apiece.  What a steal!

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Her husband and my long-time friend is the owner of Custom Concepts, a signage and graphics business.  He designed and printed Conan’s hair, eyes, and nickname, Coco onto an adhesive vinyl.  The eyes and nickname had tiny holes in it so that you could cover the lenses and still see through them.

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Each of us attending the taping had a craft day and made our own glasses.  We even made a “blinged” out rhinestone pair for Conan himself.  For the hair, we stuck the sticker onto cardboard and cut them out.

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The material made it easy to smooth out.

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For the eyes and the nickname, we stuck them directly on the lenses and used a craft knife to trim the edges.

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Here are all five pairs of glasses we made.

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These are us being complete dorks and messing around and “modeling” in them!

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We had a fantastic time making them and attending the taping.  We had an audience page give the rhinestone pair to Conan.  They were a hit with the staff and fellow audience members.  A few couldn’t believe that we made them!

This is a great activity to do with kids (or adults!).  Consider making fun glasses like these for a birthday party activity or kid’s craft!

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