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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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05th Mar2014

St. Patrick’s Day Fabric Scrap and Burlap Scrap Bunting

by Dinah Wulf

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I had some left over fabric from some St. Patrick’s Day no sew hand towels I made. I am lacking in my decorations this year so I decided to make a St. Patrick’s Day Fabric Scrap and Burlap Scrap Bunting. My leftovers were the perfect amount.

I had made a banner similar to this one for a Vintage Themed Baby Shower I did. You can see the full tutorial for it there. These two fabric quarters were perfect for making a hand towel and this bunting. Score! So cheap (less than $5 for both)!

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Anyway, the difference between this bunting and the scrap fabric bunting I made for the baby shower was this…

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I used this awesome Fiskars Rotary Cutter and Ruler that pretty much cut my time in half when making this!  It was so ah-mazing and cut the lines perfectly clean. All you need is the cutter and a cutting mat and with one swipe you have a perfectly straight line.  No need for scissors! Oh… and so much easier to use this when cutting the burlap as well. I highly recommend it if you couldn’t tell.

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I cut my strips of fabric and burlap and then knotted them to some rope I had left over as well from these nautical inspired thrift store rope vases I made. I altered the two patterns and a burlap strip.

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I love the mix of fabric and burlap. As you may or may not know, crafting with burlap is messy! Make sure you have your garbage can handy!

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24th Feb2014

Pretty in Pink Playdate

by Dinah Wulf

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Two of my best friends and I all had little girls 30 days apart from each other. Needless to say, the three of them are now best friends just like their mommies. Two weeks ago, they started dance classes together. After dance class, all of us get together for a playdate. I just couldn’t help myself the night before our last one and made a special Pretty in Pink table setting for their lunch.

I had some left over plastic sparkling cider glasses from New Year’s and dressed them up with a little lace at the bottom.

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I couldn’t resist and added little name tags as well.

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I also printed their names and framed them in little frames from the dollar bins at Michael’s.

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For the centerpiece I simply chose a fun patterned scrapbook paper with a pink try, mercury glass vase, and burlap hydrangeas. I also added a little pink craft butterfly on top.

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I found some mini cupcakes from the grocery store and put little white pompoms on top.  I used a pedestal tray I made out of a glass candlestick and porcelain tray I found at Goodwill.

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I put some lace on little wooden baskets to match the glasses and put pink Sixlets candies inside.

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Here are a few more pictures.

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It only took a few minutes to do this out of items I already had in my craft room.  The girls were so excited when they saw it and it added a little special touch to their playdate. This would be cute for Mother’s day, a birthday party or Valentine’s Day as well.

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:

27th Dec2013

Metallic Mason Jar Centerpiece

by Dinah Wulf

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You KNOW I love a good Mason jar craft.  I’ve even done a round-up of Mason Jar Crafts in the past. Most recently, I glittered some for to look like candy corn for Halloween and Fall. This time, I wanted to come up with something quick and easy.  Specifically, I wanted to make this Metallic Mason Jar Centerpiece because it was a great décor piece to transition from Christmas to New Years. As an added bonus, it only take about 15 minutes to make!

Here’s what I used, but you can make any variation to fit your décor.

Materials:

  • Mason jars or Recycled sauce jars
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Raffia and twine
  • Tea lights
  • Silver serving platter
  • Gold and silver ornaments
  • Tea light holders

My favorite jars to save are the Classico sauce jars (notice I don’t have any recipes on this blog… yes, I use sauce in a jar a lot of the time!) They come in a couple sizes and they are pretty without the label. Also, the label comes off SUPER easily. All you need is a little hot soapy water and the abrasive side of a sponge and you are good to go!

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I sprayed the jars upside down in a well-ventilated area. I only needed one coat for these.

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The jars look plain but I wanted to add a little raffia and twine to the top.

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I found the platter and ornaments at the 99 cent store… SCORE! I thought it turned out quite nice for a 15 minute craft project!

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Check out more of my Mason Jar Crafts!

 

19th Dec2013

Three Holiday Party Tips with The Bouqs

by Dinah Wulf

Thank you to The Bouqs for sponsoring this holiday party tips post. All opinions are 100% my own.

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When hosting a dinner party, there are several tips that I personally like to keep in mind.  Today, I wanted to share some Holiday Party Tips with Bouqs. Why Bouqs? Here are three reasons:

  1. The Bouqs cut only what they sell. Other providers source from a supply chain that sees 1 in 3 stems wasted. Across hundreds of thousands of bouquets a year, that’s a lot of wasted land, resources, labor and fuel. They cut only when you order and avoid the waste.
  2. The Bouqs also save energy through their direct-from-the-farm supply chain. The standard supply chain must keep stems cold for up to 2 weeks, meaning hundreds of hours of refrigeration and the associated energy use. They use cold storage for only 4 days from the Volcano, and not at all from California, resulting in a lot of energy savings.
  3. Finally, The Bouqs farms provide living wages, childcare, healthcare and adult education. And their growing business supports farm communities, so you can feel good about shopping The Bouqs Company’s flowers.

Not only does Bouqs source only from eco-friendly, sustainable farms that respect the environment and their workers, the process of ordering and delivery experiences are great too.  I have never received flower delivery quite like this.  The flowers were packed in a way that they cannot get damaged.   

Holiday Party Tip #1

Make serving convenient.  I created a mini self-serve salad bar as the first course.  Not everyone likes all the toppings, dressings, and vegetables you like. Let your guest make their own combinations. You can also do this with dessert bars as well. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. I just used a small long and narrow tray.

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Holiday Party Tip #2

Fresh flowers are THE BEST centerpiece, in my opinion when you host parties. I have had two parties so far and my bouquet is still lasting and pretty! You can use them not only on the dinner table, but everywhere in your home. I chose the yellow-green, Hydrangea Antique with Green Solidago for my centerpiece.

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Holiday Party Tip #3

Think simple when it comes to small details to make your party stand out, intimate, yet won’t kill you! I simply placed colorful festive scrapbook paper under the plates as a charger.

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I also used small photo frames as name cards.  Just print the name on your computer and add a glittery backing.

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Good Luck!!

Thank you to Bouqs for sponsoring this post!

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!

16th Sep2013

Fun and Easy Baby Shower Decorations

by Dinah Wulf

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There is so much that goes into decorating a baby shower…well, at least when I decorate for one!  Last week, I shared a couple decorations I made; a fabric scrap bunting and recycled jar flower vases I made for a vintage inspired party. I’ve been on a roll with making these fun and easy baby shower decorations, and sometimes some of the work and details are missed when you only show the final product, so I thought I’d share a few more.

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I bought these wooden frames from Michael’s and Mia and I painted them different colors.  I bought some onesies and baby socks and hung them from twine.  I embellished each end with lace and ribbon in different colors and textures. They turned out so cute.

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Here’s another tiny flag banner made out of scrapbook card stock, twine, and mini clothes hangers. I will string this inside a vintage suitcase as part of one of the center pieces (I think… We’ll see how it actually turns out the day I decorate. I always end up moving things around).

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I made this banner using doilies I found in the dollar bin. I simply folded them in half and secured it with double sided tape.

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I’m getting really excited for this shower! I’ve pulled a bunch of thing together that I already have, I’m just going to bring it all and wing it that day. I think I’ll bring my up cycled blue thrift store shelf to put the drinks on. We’ll see! The shower isn’t for a couple weeks. Can’t wait to show you!

04th Sep2013

Vintage Themed Baby Shower Decorations

by Dinah Wulf

I have been working on this vintage themed baby shower that I have coming up for a friend and I just wanted to share a couple of the decoration ideas I have already started. You know how I love upcycling so I started saving sauce and dressing jars to use as flower vases. I also had some fun vintage inspired baby fabric from my swag bag from the SoCal Social event I went to last year… I knew it would eventually come in handy!

Here are the materials I used:

  • Recycled Jars and Bottles
  • Fabric
  • Lace ribbon
  • Ribbon
  • Paper Craft Flowers
  • Burlap
  • Pearl Ribbon
  • Hot Glue
  • Double sided tape

Here are a couple more pictures.  I will use them for the flower arrangements for the shower.

I also used the scrap fabric to make a banner.  My daughter, Mia helped with this one! I cut all the fabric I had into strips.

I also cut a few pieces of left over lace ribbon.

One by one I tied on each strip, alternating the colors and patterns to some rope that I had left over from some thrift store rope vases I made a long time ago.

It turned out so cute!

I can’t wait to show you the shower.  It’s coming up soon!  I’m never sure exactly how things will turn out until the day of the event but I know I am using some things I already have for decorations like vintage suitcases, antique books, vintage handkerchiefs and baby books I bought while antique shopping, and some other things! Until then!

UPDATE! Here are some more fun decorations I made!  Oh! And also some free Vintage inspired printables!

27th Aug2013

DIY Thrift Store Pedestal Trays

by Dinah Wulf

I was recently sent on a FANTASTIC thrift store shopping mission by one of my sponsors.  I had the BEST TIME and bought some great, and more importantly, CHEAP stuff!  I made a stenciled craft storage jar out of a cookie jar and a little ceramic quail I found and I also made these fun thrift store pedestal trays out of candlesticks and plates.

Now, I have done similar projects like this in the past like a DIY Cupcake Stand which was awesome for a cupcake bar for my daughters second birthday and a diaper cake display for a golf themed baby shower I did. I also made an Easy Pedestal Bowl that I use as a jewelry holder.

Here are the pieces I found at Goodwill.

I just LOVED the shape of these glass candlesticks.

And look! They fit perfectly together!

E6000 is a go-to for me on projects like this.

I carefully spread it around the top of the candlestick and I placed in the center of the plate.

I let them dry for a full 24 hours before I used them.

I put one in my bathroom for when I take off my jewelry.

And I put the other one in my craft room.

This is such a fun and EASY project that you can do with just about any plate, tray, candlestick, jar, or glass.  The look and shape of the endless combinations can fit any décor style as well!

16th Aug2013

Seven Super Easy DIY Invitations

by Dinah Wulf

Every year at this time, it seems like I have so many parties that my family and I get invited to.  Attending all these fun parties reminded me of the easy DIY invitations I have made in the past. I like making my own because it just gives it a personal touch to the party. Oh! And of course it just HAS to match the theme!   I decided to put together a round-up of seven SUPER easy DIY invitations.  These are all simple paper crafts that anyone can do.

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Lego Ninjago Invitations

I made these for my best friend’s son’s 7th birthday party.  Perfect for any Lego lover, the charms were a hit even with the boys.  Word on the street is that they all kept them as a cool souvenir.

Owl Themed Invitations

This is my most watched video on YouTube.  Don’t worry, it’s not saying that much… ha! It’s also my favorite invite that I have made to date.

DIY Birthday Invitations

These are cute little peephole invites I made for my daughter’s second birthday.  This one is fun because you can insert a photo of the guest of honor.

Cherry Themed Invitations

I made these cherry themed invites for the baby shower of my soon to be God Daughter’s!

Rocker Themed VIP Invites

I made these when I first started blogging for my daughter’s first birthday. My husband loves rock music and I love Paul Frank so we decided to combine them to throw a rocker themed Paul Frank party.

Simple Anytime Invitations

Similar to the cherry themed invites, I made these for a wine tasting bridal shower.

Boarding Pass Invites

Last but not least, these invites are also one of my favorites.  I made these invites to look like a boarding pass for a bachelorette party I helped throw for my friend.

19th Jul2013

Eight Popular Round-Ups You Don’t Want to Miss

by Dinah Wulf

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I was browsing through all the posts on my site, and man have I published a lot. This post is actually my 588th one!  As I was perusing all the different things I’ve done, I noticed that my round-up posts get a lot of love. Soooo, I thought, why not do a round-up of round-ups? I’m hoping you didn’t miss and so I put together eight popular round-ups you don’t want to miss. Here is over 150 ideas and tutorials… Here we go!

Five Dollar Thrift Store Transformations

One of my more recent posts, this one shares five different projects that I have done using some amazing five dollar (or less) thrift store finds.  Mostly from the Salvation Army or Goodwill, I have been really lucky lately!

$5 Thrift Store Transformations

12 DIY Theme Party Ideas

This one is one of my faves, because I LOVE theme parties! I’m a sucker for them.  I tend to plan my parties so far in advance because I get obsessed with themes.

12 DIY Theme Party Ideas

8 DIY Girls Room Ideas

This round-up is close to my heart because these are some of the projects I’ve done for my daughter, Mia’s bedroom.

DIY Girls Room Ideas

Six Fun Painted Furniture Ideas

So this year for Christmas I think I’m going to ask for a spray paint gun from Santa.  That would make these projects, SO much easier and quicker to complete!

Six Fun Painted Furniture Ideas

10 Easy Mason Jar Craft Ideas

Oh how I love Mason Jars!  Here’s proof! :)

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100 Creative Ways to Recycle

Most of these are ideas that have inspired me and the projects on this blog.

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Eight Tasty Cocktail Recipes for Summer Entertaining

This round-up is a list of original recipes concocted by David Edessa, especially for DIY Inspired!  It’s a fantastic refreshing cocktail drink list perfect for summertime.

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Top 15 Recycled Crafts and Projects of 2012

And finally, in commemoration of last year’s projects, this one is also close to my heart.

Top 15 Recycled Craft and Projects of 2012

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.

23rd Apr2013

Two Year Blogaversary

by Dinah Wulf

Woo hoo! With well over 500 blog posts published and a community that has grown to be over fifteen thousand, I can’t believe it’s been two short years already. Last year I did a One Year Blogaversary Awards and Honorable Mentions.  I thought I’d do it again combining both years.  As with last year, the winners are chosen by social media shares, “likes”, email inquiries, pins, and more.

Most Popular Recycled Craft: Book Page Butterfly Wreath

DIY Book Page Butterfly Wreath

I made this wreath out of items I already had (wire hanger, book pages, branches from my back yard), so I didn’t spend a dime on it.  Who knew it would be so popular!

Honorable Mention Recycled Craft: Coffee Filter Flowers

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Another project I made without buying any new supplies.  This is probably one of the easiest crafts I’ve EVER done.  They are still displayed in my living room today!

Most Popular Kid’s Stuff Post: Reading Nook for Kids

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I loved this project made from a free frame and photo ledges.  More importantly, it encourages my daughter to read.  We have read 4-5 books every night since I put it together.

Honorable Mention Kid’s stuff Post: Repurposed Plant Hanger Toy Storage

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Originally a hanging centerpiece at a garden inspired birthday party, I turned this plant hanger I found in the trash into a fun and whimsical storage bin for my daughters small stuffed animals.

Most Popular Upcycling Idea: Map Covered Drawers

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By covering my craft room craft drawers with maps, it instantly transformed my otherwise boring white drawers.

Most Popular Round-Up Post: Top 15 Recycled Crafts of 2012

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These are my top and favorite recycled crafts by yours truly… the best of 2012.

Most Popular Theme Party: Candy Land Theme Party

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This is the most visited post to date; a fabulous candy land party by my best friend Jenny that I had to break up into two posts!  Make sure you read both!

Honorable Mention Theme Party: Hello Kitty Theme Party

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This is also one that I get a ton of emails about.  It’s fun Hello Kitty themed party filled with ideas for games, activities, and decorations by my friend Maily.

Most Popular Halloween Post: Headless Man and Headless Woman Costume

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Back again this year!  I have a feeling this post will reign as the most popular Halloween post every year.

Honorable Mention Halloween Post: Hello Kitty Pumpkin

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I had this pumpkin forever!  Who knew that an un-carved pumpkin would last so long?  I changed her hat from a Halloween witch to a pilgrim for Thanksgiving and then to Santa for Christmas.

Most Popular Kid’s Craft: Recycled Christmas Card Ornament

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Need an idea for all those Christmas cards you get every year?  Here it is!  This is a fun craft project you can do with the kiddos at Christmas time.

Most Popular Christmas Post: Hanging Pinecones Wreath

Holiday Pine Cones

After going on a hike and collecting the largest pinecones in the neighborhood, I made this lovely pinecone hanging wreath that I kept and will use every Christmas.

Most Popular YouTube Video: Owl Themed Party Decorations

DIY Owl Invitations

I started a YouTube channel this year and these Owl themed decorations I made for my cousin’s birthday were my most viewed.

Honorable mention YouTube Video: DIY Address Wreath

DIY Address Wreath

I was honored to be a part of Joann Fabric’s Creativity Made Simple campaign.  Here is a tutorial I did for making an address wreath with fabric flowers for your front door.

Most Popular: Craft Room Ideas

Craft Room Makeover

Last but not least, my craft room was all over Pinterest for a while!  Check out my craft room reveal and all my organization ideas!

Phew!  Thanks so much to all of you for your continued support!!! Here’s to 2014!

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