Recycled Can and Mason Jar Vases

by Dinah Wulf

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I originally shared this idea on my friend’s blog, A Fabulous Fete, and thought I’d share it with you today! I don’t know about you but I am always saving spaghetti sauce jars. I’ll even take this a step further and admit to you that I buy spaghetti sauce based on the jar and not the actual spaghetti sauce… I know! I know! I have a SERIOUS problem! Anyway, I did a very simple upcycle that can be completed in minutes. Here is how to make recycled can and Mason jar vases.

Materials:

  • Cans and jars
  • Painter’s tape
  • Newspaper or old packing paper
  • Spray paint

You can use any type of can or jar. When I thought of this project I had a collection already.

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First, tape off the jars with Painter’s tape.  Be sure to smooth it on applying pressure with your fingers to remove any air bubbles. I like the look of glass and color, and tin and color, so I randomly taped off sections.

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After you tape them off, cover the area you do not want painted with newspaper. I used old packing paper that I had on hand.

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I chose Krylon’s Blue Ocean Breeze and Citrus Green.

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I sprayed on one coat outside in the back yard. One coat was perfect and only took fifteen minutes to dry. I removed the tape and the lines were perfect!

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I filled them with colorful inexpensive flowers I got from the grocery store.

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Here are a few more pictures.  I am LOVING these two colors together.

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This project is great because you can play around with the colors to fit any style, holiday, or special occasion.

Frozen Birthday Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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It was around 1984. I was in the third grade at recess wearing a shirt that said “Dinah” in pastel patchwork letters with a little brown haired girl with a ponytail on the front. Looking down probably shuffling my feet I hear a voice say hello.  I look up and meet Rhiannon for the first time. Three thousand miles away and thirty years later, we are still friends. Last weekend she shared some photos of her daughter’s sixth birthday party and I asked her if I could share it.  Here are some unique and clever Frozen birthday party ideas that Rhiannon Morgret, my friend, came up with.

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I LOVE these! Rhiannon made little Anna and Elsa themed make your own necklace kits.  For Anna she put pink cord, and pink, navy blue, and gold beads in a clear treat bag tied with pink and gold ribbon.  For Elsa, she put a blue necklace cord with blue, white, silver, and purple beads inside. She tied a navy blue and light blue ribbon on the bag.

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She also made homemade white play dough and labeled the treat bags “Snowball Playdough” with a snowflake sticker and blue twine.

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Rhiannon was very clever coming up with themed food for the party.  She had food labels and signs for each item.  Here are some of her ideas:

  • Snowflakes – Snowflake sugar cookies with blue and white icing
  • Frozen Fractals – Blue Jello
  • Frozen Hearts – White chocolate covered strawberries
  • “We Finish Each Others” Sandwiches – Sandwich bar with all the condiments and fixings
  • White chocolate dipped pretzel rods with blue sprinkles

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Pin the Nose on Olaf

Rhiannon made a large pin the nose on Olaf board for the kids to play.

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Rhiannon and her family printed enlarged characters and mounted them on plywood to make almost life sized characters for the guests to pose with. Here is Elsa and Olaf.

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She also made signs with quotes from the movie and some other decorations.

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Rhiannon is a master of baking! She made these adorable Olaf Cupcakes and embellished them with cocktail umbrellas representing Olaf’s love for summer. She made Olaf out of icing and used mini pretzel rods as arms.

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I hope you enjoyed Rhiannon’s party! I wish I could have been there to see it in person! Thank you, Rhiannon for allowing me to share your amazing ideas!

Sun Shaped Key Lime Garnish How to

by Dinah Wulf

Sun Shaped Key Lime Garnish How to

Ah! There is nothing more relaxing to me than spending summer vacation on the beach. OK, well, maybe there is ONE thing more relaxing. That would be spending summer vacation on the beach with a margarita in hand. Lucky me; I had the privilege of spending four days and three nights at the gorgeous Villa del Palmar at The Islands of Loreto resort and spa. I can’t wait to tell you about it all including hiking, paddle boarding, the amazing food and staff, my incredible private suite, and my clam diving excursion. But first, I just wanted to share a little Sun Shaped Key Lime Garnish How to. My friend Sharon and I had a special tutorial by our bartender, Jorge, on the beach when he made us some tasty and refreshing cucumber margaritas with a chili lime rim.

You only need three things:

  • Sharp Knife
  • Key Lime
  • Cutting Board

OK, well you also need a margarita of course! First, slice the end off of the key lime and discard.

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Cut a thin slice saving the rest of the lime for later and follow the lines of the flesh and cut, stopping at the inside of the rind.

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Invert the ring as shown.

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Use the remaining part of the key lime, and maneuver the ring onto the edge of the lime forming a sun.

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Lay the sun flat onto the cutting board and cut a slit into the rounded end.

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If desired, groom the sun with your knife to shape the perfect sun.

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Place it on the edge of a salted margarita glass using the slit on the body of the lime.

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Isn’t it adorable? It was such a beautiful and thoughtful touch to help make our sun bathing THAT much more special. Jorge went over and above for us, especially taking the extra time to show us how to make this unique margarita garnish.

Here are more of my adventures in Loreto!

 

Camping Ideas and Tips

by Dinah Wulf

Happy Friday! With summertime well underway, I thought I’d put together a list of helpful checklists, camping ideas and tips, DIY hacks and ideas, games, crafts, and tasty treats from some fabulous fellow Bloggers.

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Here we go!

 

Check Lists and Camping Tips: Checklists, tips, and tricks to help prepare you for a successful and safe family vacation.

 

DIY: Budget-friendly upcycled ideas for outdoor lighting.

 

Games/Activities: Fun games and activities the whole family can enjoy outdoors.

 

Craft Ideas: Craft ideas to keep the kiddos busy and spark their creativity.

 

Tasty Treats: Easy to make finger foods to help make your trip extra special.

Tea Party Ideas by the Sea

by Dinah Wulf

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We did it!!! Finally, after all the preparation, the baby shower for my friends was last weekend. I have been sharing all my tea party ideas, but today I just wanted to share the venue and the actual decorations as they ended up. It ended up being a beautiful tea party by the sea at Abigaile Restaurant in Hermosa, Beach California with a perfect ocean breeze and gorgeous weather.

There was a little hoopla with my double booking of events but we got it all figured out. The guests of honor’s friends were amazing and helped me set up the decorations before I was able to arrive.  They spread them out, because we ended up getting two areas of the restaurant instead of one.

This was the first area on the second floor of the restaurant. They hung the wooden frames I painted and spread out the centerpieces among the five tables.

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They also set up the candy favor bar station for me as well.

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We had the rooftop just right up the stairs as well. This is where we opened presents and played games.

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The restaurant was fabulous with amazing appetizers passed around and endless champagne mimosas.  Geesh! It seems like there is so much preparation for an event and then all of a sudden it’s over just like that!  If you missed any of the tutorials, or centerpieces, and my thought process through this whole thing, be sure to check out these Mad Hatter Tea Party and Alice in Wonderland inspired posts!!

Tic Tac Pack Spice Containers Printable

by Dinah Wulf

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This post, Tic Tac Pack Spice Containers with FREE Printable, was brought to you by the makers of Tic Tac® mints.. I received compensation to write this post through the Tic Tac® Pack program… all opinions expressed are my own.

My family camped a lot when we were younger and I thought that Tic Tac packs were the perfect size to transport herbs, spices, and seasonings while camping or traveling. I love trying out different Tic Tac flavors especially the Fruit Adventure flavor. Fruit Adventure Tic Tacs mini capsule-shaped candies come in: Mango (yellow), Orange (orange), Green Apple (green), and Cherry (red)!

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Creativity definitely runs in my family.  Growing up, I think I learned the most from my older brother.  He is six years my senior and I thought, (and still think) he was (is) the most influentially creative person in my life. I look up to him in so many ways.  He is a Graphic Designer and I am lucky enough to share some Tic Tac Pack Spice Containers with FREE Printables today that he designed. Here is how you make them.

Materials:

Instructions:

Enjoy your Tic Tacs! I must say I am a HUGE fan of the Strawberry Fields pack and this Fruit Adventure pack comes with two of my favorite flavors (mango and green apple). I always have a pack in my purse.

Print your FREE Printable on full sheet label paper.

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My brother designed three different types of labels:

  • Herbs (basil, dill, oregano, parsley, sage, and thyme)
  • Seasonings (beef seasoning, seafood seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper)
  • Spices (red crushed pepper, paprika, nutmeg, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, all spice)
  • Sprinkles (powdered sugar, parmesan, cocoa powder, cinnamon sugar)

Cut out the desired labels and place them on your filled Tic Tac packs! Here are a few pictures of mine.

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I hope you enjoy them! In case you missed it, here are some other ways to repurpose Tic Tac packs into DIY gifts or party favors!

Thank you to Tic Tacs for sponsoring this post! Join 12M others and stop by the official Tic Tac Facebook page!

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Summertime Ice Cream Party DIY Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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My best friend from Simply Creative Ways and I threw a fun end of school year ice cream party for the kids and parents in their preschool class. It was simple, no stress, and casual… a great way for both the parents to connect and the kids to play together outside of school.  I made these ice cream invitations for the party and passed them out a week before school let out.

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I made some fun ice cream cone banners out of real sugar cones and ice cream cones and water balloons (check out the tutorial).

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We even used two of them as table centerpieces, using tape on the bottoms to keep them upright.

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Jenny had a great idea of using lanterns as ice cream, and made paper cones which we hot glued on.

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What’s an ice cream party without an ice cream bar? I made a simple ice cream parlor sign the night before.

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Jenny had the ingenious idea of repurposing a candle holder into a waffle cone holder. She punched holes in cardstock, and hot glued it to the candle holder. The cones fit right in and we filled them with ice cream toppings.

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We also had chocolate, strawberry, and caramel syrups available, and I made little “happy summer” party favors for the kids to take home.

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It was such a fun time for both the parents and adults.  Since our kids will probably remain in school together for several years, we exchanged emails and phone numbers as well.

Summertime or Anytime DIY Party Favors for Kids

by Dinah Wulf

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As I mentioned earlier last week, my best friend and I decided to throw a little beginning of summertime party for the kids at our daughter’s preschool.  I made these cute little ice cream themed invitations, and I also made an ice cream cone banner. This weekend, I made these Summertime DIY Party Favors for Kids to pass out as well. I whipped them up pretty quickly with a few things.

Materials:

  • Plastic ramekins with lids
  • Colorful candy
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Tag or craft punch
  • Hole punch

I filled each ramekin with colorful Sixlets candies. I made extra for all the siblings too. The candies are great because you can buy practically any color to fit any theme or color scheme.

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I stacked three different colors for each child.

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Then, I designed and printed these tags that say “Happy Summer” and punched them out with a tag craft punch as well as punched a small hole for the ribbon.

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I tied each stack with curling ribbon and the tag. That’s it! Super easy!  Just change up the colors and tag to fit any party theme or color scheme.

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In case you need some more ideas for party favors, here are a few of my most recent favorites!

 

Ice Cream Cone Party Banner DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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Recently my best friend and I decided to do a last minute celebrate the summer party with the kids from our daughter’s preschool.  We decided on an ice cream party.  Last week I shared the ice cream invitations I made, and today I wanted to share a simple and inexpensive and unique Ice Cream Cone Party Banner DIY.

Materials:

  • Box of Ice Cream Cones
  • Water Balloons
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • White Glue

Blow up as many water balloons as you have ice cream cones.

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Apply a layer of white glue around the inside edge of the ice cream cone.

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Cut the ribbon to the desired banner length. Starting at one end, place the ribbon into the ice cream cone as shown.

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Gently press the water balloon into the cone (my daughter had fun doing this part).

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Repeat the process with the rest of the cones and balloons.

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Place all the cones upright and allow the glue to dry completely (a few hours).

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The banner is nice and light and holds beautifully.  The weight dispersion of the cone and the balloon are perfect for hanging.

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In case you missed it, here are some other fun DIY party ideas:

P.S. Happy Birthday, Daddy!

5 Tips to Make Your Table Naturally Amazing

by Dinah Wulf

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This post, 5 Tips to Make Your Table Naturally Amazing, was brought to you by the makers of French’s Yellow Mustard. I received compensation to write this post through the French’s Naturally Amazing Program … all opinions expressed are my own.

Summer is the best time to enjoy nature and entertain both outside, and inside. Entertaining for friends and family is one of my favorite things to do. I thought I’d share a few entertaining tips with you today.

Tip #1: Support Local Farmers. In preparation, I love going to the local Farmer’s Market to buy locally grown farm fresh fruits and vegetables with the family. This last weekend I grabbed some strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, and watermelon to serve as appetizers for a small gathering I had.

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Tip: #2: Serve appetizers that do not require utensils. I made, one of our favorites deviled eggs with vinegar, light mayonnaise, and a little bit of salt, pepper, and onion powder, and of course French’s mustard.

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French’s 100% natural yellow mustard starts with farm-grown, whole mustard seeds. Yellow mustards may look the same on the outside, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Take a look inside French’s and you’ll discover 100% delicious, 100% natural mustard.

Tip #3: Use the best naturally amazing ingredients. Crafted with only the highest quality, stone ground, #1 grade, whole mustard seeds and select herbs and spices (including turmeric), French’s is 100% natural, gluten free and kosher … and it has 0 calories!!! Unlike some mustards, there’s nothing artificial. No preservatives, fillers or thickeners. Naturally amazing, French’s is the preferred mustard for your favorite summer foods. From flavorful marinades to tangy salad dressings, French’s yellow mustard brings wholesome goodness and fresh taste to your table.

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Tip #4: Decorate with fresh flowers. I also picked fresh flowers from my yard and placed them at each table setting.  I love the idea of creating a personal bouquet for each guest and then when it’s time to eat, I place the bouquets around the patio for extra decoration.

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Tip #5: During the summertime, keep your table bright and cheery. I chose colorful placemats, napkins, and accessories to brighten up the table.

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I hope you enjoyed my 5 Tips to Make Your Table Naturally Amazing! Be sure to check out the French’s Pinterest Page for a ton of tasty recipes like lip-smacking wings, kid-friendly food, cooking tips and other fun ideas. Find recipes for any occasion: graduation celebrations, picnics, summer BBQs, light lunches and more. Thank you to French’s for sponsoring this post!

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Easy Shell DIY Napkin Rings

by Dinah Wulf

Easy Shell DIY Napkin Rings

I love entertaining outdoors during the warm weather months. I wanted to make some fun beach inspired napkin rings to add a little DIY to my table setting this summer. Here is how I made these easy shell DIY napkin rings. You only need a few materials.

Materials:                   

  • Shells
  • Rope
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Strong Bonding Agent like E6000

How to Make Napkin Rings

Instructions:

I found the rope at Home Depot. I was able to make these nautical themed vases, this fabric bunting, this other fabric bunting, and eight of these napkin rings (and more) out of one package. Cut each piece into about 6 inches. Play around with the length to reach your desired ring size. Simply hot glue the ends together to form a ring.  I like to use hot glue because it dries quickly and holds the rope very well.

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Glue the shell on top, covering where the ends of the rope meet. I used E600 for a fast and strong bond. Here are a few close ups.

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I love how they turned out.  Consider making these with other trinkets to match your theme or décor. You can even wrap them up to make a cute gift for Mother’s Day, or even a fun and thoughtful house warming gift. Hmmm… which gives me another idea! Ha! Stay tuned!

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In case you missed it, here are some other fun homemade gift ideas that you might like:

DIY Ice Cream Invitations

by Dinah Wulf

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My best friend and I decided at about 6pm Wednesday night to have a little party for our daughter’s friends at school to kick off the summer. They only go to school Tuesdays and Thursdays so I had to bust out 15 invitations to give out to the class the next morning. I ended up making these DIY Ice Cream Invitations. I made these the old school way with no machine because I didn’t have a lot of time. Here’s how I made them.

Materials:

  • Colored Paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • 3” Circle Punch
  • 3.5” Circle Punch
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Washi Tape
  • Small Plastic Favor Bags
  • Ice Cream Candies

One piece of 8.5 X 11 cardstock will make three invitations; three 3.5 inch circles and three 3” wide X 4” long triangles. For the triangles I measured at 3”, 6”, and 9” and marked the edge with a pencil, and then 4” down at 1.5”, 4.5” and 7.5”. Then I used a ruler to draw the angles and cut them out.

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I cut out several different colors.

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On my computer I printed out the information and cut them out with a 3” circle cutter.  I used double sided tape to assemble the invitation.

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On the back I put ice cream cone pressed candies from SweetWorks, Inc. in little plastic bags and used Washi Tape to attach them.

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There you have it! By the way, I made these invitations so quickly and I was so proud of myself.  A few hours later at about 10pm, I realized I put the wrong date on them! Since I had to pass them out the next morning, I had to use a pen to write over the date…. Oh well!!

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Be sure to check out the Summertime Party Favor Gift Idea and Printable I made that will go perfectly with these invites!

Summertime Party Favor Gift Idea and Printable

by Dinah Wulf

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Thank you to SweetWorks, Inc., for sponsoring the candy for this post, Summertime Party Favor Gift Idea and Printable.

School is almost over and I wanted to share a fun little gift idea for your kids to take to their friends at school, or for anytime fun. I can’t believe that summer is just around the corner. This year has gone by so fast! Having a little one makes the days go by way too fast.

When I saw these Aquarium Candy Fish from SweetWorks, Inc., I fell in love and knew immediately what I wanted to do. They are just adorable…and taste good too!

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I was at Michael’s a few days ago and saw these adorable little shovels for the beach and they were on sale. I think I got them for about .50 a piece.

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Here is how to make them. You only need a few things.

Materials:

I filled each shovel with the Aquarium Candy Fish from SweetWorks, Inc.

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I made little tags that say “Have a Great Summer”, and since I already made them I thought I might as well share them! You can download the free printable here.

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I put them in clear party favor bags and tied them up with blue Baker’s twine with a little tag.

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Here are a few more pictures.

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I hope you enjoyed them and use the printable. In case you missed it, here are some more party favor ideas to help inspire you!

Here are a few of my favorite SweetWorks candy posts I have done in the past on Inheriting Our Planet:

Lychee Martini Recipe

by Dinah Wulf

Lychee Martini Recipe

A few years ago, I was at a fancy bar in Newport Beach and I saw a Lychee Martini on the drink menu and ordered it immediately. It was fantastic! Since then, I always order one if there is one available. With my Mom visiting, I thought she would enjoy trying one so I attempted to make one at home and came up with a SUPER simple Lychee Martini Recipe.

I have grown up eating lychee fruit ever since I can remember.  If you are unfamiliar with it, it’s an exotic tropical fruit cultivated in Asia, Australia, and Africa. They are about the size of a large walnut and have a red spiky exterior.  When you peel the fruit, the inside is a white fleshy pulp and it’s sweet and delicious!  You only need four ingredients to make the martini.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Vodka
  • Splash Simple Syrup
  • 1.5 c. Lychee juice
  • Lychee fruit

Materials:

  • Martini Shaker
  • Ice
  • Martini Glass
  • Toothpick

Instructions:

Place the Vodka, Simple Syrup and Lychee juice in a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake it vigorously and pour into a martini glass. Garnish it with the Lychee fruit.

You can buy the fruit and juice at an ethnic or natural foods store. Many Asian markets sell them fresh. If you cannot find the fruit, you can also buy it in a can.  This martini is perfect for the warm weather season and a fun and interesting drink to serve at parties. They are a great source of Vitamin C as well! That’s my kind of martini!

Picnic Themed Retirement Party

by Dinah Wulf

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My best friend Jenny attended a retirement party recently and was kind enough to get the permission and share the hostess’s adorable picnic themed party decorations, invitations, and cupcakes.  Perfect for spring or summertime, these retirement party ideas include recycling old ornaments and Mason jars, making handmade burlap invites, and sculpting with clay.  The main colors were red and white with watermelon and a little army of ants used throughout.

The hostess made handmade and hand sewn burlap invitations embellished with plastic and paper flowers and colorful yarn.  She printed the invite with a watermelon design to fit the red and white picnic theme and inserted them in to a burlap envelope.

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She also made a cute retirement sign for the table.  It is decorated with scrapbook embellishments and says, “Happiness is Family, Friends, Love, and Retirement.”

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Wild flowers were displayed in scrapbook and ribbon covered Mason jars atop a red and white checkered tablecloth to fit the party theme.  She used several different types of textured and patterned red and white ribbon.

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The tables and cupcake stand was absolutely adorable and had little ants she made from old ornaments that she had.  She also made clay food to make it look like the ants were carrying the food away!

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The cupcakes were also adorned with chocolate ants and a gummy watermelon on top with green icing.

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This summer picnic themed retirement party was so sweet and clever.  A big thank you to Jenny for allowing me to post it!

Eight Tasty Cocktail Recipes for Summer Entertaining

by Dinah Wulf

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My regular guest author and contributor, David Edessa works really hard at coming up with his own unique cocktail recipes exclusively for DIY Inspired.  Since it is officially summer, I thought I’d put together a round-up of eight amazing tasty cocktail recipes for Summer that you must try this season while entertaining at home.

Cucumber Lemon Spritzer

A refreshing combination of cucumber water, basil, and fresh lemon juice

Apples & Oranges Cocktail Recipe

A mixture of fresh organic fruit juices and vodka

Peach Zinger Cocktail Recipe

Homemade ginger simple syrup with peach schnapps and vodka

Iced Java Cocktails

Three sweet and creamy iced recipes perfect for a summer get together

Frozen Daiquiri Recipes

Tasty frozen summer drinks including banana and cantaloupe daiquiri recipes

Strawberry Shortcake Shake

Yummy strawberry dessert cocktail with a bonus Almond Joy martini recipe

Watermelon Agua Fresca

David wrote this one for Cinco de Mayo, but this is good any time of year!

Spiked Gummy Bear Jello Shots

And finally, for the more adventurous, life of the party, make your own spiked gummy bear shots!

Bonus!  I thought I’d throw in how to make your own candy infused alcohol!  This is a step by step tutorial on how to make infused alcohol with Skittles, jelly beans, and Jolly Ranchers complete with six cocktail recipes and two shooter recipes.  Enjoy! And as David always says, “Drink responsibly and drink smart.” Learn more about David here.

A big thank you to David for all your contributions and hard work!

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