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11th Mar2014

DIY Wooden Inspirational Signs

by Dinah Wulf

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One of my amazing friends asked me for help getting crafty with her workspace at her office.  She wanted something girly, shabby chic, and anthropogie-esque.  She also wanted it colorful and inspiring. I immediately had several ideas in mind and couldn’t wait to get started. The first one I’m sharing with you today are some DIY Wooden Inspirational Signs I that made. These are great not only for an office, but as decorations for a bridal or baby shower, or even DIY artwork in a bedroom.

Materials:

  • Wooden Plaques
  • Wooden Cut Outs
  • Wood pre-made words
  • Craft paint
  • Wood glue
  • Paint brushes
  • Something heavy

I found some amazing wood cut outs at Michael’s Craft Store. I chose four wooden plaques.

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I also found these four pretty and intricate cut outs. I played around with them in the store, trying to figure out what looked best.

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Lastly, I found these four words that I thought would be appropriate for her office (as well as another project, “The BOLD Laws” which I’ll share in a later post). I did try to get individual letters for different words but they ended up being too long for the plaque.

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I played around with them and ended up arranging them like this.

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I had a color pallet in mind as well and picked some fun acrylic paints at Jo-Ann’s. I chose coral, a pale yellow, white, chalky blue, and a soft green. One by one, I painted each piece.

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It took less than an hour for all of them to dry. I pieced them together by applying wood glue with a paint brush and set a heavy jar on top.  It dried pretty quickly. Here they are all finished!

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I also made some other fun things to match for her office makeover.  I can’t wait to show you the rest!

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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Register to The Bouqs to receive their 20% off discount code and browse the site to see all of the great Bouqs you can give as a gift to a gracious host or to use to decorate their table for a party.

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Good Luck!!

Thank you to Bouqs for sponsoring this post!

13th Nov2013

White Wedding: 5 Tips for Planning Your Winter Nuptials

by Dinah Wulf

A Good Day for a White Wedding: 5 Tips for Planning Your Winter Nuptials, written by Guest Author Beverly Farrell

Bare branches sparkling with diamond-like frost and snow falling under a street lamp make winter a gloriously beautiful season. And when you plan a winter wedding, you can have those images as your backdrop. In the midst of the stark beauty of winter, though, ice, snow and other weather annoyances can derail your big day. If you are committed to frosty nuptials, guide yourself through the process with these five winter wedding planning tips.

Make the Most of the Season

From slippery sidewalks to harsh travel conditions, there are disadvantages to having a winter wedding so it is critical to make the most of the advantages. One of the biggest benefits is the sales that happen during this time of the year. From Black Friday to Cyber Monday to pre-Christmas sales, you will get the opportunity to sift through lots of items at lowered prices.

Many bridal shops may not have sales during this time of the year, but you don’t have to restrict your shopping to dedicated bridal shops. Perhaps you could buy your wedding favors at World Market or your bridesmaid dresses from Macy’s—check out the department store’s Cyber Monday sales here for big day savings.

Photo of bridesmaid dress via Macy’s

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

You’ve already bought your dress and you look fabulous, but those cookies that your coworkers keep bringing to the office are threatening to throw you off course. With all the goodies around for the holidays, it can be hard to stay slim for your wedding.

Photo by DC Central Kitchen via Flickr

Portion control is key. WebMD advises keeping yourself full with nutritious snacks so that it’s easier to avoid sugary indulgences. Keep in mind that food is not the only thing with calories. Although it may be tempting to drink through the stress of wedding planning, you don’t need the extra calories. Exercise portion control when it comes to alcohol as well, and, if possible, substitute a diet soda and vodka for a caloric winter ale.

Wintery Extras

Instead of fighting the elements, embrace winter as the theme of your wedding. Martha Stewart recommends serving eggnog cocktails and offering the guests a bit of extra warmth with a pile of shawls at the entrance of the event or even draped over some of the chairs. Integrate snowflakes into the cake decoration, and make sure that you remember to have a dedicated place to store all of the coats that your guests will be wearing.

Photo by Dinner Series via Flickr

Plan for the Chilly Elements

Just because you are getting married during the winter doesn’t mean that you have to take your pictures inside. You can optimize the bright winter light and have pictures taken outside as long as you bundle up. The Knot recommends having a shawl (maybe even a blue one) for the bride and a formal wool dress coat for the groom. The groom can finish off his look with a coordinating scarf, and the bride can wear white tights and fuzzy white earmuffs to complete her warm look.

Photo by sleepyjane via Flickr

Winter Colors

When it comes to color, Huffington Post recommends staying away from holiday hues unless you want your big day to be an extension of the winter holidays. Instead, play with winter-like shades of ivory and white. Make these colors look even more sophisticated by tying in metallic shades of copper, silver and gold.

Photo by natakie.brenner via Flickr

About Beverly Farrell

Beverly is a party planner for weddings and events. She started her own business in a cabin in the woods.

23rd Oct2013

Repurposed Earring Burlap and Feather Napkin Rings

by Dinah Wulf

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Since I got a little taste of my glittery and “bling-ed” out Halloween, I thought I’d definitely want to bring a little glitz and glam to my dinner table this year for Thanksgiving.  I guess you could call it rustic chic!  Plus, I love burlap crafts. I found some sparkly earrings in my closet and thought I would make Repurposed Earring Burlap and Feather Napkin Rings.

You only need 3 things:

  • Earrings of choice, one per napkin ring
  • Burlap strips
  • Scissors

Here are the earrings I found. I think it’s been close to a decade since I’ve worn them… yikes! Dangly rhinestone earrings MUST have been in!

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I went to Joann Fabrics and Crafts and found these fun blue feathers in the floral section.

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I gave them a little bend and they were the perfect size for napkin rings.

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First I folded my cloth napkins and wrapped a strip of burlap around it.  I didn’t secure it in any way.

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The feather wraps nicely around the burlap and keeps it in place.  This will also make it easy for your guests to take off when they are ready to use them. Next, I simply pierced the earring through the burlap and out the backing on the earring to keep it on.  This way, you won’t ruin your earrings and you can still wear them…that s if they are still in style!

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I thought they turned out cute!  They are definitely the inspiration for my whole Thanksgiving table scape… now for the centerpieces!

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05th Sep2013

Whimsical Navy and Yellow Wedding

by Dinah Wulf

My baby cousin got married!!! Woo hoo! I’m so happy for them…they are seriously PERFECT for one another.  With their permission, I just HAD to share some fun DIY wedding ideas for this very sweet, very whimsical navy and yellow wedding.

Ceremony

This was a very small and intimate wedding. It was the perfect size, if you ask me. There were about fifty or sixty guests.  The center aisle was lined with lanterns adorned with painted wooden yellow hearts with a navy background.  Simple white paper flower flowers graced the alter.

Table Setting

Covered in navy linens and yellow napkins, the table was beautifully done with wooden boxes.  Each box had three bottles of yellow and white flower bouquets.

The bride and groom had special Mr. and Mrs. Wooden letters on their chairs.

There were also special bottles of wine gifted by the groom’s father. Each bottle had a personalized number of years labeled on it and a silver pen attached.  Each guest wrote a special note on the bottle for the bride and groom to open on the corresponding year.

Decorations

Lanterns and lights were strung across the entire dining and dance floor.

The bride crafted recycled bottles spray painted in a textured gray spray paint as pretty vases scattered on the food, gift, and favor tables.

The bride also upcycled a hutch she found for five dollars and used it to display cupcakes.

She also make DIY cupcake stands with candlesticks and plates.

Games

There were several games for guests to play under a beautiful gazebo with cushioned seats.

Favors

Last but not least, there were personalized navy and yellow pinwheels for each guest to take home and place in their garden to remind them of this special day.

This was one of the best weddings I have attended… congrats again to Mr. and Mrs. Brian and Jenny Fusco! Love you guys!

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!

26th Jul2013

Recycled Patron Bottle Vase

by Dinah Wulf

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OK, so now you know I like Patron…Silver, that is.  It took a long time and a few parties and get-togethers to get through this bottle.  Initially I didn’t intend on keeping it.  After I finished it, however I couldn’t part ways because I love the shape, color, and durability of it. Instead of throwing it away, I made a recycled Patron bottle vase.  The pictures speak for themselves; however I wanted to write out the tutorial.  It’s a fun and SUPER easy project you can do in minutes with any type of bottle or vase. I did a guest post for Jill over at Popsicle Blog and she gave me some great materials to use.

Materials:

  • Patron bottle or any bottle or vase
  • Lace Ribbon
  • Coffee bean sack or burlap
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Here is the Patron Bottle BEFORE.  It’s the large size (I know, I know, I SWEAR my husband bought it!)

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Instructions:

I used a thick lace ribbon first and wrapped it around, securing it with glue. 

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Next I found an old coffee bean sack that I used to make outdoor coffee sack pillows with a few months ago.  I measured and cute accordingly.

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I secured it over the lace ribbon with glue.

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That’s it!  Here is another AFTER photo.

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The possibilities of decorating a bottle are limitless.  You can use all different textured, patterned, and colored ribbon to match your home or party décor.  This is an easy and inexpensive way to recycle bottles and use them for wedding or bridal shower centerpieces as well.  Group or cluster a few together to make a whimsical tablescape.

30th Apr2013

How to Make a Citrus Floating Candle

by Dinah Wulf

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My brother was on Facebook the other day and a friend of his posted a picture of how to make a candle from an orange.  I thought that several of these citrus floating candles would be perfect for an evening summer party centerpiece. We were visiting our dad recently and decided to try it out in his kitchen. Here is a quick tutorial on how to make a citrus floating candle.

Materials:

  • Orange
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Spoon
  • Cooking oil
  • Water
  • Bowl or vase
  • Lighter

Step One: Cut an orange in half.

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Step Two: Using a spoon, scoop out the orange leaving the center pith of the orange is intact. This will be used as the wick.

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Step Three: Pour cooking oil into your orange. Any cooking oil like vegetable, canola, or olive oil will work.

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Step Four: Carefully light your “wick”.  It may take several seconds to light (longer than a regular wick). Note: We sliced the bottom of our orange so that it would not roll.  Be careful not to pierce through the bottom.  You do not have to do this if you are going to place it in water.

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Step Five: Place your floating candle in the desired vessel with water.

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Ta-dah! We used a medium sized orange.  We were able to burn the candle for about three and a half to four hours.  Be careful if you are doing this project with your kids!

 

14th Nov2012

Recycled T Shirt Bunting

by Dinah Wulf

I wanted to spruce up my mantle for the holidays so I decided to make a Thanksgiving banner.  Naturally, I wanted to use recycled materials so I found an old wrinkled cotton T shirt in my husband’s side of the closet (my side is neat and tidy of course!).  There was a huge stain on the front right on the chest so this was perfect for my recycled T shirt bunting.

Here are the materials you will need:

  • Old clothing item
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Paper (to make your flag pattern)
  • Iron
  • Spray starch
  • Fabric paint
  • Spouncer
  • Stencils
  • Ribbon or rope
  • Hot glue

Instructions:

Step One: Grab and old T shirt or any other piece of clothing.  Feel free to play with colors and textures.

Step Two: Make your flag pattern.  I used a piece of cardstock (8”X6”).  It’s easiest to start with a rectangle, measure the center of one end, and draw a diagonal line from one corner to the center mark for both sides and cut.

Step Three: Cut out your flags.  I chose to spell out “Give Thanks”.

Step Four: Lay out your flags to iron and spray it with starch.

Step Five: Iron your flags.

Step Six: Stencil your letters using a spouncer.  I chose green my favorite color!  Check out my stenciling tips I from my stenciled place mat project. You can purchase these stencils online.

Step Seven: Allow your letters to dry and then hot glue each flag to your rope.  I bought 3 yards of rope they had on sale for the holidays and cut it in half.  It was perfect for my recycled T shirt banner!

Here are some AFTER photos.

I took these during the day…

 

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11th Sep2012

DIY Recycled Jar Tea Light

by Dinah Wulf

I’m pretty sure I save every single jar after it’s empty.  Pickle, spaghetti sauce, salsa… I don’t discriminate.  The Mason jar is beautiful but I think it gets too much credit (don’t get me wrong, I’ve done several Mason jar crafts in the past and I still LOVE them).  For this DIY Recycled Jar Tea Light, I decided to use a pickled beet jar.  Yes, I eat pickled beets…yum!!!

Materials:

  • Jar
  • Burlap scraps
  • Scissors
  • Wire or a wire coat hanger (I used 20 gauge because it’s easy to work with)
  • Spouncer
  • Craft paint in the color of your choice
  • Stencil of your choice
  • Wire cutter
  • Pliers
  • Hot glue
  • Tea Light

First, cut your burlap so that it fits nicely around your jar.  Next, stencil your burlap and set aside.  Wrap your wire around the mouth of the jar several (4-5) times depending on the desired thickness.  Cut another piece of wire for the handle wrapping each end securely around your wire circle as shown.  Place the wire circle with handle around the mouth of the jar.  Locate the ends of the wire circle and pull taught.  Pliers may help.  You may have to massage the circle accordingly.  Tuck in the ends of the wire.  Finally, hot glue the burlap around your jar and insert and light your tea light.

I thought six of these spelling out “boo” and “eek” would be really cute on the mantel for Halloween.  Hope you try it out!

 

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.

 

22nd Aug2012

Recycled Book Page Butterfly Wreath

by Dinah Wulf

If you follow me on Facebook, you saw this Recycled Book Page Butterfly Wreath I found on Pintrest.

A few of us were commenting on how to make it and inspired each other to take this project on ourselves (Thank you, Elise, Rose, Katie, Jo, Michelle, and Zach & Lois… you all are the best!).  The best part?  This wreath cost me NOTHING!  This is my version.

I ended up making two, a large one and a small one.  Here is my tutorial on how to make a Recycled Book Page Butterfly Wreath.

Step One: Make the butterflies

Materials:

  • Old book, map, magazine, etc.
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

I used an old book I had from another recycled book page wreath I made last year.  At first I used a butterfly stencil that I had but after tracing and cutting the first three, I thought it’d be more fun to free hand them instead.  It’s easiest to fold the page in half and draw half the butterfly so that you have two identical sides.  Use a pencil so that you can erase any lines if need be.

Step Two: Gather the branches and prep them

Gather your branches.   Remove any leaves from the branches and soak the naked branches in water.  This makes it easier to work with and will cause less breakage.

Step Three: Construct the wreath

Materials:

  • Wire hanger (one for small wreath, two for large wreath)
  • Prepped Branches
  • Water
  • Sink
  • Hot glue

Simply unwind the wire and create a circle, twisting the end together. One by one, wrap, twist, and tuck each branch around your wreath until you have the desired width.

Allow your wreath to dry.  (Optional step) Once it is dried, on the BACK of the wreath, use a hot glue gun to secure and loose branches.

Step Four: Assemble the Butterflies

Materials:

  • Pre-cut butterflies from step one
  • Plastic Beads, Pearls, Shells (anything you want to use for the bodies)
  • Hemp string (I found this to work best so that the antennas will stay erect)
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue

You can use whatever your heart desires for the bodies.  I chose to use plastic beads and hemp string.  Using a hot glue gun, glue your beads together and while the glue s still hot, insert your antennas (as shown).  Next, glue the body onto your butterfly.  Make sure the butterfly wings are folded up so that they appear as if they are in flight.

Step Five: Attach the Butterflies to Your Wreath

Materials:

  • Assembled butterflies from step four
  • Constructed wreath from step three

I placed the butterflies on the wreath and moved them around to arrange them in the order and position I wanted BEFORE I used the hot glue.

Ta Da!

Here are some photos of the large wreath.

Here are some photos of the small version.

You can make these wreaths for the holidays and embellish them as you wish!  I hope you try it!  Email me a photo if you do… oh and say hi! :) dwulf@diyinspired.com

For more repurposing ideas and trash to treasure ideas, check out this fun round-up of garage sale and thrift store transformations! There are over two dozen original projects I have done including housewares and furniture transformations.

 

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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! :)

 

 

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!

 

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