Thursday, January 31, 2013

Super Bowl Party - Free Printables

Looking for some last minute details to jazz up your Super Bowl Party this weekend? I found these great free printables for the big game from Simply Creative Designs! It includes cupcake toppers, tented food labels, water bottle labels and banners.

Simply Creative Ideas

Consider making a football party photo booth if you want to get the kids involved! Hostess with the Mostess had this DIY project on how to make your own referee backdrop and provided free printables

Hostess with the Mostess

Still need more game day ideas? Check out Sububan Events' Pinterest page for more decorating ideas, free printables and recipes to please the crowd.

Enjoy the party!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Girls Birthday Party - Spa Theme

To my surprise my niece decided she wanted a Spa Party theme for her 5th birthday. I found a lot of my inspiration on TomKat Studio (with my own little twists of course). This birthday party was the talk of the school for almost two weeks and my sister and I had to deliver on this amazing event!

The budget was $100 and I was able to find tons of deals and use many items around my house to make this happen. Special thanks to Heidi Benson Smith for the great photos!

Pear Tree Greetings had the perfect birthday invitations and the bright and vibrant colors carried on throughout the party. Thinking of activities to keep five-year-old girls busy can be quite daunting, but we decided to have "stations" throughout the event to keep them occupied (with extra time at the end to goof around and play).

Here are a few things we use at each station.

Station 1: Decorate Flips-Flops
  • Flip Flops from Old Navy
  • Ribbons on clearance at Michael's
  • Apothecary jar to put all of the ribbon in
Station 2: Nail Bar
  • OPI nail polish collected over the years (make sure you have is a huge hit)!
  • Displayed nail polish on a cake stand to make it look pretty
  • Plastic containers for the girls to soak their feet in
  • Bath Fizzes & foot scrub
Station 3: Makeup
  • Makeup kit on clearance at WalMart
  • Disposable cotton swabs, cotton pads and eye shadow applicators
  • Baby wipes

Displaying utensils and straws in mason jars add such detail to your table. I had mason jars around the house and found this tutorial how to jazz it them up with glitter! Additionally, we found these stickers at Pear Tree Greeting to put on the regular boring paper cups.

I saw this paper chain backdrop on pinterest and just HAD to make it! It was super easy and fairly inexpensive too.

The table wouldn't be complete without a cute polk-a-dot table cloth. I had a flat white bed sheet from IKEA leftover from my wedding this past September and painted dots on it with acrylic paint (you may want to use fabric paint if you want to wash the table cloth, but I didn't want to buy more paint). I found this tutorial on pinterest for my inspiration!

Finally, you cannot forget about the gift bags! Once again, we found these customizable stickers at Pear Tree Greetings to place on the goodie bags. You can fill them with anything you want, but we filled them with a nail file, toe separators, jelly bracelets, flip flops, head band and of course candy!

Hope this gives you a few ideas for your next spa party!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

DIY Wedding Decorations - Anthropologie Inspired Letters

How much are you obsessed with the Zinc Letters at Anthropologie? ME! ME! But I am way too cheap to spend $20 per letter. You know what this means! DIY TIME!

These are super easy DIY wedding decorations to include at your reception. Not to mention they add a personal touch to your decor.

I went to my local Joann Fabrics and bought paper mache letters (with my 50% off coupon) and some silver spray paint. I find that hardware stores have cheaper spray paint than Michael's or Joann Fabrics. I then followed this tutorial and below are the finished products!

Needless to say, these can be used after the wedding too! We have them displayed in our entertainment center and would also look great on a book shelf. 

Brianna Colleen Photography

Brianna Colleen Photography