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Tea Party Surprise

Everyone thought they were attending my 30th birthday party. But I had a lovely surprise for my guest. This was a fun way to announce the new addition to our little family. So towards the end my husband was in charge of the recording so ignore his excitement. The game was a circular scratch-its underneath each tea cup. Each tea cup had one letter with a matching color so when guest got together with the same color they could make up the word/phrase (“we” “are” “having” “a” “baby”).
Thank you family and friends!
For signage visit @lettersanddust, for the delicious cake visit @justadashcake
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Mini Seahorse Piñata

Our mini seahorse piñata were featured on It’s a Pink Life by Francis from FHJ. Check out her beautiful Layla’s 6th birthday beach party. She has created adorable party decor and partnered with some creative companies (including me).

 

(pictures from Francis from FHJ). Visit the blog post below:
mypinklifefj.blogspot.com/2017/05/laylas-mermaid-inspired-6th-birthday.html

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Counting down to my Big Day [Wedding]

I’mimg_2767 counting the days until my big day. My partner and I decide to have a destination wedding. And you know me, I love to work on a budget. So if I can make it myself than I will, and saves myself $$.

Wedding accessions: Fell in love with decorative flowers when I tried on wedding dresses that I had to created my own (left). I used one fabric rose, beads, gems, and feathers to create my flower.
Store price: $40-50, DIY: $4

Wedding Veil: with the help of MY Martha, aka my mom, we turned my something borrowed into my perfect wedding veil. My partner’s mother gave me a long plain veil and I glowed at the thought of finding my something borrowed. But it wasn’t what I was looking for…But after my visit with JoAnn’s Fabric Store I was hopeful. I picked up lace, fabric bead linen, small fabric flowers and adhesive fabric tape. Due to the holidays they had a 50% coupon off for sewing materials.
Store price: $100-250, DIY: $25

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Wimg_3194edding Heels: I’ve decided that creating short videos is probably the easiest way to explain the Do-It-Yourself process (video below). I got some plain white heels on amazon for $16.00  and I reused the beads from a wedding belt that cost $20. I’m sure you can find beads that are lot less, but I rather reuse than waste.
Store price: $50-150, DIY: $38

 

 

 

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Bridal Shower Crafts

website_linkYay! One of my girl friends got married recently and she asked me to be her Maid of Honor so that explains my absences on here. I was honored but I had no clue where to start… So here are my steps and the crafts I created for the Bridal Shower:

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My invitation process.


STEP 1: Invitations. 
First, I had to think about dates for the event ( I called the bride and her mother about this to make sure these girls can make it), then designed her paper invitations (watercolor and cutout paper), which helped me with picking the theme colors, and then I added a web page for the RSVP information. After printing, cutting, and putting the invitation together I realized I wrote the wrong date (OMG! panic) but luckily, it was an easy fix. I bought magnets with the correct date and with the same design as the invitation. Then created a circular stickers to cover up the old date on the invitations.

Credit Elana Grace Photography visit website, www.elanagrace.com

Credit Elana Grace Photography, visit http://www.elanagrace.com

STEP 2: Food. The Bride decided to ask her mother-in-law to assist her with making tamales for the bridal shower which took care of the main dish. I just made side dishes. NEXT STEP order the cake, right? Elizabeth, from Artisan Cake, gifted the Bride this (right picture taken by Elana Grace Photography) beautiful cake and I had no idea what she was making. I’ve only seen her amazing past work so I designed a simple cake topper that reads “Bride to Be” to make sure the cake topper didn’t distract from the cake.

Drinks. I decided on making a mimosa-bar since the Bridal Shower was during the morning I figured some champagne with juice would go nice with the tamales. I also made a champagne bottle piñata and cutout rings to give the mimosa bar some color.  Click here for how to create a piñatas. Don’t forget to label the food.

Credit Elana Grace Photography, visit www.elanagrace.com

Credit Elana Grace Photography, visit http://www.elanagrace.com


STEP 3: Games.
 What do you do at a Bridal Shower besides eat? We (bridal party) got together and came up with some good ideas. We decided on ring toss game, don’t say “wedding,” bingo, guess who past celebrity bride game and give advice cards. And I included prizes for the winner.

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For the ring toss I spray painted bottles with the theme color. I created bingo cards, and printed out google images of past brides game.

Credit Elana Grace

STEP 4: Decide on decorations. Where to start. I ordered balloons and a bride-to-be slash, but everything else was made with paper. I cutout big flowers, paper tissue pom-poms, made and strung paper banners, and use tulle to cover the bridal chair (photo on the right shows the ceiling decorations I used).

STEP 5: Signage. I made couple signs to direct guest to table stations. Starting with a “Welcome to the Bridal Shower” guest book signing. Then printout signage that I framed and used chalk boards to add to the shower.
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STEP 6: Gifts. As thank you gifts for the attendees,  I created small tags that went on the nail polish, lipgloss, mints, and succulents.

I did tape & spray paint the succulent cups to match the theme. The bride and I also went to Scrap (Portland Arts& Craft Reused Store) were I picked up wine corks to create this piece (photo below: taken by Elana Grace Photography) to add to the succulents gift.

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For the bridal party I hand screen-print t-shirt “team wifey” and “wifey” for the bride for the next event, bachelorette party. And the planning of this is a whole other post.

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Thank you for Reading:

For more pictures of the event click on my Flickr. I also posted pictures of her beautiful wedding.

Special THANK YOU to Elana Grace Photography for allowing me to use her pictures. She was the official Bridal Shower Photographer, visit her website for more of her beautiful work at www.elanagrace.com

 

 

 

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Simple Wedding in West Linn

This weekend Max & I helped Debbie put together this beautiful wedding in West Linn, Willamette img_1104Park. Kristy, the bride, asked for a simple wedding with a theme of Teal & Gold. Her day started off with Oregon rain (side note: Oregon rain is when the clouds rain, stop, then rains again, with different precipitation types). Rain or shine the show went on. A beautiful quick ceremony with 5 hours of setting-up time and an hour to break it down.

What we used: 
1) Debbie did an amazing job, she created these giant paper flowers (on the right), paper heart streamers, paper banners, and all of the paper goods you see in the pictures.  Giant Paper flowers are available on Etsy to purchase.
2) Kristy spray painted tin-cans, used gold glitter on the flower vases, insert pictures on frames for her centerpiece. Simple and stunning idea!
3) Debbie wrote lyrics on the white butcher paper for the Bride & Groom to walk up to. Like the red carpet.
4) We also hung paper lanterns from the ceiling of the gazebo with white tulle hanging down.
For more pictures go to flickr.

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Happy 30th Birthday Ben

img_0501This Friday we threw Ben a birthday party before he headed off to Disney World with his girlfriend. I was so busy that I forgot to take pictures of the process.

AND I had couple of bumps along the way… As you can see (picture on the left) the cake was made for a 3rd and not 30th bday party. Things happen and you just have to make it work. Happy 30th Birthday, Ben. I hope you had fun and thank you, everyone who attended.
How Party Decorations were made (pictures below of decorations):
–> I made couple of banners with recycled calendars. Cut the calendar in a triangle shape and punch two whole on the top edges to hang.
–> Added ears on the black paper plates. Two black circles and hot glue on each side. 
–> Made “30” paper cutouts to hang around the gazebo with my cutter.
–> Made a cake topper for Ben with my cutter.
–> Made decorative jars. I used a jar, black paper cutout to go inside, and glow stick.

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Happy Birthday!

Today we celebrate all July birthdays (summer babies)! And with my busy schedule, I still found time to create handmade gifts for my sisters. Every year gift-giving gets harder and harder mostly when they are growing up so fast. Take a look below to see how many different ways you can use a mini piñata…

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Happy Fourth of July

img_9293Fourth of July in a box… Independence Day is one of Max’s favorite holiday, and trying to ship a care package was a little more challenging since I couldn’t ship fireworks. There are many great substitution for kids and not much for adults. I needed to create a BIG SPARK…

Made Confetti Poppers: I used tissue paper, confetti star cutouts, a balloon, and cardboard to create a tube. After creating a tube (cardboard & tape), add a balloon on one of the tube opening. Tape the balloon or glue so it doesn’t come off when pulling it. Add confetti paper inside and seal with tissue paper (image below). Make sure you make a cut on the side of the tissue paper ( not on the balloon) so the confetti paper can come out.

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Also made mini star pinatas to go in the box. Fill them with candy and/or surprise toys. These make the perfect party decorations. I added some glow sticks, caramel popcorn, and other fourth of July funsies to ship to the North Pole.

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Featured on Social Media

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What a great surprise to open up your page to something so beautiful.

Thanks @Hungryhispter for featuring our mini piñata on your food adventures. We enjoy making these mini piñata to make your day special.

I appreciate all the pictures my customers send me and very grateful for the kind words.

 

 

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Birthday Overload of Cutenss

img_7925I am so happy to be able to be part of the customers’ special day. I do enjoy making these mini pinatas (and other party supplies) and love to hear their stories. When I don’t know the story I like to imagine what they are for… and what kind of party or type of person. I had someone order two pink whales and my mind thought “oooh twin’s party or baby shower.”  Love Love it!

I remember making these with my mom when I was younger. I remember putting my tiny hands in her home-made glue in this cooking pot and slapping it on the balloon. I never thought of the process until now. I can see why she did the things she did. Home-made glue is lot easier than Elmer glue (which is what I use). I cherish these making pinata memories and happy to be able to share one of my families traditions.

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