Friday, August 31, 2012

Boho Chic Party Feature

Today is my daughter's 5th birthday.  It's crazy how fast kids grow up.  I remember when she was just a baby and motherhood was new to me.  
Anyways, before I get teary-eyed, I want to feature a beautiful party for a beautiful little girl.  My niece.  And speaking of growing up quickly, it's hard to believe a year has gone by!  
My wonderfully talented sister at Candy and Cake has done it again with a superb party fit for a sweet baby girl.  She went with her daughter's nursery decor, Boho Chic and came up with this.  
These are my shots from the party, check out her post and the professional pictures (which are also so great) up on her blog.

I just love the lime, yellow and turquoise combination.  So fresh and bright!
The cake was, of course, incredible.  I love everything about it.  The petals, the chevron, the flower and especially the adorable little elephant!

Sugar cookies!  Cute, cute, cute!

My sister's chocolate covered oreos are always spectacular!

Those key lime cupcakes were to die for!!

Ava's special smash cake.  

The poms and lanterns worked amazingly with her existing chandelier.

The kids table setting was pretty special, too.  

Even the goody bags were fabulous!

Outside was the food, sliders and salad were the perfect outdoor food.

And check out the cups!  LOVE the feathers.

And the lovely birthday girl herself.

Enjoying her cake all to herself!

She is so sweet!

I hope you enjoyed the party feature!  Be sure to stop by the Candy & Cake blog for more great party posts and unique cakes!
Have a great weekend.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Ribbon Trimmed Cupcake Stands

Okay, friends.
I made some cupcake stands and I thought it was an ingenious idea.  I was patting myself on the back.  Literally.
But then I decided to google 'cupcake stands' and came across these exact same cupcake stands.  Oh.
Guess I wasn't as clever as I thought.  
But I'm posting about them anyways.  Plus, mine are ribbon trimmed.  
And I can't wait to use them for my daughter's party!  She actually chose which ribbon she wanted on them.

So here's what I did.
I actually bought the candle stick pieces on clearance at Michael's a year ago (I think the package was only 40 cents.  I snatched up both packages.).
I bought the wood circles recently, purposely for the stands.

Here are the two pieces you now have.

Get yourself some wood glue and glue your pieces together.

You'll want to put some pressure on it until it dries.

So once I finished my stands, I set them upside down on an old baking pan.

And placed another pan on top with a heavy book for weight.  Leave it for a day or so.

Then get yourself some white spray paint.  I actually used primer, too.  But it's not required.

After a few coats you'll be good to go.

Find some thin width ribbon and your hot glue gun.

And wrap it around the edge of your cupcake stand, gluing as you go.

Simple, yes?

And pretty darn cute.

Thanks for stopping by!!

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ruffled Fabric Flowers

So, I'm back.  
You may or may not have noticed I was gone for bit of a holiday.  We left last week Wednesday and returned yesterday.  It was a great vacation and we got to catch up with some old friends and family.  Plus, of course, we managed to fit in some fun stuff for the kids and even some outlet shopping.  Yay!
Moving on.  
It's the last week before my daughter's Fancy Nancy party.  She's so excited, counting down the days.  And I'm getting the final pieces put together.  The last week can be a little stressful at times, but I love it!  I love to see everything come together.  
I thought I might share with you yet another project for the party.
Ruffled Fabric Flowers.

And yes, I'm fully aware that there are millions of fabric flower tutorials out there.  And perhaps, someone out there has already written a tutorial for a flower very similar to this.  But, I haven't seen one and I did create these on my own.  So let's all get past it and enjoy some ruffly-flowery goodness, shall we!?

This is how to make some of your own.
Get your hot glue gun, scissors, scrap fabric (thin, loose, gauzy or silky fabric works great), embellishments (rhinestones, pearls, etc), and felt.

First off, find a circle template that's about 2 1/2 inches wide.  I used a jar lid.
Trace your template onto your felt piece and cut it out.

Then get yourself some scrap fabric.  I used a strip of fabric to make the process go faster.  My strip was about 16 inches long.

Fold it in half.

Then fold in thirds like this.

Pin together, then trace your template and cut out all of your layers at once.  Since I'm lazy, this made it go a little quicker and you won't have to use your scissors as often.

It won't look perfect and it doesn't have to be.

Get your hot glue gun and add a dab in the center of your circle.

Fold the circle in half and press together.

Then add another dab in the bottom center of your folded circle.

Again, fold in half and press together.

Continue with the other fabric circles.  For each flower you will need 6 pieces.

Begin to glue them onto your felt circle with the pointed edge facing the center.

Glue them across from each other like this.

Then glue the next two beside the existing two.

And add the last two in the remaining empty spaces.

Then you can add your bead/embellishment in the center of your flower.

Continue the process and make more!!  Why not?  They were ridiculously easy!

Aren't they just so delicate and ruffly?

They're great for hairclips or brooches or whatever you want, really!

Hope you have a fabulous week!
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