The challenge over on The Catered Crop this week was to create something with stitching... so I lined a plain old boring paper cup with a Whisker Graphics yellow honeycomb middybitty bag, sewed yellow and bluecrepe paper ruffles, and glued the ruffles onto the cup. Voila! Instant party fun!
I have to gush for a minute about my favorite designers Do and J of Piggy Bank Parties. Their talent for creating, illustrating, and styling is astounding. They always exceed my expectations. I never worry about the quality of their products because they are perfectionists. They spend more time and effort on each project than they really should to make each design, each party perfect, flawless, and completely original.
If you are throwing a party, you must check out their shop. With their printable collections, you can throw a major party on a minor budget!
I sent Do and J some ideas for a Welcome Home party for a dear friend returning home to his family after 3 tours of duty. I really wanted this to be special, yet simple and masculine. I was blown away by the finished product.
My friend chose the theme "The Road Home", as it symbolized the journey her family has been on for the last 18 months. We decided to use vintage suitcases and luggage tags for this party.
Vintage Suitcase Invitation
We added this quote as a luggage tag tied with twine to the invitation:
For those of you who don't know, I won a Skype chat with Tori Spelling. Her website ediTORIal hosted a scavenger hunt contest where you had to watch the season finale of her reality show and answer all the questions correctly. One random winner was picked to chat with the family...
I am still speechless that I won!
I am going to apologize for my lack of decent pictures in advance. Thankfully the hubs snapped a few as Tori and I chatted to show you that it actually happened! Please excuse the mess, the dining room table is my official craft space/ location to chat with celebrities.
1. OUR KIDS are the same age, so it was really fun to watch them chat about their pets, sports, and birthdays. Tori's oldest Liam is a total charmer, outgoing, sweet and silly. My boys loved him. J Bugger asked if we could have a play date at their house!
Fun fact: Their pet pig Hank is over 100 lbs and makes a great pet, who knew?
Hard to see but Tori is holding Hattie in this picture, now 5 months old
2. Tori is a self-proclaimed CRAFTISTA. She loves fashion, party planning, and crafting with the kids. Her new craft line just debuted on HSN this week (she had just caught a connecting flight home from filming with HSN in Tampa). And she has a DIY jewelry line hitting Michaels and JoAnn's Fabric stores soon!
3. Liam's SpongeBobbeach party is scheduled for Saturday (forecast is calling for rain, boo!). She wanted to make pineapple Bellinis in actual pineapples, however the current price of pineapples is $5 EACH, so that idea got scratched. Doesn't get much more real than that!
4. Tori said that as an actor you can feel really separated from people, but thereality showgave them an amazing opportunity for people to see her for who she really is. She said that she went from having fans to having friends.
5. In the back of my mind I know Tori is a major celebrity, however talking to her feels like talking to another mom from school or finding a new friend with similar crafty interests. She is real, genuine, sweet, and compassionate. Our time went all too quickly. I feel truly blessed and honored for this opportunity.
Thank you Tori for taking time out of your crazy schedule and family time to chat with me. It was an experience I will never forget!
Here is an easy idea for Spring and Easter table settings. I made napkin rings using edible candy grass. After you find your seat at the dinner table you can eat your napkin ring as an appetizer, how fun!
Materials Needed: Edible Easter Grass Candy (found at Wal-Mart),
flourish punch and scrapbook paper
Directions: Twist long strands of candy grass into circle, tucking in the ends.
Insert into a napkin and embellish with a place card. Eat any loose ends, ha!
I love a good dessert table, but lately I've been wanting to slim down the desserts and try something a little different. Here are 5 reasons to SKIP the traditional dessert table at your next celebration.
1. My FAVORite kind of table
In true Purple Pug brilliance, Kristy skipped the traditional dessert table at her son's Fly Guy Rave and opted to make her treats and trinkets favor table the focal point. There were no complaints from the kiddos as they filled their buckets with fun take home goodies.
2. UPGRADE the beverage station
Try upgrading the beverage area by adding flavors, toppings, or fun garnishes. Fellow Piggy Bank Crew member Mariah from Giggles Galore created a cozy Hot Cocoa Bar. Mariah offered hot cocoa toppings in glass ice cream dishes, candy canes tied with bakers twine to mugs, and hot chocolate served in glass beverage dispensers.
3. Skip the table, keep the DESSERTS
Christine from Pure Joy Events set the mood for her daughter's sewing party by beautifully displaying desserts on a vintage rotary sewing machine.
Christine opted again to skip the traditional table for her sister's baby shower. She used a sleigh crib and coordinating crib skirt to create this beautiful dessert area. Imagine how different both parties would have looked on traditional tables?
4. Skip desserts, feature the FOOD
This beautiful table by Karen Mordechai of Sunday Suppers is an excellent example of making the food presentation extraordinary. The table has the feel of a dessert table with a variety of cheeses being displayed on cake plates of various heights and glass cloches. Yet there are only subtle hints of sweet flavors offered to compliment the cheeses.
5. Move the party to the TABLE
Sometimes the tablescape is the best place to represent the party theme. Piggy Bank Parties Jack and the Beanstalk is my most favorite example of this. The beanstalk is the focal point of this children's story, so why not make it the focal point of the party also? The beanstalk sprouting through the middle of the table is so unexpected and whimsical.
Special thanks to my favorite party gals for permission to share pictures of their ultra fabulous parties. Hope it has inspired some new and creative ideas for your next party!
We are celebrating the opening of The Lorax in movie theaters with a fun giveaway thanks to Origami Delights! If you have read the book or seen them movie, you will know that it carries a message about being being responsible for ourenvironment. I've seen a party trend happening that I just adore, going green! Many party planners are consciously making an effort to use Eco-friendly materials from reusable banners and tablecloths right down to their party favors.
Recyclable party favors leads right into today's giveaway...
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