- Written by Michelle
Here is a easy project that is perfect for any beach, under the sea, or in my case a mermaid theme party. I got one of the large paper mache letters from JoAnn's (used my 40% off coupon). Simply hot glued various seashells onto the front. Since the paper mache letter is already a sandy color brown...there was no need to paint it prior to adding seashells. I got all the seashells from one bag also purchased at JoAnn's. I plan on using this large M on the dessert table. I can think of so many things to glue on these paper mache letters! I just picked up another one to use at Madison's Kindergarten graduation milk and cookies buffet I'm doing next week.
- Written by Michelle
I have started prep on Madison's Mermaid & Dolphin party. Yes, she totally picked her theme. I got some rather bad news on Wednesday~I scheduled my shoulder surgery for June 21st so Madison's party will be the last one for me for at least 2 months. I knew that I had to have this surgery but actually scheduling a date and hearing how difficult and painful the recovery time is...really scared me and I have to admit I shed quite a few tears. It's very hard for me sit still, need help and I'm terrified of pain medicine and how it makes me feel so usually I try to endure the pain. However, I decided to focus on positive things and go shopping for our upcoming vacation to Punta Cana in 2 weeks as well as start the multitude of party crafts for Madison's Kindergarten graduation and Mermaid party! Retail and Craft therapy works every time!
Carli from Dimpleprints designed these beautiful shell invitations for the Mermaid and Dolphin party! LOVE HER! I finally met Carli at the SNAP conference after being her blog buddy for over 3 years! I just love all the wonderful and talented chicks that I'm friends with due to blogging! I added a pearl to the invite....I'm not quite sure Madison got that part! LOL
I always feel the need to add things to my paper invites. I'm sure over the years from following my blog you are well aware of that! Invitations are so important. They set the mood for your party. If you didn't put much thought or effort into the invite your guests will think the party will be the same.
I added a little of sand and tiny seashells to the vellum envelope.....parents you are welcome! LOL After I did it I thought of a child opening it on a perfectly clean area....my bag! Just trying to make my invitees feel the beach!
I have so many scrapbooking supplies and stamps. I love to scrapbook but only get the time to do it now when I'm at our beach condo or on vacation. I keep saying I'm going to start a craft night once a month so I can go back to my love! Anyhoo....I used a mermaid stamp and embossed it with pink embossing powder. Madison passed them out at school yesterday and the kids were so excited .... it was too cute.
- Written by Michelle
Hello everyone! Thanks for being here! I have had a lot of personal and professional changes in my life so have not been blogging as regular as I used to! Things are finally getting settled and I will be back here with you a lot more now! I taught a class at SNAP in Utah a few weeks ago with my party partner in crime Mariah from Giggles Galore. We had so much fun and was truly thrilled with our class BLOG STARS! It was standing room only or should I say most of the floor space was filled as well! Every attendee received their invitation at their seat. All of the printables were designed by my dynamic dual Shannon and Rebecca from Petite Party Studio! Let me say....no matter how busy I may become I am so grateful for all the wonderful women who I now call my friends that I've met through blogging! I am so blessed and love these girls so much!! Mariah, Shannon and Rebecca are seriously talented and are rare jewels and I'm so blessed to have them as friends! If you aren't familiar with their work you need to check them out! You will be so happy you did!
We made centerpieces for 10 tables and not spend over $10 per table. Yes, we brought all this stuff with us! Needless to say, I was over my weight limit on the plane! I left most of my decor for any locals to take back with them. However, we got so much swag at SNAP that I still went home with barely making the weight limit on both my large suitcases! Mind you I was only there for 3 days!! I made this centerpiece using a Dollar Tree glass vase and I glued on negatives. BTW, we were going with an old Hollywood movie theme/feel.
During our class we had TONS of giveaways! Our sponsors were so generous! Mariah and I picked our favorites party peeps and was so happy to be able to share the products we love with our class! One of the sponsors I chose was Blumebox! I love their products because they are so versatile!! You must think outside the box and let your imagine go wild using these boxes. The best part for me is that they come flat so easy to transport. For this centerpiece, I used the white square Blumebox and made gold glitter stripes. So easy to do! A list of all our sponsors are at the bottom of post.
For this centerpiece I used a strip of rhinestones. It totally makes it look all fancy schmancy! The Blumeboxes come in so many colors that it makes coordinating with your party super easy.
I love using water pearls in centerpieces and light them with submersible LEDs.
Love how Mariah used cheap dollar store popcorn boxes and patterned paper from the Petite Party Studio printable package to make these centerpieces!
Every party I have you will find real flowers! I just think they take your party to the next level. If you can't afford a bunch then you can add them to silk flowers or just have a statement piece. I think that silk flowers tend to be expensive however you can reuse them.
We had a "Pap" arazzi popcorn buffet. Get it paparazzi and popcorn?? I think it's genius myself! LOL Don't forget we don't live in Utah so Mariah and I had to figure this all out on the fly. Luckily for us we spotted these jars at the craft party on Friday night. We kind of "borrowed" them from the hotel....just kidding we had permission! Also, thanks to our fellow party gal pal Holly from Paisley Petal Events...we raided her home of party supplies! Another sweet girl....have you checked out her blog? Love that girl!
We had a complete popcorn buffet ....popcorn courtesy of my favorite gourmet popcorn place in the universe! Poppa Maize Gourmet popcorn!!! Seriously the best popcorn you will ever have. They have TONS of gourmet flavors and they always custom color match my popcorn to my parties! LOVE them and their popcorn. I will never ever go anywhere else....yes they are local however, they ship!! Popcorn is great for every party....who doesn't love popcorn???? Plus, I plan on have many movie nights over the summer. Their gourmet popcorn beats microwave popcorn hands down!!! Didn't get a front shot of popcorn bar....does anyone have one???
Another way I used my Blumeboxes on the dessert table. They are perfect for dessert tables as well because they each come with a plastic liner...making everything sanitary but if you have leftovers simply keep in plastic bag and tie. Win Win!!
My talented partner in crime....Mariah from Giggles Galore!
and me.....ahem did you notice that Mariah and me matched our party decor??? That may or may not have been planned!
Thanks to all the BLOG STARS who attended our class. We seriously enjoyed you and hope you got a lot of useful information for your future parties!! BTW, party trends and decor change every year so if you need to know 2014 party trends and new party items then I guess we would just have to continue the party......just sayin'
To see additional pics of all the fun and photo booth....check it out over at Instagram #partiesthatwow
Photos courtesy of Mindy Cone of Creative Juice
- Written by Michelle
In the next couple of months you will be seeing many DIY mermaid projects gearing up for Madison's Mermaid Birthday party in June. Starting with these starfish mermaid wands. I bought the starfish while in Mexico but you can get them very easily online as well. This project is super easy and I know the little girls will love them.
You will need
- tulle (I like the kind on the roll ~just easier than having to cut from yard)
- hot glue
- 12" wood dowels
- some sort of clip or clothespin
For Madison's mermaid party I am using the color scheme of hot pink and turquoise.
I used my dowel as my measure tool and cut 3 strips of tulle the length of the dowel then cut them in half. I used the clip to hold them together since I only have 2 hands and Madison's hands are always sticky!
I cut my ribbon twice the length of the dowel (24 inches). I also did a strip of tulle 24 inches as well.