DIY Confetti Vases

By Ashley of  Sugar & Cloth

DIY confetti vases

Whether you’re hosting a last-minute get together, need a budget-friendly way to decorate lots of tables, or are simply looking to add a pop of color to a room, this DIY confetti vase is the perfect sweet-and-simple project for you. The best part: you’ll only need a few supplies and can stock up on inexpensive vases at your local dollar store!

Can’t beat that for an easy way to add confetti to your next bash without the messy cleanup…

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Kids’ Parties: DIY Musical Instruments

Written by Sara Albers & Melissa Fenlon

By Sara & Melissa of  alice & lois

When we’re hosting a kid’s birthday party, we love to have a craft project to keep the kiddos busy. It’s such a nice way for the little ones to be creative—plus, the craft doubles as a take-home favor. We made these sweet spin drums with the girls at a recent music-themed birthday party!

Read more and get the instructions after the jump.

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Take It Outside: Summery Alfresco Dining Ideas

By Victoria of  SF Girl by Bay

Summer is officially here, which means dining al fresco and enjoying the beautiful outdoors. I search far and wide for the best outdoor patios around my city, but this year I’m dedicating myself to setting up my own outdoor dining area for occasions from parties to a few moments alone with my morning cup of coffee. I love this idea of setting up under a big tree, to give a feeling of an intimate alcove, and have rounded up a few more of my favorite outdoor dining inspirations for you.

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DIY Footed Candy Jars

By Ashley of  Sugar & Cloth

DIY footed candy jars

DIY footed candy jars

I’m all about easily accessible candy as much as the next gal, but I think we can get a little more creative than a plain old apothecary jar, don’t you? These DIY footed candy jars are really inexpensive to make (I used basic glass hurricane vases!) and they’re a much-more-modern take on the standard dessert table.

Customize your candy jars with bold stripes, geometric patterns, or just let the sweets do all of the showing off…

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DIY Patterned Flatware Pouches

By Ashley of Sugar & Cloth

DIY patterned flatware bags

DIY patterned flatware pouches

Every table setting needs a few key pieces (who could forget striped straws, after all?), but sometimes your flatware needs a little sprucing up, too! These DIY patterned flatware pouches not only add a pop of color that you can mix with any theme, but they also keep utensils nice and neat, all gathered together.

Even better, they only require a few inexpensive supplies, and you can whip them up in a pinch in just under ten minutes!

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Design to Dish: “Not Quite” Fried Ice Cream Sundaes

Written by Melissa of Lulu the Baker

fiesta fried ice cream sundaes

I know Cinco de Mayo is behind us for the year, but I can’t resist a good party theme, and fiestas are always especially colorful and lively. The food is fresh and flavorful, the colors are bright and bold, and the company is always fantastic. I think a fiesta-themed graduation party would be amazing. So would a fiesta-themed baby shower. Or a bridal shower. Or a summer birthday party. Pretty much all parties should be fiestas!

I wanted to come up with a fun, Mexican-inspired dessert to go along with the darling papel picado fiesta invitations from Minted pictured above, and the first thing that came to mind was fried ice cream. But seriously, who wants to deal with the hassle and mess of frying ice cream balls?! And it doesn’t seem like a very party-friendly dessert. My mom makes a yummy summer dessert with vanilla ice cream surrounded by a crispy, buttery, sauteed coconut/cereal crust and topping, and it occurred to me that it would be pretty easy to rolls ice cream balls in that crunchy coating to make almost-friend ice cream. My dessert experiments aren’t always successful, but these “Not Quite” Fried Ice Cream Sundaes got two very enthusiastic thumbs up from the entire family over Memorial Day weekend, and they were super easy to make. Ole!

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Design to Dish: Walking Tacos & Frito Pies

Written by Melissa of Lulu the Baker

walking tacos frito pies

Graduation is such an exciting time! Moving on from the world of education to the big, grown-up world of jobs and life and responsibilities–what a fantastic reason to gather and celebrate! The summery, sunny weather at graduation time seems tailor-made for casual, outdoor celebrations filled with balloons and banners and streamers, good food, and lots of fun.

Walking Tacos and their fraternal twin Frito Pies are perfect outdoor party food. They’re fun and tasty, essentially mess-free, and easy to eat while you walk and talk. You simply start with a single serving-sized bag of Fritos for each guest, and set out taco toppings (for Walking Tacos) or chili toppings (for Frito Pies). The bags are water- and grease-proof, so the entire entree is contained in one little, easily portable bag with no mess–perfect food for an outdoor celebration!

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DIY Ruffle Fondant Hearts

By Tessa Huff of Style Sweet
I am always looking for new ways to dress up ordinary treats for events and special occasions, and these ruffle heart toppers take regular cupcakes to new heights.  They are the perfect mix of feminine and fun.  Use the toppers to turn your homemade or store-bought cupcakes into works of art for a festive birthday, bridal shower, or even a wedding!
Instructions after the jump…
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Summer Hand Fan Favors

Urban Baby bunting and pretty thaumatrope giant confetti used to make simple summer hand fans Outdoor events and warm weather bring the perfect reason to break out fan favors (here in the sweltering south, we’ve perfected the art of fanning up our own breezes!) I’ve assembled a simple hand fan using re-purposed minted confetti and circular bunting. Try them as wedding favors to pull in a colorful pattern, a sweet quote or even a personalized initial. These can be easily assembled in no time flat, but look like you ordered a completely custom fan set.

Minted giant confetti to make a simple hand fan

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Bohemian Beach Dinner

bohemian beach dinner Last October, I threw a Bohemian beach dinner to kick off a seaside bachelorette weekend. The vibe was easy, the colors were bright and the setting was spectacular. Check out the post for more details on how it came together, along with some tips for hosting your own barefoot soiree. Bohemian Beach Dinner

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