monster favor boxes

By Melanie of You Are My Fave


Since haunted houses make me cry and The Ring still haunts me over ten years later, I thought a more lighthearted party theme of monster mash would be a better fit for my Halloween festivities this year. These favor boxes are fun to make and easy enough that kids can help out. You could make a crafternoon out of it.

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painted geometric garland

By Melanie of You Are My Fav

It’s a proven fact* that hanging up garlands in your home makes you happier. With that in mind, there’s no need to wait around until there’s a celebration to hang them up. This painted geometric garland is season neutral and can be hung up in a matter of an hour.

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watercolor monogram favor boxes

By Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fave

I love ending a party on a high note with a great favor but sometimes store bought packaging can be so ho-hum. Here’s a really quick way to customize and beautify a simple white box that can be filled with anything from a set of crayons to a sweet treat. The watercolor finish would blend well with an art party theme.

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clay letter cake toppers

By Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fave

The next time an occasion calls for cake, forgo the tacky toy toppers and personalize your very own message by making these letter toppers. They take less than an hour (including baking time) and can be used over and over again. You might just want to make the entire alphabet to keep on hand.

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frozen chocolate banana pops

By Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fave

Frozen chocolate covered bananas were a summertime staple in my family. There was an old fashioned ice cream shop near my dad’s work that sold them for 25 cents a piece and we would always get excited when he came home with a big brown paper bag. So to celebrate summer (and reminisce a bit) I decided to make my own and package them to share with neighbors and friends. Here’s the simple how to:

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cardboard popsicle photo backdrop

By Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fave

Tomorrow is the first official day of summer, hip hip! To celebrate I like to throw a party where only frozen treats are served, hot fudge is flowing, and jimmies are plentiful. This year for a little additional fun I thought a photo booth was in order, so I whipped up this festive cardboard popsicle backdrop.

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baby shower message board

By Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fav

Last weekend I co-hosted a baby shower where over 60 people came! While I knew an organized activity was out of the question (not that I’m a fan of traditional baby shower games anyway), I wanted to create a way where guests could feel like they were participating in some small way and the mama-to-be could remember who attended. So I created this well wish board and placed it by the entrance. Here’s the easy tutorial.

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mini button name tags

We’ve all been stuck in awkward situations at parties where we hardly know any other guests and end up talking about the weather. As a host it’s sometimes hard to insure that conversation stays lively but if you make these cheeky mini button name tags for your guests, you’ll automatically give them something to talk about.

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