DIY: Easy Alphabet Cake Toppers

If you haven’t wandered the scrapbooking aisle at your local craft store, you’re missing out. The scrapbooking supplies I love the most are chipboard letters and stickers—they can be used to customize anything from favors and treat bags to party hats. I found these colorful mini alphabet stickers the other day and, in just a few simple steps, transformed them into cake toppers that can spell out anything you’d like.

letter cake toppers


The Easiest Party Decorations, Ever

Here’s another favorite tip of mine for throwing a party on a budget: Use pom-pom fringe! It’s so fun and festive on its own, and best of all: no DIY-ing required. All you need are removable hooks, a few strands of pom-pom fringe, and about three minutes—it’s easier than blowing up balloons. And since pom-pom fringe usually goes for about $2.50 a yard, it’s super budget friendly, as well.

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I bought my pom-pom fringe online in assorted colors from M&J Trimming. You local fabric store will also likely sell it by the yard; several colors are also available on Amazon, as well.

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More Easy Party Ideas
How to Throw a Killer Party on a Budget
DIY Fruity Party Printables (so perfect for summer shindigs!)
DIY Alphabet Crayon Favors 

“Let’s Summer!” Checklist (Free Printable!)

We’re officially a week into summer, so how’s your popsicle consumption coming along? And how many water balloons have you thrown? If you’re answers are on the low side, then it might be a good idea to fill out this official summer to-do list so you don’t slack off for the rest of the season.

summer list

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DIY: Happy Father’s Day Sign

Even though my husband always insists he doesn’t want anything for Father’s Day, we always decorate our home for the occasion—that way, he’ll know how loved and appreciated he is, the moment he wakes up. And what says “We love you!” more than a unexpected, colorful banner? This one is easy to make and the perfect Father’s Day project to do with your kids.

father's day ideas

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DIY: Fruity Party Printables

Channel Carmen Miranda at your next summer party with these bright and colorful fruit printables. Stick ’em on the wall to creative a festive backdrop for photos or your dessert display. Best of all, this look couldn’t be easier to create. Grab the download for seven fun fruits below.

fruit party decorations
fruit decorations

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How To: Throw a Killer Party on a Budget

Back when my husband was in law school, I worked part-time as a party planner throwing everything from baby showers to dinner parties. Throwing a festive shindig while staying on budget was a skill I picked up on the job—let’s just say I learned to make a dollar stretch. The key to throwing a great party on a budget? Keep reading for the #1 best party-planning trick I learned…

cheap party decor honeycomb balls


DIY: Pop-Up Birthday Card (with free printable!)

I’ve never met anyone who isn’t charmed by a pop-up book, so if you’ve got a friend or family member with a birthday on the horizon, why not make them a fun, interactive card to celebrate? Best of all, this DIY card takes only takes five minutes to make (I promise!).

free birthday card


DIY: Four Clever Ways to Top a Gift

Sometimes you just don’t have a gift-wrap bow on hand. But instead of making an emergency ribbon run, rummage through your drawers at home or even your kid’s toy box—chances are you’ll find something in there that makes for a creative way to dress up a plain package.

gift wrap ideas

1. Birthday Cake (above):
Cut out an image of a birthday cake, paste it on top of the box, then add glue some (real) candles.

gift wrap ideas

2. Felt Balls:
Cover the top of the package entirely with glued-on felt balls for a colorful topper.

gift topper ideas

3. Ice Cream:
Tape on an ice cream shooter for a playful finish any kid would love.

how to wrap a present

4. Numbers:
Someone turning another year older? Simply stick on some number stickers and circle their age.