A Mod Cow Birthday Party

By Kelli Hall, Minted Event Stylist

Mod Cow Table My little guy adores everything cows, so when it came to designing his second birthday, I knew cows would be a dominant element…But, instead of going the direction of country cow, I took a bright, bold direction and opted for a more modern, or “Mod Cow” theme. Check out the post for more on how I styled it, along with details that made it special…

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ten minute gnome costume

By Melanie of You Are My Fave

I don’t think I knew that store bought Halloween costumes existed as a child. My mom would somehow find away to whip up our costume requests, often tirelessly the night before. While I didn’t inherit her sewing skills, I know how to wield a hot glue gun and with that skill made this easy gnome costume. Trust me, the craft level to create this is beginner at most.

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Easy Spooky Tree Halloween Place Cards

By Jenny Batt of Hank and Hunt

Halloween is on it’s way and we just decorated this weekend. I’m loving black and white with a single pop of color this year, like orange. One of the quickest ways to create memorable parties is to customize your decor. That will mean a stroll or two down aisles not necessarily for your type of party. For example, these place card holders in the shapes of little trees were actually on the wedding aisle. The shape is what caught my eye, a great twiggy form that would look fabulous a little spookier. Even the most novice crafter can rock a can of spray paint. This is the world’s easiest spooky tree diy, I promise.  Don’t be afraid to paint things, you can make amazing decor only armed with a can of spray paint. The best part is, spray paint is impossible to mess up. There are no fine lines to follow, just spray and go. Miss a spot? Spray it again. The key is just to use light coats so you don’t get drip marks, voila.

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Bubble Gum Grass Placecard Holders

By Kelli Hall, Minted Event Stylist

edible grass place card holder For my son’s Mod Cow themed birthday party, I created these place card holders–complete with edible bubble gum grass–and designed for little guests to graze and nibble. Check out this simple DIY for an easy step-by-step on how to craft your own.

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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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Paper Strip Pumpkin Art

By Merrilee of Mer Mag

There has been a bit of a chill in the air and a few leaves are beginning to change colors, which can only mean one thing…we’re on the brink of FALL!  We are big fans of Autumn around here and I relish the chance to break out the pumpkin, harvest and Halloween crafts this time of year.

To celebrate this sweater loving, pumpkin patchin’ time of year, we thought we’d share a variation of our Paper Strip Easter Egg Art only this time with pumpkins!

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DIY Grocery Store Bridal Bouquet

By Kelli Hall, Minted Event Stylist

diy grocery store bouquet I love the idea of a bride and her closest friends gathered on the morning of her wedding day, binding blooms and bonding over a creative project. In this spirit, making your own bouquet requires something of a laissez-faire approach, resulting in a bouquet that can take on a more personal and chic feel. To embrace this idea, I set out to the grocery store in a blind hunt for flowers that could be used to craft a pretty nosegay, worthy of a bride’s big day. I learned that, if you’re open and flexible, a diy bridal bouquet using supermarket flowers is surprisingly doable.

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DIY Painted Leaf Napkin Rings

By Jenny of Hank and Hunt
I am a huge fan of real napkins. Have you noticed how hard it is to find good napkin rings? If they are amazing and fun, they are expensive. If they are cheap, well, they look cheap. So I decided to make some of my own, with my own quirky take on the coming season’s palette. Yes, we have burnt orange, but it is bright and when paired with mint green, hot pink and navy, it adds a great fresh feel to the traditional table for fall. I found these individual faux leaves on the wedding aisle at the craft store, they just needed a little help.

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How To Make Giant Bunting

By Jenny Batt of Hank and Hunt

One of my fail safe tricks of the trade when it comes to decorating for parties is to go BIG. Let’s face it, sometimes garland can look lonely all by itself. Whether you make a simple bunting in mini, regular or giant versions the basic techniques stay the same. It is a whole lot easier to fill a space when you go big. Less cutting and taping for you and a grand looking room for your guests is always a win-win situation.

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