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Farm Party Tutorial: DIY Painted Barn Doors

I made these DIY Painted Barn Doors for a Farm First Birthday Party project last year, and as far as easy-yet-high-impact projects go, this one has quickly became a new favorite! The doors are made from stretched artist canvases, which come in lots of different sizes and are readily available in most craft and art supply stores. They also go on sale quite often (at the store near me at least), which is always an added bonus! ;)

For this party, 9×12” canvases were used for the barn doors displayed on the dessert table, and the 11×14″ size was used to embellish the kid-friendly drink station. Here’s a closer look at the process:

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YOU’LL NEED:

– 2 Stretched Artist Canvases (of equal size)
– Painter’s Tape or Washi Tape
– Red Spray Paint
– Large trash bag or tarp for spray painting area

INSTRUCTIONS:

Start by taping a giant X onto the front of your canvas. (I didn’t have the right width of painter’s tape on hand, so I used washi tape instead… it worked like a charm!)

Farm Party Tutorial: DIY Painted Barn Doors

Next, tape off all 4 sides of the canvas, including the edges, like so:

Farm Party Tutorial: DIY Painted Barn Doors

The final taped off canvas should look like this:

Farm Party Tutorial: DIY Painted Barn Doors

Now you’re ready to paint this puppy! Lay a tarp or garbage bag down to protect the surface you’re painting on, then go for it…

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Chic & Delicious 50th Birthday Cooking Dinner Party

I always love a fun party that’s intertwined with a great activity for the guests, and this gorgeous 50th Birthday Cooking Party is the perfect example! Beautifully styled by Amy of Amy Nichols Special Events, Karyn’s milestone birthday celebration took place at the famous San Francisco Tante Marie cooking school. Party guests were treated to cooking lessons, drinks, delicious food and – from the looks of the pictures – lots of laughter & good times all around. Sounds like the perfect way to ring in the next chapter to me! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: 

– Stunning florals arranged in kitchen colanders and displayed on stacks of vintage cookbooks
– Personalized aprons for each guests, tied up with a gold satin bow & gold foil stamped gift tag
– Black & white polka dot place cards that perfectly matched the guest of honor’s dress!
– Lots of incredible looking dishes being prepared & enjoyed by the party guests

Chic & Delicious 50th Birthday Cooking Dinner Party

Chic & Delicious 50th Birthday Cooking Dinner Party

Chic & Delicious 50th Birthday Cooking Dinner Party

Chic & Delicious 50th Birthday Cooking Dinner Party

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Sweet & Savory Coca Cola Pulled Pork Sliders

I’ve got another super tasty game day recipe to share with you today… and this one is SO easy, which in my book is actually nothing to complain about. ;)

You will need a Crock-Pot or slow cooker, and if you really want to be ahead of the game (pun intended) you can make the Coca-Cola BBQ Sauce in advance. Pulled pork is always a crowd-pleaser, and I actually love to just keep the cooked meat warming on low during our football watching parties, then set the rest of the slider ingredients next to the meat, and let guests assemble to their liking throughout the game.

This is recipe #3 of the 6 I’ll be sharing in conjunction with Coca-Cola’s Home Bowl campaign… and while I’ve got you here, just wanted to send a quick reminder that the $350 #HomeBowlHero Contest ends TONIGHT!

I’ll be picking THREE winners just from the entries on my blog alone, so be sure to throw your name in the hat because you could be one of them! Each winner will receive a $250 Visa Gift Card + $100 worth of game day party supplies. Find full contest details and entry rules right here.

And now, onto the recipe…

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Thai Chicken Flatbread with Light Peanut Sauce + Modern Kitchen Party Theme Ideas {Free Printables}

I’m such a huge fan of anything remotely peanut-buttery – which is why I’ve happily welcomed the distinct spike in PB&J sandwiches that my own diet has experienced since having kids. Funny how that stuff works. ;)

When I’m looking for a more grown-up style dish though, peanut sauce pretty much always hits the spot, and this colorful Thai Chicken Flatbread Pizza recipe is the perfect, delicious example! It’s got a great mix of fresh flavors, some of that cheesy goodness we all love, and a sprinkling of crushed peanuts for extra crunch.

Lightening Things Up…

And before those of you watching your waistline cringe at the fact that “peanut sauce” and “pizza” are both in the title of this recipe, I’ve got some good news for you… this tasty flatbread features a lightened up peanut sauce, mozzarella (a naturally lighter cheese), a generous dose of fresh veggies, and a hearty whole wheat crust made from the new Flatbread Mix from Krusteaz®. Suddenly things are looking a whole lot brighter, right? ;)  View/print the full recipe here & watch the video below to see how it’s made.

MODERN KITCHEN PARTY THEME

This wouldn’t be HWTM without a party angle, right?! ;)

On that note… I’m also excited to share some colorful Modern Kitchen Theme Party Ideas with you today, as seen in the Thai Chicken Flatbread video & inspired by the colors of the recipe itself. This theme & look would work well for everyday entertaining, a fun brunch, or a Modern Kitchen Bridal Shower. Read on for lots of fun DIY ideas + free printables!

Thai Chicken Flatbread with Light Peanut Sauce + Modern Kitchen Party Theme Ideas {Free Printables}

I wanted to the look of this theme to be fresh & modern, and the execution to be budget-friendly, so I utilized some of my regular home decor & stuck with inexpensive DIY projects like paper garlands and tile coasters. (You can purchase plain white tiles at Home Depot for 13 cents each!)

1. Paper Garland – I wanted produce to be a key element in this design, so we hand-cut fruit and veggie silhouettes and glued them to baker’s twine for a fun paper banner that has kind of a retro-mod feel. (Download the printable produce silhouettes here.)

Thai Chicken Flatbread with Light Peanut Sauce + Modern Kitchen Party Theme Ideas {Free Printables}

2. DIY Tile Table Runner – This project is surprisingly simple, inexpensive, and packs a big, colorful punch! It’s made from washi tape, colored masking tape, and simple white bathroom tiles. I’m going to post a separate DIY on this later.

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If you haven’t made Coca-Cola® BBQ Sauce before, there’s no time like the present – because it’s a fantastic way to flavor up your game day menu! Plus, if you buy your Coca-Cola in the classic bottle form, you can turn the empty bottles into a fun & clever way to serve your finished sauce! […]

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If I didn’t already have you at Bacon-Ranch, then hopefully “Cheddar” did the trick! After all, there’s some great football watching on the horizon, and this tasty game day recipe is easy to whip up and guaranteed to score big with the football fans in your own home. And speaking of entertaining for game day […]

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