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DIY Tutorial: Quick & Easy Glittered Utensils

Guess what… a party craft doesn’t have to be complicated to be great! These Glittered Wooden Utensils are super simple and one of my favorite quick & easy ways to add sparkle to any table – from kids table place settings to grown up appetizer and dessert buffets. And while we all know that glitter has a tendency to kind of get on everything, this particular little project is much less messier than you might expect – with a little help from a handy thing called glitter tape! (P.S. Glitter tape comes in all sorts of colors too!)

This is a very straightforward project, but I know that sometimes a quick glance at a visual graphic of the steps can still be helpful, so here ya go:

DIY Tutorial: Quick & Easy Glittered Utensils

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Printable Flamingo Party Silhouettes {+ Summer Blog Hop}

I’m a fan of flamingos all year round, but there’s no denying that they fit in especially well during the warm summer months… which is probably one of the reasons I’ve seen flamingo parties (and flamingo everything else!) popping up so much lately.

So for this month’s (Summer Themed) Free Printable Blog Hop, I decided to offer up these cute & girlie Flamingo Party Silhouettes, as seen on the charger plates in our recent Flamingo Fiesta Party theme. I’m thinking they would also be really cute strung into a banner, used on chair backs, or attached to gift bags. You can now download these silhouettes over on the flamingo party recap post, along with the 8×10 Drink Sign and Blank Tent Cards. (You’ll find download links for all 3 items at the bottom of the post.)

Printable Flamingo Party Silhouettes {+ Summer Blog Hop}

P.S. Make sure to scroll down for lots more (free) summer inspired printables from the other Blog Hop participants below… the designs are all so cute! Here are a few hints on what you’ll find: rootbeer floats, lemonade, summer bucket lists, watercolor, retro sunshine, pool party… sounds a lot like summer fun to me! Enjoy :)

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FREE PRINTABLES! Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash

As promised, here are links to download the {free!} party printables that I designed for our recent Royal First Birthday Bash collaboration with Fisher-Price®. I had fun with these and hope you guys are able to put them to good use! You’ll find a preview of everything below, followed by the download links.

As always, if you end up using our free printables we LOVE to see/hear about it, so please let us know! And be sure to check out the main post and Fisher-Price® Royal Birthday Party Guide for lots of coordinating party ideas and DIY project tutorials. Enjoy! :)

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Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher Price

ROYAL MEETS TOY {The Challenge}

When it comes to “Royal” party themes, visions of glitzy details and fancy-schmancy-in-general decorations are usually what first come to mind (as evidenced in my friend’s royal baby shower, during which I had to restrain myself from glittering everything in sight!).

So, when Fisher-Price® recently asked me to come up with a Royal First Birthday Bash theme that aligned with their {very clean, very modern-looking} brand and classic toys, figuring out the right way to merge these 2 looks was definitely a bit of a design challenge at first!

I was excited to see if I could figure it out though, because “Royal” and Prince/Princess themes are very popular for first birthday parties right now, so a very childlike, toy-inspired twist on this theme sounded especially fitting! Plus, Charm City Cakes bakery was already doing the cake, and I’ll jump at the chance to rub elbows pixels with Ace of Cakes any day. ;)

Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher Price

The Starting Point

Whenever I’m working on a new theme, I try to come up with 1 or 2 ideas that really make sense for the project, then use those as the foundation for the theme. For this project, it was the Rock-a-Stack® castle (as seen on the far right of the top image here) and the Corn Popper Inspired Cake Popper (more on that later).

For the first idea, a spray painted sugar cone + felt flag quickly transformed this classic baby toy into a “castle turret” – which then led to a full DIY Birthday Castle Centerpiece idea and also gave me the starting point for the paper details/printables, which you can download for free right here! I also used the “turrets” on their own as accent decor:

Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher Price

The “party guests” were friends and friends-of-friends. The littlest ones were quite enthralled with the ball garlands in particular (see the DIY tutorial here). My own daughters jumped in on the action too, and Sonny caught what is easily one of my favorite pictures of our youngest daughter (Rylie) ever. ;)

Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher Price

Of course I couldn’t resist getting just a tiny bit of sparkle into this royal theme… glittered washi tape on the bamboo forks did the trick! The party straws also had metallic gold stars:

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Here we go with the latest round of Friday Party of 5 picks from our HWTM.com members! Just click on a party title or collage to check out the full album & details from the following creative events: – Peacock Baby Shower – Ivory & Lace Dessert Table – Annie Birthday Party – DIY Ladybug Picnic Birthday Party – Angry Bird-day Party 1. Peacock […]

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All you Mouseketeers out there are going to absolutely love this Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday Party! Jennifer Carver of Banner Events brought all of the classic Disney characters together for her son’s birthday. I love all of the simple shapes & silhouettes of Mickey, Minnie & the whole gang, which are so easily recognizable you don’t even need to show […]

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