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How to Make Your Own {Creative} Custom Party Plates

I’m excited to share one of my VERY. FAVORITE. “party tricks” with you today! You can make such a big impact to table place settings or food/dessert buffets with these DIY Custom Party Plates. All you need is decorative papers or stylish gift wrap + spray adhesive to transform clear plastic plates into unique decor that perfectly matches your party! And worth noting: I tried several different types of adhesive the first time I made these and a light coat of spray adhesive was the best and most streak-free solution by far.

Sure – this takes a little extra “crafty” time and might not be ideal for your 200+ person affairs, but for smaller celebrations like baby showers, milestone birthdays, and celebratory dinner parties, this is such a great way to make a BIG creative splash. You can also add a thoughtful touch by incorporating names or photos of the guest(s) of honor into the plate designs. :)

Read on for the instructions + a few examples of how I’ve used this project at events in the past.

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Parties in a Pinch: Homemade vs. Store bought vs. Custom

Hello again! Rachel here from RV Parties with the latest installment of Parties in a Pinch. Today we’re looking at my favorite thing: SUGAR. Really, no party is complete without it!

When planning a party, every hostess has a limited amount of time and money. Savvy decisions must be made about where to spend them to make the biggest impact. We’re going to look at a few different treats today and compare how much time and money each option takes homemade, store-bought or custom ordered. Prices for all items are estimates for a dozen.

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Parties in a Pinch: Homemade vs. Store bought vs. Custom

CUPCAKES

Option #1: Homemade – $3 to 5

Homemade cupcakes are a great economical option, and if you are handy with a piping bag, you’re in pretty good shape. You should budget at least an hour and a half to bake and frost the cupcakes, plus more time if you are planning on doing any more extensive decorating. I’m terrible at frosting cupcakes and they always sink in the middle when I bake them, so I leave this one to the pros!

Best for: The budget-savvy hostess who is skilled with a piping bag and has extra time to bake.

Option #2: Store-bought – $6 to 8

Many grocery stores sell cupcakes at prices much more reasonable than the cupcake shops that have popped up everywhere. While they’ll probably do a better job frosting than the average person, it may be a struggle finding ones that match the theme. Your best bet may be to find some plain white ones to dress up!

Best for: The less crafty hostess who needs cupcakes quickly and doesn’t mind if they don’t match perfectly.

Option #3: Custom – $36 to 48

Chances are, there’s an adorable cupcakery just a few miles from you. If so, it’s likely you can walk in and find something that fits your color theme quickly. You can also place an order to get something in your exact colors and theme.

Best for: The hostess who needs treats that are perfectly coordinated to the party and doesn’t mind paying for them. 

Any way you get cupcakes, you can always dress them up with cupcake wrappers and toppers. Our Etsy shop sells a wide variety of printable decor and we love to have custom made fondant toppers made to match our theme!

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Free Thanksgiving Printables Blog Hop (+ Grateful Mod)

I know that many of you probably don’t even have your Halloween plans figured out yet, but our 2014 blog hop crew is here with a head start on Thanksgiving! Don’t worry though, we just wanted to make sure you had ample time to put some of these fun creations to use next month. And if you’re still in need of Halloween printables, make sure to check out last month’s post! ;)

This month, I’m highlighting a modern Thanksgiving party collection that I originally designed for an Operation Shower fundraiser a while back. That fundraiser is over, but I still love this “Grateful Mod” collection… it definitely leans more playful and modern in style, but also utilizes a pretty script font for a dash of formal as well. Scroll down for a quick preview of some of the collection elements + links to the 7 other Free Thanksgiving Printables. Enjoy!

Free Thanksgiving Printables Blog Hop (+ Grateful Mod)

Here’s an alternate (and easier!) centerpiece I made from the patterned paper included in the collection. Check out the DIY tutorial right here:

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3 Outfit Ideas For Your Holiday Photos {Advice from a Photographer}

Hey everyone! Jen here of Jen CYK Photography! Growing up, holiday cards would come in the mail for my parents with hand written notes. A few of the over ambitious folks would include their yearly newsletter, but most kept it pretty simple. Then one year the trend shifted, and pictures began to come with the cards! Nowadays, it’s not just a snapshot from your point and shoot camera — professional pictures are actually the go-to for most families! (You might be able to guess that I like this trend.)

One of the most common questions I get is “What should we wear?!” So today, I’m here to share Three Outfit Options for Your Holiday Photos that photograph well and make you & your family look and feel your best!

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3 Outfit Ideas For Your Holiday Photos {Advice from a Photographer}

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If you’re looking for something new to serve at game day get-togethers that’s creative, but also totally doable, look no further! These Cheeseburger Turnovers feature a tasty golden crust, lots of cheesy goodness, and a surprise pickle chip inside for added flavor. They encompass that great comfort food appeal that we all love – especially […]

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Everyone knows one of the best parts of Halloween is the candy, but there are a few obvious downsides of letting our kids (and ourselves – let’s be honest!) chow down on a bit too much sugar. On that note, I’m excited that Shana Rosenheck from POMP Party offered to share a few quick & easy recipes that will add […]

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