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These fun, DIY centerpieces can be customized with your own favorite flowers, shapes, and papers to create a look that’s uniquely yours… and tailored to any occasion! The example pictured above is for our Easter table this year, but this look would also be cute for a baby shower or “love birds” bridal shower… YOU’LL […]

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Feel like being crafty & creative this weekend? These 5 fun projects from ’round the web are great inspiration for Easter projects and beyond! Pick your fav: 1. DIY Homemade Marshmallow Peeps (via Twig & Thistle) 2. Photo Lantern Tutorial {via decor8} 3. Paper Bunting/Banner {via tiny décor}

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Project Wedding ran a fantastic DIY Wedding Challenge recently and the level of creativity in the 160 entries is truly inspiring! I was excited for the opportunity to be a guest judge for the contest – especially alongside these 4 fabulous women: Bee from Weddingbee, Grace from Design*Sponge, Mackenzie from Something Old, Something New, and […]

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One of my favorite parts of Everyday with Rachael Ray magazine is their fabulous Centerpiece of the Month segment, where they invite different people – usually with very recognizable names – to create a centerpiece design to share with readers. Luckily, these ideas are archived online, so if you’re looking for some tabletop decorating inspiration, […]

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After I posted on my first attempt at a diaper cake last November, some of you shared pictures of your own diaper cake creations inspired by that post – and they are impressive! I couldn’t resist sharing a couple of them in a follow-up post today… starting with this ridiculously adorable monkey-themed diaper cake created […]

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Hi, I’m Beth Helmstetter of Beth Helmstetter Events and am completely honored to share some tips with all of you savvy hostesses out there! With all the reasons we have to get together and celebrate – from weddings and birthdays to holidays and other special occasions, your lives will be filled with amazing shindigs and […]

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Today over at Simply Stated: Celebrations – check out some fabulous manzanita centerpiece ideas! P.S. I went to a “Wedding Lunch” at an event planning conference in San Diego yesterday and will have tons more centerpiece inspiration for you soon! There were so many amazing designs to see, and I should be getting a disc […]

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Make your holiday decor sparkle with a healthy dose of glitter! Here are a few shimmery project ideas from Martha’s gallery of Glittered Holiday Crafts… Pictured at top: Glittered Bird Centerpiece featuring glitter-dusted birds and tinsel-wrapped branches. Pictured above: Snowy Balloon Ornaments.  There are detailed instructions on how to make these here – but I’m […]

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Will there be pint-sized guests at your turkey day table? Big holiday meals like Thanksgiving feasts and Christmas Eve dinner often take up a lot of time, and little ones can get antsy sitting at the table for so long. Luckily, kids party planning expert Lisa Kothari has shared some fun, easy tips with us […]

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Here’s another super cute idea from the brides.com Orange Crush wedding gallery, perfect for personalizing fall & winter weddings or showers: hot apple cider dressed up with personalized drink stirrers and a cinnamon stick. Serve this up in see-through coffee mugs, like these cool Irish Coffee Glasses from Crate & Barrel. ($2.95 each) To make […]

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Ribbon has always been one of my favorite tools for dressing things up without breaking the bank. Use it to create a makeshift table runner, tie napkins, or to transform your everyday serveware or home decor into pieces that perfectly match your party theme. Example: everday white vase + red ribbon = instant “candy cane” […]

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We have a fabulous new real party to share with you today… just in time for your upcoming Thanksgiving & fall celebrations! This one comes from Courtney Toney of Joyful Weddings & Events, and it’s a whopper of a post with TONS of pictures – so get ready! Here goes with the details, as told […]

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Since Huggies was one of the sponsors that donated to St. Jude for Alison‘s baby shower (see previous post today), I was instructed to make a diaper cake for the shower…which made sense. The only problem was that I’d never actually made a diaper cake myself before, and when I opened the Huggies packages the […]

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Style Me Pretty is having a fabulous DIY Project Contest this week – so needless to say, the site has been chock full of great project ideas for both weddings & parties lately! Here’s a direct link to the SMP DIY Archives so you can check browse the ideas quickly and click on your favorites […]

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The Better Homes & Gardens website is overflowing with fantastic Halloween ideas this year! Here are a few clever eyeball-themed ideas… {clockwise from top left} Eerie Eyeball Silverware, Eerie Eyeballs Glass, Evil-Eyed Monster Mouth Treat Holder,  and Lollipop Eyeball Disguise.

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