Sadly, it completely sold out before I could order it. But thanks to Target and some vintage ornaments, I discovered I could easily make a similar one myself - and for under $10! I found the tinsel covered wreath in the Dollar Spot at Target. At only $3, it was a true bargain!
I love that the tinsel was a combination of silver and gold strands - it gives it more of a vintage-look, don't you think? And the wreath form is already covered with the tinsel - all ready for some decoration!
All I needed to complete the look were some mercury glass ornaments. There are many reproductions out there, but if you want true vintage (and there really is nothing quite as beautiful), you can find them very inexpensively at yard sales and thrift shops - especially if you look in the off-season. I bought a bag of all the ones seen on my wreath for only $5!
If you can't find vintage, Target also has tubes of adorable mini ornaments - 16 for $1!
To attach the ornaments, you will need some thin jewelry wire - just thread a piece through the ring cap and twist a few times to secure.
You can then use the wire to easily secure the ornaments to the wreath. Personally, I like to gild the lily, but you could certainly add fewer ornaments and it would still be lovely.
Although I was really disappointed to miss out on the Anthro wreath, I think I may even like mine a little bit better. :-)
I don't know about you, but I just love paper straws. And they seem to be available everywhere right now...and in so many pretty colors and patterns!
Well, I have a ton of them left over from previous parties and I have been trying to come up with something fun to do with them. Then I remembered making these as a kid...straw garlands!
If you want to make some, they are sooooo easy! You will, of course, need some paper straws in your favorite colors and patterns (there are so many choices out there - striped, dotted, floral, chevron, etc...). I find mine primarily on Etsy, but almost every party and craft store carries them these days.
You will also need some string (I like this gold metallic beading thread) and some beads (I chose these because they reminded me of tiny Christmas ornaments)...
All you have to do is cut your straws into similar length pieces. I just eyeballed it. The smaller the size, the more your garland will be able to curve tightly. You also might want to try varying the lengths for added interest. Alternate straw pieces and beads to make a pattern that you like. HINT: Make sure your bead diameter is bigger than the opening of your straw or else the beads will not act as separators.
Settle down in front of the TV and in no time, you'll have a pretty, paper straw garland! These are fun to make with the kiddies, too!
As you know, every year I eschew the typical Halloween colors in favor of my own pastel palette. Lucky for me, nature invented the mini white pumpkin - although, I think they may technically be squash. :-) In the past, I have dusted them in pale pink hues and painted them in pretty, chalky pastels. This year, I decided to glam them up a bit with some gold glitter and fresh flowers.
To make this super simple centerpiece, I purchased nine little white pumpkins (squash!) from my local farmer's market. I washed them thoroughly in warm, soapy water with a little bleach (this helps keep them fresh longer). Once they were completely dry, I carefully painted each stem with elmer's glue and sprinkled them liberally with vintage gold glitter, shaking off the excess. I decided to just glitter the stems because I like to keep the pumpkins somewhat natural.
When they had dried completely, I stacked them on a creamy white pedestal cake stand...
Next, I interspersed the pumpkins with springs of pale blue Hydrangea. (Hint: if you want the centerpiece to really last, insert the Hydrangea stems into small florist water tubes (available at any craft or floral supply shop) and just hide them behind the pumpkins).
Well, it is snowing again here in the D.C. area and I all I can say is "Ugh"! I am soooo ready for this winter to come to an end! Luckily, I found these pretty paper flowers at Target over the weekend...
Aren't the spring-like colors lovely? I found them in the Easter decor aisle - $2.00 a piece. I love making paper flowers myself, but I must say these are really nice and look very hand-crafted.
They would look really sweet all clustered together in a vase - a nice fresh flower substitute until the real ones begin to bloom. Or they would make beautiful gift embellishments...maybe attach a sprig to the top of a present with some washi tape?
I am a big fan of makeovers...especially when it comes to packaging. There are plenty of perfectly good items out there that could be even better with just a little effort and creativity. :-) So, when I saw these cute little chocolate heart candy boxes on sale at the drugstore for only $1 a piece, I knew I had to give them a little makeover.
This is one of those projects that is super inexpensive and so easy, but the results are fantastic! Here's what you'll need to make some:
-Small chocolate heart candy boxes (I got mine on sale at CVS, but they sell them everywhere)
-Scrapbook papers (I chose these gold and glittered papers for their luxe look)
-Fabric flowers or other embellishments (ribbons, rhinestones, etc...)
Directions: To begin, unwrap your chocolate boxes from any cellophane wrapping and carefully remove the top. You are going to use it as your stencil for the box top. Just flip it over and trace the heart shape onto the wrong side of your scrapbook paper. You will also need to cut out a long rectangular strip of paper to cover the exposed sides of your box - just measure the width.
Carefully cut both of these out.
If you plan your placement, you can get about three tops and three strips from just one piece of 12" x 12" scrapbook paper! Next, glue your shapes to the box top and sides. I like to use a glue stick or sticky dots. Allow to dry completely. Now the fun part - decorate your box! I went for simplicity with these pretty fabric flowers from Martha Stewart Crafts...
They retail for $6.59 for a set of three, but I used my Michael's 50% off coupon, which made them only $1.10 each! I just love how these turned out! These would make excellent classroom valentines or party favors.
I always make sure to bake some heart-shaped cookies for Valentine's Day. I often make my "sugared" sugar cookies - which are really just sugar cookies, covered with icing and sprinkled (liberally) with colored sugar.
Here's how I make them: I always start with a a good basic sugar cookie recipe - my favorites are from the incredible Glory of Glorious Treats and Martha Stewart. You will also need icing in as many shades as you wish (I chose light pink, hot pink, lavender, and mint) and matching sugars in the same colors.
People always ask me for my pourable icing recipe, but the truth is, I don't use an actual recipe. I just kind of wing it - in a bowl, I place some sifted (for smooth icing) powdered sugar. Then I add some milk, one tablespoon at a time until the icing is thick, but still pourable. I also like to add some clear vanilla extract for flavor. When I have my desired consistency, I add my food coloring.
As for the colored sugars, you can easily buy them at the supermarket or cake decorating supply shop. But, if you are picky about exact colors and/or want to save some money - tint your own - it's soooo easy. Just place some sugar in a ziploc baggie with a bit of powdered food coloring and shake it up. That's it!
After my cookies are baked and cooled, I place them on a wire rack set inside a larger cookie sheet that has sides (this is a must or you will have icing flowing all over the place). To decorate the cookies, I just pour the icing over the cookies until they are completely covered and then quickly sprinkle on the matching colored sugar. Yes, it's a bit messy, but really simple - and the mess stays in the pan!
You can seen some variations of these that I've made in previous years, here and here.
A New Year's Eve party just wouldn't be complete without a fabulous bar cart, now would it? They are all the rage these days and you can find them everywhere - from true vintage ones sourced at the local flea market to great reproductions found at shops like West Elm. I just adore mine - it has two tiers for maximum storage and antique mirrored shelves!
Once you have procured the cart, the fun part begins - stocking and styling the bar! It probably won't surprise you to know that I often choose my selections based on how pretty the bottles are. :-) Of course, quality counts, too! In addition to the requisite wines, champagnes and alcohol, make sure to include some pretty bottles of water or lemonade. I like to incorporate vintage decanters and a chic shaker adds a glam touch. Don't forget fresh flowers, such as these lavender roses...
Pretty drinking straws (like these gold chevron ones) and colorful glassware are a must!
Not shown, but should be put out right before your guests arrive - fresh juice in pretty pitchers, bitters, mixers, olives, citrus garnish (lemon, lime & orange slices), and my personal favorite - Maraschino Cherries! Because who doesn't love a Shirley Temple???
I have been collecting vintage party supplies for years and some of my favorites are the old, New Year's Eve decorations. I am especially partial to party horns and blowers, as I just love the beautiful colors...
These pastel ones are so pretty...
I just love the dainty strips of tissue paper fringe...