Monday, June 27, 2011

DIY TUTORIAL

Last year, we did a pink, green and white Ladybug birthday party and wanted to share the step-by step instructions for the flowering can used for the tables:

BEFORE/AFTER


We saw these little flowering cans at a sidewalk sale at Michaels. We never like to pass up a sale. They were originally $6.99, then marked down to a sale price then they were 75% off, plus we had a coupon. They ended up being $.70/piece. Bargain + cute = purchased! We knew if we painted them we could possibly use them for our upcoming Ladybug birthday party.

STEP 1 - Remove all decorative elements




STEP 2  - Prep for painting





STEP 3 - Spray and let dry. Remove painter's tape.




STEP 4 - Add ladybug card stock cut-outs and voilĂ !  These little flowering cans are ready to fill with birthday party decor or sweet treats.




Saturday, June 25, 2011

LIFE, LIBERTY & PURSUIT OF...A GOOD PARTY

http://www.totalartsoul.com/members-blog/gift-ideas-for-poor-creative-souls-7.html


Want to throw a sizzling-hot 4th of July party this year but worried about the hassle? Don’t sweat it—organizing a party doesn’t have to be a lot of hard work. These party planning tips can help you create a Savvy Selebration at home. Here’s how:


Quick invite
As much as we love printed invites - go "eco" by sending an Evite to friends and family to your 4th of July BBQ.


Simple decor
  • Consider crafting your own red or blue garland and draping them from arbors and awnings. Check out this Martha Stewart tutorial, here.
  • If you are feeling adventurous, try this 4th of July Felt Star Wreath via Tip Junkie
  • For tabletops, fill clear vases with tap water colored with red and blue food coloring, then adding white carnations. Over time, the carnations will absorb the colored water and turn red or blue.
  • Another way to add a patriotic vibe is by picking up a bundle of small American flags from an arts and crafts store and decorating your yard or walkway by sticking the wooden dowels or rods into the ground or in planters.
  • If you are looking for a little unexpected patriotic charm, check out our Seaside Stars & Stripes Collection.






All-American Menu
Red, White and Blue Burgers


































Raspberry Lemonade






















Red, White, and Blueberry Trifle









































Creme Filled Strawberries

Monday, June 6, 2011

PERFECT PAIR ENGAGEMENT PARTY

We have been working with a couple for their upcoming nuptials in December. Up first was helping them with event decor for their engagement party we did back in April. We started working with our invitation designer Stephanie back in February (see previous post here). 

So now that Lauren & Brandon's invitation design was done and mailed





We had the fun task of focusing on the dessert table, guest book and favors for their April 30th engagement party. Their theme is...

Which fits them well..when you are in their presence you will see they are like peanut butter & jelly, french toast with syrup, even better hot chocolate with marshmallows - OK, OK enough with the food analogies, but you get what we mean..they are the epitome of "the perfect pair". Anywhoo, their color scheme for their wedding is pear green, eggplant purple and black. 

The "the perfect pair" theme is not a new one but we attempted to put our Savvy Selebrations stamp on it.  To start we knew we wanted to make pear shaped decorated cookies and put them in pairs throughout the dessert table. Having never attempted decorated cookies before, we took it to the net and went to our favorite decorated cookie resource Sweetopia

Sweetopia has the best video tutorials and tips that make you think you can decorate any cookie ever created. We used Sweetopia's sugar cookie dough and royal icing. The best tip we took to heart from reading Sweetopia's blog is give yourself enough time to make decorated cookies. It takes time to make the cookies, then royal icing, then lastly mixing the colored icing. Don't do it when you are tired, rushed or pressured. And remember practice makes perfect!


So we ventured out to make decorated pair cookies for Lauren & Brandon's Engagement






For our first attempt, we think our decorated pear cookies turned out great. After they were completely dry, we added pearlized dust.

For the event, we set up a dessert table filled with cupcakes from Lovella Cupcakes and our pear cookies.  A candy bar was another place where guest could get an instant sugar rush or take some candy home for later :-)

















At the entrance, we placed a wishing tree in their color scheme for guest to sending warm wishes and loving thoughts to the perfect pair - Lauren & Brandon.





 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

CELEBRATE DAD

Sunday, June 19th marks yet another day for you to show Dad how much he means to you. And on Father's Day, you not only can celebrate your Dad but also honor the paternal bond of your grandfather and even your uncle.


The best way to your Dad's heart is through his stomach. So why not buy some of his favs:


If he is a grill master, try....
- BBQ Supplies
- Saveur Magazine Subscription
- Omaha Steaks & Burgers


If he is a mixologist, try...
Imbibe! by David Wondrich
Karlsson's Gold Vodka
- Fee Brothers Cocktail Bitters Complete Set


If your Dad is more a tech guy, you can't go wrong with an iPod Touch, iPad 2 or Android Tablet w/eReader. 
No matter what you buy for Dad this year, make sure you share a laugh and let him know how much he means to you.


In honor of Dad's special day, check out free printables here!  ENJOY.