Posts Tagged ‘party’

05/22/15

DIY // Painted 10 Minute Glassware and The Easiest Cocktail Hack for Parties

I have to admit, I’m pretty excited that today is Friday…BUT I’m even more excited about the fact that Memorial Day is Monday because… three day weekend! I know exactly how I’m going to be celebrating too. With cake and cocktails. Is there any other way?

So, to get into the spirit of the holiday, I partnered with SKYY Barcraft, a new line of elevated cocktail-inspired vodkas from SKYY Vodka, to share the easiest summer cocktail recipe around. Along with a fun weekend DIY to try that will help you wash down those cocktails in style.

You in? Let’s get to it…

Summer Party Hacks

Summer Entertaining + The Easiest Cocktail Hack for Parties

To make these simple cocktails, you’re going to need some glassware. And what’s glassware without a hand painted DIY design, right? Right!

There are tons of pattern options out there, obviously, but I went with the basics…stripes, grids, and brushstrokes. Okay, so it;s possible that polka dots would have been  more simplistic option that brushstroke / hatch marks. BUT polka dots actually would have taken longer, in this case, and I wanted this DIY to be fun and fast.

DIY // How to Paint Glassware in 10 Minutes or Less

DIY Painted Glassware

To make your own patterned glassware, you’ll need a paint brush and glass paint (I like Pebeo). Then, it’s as simple as deciding on a design / pattern and painting away. I’d recommend practicing on an old glass first, to get used to painting on a curved surface. Apply at least two coats of paint, depending on how opaque you want the design to be, then let it dry according to the instructions on the label (typically about 8 hours) before using.

The Easiest Cocktail Hack for Parties

DIY // Hand Painted Glassware in 10 Minutes

And now for the cocktail hack…

Two Ingredient Cocktail Recipe

To make a simple cocktail without all the fuss of a ton of ingredients, measuring / shaking, etc try this… Add one part SKYY Barcraft (available in three flavors: Margarita Lime, Watermelon Fresca, and White Sangria) to two parts club soda or your favorite flavored sparkling water, over ice. Done! Add a fruit garnish if you’re really feeling fancy. 

The limited ingredients make it easy to create large batches for parties. The same two to one ratio applies. Easy peasy.

Tip: Add fruit infused ice cubes to a pitcher of Barcraft White Sangria and sparkling peach or grapefruit water. So good.

Summer Entertaining Hacks + Decor Ideas

DIY // Painted 10 Minute Glassware and The Easiest Cocktail Hack for Parties

Summer Style

Feels like summer!

Photography by Brittni Mehlhoff and Linda Jednaszewski
Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Have any plans for Memorial Day? Would love to hear what you’re up to this weekend.

This post is in partnership with SKYY Barcraft. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.

03/30/15

Hip Hostess: 5 DIYs to Try to Get You Through Hosting a Dinner Party in Style

Admittedly, I will celebrate nearly any holiday, if given the chance (I do skip St Patrick’s Day though – I have my limits). But I don’t typically go the traditional route when it comes to holiday decorating. If you couldn’t tell, from my past entertaining posts

I just like to keep things low key, with smaller holiday hints that tie things together without being ‘in your face’.

So…last week while I was in Houston, I put together a DIY Easter party to celebrate the upcoming holiday, along with my friend Ashley of Sugar & Cloth. Together, we partnered with Fossil to create a curiously understated Easter party that would be a perfect way to celebrate with friends this year. And to keep things interesting, we made all the projects (well, all but one of the projects) and the color palette neutral enough to incorporate year round, long after Easter has come and gone.

The color palette we went with was a mix of traditional Easter pastels (light coral pink and a little bit of mint) with a bright orangey red, along with neutral tans, black, and white. The end result was a minimal modern party style, hipper than your average Easter dinner.

DIY Place Cards Idea

I made these wood block DIY place cards in less than a minute with a few wood blocks from the craft supply store, an airplant, and wood letters. So easy to assemble. You don’t even have to glue anything together. Just stack ‘em up and you’re good to go.

*Those leather wrapped chargers are another DIY, which added a really cool slightly more masculine vibe to the table…get the tutorial for that here.

DIY // Grid Pattern Table Runner with a Marker and a Straightedge

Hip Hostess: 5 DIYs to Try to Get You Through Hosting an Easter Dinner Party in Style

Hip Hostess: 5 DIYs to Try to Get You Through Hosting an Easter Dinner Party in Style

The DIY grid table runner was another fun one. It added texture and graphic element to a tablescape without being overwhelming. I used a straightedge and a fabric marker (regular permanent markers work too) to create the grid lines on a plain tablecloth. Then just folded the tablecloth into a long runner. Done! This was one of my favorite DIYs from the party because it’s really simple and can be used over and over again.

DIY // How to Make Giant Circle Wall Art

And as another super inexpensive idea for parties, head to the art supply store for a few yards of the giant paper they have on rolls. Then cut out a giant geometric shape, tape it to the wall, and remove it after your guests have left. This is an affordable way to add a focal point in a space, without spend much money. It cost less than $5 to make that giant 4 ft circle.

All you need is a pencil, a long piece of string, a nail, and a friend to make your own perfectly round circle. Just wrap a piece of string (string length should be half the size of the circle you want to create overall) around the nail and then tie a pencil to the other end. Place the nail in the middle of your paper, while a friend keeps it secure. Then, with your pencil as upright as possible, draw your circle. The string will act as the guide for a perfect circle.

For more of an Easter touch, you could easily create oval shapes instead to mimic Easter eggs.

DIY // Galaxy Easter Eggs with Grape Kool Aid

DIY Easter Eggs

Easter centerpiece filled with dyed eggs + air plants

There’s no shortage of egg projects this time of year, but I thought it would be fun to tie in the holiday with these black galaxy looking Easter eggs.

They’re really easy to make.All you need is grape Kool Aid, vinegar, and water for the black speckled eggs. Pour two packets of grape Kool Aid into a large cup, add 4-5 tablespoons of vinegar, and stir. Then add 3/4 – 1 cup of water and stir again before using. The eggs will naturally develop some uneven areas that kind of resemble natural rocks and/or galaxy type patterns that look pretty cool. And like other egg dyeing projects, the longer you leave these eggs in the dye, the richer the color.

Add the finished eggs to a big bowl on the table with a few air plants to mimic Easter grass and you have a simple centerpiece for just a few dollars.

DIY // How to make large scale botanical art prints

DIY // How to make large scale botanical art prints

Botanical Art Prints + Mid Century Loveseat

Cacti Life

DIY // How to make large scale botanical art prints

Last but not least, I made the black and white botanical prints that are over the dessert buffet and on the floor in the living room area. I have a printable version of the prints that I made here…

Download Botanical Printable #1 Banana Leaves
Download Botanical Printable #2 Banana Leaves
Download Botanical Printable #3 (Cactus)

But if you want to DIY your own artwork, it’s super easy. All you need are some banana leaves (which you can buy at specialty Mexican grocery stores because they’re often used for wrapping tamales). Arrange the banana leaves (cactus nopales work too) on a white background, then photograph the arrangement overhead. Then take the files to a place that can print large scale (like FedEx Office, etc) and have it printed. We had the ones in the photos printed to two different sizes (in black and white): 28×42 and 12×18.

Rose Gold Fossil Watch

Bucket Bag + Stripes

Side note: This Vickery drawstring bag and Lucy skirt is my fave look from Fossils spring collection. I’ve already worn the skirt three or four times (super comfy) and the bag goes with everything.

5 DIYs to Try to Get You Through Hosting an Easter Dinner Party in Style

Mens Watch + Chambray Shirt

DIY Place Setting Idea

All white loft space with mid century loveseat

5 DIYs to Try to Get You Through Hosting a Dinner Party in Style

Hope you enjoyed these DIY ideas for Easter entertaining and beyond. For more DIY entertaining ideas from this party, like the DIY leather chargers, those ombre egg shaped macarons, an Easter inspired cocktail recipe, and more, be sure to check out the second post on Sugar & Cloth.

Photography by Jared Smith

Modeling by Cara Wiese and Christina Sun

Concept and Styling by Brittni Mehlhoff and Ashley Burdette

Sources: my striped black and white skirt // my art deco gold bracelet // pale blue crossbody bag // womens rose gold watch // mens dark brown messenger bag // mens brown leather watch // mens blue button down shirt // scalloped gold bracelet // brown bucket bag // womens tan leather watch // ombre cakes and macaron egg shapes by Tout Suite // blue loveseat and copper pendant light from Indre By Design // rocking woven chair by Eridu Modern // white buffet from West Elm // sofa pillows from West Elm // tall dining table from Wayfair // geometric stools from All Modern // tulip side table from Dot & Bo

This post is in partnership with Fossil. Thanks for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.

03/04/15

DIY Floral Fruit Centerpiece

At this point, it’s no secret that I’m a fan of popsicles. I could eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And I have.

So to celebrate the fact that spring is right around the corner, along with warmer temperatures (yay), I thought it would be fun to throw a popsicle party. You game?

I’ve partnered with Simply Juice Drinks to put it all together. And I tried their new line of all-natural juices (made with real fruit juice) to incorporate into popsicle recipes, drinks, and other DIY party ideas.

Put on your sunglasses. It’s about to get colorful…

Colorful DIY Party for Spring with Floral Fruit Centerpiece

A Spring Party with Simply Juice Drinks

Since this is a popsicle party, it probably makes sense to start with the recipes. Up first is my fave new popsicle recipe…

Fruit Punch Popsicle Recipe

Fruit Punch Popsicles

Fruit Filled Punch Pops Recipe

These are so easy! All you need for these pops are slices of fresh fruit (I used strawberries, mango, and blueberries) and Simply Fruit Punch or Simply Tropical. You can find Simply Juice Drinks in the refrigerated juice section at the grocery store.

Add the slices of fruit to the popsicle molds, then pour in the juice of your choice. Place in the freezer for 45 minutes. Then add popsicle sticks and let the popsicles freeze 4-6 hours, or until hardened.

To create color blocked and striped versions, only fill the juice partially in the molds before freezing, then add a layer(s) of the another juice on top and let freeze.

As with all popsicles, run warm water over the underside of the tray for 20-30 seconds to remove the pops, when you’re ready to eat.

A Spring Party with Simply Juice Drinks

A Colorful Spring Popsicle Party

DIY Popsicle Stick Garland + Floral Fruit Centerpiece

Works as a drink too…

You may want to mix up a drink version of this popsicle recipe for the table too. Just add Simply Tropical juice into a carafe, with some fruit slices for a decorative (edible) touch and put it into the fridge for several hours before serving. Add alcohol if desired.

Or add some fresh fruit to a glass, along with Simply Fruit Punch or Simply Mixed Berry over ice, as an even easier option.

Color Blocked Cream Pops Recipe

Color Blocked Cream Pops Recipe

Creamy Color Pops Recipe

The second popsicle recipe is great for anyone who like creamsicles, with a twist. You’ll need the following ingredients…Fruit Syrup Ingredients: 2 cups Simply Juice Drink // 5 tbsp sugar // 1 tbsp vanilla // 1/4 tsp salt // 1 tsp lemon juice Cream Base Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups whole milk // 3/4 cup heavy cream // 3 tbsp sugar // 1 tbsp corn starch

To make the syrup… Add the Simply Juice Drink (either Tropical or Fruit Punch), sugar, vanilla, and salt to the sauce pan. Over medium heat, bring the juice drink mixture to a boil. This should take about 10 minutes. Whisk occasionally and keep an eye on the pot to make sure the juice doesn’t boil over.

Then, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer the mixture for another 35 to 40 minutes. Stir occasionally during the simmering step. The syrup will be ready once it has reduced in volume to about 2/3 cup. Remove the pot from the heat and prepare an ice bath for the pot. Move the pot to the ice bath and whisk the syrup until it cools completely. Whisk in the lemon juice.

To make the cream base… In a small bowl, mix 2 tbsp of whole milk with the corn starch. Set aside for later.

Add the remaining whole milk, heavy cream, and sugar to the sauce pan. Over medium heat, cook the milk mixture for about 10 minutes. Whisk continuously to avoid scalding the milk. Keep an eye on the pot to make sure the milk doesn’t boil over. Remove the pot from the heat and whisk in the corn starch slurry. Return the pot to the heat and reduce to medium low. Simmer for about 5 minutes while whisking continuously.

Remove the pot from the heat and prepare an ice bath for the pot. Move the pot to the ice bath and whisk the milk mixture until it cools completely.

Now it popsicle time! In a large bowl, whisk together the cooled juice drink syrup and cream base. Fill the popsicle molds and put in the freezer for 45 minutes. Then add popsicle sticks and let the popsicles freeze overnight. Or until hardened.

To create a color blocked look, split the cream base between two flavors of juice, and only partially fill the molds before freezing. Once frozen, add a layer of the second juice on top and let freeze.

Fruit + Flower Centerpiece DIY

Okay, so now that the popsicle recipes are taken care of, let’s talk DIY party ideas

1. Fruit + Flower Centerpiece: This is a fun one, but also, super easy. Grab a whole pineapple and a few mangos from the grocery store and arrange them on a platter. Tuck fresh flowers into the arrangement (they can also be pinned to the fruit with straight pins if necessary) and you’re good to go. Add a glass cloche if you’re feeling extra fancy, for a ‘dinner is served’ moment, like we did.

A colorful (DIY) popsicle party for spring

A Spring Party with Simply Juice Drinks

2. DIY Popsicle Garland: With the number of popsicle recipes I dream up, I’m bound to have at least 100 popsicle sticks laying around at any given time. So, I figured I’d use the extras to create a super easy popsicle garland.

To create your own, you’ll just need a good string or twine, 50-100 popsicles sticks (depending on how long you want to make it) and a hot glue gun.

Add a small bead of glue to the middle of a popsicle stick and attach to a long piece of string. Leave 1-2 ft of empty string before starting with the popsicle sticks, so that you can tie each side of the string to something, while hanging. Repeat this process for all of the popsicle sticks, leaving 1/8 – 1/4 inch between each one. Then when it’s ready to hang, gently twist the popsicle garland after securing it on one side, to get more of a spinning / haphazard look, like the one in the photos, before securing the other end.

I love the wood against those colorful backdrops. And speaking of backdrops…

Fruit Punch Popsicle Recipe

Colorful DIY Party Ideas for Spring and Summer

3. Colorful DIY Party Backdrops: Instead of adding artwork to a large empty space, try painting large pieces of wood instead. I picked up a couple of 4×4 pieces of floorboard for about $8 a piece. Then, all that was needed was a good priming and a couple of coats of paint. Rest them against a blank wall or even use them as a colorful tabletop surface.

Colorful Fruit + Floral Centerpiece Idea

Pineapple Toss

Hello Sunshine // Cheery Spring Party Ideas

Pineapple Love

Fruit Punch Popsicles Recipe

For more Simply Juice Drink themed inspirations, head over to the Simply Orange Juice Facebook page.

Photography by Heidi Geldhauser
Modeling by Shannon Cole
Craft production assisted by Linda Jednaszewski
Art direction, styling, and concept by Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you’ll give these popsicle recipes and DIY ideas a try? And more importantly, how ready are you for spring? Warm weather, I’m so ready for you!

This post is in partnership with Simply Beverages. All opinions expressed are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.