Posts Tagged ‘spring’

01/28/15

How to throw a DIY Galentine's party for your friends

We’re getting dangerously close to February, which means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. AND that also means that Galentine’s Day is almost here too!

I’ve never thrown a G Day party before, but have always wanted to because my friends are kind of awesome…So to celebrate those friends this year, I put together a Galentine’s Day party shoot. The whole shindig is in partnership with Seven Daughters wine and is complete with easy DIY ideas for throwing a party of your own.

Bonus! There’s a giveaway at the bottom of today’s post, where you can score a $50 gift card to purchase wine for your own Galentine’s Day celebration.

Party Time! Colorful DIY Galentine's Day Party

How to throw a DIY Galentine's party for your friends

Colorful Party Decor

This Galentine’s party has no shortage of drinks. So let’s start with a super easy cocktail recipe…

Fruity Sangria Blanca Cocktail

Make a sweet and fruity sangria blanca with Seven Daughter’s Moscato and fresh fruit, like white peaches and starfruit. Just slice up your fruit and add it to a pitcher, then pour in the wine and let it the flavors meld together overnight, before serving.

If you don’t have time to wait, you can always just add sliced fruit to a glass of wine, for decoration. Still tastes great and looks special for guests.

Fruity Sangria Blanca Cocktail Recipe

Fruity Sangria Blanca Cocktail Recipe

And once you’ve made the sangria, it’s time for a little floral embellishment…

DIY Floral Drink Stirrers

To make your own, you’ll need delphinium flowers, a glue gun, drink stirrer sticks, and a pair of scissors.

1. Start by cutting several blooms off of one long stem of delphinium. Leave roughly 2 inches of the stem on each flower, so you can wrap it around the drink stirrer later.

Note: If you’re not working with delphinium, you may not be able to wrap the stem around because it will be too rigid. So, you’ll want to cut the stem off completely in that case and skip step 4.

2. Next, add a bead of glue to the top of the drink stirrer.

3. Attach the base of one bloom, one at a a time, to the bead of glue.

4. Then, wrap the stem around the drink stirrer and attach with more glue.

5. Repeat this process with 1-2 more flowers, depending on how large you want each drink stirrer to be. Just be sure to keep the flowers toward the top of the drink stirrer, away from your drink.

6. Be sure to remove any hot glue strings, if applicable.

7. Place in a glass of wine and you’re good to go.

DIY // Floral Drink Stirrers Idea

DIY Drink Stirrers Idea

Then move on to table decor…

DIY Tablescape Decor

Bring together a centerpiece in a pinch, with some vases of varying heights, a few bowls, and a big bouquet from the local flower market. Split the bouquet amongst the vases you have on hand and leave a few small dishes empty for filling with snacks, around the center of the table.

Add interest with a patterned tablecloth and colorful table top objects. DIY Idea: I bought some colorful notepads from the Dollar Store and used them as place settings, by adding each guests name to the bottom. Bonus! The notebooks double as a party favor for guests to take home. Add a piece of fruit on top, to keep the paper from the notepads from flipping up in the wind, if you’re throwing an outdoor bash.

As a finishing touch, I added a clay beaded garland to the table, as decoration. You could also hang a garland above the table to save space,

Clay garlands for a colorful DIY Galentine's Day party

Colorful DIY Galentine's Day Party

Colorful DIY Galentine's Day Party

Fun and Games

Create a ‘Love Notes’ station for guests to write down all of the things they love about the people in attendance. It is Galentine’s Day after all. Fold ‘em up and put them in a container, to be read later. And remind all of your friends how much they are loved.

Love notes for Galentine's Day

Love notes

And a few more photos from the shoot, to get you inspired…

How to throw a DIY Galentine's party for your friends

Sangria Blanca Cocktail Recipe with Seven Daughters Wine

Eat your veggies.

Colorful DIY Galentine's Day Party

Sangria Blanca Cocktail Recipe + DIY Floral Drink Stirrers

Colorful DIY Galentine's Day Party

Photography by Sarah Eddy // Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Giveaway!

Now that you have some party inspiration, it’s time for the giveaway. If you’re a wine lover, you are definitely going to want to enter this one!

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One lucky winner will receive a $50 gift card to Uncorked.com, home to the world’s greatest wines, online. So you can stock your party with all the wine you’ll need. *Must be a US resident and at least 21 years old to enter.* Giveaway closes on February 4th at 11:59pm EST.

This post is in partnership with Seven Daughters Wine. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this site possible.

04/14/14

Teeny Tiny Tulip Bouquet for Spring

This weekend was pretty packed for me. Still playing catch up, actually. BUT I do have a DIY to try this morning…

I made these spring boutonnieres for Project Wedding recently and I was thinking they would be perfect as tiny bouquets for Easter and Mother’s Day as well. What do you think? You could use them for the surprise bouquet bombing idea too to say happy spring to a neighbor or friend.

The full tutorial is right here, but here’s a couple of photos to give you the gist of it…

How To // Tiny Spring Bouquet DIY with Tulips

Yellow, pink, and green scream spring to me. What about you?

Tiny Tulip Bouquet for Spring

Tiny Tulip Bouquet for Spring, Easter, and Mother's Day

Photography, concept, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

04/10/14

DIY Paper Goods Ideas

With Easter and Mother’s Day coming up soon and a whole lot of thank you cards to write, I thought it would be fun to come up with some DIY ideas for cards. So I teamed up with The Paper Mill Store to bring you 5 do-it-yourself ideas for decorating and making cards for any occasion. Use them for holidays, birthdays, thank you cards, etc.

Supplies and Other Info: The main supplies I used consisted of standard sheets of paper, in various thicknesses and colors. All from The Paper Mill Store. If you don’t know about this online paper shop yet, they offer a huge variety of papers, card stock, envelopes, and more. Be sure to check out the site when you get a minute.

As far as folding techniques, for the most part, I used a combination of folding my paper once in half, like a hamburger, and folding it a second time in the opposite direction for the smaller cards (unless otherwise noted).

Tip: I’ve been using samples that I ordered so I could try out the papers in smaller quantities before buying a larger package for printing and craft projects. But if you want to buy more than a sample size right off the bat, my favorite from the ones I’ve tried is the Eames paper, it’s like canvas in a paper (and basically awesome).

Here are 5 DIY ideas for embellishing notecards and greeting cards in a hurry…

DIY // Hand Lettered Hello Card

Hand Lettered Greeting Card DIY

DIY Idea // Hand Lettered Greeting Card

1. Hand Lettered DIY Cards: Grab a marker and some colorful paper, like BrightHue sea blue paper and Astrobrights purple paper. Then, hand letter a message on the front of your card and you’re done.

If you like the look of calligraphy, check out this tutorial for the quick and easy way to fake it.

ombre spray paint greeting card DIY

DIY Greeting Card #3 // Ombre Spraypaint

2. DIY Ombre Spray Paint Cards: Create this set of ombre cards for any occasion with a can of spray paint and this Eames white paper (which has a little texture to it).

Fold the paper in half and focus your spray paint toward the bottom of the card. Continue building up the color at the bottom, while occasionally misting upward to bring more of the color upward. Wait for it to dry and you’re good to go.

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3. Spotted + Dotted DIY Cards: Using basic circle stickers from an office supply store, you can create a fun card like what you see above with a simple peel and stick technique. So easy!

I used a thicker 160 lb Astrolite paper for these cards and just folded the paper in half, like a hamburger, and cut it down to a standard notecard size.

DIY Embossed Notecards

DIY // Embossed notecards and greeting cards

4. Gold Embossed DIY Cards: This one is super fun. I love embossing. The process is actually really easy. You can follow this tutorial from my embossed party bags for an in depth tutorial.

The only thing I did different was use a VersaMarker instead of a stamp. So I hand drew the elements that eventually became embossed. Other than that, it’s exactly the same process. I used a combination of royal fiber kraft paper, BrightHue sea blue paper, and 160 lb Astrolite paper for this set.

DIY // washi tape greeting card

Easy DIY // Washi Tape Color Blocked Cards

5. DIY Color Blocked Washi Tape Cards: And finally, color block a set of playful cards with a little bit of washi tape, applied in strips.

Next to #3, this is the easiest one of the five. I used the BrightHue sea blue paper and Astrobrights purple paper for this project.

So, that’s it! All five greeting card decorating projects.

Which one is your favorite? I’m curious to know which one you’d most like to try, if any.

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

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the paper mill storeThis post is sponsored by The Paper Mill Store.  All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.