Sprinkle Party (Part 3)

Last one..I promise!

Today I…wanted to share the last of the photos from my daughter’s birthday which seems like ages ago now. (I’ve been lagging on posting them.) What good would it be to just share pictures of the details..and not my family and friends (that’s what REALLY matters!). I want to say grazie (haha, get it, b/c I’m in Italy right now) again to everyone who made my daughter’s birthday possible. You know who you are! I couldn’t have done it without you! *kisses*kisses*

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DIY pinata!

Today I…thought I’d share a fun DIY project since it’s been awhile since I’ve posted one of those on this space. I had a lot of fun with this one and I’m super happy with how it turned out! Back in April, my daughter turned 1 and we celebrated with a fun Sprinkle themed party.

I had to keep my budget as low as possible so I decided to save the $30 on buying a pinata and make my own. The best part about making your own pinata is that you can be so creative with whatever shape you create. I did a simple number “1,”  but I have seen some really creative ones on Pinterest.

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Here’s how to create it in 5 easy steps:

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Cut out all sides of your desired shape out of cardboard scraps. To make sure it is even all around, use 1 side as a template to create the other side.

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Ask a kind friend to assist you with the cardboard cutting. Cutting cardboard is tiring! *A good pair of scissors is your best friend!

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Use kraft tape (or any tape really) to take up the sides of your pinata. To make a part of the pinata weaker so it can be easily broken, just use one layer of tape. Once you’ve created the shape, don’t forget to leave an opening for candy!

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Create fringe for decorating! (To create fringe: fold/layer crepe or tissue paper and cut slits..then unfold)

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Starting from the bottom of your pinata, use double-sided tape (or glue) and start adhering to pinata. This was my favorite part!

And there you have it folks…a fun and simple pinata. How fun would it be to make these on a normal day and fill it with confetti?!? Happy Thursday!

Sprinkle Party (Part 2)

Today I…wanted to share with you pictures of some of the details from my daughter’s 1st SPRINKLE THEMED birthday party. Just a little background…my husband originally told me that if we had a big baptism party than her first birthday will be small. BUT…I couldn’t do it! He was SO mad! He gave me (somewhat jokingly) a budget of $200 for her 1st birthday party. I was like… $200? !! I can’t even buy food with that. So..nonetheless, I had to be creative! DIY party for sure!

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DSC_0504I decided to make it a SPRINKLE party/breakfast theme…it was a little cheaper bc breakfast foods are typically cheaper..and I already had a bunch of colorful paper and such so I could just reuse all of that. It was held in my parents backyard which we cleaned the weekend before. (so much work!) I love it though because it’s spacious and has an amazing view! Thank you mom and dad for allowing us to host her party at the house!

Okay, first the food… since that was the highlight to me!!

We had a waffle/pancake station where guests could “sprinkle” whatever toppings they wanted (berries, bananas, whipped cream, etc.) We also had a scrambled egg station with various toppings such as bacon, sausage, spinach, cheese, etc.IMG_0909

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Also, thank you Sylvie for the amazing egg quiches! People actually came up to me asking if there was anymore!

Then…for the diabetics..we had a “SWEETS” table with..well, more sweets than I could even handle!IMG_0885 IMG_0884

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Special thanks to my cousin Lauren, Risha, Yvette, and Johanna for making all the goodies! (Thank God for the bakers in my life!)

Then, my husband approved a mimosa bar (per a special request from my friend Jenelee). I know..I know.. a mimosa bar at a 1st birthday party!?! Don’t judge! It only costed $6/bottle at Sam’s club so it’s hard to pass up!
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We also threw together a quick “Kids Zone” bc I didn’t want to be in charge of any games so just decided to have some stuff for kids to do. In my opinion, it was a success!

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Oh! And I totes almost forgot about the cereal bar we had! Duh! Who doesn’t love cereal!

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And..last minute idea..we threw in a Headband making station so the older kids and adults could have something to do! Such a success! So glad we decided to have it. (Thank you Holly for setting this one up..literally at the same time the party was starting!)
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A DIY Wedding

A couple weekends ago, my husband and I had the pleasure of attending a beautiful, outdoor DIY wedding in Anaheim Hills, CA at the Oak Canyon Nature Center. This venue was gorgeous and, despite the heat, it was perfect weather underneath all the trees.

The entrance:

The venue told a lot about the couple and their outdoorsy style. You had to do a mini hike to get to the actual venue. Good thing I wore flats!

The Ceremony:

The ceremony set up was absolutely breathtaking! The altar was decorated with vintage suitcases, an old dresser that held a Bible, bread, and wine. There was also a washing of the feet section which the bride and groom participated in during the ceremony. the entire seating area was covered with muslin covers and above was adorned with this pretty white fabric. The picture really doesn’t do it justice, but it was truly one of a kind! Also, the groom is a pastor thus the ceremony was very unique and holy. Their bridesmaids and groomsmen even did a prayer circle around them.

After the ceremony, there was a brief intermission where guests could play games, drink cocktails, and eat some appetizers. The set up was so incredible, I have to share!

The reception:

They had a personalized Jenga game (the wood blocks were carved with “D+L”) and they had their own corn hole game. If you haven’t already noticed, this couple is definitely one you want to invite at your next game night!

To make your own personal corn hole game set, check out the DIY (with pictures) here!

The Table Details:

The place cards were hand painted succulent plants! Of course, my husband didn’t care about his so I stole his. 

Their sweetheart table.

Table to Honor their Loved ones:

Gift Table:The food:

Okay, this might have been the best idea ever. Taco man for a wedding! It was so yummy and you bet  we went back for seconds! Nom.

Dessert:

Instead of a cake, they had an ice cream truck! I think I might have gone to heaven.

Just wanted to, once again, congratulate the happy newlyweds, Pastor Dave & Louise, as I wish them a happy & joyous marriage!

DIY Friday: How to Reuse an old checkbook box

Okay, so I’m currently trying to send out all these presents in the mail that I’ve been meaning to send to family/friends for years now. I figured I might as well do it while I can. For some reason, I can’t ever seem to remember to buy gift boxes that are mail-friendly, so I end up scrounging my closets looking for boxes I can reuse and just redecorate.

Here’s what you need:

  • An old checkbook box
  • construction paper or cardstock
  • glue
  • scissors
  • washi tape
  • baker’s twine
  • pen
  • gifts to wrap up
  • 1 paper doily

What to do: (pardon my messy desk)

Step 1: Start with an old checkbook box.

Step 2: With construction paper, wrap up one side of the box to cover it. (Use glue sparingly.)

Step 3: Glue a doily to the side of the box. Decorate with washi tape.

Step 4: Write a special message to the recipient. (I made this particular gift for my cousin who just recently landed a dream job. I wanted to congratulate her and let her know how proud I was. She’s making a huge difference in the world working as a counselor for troubled youth. )

Step 5: Wrap up your gift. (My cousin loves Zebra print anything and also loves to bake. I couldn’t help but buy these!)

Step 6: Insert a cute card to match and write your personalized message to them. I bought these cute mini-cards on sale from Target.

Bam! There you have it!

Ahh! Finally Spring… You have arrived!

Photo background by Yangyang Pan

I’m so glad Spring has arrived. It strangely changed my mood almost instantly when I realized today was the first day of Spring. Although it was nice to snuggle during the winter, I’m ready for some sunshine..and pretty flowers! What does Spring remind you of?

Here are some things I found around the blog world that instantly turned my frown upside down:

This Citrus Palette…

by Joy Thigpen from OnceWed.com

These abstract oil paintings…

By YangYang Pan from etsy

Pretty Leaves…

By Noodlehead (Great tutorials on her blog!)

DIY Projects using simple flowers…

By CellarDesigns

Yummy Spring Rolls…

From whole living

Spring Decor…

From AppleValleygirl.blogspot.com

Time for Spring Picnics…

From greige via the inspiration board

Happy Tuesday! Hope you all have a great week!

~Melinda

Unique DIY Birthday Gift Idea!

Just wanted to share a little summary of Eddie’s birthday. It was a nice, relaxing weekend of events!

We started with a delicious, steak dinner (the one we were supposed to have on New Year’s). On Saturday morning, we picked up some baked goods over at Le Pain Quotidien in Manhattan Beach for breakfast. Then, drove over to Haven Gastropub and had lunch over there in the Orange Circle. Then, went to watch Contraband over at Century Stadium 25. We ended the night with dinner at Slater 50/50′s and watched a hockey game. If that wasn’t enough, we started Sunday off with mass and went to brunch at Acapulco on Sunday. We then went over to Redondo, walked around the beach, played a fun board game at a friend’s house, and finished it off with a vegetarian dinner at The Green Temple and crepes at Creme de la Crepe. So much fun! Are you hungry yet? Haha.

If THAT wasn’t enough, I thought I’d share with you one of the gifts I made for his birthday. It was kind of a gag gift, but I think he appreciated it!

Materials Needed:

– old Anthropologie or old gift box

– chalkboard paint

– little pieces of cardboard

– a bunch of “favorite” items of the recipient

– yarn or tape

– chalk

1) Start off with an old gift box (I used an Anthropologie gift box)

2) Paint with chalkboard paint

3) Label the top of the box

4) Fill box with a bunch of “favorite” items.

This part requires a little planning beforehand, but just have fun with it.

Eddie’s favorite candy.

Eddie also loves peanut butter! His weakness is peanut butter & jelly so we never have jelly in our kitchen. This was a real treat for him.

A little background about this one…I always use Eddie’s chapstick. I never use my own, even though I have so many. Haha.

A little background on this one… I hate replacing the toilet paper roll. Thus, this is MY favorite way to ANNOY him. 😛

Eddie’s favorite fantasy, especially lately, is talking about what it would be like if we won the lottery. Well, this ticket wasn’t the big winner, but it did win us a whopping $2!

5) Gift Wrap & label!

Viola! You have yourself a fun, unique birthday gift for your significant other. 🙂