The idea of this blog, is to have a place to go for some new ideas for your party. I have collected many pictures over time from many places.

Most of the pictures on my blog are NOT my own pictures. So I don't take any credit.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My Grandparent's 50th Anniversary Party 07/10

My grandparent's 50th wedding anniversary was held here at our home/work/play house. We have the room and the tools so we do a lot of evenings here. 
This anniversary was easy to decorate and plan but because I went with a 1960's theme (the yr they married), I had to do a lot of research. I mean...a LOT! I had help of friends and family thankfully. Because the music started putting me to sleep and the endless hours and days on Google started hurting my eyes, my head, my back and especially my time with my kids. 
Here's a few things I did....

I wanted to show everyone the family my grandparents had created. Their family tree. 
I decided to do it with big pictures so the feeling of the tree would be more real. Know what I mean?
I bought my dollarstore frame, did some hours of finding pictures, editing them and printing them and putting the frames together. Then I used hot glue to put them up. I do NOT recommend the glue though! haha. I looked and looked for putty, never found it and so I had to use something last minute! In the end when I removed the frames, their was actually only a couple spots on the wall that had to be touched up.
I also added people's names to the pictures. Not everyone who came would remember everyone's names. I'm sure even my forgetful grandmother forgot a couple times! haha!

I did a 1960's glam look to things. 
Here is a frame with pictures of my grandparent's original wedding photos. I put it up right over the guestbook. With cards so people could write something.

I printed out a lot of old movie covers, nice shots of celebrities and and so on. I added the photos to the inside of small drinking glasses. Then put in battery operated candles. It was a neat look. Of course I glamed them up too with little diamonds.

The Tree. 
If I knew how much work this was going to be...would I have done it again? hahaha. Maybe. Still not sure.
So there was stripping the tree down, (the bottom is in the pail with dirt). I glossed it up with gold paint. Glued on some roses, pearls and a couple birdies, then put the lights thru it. It was a nice look but needed more accessories I found. I'll post the original picture that gave me the idea down below. And here's some close shots...

The original idea.....
Yes...I know mine didn't look the same. I needed a bolder gold paint especially. And more diamonds & pearls! It was my first try though :)

Our Wine & Cheese Tasting Evenings

My Wine and Cheese Tasting Nights

I have so much fun during our annual wine and cheese tasting evenings. I think everyone else does too! Every year I try to change it up a bit. Add some more information, some new wines of course, new decorations, new people.
This year I am going to have a small book with a lot of research I`ve done (thank you Google) for each person. There`s a lot of ``need-to-know`` stuff and really cool ``did-you-know``, stuff in it. Also pictures of neat vinyards or other interest on the subject of wine.
The important thing is always to have your guests `happy & confortable`which is what I always remind myself. But with a evening like this, you want everyone to go home and feel they`ve learned a fair amount. Otherwise, what`s the point, right? You mind as well have had a simple wine soirĂ©. 
If you are interested in all the papers, info, pictures and even the "fill out forms" for each guests (reminders on the wines for themselves) then let me know and I can send it your way.

 You want sparkle!! Here's one idea.
In this picture, what I did was get many wine glasses, hot glue the glasses on top of one another. I used hot glue because it's so easy to peel off once you are done, it doesn't ruin the glasses either. Then I added some water in the glasses, "water diamonds" which are water activated, and some roses....You could also put in some floating candles.

I make sure the wine nights sparkle. I added here some strings of lights (I collect them on sale around Christmas) and some are nicely decorated already with beads, glass or etc. NOTE: I plug them in at the end of the table, But I do have guests who walk near the cord. So we don't want tripping and of course if the lights were pulled, everything on the table might follow including I count on my duck tape to duck it to the floor!!  You just want to be careful, it's dark in the room and we are all drinking wine!

Ok so just the string of lights will light up the table a lot but I add candles -always-. Nicest are of course glass holders. The crazy sparkle in the night comes from the little lights everywhere against all the glass surrounding you! You have 2-3 wine glasses on the table per person, I always have glass or white plastic jugs of water (as in pic), the wine bottles themselves, vases of course and even people's jewelry will shine!

A nice touch I like to do, which people have complimented me on is adding tons of red and green grapes around the string of lights. So going down the table in the middle. In the picture above I think it was the end of the evening, grapes are gone. :) It gives everyone something to munch on. And of course it adds to the look of a "wine and cheese" evening.

Flowers, red. I always go red, maybe orange included but usually red. To compliment the wine again. 

Remember if you want any info on how to do a wine night or for all the papers, info, pictures and etc, I can send you all that.
Our next wine and cheese evening is in 2 weekends. I'm hoping this year I remember to take some better and more photos!
Till then, Cheers!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

CREATIVE >home and party!

Ideas on items you can make at home, for your home or party....

Shell wreath

Cute for any window or empty corner space.

Real easy, just hot glue the shells around the led lights.

Sea shell toothpicks. I'd use hot glue to make these.

If you are good at candle making then here's a cute idea!

A decor idea. Cheap and easy to do for big events as well as just around your home.

Hot glue your shells as above, for a salt and pepper holder.
Very fun to do for weddings and other events.

 If you can find a big shell, why not use it as a vase?

Glue shells on your plain-jane pots for a neat effect.

Glue shells on your plane-jane frame for a neat affect. 

Shell buttons.

Ideas on candles....

Painted bamboo candle holders. Also great to use as a vase.

To do this look, fill a can with water and freeze it. Once it's frozen take it out and use a hammer and nail to punch the holes in.
 For all those extra shells you have around.

Take two vase, one large and one smaller to fit inside the large one. In the large one add water and food coloring. Next, add the empty small vase inside and then a candle.

A big glass holder for all sorts of mini lanterns.

Sparkle your candle holders.

An easy way is to light a red candles and as it's burning, drip the hot wax over the candle sticks on the tip. Make sure of course you place some news paper or paper towel underneath! This is a great idea for Halloween!

There's many ideas for this one. You can use ribbons of all colors and styles and glue on a cute little flower.

RANDOM ideas

It's such a neat centerpiece. A collection of all your rare little bottles.

Made with simply placing plates on cups. I personally would use some hot glue, it'll keep this from falling and it's easy to remove after too.

For your hot plate; 
I personally hot glue my corks together, it's really pretty to use at dinner!

If you are having a little fire to cook some meat on, try doing this idea. Take a pine comb and some herbs and place in a newspapers as shown above. Place it in the fire for some great smell.

Hang in your shower and as the steam heats the herbs you'll enjoy a great smell!

Uses for your empty jars.

Little trick, cucumber water. It doesn't change the taste of your water much at all. But it's pretty and good for you! :)

It's a pretty little idea to glue on some cute little butterflies on your guests straws. You could probably find many little things to glue on at any crafts store.

Cookie cutter napkin ring. It's actually a nice idea to use as a party favor at a baby shower. You could have hearts for a girl and stars for a boy.

Using your pots as serving trays.


Cut out many styles of shapes on construction paper and place inside the shade. Tape it on and turn on the light, it's a neat effect.

I have seen these on wedding web sites. Trust me, I bought one for my wedding at a big discount store, it was Wal Mart or something, and it cost me I think 13$ rather than sometimes 60$ on these wedding sites. OR you can bring in your favorite frame to a photography and print shop, they can sometimes place the cardboard in for you. It's one of the simplest things to do! At your wedding or other event just remove the glass to have people sign.

OK, this can be tricky or easy. On the back of a canvas draw out your picture. Then poke a hole into the picture every inch or so (depends how many led lights you have). Punch the holes with a pen, or tip of a sharp knife. Now take some string led lights and place the bulbs about half an inch into these holes. You want to make the holes smaller than the bulbs so the bulbs are secure. After you are done, plug it in and see it light up!

There's always so many things you can glue onto your led lights. Don't get me wrong, this is so pretty and yet, I still haven't done it! Something i'll try this summer I guess. Because I know it will make a dramatic look.

Some scented or special leaves as coasters.

String through pumpkins.
You know, my mother in law just asked me how she can decorate her long fence. I might just show her this idea. To make the pumpkins last a  little longer I would maybe spray with sealer. See if that works? Either way, I once cut out holes in small pumpkins to add a little tea light inside. Surprisingly they lasted a good week or two. So for Thanksgiving week this could be neat!

If I were to use leaves as centerieces I would probably make sure no one is trying to see across the table! haha I'd more than likely add this look to a corner table as decor or even to large jars holding a door open or just taking space up.

Pumpkin vases.

Lolipop holder. I did mine last year with a hammer and a long nail. It worked nicely!!

A scarf blanket.

Painted Rocks. I started doing this last year. My rocks have gotten bigger in size too and I have actually given some as gifts. Make sure to seal it after you are done painting though. So the rain doesn't wash your drawing away. >

It's so pretty to add these to your garden or your door step. I have some on my big front porch stairs.

I like doing these and adding them to my potted plants. You can word them in any way or have little flowers on them. This picture looks like these are "wishing stones." Which is also a nice idea! Google it, they are a nice gift.

A handmade wooden sign. I know there's a woman on e-bay who makes these. I have boughten a few now. If you're talented with a brush, why not try it yourself?

A diaper cake made by you is always a very generous idea.

You can get letters made of fabric at most discount stores and crafts stores. Just sew them onto your pillow case and there-u-go...pretty!