Archives for November 2011

Fab Friday – Party Ruffles

Remember when I posted about ruffles, and more ruffles?

Well, I couldn’t resist writing ANOTHER post about ruffles.  Party ruffles, to be exact!

Check out this lovely, SUPER FAB, birthday party, full of ruffles, from Shelley Detton.  Isn’t the ruffle cake *gorgeous*?:

And she offered a tutorial on how to make the Spiky Pompom Namecard holders, with ruffle name cards!

Did you know you can get ruffle party platters from Party City?  Well, you can!

Check out these Zebra Crepe Paper Ruffle Streamers, from Fashion Luv Bug on etsy:

OR click to read a tutorial on making your own ruffled party streamers, from MADE:

And another one… from Lorajean’s Magazine… click HERE for there tutorial on making ruffle crepe paper streamers (with a lovely unique twist of using them on gift boxes!)

For one of the most romantic, gorgeous posts about ruffles, you MUST click HERE. Courtney shares how she used bedskirts to make the MOST FAB ruffle table covers!!


And last, but not least, a tutorial on how to make a ruffled scarf (AND a ruffled skirt, for that matter). (You’ll need a little experience with a sewing machine on this one!)  Perfect for holiday parties, or gift giving!  CLICK HERE to read the post about the scarf:

I’m definitely thinking birthday or Christmas presents for all the gals I know!

Happy FAB Friday!

Thrifty Thursday – Glam Winter Weddings

A few great finds for you today!  They involve glam… winter weddings… and inexpensive DIY!

First up, a gorgeous Christmas wreath, made from faux jewels.  It would be lovely to have these wreaths adorning the walls of a wedding rehearsal, OR hanging pew decorations, or even laying flat as centerpieces on reception tables.  Click HERE to read the description.

Secondly, a wonderful keepsake or even wedding gift for the winter bride.  A sentimental wedding invitation ornament!  Click HERE for a great DIY blog post on how to make them:

A very simple way, but absolutely GORGEOUS way to illuminate the aisle… varying heights of candles and rose petals… photo by Aaron Delesie:

I found this DIY tutorial on gift wrap, and instantly thought glam FAVOR boxes, or bridesmaid gifts! Click HERE to read the tutorial.  Aren’t these beautiful for a cream and white wedding or bridal shower?

And these shoes have absolutely NOTHING to do with DIY, but I saw them, and just had to share the photo, because I loved the idea:

Something BLUE!

Wednesday Wow – Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes

How about a fun WOW for this fine Wednesday morning?  For those of you planning Thanksgiving parties that will include children… why not make Thanksgiving Turkey Cupcakes?

You can click HERE to read how to make these:

And in case you would rather offer a more sophisticated turkey cupcake (is there such a thing??), here is another tutorial for you.  Click the image below (or HERE) to get the instructions:

One more option… not a tutorial… but pre-made fondant Thanksgiving cupcake toppers that you can purchase from Sweet Thing Topper Shop:

Gobble, gobble!!

Tuesday Trend – Chevron Prints

Today’s Tuesday Trend is a FUN one.  I know you’ve seen chevron prints recently (even if you didn’t know that these prints were CALLED chevron prints).  They are everywhere – clothes, decor, party favors… HOT trend, for sure!

Nursery chevron decor, from Project Nursery:

Pillows, from Pillow Throw Decor:


Chevron Party favors, from HeyYoYo:


Chevron Party Table Decor, from Enchanted Events & Design:

And… COOKIES, from Sugarbelle!  Click HERE to read how to MAKE these:

I am SO in a zig-zag kind of mood now, how about you?

Chocolate Intensity: A Gluten Free Flourless Chocolate Cake

Gluten Free Flourless Chocolate Cake

This beautiful and *delicious* cake is from my friend Sally’s wonderful blog, Bewitching Kitchen.  So rich, so luscious that Sally dubbed this cake “Chocolate Intensity” – gotta love that!  An added bonus for this flourless chocolate cake is that it is gluten-free, making it the perfect choice when entertaining family and friends with gluten intolerance.


Turn to Diva Entertains for fun and unique party favors such as Personalized Lottery Ticket Holders and Edible Centerpieces.

This post is linked up on :  Think Pink @ Flamingo Toes, Mingle Monday @ Add a Pinch, and Melt in your Mouth Monday @ Make Ahead Meals

Fab Friday: SHOES, and PARTIES, and MORE SHOES

For your next “Girl’s Night Out”… or shoe bridal shower… or milestone birthday party, why not celebrate with SHOES? Like high-heeled, stiletto, Jimmy Choo shoes!

Yes, a high heel theme party is one of the biggest trends in glam parties right now.

Click over to The Sweetest Affair for terrific ideas:

From HWTM, a Jimmy Choo inspired bridal shower:  (you MUST click and see the rest of the photos in this album!!)

From Prep Your Home, a black and hot pink theme:

From one of our DivaEntertains customers, a FAB photo… (the shoe favor bags that you can see in the background can be purchased here):

And from the DivaEntertains shop:

1. Shoe Favor Boxes
2. Shoe Cookies
3. Shoe Candy Wrappers
4. Shoe Wine Stoppers
5. Stiletto Boot Centerpieces

Happy FAB Friday!!

Fall Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

Way, WAY back in the day, I was a fall baby… and so was my younger brother.  Through the years, my mother planned quite a few fall birthday parties.  Searching for inspiration for today’s post brought it all flooding back!

First up… the PUMPKIN cake!

Here is a quick recipe for a pumpkin shaped cake:

But, maybe that isn’t quite pumpkin-y enough?  How about this one, from Stonewall Kitchen?

AND… look what I found!  A pumpkin shaped  cake pan set from amazon:

So… fall party pumpkin cake, check.

On to goodie bags and favors!  An adorable owl goodie bag, from

How about some OWL S’mores… OH yea!  (from The Savvy Moms Guide, who, by the way, has quite a few fun ideas for a Thanksgiving theme party):

For tons of inspiration, I recently found (and fell in love with) Hostess with the Mostess.  One of the features that I can’t get enough of is the photo album section – party planners (and moms) can upload their party photos into albums for all to see!  When searching, I found this ADORABLE Rustic Fall party album.  Check out the fun (and funny!) “rotten pumpkin teeth” goodie bags:

And you simply MUST LOOK at all the photos from this elegant Halloween or Thanksgiving party album (again, from Hostess with the Mostess) including the stunning autumn cake below:

I’m so inspired to have a fall party… it’s just too bad my kids’ birthdays are in March and April!

How to Make a Bunting Banner For Your Fall Party

It’s not Tuesday, but I have a Tuesday Trend for you anyway!  What is it, you ask?  (Well, I sort of gave it away in the title of the post).

It’s BUNTING!  Or Bunting Banners.

They… are everywhere.

So, what is bunting, you ask?  Traditionally, bunting has been used at political rallies and for patriotic events, like the 4th of July.  You’ve seen them – flag banners that hang as a decoration on walls or table tops – usually just triangular pieces of fabric, used as decorative swag. But, we’ve come a LONG way from the traditional red, white, and blue versions.

The bunting banners of today are perfect for party decorations, holiday decorations, or just lovely decor for your home!  And you know you want to make one, right?

Here is a great DIY Bunting Banner Tutorial from Dream Book Design perfect for November:

A DIY “Give Thanks” Bunting tutorial,  this one made from paper, from The Kurtz Corner:

How about a recycled cardboard bunting/banner?  Talk about going green for the fall!  (Ok, that didn’t make sense… we’re supposed to go brown, right?)  This tutorial is from Crate Paper Blog:

For those of you who might like to make a bunting banner with fabric, but definitely want a NO-SEW version, check out THIS lovely Fall Leaf Fabric Bunting Banner from Diary of a Crafty Lady:

You are so not going to believe this one… but LOOK at this fab bunting, made from wood moulding, from I {heart} naptime:

So, will you be making a bunting to decorate for a fall party?  If so, what will YOU use?  Paper?  Fabric?  Burlap?  WOOD?   Let us know, we’d love to hear about (and see) your bunting projects!

Tuesday Tips – DIY Napkin Rings for Thanksgiving

Happy November 1st!  I’m so very excited today, because I have not one, but TWO fabulous DIY napkin rigs projects to enhance your autumn parties!

First up is an  embroidered and felt napkin ring tutorial from HELLOmynameisHeather.

Heather includes detailed instructions for this thanksgiving craft project AND downloadable/printable patterns to make these felt napkins rings.  Look… just look… at those acorns!  She will teach you HOW to make them!

But, maybe you aren’t a felt, thread, and embroider kind of gal?

No worries!  I’ve created some free printable napkin PAPER tags, just for you!

Simply print them on cardstock, punch them out with a 2 inch round or scallop punch (purchased at a craft store like Michaels or ordered from HERE).  You can then embellish them with ribbon, glitter, or whatever else your imagination cooks up!  I left the tags blank, so they could double as diy place cards for your party, or you could write a short “Happy Thanksgiving” message on each one.

Here is an example of a how you might use the tags… as a water glass place card.

The look would be just as nice as a satin ribbon Thanksgiving napkin rings on a linen napkin.

You can download the sheet of free tags HERE.  It is in PDF format, with all three tags on one printable page.

And if you use these, we’d LOVE to see photos of your table settings!  Just send an email to with your photos, and we’ll feature them in a future post!