May Day Inspiration

I’m sure you’ve noticed in recent posts that I’ve been OVER THE TOP about flowers and spring.  I just can’t help it.  And you can expect more… like today!  As April starts to wind down (already!), it’s time to start thinking about May Day and Mother’s Day!  Now, I know May Day is traditionally more for “kids”, but as I was looking at gorgeous May Day bouquets, I realized what great inspiration they would be for a spring bridal or baby shower… or a Mother’s Day tea.  So, are you ready for more flowers??  (Even if you aren’t, here they come…)

First up, from A Bit of Sunshine, an absolutely lovely tutorial on making Fancy Felt Baskets for May Day.  These would ALSO be good for centerpieces at a shower, or even gifts for party guests.

A very simple and shabby-chic-esque idea comes from Martha Stewart.  Simple cans made into May Day baskets:

I just have to share one for the kids… I can’t help it. From Rage Against the Minivan, a great tutorial for making cone baskets… again, these could be embellished and made into lovely centerpiece bouquets!

And finally… one more “shabby chic” idea.. from Patina White.  Peat pots turned into LOVELY baskets for May Day… or any day!

Spring Baby Shower Ideas

Oh, I have some lovely, lovely things to share with you today!  It’s SPRING… and it’s time to think about BABY SHOWERS!  April Showers… May Flowers… oh, so many fun ideas for themes!

First up, from Thoughtfully Simple, a “Baby in Bloom” shower idea.  The post is FULL of fab ideas for celebrating with a blooming baby shower including a cheap and easy way to decorate with homemade flower poms.  Click here to learn how to make tissue paper pom poms:

From Kara’s Party Ideas, a modern baby shower theme… bright, bright colors like orange and blue AND with chevron print.  A must see!

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From Hostess with the Mostess, an INCREDIBLE Spring themed baby shower… or “sprinkle“. Featuring a pastel baby shower them, there are many gorgeous pictures and ideas!  Be SURE to scroll to the end of the post where there is specific info about almost everything pictured, so you can re-create a sprinkle for your favorite mom-to-be.

From Jay’s Catering, check out this Spring Baby Shower post, with great ideas for decorating INDOORS, but still getting that feel of spring.

Aren’t you inspired!!  I sure am.

Fruit Salad in a Watermelon Boat Extraordinaire!

And I’m busy, busy sleeping IN, going to the park, hanging out in the sunshine, making fun crafts, and taking naps with my kids.  Because of that, posts will be a bit shorter this week, BUT they will all be devoted to ideas for all YOUR last minute Easter fun!

Today’s quick link?  A super fab Flower Watermelon Basket Garden, from babble.com:

How are YOU keeping busy during Spring Break this year?

Peacock Wedding Theme

One of the hottest trends in wedding themes right now is the Peacock theme…from garters to bouquets… from place settings to wedding gowns… all with rich blues, purples, greens.  If you are looking to add a dazzling display of color to your wedding…consider the peacock!  And you know I have inspiration for you!

From Brides.com, a gorgeous purples and pink peacock bridal bouquet.

Adorning the back of each chair at your reception with flowers, peacock feathers, and greenery – FAB!

For your peacock wedding cake, there are a LOT of variations to choose from.  As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, if you just love a design, you can print the photo and take it to your bakery to recreate!  From Project Wedding, an incredible peacock cake:


From CakesWeBake.com, another version, with fondant feathers and a rice crispy peacock (rice crispy treats are very easy to shape into forms:):

From Decorate the Cake, a full-blown tutorial in making this WHITE peacock cake.  Isn’t it fabulous?:

What about accessories? Click on over to The Garter Girl to see several lovely peacock garter designs:

From CyberOptix, an array of colorful peacock tie options for the groom and his groomsmen (I’m thinking rehearsal dinner!):

And finally, from our own DivaEntertains.com shop, we have a category devoted to exceptional Peacock Wedding Favors and even “Save the Date” peacock magnets:

More Holiday Wreaths!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about DIY Holiday wreaths (you can read it HERE).  Since then, I’ve found MORE DIY wreaths to share, and a second Holiday Wreath post was born!  I’ve got DIY tutorials for you, AND a few gorgeous wreath designs to inspire.  There is STILL time to decorate for the holidays… or even design a wreath for AFTER the holidays!

I am ever so slightly allergic to eucalyptus, but I think I could endure it for a wreath THIS beautiful. Find out how to make this Martha Stewart design by  clicking here :

From A Little McD, a fun tutorial on how to create a knock-off Pottery Barn wreath:

I know I keep talking about ruffles, but they are HUGE right now.  Just look at this lovely felt ruffle wreath, designed by Kristen of Domestifluff.  The wreath tutorial for how to make this can be found on the Design Sponge site HERE:

For a completely unique wreath, why not try making one of the Peppermint Twist wreaths, from Women’s Day:

While out driving around with the kids, looking at Christmas lights, we came across a house that took my breath away.  It was decorated in whites and blues and silvers, and those became my new favorite holiday colors (at least until we saw the NEXT dazzling home).  With my new favorite colors in mind, I was thrilled to find a tutorial for a white and blue GLAM Christmas wreath, from Centsational Girl:

Another really popular look this year is rosettes!  I see them everywhere – on headbands, dresses… and wreaths!  Check out this tutorial from Women’s Day… and make your own Felt Rosette Wreath

If you are more of a CARNATION girl, instead of roses girl, you’ll want to look at this next tutorial from Martha Stewart for a gorgeous Carnation Holiday Wreath:


And now… for some eye candy and inspiration (and maybe a few little shopping temptations!)  It might be too late to actually purchase one of these for Christmas, but like I said before, it’s not too late to decorate for the rest of winter!  Check out these fabulously beautiful wreaths, by various artists on etsy…

Majestic Holiday Peacock wreath, from L & G Designs:

Safari Leopard Print from Luxe Wreaths:

An artificial Succulent Wreath, by Best Dressed Nest Shop:

A super glam pink and white and green Winter Wonderland wreath, from English Rose Designs:

And finally, from our own Diva Entertains shop, a moss monogram “wreath”: