Easy & Fun Chalkboard Projects for Parties

One of my favorites trends right now is using chalkboard for favors and decorations.  I’m not sure why I like it so much, or why it’s so popular, but I’m guessing nostalgia.  We have electronics and gadgets and white boards in school… and we miss the feel (and smell?) of chalkboards of our youth.  Ok, maybe that’s over-reaching, but I bet it has something to do with it!

Regardless, I have some great chalkboard projects and ideas to share today!

From Emmaline Bride, DIY Chalkboard Flower Pots – such a great idea for spring showers and birthday parties whether as table numbers, centerpieces or favors!

From With a Dash of Color – wooden DIY chalkboard tags!  These could be used as favors, place settings, candy buffet signs… and oh, so much more!

How about a DIY tutorial for Chalkboard wrapping paper?  I love the idea of being able to personalize a gift this way.  From Make the Best of Everything, a quick and easy tutorial:

From bell’alimento, a DIY tutorial on making Chalkboard Painted Wine Bottles – perfect for decor and table numbers!

And finally, from Cottage in the Oaks, a unique idea… chalkboard chargers.  Another great way to personalize each place setting, or a fun way to give your guests a doodle pad?

 

DIY Table Numbers – Fun & Whimsical

There are so many fun and fab ways to number the tables for your wedding reception or event.  I’ve found some fun and whimsical ideas for table numbers that I’d like to share with you today!

First, from Wedding Chicks, a shabby chic DIY tutorial – Door Knob Table Numbers.  Totally unique!

From eat drink chic, another rustic and shabby chic look for your table numbers… this DIY is very detailed, and I love the end result:

A few hints and tips from The Savvy Event for using Mason Jars as your Table Numbers:

From Today’s Handmade, an etching tutorial… you could use a bottles, jars, glasses.. anything glass really, to make these DIY table numbers:

And from Oh Lovely Day, a tutorial for making DIY Embroidered Table Numbers.  Again, so many ways to go about doing these… your choice of colors and linens and threads!  Love it!

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And, I’ve got another customer photo to share today!  Thanks to Eve for sharing this pic from her friends fab 40 party.  Eve did a fabulous job embellishing our shoe cake topper.

Peacock Wedding Favors

Here at Diva Entertains, nothing thrills us quite like happy customer photos.  We love seeing how folks use our items to enhance their event, and when they send us photos, it means we get to share with you!  Here are a couple of photos from a fabulous peacock themed wedding, and the customers purchased our AMAZING peacock cookie pops.  Love, love how they decorated their cake table:

I found a lovely Peacock Princess Party over at Whimsical Printables, with loads of ideas for a peacock party theme.  Just check out these beautiful coffee cups…you can read the tutorial on how to make these at Giggles Galore.

The fun thing about the peacock theme is that you really can choose your favorite color and go with it.  You’ve got blues, purples, greens, and even pinks can be used together with peacock feathers.  Check out this lovely pink floral peacock centerpiece!  The only credit I can find is on pinterest, but I still had to share:

 

You can see the Diva Entertains fab peacock favors HERE, but below are a couple of our favorites!  Fun and unique, we offer Lottery Ticket Holders:

And another of our popular items is our personalized peacock vellum candle wrappers:

What have YOU found peacock-theme that inspires you?  We’d love to hear about your party experiences – leave us a comment or send a note to char@divaentertains.com

 

 

 

Theme Thursday – Orange and Black

We are continuing our new Theme Thursday series this week with… Orange and Black… partly because of upcoming Halloween parties, but also because the two colors together can make a stunning theme.  Whether you are planning a Halloween party, a bridal shower, or a themed wedding, I have lots of Orange and Black for you today!

First, from CakesDecor.com – a jaw-dropping Black Damask and Orange theme cake (and she has stenciling AND pleating tutorials for the cake decorators out there!):

I think black damask and orange go PERFECTLY together, and here is a second example in the cake department, from The Couture Cakery:

Want to find more FABULOUS pictures of orange and black cakes? Go to Google.com/Images and type in (for example):

  • orange and black cakes (or wedding cakes)
  • orange and black cupcakes (if that’s of interest to you)

What about centerpieces?  I found a fun FREE printable from Living Locurto – she has several free designs that are geared towards Halloween parties, but I think this one would be perfect for a shower or even a wedding reception.  Included in the post are very detailed instructions for designing a lovely orange and black tablescape.

From Brooklyn Bride, a modern tablescape in orange and black!  Great inspiration, with a list of materials used at the end of the post:

 Interested in see more orange and black centerpieces and table settings?  Once again go to Google.com/Images and type in (for example):

  • Orange Centerpieces
  • Black Centerpieces
  • Orange and Black Centerpieces
  • Orange Bouquets (for inspiration:)

Stepping away from weddings for just a minute… I found this adorable styled 1st birthday party post on The Tom Kat studio blog – it includes pink, but I just couldn’t NOT share it.  It’s a good example of orange and black AND pink. :-)

What do YOU think about Orange and Black as a theme?  We’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Unique Table Numbers

There are so MANY fab ideas for numbering (or lettering) your party tables, you just wouldn’t believe!  Frames of all shapes and kinds, flower arrangements, wine bottles with numbers… and here are a few of the more unique ideas I found:

First, from Brit.com, check out this fun post using scrabble tiles to decorate for your wedding or party.   Who knew that a scrabble wedding theme is quite popular!

Style My Pretty has another variation of the scrabble tile table number… I love the shabby chic look of this one:

Looking for balloon decorations ideas?From Martha Stewart, check out the fun Balloon Table Numbers / Centerpieces.  Inexpensive and FUN!

Just look at this wonderfully unique table number idea from the wedding co – paper crafted numbers from pages in a book.  LOVE!!  All you need is a alphabet and number template and some books!  (your local library may have some old ones they can donate to you!)

And my FAVORITE for most unique table numbers is this fab photo of ornate mirror table numbers from Style Me Pretty.  You can find great mirrors at estate sales and even stores such as Bed, Bath and Beyond – don’t forget your 20% coupon!

 

Wine Bottle Accents for your Wedding or Shower

So, today I’ve got a collection of “odds and ends” for weddings and bridal showers that I just need to share!  These are all unique ideas that add just that special touch to your event!

First up, I found a GREAT post from Bespoke Bride, with 21 alternative and unique guest book ideas.  My favorite?  Wine Glass guest books:

Gracefully Southern, on etsy.com, has another unique, alternative wine bottle guest book idea:

From Martha Stewart comes this very simple AND elegant table number idea:

And speaking of table numbers, how about these CHALK wine bottle table numbers, from Julie Ann Art? Click for instruction on how to spray paint wine bottles include how to make chalkboard wine bottles!

And of course you can see our wine bottle and wine related favors and accents in the Diva Entertains Shop.

Do YOU have a unique way to use wine bottles for your event?  We’d love to hear about them!

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.

Decorating With Candles

I absolutely love and adore candles.  Candles of all shapes and sizes.  Candles of all colors and scents.  I think decorating with candles just adds that “something special”, whether to a table-top, a centerpiece or anentire event!

In case you missed it, you can check out our recent DIY Candle post HERE.

First up, a quick and easy DIY post about embellishing candles with ribbons, pearl pins and more, from BHG.  This has given me so many ideas on how to decorate pillar candles – now I just need to walk the aisles of my craft shop to see what to use!

A gorgeous COLORFUL candle idea, from Martha Stewart.  Click HERE to read the easy DIY on making these.  Garage and Estate sales are a *great* place to find inexpensive candle holders ripe for decorating!

It isn’t hard to create a rustic elegance, with floating candles in mason jars and raffia, as pictured in this post from Violet Hills Weddings.  One could easily use satin ribbon, and even add little tags to personalize the jars. Rustic and elegant at the same time!

This isn’t a tutorial, but I just had to share because I thought it was stunning.  From Coco+Kelley:

 

 

Tuesday Trends – Purse Parties

Last week, we talked a little bit about GLAM SHOES… so THIS week, it just seemed appropriate to continue the discussion, but this time with PURSES.

In case you hadn’t considered a purse theme party,  I have some fab links for you to help get you started!

Check out this wonderful tutorial on how to make a purse cake, from CakeJournal.com.  This is actually quite easy if you purchase fondant.  It is sold in the baking aisle of large craft stores and bakeries often are willing to sell you fondant too.  Also – marshmallow fondant is easy to make and easy to work with.  And delicious!:

 

If cupcakes are more your style… look at these “fashionably chic”  purse cupcakes! The “how-to” for these cupcakes can be found in the Cupcakes, Cookies and Pie, Oh, My book by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson.

Of course, if designing an entire purse cupcake might be too much, you can always make fondant purse cupcake toppers.  The Wilton site shows a quick and easy way to make adorable fondant purses, which you can make in any color you desire!

Now, how about centerpieces?  We have this lovely purse centerpiece in the Diva Entertains shop:

And check out this tutorial, from styrofoamcrafts.com… a pink posy purse centerpiece:

Finally, you can’t forget favors!  We have an entire section devoted to purse party favors in the DE shop. Manicure sets, favor bags, and even Oreo cookies!

Corissa, Emily and Valerie sent in this picture from their purse party featuring our “Little Black Purse” manicure sets and gorgeous Big Buddah purses – thank you so much, Big Buddah, for generously providing them.

Tuesday Trend – Vintage Glam for weddings and parties

“Vintage Glam” might not be for everyone, but you have to admit there is a plenty of room for glam in the vintage category!  The “vintage party” concept is a fun trend, and I’ve got some great finds for you, if this is YOUR type of glam.

From The Sweetest Occasion, check out this tutorial on making Vintage Contact Paper banners – perfect for decorating for a vintage wedding theme or birthday party!

 

Need style ideas for your table and place settings?  Click on over to the Gallery at Style Me Pretty.

 

From the At RuffledBlog learn out how to create a fabulous Vintage Wallpaper Photo Booth for your wedding reception!

A tutorial so easy, it’s mostly just photo inspiration!  Look at these wonderful vintage votives trimmed with lace, from Annaboo’s House:

There are lots and lots of fabulous cake and cupcake designers out there, but I found one from the UK who really seems to GET the vintage glam idea.  Check out the Cotton and Crumb cupcake gallery HERE. (And be sure to click around the site to see a lot of other amazing dessert and cake designs too!) When you see something (or two or three) that you like – print out the photo and take it to your bakery to replicate!  For a fun and delightful twist – serve your vintage cupcakes in teacups – no crumbs!