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!

 

 

 

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 char@divaentertains.com with your photos, and we’ll feature them in a future post!