eOreo Love!

Seriously… who does NOT like oreos?   There are LOTS of favor ideas and yummy ways to use them in your party planning… and I’m going to share a few today!

First, a DIY how to make oreo pops…from Makoodle

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And check out this youtube tutorial on making a Rainbow Oreo cookie jar:

 

And a different version of Oreo Pops – only 4 ingredients – from Lady with the Red Rocker

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One of our MOST popular posts to date… Oreo Peanut Butter Brownies

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From The Idea Room… MINNIE or MICKY MOUSE oreo pops!  Love this idea!!  She shows you how to easily make them!

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I found a super fun product from Fancy Flours – chocolate covered oreo cookie molds.  This one is a ladybug… but they have others

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And of course, you have to check our our FAB chocolate dipped and decorated Oreo Cookie Favors in the Diva Entertains shop!

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Diaper Cake DIY and Inspiration

Diaper cakes are a very popular way to decorate for a baby shower AND gift the new mother to be with a lot of diapers at the same time!  I’ve found some great inspiration and DIY tutorials to share today!  They aren’t as hard to put together as you might think!

First, a little inspiration… my sister is a crafting queen, and she made this lovely diaper cake for one of her best friends.  Isn’t it gorgeous?  I like the total DIVA-ness of this, and how it reflects the personality of the mom-to-be with flowers and bling… there are no baby rattles or stuffed animals attached, yet still… it’s for the baby too!

 

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Here is beautiful, photo step-by-step Diaper Cake tutorial, from Sweetaprils.  I love, love the fondant idea and look!

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From momaroo, another fab DIY post about making a diaper cake.  Very simple and elegant – and lots of variations can be made with ribbon choices!

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Another cute idea is to make MINI Diaper cakes, as centerpieces for multiple tables.  Check out this DIY mini diaper cake tutorial from BCheniful:

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And I can’t write about Diaper Cakes without including a link to these amazing creations, also from Sweetaprils…Motorcycle Diaper Cakes!  Yep – she’s going to walk you step-by-step, using pictures, on how to make this!

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FABulous Cake Designs

It’s been awhile since we talked about fab DIVA cakes, and I think it’s time for another round, don’t you?  Check out some of the FAB, FAB cakes I found while looking at cake designers sites…

We really like all things “zebra” around here, and just look at this zebra birthday cake from Fernanda Abarca Cakes. She includes a great description of how she works on ideas to design cakes like this:

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One of my new favorite cake blogs is the Petalsweet Blog.  She has incredible cake designs, AND she offers a lot of DIY tips and techniques!  Check out this post about Single Tier cakes that make a BIG impact:

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If you are looking for tutorials and lessons on how to make incredible cakes, I would definitely check out CakeMasters.com  It costs money to take the lessons, of course, but the end results look amazing.  They do offer a few free lessons, so you might start there!

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And fom Rook No. 17, a wonderful post with a tutorial AND video on how to make a fancy tiered cake, like the one shown below.  Those gorgeous butterflies are made from from paint swatches!

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And if you have a fab cake, you most definitely need a fab topper!  Thanks to Michele for this photo from her party, with one of our cake toppers:

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DIY Spring Time Wreaths

It’s been awhile since we had a wreath post, and I think it’s definitely time for a post on beautiful spring wreaths to make – don’t you?

First up, from TwelveOEight, a how to make a burlap wreath for spring– love how simple this is, and how shabby chic!

I’m not sure it gets much easier than the following wreath from Living Locurto.  It’s a 10-minute how to make a napkin wreath tutorial, isn’t it FAB!

From Just Dip It In Chocolate, a  DIY Easter Wreath with Spanish Moss – she warns that it’s  messy to put together, but I love the final result:

From Piccadilly Peddlers, another shabby chic look in her DIY Spring Wreath… LOVE that chevron ribbon!

Will you be making Spring wreaths this year?  We’d love to hear about it!

Spring Baby Shower Ideas

We have another post with Spring Baby Shower ideas HERE, but you can never have enough inspiration, so it’s time for another spring time post, don’t you think?

First, from the Hostess blog, a lovely “Happy Trails” Spring Baby Shower… love the pastel desserts buffet! I just LOVE that ruffled cake, don’t you?  Want to try to make one? Here’s a link to a pretty pink pastel ruffle cake.  It’s a bit of work but the result is gorgeous (it’s pastels on the inside too)!

It doesn’t get more “spring-like” than Peeps, and you have to check out these peeps spring-time bouquets from Simply Living and Loving – perfect for a baby shower centerpiece:

 

The Hally Household has some lovely ideas for a spring baby shower, and she shows off a fabulous diaper cake, here. You’ll want to read through her post because she shares some great ideas! Also, want instruction on how to make a diaper cake?  This link provides 15 diaper cake tutorials – just click into each one to see how it is done.  GREAT instructions and photos, all step by step.

And from Somewhere Splendid, check out all the wonderful ideas with this whimsical crafty spring baby shower:

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Fun

Valentine’s Day is less than 10 days away (eek!), and I’ve got some last minute ideas for you, for both kids and adults…

From LHJ, a sweet recipe for Rice Krispie Treat Valentine’s Day Hearts:

From Pizzazzerie, several FREE DIY Valentine Printables that you can turn into cute gifts… love the Burt’s Bees!

From LuLu’s Blog, an adorable DIY Valentine’s Day Tea Bag craft:

And from the Idea Room.. an amazing Valentines Heart Wreath tutorial…LOVE THIS!

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Another customer photo today… big thanks to Sherri M. for letting Diva Entertains be a part of her event!

Purses and Bags and Totes, oh my!

If you are planning a bachelorette party or birthday party or.. well, any get together where women are involved, you can bet that a “purse” theme would go over BIG!  I’ve got some fun and fab ideas that all include purses in one way or another!

First, from one of our recent customers, we received this fabulous photo of our Cork Purse Centerpiece.  They used these at a bachelorette party, and our customer’s note said, “Over 100 guests (all women) admired the purse cork cages!”

 

From Parenting.com, an adorable how to make a Purse Cake tutorial that could also be “glammed” up, with rhinestones, edible glitter, and more.  The flowers are made by cutting marshmallows up, the zipper are M & Ms, and the handle is a Tootsie Roll.  So clever!

From Hand Stamped by Lacey, some adorable purse party favors, with some ideas and suggestions on how she made them:

From Expressions by Devin, a cute variation of cupcake toppers – PURSES on top of the cupcake:

And not toot our own horn (again) or anything, but you really MUST check out all the favors in the Diva Entertains Purse Favors section.

It’s a Gingerbread House kind of day…

My kids still have a few more days of school left before their winter vacation, but we are starting to feel like we’re in “vacation” mode already.  I am letting homework slide this week, and instead we will be doing a few fun projects… like gingerbread houses.. and cookies!  Here are a few fun ideas and ways YOU can do the same!

First, a traditional DIY gingerbread house, from Taste of Home:

And another excellent series of DIY houses with LOTS of helpful Gingerbread House Decorating tips, from bon appetite:  Make sure you scroll down, once you click through, for all the information, links and photos!

Don’t want to bake, but still want your kids to be able to make a gingerbread house craft?  Check out this one from Inner Child Fun, a PRINTABLE (non edible) version… love this!

From Curbly.com, a very cool Geodesic Dome gingerbread house.  There is a video you can watch to learn how to make THIS masterpiece:

Now – moving into “Christmas Tree Cookies”, you’ll love these next two!

Check out these 3D Christmas Tree Gingerbread Cookies, from Not Martha:

And another variation – a video from babble.com – on how to make a Christmas tree with stacked gingerbread cookies:

Will you be doing any gingerbread baking?  If you make a house or cookies, we’d love to hear about it!

DIY Fall Wreaths

You know what we haven’t talked about yet this season?  Wreaths!!  It’s time to look at a few DIY/How-To wreath posts, I think!  I’ll focus on Christmas and holiday wreaths later, but today’s are all fall/autumn/thankgiving oriented!

So, the first thing I noticed when looking at fall wreath ideas this year is that BURLAP is IN!  You can find a lot of great varieties out there if you google burlap and fall wreath.  This how to make burlap wreaths tutorial from Craftaholics Anonymous, is my favorite:

For a fab Williams and Sonoma wreath knock-off DIY post, check out 320 Sycamore do it yourself wreath!:

You can get inspiration and instruction for  TWENTY fall wreaths to make, over at babble.com: Scroll through all the picks on the site and then click into the ones you are interested in!


From Makely School for Girls, get DIY instrucations for an ADORABLE owl wreath.  Owls are HUGE (just like burlap) this year:

And last, but not least, I have a yarn wreath tutorial for you, from Tiny Prints.  Yarn-wrap wreaths are almost as BIG as burlap wreaths this year!

How to Carve a Pumpkin – FREE stencils and ideas

Did you know you can get FREE pumpkin carving stencils?  Click on over to BHG and check out all their stencils and tutorials for making YOUR Halloween Pumpkin the BEST on the BLOCK!

Do you have plans for your pumpkin yet?  Share your carving ideas or tips in our comments!