Purple Princess Party

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Purple Princess Party! Try saying that 3 times fast!

My daughter turned one and I had the hardest time deciding what to do for her party theme. After much debate I decided to to create my own purple princess party. Here is how it turned out!
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One of my favorite decor items was the chalk board I made with all of her stats. I included height and weight, her words, likes, and number of teeth. I used my chalk method to easily transfer the wording to my board.
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I LOVE the fan and tissue puff decor posts I have seen on Pinterest and had to do one for this party. I was going to make my own tissue puffs, but decided that I needed to spend my time elsewhere, so I purchased these great white and silver puffs and purple chevron fans from Oriental Trading. My table cloths and runner were also from Oriental Trading.

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I also found purple hand held collapsable fans in their “Less than perfect” sale section. They were perfect and the price was even better! Always check this section!
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Most of my time went into making my cake. I found a pin for an ombre cake from Passion for Parties. It turned out ok…I think with a bit more practice it could be great. But for my first time, it looked good and tasted great! Plus I got to set it on my new cake stand that I made previously!
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Of course, I made her a tutu, that you can find here, and a matching tutu wreath to welcome our guests! For the crown on the wreath I traced the outline onto silver sparkle paper with this image:crown5
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Making a custom candle is easy too! I spray painted a cheap dollar store candle silver and then added my purple scroll work by hand with a sharpie.

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Derby Hats 101: Making a Hat

 

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So now, you’ve read part one and have decided between a hat or fascinator. I’m sure you also might have an idea of what colors you will look for. Annnd we’re off! (Derby joke)

Step one, find a hat. I’ve gotten hats everywhere. Dee’s Crafts in Louisville, KY, is my go-to when I’m there. And if you’re in the area after Derby, you can get a hat for the next Derby at a huge discount!!

But just about any hat can become a Derby hat. My hat for this year I got a Target! It’s just a large brim sunhat but it fit well and has so much potential. If you are going the fascinator route, I suggest a wider headband in the base color you want. (The best headband that I used was wrapped in ribbon so I could just pin my fabric flowers on)

Step two, is heading to the craft store and looking around for something that jumps at you. Sometimes I go thinking I want flowers, then I see feathers I can’t do without or vice versa. Decide if you want to permanently attach things to your hat or headband or maybe look for things that you can attach with pins so you can remove it later.

Once you have everything you think you’ll want, do a mock set up to make sure you like it all together and the placement of items before you go gluing and possibly permanently create something you don’t like.

Below are a couple of my hats and how I put them together.

Derby Hat 2010

This hat above is one of my favorites. I spent countless hours on this one. I tacked the ribbon to the crown and then hot glued all of the feathers and silk flowers to the hat. The hat, in plain black, I had purchased the previous year after Derby and got it for next to nothing. I usually try to include a peacock feather whenever I can since they are thought to be lucky. I also wanted a signature theme for my hats.

h1.jpgThese feathers are my favorite to work with and are featured in the 2010 hat. The small ones on the left are individual strands that come in a bunch. They stand straight and you can manipulate them fairly easily.

The other, on the right, you can build off of and lay it flat on the brim of the hat as I did or even on the side of the hat so they stand up. The one on the right has a felt half moon that you could glue more feathers or flowers to and then add a pin to the back so you could make a removable hat clip or fascinator.

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Derby 2012 I decided on the fascinator. This was the only year that I bought a dress first. Let me tell you, never again! Finally, I did find a white tulle flower clip (also with pin) at Hobby Lobby and hot glued white and green feathers to to make it more extravagant. The feathers were straight so I followed this tutorial from Dee’s Crafts on how to curl feathers! It’s much easier than you’d think!

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Last, but certainly not least, Derby 2014. This is another hat that I was lucky to find at Dee’s after the 2013 Derby. I really liked it because it was more of a sheer fabric, but had a great wire brim so I could mold it to fit how I wanted. It also has a drawstring at the crown so you can adjust the size!

It came with the white and black sheer bow and band already attached. I found the two pink fabric flowers at a craft store for 50% off! They have a pin and clip on the back so reusing them (or the hat) will be really easy.

If you’re getting ready for the 142nd Run for the Roses, visit Kentucky Derby Party DIY for some easy crafts and foods to make your party a winner! For more ideas and hat etiquette for ladies and gents check out my post Etiquette & Style. Or you can see a full Tutorial for my 2016 Derby Hat!

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Derby Hat 101: Etiquette & Style

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The question is as classic as, which came first the chicken or the egg? That question is which do you choose first, the dress or the hat?

Personally, I like to make my hat first. It’s easier to find a dress that will work. Although, if you are having your hat made, then it’s 6 of one and half a dozen of the other. Here are some tips from MAGGIE HEELY in an article for Louisville.com.

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First things first, lets talk etiquette. Yes ladies, there is a proper way to wear your Derby hat. This is from the Louisville.com article:

-Women’s hats should be worn on the top of the head, not tilted back, but shadowing over one eye, preferably with the embellishments showing towards the tilt.

-Embellishments go directly to the front center or just off center in the front of the hat.

-The bigger the better.

-Your hair should be worn completely off your face, either pulled back, or if worn down it should be behind your ears…some people even poo poo bangs showing.

Men, this goes for you too! Here are tips for the gentlemen from The Art of Manliness (you can also find some great styles there too):

-Wear your hat pushed back to seem more open and accessible
-Tilt your hat over your eyes to seem mysterious and intimidating
-Tilt your hat up 1 inch from completely straight to project an all-business attitude

-Promptly remove your hat upon entering an elevator, restaurant, or someone’s        home. Never wear your hat during a meal.
-Touch the brim of your hat lightly when greeting a friend.
-Raise the hat by the crown when meeting a female friend in public.
-Remove your hat during the national anthem and place it over your heart.

Style

Now that we have that out-of-the-way. Here is a link to my Pinterest board of Derby Hat Ideas. There are so many different styles you can choose from. Popular now are fascinators. They are headbands or hair combs with a beautiful “mini hat” style and are great for those that don’t feel comfortable wearing a hat or feel like hats are flattering on them.

 

No matter what your choice, you can go simple or crazy with both. However, if you are attending the Derby, you want to keep in mind where you will be sitting. Sarah Schmalbruch, in an article for Business Insider, explains that if you are in the Infield, it’s a much more relaxed, shorts and T-shirt atmosphere. Heading into the grandstand and all the way up to Millionaires Row, your level of seating should dictate how formally you are dressed.

My favorite quote from that article is that “[s]he advises wearing something that’s going to make you and the people around you smile.” Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Your hat should make you feel beautiful…and lucky! On that note, the superstition is that the bigger the hat the luckier you’ll be.

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The struggle is real…to find a Derby hat winner.

The above photo is courtesy of a slideshow from Daily News of crazy Derby hats. You’ll need to look. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

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You can start here to get an idea and then follow-up on my next post for more how to’s from me!

Let’s talk about making your own hat or fascinator. I have done both in the past and they are both easy to complete. P.S. – I made this… has a great how-to for making a fascinator with a hair comb as a base.hat5

Also check out Making a Hat, Derby Party DIY, and my Step-by-Step Tutorial for making a hat!

 

 

How to: Perfect Chalk Lettering

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Several years ago I was prepping for a Kentucky Derby party and I was trying to write the menu on a large chalk board as beautifully as I’d seen in pictures. I was failing miserably.
After a few freehand and stencil attempts I was about to give up when I realized I could print what I wanted on paper,  in any font,  and then trace & transfer it to my chalk board! Genius!

Here is how it works:

You need basic chalk
Chalk marker
A printer
The item,  chalk board,  wood, etc, you are writing on

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I’m going to reference the DIY Wood Picture Display I just completed.  You can find that by clicking here.
I wanted to add “Dream, Believe, Create ” to my wood board.

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First you simply type out the wording you want in the font of choice and print out the size you need. I’m better now at eyeballing it,  but sometimes it’s a print and reprint until I get it right.  Here is my template:

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Then I generously trimmed around my words. Next,  take your basic chalk and rub a good coating on the back of the paper.

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The chalked side will go down on your surface and as you trace the letters it will leave the design in a light chalk outline.

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You’ll want to press firmly depending, of course,  on what you’re working with and take your time. The more patient and detailed the better the outcome. It’s worth it!
Once your tracing is done, carefully lift the paper off. Then take your chalk marker and trace or fill in your outline. Voila!

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Here is the chalkboard of stats I made for my daughters birthday using this same method. I just printed out several stats in different fonts and banners. I laid it all out and then went word by word adding it to the board.

You might also like the Laundry Room Decor I also made using my chalk technique.

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Easy Every Holiday Wreath!

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In Bismarck, companies started holding “Pinterest” nights where you get together with friends and do a prepared craft. Super fun,  right?

One night we were doing wreaths. I love this because I ended up combining a couple pins into a wreath I can use year round. The best part is that my son and I do it together. We with make or buy the decor to go on our wreath. We’ve even gotten Hubby’s expertise involved!  Check it out!

St. Patrick’s Day

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This is my St. Patrick’s day wreath. Felt hearts held together with beautiful nail heads and an origami bow!
For the base wreath, I started with a green foam floral circle you can pick up at any craft store but I’ve seen them at Walmart and Target too. Then pick a neutral ribbon to tightly wrap around it. This one is a canvas ribbon. I think it’s better not to use ribbon with wire and definitely use something wide.

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Just wrap around tightly and secure with pins. Easy peasy. You’ll want to wrap at a bit of an angle to keep it flat.
After that,  it’s a free for all!  I’ve gone from a wreath once or twice a year to all the time with a quick switch of decor.
This one we simply cut out small heart shapes from green felt and grouped them into fours and held it together with a nail head to make out four leaf clovers.

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The origami bow was a pin I found from How About Orange, complete with instructions. My husband loves to do origami so I knew this would be an easy request. After a practice bow I got this perfect finished product and pinned it on. I had him make me one for Easter,  since it’s right around the corner,  and 4th of July since I was on a roll!
The possibilities are endless. We’ve cut shapes from felt,  bought the foam cutouts from the store. Last easter we added eggs from Joann’s that Danny and I found. Sometimes I do a ribbon bow or no bow! You can also check out The Crafty Mummy for a great felt flower tutorial!
Today we found rabbit cutouts in the Target dollar section so we are ready to make our next holiday wreath! I’ll post more as we decorate for the holidays and seasons!

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Easter

*UPDATE*
Here is our Easter wreath! My son was so proud of his creation.
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Birthday

This I created for my daughter’s birthday, her Purple Princess Party. Full instructions for the wreath HERE.

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Derby Party

For my Kentucky Derby Party, this wreath adorned our door:

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4th of July

The 4th of July is headed our way, so we took advantage of the roses on the Derby wreath and carried it over on our red, white, & blue wreath!

Felt cut into strips (held on with straight pins) and felt star stickers is all you need for this patriotic wreath.

DIY Play Dough

All I’ve posted about  here so far has been food. I swear I do more than cook! Although I’m completely turning into a foodie, my greatest love is my son. Below is what we did recently:

So in an effort to keep the little one busy I’m constantly searching Pinterest for fun new games or ways to make old games new. I’m totally into art so Danny and I color a lot, but he just needed something new. So I happened upon a post about hundreds of activities to do with kids up to age 5. Um, yes please! Click here to be amazed!  Productive Parenting was a great source. Lots of ideas, yes some were silly or boring, but lots were great “why didn’t I think of that?” ideas. Some even just put a new spin on things we were already doing. On the left side of the page you select the age group you are trying to entertain and POOF! Entertainment! This time I thought it would be fun to make our own play dough. Danny had mixed feelings.

Click here to go to their link or just keep reading for my step by step and results:

Recipe:

Mix 2 cups of flour, 3/4 cup salt, 3/4 to 1 cup of colored water, 1 tablespoon of oil. (I didn’t have oil and it seemed to turn out ok)

Here’s my adventure:

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Flour, salt and blue water.

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Mix.

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I should have used more food coloring as the play dough turned out to be more of an undesirable hospital wall paint color, but after mixing and then rolling it in a bit more flour to rid it of the stickiness(maybe that’s what the oil was for?), it did the job! I put a layer of wax paper down (with washi tape, lol) to protect the table and hoped for an enthusiastic squeal of delight as Danny started to play. That was not how this all went down.

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First he cried because he couldn’t eat it. Then he cried because he tried to eat it and it was not good. So sad. But with a little encouragement we started to play, potato masher, cookie cutters, and messy hands.

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The best part is that you can put it in a zip lock bag pop it in the fridge and use it another day. Should I do this again, which I think I might, I’ll split up the recipe in half and do two colors with much more food coloring.