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Hosting a gathering and don’t know where to begin? Avoid falling into a shopping frenzy. Stock up on dinnerware, serveware and accessories from Better Homes and Gardens collection at Walmart ahead of time, so they can be re-used and re-purposed throughout the season.

This month the BHGLiveBetter Blogger Network was challenged with creating inviting entertaining spaces. Read on as they share easy to replicate tips perfectly suited to inform and inspire the execution of your next celebration.

1. Camille Simmons of Planning Pretty shares her secret to styling a brunch table. All it takes is lots of light, a pop of color and a touch of gold—plus one stylish set of Color Dipped Dinnerware that can used in a casual setting or dressed up for a more elegant affair.

2. Add a touch of spring to your home and create comfort for your guests with decorative pillows. Amy Clark of Mom Advice shows you how to style these pillows for both indoor and outdoor use.

3. Anna Moseley of Ask Anna sets an outdoor dining area on a budget with bright and affordable items that will make your table spread fun and inviting. Don’t skimp out on the serveware—consider dressing your table with a Melamine Bamboo Bowl that can be used time and time again.

 

4. Elegance can easily be achieved with a few eye-catching pieces such as the new Matte Swirl Dinnerware Set Chris Nease of Celebrations at Home chose to use for her black and white tabletop presentation.

5. Rustic meets whimsical thanks to Debbie Westbrooks of Refresh Restyle. Grab a set of Melamine Bowls and summer’s most refreshing fruit, and you’ve got yourself a backyard party.

6. Involve your kids in outdoor gardening activities by turning a planter from Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart into an enchanting fairy garden. Emily Allison of Decorchick shows just how it’s done.

7. Hop on over to I Don’t Know How She Does It to see how Gloribell Lebron’s seasonal centerpiece informed the design of her tablescape. Consider filling a Glass Lantern (or two) with natural elements for added texture.

8. Gearing up for Father’s Day? Kimberly Sneed of A Night Owl Blog fills a galvanized caddy with backyard BBQ essentials including a stylish and functional Oven Mit for a low cost gift idea for Dad.

9. Small space, small budget – no problem! Monica Benavidez of Monica Wants It shares helpful tips on how to entertain with grand style on a budget. See how she layers classic white dinnerware such as the new Hobnail Collection from Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart with a brightly patterned appetizer plate. Amp up the style by accessorizing with fresh blooms and candles.

10. Tight on space? Ditch the over-sized serving platters. Randi Dukes of Dukes and Duchesses finds multiple uses for her Melamine Dinnerware and even turns a regular plate into a temporary cake stand.

11. It’s a vintage affair over at Fox Hollow Cottage. Shannon Fox opted to use Galvanized Serverware to blend in with the antique metal pieces dispersed throughout her outdoor patio.

12. Looking to spruce up your entryway? Stacy Risenmay of Not Just a Housewife creates an inviting entrance for guests by placing sophisticated Bombay Planters full of seasonal annuals on either side of her front door.

13. Drink Dispensers are not just for beverages. Taryn Whiteaker of Design Dining & Diapers proves just how versatile a vessel can be by planting cascading greenery inside a Galvanized Drink Dispenser. Her eclectic grouping of wood, metals and crates provides a balanced and welcoming look for her front patio.

14. Entertain with drink canisters to keep costs down and your beverage offerings simple. Kim Demmon of Today’s Creative Life stacked two Galvanized Square Chalkboard Drink Dispensers on top of one another to create a serve yourself drink station for guests.

15. Turn your outdoor space into a welcoming dinner atmosphere for guests with a simple table top accessory. Jamielyn Nye of I Heart Naptime introduces a floating glass hurricane Candle Holder for an elegant look.

 For all of these products and more, visit Walmart.com/BetterHomesandGardens


28 DIY Photobooth Ideas

Trend: 28 DIY Photobooth Ideas

These days most parties have some sort of photobooth set up because people love taking fun photos with friends! Since it’s party season I gathered up 28 (yup, a ton of ideas) to inspire you and your party planning. The skill level for these backdrops range from extremely easy to sort of hard. Enjoy!

1) These sewn paper circles are like fancy paper chains. The perfect backdrop, from Oh Happy Day.

These sewn paper circles are like fancy paper chains. The perfect backdrop, from Oh Happy Day.

2) Fabric and ribbon strips will work just fine for your photos, from Your Marketing BFF.

Fabric and ribbon strips will work just fine for your photos, from Your Marketing BFF.

3) This backdrop is so simple and wonderful, from The Glitter Guide.

This backdrop is so simple and wonderful, from The Glitter Guide.

4) I just want to decorate my whole wall with these bows for Christmas, from Studio DIY.

I just want to decorate my whole wall with these bows for Christmas, from Studio DIY.

5) This backdrop is easy to set up with a foil door curtain and paper stars, from A Beautiful Mess.

This backdrop is easy to set up with a foil door curtain and paper stars, from A Beautiful Mess.

6) Buy a few packs of gold and white doilies and you’re ready for this photobooth, from Sarah Hearts.

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7) This paper fan backdrop is great, from Evite.

This paper fan backdrop is great, from Evite.

8) I’m loving this fringe heart backdrop, from Oh Joy.

I'm loving this fringe heart backdrop, from Oh Joy.

9) I bet this backdrop takes a ton of time to put together, but it’s so pretty when finished, from Brit + Co.

I bet this backdrop takes a ton of time to put together, but it's so pretty when finished, from Brit + Co.

10) I’m loving this mini honeycomb ball photo backdrop, from Studio DIY.

I'm loving this mini honeycomb ball photo backdrop, from Studio DIY.

11) This photo backdrop is easy on the budget. A variety of colored crepe paper will make this cute backdrop, from Lovely Indeed.

This photo backdrop is easy on the budget. A variety of colored crepe paper make this cute backdrop, from Lovely Indeed.

12) A balloon wall is so colorful and fun! Found on Momtog.

A balloon wall is so colorful and fun! Found on Momtog.

13) A floating confetti wall would be perfect for any party, from Studio DIY.

A floating confetti wall would be perfect for any party, from Studio DIY.

14) This Popsicle backdrop is making this pregnant mama hungry, from You Are My Fave.

This Popsicle backdrop is making this pregnant mama hungry, from You Are My Fave.

15) Turn your crepe paper into fringe garlands to create this colorful set up, from Lovely Indeed.

Turn your crepe paper into fringe garlands to create this colorful set up, from Lovely Indeed.

16) For an outdoor photobooth, use some chalk on a fence for the background, from Whimsy and Hope.

Turn your crepe paper into fringe garlands to create this colorful set up, from Lovely Indeed. For an outdoor photobooth, use some chalk on a fence for the background, from Whimsy and Hope.

17) This is a photobooth I set up for my sister’s bridal shower. It’s just a sheet hanging on a fence, from The Paper Mama.

This is a photobooth I set up for my sister's bridal shower. It's just a sheet hanging on a fence, from The Paper Mama.

18) There’s a full tutorial on how to build this parasol backdrop, from A Subtle Revelry.

There's a full tutorial on how to build this parasol backdrop, from A Subtle Revelry.

19) I love this blue yarn backdrop against the white brick wall, from Ruffled.

I love this blue yarn backdrop against a white wall, from Ruffled.

20) Use what you can find in your backyard. This leaf backdrop is perfect, from Almost Makes Perfect.

Use what you can find in your backyard. This leaf backdrop is perfect, from Almost Makes Perfect.

21) Be careful, this backdrop will make you hungry. I found this marshmallow backdrop on Wedding Sparrow.

Be careful, this backdrop will make you hungry. This marshmallow backdrop found on Wedding Sparrow.

22) This gold sequin backdrop would be great for New Years Eve, from Oh Happy Day.

This gold sequin backdrop would be great for New Years Eve, from Oh Happy Day.

23) Tape some vibrant gift wrap to a wall for your backdrop, from Binita Patel Blog.

Tape some vibrant gift wrap to a wall for your backdrop, from Binita Patel Blog.

24) This may be my favorite backdrop. A giant baby photo for a birthday photobooth backdrop, from Oh Happy Day.

This may be my favorite backdrop. A giant baby photo for a birthday photobooth backdrop, from Oh Happy Day.

25) What do you need for this photobooth? Tape and a variety of colorful paper, from Julep.

What do you need for this photobooth? Tape and a variety of colorful paper, from Julep.

26) This no-sew triangle canvas backdrop needs to be at my next party, from A Practical Wedding.

This no-sew triangle canvas backdrop needs to be at my next party, from A Practical Wedding.

27) I love love love this crepe paper flower backdrop, from A Beautiful Mess.

I love love love this crepe paper flower backdrop, from A Beautiful Mess.

28) Hang up some favorite fabric to create this backdrop, from Design Love Fest.

Hang up some favorite fabric to create this backdrop, from Design Love Fest.

Are you planning any parties?

If you create any photobooth backdrops, I’d love to see it! You can share a link in the comments below, or tag me in Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


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It is almost time for turkey, pumpkin pie, and egg nog.  Can you believe it?!  We are closing in on the holiday season, friends, and it is a great time to keep your eyes peeled for fun pieces that can become part of your holiday decor and tablescapes. Before you can start collecting take some time to figure out who you want to be this holiday.  For some of you this may be obvious.  Maybe your are hollywood regency through and through and this style is clear throughout your home.  Perhaps some of you enjoy taking a bit of a departure from your everyday decor during the holidays or when you throw a sweet soiree.  Either way having a general direction in mind will keep your eye focused when you hit the antique markets, thrift stores, or ebay!

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This concept certainly has a feminine edge so make sure you’ve got a nice scotch handy for the boys in your life! Think the softer side of holiday colors if you want to go pretty to the max.  Soft pink and minty greens and muted gold accents.  Balance out these soft tones with deep burgundy, deep jewel toned teals, and warm leathery browns.  Bring in some soft texture with these sweet throw pillows.  Chose pieces that whisper ladylike.  Beautiful crystal barware and a lace inspired table runner will do the trick.

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Is sleek and clean where you like to hang your hat?  Keep your party modern and chic with lots of black and white with hints of metallic.  This look is a great place to mix those metallics.  Keep layering and patterns minimal and let the repetition of black and white and textures lead the way.  I LOVE a good white out when it comes to holiday styling!

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I just love the easy “I woke up like this” feeling of a bohemian home.  This look feels as though it has been collected over a lifetime.  To achieve this look you can not shy away from color and pattern.  Layer, layer, and layer some more!  Be sure you have an easy going organic element.  Keep arrangements light hearted and not over worked.

 


Color Block Serving Tray DIY

Hosting a party is fun. Your friends are there, you’re wearing your favorite outfit, all that delicious food, and the special serveware you save just for these occasions. My Color Block Serving Tray DIY is perfect for your next party. If you’re anything like me and my friends, then you probably prefer snacky party food over a meal. Appetizers everywhere, all the cheese and salami, and some tasty drinks. Serving trays make it so easy to move food around and it makes the food look fantastic.

Color Block Serving Tray DIY

This tray isn’t just for serving goodies at a party. I think it would be a great bar tray to store your wine and bar ware, or keep it near the entrance of your home for a place to keep your keys/sunglasses/and phone.

Supplies:

  • 24 inch x 12 inch x 1 inch Poplar wood piece (if you use a different type of wood, make sure to avoid porous woods)
  • 2 cabinet drawer pulls with screws (I used the champagne bronze 3 inch Brainerd pulls from Lowes)
  • Paint (I used this small sample bottle of Valspar Belle Grove Sorbet)
  • Paint brush
  • Painters tape
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Cabinet bumpers
  • Optional: Food safe block oil (I recommend this if you will be placing food on the tray)


Directions:

Step 1

STEP 1:

Prep the wood by sanding any sharp edges (if needed). Clean off any dust particles. Grab the painters tape and start to mark off little triangle sections on the board. Note: since I plan to put food directly on this board, I kept the triangles to the edges of the board. Food should not come in contact with the paint.

Step 2

STEP 2:

Paint two to three coats of paint over the taped off triangle sections. Let the paint dry completely. When the paint is dry, remove the painters tape.

Step 3

STEP 3:

Grab a pencil and measure in about 1 1/2 inches in from each edge and mark the drill holes for the drawer pulls. Screw the handles into the tray and add bumpers to the back of the tray. If you will be serving food on the board, add the block oil to the wood and let dry completely, then you’re done!

DIY-ify: Color Block Serving Tray DIY

If you create this DIY, I’d love to see it! You can share a link in the comments below, or tag me in Instagram with a photo (my username is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


12 Summer Party DIY Ideas

Trend: 12 Summer Party DIY Ideas

The weather is warm and I’m ready to host a summer party. I dream of sitting outside with my closest friends and enjoying some good food, but there is one problem: my husband and I don’t have anything to throw an outdoor party. I mean, we don’t even have an outdoor table. We are not the type to go out and spend a ton of money on pre made items and we’ve been thinking about what we can make for the backyard. We need a patio table, some chairs, decor (like a tablecloth and lighting), and all the fun accessories to make a summer party a party! Below are 12 DIY’s that have inspired me to get started on getting our outdoor space ready for a party.

1. Keep the bugs away from your grub with these DIY color block food domes, on Sugar and Cloth.

Keep the bugs away from your grub with these colorblock food domes, on Sugar and Cloth.

2. Get creative with your cheese serving tray, from A Beautiful Mess.

Get creative with your cheese tray, from A Beautiful Mess.

3. Serve drinks in this fun watermelon keg, from She Knows.

Serve drinks in a watermelon keg, from She Knows.

4. Paint with bleach to add design to some plain cloth napkins, from BHG.

Paint with bleach to add design to some plain cloth napkins, from BHG.

5. Decorate with these fruity tissue honeycomb balls, from The House that Lars Built.

Decorate with these fruity tissue honeycomb balls, from The House that Lars Built.

6. Make these fruit kabobs and use for place markers, on Creative Live made by Brittni Mehlhoff

Fruit Kabob Place Markers/Snacks, on Creative Live made by Brittni Mehlhoff

7. These paper umbrellas are perfect drink stirrers (comes with a free printable), on The Paper Mama.

These paper umbrellas are perfect drink stirrers (comes with a free printable), on The Paper Mama.

8. Turn your boring flatware into something pretty, from A Simple Kind of Life.

Turn boring flatware into something pretty, from A Simple Kind of Life.

9. Create some pretty marquee lighting with some foam core and glitter, on BHG.

Create some pretty marquee lighting with some foam core and glitter, on BHG.

10. Turn a drop cloth into an outdoor tablecloth, from Yellow Brick Home.

Turn a drop cloth into an outdoor tablecloth, from Yellow Brick Home.

11. If you don’t want to spend a ton of money on an outdoor table, you can build your own, from Decor and the Dog.

If you don't want to spend a ton of money on an outdoor table, you can build your own, from Decor and the Dog.

12. Give life to your old outdoor chairs with some paint, from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs.

Give life to your old outdoor chairs with some paint, from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs.

Are you ready for your summer party?

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Hello Style Spotters! I hope the holiday season is in full swing for you all, and that you’ve got time planned to spend with family and friends! If you’re like me, you haven’t even started thinking about gifts or decorating or all those holiday shenanigans yet–and that’s ok. I’ve pulled together a few last-minute options for you to take a look at.

 

I love this simple copper card tree holder tutorial from The Nest. It’s perfect for showing off all the cute cards you receive this holiday season while adding extra Christmas cheer to your home at the same time.

 

 

Want a new way to wrap all those presents? Take a look at these cute DIY wrapping paper ideas from Hello Natural. What a fun way to add a little homemade flair to an already awesome gift.

 

 

I have a horrible track record with mittens. It seems like the day after I get them, they get lost. For the mitten-losers out there, try this adorable sew-your-own tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. Find an old sweater and start sewing! Hopefully you won’t lose your handiwork (Terrible pun intended. Bear with me).

 

 

Last minute holiday party? Look no further. Try this awesome Colorful DIY Christmas Party guide from Paper & Stitch. Go wild with bright colors or tame with more traditional red’s and green’s. Either way, you’ll have a room your guests will be sure to remember!

 

 

And looking for that last-minute hostess gift? Try these etched wooden spoons from Design Mom to help them cook with style. Cheap, easy and fun, whoever you give them to will love them!

 

 

And there you have it! Enjoy the holidays, friends! See you next year!

Erin


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