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12 Summer Party DIY Ideas

12 Summer Party DIY Ideas

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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

Friday Finds 12.19

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!


Mariam Naficy: Favorite Finds from Minted

Hi, I’m Mariam Naficy, founder of the art and design marketplace site Minted. It was so exciting to share my go-to entertaining tips with you in the September issue, and today I’m writing about a few of my favorite finds from Minted this fall.

1. This is the dayplanner I carry – I chose the very slim monthly planner version of this to plan and keep track of my monthly goals and I keep it with me at the office:

2. Here at Minted we’re already thinking about the holidays! Of the 4,103 number of holiday cards submitted in Minted’s sixth annual holiday card challenge, ‘Painted Triangles’ by Waldo Press was a personal favorite.  I love how the subtleness of the watercolor contrasts with the angles of the triangles.

3. I love how this Woodland Wreath ornament card by Kristie Kern for Minted doubles as a gift tag – write a note to your recipient on the back, and you have a holiday card and gift tag in one! It comes with ribbon included.

4. For the first time this holiday season, we’re offering styled recipient address printing and it’s free! The recipient’s name on this design almost looks like calligraphy and the pine branch is a nice, whimsical touch.

5. Minted recently launched foil-pressed stationery (my favorite product on the entire site) and these are the two designs (Arrow Head by Fig and Cotton Paperie and Wanderlust by Grace Cobb) by I’ve personally been sending out.

6. My daughter loves fairies and asked for a fairy-themed seventh birthday. We used these lovely Very Fairy invitations by Olivia Kanaley.


DIY-ify: Light-up Glitter Marquee Letters

This week’s DIY is inspired by the lovely carnival party I get to host with my friend, Moorea. We decided that a carnival party could NOT be complete without some Light-up Glitter Marquee Letters! They are very simple to assemble and they turned out great! I think these glittery letters would be an adorable little decoration for Valentine’s day. Maybe spell out the word “LOVE”? Ok, enough chit-chat. Let’s make these letters.


- foam core

- x-acto knife

- mod podge

- glitter

- string of lights

- letter printout (I recommend checking out to find some good fonts)


- Print out your letters. Place a letter on your foam core and cut it out with your x-acto knife. Tip: make sure you’re x-acto knife blade is very sharp. This will make cutting your foam core so much easier. When your letters are all cut out, use a pencil to mark the holes for your lights. Poke out the holes (from front to back) using either a pencil or your x-acto knife.

- Let’s add the glitter! Brush on one layer of Mod Podge onto a letter. Sprinkle a coat of glitter onto the letter (front and sides). Let this dry completely (about 1 hour). Add another layer of Mod Podge and glitter and let dry. Add little brushes of Mod Podge/glitter to spots that need a glitter touch up and let dry. To seal the glitter, add one more layer of Mod Podge and let that dry.

- When all your letters are dry, use a pencil to poke through holes, the glitter and Mod Podge.

- Let’s put the letters and lights together! Push the tiny string light bulbs through the back of the letter holes. They should be snug enough to stay. Repeat this step for all the letters, plug it in and enjoy!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. These letters are not meant for long term use (don’t leave the lights plugged in unsupervised).

Organize This: Holiday Party!

It’s the holiday season!  To many, that means gathering, celebrating and spending time with friends and family.  Organizing a festive party can quickly add to stress to the already busy season, however, with a few simple tips and planning you can plan and throw a soiree with a smile.


Make a List, Check it Twice


Just like many other organizing tasks, you can’t go wrong with a checklist when it comes to party planning.  In fact, multiple checklists can prove beneficial.  Neatly corralled in a binder, keep a list of your guests and their RSVP status, a cleaning checklist for your home, a beverage and meal idea list, a shopping list and a general “to do” list.


Prep the Bathroom

During the party, the bathroom will most likely be one of the busiest rooms in the home.  Give it a little extra attention by giving it a good scrub, adding a small vase of flowers, setting out fresh towels and ensuring that paper products are fully stocked.


Be Ready Year Round


Set up a small cabinet, drawer or closet in your home to house your party supplies year round.  This could include serving dishes, linens, trays, linens and decor.  Having everything in one place will prove to be beneficial when party day rolls around.


Hang It Up


When your guests begin arriving, they will need a place to hang their coats and totes.  Bring in a hanging valet or clear a spot within your entry closet, to easily store away your guest’s personal belongings.


Keep It Simple

Serving bite sized appetizers reduces the amount of dishes that will have to be washed once the festivities come to an end.  It will also allow you to do less cooking before hand.  Prepare one or two special or unique food items, and be OK shopping for or catering in the rest.  Gain extra credit points for adding decorative labels to your tasty treats.


Set Up Stations


Prevent over crowding at the food and beverage table by spreading things out.  A buffet with food options, a side table set up with desserts and a bar cart stashed with beverages.  To prevent from being hired on as the bartender for the evening, set out a drink recipe menu with your mixers so your guests can keep their glasses ready to give a cheer.


Help Your Guests, Help You

You won’t want to spend your evening cleaning up after your friends and family, the point of a party is to relax and enjoy your company.  You can set yourself and your home up for success by adding labeled trash and recycle bins in an easy to access area.  Dirty dishes can wait until after the party, however, keep your counters free of the aftermath by placing an empty bin for the dishes near the sink.  Be ready for spills and stains by keeping a few stain removal and cleaning supplies nearby in a portable cleaning caddy.


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DIY Halloween Swizzle Sticks

Hello! My name is Carrie – I’m the founder of lifestyle and DIY blog, Dream Green DIY. While there, you’ll find me up to my elbows in Mod Podge, spray paint and the like just about any day of the week. Like many of you, I am constantly evaluating the little things that inspire me on a daily basis. Can I make that? Is there a more affordable way to achieve a high-end look? And how can I use what I already have to bring a little flair into my everyday?

DIY Halloween Swizzle Sticks

Case in point, today’s simple Halloween DIY project. With the holiday weekend fast approaching, I’ve been brainstorming party-ready ideas that won’t break the bank. I doubt I’m the only one who has to keep to a strict budget this time of year, what with the gift-giving season just around the corner. So you can imagine how satisfied I was when my DIY Halloween Swizzle Sticks ended up costing less than $10. See below for instructions on how to make your own!



  • Plastic swizzle sticks (I pulled out the orange ones for this project)
  • Black pom-poms
  • Craft glue


  • First, grab a pom-pom and gently pull apart the fibers until you see the round center. Squeeze a bit of the craft glue inside.
  • Next, pick out one of the orange swizzle sticks and put another dot of glue on the end.
  • Push the end of the swizzle stick into the middle of the pom-pom, holding it in place until it doesn’t move when you gently let go. Set aside to dry for a couple of hours before handling any further.
  • Repeat until you have the amount of swizzle sticks desired.


This weekend project only requires about 30 minutes of hands on time, which, if you’re anything like me, is a blessing what with multiple priorities taking up any given hour. The other great thing about these fluffy drink accessories? They can be repurposed for just about any holiday. Try red and green for Christmas, blue and crystal clear for the New Year and any other combination for life’s little celebrations in between.



See the bonus recipe below for those tasty green concoctions. It’s nearly impossible to go wrong with this smooth, creamy, minty cocktail (with just a hint of rich chocolaty flavor!) come bash time.

Halloween Mintini

  • Godiva
  • Kahlua
  • Bailey’s
  • Creme de menthe
  • Milk
  • Green food coloring

Combine all to taste, add about 4 drops of the food coloring and pour into cocktail glasses. Pop in a DIY swizzle stick at the rim, and serve.

Cheers! -Carrie, Dream Green DIY

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