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Darling Pink Peonies Picnic Birthday Party

 

Pink peonies are favorite, so I had to share this adorable picnic birthday party of little Mila I spotted on Pinterest.

pink peony picnic birthday party

How cute are the little gold crowns on each chair, fringe streamers and diy pinata letters spelling out the birthday girl’s name?!

Letter Pinatas - Birthday Party Ideaspink peony, citrus and gold metallic table runner #party

Love the little biodegradable  birch wood plates from eco-gecko topped with kumquats. And check out those gorgeous pink peonies in full bloom.

pink doughnut birthday cake

Donuts instead of cake or cupcakes? Why not.

drink table #picnic #birthday #party

At the end of the table a pair of drink dispensers from Pottery Barn are placed for guests to serve themselves. So simple.

pink and gold birthday partypink peony picnic birthday party table

 

Adorable right? For more images and links associated with this party, visit 100 Layer Cakelet!

happy entertaining,

cristin

*images by Jenna Elliot via 100 Layer Cakelet

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Read full story By on August 28, 2014 in baby and children, birthday party, Birthdays, color, craft, Entertaining, flowers, Parties, pinterest, tabletop

DIY Easter Ideas :: Pinterest

With the Easter holiday just a few weeks away (did it sneak up on you too?), I thought it was time to share some of my favorite DIY Easter Ideas spotted on Pinterest.

Easter egg pinatas craft - DIY #Easter Ideas

How cute are these DIY mini egg pinatas from Oh Happy Day?! Filled with candy, confetti or small trinkets, they would be great party decor as well as the perfect party favor!

gilded Easter eggs - diy Easter ideas

Using  metal leaf and washi tape, miss renaissance created some of glitziest Easter eggs around. I’ve gotta try this.

Easter bunny topiary craft - diy Easter ideas

Welcome Easter guests with this sweet bunny topiary wreath for the front door. The House That Lars Built used crepe paper, but boxwood branches works too!

pineapple easter egg craft - diy easter ideas

Pineapples are trending in home decor right now, so I was drawn to these fun Easter eggs. With a few eggs, green craft paper and bright yellow paint, Studio DIY crafted up these beauties in no time.

easter bunny placecard holders - diy #easter ideas

These gilded bunny placecard holders are a festive way to set the table for Easter brunch.  The Sweetest Occasion simply took plastic bunny toys, wire and gold paint to create them.  Love!

Inspired? Me too.

Find these and many more Easter ideas on my Easter and Spring Pinterest board!

happy crafting,

cristin

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Read full story By on April 4, 2014 in baby and children, craft, DIY, Easter, Entertaining, Holiday, holiday decor, spring

DIY Valentine’s Day Decor Ideas

Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day? It’s okay, you don’t have to be shy about it. I do too. Valentine’s Day decor, unlike Christmas or even Halloween, is more subtle. It’s simple, and not overdone. It also doesn’t have to be expensive. For example, how cute are these DIY conversation heart pinatas made by DIY Studio?!

DIY conversation heart pinatas // Valentine's Day

If you are up for a little project, I’ve rounded up several other really cute DIY Valentine’s Day Decor Ideas and am sharing them today over at Wayfair.

Cristin

 

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Read full story By on February 4, 2014 in craft, DIY, Entertaining, etsy, Holiday, Tips/Tricks, Valentine's Day, Wayfair

Free Valentine’s Day Printable for Pencil

For the last few years I’ve notice a trend in trading Valentines at my kids’ school. In almost every instance the Valentine included something sweet and I’m not referring to the look or wording. I’m referring to candy. My kids come home with tons of sweets. Although they are thrilled, it makes me wonder when did Valentine’s Day become Halloween? In an effort to reduce the sugar my children consume and their classmates, I’ve asked my favorite graphic designer, Ciera of Ciera Design to create a Valentine’s Day card that would hold a sweet, but sugar-free pencil. Here’s what we came up with…

free valentine's day printable - arrows and feathered pencils - simplified bee

So cute, right? Don’t you love the fun arrow and triangle patterns with pops of coral, pink and tangerine? To coordinate with the four designs, I ordered four packs of white pencils with special messaging in gold lettering especially for this project  -“XOXO”, “Oh Happy Day!”, “Your’re All Write By Me”, and my fave, “Love is All You Need.”

free valentine's day printable for kids // simplified bee

For this project you’ll need white pencils (messaging optional, but ordered here), although standard yellow would work too, scissors (a hole punch is also handy), a color printer and white paper (a heavier card stock works best) and the free PDF file.  White feathers and gold twine wrapped around the top of the pencil is optional.

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • download the free Valentine’s Day printable (PDF download here), print on white card stock paper and cut out (four cards per page)
  • using scissors or hole punch (this would be easier for kids), cut or punch at the marked lines
  • write in the “to” and “from” (gold marker looks great!)
  • create an arrow look by wrapping white feathers like this around each pencil and tying with gold twine (although adorable, this is time consuming and a more expensive option)
  • slide one pencil through the holes allowing the pencil message to be visible
  • that’s it! super easy right?

free arrow valentine's day printable  // simplified beefree valentine printable - pencil holder - simplified beefree valentine's day printable for pencil - simplified bee

I hope you like this Valentine’s Day project as much as I do!

Happy crafting,

Cristin

*all images by Ciera Design for Simplified Bee

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Read full story By on January 23, 2014 in baby and children, craft, Entertaining, Holiday, Valentine's Day