Green and Gold St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape

Wether you’re Irish or just Irish for the day, St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate. My daughter is 5 and loves to celebrate all holidays, big and small. When she recently asked me what we do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I was a little stumped. I told her that we wear green, but I felt like that was an inadequate answer considering that our family’s heritage does include quite a few ancestors from Ireland. I decided that we needed to make things a little more festive around our house for St. Patrick’s Day. I also teamed up with 8 other bloggers to share ideas for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Visit all of the blogs to explore different kinds of holiday inspiriation for everyone’s favorite day to be Irish. You can also enter the Rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of this post for a chance to win a $1oo Visa gift card. May the luck o’ the Irish be with you!

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Green and Gold St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape

To make my family feel special for St. Patrick’s Day, I styled a fun green and gold St. Patrick’s Day tablescape in our dining room. I wanted them to know how lucky I felt to be their mom and wife! A balloon garland, a quick centerpiece, individual Irish soda bread loaves, and printable cards at each place setting did the trick.

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For a simple centerpiece, I filled a gold basket with some small honeycomb tissue decorations and a paper clover garland I purchased at Target. That’s it! Nothing fancy, but it brought some great color and texture to the table.

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The balloon garland looks fancy, but it’s also fairly easy and inexpensive to put together. I admittedly have a bigger balloon collection than most people, so I had an assortment of different greens as well as gold and white balloons available. You can search for tutorials on how to make a garland using a balloon decorating strip like I did this time. Alternatively, you can save yourself some trouble and purchase a kit like the ones I love to use from One Stylish Party.

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Each place setting featured little details like a shamrock coaster that was really just a foam shape that I purchased in a pack from the dollar store. Personalized tent cards let each member of the family know how lucky I am to have them (download your free printable version below). Irish soda bread is one of my favorite traditional recipes that I remember my grandma making each year. I used her recipe and made them into individual loaves instead of the usual big ones. They looks so pretty wrapped up on each plate.

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If you’d like to use these place cards on your own table, you can download the free printable with 16 different version for husband, wife, son, daughter, friend, etc. Click here for your file.

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St. Patrick’s Day Blog Hop

Now go check out the 8 other bloggers participating in this St. Patrick’s Day blog hop and don’t forget to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a $100 gift card. I hope you’re inspired to create your own St. Patrick’s Day celebration for friends or family.

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Lucky You Party by Elva M Design Studio | Top of the Morning St. Patty’s Day Breakfast from Happy Family Blog | Lucky Me I have You! party by The Party Porch | Festive Holiday Breakfast from Giggle Home Furnishings | Shamrock Drink Station + Pinch Me Punch from Legally Crafty Blog | St Patrick’s Day Celebration from AK Party Studio | Follow the Rainbow Treasure Hunt + Pot of Gold Pancakes & Parfaits from Jolly and Happy | Lucky Charms Sweet Cart from Pretty Twinkle Party | Green and Gold St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape by a la Mo

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Glitter Pom Pom Ornament DIY

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Spread a little sparkle this holiday season with this simple, but effective, DIY ornament. This craft was easy enough for my 4 year-old to complete on her own, but it’s also an ornament I’d love to receive. Those are not two qualities that often go hand in hand!

This project was inspired by an article from Better Homes and Gardens that I found on Pinterest about dressing up plain Christmas ornaments. I love the metallic gold and silver that BHG used, but I switched things up to match my Holiday Preparation Party color palette of red, lime green, kelly green, and gold. A bright rainbow assortment of pom poms would also make a super happy and adorable ornament.

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Photos courtesy of Maria Healey Photography

Glitter Pom Pom Ornaments

– Clear glass bulb ornaments
– Glitter pom poms in assorted colors (make sure they are small enough to fit into the ornament opening)
Individual cupcake boxes, bakers twine, and tags for packaging (optional)

Directions:
  • Remove the metal top of the bulb ornament.
  • Stuff in as many glitter pom poms as you’d like. Leave some room or fill it up!
  • Replace the top of the ornament and add a ribbon for hanging. 
  • Hang on your tree or wrap up as a gift. I used individual cupcake boxes to package them and then tied with tulle or bakers twine.

The Bakers Party Shop + Expressionery Giveaway

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This post is sponsored by Laura Kelly, Bakers Party Shop, and Expressionery. I was given the wonderful product I worked with for this post, but all opinions are my own.

My love language is baked goods. It may sound a little funny, but if you don’t appreciate homemade cookies, cupcakes, or even banana bread then we may not be able to be friends. When I first started dating my husband he told me that he wasn’t excited about baked goods in general. Lucky for him I was able to convert him (ok, maybe I was just fueling his future sugar addiction). In any case, he appreciates when I bake for him now and he even requests his favorites occasionally.

Baked goods obviously make me happy, but a close second on my list of favorite things is confetti and its edible cousin, sprinkles. Bakers Party Shop dedicated the whole month of April to sprinkles earlier this year and declared it Sprinkle Month. Imagine my delight when they approached me to participate in a sweet campaign with them + Expressionery.com. They sent me a fun box of baking and party supplies and I also received the sweetest “Baked with a lot of Love” personalized, self-inking stamp from Expressionery.com. I was a little overwhelmed by the possibilities but decided to bake my Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes for a close friend that was celebrating her 30th birthday. She understands, and has always supported, my need to feed people my homemade treats. Clearly, she needed some tasty and festive cupcakes to help celebrate the big 3-0!

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I’ve always been a fan of baking cupcakes in these free-standing baking cups. They are the perfect size and you don’t even need a cupcake tin to bake in because they stand alone on a cookie sheet just fine. I’ve heard them referred to as nut cups, soufflé cups, and party cups. Bakers Party Shop has them in fun colors and this white polka dot pattern. These cups work well for snacks, ice cream, candy, and (you guessed it!) cupcakes. I’ve occasionally had guests be confused about how to “peel” this type of wrapper off of the finished cupcakes when it’s time to eat them. It can be as simple as digging right into the cup with a fork. For those that really want to remove the cup before eating I recommend pinching the rim with both hands and gently pulling out the pleats in the paper. Works every time!

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After topping my cupcakes with frosting and colorful sprinkles I wanted to package them up to present them as gifts. I used individual white cupcake boxes and dressed them up with ribbon and simple tags made with colored card stock, a paper punch, and my awesome personalized stamp from Expressionery. Not a ton of effort, but the result had a big wow factor. This kind of presentation is perfect for giving cupcakes as gifts, party favors, or sending dinner guests home with a sweet treat for later. I don’t think you’ll get any complaints about your delicious little gifts.

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I hope I’ve inspired you to try your hand at creative packaging for gifting your baked goods. The lovely ladies at Bakers Party Shop and Expressionery are offering a generous coupon code to save 25% in both shops. Use the code SUNSHINE25 now through June 28th to save on some great baking supplies and those fantastic personalized stamps.

You can enter to win a custom Expressionery stamp of your own + a $250 Visa gift card below.

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Also, be sure to check out how some other talented bloggers are using their Expressionery stamps and baking supplies from Bakers Party Shop.  


DIY Confetti Sprinkle Candles

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Of all of the sprinkles in the world confetti sprinkles are the best. It’s probably not fair to choose favorites, but I can’t help it. The candy colors and likeness to confetti just make me so happy. So when I came across this tutorial for birthday cake tea lights from Food & Femininity I knew that I had to make my own version with confetti sprinkles. They turned out really cute, if I do say so myself.

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I packaged my confetti sprinkle tea lights in sets of 4 to give as favors at a baby sprinkle. After slipping them into a self-adhesive cello bag I tied them up with coordinating bakers twine and added a sticker to the bottom of the package. They make an adorable favor or gift for a birthday, baby shower, or bridal shower. It would be easy to customize colors for your event by using sprinkles to match your color palette. Now that I tried out the confetti sprinkles my next move will be to customize tea lights with sprinkles for different holidays. I can just envision a Valentine’s Day version that would be so cute to hand out to friends and loved ones.

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Blow one out and make a wish!

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Confetti Sprinkle Candles

– white tea lights in metal cups
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– cello bags, bakers twine, and stickers for packaging (optional)

Directions:
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the tea lights on top. Depending on how many candles you are making, you might want to break them up into batches. I made mine in batches of about 2 dozen tea lights at a time.
  • Place the tea lights in the oven for just about 3 minutes. Watch them closely… the tops of the candles should be soft and melty, but all of the wax underneath should not be completely melted or the sprinkles will just sink to the bottom. If they get too soft, just let them firm up outside of the oven for a minute or two.
  • Scatter your confetti sprinkles on top of the candles. If it doesn’t seem like the sprinkles are sticking to the candles, you can always stick them back in the oven for 1 minute to soften the wax and embed the sprinkles.
  • Wait until the wax is firm again and then shake off any excess sprinkles.
  • Burn them yourself or package them up for favors or gifts!

Take & Make Bird House Party Favors for Kids

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What do you give kids as a birthday party favor when it’s a princess party but you have girls and boys in attendance? My answer was Design Your Own Royal Bird Castle kits. I was inspired by the take-and-make craft that Lisa of Sweet Pop Studio created for the Rainbow Wishes party that I was involved with earlier this year. I loved the idea of supplying a complete kit to make a craft at home. After all, I’m all about encouraging creativity and letting kids explore different mediums. It was also a big bonus that I wouldn’t be sending the kids home with candy or dollar store trinkets. Sweet treats are usually a big part of my parties, so I don’t feel like it’s fair to send them off with even more sugar.

When I saw the unfinished bird houses that resembled castle turrets, I was sold! It was just what I needed to tie in the princess theme while still keeping the craft gender neutral. For packaging, I purchased natural muslin drawstring bags and hand stamped them in a rainbow of polka dots to coordinate with our party. Each kit included the unfinished bird house, washable paint, glitter glue, a paintbrush, jewels, and garden embellishments. The tags were created by Phyllis, my partner in crime from Phyllis Sa Design.

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This craft could be great for a variety of ages, but ours were given out mostly to 3 year olds. If your guests are 3, you can expect the finished craft to look something like this:

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There are about a million different ways you could put this favor together. I’ll share what I did below, but know that many items are optional and there are others that could easily be included in addition. Most of my supplies were purchased at my local Michael’s Craft Store, but I’ve provided links for your convenience. Have fun with it and the kids will too!

Bird House Craft Party Favors

– 1 large natural muslin drawstring bag per favor (mine were 8″x9.5″ and I purchased them from The Everlasting Posy)
– acrylic or fabric paint
– wine cork
– cardboard or brown paper bag cut to fit inside the muslin bags
– 1 unfinished birdhouse per favor (Similar to these. I found mine at Michael’s for $1 each)
– 3″x4″ clear resealable cello bags (I got mine from Little Paper Things on Etsy)
crayola washable kid’s paint (I inculded 2 little tubs of paint per favor)
crayola washable pip squeaks glitter glue (1 per favor)
cheap kid’s paint brushes (1 per favor)
jewels or other embellishments
– tissue shreds or tissue paper
– coordinating ribbon or twine
– favor tags (Tags or other packaging elements can be designed to match any of our printable collections.)

Directions:
  • Insert cardboard or thick paper into your muslin bag so that paint won’t seep through both sides. Dip the round end of a wine cork into the fabric or acrylic paint and stamp circles onto one side of the bag to create a random polka dot pattern. Pull the cardboard out and repeat the process for the next bag. Repeat until all of your bags are stamped.
  • Stuff the 3×4″ cello bags with 1 glitter glue, 2 pots of paint, and an assortment of jewels and embellishments.
  • When the stamped muslin bags are dry, fill them with the tissue shreds, 1 birdhouse, a paint brush, and the bag of paint and embellishments. Cinch the bags and tie them closed.
  • Print, cut, and hole punch your favor tags. Use ribbon or twine to tie the tags onto the base of the strings on the closed muslin bag.

Berry Sweet Valentine Printable Tags

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I made you some berry sweet Valentine printables because I love you! And I just love Love. Valentine’s Day has always been a favorite day for me. The holiday has never really been about romance in my mind though… to me, it’s more about celebrating all different kinds of love and relationships.

This year I am celebrating my loving relationship with my clients and readers with strawberries! I was inspired by a recipe for strawberry fruit leather that I came across in a cookbook that I got for Christmas. And, hey, strawberries are red and kind of shaped like hearts, right?

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These cute Berry Valentine Tags can be used to adorn any strawberry flavored treats you can dream up or even just a small basket of the berries themselves. Fruit leather makes a naturally sweet valentine that will probably be welcome among all of the candy hearts and boxes of chocolates. To package them up like I did, see the instructions below.

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Strawberry Fruit Leather Valentines

– 1 recipe Strawberry Banana Fruit Leather
– Unbleached parchment paper
– Coordinating baker’s twine (I love this multi-color pack)
– Printable Berry Valentine Tags
– 2″ circle or decorative punch (optional)

Directions:
  • Lay your sheet of fruit leather on a sheet of parchment paper and cut it into 6-8 strips using kitchen scissors. Roll up each strip and secure with a small piece of tape on the parchment lining.
  • Cut a rectangle of parchment paper that’s large enough to cover the fruit leather rolls with about 2-3 inches overhang on each side. Roll the fruit leather up in the parchment rectangle and twist each side to secure. Repeat for the remaining fruit leather.
  • Print, cut, and hole punch the valentine tags.
  • Thread the baker’s twine through a tag and tie it around each fruit leather roll. Secure with a bow.
  • Hand them out to your favorite Valentines.

If you aren’t inclined to make your own fruit leather, the tags look equally cute on the store-bought version. These Stretch Island Fruit Co. strips work perfectly.

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Have a berry sweet Valentine’s day with the people you love! XOXO

Printable Banners: Crepe Paper Fringe Embellishment

Custom printable banners are adorable all on their own, but adding a little crepe paper fringe at the bottom makes them pop just a little more.  Cheap and easy are also great characteristics of this worthwhile embellishment.  In fact, it’s so easy that I hope I’m not insulting you by documenting the process in a tutorial.  You can use this method with any of our printable banners… I’d just recommend extending the length by an inch or so when cutting the banner tiles out.  I can also extend the tile for you if you’re ordering a custom design.  If you’re anxious to start blinging out banner tiles right this minute, the Halloween design pictured below is available as a free printable here.

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Crepe Paper Fringe for Printable Banners

– printable banner w/ square tiles (print & cut)
– crepe paper (one or multiple colors that compliment your banner)
– double stick tape
– fringe scissors (optional)

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Directions:
  • 1. Measure and cut 2 or 3 lengths of crepe paper to fit the width of your banner.  My banners are typically 5″ wide.
  • 2. Use scissors (fringe or regular) to cut slits into the first length of crepe paper, stopping 1/3 inch from the top on each cut.
  • 3. Repeat step 2 with each length of crepe paper you’re using.
  • 4. Attach your first length of crepe paper to the banner tile about 1/2″ from the bottom of the tile using a couple pieces of double stick tape on the uncut portion of your crepe paper.
  • 5. Attach your second length of crepe paper to the banner tile about 1″ from the bottom of the tile in the same manner.  Trim any extra crepe paper that hangs over the side of the tile.
  • 6. Repeat steps 1-5 for each of your banner tiles and then assemble the banner according to the provided instructions.

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Here is another banner that I embellished with crepe paper fringe. This time I used 2 colors of crepe paper and added a 3rd layer of fringe. Use my basic method and get creative!

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Chalkboard Party Favors for Kids

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Chalkboards and hand-lettering are a very popular trend that’s been popping up in weddings and parties lately. One of my newest party printable collections is inspired by this trend, so I want to share a fun DIY chalkboard favor idea that I put together for young kids.

Drawing with sidewalk chalk is one of my favorite activities to do with my daughter… I might even enjoy it more than her. I will admit that it’s hard to get too creative when she constantly switches her interest to the color I’m using at the moment. But it really should be about her exploring her creativity and not about me showing off my mad chalk painting skills. Right?  She’ll learn to share better some day.  Sigh…

These simple birthday party favors were inspired by my printable chalkboard collection and the fun times I have with my daughter with sidewalk chalk. They were created for a little boy’s second birthday party. Because there were 20 little toddler guests, we wanted to keep the costs for favors low while still having a great visual impact on the party table. Thanks to dollar store finds (the plastic flower pots and sidewalk chalk) each completed favor cost under $2. That’s not too shabby for an adorable personalized favor!

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Sidewalk Chalk Party Favors

– 1 small container per favor (check your Dollar Store for some great colorful options)
– sidewalk chalk (I used 4 pieces per favor)
– personalized chalkboard label stickers
– coordinating ribbon, cut into pieces long enough to tie a bow
– clear treat bags (I used these)

Directions:
  • Remove any unnecessary packaging from your materials.
  • Print, cut, and stick your chalkboard labels onto your containers.
  • Place the desired number of pieces of chalk into a treat bag and tie with a length of ribbon.
  • Put the packaged chalk into your labeled container.

Here are some other unique favors that would work well with any party for children that includes a chalkboard element. A few of them are DIY projects, but one is ready to purchase if you are out of time and/or energy or just have other priorities.

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1. Colorful Personalized Chalkboard DIY from Mandy at Harper’s Happenings. I’ve seen these unfinished chalkboards at Michael’s/Joann Fabrics/Hobby Lobby and you can paint them to match your party colors.  |  2.  Sidewalk Chalk Favors from a la Mo (see above!)  |  3.  Chalkboard Placemats come in a set of 4 from Uncommon Goods.  Break up the set and give one to each little party guest.   |  4.  Magnet/Chalkboard DIY  from Erin at Lansdowne Life.  Check out the little drawstring pouches she made to hold the chalk too!

DIY Number Photo Collage

Confession: I’m an insta-addict! I know I’m not the only one here, but sometimes I feel like I might be annoying even my most loyal Instagram followers. I’m sure they don’t mind my occasional photos of baked goods or pretty San Diego views… but the multiple daily photos of my toddler might bring some to hit the unfollow button. I used to be more self conscious about my addiction, but I’ve decided that I really don’t care anymore. I will admit that I used to post photos and then delete them immediately just so I could save the shots with the awesome filters without anyone knowing that I took photos of my kid and “edited” them in Instagram like it was my job. But I gave that up and surrendered to the fact that I can’t help it… the girl is cute! And I love knowing that these early years of her life are being well documented.

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At the beginning of 2012 I committed to a photo a day project with (surprise!) my little girl as the subject. Instagram became my tool of choice to share my photographic journey with my friends and family. Somewhere along the way my Grandma even joined Instagram so she could follow me. The end result of the project was a book containing all 366 photos, and its amazing to see my daughter’s growth and development unfold through those images.  My daily photo became a happy habit, so it was a no brainer for me to continue it into 2013.

(Disclaimer: These kid pics are on my personal account. I assure you that if you follow my a la Mo instagram account (here) that I will refrain from filling your photo stream with my child’s face.)

Even though I made the 2012 album, I still hadn’t printed any of my Instagram pics. While planning the decor for my little girl’s second birthday party I came accross an idea on Pinterest (a whole different addiction story) about making a number photo collage for a birthday or anniversary.  That was just the excuse that I needed to print out some of my Project 365 Instagram photos!  I found several online printers that now offer photo prints in the square Instagram format. As it turns out, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend the printer that I used, but Mom*Tog has a great write up about several printing options. She also has some great tips about Project 365 if you’re interested.

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Now, of course you can make a number photo collage with any size photos and they certainly don’t have to be Instagram prints. But I was going for a more organized (less organic) look for my collage. So I actually charted out the shape of a number 2 and calculated how many 3×3 prints it would take to complete. I love how it turned out, so I thought I would share the process with you. This free file is available to download and includes numbers 0-9 charted out for you to duplicate with square 3×3 photos on your wall! I hope you get to use this project for your next birthday or anniversary party and love the results.

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Download the free template here:

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Here are some helpful tips for creating your number photo collage:

  • The templates were designed based on using square 3×3 photo prints… the perfect size for all of your Instagram photos!
  • You will need blank wall space (or a large sheet of paper or poster board) of at least 45 inches high and 27 inches wide to properly display your single-digit number.
  • You should place the photos side by side so that they are touching. The spaces in the template were used to aid in visualizing each row.
  • I recommend using double stick tape to adhere the photos onto your chosen surface. If attaching them to the wall, consider using “permanent” double stick tape. Just be sure to test it out on a discreet part of your wall before trying it out in a more obvious area. Removable double stick tape might be best if using poster board or another paper surface.
  • After your event, place your photos onto pages of an album as you take them off of the wall.