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.


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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New Year’s Dream Board Party

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I’m a very visual person, so for several years now I’ve been piecing together an annual vision board to sum up my dreams for the year and keep them in a prominent place. If you’ve never gone through this process, I highly recommend it. You can find some helpful tips from Bri Geeski here. To keep my board focused, I also like to work around my one little word for the year. For 2017, I wanted to share the experience of creating my vision board with a few of the creative ladies that I’m lucky to have in my life. I arranged this New Year’s Dream Board Party for 6 of us to get together and plan for the year ahead. We chose our words, crafted our dream boards, and had so much fun in the process. As it turns out, we all agreed that it was a very relaxing experience. It was an opportunity to take a break from all of the holiday stress, focus on our selves, and have a little time with the girls.

My one word for 2017 is CREATE. I want to create art, opportunities, healthy habits, and strong relationships. I want to create a life I love, and the only person responsible for doing that is me! I feel like this word will empower me to make some important changes in my life. Other words that the guests chose were shine, happy, love, family, and dream.


Each guest got a notebook to write down their thoughts about their word and the focus of their dream board. I had 16×20″ framed corkboards available for everyone to use too. I asked them to bring any items or photos from home that they knew they wanted to include on their boards. We went through piles of magazines looking for inspiring images and words to use. My family’s holiday photo card was a big inspiration for the party decor and I also put it right in the middle of my board. We are sending out New Years cards this year, so that worked out perfectly. Everything I do is for that family, so it’s important to me to put them right in the center of the dreams that I have for my future.

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The event took place at The Mint Studio, a beautiful local spot for gathering and crafting. I don’t like to do things in a small way, so we had lots of pretty details to make the morning memorable. Don’t miss these highlights:

⁃ Colorful Balloon Garland that I put together using a kit that included everything needed. Simple to assemble and such a big visual impact.
⁃ Gorgeous food that we all really enjoyed. I adore the vibrant colors of that golden beet carpaccio. Yum!
⁃ Acrylic blocks with designs featuring the 2017 words of the year. Another beautiful reminder to stay focused on what’s important.
⁃ Bright floral arrangements featuring pomegranates and mandarin oranges.
⁃ Drink stirs that were personalized with each guest’s name.
⁃ Dessert! Custom cookies featured our chosen words and the cake tasted as good as it looks.

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I wish you and yours a beautiful 2017! Thanks for following along with my creative journey.

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Venue: Mint Studio | Styling: Party a la Mo  | Photography: Sarah Tolson Photography | Acrylic blocks, notebooks and New Years cards: Tiny Prints  | Food: Crudo by Pascal Lorange  | Cake: Jenny Wenny Cakes | Cookies: Southern Belle Specialties  | Floral Design: Blooming to Inspire | Balloon Garland: One Stylish Party | Cake topper and drink stirs: Jenn and Jules Designs | Candyfetti: Sweets Indeed | Guests: Katie of Just Add Sunshine, Phyllis of Phyllis Sa Design, Jayme of The Mint Studio, Jen of Jen Pacella Design


Oh Baby Sprinkle

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Styling events is such a passion of mine that I asked the hostesses of my own Sprinkle if I could be a little more involved than a guest of honor normally would be. I took some of the pressure off of them as far as the décor was concerned and they were able to focus on important details like food and entertainment. Regardless of how it all came together, we had a beautiful afternoon celebrating the upcoming birth of my second baby. I felt very loved and grateful for all the support I had as we prepared to meet our new little boy.

The watercolor elements seen throughout the sprinkle décor were inspired by the beautiful Oh Baby invitations designed by Lady Jae Designs for Tiny Prints. Working with the color palette of sea glass green and gray was an effective way to carry the simple theme from the tablescape, to the florals, to the desserts.


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Although I am an amateur painter at best, I attempted to create several of the watercolor items myself including the backdrop to the dessert table, painted paper fans, dip-dyed cloth napkins, and the circle garlands. It turns out that abstract watercolor painting is very relaxing for me and I really enjoyed it. The Oh Baby photo display included some more watercolor painting along with b&w photos of babies from many generations of both sides of our family. Perhaps those family photos gave the guests a glimpse of what our baby boy would look like.








Sweets are always a big part of designing an event for me. The dessert table for the sprinkle boasted a gorgeous, 2-tiered watercolor cake with white wafer paper roses. Little details can make such a big impact and I loved having the “Oh Boy!” engraved cake server and personalized napkins right by the cake. Hand-painted macarons and passion fruit cream tarts adorned with white chocolate pearls rounded out the sweet nibbles. Also, I can’t forget the monogrammed sugar cookies that served as edible place cards for each table setting. Function and beauty at their best!







One of my favorite elements at the sprinkle was the framed watercolor “You Are Loved By Me” painting that was lovingly created by my friend Mollie of The Prints and the Pea. The quote is shortened from a song written by a favorite children’s band of our family called Hullabaloo. The simple lyrics to the song can be summed up by, “You are good, you are strong, and you are loved by me”. Such a beautiful sentiment that I think all children should hear and believe about themselves.








Vendor Credits:

Décor and Styling – Party a la Mo  | Photography – Stills by Hill Photography | Cake – Hey There, Cupcake! | Decorated Cookies – NatSweets  | Macarons and Tartlettes – Jenny Wenny Cakes | Stationery and Home Décor – Tiny Prints | Dish Rental and Tablescape Design – Not My Dish | “You Are Loved by Me” Watercolor Painting – The Prints and the Pea | Florals – The Tiny Bloom | Engraved Cake Server/Baby Flatware – Sarmon Designs  | Oh Baby Balloon Garland – Studio Pep | 24” Balloon – Betsy White Stationery


Favorite Things Exchange Party Printables

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When Jenny of Craft That Party asked me to put together a printable package for her Favorite Things Exchange, I jumped at the chance. Her styling is beautiful and she made my stationery and decor look so great! I’ve been getting a lot of requests for this Favorite Things printable package in the past few weeks, so I wanted to share what can be done with it. The black+white element really pops and also pairs nicely with the sweet florals. Use this printable invitation to set the stage for your very own Favorite Things Exchange. Carry the theme throughout your party with the coordinating banner, straw flags, signage, and more.

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Favorite Things Exchange parties have gained popularity over the past few years and for good reason… they are so much fun! My girlfriends and I participated in an exchange over the holidays and I left with some amazing gifts. To learn more about how to host an exchange of your own and to see more of Jenny’s gorgeous party, hop on over to ediTORIal for the details. You’ll love this unique idea for hosting your next girl’s/ladies/mom’s night out.

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Party Vendors:

Photography: Allison Duda of A JOY Photography

Party Styling: Craft That Party

Invitation, Favorites Banner, Straws, and Cupcake Toppers: Party A La Mo

Tribal Garland, Favor Boxes and Tags: Piggy Bank Parties

Honeycomb Balls: Shop Sweet Lulu

Plates, Napkins: Birthday Express

Pumpkin Spice and Caramel Apple Cupcakes and Cakepops: Samantha’s Sweet’s

Floral Sugar Cookies: Bambella Cookie’s

Chocolate Covered Oreos: Bella’s Bakery and Bowtique

A Joyful Holiday Preparation Party

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My Holiday Preparation Party is all about putting the fun back into getting ready for the holidays. Tasks like the aforementioned holiday cards don’t have to be stressful. Gather a few friends and get to work early before the holidays get a jump on you. This year the Christmas cards will actually be addressed and mailed in time, the advent calendar will be ready on December 1st, and I’ll even have a few crafts completed for our home décor. The best part is that I got it all done while having fun with friends!

We kept the event small so that we’d have the time and space to get everything accomplished without it becoming too chaotic. I’d recommend inviting 2-4 of your close friends or family members. Tell them to bring along their holiday cards, address list, advent calendar supplies, and anything else they need to work on to prepare for the upcoming season. When you send out your invitations, you can also send a reminder to order holiday cards so that they’ll arrive in time for your party.

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Projects that we worked on during the party include:

  • Assembling and Addressing Holiday Cards: The envelope liners have been inserted, the cards have been stuffed, and the envelopes have been addressed and stamped! I had supplies on hand for everyone to use including fun pens, stamps, envelope sealers, foil seals, and extra postage stamps. It’s such a relief to have all of this done ahead of time this year.
  • Advent Calendar Prep: Our family has a Christmas book advent calendar where my daughter will unwrap a book each day that we then read together. Over the past few years I’ve collected 24 holiday-themed books from library book sales, thrift stores, and even some leftover from my childhood. Now they are all wrapped and ready to pull out when December rolls around. The personalized wrapping paper is optional, but such a nice touch.
  • Holiday Tassel Garlands: The Flair Exchange has ready-to-assemble tassel garland kits that are perfect for the holidays. Even your less-than-crafty friends can easily make a beautiful garland for their fireplace mantle or wall.
  • Easy Ornament Craft: Stuffing sparkly craft pom-poms into clear glass ball ornaments is a quick way to make a beautiful bauble for your tree. This is also an excellent craft to keep little ones busy if they’ll be around.

While we worked, we snacked on some easy-to-prepare appetizers, beautiful cookies, and gingerbread donuts. Sips included sparkling wine and a hot cocoa bar complete with sprinkle-rimmed cups.

It’s hard to pick favorites, but some of my favorite details were:

  • The Merry and Bright canvas studded with tiny white twinkle lights
  • Gorgeous flowers with painted gold succulent detail
  • Balloon-dipped champagne glasses
  • Garlands! The 3D globe and Christmas bulb garlands are such a great way to bring color into your décor for the holidays.

I hope you enjoy browsing through the merry and bright details below.

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I provided canvas bags for guests to take home their cards and crafts. What a fantastic start to the most wonderful time of the year!

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Vendor Credits

Styling and Printable Designs: Party a la Mo | Photography: Maria Healey Photography | Event Space: The Bash! Boutique | Floral Design: Dinah’s Floral Studio | Tassel Garlands and Confetti: The Flair Exchange | Holiday Cards and Home Décor: Tiny Prints | Cookies: Sugar Cravings | Custom Plates: Create UR Plate | 3D Pom Pom Paper Garland: Scissor Belle Garland | Makeup: Tres Belle

Rustic Pink Bridal Shower

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Shades of pink, pretty florals, and burlap dominate the decor in this Rustic Pink Bridal Shower. This post has lots of lovely inspiration for a bride that’s a little bit country. When I saw that our guest of honor showed up wearing the most amazing pink cowboy boots, I knew that her family had chosen the absolute perfect theme for her.

As you’re browsing through the photos below, be sure to notice some of my favorite elements from the shower:

  • Traditional tissue poms were mixed with handmade doily poms and a fun eyelet version. Create the eyelet look by using a hole punch on the ends of your folded tissue poms to create a pattern before you unfold and fluff them.
  • Small bales of hay made perfect risers for the food display on the table.
  • Custom printables really carried the theme throughout the party. Everything from the welcome sign at the entrance to the game cards for our version of “who knows the couple best?” was perfectly coordinated.
  • Pink burlap was a no-brainer for the handmade “Miss to Mrs.” glitter banner.
  • Guests went home with favors of EOS lip balms in shades of pink, of course. We wrapped them up in tulle and tied them with ribbon and a tag that said “Kisses from the Bride-to-Be”.

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Vendor Credits

Party Styling, Printables, burlap glitter banner, and papel picado banner: Party a la Mo

Super Friends: a 4th Birthday Party


My baby turned FOUR! I’m trying really hard to spare you the typical cliches about how quickly time goes, but I just can’t resist. Where has the time gone? How did 4 years, during which the days were sometimes impossibly long, disappear so fast? From what I hear from veteran parents the next 14 years will fly by at the same rate. All I can do is soak up the special and ordinary moments while enjoying each stage. Having a four year old has been pretty awesome so far and I can’t wait to see what the year brings for growth, learning, and adventures.

Our house is all princess almost all of the time, so imagine my excitement when my daughter started showing some interest in super heroes (Wonder Woman in particular). Nothing against princesses, but I loved this new focus on strong characters with confidence and unique abilities. I encouraged her to choose a super hero theme for her birthday party and was so happy that she was into the idea. We celebrated Callie’s big birthday with a Super Friends party complete with capes, masks, and a super hero training course.

There are so many fun details and I want to share them all with you. I hope you’re inspired as you browse through the photos and read more about this super hero party below.

Some elements you won’t want to miss as you scroll through the pictures are:

  • The custom wrapping paper from Tiny Prints that I used to wrap existing artwork on the walls. I love how this carried the theme through the house in an unexpected way.
  • Oversized (3′ x 4′) coloring sheet created with an inexpensive engineering print.
  • My printable designs on personalized plates from Create UR Plate for each of the Super Friends in attendance.
  • DIY T-shirt Capes
  • Custom fabric crown, cuffs, and ribbon for the birthday girl from Shawna Brockmeier Styled Events
  • Project poster board cityscape backdrop on the dessert table. “Gotham City” never looked so bright and pretty.
  • Gorgeous cookies! In my humble opinion, no dessert table is complete without pretty cookies and NatSweets outdid herself with these beauties.






























Its a bird… it’s a plane… it’s SUPER CALLIE!!

Big hugs and a huge thank you go out to all of my awesome vendors for helping make my vision for this party a reality. I couldn’t have done it without you.

Vendor Credits:

Party Styling, Party Printables, Glitter Banner, Cupcake Toppers: Party a la Mo

Photography: Stills by Hill Photography

Personalized Plates: Create UR Plate

4 Canvas Print, Personalized Pillows, Gift Tag Stickers, Custom Wrapping Paper: Tiny Prints

Custom Fabric Crown, Cuffs, and Ribbon: Shawna Brockmeier Styled Events

Fondant Cake Topper: Jenny Wenny Cakes

Decorated Cookies: NatSweets

Covered Oreos: Roni’s Sugar Creations

Candy Kabobs: Sweets Indeed

Balloon Wands and Mini Shield Pinatas: Handcrafted Parties

Gymnastics Course: Superstar Gymnastics

DIY Confetti Sprinkle Candles


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)

  • 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!

The Queen Bee Market

You’re invited! Please join me along with many other vendors at the Queen Bee Market in Oceanside, CA this Friday and Saturday, November 14th and 15th. This is my very first market and I am thrilled to be in the company of so many other amazing vendors. I’m also excited to do some shopping myself and meet a ton of my creative Instagram friends in real life!

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Until now I’ve only sold digital files of my inspiration boards and printable designs. This will be your very first opportunity to purchase tangible a la Mo products. I’ve been crafting away and I’ll have lots of handmade decor items available for purchase and many of them coordinate nicely with our existing printable collections. There are cake and cupcake toppers, banners, garlands, and some fully assembled printable collections for the holidays and New Years.

As a bonus for my QBM shoppers I’ll be offering a discount on services booked for any time in 2015. You can pay now to secure my availability (and your discount!) and then we can figure out the details as the date of your event approaches. What will you be celebrating in 2015? Engagements, weddings, babies, birthdays, milestones, graduations, housewarmings, anniversaries, holidays, everyday…

Follow along with my Queen Bee Market prep and get a peek at some of my product offerings on Instagram. I hope to see you at the market this weekend!

Take & Make Bird House Party Favors for Kids


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.






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:


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)
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– 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.)

  • 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.