Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Modern Floral Unicorn Birthday Party

I am so happy I can finally post this! This draft has been waiting to be finished for so long!

Since both my girl's birthday's are in  the same month and a week apart, we decided to celebrate their birthday together. My older girl was thrilled to share the birthday party with her baby sister! (Who turned ONE!) It was a perfect solution. Em's birthday is closer to the end of the month and usually right about when it turns very cold here in Virginia. It was def a win-win for us. We were blessed with 50 degree weather and I had less stress trying to plan two parties.

Em, my oldest girl, had one request: UNICORN PARTY. I saw this imagine on Pinterest and it went from there. (SEE my inspiration board HERE) I didn't go all out with this party, like I dreamed in my mind (always) but I did want to share the dessert table and some ideas if you want to do something similar!

I scoured the web for a horse/unicorn head wall mount because I had no confidence in myself that I could DIY that. After finally finding this decent priced one (on Etsy) I realized the shipping would take too long. Grr. So at that point it became another Do-It-Yourself.

I found this step-by-step paper mache tutorial and figured: How hard can it be? She makes it look soo easy. 

How wrong I was. I am not an artist. The features of a horses face doesn't come easy. I will not even show you the during pictures- they are that funny! My husband still claims he looks like a moose and I will not deny it. He is not at all what I wanted him to look like. It's like one of those Pinterest "Nailed It" images. haha. I was convinced I wasn't going to use it. But then after I spray painted him white, added a gold shiny horn (oh yes, this is very important) and some girly eyelashes, it magically transformed. The power of WHITE SPRAY PAINT is still going strong! :)

Floral Crown DIY HERE
  (Chalkboard made by my sister and her husband: Check out their Etsy shop! They only have a few chalkboards left!)

To make the eyelashes, cut two strips of felt (I used grey) about 2-3 inches long. Slice into it to look like fringe, being careful not to cut too high. Then gently tug at it to separate the "lashes". Attach with hot glue.

After that, it was a matter of hanging the horse/unicorn head and displaying it in a playful, girly way. I loved the idea of a wallpaper backdrop but since I don't have a wallpaper wall,  I covered a thin wood plank with craft sheets (18X18) that I got at Michael's. Perfect solution! (Watch for their sales! These were .20 each sheet!). I attached them to the wood using spray glue adhesive. This made it lay flat without any wrinkles and also gives me the option to take off the paper if I want to. I also hung up a chalkboard behind the head so it didn't look so small againsit the huge backdrop.

The ice cream cones dipped in white chocolate made for crunchy and oh so yummy unicorn horns :) Also, you must as a rainbow of some sort, right? 

PS. Those are kid friendly jello shots. Just, FYI. :)

It was a wonderful day, filled with family and joy. Getting all emotional thinking about how my baby girl turned one and my big girl is already 4! Their birthday's will be here again before I know it. No theme in place yet but I am sure my design director will inform me soon enough :)

 To make those goofy unicorn party hats for all your unicorn guests, here is the simple how-to, using thick cardstock paper:
Or add a pom pom on the top and you have a cute party hat in any print you can imagine!

Hope you all are enjoying the summer weather we are having here! Cherish those days before they slip away! I know I will be missing my boy as soon as he's off to school again!!

Thanks so much for reading! Would love to answer any questions you have! Until next time...

With Love,


Pssstt: See Em's Kitten/Puppy Birthday Party from last year HERE!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Summer Shorts: Gingham


I don't know what it is, but I am all about shorts this summer. The usual desire to wear dresses and skirts are just gone (for now) but I think it has lots to do with chasing around a busy (and FAST) one year old :) That being said, I also don't feel comfortable with the length (or lack there of) in shorts from the store these days. But what an easy DIY! My new favorite is the rolled up look. Bonus: No need to hem and super cute! No need for a sewing machine either. :)

I had thrifted these gingham capris a while back because I am so loving this print this year. Nothing says summer like GINGHAM! Ok, maybe picnics. And watermelon. And fireflies. :)
I also love the high-waisted look of these pants/shorts. The thrift store is overfilling with this style. Just take your pick of fabric pattern and you have a new pair of shorts!

 1. Have your pant/shorts/capris that you want to chop. This works for jeans as well!

2. Trim to your desired length plus about 2 inches. (Depending how fat of a roll you want) Make sure they are the same length on both legs.

3. Fold once. Fold once more.

4. Iron the folded part! This is an important step. It keeps the fold from unfolding.

Final Step: To also  keep the shorts from unrolling, I did a simple thread on the outside edge of the shorts using a needle and thread. Knot the thread, pull it through the inside to the outside, pull it back into the shorts and repeat 3-4 times. Than knot the back end and you're done! (Use a thread that matches so you can't see it)

Little behind the scenes: :)

Pack a picnic basket and go to your nearest park (or your backyard!) and enjoy the NOW. I have to make myself stop sometimes and just dwell and pause in the moments to remind myself to enjoy the kids. In the age they are right now. In the stages of discipline we are at RIGHT NOW. There might be tough things going on. You might be in a stage of waiting or a stage of praying or you might be in a praising stage. Let us enjoy the every moment..

Do you have a tried-and-true shorts DIY that you do every year? Would love to hear it!

Thanks so much for reading! Have a beautiful weekend, friends!

With Love,