Tuesday, May 29, 2012

  
The Little Gentleman Baby Shower I hosted last fall was such a fun theme (and a big success!) that I decided to give it a spring makeover! The royal blue and orange color scheme I used on all the printables really pops against the bright white tablecloth and tissue decorations giving the whole party a preppy nautical look.

  I purchased these tissue decorations from The TomKat Studio but if you're crafty (and have the time!) they're pretty easy to make at home. My royal blue table runner adds a splash of coordinating color to the dessert table. Table runners are my new absolute essential for making a pretty party table! You won't believe the difference it makes!

  I love making simple treats to coordinate with my parties. This time I made cake pops using paper straws for sticks! (Unbelievably simple tutorial of how to make these cake pops coming soon- I promise!) Some tasty chocolate dipped marshmallows were dressed up with straw flags from the printable collection I created and of course I had to include my homemade cupcakes! A simple, but elegant, chocolate cake sits in the center of the table and the look is complete!
  XO Emily







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Sources:
Printable Party Collection: Emily Clinton, Emmy's Events
Tissue Decorations: The TomKat Studio
Blue Table Runner: Tablecloths Factory
Paper Straws: The Cupcake Social

Thursday, May 24, 2012



   Nancy Pfiefer from the outrageously fabulous A to Zebra Celebrations says, "The party may be over but the fun doesn't have to end!" She has started an all new online party resell shop called My Party Is Over!

  MyPartyIsOver.com is a classified ads site designed especially for party supplies and decorations. Membership is FREE and listing your new or gently used party supplies on the site costs just 49 cents. It's a great way to clear out all of the party goodies you have been saving or to pick up some beautiful party supplies for your next event. Some of the listed items are handmade treasures that are sure to bring personality to your party. Please check out My Party Is Over! and have fun shopping!!

  For more A To Zebra inspiration be sure to check out Nancy's A To Zebra Celebrations blog and become one of her Facebook fans to keep up with all the latest!

XO Emily


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Thursday, May 17, 2012




  I absolutely love dipped marshmallows! The supplies are inexpensive and easy to get and they can be made in a rainbow of colors to match your special event! Make them the day before your party so you can set them out and take in the applause on the day of.

Here's What You'll Need:

Marshmallows- I used Jumbo sized ones in the 4th of July display above and regular sized ones in the other photos.

Wilton Candy Melts

Lollipop Sticks, Toothpicks or Paper Straws

Sprinkles (if desired)


To Make Marshmallow Pops:

Microwave Wilton Candy Melts in a bowl. I usually do 30 second increments, stirring in-between until it's all liquid.

Push a lollipop stick into your marshmallow, being careful not to push it all the way through.

Dip your skewered marshmallow into the melted chocolate and then pull it out. Allow the excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl.

If you want your pops to stand up, like the ones I made for the Fourth of July dessert table, have a piece of foam ready to stick the pops in so they can dry. Otherwise have a sheet of wax paper ready to set the dipped marshmallow on.

If you'd like to glam them up with some sprinkles do it now while the candy coating is still wet. :)

Allow them to dry before serving. (I usually just put them in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.)

  Try making some of your own and please send me pictures of your tasty treats!
XO Emily
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012


  It's so easy (and I'm beginning to believe slightly addictive) to make one of these mini top hats! They're so cute on little girls but honestly I think that they're just as adorable on big girls too. I made the ones shown above as prizes for the games we played at The Little Gentleman Baby Shower I hosted. The guests were so great, they immediately put they on and wore the hats for the rest of the party!

  Follow the simple steps below to have your own fabulous hat in no time!

  First you'll need to purchase a mini hat from a doll supply shop or craft store. See sources at the bottom of this post. They come a wide variety of sizes and colors so you can get ones to match your special occasion! (I can't wait to make a Fourth of July one!)

  Hot glue small alligator clips or a headband to your mini hat. If you are using alligator clips it's best to put a small piece of wax paper in between the teeth of the alligator clip to keep it from gluing shut.

You'll also need some ribbon to make a band for your hat and to add rosettes. If you need some simple rosette instructions see below. :)


  Last you'll need to raid your craft supply for embellishments. Old earrings, buttons, beads make great details and they'll make your hat shine!

  Enjoy darlings! Wear your hat with pride and if you make one PLEASE send me a picture!!
XO Emily
  
      


Here's A Few Types of Rosettes....

Crinkle- Fold wired edged ribbon back and forth, accordion style, then hot glue to a 2" circle of card stock. Finish off your rosette with a rhinestone button center or even a little knot of ribbon.

Ruffled- Cut a long length of wired edged ribbon. Pull the wire edge on ONE side of the ribbon out about half an inch and fold it down so it won't slip back through. Hold the straight end of the hooked side of the ribbon in one hand and push the other side of the ribbon up with your other hand. Now, working in a spiral, hot glue the ruffle to a 2 inch circle of card stock. (This is the type of rosette on Ella's Christmas hat.)

Rolled- Tie a knot in a strip of fabric or ribbon. Hot glue the knot to the center of a 2 inch circle of card stock. (If you want a bigger rosette, use a bigger circle of card stock.) Then twist your ribbon or fabric and glue it to the card stock every so often. You can even twist two colors of ribbon together to make a custom look! Photos of rolled

      


 Layer ribbons to make a band to go around your hat.
I call this shape a "leaf" putting two of the together makes a heart and gluing four together makes a four leaf clover like on the St. Patrick's Day hats I made.



Beginning of rolled rosette....
Working in a spiral to create a rosette.









Sources:
Photo of Ella in Christmas hat by Julie Andress of Julie Andress Photography
Mini Top Hats- CR's Crafts




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