Madagascar 3: Circus Themed Kid’s Party

{It’s been a while since I’ve posted on my blog. As we all know at times life can be hectic and pull us in other directions, however I’ve never stopped loving event decor nor have I stopped planning events or parties – I just haven’t had the opportunity to share with you in awhile. Keep an eye out over the next couple months as I’ve got a few events I’d like to share with you on the blog!} XOXO ~ Elvira 

Madagascar 3: Circus Themed Birthday Party

Those that have been following me for some time know that I go all out every year for my son’s birthday party. His 1st birthday was a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme, his 2nd birthday was a Jake & the Neverland Pirates theme, and for his 3rd birthday last year I went all out with a Madagascar 3 Circus themed birthday party! This year’s party was over-the-top, full of DIY projects, fun, wild, colorful, and full of sugary, sweet delectable goodies = guaranteed success.

As usual I made sure that I didn’t miss a planning detail or decor element and Natalie from Natalie Isabel Photography did an amazing job capturing all of the creative party details that you will see below.  After I decided on this year’s theme for my son’s birthday party, I went to work on creating the invitation.

madagascar 3 invitation



When it came to food, I decided to stick with the theme to start the guests were able to help themselves to salted shelled peanuts or buttery popcorn. When it came to lunch I  stayed simple and went with a hot dog and hot link bar with all the fix in’s, chips, and veggie tray.




The dessert table was my pride and joy, I’m just surprised I was able to keep all the guests at bay until it was time to enjoy the delicious goodies. The dessert table consisted of the following tasty goodies: Cracker Jacks, cotton candy, animal crackers, bundtinis (lemon, red velvet, chocolate, and white raspberry flavors), cake from Albertson’s. I created a Circus backdrop with pinwheels for the table, a birthday banner, tassel garland, a painted decorative tub, colorful circle cutouts, decorative tags for all the items, and a yellow fringe swag to go across the cake. The favors were adorable large lollipops I got from the 99 cent store adorned with creative stickers I made on Moo to fit the circus theme! (Click on the photos below to view a larger detailed picture.)



Other decor and DIY projects besides the dessert table were the centerpieces (birthday hats, balloons, mini gum ball machines, Madagascar cutout, colorful circle cutouts, Madagascar confetti), hanging window and door fringes, Madagascar 3 birthday sign, flag bunting, food place cards, photo booth backdrop, photo props and sign, framed signs for the balloon artist and makeup artist, framed Madagascar, & wood welcome sign! Also, there is one more important detail that really turned the party space into a circus theme and that was the colorful and affordable beautiful linens from Linen Tablecloth! From the pumpkin round table cloths for the guests table, to the vibrant red, to the gorgeous ivory linen tablecloths – it really brought my party to life! (The really do offer quality linens at very affordable prices, I encourage you to consider using them for your next event.)




Since January weather is always unpredictable in southern CA, I decided to book an inside venue.  However, my challenge was how do I entertain 25 kids indoors without going crazy and running around like a crazy lady! So, I made the best decision ever and decided to hire entertainers for the birthday party. I hired a local children’s entertainment company called Creative Parties for an hour. Lisa, the owner, was great to work with – flexible, personable, creative, experienced, and caring. She was really great at listening to my needs and wants for the party and deciding upon great entertainers and entertainment that were a perfect match for our circus themed party. We had 3 party entertainers show up – a clown, lion, and helper with a top hat. These entertainers were awesome and the kid’s loved them from the beginning! They sang songs, played games, did activities, and kept all the kids and even some adults entertained for an hour, ending with pictures and a birthday song for the birthday boy. I am really glad I chose Creative Parties – they definitely made the party a success.

My other great entertainment choice was hiring an amazingly talented balloon artist and face painter duo. Don from Don’s Twisted Balloons came by referral and I’ve got to admit that he is one of the most talented balloon artists I have ever seen. He does the most creative and difficult balloons and the kid’s loved them! What I also love about Don is that he comes with a big board of balloon options, which makes it easy for the kid’s to pick and choose there favorite. I am happy to report that all kids got at least one balloon and it was a complete hit at the party. Don’s partner, Erin from is an excellent face painter and also did some fabulous artwork on the kid’s and a couple of adults that jumped in line. The kid’s loved the entertainers, mommy got a break for a while, and everyone was happy – I couldn’t of asked for more. I am so happy with my decision to hire the entertainment and would hire these folks again in a heartbeat!


After reviewing all these fabulous photos and party details, I’m sure you could confidently guess that we had a BLAST at this Madagascar themed birthday party!! As always, I enjoyed putting every beautiful detail together and LOVED seeing it all come together beautifully in the end! Here are a couple of pictures of the hubby and I with the birthday boy – it’s all worth the smile on his face!






It was one “Circus” of a party if you ask me! If you would like some help in transforming your party (birthday, bridal, bachelorette, baby shower, anniversary party, etc.) into a FABULOUS event riddled with amazing decor and a creative theme, don’t hesitate to contact me as my talent is definitely for hire!


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DIY Mommy to BEE Baby Shower

DIY Bumble Bee Baby Shower

Baby showers are such a joyous occasion! The mother-to-be is pampered, showered with gifts, and surrounded by loved ones celebrating the highly anticipated arrival of a precious bundle of joy. Today’s featured DIY baby shower is so adorable, full of lovely DIY projects, and definitely the bees knees.

This DIY Bumble Bee baby shower was created with love by Joanna & Lydia for the mommy-to-bee who loves Bumble Bees and simple colors such as white, light gray and yellow. With simplicity, elegance, and a brunch in mind the planning duo found an awesome venue and went to work on creating the bumble bee inspired décor.

The classic, elegant centerpieces were styled with white hydrangeas and adorned with twine holding tiny bees wrapped around the vases. Little white frames held simply decorated table numbers. The favors on the table included mini honey jars and a bee muslin bag held the silverware.

baby shower centerpieces

The dessert table was a focal point containing giant letters spelling out BABY were made from foam board and tissue squares glued onto the letters. Adorable hand made poms made from white and yellow tissue paper were decoratively placed throughout the private room. The “It’s a Boy” bunting made from silver letters and different colored papers added to the bumble bee ambiance. Delectable treats like golden Oreos with yellow filling, bumble bee imprinted Oreo cookies with yellow filling, and homemade turtle pretzels with yellow and chocolate details and an edible Bee embellishment filled the dessert table.

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sign & cookies

The rest of the bumble bee decor included a fun baby shower bingo with a bee embellishment, a framed baby shower announcement, a creative guestbook (Mommy to Bee’s favorite childhood book), and a memorable game called “What should the Name Bee”. where the mommy-to-be selected her favorite name and the guest who wrote the name received a Burt’s Bee’s gift set as a prize.

sign invite
baby shower guestbook
Vendors: Event Hosts – Lydia Seno & Joanna Fiaccato | White hydrangeas – Windy City Flower Girls | White hot chocolate & Chocolate/Vanilla Coconut cupcakes- Crumbs Bakery | Bumble bee & bee hive cookies- Sincerely Kira 

A little bit about one of the baby shower planners: Joanna Fiaccato
I am 28 years old, married for just over 2 years.  I love throwing parties and planning events.  I planned my wedding from start to finish as well as my mom’s and sister within the past two years.  I have a beautiful home and love to entertain.  I manage a wholesale gift company as well as work part time for a promotion company where I get to plan and execute events.  Party hosting is currently just a hobby of mine but you never know what the future holds.

I hope you enjoyed this DIY bumble bee styled baby shower and if you love this idea and are looking for more bumble bee inspiration, then you’ll want to check out these two Bumble Bee inspiration boards! This baby shower definitely shows that you don’t have to spend a lot of money planning and decorating an event and sometimes simple just takes the cake!

For more lovely and creative inspiration, please join me on Pinterest:

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Mermaid Birthday Party

Mermaid Themed 3rd Birthday Party

One of my talented dear friends just celebrated her daughters 3rd birthday party last month. Marsinah (from Blushing Pearl) did an amazing job styling this super cute and adorable birthday party – perfect for a little mermaid. Believe me when I say that this under the sea mermaid themed birthday party was full of creative details and I won’t tease you any longer with the suspense – check out the photos below and let us know what you think?

Here is the initial inspiration for the party – a lovely invitation Marsinah created for her daughter’s mermaid birthday party:




The Mermaid Birthday Girl



Mermaid Centerpiece



Mermaid Decor Details


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Gift Bags


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Cake Pops



Creative Activity for the Kids




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Cake Table Decor


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Mermaid Photo Props


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Mermaid Photo Props


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Mermaid Photo Props

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The Party was a Success – a Happy Birthday girl!

{Vendors} Photo Backdrop, invitation, cake pops, favor bags – designed and created by Marsinah from Blushing Pearl | Cake topper & Sea Creatures – designed and created by A Paper Playground | Paper Poms – created by Pomtree

What I love about this party is that there were just enough details to pull off the mermaid theme but she didn’t break the bank to bring this sea dream to life. The color theme was fabulous and I adored the crepe paper/streamers backdrop and props for photos! (If you can’t afford a photo booth, this is a great alternative!) What was your favorite detail? What inspiration did you get from this party? What creative ideas do you have to fit this theme? Leave me a comment below – I’d love to hear your ideas and feedback!

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10 DIY Christmas Decorations + Giveaway


10 Gorgeous DIY Christmas Decorations + Giveaway

Its the most wonderful time of the year – yep my FAVORITE time – Christmas!! Last year I put together some awesome DIY ideas in a 2 part post for delicious food and libations (DIY Holiday Dinner Party – Food & Drinks) AND amazing DIY decor ideas (DIY Holiday Dinner Party – Decor). This year I’m going to share some awesome DIY Christmas decorations that I have found across the web and Pinterest, PLUS I’ve got an amazing holiday giveaway for you as well!

{DIY Christmas Decorations} Here are a few of my favorite DIY Christmas Decorations I found. You’ll be sure to save some money this year by creating these beauties – no need for costly store decorations! For more inspiration, follow my DIY Christmas Decorations board on Pinterest.

DIY christmas decorations

DIY Glitter Pear Ornament by A Pumpkin & A Princess | DIY Christmas Trees by Little Inspiration


DIY mantle decoration

DIY Gold Leaf Pine Cone Garland featured on Sweetest Occasion | DIY Merry & Bright Mantle Decoration by The Lovely Cupboard


DIY Christmas decorations

DIY Lamp Christmas Decoration by Blissfully Ever After | DIY Waterless Snow Globes by Tidy Mom


DIY tissue pom pom and wool wreath

DIY Tissue Paper Pom Poms by Tara Dennis | DIY Wool Wreath by It’s Overflowing


DIY twine garland

DIY Bakers Twine Garland by Lolly Jane | DIY Twine Lanterns by Anthology Destination



I have the pleasure of hosting a giveaway for a beautiful Christmas collection from the talented Marsinah from Blushing Pearl! You will fall in love with her lovely collection we are giving away. One lucky winner will win the following: 6 Folk Christmas Letterpress cards, 8 Cozy Knits Letterpress Printed Gift Tags, & 4 Gingerbread Dear Santa Letterpress Printed Flat NotesThis is a perfect collection for the upcoming holiday season!


{How to Enter}

1. Share this giveaway on Facebook with the following message:

@3dmemoirs and @Blushing Pearl design + letterpress are teaming up for this amazing holiday giveaway. For a chance to win check out for more details!

Then come back and comment below letting us know you shared this on Facebook.


{For additional entries}

1. Tweet this post using the SHARE buttons at the bottom of the post with the following message:

@3dmemoirs & @blushingpearl have an amazing holiday #giveaway! Details on!

Then come back and comment below letting us know you shared this on Twitter.

  2. Follow 3D-Memoirs & Blushing Pearl on Facebook (3D-Memoirs & Blushing Pearl design + letterpress), Twitter (@3dmemoirs & @blushingpearl), & Pinterest (3D-Memoirs & Blushing Pearl) and then come back and leave a comment for each social media stating that you are now following us. (Each social media follow for both of us is 1 additional entry. A total of 3 additional entries.)

Our winner will be chosen and announced on December 10, 2013 on 3D-Memoir’s Facebook page! One exciting last detail, Marsinah is offering all 3D-Memoirs readers a special discount code for 15% off your entire purchase in her shop until 12/18/13: CHEERS13. Rush on over and take a peek, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with something!

{DIY Christmas Inspiration}

This year I wanted to do a DIY Christmas decoration inspiration shoot, but I just couldn’t make it happen due to time constraints. So as a final takeaway, I wanted to share with you my DIY Christmas Floral Centerpiece that I made for less than $10. I bought the silk flowers, vase, ribbon, and gold Christmas trees from the Dollar Tree and I used pieces from old pinecones as the vase filler and the remaining pine cones as decorative pieces. I hope you like my creation!

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DIY Baby Shower Candy Buffet

DIY Baby Shower Candy Buffet

Oh sweet baby! This past weekend I put together the most vibrant and gorgeous candy buffet table for a baby shower. Filled with DIY projects, this creative candy buffet was a hit with the guests! I loved the final product so much that I couldn’t wait to share it with you. I hope that it provides you inspiration for your next baby shower or candy buffet.

The inspiration for this candy buffet came from this adorable Pink Safari baby shower invitation from Party City.

babyshower invitation

I loved the invitation because it shyed away from the ordinary by encompassing a fuchsia, pastel pink, white, and black color palette plus 2 different patterns – zebra print and leopard spots. I knew this was going to be a fun challenge for me to combine these various components together cohesively in a beautiful candy buffet.

First I searched around for appropriate “candy jars” and decided to go with a variety of different shapes, heights, widths, and sizes. I purchased vases from Walmart, Dollar Tree, and Michaels since I found them to be the best retail options. (I also purchased some from a wholesaler I have membership to called Shinoda’s.) DIY alert: To add additional height to 2 of the cylinder vases, I simply purchased a glass candlestick holder from the Dollar Tree and glued it to the base of the vase. For added accents, I bought various ribbons matching the theme colors and patterns and hot glued them to the vases. (The best way to do this is to tape one end of the ribbon to the vase, wrap it around and then hot glue the other end of the ribbon to the overlapping ribbon base. This way you can always pull off the ribbon and reuse the vase for a future event.)

Note: remember when you are looking for vases for a candy buffet you don’t want to get anything with a skinny neck that would make using tongs or a scooper difficult for your guests to grab the candy. 

Next, being a big DIY fan as you know, I decided to make a tissue paper tassel garland and make the banner, instead of purchasing one. Thanks to HGTV’s DIY instructions I was able to pull off a beautiful complimentary tissue paper garland tassel for the candy buffet table. It is really easy to make, cost effective, and a gorgeous decoration addition to any event or themed table. I am sure this won’t be the last one you see from me. :)

 tissue paper tassel garland

For the banner I came up with a creatively cute idea, instead of the typical “It’s a Girl” or “Baby Shower”, I came up with “Oh Sweet Baby”, which I thought was the perfect word play to tie together the event and the candy buffet. I made the letters on my computer, cut them, and then adhered them to patterned scrapbooking paper. Then I punched holes in the top and strung ribbon through each letter. It came out beautifully and was a perfect addition to the backdrop for the candy buffet table. Lastly, adding a few paper pin wheels from Party City along with the banner made for an amazing backdrop.

baby shower banner

A huge plus for this gorgeous candy buffet were the fitted white rectangular linen and the fuchsia table runner from Linen Tablecloth. The quality of the linen was amazing and elegant plus it just looked so much better than a paper or plastic tablecloth would have. The satin table runner had the perfect brilliant fuchsia color making everything on the table pop! At only $2.39 it is a steal of a deal! I really do recommend purchasing linens from Linen Tablecloth because they are really affordable (usually cheaper than renting) and they provide quality linen that you can re-use over and over again. If you don’t believe my raves then head over to their site – read the reviews and try for yourself!

Last but not least, in addition to the candy I added elements like fuchsia boa’s from the Dollar Tree, extra tissue paper tassels, a picture frame, small vase with carnations, candy scoopers, and matching favor bags from Party City with Thank You stickers. Take a look at how it all came together beautifully! (Make sure you check out my tips for pulling off a beautiful candy buffet table below.)


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DIY candy buffet

DIY candy buffet

DIY candy buffet


DIY candy buffet

baby shower candy bags

diy candy buffet table

For my first candy buffet table I was really blown away with the results once I was able to visually see everything blend together beautifully. I encourage you, especially my DIY readers, to do a candy or dessert buffet and share the photos with me, I’d love to see your creation and I’m always looking for beautiful content and DIY projects to share on the blog! Please contact me if you have something you think would be perfect to share on 3D-Memoirs!

Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment below! I’d also love it if you could be so kind as to PIN the photos on Pinterest and/or share the post on FB or Twitter! Also, if you didn’t know 3D-Memoirs is now on INSTAGRAM! Follow me @3DMemoirs for lovely wedding inspiration, party ideas, and more DIY projects! I look forward to connecting with you soon!

Here are a couple of tips for a successful candy buffet table:

  • Add height and depth by utilizing various vases/jars, staggering on the table, and/or adding decorative boxes or crates for some of the vases to sit on
  • Make sure you buy enough candy to fill the vases/jars at least 3/4 of the way
  • Add fillers to the table that matches the theme of your occasion (i.e. crystals, toys, flowers, feathers, etc) 
  • If you have a 6 ft table you’ll probably need 12-15 vases/jars for it to look full and complete
  • If you can get candy that fits your color palette it always looks awesome but it is not a requirement
  • Don’t forget the scoopers, tongs, or favor bags for your guests 
  • If it is going to be outside and it’s a hot day, it is best to avoid having chocolate
  • Use a table runner, garland, backdrop, banner, tags, or decorate the vases to add beautiful touches to your table

If you love my work and would like to see more, please check out my portfolio. If you are interested in hiring me to plan or make decor for your next event, please email me at 3DMemoirs{at}!


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Elephant Baby Shower

Elephant Baby Shower Inspiration Board

For this week’s Inspiration Board Tuesday I decided to put together an inspiration board for a lovely elephant baby shower! I love the use of elephants as a focal piece for a baby shower because they are super cute and not overused – they can be made to look cute and cuddly in various colors and patterns as you’ll see below. The awesome thing too is that this theme can be used for a boy or a girl!

When it comes to selecting a color palette it is most common to go with pink (for girls) and blue (for boys), but with summer around the corner I thought it would be creatively thinking outside the box plus more fun to go with a vibrant blue and orange color palette for this elephant baby shower.
Elephant Baby Shower Collage

{Photo Credits: Table Setting featured on On To Baby | Fabric Rag Tie Garland featured on Kara’s Party Ideas | Elephant Invitation featured on Chic & Cheap Nursery | Elephant Cake by Rachel’s Cakes | DIY Elephant Favor Bag by Plain Jane | Elephant Banner by Paisley Greer}

As you can see from the inspiration board the decor can be simple yet beautiful. Buy or make some sort of banner or garland to hang, use simple centerpieces such as flowers/plants, bring out the color palette with the linen and paper products, tie in the theme with the cake and favors, and line up some fun games! It’s always nice to add some decor elements such as elephants in a picture frame or elephant cutouts on the table to add to the overall theme.

Some other creative color palette options for this elephant baby shower theme would be gray and blue, charcoal gray and white, yellow and gray, light green and turquoise blue, fuchsia and pink, yellow and pink, green and white, green and charcoal gray, red and turquoise blue, black and white with gold accents, and purple and gray.

SHARE WITH ME: What did you think of this elephant baby shower inspiration board? Do you have any creative ideas to add that would make this an awesome party?

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NEW SUBMISSIONS: I am looking for new submissions! If you have a DIY project/tutorial, creative ideas, or decor for an event you did, I’d LOVE to hear from you! It’s easy – find the details here! Remember, sharing is caring!

Make sure you come back next Tuesday for the next Inspiration Board Tuesday, where I will share inspiration and amazing finds around the web for a new theme and event.

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Garden Party Kid’s Birthday

Garden Party Birthday for Kid’s

Planning a kid’s birthday party? Let them have fun in the dirt while teaching them about plants and flowers – let them connect with their “green thumb”. Can you tell that I enjoy and appreciate Spring and all that it has to offer? I think that this is a very creative and fun birthday party theme. For fun, why not let the kid’s plant seeds or a potted plant in your yard; show them some of the good and bad garden bugs, pass out planting pot favors filled with a shovel, seeds, gardening gloves, and other goodies; show them various flowers or fruits and vegetables in your garden – explaining the process from seed to growth and how to care for them; let them paint flowering pots for fun; and develop a light menu full of healthy and creative bites like the samples you see below!

Garden Party Collage

{Photo Credits: Fruits & Veggies featured on Pillow Thought | Earthworms & Flower Pot Place Settings by Frog’s Prince Paperie | DIY Cake Batter Bark featured on Delaney Family Blog | DIY Potted Pinwheels featured on Better Homes & Gardens | Happy Birthday Banner featured on Hostess with the Mostess | DIY Garden Party Invitations featured on Pottery Barn Kids}


SHARE WITH ME: I hope you found some awesome inspiration in this post for a kid’s birthday party! What did you think of this creative kid’s birthday party idea? Do you have any ideas to add that would be perfect for a garden birthday party for kids?

SHARE WITH OTHERS: We LOVE our readers and enjoy making new friends! If you like this post, then I’m sure your friends will too! Simply use the SHARE button below and share on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google +, Pinterest, Stumble, and via email!

Just so you don’t miss any future Etsy posts, please subscribe to our RSS feed and emails! See you next week and please INVITE A FRIEND!

Also, if you haven’t already connected with 3D-Memoirs on Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest–just click on my social icons in the upper right-hand side of the blog–it’s that simple!

NEW SUBMISSIONS: I am looking for new submissions! If you have a DIY project/tutorial, creative ideas, or decor for an event you did, I’d LOVE to hear from you! It’s easy – find the details here! Remember, sharing is caring!

Make sure you come back next Tuesday for the next Inspiration Board Tuesday, where I will share inspiration and amazing finds around the web for a new theme and event.

Copywritten – Elvira DeCuir

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DIY Friday: DIY Spring Wedding Tutorials

DIY Wedding Tutorials

For today’s DIY Friday I decided to share some of my favorite Spring wedding DIY projects and tutorials featured on one of my favorite DIY sites – DIY Weddings Mag!  These DIY wedding projects are PERFECT for a Spring wedding! (Click on the photos below to be taken to the DIY tutorial.)


DIY Billy Button Centerpiece

DIY Billy Button Centerpiece


DIY Terrarium Place Cards

DIY Terrarium Place Cards


DIY Tin Can Table Numbers

DIY Tin Can Table Numbers


Persian Cotton Candy Favors

Persian Cotton Candy Favors


DIY Personalized Signature Drink Escort Cards

DIY Personalized Signature Drink Escort Cards


DIY Flower Wrapped Favors

DIY Flower Wrapped Favors


Here is a creative way to ask your Bridesmaids to be a part of your special day:

Will you be my bridesmaid?

This week I kept it short and sweet! What did you think of these DIY tutorials? Anyone else excited that it is Spring and Summer is around the corner? What would you like to see for future DIY Fridays?

Don’t forget to stop by in 2 weeks for the next DIY Friday post – you’ll love the DIY inspiration I’ll be sharing with you! 

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DIY Friday: Spring Dinner Party

DIY Spring Soiree – Dinner Party

Want to have a Spring soiree with a few of your close friends perhaps in the comfort of your home or undeneath the beautiful stars? Today I am sharing a few DIY projects and tips for an intimate springtime evening dinner party! For this post I am going for grown and sexy, simple yet elegant!

1. Dinner Guestlist

Decide on your guest count and put together your invitee list.

2.DIY Invitations

Decide on the dinner party details – location, date, time, and theme, if any. Then find a creative way to share the deets about your event – here are a few examples:

Be “old-fashioned” and personally handwrite invitations to each of your guests on lovely paper like this from the Paper Source:



Or you can use some creative fonts that fit your theme and simply print your invitation on lovely paper!

Another inexpesive option that I am a HUGE fan of is buy a lovely personalized printable DIY invitation (jpg) from an Etsy vendor like this one from Trinity St. Studio:


3. DIY Decor

Decide on the ambiance and your decor for your dinner party. (In the DIY examples below I am going for a romantic spring-like ambiance.) Take a look at these inexpensive DIY projects for decor:

Save your wine or beer bottles and buy candlesticks from the Dollar Tree. DIY instructions from Happy Mundane here:

Candlelight centerpiece

DIY Flowers & Candlelights Centerpiece : DIY Instructions from My New Place here:


If you wanted to add a little bit of color, then try something like this wear you either buy color vases or paint your own and add flowers and succulents as shared on Little Miss Momma:

colored vases

For decor you can buy elegant premium plastic dinner ware products from Party City or from the Dollar Tree:

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Buy affordable beautiful table covers from Party City or elegant linens from Linen Tablecloth! Buy or make your own table runners to add some pizzaz or use your favorite scrapbooking paper as a place mat for each dinner set.


4. Personalized Favors

Do something simple or even something grand, this isnt required but a special touch. You can offer something edible or useable that you make. Here is a lovely creative idea I found on HGTV – infused sugars (you can find these containers at Michaels and choose to personalize them with your guests name):



Or how about a beautiful personalized “green” gift like this one featured on Design Sponge:




5. DIY Food and Drinks

Food – go for a food bar like taco bar, sandwhich bar, burger bar, baked potato bar, chili bar, grilled cheese bar, etc. You just want to pick something that is cost effective for the quantity of guests but is also fulfilling and offers a lot variety – this is the fun part for your guests, to actually pick their toppings! Here is an example of a baked potato bar shared on Lucy Dylan Weddings:

potato bar

Dessert – since you are going with the food bar, you can also add a dessert bar with a myriad of desserts or focused on one particular item – cheesecake bar, ice cream bar, fruit bar, fondue bar, cookies bar, cupcake bar, etc. If you want to keep the dessert simple – make your favorite dessert – cake, cookies, pie, brownies, etc or if you aren’t a great chef opt for some awesome bakery or store bought desserts and put them on lovely plates for your guests to choose!

Drinks – if you are in the mood for libations, share your favorite wine, beer, or make a creative signature drink for your guests! Or you can go bar crazy and go with a drink bar – i.e. a Margarita, Mimosa, or Mojito bar.  If you and your guests do not drink, make a yummy and refreshing drink to share, such as this Pomegranate Spritzer shared on White on Rice Couple:


*For more food and drink ideas and recipes, you will definitely want to check out my Food & Libation Pinterest board of over 500 delectable pins!*

I hope you found amazing inspiration and ideas in today’s dinner party Spring soiree post, enjoying this week’s DIY Friday! As always, if you LOVE this post – please LIKE IT, TWEET IT, PIN IT, and SHARE IT! If you have any ideas for a future post, I’d love to hear from you!

*Please note: Due to my current hectic schedule, I will be doing DIY Friday posts every other Friday until things settle down a bit for me. For now you can still expect Inspiration Board Tuesdays & Etsy Thursdays every week!*

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Beach Bridal Shower Inspiration Board

Beach Bridal Shower

You are in for a real treat – with Spring here and summer around the corner -this week’s Inspiration Board Tuesday pick is a beach themed bridal shower! Living in southern CA I must admit that I am pretty spoiled with all the lovely  local beaches to choose from + the lovely weather we usually have year-round! For those brides that love the beach and may not have one nearby or have the weather for a beach celebration, why not plan a beautiful beach bridal shower – a perfect theme to host at a venue or a private home. For this week’s beach bridal shower inspiration board I decided to stay with the blue and tan hues with white and brown accents, however depending on the season and your creativeness you can definitely change the color palette. For a beach bridal shower you will want to collect seashells, seahorses, starfish, sand (in vases/centerpieces), coral, and anything else that is representative of the beach and sprinkle around the venue to create the perfect beach decor. This theme is so simplistic yet serene and beautiful – check out my inspiration board below!


Beach Bridal Shower Inspiration Board

{Photo Credits: Beach Bridal Shower Table Setting by SC Events by Jennifer | *Beach Bridal Shower by Weddings* | Seahorse Cake featured on Customized Cakes by Jen | Seashell Acrylic Favors on Beau-Coup | Cream Cheese Seashell Mints featured on Smellin Coffee}

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In addition to the beautiful inspiration board above, here are a few lovely DIY projects I found across the web that would go perfect with this beach bridal shower theme!

Beach Party Fabric Garland

Beach Party Fabric Garland featured on Real Simple


DIY Beach Bridal Shower Centerpiece

DIY Beach Bridal Shower Centerpiece featured on Celebrations


DIY Beach Bridal Shower Centerpiece

DIY Beach Bridal Shower Centerpiece featured on Celebrations


DIY Shell Candles

DIY Shell Candles featured on Martha Stewart Weddings


DIY Seashell Bouquet Confetti

DIY Seashell Bouquet Confetti Day Dreams


SHARE WITH ME: Which color palette did you like the best? In addition to the two color palettes above you could also do pink and white, pink & ivory, & pink and fuchsia pink for a girl. For a baby boy you could do baby blue and gray, blue and ivory, gray and ivory, blue and white, gray and white, or black and white.

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Make sure you come back next Tuesday for the next Inspiration Board Tuesday, where I will share inspiration and amazing finds around the web for a new theme and event.

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