Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Movie Night Serving Tray| Easy DIY Craft Project

Friday nights in our house are always the same - My husband orders our favorite pizza & bread on his way home from work, and I'm at home helping the kids decide on a movie for our Friday Family Movie Night! It's an evening that we all look forward to - especially after a hectic week!

After dinner, I start getting everything ready. I grab the popcorn holders (and candy of choice), and set it all out on our Family Movie Night serving tray! During the warm Summer nights, it becomes our outdoor movie night tray.

Do you have a special serving tray for your movie nights? No? Well, consider yourself in the right place! I'm going to show you how simple it is to create one of your own. The neat part is that you can personalize it any way you like - you can make it as beautiful & unique as your own family!

Here is the list of  supplies I used.

Black chalkboard paint, red, and metallic gold acrylic paint 
Sponge brush, paint brush
Stencil Mania Stencil in Times Alphabet

Step 1. Paint the entire tray with your main color of choice, then wait for it to dry completely. I chose black as my base color so the red letters and gold stars would stand out.

Step 2. Once the paint is dry, take your letter stencils and position them in the area you'd like to start painting. Choose a fun phrase. I wanted my tray to say: Aguirre Movie Night.

Step 3. With my sponge brush, I took my red paint and started to dab inside of the stencil. I continued this process until my phrase was complete. Let it dry completely, before you go on to the next step.

Step 4. Choose the areas where you would like your stars to go. I applied stars around my 'Aguirre Movie Night' phrase, and along the inside and outside of the tray. Once the stars are dry, you'll be ready to enjoy your newly decorated tray!

Once everything is dried, you're ready to pop the popcorn, grab some beverages, and get your movie ready! The family loves our personal movie tray. And who doesn't love an easy project that is personalized & fun?

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Disco Ball Ice Cream Party!

I love disco balls! Like.... a lot! I love to incorporate them whenever I can. Over the past couple years, I would collect disco balls whenever + wherever I spotted them. I even added them to my Christmas tree, which is why I have such a huge collection of different sized disco balls!

While on Pinterest, I recently spotted a darling Sparkle-Filled Disco Ice Cream social! Genius, right?! They used disco balls in the cutest of ways, and I knew I wanted to do the same! 

I received some darling striped ice cream cups from the Bakers Party Shop, and knew instantly that they would pair perfectly with my disco ball collection!

I don't work with pastels or lighter colors in my parties too often, but I will say that I had a lot of fun working with these sweet colors & pastel rainbow stripes - and of course, the disco balls!

I spray painted my bubble gum machine and used it as my Disco Ball Ice Cream Party centerpiece.
Inside I filled it with shimmery disco balls, rock candy, and delicious macarons from Nicole of Bella's Bakery

I ordered the perfect tissue tassel from My Paper Crush, and attached a few mini disco balls to it. I hung it over my party table to add a little festive & sparkly touch!

I covered my party table in a roll of pink paper and attached a plastic fringe around the bottom - both from Shindigz!  

I added pastel rainbow striped plates, polka dotted napkins, striped ice cream spoons from the Bakers Party Shop, mini party hats, and the most darling Disco Ball drinking cups, from Packed Party

 Sweet treats were also made out to look like Disco balls! I asked Maddi from The Sweet Talk Bake Shoppe if she could create a disco ball cookie for me - and she did! I loved how they turned out, and I made them into disco ice cream sandwiches!

I filled the cookies with vanilla ice cream, and then dipped the sides in sweet sprinkles, from the Baker Party Shop!

 I even added some sprinkles to the side of my treat pail! They really added a pop of sweetness.

I had fun creating a party with two of my favorite things: ice cream, and disco balls! They both made my Summer a little sweeter. 


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Unicorn Party Ideas| Shindigz

Sweet girlie parties have always been a favorite of mine. My daughter is coming up on 16 soon, so you can imagine how excited I was to create a party that was magical, and super sweet! I had my nieces and friend's daughter over for a unicorn themed party. 

I had so much fun styling this fun unicorn party for Shindigz! You'll be able to see more party pictures, and lots of sweet details by heading to their blog

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Cocktails and Cacti Party| Summer Celebration Ideas

Cacti has quickly become one of my favorite party accessories! I think I love styling with them just as much as I do flamingos, and pineapples! Summer gatherings are still in full swing, so I jumped at the chance to put together a simple gathering featuring cocktails & cacti!

One of my favorite details of the party table was the FIESTA sign I created! I took Styrofoam letters from Shindigz, and painted them with Testors one coat lacquer spray, in Lime Ice. When they were dry, I added little prickly details by hand painting them with a black Testors paint marker.

I started off  with a pink, green, and gold color palette and mixed in touches of paper décor to represent a fiesta-like feel.

My daughter has always shown interest in painting, and for this particular party, I happily asked if she wanted to paint a backdrop, using different cactus shapes. She was very excited to help, and I absolutely love what she did! Thank you, Nina!

I found some darling cactus pinatas from Urban Outfitters, and jumped at the chance to use them as part of my décor!

I created some cacti printables from some lovely watercolor artwork that I picked out on Etsy. I used them for cupcake toppers, and little accents on the favor boxes.

For the menu, I whipped up a couple easy appetizers, and served pink wine, of course. Cheese quesadillas topped with guacamole & pico de gallo were so tasty.

I was able to create a fun touch to some plain white Chinet dessert plates, by hand painting designs with my Testors paint marker in metallic gold.

I also used a stemless wine glass from Chinet, for a fun way to sip cocktails! They were so pretty that you wouldn't realize that they were plastic!

I also took a simple cracker and added a delicious herb spread, and finished it off with chopped onions.

This was such a fun way to celebrate, and I hope you're inspired to gather your friends for a simple party before the Summer ends.