How to Make a Holiday Wreath!

wreathgirlsLast week we hosted a Wreath Workshop (which was just for moms, no kiddies allowed, which meant there was wine)! If you missed the workshop but would like to make your own wreath follow the instructions below.Materials

1 bough of pine

1 bough of evergreen or any other type of Christmas greenery

1 coat hanger

Pliers

Pine cones

Ribbon

Green Wire (can be purchase at the dollar store)

Cranberries

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ImageStep 1: Using gardening shears cut off sections of your boughs that will be good size for your wreath. Using your pliers turn your coat hanger into a circle. It’s best to use a somewhat flimsy wire coat hanger, as the stiff ones are harder to manipulate. Once you have formed your circle you can begin designing your wreath. For those of us with Type A personality you can lay out your whole wreath in advance and get the exact look you desire. For those of who are a bit more whimsical you can create as you go along. Select pieces from your boughs and attach them to the wire circle by using your green wire. You should work with one very long piece of wire as opposed to continually cutting pieces. You need to affix your greenery by simply wrapping the green wire around the coat hanger as well as the piece of bough.

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ImageYour wreath will slowly begin to take shape, a trick to making a full wreath is to use two different types of boughs. However, if you prefer the look of one you can stick to just one. Once you have completed your wreath you can use your gardening shears to give it a bit of a haircut if needed. Now you can get all fancy and add all sorts of doodads to your wreath, or you can just leave it plain. To attach the pine cones I took the green wire and wrapped it around the pine cone, making sure it was not too visible. You can attach the pine cone to the wreath using a “twist tie” method. The trick is to hide the green wire within the pine so that it’s not too visible, it blends really well so it’s not too much of a difficult trick! Also remember when adding your pine cones that things in 3’s are usually the best combo for design. You can now add a ribbon to your wreath so that you can hang it or you can place it on a table and add some candles.

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Santa at Seasons!

img_7130-2The big guy in red came a little earlier this year than normal but that means our guests have no excuses for not getting their holiday cards out on time! It was a fun filled day with lots of crafts and treats. img_7158A couple tips if you’re going to be hosting a Christmas party, a very simple craft for the kids is to make a card/write a letter to dear ol’ St.Nick. Another easy decorating tip that will take your cupcakes to the next level, use a doily as the wrapper. We used wrapping paper for the backdrop for our sweet table – which would work for any dessert or appetizer station. img_7180img_7155img_7176img_7157img_7172

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Sleepover Party!

Recently we hosted a very cute “sleepover party” – which was just the theme – the kids certainly did not sleep over! We had an ice cream bar, popcorn bar, pizza making station and pillow case decorating! We also got to watch a movie on our projector, while enjoying our popcorn. The kids loved it and it’s definitely an easy party to recreate in your own home. IMG_6514The popcorn bar was super simple to make. I purchased the red and white bags from the dollar store. The white container with the popcorn and smaller candy bins were purchased from Ikea. The little shakers and the chalkboard labels another great find from the dollar store. Finally, the popcorn sign was a purchase from Michaels, it was on sale and then I used chalkboard paint and voila! IMG_6518No party is complete without a pink lemonade stand. I purchased the glass container from William Sonoma but I’ve also seen them in a smaller version available at Kitchen Stuff PlusIMG_6541The pizza bar took a little bit of prepping as I had to make the dough during the day so that it was ready in time for the party. I used the recipe from allrecipes.com – it’s pretty easy as far as homemade pizza crusts go. IMG_6545The pillowcase decorating was a huge hit, the kids could have spent much more time on this but we had so much to do! I bought plain white pillowcases from Ikea and they used fabric paints and markers. IMG_6523I found an ice cream party template from Pottery Barn and sort of recreated the look they had. I wrapped the boxes in wrapping paper and added gold fringe to them. I made the ice cream cones out of sparkly scrapbook paper and then used tissue paper for the scoops of ice cream. IMG_6533

A Tea Party!

IMG_6421My little girl turned one last Wednesday and this past Sunday we celebrated her birthday with a little Tea Party. Every detail of the party was a great DIY project. That meant lots of time management on my end to get it done, practice definitely makes perfect with these types of events. IMG_6452 12.59.40 PMThe background for the sweet table (minus the fabrics and scrapbook paper) was all made out of dollar store supplies. The burlap banner is a new item I came across recently at the dollar store and have used it for several different craft projects. The dollies come in a pack of 100 and well, you can never have too many of those! The flowers on the bottom bunting another fabulous dollar store find! The boxes that the tiered stands are on and the easel with the canvas board, also purchases from the amazing dollar store.  IMG_6426A great way to add some style to a cake is to add flowers, note though, lots of flowers are not edible and not even safe to put beside food. Baby breath flowers are ok – I checked online and asked in the flower shop before purchasing. I added a little bit of icing around the bottom of the cake to give it that finished look.

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Rosette Cakes

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I have been seeing a ton of these Rosette Cakes online lately and wanted to give it a go. I was delighted with how easy they are to make, it’s all about having the right icing tip, it really is. I’ve come to learn that as long as you have the right tools baking is quite simple. I used a Wilton tip #2D or you can use #1M, either one works. I baked a 3 layer cake and used a buttercream icing to mask the cake first. For the pink rosette cake, I did the top first and then worked my way down the sides, some people may suggest starting the other way, I think whatever you’re comfortable with. IMG_6382IMG_6389For the purple rosette cake I actually only used one icing bag and one bowl for mixing. It seemed like a daunting cake to make at first with 3 different colours of icing, but using one bag and one bowl made it super easy. I started by adding a very small amount of icing gel to the buttercream icing to get a pale purple. I filled the icing bag with it and did the first layer. Then I added a couple more drop of purple icing gel to the remaining icing. I squeezed out the leftover icing from the bag and refilled it. The first couple flowers had both purples in it but it gave it more of that gradient look. I repeated the same process for the deepest purple and voila!IMG_6390

DIY Easter Craft!

IMG_6240We hosted a bunny hop this past Sunday and it was so much fun! The kids loved the Easter Egg Hunt the best, surprise, surprise! The craft and cookie decorating were definitely enjoyed too. The kids made these adorable little dioramas.

IMG_6241For time purposes we painted the boxes blue beforehand and then the kids got to decorate it however they wanted. This is a great little craft to do with various ages and a perfect little hostessing gift if you’re going somewhere for Easter dinner this weekend. Almost all of the materials were purchased from the dollar store. All you need is:

Brown Box

Blue paint

Glue

Cotton Balls

Small little yellow ducks/sparkly eggs

Pipe Cleaners

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DIY birthday (for big, grown-up people)

For starters, I apologize for the delay in posting. I got a little lost over the holidays and have only recently found my way back to the keyborad. I find December to be all consuming and it takes a bit of time to recover, but I’m ready to completely return to routine. I was even able to host a private dinner party recently. Putting that little extra effort into creating a special birthday for a friend is well worth it.

FullSizeRenderIf you’re feeling crafty for your next party, try making a couple of these tassels to hang. Lots of websites list different ways you can create the tassel look. I was really drawn to the shiny tassel, after all which girl doesn’t like a little sparkle. Check out this DIY tassels for instructions. For mine, I used three different types of paper, wouldn’t recommend using the kraft paper, found it was a bit hard to fold. The crepe paper and the tissue paper were the easiest to manipulate and hung nicely.

IMG_5698For the cake, I wanted to try out the half-iced look. First step, do not google naked cake, some people have pretty interesting ideas of what could constitute a naked cake. The best part about this cake is that you don’t have to be a professional baker. If you’re not feeling like spending the entire day in the kitchen, you can always go the route of cake in a box. Otherwise there are a plethora of white cake recipes out there. I used this white cake recipe – and then swapped vanilla essence with lemon oil. The oil is much stronger in flavor and you only need a couple drops. Otherwise, you can also use lemon essence and then just replace 1:1 with vanilla. I also put a couple drops of the lemon oil in my buttercream icing, used Wilton’s famous buttercream icing. I doubled the recipe because I had 3 layers of cake. I picked up the edible flowers from St.Lawrence market, they do sell them in other parts of the city but not for the same price.IMG_5697

Wine and Crafts!

Is there really a better combo than wine and crafts? It may be one of my favorite pastimes and it appears I’m not the only one. Last week we hosted a wine and craft night – which featured learning how to make your own wreath. Below are some pics from the workshop, if you want step by step instructions on how to make your own wreath, please check out one of our earlier posts on DIY holiday crafts.

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How to Host the Perfect Fairy Party!

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Is your little one obsessed with fairies? We recently hosted a birthday party for a little girl who picked fairies as her theme. We had so much fun creating her birthday and think it would be an easy party for anyone to recreate in your home. For the decorations we bought strands of fake flowers from the dollar store. We also printed out a little saying we came across, which matched our theme perfectly. All you need is Faith, Trust and a little Fairy Dust!

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Loot Bags: For the loot bags we made little jars of fairy dust. We bought mini glass jars from the dollar store and covered them in clear tape just to be extra cautious. We filled each jar with water a few drops of glycerin and lots of sparkles. We then hot glued the cork back into the jar to prevent spilling. We tied a purple ribbon around the jar so that it could be worn as a necklace.

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We also made fairy cookies, the sky is the limit on how you make them. You could simply use a fairy cookie cutter and then ice the cookies or you could get as detailed as your baking skills allow you.

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Craft: Our guests each got to make their own fairy puppet. Almost all the supplies can be purchased from the dollar store or found around your house. We used toilet paper rolls for the body and Styrofoam balls for the head (available at the dollar store). We covered the Styrofoam balls in paper mâché so that the paint would adhere better to the ball. 

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DIY Crayons!

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Got a bunch of old crayons lying around the house? This is the perfect activity to do with your kiddies. Plus, pulling off the crayon wrappers will not only take a while but will also work on their fine motor skills. In addition, your kids can learn about different states of matter! There are five simple steps to this activity.

1) Pull off any paper from the crayon.

2) Break the crayons in half and place in a muffin tin.

3) Bake in the oven on a temperature lower than 250, should take about 15 minutes to melt the crayons.

4) Pop the muffin tin with the melted crayon in the freezer.

5) 30 minutes later crayons should set, voila! Brand new crayons 🙂