10 Gorgeous Tablescapes

10 gorgeous tablescapes to inspire your next dinner party!I absolutely love entertaining. If there was a job where I could just host fancy parties at my house for my friends I would quit blogging in a heartbeat (no offense blog).

My apartment still isn’t completely furnished since my move, just one of the perks of dividing the stuff in a breakup, but I am almost there! As soon as I finish my dining room you better believe that I will be having a dinner party. Until that day, I will just be making up fake dinner menus in my head and dreaming of place settings. Here are ten gorgeous tablescapes I’m currently in love with:

10 gorgeous tablescapes to inspire your next dinner party!1. Summer Dinner Party

10 gorgeous tablescapes to inspire your next dinner party!2. Palm Fronds + Bon Bons

10 gorgeous tablescapes to inspire your next dinner party!3. Rainbow Setting

10 gorgeous tablescapes to inspire your next dinner party!4. Tropical Garden Party

10 gorgeous tablescapes to inspire your next dinner party!5. Moody 30th Birthday Party Continue reading…

DIY Fourth of July Pie Topper

Be the hit of the BBQ with this DIY Fourth of July pie topper! It’s hard to believe that the Fourth of July is less than a week away! While you’re probably busy planning the perfect sundress to wear to the BBQ and pool parties you’ll be attending, don’t forget about what to bring for dessert. And because who wants to bake in this heat, if you want a quick and easy way to make a store bought pie look like a million bucks, then this ten minute DIY Pocky Pie Topper is for you! Here’s how:
Time: 10 minutes
Materials: star punch, glitter paper, double sided tape, Pocky

Be the hit of the BBQ with this DIY Fourth of July pie topper! When picking up your pie at the store, you can also pick up some Pocky! Not only can you eat the sticks when you serve the pie (and let’s be honest, when making the topper), but they also look like a sparklers! I went with strawberry because, hello, pink, but they also come in a variety of other colors and flavors.

Be the hit of the BBQ with this DIY Fourth of July pie topper!Punch out your stars.

Be the hit of the BBQ with this DIY Fourth of July pie topper!Wrap a small piece of double sided tape around the biscuit part of the Pocky stick and press the star into place.

Be the hit of the BBQ with this DIY Fourth of July pie topper!Place your sticks into the pie and you’re done! If you want the stars to be at varying heights, just make the Pocky stick shorter.

Be the hit of the BBQ with this DIY Fourth of July pie topper!Easy as pie don’t you think?!

Be the hit of the BBQ with this DIY Fourth of July pie topper!

Be the hit of the BBQ with this DIY Fourth of July pie topper!

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DIY Fabric Scrap Garland

Time: 25 minutes
Materials: fabric scraps, scissors, baker’s twine

How to make a fabric scrap garlandAfter making this banner last week, I was left with a pile of fabric and no immediate use for it. I absolutely loved the color and painterly feel the inkodye created, but since the pieces weren’t large enough for any other project, I decided to make a garland! If you’re throwing a party or just want to add a little color to your space, a fabric scrap garland is the perfect way to reuse those pieces of fabric that are too good to toss.

How to make a fabric scrap garlandStart by cutting your fabric into strips (I probably made about 20 for a small garland). Mine were about a half inch in width and about a foot in length. Don’t worry about cutting perfectly straight lines since it isn’t super noticeable; just focus on getting the same length. If you’re looking to save time on this project, I recommend using a rotary cutter instead of scissors– just be careful!

Once you have all your strips cut, knot them on your string. You might have to play with the style of knot a bit until you get your fabric to lay flat; I had to double knot mine. If you’re not sure how long you want your garland, I recommend not cutting your twine until you’ve achieved your desired look, this way you can adjust as you knot.

Once done, hang and enjoy! What do you do with your fabric scraps?

Painted Photo Booth Props

Time: 40 minutes
Materials: wooden photo booth props, acrylic paint, brush

Painted Photo Booth PropsIf there’s one thing I love, it’s a good photo booth. For those of you who I met at Craftcation, you’ve experienced this joy firsthand. When thinking about the upcoming event Hello Lidy and I are hosting at West Elm (get your tickets here!), I knew we’d have to have props to choose from. Because really, what is a photo booth without acting like a fool?

Painted Photo Booth PropsI found these wooden props at Michael’s. If you don’t happen to live near one, try these printable photo booth props instead!

Painted Photo Booth PropsChoose your colors and start painting. Let your base coat dry before applying a second coat or before moving on to patterns.

Painted Photo Booth PropsIf you don’t have the steadiest of hands, or if you haven’t practiced painting in a while, I would stress not to be overly ambitious with your pattern design. During this project I thought I would test out a series of new patterns and ended up with one big mess (see above– yes I thought I’d fix my mistake by spray painting the whole thing black).

Good news though! If you do mess up, just use a little sandpaper to strip some of the paint and smooth out the texture. You may have to apply a few extra coats of the new color, but it’ll work. Trust me on this one. To keep it simple, you can make polka dots with the end of your paint brush.

Painted Photo Booth Props Aren’t these fun?! Can’t wait to put these to the test in LA; hope to see you there!

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