DIY Baby Shower Decor On a Budget

One of my best friends is pregnant! Yes very exciting news, but that means a baby shower. NO PRESSURE.

Planning a baby shower can be a lot especially on a budget!  But when you pool together your resource, you can do a Pinterest inspired shower on the cheap.  It will take some extra elbow grease and some creative skills, but you can do it.

Here are some of the ways we pulled together our friend’s shower on a limited budget:

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1. Onesie Banner- We Used tissues paper tassels, some basic white onesies and paper to create this banner that we hung over the food table.
Total Cost: $7.00 (most of which was the onsies).
Bonus: You can give the mom to be the onesies to take home as part of her gift.

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Total Cost: $1.00 for paper.

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3. Use an existing photo frame and some sharpies to create a fun activity. Here we had guests write funny messages on the diapers to give the new mommy a laugh in the wee-hour diaper changes.
Total Cost: $20.00 for the diapers.
Bonus: The mom to be can take the diapers home as part of her gift.

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4. Use paper and string to cut out your own pendant banner to add some festive flair to any wall or table.
Total Cost: $3.00 for paper and string.

Other helpful hints when doing themed parties:

  • Use all white platters, they will match any theme, or a Nora Fleming Platter.
  • Colored napkins, cups and straws add festive colors to any party for a low price most colors can be found at the dollar store.
  • Using food as a favor option (popcorn or chocolate covered pretzel rods, like above) give a handmade flair on the cheap.

What budget party planning tips do you have?  Share them in the comments below.

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Vintage Window Up-Cycle

I teased on my Instagram a while back that I was working on an up-cycle project.  Well its finally complete!

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Story behind the window:
Being from South Louisiana I have a natural love for vintage things, but this one holds a particular place in my heart.  It is an old window from my Grandfather’s childhood home on the river.  The house was built in the very early 1900s and was recently sold (to another family member), but before they tore the old house down (it was falling apart) we were able to take some pieces.  I was fortunate to grab this old window, a pair of vintage french doors (more to come on those) and some antique christmas ornaments (stay tuned to see how I use these).

The Project:
Being that this window is a “member of my family” I wanted to find a way to give it new life.  Here is what I did:IMG_3387

1. I sanded down the window and clean her up using some Windex (always wear a mask when working with painted antiques).  I also had to scarp away several layers of old paint around the window panes.  Don’t sand it to perfection in order to keep some of the antique qualities coming through with the new coat of paint.

2. Then I applied several layers of white paint.  I was going for a clean look, but feel free to wipe away or sand away some of your paint to  get a more aged, weather worn affect.

3. I then printed off an “M” from google imaged and cut it out.  I then taped around the letter with painters tape and removed the stencil.

4. I painted the letter in with a taping motion to avoid paint seeping under the tape.

5. LET THE PAINT DRY! (I made this mistake and had to scrap it off and start over). If you don’t let it dry the paint won’t stick to the glass.

6. Use a razor blade and carefully trace the letter where the paint meets the tape.  Gently peel away the tape.

7. Use a small flat head screwdriver to scrape away any small mistake or bleeding.

This was a fun project, but it takes a good deal of patience, especially if you aren’t overly talented with paint (like me).

Vintage windows are pretty easy to come across at salvage yards and antique stores, so you can certainly do this project at your home.  Look for windows with a story, if you can’t find one, look for a window with unique architectural details to spice up your project.

Next Steps:
I am thinking of adding a photo behind it before I hang it on the wall in my hallway.

What do you think?  Yes or No?

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Photo C/O Pinterest

Have you ever up-cycled something vintage?  If so, what did you do?  Share your pictures below or using #vintageupcycle I would love to see your finished projects. 

Festive Easter Desserts

Easter is quickly approaching (TOMORROW to be exact) and you have been asked to bring dessert.  How can you make something impressive and festive that quick with no time to plan or pinterest…PANIC!

Don’t worry!  Here are two of my favorite EASY festive desserts:

1. Flower Cake

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This one is simple!  Bake and frost the cake of your choice.  Make some colored sugar in the colors of your choice (Put sugar and liquid food coloring in a bag, shake and then let dry on a cookie sheet).  Cut jumbo marshmallows in half diagonally with a scissors and dip the sticky end in sugar.  Place on cake in circles around the center to make a flower shape.

Add crushed nuts around the bottom for some extra pizzaz.

2. Egg Hunt Brownies

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If the above was simple, these are even easier! Bake your favorite brownies in a cupcake pan. Frost with green frosting and add your favorite egg-shaped candies to the top.  DONE!

I also did a little Pinteresting for you, here are some of my favorites:

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If you are still in a panic, there is always the standby carrot cake or chocolate chips cookies with pastel M&Ms.

What is your favorite Easter dessert?