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Bunny Napkin Tutorial

Are you hosting Easter this year?

Need a cute napkin ideas for the table?  I did these for my table(s) last year, and they were so darn cute, I’m doing them again!  This is all over Pinterest, but I thought I’d share it with you here!  Now, this is a little easier with paper napkins, but I’m a white cloth napkin girl when it comes to holiday tables…so it’s a little trickier folding these, but it works!


Fold your napkin in half and then half thirds!


Take one end and bring it straight down the center.  Do that again on the other side.


Take your corner and fold it back up to the center.


Repeat on the other side.


Take your two outer points and fold them in to the center…you’ll see that you are creating the ears here.


Flip your whole napkin over….


Fold up the point to create the tail.


Turn the napkin over and tuck one corner into the other.  This is where it gets a little tricky with the cloth napkin because it’s thicker, but just keep adjusting, and it will hold.


Cute huh??  Even if you add nothing else to your place settings, these make your table look adorable!

Happy Easter!




How to Set a Kids Halloween Table



I love setting any table, but I really love setting a kids table!

 I have 4 kids (3 are now in their 20’s) but they still love to sit at the kid’s table, because it’s just more fun!


This table was super easy to put together and not expensive at all!

To start, I used black and white check fabric that I recently thrifted for $4 as the tablecloth.  Fabric is much cheaper than buying a new tablecloth, so check your local craft or thrift stores.

A fun way to “dress up” paper plates is to use your everyday dinner plates as chargers, and layer your paper napkins in there too!


For the centerpiece, a couple of glittery chandeliers from the Halloween section at your local Target or craft store, a couple of pumpkins and ghosts bowls and you’re done!


I always love having a little treat at each place setting, so these cute linen bags and bendy straws from Oriental Trading are inexpensive, but were just what I was looking for!



So there you go, an easy Kid’s Table perfect for your next Halloween get-together!



{Styled Shoot} Pineapple & Stripes Party

Looking for a fun moder twist on the very popular Pineapple Party?  How about my modern version of Pineapples & Stripes?  You can read my post about the “Pineapple & Stripes Dinner Party” I styled for Oriental Trading.  This is the perfect for a summer get together or impromtu girls night!


These DIY Felt Pineapple Flatware Holders are one of my all time favorite crafts.  I wanted a creative way to set the table, and these really added that extra flair I was looking for.  You can find all the directions here.


Tissue balls have such a vintage feel to me, and Oriental Trading has such a great selection of colors, shapes and sizes.  I liked the idea of adding in the mint green color along with the yellow and white to create some interest.


These cute Pineapple Favor boxes are perfect to take home one of my Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cakes (recipe here).


The DIY Summer Straw Decor was super simple and a great way for your guests to tell their drinks apart!



I hope this gives you an idea of another way to style up a fun pineapple party with a modern twist.


This review is based strictly on my opinion.  I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review.  I was also compensated to blog on the Oriental Trading Blog.  All ideas and opinions are my own.

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{styled shoot} NCAA Grad Party

I am excited to share this styled Grad Party I did for Oriental Trading Company.  I am a huge fan of their company, and can find products to cover almost any party theme I can dream up!

My son is graduated from Washington State University, so choosing my products was a no-brainer!

When styling this party, I thought it would be fun to change up our Grad Party style from a full blown open house like we did when he graduated from high school, and throw a more intimate dinner party just for our family.


I decided to use my everyday plates as makeshift chargers for the paper plates.  I love how it takes the look up a notch!  I also like the idea of having all the napkins, cups and plates matching in our WSU theme.


The DIY Graduation Candy Cups were so easy to make and look great at every place setting.  These are fun to munch on during the party or make a great take-away party favor.



I am such of fan of these giant mylar letter balloons.  You could do the university letters like I did here, or you could choose 2016 or your favorite grad’s initals.  I blew these up myself because I didn’t need them to float, but if you take them to  your local grocery store they will fill them with helium at a reasonable price or you could purchase your own helium tank.  These fun tissue fans give another layer to the backdrop too!


If you are looking for a gift idea for the grads on your list, make sure to check out my DIY Graduation Cap Gift Boxes and also the yummy recipe for my Chocolate Cookie Pops!

Cheers to the Class of 2016!

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{party} St. Patrick’s Day Family Dinner


St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, and though we are not an ounce of Irish,  my boys have always loved a little green fun!  This year I thought I would throw together a fun little family dinner.  There are so many ideas out there, that if you don’t have time or creative energy to come up with something, I pulled a few of my faves and there are still tons more on Pinterest!

Tablescape Idea

This tablescape from Apres Fete ,  is the first to pop up on Pinterest.  How easy is this?  You can grab a faux moss runner at your local craft store or even a piece of artificial turf from the home improvement store.  I would sprinkle this with chocolate coins, because my kids LOVE them!   This is so cheap and easy!


How adorable is this table idea??  Grab some yarn in rainbow colors, and add a pot o’ gold!  So cute and simple!


Cocktail Idea

This Agave Green Tea Mojito sounds delish!  It has the perfect hint of green.  This is an easy recipe to make non-alcoholic too!


Entree Idea

Corned Beef and Cabbage is a staple on St. Patrick’s Day, right??  This year I am going to  make the cabbage with this recipe!  Roasted vegetables are the bomb, and this looks delicious!


Dessert Idea

Taste the rainbow.  How adorable are these cute fruit parfaits…the perfect ending to your St. Patricks dinner!

So, there you go!  An easy to throw together St. Patrick’s Day dinner.  You can always change up anything of these ideas , or seach out more, but I hope this inspires you just a little!




 Today I planted succulents in a thrifted milk glass bowl

I love how fresh and simple these little beauties look alone

or all clustered together.



Succulents make a perfect centerpiece for a classic looking table

at weddings, bridal/ baby showers

and especially a garden party,


but I especially love them at place settings and then as

favors for the party guests.



Simply wrapped in kraft paper or burlap and tied with rustic twine

your guest will love it!

(bottom four images via pinterest)