Bohemian Glam Birthday Party

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After looking at these photos of Mila’s first birthday party that Jessica shared with Momtastic, we decided 1-year-olds can have just as chic and as fabulous a birthday party as adults. Mila is one lucky little lady because her mom, Naysha Lopez, planned one dreamy bohemian glam first birthday party for her special day. It’s worth viewing all the photos.

We don’t know about you, but we want that silver pouf, dream catcher and teepee to be at our next birthday parties too…and we won’t be turning one. Special memories for a beautiful family! Happy Birthday Mila.

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{photos via Corinna Hoffman Photography}

DIY Horseshoe Coasters

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We had some extra Pony horseshoes from Jodi’s wedding, and since they are considered very lucky and a lucky holiday is coming up {March 17}, we made DIY St. Patrick’s Day coasters out of horseshoes. Luck and a cocktail - the perfect combo for St. Patrick’s Day! The DIY horseshoe coasters will be a staple in your home long after the green holiday…and make a great housewarming gift.

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You’ll Need:

  • Cork board
  • Liquid Gold paint
  • Horseshoes. We used Pony horseshoes, and found them at a local farm/ranch at a very affordable price, but you can find them online.
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Scissors
  • Clear, waterproof sealant
  • A cocktail. Our choice was Bailey’s Irish Cream. Yummy.

How To:

  • Trace the entire outer part of the horseshoe onto the cork board, then cut.
  • Trace the inside of the horseshoe 2 times, then cut.
  • Paint the top layer of cork the color/pattern of your choice. We chose gold.
  • Place the horseshoe on the large piece of cork board {which should fully cover the bottom of the horseshoe} then stack the two pieces of cork board in the middle of the horseshoe. The coaster should be completely level with the three layers of cork board.
  • Once all pieces are in place, add Gorilla glue to each layer. Be careful because Gorilla Glue expands 3-4 times as it dries. Stack books on top of the coasters, then let dry overnight.
  • Apply a clear, waterproof sealant.
  • Pour a cocktail and enjoy.

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{images via j. sorelle}

DIY Oscar Party Drink Stirrer

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We’re going to be honest, our record for having actually seen any of the Best Pictures nominated for this year’s Academy Awards is not too good. It’s 0 for 8 to be exact. We are, however, familiar with the nominations for the animated feature film…we’re rooting for How to Train Your Dragon 2!

In our sleep-deprived, ‘surrounded by sick kids’ state, a fancy party is not in the cards this year. But, pajamas and a glass of POM champagne or vino sounds fantastic. Our low-key evening does have a DIY, of course. All for good reason – we are going to be the star of our own show. And, you should too. You’re the main character of your life – the leading lady or man. This year, you get your own gold envelope…and a cocktail.

This is such an easy DIY and a fun way to celebrate with girlfriends and sisters. Get creative and funny.

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How-To:

  • Buy or create mini envelopes. We used our Silhouette cutting machine to create gold glitter envelopes.
  • Create and cut mini tags to insert into the envelope. We created ‘drink winner’ tags on Microsoft Word.
  • Use scissors to cut small slits on the top of cute paper straws, and insert the envelope.

You can prepare a speech if you want to…but the drink, it’s is all yours. Cheers to you!

{images via j. sorelle}

Hot Cocoa and Marshmallow Valentine Treat

marshmallow-heart-hot-chocolate-cup-valentine-cupid-arrow-textWe shared some gooey, yummy and sticky details on how to make the cutest cupid’s arrow made of marshmallows at Momtastic. Read more before you sip your next cup of hot cocoa.

Jessica is late to everything, and this post is no exception, but you still have time to make the arrow before Valentine’s Day tomorrow, and package it for friends and family like we did below. If not, there’s always next year!

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Here’s What you Need to Do:

  1. Buy packets of hot cocoa.
  2. Create paper pockets. We ran out of cellophane bags, thus we created our own pockets for the packets made from Astrobrights Papers. Follow these instructions to make the paper pockets. It’s easy. All you need to do is fold paper and have a glue stick handy.
  3. Print the free printable, I love you like hot chocolate loves marshmallows, designed by Jenna at Fleur de Lis. Click here to download the printable.
  4. Glue the tag on the front of the pocket.
  5. Insert the packet in the pocket.
  6. Insert cupid’s arrow in the pocket. We wrapped our marshmallow arrow in a skinny cellophane bag and used Washi Tape to seal it.

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For all you pink lovers out there, don’t miss the Wayfair Homemakers Housewarming Party, PINK edition at Pink Heels, Pink Truck. Our I believe in Pink ‘birthday in a box’ DIY was featured in her round-up. Y’all are going to get your pink fix…an absolute necessity before Valentine’s Day!

{images via j. sorelle}

How to Create a Chalkboard Wall

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We saw a glimpse of Amy’s chalkboard wall in her kids room while looking through beautiful photos by the talented Sally Mae. We loved the wood nightstand, the bright yellow bedding, the antler hung on the wall…and of course, the chalkboard wall.

Amy was so kind to share how she created the wall, where she found the adorable accessories and also 10 very good reasons why every child should have a chalkboard wall {or board} in their room. Jessica shared it on Momtastic.

{images via Amy, Design Lotus}