Faux Moss Spring Cork Board and DIY Flower Pushpins


It’s almost spring time, so naturally we’re upgrading our cork boards. If you have to be stuck inside at work on a beautiful spring day with dingy, fluorescent lighting, why not add a little greenery and blooms to the walls for color and sunshine?!

Here’s how we made our DIY faux moss cork board and flower push pins.


  • Faux moss, in this case a table runner from Pier 1 {you could also use turf}
  • Flowers
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Cork board squares, Michaels
  • Pencil
  • X-acto knife
  • Pushpins


Lay out the faux moss runner. Measure the cork board squares on the moss, and pencil an outline of the cork board on the back of the moss. Cut the faux moss with the X-acto knife. We had enough moss to fully cover two squares, and decorate the third square with the word BLOOM, and grass/stems. If you want to trim all the cork boards into slightly smaller squares, there will be enough faux moss to cover all three.



Glue the moss onto the cork board. We lined the edges of the moss with hot glue, and pressed down.




Pull the flower blooms from the stems, and glue onto the pushpins. We kept the middle plastic part of the flower to retain its shape, so we just cut the long part of the plastic stem from under the flower.



Glue twine onto the back of the cork squares {in the center} to hang the board.


Hang photos, notes and art prints.







DIY Lemonade Stand with Balloons


The fact that Jessica only has to plan one party per year {yes, all three of her kids were born in July} saves all of us, especially her husband, a lot of sanity. She tends to over think everything, and loses lots of zzz’s trying to fine tune every detail. One of our favorite creative details from this year’s party was the DIY lemonade stand.

Nothing symbolizes a party more than balloons. We haven’t seen a lemonade stand made with a balloon arch before, and we think it’s sure to boost this summer’s lemonade sales!

Thanks to our friends at Balloon Time, we created a balloon arch for our Big Hero 6 Honey Lemon-ade Stand, and it was the coolest lemonade stand on the block!


We made the arch for our DIY lemonade stand the morning of the party in about 45 minutes. We have never built a balloon arch before, nor had we inflated our own helium balloons. The Balloon Time helium tank was incredibly easy to use, and before long, our amateur arch status bumped up to experienced.

We will share more details and photos from the party soon. However, the DIY lemonade stand can be seen on Momtastic, where Jessica shared all the easy-to-follow details on how to set up the balloon stand using a Balloon Time helium tank, as well as the benefits of hosting a balloon stand with your kiddos. It’s a must read, y’all.



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wedding cake trends


WARNING: the photos in this post are going to make your mouth water…and your going to want to eat cake as soon as possible! We know we did. Not only are cakes by Megan Joy Cakes absolutely, stunningly gorgeous, they are mouth-watering delicious too. We asked Megan for her take on the latest cake trends, and she happily shared her expertise and experience with us. Pay attention brides.

“I’m so excited to see this new direction that wedding cakes are heading in,” said Megan. “Not only are they are an elegant dessert course, but also multi-dimensional works of art created not just by a baker, but a cake artist.”

In Megan’s words…

1. There is a Stronger Emphasis on Flavor
It’s funny how many clients mention the wedding cakes of their friends and family during tastings, and how good or bad they were. People always, always remember the wedding cake! 

Now that we have so many cake reality shows on television, people are becoming more educated about cakes and how they’re made. They’re seeking cakes that are made from scratch, and use real ingredients. Cake has become a great canvas for creativity too – local and seasonal flavor pairings are also gaining popularity.

As a pastry chef, I love this new attitude towards cake. When I first started Megan Joy Cakes, I sought to craft cake that served like a plated dessert – composed of contrasting flavors and textures with balance. My clients love that their wedding cake is unlike anything their guests have ever had before, and that it’s delicious without being too heavy or sweet. 

I often utilize as many local flavors as I can. In the summer I preserve Palisade peaches for a peach butter cake that’s swirled with ground pecans and layered with a vanilla whiskey buttercream, made with Stranahan’s Colorado whiskey. So many of our Rocky Mountain weddings are destination brides and they love when they can give their guests an extra taste of Colorado. 


Megan Joy Cakes

2. Cake is Getting Dessert Course Treatment
Gone are the days of crumbly, sad-looking corner pieces of cake hurriedly plopped onto your plate. Clients are definitely giving the last course of their wedding menu a lot more attention.

I have received increasing requests for plated accompaniments to the cake. Whether it’s a small petit four (a 1-2 bite-sized dessert), or two served along on the cake plate, or a full-on plated presentation, this is a classy and formal way to highlight your sliced wedding cake.

Some clients like to serve the sliced cake with a custom sauce and garnishes. I’ve had clients opt to serve two or three smaller slices as a cake tasting duo or trio. 

It’s common now for the wedding cake to have its own menu for guests to read from before they are served their special dessert course. 




3. Cake with Texture & Detail
There is much less of the heavy, brightly colored, flat fondant look and a new shift towards texture, lightness, and movement in the exterior design of wedding cakes. 

Fondant, edible sugar dough, is being used not only for covering the cake, but for adding texture to it as well. Rather than being applied in thick pieces, it’s rolled very thin and layered. I often use this application with fondant strips or feathers, which are also positioned irregularly so there’s some movement in the design. This look invites light to flow through the exterior design, and is striking pin-lighted or in natural daylight.

Intricate design details that take hours upon hours to complete are in high demand as well, and just like designer wedding gowns, they attain audible admiration and their price tag ensures that not everyone can have that same cake.


Bohemian-Cake_megan joy cakes


Megan Joy Cakes is located in Vail, CO, but she delivers cakes all over Colorado, as well as to other destinations such as Charleston, South Carolina. See more from Megan here.

{images via Megan Joy Cakes and Cara Leonard Photography}

Fall Party Ideas and Favors

fall harvest_astrobrightspapers

For us, fall is a time for football, family, crisp air, colorful leaves, scarecrows and fall harvest food such as apples, pumpkins and squash.

And, just like Anne of Green Gables, we, too, are so glad we live in a world where there are Octobers. So, we decided to celebrate all the things that make fall special…and we did it with Astrobrights Papers.

Honestly, {even with Jenna being obsessed with paper} we often overlook paper when it comes to party decor. We think about it for invitations and labels, but we forget that color paper can add creativity to every aspect of a party, from invitation to decor and table settings to favors. After our Fall Harvest party, we’ve come to the conclusion that…
1. We love Astrobrights Papers.
2. Color paper is a quick and cost-efficient way to customize and add color to any celebration.
3. Everyone needs to #ColorizeYourParty.

Here’s how you can #ColorizeYourParty for fall.

Fall #ColorizeYourParty Activity

  • Keep kids busy with a Dress Up the Scarecrows Activity. Find a scarecrow and clothing template like this, print on colorful Astrobrights Papers, then cut. The kids will feel so proud when their ‘art’ is on display too, so make sure to glue the scarecrows to a wooden popsicle stick, and stick them in a bale of hay.

DIY scarecrow dress up_astrobrights papers

DIY scarecrow dress up_astrobrights papers

scarecrow dress up_astrobrights papers

Fall #ColorizeYourParty Favors

  • Find a cute way to display the favors. We found that the best way to display our favors was a rotating card holder, of course colorized with cut-out images of harvest foods and labeled with cut-out paper letters.
  • Spread the love, and harvest food with seeds inside DIY pumpkin, apple and squash seed packets. Here’s a free seed packet template and how-to instructions are below.
  • Share the beauty of fall by printing seasonal photos of fall on white Astrobrights Papers, and add your favorite quote  to make it a piece of art.
  • Share your most delicious fall recipes with DIY pumpkin, apple and squash recipe cards designed by one of our own, Jenna. Print the fall recipe cards with this free template.

DIY seed packets_Astrobrights Papers

DIY seed packets_Astrobrights Papers

DIY seed packets_astrobrights papers

DIY seed packets_astrobrights papers

DIY recipe cards_astrobrights papers


Fall #ColorizeYourParty Decor

  • Create a colorful background. Since we loved the quote “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” so much, we wanted it to be a main focus. We used our Silhouette electronic cutting tool to cut words from the quote out of yellow Astrobrights Papers, then taped an orange piece of paper behind it for a pop of color in the background.
  • A fall party wouldn’t be complete with colorful leaves, so make sure to layer and scatter paper leaves everywhere.
  • For a full harvest effect, create a Fall Market sign. Cut out paper pumpkins, squash, apples, letters and numbers and tape them to a vintage window pane so guests feel like they enjoying a stroll through a lovely fall market.
  • Incorporate seasonal crops such as apples, pumpkins, squash, sunflowers, lanterns and bales of hay.

diy fall market sign_astrobrights papers

fall harvest party_astrobrights papers

fall harvest party_astrobrights papers

Tell us, how will you Colorize Your Party? For inspiration, check out Astrobrights Papers on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram.

Colorize your party_astrobrights papers{images via j. sorelle}

j. sorelle received products and/or payment for this post, however we love Astrobrights Papers even if they didn’t send us product, and all opinions are ours, we promise. View all of Astrobrights vibrant colors here