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Mother’s Day Soiree: Butterflies and Blooms Party Ideas

Hello! It's almost OUR special holiday… MOTHER'S DAY! I received this box of goodness from Martha Stewart Crafts recently– it was literally packed with wonderful possibilities, including acrylic paint. The amazing thing about this Martha Stewart Crafts Decorative Paint is that is is MULTI-SURFACE… that's right it can be used on wood, glass, metal and fabric. OH and paper… we'll get to that later. These products are available in Michaels stores (US and Canada), select Jo-Ann stores and independent stores nationwide.

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Some inexpensive ideas for a Butterflies and Blooms Mother's Day Soiree started floating around my head (or should I say flying)… included in the package were sets of stencils that have a happy spring-y feel. I decided to go bold for the soiree… and grabbed some bright colors: Party Streamer (hot pink), Pond (turquoise), Marmalade (orange) and Meadowlark (yellow).

Project 1: Butterfly Cloth Napkins

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Supplies are pictured above, including an inexpensive set of cloth napkins. 

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Time for a confession… stencils used to scare me. I felt like I was the only crafter in the universe who couldn't get a good result. Thanks to these new Martha Stewart stencils– anyone can use them.

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One thing I learned– the right brush for the surface is important. Here I used bristle brushes on cloth.

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I simply applied the paint… and gently removed the stencil while the paint was wet.

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Amazing! They all turned out perfect. No boo-boos… success!

Project 2: Spring Votives

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Supplies are pictured above, including glass votives holders.

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For glass, Martha Stewart Crafts makes these adhesive stencils… and they have a good strong "stick." That and foam pouncers are the key.

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I just applied the paint…

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Carefully removed the stencil…

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And there you go! Pretty votives. Note: the paint needs to cure on the glass for 21 days.

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Pop in some fancy candles and they make a great decor item or party favor.

Project 3: Fancy Paper Napkins

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Supplies are pictured above, including paper napkins. Instead of using the bristle brushes, I went with the foam pouncers for this project.

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Cocktail napkins are underappreciated, don't you think? I gussied them up with a stencil and a pouncer.

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It was very easy and I loved the added detail.

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Project 4: Butterfly Chandelier

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Supplies are pictured above– except some white "branches" and glue dots.Ms19

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I just stenciled a bunch of butterflies on some white cardstock… all colors.   Ms21

Let them dry and cut them out and gently folded them in half.

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I can't get over how "clean" the lines are. 

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I will be sharing more "Mother's Day Soiree: Butterflies and Blooms" soon.

Thank you, Martha Stewart Crafts and Plaid Crafts.

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Fairy Birthday Party

Hi Friends! I've been sweeping up the fairy dust today, following Mia's Fairy Party.

My sweet six-year-old(!) had a magical time on her special day.

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I tucked the invites into a wax paper envelope with a vial of pink glitter and sewed the package shut with a doily to finish it. The font is called "Just another stamp font." It's free and you can find it here from DaFont.

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Mia likes having tea with her friends so we pulled out my collection of mismatched china cups and saucers for tea and cupcakes later. It was decaf iced tea. But seemed so fancy in these teacups.

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We had a couple of fun activities planned including a Fairy Treasure Hunt. The kiddos followed clues to get their fairy home ready then got the fairy when they were finished.

I was inspired by Heidi Swapp's blog post about her daughter's fairy party. I placed a little moss in a dozen large Mason jars and embellished with some stickers from K & Co. and some seam binding.

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Here are the items for the fairy homes. They're from Dollar Tree, Target, and Micheals.

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 I used this free clip art called "Victorian Border of Brown Twigs and Green Leaves" available at FromOldBooks.org and created these treasure hunt guides in Picknik.

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I picked up two sets of six fairies from Target. Here's Vidia, a fast-flying fairy…

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Iridessa, a light-talent fairy…

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Fawn, an animal-talent fairy…

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Rosetta, a garden-talent fairy…

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Silvermist, a water-talent fairy…

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And of course, Tinkerbell, a tinker-talent fairy.

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I have to admit it was a blast lining them up pre-party.

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I was sort of sorry I had to hide them for the grand finale of the treasure hunt!

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Meanwhile… some of Mia's birthday gifts from us were a fairy costume and the word's greatest sparkly shoes. We gave it to her before the soiree.

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Also from Target.

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I'm not sure where the wings came from, but they worked out great. The perfect outfit for a fairy party.

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Another activity for the party goers was decorating these felt crowns.

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There were flowers, butterflies and hearts…

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As well as animal shapes. Since they were stickers, the kids could do their own embellishing.

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 It was a gorgeous day and I got to read the little partiers a picture book, aptly titled "TinkerBell" to get everyone in the mood.

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Neal took them on the hunt to fill up their fairy habitats. The last stop was me– I sprinkled some fairy dust on the kids and in the jars and gave them their little fairies to take home.

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The kids got to sip tea and nibble on these pink and purple butterfy themed cupcakes.

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Can you believe that I was so busy I didn't get one! I heard they were quite tasty though.

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Here's the dining room before picture. As for decor…

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Love this.

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There are some VERY cute free fairy party printables to be found. These Enchanted Fairy Birthday Party printables are from the Hostess with the Mostess blog and they fit in perfectly with our theme. I popped the "Happy Birthday" sign frames and placed them around the house (and oustide).

And I found these "year" printable there too.

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And used them on top of some framed images we have in our dining room. The bunting is from Target. I found it in their party section. It was pretty inexpensive and saved me a lot of time trying to sew something similar.

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Mia and her pals had a great time and I had tons of fun putting the celebration together. 

Thanks Heidi Swapp, DaFont, From Old Books and Hostess with the Mostess!

XO

Malia

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Pink Party!

Hi Friends–  We're in the pink over here this morning… 

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After celebrating Mia's 5th Birthday yesterday with a Pink Party.  I'm going to post a tutorial on making a crepe paper wreath soon.  But in the meantime, here are some photos from the party.  

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We had a "Candy Bar" where kids could choose what goodies they wanted to take home.

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We used simple wax sandwich bags and these cute labels to label each child's treat bag.

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My Mom loaned me a bunch of pretty glass containers for the candy.  I used Mia's baby quilt as a tablecloth.

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I had the opportunity to use some of the American Pottery pieces I've collected over the years to hold utensils and straws.

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The sundae set up.  See that pink plastic stuff?  I thought I was buying a tablecloth but it was just the edge stuff.  So I cut it up and used it around the house.

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These plastic ice cream dishes are from the discount bin at Michael's .50 cents apiece.  

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Another fun find at my local craft store.  It cost less to use these cloth bags for take-home favors than it would to buy the same size in paper.  I used my stash to add the flowers and decorations.

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Mia wanted to make sundaes at her party instead of having cake so I picked up these ceramic sundae dishes at Michael's (again the bargain bin) they were .79 cents apiece.  The "tablecloth" is my old sheet from college.  That was twenty years ago and the sheets have held up great.

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More from the Michael's markdown section.  These sundae themed decorations were .50 cents each. I added the crepe paper to give them a little something extra.

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For the "activity" I painted wooden jewelry boxes with pink paint (of course) and painted some treasure chests brown for the dudes.  The kids got to decorate them.

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We set out all the fun stuff for the kids to do their projects.  

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Confession:  I wanted to play with these gems myself.

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These pom poms were so fun.  Another Michael's bargain.

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Mia personalizing her jewelry box.

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These cute guys had a blast decorating their treasure chests.

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Action shot of Mia's pal Valley.

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It was cool to see what the kids came up with.

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Pretty Partygoers

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Max and his buddies

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Mia making a wish.

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Ice cream mania!  The kids got to choose their own toppings including cashews, cherries, hot fudge, strawberries, sprinkles, and whipped cream.

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What a fun party!  As Mia said, "We're so lucky" and that's how I feel too.  We had about twenty-five kids, five moms (who were a great help) two teen kid wranglers (awesome helpers too) and Grammy Eve (couldn't have done it without her).  Unfortunately Neal had to work but that's a good excuse to celebrate again when he gets home.  Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl!

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Hope you have a fantastic day.  BIG Hug!  Malia

 

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