Simple Greenery Holiday Wall Hanging

Who’s starting to decorate for Christmas? Add a fresh festive touch with this simple greenery holiday wall hanging. All you need is some floral wire, fresh stems, and ribbon (maybe add a Christmas movie in the background ;). Choose a favourite festive word or phrase and enjoy a fresh addition to your holiday decorations. 

This wall hanging isn’t too tricky to make, it just takes a little time and patience. Pour a glass of wine, put on some Christmas music and get into the holiday spirit with this pretty DIY.

Materials

  • fresh greenery of your choice (something with a flexible stem and not too much foliage is ideal)
  • floral wire
  • ribbon
  • tape (to help hold the shape of the words)

Directions

  1. Start by wrapping a stem in the floral wire- approx 1″ twists. 

2. Bend the wire to create the shape of the letters. Add in stems as needed, bending the wire to form the shape of the letters. Tip: you may have to break/ cut the stems rather than bend them to form the letters.

3. Use tape to hold down the design as you go to keep the shape. Once you’ve completed the design, go back and smooth out the shape; twist in more wire where needed to help hold the shape of the letters.

4. Add ribbon to hang and enjoy!

 

What are your favourite ways to decorate for the holidays? Share below!

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DIY Halloween Ghost Garland

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY

Halloween is right around the corner and if you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids, this easy DIY ghost garland is a perfect activity to get everyone in the spooky spirit. It’s simple to make and you just need a few materials that you probably already have. It’s perfect for little helpers who are getting excited for Halloween and it’s a fun way to kick off decorating for October 31. All you need is some tissue paper, glue, and twine and a little bit of glitter if you like a bit of sparkle. View Post

Hello 2017: NYE Party Ideas

HOW are we at the end of another year??? 2016 seemed to fly by and now that Christmas is behind us, it’s time to start thinking about NYE & welcoming in the new year. I’m not sure if you’ll agree, but I feel like we get so caught up with Christmas (and rightfully so, it’s a special time of year), we don’t think about new years until after the turkey has been packed up in Tupperware and we recover from our eggnog hangovers. In the space of a week you have to pull something together, and whether you like to go all- out or keep it simple, there isn’t much time to get things organized.

I got together with some party partners in crime to share ideas to help you pull off the perfect NYE celebration, complete with some simple food & cocktail ideas that will have your guests excited to ring in the new year without leaving you stressed out with the prep. Just pick up some fun decor like balloons, a banner, maybe some photo props and you’ve got it made. Full details below along with links to the food & cocktail recipes we included.
While planning this, my friend Janette from Ave to Zoe mentioned she had a great appie idea: ravioli popsĀ topped with cherry tomatoes. Done! I think with parties like this finger food is a great idea, and there are plenty of quick/ simple recipes plus pre- made options if you don’t want to spend the whole day in the kitchen before the party. I also picked up some spring rolls from the grocery store for another easy savoury option, plating them with cocktail skewars for easy party noshing. You just have to pop in the oven for a few minutes and they’re party- ready (if only our outfits were that easy to organize! šŸ˜‰ ).

For drinks we whipped up a tasty white wine sangria and poured pretty pink bubbly fromĀ Evolve CellarsĀ into DIY gold glitter flutes (sangria recipe & how- to to come later this week!). As a fun finishing touch we popped in gold star swizzle sticks and topped the bubbly with some cotton candy fromĀ Cloud NineĀ (tip: if you do this, try to place the cotton candy on the rim of the glasses instead of touching the champagne, as it’ll dissolve really quick once it touches liquid). As another pretty detail we tied some little black tassels to the wine glasses- if you get different colours this would be a great idea so guests know which glass is theirs.

For sweet treats- because you can’t ring in the new year without treating yourself!- we had jars of cotton candy in a variety of flavours and mini doughnuts fromĀ Cloud Nine, whiskey flavoured gourmet marshmallows fromĀ Marsh&Mallow,Ā and champagne cupcakes baked & decorated by Janette (link for that recipe coming soon!). We topped them with pretty gold ‘2017’ & ‘cheers’ toppers fromĀ PaperĀ + PartiesĀ and arranged them on a tray for a pretty display.

And what party would be complete without decorations? Michelle fromĀ PaperĀ + PartiesĀ had all the details covered, from the ‘It’s About To Go Down’ banner, new years party balloons, and finishing touches like the swizzle sticks and cupcake toppers. She also makes a variety of photo props, which are perfect to have fun with as you count down to midnight. I had these left over from my ugly sweater Christmas party and they’re perfect for pretty much any occasion when you want to goof around.

Ringing in the new year is supposed to be fun, and I hope these ideas help you plan the perfect NYE party without the stress/ panic that often goes with the territory. Everything we included is quick and simple to track down, whether for NYE or any other special occasion/ party throughout the year. I hope everyone enjoys the last few days of 2016 and that 2017 is an AMAZING year for you!

See the recipe for the ravioli bites & champagne cupcakes over on Ava to Zoe:

Ravioli Pops- click here

Champagne Cupcakes- click here

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Cloud Nine

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Marsh&Mallow

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Evolve Cellars

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Photo credit: Ava to Zoe &Ā PaperĀ + Parties

Ombre Photo Backdrop DIY

There are some pretty amazing photo prop/ backdrop ideas out there. For my recent Valentine’s Day photo collab with Creative Wife & Joyful Worker and The Cheerio Diaries, we each pitched in to create a pretty & delicate party for 3 very cute little ladies and I offered to create a backdrop we would use for some of the photos (check out these sugar cookies by The Cheerio Diaries and this tassel garland cake topper by Creative Wife & Joyful Worker that they made for the shoot). After scrolling through trusty old Pinterest for inspiration, I decided on one made with dip- dyed coffee filters & streamers. Since this was a girly Valentine’s photo shoot, the obvious choice was pink, but I’ve seen other versions in different colours that are equally beautiful. This backdrop would be great for weddings, parties- pretty much any excuse you have to take photos. It costs only a few dollars to make and you can make it as full or spread- out as you like. All you have to do is run out to the dollar store for a few supplies and you’re good to go. My only tip is to give yourself a little bit of time when it comes to stringing this together- maybe pop in your favourite movie or Netflix so the process doesn’t get too repetitive. See the how- to (and some of the cute photos from our shoot!) below. 
Materials
Coffee filters (I just used a pack of 100, use more for a fuller look)
Food colouring
Fishing twine
Stapler
Cool glue gun
Optional:
Shower curtain
Streamers
Wooden dowel or wrapping paper tube

Directions
1. Start by separating your coffee filters into four groups; keep one pile aside that will stay white
2. Fill 3 separate bowls with approx. 2 cups of water. Add increasing amounts of food colouring to each bowl to achieve the vibrancy of colour you’d like (I used 15 drops, 10 drops, and 5 drops)
3. Take the coffee filters in groups of 3- 5 and fold them into a fan shape

4. Dip the coffee filters into the dyed water about half way, holding them in the water for a few seconds so they can absorb the colour. Set aside as you dye the others. Repeat the process with the other two batches of coffee filters and allow to dry overnight

6. When dry, begin making the coffee filters into cones. First fold them in half…

7. … Then fold in each side to create a cone

8. Staple to hold in place (you could also use a dot of glue or use double- sided tape so you don’t see the seam as easily)

9. Continue this process until all of the coffee filters have been shaped into cones (see why I suggested the movie/ Netflix? šŸ˜‰ ). Then measure out pieces of fishing twine approx. 10 feet long and string on the cones from lightest to darkest to create an ombre effect; secure them on the twine by pinching the top of the cones with a dot of glue (this is why it’s best to use a cool glue gun, so you don’t burn your fingers). Vary the spacing, grouping some closer together and spreading others farther apart

10. At this point, you could simply use the strings of cones and hang them in front of a wall to create your backdrop. But if you’d like a solid backdrop where you can’t see what’s behind it (such as in front of a door, or to cover a non- photogenic wall), see the following steps
11. Attach a plain shower curtain to a cardboard tube or wooden dowel and then tape varying lengths of streamers to create a pretty layered effect (start with longer pieces, then add shorter pieces on top)
12. Once you’re happy with the streamers, layer on the strings of coffee filters, spacing them out based on how full you’d like it

12. Secure your backdrop where you want to use it (make sure the lighting is good/ away from shadows), find some cute models to pose & snap away! 

It was so much fun getting to work with two of my blogger friends for this shoot- we all had a blast and so did our little models. Make sure to check out The Cheerio Diaries and Creative Wife & Joyful Worker for more great blog reading.
Thanks to these great shops for helping us style this shoot (some aren’t shown in these photos):
Dresses- Over The Loom
Bracelets- Rachel Rainbow
Noisemakers, Fiesta Balloon & Tassel Garland- Fun Fiestas By Ili
Party Straws- Dixie + Twine
Glitter glassware & gold- dipped wood cutlery- Grace Miller & Co
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A White & Gold Christmas in Cloverdale

Decorating is one of my favourite- and I mean FAVOURITE- things about the holidays. Whether you’re all about the sentimental or are OCD about your tree (or are a combination of both), how you deck the halls is a reflection of you and your family. I had the chance to style the tree and decor at De Dutch Cloverdale this year and had a lot of fun doing it. Working with some of the existing ornaments and decorations I went with a gold and white theme with red accents and lots of DIY and handmade ornaments. You don’t have to have a large budget to make an impact or have fun decorating and I hope this shows that. Plus the DIY ornaments I made are all made with easy to find, kid- friendly items that would make for a fun holiday project. See below for sources.

On Tree:
Hand painted white & gold ornaments- KAIT Creative
Ribbon & faux flowers- Michaels
{DIY ornaments- all materials from Michaels}
Straw & twine snowflakes
Gift tag ornaments
Chalkboard clip- ons
Glitter- filled glass ornaments
Santa sack (used as tree skirt/ stand wrap)- Homesense
On Mantle:
‘Be Merry’ bunting- Allybeth Design Co
White snowy loops- Michaels
Burlap bags- Homesense 
I hope you like how it turned out and will try making some of the simple DIY ornaments for your own tree (added bonus: most of them are non- breakable!)
Special thanks to KAIT Creative & Allybeth Design Co for helping me add some local touches!