DIY Lace and Ribbon Bridal Shower Invitation

So, my younger sister is getting married and her friends, our older sister and I are working together to plan a bridal shower for her.   We decided to split up the tasks and I took on the job of creating invitations.  This might be one of my very favorite things to do.  Invitations set the stage for the event and are the guests first glimpse of what is to come.  So, I love coming up with creative ways to give guests a small taste of the event while providing them with all the details they need.
 
For the bridal shower, we decided to go with an antique lace theme with the colors being grey and coral.  I looked around online for inspiration and eventually popped into Michaels to pick up some materials and play around.  I ended up with this simple and elegant invitation.  
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 So, here’s how I made them:

Materials:
Heavy card stock – I used Bazzil – Ash from Michaels
White card stock – I bought a package at Michaels
1-3/8″ wide lace – I used Celebrate It cream colored ribbon from Michaels
3/8″ wide ribbon – I used Celebrate It coral colored ribbon from Michaels
Paper cutter
Glue Stick  
Scissors

Instructions:
Step 1First I cut the ash card stock into 5″ x 7″ pieces.  I was able to get two out of each sheet, the rest will be used for later projects.  

 

Step 2With the card stock laying with the 7″ side down, I spread some glue vertically along the 5″ left side of the card, leaving about a 1/4″ border along that side.

 

Step 3Next, I laid my lace over the glue and pressed down to secure.  You can see that I left that 1/4″ border on the left uncovered, which is why I didn’t put glue there.  I also left a 1/8″ – 1/4″ overhang of lace on the bottom of the card to ensure the card was completely covered.  

 

Step 4Then, I turned the card facing down, and laid glue on the back side of the card directly above where I laid my lace and glue on the front side.  Again, I left a 1/4″ border on the right unglued.

 

Step 5Then, I pulled the lace up and over the card and laid it down on the glue, pressing down to secure.  You don’t want to pull the lace too taught because it will make the paper start to warp.  But, you want to ensure that lace is as close to the top as possible before securing it down on the back of the card. 

 

Step 6Using sharp scissors, I trimmed away the extra lace.  

 

Step 7Next I printed my invitation on the white card stock (two per sheet) and cut it down to size (4-1/2″ x 5″).  Then, I turned my card right side up again so the lace was on the left.  Using the glue stick, I attached the invitation to the card, doing my best to position it leaving a 1/4″ boarder around the top, bottom and right sides of the card.  I wasn’t too worried about the left side at this point.

Step 8
Next, I carefully ran my glue stick over the space between the lace and the white card stock, on the left side of the card.  Occasionally, the lace would snag and move a little, so I just put it back in place and continued.  
 
Step 9
 

I quickly laid my ribbon over the glue, leaving a 1/8″ – 1/4″ overhang on the bottom of the card, pressing down to secure.
Step 10Then I turned the card over, and carefully ran the glue along the left side of the lace.  Again, if the lace moved, I put it back in place and continued on.

Step 11Just like with the lace, I pulled the ribbon up and over the card and laid the ribbon down over the glue and pressed down to secure.  Again, I didn’t pull the ribbon too taught, but I made sure that it was laying as close to the top of the card as possible before securing it down to the back.

 

Step 12Using my scissors, I trimmed away the excess ribbon and allowed the glue to dry completely.

 

DIY Bridal Shower InvitationThen, I stuffed my finished invitations in envelopes and sent them on their way.  

 

So pretty!  And I love how the back of the card carries the lace and ribbon over giving a little bit of detail to keep things interesting. 

I am super happy with how these invitations turned out!  They were super easy to make but did required a little time to pull together.  My sister, the bride, called me when she received it to ask if I had them professionally made, which made all the effort worth it.   I was able to purchase all the materials on sale, so it wasn’t too expensive either.  Also, the materials I used did not add much bulk to the envelopes, so I was able to use basic stamps.  
 
I just think these invitations are so simple and elegant.  Just what a bridal shower should be!  I can’t wait to see what the other ladies do with decorations, games, prizes and favors.  I’ll do my best to take pictures and post to Instagram.  
 

 
 
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#DisneyKids Sofia the First Royal Tea Party Playdate

** I received free products in order to host this Disney Kids Playdate.  However, the opinions expressed here are my own.

Over the summer I attended my first blogging conference, which was hosted by Disney Social Media Moms.  It was a magical event, in the way only a Disney event could be, and I learned so much.  Plus, I got to meet some incredibly talented women via various social media platforms and in person at the Phoenix event.  

Fast forward to October, when the amazing people at Disney reached out about an opportunity to host a playdate courtesy of DisneyKids and MomSelect.  So, I jumped at the opportunity.  I mean, who wouldn’t?  
We were thrilled to learn we’d been selected to host a Sofia the First inspired playdate and decided a Royal Tea Party would be the perfect event.  Lovebug could hardly contain herself, she was so excited, and kept a running countdown until her tea party.  It was the cutest thing!
 
 Party Table
The table was set with a Sofia the First themed tablecloth and centerpiece, as well as, a special purple amulet.  Princess place mats, Sofia the First confetti and tiaras and crowns at each place setting competed the festive table.   The princes and princesses who attended were invited to dress up in their favorite costume too!  Lovebug wore her favorite Elsa dress. 
 
 
Coloring
We let the kids run around and play as the guests arrived.  Then, kicked the activities off with some coloring.
 
 

Fortune TellerThen, the kids made fortune tellers.  I used to make these all the time when I was a kid!!  Only, the ones I made were handwritten on notebook paper and didn’t have beautiful images like these ones.  Lucky kids!

bingoWe finished the activities off with a fun game of Disney Side Bingo!  The confetti served double duty during the party…  Decorations and Bingo board markers!

First person to get Bingo would win first choice of treats during tea time!  In magical Disney fashion, they all got Bingo at the same time!  Good thing, the food was easily accessible! 🙂

The kids were itching to go outside to play.  So, we wrapped up the activities and served some delicious treats and tea, of course!

 

FoodWe served:
Mini Biscuits and jam
Mini Ham, cheddar and chive biscuits
Mini pumpkin scones (I omitted the raisin and nuts and cut the scones smaller to make them mini)
Crown shaped zucchini bread slices (cut with a crown shaped cookie cutter)
Crepes with chocolate, strawberries and bananas (recipe coming soon!)

To drink, we offered water, caffeine free berry tea and apple juice.

Once they were fueled up and hydrated, the kids made their way outside for some running around and playing!

Party FavorsAt the end of the playdate, each prince and princess took home a gift bag with a Disney Side luggage tag, a granola bar, fruit gummies, a sticker and their very own amulet (made with purple ribbon and a purple chocolate coin)!  They also took home their tiaras and crowns.

adult tableAnd you know we couldn’t neglect the adults!  While the kids were playing, the adults had a playdate of their own, complete with wine and cheese! 🙂  

Lovebug had the BEST time playing with her friends at her DisneyKids Royal Tea Party Playdate!              In fact, she woke up the next morning asking if we had enough leftover stuff from the party to do it again!  
 
Thank you to all the sponsors, especially Disney Parks and MomSelect,  for the amazing celebration kit that made this playdate a success!  
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We went to a potluck picnic at the Pumpkin Patch with some friends this weekend and I literally had 20 minutes to hit the grocery store and pull our contributions together.  We were responsible for salad and a dessert.  I knew I could pull a salad together in no time but a festive and fun Halloween themed dessert would be a little more tricky.  My husband tried to convince me to just grab some cookies at the grocery store, but anyone who knows me (especially him!) knows that just wasn’t going to happen.

I racked my brain as I grabbed the ingredients for the salad at the grocery store, trying to come up with some way to make a homemade dessert in 10 minutes.  I decided to walk down the cookie isle to see if I could find some inspiration.  I passed the Mother’s Plain and Iced Oatmeal cookies when it hit me.  I could purchase the plain oatmeal cookies and ice them to look like mummies.  A couple candy eyeballs and I’ve got a cute and semi-homemade dessert to serve!  Woohoo!!

I got home and set to work on my Semi-Homemade Halloween Mummy Oatmeal Cookies.  They literally took me about 10 minutes to make (about 5 minutes to pull together and 5 minutes to set) and I think they turned out super cute!  Lovebug was thrilled to help and couldn’t wait to tell her friends that they could eat the eyeballs (which they were equally thrilled about)!  The candy eyeballs cookies were a hit at the picnic and I was so happy that I was able to pull together a quick, easy and tasty treat, even if it wasn’t completely homemade.

p.s.  I seem to be on a mummy kick lately… First with these Halloween Banana Mummies and now these cookies.  I promise I’ll be a little more creative and come up with something else for any future Halloween ideas!

Last minute Halloween Dessert Idea

Ingredients:
1 box Mother’s Oatmeal Cookies – the un-iced variety
1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons milk
1 container Wilton Candy Eyeballs (I got mine at Safeway)

Instructions:
1.  Lay your cookies on a wire rack over a baking sheet.  The baking sheet will catch any extra drippings from the icing.

2.  Make the icing by whisking together the powdered sugar and milk in a medium bowl.  If the mixture is too loose add a little more powdered sugar; if it is too thick, add a little more milk.

3.  Drizzle the icing over the cookies, doing your best to make the icing look like a mummy.  Don’t stress too much about this.  In my experience, the kids were more interested in the eyeballs than the icing!

4.  Have your Lovebug help you place two candy eyeballs on each cookie.  If you’re in a hurry, like I was that day, let Lovebug do a few while you blast through the rest! 🙂

One container of Wilton Candy Eyeballs was the perfect amount of eyeballs for one box of Mother’s Oatmeal Cookies.  It was a meant to be!

5. Let the icing set for about 5-10 minutes.

 6.  Serve at any Halloween gathering.

Enjoy!

NOTE:  This is NOT a sponsored post.  I am in no way affiliated nor was I compensated by Mother’s or Wilton.  I simply used their terrific products to make this fun dessert and wanted to share what I created.

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I admit it… I am the parent that always signs up to bring in the healthy snack for holiday parties at school.  But, in my defense, Lovebug loves fruits and vegetables and often prefers them over other snacks at home.  So, technically I am bringing in what my kid likes.  But, I digress.
Last year I signed up to bring fruit in for the Halloween party.  But, I knew it would be next to impossible to get the kids to eat fruit when there were cupcakes, cookies, candy and other sugary treats to be had.  So, I thought that the fruit would have a better chance of getting eaten if I made it fun.  So, I decided to turn regular boring bananas into Banana Mummies and it cost me less than $5 to make 15 of these babies!  I think they turned out super cute and the kids really got a kick out of them.  The best part is that a good number of the kids actually ate bananas at the party!  Yes, they ate all the other sugary stuff too, but at least I got some potassium in them! 🙂
Halloween Banana Mummy

Materials:
Banana’s
White Crepe Paper (2 rolls for $1 at Dollar Tree)
Craft Wiggle Eyes (pack of 30 for $1 at Dollar Tree)
Glue dots / Elmer’s Glue


Instructions:
1.  Begin rolling the crepe paper around the banana, starting at the bottom.

 2.  Continue rolling all the way up and back down the banana to cover as much of it as you can.  I left the tip and very bottom exposed so that people would know what it is.

 3.  Once you have the whole banana covered tuck the end of the crepe paper back into one of the folds.  It may pop out, but that didn’t bother me as it made it feel more mummy-like.  But, you cold always glue it so it doesn’t unravel.

 4.  Take your glue dots….

 and place a craft wiggle eye on top of it, pressing so that it attaches.

 5.  Place the eye on your banana mummy.

6.  Repeat with the second eye.
And you’re done!
  

 Cute Banana Mummy perfect for a Halloween snack!

 
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Lovebug’s birthday is coming up so we are in the process of planning her birthday celebration.  Part of the festivities will be taking treats to school to celebrate with her classmates.  Unfortunately, her school does not allow home made treats, so we have to purchase them.  Store bought cupcakes and donuts are the usual birthday treats but last year we thought we’d do something different.  So, we took in a couple boxes of these adorable Trader Joe’s Hold the Cone Mini Ice Cream Cones to celebrate.  They are the perfect sized little treat for preschoolers and they were a major hit with both the students and teachers!  Lovebug absolutely loves these Hold the Cone Mini Ice Cream Cones so we will be taking them in again this year for her to share with her friends. She is so excited! 
Ice cream for Toddlers

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These little cones are the perfect treat for young children.  They are the right portion size, they are peanut free, contain no high fructose corn syrup and they are super tasty.  Plus they are only $2.99 a box.  So, it’s ice cream you can feel good about serving your kids.  Next time you need to take sweet treats to school or want a delicious cold treat for your little one, consider serving these Trader Joe’s Hold the Cone Mini Ice Cream Cones.  Aren’t they just the cutest thing?

I was in no way compensated or affiliated with Trader Joe’s or these cute Ice Cream Cones.  We just love them at our house so I thought I’d spread the word about them.

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