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Spring Paper Flower Wreath DIY

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I wanted to make a wreath with pretty spring flowers, but I didn't want to use silk flowers, and real flowers would never last, so I decided to make my own flowers out of scrapbooking paper.
This was a fun craft because I made the whole thing while watching The Voice, and my daughter even got to help with the punching and gluing.
SUPPLIES:
  • Styrofoam wreath
  • 8 pieces of scrapbooking paper in coordinating colors (I used a damask pattern)
  • Basic crafting glue
  • Flower paper punch (I wish I had multiple size flower punches to use but only had the one)

Spring paper flower wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

DIRECTIONS:

Punch out 6-8 pages full of paper flowers. This can take a while (which is why TV was helpful).

Spring paper flower wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com
Glue each one flower your styrofoam wreath in layers but in a random pattern. Make sure each layers dries before adding more flowers.
Spring paper flower wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com
Once you've covered the wreath in flowers, fold up some of the flower petals to give the wreath a 3D effect. Attach a pretty ribbon (I chose a light pink silk ribbon) and you're done!

Spring paper flower wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Spring paper flower wreath DIY | CatchMyParty.com

I created this wreath for the new Bird's Party Magazine. If you love looking at beautiful party photos and inspiring ideas from the best party stylists around, you must check it out!

Rubber Band Frosted DIY Vase

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I love fresh flowers! Having them in my house makes me sooooo happy! And now that all the spring flowers are blooming, I thought I'd make a pretty vase so I can have a great  way to display them (like the tulips that are exploding around me). The vase was so simple to do, it took about 15 minutes, and I love how it turns out!

SUPPLIES:

  • Glass vase
  • Rubber bands
  • Spray paint -- I used frosted and glitter
  • Newspaper
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Place rubber bands around the glass vase.

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Stuff with newspaper so you don't get the spray paint inside the vase.

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Spray with the frosted paint first (I did 3 coats, waiting 10 minutes between coats),. Then add a light spray of glitter. To finish add another coat of frosted paint. The frost really comes out when the paint dries.

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Let dry overnight. Remove rubber bands. Scrape off any extra paint that might have gotten under the rubber bands. Here's Lainey after I took the rubber bands off, super excited about the new vase.

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I put in some gorgeous tulips and look how pretty!

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Recipes and Tips for Throwing a Fantastic July 4th!

TIP 1 -- I had to start with the most mouth-watering dish... pulled pork sandwiches with Asian slaw. Since our grill still isn't hooked up, I wanted to come up with an alternative to typical July 4th BBQ food that was equally fun and equally delicious. That's why I thought of pulled pork! Who doesn't like pulled pork?! :)

You will find the recipes at the end of the post. The pork and slaw are both very easy to make, but the pork does take 6-8 hours to cook, so plan ahead if you're considering it.

TIP 2 -- Another recommendation for July 4th is to serve some delicious red, white, and blue strawberry shortcake. I posted this recipe a few months ago. It is so light and fresh and simple to make.

My tip is to set it up as a strawberry shortcake bar, putting out the cakes, whipped cream, and fruit separately, and letting your guests create their own.

TIP 3 -- For centerpieces I have two ideas. My first is candy skewers. I used wooden skewers, picked out red, white, and blue candies at the local candy store, and had a lot of fun putting them together.

My daughter went nuts over these and almost came to tears when I told her she couldn't eat them until I took pictures.

The second idea is to buy some red, white, and blue flowers and arrange them in simple vases or tin cans. I don't like my flowers to look too styled, so I used a simple cylindrical vase and made them look like fresh picked wildflowers (by placing them at varied heights and using lots of green leaves) rather than flowers I bought at the grocery store. :)

TIP 4 -- Anyone who knows our site knows what a huge fan I am of free party printables. That's why we give so many away.

For those of you who don't know, party printables are files you download, print, cut out, and use to decorate. You can really get creative with them, and you can never run out because you can always print more.

Take a look at the 6 full collections of July 4th party printables we're giving away this year! There's bound to be a style that speaks to you.

So those are my tips for throwing a fantastic 4th, and as promised, here are the pulled pork and Asian slaw recipes:

PULLED PORK

Ingredients:

  • 1 bone-in pork butt (6 to 8 pounds)
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

Directions:

Prepare the rub by mixing together the brown sugar, salt, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, and dry mustard.

Cut through the fat on the top of the shoulder in a 1 inch crosshatch pattern. Cut through the fat, but try not to cut into the meat.

Rub the mixed seasoning on the entire shoulder and into the cuts on the top.

Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator over night (at least 12 hours). We put ours on a cookie sheet to catch any drippings.

When you are ready to cook, preheat the oven to 325 degrees and lower the rack to its lowest position.

Unwrap the shoulder, and wipe of any excess rub off that hasn't been absorbed into the meat. Place the shoulder on a greased rack in a roasting pan with 3-4 cups of water in the bottom to keep the drippings from burning.

You can baste the shoulder a few times with the liquid during the cooking process. We refilled the water once about half way through.

Cook until the internal temp is at least 190 degrees. If you take it out too soon, the meat won't be tender. A probe thermometer is very helpful as the cooking time can vary depending on the size of the shoulder and the over. Our 7lb. shoulder took 8 hours to reach 190 degrees.

Here it is right out of the oven.

Let the shoulder rest for an hour, then use two forks to pull it apart. It should shred easily.

SPICY ASIAN SLAW

Ingredients:

Slaw

  • 2 cups napa cabbage (about half a head)
  • 2 cups radicchio (about half a head)
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
Dressing
  • 2 teaspoons dry Chinese or English (Coleman's) mustard
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons light sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Quarter the cabbage and radicchio, and cut out the hearts. Slice thinly and mix with the onions, cilantro, and carrots.

Mix together the dressing ingredients.

Add the dressing to the chopped vegetables.

Toss with the sesame seeds to taste.

And here's the final product again... Yum!!

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{DIY} How to Make a Paper Flower Backdrop

I had to share this paper flower backdrop tutorial created by Ellinée because I think it is so beautiful and original. I love the 3D nature of it. How amazing would this look behind a dessert table!

The tutorial comes with the paper flower garland templates and instructions. You just need to download the templates, cut out the flowers, attach the flowers to baker's twine using an embroidery needle, and tie the twine to a pretty branch.

Head to Ellinée to see the whole tutorial, and while you're there, check out their other incredible paper crafts like the Mother's Day paper bouquet.

DIY: Paper Rose Wreath Tutorial

How great would this paper rose wreath look greeting your guests at your next birthday, shower, or Valentine's Day party?

This tutorial from Sandi at I'm a Yarner is so easy but definitely takes some time. So if you've got some Glee to catch up on, it might be worth doing.

And yes, it's just made of rolled paper flowers sprinkled with glitter.

See the whole tutorial here at I'm a Yarner. Thank you Sandi, for making something so beautiful!

FREE Tea Party Printables from Sugarsticks Parties

Ivona from Sugarsticks Parties created these adorable party printables with a little girls' tea party in mind.

But they're so pretty and versatile, they could be used so many types of celebrations -- a garden party, a birthday party, a Mother's Day brunch. I just love all the sweet flowers!

The set includes an invitation, party circles, and thank you cards.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING

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free-printable-thank-you-card-tea-party Thank you, Ivona, for this darling collection. To see how Ivona used them and get some great ideas, check out her blog, Sugarsticks Parties. And to learn more about Sugarsticks Parties, check out Ivona's Sugarsticks Parties vendor page.

DIY Tutorial - How to Make Gumpaste Flowers

How beautiful is this ruffle cake Betheny T made for her daughter Alice's 1st Birthday. What I love the most are those magnificent gumpaste flowers. Wow, takes the cake to a whole new level, doesn't it?

Well, here's a tutorial Betheny put together showing how she made those beautiful flowers... Thank you, Betheny!

Supplies:

  • A set of round cutters (close-up shown below) {or you can find concentric circular shapes around your house and use those as a template, cutting them out with an Exacto knife}
  • Cornstarch
  • Wilton Ready-to-Use Gumpaste {or mix}
  • 2 sizes of silver, metallic dragees - close-up also shown below. (For the smaller size, I used the tiniest dragges that I could find!)
  • Wilton Piping Gel
  • Small rolling pin (again, from Wilton)
  • Tweezers
  • A fondant and gumpaste ball tool (2 are shown but you only need 1)
  • Thin foam pad (Wilton)
  • Wilton Practice board OR a ziploc baggie.
  • Small parchment paper bag filled with the said Piping gel. ;) Tutorial here {In the video, she cuts her triangle in half. I make mine even smaller by cutting it in half AGAIN to have more control of the bag}.
  • *Food coloring is optional depending on what color you want your flowers. You just add it to your gumpaste and kneed it before beginning. ;)

Here are the dragees (little metallic balls) in two sizes...

Select the size cutters that you want. {I used every other size in my set and you can make this flower with as many layers as you want!!}

Get a boulder-sized {'boulder' as in way back in the day of playing marbles} ball of gumpaste.

With a super-thin coat of cornstarch on your mat (or surface; you really don't need the mat) and rolling pin, roll out your gumpaste as THIN as you can get it. I'm talking, PAPER THIN.

Cut out your circles and place them under the practice board (or ziploc baggie) to keep them from drying out.

Kneed the excess gumpaste and place it back in it's original bag.

Place the largest circle on your thin foam pad and place your ball tool half-way onto the foam and half-way onto the gumpaste.

Make sure you have a thin layer of cornstarch on your ball tool and with a fluid motion, rub tool around your gumpaste's edge to create the ruffled edge.

As you finish each circle, use your piping bag to adhere each circle to the next.

To make the dragee center, place a (very small) pea-sized drop of piping gel in the center of your smallest flower.

With your tweezers, place a large dragee in the center of the piping gel drop.

Through trial and error, I have found that the easiest way to place the teeny-tiny dragess in place is to pour a few around the center dragee...

...then sort them with your tweezers.

Let the flower dry at least 8 hours before assembling them on the cake {or cupcake! They make SUPER cute cupcake toppers!}.

Happy baking, everyone!

Beautiful, Betheny! Thank you so much for letting me post your tutorial. To learn more about Betheny and read about all her creative adventures, visit her blog, The Tomseth Family.

And if you make gumpaste flowers for your next cake, please send photos, I'd love to post them!

DIY Tutorial from A Catch My Party Member - How to Make a Rainbow Wreath

Rainbow themed parties are some of my favorites because of all the decor possibilities.  When Wendy B threw her daughter this Rainbow Party, she added so many great touches, including this gorgeous rainbow wreath.

Wendy put together this tutorial on her blog, Ramblings From the Sunshine State, on how she made it, and has kindly let me repost it. So take a look at how amazingly easy this is to make...

SUPPLIES:
  • $1 wreath form from the Dollar Tree
  • Batting
  • Tacky glue
  • Baby yarn
  • Felt
  • Glue gun
  • Baker's twine

Wendy first cut strips out of the batting (which doesn't need to be perfect) and wrapped it all around the wreath.

This is what she ended up with.

Next she used this super soft baby yarn. It has 86 yards & was less than $3. She knew this would cover it & wasn't looking to spend much on this.

After wrapping the entire wreath in yarn, she had this, so soft & fluffy. It looks almost like a cloud!

And here is the end result!

To make the flowers, Wendy cut a spiral in the felt & rolled it up then used a little hot glue to secure them together.

She wanted to add some rainbow bunting to the wreath so she cut triangles in the felt, glued them together...

...And strung them on a piece of baker's twine.

How absolutely adorable, Wendy!! Thank you for the tutorial!

Please check out Wendy's other incredible parties on our main site. She definitely know how to throw an amazing party. And to learn more about Wendy, take a look at her blog Ramblings From the Sunshine State.

Garden Inspiration Party Favors

I was just in my garden,  and it inspired me to post these.  How sweet would these be as favors...

Plantable Tags with  Perennial Flower Seeds

Recycled Bag Seed Tags

Herbs in a Box

Sunflower Seed Bombs

Vegetable Seed Packets

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