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Pool Party

3 Tips and Tricks on Planning the Most Awesome Pool Party on a Shoestring Budget

One of the best ways to show appreciation for the summer seasons is to throw a pool party. Inviting a few friends and family members to enjoy a swim and some snacks, refreshments, and fun is a pleasant way to spend a hot summer day. Of course, depending on your idea of a budget, pool parties can become expensive with things like décor, store-bought foods, and luxury pool toys. If you want to have a party without breaking the bank, here are a few tips and tricks to get you started. Make Your Own Snacks It can be very tempting to run to the store just before your party and throw half the chip aisle into your cart. However, feeding guests in this way can add up more easily than you might expect. Instead, you should make your own snacks, cutting costs and allowing for more creativity. Rather than serving boring bowls of chips, you can customize the snacks to form a cohesive theme for your party. Some popular pool party themes might be islands, …

A Daisy Themed Graduation Party

I created this sweet daisy theme Graduation Party for my daughter. Our school colors are green and white and I thought it would look pretty to use daisies for the flowers – that became my theme! I then added a splash of yellow to the party palette. Knowing my theme and colors several months in advance helped tremendously in preparing for the party. As I was doing my daily shopping I would come across great items to make every detail special. I found so many of my items at Michaels in the dollar bins including tons of pretty ribbon and these super cute green frames. I also wanted the party to have a soft shabby chic feel. I bought several yards of quilting fabrics in a variety of prints and a good pair of pinking shears using this for many of the decorations. My favorite was a pretty ribbon garland made out of Jute string, a variety of ribbons and strips of the quilting fabric. It hung between the columns of our pavilion and look …

Recycled Sweater Wine Bottle Gift Bags Tutorial DIY Upcycle

DIY – Recycled Sweater Wine Bottle Gift Bags

I had three Holiday Parties this weekend and wanted to add a personal touch to my wine hostess gifts. I came up with this simple 10 minute craft that my hostesses loved. I was able to recycle a few out-dated sweaters as well. Yes, these gift bags are made of sweater sleeves! Tutorial: Recycled Sweater Wine Bottle Gift Bags All you need is one or two old sweaters (I recommend using size small as the sleeves get larger near the arm opening. Even a larger child’s sweater would work if the sleeve is long enough.) Trims or ribbon Tacky Glue Needle and thread First, cut the sleeve off straight across at the bottom at the arm hole. Then turn the cuff over the sleeve. Place the bottle in the sleeve to determine the exact length. Trim so there is about an inch overhang below the bottle. Remove the bottle and turn the sleeve inside out. Sew with a loop stitch closing the center. I left both ends open about an inch. Turn sleeve to the …