Tips and Tricks

Glitter Mason Jars June 19 2014, 4 Comments

I'm throwing a bridal shower for my friend this weekend and I needed something to dress up the tables and use as a centerpiece. Of course flowers are always a beautiful centerpiece but placing them into gold and glitter mason jars is just over the top! I'm going to teach you how to make these beauties and don't worry it's actually really easy. My mason jars are a mix of pasta sauce jars I saved and DollarTree mason jars. 

What you need:

  • Metallic Gold Spray Paint (Make sure it can be used on glass)
  • Mason Jars ( I used ones from the DollarTree)
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Sponge Paint Brush
  • Gold Glitter - I used Martha Stewart Glitter
  • Blue Painters tape

Directions
1. Turn your jar upside down on a piece of cardboard or newspaper and spray the jar with spray paint.  Make sure you are 8"-12" away from the jar when you spray. Spray a light coat, let dry and spray another coat until you're happy with the coverage. When satisfied let dry for at least an hour, if you have time dry overnight.

2. Once the jar is dry, use blue painters tape and tape around the jar to make a straight line for the glitter.

3. Use the sponge paint brush and apply the Mod Podge on the bottom portion of your jar, under the tape. Make sure not to apply too much Mod Podge as you'll have glitter running down the jar. Then sprinkle with glitter and let it dry for 15-20 minutes.

5. After the glitter drys, seal it by applying another coat of Mod Podge over the glitter.  Let it dry again for an hour then peel off the painters tape very carefully.

Notes: Spray paint can scratch and chip if not handled carefully. Make sure to use painters tape, regular tape will peel off the spray paint.

Here is another picture of them in use!

 

Enjoy friends. Next week I'll teach you how to make that gorgeous crepe paper backdrop! It's perfect for wedding and party photobooths!

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Last Minute Halloween Crafts October 31 2013, 1 Comment

Just this morning I was thinking I'd love to do something special for my trick-or-treaters. These two crafts were created by things that most people having laying around the house! First I'm going to light up my walkway with 6 adorable Mummy Candles then everyone will get a special treat with the Witch's Broom Lollipops!

MUMMY CANDLE

If you're like me you never recycle your pasta sauce jars and think "I'm totally going to do something with these", then they just sit in your pantry. Well this craft uses those jars to make adorable mummy candles, that you can use to light up your walkway or place in your windows for a spooky ambience. 

Here are all the items you'll need:

  • Pasta Sauce Jar
  • White Streamer
  • Tealight Candle
  • Black Paper
  • Glue or Scrapbook Tape
  • Scissors

Here's how you make them:

  1. Soak the pasta jar in warm water then peel off the labels.
  2. Glue or use double sided tape to attach the white streamer to the back of the pasta jar. Wrap the streamer up the jar on a diagonal. Once you reach the top use the glue or double sided tape to attach. Don't cut the streamer yet!
  3. Use the scissors and cut out two black circles for the mummy eyes. Glue the eyes on top of the streamer just above the middle of the jar.
  4. Take the streamer you still have attached and wrap it down the jar this time, make sure to keep some of the eyes revealed. Once you reach the bottom, glue to attach. You can wrap your mummy as many times as you want to get the desired look.
  5. Lastly drop in a tealight candle, light and enjoy!

This craft reminded me of a joke my niece told me. What did the archeologist say on payday?........ "Show me the mummy!"  

WITCH'S BROOM LOLLIPOPS

I wanted to make a fun treat for my trick-or-treaters so I decided to make these darling witch's brooms to hand out. However, if you paired these with name tags they'd make an adorable addition to your place settings at a dinner party!

Here are all the items you'll need:

  • Lollipops
  • Tissue Paper (we used orange and black)
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Tags or Name Tag (we used our Halloween party labels)
Here's how you make them:
  1. Grab the tissue paper and cut 4"x4" squares.
  2. Carefully, poke the lollipop stick through the middle of the tissue square, then pull the tissue down around the candy part of the lollipop.
  3. Gather the tissue at the base of the lollipop then wrap the ribbon around it to secure the broom in place. Adjust the tissue paper so your broom will stand up on its own.
  4. Finish it off with a fun Halloween label to hand out to trick-or-treaters or use a name tag and place it on your table!
  5. Enjoy the cuteness!

 

Happy Halloween from Party Boutique! Have a safe and fun night and to all my Northwesters out there stay dry!


Scary Good Details October 11 2013, 2 Comments

A good party is all in the details. Learn how to take your party essentials and turn them into a scary good time for your Halloween bash. This week we are looking at how to use Party Boutique's all-in-one Halloween Mini Kit, which includes all the essentials you'll need starting at just $50.

Included in the Halloween kit are orange and black striped paper straws. Adding a colorful striped paper straw to any drink makes it instantly more adorable but why not take it a "sip" further? (Please excuse me, I'm feeling "pun-ny" today). If you are hosting a kid's party or even an adult party consider these cute plastic milk bottles, there is so much you can do with them! We cut outlines of tiny bats and witches' hats, cut two slits in the middle, and slipped the straws in. You can use this free template of bats and hats. We simply added the straws to the milk bottles and placed the included party labels on the bottle.

Another way to use the straw and milk bottle combination is to make mini ghosts and jack-o-lanterns. For the ghost, cut out two circles for the eyes and a bigger circle for the mouth then glue onto the milk bottle, serve with milk! For the jack-o-lantern, cut out two eyes, a nose and a mouth, in any shape you want, then glue on the milk bottle and serve with orange soda.

We added stationary to ordinary party essentials to add detail and interest. To send guests home with a spooky treat we added stationary to the orange striped favor bags that reads "Thanks for dropping by". To dress up cupcakes we used the polka dot cupcake wrappers and topped them with the party labels, aren't they lovely? 

Striped paper straws can be used for more than just drinks. Use them to put your treats on a "stick" like these jack-o-lantern rice krispy treats or these frozen banana ghosts via Spoonful

Spook-ify your party and set the table with these spider plates! Everyone will love these darling plates that you can still eat off! Here's what you need:

  • Black plates (Included in your Halloween Kit)
  • 1/2" strips of black paper
  • Edible eyes (Can be found in the baking section of your grocery store)
  • Frosting

Glue each strip to the bottom of the plate, 4 on each side, and then fold to make into legs. Use frosting to attach the edible eyes to the rim of the plate, so if an eyeball gets mixed in with the food it's 100% edible.

Just a couple ideas on how to add scary details to your Halloween Mini Kit that will make an impression. Happy Halloween!


Halloween Party Tips & Games September 20 2013, 0 Comments

8 TIPS FOR THROWING A GREAT HALLOWEEN PARTY

1. Invitations

Invitations are the first impression and set the tone for your party. Pick an invitation that represents the type of party your guests should expect. Start your party on a high-note with unique invitations, like these adorable Halloween invitations below.

2. Know your audience

The overall tone and decor of your Halloween party should be determined by the age of your partygoers. If you’re throwing a party for kids makes sure that it won’t scare them. If you’re throwing a party for adults make sure it won’t bore them.

3. Decorate

Now that you know your audience, it’s time to get decorating! You don’t have to spend a fortune, a few bags of fake spider webs, pumpkins and festive food can go a long way! You can even have your little ones help by hanging the spider webs, carving pumpkins or crafting ghosts and bats!

Photographs via HGTV Halloween

4. Food

Food is arguably the biggest part of a party. To make it a spooktacular display, turn ordinary party staples into spooky treats. For example, turn deviled eggs into bloodshot eyeballs with olives and tabasco sauce. Also, add gummy worms to green jello cups.

Photograph via The Gourmet Momma

Make sure you offer healthy options as well like these ghost bananas and pumpkin mandarin oranges.

Photograph via Raising Healthy Kids

Photograph via Raising Healthy Kids

5. Music

In addition to decorations music helps set the ambience for your Halloween party. Purchase a CD at the store or on iTunes. Also, Pandora offers a Halloween party station, that is free! Play the music throughout your party for a scary and fun ambience.

6. Make for easy cleanup

After putting up decorations and prepping food give yourself a break and opt for paper plates, napkins and cups. These items not only allow for easy cleanup at the end of the night, they also add color and interest to your décor. Shop our paper options by clicking here.

7. Play games

Games are a great way to keep your party lively and entertaining. Here are a few ideas depending on your audience.

Kids:

  • Halloween Feel Box: Place textured items in a solid box and cut a hole just large enough for kids to reach in. Use cooked spaghetti noodles and label “Brains” or use peeled grapes and label “Eyeballs”. The kids will love it!
  • Guess How Many: Place candies in a jar and have the kids each guess how many they think are. Get different size pumpkins and have the kids guess how many pounds each pumpkin is.
  • Scavenger Hunt: Setup a scavenger hunt for all the kids to work together and solve. They will have a blast racing around the house trying to find their next spooky clue.  Place the clues in fun places like inside one of your carved pumpkins or the fake spider webs you have on the porch.
  • Cupcake Decorating: Just as it sounds! Bake up some cupcakes and have multiple color frostings, sprinkles and candies for the kids to decorate and eat!

Adults:

  • Halloween Charades: Compile a list of Halloween villains, characters, movies, etc. Use these to play a scary game of charades.
  • Halloween Guess Who: Write the name of Halloween characters and villains on name tags, as guest arrive place one of the name tags on their back. The guest will have to ask other guests questions to find out who they are!
  • Murder Mystery: Consider hosting a murder mystery dinner as your Halloween party. It will keep your guests entertained all night trying to guess the murderer.

8. Party Favors

It's always great to send your guests home with a treat. Use graphic bags to wrap up homemade cookies or treats. Or you could setup a Halloween themed candy bar and let your guests fill up with the candies they desire!

Make your party even easier and get everything you need in one place with our Halloween Mini Kit!  Have a fun and safe Halloween! 


8 Ways To Use Party Labels August 27 2013, 1 Comment

Our customers have asked for inspiration on how to use our party stationary and how to put all the elements together. We are starting with our most versatile party stationary, the party labels. As our example we are using labels from our Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice Party Kit.

Many of you have probably seen the party labels where you pay for the file but then you are responsible for making sure you have a printer, ink and good quality paper just to print them out. Next you have to cut them out perfectly and add adhesive just use them. Here at Party Boutique we think that is way too many steps, that’s why we decided to make the process much simpler! You will receive a sheet of 20 custom party label stickers then you just simply peel off the sticker and begin embellishing your party items!

Below are 8 examples of how you can use your party labels stickers to create a custom and detail-oriented party!

1. CUPCAKE TOPPERS:

Making cupcake toppers is our favorite use of the party labels. Cupcakes are very on trend for parties and it adds a special touch to everyone's favorite treat! For a sturdier topper use a 2” circle punch to cut out circles in your choice of color then attach these circles to the sticky side of the party label. Use scrapbook tape or double-sided tape to attach to the included cakepop stick. Finally, top your cupcake or any treat you choose!

2. DRESS UP A DRINK:

Simply peel off a party label, center, and stick onto a water bottle, plastic milk bottle or paper cup for an instant festive look! Use striped straws to finish off the look.

3. TOP A PARTY FAVOR:

Fill the party favor with your favorite candies or whatever you choose, there are so many options! Then pick your favorite party label and apply to the favor.

4. MAKE A GARLAND:

Peel off a party label and use the sticky side to attach to twine, yarn or ribbon. Use 2” circle punch to cut out circles in your choice of color and then attach these circles to the sticky side of the party label with the twine in between. Repeat. Cut twine and hang!

5. CUSTOM SNACK CUPS:

Use striped popcorn boxes, ice cream cups or just plain paper cups, peel, center, and stick on your custom party label. Fill with your favorite treat and you have an adorable way to serve snacks at your party.

6. NAPKIN RINGS:

You will need napkins, silverware and a 2” strip of paper. Unfold your napkin, place the silverware inside and then roll the napkin. Wrap the 2” strip of paper around your napkin with the seam on the top. Place your party label on the seam to secure the strip in place and you’re done! Pair with adorable plates for a picture-perfect place setting!

7. SEAL YOUR INVITATIONS:

Use the party labels to seal the envelope for your invitations for a more festive look. It’s a great first impression and glimpse of what’s to come at your party.

8. DECORATE PARTY HATS:

Use this free printable party hat template. Print on the backside of your favorite patterned or colored paper, cut out, assemble and then place the party label right onto the hat. Another instant custom party item!

CHECK OUT ALL OUR PARTY LABELS!

Purchase our party labels in our SHOP. You’ll find the labels in all of our party kits and you can buy them individually.


The Problem With Showers July 25 2013, 0 Comments

Showers are a wonderful occasion, a time to "shower" the people you love with congratulations and joy for an upcoming wedding or the arrival of a baby. They truly are a special time, but the problem with showers are you spend over half the time opening presents. The guests start losing interest and the guest of honor starts getting restless in that chair. Here are some tips on how to make the better half of your shower more enjoyable.

1. Have a shower game that is centered around opening presents

Play games that are oriented around presents to keep everyone entertained while the guest of honor opens gifts. Here are a couple of examples:

  • Bingo - Have the guests fill out bingo cards with gifts they think the guest of honor will receive. As she opens the gifts guests cross of the corresponding squares.  Once they get 5 in a row yell BINGO! You can choose how many winners you want to have, just keep playing.
  • Trivia Timeout - Before the shower collect trivia about a topic, for example baby care, celebrity baby names, celebrity marriages, couples trivia, etc. Then while opening presents stop every 5-10 minutes and yell out Trivia Timeout! Read a trivia question and the first one to answer correctly wins.

2. Stage a comfortable area for the guest of honor to open presents

It is so important to make sure the guest of honor is going to be comfortable opening presents for an hour, especially if she is 8 months pregnant! Here are some tips to remember when staging:

  • Use a padded chair or even a couch if you have one
  • Make sure it is placed where all the guests will be able to see
  • Decorate area with a sign, balloons, pom-poms or even accent with color-coordinated pillows
  • Have a large, easy to reach table for all the presents

Below are some amazing examples of staged present areas!

Photograph by Jennifer Davis Photography via On to Baby

Photograph by Mercedes Snow Photography via On to Baby

3. Be prepared

Nothing is worse than watching someone struggle with a stubborn ribbon, so have everything the guest of honor will need. Here is a list of things you should have available and on the presents table. Being prepared will help the process go smooth and faster!

  • Scissors - for those pesky ribbons and taped boxes
  • Glass of water - for the guest of honor
  • Tissue - you never know, some gifts can be very thoughtful
  • Dedicated person for writing down who gave what gift - to be given to the guest of honor for thank you cards
  • Dedicated person for repacking and clearing opened gifts - this keeps the process moving and allows the guest of honor to get to the next present

Use these tips at the next shower you host and keep everyone happy!