Welcome back for some more DIY fiesta fun!

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See how to make some DIY balloon flags for your CInco de Mayo party that will flutter in the breeze on One Charming Party.

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Every party needs a centerpiece! Hang out with The Elephant of Surprise and find a fun succulent centerpiece how-to.

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Fringe and tissue paper make parties more fun, and at Kojo Designs, she’s showing how to make some drink stirrers that scream “Ole!”

 

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Now for the fun part! Check out all the talented contributors to this Cinco de Mayo Party Hop and get the how-tos on how to make everything. For the inspirational shoot, I made these pretty Papel Picado banners that are a fantastic backdrop for any fiesta. The Mexican folk art papel picado is traditionally made with large stacks of paper cut with a chisel. The colors used in the paper will { Read More! }

DIY, Easter, Eggs, Decorating

This year, go beyond the traditional vinegar and water egg dying method and try something new with the family! There are so many unusual mediums to create designs and colors.  Here are some Egg-spirations to get you decorating! Nail Polish Marbled Eggs create unique and colorful eggs. Use leftover scrapbook paper and a glue pen to create Confetti Eggs. Bright and Marbled Eggs can be created { Read More! }

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There is a lot to do before the Easter Bunny arrives! Decorating, dyeing eggs and making super cute bunny shaped foods, just to name a few!  It is so fun to see how excited the children get just thinking about that special day.  Here are a few ideas to help you get "hopping"! Try an Easter Egg Lunch that's super fun and easy! Carrot Napkin Holders for the table. Peeps Cupcakes for { Read More! }

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A few years ago, when I did my last graduation party shoot, I used some number-shaped lollipops to top off my grocery-store purchased cake. Now, if you have a good-sized budget, you can order custom lollipops and such for cake toppers. Most people I know won't do that, so here is a much less expensive, yet equally pretty option to make a great cake topper for your graduate's celebration cake from { Read More! }

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New Year's Eve 2013 is approaching quite quickly! Whether you're throwing a huge bash, or a small get together, you can celebrate in style with a few simple DIY decorating ideas. I developed this sophisticated and glittery New Year's Eve party idea shoot in gold, silver and black for Celebrations.com, where you'll be able to see: Tissue Paper Fringed Garland Decoration tutorial Glittered { Read More! }

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My favorite part of the Grinchmas Party I held for Random House and Yum! Food and Fun for Kids magazine were the giant paper Christmas trees I created. They're fun, they're huge and surprisingly, don't take much to make other than time. I don't mind sitting on the couch on occasion mindlessly doing a crafty project while I soak up a movie. These trees were really the perfect excuse, as they're { Read More! }

A Grinchmas Party

The Grinch who Stole Christmas Whoville Party

  All the Whos down in Whoville would heartily approve of this Grinch party to celebrate the 25 days of Grinchmas! We put this together for Random House and the winter issue of Yum! Food and Fun for Kids. There was roast beast, Who pudding and Cindy Lou Who wreaths (recipes available in the magazine).         After dessert, the kids made paper { Read More! }

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Operation Shower is an organization whose work is near and dear to my heart. Growing up a military kid myself, I've seen what sacrifices military wives along with the rest of their family units must make while their soldiers are away. It's nice the there are groups out there like Operation Shower that can bring a little love and caring and appreciation to military moms-to-be while spouses are out { Read More! }