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Rustic Sweets Stand: March Create and Share Challenge with Walnut Hollow!

on March 30, 2016
Rustic Treat Stand using a Basswood Country Round

I’m here today, along with a fantastically talented group of bloggers, sharing my Rustic Treat Stand for March’s #CreateandShareChallenge!

This challenge is organized by Stephanie at Casa Watkins and sponsored by Walnut Hollow.

Walnut Hollow graciously gifted each participant with a wood-burning tool and product to re-style; I was so excited to receive a basswood country round. I’ve been eying up rounds for the past year scheming and planning all of the fun projects I could come with if I had one! I’d also never wood -burned before – unless camping with a campfire counts – and it seemed like something that would be fun to learn!  

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I had wood round project inspiration galore of course – Wood round projects are so popular these days. After going through my various ideas, I kept coming back to the cake stands that are so popular for rustic styled weddings. I loved the look but wanted something different – I’ve been married enough times, thank you very much!

I decided on a raised stand, not for cake – for treats! I had a good idea of the look of the stand but still needed to plan out the burning patterns. I played around a bit, but it turned out I wasn’t super handy with the wood burner when it came to free-hand burning. I’m sure with a bit more practice I’d get the hang of it fairly quickly but in the interim…  What to do, what to do?! That was when I saw a tutorial offered by Walnut Hollow which included the use of these letter stamps and asked myself, “What? Where have these been all of my life?!” Armed with a new plan, off to the car I went!  

Walnut Hollow Hotstamps

I was so excited to find out that Walnut Hollow products are available at all of my favorite craft stores. After a quick trip to Michael’s,  I had in hand my supplies of a base, stacking wood balls and of course, the letter stamps and we were well on our way to creating a rustic style treat stand with a bit of a twist and personal style.

The letter stamps simply screw on to the end of the burner like any other burner tip. To change a letter, use a pair of plyers to both change and add a new letter. The burner heats the letter in about a minute and half. 

To burn the letter onto your project, simply apply very light pressure to the surface with the letter side down. Be sure to test your surface on either the back side of the wood or a test sample first before burning so you’ll know how long to apply pressure. For my round it was literally a touch down onto the wood with the burner. 

As if this project could get any better,  I got to play with a new power tool. A drill press! This tool was fantastic for creating consistently-sized holes through each piece. Although this could be done with any drill, it was SO easy with the drill press! I created a hole slightly larger than the 1/4″ threaded rod I  planned to secure all the pieces with. 

Then, I cut the rod to size, and secured with a nut at the base and a wooden finial on the top. There was a time when I might have missed the point of a drill-press, but those days have passed, and I’m much more power-tool mature now!

I love that it has the rustic feel I was inspired by, with the addition of the simplistic text, all on a pretty pedestal perfect for petite treats – but not penguins. #namethatmovie.  I can’t wait to give the treat stand a try and envision all of the yummy goodness it will hold in the future. A big thank you, Walnut Hollow, for sponsoring this post!

How about you, have you come up with any fun projects or ideas for a basswood round? I’d love to hear about them! 

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Spring Tea Party

on March 22, 2016


* Thank you to Evite for kindly sponsoring this post. Although I was compensated by Evite for my time in developing this post, .all opinions are 100% honest & completely my own. This post may also contain affiliate links. See my disclosure statement, found under Contact Me, for more information. 

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Oh, Spring! Glorious Spring! How I love thee!

Seriously, though, we’ve been talking about Spring a lot these days, what with the recent Spring Home Tour, various Spring pies and cakes and crafts. But, do you know what we haven’t talked about in what seems like forever? Parties! And what better way to celebrate the arrival of Spring than with a Spring Tea Party!


Of course, it starts with the invitation. Unless it doesn’t start with the invitation, which was the case here! Ha! In this case, all of my inspiration came from a salad plate. This lovely, vintage style salad plate from Pioneer Woman’s new dinnerware line to be exact. I was busy buying paper towel and laundry soap and came home with 6 of these plates for my table as well! I love the colors; I love the floral pattern and scroll work. And, I live for the red border. These salad plates scream warm and sweet tea afternoons. Spring Tea Party swoon-worthy – they were just perfect!


Pioneer Woman Country Garden Salad Plates

Armed with inspiration, it was time for invitations and to visit my go-to guest list management site, Evite! Evite has a wide variety of invitation options for tea parties, but my heart was set on the vintage floral look. There were a few options that came very close, but I was determined to have a near exact pattern and look to my inspiration plate.  Luckily, Evite offers not only free designs but also offers a Premium invitation that allows you to upload your design. Perfect.

I created my design, loaded it up to the Evite site, added the party details and my guest list and pressed send! It was THAT easy. I love that I can go on about my planning and just wait for the RSVPs to roll in. Evite has other fun features that allow you to select gifts and interact directly with your guests through the list. Fantastic.

Tea Party Image|Invitation Created in PicMonkey and Evite


Decor was up next, and I kept it simple.

Although I would have loved to be sitting in the middle of a garden, wearing an amazing Fascinator and sipping mint juleps, the weather isn’t quite up for that yet. So, I brought the garden inside.

Flowers were a must for this party, and I found all of these at my local grocer. Mixing a matching a few bouquets, and bringing in a few daffodils from my yard gave me the look and color I was going for.


A practical centerpiece, the teapots were labeled with the selections of the afternoon and placed on a pedestal.


My favorite accent had to be the paper doilies I picked up on clearance at my local grocer – they are also available at The doilies up the vintage-factor for me for next to no cost.


I used my grandmother’s silver and mismatched serving dishes to take away some of the formality. This party was supposed to be fun after all!

These cute and inexpensive clip-on butterflies, which came in a perfect pack of 6, were ideal for place markers!

Butterfly Clips
Tea was obviously an important component to this party. Because I like to offer a cocktail choice at my parties, I decided rather than go with the usual tea flavor favorites; I would offer those that complemented cocktails that included tea. The teas I found that were a natural fit for this were a fruit sangria by Adigio teas,  a citrus green tea, also by Adigio teas, and a hot cinnamon tea by Harney and Sons which had the distinct flavor of red hots candy – this would be great in the fall or winter!



To complement these I offered prosecco, sparkling water and sparkling fruit juices and my guests and I enjoyed testing the different flavors!



Make sure to have both sweet and savory food options for your party. I kept the food fairly simple. For savory, I went with a selection of finger sandwiches, mini croissant chicken salad sandwiches, and devilled eggs.

On the sweet side, petite fours, various other cookies, and other sweets finishing off with a lovely lemon cream cake. I mixed homemade with store bought – don’t feel you have to hand make everything.

White Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookies




I always like to plan a game or activity – there are a million (who knew?) well loved favorites for tea parties. Our favorite “Spill the tea”, where each guest writes a tidbit of information about themselves anonymously and puts the slip of paper into a teapot. Everyone passes the teapot around the table, pulling and reading a sheet from the teapot. The players then try to guess who wrote the slip. It’s a great icebreaker for when not everyone knows one another, and great fun for when everyone knows each other well!



My favorite part of the afternoon by far – hanging out with these crazies. I couldn’t ask for more lovely ladies in my life!




At the end of the afternoon, each guest left with a linen drawstring bag filled with sachets of tea and cookies and a cute little teapot thank you for spending their time with me!


As my gift to you, feel free to download the label file by clicking on it!

 Teapot Favor Labels

Great memories were made – Thank you to Evite for helping me make this, and all of my parties, a complete success!

Invitations: Invitations and Premium Designs
Dinnerware, placemats:
Butterfly Clips
Flowers, Italian and sugar cookies, scones:
Cake, cookies and all other food:
Party Design, Decor, and Styling:
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Teapot Favor Labels:

Pin for later: Spring Tea Party



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Bollywood Inspired Party

on June 17, 2015

No, there isn’t a glitch in your system, I am writing a blog post. I know you’ve been hearing the crickets chirping instead of my fingers flying on the keyboard!

I’d bore you with the details of the past few weeks, and the reasons why my beloved blog has had to take a bit of a backseat, but let’s just summarize, shall we? Here’s the skinny:

  • End of school
  • Fifth-grade graduation – is that even a thing?
  • Dance recitals
  • Adult children are moving in. And repeat.
  • The 21 Day Fix – I’m eating out of containers.
  • Autism, autism, autism
  • Mandatory (and much needed) family time
  • Three parties! 

Are you exhausted yet because I know I am? The show must go on. Today, I clawed my way back to share one of the three parties with you! If you know me, you know I love a party!

Our lovely girl, Bekah, was turning 12, and the celebration was at our house this year. We threw a fun party for family and friends, followed by a movie/sleepover for eight tweens-bordering-on-teens. The theme – Bollywood!

Inspiration comes from the most unlikely of places – in this case, a mini-card stock book that I can’t for the life of me even remember when or why I picked up. Add to that Bekah’s love for her favorite reigning Disney princess.. Jasmine, of course.. It was a unique theme that was easy to execute. Bright colors, mixed patterns and an over-abundance of a glittery gold set just the right mood and tone.

Here are a few of the highlights.

Invites created with Picmonkey. My inspiration came from here and here.

The party starts at the front door. For the entry way, I used various pieces from around my home, and from different projects. Click the links below to see how I’ve used some of these items in the past!

Mirror draping – Walmart party table cloths, the most versatile party decor! Check here and here for other purposes.
Peacock feathers – Peacock Halloween costume.
Gold beads – Christmas decor.
Table covers – Mine, drapes, curtains and a scarf embellished with gold washi tape. 
I like to start the party with an interactive activity – it’s perfect for that time in between the first guest arriving and the last and it’s a fantastic icebreaker. This embellished bud vase craft was inexpensive and simple enough for even the littlest guests. Gold puffy paint works it’s magic while homemade glass paint adds just a hint of color on what seems a personal genie bottle. You can find a full tutorial at Creme de la Craft.  
Dinner (Pizza – I wasn’t up for authentic cuisine cooking!) was on the floor! We made the table using our Ping Pong table top and 6-7 milk cartons in a row. 
When decorating for a Moroccan/Indian theme, think layers of color. We laid down thick golden-colored drapes as the base, followed by an orange cotton sheet as a runner. Layers of quilting fabric, fat-quarter size, in various jewel tones layered on top. A roll of gold organza ribbon lay down the middle. 
The table sat 12 comfortably – if sitting on the floor is your idea of comfortable!

Houndstooth Pillows
Plates – Party City.
Chargers – Find them at Walmart during the holiday season for cheap. See here for other uses.

Dessert, of course, included cake – coconut is Bekah’s favorite and her request every year – as well as a selection of other yummy sweets and treats. The decor was made up of various items from around the house, as well as a no-sew simple table runner, gold spray-painted elephant toys and my favorite go-to, vinyl tablecloths. 
Best OMG Cheater Coconut Cake
Other no-sew table runner ideas
Gold Votives – Target Dollar Aisle

The key to a successful sleepover is keeping everyone busy! Other activities we enjoyed included DIY Mendhi tattoos using paint brushes dipped in gel food coloring. 

The faux henna recipe:

  • 2 drops orange gel food coloring
  • 1 drop green orange gel food coloring
  • 1/2 cup water
Design printables – Yoga DoodleArt 

Another favorite activity – Photo booth fun with our new Fuji Instax Mini! We love, love this thing!

DIY Photo Booth with props and a Fuji Instax Mini 8

Props by The Quirky Quail

There might have also been a bit of belly dancing, movie-watching and snack-eating going on.. but I promised not to post ALL of the photos. All in all, I think everyone had a nice time!

The next morning, each sleepy lady received a gift bag full of the following:

  • Gold bangle bracelets – Target Dollar Aisle
  • Bead ring – Pier 1 Imports – check them out for clearance items for this theme! 
  • Beaded Mirror – Pier 1 Imports
  • Finger cymbals (these might have come out for belly dancing!)  –
  • Tamborine –
  • Candy – Rollos rock! 

I hope you’ve found some interesting and useful ideas for your own Bollywood/Moroccan themed party, and I hope you’ll come back and visit us soon! 

For more ideas on incorporating a Bollywood/Moroccan theme, check out my Pinterest board.

Looking for more party fun? You might also enjoy: 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Pin for later – Bollywood Party Ideas

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