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How to Make a Beautiful Fascinator Hat for Under $10

Do you need a fancy Fascinator hat for an upcoming Kentucky Derby Party or the next Royal wedding? Learn here how you can make one for around $10!

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So, how many of you watched the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?! I didn’t get up extra early to watch, but you can bet I tuned in once I was awake! I loved seeing all of the fairytale details – The simple, elegant dress! The floral arch at the chapel! The horse-drawn carriage, taking the newlyweds to the castle! The hats and fascinators!

In case you don’t know, a fascinator is a small, flamboyant hat or hairpiece, usually featuring feathers that flutter and move with the wearer fascinatingly – hence, the name. I learned while watching the wedding and listening to the commentary, that fascinators can run anywhere from a $200-$thousands-plus! What?! I’m here to tell you, if you want to sport a fascinator for the next Royal Wedding or Derby Party that you may attend, you can make a fascinator in one afternoon to match any outfit or occasion. Let me show you how!

 

How to Make a Fascinator

 

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Materials

I didn’t use all of these items, but I wasn’t sure WHAT I was going to use, so I gathered it all! I ended up using the following:

  • Scrap fabric
  • Small paper plate
  • Tulle
  • Deco-mesh
  • Ribbon
  • An alligator hair clip
  • A needle and thread
  • A hot glue gun
  • A large flower

Optional Items

  • Feathers
  • A Button, Brooch, Cameo, butterfly embellishment, or other kinds of focal points
  • A hair comb or hair barrette

What to do

Create the Hat Base

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Cut out the inner circle of your paper plate, then cut a slit from the outer edge of the disc into the center. You wear a fascinator towards the back of the head. If you want to wear your hat towards the front of your head, cut out an oblong piece of cardboard.

Overlap the cut ends of the cardboard circle so that you get a small cardboard mound. Check for size, adjust if necessary, then glue the ends together.

Add the Hat Lining

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Cut out two circles of fabric, with one being about .5″ wider than hat base, and the other being .25″ less than the hat base.

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Carefully hot glue the larger circle of fabric to the TOP of the hat base by gluing the edge onto the underside of the cardboard, pulling taut as you go. I found it easiest to notch the outer edge first.

Glue the smaller circle to the underside of the hat base around the fabric edge, pulling taut, and trim any excess fabric that falls over the side of the base. This will have the smaller circle pulling away from the underside of the base.

Add a clip

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You will need to attach something underneath your fascinator that will allow you to keep it clipped into your hair. A hot-glued alligator clip, hairpin or barrette attached to the underside will do the trick! Alligator clips are those clips that your hairstylist uses to keep your hair pinned up. You can find them at a craft store or a beauty supply store.

 

Add Deco-mesh

Cut a 12″ cross-section of the mesh from the roll. All I had was a larger roll, but if you are lucky enough to have a ribbon sized roll, you’ll want your piece to be about 6″ long. Create a bow out of your deco-mesh and ensure that the loops of the bow are the same length as the tails. Pull it tight and secure the center knot with ribbon.

 

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Hot glue the bow to the hat, looking in the mirror for the proper placement.

 

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Cut through the loop ends and fray the edges.

 

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Add ribbon stems to fill in any gaps. For this hat, I tied 4 or 5 pieces of ribbon into bows then cut through the loops before gluing them into place.

 

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Add Embellishments

Attach your flower with hot glue and arrange the deco mesh pieces around it. This is also the time you would add any other embellishments you might like.

 

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Clip the fascinator on your head, put on your best dress and prepare to fascinate!

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See, that was easy, right? Okay, so you probably can’t wear it to a Royal Wedding because, well, it’s frowned upon to crash one of those, but you can certainly wear it to your next Derby Party! So, get yourself to the craft store and make your fascinator! And if you bump into Harry and Meghan, tell them I say hi!

 

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How to Host a cheer-worthy Kentucky Derby Party 

Posted in ENTERTAINING, PARTIES, PARTY PROPS AND DECOR
on May 21, 2018

Are you thinking of throwing a Kentucky Derby party? If you’re hoping to celebrate the most exciting two minutes in sports but don’t know where to start – this is your one-stop shop for inspiration and ideas.

Hello! We are throwing a surprise Kentucky Derby themed party for my mother-in-law’s 70th birthday, and we’re inviting you.  

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You know I love a party. So, when my sweet mother-in-law had a birthday coming up, my sisters-in-law and I put our heads together to come up with a way to celebrate her AND her birthday. Terry (my MIL) is a Kentucky girl and grew up on a horse farm – how cool is that?! My Sister-in-law had a fabulous idea to throw her a surprise Kentucky Derby themed party, and we all agreed. It was only fitting that we pull out the big hats and the bowties to celebrate her big day!

Ideas for hosting a cheer-worthy Kentucky Derby Party 

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We embraced the theme fully. You can check out my Pinterest Board for all of the fun ideas I came across!

INVITATIONS

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To keep it simple (and secret), we created a Facebook event to manage the guest and RSVP list.  I created an invitation graphic and posted it in the group in printable form for those who prefer a printable invitation.  We were still able to set the tone of the party by using the digital invite but without the hassle of a paper invitation – bonus: ease of an online solution.

 ATTIRE

 

In keeping with the theme, we asked our guests to wear fancy, derby hats and bowties. I think everyone had fun with the idea! 

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kentucky derby party - all of us

For fun, I made a few fascinators and decorated a few floppy hats.

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Click here for the tutorial on how I made the fascinators (hint: I used a paper plate and deco mesh). They were not only simple to make and super inexpensive, but most of all they were fun!

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DECORATIONS

To give us a southern country feel, we used a myriad of gingham and floral patterns, with accents of black and white stripes. I used my Cricut Diecut machine to cut out the horseshoe and the racing horse silhouettes. These accents brought the theme home in a simple way.

 

Kentucky Derby Party - Floral Centerpiece - Dining Room

Kentucky Derby Party - Floral Centerpiece - Kitchen

My Mother-in-Law’s birthday is at the end of March when there aren’t a plethora of flowers around. To bring spring to us, we decorated with extra large tissue and other flowers in abundance. I’ll have a tutorial up for how we made them shortly and will link back when I do. 

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The cupcake toppers and food labels carried on the theme in florals and hand-lettering script.

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Kentucky Derby Party - Derby Pie Squares

The floral chandelier was the perfect centerpiece for my spring table, and I was so excited to get to use it again in this setting. It might even look more beautiful on my Sister-in-law’s grand chandelier.

 

Kentucky Derby Party - Floral Chandelier Wreath

 

FOOD

We used this porcelain dinnerware from World Market. I love that it comes in its own space-saving tray – great for storing between events.

 

The food was straightforward and inexpensive to make, perfect for a crowd, and fit our theme. The menu included:

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  • Kentucky Hot Brown Casserole  – I followed this recipe almost exactly, but used turkey deli meat instead of roasted turkey to save on time, along with crisped turkey bacon as that was what I had in the house.
  • Pulled Pork with Slaw
  • Potato Salad
  • Crudites Tray (Fancy for veggies)
  • Chicken nuggets – kids love ’em!
  • Fruit tray
  • Pimento Dip and crackers – OMG – SO good and rave reviews from the Kentucky natives.

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Dessert included:

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Kentucky Derby Party - Derby Pie Squares

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DRINKS

A must-have at a derby party, along with the basics like water and soda, we served mint juleps with a twist – strawberry mint julep punch to be exact. We also had all of the fixings for the Oaks Lily cocktail – the official drink of the of the Kentucky Oaks, the premier race for 3-year-old female horses that they’ve held each year on the day before the Kentucky Derby since 1875. And no, I did not know that – Google told me – but now we both do.

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A self-serve drink table made beverage service easy, as did a multi-purpose punch. This drink recipe card was close by for those who wanted to add a bit of a zip – aka: bourbon – to their punch. The cocktail recipe card is part of the printables kit I created for the party – it will be available for download shortly!

Kentucky Derby Party - drink recipe card

I would have loved to serve our mint julep punch in silver julep cups, but that was a little out of our budget. Instead, we went with a silver-topped disposable cup – a similar look within our budget.

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PHOTO OPS

Inspired by Kentucky Derby Party ideas I found while researching for this one, I borrowed bits and pieces from those parties to make this Derby themed photo backdrop, and props.

 

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The horse balloons were one of my favorite props – I like how they set the scene and the kids LOVED them.

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Our photo backdrop is made from a paper tablecloth that we embellished, then hung on a rolling garment rack.

I used my Cricut to cut out the photo prop shapes, then, added scraps of ribbon and other fun craft-leftovers to bring them to life.

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FUN WAS HAD BY ALL

The party was a huge success!

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Our guests were such good sports, and everyone took their turn posing in the photo area.

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Kentucky Derby Party - props in action 1Our Birthday Girl had NO idea what we were planning – A perfectly executed surprise party!

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I think she was as excited as we were when she arrived to find all the family and treasured friends coming out just for her. I think she (and our guests) had a fabulous time – nearly as much as if we’d been at the actual Kentucky Derby. But that is another party!

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How to Make a DIY Hanging Flower Chandelier Wreath

For your next celebration, whether a dinner party, bridal or baby shower or even a birthday, consider moving your floral centerpiece off the table and up, with a hanging flower chandelier! Maybe you’ve seen a floral chandelier on your favorite blog; perhaps you’ve even Pinned one – today, let me show you how easy (and fun!) these beautiful focal points are to make! 

 

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We all know I LOVE a gorgeous table setting, and for me, large, lush centerpieces are the jewel of a beautiful table. You too? Well, then you know the risk of a centerpiece being so enormous, that you can’t see the people across the table from you! Luckily for us, there is a solution – a hanging centerpiece!

Easter Table Decorations - chandelier wreath table

For our recent Easter table, I decided to move the action “up” and wow, what a focal point! The hanging flower wreath stole the show, with its abundance of blooms. Using faux flowers ensured it no mess and less fuss. It was a snap to make, and fun, too! With such a simple project, you can add the same elegance to ALL of your celebrations – Let me show you how I made it.

How to Make a DIY Hanging Flower Chandelier Wreath

You Will Need:

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  • Floral wire – You’ll use floral wire to attach fresh flowers and foliage to your small hoop and large wire frame.
  • Flowers and Greenery – see note below for selection ideas
  • Wire Cutters
  • A Foam ring
  • Fishing line – if suspending the wreath outside of chandelier

Flower selections:

I used about 10-12 large blooms such as peonies, dahlias, and hydrangeas and filled in the gaps with smaller flowers such as roses and large chrysanthemums. Other ideas include:

  • Pink Hyacinths
  • Carnations
  • Amaranthus
  • Hydrangeas
  • Baby’s Breath
  • Craspedia
  • Peonies

Greenery Tips:

Any greenery with a drooping nature, such as a fern, would be a good selection. I used both greenery stems, as well as a greenery garland that I picked up at Michael’s with a 40% off coupon – love those!

What to D0:

Cut the stems of your flowers and greenery to about 2-2 1/2″ long and divide them into size.

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Suspend your form first – it’ll be so much easier! Using four lengths of floral wire, attach your foam wreath form to the bottom of your chandelier, and twist the wire to secure.

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Begin by wrapping your greenery garland loosely up and through, and all the way around your wreath form,

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Add your greenery stems (drooping) evenly around the ring, by pressing the stems into the foam. Alternate placing them on the top and bottom, beginning to fill in the gaps between the greenery garland.

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Now, add your large blooms. Mix up the colors and alternate placing them between the top and bottom of your form, in between the greenery. You’ll want to space them about 5-6″ apart.

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Use your smaller flowers to fill in any gaps.

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Stand back. Oooo and Awwww. Everyone else will be!

 

Easter Table Decorations - chandelier wreath

This DIY Faux Flower Chandelier Wreath is an easy project that takes almost no time at all – the impact it makes, though, colossal! Now, that’s my favorite kind of project!

 

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