DIY Macaron Easter Bunny Favors

DIY Macaron Easter Bunny Favor with FREE Printable

Yes, I jumped on the macaron bandwagon and I’m not sorry. They come in perfect Easter egg colors so it seamed like just the right time to jump on board. The results are pretty darn cute. I mean, how darling are these Easter bunny favors? They make me smile and thanks to Oriental Trading, they are super easy to create.

DIY Macaron Easter Bunny Favors with FREE Printable

In order to make these, you’ll have to order the Bunny Favor Container via Oriental Trading. They are super affordable (right now on sale for under $2.50 for 12) and they are the perfect size for a macaron. How lucky, right?! Then all I did was embellish them with my FREE Easter Flags Printable and flowers.

DIY Macaron Easter Bunny Favor with FREE Easter Printable

Materials

Instructions

DIY Macaron Easter Bunny Favor with FREE Easter Printable

Attach Easter flag. First you’ll need to download and print my FREE Easter Flags Printable. The flags were created to add to straws so you’ll only want to use half of a flag per bunny. Be sure to cut in “half” close to where the writing stops on the other side so you have extra room for your flowers to overlap your flag. You’ll then use double-sided tape to attach your flag to your bunny. Make sure that you only tape to the round, front circle of your Bunny Container (and not to the ears) so that you can still open your container.

DIY Macaron Easter Bunny Favor with FREE Easter Printable

Attach leaves. I used faux Lambs Ear for the leaves. Use two small leaves and one medium leaf. I was able to make 4 containers per lambs ear stem because most of the leaves are large. Attach using your hot glue gun. Again, remember to only glue to the front circle piece and not on the ears so that you can still open your container.

DIY Macaron Easter Bunny Favor with FREE Printable

Attach flower. I then glued on one flower to each bunny.

DIY Macaron Easter Bunny Favors with FREE Printable

Remove “tail” from front and add to back. You’ll notice that the bunny container comes with a white ball attached to the front. These easily peel off and then I added them to the back using the hot glue gun.

DIY Macaron Easter Bunny Favors with FREE Printable

Fill with your favorite treat. I used macarons, but you could use any Easter treat. Macarons are readily available right now thanks to them being a trend to have at weddings so just google to find a bakery with them in your area.

DIY Macaron Easter Bunny Favors with FREE Printable

DIY Macaron Easter Bunny Favors with FREE Printable

DIY Macaron Easter Bunny Favors with FREE Printable

They fit perfectly in an Easter basket for presenting to guests.

DIY Macaron Easter Bunny Favors with FREE Printable

Or place one at each place setting. They look great with our DIY Easter Party Straws.

DIY Macaron Easter Bunny Favors with FREE Printable

Don’t have time for making the favors, just pile these delicious treats on your favorite serving dish and enjoy. They are like little Easter eggs in cookie form.

DIY Macaron Easter Bunny Favors with FREE Printable

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter. I’ve been having so much fun creating this season. Be sure to see my Easter Table, DIY Easter Basket Animals and DIY Easter Party Straws.


A special thank you to Oriental Trading for sending me the Bunny Favor Containers, I could not be happier with how they turned out. 

FREE Easter Printable & DIY Party Straws

FREE Easter Flags Printable and DIY Party Straws via Tonality Designs

A party printable is an a fun, affordable, fast and even last-minute way to add a little character to any gathering. I created the FREE Easter Flags Printable as an easy way to embellish your party straws or use as toppers for your dessert. However you use them, the first step is downloading your FREE file! I hope you enjoy them.

FREE Easter Flags Printable and DIY Party Straws via Tonality Designs

Be sure to download your FREE PDF file. Then print your file on white cardstock and cut out each flag using a ruler and craft knife or scissors.

FREE Easter Flags Printable and DIY Party Straws via Tonality Designs

If using on party straws, I used silver paper party straws (find similar ones here) and then folded each flag and attached to a straw using double-sided tape (you can also use glue).

FREE Easter Flag Printable and DIY Party Straws via Tonality Designs

Before adding the flags, I also attached a faux flower and then covered the stem of each flower with the flag. Adds a little extra charm.

FREE Easter Flag Printable and DIY Party Straws via Tonality Designs

So how will you use your FREE Easter Flags? I’d love to see what you do so be sure to share your pictures on Instagram and tag me (@tonalitydesigns). I often share my favorite pictures on my account.

4 Tips for Setting Your Easter Table

Easter Tablescape with Blooming Easter Basket and DIY Easter Basket Animals

Easter is a family affair so when setting the table I like to think of things that will appeal to both kids and adults. So how do I do that?

Sometimes it works best to set a special kid table. The kid table usually exudes a little more “fun” and features a special activity to keep the kids occupied. If going this route, the key is to keep the color scheme the same for both tables so that they still go together. I invite you to see my kid table and adult table from last year for inspiration.

However, sometimes it’s nice to sit altogether. And guess what? Sometimes us adults need to let go of the fussy and have a little fun too! So that was my intent this year. The idea was to set a table where we could both eat and do a fun activity as a whole family. As for the activity, I decided to go with a classic Easter craft—dying Easter eggs of course. The look of the table stayed sophisticated for the adults yet had whimsical touches like the DIY Easter Basket Animals for the kids. All-in-all, I think it’s a table that’s sure to bring a smile to all who gather.

Here are 4 tips for creating a pretty table. 

1: Create a Neutral “Canvas”

Setting an Easter Table for Both Kids and Adults

If you’ve been following me for long, you know I like to set a table using white linens, even if I’m using plastic tablecloths and plates. It creates a neutral “canvas” for everything else to pop.

Easter Table Perfect for Both Kids and Adults

Here I used white plastic tablecloths because we would be dying Easter eggs. My trick when using plastic tablecloths—double up. Use two tablecloths so that the plastic drapes down longer on both sides of the table. This not only hides the legs better, but also prevents your tablecloth from flying up as much. Then at each place setting I used a neutral, woven placemat from Ikea and topped it with a white, ribbed-edge plate from Oriental Trading. I finished it with a quilted mason jar with a gold or silver party straw, Easter napkin, and clear plastic cutlery.

2: Set the Tone with Your Centerpiece

Easter Tablescape with Blooming Easter Basket

The centerpiece sets the tone for your table. Here I create DIY Blooming Easter Baskets. I took a classic Easter basket and filled it with colorful spring blooms. I kept the arrangement very simple and used white lilacs (that smell amazing) and a variety of ranunculus.

DIY Easter Baskets

I found the Easter baskets in Oriental Trading’s Easter Collection. They are the perfect size and shape, plus so affordable. You get 12 baskets for the price of what one basket usually costs. However, I wanted white baskets. Good thing, spray paint can fix anything.

DIY White Easter Baskets with Colorful Insides

I set up a “spray booth” by using the box the baskets came in.

DIY White Easter Baskets with Colorful Insides

I decided I wanted to create white baskets with colorful insides so I sprayed ONLY the outside of the baskets, keeping the handles and inside of the baskets the original color (although one I did spray the whole thing). Then once dry, I used white acrylic paint to paint the outside of each handle so that only the insides of the basket were the fun accent color.

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I then filled one of my DIYed baskets with flowers. I used floral oasis for this arrangement. First, I lined the basket with a plastic bag and placed a Tupperware bowl inside. I then put a piece of soaked floral oasis in the Tupperware bowl. This made it easy to arrange the flowers. I first stuck in the white lilac as a base for the arrangement and once happy with that, I added the ranunculus. I love this combination because it looks so whimsical and just perfectly spring to me. And you still can catch a glimpse of the original yellow basket on the inside of the handle.

And if you don’t feel confident in your floral arranging skills—just take your basket to your local florist. Show them a picture of my basket and I’m sure your florist will create something even better!

3: Include Something Whimsical Like DIY Easter Basket Animals

Easter Tablescape with DIY Easter Basket Animals

I wanted everyone to be able to take home the eggs they decorated so I got chipwood baskets from Oriental Trading that I then embellished to be different Easter animals.

Easter Table with DIY Easter Basket Animals

I filled each basket with white paper grass and white hardboiled eggs ready to be dyed.

Easter Tablescape with DIY Easter Basket Animals

Be sure to check out the full tutorial for the DIY Easter Basket Animals (post here). I have instructions for creating an Easter bunny, chick and lamb.

After you’re done eating, you can then clear the plates and bring out the stuff for dying the Easter eggs. Of course you could make the activity only for the kids, but I think there is something magical when you get the adults involved too.

4: Remember, You Can Keep It Simple

Setting an Easter Table for Both Kids and Adults

I recommend only doing one or two DIY projects for your party so you don’t overwhelm yourself. I put all my focus on only two DIYs: the centerpiece and the DIY Easter Basket Animals. The rest was just stuff I had or got as-is at Oriental Trading or Target.

DIY Bloom Easter Basket

I hope this inspired you. In my next post I’ll provide some other simple Easter ideas, including a FREE printable and favor idea, so stay tuned!

A special thank you to Oriental Trading for sending me items used in this post. They have a great assortment of Easter goodies on their site and I highly recommend you take a peek.

DIY Easter Basket Animals: Easter Bunnies and Chicks and Lambs, Oh My!

DIY Easter Basket Animals: Simple Chipwood Baskets from Oriental Trading get an Easter makeover! Get the tutorial via Tonality Designs.

Okay folks, this is the first of many Easter projects I have underway and I must say, I’m smitten! If you follow me on Instagram, I showed in my stories my process of making these. I also shared a “sneak peek” picture and the response has been overwhelming. They’ve already been featured by Oriental Trading and others, all before I have even shown them in use. And trust me, if you think they can’t get cuter—they can! Needless to say, I’m so excited to share the easy how-to with you now.

DIY Easter Basket Animals: Simple Chipwood Baskets from Oriental Trading get an Easter makeover! Get the tutorial via Tonality Designs.

The inspiration for the project were Chipwood Baskets that I found on Oriental Trading. I loved their natural finish, size and simple-casual feel. They are also super affordable. You get 12 for $6.99. I immediately could picture them on my Easter table. I figured I’d use one at each place setting to hold Easter eggs. I thought they would even be cute as is, but then my imagination took over!

DIY Easter Basket Animals: Easter Bunnies and Chicks and Lambs, Oh My!

I thought of the bunny first, but I’ve featured bunnies for Easter a lot in the past so I decided I needed to think of two more animals. Naturally, a chick and lamb came to mind and, frankly, I really liked the idea of using feathers! For the bunny and lamb, I wanted the ears to look like they were part of the basket so I used thin basswood (available at craft stores) and even though the wood doesn’t match perfectly, you can barely tell and I think this detail is what makes them look professional and a little less like a craft. Always my goal when doing these things.

So let’s just get to it.

Materials

  • Chipwood Baskets (Available at Oriental Trading)
  • Basswood 3/16″ x 4″ x 36″ – for the bunny and lamb (Available at craft stores like Jo-Ann Fabrics)
  • Faux Flowers (Flowers should have a 1″ or smaller diameter. Pick a variety of colors. I used yellow, white and shades of pink. For the leaves, you can use any faux leaves, I just used the green fringe leaves that were part of one of the flowers.)
  • Yellow Feathers – for the chick
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Acrylic Paint (black, pink, white and orange)
  • Fine and medium paint brushes
  • Craft knife

Instructions

For Bunny

DIY Easter Basket Animals: Easter Bunnies and Chicks and Lambs, Oh My!: How-to Tutorial via Tonality Designs

Cut Out Ears: Using a pencil, draw two bunny ears on your basswood (I will follow up with a template, so message me if you need it). Using your craft knife, cut out the two bunny ears.

DIY Easter Basket Animals: Easter Bunnies and Chicks and Lambs, Oh My!: How-to Tutorial via Tonality Designs

Paint Insides of Ears: Create the insides of the bunny ears using your medium paint brush and your pink and white paint. I like using both to create a little dimension. For a lighter, water color effect, just use more water.

DIY Easter Basket Animals: Easter Bunnies and Chicks and Lambs, Oh My!: How-to Tutorial via Tonality Designs

Glue Ears to Basket: Once your paint is dry (doesn’t take long), glue ears to the inside rim of your chipwood basket. After the ears are in place, glue on your flowers to the front rim. Note: it makes it easier if you first glue on your leaves and then layer on the flowers on top.

DIY Easter Basket Animals: Easter Bunnies and Chicks and Lambs, Oh My!: How-to Tutorial via Tonality Designs

Add Face: I suggest lightly drawing your face first with a pencil to get the correct placement. When you are ready to paint, make sure you don’t add too much water or your paint will bleed. Try practicing first on the basswood to get a feel for your brush and paint.

For my bunny faces, I painted two black oval eyes set wide apart. I then painted the pink nose. Using a little more water, I then added light pink cheeks. Once the paint was dry, I outlined the bottom of the nose with black and added the black mouth. The last step was adding two small white dots to the eyes and white lines for the whiskers.

For the Lamb

DIY Easter Basket Animals: Easter Bunnies and Chicks and Lambs, Oh My!: How-to Tutorial via Tonality Designs

Similar to the bunny, you cut out two lamb ears from the Basswood and paint the pink insides. The ears then get glued to the front of the chipwood basket. Next, add the flowers and leaves. For the face, it was similar to the bunny, but I made the eyes closer together and didn’t do the cheeks or whiskers.

For the Chick

DIY Easter Basket Animals: Easter Bunnies and Chicks and Lambs, Oh My!: How-to Tutorial via Tonality Designs

Are you ready for some feather fun! The yellow bag of feathers I got from Jo-Ann Fabric had many shades of yellow that really added extra dimension to the chicks.

DIY Easter Basket Animals: Easter Bunnies and Chicks and Lambs, Oh My!: How-to Tutorial via Tonality Designs

You’ll want to make sure that you add the feathers so that they curve backwards toward the rest of the basket and not out towards you. I slipped them into the corner slots and glued them to the inside of the basket. Please message me if you have any questions.

Once done with the wings, I added two small feathers to the top before adding the flowers. I then added the flowers similar to the bunny and lamb.

DIY Easter Basket Animals: Easter Bunnies and Chicks and Lambs, Oh My!: How-to Tutorial via Tonality Designs

And then you paint the face. I painted black oval eyes like the bunny and lamb. (Note how you can also add eyelashes! There really are no rules.)  I then mixed my orange with some of the pink paint to create a darker orange. I used this for the bottom/opening of the beak. Once that was dry, I added the top orange triangle. And don’t forget to add small white dots to the eyes.

DIY Easter Basket Animals: Easter Bunnies and Chicks and Lambs, Oh My!: How-to Tutorial via Tonality Designs

In my next post, I’ll show you how (and why) I created these cuties as well as this fun Blooming Easter Basket (basket from Oriental Trading, I just painted the outside white).

A special thank you to Oriental Trading for sending me products to use in this post. They are only some of the great finds they have in their Easter collection and I’ll be showing more of my finds from them in the next couple of posts leading up to Easter. 

St. Patrick’s Day “Lucky” Tags FREE Printable

FREE St Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day is Friday and one thing I love to do is design party printables for holidays and events. I personally love printables not only because I can customize the colors and sayings to be just what I want, but I also get to provide the files for others to use. And what’s really great about PDF printables: They are always quick, affordable and an easy last-minute decoration. Plus, often it’s the only decor touch you need for a day like St. Paddy’s Day.

So be sure to download the FREE St. Patrick’s Day “Lucky” Tags here. Below, I show two uses: 1) drinking glass tags and 2) dessert toppers. Enjoy!

FREE St Patrick's Day

First, you’ll need to download the FREE St. Patrick’s Day “Lucky” Tags here. The file is a 8.5 x 11 PDF that you can download and print as many copies at home or a place like Staples. All I ask is you don’t sell the goods you make, don’t distribute the file or use any of the artwork as your own. Please also give credit to Tonality Designs for any photos used online or in social media.

You can use the tags for a variety of uses, but below I give you two examples.

Drinking Glass Tags

FREE St Patrick's Day

For the drinking glasses, I printed the file on regular paper and then attached each tag to a quilted mason jar using double-sided tape.

FREE St. Patrick's Day Lucky Tags Printable and Green Beer

I decided to serve a St. Patrick’s day classic—Green Beer. All you need is green food coloring and your favorite beer. I added 1 drop of green food coloring to the glass and then poured the beer. Make sure you put the food coloring in first because it will naturally mix when you pour your beer into the glass.

FREE St. Patrick's Day Lucky Tags Printable and Green Beer

FREE St. Patrick's Day Lucky Tags Printable

Not into beer, you can pretty much add food coloring to any drink so serve milk, Sprite, water… Or I served wine too and kept it the natural golden color. Are there really any rules when you’re having fun?

Dessert Toppers

St Patrick's Day FREE Printable Tags

For dessert toppers I suggest printing the file on heavy white cardstock. I think the weight of the cardstock helps make sure your toppers are sturdy enough. Also, I often use two tags per topper so that the topper is double-sided; therefore, looks good from all sides.

St Patrick's Day FREE Printable Tags

I attached each tag to a party straw and on some added gold tissue paper tassels as well.

St Patrick's Day FREE Printable Tags

And then I wanted something really easy to serve, so although I don’t know how Irish mint chocolate chip ice cream is, but the color seemed perfect. I’m sure you could also add toppers to your corned beef and cabbage or Irish soda bread (wink)!

St Patrick's Day FREE Printable Tags

Matching Banner Also Available

St Patrick's Day

I also created a Lucky! Banner that is available as an instant download on my Etsy site.

St Patrick's Day Lucky Banner via Tonality Designs

I simply printed the 3-page PDF file on white cardstock and then strung together on white rope and also added tissue paper tassels.

St Patrick's Day Lucky Banner and FREE Lucky Tags

The banner made for a nice backdrop for the drink and dessert bar.

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Be sure to download the FREE Lucky Tags and also check out Etsy for the Lucky! Banner.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Galentine’s Brunch Turned Planting Party and Valentine’s Day Printables

Galentine's Day Party with FREE Valentine's Day Printables

So I’m now following up from Part I of my Galentine’s Brunch (see post here) to share with you the idea of turning your brunch into a “Planting Party.” My friends are always asking me to host a craft or DIY party, but I’m always hesitant as 1) crafts can cost a lot and 2) they can take a lot of prep work. So as a compromise, I thought guests could make a pretty succulent arrangement. Everyone loves them and it’s something we don’t always take the time to make for ourselves. Plus, this would make for a cute Valentine’s Day gift. I mean, even guys like plants, right? Well, at least they should, and the FREE printable I created should make anyone smile.

I don’t really take anything too seriously in life, especially parties, so I always like to have some elements that make my guests smile—and maybe even laugh. So that was my goal with the “Plant One On Me” lip tags. Who doesn’t like a clever double entendre? Golly, it just makes me smile it’s so dang cute, if I do say so myself. (If one can’t enjoy their own creations then that’s just sad.)

So, that said, here are the details for turning your brunch into a planting party. I had Valentine’s Day in mind, but this would be great activity for a bridal shower as well.

Planting Party Made Simple

Galentine's Brunch turned Planting Party for Valentines Day with FREE Party Printables

What You’ll Need

  1. A pot for each guest. I picked these cute galvanized buckets from Oriental Trading. I love them because they are totally on trend right now, they go with any decor and they are super affordable. These pots are sold in a set of 6 for $17.99 – so that’s only $3 a pot. Terra cotta pots would also be a very affordable and cute option.
  2. A variety of succulents or other plants. I live in Southern California so the local nurseries and Home Depot have succulents year round. If you live somewhere where succulents aren’t available, do any mixture of flowers that you like. Guests will have fun with whatever you pick. Buy enough plants so that each guest will be able to fill the pot size you picked.
  3. Soil. Depending on your pot size, you will need extra soil for your guests to fill the pots. Note: they have specific soil if doing succulents.
  4. A couple shovels. Guests can share these and really a lot of the work is done by hand anyways.
  5. The FREE “Plant One On Me” Printable! Of course this is optional, but I think it is what makes this project so perfect for Valentine’s Day.
  6. Clothespins. This is only if you’re doing the Plant One On Me printables so you can attach the tag to each pot.
  7. Valentine’s Day Planting Party Signs – if doing the party, this free printable is also ideal.
How to Throw a Galentine's Brunch for Valentine's Day

Part I, the brunch portion of my party, used a flower centerpiece and I had the succulents waiting in the wings. (See them in the background?) However, you’ll see you don’t need the flowers—I just really wanted them!

Do the Planting After Guests Eat

I decided that instead of setting up two tables (one to eat and another to plant) I would just use the same table. I happened to have a flower centerpiece for my brunch, so I removed that and then put out the succulents; however, if you don’t have flowers just set your brunch table with the succulents/plants to start. They are so pretty just as is. However, regardless on if you use the succulents at the beginning of your party or later, if serving food do it first. Once you are done eating, you can clear your table and put out what you need for the planting. This gets messy, so you wouldn’t want to eat on your table afterwards. I had the succulents just waiting on the buffet table and then put everything out as “part II” of the party.

Galentine's Brunch turned Planting Party for Valentines Day with FREE Party Printables

Setting Up the Table

This set up took me no time at all. I promise. It’s so very doable.

Use your plants as a “runner” down the table. I put three galvanized trays down the center of the table and then put the succulent pots out at random. I used the containers the pots originally came in even though they were black (because remember, I wanted this to be very little prep) and honestly, they looked super cute. And if you don’t have the trays, place a pretty runner down the center of your table, even craft paper would be really cute. The runner just helps anchor the plants and gives it a polished look. (Also note, I used plastic tablecloths because the table gets messy.)

Galentine's Brunch turned Planting Party for Valentines Day with FREE Party Printables

Add heart balloons. To add to the Valentine’s Day feel, I added 4 mini heart balloons to the succulents at random. The balloons come with white sticks, but I dressed them up by just putting a paper straw over each white stick. I just love little details like that.

Galentine's Brunch turned Planting Party for Valentines Day with FREE Party Printables

Add planting party signs. I designed two party signs (Love Grows Here and I Dig You) that you can download to print at home or at a printer like FedEx Office or Staples. Each sign is 4″ x 6″ and I put them in white frames I got at Ikea (for only $1 each). The frames are double-sided so perfect to use on a table where guests will be seated on both sides. And since they are a neutral white, I keep them on hand to use at any party. I created the signs in both red and pink, so the PDF is 2 pages. Just download the printable here and then print on 8.5 x 11″ paper and trim to size to put in frames.

Galentine's Brunch turned Planting Party for Valentines Day with FREE Party Printables

Put a pot at each seat. I used a round woven placemat at each seat and then put the galvanized pot with a “Plant One On Me” Lip Tag clipped on with a clothespin. You can download the FREE printable here. Just print on 8.5 x 11″ card stock and then cut out each lip. I don’t have a fancy cutter so I leave about an 1/8″ white border around the lip as I cut. I’ve found this technique hides the flaws and makes it look better than trying to cut out exactly on the line. And I kind of like the white border, but of course do what makes you happy!

Galentine's Brunch turned Planting Party for Valentines Day with FREE Party Printables

Then have your guests plant. Have the extra soil & shovels either off to the side (like on what you used for the buffet table) or on the main table; whatever you find works best. You really only need it at the beginning of planting and sometimes it’s good to move around.

Galentine's Brunch turned Planting Party for Valentines Day with FREE Party Printables

I truly hope you’ve enjoyed my Galentine’s Day Brunch and Planting Party ideas as I sure had a fun time dreaming them up! I wish you all the happiest of Valentine’s Days and hope you feel loved this season no matter your relationship status. I personally know how hard it is to be single or in a struggling relationship, so if that is you right now, I strongly encourage you not to hide from Valentine’s Day and instead kick Valentine’s butt by hosting a Galentine’s Day Party. Although it takes courage, there is nothing more healing than surrounding yourself with friends and family that will love on you no matter what!

A strong thank you to Oriental Trading who provided items for me to use for my Galentine’s Brunch. If you missed Part I you can see it here. All the opinions I stated are my own and I get NO profit if you purchase any items through links on my site.

How to Throw a Galentine’s Brunch for Valentine’s Day

Galentine's Day Party Ideas for Valentine's Day via Tonality Designs

I’m not always into trends, but the ever popular Galentine’s Day is one trend I’m happy to get on board and celebrate. As the name would suggest, Galentine’s Day is a chance to celebrate all the gals in your life—all your friendships! It’s almost like a bridal shower but there is no bride and everyone is the guest of honor. It actually originated with Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation (boy do I miss that show). Leslie said, “What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home and just kick it breakfast style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus, frittatas!” To learn more about why this made-up holiday is so awesome, check out this Buzz Feed article (you’ll get a good laugh).

I love this alternative way to celebrate Valentine’s Day for a few reasons:

  1. Single gals tend to dread Valentine’s Day and in response have done “anti-Valentine’s” day parties, yet that approach is a bit negative for me. Even though single, I’m not anti love. This is a way to lift up everyone.
  2. You can include all your friends, not just the single gals.
  3. It’s the perfect excuse to have a get together. Who doesn’t like girl time?

How to Throw a Galentine's Brunch for Valentine's Day

Okay, now onto the party details

Inspired by Leslie Knope’s original idea, I planned a brunch and I wanted it to be as girly as possible so the colors are pink, on pink, on pink, on red! I also wanted there to be an activity because my friends are always asking me to throw a craft/DIY party. I figured once done eating, why not turn the main table into a planting station so each girl could take home a lovely potted plant of their creation. Here are the details for the brunch and I’ll follow up this post with all the details about the planting activity.

How to Throw a Galentine's Brunch for Valentine's Day

It’s all centered around the flowers

It started with the flower box. Oriental Trading actually contacted me to do a Valentine’s post and so I got to hand pick some of their items to use for this party! I will give you a full overview of the products I used at the end of the article, but while first searching their website I fell in love with the DIY Flower Box Centerpiece as well as some galvanized pots so I knew my design choices would be centered around using them.

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The box was cute as is, but even the product name says “DIY” so I knew I needed to embellish it some how and I’m so glad I did. My friend Whit of Just the Frosting creates custom vinyl decals and while I was looking through her products on Etsy I discovered this love arrow and the rest was history. It’s honestly my favorite detail and I have the complete DIY tutorial here. You’ll be shocked at how easy this is!

How to Throw a Galentine's Brunch for Valentine's Day

How to Throw a Galentine's Brunch for Valentine's Day

And now let’s talk flowers! I get a high when my vision comes together, and these flowers have me feeling all kinds of wonderful. They became a reality thanks to my friend Monica of Twig and Vine Florals. I usually do all my own flowers, but this box is massive and I wasn’t sure I would be able to accomplish my vision on my own. So I contacted Monica and sent her some inspirational photos. She was then gracious enough to have me over to not only put the arrangement together, but to give me a tutorial on how to build a large arrangement using oasis floral foam. The tutorial quickly turned into fun girl time and I forgot to take pictures of all the steps, but I’m excited to now attempt some harder arrangements. Plus I can say I did “help” with this beauty. Haha, it’s all thanks to Monica’s talents. If you live in Whittier, CA or surrounding LA and OC areas, I highly recommend her for your next event!

How to Throw a Galentine's Brunch for Valentine's Day

I keep it real and use paper goods

Sorry if you are a firm believer in using all “real” plates, napkins, etc., but paper goods just make everything cheaper and easier—especially clean up! The problem is that a lot of time paper goods can look really cheesy, but here are a couple tips to keep it classy:

  1. Pick solid colors or simple patterns in one or two colors. And more often than not, white is always a good choice. Here I really wanted my flowers to stand out, so if I had used pink and red table clothes, plates and silverware, it would have taken away from their beauty. So instead I picked all white, using white plastic tablecloths, white plastic dinner plates with a pretty ribbed detail (they look real) and clear plastic silverware. I then did use pink cloth napkins, but they too pop with all the white.
  2. Don’t use all paper goods. I like to mix in some “real” non-throwaway items with my paper goods. So for example, here I used real napkins and quilted mason jars for glasses.
  3. When using plastic tablecloths, double up! Seeing the legs of folding tables can be so well…ugh! So to fix this eye sore, I simply use two plastic tablecloths so that I can have each one drape to the floor. And in addition, I’ve discovered that this helps prevent the wind blowing your tablecloth off. They still blow but they don’t blow all the way to the top of the table.

How to Throw a Galentine's Brunch for Valentine's Day

Folded Heart Napkins Have My Heart

Okay, I’ve tried different fancy folded napkins before and frankly have had a lot of failures, this is not the case with these hearts. As long as you have a square cloth napkin, you too can do this. And I didn’t have napkins so I simply went to Joann’s and bought a light pink cotton that I cut into squares—easy peasy. As for how to fold them, there are tons of tutorials if you search “heart napkins” on Pinterest, here’s the link.

How to Throw a Galentine's Brunch for Valentine's Day

Brunch Proves Simple

I did not want to cook so I went to a local bakery and purchased a quiche and baked goods.  I then used store bought cookies for extra sweets, sorry not sorry!

How to Throw a Galentine's Brunch for Valentine's Day

The only prep I actually did myself was cutting the fruit and putting on the whipped cream. I then plated everything using my collection of rustic serving platters from Home Goods plus the super cute heart snack cups from Oriental Trading (complete with the arrow picks – sometimes you need a little cheesy!).

How to Throw a Galentine's Brunch for Valentine's Day

As for drinks, keep that simple too. Champagne, coffee, tea and water are good picks for a brunch. Or have a signature cocktail as well, perhaps Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas or Bellinis (like I did). Use paper straws for added cute factor. Here I turned my straws into what I call Sugar Straws, see my tutorial here.

How to Throw a Galentine's Brunch for Valentine's Day

I have all the details for the planting activity in a separate post here.

And then we made it a “Planting Party”

Last, but not least, I love a good activity. Plus, I also love succulents. I mean, who doesn’t? So once done eating, I figured it would be easy to change the table into a planting station and allow everyone to make their own arrangement (so this acted as an activity and favor all in one). And it was super easy to change the table over. I just cleared the table and put the original centerpiece on the buffet table. I then brought out the succulents and pots that I had waiting on the buffet table as decor.

This part of the planning was really fun because I designed printable tags for the pots as well as two signs to display on the table. You can get all the details on how to turn your Galentine’s Brunch into a “Planting Party” (as well as download the FREE printables) on my follow up post here.

How to Throw a Galentine's Brunch for Valentine's Day

A special thanks to Oriental Trading for sending me items to use for this post. I was pleasantly surprised, and even overwhelmed, by the large variety of affordable and cute party and craft supplies available on their website. And a lot of the items I picked will be used (and enjoyed) for years to come (the flower box, pink and red glass votives, galvanized buckets). Although I received free products, all opinions are my own and I receive no compensation for any products purchased through the links on this post.

Holly Jolly Kids Table with DIY Holly Balloon Table Runner & Marshmallow Snowflakes

DIY Holly Balloon Table Runner

I love creating with kids in mind. They aren’t looking for perfection, just fun! And sometimes the cutest creations happen with the humblest of materials. Here I used green construction paper and red balloons to create a DIY Holly Balloon Table Runner that is perfectly imperfect—and kid approved! Plus, my niece and nephew were begging for some hot chocolate, so as an activity we made DIY Marshmallow Snowflakes that I saw on Real Simple. We then used them as a garnish once our hot chocolate was ready. Details on both projects are below.

DIY Holly Balloon Table Runner

DIY Holly Balloon Table Runner

Materials

Instructions

  1. Fold cardstock paper in half. Draw holly shape and cut out your holly. Repeat until you have enough leaves for the length of your runner. I used different shades of green to create interest. Michaels actually has a variety pack (Only $2) perfect for this project (and is what I used).
  2. Blow up red balloons. Keep them small and tape on in clusters of three. I did two clusters of three balloons but you can add more depending on the length of your table.
  3. Once you have everything ready, tape your holly leaves together to form your table runner. Tape on the balloons in clusters of three as well. This is all up to your imagination, have fun with it. And get your kids involved. My niece helped with every step of this runner.

DIY Holly Balloon Table Runner

DIY Holly Balloon Kids Table

I love paper goods, especially when they have such cute designs that I can mix and match.

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DIY Marshmallow Snowflakes

We needed something to do while we waited for our hot chocolate to be ready, so we made DIY Marshmallow Snowflakes that I saw on Real Simple here. All you need are large and small marshmallows and toothpicks. Stick toothpicks into the larger marshmallow and then slide on two smaller marshmallows onto each toothpick. This kept the kids entertained for awhile and they were very proud of their creations.

DIY Snowflake Marshmallows

DIY Marshmallow Snowflakes

To add onto cup, just cut a slit on bottom of the large center marshmallow.

DIY Marshmallow Snowflakes

My nephew wanted to use his new lego mug, isn’t it cool?

I hope you are having fun with your own family and friends! I love that with a little imagination and lots of laughter, lovely memories can be made around a table. Merry Christmas sweet friends!

DIY Christmas Gifts in a Jar with Free Matching Gift Tag Printables

 

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Tis the season for giving and there’s simply something so cute about things that come packaged in a jar. Do you remember the “Cookie Mix in a Mason Jar” craze? It was way before Pinterest, or even blogs for that matter, and my mom was totally into it. Growing up, I remember we would make those for friends and family for all kinds of occasions. And perhaps that’s why I just love anything in a jar.

Here I decided to round up my four Christmas Gifts in a Jar ideas into one post for ease of searching. Each idea comes with its own free gift tag download (and one is generic, so could be used with any gift idea). These ideas are perfect for your neighbors, teachers, hostess gifts, group gifts (like everyone in your book club or wine club!) or even a “just because” gift. I’ve given them to both family and friends and they’ve all been big hits. And Pinterest is full of even more inspiration, just search “gifts in a jar” and tons of creative ideas pop up.

Christmas Baking

FREE Christmas Baking Gift Tag Printable via Tonality Designs

What’s Christmas without Christmas cookies? Cookies and other baked goods lend themselves so easily to stacking in a wide-mouth mason jar. And when giving as a gift, you can tie on my Free Christmas Baking Gift Tag printable with a little baking twine. See the original post here for more inspiration as well as the recipe for my favorite Christmas cookie, a recipe that spans three generations! It wouldn’t be Christmas in my home without Grandma Detrick’s Caramel Glaze Christmas Cookie.

Stovetop Potpourri

DIY Christmas Stovetop Potpourri with FREE Gift Tag download

One of my most popular ideas on my blog, this Stovetop Potpourri has served me well over the last two years. I even just gave a jar to my cousin and when I told her the jar sitting on the table was for her she said, “I was hoping that was for me. I loved it last year!” Haha, but proof you can even repeat this one and your friends and family will love it both times. See my original post here for the how-to instructions as well as the matching FREE printable download. The tag not only has a cute Christmas message, but also provides the instructions for how to use the potpourri.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix and FREE Gift Tag Printable

This hot chocolate recipe is not only delicious, but so easy to create as you only need 3 ingredients. And with hot cocoa bars being all the rage, this gift is sure to please. See my original post here for the recipe as well as the FREE printable gift tag. The tag gives a sweet message as well as instructions for how to make the perfect cup of hot chocolate.

Merry & Bright Gift Tag for Any Christmas Gift

FREE Christmas Gift Tag Printable

Well, this FREE Merry and Bright Gift Tag can actually be used for any gift you give this holiday season. Here I used it on a jar full of my DIY Chocolate-Peppermint Marshmallows. A perfect accompaniment to the Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix I listed above.

The Ideas are Endless

DIY Metallic Mason Jar Lids via Tonality Designs

I would be remiss on doing a roundup of my mason jar gift ideas if I didn’t mention how easy it is to even spray paint your jar lids to be other colors. Above I show how I spray painted my lids different shades of metallic, but you could do Christmas colors. I just happen to use mine for kitchen staples so kept them neutral to match my kitchen. You can see more pictures and the easy how-to instructions on my original post here.

And that’s a wrap—no pun intended! I hope one of these ideas sparks your creativity. Merry Christmas and happy gift giving!

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

No matter what the season, it’s no secret I love flowers. My Instagram account is full of flower arrangement ideas, but it’s also fun to followup here with the simple how-to instructions. I’m sure you’ve probably seen this idea to use cranberries in your vase before (in fact, I even shared this same idea on Instagram last year); however, whenever I share this idea I get tons of oohs and aahs as well as the question: How did you do that?  So with that said, below are the super simple steps to create your own cranberry vase.

I especially love this idea because you can use any clear glass vessel you have and it will instantly be given a Christmas facelift. I don’t have a lot of holiday-specific decor because of storage reasons, plus I like to invest my limited budget on year-round items. So if you don’t have a clear vase you can use, go buy something you love that you can use all year long.

Materials

  • Glass vessel (vase, hurricane, jar, etc.)
  • Smaller vessel (Must fit inside the larger glass vessel you picked and have enough room around the sides to fit the cranberries. I usually have a variety of mason jar sizes on hand so I use those, but anything that holds water will work.)
  • Cranberries
  • Flowers (Fresh or faux, I picked fresh hydrangeas)

Instructions

 

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

Start by picking your main glass vessel. In this post, I show you two different options: a plain clear vase and above a decorative glass hurricane I found this year at Target. I fell in love with the gold branches on the hurricane and immediately knew I wanted to get it because it’s not only perfect for Christmas, but I know I’ll use it all year.

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

Next, pick a smaller vessel that fits inside your main vessel and leaves room for the cranberries. Then put water in the smaller vessel and place inside your main glass vessel.

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

Make sure to cover the top of the smaller vessel and then pour in your cranberries.

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

Now you’re ready for the flowers. Remove the cover over the top of the smaller vessel and arrange your flowers.

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

I think hydrangeas work well for this because the large blooms rest nicely on the lip of your vase and you only need a few stems. (The number of stems you’ll need depend on the size of your main vessel, but above I used 3 stems of white hydrangea and 5 stems of mini green hydrangea.) Just be sure to remove all the leaves and then cut stems to the height of your vase. I used fresh flowers, but faux flowers would work for this because you don’t see the stems. Often what gives away faux flowers are the cheap looking stems.

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

It makes a lovely addition to any table. Instant Christmas. 

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

And remember, your vase doesn’t have to be fancy. Here you see how I used a plain glass vase and the result is just as lovely.

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

For this look I only used white hydrangea (3 stems was all it took!).

Easy Christmas Centerpiece: DIY Cranberry Vase

Candy canes are my other instant Christmas idea. Seriously, there is nothing cheaper and screams Christmas better. Just place them in any little vase or glass you own and—boom—Merry Christmas! The mercury glass also helps. Mercury glass votives are another staple item I invest in and use year round. They are often available in home decor stores this time of year.

Easy Christmas Decor Ideas

And one last tip: ornaments piled on a tray or in a basket also add instant holiday cheer to any space. Decorating doesn’t have to be complicated to be beautiful.

I hope this was helpful. Oh what fun it is to decorate!