party decorations pinterest roundup

This week’s Pinterest Roundup theme is party decorations.  There are so many great ideas floating around the internet and I love how colorful they all are.

There are a lot of party decorations that seem super complicated and look incredibly fancy – and I’ve got to tell you, after a lot of browsing, I’ve realized that’s not my style.  My style is much more bright pops of color, DIY, paper crafting, mix and match, fun, let’s personalize things.  And to be honest, by far my favorite decoration idea is paper chains.  It gets rid of paper you might not have wanted to use and they’re super easy (and mindless) to make.  But unfortunately, paper chains won’t always cut it, huh?

In that case, here are some of my favorite pins that I’ve found around the interwebs.

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What’s your decor style?  Have you tried out anything that is easy and works super well?

postcard winner design choices

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I hope that everybody had a wonderful weekend!  If Easter’s your thing – I hope you had a great time celebrating.  If Passover’s your thing, I hope you’re currently enjoying it.  And if neither one of those is your thing, I hope you get to enjoy the weather and eat a lot of really great food – because that’s how all weekends should be.

I wanted to share with you the three designs that I came up with for Yudistra as the custom postcard design giveaway last month on my blog.  You see, he’s a postcrosser.  Postcrossing is a huge project that allows people to receive postcards from anywhere in the world.  It seems really incredible, and I’m really excited that my design will be sent out across the world!  You can check out more about postcrossing here.

Essentially, I asked Yudistra for some text, a color choice, and a little bit about what he wanted on the postcard.  After asking all of those questions I was still left with a lot of free reign to design, which was kind of cool and super scary at the same time.  He also told me to write a message on the inside and personalize it, which I thought was pretty cool.

Here were the three options that I sent his way.

Postcard Winner Design Choice 01 Postcard Winner Design Choice 02 Postcard Winner Design Choice 03

One thing that I learned from this experience is that when you design something and upload it to your gmail acount and it shows you the thumbnails of what you’ve uploded – don’t freakout when the colors don’t match because it’s probably just the way the thumbnail works.  Goodness, I definitely had a minor freakout about that.

Other than that, I had a lot of fun and am definitely thinking about doing another one of these soon.

Oh.  And in the end he chose the first one.  Which one would you have chosen?

easy watercolor flowers

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You may remember from my bridal shower questions cards post that one of the options that I almost used was to make water color flowers on each of the cards.  After trying it, I decided that it was a little bit too delicate for the question cards, but I knew that I loved the technique and how easy it was, so I decided to use it on the bridal shower card.  I was really surprsied about how easy it was to execute, and there’s pretty much no way to screw up.  (Love things like that.)

The first step is to take out your watercolors.

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Second, make a bunch of color blobs for flowers, varying how dark and light they are – some of them can even have a dark center.  The best part is the blobs don’t need to be any consistent shape – just blobby.  (I like the word blob in case you haven’t picked up on that yet.)

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Then go back through and add some light green lines for the stems.  I found that I liked starting with a very light stem and adding color as necessary so that the green didn’t overpower the pink in the final product.  It’s really easy to layer the colors.  Also – the leaves are just blobs that are a little more angular.

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Once you have finished putting all of the color on, take a black pen and outline the flowers to make them pop a little bit more.  This takes a little bit more finness since you’re defining the shapes of the flowers an the leaves – but honestly, any kind of squiggles will work.

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Also, I found that it was easiest to use paper that was a little bit thicker.  Mine had a texture on it as well, which added a little bit to the final product.

Well, there you have it – how to use squiggles and blobs to make a pretty watercolor flower card.  I loved getting the change to pull out my watercolors again, it’s definitely been too long.  I think there may be some roof deck sunset painting in my future.

easter activity ideas

Easter Activities and Games

Whether you have children or are a child at heart, there are so many games and activities to play at Easter.  It’s such a fun time – the weather has just gotten a bit warmer outside, everything’s turning green, and people are feeling fun and festive.  Here are some of the ideas that we’ve used with my cousins at our family events in the past:

The Egg Drop

My family has used an egg drop as the Easter activity for at least 5 years at this point. The majority of the people in my family think like engineers, so it was always an interesting competittion. In case you’re unaware – the idea behind an egg drop is that you need to be able to shelter and contain an egg as it is put through a series of tests – you know – dropped from shoulder level, dropped from above your head, rolled down the driveway, dropped from the deck, dropped from your parent’s 3-story bathroom window.

The first year we ever did this everybody built their egg containing contraption at home. The best devices were made using a) diapers, b) foam bath sponges, and c) straws.

After that, we realized that we were going to have to make the challenge harder. Over the course of the next few years we tried limiting the materials chosen, my mother choosing random items from around the house and building our device on the spot right the day of Easter, and working in teams.

The Boat Sink

One year we switched it up from the Egg Drop and made tin foil boats. Every cousin was given a sheet of tin foil of the same size and you needed to build a boat that was able to hold the most pennies. What does it have to do with Easter? I have no idea, but I guess you could use jellybeans instead of pennies and that would make it more festive. Also, clearly, I’m in a family of people who think like engineers if we do things like this for fun, huh?

Hidden Hersey Kisses

I did a post on this once, but this is probably one of my favorite Easter activities. Every year when I wake up my mother has hid 15-20 Hershey kisses around the house. I have one color kisses and my sister has another and we race to see who can find them all first. After many many years of this we know most of the secret hiding places, but every year my mom manages to find a new place. We’ll see what she’s able to come up wtih this year.

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I also checked on Facebook to see if anybody else had cool traditions. Lucky for y’all I heard two really great ideas – and I really want to try both of them.

Make a Bonnet

Rachael (@RamblingsByRach) posted saying that her family makes bonnets for Easter. It’s a contest and everybody needs to design a bonnet ahead of time and there are dollarstore prizes for all of the winners. I wonder if I could get my 6 male cousins onboard with this one…

Egg Fights

Alright, admittedly when I read this I thought that Victoria meant that she and her family throw raw eggs at each other, but it turns out I was totally wrong. It’s apparently a Polish tradition for two people to each hold a hardboiled egg and tap the end against the other person’s egg. The one whose egg cracks loses. This sounds like it could definitely be entertaining – and a good way to start the day. I definitely think I could talk my cousins into this one.

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Are there any other Easter traditions that you and your family have?  I’m always looking for more ideas to make my holiday more festive. Let me know! And happy hump day!