Pinterest Pretties #5 – Easter Ideas

Well, it’s been about a year since I did my last Pinterest Pretties post! How pathetic! Pinterest has gotten very difficult to deal with lately, with a lot of people pinning incorrectly, then other people re-pin, not realizing that it has been pinned incorrectly; and by incorrectly, I mean by linking to a Google images search or just the homepage of a blog, instead of clicking on the actually post, so you have to search for what you’re following the pin for… Anyway, this took me longer than I thought it would because of that, so take my advice and pin properly! hahaha! Enough of my ranting, on to the pretty Pinterest inspiration for Easter

Pinterest inspiration for Easter

Sources

1: Easter Bowtie DIY | Pinner  2: Easter Bunny Napkins | Pinner

3: Cute Easter Dress | Pinner  4: Easter Jar Decorations | Pinner

5: Grow Your Own Easter Grass | Pinner 

6: Easter Egg Paintchip Garland | Pinner

7: Easter Peep Garland | Pinner

“Pinspiration” – DIY I Spy Book via Pinterest

Do all of you love Pinterest as much as I do??? I mean, I definitely visit that website more than any other, especially on my iPhone while waiting at the doctor’s office, or in a school pick up line, etc! So many great ideas shared in one place… I bookmark lots of great ideas on Pinterest every day, and my number of Pinboards keeps growing.

The other day I found this Pin, about making your own I Spy Book for your kids, using their own toys! The woman who made this one did a fantastic job, and I exclaimed as I read her post, “I AM GOING TO DO THIS!!!” I knew my kids would love such a personal book to look through, containing their own toys, and it might even keep them busy on long car rides, at restaurants, etc. Very promising!

So, I got my huge roll of school variety white paper (from my mother the school teacher) and all of the baskets of toys, and got to work. The photos I made for my books are pretty easy, not too difficult for kids ages 3 to 5. But older kids would probably get bored with them. That’s my challenge with the last book I have to make for a little cousin. He’s 6, so I am going to add more photos, after I think it through a little more.

Here are some examples from my books:

DIY I Spy Book page

DIY I Spy Book Scrabble Tiles

DIY I Spy Book Cars Page 1

DIY I Spy Book Cars Page 2

 

I hope you enjoyed seeing how much fun these pages were to make, and I really hope that you go have fun making a DIY I Spy Book of your own! I can’t wait to give these to my kids… If you make one, leave a note in the comments with a link so I can see how creative you got! And be sure to click through to Delia Creates to see just how she made her books.

Erin

Fabulous Find – DIY Upcycled Baby Food Jars

I have been looking around for some cool DIY projects on the internet, and I have just found a great one! It has many applications, but being a party fanatic, I instantly thought it would be cool to use these upcycled baby food jars for little treat jars! Maybe even for a tiny party – where everything is small. I would still love to throw one of those parties some time… On the blog post, she shows them used as spice containers, and a button jar/pincushion! I especially like the idea of painting the lids with chalkboard paint…. Take a look at this creative, inspiring blog post that features this DIY on Babee Crafts!

Upcycled Jars Pincushion

Erin

Pinterest Pretties #2 – Cupcakes!

Well, this week, I looked and looked on Pinterest, and found a few cupcakes that I liked, but for some reason I kept seeing the same ones re-pinned all over the place, instead of a lot of variety. So I pinned some more of my own finds. You can see them all on my cupcake Pinboard. I hope that these great cupcakes inspired someone out there to make their own party cupcakes! Here are my great finds:

Cupcakes

Credits:

1. Fields of Cake on Flickr 2. Cake Ink on Flickr

3. Cake Ink’s Flickr 4. Sprinkle Bakes 5. Fields of Cake on Flickr

6. Craft Gossip 7. Martha Stewart 8. Martha Stewart

9. Martha Stewart 10. Martha Stewart as well!

Round Up | Dessert Buffet Ideas

Today I wanted to find some of the cutest dessert buffet compatible desserts from around the internet, but also find some that actually wouldn’t be that hard to pull off yourself for a party. I found some beautiful ideas! Check them out below…

The Macaron Tower



Now, macarons are a little intimidating to make, but if you are a baker at all, then following the recipes found around the internet aren’t actually that hard – you just need to follow them exactly and practice your technique. Once you feel comfortable making them, or if you are fortunate enough to live near a bakery that sells them, assembling the macaron tower isn’t too bad! You can see the DIY here, on the Merci New York blog. For a macaron recipe I have made myself, which turned out great, go here.


Marshmallow Pops + Striking Colors



Check out this fabulous dessert table featured on Inspired Bride! For this post I wanted to focus on the marshmallow pops, due to the fact that they are easy to make, and people really swoon over them! You can make pops that only have one marshmallow on the stick, or stack them two high on the stick for a more substantial look. I also love how these have sprinkles on them. Great texture and visual appeal.

The other thing I like about this dessert table is the way they used different variations of the same color. Very striking and easy to adapt to any party theme.

For the tutorial on these marshmallow pops, go here.  Found via Eat Drink Chic.

Homemade Marshmallows, Tinted


Not to go overboard with the whole marshmallow theme, but I looooove to make my own marshmallows! They are so much more tasty, and you can tint them in any variety of colors, and cut them into any shape you like! The ones pictured above, from Martha Stewart, are very cute stacked three high, with picks holding them together. I love the pastel color palette…. I have made marshmallows many times, and even added peppermint oil to them to make a special wintery treat – my kids really loved those! I am sure you could find many other flavors here that you might like to use yourself. For my stand by marshmallow recipe, click here.

Miniature Cakes



Ok, as a woman, and I think women are more susceptible to this, I can tell you that anything in miniature is automatically cute. I really loved these little cakes when I saw them on Martha Stewarts website. They look elegant in all white, but you could obviously do them in any color, with the help of some food coloring, sprinkles, etc.

These were cut from a larger sheet cake, then frosted using small piping tips. Genius!

Cake Pops + Cake Balls



These are both inventions of the fabulous, and super-talented Bakerella! She does amazing things with sugar… I think these red velvet cake balls look delicious, and who wouldn’t love to bite into one of these adorable chicks??? She makes cake pops in every shape and flavor you can imagine. You should head on over to her blog now!

I hope that this small list has your brain working on ideas for your next party. Check back for more tips and round-ups!