Party Animals Cupcake Topper DIY Kit: Easter Bunny

I can't get enough of these little golden animals and apparently neither can the internet. Why not make bunnies for Easter this year? I just collaborated with Darby Smart to create an easy kit for Easter. All you do is buy the kit and they send everything out to you so you can make them in your own home. It's like DIY concierge service, buy it make it. Darby Smart has done all of the finding for you, you won't need to step foot in a craft store, at least for these cute as a bunny toppers. I love cupcake toppers and I can't wait to see what desserts you use these springtime animals for. To make them is easy, check out  the DIY below.

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You will need: This kit from Darby Smart. Order in sets of 12, 24 or 36 for class parties or large family brunches.

Step 1: Use the awl to poke a hole in the top center of each bunny. You will need to press hard and make the hole wide enough for the candle holder stem. Some bunnies I went all the way through.

Step 2: Insert candle holder.

Step 3: Take outside and spray paint bunnies with two or more light coats. Be sure to let dry after each coat and get the paint from all angles (especially under the candle holder)

Step 4: Let dry.

Step 5: Insert birthday candle and pop on a cupcake, pancake, pie, whatever and then party.

I love these little guys so hopping much. No plastic animal is safe at my house and my kids have a collection. Start your own golden menagerie by snagging the fabulous kit, with everything you need in it HERE.

I partnered with Darby Smart and receive a commission on each sale. Every little bit helps with craft supplies and I love my sponsors. All opinions are mine.

An Easy Springtime Buffet and a Painterly Cake Stand DIY

Spring is here and so are yummy brunches and parties. Whether you are hosting Easter this year or just snag a sunny day and throw an impromptu party for the fun of it, I have a few tips for bringing it all together. I love throwing parties, I suspect you already knew that, so hosting a quick Springy get together on a breeze and a whim, is my forte. I wanted my party to feel like Spring without pastels. I have had this great fabric for years and used it as my inspiration for the color palette of yellow, chartreuse and leaf green. Paired with bright white and springtime florals, it was a winning combination. Speaking of winning, don't forget to enter our giveaway for a Cut Crystal party pack and $100 to throw a killer party, details below.

The key to sneaking in single use products at your party? First, make sure they are pretty and blend in. I love the Cut Crystal line from Chinet because it is a great addition to any party closet. Since it is clear, I can have it on hand for anything and not have to worry if it will match, because it always will. It's sparkly clear and mimics my crystal pieces without the hassle of "special" cleanup. As a mom of two, when I get form and function, I am thrilled, which is why I was extra excited when Chinet told me about their new Cut Crystal cutlery. It's clear and just melts away into the tabletop. It also has a great swirl cutaway handle that makes it look like fancy hollywood glam acrylic perfection.

The second key to success? Great details. A fabulous tablecloth and coordinating napkins are a great way to add color to any party. Notice how my vintage napkins mimic the color palette but don't match it perfectly. Building layers is essential to making your party feel and look effortless. The best part about clear plates? Your amazing tablecloth and napkins show right through as if your desserts are floating on air.


The third key to success, don't forget to decorate the whole room. Get a little carried away and add color to your bar cart with seasonal flowering branches from your yard and some colorful mixers.  Create a stunning buffet with lots of pops of color.  I turn my dining table into a buffet, I just love round buffets, everyone can reach anything on the table from any direction, and it looks amazing from all angles. It's a bit different from the usual counter top or sideboard and that makes it feel lighter and more relaxed.

I decided to add a pop of color to my standby easy instant cake stand. Since the Cut Crystal plates are clear, I can paint the bottom of the plate and have a food safe surface on top. This is a perfect way to customize and personalize a small platter, dinner plate or cake stand.

You will need: craft paint, a paintbrush, Chinet Cut Crystal Dinner Plates and Cups, and XL Glue Dots

Choose 3 colors, 1 light, 1 medium and 1 dark, and add a large drop of paint to an extra plate for your palette.

Flip over the dinner plates and add the lightest color in strokes (or whatever pattern you would like) in various spots across the back of the plate. I wanted an abstract and painterly look to it.

Add the other two colors, alternating and over lapping slightly. Cover the entire plate. Let dry.

Once dry, add a second plate to the bottom of the painted plate. This completely seals in the painted edge so you are protected from scratches and spills.

Flip over a cup. Add a giant Glue Dot to the bottom of the glass and attach to the center of the bottom of the bottom plate. Instant cake plate.

Don't want to paint? I added a few plain cake stands by using the Cut Crystal dessert plates, I varied the heights, for a more interesting buffet, by using both the 14 oz. cup and 9 oz. cup. I mixed in one colored stand with a bunch of unpainted, clear ones. This let the already colorful desserts pop off the table. Keep your added details simple to keep it elegant, but I can never resist adding great flowers and a quirky hand vase to hold the straws.

I'm a sucker for anything elderflower, and this lemonade is delicious, not to mention the gorgeous packaging.

So, are you ready to throw your own Spring party? Snag a party package and a little fun money to throw your very own sSpring shindig! Get Carried Away with Chinet!

One lucky winner, chosen at random will win a Chinet® Cut Crystal® party package and a $100 American Express Gift Card.

Party Package includes: 1 package Chinet Cut Crystal® Dinner Plates, 1 package Chinet Cut  Crystal® Dessert Plates, 1 package Chinet Cut Crystal® 14 oz. Cups and1 package Chinet Cut Crystal® Cutlery

This post and giveaway was sponsored by Chinet. All opinions are my own.

How to Make a Brass Leaf Napkin Ring

I found a new craft material, brass sheets. You can cut these with kitchen shears and create virtually anything you like. I have been experimenting with brass leaves and this is the first iteration, brass leaf napkin rings. There is a template for the leaf shape and in a few short minutes you too can create a modern leaf napkin ring. Alternately, how cool would these leaves be as a boutineer or as an addition to a floral bouquet? I have a whole roll of this brass sheeting and I intend to use it. So stay tuned in the coming weeks for more ways to use this insanely awesome brass. Check out the full tutorial over on Minted's blog Julep.


How to Make a Geometric Planter

Bring on Spring! I am crazy about flowers and plants. I wanted to spruce up a few planters to use around the house and I like to keep it simple, but I also love geometric patterns. When the Jo-Ann team asked me to participate in their National Craft Month campaign, I said sign me up! Jo-Ann makes spring crafting easy during National Craft Month with a $5 off $25 or more purchase coupon and a spring crafting inspiration website. I was given a gift card, a book full of inspiration and set loose. I have had my eyes on these simple square planters for a while now and it just clicked; add a few triangles and call it awesome.

You will need: a 5" square planter, a paint brush, craft paint, tape and this template I made for you. I snagged all of these goodies at Jo-Ann.

Step 1: Print out 4 copies of the template. Cut out the square, then cut out the triangles.

Step 2: Align and tape one template to the side of the planter. Tape the top to hold in place.

Step 3: Using the paint brush, gently paint downward strokes over the template to the bottom of the planter. Be careful on each outside edge, don't go past the template. (Note: if you accidentally get paint outside the template, just use a small piece of Magic Eraser to remove. Do this sooner rather than later.)

Step 4: Remove the template and let dry. Repeat on all 4 sides. Let cure for recommended drying time before planting just to make sure it is set.

There, the world's easiest geometric planter. What makes this DIY really simple is the square planter shape. The straight sides makes it really easy to do geometric shapes quickly and easily.

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This post was sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores National Craft Month campaign.   All opinions are my own.

Quick and Easy Tunnel Fringe Garland

Happy St. Patrick's Day! If you are looking for a little fringe in your life, then pop on over to Minted's blog Julep and learn how to make the easiest fringe garland. It's big, it's wide and it's got a big wow factor. The best part is that you can make 2 out of each fold of crepe paper, that's like 2 for $1.50! I love a good garland and I popped these into my installation for Land of Nod today. If you are local to Seattle, I hope you got a chance to swing by. I only had time to pop in and decorate and set up, but had to take a sick little one home. Luckily, my friend and local blogger Andrea Victoria, who is also a crazy amazing surface designer, was able to host the craft event today. I also want to send a huge thank you to Jennifer at Trophy Cupcakes for sweetening up the event with her delicious cupcakes.