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My Pinterest Birthday Party ~ Part I , The Colors

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My awesome son, Mr. Awesome, gave me the most awesome birthday present this year. He gave me a Pinterest themed birthday party! He actually wanted to do something even more extravagant for me, but Mr. Matrimony steered him in a less costly direction. My son seemed disappointed when he talked to me about what I wanted and I assured him, I wanted a party… a real BIG GIRL birthday party!

Boy did he come through!!!

First, he hired Singing Honey Bee Designs (her ETSY, blog, and Facebook links are listed at the end of this post) to plan the party. Her specialty is kid’s parties. This was her first real BIG GIRL party, so she was just about as excited as I was! I knew right away I wanted a Pinterest Party. Honestly though, when I thought of that idea, I was picturing a party where the guests would bring food they found via Pinning and then we would make something I found on Pinterest. Not a party centered around Pinterest. Then I realized she was thinking of a Pinterest themed party.
Wait.
WHAT???

THAT.
IS.
GENIUS!!!

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This was the most fun party I’ve ever had! My friends sure seemed to think so too. I don’t think one single person didn’t tell me how much fun it was and about half (there were 20 total!) of them said they want to have a Pinterest Party as well. Because I love Pinterest, set-up was very entertaining. We used Pinterest ideas (and some originals) for all of the decorations. I’m really into using what I have to get what I want. That meant even my flowers were cost-effective… Mr. Matrimony went outside and picked me about a hundred, as he calls them, long-stemmed dandelions! For food, each guest was asked to bring a finger food they found on Pinterest. We also asked them to share the recipes and let everyone know what Pin they used. That made the food side a breeze! Plus, there was plenty for everyone, and everything was so different. We also made two Pinterest ideas I had previously made for myself. I had all of the supplies on hand. Giving the finished item to each friend was my party planner’s idea of  “Big Girl Party Favors”. How cute is that??? We made homemade laundry soap and Chalkboard Yardstick Crates. Is was a lot of fun to be working around 4 tables with so many of my friends! They made new friends, learned they have more creativity than they thought, and ate super yummy food. It was a GOOD day 🙂

There will be more posts on the party, but for today, let’s get started with…

My Color Scheme

When Melissa, from Singing Honey Bee Designs told me her color ideas, I was a tad disappointed. I originally pictured a bunch of pastels, like this…

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We couldn’t have ended up further away from that color scheme unless we went with black and white! And guess what… I loved it.
I mean lovvvvvvvved it!!!

The colors were just so happy. I can’t take any credit for this short part one of the story. All I can say is, when a professional has been hired for planning a party, trust them! She really has a gift with colors, and how to put things together by using those colors. Red seemed obvious with a Pinterest Theme party, and turquoise is very complimentary to it. With hints of yellow intermingled, the main colors were really set off.

The colors are pretty complimentary to my skin tone in the picture display that greeted my guests at the front door…. Don’t you agree?

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Ok, maybe it is more complimentary to that faded 70’s photo matte look and not my natural skin tone. Still…. I likey!

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We used quite a bit of spray paint. For the turquoise (or aqua, if you prefer) we used Rustoleum’s Painter’s Touch in Seaside (gloss). For the red, we used whatever I had around. Something around here always seems to be painted red, so I always have at least a few cans. Red spray paint can be picked up at hardware stores for .98 cents a can. Sometimes, even dollar stores have it!

 

 

 

 

 

I painted a lot lot lot of stuff!

Wine Bottles and Squash

 

I spray painted wine bottles and Singing Honey Bee provided the letters. From her ETSY store, she does custom orders in different sizes with many fonts to choose from!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pinterest Party Mantle Decorations 2We displayed the wine bottles with my name on the fireplace mantle. I put them up days before the party and didn’t want to take them down until days after. That’s just how great they looked! The candle sticks on either side were topped with some of the painted (fake) squash. My “Happy Birthday” bunting banners were above and below the display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was as if a Pin had stepped right off of Pinterest and into my living room!!!

Wine Bottle Vases

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Double Pie Server

This is a two-tiered pie server, painted red. On the bottom, I placed a simple plate which served as a holding place for our cute little red and white checkered fry boats. The top is where the napkins were. The spray painted basket fit perfectly in the pie server. I painted a plate the also fit perfectly, in the basket. They are the same color, so the plate just looks like the bottom of the basket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had cake pops instead of a traditional birthday cake. They were the first ones Melissa has ever made. She was not impressed with the process… or the outcome!

She was the only one who thought that.

According to the internet and every cake blog ever written, the first cake pops a person makes are going to flop. Not so with these! I wish I could share how delicious they were. I’m salivating right now. Seriously. I just got up from the computer and walked into the kitchen to find something sweet to eat. I fear no matter what I find, I’d be disappointed. They just wouldn’t be Melissa’s cake…
sigh….
Anyways, more on that later. I’m getting distracted. This is what made me tell you about the cake…

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Cake Server

 

Since I didn’t have a “regular” cake, I didn’t need a “regular” cake server. So I made this! It’s actually 3 plate stands I had made previously. The only thing I changed was to paint the red one. The picture below has an extra plate stand on it. I just set it up there for the picture. One of the fun things Melissa did for the party was ask everyone to place the finger food they brought on a server that matched the party theme. I’m not sure how something so simple brought so much joy to me! I wasn’t the only one either. There were a lot of compliments on the look it created.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a tiny preview of how my “cake” turned out….

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I had some cute little decorative (fake) squash. The colors they were looked really good in my living room. I figured I can make them so again, and why not just go all out for the party. So I did 🙂

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Of course, we made paper flowers of various shapes, sizes, and colors. We borrowed this one from the church. I thought it looked great with our chair swing (tutorial link below!) we made. Conveniently, the swing is painted with the same color of teal. We were outside, on the porch for most of the party doing Pinterest crafts (more on that in another post!). So, the swing came in handy. I think it was very loved ❤

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There was quite a bit of shipping paper left-over from our move. I offered it up to Singing Honey Bee designs, and she transformed the plain brown packing paper into these….

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They are BIG and they are spectacular! When she does a post on this design, I’ll make sure to offer a link. She did this really neato twisty-thingie with the center. They became honest-to-goodness realistic! Painted with spray paint, they really tied in as a valance across my dining room windows.

 

 

 

 

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Here’s a bit of a close up of my favorite one. Wouldn’t these be fun with a ombre style paint job? Say in orange and pink? Mmmhmmm…

 

 

 

 

I was going to cover the other flowers in a different chapter of this post. I decided though, that they were more suited here since I was talking about the colors and showing you the ones we spray painted.

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One of the projects Melissa and I worked on together was this “garland”. The flowers are not connected, but were hung from a support beam in a way that made them seem so. Since I knew only one kind of flower to make with tissue paper, I was quite proud of myself when I came up with the idea to make sharp corners on one, rather than rounded.

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Then The Singing Honey Bee started making all sorts of flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This one looks like a bow tie. Wouldn’t that be sweet for a baby boy shower?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Double Paper Flower

Her “double” is wonderful! The oblong shape fits in neatly with the other flowers that are almost always round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broom Shipping Paper Flower

I don’t know what to call this  one, but it seems like the end of an antique broom.  This one may be my favorite design. As I was typing this, I realized how cute it might be with striped paper. This one is made out of shipping paper so was next to free to make!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Blue Paper Flower

 

And of course, we made regular tissue paper flowers. Don’t you just love the twine? Melissa left it long so it would hang down and naturally twist a bit. That little bit of detail really made a big difference!

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa had Pinned a tutorial on making tissue paper poppies. They were so different and unusual from the normal paper flowers you always see Pinned everywhere. They took more time and effort to make, but really turned out fabulous!
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Well, that’s all for this post. Tomorrow, I will start working on another one. I think this will be fun to follow. Melissa is going to do some posts on it as well, so you can get another person’s thoughts and ideas on having a Pinterest Themed Party right along with my ideas!

Links for Melissa at Singing Honey Bee Designs….

https://www.etsy.com/shop/thesinginghoneybee
http://singinghoneybee.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/singinghoneybeedesigns

 

 

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That’s Not What It’s For!!!

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Awhile back my friend Melissa, from over at http://singinghoneybee.blogspot.com/ was visiting my home. She excused herself to the powder room and when she came out, was very excited! She said, “I LOVE what you’ve done in there.
“Thanks!” I said.

Wait. What???

Here’s what she saw…
(Don’t be afraid!)

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Thankfully, she quickly explained that she was talking about my toilet paper storage.
I know… whew… Right?

I bought these two corbels for, wait for it…. $3 each. THREE DOLLARS!!! I still can’t believe what a steal that was. At one of the big hardware stores, they are $48 for new ones that are half the size! Crazy. It makes me want Mr. Matrimony to buy a saw, or whittling machine, or whatever, to make some more corbels with. Just from selling them, we could retire in like, 5 months! Anyways, I found these at a little swap meet in the middle of next-to nowhere. The woman who sold them to me was kind of hesitant. She said she didn’t know what they were worth. I think she was hesitant cause she didn’t want to charge me too much! Bless her heart…. I felt bad, but then, I grabbed them up, cradled them in my arms, and the guilt disappeared.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re like, “Yeah, but that is a one-time deal. No one is ever going to find that bargain. ..Ever… Again.” I know you’re thinking that because I’ve thought it soooo many times over the years. I’ve heard it said by many others as well. Here’s the thing… you WILL find your (figurative) corbels. It may be a chair, sconces, or a fireplace set with elk antler handles. It may even be corbels! Just keep your eyes open and don’t look at things as they were meant to be used. Think of them as anything you’ve ever seen on Pinterest! Pinterest has changed the rules. I can’t walk by little toy animals without picturing them painted bright white and mounted on the wall. Or doors. In my mind, doors are always aged, always have shelving attached, and are never on hinges. I see windows hanging where there is no wall, plants growing out of pallets, and chalkboard painted on everything including chalkboards! If you see something that catches your eye and it’s a great price, grab it! If you’re really drawn to it, you will find something creative to do with it. If you can’t, write to me, do an internet search, or ask a creative friend. If you like it as it is, you will definitely love it more when you’re through with it!

Here’s some more things I’ve done around the house with items used differently than they were intended….

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These are two small bookcases I found at a yard sale. I paid a dollar each for them, nailed them to the wall and added baskets from the dollar store. They work perfectly in the laundry room. I even hang the clothes pins I painted from the handles. That tutorial is here…. https://dumpsterdivingdarling.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/diy-glitter-clothes-pins-or-how-to-paint-clothes-pins-without-ticking-off-your-husband-or-killing-yourself/

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With the advent of Scentsy, I just don’t burn as many candles as I did in the past. The problem is, I have all these great candlesticks! I can’t epoxy a plate to every candlestick we own. I just can’t… So, I’ve found different items to place on them instead of candles. This little squash was something I found one year in Wal-Mart, on clearance, after Thanksgiving. They come in all shapes and sizes. This is one of my favorites because it’s sparkly!

Candle Stick Bucket

Painted with one of my kitchen colors, this small pail fits perfectly on a shabbied candlestick. It gathers small items that don’t have a home that we randomly set on the counter when we walk in the house. I wish I could find a gi-NOR-mous one for the laundry room…

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Dollar stores often have fun little signs that are really cute, but not big enough to use on a wall. I hang them from lamp switches. If they aren’t long enough, I simply add string. The shade will hide the string. Incidentally, I sometimes add beaded ribbon to the bottom of lampshades. It’s a quick and easy way to add some style to something that can be pretty bland. The beaded ribbon very expensive in the craft stores, but sometimes the dollar store has it. Keep an eye out and snatch it up whenever you see it!

wpid-0421141308-12.jpg.jpegIn our other house, our bedroom was 16×20 feet (now our living room and dining room combined are barely that big!) Of course, in such a big room, we needed a King-size bed (plus, I found the bed for $99 on clearance at http://www.rcwilley.com/ and we got the mattress in trade from someone whose dog we baby-sat). In the house we live in now, we have about 6 feet of space on the sides of the bed.  That’s total space… 2 feet for me and 4 feet for Mr. Matrimony. Needless to say, we don’t have much bedside table space. To make up for that, I placed hanging lights from IKEA (clearance section, of course) with shades from Wal-Mart. Then, I found these nifty little shadow boxes and painted them the closest I could to the dark walnut color of our bed. Attached to the wall, they make a perfect place to keep our bedside reading! Our books are easily accessible and they stay off the table, leaving room for other more important things, like decorations! 🙂

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I hope you aren’t sick of seeing these. I think I’ve blogged about them more than once. They are vases from the dollar store that I use as picture frames for photo booth pictures. You can see how I dolled them up by checking out this post… https://dumpsterdivingdarling.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/seven-things-you-must-paint-with-glitter-nail-polish-now/. I think I keep showing them off on my blog because they represent repurposing perfectly! They are easy, inexpensive, and extremely useful for something that really has no way to show it off. If there are frames out there made specifically for photo booth pictures, I’m certain they are expensive!

wpid-photogrid_1398106992808.jpgThis is a shelf in our bedroom. I use it to display some items that are important to Mr. Matrimony and myself, like our framed wedding license. I spray painted some stickers that I had for scrapbooking so they’d match our bedroom. Placed in no certain order on the shelf bracket, they look really cute. The bonus is, they are words that fit our marriage ❤

Being creative isn’t this intrinsic feeling that people are born with. I used to go into people’s homes and think, “I love what they did in here!” (Maybe not in their bathroom though… heh). My mother and aunt are both extremely savvy when it comes to creativity of all sorts. I wonder if they always had their talents. I suspect they did not. My thought is, we learn it. Maybe some people are more susceptible to the creativity bug and others have to work hard to achieve success. Either way, you can learn it! Just keep trying, and you’ll eventually, I don’t know… get used to it? Yeah….

This week, I’m learning about Linky Parties. This is my first attempt. Please check out this wonderful blog and her blog hop!

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