Decorating Feed

Butterfly Craze

I love butterflies!  Probably more than most people and I've noticed they are being used everywhere!  To decorate adult rooms, kids rooms, cakes, parties, etc. They are so pretty and delicate, why not use them everywhere?  They would also be lovely at bridal and baby showers.  Here are some great examples of how you can decorate with butterflies this Spring:

Floral Arrangements

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Cake Decorations

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Pillows

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Bedding

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And Parties (from HostessBlog)

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Please click on the links for the where and how to.  These are just a few ideas, I hope they inspire you!


Cute Idea

Here is an easy Valentine's Day craft idea from AllYou.com:

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Make a Valentine's Day canister

Tell someone you care with a sweet Valentine's Day treat.

1. Pick up small metal paint cans and plastic canisters of various sizes (available at craft and organization stores). Using two tablespoons, shape a few balls of store bought or home made chocolate chip cookie dough into different sizes (measure the opening of the containers to get a rough idea of what size cookie you'll need).

2. Bake according to recipe and let cool. Once cookies have cooled, try placing in canisters to find which size works best -- you'll want them to fit snugly inside without being forced.

3. Once you've determined which size cookie fits, use it as a guide to measure out remaining dough. Bake cookies, and allow to cool completely before stacking.

4. To decorate tins, cut festive pink, red and white wrapping or craft paper nto heart shapes of various sizes and adhere to tins with glue or double-sided tape. Decorate tin tops with more heart-shaped paper or gift tags.


My Mosaic Wine Bottles

I had so much fun making these!  I didn't cut a whole in the bottom because the cord barely shows coming out of the top.  I think they turned out pretty well, what do you think?

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For my crafty friends you can find out how to make these here.  For my not so crafty friends I think I'm going to put these up on HostessJo.com if you'd like to order one.  Or you can email me at joanna@hostessjo.com.  I can do pretty much any colors.


Crafty Wine Bottle

For my wine tasting party I've been trying to think of some ways to decorate to go along with the wine theme.  I was going to make a couple of those wine bottles with the lights in them then I saw this spin on the traditional style that is even better!

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Isn't this so pretty?  This one was made for Christmas but the marbles come in all colors.  You don't have to worry about the cord and lights showing through.  I love how it casts the colors all over.  If you'd like to make one yourself, check out this article.  Well I'm off to gather my supplies!

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"Apple" Shower Centerpiece Inspiration

I'm searching and searching for a unique centerpiece idea for the Apple Shower I am planning.  I would love to incorporate Apple Blossoms, I'm afraid they will bloom before May though.  Does anyone know anything about Apple Trees and when they bloom?  Or if I can purchase Apple Blossoms from a florist?

Here are a couple of cute centerpiece ideas from ehow.com:

I like how this one is smaller. For the area we are working with it would fit great.

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This one is a bit more formal but still beautiful.

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Ok, I'm back on the hunt...


Last Minute Simple Centerpiece

Here is a last minute easy centerpiece idea.  Use candle sticks you already have and jazz up some Christmas balls with glitter glue letters.  For a longer table just use a longer word!  Grab some festive fabric as a table runner and you are all set!

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I wish all of you very happy holidays!  I hope you enjoy all of your family, friends and food during this special time of year!  See you soon!

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Poinsettias As Cut Flowers?

I never knew that you could use Poinsettias as cut flowers.  Thanks to SouthernLiving.com, now I do!  They recommend searing the ends of your stems with a flame to prevent drooping.  Poinsettias contain a sap and the searing prevents this sap from dripping out.  Here are their detailed instructions. 

Here are some great ideas for displaying your cut Poinsettias:

This first one is my favorite!  I love how they used the bright green colors for a twist on the traditional red and green.  These could also be used for your New Year's party decorations.

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The traditional red is also beautiful.  I love the frosted and clear decorations.

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This idea is great because you can use containers you probably already have like a trifle dish and candle holder.

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(all photos from southernliving.com)