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Joe & I love hosting dinner parties (he does ALL the cooking and I do the rest ūüôā ), but this was the first time I had planned any type of sporting event party. Never backing down on a reason to celebrate, college basketball play offs seemed like a perfect time to host¬†a party! I’ve been wanting to do a basketball theme party for a while and excited with how it turned out!

Plan the ultimate tournament Basketball Party with these decorating ideas & tips. Surprise your guests with our potato chip cookie recipe!

Wanting the look to be mostly black & white with hints of orange throughout, I first¬†searched all over our¬†home for decorating inspiration (and anything I could use for the decor). Fortunately I was able to find a couple items around the house to include. I’ll point out those in photos below!

Not only did we need decorations, but FOOD as well! I decided to make my fun sweet and salty Potato Chip Double Chocolate Chip Cookies.

With shopping list in hand, I headed over to Target to pick up our supplies (recipe ingredients & decorations). I would have bought online, but I really wanted to check out the decorations section in person!

Plan the ultimate tournament Basketball Party with these decorating ideas & tips. Surprise your guests with our potato chip cookie recipe!

Plan the ultimate tournament Basketball Party with these decorating ideas & tips. Surprise your guests with our potato chip cookie recipe!

Potato Chip Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 cups chips, crushed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

Soften butter by putting in a microwave safe bowl and heating for about 30 seconds. To crush the chips easily, first put them in a plastic ziplock bag BEFORE crushing in to tiny pieces. In a large bowl mix all ingredients well. Cover & refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough in to small balls (about 1 1/2 inches in diameter). Place on to a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray 2 inches apart. Bake for roughly 10 minutes. Cookies should be lightly brown around the edge.

Plan the ultimate tournament Basketball Party with these decorating ideas & tips. Surprise your guests with our potato chip cookie recipe!

Once the cookies were done, it was decorating time! I started with a black table cloth & used all white serving dishes. Blending some items I had around the house (silver vase with twigs) and some that I bought at Target (basketball netting), below.

Plan the ultimate tournament Basketball Party with these decorating ideas & tips. Surprise your guests with our potato chip cookie recipe!

To add some more ‘sweet’ dishes, I whipped up some¬†chocolate cupcakes with white icing.

Decorating was super easy:

Each cupcake has two strips of card stock paper: 1 1/2 inch white paper and 1/2 inch black paper. Wrap both around the cupcake and staple the paper together in the back.

Taking orange card stock, I simply cut out small circles, added the basketball lines in and stuck on top of the frosting!

Plan the ultimate tournament Basketball Party with these decorating ideas & tips. Surprise your guests with our potato chip cookie recipe!

The Potato Chip Double Chocolate Chip Cookies were placed in these adorable white baskets that resembled a basketball hoop, lined with tissue paper.

Plan the ultimate tournament Basketball Party with these decorating ideas & tips. Surprise your guests with our potato chip cookie recipe!

I added some chips¬†to compliment the sweet dishes in a silver bowl, setting on top of black & white alternating napkins. (Confession: this is a pretty small bowl because unfortunately I couldn’t just eat one. Oops!)

Plan the ultimate tournament Basketball Party with these decorating ideas & tips. Surprise your guests with our potato chip cookie recipe!

White ramekins were used to hold the orange gumballs and Reese’s Pieces.

Plan the ultimate tournament Basketball Party with these decorating ideas & tips. Surprise your guests with our potato chip cookie recipe!

The bottled water even got a makeover with two inch black card stock wrapped around with a little tape in the back!

Plan the ultimate tournament Basketball Party with these decorating ideas & tips. Surprise your guests with our potato chip cookie recipe!

May your next basketball party be as fun to plan as it is to host!

Plan the ultimate tournament Basketball Party with these decorating ideas & tips. Surprise your guests with our potato chip cookie recipe!

Plan the ultimate tournament Basketball Party with these decorating ideas & tips. Surprise your guests with our potato chip cookie recipe!

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Add some color and pop with these easy to make DIY Saint Patricks Day garland! Makes a fun addition to your holiday party!

Once Christmas was over, I claimed that I had enough of holiday decorations and was going to skip the Valentines day decor! Well that didn’t happen ūüôā . But Saint Patricks Day is a little bit trickier. The decorations available in the stores are often a little hokey and mostly geared towards kids. I was looking for something a little big more modern, but still festive for our Saint Pats party. This garland definitely did the trick!

Saint Patricks Day Garland Supplies

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Instructions

The first step is to cut out all your circles and shamrocks. I made 6¬†strands at 4 feet each, so I needed 60 gold circles & 30 green shamrocks. My gold paper was one sided (rookie mistake ūüôĀ ) so I had to double the amount of circles.

Cutting tools definitely make this project quicker, but if you don’t have such tools, using a small circular jar to trace your circles will work great too! After the circles are cut, print and cut¬†out¬†shamrock printable. I then traced the printable on my green paper and cut out my shamrock shapes.

Add some color and pop with these easy to make DIY Saint Patricks Day garland! Makes a fun addition to your holiday party!

Next step is to cut the thread strands. I made 6 garland strands, so I needed six pieces of thread at 6 feet each (some of the thread space will be used for hanging the garland from the ceiling. More on that below!).

Add some color and pop with these easy to make DIY Saint Patricks Day garland! Makes a fun addition to your holiday party!

Alternating between shamrocks & circles, lay out 10 shapes roughly 2 inches apart to make each garland strand.

Add some color and pop with these easy to make DIY Saint Patricks Day garland! Makes a fun addition to your holiday party!

Add a small piece of tape to each shape and lay the thread over top pressing down to ensure it’s secure. For the gold circles add an additional circle on top of each.

Add some color and pop with these easy to make DIY Saint Patricks Day garland! Makes a fun addition to your holiday party!

There should be roughly 2 feet of thread left over on each strand of garland. You can cut as necessary, but I used this extra to hang from the ceiling.

Continue for as many strands as you want! I made 6 strands total.

Add some color and pop with these easy to make DIY Saint Patricks Day garland! Makes a fun addition to your holiday party!

I STRONGLY recommend hanging these soon after you make them, especially if you have a mischievous puppy roaming around. My little¬†puppy jumped on my bed and tangled all the thread! ¬†If you think getting knots out of necklaces are hard, you haven’t seen anything yet!
Add some color and pop with these easy to make DIY Saint Patricks Day garland! Makes a fun addition to your holiday party!

Tape the strand on the ceiling with the clear tape roughly an inch away from the wall (to allow the garland to dangle!)

Happy modern & festive Saint Pats!
Add some color and pop with these easy to make DIY Saint Patricks Day garland! Makes a fun addition to your holiday party!

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Add some color and pop with these easy to make DIY Saint Patricks Day garland! Makes a fun addition to your holiday party!

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I had no idea how to paint balloons, but it's incredibly easy and ads an awesome punch of color for any party theme! Not just for children's birthdays :).

The painted balloon look (I assume¬†that’s what it’s called!) is so IN¬†right now and it’s easy to see why. What you typically see at a child’s birthday party is showing up at upscale gatherings, even weddings, for a colorful¬†touch. I had no idea how to paint balloons, but figured I’d give it a try. What I learned? It’s incredibly easy. And WAY more fun than doing the dishes (read below on that).

Supplies needed to paint balloons

  • Balloons (I used white, but you could pick any color!)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Something to hold your balloons in while you paint (I chose a combination of vases & fruit bowl)
  • Ribbon (optional)

First blow up the balloons.

I had no idea how to paint balloons, but it's incredibly easy and ads an awesome punch of color for any party theme! Not just for children's birthdays :).

Secure the ¬†balloons in some sort of ‘holder’ so that the balloon is¬†a) easy to paint & 2) has somewhere to dry without rolling. My metal fruit basket¬†was the best option, but since I only had one, I pulled out a couple of old vases to use as well.

I had no idea how to paint balloons, but it's incredibly easy and ads an awesome punch of color for any party theme! Not just for children's birthdays :).

Next get painting! This is WAY easier than it looks. Well, at least for me, as I thought this was way above my DIY level. Simply start at the top of the balloon and brush down. Continue around the entire balloon, always keeping¬†the brush strokes in the same direction (essentially don’t brush “up”). Once I went all the way around the balloon, I let it dry for a couple hours. For several of the balloons that I made, I needed to do a second coat. My paint color dried a little bit more faint than what it looked like when I first painted.

I like the thick brush stroke texture on them, so next time I would have been a little bit more liberal with the paint.

I had no idea how to paint balloons, but it's incredibly easy and ads an awesome punch of color for any party theme! Not just for children's birthdays :).

If you notice this photo above is the only ‘square’ shaped photo I took. Well I had to crop because for some reason I opted to paint¬†these right next to the kitchen sink, which was full of dirty dishes. (Great photo Lindsay, great photo). ¬†Apparently painting balloons takes priority over the dishes.

I had no idea how to paint balloons, but it's incredibly easy and ads an awesome punch of color for any party theme! Not just for children's birthdays :).

Hang with ribbon or simply tape to the wall!

I had no idea how to paint balloons, but it's incredibly easy and ads an awesome punch of color for any party theme! Not just for children's birthdays :).

 

 

 

I had no idea how to paint balloons, but it's incredibly easy and ads an awesome punch of color for any party theme! Not just for children's birthdays :).

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Fun way to add a sophisticated pop of Valentines Day to your decor with these easy to make DIY hearts. These decorations can be reused each year!

Although I love decorating for the holidays, Valentines Day is typically the one I skip. Probably because I’m still recovering from putting away my Christmas decorations, but also I’ve had trouble finding subtle decorations that can somewhat blend in with my more minimal decor. I’m really in to this DIY hearts projects becase it adds a pop of Valentines Day without going overboard! Another bonus is that these can be used year after year so as you’re putting yoru Christmas decorations away, you can put these up in a snap!

Fun way to add a sophisticated pop of Valentines Day to your decor with these easy to make DIY hearts. These decorations can be reused each year!Supplies 

  • Small wooden hearts (I used 1 & 2 inch diameter hearts I found at Joann’s)
  • Paint brush
  • Acrylic paint (I didn’t have any pink paint left o I mixed red & white!)
  • Small clear hooks
  • Real or fake branches (I used fake branches that were already¬†in a vase on¬†my family room end table)

Fun way to add a sophisticated pop of Valentines Day to your decor with these easy to make DIY hearts. These decorations can be reused each year!

Paint your hearts!¬†I painted two coats on each side, waiting at least 1 hour in between coats to dry. (I’m incredibly inpatient so this was by far the worst part of the project.) Don’t¬†forget about the sides too.

Fun way to add a sophisticated pop of Valentines Day to your decor with these easy to make DIY hearts. These decorations can be reused each year!

Then assemble your command hooks, which really just means putting the sticky part on the plastic part. I also¬†cut off the long clear ‘tag’ that stuck out. (The purpose of those ‘tags’ is to help easily rip the hook off of whatever you put it on. But for this project, I don’t plan on ever taking the hooks off.) This is optional based on how big your hearts are. Mine were small enough that the clear ‘tag’ would stick out, which I did not want.

Fun way to add a sophisticated pop of Valentines Day to your decor with these easy to make DIY hearts. These decorations can be reused each year!

Stick your hooks on to each of the hearts. I just placed mine wherever they would fit (sideways, diagonal, etc.). Since I am hooking these on to a branch, it really didn’t matter.

Then just clip these on to your branches, making sure the clip was facing the back. Since the clips are¬†clear it really didn’t matter what direction they were facing as no one could see them (except for me ūüôā ).

Now you’ve got an easy more sophisticated way to have a punch of Valentines Day …. just as I FINALLY put away the Christmas decorations!

Fun way to add a sophisticated pop of Valentines Day to your decor with these easy to make DIY hearts. These decorations can be reused each year!

Fun way to add a sophisticated pop of Valentines Day to your decor with these easy to make DIY hearts. These decorations can be reused each year!

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Fun way to add a sophisticated pop of Valentines Day to your decor with these easy to make DIY hearts. These decorations can be reused each year!

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Quick AND functional holiday decoration! Try out this Valentines Day tablecloth to with easy tutorial. Great project for kids too!

Christmas is always going to be¬†the leading holiday in our family as far as decorations go. But¬†needing a little holiday cheer in our house (Seattle winters are DARK and RAINY), I’m championing for Valentines Day. This Valentines Day tablecloth was both decorative AND functional, as it was perfect for my girls night valentines day dinner! ¬†Added bonus? You don’t need to be an expert painter to pull it off. Can you draw a heart? Even a bad lopsided heart? Then you can do this one!

Supplies

Quick AND functional holiday decoration! Try out this Valentines Day tablecloth to with easy tutorial. Great project for kids too!

The first thing I had to do was decide WHERE I was going to set up shop to start this project. Having our new little puppy (a very energetic Doberman) in our house means NOTHING goes on the ground! I covered our kitchen table with BOTH garbage bags and a couple broken down cardboard boxes before placing the tablecloth over it (yes, I get paranoid of spills easily).

Now¬†start painting! I alternated directions and size of each of hearts to intentionally go¬†for an “imperfect” look!

Quick AND functional holiday decoration! Try out this Valentines Day tablecloth to with easy tutorial. Great project for kids too!

This close up below really shows how easy this project is. Alone it does NOT look pretty, but when each of the hearts looks a little ‘rugid’ it has more of an overall whimsical feel.

Quick AND functional holiday decoration! Try out this Valentines Day tablecloth to with easy tutorial. Great project for kids too!

AKA, I can’t draw symmetrical¬†hearts very well :).

Quick AND functional holiday decoration! Try out this Valentines Day tablecloth to with easy tutorial. Great project for kids too!

Be sure to let the tablecloth dry before you start placing any table decorations on top. I get pretty impatient with letting my projects dry and have learned the hard way what happens when you don’t! I let this one sit¬†overnight to be safe, but a couple hours should do the trick.

Add a couple stylish accents and you’re complete!

Quick AND functional holiday decoration! Try out this Valentines Day tablecloth to with easy tutorial. Great project for kids too!

May your holiday decorations be stylish AND prevent spills at the same time ūüôā

Quick AND functional holiday decoration! Try out this Valentines Day tablecloth to with easy tutorial. Great project for kids too!

Quick AND functional holiday decoration! Try out this Valentines Day tablecloth to with easy tutorial. Great project for kids too!

Some of the links in this list are affiliate links. It¬†doesn’t¬†cost you any extra, but I earn a little commission if you decide to purchase. Regardless of whether or not I receive a commission, I only¬†recommend products that I personally use and genuinely recommend!

 

 

Quick AND functional holiday decoration! Try out this Valentines Day tablecloth to with easy tutorial. Great project for kids too!

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