There’s so many creative & impressive decorated Easter egg tutorials on the web these days. Some just absolutely blow my mind. With my DIY decorations, I’m more of an easier the better type of gal. I’ve had enough Pinterest Fails to write a book (or at least a really funny blog post), so today I’m sharing my tried and true way to color Easter eggs that always turn out the way they’re supposed to.
Hard boiled eggs
Several cups / glasses
Tray or dish
To make the dye, I mixed 4-5 drops of food coloring with about 1 inch of water into a glass cup. Using this ratio will make the dye look pretty dark (especially purple), but it colors the eggs perfectly. If you want the colors to be even more bold when dried on the eggs, either add a couple additional drops of food coloring or a little less water.
Make sure the hard-boiled eggs are dry and at room temperature before coloring! (otherwise the food coloring may bleed)
Holding an egg above the tray, I drizzled a spoonful of food coloring on top. The dye naturally rolls down around the egg. To give it a little nudge, I slowly turned the egg sideways and upside down to spread the dye around. There’s no specific pattern or science to this, which is my favorite part! Each egg will look similar but unique.
I let each color dry on the egg before I applied a new color to it to prevent the colors from mixing. Placing the eggs right back in to the carton to dry seems to be the easiest. The drying time only takes about 5 minutes, just long enough for me to finish the rest of the eggs.
I then applied more colors to each of the eggs, repeating the process above. Remember … don’t rush! Let the eggs dry in between colors, otherwise the colors may mix resulting in brown egg dye! Once you’re finished coloring, let the eggs dry one final time, and pop them in to the fridge until you’re ready to display (and eat)!
Quick, easy and turns out exactly like the photos!
This post is sponsored by World Market. All opinions are always my own!
I LOVE decorating our house for Christmas. I’m one of those people who gets out the decorations well before Thanksgiving (I won’t reveal HOW early). So most would assume that I continue my holiday excitement for ALL the holidays. I wish I did, but sadly as the New Year starts, resolutions of removing clutter & organizing closets kick in. I then remember how much space all those holiday decorations take up.
Valentine’s day passes without even a thought of a decorations (I’m lucky if I remember to get Joe a card. Ops!). An occasion Saint Patrick’s Day decoration may make its way to our home, which realistically came from a bar. By the time, Easter rolls around, I’ve given up on holiday decorations all together …. until now.
I received a really fun challenge by World Marketto find ways to utilize Easter decor all year round, meaning nothing went back in to store. Ultimately removing any excuses I could come up with to decorate for Easter. I was SOLD! This was music to my ears, as I have NO room to store any additional off season holiday decorations, but desperately want decorate the house for Easter!
I headed over to my local World Market downtown Seattle next to Pike Place Market and picked up decorations that just caught my eye. Here’s how I use each of these during Easter and ‘The Rest of the Year’:
Apothecary jarsseem to be all over the place lately. I can see why they’re so popular …. the decorating options are endless. I mean, simply fill the jar with whatever season it is and tada! Holiday decorations.
There was no way I was going to pass up coffee canisters. Hello, anything with coffee on it has my heart. Instead of getting my caffeine rush for the day, I used these as vases the brightly colored tulips that are in season.
Instead of just using the Apothecary jars to decorate for the next holiday (yep, I decided that was cheating), these became a pretty way to store some of our baking essentials on the counter. Clear containers are great for storing heavily used products because it’s easy to see when refills are needed.
The coffee canisters got put to use in my craft closet storing washi tape and ribbons for easy access. A small label on the lids made these the perfect addition to my crafting cart.
The second I spotted this egg crate, I knew it was coming home with me. The clean white color looks great against colorful Easter eggs. I just love that this is a ceramic crate as opposed to the plastic ones I see so often.
One word: APPETIZERS. Since my cooking doesn’t necessarily win everyone over, my dishware will 🙂 . Deviled eggs are such an easy dish that even this rookie can master. Don’t just save this ceramic dish for eggs though. Possibilities are endless for all you fancy cooks out there!
Easter baskets are not just for kids! These make great hostess gifts for friends or family hosting Easter dinner. I stocked mine with fun, but practical gifts that I knew the host would love: an assortment of colorful cooking gadgets will create pops of soft color throughout the kitchen. (and of course some chocolate 🙂 )
In my house, baskets are the queen of storage (Easter baskets or otherwise). There’s ALWAYS some clutter that needs to be hidden. In. Every. Single. Room. From magazines to puppy toys, we keep our baskets full!
Now you’ll have no excuse to skip the Easter decorations this year …. and all year round!
This past fall I hosted my first baby shower. While I love planning parties, baby showers were brand new territory for me! Are they the same as bridal showers minus the fun cocktails? Do guests really want to play those baby games? And someone please describe all these baby presents to me!
Fortunately my good friend Emily was up for allowing this rookie to throw her a party. She also had an adorable nursery theme already picked out so I piggy backed on her ‘bless this nest’ nursery to use as her shower theme.
Tip #1: having a theme makes decorating SO much easier!
Decorations can definitely rack up the costs of a shower. When the cuteness factor of an item goes up, apparently so can the price! Being frugal at heart, I was fine with doing a little bit more research in the name of saving money.
I don’t love the look of those plastic one use table clothes for fancier affairs. So instead I found pretty wrapping paper to roll out onto the table. A fun bonus is that colors & patterns are literally limitless AND much cheaper than purchasing a cotton table cloth that you may or may not use again.
Tip #2: Paper plates and plastic cups & utensils makes hosting SO much easier AND decorative! Lots of color options to choose from!
Tip #3: Check out your local dollar store!
Unless you’re planning parties ALL the time, many of the themed party decorations you purchase might not be used again. For this reason, I always find a couple cheaper decorations to mix in with my go to staples that I use for lots of parties: vases & frames. I also throw in fresh flowers. While the flowers likely won’t last more than a week, they’re such a pretty touch and the guest of honor can take them with her after the event.
Tip #4: Spray paint is an easy way to transform items to fit your theme and color.
While I’m no expert in party planning or decorations, we had so much fun preparing this shower. And to my surprise it was so much easier than I thought! Here’s the scoop on what I purchased and how I decorated:
A beautifully decorated table is such an easy way to spruce up the home for Christmas. I like to keep ours festive but with more neutral colors that go with our style of our home. Designing a Christmas oriented tablescape allows you to incorporate items you already have in your kitchen with some fun additional decorations. The photo below shows you the items I stocked up on for our tablescape from Hobby Lobby. All for under $100!
I sometimes found that it can be overwhelming to figure out exactly how to style a table with decorative holiday pieces. There’s so many options and so much inspiration to easily find online. Yet, putting it all together can sometimes be tricky.Here’s the process I take to make my tablescape come together:
Step by Step Instructions to a Beautiful Christmas Tablescape
Place the table runner down first. I love the look of a classic white table runner on top of a dark wood table.
Add your biggest decorative pieces next. The tall silver reindeers really caught my eye at Hobby Lobby, originally $24.99 and on sale for for only $12.50. The larger and/or taller items typically look best in the middle of the table.
If you’ll be using candles, add these next. For safety reasons it’s important to make sure there’s adequate room on the table for any candles you want to use. You don’t want flammable decorations getting too close to your candle. This is just another reason I really love circular candle holders: they shield the candle from my other decorations. I bought them in two sizes, the 4 inch holders for $2.50 and 2 inch holders for $1.49.
Wanting to add a couple live plants, I placed 4 small succulents spaced out around the table.
Any greenery should be sprinkled around the table as a final step. I purchased a couple pieces of Christmas tree greenery, cut into pieces, and placed around the decorations on top of the table runner. Two large pieces of greenery were all I needed (at $6.99 a piece at Hobby Lobby).
As much as I love symmetry and straight lines, table decorations tend to look best when placed somewhat randomly on the table. I used this philosophy when placing the candles, succulents and greenery.
Once the table runner was decorated, I moved on to the place settings. Add the essential dining pieces: plates, silverware, wine & champagne glasses. I like to place these down first before adding additional decorations.
I found the most perfect silver plate chargers in the WEDDING section at Hobby Lobby for $1.99 each. Anytime you’re looking for holiday decorations, always take a look around the other departments. You never know what you’ll find!
Cloth napkins are used at my house … well once a year at Christmas time 🙂 . They’re perfect for elevating a beautiful tablescape. I folded the napkins in half and then in half again (think tall and long). Then I folded the length in half before placing on top of my white plates.
The final touch is to add the festive yet simple place cards. I’m not one to typically tell people where to sit at dinner, but thought these were fun and creative. (See instructions below)
DIY Place Cards
Wanting to keep with the tablescape theme, I incorporated 4 twigs of the tree branch greenery.
I used this template to create the place card labels with the names of those who would be attending our Christmas dinner. Printing on heavy card stock always gives a more sophisticated look. I cut the place cards to 3 1/2 x 6 inches. Leave roughly 1 1/2 inches from the top of the card to the printed name to make room for the twigs.
Make a hole punch on each side of the name card an inch from the top and a quarter of an inch from the side. This is important because you don’t want the holes to get too close to the side of the card because once you put the sprigs through the holes, your paper could rip.
Push the greenery through the holes. If needed trim any excess.
And there you have a Pinterest worthy Christmas tablescape!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby. The opinions and text are all mine.
Once in a while, I like to step away from blogging about organizing & cleaning for some fun festive decor tutorials. Especially when they’re as easy as this one!
I LOVE a gorgeous tablescape. It always look so sophisticated and stylish. Unfortunately I rarely have a fancy enough dinner party to warrant something so elaborate. Even if the food was fancy (it’s not going to be if I’m cooking), having extensive custom table decorations for a dinner party only makes sense in magazine and movies. So instead of going CRAZY with big decorations, I used what I had around the house to make an adorable, simple and SMALL decorative touch for my next dinner party!
Small skinny jars (these don’t even all have to be the same size). I used these old steak seasoning jars that are about 3 inches high
Before you get started on the project make sure to wash and dry the jars fully.
Using your painters tape, create cover your jars with a couple strips in any design you like. Just make sure there’s enough clear space for your paint to go! Instead of one thick coat of acrylic paint, I like to put several lighter coats allowing to dry for a couple hours in between. The paint will more professional with less clumps. Once painting is complete AND dry (seriously allow enough time for it completely dry!), peal off the painters tape slowly to ensure no rips. Your decorations are ready to be flowered! Just fill the jars up half way with water and add a pretty flower to each!
Placing one of these at each place setting ads just the right amount of color without going overboard. Perfect for a simple dinner party.
You’ll never be charge with going overboard on table decorations again!
Any time I ask my mother-to-be girlfriends what I can buy for their little ones, diapers are ALWAYS on the top of the list. Although I love a practical gift, it’s not exactly as fun to shop for as say … little girls outfits, right? For me, the practical side always wins and I’m off to the store to buy diapers 🙂 . Never wanting to miss an opportunity for a DIY, my girlfriends get their diapers with a side of an adorable baby shower decoration. I’ve been making these diaper cakes since my first girlfriend had a baby (BEFORE the days of searching Pinterest for instructions!), so I was ecstatic to partner with Pampers to show you my modern twist on the classic baby shower diaper cake!
Pampers is offering big savings in this Sunday’s paper, with two high value coupons. Get your scissors out because there will be a coupon offer for $3 off two bags, or one box, of Pampers Diapers OR Training Pants in the P&G newspaper insert. Additionally, there will also be a coupon for $1 off Pampers Splashers Swim Diapers. These coupons are good at any mass, discount or grocery stores where Pampers Diapers and Training Pants are sold.
Supplies for the Diaper Cake
1 large package of about 60 Pampers diapers size 3 or above (Pampers Swaddlers are recommended – because they are white)
Bag of rubber bands, assorted sizes (or about 60 small, 6 large)
One bottle of Champagne (this will be the base of the cake AND an awesome surprise for mom & dad!)
Ribbon at least 1 in. wide to go around each of the three layers
The first step is to start rolling your diapers. If you purchase plain white diapers (Pampers Swaddlers are a great all white option), then simply roll the diapers front to back using a rubber band to tightly secure in the middle. Since I didn’t have all white diapers (I used Pampers Baby Dry), I rolled them inside out to hide the design on the outside of the diaper. You’ll want the rubber band secured tightly in the middle so that the whole cake will have a uniform look. I used about 50 diapers total on this cake.
Take about 9 of the rolled diapers and stand them up in a ring around the Champagne bottle. You may need a couple more or less diapers depending on the size of your diapers & champagne bottle. Put a large rubber band around this first ring so that the diapers hug the Champagne bottle. Do the same exercise a second time, making a second larger ring of diapers around the bottle. I used 14 diapers for my second ring. Secure with a large rubber band.
Now that you’ve got the base of your cake done, we’re going to do the same thing for the second layer. My second layer used 9 diapers. Again, secure the entire ring with a large rubber band.
My second layer of diapers started to cave inward following the shape of the bottle. To help make the diapers stand up straight, I padded the sides of the bottle with a couple non-rubber banded diapers. It made a huge difference on my second layer.
Finish off with the top layer. Mine took 5 diapers. As you’re completing each layer, ensure that your large rubber band is in the middle of the diapers. That way when we place the ribbon around the diapers it will hide the rubber band easily.
Once your cake is complete, it’s time to decorate! Since I was aiming for a clean sophisticated look, I kept it simple with just two strands of ribbon per cake tier. Each ribbon should be 1 inch longer than the circumference of the tier. The key to making the ribbons have a really clean look is to ensure that they’re smooth and unwrinkled. Using a towel as a buffer, I quickly ironed each of my ribbon strands to smooth them out.
To secure the ribbon around each cake tier, you could use glue to make it look seamless on the back. That seemed a little too messy & complicated for me, so I opted for the easy way: paper clips for the large ribbon and scotch tape for the narrow ribbon. The key is to pull the ribbon tight BEFORE paper clipping / taping the ribbon ends together to ensure it stays put. Another benefit of this method is that the diapers don’t have glue on them when they actually get used!
I opted to decorate the cake with flowers for a elegant touch. To make these flowers, you can follow mycoffee filter flower guide. Yes, those are actually coffee filters!
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Joe & I love hosting dinner parties (he does ALL the cooking and I do the rest 🙂 ), 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!
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.
Potato Chip Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips
2 cups chips, crushed
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup softened butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
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.
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.
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!
The Potato Chip Double Chocolate Chip Cookies were placed in these adorable white baskets that resembled a basketball hoop, lined with tissue paper.
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!)
White ramekins were used to hold the orange gumballs and Reese’s Pieces.
The bottled water even got a makeover with two inch black card stock wrapped around with a little tape in the back!
May your next basketball party be as fun to plan as it is to host!
I’ve never been able to find fake flowers that I really like. Most of them KIND OF look real. But they’re not and that’s the problem. That’s why I LOVE these coffee filter flowers. No one is going to mistake them as a cheap knockoff, yet they add a really cool punch of color to any occasion. And when each one costs only pennies, they’re a heck of a deal compared to the real thing! I made these for a baby shower I hosted and surprisingly the guests asked if they could each take one home. Note to self … next time SKIP the guest bags!
In a large bowl mix cold water and a couple drops of food coloring. I noticed that my flowers turned out lighter than the food coloring water so I’d recommend adding a bit more food coloring once you get to the desired color. Add roughly 10 coffee filters at a time in to the water and soak them. Make sure they’re completely soaked, even the ones in the middle.
Once everything gets wet, you can take them out (no need to let them sit in the water). Squeeze thoroughly to get as much of the water out as you can. Don’t worry about ripping them. Surprisingly the coffee filters were pretty durable.
I pealed them apart so that I only had 3-5 stuck together before laying the coffee filters on a baking pan. I then “baked” them at 200 degrees for about 20 minutes, flipping each at the 10 minute mark.
Mine weren’t completely dry after 20 minutes, but not wanting to burn down the kitchen I let them sit out for a couple hours to completely dry. If you’re a little less paranoid (and a better chef) than I am you can put them in the oven longer, if needed. You’ll want these completely dry as it will be hard to create the flower with damp coffee filters.
Take the first 3 and line them up on top of each other. Fold the stack in half. Then, fold the half in half again, so it ends up in fourths. Don’t worry if they’re not perfectly aligned after you fold. It will actually look a little better if they’re not completely even.
With your scissor, cut a scallop around the top. Again, don’t worry about it being even or even looking nice. One of the best things about making these is that literally NO step needs to be perfect in order to turn out great.
Twist and ruffle these 3 layers. Pinch the bottom tightly so it doesn’t come apart.
It will look like this:
Then staple the base to ensure it doesn’t fall apart.
Next, pile up the remaining 3 coffee filters and place them around the base of the twisted first 3 coffee filters. Make sure to catch all the layers together tightly and then staple the bottom so that the flower doesn’t come apart.
Once I have mine all stapled and secured, I ‘fluff’ them a little (perfectionist) and they’re ready to go!
After you get the coffee filters colored, these only take minutes to make! It was ridiculously quick and easy to add a pop of color to my baby shower decor. These could also be great for engagement parties, Valentines Day, birthdays, even weddings!