T-minus 4 days until Father’s Day, which means we only have a few more days to get a gift for those special men in our lives. This year we decided to step outside our comfort zone and “DIY” a BBQ rub recipe since both of our dads love BBQ-ing this time of year. We haven’t shared a ton of gift ideas recently and this easy idea for Dad (or a hostess gift for your next BBQ) was just too easy not to share.
BUT you guys know that we’re faaaaar from experts in the kitchen, so you’re probably thinking, “why should we trust this recipe… so much so that we’re going to give it to the Grill-masters in our lives?”. Great question (you read our minds)!
We actually borrowed it from the experts at Weber grill and we’re confident that if they give it the seal of approval, our dads will too! <— and no, this is not a sponsored post, we just think this DIY gift is an idea that can be a great way to get even the littlest kids involved in spoiling their dad.
Here’s what you’ll need for the DIY BBQ Rub:
¼ cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
One of the reasons we love this idea is because it’s personalized, functional (dads love functional, don’t they?!) and super simple.
We measured all of the ingredients into a bowl and then mixed them all up, making sure the brown sugar became as smooth as possible.
Then we took the BBQ rub and funneled into this adorable little mason jar shaker.
We were left with this shaker full of the BBQ rub and quite a bit extra in 5 minutes or less. And the best part of “leftovers” is that you can make a batch of this and still have some leftover for another gift (maybe a hostess gift for a backyard BBQ?).
Free Gift Tag Printable
To wrap it up, we added a gift tag & ribbon and we were done!
If you want to use this same gift tag, you can download this one right here (print full-page) but any tag could do! We love the idea of pairing this with a gift card, some backyard gadgets (what dad doesn’t love gadgets?) or any “little something” that fits your dad’s personality. With 4 days until the big day, you have plenty of time to whip this up!
It’s no secret here on the DIY Playbook that we do everything we can to avoid spending time in the kitchen, unless we’re installing a new faucet or DIY-ing new backsplash. However, that doesn’t mean we still don’t love to entertain. And with any good party comes great food (and dessert!).
Today we are sharing a SUPER easy trick to dress up a store-bought naked cake so that you don’t spend a ton of time in the kitchen before the party. We promise this adorable cake will have your guests convinced it’s straight from a fancy bakery, but the real secret is that this cake takes less than 5 minutes to decorate… after you pick it up from the store.
1. Buy a Cake
You’ll need a naked cake to start out with. We bought ours from Whole Foods for $10. They don’t typically have these on display, but if you call them the day before and order a stacked cake without frosting, they will make you one no problem. You can imagine how awkward that phone call was when we called Whole Foods to order a “naked cake”. Technically that’s what it’s called, but we advise ordering a stacked cake without frosting to avoid that awkwardness on the phone. <– trust us!
This cake is the 5″ cake for $10 but there’s also an 8″ cake for $20.
2. Use a Cute Cake Stand
When you get home take the cake out of the box and plop it on a cake stand. We kept the gold plate that it came on attached, but you don’t necessarily have to do that. We love that this cake can work for just about any occasion based on the style of your cake stand and which flowers you choose to add to it.
3. Pick up an Assortment of Flowers and Greenery
While you’re at the store picking up the cake, make sure you pick up an assortment of flowers and greenery. We chose pink flowers for this occasion but any flower/greenery combo could work!
4. Cut the Flower Stems
Lay out your flowers and choose which ones you want to use. Then cut the stems down so you can stick the flower on top of the cake or on the side of the cake.
The great news is that you only need a few flowers to decorate the cake, so you can then use the extra for your party/tablescape. Keep this in mind when cutting the flowers’ stems down. Only cut down the flowers you need so that you can add the extras to a beautiful vase when you’re done!
5. Add Flowers & Greenery
Once the flowers are cut down, have fun adding them to your cake! We like the look of adding some on the top of the cake (to one side) and the others on the base of the cake (on the other side). Although that’s the “formula” we use, there’s no right or wrong way! Add the leaves/flowers until you land on the look that you love.
Literally 5 minutes later you are d-o-n-e!
It’ll be our little secret that this gorgeous cake is store-bought and only took a few quick minutes to throw together! <—- our kind of “baking”!
6. Celebrate & Enjoy!
We LOVE this feminine look for baby/wedding showers, a little girl’s first birthday, or girls’ night. But depending on the cake stand you choose and the flowers you add, this easy cake can work for just about any occasion. Heck for $10 and a quick 5 minutes of prep, we’ll probably be reaching for this trick at every chance we can get!
[Disclaimer: We partnered with Kenwood Vineyards to bring you this post. All photos and opinions are our own and are not influenced by Kenwood]
As we’ve chatted about many times before, we are both not very talented in the kitchen. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t enjoy entertaining. We love having friends & family over, and it’s always so much fun creating a cozy environment, along with a pretty spread of food <– even if most of it store-bought!
We recently put together a little wine night and it was surprisingly simple to throw together. Plus…we took our wine night outside, because there’s nothing like sitting on the back patio, sipping wine, and hanging out with friends on a warm night.
Since summer entertaining is upon us, we figured we’d share some of our easy tips to bring your wine night outdoors.
1. Skip the Theme
A party theme definitely has its place, but it can sometimes make the planning part a heck of a lot more stressful. Instead we suggest going with a color palette! We decided to go with neutrals, pinks, and gold metallics for our wine night. While we wanted a “Moroccan” vibe, we didn’t want to stress ourselves out over everything having to fit with that theme. So instead we brought in a few pieces that had that vibe (like this macrame runner & this wood bowl), and didn’t worry too much about everything having to go with that theme. In the end, we had a beautiful mis-matched look that was easy to throw together!
2. Don’t Forget Lighting
Lighting can really set the mood, and it comes in handy when the sun sets. Stock up on string lights, lanterns, and candles so you can still enjoy the night even after the sun goes down.
Bonus points if you get some citronella candles, as they’ll add some mood lighting AND help keep the bugs at bay. #winwin
3. Keep the Food Simple
Since we don’t cook, we’re all about easy food when entertaining. After 1 trip to the grocery store, we are armed with everything we needed to put out some yummy snacks.
Cheese boards are our go-to because 1. who doesn’t love cheese? 2. they can make you look like you’re the hostess with the mostess. I mean who isn’t impressed when you throw together an elegant cheese platter? We suggest going with at least 3-4 cheeses so you have a wide variety. Then add on fresh grapes, charcuterie, some nuts, crackers, and dates. Throw it all on a wooden board and you’re good to go! <— our kind of food prep!
We always have hummus and olives on hand too, just in case friends pop over. They’re staples that are easy to nosh on and make for pretty entertaining food.
Dessert is also (always) store-bought in our households. “Naked” cakes from the bakery with some flowers placed on top are a budget-friendly way to serve dessert. Put the cake on a stylish cake-stand (like this marble one) and you’re all set! (We’re planning to share more of our “naked cake” tips on the blog soon! Seriously…so easy!)
4. Pick up Some Grocery Store Flowers
When you’re gathering some snacks, don’t forget to hit up the flower section of the grocery store. There’s no need to venture to an expensive florist when you can get pretty blooms right then and there for a fraction of the cost. We suggest keeping the colors in the same palette (we went with all pinks), so it looks cohesive. If you have flowers on the table, you can definitely skip the party decorations. These gorgeous blooms are all you need to bring your tablescape to life! Don’t forget to grab some greenery too. It comes in handy to decorate the table and scatter around the food platters (like these versatile gold ones!).
5. Delicious Cocktails
What kind of wine night would it be without a variety of wine? We always like to put out a few different bottles of red and white wine so everyone is happy!
We’ve both been big fans of Kenwood wine for quite some time. Kenwood Vineyards, in Sonoma Valley, has been crafting premium wine for more than 45 years. We actually went to Sonoma for Casey’s bachelorette party, so whenever we’re having a wine night we like to get Kenwood wines because it brings us right back to that memorable trip.
Bridget: When it comes to wine, I’m a white wine drinker all the way and I usually order Sauvignon Blanc when out. I found out that Sauvignon Blanc was my “go-to” wine during our trip to Sonoma when we tried lots of wine and eventually landed on our favorites. I love this Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc because it’s incredibly crisp and refreshing…perfect for a hot summer night! This bottle is a twist off, which really comes in handy for entertaining.
Casey: While Bridget is all about white wine, I prefer red. There’s just something so cozy about pouring a glass, wrapping yourself up in a blanket, and sipping away with friends. I love both the Cabernet Sauvignon & Pinot Noir from Kenwood. They’re both very smooth and tasty, plus you can’t beat those price points. Such a great deal for really amazing bottles.
Serving wine when entertaining keeps things easy. Just put out some clean glasses, bottles, and an opener and everyone can serve themselves. Much more simple than worrying about mixing up cocktails continuously throughout the night.
6. Bring the Indoors Out
Don’t be afraid to cozy up your space with pillows, blankets, and even a pouf from inside your house. Bringing these indoor items outside is an easy (and FREE!) way to create the cozy environment for your wine night. We went with some pink and blue pillows and layered them on the patio bench to really keep things comfortable.
A macrame runner (that would usually be used inside) was brought outside to add texture to the table. Who cares if it’s not meant for the outdoors. You can bring it on in once everyone goes on home!
We don’t know about you, but all of this wine & food talk has us extra excited to entertain this holiday weekend! We hope these tips will help you throw your own wine night this summer. Cheers to lots of warm nights with friends ahead.
PS. Be sure to stop by the blog tomorrow for a rare SATURDAY post here on the DIY Playbook! We’re excited to chat about all of the amazing deals this weekend before we unplug for the holiday. Have a great Friday, see you bright and early tomorrow!! xo
[Disclaimer: We teamed up with NFL Homegating to bring you this post. All opinions & photography are our own and are not influenced by NFL Homegating. Thanks for supporting the brands that support this blog!]
We must admit, we’re not the sportiest gals around. On Sundays, we’re often blogging away, while our husbands are glued to the TV watching the NFL all.day.long. But we always love an excuse to entertain, especially when that party involves a fun theme and plenty of DIY projects. Not to mention, we always like a shindig that earns us extra wife points!
So when NFL Homegating asked us to create a game plan for the ultimate watch party, we immediately said “yes” and started brainstorming how to take a party like this to the next level! We believe our tips can translate for your favorite NFL team (although the Chicago Bears season hasn’t been the best…we’ll still always heart them!), so you can completely customize your football party with your team’s colors!
We also really like the idea of throwing a tailgate inspired party at home…aka “NFL Homegating.” And with those winter temps officially here, we’re happy to avoid tailgating in the freezing cold. Instead this is a way to celebrate game day from the comfort of your own home. Now that’s something these 2 rookies can get behind!
8 Step Game Plan for the Ultimate Football Party
1. Choose a low maintenance menu
It’s no secret that we’re not the best cooks around, but there are a few dishes we actually have in our repertoire. Chili being one of them! As long as we have a recipe to follow, we can usually make a pretty tasty chili.
Chili is an amazing food to serve at parties because you can make it ahead of time and then just throw it in the crockpot to keep it warm. We decided to create a little chili bar area so you could build your own bowl!
We included fun toppings like tortilla chips, avocado, cheese, and green onions to really fancy things up! We also ordered these Bears soup bowls from NFL Homegating (sadly they’re sold out on NFLshop.com, but you can pick some up at Bed, Bath, & Beyond) and they’re huge! Such a cute little container for a hearty cup of chili.
2. Incorporate your team’s colors
When you’re celebrating your team, it’s easy to figure out the party colors. In our case we used blue & orange throughout.
We each donned some Bears gear, and then picked up some navy tassels and orange/blue balloons.
All it takes is a few touches of these colors to really bring the entire look together.
3. DIY an inexpensive runner (helps with the mess!)
When it came to the table, we wanted to keep it simple so the fun snacks could really shine. So we took some craft paper and made a super simple runner. To make it a bit sporty, we used a sharpie to draw plays right onto the paper. Seriously, so easy yet looks adorable.
Plus, the runner kept my marble table a lot cleaner from all of the snacks & dips.
4. Add Height to the Table
Whenever we’re creating a tablescape, we always try to use varying heights on the table to create interest. It’s just like decorating any space. You need to layer items in and create a variety of levels.
We put this football shaped cutting board on a white bowl to give it a boost in height. And we also added some flowers onto the table for some freshness and to add in a taller object.
5. Pick out a few pieces of merchandise that make a big statement (#wifepoints)
The NFL Homegating collection contains some really cool pieces. We especially loved these jersey salt & pepper shakers. I mean can you even? They’re hilarious. This appetizer tray, the chili bowls, and this cheese board really took the party atmosphere to the next level too. And we’ll have all of these items for years, so we can whip them out for every NFL football & Super Bowl party <– let’s hope the Bears someday make it to the Super Bowl again…
And you can’t forget glassware! Mr. Finn was especially excited that we picked up some Bears pint glasses. A cold beer just tastes better out of a nice glass, doesn’t it?! We definitely earned some wife points with these items (and these all might make for some good holiday gifts if you’re buying for your dad/brother/husband!).
6. Throw away silverware for the win!
Another party tip? Don’t use “real” silverware. Instead purchase some plastic silverware in your team’s colors. Way easier when it comes time to clean-up.
7. Don’t forget the washi tape
A few more thoughtful touches helped take everyday items to the next level. Black & white striped tape wrapped around plastic bottle water makes little H2O referees.
And navy washi tape on orange cups creates football laces, and it really made our silverware display that much better.
Putting a little extra effort into every aspect of the party really brings things to another level. And all of these tiny tweaks are super affordable and only take a bit of time #worthit
8. Use what you already have
As with most everything we do in our homes, we always use what we already have. There’s no use buying tons of new items when you can shop your home for stuff. Our lightbox sign came into use to jazz up our chili bar.
And a few festive additions on the bar cart made it party ready!
So what do you say? Are you ready to throw your own NFL Homegating party? With some items from NFL Homegating, a few small DIY’s, and a couple of thoughtful touches your party is guaranteed to be a big WIN!
I’m not a big dessert person…at all. In fact, my entire family (the O’Halloran clan) really isn’t into desserts. It’s funny because on our birthdays we all kinda groan when my mom says we have to order dessert so we can sing “happy birthday.” Yep, we’re crazy like that I guess.
But I will say that I love a good cookie. Move over cake, cookies are where the party is at! In fact, that’s the reason why we had a cookie bar at our wedding instead of serving cake to our guests. I’ll take a cookie over tiramisu, cheesecake, or pie any day. #handsdown
You guys know about my complete lack of talent in the cooking department. Well, I’m no better in the baking department either. In fact, I’m probably much, much worse when it comes to baking (too much room for error with all of the measurements and baking times!) But lucky for me, that husband of mine is exceptional in the kitchen and he makes a mean chocolate chip cookie.
It’s so funny because he often bakes these cookies and brings them to work and his coworkers just naturally assume that his wife baked them! If they only knew…Finn has been making his famous chocolate chip cookies ever since we started dating, and they turn out perfectly every.single.time. It’s crazy because even if I try to follow the recipe exactly they simply don’t turn out the same. They’re flat, or burned, or hard. So I asked him to share his secrets with not only me, but with all of you. And that baking hubby of mine happily obliged. Now you may be thinking, “Casey, I know how to make cookies…it isn’t Rocket Science!” That’s great, but when it comes to baking I need all of the help I can get, so I figured some of you out there might get something out of his tips. Plus, it was a nice excuse to get some fresh cookies from my husband, and bonus…it gives you some yummy eye candy on this Friday.
But before we get to his tips, here’s the recipe (a pretty standard chocolate chip cookie one)
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
2 sticks butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 t. vanilla
2 cups milk chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in another bowl until creamy. Add eggs one at a time. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray and drop cookie dough onto sheet. Bake 9 to 11 minutes, transfer to cooling rack when finished.
Soft butter is key! I’m usually way too impatient to “thaw” out my butter, and I end up throwing it into the batter straight from the fridge. Apparently, that’s a big no-no. Finn lets his butter rest out on the counter until it gets to room temperature before even starting to bake the cookies. If you’re strapped for time, preheat the oven, and put the butter near the warm oven to get it warm faster. But be sure not to melt the butter, just get it nice and soft.
Don’t skimp on the vanilla. In fact, Finn often adds another dash or 2 to the batter. Gotta love a little extra flavor in there.
When combining the dry ingredients, be sure you really mix them together well. If not, you may get a salty bite in one cookie, some baking soda taste in another. So take the extra minute and combine everything thoroughly as you go.
There’s no such thing as too many chocolate chips. Sure the recipe calls for 2 cups of chocolate chips, but if you’re feeling crazy you can dump a few more into the bowl. I mean everything is better with chocolate, right? And don’t use the hand mixer when it comes time to add the chocolate chips. Instead use a spatula. I can tell you from experience that I’ve burned out a hand mixer (or 2) trying to mix together some thick batter. Oops…
Also if you are taking the cookies to work, be sure to avoid putting nuts in the batter so everyone can enjoy them!
Hide the batter from your cookie dough obsessed wife. Okay, perhaps this tip only applies when I’m around, but who doesn’t love cookie dough? I will gladly take my chances with salmonella for a big ol’ scoop of this sugary dough. But seriously, when your batter is done be sure to pop it into the fridge to get it nice and cold before you place on the baking sheet.
Don’t make perfectly round balls when placing the dough on the cookie sheet. No need for an ice cream scoop either. Instead use your nice, clean hands and shape them yourself.
A cooling rack is a must! Once your cookies are out of the oven, let them sit for about 1-2 minute. Then transfer them to a cooling rack and let them cool completely. This will prevent them from getting overcooked on the hot baking sheet.
Is your mouthwatering yet?Yeah, I’m dying over here too. Give me all the cookies! Cookies for breakfast is a-okay on a Friday. I mean calories don’t count because it’s almost the weekend…right?
So go ahead and indulge. I won’t tell anyone! And a big thank you to Finn for sharing his chocolate chip cookie secrets today (& for letting me sneak quite a few spoonfuls of dough while shooting these pictures.)
This is NOT a sponsored post, I just really love this product and feel the need to gush all about it because it’s just that cool. Plus, I recently did a DIY based on it, so I need to give ya a little background on it.
Have you guys heard of Nora Fleming serving platters?! If you haven’t… we seriously need to chat. To be honest, I have no clue if these platters are popular strictly in the Chicagoland area or if they’re popular everywhere. Ms. Nora Fleming, the creator of these gorgeous & genius platters, is from the Chicagoland area so I’m not sure if they are sold here because she’s from here or if they’re sold everywhere. The good news is, if these platters really are just a “Chicago thing”, you are in luck because you can order them online and get them shipped right to you!
So what are these platters all about?! Well, ALL of the serving platters and plate products are a plain, classic, slightly off-white color. Like this one…
The platters and trays come in all shapes and sizes but all have the same look. The part that makes these platters so cool is that they have this tiny little hole, which holds a seasonal “mini” to help accessorize your party.
There are tons and tons of “minis” to choose from and you can easily trade them out for each of your entertaining needs. Hence, you do not need to buy all new platters for each holiday, but instead, re-use the classic white trays and platters while trading out the mini to match the specific occasion. Pretty gosh darn GENIUS if you ask me!
The minis run about $10-$14 each and as each mini retires from the collection, you can get them on sale. These minis are GENIUS because they eliminate the need for me to have to buy a ton of different themed platters and then find space in my tiny kitchen to store all of this festive stuff. Instead, I have a few of these classic platters and have a little collection of minis to change out for each party.
This brings me to today’s $5 DIY project. A Nora Fleming Organizer for all m y minis.
One trip to Goodwill later, I found this wall shelf (?) that was intended to hold small figurines back in the day.
I took off the hanging hardware on the back of the box to create a flat bottom.
Then I gave this piece a few coats of white spray paint I had left over from a previous project. After it was dry, I simply added a stickers of the first letter of every month throughout the year, this would help me put my minis in some kind of order by seasonal occasion.
Finally, I placed my collection of minis in each of the cubes and I was all set! A $2 shelf turned drawer organizer for some of my favorite entertaining accessories. After buying the $3 stickers, this DIY organizer cost me about $5 to make.
Now, all I have to do is place this organizer in my kitchen drawer and I’ll never lose my minis again! For $5, how could I beat this DIY organizer? Definitely an excuse to celebrate in my book.
And more importantly, thanks Ms, Fleming… I love your style!
It’s December, and that means that your social calendar is probably chock full of holiday parties, Christmas cookie exchanges, and festive dinner parties. If that sounds like your December schedule, then you may want to try out today’s easy craft project!
No one likes to show up empty-handed to any of these little get togethers, so we came up with an inexpensive project that will really wow your hostess and fellow guests.These wine bottle tote bags. They’re not only adorable, but they’re very simple to make. Plus, we like the fact that you can make many of these ahead of time and have them stockpiled and ready for your long-list of upcoming parties.
All you have to do is buy a bottle of wine (probably the most costly supply for this project), dress it up with this wine bottle tote, and head on out to party it up!We ordered these wine totes on Amazon, but we’ve seen these around various craft stores so just keep your eyes open.Then we used our new Silhouette Portrait to create the “Cheers” font. Like we said in this post, we’re still Silhouette beginners so we’ll direct you over to their awesome Youtube channel for tutorials. For this project, we wrote out the word “Cheers” in a few different fonts and then printed it on premium vinyl. We thought about just using regular paper, but figured that a sticker would give us the cleanest lines when we spray painted.
[If you don’t own a cutting machine you can use stickers to write your message or create your own shape. Oooorrr keep reading this post for your chance to win your very own Silhouette Portrait!]For the final step, we stuck the words onto the tote and sprayed a light coat of spray paint over and around the sticker. After letting the paint dry, we peeled it off, and boom…those boring totes were instantly personalized and ready to par-tay.Now all we need to do is pick up a few new bottles of wine and we won’t have to worry about buying hostess gifts all season long. I think we should cheers to that!
If you’re looking to add some custom holiday cheer to just about anything…then we’ve got the giveaway for you. We teamed up with Silhouette to giveaway one of their Silhouette Portrait machines to 1 lucky reader! Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below and let us know what holiday project you would tackle with the machine. We can’t wait to hear! a Rafflecopter giveaway
P.S. Going to a party where alcohol might not be an appropriate gift? No worries, we’ve got ya covered. Try our #BusyGirlDIY flower vase and we’re sure the hostess will be impressed! In honor of this holiday season, you can substitute the fall colored blooms pictured and add evergreen, pine, berries, or simple white blooms instead. Those colors will POP even more next to the gold & glamorous vase.
Attention all Busy Girl’s, we have another QUICK & EASY DIY project that you can whip up as a Glamorous Hostess Gift throughout the upcoming holiday season (cough, cough… like next week for Thanksgiving!).
But before we officially move onto the tutorial, allow us to review….
Busy Girl DIY is defined as a craft or do-it-yourself project that aligns with the busy girl’s style, budget, and lack of free time, materials, or confidence in her ability to craft. These projects take around 15-30 minutes and require minimal amounts of time, material or talent (like this one, this one or this one). These projects allow Busy Girls to get the look they love without the hassle. You’re busy, we’re busy… we get it. Let’s do this…
Flowers are always a nice gesture and the staple hostess gift for Busy Girl’s like us. A bouquet of flowers and a bottle of wine…check and check! However, etiquette says that you should never bring in “un-vased” flowers to the host or hostess. Why not, we wondered?
Of course it’s always the thought that counts… and any hostess would be extremely grateful for any token of appreciation, we’re pretty sure. But if we’re being technical here, un-vased flowers require the hostess to take time away from her entertaining, cooking, and greeting in order to give those gorgeous blooms a new place to live. It’s not a huge inconvenience for the hostess (and you’re not being rude by bringing these in without a vase), but when a hostess has food in the oven, guests loading into her home, and she is trying to greet, get drinks, and take coats from everyone- cutting down flowers, finding a vase that fits, and putting it all together just doesn’t lend itself well to giving guests her undivided, welcoming attention. To combat this etiquette tip, we thought it would be more convenient, glamorous AND thoughtful for us to still bring in our staple flowers, but making sure we handle the cutting, vasing, and sprucing up the blooms well before we enter her doors.
With this pre-arranged gorgeous vase, you are showing that you:
Care about her precious time
Want to provide her with a gold & glamorous vase she can re-use all season long!
It’s a win-win-win if you ask us!! Plus, this vase is simple to make and doesn’t require a lot of time, money or creative talent. Busy Girls—we can do this and we have plenty of time to finish this project up for next week’s celebrations.
What you’ll need:
Liquid Gold (This stuff is AH-MAZING and officially our new best friend)
Soft Hair Paintbrush (so important that it’s soft hair)
Vase (this one cost me $1 at the Dollar Store!!)
Scotch tape (optional)
Flowers (got this bunch from Jewel for less than $10)
Rookie Tip: While you have all the supplies out and the vases only cost $1, why not make a few to get you through all of your holiday events?!
So here goes nothing. All you really have to do is tape around the vase to create the “line” or look that you want. Make sure you press firmly on the line that the paint will hit, this will ensure none of the gold liquid will seep under the tape.
I used the soft haired brush to put one coat of liquid gold on the exposed part of the vase. The directions on the back of the liquid gold suggested using the soft haired brush and I can see why. If I used a different paint brush, you probably would have seen the brush strokes and it wouldn’t have that smooth, gold finish. So listen to the directions and use that soft brush! If you have some extra time on your hands, let your first coat dry and put on another coat for extra coverage.
After that, let the paint dry and slowly peel away your painter’s tape. You should be left with a crisp gold line.
Fill the jar up with water and place your scotch tape like a grid on the top of the vase. This post has a step-by-step tutorial on how to do this. Ever since Casey shared that tip, I always use clear tape to help me arrange flowers.
Little by little, I place flowers into the vase’s grid… starting with the greenery around the sides.
Then I placed the other random flower types until I got the look that I wanted. I would suggest waiting to do this part until the morning of the event or the night before the event. This will guarantee your arrangement looks fresh for the hostess (and at the party).
I love the elegant and simple look the liquid gold gives this project. To think this was just a dollar store vase that now looks far more expensive and sophisticated! You can hand off this project to the hostess and she will have nothing to worry about to prep these beautiful blooms for the party!! You will be a Busy Girl that looked like you took a lot of time & effort to spoil your gracious host with this one-of-a-kind gift. Such a win-win!
P.S. If you like this BUSY GIRL idea, check out our other Busy Girl DIY ideas by clicking on the Busy Girl icon on the sidebar. Happy Crafting, you fellow Busy Girls!! xo
Last week we shared all of the goodies from our Thanksgiving tablescape. We’re still waiting to hear if B’s sister gives us an A+ for our math-themed table. (Fingers crossed we pass with flying colors!)
We even offered this awesome FREE PRINTABLE that you can include on your own Thanksgiving table. We know we’re going to be thankful to have a little extra personalization at our own holiday dinners.
But enough about our table…today we want to share some other A+ tablescapes from the #BloggerStylinHomeTour series. We were blown away by some of the creativity and we’re totally lovin’ these unique setups. No matter your style, we’re confident you can find inspiration in the following eye candy…
Simple Stylings Summer’s gold and natural tablescape really “wow-ed” us! The entire setup is perfectly simple and sophisticated. We especially love love love her DIY candle sticks. She simply took dollar store candles and added some gold stripes to really jazz them up. We just might be adding this DIY project to our Thanksgiving to-do list…
Burlap and Lace
Who says Thanksgiving tables have to feature warm tones like gold, red, and orange? Shannon’s gorgeous table proves that there are no rules when it comes to setting a glamorous Thanksgiving table. The deep jewel tones, paired with white accents (like that amazing pumpkin centerpiece!), really take this table to the next level. Love it!
Jones Design Company
How stylish is this setup by Emily from Jones Design Company? We’re especially impressed by the simple leaf placecard with the gold lettering etched right on there. What an easy DIY that you could incorporate into your own Thanksgiving tablescape. It just goes to show you can find plenty of gorgeous accents for your home right in your own backyard!Southern Hospitality
We’ve been big fans of Rhoda’s work for a looong time. She is just so darn talented and we love her warm and inviting home. We love how Rhoda mixes different patterns within her tablescape. Stripes, with plaid, with floral…it totally works here and gives the table such a nice layered look. Of course we’re impressed with her tablescape…but I bet we would be even more impressed with her southern Thanksgiving cookin’. I’m sure she will be serving up some delicious treats on turkey day.
Sand & Sisal
“Coastal” & “Thanksgiving” don’t usually go hand in hand. But Kim from Sand & Sisal totally pulls off this amazing beachy tablescape. How adorable are those little pumpkins with the sand star name card? We don’t care that we live in the midwest…a table like this adds instant nautical vibes to any Chicago gal’s tablescape. Now if only we could learn how to rock the beachy waves in our hair to match…
Julie Blanner We are totally digging on all of the copper trends this season and Julie confirmed our crush even more. Her copper mugs mixed with her natural and gorgeous tablescape leave us feeling completely inspired. And if you love this look as much as we do, you’ll probably love her FREE place cards and FREE thankful cards as much as we do too! But before you go check it out, is it just us or are those antlers just dreamy?!
All of these talented tablescapes have us totally excited and inspired for one of our favorite holidays of the year! We can’t wait to share a day of gratitude with our families and hope you too can gather around a gorgeous table with some very special people.
PS. If you love the inspiration & variety of the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours Series as much as we do, stay tuned! We are participating in our last tour of the year in just a few weeks, & this isn’t any ‘ole tour… it’s the GRAND FINALE Christmas Tour!
We are super excited you stopped by & on behalf of the entire DIY Playbook team (veteran readers included), here’s 5 random tips we would like to share to help you get to know what we’re all about here on the ‘ol Playbook.
1. We are Bridget & Casey, best friends and DIY Rookies from Chicago.
3. We drink way too much coffee & live one to-do list item at a time.
4. Neither of us cook, but thanks to our amazing husbands… we never starve.
5. By day, Casey works as a TV producer & Bridget as a high school teacher.
Now, onto the real reason you are all here …. some tablescape eye candy!
We’ll keep the commentary to a minimum but just to catch you all up to speed and clarify whose table this is, allow us to give you some consolidated scoop. Long story short, we took over Bridget’s sister’s home once again (remember her front door makeover? or her gorgeous wedding photos?) to give her amazing farmhouse table some love for Thanksgiving. She’s a math teacher by trade, so as the typical nerds that we are, we decided to work her love for numbers into her tablescape. Like her, we are totally “counting” on Thanksgiving and can’t wait to celebrate in style at her home– hopefully only with pretty numbered pillows and not practice word problems.
KT’s home is bright, colorful, with touches of rustic glam. Along with the math thing, we thought we would incorporate her already established style to create a very non-traditional Thanksgiving tablescape that fits her home’s “look”.
We haven’t heard the final grade, but we think we passed! Fingers crossed?! What do you guys think…. do we earn an A?
To add just one more personal touch and highlight the reason behind this fabulous holiday, we thought it would be fun to add some place cards to the mix to help guests really think about what they have to be extra grateful for this year. We created a watercolor card reading, “I’m thankful for….” & placed one at each place setting. Definitely a positive conversation starter and a great reminder of the real focus that is Turkey Day. These cuties are actually FREE PRINTABLES here on the DIY Playbook. If you want copies for your Thanksgiving tablescape (or even a way to help your family prepare for the big day with a little reflection each day), go ahead and check out this post & get your free download.
And although we loved playing with the greens, blues and neutrals for this table’s personality, we just had to add a touch of the traditional orange pumpkins. They just seem to POP next to the cool colors. #makingastatement
If only all math homework came in the form of creating a bright and beautiful tablescape, we’d think about becoming math teachers too! Until then, this is the only equation we’re figuring….
Now, before we start assigning homework or something crazy, you better get out of here and check out all the gorgeous Thanksgiving inspiration Kim at Sand & Sisal has to offer.
And of course, a huge thank you to Lindsay from White Buffalo Styling Co. for hosting this whole thing. Such an amazing host to all these blog hops, I can’t wait to go check out her “hosting tips” this season. Here’s the rest of the week’s line-up:
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