10 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids and Adults

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Today our blog is being taken over by our intern Marisa! Halloween is one of her favorite holidays to plan.  So who better than her to write today’s post?

Happy October everyone! Today is the very first day of my favorite month of the year. Why you may ask? Because of Halloween of course!

As a child my mother would ask me what I would like to be for Halloween.

My costume ideas were always something well known such as; a witch, peter pan, or even a sailor. My mother did not like to buy costumes, she wanted to make sure my costume was unique and did not look like the other kid’s costume.

Every year we would head to Downtown LA to go shopping for fabric.

She would then spend weeks sewing my costume together, and it always turned out amazing.

Now that I am older, putting together a costume is a lot more difficult. I, unfortunately, cannot sew quit as well as my mother did and my mom has stopped sewing costumes for me since I’ve left high school.

Thanks to Pinterest and blogs I now find easier and simple ways to make Halloween costumes.

Here are 10 easy DIY Halloween costumes for kids and adults.

Olaf Costume

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Peacock Tutu

Shwin&Shwin

Bag of Jelly Bellies

iVillage

Loofah Costume

Busy Thoughts

Mickey Mouse

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Candy Button Costume

Life Ann Style

Rib Cage T-shirt

Martha Stewart

Camp Counselors

Say Yes

Bandits!

Say Yes

Tooth & Tooth Fairy Costume

Julie Ann Art

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Girls’ Night In

Time for Another Media Monday

This time we got to be a guest blogger for Double the Fun Parties.

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This event was something that helped bring back some childhood memories.  When I was a child my mom and dad would let me invite one or two friends to stay over on Friday nights.  We would go to the grocery store stock up on candy, popcorn and a movie.  This party is to reflect that type of girl’s night in.

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There are two apothecary jars, one is filled with popcorn and the other is filled with gum balls.  I used cute flower shaped cupcake holders from Michaels to serve the popcorn into.

Some of the snacks included pretzels, fruit, jelly beans and chocolate chip cookies.  Then to top off all the snacks, I made marshmallows on a stick decorated in pink and yellow rounds to tie the theme together.

Pink lemonade can be poured into the colorful cups.  In order to know which drink is yours I took clothes pins and covered them with colorful washi tape and provided a pink marker to write your name on the tape.  The clothes pin then can be clipped to the paper straw labeling your drink.

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The table is dressed with a sunflower colored pintuck table cloth from Signature Party Rentals.  To enhance the table I added a coordinating flag banner.  The table with then sprinkled with tissue paper confetti by the Cloud Parade.

Paper lunch bags were filled with goodies and closed with the glitter clothes pin and topped with a package of the tissue paper confetti.

I hope you enjoy the photos and it helps to spark some new creative party ideas.

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Labor Day Party Planning

End of Summer BBQ and Movie Night 

Photo Credit: Prairehive.com

Photo Credit: Prairehive.com

Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to wrap up summer with a party. Hosting a BBQ and movie night is a simple party that is fun for all ages. Here are a few tips to help you plan a Labor Day party.

Start Planning now:

  • Start preparing your menu. Keep it simple, hot dogs and hamburgers, salad, chips and drinks.
  • Compile your guest list and pick a movie.
  • Pick the location to set up your movie screen. Make sure to choose a location that is not near any lights that could affect the brightness of the movie, such as house lights or street lamps.
  • Send out your BBQ and movie themed invitations.
  • Gather the items you will need to play the movie: the screen, extension cords, speakers, computer and projector.
Photo Credit: Hotel Pearl

Photo Credit: Hotel Pearl

 

Day of the party:

 

  • Purchase the remainder of the food.
  • Set up for the movie.
  • Use tiki torches, lanterns and other soft lighting to make a pathway back to the house. Maybe add some small American Flags between each light as well.
  • Lay out red, white & blue colored pillows and blankets for the kids and chairs for the adults.
  • Set up your food table. The key is to make your food table both festive and functional making everything have a dual purpose. Have fun shaped bowls (maybe shaped like stars) and apothecary jars filled with food and candy. The secret to a well-designed table is making it have different heights, boxes of pasta covered with tablecloths works well. Don’t forget to add some American Flags too.
  • About a ½ hour before the movie start popping the popcorn. Plan for about ¼ cup uncooked popcorn per person.
  • Light some citronella candles and tape some dryer sheets under your food tables to keep bugs at bay.

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Now it is time to appreciate what you have created and wait for guest to arrive.

Have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend!

Simply,

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Simply Top 10 Things To Do Before Your Next Birthday

10 Ten Things Before your next birthday

With my big 3-0 birthday on the horizon.  I thought it would be nice to post the top 10 things to do before your next birthday.

Here is the list that I have created:

1.  Travel somewhere you’ve never been before

2.  Go on a girls trip

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3.  Go on a weekend trip with your spouse

4.  Get a facial or treat yourself to a massage

day spa

5.  Grow something you can eat

6.  Have a personal yoga session (channel your inner goddess and relax)

Yoga with Shamika

Yoga with Shamika

7.  Choose one space in your house and completely reorganize or redecorate it

8.  Visit a state or national park

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9.  Host a dinner party

10.  Have a picnic in the mountains, beach or park

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Which one makes the top of your list?  Would you add any others?

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Simply Top 10 Ways to Use Rose Petals

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The rose is one of my favorite flowers. I believe roses are popular because they come in so many colors, are durable and typically available all year round.

Simply Top 10 Ways to Use Rose Petals

1. Scatter the petals around the base of a centerpiece or around the cake. Sometimes I spread the petals thinly or lay out each petal down into the perfect position. Other times I just want an opulent, overflowing look and will scatter them in larger groups.

Florist: Flower Fusion

Florist: Flower Fusion

2. One easy way to use rose petals it to fill a cylinder vase with petals; add water, and the place a floating candle on top. You will need the petals from two roses to fill and 8-inch tall vase.

3. You’ve probably seen rose petals scattered down the aisle with a flower girl. A fun twist would be to make a pattern down the center of the aisle. When guest arrive just seat them from the side aisles instead.

Flower Fusion

Florist: Flower Fusion

4. To make a rose bowl, fill a short or shallow vase with water then float an open rose in the center. Add petals around it until you have filled all the space to make it look like a giant rose.

5. Float a couple of rose buds in a large cylinder vase filled with water.

Rose buds Centerpiece

6. Make garlands that can be incorporated into your centerpieces, hang them on the backs of chairs or from candelabras with scattered floral cocktails and petals round the base.

7. To create the classic pomander, glue petals on a Styrofoam ball, using colors that coordinate with your event design.

8. You can also make a composite bouquet. Use one open rose in the center, then glue petals around it to give it the look of one giant rose.

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9. Use rose petals to garnish a drink. Note: It’s important to remember that there are no regulations on pesticides with flowers so I strongly recommend using only organic flowers for drinks

10. Event outdoors? Try adding rose petals one by one to the inside of an umbrella.

Rose Petal Umbrella

Those are some of my favorite ways to use rose petals. Which one is your favorite? Do you have any other ideas to add?

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Last Minute Christmas Gift Idea

I love to do crafts.  I love to make gifts.  And just importantly I love crafts/gifts that are easy to make.

Here is one of those crafts.

Hot Cocoa in a Jar

Mason Jar Hot Cocoa

I made hot cocoa in a jar for a friend.  It was simple and fun to make.  I wanted it to be colorful so I made multiple layers.  I started with dark hot chocolate, the milk hot chocolate, followed by a layer of chocolate chips.

Then I took some small candy canes and broke them up into smaller pieces and added it to the next layer.  To top off the jar I added mini marshmallows.

The lid of the mason jar was gold and I just did not think the color went well.  So I spray painted it a matte silver.  Please make sure to let it air dry outdoors for a day so completely airs out before putting it on the jar.  I also sealed the jar with some plastic wrap before adding the lid.  To add a bit of sparkle I sprinkled on some white glitter in the center of the jar lid.

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Add a ribbon and a couple of straws are your jar is ready to go.  I found a free printable on-line to tie it all together.

To complete the gift I added two movie tickets and a box of popcorn.

Last Mintue Gift Idea

No gift is complete without a homemade gift tag.  I little bit of paper, a stamp and some washi tape.

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This is a fun gift good for any age.  This is the perfect gift if you want to make a homemade gift and need a it quickly.  If you have all the items at home you can even skip the crowds at the mall.

Merry Christmas All!

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Quick and Easy DIY Halloween

Hi All,

I just wanted to share my “Halloween Costume” with you all.  My Spider bun.

I got the idea from Simple as That blog.

Happy Halloween

Items Needed:

– Hair in Bun

-Handful of Pipe cleaners

– Googly Eyes

– Piece of Felt

– Bobby Pin

– Pompom

-Glue

– Scissors

Photo from Simply As That

Photo from Simply As That

All I did was glue googly eyes to a large pompom.  I then glued the pompom to round piece of felt with a bobby pin.

Photo from Simply As That

Photo from Simply As That

Here is the finished product….

Happy Halloween Simply Radiant Events

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4th of July Party Theme

4th of July is right around the corner.  Have you stared to preparing your party plans yet?  If not, here are some ideas to give you a jump start.

Recently, I had the honor of being published in Everyday Party Magazine for my 4th of July themed party design so, I though I would share a few photos of the party I created.  The printables I used were created by Chickabug.

Picnics are always fun because they are a simple party,  yet they still allow you to bring out a little bit of  your creativity.

Simply Radiant Events 4th of July

Place Setting

Place Setting

I used the water bottle wraps around the drinks to decorate the cups.  Baby’s breath and a paper pinwheel garnish the plates.

Table Setting

Table Setting

The pinwheel helps to give the utensil basket a summery touch.

Wrapped Water Bottles

Wrapped Water Bottles

I placed red, white and blue leis around the water bottles to give them  even more of a festive feel.

Patriotic Candy Dish

Patriotic Candy Dish

Marshmallow Clusters

Marshmallow Clusters

Nighttime Snacks

Nighttime Snacks

The centerpieces for the table were mason jars wrapped with lemons then topped with some baby’s breath.

What are your plans for this year’s July 4th?  Let me know, I’d love to hear about your party plans.

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Easy Homemade Mother’s Day Gift

This year I wanted to make my mom something instead of buying her a gift like I do every other year.  I saw this idea while playing around  on the internet and I thought I could make my own version of it.

It is very easy and only cost about $10 to make.  With Mother’s Day being tomorrow and this being such an easy gift to make, you still have time to pull it off.

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Supplies:

Scissors

Yard Stick

Acrylic Paint (no washable paint, as soon as you water your flowers you will lose your design)

Glue

Terracotta Pots

Two part cardboard drink holder (got mine for free at a local fast food restaurant)

Pencil

Waxed Paper

Paint Brush

Mother’s Day Tag

Flowers

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First thing is to place some paint on your waxed paper and start painting.  I just used a round sponge brush to make a polka dot design on my pots.

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Set them aside to dry.  Next, measure the side of your cardboard drink holder to wrap it in pretty paper.

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Then use a straight edge to cut the paper to fit and wrap your box.  I used hot glue to hold down the paper.

Once that is compete put your pots inside the drink holders.

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Add your flowers.

Homemade Mother's Day Gift Simply Radiant Events

Add a cute Mother’s Day Tag…You now have your completed gift all ready for mom.

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This project is easy for anyone to make.  I hope you enjoy making it and your mom enjoys the flowers.

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Castaway Restaurant on Tia and Tamera

Last month I had the pleasure of planning a luncheon at the Castaway Restaurant in Burbank.  Last night when I was watching Tia and Tamera and I saw Tia go to Castaway with her husband so I thought what better time than now to post my photos.

I spent more time taking picture of the venue than I did the event however, enjoy the photos and the view.  It is a amazing restaurant with breathtaking views.

Tia and Tamara Castaway Restaurant

Tia and Tamara Castaway Restaurant

Castaway Restaurant Walkway

Castaway Restaurant Walkway

Castaway Restaurant Walkway

Castaway Restaurant Views

Castaway Restaurant Views

Castaway Restaurant Views

Castaway Restaurant Views

Table Decor

Table Décor

Gazebo

Gazebo

Castaway Restaurant Ballroom

Castaway Restaurant Ballroom

More View

More View

Castaway Restaurant Night View

Castaway Restaurant Night View

the drive back down

The Drive Back Down

Hopefully we will planning your event there in the near future.  🙂 I would also love to announce that I am hosting a bridal show – The Simply Radiant Bridal Show in Orange County on February 23 from 10-2.  Please sure to make sure to check it out!

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