How to Make Blessing Stones for Party Favors

Blessingstones

For the Dream Big party I crafted lots of musical toys and dancing ribbons for the little ones to take home, but I wanted a gift to give our adult guests too. I wanted to make something meaningful that fit with the theme. I’ve been seeing communities participating in finding and hiding painted rocks around town and I have always loved the idea.

Of course, this was another one of my dollar store DIY projects. I found smooth rocks in the floral section and painted them with white spray paint.

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After the rocks were painted I wrote inspirational dream-related sayings and doodled on them before sealing them with Mod Podge sealer. I absolutely loved making these and they turned out beautifully.

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Party favors

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Dream Big Party

For my son’s first birthday I wanted a unique theme that I could really great creative with. Because he is a Gemini, I started thinking about air, movement, and all things “flowy”.

Clouds, dreams, and feathers came to mind and I settled on the theme “Dream Big, Little Man”. See how I made the dreamcatchers here and the blessing stones here. I’d love to see your take on this theme. Please share your photos with me 🙂

Feather cookies

Hand-painted feather cookies

Hand crafted toys

Music makers, dancing ribbons, and bubbles for play

Dreamcatcher decor

Huge dreamcatcher

Dreamy tent

A shady play area by the pool

Blessing stones

Blessing stones for party favors

Comfy seating

Low table surrounded by pillows made it easy for parents and little ones to eat

Dream-themed foods

Gold-dipped shortbread, chocolate sugar cookies, and cupcakes

Floating cloud balloons

Helium filled balloon clusters to resemble “clouds”

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Floating clouds

Dreamcatcher smash cake

Dreamcatcher smash cake

Dream party food table

A delicious assortment of foods that both the parents and kids loved!

Charcuterie

Charcuterie with dried fruits and dark chocolate

Charcuterie board

Charcuterie and cheese board

Let's eat!

Let’s eat!

Hand-painted party favors

Hand-painted party favors

Party favors

Thank you to our guests

Let's play!

Music makers, dancing ribbons, and bubbles for play

Handcrafted dancing ribbons

Crafted toys for the kids to play with

Dreamcatcher beads

Dreamcatcher beads

Feather-shaped cookies

Delicious feather-shaped cookies

Dancing ribbons and musical toys

More crafty play things

Poolside play area

Inside the play area

Dream party food spread

Yum!

Salad and nibbles

Strawberry and goat cheese salad with roasted peas

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Shabby Chic Beach Lamp

The massive undertaking that is my living room makeover is nearly complete! One of my final creations were the shabby chic beach lamps I finished last night. If you are looking an inexpensive way to make some nautical inspired lamps, take a look at this project.

Shabby Chic Beach Lamp

Easy DIY project for nautical, beach, or coastal themed decor

I wanted a set of lamps that weren’t too “matchy, matchy” or literal to complete my shabby chic beach decor, but everything I found that I liked was upwards of $150 per lamp. Um, I don’t know about you, but that isn’t where I want to throw some of my hard-earned dollars at. So I bought a cheap set of lamps; together they were $35. The best lamps to use are ones with simple shaped bases.

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I used 1/4″ twisted manila rope to cover my lamps. I needed 100′ of rope to get two solid pieces long enough to cover each lamp. Starting at the base, use crazy glue to lock in the first piece.

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Continue wrapping the rope by running a bead of hot glue around the lamp in sections and placing the rope tightly in line with the preceding layer. Be warned that you’ll be replacing the glue sticks often if you use a mini glue gun, as I did.

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Finish off the top by cutting the rope at an angle and making sure the final wrap ends on the back side of the lamp. There you have it, a quick inexpensive way to create unique looking lamps for your nautical, beach, or coastal inspired decor.

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I hope you enjoy! Please let me know what you think.

 

Light, love + laughter,

Sarah

 

On Trend – Desert Rose

I am absolutely in love with the “Desert Rose” theme that I’m seeing in party decor, interiors, edibles, and more. Cacti have been extremely popular in weddings lately too. The cool greens of succulents and the darker, almost emerald, cactus greens make a beautiful contrast with dusty rose and blush.

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Using crisp and clean design elements and metallic accents makes this a perfect theme for a bridal or baby shower. I would LOVE to host an eclectic desert rose dinner party for a more simple production, but I have seen some amazing weddings pulling from this trend.

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These cactus cupcakes from Leslie Vigil at Tasteful Cakes are adorable! The metallic drip icing on the cactus cake below adds more elegance suitable for a wedding (see more at brides.com)

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Easy Key Lime Cheesecake

I wanted to find an easy recipe that would welcome new residents to our South Florida neighborhood. This recipe will charm the pants off your guests. Shhh, don’t tell them it’s so easy!

Not only is this the quickest and simplest recipe I’ve come across, but the Tiramisu-style layering makes it look extra stylish without the work!

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Easy No-Bake Lime Cheesecake

1 c. graham crumbs
3 T sugar
½ t salt
5 T butter, melted and cooled
2 pkgs (8oz, each) cream cheese or Neufchatel, room temp
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
2 t freshly grated lime zest
1/3 c. fresh lime juice
½ t vanilla
½ c heavy cream

Combine the graham, sugar, and salt. Stir in the melted butter. Use this for the “crust” layer.

Whip the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until fluffy. Add the zest, juice, and vanilla.

Beat the cream in a separate bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold into cream cheese mixture.

Layer graham crumb and cream cheese mixtures in layers into serving dishes. I liked the messy look personally and didn’t fuss over it.

Cover and chill overnight.

Top with whipped cream, lime slices, or a little freshly grated zest and nutmeg when ready to serve.

It’s literally THAT easy! Enjoy!