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Curio Makeover Into Craft Storage

Curio Makeover Into A Craft Storage Cabinet

Today I am so excited to share this quick makeover project I worked on last weekend. I picked up this mini curio with a door and drawers at a local thrift store for under $5.00 and transformed it into a fresh and bright craft storage desk organizer.  I also love the idea of using this as a space saver for a smaller party or get-together for displaying your party decorations and tableware.  Check it out-

Let’s get started. You really only need two items for this project – a thrift found wood cabinet and spray paint.  I love the [easyazon_link identifier=”B002BWOS3K” locale=”US” tag=”ymazonffiliac-20″]Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover[/easyazon_link] (its paint and primer in one can) and I’m partial to high gloss as it really makes your bright colors pop.  Plus this paint bonds to plastic and metal as well.   It is my absolute favorite brand of spray paint for all my projects for my home shop- ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS, and any diy projects for my own home . . . and no, I am not being paid by Rust-Oleum for this blog post – I just love their product!

Let’s get started with the tutorial for the makeover.  First, I removed all the small hardware and screws.

  I love this little wood curio because it has a black metal scroll decorative design on the front door, so I want to keep that as original and add it back on the cabinet, unpainted, once I finish the makeover.  I left the door on because I want to go ahead and paint over the metal hinges the same color, since they were originally painted in the outdated same hunter green color.  Generally, this is not recommended.  I found some nice [easyazon_link identifier=”B00V2JIQFE” locale=”US” tag=”ymazonffiliac-20″]small black decorative hinges[/easyazon_link], that I may order and replace, to match the black scroll front.

Next, I washed everything in my kitchen sink, since it was a thrift store find – I wanted to get all the dirt and dust off of it and sanitize it.  I let it dry for about an hour before painting.

Finally, I moved everything into my garage and used a big assembled cardboard box to spray paint the mini curio. Remember to open your garage doors for good ventilation.

I’m not the world’s best spray painter and normally I recruit my husband to help me out with this part of any makeover project but this paint is so wonderful, it’s hard to apply, without it looking perfect.  I sprayed the top of everything first, applying light coats about 6 to 8 inches from the top of the surface working in quick, short horizontal rows of painting.

Then, I flipped everything over and painted each side. I applied several light coats (don’t worry about getting perfect coverage on your first pass of spray painting, since a few light coats are recommended) on each side and let it dry about 20 to 30 minutes, after each coat, before applying a new coat of paint.  Several light coats helps to prevent getting too much paint in globs in any one area and to prevent dripping.

I also didn’t worry about getting complete, perfect coverage on the bottom of the drawers and inside the drawer insert areas, since they would never been seen once the drawers are inserted.  After I painted each side a few times, I allowed it dry over-night in my garage. There were quite a few imperfections in the wood on this little cabinet, so keep in mind lighter brighter colors will show those imperfections more than a darker paint color.  Still I think this contemporary makeover of the mini cabinet is fresh and way more fun in this bright key lime green.

Now, I have a bright and colorful addition to my work studio!

Oh, you know I have enough craft supplies to fill it up!  I love it too because it is small and does not take up too much space on my work desk but it also has deep drawers.

A small curio cabinet like this one would be great anywhere in the home, I could see it in the kitchen for keeping your favorite spices near the oven, in the garage for storing bolts and nails, or even on display on your party table for housing all your serving utensils and sweets at your next celebration.

Feel free to stop by my Etsy shop, THE PARTY FETTI SHOP for all your party decorations.  Everything shown in my photo above is available in my shop from party hats, straws, candy cups, and custom made to order pinwheels available in my other shop – PINWHEEL PRETTIES.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you are inspired to makeover a small decorative piece for your home or next party!

 

Birthday Party & Wedding Trends 2016

BIRTHDAY PARTY & WEDDING TRENDS 2016

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It may seem a bit late to be covering the 2016 wedding and birthday party trends in July but actually this is the height of wedding and party season. Although, we can’t all be lucky enough to have a birthday in the summertime (Oh how I always wished for a summer party- alas, I am a winter baby!), these party styling trends are perfect for many other celebrations and events too. I work with many event planners all summer long for promotional events with charities and big companies and wedding planners helping their brides count down the days until they walk down the aisle. So this is a roundup of the most requested items from my shops this summer. Right now is the perfect time to share what is popular at birthday parties and at all events. Let’s count it down –

1. Confetti & Confetti Balloons – Balloons have always been popular at events but now the oversized clear balloons filled with colorful confetti is way better and makes an even bigger statement. Custom Balloons could be brilliant for a kids party, giving it your own personal touch. They look great flanking either side of a party table or lining an entryway or bundled up in a bouquet with some smaller confetti balloons. Big balloons in bright colors or big polka dot balloons are also trending at kids birthday parties and confetti in every design and style sprinkled here and there for a splash of color- so go for it and add some giant sized POP to your next party!

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Giant Balloons

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2. Tissue Tassels – As full garlands, hanging from balloons, or anywhere at the party. Use them behind the party table or draped in front of it, at the photo area, hang them vertically at door entrances- or just about anywhere.

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3. Pinwheels – Yep, they really never seem to go out of style at a party and are the perfect fun activity for the kids in the summertime. Be sure to add some XL size spinning pinwheels in the yard and some varying sizes at the party table as a table centerpiece to add some height. Wedding pinwheels are perfect for the non-traditional bride too.

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Pinwheels now come in so many coordinating custom designs to adorn every party theme – even a Dr. Seuss party!

Dr. Seuss Birthday Party

4. Rainbow Colors – Who needs a party theme when rainbow pretty much covers it. No need to worry about finding flamingo food picks and everything else in a pink bird design. . . when you go with Rainbow you can have an art coloring party, a Very Hungry Caterpillar party, a My Little Pony Party, a Candyland Party, a Crayola Party. . . or just a Rainbow Party with everything you need down to the plates, cups, favor bags / favor boxes and decorations in a vibrant mix of many colors. Using rainbow colors is the easiest way to decorate your next party.

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5. Metallics & Glitter – Gold was so last year. . . yet, gold is still very popular but the new metal is rose gold and copper. Tissue tassels in gold and silver are super hot right now. Everything glitter is still the way to go too- from cut letter banners to cupcake toppers – in any sparkling glitter color.

Glitter Gold Letter Banner

6. Laser Cut Party Items – Everything from cake toppers at weddings and birthday parties to individual cut letters on a banner, to drink stirrers, and even small customized designs and shapes for your theme added to anything at the party. Cut from wood or acrylic is the rage but the knock offs in felt fabric and cardstock are just as wonderful too.

Personalized Party Decorations

Everything personalized in custom laser cut designs and in custom designer prints is huge right now and you can get just about everything in any cut font lettering or print pattern- even party hats!

Party Hats

7. Yacht Rock Music – Okay, you are probably not going to play this at a kids birthday party but this lighter rock from the 70’s and early 80’s is huge right now at adult parties and especially at wedding receptions. Why? It is fun but also relaxing, yet upbeat, and every generation can dance to it. The cover bands are so into it right now that most dress in either nautical attire or 1970’s clothing to add to the theme.

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8. Succulents – Yep. Even at a children’s party. Especially at an outdoor party. They look stunning, are very affordable, and can withstand the heat. At a birthday party – they make a nice added live floral touch (if you can find them blooming, even better) at the table, anywhere around the outdoor seating area – or they make wonderful guest gift favors at a wedding or at an adult party.

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9. Hanging Fans – These are not really new for 2016. . . but they are still being utilized at just about every bridal shower, baby shower, and at kids parties. They are the most affordable way to create a larger backdrop or photo background and come in soooo many designs and colors. You can buy them in individual colors and layer them to coordinate to your party or shop around for designs in any theme – including flowers, western, and rainbow. Hanging Paper Fans are so versatile too – they can be adhered them to a wall with removable and peelable sticky tabs or simply hanging them in a row or randomly from the ceiling.

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10. Black Chalkboard – It has been around now for a while but guess what? It is still very ‘in’ and very utilized at all kinds of events and particularly at weddings. Black chalkboard labels are the least expensive way to incorporate this trend at an event but now it can be found sewn into tablecloths, made into placemats and table runners, and cut into fun designs and shapes as party decorations and favors. Actual boards painted in black chalkboard paint are perfect for signage and decorating any way you want at your next event. So black is the new black for 2016 and you can’t go wrong adding it somewhere at your party.

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11. Butterflies & Flowers – These are not just for little girls anymore. Although, yes, very popular still at First Birthday parties and all age parties- they can now be seen on wedding cakes and at baby showers as banners and edible favors. So many ways to decorate your event with them too! They are available in felt fabric and paper.

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12. Bohemian Outdoor Everything – There was a moment when I thought Boho was just about on the way out as a trend . . . and then summer 2016 came with an abundance of teepees, feather garlands, and dream catchers at so many parties. There’s no such thing as bring too much at a party, especially if you are hosting it. If you’re thinking of going all out, you could look into something like buy festoon lighting online, which allows you to add another element to the bohemian theme and it adds more style to the party. Plus, it is great for photo taking at night! If you are also thinking about getting photos taken at your party then why not also think about getting something like these Instagram Frames to make your photos just that much better. I love this bohemian theme though because it is laid back and chill. So go ahead, get your hippie on and hang in the outdoors!

Bohemian Party

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Boho Party Decorations

Thanks for stopping by the blog today. Remember to stop by all my shops for all your party decorating designs –

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Cinco De Mayo & Fiesta Party Decorating Ideas

Cinco de Mayo Party Tablescapes Roundup

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Cinco de Mayo is this coming Thursday and today I wanted to share a roundup of amazing tablescapes perfect for the holiday. These designs are also perfect to copy for a fiesta party too!  A south-of-the-border party theme is a great choice any time you want to kick back with a pitcher of margaritas and good amigos. Snag these table designs and inspiration for decorations.  Perfect for a cumpleaños as well. 

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I love the stripes of colorful ribbon laid over this table. So easy to make this table design by just laying a solid color tablecloth down and cutting stripes of wide colorful ribbon and laying over the tablecloth.   And don’t forget the PAPEL PICADO BANNER, seen overhead in this photo, which is a lacey cut banner often found exclusive to Mexican parties and fiestas. The designs often feature intricate cut flowers, cactus, suns, or starburst and medallion motifs.

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 This is a simple table design so easy to create with a single sombrero and a few RAINBOW colors of crepe paper.

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This is a super easy table back drop as well.  Use either oversized silk flowers in bright colors or tissue pom poms attached to your wall or flat surface behind your table.  I love the floral tablecloth too as a nice diversion from the usual rainbow or solid bright colors at most fiesta parties.

Paper pinwheels

Add some PINWHEELS in any size for a pop of color and whimsy too!  Create some height by adding them to the back of your table or put them all in one vase for a table centerpiece display.

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Add some inexpensive live cactus to the table too!  Such an easy way to add height and a traditional plant.  If you can find some flowering, even better!  This is an easy way to display and wrap up your plastic utensils too.  Use inexpensive different mixed colors of napkins and add some bright fancy paper STRAWS!

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Of course you can never go wrong with bright and colorful live flowers.  Pair them with a background of colorful FANS and bright lanterns for a layered effect.

I featured this stunning DIY birdbath last week, but if the top small dish is left off, it would be perfect for displaying a tiered cake at a Cinco de Mayo party.  Or fill up the top saucer with candy or place your punch bowl on top.  So many ideas and easy to make this pedestal too.

It may be a bit late to shop online for decorations for your upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebration but many of these party designs and ideas would work for a Mexican birthday party or any fiesta this summer.  Come visit our shops by clicking any of the links below for so many perfect colorful and bright party decorations, banners, and favors for your next party!

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Summer Party Ideas

PINK FLAMINGO ICE CREAM PARTY

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Nothing says summer like pink flamingos, ice cream, and the pool.  And that is exactly what this Pink Flamingo Party is all about – summertime fun with an original and whimsical theme, styled for a little girl’s birthday. This colorful summer birthday pool party features a pastel pink and aqua blue color scheme.  A simple white bead and board batten back drop with a subtle aqua blue banner hanging over the dessert tablescape make the brighter blue candy and pink sweets really pop against the cleaner and simple background.   The pink gumdrops, lollipops, jelly beans, and so much more are laid out perfectly and offer little bit of everything!  And don’t forget the water.  All outdoor parties should have plenty of water for the kiddos to stay hydrated.  Love that cake too!  How clever to top it off with two pink flamingos.

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This party is well thought out and classy, yet light and fun, perfect for a little girl.  Rather than adding pink flamingos everywhere, instead the theme was kept subtle with custom personalized tops added to- of all things, ice cream containers! Perfect, since it is an ice cream party!

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The whole party color scheme was inspired by the pink flamingo birthday invitations.  The birthday invites are sophisticated and all the colors seen in the dessert and ice cream table were pulled from the invitation design.

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And ice cream at a summer party is almost a given – a refreshing treat to keep the kids cool.  This ice cream bar is created with a colorful children’s chest, turned upside down! Yep, those fancy finials are the legs.  How original!  And it is just the right height for all the pint size guests to serve themselves.  The table set up is kept simple too for easy cleanup and to move everything out of the sun fast, after serving the ice cream treats to all the kids, before the ice cream melts.
Pink-LemonadeAnd don’t forget the adults too.   Add a little refreshing pre-mixed  pink cocktail for all the mom’s and dads attending.  They need to stay cool too. Alcohol is optional. 

Be sure to stop by any of our shops for your summertime party decorations and favors!

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Party Backdrops & Tablescapes

DIY PARTY BACKDROPS & TABLESCAPES

Over 15 awesome DIY party backdrops to make your dessert table really pop!

Party tables are an important focal point at any event, whether it be a serving  table at the wedding reception, a table featuring raffle prizes at a fundraiser, or even just the dessert table at a children’s birthday party.  The backdrop of any dessert table or featured party table at an event should be the main attraction and can add the finishing touch to any event.

Below, I have selected over

15 AMAZING PARTY BACKDROPS

that you can recreate yourself-even if you party theme is different.

Hack these ideas for your next event or celebration!  These party table backdrops are so easy, you can DIY every single one of them and make them even better!

15+ Awesome DIY Party Backdrops

This Mary Poppins chalkboard backdrop is free-standing, this one takes a little more artistic skill and time but the outcome is worth it.

15+ Awesome DIY Party Backdrops

Make an balloon backdrop out of a bunch of styled balloons, this one is super simple in my opinion, you just have to use different length ribbon on the balloons.

Making a paper chain backdrop might take a little time but you could get your kids to work on it and it would take no time at all!

Add some stunning flower or tissue pom poms, to create a backdrop for a more elegant design.

15+ Awesome DIY Party Backdrops

This backdrop is not only cheap but pretty easy, just get a board and some ribbon and Voila! You have a ribbon board backdrop for your party.  Or use Washi Tape!

Adding a handmade or even professionally made banner behind the table will add height to your table backdrop, this banner is made from napkins!

15+ Awesome DIY Party Backdrops

Easy and affordable is always nice, just like this one, created with cut up vinyl tablecloths to create this party backdrop.

15+ Awesome DIY Party Backdrops

This circus tent backdrop is most likely purchased, but with a little sewing skill, you could make your own!

So many more circus party ideas over at my

Pinterest Circus Party Board.

15+ Awesome DIY Party Backdrops

Add ROSETTES or HANGING PAPER FANS and layer them to design something similar to the above backdrop!

These fringe garlands or tissue tassel garlands are trending and easy to make yourself! They add frill and whimsy to any table backdrop.

A great use of an oversized chalkboard as this simple but stunning party table backdrop!

I love this diy party design, made by only using a paper punch – just punch a bunch of circles and then string them up!

Or just buy some circle garlands already made and hang them up!

15+ Awesome DIY Party Backdrops

Here is the alternate version of the tissue tassel garland.

15+ Awesome DIY Party Backdrops

This backdrop if ideal for a girl’s party or a bridal shower tablescape- make an easy backdrop from feather boas!

15+ Awesome DIY Party Backdrops

This Star Wars party features a paint splattered tablecloth hung up to mimic the stars in the galaxy. So easy to do yourself.

I am always a fan of the rainbow party, they are still popular as ever and this one features the newest hot item, the marquee monogram or lighted letters.  These fancy lighted letters are a great way to make the guest of honor feel truly honored!  Here is an easy DIY MARQUEE PROJECT to make with paper mache letters to keep it simple and easy and less costly than the metal letters.  Plus these letters can be passed on as a gift to your guest of honor or birthday girl or boy to add to their bedroom decor later.

Don’t just leave your wall blank behind your serving table or dessert table at your next celebration or event –  I hope I have inspired you with so many easy DIY party ideas here at

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to help make your own simple party table backdrop behind your food table at your next bash.

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