a holiday break is my fave

December 23, 2011

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Dear readers, I’ll be taking a break for the next week to enjoy time with family. I hope your holidays are merry and bright.

YAMF elsewhere:
I’m embracing my growing bump by wearing horizontal stripes and a glitter belt
The best of the week includes a rad chalkboard platter
These are so much fun to admire
Wrap it pretty
Who doesn’t love sparkle?
Cute photo ideas for documenting your baby’s growth

image: Yan Photo

cone party favors are my fave

December 22, 2011

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After the ball drops and the confetti is all tossed, send the party goers home with a surprise cone filled with treats and trinkets. Simply create a cone from heavy weight paper, fill up with a surprise, then wrap in crepe or tissue paper securing with ribbon. It could be kind of entertaining to fill them with new year’s resolutions you’ve come up with for your friends.

Psst, here’s a round-up of more sparkly NYE ideas

party hats and noisemakers are my fave

December 21, 2011

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Fact is, I’m pretty rubbish at making paper cones without some type of template. So my fool proof method for cute party hats and noisemakers is: go to the dollar store, load your cart with the gaudiest paper hats and horns, cover them with pretty paper (Paper Source is my go-to), and go to town with the embellishments. It’s also a good idea to forgo the tablecloth on NYE and go with a pile of confetti instead. It’s not a good idea to see how many pigs in a blanket you can fit into your mouth at one time.

sparkly polka dots are my fave

December 20, 2011

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Decorations that sparkle are a must for NYE festivities. It would be fun (although somewhat blinding) to have an entire room of disco ball polka dots.

To make your own sparkly polka dot wall you’ll need:
– silver party curtain or garland (it’s easiest if the material is sewn together on the top)
– card stock
– scissors + rubber cement
– adhesive

Cut as many circles as you need from card stock. Starting from the bottom of the circle, brush on rubber cement and adhere a line of the silver shreds cut down to size. Layer and glue shreds until the circle is covered. Trim any excess and attach to wall with tape or sticky tack. Kick back and listen to some ABBA.

confetti invitations are my fave

December 19, 2011

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To finish up YAMF Project Holiday 2011, this week I’ll be sharing a few New Year’s Eve party ideas. Although I think it’s a bit of an overrated holiday, I always love an excuse to incorporate confetti. These invitations are super simple, I whipped them up in about 30 minutes. Disclosure: I’m in no way a graphic designer or any type of designer for that matter.

To make your own confetti invitations you’ll need:
– glassine envelopes (check Etsy or a paper supply store)
– printer
– confetti

Design your invitation text on the computer program of your choosing then print onto your envelopes. I do this by first printing the design on paper then aligning the envelope with the text, taping it on and running it through again. Fill envelopes with confetti and seal with tape. Rent a confetti cannon and when your invitees answer the door, shoot it off. They will love that.


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