a treasure lei is my fave

July 31, 2013

Today’s post is from sweet Joy, the gal behind Frock Files. I think this surprise package put into lei form would be a huge hit as a kid’s party favor. 


Since it’s summertime, I thought it would be fun to throw a luau and to send everyone home with a lei! Although flower leis are my favorite, they’re hard to make very far ahead of time and they start wilting pretty quickly. Instead, I decided to make a treasure lei for each of the guests. This is the lei that I made for my closest girlfriend.

– 8-12 assorted treasures
– 2-3 sheets tissue paper
– Washi tape
– Baker’s twine
– Flower clip or other decoration


1. Fold each piece of tissue paper in quarters lengthwise and overlap the end of one sheet with the next.

2. Lay the treasures out, leaving a few inches of room between each one. Keep them closer to one edge of the tissue paper.

3. Roll the tissue paper until it makes a long tube.

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4. Join the overlapping center ends of the tissue paper with washi tape. Tie off each side of the center treasure with baker’s twine. Continue with remaining treasures.

5. To join the two ends of the lei, place a small treasure in one side. Overlap that end with the other end. Secure with washi tape.


6. Decorate with a flower clip, ribbon, or other decoration.

7. Hula the night away!


See more from Joy on Frock Files

a buttercream message cake is my fave

July 29, 2013

To go along with last week’s typography party ideas, I asked Lyndsay Sung of Coco Cake Land to share a tutorial on writing on top of a cake. She came up with this buttercream wonder. 

I just love vintage-look cakes… and I love typography! Combine vintage cakes and type and you get this ruffly easy-to-execute buttercream cake with an embedded buttercream message. Who doesn’t love a buttercream message? No, not a massage. You’re reading that wrong.

 Get your message across nice and clear – with this cake! So many options for piping words once you get the hang of your “drop star” technique! Monogrammed wedding cake, silly words, hey, even classic Happy Birthday! Who woulda thunk.

You will need:

– A baked and cooled cake that’s all ready to be frosted. Round, square, doesn’t really matter! I made a 7 inch round two layer vanilla cake.
– Buttercream! I used around four cups for this 7 inch cake.
– Gel color food coloring to tint your buttercream – although I think an all white cake with a pink colored I LOVE YOU (or other message) would be pretty cute – then you’d only need 1 gel color instead of two. For this cake I used Royal Blue (just a touch) and Lemon Yellow (just a dab).
– An offset spatula or butter knife to frost your cake.
– Two piping bags fitted with an open star tip. For this cake, I used Wilton 22 size. Or, you can use one piping bag and wash it out between color changes!

 Make it!

 1. Start by crumb-coating your cake. That simply means you use your offset spatula or butter knife to cover your cake with a thin layer of buttercream to trap in those crazy old crumbs.

2. Now, place your cake in the fridge or freezer to let it set for 20 minutes. You will want a cold cake when it comes time to pipe your letters in case you mess up (like I did).

3. Fill your piping bags with two different colors – one with the lettering color, and one with the fill color. You will use less buttercream to pipe your letters then you will to fill the empty space. I used ¼ amount of my buttercream for the yellow lettering and the rest was covered in blue buttercream drop stars.

4. Practice piping the drop star on a piece of wax paper or on a spare plate if you want! Then move on over to your cold, fresh-out-of-the-fridge cake! Pipe lines of drop stars to form letters, spelling out your message. I chose “I LOVE YOU.” If you mess up, simply scoop off the letters with the offset spatula, being careful not to graze the crumb coated cake too much. Try piping again! No one will see your blunder once you fill the cake with the fill color. Trust!

4. Now, take the second fill color of buttercream fitted with the size 22 tip. Pipe all around the sides of the cake. I start at the bottom and pipe my way up. Then, move to the top of the cake and fill in the areas surrounding “I LOVE YOU.”

5. Top with a little craft paper heart taped to a wooden BBQ skewer if desired!

 6. Present this cake to whomever it is that you love… and hopefully they will cut you a big old piece to share with them!

Cake, photos and styling by Lyndsay Sung.

birthday shirts are my fave

July 26, 2013

I’m the type of person who likes to milk their birthday for all it’s worth so I decided to make some birthday shirts for those who fall into the same category (kids).

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Simply print the design (reverse) onto an piece of heat transfer paper and iron it onto a shirt. You could even slip it on the child on a random day of the year to see how many perks you get. I say bring me that free piece of cake!

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birthday shirt

monogrammed favors are my fave

July 25, 2013

If your party guests actually rsvp, you can monogram the favors ahead of time to make them feel like they’re looking at a personalized keychain stand at a gas station. Except this time they’re guaranteed to find their name (or the first letter of it).


To make your own you’ll need:
ice cream pint containers
– block letter stickers (from the office supply store)
– decorative tape
– letter magnets or alphabet crackers

Fill, top, tape and monogram.

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Maybe you could try and make it a goal to invite someone with names to represent every letter of the alphabet. Shoot for the stars, I always say.

an anthropologie event is my fave

July 24, 2013

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Friends, I’m happy (thrilled really) to be hosting another event at Anthropologie in Denver! This time we’ll be making wooden bead necklaces that I promise won’t look like your child’s art project. If you’re in the area and would love to join in on August 8th, please RSVP right here. Quick! Spaces are limited and fill up fast.

Can’t wait to chat and craft!

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