monster favors are my fave

October 4, 2013

monster favor boxes

Since haunted houses make me cry and The Ring still haunts me over ten years later, I thought a more lighthearted party theme of monster mash would be a better fit for my Halloween festivities this year. Learn how to make your very own monster favor boxes right here on Julep.

And a couple more Halloween posts for your reading pleasure:
- Easy diy animal costumes for kids
- Halloween garlands to festive up your home

Have a weekend full of Halloween candy you’re supposed to be saving for the kids.

creepy eyeball party favors are my fave

October 2, 2013

Today’s post is from super crafter and cute mom, Amelia of The Homebook. I’m pretty sure you would be the crowned the coolest mom ever if you made these for a classroom party.

creepy eye party favors

I was never the biggest fan of Halloween. “The Devil’s Holiday” is what my grandma called it, and that spooked me enough to stay far away from all things ghost and goblin. And then I grew up and realized Halloween can be cute and creepy and fun, as long as you mute the TV, close your eyes, and sing a happy song when the scary Devil movie previews are on. I know I’m not the only one that does that. Anyway, like I said, I am a fan of cute and creepy Halloween stuff, and these eyeball party favors fit the bill. They’re kind of like small spooky piñatas, and poking your finger through the tissue paper on the eyeball to get to the candy inside gives them that icky Halloween eerie-ness you’re looking for. Plus, they’re easy to make. Win win!

creepy eye party favors

creepy eye party favors

Supplies: round paper mache ornaments (from Michaels,) serrated knife or a drill fitted with a hole saw bit, paint, small paintbrush, scissors, tissue paper, Mod Podge, a fine-tipped red marker, and candy.

To Make: Your first step will be to remove the string from the paper mache ornament and cut a hole in each one large enough to stuff some candy inside. I was able to use my husband’s drill to get a nice sized hole (it’s faster and easier that way,) but using a small serrated knife works too—just be careful! Once your holes are cut, give the balls a few coats of white paint. When the paint is dry, carefully paint a round iris with any color you like, and a pupil with black paint. Give the eyeballs a few coats of each color, letting the paint dry in between. When all the eyeballs are dry (that sounds weird) fill each one with candy or small creepy Halloween treasures. To close the hole, cut small squares of tissue paper (about 3x3in) and glue them over the hole using Mod Podge. I used 3 layers of tissue on each eyeball. Let the Mod Podge dry, draw on some squiggly red lines with your marker to resemble gross bloodshot eyes, and you’re done!

creepy eye party favors

creepy eye party favors

creepy eye party favors

Seriously guys, these eyeballs are easy to make. It’s time to embrace the creepiness of Halloween. Now get to eyeball squishin’!

See more from Amelia on The Homebook

a shine bright birthday banner is my fave

October 1, 2013

shine bright birthday banner

My best friend’s little girl, Matilda, just turned one and they threw a little shine bright party for her. I loved the custom banner she made so I asked her to spill her secrets. Here’s how to achieve a similar look:

shine bright birthday banner

Step one: Print your text out as big as you can onto regular printer paper.

Step two: Spray glue the printed sheets face down onto poster board to give it weight.

Step three: You should be able to see through the paper so cut out following the lines, using an exacto knife for the more detailed sections.

shine bright birthday banner

Hooray for Matilda!

Visit Cloudy Day Gray for more of the cute party details (and more baby cheeks).

fresh donut favors are my fave

September 30, 2013

donut favors

I going to be honest, Halloween is not my favorite. Kids in costumes? Good. Candy? Good. Creepy crawly, ghouls and spook? Meh. But I do like the idea of having a black and white party (with a touch of Halloween) and these are the favors I’d be sharing.

donut favors

- black paper cups
- paper straws
- fresh donuts print out (design by Kirsten)
- Martha Stewart Crafts test tube favor kit
- washi tape

To make the paper flag, cut slits into opposite sides of the straw and insert cut out design to stick in the donut filled cup. Then fill the test tube with toppings like powdered sugar, cinnamon and sugar, or sprinkles and attach to cup with a strip of tape.

donut favors

So easy, even the non-crafty folk can handle it.

This project is part of 12 Months of Martha, one craft a month using products from the Martha Stewart Craft line.

a salty sweet trifle is my fave

September 26, 2013

salty sweet trifle

This weekend I was in a rush to put together a dessert for my friend’s birthday. I was instantly reminded of an easy, brownie trifle my mom used to make that was so easy and delicious!

salty sweet trifle

- One 9×13 pan of brownies (boxed or homemade, your preference)
- Chocolate Pudding (boxed or homemade)
- 1 c whipping cream (whipped)
- Fleur de sel
- A candy bar of your choosing (I usually use Heath, but this time I used Lindt EXCELLENCE A Touch of Sea Salt – and I will never go back)

salty sweet trifle

In a large bowl simply layer brownies, pudding, whipped cream and then a layer of chopped up candy bar. Repeat the layering three times over.  For an increased chocolate flavor and an added touch of saltiness, sprinkle Fleur de Sel on top of each pudding layer. For individual servings, be sure to layer in glass dessert cups.

salty sweet trifle

Delicious every time, I tell you!

If you are a fan of salty-sweet desserts, check out this video of chef Curtis Stone sharing some innovative ways to add great flavor in your kitchen (I’ve loved him since Take Home Chef).

Also make sure to visit Lindt on Facebook to get a $2 coupon. Try Lindt EXCELLENCE A Touch of Sea Salt and Taste the Difference for yourself!

a diy tablet case is my fave

September 25, 2013

Today’s post is from sweet Joy, the sweet gal behind Frock Files.


Airmail envelopes have always held a special place in my heart, not just because getting mail from a foreign country is always exciting, but also because their red and white edging makes for great design. Earlier this year, I learned about Tyvek and how it’s essentially indestructible and I had an epiphany: Tyvek tablet cases! With a bit of foam and felt for padding, your laptop or tablet will be safe and sound.


- 9”x 12” Tyvek envelope
- 2 pieces 9”x12” felt
- 2 pieces 9”x12” crafting foam with self-adhering backing
- 2 buttons
- Baker’s twine or other string
- Needle
- Thread
- Crafting glue


1. With a ruler, mark the middle of the envelope’s flap with a pen. Measure 3” down and make another mark. Sew one button over each mark.

2. Tie the baker’s twine around the top button. Secure with a knot.



3. Cut each piece of felt and crafting foam to 8.5”x11.5”. Glue the felt over the foam. Place a heavy book on top of the foam and felt for at least an hour.


4. Peel the backing off of one of the pieces of foam and carefully slide it into the envelope until the bottom is aligned with the end of the envelope. Repeat with the second piece of foam. Press out any air bubbles by rubbing the Tyvek from the middle outward.

5. Nestle your tablet into its new home!


See more from Joy on Frock Files

a balloon chandelier is my fave

September 20, 2013

balloon chandelier

Turns out balloons and fishing wire are all you need to make a pretty fly* chandelier. Find the full instructions right here on Julep.

* I’m trying to expand my adjective choices since I use awesome, pretty, and amazing too much. Fly seemed like the next logical choice.

A few more posts you’re sure to love:
- Ombre for the home
- Give your home the golden touch with one of these accents
- It’s not a party until the garland is hung
- 15 best diys of the week

a yarn lei is my fave

September 18, 2013

Today’s tutorial was created by the talented Alana of Humunuku.

diy yarn lei

In Hawaii, it’s traditional to give leis on special occasions, graduations, birthdays, anniversaries. Although flower leis are most common, sometimes people like to make leis out of all different types of materials. Especially ones that last for a long time, like yarn. As a kid I remember making tons of these yarn leis for friends for different occasions. A lot cheaper than a lei and it’s made by you. (more…)

a paper bag puppet party is my fave

September 17, 2013

Today’s post is from my real life best friend and all around creative gal, Kelly of Cloudy Day Gray.

There’s an incredible playground at the school across the street from our house. It looks like an enormous wooden castle. In the center of everything there is a small theater with a puppet stage. We could not let the summer pass without taking advantage of such a fun gem.

Using Airheads as quirky tongues became the inspiration that lead to a full on candy inspired playdate.

I painted white lunch bags the night before to add a little color and simplify the party – short projects seem to go a lot smoother, especially when candy is involved. I also precut shapes to be used as embellishments ahead of time with a pair of sharp kitchen scissors. We used brads to hold everything together, so that the candy could be removed (and eaten) at the end of the puppet show.

I was delighted with the excitement the kids showed over their personalized water bottles. To make your own you will need 15 minutes, a handful of airheads, wax paper, a rolling pin, and some scissors.

Step 1: Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.

Step 2: Place unwrapped airheads onto the cookie sheet and bake until soft (just a few minutes).

Step 3: Use a rolling pin to thin the candy and smooth the seams, then let the candy sheet cool down.
Step 4: Cut strips long enough to fit around a water bottle (leave the wax paper backing on).
Step 5: Cut out the first letter of each guest’s name using a different color airhead and press firmly onto the cut strip. You could also use a cookie cutter or let your guests create their own design.
Step 6: Pull the candy around the bottle and use the wax paper to hold the candy in place.

After hearing one of the kids shout, “This is the best day ever… and the tastiest day ever, too”, I knew the party was a success.

See more from Kelly on Cloudy Day Gray

black and white cookie favors are my fave

September 13, 2013

nyc party favors

nyc party favors

At the end of the party, send your guests home with a NYC bakery staple – the black and white cookie. Package in a glassine envelope with a thank you mimicking the subway lines taped right on the front. Piece of cake (or cookie).

Happy partying, NYC style.

thank you design by Kirsten Bingham

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