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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

An Easy Christmas Wreath

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Would you like a new Christmas wreath because the one you have isn't quite cutting it?

It's super easy to change things up a bit and give your old wreath a new look. 
That's what I did this year.

I loved the 3 wreaths that hung in our breakfast room windows at Christmas. They have some glittery sparkle to them and I just changed them up with a different bow every year and maybe some berries. 


This year, all the Christmas decorations coordinated with our granddaughter's birthday party, so the first thing I did to the wreaths was flock them. 
It was super easy.

After drying 24 hours, I started decorating with the same elements as the birthday party decorations: faux pink roses, pink and gold ribbon and I added some glittery gold branches and tulle, like I added to the Christmas tree.  Nothing was glued on and can easily be changed out next year. 

I scrunched up 36" long pieces of pale pink tulle and set them on one side of the wreath.  No need to glue it on because the needles hold them in.
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I added a glittery branch...
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A faux rose on a stem...
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I cut 23" of pink wired ribbon and looped it 3 times and stapled it.
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The faux pine needles also held the ribbon securely.
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3 faux rose buds were added...
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19" of gold ribbon, looped twice and stapled...
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Finished product!
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 I made 4 wreaths total the same way...
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The faux pink roses and pink ribbon will be easily taken out and changed up with next year's colors...or maybe I'll take everything off and add some pine cones to make a Winter wreath.
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The countdown is on! One week left until Christmas!
Are you ready?

Pam

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

A Floral First Birthday

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My how time flies!

It seems like it was just last week our first grandbaby was born and we were flying out to Southern California to meet her.

This year, we were going to fly out to California for Thanksgiving and for her first birthday, but our daughter, her fiance and our granddaughter ended up flying here Thanksgiving day and the party was the Saturday after. Our youngest daughter stayed at our house from Wed to Sunday and it was nice having the house full. 

Onto the party preps...
First off, let me say that most of these photos were taken by our daughter Jess. A few were taken by our youngest daughter Jenny and I took the rest. 



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It was a busy November!
I started by gathering inspiration on Pinterest and then making a happy birthday banner. Our youngest daughter helped.
The tulle backdrop are the Lill curtains from Ikea. I ordered online to save time. $5 for shipping is worth it to not have to walk through that GIANT maze of a store for ONE thing. 
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I purchased a ready made high chair tutu on Amazon to save time.
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Throwing a pale pink floral first birthday party two days after Thanksgiving puts one in a conundrum.

Should the house be decorated for
Thanksgiving or Christmas or decorated for anything other than a birthday?
Our daughter voted for Christmas, which then put me in another dilemma.

How to decorate for Christmas without making the house look like Christmas?
So, I decided to decorate the Christmas tree and wreaths and mantel garland like the floral first birthday party decorations.

It was no easy feat!

Other than having the flocked Christmas tree, some gold and some white ornaments, lots of decorations had to be purchased.
The pink roses were cut off a garland and floral taped to wire stems.




I flocked and decorated 4 wreaths  in pink, white and gold. (glitter is everywhere from those gold glitter picks!)
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Mr. DIY drizzled pink tinted white chocolate over white fudge covered oreos for the party favors. 
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The mantel garland and wreath...
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Finding pale pink roses this time of year proved a challenge
I called our local Trader Joe's and while they were able to set aside ivory roses and eucalyptus, they couldn't guarantee pale pink roses because Christmas flowers were being delivered the day after Thanksgiving. 
After calling several florists, Sweet Ts in our town could provide them and even came down to their shop on Friday when they were closed, so I could pick them up. 
Sweet Ts was a lifesaver. The pale pink roses were so gorgeous and coordinated perfectly with the faux pink roses. 
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Of course, Mr. DIY made a delicious and beautiful naked cake and naked smash cake, and pudding cups. We bought donuts from Sugar Donuts and they were supposed to have a white glaze on top, but the glaze was clear. 
Mr. DIY to the rescue! He whipped up some fondant and drizzled them on the top. 
Mishap averted. 
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I ordered some delicious sandwiches from Provisions. Mr. DIY cooks a wonderful and bountiful Thanksgiving dinner every year and  he was making the cakes and some desserts, and making the food for the party would be too much to ask. The sandwiches also came with potato salad and we put together a colorful fruit tray. 
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Here's the little princess assessing the smash cake.
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....and with mom and dad...(Lance and Jess)



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... and with grandpa and grandma...
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...and of course, her aunt Jenny.
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I think this is the most sugar Mia has eaten in her entire life. She didn't really eat much, but she definitely got her hands in it!
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Opening gifts...

Here she is opening the Cuddle & Kind Charlotte doll that Mr. DIY and I gave her. 
She is a happy baby and was happy all day long, despite the excitement and commotion. 
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Thanks for stopping by and sharing our granddaughter's first birthday!

Pam


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