Candy flowers + tissue fan flower backdrop

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Oregon is famous for being rainy, but today it’s a glorious 75 degrees outside!  Quite a rare treat, it’s got me thinking of summertime already.  So I decided to create two nature-inspired DIY party ideas for you today:  a tissue paper fan flower backdrop and some darling flower centerpieces (or party favors) cleverly constructed from […]

DIY Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Party

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Personally, I’m in the mood for Mexican food all day, every day.  Huevos rancheros for breakfast?  Sure!  Tequila lime flank steak fajita salad with chile lime vinaigrette for lunch?  Definitely!  Chicken or pork taquitos with avocado sauce for dinner?  (aka: my family’s #1 favorite dinner)  Count me in!  And if you’d like to throw in […]

Easter kids table in glitter + bows

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Easter was always one of the most special holidays for my family growing up.  My parents were big on traditions and every year my mom would gather small gifts for my sister and I in the months leading up to Easter and assemble our baskets.  My dad hid our Easter baskets somewhere in the house […]

Pink + coral garden brunch party


{all photos by Lia Griffith} I’m doing a happy dance right now because I have a real treat in store for you today!  My dear friend and ultra-talented blogger/graphic designer/DIYer  Lia Griffith asked me last week if I wanted to style a Mother’s Day garden brunch with her, featuring products from Martha Stewart’s craft and […]

Fruity cocktail recipes + DIY rainbow fringe stir sticks

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There’s just something special about a signature drink.  Even if you’re having a casual party, like a backyard BBQ or a family potluck or dinner on the deck, putting in a few extra minutes to dress up your favorite drink is worth it!  A pretty glass filled with fresh ingredients and garnishes will instantly tell […]

DIY felt flower rosettes for Spring parties

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Oh, glorious Spring.  I’m so glad you are finally here.  You bring with you promises of fields of beautiful blooming flowers, picnics by the water, and oh-so-many celebrations.  Easter is inching closer and before you know it, May and June will be here and you know what that means…Mother’s Day, graduation, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, […]

DIY pastel wooden Easter baskets


{all photos courtesy of Lia Griffith} The sun is shining (in brief periods between downpours), the birds are chirping, and beautiful fresh blooms are on display, even at the grocery store.  Sure signs that Spring has arrived!  If you are one of the unfortunate souls who live somewhere that still has snow on the ground […]

DIY festooning party hats

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Today is a glorious day in Oregon.  That bright ball in the sky that we usually rarely see is actually shining and warm, it’s Spring Break (aka “mama already needs a break”) and I’d love to share a super quick and OH SO CUTE party idea with you today. I’m gearing up to open my […]

DIY Kate Spade inspired pinatas + gift box


{photo credit:  Lia Griffith} If you are visiting Handcrafted Parties for the first time via Carousel Party magazine or Fanciful Events, I’m here to welcome you and say thank you for stopping by! I hope you’ll grab a cup of coffee (or wine…even better!), kick back and look around awhile.    I recently “met” Suzanne […]

DIY Glitter Heart Gift Tags

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It used to be that I only decorated with hearts when Valentine’s Day rolled around, but lately I’ve been inspired by parties (TomKat Studios’ rainbow heart birthday party is perfection!), home decor and even clothing that incorporate hearts as the focus of their designs.  Don’t pack away the hearts once February is over…they’re a fun […]