Voila! Penny’s Playground

Joel and I decided that our new kitten needed a place of her own within our apartment to play, but we weren’t thrilled with the boring, beige scratching posts available in stores. Our girl needed something special, so we put our DIY skills to work this weekend to create something we’re pretty happy with. We did our materials shopping at Home Depot (wood, artificial grass, carpet, nails, l-bracket, rope) and Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts (paint, sponges, wooden shapes and cutouts). Then we spent all day Sunday at my parents’ house, and the four of us put it all together in the garage. After several hours of measuring, cutting, paints, stapling, etc., there was a whole lot of smiling. Here’s how we did it.

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Voila! Personalized Chair Signs

Throughout the wedding-planning process, I really tapped into my inner DIY abilities and looked into several wedding blogs for inspiration. One trend that I really liked were the chair signs for the couple to hang on their seats. There were many cute and silly variations (Mr. and Mrs., His Wife and Her Husband, Ball and Chain), but the pairing that stood out to me was Señor and Señora. Since we had an untraditional wedding, it was a nice nod to my culture in an unexpected way. Like many items that have the word “wedding” in front of it, the ones I found were a bit pricey, so I took a hands-on approach and made them myself.

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Photo credit: i68 Photography

The cool thing about this is that it can work for many events where there’s a guest of honor you want to make feel special. “Future Mommy” or “Future Grandma” can work at a baby shower, “The Graduate” for a graduating student, “Birthday Boy” for a birthday party, etc. Plus, when people go up to the guest of honor, it’s a playful pop that people will inevitably see (and point out!) and will make the event a bit more special.

Here’s how I made them:

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We All Scream

When my husband and I received our Minted.com thank you cards, we divided up the recipient list to share the labor and tackle our final wedding “to-do” faster. My half was mailed out last week, while his stack was still in our living room, taunting me with its defiant presence. I knew I had to provide my husband with some extra incentive to get them done; otherwise our guests would probably not get them until our anniversary. So I bribed him.

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Bridal Shower Buffet of Goodies

Among other amazing details from my bridal shower was the table full of goodies that guests could take home. It’s always nice to present guests with a memento from an event—and giving them options is even better. This buffet-style concept has become very popular among showers, weddings and other parties lately, but I think there was a few details used here that really made it unique.

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Apothecary jars of different shapes and sizes were filled with jewel-toned candy, which made for a bright and cheerful presentation. Some stood out with multiple layers of color, and others had a sheen that made them look like little jewels ready to be picked and devoured. As you can see, stringing ribbon through the printed cards and tying them around the jars made cute labels.

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It’s Raining Cuisinart!

This weekend I had my bridal shower and was blown away buy all the loving touches that were put into it. It took place at Rutabegorz in Tustin, and I must say, my family really transformed the already adorable space into something fantastic. For anyone looking for ideas in shower planning, using the couple’s engagement photos is a great way to add sweet, personal touches throughout the event.

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The U-shaped seats allowed me to see all my beautiful guests.

My fiancé and I love to explore different coffee shops, so they combined that with a chalk aesthetic to create the overall theme. Instead of place cards, each guest received a personalized mug (their names were written in chalk). The mugs were filled with coffee caramel candies. Such a great idea, right?

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