How to Save Time and Money on Holiday Gatherings

Doesn't it seem like once December hits, you're busy every waking moment of the day? I bet even while you're sleeping, sugarplums are dancing in your head!

Between office holiday parties, gatherings with friends, bake sales, and family dinners, you're basically booked solid until after New Years. Since the whole world doesn't stop during the holiday season, you've got to squeeze it all in along with your regularly scheduled programming. Don't you wish there was a cheat sheet on how to manage it all?

Feeling overwhelmed with the upcoming holiday season? You're not the only one! Click to learn how to save time and money on your holiday gatherings. #christmas #christmasbudget #christmasparty

This week, I hopped on over to the Crazy Busy Happy Life blog and shared my tips for how to save time and money on your holiday gatherings this season. Whether you are hosting a holiday event, attending as a guest, or both, sometimes we need a few shortcuts to save us time and money. 

So what are you waiting for?! Head on over to Crazy Busy Happy Life and read the post!

10 Tips to Start Planning Your Halloween Party

Happy Friday party peeps! Can you believe there are only 24 days left until Halloween?! This gives you juuuuust enough time to start planning your party. Grab a mug of hot apple cider and check out these 10 tips to start planning a spook-tacular Halloween party!

Can you believe it’s almost Halloween?! This gives you juuuuust enough time to start planning your party. Unsure where to start? Check out these 10 tips to start planning a spook-tacular Halloween party! #halloween #halloweenparty #partyplanning

1. Check out some party inspiration to get yourself into the spirit.

2. Peruse the stores for decorations and party supplies that will haunt your guests for years to come.

3. Plan out your costume and show everyone how punny you are.

4. Look up recipes that are sure to be a scream.

5. Brew up some cocktails for your best witches.

6. Plan out the guest list and send some cute invites.

7. Create a spooky playlist and get ready to do the Monster Mash.

8. Collect your candy without having to go door to door.

9. Create costume contest awards that are to die for.

10. Get your pets ready for a frighteningly good time.

Which part of Halloween is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

How to Plan a Summertime Christmas Party

There are less than 100 days until Christmas- let the festivities begin! 

Ok, maybe it's a tad early to start Christmas decorating, but I need my Christmas fix! After browsing Christmas cards on Paperless Post, I just couldn't hold my excitement in anymore. Although it still feels like summer, the holidays are just around the corner and I can faintly hear those jingle bells ringing! I decided to combine the warm weather and holiday excitement to create an awesome DIY Summertime Christmas Party. Time to start getting in the Christmas spirit!

Although it still feels like summer, the holidays are just around the corner and I can faintly hear those jingle bells ringing! I decided to combine the warm weather and holiday excitement to create an awesome DIY Summertime Christmas Party. Time to start getting in the Christmas spirit! #christmas #christmasparty #christmasinjuly

1. Multicolor Pom Pom Garland 2. Hot Pink Honeycomb Tissue Balls 3. Lime Green Dessert Plates 4. Paperless Post A Christmas Story Card 5. Christmas Light Beverage Napkins 6. Cactus Drink Dispenser 7. Tiny Pom Poms 8. Festive Green Classic Party Cups 9. Cerise Festive Festooning 10. Paperless Post Christmas Cactus Card 11. Bright Tissue Hanging Fans 12. Clear Round Christmas Ornaments and Pink Straws 13. Bright Tassel Garland 14. Hot Pink Dinner Plates 15. Blue Honeycomb Tissue Balls 16. Lime Green Forks 17. Paperless Post Merry and Bright Card

One of the benefits of a summertime Christmas party is that you can experiment with fun, bright colors instead of the traditional wintry ones. I decided to go with pink and lime green, with pops of navy blue, orange and purple, just like this adorable Kate Spade card. I felt that this color palette kept it feeling like Christmas while still being fresh and different.

To set the scene, put on some Christmas tunes and grab a festive tablecloth. To set the table, give each person a pink dinner plate and place the green dessert plate on top. You can turn the clear ornaments into glasses by pouring in some cocktails and popping in a straw. I think these Saint Nickarita cocktails by Delightful E Made look delicious with just a pinch of wintry goodness.

Now my favorite part- decorating! Hang up the paper fans to create a colorful backdrop for your party table, and drape the pop pom garland over your chandelier or wrap it around one of your plants for a Christmas tree vibe. For a really cute idea on how to use your honeycomb balls, check out the photo section of the pink plates. You'll love it! Also, if you have some leftover clear ornaments, you can fill them up with some of the mini pom poms and scatter them on the table or hang them from your chandelier with clear fishing line.

Every party needs a simple snack, so whip up this chocolate dipped pretzel wreath for a tasty and decorative treat. Yum! Since everyone dreams of a white Christmas, adding some snow cones to the menu is a no brainer. Try these boozy strawberry snow cones from Sugar and Charm for a tasty twist on a classic.

Although it still feels like summer, the holidays are just around the corner and I can faintly hear those jingle bells ringing! I decided to combine the warm weather and holiday excitement to create an awesome DIY Summertime Christmas Party. Time to start getting in the Christmas spirit!

For a fun, easy DIY project, create a Christmas cactus like the one on Paperless Post's cactus card. Just take your cactus drink dispenser and attach the festooning garland in a swirly pattern using a hot glue gun or double sided tape. Then, attach the pom poms to look like ornaments. Easy peasey!

Your biggest task will be getting back on the Nice List. What better way to do that than by sending out some cards to those you love?! While you count down the days until Santa comes down your chimney, go explore Paperless Post's full Christmas card collection and get ready to wish it was Christmas!

Which card is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Nautical Notecard Birthday Banner Tutorial

This weekend, I went into Michaels on a mission to find some cute party supplies and projects. When I saw these ADORABLE note cards in their dollar section, I couldn't resist getting them! They're part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer. I made them into a birthday banner that can also double for Independence Day, and can be kept up all summer long. This is a quick and easy DIY you can make in just minutes, for only $6! Any note cards can be used for this tutorial, but I think you should run on over to Michael's and grab a set of these before they run out!

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Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.
Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.

How cute are these cards on their own as well?! Each pack comes with 5 cards of the same design, so even after you've made your banner, you can send some fun notes to your friends or use them as invitations. And the best part? Each pack is only $1.50!

And now, onto the directions!

Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.

For this project, you'll need:
Notecards (similar here)
Paper Cutter (similar here)
Scissors (here)
Ribbon or Twine (here)
3-Hole Punch (here)
Shaped Paper Punches (similar here)
Tape

Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.
Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.

Step 1: Unfold your note card and cut off the back, making sure to cut before the fold to create a nice smooth surface. I prefer to use a paper cutter for this instead of scissors to ensure a straight line.

Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.
Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.

Step 2: Take the back of the card and cut off the excess paper around the drawing, making sure to leave enough of a border to create an even circle.

Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.

Step 3: Using your round paper punch, center the drawing and cut it out. I used a 2-inch circle punch for this.

Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.

Step 4: Using a handheld hole punch, make a small hole at the top of your circular drawings. If you don't have a handheld one, use your 3-hole punch. Just be sure to remove the hole "catcher" if yours has one so that you can flip it over to center the hole.

Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.

Step 5: Let's get back to the front of the card. Using your 3-hole punch, line up the card to make two even holes. Repeat for all the cards.

Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.

Step 6: Weave the notecards onto the ribbon, passing the string through the back to create a clean design in the front. Alternate between the circular drawings and the notecards in an appealing pattern.

Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.

BONUS: If you want to get even more fun out of your cards, punch some small circles and stars out of the back of the cards and tape them onto twine for a playful garland!

Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.
Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.

And that, mateys, is how you make an awesome nautical birthday banner for only $6!

Part nautical, part 4th of July, and 100% perfect for summer, this quick and easy DIY can be made in just minutes! Click to find out how we crafted this banner with just $6 and some note cards.

Hung up on the need for more banner tutorials? Be sure to check out my Garlands and Banners board on Pinterest!

How do you plan to use your banner? Tag me in your Instagram photos!

Fourth of July on a Budget

I am so excited that it's officially summer! The hot weather, longer days, and endless BBQ's are making me a happy gal! Now that we (finally) have a yard, I have been doing a lot of hosting. This can get super expensive, especially when you factor in all the decorations and food. I decided to do 4th of July on a budget so I could avoid a red white and boohoo, if you know what I mean!

You can still have a lot of style without spending big bucks! Almost everything here came from the Dollar Tree and Target's dollar section.

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An EASY and affordable Fourth of July table featuring items from Target and the dollar tree! Check out the post for all the details.

This table runner is actually a scarf from the dollar section! I added a sequin table runner underneath for a little extra sparkle.

An EASY and affordable Fourth of July table featuring items from Target and the dollar tree! Check out the post for all the details.

I purchased the chevron jar from Target as well ($3) and filled it with paper straws (8 for $1). The glittery star picks are from A.C. Moore.

An EASY and affordable Fourth of July table featuring items from Target and the dollar tree! Check out the post for all the details.

I purchased my striped plates and star napkins from Target's dollar section, and the blue foil star napkins are from the Christmas Tree Shop. I gave each place setting a fun pen, which was only a dollar each!

An EASY and affordable Fourth of July table featuring items from Target and the dollar tree! Check out the post for all the details.

These foil star plates came 8 for $1- a great deal! And how cute are those octopus beer mugs?! They're from the Christmas Tree Shop and only cost a couple of dollars.

An EASY and affordable Fourth of July table featuring items from Target and the dollar tree! Check out the post for all the details.

For snacks, I got Mike and Ike candies in red, white and blue for only $1. I added nautical cupcake picks I got from the Christmas tree shop ($3 for 24) and put them in these cute shooter glasses (4 for $1)

An EASY and affordable Fourth of July table featuring items from Target and the dollar tree! Check out the post for all the details.

These red, white and blue cupcakes from Target are so cute and tasty! They're perfectly patriotic.

An EASY and affordable Fourth of July table featuring items from Target and the dollar tree! Check out the post for all the details.
An EASY and affordable Fourth of July table featuring items from Target and the dollar tree! Check out the post for all the details.

These pail votive holders from the Dollar Tree made adorable vases.  Just put a small cup of water inside so your flowers don't wilt in the heat.

An EASY and affordable Fourth of July table featuring items from Target and the dollar tree! Check out the post for all the details.

I got these paper fans from the dollar tree as well, 2 for $1! 

An EASY and affordable Fourth of July table featuring items from Target and the dollar tree! Check out the post for all the details.

All in all, this July 4th tablescape cost about $50. Not too shabby!

Breakdown:
Sweets & Treats: $15
Flowers/Decor: $20
Tableware: $15

Want more ideas? Check out my Fourth of July Pinterest board!