Dia de los Muertos Soiree

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Our annual Halloween party this year was inspired by Day of the Dead! Instead of a spooky and haunted themed party, we hosted a Dia de los Muertos Soiree! While our Soiree was all in good fun, we were inspired … Continue reading

Forever Les Fleurs Custom Floral Crowns & Creations

If you have not had a chance to check out our Floral Crowns and Creations at ForeverLesFleurs, then you are in for a treat! Not only do we offer Ready-To-Ship Floral Crowns, we love to create Custom Floral Crowns fit for your special occasion. Continue reading

Mermaid Themed Baby Shower

Our Little Mermaid has recently made her debut, but I will always remember my baby shower as a magical and beautiful day shared with family and dear friends. Dusted in gold, blush, and peach this dreamy Baby Shower was a splendid way to celebrate our Little Mermaid on the way!mermaid baby shower-Darcy Oliver Design

A lot of the mermaid baby shower decor was also incorporated into Cosette’s Nursery, so thoughtful planning went into multipurpose pieces such as this Tassel Garland made by BlushBazaar on Etsy! I found the Mermaid Sign at Home Goods, but did a little DIY action and repainted it Gold with a little Gold Glitter for sparkle. I used only the best Gold Spray paint: Design Master 24 KT Gold. From the coral cake topper to the Oyster Pearl Cookies made by my sweet friend Danielle, mermaid flair was everywhere!
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Every mermaid also wears her pearls, and it is not a baby shower without games, so we played the “Don’t Say Baby” Game with a strand of pearls for each guest. Who ends up with the most strands wins! Another fun game provided by my dear friend Samantha, is the “What’s in Your Purse?” Game. This was a great one to play during lunch when everyone is sitting down with their purses, and to gear it towards baby, you can add items like baby wipes, diapers, or binkies! Each item is worth a certain amount of points, and whoever has the most items in their purse, wins! The prizes were DIY Glitter Champagne Bottles and Seashell Chocolates fit for a mermaid.
mermaid sign, baby shower games-Darcy Oliver Design
mermaid baby shower purse game-Darcy Oliver Design

Another fun and memorable Baby Shower idea is to send a little poem in the invitation that encourages your guest to bring a new or used Children’s Book instead of a card. The books were filled with sweet notes to Cosette, and she will be reminded of them each time we read to her. Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate our Little Mermaid!
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Woodland Animal Themed Baby Shower

Whether one of your girlfriend’s or sister is having a boy or girl, this adorable Woodland Animal Themed Baby Shower is a perfect way to shower the mama-to-be in your life! From a previous post, this DIY Twine Letter & Branch Sign was made for my girlfriend’s nursery, and we decided it would act as the inspiration for the Baby Shower.

Going along with the rustic and whimsical approach, we added white Manzanita Trees donned with little Birds, and added Moss & Forest Animals to dress up the tablescape. The Bunting on top of the tiered cake was made with real twigs, and reflected the same colors and design on the invitation. We served up S’More Pops, Tea Sandwiches, and healthy snacks too! From the Sign In table to wishing the mama-to-be well with words of advice on vintage tags, we made sure to pay attention to the little details to make it extra special and memorable.

We played Guess the Baby Bump Size, and the all time favortie…Poopy Diaper Game! Everyone was a great sport, and we all got a few laughs out of it. For the Winners, we offered a Mustache Cup filled with a Starbuck’s Gift Card instead of something silly that your guests will never use such as a baby bottle…do we look like toddlers? I recommend giving your guests something they can use!

The Sugar Scrub Favors for the guests were also made with love consisting of a few simple ingredients, and I will post on how we DIY’d it later! Wishing my sweet friend and her husband love and well wishes as they welcome their baby boy soon!

Woodland Themed Baby Shower-Darcy Oliver Design

Woodland Themed Baby Shower

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Baby Shower Cake & Bunting

S'More Pops & Snacks

S’More Pops & Snacks

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Rustic Cake & Decor

Vintage Wishing Tree & Tags-Darcy Oliver Design

Vintage Wishing Tree & Tags

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Sugar Scrub Favors-Darcy Oliver Design

Sugar Scrub Favors

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Baby Shower Games

Baby Shower Games

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Baby Shower Gifts

DIY Twine Wrapped Letters & Branch Sign

One of my best girlfriends is having a baby boy! Once I found out what his sweet little name was, I was all over this Birch Branch Sign with Twine Wrapped Letters! His Nursery is going to have a rustic yet modern appeal, and I cannot wait to see the whole design come together.
Birch Branch & Twine Letters Sign-Darcy Oliver Design

You can create this DIY Twine Wrapped Letters & Birch Branch Sign, or simply hang the letters on the wall without the branch. There are few supplies that you can pick up at your local craft and floral supply stores, and depending on how many letters you wrap, I discovered that one letter took me about an hour to wrap. The “N” and the “A” were the hardest to wrap, and I double wrapped all of the letters to give them a complete look without any gaps.
Supplies for Twine Letters-Darcy Oliver Design

The key is to wrap the twine tight, and be sure to Hot Glue as you go! If your Wooden Letters have a similar “extended block” type font, I found cutting around 5-6 3″ pieces of Twine, and then gluing them to the ends allowed for the letters to be completely wrapped in Twine. Once you Hot Glue those little pieces, you can then begin to wrap around them and the rest of the letter with the Twine. I used around 3 1/2 Small Rolls of Twine from Michaels, and I would not recommend using anything smaller than a 6″-8″ Wood Letter (also from Michaels). The small opening for the “A” was especially hard to fit the roll through, or simply cut a really long piece of Twine to ensure you wrap around the opening.
Twine Letter-Darcy Oliver Design

Bow-Dazzled Christmas Pinterest Party

Put your Pins to use this Christmas, and gather your girlfriends for a Bow-Dazzlin’ Party! If you have an upcoming Cookie Party or Ugly Sweater Party to attend this Holiday Season, take note from our Pinterest Party and go for the bows! We had a blast making this Christmas Craft, and wore our creations to a Cookie Party for fun!
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Here is what you will need to make your Bow-Dazzled Dress:

  • An old Christmas Dress or Skirt that you wouldn’t mind either hot gluing or safety pinning items on.
  • Christmas Gift Bows
  • Tinsel (optional for belt or extra sparkle)
  • Hot Glue Gun (optional)
  • Small Safety Pins
  • Scissors
  • Bottle of Wine to share!

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Before you start pinning or gluing your bows on your dress, place the bows on your dress and create a pattern or design you like!

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  • After you have chosen all the bows you’d like to use, carefully dab a small dollup of hot glue on the back of the bow, and lightly press the bow on your dress.

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    • If you are going to Safety Pin the bows on, use your Scissors and carefully wedge the blade behind the staple on the bow. This allows for a little more room and secures your Safety Pin to the bow, and then pin the the bow to your dress.
    • If you use Tinsel to create a design, you can either hot glue or safety pin the tinsel to your dress.
    • You can also create a belt of Tinsel to complete your look!

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  • Play Christmas Music and Have Fun with your own Pinterest Crafting Party!

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Haunted Halloween Party Decor

Last night we had a successful Halloween Party after we transformed my sister’s home into a Haunted House!  The main key was not only creativity, but lighting was crucial for optimal spookiness!

Between the black lights, strobes, and colored bulbs, you can’t go wrong.  We sectioned off areas for one colored bulb to shine, and set the strobes on main attractions.  Don’t forget your ghosts and ghouls, cover everything with spiderwebs, and voila Haunted House success.
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