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DIY & DECOR

5 EASY WAYS TO DECORATE A BABY SHOWER

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This past weekend I had the joy and privilege of decorating my sis-in-law's baby shower! With the help of another one of her friends, we were in charge of decorations and were able to throw a whimsical yet beautiful shower. The room was filled with decorations that are easy to create and execute! At first, when I saw the space we would be having the baby shower at, I was so sad I wouldn't be able to decorate a space full of white walls and natural light. There were no windows, the lighting was dim, and it was a HUGE space. Big spaces are much harder to decorate because there's just so much surface space to decorate and leaves a lot of space for the room to feel bare. With a budget, I did the best I could with the space and it turned out to be even better than I had imagined. I could go on and on about the thought process behind what decorations to use and why... so let's get started! 

1.) Use as many BALLOONS as you can. 

Balloons have always been my best friend when it comes to decorating a party or a huge space for an event. Ideally, you'd want to have tons and tons of helium filled white balloons so your room can look absolutely ethereal and amazing, right? Sadly, the reality is we all don't have the money to get all those helium filled balloons. Instead, carve some time out the night before and blow up as many balloons as you can! Tie a long piece of ribbon at the end and you can use tape to hang them upside down... they're still really pretty this way! With that being said, there are so many different ways you can hang balloons and utilize them as decorations. With the help of my gracious brother (thank you!) I was able to hang balloons upside down (pictured above) and also display them on tables so it added a bit of color and fun to the room. 

2.) Use more WHITE FLOWERS and add some COLORED FLOWERS accordingly. 

I absolutely adore flowers. Any type of flowers and floral arrangements make me SO happy. Flowers can add so much whimsy and elegance to any space and event. But I know flowers can also get very expensive. I love to use baby's breath, if you haven't noticed from past posts, to decorate any space because those are especially whimsical, dainty, cheap, and white. Since white goes with any color scheme I like to just buy a bouquet of colored flowers and a lot of baby's breath and hydrangeas (if your budget permits). Use clear jars, vases, or mason jars to hold your floral arrangements! 

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3.) Use tissue paper for DIY POM POMS and TASSLE BANNERS.

After helping decorate this baby shower, I've become a true fan of tissue paper pom poms. They are so pretty when you hang them or even just stick them on the wall. They add such a nice touch and guess what... they're really cost-efficient as well! You can either DIY by gathering around 12 sheets, folding it accordion style, tying it in the middle and then spreading the sheets out. If you don't want to completely DIY, at Michaels they were selling a box of 6 for $10! They're a bit tedious to make, but totally worth it! You can also make tassle banners with tissue paper. All you need is string, tissue paper, scissors, and pretty tape. Here's an easy tutorial on how to!   

4.) Add some EDIBLE DECORATIONS.

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Whether its for a baby shower or a birthday party, adding some edible decorations always adds a bit of cute and fun into the event. Plus they're yummy. ;) Cupcakes or cake pops are usually nice to display as decorations, but those are super time consuming to make, as well as expensive! A cheaper alternative I tried for this baby shower, was chocolate dipped marshmallows. You can buy any color candy melt from a Michaels store, melt it, and then just dip your marshmallow sticks in them. You can buy the sticks at Michaels as well and just prop the marshmallow on some parchment paper. 

5.) Concentrate on a WALL (and TABLE) to decorate for photo taking.

This last tip is especially nice for baby showers. Having a table with the cake, party favors, desserts, and pictures is a great place to stand behind for pictures. If there's a wall behind that table, make sure to leave a little space so that the star of the party can stand behind the table, and in front of the wall to take pictures at! With this blank wall, make sure to concentrate on putting up a pretty floral or worded banner, balloons, and pom poms. These decorations will help fill in the blank space and make for a great backdrop for photos! I found that using clear packing tape to hang these decorations was easiest... both while putting up and taking down.

Of course there are many different ways to decorate baby shower's, I found that focusing in on 3-4 decorations was easiest for me to handle. For this one, I concentrated mostly on balloons, pom poms, and flowers. Since it was a dim lit room, I went with that ambiance and added in some candles which really helped in giving it a romantic feel. Whichever way you decide to decorate your event... just make sure to have a vision of how you'd like the space to look after and have fun! Au revoir for now! 

Photography & Styling by: Ji Yeon  

DIY & DECOR

10 WAYS TO DECORATE GARDEN PARTIES

Summers a perfect time to have small get-togethers and little parties outdoors. And what better way than to host a garden party for all your friends! Today, I'll give you some tips on how to decorate your party including centerpieces, cost- efficiently and in a delightfully chic way. All by using resources from your backyard and from things around the home. Everything I used today for my garden party was from my own home and yard, with the exception of the baby's breath flowers and balloons I bought. Hope this inspires you all to have outdoor parties or even plan DIY weddings outdoors!

1.) Use picture frames from your home.

Using picture frames from around my house is one of my favorites ways to decorate a centerpiece of a table for a party. I decided to go with a pink, white, and gold theme for my garden party today. I was able to find some picture frames that fit my color scheme. Now, you may be thinking what you should put in these frames but you can easily create your own signs or paintings! These only took me 15 minutes to make and they were so cute and appropriate for this garden party. Frames always add a nice touch to any centerpiece and gives the table a nice homey feel to it.

2.) Use leaves and branches from your trees and spray paint them.

I've always loved big and extravagant centerpieces. But I also know how expensive huge, floral centerpieces can get. So I decided to use some big leaves that were attached to thin branches and put them in some mason jars. Since I had some gold spray paint as well, I just lightly spray painted them... and they came out looking so beautiful! You can completely cover your leaves with your color of choice, but I wanted some green as well so I just sporatically painted them.

3.) Use baby's breathe flowers for cost- efficiency and for a whimsical look.

I never use to see the beauty in baby's breathe flowers until recently and now I'm absolutely in love with them. Especially, when they're used as the main flowers, they give such a whimsy and delicate look to any decoration. I paired these flowers with gold dipped leaves and they turned out to be such a magical pairing. Since baby's breathe flowers are white in color, they go with any color scheme and other floral arrangements. They're also so cheap! These were just $3 for a handful. I was able to put these flowers in all differently decorated jars around the table and they added a lovely touch to my table.

4.) Tie balloons around tree trunks with twine.

I absolutely adore balloons... for all occasions. Sometimes getting helium balloons at your party can be a hassle or expensive. I bought two bags of balloons for just $2 each, blew them up myself, and tied them around my tree trunks. I tied them with twine to give it a more rustic look and it worked perfectly! You can also hang balloons from branches as decorations and they look great when the wind blows. Lets say however, you're hosting a party indoors. You can still hang balloons from the ceiling with some twine and tape! Balloons are just a fun way to add color to any festivity you're hosting.

5.) Use any clear vases, mason jars, bowls or cups you have for your centerpieces.

If you don't want to splurge on expensive glass vases for your floral arrangements, no worries. Nowadays, mason jars are always used at parties to give it a more fun and rustic look. But not only do mason jars work, essentially any clear bowl or cup works as a vase as well. I was able to gather some clear jars and bowls to diversify my decorations. If you want to keep everything cohesive, you can choose to decorate with JUST mason jars or JUST bowls. I love to use clear ones when I'm decorating with colorful flowers so the flowers really stand out.

6.) Decorate & fill the jars.

Now with the jars and bowls you use for your flowers, don't forget to decorate them with ribbon and some twine. That's all you need. Even just ribbon and twine makes a huge difference. Also, I had some clear pebbles as decoration around the home, so I used those to fill some of my bowls up. You can essentially use anything from pieces of tulle, tissue paper, rice, stones and even flower petals! They all make for a great filler in these clear jars.

7.) Create and make your own name cards.

Even if its for a small gathering, name cards are a great way to show special attention to each person. It also adds a nice touch to the table. They're so easy to make and your own handwriting has a nice homemade feel to it. I just used some thick paper and folded it in half to make the cards stand. Then, I used some watered down gouache paint (tutorial here) and then my calligraphy writing (tutorial here) for a beautiful name card.

8.) Place flowers on top of table dishes/placements.

Placing flowers or leaves on top of table place settings adds a sweet touch to the decor of the party. For me, it's always a delight to come sit at my place at a dinner table and have a simple flower waiting for me. Not only does it add a nice touch, but your guests can take it home afterwards! I used some hand picked hydrangeas and leftover baby's breathe to add some extra sweetness to my dish settings.

9.) Use fruits as table decoration to eat or as a party favor.

Here I used peaches as decoration for the table as well as for party favors for the guests to take home after. Peaches are a great summer fruit that add a beatiful and colorful decor to any outdoor party. You can use other fruits such as strawberries, cheeries, pears, and much more for decoration AND to eat. You can place the fruits on pretty platters or you can just simply place them around your jars as decoration. I suggest doing that with fruits like apples, pears, and peaches (ones with tough skins!) so your guests can just wash them when they get home and eat them.

10.) Enjoy!

Lastly, just enjoy this lovely party you've planned and decorated! Whether its a whimsical garden party or a hipster barbeque party... there are so many cost-efficient ways to decorate an outdoor space! Use as much nature (hand picked flowers, leaves, wood, etc.) and creativity as you can. The great thing about the outdoors is that you automatically have a beautiful scenery AND all these decorations can also be used for indoor parties. Now go plan away and enjoy!

Photograpy & Styling by: Jito