I’ve used these mini-pinwheel picks for cupcake toppers on numerous occasions. I found them at the dollar store – score!
The kids in my son’s class were so excited about the cupcakes to begin with. Then they realized they were all getting mini pinwheels and their brains just about exploded with joy. So fast, easy, and fun!
I was so excited about last week’s Cinco de Mayo place cards that I had a sudden urge to put fringe on everything. A very special little girl’s birthday is coming up soon – so I added some layers of red, pink and white fringe to a boring craft paper wrap job. Now how pretty it is!
All you need to do is cut tissue paper in strips, fold it over on itself a few times, cut fringe, unfold and glue on. I used quick-drying craft glue and it was perfect. Once the glue is dry, gently ruffle the fringe to give it a little lift. (Happy Birthday, Scarlet!)
Now, normally when I think of Cinco de Mayo, I don’t think sit-down meal, right? I mean, barbecue or potluck sounds more like it. However, I couldn’t stop myself from making these fringy place cards. So, even if you don’t make them for next week, think of how cute they could be for a baby shower with say, light pink, bright pink and white tissue paper, or an engagement party using the colors of the wedding. A few minutes of snipping and a few minutes of glueing, and you’re done!
My mom taught me this little trick – whenever you see a good, cheap vase or container, pick it up (Would you believe that vase with the orange handle was just $2.00 at a stoop sale?). Then save it for when you go to a party or a friend’s house. Instead of bringing a bouquet of flowers that they have to unwrap, trim and find a vase for (all while smiling and hosting and dealing with other things), you show up with your flowers ready to plonk down on the table or counter. Who wouldn’t love that?
Of course, the trick is not getting too attached to any of the vases you find!
Spring is here – finally! And can I tell you a secret? The flowers on my dining room table are not all real. The yellow forsythia – totally fake. A few years ago, I never would’ve used them, but I’ve mixed them in with some real daffodils and blossoms from our backyard. I think the trick is to use a flower that’s currently in season, then no one will ever suspect a thing.
What do you think? Could you tell?!