Printable Watercolor Party Invitations and Menus

Printable Watercolor Invitations and Party Menus

I took out my watercolors the other day to mess around and as usual, couldn’t stop. I don’t use them often but when I do I love it. Not that I’m particularly…

Printable Watercolor Party Invitations and Menus

Printable Watercolor Party Invitations and Menus

I took out my watercolors the other day to mess around and as usual, couldn’t stop. I don’t use them often but when I do I love it. Not that I’m particularly great at it, but it’s just so stinking fun to mix colors around and watch them swirl together! I started painting this colorful, stripey pattern and decided that it was destined for a printable. So! If you’re hosting a party soon, you can download this pretty watercolor pattern and print it out to use on menus, invitations, and more!

Materials

Make Time: 20 Minutes

Step 1: Download our printable watercolor background. Note: This is a special file meant to work with Avery’s Design & Print Online platform, so don’t fret if it seems like it didn’t download properly! Just carry on to the next step.

Step 2: Open the files at avery.com/open.

Step 3: Choose to print on the Menu Cards (product #80505). (You will be able to print three of the same item on one menu sheet.)

Step 4: Insert the image into the card template, and complete the menu or invitation with your desired info! Use the toolbar on the left to add and edit any text you like.

Step 5: Once your image is complete, print on the blank menu card sheet. Separate the three strips and you’re ready to go!

You could use this pattern for so much — summer BBQs, grad parties, baby showers, and just about any other shindig you can imagine. And with the design software, you can use it vertically like we did or flip it and make it horizontal, too. So what’s your next party?! xoxo

Printable Watercolor Party Invitations and Menus

Printable Watercolor Party Invitations and Menus

Printable Watercolor Party Invitations and Menus

This post is sponsored by Avery. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the brands who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

Baby Gender Reveal // How to Make Color Fight Powder

I’ve been wanting to try this project foreeeevvvver! And when method came to me and said, “Hey, we want you to make the messiest DIY you can think of and…

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

I’ve been wanting to try this project foreeeevvvver! And when method came to me and said, “Hey, we want you to make the messiest DIY you can think of and not worry about the cleanup,” I was like oh it is ON. Combine that with the fact that we were looking for a fun way to announce the gender of Baby #2 and we had the perfect storm, gang. SO! This post is jam-packed with not only a super rad tutorial on how to make color fight powder, but we’re finally telling whether we’re having a boy or a girl! Be sure to get all the way to the bottom of the post to find out. 🙂 That, and I’m sure you want to see a bunch of gratuitous photos of Ryan and I deep in the throes of a color fight.

Materials

  • cornstarch
  • water
  • food coloring gel
  • oven
  • baking sheets
  • mixing bowls
  • food processor

Make Time: 2 Hours (Plus Drying Time, Overnight)

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

Step 1: Measure out your ingredients. Per color, we used 1 cup of cornstarch and 1/2 cup of water. Mix these together thoroughly; I found it easiest to just squish it all with my hands until it was blended.

Step 2: Mix in your food color. Add a bit at a time until you have the desired color — we wanted ours super saturated so we used food coloring gel, rather than drops.

Step 3: Keep mixing different bowls of color until you have all of the shades that you want. Set the bowls of color somewhere to dry where they won’t be disturbed. Leave them to dry until the surface is cracking (ours took a couple of days).

Step 4: Use a fork to break up the dry mixture into large chunks. Place these chunks in a food processor and grind them to as fine a powder as you can.

Step 5: Spread each different color out on a baking sheet. Pre-heat your oven to about 300, turn it off, and place the baking sheets inside for about 15 minutes. This helps remove any remaining water from the powder.

Step 6: Remove the sheets from the oven. If your powder is fine enough to through, great! You’re done. If not, I recommend running the powder through the food processor again to get it as fine as possible. The finer the powder, the more poof you’ll have during your color fight!

So after all of that, obviously our hands were a little dirty. And by a little dirty, I mean filthy and stained and an absolute mess. method’s non-toxic (and heavenly-smelling) hand soap to the rescue! We even used it after the color fight so we could drive home without staining our car. Clean as a whistle. (Side note — we actually used method detergent on our clothes as well, and all of the color powder came out!) Ryan was pretty pumped that my colorful shenanigans didn’t ruin any of our stuff. 😉

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

“But Chelsea,” I hear you saying, “didn’t you say something about a gender reveal?” Yes, yes I did. And so I’m pretty excited to finally tell you that we’re having a…

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

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How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

IT’S A LITTLE GIRL!!! Oh my gosh a baby girl. I still don’t know what to think. Another crazy, wonderful adventure! But more about that later. Right now, we have a color fight to attend to.

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

And seriously, if you try this one out be sure to have lots of cleaning supplies handy (particularly hand soap) because it’s bound to get a little messy. And as soon as you start touching things with the powder on your hands it’s everywhere! Don’t say I didn’t warn you. But it makes for a realllllly fun time, in case you can’t tell from the photos of Ryan and I throwing the stuff directly in each other’s faces. What a guy. xoxo

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

How to make color fight powder for a baby gender reveal

Color fight photos by Scot Woodman

This post is sponsored by method. All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the brands who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

A 5 Minute DIY for Your Next Party

Time for a quickie! I was wandering through Michaels the other day looking for some party supplies in my favorite colors and I just wasn’t finding what I was looking…

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

Time for a quickie! I was wandering through Michaels the other day looking for some party supplies in my favorite colors and I just wasn’t finding what I was looking for. But I did find these cute wooden spoons in the dollar bins, along with some good ol’ fashioned craft paint. I think you see where I’m going with this, yes? These took me 5 minutes to paint, about 20 minutes to dry, and they’re ready for a summer party!

Materials

  • wooden utensils
  • craft paint
  • paintbrush
  • washi tape

Make Time: 5 Minutes (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

Step 1: Place a piece of washi tape at the base of the handle of each utensil.

Step 2: Paint your desired color of craft paint on the handle. Let dry; repeat if you’d like more coverage.

Step 3: Remove washi tape and party!

I have to tell you, I’m becoming a bigger fan of quickie DIYs every day! I love making, but mama’s got a time budget, if you know what I mean. Hope you try this super fast project for your next celebration! And if you need a little more summer party inspiration, you can see what the rest of the Michaels Makers are up to right here. xoxo

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils

How to Wallpaper Your Cabinets with Instagram Photos

Use Instagram Photos to Wallpaper Your Cabinets

I posted this quick project on Instagram and you guys seemed to really love it! It was actually a series of DIYs that I created for HGTV.com, all about how…

How to Wallpaper Your Cabinets with Instagram Photos

How to Wallpaper Your Cabinets with Instagram Photos

I posted this quick project on Instagram and you guys seemed to really love it! It was actually a series of DIYs that I created for HGTV.com, all about how to decorate using your own Instagram photos. All in all there are about 10 different projects, but this one was definitely my fave. You can check out all of them right here, but I thought I’d share a few extra photos and details of the cabinets that we wallpapered with our Instagram photos!

We asked for some help from our favorite Instagram printers, Social Print Studio, to print up a couple of their posters.  You can select the images you want to include in the poster, so you can customize it a little bit; I chose lots of photos that had pink and blue tones so it would feel cohesive. It’s also way easier to just get a poster with all your images printed in one place than to wallpaper your cabinets with single photos.

So once you have your posters, measure the inside of your cabinets, trim the posters to the right size, remove the shelves, and just tack up your posters with glue strips or something similar. That way you can reposition it if it’s crooked, or it’s easily removable if you change your mind.

And that’s it! Then you have a colorful interior to your cabinets waiting for you every time you reach for the hairspray. Fun, huh? xoxo

How to Wallpaper Your Cabinets with Instagram Photos

How to Wallpaper Your Cabinets with Instagram Photos

How to Wallpaper Your Cabinets with Instagram Photos

How to Make DIY Rose Water

How to Make DIY Rose Water

Have you ever used rose water? I don’t usually mess with fragrances that are super strong or floral, but this DIY version that we whipped up is so light and…

How to Make DIY Rose Water

How to Make DIY Rose Water

Have you ever used rose water? I don’t usually mess with fragrances that are super strong or floral, but this DIY version that we whipped up is so light and lovely! You can use it for everything from a light perfume to a face toner and more, and it’s pretty darn simple to make.

We put together this pretty project for the lovelies over at Swooned Magazine, so if you want to find out the how-to, head right over and check it out! There’s even a free printable for the label, so we’ve got ya covered from start to finish. Oh and by the way — it makes your kitchen smell like roses for days. Try it out! xoxo

How to Make DIY Rose Water

How to Make DIY Rose Water

How to Make DIY Rose Water

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

DIY Iron-on Picnic Blanket

Picnic season is back! I made this one last year to take to the summer park concerts in our town, and it was so fun to use all summer. This…

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

Picnic season is back! I made this one last year to take to the summer park concerts in our town, and it was so fun to use all summer. This year we wanted a blanket that’s a little bigger since Henry likes to roam around, so we’re going for DIY picnic blanket round two! This one is crazy easy — you just need the right materials. I had a heck of a time deciding what phrase to put on it — my first thought was “Your Blanket or Mine?” but I kind of wanted something shorter and simpler. I happened to be listening to the Grease soundtrack a couple of days before and I was like DUH it should say Summer Lovin’! We’ve got a printable if you like the same phrase, but you can also make yours say anything you like.

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

Step 1: Download our printable Summer Lovin’ words (they’re in four separate files because of their large size), or create your own image to cut with your cutting machine. Upload the images to your machine’s software and cut the design from the gold vinyl according to the directions on the vinyl packaging. Be sure to mirror the images if you’re using our words or creating your own text-based design.

Step 2: Remove the excess vinyl from the clear protective covering. Place the words down on the blanket (with the clear protective covering on the top of the vinyl) where you’d like them to be permanently. (Use the lines to help center and align the words.)

Step 3: Press down on each letter with a hot iron firmly on each letter for about 10-15 seconds. Do a few letters at a time and pull off the clear protective covering while the letters are still somewhat hot.

Step 4: Continue the process from Step 3 until all letters are ironed down.

Now pack up your picnic basket and go outside! We gave this thing a spin in the backyard the other day and I actually love the weight of the Turkish towel for a picnic blanket — it’s super light, easy to transport, soft, comfy, and it dries really quickly if it happens to get wet or spilled on. I’m thinking it would make a great beach blanket, too! I’ll do some research and let you know. 😉 xoxo

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to make an iron-on vinyl picnic blanket for summertime

How to Stock a Home Bar

How to Stock a Home Bar

There’s a little running joke on our street that our house is the place to come when you need a happy hour. It’s no secret that we like to entertain,…

How to Stock a Home Bar

There’s a little running joke on our street that our house is the place to come when you need a happy hour. It’s no secret that we like to entertain, and over the years Mr. Lovely has become quite the mixologist. At this point, we’ve stocked ourselves pretty well to be ready for any necessary celebrations (even non-alcoholic ones like I’m having these days!). But it doesn’t take years or even a ton of money to stock a home bar — you can stock yourself up with a few simple bottles, mixers, and tools. Read on for our simple home bar checklist!

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

DIY Surprise Sidewalk Messages

I’m on a mission to spread some fun in our town! We started with flower messages, then we did guerrilla balloon Valentines, and this time we bombed the sidewalks downtown…

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

I’m on a mission to spread some fun in our town! We started with flower messages, then we did guerrilla balloon Valentines, and this time we bombed the sidewalks downtown with fun notes in vinyl! I was trying to think of a new way to leave these fun little messages, and vinyl turned out to be perfect — you can lay it down fast, it’s durable if people walk on it, and it’s a no-mess clean up when the time comes to remove the messages. They’re also pretty simple to make, especially if you have a cutting machine. It was a spur-of-the-moment project so I don’t have many process photos, but we’ve got a detailed tutorial for you below. So put together a surprise sidewalk message for somebody fun (or for your whole town, like we did!).

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour per Sign

Step 1: Decide on what you’d like your sign to say. In your cutting machine’s design program, spell out your words in as large a font as your vinyl will hold.

Step 2: Use the cutting machine to cut the words out of the vinyl. For now, leave the backing on the vinyl.

Step 3: Weed out the excess vinyl from the vinyl sheets, leaving only the vinyl words on the backing.

Step 4: Take a length of clear tape slightly longer than the length of your words. To remove a bit of tackiness from the tape, run it over a carpet or your clothing a couple of times. Then place it over the lower half of your first word, adhering it to the top of the vinyl. Repeat with another length of tape over the top half of the words. This tape will serve to keep the words intact as you remove them from the backing and place them on the ground, rather than having to position each letter individually. (Note: you can also use vinyl transfer film for this step, but it’s a craft supply that’s a bit obscure. Tape works just as well!)

Step 5: When you’re ready to place your vinyl down (I recommend doing this on site), peel the vinyl letters off of the backing while keeping the tape intact on the front. Then place the words down where you’d like them and press firmly to get them to adhere.

Step 6: Gently and carefully peel away the clear tape from the front of the letters. Smooth the letters down once more and you’re good to go!

I love seeing these around as we wander downtown! It’s so fun to see people snapping photos of them as they discover the messages. What would you write, and who would you write it to?! I think a birthday or anniversary message could be super fun — you could even put it on a window or in a mirror, instead of on the ground. Now I’m off to think of our next sneaky project! xoxo

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make vinyl surprise messages on the sidewalk

How to make homemade orange bitters

How to Make Homemade Orange Bitters

Who’s got a dude to celebrate this Father’s Day?! Maybe it’s your dad, or your husband, or just a fella who means a lot to you, but whoever it is,…

How to make homemade orange bitters

How to make homemade orange bitters

Who’s got a dude to celebrate this Father’s Day?! Maybe it’s your dad, or your husband, or just a fella who means a lot to you, but whoever it is, we gotta make him something special! If the guy likes a good drink, have I got a perfect project for you. This little concoction is crazy easy to make and takes almost no time to put together, but it does need to marinate for a few weeks, which is why we’re sharing the idea a little early. You can mix up a batch of these homemade orange bitters for Dad and use them to make the most delicious cocktails (everything from an Old Fashioned to a Rob Roy) on the block while you’re celebrating him on Father’s Day!

For the full recipe, see our post over on Momtastic, and get ready to play mixologist! It’s a really fun one to put together because you can put your own flavor spin on it and tailor it especially to the recipient. Go get a jump on your Father’s Day gifting right here! xoxo

How to make homemade orange bitters

How to make homemade orange bitters

How to make homemade orange bitters

Ice Cream Balloons

Throw the Cutest Ice Cream Social Ever

Image from Oh Happy Day Hey Lovelies! Our girl Erin is back, with her favorite picks for throwing an adorable ice cream social! This girl knows how to scour the…

Ice Cream Balloons

Image from Oh Happy Day

Hey Lovelies! Our girl Erin is back, with her favorite picks for throwing an adorable ice cream social! This girl knows how to scour the internet for the prettiest ideas and coolest inspiration, so sit back and grab two scoops while she shows you her faves. xoxo

Hiiii, Erin here! With the 80 degree temps making an appearance in Portland, I’ve been celebrating and soaking up every single moment in the sun. Don’t get me wrong, I love the rain but it really makes a girl appreciate the sunshine. And with the warmer weather’s arrival, all I want to do is live one of my childhood dreams and host an ice cream social! Whether you’re planning a summer BBQ or pool party, an ice cream social is a must! Here are a few of my favorite DIY party ideas to make your next soiree a la mode!

Ice Cream Social Ideas1. Print these ice cream cone wrappers and then “rap” your way to the perfect par-tay!

2. Dish it up in style with this DIY ice cream caddy.

3. Ice cream sundae tacos?! Yes, please, and thank you!

4. DIY mini honeycomb ice cream garland that is too cute to boot.

5. Love these pint-sized monogrammed favors.  Fill them with ice cream or anything that floats your boat!

6. DIY ice cream cone balloon weights that will make your party “pop”.

7. These adorable DIY ice cream cone macarons are too pretty to eat!

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

DIY Floral Wall Clock

There’s this little boba shop near our house that has some fun DIY art on the walls, and one of the things they have hung up is a clock made…

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

There’s this little boba shop near our house that has some fun DIY art on the walls, and one of the things they have hung up is a clock made out of fake leaves, with little tea cups marking each hour on the clock. The first time I saw it I was like, “Huh, cute idea, but those dusty plastic leaves are bumming me out.” And then the next time I saw it I was like, “How cool would that be if it were real flowers?” And Ryan was all, “Dude. Make it.” And I was like AAAAHHHHHH yes! Good story, huh? I knew we’d be working with Flower Muse soon and I was so excited to use their gorgeous florals to put this baby together. And that is how our DIY floral wall clock was born. I love, love, love it. Can’t you just see this thing gracing the wall at a spring party or shower? While I was making it, Ryan said something about how it would be perfect at a Cinderella-themed wedding. And while Cinderella-themed weddings aren’t necessarily my thing, you have to give the dude credit for having that in his brain.

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

Step 1: Start by covering your wreath form with the greenery. One stem at a time, wrap the stem of the greenery and a section of the wreath form together so that the stem stays affixed. Work until the wreath is completely covered.

Step 2: If you like the hands on your clock movement, great! I wanted a more modern and colorful look for ours, so we switched it up. To do the same, cut two strips of cardstock — one long one for the minute hand and one shorter for the hour hand. Use double stick tape to affix the cardstock to the appropriate clock hands and assemble your clock movement according to the package instructions.

Step 3: Place a nail or hook in the wall where you’d like to hang your clock and hang the greenery-covered wreath. Start placing clumps of larger flowers around the clock where the 12, 3, 6, and 9 hours would be. You should be able to trim the stems to about 3 inches and just weave the stems through the wreath and greenery and have them hold. If you find that some flowers want to fall, use a bit of floral tape to affix a stem in place.

Step 4: For the smaller hours (1,2,4,5,7,8,10,11) place a small flower like a billy ball at each hour mark. Use the same technique as described in Step 3.

Step 5: Affix the clock movement to the wall in the center of the wreath using wall putty or something similar and removable. If desired, include a couple of smaller blooms around the clockwork to soften the look.

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

Eeeeeee it’s so pretty! If you leave the florals in water until just before you put this together, it should last about a day or so. If you want to put it together a day ahead, you could probably get away with it if you kept it refrigerated overnight — just be sure all of the flowers are affixed really firmly before you store it. And when you’re done with the clock, you can use the florals to do something like this! Sigh. I wish it could stay forever. Tick tock, ya’ll! xoxo

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

How to make a floral clock for spring parties, wedding showers, or baby showers

Florals for this post graciously provided by Flower Muse.