“Handmade Parties” Archive

Fun on the Fourth

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The Fourth of July is my favorite holiday. Selfishly my birthday is two days after, but I love wearing red, white and blue; decorating anything I can get my hands on with stars; enjoying local parades; sitting back and taking in some fireworks as patriotic marches set the soundtrack.

We tend to host family and friends for a barbecue on the Fourth the past few years and this year was no different. While our menu wasn’t as grand as it had been due to our deck renovation project, we still had a great time. (more…)

Surprise Birthday Card Crafting

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My birthday was this past weekend and my friends and husband surprised me with a craft night in my craft studio! It was such a surprise and a total blast. We made a few cards (as directed by a great new pal of mine), enjoyed some champagne and shared lots of crafty ideas. Here’s what we made. (more…)

Oh Joy! Arrives at Target

This past Sunday was the day many crafters, design lovers and, well, excited shoppers had been waiting for – graphic designer and blogger Joy Cho’s Oh Joy! party accessory line launched at Targets nationwide. Joy first shared the news last month and our mouths have been watering ever since.

I stopped by my local Target over by the museum after work last night and it was just the dose of party-approved Vitamin D I needed. It’s hard to miss as you make your way into the store; so many pastels! So many vintage-inspired shades of aqua, pink and green!

Joy’s collection is 75% paper party goods and 25% reusable serving pieces. I love that there’s something for just about every budget. If you have just a few extra bucks to pick up something for an impromptu gathering, her paint-splashed paper plates and matching napkins are for you. The aqua cake stand with dome, a must-purchase piece, takes honors as the collection’s most expensive item at $25.

What did I purchase? Just a few pieces on my first visit, but I’m going back for more. I’m happy to give a home to the:

The collection is available for just a short time, so don’t miss it! Follow along with design ideas over on Pinterest and with #ohjoyfortarget.

Breaking Bad Finale Snacks and Quilts

After binge watching all five seasons of “Breaking Bad” in a matter of months, Nick and I were caught up for most of the past season and definitely ready for the finale. I’m so glad we were caught up – it was awesome watching it live and chatting with friends and co-workers about our favorite moments.

To celebrate the evening, I decided to make a last-minute tiny Heisenberg quilt along with some fake meth-inspired cupcakes to enjoy while watching. (more…)

Create a DIY Baby Sprinkle Celebration

Have you ever been to a baby sprinkle before? Has anyone thrown one for you? I just heard about the new trend last year. Instead of a full-fledged shower after baby no. 1, friends are throwing casual get-togethers or “sprinkles.” No giant gatherings and games, just friends getting together to celebrate the mom-to-be.

My fellow Handmade Detroiter Beth is about to have her second baby and we threw her a sprinkle last month. The Handmade Detroit gang gathered for lunch and to share handmade and vintage gifts. I made a few treats for us for the special event. (more…)

Throwing a Vintage-Ish Baby Shower

I go from weddings to baby showers in a matter of months! Not for me, but for my best friend Christi. She’s expecting her first baby this spring, so when given the task of hosting a baby shower, I couldn’t say no. For this party I decided to throw a vintage-inspired baby shower.

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