Thursday, May 22, 2014

Simple and Sweet Treat Bags

At the Mother's Day brunch we had recently, I made simple goody bags for guests using just tissue paper and cellophane bags. These are the easiest goody bags to make, and are easily customized for any party theme!

All you need is some tissue paper that matches your color or pattern party theme, clear cellophane bags, and string or twist ties.

Fold the goody bag items in the middle of the tissue paper leaving the top part open. It is easiest to follow the folds already creased into the tissue paper.

Next place the folded tissue paper with treats into the cellophane bag (open end up). Close the top of the goody bag with a twist tie, string, or yarn. Finish with a nice bow and you are all set!

Whether it's for a kid's birthday party, a Holiday, or special occasion, these simple bags are perfect for guests. These goody bags can be filled with candy and stickers for kids, or stocked with fun items for adults, like the shaving lotion and shampoo that I included here.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Spring weather

I always enjoy the Spring weather around this time of year, but I am especially enjoying it right now after the incredibly long and cold winter we have had. Spring is the best time to enjoy the flowers and greenery in the neighborhood. 

I'm also glad that my Mom has gotten so much use out of the butterfly garden stake that I made for her last year during an event hosted by D.I.Y. Louisville. The colors of the beads match the flowers perfectly!

Summer will be here soon, so we have to enjoy Spring while it lasts! What is your favorite Spring activity?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Celebrating Mom

Last Sunday my sister-in-law and I hosted a brunch to celebrate Mom... well, four Moms to be exact. I focused on decorating with lots of flowers while my sister-in-law made some very tasty breakfast treats. There was hashbrown casserole, fruit salad, coffee cake, and an egg bake.

As a fun bonus, I made up treat bags for all the guests. The guys got pouches with chocolate kisses, while the ladies got goody bags with some nice lotion inside. The goody bags had tags with the guests' names on them, so they doubled as seating cards.

I also recycled some cardboard from one of our moving boxes to make this easy Mother's Day sign. After cutting out a ribbon shape from the cardboard, I decorated the sign with some white paint and fake daisy flowers.

My mom is my best friend, so it was great to take the day to celebrate her! Overall it was a relaxed brunch for our family, which is the perfect kind of get-together. There was the added bonus that the moms in the bunch didn't lift a finger! I hope they enjoyed the off time for once.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Last Minute Gift for Mother's Day

This weekend we celebrate the special ladies in our lives: our Moms! If you are looking for a last-minute gift for Mother's Day, look no further. I have just the thing to make your mom smile, a tote bag filled with fun things just for her!

I found this adorable straw tote bag this week at Target for only $3 (near the Dollar Spot). It will make the perfect package for my mom, an avid reader. I have included some nail polish, sunglasses ($1 at Target!), hand lotion, and a good book.

For the Reader you could also include magazines or bookmarks. Bonus points if the bookmark features a picture of you and your mom together!

Maybe your mother isn't into reading. That's okay! You could easily swap the items in the tote bag to personalize this gift for your mom. See more ideas below.

the Sun Goddess
Beach towel
Flip flops
Lip balm

the Writer
Coffee Mug

the Artist
Sketch pad
Colored pencils
Pencil sharpener
Head Band

the Fashionista
Bold necklace
Lip gloss
Nail polish
Fashion magazine

the Chef
Grocery list notepad
Hair barrettes/Hair bands

the Athlete
Nice Water Bottle
Step counter
Hand towel
MP3 player

The possibilities are endless! Mix and match items to make the perfect bag for your mother, partner, aunt, grandma, or any of the other special ladies in your life. She will love it. Happy Mother's Day!