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DIY :: Party Pinatas


Nothing says P-A-R-T-Y like a festive piñata! And piñatas are creeping back into the party scene in a chic new way…from gold statement piñatas for wedding decor to cute little mini piñatas perfect for personalized favors or place-settings at a fiesta! The best part about this craze is you can make these fancy little things yourself. I’ve rounded up the best DIY Tutorials (read: lots of great photos and detailed steps) so you can start crafting away, tutorial links after the photo.

DIY Piñatas // 3 Fabulous DIY Photo Tutorials // Le Partie Sugar

{DIY Resources} Mini Donkey Piñatas, photo credit Oh Happy Day, Tutorial Here // Gold Heart Pinata, Photo Credit Mary Costa Photography, Studio DIY Tutorial Here // Mini Circle Pinata, photo credit Ruffled Blog, Tutorial Here // Italic Letter F, photo credit Heather Zweig for Oh Happy Day, Tutorial Here

I was approached by Dawn from Not Just A Mommy to help design a few FREE printable pieces for a kid’s Christmas Cookie Party. She was inspired by my Gender Reveal party with the mustaches and lips and had the idea to use Santa’s mustaches for the boys and Mrs. Claus’ lips for the girls. Check out the full details on Design Dazzle including party photos and recipes, and don’t forget to download your free printables here which include food signs, water bottle wraps, favor tags and cupcake toppers. A great budget-friendly way to celebrate the holidays…perfect for kids and kids-at-heart!

{Credits} :: Photos and Party by Dawn of Not Just A Mommy, Free Printable Pieces designed by Cristina of Le Partie Sugar

I know that Tissue Poms have been around for a bit now, but I’ve had a few “just how easy are they?” questions come my way, so I decided to put together a little board with step-by-step photos. Tissue Poms are now sold in packages, via Martha Stewart, or individually in 20 different colors and 3 sizes, via Luna Bazaar – and I’m sure there are other places you can find them. What’s great about these options is they come with the wire you need and pre-cut ends for a perfect look! For under $25 you can add some pops of color to your next party. Step-by-step photos are below:

{DIY} :: Tissue Poms

{Steps} 1. & 2. Accordion fold the tissue paper. | 3. Fold wire around center of folded tissue paper, and create small hook by bending wire. Use this to hang your tissue pom from the ribbon. | 4. Lay tissue pom flat on table. | 5. Take top tissue layer from one side and lift tissue layers away from each other. | 6. Complete side before starting the next.

Check out my “Ready To Pop” Sprinkle where these lovely poms hung over the food table!

{Free Printables} :: Valentine's Day Mini Cards

Wow, I cannot believe it’s already February…last month was busy with parties, custom orders and DIY fun – and I can’t wait to share some stuff with you this month! But first things first, with Valentine’s Day now just under 2-weeks away, I wanted to show you some love with some Free Valentine’s Day Printables {click here to download}. Perfect for your kid’s classroom cards, sharing the love with the office, or giving treats to friends. Enjoy!

Click here to download these Valentine’s Day Printables, and other free printables here. And check out my Valentine’s Day Inspiration Board for entertaining ideas from last month, there is still time to order!

On Monday I shared with you the Christmas Partie Kit, and today I’m thrilled to share this New Year’s Eve kit – which happens to be featured on Daily Candy today (along with the Christmas Partie Kit and Hanukkah Partie Kit)! What a thrill to have such a great feature, and I really hope these kits can help with your party planning and truly let you be the hostess with the mostess! So without further ado, here is the NYE Partie Kit channeling a bit of a hollywood regency style in a classic black, white and gold color scheme. Say hello to 2012 in style with these invitations and a partie kit that contains plenty of signs and labels for all your festivities. Party styling tips and suggestions for hosting a NYE bash are below the pictures!

And here are some tips for hosting your New Year’s Eve Party this year using this partie kit:

  • Bubbly Bottle Swap – Have your guests each bring a bottle of their favorite bubbly to the party. Upon arriving, guests will sign their bottle and on the way out they’ll take someone else’s favorite for celebrating a milestone or event in 2012.
  • Countdown Station – Have a countdown station set up with lots of New Year’s Eve party accessories like noise makers, party poppers, sparklers and confetti for the 2012 countdown at midnight.
  • Food and Drink – Since this party will be going past midnight it’s a good idea to start this party around 8:00pm, after dinner time. Have plenty of hors d’oeuvres and beverages around for guests to mingle, nibble and sip their way to midnight!
  • Favors – Send your guests off with breakfast for the morning. I suggest packing oatmeal to-go in these cute muslin bags. Fill your bags first with sliced almonds, cranberries and golden raisin, then the oatmeal (this way when your guest pours it out the next morning the oatmeal will be on the bottom).
Enjoy the rest of 2011 and get ready to welcome in the best year  yet, cheers!