St. Patrick’s Day Craft

Easy St. Patrick's Day Yarn Bracelet DIYThere is not a lot of green in my wardrobe. So every year I roll my eyes at St. Patrick’s Day. I’m a grown up, so people should not pinch me. But I like to try to at least play along for my kid’s sake. I followed an old tutorial of mine and made a super easy St. Patrick’s Day craft. This green yarn bracelet means that I now comply with “the rules.” It didn’t take any time at all and I already had the yarn lying around so it was super inexpensive. It really is the perfect way to get green in your outfit without putting out a lot of energy. Save that energy for adding green food coloring to random foods and drinks. This would also make a great craft to do with friends at an afternoon playdate!

See Yarn Bracelet tutorial here.

 

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DIY Drink Markers on Melissa Creates and Links!

Easy Drink Marker DIYYou guys! One of my most very favorite people, Melissa, just had her first baby! How exciting is that?! I couldn’t be happier for her and her husband. They are going to make the best parents. Since she is on maternity leave, I’m helping her out with a contributing post. I’m sharing a tutorial for these super simple fabric drink markers.

Head over to Melissa Creates to see just how easy, but cute, this DIY is!

If you have a minute, pop over to Babyshower.com to see my latest contributor post for a cute fabric letter sign.

And if you need more cocktail inspiration for the weekend, here are some of my favorite links.

How to make homemade bitters.

Make these gorgeous flower ice cubes for your next party.

You should totally infuse your own vodka with yummy flavors.

Hello summer! (wait, it’s not summer!) But it can taste like it is with this Aguas de Frutas cocktail bar.

How stinking GORGEOUS are these floral drink stirrers?!

And if you are looking for more recipes, follow my cocktails and beverages board on Pinterest!

 

Simple Unique Entertaining Tips

Unique entertaining tips I think entertaining friends is a great way to share yourself with them. Through your home decor choices to what you serve, when you invite people in, you are letting them get to know you more intimately. Here are some simple, unique entertaining tips to let your personal style shine through while having a great time with friends.

Use modpodge and fabric to dress up a store-bought succulent container. I love succulents as much as the next person. But I have a black thumb plus I don’t like to be dirty. I don’t know how to replant plants in to decorative pots and every time I decide I’m going to do it, I buy a huge bag of dirt (why don’t the home improvement stores sells a half bag???) that just sits there for a year before I throw it out. What I’ve started doing instead is just adding a little pizzaz to the pots the plants are sold in. I make sure to leave the bottom free so the water can still drain out. Here, just a little bit of Mod Podge and some bright fabric make these pots a little more fun. I have these all around my house and it not only makes the house feel more lived in (plants really are miracle workers) but I can show a bit of my design style in the colors and fabric patterns that I choose.

Upcycle a tray from the top of a box of candy. Just use a little modpodge and cool wrapping paper. I don’t know about you but I am NOT made of money. I love to shop but shouldn’t. So I try to look at things that are around the house and figure out how I can use them in a new way. This “tray” was actually part of a plastic box that held candies at Christmas. I used a little Mod Podge and some cool wrapping paper to make it a custom tray. And I love leopard so this was another great way to show a little of myself. It’s not heirloom quality by any means, but it totally passes as a tray and when I think it has done its job, I can throw it out and not feel like I’ve wasted money.

Unique candy for more creative entertaining.I love candy. My husband and I don’t take ourselves to seriously so I love to have candy to put out when friends drop by. Candy makes people happy. And even when someone is on a diet, they will still reach for one piece of candy. Pretty much any candy will work but I like to use the opportunity to pull out some unique candy that you can’t find everywhere. These cinnamon milk dreams are pretty and delicious and were picked up on my recent trip to Portland. Not only am I sharing something new with my friends, but I’m sharing a little bit about myself and my love of traveling and finding new things.

Serve a delicious sparkling wine  even if your get together isn't fancy.And even at the most casual of gatherings, you should serve sparkling wine. Don’t save it for a fancy occasion. Serve it on a Tuesday afternoon. Because most people don’t. You don’t have to spend a ton on a great bottle. Find one that you like and share it with your pals. A lot of people like to play it safe and serve what they think most people like or what they know they like. But I like to take that risk of serving something new. Sure, there have been flops. Which has made for some pretty fun memories.

Use a drop of essential oils in your sparkling wine! This wild orange is like a refreshing mimosa.I’ve recently become obsessed with essential oils and have been wanting to try them out in all different ways. YOU GUYS! The wild orange oil in sparkling wine???? AMAZING! The lavender was thumbs up emoji too. Do things different. (Just be careful ingesting the oils and always follow directions on the bottle! And only ingest pure oils like those from DoTerra). The oils paired perfectly with this sparkling wine from Kim Crawford.

Use a drop of essential oils in your sparkling wine! This wild orange is like a refreshing mimosa.Kim Crawford is one of my favorite wine brands. If I could only drink their Sauvignon Blanc for the rest of my life, I’d be a happy lady. But this sparkling wine is definately a new favorite. It’s crisp and dry with a vibrant fizz. If you see it in the store, pick up a bottle and try it for yourself! Their motto is “Undo Ordinary” which I adore and is how I try to do things in my own life. Ordinary is fine. It’s just so much more fun to color outside the lines once in a while. For me, it’s next to impossible to not be creative. Sometimes I think my personal motto should be, “Can’t leave well enough alone.” But that makes me, me. And my guests know this. And embrace it. (I think.) How do you entertain differently and let your personal style come through?

*Kim Crawford sent me a bottle of their Fizz Methode Traditionnelle to try.

DIY Leather Stir Stick

Leather and wire drink stirrers.I’m on the fence about a cute drink stirrer. In some cases they are totally useless. Does your drink really need a quick stir? Not usually. But they do look cute. And this DIY leather stir stick was super simple. So today, I’m in to them.  All images by Tammy Mendoza.

Easy leather and wire drink stirrers. Things you need: Wooden Skewers, super strong scissors, leather scraps, wire and a glue gun (not pictured because why would you take a glue gun to the desert?)

Things you don’t need: Herpes, Ugg boots in California (yes I have them but I feel just terrible about it), Tory Burch flip-flops (let’s be honest. they are super overpriced. you know those shoes are really the same as Havianas that they’ve slapped that big gold medallion on.)

DIY leather drink stirrers.Cut your leather pieces. I made mine sort of geometric and non-matching. Oh hey, witchy old lady hands. Look at the size of those knuckles! Ok, I’m done now.

DIY leather drink stirrers.I gave each piece of leather a dab of hot glue to adhere it to the skewer. And then simply wrapped wire around it in a haphazard way.

Champagne Punch and DIY leather drink stirrers.Boom. Now your drink stirrers are too cool for school. And if you left this champagne punch sitting, it would actually separate which would mean that you could use your stir stick for its intended use. But what are you doing leaving this delicious punch sitting around undrunk? I think I need to see other people.

All images shot for Cupcakes and Cutlery by Tammy Mendoza.

 

Decoupage Holiday Treat Plates

holiday-decoupage-plateChristmas is the time for treats, am I right? And treats are made for sharing. These easy decoupage plates are the perfect thing to gift your holiday desserts on. I love Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge and when I saw that they have a dishwasher safe version I almost cried. How cool is that?!

decoupage-plate-for-holiday-partiesThese glass plates cost .99 cents at Ikea. Just grab some of your favorite fabric and some dishwasher safe Mod Podge.

cut-fabric-for-decoupage-plateCut the fabric to fit the size of the plate. Leave a little overhang to make sure if covers the whole way.

holiday-entertaining-craftFollow the directions on the Mod Podge bottle. Paint on the Mod Podge on to the plate. Then lay out the fabric on top. Smooth it out to make sure there aren’t any wrinkles. Paint on the Mod Podge on to the back of the fabric. Then let dry for an hour. Add more coats (up to 4) leaving each to dry an hour in between.

trim-fabric-from-holiday-craftOnce fully dry, trim the fabric as close to the edge of the plate as possible. Let cure for 24 days or whatever the bottle says. It seems like a really long time but if you want to really put these in the dishwasher then you will want to do it. If you are just doing these for one party then I’d just make sure that they are dried completely.

diy-decoupage-plate-for-holiday-entertainingI fell in love with this holiday fabric. I know it doesn’t look very traditionally holiday, but I think it is perfect.

decoupage-plate-gift-ideaWrap the plate and treats up with a little cellophane and tie with a cute bow and you’ve got the perfect neighbor gift. This is a perfect thing to make for kid’s birthday parties when you are trying have everything be cohesive and part of a theme. It also works with patterned papers, lace doilies, whatevs.