Quick and Bright Home Decor DIY

diy-neon-pink-and-navy-blue-vaseI am desperate to get my home decorated.  Right now it is just the basic furniture.  But it needs color, personality and personal touches.  Oh.  And a light.  My living room really needs a light.  Reading my US Weekly by the glow of the TV is not the best way to read the news.  My husband and I are going to have to agree on a light so I keep putting that decision off.  I really want to stay married.  But I have started adding bits and bobs here and there to add color.  But I like to personalize things.  So I added hot pink to this traditional blue and white floral vase.  Not rocket science.  I certainly didn’t invent color dipping, but I do love the effect.


blue-and-white-traditional-floral-vaseI am a little bit obsessed with Hobby Lobby.  Partially because I don’t have one that close to me so every time I go I find something totally new to me.  And partially because they always are having ridiculous sales on a ton of different items.  On the last trip I saw this vase (on sale, what what!) and knew I had to have it.  And knew it needed to have pink.  And because I know my DIY skill level, if I screwed up the paint, I wouldn’t feel bad about tossing it.  Or breaking it and making it in to some sort of mosaic something or other.

tape-off-top-of-vase-for-paintingSo I taped off the bottom, covered the top and painted it.  I did two coats of a white primer to make sure the floral pattern wouldn’t show through.  Then hit it with my fave neon pink.  Of course I let each coat dry before I painted the next one.  Thank goodness it was a really warm day because I am very impatient and really wanted it to be done in one day.  Quick tip about the tape:  Use a credit card to smooth down the edge against the vase to ensure a crisp line.  I’ve always skipped this part in the past, you know, on account of my laziness but it really does make a difference!

neon-and-navy-diy-home-decor-vaseAnd I totally love how it came out.  I’m not sure where it will go just yet.  I am in need of a new side table, a new media console, a new buffet or styled bench seat and a decorated mantle…Or maybe it will go in my bedroom.  Or maybe I’ll make 15 more of them and they will be all over my house and it will look like a crazy person lives there.

easy-diy-home-decor-idea-bright-pinkDo you love the navy and neon as much as I do?!  Dang it, this little vase makes me so happy.  So do my neighbor’s bouganvilla.  You know you have the right neighbor when you go running to her house in your jammies and say quick I need flowers for this silly little vase I just made and need to take pictures of and she drops what she is doing to cut off all her flowers for you.  Thanks, Lori!


Smash Cake Tutorial with Meringue Bake Shop

smash cake image from meringue bake shop shootSince Kristin shared her candy popcorn recipe with me yesterday I helped her shoot a Valentine’s Day version of her smash cakes.  We started making these for some of my parties a few years ago and they are the BEST!  Kid’s and parents love them!  They are super messy but the kids are so in to grabbing the candy and the cake that it is totally worth it.  Go check out her tutorial here!

And see more examples of them from my parties here:  Book Themed 2nd birthday, Ziggy Stardust inspired Space party, Lego Dance Party, Cake – Confetti-Balloons Party

Pink, Gold and Delicious Goat Cheese Appetizer

I have had the recipe for this pink and gold goat cheese appetizer set aside for over a year just waiting for the perfect occasion.  Lauren’s bridal shower was it.  I don’t generally match my food to my color scheme but this was just too perfect.  I would not suggest this for a manly tailgate or father’s day.  Maybe it is just my family but I can almost hear the comments of the male family members now…

This recipe has freaking rose petals in it.  I mean, it doesn’t get classier than that.  And gold flakes.  Plan ahead to make this recipe as these are not ingredients that you would find in your corner grocery store.  And it cost about $30 to make…  I certainly wouldn’t pay that for an everyday appetizer but I do have the spices leftover and can probably make it 2 more times.   We are super lucky to have a Savory Spice Shop not too far from us which meant that I could buy everything in store and not have to pay for shipping.  But I found most of the items available online as well for those of you who don’t have a really great spice shop locally.  And a big thanks to Kristin for the gold flakes (she actually made this for me also since I was a decorating machine at that point)!  You can find the goat cheese at Trader Joe’s and Costco also carries a two pack for a really reasonable cost.  Because when you are making something with gold flakes in it, the price of the goat cheese is of great concern (shaking my head at myself as I write that).


Here is the recipe for Laura Santtini’s Carnal Sin Rub (BTW she is my kind of gal.  She is cutting edge, fun and has a great sense of humor and style.)

Serves 8 (but if you serve it with other things it can feed a lot more)

2 TBSP dried rose petals, plus extra for garnish (I used edible flowers instead)

1 TBSP pink peppercorns

2 tsp sumac (sort of has a smoky, lemony flavor)

2 tsp salt flakes (I used Maldon)

4 small (4 oz) goat cheese logs (or 1 bigger as seen above)

Small pinch of gold flakes (I think I would have used these had I not had access to the gold flakes)

4 tsp extra virgin olive oil

Mill spices (reserve gold) in a coffee grinder to a powder.  Spread on a plate and roll cheese until coated.  Sprinkle with gold; drizzle logs with olive oil.  Serve with lightly toasted crostini.

Do this!

All photos by Dez and Tam


Press Play and Party {St. Vincent . Cruel}

I am a music lover.  Certain songs prompt me to plan a party based on the mood the music gives me.  This party inspiration board is based on St. Vincent’s song ‘Cruel’.

02 Cruel  {Click the link to the left to hear song}

When I hear the song, I think of Disney princesses.  But in a grown up sort of way.  Why should little girls get all the fun? Wouldn’t it be cool to throw your friends a princess party? 
This party would be a mix of fancy and totally casual.  Of course the color pink would be the driving force throughout the party but other colors would be more than welcome.  Especially royal blue.  Oh NO you didn’t!

images: {clockwise starting from the top}

girls at dessert table . Graffiti Champagne . cupcakes and teapots . pink ropes . cotton candy . pink heart forks . balloons and champagne . head pieces . cake sparklers


How decadent do these perfume bottles look when styled as cake?  My friends would not hate going home with one of these as a party favor.

image:  perfume Of course there would be nods to the Disney classics throughout the decor.  Apples are a must {Snow White}.  And yes, I glittered an apple because I wasn’t happy with any of the images I could find online.  Crazy, party of one, your table is ready.

image:  Cupcakes and Cutlery

A glittery, mirrored garland would look perfect over a food table and some colorful wall art that a reminiscent of a spinning wheel would help bring the color {Sleeping Beauty}.


mirrored garland . hoop rug

But I am all about comfort.  So the dress code would be a mix of fabulous and chic with absolute comfort.  Absolutely no heels allowed!  Just about anything by Wildfox Couture or Haute Hippie would work.  And of course, Ban.do can dress your head like nobody’s business.

outfit 1:  crown . dress

outfit 2:  stiped pants . bow headband . lace sweatshirt

outfit 3: pink and gold tiara . sequin blazer and leggings

outfit 4:  sweats and fur . black and gold headband

I am hoping to make this a recurring post category.  What songs make you want to party?

Best of: Neon and Neutral {So Glad You Were Born} Party

My favorite party from 2011 would have to be this neon and neutral party I threw for my really good friend, Erika.  The decor was SO fun and I had an awesome time putting a ton of personal touches in to the party.  See the full party post here.  I was also pretty dang excited that it was my first time featured on Hostess with the Mostess!



Best of: New Year’s Eve Party

Since New Year’s Eve is less than a week away I thought I would start out with last year’s New Year’s Eve shoot that I did with Lauren.  Shot by Ed of Up Imagery, the party was full of pink, girly, glittery fun where the party decor was created using almost exclusively the pages of a Real Simple Magazine.

There were several posts for this party!  Here (just the sneak peek but a really cool photo), Here, Here, and Here.