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DIY Washi Tape Ideas


Running low on time before your party, but your tableware is craving an added touch of creativity? Try these DIY Washi tape ideas for a cute, quick way to add last minute party flare! We added Washi tape to the top of our cups, but you could also add tape to the middle or the base of each cup. Not only does this save you time (and $$$), but now you have created one-of-a-kind cups for your guests! What we used: [caption id="attachment_47835" align="aligncenter" width="475"]DIY-Washi-tape-cups Square White Plastic Coffee Mugs[/caption] For more fun with Washi tape, check out this DIY Washi tape place setting on Pinterest. You can outline your silverware setting in Washi tape, use it to create a "placemat", or you can even use the tape as place cards for your guests. Try different tape colors and patterns, and get as creative as you can! Complementary Smarty Products:
3-Ply-Magenta- Coctail-Napkin-w-Cane-Print Renaissance-White-Plastic-Salad-Plates 6.5inch-square-black-plastic-pastry-plates 5inch-square-white-mini-sample-plate
3 Ply Magenta Cocktail Napkin w Cane Print Renaissance White Plastic Salad Plates 6.5" Square Black Plastic Pastry Plates 5" Square White Mini Sample Plates
If you liked this project, follow our DIY board on Pinterest! Much party love, Smarties! Ashley Jr. Styling: Ashley Riley

Elegant Rustic Place Setting


Do you love the rustic look? It's definitely still going strong in 2013, but it's typically associated with a very quaint and casual style. If you've been wondering how to dress it up for a more formal appearance, you came to the right place! This elegant rustic place setting is right at home at a fall wedding, whether your event is being held at a vineyard or a barn. Smarty Tip: Add pumpkins for a fashionable fall look. Miniature pumpkins in orange can add a brilliant pop of color. To keep an understated tone, stick with white pumpkins. Notice the top plate - that's actually a CLEAR plastic plate with paper underneath!


[caption id="attachment_47816" align="aligncenter" width="475"]elegant-rustic-place-setting-burlap-table-cloth Classicware Black Plastic Dinner Plates[/caption] [caption id="attachment_47818" align="aligncenter" width="475"]rustic-place-setting-black-wood-burlap-tablescape 6" Classicware Clear Plastic Pastry Plates[/caption] Complementary Smarty Products:
classicware-black-plastic-dinner-plates baroque-flatware-value-pack-cutlery-set black-pintuck-table-runner 5-oz-plastic-champagne-flutes
Classicware Black Plastic Dinner Plates Baroque Flatware Value Pack Cutlery Set Black Pintuck Table Runner 5 oz Plastic Champagne Flutes
Looking for a delicious fall dish to pair with this look? Try our Balsamic Cranberry Pork Chops! Party on, Smarties! Ashley Styling: Ashley Riley

Baby Bird DIY Birth Announcement


Here's an adorable idea to announce the upcoming arrival of a new family member. Invite all of your family over for a dinner party and leave one of these adorable baby bird DIY birth announcements on each place setting. When your guests sit down, they'll be pleasantly surprised at what's inside!


What you need:
  • Clothes pin
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Scrapbook paper
Directions: The directions for this piece are pretty simple. Cut an oval (for your egg) out of the scrapbook paper of your choice, then cut across the middle in a zigzag pattern to give it that "just hatched" effect. Cut a small circle out of solid scrapbook paper to create the baby's head. I used a cute polka-dotted post it I had laying around to cut out the shape for the baby's hat and added a little tuft at the top for a ball. I also drew on little "sleepy" eyes and cut out a small oval to use as a pacifier. do-it-yourself- birth-announcement-tutorial On the top half of the egg, I wrote "Our Little One." and then I wrote the due date on the bottom half. I also wrote "Something is hatching..." along the side of the clothespin. Make sure you do this far enough over that the egg won't cover it when you attach it. do-it-yourself-baby-bird-birth-announcement Glue all of the pieces for the baby face together, separately from the egg. You'll attach the sleepy baby to the back bottom half of the clothes pin with tape or glue (whichever you like). The baby's face should be facing away from you (like in the photo above). Then you'll flip the clothespin over and attach the top half of your egg to the top half of your clothes pin, and the bottom halves go together as well. The front of the egg will be facing you. Now open your clothes pin and make sure you can see the sleeping baby.


Hope you enjoyed this Smarty original! And if you try it out for yourself, be sure to send us a picture of your "baby"! Looking for more ideas for birth announcements? We have an amazing Pinterest board full of them! Check out "Baby Bumps & Birth Announcements" and don't forget to share with your friends who are expecting!

Party on, Smarties!


Introducing a New Smarty Blogger!


Attention Smartyverse: new Smarty blogger on the block! I'm excited to introduce myself as the newest addition to the Smarty Had a Party bloggers. My name is Ashley and since that name already belongs to a fabulous Smarty blogger, I'll be coming to you as Ashley Jr. I'm thrilled to be assisting you with all your creative needs and event inspirations! Fun fact: I have planned my own birthday party every year since I was 2. If only I would have discovered Smarty Had a Party sooner! What I love most about events is planning down to the tiniest detail to create that perfect experience for your guests. I have a bit of a sweet tooth...okay that's a lie, I have a HUGE sweet tooth! If I was a dessert, I'd be Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcakes. Yum! I am always on the lookout for a new delicious recipe to try or a DIY project to dive into, so naturally I spend my free time crafting, cooking, entertaining, and being as creative as I possibly can. Other things you should know about this Smarty blogger: I am addicted to Hallmark movies, my favorite color is teal, and my newest hobby is bargain shopping! If there's anything you want to hear about, just let us know. We LOVE hearing from you and helping you out in any way we can! Remember, our most important event is YOURS! Much party love, Smarties! Ashley Jr.

DIY Vintage Escort Cards


There’s an infinite number of creative ways to give your escort cards a unique flare, but these DIY escort cards and stand has to be one of the most unique I’ve seen. If you’re into vintage, shabby-chic, or rustic decor this will be right in line with your taste.

I found an old wooden souvenir spoon display at Goodwill a while back. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, being that I don’t now, nor have I ever collected souvenir spoons but I thought it would look cute in my craft room. The whole idea of a useless spoon just doesn’t jive with my practical side. Souvenir shot glass? Now we’re talking. As my husband would say, “I WILL USE THIS!”

  • Vintage souvinir spoon display
  • Forks
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Good suitable handwriting

At any rate, I brought home this new thrift store curiosity and spray painted it a robin’s egg blue which was my color-obsession of the moment (I also spray painted candlesticks, a picnic basket, a bread box, and just about anything else I could get my hands on in said color).

[caption id="attachment_47497" align="aligncenter" width="475"]fork-escort-cards-diy Baroque Silver Plastic Dinner Forks... that's right folks. I said "plastic."[/caption]

Now... what to do, what to do with this thing?

I saw an escort card display on Pinterest (where else?) that used one with vintage forks to display where guests should be seated. Perfect! Now all I needed were some vintage-looking forks. Lucky for me I happen to work at a place that could provide me with just such a thing, only much cheaper and made of plastic.

All I did was cut out a cute table number for each row using scrapbook paper and then really thin strips for names to attach to the forks. Obviously this works better for a small party with only a few tables with a few (or many) chairs. If you need more, you’ll be running to Goodwills all over the countryside looking for more fork displays, but I’m betting there’s a bride out there who is up for the challenge, eh?

[caption id="attachment_47498" align="aligncenter" width="475"]vintage-fork-escort-card-souvinir-spoon-display Baroque Silver Plastic Dinner Forks[/caption] Looking for more fun with forks? Take a look at our DIY Fork Place Card Holders. Party on, Smarties! Ashley