DIY HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN ICE BUCKET

I LOVE HALLOWEEN!!!

Sorry I screamed that! I just get so excited for this time of year! Every year in we have a chili cook-off with our neighbors and we bring all our patio furniture out to our driveway and pass out candy from there all night! SO, we set a super fun table (remember we've got a full house of furniture now in my driveway, it's so southern of me!) This year I thought I'd kick our table scape up a notch with a fun ice bucket for our wine!

WHAT YOU NEED

CRAFTING TREAT PUMPKINS

VINYL HALLOWEEN  WORD STICKERS

The Vinyl word stickers come with 4 different phrases inside such as SQUAD GHOULS, YOU'RE WICKED AWESOME AND I'M HERE FOR THE BOO'S

Chooses which decal works for you and which crafting pumpkin is your color and simply peel and stick the decal right onto the pumpkin! So EASY and super CUUTE!

 

 

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4th of July Fruit Wands and Celebration Popcorn

I LOVE 4TH of July! I feel like summer has truly started when we get to celebrate with BBQ's and fireworks!  I also love all the fun food that goes with it, that doesn't take all day to make! Here are recipes for two of my favorites that scream 4th of July!! My Stars and Stripes Fruit wands and my Celebration Popcorn.

 Here are my favorite patriotic summer treats that are so EASY to make!

Here are my favorite patriotic summer treats that are so EASY to make!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED!

1 Bag of Mini White Marshmallows

1 Large container of Blueberries

1 Large Watermelon

1 package of wooden skewers

1 Medium Star Shaped Cookie Cutter

 

 

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Take your wood skewers and start alternating piercing the blueberries and marshmallows onto the skewer all the way up leaving about an inch and a 1/2 of space for you to finish the wand with your watermelon star.

Then slice your watermelon into triangles and use your star cookie cutter, and press down firmly to get your watermelon star. Then gently press into the top of the Blueberry and Marshmallow sticks and Enjoy!

 

 

 Celebration Popcorn is a fun dessert that is a quick as it is yummy!

Celebration Popcorn is a fun dessert that is a quick as it is yummy!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1 bag of white popcorn kernels or 2 bags of microwave popcorn

1 package of white chocolate Candy Melts

1 container of Red, White and Blue Sprinkles

1 package of Treat Cups

  • Pop your popcorn and set aside.
  • Then take the package of Candy Melts and following the microwave melting instructions. (I like to melt mine in a glass bowl, I find it easier to pour out after it's melted.)
  • Take the Popcorn and put it in a container that has a lid so that you will be able to shake it with the white chocolate.
  • Once the white chocolate is melted I drizzle it into the popcorn that is in the container. Please do it sparingly it goes a LONG way! I pour about 1/2 in and then put the lid back on and shake up the popcorn and the white chocolate so it gets an even coating.
  • Then I hand form treat balls to put into the mini treat cups 
  • finish with sprinkles
  • I like to serve it room temperature. you can also refrigerate and serve later.

Kentucky Derby Run for the Roses Wreath

The first Saturday in May, is a VERY big deal in the great state of Kentucky, for the last 143 years it has been known to us as Derby Day. Kentuckians love a good party, and throwing a derby party is right up there with the perfect wedding! We have to have lots of food,  lots of drinks, and LOTS of Roses!!! 

Kentucky Nerd Moment:

Garland of Roses  or as we call it.... The Run for the Roses

Each year, a garland of more than 400 red roses is sewn into a green satin backing with the seal of the Commonwealth on one end and the Twin Spires and number of the race's current renewal on the other. Each garland is also adorned with a "crown" of roses, green fern and ribbon. The "crown," a single rose pointing upward in the center of the garland, symbolizes the struggle and heart necessary to reach the Derby Winner's Circle.

 

So clearly I celebrate Derby Day every year, no matter where in the world my travels take me! When I'm home in Los Angeles I always through a proper Derby Party (PS. I love the Derby so much I had my bridal shower on Derby Day) This year I wanted to take my decor up a notch, but make it something I could keep (fresh roses get expensive quick!) So I was inspired my the garland of Roses that the winner gets draped with and I am tickled to show you how easy it is to make my DIY Run for The Roses Wreath!

You will need:

  • 15" or bigger (depending on your  door width) U form
  • 4" Red satin ribbon
  • 3" Gold ribbon
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • 3 dozen plastic red roses
  • Scissors
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Start by wrapping  the red ribbon around the U form, start at the top and working your way down I do it in 2 sections. I hot glue gun the end to the fabric 1/2 way and then start wrapping again until you've reached the top on the other side.

 Pop or cut the flowers off the plastic stems (they should pop right off) and hot glue them onto the ribbon wrapped U form starting at the top and building out as you go down and make it thicker thick 2 to 3 roses building it all the way around the U form.

Keep hot gluing the roses in clumps of 2 and 3 and glue in some of the leftover stem greenery as well to fill in your wreath. 

Now measure out your hanging ribbon ( I chose gold you can do a silver or a red ribbon, whatever you love!) to the desired length. IF you have a wreath hanger I suggest making it much shorter, so that it hangs properly in the desired location on your door. Also allow for 3 to 4 inches of extra ribbon on either side, so it can be used to glue down on the U form.

Place the hot glue on the U form then gently press the hanging ribbon in the glue then press it and let it set and dry before you hang it. ( I let this one set for 3 hours before I hung it... I really wanted to make sure it held and it's great!)

Finally, I stand there and admire my work, I always  do that, because I'm tickled to death that what  was in my brain actually came to life!!  I'm hanging my on my front door, but this could be great anywhere as decor for a Derby Party! Enjoy and Happy Derby Day y'all!!