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27 Apr


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Creative Gift Wrapping

29 Mar

While at ‘lil G’s birthday party this weekend I noticed the gift table where I saw this adorable wrapping by my friend Sadie. She used her son Asher’s artwork to wrap the gift. Genius! I manage to keep most of the special art assignments my kids bring home from school, literally there are hundreds in a container in my house. I have a hard time throwing away their masterpiece. But to use them for gift wrapping…..I LOVE the idea and thought I would share with you. So next time you think about throwing away the 10th finger painting of the week, roll it up and save it for wrapping.



Tissue Pom Gift Topper

25 Mar

It’s no secret that we love tissue paper poms/flowers over here at Modern Hostess (as seen here, here, here, here, here, and here).  What we haven’t done yet is top a gift with one!  A simple kraft paper wrapping and happy tissue paper flower is sure to bring a smile to the gift recipient.  The full tutorial to make these tissue paper flower gift toppers can be found over at Prudent Baby.

DIY ~ Piñata

15 Mar

I’ve been in a piñata kick these past couple months.

My first piñata was the Death Star for TJ’s Star Wars party;

Then the most time-consuming was Amelia’s rose piñata for her 1st Birthday;

I’m working on ideas for Brayden’s Ninja piñata but thought I would share my step by step tutorial on how to make your own….


1 large 17″ round balloon. (check your local party supply store for the large round balloons)




Mix 1 part flour to 2 parts water until you have a thin glue like consistency. Cut 2″ newspaper strips and dip into the flour mixture while scraping off the excess glue. Apply to the balloon and let dry completely. Repeat this for 3-4 layers. When the piñata is fully dry pop the balloon and cut a hole large enough to stuff with treats. Have fun and decorate!

FYI: I would start making the piñata at least 5 days before your party. It takes several hours for each layer to fully dry.



Ice Cream You Scream!

9 Mar

Here is a great party tip for serving ice cream at your next party from Real Simple.  You can scoop ice cream before the party, place scooped ice cream into lined cupcake tins and place in freezer until you are ready to serve.  When ready the scooped ice cream can be dropped next to cake without the mess that serving ice cream often creates.  Why didn’t I think of that?

To see more tips on serving cake and ice cream head over to Real Simple and read about Serving Cake and Ice Cream Like a Pro. Photo from Real Simple

Smiles, Arianna

St. Patty’s Day ~ Freebies

28 Feb

My kids look forward to St. Patty’s day every year. They especially love that the leprechaun skips quietly through our house leaving a trail of coins to the treasure pot. Then we dress in green in hopes to not be pinched!

I found some adorable Freebies in honor of St. Patty’s day for you to enjoy.

Free Printable Pillow Box & Tags @ ~Hello, Good Gravy!~

Free Printable Cupcake Topper & Tag @ ~How Does She?~

LOVE this tutorial by, The Crafting Chicks. Such a cute gift idea for St. Patty’s day. The free Printable tag is available on the blog and has several different wording versions. Such as: I’m lucky to have you as my teacher, friend, etc. ~the crafting chicks~



DIY ~ Valentine Cards

9 Feb

My boys and I are in the middle of making valentines for their classmates. I found some great free printable valentines online. Just download the PDF to your computer and print on heavy cardstock paper, cut/create and disburse to your sweet valentines. 🙂

Butterfly and Lollipop Lily are found on the Skip to my Lou blog.

I love this card with the handmade crayon mold by, the long thread.

This is the invitation I’m making for Brayden’s preschool class. Lot’s of cutting, gluing, and filing with candy. I found this free printable from the Skip to my Lou blog.

Here’s what I’m planning on making for TJ’s classmates. I’m going to use red paper instead of pink. Check out family fun for the step-by-step tutorial and free download.