DIY: Centrepieces and Table Numbers

I recently used a few different centrepieces and wanted to share one idea that I loved involving photo frames. Getting creative for events doesn't have to cost you a fortune.

You can make one of these frames to use for the following: escort cards, table seating cards, or wedding table numbers by adding fewer pieces to design one entire centrepiece. I decided to make several of these for name cards for the table settings, where guests could take their card with the appropriate number directing them to the table.

This worked well because it was a small intimate event (under fifty attendees). I am in the process of making a different version with larger frames but I was quite pleased with this result due to the occasion. Essentially, if you have plenty of moss, (which I did from my topiaries last season) then this is right up your street.

For larger events, you can use a larger (square) frame and create this in rows or singular columns. For an upcoming event, I used a rectangular frame with gold tacks, which worked well. Sometimes, adding a special handmade touch to an event can make all the difference. Take a gander below at my results.

Moss Framed Board
1 Baroque-style frame in gold
Moss sheet or 1 bag of moss
Moss rocks (optional)
Blank guest cards or name cards
Key charms (1 per guest card)
Gold jewellery wire or Baker's twine, cut the width of the frame.
String or miniature clothespins
Glue gun with glue sticks
Pen or thin marker
4-6 Paper flowers, dried flowers
1-2 faux succulents
PrepMeasure the inside of the frame, then cut cardboard to the measurements, or the insert that came with the frame itself as a guide to create a flat surface that will fit right inside the frame. Make certain that it is one piece without any gaps or holes in the centre.
  1. Attach the cardboard insert to the frame by placing hot glue around the inner part of the frame. Then, set the insert atop the frame. Press firmly. Set aside to cool. 
  2. Next, in small amounts add moss to the insert, forming a thick layer approximately 2 cm or so high. Let some of the moss protrude beyond the cardboard edges so that the moss slightly covers the inner edges of the frame (view images.) 
  3. Add jewellery wire horizontally along the frame in three spacious rows. *As a guide, just section the moss frame in thirds to make it easier. Attach each jewellery wire end into the moss by curving the ends and sticking them through the moss/cardboard. Use hot glue to set the ends of the wire in place. 
  4. Now, start to position your flowers, and succulent(s) to your desired area. Hot glue each piece to the moss surface. At this point, add other elements: branch pieces or moss rocks, if you prefer.
  5. Write on your guest cards: table numbers or the guest names, etc. Then, use a hole punch to create a hole for hanging. 
  6. Feed twine or string through the hole of each guest card and add a key charm on top of each guest card. Carefully tie each card with the key charms, to the jewellery wire on the moss frame. Now you have a centrepiece. Hang this on the wall or use this on the table for guests. 
Tip: This project is very affordable because moss is not that expensive if you go to décor market shops or wholesale suppliers. I typically buy in bulk for certain event supplies, especially if I know that I will use it for a future event.

What do you think of my guest framed centrepiece?

The goods: Shop the supplies for this DIY here. Some items in this post were provided by Oriental Trading. 
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Lemonade and Unicorns

A birthday party was on the agenda, but my friend's son already had his pirate theme ready and I wasn't going to go back on my word with helping out. Instead, I decided to do a little girl's party concept for this collaboration, and then turn it into an adult themed party because I was having an afternoon with the ladies, and my niece along with many others are quite fond of soft pastel colours. 

This time, I decided to do a playful theme blending a bright, bold, and cheerful attitude using the idea of lemons and a personal favourite, mythical creaturesunicorns!  

Pastel Adoration & DIY Elements: 
Nothing says fun like having a hands-on workshop or crafting session, and that's exactly what I didThe crafts and DIYs that I created involved the guests. It's important to keep your guests engaged, therefore having at least two ideas whether it be games or crafts are best. 
As you can see, I had quite an artist palette chock full of colours from pastels to deep violet and teal hues. I imagined a concept of pink lemonade with unicorns and just rolled with it on a simpler scale. I could have gone miles with decorating an elaborate setting for the unicorn theme entirely. 

However, I knew that I wanted to use these adorable unicorn rainbow cupcake sticks (see below) as an accent on the boxes with my pastel theme. I used washi tape to adorn these lovely pink boxes that I made, then I added a fun little quote that was suitable for the theme (thanks to my wonderland imagination).  
DIY Embellishments: I absolutely love washi tape, it comes in every pattern known to man, then when you think there isn't one it also comes in the colours that you need. 
Here are some décor ideas that I used with this pastel party:  

A: Unicorn boxes made with pastel tape.  
B: Vase/Centrepiece decorated with washi tape (I used a unicorn statue). 
C: Clear drinking bottles wrapped in washi tape decorated with DIY tassels (I used elastic string to tie the tassels on the bottles). 
D: Create a quote on your computer then add gold washi tape to decorate the edges.

DIY Statement Gifts: I made fashion jewellery with instructions included in the pink boxes, then I had each person make a designed bracelet (very child-friendly as well as the perfect accessory for women). 
If you have both children and adults attending your birthday party, one way to incorporate childlike embrace with a dash of practicality is by adding items such as candies, games, or swag bags that can be filled with customised goodies. 

To add the adult element, I loved the champagne plates and napkinsI used blush rock candies to accompany my hydrangea centrepiece, alongside the unicorn swag bags that I made. And, of course, what better addition of colour than homemade matcha (crisp) ice cream? 

What do you think of this playful party & pastel theme?  

The goods: Shop party supplies and colourful pieces here. Items in this post were provided by Oriental Trading. As always, all content and opinions are honestly expressed and my own.


Interior Edits

We are in the process of renovating a few rooms of the house, so I am basically staying in our annexe whenever I am not away for work. I've learnt that updating an older home is not without its battles, especially when you want modern fixtures and amenities of varying degrees.

With certain changes to any home or living space, there is usually a lot of frustration involving measurements and fabrications, to say the least. Not to mention, being unable to get specific pieces that you've had your eye on for months. Then tears fall down your face in disbelief, because the items that you've been coveting are out of stock! At that point, it's either a waiting game or it's time to seek inspiration elsewhere. Of course, I went for the latter.

I don't get too irritated anymore because it merely allows me to be inspired more than ever, especially for home DIYs! There's always bits of influence for reconstructions, crafts, style revamps and massive home research for new projects. With that said, here are a handful of some homeware elements—this is a glimpse of favourites that have caught my eye lately.

Some of my personal favourites are pendants and chandeliers. From elaborate to simple farmhouse styles, there's such an incredible opportunity for us to add modern touches to the home, yet meet in the middle with my beloved rustic-luxury aesthetic with unique finishes. In fact, I really adore the mounted bedside Hollister vanity lamps (seen above) and the idea of a marble area rug (seen below), which is surprising since I've been gravitating to less modern designs lately for the entry room and bedrooms.

This blush sofa is a heavenly beauty to adorn any room with a dash of colour and, the wooden framed floor mirrors (in gold, mahogany and ivory) is always a smart choice in bedrooms in my opinion. 

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What style of furnishings do you have in your home? Do you have a theme?

Shop farmhouse and cottage pieces: Cotswold Co. furniture here, including this light oak glazed sideboard. Shop other items from Birch Lane, West Elm, and One King's Lane. All opinions expressed are my own. This post contains some affiliate links.

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