Hand Painted Party Bags

Who doesn’t like to go to a party, and leave with some yummy treats to take home? Heck, even if your on the Whole30 these can be customized to fit your party planning little heart! These hand painted party bags are freaking adorable, and so easy to make!

 

Hand Painted Party Bags

The Goods

White watercolor paper

Paint

Paint brush

Washi tape

1. Cut a 2×2 piece of paper from your roll

2. Paint desired pattern on paper, and let dry. I wanted to do Valentines Day bags so I painted X’s and O’s, and other fun patterns that appealed to a more modern vday.

3. After paint is dried, fold paper in half.

4. Then, take one side at a time and fold to the middle.

5. Next, fold about 1inch up from the bottom.

6. Now open the folded part of the bottom flap, and press down on either side to make a triangle of sorts

7. Next, fold the top flap to the middle, and repeat with the bottom flap.

8. Adhere with tape.

9. Tape any remaining folds, fill with candy, flowers, or other treats

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Photography: To Wander and Seek

Have fun making these!

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DIY Wall Sconces

Here at The Shift Creative we have thee most perfect wall decor to spruce up any wall, and for any party! These sconces are a simple modern take on the ceramic ones that might make our wallets sad. They are made of paper, painted, adorned with poms, and filled with fresh flowers- what’s not to love! We’ve all done it- procrastination. We have an event or birthday party, we underestimate time, and it creeps up on us just like the holidays! Well this DIY has me saying “no time, no problem!”

DIY Wall Sconces

The Goods

White Watercolor Paper

Pom trim

Florals

Hot Glue

Paint (optional)

3M tape
1. Cut your white paper at 2×2. (If you want to paint a pattern on your paper, begin so now).

2. Begin by taking one corner of the paper, and tightly rolling to the other side. When rolling, make sure the bottom stays tight, but the top has a wide opening for a bouquet of flowers.

3. When cone shape is formed, take your hot glue gun adhere the sconce closed.

4. Then, take your pom trim and glue it to the middle of the sconce.

5. Take a piece of 3M tape and adhere it to your wall.

6. Make a dainty bouquet, and fill the sconce.

7. Act like you planned on making these in advance when people ask you about them!

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xo

Alexis

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Fresh Floral Mandala Backdrop

The Shift Creative teamed up with Lavenders Flowers to bring you a modern take on the well known floral mandala. Typically, these intricate floral art pieces are sketched, painted, or even used as a floor piece, BUT we thought how rad would it be if we could implement these concepts as a backdrop for a party or event?! So, we did just that! Introducing a vibrant color scheme perfect for Valentines Day, we begun working our way from the center outwards. Set upon a clean white wall, the nature of the outdoors was really exemplified in our creation of the Floral Mandala Backdrop |Photos by the wonderful To Wander and Seek|

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The Goods

Florals

3m tape//glue dots

backdrop//white paper

1. Gather your array of fresh florals. While gathering, keep in mind you want to use all parts of the flower: petals, leaves, and the flower head. The more components you acquire, the more intricate it will appear.

2. While I used a white wall I will caution that the glue dots are a bit messy to clean up, and some of the natural dye from the florals might leak onto your wall. That said, a large piece of white paper/plastic, wood backdrop, white pegboard, etc will be efficient!

3. Find the center of your backdrop and start with a focal point. There is no wrong way of doing this despite the desire for symmetry! Add a piece of 3m tape for the larger flowers, and a glue dots for leaves and smaller flower heads.

4. We started branching out with 4 larger garden roses, making a cross. Use the center flower as a reference.

5. Next, we then proceeded to make an X with different florals/leaves seemingly through the center rose.

6. We wanted ours to be more complex, so after we had our base formed we started filling out the sides of the “cross” as in step 4. Again, use your own creativity!

Seriously, this is so pretty and we loved how the fresh florals looked in such a minimalistic setting! You can even do multiple mandalas in different sizes!

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Photography: To Wander and Seek |Event Design: The Shift Creative | Florals: Lavenders Flowers  

Hope you love this take on the Mandala! Tag me in your creations on Instagram @theshiftcreative

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Painted Modern Placemats

Featured on Style Me Pretty Living, these placemats are a must for your next shindig! I don’t know about you, but I always have thee hardest time finding the right placemats for my parties and events. They aren’t the right shade, they aren’t the right pattern- they just aren’t right! So I decided to come up with my own. The good thing is that these are super cheap to make, and you can make them any way you want! Your search is over! Clean lines, funky patterns, and black and white are on trend right now- even for Valentines Day (which tends to be more on the cheesy side than the classy side). Continue reading for materials and directions to make these Painted Modern Placemats!

Painted Modern Placemats

The Goods

Watercolor paper role

Paint

Paintbrush

1. Cut your paper 2×2

2. Paint desired pattern using your acrylic paint. I wanted a more modern clean look, so I opted for black paint. There is no right way to do this. I used squiggles, arrows, blots, dashes, and X and O’s.

3. Let dry, and voila you have a easy placemat that is customizable to your event!

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As you can see, my handwriting skills are not my strong point, but I sure did have fun with all the dashes, and lines! Imperfection is pretty.

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Confetti Silverware

Confetti + Good grub= one heck of party. Make these Confetti Silverware for your next event, and throw some confetti up in the air while doing it! (completely mandatory)

 

 

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The Goods

Tissue Paper

Foam paint brush

Glue

Wooden Fork

1. Cut your tissue paper into little squares of confetti

2. Apply a thin layer of the clear glue to the silverware

3. Sprinkle on the confetti

4. Let dry!

Confetti Silverware

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Hybrid macrame + rope hanging

My studio walls needed some color so i decided to create something different to provide inspiration while I work. Enter this weird mix of macrame, rope, yarn, and air plants! I love the idea of using florals and greenery in weaving so I thought it would look rad in a rope hanging too! Hope you guys dig this!

xx

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Valentines Day Inspired Shoot

This modern take on Valentines Day is filled with fun patterns, textures, vibrant florals, TONS of DIY, and of course some seriously yummy treats. When designing the party, I wanted to present a different take on the red and pink hearted Valentine’s day decor, while still staying true to the holidays flirty spirit. Each place setting has a hand painted black and white placemat, and yarn wrapped embellishments that offer encouragement and reminders such as, you’re rad, you’re sweet, and you’re hot. The centerpiece is made of a slab of white peg board, and champagne spray painted pipes that overflow with magenta, peach, and red florals- to say that this piece is dramatic is an understatement! Each guest received their own hand painted goodie bags filled with some yummies to take home! Speaking of yummy things- let’s talk desserts! Rock candy cupcakes, homemade watercolor marshmallows, mini donuts, and chocolate strawberry crostini’s (my mouth is watering just reminiscing about it all!) My friend, Cakes and Cuties, outdid herself as always! Over at the coffee bar, we made affagatos with butter pecan ice cream, and heaping chunks of red velvet cake, all soaked in Lift Coffee Roasters piping hot coffee! Hung over head is the phrase ‘Love like Whoa,’ which made for an easy way to dress up a white wall. What party is complete without a photo backdrop? This one is a stunner!  Janelle from Lavenders Flowers and myself teamed up to make something that would be unique, and cause pause! We created a mandala of our own out of petals, flower heads, and leaves that really brought the natural elements of outside, indoors. Continuing with the hand painted theme, I made some easy sconces for the wall, filled with organic bouquets from Lavenders Flowers (she’s awesome!), and adorned with poms. I wasn’t lying when I said that this party was filled with DIY’s! I hope these images from To Wander and Seek (check out her stuff of realz)  inspire you to think outside the box this Valentines Day!

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Affagato bar with a twist! Pecan butter ice cream + red velvet cake all drenched in Lift Coffee Roasters hot coffee!

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Mandala backdrop for the win!

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Photography: To Wander and Seek | Design: The Shift Creative | Florals: Lavenders Flowers | Desserts: Cakes and Cuties | Coffee: Lift Coffee Roasters 

Hope you are supa inspired by this shoot! Stay tuned for lots of DIY coming to you so you can recreate this look!

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Craft + Coffee Workshop

I am so excited to share the photos from my very first workshop that were captured beautifully by the talented Morgan Hydinger. To begin with, I quite frankly was scared that no one would have an interest in attending, and if there was an attendee I hoped it wouldn’t just be my best friend. So, THANK YOU to all those who came and filled every seat available. It truly is encouraging to see people inspired by what I love to do. I hope that every one of the lovely ladies that came walked away with a new skill. Okay, okay enough of the mushy gushy, and onto the deets of the day. >>> First, I have to say that if I didn’t decorate the warehouse we were in, it would have been totally fine! Why you ask? Because it was held in the Lift Coffee Roastery, which was hand constructed down to the last detail by my husband who also co-owns that happening spot(s) (psstt- the roastery will be open to the public soon!). But, The Shift Creative wouldn’t be what it is without some design details! Laid upon the copper plated bar and rustic wood tables were all the supplies for each creator to make a fringe ornament, a tassel garland, and a mini rope hanging!  Fresh floral crowns by MV Florals, and swag bags filled by awesome vendors were set out at each seat- begging to be worn and opened! Nestled in brown bottles, Christmas tree branches adorned with dried oranges added some greenery to the industrial space. Speaking of greenery, fresh cedar garland draped from a 20ft ladder that hung in the air, as well as a simple garland for the photo booth area. As one of the things that were being created that day was tassels, I thought it appropriate to hang a numerous amount of them from a rope chandelier I made, also enveloped in greenery (duh!) The smell of Lift Coffee filled the room, as each gal was treated to speciality coffee and drinks and ever so gracefully indulging in frozen bananas by Hannah’s Bananas! As if i didn’t say enough- scroll through for more photos and details of my Craft + Coffee Workshop!

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i cannot wait to do it again!// Special thanks to the amazing vendors that helped me put this on!

Moran Hydinger, MV Florals, Hannah’s Bananas, Lift Coffee Roasters, Lux Clothing, Betty and Virgil, Jeanine Hardgrave, && my amazing interns, and best friend! You all made it happen!

xo

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Blackberry Lemon Mocktail

Today is New Years Eve & while most people might not remember their celebration into 2015 this drink will surely provide a yummy taste with no added headache! This Blackberry Lemon Mocktail is a great alternative to alcohol to aid you into keeping your resolutions (drinking less), helping you keep it classy tonight, and something the kids can enjoy too!

Blackberry Lemon Mocktail

The Goods

1/3c Sugar

Lemonade

Blackberries (1 container)

Mint

juice of a lemon

1. Add sugar, blackberries, juice of one lemon to a medium saucepan

2. Once mixture is at a liquid consistency remove from stovetop to cool.

3. Add lemonade to blackberry mixture

4. Dip the rim of your glass with lemon juice, and then twist onto a plate of sugar. Garnish with mint, and more blackberries.

5. Sip + enjoy!

 

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Cheers to 2014! May it be a great one!

xo

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