Make Your Home Frightfully Fun with some Monster Door Decor

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For those that may not know, Halloween is one of my favorite Holidays. Right up there with Thanksgiving and Christmas. And there is nothing I love more than Halloween decor! I kind’ve obsess over it and make it a personal goal to go bigger and better every year. This year I wanted to do something slightly spooky but in more of a fun way. So I came up with a Halloween Monster Face printable that is perfect for your front door and windows. This printable is free to download and is very easy to assemble.  Be sure to take pictures of your frightfully fantastic door decor and tag us in it @lovelyhomeparty!

Happy Haunting!!

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Directions:

To create the monster face you will need to print off, 1 left green eye brow, 1 right green eye brow, 1 left monster eye, 1 right monster eye, 1 monster nose, and 2-3 copies of monster teeth, depending on how may you would like. To learn how to string the teeth together check out this post.

To create the monster eyes in the windows just print of 2 copies of “left monster eye” and two copies of “right monster eye.” Or you can mix it up, its really up to you.

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Cool Off with this Delicious Summer Drink Recipe

Nothing is better on a hot summer day than a cool drink, especially when you make it yourself. Check out this delicious lemonade/ limeade recipe and try serving it at you next summer soiree!

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My Easy Limeade/Lemonade Recipe

-Both recipes are the same except for the type of fruit being used.

  • 2 cups of fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice.  Usually 1 package of lemons/limes will cover it
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar (You can add more or less to taste)
  • Pitcher of water, 2 cups of which is boiled
  1. Pour 2 cups of water into a pot and bring it to a boil
  2. While the water is heating up, using a juicer or your hands squeeze two cups of lemon/lime juice
  3. Once the water reaches a boil, pour the water into a gallon pitcher and then add 1 1/2 cups of sugar.  Be sure to stir the sugar so that it completely dissolves into the water.
  4. Once you have your 2 cups of juice squeezed pour it into the pitcher and stir.
  5. Finally, add enough water to the pitcher so that it becomes full.  Then place the pitcher in the fridge to cool down.

Want to mix it up? Try adding berries or a little mint!

-Enjoy!

Summer Patriotic Printables Are Here!

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Celebrate the stars and stripes with these free patriotic printables just in time for summer! The three printables can be used individually or layered.  Just click the PDF links below!

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land of the free 6×9

 

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9 Tips for Throwing an Epic Grad Bash!

Graduation season is here and there is no better way to celebrate your loved one’s achievements than by throwing them an epic party! Our brother graduates from Howard University next and our family has already started planning for his graduation. If the thought of planning an epic grad party breaks you into a cold sweat, no worries! We have compiled a list nine tips to make your party planning fun and worry free!

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Tip #1

Start planning…Early!

I can’t advise this enough. Nothing will stress you out more than trying to plan something at the last minute. No matter the scale of the party you should give yourself at least 1 month’s time to get everything arranged. Now of course the bigger/ fancier the bash, the more planning that is needed.  When planning, some of the first decisions that you will need to make are when, where, and how the party will happen. Which leads us into tip #2…….

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Tip #2

Pick a theme

Now I love a theme, but I realize that everyone doesn’t share my enthusiasm. If themed parties aren’t for you or your grad, then the theme of Class of 2017 is entirely appropriate. If you do decide to get a little creative, have a brainstorming session and find a theme that works for you and your grad. There are really no limits to this. It can be a taco themed grad bash, pool party, beach party, backyard BBQ, game night… the sky is truly the limit! Whatever you choose just be sure to have fun with it!

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Tip #3

Set a budget..(and try to stick with it)

I find budgets to be the least fun part of party planning, but probably the most necessary. We all want to be able to show our friends and fam the time of their lives, but you shouldn’t max out an account to do so. When determining your budget you’ll need to decide how many people you want to invite, where the party will be held, what kind of food will be served, what your decor will be, ect. This is where knowing your party theme will be helpful, especially when it comes to food and decor.

If you are trying to find a way to cut costs don’t forget about Dollar Stores! They have a great selection of grad decor this time of year and you can usually get it for around a buck. Target is also a great place to shop, especially their seasonal aisle. Everything there is usually $5 or less and always on trend!

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Tip #4

Make Your Reservations

The fun thing about graduations is that they involve large groups of people…which can also be a stresser. This is particularly true if your party requires any kind of reservation, i.e. restaurant, hotel, caterer, party rentals, the list goes on. If you will be needing any of these items place your reservations, early. Chances are you aren’t the only person who will be celebrating a graduation on that date and if you wait, you may end up spending more $$ or find everything to be booked (sadface).

 

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Tip #5

Gather Your Team

Teamwork makes the dream work. It is nearly impossible to have a successful event without enlisting the help of others. No matter the scale of your party, you should not try to undergo it alone. Don’t hesitate to ask friends and family to pitch in and help with the cooking, set up, break down, whatever you need. While this party is a celebration for your grad, it is also a celebration of all the work and love that you provided to get them to where they are! Make sure that the party is one that you can enjoy too!

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Tip #6

Start Shopping!

I always recommend to start your shopping early for a party. Depending on the event I may start buying items months in advance. Now you may not need start buying things in Feb. for a May graduation, but you also shouldn’t wait until the days before either. Things like party decor, can always be bought in advance. Certain groceries like meat, frozen items, and non perishables can be too. Shopping early can save you money and time, and lessens the chance that you will forget to purchase a necessary item.

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Tip #7

Start Prepping

As any good chef knows, prepping is key! Same for party planning. The more you get done ahead of time, the happier you’ll be. If any of your decor needs to be assembled, try to knock that out the weekend before. If you can set up the house the night before, get it done. Any cooking that can be done ahead of time, will save you so much time and energy the day of the party. This is where your dream team can come in too! Make use of all the extra help you can get!

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Tip #8

Make a list and check it twice!

Never underestimate the power of a list. I always make a last minute list of things that need to be done the day before the party and the day of. This can include food pickup, guest pickup, food prep, ect. Usually on the day of a party I still have to pickup cake and balloons and that is always something I have written down somewhere so that I don’t get too busy and forget. Don’t be shy about delegating tasks to others either. If your husband can pick up the cake while you set up the house, let him do it! Don’t overwork yourself.

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Tip #9

Have Fun!!!

This is probably the most important tip of them all. You don’t want to turn into a Gradzilla throughout the planning process and lose sight of what this day is truly about. It’s a celebration and you should have fun and celebrate! If something gets forgotten or doesn’t work out the way you planned, don’t let that ruin the day. As long as your grad has a great time, the guests are happy, and you are having fun, then the party was an an EPIC success!!!

 

 

 

Make your Mother’s Day Cards Pop!

 

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Show your Mom some love with this fun Mother’s Day DIY!

With Mother’s Day just two days away, many of use are scrambling to find/ create the perfect card and gift. If you don’t have a lot of time to shop around, printable Mother’s Day cards are perfect! They download instantly to your device, typically cost about the same or less than a store bought card, and you can print them off at home. I love using printable cards for their convenience, but sometimes I like to add a little something to make them pop. A great way to do this, is by mounting your printable card on decorative card stock. You can purchase this kind of card stock at any craft store like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby and there are many great designs to choose from. For this project I chose to go with a 12×12 in piece of gold striped card stock and I used the LovelyHomeParty’s Mother’s Day printables.

What you will need:

Printable Mother’s Day Cards (You can order our’s here for just $1!!)

Card stock (Any size works as long as its bigger than the printable card)

Scissors or a Paper Cutter

Modge Podge

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The first thing I did was to print off my Mother’s Day Cards. I decided to print them on glossy 8.5 x 11 in photo paper and then cut them out, but you can also print them off on 8.5 x 11 in. card stock.

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After printing and cutting out the cards, I cut my 12 x 12 in. gold and white striped card stock in half so that the stripes would be horizontal when I placed my cards on top.

I then trimmed my card stock so that it was just slightly larger than my Mother’s Day Cards, and used Modge Podge to adhere them together.

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Once your glue has finished drying and your cards are complete, they can now be given to the most important woman in your life, your mama!

We love to hear from you! Leave any questions or comments below or reach out to us on Etsy!!

— Happy Mother’s Day!!

Spring has Sprung!

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I absolutely love spring! The weather is warmer, everything is in bloom, and you can finally shed those winter clothes! Spring printables are a great way to bring a little warmth inside your home, without putting a dent in your budget. If you aren’t familiar with using printables in decor, it may be a little intimidating. I just started using them in my home and it took me a while to figure out how to make a 6×9 printable on the mantle not look plain and boring.  The solution…use 8×10 canvas boards, paint, and a little modge podge! Modge podge is a wonderful craft tool and if you’ve never used it, this project is a great way to start.

What you need:

8×10 Canvas Board

Paint & Brush

2 6×9 Spring Printables

Modge Podge

First, I painted my canvas. I decided to use bright pink and a really nice sea blue to create a bright bold look.

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Next I printed off my 6×9 spring printables. You can find both in our shop @TheLovelyHomeParty and they download instantly to your computer, tablet, or phone. When printing, I chose to use 8.5 x 11 glossy photo paper because I knew it would hold up to the modge podge.

After I printed off my images and my canvas’s dried, I used a paint brush and covered the entire canvas in modge podge. Make sure to spread the modge podge evenly, but be generous! You want to make sure your image sticks to the canvas. Next place the printable in the center of the canvas, and spread modge podge across the entire image, and even onto the canvas. You want to make sure that the image is completely covered with modge podge because this will adhere it to the canvas, and give your printable a little texture.

To Finish, just wait for everything to dry, and find the perfect spot for it to go! I used our mantle and the printables provided a great pop of color right in time for Easter.

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