Monday, October 20, 2014

SIMPLE PUMPKIN DECOR DIY

Contrary to popular belief, I'm extremely lazy. I could sit on the couch in my jams all day watching movies, eating snacks, and trolling around on Pinterest. Maybe squeeze in a couple hours of reading. That's actually my dream day. When it comes to decor in my own house (not for a client and not for one of my kid's birthdays) I'm just like... no. Too tired. 
So here's the easiest possible one step above nothing fall decor for you!

CHALKBOARD PUMPKIN
1. Sketch a circle/oval/fancy shape on your pumpkin.
2. Paint in the shape with chalkboard paint. The bottle I bought said to paint 2 coats. You can see the first coat below left a few bald spots. Two or three coats is perfect.
3. Um... that's it.
We've been using this as a countdown to Halloween for the kids!
The only thing I'd say about this is that if you use this over and over, the paint starts to chip. Just paint another quick coat of chalkboard paint and you're done.

I brought the pumpkin inside and used it as a centerpiece when we had friends over for dinner this weekend (with takeout...like I said- lazy!). Ari collected pretty leaves for the table. It made our dinner a little fancier.

I bet you could take this idea and run with it! 
Tag us on your instagram photos @loveandlion, so we can see!
-L

Friday, October 17, 2014

TRIP TO THE PUMPKIN PATCH + FRESHLY PICKED GIVEAWAY!

Fall is my favorite time of year! Love the colors, love the weather, and adore fun fall activities. Jeffrey and I took the kiddos to Gentry's Farm this past weekend to pick pumpkins and take a billion pictures. My twin sis, Ellie, was in town (always a ridiculous amount of laughs), so we made a day of it and afterwards went to one of our fav standbys for dinner, Burger Up. Ari ordered salmon and salad. What. A. Little. Weirdo. But he's MY little weirdo. Meanwhile Ellie and I ordered Hatcher Farm milkshakes. So... anyway...
You know you all dress your littles up when you go to the pumpkin patch. You've gotta, right?! Luckily, Max can fit into all of Ari's old clothes, but shoes are a different story. Jenni and I are OBSESSED with Freshly Picked Moccs. We might have one or three or five pairs for our littles and can't stop won't stop. The are THE softest shoes in the most beautiful colors. They're absolutely perfect for almost walkers like Max too. He is a turbo crawler and these babies have elastic that slip right on and don't fall off. Seriously. The only shoes that Max can't pull off. Also one of the only shoes that fit his chubby feet! The soft, buttery leather and the elastic work their magic.

Jenni and I are so obsessed with Freshly Picked Moccs that we wanted to share the love with you! Scroll down for deets on how to enter the Freshly Picked Moccasins giveaway.
Max is wearing the Butterscotch mocc. Such a yummy color and perfect for fall!
Can't cut those curls. Baby mullet.

And now for the
FRESHLY PICKED MOCCASINS GIVEAWAY!
The lucky duck will win one pair of Freshly Picked Moccs in their choice of color and size.

TO ENTER:
1. Comment on THIS blog post with what color mocc is your fav. See all the beauties right here.
On your cell? Comments only work on the full web version, NOT mobile- blerg

2. Follow @loveandlion and @freshlypicked on Instagram

3. Tag 3 friends on our giveaway Instagram post (@loveandlion)

That's it! 
Contest closes Thursday, October 23 at 12:00am CST.
We will announce the randomly selected winner* on Friday, October 24th right here on the blog.
*Winner must ship to US only and must not have won a giveaway including Freshly Picked Moccs in the last 60 days.


We so appreciate you coming by our little ol' blog, and hope you stick around. Rad parties, crafts, recipes, style, and snippets of our lives!
xo

-L

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

PRINCESS & PIRATE PARTY FAVORS + DIY PRINCESS CROWNS


Soooooo, when I meant that I would share a more detailed post of the party favors from Amara's 3rd birthday party on Monday...... yeah, I meant NEXT Tuesday! Yikes! So sorry for the delay. We are really trying to get back to our first love around here..... blogging. However, our Etsy shop has definitely taken up a lot of our time. We are so grateful, and we are loving it, but we also love sharing things with our readers on here so much!!

Ok, so here are the detailed photos of the party favors....

Everything for the pirate favor boxes was purchased at Party City. 

 Except for the tattoos of course! Check out our Etsy shop for customized tattoos for your next event!!


 I found all of these goodies at Party City as well. The little camera was quite the hit!! I made the wands using dowels, ribbon, and watercolor paper! So easy!! I just traced a star out with a cookie cutter and painted them purple and hot glued them to the dowel.

Below is a little tutorial on how I created the princess crowns...



 Cut your lace strips into the size that you want. I just wrapped it into the size circle I wanted, then measured each strip.
 Completely submerge each lace strip into the stiffener.
 Blot off the excess on both sides and lay on a plastic bag so that they can dry partially.
 Once they start stiffening up, hang them on a "drying line" so they can completely dry on both sides.
 Let your little help! Take a sponge brush and dab each side until the lace strip is completely covered in your paint color of choice.
 We opted for metallic gold, silver and purple.
 Wrap around and glue!

Voila! The last step ( which I failed to photograph.... I was in party mode) is to glue them to a headband , or even a hair clip. We also ended up glueing a couple of "gemstones" on each of them. 

Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

FEATURED: ROWEN'S SHARK PARTY

We've been bugging our crazy-talented friend, Shara, for pictures of Rowen's Shark Party since we walked through the door of the party... and had our mind's blown. Modern, clean, fun, creative touches EVERYWHERE. Crafty in the coolest way, clever menu, fun games for kiddos...so good.
Shara used two slightly different colors of crepe paper and twisted them to create "water". She hung all the sharks from string so they would appear to float on top of the waves. Genius.
 One of our favorite things of the party was this shark wreath! Shara spray painted a foam wreath core gray then hot glued plastic sharks (here) all around to simulate a shark attack feeding frenzy!
The fins on the mantel were pin-on fins for the kids to wear. Shara made them using stiffened felt and a template found here.
 I mean... really
Cake topper here

 Menu:
Shark Bait sandwiches (tuna salad)
Shark Fin sandwiches (cheese triangles)
Slow Swimmer Salsa and Sea Algae Guacamole with Fins (blue tortilla chips)
Shark Teeth (Bugles)
Whale and Goldfish crackers
Vegetarian Shark Food (crudites)
Watermelon Shark fruit salad (carved by Shara's husband after she showed him pictures on Pinterest and convinced him it would be easy! Ha!)
Sea Dogs (hot dogs)
Great White Sugar Cookies
Fish Kabobs (gummy fish and shark candies on a stick)
Life Preservers (mini sugar donuts with red gel icing)
Jaws cupcakes (vanilla cake with vanilla whipped frosting and gummy sharks
Shark Attack cupcakes (blue velvet cake with coconut cream cheese icing and fondant fins)
Chum Punch
Shark Infested Lemonade
 Shara's favorite things about the sharks hung from the ceiling were the shadows they created when the light was turned on. The slight movement of the sharks and the big shadows made it look like there were actually sharks swimming around the room.

Party Activities: 
Shark Dress Up Bucket- shark, sailor, and captain costumes, beach ball, surfboard, sunglasses, flower leis, blow up shark, beach paraphemalia
Air swimmer remote-controlled helium shark (Amazon)
Pink the Fin on the Shark (Amazon)
Make Your Own Shark Game craft station
Let's Go Fishing Game
Finding Nemo Movie
 
Ari LOVED this activity... we still have his shark on the fridge!
 Favor buckets: "shark tank" bubbles, "under the sea" coloring book, shark stickers and tattoos, bag of shark and fish gummy candies, shark squirter toy, fish stamps, sunglasses, and glow bracelet
Invitation, favor tags, and thank you notes here
Gummy fish kabob!
Big Birthday Boy Rowen!

Thank you for sharing your party with us, Shara! We loved every minute of it (oh and so did our kids!!). 
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