31 March 2015

Easter Recap

Easter is only days away so here is a little recap of past Easter projects in case you're in need of some last minutes crafts or party ideas :)

Easter Decor

From Left to right, top to bottom:
Easter treat bags
Easter Napkins
Bird treat box
Easter Egg candy wreath 
Easter place card
Easter Animal Jars
Easter Bunny Treat boxes
Cute Bunnies Easter banner
DIY egg cosies

Easter parties and tablescape

Easter Treats

27 March 2015

Moroccan Inspired Dinner

Here are the pictures on my tabletop for the Moroccan dinner.

I had quite a few oriental decorative items already and I found the rest at Goodwill!
For the first time rented the china and flatware. I don't have anything gold and decided renting would work really well. In case you are wondering, I had no problem renting such a small quantity.

Just a few DIYs...
I shared the Moroccan votives DIY on Wednesday (here).
I found this gorgeous fabric at JoAnn and sewed some simple napkins and added the tassels in one corner.
I really enjoy arranging flowers, they really tie the theme together.
I like the idea of having glass markers, they add a cute decorative touch and are so practical at the same time. To make these I used wooden beads (from my daughter's bead collection!) and jewelry wire and added a paper tag.

My friend Benedicte @ Plan4you cutout those beautiful Moroccan Lanterns using her Silhouette Cameo and they turned out so gorgeous !

I love having a wreath on my front door and my "spring wreath" was a perfect match to my color scheme :)

25 March 2015

{Craft} DIY Colored Glass and Moroccan Votives

I really wanted to use lots of candles for my Moroccan diner and therefore I was in need of beautiful votives for my decor.
As I love a good craft project combined with some Goodwill finds (!) I decided to transform small little clear glass jars into Oriental Lanterns !!!

I followed this very easy tutorial from LilyShop using food coloring mixed with Mod Podge (which was perfect because of course I already had those on my craft shelves !!).

But here is was the tutorial doesn't say:

- It really takes FOREVER to dry ! After a whole day in the warm California weather, most of the jars were still a horrible opaque color. Please be patient, because the result is worth it and it won't look good until it is completely dry (it took well over two days in the end).

- Place the upside down jars over a rack so the Mod Podge can run out and air can flow in and start drying the inside of the jars. (Mod Podge is easily removed with hot water so don't worry about the rack, you'll be able to clean it!)

- Let your jars upside down for as long as possible. I turned some of them up after a couple of hours but you can see some of the top edges are not fully covered. The colored Mod Podge ran back down leaving some top edges uncovered.

- For the gold designs, I used some Gold Puffy Paint meant for fabric (Tulip Metallics, found at Michaels) which worked just fine and holds perfectly on glass. However, be warned that the tip end is quite big and I wasn't able to create the fine designs I was aiming for.

These are just a few things I learned through trial and error. I hope these few comments will help you through this project, it is well worth trying :)
I love my little jars and the colors are so bright I could never have found an equivalent in a store.

25 February 2015

Moroccan dinner inspirations

In a few days I will be hosting a Moroccan inspired dinner and I really want to make the night special by creating a little decor and adding some moroccan details.
If you follow me on Pinterest, you might already have seen the inspirational pictures that I am sharing with you today.

Moroccan dessert table by the very talented team at AndersRuff. This gorgeous Printable collection is available in their shop. Aren't those cookies amazing ?

This stunning Moroccan Baby Shower was styled by Lilyshop. I love this color scheme or orange/hot pink/purple and gold.

I love the design of this invitation from Jennifer on Etsy

23 February 2015

{Recipe} Orange Madeleines

I have had this Madeleine recipe book for ever. I got it as a Christmas present years ago and although it's really what I wanted, I never baked from it. Call it lack of time with three young children or laziness, I have no idea why I haven't tried those recipes sooner !

So a couple of weeks ago, I decided it was time I gave those recipes a go. And boy am i NOT disappointed. That first week I baked the chocolate ones, the plain ones and those wonderful orange ones. Needless to say my kids were really happy to find those freshly baked treats everyday after school !!!

Madeleines are so quick to make, they are perfect for last minute baking and because they freeze well you could make them in advance and serve them for a party (just warm them up in the oven for a few minutes before serving and nobody will ever know you did not just bake them !).

So here is the Orange Madeleine Recipe. Let me know what you think of them if you give them a go!

Link Parties

13 February 2015

{Pow Wow Party} Paper decor

Paper decorations can be amazing props for a party. There are inexpensive and can be completely personalized to match any theme or color scheme.

For the Pow Wow party, I created most props using my Silhouette. Here are the references in case you are interested in cutting the same items:

Design ID #55826

 Design ID #48402

Design ID #65800

Tassel garlands have been all the rage for a while. They are a little time consuming to make but so rewarding when you see how stunning they look ! I use this tutorial from The TomKat studio.

A Birthday Hat is great for Birthday Pictures and photo booth. I pretty much adapted this previous hat to the Pow Wow theme by adding a headband and feathers to the paper rosette.

11 February 2015

Contact update !

Do you know that you can now follow That Cute Little Cake on Twitter and Instagram ???
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Have a great week !

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