DIY Elegant Cake Stand

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I can tell you a thing or two about DIY cake stands… I want to first tell you, do not believe everything you see on Pinterest. No matter how cool or “easy” something may look, it can have a major downfall. I’ve found this especially true with cake stands. Many of the tutorials involve using spray paint to color the plate. Now let’s take a step back and just think about this. Plates are made the way they are because it is safe. Spray paint has so many chemicals in it, many in which are harmful if ingested. These chemicals can absorb into the food, or can be easily transferred onto the food itself, no good my friends, no good.

I purchased this plate at my local dollar store for just $1. Cheaper than a can of spray paint, and still much cheaper and flexible than a brand new cake stand! So instead of spraying your old dinnerware, head on over to the store and purchase a cheap plate that is already the color you want it to be.

Now that we have that settled, lets get on with what I’ve created here!

I used a short glass candlestick holder for the base; I purchased this one from the dollar store as well. This is what is holding everything together under that pink fabric you see there! I initially painted the candle holder, but was really unhappy with the outcome, it needed something more. I had this fabric laying around, so I decided to make a pretty little cover for it.

This slip was very easy to make by just cutting out a large circle and sewing a seam. If you do not have a sewing machine, this may take a little extra time on your part, but definitely still doable with a needle and thread. To finish it off, I tied a silver and white ribbon around the middle.

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Guest Table Decorations

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It’s nearing that time so I decided to put together an update on a few of the things that we have together! Of course I had to leave some stuff out, because it just wouldn’t be that fun if I gave away all the surprises!

So what you see here are pink ruffle trees, rosette cups with matte and shiny pink pebbles, the fabulous paint buckets, and of course bubble gum, because who doesn’t love some pink bubble gum?

The rosettes and ruffle trees were both made from crepe paper. I love these because they look classic and beautiful.  Both the ruffle trees and rosettes are extremely easy to make, and so rewarding for the little time you put into making them. They are super versatile and you can literally do any color combination. As for the trees, I may just have to pack these babies away to use as Christmas decorations!

Absent

Wow, let me tell you, there are not enough hours in a day. I’ve been pretty bummed out about being absent from my blog the last few weeks. I’ve been so hard at work (well, at home) and still have so many unfinished projects! For example, I still have magnets to finish, mini piñatas, and I have started at least three other projects!

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The most time consuming I would have to say is this big 3D “1” model I am making for Ella’s party. I realize that the cardboard model picture itself isn’t very appealing, but I promise it looks 100% better with the flowers on it! It’s currently about 80% done, and what I’ve done is cut out a box and used my trusty hot glue gun to glue the pieces together. So far I have made over 60 tissue carnations and glued them on, creating the most beautiful floral effect. It is almost unbearably time consuming making these tiny flowers, but now that it is near completion, its so worth all the work I’ve put into it.

Another thing I have in the works right now is party invitations! I cant remember if I said before, but I am hand painting each and every one of them. I will also be writing them out by hand with a calligraphy pen. I also may or may not be using my sewing machine on these cards, we’ll let it be a surprise. 😉

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Aside from all of this birthday planning, I managed to squeeze in photographing a baby shower today. The whole thing was just magical, and filled with Minnie Mouse! It was a very large gathering and the setup was just so fun! The mother-to-be was glowing and so beautiful. All of this time spent on focusing on the party and decorations itself just made me even more excited to get in the final stages of Ella’s party!

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Another thing we’ve covered in the last month; Ella turned 10 months old! We went with a vintage theme for this mini photo shoot, and I was nothing short of in love with how every single picture turned out. There are probably at least 50 pictures on my camera that I don’t think I will ever bring myself to delete because she was so precious with this vintage setup!