DIY: How to Make Glitter Letters

Hope you all enjoyed my recap yesterday of our awesome engagement party!  I had so much fun DIYing, well, pretty much everrrrrrything!  Can you tell I’m just a little obsessed with gold and glitter??  I only had two weeks to plan our engagement party since we had to move the date up last minute and I wanted to save some money by making things myself.  A lot of you on Instagram previously asked how I made the glitter drink sign and table accents.  Well lemme just tell you these were SO incredibly easy to make!  Trust me on this.  I’m actually planning on doing my table numbers at our wedding reception like this.  You can see an example of that HERE on my Pinterest page.  So simple yet gorgeous, no?

Alright well here’s the skinny on how to make these!

glitter

1.  First lay a tarp down (or trash bag) in your garage or backyard and spray the letters with gold spray paint.  Spray the front side, allowing them to dry for several hours then spray the back.  Feel free to spray a second coat if needed and allow to dry overnight.

2.  Next pour some Modge Podge into a bowl and begin painting over top of the letters with a foam brush.  Make sure your letters are on a paper plate (or anything that can catch all the excess glitter) and shake out the glitter over top of the letters, completely covering the entire area.

3.  Allow the letters to dry for a few minutes then shake the excess glitter onto your paper plate and set aside.  Bend the plate and allow the excess glitter to go back into the jar.  (You’ll have tons left over for more projects!)

4.  Once all your letters are coated with glitter and they have dried completely, spray over top with the clear acrylic spray.  This ensures that the glitter stays on the letters and makes it much easier to transport or save for future use.  Note: don’t spray the acrylic too close to the letters as the spray can dull the glitter making it less shiny.  I’d say spray about two feet away just to be on the safe side!

Viola!  You’ve got yourself some gorgeous accents perfect for any soiree or even gorgeous decor around your house!  Currently these letters make the perfect addition to my office and will be used at our wedding next summer.  You can really use this method with anything you want to revamp – for example, glitter on mason jars makes for stunning flower vases!  For the drink sign, do this exactly the same way, but drill the holes in the top of the letters before you add glitter.  Also make sure the holes are big enough because twine tends to unravel and I was having difficulty feeding it through the wood.  It may even be easier to use cardboard letters if you can find them since they won’t be as heavy when you hang the sign, but I just worked with what I had.  Once the twine is through the holes then you can hang the sign wherever you’d like!

Hope you enjoyed this easy peasy DIY project!  Tag me on Instagram if you decide to make these yourself, I love getting new ideas for parties and my home!

sig1

Throwing a Summer Engagement Party

Engagement parties are the BEST because let’s be honest….it’s the party BEFORE the party!

We waited a while to throw our engagement party after getting engaged last November because we had over a year and a half until our wedding plus we really wanted a backyard summer engagement party.  Nothing like sipping on cocktails with great music surrounded by your closest friends and family!  Our engagement party couldn’t have turned out better and the ONLY regret I have is that I sadly didn’t take enough pictures!  This was a huge mistake on my part, especially since I put so much into every little detail surrounding this big event – I mean all the way down to the napkins and calligraphy food labels for the hors d’oeuvres (sigh).  I guess the good part is I was having waaaay too much fun to snap some photos, but I did get a few good ones in before everyone arrived.

So as much fun as I had creating this party, I know I’m going to have as much fun sharing it with you!  I DIY’ed everything from the glitter drink signs to chalkboard stands to tissue paper garlands and so forth.  Finished off with some fresh blooms and my tables were complete!  It was a lot of work, but it sure saved me a lot of money and turned out pretty cute if I don’t say so myself!  But first…..no summer party is complete without some fancy cocktails.  I will say that one of the main requests after my party were all the recipes for the cocktails so of course I’m going to share them with you!

Made with Repix (http://repix.it) recipes

The sangria recipe is my absolute FAVORITE and it’s actually inspired by the restaurant Legal Seafood’s famous sangria so trust me you will love it!  It is a pretty strong sangria recipe, but oh is it gooood.  The whole recipe perfectly filled one glass jug, but I suggest doubling it because I guarantee you it will go fast!  Oh and don’t forget, paper straws are a MUST with these cocktails!  I threw mine inside my little LOVE mugs that I found at Anthropologie which I thought made the perfect little touch.

The chalkboard signs are from Michaels, (but I’m sure you could find them at any local craft store) and I used a permanent white chalkboard pen to design the signage for the drink table and sweets area.  The “drink” sign was made using thin wooden letters that I also found at Michael’s – I drilled holes, completely covered them in glitter and strung twine through the holes.  I also did the same with our “C & K” centerpieces that were on the dessert table and I’ll do a post soon on how to exactly make them.  One word…..EASY!

Oh and can we just talk about our save-the-date cups??

Untitled-1

I got this idea from an engagement party I saw featured on Southern Weddings and I just HAD to duplicate, I was obsessed.  Especially since our save-the-dates haven’t been sent out yet, this was a great way to remind people of our wedding date and it also gave them all a little something to take home!  In case you are curious, I had these made from a little shop called Confetti Grey – they do amazing work!

We had our party catered by R&R Catering (mostly because there was no way I was cooking for 75 people!), but I was so glad we did because the food was delicious!  As I said before (and something I’m still kicking myself over) I forgot take more pictures throughout the night, but I did have the cutest little calligraphy labels made up for each appetizer designed by the super talented Rachel Carl.  She also did all the name tags for my bridesmaids’ bridal brunch so I knew she would do an amazing job, I just adore her!  My sweet cousin Shannon baked all the mini cupcakes and I bought mini plastic diamond rings to put on top of each.  It was a cute little touch that everyone just loved!  To complete the dessert table I left some cute striped gift bags on a tray so that each guest to take home some treats.

And yes, I spray painted that wooden tray gold – I couldn’t resist.

table

2

4

drinks All in all it was an amazing day spent with some pretty incredible people!  I couldn’t ask for better friends and family and am looking forward to celebrating with them all on our special day.  I was really happy with how everything came together, especially since I hustled and threw this party together in under two weeks!  Can you tell I’m just a little obsessed with gold and glitter??  If you’re throwing an upcoming engagement party (or any party for that matter!) I urge you to have fun and get crafty!  I’ll plan on sharing each of my DIY projects in the next coming days so you can see just how easy it all is.  Hope you all enjoy the drink recipes as well!

Cheers!

sig1

Lemony Chickpea and Tuna Salad

22

So I have an obsession with tuna.

Whether it’s right out of the can, in a spicy tuna roll or practically raw in a salad, I’m pretty confident that I’ll devour it.  I think it was my Grandma who first got me started on my love for tuna and one of the things she always did was squeeze lemon juice all over it and it tasted delicious!  Then of course there were the years where I doused it in mayo, pickle juice (yes…pickle juice) and relish and would eat it with crackers or straight with a spoon.  Well lucky for you I’ve come a long way since those college dorm room days and came to realize that I could keep it healthy while still adding tons of flavor!

Lately I’ve been all about simple and convenient so when meal planning for the week anything that I can throw together in tupperware dishes that will last me for a few days is just perfect.  This tuna salad along with some spinach or arugula makes lunches easy and healthy throughout the week. especially when I’ve fallen into that rut of eating the same. thing. every. day.  I don’t know what your go-to-meals are, but all week I find myself eating crock pot salsa chicken over salad, turkey chili , or even quinoa salad (which has been my FAV lately just because it makes so much!)  It’s nice to switch it up now and then…..just be prepared for those nosy co-workers to ask for the recipe hehe.

Lemony Chickpea and Tuna Salad

Yield: 12 servings

Recipe inspired by Rachel Ray

Ingredients

  • 2 (15.5 oz) cans chickpeas, rinsed and roughly chopped
  • 2 to 3 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 bunch mint, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 (5 oz) cans chunk-light tuna in water, drained

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine all ingredients, folding the tuna in last.
  2. Serve with pita bread, crackers or enjoy it all on its own!

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 1/2 cup • Calories: 123 • Fat: 2.5 g • Carbs: 17.1 g • Fiber: 4.8 g • Protein: 8.3 g • WW Points+: 3 pts

http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/2014/08/lemony-chickpea-and-tuna-salad.html

I know I talk about meal planning all the time, but it really does help keep myself accountable, saves me money each week since I go on ONE big grocery haul making sure to only get what I need for that week and I’m staying healthy in the process.  Every week I add one or two new recipes into the rotation to mix it up (and also to see if we like it) which gets Chris excited to cook with me.  Ladies cook with your men!  I’m telling you it is hands down the sexiest thing to watch your man in the kitchen and they get so much satisfaction out of making you dinner.  Suuuure you probably did most of the work, but hey you don’t have to let them know that.  Throw in a bottle of wine and you have one hell of a Wednesday night!

If you’d like to download my free printable meal plan chart, feel free to HERE.  I can’t tell you how much it has helped me, I literally use it every week!  Remember if you fail to plan, you plan to fail!  For more clean recipe ideas, feel free to check out my clean eating recipe box.

11

On another note, we recently just got our engagement photos back and I can hardly wait to show you!  I had never done a photo shoot until this one and was super nervous about the whole process because a) I am NOT a model, b) we’re using them for our Save the Dates and c) you only have engagement pictures ONCE so I reeeeeeally wanted them to turn out pretty!  I’m beyond happy with them and here’s a little sneak peek because I cannot stop swooning.  If you follow me on Instagram then you may be sick of me by now.

f850219448c2d22cf603c81812f9f07f

Ahh our photographer Jodi Miller is truly amazing, I really can’t say enough great things about her and her hubby Kurt!  Hope you enjoy this tuna salad lovelies, happy Monday!!

sig1