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Halloween Invitations: CarnEvil Theme

We love Halloween. No, like we LOVE Halloween. It has been one of our favorite holidays since we were kids. Thinking up our costumes, decorating our house, watching It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and of course trick-or-treating were just some of our favorite activities of the season. 

Getting older, we still love Halloween just as much, we just celebrate the it in a different way. Unfortunately, we do not live in a neighborhood that gets any trick-or-treaters. Our first Halloween in our new house, we sat by the door with a bucket of candy waiting for kids to ring our bell. No one came. We decided the next year to throw our own party (which you can't really do if you are constantly on the lookout for trick-or-treaters)! Last year, we threw the greatest "traditional" Halloween party we could think of. We had potions and poisons, witches, ghosts and the like.

Since we have to one-up last year's party, we have been planning since the beginning of August. 

Last year, we spent most of our time making the food and drinks as elaborate and creepy as possible. While that was a lot of fun to plan, it didn't leave much time to actually enjoy our own party. This year our priority is to throw the greatest Halloween party as possible, but actually be able to enjoy it ourselves. This is when one of us thought up the fantastic idea to throw a carnival themed party. With this theme, we will spend a lot of time making props and decoration and much less time in the kitchen on the night. 

We will share more details closer to the actual party date, but we wanted to share our party invites to get you in the spirit!

xxx Ivy & Eve

DIY De-stress Shower & Bath Tablets

It's that time of year again when kids go back to school, friends leave for college, and worst of all...summer vacations have ended. With all of these changes comes a little stress. Whether it be making sure your kids get to school on time, starting new college courses, or no vacation days till Thanksgiving, this time of year can stress you anyone out. Take a deep breath and relax...it's all going to be okay!

We started feeling this a few weeks ago when everything, work, events, and even planning blog posts started building up. So we decided to make some de-stress shower & bath tablets do help us decompress after each day. These little (but potent) lavender tablets smell amazing and help us remember to relax while showering or soaking in a nice warm bath. Just plop one or two in the bottom of the shower or tub when you get in and breathe in the calming lavender & chamomile essence. 

xxx Ivy & Eve

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tbsp dried chamomile flowers & leaves or chamomile tea bags
  • 1 tablespoon dried lavender
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup water (may use less)
  • 10 or so mini baking tins (ice cube trays work well too)
  • Lavender essential oil (you will only need a few drops to your preference, we use doTerra)

Directions:

  1. Preheat over to 350 F

  2. Take chamomile and lavender and grind together with a mortar and pestle.

  3. Mix the lavender & chamomile with baking soda in a bowl.

  4. Pour in water (add slowly, you want it just slightly moist so it will stick together but the consistency is not runny at all). 

  5. Bake in the oven for 2 minutes, they may be slightly damp still thats ok. (Our tins are tiny so depending on the size of tins you use you may need to bake longer. Don't bake too long or they brown on the tops & bottoms, which is okay just not as pretty).

  6. Let cool they will continue to dry during this step.

  7.  Once cooled, add the essential oil. (We dipped the paint brush into the essential oil and applied to the tablets since doTerra oils are very concentrated & come out quickly).

  8. Let dry again before popping them out of the tins.

DIY "Cheers" Cocktail Napkins + Printable!

We decided we wanted to add a little glamour to our bar cart and upgrade to linen cocktail napkins. They make any event seem fancier, plus they are good for the environment since you won't have to throw them away! Eve came up with the cute idea to make our own stencils with "cheers" printed in different languages on each napkin. 

Cheers around the world:

Cheers: English, means "good wishes"

Skál: Icelandic, equivalent to "cheers" or "good health"

Sláinte: Irish Gaelic & Scottish Gaelic, translates to "health"

Kanpai: Japanese translates to "dry glass"

 Prost: German & Austrian, in latin the translation for prost means "may it be good/beneficial for you!"

 Saluti: Italian, translates in english to "regards"

xxx Ivy & Eve

Materials:

Linen cocktail napkins - 6"x6" (we bought ours here)

Fabric paint (choose any color your heart desires!)

X-acto knife

Sponge brush

Cardboard

Newspaper

Our paper stencil (here

Directions:

  1. Print out our paper stencil HERE!
  2. Cut out each card (follow the black lines)
  3. Once you have 6 separate cards use the x-acto knife to carefully cut out each letter.
  4. Prepare an area for painting with newspaper 
  5. Place stencil on the napkin where you want the word printed
  6. Sponge fabric paint lightly till each letter has been filled in with paint, be careful not to move the stencil while painting.
  7. Let dry for 48-72 hours.
  8. Hand wash recommended to prevent fading.

Cheers ! Skál ! Sláinte ! Kanpai ! Prost ! Saluti !

DIY Floral Box Arrangement

When Eve was searching for the perfect gift for Ivy's recent birthday, she came across a pretty marble and wood box. She wanted to find a cute way of presenting it to Ivy and remembered how Ivy loves Olive & Cocoa's boxed flower arrangements. Eve decided to DIY one for Ivy! It turns out, you only need a few materials (most of which you probably already own) and it is much more affordable doing it yourself than ordering one. For our DIY, we used a wrapped shoe box, however, feel free to use any type of container. We are planning to give these as graduation presents with small gifts, such as jewelry, nestled on top! This gift also goes great with glittered bottles of bubbly (DIY here). That way, not only is the gift great, but the box is a gift in itself! 

Materials:

1 large bouquet of flowers (roses, peonies, tulips, there are so many options!)

1 bunch of floral greens (we cut ours from our yard)

1 block of floral foam (you can buy it here)

1 box with lid (we used a shoe box for this DIY)

wrapping paper

tape

1 trash bag

scissors

Directions:

  1. Cut wrapping paper and wrap the outside of the shoebox lid and bottom. Secure with tape.
  2. Measure and cut the floral foam to fit snugly inside shoebox. Cut the block to about 1/2 the height of the box you are using.
  3. Soak foam in water, add flower food powder to water for longevity. Soak foam for 5-10 minutes, until  heavy and fully saturated.
  4. While waiting for foam to saturate, line the inside of shoebox with a cut up trash bag and tape. Make sure the lining is secured because the box will fall apart if it gets wet!
  5. Place saturated foam back inside lined shoebox.
  6. Measure the flowers to the height you want them to stick out of the box. (we measured them tall because we did not want to use the lid, if you want the lid to fit cut shorter)
  7. Arrange flowers and greens as desired.
  8. Enjoy!