DIY Bottle Wraps Using the Cricut Explore Air 2!

DIY Bottle Wraps Using a Cricut

Did you catch the Watermelon First Birthday Party that I shared last week?

If so, you probably caught a glimpse of these super duper cute little DIY Bottle Wraps that I created with a little help from my brand spankin' new Cricut Explore Air 2.  

You guys!  If you want to add a little "pow" to you party decor, this is a sure bet!  You can whip these bottle wraps up in a jiffy, and they're perfectly customizable!  Use any colors/patterns you want to make them a perfect fit for your celebration!

Ready to get started?  Let's do it!

You'll Need:

DIY Bottle Wraps Using a Cricut

Start by cutting the ribbon into lengths long enough to wrap around your bottle and overlap just a bit in the back.

Center the ribbons around the bottle, starting with the widest ribbon and working your way through to the thinnest one.  Secure each ribbon in place in the back using double-sided tape.  

DIY Bottle Wraps - Jen T by Design

Now it's time to bust out the Cricut machine and let the magic happen!

You will need 3 layers of cardstock to create the look shown.  Use your favorite mix of patterns/colors...the possibilities are endless! I used this black and white dot pattern, pink, and green.  

We're going to start with the bottom layer, which is going to be a 1.75-inch circle.

Open Design Space and click on "New Project."

When your design board opens, click on "Shapes," then "Circle."

Create a circle, then use the arrows in the bounding box around your circle to size it to 1.75 inches.  Click on "Make It" in the top right hand corner.

DIY Bottle Wraps with Cricut

On the right hand side of your screen, choose the size and material that you will be cutting.

This next step is pretty cool!  Once you're on the preview page, Design Space will duplicate your shape so that you can cut as many circles as you need all at once!

In my case, I'll be making four bottles, so in the "Project Copies" box in the top left corner, I'll choose "4," then "apply."

Design Space automatically adds three more identical circle to my cutting preview.  Isn't that so awesome?!!

DIY Bottle Wraps Using a Cricut

Now click "Continue" and follow the prompts on your screen.  

In this instance, we are using cardstock, so be sure the dial on your Cricut is set appropriately.

Align your cardstock to the guide in the top left corner of your mat, then load your paper and hit the blinking "C" to go!

DIY Bottle Wraps Using a Cricut

Once you're machine is done cutting, click "Finish." This will take you back to your design board.  

Weed the excess paper off the mat so that your circles are still in tact.  I like to place the mat upside down and bend it slightly to peel it off the paper.  This helps keep the paper from bending.  If your circles need some help getting unstuck from the mat, the Cricut spatula is great for helping lift them off the mat.

Back in Design Space, simply click on the circle that you've already made and use the arrows to resize it to 1.5 inches.  Repeat the cutting process above.

DIY Bottle Wraps Using a Cricut

Ok, now for the final "petal" shape, go back to your design board and delete the circle.

Save this file to your computer, then click "Upload" in Design Space.  Click "Upload Image" then find the file on your computer and save it to Design Space.

Choose the "simple" image type > Continue > Continue > Save as Cut Image > Save.

Being sure that the image is highlighted, click "Insert Images."  Resize the image to 1.25 inches wide (this can also be done manually in the top menu bar).  Now follow the same procedure for cutting.  Click "Finish."

DIY Bottle Wraps Using a Cricut

Once back on the design board, don't delete the petal shape.  Instead, click "upload" again and upload this image just like you uploaded the petal shape.  

In the Layers menu on the right, click the circle beside the scissors on the "one" label and change the color to a color other than white.

DIY Bottle Wraps Using a Cricut

Now move the one on top of your petal and size it to fit in the space like you'd like it to.  I sized mine to 0.9 inches tall.  Delete the petal shape.  Since your number isn't white, you can still see it on the design board.  :)

We'll be using vinyl for the ones, so you'll need to adjust the material dial on the machine before cutting.  Follow the same cutting procedure to cut the numbers.

Adding the number to the petal shape will require some weeding and transfer tape.  

First, use scissors to cut around the numbers to elimate the excess vinyl.  Then, peel the negative vinyl away from the numbers, being sure the numbers stay adhered to the backing.  Use the weeding tool, if necessary.  You should be left with the vinyl backing and just the ones.

DIY Bottle Wraps Using a Cricut

Cut a piece of transfer tape slightly larger than your vinyl backing piece.  Peel off it's backing, and place the transfer tape, sticky side down, on top of numbers.  Now slowly peel away the vinyl's backing, once again using the weeding tool to keep the ones in place, if necessary.  You should be left with transfer tape with only the numbers adhered to it.

DIY Bottle Wraps Using a Cricut

Next, cut the numbers into individual pieces.  Center the numbers onto the petal cardstock pieces, then remove the transfer tape.  Voila!  How cool is that?!!!

DIY Bottle Wraps Using a Cricut

Now we just need to put everything together and we're done!

Use double-sided tape to center the pink circle onto the dotted circle.  I used a pop dot to adhere the petal circle to the pink circle because I wanted to add a little bit of dimension, but you could totally just use double-stick tape, if you'd rather.

Then just use another piece of double-stick tape to adhere the creation to the bottle.  All done, and super cute!!!  :)

DIY Bottle Wraps Using a Cricut
DIY Bottle Wraps Using a Cricut
DIY Bottle Wraps Using a Cricut
DIY Bottle Wraps Using a Cricut
Watermelon First Birthday Party - Jen T by Design

So, there you have it!  Easy peasy and super cute!  :)

I also used the Cricut Explore Air 2 to create the backdrop sign for this party, the cake topper, the watermelon favor bag toppers, and I used it to cut out the cupcake toppers and favor tags.

This machine is life-changing, y'all, and I'm obsessed!!!

Enter to win your very own Cricut Explore Air 2 here!

If you like these ideas, please "Like," "Pin," "Share" or "Tweet!"  Or, you can just shout it from the rooftops, if that's your thing.  Thanks bunches!!!  :) 

I was invited to participate in the Cricut Party Blogger Program Kickoff.  

This experience is based strictly on my opinion.  Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above.  I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I have given my honest opinion.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. Post contains affiliate links.

A Watermelon First Birthday Party with Cricut

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One of the things I miss most about my kiddos being little is their birthday parties. There was something so magical about watching their little faces as they soaked in every detail of a celebration that was designed especially  for them!

Since those days are looooong gone, when Cricut contacted me to design a Watermelon First Birthday Party for them, I was all over it!  I have a Watercolor Watermelon Invitation in the shop that I've always wanted to create a party around, so this provided the perfect opportunity to check that off the list!

Watermelon First Birthday Party - Watermelon Invitation

My mind was spinning with ideas about what projects to create with my brand new Cricut Explore Air 2, but I knew two things:  I definitely wanted to make a wall decal (I've always wanted to make one!), and I wanted to make a "one" cake topper like the ones that are so on trend right now.  

Cutting them out was seriously SO easy!  Honestly, we're talking minutes...and I'm a newbie!  I used "midnight" vinyl for the wall decal and heavy duty card stock for the topper, and they both cut like a dream.  Now I just want to cut allllll the things!  I'm seriously obsessed!

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An adorable watermelon piñata made by my super sweet friend Lisa (@lisafrankparties on Instagram) looked too darn cute for words in the wall display, and the cake topper could not have looked any more perfect sitting atop the amazing watermelon cake by my friend Alyson of Confection Deception.  

Watermelon First Birthday - Cricut Cake Topper - Watermelon Cake
Watermelon First Birthday - Watermelon Cake - Cricut Cake Topper

Isn't that cake so amazing?  Wanna know a secret?  It's not real!!!  

Alyson creates faux cakes for photo shoots, and they are spectacular!  Want to have your mind blown?  Check out this one!

Watermelon First Birthday Party with Cricut - Watermelon Cupcakes
Watermelon First Birthday Party with Cricut - Watermelon Cupcakes

So, if you know me, you know a little bit of real cake has to be involved, too!  I fancied up some store-bought cupcakes with my Watercolor Watermelon Party Toppers available here.

The Cricut Explore Air 2 has a "Print and Cut" feature which is a dream come true...especially in my line of work when I'm cutting printables allllll day long!

I simply loaded the topper images into Cricut Design Space, printed them, and loaded them into the Cricut for cutting.  Y'all!!!  Can I just tell you?  Life. Changing!!!

Watermelon First Birthday Party with Cricut
Watermelon First Birthday Party with Cricut

The Cricut Explore Air 2 also came in handy for making the bottle wraps for the party, and I'm crazy over how they turned out!  

I simply layered some ribbon, then used my Cricut to cut a few coordinating shapes and numbers.  Stay tuned for a DIY on how to make these coming soon!  

Watermelon First Birthday Party with Cricut - Watermelon Party Favors
Watermelon First Birthday Party with Cricut - Watermelon Party Favors

I used the "Print and Cut" feature for my Watermelon Favor Tags, too, and created the cutest little watermelon favor bag toppers using this "Make it Now" project idea in Cricut Design Space.

The "Make it Now" projects are awesome!  They're a library full of projects that are all ready for making...you just load the materials and follow the instructions.  So easy!!!

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Watermelon First Birthday - Watermelon Pinata
Watermelon First Birthday Party - Watermelon Pinata

A personalized Watermelon Party Sign (available here), more Lisa Frank watermelon pinatas, and some pretty flowers all helped round out the Watermelon Party decor.

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Sources:

Jen T by Design:  Party styling, photography, watermelon invites, watermelon party toppers, watermelon party sign, watermelon party favors

Cricut Cricut Explore Air 2, vinyl, cardstock

Lisa Frank Parties:  Watermelon piñatas

Confection DeceptionWatermelon cake

If you like these ideas, please "Like," "Pin," "Share" or "Tweet!"  Or, you can just shout it from the rooftops, if that's your thing.  Thanks bunches!!!  :) 

I was invited to participate in the Cricut Party Blogger Program Kickoff.  

This experience is based strictly on my opinion.  Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above.  I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I have given my honest opinion.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. Post contains affiliate links.

DIY Palm Tree Party Favors

DIY Palm Tree Favors - Tropical Party Favors - JenTbyDesign.com

Palm trees + summertime go together like sun + sand...they're the perfect combo!

With all of the summer parties on the horizon, I thought it would be fun to share with you a super cute, realllly easy DIY Palm Tree Favor Idea.

These favors are perfect for practically anything...bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties, retirement parties...even weddings!  

You may recognize them from my Tropical Bridal Shower Brunch, or from the Tropical Bar Cart post I shared recently.  (If you missed those posts, be sure to check them out...there's some serious eye candy tucked inside)!

Ready to learn how to make these babies?  Let's do it!  

You'll Need:

DIY Palm Tree Favors - Tropical Party Favors - JenTbyDesign.com
DIY Palm Tree Favors - Tropical Party Favors - JenTbyDesign.com

Start with these clear plastic palm tree containers from Oriental Trading, then spray paint the lids with the color(s) of your choosing.

I love using Rustoleum spray paints because they cover well and dry quickly.  Two quick coats (with a short drying period in between), and these were done!

You could definitely paint the bottom portions, too, if you want, but I wanted the goodies inside to show through and add some color contrast/visual interest.  

Just be sure to paint the outside surfaces only...you don't want to spray paint a surface that will be holding anything edible.  

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Once your surfaces are dry, fill the containers with your choice of goodies. 

I wanted the favors to match my party decor, so I chose pink chocolate candies from Oriental Trading.  How adorable do they look with these Fancy That gold-foiled napkins?!!

DIY Palm Tree Party Favors - Tropical Party Favors - JenTbyDesign.com
DIY Palm Tree Party Favors - Tropical Party Favors - JenTbyDesign.com

This is how they look incorporated into our Tropical Bridal Shower Brunch.  So cute, right?  And soooooo incredibly easy!  Told ya!  

Have fun making your own, and be sure to share pics of them on social media and tag me so I can see!  (@jentbydesign on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).  :)

Thanks for visiting, and see ya next time!

xoxoxo, Jen  :)

If you like these ideas, please "Like," "Pin," "Share" or "Tweet!"  Or, you can just shout it from the rooftops, if that's your thing.  Thanks bunches!!!  :)  

Sources:

Jen T by Design:  DIY creation, party styling, photography

Oriental Trading Company Palm tree favor containers, pink chocolate candies, plumeria blooms

Fancy That:  Palm tree napkins

Baby Gabey Cookies:  Tropical palm tree, hibiscus, and pineapple cookies

 I was provided samples by Oriental Trading Company and Fancy That in exchange for my honest review on their products. All ideas and opinions found in this post are my own.  No other type of compensation was received. 

How to Style a Tropical Bar Cart

How to Style a Tropical Bar Cart - JenTbyDesign.com

Aloha!!!  As promised in my Tropical Bridal Shower Brunch post yesterday, I'm back today to share some ideas for how to style a Tropical Bar Cart!  

I'm by no means an expert, but I think the cart turned out pretty darn good...so, if this gives you some inspiration to recreate your own, then I'll consider my mission accomplished.  ;)

Basically, if the vibe of your cart flows well with the vibe of your party area, then you're in good shape!

However, if you're in need of a little clarification, here are a few tips to help you style the perfect tropical bar cart:

How to Style a Tropical Bar Cart - JenTbyDesign.com
How to Style a Tropical Bar Cart - JenTbyDesign.com

Bar Cart Tip #1: Don't Underestimate the Power of Spray Paint

Finding the perfect bar cart isn't always an easy task.  You might not be able to find just what you're looking for, or maybe the one you really love is way out of your price range.  Don't ya hate it when that happens?

I was searching for a white bar cart that I could use over and over again.  One that was simple in style and could be used in different settings.  I wasn't having any luck finding what I had in mind.

When I found this beauty at HomeGoods, she was aqua.  I loved her versatile style, I actually loved the aqua, and I really loved the price tag, but I needed her to be white.  

This is where the power of spray paint comes in!  With some Rustoleum Lacquer spray paint, she was white and shiny in no time...just like I'd hoped!  Bonus?  The lacquer paint is indoor/outdoor paint, so this beauty can be used for both inside and outside gatherings.  Score!!!

The bottom line is, you might not be able to find just what you're looking for, but don't be afraid to reimagine a good find and make it work for you!

How to Style a Tropical Bar Cart - JenTbyDesign.com
How to Style a Tropical Bar Cart - JenTbyDesign.com
How to Style a Tropical Bar Cart - JenTbyDesign.com

Bar Cart Tip #2: Keep the Vibe Consistent

Consistency is key!  

Our party area consisted of lots of natural tropical elements, so it was important to incorporate those same elements from the main party area into the bar cart decor.  

Hibiscus blooms, plumeria blooms, and palm leaves that graced our party table were carried over to the cart styling, as well as a mercury mason jar that helped tie the cart in with our DIY Tropical Overhang. 

Fern and hibiscus plants from Home Depot added to our tropical vibe without overpowering it.

Be sure to stick with the same color palette, too!  

The gold accents from our table place settings reappeared on our bar cart in the glasses and ice bucket, and the cheerful colors from our balloon centerpiece were echoed by tassel garland in the same colors.  

Wanna know a secret? The cocktails were supposed to be pink and yellow to match the party decor.  Obviously, looking at the pics you can see that they didn't quite work out as planned.  Boo.  :( 

I almost didn't even share pics of the cocktails because of that, but figured ya might like to know that even while things might look all put together in my world, I have fails all the time, too.  I screw up with the best of 'em, y'all!  

Wanna know something else?  Those hibiscus blooms in the drinks are edible!!!  Who knew there were edible hibiscus flowers?  Find them here
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How to Style a Tropical Bar Cart - JenTbyDesign.com

Bar Cart Tip #3:  Keep Visual Interest

Using different heights and textures will make sure your Tropical Bar Cart is eye-catching and pretty.  Just be sure not to over-do it...less is more!

Layering and stacking items that tie into the decor are a perfect way to add dimension to your cart display.  

I stacked gold-foiled gift boxes and a gold metal tray to showcase scrumptious tropical cookies (made by my gal pal Leigh of Baby Gabey Cookies, @babygabeycookies on Instagram) and DIY palm tree favors. Showcasing everything together but at different heights gave the goodies serious eye appeal.  (How perfect are those cookies, you guys)?!!!  

The cutouts in the mirrored drink tray added just enough texture to the cart without overpowering anything, and the fern in the background served as the perfect vehicle to make the eyes travel upward and tie in the pretty tropical flower on the left.    

Also, don't be afraid of sprinkling on a little "ground cover" to tie everything together.  

See how a few of the edible hibiscus blooms were scattered around the glasses and on top of the ice bucket to kind of unify everything?  

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So there ya have it...some tips on how to make your tropical bar cart look amazing!

Be sure to check out the full Tropical Bridal Shower Brunch to see how this cart was the perfect fit for the party, and be sure to check out the DIY palm tree favors on the bottom shelf!

In the meantime, thanks for reading, and Happy Celebrating to ya!  xoxoxo, Jen  :)

If you like these ideas, please "Like," "Pin," "Share" or "Tweet!"  Or, you can just shout it from the rooftops, if that's your thing.  Thanks bunches!!!  :)  

Sources:

Jen T by Design:  Party styling, photography

Oriental Trading Company Mercury mason jars, palm leaves, plumeria blooms, palm tree favor containers

Fancy That:  Tassel garland (green, fuchsia, gold)

Baby Gabey Cookies:  Tropical pineapple, palm tree, and hibiscus cookies

Michaels:  White flower garland, hibiscus

Home Goods:  Bar cart, drink tray, gold-dipped glasses, melamine leaf plate, gold foil gift boxes (used as risers), ice bowl, faux tropical plant

Home Depot:  Rustoleum Lacquer Spray Paint, fern plants, hibiscus plants

 I was provided samples by Oriental Trading Company in exchange for my honest review on their products. All ideas and opinions found in this post are my own.  No other type of compensation was received. 

Tropical Bridal Shower Idea: Palm Trees and Paradise Bridal Brunch

Tropical Bridal Shower Ideas - Palm Trees and Paradise Brunch

Aloha!!!  The season for "I do's" is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the bride-to-be than with a Tropical Bridal Shower Brunch?

I mean, palm trees and paradise?  It just doesn't get much better than that, y'all. 

Take a peek below to see how I used Oriental Trading goodies to create a tropical celebration that rivals any day in the sun & sand...complete with a drink in hand!

I've been wanting to create a palm tree invite for the longest time, and this shower finally gave me the opportunity!  Introducing the new "Palm Trees and Paradise" Bridal Brunch invites, now available in the shop here.

They're the perfect way to set the stage for an afternoon of fun, and I have a major crush on the color palette!  Kinda Lilly-inspired, don't ya think?

Tropical Bridal Shower Ideas - Palm Trees and Paradise Brunch
Tropical Bridal Shower Ideas - Palm Trees and Paradise Brunch

To set the stage and really make the guests feel like they were in a tropical setting, I enlisted my hubby to help me set up a gorgeous floral overhang for the table.  Don't you just love it?!!!  I wanted to leave it up forever, but hubs has plans to seal the deck floor so I had to take it all down.  Sigh...

Anyhoo, making it was suuuuper easy.  Hanging it took some creative thinking, but that's what the hubs is for! (He strung heavy duty wire from our house to a temporary pole).

I found a nice, imperfect, sturdy branch from the yard and spray painted it gold.  I used fishing line to hang mercury mason jars from the branch, then surrounded the jars with floral garland.  A pretty pink hibiscus was tucked inside each jar to lend to the tropical vibe, then we used rope to tie the branch to the wire.  Swoon!!!

Tropical Bridal Shower - Palm Trees and Paradise Brunch

Balloons in different shades & sizes, plumeria blooms, and palm leaves from Oriental Trading all married together to create a show-stopping centerpiece for the table.  

I literally just laid the leaves out on the table, used glue dots to adhere the balloons to each other, and tucked some plumeria and fern leaves here and there to fill in the gaps.  It was really easy to do, and created one heck of a "wow" factor!

To break it up a bit and add some height, I centered a miniature faux palm tree from Target in between two balloon bundles.  So perfect!  :)

Tropical Bridal Shower - Palm Trees and Paradise Brunch
Tropical Bridal Shower - Palm Trees and Paradise Brunch
Tropical Bridal Shower Ideas - Palm Trees and Paradise

The place settings for the brunch turned out soooo darn cute!!!  Fancy That has the most adorable gold-foil-accented palm tree tableware that I've ever seen, and it was the perfect addition to our bridal brunch!  The plates, cups, and napkins are all available together in a party kit...talk about easy one-stop-shopping!  

I layered the napkins and plates on top of larger rectangular plates and gold chargers for a beautiful layered look.  How pretty is that gold flatware?  It's metallic plastic, y'all!!!  Use it and lose it...no dish washing required!  YAY!!!

Mini white pails from Oriental Trading were accented with gold foil pineapple tattoos, and a single pink hibiscus bloom with fern leaves was tucked inside to tie the place setting and the floral overhang together.  

I created a tropical brunch menu to coordinate with the party invitations, and they served as the finishing touch to our tropical place settings.  

So whaddya think?  Easy enough to recreate, right?  And sooooo darn adorable!  

Stay tuned for more on this Tropical Bridal Shower where I'll show you how to stage a tropical bar cart (pictured above) and create super cute (and inexpensive) little DIY palm tree favors for your guests!

Until then...hugs!!! xoxoxo, Jen

If you like these ideas, please "Like," "Pin," "Share" or "Tweet!"  Or, you can just shout it from the rooftops, if that's your thing.  Thanks bunches!!!  :)  

Sources:

Jen T by Design:  Tropical Bridal Brunch Invitations, Bridal Brunch Menu Cards, party styling, photography

Oriental Trading Company Mercury mason jars, metallic gold cutlery, mini white pails, gold foil pineapple tattoos, palm leaves, plumeria blooms, palm tree favor containers, green square plates, pink chocolate candies

Fancy That:  Palm Tree Party Kit (plates, napkins, cups), tassel garland (green, fuchsia, gold)

Baby Gabey CookiesTropical pineapple, palm tree, and hibiscus cookies

Michaels:  White flower garland, hibiscus

Target:  Faux miniature palm tree, pink tray (holding ice), gold tray (holding cookies)

Home Goods:  Bar cart, drink tray, gold-dipped glasses, melamine leaf plate, gold foil gift boxes (used as risers), ice bowl, faux tropical plant

 I was provided samples by Oriental Trading Company and Fancy That in exchange for my honest review on their products. All ideas and opinions found in this post are my own.  No other type of compensation was received. 

Cinco de Mayo Round-Up: Fun Fiesta Ideas

Cinco de Mayo Round-Up:  Fun Fiesta Ideas

If you're a taco lovin,' chip dippin,' margarita sippin' fanatic like me, then brace yourself because the sweetest of holidays is right around the corner...Cinco de Mayo!!!!

To help you make the most of this (what should be holy) holiday, I've teamed up with some of my fave party gal pals to bring you some fun fiesta ideas that can take your celebration from ehhhh to epic!

1. Festive Fiesta Party Decor from Petite Party Studio:  I mean, the festooning alone is begging for a party, but those "Fiesta Foreva" picks?  Come on!!!  Must. Have. Them!!! 

2.  A Fun Fiesta Invitation from Jen T by Design:  If you wanna create a fun, festive vibe for your party, fabulous invites are a must!  Purchase these babies as a digital file, then text, FB, or e-mail the invites to your fave friends in a jiffy!  Easy peasy, and sooooo cute!

3.  Avocado Guacamole Cups from Celebrations at Home:  Holy guacamole, how clever is this idea?!!!  Create individual servings of guac by using the avocado shells as cups.  Genius!!!  

4.  Mini Cinco de Mayo Piñatas from Lula Flora Designs:  If these little guys don't scream "Fiesta," then I don't know what does!  Olé!  Also, this pic totally makes me sing "Limes" by Brad Paisley.  Have you heard it?  Check it out!

5. Cactus Plates, Cups, and Napkins from Meri Meri:  Because they're just way too cute not to.  I'm loving the plates so much that I'd even string them together and use them as party bunting.  Adorable, right? 

6.  Creative Place Setting Ideas from Celebrations at Home:  Adding personal touches to your celebrations definitely gives you rank towards "hostess with the mostess" status, but when those personal touches tie perfectly into your theme?  Boom.  Status achieved!  

7.  Fun and Festive Party Signs from Jen T by Design:  They're funky, they're festive, and they add so much spunk to the party table!  Bonus: They're only $5 and available for instant download, so you can literally purchase them last-minute...perfect for those party procrastinators!

8.  Vibrant  and Festive Fiesta Desserts from Inspired by This:  After you pick your jaw up off the floor, pop on over to Inspired by This for the most amazing fiesta dessert ideas ever!  Just look at those colors!!!

9.  Holy Guacamole Favor Tags from Jen T by Design:  Party favors don't have to be fancy.  Tie these fun favor tags around packages of guacamole mix, mini bottles of tequila, or plastic shot glasses as a neat little "thanks for coming" gift.  Super cute!

A Fun Margarita Fiesta

Margarita Fiesta - Fiesta Party Ideas - JenTbyDesign

Ohhhh, y'all this is such a fun post!  Are you ready?!!!

If you love spending time with friends while nibblin' on munchies and sippin' on cocktails, then this Fun Margarita Fiesta is for you!

It's super casual, and really easy to throw together...my kinda shindig!  :)

Margarita Fiesta - Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas - JenTbyDesign
Margarita Fiesta - Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas - JenTbyDesign
Fun Margarita Fiesta Party Ideas

Of course, the stars of the show are the 'ritas, so might as well dress them up for the occasion, right?

I chose this recipe because I loved the color of the cocktail.  Yes, I know...I'm weird like that, but it works, right?  ;)

I wanted the tablescape to be bright and colorful with Mexican flair, so I sliced up some jalapeños to give the drink some spice, and added a baby habanero pepper and lime slice as garnish for pops of color.

Margarita Fiesta - Fiesta Party Food - JenTbyDesign
Margarita Fiesta - Fiesta Party Food - JenTbyDesign
Margarita Fiesta - Fiesta Party Ideas - JenTbyDesign

Keeping with the Mexican theme, and trying to keep things casual, the food centered around chips and dips.

I mean, what goes better with margaritas?

Spicy guacamole, queso, fresh garden salsa, and corn & caramelized onion salad were all available to munch on, and were soooo tasty!

Oriental Trading Company has the cutest little brightly colored shot glasses that were perfect for serving the corn salad in, and they added a festive touch to the table.

Lime wedges were available to add some extra zip to the dips, if anyone wanted it, and looked really cool with the party decor on the table.

And can we just talk about that "Chippin,' Dippin,' and Margarita Sippin" sign that I designed? So fun, right?!!  I just love how it looks in the distressed frame I found at Michaels!

Get the print in the shop here.

Margarita Fiesta - Fiesta Party Ideas - JenTbyDesign
Margarita Fiesta - Fiesta Party Ideas - JenTbyDesign
Margarita Fiesta - Fiesta Party Ideas - JenTbyDesign
Margarita Fiesta - Fiesta Party Ideas - JenTbyDesign

I love using natural elements in my celebrations, and what could be better for a Fun Margarita Fiesta than colorful peppers?  

Rich green jalapeños, bright red hot chili peppers, and fiery habanero peppers served as the perfect table decor for the party.

Bright, cheerful fiesta goodies from Oriental Trading Company were just what were needed to make the party decor complete!

Giant balloon letters spelled out OLÉ, while the fun fiesta garland added color and flair!

I thought the taco garland was just too cute to pass up, and it added a hint of whimsy to the table.  :)

The fiesta plates and napkins were the perfect finishing touches.  

Margarita Fiesta - Fiesta Party Favor Ideas - JenTbyDesign

Last but not least, some DIY Margarita Party Favors were on hand for guests to take home.

Oriental Trading had some taco holders that matched the party plates, so I used them to create boxes to hold some fun goodies.

Mini bottles of tequila, guacamole mix, shot glasses (the same ones that I used for the corn salad above), and "Island Margarita" hand sanitizer from Bath and Body Works were tucked inside.  

I finished the boxes off with fun fiesta favor tags (available here).

Giant margarita & lime balloons, fiesta garland, and a coordinating fiesta favor sign finished off our favor station...and looked super cute, I might add!

See...all of this was so easy...and FUN!!!  You can totally recreate this at home, I have no doubt!

If you like these ideas, please "Like," "Pin," "Share" or "Tweet!"  Or, you can just shout it from the rooftops, if that's your thing.  Thanks bunches!!!  :)  

Sources:

Jen T by Design:  "Chippin,' Dippin,' and Margarita Sippin" sign; "Holy Guacamole" favor tags & favor sign set; party styling & ideas; photography

Oriental Trading Company Balloons, plates, napkins, taco holders, taco banner, fiesta banner, tissue paper fans, shot glasses

Michaels:  Picture frames

Target:  Cactus

 I was provided samples by Oriental Trading Company in exchange for my honest review on their products. All ideas and opinions found in this post are my own.  No other type of compensation was received. 

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