Easter Brunch Tablescape 

If you have been following along, then you know how much I love to host. I get all the feels when I get the chance to entertain friends & family. Like literally, my heart feels like it’s going to burst. 😬 This year I decided to host an Easter brunch. My goal was to create a whimsical garden party table setting. To do that I needed lots & lots of flowers. I think the types of flowers you use really sets the tone and brings a tablescape together. But that is just my opinion. I might be biased. 🤔 I do love flowers though!

So to get this look, I first laid moss down the center of the table. It was a little messy so I would encourage you to do this before putting anything else on the table. I bought the preserved moss at Joann Fabrics. The large bag was only $4! 🙌🏼

Next, I added the teapot with the floral arrangement I put together. Since the tea set has blue details, I went with blue hydrangeas, then added white flower spray and touches of greenery. The hydrangeas and flower spray was under $10 at Trader Joe’s!

Then I put moss in each teacup as I stacked them. I have 5 teacups, so I did a stack of 3 and then a stack of 2. I added fresh flowers to the top then placed a stack on each side of the teapot.

Side note, this tea set was passed down to me from my grandma. It was given to her by her husband. A gift he brought back with him from when he was stationed in Germany. It is one of my most favorite possessions. 💙

Okay, now back to tablescaping…

Once I had the tea set all floral-y. That’s a word right? No, it’s not. But now it is. 😂 I randomly placed {real} broken egg shells on the moss along with faux eggs.

After putting the centerpiece together I laid out the plates, silverware, and mason jars for the glasses. For the napkin I did a bunny fold. The fold is simple. Trying to secure it was not. 😤 So I used a straight pin to secure the napkin in the back. You can’t even tell. I will have to remember to tell my guests though. 😬

Here are the step-by-step instructions for the napkin bunny fold. Please note, this fold works best with a large dinner napkin.

After step 8, you’ll need to flip the napkin over to complete steps 9 & 10. Then you’ll flip it back over for step 11.

To secure the fold, I put a straight pin in the back (after step 13).

See…easy peasy! Well, with the straight pin. 😂
Ok,now dessert!

I found a recipe for mini mason jar garden carrot cupcakes on Pinterest via My Cup of Cake and knew that’s what I wanted to make for a dessert. They are so dainty and thought it would fit my whimsical woodland tea party theme perfectly! My favorite part are the mini mason jars though. 😍

Before I give you the link to the recipe I do want to tell you that I didn’t follow the recipe, more like used the idea. Instead of making the frosting and cake from scratch I used store bought. My oldest son had one and he loved it, store bought and all. 😊 That was all the confirmation I needed.

Note, I did follow the recipe in regards to length of time to cook and how to make the strawberries. 🍓 Ok, I think that’s all I wanted to tell you about the cupcakes so click here to get the full recipe.

For the final touch I used individual cupcake stands I found at Target for $1 each and placed one in front of each table setting. Hold on…can we go back to the $1 cupcake stand?!? Is that not crazy? $1 each! 😱😱 Target dollar spot for the win! 🙌🏼

Well friends that all for this post. I hope you enjoyed it and leave here feeling inspired to create your own tablescape for the upcoming holiday. Until next time. Xoxo

 

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DIY Book Wall

I have been asked by several people how I created my book wall, so I decided to blog about it. 😊 I originally found this idea from Erin @cottonstem on Instagram. It was home decor love at first sight! I had been wanting to do something with the bare wall in the sitting room above my salvaged desk, so I decided to do a take on Erin’s idea.

At first I wasn’t sure how to approach this project since I didn’t want to hammer a lot of nails into the wall. So I got creative and ended up using a staple gun and scotch tape.

The first thing I did was hang the sign. Isn’t it to die for?!? 😍😍

I had my very talented friend Nichole @therusticroost custom make it for me and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. 😍 You should check her shop out on Instagram @shoptherusticroostco or click here to be taken directly to her shop.

Once I had the sign hung, I started taping the old book pages to the wall around the sign then worked my way outwards from the sign.

Tip: I looped the tape (sticky side out) and stuck it on the back of the book pages so the tape would be hidden.


Side note, I got the old books from various flea markets and antique stores.

After I had all the book pages secured to the wall I stapled the actual books to the wall overlapping some of the book pages.

To get the flared book pages for the actual books I first stapled the cover to the wall allowing the pages to hang freely, then stapled about a half inch of pages at a time to each side until I had 1 page left on each side.

Stapling the pages to the cover a little at a time gave the book pages that bunched up volume look.

For the last two pages I looped scotch tape (sticky side out) and taped down 1 page on each side. Doing this covered the staples.

If you want the pages of the book to hang freely, just staple the cover of the book on both sides to the wall and let the pages fall.

To give the wall a little more originality, I wrote a few of my favorite authors names (Alice Sebold, Arianne Huffington, & Dan Brown) on mixed media card stock with a black sharpie marker and then taped them alongside the old book pages.

Honestly, there wasn’t a real method to my madness. I simply used the sign as a focal point and worked my way out. I overlapped the pages and placed the books where I thought they would look good. I continued until I was happy with how it looked. That’s really it. 😊

Well friends, that’s it for this post. For those of you that asked about how I orchestrated this project, I hope this helped and you leave here feeling inspired. Thank you for the constant support. Until next time. Have a lovely day. Xo

DIY Paper Bag Bunnies

Spring is upon us, and with Spring comes Easter! 🐰 This year I’m planning an Easter egg hunt for my boys and some of their friends, so in Carrie fashion I wanted to make cute Easter egg bags for them instead of the standard buckets. I initially found some bags online, but they were $14, each. 😳 I wasn’t about to spend that much on disposable bags, so I decided to make my own and spent about $5 for all of them! 😊

I had most of the materials on hand, but for the materials I didn’t, I purchased at Michaels.

Bag Materials:

White paper bags

Assortment of scrapbook paper

White card stock

Pink & black construction paper

A hole punch

Scissors

Glue stick

Black pen

Bag Filler Materials:

Assortment of tissue paper

Scissors

Now that you have all your materials gathered, let’s do this!

Step 1: Fold the top of the paper bag, about 3 inches.

Step 2: Cut two ears from the white card stock.

Tip: I did not use a template, I just eyed it. I made them about 8 inches long. You’ll lose some of the length when you glue them to the bag.

Step 3: Using the card stock ears as templates, cut two more ears out of the scrapbook paper. These are the inside of the ears.

Step 4: Cut about a half inch around the scrapbook paper ears. You want them to be smaller than the card stock.

Step 5: Glue the scrapbook pieces inside the card stock pieces.

Step 6: Using the hole punch and black construction paper, punch out two circles. These are the eyes. 👀 Also cut 6 VERY THIN strips from the black construction paper. These are the whiskers.

Step 7: Cut two small circles from the pink construction paper. About 1.5 inch diameter. These are the cheeks. Also cut out a small triangle for the nose using the same pink construction paper.

Step 8: Layout the face before gluing. Once you are happy everything in place, glue the face onto the bag. Then put glue on the bottom of the ears (right side up) and secure them to the backside of the bag. Clear as mud right? If not just look at the below picture. 😊

Step 9: Using the black pen, draw the mouth on and you’re done!

To make the bag filler just cut thin strips of the tissue paper and then take the strips and roll them in a ball using both hands.

Tip: Think of how you would roll a ball of cookie dough in your hands, but more gentle. You do not want to press hard, if you do the tissue paper won’t look right.

Well friends, that’s it for this post. I hope you found it inspiring for the upcoming holiday. If you decide to make them I would love for you to share them with me on Instagram @acarriedaffairdesigns Until next time. Xo

Rose Petal Lollipops

I love finding new sweet treat recipes to try, so when I ran across a homemade lollipop recipe I was sold! Especially when they are made using edible flowers. 😍 Plus these are perfect little sweet treats to make for our Easter brunch to give to the kids as favors.

I followed this recipe I found on Pinterest, but I’m including additional information that will be helpful if this is your first time making lollipops. I would recommend reading my tips below before using this recipe.

If you want to use edible flowers here is a list I found on Pinterest that can help you. Some flowers are not edible so make sure you choose ones that are.

Ingredients:

1 dram of flavoring (I chose cherry)

Lollipop sticks

2/3 cup light corn syrup

2/3 cup of water

2 cups of sugar

Kitchen Necessities:

Saucepan

Candy thermometer

Metal spoon

Tip 1: The tutorial called for a lollipop mold, but I didn’t use one. I simply sprayed cooking spray on wax paper and put the hard crack candy mix directly on the wax paper. If you want the lollipops to be consistent in size I would recommend using a mold. Mine were all different sizes, but I was ok that. 😋

Tip 2: The candy mixture will harden very quickly. I would recommend cutting the recipe in half if you are not using a mold and want to add edible flowers to the lollipops. I only got 9 completed before the mix had hardened to the point the remaining was unusable. I wasted a little under half of the mixture.

Tip 3: The lollipops only take about 8 minutes to completely harden. If some of the wax paper sticks to the lollipop dab your finger in water and run it across the back. You’ll need to let the lollipop dry for an additional hour.

My oldest son and husband did a taste test and said they tasted like a cherry jolly rancher, so that was al the approval I needed.


Tip 4: To clean the utensils and saucepan simply run hot water over the hardened candy mix. The hot water will dissolve the candy within minutes.

I will say these were messy to make, but oh so worth it. 😋 I can’t wait to make another batch for our Easter brunch. I think I’ll try lavender. We shall see. 😉

Well friends, that’s it for this post. I hope you enjoyed it! If you decide to make them please tag me on Instagram @acarriedaffairdesigns Thanks so much for stopping by! Until next time. Xoxo