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{everyday party} a father's day pack-a-picnic... 11 Jun 2012

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With Father's Day just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to make some pack-a-picnic cutlery pouches for having a day of fun in the sun with your favorite guy. It's also fun and easy way to display cutlery at other outdoor events—whether you have a set at each place setting, in a basket on a table, or in a picnic basket camped out in the grass...

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{everyday party} sweet sips for mom... 8 May 2012

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With Mother's Day this weekend, we thought it would be fun to share a little something you can make for mom to accent the brunch, lunch, or dinner you might be whipping up in her honor. We asked Courtney from Merriment Events put together this little how to for some sweet floral straws for mom...

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{sneak peek} amy atlas' new book... 5 Apr 2012

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Party planner and dessert table master Amy Atlas will be launching her new book Sweet Designs later this month. Full of recipes, craft project, and styling tips, I'm excited to share a fun image from her Pastel Pretty chapter of her pink and white milkshake made of strawberry and vanilla and dotted with cotton candy dollop and confetti dots! It's seriously making me want one right now! Photographed by Johnny Miller, you can pre-order Amy's beautiful book right here.
— Joy

Ps. For those of you following Amy's Scavenger hunt on Amy's blog, the code words are "Perfect for Easter". And then visit Amy's blog at 12pm EST for the next clue!

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{everyday party} neon dip-dyed eggs... 20 Mar 2012

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With Easter coming up, I thought it would be fun to show a twist on Easter eggs that could be used even after the holiday is over. So, today, we have a guest post by Courtney of Merriment with her super cute neon dip-dyed eggs. — Joy

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Inspired by dip-dyed textiles, baskets, and other objects we’ve seen dipped and dyed lately, I decided to apply the technique to Easter eggs! With this modern take on Easter egg coloring, dip-dying Easter eggs has to be one of the easiest ways to decorate eggs—especially because much of the beauty is in leaving part of the shell exposed. These eggs would make a lovely centerpiece on a very simple Easter table, set with a white tablecloth, and with a range of colorful napkins in complementary colors. And, while I used hard boiled eggs here, you could also blow out the eggs so they could be displayed hanging, on a wreath or stored for use again next year...  

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