Copper Wire Easter Eggs

Hey party people!

Is anyone asking, “How is it Easter already?” Whew…time is flying.

Hope you have wonderful plans for this special weekend. I’m hosting Easter dinner at our house and we’re attending a midnight mass on Saturday. Looking forward to a meaningful and fun time.

You know if I’m hosting, then I start thinking about the tablescape and settings immediately. Well, I wanted to use what I had but add something unique to it. That’s when I crafted these copper wire Easter eggs.

Copper Wire Easter Egg Craft by Heidi Rew of PartiesforPennies.com

I’m all aboard with the copper craze right now. I’m kinda getting tired of gold and I’m still over silver, so copper it is!

You can use these abstract copper wire eggs as flower cages or you could put a name card inside for seating.

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This is all you’ll need – plastic easter egg, copper wiring, and pliers or wire cutters.

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Start by wrapping your wire around the egg once. If you’re having trouble keeping it in place, just thread one end through the holes in the egg. You’re just creating a template.

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Cut the end and wrap around the other wire end. This should form an egg shape.

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Next, take your copper wire and wrap it around your plastic egg. Again, you’re using the plastic egg to create a form.

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Slide your wire off the plastic egg and cut the end. Now slip your form over the 1st egg shape you created. Wrap one end at the top and the other end at the bottom. This creates an egg-shaped copper wire cage.

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Now you can fill it with a beautiful bloom, an Easter message, or a name card.

What are you doing for Easter? Do you have an Easter egg hunt? My brother is going to an adult Easter egg hunt party. How fun is that? I want to be friends with whoever is throwing that.

Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend. Keep watching out for Parties for Pennies on social media, bloglovin & in your inbox! Next week is going to be jammed packed with fun posts.


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Lucky Duck Cafe St Patricks Day Party {featured}

Hey party people!

There’s been so many wonderful people I’ve met because of blogging…like YOU! During my recent trip to Tybee, I met precious Cindy Barganier. She is such a talented designer and one of the sweetest people. She talked to me a lot about her daughter and her love for throwing parties! I knew we’d get along right away. It’s true. It has been a joy to get to know Megan & her blog Project Housewife. Today, we’re featuring her Lucky Duck St Patricks Day Party! 

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It’s always fun to plan a party! If you read Heidi’s blog, then you probably agree! A party for kids is especially fun! It can be extremely stressful also if you have no help. Trust me, I know! As a mom of three kids (4, 2, and 4 months), I have plenty of help, just not the kind of help that’s…helpful! I am creative. I am also a control-FREAK. So it’s hard for me to be that mom who let’s the kids ‘have at it’ when it comes to projects. I want them to do their thing, but then I feel the need to take over if they aren’t splattering paint the way I would splatter paint. (Can I get an amen? Please tell me I’m not the only one…)

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(Megan splattered paint on material to create a unique tablecloth)

There are a few other things that get in my way- the weather, changes in car-pool schedules, blown electrical circuits, the unexpected stomach-bug, a lack of lucite tables and/or Hermes trays, and of course forgetting how many iced lattes and accessories I bought last week resulting in ‘insufficient funds’. WHATever…!

Lately I’ve attempted to change my ways. I’m a mom who’s on a mission to laugh a little more at my life and stress a little less when things aren’t perfect. I am better some days than others.

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A month or so ago, I got the urge to throw a St. Patty’s day-themed kid party. But when “super-cute-Heidi-Rew” invited me to spend a day on her blog, it was on. I would throw an all green party that everyone would remember. I got busy planning some details that would blow.your.mind. Then my kiddos came home from pre-school and reality kicked it into high-gear. Rather than inviting the whole town to an authentic Irish pub experience, I gathered the girls in my bible study/bunco group and their little ones for a small celebration. Turns out between a dozen or so of us, we have THIRTY KIDS UNDER FIVE. Just thinking about it makes my left eye twitch.

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My budget was $50. FIFTY DOLLARS!  (I intentionally did not search the web for ideas). Here’s proof you don’t need a huge budget or a team of professionals or six months to plan an awesome party. You do need a little creativity, the ability to take deep breaths when panic attacks ensue, a few giant sweet-teas to keep you moving the morning of, and of course…little-party-people!

I found inspiration from a set of plates I’ve always liked (and recently saw in the new Domino Magazine) and a rubber ducky in my kids’ bathtub. I zipped through my local craft store and grabbed a few cheap and festive decorations.

Most of the projects involved were totally kid-friendly- my two and four year olds helped a lot. Well, they helped for several minutes until I couldn’t take it anymore and gave them an equally important job of counting birds flying in the sky.

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Before I knew it, it was time to party. Wednesday showed up and brought a wind so strong that one little leprechaun was concerned “the party might fly away and end up in the land of diz!” (I didn’t tell her it was the land of OZ…or that the wind and not a real tornado.) 

My table scape blew away 20 times in an hour. My ROY G. BIV balloons were supposed to be staked in the grass in the shape of an arch. Unfortunately, they didn’t stand a chance against the wind or my Ford-man, who ‘sent them to heaven’ before I could stop him. And the pot of gold was all but empty because most of the chocolate coins were devoured by my sneaky helpers before the guests arrived.

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(Source for Bunting & Stickers: Cam Addison Designs)

Regardless of the countless events that morning that resulted in my anxiety and need for several chill-pills, the party itself was just-right. As soon as our first little guests walked up, nothing else mattered! We had a packed house at Lucky Duck Cafe that afternoon and it worth every last shiny chocolate penny.

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You can re-create these ideas with things you probably already have, plus a pinch of luck, in a single day. Come on over to my place and I’ll show you step-by-step how I threw this perfectly (imperfect) party. http://project-housewife.com

Thanks so much for letting me spend a few minutes with you! Now go have yourself a party, people!

Thanks so much Megan for sharing your adorable party with us! Isn’t she so talented? Check out her blog & leave her a comment sharing your favorite thing about this party! 

Have a Happy St Patricks Day & party on! 

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Homemade Truffles

Hey party people!

Happy Valentine’s Day week! I love Valentine’s Day. I’ve always loved it. I mean, what is not to love? It’s a holiday featuring one of my favorite colors…pink! An excuse to indulge in chocolate and a day to remind people in your life how much you love them.

If you like to show people how much you love them by making them something, these homemade truffles are the perfect thing. They’re very easy to make, inexpensive and beautiful! Check out this video tutorial to find out how! The tutorial was shot in our kitchen that we just made-over. Here are the before & after pictures.

These make perfect Valentine’s Day gifts, party favors, teacher gifts, or just a delicious dessert!

Here’s the original recipe that I adapted from Wellness Mama.

If you want a printable version of the recipe I used, click here.

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Create a gift box for your homemade truffles by following this easy diagram and using cardstock or thick scrapbook paper.

How to make a giftbox from paper

Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! I, for one, think you’re gr8!

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Asian Inspired Valentines Day Party

Hey party people!

I’ve teamed up with the lovely ladies of Dress Your Guests again during this month of love! On Friday, they’ll share some beautiful outfit inspirations for you. Today, I’ll share an asian inspired Valentine’s Day party…for two or ten.

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Whether you’re planning a cocktail party for 10 or a romantic dinner for 2, this is an inexpensive way to celebrate the ones you love.

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I went with an Asian theme after I spotted the wrapping paper I used to cover my take-out boxes with. I loved the colors and the flowers. It just seemed to inspire beauty & romance.

You can create this romantic setting too, using a lot of what you already have!

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My coffee table was converted to a dinner table and our “chairs” were these beautiful pillows from Pottery Barn Teen that I ordered for our downstairs guest room.

The runner was made from two placemats and the pretty orchid was a Goodwill find for $2! Other pieces were taken from home decor I had around the house. And, believe it or not, I think all of them are from Goodwill! Macklemore would be proud.

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I did end up DIYing a few pieces…like these ombre chopsticks.

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I got a pack of chopsticks for a little over $1 from World Market but I wanted to fancy them up. I decided to try a pink ombre pattern.

I simply painted 1/3 of it with white paint, then covered 2/3 of that with a light pink and the last 1/3 with a darker pink color.

Valentines Day Asian Inspired Party - jar lid tea light holder

A simple DIY tea light holder can be made from an old baby food jar lid. I just spray painted it gold to add a little pizazz.

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This was one of my favorite parts. Using some air dry clay, I created my own gold fortune cookies that I used as a place card.

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To create your own -

Step 1: Pinch off a small ball of clay

Step 2: Using a roller, smooth out like you would dough.

Step 3: Use a glass or bowl (depending on how big you want it) to cut a circle from the clay.

Step 4: Separate your clay circle.

Step 5: Fold your circle over and pinch the edge together.

Step 6: Pinch the side in slightly and bend the tips toward the pinch.

Let it dry overnight. Spray with primer then gold spray paint! Add a little piece of paper with a message or name on it.

Valentine's Day Asian Inspired Party - Pad Thai

For your menu, a really inexpensive and easy dish to make is Pad Thai or stir fry. Customize to fit your tastes or let your guests add their favorite additions.

Valentines Day Asian Inspired Party - Dessert

I tried to make these banana fried pastries but they didn’t look very pretty so I went with a simple cinnamon sugar dusted heart with ice cream and chocolate sauce. I had an extra pie crust in the freezer so I just used a cookie cutter to create the heart, then dusted it with cinnamon sugar and baked it for 10 minutes at 375. Talk about an easy & stress-free dessert!

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Now you can create your own Valentine’s Day dinner party…on a budget!

Don’t forget to check back on Friday! Dress Your Guests will have some fabulous outfit inspiration.

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Wintry Tablesetting

Hey party people!

How’s 2014 going for you so far?

Hope it’s been awesome!

I know you may be over the holidays but I wanted to share with you our Christmas table. It wasn’t overly Christmas and I thought it may be inspiring for a wintry dinner party!

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I tried to use what I had to create this tablesetting, so I ended up using a lot of greenery. For the placesettings, I created bundles of rosemary (from the bush in our yard) and sage (leftover from ingredients for the turkey). It not only looked pretty but smelled nice too.

The centerpiece was created from branches of an evergreen from our yard and pieces from our own Christmas tree. I added some ornaments & candles for the finishing touch.

My other budget-friendly touch was our chandelier. I had faux garland but it needed something else. For about $6, I got this swanky gold chain from Home Depot! It was the perfect touch.

Who else is ready to take a little break from baking? I love baking but after all that I did over the holidays, I think my thighs and I need a breaky break.

You don’t want to miss Monday’s post. I’ll give you the inside scoop on what is changing this year with Parties for Pennies and what that means for YOU!

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