DIY Birthday Party Décor Inspirations

Hi Friends! We have a bit of a different post today. It was my darling Mother (who looks more like my sister) 50th birthday and I threw her a fabulous party! So this week I thought it would be neat to share some of my DIY décor and party ideas. I love planning parties, and as an admitted Pintrest addict, where else would I get my inspirations. I didn’t have an exact theme that I followed, but my mom’s favourite colour is light lavender purple. I used the colour as a base and went with a spring floral and rustic vibe.  All of my ideas are fairly inexpensive and not too tricky to make.

Burlap ‘Happy Birthday’ Banner

Version 2

I love the banner trend! I think they are super cute, eye-catching and add as a great décor piece.  The burlap and sticky letters were purchased from Wal-Mart and I found a template for the shape online.  The letters needed some extra glue as they didn’t take to the material. To make hanging easy, I ran each triangle through with some ribbon.  I tried to pick neutral colours for the banner so it could be reused for any birthday celebration. The burlap really added to my rustic theme.


Washitape Tea lights 

It seems like Washitape is all the rage! I’m not sure where that started from, but as a stationary lover I’m into it! All I did was wrap the tape around a plain white tea light candle. These guys add a great pop of colour and dimension when placed around a table centerpiece. I am just using these as decoration, but be careful if you were thinking of lighting the candles as I’m not sure how they would burn with the tape.

Crepe Paper Flowers


These beauties were my centerpieces and took all my effort. One of the trickier crafts, they took a lot of time but were well worth it. My mom loves tulips so I tried to recreate the shape. I used streamer paper as crepe paper was not accessible. The flowers add a delicate and bright touch to the table and the little milk bottles from the craft store add the antique feel. I also added a couple of fresh flowers in mason jars to continue the look on the cake table. Click here to find the tutorial I used for the crepe paper flowers.


Hope some of my ideas inspire you for your next party!

Until next time

Sarah x

Product Feature – Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow

First off, is this not one of the most beautiful palettes you have ever seen?

I spotted the Hourglass Modernist eye shadow palette on the Sephora website prior to its release and I have been dreaming about it ever since. I seriously could stare at this thing all day. Selecting the colour scheme I wanted was very tricky, as usual I wanted all of them (they are just so beautiful).  But, in an attempt to branch out from my standard #basic neutral eye look, I decided on Exposure which comes with 5 shadows ranging in the plum colour family.


Colours in palette from left to right: champagne, aubergine, bronze, black violet, lilac

This palette I will admit, has quite the hefty price tag but the quality and luxuriousness of the shadows definitely justify the price. I don’t think I have ever worked with shadows that have blended so seamlessly. A little product goes on long way as they are highly pigmented, very creamy and easy to build.  Each shadow I used applied onto my eyelid smoothly and blended into, something that I think, is a professional looking smoky eye (And believe me I am not a professional when it comes to eye shadow).


The one downside I did notice was the fallout of eye shadow within the palette. While there is no fallout when applying to the skin, the fallout happens within the packaging when dipping your brush into the shadows. Keeping in mind that a little product goes a long way there isn’t a need to really pack the shadow onto the brush. Who would want to waste such a beautiful thing?!


Overall I think this is a great product. From the beautiful packaging, the gorgeous shape of the shadows to the actual colour schemes, this one lives up to everything I hoped it would be. It is definitely a luxury purchase but totally worth it. If I had to pick a second colour scheme to buy I would go with the olive palette. A girl can always dream.

Until next time

Sarah x