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DIY Fairy House Village Tutorial

Last year we threw a Fairy Birthday Party for the girls’ 4th and 6th birthday.
I created a fun little fairy village for the dessert table and now it is set up in their bedroom!
I just realized I never really shared in detail how I made here you go!
A fun DIY party detail that your fairy loving girls can treasure long after.
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1. I bought some wooden bird houses at JoAnns and Michaels…
Some needed the strings cutt off..and the doors widened.
(I had the hubby help me + cut them using a little saw and utility knife.
2. Paint white! I left some wood for variety. (I had white craft paint.)
3. I got a bag of moss at JoAnns and hot glued it onto the houses. This part was so fun!
4. I then glued on flowers, acorns and butterflies.
I made them all a little different. The kids and I had gone with grandma into
their backyard for stick picking. Love how they looked on the houses.
5.Ta da! All done!
6. This is how I used them on the dessert table. :)
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This was a fun late night crafting session.
My husband kept telling me to stop playing with the kids fairy toys… ha ha.
The girls woke up to a whole fairy village and were amazed!
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I love how they looked on the tables.
I also used my DIY faux birch cake stands (made out of cement tubes!) on the table for height.
The girls helped me set up the table with their little fairy set! Everyone found a home. ;)
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Here’s a photo, I took with my phone, of the dessert table right before the party started!Fairy Village DIY6- athomewithnatalie

It was fun working up different little houses to make our Fairy Village!
If you are throwing a fairy party…put this on the DIY list!
It was really fun to craft and we are still enjoying them.
They are going on two new shelves I’m hanging in the girls’ room!
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24 Party Food Stations – Inspiration!

I love Party Food Stations!
They can save you lots of time and money!
There are so many different fun bar and station ideas. Here’s a round up of 25 fantastic ones!
These would be great for any type of party. Everyone loves to be able to feed themselves
and they can be a fun conversation starter for guests!
Party Food Stations can help simplify your party planning by
having you focus in on one category of food.
They can also help give you a beautiful design element by having it themed in one direction.
It’s pleasing to the eye to see a bunch of yummy donuts all stacked up! ;)
give me all the donuts.
Have fun and hope you feel inspired in your party(big or small) planning!

If you’re looking for more party inspiration, check out my FREE Digital Download:
“8 Tips for Styling a Dessert Table; Without Losing all of Your Money & Mind”

Party Food Stations+Bars-TheBusyBudgetingMama

Love this Burrito Bowl Bar by The Handmade Home.
That yarn and felt tassel is too perfect!

Mac & Cheese Bar sounds like heaven to me!
This cute one is by Krystal Kitsch.

I absolutely love this Caramel Apple Bar by Craftberry Bush and
the tips to keeping the apples from turning brown!

A burger/hotdog station by Savvy! Looks yummy! 4ee1499c36054a8e2c6fbca90954e4b2

I think these strawberry shortcake jars would be so cute at a brunch baby shower!
Such a cute rehearsal party shared on Style Me Pretty.

Love this display by How Does She for the donuts at her party!
So smart and the kids freaked I’m sure!

I think a party food station of cute tea sandwiches would be so pretty for a shower.
Love the variety! Shared on Eat Show and Tell.

A classic party food station…a cookie table!
yes please. Love the stands used in this display shared on Style Me Pretty

Fun Taco Bar by Paper and Party Love.
I think the bags of chips are so cute! and the clay post and
planters to hold the food dishes are perfect!

I kind of love popcorn with chocolate mixed in.
So loving this Popcorn bar with all the sweets by Family Fresh Meals.

A bagel bar sounds so yummy and cute!
Love how Camille Styles shares tips for making it effortless and special!

Super cute Taco Bar with free printables on Wedding Chicks.

Self-Serve Icecream sundaes shared on Collin Cowie Weddings.
Scoop the icecream in mason jars and put on ice!

Hot dog bar by Smashed Peas and Carrots.
Wrap the hot dogs in foil and they’ll be hot and ready all party long! Love this idea!

How cute is this! A banana pops bar by Bakers Royale.

Can you tell I have a sweet tooth right now.. ;)
Loving this Ice Cream Sandwich Bar by Yellow Bliss Road.

Love this burger station by Cobblestone Rue!

For my girls’ vintage circus birthday party we had a popcorn station!
I made a bunch of different flavors and they were a hit!
Everyone loaded up their cups throughout the party trying different ones.
They were displayed on the dessert table.

A Walking Taco station is such a fun kids would love this!
More details on The Girl Who ate Everything.

An Ice cream bar shared on Southern Weddings!

A classic candy station, shared on Hello Studios, where wedding
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Cute Donut Bar display by on Love Ramsey!

I love the set up for this Waffle Bar by Life by Lindsay, shared on Fizzy Party.

A Parfait Potting Station is such a cute idea! This garden themed bridal shower was shared on Hostess with the Mostess, the guests placed a cupcake in the bottom of the lined clay pot, adding candy fillings as the fertilizer, topping with chocolate pudding and crushed oreo cookies as the potting soil, and topped off with a sprig of mint as the seedling. So cute! To top it off wooden spoons painted to look like garden markers were their utensils!

Hope you found some inspiration in this post! I love how all of these can add such
a fun party element to a shower, backyard bbq, birthday party or grad party!

I’m excited to be offering a Free PDF to all of my newsletter subscribers where
I share 8 concrete tips you can put into action when styling your next party!
Over the years I’ve learned ways to be able to get creative and throw parties
even with a small budget, hands full of kids and living in rentals without a ton of space.
My goal for this Free PDF is to encourage and inspire my fellow
party planning lovers that they can make it happen too!
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Valentine’s Day Printables + Free Printable Banner

I recently was asked to re-list in my Etsy Shop these valentine’s day printables I created!
So I thought I would share them again on my blog in case you are looking for
some valentine’s day printables! They are a cute idea for classroom or teacher gifts!
The most popular ones are the fish, keep calm + eat candy and wheelie like you printables!

They are all immediate downloads so you can get cracking
on your DIY’s and mark that baby off the to do list.
Have a plan for valentine’s day this year!
Easy cute DIY with a printable you can use year after year!

I can’t believe Sienna was ever this little ;)
She wuved her fishies.

A popular one for the boys is the car printable!
I gave the stoplight a heart ;)
My fav for teachers is the Keep Calm and Eat Candy printable!

My littles don’t really need a lot of candy..but we love trail mix in our house!
The Squirrel “I’m totally NUTS about you” was a hit with them!
They helped me pick out what we were gonna fill them with!

Here’s a little free goodie for you!
Use across your mantle or party table!
FREE “Be Mine!” Mini-Garland & “Be Mine!” Banner Printables.

These are just a selection of the many I have listed. check them all out!
If you end up using the printables be sure to tag me on INSTAGRAM!!
I also shared some other fun valentine’s day printables and DIY details in this post!