Category Archives: Stationery

Black + White Chalkboard Birthday BBQ

This party was a bit of a last minute idea born out of a can of chalkboard paint and a large piece of wood. My son’s 2nd birthday was quickly approaching, and I knew that I wanted to do a southern style bbq, but since it was mostly our adult friends, I wasn’t sure what style I should go with. I wanted something classic, simple but dramatic, with a lot of personal details and photos of my son’s first two years.

I went with black and white, it’s the two colors that always go well together. I painted a large piece of wood with black chalkboard paint as the table backdrop, and I printed a garland of black and white photos as a timeline of my little guy’s life from birth through 2 years. Instead of tablecloths, I lined the tables with brown builder’s paper, and used a sliced potato to stamp a triangle pattern on it. Check out the DIY here. As table runners, I glued paint sticks together and painted them with the same chalkboard paint. I wrote fun little messages along the table runners, drawings of balloons, stars, birthday cake.

This was a quick and easy party concept to execute. It would work for an anniversary party, adult birthday, or even just a classic barbecue. Enjoy!

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Photos by Amy Stone

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DIY Candy Sushi

I don’t know many kids who eat sushi, but I know some kids who LOVE this candy sushi! It’s such a creative treat for kids, and super simple too!
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Supplies:
Rice Krispy cereal
Marshmallows
Fruit roll ups or Fruit by the Foot
Candy for inside (sour straws, gummy bears, etc)
Swedish fish

Sushi roll: Mix together some rice krispy treats (melted marshmallow’s and rice krispy cereal). Before the rice krispy mix hardens, form it into a long flat rectangle with your hands. Lay the rectangle onto a rolled out fruit roll up. Put some candy in the middle, and roll into a long log. Cut into 1″ wide rounds.
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Sashimi: Take rice krispy treat mix and form little flat rectangles (about the size of your thumb). Put a swedish fish on top and wrap with a strip of fruit roll up.
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DIY Edamame jelly beans

How cute are these little “edamame” jelly bean pouches?
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This was such an easy DIY. All you need is a pound of green jelly bellies, some glassine treat bags (which I bought at Michael’s crafts), a printer and a stapler.
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If you have a funnel, it makes getting the beans into the bags easier. I tried one without and ended up with 1 jelly bean in the bag and the rest all over the table. I designed and printed the labels on card stock, cut and folded them over and stapled them onto the bag, sealing in the jelly beans. Super simple!! I’ll be selling these printables soon, so email me at eyeheartprettythings@gmail.com if you’re planning a party and need some design work done! :)

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Ninja vs. Godzilla Birthday Party Prep!

My little ninja is turning five this month!! I can’t believe it! Since day one he’s been obsessed with ninjas (see last years Ninja Turtle birthday), so we’re throwing him a ninja vs. godzilla birthday at SkyZone where the kids can practice their ninja flip kick skillzzz :)

I created this rad godzilla for ninja training by cutting out a large piece of cardboard and painting it with poster paint. The plan is for the kids to chuck foam ninja stars through his mouth and win fun prizes.


Take-out boxes are super cute for party favors. I filled them with tiny ninja figurines, temporary tattoos, edamame jelly beans, and a ninja star on top.


I designed and printed all the paper goods. These party circles are a cute and easy way to top cupcakes. I printed them on cardstock and punched them out with a 3″ round punch I bought from Michael’s for under $10. Then I taped them onto popsicle sticks to put on each cupcake.

I created stickers, water bottle wraps, food signs, and edamame baggies filled with green jelly beans. I’ll post a DIY tutorial for the edamame coming soon! :)

Happy Ninja Birthday!

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Featured by Hostess with the Mostess!

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I’m super excited that Judah’s 1st birthday party is being featured today by Hostess with the Mostess! Check it out here, and check my blog for some of the affordable DIY decorations I created to make this party extra special :)

XO
Kiira

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Nursery Rhyme Books Birth Announcement

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I had the absolute privilege to design these birth announcements for baby Anna Josephine this month. What a doll! Working on these reminded me of my own little one’s birth announcement, when we stacked him on top of his nursery rhyme books. He’s nearing his SECOND birthday in August. Where does the time go?!

Congratulations to Anna’s wonderful parents, Patrick and Jill.
You’ve got a beautiful little girl! :)

XO
Kiira

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DIY Gold Confetti Stationery

I’ve been going a little gold crazy lately. I bought a can of metallic gold spray paint for a crafty DIY baby shower I’m putting together with my friend Amy. We’ll post more on that in a bit ;) In the meantime, I’ve been finding all sorts of fun things to use metallic gold to accent with. Here I printed a simple black and white greeting card on my inkjet printer. Then created a cardstock stencil using varied hole punch sizes, lined it up on my card, sprayed, and voilà! A beautiful, handmade metallic confetti greeting card! You could do this any way you like, if you don’t have a printer you can handwrite a message or do calligraphy.

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Supplies:
- White cardstock
- 1 can metallic gold spray paint
- Ruler
- X-acto blade
- Cutting mat (so you don’t cut through onto your floor or table)
- Hole punch
- Hammer

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First, punch holes in a piece of cardstock in a pattern or design you like. I wanted mine to look like scattered pieces of confetti falling. I used two different sizes of hole punches that you hammer to punch through the paper. They come as a set at Michael’s craft store. Once you have your design, lay it flat onto a second piece of cardstock and do a test spray with your metallic spraypaint. It’s best if you can hold your stencil very tight so the spray can’t sneak under it. Once you’re ready, print (or write) on your greeting card. Then place it under the stecil, hold tight, and spray. When the paint has dried, cut along the measured lines with your x-acto blade on your cutting mat (I created a 5×7″ flat card). I used a metallic gold pen to address the envelope to tie them together :) Enjoy!

XO
Kiira

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Summer Farmer’s Market Birthday Party

What’s a more perfect way to welcome summer than to throw an outdoor bash? I wanted to put together a festive BBQ for my son’s 1st birthday, inspired by the amazing farmer’s markets that are so well known to California summers. This was a very DIY heavy party, as I needed it to stay low-budge, as always. :)
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Some of my favorite details from this party are the paper goods and the cartons. Finding real, true vintage cans is not-so-easy. So I decided instead to create my own. All of the can labels I found online, printed and glued on myself. I’ve been saving large, extra large, medium and small cans for months. :) The vintage egg cartons and the turquoise berry baskets I found online from Bake it Pretty, and I couldn’t imagine the party without them. And you can’t have a party without paper straws, so the striped red and blue straws I found online from Can do Chefs.

I went to my local Joann’s fabric store and bought a yard of tiny red and white gingham fabric, which I cut into squares and folded into napkins. I also bought several yards of burlap and a large scale red and white checked fabric to use as tablecloths, much cheaper than buying a finished tablecloth. The loose cut of the fabric added to the rustic feel, so I didn’t mind the edges being unfinished.

All the wire baskets and galvanized tubs were a slow collection from thrift and garage sale shopping. The flowers are wild flowers from friends gardens. No time to bake a cake from scratch this time around, but funfetti mini cupcakes fit the theme, lol. Overall the party was a wonderful summer gathering to celebrate our little one’s first birthday. We were overjoyed to share to occasion with all of our close friends and family :)

For a behind the scenes look at some of the DIY projects, go here.

Credits:
Party planning + decor: Kiira Turnbow
Flower arrangements: Kiira Turnbow
Photography: C.M.Elle Studios
Paper goods + Invitations: Kiira Turnbow
Craft supplies: Joann’s Fabrics and Michael’s
Extra Large Balloons: Bargain Balloons
Food + Cupcakes: Kiira + Pillsbury :)

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Summer Farmer’s Market DIY

For most of the DIY’s for this party, I used brown craft paper, or recycled brown paper grocery bags (Trader Joe’s rocks!) I drew out a rough pattern to make teeny-tiny paper bags to hold chips. I rolled the paper to make popcorn cones. I folded the paper into little pouches (I’m an origami master at this point, lol) to hold the napkins & silverware, and tied them with blue baker’s twine. Pinking shears are a girls best friend, so I clipped the edges on all my bags & signs to give them a handmade but finished look. I used the leftover scraps of brown paper to fold little flags over wooden skewers (kabab sticks found in the cookware section of your grocery store!) to be my food signs. Then I hand lettered the words with a white gel pen, which I found at an office supply store.

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A super cute accent to any party is a string of bunting flags. I had an old gardening calendar that had wonderful fruit & vegetable graphics. I used it to cut simple triangle flags, folded the top, and stapled them over a string of white twine to make my farmer’s market bunting flags. I traced and cut out the letters J U D A H and pasted them on to personalize the flags.

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For the party invitations, I wanted a bright yet faded look, reminiscent of a vintage paint can or food label. I designed and printed them myself, and I found brown kraft paper envelopes at Paper Source. I printed and cut out the red gingham liners myself using a template I traced from the envelope shape.

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2012 Turnbow Family Christmas Cards

This year I couldn’t decide which of my Christmas card designs I liked best. Plus our very talented friend Amy took so many wonderful photos of our family, I had a hard time settling on just one. So I’ve decided to print several of my designs, and everyone will get a slightly different card. That’s kinda fun… :)

Which one is your personal favorite?

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If you’re interested in having your own Christmas cards designed and printed, it’s not too late! Contact me at eyeheartprettythings@gmail.com for a quote! :)

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