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valentines day gift guide

Affordable Valentines day gift guide for the whole family

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Style | February 7, 2020

Hey all! Valentine’s day is around the corner and I don’t know about you, but it’s a family day around here. The kids and I generally put on as much red as we can muster up and spend the day cutting out red construction paper hearts to string for garland. We finish off the evening with some yummy food on our fanciest dishes, toast to our family with sparkling cider, and eat yummy Valentine’s Day cake! On top of all that we surprise each other with small gifts  – some are homemade and others not so much. So I’ve rounded up some of my family’s favorite Valentine goodies for yall from the one and only Walmart! Some of the items are fun and very affordable and others like my oh so favorite scent – Coco Chanel Mademoiselle are a bit on the pricey side. But this has to be my all-time favorite scent and when I wear it I get so many compliments. On the other hand, Donna Karan cashmere mist comes in a close second and is much more affordable! So whether your shopping for your family or yourself – I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy some of our favorites! 

valentines day gift guide

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DIY Balloon Garland

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Style | August 29, 2018

Ok friends… here it is as promised! DIY Balloon Garland! It’s Super Easy and adds the perfect touch to any party or event!

Below, I’ve linked the supplies that are needed to create this project. I also used a dual action hand pump to blow the balloons up. You’ll be blowing up a lot of balloons, so It’ll be nice to have the help.



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Click on the image above to be directed to an Etsy seller who puts the best package together. It includes everything you need including the hand pump all for around $60! Let’s get started!




Start with separating your balloons in two piles…large and small.



blow up balloons

Blow up the large and small balloons. Next, bag up all the small balloons to attach later. You should have around 70 large and 70 small balloons to make garland between 10 and 14 feet.



attach the baloons

Insert the neck of the large balloons through the punched hole after pushing through the plastic circle. Use every other hole for a fuller look or every third for a longer garland.



Pictured here

Here you can see I used every other circle for a full look.



Almost Done

Your Garland should look similar to the picture above after attacking all the large balloons. Arrange the colors however you like them. Whether that’s ombre or by spreading the colors out evenly. If you’re not able to assemble the balloon garland at your venue, you can do up until this part at your house and then travel with it and attach it to the wall before adding the smaller balloons. Fold the garland in half by pulling the leftover plastic strand up to the top of the garland, then with another person’s help, carry the garland one on each side to a van with seats folded down. Garland will be large and hard to travel with.



Attach to wall

Next, use command strips by attaching the strip to the wall and then tie a piece of string around the plastic part of the garland and then hook the string around the garland like the image above. Measure your sting beforehand because of the size of the balloons the garland will sit far away from the wall. Do the same to the other side. I like to have a tail running down on one side, but you can hang your garland however you like.



Attach your small balloons

Next, Use your glue tabs to fill in the gaps on your garland and add volume as well. Attach the glue dot to the small balloons and stick to any large balloon on the garland. Once the dot is attached it doesn’t move well, so be sure to place your small balloons where you want them.



Layer the small balloons

Try and layer your small balloons on top of one another to add color and dimension to your garland. It’s really hard to mess this part up. You should be working with about two garbage bags full of balloons, so you’ll have plenty to add balance to the garland.



Interested in a Party Planner?

Do you live in the New England Area and need a decorator for your event? Click the link here to contact me for more info! In the Meantime, check out the images below from my most recent party. It was for a 75th birthday party and the theme was Travel!



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