Glitter NYE Hats

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Planning a New Years Eve party, literally back to back with Christmas, seems like a daunting task. Cleaning the house, buying the food, prepping the food, and styling the whole event is enough to make even the most organized person weary. However, before you write off the whole idea of hosting a NYE party, remember, it only needs to be as complicated as you make it. Of course, for me, it is extremely complicated. But, this December I found myself with a few extra minutes to plan a small NYE party, complete with gold glittered hats.

Yes, I know you can buy party hats, but, I had some multicolored ones lying around. Being the queen of DIY (that’s a lie; it’s more about repurposing old things instead of buying new things), I decided to spray paint them gold and cover them in gold glitter. My only advice when spray painting cheap party hats? Let them dry completely in-between coats, otherwise you will have drip marks, which will show under the glitter. When it comes to putting glitter on the hats, after you let the glitter and glue dry, paint over the glitter with one more coat of glue. This helps with the trail of glitter that you are bound to create whenever the hats get touched, placed or even breathed upon.

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Steps:
1. Gather up some party hats (try the dollar store or your local craft store) and spray paint (an array of colors are available at your local hardware store or craft store).
2. Cover the ground with lots of newspaper. If you are able to, always spray paint outside on in an extremely well ventilated area. Spray paint the hats in thin coats, letting them fully dry in-between coats.
3. Paint clear craft glue (ie: Elmer’s) on the area of the hat you want covered in glitter. I covered about 3/4 of the hat in glue, with a more glue at the bottom and getting progressively less towards the top.
4. Sprinkle glitter on the hat (over a paper plate). Once you get all the glitter you want on the hat, let the hat dry.
5. Once the hat is dry, cover the glittered areas in one more coat of glue and let it fully dry. Voila. Glittered hats.

Now, you are all thinking that this was more of a pain than what it was worth. And, I’ll be honest with you, you may be right. Would plain gold hats, or even the multicolored hats have been sufficient? Probably… But not for me. So, if you find yourself with extra time and want to spray paint paper and get covered in glitter, this is a project for you. Cheers!

Christmas Cheer

If you have read my other blog post, you’ll know that this year, for the first time in many years, I have had a less crazy busy December. While my schedule was still full of meetings and events, walkthroughs and photo shoots, I was able to find a little time to have a few dear friends over for a small Christmas party.

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May you all have a wonderful Christmas full of family and friends.

 

Happy Thanksgiving

Every year it seems that more and more of my family doesn’t make it home for the holidays. Having siblings that live out of state and country has been the story of my life though, so by now I should be used to it. Each year it seems to be just my parents and I, settling into quiet evenings around the house during the hustle and bustle of November and December. It’s easy for me to be envious of all those other families that live so close to each other or who all get together on Christmas, no matter the distance or miles. However, I have learned to appreciate and truly cherish the times that all six of us (my parents and siblings) are together under one roof (it’s been 6 years) and for the time I spend with my Canadian family. Now, with Thanksgiving almost done and with Christmas on its way, I am looking forward to December where the Swagman house will be a little louder, a little more full, and just a little more festive. With a brother coming home to visit from Southeast Asia and a sister and her family coming home from the West coast, I couldn’t be happier. Now, if only we could get the one other brother and his family home too. Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you enjoy your time with your families.

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For more pictures of the tablescape, click here.

Autumn Bonfires

It can be said that I take things to the extreme. Like, when throwing my best friend a baby shower. Or, when ordering so many olive branches that it literally looks like a vineyard in my basement. That’s my nature, to take things and make them awesome on a grand scale. So, when shooting a lifestyle campaign that revolves around a bonfire party, what do I do? I take it to a whole new level. I really do think I am incapable of the less is more approach. I love the small details that add to the overall look and feel of an event, and it’s only when I have run out of ideas that I’ll stop (so, basically, never). Luckily, my fondness for the grandiose makes for some pretty cool lifestyle pictures and a lot of fun with some pretty fantastic friends. Mission accomplished.

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