Make it Pop! Non-alcoholic Winter Citrus Punch

As a mother of two young children, my party world mostly revolves around kid parties. Birthday parties, preschool holiday parties, even the occasional outdoor picnic party when the weather calls for it. Serving punch in a big punch bowl is one of my favorite party tricks – it makes any party feel glamorous (especially for a group of kids!), and you can make it ahead of time so you aren’t rushing to get everything done on the day of the party. Today I’m excited to share a kid friendly, non-alcoholic Winter Citrus Punch recipe in partnership with Glad’s brand new Kitchen Pro trash bags. As any mom knows, post party clean up can be NO JOKE. But with 53% more bag, ForceFlex strength, LeakGuard Technology, and Febreeze Odor Control, Kitchen Pro is Glad’s biggest and strongest kitchen trash bag – making it even easier to clean up after a major event like a birthday party!

Non-alcoholic Winter Citrus Punch with Glad Kitchen Pro

When my girls turned two and four last September, we threw a Rainbow Unicorn birthday party in our backyard, with plenty of rainbow balloons, rainbow tissue tassel garlands with iridescent sparkle, rainbow plates, napkins, and cups – and cupcakes with the cutest little unicorn picks! We also set up a craft table where our little guests could decorate their own paper unicorn with glitter glue and colorful rhinestones. The party was SO much fun, but also made a big, big mess – as you might expect from a party with fifteen little kids and their parents!

Glad Kitchen Pro Trash Bags

Luckily, big party messes are no match for Glad’s new Kitchen Pro trash bags! Kitchen Pro trash bags offer 53% more bag for cleaning up messes, from fun party messes to regular everyday messes around the house. With an inner layer of ForceFlex and an outer layer of LeakGuard, Glad Kitchen Pro bags are both stretchable and protect against leaks, so you can even toss in those half-empty cups or leftover ice without any problems. And if you’re looking for a new everyday trash bag, the stretchable strength, leak protection, and odor neutralization mean you can take your trash out less. Which is definitely something I appreciate for my little family of four (plus five cats)!

Non-alcoholic Winter Citrus Punch with Glad Kitchen Pro

Non-alcoholic Winter Citrus Punch with Glad Kitchen Pro

Make it Pop Non-alcoholic Winter Citrus Punch Recipe

Non-alcoholic Winter Citrus Punch with Glad Kitchen Pro

Okay, back to the punch! It’s the perfect balance of tart citrus juice and fizzy bubbles – such a fun and special treat! We used Cara Cara oranges and blood oranges since they happen to be in season right now, but this punch would easily work with regular naval oranges, or even pineapple juice later in the summer. You can make the simple syrup and squeeze the citrus juices the day before, then add the ginger ale or sparkling grape juice in a punch bowl on the day of the party.

For an adult version of this punch, consider swapping the ginger ale for champagne or sparkling wine and adding a cup of brandy. You could also add a couple rosemary sprigs to the simple syrup for a savory rosemary citrus punch. So many possibilities!

Non-alcoholic Winter Citrus Punch with Glad Kitchen Pro

Non-alcoholic Winter Citrus Punch with Glad Kitchen Pro

Non-alcoholic Winter Citrus Punch with Glad Kitchen Pro

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Non-alcoholic Winter Citrus Punch with Glad Kitchen Pro

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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DIY Iridescent Rainbow Vases

Happy Monday everyone! Today I’m excited to share a fun idea for adding some color to your next gathering – DIY iridescent rainbow vases! My friend Christine from Yellow Owl Workshop used this amazing iridescent vinyl in her booth at the National Stationery Show last year, and I’ve been wanting to use it in a DIY project ever since. But you guys, this project is so quick and easy I’m almost reluctant to even call it a DIY. These iridescent rainbow vases are the perfect way to dress up a table or buffet during a party – go with the full rainbow color spectrum, or just choose a couple of hues that fit your party color palette. Wouldn’t they be especially cute at a baby shower or rainbow-themed birthday party??

DIY Iridescent Rainbow Vases

DIY Iridescent Rainbow Vases

Supplies

Glass bud vases or cans in varying sizes

Iridescent vinyl in pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple

Ruler

Pencil or bone folder

Scissors

DIY Iridescent Rainbow Vases

DIY Iridescent Rainbow Vases

DIY Iridescent Rainbow Vases

If you’re using glass bud vases, all you really need to do is measure and cut the vinyl! I wanted all of my vases to have color at different heights, so I measured various lengths in each vinyl color. Then I used my ruler and a bone folder to score the vinyl at the appropriate length and cut along the scored line with scissors. You could also use a pencil to score the vinyl, but since it is transparent I wouldn’t recommend using a pen or permanent marker to draw any lines. Next, remove the protective bottom layer from the vinyl and apply the sticky side to the vase. Work your way slowly around the entire vase and smooth the vinyl down as you go to avoid air bubbles.

DIY Iridescent Rainbow Vases

I also love the idea of repurposing old cans (or even smooth glass jars with straight sides) to make your own vases! I had a bunch of cans around the house from our most recent taco night, so I just removed the labels and spray painted the jars white. The vinyl application is the exact same as the glass bud vases. And if you’re not into painting, you could also wrap the cans with white paper and apply the vinyl over the white paper. So fun and modern!

DIY Iridescent Rainbow Vases

DIY Iridescent Rainbow Vases

If you don’t have much experience with creating floral arrangements, keep things simple by just using one type of flower! I used a few different kinds of flowers, but used only one type of flower in each individual vase. The tall bud vases work best with long, leggy flowers – like sweet peas (my fave!), tulips, or even a single peony stem. For the cans, I used clusters of carnations and garden roses paired with seeded eucalyptus. Here’s a little floral chart so you can find these beauties at your local flower market!

DIY Iridescent Rainbow Vases

Calligraphy by Meant to Be Calligraphy

For those of you planning rainbow-inspired parties, this DIY is for you! I made these vases with my daughter Sophie one afternoon after school, and she immediately claimed the pink and purple vases as her own. YES! Kid approved = job well done.

Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Quick Pick: Knot & Bow

Have you checked out the party goods over at Knot & Bow lately? I’ve been a fan of their sparkly twine, party balloons, colorful twisted wool, and gorgeous ombré birthday candles for years, but lately I feel like they’ve been stepping up their game in a major way. Iridescent confetti?? Metallic balloon kits? Yes, please! And they recently added some super cute patterned glassine treat bags, including a fun grid pattern that is right up my alley. Here are a few of my current favorites:

Quick Pick: Knot & Bow Party Supplies

1. White Iridescent Party Confetti

2. Windowpane Glassine Treat Bags

3. Black Prism Glitter Twine

4. Iridescent Jumbo Confetti Balloon

5. White Copper Party Confetti

6. Tiny Rainbow Party Confetti

7. Squiggle Confetti Glassine Treat Bags

8. Blush Copper Party Balloons (also: Unicorn Party Balloons!)

Lots more to check out over at Knot & Bow!

A Rainbow Unicorn Birthday Party

Both of my girls celebrate birthdays this week – Sophie turns 4 and then four days later Alice turns 2 – and we’re hosting their joint birthday party this weekend! We’re keeping the party very low key with just a couple of little friends and their parents in our teeny backyard patio, but of course I can’t resist the opportunity to do a bit of decorating! We’re going with a rainbow unicorn theme this year, with colorful honeycombs and paper party decorations, some very special cupcakes, unicorn balloons, and a few iridescent elements. Here are some of the images I’ve pulled for party inspiration!

Party Inspiration: A Rainbow Unicorn Birthday Party

1. Jordan’s rainbow baby shower

2. Cupcakes via Cooking Classy

3. Meri Meri ombré rainbow partyware from the Oh Happy Day Party Shop (photo via Instagram)

4. Unicorn balloon by Northstar Balloons via Pixie Dust Party Spot

5. Colorful bunting fan garland via Lark

6. DIY iridescent party favor bags

7. Fringe Streamers by Nine Photography via Ruffled

8. Honeycomb garland via Oh Happy Day

DIY Shibori-Inspired Watercolor Placemats

Hi Everyone! We have another fantastic guest post from Nichole of Coral Pheasant coming up in just a bit, but first I wanted to pop back in to share a quick DIY project that I’ve had brewing in my head for the past couple of months. I thought these DIY Shibori-inspired watercolor placemats might be fun for outdoor celebrations over the long Labor Day weekend – or even for the holidays once we’re forced to move things back indoors. I love Shibori patterns, and I also love dyeing fabric, but the fabric dyeing process can be kind of intense and I wanted a bit more control over the results. So! I decided to break out my 30-color Koi Watercolor Pocket Field Sketch Box and see what I could do with watercolor paint and placemat-sized watercolor paper. These placemats would be a fun and unfussy addition to an informal dinner party (when you don’t necessarily want to bust out the fancy linens) or put a few together to create a colorful table runner!

DIY Shibori-Inspired Watercolor Placemats / Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Shibori-Inspired Watercolor Placemats / Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Shibori-Inspired Watercolor Placemats / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I made two placemat designs: one inspired by the traditional Shibori triangle fold technique, and another striped design loosely inspired by the rubber band resist technique. The triangle fold pattern was actually inspired by my Shibori-inspired shower curtain that I picked up from Target a couple of years ago (of all things), and the striped pattern was inspired by the pattern on this chair. The two patterns work really well together, and I love the mix of cobalt and indigo blue. Also! This is a first for me, but I thought it might be easier for all of you to watch the actual painting process rather than try to photograph each and every step – so I made a video tutorial! Please forgive the video quality (it was just me and Hyperlapse on my phone), but it was so fun to put the whole process together, so hopefully I’ll be able to do more of these videos down the road!

DIY Shibori-Inspired Watercolor Placemats / Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Shibori-Inspired Watercolor Placemats / Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Shibori-Inspired Watercolor Placemats / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Supplies

12″ x 18″ watercolor paper

30-Color Koi Watercolor Pocket Field Sketch Box

Size 6 Round Brush (I used this one)

3/4″ or 1″ Flat Wash Brush (I used a 3/4″ flat brush from this set)

12″ Ruler

18″ Ruler

Pencil

DIY Shibori-Inspired Watercolor Placemats / Oh So Beautiful Paper

To Make the “Triangle Fold” Placemats

Step 1. Using a pencil and the 12″ ruler, draw very light straight vertical lines at 3″ intervals along your paper. Then, starting in the top left corner and continuing across the page, use the 18″ ruler to draw very light diagonal lines to connect the vertical lines. Once all of the lines have been drawn, the paper should look something like this (I highlighted my lines in lavender so you could see them more easily):

DIY Shibori-Inspired Watercolor Placemats / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step 2. Using the brush provided in the Koi Watercolor Pocket Field Sketch Box or a Size 6 round brush, paint the lines a deep indigo color. Use a lot of the indigo pigment and very little water to achieve a deep, saturated watercolor paint color. I recommend working in small sections from left to right (or right to left if you’re left handed) – you’ll see why in the video, because I made a mistake and smudged the wet watercolor paint after painting too far down one of the diagonal lines! Apply different levels of pressure along each line to create wider and thinner sections of each line. Let everything dry completely, about 10 minutes. You can use the drying time to paint more placemats.

Step 3. Use the round brush to add a small amount of indigo pigment to a small cup of water. Once the placemat is fully dry, use the tinted water to go over each line to create a diffuse dye-like effect. Finally, add an extra dose of indigo pigment where the lines intersect. Let the placemats dry completely and they’ll be ready to use!

To Make the Striped Placemats:

Step 1. Using a pencil and a 12″ ruler, draw very light straight vertical lines at 3″ intervals along your paper.

Step 2. Using a 3/4″ flat wash brush, paint varying horizontal widths (mine were between 1/4″ wide and 1″ wide) along each vertical line and alternating between cobalt and indigo on every other line.

Step 3. Use the thin edge of the brush to connect the horizontal sections along each vertical line. Add a layer of tinted water over each horizontal width to blend and create a more diffuse dye-like effect. Let the placemats dry completely and they’ll be ready to use!

DIY Shibori-Inspired Watercolor Placemats / Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Shibori-Inspired Watercolor Placemats / Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Shibori-Inspired Watercolor Placemats / Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Shibori-Inspired Watercolor Placemats / Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Shibori-Inspired Watercolor Placemats / Oh So Beautiful Paper

These placemats could easily pull double duty as place cards by writing the name of each guest in a visible location. Or, if placemats just aren’t your vibe, put a few together to make them into a custom table runner! I could totally see them providing a much-needed pop of color between a wood table and a wood or slate cheese plate. Or on top of a console table serving as a temporary bar or dessert station! So many options!

Photo Credit: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper