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 Metallic and Iridescent Star Table Confetti

All I really want during the holidays is a whole lot of sparkle. Metallics, glitter, iridescent – I’ll take it all! So when Fiskars asked me what I’d do with their Star Thick Materials Shape Punches, I knew it had to involve plenty of sparkle and shine. Stars also happen to be the perfect way to dress up a Christmas or New Year’s Eve table. So I combined some colorful paper with lots of shimmery materials to make some DIY metallic and iridescent star table confetti! Use them as an informal table runner or to decorate a bar or buffet!

DIY Metallic and Iridescent Star Table Confetti

DIY Metallic and Iridescent Star Table Confetti

DIY Metallic and Iridescent Star Table Confetti

Stars are one of my favorite shapes all year long, but especially when it comes to the holidays. They echo the clear and crisp winter night skies, evoke the twinkling lights on Christmas trees, and add a sense of warmth during the cold winter months. The star punches come in three sizes – small (1″), medium (1.5″), and large (2″) – and create the most beautiful effect when scattered over a table together. And these punches from Fiskars are perfect for working with all of my favorite crafting materials, like cardboard, card stock, canvas, corkboard, and more! I went with a non-traditional color palette of white, pale pink, rose pink, and navy blue card stock mixed with metallics, but you could even make a bunch of stars in different shades of the same color for an ombré effect – or do a rainbow table runner made of dozens of stars in every color! Gah, the possibilities!

DIY Metallic and Iridescent Star Table Confetti

DIY Metallic and Iridescent Star Table Confetti

Did you notice the beautiful rainbow gold leaf above? It’s variegated red gold leaf and it’s ridiculously beautiful. It actually looks a bit more like copper leaf, which is just fine by me, and looks amazing against the pale pink and deep navy paper. In addition to the variegated leaf, I used traditional gold, silver, and copper leaf, along with the same metallics in liquid leaf form. For the liquid leaf, I wanted to experiment with punching the stars out of an abstract brushstroke pattern with all three metallics: gold, silver, and copper. Mixed metals for the win!

DIY Metallic and Iridescent Star Table Confetti

And of course I couldn’t resist adding in some iridescent stars made by layering iridescent cellophane over card stock. I also punched a few star shapes out of this iridescent white mylar, which looks way more shiny and iridescent in real life than it does in the photos! I may have gone slightly overboard with the number of materials in this project – I just couldn’t help myself! The good news is that you can definitely simplify the materials and still get the same gorgeous result! A table covered entirely in iridescent white stars would be gorgeous for New Year’s Eve, or just use easy-to-apply liquid gilding if time is a concern! When it comes to metallic sparkle, you really can’t go wrong.

DIY Metallic and Iridescent Star Table Confetti

Don’t they look so gorgeous all mixed up together? Let’s make some stars!

DIY Metallic and Iridescent Star Table Confetti

DIY Metallic and Iridescent Star Table Confetti

Supplies

Fiskars Thick Materials Star Punch in small (1″), medium (1.5″), and large (2″)

Fiskars Original Orange-handled Scissors

Card stock in your desired color palette (I used white, pale pink, rose pink, and dark navy blue)

Metallic leaf in gold, variegated red gold, silver, and copper

Liquid metallic leaf in gold, silver, and copper

1″ paint brushes

Iridescent cellophane (from your local party or craft store)

Iridescent white mylar

Metallic leaf adhesive

PVA Glue

DIY Metallic and Iridescent Star Table Confetti

DIY Metallic and Iridescent Star Table Confetti

For the metallic leaf star table confetti:

Apply 2″ strips of metallic leaf across a letter-sized sheet of card stock, following package instructions to apply the gold and copper leaf and leaving approximately 1-2 inches of space between each strip of metallic leaf. The application of metallic leaf usually involves applying a thin layer of gilding adhesive with a paint brush, allowing it to dry until clear and tacky, applying a small sheet of metallic leaf, then brushing off the excess metallic leaf with a clean paint brush.

I also used my Fiskars Original Orange-handled Scissors to carefully cut the sheets of metallic leaf down to size before applying them to the paper to minimize waste and get the maximum coverage from each individual sheet of metallic leaf. Each 2″ metallic strip used about half a sheet of metallic leaf. I wanted an abstract painterly pattern, so I freehanded the adhesive application, but you can use washi tape to tape off straight lines if you want a cleaner look.

The Fiskars Original Orange-handled Scissors are my all-time favorite scissors to use for crafting! They’re known for their quality and precision and I’ve been using them as long as I can remember. Can you believe that these iconic scissors are celebrating their 50th Anniversary next year!?

DIY Metallic and Iridescent Star Table Confetti

DIY Metallic and Iridescent Star Table Confetti

For the liquid metallic gilding star table confetti:

Using 1″ paint brushes, apply the liquid gilding across a sheet of card stock in an abstract pattern. I did a mix of long brush strokes on a few sheets of paper, and shorter brush strokes on other sheets of paper. I also layered short brushstrokes of silver liquid gilding over gold and copper gilding for additional dimension. The whole thing is meant to be abstract and painterly, so just have fun with whatever pattern you choose!

DIY Metallic and Iridescent Star Table Confetti

DIY Metallic and Iridescent Star Table Confetti

For the iridescent star table confetti:

Use Fiskars Original Orange-handled Scissors to cut 2″ strips of iridescent cellophane. Apply a thin layer of PVA glue to one side of the iridescent cellophane and apply the cellophane to a sheet of card stock. Allow the glue to dry completely.

DIY Metallic and Iridescent Star Table Confetti

To make the star shapes:

Step 1. Using a paper trimmer or Fiskars Original Orange-handled Scissors, cut each letter sized sheet of card stock into thirds, so that each section of paper measures approximately 3.6″ x 8.5″. I used the ProCision Rotary Bypass Trimmer to cut up to three sheets of card stock down at once, which definitely helped save time!

Step 2. Use the Star Thick Materials Shape Punches to punch out star shapes from the paper. I made sure to place the paper punch so that some of the resulting star shapes would be approximately half metallic or iridescent, and half uncovered card stock. You’ll often have enough room between the large star size to make a few small stars from the same piece of paper.

Step 3. Sprinkle the stars down the center of your table, or around any pitchers or punch bowls on your bar. Add in a few flowers and some votive candles – and have a great party!

DIY Metallic and Iridescent Star Table Confetti

DIY Metallic and Iridescent Star Table Confetti

DIY Metallic and Iridescent Star Table Confetti

DIY Metallic and Iridescent Star Table Confetti

DIY Metallic and Iridescent Star Table Confetti

These metallic and iridescent star shapes are the perfect way to decorate your holiday table, don’t you think? And such an easy way to add some celebratory sparkle to your holiday or New Year’s Eve party!

This post was created in partnership with Fiskars. All content and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make Oh So Beautiful Paper possible!

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DIY Iridescent Winter Wreaths

I kind of missed out on holiday decorating last year. We were in the middle of renovating our bathroom for most of December and were living at a rental apartment for Christmas and New Year’s. So I’m making up for it this year by decorating ALL of the rooms in our house. Wreaths are such an easy way to decorate for the holidays, especially when there are little kids running around! Today I’m super excited to team up with Krazy Glue to share a trio of DIY iridescent winter wreaths that you can make for the holidays! I’m always looking for more ways to bring iridescent shimmer into my life, especially during the holidays. And these wreaths look so cute hanging on doors from a colorful ribbon, they’d be the perfect way to decorate a kids bedroom for the winter season!

DIY Iridescent Winter Wreath

When it comes to the holidays and winter months, I like to use decorations that can stay up even after the Christmas tree comes down. I mean, January and February are rather dark and dreary – and DEFINITELY in need of some extra sparkle, don’t you think? I always buy a few potted poinsettias and grow paperwhites during the winter, and I’ll probably leave some of our twinkle lights on the mantel for a few weeks. I took the same approach with this trio of winter wreaths, bringing in seasonal faux foliage like poinsettias and pine sprigs and mixing winter whites and metallics with shimmery iridescent tissue. Make a few wreaths for Christmas and then keep them up through the end of January!

DIY Iridescent Winter Wreath

DIY Iridescent Winter Wreath

And since my love for all things iridescent goes hand in hand with my disco obsession, I couldn’t resist incorporating some disco ball ornaments into at least one of the wreaths. Just a single drop of Krazy Glue can hold up to 2,000 pounds and takes just 30 seconds to dry. I wanted to put the power of Krazy Glue to the test – and it totally worked! I used Krazy Glue Craft No Run Gel with Skin Guard to make all of my wreaths, but Krazy Glue is available in a wide assortment of instant adhesives for multiple applications, along with an all-purpose formula that bonds to a variety of surfaces, so you can find the right adhesive for your crafting project. I recommend hanging the disco ball wreath near a window so that it catches morning or afternoon light and fills the room with sparkles!

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Supplies

Krazy Glue Craft No Run Gel with Skin Guard

White Wreath Form

Faux foliage (I used gold and white Poinsettia and gold and green faux pine sprigs)

White Crepe Paper Streamer

Iridescent Tissue Sheets

2″ Disco Ball Ornaments

7/8″ Mini Disco Ball Ornaments

Scissors

Stapler

DIY Iridescent Winter Wreath

To make the wreaths:

Step 1. Start by placing any faux foliage on your wreath form, either in an asymmetrical arrangement or with foliage continuing all around the wreath form. Cut stems down to about 1″ long and use the stem to make a small hole in the wreath form. Add a drop of Krazy Glue Craft No Run Gel to the bottom of the stem and insert the stem into the hole.

Step 2. Once you’ve placed your foliage, wrap the entire wreath form with the white crepe paper streamers or 2″ strips of iridescent tissue, making sure to weave the material between the previously placed foliage. Use a small drop of Krazy Glue Craft No Run Gel to secure the ends of the crepe paper or tissue, and hold the end down until dry, approximately 30 seconds.

Step 3. Cut the iridescent tissue sheets into 4″ squares. Fold 2-3 squares together and pinch them at the bottom, forming a bouquet-like shape. Staple the tissue paper squares together, then secure the iridescent tissue bundle to the wreath form with Krazy Glue. Hold each bundle in place until the glue is completely dry. Continue around the entire wreath, filling any gaps between foliage with iridescent tissue bundles.

Step 4. (Optional) For the disco ball wreath, start by wrapping the entire wreath form in 2″ strips of iridescent tissue. Next, place faux pine sprigs on the wreath form using the method above. In lieu of foliage, I used a silver tinsel gift topper, but a faux Poinsettia would be great here, too! Glue the largest disco ball ornament to the pine foliage first, followed by a few smaller disco ball ornaments. The Krazy Glue Craft No Run Gel is perfect for gluing mismatched surfaces and works great on the iridescent tissue, just be sure to use plenty of the Krazy Glue to make sure the glue gets a good enough hold to secure the disco balls to each other. Let the glue dry between applying each disco ball. Cover the entire wreath form in bundles of iridescent tissue, working clockwise around the wreath form and making sure to tuck the end of each bundle under the previous bundle so there were no visible gaps. Glue additional mini disco ball ornaments around the wreath form as desired.

DIY Iridescent Winter Wreath – made with Krazy Glue!

DIY Iridescent Winter Wreath

DIY Iridescent Winter Wreath

DIY Iridescent Winter Wreath

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DIY Iridescent Winter Wreath

DIY Iridescent Winter Wreath

These wreaths are such a fun way to add some iridescent shimmer to your holiday décor – and I love that you can keep them up until well into the New Year! Yay for all the sparkly things!

This post was created in partnership with Krazy Glue. All content and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make Oh So Beautiful Paper possible!

Personalized and Photo Holiday Gifts with Zazzle

I love figuring out ways to make holiday gift giving more personalized and meaningful, especially for adult family members. My parents and in-laws are usually my biggest challenges: they already have plenty of things and accessories in their home, but they’re always on our case for more photos of my kids. Zazzle offers an incredible range of personalized and photo holiday gifts – including a really impressive collection of artisan gifts! – and I was thrilled when they invited me to share some of my favorite personalized holiday gifts with you! You can customize pretty much anything and the beautiful products come so quickly in the mail. I love being able to include some meaningful and personalized items in our holiday gift-giving list!

Personalized and Photo Holiday Gifts with Zazzle

I had to start with these adorable custom tote bags that we made using some of my 4 year-old daughter’s artwork. I’ve been a big fan of Zazzle’s custom tote bags ever since we collaborated with them on the Paper Party tote bags a couple of years ago, and I wanted to try printing some of Sophie’s black and white illustrations on a tote! The whole process was super easy: I just took a photo of Sophie’s artwork with my phone, upped the contrast to full black and white, and then uploaded the image to Zazzle. I went with the versatile budget tote since I like the handle length, but there are also heavyweight versions for errands and grocery shopping, including custom BAGGU duck bags!

Personalized and Photo Holiday Gifts with Zazzle

Personalized and Photo Holiday Gifts with Zazzle

These photo mugs are the perfect way to share a favorite memory with far-away loved ones! And I love having another way to share more family photos beyond just framed prints, especially since so many of our favorite photos are just quick snaps on our phones. I made a few mugs using only Instagram photos, and I’ve pretty much decided to gift a new mug to the grandparents (aka my parents and in-laws) every year. We’re all big coffee and tea drinkers, and I love that they’ll start their mornings with my girls’ sweet faces!

Personalized and Photo Holiday Gifts with Zazzle

Personalized and Photo Holiday Gifts with Zazzle

These little photo Post-it® notes make the cutest stocking stuffers! And if you need to scribble out a quick shopping list or appointment reminder, why not do it while also looking at a favorite family photo? I made these with my parents and in-laws in mind, but I also love the idea of making a few of these for your spouse to take to the office.

Personalized and Photo Holiday Gifts with Zazzle

Personalized and Photo Holiday Gifts with Zazzle

These beautiful custom name bar necklaces are the perfect gift for any mamas in your life: wife, sister, mom, or even grandmother. The necklaces are available in silver, gold, and rose gold, and I love the clean, minimalist design. So simple and chic.

Personalized and Photo Holiday Gifts with Zazzle

Personalized and Photo Holiday Gifts with Zazzle

I always struggle with “traditional” gift ideas for the men in my family. Books and magazine subscriptions are usually a better fit for holiday gifting than anything involving golf (or sports in general), grilling, or power tools. These monogrammed pocket squares offer an extra dose of flair for my fashionable husband that wears a three-piece suit to the office, while the engraved Waterford ballpoint pens are the perfect choice for my music teacher brother-in-law. I also love these personalized leather journal covers for my historian father-in-law who is constantly taking notes for his World War I book series!

Personalized and Photo Holiday Gifts with Zazzle

Personalized and Photo Holiday Gifts with Zazzle

Thanks again to our partners at Zazzle for letting us run wild with their many personalized and photo holiday gift offerings! Click here to explore their extensive collection of artisan gifts, here to create your own custom tote bags, and here to create your own custom photo mugs. You can also check out their collection of holiday photo cards here!

All photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

This post is sponsored by ZazzleAll content and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make Oh So Beautiful Paper possible!

DC Guide: Fall Foliage Destinations

This month I’m partnering with Capital One’s new Auto Navigator® site to share some of my favorite spots in the DC area. Earlier this month I shared three of my favorite independent boutiques, and today I’m excited to share three of my favorite destinations for gorgeous fall foliage! I tend to plan our family adventures based on the season, finding the best places to see cherry blossoms, peonies, and lilacs in the spring and going to a nearby farm to pick in-season fruits and berries in the summer. We’re currently experiencing peak fall foliage in DC, so it’s the perfect time to head outside and enjoy this beautiful season while it lasts!

DC Guide: Fall Foliage Destinations

There are so many wonderful attractions, historic sites, gardens, and museums in the DC area – and while we can get to most of the museums via public transportation, some of our favorite destinations are best reached by car. Our car is a pretty important part of our family weekend adventures! When my husband and I bought our first (used) car a few years ago, we had a 6 month-old baby and a brand new mortgage payment, and we were feeling really overwhelmed by life in general. We were also focusing more on our short-term financial situation and didn’t really think about the longer term added cost of maintaining an already 10-year old car used for both daily commuting and longer trips to visit family out of state. If I could go back and give my first-time car buying self a piece of advice, I’d tell myself to think more about our long term needs and the emotional security of having a reliable car that you can trust to carry your family wherever it needs to go. I know I feel so, so, so much better putting my money into a payment for a new car with a maintenance package and warranty than I ever felt fixing up our old car!

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We’ve been taking advantage of the mild Fall weather to get out and enjoy some of our favorite outdoor destinations. All three should be on your must-visit list!

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

The Gardens at Dumbarton Oaks

Situated on several acres at the highest point of DC’s Georgetown neighborhood, the Gardens at Dumbarton Oaks is probably my favorite outdoor destination in all of Washington, DC. Designed over the course of 30 years by landscape architects Mildred Bliss and Beatrix Farrand, the gardens feature multiple garden terraces with everything from roses and peonies to chrysanthemums and Japanese anemones, an indoor orangerie, beautifully landscaped flower beds, winding walkways along gently rolling hills, ponds and fountains, and so much more. My girls love exploring the meandering paths, while of course I love taking in all the gorgeous flowers and foliage. And since Dumbarton Oaks is located at one of the highest points in DC, there are also some pretty spectacular views of the foliage in neighboring Rock Creek Park.

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: The National Arboretum

The National Arboretum

One of the things that I love most about living in DC is that so many of our public attractions offer free admission – including the National Arboretum! And it’s only 10 minutes from my house! With more than 15 garden collections and displays on 446 acres in Northeast DC, the National Arboretum is the perfect place to run around and explore any time of year. I love visiting the Asian Collection, Dogwood Collection, Conifer Collection, and Herb Garden in the fall, but you really can’t go wrong in any section of the park. You can also see the original columns from the U.S. Capitol Building, which were transferred to the Arboretum when the Capitol underwent an expansion in 1958.

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: The National Arboretum

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: The National Arboretum

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: The National Arboretum

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: The National Arboretum

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate

George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate

Whenever we feel the need to escape DC for an hour or two, we jump in the car and head to Mount Vernon. George Washington’s estate is located only 30 minutes outside of DC, but feels like an entirely different planet. You can tour the Mansion, stroll around the Estate gardens, walk down to the wharf on the edge of the Potomac River, visit the Pioneer Farm – or even visit the distillery and gristmill! We love to just sit on the lawn behind the mansion and gaze out at the Potomac River (OMG that VIEW), or visit some of the many farm animals on the grounds, including sheep, pigs, and oxen. It’s pretty much the perfect afternoon excursion.

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate

DC Guide - Fall Foliage Destinations: George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate

All photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

This post is sponsored by Capital One’s Auto Navigator® site – click here for more information and to get started today! All content and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make Oh So Beautiful Paper possible!