DIY Sparkle Ice Bucket & More Party Hacks!

Welcome to the last post of 2015!*  I want your 2016 to start off wonderful and sparkly and with some easy party hacks to make your party complete!  These are perfect for New Year's, birthdays, 
bachelorette, whatever party you may be throwing!!  Not one, not TWO, but THREE party hacks!

I showed you my sparkly ice bucket I did for my Christmas Ornament Craft Party. And here's how to make it!

Party Hack One: Sparkle Ice Bucket

Child’s Bucket- I picked up mine at the 99cent store
Sparkly materials- I used disco ball ornaments, sequins and star ribbon
* Boil distilled/purified water to use- this helps make the water clearer.

You will freeze in layers so that the sparkly items will be throughout the bucket.

Fill bucket 1/3 of way with water, add sparkly materials and freeze.  

Add a large cup that would fit within ice bucket and hold a bottle of champagne (or whatever you are using ice bucket for.

Add another layer of water and more sparkly materials and freeze.

Finish it off by adding more water and sparkly materials.  Freeze.

You can freeze all at once as well instead of layering but the items will rise to the top and the bucket may not have sparkle fled throughout!  

To loosen from bucket, you will need to run a bit of warm water on bucket and it will release.

I used more pink confetti for the final shoot  The pink confetti kind of bled a bit into the water and the ice bucket was a bit pinkish.   

I used more gold confetti in this one from the ornament confetti party:

Party Hack 2: Gold Glitter Noise Makers
Pick up a bag of noisemakers from thrift store or 99cent store.  Cut gold glitter sticker paper to cover the noisemaker.

Party Hack Three: Gold Star Champagne Rim

Buy edible gold glitter stars, rim glass with lemon and decorate with stars.


*technically it is not the last post, as I will be sending you over to PBteen before the New Year, but this the last ME post.
**If that makes any sense, lol.

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DIY Christmas Tree Garland

This simple DIY Christmas tree garland can have so many uses.  I used it at the ornament party to hang from ceiling as decor, now it hangs on my tree and I will use it to wrap Christmas presents come Christmas Eve!  That is pretty good for something that only takes a few minutes to make!

Cardstock paper in desired colors
Christmas Tree Punch Stamp 
Raffia string (or ribbon, baker's twine, whatever your preferred string is!)
Glue (Go back to 3rd grade and grab a glue stick, its the easiest and least messy way to go here!) 


Punch out your Christmas trees.

Glue two Christmas trees to each other placing the raffia string in the middle.

Repeat until you get your desired length of garland.

Let dry and hang from your tree, or hang at your party or decorate a gift!

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DIY Printable Christmas Gift Tags Using Adobe Photoshop Elements

I am an Adobe Photoshop Elements ambassador and have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own!

Although I run a DIY blog, I have many weaknesses in certain creative areas- my handwriting is just a notch better than a doctor's and I cannot really draw- unless stick figures count ;)

But, I like to add personal touches to my gifts and this is where I let Adobe Photoshop Elements do most of the work!

For any of my printables on A Bubbly Life- like I love you To the Moon & Back Nursery Printable & DIY Wrapping Paper  I simply use fun fonts and custom shapes to create them!  And, you can too- and it is SO simple.

1. Create a New File and Click Preset and choose US Paper- Photoshop Elements makes it easy for you and has an 8X10 easy, printable size for you!

2.  Find and download your custom shapes or fonts.  Google comes in handy here! Search Google for your desired shape/font- example- "free Christmas shapes photoshop"
Many custom shapes or fonts are free to use for personal use (and some for commercial)  However, some may require payment.  All my shapes I used here were free, but I paid for the font.  (Also, be sure to download from a reputable site) 

3. Add your shapes/fonts to Photoshop Elements.  For a Mac, I open my download and drop and drag to the Custom Shape folder.  For fonts, drag and drop to Font Book.
*If Photoshop Elements is open, you will need to close and re-open to see your new fonts and/or custom shapes.

Time to make your gift tags!

4.  Choose Custom Shape and Pick your Tag.  You can make it smaller or larger by dragging your mouse to get your desired size.

5.  Add whatever you may want to say! I used my tags for favors.  You can do a To-From, Add another fun Christmas shape (like the trees) whatever you like!

When adding font/shape to the gift tag, be sure that the Shape Layer is selected, not the background (as noted in the screenshot)

When done click Merge Visible to combine layers and save as a PDF for easy printing. (Please note, you may want to save as a .psd file first so you can make changes later, you cannot make changes once you merge layers and save) 

6. Print on cardstock paper, cut, add a hole punch and ribbon and tie to a favor or tape to a gift!

You can download my Christmas gift tags here- pink and black versions are available.

There you have it, you can make most any printable with these tips.  Star Wars fan? I used a Star Wars font to create a nursery printable for a baby room! The possibilities are endless and you do not need to be a graphic designer or illustrator- you just need Photoshop Elements- Cheers!!

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Christmas Ornament Craft Party- Cookies & Champagne!

Throwing an ornament party where my friends and I get together and make our own ornaments is a Christmas goal of mine every year.  And every year I am unable to do it and I finally made it happen this year!!

I chose a color theme of black/white/pink/ and gold. Picking only a couple colors helped set the decor, the paints and materials for crafting!

I loved, loved these bottles.  It was such an easy centerpiece.  Empty clear bottle with a gold sticker to spell out Fa La La.  I did both sides of the bottle so both sides of the table would have the phrase.  I then draped twinkle lights around the bottles.  I kept these on our table after the party and they will stay there, my husband loves them.  So, get your friends together for a white wine night and get some empty bottles (or ask a restaurant, whateves)

I called it a Cookie & Champagne party, because I liked how that sounded.  And, I forgot the cookies (not the champagne, of course;) So, asked my husband last minute while he was at store to pick me up some. He brought home peppermint bark.  It was delicious but did not have the same pretty roll off the tongue as champagne and cookies.  So, do what you will at your party, it will work out. Just don't forget the champagne. 

If you are going to have a gold glam fringe tassel, disco ball ornaments seem necessary.

The lanterns were an easy DIY- stickers, hang tassels. done.

And, yes, we did craft ornaments: (diy here) 

To protect the table from paint, champagne spills and whatnot, I used a Christmas wrapping paper- I designed my own using Shutterfly.  Wrapping paper comes in so many colors and themes that you will be able to find the perfect one for your party theme!  Or you use a tablecloth you do not mind getting some paint spills on!

Ever wonder who in the world buys those plastic cheap tablecloths that were big in the 80s maybe? And then that same person uses them as a glam tree skirt? Look no further! 75 cents thrift store goodness right there my friends, and I flipping love it.

Sparkle ice bucket. No more words necessary.  Here is the DIY to make your own sparkle ice bucket!

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