A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

Painted Bamboo Forks

Cheery Painted Bamboo Forks | PepperDesignBlog.com

One of my favorite projects from Sunday’s party were these DIY bright yellow forks. So simple! And a festive little addition. I found the bamboo forks on Amazon while looking for disposable-but-not-plastic flatware and was really happy with the quality and style. Likewise for these cute little mini spoons for the sorbet.

Cheery Painted Bamboo Forks | PepperDesignBlog.com

I attempted to ‘dunk’ the back end of the fork in a little sample can of paint first and didn’t get very far with the messy process and all of the dripping (sort of like I did with these plastic tumblers but so much tougher because these guys needed to dry upside down). Once I securely taped up the forks though and turned to spray paint, they were all finished in about five minutes. Liv was the best helper! She’s quite the taper and prepped all of the forks for me.

Cheery Painted Bamboo Forks | PepperDesignBlog.com

Cheery Painted Bamboo Forks | PepperDesignBlog.com

Cheery Painted Bamboo Forks | PepperDesignBlog.com

I used a yellow spray paint that I had on hand in my paint closet, might not need one as heavy duty as the above for just this little task. I also took the forks outside to a well ventilated area to paint them. This project was a little messy! Even with careful aim. I recommend covering the top of the flatware with a sheet of paper to help prevent any paint from getting onto the part of the fork that someone would use to eat with.

Taylor's First Birthday | Painted Bamboo Forks | PepperDesignBlog.com

Bam. Colorful, happy forks for near the price of the plastic versions (I bought a 100 pack and am looking forward to further experimentation for another party. Stamping? Striping? The fork sky is the limit).

More party & entertaining ideas store here, and more crafty ideas right here.

Taylor’s 1st Birthday

This past Sunday we celebrated Taylor’s first birthday with family, friends and a yummy BBQ. I kept it as simple as I could and focused on good, fresh food and a basic build-your-own style of bar. Having just arrived back home after 10 days of travel it was good for me to fall back on my favorites. My go-to party supplies for these sorts of festive events tend to be: paper lanterns, fresh flowers, fabric remnants (to create a table runner, line trays, etc) and classic white dishes. Most from my stash! I invested in a new remnant table runner ($3/yard) and three new paper lanterns decor wise. Love that feeling. Even if parties ’round our house eventually start to feel very similar :).

We fit 40 or 50 of our favorite friends into our cozy outdoor space, turned up some music and enjoyed a warm, sunny afternoon. Couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out!

Taylor's First Birthday | Watermelon, Pink, Yellow Paper Lanterns | PepperDesignBlog.com

Taylor's First Birthday | Painted Bamboo Forks | Sunflower Royal Icing Sugar Cookies| PepperDesignBlog.com

Taylor's First Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

Taylor's First Birthday | Tomato Mozzarella Salad, Homemade Berry Watermelon Sorbet, Paper Flags | PepperDesignBlog.com

Taylor's First Birthday | Painted Bamboo Forks | PepperDesignBlog.com

My margarita spread was quickly supplemented with a build-your-own bloody mary bar a la the hubby, too ;).

Taylor's First Birthday | Build Your Own Margarita Bar Tray, Paper Flags | PepperDesignBlog.com

The menu included: a cherry tomato, mozzarella, basil and balsamic salad – a summer honeydew plus cucumber and feta salad – a savory quinoa and avocado salad – watermelon, blackberry, feta and mint skewers – crispy coleslaw –  baked figs with goat cheese and honey – grilled corn covered in melted lime butter and cotija cheese – amazing ‘fresh from the baker’ Mexican torta rolls and Kev’s overnight smoked pork shoulder sandwiches – homemade lemon sorbet and watermelon berry sorbet – sunflower sugar cookies. I had LOTS of help assembling. Recipes for my favorites to come.

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Taylor's First Birthday | Watermelon, Pink, Yellow Paper Lanterns | PepperDesignBlog.com

Taylor's First Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

Taylor's First Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

Taylor's First Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

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Taylor's First Birthday | Watermelon, Blackberry, Mint, Feta Skewers | PepperDesignBlog.com

As it goes with most one-year-olds, Taylor had no idea what to do with her little smash cake. Until all of Livy’s little friends introduced her to ‘icing’.

Taylor's First Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

Taylor's First Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

Taylor's First Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

Happy birthday, little miss! We love you.

Taylor's First Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

T’s actual birthday is this coming Friday but Kevin and I are celebrating our seven year wedding anniversary with a quick trip to Catalina Island. The corn on the cob turned out to be Taylor’s FAVORITE of the entire party. She carried it around with her most of the event and barely traded it in for cake for a few minutes after much coaxing.

Love this girl to pieces. Can’t believe that she’s already one.

PS Taylor’s first photos, Liv’s first birthday.

Weekend Fun: Father’s Day at Wilder Ranch

You guys. It’s been so long since I have pulled out a real (and by that I mean not iPhone) camera. Those SLRs can be really clunky to carry around, right? especially when you’re toting a baby… or 2. But the photos! Love the freedom to adjust, adjust, adjust. I spent last weekend up in Santa Cruz, California – my old stomping grounds – with my brother and family for his graduation. While there we celebrated Father’s Day with a long hike that started at an old farm called Wilder’s Ranch. One of my favorite places to spend an afternoon.

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Weekend Fun | Father's Day at Wilder Ranch | PepperDesignBlog.com

Took the last two photos the day earlier, I’m not sure I have a smiley photo of the three of us? Also, I post-edited several of these photos with A Beautiful Mess’s photoshop actions (I love petal and magnolia best right now).

Kevin couldn’t join us on this trip because of work, we celebrated Father’s Day with him the weekend before. Love you, Dad! What a fun day to spend with my girls, my brothers and sister, my family.

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