Every year I host a get-together for all of the women I taught with at my previous school. I left that school 3 years ago and I find that this is the best way to keep all of these dear friends in my life and up to date with the "goings-on" in each others' lives.
I try to keep the party as simple as possible - food, drink and lots of things to keep the kids happy and busy!
I planned everything for outside, but the day of the party was so blinking HOT, that we moved it all inside!! The kids were in and out - after all you can only blow bubbles and play with water guns OUTSIDE - but all of the food, wine and chatter took place where the air-conditioner was cranked up!
As usual these days, a few of my party ideas came straight from Pinterest.
While we waited for the 10 mommies and their kids to arrive, I snapped a few pics to capture these summery moments:
|Juice boxes on ice, Timbit and strawberry kababs, paper lantern decor and a bucket full of new sand and water toys|
|A yummy display of veggies, plastic "glassware" ready to be filled with a cocktail, bubble equipment and flowers in full bloom|
Now the title of this post contained "Printed Pillows." How do those fit into the party scheme? Well - to be honest, these pillows came into fruition a day or two before the party while I visualized the decor for the get-together. My deck is covered in pots of pink flowers and all of the furniture is quite neutral in colour. I have a few throw pillows that I purchased last year, but unfortunately they became quite faded over the summer months. When I pulled them out for THIS summer, I knew I needed to add a few more pillows with a bit more colour-zip.
I used a chunk of fuchsia cotton that I found at the thrift store and took it from plain to pizzazz using craft paint, a sponge brush and some foam stamps.
With stamp and paint in hand I went to town creating a garden of daisies on my pink fabric.
Love the daisies, but I needed more colour zing. Add in the yellow centres:
Once satisfied with one kind of print, I covered another section of the fabric with a different pattern using several shapes of stamps. A little touch of yellow landed here, too!
It took next to no time to whip these rectangle chunks of fabric into 3 throw pillows:
And they were the perfect addition to the "deck decor" for my party. In fact, every time I am out on our deck, I am so pleased with how they turned out. They are the perfect dash of colour for the beginning of the summer!