My little Jeanne turned one this past week. The last year went by so quick, too quick. I felt really emotional the week before her actual birthday. In order to hold back the tears and stop myself from constantly looking back at her newborn pictures, I started making paper tassel garlands and thinking about what to serve the guests.I kept it all pretty simple. Black, gold and silver garlands and some huge balloons. I bought some small stickers and decorated old baby food pots. I found numerous tutorials on how make the garland. Although I am not the most patient crafter, I found one that was doable. Black and white polka dotted cups and striped paper straws added just the right touch. For a little whimsy, I used small napkins with cute pink flamingos.
What’s more fun than drinking from a normal stripey straw? Drinking from a stripey straw that’s been decked out for the holidays, that’s what. Give your sips and snacks a little pizzazz by adding some sparkle to create these 4th of July Sparkler Drinking Straws.
- red & blue striped straws
- silver tinsel
- hot glue gun
Start by cutting a small piece of tinsel. Cut carefully as this stuff can shed tinsel strands easily.
Place a small dollop of hot glue onto the straw about 1/3 down from the top.
Before the hot glue dries, wrap the small strip of tinsel around the straw and press the ends down into the glue.
Wait for the glue to dry (it’s quick!), and admire. That’s it!
Stick the straws in some cute bottled soda, or snip them down and place them in cupcakes. Whatever you use them for, they’ll definitely make anything Independence Day-ready!
They’re so cute, I may just have to hoard them all for myself. Now go and get your glue guns, folks. Happy Independence Day!
photography & styling // Lexy Ward of The Proper Pinwheel