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DIY Bridal Shower Decor

Bridal Shower Decor by FrugElegance.com

Bridal Shower Decor by FrugElegance.com

Bridal Shower Decor by FrugElegance.com

Bridal Shower Decor by FrugElegance.com

Bridal Shower Decor by FrugElegance.com

Bridal Shower Decor by FrugElegance.com

Bridal Shower Decor by FrugElegance.com

Bridal Shower Decor by FrugElegance.com

Bridal Shower Decor by FrugElegance.com

Bridal Shower Decor by FrugElegance.com

and a gift from the bride-to-be to each of her sisters…

Bridal Shower Decor by FrugElegance.com

Bridal Shower Decor by FrugElegance.com

Personal Touches can add so much love to your bridal shower. Lots of love went into this one & though it looks difficult, these DIY ideas are easy, affordable & fun to do. Definitely made it more special!

Cupake Flower Tower: Our good friend Marcie, we call her the cupcake artist!, made these beautiful cupcakes. Filled with raspberry & strawberry jams that and topped with homemade frosting. Check out our post with the frosting recipe. The 4 tier cupcake tower is from Wilton.

Mr & Mrs Banner: This burlap banner was a great find at Kirkland’s

Menu & Tags: The menu & tags for the party favor bags are from an online free printable. We spray painted the babies breath, clothes pins for photos, and sticks used for date night ideas in gold.

Teacup Flower Centerpieces: Using pinks and golds, we used a collection of tea cups, sugar bowl & teapot. Come see the DIY Teacup Flower Centerpiece Post!

Framed Pictures: Painted an old frame & chicken wire (stapled to the back). A Collection of photos of the happy couple are attached using gold painted clothes pins.  On the top we draped a piece of crocheted lace made by the brides great grandmother.

Extra Special: Each guest was asked to bring a favorite recipe & the brides twin sister will put them all into a cook book for the bride to have. Another great momento for the bride is a Date Night Jar- full of fun ideas for the happy couple.

From the Bride to her sisters, who hosted the bridal shower, as well as to both her mothers- a beautiful card & a special gift - Always remember to DREAM. So special!

Each of these special touches made the day one to be remembered always!

EASY DIY: Teacup Table Centerpieces

Teacup Flower Centerpieces by FrugElegance

Teacup Flower Centerpieces by FrugElegance

Teacup Flower Centerpieces by FrugElegance

Teacup Flower Centerpieces by FrugElegance

Teacup Flower Centerpieces by FrugElegance

Using vintage fine china that was purchased special for the bride to be, it only seemed more special to use the teacups for the bridal shower table centerpieces. They were a frug-elegant find for sure at the Alameda Antique Faire!

  • Step 1: Spray paint baby’s breath gold & let dry.
  • Step 2: Cut a piece of green floral foam for each teacup
  • Step 3: Poke a hole into the foam where you want to place your stem. 
  • Step 4: Trim flowers at an angle to the height as you insert them into floral foam.
  • Add a little water to each, I found a used small water bottle worked well

Come see our full post: DIY Bridal Shower Decor!

Thanx to all the awesome Link Parties! Go check them out-

Top 3 Stores for Back To School Shopping on a Budget

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Thanx to Emily @ thebensonstreet.com for putting this Back to School Series together! So many amazing blogs participating & we are so glad to be a part of it too.

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Are you thinking about school yet? It’s time -the best deals go fast! We are all about getting top brands at discounted prices & these are our go-to places year after year.

Back to School Series FrugElegance shopping tips

Back to School Series FrugElegance shopping tips

Back to School Series FrugElegance shopping tips

#1- Marshalls: Great selection of backpacks! Now that my kids are teens, they prefer backpacks by Jansport & they can be quite expensive. Marshalls has a nice variety of Jansport patterns/colors & other great brands. Great selection for younger kids too. Marshalls puts racks full of backpacks out now (mid July) but they don’t last!

Marshalls also has a great selection of name brand clothes & shoes. With the constant restocking, its worth going back again & again.

Back to School Series FrugElegance shopping tips

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#2- Target: for school supplies & clothes-  Love the colors & styles & large selection available. The great tip is to buy early in the season while it’s in stock & when it goes on sale bring your receipt in for a price adjustment. **Do check with your local Target about the policy on price adjustments & how much time they allow *Price adjustments are only given on the week the special sale is running (advertised in the Target weekly circular. Extra Savings- use the Target Visa for a 5% discount off your purchase & free shipping on online purchases. Extra Extra Savings- for online shopping, go through ebates.com or fatwallet.com & get rebates back on your purchase. Those rebates really add up!

Back to School Series FrugElegance shopping tips

Back to School Series FrugElegance shopping tips

Back to School Series FrugElegance shopping tips

#3- The 99cents Only Store: for school supplies-  Lots of great school supplies! Snacks too - stock up & freeze them for lunch boxes.

**An extra tip for saving money on back to school clothes: There are better sales on clothes AFTER school starts.

Hope you found these tips useful! Come see us on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter & Hometalk for many more great FrugElegant money saving Ideas!

The Home Courtyard & Outdoor Living

Home Courtyard by FrugElegance.com

Home Courtyard by FrugElegance.com

This courtyard had so much potential but wasn’t coming together quite as it should be…until now!

Home Courtyard by FrugElegance.com

First thing- Cleaning up, Upcycle some items, Rearrange furniture & add a few new items that are needed. Like the metal piece above the fireplace. It was half price at Hobby Lobby ONLY $22.50!

Home Courtyard by FrugElegance.com

Home Courtyard by FrugElegance.com

These deep orange/red pads weren’t really working.. something was missing. A good cleaning & added small back pillows from Target (on sale!). Love the pattern & solid together & with the contrast of the dark furniture too.

Home Courtyard by FrugElegance.com

Warm & Cozy- a great spot to relax! The only furniture purchased now for this courtyard makeover was the patio coffee table- from HomeDepot.com It was a great price & looks fabulous.

Home Courtyard by FrugElegance.com

Found this amazing metal/iron wheeled plant holder at a thrift store for $20. Thought it was so elegant- FrugElegant! So glad I bought it.

Home Courtyard by FrugElegance.com

2 old gray flower pots were not working well with the warm brown tones… instead of buying new ones, a little spray paint did the trick. See our post: Easy Flower Pot Update

Home Courtyard by FrugElegance.com

1- Mini Succulent plant $1.95, 1-glass candle holder dish $1.49, and a few white decorative rocks (full bag $5.99, plenty of extra rocks to decorate somewhere else). This outdoor decor is Easy to create, Easy to Maintain!

Home Courtyard by FrugElegance.com

Micky’s favorite spot… Sunbathing in the morning sun!

Love these string lights from Target. Put them on a timer so every evening they come on at sundown for 2 (or 4) hours.

Home Courtyard by FrugElegance.com

The courtyard is pretty much done except for a few small touches: some plants for the large ceramic pots, some more small potted plants & replace some plants along the side areas.

For more great outdoor decor ideas come see our post on Backyard Living

Thank you to all the great hosts & their incredible link parties which help us share our pride & joy! Make sure to go check out their amazing parties:

Easy Flower Pot Updating Using Spray Paint

Easy Flower Pot Updating by FrugElegance.com

Easy Flower Pot Updating by FrugElegance.com

Easy Flower Pot Updating by FrugElegance.com

Easy Flower Pot Updating by FrugElegance.com

Easy Flower Pot Updating by FrugElegance.com

Spray paint is a great way to update decor items. Inexpensive & so EASY to do. *There are no rules when painting - as you can see in the finished square flower pot, spraying lighter towards the top made a gradation look since the original color was light.

Local hardware stores Home Depot, Lowes & Ace have a great selection of spray paints to choose from. The Rustoleum paint being used here is $3.87-$4.99 a can & was purchased at Ace when they were having a July 4th special $2.50 a can!

This flower pot came out perfect for our upcoming post: Home Courtyard & Outdoor Decor

*Do follow directions on can. Only spray in a well ventilated area & use responsibly.

Thanx to all the wonder link party hosts! Go check out all the amazing ideas:

The BIG Craft Giveaway!

The Big Craft Giveaway

Here are the craft supplies from FrugElegance-

The Big Craft Giveaway- FrugElegance prize items

We are giving away these amazing supplies:

  • 4 Classic Leather We R Memory Keeper 4x4” Albums - 1 Metallic Gold, 2 Coral & 1 Greige (*$4.99-$14.99 each depending on color & store)
  • 1 Darice Embossing Folder - Honeycomb Pattern, *$4.99
  • 1 AC Cardstock Package -12 Pink Cards & 12 White Envelopes, *$4.99 -perfect for creating handmade cards on premium card stock.
  • 1 Glue Gun, Dual Temperature (High or Low), *$8.99
  • 1 Package of Glue Sticks (package is open & contains 19 Glue Sticks)
  • 1 Packge Pink “favor” Bags 3”x4” package of 6
  • 2 rolls “Naturals” Wire Edge Ribbon, 2-1/2” x 23’, 97% Jute & 3% Metallic, $5.99-$9.99
  • 1 Roll Ribbon- Pink & white with dragonfly pattern  $2.49
  • possible bonus: small craft items might be included in addition to the items listed above. (depending on extra room in the shipping box).

*Please note that I listed approximate price values per the items I could find & compare on the internet. Since these items were already owned for a while, I do not know what the exact value on each is.

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Backyard Living & Outdoor Home Decor

Big or small backyard there’s lots of ways to make your space fabulous. Lots of little touches that make a big statement. Come take a look at some of our favorite features of our backyard where we love to spend lots of time & love to entertain.

Backyard Living and Outdoor Home Decor by FrugElegance

This long side yard was empty & nothing going on except a path to the gate. Bocce is a pretty popular game here in California & the really great thing about it- anyone can play! We didn’t build it, but there are so many great online tutorials on how to DIY. And who cares if the court needs to be shorter or narrower, it’s an adjustable kinda game. We LOVE it!

Backyard Living and Outdoor Home Decor by FrugElegance

Arbors, Pavilions, & Gazebos can make an area feel more contained- like its a separate room. This pavilion is very open & comfy! The 2 pieces on the ends of the couch were found online on clearance. The cushions don’t match the couch cushions but I like the look. It’s now a larger seating area. The rug & throw pillows were great prices at Costco. It’s a mix-matched area but really comes together well- FrugElegantly! A great time to buy outdoor furniture & save $$ is end of June/beginning July. Stores want to get rid of the inventory to make room for back to school & fall items.

Backyard Living and Outdoor Home Decor by FrugElegance

Sand, Seashells & Small Candle- Looks like beautiful outdoor decor during the daytime. Ready to light candle for the evening. Looks beautiful any time!

Backyard Living and Outdoor Home Decor by FrugElegance

Making the most out of space & function, these 2 coolers not on match the furniture in the pavilion, but they work as great end tables. When we have a backyard party we use them to store backup ice. (I got them when Frontgate was having a special).

Backyard Living and Outdoor Home Decor by FrugElegance

Also from Frontage, this garbage can has a more decorative look. It’s like a piece of furniture.

Backyard Living and Outdoor Home Decor by FrugElegance

Fire pits are awesome! So many options -from built in or portable, a variety of shapes & sizes & they look gorgeous. Love roasting marshmallows with the expandable skewers!

Here are a few easy to do “touches” for your next backyard gathering:

Backyard Living and Outdoor Home Decor by FrugElegance

Roll Up Pool / Beach Towels & put in large basket. It looks colorful & ready for guests. Plus, at the end of the day, use the basket to carry towels to laundry room.

Backyard Living and Outdoor Home Decor by FrugElegance

Love these self standing chalkboard signs!

Backyard Living and Outdoor Home Decor by FrugElegance

Beverage dispensers saves $$ & waste (from bottles or cans). Plus, they looks so beautiful with or without decoration. A simple red twine wrapped around the lid with a ceramic tag is a great label. Water looks & tastes terrific when you add fruit. *Suggestions: use frozen fruit to keep cooler. Favorite frozen fruits are Pineapple, Mango, Strawberries & Blueberries. Favorite fresh fruits are Lemon, Lime & Orange Slices.

For another decorative way to serve beverages see our Wine Barrel Beverage Tub Post -A great backyard party idea to hold the bottles & cans.

Backyard Living and Outdoor Home Decor by FrugElegance

Backyard Living and Outdoor Home Decor by FrugElegance

Even the dog’s toys can be in something more decorative. This isn’t for entertaining but it looks so nice, I don’t have to put it away when guests are coming over. This wire piece (not really sure what it is, probably for candles?) was on clearance at Target.

Red, White & Blue-Berries!

Red, White & Blue-Berries by FrugElegance

Nothing like a Farmer’s Market to give some inspiration to make a new Patriotic Dessert for July 4th, using these gorgeous Berries-

Red, White & Blue-Berries by FrugElegance

Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave. After melted, stir in red sugar (the kind you would sprinkle on sugar cookies). It looks so pretty mixed into the white chocolate! Dip the Strawberries, Blackberries & Blueberries into the chocolate & place onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.

Red, White & Blue-Berries by FrugElegance

Refrigerate till chocolate is hardened & keep refrigerated till serving. Look at how beautiful!

Red, White & Blue-Berries by FrugElegance

WOW- This strawberry is so sweet & juicy!

Red, White & Blue-Berries by FrugElegance

The next batch was more of an experiment & these red, white & blue-berry clusters are fun!

Red, White & Blue-Berries by FrugElegance

Start with a mini muffin pan (like for brownie bites) & put enough red sugar to line the bottom.

Red, White & Blue-Berries by FrugElegance

Next, spoon in melted white chocolate.

Red, White & Blue-Berries by FrugElegance

Add Berries.

Red, White & Blue-Berries by FrugElegance

A little more melted white chocolate on top & then refrigerate till chocolate has hardened. To remover, turn upside down & tap with a spoon a few times till they slide out themselves.

Red, White & Blue-Berries by FrugElegance

Perfect for your July 4th celebration!

Come see: Easy to Decorate July 4th Votive Candles!

DIY - Half Wine Barrel Beverage Tub, adding wheels

Wine Barrel Beverage Tub by FrugElegance

Bought these half barrels in Napa a few years ago & love them for outdoor parties! They are great beverage holders (cans & bottles)!

Ray, our trusted handyman, took on the project to put wheels on. Just adding wheels directly to the bottom of the barrel is not an option because the wood panels can shift & there is a lip from the metal ring around the base of the barrel. A circular piece of wood is needed to attach to the under side of the barrel.

Wine Barrel Beverage Tub by FrugElegance

Step 1- Measure out & mark the circle size needed.

Wine Barrel Beverage Tub by FrugElegance

Step 2: Cut wood, following your drawn line.

Wine Barrel Beverage Tub by FrugElegance

Step 3: Treat both sides of circle with a stain & water sealer.

Wine Barrel Beverage Tub by FrugElegance

Attach wood circle securely to bottom of barrel (with screws).

Wine Barrel Beverage Tub by FrugElegance

Install wheels.

*The barrel wood shrinks if the wood gets too dried out. This can cause the metal rings to fall out of place. Best to keep the wood moistened during the warmer temperatures. For that same reason, I would not recommend treating the wood, the natural look to the wood is beautiful- Enjoy it.

If you can not get actual wine half barrels, Home Depot sells Whiskey Barrel Planters that are a little smaller in size but look great too.

Perfect to use as a party beverage container or a planter. See our post: Wine Barrel Beverage Tub for your outdoor celebrations.

Wine Barrel Beverage Tub by FrugElegance

Wine Barrel Beverage Tub - outdoor parties

Wine Barrel Beverage Tub by FrugElegance

Half wine barrels are great as planters but here’s another option- As beverage tubs for backyard parties. I bought 4 half wine barrels in Napa a few years ago & love the way they look filled with the cans & bottles.

Wine Barrel Beverage Tub by FrugElegance

Wine Barrel Beverage Tub by FrugElegance

Galvanized Tubs from Home Depot are a perfect fit into the barrels. The tubs are labeled as being leak proof but they do leak! I didn’t like the guests getting their drinks & having to walk through the puddle of water. Sealing the seams is so easy with Rust-Oleum’s Leak Seal Rubber Coating. It works perfectly!

Wine Barrel Beverage Tub by FrugElegance

When rubber spray coating is dry, place inside the half wine barrel & fill with ice & water. Perfect for: Soda, Juice packets, Beer, Water Bottles, etc.

To decorate or not to decorate. It really doesn’t need it because they are so beautiful on their own. But occasionally I will put something on it, like in the above picture- decorated for July 4th backyard party. 

Check out DIY Adding Wheels to Half Wine Barrels (the barrels are super heavy so wheels make it so much easier for moving around!)