Cocoa Couture Easter Tablescape

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of entertaining a group of incredible women for a Progressive Brunch. A progressive meal or “Safari Supper” is made of successive courses prepared and eaten at the residence of different hostesses. This involves consumption of one course at each location. Each of us ladies prepared a part of traditional brunch and Ubered from each of our houses to the next, after each course, enjoying the company and styling of each person’s take on a brunch tablescape!

My house was the first stop and I hosted the Mimosa and fruit course! I wanted to share my tablescape with you because I have to show you how easy it is to design a party table without spending a ton of money on theme décor. Every element of the design are DIYs I’ve blogged about previously with a few drugstore Easter isle props thrown in!

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

Disco balls are ornaments seen before here. TIP: If you have any pastel ornaments or at least a bunch of smaller Christmas ornaments all the same color you can group them together around a floral centerpiece in a tray, or pick up a bag of plastic eggs for a few dollars.

DIY Silver and black box centerpiece here. TIP: This is literally just an empty box to give height to the center of the table. You can use any cardboard box you already have and spray paint or decorate it (glue on jewels, flowers, glitter, etc.) to match your color theme and you’ll instantly have a customized centerpiece!

 Chanel bunny DIY seen before here. TIP: The centerpiece doesn’t have to be the most expensive part of the table, it just has to tie everything in.

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

If you don’t have fabric napkins or a table cloth, consider borrowing some from a friend or family member. Fabric linens really elevate the whole look vs. using plastic or paper. If you’re considering purchasing a table cloth and napkins, opt for all-white or all-cream, since a neutral background color will work for almost any occasion. The ones I used were gifts from my Mum who passed them on to me when she realized she was no longer using them regularly and she knew I liked them.

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

One of the easiest ways to create a cohesive layout is by grouping similar items together, such as candles, of the same color. I grabbed a few black and pink candles from around my house and placed them on the table to continue the black and pink theme.

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

This is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but if you make your food / drink part of the theme, the necessary items on the table can instantly lend to the decor palette. For example, I made white chocolate fondue colored light pink with a few drops of red food coloring, blueberries and strawberries on skewers (for easy dipping!) and chose ginger ale, champagne and gin bottles with pink and black labels and packaging.

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

Lastly, I grabbed a few Easter Lindt chocolates that lend to the Easter aspect (mini carrots and bunnies are so cute, and can double as party favors!) as well as a bunch of pink roses and greenery, because nothing says, “Spring” like fresh flora!

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

The tiny ceramic bunnies I purchased several years ago while living in Germany at their version of the Dollar Store, but I’m sure they have similar ones in the States.

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

What are your thoughts? Have you ever hosted or been to a themed progressive meal?

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Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

How does someone who doesn’t like colors other than black and white celebrate a hue saturated holiday like Easter? They DIY everything in black and white of course!

Being Catholic I love Easter; Couple that with my love of spray paint and you get my version of Easter gifts and décor! I took a plain bunny ears headband ($2) and a plastic bunny container ($2) from Walgreens and gave them a little makeover. Scroll down for instructional photos and a video tutorial 👯

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

The black and white Chanel bow on the bunny you may recognize from a previous DIY on this blog. It’s the remnants of the packaging from a bottle of Chanel perfume!

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

I used chalkboard paint to achieve a matte black finish.

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

Would you like to get a Chanel bunny full of chocolate and treats for Easter? I know I would!

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

 

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

I’ve named her Miss Cocoa Couture! 🐰🍫

Cocoa Couture Inspired DIY Easter Crafts

What do you think of a black and white, 1960s inspired Easter? Leave me a comment!

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DIY Designer Inspired Crystal Bee Pumps

It’s officially Spring! Which means craving fresh, new pieces for my wardrobe! Rather than spend a ton of $ on new stuff every season I like to update items I know I already like. You’ve probably seen a lot of the cute little bee motif popping up on the runways, blogs and magazines this year — they’re popular every Spring, but seem to be even more so this time for some reason!🐝 However, I’m not about to drop $400+ on a pair of shoes just because they’re popular! One of the easiest ways to stay current on trends is adding appliques and embellishments to pieces you already own!

I searched Etsy and found dozens of bead and embroidery bee appliques. After choosing THIS design to add to my favorite pair of $40 Nine West pumps I started thinking of other things I could add bead appliques to — scarves, jackets, lapel collars, hand bags or clutches… The possibilities are endless!👠

I’ve rounded up my favorite pumps $29.99 – $89.99 (just waiting to be embellished!) below:

To adhere my bee appliques to this pair of suede pumps I used E6000 glue according to the directions on the bottle.

Have you ever updated or altered a piece of fashion to wear for a new season? Tag me on Instagram so I can see! I love getting inspired by y’all and your amazing ideas!

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DIY Chanel Ribbon Necklace Tutorial Video

DIY Chanel Ribbon Choker Tutorial DIY Video

I realize the words “DIY” and “Chanel” aren’t often thought of synonymously but today’s DIY will have you believing it! The ribbon for this tutorial was part of the packaging on a Chanel perfume gift box I received for Christmas last year and I have wanted to DIY something with it ever since!

For this DIY necklace you’ll need:

  • logo ribbon HERE
  • rhinestone mini buckle bead like THIS, THIS or THIS
  • small pliers
  • ribbon crimps
  • jewelry clasp
  • scissors

DIY Chanel Ribbon Choker Tutorial DIY Video

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Valentine DIY Round-Up

Any holiday that revolves around gift-giving makes my little DIY heart pitter patter! — and Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday to create for! Red, pink and glitter is such a fun combo to play with and no one can complain about how cheesy your gifts are because this holiday is all about cheesy. Every year I create tutorials for my readers (You guys!) to be inspired by and also blog at least one round-up of Valentine’s themed DIYs from around the web. This year’s round-up includes some old favorites as well as new ideas and contains gift ideas for everyone you love (or just like!).

Find DIYs for your girlfriend, boyfriend, kids, co-workers, teachers and neighbors that are simple yet thoughtful and cost next to nothing!

Valentines Day Crafts and Printables DIY Round-Up

ONE // Free Printable Valentine’s Cards from MyDIY.Life. Download HERE

Free Printable Valentine's Cards

TWO // A sweet treat to include in a child’s or spouses’ lunch box to find at work. Via MPMK

DIY heart shaped Valentine strawberries

THREE // Free Printable Valentine’s gift tags. Download from BrePurposed

FREE printable DIY Valentine's gift tag printables

FOUR // DIY lipstick pinata – perfect for your Gal-entines brunch or night in wine party! Directions on Studio DIY

DIY lipstick pinata

FIVE // 12 Months of Date Nights Printable Booklet Pages. Download from Thinking Closet

free printable date night cards

SIX // Heart Shaped Tea-Bags — Fill with artisan, locally brewed tea from a place like Piper & Leaf. Directions from HerImajination

DIY heart shaped tea bags

SEVEN // DIY fortune fruit cookie recipe and printables (this looks time consuming but it’s insanely simple!). Recipe and instructions via She Knows

Easy DIY fortune cookies

EIGHT // DIY mad-lip printable Valentine. Download from Made Vibrant

DIY Printable Mad-Lib Valentine Card

NINE // Printable Treat Boxes & a Mini Macaron Recipe. Download via MyDIY.life

DIY printable treat boxes and a mini macaron recipe

TEN // DIY heart friendship bracelet. Instructions via Honestly, WTF

DIY woven heart friendship bracelet

ELEVEN // Free printable, editable Valentine card. Download from Every Day Cheer

Free printable, editable Valentine's Day card

TWELVE // Easy-peasy paper heart garland. Via Strumpet’s Crumpets

Easy DIY paper heart garland

THIRTEEN // DIY Valentine Photo Shoot Ideas for Kids — Perfect for sending in cards to the grandparents! Via Craftionary

DIY Valentine Themed Photoshoot Ideas for Kids

FOURTEEN // Printable Post-It Notes Love Packs. Download from The Dating Divas

How To Print On Post-It Notes

FIFTEEN // Heart Shaped White Chocolate Bark Recipe. Instructions on WeddBook

Heart Shaped White Chocolate Bark Bites Recipe

Hope you enjoyed this round-up and got some fabulous ideas!

What Valentine’s crafts, recipes or gifts are you planning on making this year?