Category Archives: Hi! Five

A weekly round-up of favorites.

Hi Five! All-American Celebrations

May 18, 2015

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer in the USA. It’s also the first of three warm-weather holidays where red, white, and blue is expected and welcomed. Say “hello” to five summer celebration favorites that will carry you through Labor Day.

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1. Replace the metal tops of your mason jars with card stock inserts and you’ll protect your ice-cold lemonade from bugs, and minimize possible spills.
2. I love sparklers, but they can be dangerous for little ones. Add some ribbon wands to the mix so everyone has something to wave when the mood strikes.
3. Dig out a well-loved quilt from your attic (or buy one on Etsy), and spread it out at the park, beach, or even in your own backyard. Perfect for day dreaming and picnic eating.
4. Pinwheels can add patriotic flair to your tabletop or can be a craft activity at your BBQ.
5. If you have a fire pit, s’mores are likely on the menu. But you can create this quintessential summer treat even without an open flame.

Check out more All-American celebration ideas on Pinterest. I would love to hear about some of your summer celebration favorites.

Hi Five! May Day Flowers

April 26, 2015

May Day is a generally an uncelebrated holiday. But, what better excuse to fill your home with lovely blooms? Fresh flowers too pricey? Add some cheer to your space with a few paper alternatives. Say hello to my five favorite paper floral decorations from around the web.

High Five: May Day | Card and Parcel

1. This lovely bouquet from The Budget Decorator looks like china!
2. No time for a DIY? Paper Source to the rescue.
3. This lovely gift wrap idea from 33 Shades of Green would also be perfect for Mother’s Day.
4. I still love these paper bouquet cones I made last year.
5. These tissue pom poms from The Idea Room could stay up all year.

Happy May Day!

Hi Five! Baby Gift Wrap

April 19, 2015

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My mom and I spent the day shopping for baby gifts for a fundraiser. Everything was so tiny and sweet. I wanted to keep filling my cart. Because the gifts will become part of a “bundle of joy” tote bag filled with other items, we’re asked not to wrap anything. I do wish I could package everything up in one of these lovely wrapping papers. Say “hello” to my five favorite gift wraps this week.

1. Animals from Paper Source.
2. Wildflower from Rifle Paper Company (pictured above).
3. Alphabet from Ruff House Art.
4. Raindrops from Wrappily.
5. Toile from Papyrus.

5 Simple Advent Calendars

November 30, 2014

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When I was little, we always had an advent calendar. They were made of paper and generally depicted a manger scene, but sometimes the image was secular like the Santa advent calendar shown above. Every day my brother and I would take turns opening the tiny paper windows to reveal an image related to Christmas – a star, an angel, a bough of holly. Advent calendars were special and glittery and, at once, increased anticipation and managed expectations. There’s no need to ask, “how many days ’til Christmas?” when there’s an advent calendar in your home.

Advent calendars have morphed (especially if there are kids in the house) from a daily, brief moment of wonder to the added pressure of coming up with 24 tiny gifts or activities to enjoy every day. If you’re scrambling to come up with a last-minute advent calendar, here are five easy-to make versions made with materials that are easy-to-find or you may already have around your house or in your stash of craft supplies.

1. Mini silver buckets from Our Vintage Home Love.
2. Needlepoint hoop from Lapinblu.
3. Free printables from Melanie Blodgett for Julep.
4. Envelopes from Martha Stewart.
5. Kraft boxes from Sally Shim.

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Hi! Five: Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

May 1, 2014

Hola! Listo para una fiesta? Say “hello” to these Cinco de Mayo party basics I found on Pinterest.

Cinco de Mayo party ideas found on Pinterest | Card and Parcel

1. Lovely tin can floral arrangements from wedding style guide.
2. Refreshing strawberry agua fresca from The Taylor House.
3. Classic salsa fresca recipe from Martha Stewart.
4. Fiesta favor bags filled with goodies from Camille Styles.
5. Festive pull piñata garland from Love + Cupcakes.

Bonus: How adorable are these individual seven layer dips? (Leave a comment if you know the source.)

Individual seven layer dip found on Pinterest | Card and Parcel