From the Archives: Heart Shaped Doily Party Decorations

Before Annimal Instinct, I blogged at a different location that I’ve phased out for a variety of reasons. I have decided to share some of my most popular posts from that old blog here before shutting it down for good. The following post was originally written in January 2010 just before my niece was born. Entertaining is one of my favorite hobbies, and despite having a very tight budget, I always love to create an event with style! At the time, I was helping plan a large, open-house style baby shower on a budget. This post was shared on a few different sites and is popular because of its simplicity, I think. Without further ado, please enjoy “Heart Shaped Doily Party Decorations”.

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Inspiration. I hear that sometimes it strikes, but usually it manages to avoid me. Don’t misunderstand  – I am frequently inspired, but I normally see a more direct connection between my ideas and their birthplaces. Doilies have been popular in the blogosphere for a while now. I even did a post on them some months back. For Christmas and winter decorations, some suggested cutting snowflakes out of doilies and stitching them together. Honestly, I thought this ended up looking like crap.

However, Hobby Lobby has heart-shaped doilies for Valentine’s Day. Sew a few of these together, as I randomly did the other night, and BAM, you have adorable decorations perfect for a Valentine’s Party or teacher’s classroom, a wedding, a bridal shower, or in my case, a baby shower. The shower is roughly butterfly themed, with a pallet of whites and pinks so these are going to be perfect (although these are hearts the shape echoes the butterfly motif without being overly matchy)! They took mere minutes to throw together and at $1.47 a pack, are affordable as well. I plan to buy more today. I also stitched a few of the larger ones together, alternating the position of the heart, into a quick and easy table runner. These would also be cute glued to toothpicks and used to decorate cupcakes. Of course, you could also use them as doilies, but where is the fun in that.


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