Young and Crafty Sisters

Sunday, April 12, 2015

6 Tips to Plan a Weekend Bachelorette Party

 

6 Tips for a weekend bachelorette party

 

1. Location is key. If you have girls coming from all over the U.S., this may be a bit harder. We ended up picking Austin, TX, a place that was pretty central to all of us. The farthest that anyone had to drive was 3 hours. You might not think 4+ hours is a bad drive until you are headed back on Sunday after a night out. The 3 hours back was not fun.

 

 

 

2. Consider a vacation rental. Brittany and I researched like crazy. We wanted to be in the hub of the city but not pay a fortune. No easy feat to accomplish while in Austin. If we would have rented a hotel we would have had to get two hotel rooms and wouldn’t have been close to our location. We ended up renting a condo that was on Sixth Street (where everyone goes out in Austin). There were many pluses to the condo. We were all in on place and could easily hang out in the living room and visit. We were able to cook breakfast on Saturday morning and laze around. And lastly, everything we wanted to do was steps away!

 

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3. Create an itinerary. When you get any sort of large group together and then decided last minute what to do, it’s typically a disaster. I planned everything down to the time and activity. We by no means ended up following it to a tee but it was a rough guideline. Some of the restaurants I picked were booked up even though I called ahead of time so we had to change places.

 

Bachelorette Invitation Itinerary

 

4. Plan a day activity. Our activity was a pole dancing/aerial hoop class. It was nice to have a day activity and not try to figure out what to do all day. It lasted 2 hours which was the perfect amount of time. Not to mention we all had a blast (even the girls who were nervous)! If you wanted something a little more tame you could do a spa day or an outdoor activity such as zip lining. So many choices!

 

 

5. Collect money ahead of time.  I made sure to collect the money for the condo and the class ahead of time. Nobody wants to arrive somewhere and be immediately hounded for money. It put my mind at ease that everything was paid for before the weekend even started. The only thing the girls had to worry about paying for was food and drinks.

 

 

6. Roll with the punches. I feel like this is a no brainer! When plans changed we just went with it. The most important thing that we remembered was that we wanted this weekend to be special for Brittany, the bride. I think everyone was really good about saying that they just wanted Brittany to have a good weekend. And I do believe she did!

 

 

 

Thanks so much for reading!

 

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Make Your Own Bachelorette Invitations

 

 

I looked around forever trying to decide what to do for invitations. If you special order them on Etsy they are super expensive! I decided that I could create them myself. I used picmonkey.com to create the invitations. It took SEVERAL hours but they turned out pretty darn good!

 

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Bachelorette Invitation Itinerary

 

I emailed the invitations to Office Depot and they printed them out as a 5x7 for me. It was super simple and cost less than $10 for a total of 10.

 

As you can see, I planned an itinerary for the entire weekend. When you have 8 girls, I feel like that is important. However, we only ended up following half of it and that’s ok! We had a fantastic weekend with zero drama.

 

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Bachelorette Survival Boxes

 

 

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Brittany’s bachelorette party was in Austin, TX. All of the girls that came had to travel and I wanted to create these cute little “survival” boxes that I have seen before as a thank you for driving all this way.

 

If you Pinterest or Google “bachelorette survival kits” you will find tons of ideas. I just sort of combined some of the ideas and came up with my own at the same time. These can become quite expensive if you are making a lot.

 

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I purchased the plain white boxes and ribbon from Michaels. The boxes were around $2 a piece. I think the ribbon was around $6 each but I used a coupon. I chose two different kinds to change up the look.

 

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I put a dab of hot glue on the inside of the box lid.

 

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Wrap the ribbon around and hot glue the other side.

 

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I thought it looked really boring with only one piece of ribbon. I went back to Michaels and got some thinner ribbon in the opposite color and used the same concept as above but added a bow to the middle.

 

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Next, fill your box up! I put some tissue paper on the bottom for color and filler.

 

Here is what my boxes included:

Mini Water

Granola Bar

Listerine pouches

Wine wipes

Face Wipes

Pony tail holders

 

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These were pretty easy to whip up and have a little souvenir box of the weekend to keep. They were a hit!

 

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Where in the world are Young and Crafty Sisters?

 

As you may or may not know, our last post was way back in February. And you also may or may not know that this blog is a hobby for both Brittany and I. I (Hannah) work full time as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and Brittany works full time as a Registered Dietitian. Our jobs keep us pretty busy during the week. What else have we been up to? Just living life! We post plenty of pictures of everyday life on Instagram (hannahyoungandcrafty and brittanyyoungandcrafty).

 

I can’t speak for Brittany, but I honestly have lost all creativity. I’m not really sure why that is but I’m hoping that I find it soon! I’ll be moving again in April. The cost savings will be amazing but I will be in an almost completely furnished place.

 

Brittany has been extremely busy planning a wedding that will be here in 3 weeks. She will have a few posts after the wedding for some DIY things that she’s done.

 

Here’s a little picture recap of what our lives have looked like lately:

 

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My boyfriend (Chris) and I went to Breckenridge, CO for a ski trip.

 

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Brittany and I went to Houston for a bridal shower that included the rodeo and Miranda Lambert.

 

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I spent my spring break in New York, DC, and Pennsylvania with my main squeeze.

 

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Brittany crafted up this really cute sign for the wedding.

 

 

We both spent the weekend back home for Brittany’s bridal shower. There we our with our beautiful mom!

 

 

Brittany and Brent officially have their marriage license!

 

 

And lastly we spent the weekend in Austin, TX for Brittany’s bachelorette party. So much fun! I’ll be posting a few things about what I did to plan it.

 

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

DIY Tile Coasters



Tile Coasters

As you may  know I am getting married in April.  That means lots of Thank You cards and gifts for people who worked so hard to make the big day special.  I had a shower back home with 9 hostesses…that’s a lot of people to buy gifts for and stay on a budget.  I decided to make DIY Tile Coasters.  They are creative, easy, and most importantly budget friendly.
Things you will need:
  1. Ribbon
  2. Mod Podge (the glue and the transparent sealant)
  3. Scrapbook paper (I bought 2 pieces of paper per set of coasters, which is 4 tiles)
  4. Paper cutter or scissors
  5. Tiles (I bought mine from Lowes; 48 tiles for $6 total!)
  6. Ruler and pencil

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I had so much fun picking out the scrapbook paper from Michaels. 

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I measured and cut the paper to the exact size of the tile.  My new paper cutter made this project such a breeze!!  Place a generous amount of Mod Podge on the tile, place the paper down and smooth out, ensuring to smooth out any air bubbles.  Paint on a layer of Mod Podge on top of the paper.  Once the Mod Podge glue dries, I sprayed the tiles with this transparent sealer.  I let it dry between each layer and sprayed on about 3-4 layers just to ensure a wet glass doesn’t stick or ruin the paper.
I love how they turned out.  Each hostess got a set of 4 coasters.  I stacked them and wrapped them with the white grosgrain ribbon (which I forgot to take a picture of, likely due to 1,000,000 other wedding details in my brain).  I also gave each hostess a homemade Peppermint Sugar Scrub made from coconut oil, sugar, peppermint oil, and a tiny bit of green food coloring in a jar with a cute chalk label.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Brittany’s Fun Friday

 

Happy Friday!  I am likely on my way to San Antonio to celebrate my best friend Shannon’s birthday for the weekend! 

I usually tell you guys all about products, shows, or random things I have been loving lately.  This Fun Friday is going to be a little different.  I wanted to share a few things that I have tried recently and hated!  Maybe my fails can help you out!

 

Batiste

 

I LOVE dry shampoo.  I also love Batiste.  I accidentally picked up the wrong one, this one has “a hint of color”.  I have dark brown hair so I thought it would be perfect. WRONG!  The first day I used it I had just finished a full face of makeup.  I sprayed the dry shampoo and roughed my hair up with my fingertips per usual.  When I looked back in the mirror I had brown all over my face and my hands were a mess.  I hate this product.

 

Nail Polish

 

If you follow the blog regularly you know that I love makeup and have 2 beauty subscription boxes (Birchbox & Ipsy).  I received a glitter nail polish similar to the one shown above.  I thought I would give it a try….bad decision.  The glitter applies chunky and the more you try to distribute it evenly, the more it takes off.  Someone also told me I looked like a 7th grader when wearing it.  And taking it off…even harder.  I would recommend what my friend Bonnie calls a “Party Nail” if you want to do a little glitter.  That means painting your nails a solid color and having an accent nail with a different color or glitter.

 

 

Knot

 

I hate the Knot Shop.  Don’t get me wrong, I have used the Knot website to help plan and organize the upcoming wedding.  The Knot Shop is a different story.  I ordered my bridesmaid gifts really early, back in November.  I have still not received one of the packages with more than 15 emails, some of which were ignored, 2 with identical responses and only one helpful response.  The helpful response was about a month ago promising it would be shipped…3 weeks ago.  I won’t order anything else from the website for a few reasons.  I understand I ordered during Black Friday and Christmas seasons, however the email confirmation promised delivery in 5-6 days.  Also, the customer service has been absolutely unacceptable.  Good thing the wedding isn’t until April, I’m still holding out hope to receive the products I had personalized and paid for.  I encourage you to order VERY early if you decide to use this website for personalized wedding gifts.

 

I hope no one took this post as being negative.  I think we need to be honest to keep others from wasting time and money!

 

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Repurposed Wine Bottles

 

Ever had a project that you start and for some reason it just sits there…for a year?  Well I saved these wine bottles and wrapped one with yarn while I lived in San Antonio.  I was frustrated after one and just set them aside.  I even packed the wine bottles and brought them to my new home in Conroe.  For some reason I was inspired to finish the project last night!  Maybe because Brent and Hannah are both gone and I’m bored or because it’s the first day of February and Valentine’s Day is approaching.  Whatever the reason, it feels good to finally complete this easy project.

 

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I was inspired by this photo on Pinterest (here) about DIY up-cycling to decorate.  I definitely have empty wine bottle and I gathered a few other things to spell out the word L-O-V-E.

I used white buttons for the ‘L’.  For the ‘O’ I cut a strip of burlap, placed a dot of hot glue and continued to wrap the burlap and glue until I had a full circle.  I added an old earring to the center for a little bling (I always knew keeping loner earrings would come in handy!). The ‘V’ is made from a strand of pearls.  I somehow had 5+ stands of artificial pears, so I didn’t mind parting with one for the sake of a project.  The ‘E’ is just the tan yarn, super easy!

 

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The first bottle I wrapped was a disaster.  I started from the bottom, I couldn’t get the yard to stick, no wonder I left it sitting for so long.  It was so much easier just tying a knot around the top of the bottle and start wrapping.  I occasionally added Mod Podge just to keep things secure, but I didn’t use it the whole way down.

 

Wine Bottles

 

I’m really pleased with the finished product.  It dresses up the mantle, especially after feeling so empty with no fall or Christmas decorations.   You really can be creative and spell out anything you want, just add more or less bottles.  Of course I added white hydrangeas, my favorite flower ever.   Hope this inspires you to finish a project on your to-do list!

 

 

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