Office Decor: A Cubicle Fiesta

A handful of my co-workers take birthdays very serious. One co-worker in particular went above and beyond (aka asked HR) to find out the date of everyone’s birthday in the office. (She keeps our master calendar.) So when it happens be the birthday of one of these individuals, we like to go all out – well, as far out as you can go with streamers and poster boards.

Most recently, we selected a theme, and you know me, I love a good theme.

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Naturally, I started with Pinterest and stumbled across this adorable phrase. (You can make fun of me, but I just think it’s hilarious!) And then, to create the texture of a pinata, I cut a  row of small slits in steamer (or crepe) paper. I layered the different color pieces on top of each other and taped them down on the back.

If I had more time, I wanted to make a matching pinata (but alas, there are only so many hours in a day). But if I had the time, I would have used the same technique to cover the cardboard.

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My other addition to the decorations was this mini garland of this fiesta bunting. Though I think it’s original purpose is for cake decorating, I knew my friend would appreciate the miniature decor. For the free printable (click here).

A Painted Wedding Bouquet

For a last minute birthday present, I pulled together a quick painting of my friend’s wedding bouquet. Her wedding was back in May, and a single adjective could not properly describe how spectacularly amazing her flowers were. If I had more time, I wish I could have found a better picture of her specific bouquet to create a more exact portrait, but since the idea came to me a week before her birthday, I painted something based on memory.

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My painting definitely did not justify the beauty of the actual bouquet, but I think the painting came together well with only a couple hours to execute it on Sunday morning. This morning, I sketched out another rendition of the bridesmaids’ bouquets that I’m hopeful to paint in the coming weeks.

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Quick & Easy Birthday Cake Topper

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Every good bundt cake needs a little decoration. For a recent birthday dinner party, I made the Buttermilk Pound Cake with Buttermilk Custard from Southern Living’s The Southern Cake Book. Topped with fresh berries, this summery dessert is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

To match the simplicity of the cake, I created a cake topper that didn’t require many materials and is quick to make. First, I found a free printable for Chalkboard alphabet bunting online.

After cutting out the flags, I attached the letters using Elmer’s glue to red and white baker’s twine. Then I tied the garland to wooden dowels I purchased from Hobby Lobby. Carefully, I inserted the dowels into the cake. Simple, easy and quick!

* Sorry for the black and white photo. Living in the moment, I forgot to take a picture, but luckily a friend was able to send me this one.

** Also, in my search for a free printable, I found this really cool Fiesta Bunting I hope to use very soon!