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Buckets of Love & Finding Tiffany Blue

My baby turned 16 in July and she wanted to celebrate her birthday in true lady-like style. Being a bit of a cup cake and pastry addict aficionado she decided to go for a Breakfast a Tiffany’s theme. Sounds easy enough. I just had to find lots of diamonds and pearls and decorate the venue using black, white and  blue and everyone would know what the theme was, right? Wrong, black and white is easy and I have lots of fake jewels, but Tiffany blue……… Do you know how difficult it was to  find things that are just the right blue?  🙁 Impossible, it was either too blue, too dark, too pastel or just too something.

To try and distract myself from finding Tiffany blue I decided to tackle the easy bits first. We needed containers to display all those gorgeous fake diamonds and pearls and I had some tin buckets lying around. They didn’t really fit the glamorous theme but as they say in the classics, there’s nothing that a little Mod Podge and wrapping paper can’t fix. 😎

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Don’t you just love this delightful damask print on the wrapping paper? There’s nothing quite like damask to add a touch of drama and elegance to any setting. These delightful little buckets were super easy to make and cost next to nothing.

How To Transform a Bucket with Wrapping Paper

I found the easiest way to figure out how to cut the wrapping paper to fit around the buckets is chalk. Simply use chalk to draw around the base and top rim of the buckets and then carefully, but firmly rolled the bucket on the back of the wrapping paper.

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Let the bucket roll naturally all the way around and then cut along the chalk marks.

The chalk marks

The chalk marks

Once the wrapping paper had been cut, I just glued it onto the bucket and added a ribbon to tidy up the edges.

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The old bucket handles also needed a makeover. We used some plastic beads that looked like diamonds and pushed them onto jewelry wire to make new handles.

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We filled the buckets with flowers and heart shaped glass beads to create a rich, jewel like display on the tables. There’s nothing quite like damask to add a touch of old world class.

Dressed up tin buckets filled with flowers and love

Filled with flowers and love

And we arranged more flowers in a beautiful old silver coffee pot and sugar bowl.

Flowers everywhere

Flowers everywhere

Fortunately the cup cakes and macaroons, made by the lovely people at River Meadow Manor, added the right hint of blue.

Tiffany blue macaroons and cupcakes

Tiffany blue macaroons

When my son saw all the delicious treats he reminded me of a science experiment he did at school where they put flowers in food coloring and one light bulb moment later I had found my own Tiffany blue. Yup, she’d been hiding in the food coloring all along.

Making Some Tiffany Blue Roses

I begged the ladies at River Meadow Manor to give me some food coloring and one hour later………..

Tiffany blue ice berg roses made with blue food coloring

A little Tiffany blue rose

……. the white roses had turned a beautiful robin egg blue. It’s absolutely fascinating to watch, the more food coloring you add the bluer the roses get. For an even bigger statement I should have made some Oreo dipped roses too, but I was running out of time.

Roses and stocks for a Tiffany Blue birthday party

Roses and stocks

Aren’t they stunning? Thank goodness my son was concentrating in science and that the ladies had food coloring they didn’t mind sharing.

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OH and if ever you’re in the Centurion area, you have to pop into River Meadow Manor. The staff are so helpful and they went out of their way to make the day extra special. It’s was the perfect spot to hold a sweet 16th  and the venue is breathtaking. Just look at this incredible blue gum tree carving that overlooks the lush gardens.

A beautiful carved bluegum at River Meadows Lodge

Wow, just Wow!!

It blows my mind, kinda like my daughter does. I’m super proud of the gorgeous lady she’s become and cannot even begin to describe how her beautiful soul enriches our lives everyday. Happy birthday Talea J, I love you more than words can ever say.

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  • Posted: August 22, 2016 18:21

    Erin - Suburban Simplicity

    Wow, this turned out just lovely! Happy Birthday to your daughter! And congrats to you for pulling off such a great birthday theme! I love Tiffany Blue too!
    • Posted: August 23, 2016 07:18


      Thank you so much Erin, I'm so glad it worked out in the end
  • Posted: August 20, 2016 21:42

    Sarah - Craft Invaders

    Happy Birthday to your daughter - the party theme looks amazing and putting chalk on the rim of the buckets to mark the pattern is genius - am definitely going to steal all your ideas!
    • Posted: August 21, 2016 07:49


      Thank you Sarah and you're more than welcome to steal on condition that you share some photos ;-)
  • Posted: August 18, 2016 14:24


    Aww Michelle, Happy Birthday to your daughter! What a unique and fun birthday party theme and you managed it all fabulously! The buckets along with the decor are stunning and how clever to use the food colouring for the blue touch on the flowers! The treats look amazing, I bet your daughter had a fantastic day!
    • Posted: August 19, 2016 11:27


      Thank you so much Katrin, she had an absolute ball ;-)
  • Posted: August 13, 2016 15:06


    Happy Birthday to your daughter. Your efforts on her birthday party certainly show. The blue tinted white rose was so simple on elegant. Beautifully done
    • Posted: August 15, 2016 07:31


      Thank you Leanna
  • Posted: August 13, 2016 14:13


    I never thought about how hard it would be to find Tiffany blue. But, it is such a gorgeous color! Those treats look absolutely delicious and breathtaking! Also, those flowers turned out perfectly. I hope she had a fun party! It sure was decorated fabulously! ;)
    • Posted: August 15, 2016 07:30


      Yup, who would have thought. If we had a big budget for the party it would probably have been easier to get an events company to find that elusive Tiffany Blue ;-)
  • Posted: August 12, 2016 17:57


    The party looks like it was absolutely beautiful! I hope your daughter's birthday was wonderful.
    • Posted: August 13, 2016 07:19


      Thank you Jessica ;-)
  • Posted: August 3, 2016 05:37


    Michelle, Happy Birthday to your daughter, Talea!! All the arrangements are so beautiful! Love the Tiffany blue cupcakes and flowers! The carved tree is pretty amazing too! I hope the party was so much fun!!
    • Posted: August 3, 2016 07:52


      Thank you Keri :D Talea had an awesome time.
  • Posted: August 2, 2016 19:54


    Absolutely amazing!!!
    • Posted: August 3, 2016 07:54


  • Posted: August 2, 2016 16:25

    Mary-the boondocks blog

    Happy Birthday to your sweet girl. The little buckets look tres chic! And the idea of using the blue dye has had a magical effect on the flowers. Enjoy her special day. Oh and that tree totally looks like it came out of the Lord of the Rings.
    • Posted: August 3, 2016 07:54


      Thank you so much Mary and that tree, OMW it's just the most amazing thing. It was hand carved and stands over 3 storey's high.

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