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Hello Drifter Beanies and Jewlery

- my life, trend alert, Uncategorized

Hey friends,

Winter is here and we are loving all of the fun beanies and jewelry trends out right now!  We thought we would share some of our favorites!  What have you guys been loving this winter?  Most days is a toss up between dry shampoo or a beanie… Beanie for the win! hahaha

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How to Plan a Simple Halloween Party

- Halloween, holiday, party, Uncategorized

It was so fun being invited on Studio 5 to share some Halloween party tips on the show. I just wanted to take a minute and give you the links to the ideas I shared and where you can find some awesome tutorials on how to plan a simple Halloween Party yourself.

The Invitations

Every good halloween party starts with an invitation. Lucky for you, I created a cute little invite for you to use with your guests. Now there isn’t an excuse in the world why you shouldn’t invite some friends over.

Click here to download the Halloween Freebie Invitation

Cute free Halloween invitation from Happy Confetti

The Decor

All of the cute decor I was talking about was from my favorite pop up boutique in Northern Utah. I love it for two reasons… first, because the stuff is adorable and not too expensive. Second, the boutique is for a good cause. The proceeds go to a sweet little boy, Jack, to raise money to help with the costs for his Cystic Fibrosis. The best way I follow them is searching #givebacktojack on Instagram. Find them, I swear you will fall in love. Best news, they have another boutique coming up November 19-21 in North Ogden, Utah. If you are anywhere close, seriously go there!

how to plan a simple halloween party

Oh these fun bottles. Makes me need to take a trip to the thrift store. There are some cute bottle labels to stick on the front similar to the ones I’ve shown on Lil’ Luna and The Elli Blog.

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Don’t you just adore those spooky books? There’s a great tutorial you can check out on Better After so you can customize them yourself. This might be one of my favorite finds.

These books would make a great Halloween Party Decor - lots of cute ideas

Food and Treats

I hollowed out a good round pumpkin (placed a bowl inside) and filled it with ice for the drinks. The mummy juice boxes are wrapped with duct tape (I used glow in the dark because it has a canvas look to it) and hot glued goggly eyes to them.

So cute- how to plan a simple halloween party on HappyConfettiDesign.com

The cookies were store bought, for the sake of time…and don’t we all need more time around the holidays?) and I put a similar knife to this one on top with red gel frosting to look like blood. So easy!

easy Halloween cookies and cute ideas for a Halloween party

Okay, I told you I found the absolute yummiest caramel apple recipe and it really is. It held to the apples like a champ and the toppings stuck to it perfectly. Did I mention it was yummy? Make sure your apples are cold before you dip them. I think this made the biggest difference with keeping the caramel on. My kids loved putting mini marshmallows on them but my favorite turned out to be the toasted coconut. Yum-mo. We used sprinkles, MnM’s, butterfingers, smashed pecans, white chocolate (for the blood apple and mummy apples) and smashed Oreos. I also found putting the toppings on the top of the apples, instead of dipping them in the candy on the bottom, held up better and didn’t make the caramel sag as much after sitting.

how to plan a simple halloween party - make caramel apples with guests

Halloween Caramel apples - how to plan a simple halloween party

Goody Bag

The cute pumpkin goody bags were an idea adapted from Martha Stewart. They were so easy. Instead of crepe paper, I just used tissue paper because I could get it at the dollar store and instead of floral tape, I just used some cute masking tape I found (or washi tape would work too). I love them because these could really be as big or small as you needed. Then I whipped up a cute little tag to complete the look.

Click here to download the Halloween freebie bag tags

Free Halloween thank you tags from happy confetti

Very cute halloween party ideas

Party Awards

Last but not least was my boyfriend, the skeleton trophy. Oh how I had fun dressing these little guys up. Tell me how fun it’d be to win one of these at a Halloween party? Um, yes please. All I did was found a hanging skeleton at the dollar store, this one happened to be a necklace, and I hot glued all his joints together so he was stiff. It’s kind of fun molding them in silly stances too. Then I spray painted him gold and added some fun clothes to fit the type of trophy he was. Some ideas I had were best overall costume, funniest costume, scariest costume, best couple costume, best group costume, best handmade costume, most creative, etc. These guys were just glued on a black plastic bowl but you could really use anything as the base of the trophy.

Halloween party ideas - funniest costume trophy

Simple and cute Halloween party ideas -  Best Costume trophy from Dollar Store materials

If you missed it, you can see my Confetti party segment from Studio 5 here (I’ll post the party trend segment I did soon too).

Hopefully this gave you some good ideas on how to plan a simple halloween party. Do you do a halloween party yourself? I’d love to hear what fun traditions and ideas you have.

5 Cement Fireplace Ideas

- house inspiration, let's build a house, Uncategorized

Hello industrial! Cement almost does the same thing to me as raw steel, it gets my heart a pumpin’ and I adore it. It’s modern and masculine and exactly what I like. (I know I’m a girl and I shouldn’t love masculine design like I do, but it’s so edgy). The large cement blocks really set the focal point in a room and the hard cool surface really demands attention. I like this because it makes it easy to balance out the masculine cement by adding in warm soft textures in the finishing touches like the blankets and rugs.

Because we’ll have a pretty warm and modern kitchen, wood with white, I think it’s safe to take a little risk on our fireplace. We have a two story great room, so the fireplace reaching almost 21 feet high and 6 feet wide could be quite the focal piece if we do it right.  Here are some of my favorite looks of modern/industrial cement fireplaces that I’ve found. We’ll incorporate a few of them in our own design. Wish us luck.

1. Cement Fireplace Ideas

2. Mantel and 3.Hearth Ideas

I’m pretty set on the cement being the base of the fireplace but the mantel and hearth (the surface in front of and/or on the sides of the firebox) adds an entirely new variable to the fireplace design. A couple things I like are 1. the asymmetrical look is everywhere, lots of modern fireplaces are leaving the hearth longer on one side than the other.  2. I love the idea of having the hearth and mantel in a contrasting color as the fireplace background or even a contrasting material.
These guys put a thin piece of steel as their mantel. So cool.

4. TV Ideas

The dreaded TV. I hate even talking about how much I despise putting a TV above our fireplace. It will basically ruin any artistic value the cement fireplace might have had (yes, I am allowed to be dramatic about this one). Aesthetically I truly don’t want to put it above our fireplace but in this case practicality wins. Having a TV in our living area is practical and since the fireplace will take up most of our wall (yes, we’ll only have one usable wall because one is full of windows, one is an open staircase, and the other is open to the kitchen) so it has to be the place for both. Because of this, I found some gorgeous rooms that the TV still would look classy against a cement fireplace. There’s even an idea about a hidden TV. Hmmmmm…

5.Wood Additions

Even though we are using a gas burning fireplaces, I still adore the addition of a wood element to a fireplace as a little natural decoration to incorporate the warmness of wood.
What do you think? Do you like the look of a cement fireplace and what do you think makes them work in a room?

Modern Interior – Utah Valley Parade of Homes Tour part 1

- house inspiration, parade of homes, Uncategorized

I’m sure part of it is the barbecues, crisp air, yummy desserts and a little house planning that makes this time of year so fun, but a big part of my love for this season is it’s Parade time. Utah has a few different areas that host the Parade of Homes so from June to September we pick and choose houses to walk through (and probably see 75+ homes) from the St. George Parade of Homes, Utah Valley Parade of Homes (definitely my favorite), Northern Wasatch Parade of Homes, Salt Lake Parade of Homes and Park City Showcase of Homes (which is also a favorite) and we love every dang second of it. There’s something about the Parade that gets my blood a bubblin’. Modern interiors and out-of-the-box ideas are in the air.

To say I’m a Parade veteran is an understatement. We’ve went for as many years as I can remember and the love started waaaay before I ever planned on growing up, having a family or building a house of my own. I’m only half teasing when I say my obsession with houses is my dad’s fault. I remember helping pick out his countertops at his projects when my sister and I were still in Elementary school.

To start this series of posts, I want to share with you some of my favorite houses from the Utah Valley Parade of Homes and give you a glimpse into some of my favorite houses that incorporated modern interior design perfectly. So, here you have part one of your virtual Parade of Homes tour.

In order of my favorite houses, (it was a hard race for first place between #1 and #31) but first up house #31 by Emerald Homes. Too cool. The thick beams and the stacked brick were my favorites on the exterior. Let’s not forget the incredible modern landscaping and don’t you love the steel boxes that make a cozy little home for those killer trees? Inside you can find the same stacked brick on the fireplace and the same thick cedar exposed beams. It made a great combination for a mid century feeling while still keeping a very modern interior and a sense of elegance.

This stacked brick chimney shows the modern design in this awesome house tour on Happy Confetti Design
Modern landscaping details with metal flower beds in this Parade of Homes house tour on Happy Confetti Design

modern house numbers and flower beds in this home tour on Happy Confetti Design

This stacked brick fireplace and modern carpet shows off awesome elements in this trendy house tour!

Very few houses rock the flooring like this one did. The carpet, tile and wood were all unique and definitely caught my eye. On the tile they mirrored the same stacked look as they had on the fireplace and paired it with a very light contemporary wood that had tons of texture.

Way cool modern floor in this house tour on Happy Confetti Design

Love how modern this tile looks stacked like this! Find more trendy house ideas on Happy Confetti's Parade of Homes house tour.

I’m still searching for these awesome copper air plant holders that were on their kitchen table. Love their styling and attention to all the little details.

These awesome air plant containers were found in this modern house tour on Happy Confetti Design.

Loving this modern desk with exposed wood and open shelves in this modern house tour on Happy Confetti Design!

Such cute details with this marble tray and succulents in this house tour by Happy Confetti Design.

Check out this modern interior house tour in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes

Check out this modern interior house tour in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes

Doesn’t this light look an awful lot like my favorite lights ever I talked about here?!?

Check out this modern interior house tour in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes

Check out this modern interior house tour in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes

There’s something about a black wall in a bedroom that I can’t get enough of. Classy.

Loving this Modern Interior House Tours in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes

Coolest bedroom in this modern interior home tour

I’d love to know what you think? Do you like it or any ideas that inspire you?

Next up is house #1 by Magleby Construction. Come back to see what’s behind this awesome entry…

Awesome modern glass door in the Parade of homes house tour on Happy Confetti Design

 

Confetti Night June 18th

- Events, Uncategorized
Confetti Night, Ogden, Utah, women's, conference, retreat, workshop, party, happy confetti, Mitzi Torgersen, the Junction, Grandview Reception Center

Confetti Night, Ogden, Utah, women's, conference, retreat, workshop, party, happy confetti, Mitzi Torgersen, the Junction, Grandview Reception Center
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What is Confetti Night? It’s so much more than a conference or workshop… or even a stellar party. It’s all about becoming someone you can be proud of and boosting your already awesome confidence. Become your best you!

What do you get at Confetti Night?

  • one-on-one advice with industry experts in fashion, beauty, health, wellness, DIY, photography, finance, relationship building and more
  • full access breakout classes with tips and tricks to help you become your best you – ask questions and find motivation from the best!
  • get hands on doing a make-and-take DIY modern craft
  • be inspired by our awesome motivational speaker
  • enjoy a yummy dinner and an endless dessert bar
  • get a cute tote filled with more swag, goodies and discounts than you can imagine
  • document your confetti filled night by jumping in a photo booth with your new friends
  • we have one of the largest giveaways yet, win something amazing to take home with you
  • come hang out and learn from the bloggers and business women you follow on your favorite social media

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There will be four areas of the room:

  1. Fashion and Beauty
  2. Health and Wellness
  3. Education and Learning
  4. DIY Craft

Each area is represented by the most incredible women specialists (bloggers and business women) ready to give you one-on-one advice to help you become your best self in their area of expertise, whether that be makeup tips or relationship advice. You can decide if you want to attend their breakout class and hear their best secrets or mingle in their area to get tips and tricks… or even better, do both! Because Confetti Night is about improving your life and embracing your greatness, you will leave feeling empowered and ready to take on the world!

Don’t forget all of the perks that come along with conferences too. Did we tell you about dinner by Katie the Caterer, all you can eat Ye Olde Cupcake Shoppe cupcakes, sugar cookies and a drink station?

I can’t wait to show you the HUGE prizes in the giveaway and all the swag you get in your swag bag. It’s almost as awesome as the craft you get to take home that you’ll make with our DIY experts!

Grab your tickets now and we can’t wait to meet you in June!

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Modern Kitchen Cabinets

- house inspiration, let's build a house, trend alert, Uncategorized

Let’s talk modern kitchen cabinets. In our family the kitchen is the central part of our home, the place people linger to grab a snack or sit at the bar to finish homework. It needs to be functional yet pretty. Inviting yet stylish. Your kitchen cabinets will set the style, tone and feeling you give this central part of your house.  I don’t think you can never go wrong with classic traditional cabinets but my heart will always have space for modern kitchen cabinets. The clean, sleek look gets me every time.

We had a cabinet guy up at our new house last night and it had me thinking of what I’d have in my dream kitchen. Besides having lots of cabinets that I can organize the crap out of, I found some really cool inspirational pictures that do modern kitchen cabinets perfectly. Here’s what I’m thinking.

Color

White. I adore bright white space but lets not get too carried away. I could show you countless all white kitchens that look fabulous but if I am going to live in a space, I need a little color to warm it up. I love my doctor, but I don’t want to live at his office. Okay, that was lame but you get the point. Let’s start with stark white walls and warm it up a bit with some browns and warm grays. We are thinking of doing white upper cabinets by the stove/hood and a modern brown on the island on the refrigerator’s wall. I’m obsessed with these brown colors and the modern horizontal grain in them that contrast the bright white.

Cabinet Styles

Nothing says modern kitchen cabinets like horizontal lines. We saw it in the wood grain, but let’s add another horizontal in the way we hang our cabinets. I like the idea of switching up the directions and doing some cabinets horizontal and some vertical. The longer pulls accentuate this horizontal cabinet style too. And please, let’s not overlook having a couple glass doors. You can’t see exactly what’s in these ones, which is nice, but it gives the cabinets an ultra cool feeling.

Modern Kitchen cabinets

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Shelving

We will have an entire wall of cabinets with nothing else on that wall except a fridge at the very beginning, so I had to get some ideas of how we can break the cabinets up without losing on storage. Ideally, I’d love to have no upper cabinets but practicality takes over. I think my dream kitchen would have so much storage, I’d finally have a spot for all my cake stands. The best solution I’ve found is having open backsplash up to open shelving with some fee floating cabinets above for storage. That would give an open shelving feeling so I could display some of my cute plates but still looks clean and modern. What would you do?

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Modern Kitchen Cabinet ideas on Happy Confetti , kitchen by Siren-Lauvdal-—-Elle-decoration
Modern Kitchen Cabinet ideas on Happy Confetti , photos by Siren-Lauvdal- for -Elle-decoration

Desk

I always have papers and bills that need a home and somehow always end up on the kitchen counter. I love the idea of a desk in the kitchen to hide the paper clutter. These desks integrate into the cabinets seamlessly without standing out as an eyesore. It’s like a hidden gem.

Other Ideas for Modern Kitchen Cabinets

Doors and Hardware

A perfect modern kitchen has a flat paneled door and sleek hardware, in my opinion. Nothing fancy or curvy, just straight lines do the trick.

Lights

I love it under the upper cabinets and it’s a cute surprise in the silverware drawer.

Toe Kicks

I adore these white cabinets with a wood toe kick.

modern kitchen cabinet ideas on Happy Confetti

Organization

Pull out drawers, garbage can drawers, utensil separators and this drawer inside a drawer idea is genius. My favorite storage find so far though is keeping your dishes inside a drawer instead of a cabinet. This would be brilliant with little ones around.

What do you think? What elements would you include when designing your modern kitchen cabinets?