Dana Hinders

Fake It to Make It: Pinterest Edition

mason jar drinks

Pinterest is the domestic version of the Victoria’s Secret catalog. It sucks you into a world filled with pretty things and unrealistic expectations. Just as we can’t all be built like a Victoria’s Secret Angel, we’re not all meant to be super crafty domestic divas. Luckily, it’s much easier to fake being a Pinterest goddess than it is to convince the world you’re the next Adriana Lima or Alessandra Ambrosio!

Here are some easy tips to help you effortless through a Pinterest-worthy party for all your friends.

1. Instead of Big Projects, Focus on the Little Details
Pinterest is full of elaborate, time consuming projects, but it’s the little touches that make your guests think you’re a crafty goddess who always goes the extra mile. Flower ice cubes are a hot Pinterest trend that requires no effort at all, yet is sure to impress your guests.

2. Free Printables Are Your New BFF
Free printables are the lazy Pinterest goddess’s best friend. As long as you know how to work your printer, you can seem super crafty with no effort at all. Do a Pinterest search for “Free Subway Art” to find hundreds of adorable printables. Slap your favorites inside a few picture frames and your party decor is done.

3. Invest in Mason Jars
Mason jars are a must-have for the Pinterest goddess. No longer just for jams and jellies, Pinterest has made mason jars a party planning essential. They’re used for decorations, party favors, and even drink containers!

4. Add Glitter
Part of the reason Pinterest has become so popular is the site’s love of all things sparkly. If you don’t have the cash to invest in new party supplies, give your existing stuff a makeover with a coat of gold glitter spray paint. (Glitter spray paint is a fab update for the frames used for your subway art from Tip 2.) For less than $5, your party will look like a million bucks!

5. Break Out the Washi Tape
It sounds fancy, but washi tape is just patterned masking tape. Wrap it around disposable cups and silverware for perfectly coordinated party supplies on a budget. Bonus points if you combine two or more different patterns. Watch out, Martha Stewart!

6. Tiny = Cute
A true Pinterest goddess loves anything in miniature, so appetizers are a great party choice. Meat and cheese or tiny fruit kebabs are easy to make for the domestically impaired, yet adorably festive. Use your washi tape to make tiny flags for the toothpicks if you have enough time.

7. Make Semi-Homemade Desserts
No party is complete without dessert, but don’t feel like you need to bake everything from scratch. Semi-homemade is where it’s at. The popular Kit Kat Cake is easy to fake when you simply add M&Ms and Kit Kats to a purchased bakery cake.

8. Use Mood Lighting to Your Advantage
Mood lighting helps set the tone of any party, while artfully camouflaging dust bunnies, cobwebs, sticky handprints, and whatever other messes you didn’t have time to clean up. A Pinterest goddess has an impressive stash of candles with her at all times. You can level up in the Pinterest party planning game if you put the candles in your mason jars!

9. Smells Matter
Pinterest is all about appealing to the senses, so don’t forget to choose a great smell for your party. Citrus scents like orange, lemon, and grapefruit are an excellent choice for any celebration, as they have an energizing effect. If you can’t find candles in a scent that you like, room spray or a few drops of essential oil placed on the light bulbs will work just fine.

10. Embrace Your Mistakes
A true Pinterest goddess has total confidence in her craftiness. When she makes a mistake, she simply brushes off the project’s imperfections as part of its whimsical homemade charm. What your guests don’t know, won’t hurt them!

Photo: Personalized Creations via Flickr

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