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    How to Make a Greenery Covered Embroidery Hoop in 20 Minutes with 5 Easy Steps

    How to Make a Greenery Covered Embroidery Hoop in 20 Minutes with 5 Easy Steps

     I’m in love with eucalyptus and I’m not afraid to admit it. You’ve seen the greenery trend all over weddings and home décor, but today I’m showing you how to incorporate it into a birthday party. The inspiration behind these fun greenery covered hoops came from a family member who had ideas of a eucalyptus birthday for her one year old but couldn’t find the right accessories and décor to match her vision. One quick trip to Michaels and a few hours later I had these 5 hoops done and the party was half way decorated! Read on for the easy to follow tutorial and photos.


    Step One:

    • Assemble your supplies. You’ll need embroidery hoops (I bought these from Amazon), fake greenery (bought mine from Michaels), sharp scissors, floral tape, and a hot glue gun.

     supplies for greenery covered embroidery hoops tutorial blog post by sweet chubby cheeks

    Step Two:

    • Separate the greenery from the stems. You may need to cut them if they don’t pull off easily.

     eucalyptus wreath tutorial by sweet chubby cheeks

    Step Three:

    • Repeat until all the leaves are in a pile.

    pile of leaves for greenery hoop tutorial by sweet chubby cheeks

    Step Four:

    • Arrange your greenery using varying sizes and types of leaves being sure to cover up the metal piece on the side of the hoop

     eucalyptus and greenery wreath tutorial by sweet chubby cheeks

    Step Five:

    • Using a combination of the tape and hot glue, secure the greens to the hoop in the design you decided on in the last step

     covering the hoop with leaves for tutorial by sweet chubby cheeksback of the hoop covered in leaves for tutorial by sweet chubby cheeks

    Tada! Here's all 5 of my completed hoops.


    all 5 finished hoops from eucalyptus wreath tutorial by sweet chubby cheeks

    To hang:

    • I wanted these hoops to appear to be floating, so I used fishing wire and simply threaded the wire through the top blind then tied it in a knot around the hoop. You can also use twine for an even more dramatic look!

    embroidery hoops with fake leaves for tutorial by sweet chubby cheeks


    eucalyptus first birthday party ideas blog post by sweet chubby cheeks


    I think the final result was fantastic, and my friend was so happy with the entire look for her daughter's eucalyptus first birthday party. You can read more about it and see more photos in the blog post here.

    Happy Making!


    A Modern Greenery & Eucalyptus Birthday Party

    A Modern Greenery & Eucalyptus Birthday Party

    To say I’m in love with this minimalist, greenery birthday party doesn’t even come close to capturing how I feel about it. I’m, like, obsessed with how cute this theme is and I cannot wait to spam you with all the sweet photos of Peyton’s First Birthday!

    Peyton’s Mom came to me frustrated at the lack of decorations she could find for her daughter’s first birthday. She wanted a certain look with crisp white, silver, and green eucalyptus and could see it in her mind but wasn’t able to find it at a store. That’s where I stepped in! If you’ve ever worked with me before you know that’s my specialty! Handmade, one of a kind products that you can’t find anywhere else? Now that’s my cup of tea. 

    After we sent a few ideas back and forth and pictures of the event space, I knew 2 things were for sure happening. #1. I was putting up a giant balloon garland, and #2 I was making these greenery covered embroidery hoops to hang by the window. (If DIYing is your kind of thing head over to the blog post linked here to get a step by step tutorial on making the hoops, and the blog post here for a tutorial on the balloon garland!)

    eucalyptus and greenery birthday party by sweet chubby cheeks

    At the heart of this theme was eucalyptus, but she took it a step further in the invitations, cupcake toppers, and décor with more beautiful greenery. The table was lined with this gorgeous eucalyptus strand she picked up at Hobby Lobby, and the felt letter board hung out in the corner of the table. After we snapped a few photos this table became appetizer central and the backdrop of greenery hoops and balloon garland made it the perfect centerpiece of the party. You all know I’m a firm believer in just decorating one area of the party and this one was no different.

     greenery covered embroidery hoops hanging from window behind dessert table blog post by sweet chubby cheeks

    greenery wreath or eucalyptus wreath cupcake toppers for first birthday by June and Dot

    letter board for happy birthday peyton sign at birthday party for girls first birthday blog post by sweet chubby cheeks

    For Peyton’s cake smash at her high chair I made a garland of eucalyptus stems to hang from the front, and then layered it with our cardstock ONE banner. Look at that color combo with the wood highchair! It was exactly what Mom had in mind.

    greenery first birthday or eucalyptus first birthday high chair banner ideas by sweet chubby cheeks

    A few days after the party we hung them up and did a fun one year old photo session with another cake smash. It turned out pretty cute, too! Here are some of my favorite photos from the day.

     modern minimalist first birthday photo session with banner by sweet chubby cheeks

    eucalyptus wreath by which goose for eucalyptus photo session of first birthday girl by sweet chubby cheeks

    The darling eucalyptus crown she’s wearing is from Which Goose on Etsy. You can shop it here. (affiliate link)

    silver one letter balloon set for a first birthday cake smash in wood highchair. blog post by sweet chubby cheeks

    Our silver ONE balloon set was hung on the wall behind the high chair and added the perfect amount of color to the photos.

    first birthday cake smash photo session for a minimalist eucalyptus birthday party theme by sweet chubby cheeks

    Check out that little spoon – Peyton wouldn’t dive in with her hands but once we gave her the spoon she was all about that cake!

     eucalyptus first birthday party ideas for girls by sweet chubby cheeks

    I hope you all loved the eucalyptus theme and found some good inspiration for your next party. Join our mailing list so you’ll be the first to know when a fun new blog post goes live!


    Xoxo, Megan


    Balloon Garland Step by Step Tutorial

    Balloon Garland Step by Step Tutorial

    If you follow along in my Instagram stories you probably saw my tutorial on how to make these gorgeous balloon garlands. If you missed it Don't Worry! I saved the photos and I'm showing you how to do it today. The best part? The whole thing only took me about 45 minutes!


    • 36 balloons in various colors (Shop our balloon collection here!)

    • clear fishing wire about 3 feet longer than your hanging area

    • 1 regular sewing needle

    • Tape, tacks, or Command strips to hang the garland with


    Step One: Prep

    • Blow up balloons to various sizes. I like to do 3 sizes - big, little, medium.
      • Side note: This is my least favorite thing to do. I don't mind blowing them up, but tying them off makes me so nervous! I have some sort of irrational fear of pinching my finger off when tying balloons, so needless to say this job was left to my husband! ;) 
    • Cut a length of fishing wire to fit your space + 3 feet. You'll want a bit of extra just in case the balloons need to shift as you're hanging them.
    • Tie a knot at one end of the fishing wire and tape it down to a stable surface. This will be the bottom of your garland.
    balloon garland tutorial by sweet chubby cheeks step 1

    Step Two: String

    • Using a regular sewing needle, pierce the balloon end and slide the balloons one by one along the wire.
    • Vary your balloon sizes and colors as desired. 
    balloon garland tutorial by sweet chubby cheeks step 2

    Step Three: Repeat Repeat Repeat

    • Just keep stringing, stringing, stringing! Slide the balloons down and push them together as close as you'd like. I love the look of the super full garland, so I pushed them really close and wiggled them around so they all faced outwards
    balloon garland tutorial by sweet chubby cheeks step 3

    Step Four: Hang

    • Pick a spot on the wall to start. I started from the bottom of the window sill and planned to arch it up and over the window about 3/4 of the way across it.
    • Tape down the wire (or use tacks/command strips/hooks) at numerous spots along the path
    • As you tape down sections move the balloons around so they're facing outwards and are spaced close together.
    balloon garland tutorial by sweet chubby cheeks step 4

    Step Five: Party!

    • Stand back and admire your hard work.
    • Optional - take 15 million pictures and share them in your Instagram stories because you're so thrilled with how easy it was!
    balloon garland tutorial by sweet chubby cheeks step 5

    I hope you loved the tutorial. From start to finish this project only took me about 45 minutes. And one more side note - I did the whole thing the night before my daughter's birthday party at about 10pm. You can totally do this too, my fellow last minute Momma!

    Happy Decorating!


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    Wild One First Birthday Party

    Wild One First Birthday Party

    This past weekend I had the pleasure of helping my cousin decorate her son's first birthday party. She went with a Where the Wild Things Are theme and it turned out amazing. I couldn't wait to show you all the beautiful details she put together! 

    Her dessert table was the backdrop to the party, and by focusing all of her decorations in one spot she saved a ton of money. No need to redecorate the entire house, Momma! Keep it simple and pick one spot to make the biggest statement.

     where the wild ones are wild one first birthday party decorations sold by sweet chubby cheeks

    With a little help from our Balloon Garland tutorial, she created this beautiful balloon arch across the top of the backdrop. Creative girl - she has a large hutch in her dining room, so she simply draped a large white table cloth over it and attached the decorations directly to it with tape. Easy and it saved her from having to put tape or push pins all over her walls!


    My favorite part was the set of gold balloons she picked up here in our shop. She added a handful of palm leaves from Hobby Lobby behind them, and sprinkled some on the table and throughout the balloon garland. 

     wild one first birthday party decorations with gold ONE balloons sold by sweet chubby cheeks

    I created a matching high chair tassel banner for her, and added our brand new wood ONE banner over the top. It made for a great addition to the cupcake smash photos we took later that day.

     wild one first birthday party highchair banner made and sold by sweet chubby cheeks

    The dessert table itself was just darling. She had a family friend do the baking, and purchased these cupcake toppers from Etsy. The flag banner and signs in the frames were purchased from Etsy and she simply printed them from home the day of the party, took 2 frames from the house and temporarily used them for the signs, and strung the flags on string she had in the house. Quick, inexpensive, and easy! 

    where the wild things are first birthday party ideas for a wild one theme by sweet chubby cheeks

    Let The Wild Rumpus Start Sign

    Pick A Page Sign

    I think my favorite part of the party (besides eating the delicious cupcakes!) was the 'guest book' she had us all sign and write notes in. It fit the theme, and will be a cherished book for her son as he grows. 

    where the wild things are birthday party decorations for first birthday party by sweet chubby cheeks

    Job well done to my sweet cousin. I had so much fun taking pictures and enjoying the beautiful party she threw!



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