Tuesday, April 29, 2014

gift idea: summer party in a bucket

I think whether you're designing a room, putting an outfit together or planning a party starting with a color palette can be the perfect jumping off point.  Whether you're playing with neutrals or bright colors, a color palette can really get your creative juices flowing.  

In fact, that's exactly how this project went down.  It all started with an inspiring color palette.  I was a part of a group of bloggers challenged by Krylon to create something with these colors. 

krylon spray paint color palette challenge
Mambo Pink (ColorMaster), Limestone (Natural Stone), Green (Shimmer Metallic), Citris Green (Colormaster)
First off, as you all know, I love me some spray paint!  My initial thought with this color palette was that these colors looked like a fun summer party - bright, cheerful and happy!  Inspired by this crazy fun palette of colors, I decided to create a "party in a bucket" to give as a gift to my girl's teacher.  What better way to end the school year than with a party?! 

I started by giving some blue mason jars (find them at Michael's) a little color splash.  I used some packing tape around the top and then sprayed each one with a different color to create a dipped look. 

blue mason jars

I wasn't too careful about my tape lines.  I just sort of slapped it on; and then once the paint was dry I ripped it off, sanded them with a fine grit sandpaper and called them done. 

diy utensil holders

These jars are perfect for utensils on a party buffet.  (The chalkboard clips and pinwheels were found at Michael's. )  Since I only spray painted the outside they can be used as vases or to serve drink garnishes  - lots of options with these colorful cuties!  The shimmer metallic green paint is such a pretty combination with the blue mason jar.  It looks a lot like sea glass; I love it!  

Next I grabbed some glass candlesticks (the Dollar Store) and spray painted them with the natural stone textured spray paint in limestone.  Then I glued some plastic bowls (Party City) to the top to create these fun serving pieces that are perfect for outdoor entertaining. 

spray painted candlesticks with Krylon natural stone spray paint

candlestick party bowls

The textured spray paint is so cool!  This was my first time using it, and I was really impressed with the results.  It made the glass candlesticks that I turned into pedestals look a lot less fragile - perfect for  entertaining outside!  The limestone color reminds me of white sand beaches and has me dreaming of summer vacation. 

diy outdoor entertaining serving pieces

These items can be used for outdoor entertaining all summer long, but they would also be great for organizing a teacher's desk top.  I could easily see these items filled with pens, pencils, erasers, paper clips, etc - so perfect for a teacher!  I put these items along with a few other things I found at Michael's in a beverage tub (Target). 

summer party in a bucket gift idea

I know my girl's teacher is going to love this summer party bucket! 

teacher gift idea: summer party in a bucket

Summer entertaining made easy - just add food, friends and your favorite drink/s.  ;) 

summer entertaining party bucket gift idea

Now I just need to make one for myself!  

Have you been inspired by a certain color palette lately?  What colors scream "summer party" to you?  

Here are a few more teacher gift ideas: 

* This post was sponsored by Krylon but the opinions are 100% my own. 


  1. Super cute! I put together a summer entertaining basket for my girls teachers one year and they loved them!!!

  2. What a great gift idea!
    So cheerful and refreshing... too bad summer is still many months away for us!
    MJ in France

  3. Such a cute and colourful idea. I love "kit" type of gifts. Your girl's teacher will have so much fun with this.

  4. The staff here was so great in helping us with vegetarian meals and the most adorable meals for the kids at our wedding (Sliders with French-fries) and Shirley Temples to toast.
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  5. What a fun idea!!! Even if you didn't send it, I can think of other fun ways to use this idea at home with my kids. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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