DIY Project Parade ~ Dinner Party Details and Silhouette Cameo Review

It’s party time!  My baby girl’s birthday is tomorrow.

I don’t know how this little girl…
became this young lady so fast…
{Happy Birthday, honey…love you!}
All I did was blink. 

Can I get a 
(x) A hug 
(x) A tissue

My family gets together for birthdays and she’s requested that I cook. If you know me, you know that Mr. DIY is the chef around here (but I do know how to cook, I just resign because he enjoys it so much – who am I to argue?) and since she’s moved out, home cooked meals are few and far between. At her pleading, I’m making a salsa chicken soup.  I tweak this recipe a little. I set the table with fresh bread, shredded cheese, avocado strips, sour cream and Goldfish crackers. And since we’re not hosting Thanksgiving dinner (a tradition my brother and his wife generously invite us to)…and because it’s her birthday, I’m in the mood to add a little festivity to the dinner table. (A special thanks to Butch and my Mr. DIY for fixing the dishwasher…otherwise plan B was pizza and paper plates!)

I saw these on Pinterest… 
Pinned Image
Aren’t they cute? Chocolate and peanut butter yummies!

Perfect! I’ll be making them later today.

I am lucky enough to review the new Cameo for Silhouette America who will be running an awesome discount on Black Friday (through November 28th) for DIY Show Off readers and the Silhouette online store will already be having a huge discount during those days so you’re going to want to stop back on Black Friday and add the Silhouette Cameo to your holiday wish list!   
The Silhouette CAMEO™ is an electronic cutting tool for personal use. Like a home printer, it plugs into your PC or Mac®
with a simple USB cable. However, instead of printing it uses a small blade to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric and more

Use Code SHOWOFF at Silhouette America.

Silhouette CAMEO™

Now, I need boxes to hold the acorn treats and place cards. This is where the Cameo saves the day. No need to get dressed to run to the party store. Using some scrapbook paper I have on hand and purchasing three shapes from the Silhouette online store, I used the Cameo to cut out two deer for place cards and a fun favor box. 

The Cameo cuts up to 12 inches wide. 

There’s only one blade (instead of Silhouette’s 3) but it’s adjustable. 

It’s quieter and cuts nice and quick. Ever try cutting in bulk using scissors? Not fun. Cramped hands and not perfect results either. You’re going to want to add the Cameo to your holiday wish list. 

I chose a pretty box pattern for holding yummy acorn treats…

And these cute little deer for place cards…

Colorful and pretty. Perfect for a birthday dinner party?

Now…time to go clean for company and run to the grocery store for ingredients. You know I love to host a fun party! Right? You’re invited to this one: 

Let’s see what you’ve been up to lately!  Do you have an amazing decorating, home improvement or room transformation to share?  Consider doing a guest post instead of linking (send an email to 
The DIY Show Off

1. You must use the button above (ADD BUTTON HTML CODE FROM SIDE BAR TO YOUR POST) and link to this post to share the linky love.

2.Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.

3.Or email your link to and I will add it for you.

4.If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only. 

5.  If reading this in an email, pop over to to see the inspiring DIY projects linked up!

6. If you have a Fall or Holiday link to share, feel free to link up to those parties going on too! See side bar for the button and link. 

7.  NOW you can “like” the links!  What a fun idea!  Most liked links may be included in a post of DIY Project Parade highlights later in the week.

8.  Visit a few other links to make some new friends,
get some creative ideas and feel free to leave me a comment. I’m likely sitting here on the computer and could use a happy distraction! 

*The Cameo was provided by Silhouette America to share tutorials, projects and promotions with DIY Show Off readers.  Projects, tutorials, some supplies and opinions are my own. As a Silhouette America affiliate, using the code SHOWOFF will earn me a small commission ~ thank you!

I’m sharing a quick and easy burlap art over at the DIY Club today using stretched burlap  from Canvas Corp and a Sharpie. Check it out!


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