Easy DIY Summer Cooling Spray Recipe & Tutorial

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It is HOT out there! Our local forecast promises a HOT and humid week. No worries! I’m going to share my favorite way to keep cool and chill out with an easy DIY cooling spray.

DIY cooling mist

Reasons you need to make cooling spray this NOW for you and your family members.

• It’s hot outside! As a result, you might be feeling over-heated.
• If you’re hot, you’re sweating. Yuck. Doesn’t hurt to spritz on some good smelling lavender and peppermint! lol
• If you’re overheated, chances are – you’re cranky. A ‘lil lavender for calming is going to help!

DIY Keep Cool / Chill Out Spray

Supplies I use:

I included some affiliate links.

• 2 oz. amber glass spray bottle (or adjust recipe according to the size spray bottle you have on hand)

• Witch hazel

• Distilled water
Peppermint essential oil*
Lavender essential oil*

* I only use and recommend Young Living essential oils! Quality matters!

What I do:

I fill the bottle half way with witch hazel, then the rest of the way with distilled water (to where the bottle starts to curve, NOT to the bottle neck or completely full, leave room for essential oils. I then add 4 drops each of Lavender and Peppermint. No worries if you get an extra drop or two, no worries if you’re running low and only have 3 drops. The nice thing about DIY is you control the strength and can alter the recipe as needed.

Lavender Essential Oil

The Swiss army knife of essential oils! SO many amazing benefits! Off the top of my head – supporting healthy skin, so a good choice for a body spray. AND as most of us know…relaxing and calming. So hot = cranky pants, add lavender = CHILL (CALM).

Young Living lavender

Peppermint Essential Oil

Another good one with so many benefits. It supports a healthy digestive system, soothing after exercise (dilute and apply topically), etc. But one other benefit is … it’s COOLING! For all things that cause me to overheat, I keep this bottle handy. Peppermint = CHILL (COOLING).

peppermint essential oil

Tip:

It is not necessary at all, but I store it in the refrigerator to give it an extra cooling boost!

Easy to grab and go, throw it in your purse or backpack. Having a cookout or going on a picnic in the park? Toss it in the cooler.

How I use it:

Shake and spritz myself, then spray the back of my neck.

Head’s Up:

Avoid your eyes! Peppermint stings! IF you do get it in your eyes, grab some coconut or a carrier oil, some fatty liquid and flush. Water will not help.

When I use it:

When temps are up, summer heat! Outdoor events, going to the park, going on a walk, run or hike, doing yard work, working outdoors, when air conditioning isn’t available or isn’t working, when the power is out and the a/c and fans aren’t an option, picnics/BBQs, at the pool.

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It WORKS! When I made this video, I spritzed myself then had to adjust the a/c. I was cold! Brrr!

Watch the tutorial on IGTV HERE!

Not a member of Young Living yet?

You guys! I know you’ve heard of essential oils by now. Maybe it feels overwhelming? Sounds expensive? Whatever your reason, I’d love to answer your questions and address your concerns.

#1 Quality:

It does matter and Young Living has a 25+ year history and is the pioneer of bringing back and raising awareness for using essential oils. Check out the Seed to Seal guarantee and pillars.

#2 Where you get them matters.

Maybe you’ve had a bad experience with MLMs, therefore maybe you feel that going to the store is a better option because you steer clear of network marketing “scams”. Well, with a 25+ year history and the fact that scams are illegal, Young Living doesn’t fit that description at all. And you wouldn’t avoid your friend who waitresses at your favorite restaurant, right? Of course not. You’d want to be seated in her section, tip her extra and show your support. Same thing! PLUS! When you connect with a friend who’s passionate about Young Living, you’re going to have access to an amazing community of thousands who love and use the products and share their real life experiences as well as educational resources to empower you to actually know how and why you would use the products. You have a friend to hold your hand as much or as little as you want to make the whole ‘healthy lifestyle’ less overwhelming!

#3 Membership

Purchasing a Young Living Premium Starter Kit is NOT agreeing to selling anything. It’s there floating in the background as an option of your membership but completely your call. No pressure, no obligations. It’s NOT agreeing to purchasing regularly or ever again (of course they have an optional rewards program for those of us who do that can be canceled at ANY time without penalties). There is NO yearly fees. You guys, we have a SAMs Club membership. $45/year. Over a year year time frame, we’ve paid $450 for the privilege to shop there and not really anything to show for it. With Young Living, you buy a premium starter kit, you have lifetime access to 24% off retail prices. That’s it. Not to mention the starter kits are the best bang for your buck. When I need to restock, that’s usually the route I go (hello, $400+ worth of product for $165 = smart)!

#4 Young Living Lifestyle

Young Living is about so much more than essential oils (although they have a HUGE collection and oils you can’t purchase anywhere else). Example: we started choosing products with non toxic ingredients. Building and supporting a healthy immune system is SUPER important! So I simply switched from buying the following at the store to purchasing them with my Young Living membership (ask me how I get 25% back in rewards):

Young Living products

• Cough drops and chest rub
• Insect Repellent
• Dental care (toothpaste, floss, mouthwash)
• Natural deodorant
• Nose rings! yep! – personal essential oil infused diffuser rings
• Shampoo and conditioner
• Clean makeup! Yep! EVERY thing you need!
• The best skincare I’ve ever tried in my life
• Supplements (Vitamin D, C, B and more!)
• Baby products (wipes, lotion, wash, shampoo, diaper rash cream, etc.)
• Pain cream
• Sunscreen and After Sun Spray
• C B D oil + C B D muscle rub
• Household cleaner (plant based that we use on EVERY surface of our home)
• Foaming hand soaps + bar soaps
• Bath bombs, body wash, lotions
• Hand sanitizer (that doesn’t burn and is so moisturizing)
• Hormone support – I have NO issues at age 50 or for the last couple of years and I know it’s because of what I use.
• Laundry and dishwashing soaps
• Kids’ collection (pre-diluted essential oils)
• Pet line!
• Energy and anti-oxidants with Ningxia Red (love Ningxia Zyng for an afternoon pick me up too)

I could go on and on! I love that there is so much to choose from to create a beautiful safe environment for my family!

Get Started:

So, which kit are you going to go with? My recommendation: The Premium Oil Kit + Aria diffuser (it’s a gorgeous statement piece, ART!) with soothing sounds, glass dome, speaker (plug in your phone!), light options, and a remote!  The Desert Mist diffuser being a close second with great settings too (lights, candle flicker mode, 3-5-10 hour settings, automatic shutoff).  

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And when you purchase one of the Premium Starter Kits using my referral #1836762 at YoungLiving.com HERE, I’ll invite you in to our circle of wellness inspired friends who will embrace you! I’ll plug you in to our beautiful Facebook communities. I’ll get my favorite educational resources to you so you have guidance. I am personally available to you as a mentor and friend. I even offer a special welcome bundle for DIYShowOff friends that varies month to month. This month: I’ll give you 10% back on your order and reimburse your standard shipping. OR if you’d prefer, we can chat and I’ll personalize your welcome bundle to suit your needs.

Wishing you well!

Stay COOL, HOT friends!

Use this same recipe with these oils to create a DIY outdoor spray

DIY outdoor spray recipe

That DIY Party – Summer Edition

That DIY Party time!

Summer and DIY go together so well, don’t they? Nice weather, longer days and motivation! What’s new with you? Show off your creativity by linking up or check out the links and be inspired by what everyone else is doing!

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Essential Oil Infused Summer!

Summer is my favorite season! Beautiful warm and breezy days, outdoor fun, swimming, walks, sunshine, summer rain storms and longer days. That dose of vitamin D makes me happy!!! And I love that Young Living has some awesome products to go hand in hand with making summer more enjoyable and I want to share some of how I use YL in our home during the summer. Take a look… summer fun with essential oils @diyshowoff

Flip flop ready feet! Who lives in bare feet, sandals or flip-flops all summer long? Here are some great tips for pretty feet!

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Essential oils for my fur babies too! Soothing for my Rosie during fireworks and thunderstorms or even just for ‘hyper’ dog! lol 

calming essental oils for pets during fireworks and thunderstorms

Headed to the lake? Enjoy boating and fishing with these tips! (That first one might be helpful for in the car or airplane too!) 

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We keep a bottle of peppermint + distilled water in the fridge for cooling. Perfect for a spritz to the back of the neck when over-heated!  summer fun with essential oils @diyshowoff

Another great way to keep cool? Essential oil infused popsicles! 

raspberry lime frozen yogurt

I love referring to these summer diffuser recipes all season long. Summer diffusing! I’ve even been known to be diffuse citronella on the patio. I love sitting out there when it’s nice except when the pests start buzzing around. Which of the below diffuser recipes will you diffuse first? summer fun with essential oils @diyshowoff

Eat, drink and be merry! It’s time for summer picnics and BBQs! Try your essential oils in your recipes. What are some of your favorite ways to spice up an existing recipe? Yum! Try these essential oil grilling marinades – perfect for summer!

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Cool summer drinks! If you’ve been to my house, you know I add essential oils to many different drinks. These look so good!!! 

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Another fave: 

How fun! Get free graphics, tips and ideas for hosting an essential oils party with a chocolate & massage theme @diyshowoff

More Summer Recipes & Ideas

summer cookout essential oil recipes

I personally have the type of skin that tans easily but I’ve accidentally gotten too much at once too and LavaDerm Cooling Mist promotes healthy skin. It’s a refreshing blend of skin-loving ingredients such as aloe, Lavender, Northern Lights Black Spruce, and Helichrysum to gently support healthy-looking skin. Its mild and gentle formula lightly moisturizes while also soothing and rejuvenating skin. Incorporate its refreshing feel and calming aroma into your nighttime routine or use it as needed throughout the day. The compact and convenient design of this skin moisturizer spray makes it easy to store wherever you need it, whether in your purse, travel bag, bedside table, or office desk. If you’re sensitive to the sun, it’s a must have. Takes the sting away! 

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And speaking of too much sun. Young Living just released an After Sun Spray! It’s thixotropic! That means you can hear the liquid when you shake the bottle but it sprays on in a more solid gel-like form and rubs in easily. It’s good for all things healthy skin including bug bites, cuts and scrapes. Another summer must-have! 

Promote healthy skin with LavaDerm™, Young Living’s refreshing Lavender spray. It’s made with skin-loving ingredients such as aloe, Lavender, Northern Lights Black Spruce, and Helichrysum to gently support healthy-looking skin. Its mild and gentle formula lightly moisturizes while also soothing and rejuvenating skin. Incorporate its refreshing feel and calming aroma into your nighttime routine or use it as needed throughout the day. The compact and convenient design of this skin moisturizer spray makes it easy to store wherever you need it, whether in your purse, travel bag, bedside table, or office desk.

But as Benjamin Franklin once said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. So I have this newly released product on hand as well…Mineral Sunscreen Lotion! Made with ingredients you can feel good about, Young Living’s Mineral Sunscreen Lotion provides protection against UVA and UVB rays without harsh chemical ingredients. Instead, the non-greasy sunscreen offers broad-spectrum SPF 10 protection using naturally derived plant- and mineral-based ingredients, including non-nano zinc oxide—a physical UV blocker. The lightweight formula goes on smooth and stays water- and sweat-resistant for 80 minutes, so you can feel comfortable while you stay moving. With hypoallergenic ingredients and skin-loving essential oils—such Helichrysum, Carrot Seed, and Frankincense—this gentle sunscreen rubs on smoothly without a white residue, so you can effortlessly add it to your time outdoors.

Promote healthy skin with LavaDerm™, Young Living’s refreshing Lavender spray. It’s made with skin-loving ingredients such as aloe, Lavender, Northern Lights Black Spruce, and Helichrysum to gently support healthy-looking skin. Its mild and gentle formula lightly moisturizes while also soothing and rejuvenating skin. Incorporate its refreshing feel and calming aroma into your nighttime routine or use it as needed throughout the day. The compact and convenient design of this skin moisturizer spray makes it easy to store wherever you need it, whether in your purse, travel bag, bedside table, or office desk.

We keep a DIY version of ‘outdoor’ spray on our patio table or right inside our back door. I spritz the dog before she goes out. Hubby sprays himself before walking down to the garden or working in the yard. And we haven’t needed special pet collars or pricey chemical-laden doses.  summer fun with essential oils @diyshowoff  

And then Young Living JUST released an Insect Repellent – DEET free and EPA approved. No more blood sucking mosquitoes! Don’t let bug bites ruin your family’s outdoor fun this summer! Young Living’s Insect Repellent is clinically proven to repel mosquitoes and other tiny invaders using only 100 percent naturally derived, plant-based ingredients.

Made with ingredients you can feel good about, Young Living’s Mineral Sunscreen Lotion provides protection against UVA and UVB rays without harsh chemical ingredients. Instead, the non-greasy sunscreen offers broad-spectrum SPF 10 protection using naturally derived plant- and mineral-based ingredients, including non-nano zinc oxide—a physical UV blocker. The lightweight formula goes on smooth and stays water- and sweat-resistant for 80 minutes, so you can feel comfortable while you stay moving. With hypoallergenic ingredients and skin-loving essential oils—such Helichrysum, Carrot Seed, and Frankincense—this gentle sunscreen rubs on smoothly without a white residue, so you can effortlessly add it to your time outdoors.

Summer’s a fun time for road trips. I LOVE this combo! Add it to a wooden clothespin or felt with a clothespin to clip to the vehicle’s air vents! 

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Oh yes, Thieves ALL THE THINGS!  summer fun with essential oils @diyshowoff

Looking to add essential oils and chemical free products to your life? Join me! I am so passionate about creating a chemical free home (baby steps) and would love to connect with you to go into more details. Learn more and get your own HERE! (or HERE) and I’ll be in touch with a welcome gift and more. Enjoy a happy summer!!! I look forward to getting to know you!

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DIY Personalized Pool Party Gift Tote

Cannonbaaaaallllllll!!!

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Summer pool parties are so much fun, aren’t they? Woo hooooo! Summer in my family is filled with days at my mom’s pool, watching my nieces and nephew giggle and splash around. I love that they’ve learned to swim so well and enjoy watching them overcome their fear of water over the years.

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

“Pool-rific” is the Michaels’ June Challenge. Perfect timing! 

pool party challenge

Kicking off pool party season this past holiday weekend, I gifted each of them with a cute personalized beach bag filled with fun outdoor goodies, swim accessories and beach towels.  

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Supplies I used are all available at Michaels with the exception of the beach towels.

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

  • beach totes
  • Sharpie markers
  • letter stencil
  • plastic container
  • fill ‘er up: sunglasses, bubbles, plastic water bottles with carabiner, assorted dive toys
  • beach towel
  • optional: toss in some sunblock and flip-flops! 

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Whether you’re looking for fun décor, activities for your kids or cute party supplies, Michaels has everything you need to MAKE summer fun!

What I did:

Using a pencil and a yardstick, I drew a faint line onto the upper part of the tote bag so that my personalization would be level. 

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Then I used a pencil to stencil the letters. 

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I filled in the letters with Sharpie markers. There was a little bleeding (due to the tote bag material) but I actually like that affect, don’t you? It adds to the design! 

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

The plastic bucket/container fits perfectly inside and helps the tote back hold an open shape. Perfect for toting home a wet bathing suit too!

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Toss in fun accessories.

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So cute for a summer time birthday gift or pool party hostess gift! 

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Pin for future reference for summer birthday party or pool party hostess gift!  

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Looking for more pool-rific ideas? Looking for more inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ summer fun project ideas starting today at 11 a.m. EST:

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Summer Cookout Planning: Raspberry Lime {essential oil infused} Popsicles

 

summer cookout raspberry lime essential oil infused popsicle recipe

SUMMERRRRRRRR! It’s my most favorite season of the year! WOOO HOOOO! Break out the sandals and sunglasses and crank up the Kenny Chesney playlist. SUMMER is almost here! For me, Memorial Day is my unofficial official start to summer so let’s start kick off the count down with inspiration for planning your summer cookout with Young Living essential oils. Just so happens, your oily blog friends have organized a fun Summer CookOut event with a blog hop & Facebook party! diyshowoff raspberry lime popsicle recipe summer cookout with young living essential oils

*I’ve included affiliate links where indicated. 

So, my husband is the one who does the cooking around here. I can’t wait to pas along the recipes. (Not that I can’t cook! He just really enjoys it, so who am I to argue? It’s all yours, babe!) Anyway, here is a recipe that ANYONE can do. No cooking or baking skills required! 

raspberry lime Vitality popsicles

Raspberry Lime {essential oil infused} Popsicles Recipe

Plan Your Summer Cookout: Raspberry Lime essential oil infused Popsicles recipe @diyshowoff

So, your cook out is a blast! Everyone’s hot and ready to take a break from the bean bag toss, shooting the breeze, horseshoes, splashing in the pool, tumbling on the trampoline and freeze tag. Let’s skip the high sugar content/color dye frozen treats and serve up a batch of super cool Raspberry Lime {essential oil infused of course} Popsicles instead! 

Plan Your Summer Cookout: Raspberry Lime essential oil infused Popsicles recipe @diyshowoff  

Here is what I did…

Plan Your Summer Cookout: Raspberry Lime essential oil infused Popsicles recipe @diyshowoff

Blend: I blended both parts listed below INDIVIDUALLY in my Magic Bullet blender.

RASPBERRY PUREÉ

1 c. frozen raspberries // 2 tbs. water // splash of sweetener to taste (I used agave syrup)

LIME eo infused YOGURT

 1 c. organic vanilla yogurt // 10 drops give or take Young Living Lime Vitality essential oil // optional: tsp. lime juice

Assemble: I used silicone popsicle molds but you could use stainless steel OR paper dixie cups

Add a few fresh raspberries,

essential oil popsicle recipe

fill mold 3/4 way with lime/yogurt mixture, top off with raspberry puree. Don’t forget to insert the wooden popsicle sticks / handles.

Freeze: I froze mine for about 24 hours (made the day before, frozen overnight and eaten the next afternoon) then removed them from the silicone molds. A double recipe shown below in the freezer. Recipe above makes 4 pops.

Plan Your Summer Cookout: Raspberry Lime essential oil infused Popsicles recipe @diyshowoff

Decorate: Garnish with fresh raspberries and lime slices…it’s perfect to have them on hand for your essential oil infused ice water! 

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Wouldn’t it be fun carrying out a tray of these at your next summer cookout? Or how about that summer time Essential Oils 101 or fun make & take this summer? You’ll be the COOLEST hostess ever! 

Plan Your Summer Cookout: Raspberry Lime essential oil infused Popsicles recipe @diyshowoff Plan Your Summer Cookout: Raspberry Lime essential oil infused Popsicles recipe @diyshowoff

Ps. Lime is my most favorite Vitality essential oil! Lime IS summer ZING! I add it to my ice water, my Ningxia Red and Zyng and how about a mojito?! Oh yea! Then there’s garden fresh tomatoes and homemade salsa. And don’t forget the margarita popcorn too!

margarita popcorn recipe

I know it sounds like a strange combo but oh my goodness! It’s so good! 

Plan Your Summer Cookout: Raspberry Lime essential oil infused Popsicles recipe @diyshowoff raspberry lime frozen yogurt

MORE ideas & recipes:  Okay, onto the SUMMER COOKOUT SERIES! Let’s see what our favorite oily bloggers have whipped up! Then don’t forget to stop and hang out with us ‘virtually’ at the SUMMER COOKOUT FACEBOOK EVENT tonight at 9 p.m. EST.

summer cookout essential oil recipes

Visit these sweet blog friends and their amazing recipes & ideas:

Key Lime Thumbprint Cookies at UnSkinny Boppy

Sparkling Lavender Lemonade at One Project Closer

Cowboy Caviar with Lime Oil Dressing at Making Lemonade Blog

Fruit Kabobs with Citrus Dip at One Project Closer

Raspberry Lime Popsicles at DIY Show Off 

BLT Salad with Creamy Lemon Chive Dressing at Weeknight Dish

Tuscan Pasta Salad at Shaken Together

Orange Smoothie at Here Comes the Sun

Grilled Chicken with Citrus + Ginger Marinade at The Turquoise Home

Citronella Candles at Practically Functional

Speaking of cooling off this summer, check out this DIY Cooling Mist too!

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Backyard Wedding Ideas

One of my best friends is getting married this summer! Celeste and I have been friends since 7th grade. We won’t discuss how many years ago that was! haha! Her wedding will be small, no more than 45 guests on August 20th. Our gazebo is the perfect spot for a for a small intimate wedding ceremony. 

Looking for summer entertaining ideas? Check out the #michaelsmakers summer party challenge @diyshowoff

Michaels’ Makers June Challenge: Summer Party.  A backyard wedding is the perfect fit for the June challenge. I got a big head start with ideas by browsing the aisles at Michaels. Celeste’s wedding colors are turquoise and purple and I’m having so much fun adding pops of color to our lush landscape. 

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It’s always a challenge for me to decorate for someone else, infusing THEIR style rather than my own. Since this is Celeste’s special day, I wanted to add decorative touches that reflect her style. Here are a few ideas from my ‘dress rehearsal’ over the weekend. But I have plenty of time to tweak, add, take away and work on creating a setting for making happy memories. There will be a white tent for shade and chairs for comfort…well as comfy as folding chairs can be; hors d’oeuvres and bubbles too and more planters, flowers and landscape work as we get into summer. In the meantime, here’s my starting point and a few ideas for hosting a small outdoor wedding ceremony. 

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Decorations:

• Aqua/turquoise painted flower pots (or tire planter and chandelier planter in my case) filled with purple flowers. I do this every summer anyway so coordinating my flowers and planters with her wedding colors works well. Last year I did reds, yellows and oranges. This year it’s all about shades of purple in aqua and turquoise planters and pots. 

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• Decorative Letter Accent: I LOVE these circle wooden letters. I painted a “J” in her wedding colors (aged with a trans-tint dye technique). I wasn’t able to capture how colorful this truly is in real life in a photo. But it’s a pretty personalized gift that doubles as a decorative accent. 

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• Michaels’ has SO many fun party decorations to choose from. Paper lanterns, paper fans, tissue paper honeycomb ornaments and poufs. I love the colors! I displayed them in the grape arbor/gazebo for this blog post but they’ll decorate a white tent with outdoor lights on the big day. Take a look at the outdoor lighting options Michaels’ provides too: pretty string lights, flameless candles, and my favorite solar options!

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• Banner: Check out the wedding aisle at Michaels’ for adorable “Mr. & Mrs.” and other wedding banners. Mine is a DIY “LOVE” banner at the top of a curved gazebo frame … perfect for a photo opportunity. I’m going to layer it with a lavender and light aqua rag banner behind the l-o-v-e letters, around the top of the gazebo.

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• Silk flowers around the grape arbor will add some color and romance to the greenery.

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Chalkboard signs: So many to choose from. I love this framed chalkboard easel for instructing guests to take their “thank you gift”. One near the road to direct guests. One with their names and wedding date. I like having chalkboards on hand for labeling, designating areas, instructions, etc. for guests at parties. 

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Party Favors: Michaels’ is the place to go for wedding favors. The best selection of little containers (glass jars with flip top lids or corks, heart shaped tins, cute cardboard boxes) for candy or in our case, lavender bath salts. 

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Lavender Bath Salt recipe: Mix 1/4 cup of epsom salt with 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil into a mason jar. Shake and pour into glass container, top with a “thank you” sticker (included with the glass containers), embellish with coordinating decorative tape and ribbon. 

Since it’s an outdoor ceremony in August, I’m also going to create some hand held paper fans for guests by printing the bride & groom’s names, wedding date, a poem or bible verse onto card stock or scrapbook paper, cutting out a pretty and functional shape then glueing to a large wooden popsicle stick. 

Flowers: Silk flowers are budget-friendly and long lasting. If not for the bride’s bouquet, a great option for the “bouquet toss” at the reception, decor or a pretty accent to a table. 

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Unity Candle: Michaels’ has a section designated to a stunning collection of unity candles or create your own set from the candle aisle with a pillar and two tapered candle sticks. Crystal holders and a beautiful charger complete the look. 

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Refreshments: An August outdoor afternoon wedding ceremony calls for serving ice water and a few refreshments. A special occasion calls for glass. I love these mini glass jugs and coordinating straws. Any suggestions for finger foods? Dinner and reception are at another location later in the afternoon. 

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Are you hosting a summer party? Entertaining guests? There’s so much to celebrate during this time of year! End of school parties, graduation, Father’s Day, Independence Day, birthdays, backyard BBQs and more.

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For more summer party ideas: From paper crafts, party goods and baking supplies to new outdoor lighting, glass and floral, Michaels is your DIY destination for all of your summer celebrations.

Looking for summer entertaining ideas? Check out the #michaelsmakers summer party challenge @diyshowoff

Be sure to check out all of the other Michaels Makers DIY summer party ideas on the Michaels blog.

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