Southern Belle's Charm

Natalie Clause, founder of Southern Belle's Charm, is one of Las Vegas' most creative and innovative up-and-coming event stylists for children. To each event she styles, Natalie brings her own unique sense of style and southern charm.

Natalie is a winner of Top 25 Party Planning Moms - 2013

What's the most creative dessert idea you've come up with for a party? Please share a link if you have one.

I love using different types of sweets in a unique way. Whether it be Rocket Pops made out of ice cream cups filled with cotton candy and topped with nerd filled saucers, cookies tied with a string to hang or fondant covered cookies hanging on a mug -- unique twists are always visually fun!

What's a cool DIY project you would recommend for party decorations?

I love wreaths at the entrance to every party. I make them for my clients all the time but you could easily assemble a wreath with just a few supplies. Try to involve the theme whenever possible. For instance when I styled a garbage party for a client, I used newspapers, trash bags and jute to achieve a cute by trashy design.

What are some of your favorite kid-friendly party snacks that are healthy too?

I love carrots and celery in cups with just a bit of peanut butter or ranch at the bottom of the cup. It eliminates a plate that could spill over and is so easy for younger kids.

What is a cheap, easy, DIY Halloween costume for kids? Please briefly describe how to make it and feel free to include a link to a picture.

Natalie Clause

I adore all of the Martha Stewart DIY Halloween costumes but my all time favorite is the Space Invader Costume. Natalie - Southern Belle's Charm Space Invader This space invader is ready to explore galaxies, thanks to his high-tech night-vision goggles, egg-carton space suit, and foam-cup helmet. His weapon -- a cookie press with a plastic-cup-and- cone insert -- protects him from alien encounters. Tools and Materials 55 Styrofoam cups 6 egg cartons 1 roll duct tape 1 cookie press 1 pack plastic cups Spacesuit How-To You'll need six bottom and two top halves of cardboard egg cartons (with "windows" on the top). 1. With a utility knife, cut 5 diamond centers from each bottom piece, and reserve for buttons. Cut 1 bottom piece in half crosswise (for two 2-by-3-cup pieces); 3 others in half lengthwise (for six 6-by-1-cup pieces; discard one); and from another, cut 2 cups from one end and discard (for one 5-by-2-cup piece). Leave last bottom piece intact. 2. Cut the sides off the 2 top halves; discard. Curve two 6-by-1-cup pieces into semicircles by cinching together adjacent cups with duct tape. 3. On a flat surface, lay out the 2 semicircles, open side up, for neck. Attach 1 end with duct tape, leaving the other end open. For remainder of body, lay out pieces as shown, using the 6-by-2-cup piece for the back, the 5-by-2-cup piece for the front, and one top-carton piece for each arm. 4. Use duct tape to attach these to the neck piece. 5. For the chest strap, cut a length of duct tape to go around the child's midsection; fold in half lengthwise, then tape it to the end of the front piece. 6. For arm straps, cut four 9-inch lengths of duct tape to go around the arms; fold in half lengthwise, then tape 2 to each arm piece. Place the entire contraption on child, securing neck piece with tape. Use tape to secure chest strap to back piece and to secure straps around arms. Tape reserved buttons to chest strap and arm bands. 7. For belt, tape the remaining three 6-by-1-cup pieces together end to end; secure ends around waist with tape. Use 2-by-3-cup pieces for knee pads. Fold four 8-inch lengths of duct tape in half lengthwise, tape to knee pads for straps. Put on child; secure ends with tape. Gun How-To 1. Use a hot-glue gun set on low to glue the bottom of a plastic cup inside the opening of a cookie press. Make a cone of red construction paper. Apply hot glue to cone's bottom edge; affix to cup. Helmet How-To You'll need about 55 Styrofoam cups; label bottoms as you work to keep track of the rows. 1. Start with 1 cup (row 1), open side down, and space 6 cups (row 2) evenly around it, hot-gluing them where they touch row 1. 2. Glue 6 more cups (row 3) in the spaces of previous row. Continue through row 8. Glue more partial rows for back of helmet (to row 9 or 10, depending on size). 3. For strap, fold two 7-inch pieces of duct tape in half lengthwise; secure with tape.
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Where do you most enjoy shopping online for your family, and why?

Natalie Clause

Etsy! Love the option of having wonderful handmade, custom items in my home and for my family! As a small business owner, it is my passion to support others in their journeys.
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