Posts Categorized: Party

DIY + gift wrapping + holiday + paper + Party + Projects / Thursday, 13 Jun 2013

Father’s Day gift wrap

My dad works in finance and says that the best gift we can give him is no gift at all. I’m ALL about that–I’m totally cheap. But, I’m guessing there are some fathers out there who love a good gift and this gift wrap idea takes the form of a card too, so consider it part of the gift. My dad’s really good at putting up scanned photos of us as kiddies on Facebook, so I just collected them and printed them off in black and white. Bada bing, bada boom.

Supplies: box, kraft paper, pictures of your dad (make sure you shrink them down to a small size that will fit the size of the hole you create–I made mine 2×2″), scissors, x-acto, circle template, tape

Step 1: Cut the kraft paper to the size of the box and wrap it to find out where you should put your holes. You don’t have to wrap it all the way.
Step 2: Using your circle template (I used the cap of a Mod Podge bottle), trace onto the kraft paper and repeat for all the photos you want to use.
Step 3: Cut out half of your circle with an x-acto knife and crease the circle over so it opens half way.
Step 4: On the back side, select a photo and affix it into the frame of the half circle.
Step 5: Secure it with tape.
Step 6: Repeat for all the circles.
Step 7: Finish it off with a ribbon.

Donzo.

Isn’t it so fun?! It’s like a trip down memory lane AND a gift all in one. I’m a big fan of this pop-up method and I can envision it for so many things. Remember the Valentine’s hearts? The fun never ends.

Happy Father’s day to all you dads! And a special early Father’s day to the original Lars.

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Life + Party / Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013

My birthday and birthdays past

Not posing at all.

When I went to go water my flower pots this morning, I was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon gobs and gobs of garlands outside the door. Dear Paul has magical powers I tell you! He somehow got a hold of these felt garlands from Land Of Nod that I was going to use for another project along with my own flowers. He used my own ammunition on me! They’re perfect! Surprise garlands at your door can only mean one thing…

It’s my birthday! And because I’m a blogger, I can talk all about myself even more! Lucky you. I have a little tradition of recounting birthdays past because I have a pattern of being in a new city every year. Not on purpose. I wish I could say I was more deliberate in my plans, but it all seems to be on accident. And yes, of course, in my wildest dreams I’m spending Birthday 2013 in Provence, but until I earn my millions and build my vila, Provo, Utah it is.

June 11, 2012: Roskilde, Denmark
June 11, 2011: Namje, Nepal
June 11, 2010: Copenhagen, Denmark
June 11, 2009: Berlin, Germany
June 11, 2008: NY, NY
June 11, 2007: Washington, DC.
June 11, 2006: Kensington, MD.
June 11, 2005: San Clemente, CA.
June 11, 2004: Curitiba, Brazil.
June 11, 2003: Dana Point, CA.
June 11, 2002: Venice, Italy.

and finally…

June 11, 2013…..PROVO, UT. Ha! This year’s birthday helps balance out my in-America tally.

Land of Nod was kind enough to provide all the garlands. Thank you! They come in a ton of colors in triangles and circles.

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Moments for Me + Party + printable + Projects / Thursday, 6 Jun 2013

Moment for me: National doughnut day

A trip to the local bakery this week told me that National Doughnut day is TOMORROW! And because doughnuts are the new cupcake (right?!) now is the time to celebrate (look at Jordan’s fancy donut party. You can be sure that we are not that fancy round these parts). I always took doughnuts for granted until I married a foreigner who taught me that doughnuts are “so” American. Now, I see them as they should be: a delightful American treat. I’m all about that. Because Paul is also training for the upcoming Tour de Donut, basically a bike race combined with donuts (each donut eaten shaves off 3 minutes from your time), I decided to surprise him with some “donut training” this morning. Of course, I had to make some decorations too. 
If you’ve been following along, you’ll have noticed that I’m doing a collab with Haagen Dazs where they provide me with a box of goodies each month (including a box of GELATO) to treat me to certain “moments“. This past month they gifted me some items for summer entertaining like fun plates, napkins, and placemats so of course, I had to use them for our moment. 

A proper doughnut (donut?) celebration includes a donut garland, of course. I made you a free printable for the occasion.

Supplies: scissors, template, baker’s twine or string, needle, glue stick, hole punch (1/16″) this one by Martha Stewart will change your life

Step 1: Cut out the template (print off from here. I printed mine from a heavier laser paper). I made two of each, one is the reflection of the other for front and back purposes. 
Step 2: Cut out the middles.
Step 3: Glue stick around the middle. 
Step 4: Fold over.
Step 5: Cut around the donut.
Step 6: Punch two holes in the top of the donut.
Step 7: Thread a needle and pull the twine through the holes.
Step 8: Add on all the donuts
Voila! 
DONUT TOWER FLAGS
Supplies: Scissors, template, skewers, glue
Step 1: Cut out the flags (download the template here)
Step 2: Add glue onto the edge of the flag.
Step 3: Roll it around the top of the skewer. 

 Stick ’em in your tower. Donzo!

To make it a surprise, cut out some extra doughnuts and lead them from the bedroom into the dining room. Who doesn’t want a trail of donuts? The modern day Hansel and Gretel.
Ladies and gentlemen, How to eat a donut, by Brittany Watson Jepsen:

Because I’m classy like that.

This post was made from a true love of doughnuts, but sponsored by Haagen Dazs. Don’t let me have the only donut party, create your own moments! When you do, tag them with #hdmoment on your social networks. Haagen Dazs will share their favorites on their Moments for Me page. 

photography by Mandy Phillips from Thimble n Thistle

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Lars' (play)List + Life + Party / Monday, 3 Jun 2013

Lars’ (play)List: June

Listen to the playlist by clicking on the image above or clicking here
Listen to previous playlists here.

I’ve been thinking about this post for awhile. I started the monthly playlist series because I stink when it comes to expanding my musical repertoire. I rely on other people’s fine taste to broaden my own, otherwise I stick to what I know: classical, oldies, and really bad pop. Ha! Katie Farber of This, That & The Other  has been kind enough to provide some really great tunes every month, but I wanted to try something different this month. Every now and again we need some quiet, peaceful time and music can certainly be a good aid. For us, Sundays tend to be that day where we stick on some calmer music, but I also put it on when I just need to detox. We all need it, right? We’re busy people.

So, I made a playlist with some of my very favorite classical pretty pieces. Not all. But many. It’s not meant as an in-depth list for a hardcore classical lover. I think it might appeal to those who both love classical and those who know nothing about it but want some pretty music for some peaceful downtime.

I grew up playing the cello in orchestras and piano at home (that’s me and Clifford, my cello, above), so each one of these pieces has touched me at some point in my life, whether it be academically or personally. I included some well-known pieces originally meant for other instruments like the two Gerswhin pieces played here on the cello by Yo-Yo ma (a fave of mine). The first prelude is uh-mazing. In fact, I included a lot of cello because, well, the cello is the most beautiful. Totally biased. You’ll notice that I like ’em slow, but I did try and mix them up with a couple of fasties. I kind of want to comment on each one….agh! Maybe I’ll do an “after the jump” so those who are totally disinterested don’t have to suffer.

Let’s see, a few notes about the pieces and playlist below:

Claire de Lune…embarrassed to say that I didn’t really know it until Ocean’s 11. But, I think it’s the best use of classical music in a movie ever. Quirky and magical all at the same time. I love with piano on it’s own and full orchestra. You’ll notice I love me some French composers…

…like The Swan. It’s in every cellist’s repertoire. Definitely the most beautiful in the Carnival of the Animals. Saint Saen saved the most beautiful for the cello, of course. Again, totally biased. If you want to know anything about the cello, you must know this one.

Rachmaninov’s piano concerto no. 2. I die.

Is the soundtrack from Pride and Prejudice the most beautiful in all of cinemas? I think so! This one, The Living Sculptures of Pemberly, is so gorgeous. So longing. I listen to it on repeat.

I love Bach. This one with the chorus, Cantata 140, is almost too much for me sometimes. Too much beauty.

Prelude 1 and 2 for piano by Gershwin but here on cello. I’ve already commented a bit above, but agh! I love them so much. Yo yo, I’d love the sheet music for them but I can’t find it anywhere. Does it exist? Gershwin was the first composer I fell in love with as a child. Rhapsody in Blue. I die.

Vocalise. I love the sad ones, what I can say? This one makes me cry when I play it.

Flower duet. I remember tracking it down when I first watched American President. It was playing in the background of a scene in Annette Benning’s apartment. Again, movies teach me more about classical than my education? What?

Bach’s cello suites are a standard. This one I chose is not one of his most well-known. In fact, I really only like it for the middle part. It’s a a two part dance and I love the second part SO much. It’s so sweet and simple yet so beautiful. If you’re a cellist, it’s all about playing with your thumb. Agh!

Pavane by Faure. This one I played with the Orange County Junior Orchestra on our tour to France and England. I will always remember it that way.

Gran partita by Mozart. LOVE this one. The piercing oboe. I die. Oh, and I LOVE the version of human voices singing it in Bright Star. That was the only good thing about that movie.

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DIY + Party + Projects + Wedding / Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Make a tassel boutonniere

Here’s my latest for Brooklyn Bride. I created an alternative to a traditional boutonniere inspired by military epaulettes–in the wake of Memorial day and all.

For full instructions, check out Brooklyn Bride.

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