Posts Categorized: Party

collaborations + Life + Party + Scandinavia / Friday, 21 Jun 2013

Happy midsummer!

After living in a cold, dark country for a few years, I have a ginormous appreciation for the sun. In Denmark, in the chance that the sun did come out, you never knew how long it would stay so you would get your hiney outside and soak in the vitamin D as long as you could. I find myself reverting to those patterns here in Utah though I don’t really need to because default weather is good weather. Sun = happy me. Thus, Midsummer is my new favorite holiday. We don’t celebrate it as much in America, but that’s ending today. 
Midsummer is the longest day of the year (and Scandinavians like to point out that the days only get shorter from here on out, but I cringe at that thought), so celebrations are in order. Up in the north at this time of the year, the sun hardly goes down, so you get pretty much 24 hours of sunshine. The Danes celebrate with Sankt Hans, where they burn effigies of witches, but I didn’t think that would be the prettiest shoot, so we celebrated with more of a Swedish midsummer. I’m told that Swedish midsummer is mostly about drinking, so as a non-drinker that’s not an option, so we’re going back to the classic midsumer.
I called upon some great talents for this shoot who luckily said yes to the last minute collaboration: Ciara Richardson, the fantastic photographer and Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral who did the lovely flowers. I was also lucky enough to have all my interns come be models. Aren’t they gorgeous? I couldn’t have asked for better magic makers.
First thing to celebrate the Swedish midsummer, floral wreaths. These are essential. Ashley made some beautifully simple headpieces for everyone.
Then we brought in the maypole that I made (DIY right here) with Ashley’s beautiful flowers on top.
Midsummer, or summer solstice, is an ancient paga ritual that often started with fertility dances around the pole. SO, ummm, we did some fertility dances. Because that’s what grown ladies do.
Then we started the weaving of the ribbons. I don’t know why, but for some reason I was afraid that all the beautiful images I saw on Google in my research wouldn’t come true for ours, but it did. It works! 

 In and out, in and out. Every other person goes the opposite way to create the weave.

 If you take it off the pole, does it form a Chinese finger trap?

Then Ciara worked her magic and somehow made me look presentable, which is quite the feat because well, I’ve never seen my skin so broken out before. Eeeek.

 Channeling Kate Moss’ wedding.

I’m so lucky to have such wonderful interns. Besides being helpful and willing, they are kind and good people. And gorgeous, sheesh! Audrey even had her 14 year old sister, Jenny, visiting from Texas so she came too. Thank you Jenny!

And I mentioned it earlier this week, but by the end of Midsummer, if you haven’t found someone to hook up with (not my words), then you collect 7 flowers and put them under your pillow. Then you dream about your future husband. Does it work? You tell me!

If you want to learn more about midsummer, watch this video. The humor is so dead on.
If you want to make the maypole, step-by-step instructions here.

THANK YOU to the ladies who made this collaboration possible. Let’s do it again!

photography by Ciara Richardson
flowers by Ashley Beyer of Tinge Florals
maypole and concept by me, Brittany Watson Jepsen
models: Ashley Ellsworth, Jenny Ellsworth, Carla da Silva, Maude Lee, Maurine Anderson

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Life + Moments for Me + Party / Thursday, 20 Jun 2013

Moment for me: gelato party

photography by Griffith Jones

Once upon a time I hosted a Halloween costume contest. One of the winners was Michele Brummer-Everett, who was an amazing pencil. Michele and I started emailing and once I found out we were moving to UT I asked her some questions about the area since she lives here. Well, the DAY I moved into our new apartment in Provo, my landlord (who is the BEST) said, “oh, you might like the girl across the street. She’s an illustrator and textile designer and she’s from South Africa” and I was, like, “say what? I think I know her.” And I did! I immediately ran across the street, rang her door, and I said “HELLO!!!!” with outstretched arms. LIKE SHE KNEW WHO I WAS. Graciously, she smiled and I explained “I’m Brittany! The House That Lars Built girl” and then it all came together. So, just like that, we made friends with the Everetts. I feel very lucky to call Michele a friend. ESPECIALLY when she forces you to have a birthday party–an outdoor movie party at her house. She’s bossy like that. She designed the cutest invitation because she knows me so well:

And I want it to be my life logo. I want it on stationery, t-shirts, book bags, tattoos…

I asked Haagen Dazs if they would send me tons of gelato for the evening and they were gracious enough to accomodate with some limoncello, dark chocolate chip, cherry, straciatella….mmmm.

 And she made this adorable garland with seed packets!!!!

GELATO!

And for the outdoor movie, Daniel set up a projector and we watched You’ve Got Mail. Surprisingly, all the guys in attendance knew it by heart.  ??????????????

And as a favor, Michele made thank you packets with chocolate covered sunflower seeds in seed packets. Is she too much?!?!

Michele, you are the best. Thank you.

I’m working with Haagend Dazs for a few moments sharing my everyday experiences that make life so good. It’s called HDmoments. I’m sure you have your own moments. Tag them with #hdmoments so we can all see them! 

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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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