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Costumes + halloween + Party + printable + Projects / Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014

How to throw a Tortured Artist dinner party

It’s all come down to this! After 9 Tortured Artist costume ideas (10 if you include the double Fridas), one full menu with 3 delicious recipes and a skull cake for dessert, 2 free illustrated printables from Danielle Kroll here and here (and one more on the way), 1 playlist, and 5 decor ideas here and here, it’s time to reveal the full dinner Tortured Artist party. 
I mentioned that I’ve always wanted to throw a party where everyone comes dressed as an artist. For this party, we added in a creepy adjective “tortured” because so many of the greats were just that and it’s perfect for Halloween. We applied the term loosely and had some of our favorite artists and paintings in attendance. Can you recognize them all? 
If you’re planning your own Halloween party, here’s how I would do it:
  1. Costumes. It’s the only time of the year when it’s truly permissible, so why would you avoid it? Embrace it. In the invitation mention the dress code. Here it was “Arrive dressed as your favorite Tortured Artist.”
  2. Decide on a decor theme. I mentioned here that our decor was inspired by vanitas, the term used to describe the brevity of life and nearness of death that was reflected in rotting fruits, skulls, taxidermy, and candles (see our decor ideas here) and a costume based on it.  We chose not to do rotting fruits but just living fruits as we didn’t want to gross out our guests. A piece of fruit at each place setting is the perfect adornment (see above image).
  3. Add in the Spooky. I’m not generally a fan of the spooky element, but to make the beautiful vanitas work we needed that extra creepy feel. To the table runner, we added in some ghost faces. I wanted something subtle that you wouldn’t detect right away. Surprise! I’ll be doing the full DIY tomorrow.

4. But also make it gorgeous. Though it’s a bit spooky, it should also be a bit gorgeous, right?! That’s how we like to do it here. Sarah Winward did the gorgeous flowers and used the styrofoam skeleton heads as vases. I love how they turned out. Drip fruits and flowers across the table for that lavish, over-the-top feel.

5. Black candles. Good, subtle lighting is a must. We lit our party with black candles, the only way to go. We got ours from Save-on-Crafts, who is the cheapest and has the best supply around.

6. Customize the event. Danielle Kroll created these gorgeous name tags to go at each setting. I’ll be providing the printable in the next couple of days. She also created these gorgeous invitations and menu cards, which you can get here and here.
7. Artwork. To transform your space feel like a haunted house no matter where you are, we covered up the walls with these free printable portraits, which feel spooky and hysterical at the same time. Check out the tutorial here.

 8. Dessert that mimics the theme. It’s all in the details folks. I was so excited for this vanilla bean skull cake. I think it truly made the party. And it was delicious so there’s that. Get the full tutorial here.

9. A delicious autumnal menu. Ramblin Rose Cafe created the most gorgeous and gorgeously delicious menu for the party including a roasted garlic and cauliflower soup, a perfect autumn cheese board, and roasted root vegetables and a pomegranate ginger elixir to wash it all down.

We had a ball putting this party on, but there’s still a bit more. Two more tutorials and a behind the scenes look at the making of the party. Stay tuned!


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DIY + halloween + Party + printable + Projects / Thursday, 16 Oct 2014

Creepy printable art decor

Spooky Halloween art decor (free!)
For our Halloween party (see more details here), we wanted our decor to feel one part Haunted House and one part 17th century Dutch Baroque. Ashley came up with the idea to print off some large scale engineering prints off at the local printer (we love Printmark–old Cougar Copy–here in Provo but Staples also works!) that run about $5 each. We simply printed them off and hung them up! You could even place them in some fancy gold frames.
Spooky Halloween art decor (free!)
Spooky Halloween art decor (free!)
Check out the full instructions and how to get the art prints below.

photography by Alpha Smoot
crafting by Ashley Isenhour
styling by Sarah Winward and Brittany Jepsen
art directed by Brittany Jepsen

Creepy Portrait Posters

Step 1: Go to Rijksmuseum and create an account.
Step 2: Type “portraits” into the search bar. A “portraits” collection should pop up under the search bar. Click it.
Step 3: When you find a portrait creepy enough to fit your taste click on it. Go to the bottom right of the enlarged version and click on the scissor icon. Click “download this work”. 
Step 4: Save your file on a flash drive and take it to your local printer and ask them for an “engineer print”. Staples or FedEx should do the trick! They offer a few sizes ranging from $2-$8. 
Step 5: Hang! 
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DIY + halloween + illustration + printable / Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014

Halloween menu printable

free printable Halloween menu card for your dinner party by Danielle Kroll for The House That Lars Built
Free downloadable menu card for your Halloween party by Danielle Kroll for The House That Lars Built
For our Halloween vanitas party (read up about it here and here), we had gorgeous Menu cards illustrated by Danielle Kroll, whose work I just die over (pssst: she has a line of products at Anthropologie like this and lovely prints in her shop!). 
And today she’s provided a free template that you can print off yourself for your own Halloween party. Click on this link to get the print-ready file (with the full menu printed. Stay tuned for the recipes!) or click here to get a blank menu.

illustration by Danielle Kroll
photography by Alpha Smoot
floral styling by Sarah Winward
art directed by Brittany Jepsen

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halloween + illustration + Party + printable + Projects / Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014

Printable Halloween party invitation

For our Vanitas Halloween party (check out the full explanation of our theme here) we recruited the talented Danielle Kroll to design an invitation. We wanted something that was both beautiful yet a tad creepy and I love what she came up with. I think it really captured the feel of our event. We printed it off on an off-white card stock.

Print off your own invitation here (all blank version and partially blank version)

Illustration by Danielle Kroll
Photography by Alpha Smoot
Florals by Sarah Winward
Props by Mary Lee
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen

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DIY + printable + Projects / Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014

Watermelon peter pan collar

Speaking of fruits, (ahem, the pineapple favor bags from yesterday) we had to get our last fruit project in for the summer with this adorable watermelon Peter Pan collar. How adorable is it?! Kelly came up with this genius project after becoming enamored with the embroidery class she took (see here). It would be so cute to add to any solid dress or blouse. It would be especially cute for a little girl. Right?! And the best news is, if you’re not a crafter, she’s selling them on her Etsy shop. She has some darling designs (I love the apple one! Perfect for fall!). Her work is impeccable.
styling by Brittany Jepsen


Materials: Free template here, fabric, embroidery floss, needle, scissors
For the peter pan collar using the template (download it for free here), cut two,
trace the design with an iron on transfer pencil and iron onto the right side of one.
 

Sew right sides of the fabric together. 

Start sewing the collar together about 1/2 inch from the ends. Leave about an inch or so open about an inch from the center of the collar, but not the center. 

Trim the seam allowance and snip about every 1/4″, then turn inside out.

Turn the seam allowance of the open part of the collar in and then press. 

Close the opening by hand sewing. Press both sides of the edges in a 1/4. Insert a ribbon of your choice into each end and then top stitch closed. Now you’re ready to stitch! 

For the green part of the rind, I used a #3 needle and 3 strings of floss. The white part of the rind, I used a #3 needle and 6 string floss. For the seeds, I used #3 needle and 3 black strings of floss. The seeds were done with the satin stitch, the leaves were done with the fishbone stitch and the stem was done with a split stitch. Learn more about how to embroidery from this post. 

Here are the initial photos, but for a more complete step-by-step visual guide, see this post

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