Posts Categorized: A Midsummer Mingle

A Midsummer Mingle + collaborations + Party / Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014

Midsummer Mingle video

This is SO SO belated…do you even remember Midsummer Mingle?
A few of us threw one epic garden party (if I do say so myself ūüėČ celebrating Midsummer and Abby Keenan caught all the details on video and turned it into a delightful video. If you’re just joining Lars, we hosted a party as a way to say thank you to our supporters, but it turned into something much much more. Gathering some wonderful people and creating a beautiful setting became magic and now it leaves the question…
do we repeat it next year? If so, would you come?
Here are a few links from the event:
There’s even a playlist from the event here
Midsummer Mingle was made possible by generous friends like Cricut, Save on Crafts, Atly, The Land of Nod, Printmark, and Partyland.

A Midsummer Mingle + Crafts + DIY + Events + flowers + Party + Projects / Thursday, 17 Jul 2014

Make the Midsummer floral crown

There’s nothing more magical, earthy, ephemeral than a floral crown and you know I’ve had my shared of tutorials (see here, here, here), but for Midsummer Mingle I wanted one for every single person so I knew we would have to adapt it slightly. Amy from Amy Anne Floral graciously stepped in to make 150 of them and I love how they turned out. They were modified for time issues but I love the simplicity.

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A Midsummer Mingle + Crafts + DIY + paper + Projects + summer / Thursday, 10 Jul 2014

Easiest hanging paper lantern tutorial in the world

My subject lines are becoming quite assertive: “Easiest paper lantern tutorial in the world” and “How to create the best garden party of the century“…this one really is though! It’s really the easiest paper hanging lantern tutorial in the world but it looks a bit tricky no?
Brynn Grover, who helped spear head the Midsummer Mingle, is an elementary school teacher and made all the lanterns for the event (minus the laser-cut looking ones. I’ll be showing a tutorial on those soon!), and showed me how to make them too for all of you!
Click below for full tutorial!

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A Midsummer Mingle + Events + Party + summer / Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014

A Midsummer Mingle Part 3

I may never stop talking about A Midsummer Mingle. There are too many beautiful photos! We’ve even started talking about next year’s plans…and somehow I’m not phased by it (uh oh!). Today I’m walking you through the last part of the tour. 
Every host had their own section of the garden to design in whatever way they wanted. It was pretty much their blogs brought to life. Sarah Jane took the path leading up through 4 arbors as you see above. I added some balloons onto the arbors and she went to town with A Midsummer’s Dream theme complete with illustrated characters. At the base of the hill you were greeted with a selection of masks (that she made with her Cricut) that you could use as you walked up to explore her area.
After A Midsummer’s Dream you were lead to the eating area as catered by Ramblin Rose, Cocoa Bean Cafe, Mend Juicery, and cakes baked by ME.

Merrilee had set up a crown crafting station based on her new book, Playful, which is due out in the fall with STC Crafts (that you can pre-order here!). She also handed out the above poster to everyone in their swag bags. Don’t you love her? I want to frame it!

And here’s the backdrop my helpers created with some of my flowers.

Blickenstaffs, one of the sponsors of the event, set up a section where you could write notes and stick them in bottles. They are then going to release them into the ocean.

Merrilee’s experience was based on her Instagram series, Tiny Traveler Tilda. It’s an interactive series where you can help decide the adventures that the fearless Tilda goes on. I LOVE Merrilee’s illustrations and I’m hoping (crossed fingers) that this turns into a published book (hint, hint publishers!). Here at the party you could point out on a map where you think she should go next.
Caravan Shoppe, from Alma Loveland (who was sadly out of town) and Melanie Burke, decorated the side of the house with posters from their shop (like the above poster) along with a constellation candle made from Cricut. 

Raffle time!

The beautiful linens were from Scenemakers.

Phew! We made it. I’m sure you’re sick of photos, but uh, there is more to it. I’ll be sharing my Cricut project with you soon as well as a tutorial on how to make the balloon arch. Muhaha…it never ends!

photography by Natalie Norton

main sponsors: Cricut, Save on Crafts, atly, Land of Nod, Blickenstaffs

A Midsummer Mingle + Events + Party + summer / Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014

A Midsummer Mingle Part 2

I know you shouldn’t gush over your own party, but I can’t help it. Natalie nailed it! I want to be transported back! Part 2 is up and I thought I’d take you on a tour of the event. A Midsummer Mingle was not only a party but a series of “experiences” that each hostess created. It was pretty much our blogs/brands brought to life as you meandered through the garden. 
First, you were greeted with a balloon arch (I’ll provide the DIY soon, I promise!)
Then at the welcome table each guest was handed a letterpressed map and schedule that Merrilee had designed and Sycamore Street Press printed. My helpers had created name tags for all the helpers with my paper flower templates. 
Along with a schedule each guest received a floral crown made by Amy Anne and helpers. 
Lastly, each guest received a swag bag at the beginning of the party. The idea was that as they meandered through the garden and visited each host’s “station” they would pick up their own swag. We got the canvas bags from Save on Crafts (see here) and ironed on a flower that Merrilee designed. We cut the flower design with a Cricut using their iron on decal paper. Ashley helped take the design and make it Cricut appropriate in Illustrator. They received tons of goodies like artwork, stationery, felt ball garlands (from Hello Maypole), lavender sachets (from Harmony), earrings (from Darlybird), a cute artprint from atly, and others.
Then they began the walk through the enchanted forest (isn’t that what it’s called in Elf?) with hundreds of globe lighting from Save on Crafts. 
As you meandered through the paths you were led to Meta Coleman’s station, Camp Meta. She created the cutest vignette of a North West camp site.
For her Cricut project she created a woodland inspired paper frame that guests could take to frame their instant photos. She left out some Fuji cameras for people to go crazy. 
After a stay at Meta’s, you were to “tiptoe through the tulips” through my station (I stole the theme from my sister’s wedding!). I wanted a Mad Hatter garden feel so we strung tons of felt ball garlands, paper lanterns, fans and garlands (from BHLDN). I have to give a huge shout out to Annie from atly and her sisters for saving the day and helping out. I was so busy working on the balloon installations and everything else that I didn’t get a chance to do my own booth. They pretty much set it up for me! 
My helpers had spent the previous weeks created paper flowers that we attached to the fence along with balloons from Partyland
For my Cricut project, I created the flower-cut lantern you see above. A huge thank you to Ashley Isenhour for helping me take the idea and make it tangible! And thank you to Brynn for creating the dozens of lanterns. They were created with shades of sorbet from American Crafts

 Hello Caroline!

Carli handed out one of my Scandinavian thank you cards along with an origami business card holder (see here).

Once tiptoeing through the tulips you were invited to Write on the Wall with Sycamore Street Press. Eva transformed a section of the house into a minimal bohemian getaway. She layered her gift wrap on the walls and encouraged guests to write down their favorite part about summer and handed out some of their new line of shibori inspired cards.

For their Cricut project they cut out letters and turned them into quotes.

We’re only half way done! Part 3 will be up soon!