Posts Categorized: Party

holiday + Life + Party + valentine's day / Friday, 14 Feb 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day!

garland pink ombre
ombre heart garland in pinks
heart wreath ombre

Guys! I can’t even wait to tell you how Paul and I are celebrating Valentine’s Day. Hint: costumes will be involved. And Paul’s may be fancier than mine. That’s all I’m going to say for now.

I’ve had a ball creating Valentine’s Day projects for you. I love Valentine’s Day. I think it must be the warm color palette. Or love or something. I made this ombre garland for a couple of workshops that I gave this week. Stay tuned for more details about them.

Happy day!

photography by Trisha Zemp

DIY + holiday + Party + Projects + valentine's day / Thursday, 13 Feb 2014

Valentine’s Day planner

Valentine's Day ideas
If you’re anything like me, you need someone to spell out what the expectations are very certain events. And if you’re also like me, you don’t consider the day before last minute. You don’t even consider the day of last minute. You’re just doing things as they come and the day of…well…it’s here and now it’s time to get ‘er done. Thing is, you still want to do a good job and show people that you care so you race against the clock doing a meticulous job with what little you have and you tell yourself “I’m just doing the best I can.” Because you really are.
So, I have spelled it out for you. 
Here’s how Valentine’s Day will go. Because I’m assuming you have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ELSE TO DO. Right? No? Ok, pick and choose or just write a nice letter and print it off. Thing is, that’s still great. 
  1. You’ve gotten some honeycomb diamonds in your party stash maybe? Turn it into a heart once everyone has gone to bed. I LOVE surprises and love nothing more than to wake up to something festive. It creates a magic in the air. Hopefully your local party supply has a stash of these. Honeycomb heart installation by Melanie from You Are My Fave for Julep
  2. Breakfast in bed with conversation heart donuts. Because everyone loves donuts and love. By Kelly of Studio DIY
  3. Arrow and heart oversized balloons. Again, I like me a surprise. Put this outside the door right before everyone leaves. You know you’ll get a few squeals. Heart balloons by Kelly of Studio DIY.
  4. Remember those neighbors or school kids who NEED a Valentine? There is no time to make something crazy from Pinterest but there IS time to print something off and fold them. Origami hearts from You are my fave
  5. Again, there’s not time to get fancy so print off these floral/French Valentines to your loved ones. Printable valentines on Camille Styles
  6. WAIT! You need to wrap the gift you got! Do it fast and with simple paint and X’s and O’s. XOXO gift wrap from Sugar and Cloth
  7. We all know flowers are expected. But don’t try and order from someone fancy. There’s no time. Pick up some roses from the grocery store and put each one in a different vase. 
  8. Guys. I’m NOT a cook. I would NEVER attempt this, but I would think about doing it until I realized I would NEVER do this. Look how yummy and color appropriate it is. Sigh. Ricotta and Sage filled beat ravioli from Sunday Suppers.
  9. I wouldn’t even attempt this although in some alternate universe maybe. Ashley’s dark chocolate pot de cremes. MmmmmmMMMMMMmmmmm. From Sugar and Cloth.
I once had a friend tell me that instead of being disappointed in her expectations not being met for a birthday or other meaningful holiday, she made sure to tell her husband in advance what she wanted. I have a hard time doing this (because can’t they read our minds?!?!) but please pass this onto your significant other for some ideas. Clearly, not all of them (unless he’s really needing to score some points). 

DIY + holiday + Party + Projects + valentine's day / Friday, 7 Feb 2014

Valentine’s Day party heart straws & stirrers

Valentine's Day party
make a heart stirrer for Valentine's Day party
make a heart stirrer for Valentine's Day
beautiful photography by Trisha Zemp 

When I latch onto an idea I kind of exploit it to its fullest. Exhibit H: Valentine’s Day straws and stirrers. Last week I took the idea of the heart links that’s been floating around the web and then I made it huge and added bows in it. This time I miniaturized it and thought they’d be adorable on straws or a stirrer. Add on a cupid’s area and I die of cuteness. PLUS, it’s SUPER easy and shouldn’t take you much time at all. BINGO.
valentine's day

Materials: pink or red paper, black paper, scissors, hole puncher for the straws, mini hole puncher for the skewers, straws, skewers, glue

Step 1: Cut out strips for the hearts out of your red or pink paper. I made mine about 5″ long and 1/2″ wide.
Step 2: Fold the strip in half to form a V.
Step 3: Glue the end of one strip.
Step 4: Wrap it around to form a heart and secure together.
Step 5: Hole punch one end of the heart closer to the bottom.
Step 6: Hole punch the other side closer to the top. The top one you will want to give it a slightly larger hole so punch it about 1 1/2 times. This will make it so the heart is not distorted.
Step 7: If you’re just making the straws you’re done! But if you’re making stirrers cut out a tip for the arrow out of black and little strips for the ends of the arrow.
Step 8: Glue the black parts onto the skewers.
Step 9: Trim off the ends of the arrows so they are even.

Donzo!

make a heart straw
heart projects
valentine's day party ideas
Valentine's Day party ideas

 Stay tuned for a whole week of quick and easy Valentine’s Day projects starting on Monday!

christmas + collaborations + DIY + gift wrapping + holiday + paper + Party + Projects / Thursday, 21 Nov 2013

5 gift topper ideas

photography by Trisha Zemp

I’ve been wanting to collaborate with my talented friend Kate Zaremba for while now (I wrote about her work ages ago–she did textile designs for Rachel Antonoff)–and finally the time is here! Kate recently launched her illustration company where she does adorable prints, wallpaper, gift wrap, cards and custom illustrations. She was kind enough to supply me with some of her brand new gift wrap and I made 5 simple gift toppers for them with all the instructions below. PLUS, we’re doing an Instagram contest where she’ll make an original design based off of YOUR inspiration. Just post a pic of your inspiration, tag it with #giftwrapinspirationcontest and follow @kathrynzaremba. The winner will be selected, Kate will design some gift wrap, and you’ll receive it as a gift. FUN huh?! Head on over to instagram for more info. Contest ends Monday, November 25th.

In the mean time, let’s make some gift toppers for her gift wrap! I made 5 of them: a perfect bow (based one one I’ve been spotting around blog town lately but can’t seem to find an original source for), holly and berries, paper pom, the pendant, the forest. Aren’t they cute? They’re so simple to make and would be easy for any holiday gift. 
For some really lame drawings that I did to show how to make them all, read full instructions below. 

I hope these drawings are sufficient. It’s more of an experiment. I can’t draw super well with my tablet so they are super childish, but hopefully they do the job. 
One thing for the bow, I sprayed two pieces of her gift wrap together so that it would be firmer. 
With the pendant, I sprayed two pieces of her paper front to back so that it would be firmer.