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DIY + Party + Projects / Thursday, 22 Jun 2017

Midsummer Pole Cake Topper

Midsummer Pole cake TopperDid you know yesterday was Summer Solstice? Also commonly referred to as Midsummer, this day marks the longest day of the year. Every day from now on out becomes shorter until winter solstice in December. For those of us in the United States, this doesn’t seem that big of a deal. However, in Scandinavia, Midsummer celebrations rival Christmas in their magnitude! Given Scandinavia’s long, dark winters, it’s no wonder they want to celebrate a day commemorating endless light, sunshine, flowers, and warm weather. In Sweden, the celebration is centered on a large maypole, or midsummer pole, made of greenery and flowers. People sing and dance around the maypole, make flower crowns, grill and party all day and night long. It is a holiday to glorify all the best parts of summer!

Midsummer Pole cake Topper

In the past, we’ve thrown our own midsummer parties and they are pure magic! This weekend is Midsummer, so to celebrate on a much smaller scale, we’ve created a midsummer pole cake topper! It may not be as grand as the celebrations in Sweden, but we’d encourage you to make it as a reminder to enjoy every ounce of summer this weekend! Glad Midsommar!

See how to make your own midsummer pole cake topper!

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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 😉 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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Lars' (play)List + Life + Music + Party + summer / Friday, 11 Jul 2014

A Midsummer Playlist

A Midsummer Playlist. A blend of gypsy jazz and modern romantic tunes.
A Midsummer Playlist. A blend of gypsy jazz and modern romantic tunes.
I asked Melissa Leavitt if she would create a playlist for the A Midsummer Mingle–she always plays the right tunes for events–and she came up with the perfect playlist for the evening intermixed with Red Rock Hot Club, the awesome band we hired. It’s a sweet mix of French gypsy jazz and modern romantic tunes. Download it above or play it by clicking below. 
Enjoy some tunes from the event! And stay tuned for the July playlist next week!

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