a honeycomb baby shower

I threw a baby shower this last weekend and it was such joy! We themed the celebration around welcoming Erin’s new hunny and filled the space with honeycomb inspired decor and honey infused food. I happened upon the thought of using chicken wire as honeycomb and bought a big package of it. After the shower I was so inspired by the (new to me) material. I will be sharing fun chicken wire DIY projects this week. I could not resist creating them!

Spray painted yellow the chicken wire adorned the shower table as a runner and popped up as vases throughout the room. The vases are so easy to make. You simply cut out a section of the wire and roll it together. Be sure to wear gloves when working with it to avoid cuts. It is sharp!

Chalked honeycomb onto the wall was the perfect backdrop and I and served goodies like honey sea-salt popcorn and honey apricot cookies. I gave out local honey with wooden dippers for the favors and a package of mint green honeycombs hung organically from the light fixture. The room was already home to a large grey painted tree (LOVE!), it fit in perfectly and yellow frames awaiting the newest hunny added a note of expectant charm.

Posted July 31, 2012 10 Comments
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relaxed shower at home

Every so often I will see a photo and something inside me exclaims… Yes, that is it. That is the look! The authentic look of good design and sweet crafted details combined in a natural, non fussy way. A look that is both beautifully pulled together and relaxed; allowing the space, the relationships and the light stand out.

This gorgeous home baby shower thrown for Alarna Zinn owner of Little Jane St. and photographed by Ashley Oostdyck is a perfect example of a such a celebration. I just love it!

Photography by Ashley Oostdyck.

Posted May 23, 2012 18 Comments
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floral garden party

With spring having officially “sprung,” my entertaining philosophy has shifted completely to outdoor gatherings that celebrate blooming flowers and sunshine on bare shoulders. What better way to embrace the season’s bounty that by hosting a garden party, complete with loads of colorful vegetables (preferably picked straight from the garden!), a refreshing citrus cocktail and delicate blooms arranged haphazardly in vintage containers?

Here are five tips for hosting a perfect garden party:

1. Serve a simple menu of light bites that can be served at room temperature. This frees up the hostess from rushing back and forth to the kitchen so she can actually enjoy the party with her guests!

Greet guests as they arrive with vodka-spiked rosemary lemonade. Combine 1 part vodka to 2 parts fresh-squeezed lemonade, garnish with a long sprig of rosemary and serve simply in a mason jar tied with colorful ribbon.

2. Create a feast for the senses by moving a long table outside and layering it with details in shades of white and green. Start with a long white linen that falls to the floor, then top with a botanical runner made by cutting 3 yards of gorgeous upholstery straight from the bolt (no need to hem!).

Pretty white plates with linen napkins or rustic dishtowels make lovely place settings, especially when topped by seed packet favor bags bearing guests’ names. (For these, we were inspired by Chelsea’s tea party favors and made a few garden party-worthy tweaks!).

3. Ash from The Byrd Collective created the stunning centerpiece using poppies, daffodils, cabbage, geranium leaves and other interesting foliage. Think outside the vase and get creative with vessels; these blooms would look gorgeous displayed in mason jars, vintage medicine bottles, terra cotta pots, watering cans or drink pitchers. And not to worry if your flowers look less than “perfect”…these arrangements should appear as though they’re wild and growing straight from the garden!

4. For a fun activity, ask guests to bring a favorite flower or gardening book for a book swap! Each guest introduces her book during the meal, and afterwards everyone gets to choose the book they’d like to take home with them.

5. For favors put together “gardening kit” to encourage post-party green thumbs! Line a terra cotta pot with kraft paper, then fill with springtime bulbs, pretty gardening gloves and pruning shears. It’s such a sweet way for guests to remember a lovely day surrounded by food, flowers and friends!

Editorial Styling and photography by Camille Styles.

Posted April 18, 2012 1 Comment
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baby shower firsts

A sweet idea to start your week (happy Monday!). This baby shower print is a collection of each guest’s hopes of firsts for the baby boy. Everyone was asked to jot down what they were most excited for baby to experience in this life- a first baseball game, a McDonald’s french fry, a ride on the D train etc. How incredibly sweet is that! The mom says she just poured over it and felt so much love for her soon coming baby.

Photo from The Indigo Bunting.


Posted August 15, 2011 9 Comments
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feather her nest…

Hosting a modern day feathered brunch is a fresh way to celebrate with an almost married Mrs. or an about to pop mom. Forgo the frilly feather look and take a modern spin on the idea. Incorporate bright colors, a simple design and a few quirky elements for a relaxed and pretty celebration.

This shower was originally designed for the first issue of Styled. magazine. I couldn’t help but share a few of my favorite extra photos with you here…

The entire concept was based on the pretty set of vintage Dixie cups. They scream bright and beautiful celebration to me. We filled them with bubbly. I love including traditional elements like the serving of champagne in a jovial way for informal parties. We served dime sized pancakes topped with my husbands most perfect preserve mix (I eat it often!) and finished off the design with table bowling.

Bright table games, like bowling, are perfect for showers, where there is often a lot of time spent sitting around chatting. Buy a similar set or adjust the directions on this easy bowling tutorial to fit your celebration, lose the elf hats and paint your pins in solid bright colors for a modern look.

Want to see more of these bright photos? Read the story in Styled., or see the entire photo gallery. Photography by Jackie Wonders.



Posted May 19, 2011 4 Comments
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Handcrafted party, sew thoughtful

I remember very clearly when the “nesting instinct” kicked in with the twins. I still have a large bin of fabric that was hastily bought in a mad dash to sew at 32 weeks pregnant.

In honor of all those crazy pregnant instincts this sweet sewing shower styled by Casey is a great celebration to end our week together on.

Cheerful fabric bunting, adorable cupcake flags & a pretty fabric corsage are just a few of the details lovingly sewn together for this very lucky mom-to-be.


Posted October 01, 2010 4 Comments
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