road trip party

For my thirtieth birthday my best friend planned a girls getaway. We jumped in the car and a group of us drove through wine country drinking, laughing and picnicking. I will never forget that weekend and how great it felt to drive and celebrate with my dearest friends. Whether you are planning a birthday, shower or bachelorette party- taking to the road is a fabulous way to celebrate together. And a great way to close out this top-down kind of summer we’ve had.

To host a great road trip party here are a few things to keep in mind. Have a starting plan and an ending destination, but don’t cling to the map or schedule too closely.

Some of the best experiences can be found as you stop and detour on the roads less traveled. Like stopping to make an impromptu wild flower bouquet or scouring a gorgeous small town vintage store that you’ve never heard of before.

Be sure to bring a large picnic blanket, snacks and drinks to share. Find a few restaurants along the route but don’t make reservations incase you find something more appealing on the way. Definitely bring a camera! Rent one if you don’t own a nice one and snap photos throughout the trip. Your guests will love the gorgeous light of the open road and the relaxed smiles you’ll capture as the day wears on.

Gorgeous lifestyle photography by Athena. Thanks to Karine France Matsumoto for styling, Laura and Jordann Aguon for hair and makeup, and the beautiful Sharon, Gayla and Natassja for posing it up along the road.

Posted August 15, 2012 9 Comments
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legit birthday crown

A gorgeous handmade party crown to start the week. Gold and flowers are definitely prettier than cardboard for a good friend’s birthday. Made by Fay Andrada.

Posted April 30, 2012 6 Comments
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a plant conservatory picnic

I had a special desire for a birthday picnic this year, something prompted a need for a sweet blanket spread with friends to celebrate turning thirty-one (which feels infinitely older than thirty!). Matt was gracious to not just plan one in the park, but to also take a couple days off so we could picnic this weekend at my favorite spot, here.

For today’s celebration, I am soaking up the inspiration from this gorgeous plant conservatory picnic that Janis and Micheal documented. Read more about it here.

Photography by My Suitcase Heart.

PS. How to make a picnic basket from a scarf.

Posted April 11, 2012 7 Comments
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a pinata to punch!

I have been very on board with the recent pinata trend in parties. Although, for little kid parties they can sometimes become a hazard. Flying candy and bigger guys swinging around sticks sure do make a mom nervous!

For the twin’s birthday this year I decided to design a pinata that you don’t need to swing at. A pinata you could punch. A punchata! It was a huge hit with the kids (they always love something new) and super easy to make.

To make the punchata first blow up a 36 inch balloon (do not use helium it will affect how well your paper stick to the balloon) instead use a large set of lungs or a pump! Hang the balloon upside down and cover with a thin layer of Modge Podge. Begin laying white packing tissue onto the balloon with thin layers of Modge Podge in between each layer. Aim for about 5 layers of tissue over the entire balloon. Let dry for 48 hours.

Once the pinata is completely dry, pop the balloon and slowly pull it out through a small hole in the tissue mache. Begin cutting small holes (about the size of a child’s fist) throughout the pinata, in different spots and on different levels. Cut circle pieces of a coordinating paper and use a small dab of glue to secure them over your holes from the inside of the pinata (use the top hole for easy access). Fill with candy, thread a string through the top and secure the top hole closed with a few more layers of tissue paper and glue.

Hang up to enjoy on party day and let each child have a turn punching in a hole for their candy prize!

Photos taken by Erin Holland for a subtle revelry.

PS. I am super excited to show you the twin’s complete birthday party in our next issue of Styled. Magazine coming out March 6th!

Posted February 16, 2012 12 Comments
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wrap it up | with glitter and bows

I’m taking advantage of the holiday weekend by showing a good friend around my new city. I wrapped up a present for her daughter’s birthday with a bit of glitter ribbon! It was really easy to make by coating ribbon with spray adhesive and sprinkling glitter right on top. The sparkle brings a nice touch of glam to go with the gift.

Hope your long weekend is filled with glitter and love.

PS. Other links to inspire you until Monday, a Thanksgiving picnic, adorable little notes, calligraphy stamps, a hair bow to wear anywhere this winter, pretty photo calendar, artwork from leaves, and a guide for getting rid of stains this party season!

Plus, in case you missed it, my favorite advent calendar and advent wreath (can you believe it is almost here!) more holiday goodness coming next week.

blessings.

Posted November 10, 2011 17 Comments
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wire table confetti

Curly cue confetti made from bright floral wire makes a seriously festive party statement. I designed this project to share at Kirtsy today along with other talented blog friends. See the entire slide-show of party crafts and find this specific tutorial. They will bring a bright and whimsical touch to your next birthday table.

PS. I made these spirals in large format for our thirtieth birthday (they are my favorite!).

blessings.

Posted November 02, 2011 7 Comments
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a birthday balloon bouquet

Looking for a fun way to celebrate a dear friend’s birthday? Send them a balloon bouquet made of sweet and kind sayings from their favorite people. I came up with this idea for a recent friend’s birthday and recreated it to photograph and share. It is an easy way to get everyone close to the birthday girl involved in wishing them the happiest!

I cannot think of a better present than the chance to open bundles of envelopes with kind words about my awesomeness included. Read below for the easy directions to create this sweet present.

To create the balloon bouquets you will need small envelopes with cards, balloons, stamps, and larger envelopes.

Start by compiling a list of all the name and addresses you would like to send the package to (a group of the birthday girls closest friends and family is great!). Address and stamp the larger envelopes to this group of people. Then pre-address and stamp each of the small envelopes with the birthday girls address. Put a tiny -do not open until- note on the back of each little envelope.

Next you will need to write out a note of instruction. I wrote mine right on the inside of the envelopes but you could easily include a paper note instead. Copy the little poem above (I won’t tell:) or right up your own directions to send.

The sending packages should each include a little envelope with card, instructions and a balloon! Be sure to send in plenty of time for family and friends to get these back in the mail. I would suggest about 2 weeks before the birthday.

That is all you need to give your favorite friend the most uplifting of birthday presents! The friends/families you send the package to should follow your instructions, write out kind/fun sayings and send off their balloons. As the envelopes come pouring in and the balloons are blown up, they will create a complete bouquet of encouraging words and sweet sentiments for the birthday girl.

Photography by The Prokopets Studio, special thanks to Candace for modeling!

blessings.

 

Posted September 13, 2011 36 Comments
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office confetti + letterpress giveaway

Update: Happenstance has been randomly chosen as our winner. Thanks for commenting everyone!

I was looking for a way to spruce up our birthday labels and was just giddy when I stumbled upon these colorful brads in the office section at Target. Punch through paper in a random pattern and they look just like confetti. Office confetti! Perfect for birthday invitations or perhaps even memos to the boss:)

The celebratory confetti was the perfect accompaniment to our home letterpressed birthday invitations, which I made using Lifestyle Crafts Epic letterpress/die-cut machine. They sent me one to try and one to give away to you! It produced pretty printed invites and was fun to use. If you’d like to win one of the machines + a sampling of great accessories, check out the many projects you could do and let me know in the comments which one you might attempt yourself.

Contest will be open until Sunday.

blessings.

 

Posted May 03, 2011 127 Comments
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