September 25th, 2012 |

DIY Leaf Silhouettes Place Cards

It is with great pleasure that I welcome our newest contributor to the blog, Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio!  Vana has been a good friend and supporter/contributor of the Magazine since the beginning and we are thrilled to now have her hear on the blog on a regular basis.

Professionally trained as an architect, Vana Chupp has always been artistically inspired by the sweet and simple moments in life. Her craft was born with the birth of her beautiful boy Nikolas. Documenting her son’s milestones by cleverly capturing his personality, emotion, playfulness and essence, she began using silhouettes to tell her own life story. When she isn’t creating and running Le Papier Studio, you will find Vana sharing her story on balancing motherhood and running a small business on her blog.

I hope you will all give Vana a huge, warm welcome….and I know you are going to LOVE her first DIY project!  Happy crafting!

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When it comes to silhouettes, I always love finding new ways to put them to use. This DIY project is no different! This past weekend while taking a walk with my family, I couldn’t help but notice all the wonderful colors. Midwest is magnificent in the Fall! It’s probably one of the reasons I decided to make it my home.

For this project you will need only a few things: your favorite leaves (gather up a variety of colors), your favorite pictures (profiles would be preferable), a marker, x-Acto knife or a pair of small scissors.

Before you begin, place your leaves underneath some heavy books so they flatten out before you proceed to work with them.

Step 1. Start marking the outline on each profile.

Step 2. Proceed by cutting each template with x-Acto knife or scissors.

Step 3. Next, start outlining the shape of the template onto the leaf.

Step 4. Cut out the silhouette.

I love mixing different color leaves. It makes for a nice variety.

With a thin tip marker, write the names of each guest on each leaf silhouette. Aren’t these darling?

Have you ever used leaves as part of your craft? If so, I would love to hear how you used them.

You can check out more fun DIY ideas on my blog.

September 19th, 2012 |

Pottery Barn Entertaining Tips

The transition between the end of summer and the start of fall is a favorite time of year. The weather is usually mild and there is an abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables. This makes for a great time to host a casual gathering for friends and family. We partnered up with one of our favorite entertaining resources, Pottery Barn, to bring you some of their tried and true tips for entertaining this fall. Instead of stressing over a large meal at the table, try for a more casual setup with a Spanish-inspired tapas feast and a sangria tasting party. Small plates and quick refills make this a theme that is easy on the host and allows the guests to easily mingle and relax.

Keep the Sangria Flowing

Dispensers full of sangria, such as the Blacksmith Sangria Tub & Ladle, allow guests to serve themselves and are decorative on their own. Make a batch of red or white sangria and fill with colorful chopped and sliced seasonal fruits like oranges, lemons, nectarines and melons. For white sangria, you can use a white wine base, add a slash of sparkling wine for a bit of effervescent fun.

Layer Your Table with Color

One easy way to add depth to any table is to use a crisp white table linen, layer on a festive table runner, such as the Vallarta Stripe Table Runner, and top with classic white dinner plates. Then, serve your tapas in a colorful collection of oval and round platters and assorted size snack bowls from Pottery Barn’s Colorful Tapas Collection (new this fall).

Accessorize with Flowers

Set up a buffet table for food and drinks, and accent it with small bunches of jewel-tone colored flowers. This will match with the colors of the sangria!  Use a pitcher for drinks or to hold your flowers!

A big thanks to Pottery Barn for sharing these ideas! For more Fall entertaining ideas, read the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine:

order a printed copy   |   download the ipad app   |   read the digital issue

 

 

 

September 5th, 2012 |

DIY Pencil Centerpiece

There is something so charming about a fresh pack of #2 pencils.  Even as an adult, I get excited when the aisles at Target get stocked up with fresh school supplies.  (Don’t think for a second some of them don’t make their way into my cart.  Office supplies, right?!)  We put together this darling centerpiece using a pack of pencils, a piece of ribbon, a rubberband and a basic vase.  It took under 5 minutes to create and really is SO simple to do.  Here’s how:

Incredibly simple, right?  And perfect for a back-to-school party, family dinner or as a gift for a new teacher!

For more Fall entertaining ideas, read the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine:

order a printed copy   |   download the ipad app   |   read the digital issue 

August 6th, 2012 |

Statement Centerpiece

Do you have a large dining room table and have difficulty finding a centerpiece that takes up enough space to make a statement?  This farmhouse trough is a perfect fix!  Lovely for a party, the flowers can be easily swapped out to coordinate with any color palette.  Happy Monday, Everyone!

Image via Laurie Anna’s Vintage Home

July 30th, 2012 |

The Classic Monogram

On this Monday morning, as I stare at my never-ending to-do list, I am completely inspired by these colorful monogrammed napkins (found via A Touch of Lace).  Always a fan of a classic monogram, I love how they look updated with their bold colors.  I think they would make a charming addition to my summer dinner table, and would make a fabulous gift as well!

How do you infuse monograms into your home or parties?

July 3rd, 2012 |

Lobster Towel Giveaway!

Get fired up for the fourth with these seaside inspired dish linens.  One of our go-to shops for fabulous linens, Pioneer Linens, is giving one lucky Facebook Fan a set of darling red & white dish towels by Dermond Peterson. All that’s missing is something blue.. and YOU! So fire up the grill, grab a cocktail and enter here for your chance to win! You have until July 3rd to enter. One Facebook Fan will be randomly selected on July 4th. {Grill not included.}

Good luck and don’t forget to tell your friends!

June 19th, 2012 |

Fun in the Sun: Everyday Party Ideas

Summer is the perfect time to get outside with your Littles and celebrate! Make everyday a party with items you have at home. Forget the party store when you have DIY projects that are easy as 1, 2, 3!  Here are a few ideas I put together for the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine:

Idea #1: Spruce up your table by planting flowers in a watermelon

Idea #2: Make flower straws with candy and flattened cupcake wrappers

Idea #3: Make your own mini-candy bar with colorful candy cups

Idea #4: Serve seasonal flavored cupcakes on colorful mini pedestals, Georgetown Cupcake recommends Berry Lemon and Banana Split

Idea #5: Decorate your tables with paper lanterns

Photography by Kim Flores of Whimsy Baby Photography

Resources:

Martha Stewart Crafts, Mini Cupcake Wrappers and Regular Cupcake Wrappers | JoAnn Fabrics

Polka Dot + Stripe Candy Cups, Striped Paper Straws, Paper Lanterns | The TomKat Studio Shop

Pink Cupcake Stand | The Papered Nest

Cupcakes | Georgetown Cupcakes


 

May 30th, 2012 |

Monogram Your Event

You all know my life-long obsession with a good monogram.  I love a clean, crisp initial or 3-letter monogram on just about anything!  Do you remember the bridal shower I styled recently where we focused on updating the classic monogram for a bright party full of graphic, preppy patterns?

Today, I am sharing a few ideas of how to incorporate this classic look into your modern lifestyle and events.  First up is this carved out wood plaque from Southern Proper Monograms (image via Holly Mathis Interiors).  I have ordered a couple of these now for events, and whether used to welcome guests from the front door, or hanging in a window like this bridal shower, it adds a lovely, personal touch.  I just ordered one for myself to hang in my family room.  The good news?  It comes natural wood, as shown above, and is incredibly easy to paint!

Incorporating initials or a monogram into your table linens and sweets for a classic look.  These images above (via) are a great example of a clean look that looks updated for a wedding, bridal shower, etc. Another way to update your table or home is to stencil a monogram onto a vase.  Using craft paint, you can apply it to glass, melamine or a birch vase (as shown below from etsy.com).

May 23rd, 2012 |

{Decorate} Memorial Day

With a whirlwind of activity over here this last month (lots of parties, finalizing the summer magazine to launch soon, and a trip to NYC for the National Stationery Show), I am SO looking forward to Memorial Day weekend.  For us, it typically means bbq, working in the garden, hanging out with friends and family, and just a slower pace of our everyday life.

Whether our weekend events will be big or small, let’s face it…..I’m a girl that LOVES to decorate.  I’m always looking to update my holiday decorations from year to year, and I found two patriotic ideas that would be fabulous to create now, and then re-use for the 4th of July.

First up, a patriotic swag made out of different patterned fabric.  You can find the full instructions on Country Home.  These would be darling hanging across a fence or above a window!

Second, I came across this yarn-wrapped wreath on Pinterest.  (Do you “pin?” Come join us!) What a fabulous idea!  Red, white and blue yarn – wrapped around a styrofoam wreath form – add a couple of buttons for the “stars.”  I love the BIG, graphic impact this has, and it’s so simple to make.

Happy Crafting!

April 18th, 2012 |

Be Inspired: Iris Centerpiece

Iris Centerpiece

Sharnel Dollar inspired us with two amazing centerpiece ideas in the last issue of TPD Magazine to celebrate Spring.  Today we are featuring her tips for re-creating this luscious, white iris centerpiece.  I think this would be perfect for a Mother’s Day celebration, don’t you?

Supplies

Your favorite spring bloom en mass  |  Long rectangular vessel  |  Florist foam  |  Scissors  |  Sharp knife

Directions & Tips

Cut the floral foam to fit inside your planter or vase. Trim stems and arrange in florist foam. The longer stems in the center of the planter then work your way to the outer edges by shortening the length of the stems.

Once you are happy with your arrangement, give it a good water and place on your entry table for all to enjoy.

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