Etsy Gift Guide 2013: The Hostess
Say “Thanks for having me!” in style. With parties big and small, a hostess gift is always well recieved…especially if it has a little bling!
More ideas from last year’s list here.
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you might know that Halloween is my mother-bleeping favorite thing. Ever. Costumes, crafts, creeps and candy? I’ll be down for all of that until I die (and maybe even in the afterlife).
As we roll into October and Jordan and I begin preparations for our annual pumpkin carving party, I decided to look at the photos from last year…only to realize they never made it from my desktop to the blogosphere! So—much delayed—here are a few of my faves to get you in the October spirit.
I’ll be pulling out the famous glitter graves again this year to welcome my favorite guys and ghouls. And apparently cleaning my desktop folders before then.
For more Halloween fun, check out last year’s Pumpkin Party invite.
My good friend Tara hosted a paint fight in the park for her birthday this past weekend. It was an extremely fun and messy way to spend a Saturday, and I am still harvesting the green and pink out of my ears.
In keeping with the theme, I decided to paint white wrapping paper for Tara’s present. The boyfriend and I ended up sprawled out in his studio in our own neon paint party the night before, he unable to resist “helping” (playing?) and me struggling to make abstract swashes— something my ordered, perfectionist brain had a hard time embracing.
NYE 2012: The Lost Album
Sadé and I had intended to make a stopmotion film of last New Years using the many, many photos we shot. After the festivities I dumped the files in a folder and never really got around to editing, or even looking at them. I just opened that folder tonight and laughed really hard through 400 photos of a night that apparently was much livelier than I originally thought.
Stren’s Summer Birthday BBQ | Photos by Jazmin Jones
Threw a laid back party in the SF Mission sun for my favorite guy this past weekend.
A few highlights: Old pop crates filled with succulents. His favorite colors: neon orange and grey. Burlap and jute rope. Spiked raspberry lemonade. Good friends. Pigs as paper weights. Stripey straws. Café lights and oversized balloons. Warm dusk and day-after picnics of leftovers.
Thanks to everyone who made it out and helped put this party together!
Happiest birthday darling, xoxo.
Not only is Emily the cutest pregnant woman ever (check those neon nails, statement jewelry and the sweet lace dress), her friends threw her the most stylishly delightful fête in anticipation of her new bambino. I was lucky enough to grab some snaps of the festivities…and down my weight in baked brie and champagne in the process.
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for a backyard luncheon peppered with bright flowers, rustic handmade touches, and good friends. Jordan even made a monstrous chocolate cake with a second layer of brownie.
The afternoon was a delight—good job party prep team! And many congratulations to Emily. There is a lucky baby coming into this world!
Do you have any ideas for cute Valentines Day decorations?
I don’t usually decorate too much for Valentine’s Day, which is interesting since the color palette is so naturally appealing to me. I tend to stay in the realm of cards and baked goods. With decor, I think it depends what sort of setting you’d like: a tête-à-tête with your one and only? A tea party for your best girlfriends? Just a little dazzle for yourself? That being said, here are some of my favorite picks from around the web…
I have been head over heels about Geronimo for a few months now, and I knew they’d do something amazing for Valentine’s day. Like Confetti System, their gorgeous couture-style party supplies are out of my price range, but seem like a really awesome project for a committed DIY-er. I’ve been deciding when I want to tackle them. Large balloons can be found online and at party stores. Add strips of fabric, paper honeycomb balls, mylar fringe, pom-poms, and other fun items to the tails and you’ve got a hit!
Garland, Garland, Garland
Garlands are essential for any celebration. As they are easy to make and affordable to purchase, I may eventually end up living with hanging bits up year-round. For these festive pieces look at: one, two, three.
You know I love a paper straw, and these captured my heart when I stumbled upon them a while ago. Olivia of A Field Journal really took it up a notch with these vintage-inspired scrap pieces. For more pictures and printables go here. Add a pretty pink bottle of soda and sip away.
From girly-girl whimsy to intimately romantic, there’s a ton to be done here. This is where you can get sucked into wedding blogs for hours at a time. The Knotty Bride showed off a gorgeous Marie Antoinette-worthy table, and there’s more paper-lantern fun from A Field Journal.
All of the Flowers
All of them. No such thing as too many. I have a predilection for the softness of peonies and renunculas, but have a field day with whatever you like! Fill bud vases, vintage tins, mason jars, teacups, and hurricane glasses. Put them on cupcakes, in drinks, in your hair, or on your lapel. Make them from paper or fabric or paint!
I hope your Valentine’s day is lovely. There is an abundance of love in this world–-not just the romantic kind. Celebrate your many loves with abandon and eat a few sweet treats for me! You can check out more of my finds and ideas on my Valentine’s Pinterest board.
Pretty enamored with these new party shoes.
We filled a room at the Hotel des Arts downtown with confetti, color, champagne, and friends. Each room at the hotel is decorated by a different artist, and we stayed in an awesome suite painted by Shepard Fairy and Tricia Choi…which meant really cool floor-to-ceiling Obey wheat pastings and crazy color explosions. Multicolored crepe streamers composed a rainbow wall, giant balloons and mylar stars floated about, and we toasted until the bottles were empty.
Some of us continued the climb up Nob Hill to a masquerade party, where we rang in 2012 under colored balloon ribbons, pizza and ostrich feathers. It was a lovely way to send off 2011, and I’m excited to see what adventures the new year will bring.
Mad Men Holiday Party
Mad Men Holiday Party
I have been dreaming of attending a Mad Men party since I started watching the show in its second season. A vintage fiend with a soft spot for themed events, it seemed the ultimate cocktail party option. Emily and her husband Tony fulfilled all of my dreams this weekend, filling their new Presidio home with friends and sixties charm for a Holiday soiree. Emily is the consummate hostess, recalling the well-mannered and impeccably groomed housewives of another era. Even perched inconspicuously on a chair in the corner she is all grace poise.
Every detail was perfect: candy cigarettes laid out wrapped in Lucky Strike wrappers, elegant china and polka dot napkins, a table of delicious old-style nibbles, a meticulously curated playlist of vintage holiday tunes, a cocktail bar stocked with soda-pop in glass bottles and all the makings for mixing Old Fashioneds.
Everyone dressed in theme with skirts and skinny ties. Lit by the warm glow of candles and the Christmas tree we pretended to elegantly smoke, continued to actually drink (albeit less elegantly), referenced fake accounts, and carried on into the wee hours of the morning. As far as holiday parties go, it was truly magical. Don Draper couldn’t have asked for more.
Betty Draper can invite Betty Crocker over and they can both eat their hearts out.
I didn’t even know making a sixties jello mold was a skill I wanted to be good at.
Pumpkin Party Part Two
Pumpkin Party Part One
This is by far one of my favorite parties ever. It combines all of my favorite things: pizza, crafts, friends, decorating and Halloween! So much fun. People were carving in every inch of Jordan’s house. We had a ton of pumpkin beer, glitter and guts flying all over, a fully-stocked craft bar, good knives, bad knives, knives that broke and an award ceremony with paper prize ribbons.