All posts filed under: Celebrate.

rainbow.

I made a rainbow arch! It was so fun to put together and so sad to take apart. 😂 On my last pop-up day at Mischief I threw a free crafty party and thought some colorful decor at the entrance would attract passersby. Surprisingly (or maybe not surprisingly) I already had all the colors in my honeycomb and fan stash from previous events. I didn’t realize I owned so many until I made the arch. 😎 To assemble, I sorted my decor in rainbow order and attached the largest pieces first, starting from the center of the arch and working my way to the sides of the arch, filling in with the smaller honeycombs. All of the pieces are attached with zip ties. Here I am from across the way. And then I “made” people take photos in front of it! This needs to be a permanent installation somewhere…maybe in my future craft studio? 🙌🏼  

psl.

Next up in the throw-your-coworker-a-party vault: Laura’s Bon Voyage! And when your coworker’s last day of work occurs during pumpkin season you throw a PSL party! Yessss. Traditionally, PSL stands for “Pumpkin Spice Latte,” but for this party it also stood for “Please Stay, Laura.” (Yaa??) I decided to decorate  with some of the Lady of Honor’s favorite things: rose gold lovelies (letter balloons!), Rifle Paper co prints (wrapping paper as wall art!), and dinosaurs (novelty toys for the win!). We even went on a fallen branch/twig expedition around campus to collect some leafy decor. Plus pumpkins, because it’s a pumpkin spice party. We took PSL drink orders and pitched in for snacks. It was my first time having a PSL. I went the iced, half sweetened, soy milk, no whip route. I can’t say it’s a favorite drink, but it sure makes for a great party theme! And for snacks, Trader Joe’s had all the pumpkin spice things. All. of. them. I thought I was going overboard with all the pumpkin treats, but can …

this is how we fiesta.

Everyone loves a taco party! Dinner al fresco lives on in my God-sister’s backyard to celebrate her birthday! We set the table with legit plates, napkin rings (cause we fancy), and desserts…lots of desserts. For our centerpieces we put together tiny vases of chamomile flowers, faux candles, and mini piñatas filled with more sweet treats. For our taco bar we picked up meat from Mi Tierra in Berkeley, and grilled up some vegetables. We had homemade salsas, guacamole, and aguas frescas, and all the taco fixin’s. And it wouldn’t be a fiesta without some honeycombs and photoprops. Group selfie with giant taco! Happy Birthday, my sister from another mister! How do you backyard bash? Share your party secrets below.

find your center(piece).

As part of golden anniversary decor, my parents requested that I incorporate their party favors into the centerpiece arrangements. Challenge accepted! My parents have an awesome garden. Not only is it filled with a bounty of fruits and vegetables, they’ve got a pretty great succulent collection as well. They decided they wanted to give succulent planters away as their party favors. My Dad made a mix of soil, perlite, and rocks, and they planted a succulent snipping for each of their guests. They cared for the baby succulents for two months prior to the party so the plants could grow into their new pots. I ordered business cards from Moo and used them as favor tags. Like our desert plant love pun? “I will never desert you.” (Yea, you like it.) The tags shimmered with gold foil, as did the twine. There were eight tables to be decorated. My sister, niece, and I brainstormed for weeks and we finally decided on using round mirrors to bring all the centerpiece elements together. We stacked smaller mirrors and …

liquid gold.

A table number how-to! I used these for my parent’s golden anniversary celebration. Now I want to put liquid gold on everything! 1. Cut paper to size. I used watercolor paper because I like the weight and texture, and cut sheets into 3in by 4in pieces using a paper trimmer. 2. Paint on liquid gold. In a well-ventilated area (seriously, this stuff smells like spray paint), brush on liquid gold to your hearts desire. It’s best to keep the liquid gold away from area you want to write on — the pen ink will fade into the gold a bit. Allow to dry for a few minutes and paint the other side. The paint dries quickly, but I would let these air out overnight or longer. 3. Write table numbers. Black permanent marker works nicely, but be careful not to apply too many layers because it may bleed through. Smooth out the edges of your numbers with a thin black marker. 4. Display. For my parent’s party, I used escort card holders as table number …

golden anniversary.

My parents recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary! To commemorate this milestone occasion, we threw a little party. Per unspoken protocol I was in charge of some of the details! Here’s a look at the welcome table. Framed Photos We printed and framed a few ‘through the years’ photos to display. Guests loved these. Here’s a snap of one of my all time favorite photos of my parents circa 1965 when they were still in the ‘courting’ phase of their relationship. Guestbook We knew we wanted to have a guestbook for friends and family to sign. My sister found this accordion journal in her crafty stash. We thought it’d be perfect for multiple people to sign at once. The guestbook sign read: “Please write us a note about what LOVE means to YOU.” I was hoping that guests would subliminally read “LOVE YOU.” 😉 Plus we had pens in all the colors so guests could write and draw in all the colors of love. Escort Cards For escort cards, I used watercolor paper cut to …

donut worry.

Next up in work parties: a baby shower donut bar celebration! We picked up plain and sugar donuts, plus donut holes. No need to make fancy glazes; we shopped the ice cream topping section for ideas. Caramels and hot fudge work well; also, crushed nuts, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, crumbled cookies, and sprinkles. We also served cold brew coffee and iced masala chai with a few milk varietals to wash down the sweets. The coworkers got to creating their one-of-a-kind donuts! Of course we needed appropriate signage and decor as well. We put up a “Donut worry, Sam” sign for the dad-to-be, plus creepy baby photos; and scattered large paper sprinkles on the table. And we can’t forget the cute baby gear presents! Enter butt paste and nasal aspirator! My work party crew and I are getting really good at this social event planning thing. Looking forward to planning our next celebration!