All posts tagged: Celebrate.

dinner al fresco: live oak park.

Being a craft lady has the extra perk of having all these tables and chairs to use for things like pop-up dinner parties in the park! I’ve been wanting to throw a pop-up dinner party (aka fancy picnic) for a while now. I don’t have a backyard so a park is the next best thing! For my first of, hopefully, many dinners al fresco to come, I set up at Live Oak Park in Berkeley. I particularly enjoy this park because there’s a lot of grassy areas, a lot of parking, and it is also the park where Hubs and I got married. The most difficult part of the whole event was finding a flat patch of land that wasn’t too muddy. Once we found a decent location we set up two tables, place settings for 12, and all the yummies. The Menu I wanted to serve foods that were not only packed with fresh ingredients and flavors, but that also sat well (outside) and could be made the night before (with little day-of prep). I …

coffee bar.

I bought golden letter balloons for my crafty business’ birthday photobooth to spell out FEED THE FISH CO and I’ve been waiting for an occasion to use them again, especially since I could scramble up the letters to spell COFFEE. Enter (or rather exit) my coworker’s two week notice. He loves coffee, we loves coffees, I have a coffee sign. A coffee party was meant to be! We picked up coffee from Catahoula Coffee; it came with cups, creamer, sugar, and stirrers (they use pasta!). We gathered coffee accoutrement, pastries, and treats from all over — the blueberry coffee cake was from La Farine, yum! I made rosemary simple syrup to share, and I’m getting good use out of my craft show display items since they double as party ware! Coffee bar essentials: Coffee – lots of cafes do coffee to go boxes and they can also provide hot water for tea Creamer, half & half, assorted milks Sugar, flavored syrups, chocolate drizzle Cinnamon, nutmeg Hot water, assorted teas Pastries, fruits, veggies Cups, plates, napkins, …

birthday craft party.

OMG let’s do this again! My craft biz turned five this past October so I threw a birthday craft party complete with craft stations, a photobooth, and so. much. cake. I might need to throw craft parties on the regular. There was so much excitement and craftiness to be had. Here’s a look back at the awesomeness. I held the party at Sticky Art Lab in Berkeley. My lovely friend Katy greeted all the guests. We’ve known each other since junior high and I’m sooooo happy she lives nearby again. All the guests got an FtF VIP name tag and indigo dyed tote bag filled with a craft pack, a special birthday edition soy candle by Lighten Up Shoppe, and a felt pennant or garland by yours truly. I set up a confetti crown station. There was confetti everywhere and it was magical. The decorate-your-own-banner station was a big hit, too. At the photobooth people asked “What app are you using?” Answer: camera. We got a fun clicker to use with our iPad so guests …

garland challenge part seven.

And here’s the rest of them – for a total of 366 garlands! I can’t take all the credit because the Hubby helped, too – remember the cheese garland? πŸ™‚ Catch parts one, two, three, four, five, and six, too. Which one is your favorite? I think mine is any garland with food. Yum!

balloon animal parade.

I’ve been a sick poop these last few days, but I learned a new skill whilst sipping tea and breathing in humidifier vapors. Ahhh… BALLOON ANIMALS! I found the Balloon Animal kit from the Oh Happy Day party shop. It comes with lots of balloons, a pump, animal ideas and how-tos, plus sticker eyes. I ended up making a giraffe, lion (my fave!), wiener dog, and fish. I’m now thinking I need to give these as Valentine’s greetings. Wouldn’t the lion be so cute with a tag that said “You’re a cool friend. I’m not LION. Happy Valentine’s Day.”? πŸ˜‰ Being sick is super lame, but this definitely cheered me up for a little bit. What are some of your sick day activities of choice? Share below!

garland challenge part six.

Oh, hello there. It’s been a while since I’ve posted, I know. Did you miss me? πŸ˜‰ 2017 has been rocky so far (my car was stolen on NYE!), but also filled with love and happiness (Hubby and I celebrated our ninth love anniversary on the 2nd AND bestie got married on the 7th!). So, I’m easing my way back into writing. Today, I’m sharing another edition of my 2016 garland challenge — a garland challenge within a challenge, if you will. For this challenge inception I wanted to feature a local business for each letter of the alphabet. Perhaps you’ll spot some familiar artisans. I’ll have to wait and see what 2017 has in store for me, but I’m predicting and am hopeful for lots and lots of colorful projects; spending time with loved ones and making new friends; and exploring new skills, places, and Β ideas. Happy New Year, everyone!

shop feature: pippa & co.

This is what craft heaven looks like. You walk into the store and you think you’ve crashed the most epically cute party ever. :::Trumpet noise::: Pippa & co! The store is filled with color and sparkle. Everywhere you look there’s something that makes you go “I should throw a party so I can buy this.” I could easily spend a few hours looking at each item in the shop and imagining all the fun events I could decorate. They’ve the best collection of honeycomb decor I’ve seen. And if you love pastels and shimmer, they’ve got all the things for you. The balloon bar is pretty exciting, too. Regular sized balloons, giant round balloons, balloon phrases…Pippa & co has you covered. More pretties for your parties: Bonus, they’ve got a sweet staff to match! I can’t wait to visit again! πŸ™‚