Wednesday, 21 August 2013

crayfish party

We had a small crayfish party the other week, a sort of late birthday celebration with parts of my family, and it was a truly magnificent night. The food was great (when is seafood not), and we had lots of fun. It was a great, long night that I didn't want to end.

We weren't sure about the weather, but still wanted to sit outside, so we transformed our carport into a party venue by setting a nice table, stringing lights and putting up lamps, and using a tarp as a tent wall of sorts. The string lights and tarp doesn't show in the photos here, but they went around the two free sides of the carport. We made it through dinner and a few games in the garden before the rain and thunder came, but after that it was lovely to sit under a roof and cuddle up with blankets and candles during the rest of the night.

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A plastic table cloth was a must. With crayfish as the main part of dinner, white linens wouldn't exactly cut it. Similarly, plenty of paper napkins make for an integral part. But other than that, I don't see why real white china and glassware can't be used. Eating off paper and plastic doesn't really rock my boat. Heck, we even moved our dining room furniture out there!

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I put a small bowl with water and lemon wedges at each setting. I think that it's quite nice to dip the fingers in fresh smelling water before wiping the hands on the napkins. Granted, one still needs to vigorously wash the hands after, but during dinner I like for my glasses and cutlery to not be all messy with crayfish guts.

Each setting also had a custom little welcoming card. I made those with digital scrapbook products by Gennifer Bursett (Anchor Kit) and Ardent Sparrow (Susie Overlays).

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I designed ten different 10x15 cm cards (because there were ten of us) in Photoshop CS6 with papers and elements from Gennifer's kit and printed them on 12x12 white cardstock. I was able to fit four cards on one single sheet. So two sheets held eight cards. The remaining two, and all the banners, fit on a third sheet. I cut them out, used a corner rounder on the cards, and added the banners with foam dots. It was a simple and quick project that still gave a personal and cute touch to the table.

I think Gennifer's kit worked perfectly with the seafood theme of the party.

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Wednesday, 9 January 2013

paper crafts | giftbag



A friend of ours turned 40 the other day and we were invited to help him celebrate. I made this giftbag to hold the gift.

The bag was made with papers from Echo Park's Note To Self digi kit, which you can find at JessicaSprague.com, and printed onto two sheets of 12x12 cardstock, cut to size, and assembled.



What you see on the front of the bag is a pocket that holds a card that can be pulled up and out with the greeting. The pocket and card were also made from the same kit, designed in CS6, printed and cut, and then attached to the bag.



I looked and looked for a suitable template to use for the bag. Unfortunately, due to the size of the gift, I had to create my own. I made two identical pieces; each containing the front/back, one side panel, and half of the bottom. Each piece fit on one sheet of 12x12 cardstock. The pocket and card was cut from a third sheet of cardstock.
Otherwise, here is a great tutorial by Nexttonicx on how to cut and fold a giftbag from one sheet of paper.

Once I had the size of each panel figured out, it was easy to clip in my papers and then print and cut. The assembly took about 15 minutes or so with cutting, folding and putting on double sided tape. The finished result is a truly custom gift from start to finish that was very easy to make.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

new years eve 2012



I just wanted to share with you a couple of shots of the table I set for our New Years Eve party.

I recieved a gorgeous set of plates for Christmas and felt it was the perfect occasion to use them as a last homage to winter (personally, I could very easily see myself happy about spring arriving next week). The plates, from IKEA, are glass and have white snowflakes on them so that set the theme - white and snowflakes. With my love for snowflakes it was easy to run with it.







I punched out little snowflakes, strung them on fishing line, and hung them from the ceiling over the table. I also used a tutorial I found online to make two large crystals for each end of the table.



It was all quite pretty, especially once it was dark and all the candles were lit. All that white was like a bright spot in the darkness.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

christmas morning



Christmas is celebrated on  Christmas Eve in Sweden, and the day finally came - even though I did feel like I needed a few more hours of both preparation and sleep - with a sense of anticipation. The presents were wrapped, the table was set, and the food was done. I even managed to get some pretty clothes on!

I take great pride in my wrapping and put in a lot of time and care to make them all match in accordance to a certain theme for each year. This year was kraft with stamped snowflakes (my love for snowflakes is eternal), washi tape, baker's twine, and red satin ribbon.



Many times I draw from the wrapping theme for the table setting. I find this particularly nice as our tree is always placed right by the dining table. This year was no different. I wanted that homespun, traditional look on the table as well.



I went with three thick wreaths along the length of the table and filled the centers with red apples. Those centerpieces smell so lovely!



For each plate setting I made miniature wreaths with a gingham ribbon and a little tag saying "Merry Christmas".  They fit perfectly on the glass plates.



I also used pillar candles, again tied with the gingham ribbon, in simple glass vases, and some large tealights.



My good friend Anneli gave me handmade (by her) three wick candles that I really wanted to use. The only problem was that I had no candle holders - can you believe it - to put them in. That was a total bummer, and it still irks me a little.

It was a quick. easy, and simple dressing of the table that felt perfectly restrained and laid back for a Christmas dinner.

We had a lovely and calm day with good food, a nice visit from Santa, and many wonderful gifts. Also, too many sweets. I will be using photos from the day in digi scrap layouts and Project 52 posts in the coming days.

Until then, take care!

Friday, 14 December 2012

wedding blog feature



Guys, photographs of some details from my sister's wedding this summer is featured at Hostess With The Mostess today! I am majorly chuffed.

Hop on over and check it out, why don't you?
Right here!

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

homemade wedding

A week and a half ago my beautiful sister and her handsome fiance had an amazing wedding on a gorgeous sunny day.

The reception for the couple's parents and siblings was held in our garden and it was a homemade affair from start to finish. My obsession of making things pretty coupled with the fact that I would do anything for my family meant that I was able to talk them into letting me make the invitations, the table setting, the buffet decorations, the guest book set up, a photo booth of sorts, and baking for the dessert buffet. I also took photographs. Go right ahead and call me crazy! LOL!

I would love to share with you some shots of the details that I made.

So the idea was to do a kind of modern whimsy in kraft, red and black & white, and with stripes and roses in the center of the whole theme.

The invitations were printed on kraft in keeping with the theme. A mistake on my part in the printing process meant that I had to improvise and do a raised strip for the text. It ended up being a unique feature.




For the welcome toast I did hand texted his and hers tags for the champagne flutes.


The guests' glasses were either decorated with paper flags or dipped in chalkboard paint and decorated with the couple's names and love words.


The tables were covered with tan linen, the middle part of the table where the bride and groom were seated, was a beautiful embroidered table cloth. This was matched with all white china, and black and white striped napkins (which the bride and I made). In the ceiling of the pavillion we strung twinkle lights and solar panel lanterns.


Instead of using real flowers I made crepe paper roses that were put in heart shaped boxes all along the table. Those babies were so very pretty but with eight boxes and six roses in each I worked for a month to get those finished and was pretty fed up at the end.




The bride and groom wanted a relaxed feel to the reception and opted to not have a seating plan. Still, I made hand texted banners for the two of them to make sure seats were saved right in the middle of the table where the bride's bouquet was also placed.


The Italian style buffet was placed inside the pavillion and decorated with black and white striped linen, tiny bunting in kraft, red and black & white, and a kraft paper pinwheel flower.






The couple asked for a non traditional cake and we opted for the most delicious chocolate and hazelnut cake with vanilla cream and strawberries. The cake was decorated with mini bunting.






To accompany the cake I also baked Pina Colada cookies, Baci (Italian almond kisses), heartshaped mini meringues, and then also dipped strawberries and marshmallows in chocolate.




Instead of a traditional guest book we set up a small station on the gift table where the guests could write a message on small tags in kraft bags. The messages will be placed in the wedding album once I finish it. To guide the guests through the process I made a sign that matched the invitations and added one of the paper roses as decoration.


To add some more fun we decided to do a photo booth where the guests could let loose and goof out. This was a huge hit and we had so many laughs. The station was set up on our deck right next to the pavillion with a golden picture frame, some fun props, and another sign to guide the guests through.






Here is a shot of the husband and I just to show you some of the silly antics everyone was up to.


If you want to take a look at the beautiful couple, you can do so here.

Be well everyone!

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

party party

Oh you guys! Have you checked out the birthday celebrations over at JessicaSprague.com? Awesome they are!

Just to give you some incentive to run right over:
40% off digital kits (including all kits by me - yay!)
20% off classes
20% off Project Life
Birthday contest (with some mighty fantastic prizes)
5 speed scraps tomorrow starting at 9 am EDT
Aaaaand, to top it all off, a designer bloghop curtesy of 9 of the resident designers

Birthday
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Wow, right? I just downloaded all the super amazing kits for the bloghop and I can promise you, you will love them! So go on, head on over to Jessica's blog to start the hop.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

it's time to partay!

Party time! JessicaSprague.com is turning five, and as always there is a big birthday bash to celebrate. Woohoo!

Birthday
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I will definitely see you there!

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Rockin' it

A while back my husband asked me to help him with some nice details for a rock themed party he was planning for his friends. And, who am I to say no to party planning?

The first thing to do was of course the invites.








The party itself got a little more glam than I think he had first planned on but it turned out pretty cool nonetheless.

To make it through the whole night it was decided that food was to be served; homemade burgers with potato wedges and coleslaw. This meant we needed to focus on the dinner table.



Instead of real table linens I used a black sheet from IKEA that I grunged up with paint splatter. This was very easy to do. I simply diluted some acrylic paint and used different sized paint brushes and practically threw the paint on the sheet.

The grunge was paired with some glam in the shape of black glossy candle sticks and black candles. We got the holders dirt cheap at local thrift stores and spray painted them with all purpose black paint.

The skulls were bought in a party supplies store and were also spray painted with the same black paint. The finishing touch, and the only splash of colour were the deep red roses placed in low tea light holders.





Each table setting got silver chargers and simple white plates to contrast all the black. Black napkins to match and a paper scroll banner for custom made for each guest with an excerpt from a rock song that fit each person.










The theme was carried through to the bottle buffet with the black sheet and the black candles. The buffet was placed in front of a large mirror wich created a cool effect making the buffet look bigger in the mirrored image.









Even rock dudes need sweets so I added some matching candy in the shape of skulls, bottles, and stars. Don't ask me if licorice actually goes all that well with bourbon whiskey tastewise. It looked good though.



Wine and beer bottles got custom labels in the same motif that was used on the invites and scroll banners on the table. The text on the banner on the wine bottles is a reference to the cheap red wine that Guns n' Roses used to drink while writing songs.





I also designed cards for the music quiz that was put together for the party and it followed the same design as the invites.



I really wish I could have shared photos in a more fitting setting (no glaring sunlight) but seeing as this was a party for guys only, I had to leave the premises well before the guests arrived and the sun set. I secretly wish I could have stayed ... LOL!