Monday, 22 September 2014

cocktail party invitation

We're having a party! The husband and I are both 40 this year, and to celebrate we have invited family and friends to a cocktail party. If you know me, you know I made the invitations to the event.

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The theme is as you can see black and white, with some gold thrown in for good measure. We're shooting for the oxymoron of relaxed sophistication for this thing; cocktails and bite size nibbles, glitter, and jazz music but nothing stuffy whatsoever. I think the combination of the stripes and white space with the fun font conveys that pretty well.

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I hand glittered the ampersand on each invitation. It took a while, but I think it added that little bit extra. I really like how it turned out.

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I also lined the envelopes with stripes to carry on the theme from the top of the invitation and threw in some of that gold confetti before I closed it up. Lining the envelops took me an eternity (I think four episodes of The Wire), but I think it was so worth it.

Now I have about a month to make the decorations for the party!

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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Tuesday, 2 April 2013

easter dinner

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I thought I'd share, as I always do, what our table looked like for our Easter dinner. There were only six of us, and after a late decision to host the dinner coupled with two very busy weeks leading up to Saturday, I decided to not go overboard.

I decided to use the eggs I decorated the other week coupled with two simple vases with white and yellow tulips as centerpieces. White candles on pillar glass holders were put on the end to add some dynamic. They were never lit because we had dinner way before it got dark. But that didn't matter, just the mere precesence of them on the table added to the presentation.

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The cotton table cloth is white with black tiny dots, and I chose to use the striped napkins that I still have from my sister's wedding last summer. I love being able to use and reuse supplies time and time again.

I got a few more preblown eggs and used them as seating "cards" by writing the initial of each person with a pen, which just happened to match the eggs in the centerpiece. Smart way to make it easy on myself and go with an already established theme.

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I had four glass mini cake stands from a previous event and used them to nest the eggs in. The hay was found in old Christmas baskets that we have recieved in the past couple of years. Again, reusing all kinds of things for different purposes is the way to go if you want to be able to set a nice table on a budget. Of course, this does mean a bit of hoarding I admit. But if you are organized in your hoarding (which is an entirely different post all together) it can be without living in a castle.

It didn't matter all too much to me that I didn't have a glass stand for each person. I simply used two egg cups for the middle seats. This is something that I want to stress. Everything doesn't have to be exactly the same on a table! What matters, at least in my opinion, is that there is symmetry. So in this case, the four outer seats had the glass stands, and the two middle seats had the egg cups. Worked well enough for me. Work with what you have, I say.

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So, apart from the eggs and the flowers, everything on the table was already in my house. Pretty chuffed with that.

So food, you say? Did we have any? Yes indeed. It looked like this:
Starter was two Smörrebröd with pickled hering (eaten at every single holiday in Sweden) and smoked salmon and roe. Courtesy of the husband.
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Main was lemon and oregano rooster and caramelized crushed potatoes with spinach.The herb yoghurt that was also served with this dish is not shown. Also courtesy of the husband.
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Dessert was Key Lime Pie, courtesy of moi.
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And that was it. How was your Easter? Did you have a gathering of some sort?

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!

Sunday, 28 October 2012

a black and white halloweenish party



The husband is a big fan of having parties on (or around) his birthday. He turned 38 the other day and yesterday we had the parents and siblings over for a nice little dinner party.

I decided early on that it would be fun to do a halloweenish theme. Partly due to a gorgeous picture on Pinterest that had me super jazzed, and partly because I already had a couple of decorations from the rock party that the husband threw for his friends a while ago.

I wanted a halloween kind of theme carried out in a more sophisticated and adult fashion. I wanted black and white. I wanted pumpkins and skulls.





I used sleek black table linen in a checkered pattern with the black and white napkins that were made for my sister's wedding this summer. I used our everyday, but very much loved, white china and altered round and square plates. Red and white wine stemware were also altered to give the guests an option with regards to beverage.



Each place setting had a paper banner with a message alternating three different sentences. A small plastic spider was also placed on each plate.



We had a few children attend as well and they got a set of plastic vampire teeth to have fun with. Of course, even the straws matched the decor.





I used candle holders, picked up at a flea market, spraypainted in a high gloss black with black candles, and pumpkins, spraypainted in a matt black, down the centre of the table and scattered plastic spiders and orange beads around them.





I had four skulls, also spraypainted in a high gloss black and decorated two of them to make them look just a little more scary and moody. I had to do a lot of hacking up and destructing to make this work. The veil was a piece of metal netting that I spraypainted and then cut to size. The flowers were tiny little scrapbook accessories that I stemmed and put together, the "ravens" were a pair of wedding doves that I cut apart and painted black. Hey a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do to get it right!



I also created some bottle labels, with parts from The Chillingsworth Manor Kit by Echo Park that I put on some bottles from IKEA. These were a big hit with the guests. The labels said; "Rat poison", "Vampire Blood", "The drink of death", and "Witches' brew". Hee!

I have no pictures what so ever of any of the food, including the super delicious frozen Tiramisu that I made. I was just too busy playing hostess. You will just have to take my word for it when I say it was all fabulous.

I think I am pretty much done with throwing parties now until Christmas and New Years roll around. Better get my rest on, as it's drawing near!

Saturday, 29 September 2012

invitation | autumn birthday

It's nearing the time for the husband's birthday again and as usual he wanted to arrange a small (ha) dinner party for parents and siblings. We have a cool theme planned, and of course I had to do an invitation to suit.



Despite the fact that I got the date wrong, which is something we didn't even notice until one of the guests asked if we really wanted them to come on a Sunday, I think I really love this invitation. It's fun, it's full of beautiful typography, and it has the very trendy chalkboard look. It's defenitely one of my favourites.

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!