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I helped my friend Brooke plan a picnic for her husband’s 30th birthday. I designed the labels to put on all the little bags and containers. Her husband loves Michael Pollan so on the ouside of the box we put one of his favorite quotes, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” And then we put little facts about her husband all over everything. Unfortunately Paul and I were out of town when the whole thing went down this weekend–but Michelle took some pictures for me {thanks Michelle.} We got the gable box idea from an old issue of MS Weddings and then we put our own spin on it.




  1. Inez

    April 21, 2008

    Cute!

  2. Jennifer Leal

    April 21, 2008

    I have got to be more creative!

  3. Taryn & Brendon

    April 21, 2008

    happy birthday to christian! i’m so bummed we weren’t there. it looks like it turned out great!

  4. Taryn & Brendon

    April 21, 2008

    happy birthday to christian! i’m so bummed we weren’t there. it looks like it turned out great!

  5. Casey

    April 21, 2008

    this is very cute! love the color..

  6. Kirsten

    April 21, 2008

    I’ve got to think of some reason to throw a summer picnic party. This is insanely adorable.

  7. adorninc

    April 21, 2008

    This is so sweet! He’s a lucky guy!

  8. kim

    April 21, 2008

    Turned out great! I like the random facts about the birthday boy.

  9. Chelsea

    April 21, 2008

    Brilliant as usual.

  10. Kate

    April 21, 2008

    So cute! Love the red. I want to do something similar for my 30th birthday party where we’re showing an outdoor movie.

  11. emily

    April 21, 2008

    amazing! and I love that it’s all designy and cool, but not girly. That’s a hard balance, and of course you rocked it.

  12. love.boxes

    April 21, 2008

    Darling!

  13. Stephanie

    April 21, 2008

    Can’t get enough of these cute cute pictures. Well done! (the both of you) Last Christmas I filled red gable boxes with goodies (theme: things to dip in chocolate) for neighbor gifts. It was so fun to put together. I found the boxes at our local Xpedx if you can believe it. They also carry a kraft brown too. Next time you’re in Utah…

  14. Cheaping Girls

    April 21, 2008

    Such a fun idea! It’s nice the weather cooperated.

    Were the labels printed on standard Avery sizes?

  15. Chloe

    April 21, 2008

    Jordan, this is such a brilliant idea! I’m going to have to steal this one, I”m afraid…

  16. mushbelly

    April 21, 2008

    You are so inspiring! You make me want to plan a party.

  17. Inez

    April 21, 2008

    Do you peel the labels off all those water bottles or do you buy plain ones somewhere?

  18. amber

    April 21, 2008

    adorable, love how it all comes together.

  19. Abbey Goes Design Scouting

    April 21, 2008

    Lovely!!

  20. simply seleta

    April 21, 2008

    Could this have been a more fabulous picnic?! Seriously. Such talent. I now feel like my picnics are pure white-trash in comparison. ha ha ha!

  21. Anonymous

    April 21, 2008

    while that is *super* rad, i hate to think of all unecessary paper waste created :/

  22. kourtney

    April 21, 2008

    So fun. Could I have you live with me and make all of my party thoughts come true?

  23. SimplyGrove

    April 22, 2008

    Cute blog!!!!

  24. Debbie

    April 22, 2008

    You are one talented lady–thanks fro sharing your great ideas!

  25. rebekah @ elizabeth anne designs

    April 22, 2008

    Sigh. It’s just so pretty.

  26. TRS

    April 22, 2008

    I agree with Anonymous… it is incredibly cute and lovely, but how do you justify the paper and box waste when you could have just set sandwiches out on pretty plates?

    My brother and I are planning a big party for my Dad’s 75th birthday – we’ll roast a whole hog and serve typical BBQ/Picnic salads – but I’m trying to figure out how to get around using paper plates for all those people. It would break my heart.

  27. jordan

    April 22, 2008

    Yeah, I think that is a little judgmental. What if she had made a lot of paper tissue balls for decoration? What is the difference? With parties it isn’t about function it is about decoration.

    TRS- for your Dad’s party it would be less wasteful if you all just had a conference call to wish your dad a happy birthday. Think of all the gas you could save!

  28. Jihan

    April 22, 2008

    zingers, wow.

    i love the earth.
    i love paper.
    i love jordan.

    the visual stimulation created by the sea of red is fantastic and inspiting. i’m going out to chop down trees -just- to recreate this feast of paper.

    um, pretty sure the boxes/packaging are recycled and have some amount of PCW content.

    really, don’t you think every single guest took their cute gable box home and are now re-using it?

    rock on, paper diva.

  29. Robyn

    April 22, 2008

    seriously cool. LOVE the packaging sooo much it!!!

  30. urboo

    April 22, 2008

    Where did you buy those boxes and labels ?
    You are an amazing design diva – thanks for all the inspiration :)

  31. Delovely Designs

    April 23, 2008

    LOVE these labels…very cute and perfect for a fun little outdoor picnic!

  32. Whatever Dee-Dee wants

    April 23, 2008

    Such a fun idea! I love it!

  33. TRS

    April 23, 2008

    Yowza. I was just asking a question.
    No need to be snippy.

    Sheesh.

  34. jordan

    April 23, 2008

    Sorry TRS. I’m just teasing. :)

  35. Web Obsessed

    April 24, 2008

    This is great! I would love to know how you did the water bottles too.

    I just wish my Big 30 didn’t seem like so long ago!!!

  36. Shokoofeh

    April 24, 2008

    really nice!

  37. Julia

    April 24, 2008

    trs–

    you could rent tableware at places like cpartyrentals.com or butlerrents.com

    or you could go the biodegradable route like
    earthshell earthshellnow.com.

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