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Last fall I decided to try an experiment to bring in more people to work on projects for Oh Happy Day with me. I was hoping that if I combined the skills of different people (photographers, graphic designers, crafters, stylists) we would get results that were much higher quality than if I did them on my own. It has been a steep learning curve to figure everything out and we are still learning and tweaking our process as we go but I am really happy with the wonderful people I get to work with. All these projects are a labor of love and huge team effort to do the best we can. Yesterday we had a little going away party for Harper, our intern. She loooooves cats and so we surprised her with a cat party. We printed out pictures of cats from the internet on cardstock, added dowels and decorated the table and taped them to the backs of chairs. It was silly and fun and really easy to do. (I tried to convince them to find a box of kittens to bring in for the party but I got shutdown.) We will miss you Harper! I am so grateful for these awesome people who make my job easier and more fun! Meow!
Photography by Heather Zweig for Oh Happy Day
Crafting by Caitlin Barker
1. The very festive honeycomb display on Love Taza.
2. We are so excited about this book (via Creature Comforts.)
3. Stephmodo‘s new project for Anthropologie.
4. Un Beau Jour‘s delicious save the dates. (I love this French wedding blog!)
5. Tips and tricks for throwing an awesome event (by Designlovefest.)
In the springtime, my obsession with flowers hits an all-time high. I especially like experimenting with paper flowers because they’re so easy to work with. These party hats are especially festive. You could pair them with the Giant Paper Flower Party Hats we made earlier this week, or highlight them on their own. They are easy to make and are so fun.
This is a perfect little idea Alison came up with. Mini Balloon Placecard Holders are so cute it is almost too much (like balloons couldn’t get any cuter, they had to make mini balloons!) Because they’re smaller, 5″ balloons don’t stay inflated as long as bigger balloons. But, their life-span is perfect for surprising guests at your next party. Attach them to calligraphed placecards so each person can have their own!
I love surprising people on their birthdays with special notes written by their friends and family. With email it is so easy to do a project like this last minute. You just ask everyone to email a note or memory and photos. Then you put them in envelopes and surprise the person. I’ve done a few versions of this over the years see here and here. This presentation works great for a birthday or anniversary because you can put the envelopes in the shape of the birthday or anniversary year. It’s easy as pie. See full instructions below.
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