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Birthday Talent Show

We’re celebrating my birthday weekend (only one more shopping day everybody!) in Palm Springs with some of my pals. For my birthday dinner I asked my friends to bring a talent to perform for a talent show. People are either super into it or a little terrified. I’ve never done tap dancing before but I decided to take tap dance lessons for my performance. I’ve been practicing like crazy and getting my costume ready. See a peek at my costume below. I found it at a vintage store, it wasn’t for sale but I begged the owner to sell it to me and he did. I’ll report back later how it goes. Have you ever had your friends perform at a party? One of my friends is going to recite Cowboy Poetry he has memorized.

Tap Dance Costume | Oh Happy Day

Giant Color Fight

We hosted a giant Welcome Summer party at my sister’s house a few weeks ago as part of a campaign for Quaker Chewy. We are going to be sharing all our activities over the next week or so. Today I’m going to talk about the color fight we had. We had one about five years ago and I thought it would be fun to welcome summer with a giant color fight with all the cousins. It was amazing! The kids had so much fun and were thoroughly worn out and dirty afterwards. It was seriously so fun. Below I’ll tell you how we did ours. ps: Check out My sister Design Mom’s post and My Sister in Law Say Yes’ post too!

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We asked all the kids to wear white and wear clothes and shoes that could get ruined. (We stopped by the thrift store to pick up white tshirts.) The color comes out, mostly but some pieces just didn’t make it through. Better to not wear your favorite shirt. I planned for 1 pound of color per person. You could get by with about a half pound per person if you had a really large group. Our color fight lasted 10-15 minutes with 1 pound per person. It would be shorter with less colors. The colors come from India and the Holi Festival every Spring. Make sure the colors you buy are nontoxic.

Materials Needed:  12 Pounds of HOLI Colors, disposable cups, white clothes, garbage sacks for each person (for the car ride home.)

1. At the beginning we took a picture of the kids all throwing the colors up in the air and after that the color fight was ON! (We also took an “after picture” which was fun to look at the two together.
2. For easier distribution I put all of the colors in compostable cups so the kids could grab them easier. It also helped the fight last longer because they kids kept having to go back to the table to get more. We made a rule you couldn’t throw any colors within 10 feet of the table. We also made a rule you couldn’t hit the little kids in the face with the color (it still ended up everywhere anyway!)
3. After the kids were throughoughly dirty and happy we took a final picture. This activity works best as the final activity just because everyone needs a good bath afterward. We hosed off the kids and then rode home on plastic bags laid on top of the carseats to prevent any staining.

And THAT is how to throw a giant summer color fight. Thanks to Quaker Chewy for hosting and providing all the snacks!

This post is sponsored by Quaker Chewy. Quaker Chewy helps give kids the energy they need to play. That’s why Quaker and NERF are teaming up to fuel backyard fun, helping families get out and get active together, right in their own backyard. When you buy three specially-marked boxes of Quaker Chewy, you can enter the codes online at to get a free Nerf sports item.

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Photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day

West Elm Australia Party

West Elm just opened a store in Melbourne so when Go Mighty asked me to throw a party for bloggers there I said ‘YES’! I’m a huge fan of West Elm and I was excited to meet all the Australian bloggers and creatives so it was an honor to get to do this. I have to give a big thank you and shout out to Jaclyn Carlson from Blog Society who coordinated all the details with vendors and made things happen while I was on the other side of the world. When I was designing this party I decided I didn’t want a specific theme but just wanted it to be colorful and have some big fun details. The center of attention was this 6 foot cake, simple on the outside and colorful on the inside. I did a whole write up of the party over on Go Mighty right here. Thank you so much to everyone who helped out! Stay tuned for a DIY of the hanging installation tomorrow!

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This post is sponsored with West Elm and Go Mighty

photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day | Last 3 photos by Amy Moss

Floral Garland + Welcome Banner DIY

Here is the DIY from the floral garland and banner we made for my housewarming party. It was really fun project to make and has such a big impact for guests walking up to your door. Sometimes in the past I’ve made my own garland (instead of ordering it pre-made) but I’ve learned that most of the time there isn’t that much savings to have someone else do it. It depends what kinds of access you have to a a flower mart. This whole project cost a little over $100 and took about an hour. The sign is fun because we wired it so it can be wavy and scroll-like which gives it a cool look.

Keep reading for full instructions and more photos.


Grown Up Tea Party

We threw a baby shower for our friends Alexis and Paul last week. We decided to have it at Craftsman and Wolves, an amazing new restaurant near our studio. The chef William Werner is an artist and makes amazing food. Their presentation is perfect so I knew it would be a great place to hold a party. We decided to make it like a grown-up sophisticated tea party for all of their friends. Craftsman and Wolves set up these beautiful wooden three-tier party trays with the most beautiful sweet and savory treats. I made a big garland with eucalyptus from the flower market for the table but other than that we just had to show up. Sometimes it is nice to throw a party where all you do is get dressed and show up.

All photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day