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My Party Closet: Yellow Party

Beautiful parties don’t always require a lot of energy. Most of the time, I can whip up something special within a couple hours – thanks to the supplies I always keep stocked in my party closet.  For this party we pulled out of my stash: some crepe paper folds, my roll of white butcher paper, treat bags, striped napkins, and some tall candles. The giant fringe number makes a big impact and is perfect for kids. It took 1-2 hours to make but once it was completed, everything else came together quickly. (See the complete DIY here.) We crafted the tablecloth by painting loose yellow stripes onto white butcher paper and cutting scallops around the edges. After that, it just took a quick run to the party store and bakery to fill my balloons with helium, purchase favors for the gift bags, and pick up a yellow cake. Voila! A simple and easy party.

Still wondering what to stock in your party closet? See mine and get some ideas here. And don’t miss the Rainbow Streamer Party we put together on Tuesday! ps: the floral tray is from here.

Photography by Aubrey Trinnaman for Oh Happy Day
Art Direction by Jordan Ferney
Coordinated by Stacy Wichelhaus
Styling by Caitlin Barker
Crafting by Jessica Heywood
Assisted by Harper Casimiro

2010 Year in Review – Part 2

Here is the second part of my year in review. (Part 1 is here.)

In May I got to style two photo shoots for Anthology Magazine. It was such a great experience working with such talented and interesting people. A real highlight of my year for sure.

I also brought on Alexis Birkmeyer as an intern (and later hired her as a full time studio manager.) Alexis is pretty much straight from heaven and Paul and I always ask if we can adopt her. She will be running our studio and my press while we are in France.

I made these S’mores kits for Project Wedding.

And I shared pictures of Moses’ room. (My kids sleep in a closet!)

I designed these Father’s Day printable labels for Alpha Mom.


I did a DIY on how to make a birdcage veil for Project Wedding.

I did a magnetic board DIY for iVillage.

In August I helped with the Kirtsy Party at Blogher and I shared how to recreate a few aspects of the party like these signs held up by weather balloons and chalkboard speech bubbles.

I also created these flag sculptures for Project Wedding.


In September Paul and I collaborated on our Let Them Eat Cake project where I art directed and he painted 50 cake paintings. We had a show, and ate cake.

I did a fancy dinner party under the Golden Gate Bridge. Here is the main post and the details here.

I created this pinwheel seating chart for Project Wedding.

We had a movie night in our back yard.

Then in October my friend Fergi was in town for her birthday so we threw her another dinner party by the Golden Gate Bridge (this time on the Sausalito side.)

I was hired to work with Suzanne Shade and style a few different ads for Minted to run in magazines during the holidays.

We announced the Commission Project.

And we were lumberjacks.

In November Moses got a haircut.

I put a party in a box.

We had a pretty (and delicious) Thanksgiving.

And I got ready for Christmas by making this felt ball Garland.

In December we wrapped presents up real pretty. Plus here and here.

We sent Roman in for one last surgery.

I made watercolor paper chains with Moses.

Moses turned three!

And I made watercolor and letterpress Christmas Cards.

And that was my year in two nice and tidy posts. Going through everything was almost therapeutic. Onwards and upwards to 2011! Anything you want to see more of for 2011? Leave a comment.

2010 Year in Review – Part 1

2011 is here. We made it. It is nice to look back and take stock of what happened in 2010. It’s been a long year folks. I am putting a lot of faith in 2011, let’s hope it doesn’t disappoint.

In January, I turned 30. And was fat and pregnant. And depressed. No that’s actually not a picture of my birthday party. (It’s the birthday party of my dreams.)

In February, we shared some pictures of our apartment. Here, here, here, and here.


Then at long last our Roman came. And he was perfect.



In March, Paul had a birthday and I sent him on a treasure hunt following a red string with a picnic at the end.


In April I did these mobiles and citrus garland DIY’s for Project Wedding.



Then we sent Romey in for his first cleft lip surgery.

In May I put together the Birthday Surprise in the mail for Aubrey. Where all her family and friends sent her love notes and it turned into a giant puzzle. Here is the post about it, here is the rad video Aubrey made, and here are my DIY instructions.

I did the wheat grass escort card and the lemonade favor DIY for Project Wedding.

I started experimenting with watercolor and letterpress.


Phew! I’ve only made it to June. Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow.

Styling a Minted Ad: Behind the Scenes

I was hired to help style some ads for Minted’s new Holiday cards and I thought it would be fun to show some Behind the Scenes. (BTW have you seen the new Minted Holiday Cards. They are Gorgeous!) Minted is such a neat company because their designs are crowd sourced and voted on. How Democratic! right? Plus I love women run businesses and Mariam Naficy is a powerhouse. I find her really inspiring. Anyway here are some shots of a couple of the completed ads.

The process was so easy because both the art director and the client were so great to work with.

First I met with Suzanne Shade, the art director and she discussed the layout and what they were looking for. Then I went to work collecting all sorts of goodies from my supply closet. (It feels so good to actually use all those pretty things I bought for no reason!) I also stopped by the Ribbonrie and Fantastico to buy ribbons and knickknacks for styling. Here is a picture of a small part of the props I brought.

The shoot was at XYZ Studios in San Francisco and besides Suzanne, Miriam and Annie Clark were there from Minted. Using the cards they had picked out we worked on different arrangements until we were happy with how it looked. My favorite part is adding little embellishments. A little ribbon here, a dangly thing there, until it looks just right. We basically experimented with several adjustments until everyone was happy. Meanwhile the amazing photographer Eva Kolenko and her assistant worked on getting the lighting just right. From there we just made little tweaks until the photograph was perfect. Below is a picture of the color test.

Somehow some party hats made it into my stash so we of course took some photos during down time.

Pretty Office Supplies

I’ve been going through some of my favorite images lately {organizing my binders} and I’m super inspired by the styling in these photos by So-En Magazine I originally saw on Chelsea’s blog.