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Pop Up Flag Place Cards DIY

by Sally J Shim

When hosting a small party or dinner it is nice to set up the seating arrangement so guests can meet new friends. In lieu of traditional place cards, try making these fun pop up flag place cards. You can make them in any color to coordinate with your favorite color palette. Your guests will love the handmade touch and it will be sweet reminder of your time together.

Pop Up Flag Place Cards DIY | Oh Happy Day!Pop Up Flag Place Cards DIY | Oh Happy Day!

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Polka Dot Tablecloth DIY

This table cloth DIY was inspired by these napkins from Anthropologie. I loved the color palate and we decided to try to make one using a $15 table cloth and… potatoes! The process took a couple hours but was very simple and because of the imperfect look we didn’t worry too much about how straight our lines were. I’m so pleased with the results! It would be so easy to make a bunch for a wedding or a shower. (ps: Here is the artwork we made with potatoes a few years ago, I still love it.)

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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.