Invites and Colorful Chairs

A few party/wedding details I’ve noticed and liked from last week:

These printed Muslin bags from Nicholas & Danni with the story of how they met are clever and sweet, it would be a fun idea to use for any announcement.

I love the fun, colorful, confetti colored chairs and pretty picnic blankets from this wedding. They were so smart to leave the rest of the decorations pretty simple, letting the bright chairs really stand out.

Sky Lanterns

I found my stash of sky lanterns the other day so I thought I’d do another post about them. (See my other post right here.) Sky Lanterns are basically mini hot air balloons that are used at festivals in Asia. A few years ago I let off a bunch at my birthday party and then on the beach with my family in Mexico. They are non flammable and bio degradable but there are still issues with fire safety and littering because once they take off you usually can’t find them again. You have to treat them like fireworks and use them carefully. I love the idea to use these for a winter wedding. They hold large festivals in Thailand and Taiwan that someday I hope to attend. Look at this video, it leaves me speechless every time. You can buy sky lanterns here.

Rebecca and Derek

We just got back from LA where I was helping my friend Rebecca with her wedding. The whole day was really magical and I’m so happy because they are such great people. More details later but seriously wasn’t her vintage dress amazing?

Photo by Paul

DIY Weather Balloon Signage

This week and next week I wanted to share some of the elements from the Kirtsy Party and art auction I helped with at Blogher. I had gotten the idea to re-purpose weather balloons for party elements. Weather Balloons aren’t like regular balloons. They miraculously can carry weight and they last a few days longer than regular balloons. Also, depending on what size you get can be expensive. In this project I show how to make signs held up completely by weather balloons. This idea is perfect for a party or wedding. Here is how you do it.

Materials needed: Weather Balloons, Poster, String, Tape, Two straws, Glue.

Step 1.
Order a Large Weather Balloon $10. I tested a few sizes (my favorite kind of science includes tests with balloons) and have found that the 30 gram and 100 gram work best. These come in Red, Black and White. Here I use a 30 gram which run $10/balloon. (If you use 30 Gram make sure you fill it up as much as possible to get good results. Don’t be skimpy on the helium!)

Step 2. Make the sign. My favorite (and cheapest) way to do this is to decide the dimensions of the sign. (We used a 14″ x 60″ here.) And then have it printed in black and white at a store like Kinkos. It costs about $7. Then paint in colors with craft paint. (If you are painting a border ask them not to trim the poster so that you can paint it then trim it.)
Step 3. Get two straws and put one at the top and one at the bottom by gluing and folding the paper over the straw . This keeps the paper taut so the corners don’t bend.
Step 4. Fill the balloon up with helium and tie a thin string around the base.
Step 5. Tape the string to the top and bottom of the poster.
Step 6. Fasten the bottom of the string to something heavy we just taped it to the ground.

Notes on Filling it up with helium: Most balloon shops are wary of filling up any strange shaped balloons. Usually it takes some prodding and you have to confirm you only want it filled up three feet wide. If you are doing more than one it is usually easier to just rent a helium tank. With any project like this its best to test it out before the big day so it turns out how you want it. The one kicker is if it is windy at all this won’t work. The whole concept of weather balloons gets me really excited and I have lots of ideas I want to try!

A Succulent Bouquet

I love the trend of using succulents in your bouquet and from what I’ve seen no one is doing it better than Flora Grubb Gardens. I love how they mix in unexpected flowers like orchids or sweet peas. It is so different but it totally works and the end result is genius.

All photos from Flora Grubb.