1. Erin Jang’s awesome flashlight party.
2. A striped party that Nicole photographed.
3. A cute pegboard sign by Melanie
4. Cool marbled tags over on Designmom!
5. How to make beautiful flowers from the super market.
We San Franciscans love to love our city. So, I can’t think of a better party than one that’s centered around our favorite town. Like my other party closet parties, this one can put together in under an hour with a limited number of supplies. From your stash, you’ll need butcher paper, paint, a strand of white bistro lights, and a pretty tablecloth. Then, follow our DIY instructions (below) for painting a quick sketch of the Golden Gate Bridge as a party backdrop. After that, you’ll just need to run to the store to pick up a few simple flowers and a delicious pie.
Materials: Butcher Paper, Tape, Paint, Paintbrush
Cut off three large pieces of butcher paper and tape them together at the back. Attach the paper to a wall to make painting easier. Sketch out your image roughly with a pencil, then paint over in loose, broad strokes. Don’t worry about detail, just get the general shape across.
At every party I throw, I like to add a little something that wows everyone. Whether it’s a unique backdrop, funny prop, or colorful garland, these additions don’t have to be difficult to make. They should just be bold enough to help the guests remember the event. I love this giant fringe number because it has the look of a pinata but takes 1/10th of the time. I also like that it makes a big impact. The whole project took a little more than an hour and all the supplies were things I already had in my party closet which makes things easy if you like to do things last minute like I do.
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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.
Banana Republic approached us about doing a Mad Men party to launch their new Mad Men collection that comes out today. We had some friends over to our studio for a little dinner and photobooth session and to try on the new collection. It was a really fun night. My friend Andrea did some awesome 60′s food and we made pompom party hats for our guests and my favorite part of all was the floating circle photobooth installation. The concept is really easy and just involves paper, glue and a sewing machine. The final effect is even more impressive in person because all the circles are constantly dancing around like a mobile. It is a super simple way to add lots of color to a party. Find the full instructions below after the jump.
All clothing from Banana Republic’s new Mad Men line. On Stacy: Textured Shell in Navy, Gingham Crop Pants, Peggy Ballet Heel in Seashell, Beauty chain necklace, Chain Necklace (worn as a bracelet) On Jordan: Mod Shirtdress, Nicola Platform Wedge, Dome Ring On Alison: Peggy Knit Shift Dress, Kary pointed-toe pump in Dove Gray, Chain Necklace On Rebecca: Vertical-Stripe Dress, Kary pointed-toe pump in Black and White, Liza Pump in Taupe, Beaded Necklace, Contrast Clutch in Black, Geo Silk Scarf in Kapalua coral Sunglasses:Pink Sunglasses, Minna Sunglasses
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