May 18

Peter Pan Party

Today’s post is by Brittany from The House That Lars Built.

When I was asked to do the decorations for a party with a Peter Pan theme at my friend’s apartment, designer Maria Helgstrand of Wallnut, my mind was racing which direction to take: fairy dust, Captain Hook ship, London, Indians, pirates. So many themes to choose from! I finally decided to go a bit more simple, which worked out great because it gave me the excuse to finally try out the lyric garlands that I saw at Katie Did’s Christmas party. I took quotes straight from J.M. Barrie’s classic story and had some friends come over to cut out bajillions of letters affixing them to red/white twine. I introduced the guests to the theme with the first quote, “Second star to the right and straight on till morning” and hung stars from the chandelier. I also affixed gold paper stars onto skewers and stuck them throughout the rooms so that guests could take them as a parting gift. My talented friend, Josefine, drew Peter Pan’s shadows that we placed around the rooms in secret corners and not so secret corners. For added bonus, you could play the movie on a projector on a wall. Voila!







All photos by Brittany for Oh Happy Day.

 

Apr 26

DIY: Ombre Tablecloth

This brilliant DIY is by Brittany of The House that Lars Built.

I wanted more than anything to make some ombre tablecloths for my wedding last year, but I assumed it would be tricky and messy. Well, I finally decided that the perfect time to try it out is for the table at the booth we are setting up at Portobello Road to sell the souvenirs my friend, Cramer, and I made for the royal wedding.The good news is that ombre is easy beazy. And I think it’s going to be killer for the wedding weekend. Now, don’t let the industrial look of the photos fool you, I just happened to be helping Cramer with her textile project at her school when she suggested I try it out in their facilities. I also tried it a few weeks ago in a bathroom using buckets. Use what you’ve got!

Materials:
3-4 buckets
water
piece of fabric
dye for textiles (I used Dylon in flamingo pink)
special salt (as required by the directions on the dye)

1) Fill up 3 or 4 buckets with varying levels of water and put in the same amount of dye into each one. Stir well. Add the salt in as required.


This post is by Brittany of The House that Lars Built.

2) I started with a test fabric, which I highly recommend. Start by dipping the fabric into the the bucket with the highest level of water and use that one to determine how high you want the dye to go.

3) Take the fabric to the next level of water and dip it lower. It may create a very noticeable straight line, but keep on going.

4) Repeat with the smaller bucket–the darkest amount of liquid. It, too, will most likely a very straight line.

5) The trick to smoothen the distinct lines is to repeat the process over and over, each time holding it in the water for longer amounts of time, maybe 10-20 seconds.

6) Next, I tried it on a white piece of fabric. I folded it up with the length I intended to dip so that it would enter the water more easily.

7) Repeat the same process as the sample piece but hold it in longer to really hold the color. You can keep it in the buckets for minutes. This will also give the dye time to sink into all the layers of the fabric that have been folded over.

8) When you think you have dipped it enough, open the fabric up gently to make sure there are no splotches of color. Re-dip if necessary.

9) Hang to dry.

10) Voila! You’ve now ombre’d your way to a tablecloth.

I noticed that the color faded a lot in the drying process, but I’m rather glad about it because it was a little too flamingo for me. I can’t wait to try this on more items–some bed linens, maybe some pants. For now, I hope it goes over well at Portobello. Good luck!

All photos by Brittany for Oh Happy Day

Apr 5

DIY Paper Flower Corsages

I love Brittany’s work and love her blog House That Lars Built. You may remember her beautiful wedding on 100 Layer Cake with the amazing giant paper flowers. Well, I asled her if she would put together some DIY’s for us and was thrilled when she agreed.

Hello from Copenhagen! I’m a major Oh Happy Day fan so I’m most happy and honored to start sharing some ideas with you. I got married in September and with the help of my dream team–mom and sister–we crafted huge paper flowers galore, which I shared on a tutorial for 100 Layer Cake. The day of my wedding we completely forgot to put to use the darling boutonnieres that my mom had made for the guys. Oh the cuteness that could have been! Well, here they are for you. I’ve adapted them to act as a pin for the ladies here, but you can adjust them for the guys too by making them smaller. They’ll be (a bit) more appreciative.

Supplies:
* good artist’s paper works best for paper flowers in a variety of colors. Green for leaves. (Canson has a great selection)
* glue gun
* pencil
* scissors
* ruler
* plain brooch pin from a craft or jewelry shop




Poppy
The base of the petal is 1/2″ and expands to 2 3/4″ tall and reaches to 2 1/4″ wide. Draw the shape like a shell and cut it out
cut a slit into the base about a 1/2″
create an accordion fold in the petal centered around the slit
layer one slit on top of the other and glue gun
create 6 more petals
glue gun 3 petals on top of each other spread evenly around to create a circle
glue the remaining 4 petals even underneath
Create the stamen of the flower (the black and yellow centers) by cutting a 1 1/2″ diameter for the black and a 1″ for the yellow.
Cut evenly around the center to create a fringe effect
carefully curl the fringe up.
Glue the black and yellow into the center of the flower
Create a 2″ leaf from the green paper
Glue around the base of the flower
Glue a brooch pin to the bottom of the flower
VOILÁ!



Rose
Create a lemon looking shape about 2″ wide and 1 1/2″ tall. You’ll need about 11 petals
Start by creating the center of the rose. Make a tube shape with one petal and glue together.
Squeeze the ends of another petal and surround and glue to the center
repeat on the other side of the center as if hugging the center petal.
Continue adding 5 more petals around the center with each layer becoming looser.
Now with the 3 remaining petals curl the base of the petal with a pencil and glue it to the bottom of the flower so that the curled part comes out at the top.
Repeat 2 more times
Add green leaves to the bottom of the flower
Glue the brooch pin to the bottom of the flower
and you’re done!
Easy beazy!

Photos by Brittany for Oh Happy Day

Jan 25

6 Tips to Take Your Party to the Next Level

I spoke at Alt on a panel about parties with Ashley Meaders, Victoria Hudgins and Brittany Egbert. I gave a talk about six tips to take your party to the next level. These are basically 6 things you could do to give your party a little more pizzaz. Just choose one or two of these to implement if you are out of ideas or feeling uninspired.

1. Invitations that Sparkle
Sending out special invitations sets the tone for the party. Evites are easy and practical but if you are going to the effort of putting a party together try to send out real invitations. If you do something unexpected then you will get a higher percentage of attendance–people will want to stop by and see what you are going to do. Below is a detective party invitation I made with tiny print and a magnifying glass to go along with it.

2. Pick a Theme
Committing to a theme makes it easy to make decisions about the rest of the party. It doesn’t have to be a generic theme, you can pick any random thing and just run with it. My friends threw a party where the theme was A Very Hairy Birthday Party. Attendees came wearing various wigs and facial hair. It was silly and fun and unexpected.

3. An Element of Surprise
I try to have an element of surprise in every party I do. I think it makes it more fun. In this treasure hunt party we did we didn’t tell anyone what was happening so it was a surprise from start to finish. We rented mini coopers and went all over San Francisco. At the end we had a surprise color fight in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.


4. Group Participation
Give your guests creative assignments. This is something my friend Rebecca taught me to do. Give your guests some perimeters and it will surprise you with how creative they get. For her 30th birthday she rented a theater on a Tuesday night (when it was dirt cheap) and held a film festival. She invited everyone she knew to create a 3 minute short film and then we all watched them at her party. Complete with cigarette girls and red carpet.

5. Make Things Monochramatic
This is an easy way to make things look good. Commit to one color and make everything that color or variations of that color. This picture is from a church Christmas party I planned. We made a cheap party look swanky by sticking to one color.

6. Size Does Matter
If you get 5 balloons to decorate your party, it will look normal. But if you get a small room and fill it with 500 balloons it is going to make a huge dramatic impact. Take something cheap but do it on a large scale it will be more impressive visually. Here in this soda bar I made, its much prettier with all the bottles than if I had a few up on display.