illustrated portrait place cards


Truth be told, I’ve never actually used place cards for a party. But since we’re doing a smaller scale Thanksgiving with friends this year, I think it would be fun to implement these illustrated portraits. At least it would garner a good laugh (or someone would leave insulted). They’re easy as long as you or a friend has basic drawing skills.

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Giant Paper Party Balls

By: Jenny Batt, of Hank and Hunt

Sure there are tissue poufs and paper lanterns, but sometimes you just want something a little different. Since I will never tire of pops of color hanging from the ceiling, I wanted to make something a bit different. These are like those little paper ball ornaments and garland that have been around for ages, but bigger. They are really pretty and when they catch a small breeze they rotate for even more shadow play. Make these in any color of the rainbow, the toughest part about this DIY is choosing a shade.

You will need: 12″x12″ card stock (8 sheets per ball), a plate, a pencil, scissors, Glue Dots and clear fishing line.

Step 1: Choose a few different colors of card stock.

Step 2: Flip your plate upside down and trace around the outside with a pencil. You should have a perfect circle. Repeat this step for each sheet.

Step 3:  Cut out circles using scissors. Hint: Save time by tracing one and cutting out four sheets at a time.

Step 4: Fold each circle in half.

Step 5: Add Glue Dots to one folded side. Stick on top, center and bottom and outer edge. Stack another folded sheet on top. Press down to secure.

Step 6: Add more dots and repeat until all sheets form one big ball. Hang with fishing line.

Big decorations give you oodles of impact for your party with minimal effort. You can make these party balls in any size you like, use the same idea to make the standard ball and turn it into a garland or teensy as a cupcake topper.

Another idea? Don’t forget the space under your dessert table or bar cart, you can hang things there too! It is like a surprise for your guests to find party decor in unexpected places.

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DIY Winter Themed Guest Book

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Wedding Guestbook

When my husband and I got married, we crafted up a simple guestbook and asked guests to add polaroid photos of themselves along with notes of encouragement. Best decision we made. We received everything from the simple piece of advice to hilarious pictures of our best friends. It gave everyone the freedom to do something creative. So, it is still one of my number one recommendations for guest books. Read on for instructions on how to make your own with a little winter flair for those of you currently finalizing details for your own winter wedding!

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Make Your Own Typography Cookies

By: Jenny Batt, of Hank and Hunt.

Love fonts? I’m nuts about them and judging all the pins around Pinterest, there are a few others that are too. Minted has an amazing assortment of fonts to choose from and they inspired this simple yet fun way to update sugar cookies. Pick a font, any font and turn it into a cookie. Easier than pie. These would be perfect for a place setting for Thanksgiving or just a fun way to add interest to that standby plate of sugar cookies. I am not the best cookie decorator, so this easy bake it and leave it plain, is perfect for me.

You will need: a few favorite fonts, a printer, scissors, a great cookie dough recipe that bakes flat and a sharp paring knife.

Step 1: Add some letters to a word document or in Illustrator. Blow the letter up, these are about 400 pt.  Add more letters. Print and cut out each letter with scissors.

Step 2: Make your cookie dough and chill as directed. Roll out a small amount of dough, enough for one or two letters, to about 1/3″ thick. Place cut out letter on top and carefully cut around your template with the tip of the knife. Trim excess close to outside of the letter and place on cookie sheet. Leaving most of the dough surrounding the cookie as you move it from the table to the cookie sheet is the key to keeping delicate letters from stretching out. Once on the cookie sheet, remove the excess dough revealing the letter and smooth any bumpy edges with a toothpick or your finger.  Repeat with remaining letters.

Step 3: Bake for about 8 mins (see recipe for details), watching it for the 2-3 remaining minutes very carefully. Remember to only bake similar sized and thickness cookies. Thin script shaped cookies will cook faster than bold san serif cookies. Let cool.

You could use these cookies to top presents, make an edible garland or just for fun at your next party. Stick a few in the top of a cake as a monogram for a wedding or just make pretty cookies. If you are an icing superstar, these could really become showstoppers. I like the plain version, I think it is a pretty sweet DIY. (ha)

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10 Winter White Wedding Backdrops

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

diy wedding backdrop

Having a winter wedding doesn’t always mean you have to go with a traditional holiday inspired palette. I love the look of all white, or even a mix of fresh whites and a little beige. Here are 10 simple backdrop ideas that are great DIY’s for you and your bridal party. They would be gorgeous for both your ceremony and photo booth, but you can always take them beyond those areas and incorporate them into area of your decor!

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Decorating with Plants.

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.

With fall upon us, the leaves changing, and the chill coming in, it makes me want to fill my home with greenery even more these days. Something about the fresh green vibrance of these house plants and arrangements gives the space a sense of life and keeps me motivated to work which is why I’ve always loved decorating my space with plants. Here are a few of my favorite ideas to bring green into your own home or office.

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Styling Tips for a Farmhouse Thanksgiving

Inspired by nature, we love Griffinbell Paper Co’s minimalist take on a rustic style in her party suite Rustic Harvest. Below are some of our favorite tips to create a chic and stylish Thanksgiving.

A simple kraft table runner with minimalist white leaf pattern creates a dressed up but comfortable setting. Complete the look by adding simple white votive candles and greenery.

Make your guests feel special by dressing up their spot at the table with place cards. Mixing in metallics, like the gold leaves, with an otherwise natural color palette adds a decidedly festive look.

Eschewing flowers and opting for simples greens like olive branches or eucalyptus leaves is an easy and elegant way to dress up your mantle, front door, and party welcome signs.

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