Currently Loving: Whitewashed Brick

By Victoria of  SF Girl by Bay

I love the look of old brick walls once they’re given a fresh coat of white paint. While weathered brick is lovely on its own, too, there’s something airy and modern about a whitewashed wall. The look is still warm and cozy, but the paint gives the space a facelift and significantly brightens up the room. Case in point: Hally’s Restaurant (above and below) in London, designed by Alexander Waterworth. Though it’s a commercial restaurant, I think the space is so homey and beautiful, and could easily be translated into a home kitchen.

Read on to see more whitewashed looks I’m loving.

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Kids’ Parties: DIY Musical Instruments

Written by Sara Albers & Melissa Fenlon

By Sara & Melissa of  alice & lois

When we’re hosting a kid’s birthday party, we love to have a craft project to keep the kiddos busy. It’s such a nice way for the little ones to be creative—plus, the craft doubles as a take-home favor. We made these sweet spin drums with the girls at a recent music-themed birthday party!

Read more and get the instructions after the jump.

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10 Clever Place Card Ideas For a Summer Wedding

By Lauren Saylor of  A Fabulous Fete

Summer Wedding Ideas

Place cards have always been one of my favorite things to play around with at events and for shoots. You can get so creative and add some really fun touches to your table. And now that summer’s here, there are so many bright and playful options to consider! Fresh items like flowers and fruit are really great (plus, they can even double as a little snack while your guests wait for dinner!). Or, you can get crafty and give guests a small memento that they can take home and display as decor. Here are just a few of my favorite ideas for summer!

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Take It Outside: Summery Alfresco Dining Ideas

By Victoria of  SF Girl by Bay

Summer is officially here, which means dining al fresco and enjoying the beautiful outdoors. I search far and wide for the best outdoor patios around my city, but this year I’m dedicating myself to setting up my own outdoor dining area for occasions from parties to a few moments alone with my morning cup of coffee. I love this idea of setting up under a big tree, to give a feeling of an intimate alcove, and have rounded up a few more of my favorite outdoor dining inspirations for you.

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DIY Footed Candy Jars

By Ashley of  Sugar & Cloth

DIY footed candy jars

DIY footed candy jars

I’m all about easily accessible candy as much as the next gal, but I think we can get a little more creative than a plain old apothecary jar, don’t you? These DIY footed candy jars are really inexpensive to make (I used basic glass hurricane vases!) and they’re a much-more-modern take on the standard dessert table.

Customize your candy jars with bold stripes, geometric patterns, or just let the sweets do all of the showing off…

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DIY Patterned Flatware Pouches

By Ashley of Sugar & Cloth

DIY patterned flatware bags

DIY patterned flatware pouches

Every table setting needs a few key pieces (who could forget striped straws, after all?), but sometimes your flatware needs a little sprucing up, too! These DIY patterned flatware pouches not only add a pop of color that you can mix with any theme, but they also keep utensils nice and neat, all gathered together.

Even better, they only require a few inexpensive supplies, and you can whip them up in a pinch in just under ten minutes!

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Summer Floral Wedding Inspiration

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Minted Floral Invitations

My guess is approximately 24 hours after a couple is engaged, they are on pinterest beginning their search for the perfect wedding theme. And we all know how overwhelming that can be with the abundance of information and ideas on the internet. One place you can start you inspiration search that might help you narrow things down a bit quicker is the invitation. You can easily choose a style, like modern, rustic, floral, vintage, etc. and take it from there. I am a big fan of anything floral and gold, so this floral canopy foil-pressed invitation caught my eye. And if I could plan my wedding day all over again, this is where I would start with my inspiration!

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Design to Dish: “Not Quite” Fried Ice Cream Sundaes

Written by Melissa of Lulu the Baker

fiesta fried ice cream sundaes

I know Cinco de Mayo is behind us for the year, but I can’t resist a good party theme, and fiestas are always especially colorful and lively. The food is fresh and flavorful, the colors are bright and bold, and the company is always fantastic. I think a fiesta-themed graduation party would be amazing. So would a fiesta-themed baby shower. Or a bridal shower. Or a summer birthday party. Pretty much all parties should be fiestas!

I wanted to come up with a fun, Mexican-inspired dessert to go along with the darling papel picado fiesta invitations from Minted pictured above, and the first thing that came to mind was fried ice cream. But seriously, who wants to deal with the hassle and mess of frying ice cream balls?! And it doesn’t seem like a very party-friendly dessert. My mom makes a yummy summer dessert with vanilla ice cream surrounded by a crispy, buttery, sauteed coconut/cereal crust and topping, and it occurred to me that it would be pretty easy to rolls ice cream balls in that crunchy coating to make almost-friend ice cream. My dessert experiments aren’t always successful, but these “Not Quite” Fried Ice Cream Sundaes got two very enthusiastic thumbs up from the entire family over Memorial Day weekend, and they were super easy to make. Ole!

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8 Ideas for Welcome Bags

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Wedding Favors

When asking guests to travel a bit for your wedding, it’s a nice gesture to have something waiting for them upon their arrival. And with a million other things on your mind while planning your big day, coming up with goodies that all of your guests will enjoy is a time consuming task. So here are a few themes and ideas to get your started!

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Design to Dish: Walking Tacos & Frito Pies

Written by Melissa of Lulu the Baker

walking tacos frito pies

Graduation is such an exciting time! Moving on from the world of education to the big, grown-up world of jobs and life and responsibilities–what a fantastic reason to gather and celebrate! The summery, sunny weather at graduation time seems tailor-made for casual, outdoor celebrations filled with balloons and banners and streamers, good food, and lots of fun.

Walking Tacos and their fraternal twin Frito Pies are perfect outdoor party food. They’re fun and tasty, essentially mess-free, and easy to eat while you walk and talk. You simply start with a single serving-sized bag of Fritos for each guest, and set out taco toppings (for Walking Tacos) or chili toppings (for Frito Pies). The bags are water- and grease-proof, so the entire entree is contained in one little, easily portable bag with no mess–perfect food for an outdoor celebration!

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