A Typographic Home

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.

Lately it seems that many of the spaces I save as inspiration all have one thing in common – pops of beautiful and graphic typographic decorative elements. I’ll them all – the vintage metal letters, oversized, or paired with others. Like the “L A D” seen above from photographer Seth Smoot, using letters as accent pieces around your home or office is a great way to bring unique visual elements to a space that could spell out meaning, or hold a more abstract message.

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Paper Pumpkin Centerpiece

By Olivia Kanaley, DIY Editor

Paper pumpkin craft
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we’ve got you covered with this paper centerpiece idea. Use our printable template and any paper you choose to make the perfect accent for your Thanksgiving table or sideboard.

Supplies Paper Pumpkin
Supplies:

  • Template
  • 5-10 sheets of decorative paper
  • Crepe paper (optional)
  • Quick dry glue (such as Beacon 3-in-1) or hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Binder clips
  • Masking tape

Paper pumpkin craft

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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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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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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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Designer to Know: Amber Asay

By Maia McDonald of Design Conundrum

If you need a little design inspiration look no further than the stunning graphic design portfolio of Florida-based Amber Asay. I found Amber on Dribbble recently and she quickly became one of my favorite accounts to follow. Her work is always inspiring; I especially love her use of vintage type, but it never feels over the top or too kitschy. I recommend checking out all of her work and getting a little inspiration of your own.

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Custom Patterned Bar Tray

By Kelli Hall, Minted Event Stylist

I love a pretty serving tray, especially one that’s both colorful and versatile. Check out this simple DIY project for a reusable patterned tray–lined with a paper of your choosing and made to swap prints whenever the right mood (or party) strikes.

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Forest Green and Pink Wedding Inspiration

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

green and pink weeding

Is it really already September? And you know what that means, we are moving away from the super bright palettes to more saturated and fall inspired tones. Now, i’m not a huge fan of the brown and gold that comes to mind when we think fall. Not all color should be thrown in the trash once we get to the cooler months. I think we can still play with color, but use more saturated tones, and definitely skip the neon. With that said, here is one of my favorite color palettes for fall, forest green and pink. I love that the green is very mellow and grounding, but you can still have fun with the pops of pink.

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