A Mod Cow Birthday Party

By Kelli Hall, Minted Event Stylist

Mod Cow TableMy little guy adores everything cows, so when it came to designing his second birthday, I knew cows would be a dominant element…But, instead of going the direction of country cow, I took a bright, bold direction and opted for a more modern, or “Mod Cow” theme. Check out the post for more on how I styled it, along with details that made it special…


ten minute gnome costume

By Melanie of You Are My Fave

I don’t think I knew that store bought Halloween costumes existed as a child. My mom would somehow find away to whip up our costume requests, often tirelessly the night before. While I didn’t inherit her sewing skills, I know how to wield a hot glue gun and with that skill made this easy gnome costume. Trust me, the craft level to create this is beginner at most.


Fall Wedding Favor Ideas

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Wedding Favors

Fall, to me, is all about being cozy, comfortable and spending quality time with family and friends. So when it comes to picking out favors for your fall wedding, it’s no wonder that so many of them focused around delicious foods and keeping your guests feeling like they are at home. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite DIY ideas as well as some finds that you can personalize with an easy thank you tag. Read on for details.


Easy Spooky Tree Halloween Place Cards

By Jenny Batt of Hank and Hunt

Halloween is on it’s way and we just decorated this weekend. I’m loving black and white with a single pop of color this year, like orange. One of the quickest ways to create memorable parties is to customize your decor. That will mean a stroll or two down aisles not necessarily for your type of party. For example, these place card holders in the shapes of little trees were actually on the wedding aisle. The shape is what caught my eye, a great twiggy form that would look fabulous a little spookier. Even the most novice crafter can rock a can of spray paint. This is the world’s easiest spooky tree diy, I promise.  Don’t be afraid to paint things, you can make amazing decor only armed with a can of spray paint. The best part is, spray paint is impossible to mess up. There are no fine lines to follow, just spray and go. Miss a spot? Spray it again. The key is just to use light coats so you don’t get drip marks, voila.


Bubble Gum Grass Placecard Holders

By Kelli Hall, Minted Event Stylist

edible grass place card holderFor my son’s Mod Cow themed birthday party, I created these place card holders–complete with edible bubble gum grass–and designed for little guests to graze and nibble. Check out this simple DIY for an easy step-by-step on how to craft your own.

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monster favor boxes

By Melanie of You Are My Fave

Since haunted houses make me cry and The Ring still haunts me over ten years later, I thought a more lighthearted party theme of monster mash would be a better fit for my Halloween festivities this year. These favor boxes are fun to make and easy enough that kids can help out. You could make a crafternoon out of it.


Chic Halloween Wedding Inspiration

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

halloween wedding

Wedding planning in the month of October means you have the option of incorporating fun (or creepy!) Halloween details into your decor, and even wardrobe choices. You can go all out using pumpkins, skeletons, cobwebs and everything else that comes with the holiday. Or, you can go with a more subtle approach and let the style and colors influence your planning. Read on for a few ways to create a chic Halloween wedding.


Wax paper votive holders

By Victoria of A Subtle Revelry

Enjoy the dim light of votives for your star studded reception with these wax paper votive holders. One placed alongside florals will bring just that perfect hint of light to the evening, or stack them in various heights together for an accent table your guests will not want to miss. 



We are very excited to announce the guest judge awards from the ‘Oh What Fun’ Holiday Challenge. We were honored to work with such wonderfully talented luminaries and our designers should be elated to have such talent handpick their work from the thousands of submissions.

Michael Boodro chose Wonderful Merry by chica design, out of Atlanta. Says Michael of his selection: “Like the holidays themselves, this card is a great mix of the nostalgic—that charming black and white photo—and the fresh—the vibrant red script.Boodro has been the editor in chief of ELLE DECOR since August 2010. He has also served as editor in chief of Martha Stewart Living, was the launch editor of Culture and Travel, was an editor in the Style Department of The New York Times Magazine and served as the editor in chief of Garden Design. He worked as features editor at Vogue for 11 years. He is the author of Stephen Sills and James Huniford’s design book Dwellings.

Vanessa Holden, Senior Vice President and Creative Director of West Elm, chose Ticket to Joy by San Francisco designer Spotted Whale Design. “Combining seasonal sentiment with great graphics and a slew of family fun facts, I love how this design allows the sender to truly personalize their holiday message – right down to including their family motto for 2013! Oh what fun indeed!” said Holden.

Victoria Smith of SF Girl By Bay chose Georgia designer Kelli Hall‘s Jingle Brights. “I like the nostalgic feeling of the vintage framed photograph,” says Smith. “It reminds me of my old family photographs. And I like it combined with the fun, bold typeface. It just stands out to me, and it’s a card I’d be likely to post on my fridge!”

Leila Lewis of Inspired by This selected So Much Merry by San Francisco-based Lizzy McGinn. “While the design is a little more simple, that’s why I fell in love with it,” says Lewis. “The focus is left to the image. It’s not an in-your-face holiday card, which means it can stay on someone’s fridge long past New Years!”

Huge congratulations to Angela Vellino, Elliot, Kelli Hall and Lizzy McGinn! This is really big! We hope you take a minute to enjoy this epic nod.



Paper Strip Pumpkin Art

By Merrilee of Mer Mag

There has been a bit of a chill in the air and a few leaves are beginning to change colors, which can only mean one thing…we’re on the brink of FALL!  We are big fans of Autumn around here and I relish the chance to break out the pumpkin, harvest and Halloween crafts this time of year.

To celebrate this sweater loving, pumpkin patchin’ time of year, we thought we’d share a variation of our Paper Strip Easter Egg Art only this time with pumpkins!