Seasonal Soirees: Farm Dinner

By Melissa of Lulu the Baker

With golden leaves and cool mornings popping up with regularity, I don’t think we can deny it any longer: our beloved Summer is coming to an end! Luckily, the end of Summer also means bumper crops of fresh produce from the garden and orchard, and beautiful evenings with pleasant temperatures and lingering twilight. This little bridge between Summer and Fall is the perfect time to host a farm-fresh backyard soiree. Pick a pretty invitation, decorate with classic globe lights and baskets of produce, and set up long tables in the yard for friends to enjoy a fresh, simple meal together to celebrate the end of another beautiful season…

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Late Summer Wedding Inspiration

By Lauren Saylor of  A Fabulous Fete

bohemian wedding decor

One trend I can never get enough of is the easy breezy style of bohemian weddings. The decor, food and attire always looks so effortless. When I think of a late summer wedding, bohemian inspiration immediately comes to mind. Read on for ideas and inspiration for achieving that laid back atmosphere for your own wedding day….

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watercolor monogram favor boxes

By Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fave

I love ending a party on a high note with a great favor but sometimes store bought packaging can be so ho-hum. Here’s a really quick way to customize and beautify a simple white box that can be filled with anything from a set of crayons to a sweet treat. The watercolor finish would blend well with an art party theme.

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DIY Paper Cup Garland

By Jenny Batt, of Hank and Hunt

Paper cups come in all patterns and colors these days to match your celebration. Have you ever taken a moment to marvel at the rainbow wall at your local party store? Or have you found yourself with a stash of random colors of leftover party cups? I know my collection of leftovers is probably bigger than most, but as I was looking through my party supplies to plan Henry and Hunter’s first day of school party and I noticed a mismatched stack of paper cups.   I decided to make a paper cup garland. Big color, a little mismatched and a whole lot of fun. The boys can even help me make it. Every year we have a different theme, but it is always special. This year is double special because it is also Hunter’s first day of Kindergarten. We’re going to have a bigger party than usual.

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Driftwood Centerpiece

By Victoria of A Subtle Revelry
If you are looking for a way to continue your summer feelings of love into your wedding day, this driftwood centerpiece is a great solution. It is easy and super affordable to make (as long as you can get to the shore before you say I do!). Using driftwood to center your tables will give a casual yet stylish look to your day – perfect for a brunch or outdoor ceremony.

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Moodboard: Wandering Outdoorsman

By Maia McDonald of Design Conundrum

When starting a project I always find it’s really helpful to create a mood board. It’s a key step that helps me brainstorm ideas visually and create a cohesive look. It can be especially helpful when planning for a wedding or event, it’s a visual guide that you can go back and reference so your event comes together seamlessly.

This week’s theme is all about woodsy ruggedness, drawing in elements of nature, camping, hand-drawn elements and moody photography. It would be a wonderful look for a casual mountain wedding or summertime dinner party outdoors.

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rest your pretty head.

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.

Sometimes the best getaway from the busy, fast paced everyday is right here in your own home. These bedrooms, adorned with their ornate and luxurious headboards, take turning your space into a sanctuary of sorts to the next level. I can just imagine myself setting up camp and cozying up with a few good books, a pot of tea and staying put all weekend long. Here are a few favorite pretty beds and headboards that have recently caught my eye.

This cool brick Boston apartment turns into a warm and inviting space by pairing natural textiles atop this off-white tufted headboard. This pretty padded headboard does wonders to bring a softer feeling into the more industrial-seeming space.

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Sunny Party

By Mariam, CEO and founder of Minted

I recently threw a 6th birthday party for my daughter, Sabine, up in Calistoga, about an hour and a half north of San Francisco.  Sabine is crazy about ponies, and I thought it would be fun to have a combination pony and petting zoo party.  I asked the wildly talented Carrie O’Neal, a member of Minted’s design community, to come up with an invitation and matching party décor items.  I loved her bold red design – playful, fun, colorful, and great for guys or gals.

As inspiration, I thought of a party in a meadow, sort of what I vaguely remember the 1970s were like… sunny, relaxed, and people in fields with flowers in their hair, like the Syracuse, New York summer camp I was at in 1976 or like the famous Coca-Cola TV ad (“I’d like to teach the world to sing…”).

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