Party Decor
  • Cultivate Creatives Picnic

    In the middle of July, fresh after a rainstorm, creatives gathered in a garden for a picnic. It was a great opportunity to connect and enjoy a delicious assortment of food and get to meet each other! We have another picnic scheduled for September 6, and would love for more creatives to join! Check out more info here.

  • Earth laughs in flowers

    I don't understand things like this. I come from a family where we buy things. We don't sit and make blankets [or flowercrowns].
    -Somara, fellow bridesmaid

    Last weekend, I had such a wonderful time visiting old friends from college. I spent Saturday traipsing around NYC with Kathleen, who just moved there after landing a job with a photo studio, and her husband, David. Then we traveled out to Princeton to visit our friend and bride-to-be, Gina, who hosted us for a pre-wedding weekend of fun for all the bridesmaids. One of these said pre-wedding festivities we partook in was creating lovely flower-crowns before we embarked on a day full of surprises. Gina has a mix of girls with art backgrounds, and non-craft oriented backgrounds. There were lots of laughs and merriment as we helped each others crowns come to life. I wanted to share with you some pictures of the crafting that took place!

    We created the structure of the crown with two pieces of floral wire twisted together. Snipping the buds off, leaving about an inch of stem, we then used jewelry wire to secure it to the crown. 

    We had a table full of supplies at the ready. Whatever could possibly be needed. Ribbons for sweet bows, hot glue for finishing touches, paper clips for.... who knows?

    Kathleen donning her crown.
      And me smelling the roses :)
  • DIY ornament or decorative spheres

    Start with a styrofoam ball, size of choice and a few packages if thumbtacks. I worked with silver, and white for my spheres. Use Elmer's glue to give a little extra security to the tacks hold, once you start to layer them like fish scales, they'll be tightly locked in place! Start on one side and work your way around to give a cyclical pattern around the sphere. I worked in small sections at a time, but sure to top the ball off at the point opposite of its bottom.

  • a little bubbly in a sparkly glass

    I was a co-maid of honor for my dear friend's wedding. To make sure she felt as super special as she truly is, we planned a sparkly evening of festivities for her bachelorette! I can't wait to share photos with you of the fun that ensued, but for now I have some fun little projects I created for the night. Inspired by my mother's work I painted the bride, and each bridesmaid a special glass, of course marked with their initial to be sure we knew who's was who's!

    Have a variety of paint bush sizes at the ready! I like working with smaller brushes, because it is easier to control, or rather, squiggled less of a mess for me to later correct.
    You can find Gloss Enamels at Hobby Lobby, or most craft stores. There are other brands available, just be sure to read the directions for baking or curing the glassware. There are some available that require it to sit for 21 days before using! Gloss Enamels can bake in less than an hour in your own oven.
    Chose a font and print out the initial you wish to paint. Cut it into a small piece that will fit into the glass.
    Tape paper to the inside of glass, making sure it's positioned straight before you start painting. You can just trace the printout with the paint.

    Make sure to keep you brush wet before dipping in paint, this will help for a smooth application on the glass.
    Dip only the tip of the brush in paint, you do not want globs.
    I lined the top rim of the glass, to finish it off. 


    I coated the base and stem as well, this took two applications to make sure it wasn't streaky.


    It's looking good, but not quit done! I think some polka-dots will do the trick!


    Using a flat round cylinder object, such as an eraser, is perfect for the little detail!


    Gently press it against the glass. You may need to twist it slightly as you pull away, to keep the edges crisp and clean. I alternated between silver and black dots.


    Let the glass dry a bit before handling. You can place multiple on the oven rack, just make sure none are touching! Follow the paint's label instructions for baking. 
    Check back, and I'll have some final shots to share of our festive setup to celebrate my friend and her soon-to-be nuptials! 
  • Engage!13 Paper Cut Wedding Dress

    I had the incredible fortune to be asked to create a paper wedding dress for Engage!13 at the Biltmore Estate. It was to be inspired by Cornelia Vanderbilt, who's wedding reception was hosted at the Estate in the 1920's. The dress was on display for the grand Great Gatsby-esque Gala on the last night of a several day conference. Emily Chidester was wonderful enough to tag along and document the process and final installation of the dress! 

    The event space was incredible to see and it was so exciting to be a part of the set up for such a grand evening! Check out this video that captures some of the magic or this one!

  • Starry Night Photo Shoot Prep

    My third large scale freelance project after leaving Anthro was an exciting and new adventure. Thanks to the magic of Instagram, I was contacted by the art director of Charlotte Wedding Magazine, to collaborate on their fashion shoot for their Winter Issue. I painted a 10x12 foot backdrop to look like a swirling midnight sky, and also created a giant moon for the model to sit on. I shared some of the process below!

    Painting a rather large surface may be easiest outside. I laid down a plastic tarp and used painter's drop-cloth for the actual backdrop.

    I worked with two colors, a deep navy and an off-white, watering both down and mixing some for a middle tone. I painted in circular strokes to slightly blend the colors together into a cloudy atmosphere.

    The upper right corner was lightest, and darker as I worked outward.
    The tarp took 12-15 hours to dry (which could have been due to the humidity and dew that set overnight).

    Drying backdrop from other angle- you can see the swirling colors a bit more.
    I used 1/2 inch sand ply for the moon. I purchased a 4x8 foot sheet, but knew it wouldn't fit in my car, so had it cut down to a 3 foot width and used the extra piece to extend the point of the crescent moon.

    The pieces were supported from the backside with 1x2 inch pieces of wood that were glued and attached with small wood screws.
    The front surface was then primed with Kilz and then painted with the same off-white used for the sky.

    A sunny yellow was used to add surface texture and color variation to the moon.

    The yellow was mixed slightly with the off-white and pounced onto the board.


    As the paint dried, I sprinkled a fine pearlescent glitter over the moon and then sealed with polycrylic.

    I used 2x4's to built a small bench, about a 2 foot cube, that the moon was attached to with screws. The 2x4s were painted the same color as the backdrop to blend in. I used foamcore for clouds and dusted them with a little spray paint for color, and a thin chipboard cut into stars painted with silver and gold. The addition of both these elements helped create a nice depth within the shallow space and gave the shot a little more playfulness. 

    I'll be sharing the final shots from the magazine soon, so be sure to check back!