A 30th Birthday Bash

Today I have a special treat for you. The lovely Victoria of A Subtle Revelry (a rockin’ party blogger and one of the sweetest ladies I’ve ever met) shared her recent 30th birthday party and you’re going to love every little bit. In lieu of creating one of the ever-popular 30 Before 30 list of goals, Vicky and her husband Matt made an unlist. They jotted down a list of the things they’ve learned along the way in life – humorous, wise, honest, and helpful lessons that they take with them and look to pass on to their own kids someday. I love this idea!

Vicky celebrated with just a few close friends with a backyard bonfire. They made ice cream floats (blush wine for the ladies and porter for the gents) and snacked on big bowls of movie popcorn. A matchstick candle made by gluing matches to a board in the shape of a big “30” served as their fire starter. This party was all about celebrating in sweet, simple ways while looking forward to all that life has yet to bring. I can’t think of a better way to say hello to your 30s, can you?

Many thanks to Victoria for sharing her awesome birthday celebration with us and a happy belated birthday! xoxo

{Photos by Carly Taylor for A Subtle Revelry.}


DIY Embroidery Hoop Cake Stand

Hello, hello! It’s Jenny from Hank + Hunt and boy do I have an easy peasy, cheap and peppy little DIY for you today! I was looking at my extra embroidery hoops hanging on the wall and got super excited. I had a visual of this cute little hoop as a cake stand and away I went. It was super easy and quick to make, I think it’s just charming.

Supplies –
embroidery hoop
jam jar with lid
fabric scrap bigger than the hoop
scissors and pinking shears
hot glue
foam board

First, cut the foam board into two squares. Place the embroidery hoop on a square and trace the inside of the hoop.

Cut straight lines close to the circle (think octagon) this will make it easier to cut a clean circle from the foam board by eliminating the excess. Then cut the circle, following the traced line.

Press into the embroidery hoop, trimming if necessary. It should fit snugly. Repeat with the second circle.

Cut a square of fabric about 3” larger than the embroidery hoop. Take the outer hoop off and place the fabric, right side up, over the inner hoop with foam board inserts.

Press down, smoothing fabric, with the outer hoop, and tighten.

Trim the excess fabric off with pinking shears.

Take the lid and separate it into two pieces. Run a thin bead of hot glue on the inside of the lid and press the lid insert in quickly.

Then, run a thick bead of hot glue along the top of the lid, and press in the center of the foam board. Let cool.

Fill the jam jar with various accoutrement, screw on the embroidery hoop lid, and now you have a perfect little cake stand.

You could do a whole dessert table, with various sized hoops and jam jars in different heights. Fill the jars with buttons, scrabble pieces, sea glass or paint the inside to match your color palette. Just changing the fabric on top can change the look from vintage to modern, while still keeping a homemade feel. Enjoy!

{Photos by Hank + Hunt.}


Party Palette: Clover + Persimmon

I love these color palettes because I get to continually switch things up. I have such a love for color. In fact, picking out paint colors has been my favorite part of renovating our first home and I’m actually pretty bummed that I’m down to the final few paint color selections. Today’s palette was inspired by colors reminiscent of the desert – crisp plant-like greens and warm shades of rust and orange.
{top. Pam Sattler. left. Erica Ann Photography via Ruffled. right. Heather Bullard.}


Announcing the Inspired Creations Contest Top 10!

After much ado, it’s time to announce the top 10 finalists in the Inspired Creations Contest! Once again, Ami and I were blown away by the creativity and talent that some of the nation’s most talented vendors brought to the table when dreaming up their entries. Narrowing the field from 30 incredible entries to just 10 finalists was no small feat! Below, the top 10 finalists are presented in random order. Winners will be announced on Friday so chime in with which entry was your favorite!

Glittery Ballet-Inspired Bridal Shower
{Photo by Bon Bon Studio.}

Red, Navy + Copper Americana
{Photo by Mathieu Photography.}

Pink + Gold Glittery Wedding Ideas
{Photo by Benjamin Edwards.}

Brunch Wedding Inspiration Shoot
{Photo by Jaclyn Simpson Photography.}

Dreamy Loft Wedding Inspiration
{Photo by Kellie Kano.}

Pretty in Punk
{Photo by Katie McGihon Photography.}

Glamorous Wedding Style Under the Trees
{Photo by Lavender & Twine.}

Plum + Bronze Wedding Glamor
{Photo by Diana Marie Photography.}

Burlap + Bling
{Photo by Kristyn Hogan.}

Pretty + Understated Luxury Wedding Style
{Photo by Stevi Savage of AveryHouse.}


Sweet Idea: Host an Ice Cream Party

I love ice cream about as much as I love anything. It is, hands down, my favorite food on earth. That said, I love the idea of a party revolving around ice cream treats. A pretty make-your-own sundae station stacked high with toppings, colorful glass bowls and an assortment of cones are all it takes to bring a festive touch to your next shindig. This ice cream party inspiration shoot was shared by an incredible team of vendors from Italy where their love for gelato knows no bounds. (These are my kind of girls.)

Vendors –
Event design, styling + coordination: Jessica Di Giacomo / Stationery: Susanna Mancini / Photographer: Catalina Alvarez / Jewelry: Miriam Ventura / Venue: Monteveglio, Bologna

{Photos by Catalina Alvarez.}