Friday Link Love

Friday. I really can’t tell you where my week went this week. It got lost somewhere along the way amidst a mass of projects, endless emails, and too little sleep. My weekend isn’t slowing up much – I’ve got a photoshoot tomorrow that I’ll be sharing with you in a few weeks and a little bit of traveling for dinner and a sleepover with friends I love far too much for how little I see them. What’s on deck for your weekend? However you’re spending it I hope it’s happy, peaceful, restful and spent with the ones you love. See you back here next week for more incredible Inspired Creations Contest entries. Happy Friday! xoxo

A few links for your weekend…
I’m starting to dream about summer gardening
A fabulous DIY contest for you crafty types
Pretty little DIY candy favors
The perfect bachelorette party
Have I mentioned lately how much I love ice cream + gelato?
This is the sweetest

This week in the Inspired Creations Contest…
Dreamy Loft Wedding Inspiration
Modern Industrial Glamor
Woodsy Winter Canadiana
Pretty in Punk
Glamorous Wedding Style Under the Tress
Red, Navy + Copper Americana
Glittery Ballet-Inspired Bridal Shower Shoot
Plum + Bronze Glamor

{Photography copyright Lisa Warninger. Wardrobe styling by Lauren Hartmann. Model: Skye Velten. Hair + makeup: Madeline Roosevelt. Dress: Le Train Bleu. Floral + set by Chelsea Fuss. Location: Le Train Bleu. Photos via Frolic.}

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Sponsored Giveaway: $150 Williams Sonoma Gift Card!

UPDATE: The entries have been tallied up! With the help of the winner of $150 from Williams-Sonoma is Jessica! We’ll be in touch with details, Jessica, and thanks to everyone who entered!

After a week of incredible wedding and entertaining inspiration from the participants of the Inspired Creations Contest, I am so excited to have a fabulous giveaway to end the week from none other than the entertaining gurus at Williams-Sonoma! As an avid entertainer, registering at Williams-Sonoma was at the top of my list of priorities when my husband and I were planning our wedding. They have, hands down, the best selection of cookware, kitchen gadets, tabletop accessories and barware for entertaining friends and loved ones.

This time of year I’m thinking of all the pool parties we’ll hold this summer and, because many of our friends live out of town, pool parties on Saturday afternoons tend to include brunch on Sunday mornings. For me this means stocking up on colorful summer-inspired barware for margaritas on the rocks (hold the salt, please) and homemade sangria. In the morning, Belgian waffles, freshly squeezed orange juice, a casserole dish of cheesy homefries (prepped in advance and tucked in the oven in the morning), mimosas and coffee take center stage. I like to take the bed and breakfast approach to hostessing – cozy beds, full bellies and happy hearts.Today, Williams-Sonoma is giving away a $150 gift card to one lucky reader! Wondering how to get your name in the hat? Here are the official contest rules –

1. To enter, set up a registry with Williams-Sonoma or if you’re already registered with them, simply add another item to your registry and note in the comments here what item you added.
2. All entrants must leave a comment here on this post and mention that you have registered with Williams-Sonoma and share with me your favorite registry item. (Maybe it’s that KitchenAid stand mixer you’ve been eying for years or the pretty champagne glasses for mimosas at your next brunch!)
3. Readers who include their public registry link in the comment will receive an extra entry!
4. The contest is open until 8:59am EST on Friday, April 15, 2011 when one winner will be announced!

{Photos by Williams-Sonoma.}

This post was sponsored by Williams-Sonoma.


Simple + Chic Sparkling Tabletop

I’ve had the best week sharing the talents of our Inspired Creations Contest entrants with you and I’m equally excited to show off today’s sweet, chic design from Andrea Gray of AGH Event Maker and Jade McCully of Jade + Matthew Take Pictures. Andrea’s take on the glitter and glam challenge is refreshing and bright, with hints of sparkle and rainbow-inspired color. Old terra cotta planters were spray painted and filled with cute miniature rose plants – I love how the bright green balances all of the silver and gold accents. Arrangements of baby’s breath, tissue paper pinwheel flowers, and funky glitter-covered styrofoam ball sticks leftover from the holidays look sculptural and garden-inspired while silver and gold fringe adds just the right amount of shimmer and shine. Pretty sequined heart-shaped cupcake toppers are the perfect final touch.

I love the tissue paper flowers Andrea included the floral arrangements, such a simple and easy DIY project. Make them from metallic tissue paper or in a range of pretty monochromatic shades for a bit of drama and fun.

DIY Tissue Paper Pinwheel Flowers:
1. Cut tissue paper in half length-wise then in half again so you have a piece that is roughly 10″x15″
2. Fan fold the paper roughly an inch wide
3. Cut sides of the paper so that you create points on each end
4. Wrap a pipe-cleaner around the middle of the folds and tie a somewhat tight knot.
5. Fan out the pin wheel and tape the sides together to create a cute little flower!

DIY Sequin Heart Toppers:
1. Cut out a heart from a thick piece of cardstock
2. Individually glue sequins to heart on one side using a glue gun
3. Glue a tooth pick to the non-sequin covered side and enjoy!

Thanks, ladies, for being a part of the Inspired Creations Contest!

Vendors + Resources –
Concept + design: AGH Event Maker / Photography: Jade + Matthew Take Pictures /  Potted plants: Fresh Market / Cupcakes: Gigi’s Cupcakes / Table fringe – Party City.

{Photos by Jade + Matthew Take Pictures.}


DIY Vintage Contact Paper Flags + Bunting

HI! It’s Jenny from Hank + Hunt with another party accoutrement DIY for you, my pretties. So, I have three whole rolls of this AMAZING 1960s contact paper for lining shelves. While I have had them since before I got married (ahem) a while ago, I have never lined a shelf with it. I just think it’s too pretty to use and I won’t ever get to see it at the bottom of some drawer. Not that I see it much in the paper box under my bed. But wait, I have an idea that will both satisfy my desire to live beautifully with pretty things and use them NOW; and also to save this precious commodity that I have. Have you seen the usual vintage colors? This vintage lovely is pink with that fabulous avocado green. You dig? I have a super simple DIY of toppers and garland. Cut, stick, trim. Perfectly simple.

contact paper
rotary cutter
lollipop sticks or toothpicks
twine, string or ribbon

For toppers –
Cut a strip off of the roll about 5 ½” wide. Cut strips ¾” wide off of that larger strip.

Remove backing, center stick, and fold around it, being sure to line up the edges.

Trim a little notch out of the end to make it look like a flag.

Repeat and enjoy!

For garland –

Cut a strip off of the roll about 5 ½” wide. Cut strips 1 ½” wide off of that larger strip. Fold each in half.

Remove backing, center twine on fold line, and fold around it, being sure to line up the edges and press flat. If you mess up, don’t worry, you can open it back up and fix it, or just cheat and trim with scissors.

Repeat down the length of the twine, spacing each about 3-4 inches apart.

Trim a little notch out of the end to make it look like a flag.

This is a super simple DIY, that would look just as cute with those faux wood grain contact papers.  Similarly, you could use your own printed or scanned pattern on sticker sheets. Even easier, just attach double sided tape to the back of cardstock. I really hope this will make you as crazy for toppers and garland as I am!

{Photos from Hank + Hunt.}


Pretty In Punk Inspiration Shoot

Yesterday I mentioned how much I love the many wildly different interpretations of the Inspired Creations Contest Glitter + Glam challenge and today is really going to drive that home. Today’s team of Melanie Bittick of Jesi Haack Design, Katie McGihon Photography, MaeMae Paperie and Jocelyn Renfrow of 1703 Event Studios was inspired by 1970s punk rock meets Betsey Johnson’s super girly and glam style. With a color palette of black, gold, and hot pink, the details here are bold and modern with a punk edge. For me, this design is just plain fun. It’s wear-the-sassiest-little-black-dress-and-the-tallest-pumps-you-own kind of fun. (Which, I’ve got to say, is my very favorite kind of fun of all.)

When thinking about punk rock as her muse, Melanie from Jesi Haack Design conjured up images of safety pins, booze, graffiti, and lipstick on mirrors. From there all of the design elements came together – safety pins to attach escort cards to a glittery backdrop, lipstick pen favors for the girls and Jim Beam with custom labels for the dudes. They spray painted a bathroom mirror gold and used hot pink lipstick to write the table name on it, naming the tables after 70s punk songs.

A graffiti board “guest book” made from a standard 4’ x 8’ piece of plywood allows guests to spray paint fun messages and can later be used in the couple’s home as cool art. (Love this idea!)

To up the glam factor, they took a black sequined table linen and added gold chargers, gold-rimmed glassware, and gold flatware, then spray painted wooden folding chairs gold. For a pop of pink, they added hot pink napkins and puffy pink flowers. The final touch? Amazing paper goods and stationery in hot pink and black from MaeMae Paperie and a cocktail rimmed with gold edible glitter with hot pink glowing ice cubes.

I love everything that this incredible team came up with and can’t thank them enough for being a part of the Inspired Creations Contest! xoxo

Vendors –
Concept + design: Melanie Bittick of Jesi Haack Design / Photography: Katie McGihon Photography / Stationery + paper goods: MaeMae Paperie / Floral design: 1703 Event Studios / Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rentals / Flatware: Signature Party Rentals / Glassware: Classic Party Rentals / Mini sequin hearts: Ban Do / Venue: The Lab

{Photos by Katie McGihon Photography.}