A No. 40 Southern Picnic Birthday Bash

Good morning and happy Monday, friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend. (Mine was pretty darn awesome if I do say so myself.) To kick off the week, I’m loving this Southern picnic style 40th birthday party. It has everything you need for the perfect celebration – embarrassing childhood photos, great food, lots of games (think Twister and cornhole), and an abundance of light-hearted cheer. What more can you ask for? If this is what 40 looks like, it looks pretty fun to me!

{Photos from You + Me via Party Perfect.}

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Friday Link Love

Happy Friday, friends! I am cutting out a little early this week so I can spend the day continuing my adventures in unpacking, spending a bit of time with this lady, and preparing for weekend visitors. I’ve had a whirlwind of a week! I wrapped up the first part of a major holiday project (stay tuned for details in just a couple of weeks) and starting working on organizing my office space at the new house. Tomorrow we’ll kick off the weekend wandering around the farmer’s market (my favorite way to spend a Saturday morning) and there may or may not be some pumpkin picking in our future, too. What are you up to this weekend? Whatever it is, I hope you have the chance to experience a little bit of fall magic. See you Monday! xoxo

We all know I love to camp.

Inspiration: an autumn picnic.

The find of the week: I need these!

This motivates me to tackle a weekend DIY project.

Basically the best holiday cards ever.

AB is at it again – these are brilliant!

Crushin’ on these cute cards.

I still really want a bike.

Loving these woven necklaces.

I need a Twelve by 2012 list.

Absolutely beautiful letterpress invitations.

Take your Halloween party to the next level.

{Photo by Nathan Legiehn.}

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Party Palette: Fuchsia + Pistachio

I’m pretty much in love with today’s color palette. There’s something about pretty pistachio green paired with punchy fuchsia that just makes all seem right with the world. I love playful, happy colors and this palette is definitely all about the fun. In addition to making a rockin’ color palette for your next shindig, I think it’d make a pretty awesome little girl’s bedroom, too.

{top. Greg Photoboy. left. Once Wed via Brooklyn Bride. right. Moore Minutes.}

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DIY Spider Placecards

Happy October, lovelies! It’s me, Jenny from Hank + Hunt, with the first of many goodies for the celebration season that is upon us. I will admit, we decorated for Halloween this past weekend. (I’m sure your aren’t surprised by that, are you?)

Today I have the world’s easiest Halloween decoration for you – spiders! These little cuties are made of wire and hot glue, and are just about as simple as anything I have ever shared with you. You can make these guys into placecard holders or leave the “card holder” off and have an army of eight-legged creepies to scatter about your home.

Supplies –

  • black jewelry wire (I used two different weights)
  • black hot glue
  • hot glue gun
  • needle nosed pliers

Use the upper portion of the pliers (the wire cutting part) to snip 4 – 5 inch lengths of wire, in sets of 4.  Use less or more depending on your desired length of legs. You could also use kitchen shears if you don’t have needle nose pliers.

Cut a longer length for every 4 pieces, this will be your placecard holder.  Wrap the longer length around the pliers and release.

Ok, now, the black hot glue. I had never seen such a thing until I bought my newest hot glue gun, by Martha Stewart Crafts. The black hot glue sticks are for the HIGH heat setting and came with the glue gun. I must admit, I’ve been looking for something to use them with, and little spider bodies are perfect! If anyone knows where to find more black glue sticks (the set only comes with a few) please let me know. I made 16 spiders and I still have about four sticks left, so don’t worry, you won’t use much with this project.

With your glue gun heated and ready to go, use a glue gun mat (also comes in the Martha Stewarts Craft kit) and place a pinky tip sized drop on the mat. Working quickly, crisscross 4 wires across and into the bead. If you are using a heavier weight wire, you will need to add more glue with each wire addition. After all wires are inserted, place a finishing drop on top. The high heat will allow it to spread smoothly. Add the placecard holder on top. You might need to hold it until it sets.

Or leave as is for a simple spider with just a finishing drop to the top.  Either way, let cool on the mat. Transfer to completely cool and make more.

Once all spiders are made, use your needle nose pliers, or your hands, to bend the legs. I also bent feet for the thicker wired ones. Feel free to trim the legs if you want them perfect.

Make in sets for your Halloween table settings, or strewn across your dessert buffet.

I am making a few sets to put in a muslin bag as hostess gifts this season. Enjoy! Aren’t they so cute it’s creepy?

{Photos by Hank + Hunt for The Sweetest Occasion.}

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DIY Cobalt + Kraft Tabletop

The lovely ladies of Hey Look shared this fun tabletop design that I think is just too pretty. The centerpiece is constructed of DIY flowers made from crepe paper and parchment paper (check out the how-to below!) and I love the look of the bold cobalt blue paired with the kraft paper details. Simple white dinnerware, a scattering of votive candles and blue and white checked cloth napkins look sleek and modern, while still feeling warm and slightly rustic-inspired.

DIY Paper Flower Centerpiece

Supplies –

  • crepe paper, craft paper and any other paper you want to incorporate in your centerpiece
  • wire and wire clippers or strong scissors
  • masking tape
  • dried plants, flowers, sticks

Make a bunch of paper flowers and leaves. Step by step instructions for these can be found all over the net (Martha Stewart for example has a lot of excellent tutorials) or try these paper poppies. Be sure to only cover the upper part of the wire with masking tape.

Attach wire to all plants/sticks and cover the upper part with masking tape.

Now all you need to do is to arrange the florals, leaves and sticks into a centerpiece to your liking. Do this bit by bit, twisting the wires together. You can clip off excess wires pieces if it becomes too messy.

Lay the arrangement out flat on the table from time to time to check for holes that need to be filled with leaves and flowers. This process may take some time, but you’ll end up with a pretty centerpiece that you can use over and over again. Once your arrangements is finished, clip off any excess wire pieces from the bottom.

{Photos by Hey Look.}

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