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.}


DIY Metallic Glitter Chargers

I loved the great metallic charges in this morning’s Inspired Creations entry from Bella Rains Garden Studio and Lavender & Twine. Roya of Bella Rains Garden Studio took an inexpensive plastic charger (easily found at places like Marshall’s, TJMaxx and HomeGoods) and created something really beautiful with the simplest of DIY projects. Use this idea for weddings, dinner parties or for pretty holiday entertaining.


  • plastic chargers
  • 1 can floral spray paint, Brilliant Silver
  • 1 bottle Modge Podge, satin
  • 1 bottle Martha Stewart fine glitter, Hematite
  • 1 small craft brush

1. Outdoors or in a well-ventilated area, spray your chargers with spray paint in fine layers until overall coverage is achieved.
2. Let dry for 5 minutes
3. In a disposable bowl,  pour a small amount of Modge Podge. (It gets tacky fairly quick, so it was best to mix in smaller batches.)
4. Add glitter to Modge Podge and mix. (The amount of glitter is dependent on how sparkly you want your charger – you can add as much glitter as you like!)

5. With the craft brush, paint on mixture in fine layers.
6. Allow to semi-dry between layers, keep painting on layers until the desired amount of glitter is achieved – Roya used six layers.

7. Dry overnight
8. Invite your friends over for a glamorous dinner party and show off your chargers!

{DIY concept by Bella Rains Garden Studio. Photos by Lavender & Twine.}


Glamorous Wedding Style Under the Trees

So here’s the thing about the Inspired Creations Contest. I just love seeing how different teams can take the same rules (spend no more than $500; incorporate a little glitter and glam; make something beautiful) and come up with such wildly different ideas. All beautiful. All unique. Today’s entry comes from Bella Rains Garden Studio and Lavender & Twine and was inspired by a gorgeous pair of emerald satin Badgley Mischka pumps. From there they created a stunning tablescape under the bough of a graceful old tree in a local park. Draped with crystals, beaded curtains, decadent white flowers and loads of shimmery glassware and metallic accents, this old picnic table becomes the epitome of glamor.

A gorgeous crystal chandelier is a stunning addition the backdrop of the bright green trees. No Coleman lanterns at this picnic! Sparkly pillows, metallic  chargers (stay tuned for the DIY!), glittery napkin rings, vases and fine china with a bit of glimmer and shine were paired with crystal cut wine glasses and pretty mercury glass. Emerald served as an unexpected and incredibly sophisticated accent to all of the white and silver, with all white flowers to keep the palette neutral and shimmering against the natural green backdrop.

I have to say, I just love this color palette. The mix of natural hues, metallic shine and jewel-inspired emerald is so chic while feeling really fresh and pretty for summer weddings. Much love to Bella Rains Garden Studio and Lavender & Twine for being a part of the Inspired Creations Contest!

Vendors –
Floral + event design: Bella Rains Garden Studio / Photography: Lavender & Twine / Rentals: Ventura Rental Party Center / Stationery: InspiraDesigns / Hair + makeup: Mitra

{Photos by Lavender & Twine.}