Party Palette: Summer Coral + Granite

This week’s color palette was inspired by a Facebook fan who chimed in on my call for color palette ideas with a request for coral and gray. It seemed like the perfect color palette for the first week of summer so away I went! This really is the perfect combination of colors for summer weddings. Fresh shades of coral, sherbet and apricot balanced out with shades of warm and cool grays for a vibrant yet sophisticated look. I love everything about it.

{top. Rebecca Wood Photography via Style Me Pretty. left. Martha Stewart via Ritzy Bee. right. MaeMae Paperie.}


DIY Glitter Cupcake Stand

Hi all! It’s Jenny from Hank + Hunt bringing a “I saw it and had to make one” kinda DIY. While I was visiting family, I saw the cutest little display of cupcakes in a shop window. Among them, a single cupcake stand, maxed out in shiny sparkles. The girl didn’t know the source, so I decided to trek on into Michaels to see what I could do. Alas, I couldn’t find fancy German glitter that the original seemed to be made of but I did find a champagne colored glitter on the Martha Stewart aisle.

Supplies –
Round small wooden box
Wood candle stick
Fine glitter
Wood glue (like Gorilla Glue)
Craft glue

Separate the wood box pieces. We will just be using the lid. The wood candlestick I found had a metal insert for the candle. I couldn’t get mine out so I pushed it in with a screwdriver (you won’t see it later, anyways.) I also sanded the top of the candlestick flat. Test this by setting the box lid on top to see if it sits straight.

Run a bead of  wood glue around the top of the candlestick and place upside down, centered, on the underside of the lid. Let dry completely according to glue’s directions.

Now comes the messy part. Get a large baking sheet or dish and set the cakestand inside.

Using a brush, cover a small portion of the candlestick with glue and sprinkle with glitter.

Repeat until the whole stand is covered. Let dry and repeat on any thinner coverage areas until you are sufficiently sparkly.

This would be gorgeous if you did the glitter in an ombre. For ombre, after a full coat of glitter, recover the bottom with a second color, blending as you go up. This baby is perfect for desserts in wrappers, as it is not food safe – but it sure is cute!

{Photos by Hank + Hunt.}


Loving Summer Cocktails

I love a crisp, citrus cocktail during the summer months. Vodka and gin are my spirits of choice. Mixed with something sparkly and a couple wedges of lime, lemon, blood orange or grapefruit, you can’t go wrong. To throw a casual, crowd-pleasing cocktail party this summer, mix up a couple of pretty drinks and include a few colorful accessories like a great drink dispenser and rainbow-hued cocktail napkins. With a dash of sunshine, you’ve got an instant party.

{Cocktail recipes / twizzle sticks / drink dispenser / martini glass / cocktail napkins.}


How To Set a Formal Dinner Table

Happy Monday, friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I spent a lovely weekend at home on the lake with my family and am excited to kick off a great week. I have lots of exciting new projects in the work that I can’t wait to share soon. In the meantime, I’m loving this guide to setting a formal dinner table from Mrs. Lilien. While I love casual entertaining, there’s part of me that just can’t enough of fancy wear-your-prettiest-dress-and-pearls dinner parties. Of course, dicephering your dessert spoons from your salad forks can be a tad confusing so Mrs. Lilien has the complete breakdown to help you set the perfect table.

Isn’t this great? Keep it in your back pocket for your next dinner party or holiday celebration and wow your guests.

{Design + image from Mrs. Lilien.}


Happy Friday!

Good morning, friends! Sorry for the lack of posts this week – I’ve been traveling for various obligations and there just haven’t been enough hours in the week. No worries though. I’ll be back next week with lots of pretty. In the meantime, feast your eyes on this gorgeous, colorful wedding from Elsie Larson from A Beautiful Mess on Style Me Pretty. I just can’t get enough. Happy Friday! xoxo

{Photo by Arrow & Apple via Style Me Pretty.}

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