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This week’s color palette is a couple days late, but I kind of think it’s worth the wait. Because we’re talking strawberries. How I’m a bit obsessed with them at the moment. And how this kind of feels like the perfect late spring color palette! (Um, even if I do say so myself.) In truth, this color palette was completely inspired by this strawberry cake, which is a recipe I need to try. I am obsessed with strawberry cake – my mom has made me one every year for my birthday since I was six and, well, it’s some kind of perfection if you ask me. Along with those strawberry margaritas from last week, I’m realizing there’s a bit of a strawberry fest going on around here. And I’m totally ok with that. I hope you are, too!
[Photos, from top: Jen Huang via Grey Likes Weddings | Amelia | Hannah Messinger of Nothing But Delicious.]
Always a sucker for an awesome birthday party, I’m pretty much just that, a straight up sucker, for little Asher’s first birthday bash! His momma Casey Baudoin of the adorable blog Sugar Lander planned such a sweet fete for the little guy. Think long colorful strands of paper bunting, a smash cake topped with a muscle man, a little felt party hat and loads of cupcakes for good measure. You know, all the good stuff. It’s all the happy, colorful little details here that make this celebration so darn happy. Plus I can never resist a cute kid with frosting all up on their face and you know you can’t either. I’m calling your bluff if you even try to deny the frosting face!
Many thanks to Casey for sharing – pop on over to Sugar Lander for more photos!
[Photos by Casey Baudoin of Sugar Lander.]
It’s hard to believe but in just over a week I’ll be descending on New York for the National Stationery Show along with, oh, several thousand other fellow paper fanatics. The show invitations dropping in my mailbox every day have me so excited to walk the aisles of the show seeing what stationers new and old are bringing to the show this year. New to the show will be the lovely Cat Seto and her line Ferme a Papier. Not only is Cat an incredibly sweet lady, but she’s also a massively talented designer, illustrator and author. Her collection is full of lovely cards, prints and art canvases that I can’t wait to see and get my grubby little paper-loving hands on in person.
Ahhh, those cards! Those prints! I may just have a little space in our kitchen practically begging for those purple turnips. If you’re shopping or attending the show, be sure to pop by and give Cat a visit! She’ll be hanging out in booth 2136 with all of her pretty wares.
[Photos by Ferme a Papier.]
I have a certifiable obsession with pretty linens. You’ve probably heard me preach before about how my go-to way to dress a table is to use basic everyday white dinnerware and layer in linens, flowers and pretty glassware to change up the look to suit your occasion. So today I’m going to help you practice what I preach by showing you basically the easiest way ever to make your own custom patterned cloth napkins. As it were, this tutorial also certifies my newly found obsession with fabric markers. They’re amazing. I want to use them on everything. Beware ! Soon you’re going to want to wield fabric markers on every piece of fabric that crosses your path, too. But first, let’s make napkins, shall we?
- Plain cloth napkins (100% cotton is best)
- Permanent fabric markers (I used Marvy markers)
This is such a sweet and simple project, there’s really only a few basic steps! First up, you’re going to want to test your markers to make sure your fabric and your markers get along in a friendly fashion. I used basic white 100% cotton napkins. Make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions for your particular markers to see how they should be used. While testing the markers to make sure they mark nicely on your napkins, play around and doodle to determine what colors and patterns you like best. I did quite a bit of testing and doodling and it helped me to determine how I wanted to lay out my napkins.
For my napkins I went with three easy, graphic patterns. The first was a bold triangle pattern. I just laid out the triangles in a grid, alternating the direction of the triangles as I went along the row. As with all of the patterns I just freehanded it as I went along. The second napkin was a pattern of little cross hatches and polka dots scattered across the expanse of the napkins. This was the quickest and easiest one to make! The third napkin actually is my favorite. I just made five short hash marks and then did five more at 90 degrees next to the first set of marks. Just keep on going with it until your napkin is covered. It’s that easy!
Some markers require washing or ironing to set them and make them permanent so, again, be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions. Otherwise, you’re all done! I love these napkins. Seriously. I’m so hooked on making my own. I love the idea of creating a pattern you love and bundling together four or more of them and presenting them as a gift with a box of your favorite muffins and a little posy of flowers. You know, because Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend and moms love this kind of stuff. (At least I know mine does!)
Stay tuned because later this week I’ll be sharing another pretty and easy cloth napkin tutorial so you’ll be fully prepared to whip up the cloth napkins of your dreams for any party or celebration or, heck, even just for a weekday dinner. Cloth napkins for the win!
[Design + styling by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion. | Photos by Alice G. Patterson.]
Cloth napkins from Bed, Bath + Beyond
Fabric markers by Marvy from Michaels
Dinnerware, mug + vase by Heath Ceramics
Silver tray from West Elm
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