I finally tried my hand at painting, thanks to an Amazon Deal for a BYOB painting class in Pilsen at Both Sides. The theme of the day was stress, so do not be fooled by the warm, sunny photos! We were all so hard on ourselves! We stuck to using acrylics and not oils (too advanced) and we were able to paint whatever we wanted (See? Stress). Warranted pressure aside, we have all agreed that we will go do this again because we did have a really nice time: BYO-wine and Donna’s cucumber sandwiches made everything better.
Twins Baby Shower at The Red Oak Room of Cantigny in Wheaton, Illinois.
Parents-to-be: Holly and Pierre | Babies-to-be: Jacques and Julien
Free Printables for the Cupcake Circles are at the end of the post. Just click to open the 8.5 x 11 image and save/print as PDF.
Event Styling, Graphic Design and Sweets Table Confections provided by Pastiche Events.
Fox Cake and Mason Jar Floral Arrangements provided by Grandma and Aunt Linda. :)
For the new year, I had the pleasure of styling and coordinating a Winter Wonderland party for little Giulia’s first birthday. Her parents had some wonderful ideas which included an artificial snow pit and a s’mores bar, and together, we decided that an evening filled with winter activities (indoors, of course) was the way to go. Being that we live in Chicago and we have been pummeled with snow this winter, that didn’t stop every guest, young and old, from enjoying the festively frosty itinerary we had planned for them. The sugar cookie decorating, bounce house, giant double slide, hilarious balloon artist, magical sweets table, s’mores, hot chocolate and a snow-pit made this the prettiest, most charming party ever for this sweet little girl’s big day.
With help from her big sister, Amira, Giulia blew out the candle on her first birthday cake. The cake was made by Alicia from Delish Cakes in Bloomingdale but the banner was designed and created by Pastiche.
Event Styling, Management and Graphic Design by Patty Fanella, Pastiche Events
Photography by Holly Biset, Glen Ellyn | www.pasticheevents.com
Catering by HomeMade Pizza Co., Hinsdale | www.homemadepizza.com
Smash Cake and Pastries by Delish Cakes | www.delishcakes.net
Children’s Entertainment and Balloon Art by Ken the Flying Fool | www.flyingfool.com
We had so much fun making wreaths at Denise’s house in November, that we gathered at again at Donna’s house in December to craft our own ornaments. Carla, Denise, Donna, Holly and I all made the bell jar ornaments that have been all over Pinterest. Plastic wine glasses, twine, cardstock, paper punches, doll house miniatures and glitter were everywhere…including multiple extension cords for all of our glue guns. Rita went rogue by making a dozen cupcake ornaments to give as a gift to one of her girlfriends. I’m adding them to my list for next Christmas – they’re really cute and they looked like they were fun to make.
Donna’s house is REALLY beautiful…and so was the food she prepared. Caprese skewers and hot Grzaniec (Hot Mulled Polish Wine) were the stand-outs. I wish I had taken more pictures! Also, I am in love with her dogs…especially her handsome pit, Special Agent Dale Cooper, who slept by my feet for most of the party.
We’re getting together again in January to make something out of our old photos and Instagram accounts!
- Christmas crafts (3scrappyboys.typepad.com)
- Christmas is Coming? – DIY Ornament (theinvoluntaryhousewife.com)
- Christmas Crafts: Broken Ornament Christmas Wreath (oyveyaday.com)
- Wreaths & Wine Crafting Party (pasticheevents.com)
- The Wreathing (pasticheevents.com)
Something about Christmas makes me want to craft like a wizard. Once Halloween is behind me, I have this grand idea to make EVERY gift myself, but by November, my good intention has transformed into “I’m only going to buy directly from local artisans!,” and then, by Mid-December, I make the inevitable run to Target…
The 2013 Christmas season will forever be known as “The Wreathing.” Since Thanksgiving, I have made and sold piles of wreaths for friends and family to give as gifts or to hang in their homes. Who knew attending a crafting party at my friend, Denise’s, would turn into such a lucrative endeavor? While I enjoyed making them, I am relieved to retire my exhausted glue gun and can now attempt to clean up every ounce of glitter that has invaded my home.
Next year, I will start early and rent a booth at one of the local craft shows – that’s my plan anyway. If I write it down here, I have to follow-through, right?
Here are a few of the wreaths and crafts that I have made for the 2013 holiday -
Having recently bonded over our premature holiday cheer and an unhealthy affinity for Mod Podge and glitter, a few of us got together on a Saturday afternoon to eat, drink and craft. Denise initiated the gathering and hosted it at her cozy Logan Square apartment and it…was…awesome.
While old-timey Christmas music played, we drank her homemade Hot Spiced Cider, snacked on veggies and hummus and got to work. A few hours later we had all created wreaths that were completely different from one another. I’m already looking forward to the next project – which we have decided to keep vague, like the wreaths. Leaves room for inspiration…
Keep reading to see the very different wreaths we all made and, more importantly, to see photographs of food and a smushy-faced cat named Moses. He’s adorable…and fabulous from all of that glitter shrapnel.
- A Charming Christmas Wreath (justasmidgen.com)
- Rolled Sheet Music Christmas Wreath (houseof34.com)
- Craft Corner: Snowball Wreath (longroadtowisdom.wordpress.com)
- Five Crafty Christmas Wreaths You can Make at Home (crafts.answers.com)
- DIY Ornament Wreath (forthemommas.com)
- How to Personalize Your Christmas Wreath (cathydlaws.wordpress.com)
- DIY Wine Cork Wreath (afreespiritedgirl.wordpress.com)
- Week 13. Craft. (mariannewhittaker.wordpress.com)