Woodsy Parties Link Love

In usual Friday fashion, I’m sharing some link love! This week I want to share some of my favorite ‘woodsy’ parties. Some inspired mine and some I’ve found since that are just beautiful.

1. This table top, designed by Gloria Wong via Celebrations At Home, is the true inspiration for my woodsy party! I just love the moss table runner and all the flowers and wood.

2. I love love love the colors used in this LIttle Birdie Baby Shower designed by Chris from Celebrations at Home. If I had seen this prior to mine, I might just have changed my color scheme!

3. Now this one is really woodsy! This camping party by Moore Minutes has all the perfect details, including a smores table!! I saw this one last year when I was planning my son’s birthday party and it has stuck with me all this time!  (We ended up going with a dragon themed party, but that doesn’t mean I won’t get a camping party in one year!)

4. This little easter brunch table styled by Styled via Elizabeth Anne Designs just struck with a sense of the outdoor freshness of Spring!

5. How cool is a hanging centerpiece decorated with moss??? Very cool, if you ask me! By Good Housekeeping via Celebrations at Home

6. And another camping party. This one is a Baby Shower by Jessie Hack Designs via On To Baby looks like soooo much fun! Again, the woodsy details are perfect! And check out the ‘smores’ cupcakes…. (can you tell what I’m going to be eating this weekend??? )

A Guest Interview with Celebrations at Home

I follow a lot of blogs. And I follow a lot of party blogs. One of my most favorite party blogs is Celebrations at Home. The variety is just amazing! All sorts of parties! Styled parties, DIY parties inspirational parties and more!! Just last week she showcased a really cool monster party!!! Loved it!
Today we’re lucky to have Chris, the style and creative juice behind Celebrations at Home, here to answer some questions for us! So enough from me, let’s see what she has to say!
When a client comes to you to plan their event, but has no clue of a theme, where in the world do you start?
This is when you need to begin asking questions – lots of them – to get to know their personality, their interests, a back story, and anything else that will help to determine a theme, even if it‘s just a color scheme to work with. I will also suggest some ideas that we can customize to their needs. It’s all about the customization.

Let’s chat about food! And I’m going straight to the dessert table! I’ve seen some fantastic dessert tables on your blog. Do you have any tips on setting up a dessert table?

Dessert tables have become such a focal point and in my mind there are 2 different routes you can take. On the one hand you could follow the styling of Amy Atlas who is very modern, sleek, minimalist, and for the most part symmetrical. On the other hand, we have Marie of Sweets Indeed who is very eclectic and creates small vignettes which display the food in interesting ways. I love both styles, and they are easy to re-create when you follow a few basic design principles. The main thing is to go for balance, and an easy flow for the eyes – much like interior decorating. I usually begin with the center or the 2 ends and create height. From there you can add varying levels and rows to fill in the blank table space. One thing I hate to see is too much of the table showing because people spread all the dishes out to take up the area available. Instead, bring it all closer together so it looks more deliberate, and it actually looks more abundant. If you don’t have enough food, add a vase of flowers or sculptural piece to the presentation.

Any tips on setting up a food table that people will be getting finger foods from, yet there will also be people sitting at the table? Or would you just find another table!?

I would certainly suggest finding another table. There is always a desk, dresser, coffee table, or even book shelf you could use to display the food so people aren’t reaching over one another at a seated table.

Do you have a favorite tip that you learned and you wouldn’t do a party without? One that you’re willing to share?

Of course – Real Flowers. I realized years ago that they really do elevate the presentation of a party from one that is pretty good to one that is fabulous. Again, this is an old interior design principle to add “life” to a space. You don’t have to go overboard or break the bank either. A row of bud vases filled with a single flower each has great impact.

What was your favorite event that you’ve done recently?

How could I not say working on the Operation Shower event at Camp LeJeune in April?! I got to work/socialize with my friend Amy again (Chief Event Organizer), I met Jenn (HWTM) who was a real doll, was in the presence of Michelle Obama, and Martha Stewart, and helped set up a gorgeous shower for military moms-to-be, all at the same time. What a couple of days it was!

I love favors, and try to always make them something that will be used again and again. What are your thoughts on party favors? All parties? Just particular parties?

Truth be told, I was never a big favor person until I got into the biz. Now, I hate to do a party without them. It’s like the punctuation mark at the end of the event. Personally I prefer edible treats or things that can be used up. However there are some good options that people will use over and over – attractive tote bags you can find for about 99 cents, filled with goodies; an activity at kids parties which becomes the take home favor; something monogrammed or personalized to each guest, etc.

When you aren’t planning a party, how do you like to spend your time?

Is there such a time?? Lol I spend time with my husband and 2 kids of course; I love ladies night with the girls; I love shopping, trying new recipes, and sipping wine. I need to get back on the workout wagon too!

What is the next project on your to do list?

Now that my website has been updated and re-launched I finally have time to focus on my “real” work again. Happily, I have several styling projects in the works – things for the web; I’m planning to volunteer at the next Operation Shower event in Norfolk in the fall; a possible client party; and a few personal goals I’m working toward regarding my business. I’ve had a few other opportunities come up as well, but we’ll see if they work out…
Thanks so much for joining us Chris!!!
Be sure to check Chris out at her website, on facebook and on twitter!

A Guest Interview with One Charming Party and a Giveaway!

Wanna Learn How to Party?? Lucky you, today is your day! Today we have Brittany from One Charming Party joining us and letting us in a few of her party secrets!

If you haven’t seen One Charming Party, you are missing out. One Charming Party is a partnership between Brittany and her friend Sara and together they create beautiful party plans. I love getting their blog post updates because they are so creative and so beautifully photographed! Just so inspiring!

Let’s welcome Brittany!

When a client comes to you to plan their event, but has no clue of a theme, where in the world do you start?

I’ve never had a client who didn’t already have a theme picked out. Boring answer, I know. Hhhmm. My advice would be to start with favorite colors, letters, books, etc. if you are at a loss for a theme.


 
Table decorating… Any tips on setting up drink, dessert, favor, etc, tables?

Use different heights, textures and colors to make things visually interesting. Cake stands and containers are great for this. Always think outside the box to keep things fresh.

 
I’m excited to be doing a ‘photobooth’ at one of my parties. I’ve never done one before and we’re a little worried that no one will be interested. How do you strike up the interest?  Any tips on props, besides masks?

Props are great for photo booths: mustaches on a stick, feather boas, sunglasses, hats. I hate getting my picture taken, but I can’t resist a photo booth. I’m sure you’ll be fine. 

 Do you have a favorite tip that you learned and you wouldn’t do a party without? One that you’re willing to share?

If it’s a children’s party that you are planning, then think like a kid. What would children like to do at this party? Start from there.


 
What was your favorite event that you’ve done recently?

We just did a party for a blogger, A Cup of Joe, in NYC. That was pretty great.


 
I love favors, and try to always make them something that will be used again and again. What are your thoughts on party favors? All parties? Just particular parties?

I love party favors too. And I would always encourage favors that can be used again and again. I focus on kids parties, so I would say that all parties should have a cool, relevant take home favor. 


 When you aren’t planning a party, how do you like to spend your time?

Relaxing with my husband and four kiddos.


 
What is the next project on your to do list?

We are working on a website redesign and we have a new party planning coming out soon. It’s adorable. 


 

See??? These are some of my favorite parties from Brittany’s site! See why I love it?? Amazing! And Brittany has gracious agreed to give one lucky I’m Feelin’ Crafty reader a party plan of your choice!!

 

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Reception Inspiration

I’m planning a reception/party for my son next month and am going with a woodsy, springy theme. Here’s my inspiration:

1. The color scheme is from the Sound of Music, via Bella Figura.

2 & 3. Loving the mossy tables with the wood grain vases and pedestals. Image 2, Southern Living via Celebrations at Home. Image 3, a Gloria Wong Design via Celebrations at Home.

4. Succulent place cards… Favors??? One Lovely Day via The Sweetest Occasion

5. Another really cool place setting idea….. via Frolic

More to come on this one!! Do you have any woodsy ideas for a spring reception??? Let me know!