I'm thrilled to be hosting a workshop today for Darling Magazine and wanted to share the DIY here too! While this workshop is holiday themed, with a simple switch of the color palette the tassel garland (top) and bunting (bottom) can be used for party decor any time of year!
Sometimes being a bride means you have to make sacrifices — waking up at the crack of dawn to workout, driving all over town for vendor meetings, having a “to do” list that is pages long. It can be a tough job. And then… there are the tastings! My fiancé and I have enjoyed our tastings so much that we’re considering keeping our “newly engaged” moniker after we’re married just so we can continue trying out all of these wonderful caterers, bartenders and bakers! But, alas, our wallet, our wastelines and our moral compass will forbid us from doing so. I will, however, savor every last bit of the tastings we do have scheduled! This past weekend we enjoyed — er, I mean we ”endured for the well being of all our guests” a cake tasting. Witness the aftermath (pictured above). All I have to say to my trainer is: “I’ll do a few more minutes of planking to make up for this indulgence… and for the box of macarons that I took home!”
It’s no secret that I love to cook! Luckily, my fiancé does too! When we’re having guests over, we can get quite into menu planning. If we throw a party where the food is served buffet style, I like to create labels so that everyone knows what they are eating — great for people’s own edification and also wonderful for people with diet restrictions.
Inspired by the Buffet Table Food Label DIY video that I did for Kin Community on behalf of Paper Source, these labels are very simple to make and you can purchase all of the ingredients with one trip to Paper Source! I selected place cards, stickers and washi to match the color palette of my party. To make this project even easier, Paper Source provides downloadable templates on their website so you can be sure the text lines up properly on each sticker! Using the template, I printed the menu items on oval labels and placed the labels layered with strips of washi tape on place cards. Et voila! It’s that simple! Here’s an overview of all of the food labels — and a sneak peek at our menu:
Besides Paper Source, another place that I find washi tape in fun colors and patterns is Kinokuniya — an international Japanese book store with 7 locations in the US. I’m lucky enough to have one nearby in downtown LA. If you are into paper as much as I am, you’ll find this place to be a treasure trove of tools and materials! If you happen to have a Kinokuniya nearby, I highly recommend a field trip! And if you ever have a hankering for a burbon drink, I highly recommend the Grilled Peach Old Fashioned — it’s so incredibly scrumptious in the most dangerous way!
A very handy "how to" for the hostess with the mostess! Whether informative (with the title of the dish) or silly (as seen here) labels are a wonderful finish to a buffet table. This video is 1 in a series of DIY videos we did for Paper Source. Every tool, sticker, and piece of paper seen here can be purchased at the store!
Dessert tables are the ultimate indulgence at a party. Make your dessert table a feast for the eye as well as the tummy by color-coordinating everything from the tablecloth to the decor to the sweets. Learn how to make tissue paper pom-poms then print & assemble bunting & dessert flags (with the help of these templates from L&P!) to finish off a festive tablescape!
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