DIY: Geometrica Party Decor

September 29, 2014 | Posted by Rachel Kashon

You may remember last year when we did a collab with Chandra from Oh Lovely Day to create her moving announcements? Well, that project inspired the entire Geometrica papergoods suite! So when Chandra contacted me to do a guest post while was settling in with her new babyI knew that Geometrica party decor DIYs were in order! There are free printables and full instructions available for download on my guest post for Oh Lovely Day!

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First Dance

May 29, 2013 | Posted by Rachel Kashon

Wedding First Dance Song Bridal ShowerMy niece created the CD art (above). I think we might have a budding graphic designer on our hands! 

At my bridal shower in Philadelphia, my sister-in-laws contacted the guests before the party and found out their wedding first dance songs then compiled a CD to give out as favors. While Jason and I have already selected our first song (hint: it’s not in the list below!), it was so fun to see the variety of songs and even more fun to see who picked them! We’ve been listening to the CD while doing wedding-related things like selecting songs for our band to play (which we are doing right now!).

Here’s the song list from this compilation:
“No Other Love” —Perry Como
“Harbor Lights” —The Platters
“Dance Only With Me” —Blossom Dearie
“The Twelfth of Never” —Johnny Mathis
“Sunrise, Sunset” —Perry Como
“First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” —Roberta Flack
“It Had to Be You” —Frank Sinatra
“Our Love is Here to Stay” —Ella Fitzgerald
“L-O-V-E” —Natalie Cole
“Fly Me to the Moon” —Frank Sinatra
“You’re All I need to Get By” —Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
“That’s How Strong My Love Is” —Otis Redding
“I’ll Make Love to You” —Boys II Men
“You’re the Best Thing” —Style Council
“Loving Cup” —The Rolling Stones

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Beach Rehearsal Dinner Party on 100 Layer Cake

March 22, 2013 | Posted by Rachel Kashon

When Robin and Sarah from GATHER Events asked me to be a part of their rehearsal dinner styled photo shoot, I was excited. When they explained their concept to me, I was ecstatic! Basically they handed me this inspiration board:

Gather Events Rehearsal Dinner Beach Inspiration
I was immediately in love with the textures — grainy sand, thick cable knit blanket, smooth marshmallow-y desserts. Then I was enraptured by the colors — creamy white, hazy smoke from the fire against the gradient of the sunset. It felt sumptuous yet cozy, casual and inviting. Needless to say,  I was incredibly inspired!

Gather Events Rehearsal Dinner Beach Invitation Suite Envelope LinerThe cable knit from the inspiration board lead to the hand-drawn envelope liner which is contrasted with a graphic interpretation of the sunset gradient on the invitation. Yarn from the cable knit is also referenced with the twirl-y flourishes that accent the text on both the invitation and the mailing address. The color palette includes warm tones on the invitation which is then placed into the smokey grey envelope.

Gather Events Beach Rehearsal Dinner Drink MenuGather Events Beach Rehearsal Dinner Pizza Menu
The typographic elements and graphic sunset gradient featured on the invitation were echoed in the menu design. Drinks were skillfully concocted by Pharmacie and pizzas were baked in Urban Pie‘s mobile (yes, mobile!!) wood burning oven.

Gather Events Beach Rehearsal Dinner Guest BookGiven that we were on a beach, it only seemed natural for the guest book to take the form of a “message in a bottle”. We tweaked it slightly and called it “wisdom in a bottle” encouraging guests to give some words of advice to the soon-to-be-wed couple. To make it a little more authentic, Robin and Sarah burned the edges of the sign hanging on the glass jug to give it texture and lend a little bit of a smokey quality to it.

Gather Events Rehearsal Dinner Beach FavorThe favors — delicious “Pigments” by Petite Pig — are in a glass jar sealed with a cork and a tag that reads “Mint to be”.

Check out the entire shoot from this talented team assembled by GATHER Events and featured on 100 Layer Cake!
Photography: Heather Kincaid // Concept, Event Design, Florals, Production, Styling: GATHER Events // Furniture, Custom Napkins, Pillows, Styling: Borrowed Blu // Hair & Makeup: Tara Dowburd-Luftman // Pizza: Urban Pie // Favors: Petite Pig // Cocktails: Pharmacie


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DIY: Party Horn

October 31, 2012 | Posted by Rachel Kashon

Make some noise with personalized party horns! Use them to ring in the new year or celebrate after a couple says “I do”. In this video we show you how to get the party started from the moment your guests receive their Save the Dates. Can’t get enough of these confetti-themed papergoods? Neither can we! Find a matching invitation suite in our Etsy shop.


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DIY: Sewn Favor Bags

September 27, 2012 | Posted by Rachel Kashon

download step-by-step instructions for all 3 favor bag ideas

Sewing paper is my new favorite thing! Not only is it so easy to do (as long as you have access to a sewing machine & know how to use it!), sewing applies a handmade aesthetic that will add warmth and personality to your party favors.

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