party : a colourful easter brunch & hunt

First of all, it’s been so long. I know, I know. And I know that both Rachel & I have been missing the blog – and hope to find more time to blog in the coming months! Between a new baby and a lot of work stress, House of Colour had to be set to the side… but just for a season!

I’m happy to break the silence today with a post about the Easter brunch & egg hunt that our mom hosted. Our cousin, Ali, stepped in to help with crafting, decor, florals, etc. She did such a wonderful job!

So without further ado…

This weekend, House of Colour + the incredible talents of our cousin Ali styled a colourful Easter brunch & egg hunt.

We used Paperless Post for our invitations – they have great & inexpensive designs for online invitations.

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The invitation inspired the colour scheme for the florals & all the party decor.We created a colourful pennant garland & archway to greet guests as they entered.

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The real show-stoppers were the floral arrangements. We used our family favorite, Lyal Nickals, to get cut flowers in our colour palate & arranged them in ribbon-wrapped glass vessels. We also scattered a few dyed eggs – what’s Easter without dyed eggs?

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You may have noticed those sweet little egg bouquets… we saw Fleuritica’s egg cup tutorial on Pinterest & loved the idea!

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Other decorative touches included LOTS of hanging honeycomb eggs,  paper-mache eggs, bunnies & carrots on stakes and more!

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Hope you enjoyed all the details!

xo, S.

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party : low-key new year’s eve

I can hardly believe that 3 weeks into 2014, I am FINALLY posting about New Year’s Eve! Unfortunately, I got a nasty virus right after Christmas and am finally over it (okay, minus the annoying dry cough).

That said, I thought having a New Year’s Eve get-together at our place would be crazy – we’re talking a few hundred square feet to celebrate in! But I was determined to have a party.

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To keep it low-key, I did minimal decorating, invited a small group, provided a spiked punch and a few snacks and had people bring other bites & beverages if they wished. I’m so glad I planned it that way since I was pretty sick the day of the party!

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I did manage to sprinkle some gold star confetti around (which we’re still finding), make a “2014” out of tinsel garland, string up some white Christmas lights & buy horns, poppers and sparklers for everyone.

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We had a great time snacking, drinking Roland’s amazing Regents Punch, playing Jenga, shooting a Nerf gun, lighting sparklers and getting down to the likes of Junior Senior & Daft Punk (click the links to watch some hilarious, short videos on Instagram!).

If you have any hesitation about hosting a late-night fete in your small space, well – don’t! Ps, check out some of my other tips for entertaining in a small space.

Here’s to a happy (& healthy) 2014!

xo, S.

party : rachel’s pretty garden shower

Hello, dear readers! It’s been so long, I know, and I’m really excited to be posting again! Life has been busy, and one of the things we’ve been busy with is Rachel’s baby-to-be. This weekend, my family put on a gorgeous shower for Rachel and Baby Dell who we’re all so excited to meet!

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Rachel bought this awesome Rifle Paper Co. garland, and we used the floral color palette as our inspiration for the rest of the party!

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We made tissue paper flowers that we hung around the yard. Dahlias in glass vases complemented the flowers with bright pops of pink and white. We also used organza to dress up the food and gift tables – it was so easy and gorgeous!

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The food was awesome, thanks to my mom and aunt! We had tea sandwiches, mini quiches, caprese kabobs, cheese and olives and fruit. And for dessert, we had fruit tarts from La Farine! We didn’t get pictures since it was SO HOT (thank you, California), and we brought everything out at the last minute.

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Guests each had a champagne flute with their name on it for punch, bubbles or a mix of both!

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My mom set up a crafting table for guests to create a crepe paper bouquet to welcome Baby Dell! We also set up a photo display so people could guess which baby photo went with which guest.

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After an amazing afternoon of eating & drinking, laughing, crafting and opening gifts, we sent people home with favor bags of kettle corn.

It was such a sweet day celebrating Della Jane!

xo, S.

party : paul & marilyn’s 50th anniversary

We have been gone for quite awhile!  Amidst a death in the family, a broken computer and general busyness, it’s finally time to share some photos with you from our most recent party!  We recently had the privilege of styling a 50th anniversary party for a sweet couple named Paul & Marilyn.  It was so much fun!  The party was hosted in one of their daughter’s backyards.  Here’s a little glimpse into the event . . .

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IMG_7726The colors used were turquoise, red, pink, and gold glitter.  Signage was used to direct guests to the backyard where the party was being held.  Stripes were a big part of the decor and led the way in!

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We used crepe paper streamers to brighten up the surrounding area and give the party a cohesive look.

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We made a giant “50” that was placed at the center of the party.  It turned out to be a great photo op!

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Each table had a centerpiece that highlighted different milestones from their relationship.  We made turquoise flower boxes,  added gold ribbon, and created tiny banners to display the different milestones. The flowers used were hydrangeas, dahlias, and yarrow.

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At the cake table, we created a board that had all the different milestones together and various photographs for guests to look at.

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Guests enjoyed Italian food served on the deck.  A banner for Paul & Marilyn flew overhead.  Overall, it was a great success!

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xo, R.

party : wively wisdom brunch

Hey there, wonderful people! We’ve been pretty quiet in the blog world lately because we’ve been so busy with all manner of soiree! We’re gearing up for two big parties this summer, which means a lot more time priming, painting & building!

Last weekend, I planned and styled a party for my friend, Christina, who is getting married this month. It was a lovely time of brunching and sharing what wisdom we’ve gained as wives.

The wooden stumps went really well with our wise owl theme!

A triangle garland was a must for this special lady – it’s one of her favorite shapes!!

It was an awesome time!

xo, S.

party : birthday picnic

Hosting a party is a lot of time and money, so this year I wanted to do something more laid-back for my birthday.

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Roland & I are fortunate to live super-close to both Piedmont Avenue & the Morcom Rose Garden, so I decided we’d have a birthday picnic.

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We walked down to the Avenue to pick up some grub – ps, have you ever had Gregoire? It’s an adorable, fancy takeout place!

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We met up in the rose garden, put on party hats & enjoyed our evening picnic!

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Afterwards, we walked back to our place for yummy cupcakes made by Rachel, lavender lemonade made by me (recipe here!), and lavender French 75s (recipe here!).

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We streamed some sweet beats by the Flashdance – I wish I had pictures of it, but an epic dance party broke out in our teeny apartment!

This was such an easy & inexpensive idea that allowed our friends with kids to come party with us for a while and allowed me to RELAX & enjoy turning 28!

xo, S.

party : r&s – the big day!

Our wedding day was a blast. Period. It was everything we wanted it to be: meaningful, relaxing and a killer party!

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906351_10100457633700559_1842760631_oWe wanted our wedding day style to reflect us: a little bit fancy, and a whole lotta fun!

We took our wedding photos around Oakland (the old Parkway Theater, Lee’s Garden and the Leviathan building) to reflect our love for our city & the vibe of our whole big day!

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883016_10100457636160629_1729105502_oI am SO glad we saw each other before the ceremony & even had time to hang out with friends – it made the whole shebang way more relaxing for me.

We wrote & directed our whole ceremony. The whole thing was very special, but especially honoring some of our friends (we didn’t have a bridal party) & hearing my dad share some wisdom.
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Okay, here’s a little secret: we had our guests go to a cheese & coffee hour (so nice to have friends who work at Blue Bottle!) at the church while we ESCAPED. We snuck out the back of the church & jetted over to the reception site, so we could greet the guests as they came in. Plus, it gave me a few minutes to catch my breath & adjust – this made ALL the difference throughout the rest of the evening.

Our goal for the reception? A BANGIN’ party (on a budget). I think we succeeded.

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This venue was such a score – seriously! How gorgeous is it?

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Our guests loved our photobooth – they got to take home their prints as a souvenir!

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My big splurge for the wedding was the DJ. We knew we wanted a bonkers dance party, and boy oh boy, did he deliver!

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That’s my mom & aunt teaching everyone the “Gangnam Style” dance. Definitely one of the best moments of the night.

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What an unforgettable day! Not only did my life change forever as R&S became official, but that was the greatest party I’ve ever thrown.

And now, at long last, a shout-out to ALL my incredible vendors!!!

Let’s do it again for our 10-year anniversary!!!

xo, S.

party : r&s wedding – setting the scene

I’m so thrilled to share the first of three wedding posts with you today!

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Even as someone who lives for big parties, planning & designing my own wedding was DAUNTING, to say the least. One of the hardest parts of the process was editing. We knew our wedding would be in our fair city of Oakland, and we wanted to reflect our love of urban life as well as our love of all things vintage!

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Early in the process, I decided to choose some colours (slate grey and purple with pops of orange) and elements (chalkboard, metal and ribbon) that would tie the whole event together.

I also worked with a talented designer, Liz Zanzinger, to create a logo for the wedding that was used on everything from the save-the-date to the signage!

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Every single decor element you see here was either gathered or made by House of Colour – it was a labor of love indeed (and I’m happy to have my weekends back), but worth it!

My dad built the archway for Rachel’s wedding, and I spray painted that bad boy gray – my friends helped attach the ribbon on our setup day!

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We kept things simple by printing out materials at home, using paper for a lot of the decor and even transporting the ceremony candles to the reception for the tables (a big shout out to my friends for that one!).

The star of the decor was definitely the hand-lettered chalkboard signs that Rachel made. Seriously. AMAZING. Here’s a preview – she’ll give you the whole lowdown on the process tomorrow.

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Below is a photo display I put together of past & present family members. Since our venue is right on the train tracks in Oakland, I mixed in some diagrams from my grandafather’s old train books!

Ps, our venue TOTALLY made the wedding come together, but more on that later…

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Last, but definitely not least, I’ll send you off with the fantastic florals that my mom insisted on. A word for future brides? Mom often knows best.

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xo, S.

party : southern-themed engagement party

I can hardly believe my engagement party was half a year ago! Rachel & I decided to let all things southern dictate the party’s style. She gets all the credit for this lovely bash!

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IMG_6844Gorgeous dahlias adorned the tables and were surrounded by white votives. Each place setting had a set of utensils tied up with baker’s twine & a bag of saltwater taffy secured with cheery washi tape!

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Red, white & turquoise dominated the decor. We set up tables in my parents backyard & rented white folding chairs from Piedmont Party in Oakland. Get a load of that menu my mom cooked up – it was AMAZING.

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My darling husband made the southern-inspired drinks!

There were so many sweet details all throughout the backyard…

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I was so excited that we got to play badminton – anyone who knows me knows it’s a hobby I love!

The whole party turned out so beautifully!

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A GIANT thank you to my sweet sister who made this soiree happen!

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xo, S.

party : it’s none of your business (yes, it is.)

You may have read on our Facebook page that we were lucky enough to win a seat at Enjoy Events Co.’s FABULOUS event planning workshop: It’s None of Your Business (Yes, It Is.).

We’ve been admiring Megan & Emily’s work & aesthetic from afar, and it was awesome to finally meet the sweet East Bay party WIZARDS. Seriously, they work magic – check out their portfolio!

Here’s a quick recap of the event!

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The event was at Makeshift Society, a creative clubhouse in SF – check it out the next time you’re in SF! We started things on the right foot with Dynamo Donuts.

Megan & Emily were such great teachers – day 1 curriculum included learning about creating & growing your brand, taking official steps to becoming a real-deal business, developing a business plan, & nailing down the paperwork.

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The girls also set aside time for us to meet & greet each other (and hand out snazzy cards). All the ladies were so wonderful, but I was especially excited to meet the Ginger&Sugar duo as well as the lovely lady of Healow’s Flowers.

We also were lucky enough to hear from some amazing guest speakers: Anne of The City Sage, Edyta of Edyta Szyszlo  Photography & the Tomfoolery SF photobooth, Amanda of One True Love rentals/Amanda O’Shannessy Creative and Myka from Modern Sequins – so much great info, knowledge and experience to soak up!

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We also got to go on a site visit at Terrain after our delicious lunch catered by Sage Catering. This was so helpful & practical!
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Check out that SWAG! Our toolbox had all kinds of goodies from all kinds of amazing peoples like Hello!Lucky, Rifle Paper Co., Miette and more! Please note the delicious florals by Twigss!

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Day 2 started off with mimosas. Oh yes. We spent a lot of time talking about the differences between an event planner, designer and stylist as well as how to run the day-to-day business.

I could go on and on, but all in all the workshop was AMAZING. I left feeling so inspired!

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Thanks again to Megan & Emily for putting on such a fantastic event & to all the other lovely ladies for being such a blast!

xo, S.