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.

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 : 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 : easter

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter!  We certainly did!  Here are some snapshots from the day & the tablescape we put together for our family affair!

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There were 13 of us this year, so we utilized a 6′ table to make one big T-shaped table!  The two tablecloths are actually different, but their golden color ties them together.  Purple, yellow and white flowers accented the center and my mother’s china adorned each place setting.

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. . . & no party is complete without hors d’oeuvres!

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Easter was so much fun and what made it even more special was that Sarah & I realized it was the one year anniversary of our blog’s inception!  Remember last year’s post?

xo,

R.

party : M&M wedding

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This weekend, we styled our first wedding at a historic firehouse (known as Firehouse 8) in San Francisco for friends Meg & Max.

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The building was a beautiful setting to work with – tall white walls with touches of brick and a room divider made of glass windows. Since Meg is a writer, we wanted to infuse the day with literary touches. We also used glass and gold throughout the wedding to add sophistication.  The feeling we wanted to convey was that of effortlessness and class.  We hope you enjoy the photographs (click on any photo to enlarge it).  It was truly special!

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Two museum cases near the entrance were filled with gold-painted books. Boards sat atop and held vintage book pages with gold thumbtacks.

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We handpainted this board with lines from an E. E. Cummings poem.  It reads . .  anywhere I go you go my dear, I fear no fate for you are my fate my sweet, I want no world for beautiful you are my world my true.

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We dipped some of our glass vessels in gold and others were a beautiful blue colour.  Sets of three sat on top of book page placemats we made to create simple, but elegant centerpieces.

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A canopy we constructed using various sheer fabrics and twinkle lights. This is where the bride & groom wed!

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We wish you all the best!

xo, R&S.

party : eating made easy

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We’ve all been there . . at a party, juggling our cup and utensils while trying to fill up our plate with food . . and we always inevitably have to go back for that napkin! But something that can make things easier on your guests is bundling up cutlery in napkins, so they can just grab a set and go enjoy the delicious food you’ve made.

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You can use anything your heart desires to bundle these – ribbon, hemp, anything really! We just have a love affair with baker’s twine and find it to be our go-to!

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xo, R.

party : bee housewarming party

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Yesterday’s party was a blast!  We had the honor of helping our grandma throw a housewarming at her new nest.  It was loads of fun to decorate!  Below are some photos from the bee-themed event!

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As you arrived, you were greeted by a sweet hand-illustrated chalkboard and the sounds of some of the best big-band leaders, like Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington, and Glenn Miller.

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The colors were white, yellow and turqoise.  We made simple arrangements of billy buttons in tall vases that were wrapped in chicken wire to resemble honeycomb.  Ribbons around the vases were made from spools of old clothing labels that came from our grandparent’s clothing store, The Colony.  We wanted to incorporate elements from The Colony to go with our theme, since it has been a big part of our family.

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A classic paper chain bedecked the outdoor patio, while a wall of tissue paper poufs adorned the inside.

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The original sign from the clothing store served as a backdrop to the buffet.

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Honeycomb from Berkeley Bowl and honey sticks from the San Leandro Farmer’s Market.

We thought it turned out pretty sweet!  Stay tuned for updates on the upcoming wedding we are styling!

xo, R.

party : art of fancy

Last night, I was lucky enough to attend a collaborative salon between The Makeshift Society, Skill Exchange, and The Bold Italic on tips & tricks for entertaining! After checking out The Bold Italic’s sweet space (complete with a typewriter installation), I added myself to the skill wall.

The skill wall was where you posted skills you can share with others (event styling!) & skills you want to learn (Photoshop!).

The night was full of cocktails, creatives, the creme brulee cart, and 6 demos:

I was super-happy to meet SFGirlByBay among so many other talented, beautiful people!

Thanks for a great night, San Francisco!

xo, S.