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Do Not Feed the Bears | Baby Shower

When my husband and I found out our dear friends were pregnant with their first child, I couldn't have been more excited for them!  And quite frankly, we are just as excited that our children will be so close in age that they will grow up together! Best friends in the making.  I was so happy when she said yes to letting me throw a shower for her.  Best part, they aren't revealing the sex of the baby!  So, it was time to get creative with the gender neutral theme.  

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Because we all love the outdoors and do at least one annual camping trip a year, it seemed like the perfect fit!  And hey, my sweet tooth is always up for a delicious s'mores treat!  I'm looking  forward to doing our first camping trip as a group of six!

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Pulling it all together was easy once I became fixated on making a buffalo check bunting banner.   Things seemed to naturally evolve after that.  I warn you though... Set aside enough time for such a task...  I got more than I bargained for! 

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The tent was a huge hit!  My dog wanted to make it her home, but we sent it home with the parents to be for their newest addition to enjoy when they're older. 

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The table came together quite easily.  I repurposed the wood from a prior event, gather the rocks from my yard, filled in some space with some live plants and topped it off with some tasty treats! 

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The s'mores bar outside was a huge hit with the kids! 

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Gifts for the new parents! 

The favors turned out so cute! 

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I am so pleased that the party was a great success!  We were thrilled to host our friends and their loved ones, and celebrate this extremely exciting time in their lives!  We couldn't be happier for their new family and can't wait to plot future camping adventures!

Congrats Ryan and Brynn! 

We love you and can't wait to meet your cuddly bundle of joy - xoxo

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A huge "thank you" to Wynne of  W H Earle Photography for the fantastic photos!!

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WEDDING WEDNESDAY | PRETTY BACHELORETTE PARTY

Once in awhile, a beautiful girl meets a handsome man...  And then WE get to help her sensational bridesmaids plan her a gorgeous party!  I got to work very closely with the bridesmaids as one of Emily's closest gal-pals is also a dear friend of mine.  As a fellow designer, she has excellent taste, which made things a breeze!  Thanks Ally!

This party was such a delight to help design.  It really came down to nailing all the details to achieve the classy feel that was desired with a modern play on color and pattern.  We certainly had a wonderful evening and I hope you've enjoyed the images!  

A special thank you to my dear friend and talented designer, Ally Fountain!  You were so wonderful and easy to work with.  The party turned out beautifully!  And I can't wrap this blog post out without a HUGE thank you to the wonderfully talented, Wynne Earle with Wynne Earle Photography.  You captured every details of this party to perfection! xoxo 

Emily wed her husband on August 23, 2015!  Congratulations Emily! We love you!

heather-scherie

If you have questions or would like to inquire about having a party designed and styled for yourself or your business, shoot us an email at hello@whitestonedesigngroup.com

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Independence Day Decor & A Summer Cocktail

The best thing about Independence Day in The Pacific Northwest is that it is typically  reigning in our summer. As Interior Designers, we get asked for holiday decorating tips all the time and Fourth of July is no exception.   I'm going to share a few examples of the patriotic decor I've been admiring this year as well as my new favorite summer cocktail.  For more holiday decor ideas, follow Whitestone Design Group at our Pinterest Board where we are always collecting little gems! 

When decorating for any holiday, I'm a big fan of adding subtle touches that work all year round if you want them to.  I love this blog I found on Pinterest of a few simple touches that say, "Celebrating Independence Day," without being overly committed to just one day of the year.  Simple fabrics and suggestive prints make for easy pillow covers that can be added and removed throughout the year, but the impact is pretty impressive!  This wooden flag is an easy weekend project that won't break the bank and pulls it all together!  See the rest of this project on the Dear Lillie Blog here. 

Because I am so crazy for my partner, Katie Cooper's massively impressive chalkboards, the look below really speaks to me!  The best part about chalkboard decor is that it's relatively inexpensive and can be customized to say anything you want.  In addition, you can always paint over your chalkboard and start all over again! What you see in this patriotic decor is low commitment and really easy to accomplish for your summer celebration!  You can see Katie's chalkboard at her East to West Studios Etsy shop.  And to see more images from the project below, check out The Golden Sycamore's Blog. 

An easy way to set the tone for your Independence Day Party, a Welcome Wreath!  Go simple and make this a family project with the kids.  Holiday wreaths let the world know that you love the holidays and I've never made one that cost me over $50.  Below are a few that I'm loving this year.  Click on the following links for DIY recommendations on how to achieve the look.  1. Rag Rug Wreath  2. Ribbon Wreath  3. Twine Wreath 

Onto my favorite part!!  Summer Time Cocktails!  I can't quite nail down how I arrived at this concoction, but I'm so glad I did.  I find it to be refreshing and the flavors are so indicative of some of my favorite summer flavors!  Try it out at your next summer shindig and leave us a comment with your thoughts.  

LADY LEMONY LIBERTY

Ingredients

1-1/2 cup sliced strawberries

1/8 cup finely chopped basil

3/4 liter lemonade

1 cup Vodka

1 cup Champagne

Prepare lemonade mixture and add lemonade, strawberries, and basil to a liter serving pitcher.  Allow mixture to infuse for about 4 hours.  Before serving, add vodka and champagne along with a little ice and cocktail is ready to serve! Enjoy and remember to drink responsibly! 

For more recommendations for summer entertaining, visit the Whitestone Design Group Pinterest Page or email us at hello@whitestonedesigngroup.com

Happy Summer!

heather-scherie

 

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Wedding Wednesday | DIY Table Numbers

We have an easy DIY for you today that you can use on your wedding day or any type of event. We really wanted to incorporate some personal Seattle sentiments into our Finger Lakes, New York wedding. I love collecting postcards from new cities that I visit. I save some, frame some and send some to friends and family. During my first visit to Seattle before we moved here, we bought some beautiful pen and ink post cards from Pike's Place Market. (Some of you know who you are that received them so many years ago!) We decided that those postcards would make the perfect table numbers. 

Once we gathered the post cards from the market, these were so simple to make and put together!

photo: katie cooper

photo: katie cooper

Materials Needed:

  • post cards or any type of black and white illustration or photography      
  • tubes of acrylic gouache in color of your choice (I used coral red and shell pink to create the peachy coral color)
  • watercolor brushes  
  • palette tray        
  • rounded corner cutter             
  • place card holders of choice (I used these)            
  • watercolor paper (to practice on)                  
photo: katie cooper

photo: katie cooper

Before I began, I printed out the alphabet and numbers in the calligraphy font that I used on the invitations and paper suite throughout. I practiced the calligraphy to get my hand used to it.   

And viola! Simple, inexpensive, but incredibly meaningful table numbers to incorporate into your wedding day. You could even take it a step further by adding witty facts on the back about the bride and groom or some funny mad libs!

Let us know what you think and if you have any simple DIYs that you'd like to share!

xx katie

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