Wild Baby Shower Inspiration

If it isn’t wedding season, it’s baby season; we are going bananas over this jungle theme inspiration!

Jungle Baby Shower Invitation

We are wild about this invitation!

Jungle Theme Baby Shower Wishes for Valerie

Something both Mom and Baby can enjoy for years to come

Jungle Baby Shower Wishes for Valerie

Jungle Baby Shower TabletopJungle Baby Shower Tabletop Display

It’s not a party without a giraffe print table runner!

Grab some Kraft paper and a white pencil –  instant jungle theme table top.

Hope you are swinging with inspiration for that little monkey that may be coming into your life soon!

An Indoor Picnic for Two + Valentine Printables!

Who doesn’t love a picnic? Stay in this Valentine’s Day and have a romantic dinner for two.  We’ve even included these super cute printables! All you need now is the wine – Enjoy!

Valentine's Day Indoor Picnic Printables

Valentine's Day Indoor Picnic Printables

Valentine's Day Indoor Picnic Printables

Valentine's Day Indoor Picnic Printables

Valentine's Day Indoor Picnic Printables

Valentine's Day Indoor Picnic Printables                                             Print these super fun cards and tags here for your Valentine!

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A Bohemian Winter Wedding with Vintage Flair

Happy 2015! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a happy celebration into the new year.

Let’s begin the new year with some old fashioned glam! Check out at our modern take on a 1920’s Bohemian Wedding that we designed.  We were so lucky to work with some incredibly talented local wedding professionals and were totally inspired by the Speakeasy vibe at Hollywood Schoolhouse.  Thanks to Courtney Bowlden Photography for capturing all the vintage details – this shoot just makes our hearts go pitter-patter!

Hollywood School House www.olivedesignhouse.com

We wanted to pay homage to venue’s original build time and play up its amazing features like the rustic exposed brick, classic hardwood floors, over sized dark wood bar, antique furniture, and crystal chandeliers.

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Some true vintage and vintage-inspired garments and accessories provided by Pretty Parlor Bridal Boutique reflected the space perfectly and nodded to the 20s/30s era.

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Flowing floral bouquets and arrangements by Distinctive Design Florists set an elegant yet whimsical tone for the day.

Wedding Ceremony www.olivedesignhouse.comWe’ve created a casual yet charming ceremony, using a collection of vintage books wrapped with twine, handmade decor pieces, and of course beautiful fresh flowers.

Wedding Wands Ceremony Decor www.olivedesignhouse.com

Playful paper wands sat amongst the seats inviting guests to join in the celebration.

Winter Wedding www.olivedesignhouse.com

Seattle Farm Tables provided the beautiful handmade barn-wood table that was fit for a celebration with family and friends. The rich wood tones of the table were a perfect backdrop for the cream colored plates and gold flatware that we selected from AA Party Rentals.

We fell in love with the floral napkins from World Market which added a subtle touch of pattern and color. Loose but sophisticated flowers, mismatched decanters, and more handmade fabric garlands were displayed in the center of the table.

Wedding Tablescape www.olivedesignhouse.com

We thought involving natural elements like the bamboo chairs from AA Party Rentals would nicely mimic the details of the design of the menus and table numbers.

Winter Wedding www.olivedesignhouse.com

One of our favorite features inside the venue is the beautiful dark wood bar, we added some color and jazzed it up with a handmade tassel garland, touches of gold, and our collection of vintage decanters.

Wedding Dessert Bar www.olivedesignhouse.com

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Unique bite sized treats dripping in details like gold frosting and hand painted flowers created by Janti Sun added a sweet finishing touch.

invitation suite www.olivedesignhouse.comIt was important for us to ensure that commonalities in design elements of both printed goods and decor were tied together and noticeable in the finer details. For example, the bamboo chairs used in our table design were represented in some of the graphics used in the invitations and paper goods. For the envelope liner, we created a custom pattern with a repeating shape that is also found in the gold flatware and pedestal vases.

Wedding Invitation Suite www.olivedesignhouse.com

With the use of a modern color scheme and repetitive elements, all of the invitation pieces worked seamlessly together hinting at history while still remaining current and unique.

 As a final thank you, mini bottles of liquor displayed with a thoughtful tag were offered as a reminder of this chic vintage inspired affair.

Gift Guide: for the Sunshine Lover

A margarita sounds heavenly – poolside? Even better.  Here are some sun-shiny gifts to keep that dream alive. Enjoy!

gift guide for the sunshine lover www.olivedesignhouse.com

1.  Shop Bob, Raleigh Weekender Bag

2. Shop Ruche, Feline Sunglasses in Tortoise by AJ Morgan

3. Mod Cloth, Dazzling Dame Necklace

4.  Rifle Paper Co., Flamingo Art Print

5.  Anthropologie, Gleaming Isla Candle

6.  Urban Outfitters, Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Camera

7.  Terrain, Elder Flower and Rose Presse

8.  Anthropologie, Hand Painted Wanderlust Globe

Gift Guide: For the Homebody

For all the Homebodies out there, here are some stylish gifts to spruce up anyone’s abode.  We are super in love with no. 5 – Curated Coffee and vinyl pairings from Turntable Kitchen – so fun!

For the home body

1. Amazon.com, “Humans of New York”

2. Urban Outfitters, Plum & Bow Gold Fox Pillow

3.  Urban Outfitters, Gold Vanity Box

4.  Anthropologie, Capri Blue Jar Candle

5. Turntable Kitchen, Coffee and Vinyl Pairing

6.  Serena & Lily, Backgammon Set

7.  Crate & Barrel, Finn Mug

8.  Serena & Lily, Sofia Throw

Gift Guide: For the Frenchie

Bonjour! For those Parisian lovers, admirers, dreamers – this one is for you! We found some of the cutest French inspired details – enjoy!

Gift Guide for the Frenchie www.olivedesignhouse.com

1. Rifle Paper Co., Cest La Vie Print

2.  Brit + Co, Bonjour mon Amor Card

3. Terrain, Truffle Salt

4. Nordstrom, French Macaron Ornament

5. Shop Ruche, Striped Infinity Scarf

6. Etsy, Eifle Tower Scissors

7. Anthropologie, “How to be Parisian wherever you are”

8.  BHLDN, Affectionate Adieu Gloves

9. Modcloth, Cambridge Satchel

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Little Lady

Oh what fun gift giving can be!

We are putting together some of our favorite things for everyone on your list.  Can we just take a minute and awe over these sweet and girly gifts for that little lady in your life? Take a peek at our pretty picks, they are so sweet, you may even find someone else on your list to share with!

Gift Guide for the little lady www.olivedesignhouse.com

1.  Amazon.com, Frida Kahlo Paperdolls

2. Gap, Christmas Deer Sweater

3.  Anthropologie, Fox Family

4. Rifle Paper CO, Little Women

5. Terrain, Bird Bingo

6. Serena & Lily, Oef Pink Crown

7.  Serena & Lily, Easy Peasy Mexi Booties

8.  Land of Nod, Floral Teepee

A Guide to Holiday Entertaining

Tis’ the season! Here are some of our tips to a stress-free party.

Hint number 1: Plan early! If you are cooking, get your shopping done the weekend before, prep anything you can ahead of time, clean throughout the week so you don’t have to worry about dusting the entire house before your guests arrive – it’s these little things that really can make a big difference the day of.  It’s even more fun if you make lists and check tasks off as you go!

Hand lettered recycled notepad, to do list / Back to school / Do this stuff / Graduation gift

photo via Etsy

Keep it simple.  Stick to an easy menu with a few options for appetizers and drinks.  You don’t have to have a fully stocked bar for every party. Have a good red and white wine, some sparkling cider and you should be good to go.  Not everything has to be handmade either – pick up a party tray from your local grocery store and rearrange everything onto a pretty platter. You don’t have to be miss Martha, just make it look you are.

How to assemble the perfect spring cheese plate!

Photo via Refinery 29

Stock up! We love a good deal, make sure to pick up fun accessories like straws or napkins at the end of season sales, and save them for a special occasion. Keep all of your goodies in a buffet, hutch, or sideboard so it’s easy to pull together right before the party.

Photo via: West Elm

Plan an activity for your guests – it’s a great way to break the ice and can give you just a few more moments if you have some early birds arrive before you are ready.  A photo booth is always fun, or just a simple coffee table book of questions can be a great icebreaker.  Make sure to think of the kiddos too! I like to have a box full of books, quite toys, and coloring books on hand for the littles to stay entertained.

PUT CRAYONS IN MASON JARS

Photo via Hostess with the Mostess

Here’s to a Happy and cheerful season of parties!

Trending: Brewery Events

Just in time for Oktoberfest – the newest trend we are seeing? Brewery Weddings!  We love the relaxed, casual vibe a brewery wedding sends out, plus, who doesn’t want to share a beer with their favs on such a special day ?  We came up with this fun concept to help get you inspired for you event; Let’s “Hop” to it, and start planning for your big day!

The Location: The Factory Luxe at The Old Rainier Brewery

Located in Georgetown, once known as Seattle’s Red Light District, The Factory Luxe was The Rainier Brewery‘s Tasting room.  The space is cozy and rich with warmth.  Hardwood floors, a stone fireplace, and an abundant bar – perfect to serve up your favorite beer.  Your guests will never forget this Seattle experience.

Factory-Luxe-The-Old-Rainier-BreweryPhoto via The Factory Luxe

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Photo via The Factory Luxe

The Color Scheme: A custom palette designed by our team complete with warm and bold brights

rainier color scheme

The Favors: Your Favorite Brew on display with a sweet and simple Tag.

Love is Brewing-favors

Photo via Hey Wedding Lady

Decorations: Add a touch of vintage with these super fun marquee lights from this Etsy Shop.

bar-marquee-letters

Photo via Vintage Marquee Lights

The Flowers: Get this Simple and sweet look with  pops of red and yellow.

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Photo by Spindle Photography via Southern Weddings

Are you inspired yet? Our ideas are still flowing! Our team can help you pull this look together and personalize everything from invitations to favors for your special occasion.

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