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!

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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.

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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.

www.olivedesignhouse.com

Get your Glamp on

August in Seattle is the perfect time to get your camp on.  The Sun is out, the days are long, we can just taste the Smores in the campfire. We put together some of our favorite things to pack for your next trip. Happy Camping!

whimsy and spice Smores Kit ETSY

whimsy and spice smores kit

Whimsy and Spice Smores Kit

aidies hideaway arrow garlands

Aidies Hideaway Felt Arrow Garland

Robin Cottage Wool Pillow

Robin Cottage Wool Pillow

Framework Lantern Anthropoplogie

Anthropologie Frame Work Lantern

Cross bow blanket urbanoutfitters

Urban Outfitters Cross Bow Blanket

Stout Tent

Stout Tent

 You might also enjoy this Glamping Photo Shoot collaboration  we did with Seattle Magazine and Kelly Moore Creative Media a few Summers back – seriously, Straight GLAM.

Sweet Gift Tag Printables

Who doesn’t love a sweet little favor? It is always a nice gesture to send your guests home with something to remember the day. Make it personable with a charming thank you tag in your color scheme.

Take a look at some of our ideas for some inspiration, and don’t forget to print out these free tags!

Use #olivedesignhousetags to show off your creations!

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An All American Party

It’s officially Summer, and Independence Day is just around the corner. Do you have any party plans?  We can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a good old fashioned Americana inspired celebration. Sip on some Coke-a-Cola and take a bite of Cherry pie. Gather with friends and family and don’t forget the sparklers for when the sun goes down!
Americana Celebration | Olive Design House
Americana Celebration | Olive Design House
Americana Celebration | Olive Design House
Americana Celebration | Olive Design House
Americana Celebration | Olive Design House
Americana Celebration | Olive Design House
Americana Celebration | Olive Design House
Americana Celebration | Olive Design House
Americana Celebration | Olive Design House
Americana Celebration | Olive Design House
Americana Celebration | Olive Design House
Americana Celebration | Olive Design House

Americana Celebration | Olive Design House

Summer Party Picks!

The best part of summer? The outdoor parties! We rounded up our “Must Have” entertaining essentials for your next celebration.

Enjoy!

 SUMMER time entertaining

Festival Lights – Terrain, Paper Napkins – Anthropologie, Condiment Bottles – Oh Joy! for Target, Bistro Chair – Terrain, Ice Trays – Anthropologie, Tissue Décor – Shop Sweet Lulu