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

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.

vintage bride

Wedding Shoes

Vintage Bride

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.

Bridal Bouquet

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

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

Winter Wedding

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

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

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

Wedding dessert

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

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.

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.


Photo via Hostess with the Mostess

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

Tips to Staying Organized

We know how hard it is to juggle a job, home, and social life.  On top of that, you are planning to celebrate the biggest day of your life!  Here are some tips we put together to help make it more manageable and fun at the same time.

1.  Prioritize

This is the most important step.  Trust us, once you have an outline of what you need to focus on, everything will fall into place.  Make a wish list of all of the major details you want to happen at the wedding and rank them in a numeric scale.  Be sure to take into consideration budget, time, and the style you are trying to achieve.

hanging-garden-everyday-notepad-02_1 | Organizing tips from Olive Design House

Image via Rifle Paper Co.

2.  Create a Budget

After you create a list of priorities, think about the cost.  Is your number one priority a perfect location in the city?  Plan to set aside more money for the venue and less on expenses like food or attire.

Etsy Wallet | Organizing Tips from Olive Design House

Image via Etsy

3. Keep track of people

The guests, the wedding party, your planners, and vendors; weddings are all about people.  To keep track of everyone involved, make lists.  Create contact lists to give to designated individuals.  Your maid of honor will help keep your bridal party together, while your planner will want a list of all the vendors to keep stay on the same page.  You will also need to start on your guest list early.  The Knot has one of the best tools to manage attendees and addresses.

i_love_lists_| Organizing Tips from Olive Design House

Image via A Chi Chi Affair

4.  Pick a theme and stick to it

Your wedding vision will help to guide all of your decisions.  By picking a theme, a committing to it, all of your details should come together.  The design begins with the selection of your venue and should correlate from your save the dates all the way to the place cards.  Think about how you would decorate a living room.  Consider the elements and principle of design like color, pattern, texture, unity, and harmony.  All of these points will help to achieve a beautiful design.

pick a theme | Organizing Tips from Olive Design House

Image via Wedding Chicks

5.  Hire Professionals

As event designers, we know the importance of asking for assistance.  Working with planners and designers will not only make the process run smoothly, it will also allow you to focus on the fun plans for your bachelorette party, honeymoon, and all of the other celebrations that are happening in your day-to-day world. When it comes to the day of your wedding, you will be relaxed and happy knowing that the details are taken care of.

Thank-you-Book | Organizing Tips Olive Design House

 Image via Intimate Weddings

We hope this helps get you on track for your big day! Contact us today to help keep you organized and on track for your celebration.

Modern Invitation Etiquette: Ten Rules that we Follow

When it comes to your invitations, modern day etiquette should not be ignored.  It can get confusing with what names to use, who to invite, and when to send everything! Take a look at our quick etiquette guide that we put together to help get you started.

1.  Make things as easy as possible for your guests.   Include all relevant information; Who, What, Where, When, Why.  Create a map or an insert card for special instructions and use legible fonts.

2.  Make sure everything is spelled correctly, INCLUDING the names of your guests.

3.  Only include the names of the guests you are inviting, if children are not invited, don’t include their names on the envelope.

4.  Mail Save the Dates early, especially for out of town guests.  Send out your invitations at 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding.

5.  Include a stamped envelope for your RSVP cards so all your guests have to do is fill it out and pop it in the mail.

6.  Have fun! Not all invitations need to be formal.  However, decide on what you want your wedding to feel like and stick to that theme.  If your wedding is in a barn, use a less formal approach to wording and design.

7.  When addressing your invitations, spell everything out.

8.  Pay attention to who is hosting.  Today, most couples are paying for the wedding themselves, but if that is not the case, make sure to pay respects to those who are contributing.  For examples of how to word your invitations hop over to The Knot

9.  All envelopes should be addressed by hand.  Find a family member that has excellent penmanship to help you out (Tip: give them a gift card for a manicure or spa day for helping out).  Or hire a calligrapher, Etsy is a great place to look for one.

10.  Please, Please, Please, DO NOT send out online invitations.  It’s ok to include a website on the invitation, but do not request the company of your guests in an Evite.

Elegant Navy and Pink Wedding Invitations |

Elegant Navey and Pink Wedding |

Elegant Navy and Pink Wedding Invitations

Modern Arizona Wedding Invitations |

Modern Arizona Wedding Invitations |

all photos via Olive Design House

The Etiquette Queen, Martha Stewart, has the most comprehensive guidelines to help you.  Take a look here.

Feeling overwhelmed? We can help you! Contact us today.












A City Venue: The Landing at Northcut

Looking for a chic venue in Seattle? The University District has a trendy new space to party! The Landing at Northcut can accommodate up to 200 guests, or can even be a great space for a smaller more intimate affair.  The moody, piano bar vibe can play into any type of celebration from graduation parties to weddings!  A wine bar,  grand piano, and cozy lounge furniture add to the upscale vibe of the space.  If those aren’t enough to get you jazzed, the free parking and affordable rate will for sure.

Take a peek at their website for the details.  Need more assistance in planning the perfect affair? Contact us today! We will make sure your event is memorable.

The Landing at Northcut LOUNGE

Photo via: The Landing at Northcut

The Landing at Northcut BAR

Photo via: The Landing at Northcut

The Landing at Northcut PIANO

Photo via: The Landing at Northcut

The Landing at Northcut EXTERIOR

Photo via: The Landing at Northcut



Tasty Trends for your Wedding

Get Fresh
Farmer’s Markets in Seattle are BIG. Why not incorporate this fresh and healthy idea into your wedding day? Many caterers are offering fresh, organic, and locally sourced food. The Farm to table trend is fast moving, and is becoming a way of life for many Seattleites. Check out some of these caterers that offer this service. Here is one we like.

farm to table

Photo via Style Me Pretty

Keep on Truckin’
Yes, Food Trucks are still a trend, and are even on the rise! We love how these trucks can help to set the tone for a fun and casual event. Consider bringing one in for a late night snack, cupcakes or ice cream will impress those with a sweet tooth, to keep the fiesta going all night long, try the popular El Camion – their tacos are definitely something to celebrate!

 food truck

Photo via: Green Wedding Shoes

Don’t forget the Donuts!
We have a soft spot for all things sweet at Olive Design House, especially when they are donuts. There seem to be dozens of donut shops popping up. One of our favorites is Mighty O – they are organic, clean, and the healthiest way to eat a donut! A favorite around here is the Lemon Poppy and the Don King. These tasty treats can also be a great alternative to a cake, or added to the dessert bar for an unexpected twist.

 mighty o donuts

Photo via: Mighty O Donuts

Feels Like Home
Modern couples are leaning towards family style dinners. Nothing says home more than gathering around a table and sharing food, stories, and a few laughs. Make your wedding day memorable by setting up long farm tables and benches, a few simple centerpieces down the middle of the table and sweet personalized place card can help your guests to relax and feel at home. We absolutely love Seattle Farm Tables – take a look at their stunning collection!

seattle farm table

Photo via: Seattle Farm Tables

Honeymoon Planning Tips

Honeymoon Tips |
Success! All the planning and prepping has come to an end. The day was beautiful, just how you pictured it. Now is the time to wind down, catch your breath, and spend some much needed time with your sweetie. Planning a trip may not have been something you gave 100% of your attention to, juggling the hundreds of other wedding oriented items probably took precedence.

Your honeymoon should not be forgotten, and should in fact be the best trip of your life! Here are some simple things to help make sure you enjoy every moment.

Create a Budget
After spending loads of money on your wedding, it is understandable to be a little strapped for cash for your honeymoon. Honeyfund is a great tool to use in lieu of a traditional bridal registry. Guests can help make your vacation memorable by purchasing an excursion, toasting a few drinks for you, or buying a romantic dinner for two.

ParaSailing, Maui |

Paragliding in Hawaii

Find the Perfect Abode
How many times have you been to a hotel and discovered it is nothing like you were expecting…in a bad way. was created to give you an insider’s view to hotels without all of the fancy PhotoShop cropping. Knowing that your hotel room does indeed  have an ocean view, or that you are blocks away from a popular tourist attraction will add reassurance that your vacation will be everything you wanted so that you two lovebirds can finally relax. Looking for more of personal touch? AirBnB gives the option to search for unique places to stay. Stay in an apartment in Paris, a Victorian Home in San Francisco, even a treehouse in Spain! This website also earns brownie points for the neighborhood guides, making it easy to plan your post-nuptial activities.

China Town, LA |

China Town, Los Angeles

Use Your Maiden Name
If you are changing your name after you tie the knot, make sure to wait until after the honeymoon to lock everything in. It can take months to be official on paper, so don’t rush into it. Make sure to purchase your plane tickets under the name that is currently on your driver’s license; it will make for a smoother trip! Don’t worry, just mention the word honeymoon to get that special newlywed treatment!

Paris, Love Locks |

“Love Locks” Paris

Relax and Enjoy!
This is your honeymoon, It’s time to enjoy yourselves! Are you planning an exciting adventure complete with zip lining and kayaking? Or are you wanting to shop at  boutiques and eat in cute cafes? Talk about what you want to do, budget for it, make sure you are both on the same page and pick a destination that supports it! Research locations and book activities or make reservations in advance. Having a plan before you arrive will help you to make the best of your vacation.

Kayaks, Yellowstone

Kayaking in Yellowstone National Park

5 Tips for Selecting your Wedding Theme


1. Tis the Season!

The season your wedding is in will be the first hint at the direction you should take your décor planning.  Some things to think about: What flowers do you want and when are they in season?  If your heart is set on peonies, a late spring wedding is your best bet (unless you want to spend hundreds more to have them shipped).  What is your budget? If you are looking to stretch your resources, consider a winter wedding, often times venues offer less expensive rates in their off season.  Whenever your big day is, make sure to embrace the season you are in!


2.  Roses are Red, Violets are Blue

A color palette can be the one thing that ties all of your details together and help to guide your decision making process.  What is your favorite color? Do you lean towards blues and greens? Or love warm purples and reds? Pick one main color and then two to three accent colors.  Typically these colors are different tones of your main hue, or a neutral that compliments it.  If your tones are on the cooler spectrum, make sure your neutrals and accents are as well. This will help to tell a complete color story.  Still not sure what colors to use?  Open your closet, literally.  Look at the colors you wear every day or take a cue from the way you decorate your home.  You will be surprised to see the commonality in colors.


3.  Party of Five  

The number of guests you want to have will depict the way your day goes.  Knowing the number of attendees will help you determine your location and the flow of your day.  If you plan for 50 guests, a small family style dinner at a quaint restaurant may set the scene.  Planning for a party of 200? A large barn or warehouse may be better suited for you.  Once you have the guest list nailed down, you can then begin to see the bigger picture.


4.  Dig Deep

Take a moment to sit down with your fiancé and think about the things that make you special.  Did you meet at the Farmer’s Market? Plan a “Market Style” day focus on fresh food and natural elements.  Do you love to cook? Create a guest book out of recipe cards.  Do you love to spend time outdoors? Use a vintage fishing basket as a card holder.  Write down words that define you, memories you have, and things you like to do together, your story will soon begin to unfold.

Image5.  Stay Classy

It is easy to follow the trends or get carried away with a theme.  Just remember, you will have these photos forever.  The last thing you want is to look back and see your bridesmaids in sailor costumes, fish netting on tables, or anchors stamped on every last inch of the space.  If you love the nautical trend, make sure to approach it in a subtle way.  Look for a venue near the beach, add a touch of navy and white here and there and keep the anchors at a minimum.  Sometimes less is more; by giving a nod to the theme you will create a cohesive feeling, but not feel like it is your “Under the Sea” prom night again.



What Exactly is an Event Stylist?


It’s ok, just admit it…. you have been planning your wedding on Pinterest before you were engaged.  I know I did, how can you resist? Cute mason jar DIY’s, flowy, garlands, and romantic crystal chandeliers hanging above those beautiful extra long farm tables; it seems like a dream.  To a lot of brides, this dream can be quite overwhelming especially when your wallet gets involved.  A wedding Stylist can help you to achieve your dream design while staying within your budget and style guidelines.  

So what is it that stylists do?

At Olive Design House, A Stylist is someone that works strictly on aesthetics, making sure that all details have been thought through and are brought together in a visually pleasing way.  A stylist helps to define your vision and bring it to life flawlessly for your big day.  Think of a stylist as your personal Event Interior Designer.

What is the difference between creative direction, design, and styling?

Creative Direction encompasses the entire vision of an event and established guidelines for the overall feel of the event.  With this guidance, a design plan is created.  Design may involve invitations suites, sourcing materials, creating custom items, designing floor plans, etc.  On the day of your event a stylist will implement the design and make sure everything looks pulled together according to your standards.

What is the difference between an event planner and a stylist?

An event planner coordinates the logistics of the event, while a stylist handles the aesthetics; the look and feel of the event. Stylists do coordinate with vendors in the planning process, but are not responsible for coordinating any of the day of activities.

We hope this has helped clear up some of your questions! Are you ready to start planning? contact us today, we will bring your story to life!