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

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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 | www.olivedesignhouse.com

Elegant Navey and Pink Wedding | www.olivedesignhouse.com

Elegant Navy and Pink Wedding Invitations www.olivedesignhouse.com

Modern Arizona Wedding Invitations | www.olivedesignhouse.com

Modern Arizona Wedding Invitations | www.olivedesignhouse.com

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. www.olivedesignhouse.com