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!







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

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.


 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


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.