When we think the holiday season most of us think about gathering around a table filled with home cooked food shared with loved ones. There might be a fire burning, the smell of cookies coming from the oven, and the glimmer of Christmas right around the corner. Yet for myself and many others, this season is a time of transition. We recently sold our home to completely renovate a new-to-us house all with a 4-year-old and a newborn! This means we are living out of boxes and residing in a friend’s back house until it’s finished. Here’s the thing—I am a huge fan of the holidays and traditions so I knew I had to do something to make them special, even though our house is just plywood and cement and chaos. So we did just that: I called up some of my favorite vendors to show how you can make the best of any season you may find yourself in!
How cute are these mini cakes from Sweet and Saucy?
Safe to say this is the prettiest Fall mantle out there thanks to Of The Flowers.
We teamed up with Felisa to create these macrame floral wreaths and we loved how they turned out! These can definitely be incorporated for any holiday and easy to whip out if you are in a time crunch!
We created a mauve plaster tabletop that sat perfectly on top Rad Weld Customs table base. This was a fun way to bring texture to the table, but still kept with the rawness of the demo that was going on in the house. We opted to keep the palette rather “dusty” with blues and mauves, and then added in a fun pop of mustard. Of the Flowers had these great vases that she filled with a variety of blooms down the table. We added touches of fruit like pears, cranberry seed, blackberries, and apples for an organic and playful vibe.
Since the holidays can get crazy, and tensions high we created fun conversation starters to help break the ice, ignite laughter, and get a little deeper at the table.
It’s all so pretty and it was all set right in the middle of a construction zone! See, there really is beauty in transitions and change, sometimes it just takes a different perspective. … Read More
We’ve all been there- crazy Aunt Karen greets you with a wet kiss and asks you if you are seeing anyone while showing you “potential” mates on her phone, Mom is running around trying to make everything perfect, Dad offers to get take-out and gets a dirty look, and your sister is bringing her new boyfriend that no one is quite sure about. The holidays can be crazy, so we have created some tips to help make them go smoother, more enjoyable, and (fingers crossed) less awkward.
1.Get the tunes on:
Music has a way of setting the tone in an almost magical way. Simply turning on a playlist or putting on a record can alleviate weird vibes or tension, and create a sense of ease. If anything, it will definitely help fill any awkward silence.
We found a few of our favorite Spotify playlists for you:
Turkey to Table: A Thanksgiving Playlist
Chip’s Thanksgiving Dinner Playlist
2. Conversation Starters:
A great way to break the ice is to have fun conversation starters. Whether you’ve known the people at your table for one day or your whole life, learning new things about each other unifies us!
We have created some printables for you to snag for your holiday party! Throughout the meal, take turns asking your question, and have everyone go around the table to answer! It’s bound to bring a lot of smiles, and who knows you might be surprised at what you learn!
Click here to download our printables!
3. Bring a hostess gift:
We can all agree that hosting a party is a lot of work. If you are attending a party versus hosting one yourself, bringing a gift for your host is a thoughtful and kind way to say “thank you, I’m glad to be here”. This is especially true when you don’t know your host that well. This little tip will hands down earn you major brownie points with whomever you are trying to impress.
4. Make Place Cards:
One way to eliminate any awkwardness at the table is to have well thought out place cards. This eliminates people feeling unsure of where to put themselves in a room full of people. Put thought and intentionality behind where you place people. If you know there is someone who won’t know many people, place them by a friendly outgoing person! Another tip is to have the names on both sides of the place card. Doing that will help everyone around the table get everyones names right!
5. Lend a Hand:
Getting involved with a holiday party by helping out is a great way to get to know your host, and other people at the party. Some simple and practical ways to serve are: offering to bring a food item, helping prep in the kitchen, or doing the dishes after the meal (extra tip: don’t ask if you can because most hosts will object- just do it!).
We hope these tips will help you this holiday season!We would love to see how you style your Thanksgiving table with our conversation starters! Tag us on Instagram so we can see!
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It is always such a pleasure to design for The Yellow Conference! This is my second year filling their space with thought out details and interactive installations, and I can’t say enough good things about the conference and the owner’s vision for it. Their goal is to create community- particularly among females- and to empower others through our work, hobbies, and life! Of course, there is much more to it than that and often times not as simple to do! The conference helps its attendees connect, relate, and learn how to navigate life in whatever season you may find yourself in. This year we focused on three words: Wander, Tension, and Resolve. These words represent where each of us have been in life, or may be currently. To bring these words to life, we created an interactive installation station where the attendees could take a journey through each season and connect with it not only visually, but through audio as well! Keep reading to hear more about those installations and see more of the overall design!
Chandeliers of all chandeliers? I think so! This pretty thing hung above all the attendees. Nestled inside are numerous wooden chandeliers! This was definitely a fan favorite and currently resides at the Hudson Loft in LA.
Modern stage design for the win! The owner, Joanna, wanted something that was “line inspired” that represented people and the different journeys they are on. Many times our paths cross, sometimes our paths are rough, and other times they have a particular direction and speed.
This is the beginning of the interactive installation. Each attendee was directed to put on earphones as they were guided through a “journey”. Let’s start.
Hey you. Prepare yourself for this journey. It is all to familiar. You’ve been here before. Clear your mind. Enjoy this time to reflect on where you are in your journey.
I..I.. can’t seem to find my place. I feel like I am standing still, yet I am all over the place. On the outside it seems like I am calm, upbeat, happy even. On the inside I feel suffocated by my desire to succeed, to be something, to be good at something, to be proud of something… something… I can’t keep up. I see these perfect little squares as I’m scrolling through my feed. They seem to have it all figured out. Then it hits me- they are just like me. Maybe they are a little further along. Maybe they know their purpose. Or maybe, maybe they feel lost. Just. Like. Me. We’ve all been here. Wandering. Figuring life out. But sometimes wandering is a beautiful thing. Free of commitments and restraints. Free to figure ourselves out. Hey, you. Yes, you. Wandering doesn’t mean you are failing- remember that.
Cheeseburger or Salad. Salad… No, Cheeseburger. Ugh. I can’t even make up my own mind when it comes to food. I feel heavy. Maybe the burger wasn’t such a good idea. No, I feel heaavvyyy, and torn, and confused. I feel the weight of my decisions and the potential consequences of them. Should I turn to the left or to the right? Should I take this job or that one? Should I date this person? Should I end this relationship? Should I take this business risk? Well, should I? What if everyone hates my ideas? What if the job doesn’t work out? What if I make a fool out of myself? What if he’s not interested? What if I went with that decision instead of this one? What if I had just kept quiet? What if I said what was on my mind? What if?
I have come to learn that “what if’s?” are a fool’s question. Yes, carefully consider your options, but when you decide don’t turn back to “what if’s?” They can hold you hostage.
I am here. Right now. I am determined to achieve my goals. To connect with others. To serve. To love. To be kind. To give. To have empathy. To relate. No, not to climb over others to get there. Not to gossip. No, not to succeed in terms of monetary gains, or plaques or articles with my name. But in growth and wisdom. In sincerity. In an approach that might look different to the world. The one that looks out for others.That boasts about others. That thinks about others. From right here, you can only go up.
Please take this time to reflect on where you are at. Sit by yourself. Meet a new friend. Pray. Be quiet. Whatever you do, be content at whichever stage you find yourself.
That was the full audio write up!
If you haven’t had a chance to go to the conference I would encourage you to go! It’s such a great time and you will leave with a new friend and a fresh perspective!
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