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Throw a Mini Bohemian Festival in Your Own Backyard

Turning your little one’s next birthday bash into a whimsical backyard festival is as easy as low tables, loads of pillows and flower crowns, go. Lexi of Glitter Inc. wanted to give her daughter’s birthday a bohemian infusion while incorporating a fairytale like ambiance. From macrame photo booths to peach cobbler shooters and a line-up of the cutest cakes photographed by Annie Watts and Jeremy Timmons, see why little girls and big girls alike are going bananas for this party.

Being new-ish to North Carolina, we’re fairly smitten with the weather here. We grew up in Miami, where it’s 90° and humid most of the year. In North Carolina, we take advantage of the gorgeous weather every chance we get, and Scarlett’s 2nd birthday party was no exception. As a blogger, I’m constantly surrounded by on-trend party and décor ideas, and one of the trends I can’t get enough of: parties with bohemian vibes. I knew for Scarlett’s party that I wanted to borrow from that bohemian feel, giving it a more feminine, fairytale-like twist, and weaving in a bit of the South (in honor of our new home.)

The first thing I dreamed up were the low tables, rugs and floor cushions, and the brilliant ladies behind Greenhouse Picker Sisters helped me bring the idea to life. Those low-tables were actually built by Holy and Amanda and their awesome husbands. There was also a VIP lounge and plenty of chic places to eat, gather, and have a good time. Using macramé curtains that I already had and a backdrop made out of industrial pipes (created by GHPS), along with a whole lot of green garland and fresh flowers from Fifty Flowers, we built the photo booth/backdrop. Who doesn’t want an excuse to take an adorable photo?

And speaking of flowers: Fifty Flowers is a company that sells wholesale flowers at amazing prices; perfect for parties. I will forever be a fan. I had this idea for a simpler flower crown – one that kids would love as much as us grownups, and thus the flower crown headband came to be. Wide plastic headbands held the fresh flowers beautifully (with a little bit of glue and flower wire), but the animal ear headbands were just the cutest and felt so whimsical and fun.

The kids went crazy for face (and arm) painting and the metallic tattoos were a huge hit with the adults too. All of the incredible hand-lettered signs were created by Sarah of Bella Joviality. The menu was chock full of Southern favorites: homemade macaroni and cheese (my Mama’s recipe), fried chicken, shrimp, artichoke dip, plenty of veggies and fruit, and a huge dessert bar complete with strawberry shortcake, vegan chocolate cake, classic trail mix, cherry handpies and strawberry cake and peach cobbler shooters. We even had a “lemonade stand” for all of the drinks (juice boxes for the kids, sodas and craft beer for the rest of us.)

Because we had so many gorgeous flowers leftover, we decided to set up a make-and-take bouquet station as guests left the party. We set out craft paper, scissors, twine, and buckets of flower stems for guests to pull together their own bouquet to take home. It was almost sad to take apart our backyard fairytale festival grounds at the end of the day. I’m pretty sure I’ll be pulling cushions and our coffee table out into our backyard for many months to come.

Photography: Annie Watts and Jeremy Timmons | Flowers: Fifty Flowers | Birthday Cake Bunting Topper: Ginger Ray | Boots: Justin Boots | Cake Stands: Martha Stewart Collection | DIY Cereal Charms Marshmallow Cake: Glitter Inc. | Face Painting: Flutterby Faces | Ferris Wheel Cupcake Holder: Home Essentials | French Market Basket: Traders & Company | Furniture Rental: Greenhouse Picker Sisters | Gold Glitter Cutlery: Creative Converting | Light Box: Cotton On | Macramé Curtains: Urban Outfitters | Naked Cake, Strawberry Shortcake and Peach Cobbler Shooters: Sugar Euphoria | Plate Holders: Fox Run | Recycled Wood Wall-Mount Coat Rack: Kalalou | Scarlett's Outfit: 3Claps | Signs: Bella Joviality | Styling + Party Planning: Glitter Inc. | Table Flower Arrangements: Serendipity Designs | Temporary Metallic Tattoos: Flash Tattoos

Go Glam this Halloween with Copper Foil Pumpkins

While some early birds have already dusted off the Halloween decor, others are just about ready to dive in to the pumpkin patch and decorate accordingly. From fruit inspired to calligraphy, options run a-plenty but this version just might be our new fave. See how Rachel Shingleton gave these painted pumpkins a pretty pop of glam. And for more Halloween inspo, click here!

Inspired by a foil Easter egg project I created a few years ago, this year I decided to try my hand at applying foil to pumpkins. The result was a fun, if imperfect, DIY featuring real pumpkins painted in chalky nontraditional hues and then copper foiled. Perfect for fall tablescapes, holiday decorating, dinner parties, weddings, etc.


acrylic paint
chalk paint
mod podge
copper foil sheets
paint brush


Paint each pumpkin with acrylic paint, and then apply a layer of chalk paint to give it a matte quality.

Apply a water based adhesive (mod podge) and allow it to dry for 10-15 minutes. Don’t let it get too dry, but make sure it’s still tacky to the touch.

From there, apply sheets of foil in the color of your choosing. Copper is hot for fall 2016, and makes a beautiful warm sheen.

Carefully brush away the excess — but remember, the look here is purposefully imperfect. The more brushstrokes the better!

No Carve, No Mess Pumpkins
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No Carve, No Mess Pumpkins
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photographer: Rachel Shingleton | designer: Rachel Shingleton

5 Tips to Create a Color-Happy Home

Infusing color into your home can be daunting — there’s a fine line between a color-happy home and one that looks like a rainbow exploded inside it. But, today is your lucky day, because we’re teaming up with Kid & Coe and Oh Joy! for the Joyful Family Homes Giveaway! One lucky reader will prizes from favorites like Kid & Coe, Oh Joy! For Target, Hygge & West, Maryanne Moodie, Aelfie, and Gray Malin. The giveaway ends October 5th, so click here before you miss out!

Create a Color Story

Look at your entire home as a ‘color story’ vs. each room on its own individually, choosing one to three main colors that will create a cohesive look throughout.

Start with a Favorite Design Piece

Inspiration can come in the smallest forms! Dying over that coral patterned throw pillow at your favorite boutique? Let that hue and/or pattern inspire your entire look. Layer in varying shades or complimentary colors for a truly beautiful home design.

Don’t Breakup with Neutrals

So you want a colorful home? Appreciate the beauty in contrast. A pink velvet couch would look amazing in your sitting room, but that doesn’t mean it will look amazing with loads of equally pink pillows on it. Balance out your brights with neutrals where it makes sense to. This is especially important when considering larger furniture pieces!

Give Your Front Door a Happy Hue

There is just something about a sweet little cottage with a sunny yellow entrance or a stately brownstone with a high gloss black door. It’s such an easy way to let your personality shine through from the very moment people lay eyes on your home sweet home.

Create Balance

Just as you want to appreciate contrast when it comes to colors and neutrals, practice the same concept when incorporating textures and patterns into your color-happy home design. You can have too much of a good thing when it comes to texture, pattern and color!

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