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DIY Stamped Velvet Guestbook

If you’ve ever seen a beautiful piece of baroque-style stamped velvet and thought, “I wonder how they make that?,” then you’re in luck, because today we’re teaching you the simplest way of how to do just that! Just with a stamp, iron, water, and the guest book of your choice, it’s so easy to make a darling DIY guest book that will surely wow your guests with every page turn!

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Materials

  • Scissors
  • Stamp
  • Iron
  • Sponge Brush
  • Tape
  • Guest Book
  • Velvet Fabric
  • Spray Bottle Filled With Water
  • Glue

instructions

step-1

Cut a piece of velvet fabric large enough to wrap around both the front and back cover of your guest book.

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Figure out where you want to emboss the velvet. It helps to mark that spot with tape!

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Place your stamp on a surface with the image facing up, and then cover it with the velvet, textured side facing down.

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Lightly mist fabric with water — be careful not to soak it!

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Press with a hot iron for 10 to 20 seconds.

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Center your embossing on your guest book.

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Cut the excess fabric around the edges, leaving about 1 inch extra on each side for wrapping.

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Apply a thin layer of glue on the guest book cover with a sponge brush.

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Gently press the velvet fabric onto the glued surface.

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Glue the fabric over the edges of the book. Tip: no need to be neat — the raw edges will be covered in the end!

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Apply a thin layer of glue on the first page of your guest book.

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Press the first page onto the inside of the cover for a clean look.

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Repeat on the other cover.

Film: Elysium Productions

DIY Personal Olive Oil Jars

Whether you’re hosting an outdoor dinner party, looking for chic favors to make for a sophisticated shower, or simply adore miniature goodies (who doesn’t?!), these personal olive oils are a great DIY for almost any occasion. The best part? They only take few minutes to put together, but can last forever — though we doubt they’ll make it past the main course. Read on for this easy DIY from Fashionable Hostess below!

From Amanda… I always love dipping fresh bread into olive oil at restaurants so I loved the idea of bringing this concept home, and what better way than to provide each guest with their own bottle to enjoy alongside fresh bakery bread and a dish of sea salt.

DIY Personal Olive Oil Jars

Materials

  • Mini glass jars with swing tops; enough so each guest has their own
  • A large bottle of Olive Oil (plan to fill each jar 3/4 of the way)
  • Fresh rosemary (1 sprig per glass)
  • Sea salt (enough for each guest to be given a small dish)
  • Wooden cutting boards to display the finished product (1 for each guest)

instructions

step-1

Fill each of your jars halfway with olive oil.

step-2

Trim your rosemary stalks so they are just tall enough to fill each bottle.

step-3

Place the rosemary stalk in the half-filled bottle, then fill the remainder with just enough olive oil to that the container closes and there are no spills.

step-4

To execute this tablescape, each guest should be given their own cutting board topped with fresh bread (I like a french baguette or dinner roll), a small dish of sea salt (a sprig of extra rosemary on top looks nice!), and their own bottle on olive oil to enjoy.

step-5

Remind guests to take theirs home to enjoy once dinner is over!

Photography and DIY: Fashionable Hostess

Rustic Chic Outdoor Dinner Party from Fashionable Hostess

Ever since moving from NYC to her family’s new home in Nashville, Amanda of Fashionable Hostess, knew she wanted to take advantage of her home’s newfound outdoor space for summer entertaining. And boy, did she. After a single glance at this dinner party, we’re wondering how we can nab an invite to her next rustic chic affair. Scroll on to see it all!

From Amanda… Ever since moving into our home and falling in love with our patio, I knew I wanted to throw the perfect outdoor party to host our first round of guests.  My vision was a rustic chic vibe with lots of greenery, classic stemware, and a few unique DIY details. The outcome was better than I imagined… a dreamy outdoor oasis.

Rather than a traditional centerpiece for my table I created a table runner of moss and placed brass lanterns and a wooden crate overflowing with succulents down the center of the table. My goal was that guests would continue to find new elements they hadn’t initially noticed throughout the dinner, like a hidden candle or a random flower.

To bring this to life I headed to World Market where I was on the hunt for rustic elements to incorporate into the table. There I found an amazing long and narrow wooden crate as well as the lanterns. For the crate, I created a box overflowing with succulents. For the lanterns I bought two of each size and placed one on either side of the succulent box. On either side I also placed a few small floral arrangement of white Dahlias, Eucalyptus and Dianthus ‘Green Trick’ (the green puffs!).

I liked the idea of sending off my guests with a parting gift so that’s where my miniature olive oils came into play. I found the cutest mini glass jars with swing tops and placed a sprig of rosemary inside, and then finished off with olive oil. To complete the look, I placed a small cutting board at each table setting equipped with two bread options, a small dish of sea salt and their own olive oil jar to enjoy. The swap of bread plates for these cutting boards was perfectly in line with the rustic vision I was aiming for!

For glassware and flatware I wanted a selection that would dress up the table a bit without being too formal (no melamine here!). For stemware I chose the Simon Pearce hartland goblet and the white wine goblet for serving wine and water (I love this brand which is American-made and hand-crafted!). Then my gold flatware has been a staple this summer, so of course I chose to use them yet again! Last but not least I mixed and match blue and white napkins which I secured with  a string of burlap! I am looking forward to using this table theme well into the Fall, and hope a few details have inspired you as well!

For the full shoppable post, check out Fashionable Hostess!

Photography and Tablescape: Fashionable Hostess

DIY Succulent Box Centerpiece

If you’ve been looking for a long-lasting, beautiful centerpiece for your dining table, why not take matters into your own hands and make this DIY succulent box from Fashionable Hostess? All you’ll need are four garden supply store materials, and 30 minutes to spare! Ready to get started? Click through the slideshow for Amanda‘s easy how-to!

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From Amanda… While planning for my first outdoor party on our new patio, I wanted to go with a unique centerpiece to compliment the rustic chic vibe of the space, so when I came across an amazing assortment of succulents at my local Nashville flower shop, I knew I had found the perfect match. The outcome: a crate overflowing with moss and a variety of gorgeous succulents, a utopian earthy statement piece for an outdoor tabletop.

To bring this project to life, I found a wooden crate which was long and narrow.  I needed green oasis foam to add volume to the box in order for the succulents to be visible, so I bought enough blocks to fill the bottom of the crate. I recommend buying a few extra to make sure you have an exact fit; I had to cut some of the extras to completely fill the space.

I had seen photos of succulents sitting on a bed of moss and I loved the added texture and greenery, so I bought a box of moss to layer. I laid the moss on top of the green oasis foam, making sure to push down and shape the moss so it was relatively smooth. Moss is completely moldable so you can squish and shape it in any which way! I then broke off smaller pieces of moss to fill in the ‘bald spots’ because I didn’t want any of the foam below to show.

The last step was to simply placing a variety of succulents on top. I especially like one in each corner but then for the rest you can just stagger throughout. I tried to vary the colors and sizes of the succulents I bought so they didn’t look matchy.

When complete I placed the finished product right in the center of my table on top of a natural colored table runner. On either side I placed a lantern as well as a floral arrangement of white Dahlias, Eucalyptus and Dianthus ‘Green Trick’ (the green puffs!). The succulent box was not only great for adding some greenery and texture, but succulents were the perfect choice because they are so low maintenance and last forever!

Photography and DIY: Fashionable Hostess

How to Style Your Bar Cart for Summer Cocktails

When I move into a large enough apartment, one of my first new purchases will be a bar cart—not because I need one (I drink more wine than cocktails), but because I want one (they’re just so pretty!). And when I get one, I’m going to turn to The Fashionable Hostess and her genius tips to style it.

When it comes to summer time entertaining, I love to stock up my bar cart with a mix of pretty decorative items and of course, delicious cocktails, for guests to enjoy and admire while we lounge on the patio for Happy Hour. I am in love with my Target barcart {only $129.00} because at such a great price I have no problem taking it outdoors, plus the gold legs are just too fun {I cannot tell you how many compliments I get on it!}.

Lately I have been trying to be more adventurous and actually whip up cocktails rather than wine although I am not the most skilled mixologist. My new favorite {probably as much for the bottle as the simplicity level} are the pre-mixed cocktails by Cocktail Crate, which I found at World Market. Add vodka, ice, and an edible for garnish, and you have a perfectly pretty set-up. Here I went with the Lavender Bloom Craft Mixer. I also have become a recent convert to Tito’s vodka because it is gluten-free and I cannot tell you how many guests I have that come over with this new gluten-free obsession!!

Then decor for me is nearly more important than the actual drinks. Here I was totally obsessed with candles so on the bottom shelf of my bar cart I did a mix of Pottery Barn candles in varying heights on one side {they look gorgeous without lighting} and then Simon Pearce candles in glass Revere Hurricane/candle holder on the other.  On the top shelf alongside my cocktails, I placed my new Two’s Company Horn Bar Tool set, and placed my Tito’s Vodka on ice in my Simon Pearce’s Norwich ice bucket. The finishing touch was serving my drinks in fab glasses, my Villeroy & Boch Goblets. Shop the post below for all my bar cart essentials!

Photography: The Fashionable Hostess | Styling: The Fashionable Hostess | Bar Cart: Target | Bar Tools Set: Two's Company | Candles: Simon Pearce | Candles: Pottery Barn | Cocktail Crate Lavender Mixer: World Market | Glasses And Stemware: Bloomingdales | Hurricane Glasses: Bloomingdales | Ice Bucket: Bloomingdales | Vodka: Tito's Vodka