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Yes this is way late. This post is incredibly overdue. But you know what isn’t over due? My baby, she came on her due date. Impressed? You should be.
Sorry, it’s 2:00am. My brain wanders at 2:00am.
You see we never really had a wedding shower cause we got married in a fever. Hotter than a pepper sprout. Not really though, but isn’t Johnny Cash great? Truthfully, we had a decently long engagement, 10 months, but it was 2008/2009, the market was bad, we were kinda freshly out of college, and we lived in Tulsa with our other freshly out of college (or still in college) friends. Basically there wasn’t a lot of money. And while I’m sure family and friends in other cities would have thrown us a shower, we didn’t have the cash money to fly out there. And we preferred people spend money to be in Tulsa for our wedding and make memories with us rather than give us things. So we had a freaking fantastic wedding on a tight budget, I mean I used mason jars as center pieces before it was trendy, and we partied, and it was epic and people still talk about how great our wedding was. I’m lacking humility here because really, it was that great. Ask anyone who was there and they’ll tell you.
So when I thought about having a baby shower I was stoked. I wanted to recreate the fun, epic nature of a party that was our wedding, the goal: for people to have fun and for it to not feel like a traditional shower. No one would be smelling melted chocolate in diapers, and seriously no one needed to guess how big around my belly was. Whoever made up that game should be beaten with a wet noodle.
I LOVE planning parties in a weird Sandra Lee, Martha Stewart kind of way, it’s what brought about my party printable line. And while I realize it’s not typical to plan your own baby shower I have amazing friends who love me and put up with my weird obsessions for Martha Stewart party goodness and they basically let me plan the whole thing. And then when pinterest boards were full (oh what my wedding would have been like if they had pinterest 4 years ago) and we had done sketches of how the food would be laid out and lists were made and tasks designated we all got together and made it happen. And it was epic.
Here are the details: co-ed indoor/outdoor shower with a woodland creature theme (to match her nursery decor), poker for the men, a fire pit, s’mores bar, wine, beer, and lemonade, and a hot dog bar. I also brought the smash book I’d been recording every week of the pregnancy in, so people could see what the last 8 months had been like.
While everything was just about perfect and there was a party printable for everything imaginable, the thing that made our baby shower so great was the people. I left feeling so overwhelmingly loved. Here were close to 70 people, all there blessing us with their presence and with presents because they love us and because they love a child they’ve never met just because it’s ours. I remember sitting on the couch that night, staring across the room at the loads of gifts that covered our very large fireplace and crying as I slowly caressed my very 35 week pregnant belly, knowing that this child would never lack for anything, especially love.
One of the things I cherish most from our wedding is our guest book. We had a photo booth (Bill proposed in a photo booth) and folks basically scrap booked a page with their photo booth images and left darling notes for us. Since we weren’t going to have a photo booth for the shower (trust me, I looked into it), I created a Photo Guestbook of our maternity photos and everyone who attended signed it. We actually took it to our OBGYN office and had everyone there sign it. Even all the nurses when Issa was born signed it. Her foot prints sit next to a photo of my pregnant belly. It’s one of those things that God forbid if we’re ever facing a natural disaster I will grab and save from destruction, because in it, that love I mentioned above is expressed in words from our family, friends and the folks who made Issa’s arrival into the world possible.
The other thing I will grab is the quilt above. My mom is bursting with creativity, people have always said I get my creativity from her. And now that I’m a mom and I see her as a grandmother I understand that it wasn’t something that was genetically passed down but something she fostered and nurtured and allowed to happen and grow every time she let me flood the yard and make mud pies. I hope I can do that for Issa.
So 4 months after Bill and I got married my grandmother passed away. My mom’s mother. And it sucked, a lot. Because she was kind of our spiritual rock. And I loved her. And she made delicious strawberry jam. And I remember as mom and I cleaned out her very small one room apartment she filled a box with Gram’s clothes, a few pairs of PJs, a few fleece jackets I’m sure my Gram had had for ages, and a jean dress I’m pretty sure I remember her wearing since I was teeny. I didn’t ask why, it didn’t seem curious to me. It actually seemed kind of normal. And honestly I’d sort of forgotten all about it until the baby shower.
You see the quilt above is made from my Grandmother’s favorite clothes. And my mom made it. As I pulled it out, the last gift we opened that night, and mom began to read through the scrapbook that she’d made to explain the whole thing to Issa I started balling. I wasn’t alone either. There were sobs among everyone watching us open gifts. It’s one of those things I will cherish forever. And the funny thing is, when Issa was two weeks old and she wasn’t sleeping at all at night, and consiquently neither were we, wrapping her in this quilt, dubbed The Grandma Hug, was the only thing that would comfort her long enough for her to fall asleep. And now, she sleeps with it every night.
That was our baby shower. It was epic. I can’t thank my friends and family enough for helping make it happen with all their hard work and with just being there to make memories with us and to celebrate this little peanut of a girl who has stolen our hearts.
So I wrapped a few of the gifts I have finished and realized, I don’t have any gift tags. SO I whipped up some very simple Christmas gift tags, printed them off, punched them with my fancy dancy 2″ Fiskars circle punch, punched a little hole in the top to run ribbon through and TA-DAH gift tags, for free (or whatever three sheets of card stock and three print outs on my printer costs, definitely less than buying them). After I created these I thought, simple, easy, done, I should share the wealth! That’s why I’m offering this free download of printable Christmas gift tags!
Just click this link to start the download (or click the photo below, that will start the download too). Print off your tags, I’d suggest using white card stock, punch them out using a 2″ punch (you MAY be able to get away with a 1.5″ too), punch a standard hole punch in the top and get to wrapping and tagging!
Just please remember these are free for personal use only. You can find TONS more printables at our etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/dilibertodesign, we’re always adding new items so check back often.
Thanks and Merry Christmas!!
I love design.
Like bees love honey.
Like a teen loves to text.
Like a fat kid loves cake.
But really let’s be honest, who doesn’t love cake?
This week I’ve been doing a lot of custom invitation designs and will be following them up with party printables to match. It gets my blood flowing. I knock out a really home run design and I’m energized, I feel like I could run a marathon. The whole process is a battle of layout, content, fonts, and color and I love to win.
Currently I’m working on a redo of this custom design for an Etsy client who saw that post on my blog. It just so happened that design fit her event perfectly. Bonus is she’s having me print them so I get to play with papers and stocks and all those nerdy design things that brings a good design on a computer to life in print.
While looking for the original file I ran across this custom design I did a while back which I just LOVE and silly me, I forgot to share it here on the blog.
I’m sorry. Please save your lashings for later cause here it is.
Anyways, I’ve got to get back to it, just wanted to share this while it was on my mind.
These dinosaur 2″ circle party printable decorations are piping HOT off the presses (or off the computer I suppose). I haven’t even shot the promo shots for them yet. I was just too excited to have them just sit in my computer files, waiting to be shared with the world.
I’m really really excited about them!
I don’t think you could tell.
They make me wish I had a little boy to throw a dinosaur party for because as I was making them I was getting all these awesome ideas of party games and DIY projects. And since I don’t have a little boy to share them with I’ll just share them here on my blog so I can live vicariously through mom’s with little boys and dinosaur themed parties.
First off, I created an Dinosaur Birthday Party Etsy Treasury and there is A LOT of cool stuff out there, but more on that in a moment.
A Dinosaur Birthday Party Game
So I thought it would be hecka cool if you did a child style archeological dig. It would be great if you already had a sandbox, if not I suppose you could use a tarp and cover it with sand. OR you could use the game as a good excuse to build a sandbox <link to a SWEET sandbox I pinned. But make sure you build a sandbox with a cover on it, or neighborhood cats will thank you for building them the ultimate giant litter box. And let’s face it, you don’t want your party guests digging for that kind of treasure.
1. I found these very cool personalized sand pails from DeLaDesign over on etsy. She’ll do them in just about any color, so you can have them match the green, orange and blue in the party printable design. She will also do them with a SWEET dinosaur on them instead of the alligator pictured. The goal is to get your guest list nailed down ahead of time (by sending out our dinosaur themed printable party invites, wink wink) so you can have Debi over at DeLaDesign create one for each of your guests. I’d definitely suggest getting a few extras, without names, just in case.
2. So what will your child guests be digging for…well anything really, candy, fake dinosaur bones, those little plastic dinosaurs you can get at the dollar store, tubes of bubbles, anything. OR they could dig for this. Yep, that’s right, its concrete dinosaur bones, and at a great price too. I’m the educational type so I’d take the opportunity to teach the kids all about archeology and dinosaur bones and all of that.
They’d love me or they’d hate me.
3. But they’re guarenteed to love me if they’re also digging for these. This are probably the coolest cookies ever! They come individually wrapped in cellophane bags with ribbon. If you made sure that ribbon was tied really tight I’m pretty sure you could bury these in your sandy archeological dig without them getting…sandy.
The rest of the Dinosaur Birthday Party Etsy Treasury is below, there’s a lot of really good stuff down there; handmade dinosaur bunting, dinosaur shaped crayons, and patterns for DIY crochet Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus and Triceratops. I’ve also included some decoration staples like cupcake papers, cupcake stand, dino cookies, striped straws, and an oilcloth tablecloth in coordinating colors. It’s the perfect dino party for sure!
I wanted to create a party based off the colors red, gray, black and white to show that you don’t always need a theme for a party to look great! 15 amazing etsy vendors later, plus myself and this etsy treasury was born.
You could use this color scheme for a guy’s birthday party or valentines day party. I based this etsy treasure on the sample of my newest party printable line, Stripe and Dots Custom Color. The sample uses red, gray, black and white that we used for a friend’s 50th birthday party. However, it has complete color customization, you choose the color! And it’s a full party, everything you need, for $25 bucks. Seriously! You can click the photo above to go to the complete Etsy Treasury and view all the great vendors.
Here at Diliberto Photo & Design we do a lot – portrait photography, wedding and event photography, business branding and marketing, and event and party design.. Today I’d like to focus on our party printables and party design and how we make that all come together by showing you what we did for Bethia and Joel’s wedding.
We started by sitting down with the bride and talking about her vision for her wedding, the color scheme, the look and feel, the style of the event. She wanted colorful and fun so we went with it and came up with an over all graphic design theme for her wedding.
The Wedding Invitations
I was lucky enough to be able to do a For The Love of Couples engagement session with Bethia and Joel and we knew they wanted to include an image or two on their invitation. Even though the invitation would be seen by guests months before the wedding I knew I wanted it to coordinate with design elements we’d use later in the wedding decor and accessories. So I created their own wedding seal, which we used on their invitations, party printables, and their photo guestbook.
What else is great is that if we replaced the date with their home address created awesome return address labels for their custom thank you cards!
The Decorations and Printable Decor
We had a lot of fun working together to create Joel & Bethia’s custom printables and wedding decor. Bethia was a very hands on bride and did a ton of crafting with friends and family to create her perfect wedding. Her boquet was probably my favorite of all time!
She created it using antique broaches she found on ebay and local antique stores. It was beautiful.
Anyways, back to the printables. Bethia knew she needed 2″ Circles for cupcake toppers, food labels, and 2″ thank you circles. At first she had planned on doing adorable colorful bags with different artisan sandwiches in them so we created these to stick onto the colorful bags:
Last minute they changed the food menu so we scrapped these awesome food labels and went a different direction. I still love these labels and hope I can eventually find a way to use them.
Bethia planned on making tons of cupcakes and using them on tiered platters for the centerpieces. She asked if I could create 2″ party circles they could attach to lollypop sticks and use at cupcake toppers. We utilized their personal seal as well as elements from their invitation to create the 2″ circle cupcake toppers.
We also created 2″ thank you circles with the phrase “thank you for sharing in the merriment” as their thank you circles. In the wedding invitation wording that Bethia wrote “to be followed thereafter by merriment, dinner, music, and cupcakes” which is where we got the thank you for sharing in the merriment line. The cheers wine glasses were from their invitation.
While the whole wedding was AMAZING, and Bethia did a great job of bringing everything together, one of my favorite things was their photo guestbook.
It’s an exclusive item from Diliberto Photo & Design, we explained the whole thing a while back on this blog post. Basically we used photos from their engagement session and left space for people to sign. In my opinion it’s way better than a book of people’s signatures.
To top it all off, we also used their custom wedding seal on the back of the book.
It was SO fun to be at the wedding and watch people look through the book and sign it. Most people wrote wonderful message to the bride and groom and I hope that this book becomes a cherished piece in their home that holds tons of memories and love from family and friends.
The last and final thing we created for Joel and Bethia’s wedding was the little instructional signs which were framed in inexpensive frames. Signs like these need a bit of planning but they really bring it all together and helps guests know what to do. For Bethia and Joel we did a sign the guestbook sign and a few other instructional ones as well as two quotes that really summed up who they are together. The one below by Dr. Seuss is probably my favorite:
“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”
And that’s how we bring it all together. For Bethia and Joel’s wedding I had the pleasure of working directly with the bride but we love working with wedding planners too. These custom wedding collections are some of my favorite to create and the most exciting part is seeing them in use, among all the other elements of the wedding and decor.
Are you planning a wedding or party? What kind of theme are you doing? Is there anything we can do to help?
We did our first run of the live photo booth at the Upside Down Christmas Tree Party and Art Show last weekend here in Houston. It was a grand success because people love photo booths and they love to be silly. I love that I still get to interact with people and that folks feel like they are a movie star walking the red carpet (you know that, plus silly fake mustache props).
So in the honor of this being a new service from Diliberto Photo & Design, and of everyone being so thrilled about it, we’d like to do a three hour photo booth session at a New Year’s Eve party this new years. Did we mention we’d like to do it at no cost? Yeah, that means FREE.
But, “why would you do it for free?” you may ask…well it’s new service and we feel with any new service we need to test run it a few times and work out all the kinks before we feel like we can honestly charge people for it. Even with how well it went on our first run at the Upside Down party, we learned a lot and we feel like we could learn some more, so why not do it on New Years Eve for free.
So here’s all the details:
What You Need:
1. People, aka a New Years Eve Party expecting 50 or more guests. We want to take A LOT of pictures so unfortunately for this round small parties are out. The more guests the better, but we’d like to top it off at 175-200, any more than that and we just wouldn’t have time to take everyone’s picture in three hours.
2. Your party has to be in the Houston area. While we’d normally be totally willing to travel, this time we’d like you to be local. (We might consider Galveston too, just let us know).
3. A space where we can set up, we need about a 8′x8′ space at the least. In a corner or against a wall is great, it can even be outside. Believe it or not, the photo booth at the Upside Down Christmas Tree Party was outside at night.
4. A desire to have fun. We want to do some insanely fun photo booth pictures!
What You Get:
1. A FREE live photo booth for three hours (roughly a $600 value). Live mean’s its more of a back drop with lights and a person with a camera running it, think red carpet event photos, rather than your traditional teeny photo booth.
2. Lots and lots of props. We’ll bring all the props, this includes the fun lips and mustaches you see in the pics above as well as some special New Years Eve themed props.
3. All the photos are posted on facebook within two days of the event for your guests to share and download. We bring little cards for people to take that have all the info for downloading.
What You Need to Do:
1. Check out the pics from the Upside Down Christmas Tree Party on our facebook at www.facebook.com/dilibertophotoanddesign. While you’re there we’d really appreciate if you’d “like” our page, it makes us smile a lot. And please share this with your friends!
2. Leave a comment on this blog post with the time of your party, general location (ie. area of town), number of guests expected and e-mail address (to prevent those pesky spam bots from stealing your email, feel free to type it like this: info at dilibertophoto and design dot com).
3. Make sure you leave a comment by Tuesday, December 28th. Because on Wednesday we’ll be picking a random party. We’ll contact you via e-mail to work out all the details.
We’re looking forward to it!!
Before my grandfather passed away he had his local pub save boxes and boxes of wine corks for him. I think they were originally going to go to my aunt but somehow I ended up with them. I’ve been pinning tons of wine cork projects on my pinterest and finally settled on a wine cork wreath. I found one similar to the one I created above but it lacked any sort of instructions so I figured I’d make one and tell the blogosphere how to make a wine cork wreath.
Start with a straw base like the one above. They come wrapped in plastic wrap, you’ll need to take that off, but wait until right before you start the project, otherwise you’ll have straw everywhere.
You’ll also need a whole heck of a lot of wine corks. Though I think you could probably make this with the plastic ones the real cork ones work best. A variety of shapes, sizes, and labels are also a plus. A few other things you’ll need are a hot glue gun, hot glue sticks, thick floral wire (the strips, not the roll), wire cutters, ribbon, and berry picks (if you want to use them).
Many of the tutorials I read said to just hot glue the corks on the straw. I wanted to make sure they lasted over time and instead of attaching them on their sides (where the surface area would be larger) I wanted to glue them on their ends so they’d stick out and have more texture. I also really liked the look of all the shades of red from the ends of the wine stained corks.
So I developed this way. I cut about 3″-4″ long strips of floral wire (the thicker kind), dabbed a bit of hot glue on the cork and on the end of the wire and jabbed it into the cork. There was already a hole in most of the corks from when the cork screw went in so I usually just used that same hole. This process takes a while because you have to do it with each cork and there’s at least 100 or so on the wreath. Bill and I had fun doing it together, listening to music and chatting. The time it took actually flew by.
After you get quite a few going you can start putting them in your straw wreath.
Put some hot glue on the end of the wine cork (the end with the wire sticking out) and a little bit on the wire itself. Then you stick it in the straw part of the wreath. You want to go in a line starting with the part of the wreath that will sit against the wall.
It’s important to rejoice at every completed row!
Once you complete row one start on row two and keep going row by row until you fill the whole front side of the wreath. You don’t want to go all the way around because you won’t see what is on the back and you’ll want it to lay flat against the wall or door you hang it on.
As with any home project Sam is there to help by smelling and inspecting things.
I love the texture and colors. The advertising side of me loves seeing all of the different brands and logos. They’re all so individual.
We wanted to make it even more festive by adding red ribbon and some fake berry picks. I chose the dark red berries to replay the colors of the wine stained corks, but really you could use any kind of berry pick or holiday pick. I think feathers would be really cool, or something glittery.
I weaved the berry picks in between the corks, cutting them down when needed. Once I got everything where I liked it I went back and stuck them into the exposed straw where I could and hot glued them down.
To add the ribbon I knew I wanted a bow at the top and enough ribbon to hang the wreath. I weaved the ribbon around the corks and left enough on each end to tie a bow and leave a good bit to hang it with.
The last and final step (if you want to) which I didn’t take pictures of is I took a bit of left over felt and hot glued it to just the back of the straw wreath where it lays against the wall. Really the only reason why I did this was to keep the straw from littering my house every time I took the wreath out.
And that’s it! Our wine cork holiday wreath is currently hanging on the inside of our front door. We love it!
If anyone else follows this tutorial I’d love to see photos of what you create! What holiday crafts are you planning?
Introducing our Thanksgiving Party Printables! I’m so excited for these, they were a blast to design and they feel all warm and fall-ish.
I’m pretty sure the turkey is my favorite part. You can purchase them at our etsy shop! And because you heard about it on the blog we’re offering a discount of 10% off all Thanksgiving Party Printables by using the coupon code TURKEYDAY. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
I love the holiday season and it never fails that there is a list of awesome items I’d love to have to help decorate for the holiday at hand. Here’s a roundup of a few of my favorites for this Thanksgiving season.
Thanksgiving Dessert Plates from West Elm
What do I love so much about these dessert plates…everything. I love the watercolor look and the whimsical design and text. I’d like two sets please.
Chalk Note Glass from Pier One Imports
Drinking glass, meet place setting. The tumblers are probably my favorite but the carafes would be great too, one filled with tea, one with lemonade. The best part about these is they can be used again for multiple holiday get togethers.
Rustic Ceramic Turkey from Pottery Barn
I may have an obsession, I’m a huge fan of large or odd animal shaped decor, it makes me smile. In our home we’ve got a blue wooden duck in the guest room that I lusted after for ages until it went on clearance. I’ve got a green chick in my kitchen. I’ve got a set of three little birds, one red, one white and one yellow in our bedroom. For Christmas I have two metal reindeer that sit near our fireplace and a 2.5 foot talk santa gnome. I am lacking in the odd animal shaped decor for Thanksgiving, I’m pretty sure this Rustic Ceramic Turkey is perfect.
Acorn Pie Server from Pottery Barn
I don’t own a pie server. I seem to only remember this fact when I am serving pie, which is incredibly frustrating. I do love this acorn pie server from Pottery Barn. Its rustic and interesting and just not your typical pie server. Maybe I’ll remember to buy one now.
Venezia Wooden 3-Tier Stand from Williams-Sonoma
One year I had a bit of pie crust and pumpkin pie filling leftover so I decided to make some personal mini pumpkin pies using a cupcake pan. They were a HUGE hit and I’ve been making them ever since. I think this 3-Tier stand from Williams-Sonoma would be perfect to display them, it may even make them more delicious.
And that my friends is your Friday Flight Thanksgiving Decor Roundup!
(If you want an explanation on this whole friday flight business check it out here.)