Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Garden Rose Party Table



Happy May Day! Figured the best way I could get you some flowers was to share the pretty pictures I took of my Easter table settings and share that we have something fun coming soon. That's right - something fabulous is headed your way from us and we are so excited to start sharing little bits about it! When it comes to party planning and setting a great table do you need help? We are working on a new website feature called Set the Party that will make it fun and easy. Now let's share some more pictures of this beautiful Rifle Paper and floral table to get your creative juices flowing for upcoming events like Mother's Day and bridal showers...





When I volunteered to host Easter brunch for both of our families (yes, you read that right, I threw myself out there because I'm crazy and needed a reason to get my house in order), I decided it would be a great opportunity to set a gorgeous table. That's my specialty when hosting because cooking isn't one of my strengths or passions. I like to distract my guests with beautiful tableware! Lucky for me, my husband, mother-in-law and grandma pulled through on making brunch. They did a wonderful job. 




For the table settings, I decided to mix and match with the new Rifle Paper Co. party collection and some other florals and metallics we have. Mixing and matching is my favorite way to create unique place settings and our new website feature will be helpful for planning out fun ways to do just that. The moment I saw the new watercolor die cut flower plates, I knew they'd be a beautiful combo with the Rifle Paper designs. Plus it breaks up the busy patterns. Down the middle of the table, I used the new garden party table runner, which is an easy statement piece. Fresh flowers complimented the party supplies. On the back of the chairs, I hung one of our new paper flower garlands. On the table, I also worked in the adorable new Rifle Paper Corkcicle stemless wine tumblers - how fun would these be on the table for the moms at your Mother's Day party?





My extremely talented cupcake baker, September Moon Cupcakery, brought my sugar Rifle Paper dreams to life with these amazing cupcakes. I sent her a picture of the gorgeous table Anna Bond set and she made me my own flower creations! Can't recommend Cara enough for your next party. They were the perfect centerpiece to this garden party table.



After having fun at the shop playing with the table settings, I took the supplies home and set my family brunch table. I mixed in some of my own pieces (chargers, serving dishes and goblets) for an extra touch, plus I love my china. I didn't want to use it for everything because I would probably still be trying to do all the dishes, but it was fun to use the chargers that go under the used plates.

Are you hosting everyone for a Mother's Day brunch or dinner? I think these products would be dreamy for that. It's colorful, springy and a touch whimsical. I'll link all the products below, so you can shop.

Stay tuned and make sure to follow our new Instagram account for the new website feature: Set the Party. We will be posting fun sneak peeks, details, asking for input and sharing the launch oh so soon! Our excitement is brewing to finally share it with you after working on it for a while.

Shop this post:
Garden Party Collection | Gold Metallic Stripe Large Plates | Rose Garden Plates | Gold Hammered Forks | Gold Frenchie Stripe Cups | Blossom Flower Garland | Rifle Paper Stemless Wine Tumblers | Rifle Paper Pillows & Rug - Contact or Stop in to Order


Lots of Love,

Monday, April 15, 2019

Alt Summit 2019

Photo by Studio K10
A couple weeks ago, I fulfilled a creative dream by attending Alt Summit in Palm Springs. I made the decision last year that I would finally pull the trigger after years of having excuses (that were legit, work, pregnant, new baby). On Instagram, I always followed along the colorful, beautiful journey, so I was so excited to finally attend myself. I talked with a new industry friend, Mary Kevin (owner of a line we carry, Daydream Society), about rooming together and we went for it. For Christmas, Rachel (LOC employee that moved to Georgia) received an Alt ticket from her husband, so I was so excited that she would be coming along. Then Mary Kevin's friend, Jessie, who owns an online party shop also decided to join in on the fun. Needless to say, I was excited for a girls' week away in the sunshine!




Photos by Nicole Breanne
Mary Kevin, Jessie and I decided to stay together at The Parker - a Palm Springs favorite decorated by Jonathan Adler and featured in some of Gray Malin's famous photographs. I was so excited to be staying in this dreamy hotel. The grounds were full of greenery, honestly felt like a garden maze, and the mid century modern decor made me want to redo my whole house.


Photos by Nicole Breanne
Joanna Gaines was the opening keynote speaker for the week, and wow was she amazing. I mean, I knew she was, but even more so after hearing her speak. The keynote was a Q&A style with Gabrielle Blair, founder of Alt Summit and Design Mom. Joanna talked about struggles before their celebrity careers took off, being a mom, balancing it all, pushing for what you want and her goals for the future. She was real, honest and genuine. Truly one of the best experiences hearing her speak, but it was extremely packed in there and hard to see! I mean, everyone wanted to attend this speaker. We did, however, end up sitting right next to her table at a restaurant two nights later (yes I died and wanted to fan girl so badly, but we let her have fun with her team in peace).

Photos by Nicole Breanne
Photo by Jocelynne
Photo by Alpana Aras
Photos by Nicole Breanne
The week was jammed packed with great speakers, workshops, crafts and more. I was able to meet people I have loved on social media for years. Happy to report that they were all as nice and open as one would hope! In that first picture, Elsie from A Beautiful Mess was listening to me jabber on about needing to copy her pink front door on my house - ha! I get nervous and talk too much. Sad I was cropped out of the pic, but still cool none the less. One of my favorite speakers was Elle Rowley from Solly Baby. I own a couple of the wraps and used them when Elizabeth was a baby, so meeting the owner alone was cool. Her talk about Mom Boss 101 was amazing though. She was down to earth and real, and gave relatable advice. Darcy Miller taught us to celebrate everything, everyday. Brittany Jepsen from House that Lars Built talked about writing her book (and when I introduced myself, told me Elizabeth's Lola Dutch Party was amazing - I nearly fainted and died from happiness). Sarah Jane talked about getting Lola Dutch published, and went to lunch with Mary Kevin and I to talk about fun upcoming projects. Tiffany Tolliver from EmmaRose Agency lit a fire in everyone to work on their branding. Seri Kertzner from Little Miss Party shared tips for creating festive flat lays. Garance DorĂ© talked about battling depression and finding your true passions. The creators of Slumberkins (which we sell in the shop!) talked about the incredible new TV show they are working on with Jim Henson - saw a peek and you are going to love for your littles. Honestly, there were a million more I wish I could have made it to - so many amazing speakers.

Photo by BizzieLiving
A month or so after purchasing my ticket, I kept seeing emails asking for potential speakers to apply. Late night nursing, I decided "why not!?" and applied with a topic about leaving the corporate world for your side hustle. Few weeks later, I found out I was chosen and I would be refunded for my ticket - win! I was asked to lead a roundtable discussion in the ballroom. As you can see in the picture of a couple speakers in the room above, there were multiple tables setup with different speakers, and attendees would walk around and stop at tables they wanted to hear from. It was definitely an interesting dynamic, but it was nice to have more small group discussions with others.
Photo by Christina Best Photography
Tips for having fun at a creatives conference:
Fun to have people you know going, but room with someone you don't know or are just getting to know - had a lot of fun catching up and hanging with Rachel, but loved that I had roommates I grew relationships with.
Don't be afraid to go up to people you admire and introduce yourself. You might end up having a great conversation, making a connection or finding something you have in common. Plus they can be a wealth of knowledge.
Throw yourself out there and apply to speak or have a role - you never know when you'll be picked!
Talk with the people around you - waiting for a talk, on a shuttle, at lunch, etc. I met some great ladies this way!
Don't miss a speaker you really want to hear to catch the free lunch - you can always buy a snack or late lunch somewhere. You're there to catch the workshops and speakers, so don't stress yourself out trying to be two places at once.
Enjoy yourself! We had a couple side adventures, which was nice since it was a week long conference. I also loved one of our pool afternoons! When you're staying at a gorgeous hotel, enjoy it.

Things I struggled with:
Nailing down my schedule. This year Alt Summit was doubled in size and spread out across four hotels. It made it hard to get everywhere I wanted to because we had to shuttle in between, but I think I could have planned my days better. I would suggest checking your schedule the night before and mapping things out to make the most of your time.
Interacting with more people. I am a social person in a comfortable situation, but I can be an introvert when thrown in a crowd.  I wish I would have put myself out there more when around other people.
Checking out and enjoying all the sponsor spaces - looking through the photo albums, I'm so bummed I didn't get around to those better!

Recommended Restaurants in the Area:
Norma's at the Parker 
Purple Palm at the Colony Palms Hotel
The Pink Cabana at the Sands Hotel
Birba Palm Springs (this is the one where Joanna Gaines was spotted)


Overall, it was a great week where I met some amazing people and learned valuable information. I highly suggest taking the jump and going to a conference you have been crushing on. You never know what you'll learn, who you'll meet and what you'll find out about yourself!

Shout out to all the fabulous Alt Summit photographers! I tagged them under the picture/s they took. At a conference, don't be afraid to get in front of the camera.

Lots of Love,


Sunday, March 31, 2019

Watercolor Rapunzel 5th Birthday Party

Hey y'all! It's me, Rachel, coming at you from our new home in Georgia. Mary and her team at LOC may be far away in geography but we communicate often; they helped me put together supplies for this cute 5th birthday party and I'm so excited to share with you!


Rapunzel is Caroline's favorite princess and I wanted to incorporate the elements without character overload. I fell in love with these purple Harlow & Grey plates when they first arrived at the shop so they were my go-to when we decided to run with the princess theme. To bring in an element from the movie Tangled, I chose the Meri Meri Mandala napkins because they are reminiscent of the sun. The little flower came as part of Ginger Ray's rose gold floral garland and reminded me of the flowers in Rapunzel's hair (you can also find them tucked into the balloon garland). We used Sophistiplate's Bella forks as the perfect utensil.


We have this amazing little flower stand at the Augusta Farmers Market where they put together these pretty arrangements that include dahlias, sunflowers and a variety of purple and yellow flowers. The Mind's Eye Castle Favor Boxes were beautiful centerpieces, I just put a small mason jar inside to hold the blooms.




I took a DIY approach to our cookies and discovered watercolor painting on fondant. It is surprisingly easy and a great rainy day activity for little ones! It keeps them occupied without a big mess. I used this tutorial for inspiration. 


We ordered her cake from a local bakery and wanted to incorporate watercolor throughout the decor, including on the cakes. The Meri Meri "5" Sparkler was so fun, the kids were in awe!




I was so thankful to find a fabulous princess here in Augusta! Everyone loves to party with a Princess! I hope you liked the details from Caroline's 5th birthday!



Lots of Love,

Rachel 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Donut Baby Shower


Rainbow colors and donuts made for the perfect combo at this gender neutral baby shower. When the hosts for this shower reached out to put together a fun shower for the mother-to-be shop girl, Helena, helped come up with her donut dream.




For the table place settings, they used donut plates and napkins as the inspiration. Helena then matched with coordinating colors for the rest of the plates and napkins. These colors then became the inspiration for the rest of the setup.





Paper sprinkles are an easy and affordable way to create a backdrop for a donut party. The rainbow metallic tassel garland brought all the colors together, and was the color palette for the balloon garland added to the backdrop. The pastels mixed together were such a happy combination!








Mini donuts from new donut shop, The Dapper Doughnut, were a cute bite size option for guests. Covered with sprinkles, the adorable cookies by Sweet Sugarlicious matched everything so well! How sweet are the mini donuts on the diapers? A "Mom-osa" bar was a cute play on a classic, and the acrylic champagne flutes were a fun touch for the party guests.


Guests went home from the shower with a little succulent. Such a happy little party celebrating a beautiful mother-to-be!

Shop this post: Doughnut Foiled Napkins | Doughnut Plates | Mint Side Plates | Lilac Plate | Coral Highball Cups | Pastel Rose Gold Rainbow | Forks - in store | Acrylic Champagne Flutes | Balloon Garland | 3200 Event Venue 

Let us help with your next baby shower! We have two event spaces now, balloon garlands and lots of fun party supplies. Reach out today, we'd love to help!

Lots of Love,