Friday, June 29, 2012

Behind the Scenes: Patriotic Party Guide

The Summer Guide Cover... the rest of the issue will be out soon
I am super excited to share the 4th of July patriotic party feature that came out in Toujours Magazine today. I am sharing additional shots that didn't make it into the magazine and dishing out additional tips to help you easily prepare for all of the upcoming 4th of July festivities. Be sure to check out the full Toujours Magazine Summer Guide for all the detailed tips.  I had a blast coming up with the red, white and blue theme that you can rock all summer long. I shot this feature with Toujours co-founder and photographer Meghan Beierle-O'Brien at one of my clients homes on a perfect sunny Los Angeles afternoon. It never feels like work when I am shooting with Meghan :). Hope this inspires you to throw a patriotic bash this summer! Happy 4th of July!

DESSERT:  Double up your red and blue cupcake liners so the color is more intense. Create your own cupcake designs with blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Use a white cake stand so that the cupcake liners stand out. Purchase your favorite red, white and blue candy and fill in glass containers you already own. I LOVE Twizzlers, peanut M&M's and Tootsie Pops for this color scheme.  I used a footed clear glass for the pops to give varying heights to the table.

BAR:  Creating a colorful red signature drink is a MUST. They always seem to increase the fun factory at a party.  I used drink stirrers in this shot with blue glasses but you can change those out for pieces of watermelon or strawberry as a garnish.  To prevent stains, use outdoor fabric as an overlay. Repeat the florals used on the buffet and dessert tables for consistency. Mix different shades of blue for a fun color scheme that isn't boring.

BUFFET:  Skip the expected checkered tablecloth for a more sophisticated patterned one in any shade of blue and white. There is an abundance of red florals so using a blue/white tablecloth works the best. I used white peonies and blue hydrangea for their fullness along with simple red roses. These flowers are also very easy to assemble which saves some time.

Comment below and let me know how you are celebrating the 4th this year!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sunday Inspirations...

Happy Father's Day! I'm headed to the beach for a little quiet time to relax and give thanks for having a fantastic Dad that watches over me :)

Source: Emily Ruddo Tumblr

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Happy Weekend

Happy Weekend! Hoping you have some time to sit, relax and enjoy the view :). 

Photo source: Tumblr/emilyruddo
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