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Jude, James, Alex and a whole band of kids just celebrated their big birthday number 3 and the theme for this years party was rainbows and a unicorn. The Unicorn was the only member in the group who was turning one. Beatrice had a special unicorn outfit just for the party. It wasn’t easy to top last years amazing neon bash but Eunice, Sabrina, and their friends outdid themselves and managed to make this years celebration even more memorable than the last one.
Eunice designed the rainbow themed invitations complete with custom rainbow liners. Each kid was assigned a color of the rainbow and as you can see from this photo the parents matched!
This years party was held at Urban Recess in San Francisco on a Saturday evening. Urban Recess proved to be the perfect space since there are already so many built in activities for kids including train sets – which Jude loved– slides, a climbing wall, and even a giant swing.
As a surprise the parents brought in a musical act this year and the kids loved dancing and singing along to the band Your Song My Song. Jaime Lee Currier and Eric Hart sing classic kids’ songs, Beatles, originals, family favorites and lots of sing-a-longs.
The preparation for this years party of course involved lots of crafting. Together the parents made sweet little party hats (inspired by hats made by Jihan of Geronimo), a giant number 3 covered in rainbow streamers, t-shirts with the number three on them for the birthday kids, colorful cupcake liners and rainbow toppers, rainbow balloons from Sparky’s, and of course a giant number 1 so Beatrice wasn’t left out.
Happy Birthday to Jude, James, Alex, Ella, Raphael, Hugo, Lillian, & Beatrice! We can’t wait to see what your 4th birthday party looks like!
All photos (excluding the giant number 3) taken by Sandra of Happy Morning.
When our dear friends at Alison Events asked us to design their most recent wedding planner book All the Essentials we couldn’t have said yes any quicker. This talented group of women knows all there is about planning a perfect wedding, and their eye for design is off the charts. Some of our lovely ladies attended the book party and it was a ball, as expected.
The book, filled with prime planner advice, offers check lists, templates, and gift trackers – all to make your wedding day a dream.
We asked Alison herself a few questions about the process and here is what she had to say!
What’s the first step for any bride planning a wedding who wants to stay organized?
Getting organized and staying organized is always such a daunting task. We designed this book with that in mind. We modeled it after a binder because that’s exactly what we use with our own clients. We make a client blinder that stays with us in the office and we send one to our couples. Month by month we make a “to-do” list with things we are working on and things our couple should be completing in that month. Taking it one step at a time is the only way to go at it and not get completely overwhelmed. It’s also super helpful to have one place where you keep everything and can reference that so easy.
What inspired you to create this wedding planner and to share all this helpful info?
We’ve been lucky enough to be doing what we love for over 12 years now and have learned so much along the way. Trends change, design shifts but the core of planning more or less stays the same. This planner is set up to guide couples through the process and keep them on track. Everyone will need a place to keep those important contracts, hotel information, menus, registry, and seating charts etc. With this wedding planner, you’ll be able to hole punch and put them right in the binder with the added bonus of some advice on how to go about these monumental decisions.
In all your wedding planning experience, what’s the most important tip you’ve learned along the way?
Surround yourself with a solid team. This is true in my business as well as couple’s hiring on help. Couple’s should be reaching out to vendors that have great reputations and speak to their personal style but they should also be someone you click with and trust. You have to follow your instincts and this will make the process all the easier.
What’s your best advice for a bride who is feeling overwhelmed and stressed out while planning?
Hire a planner! The amount of money & stress you will save will be worth it in the end if planning just isn’t your thing! Some couples really enjoy the process of finding unique ways to incorporate their story or things they enjoy into their special day, while others might need a little help getting there. Don’t let it get to a place where it just isn’t fun anymore and you’re dreaming of eloping. You can always turn things around by either getting a professional on board or just getting some advice on how to attack intimidating tasks.
The day of the wedding can often be hectic. Do you have advice for a bride and groom for when the big day arrives?
When the big day arrives…it’s time to party and celebrate major milestone accomplishments! By that time, the two of you have already made executive decisions together and come out on top. Stay focused on what that day will represent for years, decades to come and enjoy being surrounded by your closest friends, family, and most of all, the person you’re meant to spend your life with.
To get your copy of All the Essentials, published by Chronicle Books leave a comment below telling us your best wedding tip or your dream wedding location. We’ll pick three winners on Friday, February 22nd.
Our employees love to get together after hours for holiday craft nights, especially if they benefit a good cause. Meals on Wheels has been providing meals to seniors since 1940 and has evolved into an extraordinary foundation for fighting hunger. For holidays the good people like to deliver cards to the seniors as a gift of love, and this year we decided to join in. All of our cards were handmade with love for the people supported by Meals on Wheels, and to know they were going to a good home was a beautiful thought.
As stationers, paper is our primary medium, so coming up with materials was a cinch. We try to save as many scraps as we can, knowing that they could come in handy for a card-making craft night.
Our team is the best at coming up with witty one-liners. We loved this “I a door you” card.
To support the Meals on Wheels Association of America, visit their website!
Photobooth SF is a Tintype Polaroid-style studio located on Valencia Street here in San Francisco, offering beautiful vintage-looking photography. It’s obvious we’re big fans of anything vintage, so we fell in love with the idea immediately. It’s nice to see something new and different pop up on the photography scene!
Aren’t these moody photobooth images of our staff fabulous? They were taken by Photobooth SF at the Contemporary Jewish Museum last month for the Rit Lab event. For the event we brought stacks of letterpress prints and accessories to make one-of-a-kind photo frames and these images were the perfect addition.
You can book your sessions with Photobooth SF here or pop in their studio located in San Francisco’s Mission district.
1193 Valencia Street @ 23rd.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Open: Wed- Th 1-8, Fri – Sun 1-9
Our annual Hello!Lucky employee holiday party was a big success! We try to get creative with our gift-giving and this year we did just that – got creative! Everyone handmade each of their gifts and we exchanged them at Lyndsey’s Twin Peaks apartment above the glowing city lights. We knew everyone had hidden talents but we were blown away with the final product! All our employees went above and beyond and the night was one to remember.
Jon, our house brewer, brewed a winter beer and even created his own labels! Heather also made up a special batch of pumpkin liqueur – and it was delicious with all the treats from the night! Kelly C. made adorable s’more kits, and Lyndsey made homemade cookie butter! Stewey made his famous Stewey’s Cheweys and also his famous knit coasters! (Did you see them on the Huffington Post?) Holly made amazing snow globes, James tied some awesome rope door stops, and Shayna handmade her winter scented candles!
Laura made gorgeous pine wreathes and Lillian sewed individual cocktail napkins. Below you can see Lia’s adorable felt houses, all lit up with mini lights. It’s the perfect decor!
Christina got crafty with her mini terrariums, and spruced them up with some festive holiday deer! The room was overflowing with holiday spirit, and everyone couldn’t wait to exchange.
Even more delicious snacks from Eunice and Sabrina’s holiday cookies, and Leslie made homemade granola in these sweet little jars.
Each person brought five gifts and each person left with five. As the night went on, surprise Karaoke evolved and we all had a grand ol’ time.
Thanks Lyndsey for hosting and the entire HL crew for celebrating such a wonderful year! Here’s to 2013!
Thanksgiving happens to be one of the favorite holidays among our team. Something about the cold air, gathering of families, and cooking together warms our hearts. While it’s meant to be a time to reflect and give thanks, sometimes the preoccupation with the perfect holiday decor takes its toll. We’re flooded with images of the fanciest table tops and gourmet recipes, but not all of us have the time (or budget!) to go all-out for the big feast. If you are the lucky one hosting Thanksgiving this year and are looking for affordable, simple, and festive decor, our patterned papers are a great go-to. We’ve come up with 5 uses for patterned papers that you can make in no time, and just in time for your guests to arrive. Shown here is our classic Marquee pattern, but there are lots to choose from!
1. Patterned Paper Jar Lids: You may have to fight for the leftovers, but sending friends and family members home with equal portions is a great way to share. Or, send them home with a hand-made treat as a thanks-for-coming favor. Simply cut a 4.5″ square (or 5.5″ square for wide-mouth jars) of patterned paper. Place the metal lid cover over the jar, then set your paper square on top. Twist the screw-on cap over the paper and lid to ensure closure. You may need to press hard!
2. Patterned Paper Napkin Rings: The possibilities are endless here. With a starter shape of 1.5″ x 7″ you can double the napkin ring as a personalized place card by gluing a .5″ x 2″ piece of paper on top. Or, take a 2.5″ x 8″ strip, cut out a leaf shape on one end, and trim the other end to 1″ wide. Apply glue to 1/2″ of one side and seal under the other.
3. Patterned Paper Thankful Chain: Keep the kids busy or adults guessing with this paper Thankful Chain! It’s a new twist on the Christmas paper chain, with a whole new meaning. Cut 1.5″ x 7″ strips of paper and ask your guests write a few things they are thankful for on one side. Glue one end of the strip under the other end and repeat, looping the next strip through your first chain. When assembled, hang above the table for decor or spread around the table. Throughout the meal you (or the kids) can read each strip and reflect – make it a game and guess who said what!
4. Patterned Paper drink flags/stirrers: Every party needs some of these. Celebrate the autumn weather by cutting your flags into leaf shapes. Start with a 1.5″ x 5″ strip and fold in half. Open it back up, draw your shape on one half of the blank side of the paper, fold in half again, then cut out. Reverse the fold, apply glue to one side, place a skewer or straw in the center then hold to adhere.
5. Patterned Paper Place Card Holders: Thanks to Martha Stewart for this idea, keep things simple with a folded paper place card holder. We scaled ours down to a 3″ x 3.75″ piece of paper, folded in half, then folded in half again, creating three 3/4″ folds. Unfold the paper, and reverse one fold, making an “M” shape. Place your place card inside and voila!
If you follow us on Instagram, then you know how great the turnout was at the Creative Bug Crafts, Cocktails & Cake-toppers event at Chronicle Books last week. There was a fantastic crowd of happy crafters and the handmade cake toppers were adorable. Eunice and Sabrina delivered a stellar performance, giving hands-on instructions for making these versatile decor items. We had a blast getting together with Creative Bug at Chronicle Books and want to extend a special thank you to all who were involved and all who came to enjoy the evening. Here are some of our favorite photos from the event. Don’t worry if you missed it, because there is a great online workshop available at Creative Bug right here!
Last week we helped celebrate the 30th birthday of our favorite photographer Edyta Szyszlo! When she came to us months ago with the idea for her party invitations, she had us at “Physical.” The wording, all created by the birthday girl herself, was a mashup of lyrics throughout three awesome decades. Her duplex paper fluorescent white and fuchsia letterpress printed beauties were also edged in a tie-dye style and hand painted with bold strips of colorful acrylic. They sure set the tone for a good time ahead.
The party took place at Workshop in San Francisco. Workshop is an amazing studio space dedicated to DIY projects for the public, and they offer classes from printmaking to canning. Check out their class schedule here.
This may be hard to believe, but Edyta handmade all her crepe paper decorations and party hats. How did she have the time? Nobody knows, but this girl can do it all.
The cake pop display was two-tiered and matched her decor. Scrumptious and stylish!
As the night went on, hungry guests got to snack on popcorn in cute personal sized grab-bags.
And it wouldn’t be Edyta’s party without the amazing new Tomfoolery Photobooth. This bold and colorful backdrop and open-air photobooth made for hilarious mementos from the night.
Where did she get those awesome photobooth props you ask? Hello!Lucky of course! And we’ve reduced the price so now you can get them for a steal. The Word Bubbles (set of 2) are $25 and Mustaches (set of 4) are only $35!
Are you getting in the Halloween spirit yet? We definitely are and can’t wait to break out our costumes and candy. This year we wanted to give our readers an extra spooky treat with this free printable Halloween party invitation. Even if you’re not the costume king or queen, throwing a party for Hallow’s Eve is a great way to get geared up for the holidays. Print this template at home on card stock paper and address it to your party people. Guests will be too scared to say no.
We’re also giving our fans the chance to win a set of 3 eerie Halloween greeting cards! Simply comment below telling us what you want to be for Halloween and we’ll pick two random winners. We’re still deciding on our Halloween costumes this year so we look forward to reading your ideas! Be sure to enter your comment before noon of next Thursday, October 4th and we’ll announce the winners on Friday! Good Luck!