{ DIY: patio party decor }

Yesterday I posted about a great dinner party I hosted on my rooftop patio that included a few DIY decor projects that I promised I would share. These projects were especially great because it was a chance to be creative with what I had around my place. I made three decor elements; some bunting to go with my great string of lights, a table runner made from doilies, and name holders made from super cheap forks. These elements really added to the atmosphere and upped the wow factor. 

First up is the bunting. I looked through my bin of scrap fabric and found this collection which worked together. As you know, I’m not a fan of matchy matchy so just make sure if you’re going to mix patterns that you stick with the same colour family.  

Next step is to cut out a bunch of triangles using a template for size. Then we get to the sewing part and I’m going to come out and admit that this is the lazy girl’s technique. You could give it a more finished look by adding a strip of ribbon that would cover the edges. But if you’re ok with it looking a little more handmade you can just keep sewing in one big line going from one piece to the other (with a touch of overlap). 

Then you’ll get something like this (above) which looks pretty sweet when it’s hanging. 

The next project was the doily table runner. There really isn’t any steps to show for this. I found a ton of great doilies during one of my thrift store trips and I didn’t really have a plan for them. I had seen this idea before and thought I would try myself. I laid them out first to decide placement then I  took a good ol’ needle & thread and added a few stitches where the points met. It seems daunting at first but it went by pretty quickly. This large runner (this pic only show about 75% of it) took me about an hour to stitch. 

And lastly I made name holders out of forks. It’s key to buy inexpensive forks because you want them to bend easily. Take pliers and just got at it. Depending on the base of your fork, it may or may not stand on it’s on but once you put the napkin in, it should stand. Then stick the name tag in between the fork prongs. I cheated (again) and just printed out the names in a font I loved and then traced in gold market. 

There you go – three steps to kick up your dinner party wow factor. It can definitely be some work but it really makes it extra special, and makes great Instagram content 🙂

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{ EVENTS: summer rooftop dinner party }

I admit, I’m a lucky girl with an amazing outdoor space right in the middle of the city. It’s pretty great. The sad part is that I don’t feel like it gets used enough, especially with our short summers. So when my good friends from out of town told me they were coming for a visit I decided to go all out and host a proper rooftop patio dinner party. I threw in a few DIY decor projects to make it extra special, which I’ll post in more detail later. Don’t hate me but I pulled almost all of this together with stuff I already had around my place (I have a lot of stuff..it’s kinda a problem).

I made the bunting with some scrap material I had and the table runner with a bunch of doilies I picked up at a thrift store that I didn’t know what I was going to do with. Both the expandable table & chairs are from Ikea in case you’re wondering. The pillows & lantern are from Homesense last season. 

I don’t usually do proper place settings, but like I said, I went all out. I made the name holder from dollar store forks and used a gold marker for the name (psst: I’ll let you in on a secret – my writing isn’t that beautiful, I printed them in a pretty font (Janda Celebration Script) and traced them with gold marker). The stunning glasses are part of a hand painted vintage set that was gifted to me by a good friend who knows me well. 

I used some of my vintage glass collection for vases with bright jewel coloured flowers. 

Pardon the blurry iPhone photo but what a great panoramic to show you the whole spread. I went all out with the decor but kept the menu pretty simple. I made BBQ ribs for the first time (success!) along with watermelon mint feta salad, potato salad, grilled veggies & caprese salad.
There’s nothing better than sitting around a table with good friends on a beautiful summer night. That is one happy bunch of people. 

{DIY: decor refresh}

Who doesn’t love a good home decor DIY. I have a few of my own coming up soon. But there’s definitely something separating the amateurs from the pro DIYers. Here’s a round up of some first class home DIY projects. The “did you seriously do that yourself?!” type of DIY’s. It’s time to give your space a little refresh. Be inspired this weekend!

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