Wow. This is cutting it close. Posting our New Year's Eve project on New Year's Eve... But Lauren and I think it is pretty special and we are so excited to finally be sharing it with you. Here is how the project came to be...
I read my Real Simple Magazine cover to cover as soon as it arrives each month (to be honest, I skip over anything plant or garden related due to my black thumb). I tear out the items I want to keep (mainly recipes) and then walk to my recycle bin. And each month I think there must be something better I can do with this magazine. Do I do this with all magazines? Nope. Us Weekly...wham, bam, thank you ma'am. Food and Wine...Sayonara. But there is something about the ink colors used to print the Real Simple pages. It is so vivid and rich and the texture of the paper is so delightful. And then it hit me. I would create a full party from the pages. But since my two small boys keep me quite busy and I am still have my craft training wheels on, I pushed the thought aside. Then one day I read an interview with Lauren. Everything she said told me that she was my Real Simple party soul mate. I contacted her and without hesitating she became my partner in crime. That was mid November. And now we are pleased to finally be sharing this very special project with you all. Happy New Year!
What started out as a styled shoot ended up becoming a small party. And it was a blast. Although Lauren and I met a month and a half ago, we are on the same page with everything we do without even talking about it. We knew that we wanted to create a New Year's themed party but as we don't like to be too "themey" with our celebrations, there are only a few nod's to traditional New Year's icons. Since I have two little boys (who don't let me decorate their birthday parties in pink) and Lauren is a girly girl we were drawn to add girl's night elements as well. And if you know me at all, you know I like dessert. Like, a lot. The idea of a dessert and champagne party was a no brainer. But we wanted to break away from the structured, symmetrical, military-like precise dessert tables we've been seeing all over the place. Dessert anarchy!
Next week we will go in to detail on all the really cool elements of this party and show you all the ways we used Real Simple magazine to put together this gorgeous party!
Quick side note: Lauren lent me this fab fur vest and I totally felt like Rachel Zoe. I die.
I can't leave well enough alone when it comes to parties and entertaining. This project is proof! The whole reason I started blogging was for the creative outlet and I have come to learn, over the last few years, that I have too much creativity for my own good. I really crave sharing it with you and I aim to do just that in the new year. Maybe Lauren and I will work together again (foreshadow) because we make a great team. Lauren is crazy creative, a master crafter, super cool, totally sweet and ambitious. I am so glad that this project brought us together.
We could not have done this party without a few amazingly talented vendors. I am so grateful to be part of such a creative community of truly generous artists willing to collaborate for the sake of creating something special. These amazing photographs were taken by Ed of Up Imagery and Desi Mendoza and I am blown away with what they did. It was a low light situation and they rocked it. I love their shooting style and I can't wait to work with them again. My baking angel, Kristin of Meringue Bake Shop, provided tons of baked treats (full food and drink details next week) that aren't only visually perfect but taste absolutely amazing! She is amazingly talented!!! Big thank you to Glue Dots for supplying all the adhesive for this project. From the minute I spoke to them about our idea, they were totally supportive and willing to help us out with our paper crafting. They sent both Lauren and I pretty much all of their products to use and they really held this party together (pun intended). Thank you to Lucid Absinthe, Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut and Segura Viudas Brut Reserva for sending product for this party which in turn lead to lots of giggles. And of course Real Simple for having such beautiful pages!
So be sure to come back next week to see even more from this party! We sure hope you like this as much as we do!