The weather is warming up, the sun is shining, and kids are counting the days until summer freedom is finally here.
This means graduation parties, family picnics, BBQs, reunions, and maybe even a wedding or two, which almost demand some creative paper crafting, dontcha think? So don’t get stuck in a rut and just make cards – get creative with your stash and spice up your next summer gathering with some paper crafted fun.
I hope by now you’ve heard about our book called Party Ensembles, and if you’ve had the chance to look at some of the projects within its pages then you know we covered everything from birthday and baby showers to Mother’s Day and Christmas with just about everything in between. And that “in between” includes summer and patriotic themes that are perfect for summer parties.
Here’s one of my favorites:
Lucy Abrams perfectly captured the essence of an afternoon on the patio, refreshing drink in hand and girlfriends all around, didn’t she? I love how a little festive paper crafting can make a simple gathering into a special occasion.
And as simple gatherings go, we had one with our friends at BPD Studios a few weeks ago. Brian and his wife Shoko along with stylist Claudia Daniels hosted a fun lunchtime getaway for us at their studio.
Shoko cooked, Brian grilled, Claudia served and styled (I’m not even kidding – the platters were arranged picture-perfectly!) and we ate, ate, and ate some more.
And in case you missed that cute-as-a-button munchkin attached to Shoko, that’s their son Bou (if you’re wondering about the name, it’s pronounced like Bo or Beau but spelled the way it would sound in Japanese). He is the cutest little guy you’ll ever meet, and he was happily passed around from lap to lap that day.
If you’re planning your own summer party (or any party, for that matter!), check out some of the sneak peeks we showed during Party Ensembles Week. And don’t forget the ones Cath showed in the Moxie Fab World HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE!
In case you don’t yet have your own copy of this fantastic book, I’ll set one aside for one of you lucky readers. Let me know about your summer party plans in the comments (no later than this Friday, May 25 at 5pm MDT) and I’ll pick a random winner.
Hooray for simple gatherings and paper-crafted festivity!