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Showing posts with label celebration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label celebration. Show all posts

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Last-minute Champagne Chic

Quick Champagne Party
Sometimes, you've just got to be a bit decadent, am I right? I mean, whatever decadence means to you in particular, I don't think there's anything wrong with doing something for the sake of it from time to time. Even if decadence is just a bar of chocolate or putting on an old party dress to do the dishes, frivolity is important, if you ask me. Which you didn't. But there you go - I'm telling you anyway.
This weekend just gone, Dan and I took a last-minute trip to Cambridge for a lunch at my old college at university. We met up with lots of dear friends and it was lovely to catch up with everyone in a familiar but somehow alien setting... I feel odd being in Cambridge without feeling STRESSED! Anyway, as well as catching up with friends, we spent the night at Dan's parents' house because they live in the middle of the beautiful countryside nearby, and we fancied crashing the garden party they were holding in the village. I hadn't really brought any appropriate party clothes with me, but I found that I actually had some clothes that I'd left at their house, including this black pencil dress that I bought for a funeral many years ago. Since the theme of the garden party was 'Champagne and Jazz', it seemed vaguely appropriate in a sort of "last minute Champagne chic" kind of way... And really, there are few events where a 'little black dress' would be wildly inappropriate, don't you think?
Little Black Dress Cambridge
Sunny Cambridge Party
When we arrived at the house, it was only about twenty minutes before the beginning of the party, so as soon as I found the black dress in the wardrobe amongst Dan's childhood clothes, I chucked some gold eyeshadow at my eyes and hoped for the best. I find that as a glasses-wearer, you can get away with a fair amount of error, especially if you have really enormous nerd glasses with thick ol' lenses in them like I do! Sometimes, I put on eye makeup that I think is really bold and statementy, and then when I put my glasses back on, it barely looks like I'm wearing any at all. Do any of you have this problem?
Gold Makeup ideas
English country garden
No party would be complete without some little nibbles on sticks. I can claim no credit for these, as they were all made by my mother-in-law, whose philosophy on cooking emphasises flavour over fuss - an excellent food philosophy if you ask me. These simple canap├ęs are made of little cubes of good quality feta cheese, topped with a generous sliver of sun-dried tomato, all skewered together on a dainty little cocktail stick. There was another plate with olives instead of tomatoes, and they were delicious too. Everyone at the party thought they were great, and what with the glorious weather and the Champagne flowing, it seemed that the party was a real success.
Easy Canape Idea
Bourgeois ridiculous
Have you ever been to a party unexpectedly? It's a lot of fun to embrace some unexpected decadence, and to feel fancy with limited resources. I think it's really important to remind yourself every once in a while that you are capable of being a classy mofo if you need to be. Life lessons, guys.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

How to wrap an Easter present!

Easter gift wrap
When I was little, I never finished my Easter eggs - they would still be hanging around in their boxes by the time Christmas came around. So after a while, my parents decided that it would be much more sensible to get me a book or a video (showing my age there...) for Easter. Presents need wrapping, and Easter is a great excuse for some adorable chick or bunny-themed decorations, so let’s get started!
I’ve gathered together some brown wrapping paper, raffia, colourful washi tape, and those iconic little fuzzy chicks that seem to pop up everywhere from the beginning of March. Washi tape is available from most craft shops, as well as places like Paperchase. You can use normal sticky tape, but I think this cheerful stuff makes a nice little statement!
washi tape gift wrap
how to wrap a present
present wrapping chick
Wrap your present as you normally would, and don’t worry too much about it being perfectly neat – you can cover up all manner of sins with cute accessories. (A mantra for life). Tear the washi tape rather than cutting it with scissors as this gives it a more rustic look, which goes well with the brown paper.
raffia for giftwrap
Tie the present with a few strands of raffia so that the bow or knot is on the opposite side to all of the washi tape. I trimmed the ends so that they were all a similar length. Oh no, the little chicklet fell on his face!
fluffy easter chick
Tape the little chick next to the knot in your raffia. It also secures the raffia so it won’t slip off in transit.
Pretty easter gift wrapping
Finish the presents off by writing the recipients’ names on the presents. I chose to just monogram them, using a fine-tipped pen.
Easter gift wrap
These presents are for my little brother and sister who (unlike my childhood self) absolutely LOVE chocolate. I wrapped the chocolate eggs up in this adorable tissue paper which I saved from a recent trip to Tiger. They change their packing paper with the seasons and I always try to save it whenever I buy something from there.
So that’s how I wrapped my presents this Easter. I am obsessed with packaging, wrapping, crafting, and making things lovely, so stay tuned for more seasonal gift-wrapping posts.
Oh and I’d love it if you checked out the article I wrote about blanket-forts (ie my favourite thing in the whole world) over at Mookychick a fabulous alternative online zine with a feminist outlook. Let me know what you think!