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Issue No. 5
The contrasting brightness of spring
LIGHT VS. DARK GREY VS. BLOOMING
WILD VS. SWEET BLACK VS. WHITE
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Welcome to issue five of Styled. magazine. In creating this issue I have been so inspired by the struggle of spring. The contrast of a gloomy winter behind us and a bright season ahead. There is beauty that comes this time of year and I am always reminded of the joy spring will bring to our celebrations and to our lives. I hope you enjoy the contrasts weâ€™ve come up with to inspire this wonderful month of transition. Bright projects that will help us to shed the heaviness of winter, pretty products to liven up our merriment and bold parties that will quickly usher in a season of new life for all that we enjoy! Blessings,
PRODUCTION TEAM Founding Editor & Creative Director Victoria Hudgins Graphic Design Samantha Wagner Copy Editor Matthew Hudgins THE CONTRAST OF LIGHT VS. DARK Editorial Styling and Photography Athena Plichta
BRIGHT SPRING DIY'S Liz Stanley Michelle Edgemont Alison Harshbarger and Katie Williamsen THE CONTRAST OF GREY VS. BLOOM Editorial Styling Victoria Hudgins Photography Erin Holland THE CONTRAST OF WILD VS. SWEET
Editorial Styling Styled Creative
Photography Betsy Tomasello
Photography Alison Conklin
THE CONTRAST OF BLACK VS. WHITE Editorial Styling Victoria Hudgins
GET IT TOGETHER Jennie Prince DATE NIGHT
Photography Erin Holland
WRAP IT UP
wherever you are planted, BLOOM
The contrast of spring
LIGHT vs. DARK Party foods styled for this season's transition from winter darkness into the spring light. Styling and Photography: Athena Plichta
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Photography: Betsy Blue Photography Text: Victoria Hudgins
During my short time living in San Diego there were many celebrations to be had. The city in all its sunny glory just prompts a party to happen! A few of my favorite local party suppliers:
trip I leave inspired and ready to celebrate!
Lisko Fish Market â€” Once a small farmer's market booth these guys have landed the market on huge scrumptious Italian desserts! I've featured their macaroons before and now that they have a brick and motar restaurant they definitely deserve a visit for any needed party planning sweets.
For invitations the girls who run Posh Papperie are some of my favorites. Their designs are both fresh and classic and they will work with you personally to design a lovely addition to your event.
Queen Bee Market â€” For party or wedding decor a trip down to the Queen Bee Market will have your with arms filled with gorgeous handcrafted creations and specialty items. Many of my favorite Etsy sellers make it out to this market and every
If you are looking for flowers, look no further than the many San Diego farmer's markets. Open all year, long the Little Italy market downtown was a favorite for my family. Bundles of fresh flowers and gorgeous produce that made decorating a table quite simple are just some of the lovely things to find.
THE LITTLE ITALY FARMER'S MARKET
DATE NIGHT Let Your Love Soar Photography and text: Candace Prokopets, pictilio
It’s that time of year. Cabin fever has officially set in and you're tired of the cold mornings. The days are starting to get longer and the extra amount of sunlight has you convinced that warm weather is just around the corner. While there is still a cold breeze in the air, you take a deep breath to capture the first hint of spring. It's just around the corner. And you are right — all signs point that spring is coming. So get ready for it! Spring isn't just for cleaning and organizing. If you feel the need to refresh anything, spend the extra energy on your relationship. Grab the one you love and embrace the beautiful outdoors that winter has kept you from enjoying. Flying kites is a perfect way to get tangled up with one another. You’ll laugh and play and watch your love soar.
In March I am waiting for Spring Illustration: Amanda Waggoner
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OMBRE FAVOR TOTE Project design: Liz Stanley, Say Yes to Hoboken
Favors handed out in these bright spring totes will make anyone from your bridesmaids to your kids crack a smile. With a bold ombre paint job they are happy, bright and very of the moment. To make the favor totes start with a basic canvas tote bought at a craft store. Begin to lay out tape in equal distance as a line grid down the tote. To mix the ombre paint use cupcake wrappers and mix in your bold color with the white in small additions as you go. Start at one end of the bag and carefully paint varying the colors from lightest to darkest as you go. Let dry and remove your tape for a beautiful bag to gift (or carry yourself!) this season.
HOW TO OMBRE
CURLY Q DRINK STIRRER Project design: Michelle Edgemont Photography: Amber Marlow
Make a handful of bright curly drink stirrers for a festive spring drink touch. To make the stirrers, first cut a couple colored pieces of cardstock into think strips of varying widths. Wrap each strip around a pencil to curl it up. Glue a few of the curly Q's to the end of a medium height kitchen skewer.Â Make a variety of sizes and colors to give nice detail for any spring party.
BRIGHT CONFETTI PLACE MATS
Project design: Alison Harshbarger and Katie Williamsen, Twin Stripe Magazine
This spring, brightening up any dinning table can be easy with these simple neon placemats. To make the big confetti place mats use a 3.5 inch hole punch to cut circles out of neon poster board and brown kraft paper. Arrange the circles in an organic pattern. Use double-sided tape to secure the circles to your table starting with the top layers of the pattern and working down. Set your table and celebrate spring with these bright placemats!
BAKE SALE DESSERT BAR Project design: Andrea, Bake Sale Austin Photography: Jay B Sauceda
Bring out your inner school girl and style a dessert bar bake sale style. Offer sweet old-school lunch favorites made for an adult crowd, like butterscotch pudding cups in shot glasses (made with real scotch), mini grilled cheese sandwiches (made with Nutella, brie, and homemade raspberry jam) and espresso twinkies. Lay out the treats on clipboards, using school lined paper and gold stars as accents. Back the bar with a big black chalkboard and allow your guests to join in the fun writing birthday wishes or marriage hopes, just be sure to photograph the board before erasing to give a lasting impression to the chalk dust.
FABRIC PARTY BOWLS Project design: Michelle Edgemont Photography: Amber Marlow
Pretty party bowls are great for giving as favors with a little treat inside or containing festive party necessities that your guests will want to see! To make the fabric bowls, mix equal parts Mod Podge and water. Pick one fabric for the inside and outside of your finished bowl. Soak fabric strips of the inside color in the Mod Podge mixture then place the first strip over the bottom of the plastic bowl. Make sure to place the (right) side of the fabric (down). Continue placing the strips all around the bottom of the bowl until itâ€™s completely covered. Repeat for the outside but place strips over the first color with the (right) side of the fabric (up). Continue overlapping strips of fabrics. When the whole bowl is covered, let dry overnight. Cut a strip of binding long enough to edge your whole bowl. Starting at one end of the binding, adhere the inside edge of the binding to the outside edge of the bowl. Continue all the way around. Place a line of tacky glue right at the top edge of the inside of the bowl. Fold the binding over to the inside of the bowl and glue to finish off.
Simple ideas to brighten up spring party decor
Many tossed-aside decor pieces can be easily given new life this spring with an hour and a can of bright paint. Old candlesticks are a great place to start, bring them out of storage and onto the center of your table with a cheap bottle of spray paint. The old shoes laying around in the closet will find new life when taped off to spray paint the heel in a color block fashion. And your spring blooms, although beautiful on their own, can be made to shine with a simple touch of white and bright paint touched to the tips.
Cork your drinks in a bright new way with this easy to create DIY project. A simple way to brighten up the bar and a perfect party favor for your guests. Get the full instructions with more photos here.
The contrast of
WILD and SWEET Using the heavy metallic hues of winter and the ever plentiful animal theme together brings an exceptionally sweet and girlie touch to spring! Editorial styling: Styled Creative Photography: Alison Conklin Desserts: Brown Betty Dessert Boutique Venue: Trust Venue Presented by: Red Balloon Public Relations
Pink, an always sweet palette for spring, is brought forward in a new light with a distinctively gold touch! Use golden baking glitter and sprinkles on sweets, gold brass buttons to top a cake and simple play animals painted white and rubbed with a golden touch to center the table. Backed with flowers, teal nails, classic china and bright festive lipstick this celebration will be an afternoon contrast not soon forgotten.
the contrast of black vs. white
A child's party styled sweetly in the most stark of contrasts Editorial styling: Victoria Hudgins Photography: Erin Holland
Often as parents we tend to go with an old tired theme for our kids birthday and forget that great design is a part of the fun, even at a young age. For your next birthday, pick a strong theme and add in young elements to make the party one all your guests will remember fondly. This stark black and white concept works as it plays to the circus nature in kids while remaining bold enough to carry on their energy. Recreate this party by making simple hats with big black balls (tutorial here), dipping bowls in glossy black paint, using porcelain markers to differentiate glasses, and designing a large punchata for play! Every celebration needs a couple stark and prominent details... We recycled my husbands childhood cello with a coat of paint and strung it with bright thread for a whimsical play on our black and white affair. Adding in details of bright pink, green and orange made for a perfect finish to our contrast.
MAKE YOUR OWN PIZZA PARTY Hosting a pizza party can be both simple and stylish when homemade and taken to the miniature level with individual size crusts to bake. Bowls of pretty toppings, cheese waiting to be grated, fresh herbs, and sauce lined up in old milk jugs will have your guests (no matter the age) lining up to design their own culinary creations! To spice things up award prizes for the best topping combinations and be sure to have a cutting board handy for the inevitable slice sharing.
End the party with a dessert station to go:
MAKE YOUR OWN CANDY BRACELETS
WRAP IT UP with bright labels this spring Label design by: Judy Kaufmann
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