perennially pretty party colors

Friday, June 28th, 2013

colorful fun happy table

Pink, orange and yellow are perennially pretty party colors, but the addition of red, in this table designed by Gen Sohr for Southern Living, is incredible! The wallpaper Sohr used as a runner is brilliant as well! To see more, visit Gen’s blog.

image via Gen’s Favorite as published in the June 2013 issue of Southern Living 

happy mother’s day

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

I had fun creating this quick + easy Mother’s Day D.I.Y. for Oh Joy! Hope you’ll pop over and have a look!

mother's day d.i.y.

Happy Mother’s Day Mamas! xo

{photography by katie stoops}

decor at BHLDN

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Loving the inspiring new decor shop at BHLDN

Happy Mother’s Day weekend!

Friday, May 6th, 2011

mother's day brunch inspiration



images: mother & child via flickr; silverware and red & white table photographed by claudio raschella for wedding style guide, issue no. 4 via once wed; strawberries via The Bride’s Cafe tumblr; lighting bug catchers photographed by A Bryan Photo via Southern Living;

All wrapped up!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

fabric gift wrap ideas

I’m so happy to have a special guest blogger here today. Brittany started working with Merriment last year as an intern and continues to assist on event days. When she said she’d be interested in guest blogging, I took her up on it immediately, of course! Hoping to see much more of her around here. Today she has a great gift wrapping idea just in time for Mother’s Day.


fabric gift wrap ideas

I love the idea of using fabric for wrapping gifts. Not only is it clever and eco-friendly, it can be two gifts in one if you use tea towels or a vintage scarf. To secure the ends, tie them in a simple knot or secure them with a cute pin, button, or pretty ribbon to give the package an extra special touch. Also see more wrapping techniques here. Add a personal element to your wedding by wrapping small favor boxes in monogrammed cloth napkins or vintage fabric scraps.


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images: 1 Photograph by Joseph De Leo for Handmade Weddings via The Haystack Needle; 2 and 5 Studiopatro Tea Towels; 3 and 4 fabric wrap by Chewing the Cud via Oh Joy!

brilliant backgrounds

Monday, March 28th, 2011

We’re working on some photo booth concepts for a client, and, really, the options are endless. When you’re working with a blank 9′ wide space there’s so much you can do!

Garlands + streamers…the first two ideas by Jordan Ferney are so much fun!

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Fringe walls are always great backgrounds…

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Paper daises, honeycombs and pinwheels, oh my…

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photos: Garlands and streamers…zig zag streamers and fringe streamers by Jordan Ferney at Oh Happy Day, Green garlands photographed by StudioBooth at Urban Wed; Fringe… wall by Confetti System via Oh Joy!, Smilebooth at Martha Stewart market party, Smilebooth at Hitched 2010; Pinwheels…. Rebecca Thuss for Simple Silhouettes, pink and orange pinwheels photographed by Rebekah Westover, Pom Pom cluster photographed by Sarah Rhoads via Style Me Pretty

neon and neutral take two

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

neon party inspiration

Loving all of the bright, bright neon colors I’m seeing everywhere — perfect for a party!

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{letterpress cards by Jordan Ferney via Oh Happy Day; dessert table designed by Susana of Simplesmente Branco and Ana of Pinga Amor via Somewhere Splendid; flowers and photos by Oh Joy}

a holiday soiree

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

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{photography by katie stoops; flowers by janie medley; styling by merriment events; calligraphy by pretty pen jen; croquembouche by sweetest thing bakery}

christmas at colin cowie’s

Friday, December 17th, 2010

"colin cowie holiday"

Janie and I hopped on a plane last week headed to New York to spend the evening with the B List at a party hosted by Colin Cowie. It was so much fun to see Colin in his element. He made a comment at one point during the evening that he can see an entire room at once, no matter where he’s standing: it’s true. There are no lulls in conversation or dry glasses in his presence. He’s an attentive and gracious host.

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If you haven’t already checked out Colin’s website or signed up for his newsletter, you must. I love this video, in particular, housed on his site from the TODAY show where Colin discusses key tips to creating holiday parties:

*It’s about no fuss, being resourceful and spending time on presentation

*Focus on creating interesting pairings and stations devoted to the match, such as a south of the border station with tequila cocktails and southwestern appetizers

*Put a card in front of each dish so guests know what they’re eating and drinking

*Go vertical rather than horizontal with decor, as it can take up quite a bit of space

*And, not included in that clip, but passed along at the party: invite colorful guests. The more interesting your guests, the more interesting the party.

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Colin talked a great deal about the industry, blogging and what is in store for his company, including the expected launch of a new app. Meanwhile, cocktail architect,Yusef Austin, engineered two signature cocktails, while we listened to music styled by Donna D’Cruz. White Mischief was clearly the darling of the night. A recipe is below.

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pictured left to right: Jackie Weppner of Merci New York, Janie Medley of The Bride’s Café, Vané Broussard of Brooklyn Bride, me, Colin Cowie, Christy Weber of Junebug Weddings, Ami Price of Elizabeth Anne Designs, Anne Chertoff of From “I Will” to “I Do”, Mixologist Yusef Austin and Amy Atlas of Amy Atlas Events

take a chance

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

"kate spade + cheree berry"

How cool is this installation by Cherre Berry at Kate Spade’s St. Louis store? Shaped around the idea of “take a chance,” shoppers drew cards from envelopes encouraging pure fun…laugh out loud, eat cake for breakfast, smile at strangers. These are all things I can get behind 100%. Every morning should start with sweets, in my opinion.

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{via style notes}