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I can’t believe that it is Friday again. Aye aye aye!

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Linking up again with Life Rearraged to chronicle some of the happenings in the Toney family this week.

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Last weekend, we had our annual winter party. If you are new to my blog, my husband and I host a party for our friends every season to celebrate what we love about that season. We’ve been doing this for about 5 years now and it has become a treasured tradition. You can see photos of past seasonal parties here and here.

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For this winter party, I pulled together what I had, buying only some flowers from Trader Joes & our local farmer’s market and a couple rolls of gold & cream striped wrapping paper from Target. The result was a pretty and simple gold & white party.

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I threw some gold glitter on candles I already had (which my husband so loves- ha!).

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I forgot to take any pictures of the food, but I do have this one that shows what the highlight of the winter party is: a soup potluck! Our friends make such awesome soups year after year and it is so fun to be able to keep going back and trying them all :)

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It was so fun to watch the grammys and see a fellow Bruin, Sara Bareilles, sing with Carole King. I’ve been a big fan of Sara’s ever since she started her career back at UCLA and it has been so incredible to see her career grow. Then, the other morning, this gem of a song popped up on one of my pandora stations. The guys of Lady Danville (now Hunter Hunted) were also at UCLA while we were, so I’ve had lots of bruin pride the past couple of weeks :)

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I’m starting to get ready for a certain batman-loving curly hair kid’s third birthday party! I bought the graphic from a designer on etsy and then made the simple invitations and labels. Fun story: these are the last of the envelopes from our wedding invitations- they’ve lasted 8 1/2 years!


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Happy weekend!

winter party 2012

For those of you who may be new to my blog, I am excited to share with you about our seasonal parties! My husband and I host a party every season to celebrate the food, music & ambiance we love about that time of the year. You can see more here (including links to most of the seasonal parties over the past 5 years).

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Winter is always one of my favorites because we have a soup potluck. Our friends are pretty good cooks, so we always have a delicious array of soups to try, along with winter-inspired appetizers, salads, bread and dessert (which was all chocolate this year- apparently that is the most fitting winter dessert!)

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For decor this year, I wanted to spend as little money as possible, while still making the setting beautiful. My 5 year old and I had cut some paper snowflakes around Christmas time and they were still hanging on our sliding glass doors while I was gathering inspiration for the party. I decided to add in some doilies that I had in my crafting stash and, in 5 minutes, I had a pretty backdrop of delicate snowy-ness. I filled tables with tons of candles and other elements I grabbed from around my house and from my dwindled down wedding planner supply shelves in the garage. My husband grabbed some flowers at Trader Joe’s and that was that :) It looked dreamy while still being simple.

 

I threw some doilies on the wall and make a quick garland to hang on the fireplace. I made some quick tags so that everyone could label their soup- after the first year I learned that was necessary, as well as reminding everyone to bring their own ladle :)

 

I was having so much fun with my friends that I completely forgot to take any picture with my good camera. This happened at our fall party too. Oops. So all I have to share are the photos I posted to instagram, which is better than nothing, right?

 

Later this week, I’ll share my husband’s winter playlist. We like to send our guests home with a mix of songs that remind us of the season.

Doily Heart Wreath DIY tutorial

For our winter party, I wanted to make a heart wreath. I had a foam heart base left over from a baby shower I helped throw and my initial thought was to yarn wrap it. But- as I learned from that baby shower- yarn wrapping a heart takes WAY longer than it should. Like 2-3 hours long. I needed something I could start and finish during my boys afternoon nap.

 

I found a package of red heart doilies at the grocery store for $1.50 and thought that they would look cute wrapped around the wreath. It turned out great and- seriously- was SO easy and fast! I had the entire project done in about 20 minutes.

photo by Nikki Crockett

 

All you need is a foam heart wreath, a package of doily hearts and a glue gun. Under $10 total. Quick and cheap? My kind of project.

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You don’t need to do anything to the foam wreath- I wanted the white to show through the holes in the doilies. Starting at the bottom point of the heart, take a heart doily and wrap it around one side of the point. The doilies will not wrap all the way around the foam- you want to try to center them so they cover all of the visible area when you are looking at it straight on. Once you have it placed where you want it, lift up half of it and put a dot of hot glue on to anchor it. Then, I just dotted a bit of hot glue around the edges and gently pressed the doily down.

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Work your way up one side, slightly overlapping each doily. Sorry I don’t have any photos from the beginning- I totally forgot I was going to do a tutorial until about half way through :)

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On the straight bottom edges, the doilies lay flat very well. Once the heart starts to curve, it gets a bit trickier. I would place it where I wanted it, glue it down in the center and then play around with it a bit to get it to lay flat. You will have to fold or tear some of them on the back side to get them smooth.

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When you get to the top of the heart, make sure to line up the edge of the heart doily with the center point of the heart.

When you get to the top on the other side, slightly layer the last doily over the other center doily so that the point of the heart is covered.

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Glue down any pieces that are sticking up and you’re done!

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I finished mine off with some red and white striped grosgrain ribbon to hang it.

Winter Party 2012

Every season, my husband and I throw a party, celebrating what we love about that time of year. You can see past parties here and here.

 

We had our winter party last weekend and it was SO much fun! Winter is always one of my favorites because we have a soup potluck- every guest brings a different type of soup and we get to sample them all. Yum!!

 

Since Valentine’s day is just around the corner, I dreamt up a white and red party with lots of hearts. It took a lot of convincing to get my husband on board with that vision, but after assuring him it wouldn’t be pink and cheesy, he gave in :)

 

This year, I have started having a guestbook-of sorts, where I have our friends write down their favorite things of the season. For this party, I had a large heart on the wall and had guests write their favorite things about winter on small hearts that we taped on. Being in San Diego, most comments revolved around it being 75 degrees. So much for fires, hot chocolate and sweaters!

 

Found a $1.50 package of red heart doilies at the grocery store and turn them into a wreath and garland.

 

We set up tables on the porch, which I covered with white sheets (much cheaper than renting linens for a small party at home!). On the long tables, I hung a simple white paper & bakers twine garland from a wooden stand that a friend made me.

 

I cut placemats using my cricut and found these heart napkins at Target- aren’t they perfect? Each place setting had a paper soup bowl and mason jarsĀ for sangria with heart paper straws. I purchased the plain white bowls on etsy and then stamped them and added a bit of bakers twine.

 

We also had one round table, on which I had one of the mini banner stands that we sell- making sure everyone knew that “we heart winter”.

 

I covered our dining table with striped wrapping paper (that I found for $0.50 after Christmas!) and put on another stand with a mini banner, saying “we heart soup”.

 

Even though it was in the 70′s that day, we had a great time celebrating winter with soup, sangria, good music and games.

 

You can recreate all of this decor easily for Valentine’s Day too!

 

A big thank you to my friend Nikki for coming early to take these photos. I am so appreciative!

 

Sources:

Photos: Nikki Crockett Photography

Straws & Bowls: etsy shop InTheClear

 

I linked up this blog with Mique’s Pity Party