Sneak Peek: Utterly Engaged Leap Year & Design Challenge

Waiting to see some sneaks of this inspiration board come to life? Well, we had a blast at the Utterly Engaged Leap Year Party & Design Challenge up in Pasadena this week and wanted to share some previews of our team’s table!

This is a mash up of some of the projects we were working on the past few weeks for the table scape! The hot pink chairs above we bought at a local consignment store- in a previous life they were tiki brown with a green seat. A little spray paint and a burlap reupholstery job and bam! instant awesomeness. The pillow was created from Peruvian fabric we bought from Etsy! The top right hand corner is a cofee sack that went around the base of our backdrop and was overflowing with aromatic coffee beans! We jazzed them up with fun embroidery. The burlap runner in the bottom right was created with painter’s tape, fabric paint and stencils. So fun and easy to do!

Did we mention we made 250 yarn tassels by hand for our backdrop? Oh, well we did. Yes, we’re crazy. Above is the work of art being assembled the day before the challenge. Only took 3 hours to hang all of them- no biggie!

Side view of our table mid set-up on the big day! You can see a peek of the other fabulous teams setting up too! Loved meeting A Fabulous Fete who had a gorgeous table next to us!

Reminder that these are all iphone pics, so please excuse the poor quality! Even in this dingy picture, Hey There, Cupcake!‘s gorgeous cake looks friggin’ awesome!! Big shout out to Stevi who did a killer job with this one- knocked it out of the park by perfectly combining all of the table’s elements!

Kind of seriously obsessed with these arrangements from Seed Floral! DeeAnn and Stephanie were total MVP’s of the day! Whipping up some awesome swag to go on the front of our table and a gorgeous coffee sack that was overflowing with flowers! Wowza! All the tins that were used were vintage coffee and tea tins- so pretty in person! And there’s a sneak of our yarn wrapped candle holders…

Annnnnd the most amazing paper elements designed by the most amazing Amber of Pitbulls & Posies!! She is a genius and came up with the idea to make the invites leap! The word Leap “fell” down when pulled out of the main invite. And look at that attention to detail with all of those beads on the front!! She is a girl after our hearts. So glad to call her a friend!

Can’t wait to see & share the real pics of the party!! Stay tuned……

We’re Utterly Excited!!

It’s horrible, we know, but you can bet whenever we’re neglecting this blog it’s because we’re head high in projects! Which is exactly how it’s been for the last two weeks-ever since we accepted the invitation to be part of Utterly Engaged’s Annual Party and Design Challenge. We sure are glad we did though, it’s going to be one helluva party. You better hurry and get your tickets here!

The theme of this year’s party is Leap Year Remix and the Design Challenge is supposed to encompass the spirit of taking a“Leap of Faith” while combining the aesthetics/cultures of two countries that ShelterBox has benefitted. ShelterBox is an amazing disaster relief charity that delivers boxes of aid instantly following natural and other disasters to those who need it most.

When looking through the list of countries we were immediately drawn to Colombia (coffffeeee!) and Peru (bright colors!) and above is our inspiration board for the challenge. You can expect to see hints of coffee here and there (rich browns, maybe some spare beans!?) and lots of pops of bright fuchsia and aqua! Maybe a tassel or two….

We’re most thankful for the amazing team we have collaborating on this table. We’re so honored to be working with them, it’s crazzzzy! Here’s the line-up: Florist extraordinaire Stephanie from Seed Floral, If-you-can-dream-it-she-can-make-it Stevi from Hey There! Cupcake, and last but not least graphic design & paper goddess Amber of Pitbulls and Posies! Some crazy talented ladies right there and we are so stoked to not only be able to work with them, but to party with them!

Tune in to our twitter page to see sneaks of the table on Wednesday…