With New Year’s Eve fast approaching, we decided to put together a little tabletop inspiration shoot for those of you planning to celebrate at home this year. I decided on two different looks – the first, a hollywood glam look in gold, black and pink; the second, a more natural look in cork, spruce and silver. My sweet friend Sally of La Happy created  the paper goods and stunning calligraphy and the lovely Kate Price took these images. Check back tomorrow for the natural tabletop look!

Look 1: Hollywood Glam in Magenta, Gold and Black

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Happy Holidays!

finch.thistle.pink.gold.glam.holiday.tabletop.designsponge{Photography by Kate Price | Calligraphy & Paper Goods by La Happy | Floral and Styling by Finch & Thistle}

P.S. You can see more details from this fun NYE inspiration shoot on The Wedding Chicks blog today!

Welcome Design*Sponge readers! Thanks for stopping by to take in some more details from the engagement shoot that is featured on my favorite design blog today. What a fun shoot! I worked with some of my favorite Seattle wedding pros and even a past client of mine (more on that later)…

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It all started (as they often do) with a Pinterest board which you can see here. I picked my favorite colors and my favorite flowers and one of my favorite restaurants and worked from there. I called up my friend Sally who happens to be the creative dynamo behind Seattle based design firm LaHappy and enticed her into designing an invitation suite. She, of course, killed it. I mean, seriously, gold sparkly paper? Beautiful calligraphy in NEON pink? A vintage floral illustration envelope liner. Swoon.

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Then we needed a photographer and I turned to another lovely friend, Chantal Andrea. Chantal has an incredible eye and her stunning portraits and moody journalistic style was ideal for the bohemian look of the engagement shoot. The team was almost complete. Almost.

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Then there were the flowers. I’m obsessed with garden roses and jasmine so those were a given. Then I got incredibly lucky and scored some green centered ranunculus at the market. I’d seen them before on the cover of Martha Stewart Weddings but never in person and they were just gorgeous. Beautiful colors and frilly petals and wonderful black centers. Wow. So I spray painted some vintage vases and mason jars gold and got to work.

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This shoot was filled with DIY projects of which the fabric tassels and the crepe paper chandelier were my favorites. I found the tutorial for the fabric tassels on Pinterest (and my advice is to save yourself hours by buying a rotary cutter for $20) and talked my husband into helping me twist the crepe paper garlands while he watched ESPN one evening. I loved how they looked hanging from the restaurant’s wrought iron chandelier.

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seattle engagement party design sponge Seattle Vendor Credits -
Photography: Chantal Andrea Photography
Floral, Prop Styling and Event Design: Finch & Thistle Event Design
Stationery: LaHappy
Desserts: Kerissa Bakes
Venue: Via Tribunali Georgetown

Mother’s Day weekend is always madness for any florist, but we had two large events as well so I’m sure you can imagine what it was like around here! I’m still waiting to see Angela and Evan‘s pictures from the wedding, but yesterday Michael Rowley sent me some images of the MS Dinner of Champions Gala. I always love to see the professional shots and Michael’s are particularly gorgeous.

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This year’s honoree owns a couture vintage clothing store so Allison (the NW MS Society’s fabulous event coordinator) and I wanted the event to have a very feminine, glamorous look with satin linens in gold, pink and taupe, gold chiviari chairs and urns of pink, lilac and grey flowers. Noting the Enlighten theme to this year’s event, Glassybaby donated blue glassybabies for all the tables and entertainment included a fashion show. I love how it turned out!

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Flowers for the bars and registration tables were designed on white candlestick bases and had a loose, playful feel. We used garden roses, hydrangea, ranunculus, dusty miller, leucandendron and wild pink honeysuckle in the arrangements.

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I’ll let you in on a secret. My client desperately wanted pink and green parrot tulips but there weren’t any to be had. These white and green ones were too lovely for words but they just wouldn’t do. So I dyed them. Yep. Spray painted just the white tips with the palest pale pink floral dye. My fingers too…watercolor painting indeed.

they’d look something like this…

Flowers for Royal Wedding

Sneak Peek

Our first week back from Panama was a whirlwind of activity centered around two different photoshoots with two very different themes. While I can’t reveal too much now, in honor of this gorgeous Spring day, here’s a sneak peek from the second one…

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Coming soon…

to a newsstand near you…

anemone and ranunculus bouquet

pink on black

When my new black amethyst glass vases arrived in the mail this week I could hardly wait to put them to work displaying the new lovelies blooming in my garden. But wait I did. What a crazy week! Appointment after appointment, email after email, open houses, meetings…phew. Add on house guests descending en masse and five dogs taking over every inch of the house and come Friday morning I hightailed it to the flower markets, dying to get out of the madness!

I was looking for peonies but it’s been a long, cold winter in the Northwest, so while there were a few hot pink ones to be had, they were a bit sad looking for $5 a stem (yes, wholesale!) I settled for ranunculus instead because, really, they do look like baby peonies and then I came home and raided my garden for hellebore and cherry blossom. I love the contrast of the blush and hot pink against the black vases and how they are currently hard at work brightening up my living room, stealing the spotlight from five terriers and their never-ending dog hair…

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