Curated Celebration | July 19, 2014

This was a very fun little “birthday” bash we put together in early spring. Anytime we can collaborate with cool companies like Freshly Picked Moccs and Ladida, a fashion forward kid’s clothes company,  we jump at the chance! We decided to throw a little shoot/party in early spring when everything would be green and fresh on our property. All of the kids came dressed in their best spring outfits from Ladida and we sat them under the trees at a little table that I styled just for the children. They had strawberries with cream and a cupcake and then went running around the May Pole to get their energy out. It was adorable site to see, one that I will never forget. We even had a large white bunny and little chicks for the kids to pet. How can you go wrong with bunnies, baby chicks and babies? Right?! Seriously, it was one of the cutest and most adventurous party/shoots I have ever done!

Earlier that week my father-in-law went tromping through the property to a barn that he stores all sorts of cedar slabs in and found these amazing thick cedar planks that were wide and study enough to make into a table. We measured out each board carefully before we made the cuts and then hammered everything together. After the sawdust settled there was a kid size picnic table with two benches. So adorable huh?! It’s now sitting on my back deck where I keep all of my potted herbs and plants on.

Thank you to Calikatrina for the knit leg warmers, Glam Fete for the amazing tassel above the table and a huge shout out to the wonderful Jodi Mockabee for taking the pictures and pitching in your time and energy!

It was a good party indeed.

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Carrie Moe

C…is for color | December 20, 2015

C… is for Color, California and Celebrations.   We are  fortunate over here in California to experience an extended summer that often allows us to  have nice weather and sunshine until October.  I know we just celebrated the beginning of fall but we are not quite ready to let go of our favorite summertime colors.   Flower varieties come and go throughout the season but even in the midst of fall, there are so many ways you can introduce bright happy colors into your celebrations whether it be a dinner party, birthday bash or a bridal shower.  So, we gathered up 3 of our favorite easy and simple ways to infuse a bit of color and pep into your entertaining decor.

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1.  Dress up your drinks

These days there are so many unique drink recipes and an abundance of ways to display your drink station or bar.  A simple and eye catching way of showcasing the options is offering a variety of tasty drinks in varying colors along with colorful glassware arranged light to dark.  This can be done easily with alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages.  To add an extra special touch for your guests, display bowls of garnish options that pair well with the flavor of drinks offered. Our drink of choice over here at Type A Society is blood orange soda with Rosemary sprigs.  We are often found at Trader Joe’s buying this stuff by the dozen!

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2.  Add a pop of color to your place settings

Ribbon, herbs, fruits and  watercolor name cards are just a few things you can add to spruce up your table.  You do not have to have a big budget to make a big statement, all you need is a bit of creativity and some shears to forage your backyard for that perfect napkin treatment.   Go with the season and use whatever you might find locally or in your own backyard such as cherry blossoms for spring,  kumquats for summer, apples for fall and Rosemary for winter to use on your place setting.  When in doubt, keep it simple as simple things often make the most beautiful statement.

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3.  Colorful blooms

Well, we are partial to flowers and lots of them.  Once you group them together it becomes a statement piece of your table or party.   How is it that flowers just make everything better?  I, for one always feel like my party is complete when I bring in the buckets and make even the most simple loose arrangement.   Even if you have a table dressed entirely of white with white chairs and white linen, just the pop of color from a table featuring a row of small vases of flowers of a single color can be a show stopper.   For a more “freshly cut”  garden look, we like to use old clay pots with a loose arrangement of ranunculus, cherry blossoms or even dahlias for fall with foraged greens and citrus.

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photos 7,9,10 :Josh Gruetzmacher

linen: La Tavola

flatware and woven basket: West Elm

Kelly Moore