DIY table runner

Hey y’all. You want a crazy easy DIY do you? Like one that you can practically do in your sleep … if you are a sleep seamstress and if you are VERY adept with needles.

Well, try out this hand-sewn tassel quilted tea towel runner. Even Charlie could do it.

tablecloth DIY

tassel DIY

Read the steps above, but basically its like the easiest DIY ever and so cheap its weird.

1. Buy these Ikea tea towels (four for $3.99),  grab yerself some yarn and a needle. You are practically done already.

2. Sew it. We chose to do some x’s because we thought it would show up more than just a solid straight stitch. But you can get crazy with it if you want.

3. Make your tassels (see direction above). You can use multiple color yarn, or contrasting color with the stitching.

4. Attach said tassels.

BOOM. Y’all.

diy tassel tablecloth

And there you have it. The easiest thing that has ever happened to your life aside from not doing any DIY at all, but then what kind of person are you? Kidding. duh.

My friend Scott styled this, photographer David Tsay shot it for Redbook, and Stephanie Todaro assisted on the DIY. They are all awesome.

Resources: footed glasses from Kate Spade Saturday, Beverage dispenser from Target, and the footed bowl and vase are both from Anthropologie. 

 

Oh Joy for Target is here!

Well now that my partnership with Target is announced (Yeah!!!! and thank you all who left such supportive comments last week on the announcement post) it seemed only appropriate that I shout out my good friend Joy’s collection.  Joy and I have worked together for years and have become good friends although we certainly don’t see each other enough. I’m just so psyched that she is working with them as well.

Emily Henderson Oh Joy

So, in case you haven’t seen her new line, it’s totally adorable and perfect for outdoor entertaining. Many, MANY parties will be thrown with these pieces and here are my favorites:

Oh Joy Target

1. Confetti dots | 2. Noise blowers | 3. Party hats | 4. Cake topper | 5. Cake stand | 6. Goblets | 7. Water bottle

Go get some Joy, and tell her I sentcha. Check out pics from her garden party where she launched the collection HERE. 

Happy Monday, folks. So good to be back at my home in L.A. xx

My Holiday Party – Watch the video and get the look

Remember yesterday when I walked you through how to throw a super easy practically ‘effortless’ holiday cocktail party? Well, today you are going to get to watch the feature film of said party (and see the tips in action and a sneak peek into The Fig House space).

Easy Breezy Holiday Cocktail Party

Easy Breezy Holiday Party from Shark Pig on Vimeo.

In case you wanted to savor the laughter and debauchery, here are some still photos of the party with some of my favorite people.

Easy Breezy Holiday Cocktail Party

Easy Breezy Holiday Party

It was a small party – just a couple gals, a couple gays and a baby who was trying to eat a miniature apple as only a baby could – failing adorably. And that’s Ginny’s arm, she didn’t make it into the shots but her wrist is really carrying the whole scene.

Easy Breezy Holiday Party

They drank and laughed and swapped hilarious stories about holiday parties past.

Easy Breezy Holiday Party

Easy Breezy Holiday Party

Easy Breezy Holiday Cocktail Party

And we apparently handed each other food a lot – because its the season of giving so sometimes you just give pass sandwiches back and forth a few times. Thanks to Scott, Orlando, Corbett and Ginny for coming. I had leftover cheese for days. While many of the items I use are vintage, here’s how you, too, can get the look! Friends and baby not included.

Holiday Party Styling Resources: 1. Whiskey Glasses | 2. Gold Cheese Knife Set | 3. Copper Tray | 4. Copper Candle Sticks | 5. Punch Bowl | 6. Gold Votive Holder | 7. Chopping Boards | 8. Small Votive Jar | 9. Copper Mercury Glass Bottleneck | 10. Moscow Mule Mugs | 11. Tongs | 12. Faceted Punch Glasses

This post and video was in partnership with Harmon Kardon because style is silent and weird without good music to listen to. :) And check out the tips on how to throw this party from this post.  Photo Credit: Tessa Neustadt

Video by the lovely gentlemen of Sharkpig (Thanks, Steve!). To watch other videos about beautiful sound with me by Sharkpig click here and here.  And thanks to The Fig House for letting us shoot at their beautiful space (If I do say so myself)

Mid-Century Texan Outback Baby Shower

It’s a baby shower, folks. Except I’m officially renaming this one to “Send Off to Parenting Party” because that’s more what we decided to do. It’s not that anything is wrong with the more traditional baby showers, truly, but sometimes I think traditions don’t make much sense for everyone in every situation. First off, Leigh (the dad — yes, they both have strangely asexual names) is having a baby, too; he loves a good party; and he deserves a good party before life all changes. Also, Corbett has a lot of close male friends so it’s just kinda weird to make it solely a girl thing and leave all the boys out. Then thirdly, why do they always have to be during the day when people aren’t really ready to get rowdy? So we — myself, and Corbett’s three closest ladies in her life — decided to throw a joint baby shower — er , PARTY, at 5pm, which is an appropriate hour to get your crunk on. And we did.

Corbett Tuck's baby shower

But of course, it had to be a surprise. Not the date or time, but everything else. Leigh and Corbs are very generous and throw awesome parties, sometimes including custom scavenger hunts, magicians, or yachts. And I promise you, being at what you think is a normal party and then having a magician randomly pull a bird out of his pocket next to you is VERY exciting, indeed. So we wanted to go all out and spare no expense for them.

The theme was “MidCentury Texan Outback,” naturally. It’s trending. They both love mid-century, she is from Texas, and he is from Australia, so that is kinda the best we could come up with. Basically it just means a casual desert vibe with delicious beer and BBQ.

yeah rentals Corbett's baby shower

I enlisted help from Yeah! Rentals because even though I’m a stylist you can’t take a backyard that looks like this at 8am …

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… and turn it into everything you see below without help from an awesome rental company like YEAH!. They provided the furniture, rugs, pillows (except a few of mine), and poufs. Pretty much the whole party. You go to their warehouse, pick out what you want (they’ll help you make decisions based on how many people you have, how big the party area is, etc.), and then they deliver, set up, and remove all in the same day. (And yes, they remove as late as you want — ish. We had them come at 11pm and it was fine). Also, anybody who reads this and books a party before August 1st can get 15 percent off the rental with them, as long as you say “Emily loves Yeah!” in your email.

yeah rentals Corbett's baby shower

yeah rentals Corbett's baby shower

yeah rentals Corbett's baby shower

For flowers, I vacillated between these Proteus and other desert flowers or doing just succulents. Ultimately I liked the height and color variation of the Proteus, but the succulents would have been less wasteful, so they would have been just as good of an option and not that much more expensive. That awesome fringe situation up there is from Geronimo, which was supposed to be on the balloons that we got from them, BUT, we loved them in the more blank places of the party.

yeah rentals Corbett's baby shower

When it comes to the patterns and colors, we decided to not try to art direct it too much and just mix all of these together, with the main color palette being desert colors, with hits of hot pink and teal (duh). Somehow throwing it all together looks way better and more fun than going through and perfectly picking out all the colors that matched, etc. Stylistically, they all look good together because the they all fell within our mid-century Texan outback theme.

yeah rentals Corbett's baby shower

Oh, and I added Billy Balls because I wanted more texture and something really graphic to contrast against the Proteus. Plus, I love saying and buying “Billy Balls.”

Corbett's baby shower geronimo balloons cake

I enlisted help from my friends at Geronimo Balloons, which are those famous huge and round balloons floating around at parties. They were a massive hit, cut to six hours into the party, and yes, “lollipop kids” may have been sung with the help of some helium, that oh-so-precious resource. That beautiful ‘smores cake is a genius creation by Tara at HeirloomLA and was insanely delicious (and while it looks not that big, it served all 75 people). It has all the elements of ‘smores inside it — chocolate, salty graham cracker and marshmallow. VERY Good. I kept meaning to buy or make a cake topper but the day totally got away from us.

yeah rentals Corbett's baby shower

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corbett tuck baby shower with emily henderson

We stole the name game idea from Bash, Please (only the hippest party planners in town) when they did it for Margaux and Max’s beautiful shower. Basically you guess (or pick) what name you think they should name their baby. Their last name is Whannell so I chose “1L” (get it “One L” Whannell) and I won. I mean, they aren’t going to name her that, but I still kinda “won” if you know what I mean. I apparently think I’m terribly clever at times. Although Orlando also won by choosing “Orlanda,” which never ceases to make us laugh.

yeah rentals Corbett's baby shower

yeah rentals Corbett's baby shower

baby shower cake

I mean, look at that cake. HeirloomLA, you killed it. I want it in my cake hole now.

yeah rentals Corbett's baby shower

The party was big, at 75 people, so we obviously had to get a group shot. It was a total success and such a blast. Obviously I didn’t do this alone or even close to it. Corbett’s cousin (who-is-basically-her-sister), Hillary hosted it (Secrets from a Stylist, season one episode one, anyone?), and her best friends Anne and Meredith helped an intense amount as well. We didn’t get any proper shots of the delicious BBQ food because it was served inside after dark where the light was bad and wasn’t styled all pretty (but was delicious). Instead, we focused on shooting more of the party and decor. A big trivia game was played, music spun all night, and a week later this happened:

newborn photo

Baby Sabine was born. Everybody is extremely healthy and totally perfect.

Happy Birthday, Sabine. Your aunts really love you very much already. Now to start planning your first birthday party …  I’m thinking “Vintage Victorian Trojan” …

Thanks so much to Monica Wang who shot those lovely party photos; Yeah! Rentals for the awesome furniture and accessories; Geronimo balloons for the insane balloons; HeirloomLA for that cake; and Tessa Neaustadt for the birth photo. And yes, ALL of those people just mentioned are for hire and I strongly recommend hiring them.  :)