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Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #93

Pretty Ordinary gives you a sneak peek into Lily & Val behind the scenes! On Lily & Val Living!

For this month’s Pretty Ordinary Friday #93, we’re documenting snapshots of our month. While our pictures may not be the prettiest or the most interesting, we enjoyed each instance and want to remember them! These are the behind-the-scenes, in-between moments – the small peeks that would otherwise be forgotten. Join us as we use this series to scrapbook the unedited, memorable happenings at Lily & Val and what is inspiring our team!

The team says:

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #93 with gorgeous place settings from grandma, remodeling fashion and beautiful original hardwood flooring

1. “My Nanna got me this lovely vintage set of blush china for Christmas…and it was perfect to set the tone for my Mother’s Day brunch color scheme!” – Emily

2. “We are remodeling another apartment, so I have been in my happy place…and my messy remodeling uniform!” – Emily

3“I love these 130 year old wood floors. They are getting a makeover, but I always love the variety of color and texture at this stage!” – Emily 

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #93 with kitchen remodels, Clean Juice visits and siblings take on NSS

4“One last remodeling pic! I can’t wait to share the finished photo of this kitchen remodel!” – Emily

5. “Mak and I discovered a new favorite place- Clean Juice in East Liberty! I love their bowls and smoothies. It’s a great way to start the morning!” – Valerie

6. “We had a bunch of changes to make to our National Stationery Show Booth, so we rented a portion of the old Office Max building to set it up, paint and make our alterations! My brother, Neal, came to help set it up on the first day. I’m so excited for the show and all the new products we’ll be releasing!” – Valerie

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #93 with pretty pink Azaleas, feathers and faux flower centerpiece design and Ace Hotel workspace

7. “These azaleas! I think I took the exact same picture last year, but I just can’t help myself!” – Valerie

8. “Just a little peek of our National Stationery Show Booth!! We’ll be at booth #1527 for everyone coming to the show!” – Valerie

9. “Working at one of my favorite spots with my favorite almond milk latte- Whitfield at Ace Hotel. If you look closely on my screen you can see a look at just a few of our new products we’re unveiling at the show!!” – Valerie

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #93 with boy mom decor, loving boxer looks and potted gardens

10. “Boy Mom life is always having action figures as part of your decor.” – Nicole

11. “My sweet baby girl is never far from me.” – Nicole

12. “I decided to give gardening a go this summer. I planted a few herbs and some veggies! I’m starting in pots and possibly expanding to a raised garden bed if I keep these alive this year!” – Nicole

 

Lily & Val Loves #7- All Things Lavender

Summertime always makes me think of beautiful blooming fields of lavender and blossoming lilac bushes. There are so many wonderful products that capture both these scents and colors that we thought we would share a few of our favorites.

My first favorite is the Mrs. Meyers cleaning supply line in lavender. I love the fresh smell, especially for spring cleaning. It helps that the packaging is beautiful enough to leave sitting on your shelf!

If you love having cleaning supplies that are pretty and smell of the seasons, these are a great pick!This beautiful handmade lavender enamel pin is so simple and beautifully designed. This shop is full of lovely enamel pin designs that you will definitely want to check out.

Beautiful Enamel Lavender Pin

I love this spin on the classic letterboard. This is great especially for themed parties and children’s rooms. The natural wood frame balances this rich lilac color perfectly!

a fun spin on the classic letterboard, perfect for kids rooms and special color event color schemes

You already know we love our vintage postage around here. I love that this set has the perfect balance of lilacs, lavenders. plums. and greys. This would be beautiful on a wedding invitation or just to send a card to someone special.
Curated Lavender Vintage Postage Sets

Who doesn’t love a big handmade ceramic mug? This white and lavender glazed piece is perfect for an extra large, extra photo-worthy cup of coffee!

Handmade Lavender mug

 

Speaking of lavender ceramics, can we talk about this ceramic planter! This is the perfect piece to make a centerpiece or add to a sunny windowsill full of your favorite fresh herbs to keep on hand!

This beautiful lilac ceramic planter is just the perfect size for a spring window sill

Last, but not least, these little lavender and thyme soy wax candles have a wonderfully fresh smell that will make you ready to take a walk through your own lavender fields. These candles burn so nice and clean and will fill your space will happy herbal sweetness.

Lavender & Thyme Candle

Our Lily & Val Loves Series contains affiliate links. That means a little bit of your purchase through these posts helps us just a little too! This changes nothing about your purchase price, and we are not asked to feature these items. These are just things we carefully pic because we love them and think you will too! Thanks for helping spread the love! xo

Crustless Quiche Recipe Crafted in The Keepsake Kitchen Diary

Hello There! If you just got your Keepsake Kitchen Diary, just gave one as a gift, or are an old pro at filling yours with delicious memories… you are going to want to check out this Kitchen Diary Crafting inspiration!

Crustless Quiche Recipe Crafted & Hand-Written in The Keepsake Kitchen Diary - a Family Cookbook & Memory Keeper

For this Crustless Quiche Recipe I wanted to craft a page that reminded me of the first time I made this recipe for a party.

The first year we were married, I invited my parents, my in-laws, and my husband’s grandparents over for Mother’s Day Brunch. The color scheme for the table was a combination of colors all of our mom’s love, so those are the colors I used in this spread. We had the best time and I had so much fun putting the whole thing together.

Crustless Quiche Recipe Crafted & Hand-Written in The Keepsake Kitchen Diary - a Family Cookbook & Memory Keeper

Flower Details

The table was filled with flowers from one of my favorite local florists, and I made a little arrangement for all of the moms. That is why I added the little floral details around this recipe.

Crustless Quiche Recipe Crafted & Hand-Written in The Keepsake Kitchen Diary - a Family Cookbook & Memory Keeper

I love adding little hand-drawn details around stickers and embellishments that make each page a unique design.

Crustless Quiche Recipe Crafted & Hand-Written in The Keepsake Kitchen Diary - a Family Cookbook & Memory Keeper

Watercolor Washes

Using washes of watercolor in various areas of the page adds color to the spread, but it also makes using the recipe much easier when you are busy in the kitchen.

Crustless Quiche Recipe Crafted & Hand-Written in The Keepsake Kitchen Diary - a Family Cookbook & Memory Keeper

As you make different dishes for entertaining, it is a good idea to add things you have learned to the “notes” section. This helps you improve and hone your recipes over time.

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I hope you give this recipe a try and check out the Crustless Quiche Post! Take a picture and tag us so we can see your beautiful Keepsake Kitchen Diary spreads too!

Bon Appetit!

Crustless Quiche Recipe Crafted & Hand-Written in The Keepsake Kitchen Diary - a Family Cookbook & Memory Keeper
Mother’s Day Brunch Recipe: How To Make Crustless Quiche

Mother’s Day is a great time to treat mom by taking her out for dinner or for a little pampering.  I have found over the years that I prefer to have my mom come to my home to celebrate Mother’s Day! This gives a great opportunity to treat her to some delicious food in a menu selected to feature her favorite flavors, and we have so much more time to relax and visit as a family than we would if we were out at a restaurant. I know…it seems intimidating to cook for guests, especially if your mom is a great cook. If that’s you… then I would definitely suggest trying this crustless quiche and host a delicious relaxing brunch for mom.

Mother's Day Brunch Recipe: Crustless Quiche

Quiche can be very easy if you pay attention to a few key things to get the texture right. By making a crustless quiche, you not only make the quiche a little more figure friendly, but you also take out one of the more complicated cooking components, CRUST! We can cover that in a future post…

Quiche is best when it is freshly baked. I suggest gathering, cleaning, and chopping all of your ingredients ahead of time so that you can assemble and bake your quiche about an hour ahead of when you want to eat.

Mother's Day Brunch Recipe: Crustless Quiche

A key to a good quiche texture is heavy whipping cream. Now, it’s not low fat…but you just have to give in to this if you want to have a nice custard-like texture to your eggs. Worth it!

Some recipes will cut the cream with half & half or whole milk, but honestly, I find that I can use less dairy and achieve a better flavor with just heavy whipping cream.

Mother's Day Brunch Recipe: Crustless Quiche

The beauty of quiche is that once you have the eggs & cream, the sky’s the limit on your other ingredients. You could make quiche with any spices, greens, veggies, or even bacon or ham. Cheese is another versatile and vital component to a good quiche. Any melting cheese will do.

For this quiche, I chose to use manchego cheese. This cheese is very popular in Spain, but is also easy to find at your local grocery. I love the soft texture, light flavor, and it goes perfectly with the bitter arugula and little kick of heat that I added with the cayenne pepper. The other flavors in this dish come from Herb de Provence, garlic, salt, black pepper, and fresh chives.

If you choose to use any other vegetables or onion types, you will want to sauté them before adding them to your egg mixture. The ingredients in this recipe are all very delicate and cook nicely inside the quiche.

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Herb de Provence is one of my favorite spice medleys. It’s just so versatile and user-friendly! The mix is commonly found in French dishes and consists of the following herbs:

  • thyme
  • marjoram
  • rosemary
  • basil
  • sage
  • lavender
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A quiche has a lot of eggs…so this is a great time to teach your kids (husbands, siblings, neighbors etc.)  how to crack eggs!

Just a little tip: Always crack eggs into a small separate bowl and then add them to your mixing bowl one at a time. This helps a lot if you have a bad egg in the mix or drop some shell in the in there… it’s a lot easier to remove from one egg than from 10!

Mother's Day Brunch Recipe: How to Make Crustless Quiche Mother's Day Brunch Recipe: How to Make Crustless Quiche

After you have cracked all those eggs whisk in just a little bit of the whipping cream until all of the eggs are beaten together.

Mother's Day Brunch Recipe: How to Make Crustless Quiche

Now add the rest of your cream and continue to whisk until you see these little bubbles form on the top of your mixture. This process creates pockets of air that will give your quiche that perfect texture.

Mother's Day Brunch Recipe: How to Make Crustless Quiche

Next, whisk in all of your herbs and spices.

Mother's Day Brunch Recipe: How to Make Crustless Quiche

Dice your cheese and green onions into small/medium size pieces.

Mother's Day Brunch Recipe: How to Make Crustless Quiche

Loosely chop your arugula as well. This prevents springy pieces of greens from developing in your quiche.

Mother's Day Brunch Recipe: How to Make Crustless Quiche

Whisk all ingredients together well.

Mother's Day Brunch Recipe: How to Make Crustless Quiche

Put some olive oil in your pie place and make sure to spread it around all the way up the sides. This will prevent the eggs from sticking without a crust.

Mother's Day Brunch Recipe: How to Make Crustless Quiche

Pour your mixture into your pie plate.

Mother's Day Brunch Recipe: How to Make Crustless Quiche

Place the quiche into a preheated oven on the middle rack. This is important for even cooking. Bake for 20 minutes. After 20 min check the quiche every 10 minutes. It will puff up a bit in the oven, and the edges should turn slightly brown. you will know the quiche is complete when the center is no longer jiggly and set slightly.

Watching a quiche closely is very important, as eggs can go from raw to overcooked in a matter of a couple minutes. So keep watch, and you will have a beautifully cooked quiche to present to your guests!

Mother's Day Brunch Recipe: How to Make Crustless Quiche

Let the quiche stand for about 10 minutes before cutting and serving. you may notice that the quiche will deflate in this time slightly. That is ok. The texture will be perfect!

Mother's Day Brunch Recipe: How to Make Crustless Quiche

Look at that smooth creamy texture…and those bubbles! So light and airy!

Mother's Day Brunch Recipe: How to Make Crustless Quiche

This quiche is rich and creamy. I love to serve it with a little dollop of crème fraiche with black pepper as well as a little salad of your favorite greens.

Mother's Day Brunch Recipe: How to Make Crustless Quiche Mother's Day Brunch Recipe: How to Make Crustless Quiche

Here I made a little mache rosette salad with oil, balsamic, and more fresh black pepper. A little salad adds the perfect balance of freshness to this dish.

Mother's Day Brunch Recipe: How to Make Crustless Quiche

I hope the special ladies in your life love your quiche! I know your momma is gonna be proud!

This is definitely a recipe you’ll want to add to your Keepsake Kitchen Diary too!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Handwrite your favorite recipes in the Keepsake Kitchen Diary! A cookbook + Memory keeping journal Mother's Day Brunch Recipe: How to Make Crustless Quiche

Crustless Quiche

Ingredients:

  • 10 eggs
  • 6 oz heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic or 1 clove minced
  • 1/4 tsp herb de provence
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 green onions diced
  • 1/2 cup arugula or spinach
  • 1/2 cup diced manchego cheese

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Place oven rack in the middle of the oven
  • Oil Pie plate
  • Whisk together eggs and cream until frothy
  • Add spices and whisk
  • Add greens , onions, and cheese. Whisk.
  • Pour mixture into greased pie plate.
  • Place quiche in the middle of the oven
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Check every 10 minutes or less until the center of the quiche is set slightly and the edges are slightly beginning to brown.
  • Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.
  • Enjoy!
A Re-Cap of My Brush Lettering Class With Brit + Co and Mixbook

Last month, I had the pleasure of traveling back to San Francisco (which is becoming one of my favorite cities) for a special Mixbook event hosted by Brit + Co! It was a wonderful evening spent sharing my passion for hand lettering and drawing flowers with some incredible ladies.

Here are some highlights and a re-cap from the event…

A Re-Cap of Valerie McKeehan's Brush Lettering Class With Brit + Co and Mixbook

How beautiful is that room?! Sydney Camille Events did such a beautiful job of making everything pretty and welcoming!

A Re-Cap of Valerie McKeehan's Brush Lettering Class With Brit + Co and Mixbook

The Tools

Mixbook provided some of their gorgeous papers for everyone to letter on! We also worked with my favorite Tombow Dual Brush pens in this lovely palette!

A Re-Cap of Valerie McKeehan's Brush Lettering Class With Brit + Co and Mixbook A Re-Cap of Valerie McKeehan's Brush Lettering Class With Brit + Co and Mixbook

Loving this floral swag created by Sydney Camille Events. Every detail was thoughtfully considered!

A Re-Cap of Valerie McKeehan's Brush Lettering Class With Brit + Co and Mixbook A Re-Cap of Valerie McKeehan's Brush Lettering Class With Brit + Co and Mixbook A Re-Cap of Valerie McKeehan's Brush Lettering Class With Brit + Co and Mixbook A Re-Cap of Valerie McKeehan's Brush Lettering Class With Brit + Co and Mixbook

The Class

As part of the class, I taught an intro to brush lettering portion and then we also delved into drawing my current favorite – loose flowers! Brush lettering certainly takes practice to become comfortable with the different pen pressures and technique. As I told the class, release the pressure of perfection and just have fun with it! To me, so much beauty comes from the imperfection of handwriting and with a few simple techniques that handwriting can transform! I love that about it!

A Re-Cap of Valerie McKeehan's Brush Lettering Class With Brit + Co and Mixbook A Re-Cap of Valerie McKeehan's Brush Lettering Class With Brit + Co and Mixbook

Leslie from Mixbook and me pausing for a photo before everyone arrived! I just love working with Mixbook! (More about that shortly…)

A Re-Cap of Valerie McKeehan's Brush Lettering Class With Brit + Co and Mixbook A Re-Cap of Valerie McKeehan's Brush Lettering Class With Brit + Co and Mixbook A Re-Cap of Valerie McKeehan's Brush Lettering Class With Brit + Co and Mixbook

You guys! There was a flower arranging station! How fun!

A Re-Cap of Valerie McKeehan's Brush Lettering Class With Brit + Co and Mixbook A Re-Cap of Valerie McKeehan's Brush Lettering Class With Brit + Co and Mixbook A Re-Cap of Valerie McKeehan's Brush Lettering Class With Brit + Co and Mixbook A Re-Cap of Valerie McKeehan's Brush Lettering Class With Brit + Co and Mixbook A Re-Cap of Valerie McKeehan's Brush Lettering Class With Brit + Co and Mixbook

My favorite part about in-person classes like these is being able to see everyone’s unique style come through in their work! It’s an affirmation of how much our letter writing and handwriting is truly part of us! It’s so unique – no two are ever alike. I feel passionate about empowering women to see what they are capable of and giving them the tools to make their unique mark on cards, signs, wedding invites- the sky’s the limit! What a thrill to be with these ladies for that special hou.

Thank you Mixbook and Brit + Co for such a lovely opportunity! All event photos were taken by Brit + Co and I’m excited to get to share them with you.

A Re-Cap of Valerie McKeehan's Brush Lettering Class With Brit + Co and Mixbook A Re-Cap of Valerie McKeehan's Brush Lettering Class With Brit + Co and Mixbook

Lily & Val For Mixbook

One of my absolute favorite collaborations to date has been with Mixbook! In addition to this event, you can find Lily & Val holiday photo cards and customizable wedding photo books designed by yours truly! Ahh! What an honor it is to be able to offer these things to you through such a wonderful company like Mixbook.

AND the latest to hit Mixbook is L&V designed wedding invitations as well as save the dates, thank you cards, direction cards – the whole suite!

If you’re feeling inspired and wanting to try your hand at DIY wedding invites, you’ve gotta check out my latest online class: How To Design Your Wedding Invitations. I cover drawing on the iPad Pro (which I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about lately) and how to bring it all together to create the entire suite. Mixbook really does make it easy to create your own invites- no graphic design experience necessary. (P.S. The class is completely FREE)

I hope you check these things out and please be sure to let me know what you think! xo

Lily & Val Designed Custom Wedding Photo Books are offered Through Mixbook
Limited Edition Handmade Pillows Are Here For Mother’s Day

Friends, we’re super excited over here because yesterday we released something brand new – Handmade Lily & Val Pillows!

We’re thrilled to share the two limited edition designs with you just in time for Mother’s Day. Each one has been thoughtfully designed and hand-sewn here in Pittsburgh!

Limited Edition Handmade Pillows Are Here For Mother's Day

First up, whimsical, hand-drawn florals!

Loose & sketchy, I’ve have been loving this drawing style lately! It’s a perfect pillow for warm-weather decorating. I also love the lilac hue and hand-drawn stripe detail.

Limited Edition Handmade Pillows Are Here For Mother's Day

Secondly, Our MOM Pillow!

This design has reproduced so beautifully on the pillow! I absolutely LOVE the back with its golden mustard color and floral detail. This pillow is like getting two in one!

No one makes “home” feel like HOME quite like Mom. This is such a sweet gift to help her cozy her space and show your appreciation at the same time.

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Loving that up-close detail of the back!!

Limited Edition Handmade Pillows Are Here For Mother's Day

Just A FEW more things I love about them…

  • They are printed and hand-sewn right here in Pittsburgh! Your purchase supports two small businesses.
  • The pillow insert and cover are both included! This makes gifting simple & easy!
  • They are both hand-drawn with love, as always!
Limited Edition Handmade Pillows Are Here For Mother's Day

At Lily & Val, we believe your rooms should be filled with items that are both meaningful & pretty. I want to say what an absolute HONOR it is for us to design products to cozy your most important and intimate space -the place you call home.

Limited Edition Handmade Pillows Are Here For Mother's Day

Also, in honor of Mother’s Day and the launch of our pillows, we have put together two limited-time gift bundles for you!

Each pillow has been paired with our best-selling Keepsake Kitchen Diary for a special price!

Read more about the Diary and shop the bundles here before they are gone!

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We hope Moms everywhere feel so loved this Mother’s Day and every day. ♥ Let us know what you think about the new pillows. We’d love to hear!

Lily & Val Loves #6- Ideas for Great MOM Gifts!

It’s that time of year again! It’s time to celebrate the women who birth us, feed us, cuddle us, support us, guide us, discipline us, cheer for us, teach us, love us and make us laugh….It’s time to celebrate MOMS!

Mother’s day is such an amazing time because we take a moment to appreciate our own moms (they really deserve 364 days a year), but we also get to celebrate people who are just great moms or mother figures. Maybe it’s your best friend who is “momming” for the first time, or a woman who has been a mother to you in so many ways. Mother’s day is all about showing appreciation for this very sacrificial position that moms hold in our world.

In honor of Mother‘s Day, we have put together a little list of some beautiful, sentimental, and thoughtful gift ideas big and small for your mom!

If home is where your heart is, Mom will love when you give her a custom house portrait by this lovely artist. Mom’s love to know that they made a house feel like a home for their families, so let her know that by giving her this unique and personal memento of your family home, or the home that meant the most to your family.

Custom Hand Painted House PortraitWhen I was little my mom would take my brother and me on simple lawn picnics, or go to the state park near by for a little picnic and playing in the creek. When you are shopping for mom it is helpful to think of little things that have meant to much to you over the years, because she may have never realized how important those memories were to you!

 

I love to get my mom picnic things for Mom’s day because of these great memories, and this netted french market bag is great for picnics, beach days, or fun shopping excursions (another great idea for a Mother’s day activity). If your mom likes to relax on a sandy shore this bag is also great… because she will never find sand in the bottom of her bag!

Great Inexpensive netted bags are great for the beach or for keeping crumbs out of your bag!

Moms are notoriously leaving cups of coffee and tea to go cold all around them because they are just too busy to take some sipping time for themselves. So if you have a coffee or tea lover mom in your life this insulated travel mug is as functional as it is cute. She will love the sophisticated look and comfortable handle of this travel mug… and the fact that her hot beverage may actually be HOT when she gets around to drinking it.

Keep That Morning Coffee or Tea Hot until you get around to drinking it with this adorable enamel insulated travel mug!

 

Another great picnic or beach luxury for mom is this adorable waterproof roll-up picnic blanket. These are great for concerts in the park, afternoon picnics, or days spent on sunny shores. The leather straps make this easy to carry and look oh so stylish!

This Extra large picnic blanket is so beautiful it will make you want to take all your meals on the lawn. Swoon!

If you really want to get sentimental with mom (maybe make her cry, in a good way, of course!) the these custom handwritten bangle bracelets are an amazing gift for you!

There are endless possibilities for what you could send in to be made into a bracelet. Maybe it’s your writing from when you were 4 and misspelled “momy”, a piece of writing from her mother, or a sentiment that you just wrote for her bracelet. This gift is sure to become a cherished heirloom.

Custom Handwriting Bangle Bracelet is such a beautiful gift

Another lovely sentimental and custom gift to order is one of these simple watercolor family portraits. The artist, Jenesis, creates these perfectly simple pieces that capture every member of your family ( yes, that can include family pets!) This is sure to match any mom’s decorating style. What a great alternative to having family portraits taken, especially if the family is spread far and wide!

Custom Family Portraits by the lovely Jenesis

Flowers for Mother’s day is almost a must with any gift. But this year, instead of getting mom a bouquet that will only last a week or two, order one of these beautiful handmade paper flower bouquets from another sweet little Etsy maker! There are so perfect as a readymade centerpiece for her home this spring, and the best part is she doesn’t have to try to keep them alive. She can cherish your floral gift forever!

beautiful handmade paper flower bouquets

Of course, no Mother’s Day gift is complete without a card. A card filled with your feelings of love and appreciation for mom is always the best part of the gift, so don’t forget to get your orders in so you have time to fill them out with all the wonderful things about the mom you will celebrate this Mother’s Day!

Don't forget to get MOM a card for Mother's Day and Fill it with all your love!
Our Lily & Val Loves Series contains affiliate links. That means a little bit of your purchase through these posts helps us just a little too! This changes nothing about your purchase price, and we are not asked to feature these items. These are just things we carefully pic because we love them and think you will too! Thanks for helping spread the love! xo
May’s Floral FREE Desktop Wallpaper Download

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April showers bring May flowers!

Our “Spring of Flowers” continues here at Lily & Val! Lately, I’ve been loving the movement and imperfection of loose florals! There’s something unruly and whimsical about them. I hope this desktop & iPhone download makes you smile this month! And if you like this design, you’ll really like what we have launching in the shop tomorrow! I can’t wait! xoxo

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Download Your Free Wallpaper:

  • Select the files you would like to download below.
  • Enter your first name and email address.
  • Press “Download” and wait a few seconds for the file(s) to appear.

Upon clicking these links, you will be prompted to download a file to your computer or smart phone. Save the file to your desktop or downloads folder. Once saved, go to your System Preferences> Desktop/Screensaver and choose this image as your new wallpaper!

It’s that easy! Enjoy!

How To Throw A Letter Writing Party

I hope you all have enjoyed following along with our Letter Writing Party ideas this month! Making the DIY Table Runner and Floral Filled Envelopes were too much fun. But once you have these lovely things made, it’s time to show them off by hosting your own Letter Writing Party.

This party could be a brunch with girlfriends, couple’s dinner party, family get together, kids party…the possibilities are endless! Here we are going to give you some tips and ideas for putting together a letter writing soiree for the ladies in your life! (This would be a great idea for a mother daughter get together too!)

Every party needs a good playlist.

For this ladies get together, I already put a playlist together for you! It includes some classics, some easy listening, and some beautiful new song birds! Think “Gilmore Girls” meets new coffee shop vibes. Check out the Spotify playlist for yourself!

Putting together a Letter Writing Party

The Menu

Next, you will need to decide on a menu. If your get together is very large, choose dishes that are easy to prepare ahead or keep warm so that you can be stress-free and enjoy your own party! Visit our Pinterest boards such as Recipes for Entertaining  ,  Breakfast & Brunch Recipes, and For the Love of Coffee and Tea for some great ideas for a Letter Writing Luncheon.

Or try this menu with recipes selected from the above Pinterest boards:

The menu items I selected are all easy to prepare, easy to serve, and easily eaten while chatting and writing your letters. This allows you to leave space at each place setting for guests to work on crafting their beautiful handwritten sentiments.

How to throw a Letter Writing Party

Why have a letter writing party?

Who do you write to? What do you write?  These are great question and I’m so glad you asked!

Why have a letter writing party? Because every get together is more fun when guests have an idea of what to expect. Telling your guest ahead of time that you will be writing letters will let me them think of who they would like to drop a line to ahead of time. This is a great topic of conversation for friends who are just meeting or not as familiar with one another. Provide each guest with beautiful stationery, request that they bring their favorite stationery, or make the party a stationery/ card swap! Card swaps can be a fun way to see what everyones taste is.

Who do you write to? Well, that can be up to your guests, but it’s helpful if you make suggestions. Maybe it’s just a fun idea like writing to your favorite celebrity, your favorite teacher or professor, or your very best friend. If your party is around this time of year, maybe suggest writing letters to moms, aunts, grandmas, and “second moms”  to uplift those very special ladies in each gal’s life.

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What do you write? For this one it is fun to include some little prompts, or ever brainstorm ideas of who to write to and why while you are all snacking on some of the delicious treats you prepared.

Make sure you have plenty of stamps on hand, or ask that each guest brings a little postage, this way you can get those letters in the mail before everyone leaves. Let’s be honest, we have all written lovely notes and cards and forgotten to put them in the mail, right?!

How to throw a Letter Writing Party

I hope you all give a Letter Writing Party a Try. It can be great fun and such a great way to spread love to so many people and brighten so many days!

Happy writing!

DIY Letter Writing Party Decor-Make These Floral Filled Envelopes

You may have seen my last post for how to make a handwritten table runner. Well, I just love the idea of hosting a letter-themed gathering of friends! When I was thinking about what to do for table decor for a letter writing party, flower stuffed envelopes came to mind!

Making these custom envelopes and filling them with flowers is so fun and makes a great place setting decoration!

 

You could make these lovely little arrangements large or small, use them as centerpieces, buffet decor, or sweet place setting favors for each of your guests to take home!

To make these beautiful snail mail florals you will need:

  • Envelopes in the size of your choosing or decorative paper as we did here!
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Faux flowers (you can use real if you dry them well, but they will wilt quickly so be aware)

If you are making your own envelopes, you can changes the size and shape by using different sizes of square scrapbook paper or wrapping paper. For the envelope below I used a 17″ x 22″ sheet of scrapbook paper.

Fold your paper in half 2 times. Then cut this simple shape out of the folded corner of your paper.

Floral Envelope DIY for a letter writing party!

Open up your paper and fold up the bottom of the envelope, then fold both sides in toward the center. Tape or glue the inside of the envelope seams, but leave the top open so that you can fill it with beautiful flowers!

As you can see, with a little experimenting, you can make any style, size, and shape you desire!

Floral Envelope DIY for a letter writing party!

It’s great to use scrapbook paper because you get fun patterns and colors on both sides of your envelope as pictured below.

Floral Envelope DIY for a letter writing party!

Now it’s time to fill your envelope with flowers! Choose blooms that match your party decor and make sure you have enough to fill all of your envelopes evenly. I love how these flowers match the envelope they are spilling out of!

Floral Envelope DIY for a letter writing party!

If you want your creations to be favors that can be saved by your guests, then you will want to use a low-temperature hot glue gun to glue the flowers to the inside of your envelopes.

Start with some greens or other basic sprigs as a base for your arrangement. These should be your longest stems.

Floral Envelope DIY for a letter writing party!

Next, fill in with your medium length blooms, and finish it off with a few buds to fill in any blank spaces.

Floral Envelope DIY for a letter writing party!

Try some different color and paper combinations to see all the possibilities!

Floral Envelope DIY for a letter writing party! Making these custom envelopes and filling them with flowers is so fun and makes a great place setting decoration!

Add in some beautiful greeting cards for your guests to fill out at your Letter Writing Party. It is so fun to take some time to send sentiments to those you love.

Floral Envelope DIY for a letter writing party! Floral Envelope DIY for a letter writing party!