Saturday, June 23, 2012

GIY Party: The Set Up

I've got so many amazing photos from Siegel Thurston Photography that I'll be doing a few posts about the GIY party.  
First up: the set up...

When the guests entered the home, they were greeted with a fizzy peach cocktail!  For a 21 and up girls night out, they were the perfect summer treat.  We mixed four parts Champagne, one part Peach Schnapps, and a splash of Grenadine.  An alternate version can easily be made for any non alcohol drinkers with Sprite, Peach Juice, and Grenadine in the same amounts.

A few days before the event, I made a rainbow of tissue paper flowers that were strung across the mantle.  The flowers were a highly effective but very inexpensive way to add a lot of whimsey to the formerly simple living room turned Glitter Gallery.

I had a few pairs of glitter and rhinestone Discotoes displayed in the room for some easy inspiration.

Even the materials add to the atmosphere!  I love the natural wood paint brushes all stacked in a glass...of course I'm a sucker for art supplies so that may have something to do with it.  And of course, when you're working with glue, you always want to remember to keep those brushes clean.

There were over 35 glittery jars to choose from, definitely something for every shoe and every taste!  Its a bit like being a kid in a candy store with all of the fun options.

Of course, whats a party without yummy food!  I'll be doing a separate write up (with recipes of course!) to share all of the goodies we ate that night.

I got the table cloth, napkins, and the adorable flower boxes from a recent trip to Target.  I wanted a fun girlie theme for the night without breaking the bank so color was the name of the game.  I purchased the flowers from a local flower stand and arranged them myself.  It took me about 20 minutes total for both arrangements since they were small and I love how they turned out!  The fuchsia gerber daisies and yellow bachelors buttons were just so darn adorable and I added some greenery from my yard to add color and texture.

I was able to set up everything the evening before (with the help of my wonderful roommate!) so the day of the party was quite stress free.  I came home from a full day of work, did a little bit of food prep, and the party was ready to start.  

If you would like to host a party of your own, I am happy to give you a check list of things to remember and a full list of what I'll provide for the party.  By no means do you HAVE to decorate and put a party together like I did, but its so fun and easy, you'll be happy you did!!

Next up: The Glittery Gals and their Glittery Shoes

Thursday, June 21, 2012

GIY Party: Preview

I was SO excited to get an email with all of the photos from the GIY party held last Saturday from the incredible Liz with Siegel Thurston Photography!!  I'll be doing a full write up of the inaugural Glitter It Yourself party in a few installments so for now, enjoy a little preview...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Frivolous Mint Perfection

Mona Mia Trinidad Mint from
Its not often that I see a pair of shoes that I deem perfect, shoes that I would not want to clutter with rhinestones or glitter.  

These shoes are perfect.  

I love the natural wood grain and the woven texture on the heel and how it is set off with the mint green leather.  The lines of the heel are so elegant and clean.  I don't naturally gravitate towards platforms like this, but with such a beautifully designed shoe, I might be tempted to go for it.  

Plus...they are $46...seriously?!?

I'm getting really excited for the GIY party this weekend!  Decorations, menu, drink recipes, and glitter abounds!!!

Would you wear these beauties?  What are your favorite frivolous shoes?

GIY Party: What to bring

The first Discotoes "Glitter it Yourself" party is just around the corner (have your RSVP'd yet?!) so I'd like to share some shoes that I think would be super fun to bring to the party!

The requirements for the shoes you bring are simple: bring Cotton, Satin, or Suede shoes and you'll be golden!  You need a shoe that has some texture to it because it will ensure that your newly glittered shoes will always look as good as the first day you made them.

I like to start with shoes that have some visual interest.  Straps and interesting design details will create the most unique designs.  Below are some shoe inspirations that I think would make fabulous GIY shoes!!

The two styles below are by Toms.  They are cute and casual on their own, but add a little glitter to them and you'll have something you can wear to work as well as out in the summer.

These adorable shoes are all from Payless!  So sweet!!  I love the striped flats-they would be adorable with contrasting glitter stripes, leaving some plain for extra sparkly impact.

Forever 21 offers both of these adorable sky high heels as great options for glittering.  Hi-lighting the heel and platform of the red peeptoes in a navy or silver would really make them something special.  I love the gold piping on the platforms, but adding some gold stripes to the heel would break up the big area of black and make them truly one of a kind!

Do you already have your shoes picked out for the party? 
Do you want to host a party for your friends?  

Leave a comment below and lets get a GIY party organized for you and your friends!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

GIY Party: What its all about

You've seen the fabulous glitter shoe styles on the Discotoes website and on Etsy, right?  These are some of my favorites!

Maybe you've seen them and though, "I could totally do that!!"  With all of those wonderful Pinterest pins and inspiration binders, how many of those projects have you actually tackled?  

I'm putting a stop to all of those excuses and making sure you have a great girls night out all at the same time!  Host a "Glitter it Yourself" (GIY!) for a night of custom glitter designs and girly fun.

{Heres how it works}
--Contact me...,, or a message on the blog!
--Let me know the date you'd like to host your party.  I live in the Cincinnati area but spend some time in Southern California and Central Texas, message me for availability.
--I'll provide all of the supplies needed to create gorgeous custom shoes, you just bring shoes and a crafty spirit.  The cost of each class is $25 a person.
--Class size is a minimum of 5 people and a maximum of 10.  Exceptions could be made, just let me know the circumstance.
--As the hostess, your class fee in waived!!
--Because of glue drying time, we need 3-4 hours per class.  I suggest that you provide snacks and drinks (or make it a pot luck!!) and maybe have a fun girlie movie or music playing in the background while we're waiting for the glue to set.

This class would be awesome for a birthday celebration, an alternative Bachelorette Party, or just a girls night in.  No excuses on not being crafty, I'll walk you through everything step by step, and each guest will walk away with something they can be proud of.

More questions? Something I missed?  Leave me a comment!!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Urban Style Summer Networking Bash!

I knew that the Urban Style Wedding Network was going to put on a nice party.
What I thought it would be:
Nice food
Some somewhat awkward chatting with other vendors
Cute Decorations

What it was:
Fabulous food, amazing desserts
The loveliest ladies (and a few gents) that one could imagine
Beautiful table displays
Awesome door prizes
Super fun photobooth
I could go on and on...

But I won't ramble just yet.  I want to take some time to put together a whole run down of the event and since I sadly neglected to take more photos, that will have to wait just a little bit longer...

In the mean time, I'll share just a few iphone photos from the evening!

These shoes were made especially for the event, a beautiful mix of vintage glamour and modern sophistication.  They got lots of oohs and ahhs...Now that the event is over, they are available for purchase, size 9 Beverly Feldman brand for $250.

My fabulous partner in crime/bride to be Valerie who holds my stuff and loves desserts as much as I do:)

This is one of the only other photos I snapped last night...there were just too many wonderful distractions!

A HUGE thanks to Urban Style Wedding Network for putting on such a fabulous soiree!!!

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