We finally finished our magical woodland nursery and I am absolutely in love! Rather than forcing the typical gender stereotypes (I mean…I don’t even know this person yet!), I wanted to create a mostly unisex nursery that encourages a healthy imagination since that’s what I remember most from my own childhood. We would gather around as my mom told elaborate stories about gnomes and fairies that my brothers and I fully believed and lived. They were so magical and real to us that I wanted to start my own child’s life out with that same sense of possibility and wonder. I combined stuffed animal taxidermy with a large painted mural of a magic forest, neutral furniture and the most modern-looking nursery essentials as possible. I already posted about some of the elements in the room, but the final result below really brings everything together beautifully. I hope you feel inspired to keep things simple, magical and woodsy for your baby too! Continue reading
It made more sense to have our baby shower host write the post about planning this shindig…so without further ado, I give you my bestie’s thoughts on throwing me a rockin’ party…
By: Jeff Hinchee
As someone who reads Delia’s blog, you no doubt spend your free moments thinking about how lucky her friends are to regularly indulge in her epic and well conceived parties. We ARE very lucky. Delia and (husband) Jeff are really amazing friends, so I wanted to throw them the baby shower they deserve. Actually, when Delia and I were in California last year throwing baby showers she pulled me aside, looked me in my eyes and said— totally deadpan— “Take notes. This is your job when I’m pregnant.”
The theme was loosely inspired by Delia’s nursery. Enchanted forest, real and imaginary animals, with a splash of “baby hunting lodge”. For the invitation I collaged together a bunch of images I liked to convey that unusual concept.
Throwing a party for such a seasoned party planner is a daunting task. Even though I knew she would be happy with anything, you would never invite the Queen of England to stay in your railroad apartment and sleep on the Ikea mattress on the floor that you call a bed. And so I enlisted the help of some other devoted friends, referenced Martha Stalwart frequently, and proved that you, reader, CAN throw these parties too!
With only 30 minutes to set up the space it was a scramble to get the food table arranged, the leafy pennants and balloons hung, and the furniture moved around.
(I’ll be peppering all of my posts this month with my favorite things to buy this holiday season! Click on the images to buy them yourself.)
Artwork by Erin Rachel Hudak. 100% of the profits will go to the Humane Society Disaster Relief Fund to help displaced animals after the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey.
Rosella eco resin rings with gold flakes
It’s the second week of December, so here is your mission for this week: Get those cards and gifts written, packed and shipped! I know it might still seem early to you, but I promise this is definitely the week to get your homemade cookies, cards and gifts out there so they arrive on time. Shipping now means you can take advantage of First Class Mail (packages under 13 ounces) and Parcel Post (packages over 13 ounces), which is WAY cheaper than Express or Priority…and don’t be duped by Flat Rate boxes!! If you don’t have something heavy to send, this will sometimes be 5 TIMES the price of weighing and shipping normally.
This year, (after a huge baking disaster last year), I will be making truffles on Tuesday for some far away friends, so my photos and recipes will be coming soon! Jeff and I had a hilarious time shooting our photo for our Christmas card this year and I promise to reveal it once I get the actual cards sent later in the week.
Gift Shop Brooklyn sparkly clutch.
Here’s my own To-Do list for this week:
- December 10th: Make truffle grocery list and shop for supplies. Photoshop labels for truffles. Finish shopping for Jeff and Joan (my mom).
- December 11th: Make truffles all day!
- December 12th: Pack truffles and wrap. Fill out Christmas cards and address. Prep to ship everything.
- December 13th: Ship all Christmas goodies. Make party grocery list and prep charts. Pull together Christmas party outfit.
- December 14th: Party prep. Design and print food labels. Start decorating house and set up photo booth.
- December 15th: CHRISTMAS PARTY! Prep and cook all day.
This is our 2011 Christmas card “album”. Just a little teaser for what’s to come!
I had never made a gingerbread house before, so this was a pretty scary project, but I love how it turned out! I modeled it after a Brooklyn store front and used some of my old theater model making skills to put it together. This shape is particularly easy because it’s just a big decorative box, so you could make it any size you want. Continue reading