Thursday, April 21, 2011

An Affair to Remember

I don't really know what piqued my interest in party planning, but I have a feeling it something to do with my sister. We weren't particularly close growing up since we are ten years apart, but now we live within minutes of each other and hours away from the rest of our family and she has become one of my best friends. The thing about Emily is she loves a good tea party. She has two of the most adorable tea sets I have ever seen, and loves to have an occasion to use them. She introduced me to all the essentials of a proper tea. We have had proper crumpets, scones with clotted cream, tarts, cucumber sandwiches, asparagus roll-ups, high tea, noon tea, big parties, and small. The first time I ever hosted a gathering by myself I knew I wanted it to be just like Emily's tea parties. I borrowed her tea set and had a few girls over to join me.

Forgive the odd photo editing, I was new to the process.

These are the easiest tarts to make, and so pretty!

Yum. I think I need to make these again soon!

Tasty cucumber sandwiches.

These pictures are from April 2010 (I think)

Friday, April 8, 2011

What's Up Doc?

Carrots anyone?  I saw this post a few weeks ago, and I was immediately obsessed with the idea of throwing a carrot themed party. Ridiculous? Absolutely. But fun anyway. I got the idea for these carrot napkins here.

Carrot napkins with plastic cutlery inside.

Can to hold the carrot napkins.

More carrot napkins.

Carrot box to hold the wicked awesome prize for the winner of the egg bash.

Even though I have no problem holding a party just for decorations I like, I thought it might me a good idea to have a reason for people to come besides cute decorations. The party is in honor of the annual Easter Egg Bash! What on Earth is an egg bash you say? I'm glad you asked.

An egg bash is when you take two eggs, preferably boiled and decorated, and slide them together, tapping twice and on three crash them together. One breaks, the other wins. We play double elimination tournament style, so each person needs two eggs. When I say we, I mean the Hecker clan. I have no idea how or why this tradition started, but you better believe it is a big deal at the Hecker house. There is a very official bracket and the winner gets to keep their egg on the window sill above the kitchen sink until they are done with it (or until my mom sneakily throws it out). There isn't usually an official prize for the winner, but I wanted to make a carrot box. Plus, I thought since we were including non-Heckers it might help their enthusiasm for the sport.

Apparently they do something similar in Berne every year, but I think they hold the eggs rather than sliding them along a table. Berne Egg Bash.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Book Cover - Final

I only made a few minor adjustments from the printout, but here is the final version of my book cover assignment.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Rules

The rules are complicated. And hard to find. I made a really awesome inspiration board for my birthday party (I know my birthday isn't for another 2 months, don't judge me) but I don't think I am really allowed to post the pictures here, but I am not really sure. I realize the number of people who read this blog combined with how much money would (not) be made by posting the pictures makes it a pretty sure bet I wouldn't get sued, but I am scared of angry people so . . . well here are the colors I picked anyway.
Also, it turns out my favorite flavors are consistent with my favorite colors, so I have a flavor palette too. Chocolate, almond, and blackberry. Yum. I guess the rest of my ideas will just have to be a surprise!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Book Cover Print-outs

I originally thought I would create this using a mash-up of photos, but the harder I tried the worse it looked. After changing my method, I am fairly pleased with the result.

I love the lotus graphic I found (don't panic, it is public domain), but I am not sure I like the way the falling lotuses look on the book cover. What do you think?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

When I am old . . .

This was a total whirl wind experience as far as party planning goes. I was only a small part of the process, and my amazing sister-in-laws did the rest!

Salad and pomegranate 7-up followed by amazing soup and breadsticks.

There were cards for the guests to guess how many candies were in each jar, but they all contained 60 candies in honor of the birthday girl.

The cupcakes were chocolate, filled with raspberry curd and then topped with raspberry buttercream - yum!

Happy Birthday Nana!

Book Cover Thumbnails & Roughs

These are the beginning of an upcoming assignment. Stay tuned . . .

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Yellow Party - Part 2

After the original party there were a TON of leftover desserts, so I decided to throw a last minute lunch the day after. Only one of my friends could make it on such short notice, but I was able to get some more pictures. I hadn't taken very many pictures the first time round because I was running late and the quests were already there!

The backdrop is just a computer addition, but it would have been fun to have a real one!

When I was scouting out materials for this party yellow was looking kind of scarce, but it worked in my favor - yellow candy melts for $1! I used them on the cupcakes (modeling chocolate is my new favorite thing), creme drops, and the Oreo truffles.


Popcorn Boxes - Walmart
Creme Drops - Walmart
Cupcake Stand Tutorial - Modern Moments
Cupcake Tutorial - Jessicakes
Labels & Event Design - Wendy Sue Boutique

Valentine Luncheon

Hey look I'm famous! Sort of.

Read all about my Valentine Lunch here.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Two for One Party Decorations

Remember the time I made a dessert table layout? Yes, I actually measured everything out - I am my own kind of nerd. Well this is how it looked in real life.

I didn't get very many pictures, so when I got all the decoration home I set them up again and invited a bunch of people over for lunch the next day. With less than 24 hours notice only one person could come, but I am calling it a success.
Two of the exact same table just slightly different heights . . . I did not anticipate that.

Bonus Table

Thursday, February 3, 2011

10 Works

I recently submitted my portfolio to be admitted into the art program and these were the ten pictures I chose. 10 didn't seem like a lot until I started gathering images - it turns out I haven't really done very many finished pieces in the last two years. Actually, all but one of these are assignments from last semester. Some of them I love, some of them are just meh.

I am exercising some extreme will power not making disclaimers about all of these, so make of them what you will.

Pictograms - The Real Deal

I had to make some rather large adjustments from my sketches and roughs in order to get these to read well for the assignment, but I like how they turned out in the end.
The theme (if that is what it should be called) is party planning, and the categories are invitations, decorations, and food. The goal is for that to be very obvious though, so hopefully you already knew that.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pictogram Roughs

I feel like this is way two many sketches of the same thing I already drew, but here goes anyway.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Table Layout

I have been planning a party for my sister's 30th birthday which is coming up at the end of the month. I completely thrive off party planning, so I am sure I have gone totally overboard. This is my sketch for the dessert table.

This party is completely diy. She is making all the dinner food and I am doing all the decorations and treats. Yikes. Wish us luck!

First Post

Welcome to my sketchblog! Sketchblog was created for a class in my design program, but it will continue to be a place for presenting projects - from sketch to completion.