Friday, July 9, 2010

July Fourth in Review

As I've written each year, I particularly like the Fourth of July. Usually it's a day lazily confronted; we barbecue and eat out of doors on an old floral-lattice sheet turned tablecloth. And most years we make it to the fireworks at Terrace Park or drive to a high point in town and watch them in the distance. This year I decided to enjoy the holiday a little less passively and plan ahead for a barbecue with my family and Brett's.I created a set of paper goods in Illustrator that included food trays, two banners, ice cream cone wrappers, sandwich pick flags, and a few other things.
I also broke out the sewing machine to make fabric bunting in shades to match.The paper trays were the starting point for everything, I printed them on heavy paper, and lined them with red and white wax paper (from Martha Stewart Crafts Holiday, found at a bargain store recently).
A coordinating "Happy July Fourth" banner hung from three tiers of red ribbon above the gate in the backyard.Sparklers were placed in a sand-filled pail along with a sign that includes a favorite quote I encountered in one of my readings for school last year: "It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with ...Bonfire and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more." John Adams to Abigail, July 3, 1776Store bought cups were embellished with stars - also made in Illustrator, printed, cut out and adhered.I filled a metal tub with ice and classic bottled Coca-Cola ; two dowels with eye hooks support a banner. Ice cream cone wrappers read "Sweet land of liberty" - taken from the song "My County, 'Tis of Thee." Lastly, additional details included striped straws left over from this project, simple white paper lanterns and red cutlery.

66 comments:

Amiable Peculiarities said...

Wow Livy! It's fantastic, what a lot of effort you went to. Hope you enjoyed the day! Jane

Natasha said...

Fabulous details, your work is gorgeous and beautiful photos, I could see this all in a Martha Mag!

Lisa of In Pencil said...

Wow, you did an AMAZING job with everything- the "sweet land of liberty" on the cone wrappers is so clever.

Melinda said...

Love that red dress pictured!

Melinda said...

Oo! Love that red dress!

☮Tina Huynh said...

I can't tell you how much I love your blog! Keep it up!

Chaucee said...

You did SUCH an amazing job with this party! I've never been to a party that's been quite as beautiful as this one but I've always dreamed of attending one that I also didn't help make :D Maybe one day!

Lara said...

These are all just stunning, not just the amazing creations but the images as well. I don't know what you are doing career wise now that you have graduated but if I was Martha Stewart I would give you your own magazine. You are so talented!

Claire said...

Gorgeous!

Amanda Joy said...

Oh my goodness! It's the most beautiful 4th I've ever seen! Every detail is incredible, and I especially love the sparklers to match! Great job, I love seeing your projects.

Elissa said...

oh my word! this is so beautiful. great work and thanks for sharing. you've given me tons of ideas for next year!

postcards and pretties said...

wow!! love it. not only are the projects amazing but the photography too. once again great job!

Kathy Martin said...

Wow! What a festive bunch of party goodies! :)

I'm Liza said...

Livy, this is so amazing! I can seriously imagine finding this in a magazine!!

Anne Marie said...

Livy....seriously the coolest party for the 4th I have ever seen!!! beautiful and perfect!
xo+blessings,
Anne Marie

koralee said...

Pure Joy my friend...everything is so so beautiful. xoxoxo

Rachel Dangerfield said...

Burgers and BBQ just taste better in a custom paper tray :) I really don't know what to comment on... it's all looking so spectacular!

I do, however, HAVE to comment on that red dress in the very first picture. Is that yours? Where in the world did you find it? It's so darn cute!

birdie blue said...

so pretty! i love all of the little details, especial the john/abigail adams quote.

have the loveliest weekend.
~molly

Leonida said...

I've been following your blog for some time from Finland, Europe. You really are an inventive and truly skillful craftmaker! It is always a pleasure to read what you've been up to.

Whitney @ Whisker Graphics said...

Everything from your designs to your styling is so very beautiful! I love your soda pop banner.

Brasspaperclip said...

I am so smitten with all of your photos and all of the wonderful details you put into your party! I think my favorite of all is the tub of sodas with the banner...may just have to borrow that idea for my daughter's b'day party this weekend...was planning to do lemonade in small mason jars in a tub...the banner makes it! Thanks for sharing the beauty in your life and for the wonderful inspiration. xoxo

Screwed Up Texan said...

Love the photos and summer inspiration...the only thing missing is the Dr Pepper!

milk tea + polkadots said...

How lovely! Love all the coordinating paper goods!

Jeanee said...

OMG! LUV all of these images!!! Wonderful party ^.^

Danielle said...

I don't have the words to describe how incredible your celebration was...when I saw this my jaw dropped. So beatiful. Love the red dress too.

Alina said...

amazing! don't know what else to call it.

alina
www.dreamingchic.blogspot.com

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

OMG! Did my invitation to your 4th of July Party get lost in the mail Again? As always, you have totally "Livied" up the party as only you can do! Thanks for sharing your fabulous photos of your festive shindig with us. Have a Great Summer Livy!

tawny. said...

this is one party i'd love to attend!
you did an incredible job with the details!
i love it all! :)
the first photo is one of my faves.
and that red dress? beautiful!

sripperton said...

Wow, what a lovely party. How nice when hard work pays off into something so charming!!

Malinda said...

Oh my goodness! It's all lovely!

Lavender Playground said...

The little details just blew me away. I do envy the people who went to this party!

katie said...

unbelievable! what a beautiful party!

Koru Kate said...

Love, love all the lovely details! It was like looking at a magazine spread, not someone's actual party. I need to step up my craftiness!

{kms} said...

wow, your creations are absolutely magical. love them all! xo.

berry said...

wow, everything is so well though out and just perfect! love the ice-cream photo.

...............cata.............. said...

Absolutely beautiful
you did an incredible job with all the perfect details!
Your blog is always soooo inspiring
Regards from Tuscany
Cata

thea said...

goooooorrrgeous!! love it all!

thea.
xx

(spoonfulzine.com)

C. Whitney-Ward said...

Your gorgeous Blog has inspired me to create my own: www.cwhitneyward.blogspot.com
It will reveal my creative whims...

Poppies and Sunshine said...

I love it all! I wish I had been this organized this 4th. All of this decor is fabulous!

cutlex said...

Very festive! This could be as good as an engagement session. Every detail is very creative!

Barbara said...

I'm amazed with all the creative stuff related to the 4th of july! thanks for sharing

Jacinda Davis said...

This is amazing! You did such a wonderful job. It seems that you didn't overlook a thing.

Ade said...

This is just amazing/ridiculous. I wish I had your creativity and the motivation to make things around me beautiful.

mandyface said...

Why wasn't I invited to this party?? Vurry swankified!

Pammy said...

cute, cute, cute decorations. we here in north Idaho celebrate the 4th a little differently. check us out: http://upintheatticwithpammyj.blogspot.com/

Love your blog!
Pammy

brooke said...

I feel like I walked into a time warp.. .1955 or 1956 .. love it. Daddio

Brooke
http://www.momentsofelegance.com

Y said...

WOW! I wish I had the motivation to pull something like this together. Fabulous details beautifully photographed! Thanks for sharing!

Livy said...

Hello everyone! I know some of you have been wanting to know about the red dress. I found it at Ross serendipitously - I went in to get the white serving tray I had seen there and it was at the end of the aisle! I wish it was an easier dress to track down; the brand is called "Trixxi."

Dalena Vintage said...

You are absolutely, without a doubt, the hostess with the mostest.

Ellie said...

I love the way you pulled off patriotic red, white, and blue without making it cheesy. It's got that vintage feel and it's classy yet laid back, perfect for a summer bbq. I love the way you mixed the typefaces in this post too...btw, the scripty type you used, what's the name of that one? Is it available for download?

Love your work! Always have!

<3 Ellie (www.ohsolovelie.blogspot.com)

Lindsey said...

Oh my gosh. I so want to live in your world. I want to have that much skill and that much time and that much creativity. Not to mention your adorable yard! I think you should save your templates and write up a little tutorial and sell the file to the masses! You are beautiful.

Beth said...

Gosh, everything is so darn cute! You are so creative!

Renee said...

What a great 4th everyone must have had at your house. Very cute ideas. I love the colors you used. Very inspiring.

Danielle said...

these are such cute ideas and i love how you photograph your things!!

Craftiness NOW said...

oh my gosh, what a stunning holiday! i love the color palette and little details, really quite fabulous, happy belated 4th.

夏夏Hsia said...

i do like your all pics!!

noella said...

lovely idea! and the pics are gorgeous.. i love the photographs color effect it has.. do you use a special type of camera to get this coloring or do you touch-up the pictures?

Darren said...

great ideas))

spinkie said...

I love your party paper goods! They're gorgeous!

LissaMe said...

thisi s just lovbely i love everything on your blog infacted I blogged your blog and if it were a magazine I wouls so subscribe to it.. You are so super talented..

nathalie said...

omg! just found your blog! would you mind sharing where you got the plastic cutlery? i love the blue spoos!

Livy said...

The blue spoons I found at JoAnn fabric - I think they were a seasonal item, but maybe they will have them again in the spring.

Anonymous said...

I love this it is so sweet! are the ice cream cone wrappers available fo download or purchase? I would love to make these for my grandmother! she loves her icecream ;)

Marisa said...

I'm so devastated (and amazed!) you found that dress at Ross. I'm now on a potentially lifelong journey to find a dress with a similar neckline/boddess. It's just gorgeous.

Love the burger trays and your photo editing. So dreamy. :)

SoSoBella said...

love these.

Jen @ Jens Favorite Cookies said...

I love everything in this post! I want my parties to be this cute!! I think my favorite is the trays. Gorgeous!

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