Thursday, October 23, 2014

DIY room to room: Succulents

DIY succulent pumpkin faces

Planter made with removable basin. Perfect for draining.
DIY hanging planter
Ever since meeting and working with Cassidy Tuttle of Succulents and Sunshine last year, I'm always thinking about how I can work some succulents into my life. Last year we did a series of succulent based Halloween projects (like the top image). She recently developed a planter that helps succulents thrive and she's released a kickstarter campaign to help her bring it to you. I'm so excited for her! Check it out here. Here are a few other DIY succulent projects for your home:

DIY succulent pumpkin faces on The House that Lars Built 
DIY vertical plant hanger for succulents from I Heart Naptime
DIY planter perfect for growing succulents (especially made for them! And check out the rad kickstarter here!)

See more DIY projects for your home here

Printable custom name tags

Free printable name tags for your Halloween dinner party place settings
Yesterday we revealed our Halloween Tortured Artist dinner party but we still have a couple of details to add to complete the party so you can easily recreate it. A proper dinner party needs to place their artists strategically. I mean, how awful would it be to place Van Gogh next to Gauguin? I know, horrible. Danielle Kroll came up with a gorgeous design that you can print off to use at your next event. 
Free printable name tags for your Halloween dinner party place settings
Free printable name tags for your Halloween dinner party place settings
We placed our name tags on skeleton hands that we found out Michael's just to add a tinge more creepiness. 

Download the free printable name tags here.

And click here to download the free menu card and invitation.

Art directed by Brittany Jepsen

See more ideas from our Halloween Tortured Artist party here

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How to throw a Tortured Artist dinner party

It's all come down to this! After 9 Tortured Artist costume ideas (10 if you include the double Fridas), one full menu with 3 delicious recipes and a skull cake for dessert, 2 free illustrated printables from Danielle Kroll here and here (and one more on the way), 1 playlist, and 5 decor ideas here and here, it's time to reveal the full dinner Tortured Artist party. 

I mentioned that I've always wanted to throw a party where everyone comes dressed as an artist. For this party, we added in a creepy adjective "tortured" because so many of the greats were just that and it's perfect for Halloween. We applied the term loosely and had some of our favorite artists and paintings in attendance. Can you recognize them all? 
If you're planning your own Halloween party, here's how I would do it:
  1. Costumes. It's the only time of the year when it's truly permissible, so why would you avoid it? Embrace it. In the invitation mention the dress code. Here it was "Arrive dressed as your favorite Tortured Artist."
  2. Decide on a decor theme. I mentioned here that our decor was inspired by vanitas, the term used to describe the brevity of life and nearness of death that was reflected in rotting fruits, skulls, taxidermy, and candles (see our decor ideas here) and a costume based on it.  We chose not to do rotting fruits but just living fruits as we didn't want to gross out our guests. A piece of fruit at each place setting is the perfect adornment (see above image).
  3. Add in the Spooky. I'm not generally a fan of the spooky element, but to make the beautiful vanitas work we needed that extra creepy feel. To the table runner, we added in some ghost faces. I wanted something subtle that you wouldn't detect right away. Surprise! I'll be doing the full DIY tomorrow.

4. But also make it gorgeous. Though it's a bit spooky, it should also be a bit gorgeous, right?! That's how we like to do it here. Sarah Winward did the gorgeous flowers and used the styrofoam skeleton heads as vases. I love how they turned out. Drip fruits and flowers across the table for that lavish, over-the-top feel.
5. Black candles. Good, subtle lighting is a must. We lit our party with black candles, the only way to go. We got ours from Save-on-Crafts, who is the cheapest and has the best supply around.
6. Customize the event. Danielle Kroll created these gorgeous name tags to go at each setting. I'll be providing the printable in the next couple of days. She also created these gorgeous invitations and menu cards, which you can get here and here.
7. Artwork. To transform your space feel like a haunted house no matter where you are, we covered up the walls with these free printable portraits, which feel spooky and hysterical at the same time. Check out the tutorial here.
 8. Dessert that mimics the theme. It's all in the details folks. I was so excited for this vanilla bean skull cake. I think it truly made the party. And it was delicious so there's that. Get the full tutorial here.
9. A delicious autumnal menu. Ramblin Rose Cafe created the most gorgeous and gorgeously delicious menu for the party including a roasted garlic and cauliflower soup, a perfect autumn cheese board, and roasted root vegetables and a pomegranate ginger elixir to wash it all down.

We had a ball putting this party on, but there's still a bit more. Two more tutorials and a behind the scenes look at the making of the party. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Georgia O'Keefe costume recipe

Georgia O'Keefe costume recipe
Today is our last costume in the Tortured Artist party series (see the rest here). We're closing with fellow flower lover, Georgia O'Keefe, whose macroscopic depictions of flower parts seem as current as they were last century.

Georgia made her home in New Mexico and often depicted the setting around her: skulls, desert landscapes, desert flowers. We included those elements into our costume as symbolic touches. Of course, you probably won't want to walk around with a huge bull skull (or do you?) but a microscopic version like the bracelet is a good alternative. Here we'll show you how to make the oversized poppy as inspired by her paintings (see here), the dyed kaftan inspired by her close-ups, and a hair and make-up tutorial.
Poppy paper flower tutorial for Georgia O'Keefe
Skull as a bracelet for Georgia O'Keefe
Georgia O'Keefe costume recipe
Paper poppy tutorial
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen

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Monday, October 20, 2014

3rd annual Halloween costume contest

If you've been following Lars over the years, you know I love few things more than dressing up. Hence all these artist costumes. I started hosting a Halloween costume contest a few years ago and I'm glad to carry on the tradition this year! Though the point is really for everyone to see the clever costumes you're pulling off, it also comes with fun prizes!

To enter:

  1. Submit your Halloween costume(s) by email or tag it on Instagram or Facebook with #LarsHalloweenContest
  2. Winners will be contacted and announced here on the blog. I will place the winners here on the blog and over on my Costume Parties pinboard on Pinterest. Note, by submitting your photo, you are allowing it to go on the blog (with credits back to you!).
  3. Contest ends Tuesday, November 4th.
Ready, set ghoul! (gah! so bad...)