Cherry Blossom Themed Party – celebrating our 1 month + giveaway!

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Sheryl and I can’t believe that we have  just reached a month here at Oh So Very Pretty! We’re really overwhelmed with all the support YOU have given us and we can’t wait to share how we celebrated our 1 month-sary.Well, brace yourself as this is going to be a long post – and you’ll actually see a lot of tutorials for many elements of our little party. PLUS, there’s going to be a giveaway at the end of this post. Read on! 

We started brainstorming for a theme. We knew we wanted to celebrate the arrival of spring, and with the amount of sunshine we’ve been getting recently in Rain-couver, we’re very very blessed. And what welcomes the arrival of spring? Nothing like the oh-so-pretty cherry blossoms. 

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Vancouver is always blessed with such a pretty spring. With the lack of snow, there is usually greenery all throughout the year. Plus, many streets get lined with blooming cherry blossom trees. In fact, they’re so gorgeous that there are events to appreciate themJeremy Lim, a super-talented photographer here in Vancouver shares their beauty through this awesome free wallpaper

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So, while planning our little celebration party, we knew we had to start with the invitation. I took some watercolour and my trusty calligraphy pen and created our one-of-a-kind sakura invites. We agreed that they had to be handwritten because we weren’t going to create so many of them. 

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Then we decided that we needed some decor. Sheryl came up with these absolutely gorgeous hanging flower cones that she hung on her wall. They’re oh-so-easy to make and they make such a statement! Read her lovely post here on how she made them. 

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I created these mini tissue pom poms to decorate the table, to mimic the cherry blossoms. I had originally intended to hang them on the wall, but we decided that it would be too much. Check out this tutorial to learn how we made them!

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I also made a spray-painted ombre flower vase that I had made for C’s mom! It was harder and messier than I thought. I tried airbrushing a few years ago and I thought it was pretty messy, and I thought I’d learned my lesson but clearly I haven’t! I created the ombre effect using a brush instead of airbrushing. :) I’ll be posting about how I made it in a few days, so make sure you subscribe to our feed on the sidebar to the right >>> or click here to follow us on Bloglovin’. 

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And, what’s a celebration without food. We carried the cherry blossom theme all the way to the food and the drinks! We made some delicious pink lemonade and put them in mason jars (and tell me, who is not obsessed with these mason jars?!) Sheryl also made these beautiful hang tags to label the jars. 

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 We also made these super-easy grab and go salmon salad sandwiches, that are healthy and perfect for lunch! 

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Sheryl attempted to create these sakura mochi balls. She said she wasn’t too happy with them but I thought they were great! Plus, while we try to make everything pretty on our blog – not everything we make is perfect! We learn new things everyday and we definitely learned a lot from making these ones! 

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Then, since it was a tea party, I infused some earl grey tea (made from my favourite Secret Garden Creamy Earl Grey) into these lovely cupcakes and topped them off with cream cheese icing and pink sprinkles! I’ll be blogging about how I made them as well, so watch out for that. 

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Sheryl also dip-dyed some marshmallows to complete the picture. You can even heat these up a bit to get them all gooey and yummy! 

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 We sat down, enjoyed these tasty morsels, relaxed while looking at the beautiful view of the mountains Vancouver is known for. God has been sooo good and sooo  faithful to us this past month and we’re so grateful for the many blessings He has given us, such as YOU! Thank you so much for supporting our blog and we look forward to seeing you here on our blog! (And don’t forget to tell your girlfriends about us too!)   

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And now for the part you’ve all been waiting for…. the GIVEAWAY!

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Here’s what you need to do:

  • Write a comment below stating a tutorial or project you want us to take on.
  • Follow us on Twitter and let us know about it!
  • Become a fan of us on Facebook

Sheryl and I will pick the best idea and we’ll connect with you about it. 

And of course the prize: 

  • 1 handmade watercolour calligraphy card (just like what we’ve created here and here)
  • A set of 12 calligraphy hangtags
  • One printed linen scarf 
  • And of course, the bragging rights that you were part of our post! AND we’ll ship them to you for free!

Contest ends April 30th, 2013, midnight PST. 

How’s that sound? Comment away and we’re looking forward to hearing your ideas! 

Love, S&K

 

About Karla Lim

Karla Lim is a marketing gal by day and a photographer/graphic designer/blogger/webmaster/calligrapher/crafter by night. Follow her on Google+

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25 Responses to Cherry Blossom Themed Party – celebrating our 1 month + giveaway!

  1. Rebecca April 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    Congratulations on your one month-sary! Your display/dessert table looks wonderful. Can’t wait to hear more about those earl grey tea infused cupcakes, yum!

    • Karla Lim April 13, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      Thanks Rebecca! :) can’t believe that it’s only been a month! :)

    • Karla Lim April 15, 2013 at 8:00 am #

      Rebecca – the post on the earl grey cupcakes is up!

  2. Courtney April 13, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    The pictures are absolutely STUNNING! Wow, I wish I was as good as y’all. :) You should do a tutorial on how to decorate your house for certain styles. i.e. vintage, vintage chic, romantic, very “home feeling”, etc.
    Congrats on your one month-sary, and keep up the good work!

    • Sheryl Yen April 13, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

      You are too kind Courtney! I’m sure you are JUST as good as us – and it’s the FUN that counts right? Thanks for the suggestions – we’ll definitely think about taking a stab at some of those home themes.Thanks for being an awesome reader!

  3. Joanne April 14, 2013 at 12:04 am #

    Oops commented on the wrong thing.
    You girls are seriously jaw-dropping good. Amazed. So gifted, you two!
    How about how to dress up old shoes?

    • Karla Lim April 14, 2013 at 7:57 am #

      Ooh very interesting! We’ll definitely put that on our list. Thanks, Joanne! Really grateful for your support.

  4. Ann Martin April 14, 2013 at 6:16 am #

    Happy first month blogiversary, ladies – you are off to a flying start! I love that you had a party to celebrate; everything looks wonderful. Looking forward to learning more about the ombre vase. As for new projects, I’m usually all about paper, but love anything pretty. :) I follow you on Twitter and like your FB page.

    • Karla Lim April 14, 2013 at 8:00 am #

      *We’re blushing with all your kind words, Ann* We’re so happy that through this blog we’ve made new friends! As for paper, me too. I’m the paper lover between the two of us, and for sure you’ll see more paper posts on our blog. Thank you for sharing your ideas!

      Random fact: Paper is my favourite word. In fact, I randomly write the word paper when I’m not thinking. Weird. Haha!

  5. Bellenza Bistro April 14, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    Such a pretty party…just in time before cherry blossom season ends! Wishing you all the best on your party styling and blogging journey. :-)

  6. Casey Weber McCarty April 15, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

    Lovely event planning ideas ladies! I host quarterly open houses for a community workshop/creative space– I’m always looking for ideas for decor or other special ideas for LARGE events (our last had 200+ people) which can be handmade without a giant budget for decor. It’s a hip, creative space, so open to many themes, etc., but that the ideas scale to large events without either requiring way too much manpower or way too much money!

    Also, I followed you on FB and Twitter (@sinemetudesigns).

    Great job!

    • Sheryl Yen April 16, 2013 at 8:22 am #

      Thanks for your follow and your lovely comments Casey!

      Feel free to message us directly if you have a particular event coming up that you’d like some ideas for! We love to get our creative juices going and sometimes need a kickstarter to get our ideas going. So let us know the next you have a party and we’ll try to help you with some ideas!

      Love. S+K

  7. Katie April 15, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    OMG. That looks so epic. Good job ladies ;)

  8. Cynthia S April 16, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    hi there! i followed on social media, and here is my idea for you guys: http://sweetsamsations.com/2011/10/18/indonesian-thousand-layer-cake-kue-lapis-legit/
    with some tips and tricks…
    http://sweetsamsations.com/2013/01/03/lapis-legit/

    as well as a variation on it:
    http://foodiebaker.com/2013/01/21/kueh-lapis-legit/

    and a video tutorial:
    http://www.abc.net.au/tv/pohskitchen/stories/s2914271.htm

    These look amazing and are DELICIOUS, though they retail for about 60 bucks. For, like, a single cake. It’s a bit ridiculous.

    Thanks for having the giveaway, I’m a fan of your work and photography (Stunning)!!! Howdy from Texas.

    • Karla Lim April 16, 2013 at 9:54 am #

      Hi Cynthia! Thanks for the awesome idea. We’ll definitely put it on the list! :) It looks intense. I hope we can pull it off if this idea wins!! :)

  9. lezoemusings April 17, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    Congrats on your 1 mth! Great work! Best, Kellie

    • Karla Lim April 17, 2013 at 9:05 am #

      Much love for your blog as well! :)

  10. kaitlynne roil April 18, 2013 at 5:35 am #

    Hello ladies :-) what you’re doing here is more than pretty! Gosh, ever so inspiring. I was thinking seeing you’re both so talented how about doing a post on how to write Calligraphy as a beginner’s guide?? I for one would love to know a few handy tips or secrets ;)
    Thanks for letting us share the input!
    Kaitlynne

    • Karla Lim April 18, 2013 at 6:05 am #

      Hi Kaitlynne! You’re so sweet, thank you for the compliments. We are glad you enjoy reading our blog. We will think about it!

  11. Karra Barron April 22, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    Congrats ladies! You always have such lovely pictures to go with your posts – keep it up! I’d like to see you tackle the “Perfect Girls Night In” as your next themed party/project. I’m thinking pretty cheese platters, simple tapas style food, dessertand of course, some fun crafts you can do together as a group :)

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