Posts Tagged ‘party’


DIY Painted Favor Bags for Every Occasion

When Jeff and I got married, I bought a box of 1,000 glassine bags to use for guest favors at our reception. It was cheaper than buying a smaller amount, so I just went for it.

But then we didn't actually end up using them at all for the wedding. So, I've just been plugging away trying to use them all slowly but surely (for the last 6 years).  And after I found these little pastels candies at a local shop, I decided to paint up a whole bunch of bags to use as a little party favors / treat bags.

It's a super easy project that would be awesome for parties, weddings, and the holidays (both Thanksgiving and Christmas) with a few color tweaks. Here's how to make your own...

A candy coated paint palette


- glassine bags
- acrylic paint
- paint brush


This concept is so basic I'm not sure instructions are really necessary. It's really just a matter or painting patterns onto the glassine bags and letting them dry. Once they are completely dry, they're ready to use.

I put a second glassine bag inside each of the painted ones after they were dry to give them more of a solid look / keep them as food safe as possible. That way, you can add loose cookies and candies, in addition to wrapped candies, etc.

DIY Painted Favor Bags for Every Occasion

DIY Painted Favor Bags for Every Occasion

DIY Painted Favor Bags for Every Occasion

DIY Painted Favor Bags for Every Occasion

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you'll give these DIY party favor bags a try? I'd love to hear how you would use these and/or what kind of patterns you think would be the most fun for these guys.


Game Night + Homemade Pretzels (with recipe)

There's only one thing that is as powerful as my sweet tooth, these days, and its my SALT tooth. Is that a thing? Because it should be?

Seriously, put a plate of french fries in front of me and they're gone. Or a loaf of bread with salted butter. Forget about it! The only problem is, if left to my own devices, I will eat all of it! By myself! Not good.

So, instead of keeping all the salty goodness to myself this time, I thought I gather up a few friends for a game night meet up with finger foods for all. I'm always looking for an excuse to gather with friends anyway, so this seemed like the perfect excuse. Pretzels anyone?

I partnered with Gather, a Tumblr by Clorox that inspires/ cultivates great excuses for gathering with friends, to share my game night gathering inspiration, along with a (super delicious) recipe for homemade twisted ranch pretzels and sriracha marinara.  

Game Night // neon playing cards and dominoes

Recipe for Homemade Ranch Pretzels and Sriracha Marinara

My favorite games to play with friends are classics...mainly card games and a little bit of dominoes. By the way, I started collecting interestingly designed decks of cards and it is so much fun! This neon set is my favorite so far (from here). And I just set them out on our dining table, so they were ready to go from the start.

Finger foods are a nice go-to option to keep things easy. So I put together some raw veggies in mini baskets, in addition to the pretzels, to balance things out. And speaking of pretzels, here's the recipe in case you want to make your own...

Recipe for (Easy) Homemade Ranch Pretzels and Sriracha Marinara

Twisted Ranch Pretzels Recipe (makes about 16)


- 1 oz package Hidden Valley Original Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
- 2 packages pizza dough (store-bought)
- 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
- flour, for dusting work surface
- extra butter for brushing on top, melted (optional)
- sesame seeds for topping (optional) 


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line the baking sheet(s) with parchment paper.

In a bowl, combine the butter and ranch dressing mix. Use a fork to mix thoroughly.

Cut each package of pizza dough in half, creating four balls of dough in total.

Dust the work surface with flour and, using the rolling pin, roll out the first ball of dough into a large rectangle. Spread the butter mixture onto the dough.

Starting from one edge, roll up the pizza dough into a log shape. When looking at the dough from the side, you should see a spiral of dough. Pinch the dough together along the long edge to close it.

Using your hands, roll out the dough into a long rope-like piece. Then cut the dough along the length of the rope into 4 equal strips. Cut each of those strips in half to make them shorter (which will give you 8 total strips per pizza dough). Then twist or roll each strip into a slightly longer section again, so you have enough length to make the pretzel shape.

Move the strips of dough to the baking sheet and twist each strip into a pretzel shape. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven. Brush with butter and top with sesame seeds. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Sriracha Marinara Sauce

Combine 1 cup marinara sauce (store-bought) with 2 tbsp sriracha hot sauce (adjust to taste) together in a small bowl and serve.

Recipe for (Easy) Homemade Pretzels and Sriracha Marinara

Recipe for (easy) homemade ranch pretzels +  sriracha marinara (so good!) and a colorful game night with friends.

Recipe for (easy) homemade ranch pretzels and sriracha marinara (so good!)

Recipe by Linda Jednaszewski
Concept, styling, and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff

What kinds of things do you like to do when you gather with friends?


This post is is partnership with Gather. Be sure to visit Gather on Tumblr for more inspiration to create your own excuses to gather with friends! Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.


Rooftop entertaining

One of the things that I love most about our home right now is sadly something that has been underutilized up to this point. And as we near the halfway point of summer, I couldn't bear to let it go unused any longer.

So what is this space that I'm talking about? Our rooftop patio.

It's on the top level, right next to my office, and is sort of perfect for entertaining. So why the heck haven't we used it yet? I have absolutely no idea. Other than the crazy weather (it's been either excessively cold or insanely hot since we've been in ATL). Which now that I think about, I can and will blame for this one. Because otherwise, I have no excuse.

4 DIY Tips for Summer Entertaining Outdoors

So to remedy this little issue, I partnered with Lulu & Georgia to share my top tips for entertaining this summer, along with how I brightened up our rooftop patio for dinner parties and beyond. To make things super simple, I put together a shop this look section toward the bottom of this post too. So you can recreate this vibe on your own! Ready?

Here are my top 4 tips for easy summer entertaining...

Cherry Limeade Summer Cocktails

Cherry Limeade Cocktail

1. Have a signature drink. This one is especially important for hot summer days. I like to make a big batch of cherry limeade because it's so easy. And kinda screams summer drink. Don't you think?

To make your own cherry limeade, mix one part 100% cherry juice with two parts limeade. Squeeze in some fresh lime and add ice. ***To make this drink boozy, just add a large shot of vodka or white rum to an individual glass, over ice. Then pour the cherry limeade on top. Stir and you're good to go.

Rooftop entertaining

4 DIY Tips for Summer Entertaining Outdoors

2. Add varying colors! Our patio space is great and all, but was a whole lot of grey going on. Especially when you factor in the table. And I'm guessing your patio may look similar with a monochromatic situation that could use some tending to.

So, to break up the grey, I added some bold pops of color with textiles, furniture, and accessories. Hello red arm chairs!

On the table, I set up some white, sculptural items (like the Octave storage containers), and added hand-cut DIY placemats from watercolor wrapping paper. So easy!

4 DIY Tips for Summer Entertaining Outdoors

Outdoor Entertaining

3. Play up textures. This kind of goes along with the color tip, but bringing in various textures is a great way to add coziness to a space too. For the most part, this means plants, which I added to one of the corners to soften that end of the patio and another area to define seating a little bit more. But you can also include colorful throws and rugs in this section too.

And if you don't have an outdoor rug that works for the space, no worries. Grab a few thick blankets or a hearty indoor rug or two and bring them out, just for the day. As long as there's no rain in sight and you've given the ground a good sweeping beforehand, there's no reason why you can't try this. The only stipulation? You probably don't want to bring an insanely pricey rug outdoors. So, grab the moderately priced high-traffic withstanding rug instead of the fancy Persian. K?

Patterns also help to create visual texture, like the printed Streamlet napkins I used at each place setting, if you're looking for a smaller way to incorporate texture.

Summer Entertaining Outdoors

Primary colors!

4. Musical chairs. Seating is an obvious must for a dinner party, right? But aside from just having basic seating for guests, think about creating multiple seating options to keep the conversation going after everyone leaves the dinner table.

This Thistle knit pouf is a good example of that. Just pull up an extra chair or two and you have another seating area that takes the focus away from food. Not that you necessarily want to draw attention away from food....I mean there's a coconut key lime cake! C'mon!

Coconut Key Lime Cake


Alright, so now that I've shared my tips for summer entertaining outdoors, here's how you can get a similar look to my rooftop patio on your own...

Get The Look // Summer Entertaining

1. lisette tower arm chairs in red

2. streamlet napkins in black

3. Trina Turk indio needlepoint pillow in blue

4. octave storage containers small / medium

5. gia italian herringbone throw in canary

6. sachet removable wallpaper (to make DIY placemats)

7. ombre wrapping sheets (again, to make DIY placemats)

8. square block pillow in sunflower

9. Kate Spade polka dot salad plates

10. mod block pillow in lemon

11. thistle pouf in cobalt

That Trina Turk pillow and the thistle pouf are my new fave, by the way. Cobalt is my jam! What about you? Have a favorite from this collection?

4 DIY Tips for Summer Entertaining Outdoors

4 DIY Tips for Summer Entertaining Outdoors

Photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Assisted by Linda Jednaszewski

Have you down tips to share for summer entertaining? I'd love to hear!


This post is in partnership with Lulu & Georgia. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.