Last year myself and a highly dedicated team of massively talented creatives were eyeballs deep into making sure this wedding event was the most epic creative collaboration we had ever put together. And it was.
While this feels like all but a dream the reality is Feb 29, 2020 Everhart In Love:Ron+Gavin, became my last event I have worked. This gorgeous day was held just days before we were all told to stay home so we could keep each other safe. So these images and memories are even more special now and should be celebrated. Thank you for coming here and allowing me to share what inspires me and keeps me going. I continue to be inspired by our community of creatives. And in this wild time I truly believe it will be this part of community that carries us straight into the light with all the good and new things we have to look forward to again…like the celebration of togetherness. Xoxo, V
And a very excited THANK YOU to @theknot for featuring our gorgeous Everhart In Love: Ron+Gavin 2020 in your national wedding publication! Art Direction by me made possible by almost 30 incredibly talented, dedicated, hard working, generous Scranton Vendors that I am honored to have been on their team.
Covid-19 has keep us inside and gathering in small groups so it’s beyond exciting to plan something interactive and outdoors. Special events are no longer just for the holidays and milestones with a large guest list they are simple acts of connectivity with quality interaction intimacy away from a screen. Fulfilling my creative and social self mini events like last years styled Treehouse Dinner Party designed in partnership with VKD and Chippy White Table last summer are pretty crucial to me. It was beyond magic and our team was an absolute dream. And while this styled set up was elaborate and required a team of designers to pull it off you can recreate something just as magical and keep it simple. Fill a backpack full of all your favorite snacks and a blanket and hike to a gorgeous clearing in the woods with your friends or plan an elaborate white cloth dinner in the woods. (Call me if you need help coordinating or invite me to this shin dig 😉
I just encourage everyone to unplug and go outside to create something joyful and enjoy our beautiful, natural world with your favorite people. Yesterday my family and I filled a row boat and kayaks full of food, beverages and fire wood and rowed to island with friends for an off the beaten path birthday party. We made a fire, cooked dinner sang happy birthday and just enjoyed each other while being outside. I wish everyone a healthy fall and to find joy in real life connections. xoxo, Valerie
Forinquires about booking a design team for a similar, nature inspired micro-dinner party such as this Treehouse Party please email hello@valeriekiserdesign
While we are on fourth week of covid-19 quarantine, and just found the kids won’t be going back to finish out the school year, we needed some projects to keep us engaged and motivated. I was inspired and encouraged by my Chippy White Table friends to create new content with an Easter Tablescape. So I set out around my house and studio to find some props for our Easter look.
In the studio, I found VKD pattern plexiglass placemats I had custom made for a styled wedding at Center City Print last year and bleached, dried ferns from Matterns Floral for this years styled wedding event, Everhart In Love, at the Everhart Museum (I have a million photos from that and will post when I narrow down which ones to post).
And from the house I gathered up vases, linens, flatware, glassware, my favorite dish ware that was a gift from another designer friend, throw blanket and throw pillows. To engage my kids in the fun I hardboiled some eggs that we dyed and added some hand-drawn patterns with markers (only one egg got dropped and smashed in the process!) I also downloaded some adorable Spring/Easter theme cut-out activities from MerMag that I highly recommend. I’m happy to report that those projects inspired the kids to create their own imagination projects. Such as a bunny pinata (pictures below) from a cardboard box we painted and filled with homemade confetti and left over Valentine school candy. They are now working on a mini theater box with their own story boards and hand puppets!
I hope you are all doing well and invite you to create your own tablescapes and projects. Tag @ValerieKiserDesign and @ChippyWhiteTable so we can see what you are making and styling in your home.
Much Love, Valerie
Kids Easter Projects
We had some fun creating some DIY projects like our bunny piñata and inspired projects we downloaded from MerMag. Here is what we did over the past week to have some Easter fun.