I can’t actually design a logo but I’m very opinionated about looks I like and what looks fail (papyrus font anyone?). So today I’m going to declare my love for the branding of We Made This. Macaron mixes? Don’t mind if I do.
image: Max Wanger
My sister is the queen of theme parties and definitely lives by the motto the more the merrier. Every time she throws a party I resolve to one day become her next door neighbor. Here’s what she conjured up for the opening ceremonies.
I think my favorite part has to be their huge inflatable screen that they’re watching the Olympics on every night. Good game sis, good game.
I’m going to send you off into this ceremonial weekend with some Olympic themed finds: Olympic fan card downloads, Olympic torch design, Olympic rings cookies, 17 Days of Summer poster, my Olympics board
I can’t guarantee I’ll be all that present for the next 17 days. I’ve got some cheering/yelling at my TV to do. Amazing awaits my friends, amazing awaits.
Let me just preface this tutorial by saying everything that could go wrong did. Luckily Molly was my make sidekick during the project who kept me from not giving up. Behold the sign that frustrated me to no end:
- 2×4 mdf board, 1/4″ thick (don’t choose any material that is thicker than this)
- circle template (we used a bowl)
- drill with 1/2″ bit (we tried three different sizes and this one is it)
- three strands bulb lights (I got these at Target)
Set board (this was the first mistake, we started with one that was too thick) out on work surface and use your circle template to pencil in the rings. Make sure to measure the distance between each circle so it turns out evenly. Make small markings where you want the bulbs to go, about 1 1/2″ apart.
- Raise the board (we used books) and drill holes where you put each marking.
- Paint the front of the surface and let dry (optional).
- Unscrew each bulb from the socket. Put bulb through the front of the hole and screw back into socket in the back of the board. Make sure bulbs are screwed in all the way.
- Plug in before the start of the games like the ceremonial lighting of a Christmas tree.
Now you’re probably wondering why my isn’t lit up. Well, this morning when I plugged it in I went to adjust a bulb and pop! all of the bulbs went dead. Project fail. But if you look at it from this angle they kind of look lit -
Today’s Olympic themed party idea is from Kelly of Studio DIY.
Melanie and I share two faves. Target, and the Olympics. This super simple DIY project puts both together, and adds candy. BAM! If you haven’t yet discovered the Target Dollar Spot, you are really missing out. It’s my favorite go-to place for party supplies because they have great items and, yes, they are only a dollar! One thing the Dollar Spot really does well are cute containers. Pails, baskets, boxes, they’ve got it all in awesome colors and patterns that are constantly changing and updating to keep you wanting (err… buying) more. I spotted these mini pails and with the Olympics on the brain, instantly thought “Olympic Rings!” And then my mind went to sugar, as it often does, and this DIY Olympic rings candy bar was born. Now zip on over to Target, pick up your supplies and get ready to celebrate the Olympics!
Five Dollar Aisle Mini Pails (I purchased a blue, black, yellow and two silver ones from Target)
Craft or Spray Paint (In red and green to finish out the Olympic colors!)
Candy in Olympic Ring Colors
Assuming you found the same colors I did at your local Target, start by painting your two silver pails (inside and out) one green and the other red. I used craft paint because it’s what I had on hand but spray paint would work great as well. Let dry completely. Fill each pail with it’s corresponding candy color. Please note! Since you are painting the pails, I recommend using candy that comes in individual wrappers, like I did, or carefully lining the pail with food-safe wax paper first. Arrange your pails in Olympic Ring order (Top row: Blue, Black, Red; Bottom row: Yellow, Green). Gather some candy bags and let the party guests go to town!
Who’s throwing an Olympics party!?
See more swell ideas from Kelly on Studio DIY
I don’t know anyone who loves the Olympics as much as my family and I. My mom probably still has coverage from the Atlanta games recorded on a VHS tape somewhere. We text each other photos of any Olympic product we come across and our family website posts are already dominated with talk of the summer games. My sister always throws a huge party for the opening ceremonies (this year they’ll be projected onto an inflatable outdoor screen after the ceremonial lighting of the fire pit) so I had the talented Melanie Burk design these printable invitations for my family and anyone of you who are planning to have a party to celebrate the games. Just click on the link to download and print -
Are you a dedicated fan of the Olympics? Let’s discuss and get really, really excited.
invitation design by Melanie Burk
I’m happy to let you know I’m officially part of the Disney Baby team now talking about all things mom (since I’m clearly so experienced). You can check out all my posts here including the details of my friend’s awesome birth announcement designed by Denise Hedin. And yes, that is a spitting image of their cute family.
Other posts I wrote this week that you’re sure to like (fyi: the slideshow feature is so much more speedy now):
One week until the Olympics! One week!
Instagram addicts unite
Might have to try my hand at a few of these projects
It’s ombre time
Best of the week!
Some of my fave Denver spots
Please join me next week for my salute to the Olympics. It’s going to be a good one.