Thursday, August 12, 2010

Iowa State Fair - Non-Stop Fun!

It's the first day of the 2010 Iowa State Fair! Although the 156-year old event may not seem like a big deal to some,  the Iowa State Fair started attracting over 1 million people each year since 2002. It is a huge production with tons of entertainment, exhibits and of course, a midway set on 445 acres in Des Moines.

Now, can you keep a secret? I am not a huge fan of the fair. I certainly don't dispute that there is Non-Stop Fun there for people. It's just that the fun takes place among those million people attending and typically in searing heat. How about a backyard state fair?
Sounds like a plan to me! There are so many rustic elements that are popular right now that you could easily pull together to create a classic state fair atmosphere.

via Hello Lucky - includes instructions and template

I love the idea of using streamers and lighting to create a ceiling outdoors. This would suggest the atmosphere created by the lights from the midway

And you have to have food on a stick!

These little pie pops may not be the healthiest thing you can eat; but they don't scream "instant heart attack" like a deep-fried twinkie on a stick does! For the full list of Iowa State Fair foods on a stick (and to find out what an Octo-dog is) click here.
Enjoy the fair!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Summer Soiree by Head of the Table

Take a look at this dinner party that Kim from Head of the Table designed! Can't you feel the sun on your face and hear your friends laughing at your clever banter.

All images via Head of the Table

What a perfect color palette! Understated, but still fresh and summery. The white chiavari chairs and white 
wine glasses are extra special details that especially make things pop. The custom table runner ties well with the striped menus.

Kim's company, Head of the Table provided the plates, glassware and flatware. They rent all kinds of fabulous placesettings that are wonderful if you're a little particular about party details. And just look how far just a few pieces can go! I emailed Kim quite some time ago to learn how she got started and she was as sweet and helpful as can be! If you're planning a party in the St. Louis area, be sure to visit Head of the Table!


The candlelight must have been so lovely once the sun went down. (Don't forget to trim those wicks!)

Like Kim writes; this is so summer-chic that every party diva will be inspired to squeeze in just one more party by the pool...Count me in!