It’s gonna be a good month, you guys. We can feel it. As much as we love mega-events (we are wedding people, after all), we have to admit that hosting a relaxed, laid-back party for a holiday like the 4th of July can be super fun too. With a little outfit planning, DIY decor, and sweet treats, we’re ready to show our spirit. Our tips? Mix and match red, white, and blue fashion to create a star-spangled ensemble, and add a little glitter for good measure.
Pinstripe dress | Silver Birkenstocks | Hat | Swimsuit | Nail polish | Lip and cheek color
Then, turn your backyard or little corner of the beach into a mingling spot for friends + fam with the help of streamer decor made from crepe paper + string lights.
Star napkins | Beach ping pong set | Burger baskets | BBQ tool set
Double up on tables: one for play, one for eats. Wouldn’t want to forget the BBQ tools…
Coconut and blood orange | Green tea, Meyer lemon and basil | Root beer float | Strawberry Greyhound
A 100lc party is never complete without a cute, tasty popsicle recipe.
How pretty are these fruit ice cubes?
And voila! You have a spirited summer party in a flash! Don’t forget about all the little details, like some sweet sparkler drink stirrers via Etsy.
Us mamas at the 100 Layer Cake HQ always appreciate it when a wedding is a family-friendly affair. As do photogs Giuli & Giordi and the rest of the team that whipped up this super fun and playful shoot for Say Yep Magazine. Giuli says, Our wedding didn’t feature a separate kids table, a simplified menu, or decor just for the little ones; everything aimed to be perfect for both kids and grownups. And perfection it is. We’re way into the trendy pastel palette, delicate paper flower decorations, hand drawn elements, and sweet wardrobe choices for the little guests and their parents.
Adorable is right.
We targeted the couple with kids that want to include them into their wedding celebration just as they are included in their everyday life: 100 percent!
Just look at this little cutie pie!
The concept of home—the place where the family comes together—was the starting point also for the use of the houses as decorations: some were constructed in cardboard and became flower vases, others hosted the sweets display, and others were made in white paper to be decorated by the kids.
Sweet piñata, yes? Click on over to our family blog, Cakelet, for the DIY tutorial!
And a round of applause for the talented team below…
Photographer: Giuli & Giordi / Planning, Design, & DIY: Ila Malù & Trendinozze & Almalu’s Place / Ceremony Venue: Cascina Cuggagna / Reception Venue: Un Posto a Milano / Hair & Makeup: Giulia Rioda / Florals: Il Profumo Dei Fiori / Graphic Design, Invitations & Laser-cutting: Cut and Paste Lab / Tableau & Illustations: Ilaria Faccioli / Food: Offelleria Sorelle Fosser / Photo Booth: Giuli & Giordi & Ilaria Faccioli / Plates: Pamela Venturi / Bride’s Skirt: Vera Valentine / Bride’s Blouse & Bridesmaid Dresses: Lazzari / Paper Decor & Bride’s Headpiece: I Love Paper / Groom’s Shirt: Linneò Archivable Clothing / Little Girls’ Dresses: Caffè d’Orzo / Girl and Boys’ Outfits: Ragazzini / Girls Headpieces: Patamaga / Originally Photographed For: Say Yep online magazine / Confetti Piñata designed by Alessandra Aghilar
Vintage, masculine, and smelling of whiskey. Yep, that was the inspiration behind Brady + Kyle’s farm wedding in Columbus, Ohio. They’re midwest transplants, vintage collectors, and founders of a distillery. Makes sense now, yes? We must say, we sure loved this creative take on a classic all-American theme. Of course, a really good rain story helps too. Find the story + Ely Brothers photos below…
Wool blankets with custom leather labels hand-sewn by family.
The wedding was a collection of “found” items and antiques.
Brady’s favorite memory: There was a moment when we began to share our vows while standing in the back of this old Corvair truck, and it started to pour. We jumped out of the truck, grabbed our parents’ hands, and ran under the tent and stood amongst our guests. We finished the ceremony under the tent, soaked, but surrounded by the warmth of our family and friends. The rain created a level of intimacy that we could have never planned for or expected.
Love this shot, don’t you?
Everyone pitched in… We traded talents, time, and a little treasure to help offset the cost of the wedding… and showcased the work of our closest partners that have made Columbus a welcome home for us since moving here from Seattle.
A dream is right!
Congrats, Brady + Kyle!
Photographer: Ely Brothers / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Skipping Rock Farm (private residence) / Hair: Cut & Blow / Florist: Village Flower / Invitation Designer: Minted / Cake & Catering: The Table / Spirits: Middle West Spirits / Rentals: Event Source / Grooms’ Suits: J.Crew / Shoes: Cole Haan / Cuff Links: Heirloom / Chanel Watch / Heirloom / Wedding Rings: Tiffany