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a heart-shaped picnic! 22 Aug 2016

Oh Joy Heart Shaped Picnic Mat

As a first hello to fall, take advantage of the weather to get your family outside for a fall picnic!  Today we are going to make a giant heart picnic blanket that the entire family will love. See our video below to see the full how to!

// CREDITS //
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: “Go Time“ by The Brotherhood
Creative Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Asst: Jessica Hong
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Still photos: Casey Brodley

how to make a mini charcuterie & cheese plate... 17 Aug 2016

Charcuterie-blog

how to make a mini charcuterie and cheese plate

Charcuterie and cheese plates might be one of my favorite things...EVER. I'm the one at every party standing above the food table popping these into my mouth. While I love those large charcuterie and cheese boards, I like the idea of making smaller versions that each person could have for themselves that has a mix of everything. So, today, we're showing you how to make this beautiful mini spread for your next lunch, brunch, or dinner...

how to make a mini charcuterie and cheese plate

Start by gathering a mix of cured meats, cheeses, crackers, and other delights to your liking. I like to make sure there is a variety of textures (both crunchy and creamy), flavors (sweet and salty), as well as foods with some color (to make the plate pop!).

For these, we used:

- prosciutto

- sopressata

- champagne grapes

- breadsticks

- fresh figs

- fig jam

- cherry tomatoes

- marcona almonds

- garnish with micro arugula and edible flowers

how to make a mini charcuterie and cheese plate

Here's how to make them:

1. Start by choosing your plates. The best part is you can use a mix of plates you already have. We used a mix of plates and small cutting boards—all roughly the same size. Because these mini charcuterie and cheese plates look and taste best with a variety of items, it's always easier to put together a bunch of them at one time.

2. Lay out the larger, main items first—like your cured meats (we loosely placed them on the plate), a cluster champagne grapes, breadsticks, a chunk of cheese and fresh figs.

3. Then sprinkle the smaller pieces around them making sure to distribute color and texture evenly. The key here is you don't have to keep them all together in sections. We sprinkled the cherry tomatoes and the almonds around the entire plate. Lastly garnish with micro arugula and some edible flowers for a hit of whimsy and extra texture.

4. Finally, place them on the table ready to be scooped up and enjoyed by your guests!

how to make a mini charcuterie and cheese plate

We ate these for lunch after we photographed them, and it was one of my favorite lunches of all time!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, assistant styling by Jess Hong. Table runners are by Hedley & Bennett in Papaya and Elderberry.}

DIY finger puppet friends! 16 Aug 2016

DIY finger puppet friends

Inspired by the new Netflix show Beat Bugs, today we’re making finger puppets that your kids can help you make. And once they’re done, they become the perfect companion to singing, playing, and creating adventures all through their imagination. See the video below for the full how-to!

*This post is in partnership with Netflix and their new family show Beat Bugs, inspired by the music of the Beatles.

// CREDITS //
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: “All You Need is Love“ by The Beat Bugs
Creative Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Asst: Jessica Hong
Graphics: Angie Stalker
Still photos: Casey Brodley

something fun to do with a vintage scarf... 10 Aug 2016

Turn a Vintage Scarf into a Necklace

Every single time I go to a great flea market or vintage clothing store, I end up walking out of there with at least one vintage scarf. It's probably cause I'm a sucker for color and pattern and the fact that the scarf is usually one-of-a-kind. But then you know what happens? I never wear them. I usually forget about them in the back of my closet or the weather isn't quite right or I just don't know what to do with ones that have weird lengths. So, guess what...we decided to turn my long-forgotten vintage scarves into necklaces! It's super easy, still shows off the color and pattern, and it doesn't alter them forever (so you can wear it as a scarf again later if you want)! Here's how...

Turn a Vintage Scarf into a Necklace

You'll need:

- Vintage Scarf

- Wooden Beads

- Clear Elastic Bands

Copper Beads (optional)

Turn a Vintage Scarf into a Necklace

Here's how:

1. Fold the scarf a few times—length-wise—to make it narrower.

2. Starting in the middle of the scarf, cover a wooden bead with the scarf material and begin to twist the scarf so it tightens around the bead.

3. Secure and twist on each side of the bead and secure with a clear elastic.

4. If you want, add a decorative copper bead in between each wrapped bead. The decorative bead will hide the elastic.

5. Once you have as many beads on the necklace as you'd like, tie a double-knot with the ends of the scarf, and it's ready to wear!

Turn a Vintage Scarf into a Necklace

You could even leave some of the scarf end free to hang down asymmetrically into a chic scarf/necklace!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess Hong}

spicy chicken pasta salad... 19 Jul 2016

spicy chicken pasta salad

One night when I was prepping my "family meal" at the Oh Joy office (where each of us is assigned one day each week to make lunch for the whole team), I mixed a bunch of leftovers together into a dish that turned out way better than I expected and is now an office favorite. We wanted to share the recipe with you today for an easy lunch or dinner full of protein, flavor, and a kick of spice!

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floral honeycomb decor for a baby shower... 18 Jul 2016

floral honeycomb decor DIY

Once you reach your 30's (or at least in my case), baby showers are like weddings and you find yourself going to one (or throwing one) multiple times a year during the baby boom that happens among your friends and family. Decor is always a fun aspect to a shower to celebrate the baby to be and we wanted to share our take on a piece you could make for a baby shower that could also be hung in the baby's room after, too!

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a rainbow table runner... 13 Jul 2016

Rainbow Table Runner DIY

Rainbow Table Runner DIY

Table runners are one of my favorite go-to tabletop items to make a dinner or brunch look put together really quickly. It adds a pop of color without being too fancy like a full-on tablecloth. So we turned a plain, inexpensive runner into something much cooler to have on hand for our next gathering! See how...

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a cut paper wall hanging... 11 Jul 2016

Cut Paper Wall Hanging DIY

For me, the home is a place to show your personality, and I love filling it with things that inspire me every day like a great piece of art. Lately I’ve been inspired by Curate Snack bars and the unique ways they bring together ingredients to create something delicious.

So today, I’m making my own version of a woven wall hanging by curating unexpected materials into something amazing! I’ll show you how to turn paper into a piece of art simply by applying a few simple techniques and combining a ton of fun colors together. See the video below for a full how-to!

// CREDITS //
Creative Direction: Joy Cho
Video: Jenner Brown
Music: “It's Beautiful“ by Sofia
Production and Styling: Julia Wester
Production Asst: Jessica Hong
Graphics: Angie Stalker

*This post is in collaboration with Curate Snacks. All words are my own.

honeycomb wall art... 5 Jul 2016

Honeycomb Wall Art

We've all seen (and probably used) those fun paper honeycombs that come in a ton of colors to decorate for parties. They add such life to a space that we wanted to figure out a way to use them for longer term decor as well! Hence, this multi-colored honeycomb wall art that is super easy to make...

Honeycomb Wall Art

You'll need:

8" honeycombs

- foam core (ours is 24" x 64") 

- acrylic paint

- double sided tape

Honeycomb Wall Art

Here's how:

1. Measure 8" squares on foam core board in size and shap of your choice. If you get larger honeycombs, then the size of square just needs to match the diameter of your honeycomb.

2. Then paint each square the color of the corresponding honeycomb and let dry.

Honeycomb Wall Art

3. Use double sided tape to secure the honeycomb on the corresponding color square. 

4. Hang the entire piece using command strips.

Honeycomb Wall Art

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Julia Wester, crafting by Julia Wester & Jess Hong}

a rainbow icebox cake... 30 Jun 2016

Ice-box-cake-3-blog

Our friend and food blogger, Molly Yeh, was in town last week, so we put our brain power together to make this simple and totally delicious rainbow ice box cake! Here's how...

Rainbow Icebox Cake Recipe

Rainbow Icebox Cake

You'll need:

- 3 cups heavy whipping cream

- 1/4 cup powdered sugar

- 1 tbs vanilla extract

- 1/2 tsp almond extract

- pinch of salt

- (2) 9-ounce packages chocolate wafer cookies, graham crackers, or sugar cookies

- 1/2 cup of sprinkles

natural food coloring

Rainbow Icebox Cake Recipe

Here's how: 

1. In a large bowl, beat the cream, sugar, extracts, and salt with an electric mixer to stiff peaks. If you are short on time, you can also buy ready-made cool whip. Divide the whipped cream into 3 smaller bowls and add drop of food coloring to your desired color. We kept it light with pastels in pink, yellow, and blue.

2. Arrange 7 or 8 cookies in a circle on a plate, spread with a thin layer of whipped cream and top with sprinkles. Repeat with the remaining cookies, cream, and sprinkles and end with a layer of whipped cream and sprinkles. To get the rainbow look, we layered the colorful cream in order but you can make the order whatever you want!

3. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Slice and serve!

Thanks to Molly for making this with us! Check out Molly's new book coming in October!

{Photos by Casey Brodleystyling by Molly Yeh and Julia Wester, recipe and concept in collaboration with Molly Yeh. Cake stand by A Heirloom, wallpaper by Chasing Paper, cake toppers by Meri Meri, table runner by Pom Pom at Home}

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