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From the Desk of Dixie

A Jungle Birthday Bash

This spring, Dixie's owner and founder Jennifer Hunt's backyard was transformed into a jungle oasis in order to host 16 adorable six-year-olds gathered to celebrate her son William's sixth birthday. We are convinced this party was what all little boys' dreams are made of.... a plethora of sugary treats as well as surprise visits by various creepy crawling critters such as a boa constrictor and an alligator!

Jennifer used Dixie's Menagerie Collection, with artwork by Inslee Fariss, for the party's invitation, food and drink cards, and gift tags. Party Pickup, a custom party design and styling company, pulled the jungle green color scheme from the invitation's design to style the party's decor which included an impressive balloon garland, a large hand lettered balloon, children's Chiavari chairs and tables, as well as all of the coordinating cutlery, paper plates and cups and adorable guest favor boxes that were filled with jungle themed treats and toys.

Savor Style created colorful florals and the tastiest candy grazing boards that all the children loved! Nestled in with the candy were palm leaf decorated cookies by Hey Kat Bakes and the delicious cake by Dreamcakes was the perfect sweet treat centerpiece!

Enjoy scrolling through the fun images from William's big day! We have included all of the party and decor sources at the end of the post.

Invitation, Gift Tags, and Food and Drink Signs | Dixie Design Collective

Balloon Garlands and "Custom Party in a Box" Party Design and Styling | Party Pickup

Floral Styling and Candy Graze | Savor Style

Custom Decorated Cookies | Hey Kat Bakes

Custom Birthday Cake | Dreamcakes

Vintage Trays, Bamboo Bar Cart, and Serving Pieces | Mary and Wilma

Cake Toppers | POPPYjack Shop

Birthday Cake Stand | Susan Gordon Pottery

Exotic Animal Entertainment | Ed's Pet World

Party Photography | Jessica McNabb Photography

Styled Invitation and Party Favor Photography | Mary Margaret Smith Photography

 

New Artist Spotlight: Inslee Fariss

We are so excited to introduce you to Inslee Fariss, one of our newest additions to the Dixie artist family!

We have featured some of our favorite pieces from our Holiday Collection that feature Inslee's beautiful artwork below, but first we want you to get to know her  a little bit better...

Inslee began drawing and sketching before she was walking and has been ever since. She has always been inspired by feminine, whimsical and fashionable subject matter. She grew up in Virginia and studied art and art history at Washington & Lee University while also starting her online business to showcase her art.

After graduation, she began taking on custom illustration work and has created art for many wonderful clients in the fashion and beauty industries. Today, in addition to continued work with fashion illustration, she also enjoys painting for wedding clients as well as new parents in need of watercolor artwork for nurseries! She lives in New York City’s West Village with her husband and baby boy and her muse, a miniature dachshund named Ophelia.

You can shop Inslee's cards by clicking here. And keep reading for some fun inside scoop about Inslee's favorite things, what inspires her and that one etiquette "rule" she won't break! 

Magical place:

Corsica, our honeymoon location

Ideal dinner date:

Lucille Ball

Recommended read:

“I Capture The Castle” by Dodie Smith

Favorite recent film:

Loved Three Billboards! But honestly… can we all just watch The Crown always?

Favorite foods:

Croissants, Chocolate and Eastern North Carolina Style Barbeque

Favorite color:

I have never known, and this has driven me nuts for 32 years! Artist problems…

Inspiration:

Going for a walk in the city and noticing all the beautiful, strange, wonderful things all around me.

Prized possession:

After my 10 month old son, the Claw Clip holding up my hair right now

Etiquette tip:

I’m not sure if this is a rule or just a stylistic preference but I cannot put my return address in the upper lefthand corner of an envelope. It has to be on the flap.

Writing utensil:

I just discovered calligraphy utensils and am hooked. I want to write grocery lists with an oblique pen from now on!

Hidden talent:

I can de-bone a chicken and prepare a perfect roast

Perfect cup of joe:

Cappuccino from fancy hipster NYC coffee shop in a cool to-go paper cup with a great logo/font. The font really makes it taste better, trust me.

What did you dream of being when you were a kid?

A ballerina!

Creative fuel:

Uninterrupted time and unlimited white paper

Tool of the trade:

Sharpened observation of all of life’s peculiar and particular beauty.

Card photography credits:  Mary Catherine Brownfield, Holland Williams Photography, Brenna Kneiss Photo Co., and Mary Margaret Smith Photography