We love a good party, especially one decorated with an eye for creative detail. That’s why in our September/October issue, we sat down with Kim Stoegbauer, the party stylist behind The TomKat Studio. Kim has spent the last six years building a blog and online shop that offer party and decorating inspiration, free printable designs, and loads of DIY ideas. Click on her web store to purchase the items featured on the TomKat blog and recreate elements from her inspired parties for entertaining in your own home. Whether you’re looking for a particular party decoration (like these colorful garlands), a printable that adds a perfect finishing touch to your party, or inspiration for a child’s birthday celebration, TomKat has a wealth of creative ideas.
As summer winds down and little ones prepare for school, we wanted to highlight a few features from the TomKat blog to aid in the changeover to fall. While August means that the summer heat still lingers, the fun of the season can easily slip away amid the busyness of preparing for a return to the routines of work and school. Here are some creative ideas for savoring a season in transition.
Photos by Rennai Hoefer.
If you saw our DIY Ice Cream Sandwich on National Ice Cream Day, then you already know we’re huge fans of this frozen dessert. Kim’s idea is especially inspired, because she makes the joy of pumpkin a perennial treat. As she says, “Why do we have to wait for fall to enjoy the yummy pumpkin flavor?” See the post for the recipe and directions.
Kim turned back-to-school into a cause for celebration with decorations like alphabet bunting and personalized bulletin boards. She gives detailed directions for each of the projects and some adorable cards for the first day of school. Even if you’re not throwing a party, the ideas can be applied in a number of ways. They’re great for making locker decorations for someone starting junior high or high school, or for adding a personalized touch to a notebook or pencil case. These are the kinds of DIY ideas kids can join in on!
Kim created these “Have a Bright School Year” tags as a friendly note to help teachers to kick off the new school year. To accent the “bright” side, she used twine to fasten the tag around a fresh set of highlighters. She says, “My kids love them because they get to color in the “BRIGHT” part of the printed tag!” Perhaps the best part of these free printables is that they’re a creative gift you can turn to at the end of every summer, because each fall brings a new set of teachers in need of a bright and happy start to the semester.