Hipstamatic Pop-Up Restaurant Recap & Pictures {Rustic California Style}

{all images taken with my personal camera}

Wow, what a crazy/fun/exciting past few days it’s been! From a short trip to New York City for one of our best friend’s wedding, to the Hipstamatic pop-up restaurant event I styled on Thursday, it’s been non-stop madness!

I’m going to let the pictures do the talking on this one - so here are some of my favorite shots (all taken with my personal camera, please credit if you use elsewhere) from the event! The chef was so happy with the decor and setup, and even had an editor from Better Homes & Gardens there to take some pictures too! It was such a fun experience and I have to give a huge thanks to Hazel Bourget of Blu Bungalow for her help in setting up, Huckleberry Karen Designs for taking my crazy ideas for flowers and turning them to reality with the pretty arrangements in masons, and BluePrint Studios for supplying the rentals I requested to complete the look. Here you go!



As the theme was “rustic California”, I really wanted to bring out the natural essence of my current home state and asked Karen to include lots of eucalpytus, artichoke and juliet roses. I brought wheat stalks with me and incorporated them in to some of the existing bouquets, and scattered them throughout the rest of the decor here and there. Karen also included some kale flowers to add some texture and pretty white/green accents. I just love the colors in the image below!

I love how the wheat stalk is barely noticeable in the picture below, but definitely gives a pretty added texture once you realize it’s there.

I also did all of the paper design for the event, from the custom embossed menus (I searched high and low for a font that came close to the Hipstamatic logo), to the pretty placecards jazzed up with gold striped washi tape. You might recognize my “calligraphy” trick - no one knew it was traced! If you want to learn how to emboss, click here for a video tutorial :)

For the bar area, I carried through the burlap strips to jazz up an otherwise modern looking white bar. I also used my own silver mercury glass votives mixed with mason jar “candles”, and gold mercury glass votives from BluePrint Studios. I liked the end result of mixing silver and gold, the mis-matched look worked well, I think! There were some flowers leftover from the first night, so I scattered some olive branches and white football/spider mums throughout the “bar” and lounge area (see below).

The coffee table above was otherwise bare, but I added some more of the olive branches and lots of clustered candles to make a pretty “lounge” area a bit more jazzed up and romantic.

I think the placecards setup (above and below) was my favorite part! I used my DIY “calligraphy” trick to create pretty placecards, and then took gold striped washi tape to jazz up an otherwise blank kraft paper card. That also tied in some of the gold metallic design I was trying to infuse throughout. As the place cards were not folded, I used mini yellow and brown clothespins to create mini “props” to keep them up. I chose yellow to bring out some of the coloring from the Hipstamatic branding.

I also shared a few other sneak peeks via Facebook, so if any of these are redundant, sorry about that :)

Hope you all had an amazing weekend! See you back here later this week!

  • Brit @ Landlocked Bride says on December 12, 2011 Reply

    Love the “earthy” feel to the decor - beautiful!

  • Mrs. Pancakes says on December 12, 2011 Reply

    You are so talented Jacin..so pretty!

  • Laura *You Stir Me* says on December 12, 2011 Reply

    oh my goodness, I love you. I think my favorite part is how you mixed in so many rustic vases to make it look so effortless! BHG was there?!!!! Ooo la la! Congrats on a whirlwind adventure this past week!

  • Kiele Gregoire says on December 12, 2011 Reply

    i love all of this! i wish i was there! what a great job you did. congrats!!

  • Koru Kate {Koru Wedding} says on December 12, 2011 Reply

    Perfection. Great job, Jacin!

  • Nicole says on December 12, 2011 Reply

    Gawgeous! (aka gorgeous!)

  • Aleah + Nick Valley says on December 12, 2011 Reply

    This is our kind of table - gorgeous and comfortable so you can sit and visit and sip wine all night!

  • Lisa says on December 12, 2011 Reply

    Oh, Jacin! You did such a fabulous job, and what a cool event! I LOVE your addition of wheat to the florals, the metallics mixed with wood, and your embossing…I watched your video when you posted it but have yet to try it myself. I’m going to though! I’ll be sure to send you a picture if I’m successful :) xoxoxox!

  • Lena says on December 12, 2011 Reply

    Jacin, how gorgeous!

  • Liesl says on December 12, 2011 Reply

    Sounds as though you did have a lovely little trip to NYC…love the decor and tablescape! I’m in NYC now…love, love, love it! Hope your holidays are going well so far, Jacin!

    Liesl :)

  • Jessica says on December 12, 2011 Reply

    So beautiful! You are so talented!

  • Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza) says on December 13, 2011 Reply

    Wow, you are so talented in working with textures! Love this table setting!

  • Jaime @ la vie...J'aime says on December 14, 2011 Reply

    So beautiful…nicely done, Jacin! I love the table running and individual place settings.

  • Kewain {Nolabelle Soirees} says on December 14, 2011 Reply

    Beautiful job as always! Great job on the invites and the place cards. You should do a DIY tutorial on how you made the golden lines on them.

  • Carrie R says on December 14, 2011 Reply

    SO lovely!!!

  • Elizabeth | Bridal Musings says on December 14, 2011 Reply

    Great job ~ I think the mixed metallics look fab. The flowers and your embossed stationary are gorgeous too! Loved hearing about the thought processes behind your styling choices.

  • Sandra Downie @ The White Library says on December 15, 2011 Reply

    Jacin, this is beyond fabulous! You are so talented. Sooo very rustic chic!

  • Beej Pea says on March 12, 2012 Reply

    Gorgeous. Out of interest (I’m a bit of a font geek) what was the font that was close to the hipstamatic logo?

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