Edyta Szyszlo Photography

September 27, 2012

My Artsy Fartsy Meets Glam Birthday Party – San Francisco

Uncategorized — Edyta @ 4:50 AM

Photos: Edyta Szyszlo & TomfoolerySF

Whoot! This lady celebrated turning 30 fabulously! Last weekend was filled with friends, family and excellent times. Super stoked to have my party featured on 100 Layer Cake today, see it here! I wanted to show you some of my artsy fartsy meets glam (with hints of the 1980s) party decor details, my HOT friends and family struttin in the photobooth and share some of the diy tips. Be sure to scroll down for more eye candy and instructions/resources. But before you do that, you MUST check out Tomfoolery’s amazing 4 minute summary of the photobooth fun here! Huge thanks for all my loved ones for dancing the night away to 30 with me!

Hello!Lucky did an amazing job with the letterpress and FAB airbrush edging. I hand painted each invite with acrylic paint. Just squeezed each color out and pulled the paint done to create a brushed effect.With my love for paper, I wanted guests to have a piece of art that they could hang on their wall. Goofy, chic and fun!

The Workshop SF is an amazing diy workshop where you can sign up to take classes of all kinds. Learn how to make ginger beer, check. Learn how to sew, check. Learn how to make a terrarium, check. You want to know, they got it. Such a fun, artsy space.

Sweet Lauren Cakes knew I had a special love for sparkle, glitter and glam. They styled and baked all the yummy cake pops!! I even ate them for breakfast the next morning :)

Locally made beers of unique flavors, 2 signature cocktails, popcorn and a late night snack surprise….hot dog cart!!!

DIY tips:

1. The best crepe paper colors available were at Paper Mart. Buy the rolls so you have more control in sizing. I made crepe fringe using Oh Happy Day’s tutorial. The fringe was tied together to make balloon streamers, party hat trim and bunched up to make the party hat topers.

2. I followed Oh Happy Day’s party hat tutorial. To save time, I purchased digital patterns from All is Love and printed at home on my ink jet printer. Cut out each hat using OHD’s template and viola! Hot glued the poms and trim.

3. White paper bags were purchased from Michael’s as flameless tea light candle holders. I used leftover acrylic hot magenta paint mixed with water to paint.

4. The digital patterns came in handy for extra details. Printed drink signage using Photoshop and my inkjet printer.

5. Wine labels. Cover stock paper purchased from Paper Source. Took a wine bottle and measured to get precise dimensions for the paper label. Using Photoshop, I printed the words ‘white’, ‘pink’ and ‘red’ on regular white printer paper. Don’t forget to MIRROR the text (flip horizontally). Using an exacto knife, I cut out the text into 1 piece of the cover stock paper. Once cut out, I took regular clear packaging tape and put a few strips over the top and behind of the cut out text. This helps seal the paper so the paint doesn’t soak in and keeps things stiff. Boom, you’ve created a stencil! Used leftover gold arcylic paint and a sponge brush to paint each wine label. A squirt of leftover paint colors on top of the text, let dry for 24 hours. Boom!

6. Tomfoolery SF is our (Jared and mine) new fun toy :) An open-air photobooth with endless possibilities. We offer custom backdrops for all events. Inspired by Martha Stewart’s Good Thing here, I ordered paper from Paper Presentation to coordinate with my existing palette. Follow the instructions, done and done.

Extras – I used leftover crepe fringe, lollipop sticks and hot glue to create fun party poms to dance with. Clear polka dot balloons purchased from SF Party.


Photobooth & photobooth backdrop design: Tomfoolery SF
Balloons, Birthday Hats, Party Poms, Wine Labels/Drink Signage handcrafted by: Edyta Szyszlo
Invitations: designed, letterpress printed and airbrush edging by Hello!Lucky, handpainted by Edyta.
Party Styling: Kaella Lynn Events
Edyta and her besties party makeup: Julie Dy
Cakepops and cakepop display: Sweet Lauren Cakes
Music: DJ Solo
Late Night Snack/Hot Dog Cart: Annie’s Hot Dogs



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