How to Throw a Wes Anderson-Themed Party When You Start Missing Halloween
Wes Anderson’s characters inspired us so much for Halloween that we wanted to see how the imaginative director translated for other holidays too — like any old Saturday. Using Wes as our muse, my friends and I decided to throw a themed party and invite guests to really get into the spirit. Here are the easy steps to throwing a Wes party of your own. Halloween or not.
Wes loves stationery. My friend and co-host Ashley (dressed as Faustine) used our feline friend as our invitation header, as well as the main host, for the invitations. We used a typeface normally found on a typewriter to portray Anderson’s signature vintage-pastel aesthetic. We mailed the invitations to each guest in a pink envelope. In Moonrise Kingdom, Sam and Suzy plotted their affair with personal hand-written letters. Including your handwriting on the invitation would not only be very appropriate, it would also be very personal!
Wes Anderson-Themed Costumes
We invited our guests to dress as their fave character or create an original. The essentials for any Wes Anderson costume are vintage styling, a pop of color and a prop. My friends and I took turns taking Polaroid photos of each other and had everyone write down their character’s name. Chartreuce Malone was inspired by Cate Blanchett’s character in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, while my friend Danielle got her inspiration form the prisoners in The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Wes Anderson-Themed Desserts
We decided to keep it light and focus on simpler items. We took direct inspiration from The Grand Budapest Hotel and invited our own Fraulein Mendl to make the famous cream puffs. With that being our centerpoint, we paired it with charcuterie. For the birthday cake, Ashley/Faustine and I decided to stick to the rustic baker theme and do a two-layer cake with raspberry jam and custard filling topped with sugar-frosted strawberries and raspberries.
Wes Anderson-Themed Decorations
For decorations, we kept with the same color palette: pink and blue. Hand-cut letters are appropriate for any Anderson film. Add a cluster of awkwardly placed balloons and you’re ready to go. Remember that Wes doesn’t over clutter the background in his films. Everything is symmetrical! For your party, try a matching pair of aquatic posters to reference The Life Aquatic or even in a patterned wall backdrop for a photo op for your guests. For a cool pattern, check out the Louis Vuitton Monogrammed luggage set from Darjeeling Limited.
Follow these easy steps to creating your party and you can’t go wrong!
Which movie or director would be your party-planning muse? Let us know in the comments below!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)