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Decorate For a Party Book Trailer + Giveaway

In just a little over two weeks, the new cattledogs book launches called [easyazon_link identifier="1910254290" locale="US" tag="cattledogs09-20"]Decorate for a Party: Stylish and Simple Ideas for Meaningful Gatherings[/easyazon_link] published by and we're so excited! To celebrate, we are giving away 5 copies of the new book to 5 lucky readers. I'm really psyched to present the official book trailer video below.

Holly Becker for cattledogs

Holly Becker for cattledogs

To enter the contest: Watch the book trailer and leave a comment telling us about how you imagine the perfect party at home and let us know what you liked about the video too, it would be so nice to hear your response. Make sure you turn on the sound, the music is so beautiful!

As a bonus, you can also enter on our or on my . See those posts there to learn how. You can enter up to three times (once on this blog, once on FB and once on IG).


Video Credits: Videographer + Director: Koen Folkerts,  // Creative Direction + Styling: Holly Becker // Location: , Hannover, Germany Models: Emma Pedersen, Nora Hartmann, Nanna Eriksen // Music: By Film Composer - Isle (Licensed through )

Contest closes on Friday, September 2 at 11:59pm European time.

Available for pre-order now! US:  //  // UK: // Germany:

*Open to readers anywhere in the world, English version only. Please do not leave your email, home address or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. Winners will be announced here on Saturday, September 3rd AND ed by email once comments close. Good luck everyone!

DIY White Party Flower Arrangement

Hello and happy Monday everyone! My garden is in full bloom and also all of the meadows. Everywhere I go, there are flowers growing - foraging made easy! As a flower lover there is no way I could skip an arrangement with roses and peonies. Inspired by the outdoors, I wanted to create a fresh arrangement, and add flowers that represent my surroundings this time of the year. My friend is hosting a summer "white" party and this white bouquet is my contribution to her party! White flowers are the perfect gift for a summer white party from my point of view. If you are hosting one, you can make smaller arrangements and place them down the center of an old wooden table. Wouldn't that be gorgeous? Benko1

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White roses are one of my favorite flowers of all time - they are elegant and light up every arrangement. They look good if they are in a vase alone and they look gorgeous in a bouquet with other flowers. I am so happy it is June and I can chose from all the different varieties! For my arrangement for you today, I collected gorgeous white roses, added white peonies and went foraging in the meadow to achieve the airy look that I was going for.

Flowers used for the arrangement:

* white roses * white peonies * wild chervil * yarrow * bedstraw

Because the arrangement contained wild foraged flowers I decided to go for a more formal look and made the arrangement round and simple. I learned that cold weather gives some roses a slight touch of pink, some nights are still pretty cold where I live, this is why I also picked white yarrow that was slightly turning into pink. After I cut all flowers to one length, I arranged the bouquet in my hands, turning the slowly growing bouquet, adding the flowers one after another.


Having them in my hands instead of a vase helped me to ensure that the bouquet was not getting too big. The roses and peonies added enough white to the arrangement, so I tried to break it up a little with yarrow, wild chervil and bedstraw.


After the bouquet was finished, I cut the stems to one final length, tied it all up and placed into my vase. Here is the finished arrangement below. This could be a beautiful wedding floral bouquet too, couldn't it? Or on the table at a reception?


The roses and the peonies are so soft, feminine and fragrant while the wild flowers looked like white lace. All in all a perfect combination for a summer white party.

This is my final column on cattledogs, I've enjoyed so much being here and sharing my floral ideas with all of you. Have a wonderful summer and make sure to keep up with me over on my  and on , I'd love that. All the best, .

(Photos, styling, text: Anastasia Benk0)

Zazzle For Weddings + Win $150 Gift Card

Hello everyone! I have another giveaway this week on the blog (comment on this post to win $150 from !) and I'm sharing some pretty things from Zazzle below that I love for and parties in general that I photographed today. I am such a fan of Zazzle and enjoyed working with them to select favorite things for weddings -- I picked invitations that I love, table numbers, favor bags and tissue paper that I then turned into bunting and a table runner that you can use at a bridal shower or a home-style wedding if you're going for something more homemade. Zazzle3

Zazzle has some great as you can see from my selection above, all are super customizable from paper stock to color, layout, envelope choice, even edging (scalloped, tag, rounded corners, etc.). I find it a great way to create something from your heart if you don't have the budget to hire out for hand lettering, you are not a graphic designer or you simply want to try making your own invitations because it feels more personal that way (we made our own together for our wedding and it worked out great).




They also have a lot of beautiful party to choose from, I like the cream, white and kraft brown personally for weddings. You can customize everything to make the bags special to you. I think the kraft brown would be great for an Autumn wedding and also perfect for a spring wedding with a natural theme.


As for , Zazzle has those covered too. Here are some of my favorites above. I actually love the idea of mi and matching them like this but some of you may prefer using just one style which is also beautiful and much cleaner and more modern. They are all really great quality and I especially love 3, 10, 11 and 12. Which are your favorites above?


So, I have this thing with . I'm obsessed lately! I ordered some from Zazzle thinking I'd show you how pretty it looks to wrap around favor boxes but then I thought to think outside of the box (!) and do something unusual. So I made a table runner and bunting. Unusual yes, easy yes, budget-friendly OH YES. To make the runner, you just lay the sheets from Zazzle (they are small, 10" x 15") in a row down the center of a table and tape them together using washi tape. When you finish the whole thing, you then fold the tape under and you're done, a runner! You can, of course, leave it on a long table OR you can put it on a buffet cabinet like I did. This could be a darling idea for a bridal shower, right? And the leftover pieces made me think that I should avoid wasting them... So I cut the sheets in half, then folded them over and hung them on a string that I secured to the wall using simple pins. EASY. I really love how it came out...



I hope that you like my Zazzle picks for weddings and I also want to encourage you to enter our drawing so you can win $150 in free products from Zazzle - your pick! This giveaway is open worldwide and will be closed on September 18th. You can enter once daily by simply commenting below with your favorite love song in celebration of love, romance and weddings!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

WINNER: Izzy from - congrats Izzy!

(One entry per person, per day. One entry per household. This post is in partnership with Zazzle. All opinions and photography are my own. Photography and styling by cattledogs, LLC.)