How To Set Up For A Casual Fourth of July BBQ

 
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This Fourth of July we thought we would keep our party cute and casual. Our goal was to spend less time preparing and setting up, and more time enjoying our friends and family! Let's face it, most of us spend the day at the pool and beach and don't want the added pressure of having to run home before our guests arrive to throw an over the top party. That is why we decided to show you how you can have a no-stress party and still be festive and fun!  Our grocery shopping list was very minimal as we used multiples of the same things. Check out our how-to's below to see how we accomplished all of this!

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Our Drink of Choice: Berry Wine Sparkler

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While beers are a given, this wine sparkler was a refreshing addition!

Note: Best if paired with mason jars and fun straws!

What you'll need:

  • Watermelon
  • Berries
  • Ice
  • White Wine
  • Sparkling Soda (such as Sprite or 7UP)
  • Star Cookie Cutter

How to Make:

  1. Slice up your watermelon into thin even slices. Using the star cookie cutter, stamp out star-shaped watermelon pieces.
  2. Place the star-shaped watermelon and berries at the bottom of the pitcher.
  3. Add in your bottle of white wine and lemon-lime soda of choice. Gently Mix.
  4. Enjoy!

Fun Appetizer: Red & Blue Fruit Wands

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These were by far the easiest to make and we all agreed were the star of the table!

What you'll need:

  • Watermelon
  • Berries
  • Skewers
  • Star Cookie Cutter

How To Make:

  1. Using the star cookie cutter stamp out star-shaped watermelon pieces.
  2. Take your skewer and pierce about 6-8 blueberries. Top it off with one of the star-shaped watermelon.
  3. Enjoy!

 

A Cute Twist: Bandana Napkins

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What you'll need:

  • Red, White, and Blue Cotton Bandanas
  • Plastic Cutlery 

How To Make:

  • For this we used a tutorial found on Real Simple. Simply fold your bandanas according to the tutorial and place in a fork, knife, and spoon. These can be made days before your party! Don't forget to put them in a festive basket like our Severine Basket.

 

 
 

Now for Dessert!

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Nothing says 4th of July and summer fun like S'mores! We have a little fire pit in our backyard so we placed all the S'mores ingredients in little bowls so the kids (and adults) could assemble their S'more. They simply pick up their ingredients and head over to the fire pit for some roastin'.

We also took another classic - the ice cream sandwich - and spruced it up a bit with some red, white and blue sprinkles. It's as easy to do as it looks. We just sprinkled the ice cream sandwich with the sprinkles and we were done! 

See, we told you it was easy! Most of this can be done the day before and just placed in the fridge or freezer until just before your guests arrive. Remember, the more you do ahead of time, the easier your set up will be! We hope you have safe and fun 4th of July!

 
 

Father's Day Gift Guide

Father's Day is quickly approaching. Still looking for the perfect gift? We’ve got you covered! Check out our complete gift guide fit for any dad.

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For a Dad who loves entertaining- We recommend the Op Art Dartboard Set and a Teakwood and Tobacco soy candle. Both are perfect for any Dad Den. The Art Dartboard set is a posh take on a pub classic, perfect for a quick game with guests. The Teakwood and Tobacco soy scented candle has lead notes of leather, pepper, and tobacco... need we say more?!

For the stylish Dad- We recommend this Bugatchi Shape Fit Print Sports Shirt. The cool geometric pattern is eye catching yet versatile. Finished with mother-of-pearl buttons for a hint of luxury.

For a Dad who likes to stay connected- We recommend the Apple Watch and Apple Wireless Airpods.  Dad can make calls, send texts, and even stream Apple Music right from his wrist. The wireless airpods help keep everything tangle free!

For the adventurous Dad- We recommend the Leatherman Sidekick Multi-tool and the Bose Bluetooth Speaker. Both are perfect for any trip! Instead of having to carry multiple tools, the Leatherman Sidekick includes all essentials in one. The Bose Bluetooth speaker provides Dad with a portable way to enjoy his favorite tunes.

For the “on-the-go” Dad- We recommend the Yeti 30 oz Tumbler. The Yeti tumbler will keep his coffee hot even longer than he needs it to be. It also features a magnetic lid that keeps it spill-proof. Just one less thing for Dad to worry about during his morning rush!

Final tip: Don't forget to check your local breweries for gift certificates. Our favorite is Docent located in San Juan Capistrano!

 
 

Behind the Scenes: BD West Fashion Challenge

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We hope you’ve had the chance to read all about our amazing time at the BD West/NEWH Fashion Challenge! If not, you can do so here.  Now we are taking you behind the scenes to see what it's like to participate in the BD West/NEWH Fashion Challenge!

We received a box of materials from sponsors from the event, which ranged from tiles, fabrics, wallcoverings, and  hardware. We were required to use at least one item from each sponsor to create a garment and an accessory piece. We were given a little under a month to find  inspiration, finalize a design idea, and submit our vision board. That left us with about two weeks to execute the outfit!

 

Inspiration

 
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Queen of The Galaxy

 
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Once we received our assorted box of materials, we started brainstorming and browsing online for inspiration. One of the fabrics that we received from JAB Anstoetz reminded us of a cross between the milky-way and a gorgeous crystal stone. There was also a midnight blue glittered wallcovering which got us thinking along the lines of space and the stars. During our lunch breaks, the team snuck in watching old episodes of Project Runway for ideas on construction. All of this inspiration, lead us to our the "Queen of the Galaxy" theme and we hit the ground running!

 

Hard at Work

 
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The competition was truly a team effort, and luckily, we had a sewist on our team! We spent our spare time gluing, cutting, sewing, spray painting until we had sticky fingers and glitter all over our hands! We had to not only create a garment, but also an accessory. We decided that no queen would be complete without her crown. Nothing seemed more fitting than a crown of stars! We decided to also give her a clutch and scepter that we constructed out of pieces of hardware received from C F Kent. 

 

Finished Look

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We are so proud of our Team and how the outfit and accessories turned out! We are also grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this exciting event and worthy cause.

 

Our New York Trip

Our President, Maryanne Hibner, and our VP of Design, Jessica Vertin, recently spent some time in New York City.  Come take a look at what Maryanne has to say about their trip...

Yes, I'm a little late with this journal post...better late than never right?

Jessica and I had the amazing opportunity to 'jaunt' over to New York for NYNow to shop, sightsee and basically soak in the beauty of the city. We stayed at 1 Hotel Central Park... highly recommend... no joke, incredible hotel - sweet design, great staff and farm to table food. 

We walked everywhere and took the subway from time to time (surprisingly we didn't get lost) but that subway is very confusing to this Cali girl! Good thing Jessica knew how the subway system works.  New York is a wonderful City and I hope to visit again soon.

For these two momma's, we enjoyed our 'work trip' which means we got to sleep and get inspired by all the City has to offer. Check out some of the pics below of the hotels we visited.

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BD West/NEWH Fashion Show

Fashion! Fashion! Fashion! That's all that has been on our minds here at the Studio for the past month. We just finished hitting the runway for the NEWH / BD West Fashion Challenge on April 5th at the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange in DTLA. We competed against 14 other design teams from some of hospitality’s most well-known design firms to create avant garde designs using miscellaneous design materials that were donated by the sponsors.  We received the mystery box of materials only a few weeks before the event and had to imagine what we could do with each of the items to create a show-stopping outfit. It felt like we were on an episode of Project Runway around here except none of us had any idea how to put it all together...  all we kept hearing was Tim Gunn say, "MAKE IT WORK!" We settled on "Queen of the Galaxy" as our design concept and selected "Confident" by Demi Lovato as our runway song. We will post more on our creative process and how exactly we did it all soon but for now, come take a peak at the big day!

Getting Ready

 
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Hair & makeup was done by students from Paul Mitchell School and they certainly hit the mark!

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 Can you say #makeupgoals?!

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Runway Time

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Ava, from our Design Team, was our model for the event and she rocked! It was so fun to watch her strut all our hard work on the runway in front of hundreds of people and all the judges.  

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See the sparkle on the inside of her train? That's a wallcovering that we hand sewed ourselves and we think it added the right amount of sparkle! Ava's crown of stars was made up of crushed tiles which were wrapped with twinkle lights for a nice glow. 

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And that's a wrap!

We were so excited to participate in a fun and out of the box challenge like this and the opportunity to support the LA and OC NEWH chapters. All of the teams did such an amazing job! Also, a special thank you to all who came and supported us - especially, the winning bidder of our outfit, CF Kent Contract! Congratulations to Puccini Group for the win!

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We're Hiring!

With a growing project list, major goals for the year, and new business endeavors brewing, we are in need of more team members! Hibner Design Group is looking for an experienced interior designer with multi-family/hospitality experience. We are looking for a hard-working, self-motivated designer with exceptional taste, a good sense of humor and a positive attitude!

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KEY GOALS & OBJECTIVES:  The role of this position is to collaborate on design and manage high end projects, including conceptualizing design schemes all the way through to production of construction documents.

Title: Designer

//REQUIREMENTS:

  •  A strong passion for design and a relentless pursuit of quality work. Excellent organization skills and a thoughtful follow-through. Creative detailing, great communication and mentorship with other teammates.
  • Broad knowledge and experience in designing environments of varying sizes and scopes, including developing a quality set of construction documents.
  • Knowledge of interior materials/finishes and understanding of fabrication and construction administration.
  • Proficient in REVIT, CAD, InDesign, Sketch-Up, BlueBeam and the full Microsoft and Adobe Suite.
  • Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team of architects, designers, and engineers to effectively deliver and coordinate interior designs.
  • Candidate shall also demonstrate an ability to communicate design strategies and concepts to current and prospective clients.

EDUCATION: Minimum of a 2-year Associates Degree in Interior Design

EXPERIENCE: 4-5 years of interior design experience in multi-family/hospitality

SALARY: Dependent on experience

AVAILABILITY: Immediate availability

HOURS: Full Time

//TO APPLY:

Please send your resume and cover letter with the subject title "INTERIOR DESIGNER POSITION" to hello@hibnerdesign.com. Feel free to include any relevant work in your email, a link to your portfolio, website or blog, Instagram, Pinterest, or anything that makes you stand out.