This post is sponsored by the Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit and Blueprint Social. All opinions are my own.
Apparently my blog is magic, because right after I wrote about wanting to throw a party on the deck, Mother Nature let up on the rain for a second and we were able to host another couple for drinks and nibbles on Monday night. Yay, fresh air! The timing was perfect because I had to tell you about my awesome tie-dye experience anyway, so BOOM! It turned into a little party.
Why can’t we eat outside everyday?
Can we talk about how great it is that the sun doesn’t set until, like, 8:15 now? It makes socializing after work so much easier. This was kind of a, “Quick, it’s not raining! Let’s drink wine!” scenario, so I didn’t have a chance to do anything too fancy (and by fancy I mean Giant Jenga), but I had just DIY’d the coolest tea towel ever and knew it should make an appearance:
Gratuitous shot of the cheddar cheese with bacon, too.
I used the Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit and as I started working, it occurred to me that I was a rookie and it was my first time using tie-dye ever. (I’m not sure how one gets to be almost 30 and never ties and dyes, but there you go.) The kit was super easy to use, though, and comes with a giant plastic tarp and several pairs of gloves, so there’s no risk of accidentally dying your hands gray. It also has a breakdown of several techniques to use, depending on the kind of design you’re into.
As for the process itself, I used a variation of the folding technique. I took the tea towel and folded it in half 4 times, then used the included dye to color the edges. One cool thing you can do with this kit is dilute the dye to get various shades, so I took the black and kept adding water until I got a medium gray. It felt very custom. The process for making the pillows was a little more loosey-goosey. I used the sunburst technique, in which I grabbed random sections of fabric and tied them off with rubber bands before applying more gray dye. After cutting the bands off–because you want them REALLY TIGHT–I was left with a cool starburst pattern for both.
Observation: the dappled sunlight is like nature’s tie-dye.
Over in the food zone, we had the aforementioned cheddar with bacon, some fresh strawberries, and little tuna “sandwiches” with a cucumber slice on the bottom and a radish on top. I invented those on the fly because I didn’t want to go back to the grocery store, but that worked in my favor this time because those were delicious. For an extra healthy kick, make the tuna salad with hummus or avocado instead of mayonnaise.
I love how everything turned out. Tie-dye in da house! Well, in the yard, but you know what I mean. It was cool to bust these out for an all-adult wine night, because I think sometimes people assume tie-dye is only for the kiddos, but not so. Even if your style is pretty minimal like mine, it can be awesome when you
use gray stick to one color. Have you had a chance to host outside yet? Have you ever invented a new appetizer out of laziness? What tie-dye projects have you made in the past?