Bridal Inspiration: Do It Yourself Favors

Hello-hello…it’s Wedding Wednesday and I’ve been in a DIY kind of mood.  Rather than posting a bridal inspiration board that revolves around a color combination, this week I will share with you some of the bits that I’ve found around the web for favors that you can either completely or partially do yourself.

Personally, when it’s my turn to walk down the aisle…I will skip the standard favors of frames and salt-and-pepper shakers.  I would rather give something people can enjoy…gastronomically speaking…than something that will most likely gather dust in some tucked away place.  If you haven’t noticed with some of my posts…I love and adore food, especially sweet bits.  So it won’t come as a surprise that a majority of the items are desserts.

Credits:  1) Sweet Treat Favor Tin – The Inspired Bride (tip: you can find all sorts of tins and packaging at Papermart.com); 2) Coffee Bag Favors – Ruffled Blog; 3) Jam Favors – Elizabeth Anne Designs (tip: grab some pretty fabric, jute, mini mason jars and take some time to make your own homemade preserves; the Pioneer Woman has a great strawberry jam recipe!); 4) Berry Basket Favors – Martha Stewart Weddings (tip: wrap a cupcake, scone or 6 oz mini pound cake to package with fresh berries OR jam!); 5) S’mores Kits – Oh Happy Day; 6) Macarons by Bouchon Bakery with Personalized Tags by Wanwisa Posner – Bliss Event Group (tip: if you really want to DIY this favor, here is a Parisian Macaron recipe from Martha Stewart Weddings; or in place of macarons, bake cookies!  I personally love the cookie recipes from William Sonoma, Martha Stewart and Dorie Greenspan.)

Party Picks: A Plum Setting

Good morning and Happy Monday!

A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by my friend, Sarah of Dreamers Joy Events and Design, to design an invitation and coordinating place card for a welcoming dinner being hosted by one of her clients.  The concept – modern/fancy…the color palette – plum, gold, black and white.  By the feed from her business page on Facebook, the event went off this past Saturday night as a rousing success and I am looking forward to seeing the photo coverage!

Inspired by the color palette, I decided to explore the interwebs and find pieces that I recommend for a plum-my dinner.  What do you think?  Do you have a favorite piece from the place setting?

Credits: 1) Custom Dinner Invitation – BrainFry Concepts; 2) Purple and White Calla Lily Bouquet – Photo Credit: JHigginsPhotography.com; 3) Fluted Gold Charger – World Market; 4) Vera Wang Gilded Weave Place Setting – Char Chews, Inc.; 5) Mystic Plum Buffet Napkin – World Market; 6) DII Hammered Gold Napkin Ring – Amazon.com; 7) Aldrich Champagne Flute in Purple – Amazon.com

Now…what would a dinner party be without some vittles!?  So, here is a menu I put together…some I’ve actually served during intimate family dinners (the salmon fillet is a-maz-ing!)…others I’m just dying to try.  Anyway, which one looks to be the most appetizing to you?!

Credits:  1) Roasted Carrots – Ruth Cousineau via Epicurious.com; 2) Risotto of Spring Vegetables – Gordon Ramsey via BBC GoodFood; 3) Roast Chicken with Herb-and-Garlic Pan Drippings – Ashley Christensen via Epicurious.com; 4) Slow-Roasted Red-Wine-Lacquered Salmon Fillet – Gourmet via Epicurious.com; 5) Bramble Jelly Shots – Toby Cecchini via The Jellyshot Kitchen; 6) Macadamia Milk Jam & Chocolate Ganache Tarts – Tartelette

Fun n’ Flirty…Confetti!

With the arrival of Spring, I find myself wanting to shuck off the darks and embrace the amazing world of color!  And, what better way to celebrate color than through confetti!

There are a slew of options as far as party bits go when entertaining the idea of throwing a confetti-centric party, but here are just a few of my favorites that I’ve found through the web…

Credits: 1) Confetti Letterpress Invitations – Printerette Press; 2) DIY Tissue Paper Confetti Cones – PolkaDot Prints; 3) DIY Popper Invitations – Oh Happy Day; 4) Dipping Confetti Packaging – Tokketok (via Martha Stewart Crafts); 5) Funfetti Cake Balls – Quick Feet, Good Eats; 6) Rainbow Chocolate Covered Oreos – Sweet Temptations; 7) Rainbow Confetti Garland – KristinaMarie; 8) Fairy Dust Cake Bites – Sweets by Arlene

Bridal Inspiration: Fresh and Clean…Green

Hello-hello and happy Wednesday!

If you start to follow along as I populate this blog, you will probably notice that I will be sticking to particular themes for specific days.  For example, every Wednesday you’ll most likely find a post on something to do with the wedding industry – whether it be a bridal inspiration board, a featured wedding, some tips and tricks, a DIY tutorial, and – occasionally – a shameless plug for BrainFry via a ‘completed project’ post.

That said…here is a bridal inspiration board I put together based on one of my favorite color combinations – green, black and white….

Credits:  1) Invitations – The Quiet Society (featured in Oh So Beautiful Paper); 2) Bridal Bouquet (green hydrangeas, white and black centered anemones) – Botanica Floral Designs; 3) Custom Bridal Shoes – Christian Louboutin (featured in The Brides Cafe); 4) Dessert Table Sandra Downie Events (featured in Amy Atlas); 5) Modern Table Setting – Shiraz Events; 6) Green and Black Geometric Print Clutch – Louisa Designs; 7) Escort Card Display – based on this one found on Martha Stewart Weddings; 8) Table Arrangement – Photographed by: Belathee (featured on Style Me Pretty)