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.)

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Party Picks: Tangerine

Good morning and Happy Monday!

Last week, I was unexpectedly quiet on the blog…work projects and regular ol’ life stuff filled up the time.  But, that’s all squared away – for now – and I’m back with a new party picks board for all of you who are tossing around ideas for little shindigs here and there.

It’s been seriously warm lately and the weather has me in a citrus-y frame of mind.  Pair that with this year’s Pantone color of the year and I’m all for some tangerine tango love!  So here’s a rather large board of pickin’s…from do it yourself fun times to bits that you can pick up on the net.

Credits:  1) Orange Balloon Children’s Birthday Party Invitation – Minted; 2) DIY Vases with Masking Tape – How About Orange (tip: you can find a lot of washi tape options at Cute Tape!); 3) DIY Paper Lanterns – Lushlee; 4) Flower Arrangements by Twigs Botanical with Orange Accents – One Charming Party; 5) DIY Favor Bags from Envelopes with Masking Tape – How About Orange (tip: use the same masking tape from pick #2!); 6) Sparkling Clementine Juice – Izzy; 7) Striped Paper Straws in Juicy Orange – Shop Sweet Lulu; 8) Orange Chevron Napkin – Tracy Sachs; 9) Orange Dreamsicle Cupcakes in a Jar – Glorious Treats; 10) Ceramic Letter Dish – Ivy Lane Designs via Amazon (tip: spell out the name of the guest of honor and fill the dishes with color coordinated candies!); 11) Candy Treats for the Dishes (tip: use extra candies to fill the favor bags from pick #5!) – Candy Warehouse (shown here: Jelly Belly Orange Jelly Beans, Orange Gummy Bears, and Brachs Mandarin Orange Slices)

Party Picks: Watercolor

Good morning…good morning!  I hope that everyone enjoyed their weekend with the bunnies and eggs!

Now, let’s jump right in and get back to work with some picks for a Watercolor themed shindig…and – guess what – a lot of it is DIY…from watercolor streamers to the place card flags and favor tags!  So go on and have some fun with a few of these projects!

Credits:  1) Bunting Invitation – Bird & Banner; 2) Flower and Event StylingTherese Jacinto Design “Love in Watercolor” (photos by Rizza San Agustin); 3) DIY Ombre Watercolor Party Streamers – Curbly.com; 4) DIY Drawer Knob Place Cards – 100 Layer Cake; 5) DIY Project: Watercolor Tags – Wed In Love; 6) Izze Esque Sparkling Juice – Izze

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

Picks for a Bunny-tastic Holiday!

With Easter just right around the corner…I decided to rove the inter-webs in search of the perfect little bits for a colorful and fun holiday.

Here are just a few things that I found along the way…

Credits: 1) “Keep Calm and Hunt On” Double-sided Invitation – Swanky Press; 2) Bunny Hole Push-Up Pops – Lynlee’s Petite Cakes (via the Spring Issue of Party Dress Magazine); 3) Burlap Bunny Cookies – SugarBelle’s; 4) Easter Boxes – A Little Hut; 5) Easter Bunny Cupcake Toppers – Mimicafe Union; 6) Bunny Cake Stands – Pottery Barn