Posts Tagged ‘reception’

DIY Wednesday: Beet Dyed Drink Stirrers
Posted by Kate. Filed under DIY Wednesday, Do It Yourself, Reception

By: Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch

Add a minimal, mod touch to those delicious wedding cocktails with a quick and easy drink stirrer project! Personalize the colors and shapes to your liking and even add your initials or wedding date for an extra special touch. They’re completely food safe, since the sticks are dyed using beet juice, and only take a few minutes to make.

Materials: decorative paper or wallpaper scraps • 1 inch circle hole punch • wood kabob skewers • beet juice • scissors • craft glue

Step One. Start by pouring beet juice into a large, flat container. You can buy a bottle of beet juice (or a can of beets) at the any grocery store or make your own by boiling a few beets, just as you would if you were going to pickle them.

Step Two. Cut down wooden skewers to size and drop into beet juice. Depending on how tall the glasses you’ll be using are, you will want them to peek out from the top of the glass 3-4 inches.

Step Three. Remove skewers from beet juice and let them air dry.  NOTE: The longer you keep the skewers in the juice, the richer the color will be.

Step Four. Begin cutting circles from decorative paper with a hole punch. Each drink stirrer will require 4 circles. Two for the front and two for the back.

Step Five. Glue paper circles to skewers, one at a time, spacing circles about a half inch apart. Flip over and glue circles to the back as well. Let dry.

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DIY Wednesday: Chalkboard Napkin Rings
Posted by Kate. Filed under DIY Wednesday, Do It Yourself

By: Danyelle Mathews

Personalize your reception tablescape with this sweet and simple napkin ring DIY.

Supplies: wooden hearts • brass rings (size will depend on the thickness of your linens) • chalkboard paint • foam brush • glue gun • felt

Step One. Paint your wooden hearts with chalkboard paint.

Step Two. When the paint is dry add a dollop of hot glue to the backside of the heart.

Step Three. Let the glue set for roughly 5-10 seconds then attach the brass ring.

Step Four. Add more glue over the brass ring and cover it with a small pice of felt.

Step Five. Personalize your hearts with chalk.

Your heart napkin rings can also be used as place cards! Simply write your guests names with chalk.

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DIY Wednesday: A Gift for Little Guests
Posted by Kate. Filed under DIY Wednesday, Do It Yourself

By Danyelle Mathews

Your little wedding guests are just as excited about your big day as you are. Kids love being included in such grown up events but don’t always have the attention span to outlast long dinners and receptions. Placing fun suitcases (you can purchase them here) at your designated “kids table” or having them handy elsewhere in your venue will keep them entertained through it all.  Compile these cute treat boxes in three easy steps:

Supplies: little guests tag download • scissors • cardstock • twine • suitcase full of fun kid stuff

Step One • Print off the tag download onto cardstock.

Step Two • Cut out a tag and attach it to a suitcase using twine.

Step Three • Fill the suitcase with fun things!  We filled ours with crayons, a disposable camera, a candy necklace, notepad + paper, and novelty games found in a party store

Be sure to customize your suitcases to the ages and interests of your little guests.

Photos and Project by Danyelle Mathews


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Part Two: Love Poetry Photoshoot with Erich McVey Photography + Petalos
Posted by Kate. Filed under Photography, Reception, Wedding Inspiration

With a ceremony as gorgeous as that, it’s only reasonable that a dream-come-true ‘reception’ followed.  Never have the classic pair of roses and candlelight looked so fresh and contemporary while fully emanating romance at its absolute best.  

{The luxe, love-filled invitation: Designed by Paper Bloom and Adorned with a rich accent of Midori ribbon.} 

When Erich and Amy McVey happened upon the beautiful grounds and incredible, light-filled solarium at the Historic Deepwood Estate in their hometown of Salem, Oregon, they instantly knew it was the perfect setting for the romantic vision.  (That checkered floor?  So. amazing).  Our stylist and floral designer extraordinaire, Stephanie Major of Petalos, knew just what to do.  She paired a vintage farm table with sophisticated gold chiavari chairs from West Coast Event Production, and created a table design that perfectly captured a ‘luxe romance meets contemporary beauty’ feel.

‘It was important to me that the floral

didn’t over power the design of the table settings–napkins, antique

champagne flutes, rustic farm table, etc.  I elevated the primary

centerpiece element in order to do this.  To continue with the organic

textural quality from the bouquet, I incorporates deflexus to bring in

a draped feel to the arrangement.  I used a variety of roses,

reflexing a few, to bring in another textural quality.  I used

white roses petals to create a runner and nestled a collection of

brass candlesticks and gold votives to illuminate the table. ‘ ~Petalos

Laying eyes on the floating centerpiece was like falling in love.  The rest of the tabletop was equally exquisite, including crimson-scripted escort cards and calligraphy-printed napkins by Neither Snow.

Nicole, looking ravishing in a Lazaro gown and crimson lip was the picture of utter bridal beauty against a backdrop of romantic bliss.

{Makeup and Hair Styling by Christine Shields}

Naturally, the story wasn’t complete without paying homage to one of the greatest loves of all: puppy love!  Callie, a Newfoundland pup, sat so pretty for pictures in her custom floral collar.  

Out amongst the lush landscape of the Deepwood Estate, this little forest nook begged to be photographed. A perfect place for cake!  Erin Fale of Sugarhouse Cake embellished the poetry theme with subtle ivory script and garden rose accents on a stunning three tiered cake.  This regal marble table from Peter Corvallis fit beautifully with the luxe feel of the afternoon.

With no detail overlooked, nothing other than a timeless favor would do for an intimate setting like this.  We sourced leather bound journals from Hinged Strung Stitched to complete the vision.

{See the Full Gallery Here}

I can’t thank this amazing team enough.


Photos by Erich McVey Photography

Design and Florals by Petalos

Bridal Gown by Lazaro

Hair and Make-Up Styling by Christine Shields

Escort Card, Napkin, Vow and Favor Band Calligraphy by Neither Snow

Invitations and Paper Good Printing by Paper Bloom;  Ribbon by Midori

 Venue: Historic Deepwood Estate

Groom’s Attire by Este’s Mens

Gold Chiavari Chair, Votives, & Place Setting Rental by West Coast Event Production

Brass Candlestick Rental by Something Borrowed

Cake by Sugarhouse Cake

Marble Table for Cake by Peter Corvallis

Leather Bound Journals by Hinged Strung Stitched

Models: Nicole and Kamyar from Option Models & Media

Creative Direction by Katelin Gallagher


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