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By: Mary SwensonThat of-the-moment (yet utterly classic) blue and white striped shirt seen just about everywhere these days inspired this fresh, stylish table setting. Here's how we did it! Linens Customizing individual linens for each place setting is made easy by using inexpensive white cotton napkins and multi-surface acrylic craft paint. Simply iron each napkin flat, and paint thin stripes along the bottom. Centerpiece Liven up your centerpiece container by adding a striped detail along the bottom. First, we spray-painted a clear glass vase with white spray paint and let it dry completely. Then, after marking off stripe-painting guides using low-tack adhesive tape, we painted stripes around the base of the container. Floral Simplicity A single, oversized red dahlia adds just the right amount of color and drama to this centerpiece while keeping it simple and unfussy. Menus Carry the stripey theme over to all aspects of your event! To create this menu card, we used blue cardstock, a white gel pen, and white paint. Contrast + Color The blue menu card is a striking contrast atop the sea of white. Place one card at each table setting, or put one or two at each table. Place Cards Make matching place cards by using white card stock and painting stripes along one edge with blue paint. Use a similarly-colored blue pen to print names on each card. Coordinated Paper Goods Coordinating menu and place cards are a lovely and sophisticated detail. Stripes, Stripes, Stripes! Using the same number of stripes and a common color scheme for each piece on your table creates a unified, crisp look that's perfect for a bridal shower or wedding day! (photos by Mary Swenson)
Project and Photos By: Mary Swenson Flowers can end up being a huge part of a wedding budget, but luckily there are easy ways to create beautiful arrangements on your own without a big expense. If you're thinking about tackling the flowers for your day yourself, we've come up with three types of arrangements that will make this an easy feat. The simplest, can't-go-wrong type of arrangement is to fill your container with only one color of one type of flower. Flowers en masse - whether they be hydrangeas, roses, or tulips (like we show here) - are a sophisticated look that you just can't go wrong with. The best part? Not only is this strategy the easiest way to arrange flowers, but it also means that you can use inexpensive flowers and still have a stunning centerpiece. With our tulips, we left most of the leaf on each stem, which helped this arrangement look lush and casual, and allowed us to buy fewer tulips to fill the container. For a more formal, modern look, you can strip all of the leaves off your flower's stem and bunch them together tightly. Another simple arrangement is one that consists of different colors of one type of flower. The color variations will add visual interest to your table, but the use of only one type of flower still keeps the look cohesive and clean. For our arrangement, we used dahilas in complimentary hues, and we spread the different colors out so that they were balanced among the arrangement. The third option is to use different types of flowers in the same color to create an interesting yet put-together arrangement that will rival what any florist could do! With this look, it's important to make sure most of the leaves are removed from the flower stems, and that the flowers are bunched together tightly. This will help your arrangement to look neat and professional. Also, make sure to spread out the different types of flowers throughout the arrangement - using floral foam inside your container will help with this. No matter what type of arrangement you go with, keeping it simple is the best way to go if you're thinking about doing the flowers for your event. They'll look beautiful!
Photos By: ohhappyday.com This giant confetti looks festive whether its floating through the air or looking pretty on the floor. We've seen this giant confetti premade in different parts of Europe but you can make your own with a $12 circle punch and some tissue paper. Maybe buy two and enlist the help of a friend. Materials: Glassine Bags 4 3/4" x 6 5/8" Tissue Paper Giant 2" Circle Punch Computer Printer Japanese Washi Tape The bags are really easy. Did you know you can put these bags through a regular desktop printer and print your own design on them? For this one we just made a really simple design on Adobe Illustrator then put the bag through the printer. It depends what program you are working in, but usually you need to make your document the same size as the bag and then tell your printer what size the "paper" you are loading into your machine is. Stuff the bags with the giant confetti and seal with a small piece of colored washi tape. Then leave the bags for your guests in their seats or hand out with the programs. Happy Celebrating!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Make store bought meringues feel like custom treats for guests, with this simple watercolor-inspired DIY. They may look like tiny pieces of art, but they are also completely edible (and delicious). Since this project uses gel food coloring, they're 100% safe to eat. Materials: Meringues Gel Food Coloring (assorted colors) Small Paint Brush (cake decorating brushes work great) Water Small bowl Paper Towels
How-To:1. Using a paint brush or toothpick, grab a small amount of gel food coloring (a little goes a long way) and place in a bowl. 2. Next, add water and stir. 3. To create color blocked watercolor meringues, simply dunk the meringue into the food coloring mixture quickly and remove. Set on a paper towel to dry. 4. To create a painted pinwheel, dip a paint brush into the food coloring and use as you would any other paint. Set on a paper towel and let dry. 5. Place into small bags or decorative boxes. Showcase the finished meringues on a dessert table or wrap them up to give as takeaways for guests. They make great favors!
Now that Labor Day has come and gone, we have Autumn on our minds. Here are 10 gorgeous fall floral arrangements guaranteed to inspire those September-November brides.
Photo by Stewart Leishman
This bouquet wows us with a contrast of soft pink roses and calla lilies against deep red dahlias and amaranthus, with golden coxcomb and hypericum berries mixed in for texture.
Photo by Lisa Lefkowitz
Feminine meets rustic with this unique blend of traditional peach and salmon garden roses and earthy elements like scabiosa pods, rust red oak leaves, and cascading berries.
Photo by Live View Studios
This festive fall bouquet features honey colored hydrangeas, dried wheat grass, preserved eucalyptus, bittersweet berries, and pepper berries.
Photo courtesy of Alicia Jayne Florals
Our top pick for a fall color palette? Shades of bold grape and soft, dusty mauve. Alicia Jayne Florals nails it with this bouquet of stock, parrot tulips, and roses.
Photo by Christina McNeill
If you're going for a sweet, whimsical aesethetic, this bouquet of fluffy dinner plate dahlias and blushing bride protea is a sure winner.
Photo by Katie Osgood
This bouquet has some serious personality with anemone and chocolate cosmo accents and a single "Festiva Maxima" peony taking center stage up front.
Photo by Frenzel Photographers
Create the perfect caramel palette using waxflower, dark gold cymbidium orchids, orange mokara orchids, pheasant feathers, hypericum berries, auburn leaves, and cascading millet.
Photo by Feather & Twine
Antique roses are a must-have for a fall vintage style wedding. Combine them with peach David Austin Juliet garden roses, ivory ranunculus, and disty miller for a soft, old world look.
Photo by Jodi Miller
This hand-tied bouquet of burgundy dahlias, pink roses, green hydrangeas, and two-tone chrysanthemums would be a perfect pick for a fall barn wedding.
Photo courtesy of Liz Rusnac Floral Design
Get pretty in plum with an arrangement of roses, ranunculus, heather, and riceflower.
For more fall floral inspiration, don't miss our Fall Bouquets and Fall Centerpieces boards!
Photos By: Mary SwensonCandles are that one favor you know your guests will use, and they're easier to make than you may think! Forget special candle-making equipment -- microwaveable soy wax is easy to use, and add a package of candle wicking (both available at craft stores) and you're ready to get started! Begin by choosing an interesting container for your candle: vintage tins, miniature clay pots, and teacups all make lovely and unique statements, and are easy to coordinate with your event. For our project, we used inexpensive cobalt blue jars found on eBay. First, we cut the wicking to fit the depth of our container. To keep the wick straight, we tied the top loosely around a wooden stick long enough so that it was able to rest on top of the jar, and then centered the wick over the jar. We put the soy wax flakes in a microwave-safe container with a spout (which makes it easier to control the wax when we're ready to pour it into our jars) and melted the wax according to the package instructions. You can personalize your candle's fragrance with a huge variety of fragrance oils, or leave them unscented. We added a few drops of lavender oil to our hot, melted wax, carefully poured it into the jars, and let them sit undisturbed until completely cooled and solid. While the candles cooled, we prepped the packaging for our candles. We made simple gift tags and cut sprigs of dried lavender to tie around each jar. The finished product: fragrant soy candles, personalized for each guest! Use each candle as a place setting, or display them all together on a favor table. Your guests will love them! Photos By: Mary Swenson
Photos By: Chelsea FussThese sweet and wild green wreaths are perfect for anytime of year (just change out the ribbon to suit the season). They look gorgeous on church doors, bride and groom chairs, or as pew markers. Total cost: $5 per wreath. Materials: Spool wire Floral tape Clippers Greens (about 15 stems per wreath, we used rosemary, bay and boxwood) Ribbon 1. Form a circle (whatever size you need. Remember your wreath will be slightly bigger than the form) with the spool wire and double it over several times. 2. Cover the circle in floral tape. 3. Cut small pieces of greens and, take excess leaves off about an inch of the bottom stem. 4. Secure each piece with wire. 5. Make sure you overlap the stems to cover any wires or mechanics. You may need to fill in with a few extra pieces. 6. You can make these up to a week ahead of time. Spray daily with water and keep in a cool, dark place. 7. Hang with ribbon and afterwards send them home with special guests. Add this natural touch to your big day - and have fun! Photos By: Chelsea Fuss