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Photos By: Mary Swenson
The bride and groom's initials are a great way to personalize their chairs! We started with a pair of wooden letters (available at most craft stores) and used matte gold spray paint to give them an elegant sheen.After the paint dried, we looped a wide piece of ribbon through each letter. We tied the letters on each chair so that they hung down over the backs. Not only are these a sweet way to reserve chairs for your event, but they also make for a great photo op! Here's a no-sew way to make a modified chair slipcover: Start with a piece of fabric (we used linen) and measure it so that it fits across the back of the chair and is long enough to hang down both the front and the back of the chair. Then, make two slits along either side of the fabric and slide ribbon through the slits. Drape the fabric over the back of the chair and tie it to the chair with the ribbon to prevent it from sliding off. This is a great way to dress up all of the chairs at your event, or even just the ones at the bridal party's table! Using greenery from a florist, it's easy to make a pretty garland for the back of a chair. Simply form the greens into a swag, trimming off excess stems as you go. Use floral wire to attach the stems to one another. Once your garland is at the desired length, hang it across the back of your chair and tie each end to the chair using string or floral wire. This is a super-inexpensive alternative to using flowers, and just as pretty! =
Photos By Chelsea FussGarlands are lovely on the bride and groom chairs, or made longer for a centerpiece or hanging garland. You won't believe how easy they are to make! Flowers that work well for this project: Asters (pictured) Chrysanthemums Roses or rose petals Carnations Marigolds You will need: About 10 -15 stems of fully opened flower blossoms (for a standard Chivari chair) Fishline A Needle Scissors A spray bottle with water Ziplock bag Ribbon (around 2 yards)
Photos By: Carly Taylor
The sparkly and metallic confetti system took the design world by storm last year. First spotted on just about every beautifully designed website and then even in J.Crew's winter window display, we are loving how pretty they are. I imagine a wedding lined with the concept would be just stunning!
1. Using the back side of your wrapping paper, lay it out on a large, firm surface and with the compass fully extended, draw a light pencil circle.
2. Cut out the circle along the outer line.
3. Next, you will need to cut into your circle, do not cut straight through the center. Instead, cut up and leave about 1 inch uncut from every side in the center.
Hang over your choice of metallic string, yarn, or fishing wire.
Photos By: Mary Swenson
French Countryside:Inspired by a set of vintage French pottery, we embraced our inner Francophile and created a unique table with a mix of patterns and colors that evoke the French countryside!
Lavender:We tied bundles of lavender together as favors. Lavender is quintessentially French, and remains fragrant even after the stems dry out, leaving guests with a lovely reminder of your day! Classic Patterns: We chose muted red stripes for the tablecloth overlay, red and off-white checks for the table runner, and a traditional navy blue and red French-inspired print to use for napkins. Hidden Gems: The rustic fleur-de-lis votive holders were a flea market find, and add to the old-world, country look of our table. Pottery: Using the pottery as the starting point of our theme, we chose flowers and fabrics that complimented the colors of the dishes. Mix and Match: Because we used different fabrics for the linens on our table, we stuck with simple, classic patterns in similar colorways to make the look work. Centerpiece: Since we wanted the pottery to be the star of the table, we used an old wooden box to hold our centerpiece flowers. We stuck a container of water inside, and filled it to the brim with a casual, unstructured arrangement that kept with our color scheme: sunflowers, hydrangeas, and sprigs of lavender. Finishing Touches: The lavender in the centerpiece carried over to each place setting.
Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
This is one of our favorite table settings ever - it's crisp, organic and lovely.
Recycled mason jars were used as glasses, while natural linens were draped over the table.
For centerpieces, large, inexpensive cylinder vases were covered in burlap.
Photos By: Mary Swenson
It's so easy to create a winter table that's seasonal and festive, yet without too much kitsch or flash. Here's how we did it!
Tan, white and red make up the colors of our table, and all three are reflected in the table linens we chose. First, a plain white tablecloth covers the table, and then we topped that with a burlap and red striped overlay which adds a warm texture to our look.
We made napkins from cheery red plaid fabric, and cut and folded them longer than average so that the ends could wrap slightly around the edges of the salad plate.
Pinecones make sweet and super-easy placecards, and add a natural element to the table. Use plain brown pinecones, or ones with a bit of faux snow sprayed on them. We simply cut small rectangles of cardstock and used rubber stamps gently dipped in white acrylic paint to write the guest name on each one.
Stout pinecones work especially well to hold a name tag, but using a dab of glue to adhere the card to the pinecone will also do the trick.
The place settings are simple and classic, without looking overly "done", and help make the table look inviting.
For our centerpiece, we stuck with our "simple" mindset and filled 3 brown bags with fresh red cranberries, and used a white vinyl number sticker on one of the bags as a table number.
We gathered the three filled bags in the center of the table, and stuck a thin white candle taper in the middle of each bag.
Styling and Photos By: Katelin Gallagher
I dreamt up this table as inspiration for a cute and casual wedding reception, party, or shower. IZZE sodas are already colorful and fun, the rest followed from there.
Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins
What more festive way to adorn your reception than with disco ball accents! They send a fun celebration message to your guests and will sparkle in the light.
Allow time to dry.