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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.0
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.1
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.1
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.3
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.2
Photos By: Mary Swenson
Straight-sided glass vases are great, inexpensive vessels for your centerpieces, and they can easily be transformed into a one-of-a kind container to perfectly coordinate with your event. Here are some of our favorite ideas!
The style possibilities are endless when you wrap your vases in fabric: mismatched (yet coordinating) patterns look effortlessly chic; using burlap creates a homey, farmhouse vibe; and higher-end fabrics like velvet or silk shantung are elegant and luxe. Adhere the fabric to the vase using spray adhesive for the strongest hold.
Wrap your vases in simple parchment paper and the look is clean, modern and simple, allowing all of the focus to be on your flowers.
Buy flowers from a Parisian flower market and chances are, they'll be wrapped in simple brown kraft paper. We re-created that look by wrapping it around our vases, tying with white twine, and filling the containers with easy, casual tulips.If your vases are small enough, wrap them in beautifully patterned scrapbook paper. For larger vases, use individual sheets of wrapping paper from stationery stores, which tend to be thicker than standard wrapping paper on a roll. A sheet of faux moss turns a plain vase into a lush, extraordinary centerpiece. Utterly feminine and charming, this ruffle vase was super simple to make. We used ruffle trim (available at fabric stores), secured one end to the bottom of the vase with a piece of strong, clear tape, and wrapped it around the vase to the top.7
Photos By: Victoria HudginsLooking for a way to add splashes of color to walls, doors, and chairs? These fringe tissue wreaths are just the thing; they'd also make a pretty and inexpensive backdrop. Easy to make, an entire batch can be created in one evening. They are bright, colorful and easy on the eyes. Depending on what you'll be using them for, make them in large or small sizes. Materials: Tissue Paper Floral Wire Scissors Needle and Thread or Sewing Machine Hot Glue Gun Step One: Start with a length of 6 tissue papers stacked together. For medium sized wreaths, simply cut down the horizontal length of a stack of tissue paper. Split the lengths into two piles, shiny side down. To make miniature wreaths, cut that length in half. To make an extra large wreath, connect tissue lengths together with glue or thread. Step Two: Glue a length of floral wire down the center of the stack and combine your two stacks together. This wire gives the wreaths the weight they need to take shape. Step Three: Begin sewing the tissue stack together. Note: A sewing machine makes this project go much quicker! If you don't have one, it works fine to hand stitch the pieces together. Do a zigzag stitch directly down the center, over the floral wire. Step Four: Cut in from both sides of the tissue towards the center of the stack. Cut in about 1/4 inch intervals down the length of the tissue. Step Five: Separate the fringe and shape into form. A wreath looks lovely, you could also make a heart or other shape, as you like. Display Idea: Hang the wreaths from a stand or hook, like shown here. Display Idea: To hang from a wall, attach a length of fishing line around the top of the wreath. Display Idea: Make miniatures to string around favor boxes!0
Project By: Victoria HudginsPhotos By: Pictilio Make a HUGE impact on your wedding day using affordable and simple crepe paper streamers! When executed in a sophisticated range of colors, this normal, everyday party supply can suddenly become an eye catching reception centerpiece or ceremony backdrop. To get the look, the trick is to layer the streamers in a thick succession, then cut them back to reveal layers of gorgeous texture. Step One: Begin by selecting 2-4 streamer colors that coordinate with your palette. Add in a pretty metallic thread for an extra layer of texture. Step Two: Cut wood pieces to the desired width and length. A long and narrow installation can center a family style reception table or make it shorter and thicker to back a ceremony or dessert table. Step Three: Starting with the most outward layers, glue the streamers to the bottom of the wood. Glue them from one end to the other with thin strips of hot glue. Then, move towards the center of the plank an inch or two and begin glueing the next layer, and the next and the next- until the streamers from both sides meet in the middle. Step Four: Turn the installation upright and hang it so you can carefully glue in the metallic string and begin cutting up on the outward layers to reveal the texture hidden inside. Step Five: Continue creating layers, taking perspective from both sides, until you are happy with the look.1
Project and Photos By: Danyelle MathewsCreating décor to evoke the woodsy feel you are dreaming of for your wedding couldn't be easier! This little forest of trees can be used just about anywhere in your venue. From centerpieces, to the dessert bar, your friends and family will be charmed by these darling trees. Supplies: plastic bottle brush trees tree branches small saw power drill glue gun glue stick Step One: Remove the plastic base that comes attached to your bottle brush trees by simply giving them a gentle tug. Step Two: Gather thick tree branches and saw into varying heights, for the trunks. Step Three: Using your power drill and a small bit, drill a hole into the center of each tree branch stump. Step Four: To attach the bottle brush tree, fill the hole in the stump with hot glue and place the bottom of the tree inside the hole. Your little forest of trees can be made into place cards by attaching guests names with twine. Alternatively, add a little thank you note and give the minis away as winter favors.0