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Reception Decor Wedding Ideas

  • Project and Photos By: Jennifer Kirk   Here's an easy and oh-so-chic way to add a little glimmer to your wedding day!   You'll Need:  10 3/4" x 14 3/4" wooden tray from craft store 3/4" wide masking tape Metallic gold leaf sheets Size (adhesive for gold leaf) Foam brush x2 White spray paint Spray gloss laquer (clear) Fine grit sandpaper Paint brush with small, fine tip White acrylic paint Hand-vac or vacuum with hose attachment (to clean up bits of gold leaf as you work)     Step One Lightly sand away any rough spots on tray     Step Two  Spray entire tray white (I didn't bother with the underside). Let dry completely.     Step Three  Starting from the upper right corner of the tray, stretch a piece of masking tape down to about 7 3/4" in from right side.     Step Four Lay down three more strips of tape flush with one another.     Step Five  Remove the third tape strip completely and save, using as a "spacer" to evenly add more masking tape diagonals to the left.     Step Six  When the left side of the tray is completely masked, begin the opposite diagonals on the right side of tray. Each strip must be cut straight at the top and should just touch the perpendicular diagonal.     Step Seven Once the right side is masked, carefully remove the perpendicular diagonal. Burnish the tape with your fingers to make sure each strip is firmly adhered to tray.     Step Eight With a foam brush, apply a thin, uniform layer of size to exposed white stripes. Allow to dry for 30-45 minutes.     Step Nine  Carefully expose a sheet of metallic leaf. With clean, dry hands (the leaf will cling and tear if your hands are wet), gently tear off a small corner piece. Press into the corner of the tray using your fingers and/or a dry foam brush.      Step Ten  It helps to first leaf where the side of the tray and bottom meet. Use the straight edge of a leaf sheet to get a straight, clean line.     Step Eleven For the longer stripes, tear off strips of metal leaf and press down onto the white areas prepared with size. Gently smooth and burnish the metal leaf with your fingertip. If you're like me, you may be a little impatient and want to remove the masking tape as you work. Before you remove the tape, clean up any residual leaf with a vacuum attachment and hose, but be careful not to scratch off any leaf you just applied. Next, very slowly peel off tape, burnishing the metal leaf as you go.     Step Twelve Use a small piece of masking tape to clean up any leaf clinging to the sides of the tray. Tiny pieces of gold leaf may cling to white areas of the tray. Use a bit of white acrylic paint to touch up any wayward leaf. When finished, spray a couple of coats of protective clear laquer.    
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  • Project By: Jennifer Kirk   Add this crafty yet contemporary design element to your reception! Download this free vine template to get started!  template link: http://bit.ly/13MxuGQ     You Will Need: Vine Template Embroidery hoop White spray paint 2" satin ribbon in color of choice 1/4" ribbon in color of choice White foam core White paper Glue gun X-acto knife with fresh blade Scissors Pencil Metal ruler     Step One: In a text editing program (such as Microsoft Word) choose the font you'd like your monogram to be in. It can be a script or something more modern such as the sans-serif font (Gotham Condensed) I went with. Enlarge it to about 5.75" high. Print, then cut out.     Step Two: Using your monogram cutout as a template, trace around it using a pencil onto foam core. With an X-acto knife (it's important to have a fresh, brand new blade) carefully cut out the monogram. Using shallow, numerous cuts instead of fewer, deeper cuts gives you more control around curves. For straight edges (such as with the letters 'T' or 'E'), use a metal ruler to cut against and guide your blade.     Step Three: With spray paint in a color of your choice (I chose a metallic silver), give your monograms a few light coats, allowing to dry in between. You don't want to go too heavy with each coat. Too much paint could possibly warp the paper layer of the foam core. Let dry completely.     Step Four: While the monograms are drying, separate the embroidery hoops into two pieces, and give each a light coat of white spray paint. Let dry.     Step Five: Print out vine template (two pages) onto plain white paper. Stack each template design onto three or four sheets of plain white paper (number of layers depends on the thickness of your paper and the sharpness of your scissors). Cut in half (or quarters for the smaller vine design). Hold papers together with a paper clip then cut out, using the template as a guide.      Step Five (cont). When finished, pinch leaves in half for a more realistic, 3-dimensional look. Each hoop needs about 6 large vines and 8 small vines.     Step Six: Cut two small pieces of narrow (1/4") ribbon. Knot at the end, then tape to backside of monogram.      Step Seven: Tape ends of ribbon to top embroidery hoop so that the monogram hangs down from the top.     Step Eight: Starting with the larger vines, glue to the edges of the hoop with a glue gun. It's easiest to do the flat side of the hoop first.      Step Eight (cont). Apply as little glue as possible to minimize mess and risk of glue gun burns. Before applying glue, wipe any excess onto some scrap paper. Next, squeeze a small amount onto the end of a paper vine, then press the end of vine onto the hoop. Wipe excess glue off the gun again, then apply a small dab to the other end of the vine to anchor it down to the hoop.      Step Eight (cont). As you are gluing down the large vines, you will have to either bend/crease the paper to follow the curve of the hoop (as in photo above) or you can cut each vine into shorter pieces. Make the wreath fuller by gluing on the smaller vine pieces (I used about 8 small pieces and 6 large pieces).     Step Nine: Looping a satin ribbon at the top of the wreath will make it so you can tie it to the back of a chair or hang it above the table where guests sign in, etc.    
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  • Project and Photos By: Caroline Drake   Balloons are so much fun, and they aren't just for birthday parties. You can easily dress up some giant balloons to add some fun to your wedding day! These dramatic, 36-inch round balloons could function as a centerpiece on a table, a marker for directions to the wedding, an addition to your food table, or even a whimsical prop for wedding photos!       Materials Scissors Colored Crepe Paper/gift wrap tissue Ribbon (the length of the ribbon will depend on how tall you want your balloon to float) Giant 36 inch round balloon filled with helium (found at party stores)     Step One Take a sheet of crepe paper and fold it over several times, and cut 3 inch strips.     Step Two Take the scissors and start cutting fringe, but be sure to only cut about an inch up on each side and about 1/4 inch apart. Turn the tissue to the other side, and continue to cut fringe across the other side. Be sure not to cut all the way through to the other side, there should be about an inch of un-cut paper in between the fringe on each side. Open up the folded tissues, and fluff the fringe. Repeat the process until you have several strips of various colors.     Step Three Take your piece of ribbon, and tie it to the end of the blown up balloon, leaving a long piece on one end- the ideal height of the balloon, and several inches on the other end so you can tie the fringe onto the balloon.     Step Four Tie several strips of fringe to the ribbon by the center, top. Allow the fringe to hang down.     Voilá!  Such a unique, and fun way to bring a little whimsey into your wedding décor!    
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson     A super-affordable (and quite charming) alternative to a large, single centerpiece is a cluster of small containers in the center of your table. For this project, we use plain glass juice glasses, but mini vases and even votive holders can have the same effect. Simply cover the container with decorative paper or fabric, and fill them each with inexpensive flowers, and you've got a pretty centerpiece in no time. Here are some ideas to get you started!     Cheesecloth is available in most grocery stores, and is a very budget-friendly fabric that's perfect to use for your wedding - it's white, soft, and gauzy, and looks so pretty wrapped around our glasses! White affords you the ability to pair it with any color or colors, and we thought that cheery yellow and white tulips would be a happy match.     Wrap patterned fabric around your vessels and pair it with flowers in a contrasting color for a sophisticated look for your table. Even everyday, grocery-store bought flowers like mums look gorgeous when they're clustered tightly with flowers of a similar hue.     If you're using three or more mini-containers, covering each one in a variety of shades from the same color family creates a fabulous look for your table. We kept our flowers white with this arrangement so that our beautiful color palette could take center stage.     Scrapbook paper comes in an endless variety of prints and patterns; choose your favorite complimentary sheets and combine them for a funky, modern look. Fill them with flowers that mimic the colors on the paper.     These centerpiece containers can do double-duty as favors or even table numbers; here, we covered our glasses in kraft paper and used adhesive letters to spell out the table number.  
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  • Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss   Hop Vine Centerpiece: Hop is a gorgeous vine for fall decorating. This centerpiece will look best on family style, rectangular tables. A farm table or rustic burlap, linen or muslin tablecloths are perfect for underneath this centerpiece.     Most likely you are familiar with Hops, the small clusters of flowers on these vines, as they are used to brew beer. The vines are gorgeous dried or fresh.     We used approximately eight vines per table, winding them down the center.     Warm Candle Glow: Candles were interspersed and secured in small antique tart tins. Anything with patina looks great for a fall table! Be cautious and use common sense when using candles. Most venues have rules about open flames, be sure and check with your venue coordinator.     Mini White Pumpkins: For coordinating favors, we tied olive green satin ribbons to tiny white pumpkins.     Rustic Autumn Wedding: This décor concept is perfect for the beer-loving couple and couldn't be more festive for a rustic autumn wedding.    
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  • Photos By: Victoria Hudgins   As the evenings warm up and weddings move out of doors, what a dream it is to have that perfectly lit fairytale evening under flickering lights. It can be hard to come by a selection of good looking lantern lights at a nice price. That's where you take matters into your own hands!     You Will Need... White metal craft cording- available in the floral section of most craft stores.  Gauzy fabric (You can also try tulle or cotton) Pliers Glue  Strings of white Christmas lights     Step One: The easiest way to make the lantern is to fashion a simple box out of metal cording, keeping a small entrance at the top for threading the light through.     Step Two: Cut the fabric to size and begin gluing around the box. Cover all four sides of the box and the top if you wish. Or, leave the bottom open for the light to flicker down upon your guests.     Tip: The sides do not need to be perfect, over-wrapping a bit will not be seen once the lights are on, just a gorgeous hazy glow will light the night.     Step Three: Slip the Christmas lights into the openings of the lanterns.     Step Four: Hang them up pretty to add a glow to the space or accent a dessert table.    
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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins   Use fresh pears and simple flowers for easy reception centerpieces. Glitter stamp the fruit for a pretty finish and to incorporate meaningful words or monograms into your table décor.     Glitter Stamped Pear Place Settings: These pears would also be a perfect place setting adornment for a long dining table.     DIY Tip: Once stamped, the fruit will only stay good for about three to four days, so be sure to save time for this project (or enlist the help of relatives to finish it off!).     Step One: Sourcing the Fruit For this project, you will need to collect a variety of pears. Contact your local grocer about a month beforehand to ask about what varieties will be in season and what options they have for ordering in bulk. Many will even offer a discount!     Use rubber stamps to indent the fruit. It's best to buy a new stamp set for extra precaution, as guests might help themselves to eating this tasty décor.    A gold dust baking glitter makes the perfect finish for your pears. You can find it available in the cake decorating section of your craft store. It is glittery and edible.         Step Two: Glitter-fying Gently dip the stamp into the baking glitter, tap off any excess, and press firmly into the flesh of the fruit.     DIY Tip: You can easily wipe off any extra glitter with a q-tip or clean finger.  
    Place the glitter stamped pears around your table with pretty flowers and hearty vases for a fresh and textured centerpiece.    
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  • Project and Photos By: Mary Swenson   A black and white color combination is ultra-classy and and adds a formal touch to any event - especially a wedding. Our table embraces all that works so well with black and white, but with a few extra touches that take the edge off this tried-and-true color scheme.     Plain white dinner plates and a crisp white tablecloth create the canvas for our table.     A black and white gingham fabric runner, matching napkins, and empty, labeled jam jars add just the right amount of black accents.     The finishing touch? Flat wooden ovals from a craft store that we painted black and personalized with a white paint pen.     We love the black and white labels on these jam jars, and when filled with a few fresh, subtly-colored blooms, they make they perfect vessels for a casual, no-fuss centerpiece.     The pale green flowers add just the right touch of freshness and don't compete with the black accents on the table.     Line several flower-filled jars down the center of a long table, or cluster them in the middle of a round table for maximum effect. (Bonus: Guests can take them home as favors!)     A bouquet for the bride or a bridesmaid can easily be made to match your theme - simply gather flowers into a tight cluster, remove any extra leaves, and wrap the stems tightly with a piece of gingham fabric.     Put all of these details together and the result is a table that looks modern and sophisticated, with a homey touch!    
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney     Materials to make a 12 ft garland: 3 bunches of lemon leaves ($4 each) 24 & 30 Gauge Florist Wire ($2 each) A small rope ($2) Optional: wired florist stakes (best for apples and other firm fruit) Optional: fruit or berries     Go through the bunches of lemon leaves, cutting down the sections of leaves and leaving a 3" stem.     Don't forget your rope!     Keep cutting until you have enough to work with -- look at these neat piles!     Start gathering your leaves into clusters.     Cut an 8" section of 30 gauge wire. Gather two or three sections of leaves and wire them together. Leaving a 6" tail of rope take the sections and wire it to the rope.     Repeat, cover up the previous stems with the new section of leaves. Continue, making sure the garland looks full and the wires aren't showing.     If you would like to add fruit to your garland, take a piece of fruit and secure a piece of wire going through the skin of one end of the fruit using 24 gauge wire.     Make sure it is on tight or you will have falling fruit! Wire the fruit onto the rope and tuck the lemon leaves around it to hide the wire.     Voila! This pretty project can be done up to two days in advance of the event. Store it out of direct sunlight in a cool place and spritz with water twice daily.     Furniture and linens provided by Bay Area Rental Company: Abbey Party Rents
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  • Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins  Photos By: Sam Pierson   Having a wedding in the fall doesn't mean that you are stuck with a palette the colors of changing leaves. This project is a perfect example of a way to incorporate pinks, pearls and oh-so-trendy neon even in the fall. With a bit of glitter and ribbon, pumpkins make an excellent table number presentation.     Step One: Cover each stem with tape or foil and spray the pumpkins with a matte white spray paint base. Once dry, use acrylic paints and a small foam paint brush to paint a color on. I used the pearlized paints from the Martha Stewart collection and they gave a gorgeous gleam to the finished pumpkins.     Step Two: Gather a selection of textured ribbon to use as the table numbers. The wide gold glitter was my favorite. Using glue, mold each section of ribbon into a number. Do this first, on a craft board or table. It makes attaching them to the pumpkin much easier.     Step Three: Using glue, attach each ribbon number to the coordinating pumpkin.     Step Four: Creatively display a grouping of pumpkins on a tabletop. Use old crates and small bright pumpkins to complement the pastel colors.     Tip: If you want your pumpkins to do double duty, you can turn them around so you don't see the number and adorn the front of your ceremony site! Be sure to enlist the help of a close friend to place the pumpkins on the correct tables during the cocktail hour. Voilá! Twice the design impact for one afternoon of work!    
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  • Project and Photos By: Jennifer Kirk   Here's an easy and oh-so-chic way to add a little glimmer to your wedding day!   You'll Need:  10 3/4" x 14 3/4" wooden tray from craft store 3/4" wide masking tape Metallic gold leaf sheets Size (adhesive for gold leaf) Foam brush x2 White spray paint Spray gloss laquer (clear) Fine grit sandpaper Paint brush with small, fine tip White acrylic paint Hand-vac or vacuum with hose attachment (to clean up bits of gold leaf as you work)     Step One Lightly sand away any rough spots on tray     Step Two  Spray entire tray white (I didn't bother with the underside). Let dry completely.     Step Three  Starting from the upper right corner of the tray, stretch a piece of masking tape down to about 7 3/4" in from right side.     Step Four Lay down three more strips of tape flush with one another.     Step Five  Remove the third tape strip completely and save, using as a "spacer" to evenly add more masking tape diagonals to the left.     Step Six  When the left side of the tray is completely masked, begin the opposite diagonals on the right side of tray. Each strip must be cut straight at the top and should just touch the perpendicular diagonal.     Step Seven Once the right side is masked, carefully remove the perpendicular diagonal. Burnish the tape with your fingers to make sure each strip is firmly adhered to tray.     Step Eight With a foam brush, apply a thin, uniform layer of size to exposed white stripes. Allow to dry for 30-45 minutes.     Step Nine  Carefully expose a sheet of metallic leaf. With clean, dry hands (the leaf will cling and tear if your hands are wet), gently tear off a small corner piece. Press into the corner of the tray using your fingers and/or a dry foam brush.      Step Ten  It helps to first leaf where the side of the tray and bottom meet. Use the straight edge of a leaf sheet to get a straight, clean line.     Step Eleven For the longer stripes, tear off strips of metal leaf and press down onto the white areas prepared with size. Gently smooth and burnish the metal leaf with your fingertip. If you're like me, you may be a little impatient and want to remove the masking tape as you work. Before you remove the tape, clean up any residual leaf with a vacuum attachment and hose, but be careful not to scratch off any leaf you just applied. Next, very slowly peel off tape, burnishing the metal leaf as you go.     Step Twelve Use a small piece of masking tape to clean up any leaf clinging to the sides of the tray. Tiny pieces of gold leaf may cling to white areas of the tray. Use a bit of white acrylic paint to touch up any wayward leaf. When finished, spray a couple of coats of protective clear laquer.    
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  • Project By: Jennifer Kirk   Add this crafty yet contemporary design element to your reception! Download this free vine template to get started!  template link: http://bit.ly/13MxuGQ     You Will Need: Vine Template Embroidery hoop White spray paint 2" satin ribbon in color of choice 1/4" ribbon in color of choice White foam core White paper Glue gun X-acto knife with fresh blade Scissors Pencil Metal ruler     Step One: In a text editing program (such as Microsoft Word) choose the font you'd like your monogram to be in. It can be a script or something more modern such as the sans-serif font (Gotham Condensed) I went with. Enlarge it to about 5.75" high. Print, then cut out.     Step Two: Using your monogram cutout as a template, trace around it using a pencil onto foam core. With an X-acto knife (it's important to have a fresh, brand new blade) carefully cut out the monogram. Using shallow, numerous cuts instead of fewer, deeper cuts gives you more control around curves. For straight edges (such as with the letters 'T' or 'E'), use a metal ruler to cut against and guide your blade.     Step Three: With spray paint in a color of your choice (I chose a metallic silver), give your monograms a few light coats, allowing to dry in between. You don't want to go too heavy with each coat. Too much paint could possibly warp the paper layer of the foam core. Let dry completely.     Step Four: While the monograms are drying, separate the embroidery hoops into two pieces, and give each a light coat of white spray paint. Let dry.     Step Five: Print out vine template (two pages) onto plain white paper. Stack each template design onto three or four sheets of plain white paper (number of layers depends on the thickness of your paper and the sharpness of your scissors). Cut in half (or quarters for the smaller vine design). Hold papers together with a paper clip then cut out, using the template as a guide.      Step Five (cont). When finished, pinch leaves in half for a more realistic, 3-dimensional look. Each hoop needs about 6 large vines and 8 small vines.     Step Six: Cut two small pieces of narrow (1/4") ribbon. Knot at the end, then tape to backside of monogram.      Step Seven: Tape ends of ribbon to top embroidery hoop so that the monogram hangs down from the top.     Step Eight: Starting with the larger vines, glue to the edges of the hoop with a glue gun. It's easiest to do the flat side of the hoop first.      Step Eight (cont). Apply as little glue as possible to minimize mess and risk of glue gun burns. Before applying glue, wipe any excess onto some scrap paper. Next, squeeze a small amount onto the end of a paper vine, then press the end of vine onto the hoop. Wipe excess glue off the gun again, then apply a small dab to the other end of the vine to anchor it down to the hoop.      Step Eight (cont). As you are gluing down the large vines, you will have to either bend/crease the paper to follow the curve of the hoop (as in photo above) or you can cut each vine into shorter pieces. Make the wreath fuller by gluing on the smaller vine pieces (I used about 8 small pieces and 6 large pieces).     Step Nine: Looping a satin ribbon at the top of the wreath will make it so you can tie it to the back of a chair or hang it above the table where guests sign in, etc.    
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  • Project and Photos By: Caroline Drake   Balloons are so much fun, and they aren't just for birthday parties. You can easily dress up some giant balloons to add some fun to your wedding day! These dramatic, 36-inch round balloons could function as a centerpiece on a table, a marker for directions to the wedding, an addition to your food table, or even a whimsical prop for wedding photos!       Materials Scissors Colored Crepe Paper/gift wrap tissue Ribbon (the length of the ribbon will depend on how tall you want your balloon to float) Giant 36 inch round balloon filled with helium (found at party stores)     Step One Take a sheet of crepe paper and fold it over several times, and cut 3 inch strips.     Step Two Take the scissors and start cutting fringe, but be sure to only cut about an inch up on each side and about 1/4 inch apart. Turn the tissue to the other side, and continue to cut fringe across the other side. Be sure not to cut all the way through to the other side, there should be about an inch of un-cut paper in between the fringe on each side. Open up the folded tissues, and fluff the fringe. Repeat the process until you have several strips of various colors.     Step Three Take your piece of ribbon, and tie it to the end of the blown up balloon, leaving a long piece on one end- the ideal height of the balloon, and several inches on the other end so you can tie the fringe onto the balloon.     Step Four Tie several strips of fringe to the ribbon by the center, top. Allow the fringe to hang down.     Voilá!  Such a unique, and fun way to bring a little whimsey into your wedding décor!    
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson     A super-affordable (and quite charming) alternative to a large, single centerpiece is a cluster of small containers in the center of your table. For this project, we use plain glass juice glasses, but mini vases and even votive holders can have the same effect. Simply cover the container with decorative paper or fabric, and fill them each with inexpensive flowers, and you've got a pretty centerpiece in no time. Here are some ideas to get you started!     Cheesecloth is available in most grocery stores, and is a very budget-friendly fabric that's perfect to use for your wedding - it's white, soft, and gauzy, and looks so pretty wrapped around our glasses! White affords you the ability to pair it with any color or colors, and we thought that cheery yellow and white tulips would be a happy match.     Wrap patterned fabric around your vessels and pair it with flowers in a contrasting color for a sophisticated look for your table. Even everyday, grocery-store bought flowers like mums look gorgeous when they're clustered tightly with flowers of a similar hue.     If you're using three or more mini-containers, covering each one in a variety of shades from the same color family creates a fabulous look for your table. We kept our flowers white with this arrangement so that our beautiful color palette could take center stage.     Scrapbook paper comes in an endless variety of prints and patterns; choose your favorite complimentary sheets and combine them for a funky, modern look. Fill them with flowers that mimic the colors on the paper.     These centerpiece containers can do double-duty as favors or even table numbers; here, we covered our glasses in kraft paper and used adhesive letters to spell out the table number.  
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  • Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss   Hop Vine Centerpiece: Hop is a gorgeous vine for fall decorating. This centerpiece will look best on family style, rectangular tables. A farm table or rustic burlap, linen or muslin tablecloths are perfect for underneath this centerpiece.     Most likely you are familiar with Hops, the small clusters of flowers on these vines, as they are used to brew beer. The vines are gorgeous dried or fresh.     We used approximately eight vines per table, winding them down the center.     Warm Candle Glow: Candles were interspersed and secured in small antique tart tins. Anything with patina looks great for a fall table! Be cautious and use common sense when using candles. Most venues have rules about open flames, be sure and check with your venue coordinator.     Mini White Pumpkins: For coordinating favors, we tied olive green satin ribbons to tiny white pumpkins.     Rustic Autumn Wedding: This décor concept is perfect for the beer-loving couple and couldn't be more festive for a rustic autumn wedding.    
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  • Photos By: Victoria Hudgins   As the evenings warm up and weddings move out of doors, what a dream it is to have that perfectly lit fairytale evening under flickering lights. It can be hard to come by a selection of good looking lantern lights at a nice price. That's where you take matters into your own hands!     You Will Need... White metal craft cording- available in the floral section of most craft stores.  Gauzy fabric (You can also try tulle or cotton) Pliers Glue  Strings of white Christmas lights     Step One: The easiest way to make the lantern is to fashion a simple box out of metal cording, keeping a small entrance at the top for threading the light through.     Step Two: Cut the fabric to size and begin gluing around the box. Cover all four sides of the box and the top if you wish. Or, leave the bottom open for the light to flicker down upon your guests.     Tip: The sides do not need to be perfect, over-wrapping a bit will not be seen once the lights are on, just a gorgeous hazy glow will light the night.     Step Three: Slip the Christmas lights into the openings of the lanterns.     Step Four: Hang them up pretty to add a glow to the space or accent a dessert table.    
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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins   Use fresh pears and simple flowers for easy reception centerpieces. Glitter stamp the fruit for a pretty finish and to incorporate meaningful words or monograms into your table décor.     Glitter Stamped Pear Place Settings: These pears would also be a perfect place setting adornment for a long dining table.     DIY Tip: Once stamped, the fruit will only stay good for about three to four days, so be sure to save time for this project (or enlist the help of relatives to finish it off!).     Step One: Sourcing the Fruit For this project, you will need to collect a variety of pears. Contact your local grocer about a month beforehand to ask about what varieties will be in season and what options they have for ordering in bulk. Many will even offer a discount!     Use rubber stamps to indent the fruit. It's best to buy a new stamp set for extra precaution, as guests might help themselves to eating this tasty décor.    A gold dust baking glitter makes the perfect finish for your pears. You can find it available in the cake decorating section of your craft store. It is glittery and edible.         Step Two: Glitter-fying Gently dip the stamp into the baking glitter, tap off any excess, and press firmly into the flesh of the fruit.     DIY Tip: You can easily wipe off any extra glitter with a q-tip or clean finger.  
    Place the glitter stamped pears around your table with pretty flowers and hearty vases for a fresh and textured centerpiece.    
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  • Project and Photos By: Mary Swenson   A black and white color combination is ultra-classy and and adds a formal touch to any event - especially a wedding. Our table embraces all that works so well with black and white, but with a few extra touches that take the edge off this tried-and-true color scheme.     Plain white dinner plates and a crisp white tablecloth create the canvas for our table.     A black and white gingham fabric runner, matching napkins, and empty, labeled jam jars add just the right amount of black accents.     The finishing touch? Flat wooden ovals from a craft store that we painted black and personalized with a white paint pen.     We love the black and white labels on these jam jars, and when filled with a few fresh, subtly-colored blooms, they make they perfect vessels for a casual, no-fuss centerpiece.     The pale green flowers add just the right touch of freshness and don't compete with the black accents on the table.     Line several flower-filled jars down the center of a long table, or cluster them in the middle of a round table for maximum effect. (Bonus: Guests can take them home as favors!)     A bouquet for the bride or a bridesmaid can easily be made to match your theme - simply gather flowers into a tight cluster, remove any extra leaves, and wrap the stems tightly with a piece of gingham fabric.     Put all of these details together and the result is a table that looks modern and sophisticated, with a homey touch!    
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney     Materials to make a 12 ft garland: 3 bunches of lemon leaves ($4 each) 24 & 30 Gauge Florist Wire ($2 each) A small rope ($2) Optional: wired florist stakes (best for apples and other firm fruit) Optional: fruit or berries     Go through the bunches of lemon leaves, cutting down the sections of leaves and leaving a 3" stem.     Don't forget your rope!     Keep cutting until you have enough to work with -- look at these neat piles!     Start gathering your leaves into clusters.     Cut an 8" section of 30 gauge wire. Gather two or three sections of leaves and wire them together. Leaving a 6" tail of rope take the sections and wire it to the rope.     Repeat, cover up the previous stems with the new section of leaves. Continue, making sure the garland looks full and the wires aren't showing.     If you would like to add fruit to your garland, take a piece of fruit and secure a piece of wire going through the skin of one end of the fruit using 24 gauge wire.     Make sure it is on tight or you will have falling fruit! Wire the fruit onto the rope and tuck the lemon leaves around it to hide the wire.     Voila! This pretty project can be done up to two days in advance of the event. Store it out of direct sunlight in a cool place and spritz with water twice daily.     Furniture and linens provided by Bay Area Rental Company: Abbey Party Rents
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  • Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins  Photos By: Sam Pierson   Having a wedding in the fall doesn't mean that you are stuck with a palette the colors of changing leaves. This project is a perfect example of a way to incorporate pinks, pearls and oh-so-trendy neon even in the fall. With a bit of glitter and ribbon, pumpkins make an excellent table number presentation.     Step One: Cover each stem with tape or foil and spray the pumpkins with a matte white spray paint base. Once dry, use acrylic paints and a small foam paint brush to paint a color on. I used the pearlized paints from the Martha Stewart collection and they gave a gorgeous gleam to the finished pumpkins.     Step Two: Gather a selection of textured ribbon to use as the table numbers. The wide gold glitter was my favorite. Using glue, mold each section of ribbon into a number. Do this first, on a craft board or table. It makes attaching them to the pumpkin much easier.     Step Three: Using glue, attach each ribbon number to the coordinating pumpkin.     Step Four: Creatively display a grouping of pumpkins on a tabletop. Use old crates and small bright pumpkins to complement the pastel colors.     Tip: If you want your pumpkins to do double duty, you can turn them around so you don't see the number and adorn the front of your ceremony site! Be sure to enlist the help of a close friend to place the pumpkins on the correct tables during the cocktail hour. Voilá! Twice the design impact for one afternoon of work!    
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