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Photos By: Katherine Chong
Are you a good baker? Then cut out the catering cost at your event and create your very own dessert table! With some jarred lemon curd, a quick swiss meringue and a torch, you can create lemon meringue tartlets in no time. Top them with some fresh blueberries and you have a dainty treat with a beautiful and natural color palette.
You can find pre-made pie or tart shells at just about any grocery store to save many steps. If you feel a bit uneasy about making meringue, use a packaged vanilla pudding mix to fill the shells, and top your tarts with some fresh fruit tossed in a simple syrup or apricot glaze.
Besides mini-pies, here's another idea: Fill your own tall and slender shot glasses with store-bought crushed chocolate graham crackers, vanilla pudding made from mix, freshly cut bananas, and some whipped cream. Drizzle some caramel sauce on top and sprinkle on a few dark chocolate shavings for an ultra chic version of banana cream pie.
For a more personal touch, roll out some sugar cookies topped with a monogram motif in pre-made royal icing tinted with drops of food coloring to match your wedding colors.Get creative with lovely tulips or any other simple arrangement to accent your table. Use fruit in season -- summertime tarts will make everyone really happy! People tend to eat with their eyes, so elevate a plain brownie square with a little floret of espresso pastry cream, sprinkled with chopped almonds for a decadent take on mocha almond fudge. Even if your wedding is on a budget, your guests will be impressed with these professional-looking (and tasty!) DIY dessert creations
Project and Photos By: Jordan Ferney
The creative force that is Jordan Ferney came up with this vintage soda bar for us - and we have been loving it ever since!There are so many to reasons to love a soda bar: they are in pretty glass bottles, lots of times with original vintage-y logos on the packaging, and they are made with pure sugar cane, delicious! We had to bring back this popular feature and share the photographic inspiration from Jordan! Old fashioned sodas add a fun and playful element to an event and can even be used as part of your decor. We love them all set up arranged according to color or you can even just buy the color of flavors that go with your wedding. Instead of keeping them on ice, refrigerate them up until right before and line them up on a table or bar for maximum effect. You'll hear your grandpa excited when he finds his favorite soda from when he was nine! The hardest part of having old fashioned sodas is sourcing them. They can be difficult to come by. If you live in California BevMo has a very large selection of specialty sodas (and even ships them online if you can't find something local). Gourmet delicatessens and stores can also have good selections and we've even got lucky before at warehouse stores like Costco. Add some fizz to your wedding day with gourmet sodas! Project and Photos By: Jordan Ferney
Photos By: Chelsea FussFirst, make sure you use a scoring board so folds and lines are straight and precise. Origami patterns are really gorgeous and add interest to tables, invitations, programs and more. They are also inexpensive! For place cards, we measured and cut the Origami paper into 2" by 4" strips and folded in half using the scoring board. We cut 1" strips and created a "ribbon" v at the end using an x-acto knife. Use a dab of glue on either side to secure. We love the minimalist combination of the Japanese patters with sweet handwriting. Consider practicing your best (or quirkiest!) handwriting and then color copying your favorite draft. Origami paper makes a beautiful envelope liner! Simply trim the sides to fit the envelope, slide into envelope and secure with a glue stick. For save-the-dates, color copy handwritten invitations onto postcards. Trim the patterned paper to size (using a rotary cutter) and then using an adhesive glue (a glue stick works too) we secured origami paper to the back of the card. It's makes for a gorgeous pattern-play! Here are a few tips for working with origami paper: 1. Pair the origami paper with a heavy white card stock for areas that need text. 2. Origami paper is very easy to work with and is a perfect weight (not too heavy, not too flimsy!) 3. Even if you don't consider yourself crafty, give it a try! 4. X-acto knives and rotary cutters used with a straight edge help to get those perfect lines! 5. Consider your color scheme and try to keep the papers to a one, two or three color story. For programs, simply fold the paper in half (using the scoring board if you want them extra neat). Color copy a handwritten program (this works great for menus too!) and then cut to size. Fold card stock in half. Tie together using waxed twine. Have fun creating your colorful, patterned paper goods!
Photos By: Jordan Ferney
1. Cut out the shapes of flags that you want. The shorter flags work better than the longer lengths.
2. Fold a flap of fabric over on one side and sew a space big enough for the dowel to fit in.
3. Taking the large bowl, add about 2 cups of Elmer's Glue. Then mix in 1/3 cup water and stir until it is completely mixed in.
4. Dip Flag into the glue mixture (with dowel already inserted) until it is completely covered. Remove some of the excess glue with your hands but make sure it is still has a generous amount of glue covering the surface.
5. Hang the flags to dry by taping the dowels to the string. Make sure the string is level and is in a place that isn't windy. (Somewhere like a garage is best.) Line the area below the dripping flags with newspaper or scrap materials to prevent mess.
Flags should dry and harden within 12 hours and you'll have yourself some cute flags to decorate your event.
What a sweet photo op! Add festive details to your special day with these fun flag sculptures. They are made to be stiff so they stand out straight.
The best part is they are really affordable and can be made with a few simple tools around the house.
You could have a few lining a path or put them in the grass all over your outdoor reception.
Project and Photos By: Victoria HudginsThe latte bowl is having a wonderful design moment this year. Coming out at every store in the most beautiful hues, textures and styles. Grab a stack of coordinating bowls and bunches of your favorite flowers to finish off reception tables with a beautiful touch. Using latte bowls as centerpieces gives a gorgeous presentation to flowers, allows you to use fewer stems (which saves money!) and they are low enough to allow guests to see each other and chat across the table. 1. Collect anywhere from 1-3 bowls per table in coordinating colors and designs. Place a small floral ball in water to soak for hours before putting the centerpieces together. You will need to make these on the day of your event, so enlist the help of a good friend to do the final put together and placement. 2. Carefully poke 3-4 stems of your favorite fully-blooming flowers into the balls. 3. Mist to keep florals alert just before table placement. Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins
Project and Photos By: Victoria HudginsGive your guests a treat and help them find a seat with this sweet and sparkly escort idea! Thoughtful personalization, even as simple as this, is always a great way to make all your guests feel cherished and included. Step One: Pick out a few shades of baking glitter (available in the cake section of craft stores). Step Two: Place a simple alphabet letter template firmly on top of a macaron, then dust the baking glitter on. Step Three: Pull up slowly and use a Q-tip to gently dust off excess. Step Four: Place a simple seating card beneath the macarons for directional cues. You can make the macaroons up to one week prior to the wedding. Lay flat and cover tightly to save. Set out immediately before the reception.
Project and Photos By: Jennifer KirkInstructions for creating a unique topiary style décor. Materials: Wood veneer edging Small cup hooks Wood glue Hot glue gun Small brick of green dry floral foam Boxwood and flower cuttings Fishing line or string C-clamp Binder clips (x3-4) Ruler Scissors Power drill with thin drill bit Step One: From the roll of veneer edging, cut out five strips that are the same size. For the small pendant, the strips were 17.5" inches long. The larger pendant is made out of strips 21" long. Step Two: Dab a small amount of wood glue onto the very end of one of the wood strips. Connect the ends together (about 1/2 an inch) of one of the wood strips, forming a loop. Hold together with a binder clip as the glue dries. Repeat with two more wood strips (do not loop the fourth and fifth strips) for a total of three loops. Step Three: After the glue has dried (ours was a fast-dry formula that took about 15 minutes), remove binder clips. Nest one loop inside another, forming a wide, 45 degree angle 'X' when viewing from above. Glue together at the top. Step Four: Next, dab some glue at the top of the 'X' then nest inside the third loop, this one going across the 'X' and down the middle. Step Five: Clamp together with a C-clamp and let dry for 15-20 minutes. Step Six: When the glue has set, remove C-clamp. Thread the fourth wood strip through the sphere and glue ends together to form a loop inside that is flush against the other loops. Use a binder clip to hold the loop together as the glue dries. Step Seven: Remove the binder clip after the glue has set. Hold the sphere so that the outer loops run longitudinal and the side of the sphere faces you. Position the innermost loop you had just formed in step 6 at a 45 degree angle. This innermost loop crosses with one of the longitudinal loops facing you. Glue together at the center spot where they meet. Step Eight: Repeat step 6, threading in the last wood strip, forming a loop, gluing, then positioning in a -45 degree angle and gluing where it crosses the other loops. Clamp or use binder clips to hold while drying. Step Nine: Remove clips. With a power drill, drill a small hole at the very top of the sphere. Step Ten: Twist in a small cup hook into the hold. This hook will be for hanging the pendant. Step Eleven: Carefully pull aside the loops (an area where they are not glued together) just wide enough to insert a small brick of dry floral foam. With hot glue, secure the foam to the inside bottom of the pendant. Step Twelve: Thread boxwood cuttings though the openings of the pendant and push ends into the foam. Weave longer cuttings around the foam to conceal it. Add some color and texture with small flowers and various types of greenery, and artfully arrange some pieces to drape out of the sphere. Step Thirteen: When finished adding plant cuttings, hang pendants with string or fishing line.
Photos By: Carly TaylorI've had many requests lately on ways to make dessert bars more custom and personal to the couple. I created this "sweet love" download as an answer. The download is the perfect size for a brownie, cookie or other sweet to rest on and would look fabulous at a wedding or spring shower. It will provide an unexpected texture and pretty design style to your dessert table. 1. Download the sweet love template here for your own computer. 2. Using a large sheet of parchment paper and a cardstock template- cut the parchment paper down to (8x11) size. 3. Run the parchment paper through your printer on the special paper setting - you may need to manually feed the paper through. 4. As the ink adheres to the parchment paper differently than normal paper you will see some distortion in the coloring. This is a purposeful effect that will give your project a unique design style. 5. Cut out the sweet love parchment labels and use under your dessert of choice. Photos By: Carly Taylor