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  • Photos By: Katherine Chong

    Williams-Sonoma’s Message-in-a-Cookie Cutters are a great way to customize any dessert table or edible wedding favors.     While it comes with three shapes, you don’t need to be limited by the set if you just think outside the box and use cookie cutters that better suit your celebration.     A basic sugar cookie and royal icing is a classic combination and can be easily spruced up with some spices, extracts, or food coloring.     Volia! A message cookie is born.     Simple, cost-effective, and easy to make, message cookies are a DIY bride’s dream come true to wowing her guests with a personal touch.     The cookies can be rolled out, cut, and ready to bake ahead of time since most doughs freeze nicely.     Afterwards, using a fine pastry tip and a steady hand when icing the cookies can help achieve beautiful and intricate detailing.     Some Message Ideas: Monogram Your names Guest names (can also be used as escort cards) “Thank you” “Love is sweet” “I do” “Sweet treats” “How sweet it is” “Something sweet” “xoxo”     Your guests will enjoy this thoughtful and romantic messaging -- and a really yummy cookie!      
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    Photos/Project By: Victoria Hudgins   Using fresh or dried herbs is a wonderful and economical way to bring a seasonal touch to your wedding. Lavender is my favorite dried herb to use because it is easy to work with, affordable, and smells amazing. Here's how I made these simple lavender escort cards!
        Collect a bunch of lavender and hang upside down to dry out. Or, purchase dried lavender from a local florist or home store.     Use simple white escort cards and write in names and table numbers for your guests.     Using an exacto knife, slice two small horizontal holes at the top of each card.     Thread your lavender through the holes, cutting off any excess stem at the end.     Since the herbs are dried, you can complete this project well before your wedding day.     Place bunches of lavender on the display table for added décor.      
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  • Project By Erica O'Brien & Photos By Brooke Allison Photography

    Re-create this stained glass monogram with cookie cutters, lollipops, and these instructions from our cake expert!

      One recipe for stained glass cookie dough(Makes more than enough for one cookie and quite a few extras).    Materials: Rolling pin  Letter cutters in various sizes  Heart-shaped cutter (large enough to accommodate letters)  Mallet or hammer  Lollipops or hard candy in the colors of your choice  Small plastic bag  Silpat or other non-stick baking sheet liner  Baking sheet   Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Working on Silpat or non-stick baking sheet liner, roll out dough approximately ¼” thick.     Cut dough using heart-shaped cutter. Remove the excess (It can be frozen for future use).     Using letter cutters, cut out monogram from dough. Place on baking sheet and freeze for 15-20 minutes to firm.     Bake in pre-heated oven until dough is partially, but not completely, baked and just barely beginning to turn golden, about 5-7 minutes.     While cookies are baking, place lollipops or hard candy into small plastic bag. Use mallet or hammer to crush candy into very small pieces.     Fill cavities with crushed candy until it is slightly above the cookie line, taking care not to get any crushed candy on the cookie part.     Return to oven and bake until candy is just melted, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.     Wet a small piece of fondant until it is very sticky. Gently adhere to cookie in several spots, avoiding candy part, and use to affix cookie to cake.

     

    Project By Erica O'Brien & Photos By Brooke Allison Photography

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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins   These sweet cider shots are just perfect for a chilly evening reception or as a signature drink! Our version is virgin but you could also add a bit of brandy to each shot.     Step One: We used adorable jars with bright tops- available at Cost Plus for $.99 per jar. However, any small glass jar will work!     Step Two: Print out the cider shot labels onto an 8 x 10 adhesive label page. You will not want to use tape since the drink inside will be warm; pre-made labels will stick the most securely. These labels will print 6 to a page.     Free Printable! Download this free printable {right here}     Step Three: Affix the labels neatly on the jars.     Step Four: Fill your jars with scrumptious apple cider, add 1/2 a cinnamon stick for an extra touch.     Tip: To warm the cider either have your servers pour heated cider into the jars directly before serving, or pour room temperature cider into the jars beforehand and warm by placing them atop a buffet warming plate, or near a fire.  
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  • Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff     We all know the importance of first impressions and when it comes to your wedding, the first impression guests will have will be delivered in the form of your Save the Date. Set the tone by creating your own custom watercolor 'Save the Date' postcards.      Choose watercolors that match your wedding colors and theme, then design them with your initials, wedding date or a meaningful phrase like 'together forever'.      Materials: watercolor postcard paper, watercolor paints, assorted paint brushes, liquid frisket     Step One: Dip your brush into a container of liquid frisket and begin painting a design onto the watercolor postcard paper. The liquid frisket will act as a resist to the watercolor when it comes time to add color, so keep that in mind when creating a design.     Step Two: Wait for the mask to dry completely. Then, using a different brush, add a layer of water to the entire postcard to prepare it for the watercolor paints.     Step Three:
    Next, begin painting the postcard with washes of various colors until you've reached the desired look. For a softer look, gently blot the paint from the paper as you go.     Step Four: Once the paint is completely dry, it is time to pull the resist mask off.     Step Five: Using your finger, rub over one end of the liquid frisket until it begins to pull up, just as you would with rubber cement. Pull the mask off in entirety, and you will be left with crisp white areas that show off your design.     Step Six: Lastly, add a stamp and address your postcards. Don't forget to also include a note reminding guests of the date of your nuptials and any other details you would like to share.     These save the date postcards are sure to make a charming first and lasting impression that will continue to excite your guests every day up until the big day.    
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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff     Incorporate the international symbol of love on your big day, with this sweet, wire heart, wrapped in velvety leaves from a dusty miller plant. It looks so good, no one will even know you made it yourself.     Materials: Dusty Miller Pliable Wire Washi Tape Wire Cutters Hot Glue Gun   How-To:     Step One: Cut a piece or wire that is 12-16 inches long.     Step Two: Bend the wire into a heart shape, by finding the mid point and bending up from there. Create the two humps for the top of the heart and bring the two ends together to finish the shape.     Step Three: Then, secure the two loose ends of the wire together with washi tape.     Step Four: Next, pluck leaves, of various sizes, off of a stem of dusty miller.       Step Five: Attach leaves individually to the wire with hot glue, starting at the top of the heart and working your way down.        Complete one side, and then the other.     Use the completed flower heart as a decoration for tables, the bride and groom chairs, or even as a cute cake topper. Note: If using around food, be sure to use edible flowers or non-toxic plant leaves only.
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  • Photos by Carly Taylor

    Perhaps one of the easiest projects you can create, these yarn poms when done in bulk will lend a dramatic flair to your ceremony or reception area for a very minimal investment!     Design them to coordinate with your wedding colors. They will look great on a cake, above the dance floor or as the backdrop to an altar.     Materials: Yarn in varying colors to match your wedding decor Scissors.   Process:   1. Using your middle three fingers begin to wrap the yarn around in a circular motion.     2. Wrap a thick layer of yarn, about 50 loops for a medium sized pom.     3. Carefully pull the looped yarn off your hand, keeping it in its wrapped shape.     4. Using the long end of the yarn, wrap it around the center of your looped yarn 3-4 times, pull to tighten.     5. Cut the end of the yarn off and tie a small knot around the center of the loop.     6. Starting at one end, begin cutting the yarn down the center of the loops. Cut all the way around the circle you have created.     7. Fan the pom out on all ends to create an even poof for the ball.     8. The poms are easy to hang using fishing wire tied around the center loop you created.     9. How sweet is this pom pom cake!?     Photos by Carly Taylor
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  • Photo By Chelsea Fuss

    This centerpiece is stunning - mainly because of the vibrant blooms!      Materials: 10 red, white and pink anemones  5 mini daffodils 8 orange, red, and white ranunculus (better if blown open) Ranunculus greens and buds English daisies in pink and white (cut from 2 plants) Modern vase Rocks Chicken wire or a flower frog Clippers

    Directions:

    First, fill the vase with rocks half way up the vase. Fill with water. Start filling the vase with stems. The rocks will keep the flowers in place and help you create the shape of your flower arrangement.     Try to create an "s" shape with greens and lighter flowers cascading to the right and diagonally across at the bottom of the vase.     Place larger blossoms at the bottom of the arrangement and lighter smaller buds and greens towards the top.     We added a table number made from a simple number sticker purchased at a grocery/drygoods store...     ... and a painted horse for some humor!     Tip: To make this arrangement more budget friendly, substitute more greens for flowers. The recipe is made of spring flowers. For a summer or fall version substitute with: dahlias (the single petaled varieties would work great), iceland poppies, garden roses, peonies, california poppies, daisies, roses.   Photo By Chelsea Fuss
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    For a simple favor that's an easy takeaway, try mini lemon breads! These darling little bread loaves will charm your guests and are inexpensive to put together.     A good recipe is key! We really like this one.     You will also need mini loaf pans, parchment or craft paper, string or twine and tags.     Make sure you also have a pretty surface or tablecloth to display the breads on.     Measure a piece of paper that will be a few inches shorter on each end than your loaf of bread. Fold over once so the raw edges don't show and wrap the paper around the middle of the bread.     Tie with twine or string and a tag.     It's that simple!     Display on an interesting or pretty surface.     Display on an interesting or pretty surface.     Enjoy!    

     

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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Materials: • A rectangular piece of Styrofoam, found in the floral section of any craft store (make sure it's at least 4 inches deep, so that it can stand upright on a table) • Fabric to cover the foam (we used white linen) • Ribbon • Ball pins • Seating cards      First, cut the fabric to size, making sure that it fully covers the front, back, and sides of the your piece of foam. Iron the fabric to remove any wrinkles. Cover the foam with the fabric, making sure to pull it taut to eliminate any bumps and to keep it tight against the foam. Use the pins to secure the fabric to the foam.     Cut ribbon pieces just long enough so that they come to the bottom of the rectangle when they hang over the top, and notch the ends for a nicely finished look. Then, postition the ribbons so that they are spaced an equal distance apart along the rectangle. Pin the ribbons in place to the back of the foam.     Print out your escort cards onto cardstock and cut them into equal sizes; or, buy pre-cut cards and hand-write the names and table numbers.     Pin the cards along the ribbons, keeping an equal distance between each card. Make sure to leave each pin sticking out a bit so that it's easy for guests to remove their card from the board.     Not only is this board a simple, elegant, and budget-friendly way to display seating cards (and its colors can be easily customized to coordinate with your event)...     It's also a space-saver: since it's a free-standing piece, it takes up just a fraction of the table space you'd use if you layed out the cards on top of the table!     Voila! Your escort card display board is gorgeous!    

     

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  • Photos By: Katherine Chong

    Williams-Sonoma’s Message-in-a-Cookie Cutters are a great way to customize any dessert table or edible wedding favors.     While it comes with three shapes, you don’t need to be limited by the set if you just think outside the box and use cookie cutters that better suit your celebration.     A basic sugar cookie and royal icing is a classic combination and can be easily spruced up with some spices, extracts, or food coloring.     Volia! A message cookie is born.     Simple, cost-effective, and easy to make, message cookies are a DIY bride’s dream come true to wowing her guests with a personal touch.     The cookies can be rolled out, cut, and ready to bake ahead of time since most doughs freeze nicely.     Afterwards, using a fine pastry tip and a steady hand when icing the cookies can help achieve beautiful and intricate detailing.     Some Message Ideas: Monogram Your names Guest names (can also be used as escort cards) “Thank you” “Love is sweet” “I do” “Sweet treats” “How sweet it is” “Something sweet” “xoxo”     Your guests will enjoy this thoughtful and romantic messaging -- and a really yummy cookie!      
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    Photos/Project By: Victoria Hudgins   Using fresh or dried herbs is a wonderful and economical way to bring a seasonal touch to your wedding. Lavender is my favorite dried herb to use because it is easy to work with, affordable, and smells amazing. Here's how I made these simple lavender escort cards!
        Collect a bunch of lavender and hang upside down to dry out. Or, purchase dried lavender from a local florist or home store.     Use simple white escort cards and write in names and table numbers for your guests.     Using an exacto knife, slice two small horizontal holes at the top of each card.     Thread your lavender through the holes, cutting off any excess stem at the end.     Since the herbs are dried, you can complete this project well before your wedding day.     Place bunches of lavender on the display table for added décor.      
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  • Project By Erica O'Brien & Photos By Brooke Allison Photography

    Re-create this stained glass monogram with cookie cutters, lollipops, and these instructions from our cake expert!

      One recipe for stained glass cookie dough(Makes more than enough for one cookie and quite a few extras).    Materials: Rolling pin  Letter cutters in various sizes  Heart-shaped cutter (large enough to accommodate letters)  Mallet or hammer  Lollipops or hard candy in the colors of your choice  Small plastic bag  Silpat or other non-stick baking sheet liner  Baking sheet   Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Working on Silpat or non-stick baking sheet liner, roll out dough approximately ¼” thick.     Cut dough using heart-shaped cutter. Remove the excess (It can be frozen for future use).     Using letter cutters, cut out monogram from dough. Place on baking sheet and freeze for 15-20 minutes to firm.     Bake in pre-heated oven until dough is partially, but not completely, baked and just barely beginning to turn golden, about 5-7 minutes.     While cookies are baking, place lollipops or hard candy into small plastic bag. Use mallet or hammer to crush candy into very small pieces.     Fill cavities with crushed candy until it is slightly above the cookie line, taking care not to get any crushed candy on the cookie part.     Return to oven and bake until candy is just melted, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.     Wet a small piece of fondant until it is very sticky. Gently adhere to cookie in several spots, avoiding candy part, and use to affix cookie to cake.

     

    Project By Erica O'Brien & Photos By Brooke Allison Photography

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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins   These sweet cider shots are just perfect for a chilly evening reception or as a signature drink! Our version is virgin but you could also add a bit of brandy to each shot.     Step One: We used adorable jars with bright tops- available at Cost Plus for $.99 per jar. However, any small glass jar will work!     Step Two: Print out the cider shot labels onto an 8 x 10 adhesive label page. You will not want to use tape since the drink inside will be warm; pre-made labels will stick the most securely. These labels will print 6 to a page.     Free Printable! Download this free printable {right here}     Step Three: Affix the labels neatly on the jars.     Step Four: Fill your jars with scrumptious apple cider, add 1/2 a cinnamon stick for an extra touch.     Tip: To warm the cider either have your servers pour heated cider into the jars directly before serving, or pour room temperature cider into the jars beforehand and warm by placing them atop a buffet warming plate, or near a fire.  
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  • Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff     We all know the importance of first impressions and when it comes to your wedding, the first impression guests will have will be delivered in the form of your Save the Date. Set the tone by creating your own custom watercolor 'Save the Date' postcards.      Choose watercolors that match your wedding colors and theme, then design them with your initials, wedding date or a meaningful phrase like 'together forever'.      Materials: watercolor postcard paper, watercolor paints, assorted paint brushes, liquid frisket     Step One: Dip your brush into a container of liquid frisket and begin painting a design onto the watercolor postcard paper. The liquid frisket will act as a resist to the watercolor when it comes time to add color, so keep that in mind when creating a design.     Step Two: Wait for the mask to dry completely. Then, using a different brush, add a layer of water to the entire postcard to prepare it for the watercolor paints.     Step Three:
    Next, begin painting the postcard with washes of various colors until you've reached the desired look. For a softer look, gently blot the paint from the paper as you go.     Step Four: Once the paint is completely dry, it is time to pull the resist mask off.     Step Five: Using your finger, rub over one end of the liquid frisket until it begins to pull up, just as you would with rubber cement. Pull the mask off in entirety, and you will be left with crisp white areas that show off your design.     Step Six: Lastly, add a stamp and address your postcards. Don't forget to also include a note reminding guests of the date of your nuptials and any other details you would like to share.     These save the date postcards are sure to make a charming first and lasting impression that will continue to excite your guests every day up until the big day.    
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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff     Incorporate the international symbol of love on your big day, with this sweet, wire heart, wrapped in velvety leaves from a dusty miller plant. It looks so good, no one will even know you made it yourself.     Materials: Dusty Miller Pliable Wire Washi Tape Wire Cutters Hot Glue Gun   How-To:     Step One: Cut a piece or wire that is 12-16 inches long.     Step Two: Bend the wire into a heart shape, by finding the mid point and bending up from there. Create the two humps for the top of the heart and bring the two ends together to finish the shape.     Step Three: Then, secure the two loose ends of the wire together with washi tape.     Step Four: Next, pluck leaves, of various sizes, off of a stem of dusty miller.       Step Five: Attach leaves individually to the wire with hot glue, starting at the top of the heart and working your way down.        Complete one side, and then the other.     Use the completed flower heart as a decoration for tables, the bride and groom chairs, or even as a cute cake topper. Note: If using around food, be sure to use edible flowers or non-toxic plant leaves only.
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  • Photos by Carly Taylor

    Perhaps one of the easiest projects you can create, these yarn poms when done in bulk will lend a dramatic flair to your ceremony or reception area for a very minimal investment!     Design them to coordinate with your wedding colors. They will look great on a cake, above the dance floor or as the backdrop to an altar.     Materials: Yarn in varying colors to match your wedding decor Scissors.   Process:   1. Using your middle three fingers begin to wrap the yarn around in a circular motion.     2. Wrap a thick layer of yarn, about 50 loops for a medium sized pom.     3. Carefully pull the looped yarn off your hand, keeping it in its wrapped shape.     4. Using the long end of the yarn, wrap it around the center of your looped yarn 3-4 times, pull to tighten.     5. Cut the end of the yarn off and tie a small knot around the center of the loop.     6. Starting at one end, begin cutting the yarn down the center of the loops. Cut all the way around the circle you have created.     7. Fan the pom out on all ends to create an even poof for the ball.     8. The poms are easy to hang using fishing wire tied around the center loop you created.     9. How sweet is this pom pom cake!?     Photos by Carly Taylor
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  • Photo By Chelsea Fuss

    This centerpiece is stunning - mainly because of the vibrant blooms!      Materials: 10 red, white and pink anemones  5 mini daffodils 8 orange, red, and white ranunculus (better if blown open) Ranunculus greens and buds English daisies in pink and white (cut from 2 plants) Modern vase Rocks Chicken wire or a flower frog Clippers

    Directions:

    First, fill the vase with rocks half way up the vase. Fill with water. Start filling the vase with stems. The rocks will keep the flowers in place and help you create the shape of your flower arrangement.     Try to create an "s" shape with greens and lighter flowers cascading to the right and diagonally across at the bottom of the vase.     Place larger blossoms at the bottom of the arrangement and lighter smaller buds and greens towards the top.     We added a table number made from a simple number sticker purchased at a grocery/drygoods store...     ... and a painted horse for some humor!     Tip: To make this arrangement more budget friendly, substitute more greens for flowers. The recipe is made of spring flowers. For a summer or fall version substitute with: dahlias (the single petaled varieties would work great), iceland poppies, garden roses, peonies, california poppies, daisies, roses.   Photo By Chelsea Fuss
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    For a simple favor that's an easy takeaway, try mini lemon breads! These darling little bread loaves will charm your guests and are inexpensive to put together.     A good recipe is key! We really like this one.     You will also need mini loaf pans, parchment or craft paper, string or twine and tags.     Make sure you also have a pretty surface or tablecloth to display the breads on.     Measure a piece of paper that will be a few inches shorter on each end than your loaf of bread. Fold over once so the raw edges don't show and wrap the paper around the middle of the bread.     Tie with twine or string and a tag.     It's that simple!     Display on an interesting or pretty surface.     Display on an interesting or pretty surface.     Enjoy!    

     

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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Materials: • A rectangular piece of Styrofoam, found in the floral section of any craft store (make sure it's at least 4 inches deep, so that it can stand upright on a table) • Fabric to cover the foam (we used white linen) • Ribbon • Ball pins • Seating cards      First, cut the fabric to size, making sure that it fully covers the front, back, and sides of the your piece of foam. Iron the fabric to remove any wrinkles. Cover the foam with the fabric, making sure to pull it taut to eliminate any bumps and to keep it tight against the foam. Use the pins to secure the fabric to the foam.     Cut ribbon pieces just long enough so that they come to the bottom of the rectangle when they hang over the top, and notch the ends for a nicely finished look. Then, postition the ribbons so that they are spaced an equal distance apart along the rectangle. Pin the ribbons in place to the back of the foam.     Print out your escort cards onto cardstock and cut them into equal sizes; or, buy pre-cut cards and hand-write the names and table numbers.     Pin the cards along the ribbons, keeping an equal distance between each card. Make sure to leave each pin sticking out a bit so that it's easy for guests to remove their card from the board.     Not only is this board a simple, elegant, and budget-friendly way to display seating cards (and its colors can be easily customized to coordinate with your event)...     It's also a space-saver: since it's a free-standing piece, it takes up just a fraction of the table space you'd use if you layed out the cards on top of the table!     Voila! Your escort card display board is gorgeous!    

     

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