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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 Erica O'Brien
Create these sweet-as-sugar table numbers in a few easy steps!
What You’ll Need:Ruler Fondant in color of your choice pizza wheel 5 x 7 paper embossing folder (Erica OBrien used an Anna Griffin by Cuttlebug design) Number cutters Cornstarch (to prevent sticking) Sugar cookie recipe of your choice Fondant smoother Exacto knife Food-use only paintbrush Small rolling pin Water
Roll out sugar cookie dough to about 1/4" thick. Use ruler and pizza wheel to cut into 4” x 6” rectangle. Repeat as many times as needed.
Lay cut rectangles on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate 15 minutes or until firm.
Using number cutters, carefully cut out table numbers as needed. Refrigerate again until firm, about 15 minutes.
Bake until lightly browned. Allow to cool.
Roll fondant thin, about 1/8” thick, into about a 5” x 7” rectangle. Be sure to roll to an even thickness.
Place embossed side of paper embossing folder on rolled fondant, pressing firmly.
Use fondant smoother with firm pressure to evenly emboss fondant. Check that fondant evenly fills cavities on paper embossing folder.
Gently lift embossing folder off fondant.
Impression should be even all over fondant.
Using water and food-use only brush, wet entire surface of number cookie.
Adhere fondant to cookie (embossed side facing up) and flip cookie so that back of cookie is facing up.
Place pizza wheel against edge of cookie and cut fondant to same size as cookie.
Use exactly knife to cut number out of fondant.
Gently remove fondant cut out.
There you have it!
By: Mary SwensonThat of-the-moment (yet utterly classic) blue and white striped shirt seen just about everywhere these days inspired this fresh, stylish table setting. Here's how we did it! Linens Customizing individual linens for each place setting is made easy by using inexpensive white cotton napkins and multi-surface acrylic craft paint. Simply iron each napkin flat, and paint thin stripes along the bottom. Centerpiece Liven up your centerpiece container by adding a striped detail along the bottom. First, we spray-painted a clear glass vase with white spray paint and let it dry completely. Then, after marking off stripe-painting guides using low-tack adhesive tape, we painted stripes around the base of the container. Floral Simplicity A single, oversized red dahlia adds just the right amount of color and drama to this centerpiece while keeping it simple and unfussy. Menus Carry the stripey theme over to all aspects of your event! To create this menu card, we used blue cardstock, a white gel pen, and white paint. Contrast + Color The blue menu card is a striking contrast atop the sea of white. Place one card at each table setting, or put one or two at each table. Place Cards Make matching place cards by using white card stock and painting stripes along one edge with blue paint. Use a similarly-colored blue pen to print names on each card. Coordinated Paper Goods Coordinating menu and place cards are a lovely and sophisticated detail. Stripes, Stripes, Stripes! Using the same number of stripes and a common color scheme for each piece on your table creates a unified, crisp look that's perfect for a bridal shower or wedding day! (photos by Mary Swenson)
Photos By: Mary SwensonCandles are that one favor you know your guests will use, and they're easier to make than you may think! Forget special candle-making equipment -- microwaveable soy wax is easy to use, and add a package of candle wicking (both available at craft stores) and you're ready to get started! Begin by choosing an interesting container for your candle: vintage tins, miniature clay pots, and teacups all make lovely and unique statements, and are easy to coordinate with your event. For our project, we used inexpensive cobalt blue jars found on eBay. First, we cut the wicking to fit the depth of our container. To keep the wick straight, we tied the top loosely around a wooden stick long enough so that it was able to rest on top of the jar, and then centered the wick over the jar. We put the soy wax flakes in a microwave-safe container with a spout (which makes it easier to control the wax when we're ready to pour it into our jars) and melted the wax according to the package instructions. You can personalize your candle's fragrance with a huge variety of fragrance oils, or leave them unscented. We added a few drops of lavender oil to our hot, melted wax, carefully poured it into the jars, and let them sit undisturbed until completely cooled and solid. While the candles cooled, we prepped the packaging for our candles. We made simple gift tags and cut sprigs of dried lavender to tie around each jar. The finished product: fragrant soy candles, personalized for each guest! Use each candle as a place setting, or display them all together on a favor table. Your guests will love them! Photos By: Mary Swenson
Photos By: Jordan FerneyMaterials: 2 feet of 18" Russian Veiling Comb Thread and Needle Ruler Scissors
Important Note: There are two sides of the veiling: finished and unfinished. You want the finished end to run across your face NOT the unfinished side.
Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
Inspired by the sweet strawberry cakes that Swedes make during their Midsummer holiday each year, we came up with this festive wedding cake! It's perfect for an outdoor, rustic wedding. You can make the cake yourself, or simply embellish a store bought cake using our styling inspiration. It's easy and such a unique idea!
First you'll need a white dome cake. We used a citrus flavor dome cake filled with whip cream, from a small family bakery, and it was delicious. We just took off the doily and cardboard it came on and slid it onto a rustic wooden board. You could also make your own. Here are instructions on how to make a dome cake.
You will need around two pints of strawberries per cake.
Cut the stems off and slice the strawberries in half.
Lay the strawberries flat side down, all over the cake.
Keep the cake in the fridge until just before the reception.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff If you're looking for a simple wedding project that won't break the bank, these watercolor favor boxes are the perfect match. Use them as wedding favor boxes for guest, bridal party gifts, even as holiday packaging for presents wrapped sweetly under the tree. Materials: Kraft box (any size) Scissors Super thick yarn White watercolor Paint brush
How-To:1. Fold the box and prepare watercolors with a few drops of water in a small dish or palette. 2. Write a message with watercolors on the top of the box. 3. Fill with yummy bakery items or other sweet treats. 4. Add a card inside the box to say thanks to guests for coming to your wedding. Or pen a note to your bridal party to tell your bridesmaids how much they mean to you. 5. Close up the box and add a long piece of yarn. Tie it in a bow or add a giant yarn pouf to finish the package. Voila!