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Is a casual bouquet of wildflowers more your style than a fussy florist bouquet? Here are some tips and instructions for making your own!
For our bouquet we used:Clover Chamomile Fennel Sweet woodruff Yarrow Buttercup Dandelion
1. We gathered them early in the morning and let them sit in cool water for several hours. If you don't happen to have a wildflower meadow, nearby, many of these flowers and herbs can be ordered from your local florist or nursery.
2. Gather all the greens in your hand, add the larger flowers at the bottom and the delicate flowers like, chamomile, last. We used flowers that had just bloomed and some that were at the end of their lifespan. It makes the bouquet interesting and dramatic.
3. We took many of the leaves off the stems but left some on, to give it that wild, casual feel. Tie the bouquet with twine and then a ribbon of your choosing (we used vintage French ribbon).
Wildflowers can be very sensitive, so you may want to make two bouquets and keep one in a cooler or fridge and have your best friend grab you a fresh one if need be. Then again, a few wilted flowers adds to the charm and unpretentious feel of your day!
Yellow backdrop fabric courtesy of Chewing The Cud .
These bright and sweet little Parisian cookies are the perfect favor for an elegant affair. You can have them made in any flavor or color to match your event and then package them using our easy instructions.
1. Small favor boxes, 2" square from PaperMart ($20 for 200 boxes)
2. Sturdy Paper Punch - Here we used this Cosmos Punch from Martha Stewart Crafts ($10)
3. Macarons - You can try to make your own or purchase some from your local French bakery. Prices will vary but it will be somewhere around $1.50 per cookie.
4. Ribbon from PaperMart (25 yards for $1.40)
Step One: Using the Cosmos Punch, make a hole in the front of the box.
Step Two: Assemble box and place macarons inside.
Step Three: Tie with a ribbon and voila -- one sweet favor!
Get creative with these butterfly escort cards, which will have guests flying to their assigned reception tables!
Butterfly cutouts - You can look for butterfly images in old books and paper ephemera and photocopy them, or alternatively, many etsy sellers offer digital collage sheets that you can print multiple copies of at home and cut out.
Tags or small cards - You can purchase ready made tags at craft stores, or if you'd like a more custom look you can make your own from your choice of cardstock and a tag-shaped paper punch (about $10-15 at craft stores). You can also opt for simple rectangles, cut easily with a paper cutter.
Mini clothespins - Found a craft stores
1. Glue mini clothespin to back of butterfly cutout as shown and let dry.
2. Write guest names and table numbers on tags.
3. Use the butterfly clip created in step one to fasten the tag to desired display.
Hang butterflies on a clothesline in alphabetical order.
Clip to groupings of twigs or branches in vases and label each vase with "Surnames A-D" and so on.
Cover a flat surface such as a bulletin board with old book pages and clip butterflies along edges of overlapping pages
Your guests will love these fresh and modern favors -- that they can keep forever! We filled tiny zinc pots with succulents and wrote the name of each guest on the pot with white paint. Eventually, your guests will be able to re-pot these or plant the succulents in a garden as they grow larger. The paint is easily removed with a damp cloth so the container can be re-used. It's a perfect way to show your guests that you love them and also love the earth! Enjoy!
Here's what you will need:
4" pot of succulents (will fill about 8, 3" containers)
3" round zinc containers
pea gravel or small rocks
white paint pen
1. Write the name of each guest on the zinc pots.
2. Divide succulents from 4" pots. Be sure to grab their roots when you do this.
3. Add 1 layer of small rocks or pea gravel to the bottom of the zinc pot.
4. Add a handful of soil.
5. Add two little succulents and plant them with additional soil into the pot.
6. Add rocks on top.
Having a backyard or down-home wedding? Then look no further than this adorable table setting! We were inspired by old-fashioned details for this table featuring red, white, and a touch of yellow.
We started with a simple white rental cloth and then we frayed the edges on some red and white ticking for an easy DIY, no sew table runner!
For the centerpieces, which double as favors, we filled tiny zinc pots with meadow flowers like daisies, coreopsis and snapdragon. They are small and easy to transport, so guests can take them home at the end of the event.
For the place settings, we used vintage tea towels with cross-stitched monograms. We mixed and matched sizes and styles. Tea towels are easy to find on Ebay or at thrift shops. But, if you can't find any, you can purchase similar re-striped towels at IKEA and add monograms to them.
The tarnished silverware was also found at a thrift store. We simply tied each set together with red yard and a Kraft paper tag for a colorful touch. We paired dark antique chairs with this table, but any dark wood chair from a rental company will do.
These darling, candy-striped flower arrangements could be used as favors for a bridal shower or at a bridesmaid's luncheon. We filled vintage teacups with yellow and pink roses and then placed a cheery flag in each arrangement! The best part is that the tea cups can be used forever after the flowers fade away.
You will need:
-Old tea cups (we found ours at a thrift store for less than $5)
-2 small roses, 1 large rose, 1 dahlia bud, 1 stem of sedum per arrangement
1. Fill tea cups with cold water.
2. Cut stems of roses about 1 inch short and placed them in the teacup.
3. Fill in the space between the roses with sedum and then added a dahlia bud poking up out of the side.
4. Cut a piece of cardstock about 1.5 inches wide and 8 inches long.
5. Fold the cardstock in half and cut a v in the end so it looks like a ribbon.
6. Tape a long toothpick to the inside of the flag and then wrote in a calligraphy pen on each flag.
7. Display the teacups at the entrance to your event. We chose a candy-striped cotton to echo the colors of the teacups and roses.
Your guests will be delighted by these escort cards/fan favors, which are both practical and really pretty! You can create these in just 4 steps:
Supplies for each favor:
1. Two unfinished wooden circles -- You can find these in the wood crafting section of your local craft store. These are 1.25" in diameter and were purchased at Michael's; we opted to paint them with gold acrylic craft paint but you can also leave them unfinished.
2. Vellum -- 8 1/2" by 11" sheets
4. Sandalwood fan -- Many online sources sell sandalwood fans, they are usually priced between $1.00 and $1.50. If you live in a larger city your local Chinatown is also a great resource.
5. Ribbon (optional)
7. Double stick tape or regular tape
1. Before cutting the vellum, use a word processing program to print the names of guests centered and evenly spaced down the page. The page setup should be set to portrait (or vertical). If you plan to use the favors as escort cards be sure to print the table number of each guest right below their name. You should be able to fit 2 names per sheet. Print and cut sheet in half.
2. Fashion the vellum into a roll with the same diameter as the wooden disks. Using a tacky craft glue, glue one disk in place at one end of the roll as shown. During this process it might be helpful to use tape to tack the roll shut while you are gluing the edges. Later you can use a small amount of glue or double stick tape to seal the back seam shut.
3. Insert the fan - you can tie on a new ribbon if desired.
4. Glue second wooden disk to close the tube.
According to some, wedding pies are on the rise as cupcakes take a little break! These magical mini-pies are perfect for a shower, wedding or any lovely occasion. Read on for the recipe!
Step One: Making the Pie DoughMakes 6 to 8 3" pies Make recipe twice. One will be for the bottom crust and the other for the heart cut-outs. 2 ½ cups all purpose flour 1 tsp salt 2 tsp sugar 8 oz butter, cold and cut into cubes ½ cup ice water
Step Two: Pear and Raspberry Filling3-4 bartlett pears, medium dice 1 cup of fresh or frozen raspberries 3 Tbs Vanilla sugar 2 Tbs cornstarch ½ tsp ginger Juice of half a lemon
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and divide among the pies.
Place the flour, salt and sugar in the bowl of the food processor. Pulse a couple of times to incorporate all ingredients. Add the cubed and cold butter. Pulse about 10 to 12 times until butter and flour mixture is crumbly.
Add the ice water while machine is running until dough comes together. Do not over work it.
Dump the dough onto a work surface and form into a ball. Wrap in plastic and flatten it into a disk. Refrigerate the dough for 2 hours. Repeat with the second batch.
Roll the first disk of dough on a marble or cold surface to about 1/8" thickness. Using a mini heart cookie cutter, cut out hearts. You will need about 20 mini hearts per mini pie. Place these on a baking sheet lined with parchment and refrigerate while working on filling the pies.
Roll the second disk of dough on a marble or cold surface also to about 1/8" thickness. Cut out circles that will fit into the mini pie molds. Fill the molds and cut the excess dough with some kitchen scissors.
Fill the pies with the pear and raspberry filling. Brush the edges of the pie with egg wash and start lining the heart cut outs forming two rows so that the filling shows through the middle.
Brush the top with egg wash and sprinkle with sanding sugar.
Bake them at 400F for about 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
Recipes Created By: Aran Goyoaga
Photo Courtesy: Aran Goyoaga
We love things that can do double-duty, and these adorable paper flowers do just that and then some: they're seating cards, centerpieces, and favors! These pretty blooms are perfect for a whimsical wedding, a bridal luncheon or shower, and can be made in any color.
You can put a flower on each place setting, or spread them out together on a table for guests to see when they arrive. Set empty vintage bottles on each table for guests to pop the flower into when they sit down. The groups of flower-filled bottles create instant centerpieces, and are sweet parting gifts for your guests to take home.
To make the flowers you see pictured, we used Martha Stewart's tissue paper flower kit, but there are plenty of make-it-yourself versions to be found on the web by simply searching for "tissue paper flowers" (like here, here, and here.) The flowers are surprisingly easy to make, and -- bonus! -- can even be assembled ahead of time and shipped flat (if your event isn't local) to complete when you're ready.
For a finished look, we wrapped green Japanese tape around the stems and personalized each flower with a little paper flag written with the guest's name (image 1). (If you also want to add a table assignment, simply make the flag bigger to accommodate the extra verbiage, or write it on another flag and add it to the stem below the name.) Because the flower heads are attached to wire (image 2), they can be adjusted to lie flat on a plate or table, and then bent back when they're in the bottle.
Vintage bottles can be found for as little as a dollar each at flea markets, antique shops, eBay, and Etsy.
Images Courtesy: Mary Swenson
Oenophiles can express their passion for wine by creating one-of-a-kind tables using their favorite bottles as centerpieces!
We (happily) imbibed enough vino to collect a dozen bottles, and corralled them using an old wooden crate found on eBay for under $20. (Similar crates are readily available at flea markets and antique stores; if hunting for one online, search for "vintage wooden crate" or "wooden soda crate".)
We filled the four bottles in the middle with water, stuck pretty white flowers inside of each one, and added bits of greenery for interest. Using the same flowers, we created two mini-arrangements inside plain white vessels to flank the crate. These add a bit of formality to the rustic centerpiece without competing with it for attention.
White linens are an elegant contrast to the wood crate, and easy, no-sew table runners cut from burlap add texture and are in keeping with the no-frills vibe. We notched ours at each end to mimic the ends of ribbon.
Since corks and wine go hand-in-hand, each setting was topped with a cork coaster bearing each guest's initial. We found our coasters at a hardware store, but similar ones can be found at craft stores and online (like here); we used a white paint marker to write the initials on the coasters.
Images Courtesy: Mary Swenson