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These seasonal favors are easy, inexpensive, and oh-so-charming! Put them atop each place setting, arrange them en masse on a favor table, or even group them together in the center of each table for a casual centerpiece that guests can easily take home at the end of your event.
We picked up small pots of bulbs in bloom at our local grocery store for $3.99 each; each pot had 3 flowers in it, which averages to $1.33 per stem. (Tulips are a colorful and widely-available choice; hyacinths are also a pretty, very fragrant alternative.)
We removed each bulb from the pot and planted it in a small plastic cup. Each cup was placed inside a mini brown paper bag, decorated with guests' initials. (If you're using a group of these flower bags as a centerpiece, you can write the table number on each one.) We punched holes at the top of each bag, and added grommets to the front holes for a finished look. Stringing ribbon through the holes is a pretty finish, and also keeps the flowers straight in the bag.
Sources: Mini paper bags can be found at Paper Mart; small white cups by Solo; white paint pen by Elmer's; ribbon and grommets from Michaels
Images Courtesy: Mary Swenson
With a color printer, some card stock, and any bells and whistles of your choosing, you can create these gorgeous, romantic table numbers in no time!
Card stock in color of your choice, 8.5" by 11"
Paper cutter or scissors
Gold acrylic craft paint
1. Table number templates 1-20 are available as .pdfs to download and print.
2. Print table numbers onto card stock and cut out along provided lines.
3. You can use the table numbers as is or add extra metallic details with gold craft paint and a fine brush. Use the paint to detail the floral border. Be sure to keep the brush relatively dry, especially if you've print your cards on an inkjet printer.
Images courtesy: Olivia Kanaley
Spring is upon us! Planning a bridal shower? Why not opt for this gorgeous pink and green dessert table, which is simple, whimsical and sweet, naturally!
To create this table: you need to create fondant, add pink and green food coloring, and go with one theme in cookie cutters (flowers were chosen for this spring table) with a large, medium, and small cookie cutter on each item. For the fondant, create about a fist size of pink and about half that size for the green. Buttercream can be used, if you prefer that instead.
Roll out the fondant, cut out your flowers, create your stems and decorate, as seen below:
Attach the stems onto the cake like glue, using any sort of icing you may have on hand.
To make the green cupcake wrapper, take the cupcake liner and cut it around the edge. Then trace onto green cardstock, added a half inch to each end, cut it out, and wrap it around the cupcake and tape it in place.
Volia: Your pretty, vibrant dessert table is ready. You can tie in the pink and green theme to the rest of the shower with pretty pink flowers as well.
Table creation and images courtesy: i am baker
If you are looking to personalize your wedding tables, consider making your own napkins (or having a friend or family member pitch in and help!). It's one of our favorite inexpensive tricks for creating customized wedding tables. Homemade napkins can add punch to your color scheme and add a personal flair to rental linens.
It you don't want to make your own napkins, many rental companies will sew napkins for you, if you provide the fabric. We've found the cost is usually around $1 per napkin. The two standard sizes for napkins are 10" x 10" for a cocktail napkin and "17 x 17" for a larger dinner napkin. If you decide to make your own, here's our how to:
You will need:
Approx. 1 yard of fabric per 4 napkins (depending on which size you make)
A sewing machine
The easiest way to start is to trace a napkin you already have onto your fabric. Add about 1.25 inch to the edge and cut in a square. Fold and press 1/4 of an inch around the edge to hide the raw seam. Fold down another inch and press. Stitch around the edge, about 1/8 of an inch in. Press and fold the napkin!
Making napkins gives you more control over the look of your tables and adds a personal and unique touch. The best part is that you can keep the linens for your new home!
Images courtesy: Chelsea Fuss
As springtime arrives, we put together an inspirational story for a greenhouse wedding picnic. What could be lovelier than celebrating with a few close family and friends, surrounded by orange blossoms and gorgeous greens? It's a perfect idea for those who love the outdoors but are unsure of the forecast for their springtime nuptials. With a glass roof overhead, you can enjoy the great outdoors, regardless of the weather.
The details: The bride wore a simple tea-length gown made from cotton piqué and just for the picnic, she added a playful gingham linen pinafore (both from Elizabeth Dye). Wellies kept her feet dry! She carried a wild bouquet of narcissus, forget-me-nots, grape hyacinth and snowdrops. The groom wore khakis and a white shirt with a floral tie (from Fieldguided) and a straw boater hat.
A simple greenhouse filled with maidenhair ferns, lily of the valley, orange blossoms, and myrtle set the scene. We simply added a cafe table and chairs, a few wild arrangements of springtime blossoms, and a spread of easy seasonal bites.
We made cucumber sandwiches with goat cheese on homemade rosemary sea salt baguettes. A salad of fresh peas and fennel was combined with lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper. French bottles were filled with basil-infused lemonade! The recipes were simple but seasonally appropriate and they also matched the color scheme!
For favors, we created seed packets filled with forget-me-not seeds and designed with the bride and groom's name. The delicate illustrations on the favors coordinate with the hand-drawn invitations (from Nisee Made).
We hope this sweet springtime celebration will inspire your own projects and decorations!
Credits: Photography: Lisa Warninger. Dress: Elizabeth Dye. Tie: Fieldguided. Hair and Makeup: Madeline Roosevelt. Invitations and favors: Nisee Made. Food: Elizabeth Fuss. Antique plant trough, plant markers, cloches, drinking glasses, white bowl, radish salt and pepper shakers: Terrain. Plant rental: Cornell Farms. Additional plants: Sammy's Flowers. Farm table: Thea's Interiors. Location provided by: Atelier Design Group. Models: Andrina Kaupert and Ashton Macaulay from Option Model Management.
Summer is right around the corner, and with that bring many summertime weddings!
Using everyday items, like frames and wooden paper filers as trays, baker extraordinnaire Kathy Chong and designer Grace Chen put together this fantastic dessert table for us!
Design Idea: Intent was to use every day items in nontraditional ways!
1. A 4x4 shelf found at thrift store
2. Wooden paper filers as tiered trays
3. Frames as trays
4. A shower curtain as backdrop
The Summer Inspired Menu:
Sweet corn cupcakes with blackberry frosting and wine-soaked blackberries
Buttermilk panna cotta tarts with lemon curd and blueberries
Petite peach pies with lattice top
Mini raspberry clafoutis
Grasshopper pie bars: mint cheesecake with brownie and cookie chunks
Vanilla tuiles filled with fromage blanc and pistachios
Flourless chocolate cookies
Strawberry rhubarb pate de fruit
Do-It-Yourself or DIY wedding favors add a personal touch to this gesture of thanks from a bride and groom to their guests. Since they're handmade, DIY wedding favors are special, one-of-a-kind treats, even when they're common items like candles or cookies. If you have the time and ability to assemble DIY wedding favors, they're certain to be appreciated by everyone lucky enough to receive one.
DIY wedding favors are generally less expensive than purchased favors and often easy to put together - but bear in mind that it can take a lot of time and effort to produce and package DIY wedding favors. If possible, recruit family and close friends to help make DIY wedding favors - and turn the DIY wedding favors assembly line into a fun pre-wedding activity.DIY Wedding Favors - the edible variety!
Cookies, muffins, sweets and other edibles are great DIY wedding favors. (If you're considering home-cooked DIY wedding favors, remember that many need to be made pretty close to the wedding date in order to retain their freshness.) Decorate cookies to match the theme or colors of the wedding. Or buy a heart-shaped cookie cutter and frost the cookies with the couple's monogram. Consider including a copy of the recipe and a cookie cutter as an added touch when packaging these DIY wedding favors.
Print customized labels for jars of homemade jam. Or cook up batches of fudge in a variety of mix-and-match flavors. The only problem with creating these tasty DIY wedding favors is fighting off the temptation to eat the scrumptious goodies and making sure there's enough left for the wedding guests!Easy DIY Wedding Favors:
Even if you're not particularly crafty, there are many easy to make DIY wedding favors. Customize pillar and/or taper candles by using fabric glue to attach ribbon, rhinestones, silk flowers, beads, etc. Or use paint pens to decorate glass holders for tealights or votive candles and transform them into attractive DIY wedding favors.
Those paint pens can also be used on small terra cotta or ceramic pots - turn them into DIY wedding favors with the addition of small plants, seedlings, herbs or flower bulbs. Include instructions on the care and feeding of these special DIY wedding favors, and guests will have a living, lasting reminder of the event for weeks and even months to come.
If you're feeling adventurous, try making homemade soap to give as DIY wedding favors. You can also look online for easy "recipes" for bath salts, which can be made in big batches and packaged in jars or cellophane bags. Combine these with bags of hand-mixed potpourri in a basket of fragrant DIY wedding favors.
Turn custom-cut and decorated pieces of cardboard or card stock into several different DIY wedding favors. Bookmarks can be adorned with hand-written messages, a favorite quote or song lyric and/or paper appliqués. Make note cards by covering the front with a colorful collage of glued-on images. If you're handy with a sewing machine, sew scraps of fabric onto the front of the note cards. Trim them to fit the size of the card, and you've got "note-ably" unique DIY wedding favors.
We saved colorful cans and planted them with vegetables (lettuce starts shown) for a look that is colorful but also eco-friendly!
We started with a rustic farm table, which event companies often rent out. We used vintage tea towels (found at thrift stores for under $1 each) as napkins and plain white plates, simple glasses, as well as mix and match vintage silverware. We used a variety of colorful cans but made sure to repeat a few of the labels, so the look wouldn't get too chaotic. The playful mix of pattern and bright color will let your guests know that you like to have fun, have a passion for good food and gardens, value the environment but that you don't take yourselves too seriously.
To plant up empty cans, drill small holes in the bottom. Cover the bottom inside of the can with pea gravel. fill with soil and plant seeds or seedlings. If you plant seeds, follow the instructions on the seed packets, it could take up to 6 weeks for the seeds to sprout. We planted seedlings about 3 inches deep in the can. The leafy greens look playful peeking out.
On the plates, we potted up small cans and added seed labels with each guest's name. If you have out of town guests, consider sending them home with seed packets instead. We also put a large seed marker in one of the centerpieces to mark the table number.
This table has a positive environmental impact as well. The napkins, cans and silverware are recycled, and instead of throwing out cut flowers, the vegetables can be replanted. You and your guests will reap veggies all year long!
Can't decide on the perfect favor for your summer wedding or shower? Send your guests home with some homemade lemonade favors!
Using your favorite lemonade recipe, make large batches of homemade lemonade, then use these pretty Italian bottles to package. We affixed a custom label but all these classic bottles need is a ribbon and they are set.
-Favorite Lemonade Recipe Made in Bulk
-Italian Bottles (from Ikea: $3/each)
-Custom Labels or a Ribbon
Adding a few small, sumptuous details to your table will make your event feel luxurious, even if you aren't spending a fortune! For a bit of sparkle, we wrapped regular, glass votives in small pieces of silk fabric. The result is gorgeous and textured, and once lit, the light bounces of the silk in a really pretty way. Silk is available in an array of gorgeous hues so take a trip to the fabric store and be inspired! silk is pretty expensive but you will only need about a yard or two so the total cost per votive is around 75 cents.
You will need:
Silk Fabric (about 1 yard per 20 votives) We used two colors.
Double stick tape
1. Wrap a piece of fabric around one candle to see approximately how much you will need per candle. Cut a piece out to size and then use that as a pattern for the rest of the pieces.
2. When cutting the silk, make a small cut in the fabric and then tear the fabric. The raw, frayed edges add a great texture.
3. Make sure the top of the fabric is just below the glass rim of the votive.
4.. Secure on the candle with a piece of double stick tape.
Style the candles in two different colors, in mass or as an accent with floral centerpieces. As always with candles, have your caterer or helper light them right before the event and don't leave them in an unattended room.