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    Photos by Prokopets Studio for Victoria Hudgins   This escort card alternative is fun, gilttery, and glam. The kaleidoscopes give your guests something fun to do and direct them to where they need to go, a bright and festive touch to any reception!     Materials: One kaleidoscope for each guest attending (I found them for $1 each at my local dime store). Paper, or fabric to cover each frame Small numerical stickers Scissors Glue Twine and small tags     First take off whatever ugly printed paper is covering your ready-made kaleidoscope frame. You could also make your own kaleidoscopes, but I found the materials to be more expensive than grabbing them up cheaply.     Use a pair of scissors to pop off the top of the kaleidoscopes.     Place your numerical sticker on the inside window. Using a small amount of glue, replace the confetti filled window to the frame.     Re-cover your frame with pretty paper or fabric by cutting it to size and gluing down the bottom.     Tie off each kaleidoscope with twine and attach a small tag with each guests name.     When your guest finds her name, she will simply look into the kaleidoscope to find out which table she's at (and get a beautiful show of confetti to boot)!      
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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  

     

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  • Project and Photos By: Jennifer Kirk 

      Instructions 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.    
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  • Photos By: Carly Taylor

    I'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
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    Project and Photos by: Carly Taylor     These balls come together quickly and can be made in any color you desire. They are more substantial than confetti or rice and will lend a fabulously festive touch to your goodbye.     The materials: small styrofoam balls (can be purchased at craft stores) yarn glue scissors
      The process: Using a dab of glue, attach on end of your chosen color of yarn to the styrofoam ball.
      Begin wrapping the yarn around and wrap it completely until you've covered the entire ball.
      Cut the yarn once the ball is covered and using a second dab of glue, secure the end of the yarn to the ball. 
      Gather in a group of pretty bowls with a note to take a handful and shower the bride and groom with a colorful goodbye.
      Enjoy!
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    By: Victoria Hudgins   Here's an inexpensive way to get in on a simple urban trend for your wedding! Concrete can give a simple/pretty utilitarian look when used in the right way and is one of the cheapest materials to work with.A large bag of concrete sells for about three dollars at your local hardware store and one bag could make an estimated 100 candles! For three dollars (plus the cost of the tapers).     Materials: Paper Cups Tapers or votives Concrete Mix Water Spoon Protective Mask   Step One: Mix the concrete with the water according to your package directions. Work in small batches and wear a mask to prevent inhaling the powder.     Step Two: Once mixed, pour the concrete into your paper cups. You could pre-measure a line inside your cups for a consistent height or pour in varying amounts for a more organic look.     Step Three: Place a taper candle (or votive if your prefer) into each paper cup. Twist down toward the bottom of the mixture to secure.     Step Four: Let dry overnight (or for 24 hours). Then, cut a slit in the top of each paper cup.     Step Five: Begin unwinding the paper from the concrete. If fully dry it will come right off!     Display Idea: Place a grouping of these to center each table, or make them in mass to back your ceremony stage.     They look pretty lining windowsills...on a shelf or other bare surface.     Photos by: Victoria Hudgins
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    By ohhappyday.com   This is for those brides that have figured out a great favor to give, but need some packaging to make it pretty.     I prefer making the tassels out of crepe paper versus tissue paper because there is no glue needed and the crepe paper takes about five seconds to shape while the tissue paper takes a lot of time to "poof." These are really easy and really affordable to make. Here's how!   Materials: Folds of Crepe Paper Scissors Chinese Take Out Containers

    Step One Take a section of crepe paper that is folded in half (about 5" long when folded) and cut off very thin "sections."     Step Two Put two or three of the "sections" together (you'll want to test a few to get it the right thickness depending on the paper) and twist tightly starting in the middle.     Step Three When the middle section gets twisted enough let it naturally loop and begin twisting the crepe paper around itself (If you are attaching it to the wire handles you'll need to wrap it around before you twist.)     Tip no. 1 The stretchiness in the crepe paper will help it hold and stay tight.     Tip no. 2 The fewer sections the better it will hold. You should find the happy medium between making sure it holds tight and having a nice amount of thickness.     Step Four Very lightly "crunch" the tassle in your hand to give it a little body and trim it with scissors to even it out.      
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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    The 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
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    By: Chelsea Fuss   These ultra simple escort cards are super adorable and couldn't be easier to make!     Materials: red paper twine white pen mini clothes pins scissors a table, board or wall to display them on

    Cut out a heart by folding an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper in half and cutting half of a heart out.     Use this heart as a template so that the rest are about the same size and shape.     Write each guest's name and table number with a white pen.     Clothespin the hearts on twine.     Display on a wood table, a wall, or a board.     Cover a piece of foam core with fabric by adhering it with spray glue. Pin twine, ribbon or string to the board and then attach the hearts with the clothespins.        
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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

      Give 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.        
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    Photos by Prokopets Studio for Victoria Hudgins   This escort card alternative is fun, gilttery, and glam. The kaleidoscopes give your guests something fun to do and direct them to where they need to go, a bright and festive touch to any reception!     Materials: One kaleidoscope for each guest attending (I found them for $1 each at my local dime store). Paper, or fabric to cover each frame Small numerical stickers Scissors Glue Twine and small tags     First take off whatever ugly printed paper is covering your ready-made kaleidoscope frame. You could also make your own kaleidoscopes, but I found the materials to be more expensive than grabbing them up cheaply.     Use a pair of scissors to pop off the top of the kaleidoscopes.     Place your numerical sticker on the inside window. Using a small amount of glue, replace the confetti filled window to the frame.     Re-cover your frame with pretty paper or fabric by cutting it to size and gluing down the bottom.     Tie off each kaleidoscope with twine and attach a small tag with each guests name.     When your guest finds her name, she will simply look into the kaleidoscope to find out which table she's at (and get a beautiful show of confetti to boot)!      
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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  

     

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  • Project and Photos By: Jennifer Kirk 

      Instructions 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.    
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  • Photos By: Carly Taylor

    I'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
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    Project and Photos by: Carly Taylor     These balls come together quickly and can be made in any color you desire. They are more substantial than confetti or rice and will lend a fabulously festive touch to your goodbye.     The materials: small styrofoam balls (can be purchased at craft stores) yarn glue scissors
      The process: Using a dab of glue, attach on end of your chosen color of yarn to the styrofoam ball.
      Begin wrapping the yarn around and wrap it completely until you've covered the entire ball.
      Cut the yarn once the ball is covered and using a second dab of glue, secure the end of the yarn to the ball. 
      Gather in a group of pretty bowls with a note to take a handful and shower the bride and groom with a colorful goodbye.
      Enjoy!
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    By: Victoria Hudgins   Here's an inexpensive way to get in on a simple urban trend for your wedding! Concrete can give a simple/pretty utilitarian look when used in the right way and is one of the cheapest materials to work with.A large bag of concrete sells for about three dollars at your local hardware store and one bag could make an estimated 100 candles! For three dollars (plus the cost of the tapers).     Materials: Paper Cups Tapers or votives Concrete Mix Water Spoon Protective Mask   Step One: Mix the concrete with the water according to your package directions. Work in small batches and wear a mask to prevent inhaling the powder.     Step Two: Once mixed, pour the concrete into your paper cups. You could pre-measure a line inside your cups for a consistent height or pour in varying amounts for a more organic look.     Step Three: Place a taper candle (or votive if your prefer) into each paper cup. Twist down toward the bottom of the mixture to secure.     Step Four: Let dry overnight (or for 24 hours). Then, cut a slit in the top of each paper cup.     Step Five: Begin unwinding the paper from the concrete. If fully dry it will come right off!     Display Idea: Place a grouping of these to center each table, or make them in mass to back your ceremony stage.     They look pretty lining windowsills...on a shelf or other bare surface.     Photos by: Victoria Hudgins
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    By ohhappyday.com   This is for those brides that have figured out a great favor to give, but need some packaging to make it pretty.     I prefer making the tassels out of crepe paper versus tissue paper because there is no glue needed and the crepe paper takes about five seconds to shape while the tissue paper takes a lot of time to "poof." These are really easy and really affordable to make. Here's how!   Materials: Folds of Crepe Paper Scissors Chinese Take Out Containers

    Step One Take a section of crepe paper that is folded in half (about 5" long when folded) and cut off very thin "sections."     Step Two Put two or three of the "sections" together (you'll want to test a few to get it the right thickness depending on the paper) and twist tightly starting in the middle.     Step Three When the middle section gets twisted enough let it naturally loop and begin twisting the crepe paper around itself (If you are attaching it to the wire handles you'll need to wrap it around before you twist.)     Tip no. 1 The stretchiness in the crepe paper will help it hold and stay tight.     Tip no. 2 The fewer sections the better it will hold. You should find the happy medium between making sure it holds tight and having a nice amount of thickness.     Step Four Very lightly "crunch" the tassle in your hand to give it a little body and trim it with scissors to even it out.      
    1
  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    The 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
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    By: Chelsea Fuss   These ultra simple escort cards are super adorable and couldn't be easier to make!     Materials: red paper twine white pen mini clothes pins scissors a table, board or wall to display them on

    Cut out a heart by folding an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper in half and cutting half of a heart out.     Use this heart as a template so that the rest are about the same size and shape.     Write each guest's name and table number with a white pen.     Clothespin the hearts on twine.     Display on a wood table, a wall, or a board.     Cover a piece of foam core with fabric by adhering it with spray glue. Pin twine, ribbon or string to the board and then attach the hearts with the clothespins.        
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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

      Give 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.        
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