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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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  • 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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  • 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: Chelsea Fuss

    We love this refreshing take on the potted plant! Take a 4” blooming plant and wrap it in newspaper and twine for an earthy but unique wedding favor or centerpiece. Here’s the how-to!

    You'll need: 

    4” seasonal blooming plants. 1/4 of a page of newspaper for each plant. We used the French newspaper, Le Monde Diplomatique for it’s heavy, shiny quality (and the romantic wording!) but you could use any newspaper that has significance (in date or language) to you as a couple. Scissors. Waxed twine.     Directions: Cut a 1/4 of newspaper page for each plant.     Take the center ends and turn them up towards the plant and flat against the pot. Wrap the sides over and fold. Tie with waxed twine.     The pots can be set out as favors or they can double as centerpieces by being displayed down the center of a family style table.     How sweet is this place card?     Use the blooms as a guide for your color scheme by displaying them on pretty matching fabric or with coordinating napkins.     We used violas, but other options include daffodils or hyacinth for spring, miniature marigold or daisies for summer, chrysanthemums or pansies for fall, tulip or paperwhites for winter.     Tip: Make sure the bottoms of the plants are dry or the newspaper will get wet. You can also include a small piece of cellophane under the pot or line the newspaper so that you can water the plants.     Your guests will love this bright, seasonal decoration and they’ll be happy to take them off your hands at the end of the evening.    

     

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  • Photos By: Carly Taylor

    The vintage book theme has been a major player in wedding themes this year. We think these bookmark escort cards are the perfect touch to your celebration!

    The materials: Paper, access to a lamination machine, an exacto knife and pretty markers.     First you will need to laminate the paper you are using. You can buy a small machine to do this or bring your papers to the local copy store for lamination.Next, you will need to cut out your bookmarks using a straight edge or paper trimmer.     Trace a small heart on the top portion of each bookmark.    

    Using an exacto knife, cut around the heart 90% of the way.

     

    Leave a small portion of the heart uncut and attached to the page.

    After cutting, you can easily erase your tracing lines with a clean cloth.

    Using your pen, fill in table numbers on the heart and fold up for easy viewing on your seating table.

    Write in each guest name on the long end of the book mark - and you are done!

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  • Project and Photos By: Erica OBrien

    To achieve an ombre look like dip-dyed silk, paint varied shades of food color on fondant. Here's the how-to...     Ingredients + Supplies: appx 1 ounce fondant square cookie cutter round cookie cutter letter cutters (or xacto knife if hand-cutting letters) flat, food-use only paintbrush two colors + white paste food coloring (mix each color with white to achieve light, medium and dark shades; this can also be done with several shades of a single color) fondant board or mat     Step One: Roll fondant thinly on board. Be sure that fondant is not sticking before proceeding to Step 3.     Step Two: Cut fondant into a square about 3" x 3".     Step Three: Use round cutter on corners.     Step Four: Mix food coloring.     Step Five: Dip paintbrush in one of the darkest colors. Using a single stroke, paint on fondant. Repeat with medium and then lighter color, then white, followed by the light, medium, and dark shades of the other color. Fondant can be repainted only AFTER paint has completely dried. Avoid the temptation to repaint while wet.     Step Six: Cut initials using letter cutters or by hand-cutting.     Step Seven: After paint has dried, moisten back of letters with water and adhere to fondant cutout.     Step Eight: Apply a small amount of water to fondant cutout and adhere to cake.    
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  • Photos By: ohhappyday.com   This giant confetti looks festive whether its floating through the air or looking pretty on the floor.     We've seen this giant confetti premade in different parts of Europe but you can make your own with a $12 circle punch and some tissue paper. Maybe buy two and enlist the help of a friend.   Materials: Glassine Bags 4 3/4" x 6 5/8" Tissue Paper Giant 2" Circle Punch Computer Printer Japanese Washi Tape     The bags are really easy. Did you know you can put these bags through a regular desktop printer and print your own design on them? For this one we just made a really simple design on Adobe Illustrator then put the bag through the printer. It depends what program you are working in, but usually you need to make your document the same size as the bag and then tell your printer what size the "paper" you are loading into your machine is.   Stuff the bags with the giant confetti and seal with a small piece of colored washi tape.     Then leave the bags for your guests in their seats or hand out with the programs.     Happy Celebrating!  
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  • By Victoria Hudgins

      Bidding a nod to tradition and family, having heritage photos at your wedding can be a beautiful statement.     Here is a simple and pretty way to display them for a table top/reception accent piece.     Materials: Craft Letters Mod Podge Paintbrush Enlarged copies of family photos  X-acto Knife

      Step One Purchase craft letters from a local craft store to spell out LOVE, your initials, or another meaningful phrase.     Step Two Gather family photos and have enlarged copies made of them (to preserve the actual photos). Don't be worried if the prints are not 100% quality, the aged look is appealing for this project. Old family wedding photos are nice to use. You may also choose to use photographs of a loved one who has passed, as a way to honor them and pay tribute.     Step Three Position the photos on the letters so that faces and important features are visible, then turn over and adhere using mod podge. Be sure to use hard pressure when applying to press out any air bubbles that form.     Step Four Once dry, turn the letters over again and use an x-acto knife to trim the edges.     Display Tip Place at the head table, escort card table or by your cake for a beautiful presentation of family and love.     Photos by Pictilio
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  • Concept & Design By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Erin Holland   These vintage ribbon blowers are super easy to make and so incredibly festive and fun to use! Hand them out for a loud ceremony exit or set them at tables for booming reception cheers. They look lovely stacked high and your guests will have a blast playing around with them.     Materials: Store-Bought Party Blowers Glue Gun Vintage Ribbon  Scissors     Step One: To make the vintage ribbon blowers, start with cheap store-bought party blowers (they come 10 or 20 for a dollar at most box stores). Take of the shiny frill.     Step Two: Beginning at the base of the blower, secure one end of the ribbon with a little dab of hot glue and let dry.     Step Three: Begin wrapping the ribbon (thicker textured ribbon will work the best for this project) around itself and out into a cone shape. You will quickly get a good feel for this process but don't be nervous about re-wrapping one if it doesn't look right.     Step Four: Finish off with a dab of glue to end the ribbon cone.        
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Wrist corsages are a pretty and very budget-friendly alternative to bouquets for your bridal party, and are easy to make yourself in just a few steps! 

    Start by selecting ribbon for your corsages. The color, width, and fabric possibilities for ribbon are absolutely endless, but be sure to choose one that's at least an inch wide to carry the weight of flowers. We chose inch and a half satin ribbon for our project.     Cut each ribbon to a length long enough to fit around a wrist, with a few inches extra to trail down after the bow is tied. Then, cut a small hole in the middle of the ribbon and cut the ends at an angle for a finished look.     Choose a few simple flowers in complimentary colors that work well together in a small bunch. Three blooms tend to work best for a wrist corsage; or, go with a single large bloom for a simple and modern look.     Cut the flowers close the the base, and take a piece floral wire and bend it into a hairpin shape. You will need one piece of wire in this shape for each flower in your corsage.     Stick the wire into the center of each flower and push it through the flower, so that each wire comes out on either side of the stem.     If you're using multiple flowers for your corsage, form them into a small bouquet and twist the wires together. Starting at the underside of the flower, wrap the wires together with floral tape. If you're using a single bloom, simply wrap the wire on that bloom with floral tape.

    Stick your flowers through the hole in your ribbon.

    Use fabric glue to glue the tape-covered wire stems to the underside of the fabric and allow to dry completely.     The lovely finished product -- a beautiful, wearable alternative to a bouquet, at a fraction of the cost!  

     

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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.  
    5
  • 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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  • 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: Chelsea Fuss

    We love this refreshing take on the potted plant! Take a 4” blooming plant and wrap it in newspaper and twine for an earthy but unique wedding favor or centerpiece. Here’s the how-to!

    You'll need: 

    4” seasonal blooming plants. 1/4 of a page of newspaper for each plant. We used the French newspaper, Le Monde Diplomatique for it’s heavy, shiny quality (and the romantic wording!) but you could use any newspaper that has significance (in date or language) to you as a couple. Scissors. Waxed twine.     Directions: Cut a 1/4 of newspaper page for each plant.     Take the center ends and turn them up towards the plant and flat against the pot. Wrap the sides over and fold. Tie with waxed twine.     The pots can be set out as favors or they can double as centerpieces by being displayed down the center of a family style table.     How sweet is this place card?     Use the blooms as a guide for your color scheme by displaying them on pretty matching fabric or with coordinating napkins.     We used violas, but other options include daffodils or hyacinth for spring, miniature marigold or daisies for summer, chrysanthemums or pansies for fall, tulip or paperwhites for winter.     Tip: Make sure the bottoms of the plants are dry or the newspaper will get wet. You can also include a small piece of cellophane under the pot or line the newspaper so that you can water the plants.     Your guests will love this bright, seasonal decoration and they’ll be happy to take them off your hands at the end of the evening.    

     

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  • Photos By: Carly Taylor

    The vintage book theme has been a major player in wedding themes this year. We think these bookmark escort cards are the perfect touch to your celebration!

    The materials: Paper, access to a lamination machine, an exacto knife and pretty markers.     First you will need to laminate the paper you are using. You can buy a small machine to do this or bring your papers to the local copy store for lamination.Next, you will need to cut out your bookmarks using a straight edge or paper trimmer.     Trace a small heart on the top portion of each bookmark.    

    Using an exacto knife, cut around the heart 90% of the way.

     

    Leave a small portion of the heart uncut and attached to the page.

    After cutting, you can easily erase your tracing lines with a clean cloth.

    Using your pen, fill in table numbers on the heart and fold up for easy viewing on your seating table.

    Write in each guest name on the long end of the book mark - and you are done!

    3
  • Project and Photos By: Erica OBrien

    To achieve an ombre look like dip-dyed silk, paint varied shades of food color on fondant. Here's the how-to...     Ingredients + Supplies: appx 1 ounce fondant square cookie cutter round cookie cutter letter cutters (or xacto knife if hand-cutting letters) flat, food-use only paintbrush two colors + white paste food coloring (mix each color with white to achieve light, medium and dark shades; this can also be done with several shades of a single color) fondant board or mat     Step One: Roll fondant thinly on board. Be sure that fondant is not sticking before proceeding to Step 3.     Step Two: Cut fondant into a square about 3" x 3".     Step Three: Use round cutter on corners.     Step Four: Mix food coloring.     Step Five: Dip paintbrush in one of the darkest colors. Using a single stroke, paint on fondant. Repeat with medium and then lighter color, then white, followed by the light, medium, and dark shades of the other color. Fondant can be repainted only AFTER paint has completely dried. Avoid the temptation to repaint while wet.     Step Six: Cut initials using letter cutters or by hand-cutting.     Step Seven: After paint has dried, moisten back of letters with water and adhere to fondant cutout.     Step Eight: Apply a small amount of water to fondant cutout and adhere to cake.    
    3
  • Photos By: ohhappyday.com   This giant confetti looks festive whether its floating through the air or looking pretty on the floor.     We've seen this giant confetti premade in different parts of Europe but you can make your own with a $12 circle punch and some tissue paper. Maybe buy two and enlist the help of a friend.   Materials: Glassine Bags 4 3/4" x 6 5/8" Tissue Paper Giant 2" Circle Punch Computer Printer Japanese Washi Tape     The bags are really easy. Did you know you can put these bags through a regular desktop printer and print your own design on them? For this one we just made a really simple design on Adobe Illustrator then put the bag through the printer. It depends what program you are working in, but usually you need to make your document the same size as the bag and then tell your printer what size the "paper" you are loading into your machine is.   Stuff the bags with the giant confetti and seal with a small piece of colored washi tape.     Then leave the bags for your guests in their seats or hand out with the programs.     Happy Celebrating!  
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  • By Victoria Hudgins

      Bidding a nod to tradition and family, having heritage photos at your wedding can be a beautiful statement.     Here is a simple and pretty way to display them for a table top/reception accent piece.     Materials: Craft Letters Mod Podge Paintbrush Enlarged copies of family photos  X-acto Knife

      Step One Purchase craft letters from a local craft store to spell out LOVE, your initials, or another meaningful phrase.     Step Two Gather family photos and have enlarged copies made of them (to preserve the actual photos). Don't be worried if the prints are not 100% quality, the aged look is appealing for this project. Old family wedding photos are nice to use. You may also choose to use photographs of a loved one who has passed, as a way to honor them and pay tribute.     Step Three Position the photos on the letters so that faces and important features are visible, then turn over and adhere using mod podge. Be sure to use hard pressure when applying to press out any air bubbles that form.     Step Four Once dry, turn the letters over again and use an x-acto knife to trim the edges.     Display Tip Place at the head table, escort card table or by your cake for a beautiful presentation of family and love.     Photos by Pictilio
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  • Concept & Design By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Erin Holland   These vintage ribbon blowers are super easy to make and so incredibly festive and fun to use! Hand them out for a loud ceremony exit or set them at tables for booming reception cheers. They look lovely stacked high and your guests will have a blast playing around with them.     Materials: Store-Bought Party Blowers Glue Gun Vintage Ribbon  Scissors     Step One: To make the vintage ribbon blowers, start with cheap store-bought party blowers (they come 10 or 20 for a dollar at most box stores). Take of the shiny frill.     Step Two: Beginning at the base of the blower, secure one end of the ribbon with a little dab of hot glue and let dry.     Step Three: Begin wrapping the ribbon (thicker textured ribbon will work the best for this project) around itself and out into a cone shape. You will quickly get a good feel for this process but don't be nervous about re-wrapping one if it doesn't look right.     Step Four: Finish off with a dab of glue to end the ribbon cone.        
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Wrist corsages are a pretty and very budget-friendly alternative to bouquets for your bridal party, and are easy to make yourself in just a few steps! 

    Start by selecting ribbon for your corsages. The color, width, and fabric possibilities for ribbon are absolutely endless, but be sure to choose one that's at least an inch wide to carry the weight of flowers. We chose inch and a half satin ribbon for our project.     Cut each ribbon to a length long enough to fit around a wrist, with a few inches extra to trail down after the bow is tied. Then, cut a small hole in the middle of the ribbon and cut the ends at an angle for a finished look.     Choose a few simple flowers in complimentary colors that work well together in a small bunch. Three blooms tend to work best for a wrist corsage; or, go with a single large bloom for a simple and modern look.     Cut the flowers close the the base, and take a piece floral wire and bend it into a hairpin shape. You will need one piece of wire in this shape for each flower in your corsage.     Stick the wire into the center of each flower and push it through the flower, so that each wire comes out on either side of the stem.     If you're using multiple flowers for your corsage, form them into a small bouquet and twist the wires together. Starting at the underside of the flower, wrap the wires together with floral tape. If you're using a single bloom, simply wrap the wire on that bloom with floral tape.

    Stick your flowers through the hole in your ribbon.

    Use fabric glue to glue the tape-covered wire stems to the underside of the fabric and allow to dry completely.     The lovely finished product -- a beautiful, wearable alternative to a bouquet, at a fraction of the cost!  

     

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