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  • Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff   Bring some holiday spirit to a festive cocktail hour with miniature holiday wreath stir sticks. This playful decoration for your signature cocktail will spark conversations amongst guests, guaranteed. Not to mention, it's also a great addition to hot cocoa at the end of a winter evening reception.     Supplies: floral wire scissors + wire cutters small (fresh) florals fresh rosemary or christmas tree trimmings washi tape stir sticks or lollipop sticks     Step One: Bend a 7-10 inch piece of floral wire on one end to form a circle shape and secure the loose end to the remaining wire. It should look like a lollipop. Begin threading stems of rosemary or christmas tree trimmings through the circle and secure with additional wire along the way. This will form a miniature wreath. Cut off most of the excess wire that is hanging below your wreath shape, leaving about an inch of it to attach to the stick.     Step Two: Begin adding small blooms in a couple of places and secure with floral wire.     Step Three: Attach your finished wreath to a stir stick or lollipop stick with washi tape. Add a string bow if desired.       Step Four: Place the mini wreath stir sticks in a festive cocktail or hot cocoa and enjoy!          
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  • Project and Photos by: Jenny Batt of hankandhunt.com

    Pretty tissue tassels aren't just for garland or balloons anymore. Why not add them to simple honeycomb balls and hang in groups for maximum impact. These tassels are cheaper versions and you can make a bunch in no time at all.     Materials: Honeycomb balls (I get mine at www.devra-party.com) Tissue paper Twine or fishing line Scissors Tape

    1. Unfold your sheets of tissue paper and cut into quarters, once in half lengthwise and once in half widthwise. Fold each quarter in half lengthwise again and cut.     2. Starting at the bottom, cut 3/4" fringe all the way up the sheet, leaving 1 inch before the other end.     3. Take a few sheets and trim the fringe shorter by about 3". Take a few more sheets and trim shorter by about 6". This isn't exact, experiment with lengths you like.     4. Layer 3 long sheets, 2 to 3 mid-length sheets and 2 short sheets, on top of each other longest to shortest. Offset the top of the sheets to offset the fringe lines. Staple all the sheets together on top to hold.     5. Roll the sheets together and tape the top tight.     6. Tape the top to the center of the honeycomb ball, making sure the tape reaches both sides of the ball, as shown.     7. Open your ball and hang.     Add different sizes of honeycomb balls. To attach a smaller honeycomb ball to a larger one, like these, simply add the smaller one's twine hang tag to the inside center of the larger ball with tape.      Make a few or a bunch, these are sure to liven up any reception or dessert table. I love to hang decorations everywhere. This plain marble table was just begging to have a pop of color below.     Use empty areas around your venue and fill them with cheerful decorations. A little bit unexpected, a whole lot of merriment.

    Project and Photos by: Jenny Batt of hankandhunt.com

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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: 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: Chelsea Fuss

    It's your wedding day, so carry the bouquet you love. This recipe is for a pretty, fragrant garden rose bouquet, that you can make yourself! We've shared some insiders florists's tips to help you along the way. The total cost was around $50!     Flower Recipe: 6 garden roses (ask your florist for David Austin or old garden roses and they can help you) 1 bunch of spray roses 2 stems of rice flower 1 stem of fern clippers scissors twill ribbon twine   Step One: Start by trimming up all of the flowers. Remove most of the leaves and extra branches from the stems. Remember, you can save these and make small flower girl bouquets from them like florists do. Save any stems that are more than 2 inches to do so.     Step Two: De-thorn your roses by taking a towel and running it down the stem of the roses with a little bit of strength. This is a florist's trick!     Step Three: Cut all of the stems at an angle and let them soak in lukewarm water. If you have any roses that are closed, you can put them in a warm place so that they open up, but do keep them away from direct sunlight. Garden roses open up fairly quickly so you'll actually want them just open midway when you start to arrange the bouquet. Once you start working with them, the roses will continue opening because they'll be warm from your hands.     Step Four: Start with a few of the larger garden roses, grouped loosely together. Hold the bouquet in the same hand while making it and add flowers in with your other hand. Turn the bouquet each time you add flowers.     Step Five: Next, add spray roses to fill in between the garden roses. Be sure to keep the garden roses mostly grouped together, eventually you'll fill the other side with spray roses, rice flower and fern.     Step Six: Add in the rice flower between the clusters of spray roses.     Step Seven: Add the fern to that same side of the bouquet to balance the large garden roses.     Step Eight: Secure the bouquet with twine, trim the stems, and cover the twine with twill ribbon.     Store the bouquet in water, in a cool place until ready for use.    
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  • Photo By: Michael Bautista for Kathy Chong

    If you're planning to DIY your candy or dessert table, but you also want it to be aesthetic eye candy, consider a monochromatic display that complements your color palette.     In honor of the lush warm weather, we went with colors that reminded us of sunny spring days – whites, peaches, yellows, and pinks. We wanted to keep the table bright, yet still soft and delicate, so we made sure to maintain that theme in all our choices.     With your visual goals in mind, picking the candy is the fun part! Consider sweets of different shapes and sizes, to vary the display. These sumptuous sweets were made by Fiona's Sweet Shoppe.     Collect cake stands, dishes, and other items- not only to hold the goods- but also to give the table layers, height, and dimension.     Typical candy tables attempt to recreate a chocolatier's counter or the endless rows of jars in a candy shop. These inspirations can help produce some stunning displays.     It takes a lot of candy to fill up an entire table but if you think ahead, you can also avoid waste. Although vast amounts of white gumballs may look impressive, consider how much will actually be eaten. Plan to buy amounts that your guests will actually eat or be happy to take home.     Think outside of the candy box! Thin cookie sticks dipped in white chocolate added a vertical component to our display.     Add a few non-edible embellishments to give the table extra pizazz. Florals by Nancy Liu Chin Designs.     Embrace experimentation and test out various display layouts to play with height and depth. Juxtapose stacked cake stands, medium jars, and trays on top of a flat tablecloth to create very simple and clean lines, as shown here. Or, add height by placing boxes underneath the tablecloth.     Cute little paper goodie bags can be fun for guests to fill up and save for later, while small plates provided by your reception venue may be a more eco-friendly option.     Candy tables can truly be a visual and edible delight, just keep it simple and have fun with it!     Photo By: Michael Bautista for Kathy Chong
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  • By Mary Swenson

    Warm-weather weddings, whether they're indoor or outside, call for plenty of liquids for your guests. These subtly-flavored waters are easy to make, are a creative way to hydrate your guests, and can do double-duty as table numbers!     Purchase glass bottles with airtight stoppers (like these) for your water; they look great, and the stoppers will keep your water as fresh as possible.     We used a simple number stencil and multi-surface acrylic paint to put the table number on each bottle. No stencils? Painting the number by hand can be just as charming.     Once the numbers are fully dry, you are ready to start flavoring the water. Start by adding the flavorings of your choice to each bottle, fill them to the top with water, and secure the stoppers. Done!     We combined cucumber and mint in our bottle, but the flavor possibilities are endless. Try raspberry and lime; sliced lemon, peaches, watermelon, or strawberries; vanilla beans...whatever you like! Make sure any fruit you use is washed thoroughly before using, and use spring or filtered water for the best taste.     Chill your water before placing them on each table. As guests arrive to their tables, they can help themselves to sips of the refreshing brew. Ahhh!     By Mary Swenson  
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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: Erin Holland

    Project Styling By: Victoria Hudgins

    Wedding receptions can be awkward when guests are seated with a table full of people that they don't know. Help break the ice with conversation starter escort cards!   Step One: Make these conversational cards by first printing out the PDF here. There are eight different conversation starters on each page.     Step Two: Cut along the lines to reveal modern-style flags, then write in each guest's name and table information. Be sure to mix up the topics for each table.     Step Three: Top the flags with a small line of cute tape for an extra design punch, or post the simple black and white flags for a bold, minimalistic presentation.     Step Four: Pin the cards onto a paper-backed canvas.     Enjoy!    
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  • Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    For the bride who loves the seaside, tradition, and classic, clean lines, this might be just the right bouquet! It's easy to make and costs around $45. Another great thing about this recipe is that the flowers are available year round!     Supplies: flower clippers twine scissors ribbon bucket with water vase full-length mirror   Flower Recipe: 5 open white roses (make sure they aren't all the way open because they will open quickly once the bouquet is made). 8 white hydrangeas     Step One: Remove the leaves from the roses and the lower leaves from the hydrangeas. Keep the leaves at the top of the hydrangea stems as they will help frame the bouquet.     Step Two: Gather three hydrangeas in one hand (tip: in the left hand if you are right-handed or vice versa).     Step Three: Add a group of roses, each stem at varying heights. Fill in the holes with hydrangeas.     Step Four: Hold the bouquet in front of you and look in a full-length mirror to make sure that the shape is how you like it. Make any adjustments and tie with twine.     Step Five: Clip the stems short.     Keep in a vase in a fridge (away from fruit and food) and add the ribbon a few hours before your ceremony!  
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  • Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff   Bring some holiday spirit to a festive cocktail hour with miniature holiday wreath stir sticks. This playful decoration for your signature cocktail will spark conversations amongst guests, guaranteed. Not to mention, it's also a great addition to hot cocoa at the end of a winter evening reception.     Supplies: floral wire scissors + wire cutters small (fresh) florals fresh rosemary or christmas tree trimmings washi tape stir sticks or lollipop sticks     Step One: Bend a 7-10 inch piece of floral wire on one end to form a circle shape and secure the loose end to the remaining wire. It should look like a lollipop. Begin threading stems of rosemary or christmas tree trimmings through the circle and secure with additional wire along the way. This will form a miniature wreath. Cut off most of the excess wire that is hanging below your wreath shape, leaving about an inch of it to attach to the stick.     Step Two: Begin adding small blooms in a couple of places and secure with floral wire.     Step Three: Attach your finished wreath to a stir stick or lollipop stick with washi tape. Add a string bow if desired.       Step Four: Place the mini wreath stir sticks in a festive cocktail or hot cocoa and enjoy!          
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  • Project and Photos by: Jenny Batt of hankandhunt.com

    Pretty tissue tassels aren't just for garland or balloons anymore. Why not add them to simple honeycomb balls and hang in groups for maximum impact. These tassels are cheaper versions and you can make a bunch in no time at all.     Materials: Honeycomb balls (I get mine at www.devra-party.com) Tissue paper Twine or fishing line Scissors Tape

    1. Unfold your sheets of tissue paper and cut into quarters, once in half lengthwise and once in half widthwise. Fold each quarter in half lengthwise again and cut.     2. Starting at the bottom, cut 3/4" fringe all the way up the sheet, leaving 1 inch before the other end.     3. Take a few sheets and trim the fringe shorter by about 3". Take a few more sheets and trim shorter by about 6". This isn't exact, experiment with lengths you like.     4. Layer 3 long sheets, 2 to 3 mid-length sheets and 2 short sheets, on top of each other longest to shortest. Offset the top of the sheets to offset the fringe lines. Staple all the sheets together on top to hold.     5. Roll the sheets together and tape the top tight.     6. Tape the top to the center of the honeycomb ball, making sure the tape reaches both sides of the ball, as shown.     7. Open your ball and hang.     Add different sizes of honeycomb balls. To attach a smaller honeycomb ball to a larger one, like these, simply add the smaller one's twine hang tag to the inside center of the larger ball with tape.      Make a few or a bunch, these are sure to liven up any reception or dessert table. I love to hang decorations everywhere. This plain marble table was just begging to have a pop of color below.     Use empty areas around your venue and fill them with cheerful decorations. A little bit unexpected, a whole lot of merriment.

    Project and Photos by: Jenny Batt of hankandhunt.com

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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: 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: Chelsea Fuss

    It's your wedding day, so carry the bouquet you love. This recipe is for a pretty, fragrant garden rose bouquet, that you can make yourself! We've shared some insiders florists's tips to help you along the way. The total cost was around $50!     Flower Recipe: 6 garden roses (ask your florist for David Austin or old garden roses and they can help you) 1 bunch of spray roses 2 stems of rice flower 1 stem of fern clippers scissors twill ribbon twine   Step One: Start by trimming up all of the flowers. Remove most of the leaves and extra branches from the stems. Remember, you can save these and make small flower girl bouquets from them like florists do. Save any stems that are more than 2 inches to do so.     Step Two: De-thorn your roses by taking a towel and running it down the stem of the roses with a little bit of strength. This is a florist's trick!     Step Three: Cut all of the stems at an angle and let them soak in lukewarm water. If you have any roses that are closed, you can put them in a warm place so that they open up, but do keep them away from direct sunlight. Garden roses open up fairly quickly so you'll actually want them just open midway when you start to arrange the bouquet. Once you start working with them, the roses will continue opening because they'll be warm from your hands.     Step Four: Start with a few of the larger garden roses, grouped loosely together. Hold the bouquet in the same hand while making it and add flowers in with your other hand. Turn the bouquet each time you add flowers.     Step Five: Next, add spray roses to fill in between the garden roses. Be sure to keep the garden roses mostly grouped together, eventually you'll fill the other side with spray roses, rice flower and fern.     Step Six: Add in the rice flower between the clusters of spray roses.     Step Seven: Add the fern to that same side of the bouquet to balance the large garden roses.     Step Eight: Secure the bouquet with twine, trim the stems, and cover the twine with twill ribbon.     Store the bouquet in water, in a cool place until ready for use.    
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  • Photo By: Michael Bautista for Kathy Chong

    If you're planning to DIY your candy or dessert table, but you also want it to be aesthetic eye candy, consider a monochromatic display that complements your color palette.     In honor of the lush warm weather, we went with colors that reminded us of sunny spring days – whites, peaches, yellows, and pinks. We wanted to keep the table bright, yet still soft and delicate, so we made sure to maintain that theme in all our choices.     With your visual goals in mind, picking the candy is the fun part! Consider sweets of different shapes and sizes, to vary the display. These sumptuous sweets were made by Fiona's Sweet Shoppe.     Collect cake stands, dishes, and other items- not only to hold the goods- but also to give the table layers, height, and dimension.     Typical candy tables attempt to recreate a chocolatier's counter or the endless rows of jars in a candy shop. These inspirations can help produce some stunning displays.     It takes a lot of candy to fill up an entire table but if you think ahead, you can also avoid waste. Although vast amounts of white gumballs may look impressive, consider how much will actually be eaten. Plan to buy amounts that your guests will actually eat or be happy to take home.     Think outside of the candy box! Thin cookie sticks dipped in white chocolate added a vertical component to our display.     Add a few non-edible embellishments to give the table extra pizazz. Florals by Nancy Liu Chin Designs.     Embrace experimentation and test out various display layouts to play with height and depth. Juxtapose stacked cake stands, medium jars, and trays on top of a flat tablecloth to create very simple and clean lines, as shown here. Or, add height by placing boxes underneath the tablecloth.     Cute little paper goodie bags can be fun for guests to fill up and save for later, while small plates provided by your reception venue may be a more eco-friendly option.     Candy tables can truly be a visual and edible delight, just keep it simple and have fun with it!     Photo By: Michael Bautista for Kathy Chong
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  • By Mary Swenson

    Warm-weather weddings, whether they're indoor or outside, call for plenty of liquids for your guests. These subtly-flavored waters are easy to make, are a creative way to hydrate your guests, and can do double-duty as table numbers!     Purchase glass bottles with airtight stoppers (like these) for your water; they look great, and the stoppers will keep your water as fresh as possible.     We used a simple number stencil and multi-surface acrylic paint to put the table number on each bottle. No stencils? Painting the number by hand can be just as charming.     Once the numbers are fully dry, you are ready to start flavoring the water. Start by adding the flavorings of your choice to each bottle, fill them to the top with water, and secure the stoppers. Done!     We combined cucumber and mint in our bottle, but the flavor possibilities are endless. Try raspberry and lime; sliced lemon, peaches, watermelon, or strawberries; vanilla beans...whatever you like! Make sure any fruit you use is washed thoroughly before using, and use spring or filtered water for the best taste.     Chill your water before placing them on each table. As guests arrive to their tables, they can help themselves to sips of the refreshing brew. Ahhh!     By Mary Swenson  
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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: Erin Holland

    Project Styling By: Victoria Hudgins

    Wedding receptions can be awkward when guests are seated with a table full of people that they don't know. Help break the ice with conversation starter escort cards!   Step One: Make these conversational cards by first printing out the PDF here. There are eight different conversation starters on each page.     Step Two: Cut along the lines to reveal modern-style flags, then write in each guest's name and table information. Be sure to mix up the topics for each table.     Step Three: Top the flags with a small line of cute tape for an extra design punch, or post the simple black and white flags for a bold, minimalistic presentation.     Step Four: Pin the cards onto a paper-backed canvas.     Enjoy!    
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  • Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    For the bride who loves the seaside, tradition, and classic, clean lines, this might be just the right bouquet! It's easy to make and costs around $45. Another great thing about this recipe is that the flowers are available year round!     Supplies: flower clippers twine scissors ribbon bucket with water vase full-length mirror   Flower Recipe: 5 open white roses (make sure they aren't all the way open because they will open quickly once the bouquet is made). 8 white hydrangeas     Step One: Remove the leaves from the roses and the lower leaves from the hydrangeas. Keep the leaves at the top of the hydrangea stems as they will help frame the bouquet.     Step Two: Gather three hydrangeas in one hand (tip: in the left hand if you are right-handed or vice versa).     Step Three: Add a group of roses, each stem at varying heights. Fill in the holes with hydrangeas.     Step Four: Hold the bouquet in front of you and look in a full-length mirror to make sure that the shape is how you like it. Make any adjustments and tie with twine.     Step Five: Clip the stems short.     Keep in a vase in a fridge (away from fruit and food) and add the ribbon a few hours before your ceremony!  
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