food & drink
November 25, 2010
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Happy Thanksgiving! For this special edition of Link Love, we're going with some fall inspired treats your guests will love. (And a bit of food -- it is Thanksgiving afterall!)


1. Homemade Butter. Impress your family and friends with this super easy (and fun!) recipe for homemade butter. Dish it out into baby food jars (seen here) for the perfect wedding favor. (A Lemon Squeezy Home)


2. Wine Bottle Lights. Add instant romance with this gorgeous decor idea (you could even vary the light color depending on the type of wine bottles you use). Perfect for a winter wedding. (Wit and Whistle)


3. Glass Jar Cosies. Yes, by now we've probably seen 101 uses for the mason jar. This one is pretty cute, which is why we just had to include it. Keep the jars winter appropriate with these covers. (Whip Up)


4. Leaf Soap. This paper-thin one-time use soap is perfect as a favor or to leave in the bathrooms at your reception venue. It's personalized in a way and definitely brings in a fall theme. (The Greenbeans Crafterole)


5. Edible Flower Cupcakes. Not interested in sugar flowers? Then go for the real thing and choose only edible flowers to top your cupcakes (or cake). There are plenty to choose from like lavender, day lily, squash blossom, Nasturtiums, chrysanthemums, and carnations, all with their own unique taste. (Stephmodo.com)


October 01, 2010

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Fall may be on it's way (and it's totally raining here today in NYC), but these crafts have us thinking it's an endless summer....

 

1. Colorful Mason Jars. We'll admit -- we're a bit tired of seeing the mason jar centerpiece again and again and again. This new twist however, puts it right back on our trendlist. (100 Layer Cake)

 

2. Lace Cutout Laterns. These ethereal lights are so simple -- and they're just the thing you need to set the mood as the evening winds down. (Kootoyoo.com)

 

3. Herbal Boutonnieres. So after flowers, buttons, fabric and paper -- what's the next new thing to do with boutonnieres? Use some sweet smelling herbs, like the lavender and rosemary seen here. (OnceWed.com)

 

4. Pink Drink Parasols. Maybe this one is more bridal shower than wedding reception, but we love the delicate cutout in these drink parasols. (Can you just imagine them making an appearance alongside those DIY lanterns from #2?) (Papermash)

 

5. Rose Petal Chandelier. Chandeliers like this one set an instant mood and they're so quick and simple you won't feel bad if you can't keep them forever. (The Country Cottage)


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June 24, 2010
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As the weather outside heats up, we need some creative projects that are good for the indoors. Link Love kicks off with a sweet treat this week, and follows up with some fun ideas that would be perfect for just about any reception. Enjoy!


1. Strawberry Shake with Marshmallows. Looking for a sweet summer treat that will satisfy even the youngest guests at the wedding? We've got it! Try out this cool shake, garnished with marshmallows. Add a colorful straw to tie it into your theme. (Made by Gril)


3. Colorful Paper Streamers. Can't get enough color into your afternoon reception? Then try out these paper streamers, they're a cinch to make on a sewing machine and just think how festive they could look hanging from the trees. They would also be great for a bridesmaid brunch or a casual rehearsal dinner. (My Paper Crane)


3. Faux Fireflies. The photo isn't super clear, but we just love this idea. Can you imagine 20 or 30 of these hanging around an outdoor reception at night? The soft glow would be so romantic, and the fact that it looks a bit like a firefly just adds a whimsical touch. (Just Something I Made)


4. DIY Bi-fold Wallet. Think DIY crafts are for girls only? Think again. This one promises to be one that your fiance can try by himself -- and it would make a great groomsmen gift. (Utterly Engaged)


5. Macaroon Stands.Now out with their fourth fabulous issue, Nonpareil magazine offers this macaroon stand as a "bonus" craft. The idea is a throw back to those lollipop stands you saw as a kid, which gives this project a nice vintage appeal (and it would be so easy to customize for your own wedding!). (Nonpareil magazine)

May 07, 2010
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We've packed Link Love with a few extra special projects today -- just see below!


1. Origami Boxes. These would be perfect to hold favors, treats at the table, or even small seating cards. (Mairuru).


2. Lemon and Leaf Table Garland. Just imagine how fragrant this tabletop masterpiece will be as you sit down to your reception dinner. (Project Wedding).


3. Rose Petal Projects.How sweet is this bridal shower that features handmade rose petal soaps and rose petal ice cubes? (DIY Bride).


4. Oversized Tote. How perfect would these be for your bridesmaids? (Maiden Jane).


5. Embroidered Handkerchief. Don't forget, busy brides, Mother's Day is this Sunday! In honor of that, this amaing embroidered hankerchief, a perfect gift for mom on your wedding day. ({ritzy bee blog}).


And for those of you feeling super crafty -- check out these projects. There's a DIY tutorial on making paper (#1) from Mega-Crafy via Ready, Set, Craft!. And we just love these table-top chalkboards (#2) from The Bride's Cafe. Talk about an eco-friendly way to seat your guests. And finally, you can download this old-fashion lemonade label (#3) along with others right now from Marry Me You. They're perfect for an outdoor summer reception.


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handkerchief photo by Kate Headley Photography; chalkboard photo by Anika London Media; lemon and leaf garland photo by Jordan Ferney.

-- Amy E.


March 25, 2010
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When you're having a DIY wedding, it's the details that make everything so special. And yes, it takes a ton of time to make the parts you think no one will notice—like seating cards or napkins—but in the end, those are the personal touches that can pull together the overall look. With that in mind, we've rounded up some of the best projects that just might add that missing je ne sais quoi to your reception.


1. Though in this project, they tie off the flowers to look like a bouquet, they could just as easily be placed in an oversized mason jar for your own DIY centerpiece. (100 Layer Cake).


2. Maybe you're not a huge fan of felt compositions, but I for one think they can be super cute. If you're having a spring or summer wedding, why not pin one to your menus or add it to the place settings and invite guests to take them home as a favor? (Bugs & Fishes).


3. Just found this blog and love some of the projects they feature! This DIY plantable paper would make a perfect seating card (or gift tag on a favor!) that your guests can take home and put in their garden. (CutCardStock.com).


4. Don't skip out on having a signature drink just because you're not hiring a pro bartender! This recipe for Milk Liquer is simple enough that any of the groomsmen (or a bridesmaid!) could easily master the recipe. Served straight up, the hue is also lovely in the glass. (Lottie & Doof).


5. Think your grandmother's doilies are good for nothing? Think again! This adorable pillow is perfect for throwing on a chair, or even an outdoor bench, at a casual, vintage-feeling reception. (Smile & Wave).



-- Amy Eisinger

February 19, 2010
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Sometimes it's just about repackaging an idea. We wanted to show off fresh fruit favors in a whole new way. We spotted these cupcake wrappers and couldn't resist!

Tools
Apples
Cupcake wrappers (nycake.com)
tags (paperpresentation.com)
scissors
ribbon

How-to
Step 1 Buy your apples in bulk.
Step 2 Wrap your fruit with the paper wrapper.
Step 3 Add tag to finish off.
November 10, 2009
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We couldn't resist sharing this sweet idea. A DIY candy apple bar - and the mini kind! Our favorite part: the branches that stepped in as popsicle sticks. Does it get any better than this?

Photography byJason Dail

October 23, 2009
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We decided it was time to dress up dessert! We promise, this sweet idea is so easy.

Materials
House letter (Home Depot)
12"x12" piece of glass (Lowes.com)
Glass vase (hopefully you have a spare!)
Bunch of flowers (we went with hydrangea)
How-to: DIY Cakestand
October 12, 2009
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This idea won us over. Instantly! Yep, that is an actual menu sitting on that plate. Amazing! As soon as we spotted this on designspongeonline.com,we couldn't wait to share it with all of you.
The best part? Once you have all of the supplies, you can be as creative and imaginative as you like. Let us know if you try one of your own.

September 30, 2009

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Who can really resist an adorable motif that you carry through your entire wedding? We definitely can't! That's why we couldn't stop talking about these DIY stamped menu cards that we spotted on lindaandharriett.blogspot.com. What a cute idea and totally doable since stamps come in all different designs and styles.


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