food & drink
September 04, 2009

Our favorite DIY tutorials from the last week:
1:Fabric swatch escort card display,
2:Dandelion ring holders,
3:Apple escort card,
4:Make your own sundae bar,

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Seating cards, Jenny Smith/Alders Photography; Dandelion ring holders, Katie Stoops/Open Air Photography; escort card, Meg Smith; Sundae bar, Eat Drink Chic
July 30, 2009
Cupcake_finalWhen it comes to yummy cupcakes it's never too early for dessert, right? When your guests arrive at your reception, why not send them to their seats with a sugary surprise by using sweet treats as seating cards. Our resident DIY expert Shana Faust shows us how to label them in style:

Double-sided scrapbooking paper of your choice (in colors that match your wedding)
Mini heart hole punch
Circular sticker labels in matching colors
Rub on alphabet letter set
bone folder
Bamboo sticks
Scrapbooking tape

How-To: Cupcake Seating Cards
July 28, 2009

Our favorite DIY tutorials from the last week:

1: Personalized Drink Stirrers (Project Wedding)

2: Peony Centerpieces (Once Wed)

3: Matchbook Favors (Offbeat Bride)

4: Moon Pie Favors (DIY Tutorials)

5: Vintage Books (Project Wedding)

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July 10, 2009

We are so inspired by all of the amazing DIY details from this lovely homespun backyard wedding. For their casual reception, Ria and Jesse skipped the glasses all together and offered their guests old-fashioned jelly jars to drink from instead. The jars were decorated with these fun handmade monograms. (Aren't they just so sweet?)

There's so much inspiration here. If you're good with a pencil and paper why not start doodling a few monogram ideas of your own? Once you've drawn one you both love, make copies and print them out on the paper of your choice. Tie them from glasses, favors, or maybe even on silverware bundles or napkins to add a personal touch to your reception tables.

Ria and Jesse worked with Table 6 Productions on the wedding designs.

The wedding was photographed by Jenna Walker Photography.
July 07, 2009

Our favorite DIY tutorials from the last week:

1: Potted succulent place cards (Santa Barbara Wedding Chic)

2: Flower cones (iDIY)

3: Sparkler cards and matchbook wrappers (Twig and Thistle)

4: Mini wedding cake favors (Project Wedding)

5: Origami lotus (How about orange… )

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June 12, 2009

This wedding is so adorable, it just about kills us. The candy displays bring such a bright and happy touch, and from a guest's perspective... yeah, we'd go pretty crazy for that spread.

These are a snap to put together on your own -- just grab some mason jars, fill them with your favorite sweets and top 'em with bright lollipops. The more colorful the candy, the better! They'll look great as centerpieces or spread throughout the reception as decor, or grouped together as a candy bar.

Cute couple Abbie and Brian were married at MaCallum House in Mendocino, California, and Suzi Q of Q Weddings snapped the photos. We love how his bright boutonniere and the flowers in her hair continue the playful theme.

Images: Suzi Q, Q Photography
June 10, 2009
StirsticksPersonalize your cocktails, appetizers or desserts with this easy and inexpensive idea from Print Your Party on Etsy.

The shop offers cute customized round labels, delivered in PDF form. Just pick out your colors and design, and for $10 they'll send you a file with 30 1.5" labels on one standard-sized sheet. (Artsy brides can skip this step and design their own labels!)

Next, print the file out onto full sheet labels. Full sheet labels are unscored, which means you'll need to cut out the labels on your own. The easiest way to do this is with a hole punch. The labels are the same size as a standard punch -- 1.5" -- so you shouldn't have a problem finding one at your local craft store. Finish the project by affixing the labels on small wood stir sticks. On the day of your wedding, slide on a line of olives or cheese or stick it in a cupcake, and you're ready to serve! (Find the full sheet labels and stir sticks at a local craft store, or purchase them from Print Your Party.)
May 20, 2009
Pikme-cupcakeWe spent yesterday morning at the National Stationery Show, and saw some AMAZING stuff -- lots of great inspiration for DIY projects! We took tons of photos, and will share the goods with you over the next week.

These cute cupcake (or really, anything) toppers are from the folks at Pikme. They have about 60 different images you can choose from, but if you don't see something you like or want something more personal, it's just as easy to create your own.

Start with a stack of round stickers or labels. We like the ones from Paper Source, because they come in a ton of different colors and sizes. From here, you can print or stamp your signature monogram or symbol onto the stickers. To print, use the template on the Paper Source website to format your text exactly for the stickers. You can also stamp each sticker individually, using a custom-made ink or wax stamp. When all your stickers are ready, just adhere two together with a toothpick in between. That's it!
April 28, 2009


Our favorite DIY tutorials from the last week:

1: Sugar paste flowers (Such Pretty Things)

2: Pillow box/favor container (The Spotted Sparrow)

3: Groom socks (Style Me Pretty)

4: Fan wedding programs (Intimate Weddings)

5: Sugar face scrub favor (Tiny House)

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April 27, 2009

With grilling season fast approaching, these spice rubs from Elizabeth Woodson of Elizabeth W. Gift Baskets and Shindig 411 make the perfect wedding favors. The "Sugar & Spice" rub is sweet and spicy and goes perfectly with fish and poultry, while the curry-based "Everything Nice" rub pairs well with chicken, beef and pork. Today, we'll show you how to make the rubs. Check back on Thursday for fun packaging instructions.
How-To: Spice Rub Favor, Part 1

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