TGI{DIY}Friday :: Moss Letters

September 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

So, this little craft is nothing new, but I think it is super cute. Last weekend, at The Plantation House, the bride brought out her cute little moss letters that she had made. We ended up hanging them on our balcony and they were so beautiful. You can find the same thing at Pottery Barn, but for $79.00 a letter

I know our bride did not spend that kind of money, because she and her mom made them.

Here’s What You Need

*Your letter of choice and size

*Super Moss Preserved Sheet Moss

*Hot Glue Gun

*Ribbon of Choice

*Scissors or Rotary Cutter

This is a 12” Paper Mache Letter. You can choose any size and style you like.

This is the Instant Green moss. Lay out your sheet of moss and place the letter on the back of the moss. Trace your letter and then cut it out of the sheet.

Take your hot glue gun and start putting the glue all over the letter. Place the moss over the glue and let dry.

You can either hot glue or tack the ribbon to the back of the letter, or it’s pretty cute just propped up without a ribbon too.

I found all of the supplies you would need for this craft at Joann Fabric and Craft Store

These letters are not only great for weddings, but also in your house! Warning, they can be messy. Just know when you are moving the letters around they can shed.

 

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Wine Down Wednesday :: The Universal Wine Glass

September 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Crescendo Bordeaux glass, Luigi Bormioli

The classic Bordeaux glass is perfect for all different types of wine. The specific brand featured is great because it is very reasonable too. $35/4 at Bed Bath and Beyond.

Here’s why this particular glass is the perfect for someone who drinks a variety of wines, but doesn’t want to invest in several different types of goblets.

 

White – The stem is nice and long which allows your glass to stay free of fingerprints and keeps your hands from changing the temperature of your wine.

Red – The glass has a nice wide, round bowl which helps increase the rate of oxidation.

 

Try not to go too expensive when buying wine glasses. They break easily, especially the more people you have drinking out of them.

A Must-Have :: Plain White Tee

September 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have no problem spending a little more for a classic item that I am able to wear many different ways. I have to be able to justify spending more, right? But there is a way to avoid making a huge investment in a wardrobe piece that you can wear all seasons and many different ways. It’s the plain white tee. Pairing basic with fancy is so chic and really balances out the look. Here are a couple of ways to be chic in your plain white tee.

Dress It Up

Pair With A Blazer

Tuck It In For A High-Waist Look

Over-sized Cardigan

Over-sized Tee and Leggings

Scarf Or Long Necklace

Top 10 Wedding Treats for the Guests Who’ve Seen it All

September 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

The most important people at a wedding are the bride and groom. But, what about all the guests, especially the ones who have traveled? There has been an overwhelming trend of brides and grooms who want to treat their guests to a celebration and a “thank you” of sorts. It is not only a celebration of the union of marriage, but a celebration of the friends and family who love and support the bride and groom.

 

Here are some ways to treat your guests to an evening of bliss, happiness, and celebration.

Pre-Ceremony Cocktails

Photography by Abby Jiu Photography

Most guests are used to not getting anything to eat or drink until the reception starts. What a great way to treat your guests by giving them a light cocktail or a refreshing nonalcoholic drink. Definitely think something fruity, light, and cold.

 

Welcome Bags

Photography by Sarah Yates

This is a great idea, especially if you are getting married in a city that has a lot of personality and if you have a lot of guests coming in from out-of-town. Put together bags or boxes with snacks and unique items that represent you and the location of your wedding. Have them placed in your guests hotel room before they arrive.

 

Child Care

Photography by Emily G Photography

I can not even begin to tell you what a great idea this is. If you have guests coming in from out-of-town, most of your guests may not know a sitter in the area to watch their kids. This means they have to bring them to the wedding. It might be  great to arrange for a nanny, kid’s table, coloring books, activities, treats, and food that they would like. If kids are an issue, make sure you specify no children on the invitation.

 

Wedding Dress Change

Photography by Jose Villa & Widdis Photography

You might have your big, romantic, and heavy dress for ceremony, but if you want to party comfortably later on, you might consider changing into a shorter, sexier, lighter dress. Guests love this because the dress is such a huge part of the wedding and when they get 2 dress surprises, everyone leaves happy.

 

The VIP Lounge

Photography by Aaron Delesie

This is great for the guests who may want to take a break from dancing. The lounge allows the guests to grab a drink, sit, and have a conversation. The lounge furniture gives guests a comfy alternative to the rather uncomfortable seating options usually offered at weddings. It also gives guests the VIP treatment. You may want to place the lounge within view of the dance floor so those guests can still watch the dancing.

 

Mid-Night Snacks

Photography by Raw Photo Design

Keeping guests fed throughout the night will make for some very happy guests. After dinner and cake, you may want to offer some snacks as the guests leave the reception. Whether it’s sweet, salty, or breakfast for the morning, your guests will feel treated and well-fed.

 

Special Lighting

Photography by Adrienne Maples

Your DJs and videographers can offer more than just music and a video. See what they can do with the lighting. When looking at your venue you might not think about the lighting when the sun goes down. Special lighting will make your guests feel special and might even encourage everyone to let loose a little more than usual.

 

Wine Tasting at Cocktail Hour

Photography by Michael Bullock

I might not recommend this for a large wedding, but this could be a really nice treat if done right. You may have your bartender set up stations around the cocktail hour where your guests can take part in different wine tastings. You may have them taste all of you and your groom’s favorite wines or whatever theme you want to go with.

 

Only Serve Food You’d Want to Eat

Photography by Docuvitae Photography and Films

Don’t let your caterers talk you into fancy, frilly food you wouldn’t normally choose for yourself. There’s nothing wrong with serving a good slider or mini hotdog. There is a “wedding food” type, and it can get a bad rap. Shock your guests by feeding them with food they would want to order if they went out to eat.

 

Your Party Doesn’t Have to End After You Throw the Bouquet

Photography by Krystal Mann

You don’t want to stop dancing, but your time at the venue is up? Plan an after party. After all, you have the rest of your life with your husband, but one night with all your guests. Plan something fun like karaoke, go to a lounge, or a cool local club to show your guests a fun late night on the town.

 

Inspiration Boards: Style Me Pretty

September 24, 2011 § 1 Comment

So, I’m super excited to announce that we are now on Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book Vendor Guide! Style Me Pretty has been a site that I have been obsessed with. So, look us up if you get the chance!

So, my latest obsession is making inspiration boards. I could spend hours putting these together, so I will just show a few. My inspiration was shoes.

Jimmy Choo

Badgley Mischka

Christian Louboutin

 

TGI{DIY}Friday: Anthropologie Inspired Lampshade

September 23, 2011 § 2 Comments

So, a couple of weeks ago I featured a lamp, but only really talked about the base that I spray painted. Today I want to share how I recreated a lampshade I was about to throw away.

Here was my inspiration…

Now on to the lampshade.  All you need is the shade, some burlap, and a glue gun.  I used about 1 1/2 yards of burlap and probably 10 or so gluesticks, but what you use will depend on how big your lampshade is and how “ruffly” you want your shade.

First, cover the shade in a layer of burlap.  I cut a piece big enough to go all the way around the shade and fold over about an inch to the inside on the top and bottom.  I didn’t want glue leaking through the burlap on the outside, so I only glued on the inside along the top and bottom of the lamp shade.  Pull the burlap taut as you go.

Now you need to cut the rest of your burlap in strips. Cut them double the width you want your ruffles to be, and about 1.5 times as long as your shade is tall. Fold them in half and press.

Now you’re ready to glue the ruffles to the shade.  Put several inches of glue on the fold of your burlap and glue it onto the lamp in a squiggly line.

This is the strip I’m gluing right now.  It’s straight where I haven’t yet glued it, and bent where it has already been glued to the shade.

As you go, don’t make the burlap ruffle all the same way to add interest.  You’ll end up with gaps, which you can fill as shown below:
The arrow is pointing to the gap.

And now the gap has been filled with a ruffle of burlap.

Here’s a close-up of the finished shade.

I was inspired by a wonderful post on Tatertots and Jello

Wine Down Wednesday: May all your joys be pure joys and your pain, champagne.

September 21, 2011 § 2 Comments

It doesn’t get more classic than the champagne cocktail. Not only is this beverage perfect for a celebration, but also as a great happy hour option. Drinking champagne gives you that elegant, fancy, celebratory feel.

Here’s my favorite champagne cocktail recipe…

Simply The Best Strawberry Champagne Cocktail

1/2 cup fresh strawberries
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp sugar
Champagne or Sparkling Wine

Wash and hull the strawberries.

Put all the strawberries, except one, in a blender.

Add vanilla, lemon juice, and sugar, and puree.

Pour into a Champagne flute half-way (more or less to taste).

Top with Champagne or Sparkling Wine, and stir gently.

Slide the remaining strawberry onto edge of the glass.

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